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“ scientific turn" will luxuriate amongst “the common things” described by Mr. Bower.
ANGLO-ISRAELISM REFUTED. By R.
Roberts. Pitman. MEN who have been disposed to believe that Britishers form the lost ten tribes of Israel should purchase this lecture, and inwardly digest its statements. Its reasoning is masculine, its exegesis sound and reliable in the main, and its effect on Mr. Hine's positions sublimely destructive. As a logical tournament this discussion is extremely enjoyable; but the effort in the Appendix to construct the future of the world is blighted by the mildow of the Physical “Personal Reign" Theory.
WILL Jones's WORKSHOP: THE STORY OF
AN EARNEST SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER.
By Rev. Robert Tuck, B.A. S. 8. Union. A BOOK that “ embodies" the truth concerning the way in which the work of teachers should be done in a tale is more likely to enter in at lowly doors than profound treatises discussing mental laws, and elaborately describing the conditions of successful tuition. In Will Jones you see how the work has been done, with what tools, and under what difficulties, how help has been gained, and evils avoided. As a book for the training of teachers it is one of the most useful we have seen.
THE SCIENCE OF COMMON THINGS. By
John A. Bower, F.C.S. S. S. Union. This is a capital introduction to scientific facts and scientific ideas. It is at once accurate and popular; reliable in its statement, clear in style and exposition, exceedingly wise in its choice of subjocts, and altogether most interesting. It discusses such machines as lovors and pulleys; tells how a thermometer is made; explains the electric telegraph and the steam engine. The boy or girl with a
LONDON AND ITS RELIGIOUS FEATURES.
By H. L. Williams. Longley. CHEAP, concise, and comprehensive; not always accurate, but likely to be useful to visitors who want to know but little about London's memorable sites and buildings, and to have that little for a penny.
Information should be sent by the 16th of the month to 51, Porchester Road, Westbourne Park,
CONFERENCES. MIDLAND CONFERENCE.—The next Conference will be held at Barton on WhitWednesday, June 4. Devotional service at eleven a.m. After which the Rev. W. H. Tetley will preach. Conference
J. SALISBURY, Sec.
at two p.m.
The SOUTHERN CONFERENCE met at Berkhampstead, May 7. At 11.30, the Rev. G. W. M'Creo preached from Phil. iv. 3. At 12.30 conference business. Fourteen churches reported, showing a net increase of 105. At six a public Home Missionary Meeting, at which addresses were delivered by Revs. J. Clifford, G. W. M'Cree, J. F. Jones, J. Menzies, D. McCallum, and W. H. Payne. The next Conference will be held at Westbourne Park Chapel.
W. H. SMITH, Secretary.
tan College. On Easter Monday, tea meeting, and public meeting at night. Chairman, Mr. B. Baldwin. Speakers, Rov. E. Stevenson, A. Greer of Quorndon, and Mr. Carter. Proceeds, £28 10s., applied to reduction of debt on new chapel.
New CHAPEL AT DYKE, a branch of the church at Bourn, was oponed, May 7. It is a neat and commodious building, and is to be used both as a place of worship and a school-room. The first services were conducted by the Rev. S. S. Allsop. Rev. W. Orton, pastor of the church, preached May 11. The congregations were large, and in the evenings the place was filled to overflowing. A public meeting, May 19. Mr. W. R. Wherry presided, when “Memorial Bibles” were presented to the scholars, and addresses delivered on the 66 Value of the Scriptures,” “the Teaching of the Young, and on “the Past History of the School.” The entire outlay, about £400. The proceeds of the opening services were about £41 2s. ld.; the amount received at the laying of 6 Memorial Stones” was £46 ls. 6d; one of the teachers purchased the site at a cost of
friends, and in the presence of a large company of people from Wisbech, Holbeach, Long Sutton, Tydd, etc. The stalls, which were tastefully arranged and well stocked, will realize £50 towards the £220 expended for the vestry and burial ground.
BURNLEY, Ebenezer.-On April 26 the members met to present to Mr. William Proctor a marble timepiece as Secretary. The following inscription was engraven on a silver plate, “Presented to Mr. William Proctor by the mombers and friends of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Burnley, for his long and faithful services as Secretary, April 26th, 1879.” Mr. Alderman Whittaker, one of the deacons, presided, and made the presentation. Mr. Proctor responded, and Mr. James Nutter spoke on the duties and privileges of Christians.
£17, and presented it as a thankoffering, and private subscriptions amount to nearly £200.
