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1 THE UNITED METHODIST, THURSDAY, JUNE 14th, 192k THE DEATH OF REV. CHARLES PYE (Page 281) & REV. J. CAMPBELL (Page 280) NITER ETHODIST THE WEEKLY JOURNAL OF THE - UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. With which is incorporated the "Free Methodist," founded [Registered at the General TWELVE PAGES No NEW SERIES. [oln: s12.115es] THURSDAY, JUNE 14, Post Office as a Newspaper.] etwopence. 4). THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S HOME & ORPHANAGE (Founded by Dr.Stephenson) 30 Branches 4000 Children Rev. W. HODSON SMITH, Principal. Diamond Jubilee Fund of Sixty Thousand Guineas To commemorate Sixty Years of Child Saving by building new Houses, Hostels, and Hospitals for the Four Thousand Boys and Girls in the Thirty Branches, Chief Offices t HIGHBURY PARK, LONDON, N.5 General Treasurers: Sir Charles. Cheers Wakefield, Bart, C.B.E. Sir Thomas Barlow, Bart., M.D., F.R.S. Remittances London, E.C.4. ur r U.M. s joaury ld. be addressedto Rev. Si' Ready for Conference Bookstall. A is. EDITION STORY OF THE Ml A By SAM POLLARD. The cheapest Missionary Story published. Rev. W. Alex. Grist writes: " The get-u of Pollard's Story of the Miao' in fiopular ls. edition is admirable: hope it will have a good sale." HENRY HOOKS, 12 FARRINGDON AVENUE, LONDON, E.C.4 WIIII INH III STATHER LEADS Meg, Quality Pianos & Ideal Organs for Home, Church, or School. WRITE NOW for latest Catalogues, post free to any address. This Week's Special Bargain. Mason & Hamlin Organ Chancel model Walnut case Low top- 15 stops and 10 sets of reeds, including Harp, leolian, etc. Special Price net 36 Guineas. CARRIAGE PAID. WONDERFUL VALUE. ROBERT STATHER Established Seven Sisters Rd., Finsbury Park, LONDON, N M H111111M ifillitili The Church and Alien Forces.* IT is unnecessary to 'remind you that we look out to-day upon a strange world, a world that is in the grip of tremendous forces, social, economic and moral, the end of which no man can yet foresee. As Churches we are faced with quite a formidable accumulation of problems. We are being challenged by an entirely new set of circumstances, influences, movements. Attractions, the like of which the Christian Church has never encountered before, meet us at every turn. Ten years ago the wireless had not invaded our homes ; twenty years ago there were no cinemas ; thirty years ago there were no motorists. All these have came into the make-up of life in this generation, and they have come to stay, and in a sense one and all of them are in competition with our Churches. How can we deal with this new and difficult situation? It is easier to ask such a question than to answer or even to give any indication in which direction the solution lies. We have not been armed with any new weapons. We are still dependent primarily on the preaching of the Gospel and on the various services we hold from time to time in our churches. But I sometimes wonder if we fully realize the supreme importance of those services, especially Divine worship, which we conduct, morning and evening on Sabbath day. Do we as preachers endeavour to visualize our congregations before we meet them? Do we make a mental survey of the people who are likely to be there? Do we endeavour to sense their needs, their everyday experiences, the burdens many of them are carrying, the difficulties they are grappling with, and do we prepare accordingly? Do our church stewards and leaders- realize their share of responsibility for these occasions, and by personal punctual attendance and reverent demeanour strive to see that everything in the House of God is done decently and in order? I would not dare to take up your time in mentioning such seemingly trivial matters, but again and again I have seen and felt what an immeasurable loss may be inflicted on a congregation by the lack of these things. I am presuming, of course, that a large portion of those who listen to my voice this morning are preachers. Let it be clearly understood that whatever I say to you to-day, I say first of all to myself. What are we preaching? Such a question may seem too impertinent, but I assure you it is sincere. If I mistake not, there is a growing desire with preachers to-day to keep off old paths, to avoid beaten tracks. A very commendable desire in some respect, but there is always this lurking danger that we may thereby be avoiding the great verities of Christian faith. Do we preach Christ? Do we tell men plainly that whoever Jesus was, or whatever He was, He is our authority for truth and goodness, and we claim that He is the greatest Example of both the world has ever known or ever will know? Do we preach Christ 'crucified? Is the Cross the central factor in all our deliverances? Do we em- phasize it, not casually, but always? Do we tell men plainly the astounding fact that Jesus deliberately chose the Cross, that Calvary was not an untimely happening, that it was the outcome of His deepest mind and His most fervent prayer? *Notes of an Address delivered by the Chairman of the Birmingham and Dudley District, Mr. J. T, Tennant, J.P. Furthermore, do we strive to make men realize that it was His love of men that took Him to that Cross in a word, that the Cross has more of Jesus in it and more of God in it than anything else He ever said or did? I seem to have noticed a tendency recently to belittle the Cross, in some instances actually to dispense with it, not so much in the sermon, but in the magazines and articles which we are invited to read, all of which give colour and character to our sermons sooner or later. A man wrote to,one of our leading newspapers a month ago on this matter, and said, "'I regret exceedingly that our ancestors chose for Christianity such an inappropriate emblem as the Cross, Why did they not choose a sceptre or a crown?"' My brethren, has the Cross of Christ become of none effect? " Christianity," says Dr. Maldwyn Hughes, "will become an incredible lunacy, a thing not worth talking about, Jesus Christ will have suffered and died in vain, and the Cross will become the laughingstock of the ages, if men ever come to believe salvation can be had in any cheaper or easier way." Turning for a moment to other departments of our church life' and work. I wish it was in my power to speak some really helpful word to those of you who are engaged in our Sunday Schools and in the various societies for training our young people. Certainly you have chosen one of the most difficult tasks and one which is menaced for the moment with the greatest hindrances and threatened with the most serious consequences. Sport, Pleasure and Pictures seem to have commandeered the whole time and attention of the majority of young people to-day, and as yet one sees no sign of a break in this new madness. If this is what Dr. Stanley Jones would have us call as " an inevitable," I wish he would come and show us how to evangelize it. I am fully persuaded of this : there is no one method or system yet known that can be universally adopted. In some of our Churches the most modern and up-to-date method is imperative, immediately imperative, to keep pace with the growing intern. Bence and improved surroundings. of the people. In other places, where older methods are succeeding or even partly succeeding, they had better "carry on " until there is "more light " on the " hidden way." We shall have to make a desperate appeal to all our people (not only those in membership with us), but to all those associated with us in our congregations, to take a deeper interest in spiritual things. There is at the present moment one tragic need in all our churches, the need of a deeper spiritual life and power. The time is ripe for a great revival inside. The new paganism which has been so alarmingly prevalent since the War, and which seems to have secularized every department of life, can only be met and conquered by a revival of genuine religion. Somehow the glow and the fervour have gone from our fellowship. The gladness and buoyancy are missing from our experience. The channels of grace and spiritual life and power are choked up somewhere. The currents do not flow with that freshness and vigour they ought to do. Our communion with God is defective, consequently the margin of difference between the worshipper and the non-worshipper is so thin and slight that men and women outside " see nothing to be gained by joining our company." I am deeply anxious that in the very doing of our business we may catch a new vision of the glory of our work and carry back to our churches a new intensity of passion for service there.

2 278 THE UNITED METHODIST. June 14, 1928 Opening of New Organ at Pleasley Hill. WHAT was described as a red-letter day in the annals of the church at Pleasley Hill, in the Mansfield Circuit, was celebrated on Sunday, June 3rd. The trustees have purchased a beautiful chancel model organ by J. Malcolm, London, which is an instrument of exceedingly good range of volume and quality of tone. The venerable Rev. 1'. Scowby was the special preacher. Rousing congregational singing, contributions by a male voice quartette, deeply devotional dedicatory prayers, and the touching ceremony of presenting a memorial Bible made up a highly interesting and inspiring service. A brief statement of the circumstances of the service was given by Mr. Geo. H. Parnham, who then invited Mrs. Robbins, of Palterton, to present the Bible, which she was offering to the church in memory of her mother, the late Mrs. Varley. Mr. Scowby dedicated the Book to the use of the church and the glory of God, and offered the dedicatory prayer of the new, instrument, after which Mr. E. Baden, of was asked to open the organ, which he did by playing a voluntary variation of Miles Lane," at the conclusion of which the congregation rose and heartily sang "All hail the power of Jesu's Name." Mr. Scowby afterwards preached an inspiring sermon. An exhibition voluntary during the offertory and a reusing Postlude played by Mr. Baden revealed to the congregation the possibilities and delight of the new instrument. In the afternoon a P.S.A. programme was given by the " Fal-Four " Male Voice Quartette Party from East Kirkby, who also contributed items at the evening service. The afternoon gathering was presided over by Mr. H. Varley, son of the late Mrs. Varley, who made tender reference to the trustful, devoted life of his mother. The Cambridge University U.M. Society. THE Cambridge University U.M. Society has held two meetings this term. On May 10th, Rev. T. A. Jefferies spoke on " The Educational Emphasis of the Methodist Revival." He pointed out that from the first the movement which led to the foundation of the Methodist Church had the great advantage of educational stability. It vas the outcome of a mass feeling, but it escaped the excesses of such movements because it had a backbone of strong intellectual influence and was guided- by a man with scholastic ability and a genius for organization. Wesley himself was gifted with great intellectual powers, and he insisted that all who wished to preach should pass through proper study and preparation. He gave them all the help he could, not only by his personal teaching, but also by writing books for their use, and he founded a school for the training of sons of ministers. Unfortunately, the emphasis on the intellectual life of our Connexion has not always been maintained as keenly as might have been hoped : in stressing the need for a proper training of -preachers and local leaders we are only returning to a principle which figured prominently in the early days of our Church. Mr. Jefferies' address was very much appreciated by those present and many interesting points were raised in the discussion which followed. On May 29th, a business meeting was held in the rooms of the Secretary at Emmanuel College, and the following officers were elected for : President, II. W. S. Page (Emmanuel) ; Secretary, J. C. Crothers (St. John's) ; Treasurer, J. b. Hodson (Trinity) ; ex-- officio, C. R. B. Shapland (Wesley House). The President-elect was appointed as the representative to the Cambridge University Council on Religious Questions to which the society has just been admitted. The Holiday Home, to be held at Prestatyn, was also discussed, and it was arranged that two members of the society should be present there each week to offer any possible help in the general organization. There are at present sixteen U.M. undergraduates in Cambridge. It is hoped that next term the number will he increased to well over twenty, but as we have no church in the town it is almost impossible for the society to get into touch with freshmen unless the officers receive some notice of their coming. It often happens that would-be members are only discovered in their second or third years. Will any ministers and friends who know of men coming up to Cambridge next term please send word, either to the present Secretary at 33 Hilton Road, Harehills, Leeds, or to the Secretary-elect, J. C. Crothers, Tor Vean, Batley, Yorks.? H. W. S. PAGE. Wedding. EMBERY SLATER. AN interesting wedding took place at the Ilfracombe United Methodist Church on June 6th, when the officiating minister was the Rev. J. F. Hughes. The contracting parties, Mr. Herbert Embery and Miss Emily Slater, have been earnest workers in the U.M. Church for some years. The bridegroom is the circuit steward of the Ringsash Circuit, in the Exeter and Shebbear District, and has been in labours abundant both in his own church at Burrington, as well as in the circuit at large. The bride was companion and friend in the family of the Rev. J. F. and Mrs. Hughes, and entered heartily into the work of the circuits where they travelled. The bride was attired in a pretty pale mushroom silk cord and hand-embroidered dress. Her travelling costume was made of Lido silk crêpe, with visca hat to match. She was attended as bridesmaid by Miss Vera Embery, daughter of the bridegroom. The duties of best man were carried out by Mr. Jocelyn, of Bow. The wedding breakfast was held at Mr. Holloway's Restaurant, after which the bridal pair left for Morecambe, where. the honeymoon is being spent. A Question for Your Next Teachers' Meeting. "WHAT about the 1928 Connexional Examinations? Shall we enter our scholars? " This question will be, or should be, on the agenda of your next Teachers' Meeting, and we venture to plead for an answer in the affirmative. There has been a great improvement of late in the instructional value of the teaching given in many of our schools, but- there can be no doubt that an examination voluntarily undertaken does give a certain definiteness and thoroughness to the work done. It will be noticed that special care has been taken in recent years to ensure that really important ground is covered by the syllabus. In the Junior Section, the main facts of the life of Jesus are covered in three years; and the topics thus provided may well be used in the ordinary session of the junior classes of the school, thus reducing considerably the work to be done in week-night preparation classes. Suitable notes will be provided at the time in the UNITED METHODIST newspaper. In the Intermediate Section the -topics are the actual lessons of the Intermediate Graded Course for September 9th to October 21st, on the subject of " Paul the Venturer." Thus all needed help can be found in our own." Sunday School Magazine " and similar publications. In the.senior Sections, the fascinating story of John Bunyan, whose tercentenary is being so widely observed this year, should prove of real use as well as interest to our older scholars. Next to the Bible, the " Pilgrim's Progress " is probably the book that has done most to mould the religious life of England for the last three centuries. Here is an opportunity of ensuring that the new generation shall know it also. The present writer feels, however, that (great though the instructional value of these courses may be made), the greatest benefit conferred upon us by the examinations is the opportunity of drawing together little groups of our best and keenest scholars. The habit of Christian fellowship formed thus early persists, and the evenings of preparation give priceless opportunities of influencing the children for good. Repeatedly one finds that those who attend, the classes year by year pass easily and almost inevitably into church membership. Though, therefore, the, subjects may well be taken, and the ground covered in a preliminary way, in the Sunday School, the best educational and spiritual results will only be attained if preparation classes are formed, and the best leaders available prevailed upon to take charge of them. H. J. WATTS. West African and his Drum. Influence of the Prophet Harris. REV. A. W. BANFIELD, Secretary of the British and Foreign Bible Society for West Africa, says that during his recent journeys through the Ivory Coast he had been greatly impressed by the work carried out by the Prophet Harris. It will be remembered that Harris came on the scene thirteen or fourteen years ago, and went on widespread preaching tours with a cross and Bible. So effectually did he deliver his message that thousands destroyed their fetishes and idols and were baptized. Though Harri's was at work only for a short time, and most of the younger generation of to-day have never seen him, his influence is strong upon them, and they are crowding the native churches to-day. A striking illustration of this is the disuse of the drum. The African loves his drum. It is everything to him. But Harris spoke against drums and the natives burned them. Notwithstanding their appreciation of the drum, they have not gone back to them, as Mr. Banfield proved in connection with the large number of processions _that he witnessed during his tour. Death of Mrs. F. P. Argall. We regret to hear of the passing of the wife of the Rev. F. P. Argall, of Oldbury. Mrs. Argall has been suffering from bronchial trouble the last few years. After a short period of change with her sister and brother-inlaw (Rev. and Mrs. H. Rowe), at Southport, she improved. On returning home there was a relapse and she passed away on the afternoon of June 8th. May we express our deepest sympathy with our friend and brother, Rev. F. P. Argall and Mr. and Mrs. Rowe in this sad bereavement. WANTED by a fully-accredited Local Preacher from one of our largest Circuits, LAY PASTORATE for 12 or 18 months. Reference permitted to well-known ministers. Apply, Box 3, " United Methodist" Office, 12 Farringdon Avenue, London, E.C.4. Holidays in the Isle of Wight A MANSE is available for a Minister's holiday from July 9-28, provided that Sunday duty be undertaken. Please apply to Rev. W. H. MILDON, B.A., Alta Vista, Park Road, Cowes, who will also be glad to hear from any preachers intending to spend their holidays in the Island and willing to take a.sunday appointment. POSTER 30x Ourselves and Others. 