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GENERAL BAPTIST ASSOCIATION-

PAGE

Bradford. Rev. B. Wood

201

The Association Programme. Rev. Wat-

son Dyson

182, 222

General Baptist College. Rev. R. F.

Griffiths..

223

The Needs and Prospects of English

General Baptists. Rev. W. Orton

The Bradford Association. Rev. A. O.

Perriam.

. 281, 382

The Work and Want of the Home Mis-
sion. Rev. J. Fletcher

284
Encouragements to Home Evangeliza-
tion. Rev. J. Jolly

289
The Need

for Home Missions. Rev. J.

H. Atkinson..

290

United Effort in Home Mission Work.

Rev. W. Lees

292

Our College

Sunday Schools. C. W. Pratt ::

BY THE EDITOR-

Looking Ahead

2

Daniel Macmillan, the Publisher

16

Then and Now; or, Salvation Army 20

Baptism and the Church

52

in the Four Gospels 81

Acts & Epistles 85

Objections to and Advantages from a

return to the Teaching of the New

Testament in the Matter of Baptism 89

Signals for Preachers and Teachers 137

Young Men, Money, and the Ministry 139

Church Reports

145

The Jewish Race

161

The late Rev. Isaac Preston

179

A French Medley

185, 223

The Public Dedication of our Infants to

God..

260

The late Rev. Edward Boti

262
France and England

305

General Baptists in 1883

A Personal Witness

383

The Start for Manhood

414

Farewell Words

441

Manly Thinking

452

SCRAPS FROM THE EDITOR'S WASTE BASKET

Magazine

27, 147, 306, 428, 461

Parliament

147, 307, 348

School Hymnal

27

Church and State 27, 106, 269, 308, 347, 429

Christian Book-keeping

27

Temperance

28, 220, 300, 347

The Decay of Native Races

28

The Stage

28

The New Judaism ..

28

Egypt

70

Giles Hester

106, 306

Ireland

106, 348

Ministers

106

Elementary Ethics

Swear not at all

147

India

147

Social Purity

147

Don't Forget the Fire

148

Saturday Sectarianism

269

Working Men and Public Worship 307

Genius getting to Work

Sunday

Spiritual Energy our First Need

347

Robert Moffat..

347

British Association

387, 428

New-Comers

387

Ministry of the Weak

388

College

427

Outcast London

428

426

M'CREE, G. W.-

Poor Clergymen

21

MOORE, ALFRED H.-

In Praise of Virgil..

14

ORTON, W.-
A Visit to Norway-127, 176, 211, 247, 297

338, 372
PIKE, G, HOLDEN-
Some Classic Books of the English

Church ..

Notes ..

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PRESSENSE, ED, DE-

PAGE
The Luther Commemoration

401

RICKARDS, S. D.-

The Law of Love in Relation to Baptism 8

How best to put the Way of Salvation

before a Child

121

ROBINSON, E, G.-

Written v. Unwritten Sermons

22

SALA, G.A.-

On Smoking

7

SANGSTER, MRS.-
Courtesy of Manner

456

SHAW, N. H.-

In a Railway Carriage in Italy..

410

STEVENSON, T. R.-

Ahab's Adage ..

169

STEVENSON, W. R., M.A.-
Music in Sunday Schools

166
Our Lapsed Members

241

UNDERWOOD, W., D.D.--

The Bell of St. Paul's

41

Edward Bott

842
VICK, O. W.-
James Clerk Maxwell ..

98

W.J. B.-

Christmas; its History and Customs 443

WINSLOW, S. G.-
Mosquitoes

834

TALKS WITH OUR GIRLS

I. Discontent. Marie Compston

18

II. Early Self-Consecration. Mrs. Daw-

son Burns

64

III. Well-Doing

95

IV. Affectation

182
V. A Story of Love

216
VI. “ Put your Feet Down Flat.” 'Julia
H. Thayer

256
VII. “Charming Girls." Mrs. Louisa F.
Seymour

295
VIII. Plan in Life. Marie Compston 332
IX., X., XI. A Girl of the past. B.
Wyles

878, 416, 454

NEW CHAPELS AND SCHOOLS-

Arnold

146, 266, 423

Carrington

67

Crewe..

183, 221, 301

Grantham..

67

Ilkeston

67, 268

Coalville

266

266

Hyson Green

266

New Basford

346

Allerton, Sandy Lane

846

Burton-on-Trent

423

East End, Finchley

New Fletton

PAGE

Harvest Hymn. J. G. Whittier

329

My Bark is Wafted. Dean Alford

Free-Will. J. W. Barker

881

Unanswered Yet. R. Browning

406

A Christmas Greeting. Marianne Farn-

ingham.

451

MISCELLANEA-

The Growth of London and Temperance 13

The Glorified Crutch

23

Perils in the Pulpit

129

The Tomb of Amplias ..

