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EASY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FROM THE PENTATEUCH. For the use of
Children. By a Lady. London: Wertheim & Macintosh. pp. 136.
These questions and answers bring out simply and clearly the narrative contained in the five books of Moses, and will be exceedingly useful to any thoughtful child desiring to become acquainted with that narrative. There is but little explanatory matter introduced, and the language of Scripture is pretty closely adhered to. In answer to the 308th question on the book of Genesis, “What were Joseph's feelings when he saw the repentance of his brethren ?" it is said “ All his anger vanished, and he turned from them and wept,” &c. We are not, however, aware that there is any evidence to shew that Joseph entertained feelings of anger towards his brethren, and we recommend that this statement be modified in any subsequent edition.
THE PRACTICAL CONSEQUENCES OF TEACHING ANY FUTURE RESTORATION OF
THE Race. London: Houlston and Wright. pp. 23. Price Sixpence.
Tuis pamphlet refers to the subject which has recently been brought before our readers in a Review of “The Unpreached Gospel,” and in the subsequent letter from the author of that Tract. It is introduced by a brief statement of the various shades of the doctrine of Universalism- the final salvation of all men—the final annihilation of the wicked, and the immortality of the righteous only; and now this third view which is adopted by those who hold " a special salvation for those who are here by the grace of God united to Christ-for these, say they, are the elect of God appointed to REIGN 'on the new earth in which shall dwell righteousness,' but they maintain in connection therewith a deliverance after death from the captivity' of Satan for myriads who in the better world are to be under the Redeemer, governed and taught by the chosen' kings and priests.'”
The writer thinks that the practical consequences of teaching this doctrine would be beneficial to Christians in exalting their estimate of their privileges, and that at all events matters could not be worse in respect of the unconverted than they are at present. He unfairly presses the words in the Burial Service of the Church of England into his service, as supporting this doctrine. As he professes to be writing to a clergyman of that church, that may be an argumentum ad hominem, but he can hardly mean to assert that the language so universally complained of was adopted with the view which he seems to suggest. In the review of “The Unpreached Gospel" contained in our August number, p. 503, we said : " The longer such a gospel remains unpreached, the better. It is not the gospel which Chr revealed, and with which Paul felt himself charged,” and we do not see anything in this pamphlet to induce us to alter our opinion.
If your correspondent, after deducting Sir,—Your correspondent, “Scruta- £3. 16s. 6d. from £6. 10s. 5d., is still tor," has made an attempt at vindicating unable to see that Mr. Mimpriss's appacertain incorrect statements in his hand- ratus costs about £2. 12s. more than that bill on Mr. Mimpriss's System, to which supplied by the Union for a two years' I called attention in the July number of course, it may perhaps be rather from “ The Teachers' Magazine;" in doing want of inclination to admit the truth So, however, he very ruthlessly de- than from any other cause. molishes the calculations of the bill in His inability to understand that 104 is question, and after thus unkindly demon- a greater number than 52 does not excite strating the fallacious character of that surprise, when the very foggy character which he professes to verify, proceeds of his communication, and the peculiaristill further to misstate the question of ties of his calculations are taken into cost as between the two kinds of pub. consideration ; at the same time he must lications.
allow me to remark, that his non-percepAfter admitting the dictum of the tion does not invalidate the fact. hand-bill, viz.; that the cost. of Mr. “ Scrutator” has evidently a very Mimpriss's apparatus for 200 scholars good opinion of Mimpriss's publications; for two years is 25. 11d. per annum more and though he fails to sustain the corthan that supplied by the Union; he rectness of his calculations, it is very proceeds to show almost immediately evident that he has not neglected this that this is not correct, but that it is in opportunity of pufling the system. reality 9s. 6d. less.
* Scrutator” quotes certain very good If this unfortunate hand-bill could sayings by several reverend gentlemen have a voice in the transaction, it might of eminence, towards the close of his well exclaim after such a left-handed communication. It will be very grativindication of its correctness, save me fying no doubt to all the readers of the from my friend."
Magazine, to learn that “ Scrutator” has The question of cost may be thus read so much, and remembers so well stated in figures, though it was intimated what he has perused; but as the extracts so plainly in my former communication have a far more important meaning than as to render further reference almost a he affixes to them, it seems desirable to work of supererogation. Mr. Mimpriss's suggest that he is a little mistaken in system for 200 scholars for two years, their application. “ Scrutator" informs costs, as per hand-bill, £6.10s. 5d. net. us that Mr. Mimpriss's system has
The Scripture Lessons for elementary " survived” in schools for more than classes published by the Sunday School four years,--this is certainly an instance Union, cost
of tenacity of life worthy of being chroFor 100 scholars for two years
nicled with some of the most remarkable Large Texts for two Infant classes of
cases of prolongation of vitality under
0 3 0 adverse influences. It has never been Notes for 16 teachers and superina
my lot to meet with one of these wontendent, the school being thus
derful instances, the system having, as divided into 16 classes
far as my observation has gone, invari
ably died out in a very much shorter The remaining 40 scholars using their period. own Bibles as alrcady suggested.