1. The Editorial Office, " United Methodist," 12 Farringdon Avenue, London, E.C.4. * * * * -REPRESENTATIVES TO CONFERENCE.. In reply to my request, I am glad to say that the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company is willing to reserve accommodation for representatives going to Hanley on Monday, July 9th, on the train from Euston, on condition that they know the number. If names are not sent this privilege cannot be guaranteed. May I request, therefore, that all those wishing to avail themselves of the privilege of travelling together from London should communicate with me at the earliest certainly not later than June 25th that I may inform the Superintendent of the number that would be likely to form the party. Names sent after this date cannot be included. The time of arrival at Stoke-on-Trent (where all will change) is 2.20 p.m. HENRY HOOKS. 12, FarringdonAvenue, London, E.C.4. * * PUBLISHING HOUSE JULY AND AUGUST PARCELS. To ease the difficulties of dealing with the Monthly Parcel, in cases where there are Ministerial changes and a depleted staff in August, on holidays we shall continue the practice of previous.years, viz., sending the July and August' Magazines in one parcel. Will Ministers and others bear this in mind when sending in their next order? HENRY HOOKS. CONFERENCE CARTOONS. Much interest was created at last Conference by a collection of Conference cartoons, prepared by Rev. J. B. Brooks. Mr. Brooks is adding to the collection and will be pleased to receive at 'once, in view of the approaching Conference, printed or paper photographs of any of our Connexional ministers or laymen suitable for his purpose. Address, Rev. J. B. Brooks, 3 Loisteridge Lane, Bradford. Friends are asked not to expect acknowledgment, in - view of cost of postage, but photos received.will be used if at all possible. * * * * * THE CENTRAL THEME. Rev. Willis Bryars, Secretary of the London District, Writes : -" Thanks for this month's magazine. Every article is good your own especially so. The Autumn District Meeting will be given to the consideration of yodr central theme. We propose giving ourselves to meditation on The Real Presence (a) In the World; (b) In the Church ; (c) In the Family; (d) In the Believer."' PERSONAL. Mr. A. Mann, sen., of our Cheltenham Church, who has served as a Borough Councillor for an unbroken period of twenty, years, has been elected to fill a vacancy in the aldermanic seats by the unanimous vote of his fellow members. We congratulate Mr. Mann on this well-deserved honour conferred on him. * * * OUR WEEKLY. A minister writes : "I- think the UNITED METHODIST of last week one of the best numbers of the year. It reveals awareness of the challenge of the modern situation. The articles by Smallwood and Ellis are worthy of any weekly I know." * * * * MR. W. A. LEWINS, J.P. We are glad to hear that the honour of Justice of the Peace has been conferred upon our friend, Mr. W. A. Lewins, of Manchester, a loyal and devoted layman of our church, which he has served in many ways with efficiency and courtesy. We congratulate our friend most heartily. MRS. G. P. DYMOND. Our readers will be, glad to hear that Mrs. Dymond, wife of our honoured friend, Mr. G. P. Dymond, M.A., of Plymough, is making good recovery from her operation on June 3rd, and hopes to return from the Nursing Home at the end of this week. * *.* H. J. SHINGLES. Our esteemed brother, Rev. H. J. Shingles, writes that he has made a wonderful recovery in health, and hopes to be able to resume work in a few weeks' time. To good doctoring and nursing and, beyond all, the prayers of his people and the blessing of God, is the praise. Now Ready. PURIM'S PROGRESS For BOYS and GIRLS Written by Mrs. Eunice Naylor with a simplicity and beauty of style which make the wonderful story of attractive interest to the young. Sunday School Teachers would find this little Booklet a very useful help during this Bunyan year. ORDER EARLY. Price 4d. net. (Postage extra). In Quantities, 3/6 per dozen, or 25/. per 100 copies. 0 GIVE A MESSAGE to the PASSER-BY Attractive and Harmonizing Colouring. 40, 2/4. 30 x 20, 1/6 Any size or quantity ; special prices. 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3 State 14,1928 ME UNITED METHODIST. 2'19 ANNOUNCEMENT. All communications should be addressed to the Editor,. " United Methodist," 12 Farringdon Avenue, London, E.C.4. Advertisements should reach the Publishing Office not later than first post on Tuesday morning. " The United Methodist will be forwarded, post free, for one year to any address in the United Kingdom, the British Dominions, or Foreign Countries, for is. per annum, payable in advance. The Editor is always glad to consider manusuipts. If stamps are enclosed, every effort will be made to ensure the return of MSS. not used. PAGE The Church and Alien Forces 277 Opening of New Organ at Pleasley Hill The Cambridge University U.M. Society 278 A Question for your Next Teachers' Meeting. By H. J. Watts Ourselves and Others Notes and Comments. By R. P The Romance of a Kexborough Pit'Boy 280 A Memorable.Day at Barnsley. By J. G. W. 280 With the Home Mission Committee, Huddersfield By F. B Death of Rev. Charles Fye. 281 PRINCIPAL CONTENTS. Notes and Comments. Life After Death. Sir Arthur Keith has stirred up the hearts and minds of many people by a recent utterance which illustrated, perhaps more vividly than anything else, how dogmatic a scientist can be when he is off his beat. All of us, even the most nonchalant, are deeply interested in a future life; but the question for the moment appears to be, whether there is a future life at all or not. It is almost pathetic to see.with what eagerness this subject is discussed. No one can really be indifferent but a multitude are without settled convictions. Much of the discussion is pre-christian, and some of it is simply pagan. But one thing Christians ought to know in, their hearts, and knowing it to be at rest ; that is that this is a question which does not rest with the scientist, and cannot even be settled by philosophy. No man with the most skilful scientific equipment can probe the world beyond ; it simply lies beyond his reach. It is nothing to the purpose therefore when an eminent scientist says that he does not accept the belief in an immortal spirit, or in a conscious life beyond the grave. It is quite certain, if he does not believe, that there is no probing, or experiment or argument can convince him. Proof does not come from that region. It is a Kingdom into which men of quite another spirit enter. " Spiritual things are spiritually discerned" after all ; and that is scientifically sound. It just means this, that if a matailives by bread alone, he becomes less than a man : if he lives by reason alone, he may become a philosopher, but never a saint. The peace which is deep as a river,' and fortifies the soul in life and death, is ChriSt's reward to those who commit themselves to Him. We read with interest the arguments of the learned ; but in the end we are not much further forward. Some ' do not believe we shall go on living, some are convinced we shalt; and most would evidently like to be sure. If the soul may not enter Into fellowship with Christ, and in the blessedness of such a fellowship receive assurance of life everlasting, then there is no alternative but to go on groping, as best we may, with the faint hope which argument affords, too often trampled upon by the black and fierce despair of the inwardly rebellious. " He that beheveth hath life," and it is life everlasting. Chairman's List. Various missives begin to reach us which are the harbingers of Conference. The only thing to regret about the approach of Conference is the fact that by that time the summer is far spent. There are people in Devonshire who regret the appearance of the " foxgloves " for the same reason. But the disappearance of nurpurea digitalis is not the end of all things ; and when the Conference is a thing of the past, there will still be something to live for. We hope that due attention is given to every leaflet, circular, report, appeal, and advertisement that follow one another in quick succession, and find admission to the homes of good United Methodists. It is much to hope for, and a severe autobiographical mood induces a chastened heart. The two secretaries of our Home and Foreign Mission Departments have already sent out their appeal in support of the " Chairman's List." The appeal is brief, but none the less searching and effective. There is an order about the statements Which is most impressive. First of all CAGE "My Methodist Boyhood" The Conference Missionary Appeal 282 Our Numerical Position....,. 283 The Foreign Missionary Committee Parliament and the Revised Prayer Book. By H. J. C Letters to the Editor John Bunyan (C.E. Topic). By Cuthbert Ellison Heroic Servants of God (S.S. Lesson). By Mary E. Cushing, B.A. 286 News of Our Churches 286 Christ commands. Then past achievements are recalled. This is followed by a picture of the needs at this hour. East Africa, Sierra Leone, China, the coal areas at home, and the depression in the cotton industry are briefly referred to. " Any person," says our secretaries, " able to respond will surely find in these facts an irresistible appeal. ' The Chairman himself has led off with a gift of 200, and it is hoped to multiply that figure by ten. It should be easily done. Let our friends but pause to reflect, and they will surely take another step : they will say such work, carried on with such scrupulous regard for economy, and in a spirit of such cheerful confidence in ultimate victory compels the admission that out of all the appeals that come, none is more worthy than this. Any gift for the Chairman's List can be, and should be forwarded without delay to the Rev. C. Stedeford, 13 Silverbirch Road, Erdington, Birmingham. Last Words. By the time this number of the 'UNITED METHODIST reaches our readers, one half at least of the debate in the House of Commons, on the Revised Prayer Book, will have taken place. The- responsible persons have brought out their big artillery at the last moment.; and the absolute uncertainty as to the result naturally causes more than curiosity. To the Bishops the issue is one fraught with grave anxiety, and it would be less than Christian to find the least satisfaction in the present situation. We hold to it, that it is the incompetence of the bishops as spiritual rulers in their own household, which has brought things to the pass in which they arc now found. Whatever happens; the future will call for a more definite and authoritative rule than anything witnessed during the past fifty years. The Bishop of Gloucester seeks rto prove that we are inconsistent in offering opposition, inasmuch as United Methodists required an Act of Parliament in The Bishop probably knows how different was our position from his. We sought Parliamentary safeguards, not for the preservation of doctrine, and to set a limit to wayward teachers. To secure a property is one thing, and to require Parliament to permit a certain method of devotion is another. But this is not the time to cavil with the bishops, but with all our hearts to wish them well. Our objection is not to the Church, nor to her rulers, but to, what appears to us to be, a grave departure from the standard and teaching of the Reformation. 'Dr. Carnegie Simpson, in a letter in "The Times," following next to the Bishop of Gloucester's, points out that it is "not cricket " first of all to 'secure an Enabling Act, as did the Church of England, and then as soon as the same Act places them under an undesirable restriction, to cry out in the name of spiritual freedom. But logic has been no strong point in. the Church of England : it cannot be. A Church that asks for the favour of Parliament one day, and to be allowed to flout it on the next, may always be intelligible, but is frequently illogical. Arguments. Dr. Carnegie Simpson thinks the Revised Book is lacking in "liturgical inspiration." That may be so ; and, as he says, that is not exactly our concern. He finds himself unable by the barest fraction of conviction, to say that the Book is " a distinct departure front the character of the National Church of England as a reformed Church." That is just what we have been led to expect of Dr. Simpson. He then goes on to say that if he could act for the bishops, he would withdraw the book ; and for such an action he would give the following extraordinary reason. He thinks the politicians will probably pass it, so as to get it out of the way at the next General Election ; and this seems to him to be unsatisfactory. We should like to hear ecclesiastical cont- inent on this objection. We fancy the bishops would say that it mattered not to them, what particular motive such an assembly might have so long as they stood aside, and allowed the Church to proceed. It is almost funny to ask that a Prayer Book should be held up until the Bishops are convinced that Mr. Jack Jones, and Mr. Winston Churchill are moved by some worthy and adequate motive. The last word of the Bishop of Norwich is that the agreed and non-controversial parts of the book should be approved, such as the removal of " obsolete rubrics," and the remainder to bide its time. The Bishop of Manchester has protested that Sir W. 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Dr. Chick afterwards went to Vienna, and carried out one of those investigations.which are the delight of a first-class doctor and the pride of a nation. She discovered that doses of cod-liver oil speedily reduced the acuteness of rickets, but she found also that rickets diminished appreciably in summer time. The connection, therefore, between cod-liver oil and sunlight had to be traced. Was sunlight a food? It was because it was a kind of "bottled sunlight." But here again a mystery had to be solved. The cod is a deep-sea fish, which lives for the most part in dark Northern waters. How could sunlight reach such a creature? The answer reminds one of the famous conundrum of Darwin's cats and clover. On the surface of the summer sea anintalcula: float in myriads. These possess the power of absorbing sunlight as freely as blottingpaper absorbs ink. They are also the food of the squid. The squid in turn is the food of the cod, so that the chain is complete. A Vienna child resists and vanquishes rickets by the help of eod-liver oil, which contains vitamin D, through sunlight, first appropriated by the animalcukc, then transferred to the squid, and finally reposed in that inhabitant of darkness, the cod. It is much the same kind of story as the house that Jack built, but there is much good science in nursery rhymes ; that presumably is why they persist. R. P. An Old Methodist Sunday School. THE oldest Methodist Sunday School in London is situated in one of the most densely populated areas of the great City, in Radnor Street, Finsbury, E.C. When the School and Mission was started 130 years ago (in Golden Lane) it was carried on entirely by voluntary workers, and to this day the same kind of service is willingly rendered by devoted men and women who give as enthusiastically of their time, money and thought as did the founders of the Mission. But, though the quality of the work has not failed, the building is sadly out of date and the workers are hampered at every turn. The time has come to bring the building into line with the work, and a great scheme of reconstruction has been decided upon, so that not only will a fully graded Sunday School become possible, but all the other forms of work will be carried on under greatly improved, modern conditions. A most interesting booklet has been issued which explains the whole scheme in detail and tells that it is to take the form of a Alemorial to a former scholar, Mr. William Clifton, who became one of the leading Admiralty and Insurance solidtors in the City of London and who, to the day of his death, never ceased to take a keen and generous interest in the old school at Radnor Street. The School and Mission belongs to Wesley's Chapel, City Road, and was started only twenty years after John Wesley opened that famous sanctuary. The Rev. George I-I. 