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dents related were, no doubt, dear to a mother's heart, but we doubt their exciting much emotion in strangers. So much is made of trifling incidents as to prevent our feeling the interest the author evidently anticipates. It does not appear adapted for children, but it may afford useful hints to mothers in training their very young children.
Was HE A HERO ? Or, Roger Milbrook's Buttle in Life.
Wertheim, Macintosh & Hunt.
We took this book with us on a journey, and, when we began to read it, were glad to find we were alone in the carriage, or we should, probably, have had to give some explanation as to what was exerting such an influence on our feelings. We mentally determined that, when we got home, we would take up a number of pamphlets on Bishop Colenso, that awaited our perusal, in order that we might sober down over his arithmetical calculations. If any of our readers wish to forget themselves for a season, let them get a copy of this book, and when they have read it they can present it to any young friend. We think neither will be inclined to leave the volume until they have finished it. We may add that it is not only deeply interesting but highly instructive.
SCIENCE ELUCIDATIVE OF SCRIPTURE, and not Antagonistic to it.
John Radford Young. London : Lockwood & Co. pp. xiv. 240.
The object of this work is to discuss the objections which science has been alleged to oppose especially to the doctrines revealed in the Mosaic account of the creation. It has been written under the impression that in the “ Essays and Reviews,” which excited much attention some time since, both science and Scripture have been equally misrepresented.
Mr. Young appears to adopt the Mosaic narrative in its most literal sense, and his object is to shew that science does not reveal anything in opposition to it. The geological discussions introduced exhibit views very different from those generally considered the correct ones, and which, it is supposed, will remove all the scientific difficulties. Our readers who take an interest in such subjects, will read this volume with pleasure.
We were much pleased with the author's view of miracles. He says, “ Those who deny the possibility of a miracle, do so on the assumption that nothing ever did happen, or ever can happen, in the material world, except in obedience to the laws of matter;" whereas, he shews that experience is daily proving that mind is perpetually coercing matter, and if the human will can thus mould matter to its purpose, surely there can be no difficulty in believing that the Divine mind can do so also. The only question with regard to an alleged miracle is its credibility, which must be determined, as every other event, by the evidence adduced in support of it.
This volume will be acceptable to our thoughtful and scientific readers. It is not one that can be hastily run over,---its propositions require to be mastered and made the matter of careful study. We have no fear of science being found antagonistic to Scripture when rightly examined.
THE WANDERING SHEEP. An Allegory. Translated by the Author of
“ Think Kindly," “ Little Kindnesses," &c. London: Wertheim, Macintosh, and Hunt. pp. 23. A pretty allegory; nicely worked out, and suitably applied.
Thy KINGDOM COME. An Address to the Young. By E. D. Wood. London:
C. Bevan. pp. 15.
This address is published by request, and for the benefit of an Orphan Asylum. We shall be glad if our notice of it tends to assist the object contemplated. The sentiments contained in it are excellent, and the mode of stating them simple and interesting.
WHOSE CHILD ARE YOU? A New Year's Question for the Young. By Rer.
R. Robinson. STOP AND THINK: or Words of Counsel for the Vere Year. By the Author of " Why do I live !" Hailing A WHERRY. By Rev. J.B. Owen. TRUTHFULNESS : or Wise Counsels to Parents. By Mrs. Hugh Kennedy. London: Book Society.'
These four penny books, containing 32 pages each, and very nicely got up, are additional proofs how much energy the Book Society is shewing in providing a supply of useful and interesting literature. The names of the authors afford a sufficient guarantee for the adaptation of these little works to the purposes designed.
THE Boys' PACKET. The Girls' PACKET. THE INFANTS' PACKET. London:
Book Society. Price 6d. each.
Each of these packets contains 16 little books of 8 pages. The picture and coloured cover will recommend the truths designed to be taught to the attention of the young folks for whom these books are provided.
WORKERS AND THEIR Work: or Counsels and Stimulants to Spiritual Labourers.
