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Observer, Jan. 1, '72.

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visited us some weeks ago, and delivered R. W.Dale, of Birmingham, and Dr. Brown, some very thoughtful and edifying addresses. of Cheltenham, followed, and between these We are gladdened by the frequent appear the audience could not fail to understand ance of strangers, and some who have been the gravity of the question now looming constant attenders for some time are ex- into vien.

R. SCOTT. pected soon to put on the Lord Jesus. For NEW BRINSLEY.—The faithful preaching the benefit of young brethren a Mutual of the old truth has produced faith in the Improvement Association was formed about hearts of three others, who came forward two months ago, which is conducted with and confessed their faith in the Christ and spirit, and is likely to become a valuable were buried with Him in baptism. auxiliary to the church. Since August last

C. Cook. the congregation have met in the West End Academy, which they rented on the hall in which they before assembled having been sold. There is again the prospect of another

Obituary. change being made, but this time, if expectations be realized, the church will remove

EDWARD CUTHBERT, Sen., fell asleep in to a meeting-house of its own. For this Jesus, at Spittall, December 4, in the 10th they are entirely, indebted to sister Tener, year of his age. He was at his work on of Moree, who has, with the most praise- the Saturday, at the Lord's table on the worthy liberality, undertaken to erect the First day of the week, and finished his course new house and to hand it over to the church on the Monday evening. Our beloved on payment of a nominal yearly feu-duty. brother was immersed nine years ago, The site, which has just been purchased, is

was a consistent member of the Baptist in Constitution Road, and about a hundred Church, Berwick, and was among the yards north of the Watt Hall. The new number who withdrew and formed a church house will be seated for 250 or 300 persons, here. His love for the Saviour was exemand have class-rooms and ante-rooms at- plary; He was indeed precious to him. tached. Steps have been taken for the erec- His jubilee of service was celebrated under tion of the building as speedily as possible, the firm of Thos. Black and Sons, in July and a strong effort is to be made to have it last, when several suitable presents were completed by May next. T. Y. M. made to him.

J. R. DERBY.—The church here has pleasure

John K. LESLIE departed this life on in stating that, by the blessing of God, the Saturday evening, November 18, at Moree preached word is making its way to the House, Dungannon, Ireland. The brethren hearts of sinners, and that during the past of the Dundee, Glasgow and Irish churches four weeks three have made the good con- will long remember our brother for hisfession and have been added to the church noble, generous and Christian spirit, his by immersion into the name of the Father, sympathy with distress and his love for the Son and Holy Spirit.

R. M. beautiful, pure and good, in grace and in BRISTOL. —A meeting was held here on nature. He went from Glasgow to Ireland November 29th, in favour of Undenomi- to regain his health, about the beginning of national Education. Owing to what one 1870, and so far recovered as to try business might call an error of judgment, the place again in May, 1871, but his distress struck of assembly was in Clifton, and consequently him down the first day he was in the city the attendance was not what it might have and he returned to Ireland where he has been had a Hall in the less aristocratic lingered with varying strength and at last quarter of the city been selected. It was, departed strong in hope, committing his however, very interesting, and may be the sister-wife and two little ones to the care forerunner of something better. Perhaps of our Heavenly Father. Full of desire the most hopeful sign shown at the meeting to be at rest and free from pain he often was the presence of the Rev. J.W.Caldicott, repeated the words Head Master of the Grammar School, who “ O, welcome day! when thou moved the first resolution.

Shalt spring Heaven's shining threshold o'er ;

A Father's warm embrace to meet, lengthy address, which he prefaced by

And dwell at home for evermore! remarking that he stood on that platform not as an opponent of the church of which He was interred in Dundee.

J. ADAM. he was an ordained minister, nor yet as a JAMES HARRISON, aged twenty-eight supporter of her enemies, but simply as an years, member of the church in Stockport, Englishman desirous of giving equal justice departed this life, November 18, 1871. He to all, and of showing his repudiation of was a much loved brother, in whose piety the foul libel cast upon Dissenters by Church- and purity of life the church had much men, who say that the Nonconformists wish comfort. He died in the blessed hope. to give children an irreligious education.