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4 280 THE UNITED METHODIST. June 14, 1928 MM. The Romance of.a Kexborough Pit Boy. MR. WILLIAM CHALLENGER, who was born at Kexborough, in 1860, went to work at Woolley Colliery before he was eight years of age at 6d. per day, and at ten years of age worked in the pit at Haigh Colliery. Mr. Challenger therefore had never the opportunity of learning his alphabet, and grew up in a careless way. In early life he frequented public houses and learnt the evils of gambling. At the age of twenty-two years he was led to give himself to Jesus Christ, and from that time forward the Holy Spirit has been leading him to great usefulness. At the age of thirty-three years Mr. Challenger had a call to leave the pit to become a missioner. For five years he conducted missions all over the country. It is estimated that 10,000 people have decided to serve Jesus Christ under his ministry. Thirty years ago he became circuit missioner to the Barnsley (Ebenezer) United Methodist Circuit, and was appointed to Hoyland. When Mr. Challenger commenced his duties, that side of the circuit was in very low water. The Hoyland Church had an income of 4s. per week, and an outgoing of per week, but is now a successful church. During Mr. Challenger's long service in the circuit, seven chapels and six Sunday Schools have been built and paid for, and Mr. Challenger has helped in all these enterprises. Thirty years ago the circuit had 500 members, to-day the membership stands at 1,100. The circuit has raised '15,000 by special efforts during/the thirty years of Mr. Challenger's ministry. He has taken a deep interest in every good work, Band of Hope, C.E., etc. He has conducted missions on the racecourse, been delegate to the Local Preachers' Mutual Aid, and delegate to the United Methodist Church Conference five times. He' is a great believer in' the old Gospel, and believes God can save bad men. He has walked to his appointments in the circuit, covering a distance of 40,000 miles, and has preached 1.0,000 times during the last forty-five years. He has had some wonderful evangelistic missions all over England, especially Portsmouth, Plymouth, Edinburgh, Hull, Manchester, Bolton, Nottingham, Sheffield, Oldham, Stockport, Dewsbury, Burton-on-Trent and Barnsley. He is a great believer in open-air work. The ministers who have helped him in his reading and thinking are, amongst others, John Wesley, C. G. Finney, C. H. Spurgeon, D. L. Moody, Bishop Moule, Dr. Pearson, Dr. Torrey, Dr. Dixon, Dr. Campbell Morgan, Dr. Jowett, Dr. Din.sdale Young, Dr. Stuart T-Iolden, Dr. Charles Brown, Rev. S. Chadwick, Rev. J. B. Armstrong and Rev. W. F. Newsam. Mr. Challenger believes the Word of God to be infallible, and believes the work of the Church is to get sinners saved and believers sanctified. A Memorable Day at Barnsley. Thanksgiving for a Great Ministry. THURSDAY, June 7th, will be long remembered in Barnsley as a day of gracious fellowship of inspiring re, miniscence, 'and best of all as a day when- the presence and energy of the HOly Spirit were powerfully and sweetly felt. It was the day.set apart by the Ebenezer Circuit to celebrate and thank God for a remarkable, ministry extending over a period of. more than thirty years. The name of William Challenger is familiar in many parts of ear Connexion and in many other churches 'outside Barnsley as that of an earnest and successful evangelist. In Barnsley and District he is a highly esteemed and beloved personality known as a powerful preacher of the Gospel of 'Christ, a faithful and tender pastor, and a true, and trusty friend. For thirty years he has been engaged as a lay missioner in the Ebenezer Circuit, and through that long period he has maintained an unblemished character, and has,exercised a ministry of exceptional power and fruitfulness. Multitudes have heard in his preaching the voice which led to their decision for Christ. This year he retires from the official position as Circuit Missioner, and to recognise the worth of his ministry and to assure him of the love and prayers of the people, a full day of inspiring.gatherilids was passed in Ebenezer Church on the 7th inst. The day opened with a prayer and praise meeting, led by Mr. Challenger. So gracious was the spiritual 'influence of this meeting that all' felt that "good times " were guaranteed at the subsequent gatherings. And that feeling was amply justified. At noon a public service was held, the preacher being Mr. Jas. Barlow, of London. Taking as his text Paul's words, " By the grace of God, I am what I am the preacher showed what the Grace of God is, what it does for a man, and what it empowers a man to do for others. It was a sermon illuminative and suggestive in composition, homely, beautiful, and forceful in style, and rich in spiritual unction. Our hearts burned within us as the speaker spoke of the Grace of God, and as we realised once more what the Grace means to us. In tender personal references Challenger, the preacher reminded -us how the Grace of God transformed the careless collier youth into the flaming evangelist of the Cross, and many, of us felt that all in us that is worth being or doing is of the Grace of God. The whole service lifted our minds into the Heavenlies with Christ Jesus. In the afternoon representatives from the seventeen churches in the circuits and three others gave threeminute testimonies to the influence of thekharacter and ministry 'Challenger. Those who have attended similar gatherings. will know how such' a series of testi, monies may easily become tedious, but under the chairmanship of Councillor H. M. Walker -there was not one moment of tedium. Ea-ch spoke from the heart of things seen and felt 'during Mr. Challenger's ministry, and it was evident that to all Mr. Challenger, though loved for his own sake, was regarded as a medium of the Grace of God. Among the speakers was the Rev. Mark Richardson, vicar of St. John's, Huddersfield,who entered the New, Connexion Ministry from Ebenezer Circuit,.and who as a youth was associated with Mr. Challenger in a gracious work of God' at Kexbro'. His presence and words, which. must have been a great joy to Mr. Challenger, were.much appreciated by all. At six o'clock there was a Lovefeast, conducted by Mr. G. Cawtheray, of Leeds, who proved himself to be a master of such an assembly., Many were ready to bear witness to the love and goodness of God, and it was a pleasure to detect the tone of reality and freshness in the testimonies. Some of us felt that under wise leadership this form of fellowship might be more generally revived. At seven o'clock a great Circuit.Rally was held, under the presidency of Mr. Joseph Ward, J.P., of Sheffield. The beautiful and spacious building was well crowded, the gallery being filled with the members of the circuit churches, and the body with a representative congregation of friends from other churches,.near and far. From the opening 'to the close the atmosphere of this meeting - was electric with spiritual influences. Mr. Ward struck the' right key chord. 'He reviewed his own long association with Mr. Challenger, emphasising not only his powerful preaching and strenuous labours, but the gracious influence of his character and life,- and urged that this day of thanks- giving for Mr. Challenger's - ministry should be for all, and especially for the young, a day of fuller consecration to Jesus Christ. Other inspiring addresses were.given by Mrs. J. Barlow, Messrs. Popplewell, H. Ibberson, \., Clayton, W. Hanby, J. E. Watkinson, and the Superintendent of.the circuit (ReV. W. E. Walker). A roll call of the churches, impressively led by the -Rev. W. E. Walker, made a fitting close to a day of spiritual intensity and uplift. At a well-attended luncheon held at the Co-op Flail, short addresses of congratulation to Mr. Challenger were given by Revs. M. Richardson (vicar of St. John's, Huddersfield), G. W. Laughton (secrdtary of Sheffield :District), J. Doran (superintendent of the Wesleyan Circuit), Mr. E. Walker and Councillor II. Ibberson (circuit secretary and chairman-elect of Sheffield District). At tea, as at all the gatherings, there was a very large attendance of Mr. Challenger's 'well-wishers from so many districts as to remind us of the Conference.. Two features of the meetings were the choruses led by Messrs. H. Silverwood and J. Whitehouse (Cliffe College), two of Mr. Challenger's many boys, and the inspiring organ-playing of Mr. W. Clayton. Mr. A. Clayton (Southport), a comrade of Mr. Challenger's early days and a life-long friend, voiced the thoughts of all : To-night we gather here to give tribute to a great man, great in prayer, great in suffering and persecution, great in council, and a great preacher of the eternal Gospel." And all will join with Mr. Clayton : "We pray God that he may be spared many years to. broadcast the seed of the Kingdom of God." Concerning the Day of Thanksgiving, the writer cannot better describe it than in the words so often heard, " We have had a great day." J. G. W.. Death of Rev. John Campbell. WE hear with regret of the passing of the Rev. John Campbell, of Beeston, Nottingham, which took place on Friday evening last. He was in his 80th year, and for some time has endured trying affliction. Mr. Campbell entered the ministry of the U.M.F.C. Churches from Belfast in 1866, and served in London, Brigg, Truro, Redditch, Nantwich, Runcorn, Blyth, Bolton, and Nottingham. After 22 years of 'service he retired at the Annual Assembly of 1888, the Assembly expressing its sense of the high estimation in which he was held as a Christian man and a 'preacher of the Gospel during 22 years of service. Brother Campbell was the honoured father of 'the Rev. Dr. R. J. Campbell, of Holy Trinity Church, Brighton. It is reported Mr. Campbell in his sermon on Sunday last said " He 'had received through a member of the family a message sent by his father shortly before he died that his faith had become more vivid and strong during the weeks of intense suffering than in his whole previous experience." Only a few of the brethren in our present ministry will have personal, knowledge of our revered friend and brother. Though long removed from active service he continued his deep interest in the work of our Churches and the wider interests of the Kingdom of God in the world. Of him truly "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." For him to live was Christ, and to die has been a gain. The interment took place on Tuesday at Beeston Cemetery. THE LOCAL PREACHER'S TRAINING THE training intensive LOCAL PREACHERS' EFFICIENCY COURSE is training, consist in a mass of information if you like in to be acquired. preaching A! man It does could not learn contents a drill-book and still handle by heart a and rifle stand clumsily a written! The preacher examination needs on all its the information he can get but knowledge alone does not make him delightful. a preacher. essays that Sometimes is another it makes matter. him the He pulpit has still reader to learn of to preach I Students every case, who told haire of the taken revolutionary the L.P.E.C. change training the training have. has in wrought almost in, themselves and in their pulpit work. Keen habits men, of preparation, who are eager,arrangement, to be powerful and preachers, delivery freed which from so often those militate tremendous against value. successful For many preaching, years now the will L.P.E.C. find this has training provided of strong help to earnest and progressive men of all ages. For further information write for free copy of handbook, "PREACHING POWER." Address: SECRETARY, LOCAL PREACHERS' EFFICIENCY COURSE, BLITHSURY ROAD, RUGELEY, STAFFORD. With the Home Mission Committee, Huddersfield THE members of this, Committee met at the High Street Church, on 'Wednesday, June 6th. They were welcomed with the kindness characteristic of our Yorkshire churches. The President presided over the sessions, and the Committee rejoiced 'to see.the Rev. T. SUnderland looking so much better. The cheery presence of the late Treasurer was missed, and, after devotional exercises, references were made to the great loss suffered by the Committee and the Denomination in the passing of Mr. T. UM. Many spoke of his sterling character and worth, and of his devotion to his duties. The preparation of a suitable resolution to Conference was left to the Rev. H. W. B. Chapman and the secretary. Though it was not on the,agenda, the meeting insisted on staying to remark on the fact that 'this was the last meeting at which the Rev. T. Sunderland would be in the secretary's place. For eight years he has been the pilot, and tributes were paid to his skill, devotion and - loyal service. Sir Walter Essex and Mr. Wm. Mallinson were responsible for a resolution expressing the mind of the committee, and wishing Mr. Sunderland the Divine blessing in his new sphere of service. The absence of the Rev. C. Pye {We mournfully record his passing on another page. ED. " U.M."] and Mr. R. R..Crute, through indisposition, was regretted, and letters of sympathy and good will sent them. Earnest attention was given to Mr. Pye's report on the more definite evangelistic activities of the year. It was unanimously felt that we 'were under a great debt to Mr. Pye for his diligence and devotion to this side of our work. It was also recognized that there were serious limitations to the effective working of an aggressive evangelistic policy, and a sub-committee was appointed to consider the question, "Shall we ask Conference to appoint a Connexional evangelist? " The Committee also considered questions relating to Summer Evangelistic Campaigns by students, and decided to do all in its power to promote and support the formation of United Methodist Societies of Undergraduates at Cambridge and Oxford. We received with joy the report of the society formed and the work done by it at Cambridge. The Warden of the Deaconess Institute, Rev. R. W. Gair, presented a report of the year's work, which was cheering and assuring. Applications for grants, sanctioned by the Districts, were carefuly examined. Even those who do not gel all they ask would be satisfied if they knew with what care and sympathy their applications are considered, and grants made in accordance with the means at the Committee's disposal. Generous gifts to the Honeywell Lane Church, Oldham, were reported, and thanks expressed to the donors. Notwithstanding the pressure of business, time was set aside for an earnest discussion on the decrease in the membership returns. This was felt to be our most urgent business, and the Committee gave mind and heart, to it. Conference is to be asked to set aside time for a similar discussion, and members of the H. M. Committee are asked to be prepared to lay proposals before it. An important item of business was the nomination of someone to fill the position of treasurer to the Home Mission Funds. The place of such a man as the late Mr. T. Gill is not easy to fill. After careful thought and discussion, the Committee decided to submit the name of Mr. Harry Harris,' of Nottingham, to Conference. Sir Walter Essex decided to retire from the position of Treasurer to the Sustentation Fund. He was cordially thanked for his services, and Mr. Lawrence Crowther, of Huddersfield, nominated as his successor. All the other officers were nominated for re-election. Excellent standard plans for the erection of new churches were submitted by Mr. Wm. Mallinson, and no new buildings should be put up without consideration of them. Mr. Mallinson has been at considerable trouble and cost to secure these` plans, and was heartily thanked. The President was warmly thanked for his splendid service, not only as chairman, but as a real inspirational force. Rev. H. W. B. Chapman acted as minute secretary, and won the gratitude of the members of the Committee. On the proposal of the Rev. W. H. Jeffries, seconded by Mr. H. B'ryars, we heartily and unanimously thanked the ministers and officers of the High Street Church and Circuit, and our hosts and hostesses, for their courtesy and kindness. Everything that kindly hearts and minds could devise was done' for our comfort. The Rev. R. H. Wooldridge who, in the unavoidable absence of the Rev. F. H. Chambers, acted as local secretary, replied for the Huddersfield friends. F. B. Mr. J. G. Walker Eighty Years Old. MR. JOHN GEORGE WALKER, J.P., of the well-known firm of Henry Walker and Son, Ltd.,. of Newcastle, was eighty years old.last. week. Mr. Walker was born at Bedlington in 1848, and his father, Mr. Henry Walker, was manager of Bedlington Iron Works, then.assciciated with the firm of Messrs. Walker and Emley, which was dissolved in 1886, and later became Henry Walker and Son, Ltd. Mr. Walker has been connected with our Church, Sandyford, since its opening 21 years ago, andbefore that for many years at Prudhoe Street. He was a local preacher for many years, leader and church secretary, and at one tune chairman of the District.. Up to last August he took an active part in business and the affairs of the church, but.has had an illness which confined him to the house. At present he is enjoying fairly good health.

