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IV. ONE Man's WORK ANOTHER'S SECURITY.—It is not enough for the guide to lead: he has more more to do than show the way. On him rests, to a large degree, the responsibility of his followers. If they are hurt in limb or life, he loses credit. Hence his axe, his ropes, his ladder, and his carefulness. Forward over the snow the leadergoes, cutting his foot-prints so sharply, and planting his foot so firmly, that where he has stood we may stand : and his successive stops become the rounds of the staircase by which we climb to the top of the Pass. It is one thing to say this is the way: it is another and a better to make the ascent of the way so safe that no pilgrim can get hurt. A wise guide knows where to go to do that: what shelving snow to avoid, what detours to make, and never plants his followers anywhere except where he has safe foothold. Wise guides make sure of their own footing before they ask any one to stand where they are—80 does their work become the security of other men.
V. ONE Man's FAULT ANOTHER'S DANGER. I shall never forget one moment in the descent of the Piz Languard. We had recently passed a gentleman and two ladies, in charge of a guide, and had cheered them by the assurance that they had not far to go before they would reach the coveted summit. A shout was heard, and looking round the guide was seen rolling at a fearful rate down a steep ledge of snow and rock, and after him, at some distance, the gentleman. Suddenly, and speedily, the latter was stopped by a projecting boulder: and a similar piece of good fortune checked the further progress of the guide. With limbs bruised and hands bleeding the guide recovered the snow path, and the party continued the ascent and reached the top in safety. The guide was the greater sufferer, and yet the fault, it seems, was not his. One false step was taken, and it imperilled not only the life of him who took it, but also that of his guide as well. Leaders are not beyond risk of being hurt by those they seek to lead.
VI. A PAINFUL EQUATION.–At St. Nicolaus I accosted a Swiss porter who spoke English with such fluency that I said to him, “Why you are half an Englishman.” Putting on a most lugubrious expression, he said at once, “No, I am not English. English are rich. poor, very poor.” I confess I did not feel that my country was flattered by the contrast. I have no objection to money; not the slightest. I often wish I had more. Indeed a few large sums would be very acceptable just now: but I felt a
little humiliated that this Swiss porter should have no loftior conception of an Englishman than that he was a dilated money-bag. The equation, Englishman= well-filled money bag, was painful to me. Our centuries of training, our “glorious constitution in Church and State,” our succession of huge sacrifices and heroic conflicts, our aggressive colonisation, expanding commerce and exalted civilisation; and, above all, our Christianity, all to issue in making a living and breathing money-holder! If this be so, then, pity it is, it is so. Yet, is not that the equation we are working out all over the world, with our policy of incessant annexation, our greed of gain, and our tainted commerce. We shall not be doing all we ought until we put a higher meaning, and a nobler inspiration, into the ancient and wide-spread name of Englishman.
VII. UP OR Down.-It is that makes the difference. Down in the valley we have a vague, unreal idea, of the size of mountains and of the distance of their peaks. We were perpetually taking lessons in the deceptive appearances of mountain scenery.
Rocks, looking like tombstones in a graveyard at a distance of five or six miles are found to be four or five hundred feet in height when approached. Half a mile grows into three miles and a half as you go from stop to step. The powder that attends the falling avalanche consists of huge and terrific masses of snow and ice and rock that go crashing and crushing all along their course. That dark speck in the glacier that looks like a solitary tourist is a gigantic crevasse, with perpendicular sides of glimmering blue ice.” You must traverse the hills to know them. You cannot know them so long as you are down. You must ascend to know.
Let us rise. We are the victims of ignorance and illusion so long as we are on the low ground of our animal life; it is as we rise into purity and benevolence that we approach the truth, and get to know what really is. God is above. We must ascend the hills of faith and love and duty to meet with Him and know Him as He is. Even Byron makes the Alps rebuke us
"Above me are the Alps, The palaces of Nature, whose vast walls Have pinacled in clouds their snowy scalps, And throned Eternity in icy halls Of cold sublimity, where forms and falls The avalanche,-the thunderbolt of snow! All that expands the spirit, yet appals,
Gather around the summits, as to show How earth may soar to heaven, yet leave vain
man below.” Let us rise.
as well as for its fitness for the function of an autographic register. It is strong, well bound, and elegant. Each book contains copies of the autographs of Mr. and Mrs. Spurgeon.
