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in which some new speakers on the Non conformist side took part, and which is believed to have settled the controversy so far as argument is concerned. The carry. ing of the bill is considered to be now only & work of time.
by Lord Cairns. The bill must of course be remitted to the Commons for consideration, and then, Her Majesty having put her seal to it, this vexed question is set. tled for ever. It is hard to say which party in these odious Church-rate conteststhose who have been for, or those who have been against the impost-should be the more heartily congratulated on the present issue.
On the 13th two important ecclesiastical questions were discussed in the Lord's House. The first was the Irish Burial Bill, to repeal the act which renders it ne. cessary to get permission of the parish clergyman, before any burial service, other than that of the Established Church, can be read in any church-yard. After attempt ing to refer this bill to a select committee the second reading was passed, and there is now a probability that the bill will soon become law. This concession of the rights of Irish Dissenters must soon, we trust, be followed by a similar one to the much larger class of English nonconformists.
On the same night the Compulsory Church Rates Bill was read a third time and passed. The Bishop of Oxford proposed a series of amendments which, if carried, would have spoiled the measure; but the Lord's were too wise to be counselled by " that fox.” In five separate iustances they put the negative on his proposals, and he left the House defeated and disgraced. We grieve to find another bishop-Dr. Ellicott - protesting against this just measure to the last He also stood alone, snubbed by the Tory Lord Lyttleton, and quite put down at length
Another ecclesiastical measure, Lord Shaftesbury's Bill for Securing Uniformity of Public Worship in the Church of Eng. land, was discussed during the same week. Its object was to give legislative effect to the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Ritualistic practices in regard to vestments, lights, and incense. It proposed, after dealing with the vestments, “that no minister shall in any church, during the saying of public prayer use, or allow any other person to use lighted can. dles when not needed for the purpose of giving light, or use or allow any other person to use incense." The House was disinclined to consider the measure, and so it was stopped by the moving of the “ previous question.” Pity it is that so good a man as the Earl of Shaftesbury should not be able to see that civil legislation is powerless to prevent spiritual errors-or that he should be blind to what is so palpable to all close observers, that the Church, which he regards as the main bulwark of Protestantism, is encouraging practices which are essentially Popish.
WAINWRIGHT-COOPER.--May 18, at the General Baptist chapel, Kirton Lindsey, by Rev. J. E. Moore, Mr. George Wain. wright, of Hemswell, to Miss Sarah Cooper, of Grayingham.
STEGGALL-STONE. — June 27, at the Baptist chapel, Berkhampstead, by the Rev. J. Lawton, Mr. William Steggall, of Hackney, London, to Miss Mary Ann Stone, of Berkhampstead.
ELLIOTT-GOODACRE.—July 7, at Birstall, near Leicester, Mr. Thos. Elliott, of No. 61, St. Augustine's Road, N.W., son of the late Mr. John Elliott, of Ashby-de-laZouch, to Eliza, eldest child of the late Joseph Goodacre, Esq., of Barrow Mills, Leicestershire. No Cards.
CANTRILL-HAYWOOD. — July 7, at the Baptist chapel, Barton Fabis, by the Rev. W. Hill, assisted by the Rev. J. Salisbury, M.A., of Hugglescote, the Rev. E. W. Can. trill, of Barlestone, to Sarah Fanpy, third daughter of Mr. William Haywood, Nail. stone Fields, Leicestershire.
GREEN-MARSHALL.—July 8, at the Bap. tist chapel, Baxter Gate, Loughborough, by the Rev. T. Foston, of Norwich, brotherin-law of the bride, Mr. William F. Green, of Clyde Villa, Ratcliffe-on. Trent, to Mary, the younger daughter of the late Mr. T. Marshall; of Hathern, Leicestershire.
Payne— NICHOLS. - July 18, at Dover Street chapel, Leicester, by the Rev. J. Jackson Goadby, Mr. George Payne, to Miss Ada Nichols, both of Leicester.
MRS. NEWELL Was born at Howgate, in Stansfield, in the year 1798, and departed this life on the 18th April, 1867, in her 70th year.
