few days before his death, he sent for all the ministers in the several churches in Edinburgh, to whom he delivered an affectionate exhortation. “That day is now at hand,” said he," which I have so often and intensely longed for; in which, having finished my labours, and gone through my various sorrows, I shall be dissolved, and be with Christ. And do ye, my dearest brethren in the faith and labours of Jesus, persist in the everlasting truths of His Gospel. Look diligently to the flocks, with whose oversight God hath entrusted you, and which He hath redeemed to himself by the blood of His Son.” Perceiving his death approaching, he poured forth his soul in prayer as follows:-"Lord Jesus, sweetest Saviour, into Thy hands I commend my spirit. Look, I beseech Thee, with favour upon this Church which Thou hast redeemed, and restore peace to this afflicted commonwealth. Raise up pastors after Thine own heart, who may take care of Thy Church; and grant that we may learn, as well from the blessings as from the chastisements of Thy providence, to abhor sin, and to love Thee with full purpose of heart.”

GLASGOW FOUNDRY BOYS RELIGIOUS SOCIETY. The Seventh Annual Meeting of the friends of this Society was held in the City Hall, on Friday evening, November 16th, and was very numerously attended. His Grace the Duke of Argyll presided. MR. Bell, President of the Society, gave an interesting account of the progress of the institution from its origin. The Society, in 1865, commenced with one meeting; now there are 53 meetings, with a roll of about 14,000 boys and girls, superintended by a staff of about 1500 monitors, and upwards of 200 gentlemen. The Society's work is classified under four departments-Ist, the religious; second, the educational; tbird, the social reform; and fourth, the provident.

Mr. Martin, Treasurer, gave a highly satisfactory report of the state of the funds. The income of the Society during the seven years of its existence amounted to £12,102, in addition to which £1009 had been received of extraordinary revenue from legacies-making a total of £13,111. About one-third was given in public subscriptions, and twothirds were raised at the Society's meetings. The public subscriptions amounted to £4189 6s., or about £600 per annum. At the meetingplaces upwards of £7913 had been raised in the seven years. It had always been the aim of the directors to inculcate frugal habits on the boys and girls, by teaching them to pay for what they got. The sum of £3133 had passed through the penny banks, and the amount given to the missionary schemes of the Sabbath forenoon meetings had been £1457, averaging £208 per annum, though, in the present year, the sum had reached £502.

THE DUKE OF ARGYLL, in an eloquent speech, replete with good sense and good feeling, pointed out the physical, moral, and economical exigencies arising out of the massing of a rapidly increasing population in our great cities; and dwelt upon the proceedings of this Society as going far in the direction of solving the problem of how to deal with existing difficulties. The following are his Grace's concluding remarks:

“Looking over the report of the operations of this Society, I cannot help being strongly, irresistibly reminded of one great name in the religious history of Scotland. It is now, I think, almost exactly fifty years since Dr. Chalmers closed his ministry in this city. How many have passed away during these fifty years! I wonder how many there are now present who were amongst the thousands that went up, Sunday after Sunday, crowding and crushing, to hang upon every word of the minister of St. John's! Probably very few. There is nothing so evan. escent as human eloquence-it dies with the tones of the voice which pours it forth, and very often there is nothing remaining but the memory in the old, of the strong emotions of their youth. But it was not mere eloquence—which no man valued less than Dr. Chalmers, and the effects of which, if I remember right, he used to ridicule and denounce as a thing of heat, and stare, and animal pressure—it was not mere eloquence that drew those thousands to the church of the Tron and to the church of St. John's: it was the everlasting principles which were enunciated by Dr. Chalmers, and which he spent some of the most vigorous years of his life in endeavouring to impress upon the reason and the conscience of the people of this great city. I cannot help being reminded of the principles which he laid down in regard to the management of great city populations. And in reading the operations of this Society, I cannot help thinking how he would have rejoiced in its success, how he would have applauded it, how he would have seen in it some approach at least to the realization of the schemes which he so often propounded for the right organization of the Christian Church, and the right dealing with great city populations. I think I can see the smile which would have gathered upon that massive countenance—a smile born of the most blessed of all unions—a union between a powerful intellect and noble heart; and how he would have cheered on the members of this Society in their work, and have told them that if they did but carry it to completion they would effect a radical cure of many of the vices and evils of a great city population. (Applause.) Gentlemen, I entreat you to look back to the memory of your great teacher, 'who, being dead, yet speaketh' upon this matter. I believe the citizens of Glasgow have it in their power to overtake the whole of the children of the neglected districts of this city through the agency of a Society such as this. (Hear, hear:) Eliminate from Dr. Chalmers' theory everything that was temporary-everything which was connected, for example, with the question of Church Establishments—a question altogether unimportant with respect to the final constitution of the Church-eliminate everything of this kind from it, and you will find, I believe, in his volume on The Christian and Civic Economy of Great Cities, all that is necessary to carry you on to the completion of this great work. There are difficulties at present, perhaps insuperable difficulties—in the way of uniting all the Presbyterian Churches of this country under one form of government, and, perhaps, even under one system of worship; but there are no difficulties whatever, which the slightest energy, the slightest faith, and the slightest sense of duty cannot overcome in the thorough and complete uniting of them in such a work as this. (Applause.) I entreat the citizens of Glasgow, since this Society has grown up almost insensibly amongst them, to have faith in the principles that were enunciated by Dr. Chalmers as to the power of such associations to overcome the difficulties of our great city populations. Let it not be said that there is a single neglected district in this city; let it not be said that there is a single neglected family; let the invitations of this Society enter into every door. We in the West of Scotland may well be proud of Glasgow for its energy, its enterprise, its wealth, for its example among the great cities of the commercial world. But we shall be prouder of it still when it shall have completed this work, and when it shall have given an example to all the other cities in the kingdom of a 'perfect Christian and civic economy for our large towns." (Loud applause.)


