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1 BIETHODIST LEADER. FEBRUARY 4M. 19n. ARMS AND THE CHURCHES. UNION QUESTION BOX. MISSIONARY COMMITTEE (Illus.) The Late REV. ARTHUR HIRD. Methodist Leader hf vyeekty journal of the Primitive Methodist Church. No. 3318, Old Series, No. tan, New Swig. LONDON : THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4th, Price 2d. Banking Facilities for Everyone The time when a banking account was regarded as the privilege of any particular section of the community has long since passed, and the National Provincial Bank provides in its arrangements for the requirements of everyone. British and Overseas Banking of every description transacted SAVINGS DEPARTMENT Savings Accounts may be opened at any Branch with a deposit of 2'6. No introduction is required. HOME SAFE'S ISSUED FREE OF CHARGE TRUSTEESHIPS AND EXECUTORSHIPS UNDERTAKEN. 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He had sipped Beauty, something of God. The from every cup, pondered over life preacher saw only the clothes that in its every aspect, and at the end of wear away and die. He did not know it all, his considered judgment is that behind all things, in all things, that nothing is worth while It there is a background, a core, which matters little what one does; it matters less what one thinks good, bad, neither, the result is exactly the same, and that result is Nothing. He tried work, and asked himself what does a man gain from all his toil under the sun? Generations come and go, the earth was there before they came; it will be there when they are gone. The sun rises and sets, the wind blows this way and that way, the rivers flow into a sea they never fill.. So the interminable process goes on on and on. till everything is weary beyond words. Wisdom and knowledge are equally as futile as folly and ignorance, unless, perchance, these last are better. there is less anxiety and heartache Work or pleasure, wisdemi or wealth. what does it matter? Death comes to all; the long toil is over, and no one knows what happens afterwards. The preacher was not wholly wrong; nobody ever is, just as probably no one is ever wholly right. It is one ol the mysteries of humankind that the Good God permits Truth and Error to be so interwoven. The preacher was right as far as he went but lie did not go far enough. He looked not at all life, but only at a part He took cognisance only of things. and everything is more than just a thing. It is one of the ironies of life that the preacher who prided himself that he had looked at all life with botf eyes, had really been looking with one eye only, and as a result had seen but half It is the usual mistake of the " man of the world." * Perhaps in his gardens the preacher saw sometimes a flower, a rose of Sharon or a lily of the valley The plant grows. buds, blossoms a beautiful flower. Time passes, and no long time either. The colour has faded to a dirty brown, the perfume has turned to rottenness, the petals are hard and brittle. All falls away. back to the dust. And next year the plant grows, buds, blossoms beautiful flower The preacher said. "What is the good? It came and passed, and now another has come. It, too, will die, and so it goes on year after year. All is vanity." But there was something in that little flower the preacher never saw. He noticed the colour, lie found the perfume, he toadied the petals, but he missed Beauty there. Perhaps he experienced something of that, but always is. It was because he never found this reality in things, but sate only what is here to-day and gone to-morrow, that all was vanity. He was right; all that he found was vanity. He never found the real; he never found God. "Things arc not what they seem." That is what the preacher said; and we agree. But where we differ is that lie meant "things are less than they seem," and we mean "things arc more than they 'seem." Man is more than dust, for even the earthdust our bodies are made of is more than dust. It would not even be dust, it God were not there in a way we do not understand, holding that together and making it what it is. God is there, behind it all, in it all. In essence the whole universe is spiritual, and must be " spiritually discerned "; for only Spirit is real, rid things exist only in so far, and only for so long, as they partake of Him, His Truth, His Beauty, Ilis Love. * * All this means, among other things, that our labour which lye do under the sun can all of it be work for God. All wisdom and knowledge can be that which makes us wise unto salvation, and leads its to know Him whom to know is Life Eternal. if we build a house, any sort of!louse, it can be our House of God. If we make a garden. it Can be our Garden of Eden, where in the cool of the day God can come to walk and talk with us. All we call ours can be changed into the only real treasure there is, "treasure in heaven," and all the joys of earth can become the real happiness of the angels of God. We die and leave behind us what little or much Ws have gathered, but if we have found God in all the things and relationships of earth, the God who is there all the time, then we shall but see more clearly the treasure that is truly ours for ever shining bright in the Golden City of God. I vvonder why the preacher missed all that? There is an old saying that "there are none so blind as those who won't see," but. like many old sayings, it is not true. There are some other people who are just as blind ; they are the people who never think of looking. The reason was that he never looked. God is here, there, everywhere. Perhaps you can see Him if you look. Only perhaps, for whatever you want

2 66 THE METHODIST LEADER. FEBRUARY 4, to see outside, you must first have it inside. You cannot see the behuty outside in the sunset unless you have beauty in your heart. You cannot hear the "Kreutzer Sonata" unless you have music in your soul. You Cannot see generosity and selflessness in another unless you have them in yourself. The reason why you meet ao ninny funny people is because you are funny, and the man who sees always guile and self-seeking and ill-nature in other men, needs first to spring-clean his own heart. " Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." That is not a promise, but a plain statement of fact. The pure in heart are bound to see God; not even God Himself can stop them seeing Him, for He has made the world so that like within sees like without. The pure in heart will see God outside because they already have God inside. That is the one thing every one of us needs. Pray, pray, and keep on praying, until there comes upon you a peace passing your understanding, a joy you cannot express. That is God in your heart: and when that has happened within you. you will find God without, everywhere. Everything yon touch will be of Him; everything you do will he for Him: everywhere you go will he with Him. That is Heaven. There is nothing else. FISHBOURNE DIAMOND JUBILEE. Memorial Unveiled. There has been great rejoicing and thankfulness at the attainment of the diamond jubilee of this Hampshire village church. On January 17th the special speaker for the day was the Rev. C. E. Barker, of Southsea. His discourses were listened to with rapt attention, and were much appreciated. On Wednesday, the 20th, an excellent public tea was provided by the Guild. During the meeting which followed, the memory of the late Mr. and Mrs. Bridger, who were greatly loved and respected, was specially honoured. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bridger loyally supported all the activities of the church for many }ears. A memorial tablet, given by their children, was unveiled by Mr. G. Standing, of Havant, a very old friend of the family. Their favourite hymns were sung during the evening. Mr. W. Harding, of Ports- mouth, presided, and gave interesting reminiscences of the church from his boyhood to the present day. The key. J. H. Bedford (superintendent), in a stirring address, exhorted his hearers to sadale the past, to stand at attention to the present, and to go forward quick march into the future. He conveyed the circuit's congratulations to the church. Mr. Brotherhood (circuit steward) gave a memorable and impressive address on " The Hands of Jesus." Pastor Radnor expressed thanks to all who had contributed to the success of the diamond jubilee. Miss Powell, of Worthing, and Mrs. Woodharn were soloists. B.W.T.A. AT ALFRETON. The Derbyshire County Union Execu- Live of the British Women's Total Abstinence Union met at the Watchorn Memorial Church, Adfreton, on January 27th. Business occupied the morning session. Lunch was provided by ladies of the local branch. The afternoon business was mainly concerned with the Total Abstinence centenary celebrations. This was followed by a rally of branches in the district, at which Coun. Miss East-,wood, J.P. (county president) presided. Mrs. Burnham, local branch president, welcomed the delegates, the Rev. G. H. 'Boggis, president of the Derby Temperonce Society, gave an address, and Mrs..Boggis rendered two delightful solos. Tea was served later. Mrs. Eastwood voiced the delegates' thanks to the Menton friends and the Watchorn Memorial trustees. Many of the delegates availed themselves of the opportunity of viewing the splendid premise.. Up and Down in Methodism. Memories of a Missionary Pioneer. More than seventy years ago a youth attended Divine Service in a Methodist Chapel in Dukinfield, and sat entranced as the preacher advocated fervently the evangelisation of the heathen. The preacher's text was Isaiah vi., 8, " Whom shall I send and who will go for us? " and the hearer answered in spirit, " Here am I, send me." Perhaps two years afterwards the young local preacher was asked by the Dukinfield Circuit to enter the ministry, and he obeyed the tall. Accepted candidates did not find their way to Manchester in those days. They did not even find their way to Sunderland. A single ticket for Reeding," he asked the booking clerk. " Redding I " said the clerk, emphatically, and so the young man knew the correct name of the Reading Circuit to which he had been stationed. He was at Reading from 1862 to We may presume that he had not kept to himself his enthusiasm for foreign missions, for a little gift-book bears this inscription " R. W. Burnett. A pre- sent from his kind friend and scholar, G.. Taylor, Dukinfield, Cheshire, May 25th, 1862." The book was a bound volume of The Baptist Reporter for It contained much about Jamaica and William Knibb, the emancipationist, and much about the " New Mission " to Fernando Poo, West Africa, where the missionaries, Clarke and Prince, had been prospecting. Strange, that of all missionary books, this should come into the hands of this young minister. Reading circuit was followed by Peterborough, and of the two years spent here his super., Jesse Ashworth, wrote in 1896: " Although thirty years have elapsed, he is mill well known as the missionary preacher throughout this locality. His sermons were frequently calculated to inspire missionary zeal; he seldom, if ever, passed a missionary box in a friend's house without giving it a shake to see how it was getting on, and saying an encouraging word to the collector. In those days boxes were opened by lock and key. Mr. Burnett always carried the needful keys with him to open any box that was getting too full, afterwards decorating it with a new label. He aim promoted quarterly openings of boxes in the principal places in the circuit. It would have been a sight worth photographing for the ' Records,' to have seen him with a dozen children and young people crowded round hint to see To the eye-witness whose record is contained in the fourth Gospel, much that had happened at the' Last Supper was as yet unwritten, and he supplies a valuable.supplementary account. He is scrupulous and, exact in details, and provides the crowning example of Love's humility in a tender and gentle act of service. Suggested to the mind of Jesus by the experiences told to us by Luke (and John 12: 1-7), chapter 7:9650, He Who had no money wherewith to buy costly ointments perfected in His own inimitable fashion the choice symbolism of Love's deepest language. Western nations may be unable to appreciate to the full an allegory and a self-abandonment wholly Eastern in its flavour, but none can remain blind to the meaning and teaching so trenchantly portrayed. The Christian world is amazed before m great a selfless, yearning love, and follows, afar off. Verses 140. The evening before the feast-day of the Jewish Passover God's hour. was come that. Jesus should die, how mucfi their boxes contained. As a result, the annual missionary revenue of the then comparatively new circuit rose to nearly 280." In those days our missions were colonial. After marriage, London (Coopers-gardens) claimed his energies, and there are extant some notes of a paper on " Missions to the Heathen," read at a Convention in Eaststreet Chapel, Walworth that historic chapel. In the Christian Messenger for December, 1868, there is to be found a short article, headed, " Africa and Primitive Methodist Missions : To our Sundayschool Teachers." It is a slight article, rather less than a page and a half in length, but full of fervour, and also concerned practically enough with ways and means. He writes of " What can be done if we Methodists work methodically. Take our schools for example. On the home stations we have 41,281 teachers, under whose charge are placed 232,467 scholars. What a mighty power is here 1 Shall it not be used in an noble a cause? Suppose each teacher laid the African Mission before his class and kindly requested each scholar to bring twopence during the month of December, and then the teacher himself added another twopence to the amount thus obtained, we should thereby gain the very noble SUM of 2,281. Two thousand two hundred and eighty-one pounds! Who says it cannot be door? " After " pointers " such as these, the inevitable happened. The Conference of 1868 had declared in favour of a mission to Africa. Before the end of 1869 Richard William Burnett had been asked to go to Natal, and had consented. Then came the written appeal from Fernando Poo, supported by Capt. Robinson. Through the newspaper, and subsequently from the Missionary Secretary, Dr. Samuel Antliff, he heard of the change of place. It was a critical moment, but he did not refuse. There seems to have been a suggestion that Carpenter Hands should be his colleague. To this he demurred, and asked for a married colleague in the ministry. So it came about that in January, 1870, the party of five left fon Fernando Poo in the s.s. Mandingo, of which party the writer (then a little child of but sixteen months old) is the sole survivor. In a lifetime, " What bath God wrought "I R. W. Bust/urn. LITTLE FLOWERS OF ST. JOHN. THE FOURTH GOSPEL IN. MODERN TERMS. VI. HE TOOK A TOWEL AND GIRDED HIMSELF. John 13: and the love which united Him with His disciples was continuously displayed to the very end. (Verse 2 is misplaced.) For He knew as a Son that His destiny was in His own hands He chose to come forth from God, and now to return unto God. At the end of the meal He stood up and laid aside His garments, and took a towel and girded Himself. He poured water into a bowl and began to wash the feet of His disciples, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith He was girded. Peter did not wish the Master to do so menial a service, but Jesus said, " Do you not desire a share in My Kingdom? " (Omit vv. 6-7 and 9-11.) When He had ended He took again His garments and sat down. Jesus is our Master and our Leader; in humility He declared His love, in order that we may humbly declare our love to one another in imitation of Him. We ought not to find this humility difficult, for we are only the servants of Jesus, as Jesus is the servant of God and our Master is greater than we are. If we recognise that this is so, then we should arcept all its implications fully. (V. 20 precedes vv Thom who listen and follow the teaching of the disciples are following Jesus; indeed, they are following God. But this does not apply to one among the disciples, although Jesus knew what he was like he was chosen to fulfil the word of prophecy (see Psalm 41:9). On that evening Jesus grew distressed and troubled, and told those around Him, " One here shall give Me to Mine enemies." They looked from one to another, wondering of whom He was speaking. Peter signed to a beloved disciple leaning on the shoulder of Jesus, that he should ask whom was meant. So this one said, " Who is it, Master? Jesus told him privately that it was the one to whom He would presently give a morsel of bread. And He dipped a morsel of bread in the wine and gave it to Judas Iscariot, Simon's son (adding v. 2). Satan had put it into his heart to give Jesus into the hands of His enemies after this rite was over. Then Jesus said to him, " What thou hest to do, do quickly." None of the disciples around the table knew what Jesus really meant, for some thought he was being told to buy what was needed for the festival (he carried the purse), and the others thought that he was being told to dispense certain charities to the poor. He went out immediately into the night. Many and varied are the colours and hues, giving to us a personal preferential pleasure these little Flowers of St. John. We select unconsciously our own bloom from the bouquet, to carry near to our heart. Here is an historical reminiscence of Jesus; there a thought due to subsequent meditation; and M another place an echo of the veritable soulhunger and love of the Master and in it all the unsurpassable value and strangely- moving quality of this, the " spiritual " Gospel. A. W. BAILLIE, M.A., B.D. LEEDS AND UNION. The Circuits Alert. In various parts of Leeds the ministers and stewards of the three denominations are meeting for social intercourse, investigation and suggestion, in anticipation of Methodist Union. Though little progress can as yet be reported in the Headingley and Burley neighbourhood, our ministers, the Revs. F. H. Shimmin, F. S. Bullough and N. Brough, are holding themselves ready to co-operate in any work that is undertaken, and the same is true of the Rev. J. A. Sheen in the,harehills neighbourhood. The Revs. T. R. Spray, G. A. Maland and J. W. Cotton are interesting themselves in the work of the Beestort and Hunslet group, where the utmost good feeling prevails and questions relating to possible circuit boundaries are under consideration. It is, however, in the Armlet' and Wortley neighbourhood that most headway has been made. Here there are twenty-two Methodgt churches and ten ministers. Under the guidance of the energetic secretary, the Rev. A. Bilsborough, facts and figures have been.1- lected and tabulated. Alternative schemes have been considered by the committee. Under one scheme the whole neighbourhood would be included in one circuit, while under another it would be divided into two, of about equal strength. The Rev. A. Lowe and Mr. W. W. Turner are our representatives on a sub-cornmittee to survey the locality in the light of these two schemes. An interchange of pulpits is proposed, and a sub-committee, upon which our Church will be represented by Mr. A. Hainsworth, is to make tentative arrangements for a fitting celebration of Union about the end of September. Owing to the peculiar geography of his circuit, the Rev. J. Swinden serves on both this and the Beeston and Hunslet Committee, his knowledge of Methodist Union in its broader aspects being a valuable asset. Various questions are to be further explored, and owing to the cordial spirit which prevails, it is confidently expected that the findings will be of great service when the time arrives for officially determining circuit boundaries and other working arrangements under Union. J. W. C.