REGENERATION : ITS CONDITIONS
METHODS. By Robert Craig, M.A.
T. D. Morrison. This is not a dry theological discussion, and yet it handles, in a direct and thoroughgoing way, some of the profoundest questions of theology. The contributions of recent science, and the results of historical inquiry, are skilfully used to give a freshness and a vital energy to an old theme. The vigorous exposure of erroneous methods sanctioned by high names and wide-spread churches; the clear description of the human elements in the great change; the glorious breadth of the interpretation of the sacrifice of Christ, render this treatise on · Regeneration” a valuable contribution to the literature of the day. The book has the merit—no slight one on such a theme-of being so written that it will bo read.
HOUSE AND HOME: A JOURNAL FOR ALL
CLASSES. 335, Strand, W.C. We have perused several numbers of this excellent serial, and have much pleasure in calling the attention of our readers to its contents. As its title indicates, it deals with the “ House,” its construction on sanitary principles; societies for housebuilding; improvements in arrangement: and with the “ Home,” the health, the morals, and the general welfare of its inmates. It is well edited, and is sure to render good service to all who read it.
JOHN TRUMAN'S RISE IN LIFE.
By Algernon Rivers. Stock. THE“purpose,” or “moral,” of this story for young men” is frankly avowed and fully described. There is no attempt at disguising the author's object. The work lacks “ art,” and is a plain, straightforward account of the career of an honest business man; his principles and his trials, his faith and his successes. It is more like a biography than a story.
TAE SINGER'S GUIDE. By John Adcock.
Novello & Co. Price 1s. Second edition. This work consists of plain and practical rules for the pronunciation, in singing, of English, Italian, and Latin, with examples and exercises. It also has a pronouncing dictionary of musical terms, a pronouncing vocabulary of musicians, and of Scripture proper names; and indeed forms an admirable guide to distinct and accurate enunciation in song. So far as book-work can enable any one to sing so as to give the exact sound of a word, this book will do it. The observations on chanting are also good, as far as they go; but for chanting, as for much else in singing and out of it, steady and diligent practise within sight and hearing of a skilled musician is absolutely necessary. Preachers would do well to obtain this singer's guide, for, of course, all preachers are singers. Young and old in our congregations will alike gain help from it. We heartily commend it.
SONGS OF Rest. Edited by W. R. Nicol,
MA. Macniven & Wallace, Edinburgh.
Nisbet; Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. This is an exquisite book. Externally it is most attractive, being bound in gilt and white vellum. Internally the paper is superfine, and the print clear. The poems are chosen with admirable skill and taste. Most of them are fresh, and all of them are of high literary merit, and charged with a bracing and refreshing air. It will be an angel of blessing to many.
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CHRISTIAN CHURCHES. By Joseph Angus,
D.D. Hodder & Stoughton. A new and cheap edition of this valuable work on Christian churches was a desideratum. It ought to be put into the hands of our church members. Friends buying it and distributing it amongst the younger disciples of Christ will confer real and lasting service on the church of the Saviour.
Information should be sent by the 16th of the month to 51, Porchester Road, Westbourne Park,
London, W. MIDLAND BAPTIST UNION. in the villages for the past twelve months, The next Annual Meeting will be held in
54 places had been supplied, 658 sermons Derby on Tuesday, Sept. 9. On Monday
preached, and 4,674 miles travelled by
them. evening a preparatory service will held
Taking the whole of the 37 in Osmaston Road Chapel, when the Rev.
preachers, the aggregate would represent James Thew, of Leicester, is expected to
60 churches, 2,632 sermons, and 18,696
delivered by At the meeting on Tuesday
Messrs. J. Mee, J. Braithwaite, W. M. morning (also in Osmaston Road Chapel), the Rov. W. Evans, of Leicester, Presi
Morriss, J. Buswell, D. Gee, G. Payne, dent for the year, will deliver an address.
