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Reading as the clerk of works, an office which he has discharged with great care and unfailing courtesy. The opening sermons were preached by Rev. H. S. Brown, on Tuesday, September 18th; J. Clifford, September 23rd; C. Clark, of Haven Green, Ealing, September 30th, who also gave a brilliant lecture on Monday, October 1st. On the 7th October the pastor S. S. Allsop preached from Haggai ii. 9 in the morning, and from John iii. 16 in the evening. The Lord’s Supper was celebrated in the evening, when an unusually large number of communicants were present. Four friends were welcomed to the church, and received the right hand of fellowship. An interesting feature of this day's services was the presentation of a handsome pulpit Bible by the Sunday scholars for use in the new sanctuary. The total amount raised by the opening services, which were conducted by the Rev. E. Stevenson on October 14th, has been £250. The cost of the whole building is about £5,500, towards which something like £4000 has been raised. The friends are highly pleased with the new sanctuary.


The East Finchley Baptists now assembling in the iron chapel, Long Lane, held a successful bazaar of three days at the close of last month. The opening ceremony at the Lecture Hall, East Finchley, was under the presidency of the Rev. Francis Tucker, B.A., of Camden Road, who urged the necessity of the present effort to build a new sanctuary from the fact that within another decade that locality would present long lines of villa residences, and for whose future residents provision must now be made. John Clifford and the Rev. John Chadwick expressed their hearty sympathy and confidence in the work under the pastor, Rev. Robert Finch. A fine freehold site is already secured. Our friends greatly need help. Who will give it?


The chapel at New Fletton having been closed for some time for extensive alterations and for the erection of school and class-rooms, was reopened on September 18th, when the Rev. W. Orton, of Grimsby, preached in the afternoon and evening. Tea was provided, and about three hundred persons were present. On the following Lord’s-day the Rev. J. C. Jones, M.A., of Spalding, preached. The congregations at all the services were good. The entire cost of alterations is over £500; and the sum obtained from all sources is nearly £350.

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The seventy-fifth anniversary of the church was held on Sunday, Oct. 7, the Rev. J. Young being the preacher. On the following day a sale of goods on behalf of the funds for building the NEw Schools took place. £300 have been raised, and about £100 remains of debt, Mr. Faulkner generously offering £50 if the remaining sum is contributed. Afterwards Councillor Weightman presided at a platform meeting. Mr. Faulkner said late in the last century Rev. John Bissill, with his father and family, founded the Sutterton General Baptist Community. In their graveyard lay the remains of Dan Taylor's daughter, the wife of Rev. John Bissill, and of the widow of the Rev. W. Bampton, one of the first missionaries sent out to India. In the year 1795 or 6 the Bissill family removed from Kingston, Leicestershire, to Sutterton. They first held services in a cottage, but the congregations so increased that they built a chapel at a cost of £281 3s.6d., and paid for it all by 1807, four years after it was opened. The congregations continued to increase, and in 1826 the old chapel was pulled down, and a larger one (the present building) was erected. The Rev. John Bissill was the pastor of this church until the year 1837. For thirty-five years he preached without fee, stipend or reward. The ministers from that time to the present were—Mr. Goldworthy, sixteen years; Mr. Wood, six; Mr. Cholerton, six; Mr. Taylor, four; Mr. Bott, eight; Mr. Pitts, five; and great good resulted from their ministrations. They were now without a pastor, but he hoped that their heavenly Father would send them a faithful minister; and that the members of the church would be consistent, and daily pray for God’s help and blessing on their little community. The meeting was addressed by the Revs. J. Jolly, B.A., W. Sexton, J. Bayne, and J. Young.

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IF Mr. Gladstone were given to the adorning of his house with inscriptions, he would have had written over the door of the library, “Abandon conversation, ye who enter here.” Without the inscription, the injunction is understood. If people hanker after conversation, there are plenty of rooms adjoining where they may enjoy themselves. In the library, it is understood, you read or write, but do not talk. The library has three windows and two fire-places, and is built about with book-cases. Here and in other rooms there are stored over 10,000 volumes, of which theological works form an appreciable proportion. These are collected in one particular corner of the room. Separate departments are assigned to the works of Homer, Shakspeare, and Dante. Unlike most lovers of books, Mr. Gladstone is not selfish in his affection. Since there is no public library near at hand, the library at Hawarden Castle is open to borrowers, no further security being taken than the entry in a book of the name of the borrower, with the date of the transaction. There are three writing-tables in the library, each having its distinct work assigned to it. At one Mr. Gladstone seats himself when engaged in political work; the second is reserved for literary labour and Homeric studies; the third is Mrs. Gladstone’s. “It is,” Mr, Gladstone remarks, with a mournful smile, and a wistful glance at the desk where Juventus Mundi was written, “a long time since I sat there.” In a corner of the room stands an ax, a present from Nottingham, its long and narrow blade contrasting strikingly with the American pattern, which Mr. Gladstone prefers, and is accustomed to use. In the library the Premier spends nearly the whole of such portion of the day as is occupied within-doors. Here, with the busts of Sidney Herbert, the Duke of Newcastle, Canning, Cobden, and Homer looking down upon him from the book-cases, and with his old friend Tennyson glancing out from the large bronze medallion which lies on a table near, Mr. Gladstone has thought out an Irish Church Bill, two Irish Land Bills, and many Budgets.

