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dowed, and you will see the good effects by Mr. Marshall, Mr. B. Baldwin, the not of a change in the character of the superintendent of the Sunday school, people of this country, but the good Mr. H. Jelley, and Mr. Foulds. During effects of their being more enlightened the evening Mr. C. Gadsby stepped forof the strength and the value of edu- ward and presented to Mr. Hester, on cation among them.
behalf of the class, the third volume of The usual public examination of the Dr. Alford's Greek Testament (he alboys' school took place before the meet-ready having the first and second), as a ing, in the presence of Earl Russell, small acknowledgment of his kindness who congratulated the teachers and to them, and the benefit they had derived pupils upon the results exhibited. from his instructions.
Both the rooms were beautifully deco
rated, especially the large one, in which GENERAL BAPTIST CHAPEL, WOOD GATE, hung a series of maps and large views
of remarkable cities, coins, and ruins of In connection with the above place of the Holy Land ; appropriate mottoes, worship, a Bible class is conducted such as “Search the Scriptures," “Knowthrough the winter season, by the Rev. ledge is Power,' .“ The Bible the Secret Giles Hester, the pastor. This class of England's Greatness," " Excelsior,'' consists of about twenty-seven young &c., &c. The names of the judges were persons of both sexes. On Tuesday nicely worked in evergreens, and a numevening, April 21st, the session was ber of portraits were exhibited, amongst brought to a termination by a soirée of which was a large photograph of Dean the members of the class, and a number Alford. of friends whom they had invited to join The following is the inscriptiou conthem. A very substantial tea, with tained in the volume referred to :sandwiches, salad, &c., was provided at “Presented to the Rev. GILES HESTER, half-past five o'clock, to which about by the Members of his Bible class, as a seventy-five sat down. After this repast small token of their gratitude and thanks the friends all assembled in the large for the manner in which he has laboured school-room, the Rev. G. Hester acting for the advancement of their spiritual as president. The following Essays interests." were read by the members of the class upon the subject which has engaged their study during the past winter, being The Nineteenth Annual Meeting of the Judges of Israel :
the Union was held in Exeter Hall, on 1. “ The Conquest of Canaan, under Monday evening, the 11th of May, the Joshua;” by Mr. Frederick Goadby. 2. President, the Right Hon. the Earl of
The History of the Jews, from the death Shaftesbury, K. G., in the Chair. of Joshua to the Judgeship of Gideon; The Honorary Secretary, Mr. W. by Mr. H. Chapman. 3. "The Life and LOCKE, read the Annual Report, which Times of Gideon;" by Mr. C. Gadsby. stated : 4. “ The History of the Jews, from the The number of Sunday schools is now death of Gideon to the time of Jephthah;" | 180, with scholars in attendance averagby Miss L. Wilcocks. 5. "The Life of ing 23,360. The number of Day schools Jephthah, with an especial reference to 199, and scholars 17,970. The Weekhis Vow;' by Miss M. A. Wilcocks. 6. day schools 205, and scholars 8,320. “ The Life and Times of Samson;" by This gives a total of scholars, 49,650. Miss S. A. Palmer. All the essays were But as many week-day scholars attend well read, and reflected great credit upon on Sunday, the Committee take one-half the writers. Addresses were then given of the above total as the probable number
RAGGED SCHOOL UNION.
who thus enjoy the benefits of their purpose ; and in this way about 1,400 schools; that is to say, 26,000-nearly were so treated at Petersham Park, in the same number as last year.
September last. The INDUSTRIAL SCHOLARS now number MEETINGS FOR MOTHERS AND FATHERS 2,850. The
TEACHERS, are more numerous. Strenuous efforts 2,700. The Paid TEA ers, 360. The have been made in some localities to get PAID MONITORS, 460.
fathers to meet together by means of The number attending Parents' reading-rooms, where coffee and other Meetings is on the increase, more men refreshments (omitting beer and spirits) being induced to come than formerly. can be had; and success has, in some The average attendance is now 3,117. cases, attended such efforts. This is independent of the Ragged The Penny Banks and Clothing Clubs Church Services, conducted mostly by have increased since last year. The City Missionaries, which now secure an former are now 88 in number, with attendance of 5,460 persons.
about 30,000 depositors. The balance There are 26 Bands of Hope, with remaining in hand at Christmas was 4,200 members; and the number of £1,510. The Clothing Clubs number 63. School Libraries has increased to 66, The amount gathered was £899., spent with above 10,000 volumes.
in useful articles in the year. The number sent to situations in this The FINANCES of the Union are year is still large, though not easily reduced. In a year of trial and much ascertainable. Many facts go to show distress, war in America and poverty in that a large proportion of them keep Lancashire, every religious and philantheir places and do well.
thropic society has felt its means reduced. The SHOE-BLACK SOCIETIES continue to The International Exhibition also tended prosper. They are now eight in number, absorb people's thoughts, and to draw comprising 372 lads, whose united away money from missionary objects. earnings for the year lately ended, The CHAIRMAN said-I see nothing amounted to no less than £6,222.