186

The Smoke Idol

144
High Resolves

175

Christians and Social Purity

140

A Christian Man of Business. Hon. W.

E. Dodge

141

Change without Relief

:: :: 265
Decay of Preaching

304
Seven Wonders of the World

301
Enough of the Bible to Poison a Parish 337
John Ruskin and his Home

882
Make Distinctions

G. B. Preachers' Institute, London 422
REVIEWS–Pages 29, 108, 148, 226, 269, 809, 849

888, 430, 462

CHURCH REGISTER—Pages 31, 71, 109, 150, 187

228, 270, 311, 351, 390, 481, 466

OBITUARIES--Pages 72, 111, 151, 282, 272, 812

852, 892
MISSIONARY OBSERVER
Half as Much Again

89
Notes from my Diary. P.E. Heberlet-85, 474
The Voyage to India. Rev. T. F. Mul.
holland

36, 75, 156
Arrival of Mission Party in Orissa .. 77, 159
News from Rome. Rev. N. H. Shaw-38, 39

78, 198, 235, 278, 472

Mission Services

. 40, 200, 320, 476

Half as Mai gain

78
The Fulfilment of a Vow

79

The Orissa Conference

113, 154

New School-Rooms, Cuttack 115, 398
Missionary Progress in India

117
Arrival of Mr. Young at Cuttack

119

The Mission Accounts ..163, 160, 193

Bible Women in Orissa

160

Sunday School Treat at Cuttack.

Miss Barrass

194

A Visit to Choga. Rev. T. Bailey 195

Notes of a Preaching Tour in Sambalpur.

Rev. J. G. Pike

196

The Bible Society and the Baptists 233

Not Krishnu, but Christ

Questions for Consideration

238

Home and Foreign Missions

273
The Inadequate Support of Foreign
Missions. Rev. Joseph Cook

239

A Hindoo on Protestant Missions ::

239

Home and Foreign Missions. Rev. J.

Buckley, D.D.

273

Missionary Facts and Principles

The Annual Meetings

Extracts from Sixtieth Annual Report.. 317

The Needs of the Mission once more 353

Extracts from Indian Letters

355

Letter to Rev. T. Bailey.

Rev. w.

Bootley, M.A.

356

The Earthquake in the Island of Ischia.
Rev. N. H. Shaw

858

Letter from Dr. James L. Phillips::

859

Notes of Preaching Tours.. 393, 438

Extract from a Widow's Letter

897

The Pope and History. Rev. N. H. Shaw 899

The Committee Meeting at Leicester 433

Baptist Missionary Society at Leicester 434

On Board the Mission Boat “Herald " .. 435

Notes from the Pooree District. Rev. J.

Vaughan

437

Sambalpur Book Room and Preaching

Stations..

439

Gopalpore in Ganjam ::

470

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Sutterton,

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Denholme..

460

Loughborough, Baxter Gate

460

Walsall, Vicarage Walk

461

IN MEMORIAM-
John Starbuck

107
William Quiney

112
Matthias Scott

112
B. Walker..

152
Rev. I. Preston

179
Edward Bott

842

POETRY

The New Year. G. Rawson

1

A New Year's Prayer, H. E. P.

1

The Broad Shoulders. W. J. Mathams 100
His Name shall endure for ever. D. Burns 124
Who worketh all things after the Counsel
of His own Will. G. Rawson

175
A Prayer for Rest. F. R. Havergal 204
A Song of Summer. C. P. Mitchell 259
A Nature Song. Charles Kingsley.. 296

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FATHER Divine, to Theo we pray

In wisdom's ways our footsteps lead; For blessings on this New Year's Day: With heavenly manna, daily feed. Look down in mercy from above:

We long to serve Thee as we ought; Hear our petitions, God of love.

Conformed — in word, and deed, and

thoughtTo-day we launch our little barque

To Christ's own image; patient, kind, Upon a sea unknown and dark; We fear the rocks and stormy wave,

Unselfish, spotless, meek, resigned. But Thou, O Lord, art strong to save. 0! satisfy us with Thy love;

Prepare us for Thy home above; O keep us ever in Thy fear

And when these transient scenes are o'er, Obeying, trusting, year by year:

Land us on heaven's eternal shore.