When fourteen years of age she was unfortunately left without an earthly father, but was subject to the religious training of a pious mother. When young she never had the privilege of attending a Sunday school, but at an early age she was religiously disposed, and for many years attended the preaching of the gospel at New Chapel, Todmorden. She, bowever, attached great importance to the Sabbath training of her children, as will appear from the fact, that because there was no school taught in connection with New Chapel at that time, as her children grew up she took them to the General Baptist Sunday school at Lineholme, and for years she attended the public worship and sat under the influence of the gospel there. Eventually, however, she returned to New Chapel; and under the power of the gospel, through the ministerial labours of the Rev. Richard Woffendon, she was led to feel herself a helpless sinner, and was pointed to the sinners' friend-—"the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world;" and at the advanced age of fifty she embraced religion, was brought to a saving knowledge of the truth, and to peace with God. She at once joined herself in church fellowship, and remained a consistent member in the New Chapel church about seventeen years.
During the later part of the seventeen years sbe often expressed her intention to be baptized by immersion, and in August, 1865, she, along with her two daughters, was baptized by the Rev. R. Ingham, after which her name was, with honourable testimony, transferred from New Chapel to Vale. She joined the church of her choice, and continued a member with us up to the time of her death.
For many months before her decease her mind was pained because she was unable to attend the house of God as regu. larly as she wished to do. But when through weakness and bodily indisposition she was thus deprived of that spiritual blessing, she would read portions of God's word, and rejoice in His promises.
During her last affliction she was confined to her sick room several weeks. Her sufferings were very heavy; and yet, notwithstanding this fiery trial, she was never known to murmur or complain. She believed that her “light afflictions were but for a moment.” She manifested the
strongest confidence in God, and in Jesus as her Saviour. Her faith remained up. shaken, for she said she was on the “rock." She frequently quoted the language of the Psalmist, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” &c. Nay, further, she patiently said, “ Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him." She often referred to the Psalm which commences, “ The Lord is my Shepherd,” &c.
Many times, when experiencing severe pain, her mind was raised from earth to heaven. She had no desire to remain here, but waited patiently in hope for the day when the Lord should, in His pleasure, see fit to call her home to Himself. It may also be said that during her sickness she was scarcely ever heard to pray without making mention of the Vale church. She was pleased on all occasions when the members went to visit her, and always wished them to pray with her.
Those who have attended upon her in her last illness have been amply rewarded by the pleasure which it has afforded them to hear such noble testimony in favour of true religion.
After eight weeks of severe affliction she was called to lay down staff and sandal; and one of her last expressions on earth was, “ To die is gain.” Thus God was to her a very present help in time of need.
When the hand of Sarah forgot its cunning, and death at last “rolled its wave o'er the flickering candle of life,” she “fell asleep in Jesus,” leaving a bright assurance behind that she has gained the “ desired haven," and her “anchor is cast within the veil.”
“Let me die the death of the righteous." Amen.
PICKSLEY.—June 9, at Kirton Lindsey, Mr. Samuel Picksley, senr., aged seventynine, many years a member of the General Baptist church.
PHILLIPPO.—May 22, at the residence of her son, Town Close, Norwich, Mrs. Phillippo, mother of the Rev. J. M. Phillippo, Baptist missionary, Spanish Town, Jamaica, aged ninety-three years.
URWICK.—July 16, at Dublin, the Rev. Dr. Urwick, minister of York Street chapel, aged seventy-six-a man remarkable for the smallness of his body and the greatness of his mind. An Englishman by birth, he went to Ireland as a missionary in 1815, and on completing the fiftieth year of his ministry was presented with a testimonial of £2,000.
D. J. M'NEILE, ESQ., AND THE
ORISSA ORPHANAGES. Our readers have all heard of the gene. rous efforts put forth by D. J. M'Neile, E:q., of the Bengal Civil Service, in behalf of the Famine Orphanages in Orissa. We have received that gentleman's permission to transfer the substance of his “ Private Circular" to our pages, also a copy of the letter to the Rev. J. Buckley, announcing the result of his appeal. The information that the noble sum of £1,065 had been already forwarded to India, was first received by us at Miller's Dale, near Buxton, where, upon the close of the services of the Association at Derby, over two hundred friends from different parts of the country had resorted to spend the day. A hearty and enthusiastic vote of thauks was passed to Mr. M'Neile for the exertions put forth in aid of our friends in Orissa. Also to Lieut.-Colonel Young and the “ Ayr Committee," for their efforts in procuring boxes of goods to be sent out to India to the value of £340. Gratitude to God, who had graciously inclined His servants to undertake the good work, was also expressed by all joining in singing “ Praise God from whom all blessings flow," &c.
PRIVATE CIRCULAR. I solicit assistance in raising a subscription for the benefit of the children left orphans in the Province of Orissa, in the East Indies, by the famine of A.D. 1866, and entrusted under the orders of Government to the care of the christian missionaries at Cuttack, the capital of the province, by whom they are being brought up as christians.