3 FEBRUARY 4, THE METHODIST LEADER. 67 METHODIST TABLE TALK. The One Thing Needful. If the Churches of the world have real influence, effective work will be done at Geneva. Someone has said that there are three Americas the political, the financial, and the ecclesiastical. And it was added that the Church rules the other two. I hope that is so. The Churches of the American continent stand shoulder to shoulder with all the other Churches of the world for Dis armament. This sweeping statement may suffer some modification, especially among the Churches of Germany. But apart from all other pressure, that of the organised Body of Christ ought to prevail. A Methodist, fitly, from his past service and proved ability, presides. Arthur Henderson's power of negotiation will do much for Geneva. History is to be made. Henry Carter. Tribute is being paid to the Rev. Henry Carter for the fine service he has given to the Royal Commission on the Liquor Traffic. He ranks among Methodist Statesmen. For long years he has specialised on Temperance. His expert knowledge and leadership will be an asset to its all in Methodist Union. Methodists to the Fore. We are all honoured when Methodists win distinction. No previous president of a Methodist Conference has been appointed a professor in a university while filling the chair, as far as I know. The London University has given that distinction to the Rev. Dr. Ryder Smith. President of the Wesleyan Conference. Dr. Waterhouse, also of Richmond College, becomes a professor in the Theological School of the University at the same time. The Richmond staff has long been recognised on the teaching staff of the University, but now these two Doctors of Divinity are appointed teachers. One by one the universities of all lands are recognising that " The Queen of the Sciences " cannot logically lie left out of their curriculum. This, after all, is only reversion to type. The ancient universities were founded by Christian men and primarily for the teaching of theology. And they were so jealous of this that until within living memory they reserved divinity degrees for members of what they regarded as "safe" Churches. Modern universities were founded by commercial and scholastic men, and it is only of late that Divinity has been admitted as one of the faculties. The majority of these universities have not yet made this admission. But time will tell. We are moving forward into light. Those Class Meetings. Our friend, the Rev. R. Newman Wycherley, is, we hear, writing in the Christian Messenger on one of his old loves, the Methodist Class Meeting. In the days of his youth, not so very long ago, he wrote reams on that subject. In those lively days most of our churches had at least one such meeting I recall one in particular, held in a vestry about ten feet by ten. The leader, who seemed to have been growing for fifty years, alike in girth and grace, made a fair show in the flesh, and carried much weight among his members. He had a way with him, like Father O'Flynn. When he rose to announce the opening hymn, lie first of all turned his face to the wall; then, without hymn book, he announced some wellknown lines, and the members, per- haps a dozen, rose and each turned to the wall and broke out in song. Perhaps they were painfully modest in those days. The leader by this habit partially hid his bow-windowed front; possibly they were trying to get into the stride of Hezekiah, who also turned to the wall to say his prayers. In any case I know one man who would turn out on the roughest winter night if he could be sure of finding one of those oldtime class meetings. I shall watch what the Editor serves up under this heading this year, and lift my prayer for any who will try to revive, in any form, this honoured feature of Methodism. Down Suffolk Way. According to The Story of the Suffolk Baptists, recently told by the Rev. Ashley Klaiber, it was a common practice more than a hundred years ago for candidates for church membership to assemble at Freston at 9 a.m. on Sunday, on the banks of the river Orwell, relate their experience, and, whatever the weather, be immersed in baptism. The minutes of Stoke Green Church record that on several occasions in the months of December and January, baptisms had to be postponed "owing to the amount of ice in the river or on account of the severity of the weather." Since those sturdy days we have heard many say "Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem." Getting up and turning out is not so easy as in the great days of old. The Great Change. Until the repeal of the Test and Corporation Acts in 1828, Nonconformists were not allowed to enter public life. No rank in the Army or Navy above that of a warrant officer was open to a " Dissenter." Work and chapel, trade and theology, were their only outlets. The Church was everything and the Kingdom of God nothing. If these pioneers seemed narrow in their outlook, these restrictions are not to be forgotten. Not allowed any outside activities, they were intense in church life. The Peril of Diffusiveness. Professor A. B. Bruce, in one of his great hooks, says that sometimes he despaired of the Church, but he hoped all things of the Kingdom. The way in which Free Churchmen and women have put themselves into public affairs during the last hundred years is one of the finest chapters in our annals. They are to the lore in everything best. One of them is Vice-Chancellor of the London University, Another is Prime Minister. A third Chancellor of the Exchequer. One presides at the Geneva Conference. All over the land, and in every organisation, they are in the van. They have carried the ideals and inspirations of the Church into the work of the Kingdom. It is all to the good. But another vital issue confronts us. A youth in one of our congregations, grown up in the church and Sunday-school, was asked to take an office in the school. He wrote declining, and went on to say that he had decided not to undertake any work for the Church, but to give any service he could to Toc H. That illustrates a general situation. There is no room for complaint, but there is plenty for anxiety. When the spiritual forces mediated by the Church are spent, will they be replenished? From what source? Who is to carry on the Sunday-schools, churches and affiliated institutions? Saving to Lose. I can't get America out of my mind her enormous wealth and her appalling poverty. New York has two hundred millionaires, and the Mayor goes round with the hat to collect, if possible, enough to pay the municipal employees. The gold of the world is safely lodged in her central banks, and the people are starving. 1 have carefully mentioned all this, and much more of similar conflicting conditions, to my wisest neighbour, to get his views. With his usual impetuosity and aptness of Biblical quotation he began to hold forth as if I were a congregation, and he had to expound the text, Lay not up for yourselves treasure on earth, where moth and rust cloth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal." I sat back with the Meekness of a listener in church as lie developed firstly and secondly, citing nations and men who had lived to accumulate in the vain belief that it would be well with them. If l had not slipped in a gagging sentence lie would inevitably have rounded off his impromptu oration with the story of the man dubbed " Thou fool." When I agreed that we were in real danger of being ruined by saving instead of spending, he soon cooled off, as every man should, over he has carried his point. No Satisfaction Whatever. After the talk of last night I found no comfort in the news of the morning that the committees of the London County Council had been going round with the economy one and had lopped off projected expenditure to the tune of over one million, one hundred and seventy-seven thousand pounds. I am troubled about the mentality which agrees to curtail this work and to leave the workers to be paid for doing nothing except lose their sense of independence and their respect for the efficiency of those in control. Under the London County Council are schools wickedly out of date; slums that would discredit any non-christian city in the world; and yet, in the name of the false god of economy, we must stand by and watch the daily deterioration of men, women, and little children. Unfortunately, individuals are taking their cue from these leaders of economy stunts. Savings are going up by leaps and bounds. The banks publish the facts. The newspapers, morning by morning, tell of the private fortunes left by the departed. Conscience Money. While money is, for the moment, my theme. I read of currency notes to the value of 2 los. reaching the L.C.C. as "Conscience Money." The sender explains that it is for expenses wrongly charged, and he signs himself "Repentant." Conscience is not ever a safe guide; like other parts of our make-up, it needs education, but here is a case where some Christian education has been effective. Perhaps "Repentant" is an old Sunday-school scholar, or maybe once upon a time lie listened to a preacher who put ethics into his evangelism, and the funds of the L.C.C. are fifty shillings to the good in consequence. I don't know why this incident has reminded me of an acquaintance of mine. He is not in a bad position, as they say in these parts. It would take all the fingers on one hand to count the pounds he gets weekly. He has not fallen into line with the envelope system of the church to which he belongs. Methodism allows latitude. He is absent from more Sunday services than is good for his soul or for the church. It is there when he needs it. Its expenses go on from week to week. He seems not to remember. Perhaps one of these fine days conscience will suggest the sending of more than fifty shillings, with or without the word " Repentant." A Blackpool Story. Writing of collections reminds me of this story. It comes from Lancashire's most popular resort. Our Chapel-street Church, which one of these days is to be replaced by a more commodious sanctuary, is always crowded to excess in the height of the visiting season. One of its ministers in the years gone used plainness of speech when he announced the collection. "Don't any of you," he said one Sunday morning, "give less than you spent on the donkeys on the stands yesterday." One of the "Owdham" mill hands, coming out of the church, made some remarks, in language I cannot reproduce, about the relative value of donkeys on the sands and in the pulpit. It was too expressive to put into print. QuEsroa. The Council of Christian Ministers on Social Questions has passed a resolution expressing "deep thankfulness to God for the example of Bishop Charles Gore, whose name will ever be revered as one of the pion, erg and founders of the Christian Social Movement," and the belief that "the Church, and indeed the whole community, have been enriched by the prophetic gift which was manifested in his speeches and writings, by his wealth of learning, experience and reflection, and by the 'influence of a life and character wholly devoted to God and the cause of His Kingdom." SHERN HALL (METHODIST) BUILDING SOCIETY (Chairmen WM. MALLINSON, Es, LP.) OFFERS YOU A SAFE INVESTMENT FOR YOUR SAVINGS 5 per cent Interest on Share. E25 and upward. 4 per omit. Interest no Deposits. 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4 ss THE METHODIST LEADER. FEBRUARY 4/ : et. THE BOOK-TASTER. I 0 dimim4mmees /mbebiaimbipsobeesemee HOW CAN WE FIND GOD TO-DAY? By THE EDITOR. Despite the most that can be made of dwindled church congregations and the apparent indifference of so large a proportion of the population to organised Christianity, I do not think that anyone who is sensitive to the spirit of humanity in this present age will deny that the question I have put at the head of this article is a real and sincere one for many who belong to that proportion. And even of those who remain within the shadow of the Church, especially of the younger generation, there are not a few who are asking it in some bewilderment. The old well-beaten approaches have, at least apparently, been so broken up during the last few decades, and the influx of new knowledge and ideas has been so breathtaking, that while the soul prompts as ever to the quest of that Reality whcih we know as God, it knows not what to trust as a sure path thither. This age is very earnest, indeed, in its desire for reality, but it is very cautious as to what constitutes reality. The laboratory has got in the way of the oratory, and so much of what religious tradition points to as spiritual reality seems to have been explained away. Anyone familiar with the new landscape of thought and its fogs and uncertainties who can plant signposts to new approaches and " make God real " to the modern bewildered is rendering a very timely service, and " his work immediately takes its place among the most constructive contributions that are made to the assets of the race. To infuse persons with faith in God, to arouse the conviction that the Heart of the universe is friendly, to help a generation to get its feet firmly on the highroad to confidence in spiritual energies to live by, is in itself as practical a service as increasing the corn crop, or as fighting malaria mosquitoes, or as turning slums into fine houses." And this practical service Dr. Rufus H. Jones would fain render in his Pathways to the Reality of God (Macmillan, 10s. net). from the introduction to which those last sentences are taken. Dr. Jones has very carefully studied his approaches, and the tracing of his pathways is a very fascinating experi- ence. Commencing with the idea of faith, which he posits as dynamic, constructive and responsive to reality, he goes boldly and characteristically to the mystic vision and its effects in a unification of the interior into " an immensely heightened organ of spiritual apprehension " in correspondence with its real world. Then he comes to grips with the modern problem in an interpretation of God and the Universe. These. two must be differentiated, and Dr. Jones argues bar a universe in which there is " a vast peripheral area " only partially and remotely functioning toward divine ends. But there is a " central spiritual adventure," with God, of course, at the heart of it, and our task is to find the kind of God He is revealed to be. 'The end of the clue is in ourselves, for self-consciousness means essentially transcendence in immanence. We must not be afraid of anthropomorphism religion is no more anthropomorphic than science. The universe also yields evidence A the creation and expression of intrinsic values, with moral goodness as its end. After this Dr. Jones interprets the pathway of science, by way of Gen. Smuts' " holism " and a creative evolution, pointing to it " Great Guiding Spirit "; and the avenue of history, with its testimony to the emergence of ethical and spiritual ideals for which mere " drive of instincts " is inadequate to account; ideals which are essentially creative. Jesus's experience of Gocl and His revelation of love are of vital signilicanceand His whole influence in history. Dr. Jones urges that it is " time the exclamation point displaced the overworked question mark " with respect to Him. Perhaps the pivotal chapter, certainly it very useful one, is that in which the function of the " inner interpreter " is elucidated. This in effect the accumulated personality transmutes external facts into a new, spiritual order of reality, " independent of molecular processes," and, whether with respect to knowledge, :esthetic appreciation or rdigion, there is the same consciousness of objective reality. In another luminous chapter Dr. Jones essays the inductive method with the doctrine of the Spirit, citing testimonies to man's conviction that he is " more than himself "; and presents the conception of it world of spiritual reality interpenetrating that of sense, quoting Tennyson, Emile Boutrous and Augustine. We must get away from imagery that " spatialises " God. Then " an unfolding progress " is traced in philosophy, through Plato, Plotinus, Aristotle, Kant and Hegel, and the closing chapter is on " The Way of Prayer " but this is rather a disappointing and sketchy climax. It is, I note, reprinted from it previous book. It is it helpful and suggestive book, and will repay study. My chief regret is for the price, probably due to the depredated pound, since the sheets are printed in America. SONS OF AMOS. Probably we have more " sons of Amos," proportionately, than any previous age. But we sorely need many more in every walk of life. The Story of the Suffolk Baptists, told by the Rev. Ashley J. Klaiber (Kingsgate Press, 5s. net), in it well got-up and illustrated volume of over two hundred pages, recalls men of this sturdy stock. " They were of the order of Amos taken from following the flock and plough to prophesy to an 18th century Israel suffering from it famine A the Word of God." Times were bad, in many ways worse than any since. The few who had the light, or pretended that they had, were blind leaders of the blind. Absentee parsons left sheep anted. Curates were drinking in common ale-houses, and vicars were hunting, or worse. The Methniist Revival was not yet the Wesley's were in the making at Epworth and Oxford. B. because God dues not leave Himself without witness, certain stalwart laymen arose and went through the Suffolk villages to preach the Word. This book exhibits the bravery of their exploits. Here is sturdy Nonconformity in action, with it fine Cromwellian flavour. These men did and dared, and took the consequences like men. The law forbade their preaching. and even their free public worship. Tory clergymen, with almost one consent, took steps to set it in action. But the sons of Amos never faltered. They stood for liberty and social justice at all costs. East Anglia for generations past has shown the splendid results. If the intensity to which these eighteenth century Baptists were driven sometimes became narrow and harsh in the discipline of the churches they founded, their abounding zeal partially atoned. They could allow no latitude of belief or life that endan- gered loyalty. Mr. Klaiber has rendered it distinct service in recording this story, H. J. T. THE LURE OF TREASURE. Mr. T. C. Bridges has found material of abundant interest and vivid colour and incident for his book, The Romance of Buried Treasure (Nisbet, Bs. ed. net). Mysterious treasure hoards have served the writer of adventure fiction so often that we are apt to regard them as belonging purely to the realm of imagination. Here, however, are stories of eighteen actual and known instances of lost or hoarded treasure (one serving for two separate quests) and of attempts to recover them. These boards have various origins; some are caches of the ill-gotten gains of pirates; some are the sea-secrets of wrecked ships--armada galleons and bullion-carrying steamships torpedoed or mined in the Great War; there is the historic lake-deposit of the South American caciques, known as El Dorado, and it Jesuit hoard A old Spanish days in Bolivia, and the treasure of Christophe, the " Black Napoleon " of Haiti, and many another. But the chief interest of these narratives is in their description of the attempts of men at various times, lured by the possibility of gaining great wealth, to salve these treasure-hoards. And the remarkable thing is that there are only two instances of successful recovery in all the series, and one of these is of salvage from it wrecked vessel, undertaken as a matter of duty with splendid persistence. It is as though an unwritten moral ran through this book that cupidity is doomed to disappointment; and it would even lend colour to belief that it curse lies upon riches evilly amassed. In some cases fortunes have been spent in the vain endeavour to recover the lost gold from the earth or from the sea-bed. Yet apparently the lure of some of these historic treasure-secrets has not lost its power. There is no question about this being a book of absorbing interest, and the stories are admirably told. BOOKS RECEIVED, The Prayer of Sonship. By Rev. B. F. Simpson. (Longrnans, Green and Co., 2s. 6d.) Christian Faith in Modern Light. By R. J. Campbell, D.D. (Ernest Benn, es.) Some Religious Cults and Movements of To-day, by H. Crabtree; The Friendly Church, by A. H. Lewis; The Bible To-day, by H. McLachlan; Fundamentals of Modern Religion, by R. F. Rattray. (Lindsey Press, 1s. each.) FROM ALL FRONTIERS. Ex Roman Priest. In Methodist College. Two very remarkable young Itallans are now in residence at Handsworth Wesleyan College, says a writer of " Methodist Notes " in The Highway. Both of them have offered themselves as candidates for the Wesleyan ministry, and both were, until a few months ago, in Holy Orders in the Roman Catholic Church in Rome itself. One of them, Dr. C. D. Cosimi, was \'ice-principal of the S. Serafico College in Rome. He was a Franciscan friar A the Frati Minori Conventuali and Professor of Biblical Greek and other subjects in the college; he is also a poet of considerable merit and a Doctor A Theology. The other, Dr. F. Cavaccioli, was employed in one of the congregations, and is also it Doctor of Theology. Both these men have left the Roman Church since June, 1931, for reasons of conscience. Rover Scouts and Down and.outs. The Scouts and Rovers of Beckenham, Kent, have been taking it practical interest in London's homoless and destitute, and for some time have provided concerts for those who seek shelter nightly in the crypt of St. Martin-in-the- Fields. Through the generosity of some friends, a house has been provided at Charing Cross, where meals can be supplied at the bare oust of the food. in return for tickets of recognised societies. A house-warming was held there re- cently, and during the week-end the Rovers brought 150 destitute men in three relays and fed them with- sandwiches, cake and tea or coffee, giving them a concert afterwards. Further, each man on leaving was given it ticket for breakfast the next day. The breakfast consisted of two sausages, bacon and egg, bread and butter, with tea or coffee. Finally, each was sent away with it packet of tobacco or cigarettes and it packet containing lunch. Joan and Betty Develop. The B.B.C. announces that with the start of a fresh series of Joan and Betty Bible stories from the Western Region, on February- 14th. a new plan will be adopted in order to establish a definite connection between the various stories. A committee of Sunday-school experts of all sects is collaborating with Mr. E. R. Appleton, the West Regional director, in arranging a series of talks to be given on intervening Sundays, explaining and amplifying the dramatic stories. These talks will be given by acknowledged experts. Dr. Basil Yemdee, principal A Westhill Training College, gave the preliminary broadcast on Sunday last. Under the new plan the Bible will be divided into five portions, and until next July the subject of the stories and talks will be Genesis, one of the most popular books of the Bible with children. In order that the fullest advantage may be obtained from the series, Mr. Appleton is preparing illustrated booklets under the title, " The Greatest Adventure." Book I., The Start (Sometimes Called Genesis), is published by Messrs. Nisbet, and is obtainable at all B.B.C. offices and booksellers, price sixpence. Bible Work In the Congo. The Rev. W. J. Platt, the British and Foreign Bible Sodety's secretary for West Africa and East Central Africa, has gone on it five months' tour through the Congo district. Arriv- ing at Matadi, he will go on to Leopold. ville, where he will stay some weeks, proceeding later to Brazzaville, the French capital, and then to Angola, in the Portuguese territory. Mr. Platt proposes to make a survey of the Bible Society's work in the Congo area in order to stimulate the sales of Scriptures and to organise committees in the interests of the society's work. He will also obtain information concerning new languages for translations of the Scriptures, which will be produced on missionary terms for churches and missions. The Bible Society's policy is to second the agency of the Christian Church in every possible way. Asa result of Mr. Platt's visit last year to the East African colonies, colportage is now being undertaken in several places, including Kenya. Tanganyika and Madagascar. A renewed interest is being evidenced in Uganda, where the cathedral has been loaned by the Bishop of Uganda for it Bible Society meeting to be held on March 20th, when Stainer's " Crud.' fixion " is being given by a European choir on behalf of the Bible Society. Chronology of Work For the Blind. A Chronological Survey of Work for the Blind, written by Mr. H. J. Wagg and published at 5s. by the National Institute for the Blind, reveals that the blind owe more to the efforts of the pot few generations than to those of all preceding ages. Less than ten pages suffice fur the period from the fourth century, when St. Basil opened his hospital for the blind in Cappadocia, to the end of the 18th, when it School for the Indigent Blind (now the Royal School at Leatherhead) was founded at Southwark. But 167 pages are required for the achievements of the years 1800 to 1930, and of these, 135 deal with the period subsequent to the founding of the National Institute in 1868, while the doings of the years fill D5 pages rnore than half the book. France, Germany and Flanders, Mr. Wagg finds, were all ahead of England in their efforts to ameliorate the lot of the sightless. It was not till that the first asylum for the blind, William " spital " near London Wall, was opened in this country. The alumst invariable aim of welfare work even it few decades ago was to " support " the blind by monetary gifts. To-day the main object is to help the blind to support themselves.

5 FEBRUARY 4, THE METHODIST LEADER. 69 ARMS AND THE CHURCHES. GREAT ALBERT HALL DEMONSTRATION. The great Disarmament Demonstration In the Albert Hall, London, on Tuesday night was a magnificent and inspiring success. When the Archbishop of Canterbury and his distinguished supporters look their places, the vast building was well filled with a wonderful throng of 10,090 The Primate said he was proud to preside at this most impressive gathering of Christian citizens. Our almost passionate hopes and prayers moved out towards Geneva. We had to recognise the great and formidable difficulties which the Con- ference had to disentangle. We must expect the road to be a long one, but we demanded that the Conference must not part until it shall have taken a dear and definite step towards general Disarmament. Our good national record was no excuse for hanging back; rather a reason for pressing forward. The barbarities of the bombing aeroplane and the submarine at least should be eliminated. Let the whole of Christendom unite during these months in instant prayer. The Archbishop then asked the audience to stand for two minutes in silent prayer. It was a truly impressive interlude. The Archbishop of York said we repudiated to-day the conception of the national state as the ultimate object of loyalty. But if we as citizens owned an allegiance to something higher, we must on control the State as to secure that it serves that higher Power. We have had historic documents for the securing of peace, but the world needed the witness of action. One of our first necessities was to understand and sympathise with France. Events in the Far East proved the sheer necessity of making the Conference a success. We must also insist on the authority of the League of Nations. And we must be prepared for sacrifice and for suffering, even the suffering of war itself, in order to restrain the evil-doer. We cannot doubt what is the will of Christ. As He, by His incarnation, consecrated the material no less than the spiritual elements of our nature, SO now He calls us to consecrate the weapons of force that they may be everywhere known to be the servants of justice, and of brotherly love for which justice supplies the opportunity. The Rev. W. Charter Piggott, Chairman of the Congregational Union, said there could not be war between any countries which did not involve in some way those who shared a common faith with on in Him who is called the Prin. of Peace. He acclaimed the significance of M. Briand's phrase " The Outlawry of War " as indicating law taking control. There was, he said, among the nations, a stronger body of anti-war conviction than ever in history. And every nation had better things in it than its revealed surface suggested. Our-own newspapers did not reveal England. In every country in Europe there was a wealth of kindly, lovable, friendly folk--all the material for friendship, which was one of the real hopes of peace. There was religious faith represented in this gathering, the faith that it was not the will of God, when our minds were earnest for the security of peace, that we should fail. Let the heart of the people.ii to the heart of the people, giving and wakening faith. We want security, and the beginning of it is mutual faith. The Rev. Leslie D. Weatherhead, M.A., said he counted it a great privilege to speak particularly as representing the youth of the Free Churches. He speedily won the attention of the great audience by commencing with a picturesque description of the number of nations which served him during the operations of bath and breakfast. God had made life on the family basis, and moment's thought showed that on the individual basis life would be impossible. It was equally true that a nation could not live on an individual basis. But the very extent of communications between nations meant that we needed a deeper ethic. We were at present like neighbours shaking hands over the garden wall, with the other hand fingering a bomb in the pocket If people talked of the risks of Disarmament, no less an authority than Earl Grey had said that it was the growth of armaments that had made war inevitable. It was better worth while taking a risk for the vision which Christ had given us. The Christian witness of England was spoilt by two things, selfishness and fear, no that the way of Jesus was regarded as impractical. If He was right, His way would turn out to be the only way. There was a patriotism which was not enough, which was merely a cloak for selfishness. We had to learn to love our international neighbours. Mr. Weatherhead told a moving story of meeting recently in Germany a Christian pastor, and finding that they had been opposed to one another as combatant officers during the we:. Had they met then they would have done their best to kill one another, yet they both served Christ. He believed the Christian youth of this land was solid for Disarmament. He called youth to serve under the banner of the Cross, which might mean suffering and sacrifice. The potentiality of Christianity in Christian countries was not high enough. The hope of the world was that the youth of the world would stand by the Prince of Peace. The Rev. Father Bede Jarrett, Provincial of the Dominican Order in England, referred to the efforts for peace of Pope Benedict XV. in 1917, who urged " a just agreement of all for the simul- NN NN NN N OUR UNION QUESTION OX All questions for this column to be addressed: "Judex," clo Toe Mrrifoolar LEADER, 17, Farringdon-street, London, E.C.4. No questions will be received written on postcards, and au must be accompanied by name and address of sender, though not for publication. The purpose of this column will be to answer questions which are related to Methodist Union. It is designed to be helpful to all who desire to know something about the constitution and the method of government which will come into force in the month of September of this year. It is gratifying to know that the eyes of all Methodists are turning to the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, which will be the scene of a great gathering from all parts of the country. In the meantime questions are being asked, and in no far as we are able, answers will be given, no that there may be fuller knowledge and the removal of perplexity. We desire to be of some assistance, and we trust that the column now opened may be a contribution in some way to the great.use of Union. Whet will be the date of Union? By mutual agreement the date will be September 20th, The new constitution, as provided in the Scheme of Union, will then come into being. The three denominations as such will cease to exist. A new organism will have been born as soon as the President for the time being of the Uniting Conference and any of the Presidents elected in the same year of the three Churches, append their signatures to a document which will be known as the Deed of Union. These documents, when executtd, will be sent within three months to the offices of the Charity Commissioners "for the purpose of being recorded in the books of the said Commissioners." When this record has been made, Methodist Union will possess the authority of a legal enactment. taneous and reciprocal diminution of armaments." and also, later, the cancellation of war debts and indemnities. For this he was laughed at, but his service for peace might yet be realised. Pursuing his theme, Father Jartett spoke on a very high level. A meeting such as this, he said, was in the nature of a confession. We Christians were responsible for the present state of the world. There was something required more radical than Disarmament. There were those even Christians who took it for granted that man could not restrain himself. Armaments were a symptom, not the disease. We talked about " capturing " the markets of the world. That was as dreadful as war. The Master went straight to the heart of man. It is there and not at Genpva that the question would be settled. Only as the Kingdom of God came within would peace reign. The tall was for on to become His peacemakers. It was a great religious utterance, and made a palpable and deep impressi.. The last speaker was the Bishop of Llandaff, who said the nations could neither be frightened nor taxed into Di. armament. And the nations would not drift into fellowship. The forces which make for peace must prevail in the long run. The rank and file were all for peace. The Spirit of God was at work, and it was ours to fall in line. At the conclusion of his speech, the Bishop led the vast audience in the Lord's Prayer, after which the Primate asked for another silence of two minutes to hear the voice of God. The National Anthem concluded the meeting, but the Archbishop added another word of thanks and congratulations to the organisers. QuIDANI. What will be the powers of the Uniting Conference ol 1932? It will possess, and may exercise, all powers, rights, authorities, discretions, and shall discharge all duties that are vested in or imposed upon the Annual Conference. It will possess the powers of Conference. It can resolve on the Union of the three Churches and adopt a Deed of Union which will declare and define the constitution and doctrinal tenets of the United Church. This means that at the Uniting Conference the new order will be set up and the whole of British Methodism will come under a new authority. " Wesleyan," " Primitive," and " United " will no longer be applicable. Ministers will be Methodist ministers, and laymen in office will be Methodist officials. What will be the relation et the Uniting Conference to the three Denominational Conferences held in the same year? The Uniting Conference Will he the adjourned Conference of the three denominations. This is in harmony with the decision of the three Conferences in 1931 on a vote of 75 per cent. in favour to adjourn their meetings at the conclusion of their respective ordinary business to one and the same day, time and place, in the same year the resolutions were passed, or in the following year. The following year was selected, that is, In the Enabling Act there is an option as to the month, either July, August or September. We now know the month which has been decided upon. The Session on the Tuesday afternoon in the Royal Albert Hall will be the adjourned Session of the three Conferences, with this difference, that the delegates of the three Churches will be together. There will be a resumption of business, but the sole reason will be to unite and sit together as one united Conference and continue the united sittings for such period as the business of the Uniting Conference shall require. It should be borne in mind that the personnel of the Uniting Conference will THE CHRISTIAN PART. Declaration from Geneva. On the eve of the Disarmament Conference the Disarmament Committee of the Christian International Organisations established in Geneva issues the following declaration : The World Conference for the Limits. floe and Reduction of Armaments, towards which to many hopes and efforts have been directed, is about to begin its work. It meets, however, in an atmosphere of widespread uncertainty and pessimism. The representatives of many Governments have recently expressed their unwillingness to consider any important reduction in the armaments of their respective nations, unless other nations take the initiative. Conflicting views as to the best way to achieve disarmament are held as tenaciously as ever, National passions have been aroused to the point of acute danger. A number of unsolved political problems are poisoning the relationships between peoples. Certain forces have organised to prevent any definite achievements. Asa result, there is a general fear that little or nothing can be expected from the Conference. Yet it is generally recognised that its failure would greatly aggravate the already over-strained international vela. lions. It would mean increased suffering to the peoples of the world Christian faith does not depend on the fate of human institutions or ideals, but on the power of God. It engenders unquenchable hope which excludes cynicism; it faces facts and demands expression in witness and action. We would therefore remind Christians everywhere of their responsibility to take their share in the struggle for peace and justice which will be no acute during the next few months. Let us pray God for courage to face the cost of surrender of ail lesser loyalties. Let us pray that He will call the Church of Christ to speak out with prophetic power about the great moral issues at stake. Let to pray that His will, resealed by the Prince of Peace, may be done on earth as it is in Heaven, be the same as that of the three Conn ferenees. The delegates who are members of the annual Conferences in June or July will be the members of the Uniting Conference This is a matter of importance. There is no provision for a substitute to take the place of a member of Conference who is unable to attend the Conference in London. There will be no break in the continuity of personnel as from Annual to Uniting Conference, except what is beyond human control, and any gap which may unfortunately occur will remain unfilled. Will Deed Poll Members continue as Members of Conference in Methodism? 'rho answt r is in the negative. They will attend as members of the Uniting Con. ference, but the new constitution makes no provision for the presence of the Legal Hundred, or the Guardian representatives or the Deed Poll members in the annual Conferences of the following years. However, in another way, provision is made for suitable continuity of personnel. In the constitution of the annual Conference the Scheme cf Union provides, as an integral part, for thirty ministers and thirty laymen to be elected at the Conference for a period of three years, who shall retire in a rotation of ten ministers and ten laymen per year. Will the rights of Circuits he observed la the matter of Amalgamations? In reply, the following resolution of the three Conferences will be found pertinent : " The Conference re-affirms that there will be no disturbance of existing local Church relations, inasmuch as there can be no amalgamation or alteration of circuits without mutual consent." This resolution may he said to have particular reference to the transitional period, and recognises that the desire of a circuit should be given proper consideration. There will be no attempt to force local unions. Respect for local opinion and good feeling will be the prevailing attitude. Pan..

