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JESUS IN SOCIAL LIFE. The home of Lazarus, Martha, and Mary, was made glad by the presence of Jesus.
Did they hesitate to express themselves joyfully? Were they embarrassed in the familiar words of domestic life? Had they sad faces, and a restrained manner, and fell into gloom as soon as the Saviour came to the place?
We cannot think so. It is the farthest from our thoughts that the personal presence of Christ would have such an effect.
His coming was the signal of comfort, freedom, self-forgetfulness, and delight.
His words of love brought peace to the heart, allayed the unrest of the soul, and incited all about Him to acts of affection and happiness.
Who knows that He did not laugh? unless it be accepted that a smile is proof of greater joy.
The Bethany home of Jesus shines in the thought of the world like the bright portals of a hall of light. It was a glad place.
The home, to-day and ever, is to be regulated by the spirit of Jesus. How would He do, and what would He encourage, if He were here?
Would He allow the impression to be made that our blessed religion is gloomy? Would harshness be in
tones? Would sarcasm or complaint be heard ? Would any scolding be there?
The heart of every one gives a strong negative. The home of Jesus would be a heaven on earth.
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Intelligence. WESTERN DISTRICT SABBATH | west end of Bath Street, every TuesSCHOOL UNION.—At the bi-monthly day evening from November 7th till meeting of the Directors, held 28th March 19th, inclusive, at eight November, a letter was read from o'clock. These meetings are now the Secretary of the Protestant Lay- going on; the admission is free, the men's Association, dated October lecturers embrace many of the popu27th, announcing that a Controver- lar clergymen of our city, and the sial Training Class was about to be subjects taken up are the leading begun under that Association's aus- points of the Romish controversy. pices. It was to meet in the Class. According to request, the Directors room of Free St. Matthew's Church, I have pleasure in calling the attention of Sabbath school teachers to the Sabbath school teachers and those subject, it being one upon which all interested in the religious instruction Christians should be informed. of the young, was held in the Mac
LECTURES ON THE EVIDENCES. donald Hall, Rutherglen, for the This course of lectures, by Principal purpose of taking steps towards Fairbairn and Dr. Islay Burns, is the formation of a Sabbath School attended by upwards of a hundred Uniou in Rutherglen and Cambusyoung men, who are going zealously lang. Provost Baker presided; and into a methodical study of the sub- there was a good attendance, includject. The project—which is that of ing Rev. W. F. Stevenson, Rev. John the young men themselves—is a great M`Neil, Bailie Scoular, Messrs. J. improvement upon the common prac. J. King, (representative of the Glastice of desultory lecturing on all gow Union,) S. T. Baker, Wm. manner of topics; and its success is Stark, John Thomson, besides reprehighly encouraging.
sentatives from all the Associations PROPOSED SABBATH SCHOOL UNION in Rutherglen and Cambuslang. FOR RUTHERGLEN AND CAMBUSLANG. Apologies for unavoidable absence -A meeting of the teachers and were received from Rey. John friends of Sabbath schools was held Brownlie, Rev. T. W. Patrick, on Monday evening, 27th November, Robert Macallum, Esq., Cambusin the Macdonald School, Rutherglen, lang, &c. Mr. Joseph C. Robertson, for the purpose of considering a pro- Convener of Committee, having read posal to form a Sabbath School Union the Minutes of last meeting, intifor Rutherglen and neighbourhood. mated that the Committee had reThere was a large attendance, con- ceived favourable answers to the sisting of representatives of all the proposal to establish a Union from churches in the town, and also from almost every Association in RutherCambuslang. Provost Baker pre- glen and Cambuslang, and accordsided; and there were present the ingly the meeting proceeded to draw Revs. W. F. Stevenson and J. up a Constitution, and appoint officeM'Neil, with Messrs. Clow, Brown, bearers, which are as follows: Richmond, King, Miller, and Taylor, President, Provost Baker; Viceas a deputation from the Glasgow Presidents, Bailie Scoular and Mr. Union. The chairman explained the David Reid; Secretary and Treaobject of the meeting, and several of surer, Mr. Joseph C. Robertson, the deputation from Glasgow followed Blairbeth; honorary directors, Revs. with statements as to the importance, W. T. Stevenson, John Brownlie, benefits, and