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JANUARY, 1883.

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THE ETERNITY OF GOD. 1 M Circum. I am the first, and I am the last, Is. 44. 6. 2 T Before the day was, I am He, Is. 43. 13. 3 w Krapf's 1st visit to Mombasa, 1844. Whatsoever God doeth, it 4 T The Everlasting Father, Is. 9. 6. [shall be for ever, Ecc. 3. 14. 5 F Everlasting King, Jer. 10, 10. [Èverlasting God, Ro. 16. 26. 6 S Epiph. Made manifest...according to the commandment of the

U. Is. 60. Lu. 3. 15-23. E. Is. 49. 13-24. Jo.2.1-12.

so will

71 S 1st aft. Epiph. Before Abraham was, I am, John 8. 58.

M. Is. 51. Matt. 4. 23 to 5. 13. E. Is. 62. 13, & 53, or 64. Acts 4.1-32. 8 M The eternal God is thy refuge, Deu. 33. 27. 9 T French and Knott sailed for India, 1869. Underneath are the 10 W Thy years shall not fail, Heb. 1. 12. (everlasting arms, Deu.33.27. 11 T 1st Miss. Sermon at Lagos, 1852. The word of our God shall 12 F Eternal power and Godhead, Ro. 1. 20. [stand for ever, Is.40.8. 13 S H. Venn died, 1873. Thou, O Lord, remainest for ever, La, 5. 19.

[ending, saith the Lord, Rev. 1. 8. 14 S 2nd aft. Epiph. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the

M. Is. 55. Matt. 8. 18. E. Is. 57 or 61. Acts 8. 26. 15 M 1st Arrian baptisms, 1852. Called us unto His eternal glory, 16 T The living God, and stedfast for ever, Dan. 6. 26. (1 Pet.5.10. 17 W The high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, Is. 57. 15. 18 T The King eternal, immortal, invisible, 1 Tim. 1. 17. 19 F Who only hath immortality, 1 Tim. 6. 16. Lyears, 2 Pet. 3. 8. 20 S Tinnevelly Centenary, 1880. One day is with the Lord as 1000

[Thou art God, Ps. 90. 2, 21 S Septuagesima. Before the mountains were brought forth...

21. Ge. 1. & 2. to 4. Rev. 21.1-9. E. Ge. 2. 4, or Job 38. Rev. 21. 9 to 22. 6. 22 M J. Vaughan d., 1882. Thou, O Lord, shalt endare for ever,

Ps. 102. 12.] [from of old, from everlasting, Mic. 5. 2. 23 T): Henry Venn' launched, 1878. Whose goings forth have been 24 W From everlasting to everlasting Thou art God, Ps. 90. 2. 25 T Conv. St. Paul. The Lord shall be thine everlasting light, Is. 26 F I am He that liveth, Rev. 1. 18.

160.20. 27 S Behold, I am alive for evermore, Rev. 1. 18.

[ations, Ps. 90. 1. 28 S Sexagesima. Thou hast been our dwelling-place in all gener

M. Ge. 3. Ma 15. 21. E. Ge. 6 or 8. Acts 17.1-16. 29 M Nyanza reached, 1877. The counsel of the Lord standeth for

[ever, Ps. 33. 11. 30 T The thoughts of His heart to all generations, Ps. 33. 11. 31 W Islington Coll. op., 1825. This God is our God for ever, Ps. 48.14.

need again and again to stay ourselves on One that is mighty. We shall find rest in dwelling upon His attributes, as we severally need their re-assuring comfort; on His Omniscience, His Omnipotence, His Omnipresence.

Are we looking this way and that way, eager for work, yet doubtful what to do? Our path is all marked out by One who cannot err ; let us look up and listen to hear His sweet voice say, “This is the way, walk ye in it." He will never chill our ardour, nor repress our enthusiasm, for both are His gifts; but He will temper our zeal with prayerful patience, and then send us onward, rejoicing.

Are we hedged about with difficulties, sowing much and reaping nothing? Ah, the Lord's mighty hand can extricate us from every seeming hindrance. Let us cling to the safe, sure refuge of faith in One who neither fails nor forsakes His own children. For if we can look up with clear and trusting eye, and call Him from the very depths of the heart“ our own,' He look down with approval and whisper the assurance that He acknowledges us as His own also. We need no more than this, till time shall be lost in the bright ocean of eternity.