The conclusion of the article is some
what puzzling—whether “ Scrutator," in plainly show that the reminder would his wisdom, intends the final intricate be quite appropriate. sentence as a new reading of 1 Thes. Whether he may, or may not, bc inv. 21; or whether the reference is thrust clined to adopt the sensible advice of the by mistake into such awkward juxta adage in question, it is to be hoped that position with it, is not apparent. he will not in future be led by admira
It would not be out of place to remind tion of Mr. M.'s publications, to “ Scrutator” of a certain adage about unfair depreciation of others. blowing your own trumpet,” for certain
T. J. C. unmistakable peculiarities of style very
Tue ARCHBISHOP OF DUBLIN, Dr. years he devoted himself to this great Richard Whately, died October 7th. He branch of service, was born in 1786, his father being a clergyman who lived at Nonsuch-park, THE MAGNIFICENT PARK, PRESENTED Surrey.
BY SIR DAVID BAXTER TO THE PEOPLE OF Our readers will find in preceding DUNDEE, was formally handed over to pages, three extracts from one of his the trustees on September 9th, The day works, which we had been reading pre-was kept as a close holiday. In the viously to hearing of his illness, and which forenoon Earl Russell met the town we thought would interest our readers. council and guildry in the Corn Ex
He was an intimate friend of Dr. change, and was presented with the Arnold, of Rugby, and the author of freedom of the burgh, and created a many valuable works. He also took a guild brother. His lordship was aclively interest in various questions con- companied to the platform by the nected with the social well being of the Countess Russell, Lady Georgina Ruscountry, Since his elevation to the sell, the Earl of Dalhousie, Sir J. Archbishopric of Dublin, he discontinued Ogilvy, and Sir D. Baxter. The Corn his literary labours. Not many months Exchange was crowded by the inafter he became Archbishop, he one day fluential citizens of Dundee.
At one plucked his sleeve, saying, as if in a o'clock the various bodies who took soliloquy, " I don't know how it is, but part in the grand ceremony of the day after we once get these things on, we met in the Barrack Park. The procession never do any thing more."
marched through the principal streets His great service, and that by which he to the People's Park, which is situated will be honorably remembered, was his at the N.E. extremity of the town. support of the National School system. The park occupies a space of 38 acres, The liberal reputation with which he went and is most tastefully laid out. In to Ireland, indicated his place at once at the centre stands a handsome pavilion, the head of the enterprise. He worked in the Italian style, built at a cost of long, strenuously, effectively, and with a £6,000.; at each entrance there are patience truly wonderful in him, to keep handsome lodges. The cost of the the doors of the National Schools wide park, its embellishment, and the sum open, and to provide an education of an set apart by the donor for its mainhigh order within. For more than 20 tenance, cannot be less than £50,000.
A statue of Sir David Baxter, sub- made a playground for certain games scribed for by upwards of 16,000 of during the hours of recreation which the people of Dundee, as a mark of the school allows. There is a very grcat their gratitude for his noble gift, and tendency at the present time—which which was executed by Mr. Steel, is a good tendency—of bringing people sculptor, Edinburgh, was uncovered on together in large towns, but it has a the occasion.
disadvantage, and that is, that the Amongst the speakers at the opening children are brought up without harof the park were the Earl Dalhousie, ing the least notion of the green field, the Earl of Camperdown, Sir David of a game of cricket, or a game at Baxter, and others.