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7 FEBRUARY 4, THE METHODIST LEADEIG FT The Evangel at Home and Abroad. MISSIONARY COMMITTEE AT GRIMSBY. The General Missionary Committee met at Flottergate Church, Grimsby. In the absence of the President and Vice- President, the duties of the chair were shared by the Rev. J. T. Barkby and Mr. J. Brearley. There was, unhappily, need for a large number of -messages of condolence and sympathy._ Home Affairs. The reports of the Home Missions were full of cheer. Help was promised toward new Methodist structures at Portchester, Farnham; Purbrook, Portsmouth; Eshwinning, Waterhouses; Salisbury and Slough; while commendable enterprise at Handsworth was promised pro rata help. Forty-four rural evangelistic campaigns had been conducted and twenty-six were projected, at a total cost to the funds of about 300. Striking tributes had been paid to the ter of the Fernando Poo population is indicated in the fact of 68 removals for the quarter. At Oron two candidates walked three miles in a very bad tornado to be baptised, while at bet lelepene, with its total of 8,000 members and catechumens, 400 gathered to the Communion service, and a sled was built to provide extra accommodation. Three local preachers had been ordained at Bende, and retreats for kcal preachers and class leaders arranged. Adadia has asked a local preacher to consider a call to the ministry. Port Harcourt harvest festival crowded the church, and the collection was 17. Opobo has opened a new solid cement school-church at Egwanga, the hard worlc, together with the joy of completion, having given new life to the church. Natives of Kono are eager to read, the increasing literature in their own tongue both meeting and spiritual ministries. We should meet this challenge. Mr. Williams mentioned how greatly Uzuakoli and Nigeria generally appreciated the support of the home churches in the present time of stress, and pleaded for the type of education for which the Institute stood. It had been chosen to rank with two Government colleges; such was the official opinion of its efficiency. Visits had been paid by two Lieutenant Governors, Dr. Irvine and the Chaplain of Achimota, Mr. Duckworth, of the Government Science Department, the District Resident, the Director and Assistant Director of Education, who all expressed satisfaction. Of the staff of 16, all except three were trained in the Institute, and while four 'Europeans were set apart for this work, they did not wish to remain longer than they were needed. Here also all cost save of 'Europeans was THE GROUP MOVEMENT. A Northwich Experience. A definite spiritual experience has come to our Witton-street Church, Northwich, in connection with the Group Movement. In October of last year a Group of young people from the Chorlton-cum-Hardy Wesleyan Church held a weekend retreat there. Some looked upon the experiment as a very doubtful adventure. If it Group were formed, would it damage any existing organisation, e.g., the Sunday-school, which is graded and fully staffed? The result has exceeded the highest hopes. About 30 young people between the ages of 16 and 25 attended the retreat, which commenced on the Saturday evening at the minister's house, and resumed on Sunday morning at nine. The morning service was taken by the Chorlton Group. Following the afternoon school, the young people met again and continued their discussions until B p.m. About 50 remained for the Communion and dedication service, which was of a most impres. value of this witness by the circuits benefiting, and testimonies were paid in the meeting by brethren who had been privileged to participate in this form of service. Nothing sensational had been attempted, but remarkable results had followed beyond all tabulation. Little societies had been heartened and revived, individual conversions were recorded, and in some districts where industrial conditions and the general apathy had wearied good folk almost to despair a new inspiration to fresh and confident endeavour had been born. We heard of little meetings in isolated places, united services in which all the Churches (not excepting the Anglicans) shared, gatherings of the unemployed, and of individual persuasion all with blessed results. Missioners spoke of the effect of this direct commendation of the Saving Name upon their own lives in new revelation and passion. Altogether it was a gracious interlude in the business, and brought the committee to the very heart of the things which supremely matter. Ecumenical and Other Reports. The Revs. G. E. Wiles and C. P. Groves, B.D., reported concerning the Ecumenical Conference, the latter recounting his extended visits to various native educational establishments in America. Of special interest and encouragement were the indications of a more enlightened facing of the colour question. The report of the London Forward Movement indicated that we had participated in the erection of seven new churches at a total cost of about 45,000. In one particular case 400 children gathered for the school session on the first Sunday after opening, and now the number was 800. To the fund 20,000 had been promised out of the 25,000 required, and 18,000 actually paid. Even Whitechapel, with all Its need, had rendered help by a collection of 7. The Church Extension Fund could do more were its resources greater. Churches which had benefited did not remember their promise to contribute annually. The Rev. T. Sykes had experienced fruitful seasons at Belfast and Stockton. African Affairs. The African reports provided the usual thrill. The perpetually changing cheese- THE GENERAL MISSIONARY COMMITTEE AT GRIMSBY. creating this demand. A catechism is in the press and Mr. Kingston has completed the translation of 21 chapters of Luke. Haywood Wiko, who has been prepared under Mr. Kingston's guidance for the ministry, now enters Wesley College. In co-operation with the Government, Dr. Brown is rapidly proceeding with arrangements for the Leper Colony. The cost of the medical work will be defrayed by grants by the will of the Native Council out of revenue provided by taxation, but we are responsible for the work specifically spiritual and educational. From Rhodesia come indications of development. The eagerly awaited first air mail arrived with letters only eight days old. Within the space of a few months a journey only possible by foot in four days is now completed by motor on a newly constructed road in eight hours. A Christmas Day service was held, and afterwards visits paid to European and Native hospitals with words and gifts of cheer. Matthew Shatadimie has conserved the work et Nanthila during the absence of the missionary. Mr. and Mrs. Kerswell found a warm welcome on their return to INambala, saddened all too soon by the death of a native teacher in his first quarter of service. Miss Brown and Miss Booth have arrived at Kasenga, impatient to establish the girls' school. At Kanchindu, where famine is rife, the Government sent 4,500 bags of grain. Nine hundred people gathered to the Mission for relief, and Mr. Curry has co-operated with the relief officers. Kafue students, keen to serve, visit all the villages within reach on Sunday to carry the Good News. Clixby estate has ploughed and planted 50 acres and is increasing its herd. The whole cost of the work except the salaries of Europeans is locally raised. Welcomes Home. Miss Brazier, the Revs. H. I.. 0. Williams and J. R. Shaw responded to the welcome extended to missionaries lately ke:oe,tvurtnhede ;Fount,,fruerlootighihotr iash depended upon awakening in the native the spirit of service. Not merely more money and men were required, but the - education of the African in responsibility. Some 12,000 'Europeans were now in the district, with their own special need of locally raised. The universal trade depression seriously affects the work. Girls are unable to enter the Mary Hanney Memorial School. Nevertheless, at Ilcot Ekpene few natives have neglected to pay class money, it number of the churches recording that each full member had completed his contribution for the year. In some cases people cannot give what is necessary to keep native teachers et their posts, and those who continue have suffered it " cut " of 12 per cent., yet with cheerfulness give their spare time to villages whence teachers have departed. For the muchneeded Nara advance no grant can be made from current account. Finances and Practical Aids. The balance sheets are eloquent. Two hundred circuits depend upon help from the Home Fund, yet it is 600 behind for the quarter as compared with last year, for which the total was 4,00, less than the year before. Although the African deficit is 19,218, money has come in well considering the times, the quarterly income being but 250 below that of last year. Thanks were expressed to the C.A.A. and the Insurance Company for gifts of 500. The W.M.F. reported 25 new branches, leaving only 112 circuits unrepresented in the movement; and a long list of.special donations. The Lantern Slide Department is experiencing it great demand in the hiring of gramophone records. Missionary schools, where hold, evolve a desire for more. The public meetings were of high order, and for all arrangements and superb hospitality the Grimsby- and Cleethorpes ministers and people were heartily thanked. A. E. H. TUCKER. Authority, by J. Arundel Chapman (Epworth Press, 3d.), is No. 24 of the Fellowship of the Kingdom Pamphlets. It is a thoughtful and suggestive treatment of this vexed subject. Mr. Chapman deals with it first hi it general sense, discriminating the grounds of authority, external and internal, and the sphere of coercion, and then considers its religious aspect. He concludes that there must be authentication by the moral consciousness of the individual, but with a special appeal to the authority of external testimony. But infallibility (citing Salmon) is a " dream of the imagination." sire nature. Three Groups have since been formed, each consisting of 12 to 15 members. They meet fortnightly by mutual arrangement, eitheron the church premises or by invitation in the homes of the members. A marked change is being witnessed in These young folk. A rare spirit of friendship pervades them. The " Way of Jesus," with its tremendous challenge, is being accepted, not merely as an intellectual problem, but in its practical personal and social applications. Reserve and diffidence are giving way. The Sunday-school in particular is finding the difference. The young people are keen for work, and the two recent church efforts which raised were most loyally supported by the combined Groups. The Group members are now enthusiastically preparing themselves for retreat to be held soon at our Barnton Church. A. M, REDCAR NEW ORGAN. The Zetland Park (Reek.) Church witnessed the opening and dedication of a handsome two-manual pipe-organ (built by Nelson and Sons, Durham) on Januy 27th. The Mayor (Sirs. Lon, dale, ar J.P.) presided. Mrs. P. Croskell performed the opening ceremony. The Rev. T. Site conducted the dedication service, which was followed by an appropriate sermon by the Rev. J. A. Smith, of Middlesbrough, and it well patronised tea. Owing to the illness of Mr. W. J. Stohbart, Mus.Bac., F.R.C.O., the organ recital in the evening was given by Mr. J. W. Wright, A.R.C.O., organist of the St. George's Congregational Church, Middlesbrough. Coon. S. Walker presided. The special soloists were Mrs. G. Cook, Mrs. NI. Hatfield, Mrs. E. Talbot and Master T. Dixon. Over LOO was raised for the Organ Fund. This church, opened it little more than two years ago in it new area. et the cost of over 1,0011, with the assistance of the Missionary Committee, already huts 166 members, 270 scholars, thriving Boys' and Girls' Brigades, Senior and Junior C.E. Societies and it strong Sisterhood. It is a " hive of industry," and is meeting the needs of a vast new population.

8 72 THE METHODIST LEADER. FEBRUARY 4, Y i 1, *-...4 CHAPTER XIX. MORE MISCHIEF BREWING. Morley and Simmonds continued their heated discussion, and fragments of their conyer.iion pro, ided Gaily with a clue as to their identity. They were the men he saw in Foxby-lane yesterday. That big fellow wouldn't give him a bit of baccy. Stolen two hose:red and fifty quid, had they? And than lost it? The old man chuckled. That would be the money he had got. If it was stolen he must give it to somebody or he would be locked up. They would say he had taken it. His cogitations were interrupted at this point. "Can't stand this," said Morley, gelling up from the floor. "I am going up there," jerking his thumb in the direction of the trap-door. "There may be something softer to sit on." He mounted the ladder and pushed at the door. Gaily pushed back. "Queer I '' ejaculated Morley. "It gives, and yet I can't open the thing. Conte up and give us a hand." Simmonds obeyed. All Gaily's attention was now concentrated on keeping the door down. He felt it beginning to lift again as the two men pmhed. Then catne a terrilic flash and almost simultaneously a deafening crash. Some monarch oak had retched its death blow in the forest near. There followed a faint cry, a scraping sound, and another crash, though quite trivial in comparison with the one just heard. Gaily saw the two men sprawling on the floor of the barn and the ladder beside them. The clap of thunder had so startled them that they had lost their balance and!alien. They got up and seemed none the worse for their mishap. But they made no further attempt to reach the loft, though it was disconcerting to Gaily to note that they did not replace list ladder. The men began to talk again, and the old fellow listened. "I say," said Simmonds, "what's the thing you have got hold of for to-morrow? You'd better tell me while we'y e nothing else to do " Morley kindled at once. "There's a bank down there," he began, indicating Newcott. "A one-man shovv. There's nothing doing most of the week, but every fortnight they have a cattle market. All the old farmer Johnnies in the district turn up, and things hum at the lents." He paused. "Well," said Simmonds, reflectively, "I guess they pay most of their money in by cheques, and they're no use to us." "It isn't what they pay in, it's what they draw out. I was talking to that shopkeeper this morning, and he said his big day for trade was every Saturday fortnight, because the farmers came to the market and drew enough money out of the bank to pay w-ages and get provisions for the next fortnight." "I don's get you. What are you driving at?" "Well, you see, there's not much money kept at the bank as a rule, but to-morrow morning a supply will be sent front Burtlow to inert the special demands." "Well?" "Soon after tne auction's started well spot a car. They park them anywhere here. Ill leave you in charge of the car while I go to the bank, frighten the Johnnie with my shooter, collect a few hundred, and clear. You'll be teady with the car, and off well go." "But suppose there are folks in the bank?" "I'll spend my time filling up forms or reading prospectuses till the coast's clear. - HIS PROVIDENTIAL WAY by GEORGE and HARRY FAULKNER " He fought his doubts and gathered strength." Besides, a revolver will put the wind up a whole crowd of country Johnnies." "Maybe!" said Simmonds, without conviction. '"Where do you propose to make for?" "Start for Burtlow, and once outside the village, double back and go north. We may have to abandon the car." Gaily listened and thought harder than Ile was wont. It was a nice little plan. What could he do? He wouldn't tell a policeman, at any rate. "To-night we'll wander round and hunt up the roads a bit," said Morley. Simmonds grunted his approval and then said, "I rn tired of this black hole. The storm's met.. Let's go." Gaily waited until they were beyond hearing, then raised the trap-d.r. The ladder still lay where it had fallen ; but he was not to be beaten. In a few moments he had tossed a large quantity of hay on to the floor below, and then lowered himself upon it without the slightest injury. He waited a few minutes to allow Morley and Simmonds to get well away, and then, with a smile on his weather-beaten face, he made for Newcott. In the school-house Flora sat by her mother. "The shy, s over now, dear," she said. "Let me get you some of Mr. Cornaby's grapes." "I don't sent any grapes." The answer was fretful. "It's very good of Mr. Co, naby to keep bringing me things, isn't it?" "Very good," agreed Flora, adjusting the bed-clothes. "I really wish he wouldn't. But it is for your sake, mother. I cannot refuse kindnesses done to my little mother, can I?" "Are you sure that he brings them for me? I fancy I'm just a convenience. don't mind in the least it is nice to be useful." "What do you mean? For whom does he bring things if not for you?" "You know what I mean." And when Flora protested her ignorance, she added, "Anybody can see he's after you. Doesn't he meet you when you come out of school at night? Didn't he go to chapel last Sunday? It's not difficult to guess what he's after. Young men don't usually run about with grapes and flowers for bedridden old women." A deep flush suffused Flora's face. "Don't, mother," she begged, in real distress. "It's all your fancy. I do meet him when I come from school, but beyond wishing each other 'Good-evening' as we pass, nothing is ever said. I don't know what made him come to chapel ctiriosity, at bract hat m'k't17eds 11.1;ismiriqt titiirse ifrt'edrneyou Flora was sincere enough in saying this. Cornaby had not mentioned love to her. He was invariably courteous, and his kindness to her mother,was beyond praise, but no word of love had escaped him. However, Mrs. Burton was not blind. "You little innocent," she said, when Flora had finished, "where are your eyes? He is madly in love with you. When he comes here he watches you every second. When you leave the room he pretends to listen to what I am saying, but he is really listening for your return." "blather, you mustn't talk like this. Of course it isn't true. If it were, I should be greatly troubled." "But why?" queried Mrs. Burton. "I'm glad. When your other affair was broken off, I was very worried about you." "Worried about rne, mother?" "Yes! I shan't live always, I don't want to live always like this, and I couldn t bear to thinlc of you being alone all your life. You're still my little girl, you know. ' There was a caress in the words a mother's caress. Flora experienced a rush of tender emotions. which brought tears to her eyes and mad.: her avert her head hurriedly. "It was such a comfort to know there was going to be someone else," the sick woman concluded. "But there is not going to be anyone else, mother." "Do you mean that you wouldn't have Mr. Cornaby?" asked Mrs. Burton, incredulously. "He hasn't asked me. In fact, I feel sure that he has no more thought of such a thing than I have; but if he did ask me, I should refuse." "Then I think you would be foolish, very f.lish. What's the use of wasting your life fretting over John Hunter? He isn't worth it ; the scamp." "Mother, dear, John is not a scamp. YOU don't know him." "I know you are doing yourself harm worrying over him. You don't eat as you should. I have seen the light in your bedroom through the cracks in the door, and I know you can't sleep. You look ill. Forget all about a fellow who has treated you so badly. He isn't worth as thought." Flora had a struggle to keep back the burning defence of John which rushed to her lips, but she prevailed. "You don't understand." she whispered, as she bent to kiss the invalid. "III go and prepare tea." Before her mother could reply. Flora left the room. She began to think of John. "John," she breathed to herself, "why did you let this happen? Why must you lose your faith in God? Couldn't you have kepi seeking? If you had, I would have walked by your side anywhere. I could live alone if I knew you were all right. John! where are you? I can't bear not to know." Her mother was right, she was making herself ill with anxiety. "Why," asked a Aoice, "did you break the engagement?" "We could not be one in heart and life, when the biggest and best things in my life are dead to him," she answered. Thus the conflict continued, whilst she busied herself with preparations for tea. The butter-dish was empty, and a visit Is the grocer's became imperative Telling her mother where she was going, she tel off for the very shop where John Hunter had stood a little n-bite previously. The shopkeeper was talkative, and Flora lingered. She caught the sound of children's voices outside shouting something in derision. Buster's voice was easily detected. Flora listened. "Owd Gaily! Owd Bag-legs! Owd Gaily I Owd Bag-legs I" the words fell into a sort of chant. Flora stepped to the doorway and saw the old man approaching the shop, followed by eight or nine boys. The young rascals were not afraid of the tratnp, but they turned and scampered off like startled rabbits when they saw their teacher. "I'm sorry they've been so rude, Mr. Gaily," Flora said. "It dunna matter, lass," answered the old man as he entered the shop. Flora had left her purchases on the counter, so she followed him in. "A bit o' baccy," Gaily said, addressing the shopkeeper. He produced twopence, a penny of which he dropped. Flora picked it up and returned it with a smile. That a smile gave him an idea. He knew flie school mistress. More than once she had defended him from the boys, and he had received many a cup of tea at her hands. The grocer was cutting off a liberal supply of twist, and Flora was about to leave the shop, when Gaily stopped her. "Might I speak to yea a moment?" he inquired. Flora came back at once. "Not hare; outside," he added. "I've got tea almost ready," she told him. "Come up to the house and I'll give you a cup.' Gaily touched his forehead as a sign of acceptance and thanks, and a minute M. two later was knocking at the schoolhouse door. Buster and his pals watched him from afar. They dared not chaff the old man now. Teacher's house was a city of refuge. "I'm so sorry, Mr. Gaily, but the kettle doesn't quite boil. Come in and sit down for a few minutes." Gaily entered and sat on a chair just inside the door. He would not be persuaded to go farther in. To Flora's surprise, he had no sooner placed his staff on the floor and laid his battered hat on the top ol it, than he began to rummage in his general storehouse. At length he found the wallet and handed it to Flora. She looked at has enquiringly. "Found it," he remarked by way of expla.tion. Flora removed the elastic band and was amazed to discover that the contents were pound notes. "Good gracious, Mr. Gaily!" she exclahned, "wherever did you get these?" "Don't tell a policeman?" he begged. "I think I can promise not to do tbat; but it depends." Then he told her how he had found the notes. "You are very honest, Mr. Gaily," she observed. "Really the policeman ought to have them, you know. He will hand them to the rightful owner." "No!" protested Gaily, shaking his head. "They'll say I took 'em." "Then I'll send for Mr. Cornaby from the bank. He'll take care of them until the owner is found. Still the police ought to know; they wouldn't hurt you." " Dunna," pleaded the old man, ''clunna." "But why? I can't keep them. They are not mine. Then suppose someone broke in and stole them. Mr. Cornaby is a friend of ours, and I am sure they would be safe with him." Then Gaily had to tell what he had overheard in Bullock's barn. Flora forgot all about tea as she listened. The kettle was boiling, but she ignored it. When the story was finished, thought for a moment and then said, "Mn. Gaily, you must let me send for Mr. Cornaby, and I want you to tell hitn exactly what you have said me." "Dunne, miss, dunna." "But I must, unless I send Inc the policeman. These men may not only tstke money, they may kill somebody. You must let me send." "Go on, then, bust it!'' Flora put her head inside her mother's room and said, "I am just going over to 'PTt i:,:rt.hc:d7itye'rt";rt.hror'n' aby back front his walk earlier than he intended, and he answered the data himself. She saw his eyes light up with pleasure as he said, "Come in, Miss Burton." "I want you to come over to our house at once," she replied gravely. "Old Gaily is there and he has told me a queer tale of a proposed attempt to rob the bank to-morrow." Is he at your house noav?" "Yes, l'ae asked him to wait." "Thanks! I'll come with you." He reached his hat and they went over lo the school-house. The old man's story filled him with concern. It was fantastic, but it rang true. "The policeman called this afternoon," he remarked, "and told me that men wanted for the theft of a car and burglary were at large, and might be in the neighbourhood. I must get in touch with him at once." "Derma," begged Gaily. "Mr. Gaily doesn't like policemen," Flora explained. "But my dear fellow, I must. We'll keep you out of it if Ave can. But stay about here to-night, will you?" "I dunna," Gaily replied. "I'll make tea and Mr. Gaily will stay here for a time," interposed Flora. She

9 !E1111UARY 4, Rooted significantly at Cornaby, who slipped away leaving the old man to hive his (ea.,'you can smoke," said Flora, when he had finished his meal.."i'll be going, miss, thank yer." There was a knock on the door. Cornaby and the policeman stood there. Gaily gave a grunt of disgust. He felt he had been trapped. What would they say he had done this time? (To he continued.) HEXHAM ALL-METHODISTS. Successful Union' Rally. A groat Methodist Union Rally was held in our Hexham Church on Thurs. day, January 14th. Ministers and layette from four Methodist circuits enthusiastically supported. In the afternoon Mr. J. H. Brogdon, J.P., a prominent Wesleyan, presided over a large audience. The Rev. S. Palmer spoke, pleading the cause of Youth in the new order of Methodism. He gripped his audience, and the subsequent discussion revealed a keen desire to concentrate attention upon young people and to organise Sunday and week-day work on their behalf. The evident eagerness of all present to make Union a means of blessing, and especially in the shepherding of young people, was most inspiring. Tea was provided and served by the ladies of the three circuits. The fraternal spirit prevailed, and strangers from the country were amused by trying to spot the churches from which the ladies came. They were nearly always wrong. Tea was followed by a Praise Service, led by Mr. J. A. Welch. There is something in Methodism that comes to its best in song. Our fathers would have been in the spirit in that hour; there was a readiness to be swept into service and baptised for holy endeavour. The Rev. W. Handyside, Wesleyan superintendent, presided over a large gathering in the evening. From Its and near, from the outposts of the Cheviot foothills and the wild fells, 600 people assembled in our beautiful church. The Rev. W. H. Jeffries (U.M.) spoke of the challenge in the difficulties facing us, and pleaded for courage to turn obstacles into means of grace. The Rev. S. Palmer spoke of Wesley's vision and business. The united choir of sixty voices, led by Mr. C. W. Wood, sang " Thou wilt keep hire in perfect peace," " As the had pan. " (Mendelssohn) and " The heavens are telling." The meetings were full of interest, and gave assurance that the things common to us all will be strong enough to weld us into a church which will lead our generation into a new vision of God and new triumphs of service. The arrangements were carried out by the Rev. A. Vickers. S.S. SECRETARIES AT DOVER. The London-road Church, Dover, has just held it most successful conference of Sundayschool teachers and workers. On the Sunday the pulpit was shared by the Rev. J. W. Clifford, M.A. (General Sunday-school Secretary) and the Rev. F. C. Taylor, M.A., B.D. (vice-secretary). On the Monday and Tuesday the subjects were Bible Study and Child Study, introduced by Mr. Clifford and Mr. Taylor respectively.. A tea-table conference on the Wednesday on " The Problems of the Sunday School " was very " live," and the questions asked indicated great keenness on the part of the teachers to meet their difficulties and to achieve greater efficiency. The Wednesday evening meeting was an open one. Mr. Taylor spoke on " What Youth Demands from the Church " and Mr. Clifford on " Youth and the New Methodism." Both church and school workers have caught new visions, and found new inspirations. Young people's work, which for some years has been a distinctive feature at London-road, has now definitely entered the stage when the emphasis is upon efficiency as well as enthusiasm; upon moral achievement as well as numerical results. Confidence :s high that better work still will be done, and that the young people will not only he held, but use.d. r11-1e METHODIST LEADER. The Third Time. A STUDY IN THE ART OF UNITY. In the friendly and dissolving atmosphere of the Ministers' Fraternal, the Free Church ministers in a certain town had found that differing conceptions of church life and of Christian truth were not destructive of fellowship, but rather the means of its enrichment. Gradually a desire that the circle of fellowship should be enlarged grew stronger, and expansive goodwill prompted the sending of an invitation to the Anglican clergymen to be our guests at one of the monthly meetings. As they who are strangers to each other lose self-consciousness and fraternise more freely over a topic of mutual interest, it was suggested that the meeting should begin with informal conversations about the possibility and the ways of re-union amongst Protestant Churches. Fortunately, he to whom the invitation went was a broadminded Evangelical Churchman, whose official position and personal influence carried weight with his brethren. Through his sympathetic response and stimulating example, a dozen or more of the Anglican clergymen gathered with the Free Churchmen in the minister's vestry at the Congregational Church. By FRANK M. KELLEY. The opening contribution, made by a capable and forceful young vicar who will probably gain high preferment, was a strong and confident statement of the Anglican belief in the unapproachable supremacy of the Mother Church from which, for various reasons, others have broken free. The traditional importance and practical value of the Episcopate were treated as a fundamental assumption that excluded consideration of other forms of Church government, and could not admit the possible validity of an ordination other than that at the hands of a bishop. By implication it was suggested that the Anglican Church is a mother, strong, not in her love for wayward sons, but in her complacent assurance that a return to the old homestead is inevitable. When that time comes, with a magnanimity that springs from the privilege of dictating terms, she will offer welcome. In justification of aloofness and patient waiting, it was stated, " We have all that you have, and much more besides." The finality of the pronouncement left no opportunity for a re-definition of the place and nature of authority, or. a statement of the invaluable treasures of freedom. It was well that we should be compelled to face such facts as the.. There can be no real fellowship where vital differences are minimised or ignored. But the most difficult factor in the situation was not in historic events, or even in the rigidity of ecclesiastical organisation, but in the stiffness of a convinced superiority, in a mind that will think only in certain directions, and a spirit that is lacking in humility and charity. Several of the visitors seemed displeased with a bluntness that bordered on discourtesy. Kindly words were spoken in sincere appreciation of the friendly gesture of the invitation, and of the much more important matter, the contribution which Free Church teachers, poets and saints have made to the spiritual heritage of Christendom. These were followed by an outburst from a clergyman who had sat silently in a corner near the window. Springing to his feet, in jerky, forcing phrases he uttered his ultimatum, that apart from the medium of sacramental grace there can be no evangelical experience. He did not wait to offer further enlightenment, or to help in our recovery from shock, but, excusing himself, he opened the door and went out. Strange as it may sound, we guessed that he had gone on an errand of mercy, for he was a High Churchman possibly an Anglo. Catholic with inexhaustible interest in poor folk. Hard blows are not resented by those who love the truth, and after this withdrawal a Baptist minister hinted that an invitation to meet again would not be unwelcome. Then we had tea together, and afterwards quiet reflection strengthened the thought that the day of Re-union is not yet, and that whilst orders and organisations are dominant in affections, daybreak will be long delayed. Some months later a meeting was arranged in the Parish Church Hall, with " Secularism " as the topic for consideration. A new sense of interdependence is sometimes born in the presence of a common danger, or the need for facing a common enemy. But if he who chose the topic was alive to the seriousness of the situation, the discussion revealed that a lively consciousness of outside pressure, sufficiently threatening and severe to compel co-operative activity in self-defence or in aggressive campaigns, was not general. The nature of the contributions was disheartening. One revealed a coop. placent assurance of security; another attacked unfairly a group of Free Church ministers; another dogmatically asserted the need for a return to the Decalogue, and his remarks revealed no knowledge of New Testament teachings; another, conscientious but a little despondent, felt that the only thing to do was to maintain the routine services of the Church calendar. It was expected and hoped that differences of method would emerge, but it was disturbing to discover that these could not be co-ordinated. The disposition to cooperate was weak or wanting. The unwelcome thought that denominational loyalties, valuable as they have been in work and witness, may take precedence over interest in the Kingdom of God, and devotion to the dictates of the Spirit of Christ, was insistent and saddening. * In spite of this unsatisfactory second meeting, a further invitation was offered to the Anglicans in the following autumn. A sincere desire to find points of contact and to emphasise agreements found expression in the suggestion that " Jesus Christ " should be the topic. An old and wise secretary sate the possibility of antagonisms even in this, and in sending out his notices, added the parenthetical advice, " Non-controversial." Seven or eight Anglicans accepted the invitation, and these were they who had been most friendly on previous occasions. The abstentions were significant, and, though we would have desired it otherwise, not altogether a loss. In his opening words, the chairman, a cultured minister of independency of thought, put aside at once the.age-long controversies concerning doctrines of the Person of Christ. The hour was filled with choice and intimate contributions that revealed what Jesus had meant in personal experience and public ministry. In a rich variety of appreciations, there was the constant wonderment of indebtedness and of profound lose. The first to speak rejoiced in Holman Hunt's dignified conception of " The Light of the World," and gloried in a Christ who is divine. An elderly Anglican saint spoke of a Christ for Whom the world has waited long, and Who is the fulfilment of the good of which men dreamed and spoke. Another told of the hunger in men's eyes when the story of Jesus the Carpenter, the strong Son of God, had been told in dinner-hour talks outside a factory. Another spoke of childhood's spontaneous love for the Friend of little children, of Youth's perplexity, and comfort in comradeship, and of insanity's overwhelming gratitude that He, Who was made like unto His brethren, is yet so different from us. Others shared the findings or deposits of mystic hours and quiet retreats..the sense of an Unseen Presence pervaded the group, and hearts were warm and glad. Recalling the classic comment of one who said; " If Shakespeare came through that door we should all rise to greet him; but if Jesus Christ came tee should- all fall down before Him," the chairman sensed the common desire for prayer. We kneeled down side by side, and as each man prayed it was impossible to tell who was Anglican and who Free Churchman. Of such things we did not think, for our uniting communion was in Him Whose deep desire was, and is, that " they all may be one." DEBT REDUCTION. Tooting's Fine Achievement. Our Lynwood-road Church, Upper Tooting, has just successfully consummated it protracted effort to reduce the debt of 9110 on the property. Undeterred by the difficulties of the times, the members resolutely addressed themselves to the task of raising 300 during Encouraging promises of help were received from three different sources, the first, from our General Chapel Fund Committee, of ten per cent. on 300. A friend of the church protuised a similar ten per cent. These promises were conditional on the raising of the k3c0 by the end of the year. Another friend promised ten per cent. on all raised for debt reduction during These promises provided a fine stimulus. A gracious gesture on the part of the Rev. J. A. Broadbelt, fully expressive of the spirit of Methodist Union, gave added encouragement. A fine concert was arranged at the 'rooting Wesleyan Central Hall, resulting in a generous gift of 51 to the funds. The same splendid spirit was reflected in the other churches of our circuit, Oldridge-road contributing 50, and Wimbledon a substantial donation. The great effort of the Lynwoodroad Church was the three days' "Fairyland Bazaar" in the autumn, which realised the encouraging WWI of 102. On Saturday last, at it thanksgiving meeting, the report of Ole year's effort was presented. The Rev. F. G. Saville presided, supported by the Rev. G. W. Weatherill, Mrs. Hoare, Messrs. T. H. Gear, G. H. Nash, and A. Strike. The choir contributed to the programme, and refreshments were served by the ladies. There was great rejoicing when it was announced that, with the addition of seteral donations, the 300 had been raised, so that with the three promised contributions of ten per cent., 1;100 would be paid off the debt. Hearty thanks were expressed by the minister to all who had co-operated in this magnificent success, which evokes gratitude to God and enheartenment for the future. HOME MISSIONS DEPARTMENT ALL-METHODIST EVANGELISTIC CAMPAIGN FOR LONDON MANOR PARK FEBRUARY 6th-15th MISSIONER : Rev. TOM SYKES

