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common-sense a way. You try to nip good plant of renown. And thus, my the evil in the bud. You try to crush the friends, the work is done. “Instead of oak in the acorn. I am not here to the thorn there comes up the fir-tree; night to speak a word against those who instead of the briar there comes up the attack the full-grown and full-blown myrtle-tree; and it shall be to the Lord developments of the evil. Not a word, for a name, for an everlasting sign that against city missions, against mid- shall not be cut off.” I take it, my lord, night missions, against Bible-women, that this is common-sense; and commonagainst preaching in the theatres of sense is always the best wisdom all London. Ah! if I were to condemn the world over. And now, my lord, those who preach in the theatres, I am I congratulate you. I congratulate this a very great criminal myself. You will Union. Only think of the good you remember, my lord, when we agitated have done already. Often I remember, the question whether we should employ my lord, and I have often taken the these large edifices for such a purpose, liberty to repeat, an anecdote which we appointed a sub-committee to see if I heard from your own lips about we could find capacious and commodious that worthy female who went to Adebuildings that were not theatres. Back laide, but sent a letter to you before came the sub-committee and said, “We she went, signing herself, “ Your affeccannot find them.” Then, said I, for tionate friend, Charlotte." She was one one, to a brother, “I will go to the whom his lordship had picked up out theatre ;" another cried, “And I will of the mire of society, and had filtered go to the theatre;" a third cried, “ And through a Ragged School, and had then I will go to the theatre ;" and in came drafted off to that distant colony; and I Lord Shaftesbury and said, " And I will cannot doubt that she meant what she go with you.” In candour let me say, said when she signed herself, “ Your that at first, if you could have found an affectionate friend, Charlotte." Exeter Hall or a St. James's Hall in the very much afraid, my lord, that I have eastern part of London, or the north- been guilty now and then, in some little east, or thereabouts, I should have pre- correspondence I have had with your ferred it; but now, if you were to lordship, of a similar breach of etiquette; put down an Exeter Hall by the side and really, my friends, I find it very of the Victoria Theatre, Lambeth, or difficult to finish a letter to my Lord a St. James's Hall by the side of the Shaftesbury, with the words, “ Your Pavilion Theatre, Whitechapel, I am so lordship’s most dutiful and humble utterly depraved that I would rather go servant." Talk of the good you have to the theatres than I would go to the done! I do not know a soil on earth halls; and simply for this reason; I feel more promising than that on which you that in these theatres I get down to a are working, brethren. It is like the soil lower stratum of the people than I could that some felicitous orator described in ever have reached in any other kind of these words : 5 Only tickle it with a building. We, however, in work like hoe, and it will laugh with a harvest." that, are trying to pull down a giant Well, here is a letter from Nova Scotia, upas-tree. We throw a rope over this come this afternoon. It is dated from branch, and throw a rope over that, and Milton, Queen's County, and is adtry to throw a rope over every one; dressed to the teacher of one of your and we haul, and haul; but the work schools :will not be done to-day or to-morrow. “ Dear sir,- It is with great pleasurs Your Ragged School Union comes and I now write to you. I have long wanted plucks up the saplings, and then, in the to write to you; so I have made up place of those upas saplings, plants some my mind to write this evening. Dear

I am

sir, I feel very happy at this moment. fortunate enough to get his lordship I have an excellent situation: such kind there; and then they looked across from people. I am as happy as I should wish St. Kilda to a beautiful strip of parky to be. My master and mistress are reli- land, with fine trees and delicious grass. gious people. I may say with tle poet,-- “ There," they said, “that is the place

For what the Lord has done for me, for our sheep farming.” Now the sheep
For boundless love so rich and free,
For all his mercy which is past,

are all gone, my friends, from that part I'll praise him whilst my life shall last.'

of the bay; but there stands that Dear sir, as soon as we landed at Halifax majestic city, with its nearly 200,000 I asked my Father in heaven to guide my

inhabitants. And so the work is going feet to some place where I could have on. Mr. Locke insisted the other day that the privilege of the means of grace; and, I should say one word to-night which I bless his name, he answered my prayer.