AN INFIDEL RECLAIMED. (From an article in Sword and Trowel,by G. Holden Pike.) A STRIKING instance of the manner in which Atheism and its work can bring people to the darkness and misery of dire poverty, occurred some years ago in London, A missionary who was visiting in the neighbourhood of Saffron-hill, came to a certain dilapidated house with a broken door; knocking, he entered, in response to a weakly spoken come in," to find a man and woman living in a condition of shocking wretchedness. Indeed, the spectacle was so utterly horrible that the visitor involuntarily shuddered and sickened at what he saw, familiar as he was with strangely repulsive sights. The man, as an invalid, would have been confined to his bed had he possessed one, but wanting that convenience, he lay on a little straw, beneath a coarse wrapper, with a brick for a pillow! The remainder of the furniture consisted of an old chair and a saucepan. There was no fire, and the woman in attendance being subject to fits, sat in speechless misery, as if resigned to her fate.

It might have been supposed that such a scene was the result of uncommon profligacy, or that ruin had come from the imprudent and false steps which are taken through ignorance. It was not so, however. The man who lay like a beast in that pestiferous hovel was a gifted author! While in health he had worked for an infidel publisher. He had written poems against Christianity, besides publishing a book to disprove the doctrine of the soul's immortality. A more singular example of the blighting nature of immoral opinions is rarely discovered. When found, such things are worth recording, if only to serve as warnings to others.

At first the sufferer was not disposed to be communicative to the friend who had so unexpectedly invaded a hidden corner in the great city, where a fellow-mortal seemingly lay within a few days of death. Yet the two probably understood each other. Perhaps the outcast detected the expression of sympathy on the Christian's countenance; for, as be looked up from his bed of straw, and cast his heavy eyes around the room, he said, “This IS THE WRECK OF INFIDELITY!" A wreck indeed! His situation was truly dreadful; for poverty and sickness were far from being the only evils borne. The woman in attendance, when maddened by the fits to which she was subject, raged like a hungry tigress, and would spring at her charge with glaring eyes, biting and scratching with the strength of insanity! Then, when the fit passed away, she became kind and docile.

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Of this strange couple the evangelist endeavoured to make friends. The man was highly intelligent, and with a cultured mind prejudiced against the Gospel, it was necessary to begin with the evidences of Christianity. He listened attentively to the relation of the advent of Christ, and exclaimed, “Well, that is remarkable.” He was then more fully referred to the prophecies pointing to the Messiah, and he said, “They are quite overwhelming. I do not believe any man can contradict them.” He was spoken to about the Saviour's sufferings, and it was observed that tears ran down the poor infidel's cheek. He was touched in the heartHis faith in Atheism vanished, though the question of iniracles seemed still to be associated with some difficulty. Suppose I read the narrative of the Jew who received sight?” said his friend. “Do, sir, I should like to hear it.” The man listened to the passage, and then said, " That must be true; it carries conviction on the face of it." He then heard the account of the raising of Lazarus, and on learning how “Jesus wept,” he interrupted, " Ah, that was compassion like a God. I cannot help admiring the character of Christ.” The poor

