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was purchased by a Race-course company. Another advowson was bought by an eminent Jockey for £1500, being £5 less than he had previously paid for the "Spotted Dog" in the same parish. A Bill has recently been introduced into Parliament for putting an end to the possession of advowsons by private persons, and transferring the patronage to the Crown. Mr. Albert Grey, an eminent Church Reformer, moved an amendment to the effect that no alteration of the law would be satisfactory which did not give to the people a veto on the selection of the patron. Good Mr. Grey apparently does not see that from his premises Disestablishment logically follows. If the people have a right to a Teto, why not to the choice of a pastor ? And if that, why must their selection be limited to men of the thirty-nine-articles pattern ? If the majority in a parish are Baptists or Methodists, why should thoy not have power to appoint a Baptist or Methodist as their minister? The amendment was rejected, and the Bill referred to a Select Committee.

ÅN APPEAL.-Rev. C. T. Johnson, of Longton, informg us that trade in that district is very bad. Children are kept from the Sunday school, and adults from the services, through lack of clothing. Mr. Johnson will be happy to distribute to deserving Christian families any leftoff clothing which may be sent to him

by any of our readers. His address is 60, Trentham Road, Longton.

PUNCTUALITY. - A great mechanical genius, named Ramsden, was notorious for breaking his promises. George III. knew him well, and his habit. He ordered an instrument of him, and told him to name his own time-only to keep it. The work was finished. Ramsden drove off with it to Kew, saw the King, and received from him this curious compliment:"I have been told, Mr. Ramsden, that you are considered to be the least punctual man in all England, but you have brought home this instrument on the very day we appointed—you have only mistaken the year.” We have some correspondents who bid fair to merit the same compliment. Their information comes to hand by the 16th, but it is the 16th of the wrong month. We should like the news of the churches and not the antiquities.

J. F. OUR COLLEGE.— The Treasurer bogs to acknowledge the following sums received on account of the Building Fund:Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Roberts, Junr., 8. d. Sydenham

.. 100 0 0 Leicester, Archdeacon Lane

10 10 0 Leicester, Dover Street

10 0
Burnley, Ebenezer
London, Church Street

5 0
Loughborough-H. Godkin
Loughborough-B. Baldwin

2 10 0 London-Rev. J. Clifford

1 0 Loughborough-Mr. and Mrs. Barson 1 0 0

0 5 0 0

0 5 0 0 5 0 0


Notices of New Books.


Gloag, D.D. Price 68. Edinburgh :

T. and T. Clark. A SERIES of sensible, scholarly discussions of difficult passages of the New Testament. Among the subjects treated

Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost," "Our Lord's Blessing to Peter," "Baptism for the Dead,” “ Paul's Thorn in the Flesh," “ Women Veiled because of the Angels," "The Spirits in Prison," etc. We have read several of them, and in every instance were pleased to find that the writer's view accorded with our own. A plain proof that he must be right!

parents and grandparents, as a present to children. The Hedgehog, the Cuckoo, the Donkey, the Yellow-Hammer, and the Swan, are all made to tell their own story; and this they do in such fashion that we should enjoy looking at the facos of eager interest presented by any group of intelligent children to whom those Tales should be read. Buy the book, and soo for yourselves.

of are

ANIMALS OWN Tales, interpreted for

his nephews and nieces by Uncle Will.

London: Bible Christian Book Room. A DELIGHTFUL little volume, which we heartily commend to all uncles and aunts,

ALFRED SAKER, Missionary to Africa: a

Biography. By E. B. Underhill, LL.D. Price 2s. 6d. Published by the Baptist Missionary Society, and Alexander

and Shepheard, London. A most interesting record of the life and labours of a man of apostolic zoal and piety. It does one's soul good to come in contact, if only through the pages of a book, with so much Christian simplicity

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of character and whole-hearted consecration to the service of our Lord. O that thousands of our young people, in perusing this volume, might catch something of the heroic and self-denying spirit of the noble man it brings before us!

God's MAN AND MAN'S Man. Is there

hope for the unrepentant after death ? By Rov. R. Fountain. Price Fourpenco.

