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Observer, July 1,972.

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“Oyes, mamma,” persisted the “ Poor Bell," continued Mary, in a little Bell ; Aunt Sarah calls them low tone, ran and hid the doll, and naughty names. She said my Celia only glanced at it by.stealth, while with curls, and Eva that moves her Aunt remained. It was not from eyes, were 'graven images. I don't unkindness, mamma, I'm sure, but like people to call my dolls nick- from a queer belief she has that names,” and the red lips were pouted everything is useless, unless you can far out at the remembrance of recent eat or drink or wear it.” indignities offered by Miss Sarah Mary had solved the mystery, Lee to her mute darling.

child as she was. Aunt Sarah was 6. What does the child

mean,

always a great utilitarian, and now, Mary?” asked Mrs. Gray, of her as age drew on, and she naturally eldest daughter.

enjoyed less of the world, she made

the follies of childhood and unneces. “O! mother dear, only what Aunt Sarah said to her, when pa brought If she could have had the remodeling

sary enjoyments of others her hobby. wax Eva home. Bell was so delight of the universe, how she would have ed, she wanted everybody else to be

clipped Dame Nature of all her so too. She ran up to Aunt Sarah

superfluous ornaments ! Not a tree almost crying for joy, and showed it

nor flower which did not promise to her, Aunt asked her if her mother fruit—not a bird too small to be had never taught her the command cooked, not a stream which could ments; she said, “ That doll is an idol—we are forbidden to make unto blotted out for ever.

not turn a mill, but she would have

But this she ourselves any graven images, or

could not do, and

was therefore any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth and bird, which awoke no responsive

obliged to hear sounds from child beneath '—that doll is the likeness chord in her cold bosom—to gaze on of a baby. So you are

a little

scenes which had no charm to her idolator.''

J. D. C.

dull eye.

THEY SAY. A MORE sneaking, cowardly, fiend assassin who he strikes in cloud; ish liar than “ They say," does not the Thug who haunts the footsteps exist. That personage is a universal of the offender, and tortures from scapegoat for personal gossip, envy careless word or deed an excuse for and malice; without form of flesh the stiletto. Men dare not always and blood, when invoked, and yet reveal their own feelings. With stalking boldly in every community. smiles and pretended friendship they The character is a myth, and yet prevent the envenomed shaft as real; intangible, and yet clutching coming from“ They say.” Be sure, its victims with remorseless power. reader, that when some villanous It is unseen, and yet from an exhaust- tale is told to you, and the relater less quiver wings its poisoned arrows cannot give an author more tangible from day to day. And no mail is than “

They say

for it, that the proof; no character, position, or sex slander is the creation of the heart escapes ; no sanctuary is too sacred; by your side, and reeking with the no home is bulwarked against its poison of envy and hatred, and assaults. When one base heart earnest with a wish to have the wishes to assail some person's char- | falsehood of “ They say ” bud inu) acter or motives, They say” reality and become current coin il: is always invoked.

That is the the community,

Observer, July 1, '72.

They say” we repeat, is as of “ They say,” is to sneak behind cowardly as it is false and fiendish ; an intangible personage, and put a phantom creation which smiles, into circulation the infamous inwhile letting loose a brood of vipers uendoes and calumnies which, from to crawl in your path, and blast by raw material, are forged nearer their venom. To retail the stories home.

A CHEERFUL ATMOSPHERE.

Let us try to be like the sunshiny not know a more enviable gift than member of the family, who has the the energy to sway others to good; inestimable art to make all duty to diffuse around us an atmosphere seem pleasant; all self-denial and of cheerfulness, piety, truthfulness, exertion easy and desirable ; even generosity, magnanimity, It is not disappointment not so blank and a matter of great talent, nor entirely crushing; who is like a bracing, a matter of great energy, but rather crisp, frosty atmosphere throughout of earnestness and honesty—and of the home, without a suspicion of the that quiet, constant energy, which is element that chills and pinches. You like soft rain gently penetrating the have known people within whose in- soil. It is rather a grace than a fluence you felt cheerful, amiable, gift; and we all know where grace hopeful, equal to anything! Oh, is to be had freely for the asking.

! for that blessed power, and for God's

Country Parson. grace to exercise it rightly! I do

Intelligence of Churches, &e.

