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cease to do evil.” Is not examples and prayed that the little fellow stronger than precept? Your child might be saved from such dangerous dren will very likely smoke when practice. The father said to him your pipe is out.

one day, Why do you swear, my Can you spare the money for son ? " The child sobbed out, tobacco ? Look to your slop-book “Father, because I have such a

• and purse, income and expenditure. wicked heart." “Well, my dear How stand the finances of the son,” said the father, “ You must church with which you are con- pray to God to give you a new nected ? Is the treasury well filled ? heart." The child replied “ Father, Is the Lord's cause sustained in a you must pray;" to which he monetary point of view as it should answered, "I do pray, and whatbe? Are the Lord's poor relieved— ever you see me do, you must do." their wants supplied ? We are com- The father, within himself, said manded to “owe no man anything," have I done anything which I ought we are also commanded to "render not to do before my children? to the Lord what is His.” Is it no Conscience awakened and forced a lamentable fact, that with many the mind on the back track, marking the smoking habit costs more than out every deviation from the path of their religion; and does it not rectitude. For twenty years he had argue

thus: that tobacco must either been in the habit of using tobacco. be a very valuable thing, or religion Just at this moment, a new idea a very valueless thing? Put the shot across the little swearer's mind, cost of each down for twelve months, he determined to leave off swearing, and

you will see at the end which is and follow his father's example, and the most costly. We would not thus please his father and God dogmatize on this point, but say whose name he had taken in vain. with a great Self-denier, “Ye are He came to his father, and with not your own, but are bought with a à voice as sweet as infant lips price."

could speak, he said, " Father, lend Can you afford to set a smoking me your pipe of tobacco !” We example before others ? Perhaps will not attempt to describe the you can; but you do not wish, or father's feelings; the tobacco was mean, that anyone should com. tossed into the street with this mence simply because they have candid confession : “My son, I have seen you smoke. Your wishes and done wrong. I will now ask God meaning seem to be very good, but to help me, that I may do so no your example is stronger than both, more. The father then took him and will most likely prove its strength in his arms, and retired into the in enlisting disciples to the pipe. garden to pray, being a great deal You may not desire to set a bad more whipped than the child. example; but if you continue to A well-to-do man sang with others smoke, you will, and there is no help at a missionary meeting with apfor it, for by that act you proclaim parent earnestnessaloud to all, whether child or adult,

“ Were the whole realm of nature mine. prince or plebeian, sage or simple, That were a present far too smali ; saint or sinner, smoke! smoke! Love, 80 amazing, so divine, SMOKE!

Demands my soul, my life, my all.” A professing Christian moved When the collecting-box came, a into a little village where there was gentlemen near observed that he much swearing. One of his little put in one penny only. When he boys, two years of age, caught the went home, he called to him his contagion. After trying gentle little boy, and gave him threepence, means, the father chastised him 'saying, “Go and bring me an ounce

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Observer, June 1, '71

of tobacco." We will not judge, I the use of tobacco, for we hear it neither condemn: but actions speak said that the pipe and the glass louder than words. We will not usually go together, and this is true. comment. But this we say, the Let us be consistent in the practice pipe got more than the box. One and principles of self-denial. Public. was a daily consumer, and the other houses and tobacco shops are driving only an annual visitor.

a prosperous trade, and who are Let all who name the name of their best customers ?

The men Jesus, and who bear the Christian that drink most and smoke most; name, no longer be the slaves of be tliey men of the world or memtobacco. Let the money which bers of the Church of Christ. Do has hitherto been spent in tobacco thyself no harm. Do those no harm and intoxicating drinks be put into who are looking to you as their the Lord's treasury, devoted to the teachers, guides and examples. Lord's work, and the work of the “Whatsoever ye do, do all to the Lord will flourish and prosper in glory of God." our hands.

2 Tim. ii. 22, Eccles. x. 1. 1 Cor. Total abstainers from intoxicating viii. 13. drinks sliould likewise abstain from Brighton.

B. Ellis.

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Intelligence of Churches, &c.


