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“The People's Magazine” well deserves the reputation it has acquired in the second year of its publication. Ably edited, well illustrated-ofttimes with a coloured frontispiece-varied, instructive, and interesting in its contents, we are bound to give it our hearty approval.
“The Sword and the Trowel” evinces much of the downright matter-of-fact character of its editor; good, serviceable, wrought-iron prose is its staple, and the need for a running story, sensational or otherwise, does not appear to be felt in this instance. A decidedly sledge-hammer style predominates, and though in some instances the blows may appear to miss their mark (to the manifest hazard of the striker), there can be no doubt as to their power for execution when they fall, as they generally do, with unmistakable directness. 'We would not willingly miss this unique monthly.
“Our Own Fireside," and "Golden Hours," with their varied contents-fact and fiction, poetry and prose—are attractive and interesting.
“The Christian Treasury,” and “The Family Treasury,” pursue a kindred work in very similar fashion, relying on their letter-prees, which is good, sterling stuff.
“The Museum and English Journal of Education” is full of valuable information ; its notices of educational systems, of education at home and abroad, proceedings of societies, pickings from blue-books, records of the month, &c., are of permanent value. The prominent aspects of the present transition state are ably indicated and discussed.
“The Homilist” and “The Pulpit Analyst” continue their course—the latter under new management, with a most able staff of contributors, English and Continental. Teachers as well as preachers should see these periodicals at least occasionally.
“Mission Life" and "The Net” are devoted to records of missionary operations, the trials and triumphs of mission workers.
“The Mothers' Friend” is really what its title indicates. "Merry and Wise” is still deservedly popular with the young folks, and “The Children's Hour” is a charming little magazine for the same important class.
“Old Jonathan, the District and Parish Helper,” is an attractive and useful broadsheet, presenting gospel truth in plain and simple form.
“The Sunday Teacher's Treasury” and “The Sabbath School Magazine rendering good service in the same department as ourselves.
In glancing through the various magazines we have met with very many familiar, well-remembered articles extracted from Sunday School Union periodicals; we gladly welcome this testimony to their worth, and, indeed, have had our own opinion of their value somewhat raised by this circumstance.
We are reminded, in this connection, of an incident which occurred some little time ago : the editor of one of the Union periodicals received from a correspondent a magazine article, which the same correspondent deemed exceedingly suitable for insertion in a forthcoming number. Mr. Editor, in reply, intimated his concurrence in opinion as to the quality of the extract, but added, “Our readers have already been benefited by its perusal.” The piece in question had originally appeared in his magazine had been copied into others, had found its way into extensive circulation on the other side of the Atlantic—had reappeared in the pages of a contemporary, and finally was brought back the source from whence it emanated, with this testimony to its merit and usefulness.
Notices of Books. Peggy, and other Tales. London : frame of mind and personal circum
Cassell, Petter, and Galpin. Pp. 217. stances of the reader, and may confirm The incidents of these tales are not im- despondency and doubt, instead of probable, but we can scarcely say as ministering to progress in divine life. much of the language attributed to However, there are some spiritual little Peggy.
as well as physical appetites, which It strikes us as rather too fine and derive nourishment from every kind of sentimental, and as though in an en- food, and probably not a few Christians deavour to avoid vulgarity the writer who now habitually read such works, had gone a little too far in the other and, upon the whole, profit therein ; direction.
to such we can most cordially recomIn spite of this defect, however, the mend this latest production of Rey. children wiil be delighted with the C. H. Spurgeon, whose companion book. It is all about children and work, “Morning by Morning,” is al. their doings, and written with a cer- ready favourably known. tain pathos which is sure to interest It is characterized by the terse, panthe little ones.
gent, have-at-ye-all style of the author,
and is eminently calculated to arouse Evening by Evening; or, Readings at
thought, and make an abiding impresEventide, for the Family or the
sion upon the mind. Closet. By C. H. Spurgeon. London: The author, in his preface, says, Passmore and Alabaster. Pp. 400.
“We have striven to keep out of the ANOTHER of a now very nume rous
common track, and hence we have class of books, intended to stimulate used unusual texts, and have brought introspection by offering brief reflec
forward neglected subjects. The vice tions upon passages of Scripture selected
of many religious works is their dulfor perusal day by day, the year through - from this we have striven to be (or, as in this instance, “evening by free : our friends must judge how far evening”).
successfully." “Bogatsky's Golden Treasury
We are satisfied that its readers will formerly almost the sole representative consider both these aims have been of this particular method of edifica- fully accomplished. tion, and many exemplary Christians have, no doubt, plodded systematically
The Lambs of our Flock; why are they through the "
daily portion” of this not folded ? By W. Binns. Sunday orthodox, but withal prosy divine.