W. Ashby, and J. Pochin. The Rev. R. B. Wallace, the Evangelist of the Union, will also give an account of
CONFERENCES. his work, and introduce a discussion on the
Business need of evangelistic labour.
FERENCE will assemble at West Vale on will be attended to in the afternoon; and in the evening the Rev. R. Caven, B.A.,
Wednesday, Sept. 24. Rov. Wesley Wood, of Leicester, will preach in St. Mary's
of Bradford, the preacher. Home Mis
sion meeting in the evening: speakers, Gate Chapel. The friends at Derby are prepared to give a hearty welcome to the
Revs. W. Gray, J. Bentley, J. Turner. Union. It is hoped, therefore, that they
John S. GILL, secretary. will be cheered by the presence of many The Autumnal Meeting of the Warvisitors from all parts of the midlands, WICKSHIRE CONFERENCE will be held at specially from the three counties of Not- the New Home Mission Chapel, Vicarage tingham, Derby, and Leicester.
Walk, Walsall, on Monday, Sept. 29. W. R. STEVENSON, Secretary. Every member of the Conference should CHURCH REGISTER.
make a point of seeing in this denomi
national chapel, what any one may see, LEICESTER AND LEICESTERSHIRE
as fine a specimen of Christian vigour, PREACHERS' ASSOCIATION
and common sense, as Staffordshire can Met at Market Harborough, August 4th, show. Besides, every man ought to look under the presidency of Mr. W. Herring, after his own property. who read a paper on “The various aspects LL. HOWARD Parsons, Secretary. of society, and the vast need of an earnest and intelligent ministry, whether
CHAPELS. lay or stated, to meet its religious requirements.” Resolutions on the Burials' ASHBY.—New ORGAN.—Rev. C. Clark, Question and Sunday Closing Bills were late of Melbourne, Australia, preached carried unanimously. Messrs. G. Colver, two sermons for the New Organ Fund, E. Smith, W. Ashby, G. Payne, J. Bus- July 20. Collections, £24. well, J. Wilford, G. Burden, A. Lythall, COALVILLE-PASTOR'S HOUSE. SerJ. Thorpe, and J. Mee, taking part in the mons were preached on Sunday, July 20, discussion. After tea an open-air service by the Rev. E. Yemm, to defray expenses was held in the Market Place, presided of putting the pastor's house, purchased over by Mr. J. Thorpe, and addresses four years ago, in trust for the G. B. were given by Messrs. G. Colver and E. denomination. Collection, £. Smith. Councillor Wilford presided at Our church here is seeking, by means the evening meeting. Mr. A. Lythall, of a bazaar in November, to extinguish a the Secretary, read the report, which debt of £450, and will be glad of the stated that it had lost two members by practical sympathy of distant friends, death, while two others had joined the and they ought to obtain it. Society. The Association now numbers EPWORTH.—The Rev. W. M. Anderson thirty-seven. About the close of last has recently erected, at his own expense, year it had received an application from a now vestry and a new baptistery, and the church at Market Harborough to presented the same to the church for use supply their pulpit during 1879. Up to on baptismal occasions. the present that request had been carried KIRKDALE-NEW CHAPEL.-The founout to the satisfaction of the friends. dation-stone of a new school chapel for Two persons had lately been added to the the congregation of the Rev. W. Bathchurch, who were baptized on May 4th, gate, was laid at Kirkdale, July 3, under by Mr. G. Payne. Out of nine reports the auspices of tho Liverpool Baptist sent in by the brethren of their labours Union.
LONDON, Church Street, Edgeware Road. -Extensive improvements of the interior having been carried out, the chapel was re-opened by a service on July 16, when a sermon was delivered by Rev. J. Baldwin Brown, B.A. On the following Sunday, July 20, Rev. J. C. Jones, M.A., preached twice, and on the 21st a tea and public meeting was held, when addresses were delivered by Hon. Sir S. L. Tilley (Financial Minister of Canada), Hon. and Rev. W. H. Freemantlo (Vicar of St. Mary's, Bryanstone Square), Revs. W. J. Avery, J. Fletcher, and Messrs. J. S. Balfour, G. Dibley, C. S. Brayne, etc. Upwards of £700 are required to defray the cost of these alterations and other expenses, of which about £630 have been given or promised.