but a want of a due estimate of the The Refuges which take in children duty that devolves upon
that from Ragged Schools, continue to be prevents the whole of this great very useful to the Union; but some are metropolis being covered with those very badly off for want of funds, and the noble citadels of virtue and of piety, the Committee cannot help them beyond the Ragged Schools belonging to our Ragged capitation grant, their own funds being School Union. Why, look what has at present very circumscribed.
sprung of them. Have you not heard in The SUMMER TREATS to the children the report what has sprung out of them have been given to some extent, though, by the great inventive and Christian perhaps, not so extensively as in former genius of those men who devised it? years. Many have been given by First, take the shoe-blacks: was there wealthy friends at their own country ever a greater triumph of order, and
In addition to these the Com- decency, and Christianity, and truth, and mittee have returns from about thirty feeling, over everything that schools, which managed, from funds anarchical, indecent, unprincipled, and raised for the express purpose, to give a disorderly, than to see nearly 400 of day's holiday in the open-air to above those lads, dragged from the very depths 12,000 of the children. In addition to of degradation, filth, and misery, and these a special fund was raised, through brought into a condition to earn their the kindness of Lord Shaftesbury, to own livelihood, to be a credit to the give a treat to those schools who could metropolis, and to attract the attention not raise money themselves for such a and admiration of all the passers-by,
and of all who study their private and/ pel truth; you have given them that individual history? Why, look what knowledge which hundreds of thousands you have heard to-day about the new in a better position have not yet attained effort that is being made in the forma- to; you have given them that knowtion of what is called the Rag Brigade, ledge which is not to be found even in which, if it be supported and fostered as dignitaries of the church of a certain it ought to be, will give maintenance character. And I was delighted the and occupation not to three hundred, but other day by a clergyman telling me to four hundred, five hundred, and I dare what had occurred in his own school. say a thousand, of these ragged and There came down to him a dignitary, an destitute boys, who were growing up for official person, for the purpose of exam. nothing but mischief and lawlessness. ining the children; because this clerObserve what has been the issue of all gyman, I am sorry to say, had been your operations; observe how God weak enough to take a grant from her blesses your efforts; when you appear to Majesty's Government, and therefore he be encumbered by the number of chil-was exposed to the invasion of these dren you have taught, and don't know official gentlemen. But this official how to devise plans for obtaining situa- gentleman, not having very strong symtions for them, see how, time after time pathies with that course of education God puts it into the hearts and minds of which is administered in these schools, men to strike out some new course and said with a taunting air before all the some new career in which these children children, “Oh, talk to them about Scripmay walk, an honour and a comfort to tures and texts! I should like to ask themselves, and a support and a dignity them if they could tell me a text with to their country. Ay, and I may recall the word • if' in it;" when up sprung a to you again, as I ever will from this little child and said, " If any man be in platform, the numbers that year by year Christ, he is a new creature.” pass in review before us, to receive self I should say, I would rather have prizes as the results of good conduct in been rebuked by the Speaker of the having retained their situations during House of Commons; I would rather have the past twelve months. Why, what a been called to order by the Lord Chief triumph is that! What other country, Justice; I would rather have submitted what other school, could present such a to any penalty, than have been brought spectacle ? What other society has ever to order upon Gospel truth by a little attempted, or having attempted has child out of a Ragged school. ever produced, such results over such a The Bishop of GOULBURN, in moving hopeless, as it appeared to be, such an the first resolution, said: As the secreunapproachable
of children? tary for the last twelve years of a Children who were thought to be utterly society formed mainly for the spiritual beyond the reach of all effort; children benefit of the colonies, I have met with of whom it was thought that they must pleasing illustrations of the blessed be consigned to the miserable destiny effects of Ragged school operations. that was offered to them, that they must it will be quite sufficient if I menbe passed by almost without a regret, tion one which has come immediately certainly without an effort, because they under my own observation and knowwere among a condemned class, fit only ledge. A few years ago, I was called to to be the hewers of wood and the draw- preach in a temporary church in London, ers of water to the more happy and the for the incumbent, who was absent. more comfortable in this world's condi- When the service was over I remarked to tion. Ay, and you have given to these one of the gentlemen, “ I grieve to see no children a sure foundation of sound Gos- children attending Divine service this
morning." “ Oh, sir," was the answer, to take their departure, one of them " there is no room for them in the inquired where he could find a model temporary church : the congregation schoolmaster. He wanted one with has grown. But we do not neglect the such and such qualifications, and he children : they are in the room ad- heard that at such a training-school joining." " And how are they taught there was just the young mar.. Noduring the service ?" “A young man body had ever entered it with more is there this morning who has great power over the children, nobedy who power and influence over the children. was more capable of riveting the atHe rivets their attention, and talks to tention of the whole gallery while be them about Jesus.” I was thankful to was giving them a Bible lesson. The hear this, and departed. On the fol- worthy bishop said, " That is the man lowing day the incumbent called on for me." It was agreed that he was me, and said, “You made some en- suitable for him, and our committee quiries about the children, and you surrendered him, and he was taken by heard something of a young man teaching this admirable bishop-for he is one of them. I will briefly give you his our best colonial bishops – to the colay history. We opened a Ragged school of Australia, to which I am going in our new district, and one evening a myself. After the voyage, this young rough-looking animal, wonderfully man wrote me a letter of thanks for clothed, opened the door. He seemed the services of our society; and his amazed to find a number of gentlemen account of the voyage is to