trap-ball; and it is quite as essential In replying to a vote of thanks for that the body of a boy should be his presence,
educated, and his mind turned to these Earl Russell said: I hope you will things, as that he should learn bis allow me, as the yonngest burgess of alphabet and cyphers. I am in hopes Dundee, to say a few words with regard that, being the youngest burgess in to a matter which I think may tend to Dundee, my presumption may be the usefulness of this park, for which excused. I only think it would be a the town of Dundee is so much indebted great pleasure to know that the young to Sir D. Baxter. I was speaking to him generation of Dundee would enjoy the of a notion that has occurred to my mind, advantages of this park as much as and I. find it had also occurred to his; those who are their elders, and be able and, indeed, from his benevolence and to give themselves to more manly sagacity, it was not likely to have pursuits. I beg to thank you all in escaped him. I have been accustomed the name of Lady Russell. I have in the course of my life to pay a great certainly found by experience that there deal of attention to education, and I needs no better place to come to for a have been told of late years that those wife than to Scotland. I certainly shall who are occupied in education in great recommend the practice to others which towns, such as Glasgow, Birmingham, I have adopted myself. and like large towns, feel that there is The weather was fortunately dry and one great difficulty they have to contend sunny, and the proceedings passed off with in their schools; and it is that in with great éclat. There was a grand these towns there is no such thing as display of fireworks in the park, and a playground. I think a playground is illuminations in various parts. It was quite as useful as a school. It is still intended to set off a large balloon, but more easy to occupy a playground in the wind was unfavourable. these days, when we are told by some clever philosophers that the boy who THE JUBILEE OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL is at school three days in the week, CONNECTED WITH THE CONGREGATIONAL learns quite as much, if not more, than CHURCH IN SWANAGE, DORSET, was celethe boy who goes six; and that the brated by two sermons preached by the boy who is at school half a day learns Rev. T. Seavill, on Sunday, September as much as the boy who is at school the 6th, and by a public meeting on Thurswhole day. Whether that be true or day, September 10th. After the scholars not, I am not going to say; but I think and friends had successively taken it would be a great advantage to the tea, a public meeting was held
, when schools in this town if they were to ask addresses were delivered by the Rers. the permission of Lord Dalhousie and the T. Seavill, minister of the place, who other trustees, that from time to time, at presided, and Fernie, of Poole ; and certain fixed lours, this park may be Messrs. Lankester, Smedmore, Spencer,
and Haysom. A report was read, which THE LONDON SUPERINTENDENTS' AND showed, that since the commencement SECRETARIES' ASSOCIATION, held their of the parent school four branch schools quarterly meeting on Friday, August had been formed, “but our zeal has 28th. Mr. Westbrook presided; and provoked those who ought not to have Mr. Caldwell, in opening the discussion given us the opportunity of teaching on the subject of the evening, “ Sepa at Acton, Langton, or Herston, to rate Services--their Nature-Necessity, do the work themselves, thus causing and Management," said that, he con
retire from those places." sidered the topic to be one of great imThe parent school is still at work, portance, bearing closely on the object numbers 115 scholars, and 14 teachers. of Sunday-schools, viz., to bring the An earnest appeal was then made for souls of the children to Christ, that, by the co-operation of parents. It was an faith in him, they may in early life interesting feature of the report, that become partakers of the great salvation. though nearly all who assisted at the A topic by no means new, but one formation of the school had passed to requiring careful consideration and delithe upper sanctuary, to receive the re- cate treatment. It is one which has not ward of their labours, there still re- to do with statistics, but regards prinmained one, who is the superintendent, ciples, practices, and the consequent and has been identified with the school results. We start with the idea that the for half a century. The report of the practice so long prevalent of taking branch chool at Colwell swas then read, Sunday school children to the places of which showed that the promoters of this public worship, as ordinarily conducted branch school have had persecution to foradult edification, fails in accomplishing endure, but notwithstanding this, the those great ends for which the services school at present is in a more flourishing of the sanctuary have been established. state than it has been since its com- Some persons have contended, we think mencement in 1831. It numbers 45 falsely, that Sunday schools are essenscholars and three teachers.
tially anti-clerical, in their endeavour to The Chairman congratulated the pre-, establish services apart from those of the sent teachers, and especially the super- public sanctuary; and such consequently intendent who has continued at the think the establishment of separate work so long; and to shew the esteem ' services to be highly objectionable. and affection in which he is held by Tyng says —' The Church can never go his co-workers, the Chairman, in a forward except the ministry take the touching and an affectionate address, lead.' They urge the past usage on the presented him, on behalf of the teachers ground that early influences are lasting, and friends, with eight volumes of Dr. and that habits are the elements of chaKitto's Bible Readings, and a handsome 'racter, and that being conducted in early easy chair. In reply, Mr. F. Haysom, life to the house of prayer, a love to that after thanking the friends for their kind- house will necessarily and naturally ness to him, stated he had known many spring up in the minds of the scholars. who had left this Sunday school and had From this we greatly differ, believing that become useful in other spheres, amongst the habit of going without finding pleawhom are two ministers who
sure or interest in the service will create presiding over churches at home, and in general a repugnance and disgust at one in America who has risen to attain religious services when the children are a degree of Doctor of Divinity; all older, until, as some of them have exthree having spent some time in this pressed it, “I hate that church-going, school.
Bill. The remark of some, that they assist in filling up the place,' is too con