practicability of local John M'Neil, and T. W. Patrick, unions of the nature proposed. An Rutherglen; Revs. James Johnson, animated conference followed; and ul. A. Orrock Johnston, and Robert timately, on the motion of the Rev. Hutchison, Cambuslang; Messrs. Mr. Stevenson, it was unanimously Thomas Gray Buchanan of Wellshot, resolved that the meeting should Adam Paterson of Springhall, John express its hearty approval of the Robertson of Blairbeth, F. R. Reid proposal; and a committee was of Gallowflat, A. G. Kidston_of appointed — with Mr. Joseph C. Newton, J. P. Kidston of The Robertson of Blairbeth, convener- Cairns, John_White of Shawfield, to communicate the result of the J. Farie of Farme, J. R. Reid of meeting to all the societies interested, Woodburn, J. C. Matheson of Eastwith the view of securing their con- field, George M‘Callum of Rossbank, currence, and to report to another William Arthur of Morriston, John general meeting to be held in a couple S. Miller of Eastfield House, Robert of weeks or so.—On Monday evening, Hamilton of Minibank, William 18th December, a second meeting of Denholm of Greenhill, John Love of Burnside, John R. Gray, Bellevue; in carrying out the objects of the Dr. Scott, Ruther House. It was Onion. On the motion of Rev. Mr. agreed to invite the co-operation of Stevenson, a vote of thanks was the Foundry Boys Religious Society awarded to the Provost for presiding. ers.
Notices of Books. MRS. GIBBONS' PARLOUR-MAID. An before he was put to death by his
Episode in the Life of Susan brother John's orders. The account Clemens. By M. G. HOGG. Edin- of his imprisonment, after his deburgh: William Oliphant & Co. position, is a mournful feature of 1872.
the book. Amongst his numerous A WELL-CONTRIVED and well-told writings, the translator fails to mentale, “specially dedicated to domes- tion his hymns. One of these, named tic servants." It is intended to shew “Eric's Death-Song,” is a beautiful the folly, not uncommon in this class, and touching expression of profound of the rage for fine dressing; and of contrition and humble Christian hope, people endeavouring to appear to be breathing a spirit which reminds one what they are not,-a foible by no of the fifty-first Psalm. Mrs. Overend means peculiar to servant girls. might do worse than give us a transSusan's mistress duly lectured her lation of it. parlour-maid on the absurdity and danger of this love of finery, yet THE WANDERINGS OF MASTER PETER thoughtlessly put opportunities in IN SEARCH OF KNOWLEDGE. Transher way of gadding about at night, lated and compiled by MRS. CAMPwhen her pretty face and preposter- BELL OVEREND. Edinburgh: Wm. ous ambition to be a lady had well- Oliphant & Co. 1872. - nigh led to her ruin. A vein of MASTER PETER came to Saardam in sound common sense and wholesome Holland in the latter part of the moral and religious feeling runs seventeenth century, and worked as through the story.
a journeyman carpenter in a ship: builder's yard.
It was his chief THE BESIEGED City and THE HEROES desire to acquire a practical know
OF SWEDEN. Translated and com- ledge of the art of building ships; piled by Mrs. CAMPBELL OVEREND. but, while living at Saardam, he Edinburgh: William Oliphant & also worked at forging iron, making Co. 1872.
ropes, sawing timber, drawing wire, The principal figure in this pleasing and manufacturing paper. His name volume of Swedish History is that of was Peter Michaeloff, but he was the Christian hero, Gustavus Adol- known amongst his fellow-workmen, phus, and the events are those of the with whom he was a great favourite, Thirty Years' War. Due prominence as Peter Baas, or Master Peter. is given to the religious character of He made himself a wooden cabin this devout soldier, and of his ser- or workshop, which only strangers vices in the cause of religious free- were allowed to enter, and who, dom. Historical notices are intro- by the way, were observed to pay duced of the predecessors of King scrupulous deference to Peter. PeoGustavus Adolphus, including Eric ple came to him with messages evi. and his brother John, whose atrocious dently of importance, and the messenconduct to each other can only be ac- gers had sometimes to mount the counted for on the ground of insanity. rigging of a man-of-war before they Eric was guilty of the most astound- could deliver their papers to Peter, ing cruelties, but appears to have been who might be found, on such occarecovered to a right state of mind sions, sitting astride on the cross
trees, working at his vocation, and children to their parents, and, gener-
from Modern Church Life. Lon
don: Elliot Stock. 1872.
