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The present position of the fund the means of ventilation, which are is as follows :—We have received in simple and will be found very effimoney, £847 3s. 6d., and we have cient. promises to the amount of £160, The schools provide accommodawhich we have every reason to believe tion for about 450 children, and the will be paid in the course of a short chapel will have sittings for 700 pertime, making in all, £1007 3s. 6d. The architect for the chapel is J.
The total cost, including site, gas D. Webster, Esq., of Sheffield ; and fittings, law expenses, &c., will be the builders Messrs. Hallam and Co., upwards of £2,100. of this city, who have entered into a We are pleased to state that an contract to complete the whole for offer of £100 has been made by £1,601, 58. 5d. The style of the Thomas Crowley, Esq., of Birmingarchitecture adopted is Italian, with ham, on condition that we have not a slight Gothic treatment in the a debt of more than £450 remaining. mouldings and other details. The It is our purpose to meet this offer ; materials used in the construction of to do so it will be perceived that we the walls are red brick, from the
have £550 to raise more than we neighbourhood, with Bath stone have in hand and promises at the dressings; the arches to windows present time, and we confidently apbeing relieved with youssons of white peal to the generosity of the Chrisand blue brick. The wood work is tian public to help us in this great stained and varnished, and the whole
and desirable work." of the materials and workmanship
After the reading of the Report, are thoroughly good and substantial, and the design, when completed, will
the Mayor called on J. S. Wright,
Esq., to speak. He was followed in present a very pleasing appearance, and certainly be one of the cheapest Harrison, of Birmingham; W. B.
excellent addresses by the Revs. J. buildings of modern days.
Davies, Coventry; Thos. Goadby, Galleries are provided at the sides B.A., Derby; Jno. Sibree, and W. and one end of the chapel-a por- F. Driver, Wesleyan. Mr. Sibree tion of the end gallery is proposed to said that he had that day been lookbe devoted to the use of children.
ing over the manuscript of the adThe galleries are reached by stone dress which he had delivered on the staircases.
occasion of laying the foundation Behind the chapel, and immedi- stone of the present old chapel in ately adjoining, are the schools. On White Friar's Lane, Sep., 1824. the ground floor is the boy's school, It is hoped that our friends, far 35 feet by 27 feet; also a commo- and near, will send help to the brethdious kitchen and store room. The
ren in Coventry in their spirited upper floor is devoted to the girl's efforts to reduce the debt on their school, which is 452 feet by 27 feet, new chapel to the amount specified, and is approached by a strong stone £450. Mr. Crowley's offer ought to staircase : attached to this room are be, and must be, met; and as he is two class-rooms, each 133 feet by of another denomination of Chris131 feet.
The schools and class- tians, he should be assured of our rooms will be heated by open fire- appreciation of his kindness by the places.
earliest compliance with the condiGreat attention has been paid to tions on which his offer is made.
EVENING BY EVENING; OR, READINGS Peter gasped out, but they were sufficient
AT EVENTIDE. By C. H. Spurgeon. for his purpose. Not length but strength London: Passmore & Alabaster.
is desirable. A sense of need is a mighty
teacher of brevity. If our prayers had The sale of twenty thousand copies of
less of the tail feathers of pride, and more "Morning by Morning" has encouraged
wing, they would be all the better. Ver. Mr. Spurgeon to prepare a companion biage is to devotion what chaff is to the volume. A short text of scripture for wheat. Precious things lie in small comevery evening in the year, and a single pass, and all that is real prayer, in many a page of exposition, constitute the con- long address, might have been uttered in tents of this devout manual for the a petition as short as Peter's. family or the closet. He professes to
“ Our extremities are God's opportunities. have striven to keep out of the com
Immediately a keen sense of danger forces mon track, and hence that he has used an anxious cry from us the ear of Jesus
hears, and with Him ear and heart go unusual texts, and brought forward neglected subjects. But this profession linger. 'At the last moment we appeal to
together, and the hand does not long is hardly sustained-nearly all his
our Master, but His swift hand makes up selections of scripture being familiar for our delays by instant and effectual acones, and their subjects generally tion. Are we nearly engulphed by the known to Bible readers. When, how waves of affliction ? let us then lift up our ever, he proceeds to say that he has souls unto our Saviour, and we may rest also striven to free bis little work from assured He will not suffer us to perish. the fault common to those of its class, When we can do nothing Jesus can do all that is, “the vice of dulness," we can things ; let us enlist His powerful aid upon bear testimony to his success. The
our side, and all will be well." clearness of his perception-the keenness of his wit-the playfulness of his SCENES AMONG WHICH WE LABOUR. fancy and the fervour of his feelings, By the Wife of a Missionary in Bensave him from being dull either inspeak- gal. London: E. Stock. ing or writing. His style, too, which is
This little book is dedicated by its concise and epigrammatic, is exactly
writer to the young people in our suited to the kind of work in which, since the Golden Treasury of Bogatzky
British Churches and Sunday Schools.