10 74 THE METHODIST LEADER. FEBRUARY 4, SEEING IS BELIEVING! COMPARISON WELCOMED! Your School may have a parcel of our splendid REWARDS on Approval Give number, some guide re prices, and an indication of the ages to be suited. And, also, there is such a virtue as loyalty. ALL KINDS of SUPPLIES AND ALL OF THE BEST HOLBORN PUBLISHING HOUSE, (ERNEST BARRETT) HOLBORN HALL, CLERKENWELL ROAD, LONDON, E.C.1 AFRICA SPEAKS c The "Dark Continent" is catching the light of a new dawn. Jesus Christ is bringing newness of life to the Africans. ci " Where formerly lions prowled and warring tribes drenched the land in blood, and the Arab slave raiders preyed like vultures on women and children there, mercy and love are' healing the woes of men under the shadow of the Cross." This is the work of your missionaries in Christ's name. II YOU may share in it. We need your help. Send a special donation to your minister or to the P.M. Mission House. Secretary: Rev. GEO. AYRE, 8 Holborn Hall, Gray's Inn Rd. London, W.C.1 The Methodist Leader. Meorporating the Primitive Methodist sod the Primitive Methodist World. FEBRUARY 4th, THE COURSE OF EVENTS. THE DISARMAMENT CONFERENCE. The Disarmament Conference, which opened this week, is as fateful a gathering as any held since that at which the Treaty of Peace was signed. Its success will mean the first real attempt to carry out one of the moot important provisions of that Treaty, and may lead to the breaking up of the suspicions which haunt Europe like an evil spectre, and mark the beginning of a new era of goodwill and co-operation. Its failure will strengthen suspicion and foster fear, and set loose the very elements the Loearno and Kellogg Pacts were designed to destroy. There is no misunderstanding anywhere of what the world desires, just as there is no misconception of what the Treaties and Pacts demand. Nations which have solemnly renounced war as an instrument of national policy, and pledged themselves to a process of disarmament. are bound by'honour as well as by logic to keep their word. They are not expected to go the full length the logic of their commitments demands all at once, nor would that be called for, but if the letter is not observed the spirit should find expression. A free flow of the spirit may find a change of the letter to be a good thing, and none would mind that so long as the spirit was at work. But if the spirit be absent, then the fact of the letter standing may prove a killing thing. What is certain is that faiiure to do something now to prove that the spirit is willing to talce a real step will provoke Germany to repudiate a part, if not the whole, of the Treaty of Versailles. By that Treaty the signatories have bound themselves to a definite course of disarmament. They have entered into a covenant which carries a legal as well as a moral obligation. If, without just cause, this honourable and legal contract is flouted, Germany will consider herself absolved from her share in its observance. And who shall say her nay? As far as can be gathered, Italy is in agreement with the German demand that the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles should be carried out. The great mass of opinion in this country is emphatically in the same direction. If Germany declared her intention to arm again, and proceeded to do so, France would protest, and she might do so violently. But who would support France? England and Italy? Or would 'England and Italy stand by and see Germany invaded? These questions are not as remote from actuality as they may appear to be Failure at the Disarmament Conference may make them startlingly real. What can the Conference do? It can free Germany from the restrictions imposed by the Versailles Treaty and permit it to escape its present inferiority by arming itself up to flee accepted European standard. None but a madman would claim that that was a solution of the problem. It can decide to reduce other armies and navies to the limit prescribed by the Treaty for Germany. Germany has never asked nor desired that, and it will never be considered. The Treaty did not contemplate it. But neither did the Treaty contemplate keeping Germany permanently in a state of hopeless inferiority. The case as it now works itself out under the Treaty and subsequent Pacts is for the voluntary reduction of the weapons of aggressive warfare. These weapons have been interpreted to mean tanks, submarines, warships over ten thousand tons, heavy artillery, military aircraft and conscription. This interpretation may not hold good to-day. One nation may claim that what is regarded by another nation as an aggressive weapon is for them a weapon of defence. Technicians would never agree upon these points, and if the issue were left with them the situation would be hopeless. The only hope of a way out lies in the realm of political agreement, and this means a facing up to France's demand for security. Can that be met? France is already assured of the support of Great Britain in the event of an attack on her by Germany, but she does not regard that as enough. France claims that the Covenant of the League binds all nations within the League to come to the aid of a nation wantonly attacked. Can that be made clear? As at present stated, the national policy of France is disarmament on a guaranteed security, and a security such as is contemplated by the provisions of the Covenant itself. There are thus two major issues before the Conference. One is the German demand that disarmament should be begun forthwith. The second is that before France can begin to disarm her security must be guaranteed. and in accordance with the very Covenant which insists on di. armament. The former is dependent on the latter, and it would appear that the Conference will stand or fall as it is able to deal with this situation. Japan Still on the War Path. Japan appears to have made up her mind that if she is to be hanged, she might just as welt be hanged for a sheep as a iamb., The probability is that she smiles at the thought of a gallows. She knows that China is in no position to command an execution, and from the. past attitude of the League of Nations she infers that diplomatic representations and grave warnings mean little more than polite exhortations to behave herself. Japan is in no need of tuition from anybody as to how she should conduct negotiations on that basis. So long as she has generals and admirals at strategic points, ready to take action on sufficient provocation and free to do so, she can deal with " Notes " in the timehonoured way beloved of flee ieast. In the meantime the League Council is seeking in secret the way to make Japan amenable to her own contracts, but with no obvious success. There are no signs that Admiral Shiozawa is even aware of its existence. If he is he can model his activities after the pattern set by General Honjo. General Honjo " got away with it " and covered Manchuria. Shimawa may yet do the same with Shanghai and much besides. New Children' Bill. No nation can regard itself as civilised that does not seek to protect its children. And at no time can a progressive civilisation be contented with what it has done in that direction. We cannot claim to have done everything that should be done, but we can feel a modified satisfaction in that we have not been standing still. With the promise of a new Children and Young Persons Bill before us, which the Home Secretary will introduce next month, it is possible to mark the growth of opinion since the passing of the Children Bill in Twenty-four years ago the parent had practically the sole responsibility for the child. He could be dealt with by law for flagrant and obvious neglect of duty, but beyond insisting that the child should be sent to school, the State left the child severely alone. Even when the child came within the grip of the law it was dealt with in the common courts, except in those rare places where children's courts were being tried out. In the two decades since then we have taken great strides. The welfare of children at home and in school, the special attention given to neglected children, the way in which young offenders are dealt with, have occupied the best attention of trained minds and sympathetic hearts to the inestimable advantage of the race. The new Bill codifies what has been done and marlcs advance, particularly in the way in which young offenders are to be dealt with. It does not pretend to do everything that needs to be done, and that is clamouring to be done, but it is a step in the right direction. With this Bill an Act the way will be open for the nest step forward.

11 FEBRUARY 4, fSeStaiBtittett /ettgitlit iMisaiStIttes**6 THE METHODIST LEADER. ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH. I e er ,411144e9144,00614, ,14tmegligt,018,pgrs RELIGION IN FRENCH ART (2). EFORE I leave the 15th century work of evil, traducing the sacred there are at least two religious subject, and offered evidences of painters represented in the Exhibition at Burlington House whose the picture. Other correspondents, symbols of the black art in details of work calls for some comment. One however, have challenged the validity is Jean Fouquet, who, in addition to of these evidences, and most of the what impresses me as a courageously critic's interpretations are certainly faithful portrait of Charles VII., unconvincing. Figures in the supporting panels represent Isaiah and contributes two panels which originally comprised " the diptych of Jeremiah. The Isaiah is a striking Melun." The first (69) is one of and original figure in a green hooded those presentations of a church gown, with a young face, but Jeremiah as a rather portly ecclesiastic benefactor with his patron saint of which the " Saint Victor and a in Roman vestments is very unsatisfying. It is an interesting evidence Donor," by the Maitre de Moulins, referred to in my last article, is such of the vicissitudes suffered by pictures that this triptych has been re- a glowing example. Fouquet's subject is "Etienne (Stephen) Chevalier, assembled for the Exhibition from Minister of Finance to Charles VII., four quarters (the top has been cut from the Isaiah panel) France, Belgium, England, and Holland. After the 15th century the religious pictures become fewer. To the early 16th belongs Jean Bellegambe's "Conversion of St. Paul" (66). Paul, dressed in full medieval armour, is falling with his white horse, his face upturned to the sky. An arrow sticks-iii the ground in front of him, with his patron saint, St. Stephen." The minister's face is darkly tanned and wears an aspect of humility. St. Stephen stands with one arm round Chevalier's shoulders; in the other hand he carries a book of the Gospels on which rests a large flint, the emblem of his martyrdom. He is clothed in rich ecclesiastical vestments, overlaid with gold, but it is his face which fascinates the attention a refined, rather ascetic face, with marks of suffering on it, but with the light of an inner vision; a face not easily forgotten. The other panel, a "Virgin and Child" (70) is quite a decorative composition, the Virgin being painted in that chalky flesh tint which was frequently affected in her honour at that period, while there is a surrounding wreath of cherub and seraph faces, exquisitely drawn, and coloured blue and scarlet. This took me back to an "Adoration of the Shepherds" by Mantegna, which was in the Italian Exhibition, with cherub heads in vermilion ana bronze. As Fouquet worked in Rome and was a contemporary of Mantegna, it is an interesting speculation whether the French artist took the idea from the Italian. A magnificent picture, which is attributed to the "School of Fouquet," is a "Deposition from the Cross" (46). This is a fine piece of composition, with excellent character and feeling in the figures. The dead Christ, with young and beardless face, and long, light brown hair, is supported at the head by Joseph of Arimathea, and at the feet by Nicodemus, both of whom are dressed as as if a symbol of arrest. Lively alarm and amazement are depicted on the faces and in the attitudes of his retinue. The greatest of the 'religious painters who remain is Nicolas Poussin, whose dates are Two large canvasses depicting the Crossing of the Red Sea (142) and the Worship of the Golden Calf (143) are interesting pictorial illustrations. In the former the waves have just engulfed the Egyptian host, and in the foreground Israelites are snatching trophies from the water's edge. One man kneels with clasped uplifted hands in thanksgiving. In the other Aaron is directing the false worship, while Moses, descending from the mount, breaks the tables. But two " Entombments " are of greater interest, and one is a great work. It is it, structive to compare these. No. 128 is the earlier one, painted when Poussin was about 35. As an artistic rendering of sorrow and grief it is much more crude and conventional than No The latter, painted when Ire was in his fifties, is a most impressive canvas. The light and shade, colouring and composition, all contribute to the unified feeling of the picture. The attitudes of the sorrowing women, of John, halfmazed at the body's head, of Joseph of Arimathea kneeling in the tombentrance and anxiously appealing to John for his help, are eloquently designed. It is a picture before which one can stand long. Space is gone, and I most pass more modern painters like Delacroix, whose sombre "Calvary" (343) and vigorous little "Christ on the Lake" (407) are worthy of attention; and also some depicting the human side of religion like Legros, whose "Ex- swish rabbis, with round caps. Tears glisten on the upturned face of St. John. Every face contributes to the emotional impression of the picture, to the nun who peers round the shaft of the Cross in the background, and to St. James on the extreme right, looking round the shoulder of the donor who kneels before him with an indescribable concern depicted on his features. A correspondent in the Times recently made some extraordinary suggestions about the 15th century triptych of the Annunciation (77) from the Church of the Madeleine, Voto" (498) is a wonderful study of Aix-en-Provence, the unknown peasant-women's faces in worship. painter of which is known by this I was disappointed not to find any work as the "Maitre de l'annonciation d'aix." In the central panel the canoes, a painter with truly religious religious example by Puvis de Cha- Virgin kneels at an ornate readingdesk in a church. An angel on the Gauguin's " Ia Orana Maria " a feeling. But I must at least mention left gives her the message. Above striking version of the Madonna as is seen God the Father, from Whom a dark-skinned Tahitian woman, proceed golden rays, descending on with her boy-child perched on her the Virgin, and in the rays is a tiny shoulder, two Tahitian women bowing before her, and screened by figure of the Infant. 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12 Churches and People. ENGAGEMENTS OF THE PRESIDENT. The Rev. E. McLellan's programme this week is as follows : February 5th, Holborn Hall, London; 7th, Southport; 8th, Walsall; 9th, Willenhall; 10th, Leicester, Presidents' Conference; 11th, Widnes LENGAGE.MENTS Op TI1E VICE-PRESIDENT. Mr. Jas. Black announces the following engagement February 7th, Birmingham Fourth, Selly Oak Church The recovery of the Vice-President's health has given much satisfaction to his friends in the Bloxwich Circuit, which he visited last week. He was in very good form, and his services were greatly appreciated. There was spiritual power present, and in the evening service a number of young men openly dedicated their lives to Christ. We pray that Mr. Black may have strength given him to carry out the remainder of his programme. It was a fine meeting at Flottergate Church, Grimsby, on the Wednesday evening of the General Missionary Committee. Both the Rev. H. L. 0. 'Williams and the Rev. J. R. Shaw gave splendid addresses. Mr. Williams made a convincing apologia for educational missions, and Mr. Shaw's sketch of the pioneer stages and subsequent development of our work in Northern Rhalesia yeas, at the Rev. W. Potter said the next morning, a marvel of neat and effective speech-making " not a loose word anywhere." In the absence of Mr. T. J. Grainge, through indisposition, Mr. H. E. Knott capably presided, with Mr. H. Hodgkinson, of Derby, as Ilk " vice." The noted Flottergate choir, in good force, gave exquisite renderings of Parry's motet, " My soul, there is country " (unaccompanied), and " The heavens are telling." We regret to learn that owing to illness the Rev. T. C. Showell has had to cancel his engagement to superintend the Brandon Circuit as from the next Conference, and that he is contemplating superannuation. The sympathy and good wishes of numerous friends for improved health and many happy years of retirement will be assured him. Mr. Showell's decision means that Brandon Circuit will have to secure a superintendent for Judy next, when the Rev. G. Davies removes to New Mills We are glad to hear that the Rev. S. Oakley, who met with a motor-cycle accident, is progressing satisfactorily. He and Mrs. Oakley are grateful to many friends for kind messages. The Rev. J. C. Mantripp is also doing well. He is now suffering chiefly, as those who know him will understand, from enforced idleness. Nurse Jeffries, late of our South Central African Mission, providentially happened to be staying with the Rev. 0. E. and Mrs. Wiles, and has been nursing Mr. Mantripp since his accident Arrangements are well in hand for a splendid series of meetings to be hdd in our Preston churches during the weekend, April , to celebrate the centenary of the Temperance Movement and the " Seven Men of Preston." The President of the Conference (Rev. A. McLellan), the Connexional Temperance Secrets, (Rev. J. T. Bell) and the Revs. S. W. Hughes and Sam. Rowley have been engaged as special preachers and speakers. It is hoped that many friends from neighbouring circuits will attend the gatherings. At least three of the famous " Seven " were Primitive Methodists, and a grand-daughter of one of them is a member of our Saul-street Church. This church migrated from Lawson-street, where many committee meetings and public meetings of the Preston Temperance Society were held upwards of a hundred years ago. It was there that the first Sunday-school Total Abstinence Society was inaugurated on April 18th, Wednesday, February 10th, sees the great fraternal gathering of Methodist local preachers of the London Districts at Westminster Central Hall. The Rev. Tom Sykes is to open the conversation at the afternoon conference, over which the Rev. C. Ensor Walters presides. Messrs. Rawlings, Butt and Bowyer are providing the tea. The Rev. Dr. Leslie Church, Mr. R. J. Soper, M.P., and Sir W. H. Sugden, M.P., are the speakers at the 6.30 meeting, which is open to the public. It should be a great and inspiring rally, which no local preacher will willingly miss. The Young People's Missionary Letter for the first quarter of 1932 is from the pen of the Rev. W. Illsley, of Zastron, South Africa. Under the title of The Shepherd of Basuto Childhood, he tells interestingly of some of the Basuto native laws, and shows how they prepare the way for the message of Christ The Rev. J. T. Barkby begs to acknowledge very gratefully the kind gift of 5 to the London Forward Movement from " Anonymous," who has previously contributed in a similar way 10 to this fund. The churches of Bradford joined in a great civic service at the Cathedral on Wednesday, January 27th, in connection with the World Disarmament Conference. The Lord Mayor was accompanied by aldermen, representatives of public bodies, teachers and ministers. The Lord Bishop of Bradford and Dr. Cadoux were the preachers, and a splendid company was present. Such a gathering was witness to Bradford's desire that the Conference shoukl be successful in furthering world peace. The Rev. John McNeill, the wellknown Scottish preacher and evangelist, is preaching at the City Temple at four o'clock on Tuesday, February 9th, in connection with the annual meetings of the London Free Church Federation, and a large audience is expected. Following the sermon there is a tea-table conference on " The Royal Commission Report on Drink Control," introduced by Lord Rhayader (formerly the Rt. Hon. Leif Jones). At 7.30 there is to be a great Free Church rally in support of Disarmament, when a message will be sent to the Geneva Conference. Mr. R. Wilson Black, J.P., presides, and the speakers include Dr. F. W. Norwood, Miss Ellen Wilkinson and the Rev. John McNeill. Toe Queen's Park Congregational choir is to lead the singing. The question of how to retain our young people and deepen their interest in the Church led the leaders at our Lancaster Church to arrange, in conjunction with the Sunday-school, for a special young people's service. The service was held last Sunday evening, and was conducted throughout by Sunday-school scholars from thirteen to nineteen years of age. Mr. R. P. Dugdale, a candidate for the ministry, was the preacher. Two scholars sang solos, two read the lessons and another conducted the service. The announcements were made and the offertory taken by the young people. The service was carried through with impressive reverence, and was enjoyed as much by the old, members of the congregation as by the scholars themselves. The minister has received requests for a similar service to be held twice during the quarter. A remarkable Scripture Examination record is that of Miss N. Balls, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Balls, of New Seaham, Seaharn Harbour Circuit. For ten successive years she has passed with 90 per cent. of marks and over, for three years in succession ( ) gaining the Tull hundred. In the last examination she was only half-a-mark short. In this period Miss Balls has taken seven District and five Connexional prizes (two firsts and three seconds). Can this record be beaten? Miss Balls hopes soon to enter London University in preparation for teaching. There should be a distinguished career ahead of her. The Rev. Joseph Ritson's birthday sermon at Motherwell on January 10th appeared in full in The Christian World Pulpit of last week. It is interesting to note that Sir Arthur Salter's Halley Stewart Lecture, The World Crisis, delivered a week ago, concludes in practically identical words " It is not THE METHODIST LEADER. enough to think nationally, it is not enough to think imperially; we have also to think internationally." The Rev. John Bradbury has been elected president of the Derby and Derbyshire Temperance Federation, in succession to Canon Blunt, who has been appointed Bishop of Bradford..... Another Sunday-school with a fine Scripture Examination record is Strensail, York First Circuit, which has carried off the " W. H. Findson " District Challenge Shield for three successive years. In 1929, with only 26 scholars in the school, eight sat for the examination and four took honours, with District prizes, and four first-class certificates. In 1930 eleven sat, two taking honours (one District prize), seven first-class and two second-class certificates. In 1931 ten sat, five taking honours (three District prizes) and five first-class certificates. Both scholars and trainer are to be heartily congratulated. The Rev. W. J. Ward has preached church anniversary sermons at Northam, SouthaMpton Circuit, where remarkable progress has been made since the extension of the premises four or five years ago, particularly through the Christian 'Endeavour and the Brigades. There were excellent congregations, especially on Sunday evening, and also at the Monday night meeting, when the Mayor of Southampton (Coup. F. Woolley, J.P.) and Mr. C. W. Bosworth, church leader and secretary for many years, took part. A striking feature was the presentation of gifts by representatives of various departments, whose brief but happy speeches evidenced that unity of spirit and endeavour which alone guarantees success. The financial proceeds were Mr. Solomon Wigetts, of Old Hill, has, just attained his 90th birthday. He is an old superintendent of the Tabernacle Sunday-school, and his words from the desk are still bearing fruit in numbers of lives. In earlier life business took him frequently to London, where he revelled in opportunities of hearing the great Victorian preachers Liddon, Spurgeon, Parker, Horton, Hugh Price Hughes, Mark Guy Pearse and our own Tolefree Parr. From them he fed on the great New Testament truths. He became wise in the knowledge of God, men, fruits, flowers and books. Though physical infirmities begin to tell, he is still keen for the progress of God's work. Two other ex-superintendents at Old Hill are octogenarians Mr. T. Carter and Mr. S. Chapman. The schools in the. Clayton West Circuit take great interest in the Scripture.Examinations. The Elmley School has this year won both the "Henry Jackson" and the " Richard Fletcher " Shields for the Bradford and Halifax District. Great credit is due to Miss Annie Gardner and Mr. Norman Booth, who trained the children. One Elmley scholar, Margaret Clegg, won the first District prize, while a third prize went to Phyllis Lodge, of Clayton West. In response to " Questor's " challenge concerning Sunday morning schools, Mr. J. P. Dixon, of New Silksworth, Sunderland, writes to inform us that he has a Sunday morning class, 40 to 50 strong, the members of which also attend morning worship, though they are allowed to leave if they wish at These youngsters under 14 also not only attend afternoon school, but the evening service and prayer meeting as well. They are in evidence at three or four weeknight meetings, and " would go every night if I gave way to them." Many will learn with regret that Mrs. Senior, of Great Yarmouth, is in a nursing home, where she underwent an operation on January 31st. As we go to press she is progressing as well as can be expected. Mrs. Senior is an ardent member of the 'Executive of the Women's Missionary Federation. Stanley Church has been favoured with a return visit from the Rev. A. B. Story, of Nuneaton, who 041 Sunday and Monday, January 24th and 25th, delighted his many friends by his inspiring sermons and his address to the " Men's Own." The officials were greatly cheered to see PRINCE FEBRUARY 4, I93/: the church filled on the Sunday night and to watch the 250 men in the "Men's Own " eagerly attentive to Mr. Store's address on " The Right Use of the Sabbath Day," afterwards bombarding him with questions. The visit has enhanced Mr. Storr's reputation as a minister of outstanding gifts. Mr. William Birch, an honoured local preach, and official of our Clitheme Church, has been appointed probation officer for the borough. All who know Mr. Birch will consider it an admirable appointment and fed that it will be through no fault of his if the feet of wayward youths are not set upon the straight road. The Rev. W. Jacques has been appointed president of the Normantort Council of Christian Congregations, which includes all the Christian congregations in the town with the exception of the R.C., and has also been elected president of the Normanton and District C.E. Union. Under the will of the late Mr. Joseph Wain, Kedleston-street Church, Derby, receives a legacy of Mr. George F. Parkes and Mr. S. Leon Cook were ordainedlay preachers at Belle Vue Church, Wakefield, on Sunday morning last. Each in his testimony made gracious reference to home influence. The Rev. J. McLoughlin conducted the service, Mr. F. Laughton (Market-street Church) gave a fitting charge to the candidates and Mr. H. D. Crossfield, B.A. (secretary of the Wakefield and District Preachers' Association), offered the ordination prayer. Mr. R. P. Leather (president of the association) presented a Bible to Mr. Cook and a Moffat New Testament to Mr. Parkes. The Preachers' Association, one of the best of its kind in Northern Methodism, arranged the service. The association embraces the two Wakefield Circuits, Horbury, Osset and Dewsbury, and both promotes fellowship among the preachers and arranges an annual interchange. AND THE E UNEMPLOYED The Peace is his Broadcast last week, urged every Ole ID "Play the part of Neighbour & Friend to the man out of work." How This Mission Does This By providing hundreds of meals, not once a year, but every week, for Friendless and Destitute Men, who are workless in London. Every day we are feeding and clothing these poor of the atreets. Be a Neighbour and Friend Yourself by mauling a gift at once for this work to REV. J. E. GILBERT, St. George's Hall, Old Kent Road, S.E.1