&

MANCHESTER AND NEIGHBOURHOOD.— | Bro. Hindle, in turn with other preaching Not

weary in well doing, we are still work- brethren, has been with us for a week, with ing cheerfully for the Master ; seeking to his “ Bible Carriage,” causing no small stir save souls and to edify one another in love. in the town, and reviving the cause in our Our labours have not been in vain in the midst. His visits have been fruitful in reLord, so that we rejoice to say, for Man- sults, and, on both occasions, several have chester, that since December twelve persons been hastened to decide for Christ ; and have put on the Lord by baptism into his those just now will be baptized in due time. death, and four baptized believers have been Our Sunday school is sustaining its name received into our fellowship. Besides this, as our church nursery; the Mutual Imsome five brethren have come amongst us provement Class has just ended an edifying from other churches. Feeling moved to do session by a cheerful social meeting ; the something for the godless multitude in this Sisters' sewing meeting has done a good big and populous industrial hive, where some work during the winter months ; so that 200,000 persons go to no place of worship, altogether, while we desire to feel our solemn a few of the brethren have opened a responsibility as a light for Christ in this " Christian Mission Room,” in Salford, in city, we have reason to thank God, take addition to our ordinary chapel, 116, Grcs courage, and go forward in the Divine venor Street, where, on Lord's-day and strength to work for the Saviour, and the week-day evenings, outside and inside, we eternal weal of our fellow men. are preaching Jesus to the people. Two of For OLDHAM I report four baptized and the baptized are from this source, and by added to the church. Prospects are cheerDivine help we hope for still further success. Sing in this place. A series of open-air

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gatherings have been commenced here very are as follows :—For a considerable num. hopefully on Tuesday evenings, when I and ber of years a congregation, known as the others speak for Christ, and trust we shall “ United Christian Church,” worshipped not speak in vain.

in the Old English Chapel, now the Union For Ashton I report one baptism. A Hall, and to the office of pastor Mr. G. good deal of labour has been given to C. Reid of Liverpool was “called " in 1837. ŠTOCKPORT, not in vain for the church, In his charge Mr. Reid was a devoted and though as yet there are no more actual devout servant, and the truth being a living additions.

power with him, he strove to be consistent In ROCHDALE the brethren are still meet- in all he advocated. Meanwhile pleadings ing to break bread, in Bro. Drake's house, were made throughout the kingdom, but Union Street, Lower Place, where they will especially in England, for a return to the be most happy to see any brother passing order of worship as originally instituted, that way. As far as possible we have sent and hearing them, some of the members of help now and again to Huddersfield, which the United Church were led, and latterly they return to the district. We regret not Mr. Reid himself, to make a strict investi. being able to do so much for Bolton this gation into the Scriptures, with the view of quarter, as they are really needing more ascertaining, as far as they possibly could, help and are deserving of it. Although the real nature of the order and worship of nominally stationed in Manchester, my the first churches. The investigation lasted work has not been confined to it or the for many weeks, Mr. Reid, as pastor, con. district, but has during the year, up to this ducting them. Mr. Reid for some time date, taken me from Manchester at least zealously maintained his position, but subsome nine Lord's days visiting other sequent private consideration made him churches, within a radius of fifty miles. change his mind, and resulted in his volun.

June 14th, elder David Walk, from tarily resignirg his charge. Such an act Memphis, Tennesse, U.S., has just left us of self-denial, so noble and so admirable, for Nottingham, after seeing a little of the had the effect of inducing the larger portion brethren and of Cottonopolis. He is on a of those over whom Mr. Reid had been a short tour through the Kingdom.

faithful overseer, to follow him, and on

JOSEPH ADAM. Sunday, the 13th November, 1839, the DUNDEE.-On Saturday, May 18th, the first church in Dundee, based on the New foundation stone of a new Meeting House Testament, was formed. Mr. Reid was ap. for the church which now assembles in Tay pointed to the pastorate. Creeds and Street, was laid by I. K. Tener, of Moree. | theological Confessions of Faith were disThe pastorate, a large portion of the mem carded; the union of all believers was bers, and many others were present. The sought on the common ground of Biblical building is to be a neat specimen of gothic belief ; the Scriptures were made the sole architecture, and is in Constitution Road. guide for church government and discipline; After singing, and an appropriate prayer, sectarian names were renounced as unscrip. by John Aitkin, of Edinburgh, a bottle, tural; a plural pastorate was substituted containing the following articles was de for the one-man ministry ; the Lord's posited in the cavity of the stone : Copies Supper was observed weekly; believer's of the “ Ecclesiastical Observer,"