5 June 14, 1928 THE UNITED METHODIST. 281 To the long roll of our honoured dead since the Conference of 1927 must be added the beloved name of the Rev. Charles Pye, of Cardiff.' lie passed away on Wednesday morning, June Gth. He had been unwell for some weeks, and went to Torquay with the hope of receiving benefit from the change. Unfortunately, that hope was not realized, and he returned to his home very little better. He received some little benefit from medical treatment, and hope was cherished of recovery. This was not to be, and, he passed away unexpectedly. This is another sad and serious loss to our Church. Brother Pye was an exceptional man in many ways. We think it safe to say that no man amongst us, for many years, was a more successful circuit minister than he. Circuits invariably prospered under his ministry. He was born at Lancaster in the year 1857, and was brought to Christ in a United 'Mission held in the Palatine Hall, but behind that was the quiet influence of his mother. He joined our Brook Street Church, Lancaster, and became a teacher, local preacher, and subsequently entered our Manchester College. After college, he served for a year at Launceston; followed by ministry in London, Bath, Salford, Liverpool, then seven memorable years at Bishopston, Bristol, and subsequently closing his fine ministry at Newport Road, Cardiff. Of his forty-two years of ministerial service, twenty-seven were spent in three circuits in the Bristol District, two of which have been pastorates, and the other practically so. The central characteristic of his personality was power.. Charles Pye was a strong man, strong in body, strong in mind, strong in sympathy. He was a man of one purpose--he lived and worked to save men. There were times when Charles Pye in the pulpit was an avalanche, an avalanche sweeping all before it, above all, sweeping men into the Kingdom. He was an outstanding figure wherever he was, and impressed everyone that he meant business. There was something of the stateliness of the Old Divines about him, and his great ambition was to get the Gospel to the people. That was why he was such a believer in missions. He possessed the old evangelical fervour. He had little patience with preaching that did not glow with a passion for souls. Young men were a special attraction, and no less than nine of them have entered the ministry through the influence of his life and labours. When he heard a preacher full of His message, he used to say, "Eh, mister, he got there." And that phrase was a hint of his conception of preaching. It must be preaching for a verdict, and his preaching was that every time. He was a great worker. Writing of him in 1923, his friend, Rev. F. J. Ellis says : " I have known him for forty-four years, and known him intimately, and he has ever been the same man ; the man with a big heart, with a passion to help another man and aid great and good causes. He can think and love, can will and act, for others. It is this quality of personality that has helped to make him a good and able minister of our churches. He has put into the service of our Denomination all his power and value. Without a hobby, or recreation, without a serious pause, except through illness, he has given himself to ministerial toil for forty-two years, with an ardour and a love, an industry and struggle only a man of great strength -of body, mind and soul could have sustained. There need be no wondering why God has blessed his ministry with unbroken and demonstrable success. He has worked hard. He has loved greatly. He has served humbly. He has given himself wholly." Charles Pye came to the presidential chair in 1923, and he carried through the year his evangelistic message into all the churches. HiS experience of the grace of God and his vision of the majesty and omnipotence of redeeming love he proclaimed with tenderness, wisdom and urgency. In the Christian religion he found not only the true way to live, but the - glorious interpretation of all the lofty idealism,.which haunted his nature, and he -found in it the solution of problems, individual, national and universal. All his ministry was steeped in prayer, and in that fellowship he was a prince and prevailed with God. After forty-three years' service he retired from the active ministry, his closing year being crowned with Presidential honours and ministries. His visitation of the churches enriched and inspired the whole Connexion. Then came the call for Aggressive Evangelism throughout the Denomination, and this found a willing response in the heart of Mr. Pye. After his Presidential year he took up the call whole-heartedly and arranged with ministers to conduct missions in various areas, and himself shared in the labbur of carrying the evangel to the people. He received from time to time the w -.;-mest thanks of Conference for his devoted and effici; nt service in this direction. This ministry remains a fragrant influence, and will abide. He was also a man of great sympathy. One of his ' chief concerns in Cardiff was that of religidus ministration to the sick. He loved sick visiting. During the war he was one of the officiating ministers at the hospitals, ^and all the men rejoiced to see him. After his retirement he became a regular visitor to the Royal Infirmary, and organized the religious services there for the Evangelical Churches' Council to the last. This was a labour of love, but he did it with the thoroughness that was characteristic of all his doings. He was a lover of books, and was a student, but not in the cloistered sense. From the beginning he recognized that, preaching was his supreme work. He was not called to be a church financier or an attendance DEAFNESS Death of Rev. Charles Pye. Simple remedy which complete_ ly cured deafness and head_ noises, gladly explained free, Write : HENRY THOMAS, "Fernside," Deal, Kent. steward, but a prophet of God, and to be that wholeheartedly and completely he consecrated himself and all his powers. Brother Charles Pye was a noble servant of God. If our Church ever creates a calendar of those who poured out their life for the good of men and the advance of our Lord's Kingdom, Charles Pye's name will be there. Through all the strenuous years of his ministry, 'a gracious companion has made his home a delightful and sacred shrine. Mrs. Pye's personality has been a strong human element in making his ministry fragrant and influential. Our readers will pray that God's comforting and healing grace will be vouchsafed to Mrs. Pye and the family in this hour of sore grief. H. The Funeral Address. The funeral took place on Monday, at Cardiff cemetery, when the following address was given by the Rev. A. E. L. Davis : My heart is very deeply implicated in to-clay's sorrow, and for this reason it will not be easy for me to find either thought or voice to speak to you. My words will be few, and you can understand why they may be very broken. During recent years I have had frequent experience of the bruises and wounds caused by the heavy hand of sorrow in the lives of 'my own people, and yet I feel very keenly the effects of this latest blow. I remember a day, not very far removed, when the editor of a well-known journal asked our beloved brother to nominate a person who might be Willing to write a brief sketch of his life and work. He sent the The late Rev. CHARLES PYR. request to me, and I promptly replied, saying, " I can no More think of writing such an article for publication than I would of performing a surgical operation on my own child, and for the same reasons. I love you too well and I know too little to justify the risk." To-day I have precisely the same feeling. My only commission is the commission of love, and my tribute will be a lover's tribute. In the elegy of our grief there are heard many voices. All the churches hailed him as an apostle. To our own Church he was a bishop, not of man's choosing, but of God's laying on of hands. To our ministers he was father and friend ; and to the multitudes who knew him he was a prophet from whose lips words fell like manna from the sky. When I had recovered from the initial shock of loss and dismay upon reading the tidings of his passing, I immediately thought of Bunyan's picture of Evangelist. Listen to it and see if it does not remind you instinctively of Charles Pye. Christian saw the picture of : a A very grave person. His eyes were lifted up to Heaven. He had the best of books in his hand. The law of truth was written upon his lips. The world was behind his back. He stood as if he pleaded with men. And a crown of gold did hang over his head. If I had time and you had the necessary patience, I would undertake to show how perfectly he answered to that wonderful conception. One day during the closing stages of the war, I sat talking with Collier, of Manchester, in his own room at the Central Hall, and he turned to me and said, in true Lancashire fashion : "Davis, I'm nowt if I'm not an evangelist." Charles Pye was a Lancashire man, and would have said the same; it was the title he most coveted ; and his experiences of the specialized services of the home churches during his Presidency and since made him yearn for an increasing number of ministers who would covet the same distinction. He believed that this lack of passion for the Gospel as an evangel and for the souls of men, was the sole explanation of most of our present miseries. It has been said of a great preacher that "he preached as if he were dying to save his hearers." I always felt the same thing about Charles Pye. With him preaching was the redemptive agony. In him I found my earliest understanding of Paul's somewhat puzzling phrase about travailing for souls, with its rare and glorious issue of those whom he had begotten in the Lord, and in every place in which he exercised his ministry there are those who gratefully and lovingly associate their own experience of salvation with the man we all loved so well and to whose memory we now bring our gladness and our tears. My mind goes back to the days of his minstry in the Kingswood Circuit. Embarrassed church stewards then had a waiting list for pews in the Zion Church. Queues were familiar spectacles when he was preaching on Sunday evenings, and people were there not because of any adventitious attractions. This man did not attempt entertainment by tricks of oratory. Once again the Gospel was being fearlessly rung out in all its saving fullness, and men and women were aroused and allured to the point of personal surrender to that Saviour whom the preacher loved so truly and served so well. Conversions were the normal expectation and experience of those days. At this very hour I can visualize the scene in that church and in other churches of Kingswood at which he occasionally preached. The sermon had business in it from the first line to the last ; it was not meant to impress people with its cleverness, although it always bore the marks of a piece of work splendidly conceived and convincingly delivered. The listener always felt that here was a man who was not just formally and perfunctorily occupying the pulpit because Sunday had come round and he was expected to say something ; but who was there because he had something to say, a sure word from God. He was there as the ambassador and advocate of God pleading for a verdict. In that remembered day I was a youthful local preacher, and it was my joy to assist him occasionally in the " after service," and to rise at his signal for that exquisite experience in the inquiry room ministry which became a regular feature of his services. If I am in the ministry to-day it is due under God's grace to the fact that my. parents gave me to God when I was born, and that this good man took me by the hand, and having furnished me with high and holy ideals of the calling, he encouraged and guided my early preparation and maintained a loving interest in my welfare to the very end. I could talk to you of his culture and his.accomplishmerits in learning. Few Methodist ministers have been blessed with a library so vast and varied and vital as his. He could discuss philosophy, psychology, science, and Biblical criticism, and he was an expert in the spiritual interpretation of history. I could tell you of his brave fights against civic unrighteousness and personal evil ; of his fearless exposures of all that was tainted and twisty in human relationships ; but I am endeavouring to place the emphasis where he would most desire me to place it. Ruskin said of Turner's pictures that if you cut a square inch out of his canvas anywhere you would have a glimpse of the Infinite. if you cut a square inch out of Charles Pye's heart you would have found not one speck of insincerity or self-seeking, but written on every particle you would have found a lover's devotion to Christ and a passion for the souls of men. In an earlier illness, when the symptoms were grave and the friends tearfully anxious, he surveyed them all and asked them to sing a hymn of his own choice, a hymn with a chorus too, of which these are the words " Sweetest note in seraph song. Sweetest name on mortal tongue Sweetest carol every sung, Jesus, blessed Jesus! " This alone explains the great life for which we now give thanks. We may talk as long and as loudly as we like about " nature's gentlemen," but nature never produced a gentleman of this order. Wherever you find him he is the product. of Divine grace, and where that grace is appropriated its refining and transfiguring result appears in the visible fabric of the character George Herbert was fond of emphasizing that it would appear also in a minister's habits and clothing, and Charles. Pye would have endorsed this view, even as he himself so splendidly illustrated it in his own person. He never (Continued on Page 283.) 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6 282 THE UNITED METHODIST, June 14, 1928 "My Methodist Boyhood".., SUCH is the title of the contribution front the pen of the Right Hon. C. A. McCurdy,.K.C., in "T.P.'s Weekly " on June. 9th, in the interesting, series, " In the Days of My Youth." Mr. McCurdy speaks of his father as a minister, a Methodist minister, but does not indicate that his father was a minister of the Methodist New Connexion. His earliest recollection is of his brother and himself "sitting out of sight under the knee-hole of my father's writing-table. We were sewing together the best parts of the envelopes which came to the house in Birmingham, in order to make manuscript hooks in which to pursue our literary labours. We wrote stories of adventure, very short but - none the worse for that. Meanwhile my father, unconscious of what was happening at his feet, continued to prepare his sermon for the next - Sunday." This was when his father was superintendent of the Birmingham (Unett 'Street) Circuit ( ), anil the house would be probably Cifton Lodge, Hunter's Lane. die adds : "If our father's example inspired our literary ambitions, it was from our Mother that we learnt the arts of cookery and economy." The next paragraph begins : " The scene changes to Loughborough, in Leicestershire, a sleepy provincial town, with a few textile industries,.an ancient grammar school, streets whose names Swan Gate, Wood Gate, Baxter Gate were suggestive of the days when it was a walled town, and a horrid alley, where, they told us, the victims of the Great Plague were.buried." Mr. McCurdy's recollections of his tsmethodist boyhood cannot go so far back in his family history as mine. I recall his father's appointment. to the Nottingham (Parliament.Street) Circuit in Be was superintendent for five years. From him I received my first-class ticket on trial, which bore his sigriature, Alexander McCurdy, April, I have his autograph also in my ordination Bible (I was the first.ordinand to receive a copy of the Revised. Version). Mr. McCurdy was the President of the Conference (Manchester, 1885). This was the second time of election to that office. The first time he was elected President was at the Nottingham Conference, 1871, during his superintendency there. Below his signature in my ordination Bible is, to me, the familiar autograph of ".Thomas Addyman, secretary of Conference, who a few weeks later married me to his youngest sister, and so became my brother-in-law. I well remember the few sermons I heard from Mr. McCurdy in those.nottingham days few, since the ministers' visits on Sundays to our Long Eaton church were "few and far between." One particularly, one week-night service, on "In my Father's house are many mansions," stands out pre-eminently. Mr. Charles McCurdy writes interestingly of those Loughborough days. He speaks kindly of our little church there in the days of his youth : "Sundays saw us in the tiny Methodist chapel, whose congregation numbered but one citizen of substance in the local draper," "also a little tailor who made the boy a suit of clothesand how great was his pride when he delivered it a pride, alas! that neither my mother nor myself were able to share." He avers that he would not be happy if he did not pay tribute to that " small congregation of the faithful. Never since have I found myself in a society more kindly, more courteous, or, as it seems to Me, more worthy of happiness in this. world and the next." He is still remembered there, and not less by the young ministers (probationers then, supernumerairies now) who were stationed there. Mr. McCurdy had retired from the active ministry, while resident in Loughborough, save that for a time he served the church as its minister in place of a younger man. His days, however, were full of labours, as the minutes of Conference, 1892, testify. He held various offices in the COnnexion rit.trustee of the college (Ranmoo.r), its first secretary, a trustee of the Book Room and Beneficent Society, treasurer of the Paternal Fund, Manager of the Beneficent Fund, secretary of the Chapel and Loan Funds, Guardian representative, etc. My last close association with him was in 1886 or 1887, when 'ie visited us in Wakefield, Grove Road Church, to guide ' us in some intricate matter connected with the Trust. His stay in our home gave peculiar pleasure. My last recollection of his public utterances was on his retirement from Office at the DewSbury Conference, He seemed to regret having devoted so much time to the business affairs of the Connexion rather than to preach-, f, and instanced "Brother Medicraft " as one whom he might have well followed in that regard. The Con- nexion, however, owed him a great debt, and honoured it. "No proofs of appreciation and trust that the Con-, nexion could offer were withheld." His last Conference. as he strangely predicted, was Leeds, He "fell on sleep " November 25th, 1891, in the 47th year of his ministry and the 71st.year of his age. His son concludes his brief autobiography thils " The only cloud over those young days was the impossibility I found in gratifying my father in one Mattera matter to him of supreme.importance. For him the.first essential of an ordered and useful life was the miracle of conversion. It was a doctrine held by all the Methodists of that time. I could never say truthfully that I had experienced that spiritual thunderclap which befel Saul by the way, and thereby satisfy my father. that I had received what 'he regarded as the real Sacrament on.which all religious life.depends.