SPITTAL, BERWICK-ON-TWEED, May, 13, | the meeting, about thirty of the friends 1871.--It having been already intimated in retired to Bro. Evans’ lodgings, where & the April E. O. that there has been a good repast was provided, and where they inwork begun in the above place, it may be tended to say farewell. But the effects of interesting to furnish a few particulars. the truth having been so apparent, it was Several brethren have been residing in this resolved that for him to leave at present locality of late years, who, for a considerable would be in a great measure to undo the time have been readers of the Harbinger, work, and be acting against the plainest and have sympathized with the disciples in indications of Divine leadings. We thus their noble efforts to restore the ancient prevailed on him to resume, which was order of things. But, from their isolated done without delay. On the following position, they have not been able to meet Lord's Day two believers in the Lord Jesus, with them, or have an opportunity of hear husband and wife, were immersed in the ing their evangelists, except in one or two sea, and this proved the beginning of better instances. Hearing that Ed. Evans was days. On the following Lord's Day two labouring in Bedlington during the month | more were buried beneath the rolling wave, of January, it was our desire to have him and rose to walk in newness of life. During

He arrived here on Monday, Feb. 20, the week we were favoured with a visit and the first meeting was held on the next from D. King, who was labouring in Newevening, in the Mission Hall, when there castle. He gave two addresses, which were was a good attendance and deep attention. listened to with deep attention. We were As the meetings went on, the power of the much gratified with his visit, as it added to truth became apparent, the attendance in the interest already awakened. The succreasing every service. The way in which cess of the work began to engage the the word of God was opened up, produced serious attention of the brethren, and an effect very seldom seen, especially in the led them to discuss the propriety of formabsence of anything like excitement. The ing a church on this side of the Tweed, truth disarmed prejudice, and its power according to the New Testament model, it melted the hearts of the people. Truly, having become so apparent that the Lord the “entrance of Thy word gireth light. had set before us an open door. We now At the last meeting of the first series one began to feel the critical position we occuarose and confessed the Saviour, and his pied, as being members of the Baptist intention of submitting to His authority, Church, Berwick-on-Tweed, and, after amid the sobs and tears of the audience. much deliberation, we decided to withdraw This meeting will be remembered when from that church, in a peaceable manner, many years shall have passed away. After without entering into discussion, and avoid

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ing everything that would excite feelings feel we are being drawn closer to our opposed to our Christian profession. This blessed Saviour and to one another. We course commended itself to us the more, have also had a visit of Bro. Aitken, of as we knew - the views and feelings of Edinburgh, having heard of the work pastor and office-bearers, and many of the here, through the pages of the E. O., like leading members ; though they admit Barnabas when he came to Antioch and that what we contend for, in relation to saw the grace of God was glad, and he elders, mutual teaching, etc., is, without exhorted us to cleave unto the Lord with -doubt, the order of the New Testament, full purpose of heart. He spent a few they consider the primitive way not days with us, and we were much refreshed adapted to the present state of things ; in spirit by his visit. Brethren, we claim with the exception of one or two of the your sympathy and prayers. We hare deacons, who were with us in these matters, taken an important stand. The eyes of but did not feel justified in leaving. We many are watching our movements. The had, on several occasions, embraced the old adversary is attempting to strangle the opportunity of discussing these matters infant church in its birth. We have to with them, and we understood their views endure the misrepresentations of friends, and feelings in regard to them, so that we and the persecutions of foes. Pray for us, considered further discussion would answer that we may quit ourselves like men, and no good purpose, as we had decided to be strong in the Lord and in the power of take advantage of the opening at Spittal, His might. But this is our consolationwhere we could, without interfering with “That stronger is He who is for us than the action of the Baptist Church, establish all who can come against us." J. REA. a church in accordance with New Testament NOTTINGHAM DISTRICT.-By the direcrequirements. We therefore sent in our tion of the Birmingham District Committee resignation, accompanied by a friendly I spent a fortnight in Leicester from Jan. 7. letter desiring to maintain friendly relations The prospects of doing good to church and with them as far as practicable. Forty world were then so encouraging, and the acmembers signed their names; 'three re- tual fruit of labour evident in three baptisms, turned from whence they came, leaving that upon leaving the Birmingham brethren thirty-seven members, who formed the and entering upon the work under the church, taking the word of God alone for General Committee, it was deemed expetheir rule of faith and practice. We met dient that I should return there for some for the first time, as a church, on Lord's time. This was done, and for some weeks Day, March 26, which will long be re- attention chiefly given to the church and membered as one of the most important its necessities, with the hope that our events in our history. We, indeed, felt labour has not been in vain. I enjoyed how refreshing it was to meet in the the fellowship of the brethren in every Master's own appointed way. How near good word and work, and hope soon we realized His presence ; He was indeed to see them again under more favourable with us in the breaking of the loaf. And circumstances for missionary effort. oh, what a subduing influence we felt while Leaving Leicester on April 1, I then, by we pondered on the broken body and shed direction of the G. C., entered upon the blood; tears fell from many eyes, as the Nottingham district, and have been working elements spoke to our hearts in tones of there till the latter part of May. Nottingthe tenderest love "Remember me." Bro. ham, Bulwell, New Brinsley, Greenhill Evans had left us and returned home, Lane, Langley, Mansfield, Derby, Lincoln, and, on hearing of the formation of the etc., have been visited now and again. In church, he decided to return. The Evan- season and out of season, on week days and gelist's committee kindly concurred in the Lord's days, in cottage and in chapel, the proposal. On his return he resumed his good work has been going on. The brethlabours with similar success, and, up to the ren hare warmly aided me, so that the present date, we have had fourteen baptisms, "Word of Life” has been powerful in and fonr received who were formerly bap- quickening saints and converting sinners. tized, making fifty-four members. The For Nottingham I report the baptism of