Winks & Son, Leicester. We have conscientiously read through this pamphlet of 40 pages, hoping to obtain some light on a dark subject, but cannot say that our toil has been rewarded. Whatever gifts the author possessos, lucidity is not one. Soveral times we have been sorely in doubt as to his meaning. From a passage on page 34 it seems as though he believes that we existed before our birth into this world; though, as he says, “we cannot romembor it.” But the idea, though Platonic, is so odd, that we are afraid of misrepresenting the writer by suggesting this as his opinion. We therefore hold our peace, and refer any one who wishes to know what Mr. Fountain really thinks to the book itself.

that space further on for the statement of many interesting and important facts not generally known about both Mediæval and Modern missions." For instance, a chapter of eight pages is devoted to a discussion of the missionary influence of Abraham, whilst no mention is made of William Knibb. or of the Baptist missions in the West Indies; and the only account of our own mission in Orissa is condensed into eight lines. The tours of the apostle Paul are narrated at length, whilst the doings of the great Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society, including its wonderful work in Fiji, are dispatched in twelve lines. Still, there is a great deal of interesting information in the book, especially relating to the middle ages, and the dawn of modern missions, and on this ground we cordially commend it.


By George Smith, LL.D., F.R.G.S.
Price 2s.6d. Edinburgh: T. and T.

On the whole a very good book. If,
howovor, we could have had the ear of
the writer before publication, we should
bave said, “Condense the matter of the
first forty-six pages into six. We have
our Bibles, and can read there about
Abraham and Paul. You will want all


R. A. Rodford, M.A., LL.B. Sunday

School Union. We have been rather disappointed in this book. The author is an accomplished Christian scholar, master of his subject, and of course saye many wise and good things. But the stylo strikes us as too hard and dry for the class for whom it is intended-Sunday school teachers. One cannot help contrasting it with Whately's “ Easy Lessons on the Christian Evidences"-a little book full of most important thoughts, closely packed, and yet really interesting and a model of clear. ness. But until another Whately appears we must make the best use we can of such a volume as the one before ussound, judicious, rowarding careful study, bat certainly not attractive.

News of the Churches.

All information for this department should reach Rev. J. FLETCHER by the

16th of the month. CONFERENCES.

the local brethron to the sympathy of LANCASHIRE AND YORKSHIRE -Held the churches, and to advise the Associaat Shore, June 4.

tion to publish their names and addresses The Secretary proached in the morn

in the Year Book. ing Rev. J. Hubbard opened the service. A cordial welcome was given to Rev.

In the afternoon, the President, Mr. J. J. Hubbard, recently settled at HeptonHorsfall, gave a brief address, which was stall Slack; and resolutions of sympathy well received.

and good will, and hearty wishes for Reports showed 68 baptized since future blessing, were passed in relation January, and 25 candidates.

to the removal of Rev. B. Wood from After a brief conference on the Local Bradford to Southport; and the retirePreachers' Scheme of the Southern Con- ment of Rev. J. Parkinson from the forence, it was resolved to recommend Quoonsbury pastorate; and a resolution




on the “Sunday Closing" question was 0. D. Campbell, M.A. Paper—" Amusecordially adopted, and forwarded to Her ments in relation to the Christian Church." Majesty's Government.

Writer-Rev. W. Bishop. The following appointments were made: Votes of Thanks were accorded to the

Home Mission.- Representatives, Rovs. morning proacher, and to the Barton J. Doarden, W. Gray, and D. McCallum, people for their entertainment. with Messrs. J. Lister and J. Preston.

Collection for Conference expenses, Foreign Mission.-Rovs. W. March, W.

£5 19s. 4fd. Dyson, and J. K. Chappelle.

At the Evening meeting a resolution in Board of Reference.—Rovs. W. Gray favour of the Government Franchise Bill and D. McCallum.

was passed.

Brethren E. Stevenson, The Arbitration Committee was reap- R. F. Griffiths, and T. R. Stevenson pointed for three years.

delivered stimulating addresses. Thus The Treasurer's cash statemont was ended a most enjoyable visit to the presented, and from the balance in hand mother of us all.' the sum of £10 was voted to the College

ROBERT SILBY, Secretary. property account.

