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Juvenile Crime; an Essay. By John Horiley, Darlington. London: Adams d Co. pp. 24. price 2tf.
This is an excellent essay, on a subject which in these times demands the increased attention of all well-wishers to the human family; it especially seeks to interest and draw out the sympathies of Sunday school teachers to that destitute class of children who are without the means of obtaining such knowledge as will enable them rightly to perform the religious and social duties of life, and who are in many instances, preparing for the prison or the penitentiary. The means it suggests for the removal of the causes of juvenile delinquency, and for the moral elevation and religious training of the Arabs of our towns and cities, are those best calculated to accomplish the philanthropic object of the writer.
"Every year," the essayist truly says, "thousands of poor victims go clown to a premature grave, uncared for and unwept, and in the dying agony of their sorrow, with loud sepulchral groans they cry—' no man careth for my soul.'"—p. 28.
If this social question is not promptly and effectually dealt with, it is not improbable but that ere very many years elapse, it may lead to an entire disruption of society.
Don't Say So; or, You May be Mistaken. A Story for Hard Times and all Times. By the Author of "Buy an Orange, Sir.'" pp. 126. Allen White. The Country Lad in Town. pp. 119. Sunny Scenes; or, Recollections of Continental Rambles among Men and Mountains, pp. 123. London: Book Society.
Three prettily got up Shilling volumes. The pictorial illustrations in the last of the three are very interesting, as depicting the scenes visited and described.
The object of the first is to illustrate the mistakes and evils into which a habit of hasty judgment of the conduct of others may lead us.
The second work on our list is the tale of a boy whose widowed mother refused the offer of a situation for him as pot-boy at the "Horse and Wagon," in the Haymarket. This came to the ears of William Peace, a kind teetotaller, of the Society of Friends, who procured him a situation as errand-boy in the house of Saxony, Bradford & Co., of Gutter Lane. Here he is noticed by Mr. Anderson, a member of the Young Men's Christian Association, who excites him to cultivate his mind, introduces him to a Sunday school, and is the means of preserving him from the dangers to which he was exposed. He becomes a decided Christian—advances in his position in the house—is made instrumental in the conversion of his employer—becomes a partner—and, on the day of his marriage to Miss Saxony, his old patron, William Peace, who was present, said to his mother with a quiet laugh, " It is clear to me, Elizabeth White, that thy son was not fit for a pot-boy at the ' Horse and Wagon,' in the Haymarket." . The last work is a sketch of a voyage up the Rhine and through Switzerland. It is written by a Minister, and bears the signature " R. R.," so that its authorship will not bo any mystery to our metropolitan readers, who will have no doubt as to its lively style.
SUNDAY SCHOOL TREATS.
I hold that these treats are not only productive of physical benefit to tie children, but that in the way I hart indicated, they may, by an earnest and wise teacher, be made powerful auxiliaries to the real work of the Sunday school,—leading young souls to Christ. They afford an opportunity for the
Permit me just to express my cordial i agreement with F. C. S. in bis condemnation of E. Y.'s remarks upon Sunday School Treats.
As a teacher, loving his work, and having great affection for his scholars, thinking it nobler to be the instrument
of leading even one of them to Jesus, display of the cheerfulness—aye, the than to be the discoverer of worlds, I am joyoumeu—ot true religion; and thus certain that whatever tends to increase in them, in a manner almost impossible the children's trust in me, and to make in the class> a lesson, unspoken, but them fonder of my company, is an none tne 'ess rea'» may be given to the addition to my power of influencing them children, the influence of which can for good. scarcely be over-estimated.
At our Annual Treats, were I to pull Every step a child takes towards a long and doleful face, and preach to my lo^ng h's teacher—if that teacher be boys upon the vanity of worldly things, | fillea with tQe Spirit of Christ, and haTe it is scarcely likely they would feel i no aim in life DlU to lead young hearts a very strong attraction to me, believe to Him—every such step, in reverence 1 in my great interest in them, or think j 8Peat !t> may °e a real step towards that my teachings respecting the happi-. an(l heaven.
ness of true piety were Bincere.
I do no such thing; while using every opportunity for urging the claims of the Saviour upon the personal attention of each one—while striving to the utmost that it shall not be said of me that I have neglected to warn them to "flee from the wrath to come," I take a deep interest in the little joys and sorrows of them all, am happy when they are, try to help them in their perplexities, and to increase their pleasures so far as I am able. So, in our Annual Treats, I join with them in their sports—and they are indeed well pleased to have me—and make myself in all things a child amongst the children, if haply I may win gome.