- "Apart from this cloud, my boyhood days were passed in an atmosphere of quiet peacefulness, which reflected the wholly peaceful and quiet lives of my father and mother. Life in those days was one long, sweet Sunday afternoon." Mr.. McCurdy pays a high tribute to his mother. Like many boys, he was deeply pttached to his-mother, more than to his father. Is it because they better understand boys? I did not, of course, know Mrs. McCurdy so well as her husband. She was his second Wife, the widow of the Rev. Benjamin M. Scott, a promising M.N.C. minister, who died at the age of thirty-four, in The mother was more sympathetic toward the boys in their tastes, especially books, than the father. They were fond of "adventurous" literature, and surreptitiously. introduced " the stories of various highwaymen," etc., into the house. The father one day discovered a drawerful, and consigned these "sources of temptation " to the fire, "remarking only that he was grieved that we should read such rubbish." The son is now sure that the father must have " felt that Satan was very present in the household." Were there not books 'in his library more suitable e.g., Fuller's " Worthies " and Baxter's "Lives of the Saints "? The mother and here is a Barrie touch---did not so worry. "Hers was a life of extreme serenity, and, apart from her ever-present interest in her home and family, her passion in life was the study of history." Also, she had " other and more frivolous tastes. She loved to read the novels of Mrs. Henry Wood, which she enjoyed with, I think, some qualms of conscience at the presence of such works in a minister's house where there were young children of an inquiring turn of mind. She drew the line at the novels of Miss Braddon, whom she would never permit herself to read." We are thankful for this peep into a Mid-Victorian minister's home, especially a M.N.C. minister's, and have much enjoyed it. Mr. Charles A. McCurdy was born in Nottingham in He was educated at Loughborough Grammar School and Pembroke College, Oxford. He became a barrister-at-law, and took part in the Garden City movement, particularly in the. building of the Hampstead Garden suburb. He unsuccessfully contested Winchester in He was elected senior Liberal member o; Northampton in 1910, and was later Chief Liberal Whip. During he was Food Controller, and was one of the founders of the League of Nations Union. He is not now in Parliament. His address at our Birming-. im Conference, 1922, will be remembered, when it was a pleasure to him to meet some 'of his father's old friends and his. W. BAINBRIDGE. The Conference Missionary Anniversary. Hanley, July 12th, An Appeal for 2,000. 1,546 16s. 6d. Still Required. THE curernt year is one which must make special demands upon our Foreign Mission Fund. In the autumn no less than twenty-four persons, missionaries and their wives, will be going forth, in our name, to staff our stations in China and,africa. Four of these are new 'recruits; the others are returning to their former stations. This exceptionally large number is due to the recent evacuation. in China. It is four times the number we usually send out in one year, and will entail an expenditure of at least 2,000. It would be a grand achievement if this sum could be raised in connection with the Conference Missionary Anniversary in order that the risk of any of it remaining as debt at the end of the year might be removed. Such a result would require 3,000 to be raised. by the Conference Anniversary because one-third of the total is due to the Home Mission Fund. The Home Mission Fund is in urgent need of a larger income, and it would rejoice the hearts of workers at home and abroad if such a triumph could be realized. It will be if all our readers respond to the best of their ability. Conference Chairman's List. +. z s. d. Total reported last week G 5 each : Mr. Wm. Rushby, Batley; Mrs. M. A. Hook, Sittingbourne; Mr. Jos. - R. Heape, High Lane... Mrs. J. W. Taylor, Huddersfield Rev. J. and Mrs. Spivey Dr. and Mrs. C. S. Spencer, Ashton-under- Lyne Mr. W. Bert Jones, Stoke-on-Trent each : Mr. W. J. Petrie, J.P., Harrogate; Mrs. K, Gill Martin, Newport, I.O.W. ; Mr. Jas. Bridge, Manchester ; Mr. and Mrs. j. J. Fortune, Wigan 8 0 0, s1 10s. each : Miss E. B. Taylor, Liverpool; Miss M. J. Meech, Upper Parkstone ls. each : Mr. R. Villey, Chesterfield; Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Craven, Cleckheaton ; Mr. John Taylor, Liverpool ; Mrs. F. I. Neden, Torquay ; Mrs. E. H. Sellers, Leeds ; Mr. Seth Hutchinson, Morecambe; Miss M. A. Whipp, Rochdale Misses. L. and E. Boyes, Derby ; Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Bird, Leatherhead each : Mr. C. Hawkins, Ilfracombe ; Rev. W. H. May ; Ald. A. 0. Stocks, Brighouse; Mr. Jno. Young, Arclid ; Miss Young, Arclid ; Miss Clarke, Arclid ; Miss E. Allen, Torquay ; Mr. J. W. Thomas, St. Blazey,.. 10s. each : Rev. Jas. Gibson ; Mr. J. A. Parker, Emley Moor ; Mrs. S. Hek, Bristol Mr. E. E. Rogers, Birmingham ; Mrs. Shiphardson, Durham ; Miss Thompson, Durham ; Rev. and Mrs. W. Bainbridge, Southport; Rev. W. W. Craig; 'Miss E. M. Squire, B.A., Bideford Rev. and Mrs. E. Morton Is. each : Pastor A. R. Mellor, Stoke-on-Trent ; Mr. Jos. Bellwdod, Hopetoun ; Mr. J. P. Mawer, Louth ; Mrs. J. M. Raine, St. Martins ; Miss Bramfitt, Scarborough, Mr. S. Bawn, Bristol ; Mrs. P. Dale, Plymouth ; Rev. and Mrs. J. T. Henwood s. d. 2s..6d. each : Rev. H. E. Young.; Mr. T. Musgrave, Barnsley ; Mr. J. H. Sanders, Leicester (.1 Promised, " Nevertheless" ti This list includes all promises and payments received up to June 9th. Please send as early as possible your most generous contribution to Rev. C. Stedeford, 13 Silverbirch Road, Erdington, Birmingham. The Incomplete Lite.* THE incompleteness of life which is moral but not religious was nobly expressed some time ago by one of our eminent statesmen during a 'debate on one of the most keenly contested measures that ever became law. The passage is as follows : "What we have-to fight against is the growing materialism of the people. There is a tendency to think that national greatness rests on trade and territory instead of character. Imperialism may be be a noble faith if it seeks to make the Empire strong in order that it may carry Christian civilization over the world, but there is much sordidness added to it, the petty spirit of the trader, the greed of gain. In this sacred war, in this struggle for the recognition of high principle in public life all who bear the name of Christian, whatever their name or sign, are natural allies, and it is important that they should stand shoulder to shoulder. There are other allies whom I claim, those who accept everything in Christianity except its 'theology. They ought to fight with us. In the mansion of their hearts they have built a room, richly gemmed, hung round with all that is beautiful in art and literature. The sword of. Justice is there, the sceptre of Righteousness, too, is there, and even the robe of loving Unity and Honour. Despite all these regalia, it is an empty room, for the Throne is vacant." That speech, uttered with intense conviction, is recognised as one of the most impressive ever delivered in the House of Commons. What an effective appeal this makes to each of us! For who has not been conscious of the fact that life has been incomplete. Rsetless and disquieted we have longed in our best moments for something behind the material and moral elements in life. Speaking of his life as a student, Tolstoy says : "I remember one of my college churns, who brought us news of his latest discovery namely, that there was no God, and all we had been taught on the subject was a pure 'invention. Some of us accepted the theory. For years I drifted, like a ship without a chart and compass, yet, despite the evils in which I indulged, I was considered -by my equals as a comparatively moral man, but I was unsatisfied. One day light and truth broke. upon my-soul, and my whole life underwent a transformation. It was, as if I had been long adrift in an open boat, lost on a waste of waters, and had all at once sighted the shore." Is the Throne of your life vacant? If so, let Jesus have His rightful place. A. TATTERSALL. * "The Message," Calvert Street Church, Norwich. Births, Marriages, Deaths. =0.1. BIRTH. BURTON. On June 11th, 1928, at 20 William Street, Crosland Moor, Huddersfield, to Rev. and Mrs. J. Burton, a daughter. MARRIAGES. EMBERY SLATER. On June 6th, 1928, at the U.M. Church, Ilfracombe, by the Rev. J. F. Hughes. Herbert Embery of Burrington, Devon, son of the late Mr. J. H. Embery and, Mrs. Embery of Bideford, to Emily Slater of Ilfracombe, daughter of the late Mr. Stephen Slater and Mrs. Slater of Rotherham. Yorks. H ICKS BADDELEY. On June 9th, 1928, at the U.M. Church, Paignton, by the Rev. J. N. Broad, assisted by the Rev. W. T. Shallard, the Rev. Charles E. Hicks of Yunnan, China, to Annie, daughter of the late Mr. F. W. Baddeley of Brixbam, and Mrs. Baddeley of " Westhaven," paignton. KING SAYER. On Thursday June 7th, 1928, at the U.M. Church, Sandyford Road, Newcastle, by Rev. E. S. Winter, William King, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. King, of Newcastle, to Gladys May Sayer, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Saver, of Gosforth. SMITH GODFREY. On June 5th, 1928, at Carlton U.M. Church, by the Rev. D. V. Godfrey, brother of the bride, assisted by the Rev. 0. P. Rounsefell, Sydney, only son of the late Frank S. Smith and Mrs." Smith, of West Bridgford, to Kathleen Doris, younger daughter of the late John Godfrey, J.P., C.C., and Mrs. Godfrey, of Park House, Carlton. DEATHS. ARGALL.-On June 8th, 1928, at the Manse, McKean Road, Oldbury, Florence, the devoted wife of Rev, F. P. Argall, aged 55 years. Interred at Camberwell Cemetery, S.E. CAM PBELL. On Friday, 'June 8th, 1928, at " Riola," Cromwell Road, Beeston, Notts, the Rev. John Campbell. in his 89th year. FARRAR. On Sunday June 10th, 1928, at his residence' 12 Lea Street, Lindley, Huddersfield, Thomas Fletcher, the dearly-loved husband of A. S. Farrar, in bis 72nd year. OGDEN. On May 25th, 1928, at the residence of her niece, Mrs. G. Hill, 39 Town Street, HorsfOrth, Leeds, Emma Ogden (sister of the late Rev. James Ogden), late of Southport and Ashton-under-Lvne, in her 96th year. pye. On June 7th, 1928, Rev. Charles Pye, ex-president U.M. Church, passed to Higher Life.

7 June 14, THE UNITED METHODIST. 283 Our Numerical Position. As one who was entrusted with the report on the spiritual state of the Birmingham and Dudley District in the May Synod, may I say how heartily I agree with Bro. Ellis in his " urgent call " of last week? I had the advantage of being able to analyse the resolutions that had been sent me by my brother ministers from the Ladyday Circuit Meetings. We return a net decrease of 29, and I was constrained to say that for a District like this to be barely " marking time " and, after twelve months' toil, to be 29 members worse off than a year ago; was a serious matter indeed. Then there was the allied question of attendances at public worship described in some of the circuit reports as "poor, disappointing, unsatisfactory," etc., which, to my mind, is closely associated with our Sunday School problems. (A decrease of 478 scholars also complicates this question). We have thousands of scholars present at our morning sessions. How is it that they are not seen at morning worship? Even the teachers set a bad example by walking away after morning school! I do not wonder that the children have no liking for the public services, and are rarely seen in chapel morning or night. I am afraid if this state of affairs is not speedily remedied, there will be no churches left in some areas another generation. Due credit must be given to our numerous week-day activities both on spiritual and social lines and generous recognition must be made of our financial efforts. Our people were never more generous but is it not a fact that too many of them contract out of service by money payments? In a sentence that was 'somewhat criticized, I concluded my report, "Would to God that the churches had the same passion for souls as they manifest in their material efforts! " The President- Designate, who made a helpful contribution to the discussion, thought that this implied a reproach, and that my pessimism was not justified but he hastened to add that it was high time the churches concentrated on spiritual work. I have only to add that 5 out of our 18 circuits reported evangelistic work, with gratifying results. Here is an opportunity for all our churches. The community that does not make special appeals to its own people and neighbourhood is not alive to its privileges, to say nothing of its responsibilities. I have had charge of a "down-town church the last four years, but three years in succession we have made such appeals not without response=beside which I have been asked to conduct missions in most of the smaller places in the circuit. Trade depression and shortness of money do not always mean a devitalizing of the church's organization. The biggest increase in membership (38) comes from the St. George's Circuit, where the industrial conditions have been most trying. We reap as we sow. If we put "first things first," all other things will find their place. This alone will prevent those "(humiliating returns," of which Mr. Ellis wrote in your last issue. Let us look to the Heavenly Husbandman to "give us the increase." _FRED P. ARGALL. - OUR friend Mr: Ellis has raised so many points that one's mind is almost fogged. There will be little, however, concerning which readers will disagree with him. Whether literary flavour is sacrificed or not, ministers do need to be reminded that their office embraces pastoral work as well as preaching, and my experience leads me to believe that the most lasting good is accomplished by men of gracious personality who have not overlooked the responsibility of the former need. ' I will not tell you how long ago it is since a minister of my own Denomination engaged in prayer in my own home. I rule out sickness or trouble. Thank God I have never "been there " during my eight years of married life. But a. Baptist minister, paying me a "courtesy call " thrilled me in my dinner hour. And that brief time at the Throne of Grace is a memory my wife and I cherish yet. I am not one who expects the minister to fuss. For my own part my hold on the Faith, I believe, is such that I care not whether one pays-me a pastoral visit or not. I should be more than satisfied if I knew that members of my Young Men's Class were occasionally called upon, or the irregular church attender. But they are not. And surely. these are the people who need oversight." Why do not our ordained men take a leaf from the Roman Catholic priest in this connection? For them to say their time is too limited is puerile argument to me. Until a few weeks ago my business life took me away from home from Monday morning until Friday night. Yet I found time to run my Troop of Scouts each Friday night, prepare my lesson on a Saturday, deliver it on a Sunday, and now and again take a service. And all the time keep in touch with matters of church interest like finance, etc., and in spite of the fact that the Government pay me a 100 per-cent disability pension. 4 I do not wish to castigate my ministerial friends. Against none of them as individuals would I lay any charge...