School Union, 56, Old Bailey. 1d. We are not by any means certain This paper was published by request of that this daily administration of a
the Halifax union, of which the author religious stimulant is an unmixed good,
is an active member. It is written in or even whether, with many, it does a tender, earnest spijit, and ably adnot take the place of a daily perusal of vocates the early admission of the young the Word itself.
to the church. It must of necessity sometimes hap- It has had a large local circulation, pen that the portion for the day is but it should be in the hands of every singularly unsuited to the particular teacher.
SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.
At the monthly meeting of Committee on 16th October, 26 libraries (8 for London and 18 for the country) were granted, to the amount of £120.
New gift-books for the young (twopence and threepence) are about to be published.
A shilling edition of " Jesus the Way” was ordered to be published.
The first part of the “ American Sacred Songster” had met with a good sale, and has had to be reprinted.
Two lectures on “The Model of the Tabernacle” were given on 12th October ; attendance, 43 and 34.
Number of subscribers to the library, 1,162, of whom 269 are scholars.
The weekly meetings of the Training Class are continued with interest. Preparation classes have been conducted, on 14th October by Rev. D. Russell, of Edmonton, and on 4th November by Mr. Brain, President of the class. A lesson to a scripture class was given by Mr. S. Bull on 21st October, and one to an infant class by Miss Aviolet on 11th November.
The senior scholars' meetings on Tuesday evenings have been highly appreciated. Next month we will resume our account of these important gatherings.
An able and highly instructive lecture on “The Hebrew Race; its Heroes, Literature, Condition, and Destiny,” was delivered on 2nd November by Rev. James D. Brocklehurst. We regret we cannot this month give the space necessary to report the lecture.
The Committee have resolved to publish a volume of “Hours with my Class,” consisting of a selection from the articles which appeared under that title in the Union Magazine.
A new musical serial, at twopence per number, to be called “The Chimes,” is preparing for publication. It will be tastily printed on toned paper. The first number will consist of Christmas pieces.
SOUTH.— A £3 library voted for West Kent Park School, Forest Hill.
East.—Libraries voted, —£9 for Whitechapel Church School, and £3 for Trinity School, Walthamstow. The latter school and Burdett Road School, Stepney, have been received into connection. Mr. P. Phillips gave two evenings of sacred song, at Bethnal Green Road Chapel on 6th October, and at Bow Baptist Chapel on 15th October. Both meetings were fully attended, and excited great interest. An illuminated vote of thanks, engrossed on vellum, and handsomely framed, has been presented by the Committee to Mr. John Smither, on his retirement from the treasurership.
WEST.-Three libraries voted. --£9 to West End School, Hammersmith, £3 to Acton Baptist School, and £3 to Child's Hill Mission School. The following grants have been made :--£4 19ş. 6d. for rent of Allsop Mews School, £2 10s. towards rent of Rose Street School, 13s. towards rent of Weir's Passage School; books and school requisites to schools at Allsop Mews, Spring Vale, Hammersmith, and South Row, Kensal Town. An evening of sacred song was given by Mr. Philip Phillips, at Regent's Park Chapel, on 12th October. Colonel Griffin presided ; 1,800 persons present. Rev. A. McMillan, of Craven Hill Chapel, has given a collection, which 'amounted to £20, on behalf of the Jubilee Hall, and deputations have been appointed to wait upon other ministers to solicit similar assistance.
LAMBETH.A new schoolroom, to hold 300 children, has been erected in connection with and adjoining Grove Chapel, Camberwell. "A library, £6, voted for Marlborough Branch School. On 20th October Rev. Charles Boutell; M.A., gave a lecture at Walworth Road Chapel on the Exploration of Palestine. The autumnal meeting of the Auxiliary was held on 15th September in Sutherland Chapel Schoolroom. D. H. Allport, Esq., presided. Reports were presented from 16 schools.
ISLINGTON.-New class-rooms for senior scholars have been completed at Salters' Hall Chapel. Junction Road School, Upper Holloway, has been received into connection.
SOUTH-WEST.-An autumnal social meeting was held at Westminster Chapel on 5th October. Rev. S. Martin presided. Addresses were delivered by Révs. J. Adcock, A. Hampson, and T. Alexander. Two simultaneous courses of teachers' preparation meetings have just commenced in Pimlico and Chelsea on Friday evenings. Each series was initiated by an evening of sacred song by Mr.
hillips. Mr. J. Pierce has been appointed Finance Secretary. BERMONDSEY.