13 FEBRUARY 4, T932. THE METHODIST LEADER. 77 _ Mr. W. Evans, steward of New Wandsworth and Fulham Circuit, has been elected president of the Wandsworth and District Free Church Council. At the Harrowgate-hill Church, Darlington, in the presence of a good congregation and a full choir, Mr. Herbert Adams was ordained as lay preacher. Court. J. Waters conducted, and also made the presentation of a Bible. The charge to the candidate was given by the Rev. L. Duchars and that to the church by the Rev. N. M. Cuthbert A Women's Bright Hour, commenced at Monkgate Church, York, a month ago, is giving good promise of usefulness, the attendance increasing week by week. VILLAGE CAMPAIGN. Cheadle. Pastor George Graham, of 13loxwich, has conducted a ten days' mission at 1pstones and Waterhouses. At 1pstones, from the welcome meeting, presided over by the Rev. H. J. Sadd, the attendance grew daily, until at the closing meeting every foot of space was occupied. For three hours song, speech and prayer led up to glorious triumph, when three young people surrendered to Jesus, while others re-dedicated themselves to His service. The Wesleyans cooperated, and it was a Methodist mission in the best sense. The week-end at Waterhouses was all too brief, but souls have been stirred to new activity. Mr. Graham's closing lecture, " From Plough to Pulpit," was attended by many friends from other societies, and the congregation was deeply moved as the converts testified from the pulpit of the joy they had found in Christ. The circuit praises God for what He has wrought, and is grateful to die Home Missions Department. Rhostyllen (Wrexham) A most successful ten days' mission has been held al Rhostyllen, Wrexham Circuit. The missioner was the Rev. H. Rhead, of Hanley, who rendered magnificent service. A welcome meeting on the Saturday night was attended by representatives front the various churches in the village, who expressed their greetings and good wishes. Mr. John Williams, one of the circuit stewards, spoke on behalf of the circuit and Poyser-street Church. Mr. Rhead at once captivated all by his winsome personality and splendid address. Everyone felt that good things were assured during the ensuing week, and the hope was not disappointed. Congregations were well maintained and interest in the services daily increased. The second Sunday evening service will long be remembered. It was a time of spiritual exaltation such as has not beer experienced for many years. It was a joy to see young men and women making public confession of their decision to serve Christ. Twenty-seven decision cards were signed during the mission, and the good work still goes on. The church owes Mr. Rhead a very great debt of gratitude, and looks forward eagerly to a future visit. MARRIAGE. Mr. E. Lloyd and Mks A. Allen. At the Primitive Methodist Church, Oswestry, a pretty wedding was celebrated on 28th January, the bride being Miss Annie Allen, third daughter of Mrs. and the late Mr. Edward Allen, of " Shenstone." Ferrers-road, Oswestry, and Enoch James, only son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Lloyd, of 37, Ketley Bank, Oakengates. The bride, who looked charming in an ankle length frock Of beige georgette and lace, and carried a shower bouquet of pink carnations, was given away by Mr. C. E. Allen (brother). Her bridesmaids, Miss G. Ralphs and Miss E. Connell, wore dresses of blue and shell pink crepe de chine, and carried Victorian posies. The hymns "Love Divine" and "0 Perfect Love" were sung, and to the strains of Mendelssohn's "Wedding March " the happy couple proceeded down the aisle. The officiating ministers were Rev. J. Holland and Rev. W. H. Mason. Mr. C. E. Clift (Wolverhampton) was best man. The reception took place at the Oswestry Castle Rooms, and many beautiful and useful presents were 01 view at the bride's home. Disarmament Approaches. NATIONAL EXPRESSIONS AT GENEVA MEETING. Under the auspices of the International Christian Organisations at Geneva whose Joint Disarmament Committee is endeavouring to focus and make effective international Christian opinion during the momentous Conference just opened a meeting was held recently, at which representatives of various nations frankly stated the probable attitude of their countries in approaching the Conference. Mr. Malcolm W. Davis, speaking for the United States, explained that America had to make two difficult adjustments at once. She had to unify her mixed population and achieve national integrity, and at the same time to exercise, with comparatively little experience, an international influence created by circumstances. The new basis of her international policy is the Pact of Paris, hence the importance of harmonising the Pact with the League Covenant. With regard to armed forces, the American delegation was likely to hold that the U.S. Army is not a factor in farad disarmament, being smaller in proportion to the population than the German Army; they would oppose a decrease in size of capital ships, but might favour a naval holiday, particularly in capital ship-building; the American attitude does not favctur internationalisation of air forces. The U.S. offer to waive her rights under the Treaty of London is evidence, however, of the seriousness with which she approaches the Conference. Dr. Joachim Muller, speaking for Germany, declared that German politicians, and even more the nation, stand for disarmament; this in spite of the bellicose appearance of nationalistic movements. But from the experiences of the past two years, Germany is determined to become the master of her fate. Dr. Muller stressed the German demand for the application of equal standards and methods in disarmament, as it matter of honour, of international morale and of life and death for Germany herself. Unilateral disarmament means the abuse of the weal[ by the strong. German opinion, therefore, is opposed to the Draft Convention as stabilising the unequal status of armaments. Pasteur P. Maury, for France, expounded the French attitude, inspired absolutely by desire for security. The French mind is essentially juridical, and Some of the greatest and most influen dal meetings in the history of Shropshire Methodism were held in St. John's Hill Wesleyan Church on Wednesday, January 27th, occasioned by the visit of the three Presidents. At the morning session for ministers, the Rev. J. Ford Reed presided, when tee Rev. E. McLellan gave a fine address, in which he pointed out the great need of spiritual equipment for our tasks. It was a time of heart-searching and real fellowship. An impressive communion service followed, conducted by Dr. Ryder Smith. Lunch was served at a Cal8 and kindly given by three Methodist laymen. At the afternoon session for Christian workers, Court. W. Bowen presided. After prayer by the Rev. F. H. Benson, B.A., of Birmingham, the Rev. J. Ford Reed gave an illuminating address, making a strong plea on behalf of the young people, who, he said, are becoming more sensitive to religion, and our great work is to win their confidence and trust. Dr. Ryder Smith followed with a brilliant address in which he brought home some valuable lessons from the parable of the Leaven, graphically describing the process of the extension of the Kingdom as being both peaceable and revolutionary. John Wesley in the 18th century committed England M a peaceable revolution, and if the leaven of the Kingdom is at work in our hearts, it not only makes us peaceable, but ret'olutionary. It was doing this amongst the leaders of the nations at Geneva, who say that nations have no longer any right to stand for self-interest alone, but must consider and care for it is disappointed in the failure of the American Senate to ratify the Versailles Treaty clauses guaranteeing French frontiers, the English Parliament's nonacceptance of the 1924 Protocol, and the Kellogg Pact's lack of provision against possible infringement. The average Frenchman points to the reduction of the period of French military service from three years to one, and the statistics which show a reduction of armaments of from 40 to 60 per cent. France seeks the security of all nations, and is prepared to give up her absolute national rights if this sacrifice is made by all. French public opinion is expecting great things of the Conference, but would not understand it if sanctions and guarantees of peace were sought to the disregard of international obligations. Mr. Bertram Pickard, for England, cited recent declarations of Mr. Mac- Donald, Mr. Baldwin and Mr. A. V. Alexander. It might be taken for granted that the present Government would be much less disposed than was its predecessor to make drastic proposals. He referred to the hostility to the Conference manifested by the Evening Standard, but, on the other hand, instanced the two million signatures to the Women's Petition. He suggested the statement of the General Council of the League of Nations Union as representative of moderate British opinion. This claimed that the Conference should issue in a first General Disarmament Convention, providing for an all-round 25 per cent. reduction on a five-year basis. The principle of equality in status should be recognised by proportionate reduction for the stronger States and not by increase for the wealcer. Dr. Visser 't Hooft set forth the mind of Holland. Asa small country, Holland was naturally for Disarmament. Petitions for Disarmament got more signatures in Holland than anywhere else. Yet Holland had an Milting 'Empire in the.east Indies, and those particularly interested in it tended to be more conservative. Happenings in Manchuria had made Holland uneasy. A widespread dislike of militarism is characteristic of the Dutch psychology, and Holland has it large number of conscientious objectors. Socialists and religious groups are keen on Disarmament. The Presidents at Shrewsbury. SHROPSHIRE'S ENTHUSIASM FOR UNION. others. To knead that leaven into the fabric of lite might mean hard work, but there would be great and sure results. The whole world would be leavened. Several important questions were afterwards asked on the work A Union, which were answered by the Rev. E. McLellan in a most courteous and smisfactory way. Tea was served in the schoolroom by the ladies. In the evening there was a great Rally of Methodists from the twelve circuits included in the area. The body of the church was well filled at 6.30, and community singing of well-known Methodist hymns proved it good preparation for the enthusiastic meeting that followed. Mr. T. G. Robin presided and struck the right note in his apt remarks. Dr. Ryder Smith made a profound impression by his great utterance. He pointed out that all our difficulties would be overcome as we were inspired by the Spirit of God. St. Paul once asked a very important question of the Church at Ephesus, which it would be well to face today : "Have ye received the Holy Spirit since ye first believed?" The Holy Spirit brings the most valuable things of life within the reach of all who make the earnest search that is required of them. The Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God in its is a mighty weapon which we should use more frequently. The Rev. J. Ford Reed made a challenging appeal to the young people to make this the hour of their decision for whole-hearted service. Methodism was in need of their witness. The irresistible power of God was to be felt in the life consecrated to His service, and that was the most effective way td cure the sin-sick world. The Rev. E. McLellan gave the closing address, dealing with his theme in a masterly manner. Union was a call to the three Methodist Churches to rise to higher ground where they might realise wider visions and greater strength for service. While we had all been trying to settle down to a life of ease, mankind had been full of turmoil and disturbance; so God has called us to mobilise our forces and march to higher altitudes. On this note closed what was felt to be it day full of great portent for the future of Shropshire Methodism. J. M. R. LEEDS ENDEAVOURERS. District Conference. Leeds District Endeavourers demonstrated at their annual conference that the C.E. movement is still it mighty force with a great future. The conference was held in Market-street Church, Wakefield, with the Rev. H. T. Wigley, B.A., B.D. (Connexional Secretary), as the principal spealcer. The Rev. P. Tillotson (Barnsley) presided over a large audience in the afternoon, and stressed the success of a movement as measured not by numbers, but by quality. Mr. Wigley's reception revealed how quickly he has won his way into the affections of our,endeavourers, and his address on " Christian Endeavour and Modern Needs " gripped his audience, provoking thought and challenging their loyalty. The discussion that followed was well maintained by the Revs. F. C. Dyer and F. Davies, Mr. J. G. Pointon and Mr. J. Davies. After an excellent tea, Mr. G. Winterbottom (Barnsley) presided over an audience that almost filled the church. Mr. Wigley's address on " The Old Methodist Experience and the Young People of To-clay " was a stirring utterance, and greatly delighted both old and young. Mc, F. C. Searle (Rothwell) enriched the meeting with her solos. The roll call was conducted by the Rev. W. Jacques (District Secretary), over thirty societies responding. Thanks were expressed to the Market-street friends for their excellent arrangements. GOLDEN WEDDING. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Corringham. An interesting function was held at Grimsby on January 25th, when Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Corringham, of Scartho, celebrated their golden wedding. They were married at Prospect Chapel, Holbert:, Leeds, by the Rev. Henry Holgate, Mrs. Corringham being the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Sykes, of Leeds. After shifting scenes in early years, in 1886 they came to Grimsby, where they have since resided, associating themselves with Flottergate Church. For many years they retained that connection, until going to lice at Scartho. Mr. Corringham has for some time been the society steward of our Scartho Church, where he is keenly supported by his wife, though both are over 70 years of age. For nearly 40 years Mr. Corringham has been manager of the Grimsby Coal Supply Company. It was it happy circumstance that their unbroken family of four sons and four daughters was present at the celebration. As an expression of thanksgiving, Mr. Corringham handed to the Rev. Geo. Fawcett a cheque for."2.5 towards the Lightning Fund for the Local Preachers' Aid Association. Many congratulatory messages were received and suitable presents made to them. Both are hopeful of spending many more days in Christian service. BOOKS RECEIVED. Must the League Fail? By L. A. Zimmer, (Martin Hopkinson, 2s. 6c1.) Scottish Short Stories. (Faber and Faber, 7s. 6d.) Christian Outlines. By Cyril Alington. (Ivor Nicholson and Watson, 2s. 6d.) Tell John. By Revs. G. Allen and R. McKay. (Alex. Machehose and Co., 5s.) The Cabin in the Cotton. By H. H. Kroll. (Constable, 7s. 6d.) Difficulties. By Ronald Knox and Arnold Lunn. (Eyre and Spottiswoode, 7s. 6d.).

14 WHERGOLAND RE-OPENING. Visit of Rev. W. Younger. Our church at Thurgoland, Barnsley First Circuit, Was re-opened after renovation and electric light installation on Saturday, January 20th. The doors were formally opened by Mrs. Raymond Swift, after which the Rev. W. Younger preached a powerful sermon to a full church. Mr. Hugh Matthewman, of Oldham, a former scholar and school superintendent, presided. Tea followed, and in the evening Mr. Younger lectured on " Is Life Mainly a Matter of Luck?" Mr. Tom Croft, of Manchester, another old friend, "presiding. Mrs. W. Pickering (Stocksbridge) was the soloist. Many old scholars and members rallied for the event. On the Sunday afternoon a musical programme was given by Miss Dorothy Wordsworth, A.L.C.M. (soprano and solo pianist), Miss Mary Egan (elocutionist) and Mr. Donald Wordsworth (violin). Mr. and Miss Wordsworth are grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Olixby, renowned for hospitality to preachers, and now living on the East Coast. Coun. T. J. Brooks, M.B.E., J.P., of Castleford, who presided, is another Thurgoland man, and preachers retain happy memories of his saintly old mother of beaming countenance. Mr. Percy Morris, who gave an address, is a trophy of grace. Once a village publican, he now rejoices in the message of the Gospel. The services were a great success spiritually and financially, 35 being raised free of expense. Mr. Armitage has worked devotedly as secretary, and Mr. Elliot, a descendant of the poet and singer of that name, his wife and little Barbara, have also rendered fine service. THE PRINCE'S CALL. The Prince of Wales's " Call to Service " has had an immediate and widespread backing. The Archbishop of Canterbury appeals to the clergy and leaders of young people's organisations to see that the call reaches those among whom they work. Dr. Scott Lidgett speaks for the Free Churches, that they may be trusted to do all in their power to further it. Cardinal Bourne, for the Roman Catholic Church, cad Dr. Hertz, the Chief Rabbi, for the Jewish community, also give it their whole-hearted support. " Preparation for life's task, and hard work at that task, says Dr. Hertz, must in the future be far more the universal rule." NATIONAL PROVINCIAL BANK. This Bank made a net profit last year of 1,747,007, against 1,930,854 for the year Shareholders received a dividend of 16 per cent. for the year. Sir Harry Gcechen (the chairman) said that the number of customers during the year had shown a satisfactory increase, and the Savings Department had continued to show satisfactory progress. When the poor old country is supposed to be on the rocks, it was good news to be told that some people were able to save. B.B.C. Manuals. A batch of well-produced manuals relating to current Broadcast Talks series includes a number prepared for the broadcasts to schools. Sir Walford Davies has prepared that for his Music Lessons, with full musical illustrations. Others are World History, Tracing History Bachwards, Life and Work in the British Isles, Rural Science, Early Stages in French, Your Body Every Day-all these well illustrated-and a syllabus of the Talks for Older Pupils. These are obtainable at the uniform price of one penny. A new handbook on the Modern Art section of the comprehensive series, " The Changing World " (5d.) is both useful and artistic, with a number of excellent photographic reproductions of modern architecture, sculpture, painting, etc., on art paper. The February Boy's Own Paper (1s.) has an exciting cover and equally exciting contents. Stories include a mountain adventure, a Scout's adventure and a tale of wild Africa; while there is the usual sprinkling of hobby articles. Hard on the heels of the bicentenary of Cowper's birth fellows the centenary of Crabbe's death. Contemporary in an age which boasted a select literary coterie, choosing subjects akin, yet how different was their treatment of the themes! It is doubtful if these men ever met. Both were men of - genius, with religious instinct, lovers of rural scenes and observers of humanity, particularly of humble life, even' assisted by the ' same generous patron of literature, Thurlow, Lard. Chancellor, and school-fellow of.cowper. Wherein, then, lies the ;Talon for the warmth with which Cowper is honoured while Crabbe is forgotten, and, is- little more than a name of a late eighteenth century poet? George Crabbe's early hardships shadowed his adult years. The son of a saltmaster at Aldeburgh, Suffolk, meagrely educated, he overcame these deficiencies by dint of his Own laborious efforts. Failing to make a livelihood in surgery, to which he was apprenticed, he took his literary courage in both hands, came to London, and got a volume of poems issued by a publisher who failed shortly after. Thus robbed of the rewards of his industry, he continued to write, secured the patronage of Edmund Burke, and later of Thurlow, took Holy Orders, and returned to his native parish of Aldeburgh as curate. While chaplain to the Duke of Rutland at Belvoir Castle he brought out The Village, and when he was presented with two small livings in Dorsetshire, married his fir. love, Miss Rimy, after eleven years' courtship. On the death of her uncle, ten years later, he inherited a moderate fortune, which enabled him to pursue his clerical work unhampered by financial worries. But for twenty-two years he published nothing, and it has been suggested that the need for funds to send his son to the university led to his re-appearance in print in 1807 with the Parish Register, followed by The Borough, and later by Tales in Verse, for which Murray, the publisher, paid him 3,000. When he died he was in his 78th year, and had been vicar of Trowbridge, Wilts, nearly fifteen years. At various times he had come into conflict with the Methodists, and in his earlier livings had net out definitely to oppose them, yet his relations with them improved with the course of time, and at his death all the Dissenting ministers of the place followed him to his grave. Crabbe is little read in these days, and is practically unknown to the present generation. He painted humble rural life with complete faithfulness, and often wearisome detail, and his stories sometimes repel by their poignancy. They lack the warmth and fervour, and certainly the humour, of Cowper. Yet THE METHODIST LEADER: George Crabbe. THE POET OF HUMBLE LIFE. IN MEMORIAM. Mai Charlotte Hall. Tragic circumstances attended the pass ing of this devoted member of our Cottingham Church, Hull Seventh Circuit. For fifteen years she Was a Sister at the Hull Tuberculosis Sanatorium, doing persistent night duty for twelve years. Returning to her room, her clothes caught fire, burning her to severely that she died a few hours later. She was loved by staff and patients. Her devotion to het- task, her patience and courage, bring en appalfing sense of loss. She gave herself unstintingly to the alleviating of human suffering. Regular in attendance, worship was to her a joy and inspiration. Generous to the point of ardent sacrifice, her loving spirit had its secret in her love for Jesus Christ. The missionary cause has lost an enthusiastic supporter in this loyal member of the Hull Central Auxiliary. Her association with our Church was lifelong. She was the second daughter of the late Rev. A. C. Hall. After a brief service at the Sanatorium and in our Cottingham Church, conducted by Res, P. Holmes, her body was laid to rest in Cottingham Cemetery. (Died February 3rd, 1832). Crabbe's works will well repay perusal in this centenary period. Charles Jam. Fox and Sir Walter Scott were comforted in their last hours by his verses, and -Thomas Hardy acknowledged their influence on his writings.. In Letter IV. in The Borough, in which he describes " Sects and Professions in Religion," Crabbe describes the Methodists and their divisions The Calvinistic these, Or. Arminian those; With Wesley some remain'd, the remnant Whitefield chose. Of Wesley's followers he writes later on : This is the ancient stock by Wesley led; They the pure body, he the reverend head. All innovation they with dread decline, Their John the elder was the John divine. _That,his attitude softened and sympathy superseded satire is indicated by one of his later poems, " Sit- Eustace Grey," a mad-house scene, in which the distracted knight at last finds peace, and certain stanzas inserted as a specimen of the preaching through which he was saved are sometimes used as a hymn : Pilgrim, burden'd with thy sin, Come the way to Zion's gate, There, till Mercy let thee in, Knock and weep, and watch and wait. Knock!-Ile knows the sinner's try! W loves the mourner's tears; Watch I-I or saving grace is nigh; Wait,-till heavenly light appears. Hark I it is the Bridegroom's voice: Welcome, pilgrim, to thy rest: Now within the gate rejoice, Safe and seard, and bought and blest I Safe-front all the lures of vice, Seard-by signs the chosen know, Bought-by love and life the price, Blest-the mighty debt to owe. Holy pilgrim! what for thee In a world like this remain? From thy guarded breast shall flee Fear and shame, and doubt and pain. Fear-the hope of Heaven shall fly. Shame-from glory's view retire, Doubt-in certain rapture die, Pain-in endless bliss expire. S. J. TURNER. Mr. E. R. Bullivant. The Sheffield Petre-street Circuit has suffered a great loss in the death of Edward Richard Bullivant on January 23rd, in his eightieth year. Since his coming to Sheffield 56 years ago he has given faithful service. He was en active member at the Petre-street Church, where for some years he was associated with Mr. G. Frost in superintending the Sunday-school, and was always interested in helping young people. Then in the hour of need he went to Grimesthorpe, and held most of the official positions, through dark days keeping steadfastly to his post. It is difficult to estimate what Grimes thorpe owes to him and his wife. He was respected by everybody as a fine Christian worker. The Rev. T. Holden, of Norton Parish Church, shared with the Petrestreet minister a service in the home prior to the cremation et the City-road Crematorium on January 27th. Many people gathered at Grimesthorpe on Sunday tarsi memorial service, which was a fine tribute to the consistency and worth of Mr. Bullivant's work and character. G,sMelYna.!h7paoetriraenriV,IL, 31:3 FEBRUARY 4, T932,r THE "LEADER" POST. BAG. HYMNS IN USE. Sta.-In our Staines-road Church, Hounslow, of the last 391 hymns sung 216 were from the Hymnal and 176 from the Supplement. Of those from tho Hymnal, Nos. 589 and 769 were sung four times, 156, 305, 972, 796, 754 and 462 thrice. From the Supplement, en easy favourite was No. 19, eight times, 57 and 96 six each, 199, 160 and 35 five times, 209, 218, MI, 4, 1, 16 and 262 thrice. As on many of the "old stagers.' were never sung at all, there is every justification for the deletion of a large number of them from the new hymn book.-yours, etc., F. A. B. GletaoWd CYCLING AND HEALTH. Sta,-In these days when the germ of influenza is abroad amongst us, there is a message for all in the news that the King of Denmark has been ordered by his doctor to go in for cycling. The bicycle has been truly described as Britain's best health resort, and, in regard to influenza, that tribute is just in three respects. The exercise of cycling not only tones up the system against an attack, it is en agreeable aid to convalescence. Not least important, the bicycle, if used to go to and from work, necessarily isolates its rider from the ever present risk of the infection to be met in every 'bus, tram, and train. I myself have been a cyclist for twentyseven years, and only twice have I been caught by 'flu, and that was directly from a patient. I ascribe a large amount of my health to my cycling, and I ride 75 miles every week in the winter and 125 miles in the summer.-yours, etc., " MEDICO., SELF-DENIAL FOR MISSIONS. Fifteenth List. Glascote (S.S.), 13s. 7d.; Brighton (5.5.), 1 2s. ld.; Carlisle (Members), 3 8s., Carlisle (S.S.), Ll 6s.; Carlisle (W.M.A.), 16s., Midsomer Norton (W.M.A.), 4s. 11d.; Walkden (S.S.), 4.; Walkden (W.M.A.), 10s. 9d., Wymondham (S.S.), 9s. 10d.; Hull Third (Members), 2 Os. 10d., Swindon First (Members), 111s. 6d. ; Swindon First (S.S.), El 5s, 8d.; Bury Second (Members and S.S.), Li I Scholastic Successes. I NOTICE.-Te sham far is of taw natl. I. 2a. for a wards, prataid. We offer our hearty congratulations and good wishes to the following: Matriculation. Nancy Clennell, daughter of the Rev. John Clennell, and a teacher in our Spennymoor Sunday-school. (Aid. Wraith County Secondary School). Oxford Local. Marian Madelene Jones, (16), greatgranddaughter of Mr. John Savelcer, of Eardisley ; with third-class honours and distinction in all subjects. (Matriculation standard). Accountancy. Rupert K. Ayre, son of the Rev. Geo. and Mrs. Ayre (African Missionary Sec.), final exam. Institute of Chartered Accountants. Cecil N. Bocock, son of the late Rev. E. Bocock, of " Heath Crest," Rostestonroad, Burton-on-Trent, final exam. British Association of Accountants and Auditors. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. Rev. J. E. Gilbert, South East London Mission, desires gratefully to acknowledge the following A. G., St. Leonard, 5s.; A Methodist Reader, Chester, 2s. 6d.; A. D., Dundee, 2s. 6d.; L. F. R., 6s.; and Mary and Judy, toys; Anon., 2s. and box of okl Christmas cards; S. C. B., 2s. 6d.; An Old Age Pensioner, Eston, ls. ; Anon., 2s. 6d.; W. Greenaway, 2s. 6d.; A Widow and Old Age Pensioner, Pontrilas, 9s.; R. J. B., 3, 6d.; Anon., for the Waifs' Festival, 10s. 6d.; Overseal, for the Men's Supper, 5s.; R. F., 1s.; Anon., 2s. 6d.; Children's Mission, Waifs' Festival, 2s. 6d.; A Pilgrim, bound for glory, 10s.; In His Nerve, LI.

