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have occurred, which deserve to be Domestic Bible," handsomely bound, recorded as an incentive to those who gilt edged, and bearing inside the folare engaged in the work of Sunday lowing inscription in gold letters, on a school instruction. The children of the blue ground, Sunday school lately met in their capa-“Presented to Mr. Robert Johnson, the cious school-room to present, through Superintendent of Offord Road Chapel their president, the Rev. Paxton Hood, Sabbath School, by the Officers and a testimonial to their secretary, Mr. Teachers of the School, as a slight John Bull, on the occasion of his token of affectionate regard and esmarriage, for the zeal and love dis- teem, December 21st, 1858," played whilst connected with them. were then laid on the table, and which This testimonial consisted of a very the chairman, in his usual felicitous handsome timepiece, bearing the follow- manner, presented in the name of the ing inscription :
teachers, to their superintendent, Mr. "A token of affection from the scholars Robert Johnson, who had presided over of Offard Road Sunday school to their the school ever since it had a being. beloved secretary and teacher, Mr. The recipient then addressed the meetand Mrs. John Bull, on the occasion ing, and expressed his surprise, (for it of their marriage. November 12th had been kept a secret from him) at 1858."
such a transaction, not having had the And indeed, it was given by the least idea of it, and his sincere gratichildren, for they first thought of it, tude to them for such a costly mark of set on foot and collected the necessary their affection, and hoped that it would funds for its purchase. The Rev. afresh stir him, to make the work Paxton Hood presented it in a suitable more successful in which they were all address, when the secretary in acknow. united. The chairman having vacated ledging such an unexpected and un- the chair in order to attend another looked for reward for services rendered, meeting, it was ably filled by Mr. tendered them his, and that of his wife's George Cuthbertson, who having exbest and warmest thanks for such a pressed his entire sympathy with the noble present. Mr. Johnson, the super- object of the meeting, called upon all intendent, then spoke of the pleasure the male teachers in succession, to thus received, and trusted that the speak; and in terms not of flattery or affection there displayed, would induce of envy, each of the teachers spoke them to give their warmest affection to their own opinion of their superintenHim, who gave himself for them. Messrs dent, whilst more than one, publicly Jenkins, Webber, and J. and G. Williams acknowledged that he was the means then severally addressed the meeting in of bringing them to the school, as well short but appropriate speeches, which as to the Lord. then closed, adding another striking instance that the labours of Sunday school teachers and officers are
RUGBY WESLEYAN SUNDAY not
SCHOOL. overlooked by the children.
On Tuesday evening, December 21st, The annual meeting of the Rugby a soirée of the teachers and their imme- Wesleyan Sunday School teachers was diate friends was held ; when after held in the Wesleyan school room, on partaking heartily and sociably of “the Thursday, the 30th December, 1858, cup that cheers but not inebriates," and after partaking of a very excellent tea, thanks having been sung, the Rev. provided by the ladies connected with Paxton Hood took the chair. Three the school. The Rev. G. O, Bate cocumagnificent volumes, being “Cobbins'l pied the chair.
Mr. Cleaver, senior superintendent, forget that their projectors found themcalled the attention of the teachers to selves surrounded with mountains of the importance of self-culture, and care- difficulties. That they were exposed to fully studying the lessons before coming opposition and ridicule from some, and to school to teach them.
those that were most likely to assent, Mr. Tombs said, as a proof of the good seemed to stand aloof waiting and wonhe derived from thése schools, he would dering what good could result from such say, that he now had the honor of being a scheme of education. The result has a superintendent where he was formerly been what Dr. Guthrie stated at Mana pupil.
chester the other day, “Mendicancy Mr. Underwood, another superintend- has been reduced from hundreds to a ent, said, that wlien lie was a teacher, very few in his own native city.” he had seven boys in his class, and We know that we have under innow four of them are members of the struction children, who, were it not for church. This résult to his labors gave these schools, would be spending the him great encouragement. He regret- Sabbath roving along the high ways ted to say, that some of the teachers and streets of our towns. Instead of were very irregular in their attendance; this, they are congregated together to some were always absent, some very learn to read, sing, and worship God. punctual, others, although always there, And as the result of this, how many of were never in time.