this and boys assembled together, and he effect:called out, What are you doing here?' “ Although the majority of the emiThe gentlemen said, “We are teaching grants on board, 179 of them, were these young men to read and write, and Roman Catholics and infidels, thoughtsomething for the good of their souls : less and careless about their souls, I would you like to come in and learn ?' am happy to say by a little persuasion "Yes, sir,' he said; and in he came, in I got many of them to attend Divine his rags. He proved to be intelligent service on Sunday. I held school daily and quick, and he soon learned his for 75 days, having a daily attendance alphabet. He presently began to appear of 29 females, 9 children under 14 years in better garments, and became a re- of age, and 6 married men. All of gular attendant at the Ragged School." them attended school very regularly, Within three or four months he attended and to all appearance seemed very the confirmation class. He then became thankful for the instruction given to a Sunday school teacher; and I went them. I held Divine service twice on to preach there about the time he was Sunday during the fine weather, and teaching in the school, and it was then once during the rough, at the same time his turn to take charge of the children not neglecting to read one of those during Divine service; and the clergy- sermons that you supplied me with in man said, “ He is just the person for a the evening. The hymn-books you Colonial and Continental society to take gave me proved very useful indeed. up, and train, that he may become a Had it not been for them I do not know teacher in the colonies." I requested an what we should have done on Sundays; interview. I was struck with the ap- but having been well furnished with pearance and intelligence of the young these hymn-books, and with sermons of
Our committee at once accepted all descriptions, and having two seamen him, and sent him to one of our admira- on board who played the accordion well, ble training-schools in London; and I must say our services became a when two colonial bishops were about pleasure to the people and not a task."
The Ragged School Union produced 'theorist looks on, and is ready to despair. for that voyage the services of that He says, Nations must have their rise young man, and for the colony one of and fall; “we ripe and ripe, and then the most admirable teachers that ever we rot and rot.” And the religious theoentered it; and I, in the name of our rist sometimes, too, I am sorry to say, Colonial and Continental Church Society, looks on and despairs also, folds his arms and in the name of the settlers in the in satisfaction that he is travelling to colonies, have to thank you for the gift heaven, and says, “ These people that of such a young man for the cause of know not the law
accursed.” Christ and the benefit of our fellow- That is not your spirit; that is not
the spirit of the Ragged School Union. The Rev. F. TUCKER, said: The It is not for you to look on bleeding, Bishop of Goulburn moves this reso- plundered, wounded humanity, lying lution, a Baptist minister seconds it. there by the road, and to pass on by the That is the Ragged School Union all other side.
It is not for you to say, I have been reading lately a " That case is so hopeless, the man must description of an Oxford boat-race. The bleed to death, and there is no help for hard workers, as you know, my lord, are it.” Nay, you will search among your in the boats: there are the bending backs stores, whether you have not some wine and the straining muscles. But I am told and oil to pour into that wounded side ; that the banks of the river are generally and you will search, too-and I hope tolined with eager spectators, who cheer night there will be a good search in
your the oarsmen on; and one cries, “ Well purses—for the “two pence" that are done, Exeter!" and another cries, “Bravo, needful to provide accommodation for St. John's !" I feel this evening as if I that outcast one. Talk of the difficulty of were one of the spectators on the bank the work, my lord? Talk of its being of a great river; and here are the oars- impossible ? Difficult ? Impossible? I men—this noble body now thronging dare say my honoured friend Mr. Payne this hall; and I feel inclined this even- will correct me if I am wrong when I ing to say, "Well done, Field Lane ! say that there was a Frenchman just Bravo, Lamb and Flag! With a will, took his pen and struck those two words Holloway! Keep her up, One Tun !" out of the dictionary. He said they This is the least one can do on an occa- had no business to be there ; they had sion like the present; and I seem to see no business to be in any language the gallant fleet sweep by me; and all I spoken under heaven. I do not know, can wish is the Irishman's wish, that whether I should do that. I think I they may all get first, and all obtain the would rather put the words in the dicprize. My lord, I love and honour the tionary, and then attach an Englishman's Ragged School Union, because you are meaning to them: "Difficulty, something grappling with one of the most tre- to be overcome; a thing impossible, a mendous difficulties that ever oppressed thing that must be done.” And that I a nation. It is not for me to say what take to be not merely the Anglo-Saxon the 2,700 voluntary teachers, blessed be meaning of the words, but the Christian God for that noble army, could tell me meaning too. “I can do all things so much better than I can tell them, through Christ that strengtheneth me.” what is the state of the masses of the I am the servant of an Almighty God: population in this great city. It is not is there anything too hard for Him? for me to portray you the social and Nay, with Him nothing is impossible. moral maladies that fester and rankle in I love the Ragged School Union, not the hundreds of thousands that are merely because you grapple with this around us. Why, my lord, the political difficulty, but you do it in so wise and