15 FEBRUARY 4, THE METHODIST LEADER. 79 Sunday School Lesson. Jesus. Leader of Men. (1). The Leader Launching His Campaign. A Fisherman Evangelist. GOLDEN WEDDING. A MODERN BETHESDA. By Thomas Jackson. A provincial Primitive Methodist having heard of Whitechapel Mission's work for Mr. and Mrs. IV. Long, of Shcring- five miles to take an evening service at " down-and-outs," came to see at first Matthew 4: Feb. 14. ham, have just celebrated their golden one of our village causes. Lives such as hand the work. After seeing the By Rev. W. E. Ferndale. wedding. Willie Long, as he is ale, his (and there are many such in Norfolk) evidences free meals for the destitute, tionately called, is known throughout have made rural Methodism in this area aid for discharged prisoners and ex- Galilee, the Belgium of Palestine. If Norfolk es the Fisherman Evangelist. the virile, lasting thing that it is. Thank Borstal eases, first offenders, destitute you look at a map of the Holy Land, Commencing life at eleven orphan lads and other phases with much with its provinces marked as in the time years old as a cabin boy, appreciation, he said "'Phis is a of Jesus, you will notice that Galilee is the sea has claimed him for modern Pool of Bethesda for moral and in the north, with Judea in the south 63 years. In that time he social impotent folk." Last week 431 and Samaria in between. Now turn to had done much life-boat homeless men had free night shelter, and a map of Canaan es it W. divided service. For 49 years he 1,000 free meals were supplied to the amongst the tribes, and you will observe has been a local preacher destitute. After taking the see: ice on a that the Galilee of New Testament times in our Church. It was by recent Sunday evening at Brunswick had been in earlier centuries apportioned the inspiration of the Rev. Hall, the Rev. J. 'F. Barkbv addressed to Naphtali (nearest the -Lake) and tee J. Johnson that he first Si " down-and-outs " do the shelter. Zebulun (nearest the Mediterranean). undertook mission work. When the question was asked, " How Being border land and also fertile, this His initial call was to St. many of you are ex-service men? " upwards of 60 hands went up. part of Palestine had been often invaded. George's Hall, London, It felt the heavy hand of Benhadad, with two other Sheringham Our correspondents include not only King of Syria (I. Kings 15:29). Many fishermen, Tony Craske magistrates, probation officers and social of its inhabitants were taken away captive during the campaigns of Tiglath- and John West. This mission was so successful that ters. Some of our ministerial brethren reformers, but Primitive Methodist minispileser, king of Assyria (II. Kings many calls followed, and commence their epistles, " I am sorry to 15: 29). The natural result of repeated for the last 20 years he has trouble you in respect of the following conquests was the coming of many devoted several weeks a distressing case." We hope they will foreigners and the growth of a cosmoyear to evangelistic work spare themselves any sorrow by remembering that it does not occasion us politan population; hence the term in London and many of the " Galilee of the Gentiles," The parallel shires. He has addressed trouble, but affords us a welcome opportunity to redeem and save such as are with Belgium, the cockpit of 'Europe, great congregations a t will be obvious to anyone who does but Whitefield's Taber nacle exposed to peril and crime. The superintendent of a South Coast circuit last think of Waterloo in 1815 and of Ypres during Syhester Horne's in Galilee, like Belgium, often ministry, and at Spurgeon's week wrote " I want you to help me devastated and given up to the sword, Tabernacle, and has included in his congregations in the case of a boy, a scholar of our had known all too frequently the misery Sunday-school, aged 15, employed recently- as an errand boy; his father is of desolation. Its people had walked in many distinguished darkness and had dwelt in the land of preachers. When Dr. bedridden, having had both legs amputated through gangrene. There are eight the shadow of death. Jowett heard hint, he was An Ancient Prophecy Fulfilled. Our children, two of whon, are working for much impressed, and entertained him for the day. In first gospel is particularly interested in small wages; otherwise the family subsists on relief allowance. They live in showing how Jesus fulfilled old-time predictions and answered to the descriptions two terrible rooms, and the mother, once spite Si his 73 years, he is still active. Recently he found in the Old Testament. Some a very decent woman, seems to have become addicted to drink. This boy has, shared a service with Dr. think that before the Gospel was written Norwood, of the City there had been compiled a Bonk of Testimonies, or list of Old Testament pro- MR. and MRS. WILLIE LONG. ing tendencies; he was in trouble for during the past two years, shown thiev- Temple, and on Sunday last preached at our Sheringphecies, that seemed splendidly applicable stealing a postal order, brought up this ha. dhsutrienhcri.inn to Jesus. Dr. Vincent Taylor states that hnee,,,trodrsnings, zintgh 1 God hfoir, ts,tpael warts such as NA,Ilia.v.1..osn.g. morning before the Juvenile Court, and much C collections of this kind undoubtedly I put in a plea for him to sate him being existed in the third century, and they sent to Borstal Institution. The magistrate agreed to my request on condition would certainly have been of the greatest ` :11=6 value in first century controversies with that he was placed on probation and that Jewish opponents. Some years ago Dr. MARGARET HARWOOD'S COLUMN he could be got into a Home. I mentioned your Horne for Boys, which was Burkitt suggested that such a collection was actually made by the apostle known to the probation officer. It was Matthew. In any event, the early Christians saw Isaiah 9 2 receive signal and receive any letters from my correspon- Again and again strength came to me you to receive him." We have only one There has been no time yet for me to My pain and my fear passed, and I slept. agreed that I should write you and aslc gracious illustration when Jesus took up dents concerning the news I conveyed in through my mother's glorious example; answer to such letters, and that is, His headquarters at Capernaum, in my last column. Since I wrote that sty through the kindness of those nearest to " Send the boy along." Galilee of the Gentiles. Once earthly mother has been delivered by the kindly me; through friends, and last, but not One half of the world, it is said, does kings had invaded that territory, bring- hand that we call Death. The last thing least, through the encouraging letters not know how the other half lives. I am ing darkness and disaster. 'Now the I wish to do is to talk about myself or that come to me through this column. of the opinion that 5 per cent. of church long-promised King comes to set up His my own affairs, but I know that my How could I fail people who told me that members fail to realise what the housing empire, and brings with Hint light and readers wild be helped by my experience. they were loolcing weekly for my messages? Listen to these, from people who mother and eight children, three in their conditions in the slums invoke. Father, life. During the long months of suffering A Lakeland Centre. If Capernaum is knew nothing at the time of writing of 'teens, all living and sleeping in two which my mother endured with a cheerful courage that was an inspiration, she to be identified with the modern Tell "y t sorrow : wretched small rooms! HOW easy for Hu., it was close to the northernmost F. M. says " With thanks that such children to grow up immoral and was constantly concerned lest I should point of the Lake of Galilee. There a person as Margaret Harwood exists." criminal under such conditions 'The be unable to write this column. " Can Jesus resided and taught. As in England, Keswick, by the side of Lake I appreciate your attitude towards the in slums are known only to those who I. T. you get your work done for the LEADec writes : " May I say how much difficulties surrounding evangelistic efforts this week? " she would ask, and she Derwentwater, has attracted thousands many topics that are discussed, and your have practical acquaintance with thorn. was always delighted when I said that to its Conventions for the deepening of open commonsense way of dealing with I would say to brother and sister slum I could. I am glad and thankful to know the Spiritual Life, so to Capernaum came deeper matters. God bless you." labourers in primitive Methodism Toil that I have been able not to miss one people flocking from far and near to hear Another correspondent Sa, S : " With a on. Keep the waters of Bethesda Pool week, and now, between the day of my this wondrous Teacher. We must not family of young moderns I have found stirred up, and some impotent ones will mother's passing and her burial, I am allow the healing work of Jesus to your column most interesting and helpful." be healed. still able to go on. I am telling you this obscure the attractiveness of the preaching of the Master. Skit souls needed G. W. G. says : " Your column helps for the sake of those amongst you who are passing through dark days. Strength cure as well as diseased bodies. The me to carry on." LIGHTING CEREMONY. came to my mother, and to me greatest hunger is the craving of the " A Minister's Wife " says " I am from the Source of all spiritual strength. On January 28th the installation of spirit for divine truth. grateful to see that one person under This isn't just talk; it is literal, absolute electric light in our Woodston Church, The Magnetism of the Master. Of the stands the difficulties of our lives." fact. At times when I saw my mother Peterborough Second Circuit, was consummit.] in an interesting ceremony, four men who at a word deft boats and G. M. T. Thank you for your suffer torture my faith was shaken and nets and livelihood to follow Jesus, three column in the LEADER. It always has a I rebelled her faith was never shaken, the light being formally switched on by had already had some lellowship with helpful message and often seems to have nor did she rebel but I heard a voice Mrs. J. Richings, a member of over 31 Him (John 1), and all four would have been written especially for me." that said, " Be still and know that I am years' standing. Mrs. Richings expressed been frequent listeners be the Lord's discourses in Capernaum prior to this great with great interest every week, and appre- M. E. writes " I read your column God," and again, " Thy shoes shall be her pileasure in a neat little speech. The iron and brass, and as thy day is, so Rev. A. Goodaere gave a brief address. day. There had been a process of preparation, but finally came the crisis of This is the sort of message that has tributed solos, Mr. F. W. Richings preciate it very much indeed." shall thy strength be," and I was strong. Mrs. F. W. Richings and Miss Bird con- full decision. Were they willing and One night, as I tried to rest beside a helped me to carry on through six long siding at the organ. Mr. J. Richings, ready to surrender all and abandon everything to be disciples or learners of the slept, I thought of my correspondent, I have a long, kindly, interesting Tyers, the treasurer, in thanking donors wide-open window whilst my mother months. Trust secretary, presided, and Mr. W. Teacher and to he vassals of the King? Y. F., who finds such consolation in letter from a minister about what I said and helpers, was able to announce that When the call carne they sprang forward, 'Nature. My mother had passed through last week concerning dancing, cards, and the expense would be fully met. The glad to seize it. Does the Master so a day of agony, and I wondered how so on. Next week I hope to deal with Doxology terminated the proceedings. fascinate us and our scholars that we areequally eager to respond to His lead as suffering. It was a wonderful, perfectly understand if I write no more this week. much longer I could endure to see her that. Meanwhile you will ail forgive and He from time to time inaugurates any quiet night, with a bright moon. As I Please send your stamped, addressed The latest booklet in the Epworth modern campaign? sat there in agony that only those know envelopes to Margaret Harwood, c/o the Press Broadcast series is The Strength who have seen a dear one suffer, there Msrnootsr Lt:tst:e, 17, Farringdonstreet, London, E.C.4. of Christian Confidence, an address The Mildmay Challenge (6d.) is a new came the very tiniest breeze, so soft, so broadcast in December last by the Rev. Leslie D. Weatherhead, M.A. It is quarterly publication of the World Eva, gentle, that it could only be called a gelisation Trust..Articles in the first breath. Gently and tenderly it passed based on Phil. 4, 13. The full order of service, with prayers, is appended. The number relate the story of the Mildmay over my face from brow to chin. Only The Strength of Christian Confidence. ',rice is &I., Is., or 2s. 6c1., according to Conference Centre and put the challenge a breeze, some folk would say; may be, By Leslie D. Weatherhead. (Epworth binding. of world evangelisation in our time. but to me it was verily the hand of God. Pies, aid., Is. and 2s. &I.)

16 ar 00 SERVICES AND PREACHERS. MOURN aro Inserted Ix the soar at Oars, of One Guinea for two II el Maid words, ed. per lino molt insertion. Communisations to IN addresenegi stiterallisnasar in" Methodist Loader,. 17, FerrInsdon Street, E.CA. SUNDAY, FEB. 7th. LONDON AND SUBURBS. SALNAM CIRCUIT. Train or Trams from Vietoris. FORE. HLL. Staed t Bo.. B.E. Rev. D. W. Spddthng; ea 6.30, Mr. T. Proud. FUlfillAeld 6.9,V,argixvocrthA. Itr,te Mead, B.W S.E. 1.1 and HAMMERSṂIH. Balling Road. 11.d 7, ev. Faulner. "1=11VIIII':`.'"w".'.d,..1,1!.. 'J. 0. 'EV tiew.a7z; Smart.' KENSINGTON (NoUing, Hill) Fowcll Barest. KEram:mkrtr.itrcte-11.". *". LtIE11.:1!-1-A. SifbeKrt.'" R "' 3" c"" STOKE NEWINGTON CIRCUIT. (.00e , Begnall; 6.0. Mr. H. E. EFITZAI.30, (LTI.,flP)T. dala YolV. Hit nyv.. vwing.?"11.f A, :11,11` V WEMBLEY, Ealing Ile Mr. C. Rain, WErev.Et1,1.114G,,,ytti,t. Road. 11 and 6.30, WEST HAMPSTEAD, Mill Mr. E1172,..}:tt H. WEST NORWOOD Hnl O1'e 8N. 11, Bev. A. WORCESTER C. alnl(forrey). y.d 6.0, THE METHODIST LEADER. FEBRUARY 4, N... P. Bor. fo.; Kr. T. Whittle. LEEDS 111: Cardigan EGERTON 110. plonk Shore) and Bev. W. J. Tubb BOY RMEYOUTN 1, riirr -ma mamma miaow. causca. Road (olf Holdenharst Bead). M. Bev. J. A. West; 6.30, Rev. G. Ayre. BANNUIGION BOAR..POKIRIDOWN. U. Bev. W. M. Kelley; 6.30, Mr. A. E. Glee.. ARNEWOOD ROAD. SOUTHBOURNI Rev. W. J. Ward; 6.30, Mr. G. A. Parry. HIGRGLIITMONKEL H. Mr. If- Elliott; Rev. W. J. Ward. BOURNEMOUTH II., filmborns ROAd, Win. ICILEBUINANbure Lana 11 and 6.30, Rev. re :. Bey. la * Cletarit Sisterhood. 3. and LErrioril HTifIrE161=130,91g.167teergittr BRIDLINGTON QUAY. 0.0 Bev. W, H. " MileLLeEltird f.'11wo h nr6.3(06, n. Everinghem. FARMINGTON, Harrow_ Huad...ear Royal go am Loudon 6'. Bev. W, Bud "1"..1".11f Station). 11, Rev. W. 6 '6'6'6'6' 6" BRILIGIaast7140..(Tram Tormison). 11 and PL".T.T0E01".." P.="rd BRETON. i ono1ir. W.4 and 6.0, NORTHAMPTON SECOND. lash. H. "".!!1?2,E4 3S ,1t.t!li T. B. REITER:NG HOLD CHURCH. GAR43t, lt acifileet150r. vi :4, E. Wright 'IT 1,E1=nr.9 S;1oem.1.,11 r4 GULItlytTil and 6.30, Mr. P. Gould, DERBY Gill. Chnroh and 6.15, Iitt`hnia,"610,10.e.Pr.dooging'. LOCH 7.711?1,216.11" ""'; 60, Rev. E...t. ṭhai.a.,do. Road. 11 and 6.30, Rev. A. EASTBOURNE, SG Aldan's Church. Seaside loarberptaileltley Road). 11 and Be, ELLESMERE 6:11;7' F. Ether EXTI,ITIIt.Egmth Parade. 11 and 6.30, it' 1.11, IsIgi:zwood Road. 10. and 6.30, i,..11;areirrodi. AVENUE d 6.30, LEI, Hinckley Road d 6., 30 Rev. E. Green. LIVERPOOL. 1,.,vprz,timr.t horoh ""ILMEIVI!, firegv.str.n4..."."... Church. " M=. ""r". "." jalt41::7, 8,7.1:7 " u"" "' NEWCASTLEANSTYNE, Central Church. 10. and Bev. B. Palmer. f.v.917 LT"' "".11r6Terilvefflbsff."=.=ty and 6.15, Rev. C. L. Tudor. PARK AVENUE CHURCH and 6.15, Rev. W. B. Berton. TORTERT. BO. CHURCH Mr. W. C. Wrigley: AM, Mr. II. Burrell. "*T r6630,11eN,16...1oVIT::. NOTTI IV, Mayfield Grove , Hodgson; 6.3, Bev. J. W. - NOTTINGHAM ark PEEt'v lerit-arutlte:.6 '6'"" "61 6 POOLE, North Street. 11, Mr. E. Abbatti 6.30, P ffi: "73;87:11417 te.r.'8,11."chtfrivrtiṭ SCARBOROUGH I. BL John's Road (Pais gravel. C. WillImen O. T. CbaDpaLL FLEETWOOD, Mount Hoed (facing Prom. lade pait.lot.r. G. E. Wile.; 6.30, Rev. "Irritir310,flgelfirelViteluielrleCelIM". Hood FOLKESTONE, Dover Street. 11 and 6.30, "Inri.r11% ::. GREAT.. 17,121 (4.brfai.."47?.,71q.. PROVINCIAL Gardena, veer North End of Market Plane, H.R. HILL, Oldridge Road, S.W. ALF,RITILWistoAttr4.11amorial and. 11 and Rey. P. G. Saville. T. liavke. "'MAD M.714'.'7!**. NIZtt DOUTHANPTON, Bt Deoye. 11, Hev J. W,.72I.REEZ: B. J. Hnokmaeter. "7 tit ;! "'" "". "VETZ..!:' 6. "BV:V7i...A!'" "7. UPPER TOOTING, Lynwood Road, S.W. 11, Rev. G. W. Weatherill; 6.30, Mr. W. neon SOUTHPORT 1., Marahelde Road , Bev. Evans. filff.fritet2.j.111:7r,taiz.15 " an d 0 tt;`,1%.chur 11. J. E. Woodfield; 6.30, Pastor S. O. Harm BRUNSWICK HALL, Yardley r.allorta.x,ir,hrejacreg. 817,1th. AZT 6110,"Sam`11 Holman. CALEDONIAN1. HIGBBBBY :1Z1.1r.2r.. S. "'Ern Virtt."..1;71..." hem' 11 mt.:dram. Litz. Hart Street " , tg! ference. "'rand 6.30,' PV.1.1.7i! PettIlLir r1,111: CEMETERY BOAR and 6.M, Bev. HULL Yre. Kendall ;'61Nrn7.T.14=.. BLACKPOOL. ChaDd Street (fmivf( v.1v 23.1Renroio 97,'e!bt re. CAMDEN TOWN,!LW, King Street, off High r Johnjetngerltev. bam Rowley: 6 Rev. son. 1 "TEiggertosiltlEr ititilint Road. IL ""1'1PTIOIggt1! 1:01:z.Mry1 P. GBABNEa6 ROAD. 10.6, Fisher; 'fr. 0- JERSEY Aanila Road. ttta.v.. 6t. and Bev. P. W. B. Oliver; '6.30. Rev...T. Edward, WLSVCIMT-ONKEA. Beedell Avenae (off Inndon 8o0,11,, 11, Rev. A. E. Calvert; 6., 1171Errairstai.,141t.117CIttl: ST. ANN and 6.30, Rev. D. SUNDER... TEIIRMOUdTN. 11, Bev. J. Keen: 6.30, Mr. TORQUAY Harker Street: 11 and 6.30, Re, *TAM' iree'0`. Yr. EFelFEIEirerd'gr. wtl'enntr6!31. (aver WHILL. EL 11,14Y,c2noLdh.13treet and WICIErpgrermont Street. 11 and WALES. "TIT, tut Tabor, K 673VdReT Crump. EN FIFICh!nlifiAn:.1)4 1,7,,7 EVANGELISTS' ENGAGEMENTS. ""lidthir. htt:l.emet:1titr Primitive.11=1".7 "%Tr: =1;fii our :1=11111F 66".611reVIllgoVATit. it P Tire :ev Worlra."6'66'. P 711" PAẎ.f:g; Avenue, North ('Phone: E.eld The full London addniz I!!.%1 moat t be given, hich.11 be at once for. Jeer. minister of our Church. fthending.-in gratethl emlrte BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, DEATHS, IN MEMORIAM. with the Church practically the whole of..t 66af.. mother beloved, who tli66i4' e:ru m his life, he was particularly interested in net one c'd and eis its service of praise, and for over 30 years HALL.-0n January 28th, at the Hull Tnber- T E6Li ir=t71ett6vow1 ig 1 1 l7lrhutv and children, had been a member of the choir, occupying of late years the position of choir- e. Wilfrid, TAYLOR.-In dear master. His time and his talents were Selby, on Monday, January itern isnietpella71or f Normantoo, tg, tared to always gladly given to the Church he William Hardwick. aged 76, beloved husband of Eva Hardwick. At rest." y "Until the day loved. His popularity and the esteem in Pattie, and William. "t14""l'r6atit: which he was held were evinced on the 4/NrNiiiat11odis.i T 6:Ir6 69, for 0 day 131 his funeral, when over 300 people [a l ts [reacher Wigton Ci1~ MINISTERIAL CHANGES gathered for the service in the chapel and JOHNSON.-.1 January 23rd, in hie 39th year. at the cemetery, the service being conducted by the Revs. C. R. Bower and Robert, the beloved husb_and AND ENGAGEMENTS. Johnson, of 16. May Langley at J. A. Leafs. Great sympathy is felt for with ten thee.. welcomes.' Cilt6eT61..7lyide?., from Rucknall, after (oar years. the widow, who has been bereaved of a LAGEV.-Mr James leekithf=2ett. of sister, brother, and husband in the space ErirrInfnw, to Nottingham 11. ra6tverh'opitelv L. Lace, passed of five months. swat art. after 'LL brief the home of his son Ralph. at the age of 77. Enilt:;:17.1rnia! 61:PPACIZ!""eleY. Interred in Loughborough Cemetery. Mr. R. Johnson. In the death of Robert Johnson at the " Ny". s bro ga olf lthabeth'inford. in his 99th year Late IN MEMORIAM. Newcastle Royal Infirmary at the age of choirmaster of London Road Church. 39, the Langley Park Society has lost one Mr. W. Hardwick. at 111, of its most promising young men and MiTuU;aTrtiTNCletrYeilitifigg' In the passing of Brother William ae 79. Local preacher for 54 year. A devout and active members. Choirmaster, Trust Secretary, and worker Hardwick, of Selby, the Church on earth faithful steward of the Gospel of Christ. NUME.-On Tuesday, has lost a devoted worker. He has, during his long life, occupied many offices January 26th, at, the amongst the young people, he won for home...her daughter. (Sybil Haddock Pittrihn7rwidow'chheilcenfie?,' N Za: D. JADES. of Fivr Fitrdth himself the respect and affection of the in the Church. For years he conducted whole of the fellowship. He was the Road, Dawleyy, a very successful class meeting, and at music-maker of the sanctuary, the the time of his death was president of a ' t r. in DawleY passion of his life being to make the Churchyard. IN MEMORIAM. ROBINSON.-In loving memory Sir of Th f,3:.yfeg flourishing Band of Hope. The funeral praise of God's house a worthy contribution to worship. At his passing without sonic, at which a great number were present, including many members of the doubt "several of the King's trumpeters Post-office staff, was conducted by the clothed in white and shining raiment came Rev. E. C. Hudson, the address being uary Bb, 1927; and re out to meet him and with melodious noises TAth, 19n. given by the Rev. Fred Firth, B.A., who made even the heavens to echo with their SAINTED.-0n Febroary.M. " HOp- spoke of the life and work of Mr. Hardwick with tender appreciation and R sound." The funeral service was held in the beloved thiskand of Lavinia the Langley Park Chapel on January 27th, Sal..., chairman of the District Council, expressed the sympathy of the Church cenducted by the Rev. Joseph Henderson, with the sorrowing dear ones rt5.".;eitre.w641:r'atgrieeegritet:rrtitr Pha' assisted by the Revs. Wilson Eccles, H. A Mr. Robt. Linford. Fletcher, and T. W. Bevan. A tribute SHEEN.-In ever loving enemovy_oofo. Davey Sheen entered of de The London-road Church, King's Lynn, of love and praise was paid to our beloved reler lin, 1 -b ar has suffered a great loss in the passing of choirmaster by the Rev. H. Fletcher, of se; Lember 6th Edith = 3:174 llgodville/. Mr. Robert ("Bob") Linford. Associated Crook.