those ministers that now adorn our pulMr. Maoral, a teacher, acknowledged pits owe their elevation to these schools? that; through a misunderstanding with How many of our missionaries in foreign one he expected to have filled his place, lands received their first training in he was absent once during the last them. How many of them are now twelve months. He was sensible that among our most zealous teachers. How the difficulties to be encountered were many good husbands, wives, sons, and so great, that to overcome them, punc- daughters, have been trained in them. - tuality, regularity, carnesthess, and How many have died in youth, bearing perseverance were indispensable. Al- the most satisfactory testimony to the though the difficulties were such as benefits they conferred upon them. And would require our best effort, that how many who have no pleasure in conshould not deter us from persevering to forming to the instruction received, yet bvercome them. If there were no hin- are retarded from running headlong into - drance to our success, that would make vice? The fact that all the branches * our services the less valuable. That of the Christian church in Britain are the contrary being the case, when our unanimous in their adoption of these labors succeed, their importance is schools, is one of the best proofs of their greater. To all of us who are destined importance. to earn our bread by the sweat of our Politically, the good resulting from brow, what good ever comes within our these schools is considered as of the reach without difficulties being in the utmost importance. Mr. BRIGHT says, way of obtaining it. And should it " I don't believe that all the statesmen happen that we could obtain it without -all those officials who set us down for putting ourselves to much exertion, as knowing nothing about public affairs, I we are so used to hard pulling for our don't believe that all the efforts they fare, we should be inclined to under- have ever made, tended so much to the value it. Great schemes are always greatness, to the happiness, to the sesurrounded with great difficulties. We curity, and to the true glory of this are all familiar with the good resulting country, as have the efforts of our Sunfrom Ragged Schools, but we must not day school teachers.” The success
already attained ought to stimulate us to labor may be as far apart as the persevere, and we know that perseve- northern and southern hemispheres. rante overcomes great difficulties; and “ I trust that the presence and blessif our motto be onwards, the time will ing of God our Saviour will be with come, (we shall not see it.) when the you at all times, and still graciously kingdoms of this world shall become crown your endeavours, and make them the kingdoms of otur God and his Christ. effectual, by the power of the Holy
Mr. Hogg, Mr. Morly, Mr. Smith, Spirit. May you ever be kept in peace Mr. Faulkener, Mr. Symes, Mr. Palmer, and unity, and be guided by the wisdom Mr. Oldham, Mr. Towers, and Mr. which cometh from above. Satehelt, subsequently addressed the “I remain, meeting in appropriate terms.
“ With mueh esteem,
“My dear Brethren,
“ Yours very affectionately, NEWCASTLE UPON-TYNE
“GEORGE FIFE ANGAS. SUNDÁY SCHOOL UNION. “To the Treasurer and Secretaries,
Letter from the Hon. George Fife with the Committee of the Standay Angas, as President of the Institution. School Union of Newcastle-upon-Tyne."
This communication did not come unIt may be interesting to many of the readers of the "Teachers' Magazine" to
looked for. It was received with much know, though not unassociated with a
emotion, and accepted with mingled
The feeling of regret, that at a recent meet: feelings of regret and esteem. ing of the committee of this Union; the following minute was unanimously accompanying letter; from one of its passed, and ordered to be plated on the
records of the institution: oldest and best friends, was read by the
“The committee of the Newcastle secretary.
“My dear brethren.--The time has Sunday Sehool Union has received, with now arrived when it seems proper for much concern, the resignation of their me to resign my connection with the
venerable presidents the Hon. George affairs of the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Sun
Fife Angas, and would record on their day School Union
minutes & cordial expression of the "It is not probable that it will be in valuable services he has been enabled
to render the institution for a long my power henceforth to render any further active service to the institution course of years; associated with their as its president, and I think that some sympathy and fervent prayer to God, friend should fill the office who resides for the like prosperity of the Australian in the neighbourhood; whose heart is in Sunday School Union, over which their the work, and who will give his best honored friend presides. A copy hereof attention to a faithful discharge of the they respectfully tender to Mr. Angas,
with their best wishes for his happiness, important duties thereof. “While tendering to the society my
and that of his esteemed partner in life resignation, permit me to express to and family, here and hereafter.” you; as corresponding secretary, and to