She has been prompted to furnish the was written, many have preceded him. And thus while they have done worthily ticed,
during a recent visit to England,
information it contains by having nohe has excelled them all. As a speci
the eager attention paid to missionary men of these evening readings we se
addresses. This information bears not lect the one on Matt. xv. 30.
only on the details of missionary work, " . BEGINNING TO SINK, HE CRIED, SAY
but also on the customs and habits of ING, LORD, SAVE ME.' Sinking times are
the people in India. The whole book praying times with the Lord's servants. Peter neglected prayer at starting upon
is comparatively small in bulk, but it his venturous journey, but when he began
is divided into ten chapters, each to sink his danger made him a suppliant, having a separate subject, so that it is and his cry, though late, was not too late.
recommended both by its variety and In our hours of bodily pain and mental its brevity. When we have given the anguish we find ourselves as naturally subject of each chapter, and said that driven to prayer as the wreck is driven she has written well upon it, we need upon the shore by the waves. The fox not add another word in recommendahies to its hole for protection; the bird tion. The title is in itself a taking flies to the wood for sbelter; and even so the tried believer hastens to the mercy.
one, and while we rejoice in the lively
interest which our young people take seat for safety. Heaven's great harbour of refuge is all-prayer: thousands of weather.
in the work of missions, we rejoice beaten vessels have found a haven there,
that an effort like this should have and the moment a storm comes on it is
been made to gratify and sustain it. wise for us to make for it with all sail. Let each Sunday school procure for its
“Short prayers are long enough. There library a book which graphically dewere but three words in the petition which scribes Calcutta, the city of palaces-
the Bengali Market—the Hindu Village—the Hindu Home-Boat travelling in Bengal-Hindu Women-the Indigenous Schools of Bengal—the Religious Festivals of the HindusHindu Weddings and Hindu Funerals. After the death sentence has been pronounced over the body from which the spirit is departing by the native physician, the relatives begin to mourn him as departed.
“ His wife and other female relatives begin their loud wail over him, beating their breasts and wildly tearing their hair. The men draw them away, and lifting the couch on which the body is they bear it to the river side. They may not tarry indoors lest death should overtake the suf. ferer before he has drunk of the purifying stream, and been cleansed from his sins. They reach the water's edge and lay their burden down. Brahmin priests gather round to invoke the gods, and urge the dying man to pronounce the sacred names with his failing breath. Then taking up some of the muddy water they pour it into his mouth and call again on the gods to cleanse and pardon him. If the man expires with the name of the god on his lips he is considered blessed.
“As soon as death has released the suf. ferer the brahmins utter certain muntras with a view to propitiate the devils which are supposed to inhabit the air, and to be on the watch to intercept souls on their way to heaven, and carry them to their own dismal abode. The gods are at the same time petitioned to receive the departed spirit. This done the funeral pile is built. If the deceased was wealthy, it is constructed of sandal wood, which is fragrant, and oil is poured upon it. The corpse is then placed on the pile, and the eldest son or nearest relative steps forward to light it. Men stand by with sticks in their hands to beat the body down, wben under the influence of heat it rises on the pile. When the pile is consumed they examine the ashes. If the right arm is completely burned they conclude that the deceased was holy in his life; if but partially consumed they infer that condemnation has overtaken him on account of an evil life.”—pp. 88–90.
trine." It affirms, however, at the outset, in a prefatory note, that the doctrine has not a shadow of support from the Bible, and the idea of endless suffering on the part of any creature is such a terrible libel on the character of the blessed God, that all who love Him should protest against it.
What may not be expected from such a beginning? Neither the modesty nor the moderation with which all theological questions should be discussed; but the dogmatism which is the bane of biblical literature, and the wresting of Scripture which leaves the Truth itself as impregnable as before, but which recoils destructively on those who are guilty of it. It is bad enough to find such petty publications as the old “Family Herald” and the new “Religious Opinion” stuffed with infidel objections to the future existence of those whom the King will call "cursed," and to the certainty of their "going away into everlasting punishment.” But to find the so-called Christian press pouring forth volume after volume from the pens of divines, either lay or professional, in subversion of the awful doctrine, is enough to sadden the countenance and sicken the soul. Surely God would more glorified, and our generation best served, were the time and talent which are mis-employed in the composition of these baleful books consecrated to the work of saving men, by compassionately warning some to "flee from the wrath to come," and fearfully "pulling others “out of the fire." The true Gospel is glad tidings to the meek, and to all who mourn for their sins; but this new evangel is something that is grateful to the malignant, and to those who “go on still in their trespasses." LET IT BE ANATHEMA !