. Lord has indeed done great things for us, five young men, members of the Bible class, whereof we are glad. The labours of our and one sister; Bulwell, one baptism, an esteemed brother have been instant, in aged sister ; Greenhill Lane, two baptismis season and out of season. His visits were a brother and sister ; New Brinsley, an much prized, and have been the means of erring brother restored ; Derby, the daughimparting comfort and instruction to many ter of our Bro. Evans baptized and one a heart, and have lead enquirers to decision. sister received from the Baptists. I hear, His labours for the present will close here also, of two being added to the church at next week; the Lord of the harvest has Mansfield by the persevering efforts of our blessed them in no ordinary way.

Our Bro. Banbury. The prospects are encouragspiritual life has been quickened and we ling everywhere, the brethren active, earnest,

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and deserving of help, and I am only sorry | owing to Mr. Bradlaugh having been in that the needs of other places, in Ireland the hall on three nights of the previous week. and the north of England, prevent me from

Obituary. yielding to the wishes of fellow disciples here, to follow up the interest excited and WILLIAM BERRY, of Walney Isle, near gather in the fruit of precious souls. O Barrow-in-Furness, died in the Lord on the that the brotherhood, as co-workers with 9th April, after about fifteen weeks sharp God in the work of redemption, would pray

illness. He was baptized into the Lord and

pay for more labourers to be sent into Jesus in the Autumn of 1869, and was the ripened harvest. Let the love of Christ marked by purity and simplicity of charac: constrain us to spend and be spent in IIis ter. Owing to his powerful physical orservice.

JOSEPII ADAM. ganization the struggle with the Angel of WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND, March 3, sufferings were endured with true Christian

Death was severe and protracted, but his1871.—Three have lately been added to fortitude, and he fell asleep in the twenty: the church in this place. They confessed third year of his age. In the absence of their faith in Christ and were immersed into the names of Father, Son and Holy shall live, and the last enemy shall be de.

our Lord we die, but in His presence we Spirit, and are now rejoicing in Him who

stroyel without remedy.

