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Arrived at the close of the year, we now furnish a Title-page, Contents, and Preface, for the first volume. Our present number is, on this account, of small dimensions, which we have filled up, not with the usual matter, but with a few poetical pieces.

For 1848 we contemplate some alterations and improvements, which we have no doubt will be approved.

As we bave now considerable number of correspondents who favour us with papers, original or copied, we find it will be necessary to acknowledge their communications on the cover every month. Hitherto we have noticed them on the cover of our larger publication.

Now we want a vigorous effort to increase our circulation. Let us begin the next year with 25,000 at least. Why not? The Penny Magazines of the Independents and the Church of England have each reached 100,000. This is as large for one halfpenny as those are for one penny; and our matter is allowed to be as good. One halfpenny is easier paid than one penny, and this should be on our side to lift us up as high as they. Were a vigorous effort made, even this might be done. It is a sort of saying, that no man knows what he can do till he tries. Neither does he. Let any man, woman, or young person, who reads this, just say to himself, “Well, now, I will have a try, and just see how many subscribers I can get for 1848 ;” and we shall have lots of letters, telling us how much better they succeeded than they ever imagined.

And this must be done chiefly by our poorer friends. We have been trying to get onr richer brethren to buy a quantity monthly, and place them in the hands of a trusty person, for gratuitous distribution. And much real good might result from such a plan, wisely carried out. A few generous friends have adopted this plan, but only a few. The work of extension must be done, we repeat it, by our poorer friends persuading their neighbours to take the publication. The poor kn the poor, and they will succeed with them better than any.

Next to the individual and personal efforts of our present subscribers we look naturally and very anxiously to Ministers, stated and occasional, for a pulpit notice. This alone, kindly and earnestly done, would bring us a vast increase of subscribers; and then to our old friends, who have never failed us,—Teachers and Tract Distributors—we look with confiding expectation that they will again renew their efforts on our behalf.

One thing more, and one only, but very important — there should be in every village or town, one magazine agent—more if needful, but one at least—to get them of the bookseller, and supply them regularly. Thousands more might be sold were this done. And any one may do it. No man can hinder him.

Come then, let us have a long pull, and a strong pull, and a pull altogether, and on we go, safely and surely, to

25,000 FOR 1848.

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John.—Why, Tom, what makes you look so sad ?

'Tis Christmas holiday3, you know ;
A time when youth looks blithe and glad,
And after some amusement go.

Tom.-Sad, do I look ? and well I may ;

My father drinks day after day:
He's spent his wage, and mine as well,
Pawn'd all our clothes, and wants to sell
The bedstead, and my mother's ring!
I fear he'll pawn or sell each thing,
Till we have neither rag nor home,

Nor aught but wretchedness and gloom.
J.-Your case is dreadful, Tom, indeed ;

I hope you'll soon from it be freed.
T.-Then, John, do you wish I was dead ?

In that both you and I're agreed:
Poor sisters, I, and mother dear,
Half starved for want, trembling with fear,
Expecting father to come in
And swear he'll have more ale or gin;
And unless mother will provide,
He'll break her bones, and ours beside :
This makes us all wish we were dead,

That from such fear we might be freed.
J.-No, Tom, I did not wish you dead;

Dying is awful work indeed,
Unless we're made alive to God,
And feel the Saviour's cleansing blood:
Were you to die as you now are,
I fear you'd sink in black despair :
We all have sinned against the Lord,
And unless we are born of God,
Blest with repentance, faith, and love,

Published in a penny tract, with the “ Slovenly Girl," by Gadsby, Manchester, and Groombridge and Sons, London.


And live in Christ on things above,
Dying will be to sink in woe,

Where nought but misery we can know.
T.-How then can I relief obtain ?

Pray tell me, John; what do you mean? J.-I hoped the fear of God might be

Put in your father's heart, then he
No longer would a drunkard be ;
Then, Tom, in that case you'd be free:
You'd then have food and raiment too,

And home and comforts not a few.
T.-Ay, that we should; and then tha'd see

Aw'd look as brisk and blithe as thee.
J.-Why, Tom, a drunkard is more base

And sunk much lower in disgrace,
Than swine, with all their filth, can be ;
In fact, their name is infamy.
Thousands in rags and filth are seen,
That might appear decent and clean,
But for this hateful drunkenness :

This is the cause of their distress.
T.-That's true, I'm sure; for, John, you see

I'm nought but rags and misery,
And were it not for drunkenness,
I might appear in decent dress,
And go to worship, neat and clean;

But I'm ashamed now to be seen.
J.-Well, Tom, but come just as you are,

And go to Sunday school, and there
They'll teach you how to read God's word,
And that, perhaps, may good afford.
There God's reveal'd his sacred will,
And those who read, believe, and feel
Its solemn truths, shall blessed be,

In time and to eternity.
T.-To school and worship, in this dress !

Why that would be to my disgrace.
J.-No, Tom: 'twould to your credit be;

Therefore, I hope you'll go with me.
Your father must the scandal bear ;
His drunkenness brings woful care ;
And unless God his grace bestow,
"Twill sink him into endless woe.

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