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seasons, being four days thirteen hours and twenty-nine minutes longer than winter; three days, twenty hours and twenty-nine minutes longer than autumn: and seventeen hours and fifty-two minutes longer than spring.



DRUNKEN FATHER. “I AM weary, very weary; come, sit beside

my bed,

sins away;

nutes, and of the two twilights four hours and nine minutes, leaving only six hours and seventeen minutes for the true night.

The moon is new on the 6th at seven minutes after six in the morning, and full on the 20th at fortyone minutes after eight in the evening. On the first Sunday it sets four minutes before the sun, its thin crescent being visible the following night, and setting twenty minutes after the sun; on the second Sunday it sets at five minutes after ten; on the third Sunday it rises four minutes before sunset and shines all night; and on the fourth Sunday it rises at nineteen minutes before nine at night.

The moon is near to Uranus on the 2nd, to Mercury on the 7th, to Venus on the 8th, to Mars on the 9th, to Saturn on the 12th, to Jupiter on the 25th, to Aldebaran on the 26th, and to Uranus for the second time this month on the 30th.

Mercury both rises and sets after the sun all the month ; but its time of setting only for a short time exceeds half an hour after sunset, and this planet is therefore unfavourably situated for observation.

Venus is an evening star, setting fifty-four minutes after the sun on the 3rd, and one hour and four minutes on the 30th.

Mars, also an evening star, sets at seven minutes after eight on the 1st, and at ten minutes before seven on the 30th.

Jupiter rises at four minutes before nine on the evening of the 1st, and at seven o'clock on the 30th.

Saturn, an evening star, sets on the 1st at five minutes after ten, and on the 30th at fifteen minutes after eight.

Uranus rises before midnight after the 10th.

Neptune rises between seven and eight in the evening the first half of the month, and between six and seven after the 15th.

Summer ends this month, and autumn commences, on the 23rd, twenty-eight minutes after midnight, when the sun enters Libra and passes the equator, going south. Day and night are of equal duration on that day.

Summer is the longest of the

And lay your hand upon me; there-press

it on my head. And listen, father, while I speak, for soon

I'm going home. Oh! I could die so happy, if I thought that

you would come. I've heard the preacher tell you, no drunkard

enters heaven; Then, father, give up drinking, and pray to

be forgiven. O father! will you promise that when

from earth I'm gone, You'll sign the pledge and keep it, like

Uncle John has done? And, father, pray to Jesus to take all your Oh! will you, will you promise this? Dear

father, don't say nay!” The drunkard bowed his head, and the pro

mise then was given, And his dying daughter whispered : “I will pray


in heaven : Yes, there I'll not forget you. Oh ! I hope

you'll join me soon; I feel that I am going, but I'm only going

home.” The child fulblled her mission, and her

gentle spirit fled, And that father wept in anguish for his only

comfort dead. He signed the pledge, but found it hard his

solemn vow to keep, He longed to drown bis agony, and sleep the

drunkaru 3 sleep. But that gentle voice seemed whispering

unceasing in his ear, “I could die happy, father, if I thought

you'd meet me there; Oh! will you pray to Jesus, and seek to be

forgiven ?" And his angel child seemed saying: “I'll

pray for you in heaven.” And soon that prayer was answered, a con

trite heart was given; And now he's gone to meet his child, and

dwell with her in heaven,

Methodist Temperance Magazine,

Passing Ebents.

Months succeed each other in rapid succession. At least, so they seem to us.

No sooner has the final revise of the second sheet of the number passed from our hands, and we are able to breathe a little freely, than the printer's boy is in upon us for copy

for the next number. It is well for us that, through the prompt labours of our staff of helpers, we have generally a supply in our portfolio. Thirty-two pages of matter are required monthly. We have never yet been reduced to the condition of some early editors, who had to supply blank columns by portions of the Bible. It is true that a Bible could not be purchased in those days for sixpence.

Since we last met our readers, the great act of the session of the Imperial Parliament has become law.

The Irish Church is to be disestablished. Although we cannot bring our minds to think that this act will regenerate Ireland, nevertheless, we do hope that it may tend to glorify God and benefit that country:

The conferences of the various Methodist bodies have taken place. The fact which stares us in the face is this — that, with the hundreds of salaried and the thousands of unsalaried preachers, Methodism, numerically, scarcely keeps its own. The rise or fall of the membership is a pretty fair gauge of its spiritual state. Further, if the Methodist bodies do not rise in numbers and spirituality, where are we to look for the spread of scriptural holiness through the land? The fact that the population is advancing at a more rapid rate than religion is spreading should stir us all up to pray, “O Lord, revive thy work.”

Mutual-Did Ossociation Reporter.

NORTHAMPTON BRANCH. dom, Mrs. Rainbow, Mrs. G. Smith, MY DEAR BROTHER CRESWELL,-I Mrs. Ireson, Mrs. J. Wilson, Mrs. J. have great pleasure in handing over Wright, Mrs. R. E. Greenhough, and to you, for the benefit of the old and Mr. R. Groom. After the tea the worn-out local preachers, the sum of public meeting was held in Grafton £22 2s. 9d. from the Northampton Street chapel, the Rev. Jno. Watson, Branch of the Local Preachers' superintendent minister, occupying Mutual-Aid Association.