LONGFORD, Salem.—A bazaar was held, July 22 and 23, and notwithstanding grave fears in consequence of the condition of trade, was very successful. The stalls were well furnished, prepared by the ladies of the church and congregation, and sent by many friends formerly connected with the place, as well as by personal friends at Burton, Barton, Todmorden, Halifax, etc. Though scarcely any response was given to the appeal made in the G. B. Magazine, great sympathy was shown by members of other denominations, especially the Established Church, the Vicar of the parish kindly lending the furniture for the stalls. The bazaar was opened by J. B. Loudon, Esq., of Coventry, the pastor, and neighbouring ministers, taking part. Including a fow subscriptions upwards of £142 received, and a clear profit was made of £120, thus relieving from a considerable financial burden this old church, which has had to struggle against the difficulties arising from a fluctuating and frequently depressed trade, and which, having supplied many other churches with some of their most useful members, and done its best to support denominational work, perhaps deserves a little more recognition and sympathy from the denomination than in this instance it has received.
LOUGHBOROUGH, Baxter Gate.-Our Band of Hope hell its half-yearly meeting, July 19. The society is growing, the numbers now on the books being 76, with an average attendance of 44.
LYNDHURST.–The anniversary services were held, Aug. 12, 13. The Rev. W. H. Payne, the pastor, preached. A stall of work realised, with the tea meeting, more than £20 towards the improvement of the chapel. At the public meeting addresses were delivered by the Revs. J. B. Burt, T. Evans, J. Johnson, W. Power, J. Wat
son, and W. H. Payne. The treat was given to the scholars of the day and Sunday school on the 15th.
Mossley.— The bazaar recently held has, together with a gift from Hugh Mason, Esq., realized nearly £100. Mr. Hugh Mason opened the bazaar in a most sympathetic and able speech. This new work is progressing satisfactorily. The Editor acknowledges, with thanks, the receipt of 10s. from the Rev. W. Dyson, and 5s. from Mr. J. Andrews, of Leeds. Further aid is needed, and will be approciated.
WALSALL, Vicarage Walk. NEW ORGAN.–Our friends at Walsall, entirely at their own cost, and without any aid from the funds of the Home Mission have placed a new organ in their chapel. It consists of two manuals of fifty-six notes, and pedal organ thirty notes, and is enclosed in a handsome pitch-pine case, from the design of Mr. Markwick, the architect of the chapel. The front pipes are gilt metal, with French mouths, and it is fitted with the new swell pedal. It has 926 pipes, possesses considerable power, the full organ producing a rich volume of tone, while its construction is marked by unusual solidity and high class workmanship. It was opened by Mr. Alfred Russell with an organ performance; and on the following Sunday Rev. E. C. Pike, B.A, preached special sermons.
SCHOOL ANNIVERSARIES. LOUGHBOROUGH, Wood Gate.—Rev. J. Gutteridge, of Manchester, preached on Juno 29. Collections, £60 5s.
QUEENSBURY.-Rev. G. Hester preached. Collections, £52 9s.
MINISTERIAL. ALLSOP, Rev. S. S., of March, has accepted the pastorate of the church at Burton-on-Trent, and will commence his work there in October.
BAILHACHE, THE LATE Rev. CLEMENT. -The numerous friends of this beloved minister will be glad to learn that Mr. Jeremiah Cowdy has generously presented a handsomely framed autotype portrait of him to the Baptist Mission House, and to the Regent's Park College. The likeness is admirable, beaming with that bright and animated expression which those can never forget who saw him at some serenely happy moment of his life.
JARMAN, Rev. G., of Birmingham, has accepted the invitation to the pastorate of Wood Gate church, Loughborough, and commenced his ministry on August 3.
PARKINSON, Rev. J., aftor nearly fivo years labour at New Lenton, has accepted
GRIMSBY.-One, by J. Manning. LONDON, Borough Road.-Seven, by G. W. M'Cree, from Collingwood Street Mission.
LONDON, Praed Street, &c.-Ten.