And what can we say of His Omnipresence? It is this which makes us glad as we write, the feeling that He is everywhere, by night and by day, protecting His dear ones and ours, so that we need not mar the peace He loves to bestow by faithless broodings over what may be. Surely all the experience of past years has been only goodness and mercy. The woes we dreaded have never come; the menacing cloud has dropped on our path in a soft

, refreshing shower. We have found Him all He has promised to be, and as we journey on, we would say to each and all, Only trust Him; trust our own God. Thoughts such as these will bear us onward in happy assur

If the New Year is to bring us accumulated work and responsibility, His secret support will make us a wonder unto many. If we are to be laid aside, He will give us songs in the night of affliction ; and if we are to be called home, what will that be to those who have leaned upon and loved Him? Oh, let us be up and doing through all this glad New Year, trusting ever, doubting never, certain that all must prosper, according to the will and the rich blessing of " our own God.” A. M. V.




I.-Our Own God. “God, even our own God, shall bless us.Ps. lxvii. 6. E are entering on a New Year. We stand on holy

ground. The Hand of Mercy has drawn a veil over the future of life's wide, wild sea, and ere our frail bark sails onward, we crave an anchor of the soul

both sure and steadfast. Here we find it, in three precious weighty words, “Our Own God.” Is not this a fitting New Year's motto to cherish in our hearts until the day break, and we see Him as He is ? Let us rest our anxious souls upon this sweet strong truth. Let us make it our spring carol, our summer shadow, our autumn jubilee, our winter cordial. Come joy or sorrow, peace or perplexity, all will blend in holy harmony, if accepted as the wise discipline of our own God.

At a season like this, the GLEANER would fain reach out the warm hand of sympathy to all the faithful workers in its many harvest fields, and our motto seems to draw us very close with cords of Christian love. Though parted in seeming, we all look up to the same blue heavens ; we all rejoice in the same bright sun. Go forth, dear wondrous words, and cheer the desponding, comfort the weary, and give a glad impetus to the successful and the happy. Is He not God, and is He not our own? blessed union of earthly weakness with almighty strength !

What is hidden within the hours of this New Year ? For each of us much joy; much sorrow also for most. We shall

OUR NEW YEAR PRAYER. “Ask of Me and I will give thee the heathen for thine

AVIOUR, plead on! our hearts are sorely yearning,

Longing to see the kingdoms made Thine own;
For all our life is spent in winning many

Soul-gems to jewel Thine eternal crown.
Saviour, plead on! for we, Thy workmen, labour

Daily Thy glorious temple to upraise;
Strange stones of beauty, dug from midnight darkness,

Lay we before Thy feet, to give Thee praise.
Saviour, plead on! this New Year brightly dawning

May see Thee owned by all as God and King!
What care we then, though tears of blood were needed,

Or if we bought Thy crown by suffering?
Saviour, plead on! and claim Thy Father's promise;

Stand forth as God's appointed Heir of All;
Let every kingdom, every people, see Thee,

And at Thy coming Feet, adoring, fail.
Saviour, plead on the cry of all creation

Echoes Thy prayer, and rises up to heaven,
Oh! may this year, so young in hope and promise,
See Thee as King to all the heathen given !


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ARCHBISHOP TAIT AND THE CHURCH he was one of the speakers at the C.M.S. Anniversary at Exeter MISSIONARY SOCIETY.

Hall, when he moved the 2nd Resolution, which, curiously

enough, was seconded by the Rev. Francis Close, who afterwards T is not necessary for the GLEANER to commemorate succeeded him in the Deanery of Carlisle.

the general work and life of the good Archbishop It was in 1856 that Dr. Tait was appointed to the see of of Canterbury whose death on Advent Sunday has London, and in the next twenty years he spoke nine times for been so universally mourned. But it will interest our the Society at Exeter Hall, five times as Bishop and four times as

readers to know something of his connection with Archbishop of Canterbury. Eight of these were anniversary the Church Missionary Society, more especially as this is a sub-meetings; the other was a great meeting in connection with the ject not touched upon in the newspaper notices.