The work each succeeding morning brings to the Premier is enormous in quantity and universal in interest. Human energies, however colossal, would fail to grapple with it unless assisted by method. Mr. Gladstone is as methodical as he is energetic, and no day departs without having its work fully accomplished. His correspondence, both private and official, is enormous, and is dealt with on a very simple plan. The secretary opens his letters, reads them, and indorses on the back of each the name of the writer and the purport of his epistle, this last undertaking being accomplished within a space that would surprise the writer, who has probably covered three or four folios. Mr. Gladstone sees everything, and indicates the nature of the reply, where reply appears to be necessary. If the letter be specially important, or peculiarly interesting, he reads it himself. But in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred he is satisfied with glancing at the precis. Before he resumed office his irrepressible energy found some outlet in conducting his correspondence with his own hand. Any bore or ninny-hammer who cared to invest a penny postage stamp, could draw from the great man a post-card written in the well-known handwriting, and with even more familiar signature. Now, Mr. Gladstone avails himself much more fully of the services of his secretaries, and though he writes many letters in the day, they stand in infinitesimal proportion to those that are sent out in his name. One device he has hit upon is calculated to soothe the feeling of his innumerable correspondents. He had a note in his own handwriting lithographed, in which he begs to thank his correspondent for his favour, and remains his faithfully, W. E. Gladstone. This is so well done that the unsuspecting correspondent, not familiar with the appearance of lithography, may cherish the note under the impression that it has been written especially to him by the great minister. W. H. LUCY, in Harper's Magazine.

A PLASTIC WoRLD.—Emerson says, “As the world was plastic and fluid in the hands of God, so it is ever to so much of his attributes as we bring to it.”

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I. WHAT ABOUT our MAGAZINE FOR 1884? is the question that has been asked again and again since I tendered my resignation to our Association in June last. I am glad to be able to

report that our PUBLICATION BoARD met

last month, and decided to commit the editorship of our denominational organ to the care of the REv. W. R. STEvenson, M.A., of NoTTINGHAM, and the REv. J. FLETCHER, of LoNDoN. These brethren have accepted office, and will begin work with the January issue. It would be presumption on my part to write a line in commendation of my beloved tutor, the Rev. W. R. Stevenson. I sat at his “elbow” with unspeakable profit twentysix years ago, and shall be glad to hear the rustle of his editorial pen across the page, as indeed shall we all. He is as respected and loved as he is extensively known amongst us. As to my friend and neighbour, Mr. Fletcher, it is generally understood I had arranged to leave him any threads of my scanty editorial mantle that still hung together. He has won his “spurs” amongst us as editor of our Almanack, Secretary of the Association, and Secretary of the Home Mission, and will take a good degree, I doubt not, in this new position. In leaving the editorial chair after fourteen years' occupancy—which is, I may add, quite large enough for two peaceably disposed persons to sit in with comfort —I beg to express my unfeigned and ardent desire for the increased usefulness of our “Magazine,” and for the happiness and joy of the new editors in their work. Let us all do our utmost for an institution more than ever necessary for, and more than ever rich in promise of good to, our organic life.

II. OUR College.—The Rev. C. W. Wick writes to say the College CoMMITTEE will meet at the College, Forest Road, Nottingham, Tuesday, Nov. 27th, at twelve o'clock, and that subscribing ministers and ministers of subscribing churches are eligible to attend.

A student says—“We are all taking classes at University College. . . . The University classes are a great treat. The professors undoubtedly know how to work their students well.” “We are all very pleased with our new College. It is a great improvement on the old.” Evidently “the men” are in high delight with their new conditions, and are

determined to make the most of them and the best of themselves for their great work. And I am sure I may add, the one prayer of the churches, deep and full, is that they may be really “men of God” and able ministers of the New Testament. May the richest blessings attend our College work.