G. T.

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Observer, Jan. 1, 2.

MATTHEW BRADBURY departed this life, ELIZABETH WILKINSON, relect of Thos. November 18, 1871, in his seventhy-ninth Wilkinson, departed this life, November 6, year. Many years a member of the church 1871, aged seventy-four, having been conin Barker Gate, Nottingham.

nected with the church, twenty-nine years. T. W.

W. H.

Family Room.

A TALE OF BUTTONS.

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BREAKFAST was just over; the table she asked, as Mr. Ashton, having was cleared away, the chair set back, exhausted the paper, arose from the and Mrs. Ashton, in a neat morning- sofa corner. dress, with a pretty little cap on her

“ Visiting, I must go up to old pretty little head, was standing with Mrs. Balcomb's and see the Jones's, her arm over her tall husband's and try to prevail on Phil Taggart shoulder, looking at the morning to let his children come to the Sunpaper. And as fine a looking pair day-school once more. Then I have they were as you will be likely to see in a summer's day.

to see poor Maggy Carpenter, who is Mr. and Mrs. Ashton had been I shall get into the omnibus and ride

much worse again, and if I have time, married about six months, after an

out to the mills, to that girl Miss engagement of almost three years, Flower mentioned to me yesterday.” during which time they had corres

- What ponded vigorously, but had seen very

round !” exclaimed little of each other, for Mr. Ashton Chrissey. “ You will never get home

I think I was an assistant in one of our larger to dinner at two o'clock. cities, and could seldom be spared ;

will put it off till six, and run the and Chrissey was a teacher in an risk of being thought 'stuck up,' like other great city, where she supported poor cousin Lily." herself, and helped by her labours

" What do you mean ? ' to educate one of her brothers for the

“Why you know they always dine ministry. It was not till this brother at six to suit the Doctor's arrangehad finished his studies, and was

ments. One day Lily called about placed on an independent footing, some society matter on a lady who that she had consented to be mar

res not a hundred miles from her ried. Under these circumstances, street, about five o'clock in the afterthey did not see much of each other, noon. The lady herself came to the and they were finally married, with door, and Lily was about entering, out Chrissey's ever having suspected when she thought she perceived the her husband of any infirmity of smell of roast meat in the hall, and temper. She had suffered much on said very politely, But, perhaps it

is discovering that such was the

dinner hour ? case,

your and felt inclined sometimes to wish

*** No indeed!' replied madam with that she had never been disenchant- indignation. • We don't dine at this ed; but she was a wise woman; she time of day; we are not so stuck knew her husband's intrinsic excel- up.' lences and strength as well as his

Poor Lily!” exclaimed Mr. Ashweakness, and altering an old maxim ton, laughing "what did she say?" to suit her own purpose, she resolved - O! she did her errand, and reboth to endure and to cure.

tired, of course. There was nothing What do you set about to-day ?” I to be said.”

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Mr. Ashton turned to go into the you spend in writing to George and study, and as he did so, his foot Henry might as well be bestowed on caught in the carpet, and he was me.” nearly thrown down. Chrissey This address was delivered in a started in alarm, but he recovered tone and manner of mournful distress, himself, and said pettishly enough, which might have been justified, per

“ I do wish you would have that haps, if Mrs. Ashton had picked his carpet nailed down. I have stumbled pocket as he was going to church. over it twenty times in the course of What's the matter with this a week, I do believe.”

shirt?" asked Chrissey, quietly exam“I thought Amy had fastened it," ining one of the discarded garments. returned his wife, with perfect mild- " It seems to have all the buttons in

“I am sure I saw her at work their places; and this one, too, is there. The door must pull it out of quite perfect; and here is another. place, I think.”