JESUS CALLS THEE. By Rev. Samuel Martin, of Westminster. PP 30. LUCY PAGE, the Young Lady's Maid. pp. 234. DANIEL IN BABYLON. By Rev. J. P. Choun, Bradford. pp. 40. London: Book Society
Four two-penny books published by the Book Society, the titles of which sufficiently describe their objects. The names of the authors of two will sufficiently recommend thein ; and we can cheerfully commend the two anonymous ones as well suited for the purposes intended.
JUVENILE CRIME ; an Essay. By John Horsley, Durlington. London :
Adams & Co. pp. 24. price 2d.
This is an excellent essay, on a subject which in these times demands the increased attention of all well-wishers to the human family; it especially seeks to interest and draw out the sympathies of Sunday school teachers to that destitute class of children who are without the means of obtaining such knowledge as will enable them rightly to perform the religious and social duties of life, and who are in many instances, preparing for the prison or the penitentiary. The means it suggests for the removal of the causes of juvenile delinquency, and for the moral elevation and religious training of the Arabs of our towns and cities, are those best calculated to accomplish the philanthropic object of the writer.
“Every year,” the essayist truly says, “thousands of poor victims go down to a premature grave, uncared for and unwept, and in the dying agony of their sorrow, with loud sepulchral ans they cry—‘no man careth for my soul.'”—p. 23.
If this social question is not promptly and effectually dealt with, it is not improbable but that ere very many years elapse, it may lead to an entire disruption of society.
Don't Say So; or, You May be Mistaken. A Story for Hard Times
and all Times. By the Author of Buy an Orange, Sir ?" pp. 126. ALLEN WHITE. The Country Lad in Town. pp. 119. Sunny SCENES ; or, Recollections of Continental Rambles among Men and Mountains. pp. 123. London: Book Society.
THREE prettily got up Shilling volumes. The pictorial illustrations in the last of the three are very interesting, as depicting the scenes visited and described.
The object of the first is to illustrate the mistakes and evils into which a habit of hasty judgment of the conduct of others may lead us.
The second work on our list is the tale of a boy whose widowed mother refused the offer of a situation for him as pot-boy at the “Horse and Wagon," in the Haymarket. This came to the ears of William Peace, a kind teetotaller, of the Society of Friends, who procured him a situation as errand-boy in the house of Saxony, Bradford & Co., of Gutter Lane. Here he is noticed by Mr. Anderson, a member of the Young Men's Christian Association, who excites him to cultivate his mind, introduces him to a Sunday school, and is the means of preserving him from the dangers to which he was exposed. He becomes a decided Christian-advances in his position in the house is made instrumental in the conversion of his employer-becomes a partner-and, on the day of his marriage to Miss Saxony, his old patron, William Peace, who was present, said to his mother with a quiet laugh, “ It is clear to me, Elizabeth White, that thy son was not fit for a pot-boy at the · Horse and Wagon,' in the Haymarket.”
The last work is a sketch of a voyage up the Rhine and through Switzerland. It is written by a Minister, and bears the signature “ R. R.,” so that its authorship will not be any mystery to our metropolitan readers, who will have no doubt as to its lively style.
SUNDAY SCHOOL TREATS.
I hold that these treats are not only Permit me just to express my cordial productive of physical benefit to the agreement with F. C. S. in his condem- children, but that in the way I have nation of E. Y.'s remarks upon Sunday indicated, they may, by an earnest and School Treats.
wise teacher, be made powerful auxiliaAs a teacher, loving his work, and ries to the real work of the Sunday having great affection for his scholars, school,-leading young souls to Christ. thinking it nobler to be the instrument They afford an opportunity for the of leading even one of them to Jesus, display of the cheerfulness-aye, the than to be the discoverer of worlds, I am joyousness—of true religion ; and thus certain that whatever tends to increase in them, in a manner almost impossible the children's trust in me, and to make in the class, a lesson, unspoken, but them fonder of my company, is an
none the less real, may be given to the addition to my power of influencing them children, the influence of which can for good.
scarcely be over-estimated. At our Annual Treats, were I to pull
Every step a child takes towards a long and doleful face, and preach to my loving his teacher—if that teacher be boys upon the vanity of worldly things, filled with the Spirit of Christ, and have it is scarcely likely they would feel no aim in life but to lead young hearts a very strong attraction to me, believe to Him-every such step, in reverence I in my great interest in them, or think speak it, may be a real step towards that my teachings respecting the happi- God and heaven. ness of true piety were sincere.