CAN IT BE TRUE? By William Miall.
LIFE AND DEATH. London: E.
Stock. The first of these works professes to be an enquiry as to the endlessness of future punishment, and the second undertakes to controvert that “awful doc
THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE GENERAL
ASSEMBLY OF GENERAL BAPTIST CHURCHES. Held on Whit-Tuesday,
1868. An assembly which has been "called” without intermission for the long space of two hundred and thirteen years has some claim to be entitled venerable. And as veneration is a feeling which may be developed into a virtue, it is proper to cultivate it by fixing it on things good as well as old. The good
ness of this assembly may be a mat- we think has been the occasion of it; ter of doubt to some who do not know yet he virtually concedes the point in that it consists of Baptists, persons his closing exhortation when he says, who hold that Christ has appointed “Let the genuine and primitive Christhat all his disciples in all lands and in tianity of the New Testament form the every age should profess their own
message and animate with living inspifaith in and devotion to Him by being ration the utterance of pulpit instrucbaptized, that is, immersed in water; tion among us, and it will call forth a and who also hold the doctrine of glad response in the spiritual consciousGeneral Redemption, or that Christ died ness of our people, and win a gradually for all, in contradistinction to the doc- widening acceptance and ultimate trine of Particular Redemption, or that triumph in the world." Christ died for the elect alone. Gene- The Messengers' Reports read in the ral Redemption does not necessarily Assembly are well written documents, imply general salvation, or, as it is and among these special regard is due often called, Universal Restoration, that to that presented by the Rev. J. C. is, that all men will be saved: it only Means, one of the two gentlemen who affirms that the way of salvation through were delegated to visit our last Assoour Lord Jesus Christ is open to all ; ciation in Derby. His leading object that they are not shut out by any de- this year was to recall some of the cree or purpose of Almighty God.” So causes which led to the forniation of runs the
designation of the Assem- the New Connexion to state the exbly," and so far it has our hearty ap- isting relations between the New and proval. But when we are informed Old Connexions-and to indicate what that to be designated Unitarian, and to he thinks is the course which the Old hold the Unitarian doctrine, “is neither Connexion should pursue towards the a qualification nor a disqualification for New. As the "Proceedings" have communion with” it, our approval ends, been gratuitously forwarded to many and our judgment begins to discern of our ministers and to some of our the secret of its diminished numbers leading laymen, we forbear to make and decreasing influence. In the further quotations from them. We churches, too, this impairing element earnestly desire to see the body out of is traceable, occasioning what the Cir- which we chiefly sprung “rooted and cular Letter to them calls “the wail of built up" in Christ, blessed with minisdiscontent and despondency which has ters who show in doctrine uncorruptgone up over the nakedness and bar- ness, and with an influx of members renness with which they are for the who will “earnestly contend for the most part characterized. The writer faith which was once delivered unto the of the Letter does not himself attribute saints." the slow decline he deplores to what
THE DEATH OF SUMMER. By the lengthening twilight hours;
Summer, all thy charms are past; By the chill and fragrant showers;
Summer, thou art wasting fast; By the flow'rets pale and faded ;
Scarcely one of all thy roses
On thy faded brow reposes.
Thrush and nightingale have long
Ceased to woo thee with their song;
And, on every lonely height,
Swallows gather for their flight;
While the wild wind's dreary tone,
Sweeping through the valleys lone, Every weeping bough beneath
Sadly sighs with mournful breath, Summer, we perceive thy death!
Requiems for sweet Summer's death.
Two little feet, so small that both may nestle
In one caressing hand-
Of Life's mysterious land ;
In April's fragrant days
Edging the world's rough ways ?
Must bear a woman's load;
And walks the hardest road.
All dainty, smooth and fair-
The roses blossom there.
Away from sight of men,
Who shall direct them then ?
Poor little untaught feet
What dangers will they meet ?
Of Sorrow's tearful shades ?
Whose sunlight never fades ?
The common world above ?
Walk side by side with Love ?
Which find but pleasant ways;
A round of happy days.
Without a hope or friend-
And long to reach the end.
Fair-faced and gentle-eyed,
Stretches so strange and wide ?
We crave all blessings sweet-