old baptism

substituted for infantPaths,” and “ Sunbeam ;" portraits of the sprinkling; and the obligation of contribu. church pastorate, the donors of the chapel, ting to the maintenance of the church, and the Architect, the builder, and the Queen ; preaching of the gospel was confined to description of the chapel and the names of those who become members. Since the the architect and contractors; sketch of the above date the church has continued its origin of the church ; copies of the Dundee efforts, and not without success. Chapels Courier and Argus, Dundee Advertiser, in the same connection have now become Northern Warder, Weekly News, and numerous, in Scotland, England, and IrePeoples' Journal. After the above articles land, in America, New Zealand, Australia, had been deposited, the stone was lowered, and other places, the aggregate memberand having been found properly placed, it ship being over a million. On leaving the was declared by Mr. Tener to have been | Old English Chapel the Church in Dundee duly laid. T. Y. Miller, the Secretary, met for a number of years in the Hammerthen read the sketch of the origin of the men's Hall, Barrack Street, and then be. Church, as deposited in the stone, the sub- cause of that place becoming inadequate, in stance of which is as follows:- “The the old Watt Institution Hail, in Constituchurch for whose accommodation this tion Road, and now, on account of the chapel has been reared was formed in Dun. Watt Hall having been sold, to the Young dee on the 13th November, 1839. The Men's Christian Association, in the West circumstances which led to its formation | End Academy, South Tay Street. The

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necessity for a permanent chapel has been BRIGHTON.—The church meeting in Ship long felt, and this want has now been sup: Street Chapel, Union Street, has been enplied through the very laudable and couraged by six immersions into the ever Christian-spirited liberality of some of the blessed name of the Father, Son and Holy members of the church. The proceedings Spirit. We were greatly assisted last Lord's were then closed by John Strang, of day by a visit from Bro. Ellis, on his way Glasgow, engaging in prayer. An interest | to Piltdown, who gave able and encouraging ing tea uneeting was afterwards held, also exhortation and proclamation to a well highly acceptable services on the Lord's filled house. The church is dwelling in day. Bro. Mackie, who is the only mem peace and unity.

R. S. ber in the church now who was in it REDDITCH, NEAR BIRMINGHAM.–Four at the beginning, occupied the chair. He members having removed from Birmingham was so affected that he felt unable to ex- to Redditch, and one person there having press the emotions within his heart, and in made the good confession and put on Christ the course of a fervent address, referred to in baptism, the five formed themselves into the past and present, and concluded by an a church on Lord's day, June 2, 1872. The appeal to all to shew their gratitude to God meetings for the present will be held at the for having enabled them to see this day, residence of W. James, Richmond House, by increasing their love, humility, faithful- Beoley Road. Several brethren from Birness, and self-sacrifice. Bro. Selbie, in a mingham were present at the formation of heart-felt address, thanked the donors of the church. the gift for their laudable beneficence. TASMANIA.—This Island of the Sea, Van Bro. Aitkin followed with a fitting address Diemans' Land of old, I reached January and appeal, his subject being the " Name of 6th, 1872, by steamship from Melbourne,

having been advised by my physician to LEEDS.—Since last report five have been come here for the sake of the bracing sea air, added to the church here. In order to which envelopes the Island.

On arriving suitable accommodation for our increased at the northern part of the Island we gatherings we have taken a larger room. approached the city of Launceston, steamWe now meet in the Assembly Rooms, ing up the winding river (Tamar) something Cookridge Street.

A. Brown. like driving into a country village by coach. SAUGH ALL, CAESTER.— I have to record It was to me a novel way of coming from the baptism of Frederic, the youngest son sea, sailing righi out of the broad ocean of Charles Davies, of Coxlane. The Davies into an irisignificant river, which Americans family will long be remembered in connec- would call a creek--turning round the hills tion with the churches in this locality. The a few times, and lo! we came in sight of memory of the late John Davies, of the city, which at a distance, looked as if it Mollington, is fragrant among us, for his ex- had been made in the night and put down emplary diligence, fervent piety, and truly on the hillside, but when we drew nearer, Christ-like zeal. His brother, Samuel a ralley appeared, studded with houses of Davies, is worthily following in lis steps, no mean dimensions ; and there ten labouring in word and doctrine. His other thousand people have their homes, in a brother, Charles Davies, who has for many city lighted by gas, and having artificial years labouređ much in the Lord, lives in water supplies reaching to the top storey of the very house at Coxlane where the first almost every house.

We found the place church of the Reformation in this all alive. The semi-weekly arrival of the country was formerly in the habit of hold- steamer is an event which causes the ing its meetings. His earnest wish was people to swarm to the wharf, and the that he might be spared to see all his hundreds of people, on a holliday excursion children confess the Lord. His desire has from Melbourne, had filled the houses of been granted. Of a family of eight, seven accommodation, so that there was difficulty of whom are sons, and some of whom have in finding a night's repose. addicted themselves to the work of the Having to spend a Lord's day here, by ministry, all have now "put on Christ." the aid of letters of introduction from May all prove faithful unto death, and be brethren in Melbourne, we soon formed crowned of the Lord in the day of His acquaintances, and found a little, old dismal coming.