Never, then, let our school feasts and I do no such thing ; while using every trips be banished from our means of opportunity for urging the claims of the usefulness; but let us all strive to use Saviour upon the personal attention of them as opportunities for winning the each one-while striving to the utmost hearts of our scholars, and for setting that it shall not be said of me that I have before them bright examples of christian neglected to warn them to “flee from cheerfulness and love. the wrath to come," I take a deep I may add that another plan which interest in the little joys and sorrows of I have found productive of much good, them all, am happy when they are, try is to have my boys visit me at home by to help them in their perplexities, and to twos or threes on week-night evenings, increase their pleasures so far as I am when I shew them books, natural able. So, in our Annual Treats, I join curiosities, and, what they are most with them in their sports—and they are fond of, microscopic objects. These indeed well pleased to have me—and meetings-happy to myself and themmake myself in all things a child afford many opportunities for private amongst the children, if haply I
enforcement of the Sabbath lessons ;
may win gome.
and we do not part until I offer a simple Children, as well as kittens, were but earnest prayer that we may all be made to play, and a genuine child-piety taught to love each other, and to love --not that which is copied from the the Saviour who gave Himself for us. deportment of older persons-will not Wishing with all my heart that E. Y. repress this tendency, but sanctify it, may speedily experience more of the so that in amusements as well as duties, joy and liberty with which Christ-our in sports as well as worship, the Christ- eternal all in all-can make us free, like character will be displayed.
YORK ROAD CHAPEL YOUNG WOMEN'S the divine blessing is sought, especially
upon the labours of our much-loved Report read at the Annual Tea Meeting, president. A similar meeting is held on
held in the School Room, on Wednesday the third Sabbath of every month at the Evening, January 7th, 1863.
close of the usual exercises, composed We have much pleasure in presenting of church members only, on behalf of the Third Annual Report of the Young the various members of the class who Women's BIBLE Class, held in con- are in need of special sympathy and nection with the York Road Chapel. help.
This class has been in existence many Another of these meetings is held on years, and God has from time to time the last Sabbath of the month before the been pleased to own and bless the in- morning service for the purpose of structions received in leading many to seeking a more abundant outpouring decide for Christ, and to the good of of the Holy Ghost upon the labours of most of those who have attended it. those who are engaged in distributing
The class meets every Sabbath after- religious tracts among the poor residing noon for the purpose of gaining a practi- in the vicinity of the chapel. cal acquaintance with the word of God, In addition to these, all of which are and is attended chiefly by young women, held in the class room, the members although it is not restricted to age, as it meet every Tuesday evening, from halfincludes at the present time many who past seven till half-past eight, at Miss are more advanced.
Sherratt's house, No. 8, Lambeth Road, The number of class members on the when prayer is offered for the general books in January, 1862, was 41; 37 good and prosperity of the class. This members have been received during the has been attended by an average of 18 present year, and 13 have left, making throughout the year, and we rejoice to the total of 65 now on the books, find that God has, in answer to our supshowing an increase of 24. Out of the plications, poured out the spirit of 13 who have left, 9 have received a prayer on many of our number. We Bible as a token of affection, presented feel assured that our prayers have not on behalf of the class by our esteemed been in vain; that the Lord has been pastor, who has kindly presided on these pleased to manifest his presence at these occasions.
seasons, and many have been enabled to During the year 9 have been received feel that it is good to meet together in into church fellowship, making the such a way. number of communicants in the class 42. Besides these gatherings for prayer,in
Out of these, 8 have left us, either quirers are met every Saturday evening, through removals or to become teachers, from 7 to 8, by Miss Sherratt, at her leaving a total of 34 church members house, for the purpose of imparting spiritnow on the books.
ual counsel and guidance to any wlio may Prayer meetings in connection with be desirous to decide for Christ. the class are held as follows:
It has been already hinted that there On the afternoon of the first Sabbath is in connection with the Class a Society of every month, the time which is spent for the distribution of religious tracts in the usual way on other Sabbaths is among the poor ; and considering the employed in devotional exercises, when short time we have been engaged in the