Library voted for Manor Road School, Rotherhithe, £9. Russell Street School, Dockhead, has been closed. The annual conference was held on 29th September at Jamaica Road. Rev. J. Farren presided. Mr. Hartley introduced the subject, “Are Sunday Schools going down ?" and the discussion was well sustained. On 8th October Mr. P. Phillips gave an evening of sacred song. Upwards of 800 persons were present. Arrangements have been made for holding a series of week-night religious services for the young. They were commenced in two districts of the Auxiliary on 12th October. Sermons especially for the young are preached in each district, and devotional meetings held during the week.
The schools of the Penzance union were visited on Sunday, the 25th October, by Mr. Brain. In the afternoon the scholars of the schools in union and those of the Wesleyan interest assembled in the Baptist Chapel, and were addressed by Mr. Brain, who also addressed the teachers at a united prayer meeting after the even.
ing service. The visit was very opportune, and
was highly appreciated by the teachers.
WINCANTON. The half-yearly meeting of the teachers connected with this union was held on October 26, Rev. J. E. Drover presiding. Mr. T. Brain attended as a deputation from the Sunday School Union in London.
with the prac
• The number of schools connected with gentleman gave a lesson to a class of childthe Wincantön unior has hitherto' been i ren in the presence of about fifty teachers. but five; efforts have, however, recently. On the following Tuesday at two o'clock a been made to induce the teachers of other conference of teachers was held at the schools in the neighbourhood to unite, Baptist Chapel, presided over by Rev. J. and these efforts have been to some ex- S. Binder..: After singing and prayer by tent successful, as teachers from four | Rev. J. Mathews, Mr. Brain read a pracother schools, 1-were present at this tical paper, subject, “How may a Sunday meeting. , 4 Reports from the sehools school teacher become popular in his were, read giving some account of the class and successful in his work?” a subpast half-year's labours, and being gene- ject which had been selected by the local rally of an encouraging character. committee. There were above 100 teachers
Mr. Brain then addressed the meeting, and five ministers present; many of whom dwelling especially on the duty and privi- took part in an animated discussion which lege of Sunday school teachers to do some- followed, and suggested many queries, Is thing for the Saviour. Several teachers it imperative that teachers should be conasked questions, to, which Mr. Brain re- verted? Are rewards to scholars desirable? plied. The subjects brought forward were- Will giving tasks to scholars make the Şeparate services; The Management of teacher popular? Is it desirable to read insubordinate
Preparation incidents, &c., in the class ? How can we classes; the Visitation of Absentees; and keep elder scholars ? &c., &c., which were various others connected
answered by the deputation. In the tical working of Sunday-schools. Arrange- evening a public meeting closed the enments were made for holding the next gagements of the anniversary. Messrs. meeting, and a cordial vote of thanks Brain, King, Councell, Porter, Revs. D. given to the deputation, and also to the Griffiths, J. Mathews, and T. Wood took chairman.
part in the meeting. Votes of thanks THORNBURY, GLOUCESTERSHIRE.
were given to the deputation and to the
chairman; singing and prayer closed this At a meeting held on Good Friday last, series of interesting, profitable, and longpresided over by J. Storrs Fry, Esq., it was 'to-be-remembered services, publicly inresolved to form a union; a committee augurating the Thornbury Sunday School
officers were elected, and the work Union. commenced. *. Public meetings in connection with this
PLYMOUTH. union being decided on, Mr. T. Brain The annual public meeting of the Plyattended as a deputation from London. mouth Sunday School Union was held at On Sunday morning, October 25th, he Sherwell Schoolroom, Plymouth, on 29th visited the three schools(Baptist, Independ. October; Mr. Rooker, the President of the ent and Wesleyan) in the town of Thorn- union, occupying the chair. bury. More teachers were present than The chairman, after the meeting had necessary for the instruction of the scholars been opened by singing and prayer, conattending morning school; à canvass of gratulated them upon the large numbers in the town would be advantageous, and good which they had met together that evening. schoolrooms and class-rooms are required. It was the first time they had been able to In a the afternoon the united schools of the
welcome them in that room. But it was not and neighbourhood, with their merely that that room had been built, but teachers, were addressed by the deputation in nearly every place of worship new in the Independent Chapel, which was
schoolrooms had been erected, or present well filled. After the address the same ones extended for the accommodation and