-we have a fine body of men, such as any denomination might be proud of. But I fear there is lacking a conviction of the need of a flaming Evangel in their preaching. We have too many puny imitators of Dean Inge and too few worthy imitators of say, Gipsy Smith. Furthermore, 'the Denomination -also has its business men, and if things go wrong there, the blame is placed upon those whose task it is to, keep things right. And if things are not right in our Church, or with it, then let those who have the primary responsibility be told to set their own house in order. And let the constraining motive be the love of Christ. Yours, in anxious hope, " WATCHMAN." An Appeal for Passion. THE souls of most of us must have been stirred as we read the burning message of the Rev. F. J. Ellis, and felt that from his Lancashire home he was issuing a trumpet-call of alarm to the whole Connexion that the work of God might not languish. This call comes at an opportune moment when there comes from another source an open disavowal of the reality of the things of Spirit. Unless we are very alert this direct challenge to our faith will have a serious effect upon our educated young people who arc apt to take the bold ex cathedra utterances of men of high academic distinction in one!taira of knowledge as a sufficient estimate of the importance of the principles which govern those realms with which they are less familiar. Unless we are to lapse back into a national paganism, all religious teachers must re-assert for all they are Worth the first principles of our faith. The fact of God, revealed in Christ Jesus, whose life, death, resurrection, ascension and never-failing presence with his Church have served to build it up through the centuries, has to be brought back into living consciousness for multitudes of men and women who have drifted away from the faith of their childhood. As the Hebrew prophets lamented the slackness which came over Israel from time to time, and boldly proclaimed the displeasure and the judgments of God for such evil, so must preachers of to-day point out the dangers attending modern life with itslove'of ease, dislike of responsibility, and its fondness for dissipating pleasures. At the same time there must be heard the yearning cry of Isaiah, "0 that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river," and that of Hosea, " I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely." Mr. Ellis rightly suggests that as a Connexion we should utter a cry of corporate anguish for the decline in our numerical strength, and he urges that the UNITED METHODIST should be an effective and universal voice, ringing out its message to the very bounds of our Denomination. It would be a fine tribute to the memory of the lamented Rev. Charles Pye, whose loss we so sincerely deplore, if Mr. Ellis's striking words concerning "his grandly unique passion for, revivalistic work " I I I I 11 I SPECIAL Conference Numbers ii!i of the." United Methodist " JULY 12, 19, 26. A complete set of the issues will be sent post free for 8d. or they can be obtained from any newsagent, if ordered beforehand, for 6d. -To avoid confusion and probable delay, it is N.B. Important that orders for dispatch through the post should be sent In advance, with remittance, to HENRY HOOKS, United Methodist Publishing House, 12 Farringdon Avenue, London, E.C.4. should have the effect of raising up others with a similar passion for saving the souls of men. The foolish but growing disbelief in the value of revivals is accountable for much of 'our decline.. I have taken part in many combined missions when the whole of the spiritual energy of an entire locality has been concentrated in one great effort to get men, women, aye, and children too, to enrol themselves on the Lord's side. I have never known such a combined effort to be a failure, though it may have been declared to be so by the sceptical. The gain in the spiritual sensitiveness of the Church itself has been enormous,and many additions to its membership have been the result. The letter of the President respecting the shepherding of the flock supports to the full what Mr. Ellis says upon this important question. It may not in all cases be possible for the minister adequately to cope with this side of the work of the Church, but with the aid of deaconesses or lay agents, such work can certainly be done. I have noticed that the Church of England makes considerable use of,, this kind of assistance. There was never a time when the. Christian witness was more emphatically needed than to-day, when a growing materialism is tending to oust any concern for spiritual well-being. If we can recover the one accord" of the Apostles, we might again realize a Pentecostal baptism, and there would be added to the Church daily such as should be saved. G. P. DYMOND. John Bunyan. IN this tercentenary year of the birth of John Bunyan we are being well served with new studies in the life of the "Immortal Dreamer." A book of a quite special quality is "The Human Story of John Bunyan," by Gwilym 0. Griffith: It is a,notable piece of work. Here the -man lives for us in the setting of the throbbing troublous days of the seventeenth century. A very lovable man he is. I have particularly liked the chapters entitled -"Crisis " and "Table Talk." In the former is an unforgettable recital of the story of the intervention in his behalf of Bunyan's wife, Elizabeth. I notice that Mr. Griffiths quotes more than once " Mark Rutherford," to whose fine study of Bunyan and his works it is to be hoped' readers will turn. And if they are led to react " The Revolution in Tanner's Lane," and the other novels of that " recluse genius," they will have no reason to regret it. C. E. i Death of Rev. Charles Pye. (Continued from _page 281.) offended any sick person by garments reeking with stale tobacco or stained by careless feeding, or grubby linen. He never told a story which was unfit for a child to hear or repeat. In short, his entire personality was unified and sanctified by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit ; and this gave him his. convincing credentials and supreme authority ; it made him the very embodiment of all he said, and it made many.of his hearers feel that they had found an inescapable challenge by the same heights of character ; or, as a distinguished lady in the city.of Bristol once said to me, "Every time I heard him preach he made me long to be a better woman." His going has brought us a great shock, but we know that in God's eternal purpose and plan there are no accidents, no mistakes, and no frustrations. The Saviour whom he loved and trusted is the prince of life. Astronomers, and anthropologists, may fling their negative conclusions into newspaper columns as they discuss in blind and clumsy fashion, Where are the Dead? " But here was a man to whom the immortal life was as real as though it had been placed on the map. ' He conducted the business of his great life upon capital borrowed from Heaven. He had received tidings from the inner Source of reality. He was never browbeaten into unbelief by the findings and pronouncements of men whose vision was limited by the range of a telescope or the contents. of a test tube. He accepted the proper and principal evidence. He had heard the voice of Jesus saying, " I am the Resurrection and the Life, he that believeth in Me though he were dead yet shall he live, and he that liveth and believeth in Me shall never die." " Because I live, ye shall live also." Here is a realm. in which the spiritual saint is a greater authority and a safer guide, than the man whose approach is exclusively material ; and in the case before us the convincing proof may be seen in a sublime issue of conduct and character brought up to trie style and manners of the sky. I have not attempted an estimate, I have but brought a tribute of loyal love to the memory of my friend. He went afar, he gleaned in many fields, he knew the grief of sowing and the rapture of harvest; and when he entered the Eternal Presence, he did not appear as a solitary supplicant. He came bringing his sheaves with him. To-day lie has his reward in the thousands to whom he has given a new sense of the meaning of life, the graciousness of faith, the dignity of law, the grandeur- of righteousness and of the hope of the Blessed Gospel of his Lord ; and I love to feel that these many thousands throughout our Denomination would have me be the medium of their loving sympathy to his sorrowing widow and daughters. Death is as truly a part of God's plan as birth, and now that it has come as His gift to our brother, some of 'us have no desire to pick the lock or draw the curtain, or peer and peep into the sacred bliss of the immortal society to which he now belongs. Very reverently we rest in the sustaining assurance of the New Testament that he will be for ever occupied with the holy offices which befit the emancipated energies of Paradise; and as we go to his grave it shall be to us not a black hole in the ground, but a shrine of new inspiration and the starting-point of worthy endeavour that the work of - Charles Pye may be made perfect in that sublime travail which makes Christ's Kingdom come. Tribute. REV. E. M. MOYLE writes : Many throughout United Methodism, and beyond, will experience a deep sense of personal loss with the passing of the Rev. Charles Pye. As one who owes to his influence a debt of undying gratitude, I would like to pay my tribute to his memory. Very early in my ministerial career I was brought into close touch with him, who afterwards became to me a "'father in God." It was in the year 1915 that I joined him as his junior colleague in the Newport Road Circuit, Cardiff. There we spent five years of wonderful fellowship together, and I learned the greatness of his heart. We shared each other's confidence fully. We could talk without reservation of the most intimate and sacred things he always understood. Those years were years of tremendous strain. The Great War was at is height; many of our people were stricken with sorrows he felt them all as his own. He never spared himself, by day and night he was ready to serve. No man could labour long with Mr. Pye unless he caught the infection of his spirit, his devotion to duty and to Christ. The secret of his life was in his complete dedication to his Lord,, and he spoke freely of the things he experienced. His spiritual passion was a consuming fire, and he lived in constant communion with his Saviour. His preaching was distinctly evangelical, his greatest joy was to bring men to Christ.. He had steeped his mind in the great masters of the nineteenth century ; he was no shallow thinker but was ever ready to substantiate the faith he held. Mr. Pye never gave his people that which cost him nothing. His preparation for the pulpit was always careful, and he was sure of his message. As a friend, he was true, and his friendships he valued, and was careful to retain. He loved his Denomination, and gave himself unsparingly to it, and its future lay near his heart. His home was the abode of peace and happiness. God gave him a true helpmeet in Mrs. Pye, and his children were always the objects of his thoughts and prayers. Like all great souls he was keenly sensitive ; no man ever felt more acutely a slight, or appreciated more a kindness, but he lived in those spiritual, realms where neither frown nor favour could daunt his endeavour. He has given himself wholly he has given himself to the end. Many of us who have called him brother and friend will feel in his passing a call to fuller dedication, and pray that we may become more worthy to continue the work so near to his heart.

8 am. 284 THE UNITED METHODIST. June 14, 1928 The Foreign Missionary Committee. THE Foreign Missions Committee met at WashWood Heath Church, Birmingham, on Tuesday, June 5th, and was presided over by the Rev.. Jas. Ellis, until the arrival of. the Rev. R. Pyke (President of Conference). Miss A. J. Turner was accorded a hearty welcome home, and feelingly replied. The accounts submitted and adopted showed a decrease in the ordinary income of '271 17s. 5d., and an increase. in expenditure of 1,324 4s. 1.0d. The deficit at the close of the year was 1, s. 6d. Grateful acknowledgment was made of legacies amounting to 3,458 18s. 5d., and special gifts for investment amounting to.;357 2s. 9d. received during the year. Estimates and grants were carefully considered, and it was found that an increased income of at least 1,5,00 a year is needed if the missionary polidy adopted by Conference,. especially in relation to East and West Africa, is to be carried out. Special consideration, was given to the needs of the work in Mendiland. Miss Coombs and Miss Beer were received by the Committee, and designated to Ningpo. Miss Roxie Dymond was designated to Yunnan. The resolution of the W.M.A. Council relating to a division 'f the..w.m.a. funds was confirmed, and a resolution passed setting forth why such a division was undesira- ble and impracticable. The continued progress. of W.M.A. work was heartily welcomed by the Committee. The Lantern Bureau report was received, with thanks to Rev. C. A. Davis, who was re-appointed secretary. Reports were received concerning the restoration to the Mission of our Middle Schools at Wenchow and Ningpo. Rev. J. W. Heywood was appointed chairman of the Ningpo and Wenchow Districts'; Rev. A..Evans, of the Yunnan District. The following. officers were reappointed with hearty thanks for their services : Treasurer, Mr. Jos. Ward,. J.P. ; Secretary, Rev. C. Stedeford ; Auditor, Mr. M. Wasley Chapman. Rev. W. A. Grist was appointed Acting Secretary. The Publishing House is to issue a shilling edition of "The Story of the Miao," which, it is hoped, will command a large sale throughout the DenominatiOn, and also make a wider appeal. Hearty thanks were accorded to the President and Rev. Jas. Ellis for their services in the chair, and to the Rev. E. G. Marley, and the Washwood Heath friends for their gracious hospitality. The Washwood Heath Church had an inspiring Missionary Week-end, Rev..A. Evans preaching on Sunday, and a largely-attended. Public Meeting, presided over by Mrs: Warren, president of the W.M.A., and addressed by Revs. E. Cocker and C. E. Hicks, being held on Monday evening, June.4th. 'W. Parliament and. the Revised Prayer Book. A Great United Meeting at Queen's Hall. country and particularly the House of Commons, as representing the country is faced this week with a momentous crisis, and in view of this a great united.meeting with reference to '" Parliament and the Revised Prayer Book," was held at the Queen's Flail last Thursday evening. The gathering, called together by that prince of organizers, Mr. H. - Martyr. Gooch, general secretary of the World's Evangelical Alliance, was not simply an entire success; but wa3 in every way worthy of the great occasion in respect of which it was convened. Several days before the date of the meeting every seat had been applied for, and many. hundreds of persons. were unable to secure tickets. On the platform were some 300 representative clergy and ministers,. and when the speakers filed in, to the accompaniment of hearty cheering, there was not a vacant seat in the great building. A large proportion of those in the hall had come from considerable distances in order to be present. The speakers apart from the Home Secretary, who presided were the Bishop of Norwich : and Bishop E. A. Knox, for the Church of England, and Dr. J. Alfred' Sharp (Ex-President of the Wesleyan Methodist Conference) and Rev. H. Tydeman Chilvers (pastor of the Metropolitan Tabernacle). Dr. J. D. Jones and Dr. Sidney Berry would have been present to represent the Congregationalists were it not that they were on board ship on the way to America. During the proceedings Mr. Gooch read a letter received from Dr. Jones, the last sentence of which ran thus : " I believe the House of Commons will be expressing the mind of the vast majority of the British people if once again they decline to. give their sanction to the Prayer Book Measure." Without doubt not only the speakers and the platform, but the audience generally were thoroughly representative alike. of the Evangelical section of the Church of England and of the great Non- Conformist Churches.. The spirit of the gathering was\ very fine. From the very beginning there ryas a feeling of tenseness, as if those. present were conscious of the great seriousness of the occasion. But in this tenseness there was no tinge of anxiety ; and while there was no lack of determination, there was no spirit of bitterness. Indeed, the speakers, one and all, weighed their words carefully, and not one unworthy 'sentence or sentiment was given expression to. Each successive speaker, as he rose,. was greeted with the greatest heartiness. There were no unmannerly interruptions, and the unanimity of feeling was strikingly manifested right to the very close, so that when the chairman, after two hours had transpired, put the resolution, there was but one solitary voice Which called out " No." A few moments thereafter were set aside for silent prayerin view of " the crisis which now threatens " and - then, after the Bishop of Norwich had pronounced the Benediction, a verse of the National Anthem was :silt-1g, and. the members of the great audience went their several ways with strengthened determination to stand, fast for Protestant principles, and with unforgettable impressions of a memorable. gathering 'upon their - minds., The resolution, which was proposed by Sir William Joynson-Hicks, seconded by the Bishop of Norwich, and supported by the other speakers, was thus worded : " That this meeting, including representatives of statutory bodies of the Church of England and governing bodies of the Free Churches and of adult members of congregations of the same throughout England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, considering that the changes made in the Prayer Book Measure of do not touch the fundamental objections to the Book of 1927, and believing that the recent action of the House of -Commons' in rejecting that Book was welcomed throughout the country, earnestly asks that His Majesty's Parliament will reaffirm the decision of the House of Commons on December 15th last, when the Deposited Book was rejected." Dr. Sharp claimed that the Revision of the Prayer Book was not a domestic but a national question. Reservation io-day meant Adoration to-morrow. To the counsel, " Trust the Bishops," the obvious reply was that their past actions did not. justify any such trust. " Latimer and Ridley's candle is yet alight in our land ; by the graoe of it never shall go out." Mr. Chilvers' claimed that the whole Controversy raged around Reservation and Transubstantiation. He supported the resolution, he said (1) for the sake of the rising generation of the Church of England ; (2) for the sake of the Evangelical: section of that Church ; (3). for the sake of the Protestantism of the nation ; (4) for the sake of our Lord. "We say to all, For our Lord's sake, hands off!" H. J. C. I Letters to the Editor. [The' Editor does not hold himself responsible for expressions of opinion by Correspondents. All contributions to these columns must be brief.] To the Editor of THE UNITED METHODIST. "Cold Reception." DEAR SIR, On..a recent Sunday morning I was at Shernhall Street, Wal thamstow, and was glad to be there. One had a seat and.a hymn-book ; for the rest, the stewards discreetly left one alone', At Westminster Abbey, in the, afternoon, I was provided with an order,of service, but was not badgered or questioned. Later I slipped quietly into a pew at the French Protestant Church, Soho Square, and found. Bible,.hymn-book, and prayer-book there ready to my hand. I did talk to the verger there, but only to explain why I was leaving 'before the service finished. Later again, at the City Temple, I was handed an order of service and shown to a seat, but was taken no more notice of. In all this I had no distress of mind because no one fell on my neck and embraced me! It may be a matter of temperament, but rather think that those people in,our chapels on Dartmoor and in North-, Cornwall deserve commendation. After all, what did Mr. Matthews expect? Was it a brass band to come out and meet him? Or is it necessary to Christian worship that the stewards should borrow the etiquette.of a house party and proceed to introduce a stranger all round to the congregation? Mr. Matthews' Attitude, which is shared. by far too many people in our churches, makes one sick. Why cannot they go to church without wanting to be fussed over? "The Spirit of the Age." According to Mr. Porter, we are posting fast for Vanity Fair ; some churches are already there ; worse, we ministers, with our princely incomes, driving our people to desperate courses to keep us in luxury, are largely responsible for the mischief! That is a fine phrase, "A return to a more simple sacrificial life:" I will wear those patched trousers a year or so more ; nay, sackcloth might -do. And I could send my children to the union. Some ministers have thought that their sacrificial life began years ago, when they left. 