said here a few days ago; and it is I was never better off in my life. I can something to this effect. When speaking go three times in the week, and three of this noble band of Ragged school times to service and once to school on the teachers, and the healthy character of Sunday. Oh how I love the Sabbath their work, I might have added, These School ! I am never so happy as when are the persons who are not likely to give I am in the house of God, and in company up their time and minds to poor, petty, with his people.” The letter ends thus: puerile speculations in religion. These “ Dear sir, I have not forgot the happy

are the people that are attending to the time I used to spend with you in Sunday practical part; and “if a man will do School; how you used to explain the his will, he shall know of the doctrine word of God to us, and try to make us :

whether it be of God.” These Ragged good boys! May that God, who is the school teachers would be always willing rewarder of all such, bless you, for Jesus' to listen to the Bishop of Goulburn: they sake! Amen. I have much more to say, would not be as willing to listen to his but my paper will hold no more. Please right reverend brother of Natal. My to give my love to your class, and tell friends, pity me to-night ; have pity upon them to be good boys, and God will me! I never had the advantage of a bless them. Give my best love to all at

Zulu education; and therefore it comes Great Queen Street Home, and accept to pass, perhaps, that I am such a foolish, the same yourself." This lad came to ignorant man that I believe London utterly destitute, found his way

I believe all that “ Moses, in the law, and to St. Giles's Ilome, and here is the the prophets, did write." I believe that result. Why, you “ tickled the soil with Noah " built an ark unto the saving of a hoe,” and it is “ “ laughing with

his house;" I believe that the sun stood harvest !" And then, think of the still in Gibeon, and the moon o'er the good your society is yet to do! But valley of Ajalon ; and I can believe still lately I lost from my own congregation

more that Balaam's ass opened its mouth a respected friend, who only twenty-seven

and spoke, for surely some creatures of years ago drove the first stake into the 'hardly higher rationality have followed soil where now stands the city of Mel- his example. What! my dear Lord bourne, with its 150,000 or 200,000 in- Shaftesbury, this work going to lag ? habitants. He told me, only a few weeks Impossible ! Any one here present going before he died, how their little schooner to withhold his hand ? Impossible ! rounded the Indented Heads, and stood I will just utter a rhyme or two and

conclude. into Port Philip Bay. They landed where

A tear-drop of the morning now is the fashionable suburb of St. Kilda,

Hung on a blade of grass; where most likely Lord Shaftesbury

A simple bead of water : would have a house if the colony were A thousand you might pass.

my Bible.


But when the slanting sunbeam

oxygenized afresh, and driven in a purer Came down in morning pride,

form through the great body politic than Then you might see my water-drop

that in which we sent it to you. That Transfigured, glorified.

is one reason. Another reason is this: I looked: it shone-a diamond,

that I find that the circulation at the Bright, sparkling, clear, and keen.

extremities the body is apt to get I looked again : an emerald Hung, pure in vivid green.

somewhat languid, and that it good Again it gleamed out golden,

for us from the country to come up to A topaz to the view;

the May Meetings, in order to get a Then flamed a ruby, fiery red ;

little stimulus, to go to our work with Then sapphire, summer blue.

all the better spirit, all the fuller hope, I saw thus how a water-drop

and, I trust I may say, all the simpler Is kin to all things fair ; Can give as bright and beauteous hues

faith in the great God that has so markAs arching rainbows wear;

edly blessed you. I am here, however, Can shine with light as radiant,

to-night, because in God's good proviAnd show as varied gem

dence it has happened that in former As the city, fresh from glory,

years I had to take part in a very large The New Jerusalem.