Indian Mutiny, held on Jan. 12th, 1858, on which occasion the No. 2 of the Fundamental Laws of the Society says, “ The Bishop referred to General Havelock, and added, “There was a office of Patron of the Society shall be reserved for members of day in England when psalm-singing soldiers showed that they the Royal Family; and that of VICE-PATRON for His Grace the were not to be despised ”- -an allusion which elicited one of the Primate of all England, if, being a member of the Society, he loudest bursts of cheering we ever heard in the Hall. shall accept the

in 1859,

the office;" and the last

Bishop of London four Archbishops of

preached the Annual Canterbury have


St. filled this office of

Bride's, His text Vice-Patron in suc

was Ps. ii. 8—“Ask cession. Dr. Tait,

of Me, and I shall however, did not

give thee the heathen wait for his Primacy,

for thine inheritance, even for his

and the uttermost elevation to tho

parts of the earth Episcopate, to be ADVENT SUNDAY,

for thy possession." associated with the

Dr. Tait was not Society. His name


great as a preacher can be traced in the " Daving served his own generation by the will of God,

in comparison with Annual Reports for fell on sleep."-ACTS XIII. 36.

what he was as a forty-five years back. "TWith goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not

speaker ; but this From 1837 to 1842, to men."-EPH. VI. 7.

sermon reads at the in the contribution

present day very list of the Oxford

Saint after saint on earth
Rest from thy loved employ; Has lived, and loved and died,

impressively. In Association, Enter thy Master's joy.

after years it was Rev. A. C. Tait,

We laid them down to sleep,

his habit, when he Fellow of Balliol,”

was not coming to Rest in thy Saviour's joy. Come, then, Lord Jesu, come! appears as a sub

the Tuesday's meetscriber. In the lat

ing, to be present ter year he became "Surely I come quickly: Amen. Even so, come,

at the Monday's Head Master of ILord Jesus."-REV. XXII. 20.

sermon ; and the Rugby School, and

last time he attended at once accepted the

was when the preoffice of Vice-Presi

sent Bishop of dent of the Rugby

Rochester preached, C.M. Association,

in 1880. which his great pre

It has been the decessor Arnold had

custom for the Archheld before him. On

bishop of Canterthe C.M.S. Jubilee

bury, on his first Day, Nov. 1st, 1848,

appearance as Vicehe preached in Rug

Patron at the Annual by School Chapel; and every year since then what is called the Meeting, to take the chair instead of the President. Dr. Tait

· Fox Sermon " has been preached there, in memory of H. W. did so in 1869, only a few months after he became Primate. In Fox, a Rugby boy who was one of the founders of the C.M.S. 1872, 1874, and 1877, he sat on Lord Chichester's right hand. Telugu Mission, the offertory being given to a fund for supporting His speeches on all these three occasions were important. That a “Rugby-Fox Master” in the C.M.S. “Noble High School” at of 1874 was noteworthy for a memorable passage which has often Masulipatam. On that very occasion when Dr. Tait preached, been quoted since :there was a boy present in the chapel who afterwards became a In my particular position, I have communications weekly from almost C.M.S. missionary, and actually held that very mastership, the every part of the earth. The Churches throughout the world which are Rev. John Sharp, now Secretary of the Bible Society.

in communion with the Church of England are continually applying to When Dr. Tait went to Carlisle as Dean in 1850, he at once

the centre, and their applications generally come through myself; and I became Vice-President of the Carlisle C.M. Association, being race, there this Society is at work, and not only at work, but at work in

can testify that wherever the sun shines upon the miseries of the human the first Dean of Carlisle to take the office. In the following year he opened the cathedral for the first time to the

In that same speech he referred to the fact that he had Society, and himself preached the sermon; and its claims have recently consecrated five C.M.S. missionaries to be Colonial or from that time been annually set forth from that pulpit. In 1855