'behind for ever 4111 hopes of.worldly affluence. But, since Mr. Porter has spoken, they may discover' how grievously they err. Still, life has amazing compensations, and perhaps one of them is the fellowship of bright spirits who, like Mr. Porter, give us gratis their cheerful doctrines of repression. "Ministerial Breakdowns." "Douios" merits our thanks. There is no doubt that the multiplicity of their duties is breaking many men up. Few are so callous as not to be affected by those conditions which make it impossible 'to do anything thoroughly. But the remedy, dear "Doulos," is surely not "retreats." They would be as exhilarating as "ministers' fraternals," which in recent 'years have degenerated into a device for robbing a man of relaxation HAND-PAINTED POSTERS Announce the Sunday Window Slips, Show School Anniversary. by Cards, and every kind Hand - Painted Posters of attraction for ShOp to secure attention Windows & Exhibitions, 2/6 for 20" by 30" Stall Cards for Bazaars, 3/6 for 30" by 40" Hand-Painted Notices 5/- for 40" by 60" of every' description 8/6 for 60" by 8 (V' at moderate prices 18n Bethel Street, I LOVE &CO NORWICH and piling more duties on him. One has happy. memories, `of course, of fraternals Of a different- sort. And God. forbid that we should be disloyal to those 'finehearted comrades who have laughed at our sillinesses and lifted us oft out of despair.' How we long to have them near us! (The layman knows not this particular nostalgia.). But "ministerial retreats "! pardon the.perversity a retreat to be of any use must accord with the healthy, selective principle of normal friendships. A man wants, not, more discussions (however you label them) on " the causes of our decline " and such. worn and exasperating themes, but freedom.freedom to work, to get at real studies, to prepare. sermons that are worth listening to, and-in his own way to help the people whom he can effectively help ; for the rest, time to 'roam in strange places, get among men of other crafts, exercise his muscles and air his lungs, read books beyond the ken of the theological reviews, cultivate in a human way his own family life, and get a closer acquaintance with the world of music, art, and drarria from which the incessant round' of meetings debars him. Why are we such hopeless guides to the great mass of the unchurched? Because we do not know life. We are not so much sheltered as buried. We.,have ceased to be men. The ideas current among us, which we all more or less trade in, are the starveling products of our ecclesiastical' machine. Even among our own people that mighty explosive, the Christian Gospel, somehow won't ignite. The reason seems to. lip in the appalling machinery of modern church life. If this thing is not faced, there will be more ministerial breakdowns, or ministerial defections. When, I wonder, will Conference give.up time. to this most urgent of all questions? When will it see the blight that has settled on the ministry through the idolising Of institutions? We are intellectually nor spiritually bankrupt. Just as there are many more ways of conducting worship than we have exploited,. there are many other ways. of apportioning duties and of doing church business. Given a rational grouping of churches, and a division. of labour based on the various aptitudes men have, there is no limit. to the new possibilities. Methodism has not yet exhausted all the methods. This letter sounds perhaps like a disloyal utterance, but it is written from a deep - sense of our common danger. It is cowardly to keep silent until one is too old to co-operate effectively in any new venture. Many men will tell in confidence the brutal truth that our sort of church life is drowning the voice of the ideal. What a true minister wants is to counteract the impulse to escape before death. or decrepitude overtakes him. Yours faithfully, FRANK FAIRFAX. For Tired Laymen, too!. To the Editor of THE UNITED METHODIST. DEAR SIR, " Doulos's " example may perhaps be followed, and I would like to suggest that in the establishment of retreats for ministers overworked laymen might be considered. There are circuit officials who, besides the anxieties of their business, have on their hearts constantly the care of all the churches, and who toil year in and year out for their encouragement and welfare. There are superintendents of Sunday Schools who, in addition to fifty or sixty hours of hard work as weekly wage-earners, wrestle heroically with their school problems, composing differences, filling vacancies, and successfully ensuring smooth running. There are local preachers who, in addition to laborious and dangerous work in mine or on railway,. preach two or three times on Sundays, with a' class in their own school and church officership thrown in, arid who never had and never will have a "Ministers' Monday." until their breakdown comes. There are lay students of the Bible, men passionately interested in the progress of the Kingdom, whose level of ability' to hold restful fellowship with others in appropriate retreats is equal to that of any minister I have known. ' ALBERT VARLEV. Losing Ground Ministerial Breakdowns. To the Editor of THE UNITED METHODIST. DEAR SIR, The letters of R. Pyke and "Doulos" are' so thought-provoking and unexaggerated that I am constrained to do what I have never previously done write the Editor. Both state something very serious. Both deal with an effect. But whereas R. Pyke pleads with ministers to " take it to heart," "Doulos," it may be without intending it to be so regarded, really states what is the cause. He says : " the manifold organizations of church life, encouraged by our Connexional Departments, make a tax upon time and strength that is altogether in inverse ratio to their value." Will "R. Pyke take that to heart? And will he make an effort to appreciate the layman's point of view for to hint (the layman) it is not entirely a matter of schedules and returns. A LAYMAN. Ministerial Breakdown. To the Editor of THE UNITED METHODIST. DEAR SIR, This district is eminently suitable. for such a retreat house for Newcastle and lunderland.districts as "Doulos " suggests, and this has been in my mind for some time. A building could be provided at the foot of a hill in the Pennine Range, but a few beds and other necessary furnishings would be needed. If the scheme can be matured, will any layman help? The retreats need not be for ministers only, but some could be for ministers and others for laymen. There would need to be a definite religious rule, as the retreat 'would be for specifically 'spiritual ends, though physical and mental health would incidentally be improved. There would be a sequence of meditations on the essentials of personal religion, with opportunity for prayers of contemplation and quiet. Such aloneness with God, coupled with

9 ... Jute 14,102$ THE UNITED METHODIST. 285 seasons of fellowship with other pilgrim souls amid magnificent scenery should result in men going back home more tranquil, power-he'd, and resolute to maintain a rule in life so as to ;become better vehicles of the Holy Spirit. Appleby. C. TAYLOR. The Reorganization Option. To the Editor of THE UNITED METHODIST. DEAR SIR, In view of the letter published in your issue of the 30th ult., from Mr. Hicks, it might be well to point out that the mind of Conference on the matter to which he refers was expressed only last year, after a discussion in which he himself took part, in the following terms : " Conference hereby confirms the action of the Committee in authorizing the Temperance Council of the Christian Churches to support the fundamental principles of the Liquor (Popular Control) Bill, 1926, as set out in the letter from the Temperance Council of January 31st, with the Committee's accompanying declaration as follows : In returning an affirmative answer to the request af the Temperance Council of the Christian Churches, the Committee places on record the fact that in assenting to the submission of ' the three options of the Bill to local electorates, they do not record a judgment in favour of the Reorganization Option. In the event of Local Option for England being enacted in agreement with the fundamental principles of the Liquor (Popular Control) Bill, the Committee would advise Conference to counsel electors to record their first vote for No Licence." This, of course, must be taken as representing the attitude of the United Methodist Church and not a resolution put forward by a District Meeting. In the discussions at the High Leigh Temperance School or anywhere else members of our Church, and even Mr. Hicks himself, when they speak as United Methodists will loyally support the terms of the above resolution. As individuals they may support anything that cornmends itself to their judgment, but if they go beyond or against the considered judgment of Conference, then they speak merely as individuals and not, as United Methodists. Yours sincerely, T. A. JEFFERIES. Review. " John Bunyan the Man and his Work." The Ven. A. R. Wickland, M.A.; Archdeacon of Norfolk and Canon Residentiary of Norwich. (R.T.S.). Another Book on Bunyan. OF the making of books on John Bunyan just now there is apparently no end. This only what might be expected during the year when we are celebrating the Tententenary of his birth,and it is well worth while 'using every possible mediuin for directing the thoughts of the people to the significance of his life and the permanent values of his contributions to our literature. This volume by the Venerable Archdeacon Buckland, " John Bunyan the Mary and His Work," is not offered as a new life of _Ounyan we are told in the preface nor as a critical study of his publications. It is a book about the man and his work addressed to the general reader, and is a marvel of cheapness. To get such a book, nicely bound, with four excellent illustrations, and 144 pages of good- print for the modest sum of half a crown, is something of an achievement in these days. Like all other recent witers on Bunyan, the author is greatly indebted to Dr.. John Brown's biography, but he has his own standpoint, and is able to make effective use of his material. He seems to be definitely convinced that in the Civil War Bunyan fought on the Parliamentary side; and - that his experiences as a soldier coloured a great deal of his writing. He says, e.g., "In the 'Holy War' there are incidents that strongly sug_ gest the personal recollection of a campaign: Little touches tell of persons and things recalled rather than imagined." This is. suggestive. So is the comparison drawn by the writer between the two great stories of spiritual conflict that have enriched- Christian literature- Augustine's 'Confessions' and -Bunyan's Grace Abounding.'." The points of similarity in the experience are interesting in view of -the fact that Augustine was born in 354 A.D. and Bunyan in He has a tilt at the interpreters of "The Pilgrim's Progress " by repeating the story of Thomas,Scott, the Commentator, who published along with the Allegory his own notes by way' of exposition. Scott gave a copy of his book to a parishioner, and, meeting him shortly afterwards, asked him if he had read and understood the story. "Oh, yes, sir," was"the reply, "and I hope before long I shall understand the notes." It is thrilling to be reminded that the Religious Tract Society has produced, or assisted to produce; versions of " The Pilgrim's Progress " in 120 languages and dialects. The list includes most of the European tongues, but also a large number spoken in India, China, Japan, Africa, and the South Seas. "If in the Hebrides a man can get the book in-the Gaelic, in the New Hebrides, at the other end of the world, he can get it in Aneityumese." " The Eskimo welcomes the book, but so does the Maori." "The Sikh has his Pilgrim, but so have the Samvan, the Siamese, and the Persian." The chapter from which these quotations are made is alone worth the price of the book, and is crammed full of proofs (if any were needed) of the mighty grip of Bunyan on thoughtful people in almost every land. This book will be very stimulating and useful to those who are planning addresses in the autumn to Young People's Societies on such a seasonable topic as the life and work of this great Puritan preacher. J..H. R. Women's Missionary Auxiliary All items for this column to be sent to the Publication Secretary, Mrs. J. B, Brooks, II Laisteridge Lane, Bradford. PRAYER TOPIC for the week beginning June 17th : Ribei, East Africa, Rev. A. J. Hopkins. Page in Report, Sam. vi Hanley Conference, W.M.A. Meeting, July 12th, Last week we gave. the report of the Hanley District, an encouraging account of last year's work. The friends are now looking forward to the W.M.A. Conference gathering, to be held at the Hill Top Church, Burslem, and seek the kindly interest of all readers of this column. Last year's W.M.A. gathering was fine : indeed, the W.M.A. meeting usually is. We hope to maintain the high standard this year, and shall do so if all our friends and workers concentrate in thought and prayer on its success. We are glad to print the message of our Hanley friends, written from the sick bed of one who has devotedly and graciously served the Hanley District as W.M.A. president for many years. "The preparations for the Hanley Conference are progressing, and the Committee of the District Women's Missionary Auxiliary are most-anxious that their.meeting shall be in every way successful. We know we shall have the kindly thought of our members throughout our beloved Denomination, but may we ask for your prayers? We were very interested to read the report of the valedictory service, held in -Forest Hill on the eve of the departure of Rev. W. H. Hudspeth and Dr. F. S. Dymond for China. A few words Mr. Hudspeth said have greatly impressed us since: " I have a confidence, a hope, or dream, that through your prayers, China will be won for Christ, if you will have faith big enough." And we do believe our Heavenly Father is able to do far inure exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think: "Though sundered far by faith we meet, Around one common mercy-seat." Lincoln and Norwich District. Report : Our first word is one of thankfulness to our Heavenly Father for His wonderful gifts of prosperity and success. 'We have 25 branches, against 23 last year. The schedules reveal much hard work, faithfully and cheerfully performed, and some amazing results. Our District is wide and scattered, chiefly agricultural, and difficult to work, yet the interest in missionary work is increasing, and in nearly every 'circuit a W.M:A. or a G.M.A. is to be found. The total membership is 950, increase 67. It is a great joy to note that more branches than before have sent parcels of useful articles to China and Africa, and received in return charming letters expressing gratitude. Our total amount of money raised is,;282 lds, id., increase '21 9s. 4d. The upheaval in China has really been a blessing in disguise to us at home, for it has been the means of increasing our knowledge on the foreign field through our missionaries. This District has been favoured with visits from several of our beloved missionaries, whose services have been an inspiration to all. The work of the Girls' Missionary Auxiliary is growing wonderfully, their schedules show enthusiasm, keenness, capability and initiative. When girls take such an interest, and work so hard for the cause, something big is going to be clone in the future, and they will make worthy successors to our W.M.A. workers. The W.M.A., and G.M.A. members of this District intend to work harder, sacrifice more and pray earnestly for the success of this glorious work. Three Generations in the Sunday School. The United Methodist Sunday School, Pontypool, rejokes in having three generations of one family as teachers in the Sunday School ; Mr. Geo. Churchill, and his son, Mr. A. A. Churchill, each takes a class of young ladies in the Senior Department ; Miss May Churchill is a teacher in the Junior Department ; Mr. Geo. Churchill has been a local preacher for many years, and still regularly appears on the circuit plan.. He was president of the Pontypool Sunday School Union in , and was superintendent- of the Sunday School, He also holds the Diploma of Honour of the National Sunday School Union for long service. Mr. A. A. Churchill is also a very acceptable local preacher, is also leader of the Senior.Department and was superintendent for eleven years. IN connection with the conducted or independent travel tours organized my John E. Moss, F.R.G.S.; announced in last week's issue, a very interesting booklet, entitled, " Inexpensive Holidays Abroad for 1928," may be had post free by mentioning this paper to John E. Moss, Ltd., 22 Ivy Lane, London, E.C.4. TEMPERANCE VOYAGE TO AUSTRALIA The White Star Liner s.s. " VEDIC " (9,180 tons) is sailing again under Salvation Army auspices, October 6th'. Special attractions include a Labour Bureau instead of a Drinking Bar; Experienced Conductors (men and women) ; Music ; Wireless News, etc. A few ordinary bookings can be arranged but immediate application is necessary. Wanted, 150 Boys (14-19 years), required to, enter Training Farm near London in August Outfits provided, Passages, at reduced rates arranged, Work guaranteed. 