A resolution was also agreed to requesting the Secretary to visit the

SOUTHERN.—The Summer moeting will churches on the Annuity Fund business,

be held at Berkhamstoad on July 9th. the delegates meanwhile doing wbat they

Business at 10.45 a.m. Paper at noon by to interest their friends in the

G. W. M'Cree; Subject—"Stones in the matter.

way.” Discussion to follow. Dinner at Day fine-attendance good-Confer

1 30, price ls. 6d.

In the afternoon the friends at Berkence pleasant. The Autumn Conference to be at Line

hamstead have arranged to take their holme. Rev. D. S. Williams, of Bradford,

guests for a drive to Asbridge Park. Tea to preach; and brethren Dyson, Hambly,

at 5.30, price 6d. Public worship at S. Atkinson, and J. Crabtree to speak at

7.0 p.m.; preacher, Charles Clark. the evening meeting. W. GRAY, Sec.

Special arrangements have been made with the Railway Co. to issue return

tickets from Kilburn at 28. 5d., and from MIDLAND assembled on Whit-Wedneg- Broad Street at 3s. 1d. day at Barton-in-the-Beans. Attendance

ROBERT P. Cook, Secretary. unusually large. After devotional exercises, Rov. A. O. Perriam proached from Judges iii. 20.

WARWICKSHIRE mot at Polesworth, The business session, presided over by April 21st. Attendance large. Rev. 0. Springthorpe, was opened by The Rov. Leo Humby, of Netherton, Rov. T. Stevenson.

and the Rov. George Barrans, of Stafford Rovg. O. D. Campbell, M.A., of Broad Street, Walsall, were cordially received. Street, Nottingham, and R. J. Beocliffe, An able paper was read by Mr. Harof Castle Donington, wore cordially wel- rison (President of the Walsall Sunday comed.

School Union), on “The relation of chilHome Mission.-Rev. W. R. Steven- dren to the kingdom of God." A spirited son, M.A., with Messrs. E. Barwick and discussion followed, and Mr. Harrison G. Payne, were chosen members of the was warmly thanked. the Committee for ensuing three years. Roports from the churches were very

Foreign Mission.—Rovs. E. Stevenson, cheering. Gross gains 86, gross losses T. R. Stevenson, and W. Bishop were 56 ; candidates, etc., 85. chosen members of Committee for ensu. In the afternoon the President (Rov. ing two years.

A. Hampden Lee) gave an address on Board of Reference. --Revs. T. Goadby, “Our Work, with particular reforonce to B.A., J. Salisbury, M.A., and Mr. Jas.

Preaching Hill were chosen members for ensuing Home Mission. The application of the year.

Longmore Street church, Birmingham, Rev. W. H. Tetley road an interesting for temporary assistance was unanimously and exhaustive paper on “Differences recommended by the Conference. and Divisions in Churches, and how to Baptist Union.---After addresses and deal with them." He was thanked, and appeals made by the Rovs. S. H. Booth asked to send it for insertion in the and W. J. Avery, it was resolved to tako Magazine.

the matter of supporting the Funds of Next Conference.—Place-Burton-on- the Union into careful consideration. Trent. Date—Oct. 21. Preacher-Rev. The two brethren were heartily received.

LOUTH, Eastgate.—The annual members' meeting was held May 29th. Progress was reported in connection with every department of church work. During the year there has been a considerable gain in attendance at the services, and a clear increase of nineteen in the membership. Total receipts £282 13s. 8fd. The church is grateful, active, and hopeful.

STALYBRIDGE.—The third anniversary of Rev. O. Rushby was celebrated on May 13. An enthusiastic tea meeting followed. The membership was reported larger than over before in the history of the church. Net profits of the tea, £13 58.

Church Intervisitation. This scheme is working well: tho churches visited during the half-year bore witness to the help and encouragement derived from the presence and counsel of the deputations.