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The front figures represent the principal persons actually present that day, and in most cases in the very seats they occupied. The Earl of Chichester is in the chair. On his right (our left) are the Archbishop, the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol, Bishop Perry, Bishop Ryan, and Prebendary Daniel Wilson. Behind the Bishops are the Rev. Henry Wright and Canon (now Bishop) Ryle. On the President's left (our right) are Lord Northbrook (who spoke next after the Archbishop), the Dean of Ripon (Dr. Fremantle), Bishop Crowther, Canon Hoare, and Sir W. Muir. Behind the Dean will be seen Captain Maude and the Rev. G. E. (now Bishop) Moule. The Archbishop said :

“We have reason to be thankful to Almighty God for the progress which this Society has made and is still making. It is always refreshing to hear the Report of this Society-not an imaginary picture of imaginary triumphs, but a real business-like statement of the exact degree of progress which is made year by year.


Missionary Bishops, and said, “From personal acquaintance

STORY OF A HINDU WIDOW. with them, I believe no men adorn that office anywhere more convinced of the greatness of its responsibilities, or more able to

By her Nephew. answer to those responsibilities, from a thorough understanding of

HE accompanying letter, which I have translated, illustrates the business which in God's name they have undertaken." These

several points : (1) that all widows among the heathen are five were Bishops Royston of Mauritius, Russell of North China,

not badly treated; (2) that all women among them are not Horden of Moosonee, Bompas of Athabasca, and Burdon of Vic

illiterate ; (3) that Native Christians are many of them toria, Hong Kong. In after years the Archbishop consecrated

most exemplary evangelists. See the earnestness of that three more C.M.S. men, viz., Bishops Speechly of Travancore, woman seizing her feet. They would never do such a thing except under Ridley of Caledonia, and Moule of Mid-China. He also ordained

very urgent pressure of feeling.

R. R. MEADOWS. a great many of the Society's missionaries, both as Bishop of London and as Archbishop of Canterbury.

Most Reverend Sir,--In obedience to your order I am giving below a, But all this refers only to his public work. In private he was short history of Gnana Pakkiam Ammal. She is one of my father's three always the Society's cordial friend and wise counsellor. In the sisters. She was married at 15, but ten years afterwards, at the age of 25, Memoir of Henry V'enn there is a very interesting passage re

she lost her lord. As she had no child she came back, according to our

Indian custom, to live at her father's house. As she was so young a specting a conversation Mr. Venn had with him, when he had widow, her father and mother, brothers and sisters, loved her exceedingly, only just been nominated to the see of London :

At that time my father, who is now dead, sold her jewels for her, and October 30th, 1856.- To Addington at 1 o'clock. At 2 the party

with the money at one time carried on trade, at another time put it out assembled for luncheon, and afterwards the Archbishop [Sumner) pro

to interest, increasing and spending it for her benefit. A house was also posed that Dr. Tait and I should walk with him in the park. We

built for her at Virdupatti. As she had no child she adopted her sister's remained out for more than two hours, sauntered about the grounds, and sat

daughter and gave her in marriage to me, managing my house for me, on the benches, and I was permitted to join in a deeply-interesting con

and in every respect being a mother to me. A long time afterwards my versation upon a variety of points connected with the future duties of the

stepfather brought ber from Virdupatti and established her in my house Bishop-elect. On many matters more immediately connected with the

in Sivagasi. As my father was one of her three brothers, I became an C.M.S., such as the ordination of candidates, the principles upon which

inheritor of a third part of the property. She was, naturally, a worshipper Missions must be conducted, &c., I received the most cordial and satis

of the Hindu gods, but she had a strong will and a passionate disposition. factory assurances. We also discussed the questions connected with City

Through her my stepfather and I put our trust in the same gods. Missions-open air preaching-lay assistance, &c., and I felt very thank

When by the grace of God I became a Christian she suffered intense ful for the prospects of the diocese under its new superintendence.

grief. She took back her money which I had on interest and went back

to Virdupatti. On the day that I and my wife and children were bapIn later years, Mr. Wright, who had the deepest respect and tized she was so overwhelmed with grief that she attempted at Virdupatti affection for the Archbishop, and great confidence in his judg- to commit suicide. But my God did not permit it, this we are quite sure ment, was in very frequent personal communication with him; and of. Afterwards, whenever we went to Virdupatti, we behaved ourselves in particular, the Society must ever be grateful for his wise and

with great patience and submission towards her, and got nearer and nearer

to her in love. Her younger brother, my father, and my mother, bad well-timed interposition in the Ceylon difficulties. And only

been a long time before dead. These she looked upon as gods ; offered to shortly before his death, communications were received from his them food, cakes, clothes, &c., thought of and worshipped them, and supbedside regarding the Sierra Leone Bishopric.