HITCHIN, Walsworth Road.-On March 26th the Band of Hope in connection with the Sunday school gave an entertainment. During the evening the pastor of the church, Rev. G. Wright, announced himself as now belonging to the ranks of total abstainers. We have now a pastor, a superintendent, and several teachers to aid us by personal effort and example.
LEICESTER, Friar Lane.-The senior deacon of this church completed his eightieth year, May 7. Fifty of those years having been spent in connection with the church at Friar Lane, ho called his friends together to rejoice with him, and to celebrate the goodness of God. The pastor presided, the speeches were brief and pithy, and the social gathering was one of much profit and pleasure.
LONGFORD, Salem.—The pastor's Bible class was closed for the season on Easter Tuesday, when Mr. J. Massey, on behalf of the sixty members of the class presented a beautiful timepiece to Mr. Cantrell as a token of gratitude and esteem.
MEASHAM.-Chapel re-opened April 13 and 14, after being closed soveral weeks for renovation. The Rev. G. Barker proached. On Monday a public tea was held, and a service of song given, the connective readings being read by the pastor, Rev. E. Yemm. Attendance and collections very good.
MOSSLEY, HELP FOR.—Mossley contains a population of 16,000 inhabitants, and until very recently was without a Baptist Church.
A few residents are formed into a church, and have engaged the Rev. S. Skingle to be their pastor. The Co-operative Hall has also been rented as a preaching room and Sunday school. The church and congregation are willing to do their very best, but for some time will need the help of friends to assist them in meeting the expenses of this good work for Christ. It is intended to hold a Bazaar sometime in the month of July, 1879. Help in any form will be very thankfully received. Address, Rev. S. Skingle, Ramsden's Houses, Mossley, near Manchester. [This is so good and deserving a case
that I have undertaken to be responsible for £10. I have to pay by the end of June. Will anybody help?—ED.]
SUTTON ST. JAMES.- A Bazaar was held in aid of our chapel vestry and burial ground fund on Easter Monday. It was opened by Mr.J.Crabtree, of Wisbech, supported by Mr. J. Laing, of Wisbech, Mr. Montague Mather, of London, and other
CHAPEL ANNIVERSARIES. DERBY, Watson Street.-Rev. J. Hubbard, of Chilwell College, preachod, May 11. On the Monday following tea was provided, after which a public meeting was held.
Mr. G. Dean presided, and addresses were delivered by Messrs. J. Hubbard, G. Slack, S. Chambers, and A. Andrews. Proceeds, £7.
GRIMSBY.-Anniversary and recognition services were held, May 11. Rev. J. T. Owers preached. On the Monday following there was a tea and public meeting. The Rev. J. Manning was recognized as pastor, and addresses were delivered by Revs. W. Woods, J. T. Owers, W. Orton, J. Manning, J. Fordyce, M.A., R. Harrison, J. T. Shepherd, and S. Parkes. Services were profitable. Collections, £30 10s.
SCHOOL ANNIVERSARIES. BURTON-ON-TRENT.—Preacher, Rev. G. W. M'Croe. Collections, £40.
CHESTERTON. Preacher, Mr. John Evans. Collections, £20 10s.
DENHOLME. Preacher, Rov. J. K. Chappelle. Collections, £37 ls 3d.
HUGGLESCOTE.---Preacher, Rev. W. H. Tetley. Collections, £70.
KILBOURNE.—Preachers, Rev. W. H. Tetley, and T. H. Bennett.
LEEDS, Wintoun Street.-Preacher, Rov. W. Sharman. Colls. better than last year.
LEICESTER, Friar Lane.-Preachers, Revs. J. H. Atkinson and F. B. Meyer, B.A. Collections, £52.
LONGFORD, Salem.-- Preacher, Rov. J. P. Barnett. Collections, £25.
LONG EATON.—Preacher, Rov. J. Jolly. Collections, £20 4s. 3d.
NaNTWICH.-Preacher, Rev. I Preston. Collections good.
NEWTHORPE. Preacher, Rev. R. F. Griffiths. Collections, £14.
FITCH, REV. J. J., was recognized as the pastor of Broad Street Church, Nottingham, May 15. Mr. Arnold Goodliffe presided. Rev. J. H. Atkinson delivered an address on 66 The Character of the Christian Church.” The Chairman then narrated the circumstances connected with Mr. Fitch's call to the pastorate : and Mr. Fitch responded, giving some details of his ministerial career, and a brief statement of his beliefs and purposes. Professor Gracey spoke on “Ministerial Work,” and Professor Goadby, B.A., on "The Duties of Church Members.” The Revs. E. Medley, B.A., and H. Bonner, took part in the procedings.