Ragged School in Manchester. It was in And I thought how many an action,

connection with this Ragged School that Of simplest, lowliest guise,

a circumstance occurred that has always May yet beneath the beam of heaven Shine lovely in all eyes ;

given an interest to this movement in May show such beauteous motive

my own mind. I went one Sunday As angels will applaud :

evening into my Ragged School, and a Truth, honour, virtue, justice,

wonderful sight met my eye.

There Love of men and God.

was a lad of about some twelve years Two mites, that make a farthing,

of age, dressed in a remarkable costume. Ensured the widow's fame.

He had no shoes, he had no stockings, A single cup of water Can buy a deathless name.

he had no trousers, he had no shirt, he The humblest work for Jesus

had no hat; all his clothing was & coat, The gentle word or look,

a soldier's old red coat. All the buttons The soothing sigh, the chcering smile

had been cut off; but by a skilful Is written in his book.

arrangement of string it had entirely Fea: not, then, lowly Christian;

furnished the lad with a very fair and Though deep in shade thou dwell,

decent habiliment. Our attention was Thy Lord will mark thy faithfulness, He will requite thee well.

drawn to him because of his costume ; The dew that waits the dawning

and a kind friend was found to give him Shall glitter in the ray,

a better suit. The suit to which he was And bright shall shine thy jewell'd-crown afterwards introduced was one of salmonWhen Christ shall bring the day!

coloured corduroy, trousers and coat to The Rev. J. Richardson said,—I have match ; and on the following Sunday, to been trying to imagine to-night why a my great delight, I found the boy, not country clergyman should be asked to at the Ragged Night School, but at the speak at Exeter Hall, at a meeting of day school, into which these ragged chilthe Ragged School Union of London; dren did not come; and the twinkle in and one answer that I have been giving the boy's eye told me at once what he to my own thoughts has been this : that meant me to understand, namely, that we from the country, I am afraid, send the fact of having given him decent up a great quantity of bad blood to Lon- clothing had raised him in his own selfdon, and that we like it should come respect, and that he was now aiming at over the lungs, so to speak, of your being something higher and better than Ragged Schools, that there it may be he ever hoped to become while he was

in the miserable garments in which we year of his age, under peculiar and found him. We inquired where he lived, painful circumstances. A case of smalland I myself visited the home. He was pox having occurred in the house, he the eldest child but one of a family of five, thought it desirable that the whole that were the children of a blind widow, family should be vaccinated. The living in a damp cellar. We found em- disease thus communicated to the ployment for this lad. He first got system proved too much for his weak eighteen pence a week, then half a constitution, and led on to his death. crown, and at last four and sixpence; He was the son of Sir Culling Smith, and when he received this four and six- and on his mother's side grandson of the pence he went home to his mother, and first Lord Eardley. He was born in he said to her, “Mother, I don't think 1805, and in 1847 he assumed, by royal it right that a young man earning four licence, the name of Eardley, in lieu of and sixpence a week should live in a the family name, and was from that cellar.” His mother agreed that that time known as Sir Culling Eardley was not the thing; and when the room Eardley. In 1831 he represented Ponteabove the cellar became vacant, the fract in Parliament. He is succeeded family literally rose in the world, and by his son, Sir Eardley Gideon Culling came upon the first floor. I visited this Eardley. family some short time after, and the The deceased baronet may be said to mother said to me, “Sir, do you know have devoted his time, his energy, and that since I have come out of the cellar his influence to the establishment of a I have been able to see on which side of friendly alliance of all Protestant sects, the room the window is?" I brought and also to resist the encroachments of in a Christian friend, a medical man. He the Church of Rome.