plied their supposed wants. But whenever I went to see her I used by the In his last speech at a C.M.S. anniversary, in 1877, there were

help of God to tell her of the Lord Jesus Christ. words which may fitly be quoted in conclusion. The meeting

One day my wife and I had to go there, at the same time that a new

convert and his wife from Mathavanāyakkanūr, friends of mine, had also that year was held in the midst of the Ceylon controversies. His wife spoke to her very earnestly about salvation, saying, The Archbishop naturally refrained from giving any direct “You must repent and turn to the Lord," and attempting to seize her by opinion upon them ; but he spoke these solemn words :-“You the feet. To her entreaties she replied, “You must not seize me by the are right in maintaining that you will not flinch from those

feet, I will repent.” “If so, then,” said she, "you must now join with great principles which you have announced, and from those

me in prayer.” 'No," she replied, “I will pray when I wish, do you

pray now.” Immediately she and my wife went inside her house and doctrines which have not only been your watchword ever since prayed for her. It was five in the evening when they prayed. At pine this Society was founded, but which, throughout the world, o'clock, when she brought my food, she said, “How could I pray, clothed wherever there are pious souls, are the comfort and sustaining

in a garment which I had consecrated to the devil ?” I replied, “The power that bear those souls through great emergencies, and enable

Lord looks at your heart; say, Lord, have mercy upon me a sinner." I them to face death with calmness.''

pointed out to her Matt. vi. 5, 6, exhorted her to much private prayer, Yes: the great truths which

and gave her a gospel, for she could read. When she got to her own the Church Missionary Society proclaims are exactly those on house she had it constantly read to her. She would frequently send for which the dying can rest their faith and hope, and which give them Abraham, the schoolmaster, and ask him to read it to her, and began to a peace that passeth understanding. And upon them, we are

pray in private. But she was ashamed to come to our church and persuaded, the Archbishop himself reposed as he passed through anpatti

, and knowing this read to her Matt. x. 32, 33. From that day

acknowledge herself a Christian. Pālappa Nadan one day went to Virthe dark valley into the light of everlasting life.

forward she went to church.

At that time she came to Sivagasi and was baptized by Mr. Horsley in

1877, and continued to walk in the fear of the Lord, controlling her “ THE GOOD NEWS IN AFRICA.”

temper and her tongue, and living in the peace of God and comfort. We do not systematically review books in the GLEANER. That duty

Then she returned to Virdupatti, collected all her property, and came is left to the Intelligencer. But we wish specially to recommend a book

back to Sivagasi to my house. Knowing how ill instructed she was herlately published by Messrs. Seeley, The Good News in Africa,and any

self, and what an advantage it would be if girls were from early youth who purchase it on our recommendation will certainly thank us for

taught in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, she resolved to establish naming it. It is a series of sketches of missionary enterprise in Africa ;

a girls' school. For this purpose she has given over three bazaars of hers and of seventeen chapters, ten are occupied with C.M.S. work-Sierra

worth 1,200 rupees. At present she pays monthly 2 rupees to the Leone, Yoruba, the Niger, East Africa, the Nyanza Mission. The

mistress, reserving the remainder for her own support. After her death authoress is that “sister of the Rev. E. H. Bickersteth” who wrote the

the whole of it will go to the school. She is anxious to build a schoolroom, Children's Edition of “Half os Much Again," and it is she who is now

and has bought a piece of ground at 150 rupees for it. writing the story of the New Zealand Mission for our own pages.