the chair, and the meeting was adTwo sermons were preached on dressed by the Rev. John Brown, the behalf of the Association on Sunday, Rev. Thomas Adams, and Brothers the 18th of July, by Mr. E. Vernon, Hind, Cooper, Matthews, E. Vernon, of Towcester. The morning service Lenton, J. Marsh, Kent, Pinney, and was held in the Lecture Hall, Gold Shaw. The meeting was a most inStreet (the chapel being closed for the teresting one, as well spiritually as time for alterations and repairs). The financially. Votes of thanks being hall was well filled, and the congre- given to the chairman, to the ladies gation listened attentively to a very

for their kindness in providing tea, earnest and impressive discourse and to Mr. Vernon, who well deserves from the words, “Nothing but leaves." the thanks for the good services

The evening service was held in he has rendered to the Association, Grafton Street chapel, where Mr. the meeting was brought to a close. Vernon preached to

crowded The local Committee tender their audience from the words, “How shall best thanks to the friends in connection we escape if we neglect so great sal- with both chapels in Northampton vation ? the collections being in and throughout the circuit for the advance of last year.

kind manner in which they have resOn Monday, the 19th, the tea and ponded to their call for assistance public meeting was held; about 120 in behalf of the old and worn-out sat down to tea, the trays being local preachers. given by Mrs. Ed. Rush, Mrs. Wis

John LENTON, Local Sec.


four shillings per week from this date.

Brother G. J., of D., aged 73, a preacher for 36 years, has no income from any source whatever; has been in two clubs, but both are broken up. His weekly labour produces on the average about 7s. He has a wife, aged 76, in delicate health. His seven children are married, and have large families to maintain. He suffers from rheumatism in his hands. It was resolved that he should have three shillings per week.

An order was drawn on the treasurer for the payment of the publisher's account.

Prayer was offered by Brother Coman, and the meeting was closed.

The next monthly meeting will be held at Brother Gully's, 3, Montague Place, Poplar (near Poplar Church), on Wednesday, 8th Sept., at 5 p. m.

GENERAL COJIMITTEE. The monthly meeting was held at Sister English's, No. 412, New Cross Road, Deptford, on Monday, Aug. 9th.

Present:-The President, Brothers Cuthbertson, Coman, Durley, J. Carter, Jameson, Sims, and Creswell.

Brother Cuthbertson opened the meeting with prayer.

The minutes were read and confirmed.

The General Secretary was reelected for the ensuing year on the usual terms.

Some matters arising out of the minutes were considered, and suitable action taken thereon.

The subject of ways and means was further postponed.

The Secretary reported the deaths of three brethren. One had been upon the funds 410 weeks. Another, aged thirty-eight, was killed at the Haydock colliery explosion. There were fifty-six upon the sick list, and ninety-five were annuitants. The total received from branches was £456 16s. 6d., the total paid to them, £380 6s. 5d.

The following cases were then considered and determined :

Brother A. C., of L., aged 78, a preacher for 50 years, described as suffering from paralysis, with no income or earnings, except a small

pension from the muster roll; is widower; has four children grown up; has been chiefly supported by his family. It was ordered that he have three shillings per week.

Brother Ĝ. B., of S., aged 73, a preacher for 47 years, has no income, nor earnings, nor wife, has seven children who have helped him during the last four years, and who hope to do so still as far as their means allow. It was resolved that he have


DIED. June 26, 1869. John Crook, of Hinckley Circuit, aged 77. Claim £2. He died eminently peaceful, calmly resting his soul upon the atoning merits of Christ. He had been on the funds 410 weeks, and had received £82.

Aug. 4, 1869. William Yeates, of Haydock, St. Helen's Circuit, aged 38. He died from burns, occasioned by fire damp in the Haydock Colliery. He stated before his death that if he had religion to seek, he could not have obtained it, his pains were so excruciating. He died in peace,

June 13, 1869. Letitia Gayford, of Bawdeswell, Cawston Circuit, aged 70. Her husband relinquished his claim for funeral allowance, as the committee had just placed him on the superannuated list. She died happy in her Redeemer.

July 3, 1869. Mrs. Garrett, of Newport Pagnell Circuit, aged 48. Claim £3. Her end was peace."


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Malton 1st
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Kineton-Mr. Gardner, of Wroxton
Northampton 2nd—Mr. A. Hollowell, of Preston Deanery
Kingswood—Mr. Butler, hm. £1 1s; Mrs. Butler, hm. £1 1s
Nottingham - Richard Hall, Esq. Nottingham Park
Launceston-John Dingley, Esq. 78 68; Edward Pethy-
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Bristol-R. M. S. Esq. 88; Mr. F. 1s; for the poor Old

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WalsallJ. Brewer, sen. Esq. hm. £1 Is; Messrs. Marsh

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Forest of Dean
Cleckheaton-Mr. Barrit, Churswell, hm. £1; Mr. D.

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Addingham and Keighley Mr. John Dimsdale, hm. 2 qrs.
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Penzance and Marazion
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Shipley.-Collected by Bro. John Murgatroyd, as under:

Jos. Dawson, Esq. 10s; William Duncan, Esq. 5s; J.
Pullan, Esq. 5s; Miss llan, 3s; Mr. William Starkey,
2s 6d; Mr. R. T. Williamson, 2s 6d; Mr. John Murgatroyd,
2s; Mr. John Slater, 2s; Mr. John Gott, ls; Mrs. John
Gott, Mr. Jonathan Cooper, 1s; Miss Jane Richardson,

Southwark-Mr. Sanders, Grimsby, 2s 6d; Mr. J. M. Strat-

ton, £5; Mrs. Lee, hm. £1; Mrs. Barnett, hm. £1 ls; per

Bro. Parker
Hinde Street
Salisbury-Collected by Bro. Barrett at Fordingbridge
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, Sutton, 32nd don. to aid the
worn-out Local Preachers
Northampton 1st-Proceeds of Tea and Public Meeting, as

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