About twenty took the case in hand, and, to make a years ago he succeeded in the formation long story short, it is interesting to my of the association now well known as mind, and it will be to yours, to know the Evangelical Alliance; and if Sir that by the blessing of God that the once Culling could not always persuade blind widow was restored to the perfect others to see as he saw, and think as he use of her eyesight, and when I left the thought, he always succeeded in gaining neighbourhood was earning a very their esteem by his courtesy, his tact, honourable and honest livelihood for her his patience, and good temper; so that family. And the blessing was not where men could not agree in opinion, simply here ; for although I cannot tell still, through his Christian example, you anything as to the spiritual good of they learned “ to agree when differing." the boy, I can tell you, that to the sister Many who were never classed among older than himself, whose constitution his friends, can bear witness to friendly had been undermined by the sad home deeds received at the hands of a benevoshe had lived in too long, God the Holy lent Christian man, a courteous English Ghost spake with his own mighty power, gentleman. and revealed to that poor dark soul the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal precious Saviour, and she died, and passed from the cellar- for she died there - I A MEETING of this Society was held believe into the mansion that had been at Willis's Rooms, King Street, St. prepared for her in heaven above. James's, on May 19th, 1863; the Earl

of Shaftesbury in the chair. SIR CULLING EARDLEY EARDLEY, BART. Mr. M'GREGOR, Honorary Secretary,

The death of this good man took place stated the constitution and objects of at his seat, Bedwell Park, in the 58th the Society, and, in the course of his


statement, spoke as follows ::-"Now, not been money thrown away; this has amongst the various publications, we been money well embarked in a good might mention a great number that cause-money which has been repaid to have largely increased in circulation; those who bought this Bible.” The but I do not want to dwell on them, Honorary Secretary then stated that a rather to let you find out the merits for catalogue of the works circulated by the yourselves. There is, however, one type Society had been prepared from thirty of the others-one representative-which or forty other catalogues, and it was is to be brought forward somewhat now found that publishers were anxious prominently to-night, and which has to have their works inclnded in the list. been mentioned upon the circular which Through the kindness of a gentleman called us together. It is, in one sense, who paid a sum of money to the Society a periodical; and yet it is a thing which yearly, they were enabled to make is not complete until it is finished : I grants of books, at half-price, for public refer to the Illustrated Bible' published lending libraries. The speaker conclaby Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, who are ded by exhibiting some of the cheaper well known as having published in- works circulated by the Society. numerable- indeed, millions of publi- Mr. OLIPHANT-FERGUSON gave an cations. This Bible came out in penny account of the operations of the Society numbers, beautifully illustrated, on very during the past years of its existence, excellent paper, with good type, and and read extracts from letters, showing well assisted by notes. This went on the advantages which had resulted from until, for 17s., the Bible was completed the library grants. In detailing the a Bible which would be an ornament agencies employed for the circulation of upon any family table, and which we the works of the Society, he said: "I intend, having purchased one for the know that in some localities a very purpose, to present, with all due respect, great deal has been done, in the way of to Her Royal Highness the Princess of promoting the circulation of periodicals, Wales. That Bible is at the end of the by city missionaries. One of them said room, having been handsomely bound; that, in Bristol, for Cassell's Illustrated and I am sure, amongst the many gifts, Bible,' there were fourteen shoemakers and even amongst the many Bibles subscribing to it at one time; therefore which Her Royal Highness will possess, we may infer that there were a great there will be scarcely one that will many subscribers to it of other trades be more interesting than a Bible which and other professions. He also has been as popular as this has mentioned the case of a man who was a been--permeating into the homes of the sceptic. He was induced to take in the far-off parts of England, and getting copies; he completed the work; and he into every out-of-the-way place-a Bible asked this man's advice as to where he which may be emphatically called the should get it bound." * People's Illustrated Bible.' To show The Bishop of Mauritius, the Bishop you the success which has attended so of St. Asaph, Lord Charles Russell, and excellent an effort to do good, I may the Chairman then addressed the meetmention that some of the earlier num- ing, after which, the benediction was bers of this Bible have attained a pronounced by the Bishop of St. Asaph. circulation of 300,000 copies ; and if all the sheets, such as I now hold in my hand, were put together, you might lay them down before you and walk upon On Thursday afternoon, the 9th April, them round the world. This has not the mothers of the children of the large been a charitable undertaking—this has Sunday school held in Worley-street,


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