fellow became more deeply impressed, and was greatly affected. “I believe now there is a God,” he cried, " though I have for a long time doubted; but I will never write against Christianity again if I recover. I see such a loveliness in the Christian system, since I have been afflicted, that I begin to love it. Infidelity now appears a cold and heartless thing.” Yes," answers the other, “it leaves a man to die like a brute; not so the Gospel of Jesus.” · No! that blooms with immortality.” Still the man remained for some time in gloom and doubt. He admired prayer, though he could not use it; for after such a course as his, it looked like mocking God. He would have given worlds to appropriate as his own a bymu which was read: “Let the sweet hope that thou art mine," &c.

He was now frequently found in tears; and on his friend's leaving, he would say, "When will you come again?" He also confessed, “ My trust in infidelity is gone. You have no conception of the agony my mind is in. Virtue without Christ is folly.” A dark array of terrors passed through his soul, which gradually subsided as he became enabled to make the coveted gift of prayer his own, and to rejoice in faith. His health was providentially restored. He separated from the woman with whom he had lived in adultery, and returned to his wife and home. After so singular and painful an experience he could well testify, “ Infidelity is an aching void, à blank, a blot, a dark and fearful chasm, in which hope sinks, and all that renders life desirable is swallowed up; but religion lights up the gloom, and dispels the dark clouds which hang over human destiny,"

THE BIBLE AND “Helfs.”—The Word of God is pre-eminently a book for direct reading, and is never seen in its glory if we will persist in wearing the coloured spectacles of another man's comment. Pure and cool are its streams if we drink immediately from the well-head; but when the precious crystal has long stood in earthen vessels, its freshness is gone; the truth is there perhaps, but not the life. We should let texts lie on our hearts till they melt into them like snow-flakes dissolving into the soil.—Spurgeon.

The preaching of the Word in some places is like the planting of woods, where, though no profit is received for twenty years together, it comes afterward.-Fuller.

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Intelligence. GLASGOW SABBATH SCHOOL UNION. | held on Tuesday evening, 29th October. -The ordinary meeting of Directors Visiting Committee reported that all was held on Monday evening, 18th the Schools in the Western District November. A report from the West- had been visited during the last two ern Union was submitted, also a cir- years, and that this winter they purcular from the Middle Union, having posed visiting the forenoon meetings reference to their Visitation, Music, instead; which was agreed to. Fiand Magic Lantern Schemes. The nance Committee reported that in a Publications Committee reported pro- few days circulars would be issued to gress in Library Books' Scheme, &c. the different societies for subscripThe Public Meetings' Committee tions. According to replies received reported progress in arrangements to circulars sent to societies since for meetings of the Teachers' Model last meeting, regarding winter enterLesson Class in the Western and tainments and soirees, the Union Eastern districts of the city. The finds it would be impossible to fix a Unions' Committee reported steps night, week, or month to suit all taken towards the formation of local parties, but recommend societies to Unions in various towns. The Sab- take great care in distributing soiree bath Observance Committee explained tickets to their scholars. Convention the position of the question of a Delegates' report left over till next Juvenile Sabbath Union. Mr Dum- meeting. Regarding Scholars' Libbreck was authorized to use the name raries, the Secretary reported what of the Union in exhibiting his model the General Union had agreed to do of Jerusalem. Agreed to suggest to in this matter. It was intimated District Unions the necessity for using that Richard Chalmers, Esq., would all legitimate means towards obtain- conduct the Teachers' Model Lesing fuller and more correct statistics son Class on the Friday evenings of from societies.

January and February, in the hall WESTERN DISTRICT SABBATH of Free St. Matthew's Church, Bath SCHOOL UNION.-The ordinary bi- Street. Various arrangements were monthly meeting of this Union was made in connection therewith.

Notices of Books. TALK BY THE WAY. Paisley: J. & Scripture precepts and examples; and E. Parlane.

judicious ħints are added as to times CHRISTIAN conversation is inculcated for keeping silence as well as times by the writer with a skilful array of for speaking on religious themes.

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