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held at unobjectionable places, be provided for them. Who can tell, therefore, how much this subject involves the habits and morals of the numerous children in our schools. That the labouring classes gladly set apart their earnings to pay their club, all who know any thing of their habits can testify; and if evidence were required, we might point to the £1,121,289, which has been invested by Friendly Societies in the Savings' Bank, up to the year 1834. The question, then, for consideration is, what is to be done to meet the wants of the people-to preserve them in the paths of temperance-to prevent crime—and to secure their affection to the Church? I hesitate not to say, establish Provident Institutions, and you will have the most powerful auxiliaries to the Clergy, Schools, Temperance and good order, which can be devised. The sketch given (in page 181) of the Birmingham General Provident and Benevolent Institution appears most comprehensive and well adapted for general adoption; and the following outline of the leading features of a safe club may not be without use in stirring up your numerous readers to this most important work.
Ist. That by embracing various objects in one Institution they are more immediately brought under the notice of the members, and a considerable saving, both of time and money, is effected in the management. The scales of payments being graduated according to ages and wages.
2nd. That the Institution, instead of providing for one member of a family only, and excluding the women, the children, and the aged, as is the general custom, should be open to both sexes, and to all ages and trades; and thus enable numbers to provide for themselves in sickness, who have hitherto been compelled either to resort to parochial and gratuitous assistance, or to contract debts which they are unable to pay; and the husband is thus enabled to secure those advantages for his wife and family which he may possess him. self.
3rd. That children should be admitted during their connection with the Schools, and thus “trained in the way they should go."
4th. That all meetings should be held in the school-room, and by avoiding the inducements to intemperance, it is hoped to prevent the evils which it is often impossible to cure.
5th. That the Institution being enrolled, the members would be enabled to partake of the full benefit of those laws of the realm, which have been instituted for their especial protection, and which no society can claim without being enrolled.
6th. That all funds should be invested by Trustees, either in Real or Government Securities, and a statement of all accounts published annually, and presented to every member free of expense.
7th. That all payments should be included in one sum, and no extras ever demanded for feasts, funerals, secretaries, or any of the purposes for which the members of public-house clubs are so frequently called upon.
8th. That several surgeons should be employed, and every patient having the privilege of choosing and changing his medical attendant, that confidence of the patient, and thus that prompt and regular attendance of the surgeon, would be insured, which are often essential to the preservation of life.
Lastly. That members should be enabled to insure Annuities and Endowments, without loss of principal or interest, in the event of
death or inability to continue their payments; and that, by extra payments for a few years, they might become independent of their contributions to any assurance, and thus not only prevent the possibility of losing the benefit of their club in old age, from inability to continue their payments through life, but leave a larger sum, to their families at death, than they would have paid into the club.
I conclude with wishing you every success in your important labours.
W. E. H. Nov. 19, 1845.
ACTIVITY OF ROMANISTS. “The Papists," says a correspondent, “are filling the country, particularly those neighbourhoods in which they have chapels, churches, schools, etc., with tracts and small publications against Protestantism. Hawkers and pedlars sell and lend them, and, at the same time, make a considerable impression on many of the lower orders, by representing the injury done to the poor as well as to the true church by Protestantism; declaring, that before the Catholics were deprived of their churches and revenues, the poor were main. tained out of church property, and that then there were no poor-laws nor union-houses, and asserting that if they can recover their rights, these wrongs of the poor will, at the same time, be done away. Some time ago, there was a magnificent ceremonial in the church of St. Barnabas, in Nottingham, consisting of a procession of priests and choristers, young men and women, boys and girls, arrayed in white and adorned with flowers, a canopy, with tinkling bells attached, borne over the host, banners, five hundred lighted wax tapers, incense burning, &c., with musical accompaniments. Yesterday there was a Catholic funeral, when the corpse was borne from the church to the general cemetery, attended by a procession, a splendidly gilded and jewelled cross being borne amid lighted wax candles at noon, or in the afternoon, with incense burni which a large concourse of people was attracted, and subsequently addressed by the priest on the wrongs and persecutions inflicted upon Catholics, and endured by them for three centuries together, throughout which they had continued to cling to their religion, worshipping God as their fathers had done, to whom the churches and church revenues of the land had belonged, and which they themselves had a right to hold. Sisters of mercy are seeking out the sick and dying, and gaining over families to the priesthood, by the relief they afford, and the arguments they employ, in the season of distress and bereavement. Missionary priests, and jesuits in disguise, I am told, are mingling in general society, and making impressions in favour of Romanism wherever they have the opportunity.