A resolution cordially supporting Mr. Stovenson's “Sunday Closing Bill” was passed, and subsequently forwarded to that gentleman.

Re-appointments. Foreign Mission Committee-Rovs. Carey Hood and A. Hampden Lee. Homo Mission-Rovs. E. W. Cantrell and J. R. Parker. Board of Reference-Rey. E. W. Cantrell.

In consequence of the Rev. LI. H. Parsons resigning the office of Secretary, the following resolution was unanimously carriod :-“That the Conference, in accepting the resignation of their secretary, Ror. Ll. H. Parsons, of Leicester, desire to record their high appreciation of the ability with which for many years he has fulfilled the duties of that office, and to express their sincere gratitude to him for the deep interest he has taken in all that concerns the good of the churches comprised in the Conference.” It was also resolved to present him with an address at the Autumn Conference.

The Rov. A. Hampden Lee, of Walsall, was requested to undertake the duties of Secretary.

Arrangements for next Conference.Place Lombard Street, Birmingham. Time-- Monday, Oct. 20. PreacherRov. George Barrans. Subject of paper “ How to improve the Sunday morning congregation.” Writer Rov. A. T. Prout.

A richly-deserved vote of thanks was tendered to the friends at Polesworth for the generous way in which thoy bad entertained the Conference.

In the evening the Rev, D. Asquith preached to a large congregation from the words, “ Looking unto Jesus ;" and so ended a most enjoyable day.

SUNDAY SCHOOLS. CREWE.—The first Sunday school anniversary was held May 25 and 26. Rev. R. W. Roberts (Presbyterian) preached in the afternoon, and the pastor, W. Lees, in the evening. Congregations good. Public meeting on the 26th. R. Pedloy, Esq., in the chair. Revs. R. Skelly (of Nantwich), A. W. Potts (Congregationalist), T. Naylor (Free Methodist), U. F. Griffin (Baptist), and R. W. Roberts took part. The children and the choir helped largely. Collections £7.

GOSBERTON.—72nd anniversary. - On May 18th Mr. W. R. Wherry, of Bourn, preached two sormons to large congregations, and gave an address to parents and children in the afternoon. The sing. ing of the children formed a very enjoy. ablo part of the services. On the 19th, after the scholars' treat, a large company sat down to tea, after which upwards of 600 people assembled in Mr. Proctor's park, and spent a very pleasant evening. Collections £15 16s.

HEPTONSTALL SLACK.-School sermons May 18th. Preacher, morning and evening, Rov. J. Fletcher, of London; afternoon, Rev. J. Hubbard. Collections over £60.

HINCKLEY.—The anniversary services were conducted on June 1st by the Rev. A. T. Prout, of Birmingham. Congregations large. Collections £26.

HUGGLESCOTE.-S. sermons, May 11th. Preacher, Rov. C. Payne, of Louth. Collections £69.

LONGTON.-School sermons on May 18. Preacher, Rev. W. March, of Todmorden. Collections and donations £40 108.

REMPSTONE.—School sermons May 12, by Rev. T. Watkinson, of Nottingham.

SPALDING.-A Flower Service was held on May 18th. Rov. J. C. Jones, M.A., gavo à suitable address. Bouquets by

CHURCHES. DERBY, St. Mary's Gate.-On May 18 the 42nd anniversary was held. Sormons by the pastor, Rev. T. R. Stevenson. On the following Tuesday a public toa meet ing and devotional service were held. Rev. J. Jackson Wray, of London, should have preachod, but failing through ill hoalth, Mr. Stevenson kindly took the service. The whole of the services were most satisfactory, and proceeds amounted to £57 138. 6d.



children, and other friends, were arranged in front of the platform. Mr. Atton, the suporintendent, gave prizes to the six successful competitors. After the service the flowers were sent to the sick.

STOKE-ON-TRENT -Tho school sermons were preached on May the 25th, by Mr. S. D. Rickards, of London. Collections with donations £36. On Monday evening Mr. Rickards conducted a children's service, which was much appreciated.

MINISTERIAL. Rev. A. H. LEE has just been elected & member of the Walsall School Board.