G. G. has indeed made them free. May the Lord help us to be faithful to Him and to April 13, aged twenty-eight years, baving

CHARLOTTE WILLIAMS departed this life, His word. Yours in the Gospel, G. GRAY.

been a member of the Church in Birming. BIRMINGHAM.-Several have been im- ham since her immersion in September, mersed and added to the churches here 1858. She was unexpectedly called away since our last notice. Several members leaving her husband and two children to also have removed to distant places. D. fill up the measure of their days, one of the King has just given two special lectures in two only one week old. The departed sisthe Temperance Hall, one in reply to Mr. ter is known as a sincere Christian, loving Voysey, and the other an exposure of Mr. wife, faithful mother, and affectionate Bradlaugh and Secularism. This last was friend.


Earth's flow'rets fade
In sun or shade ;
But on bright Canaan's shore
They blossom evermore :
The crystal streams of Life's pure

Are fringed with flowers that bloom for ever.
Here suns go down,
Night follows noon;
But ther; the endless day
Knows no declining ray
The light that falls on Life's pure river
Streans from the Lamb, and streams for ever.
Earth's purest joy
Hath some alloy ;
But in that world of peace
Surfeit and sorrow cease:
No sigh can float o'er Life's


And tears are wiped away for ever.
On earth we part
With breaking heart;
But on the Heavenly plains
Love hath no broken chains :
Renewed, rejoined at Life's pure river
The golden links entwine for ever.

G. Y. T.

Observer, July 1, '71.

THOUGHT BOOKS. ISAAC TAYLOR somewhere tells that sometime in his younger days he accidentally picked up in an old bookshop a copy of the extant writings of Sulpicius Severus, and that the perusal of it, there in the shop (for it riveted him) and completed at home, sent his thoughts off on a track that would otherwise have been unexplored. Moshiem, and Gibbon were no longer his authorities for early ecclesiastical history. He found there was an inner and an under current of religious, political and social life in the later Roman and the Lower Empire that he was unaware of before; and he sought for the works, of the Fathers, the heretics, the heathens of the times themselves, that he might dive to that understream, and penetrate to that inner being which made up the world of those ages. That copy of Sulpicius was a thought book to Isaac. Far beyond the value of the facts it narrated, or the principles it might enunciate was the worth of that book to him. His mind, like the bodily stomach, digested what it took, and built itself up thereby to more vigorous growth.

Will this illustration suffice? If not, my readers must even read on before they get all that I mean by the term thought books.

There are some books that when you have read them leave but little impression on you; in a few months or years you are scarcely conscious that such books exist. Some books you don't even read through. The pabuulm they furnish you are unable to assimilate, they do not minister to your mental growth. Such are not thought books—at least not to you. If in themselves they are such your digestive powers are out of order, you are in an atrabilious mood. Nothing will do you good, but physic: get it and then eat.

Thought books are those which have come from men who have thought, and who have observed what they have seen, and built up thought upon thought from the experience of themselves and that of others. Such books when attentively read, at once appeal to the thought and the power of thought of those who read. The example of Isaac Taylor shows the class of book that, by revealing something new, sends out the mind on excursions into unknown realms. Other books sometimes interest, and even startle, by bringing before the reader as an objective entity, the thought that he supposed he had evolved only from his own consciousness, or was the simple result of his own experience. Here is a case. A young man has delighted in astronomy, he has read what Herschel and Arago have to tell, and he has watched night after night the march of the constellations, and he calls the stars by name. He has brooded over the problems in. volved in the terms immensity and eternal duration, and has perplexed himself with the idea of God. To give eternity a personality, and the forces . of nature a conscious being had been results of speculative thought he had shrunk from. But when the pressure of the infinite not-self, and the logical faculty of the self had united to make it necessary that the weakling who was wrestling with the world should acknowledge that God is, even then he wished to think of God as sitting idle" outside the universe and "seeing it go.” Then words from a grand old-fashioned book suggested other thoughts of Him who calleth out Arcturus and Orion in their season, and who "hangeth the earth upon nothing," and there came a mighty overwhelming consciousness of an all-seeing EYE, looking not only at but into all creation,—at and into that little self whose thought was questioning his very being. The winged circle of old Egypt was fraught with meaning now, and ever as the young man lifted eyes to look on stars or moon, there

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