By. E. V. N. Edinburgh: Wm. would have been a more appropriate
title for this book, except in so far The books for young people furnished as it touches upon phases of religious by Messrs. Oliphant take a wide geo- profession which are common to all graphical range. The two tales in the Churches. The trials of ministhis little volume describe scenes in ters; the straitened circumstances of domestic life in British North Amer- many who are pastors to people of ica. They are fitted to impress moral wealth; the pernicious effects of the and religious principles on the youth- adulation paid to moneyed men in ful mind, and are tastefully written. congregations; the arrogant assump
tion of superiority by vulgar purseTHE DUTY OF THE YOUNG TO THE proud people; a worldly spirit eating
AGED. A Sermon on behalf of into the Christian life of congrega-
the poor; the widening gulf in conFor many years it has been the prac- gregations between the rich and the tice of this Society to have preached poor; the wantof genial Christian kinda sermon, specially, on the duty ofness and brotherly feeling amongst
those worshipping together, and sit- The largest proportion of the wan. ting together at the Lord's table, derers brought to this shelter are the these and other topics are treated children of Roman Catholic parents. with a firm, impartial, but withal The physical, educational, and Chrisfriendly hand. Along with lively cha- tian training of these “city Arabs” racteristic sketches on the gloomier appears to be conducted with encour side of the picture, the true sources aging success.
The little book con. of spiritual life and activity are tains several affecting descriptions of carefully pointed out and enforced. the forlorn condition of these hapless The book consists of thirteen sketches, children-orphans in the most mourn. exhibiting not only the results of in- ful sense—and of their recovery to timate observation and experience of the habits and hopes of a Christian congregational life, but discriminating life. perception of character. The colouring, so to speak, is laid in with skill; LABOURERS TOGETHER
WITH GOD: and the picture, as a whole, is vigor- Words of Encouragement, Counsel
, ous, life-like, and entertaining. Al- and Help for Sunday School Teachthough exposing the faults and foibles
By the Rev. GORDON CALof ministers and congregations, the
THROP, M.A. London: Elliot spirit of the book is such as becomes Stock. 1871. its Christian character and aim. Con. The author's primary purpose is to sidering that the author possesses a encourage Sabbath school teachers; copious vocabulary, and writes with and none will read his earnest, glowfluency and vigour, it is to be regretted ing, and eloquent pages, without that he should condescend to such carrying away somewhat of his feraffected phrases as "the grand old vour, and being cheered on in the ordinance of baptism,” “grand old arduous but noble work of instructing Gospel, grand old doctrine,”! “his the young in religious truth. grand old Baptist ancestors, &c., all after the manner of Tennyson's THE HIVE: a Storehouse of Material “grand old Gardener and his Wife.” for Working Sunday School Teach.
Vol. IV. London: Elliot
Stock. 1871. WANDERERS BROUGHT HOME: The WE have had the satisfaction of re
Story of the Ragged Boys' Home. peatedly recommending this publica, London: Hunt & Co.
tion to the attention of teachers, and A PLEASING account, from the pen of now content ourselves by expressing a benevolent lady, of the progress the pleasure we feel in seeing such a and results of operations in Dublin meritorious work pursuing its career for gathering in the outcast youth of of usefulness with undiminished sucthe city into the Ragged Boys' Home. 'cess.
NOTES ON THE UNION'S LESSON SCHEME FOR 1872.
LESSON 1.-JANUARY 7. MOSES' TRESPASS AND AARON'S DEATH.-Numbers xx. 1-29. I. The occasion of the trespass, 1-6.-The people had, at the close of their forty years' wandering, again reached Kadesh, on the border of the promised land. Miriam died there, and the mourning for her would detain the people. It was a dry, parched land, wherein there was no water. The people murmur, and gather themselves against Moses and Aaron. The murmuring is of the usual sort; they