III. A SILVER WEDDING.—I have received so many congratulations and good wishes on the completion of the twenty

fifth year of my pastorate that I must

avail myself of this corner to return my thanks. It is a joy unspeakable and full of promise to look back on a ministry of such duration and delight; and I accept the wishes of my many friends as signs of the immense debt I owe to their sympathy and generous help. I shall never forget the cordiality with which my appeals for advancing work have been received. Not a few have desired that the “silver” may turn into “gold.” Perhaps that is too much to expect. The insurance authorities only allow a man at forty-seven to hope for an addition of twenty-three years; but when I recollect that my grandmother lived to within a few months of a hundred, and looked quite as robust as I do, and that I have an uncle who is nearing eighty, and preaches two sermons a Sunday, and “feels as fresh as ever,” I think I may, perhaps, behold “the glimpses of the moon” in 1908!! But the old Collegeday refrain, now hackneyed, comes to my ear, and reminds me “He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best,” etc., and I say—“Yes, let us fill this day with good work, and leave all our morrows with God.” It is in that spirit we are celebrating “our silver wedding.” The ladies of the church have resolved to obtain a £1,000 at a BAZAAR for the reduction of the debt on our Westbourne Park Home. “That Bazaar” is to be held the first week in DECEMBER. May I say a word for it and them * If it were intended that when we have freed ourselves from debt we should sit still and “enjoy ourselves,” I would not ask for a penny; but since we mean advance, and still further advance in work for the salvation of men and the glory of God, I make bold to appeal to all who know us and love us, to come to our help. I am sure many of my friends will be glad to share in this work. Will you send to me anything saleable, stockings and boots for the feet; bonnets, caps, and hats for the head; ties, collars, and brooches for the neck; woollens for the outside man; fruits, cheese, etc., for the inside; books for the study, and furniture for all the rooms, in fact anything that is convertible into cash, or the cash itself? Yours in love, and thanks, and expectation, John CLIFFord.


IV. The SUNDAY PRAYER MEETING AT The BRITIsh Association AT Southport. —As I parted with a valued friend at Southport I said, “Send me five lines about the prayer-meeting.” The following is his response:—“The devotional meeting of the British Association on Sunday afternoon was enjoyable, well attended, and pervaded by deep spiritual feeling. Dr. Gladstone was apparently chief prompter, and seemed anxious, as the time got near, to find out supporters amongst the audience. The president of the geographical section was in the chair. After a prayer and scripture read by the mayor (Matt. xi. 20–30) an address followed by Professor Dawson, who said, ‘Such meetings are most pleasing to Christian men. Four weeks ago I attended just such another four thousand miles away in Minneapolis. Whilst the gospel is hidden from the wise and prudent, it is revealed to babes; let us be babes to receive it, and we babes may rejoice in it.” He pointed out the characteristics of two men who stood preeminent amongst the preachers of Christianity—Paul and Luke. They were men of scientific mind; probably deeply read in the wisdom of their time; probably laymen, without office in the church; their position and work typical of that of the Christian scientists of this day. It was a great work. The talk about science being opposed to religion was nonsense. The scientists would have a great service put upon them in three ways: (1) To manifest the unity of truth, to interpret and drive home the truth that the God of nature was the God of revelation. (2) To manifest a calm faith in Chris. tianity, whilst churches were putting forth varying views and phases of Christianity, and often differing about minor points, it would be the province of the scientific mind to hold firm and set forth the essentials, whilst being comparatively indifferent to the accidental circumstances and minor conditions. (3) To be students of the scriptures with the same scientific accuracy and care that they applied to nature. The whole of scripture formed one revelation; but its varied books embodied a systematic

development of God's plan, in the same way that geologists sought to understand the development of His plan in the material earth. As a student he had wished to take up some Semitic language, and he chose Hebrew. For years the New Testament had been his one Greek classic, and the more he studied both, the more deeply convinced he was of the unity of God's intentions and teachings, and of the practical value, comfort, and hope of the revelation brought to us.

“After a most devout and beautiful prayer from Dr. Gladstone, Professor Hull, of Dublin, expressed his joy in meeting so many of the Association members, and said it would show the error of the prejudices of the church against the Association. Such prejudices had been expressed here—fears that it would be a meeting of sceptics, and faith be unsettled. But they were believers, not only in nature, but in revelation, and science would be more and more identified with religion. In that alone was our lasting satisfaction and hope of everlasting life. Scientists who were Christian men should be ready to show it for the encouragement of young men—many of whom were in the region of doubt and hesitancy—drawn to religion, yet afraid to accept and avow it through fear that science might involve its refutation.