17 FEBRUARY 4, THE METHODIST LEADER. gt Guild of Kind Hearts THE WONDERFUL TRIP : FIRST STOP. For a while George was so interested in the actual running of his engine and train that he did not notice specially the kind of country through which they were passing. He remembered to slow down a bit at curves and at large stations; he had to watch the signals, and to give a warning whistle when getting near level crossings. It never struck him as strange that no one else was beside him on the engine. For you must remember that this was, after all, a magi.' train, which was driven by the fire of imagination and the steam of make-believe. If you have no use for such powers as these you had better not read this story any further. They were great powers in George's life, as they are in the lives of most boys and girls at certain times. George had run through a good many stations, for Pullman trains don't stop very often. They are far too important to notice little village stations. He began to get used to the running of the train, and he felt he was having a most glorious hour of crowded life. Then it began to dawn on him that he didn't know where he was going. It didn't worry him very much as to how he was to get back again, whenever he might reach his destination. He began to look about him to see if he could recognise the country. At first it looked very strange, and a bit misty, though the line ahead was clear enough. Some good distance away a forest appeared, and now, for the first time, George noticed that a distant signal was against him. This rather surprised him, but he knew what a good driver must do. He shut off steam at once, and the train began to slacken in speed, and it carne to a standstill in the forest. Such a quaint little station it was, so covered with flowers, and so curiously decorated with bright colours, that you had to look at it several times to see that it was a station. For the platform was like a mossy bank, the waiting room was an arbour of roses, and the ticket office was a summer-house. Only the lines running through it showed that it was a station. As George was running into it several things about the country seemed somehow well known to him. There was a river he was sure he had seen before, and beyond this was a lovely lagoon. The trees of the forest had a queer look about them, and there was a big mushroom not far away. And what a charming little house that was near by I Its chimney was just like a top-hat I Then it dawned on him, as he looked about, to see if the station had Yes, there it was, almost hidden by overhanging rambler roses. And the name? Why, of course, " The Never Land," every letter formed by codde-shells, artfully stuck on it. This was too exciting! George was out of his engine in a jiffy., and was wondering whether he would get a sight of some old friends, Srnee, Starkey and the terrible Hook. Then he remembered that they all came to an awful end. The lost boys must be somewhere about, if only he could find them. Somehow, he very much -wanted to see Wendy. And perhaps oh, joy! he might even see Peter Not He did want to ask Peter to tell him the secret of flying without wings. He had actually forgotten Peter's great words: " You just think lovely, wonderful thoughts, and they lift you up in the air." Have you ever tried that kind of flying? Well, I suppose we must wall until next week for another chapter! Your Big Brother, WILLIAM DAN,. 13, Percy-terrace, Sunderland. More for our Growing Army! We heartily welcome the following new members: Nos. 19,381, Henry Brook Dennison, of Oakham; 19,382, Joan Margaret Walker, of Northampton; 19,383, Roland Hasseldine, of Carlin How, Yorks. We heartily thank Miss F. N. Porter, of Jacksdale, NMts., for the following, her third or four list N.. 19,984.8, Raymond Castledine, Raymond Hinds, Cyril Simons, Tony Cade and Ralph Bexton. Thanks also, once again, to Mr. J. Kershaw, of Bradford, who must by now have the biggest company of the G.K.H. to be found anywhere: Nos. 19,389.91, flack Parkin, Dorothy Ward and Joan Worsnop. You can join if you send me your name, address, age and twopence-halfpenny in stamps for badge and postage, and you must promise to be kind to all. Endeavour Topic. Clash of World Forces. (1). Personalities. The Calling of a Man. Isaiah 6, 1-8. Feb. 14th. By the Rev. F. Maynard Wilson. The Clash of World Forces, by Basil Mathews, win supply subject matter for this series. It is published by the C.E. Union at the price of two shillings. Buy it and your money will be well spent. This is the argument for the introduc- Mry talk. In different parts of the earth there are peoples who have for long been oppressed and ignorant. They have dwelt in mental darkness. But now " the people that walked in darkness have seen a great light." The light has come through the influences of twentieth century civilisation. So races of people in India, in Russia, in Arabia, feet that they should have a place in the sun. The spirit of nationalism possesses their youth. But this does not readily find group expression, and to the eyes of the people turn towards any outstanding personality who may embody their ideals. To quote Mr. Mathews: " To-day the nationalist and the Bolshevist devotion of youth... is directed toward men, sometimes of really heroic build, who ernbody for each one of their followers the ideal to which their loyalty is given." To support the argument, Mr. Mathews gives two examples of such willingness to follow a trusted leader. Inevitably one is Gandhi. He has arrested the imagination of the whole world, and, most of all, that of the millions of lowcaste Indians, who regard him as the one destined to fulfil their hopes of a new fife. Lesser known is the career of the Arab leader, Ibn Stood. He is the ruler of the Wahabis, and controls most of the Arabian world outside Irak. The strong man of the Arab race, he is welding the Bedouin tribes into a nation. The wrongdoer fears his justice and bandit tribes have gone out of business. In his dominions " the justice of Ibn Sa'oud " has brought a sense of security. " Here is the incarnation of Arab nationalism; the man every Arab would like to be and for whom he would be proud to fight." Apparently these outbursts of enthusiasm for a national leader are new experiences, but there is nothing new under the sun. Turn in conclusion to the lesson. It is the story of a man's call, a man who became the spokesman of his nation's hopes. Turn also to Isaiah 32 2, where the ideal leader is described, " And a matt shall be as a hiding place from the wind and as a covert from the tempest; as rivers of waters in a thy place; as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land." For the needs of our modern world may God send us such men. IN MEMORIAM. Mrs. S. A. Cason. The unexpected passing of Mrs. S. A. Cason has occasioned genuine sorrow in the churches at Aylestone Park, Leicester, and Moseley-street, Burton-on-Trent. After an association of 57 years with the latter church, Mrs. Cason removed to Leicester only seven months ago, following the death of her husband, Mr. John Cason, with whom she shared a deep love of the church. Both were great Christians, exemplary in their loyalty and saorificial in their support of the church. Mrs. Cason resided with her son, Mr. F. W. Cason, an esteemed local preacher on the Leicester Second Circuit, and worshipped at Aylestone Park, where she had many friends. On January 20th the call came suddenly, and was answered peacefully. Mrs. Cason will be much missed for her genial nature and devotion, but her life is a fragrant, inspiring memory. Fitting tributes of respect were shown on January 23rd at Aylestone Park, where a service was conducted by Rev. L. H. Wood, and later at Burtonon-Trent, where the interment took place. Mrs. Fanny Plume. Mrs. Nume, the widow of the late Rev. Philip Nume, passed into eternal peace and light after acute suffering on January 26th. Hers was a bright and buoyant spirit. During her life she radiated kindness and good cheer. She was an admirable minister's wife, sharing the life and work of her husband to the full, and contributing greatly to the success of his ministry by her tireless service in the circuits where they laboured. Wherever they went she soon won the confidence of the people and was greatly beloved. After Mr. Nume's death she went to live near her only daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W. Haddock, at Niton, Isle of Wight, where she found joy in the services of the little Wesleyan Church she had been a Wesleyan Methodist before her marriage--and made many friends. She was laid to rest in the Baptist burial ground at Niton on January 29th. Mrs. S. Betts. In the Weston-super-Mare cemetery on January 26th the tired body of Mrs. S. Betts was laid tenderly to rest. Until three weeks ago Mrs. Betts had been granted physical health and strength, and though nearly seventy-five years of age, had retained all her faculties, and had cominued to make a very important contribution in the life of the church, which was built through the pioneering activities and consolidating work of her husband, herself and those who gathered round them. Her keen interest in the spiritual ministry of the church, her never-failing support of all things good, her frequent unostentatious and often secret gifts ll missed. But Ora bidie s, h:nclowetlym 'of rugged goodness is stimulating. Four daughters and one son think gratefully of her, begrudge her not the joy of reunion, and know that she, who did her task without thought of any reward except that of continuing power for service, has now received the victor's crown of life. Mr. J. Coates. The death of Mr. Jonathan Coates, at Southport, last week, at the age of 76, is a loss to the Pudsey Primitive Methodist Church, to which he had given a lifetime's service. For practically all his life he had worked in the Church, Christian Endeavour, and Sunday-school. He was well known and esteemed for his loyalty and arduous labours on behalf of his community. Mr. Coates displayed all the graces of character which mark the true follower of Jesus Christ. His generosities were many, but usually secret. The numbers who attended his funeral proved the esteem and affection in which many held him. Mr. Coates was a truly great man. For years he worked so that Podsoy might have a beautiful church, and he gave liberally. Ministers found in hint a friend whose judgment was reliable. All at the church felt that in him they had a helper and friend. Of none with more confidence can it be said, "He is for ever with the Lord." Mr. John Fish. The church at Poole has suffered a severe loss in the passing of John Fish on January 17th. One of its most sainted members, his Christian experience covered a period of over sixty years. During that time he served the church as Sunday-school teacher and school superintendent, class leader and society steward; most regular in attendance at public worship, at prayer and C.E. meetings. Being sure of God, he was mighty in prayer, devout and ecstatic in his worship. His cheery countenance, kindly word and visitation of the sick will be sadly missed. A great number gathered at the funeral, in which Revs. A. W. Welford, W. C. H. Fell and J. W. Fish took part. A memorial service was held on Sunday evening last, conducted by Rev. A. W. Welford, assisted by Rev. J. W. Fish. Mr. F. Froggatt. In the passing of Mr. Frank Froggatt the Tadcaster Church has suffered an irreparable loss. Organist for over 30 years and Trust secretary, he rendered faithful and efficient service, taking a keen interest in the welfare of the cir. cuit and the Tadcaster society. His going from us has left a vacant place that cannot be filled. Our friend overflowed with brotherly kindness and cheerfulness, and placed himself at the service of all who sought his help. In his home he was an ideal husband and father. A man of sterling integrity and straight dealing, he was highly respected throughout the town. His tastes and pleasures were simple. His church, home, family, and garden and wireless met all his needs as recreation. His well of satisfaction was in his own heart. We remember with gratitude the long years in which he has been given to home, church and town, and with God we leave the rest until the day breaks and the shadows flee away. Mr. Wm. Hodgson. By the passing of Mr. William Hodgson, on January 23rd, the Aspatria Church has lost one of its oldest and most respected members. Brother Hodg. son was in his 69th year, and his devotion to his Church is revealed by his last generous effort for one of the village causes (of which he was a trustee), a lecture on " Fifty Years a Local Preacher."-- His life-story was a record of triumph over early disadvantages, and, later, physical limitations. It was like him to attend the day-school when grown up in search of the education to qualify him for a commercial certificate; the him again to come out of his retirement in later life to serve his Church, even against doctor's orders. Added to this " grit " of character, there was an out. spokenness and yet a cheeriness and big. heartedness, which endeared him to a wide circle of friends. His favourite hymn was " All as God Wills." Mr. Jabs. Shepherd. The Dooley and Madeley Circuit has suffered loss by the death of one of its ablest local preachers, Mr. Jab. Shepherd, at the age of 77 years. He came from good Primitive Methodist stock, his parents, grandparents and great-grand. parents all being active members of our Church. Indeed, his forebears must have been amongst the founders of ma Church. As a lad of seven he carried stones to build our Rock Church. He filled with distinction most of the church offices. He was a generous and loyal supptrter of all our Connexional funds, and was a local preacher for 54 years, He possessed a wonderful library, and it is said that he and his wife often went to bed supperless in order to save money, to buy some coveted book. Probably his happiest sphere of labour was as a class leader. His sympathy with his member* is still a treasured memory with many of his flock. He leaves a widow and three sons, to whom we extend out deepest sympathy. Mrs. S. Gentle. Cambridge has experienced a great loss in the passing of Mrs. Gentle, wife of Mr. Samuel Gentle, the well-known con. tractor, and mother of Mr. D. Gentle, junior circuit steward and superintendent of the 'tabernacle School, Cambridge, Although she had been in indifferent health, Mrs. Gentle was apparently improving, but after a very sudden seizure she passed peacefully away. A native of Trumpington, she came with her husband to reside in the town over fifty years ago, and played an important part in building up his business. She was an active church worker, being at the time of her death a trustee, and a great stay of the Ladies' Working Com. ruittee. She was a member of the British Women's 'Temperance Associa. lion, serving upon its various commit. tees for many years. A staunch Liberal, she was an active member of the Cambridge Women's Liberal Association, and often recalled with pride the stirring days of Lord (then Mr.) Buckmaster, who was a frequent visitor at her home. The in. ferment took place at Mill-road cemetery after a service in the Tabernacle, con. ducted by the Rev. T. B. Heward, assisted by Mr. W. Campbell (Trumping. ton). The many friends who attended and the floral tributes sent evklenad how highly she was esteemed.