H. E. P. JANUARY, 1883.- VOL. LXXXV.-N. S. No. 157.

£00 king 35 tan I'

DEAR FELLOW TEACHERS,--I want to talk to you, this New Year's morning, about “Looking Ahead,” or fetching help in to-day's duty, by a far away vision of the incidents and accidents, possibilities and probabilities, of our Sunday School work. As a wise captain studies the chart of his ship's course; vividly represents to himself quick-sands and shoals, possible storms and collisions, and takes due care to prepare for the worst; so the teacher, whilst maintaining his faith in God, in his children, and in the Gospel, should work for his pupils, in full view of the fearful perils they have to face, and the prodigious difficulties they will confront; that is, he should use the best materials, adopt the best methods, and work on the best principles, so that he may prepare them to endure any strain of trial or shock of temptation, to which they may be exposed, and inspire them to attempt the loftiest height of spiritual achievement life may offer them. That is a high aim and a difficult task. But I have long felt it is “the one thing needful” in Sunday School work, the supreme educational problem—nay, may I not say the chief national and world problem ż For we dare not deny that we too frequently fail to give our young friends help, where it is most wanted, and when it is most difficult to get it, and of the precise sort they most acutely require. We take hold of infant life and nurture it, with delight in its charming simplicity, openeyed curiosity, singular freshness, and beautiful trust. We detain the child in the gentle grasp of the soft tendrils of affection, by the ministration of knowledge, sympathy, and love; and in many gladdening instances we keep the children as they travel through the first year or two of their “teens,” but as they get to

THE BRIDGE

that unites the life of the youth and the man, of the grown girl and the woman; and on whose pathway temptations crowd in terrific numbers and appalling strength, we let go their hands, and in many cases never lay hold again. Hence, a large portion of the manhood and womanhood of the land is indifferent to the charms and claims of religion, neglectful of the love and law of God, and unenriched by His mighty and life-ennobling salvation. The last census of religious worship suggests that, notwithstanding our conspicuous successes, this is where our work fails. Only one in four of the population seek the help of religious teaching and Sabbath worship, instead of one in two; and competent witnesses assert that most of those who are alien from organised Christianity have passed through our Sunday Schools, received religious instruction, and heard the warning voice of teachers and friends. But now they care not for the “services” to which they were trained. The school has not led to the church, as a porch to the temple, or childhood to manhood. Home, school, and church, together have failed for them. We began to build, and built with fine promise. We had capital tools, good materials,

* Opening paragraphs of "Looking Ahead!” a New Year's Address to Sunday School Teachers. By J. Clifford, M.A., L.L.B. Sunday School Union. Price One Penny.

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earnest workmen, and brilliant hopes, but from some cause or other, where we expected a solid edifice we have a gaping ruin, and where we looked for a home of all the virtues we have a disappointing and irritating chaos.

I know, and rejoice to repeat, that our success has been wide-spread, immense, solid, and reproductive. I do not forget that most of those who preach and those who “hear,” who toil in our mission fields and teach in our schools, who lead in our civic life, and shape our national activities, received early and immeasurable accessions of power in the Sunday School; but who does not mourn the vast mass of what I may call “Sunday School Drift,” the numbers who have slid into incertitude of faith in the love of God, stolid indifference to the Unseen, and, in many instances, into violent irreligion ? Surely this would not have been, if we had so done our work as to be of the greatest service in the most perilous part of human life; when the impetuous, independent, and “headstrong” boy is laying hold of himself, and stands gazing and delirious at the threshold of man's alluring and illusive privileges; and the girl is thinking, not of the “old home” in which she has been reared, but is hasting with restless and heedless spirit to the duties and responsibilities of womanhood.

Ah! this is a tragic hour ! No moment in life's short day equals in pathetic interest that early one which links the youth with the man, where there is dimly, but with growing distinctness, dawning on the soul, the sense of its unfolding powers, immense capacities, huge desires and untried capacities. The excitement is portentous. As when the sea is lashed by fiercest winds; so the soul is agitated to its lowest depths. Every faculty is raised to the highest pitch of action. , Ambitious schemes march through the soul like troops of fancies through the poet's dream. Wisions follow visions. Temptations gather in besieging crowds and impetuously rush at every gate of the soul. It is the real entrance upon life; and it is through a wilderness tenanted by demons waiting to assail the spirit in its extremity, and by successive strokes of flattery buy the worship for themselves which should be given to God only.

If, then, our teaching and training are not effective for this time of stress and storm, what are they worth? Where is their value * “Good as far as they go.” No doubt, but “good” for what? The anchor that has a chain of forty fathoms in fifty fathoms of water is “good as far as it goes”; but not carrying the anchor to the sea bottom it is simply good for nothing in a storm. “I am only a minute late,” says the selfexcusing traveller as he sees the back-most lights of the train disappearing from the platform, but he might as well have been a week too late so far as journeying by that particular train is concerned. No doubt, we do good as far as we go; but unless we go with our children up to, and right through,

THE CRISIS OF THEIR LIFE.

we fail where and when the help is most wanted, lose the appropriate reward of our work, and miss the very end for which we have prayed and toiled. Our scholars lack our support when they most need it, and we look in vain for them when they are wanted. We win at Austerlitz and Jena; but we lose at Waterloo, and, losing it, lose all. J. CLIFFORD.

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