GODFREY, Rev. J. R., after seven years labour at Nazebottom, Hebden Bridge, has accepted the unanimous invitation of the church at Bulwell, Nottingham, and expects to begin his pastorate there June 8.
ARMITAGE. - March 31, at Clayton, Betty Armitage, aged forty-six.
HARRISON.-May 16, at Ventnor, I. W., aged forty-five, Jane, the beloved wife of the Rev. John Harrison, late of Ryde, and formerly of Birmingham. She lived in full assurance of faith, and died in perfect peace.
HARRIS L. HENRY.-May 2, at Market Har. borough, our venerated brother closed a long and honourable life. He was one of the founders of this church, having identified himself with it at its commencement in 1830. Forty-seven years he served the office of deacon well, and was unwavering in his attachment to the church, being seldom absent from the sanctuary until he was laid aside by age and infirmities. He retained his mental vigour to the last, and died triumphantly rejoicing in the Saviour he had so long loved and served. His age was eighty-six.
G. PAYNE. DAY.-March 24, Jane, wife of Henry Day, 2, Wilford Grove, Nottingham (formerly Mrs. William Thirlby, of Leicester), aged sixty-five.
FYSH, ANTHONY, was born at Fleet in April, 1823. In that village his early years were spent; and there, while still young, he was baptized and received into the church. He was earnest in different departments of Christian labour, and especially as a Sunday school teacher and local preacher. In many of the surrounding villages he rendered frequent help. For nine years he supplied at Gedney Hill every month; for twenty-eight years he went to Tydd St. Giles once a month; and for thirty years preached occasionally at Gedney Broadgate. He delivered his last sermon at Tydd only a fortnight before his death. He also held the office of deacon for many years.
The painfully sudden death of his wife, some time ago, affected him much, and he never seemed to regain bis former vigour. During his last ill. ness a friend said to him, “Is Christ precious to you now?" He replied, “You know I have tried to live to Christ, and now I am simply trusting in Jesus."
He was mercifully sustained by Divine grace until he breathed his last on March 22nd, 1879. His pastor, the Rev. C. Barker, preached his funeral sermon from, “With Christ, which is far better." Peterborough.
THOMAS BARRASS. GOODALL, MARY, of Derby, after a long and painful illness, breathed her last on the 3rd of April, 1879, aged sixty-nine. She became a member of the Baptist Church at Dover Street, Leicester, in the year 1836, and was baptized by the Rev. Joseph Goadby. Her course was a truly consistent one. As a lowly disciple, as a faithful wife and loving mother, she was most exemplary. Her end was peace.
TUNLEY, MARY ELIZABETH, was born on the 8th of May, 1864. While but a little one she was sent to the G. B. Sunday school at Ibstock, being received into the infant class, and gradually passing from class to class, until she became a member of the senior Bible class. At the early age of twelve years she was led, by God's grace, to give her heart to Christ, and after due consideration on the part of her parents and pastor she was baptized on the first Sunday in August, 1876, and united in membership with the Ibstock church. But our dear young sister was not to remain a member of the church on earth. On the 23rd of March she complained of pain and sickness. After three weeks severe suffering she fell asleep in Jesus, April 15th, 1879. “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy
BELPER.-Five, by J. Bonser.
BIRCHCLIFFE.-Eighteen, by W. Gray-one the youngest son of the pastor.
Boston.--Six, by J. Jolly. BRADFORD.--Nine, by W. Wood. GRANTHAM.—Two, by A. Gibson. GRIMSBY.-Eleven, by J. Manning. LONGTON.-Seven, by c. T. Johnson. LONDON, Commercial Road.-Eleven, by J. Fletcher. LONDON, Church Street.-Three, by D. Burns.
Praed Street, &c.-Four. LOUTH, North Gate.-Two, by E. H. Jackson -one a Wesleyan Methodist.
MARKET HARBORO'.-Two, by G. Payne.
ROTHLEY.-One, by G. Loyley:
MARRIAGES. MILLS-KAY.-May 6, at Enon Chapel, Burnley, by Rev. J. Turner, Mr. Edmund Mills of oldbam, to Miss Miranda Kay of Burnley.
MITCHELL-WILKINSON.-May 3, at the G. B. chapel, Clayton, by the Rev. J. A. Andrews, Mr. John Mitchell, to. Miss Esther Wilkinson, both of Clayton.