My dear husband, how many shirts "O! of course there is some excel- do you usually wear at a time ?" lent reason for its being out of order. “O! it is all very well for you to It seems to me that, with all your smile, my love, but I do assure you ingenuity, you might find some way I found several with no means at all of making it more secure.

of fastening the wrist-bands. We He turned into his study, shutting had breakfast late, and now I shall the door after him with rather unnec- be detained half an hour, when I cessary force, and Mrs. Ashton re- ought to be away. I know you mean turned to the fire and arranged her well, but if you had served a year's work-basket for the day, with some apprenticeship with my mother bething of a cloud on her fair face. fore you were married, it might have She was not left long undisturbed, been all the better for your house. for Mr. Ashton's voice was soon keeping." heard calling her in impatient tones. “ It might have prevented it alShe sighed, but arose and entered together," thought Chrissey; but the the next room, where she found her thought was repressed in a moment. husband standing before his bureau She picked up and replaced the partly dressed, and with shirts, cra. scattered apparel, folded the snowy vats, and handkerchiefs scattered cravats, and warmed her husband's about him like a new kind of snow, overshoes. Before he left the house, while his face bore an expression of Mr. Ashton had forgotten both his melancholy reproach at once painful fretfulness and its cause. He kissed and slightly ludicrous.

his wife, thanked her for her trouble, “What's the matter ?” she asked. proposed that she should send for

O, the old story! Not a button Lily to spend the day with her, and where it ought to be! not a shirt strode away with his usual elastic ready to wear! I do not mean to be step and pleasant face. unreasonable," he continued, in an Chrissey watched him from the agitated voice, as he tumbled over | door till he turned into the next street, the things, to the manifest discom- and then went back to the fireside, posure of the clean linen,“ but really, and to her own reflections. Chrissey, I think you might see that This fretfulness and tendency to my clothes are in order. I am sure be greatly disturbed at little matters, I would do more than that for you ; was almost her husband's only fault. but here I am delayed and put to the He was self-sacrificing to the last greatest inconvenience, because you degree, faithful and indefatigable. cannot sew on these buttons ! I shall He could bear injuries, real injuries, really think that a little of the time with the greatest patience, and was

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never known to harbour resentment. | slippers before the fire, he related to But with all these good qualities, his wife all the events of the day, desMr. Ashton had one fault-a fault cribing, with all the enthusiasm of which threatened to disturb and his earnest nature, the patience and finally to destroy the comfort of his holy resignation he had witnessed, married life. If his wife, by extrava- and ended by saying: gance or bad management, had wast- “Certainly, religion has power to ed his income and involved him in sustain and console, under all trials, difficulties, it is probable that he and under every misfortune." would never have spoken an unkind “Except the loss of a button," word to her ; but the fact of a button replied Chrissey, seriously. “That being missing, or a book removed is a misfortune which neither philofrom its place, would produce a sophy nor religion can enable one to lamentation half indignant and half sustain.” pathetic, which rung in Chrissey's Mr. Ashton started as though a ears, and made her heart ache long pistol had been discharged at his ear. after Clement had forgotten the cir. “Why, what do you mean, Chriscumstance altogether. Strange as sey ? " it may seem, Mr. Ashton had never “ Just what I say,” returned thought of this habit, of which indeed, Chrissey, with the same soberness. he was but imperfectly conscious, as “ Yourself, for instance; you can a fault.