Children, as well as kittens, were made to play, and a genuine child-piety —not that which is copied from the deportment of older persons—will not repress this tendency, but sanctify it, so that in amusements as well as duties, in sports as well as worship, the Christlike character will be displayed.
Never, then, let our school feasts and trips be banished from our means of usefulness; but let us all strive to use them as opportunities for winning the hearts of our scholars, and for setting before them bright examples of christian cheerfulness and love.
I may add that another plan which I have found productive of much good, is to have my boys visit me at home by twos or threes on week-night evenings, when I shew them books, natural curiosities, and, what they are most fond of, microscopic objects'. These meetings—happy to myself and them— afford many opportunities for private enforcement of the Sabbath lessons; and we do not part until I offer a simple but earnest prayer that we may all be taught to love each other, and to love the Saviour who gave Himself for us.
Wishing with all my heart that E. T. may speedily experience more of the joy and liberty with which Christ—our eternal all in all—can make us free,
YORK ROAD CHAPEL YOUKG WOMEN'S
BIBLE CLASS. Report read at the Annual Tea Meeting,
Mid in the School Boom, on Wednesday
Evening, January 7th, 1863.
We have much pleasure in presenting the Third Annual Report of the Young Women's Bible Class, held in connection with the York Road Chapel.
This class has been in existence many years, and God has from time to time been pleased to own and bless the instructions received in leading many to decide for Christ, and to the good of most of those who have attended it.
The class meets every Sabbath afternoon for the purpose of gaining a practical acquaintance with the word of God, and is attended chiefly by young women, although it is not restricted to age, as it includes at the present time many who are more advanced.
The number of class members on the books in January, 1862, was 41; 37 members have been received during the present year, and 13 have left, making the total of 65 now on the books, showing an increase of 24. Out of the 13 who have left, 9 have received a Biblo as a token of affection, presented on behalf of the class by our esteemed pastor, who has kindly presided on these occasions.
During the year 9 have been received into church fellowship, making the number of communicants in the class 42.
Out of these, 8 have left us, cither through removals or to become teachers, leaving a total of 34 church members now on the books.
Prayer meetings in connection with the class are held as follows:
On the afternoon of the first Sabbath of every month, the time which is spent in the usual way on other Sabbaths is employed in devotional exercises, when
the divine blessing is sought, especially upon the labours of our much-loved president. A similar meeting is held on the third Sabbath of every month at the j close of the usual exercises, composed j of church members only, on behalf of the various members of the class who are in need of special sympathy and help.
Another of these meetings is held on the last Sabbath of the month before the morning service for the purpose of seeking a more abundant outpouring of the Holy Ghost upon the labours of those who are engaged in distributing religious tracts among the poor residing in the vicinity of the chapel.
In addition to these, all of whioh are held in the class room, the members meet every Tuesday evening, from halfpast seven till half-past eight, at Miss Sherratt's house, No. 8, Lambeth Boad, when prayer is offered for the general good and prosperity of the class. This has been attended by an average of 18
j throughout the year, and we rejoice to find that God has, in answer to our sup
! plications, poured out the spirit of prayer on many of our number. We feel assured that our prayers have not been in vain; that the Lord has been pleased to manifest his presence at these seasons, and many have been enabled to feel that it is good to meet together in such a way.
Besides these gatherings for prayer.inquirers are met every Saturday evening, from 7 to 8, by Miss Sherratt, at her house, for the purpose of imparting spiritual counsel and guidance to any who may be desirous to decide for Christ.
It has been already hinted that there is in connection with the Class a Society for the distribution of religious tracts among tho poor; and considering the short time we have been engaged in the work we have met with great encouragement, at least 16 have been induced to attend York Road Chapel, who seldom went to any place of worship, and we have every reason to hope they will become regular attendants, having expressed deep interest in the ministry of our Pastor. We have met with very little opposition, and that only where Roman Catholics have resided. A poor woman, who is a lodger in one of the houses, asked for one of the little books to be left for her, as she had two in the house and thought them very interesting; we are happy to say that we frequently meet with such requests.
We feel it exceedingly desirable that as many of our number as possible should be present at our monthly morning prayer meeting, as those who cannot assist in the work of tract distribution, may greatly help us by uniting their prayers with purs. The few who have met for this object have found the moments "sweet and rich in blessing," which they have spent together at the throne of grace, and God in his mercy has permitted us to see that our hearts' desires have not been expressed in vain.
The following has been collected during the year:—
Making a total of £8 6!