“Psalm xix. was read by Mr. Warrington, and remarks were made on it by Canon Clarke about the psalmist's awe at nature's works — greater wonder at revelation, and self-abasement in view of his own unworthiness. Meeting closed with all repeating the Lord's Prayer standing.”

W. “THE BITTER CRY of OUTCAST LoNDON” is one of the saddest revelations recently made of our fearful metropolitan sea of misery, vice, and crime. Alas! it is an “old, old story”; but it comes like a flash of lightning across a gloom-filled sky, and will arrest the jaded attention of London at least for a few minutes. Indeed we cannot bear to look at this grim problem in all its hugeness long.

“These things must not be thought on

After these ways; so, it will make us mad.” “Entire courts,” says this pamphlet, “are filled with thieves, prostitutes, and liberated convicts. In one street are thirty-five houses, thirty-two of which are known to be houses of ill fame. In another district are forty-three of these houses and 428 fallen women and girls, many of them not more than twelve years of age.” Drink riots upon and feeds the ghastly misery of these pesti


lential slums. “In the district of Euston Road is one publichouse to every hundred people, counting men, women, and children. Immediately around one chapel in Orange Street, Leicester Square, are one hundred gin palaces, most of them # England—will not be found wanting in very large.” But it is mammon that so expressing the sympathy of the great urges many of these crowds into these o communion over which his Grace preglittering saloons; for these poor people" sides 2" We say innocently, because the come “out of the best paying property to writer apparently does not know, or in London.” Creatures called men are to forgets, that there is a party in the

messages have been sent by the Reformed Churches in other lands. And he innocently asks, “Is it too much to a hope that the Archbishop of Canterbury —the head of the Reformed Church of

making fifty and sixty per cent, out of the miserable and fetid holes they let to the poor—holes in which chastity and decency are impossible, and where nought but the worst vices can thrive. “Rights of property,” indeed! The phrase is a delusion and a lie. Our duty is to use our strength to protect the weak from fleecing speculators, to re-house the poor, to terminate the reign of “drink,” and to give the souls of men at least one bare chance of finding their real welfare in this brief life. Christianity waits to receive its triumphant application to the removal of the miseries and healing of the wounds of our social life.

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meaning, and is evidently anxious to hear what every member of the House can contribute to its information, or to the arguments on the question in debate.” “His mind is always in a state of intense activity.” He is marked by the “singular earnestness with which he strives to realize what is being said either for him or against him in any part of the House.” Those words of a political opponent deserve to be perpetuated as a witness to the broad sympathies, intense interest in all that is human, splendid self-suppression, and vehement energy of the greatest statesman of modern times.

VII. THE CHURCH of ENGLAND AND THE LUTHER CoMMEMORATION.— “An English Churchman” calls attention, in the Times, to the fact that the Free Church of Scotland has sent a representative bearing cordial greetings to the German nation on the occasion of the Luther celebration, and that sympathetic

Church of England—and a growing party—which scoffs at the Reformation and the Reformers, and Reformation ideas—which thinks with Dr. Littledale that “we are bound to reject Protestantism as a delusion,” and exclaims with the Rev. A. E. Wilmhurst, “God defend us from Protestantism l’—which calls the leading English and Scottish Reformers “a set of miscreants”; their work “an abomination,” and their memory “detestable,” (Dr. Littledale), and exultingly declares that “Protestantism as a religion is on its deathbed,” (Rev. A. Wagner). Is it not a great deal “too much to hope” that such men would be parties to a participation in the Luther commemoration by the Church of England?—The Liberator.

VIII. ELECTRICITY IN THE KITCHEN.— Professor Ayrton says, “What the future of electrical locomotion might be who could say? At present much household work was done by hand, simply because there were no easily worked machines for doing it. The old knife board had given way to the rotary knife-cleaner, but even that required a certain amount of grinding to give the knives a polish, so that for large establishments a knifecleaner boy was still necessary. The blacking of boots, the blacking of grates, the cleaning of doorsteps, etc., were all done in a most laborious way by hand, judging from the Smutty appearance of Sarah Anne after the process. Now there could be no doubt that very shortly electricity would be supplied, as gas was now, to houses for lighting purposes, and when this had been accomplished, the same ways that conveyed the electricity for lighting would be employed to convey the power to work electric motors to turn rotary knife-cleaners, to turn a wheel for the blacking of boots, and a small motor carrying a brush would simply be passed by the servant, all over the grate for the purpose of giving it a good black polish. The black lead brush would then be taken off, and replaced by the blacking brush for the boots, and later on in the day a rotary flannel would officiate for the door steps.”

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