endure, with the greatest resignation, He thought, indeed, that it was a the loss of friends and misfortune; I pity he should be so sensitive, and never saw you ruffled by rudeness sometimes said that he wished he or abuse from others, or show any had not such a love for order and impatience under severe pain ; but symmetry, for then he should not be the loss of a button from your shirt, so often annoyed by the disorderly or a nail from the carpet, gives you habits of other people. He said to a perfect right to be unreasonable, himself that it was one of his peculiar unkind, and—I must say it--untrials--that even Chrissey, perfect Christian.” as she was, did not come up to his Mr. Ashton arose, and walked up ideas in this respect; but that his and down the room in some agitation. peculiar trials, as he was pleased to " I did not think, my love,” he said call them, ever became trials to other at last, in a trembling tone, “ that people, he did not imagine. He had, you would attach so much importance indeed, remarked, in spite of himself, to a single hasty word. Perhaps I that Chrissey's face was not as cheer- spoke too quickly; but even if it ful, nor her spirits as light, as when were so, did we not promise to be they were first married; and he patient with each other's infirmities? regretted that the cares of house- I am sure I am very glad to bear keeping should weigh so heavily upon with—" her; but nothing was further from Mr. Ashton paused; he was an his thoughts than that anything in eminently truthful man, and, upon himself could have produced the consideration, he really could not change.

remember that he had ever had anyMr. Ashton, exhausted with his thing to bear from his wife. day's work, turned towards home “ If it were only once, my dear with his mind and heart full of all husband, I should say nothing about that he had seen and felt. He said it; but you do not seem in the least very little during dinner, but when aware how the habit has grown upon the table-cloth was removed, and he you. There has not been a day this sat down in his dressing-gown and week in which you have not made my

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heart ache by some such outburst of (if I had not been left here alone all fretfulness.”

day, I think I should hardly have Mr. Ashton was astonished; but, got up my courage now. as he began to reflect, he was still are not angry, I am glad that I have more surprised to find that his wife's told you all that was in my heart; accusation was quite true. One day for indeed, my dear, it has been a it had been about the front door mat, sad, aching heart this long time. the next about a mislaid review, and And now I must tell you how those then about a lost pair of gloves, two unlucky shirits came to be butwhich after all were found in his own tonless.” pocket. He felt that it was all true; “No, don't say one word about and as his conscience brought forward them, my love," said Clement, penione instance after another of unkind- tently. “I will never complain ness—real unkindness—he sat down again, if the sleeves are missing as again, and covered his face with his well as the buttons." hands.

“But I must tell you, because I “But that is not the worst,” really mean to have my housekeeping continued Chrissey, becoming agi- affairs in as good order as any one. tated in her turn. “I fear-I cannot I was looking over your shirits yes. help fearing—that I shall be led to terday afternoon, and had put them feel as I ought not towards you. I all to rights but these two, when fear lest I shall in time lose the Mrs. Lennox came in, in great dispower of respecting my husband ; tress, to say that her sister's child and when respect goes, Clement, love was much worse, and they feared does not last long. This very morn- dying; so I dropped all, and went ment I found myself wishing I had over there. You know how it was. never known you.”

No one had any calmness or presence Chrissey burst into tears—a very of mind. The child's convulsions unusual demonstation for her; and were indeed frightful to witness; the Clement, springing up, once more mother was in hysterics, and Mrs. traversed the room once or twice, Lennox, worse than nobody at all. and then sat down at his wife's side, It was nearly midnight before I could

“ Christiana,” he said mournfully, get away, and meantime, Amy had " is it come to this? I have deserved put the room in order, and restored it, I feel that I have. But to lose the shirts to their places.” your respect, your love-My punish- Chrissey arose and went out into ment is greater than I can bear, the kitchen, and Mr. Ashton, taking Chrissey.”

a candle from the table, entered the “It was but the thought of a study and locked himself in. Chrismoment,' replied Christiana, check sey waited for him a long time, and ing her sobs; " but I am frightened at last went and tapped at the door. that the idea should ever have enter- It was opened, with a warm embrace, ed my mind. If I should cease to and though there were not many love you, Clement, I should die. I words spoken on either side, there would rather die this moment." was a light in the eyes of both hus

“ God forbid !” ejaculated her band and wife which showed that the husband, clasping her in his arms. understanding was perfect between “But why, my dearest love, have you them. never told me of this before ? :

But I do think, nevertheless, that “ It is neither a grateful or a men's wives ought to sew on their gracious office for a wife to reprove buttons. her husband, replied Christiana, lay

American Paper. ing her head on his shoulder; "and

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