This grace of God to our town is like a great miracle. The heathen

think well of Christianity, and now see that there is after all nothing PLANTS FOR SALE FOR C.M.S.-“E. H.," Vicarage, Corbridge-on-Tyne, has

injurious in teaching girls to read. May the gracious God bless these fine seedling plants of wall-flower, ready now to forward at 1s. per dozen,

poor efforts, and make our fellow-townsmen acknowledge Jesus as their postage paid." [In November we inserted a similar notice from “M, G., Post Saviour. I humbly beg of you to pray to our Heavenly Father for this Office, Biggleswade, Beds." Letters sent there have been returned by the Post thing. G Pakk Ammal 76 years old. She cannot do more Office, as contrary to regulations. “M. G." must name his residence.]

than walk to church.





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prepare its readers to understand current reports of missionary

work. And as India would not come round again for a year or E are grateful to the writer of the following letter, the two, the purpose of the plan would not be attained. But we Rev. J. T. Kingsmill, Vice-Principal of St. Aidan's propose, every three months, as suggested, to take a subject, to

, College, Birkenhead, and a local Hon. Sec. for the recommend two or three books upon it for senior and junior C.M.S., for the very valuable suggestion offered by readers, and also to name any others that may also be referred

him. He is quite right in saying that very few to if accessible. This will enable us to mention some old books even of those who are really interested in missionary work, and which cannot now be purchased, but which are in many parochial warmly support it for the Master's sake, have any clear know- and clerical libraries. We can also indicate particular volumes ledge of the history, surroundings, trials and triumphs, of Foreign or numbers of the Intelligencer and Gleaner. Missions. If they read the C.M. Intelligencer or Gleaner, they We suggest, therefore, as a subject for January, February, and get glimpses of what is now going on; but a great part of it does March, “ Missions to Mohammedans in Palestine, Persia, Egypt, not interest them deeply, because they do not know what went &c.,” which are of such pre-eminent interest to us all just now. before. Mr. Kingsmill's plan is designed to remedy this. But No one book for any grade of readers can be specially named ; he shall speak for himself :

but the following are all valuable in their different ways : THE LITERATURE OF MISSIONS.

Mission Life in Greece and Palestine. Memorials of Mary Baldwin. DEAR MR. EDITOR,— I have often thought that the cause of Foreign

By Mrs. Pitman. (With an Appendix on Missions in Palestine generally.) Missions might be greatly helped forward, and at the same time much

The Daughters of Syria. Seelers, 1871. spiritual good done to the Church at home, by the systematic and con

Memorials of Bishop Boren. Nisbet & Co., 1862. secutive study of missionary literature. At present many are dependent

Far Off. Part II. Asia. (For Children.) Hatchards. for information on the annual sermon or meeting in their immediate

Ragged Life in Egypt. By Miss M. L. Whately. Seeleys. neighbourhood, or the occasional glancing over a report or periodical.

More about Ragged Life in Egypt. By the same. Seeleys. There is no foundation whereon to set these loose stones and bricks of

Christian Researches. By the Rev. W. Jowett. (Published in 1824.) information, and consequently there is nothing but a confused heap of

Narrative of Islain. S.P.C.K. ideas in the mind, instead of a temple of missionary knowledge, with its

Notes on Mohammedanism. By Rev. T. P. Hughes. centre court for India, its great side aisles for China and Africa, its porch

The Faith of Islam. By the Rev. E. Sell. Trübner & Co. for America ; one transept for Palestine and Persia, and another for Japan

Articles on Missions to Mohammedans, in the C. M. Intelligencer, Jan., and New Zealand, all adorned with statues of famous and devoted mis

1876; Feb., March, Oct., 1877 ; Dec., 1881 ; Jan., 1882. sionaries, and enriched with records of their lives and labours.

Canon Tristram's Report on the Palestine Mission, C.M. Intelligencer, I do not altogether blame readers and hearers for this lack of knowledge

Sept., 1881. and order. Many of them would gladly read more and to better purpose

Articles on Persia and the Persia Mission, in the C.M. Intelligencer, if they knew how to set about it. I think the GLEANER might help in

Nor. and Dec., 1881, and Jan, and Feb., 1882. By the Rev. Dr. R. Bruce. this matter, if the editor would kindly suggest from time to time suitable

Articles on Missionary Life in Palestine, in the C.M. Gleaner, Jan. to books. We have our Shakspeare Societies, our Ruskin Societies, our

July, 1882. By Miss L. H. H. Tristram. Browning Societies, pledged to the study of the works of these writers.