PETER STEPHEN. Baptist Chapel in an obscure part ; but ROTHERITHE, LONDON.—We have been instead of their ineeting “to break bread," favoured with several visits, including one they had their Sunday School children Lord's day, by Bro. Scott, of Liverpool, (about 50, all they have collected in a whose labour has not been in vain ; Brn. number of years) on the stage, singing an Rotheram and Corrie also spend a portion anniversary song, after which a Wesleyan of their time with us. Four persons have preacher delivered an address in a manner made the good confession. J. TUDOR. peculiar to his order.

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Although kindly received and hospitably Christ shall give thee light.” Everything entertained by these people, we could not he said on this was good, just the thing, repress the feeling that the city would be and I was delighted with it. But he then better off, religiously, if they were all in went off into a hysterical kind of preaching Abraham’s bosom. They are good, pious and tale-bearing, warning every one that if men, and we love them for this, but their any one left the house he would put his hard, dry, cold hyper-Calvinism has made brand upon them-which consisted in tellthe Baptist Church in Launceston of no ing such a one plainly, without any qualificaeffect, and has turned the people against tion, that he or she is going to hell. Having the parts of the truth they do hold. Their learned that such was his plan to keep an prayers, songs and their very demeanor all audience, I took my seat near the door, for take a Calvinistic turn. I lent some I had also heard that he was in the habit of copies of the Apostolic Times which I continuing his speech till midnight, and had with me, and on invitation, preached when I had kept my seat as long as the my first sermon in Tasmania, to a small bench with no back to it permitted me, I audience of attentive, humble people. It slipped out unnoticed, ferventiy praying was gratifying to find one man (he a leading that that man might learn the gospel, and man among the Baptists) who agreed with tell poor sinners what to do to be saved. I what I preached, and who told me that if was forced to leave this interesting man I would remain at Launceston he would without having an opportunity to speak to unite with me in an effort to build up a him, and when I reach my destination I church according to apostolic teaching and will give you some more notes on Tasmania. New Testament order. A Presbyterian

Fraternally, O. A. CARR. said he would see that I should have his January 8th, 1872. Chapel to preach in, and I may accept it JAPAN.–We have received good news some day, but having an engagement in from Japan. That empire has long been another part of the Island, I could not then. closed against Christianity. The intercourse

I took occasion to hear a most wonderful of the Japanese with Christendom has at preacher, who believes almost everything length produced its appropriate fruit. Last the Baptists do, except their Calvinism, but April an Imperial decree abolished all who did not have faith enough to preach national edicts against Christianity. The what he believed. Alas! there are many

people accept the decree.

Our Japanese such in Tasmania. This man had sneaked brethren see clearly enough that Christians away quietly and been baptized, but he are mighty and influential. Their recent would not preach baptism to the people, interchanges of visits have opened their lest they should become superstitious. He eyes to some of the advantages which follow was on a visit, preaching for two weeks in in the train of the Christian religion. Let the Town Hall (a grand building for the

us hope that their intelligence and sense of place. British Colonists are proud of their justice constrain them to allow religious public buildings, and well they may be. liberty to all who dwell in Japan. WhatThey spend their money to an alarming

ever the cause of or motives to the decree, extent on their public buildings instead of the fact is one on which we congratulate developing the resources of the country, and

our readers. In the present instance the in this they show their folly.) There had priests are not like the people. Seeing gathered around this novel preacherthelame their craft in danger, they repaired to the the blind, the halt, and after singing, (and palace to overawe the civil power. But the he did sing most charmingly) and praying, Imperial guards cut short their purpose by he began by reading the Scripture like a

slaying them. We deplore their fate. stage actor would repeat his piece. After Japan open to the Gospel! The news which he read about a dozen letters received should be spread through the churches, from persons all over the Island, who were

rekindle missionary zeal, and awaken in the seeking religion, or anxious for the salvation minds and hearts of young men the resolve of their kindred and friends. After the to go forth and claim that land for Christ. reading of each letter he offered a short

Freeman. prayer, and then called on several of the audience to pray in succession.

“Be brief,"

Obituary. he said. "Ask for what you want, and then have done with it."

All this was a

W. LATIMER, of Dornock, departed this successful effort to fan himself and the life March 3, 1872, aged seventy-two years. audience into a fury. And when he had This was a faithful brother, who during a succeeded up to the very extreme of number of years has made known the truth, required points, be delivered a most thrill. by life and speech, and who has led into the ing and impressive sermon, on “ Awake thou bath of water many who had confessed the that sleepest and arise from the dead, and / Saviour.

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