The Treasurer's Account is u follows: —
Collected for the Tract Society,
as above stated ... ... I li 9
Balance brought forward last year 1 11 3
Making the total Receipts £5 7 0
Leaving a Balance in hand of £1 5 10 A donation of 10s., included in the above, was kindly procured for us by oar esteemed pastor, and we feel it a duty | and privilege to express our gratitude for i his kindness in this instance, and for the earnest and loving appeals made by him on occasions like the present,and we taut that we may have for many years to come, the sympathy and co-operation of one whose ministry is so highly appreciated, and whose name will be ever dear to us all.
The members of the Class cannot close this brief Report without expressing their grateful sense of the continued diligence and kindness of their beloved teacher, Miss Sherratt, and earnest prayers that her valuable life may be long spared foe increased usefulness.
The event which has absorbed the interest of the whole country during the past month, has been the Marriage of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales with the Princess Alexandra, daughter of Prince Christian of Denmark. We spare our readers a repetition of the many titles of the Royal Bridegroom, or the almost equally numerous names of his Bride.
While the country takes a lively interest in all that concerns the family of our beloved widowed Queen, there is a special importance attached to the
marriage of the heir apparent of these realms, inasmuch as it is possible, and even probable, that he will at some future period occupy the throne, and that it is of vital concern to the nation that the throne should be shared by one who will maintain the high moral tone by which the British Court has for many years been distinguished. In the Queen of William IV.,as well as in Queen Victoria, an example has been set, the influence of which cannot be estimated.
The present marriage constrains ns to look backward to the last marriage oi a Prince of Wales, and when we remember the disgraceful circumstances tinder which that marriage was contracted—the unfavourable omens which attended it—and its lamentable results, we cannot but feel devoutly thankful that we can look upon the present union with feelings of unmingled satisfaction. We are assured that it is what every marriage should be—an union of affection; and all that has been made public relative to the Princess Alexandra, encourages the hope that that affection will be an enduring one. In answer to an enquiry made in the House of Commons as to whether the Princess was a Protestant, our lively Premier not only gave a satisfactory answer to that question, but amused the House with a little more information. Lord Palmerston said:—
"When the question arose as to the selection of a Princess to be the wife of the Prince of Wales, the following conditions were held to be requisite. First, that she should be young. Secondly, that she should be handsome. Thirdly, that she should be agreeable. Fourthly, that "she should be amiable. Fifthly that she should have been well brought up; and lastly, that she should be a Protestant. All these conditions, I am happy to say, are united in the Princess Alexandra."
In making the pecuniary arrangements necessary in connection with this marriage, fresh proofs have been afforded how much the Queen and her children, as well as the whole nation, have been indebted to the late lamented Prince Consort for his industry and prudence. It appears that the revenues of the Duchy of Cornwall, which belong to the Prince of Wales, have been so carefully managed during his minority, that they now amount to £60,000. per annum. There has also been an accumulation of about £550,000. which has been principally expended in the purchase of the Sandringham • estate in Norfolk. The legislature have added £40,000. a year
to the Prince's income, and have also settled £10,000. a year on the Princess, so as to enable them suitably to support their high station.
The seclusion in which her Majesty has remained ever since her great loss, arid which she still feels herself unable to leave, has cast much gloom over the the country, and especially over the metropolis—the tradesmen of which feel severely the absence of that stimulus which the presence of the Court occasions. All parties, therefore, seemed desirous to take the opportunity of rendering the arrival of the Princess an occasion for allowing the people a season of relaxation and enjoyment, and most thoroughly did they enjoy it. The suffering ribbon weavers of Coventry were set to work to manufacture wedding favours to be generally worn; and the carpenters and decorators of London were engaged in preparing the means for enabling its inhabitants to display their loyalty and affection. It would be in vain for us to attempt any detail of the pageant which extended from Margate to Windsor; and, thanks to the Penny Press, probably all our readers have already been made familiar with it. The intimations of unfavourable weather led to the departure of the Princess from Antwerp, on Thursday, March 5th, instead of the following day; on that night her yacht anchored in Margate Roads. This afforded the Corporation of that town an opportunity of getting up an address, and they were thus the first to welcome her Royal Highness on her arrival in England. On Friday, she proceeded to the Nore, and on Saturday, to Gravesend, where the Prince of Wales met her. There they disembarked and proceeded through the town,which had been uniformly decorated, to the Railway Station, where the carriages were waiting, which speedily conveyed the Royal party to the South Eastern Station in the Kent Road. There lunch was provided, and the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs of London attended