At an early period in the progress of the famine, the attention of the public authorities at Cuttack, and of the Local Relief Committee, was anxiously directed to the best means of providing for the support of the numerous children whose parents had died of starvation or disease. The difficulty was speedily met by the generous offer of the missionaries to receive and take charge of any number
of children for whose bare subsistence the Committee would guarantee the assignment of sufficient funds. The offer was immediately accepted, with the warm approval of the Bengal Government, by whom an allowance of two rupees (four shillings) per mensem was forth with assigned for each orphan from public funds. To this allowance the Relief Committee unanimously agreed to add two rupees, making the total sum pro. vided for each orphan four rupees per mensem. With the famine prices then prevailing this was just sufficient to purchase rice (the staple article of food in Orissa) for the children, and to provide them with the simple clothing they needed. The children were accordingly made over to the missionaries from time to time as they arrived from the various relief stations in the interior. A large majority of them arrived in a state of terrible prostration and disease, and for many months about one in three died in spite of all that the most assiduous medical care and the kindest nursing could do for them. To that care and kindness, and to the excellent general management of the orphanage at Cuttack, I can testify from personal observation, having been myself employed for the last six months of A.D. 1866, i e., throughout the time of the greatest distress, in the relief operations, and having been resident for the greater part of that time at Cuttack.
At the end of a.d. 1866 the number of orphans who had been placed under the care of the missionaries throughout the province was six hundred. They had been collected at the four missionary stations, Cuttack, Piplee, Balasore, and Jellasore. The orphans at those stations now number about fifteen hundred, of whom a cousiderable majority are girls. It is not my intention to ask for assistance for the three last-named orphanages; not because they are less in need of it, nor because I have any reason to believe that they are less carefully and efficiently managed than the Cuttack orpbanage; but because I cannot hope to raise a sum of money which would suffice to meet in
any full and satisfactory degree the establishment.” What remains ? Three requirements of all; and being thus important requirements coin pelled to make a choice among them, I prefer to urge the case of that one of (1.) INCREASED CHAPEL ACCOMMOwhich I have the fullest personal know- DATION. — The exact numbers of the ledge.
children in the Cuttack orphanage on It is necessary to explain exactly the the 31st of December last, were as present financial condition and prospects follows: of the Cuttack orphanage, and the special
Boys ... ... ... ... 303 objects to secure which I make the
Girls ... ... ... .. 526 present appeal for funds. The allowance of four rupees per
Total ... ... 829 mensem for each child was continued
a number largely in excess of the whole throughout the year A.D. 1866, and part
native christian population previously of A D. 1867. Last autumn, however, the fall of prices consequent on a fair
existing in Cuttack. Mr. Buckley in
forms me that the present Mission barvest made it possible to reduce this
chapel is so small that he has found it allowance. (It will be remembered that this was a mere subsistence allowance,
necessary to have three separate services
every Sunday morning. This is of comand was never intended to cover the ex
paratively little consequence at present, pense of anything beyond food and
because most of the children are so young clothing.) At the same time the general
(their ages range from one to fourteen) relief operations were brought to a close,
that the pulpit addresses suitable for and the Government invested the whole balance of the relief funds—the greater
persons of riper years are not adapted to part of which had been drawn from the
their capacities; but in a year or two
the inconvenience of being unable to Imperial Exchequer-in public securities
assemble the converts generally in one for the benefit of the famine orphans
place for public worship will become throughout Orissa and Bengal, making
very serious. Mr. Buckley has not supthereby a permanent provision of three
plied me with any estimate of the sum rupees* per mensem for each boy up to
which would suffice to defray the expenze the age of sixteen, and for each girl up to
of enlarging his chapel, or of building a the age of seventeen, or until her marriage,
new one; and I therefore propose to if that should occur at an earlier date. The provision also includes a donation
make this object secondary to the fol
lowing, of the expense of which he has of twenty rupees to each girl on her
made a calculation, and the necessity of marriage. This is the limit of the
which is, in my opinion, even more Government subsidy. Beyond this limit
pressing than that of facilitating the the orphans will be absolutely dependent upon their own exertions, and on the
regular performance of divine worship. missionaries.