LOUGHBOROUGH, Baxter Gate.-Four, by C. Savage. MELBOURNE.—Three, by W. Green. MossLEY.-Four, by S. Skingle. NORWICH.-Two, by G. Taylor. SAWLEY.-One, by J. R. Parker. STANTON HILL.-Four, by F. Shacklock. SWADLINCOTE.-Fifteen, by J. J. Irving. WIRKSWORTH.-Four, by Č. Springthorpe. WYMESWOLD.-- Three, by W. Morris.
the pastorate of Queensbury. A farewell tea meeting was held, Aug. 4. Mr. J. Saxby, senior deacon, presided, and presented to Mr. Parkinson a purse of money
and an illuminated address; Mr. S. Tagg • presented a portrait of Mrs. Parkinson
to Mr. Parkinson; Mr. J. Gamble presented a portrait of Mr. Parkinson to Mrs. Parkinson; and Mr. T. Wragg presented Mrs. Parkinson with a cabinet work box. Rev. J. Parkinson acknowledged the kind presents in warm terms, and stated that he and Mrs. P. had received from all the deacons, and many other friends, the warmest sympathy that they could desire, and should look back upon the time spent at Lenton, and the acquaintance formed, with great pleasure. Mr. P. hopes to commence his labours at Queensbury on Sunday, Sept. 14.
PERRIAM, Rev. A. C., has resigned the pastorate of the church at Eastgate, Louth, after over three years faithful ministry. A local paper says, “During Mr. Perriam's stay in the town he has commended himself to at least the whole of the nonconformist section of the community by his Christian liberality. His life amongst us has also exhibited the possibility of the existence of such an individual as a Christian politician, notwithstanding the belief of many that such a character is an incongruity.”
MARRIAGES. TILL-Couch.-August 5, at the Baptist Chapel, Crowle, Lincolnshire, by the Rev. Jabez Stutterd, Mr. William Till, of Eastoft, to Miss Sophia Jane Couch, of Crowle.
OBITUARIES. ARTERTON, GEORGE, aged 23, was struck by lightning during the fearful storm that passed over us on Aug. 3. He was converted to God in November, 1877, and baptized in the following January, and admitted to the church at Forncett, and became forth with a useful and zealous Sunday school teacher. The summons was sudden, but “ he was ready.” “Be ye also ready."
PEDLEY.-Frederick Richard, the third son of Richard and Mary Anne Pedley, Haslingden, near Crewe, was called to his heavenly rest, Aug. 2, 1879, aged twenty-one years. Interred at the Baptist Chapel, Wheelock Heath. Though short thy space, God's unimpeach'd
decrees, Which made that shorten'd space one long
disease; Yet, merciful in chast'ning, gave thee scope For inild redeeming virtues, faith and hope, Meek resignation, pious charity. And, since this world was not the world for
thee, Far from thy path remov'd, with partial care, Strife, glory, gain, and pleasure's flowery snare, Bade earth's temptations pass thee harmless
by, And fix'd on heaven thine unreverted eye! Oh! marked from birth, and nurtura for the
skies! In youth with more than learning's wisdom
wise! As sainted martyrs, patient to endure ! Simple as unweaned infancy, and pure! Pure from all stain (save that of human clay, Which Christ's atoning blood hath wash'd
away!) By mortal suffrings now no more oppress'd, Mount, sinless spirit, to thy destin'd rest.
TEETOTALISM AND CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP. “ I SHOULD never have become a Christian if I had not given up “the beer.' Yet I was nover intoxicated : never approached so near to intoxication as to awaken suspicion ; but still I feel that I must give up “the beer before I could be a Christian. I gave it up a year and a half ago, and I have been making progress; some progress, not so much as I could have desired, but some ever since.” That witness is a fragment of a real life, and it is suggestive. How many “moderato” drinkers there are who need to make the same resolve : to “come out and be separate” from the drinking world, so that they may “love the Lord with all their heart, and with all their soul, and with all their strength.” If the “little” indulgence offend theo; if it cause thee to stumble, hinder advance in goodness, then away with it: it is infinitely better to go without “the little” and have a sorene conscience, a clear head, a placid spirit, and a heart glowing with love to Christ.—Scraps.