THE FAR COUNTRY.
Far off by many a sin,
Fair land! that we would win ?
In earth's most lovely places,
In earth's most joyous hours, A brighter dream comes o'er us
Of thy far distant bowers. Shadows of angel pinions,
Thoughts of thy glory come Until we well nigh sadden,
To feel so far from home. And in the hours of anguish,
Drinking of Marah's spring, How fondly do we covet
The dove's unspotted wing,
High up and far away,
Bright with the endless day.
If when the path is steep, Forgetful of our calling,
We sit us down and weep.
If we will linger so,
Before the sun is low.
But we are children dear,
Our Father's voice can hear. A holy dream is pleasant,
The dreamer is at rest; But they who sternly labour,
Are these not rather blest? How often in the vineyard
When most the sunbeams scorch, These unawares are standing
Hard by the Master's porch. Hard by thy goodly borders,
Thou fair and pleasant land, They feel, although they see not
The glory nigh at hand.
NEVER GIVE UP. (From a small Volume of Poems, just published by Hatchard,
London, entitled " A Thousand Lines.")"
Never give up! it is wiser and better
Always to hope than once to despair;
And break the dark spell of tyrannical care.
Providence kindly has mingled the cup,
The watchword of life must be, Never give up.
Helping the hopeful a hundred to one,
Ever success--if you'll only hope on;
Knowing that Providence mingles the cup,
Is the true watchword of, Never give up!
Or the full thunder-cloud over you burst,
Little shall harm you, though doing their worst;
Providence wisely has mingled the cup,
Is the stout watchword of, Never give up!
Second Year. Portion to be Read.
2 Luke i. 39-80 . Birth of John the Baptist . .
4 Luke xxi. 25-38 State of the Church at Christ's second comi Christmas D. Matt. i. 18-25 . Birth of Jesus Christ Sunday aft. 1 Luke ii. 1-20 . Birth of Jesus Christ
2 Luke ii. 21-40 . Circumcision of Christ
2 Luke ii. 41-52 . Jesus in the temple with the doctors
6 John iy. . . Jesus with the woman of Samaria Septuages... Luke v. . . Several disciples are called . . . Sexagesima . Luke vi. . . Christ preaches to the people :
• Jesus heals the sick, and raises the dead S. in Lent 1 Luke viii. . Jesus teaches in parables :
2 Luke ix. . . Christ's transfiguration
6 Luke xxii. Last supper. Christ betrayed and taken Good Friday John xix. . Christ's sufferings and crucifixion .
aster Day. John xx. 1-18. Christ's resu
2 John xx. 19-31 . Christ appears to Thomas and others
5 John xvii. . Christ's prayer for his disciples .
2 Ex. iv. 1-17. v.. Moses before Pharaoh . . . 3 Ex. vii. viii. Plagues in Egypt . . . . . 4 Ex. ix. x. . Plagues in Egypt, continued 5 Ex. xi. xii. . The Passover instituted . . 6 Ex.xiii. 17-22. xiv. Israelites cross the Red Sea . . 7 Ex.xv. 20-27. xvi. Israelites murmur: God sends mapna 8] Ex. xvii. . . Israelites murmur: water from the rock 9 Ex. xix. xx. . The law given from Mount Sinai : 10 Ex. xxiv. xxxii. Moses on the mount. The molten calf. 11 Ex. xl. . . The tabernacle erected . 12 Lev. viii. 1-13.ix. 22-24. Aaron consecrated to the priesthood. 13 Lev. xvi. . . The sin offering on the day of atonement : 141 Lev. xxiii. . The solemn feasts of the Jews . . . 15 Lev. xxv. . The year of jubilee . . . . . 16 Num. xi. Israelites murmur: God sends quails : 17 Num. xiji. xiv. . Spies are sent to search Canaan. . . 18 Num. xvi. Rebellion of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. 19 Num.xx.xxi.4-9. Moses's sin. The brazen serpent
Num. xxii. xxiii. Balak seeks Balaam to curse Israel 21 Num. xxiv. . Balaam's prophecy . . 22 Deut. xxxi. . Moses's charge to Joshua . . . . 2: Deut. xxxii. 44-52. xxxiv. Death of Moses 24 Joshua i. iii. . Joshua leads the people over Jordan. : 2: Joshua xxiv. . Joshua's charge and death .. 26 Judges ii. . God appoints Judges to deliver Israel •