(II.) THE LOCATION OF THE ORIn respect to this allowance, and to
PHANS UNDER PROPER SUPERVISION IN obtain other specific information con
SEPARATE VILLAGE COMMUNITIES.-A3 cerning the Cuttack orphanage, I recently
they grow up, and become able to work wrote to the Rev. Mr. Buckley, the
for their own livelihood (and many of senior missionary at Cuttack. In his
the boys are already old enough to do so reply he says that the question of wbat
to some extent) they cannot be sent out expenses will, and what will not be
to shift for themselves among their heacovered by this provision, “depends on
then countrymen. No one would receive circumstances that cannot be foreseen, them, or give them work. It is one of especially on the price of rice and native the lamentable results of caste prejudice clothes; but if times be, by the blessing
that christian converts are invariably of God, moderately favourable, it will thrown in India entirely upon one anoprovide for food, clothing, medicine, and ther and their missionary protectors.
The Cuttack missionaries have no idea * A correspondent of the Times, writing from
of maintaining one of their couverts in Calcutta, recently stated that the fund would yield three rupees and a half for each orphan.
idleness after work is found for him. This was a mistake.
They are therefore most anxious to make arrangements by which the orphan boys necessity for a new or an enlarged chamay be started in life with small plots pel at Cuttack will be obviated. No of land, and seed grain for their first doubt the difficulty about the chapel will season's crop. No other means are in this way be partly met, but it will not available for giving them employment. be altogether removed. It will take a A very few may be educated as artisans, long time to carry out the village scheme but the demand for the produce of skilled in respect to the mass of the orphan labour is exceedingly small. The whole children now collected at Cuttack; and population of the province is agricultural, in any case the missionaries will endeaand a comparatively small outlay, is vour to keep as many of them at headnecessary to provide a native youth with quarters as they can make arrangements a patch of land (taken on a lease, not to retain, giving them suitable employ. purchased) and with the few rough ment. The majority will be planted out farming tools required to cultivate it. . by degrees, but enough will remain to
Mr. Buckley writes on this head : require much larger chapel accommoda“More than one" (such village as I have tion than that afforded by the present mentioned) “must be established in con- building. nection with Cuttack. Each village must have its little chapel, school-room, and (III.) The PURCHASE OF Books.bungalow for the missionary on his visits, On this head Mr. Buckley is most and house for the native preacher. Iu anxious that first and foremost every the settlement of the boys it will be ne child should possess a Bible in his native cessary to supply them with seed corn language. These Bibles will have to be and a subsistence allowance till they have printed for them, and Mr. Buckley is cut their first crop, or they will go, in already in correspondence with the Caltheir necessity, to the mahajans" (usu. cutta Auxiliary Bible Society on the rers) “and be impoverished for life." subject. He expects that the Society To show the primary importance of will defray the cost of the paper and the saving them from this danger, I need printing. The cost of binding remains, only observe that the interest charged by and he estimates it at two rupees for each an Indian usurer for money or grain ad. copy (i..., of both the Old and New Tesvanced is from 50 to 75 per cent. pertaments in separate volumes). In exannum, and that the incoming crop is planation of this high charge it must be always hypothecated for the loan. Once observed that the diffuse form of the in a usurer's books, the unhappy culti character of the Oriya language makes vator seldom gets free again."
it impossible to print a book in it in a Mr. Buckley calculates the cost of es small compendious form. The Old Testablishing one village at “not less, with tament alone will, Mr. Buckley assures rigid economy, than 1,200 or 1,500 ru- me, be a volume in royal octavo of 800 pees," £120 to £150. Now knowing pages, though the smallest possible type as I do, the paramount importance of will be used. making some such arrangements as those Next to the Scriptures, Mr. Buckley proposed by Mr. Buckley for the future rightly estimates the value to the children maintenance of these children, I have no of books upon Geography. I need hesitation in proposing that whatever hardly say that some elementary educafunds may be raised in consequence of tional books are indispensable. Little this appeal should be devoted in the first expense will be incurred in writing mainstance, up to say £150, to the estab. terials, as the custom of the country is lishment of one of these villages.
to write on palm-leaves with a pointed If the boys are provided for, little dif- style. ficulty will be experienced with the girls. I propose that any sum which may be Most of them will marry their present raised over and above £150, to be approyoung companions as a matter of course, priated as above described, should be and of the remainder many will probably devoted up to the same amount to part obtain employment as domestic servants payment for Bibles and school-books, in in European families.
the proportion of four-fifths for Bibles It may probably be suggested that if and one-fifth for other books. Should a the missionaries succeed in settling their sum in excess of £300 in all be subyoung converts in separate villages, the scribed, I should wish to put the surplus,