18 82 THE METHODIST LEADER. FEBRUARY 4, T932. WHAT THE CHURCHES ARE DOING. Batlersea. The annual Sunday-school festival was held at Plough-road on Sunday, Rev. G. A. Price and Pastor Clifford conducting the services. On Wednesday, at the annual prize-giving. Mrs. Hatter, occupied the chair and distributed the prizes, and Mr. E. Trott, J.P., gave an interesting address. A varied programme by the children, including the Primary was received with delight. Mr. W. Thomas Fletcher gave a report and thanks were expressed by Pastor C. Allcruft and Mr. Clifford Bickerton. Chesterfield First. The Sisterhoods at Holywell Cross and Brirnington Bethel recently held their anniversaries. Mrs. Shepherd conducted the Sunday services at Holywell Cross and a rally was held on Tuesday, over which Mrs. Porter presided. Mrs. H. Hustler W. the speaker and Mrs. C. Middletco, jun., the soloist.!mrs. Goldthorpe welcomed the large gathering and conducted a roll call. After tea a varied programme was enjoyed. Mrs. Geo. Brough presided. Proceeds 18. At " Bethel " Sister Nellie was the preacher, and a service of song was rendered by the members. Mrs. Piper addressed a rally on Monday and the service of song was repeated. Proceeds reached 9. Clayton West. A Sunday-school Conference was recently held, when a good number of teachers attended. The business meeting was followed by tea and a concert by the scholars of the drcuit schools, presided over by Mr. H. Stephenson. During the evening Mrs. G. Penney presented the Henry Jackson Shield and prizes for the Scripture examination. Cubit( Town. The recently-formed Dramatic Society gave its first performance on Thursday, when a costume play. "A Scrap of Paper," was presented. Produced by Mr. Fred Hannan, the performance was very creditably carried through. GI. Yarmouth. On Saturday the Junior Work Committee of the Gt. Yarmouth C.E. Union, under the leadership of Miss Grace Walpole, arranged a Junior Rally in the Primitive Methodist Isli,sion, Cobbohn. The building was filled n ith Junior Endeavourers and parents. and a united choir front the Junior Societies led the singing. Master Willie Nichols was the chairman, and his address gave helpful tone to the nice:ing. Items from each of the Junior Sia hairs followed. The speaker's (Rev. S. K. Bridge. B.A.) talk on "Ulysses and Jason" was thoroughly enjoyed by all, and the Endeavourers were inspired ''to be gond by trying to do something." Rev. E. R. Squire. President of the Union, called the Roll. and after the response the Junior Leaders were called upon to consecrate themselves afresh to their work. This they did by singing the Consecration Hymn. The repetition of the Junior Pledge brought a happy and helpful Rally to a close. Lancaster (Moordane). The annual church "At-Homes" were held on Wednesday and Thursday. The host and hostess on the first day were Mr. and Mrs. E. Shaw. Songs were contributed by Miss M. Kilgour and Mrs. F. W. Barnfield, and recitals by Miss McPhail. The ladies had charge of the refreshments. On Thursday the Cecilian Quartette gave songs and glees. Mr. and Mrs. R. Mount were host and hostess, and the men had charge of the arrangements. A happy time was spent. Mablethorpe. The Christian Endeavour Anniversary of the Mablethorpe Church was held on Sunday and Monday. when Rev. E. H. Walmsley Ross was the special preacher. A fine response was made to the appeal for testimonies. In the afternoon the Mablethorpe Wesleyan choir rendered sacred music, with Mrs. Staples and Miss E. Wright, Mr. 1'. Booth. and Mr. Leslie Mason as soloists. About one hundred friends enjoyed the public tea on!monday, and it united Rally of C.E. and Wesley Guild Societies followed. Mr. S. L. Goldthorpe. of Cleethorpes, presided, and the Rev J. Graham conducted the Roll Call. Manor Park. The Rev. GeorgeAvre was Prime Minister of a Circuit Mk- 'Lona, Path:talent held at Manor Park, Upton Park Circuit. The Opposition Leader was the Rev. W. Potter. Repre- sentatives of the circuit attended. Speakers on behalf of the Government were Messrs. J. F. Plummer, W. J. Playford, H. Hersom and the Rev. Eric Bilton. The Opposition amendment, " That in view of the fact that our African Church membership is 25,725 and catechumens, the present 862 preaching places and churches are adequate to our present obligations and opportunities," w,s spoken to by!messrs. C. A. Hall and N. Abernethy. Mr. E. Rutter acted as Spealcer. The division was taken by- collection, members of the House " and the audience giving their contributions to Government or OppoSition Whips. It was a well-spent evening. Norwich. The Women's Own at Queen's road recently celebrated their anniversary. On Sunday it splendid concert was given by the choir, under the leadership of Mr. E. J. Scarlett. Miss Willis, J.P. presided. On Monday Mrs. P. R. Webb presided, and Mrs. Corlett. of Loddon, was the special speaker. Mrs. F. Benison rendered delightful solos. Tea was followed by it United Rally, under the presidency of Mrs. Gilbert Laws (Baptist). The Roll Call was unitedly responded to and it fine address was again given by Mrs. Corlett. The Scott Memorial Ladies' Choir provided music, conducted by Mrs. Truman, with Miss D. Hall as organist. New Seaham. On Saturday the married people, assisted by Christian Endeavourers. gave an interesting pageant, entitled " The Torchbearers." The principal parts were taken by Messrs. Appleby and Balls, Miss N. Balls and!mrs. W. S. Wilkes. The arrangements were in the capable hands of Mrs. Balls and Mrs. J. S. Francombe. The performance was repeated on Monday and the financial result of 10 10s. was encouraging. Nottingham FIrst. A successful choir anniversary n as held at Ashwell-street, Netherlield, nn Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday tea was followed by a splendid concert. including sketches, "Too Many Brides" and "Neighbours of Gooseberry Court." Mr. 2. 1'. Challands presided. On Sunday the morning preacher was Mr. E. W. Dawson, and in the evening the choir rendered hlaunder's "Olivet to Calvary," with Messrs. Carver and Lowe soloists. Mr. W. Askey conducted, and Mr. H. Simpson was organist. Peel. Christian Endeavour anniversary services were held at Christianstreet on Sunday, the special preacher being the Rev. J. K. Elliott, of Castletown. In the morning Junior Endeavourer Gladys Clucas was soloist, and Miss Elsie Quirk, of the senior society, sang in the evening. A specially arranged Endeavour meeting was held in the afternoon. the chair being taken by Miss K. Corlett and a duet being rendered by the Misses Molly!McDonald and Isabel Kneen. The Rev. J. K. Elliott gave a most inspiring address on the C.E. motto. Porth. The " Women's Own " anniversary was held recently.. The special preacher for the Sunday was Mrs. Phillips, of Cardiff. A public meeting on Monday was presided over by Miss Edith Jones, Mrs. Phillips giving it helpful address. The roll call was conducted by Mrs. Perry. The magnificent singing by the ladies' choir, under the leadership of Miss Gwilyrn, was enjoyed and a tea and grand social on Thursday were well attended. Thanks are due to Miss D. Holbroolc for her work to make the anniversary- a success. Redcar. Fhe new church at Stationroad celebrated its anniversary services last week-end. Rev. W. H. Campbell, of Carlisle. preached powerful sermons, and a musical service was given. On Mondm MI-. Canthboll, assisted by the Moir. gave it lecture-recital on "Charles Dickens and His Characters." This new church is making excellent progress. alehe. T Smith-street Fireside Fellowship is not confined to men. The women of our own and other churches help in creating the Fellowship atmos- phere. At the recent anniversary the speakers were the president, Mr. C. P. Mendey, and Res. Herbert Semper. At the dose of the evening service the FellowShip cook part in Holy. Comm, Mon. On Tuesday the fifth Annual Social took the form of a "Village Wedding." The schoolroom was artistically decorated with a village scene, arch and church door, through which the bridal party entered to the ringing of the church bells. About eighty shared the wedding repast, and the Rev. H. Sernper set forth the objects of the Fellowship, stressing the value of Christian worship. Ryde. Under the direction of Mrs. Cowie, " Silas Marner " was splendidly presented in the Ryde Schoolroom on Wednesday and Thursday, in costume of the period. Mrs. Cowie gave an introductory talk. Miss Febria, L.R.A.M., was accompanist. and Master John W. Cowie the announcer. This effort realised 8. Many expressions of appreciation were re,ived and requests that it should be repeated. Seacombe. On Saturday the Ladies' Section held it successful Bring and Buy Sale, opened by Nli,s Hayes, with Mrs. Stephenson in the chair. An attractive cuff tea was followed by a humorous sketch, " Anastasia Joins t' Domino Club." The sketch was repeated the following night. and the proceeds of the effort amounted to 20. Scolter (Ashby). Ashby Church was lammed by it visit from Mr. Harrison Slater on January and 25th. On Sunday afternoon Mr. Slater recited selected stories and poems, and the Rev. L. C. Barker presided. In the evening Mr. Slater inspired all with "The Story of Willie Sproule." Miss L. Hiles presided, and Mr. S. H. Walton IC' le) a. the soloist at each recital. On Monday Mr. Slater's programme inehaled selections from Masefield's "The Wanderer," "The End of the Path." "Little Lord Fauntlerny." and humorous selections from "Pickwick." and the story " The Sexton's Advice." It Wa S well varied and excellently given, and delighted a good company for two hours. The financial result was 12. SI. George's. The choir anniversary was held on Sunday, the preacher being Rev. J. Rigby. In the afternoon Mrs. Gibbs presided over a musical service, when an excellent programme was given by Miss Amy Evans, Mr. R. Evans, Mr. Eceleshall. the choir. and the Keeley glee party. Mr. P. Rushton was at the organ. Mr. A. I.eyland conducted. Wakefield Secoud. On Wednesday and Thursday the Belle Vue Church choir presented the Operetta, " The Legend of St. Yvonne." The production called for considerable versatility, and it is a tribute to all concerned that the performance was full of appeal and charm. The plot was well interpreted, and choruses, solos, dances and fairy scenes proved it fitting setting. The operetta was direcjed by Mr. Percy Sadler (choirmaster), Mrs. S. Eccleston (organist) and Miss E. L. Houton. Miss Grace Houton served admirably as accompanist. West Bromwich First: A concert organised by the Queen-street Methodist Scouts was held on Wednesday. The troop has recently been formed from the Queen-street Boys' Club, which had operated for about If months. Their programme opened with prayer and an explanation of scouting by the troop chaplain, Rev. A. G. A. Lees. Besides humorous sketches, the boys gave some idea of scouting activities by demonstrations, songs. and yarns round it camp fire, which completed the splendid programme. Wolverhampton Second. On Sunday and Monday, at Bethel, the Women's Own Anniversary was held. Mrs. Jack (U.M.) conducted the morning service, and the Rev. J. Fryer Loveday the evening. Music was provided by the choir, and Miss Janet Scott contributed solos. On Monday Mrs, Beards gave a fine and practical address on " Lifting the Shadows." Mrs. S Male was the soloist, and Mrs. Loveday conducted the Roll Call. This service ended with an act of re-dedication. An evening song service, based on women hymn writers, when Mrs. Loveday gave sketches of the various authors, was enjoyed. Miss Barrett occupied the chair. The weekend was a spiritual feast and financial success, the proceeds being over 21. Wrochwardioe Wood. On Wednesday the children gave a charming operetta entitled "The Real Santa Claus." Mr. A. Lowe accompanied. The children had been trained by Mrs. Rigby, Miss G. Gough, and Miss -H. Rigby. Coon. A. Huggins expressed the appreciation of a crowded audience. Modern Aspects of Renato.. From the Lindsay Press come four additions to their shilling series of booklets on " Its Modern Needs and Problems." Di-. Herbert McLachlan, principal of the Unitarian College, Manchester, writes on The Bible To-day. He puts in the forefront the value of the devotional use of the Bible, and proceeds to estimate the change of view concerning it, some of its outstanding problems and the implications of the historic view. In The Friendly Church, Mr. Arnold H. Lewis tackles the problem of the alleged decline in church attendance, and urges very helpfully some of the values which commend the Church to the people. This is well worth perusal. Mr. Herbert Crabtree discusses Some Religious Cults and Alinements of To-day. Christian Science, Theosophy and Spiritualism are examined and their elements of value sought. Dr. R. F. Rattray deals with Fundamentals of Alodern Religion or rather it is an examination on scientific lines of " the fundamentals of life that point to religion." He traces the evolution of mind, the acquisitions of human experience, the implications of ethics, and indicates man's task of relation with a transcendent universe. Rather exclusively intellectual fundamentals. RYDAL SCHOOL COLWYN BAY immilisatar Th. Roy. A. J. Costs.. N.A. 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19 FEBRUARY 4, Women's Missionary Work. Ashby and Oresley.-A meeting of the W.M.A. was held at Donisthorpe, presided over by Mrs. Taylor (Ashby). The vicar (Rev. Bromley) gave an address on I. Women of India." Mrs. Kirby offered prayer and the letter was read by Mrs. Bettison. The proceeds were 2 6s. BartuildswIck.-The monthly W.M.A. meeting was held on Tuesday at Stationroad, under the presidency of Mrs. T. Cook, when Mrs. Lane was the speaker. A sister from the " Independent Methodist Church," she spoke of the mission of helpfulness in bringing others to Jesus and the wonderful opportunities it affords. The letter was. read by Mrs. Heseltine, and a duet was rendered by Mrs. Ernest Gill and Miss L. M. Cook. Mrs. Watson accompanied. Burnley First and Second.-The annual effort of the W.M.F. was hekl at Brierfield on Saturday, the afternoon meeting being presided over by Mrs. Lancaster and an address given by Mrs. F. S. Button, of Preston. Miss M. Pollitt's solos were greatly appreciated, and Mrs. Lancaster expressed thanks. After tea the young people of the church gave two plays, " The Blue Bowl " arid " Farley Goes Out." A very appreciative audience was presided over by Mrs. J. Bra, Evans. The proceeds amounted to 10 19s. Barnsley First and Second.-The annual meetings of the W.M.A. were held at Buckley-street. Miss A. Richardson, returned missionary, in the afternoon gave a fine address, and Mrs. Minnie was soloist was served by the ladies of the church. In the evening a great mi. sionary meeting was presided over by Mrs. J. S. Gammage, Federation President, whose address was greatly appreciated. Miss Richardson spoke on her work among the women and girls of Oyubia, and Miss May Taylor and Mrs. Min., rendered musical items. The organist was Miss Yates, A.T.C.L., A.L.C.M. Mrs. Wright gave the yearly report, stating that 63 16s. 5d. has been raised for African funds., The membership is 220. Mrs. GaMmage presented Mires to the boys and girls who had boxes, and Mrs. Morris expressed thanks. Proceeds for African Fund, s. 70. Brandonhe.-T annual effort of the W.M.A. at Langley Moor was an " At Home " and concert, organised by the president, Mrs. Davies. Host and hostess ;were Mr. and Mrs. R.Bartle..Mr. Newton Coulmn's concert party rendered excellent, rervice, and a social evening followed. Rev. G. Davies intimated that the Auxiliary -had had a 'very nieces.. year and Mrs. J. P.-Weasham expressed thanks. Carthoe.-There was a, goi3d attendence at the monthly, meeting of the W.M.A. Mr, Crait was the leader, and the speaker the Rev. J. Goodie's, of Wingate. The letter was read by Mrs. A. Watson, and the soloist was Mrs. Abbott. Mr, Stokoe and Mrs. fisher contributed a duet., Doilley.-T he Auxiliary gathered at Vicar-street on Thursday. Mrs. Noble presided. Mrs. Mason read the letter, and Mrs. R. B. Dock made a stimulating appeal for missionary support. The Vicarstreet ladies provided t,, and the collection realised 21 4s. The annual meeting followed, when the secretary reported that the Branch had enrolled 76 members and raised 12 during its first year. Mrs. W. H. Taylor was elected president. Ferryh111.-A helpful and inspiring meeting was held at Metal Bridge, when Mr. George Miller and Mr. Tewart served as soloist and organist. Mesdames Fawcett and Watson presided and Mrs. Miller read the Scriptures and letter. Rev. W. H. Lax, of Poplar, was ably portrayed by Miss Trotter, of Durham. Tea was served by the Metal Bridge ladies. Goole.-The monthly meeting of the Auxiliary was held at Dunhill-road on Tuesday. Mrs. Read presided and Mrs. Brigham read the Scripture. The soloist was Mrs. Quarmby, with Mrs. Blanchard as accompanist. The letter was read by Mrs. Simms, and the Rev. H. K. Sheriff (U.M.) gave an interesting address on the work of the Wesleyan Missions in Hyderabad, India. Tea was served by the Dunhill-road ladies. Nexham.-A drawing-room meeting was held the Manse, Tynedale-terrace, the Rev. J. Twaddle presiding. Miss E. Wilson read the letter and solos were rendered by Mrs. Platts, L.R.A.M. Mrs. King gave an interesting talk on Mary Slessor, and the Rev. A. Vickers expressed thanks. Tea was provided by Mrs. Vickers and Mrs. Surma, the amount realising 1 17s. I3d. Leicester. - The monthly Auxiliary meeting was held at Hinckley-road on Wednesday. Mrs. Meadley presided, and was ably supported by Mrs. E. Lakin. Sister Annie read the letter, and solos were rendered by Mrs. Fred Clarke. An interesting address on the work of the Wesleyan Home Missions in Manchester was given by the Rev. J. F. Chenhalls (W.M.). Tea was generously given by the Hinckley-road ladies, and the financial result was 24 5s. Thanks were expressed by Mesdames Hunt and Tingle. Leicester.-The monthly meeting of the Girls' Branch was held on Wednesday at Aylestone Park Church, presided over by Miss C. Kenney, supported by Miss A. Hill. Mrs. L. H. Wood gave a wonderfully interesting talk on "Gertrude Bell" which was much enjoyed, and the letter was read by Miss Sibson. Miss Ivy Lynn recited. London (Battersea). - The Women's Missionary Federation meeting was held on Wednesday at Plough-road, with Mrs. Perkins presiding. Pastor Clifford Allcroft led in prayer Mrs. Lynn read the Scripture, and Mrs. King the letter. Rev. F. G. Saville gave an inspiring address, and Miss Dorothy Minter rendered delightful solos, while Mrs. Forrest accompanied. Thanks were expressed by Miss D and the Rev. G. A. Price. Macclesfield. - On Wednesday the President of the Federation, Mrs. J. S. Garnmage, of Northampton, visited the W.M.A. at Byrons-street Church. Mrs. C. Moore presided over a well attended meeting, including members of the other Methodist Churches. The letter was read by Miss Kirkland, and a recital was con- THE METHODIST LEADER. tributed by Miss Janet Mason. Mrs. Gammage's address was most inspiring. Tea was provided by the local Ladies, and thanks were expressed by Mrs. T. Bet. teny. In the evening Mrs. Gammage visited our l'oynton Church and addressed a meeting of the Women's Own, over which Mrs. Moore presided. Manchester Central. - The W.M.A. meeting was held Wellington-road, Eccles, under the presidency of Mrs. Cooper. Rev. F. Humble gave a helpful address on " Bridges and Bridge Builders," and Mrs. N. Gee rendered two solos. The letter was read by Mrs. A. Rowbotham. Four new members were enrolled, and the tea realised 516s. 3d. MIrrield.-The first anniversary of the W.M.A. was held at Battyeford on Tuesday, the speaker being Mrs. R. Benham. The afternoon meeting was presided over by Mrs. B. Drewery, and Mr, James Barrowclough and Mrs. Brammall rendered solos. At the business meeting officers were elected. In the evening Mrs. F. Pickard presided and the soloists were Miss Codd and Miss Holmes. The circuit was well represented, and thanks were expressed by Rev. B. Drewery and Mr. F. Pickard. Northampton.-The January meeting of the W.M.F. was held in the Harlestone-road Church. Mrs. T. Flinders presided and Mrs. W. Barton read the monthly letter. The Rev. Raymond Taunton gave an instructive address and Mrs. James was the soloist. Tea was served by the Harlestone-road ladies. Oswestry.-Mrs. J. Holland presided at the monthly meeting and Mrs. Denny, sere., read the letter. Rev. J. Price Williams, M.A., gave an illuminating address on " Three Attitudes to Life." Mrs. Jones was soloist and Mrs. Norman Denny accompanist. The tea was given by Mrs. D. Roberts and Mrs. G. Lewis. Rev. John Holland also took part in the meeting. Peel.-The monthly Auxiliary meeting was held on Thursday, when Mrs. Lane (returned missionary from China) gave an address. The chair was taken by Mrs. E. B. Butler, and a solo rendered by Miss Bessie ShiMmin. Mrs. F. S. Dalgleish provided tea. The good attendance indicated a revived interest in our missionary work. Silsden.-Mrs. C. T. Fletcher presided at the January meeting of the Auxiliary, of members from Steeton and Silsden. Miss Moore (U.M.) spoke on the power of play, in our life and in the life of the Church and country. Mrs. Sam Foster was the pianist and Miss Russell read the Scriptures. The meeting Was followed by a Faith Tea, and a collection was taken for the funds. Silverdale.-Mrs. W. Parker presided over the monthly meeting of the W.M.A. held on Thursday, and Mrs. G. F. Bennett, the District President, gave a stirring address. The soloist was Mrs. A. E. Sutton, and Mrs. A. Shenton read the letter, a recitation being contributed by Mrs. A. C. Sutton. Mrs. and Miss Glover provided the refreshments. Collection, Ll 9s. 6d. Sonthend.on Sea.-Through the kindness of Mrs. Tyler, a drawing-room meeting was held at the Home of Rest on Sunday, when a good company listened with much interest to an address by Miss Clinch. Mrs. P. W. B. Oliver presided and Mrs. Tyler led in prayer. The letter was read by Miss Arthur. Tea was served and the collection amounted to one guinea. Slaoley.-The monthly missionary meeting was held at Grange Villa on Wednesday, Mrs. Winless presiding. The District President, Mrs. Allen, of Pelaw, gave a splendid address, which was greatly enjoyed. Mrs. E. Spears read the niissionary letter. Total proceeds, 3 3s. 3d. Stoke and Longlon.-The monthly Auxiliary meeting was held at Lonsdalestreet, Mrs. Rudram presiding. Mrs. Jackson led the devotions, and an interesting address on " The Work in China " was given by Mrs. Dale (U.M.), who has a son in China. Mrs. Rudram remarked on her unique position in the chair with It missionary's mother 011 either side of her. The annual business meeting followed and all officers were Stretford.-The monthly meeting of the W.M.A. was held on Thursday. Rev. H. L. Herod presided, and Mrs. Cretney, of Broughton, gave an interesting address. Mrs. Gray was the special singer, and the letter was read by Mrs. Sowerby. Refreshments were provided by Mrs. A. Croft. Sutton and Kirkby.-The monthly meeting of the W.M.A. was held at Forest Side, Mrs. Butler presiding. Mrs. Beardsley read the letter. Mrs. Froggart rendered solos, and Mr. ltdelanapley accompanied. The special spealcer was the Rev. J. T. Jones, of Sutton. Tea was provided by Forest Side ladies. C. Russell. Rev. J. J. Clarredge (Congregationalist) gave a heart-searching address on the responsibility of living the life of a real home missionary, and Mrs. Gamlen (Wesleyan) rendered solos. Mrs. Mortimer read the letter. The ladies of the church served tea. Wakefield.-The Auxi'iary meeting was held at Market-street. Mrs. C. Jennings presiding. Miss Butcher read the Scriptures, Mrs. C. f3rownlow the letter. A splendid address was given by the Wesleyan minister, Rev. E. C. Elliot, and Mrs. Clegg was the soloist. Miss Dawson was the accompanist. Proceeds of the tea, for Mission:try Funds, amounted to 4. Walkden.-The W.M.A. held their annual meeting at Memorial-road. Mrs. Hoyle presided and Mrs. Illsley gave a brief report. The Revs. T. Hacking and W. J. Tristram gave brief and bright addresses and Miss E. Beddows was the soloist. Tea was provided by the Memorial-road ladies. The financial SMALL ADVTS. Worth Reading BA Eioriaznt:4vt-1"812 A4. Q uo U pr O 72 r P 6 1"1'":"Ze:; i;lostrepli;pivdlyetrete :g'r4=.11.14y..,,r, rer1:21=1;7.v: {NW E117, Longton. 'at" Free 'f m,hod of noosing fonds for Horsens, Charitable istitutions, eto. A proved mmo.. Samples and prices from ALSO. LOY/74 Printer, Wigan. C111011' ,ZrildeaVOL1r riggilm' f AINA for barters or t h r' h goods only anpdllad: didw7:t tle% tltga.=youto AND loo., VIII Street, ECONOMY for Bundey &:hoots.-6el Tea Anniversary Hymns from 100, 2,6-200 WO, 0. Bend for sample.-. CSEDLASn, 'Printer, Winterion, Scunthorpe. }ME/T[167ra/ istal.1"11t.tillra,n: Greek in 'to" firlat:pneinnlet,dergul Imperial Bldg.., Ludgate 'Circue, I.nd n, 1 17lar"ist tl!".,notalt,g; soft buttons.. standard, cases for 11:. lane le It.Y.,sodas 71. Con, flittot1,, He Hain 8treeL, Larne, Ulster. Swludoo.-A successful party was held (Ladies' sod in our Regent-street Schools on Monday, Tray Cloths. Bedsore :de (hasdcembroideredl, arranged by Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Smith I.Licrinilt74fsn"apeT,InInfts'ld (home on furlough from Nigeria). About Ntstilitt tntd =Veer", thldati;: 90 young people took part in games and Ireland. competinons, and after an enjoyable supper, were entertained by friends from EARN' TO WRITE Articles and Stories. L true Percy-street Wesleyan Church. Thanks VOCAVItifltfrer/MraeLMITC 1.11'11 were expressed to Mr..ind Mrs. Smith Palace Gate, London. WA and Mr. Puckett (the M.C.). Swindon.-A well-attended meeting of METrOCLID.1%2- "DllatZIEPrepFaInNit the Auxiliary was held in the Prospect all failing eucc Church, under the presidency of Mrs. W. Iiiw "rotilvettig ti m.wnerial ouildings, Ludgate Circus. bond, E.CA. la lenrn good refinindieoensabiei Itla 11"!7inieTarlOtuaeli!rrgdn.;11Lali'X'T=1:1t- R ),114.. IRISH sufficient for four towels 1,Ingt_irAm9k. yard. long. gn!on. SAL$ NOW ON Liet SUNDAY SCHOOL WORKERS keen on their or?ninth. EdWo'nar ',ElisgTat(ihnliieltatt 57-g, eade2thilreigr:!'")' EPUZIY4P. WMi27=P474T ke., safe, su.-e. Trial prove esiciewcy. USVEVI6M.V wkileine' EsNe, Glasgow. SONETRINO NEW FOR DAZAARS.-Hand polorge. 1d7,1/iliTZW'TTOVSITTL'Iretl: "l000flelo, Susses. we: NOT HAVE PENCIL DAY, Pencils. result is ahead of last year. West AucUatid Branch.-A splendid TWA. Igild.IrCinisilcitlin6.'"It';'" 1241 company of the W.M.A. met at West Auckland on Wednesday, presided over by ?ifv!retfi: 1-Tmii.17 yc tied, Sceemons, Dictionaries. Mrs. Jamison. An inspiring address was given by Rev. H. Strawbridge (Wesleyan), and a solowas beautifully ran tii7nkrpe7dieyeia,'pal.iten7g."watellorr'd, Hertford. dared by Mrs. Summerson. Mrs. Jamison read the letter, and the West Auckland PERSONAL ladies kindly provided tea. Proceeds, Crie 4:2:rn!!"drPg117"" ne. =.r 1. 12s. Bd. i e',rl.r Itr

20 SCIENTIST'S AMAZING HEALTH DISCOVERY 84 THE METHODIST LEADER. FEBRUARY 4, Startling Pronouncement of Vital Concern to the Invalid and the Athlete, the Old.and the Young ASTOUNDING TRIUMPH OVER OLD - AGE INFIRMITIES Remarkable New Method of Drugless Healing Promises Better Health for All, and Longer Life Valuable FREE BOOK for every Reader of the " Methodist Leader " Medical Men, the Press, and the general public cannot fail to be deeply interested in the news that the well-known British scientist, Mr. 0. Overbeck, F.R.S.A., F.P.C. (Load.), has discovered a new health method entirely independent of drugs, and of equal benefit to the invalid and the athlete, the old and the young. FEW men are better entitled to a hearing when they speak on the subject of health and well-being. ROMANCE OF OLD MAN'S RECOVERY OF HEALTH AND VIGOUR. Eight years ago, prematurely worn out by a life devoted to scientific research, Mr. Overbeck was the picture of a decrepit old man on the verge of the grave. It was at this time Mond., the that Mr. Overbeck's whose thoughts turned to health discovery electrical stimula lion. Inc began ex- eat and brought perimenting. His s runt.' h' sutler :ds first efforts were not, land very successful. Then the idea came to him that if electricity is to be of real tasting benefit, it must be absorbed without mosatien, just as it is absotbed from the food we t It. The cells must in very truth, be fed with the electric current. AN EXPERIMENT AND ITS MAGICAL RF.IILT. electrical The upshot instrument was the constructed Invention on of en an direly new lines. He tried it lest sell. The result was magical. His on mental him. every faculties day became found greatly himself Invigorated; getting stronger, plagued him the for rheumatism some time disappeared, that had he as well had as been the a kidney chronic trouble. sufferer; from his wh eye. ch sight improved to such an extent that he nip, OMA OF MERIT.."..-- Zwe4s.s.a... a.. m, Redueed lamimile of the Diploma of Merit Mr. overbook for his exhibit UZI Vabltirrirtrwtlillgs.thitsg"". was soon able to give up the spectacles had worn for years; and before he was able to resume a normal life long active work. of His doctor was astounded, and not only his doctor. but his friends and acquaintances. who had all looked upon him as a dying man. The Press in all parts of the world was soon talking revery, and unsolicited orders for his marvellous health-giving invention began to pour in from every civilised land. FROM INVALIDISM TO AN ACTIVE LIFE. Mr. Overbeck thus passed from a life of semi-retirement and invalidism into a whirl of business activities, for a multitude of plans had to be considered, and preparations made, before this entirely unanticipated demond from every quarter of the globe could be met. World. patents were taken out. A name had to be cnosen for the instrument. "It has rejuvenated me It will rejuvenate others. I will call it Overbeck's rejuvenator." was a happy thought. and under this aptly chosen name it has gone forth on its mission of healing to the Far East and the Far West, to the Far North and the Far South. and Even amid in the remote frozen Islands snows of the Pacific of Canada, the little northern Rejuvenator for others what has done for Mr. is doing Over beck himself. JUSTIFIED BY RESULTS. It is strengthening weak constitutions. It is steadying shaky nerves. It is build- ing up *vested muscles. It is bringing down high blood pressure to normal. It is increasing the capacity to resist disease. It is banishing constitutional disorders in young and old alike. THE NEW HEALTH METHOD DESCRIBED ON THIS PAGE HAS ACHIEVED WONDERFUL RESULTS IN THE FOLLOWING CASES: rel:pmaessure r" RTTAO4TION ie ESCTIFT:TS CENERWE.N Egg ; E ANO al LO glta8 VOI STMM!"1"" CE L a 4AECTIONS 1CFF 4eK-1 i7" E 9i EBILITY it Sportsmen equally beneficial and sportswomen in find F strengthening their muscles and toning up 7_, their nerves. We would add that the very high ICI+ and authoritative opinions which have been expressed by medical men, I PRESS REPORTS The Press not only of the Empire but of many Ionia, muntrim haw drawn attention In Mr. Overbook's remarkable invention for prolonging life and Osniehing ill hmith. The "Daily News.' describing a demonetrs- : ;'nte the II_Olen.folferroZ etir'ater"flibl. It'admITorr 11.'ore'rbecrrr'gtinndelgtan'il during and if,v rcte '117474;o7cleVOVIC;ftrill.9' Mr. was,. in hie role of hortioulturlst at hie muntry nests. A few ymrs ago hie heart wee as hs dare not,loop to tend his beloved plant. To-daY, thanks to his Raj aaaaa tor, an solive life, boil. physies1 snd intelleetual ands him Illwally untirmble. WHAT DOCTORS SAY :, remarkable tributes have been paid to OsT beek's Rejuvenator by mediae) men in this country and abroad. hetem1.1.,tott ottutly.t'frvirop17.: 1P- after ens c.m., dorliehrga'ihnratregiltirviltry:lu'gp7:1 fe. It. In one case of te:rybritlyt,rro.1,ed nteirev:zeirz91%trrthem, reduced and much 'ad the pain, WELL - KNOWN VOCALIST'S ASTONISHING TRIBUTE. The startling truth about a new Health Method that increases Vital Energy, Strengthen. Weak Constitutions, Builds 'up the Muscular Tissue., Tones op the Vital Organs, Soltens Hardened Arteries, Normalises the Orman, tion, Restores Youthial Vim sal Vivacity. and Glees the Elderly a New Lease of Lile. STRIKING TESTIMONY FROM ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD. Mr. Bernard and active PL!1:i%etrig trtve ".1 V,R:Tetommended It!rg` :tn: ;UT gi ja"zot tonlrinatt ne heva i="1.,1-1"%co.',3 ago :111:TVIr. te`g n:7; tit a. I.say 25 years TREMENDOUS BENEFIT IN ACUTE BRONCHITIS. please c Book about verb... Rejuvenator, contend, plates Inns- /and testimony to its power r incensing vital EnerRY. loading health journals, and delighted onstiluti ling Hardonn. th ni.tnn users, many of shorn voluntarily give lion. roetoring the acite and Uiviug the Elderly a New Leaiw of Ltrc. I enclose their names and :nldresses for verificmion, postage. must convince the Public that, unlike I,,,,,,,,,,.... some of the trumpery devices which have I Complaint..... served to bring discredit on electricity as 1 a curative fore, Mr. Overbeck's invert-. T-tame lion is it thoroughly scientific and reliable ll health instrument, which fully justifies I,,,,r, s, the claims startling though they he I - Methodist Lead., 4,2132. which have been made for it. FILL IN AND POST IMMEDIATELY THIS FORM en. titling EE remarkable you to health restoring a copy of the method Fully Illustrated described in nook this about announce the OAO K metal.. T; O. OVERBECK, F.R.S.A., Chanty House, Grimsby about Mr. 0.erbeck's astonishing dis- Ltindon: Puld shed by "The Aseoeinted Methodist Newspaper Company Limited," 17, Forringdon Street, E.C.4. Printed 13 Sam u Stephen, Limited, News Buildings, Crystal Pala., S.F. 19. Thursday, February 4th, 1932.