Damascus and its People. By Mrs. Mackintosh. Seeleys, 1882. There are also reading societies, the members of which are bound to We earnestly pray that it may please God to bless this plan ; read a certain number of hours in the week. Could we not also have a

to multiply the readers of missionary books and periodicals; and Missionary Reading Society which all readers of the GLEANER might join ? I would suggest that three lists of twelve books each should be drawn

to deepen in many hearts a sense of responsibility to send the up, adapted for senior readers (including clergymen, who need this in- Gospel to those still lying in darkness and the shadow of death. formation as much as any one), younger persons, and children; that one set should be mentioned in the GLEANER every three months, and so the course," like a college course, would last three years. The list should be

MEN'S WORKING PARTIES. so selected as to carry the reader in the three years over all the principal

To the Editor, mission fields, not excluding notices of other Societies than the C.M.S. Were this plan adopted, I am sure that our parochialand general missionary

IR, -I think every lady whose heart is in Mission work ought meetings would soon show more point, aim, and earnestness, the spiritual

either to have a working party on its behalf, or to be a member of progress of all Church work would be quickened, and, what is a point of

one; but the idea of a men's working party was new to me until incalculable importance, a constant supply of attractive and profitable

last week, when I heard there was a very successiul ope at Worthing. I rearling for Sundays would be provided, and hours would be devoted to it

mentioned the subject on Sunday evening to my men's Bible-class, and which are now wasted in idle and unprofitable conversation, or spent in

they took it up immediately. I said to the blacksmith, “I fear your work secular reading. To illustrate my plan I shall give an example, taking

must be done at home; what do you think you could do?” “Oh! I could India as the subject :

make tools for the rest." I looked at a former soldier and said, “I dare

say you used to work while you were in the army; what can you do ?” Senior Readers The Trident, the Crescent, and the Cross. By the “I can knit rags, but I have no cloth now.'' Oh," said the tailor, “I

Rev. J. Vaughan. Price 9s. 6d. Longmans. Middle Readers ... Life of the Rev. Henry Martyn. New Edition, 5s.

can give you some strips for that.” I said to the baker, “ We all know

what you can do--you can bake a loaf of bread.” Oh yes, certainly I Seeley, Jackson & Halliday.

can do that.” I believe all will try to do something. Junior Readers ... Far Of Part II.-Asia. Łatchards.

* Saviour, Thy dying love Thou gavest me, I have been recommending such a course of reading to Sunday-school

Nor should I aught withhold, my Lord, from Thee. teachers in this neighbourhood, and have been endeavouring to increase

In love my soul would bow, the circulation of the GLEANERamongst them. I have been trying to secure

My heart fulfil its vow, promises to take the GLEANER, and have secured about 200 readers.

Some offering bring Thee now, As in other book clubs, to save expense the one set of books could be

Something for Thee.” ordered every three months for each Sunday-school by the Sunday-school

S. C. E, teachers who wished to read them.

J. T. K. Birkenhead, October, 1882.

DEAR SIR,-In case none of your subscribers have tried a Men's

Working Party for the C.M.S., let me tell you how well the plan is We do not think it is possible to carry out Mr. Kingsmill's prospering here. A lady who has a Bible-class of married men and lads plan exactly as he suggests, because the choice of books is a

proposed to them to meet her every Tuesday evening during the winter great difficulty. There are plenty of them, but they would not

for two hours' work. They took to the idea at once, and threw all their

hearts into it, and are quite as quick in learning as always fit in to the grades of readers proposed. Thus in the The men knit, net, do woul-work--some are making a hearth-rug of case of India, which he gives as an illustration, no book could snips of cloth beyged from the tailors and friends, who turn out their be better than Mr. Vaughan's Trident, Crescent, and Cross as an

drawers, and another is doing Macrama lace for a chimney-piece. The introduction to Indian Missions ; and for children the chapters I trust this account may encourage other teachers to do the same.

idea has been copied by a lady with a similar class in a Burks village, and in Far Ojj' are of course admirable ; but the Life of H. Martyn, Worthing.

M. A, B. although a book which every one should read, would not at all [This is a happy idea. We trust it will be widely adopted.-ED.]


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