Rev. L. J. SHACKLEFORD.-Farewell services were held at Ripley, on June the 8th, and a toa and meeting on the 9th. Mr. Shackleford had presented to him by his Bible class, Dr. Ellicot's Commentary, Sermons by Maurice, and a recent work by Dr. S. Cox; by private friends with an Album containing photos; and by the church and congregation with a purso of £20. Mr. S. leaves for New Zealand on July the 3rd, amid regrets at his departuro, mingled with best wishes for his happiness in his approaching marriago, and with prayors for success in his new and distant sphere. Rev. W. L. STEVENSON.

After & ministry of nearly seven years, Mr. Stovengon is leaving Islebam. He has accepted the unanimous invitation of the church at Lydgate, near Todmorden, and will enter upon his work there the first Sunday in August.

BAZAARS, &c. LONDON, Praed Street.—A sale of work commenced on Monday, June 9th. After a hymn, and prayer by Rov. R. P. Cook, Rev. W. J. Avery made a statement, and Dr. Clifford, in declaring the bazaar open, said, he had often thought that if ho had been of the other sex, he should have gone in for woman's rights, and should have protested with his utmost energy against the exclusion of women from opportunities of speaking for Christ, and certainly against the denial to women of the privilege of Christian work which had greatly characterised the past. The object was to meet the "household expenses” of the church. The sale was continued on the Tuesday and the Wednesday. A concert and entertainment enlivened the proceedings. Amount realized, over £120.

WALSALL, Vicarage Walk.-On May 13 and foilowing days, a bazaar was beld in the Temperance Hall, in aid of the funds of the new schools. Opening ceremony by the Mayor (Alderman J. H. Smith), supported by ministers and gentlemen of the district. Among the attractions were an Air-Gun Shooting Gallery, Scientific Experiments, Art Exhibition, etc. Proceeds nearly £180, bringing the total towards the new schools to over £600. Another sale of surplus and additional goods will probably be held about Christmas timo.

WOODHOUSE EAVES. - On June 2nd and 3rd a bazaar was held in the schoolrooms, the object being to provide a fund for re-roofing the chapel, the building of an organ chamber, together with other necessary repairs, at an estimated cost of £250-£50 being already subscribed. The Revg. T. Stevenson, of Leicester, E. Stevenson, O. W. Vick, and Mr. T. W. Marshall, of Loughborough, were present. The bazaar was opened by G. Anderson, Esq., Mayor of Leicester. Proceods, together with donations from several friends, £100, leaving £100 still to be raised.

BAPTISMS. BACUP, South Street.-Three, by W. Gray, of

Birchcliffe. DERBY, St. Mary's Gate.- Ten, by T. R. Ste

venson. FLEET.-Three, by C. Barker. ILKESTON, Queen Street.-Four, by A. C. Per.

riam. LEICESTER, Dover Street.-Seven, by W. Evang. LONDON, Church Street.-Three, by R. P. Cook. LONGTON.-Seven, by C. T. Johnson. Louth, Eastgate.-One, by C. Payne. MANSFIELD.-Ten, by J. Parks. NANTWICH.-Two, by Price Williams. NOTTINGHAM, Old Basford.—Thirteen, by J.

Maden. PETERBOROUGH.-Two, by T. Barrass. STALYBRIDGE.-Eleven; Dukinfield, one; by

C. Rushby. STOKE-ON-TRENT.--Six, by Hirgt. WALSALL, Vicarage Walk. - Three, by A. Hamp

den Lee. WHEELOCK HEATH.-Six (two from Crewe) by

R. Pedley,
WHITWICK.-One, by W. Slater.

MARRIAGE REEVES-LINNETT.-May 28th, at Lombard Street chapel, Birmingham, by the Rev. E. W. Cantrell, Thomas, fourth son of the late Wm. Reeves, to Frances Ellen, youngest daughter of Edward Linnett, both of Birmingham.

OBITUARIES. Evang, MRS.-The beloved wife of Rev. W. Evans, of Leicester, was born at Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, Aug. 22, 1841. She became while young & sincere disciple of Christ. At

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