Death of Mrs. Thomas Bailey.
BEFORE this Observer reaches their hands, many of our readers will have learnt with profound sorrow of the death of Mrs. Thomas Bailey. This very painful and mysterious event occurred at Cuttack, on Thursday, the 10th April, in the house of our beloved brother, Dr. Buckley. Writing on April 8th, Dr. Buckley referred to the alarming symptoms, and for a time it was feared that the end was near; but as they became more favourable, a hope was entertained that her precious life might be spared. It has pleased God, however, to ordain otherwise, and in recording the sorrowful event our esteemed brother observes :
“The hand of the Lord is heavy upon us. Dear Mrs. Bailey sleeps in Jesus—for her a most blessed change, but the loss to our dear brother and to the motherless children is one that words cannot describe. And to the Mission it is a deeply mysterious and painful event, but the Lord has done it and therefore it must be right. It is a time to remember
Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him. It will be a comfort to the relatives to know that everything possible was done in the way of medical assistance. If such an event had happened at Derby or Nottingham I do not know of anything that could have been done that was not done at Cuttack. Three doctors were in consultation on the case—Drs. Stewart and Thomas, the civil and military surgeons of Cuttack; and Dr. Naylor, of Sumbulpore. The first and the last were here very frequently. We have to be still, and know that He is God. Much sympathy will, I am sure, be felt, and many prayers offered for the bereaved husband and three motherless children. The little baby is going on well."
In our next issue we hope to give the affecting narrative of our departed sister's dying experience; also a translation of a touching letter from the orphan girls at Piplee, written after they had received the sad tidings of Mrs. Bailey's death.
FROM the last Observer our friends would learn of the illness of Mr. Pike. Writing on the 8th of April, after referring to the alarming illness of Mrs. Bailey, Dr. Buckley remarks :
Mr. Pike's health has also occasioned few days since. He appeared to me to us much anxiety. It is six weeks since be quite free from fover; and the doctor he returned to Cuttack, after getting spoke to me more favourably yesterday ninety miles on the way to Sumbulpore. about his case than he has recently done. He has had two or three returns of the We united in spirit with dear friends fever, by which he has been much en- at home on Lord's-day, and at the misfeebled, and I begin to fear that it may sionary prayer-meeting last evening. bo jungle or malarious fover, which I The lesson of the troublous scenos know by experience to be a very treacher- through which we are just now passing ous foe, often striking when least ex- is Psalm xlvi. 10. The name of our God pocted, and robbing you of strength to a “ will be exalted among the heathen” fearful extent. I am thankful, however, whether it be by the active labours or to say that the symptoms this morning the patient sufferings of His servants were decidedly moro favourable than a and handmaidens.
On April 15th Dr. Buckley adds :Brother Piko is, I think, better. He son before us he is not likely to gain keeps free from fever, but is weak; and much strength here. They leave (D.v.) with two months of the terrible hot sea- for Pooree in two or three days.
In this day of darkness and death, of affliction and anxiety, we trust our friends at home will cry unto the Lord on behalf of His servants and His cause in Orissa. May it please God not only to preserve their precious lives, but by these painful dispensations so to arouse the home churches that they shall give themselves no rest until the hands of their enfeebled and overburdened brethren and sisters are strengthened and relieved.
The Orissa Missionary Conference. An account of the Orissa Conference (which is the event of the year among our native Christians, and is long looked forward to and talked about) has already been given by Dr. Buckley, whose facile pen has for so many years described these annual gatherings. As, however, by the Minutes a better idea is afforded of the amount and details of the business transacted on these occasions, we have the pleasure to place them before our readers. May we request that they be carefully read and pondered. In this case, we feel persuaded that our friends will not only gain a better insight into the working of the Mission; a clearer conception as to the greatness, variety, and importance of the work that is being carried forward, but will receive a stimulus to further prayer, effort, and liberality, on behalf of the sacred cause. The Secretary, Dr. Buckley writes :
The Orissa Missionary Conference Percival Edwin Heberlet, and on and commenced its sittings in the Mission after the 20th, John Vaughan. On the College on November 18th, 1878, and 20th and 22nd, the native preachers, continued in session till the following students, colporteurs, and delegates of Saturday, November 23rd.
Churches, united with us. Present-W. Brooks, J. Buckley, W. Brother Miller opened the Conference Miller, T. Bailey, J. G. Pike, H. Wood, by reading and prayer, after which