Signed by and for the Committee,
E. RIDLEY, the committee, my warmest gratitude for the uniform kindness and co-opera
J. HARRISON, Secretaries.
R. MANN. tion which, for so many years, I have received from you all. I hope there will still continue to exist between us a
DORSETSHIRE. mutual and earnest desire for the suic- SHERBORNE.—The superintendents and cess of each other's efforts, under the teachers of the Independent Chapel diyine blessing, although the field of Sunday-school in this town determined on a plan for rewarding the scholars honored with a Christmas gift from the who gained tickets for early attendance tree. The project was greatly aided during the past year, so that they may by the gift of a guinea from Mrs. Digby better appreciate punctuality in coming of Sherborne Castle, and the like sum to school-a point most desirable to be from W. C. Macready. Esq., of Sherborne gained in any way, not only at this House; and some help was received season of the year, but in these times of from clergymen of the Church of idle indulgence. A “Christmas tree" England. was proposed, and met with a ready response; and through the untiring
HORBURY SUNDAY SCHOOL, exertions of Dr. Williams, our respected
NOTTING HILL. superintendent, and his lady, aided by a few other friends, a tree was planted DEATH and change have been busy in the middle of the spacious school- amongst us during the past year. Only room, and hung with articles of almost two months of it had passed, when, every useful description, such as ruffs after an illness of some weeks, a dear for the neck, pinafores, dolls, knives, girl, who had formerly been with us, books, scissors, &c., as prizes for the was called away from earth. She was early comers. On the evening of Friday a bright child, full of rosy health, and Jan. 14, the tree was illuminated with her smile was like sunshine gladdening variegated lamps and tapers ; the school- all around. We should not certainly room adorned with evergreens and have fixed on her as likely to be the flags; and at half-past six the children first to leave us. Life seemed to be assembled, the spare room being quickly opening before her full of bright hope occupied by visitors and parents of the and promise ; but fever came, and laid scholars. The proceedings were opened her low! And thus, withdrawn from by the singing of an appropriate hymn, outward scenes, she sought and found “We'll away to the Sabbath school,” the Saviour, of whom she had so often after which the superintendent briefly heard, even from earliest childhood. stated the object of the meeting, and at At the beginning of her illness, she once began the distribution, The desired longer life, and was only feeling articles, each ticketed with the name of after Jesus; but, some time before she the youthful recipient, were then cut died, her will was brought into beautiful from the tree ; and the superintendent, submission to the Divine, and she could in presenting the prizes to the children, lean upon the arm of the good and made suitable and pleasing remarks. tender Shepherd as she passed down Nothing could give the friends more into the “dark valley of the shadow of pleasure than to see the happy faces of death.” When she thought herself the scholars as they gazed on the dying (and indeed but a little while beautifully illuminated tree, and recei- before her death), she sent for all her ved the rewards from the hands of their family, to bid them adieu, giving words kind superintendent. When the children of warning and earnest love to each, had nearly dismantled the tree, the and charging them all especially that distribution having occupied fully an they should meet her in Heaven ; and hour, the teachers were unexpectedly then she left a solemn message to be called out to receive each a book, given to the Sunday School children. judiciously chosen as bearing on the Tell them,” she said, “ to be sure and subject of instruction of the young. seek Christ while they are in health ; An amusing incident was the spon- for, if they leave it to a sick or dying taneous clapping of hands by the bed, it may be difficult to seek and children, when they saw their teachers find Him then." This message, from
that dear dying child, was faithfully | tion, and the impression made was delivered to the children in our school sought to be followed up in the week on the next Sabbath after her death ; by a letter of faithful expostulation and and it is hoped that its warning of love entreaty; but ere that letter was deliwas not in vain.
vered, the spirit so addressed had been Soon after this, another scholar (who summoned into the presence of its God ! had been with us for many years) was What shall we say to these things ? Is removed from us in the midst of life and there no warning voice to us in them ? health, under most mysterious and dis- We have these enquiring, sinful, imtressing circumstances. In the case mortal spirits round us on the Sabbath ; of both families, too, we had soon to bid we know Him who hath Eternal life, them a long adieu, as they had arranged and is ready to bestow it as a free gift to seek another home in New Zealand; on all who seek it at His hands. and we have now to think of and pray Again are we reminded-by the for them as in that distant land. We almost sudden death of an earnest specially and unitedly commended them teacher in a neighboring school, who to God before they left, and still feel a often united with us in our meetingsdeep interest in their real welfare. that our day of labor is fast drawing to
Several parents too have died, some a close, and that the end of it may be of whom left behind them a clear testi- much nearerthan we are sometimes wont mony to the preciousness of Jesus, and to think. " He rests from his labors, His all-sufficiency even in the hour of and his works do follow him.” Happily mortal weakness. Said one, only a few they were works of love done for Christ weeks since, to the superintendent and souls. Are we doing all we can in when he called, a little while before the same blessed service ? Let us soher death : " He is faithful! not one of lemnly remember that the journey of His promises have failed. I have not life cannot be travelled over a second a care for earth, except for my children.” time to correct mistakes, and make a Then she added, "God has been a hus- better improvement of precious opporband to me, and I am sure he will be a tunities. We are hasting to its final father to them.” She had been a widow close. Why should we be heaping up some few years, and the calm and al- regrets for a death-bed review? Who most joyful trust manifested in these would not earnestly desire the approving few earnest words, in the near approach " well done” at last, given only to the of the King of Terrors, was most cheer- faithful servant? Who but would seek ing to witness.
to crowd the precious fleeting moments In these death-bed experiences we of this earthly life with holy deeds of are vividly reminded how solemn and love for Him who poured out His soul momentous a work we have undertaken on the high altar of Calvary, to save us in the training of immortal spirits for all from the second death ? Men are the skies! What a light is thrown on eager and earnest enough about the the necessity of being intensely in things that pass away; they need no earnest when the soul is in peril! The appeals when engaging in the strife of teacher of the girl who was suddenly commerce and the race for wealth. cut off, had, on the previous Sabbath, The hurrying step, the restless eye, the been urging most strongly the point of anxious brow, proclaim the story of the religious decision ; having a special ceaseless toil for perishable gain or glory. reference to this girl, who was about For things that men must part with for leaving for New Zealand. “Choose ye ever at death (if not long before), what this day whom ye will serve,” had been will they not do and dare ? Yet» for the the subject of the afternoon's exhorta-“ incorruptible crown,” for the honor of