3 UPPER THAMES STREET, E.C HOPE STREET, GLASGOW. Presentation to Mr. T. R. Blumer, J.P. In connection with our Dock Street, Sunderland, Church, there was founded by Mr: T. R. Blurrier, j.p., on November 25th, 1884, the Dock Street Christian Band. On Saturday, June 9th, a reunion of members was held, when Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Blumer were " At Homo" as host and hostess. They welcomed nearly 300 members, who later were entertained to tea. A public meeting was afterwards held in the church, presided over by Mr. Blumer, the large gathering standing in silence in memory of departed friends. Mr. Blumer said he was very deeply stirred. It was difficult to realize it was forty-four years ago. when twenty young folk decided to meet weekly on Wednesday evenings in the schoolroom. For over twenty years he was privileged to be their leader, and he did his best for the Christian Band.. Rev. Joseph Wallett, of Southport, an old member of the Band and Sunday School, said it was twenty-six years since he entered the ministry from Dock Street. He added his personal testimony to the influence of the Christian Band and its faithful leader. Messrs. J. Tait, G. Nairn, C. Carney and M. Jones also gave testimony to their early connections with the Christian Band. The Rev. J. A. Howarth presented an album, suitably inscribed, and containing the signed autographs of 276 members, present that day, to Mr. T. R. Blumer, who thanked him and the Christian Band Committee for their gift, which, he said, he would always treasure. Solos were rendered by Miss R. Richardson and Mr. George Menhenick. Mr. N. Marshall was the organist. A united rally of the Christian Band and Menls Bible Class was held on Sunday afternoon, preceded by a large procession from the Thompson Memorial Hall. Addresses were given by Mr. T. R. Blumer and Mr. J. Tait (Mayor of Boston). The soloist was Mr. Soppitt. I Reunion sermons were preached by the Rev. Joseph Wallett, of Southport, to large congregations. Weddings. SMITH GODFREY-. ONE of the prettiest weddings seen in Carlton for some time past attracted a large crowd to our church on June 5th. The bride was Miss Kathleen Doris Godfrey, the younger daughter of the late Mr. John Godfrey, J.P., C.C., and Mrs. Godfrey, of Park House, Carlton, while the bridegroom was Mr. Sydney Smith, only son of the late Mr. Frank S. Smith and Mrs. Smith, of West Bridgford. The church was crowded with- relatives and friends, and had been most tastefully decorated with palms,.ferns and lilies. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Donald V. Godfrey (brother of the bride), assisted by the Rev. 0. P. Rounsefcll. Mr. Sandford Godfrey (twin brother of the bride), acted as best man. The bride, who was given away by her uncle (Ald. John Lewin, J.P.) wore a dress of ivory satin beaute, trimmed with raised flowers -of pale pink chiffon velvet and silver leaves, with a tight fitting bodice, and long full skirt with tulle hem. She wore a veil and orange 'blossoms, and carried a bouquet of white carnations and lilies of the valley. There were six bridesmaids, all of whom looked charming in their delightful dresses. They were : Miss Margaret Godfrey, Miss Winifred Godfrey and Miss Doreen Bancroft (nieces of the bride), Miss Norah Smith (bridegroom's sister), Miss Ethel Lewin (cousin of the 'bride), and Miss Janet Elnor. The bride's uncle (Mr. B. Keywood) presided at the organ in the church, and played appropriate music. A reception was afterwards held at Park House, Carlton, and later in the day the happy couple left for Ilfracombe, where the honeymoon is being spent. There were over seventy useful and ornamental presents on view at the reception. KING SAYER. A PRETTY 'wedding was solemnized at our Sandyford Church, Newcastle-on-Tyne, on June 7th, when Miss Gladys May Sayer, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard N. Sayer, of 26 Bath Terrace, Gosforth, was married to Mr. William King, elder son of Mr. and Mrs, William King, Newcastle. Considerable local interest was taken in the event, the church being well filled by a large party of invited guests and others. The bride, qvho was given away by her father, looked charming in a lovely wedding dress of ivory silk georgette, with silk lace insertions, skirt being accordion pleated, and ending in silk lace points. Long full sleeves of lace, accordion pleated georgette, ending with points of the lace. Georgette girdle. with diarnante buckle. She was also adorned in a veil of Brussels net edged with. shadow lace falling from a coronet of orange blossom. 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10 286 THE UNITED METHODIST. cousin of the bride. Mr. James M. King attended his brother as best man. Rev. E. S. Winter, circuit minister, of Gosforth, officiated.. 'The service was appropriately choral, Mr. Hugh H. McEwan, organist and choirmaster of the.sandyford Church, being at the instrument. After the ceremony, the company proceeded to The Minories, Jesmond Road, where a reception was held, following which the happy pair left for the North for the honeymoon. Mr. and Mrs. King were the recipients of some sixty wedding giftị, including one consisting of a handsome case of silver fish knives and forks from the teachers and scholars of the Primary department, which Mrs. King served admirably for several years in the capacity of superintendent. The interesting occasion synchronized with the 21st anniversary of the opening of the Sandyford Church. John Bunyan. Enduring Hardness. BY REV. CUTHI3ERT ELLISON. 2 TIMOTHY II (C.E. Topic for June 24th.) FOR some three years Bunyan had experience of soldiering. He was in the Parliamentary Army from 1644 till Thus he came by a knowledge of the discipline and hardships of a soldier's life. He was exposed to peril, and narrowly escaped death., " John Bunyan, I believe, is this night in Leicester," writes Carlyle, " not yet writing his Pilgrim's Progress ' on paper, but acting it." Bunyan had experience of inward conflict, a struggle fierce and long, of which he tells somehow in the "Grace Abounding." I say " somehow," for words, when all is said, are but a clumsy vehicle for the conveying of spiritual truth. He learned to endure hardness as he fought dark powers of evil for the salvation of his soul. Of Bunyan 1 think it may be written that he was "a bonny fighter." He enjoyed an encounter. To fight the good fight was to him a delight. It was joy to find himself engaged in a wrestle for the mastery with a strong foe. And how he rejoiced in the hard-won victory! These' things are evident from the " Pilgrim's Progress." Bunyan had taken to heart the injunction of Paul to Timothy : "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that lie may please him who bath chosen him to be a soldier." When Christian had entered in at the wicket-gate he was directed by the man who kept it, whose name was Goodwill, to the house of the Interpreter, who would show him excellent things. Among other things Interpreter showed " a stately palace, beautiful to behold, at the sight of which Christian, was greatly delighted. He also saw, upon the top thereof, certain persons walking who were clothed all in gold. Then said Christian, May we go in thither? " Interpreter then showed him that many stood about the door of that place, as desiring to go in ; and also that about the door were armed men..determined, if it were possible, to keep them out. Also at the door sat one at a table with book and pen to take the names of those who should enter therein. Al of which excited Christian greatly. So presently a man stepped forward, saying, " Set down my name, Sir." Then having armed himself, this man rushed forward and laid about him to some purpose. After having received and given many wounds, he at length cut his way through all his opposers and pressed forward into the palace, where he had joyous welcome. Then Christian smiled and said, " I think verily I know the meaning of this." I am sure that Bunyan enjoyed writing that. The man who said, " Set down my name, Sir," was one after his own heart. Having resumed his journey, Christian came presently to a steep place which is called the Hill of Difficulty. So hard was the way then that the Pilgrim " fell from running to going, and from going to clambering upon his hands and his knees." About midway to the top was an arbour for the refreshing of the weary. Here Christian sat to rest, and fell asleep. So his passport slipped from his hand unnoticed, and he had much trouble and sorrow before he found it again. " 0 wretched man that I am!" he bewailed, "that I should sleep in the daytime! that I should sleep in the midst of difficulty! that I should so indulge the flesh, as to use that rest for -ease to my flesh, which the Lord of the hill bath erected only for the relief of the spirits of pilgrims." A warm welcome and delightful Christian fellowship the Pilgrim found in the house that was named Beautiful. There he rested well, in a chamber called Peace, whose window opened toward the sun-rising. Before he left that happy place they took him into the armoury and harnessed him from`head to foot with the armour of God, lest he should meet with assaults by the way. And of that armour he soon had need. Christian had gone but a little way further on the road when he came to the Valley of Humiliation, into which he must needs descend. And it is a hard matter to go down into that valley. Here Christian met that foul fiend, Apollyon, a monster hideous to behold, who sought to overcome him and subdue him to his service. Then there was a rare fight ; and the valley was filled with the " yellings and hideous roarings" of Apollyon, and the echoes rang with the noise of the conflict which "lasted for above half a day." As a good soldier did Christian endure that day, and came off victorious at the last. "We are more than conquerors," then said he, " through Him that loved us." As it was in the time of Paul, so it was also in the days of Bunyan, and so also is it in our time a good soldier of Jesus Christ must endure hardness. Heroic Servants of God. (7) Praying for the City Without Walls. BY MARY E. CUSHING, B.A. SCRIPTURE : NEH. I. AND II. GOLDEN TEXT : MATT: VII: 7. (International and Junior Lesson for Sunday, June 24th, 1928): Aim. To show that great- things can be wrought by prayer, which is followed up by careful planning and ' hard work. Supplemental Talk. Do you ever dream of doing great things somewhere in the present or in the future? How can you realize your dreams? Does it help to pray about these things? Would prayer alone make you into a great scholar, a great athlete, a great artist, etc.? Action as well as prayer would be needed. We have to do our share towards answering our own prayers or God cannot grant our requests. How then can prayer help us? It can take away our fears and give us strength to do and dare great things in God's name. Jesus Himself felt the need of prayer to make his great work possible. But. He followed it up with action, conscious all the time of the present help of God.' To-day's story is of a man who prayed and worked. Lesson Outline. (1) Distressing News. Seventy years after the great day when the Temple had been re-dedicated and the people in Jerusalem had looked forward with new hopes to a great future, there lived in ShUshan one of the three capitals of Persia a Jew, Nehemiah, who had never know Jerusalem, yet loved to hear news of the people there, and prayed often for their safety, and welfare. He had risen to be the cup-bearer and favourite of the king Artaxerxes. But the king was inclined to be weak and varying in moods,' and this favour, could very easily be lost. One day ther e came to Shushan a company of Jews from the province of Judah, and as one of them was the brother of Nehemiah, he brought him news of Jerusalem.' The cup-bearer was distressed to hear how the enemies of the Jews had succeeded in stopping the work of building the walls round Jerusalem. The walls had been broken down and the gates burned. The city lay desolate with many of its houses in ruins and its streets empty. Nehemiah wept when he heard the news, and pleaded with God in prayer to restore to Jerusalem her former strength (Neh. i. 5-11). (2) A Bold Request.--Llis he prayed, strength and courage for a bold plan came to him. He would watch his opportunity and risking the king's displeasure (whioh would probably mean his life), he would ask permission to go to Jerusalem with power to help his people. NO one was allowed to show sorrow in the presence of the king, but now, taking his courage in both hands, Nehemiah made no attempt to hide his distress. The king immediately turned on him and asked the reason. Notice the effort Nehemiah had to make. "I was dreadfully afraid So I prayed to the God of Heaven, and I said to the king... pray let me go to the city of my fathers' graves and rebuild it:" He was asking permission to rebuild a conquered city! To his joy, the king not only granted him leave of absence, but further agreed to provide Nehemiah with the necessary passports and armed guard for the journey, letters giving him authority to secure the materials for the rebuilding, and permission to act as Persian governor of the district. Thus Nehemiah had planned carefully and provided for every \ contingency which might arise. Armed with authority he set out on his long journey (about 1,500 miles) probably through. Nineveh, Carchemish, and Damascus, and arrived at the desolate ruins of Jerusalem. s (3) Preparing For Action. There he was saddened by the sight of the walls and towers broken down, the charred gates and the empty overgrown streets. The handful of people living there were hopeless and full of woe. For three days Nehemiah rested. Then one night in the moonlight he, with one or two men, secretly scouted the walls, climbed over heaps of rubbish and debris, passed from gate to gate and took note of everything. (COmpare ii with a plan of Jerusalem). Before the dawn came Nehemiah had surveyed the whole ruin and had 'made his plans. (4) The Call to Action. The difficulties and the magnitude of the work were enough to daunt any man. But Nehemiah believed that God would help him. "The good hand of my God was upon me," he says again and again. So he called together the leading people of Jerusalem, showed them his plans, urged them to begin to work at once, and informed them of the king's authority and help. Inspired by his enthusiasm. and his reliance on the help of God, they cried, "Let us rise and build." " And they set their hands bravely to the good work.". When Sanballat, of Samaria, and his servant, Tobiahl heard of the plan, they laughed it to scorn. But Nehemiah replied, " The God of Heaven He will give us success ; so we 'are His servants and will start to build." Then using his authority as governor, he ordered them, as aliens, to be turned out of the city while he, with the inhabitants of Jerusalein, began to build the walls for which Nehemiah had prayed so earnestly. Suggested Hymns. M.S.S.H. 862, 372, 40, 610. Any SIZE Any COLORS 40" by 60", 3/6 80" by GO", 6/- KITTRIDGE ADVERTISING SERVICE, 12a THE SQUARE, SHREWSBURY. Tel June 14,.1928 News of Our Churches. MINISTERIAL ARRANGEMENTS. Clark, W. Rupert, has acepted the 'unanimous invitation of the Oxford Circuit to remain as superintendent minister for a fourth year, Ninnis, James, cordially invited to Sandylands, Morecambe, till 1932, has consented to remain till Ashelford, 'Charles A., has accepted a unanimous invitation from Brighton, Bristol Road, for the fifth year, but has intimated that he will remove at Conference, Lee,.Arthur, leaves Stanley Circuit in Anniversaries. Boston (The Square). Sunday School anniversary was a great success. Preacher, Rev. T. Tims Waylett. In the afternoon the primary scholars gave in a delightful manner "Little Workers ' having been trained by Mrs. R. Coborne and Miss Wayle tt. Mr. G. Elsom (Spalding), the District Young People's secretary, was the chairman, and,gave an address. In the evening the elder scholars gave "God's Beautiful Flowers " in good style, having- been trained by Mrs. G. Whelbourn and Messrs. R. 60sborne and G. Whelbourn. The pianist for the day was Miss Waylett. The congregations were the largest and the collections the highest known in the history of the school. The prospects of this church is very pleasing. urton-on- rent ( tretton). T he Sun ay Sh c cool An. n- niversary was held on June 3rd. Preacher, afternoon and evening, Rev. J. Trevithick, - of Newhall, whose excellent discourses were much large congregations. The scholars, assisted by the choir, sang their special hymns splendidly. Collections, with donations, is. 6d. Hastings (Pett). The Chapel Anniversary was held on June 3rd. Preachers, Mr. C. Foster and Mr. F. S. Hammond. On Wednesday, there was a sale of work, followed by a public tea. Mr. Hammond presided over a service when friends from Guestling United Methodist Church rendered a service of song. A "gold and silver tree" was stripped by Mr. Cecil Hammond, which yielded 7 18s. 10d. Total proceeds 13 7s. Bazaars. Leeds (Clark Lane). By the recent successful bazaar the friends raised s., and were thus able to claim the promised grant of 60, bringing the total up to '206 3s. Quarterly Meetings. Blackheath. Rev. Geo. Froggatt presided, and reported on the work of the churches, which was generally satisfactory, commenting on the urgent need for school extension at Birmingham Road and Malt Mill Lane. Mr. Jos. Smart gave the report of the District Meeting. Miss C. Dallow.also gave a report of the ladies' section at the District Meeting. Mr. V. Parry was given a further quarter on trial as a local preacher. The financial statement showed balance in hand of 3s. 2d. The Foreign and Home Mission delegates ere. considered. An excellent spirit prevailed in the meeting. Camborne. Rev. A. Percy Hoare presided. The circuit steward reported a credit balance on the quarter. Mr. J. Wesley Floyd and Rev. A. Percy Hoare gave interesting reports of the District meeting. Congratulations were extended to Mr. E. Thomas on being elected a representative of the District to Conference and a member of the Stationing Committee. The meeting unanimously expressed its appreciation of the good work done by the chairman during the past four years, and wished him God-speed in his new sphere of labour. Mr. J. Holman, sen., gave a paper on "The History of Religion in Cornwall." Norwich. Rev. A.' Tattersall presided. The minutes of the preachers' meeting were read by Mr. George Lincoln. The numerical returns showed a total of 902 full members. A report was given of the arrangements for the circuit rally in September next. Rev. H. H. Wilson, M.A., who succeeds Rev. R. Strong in August next would be publicly received at this meeting. The financial statement showed a satisfactory balance on the right side. Mr. W. Barber gave a very pleasing review of the proceedings at the District Meeting, and was thanked for the. same. Mr. A. G. Pitchers also added a few impressions. This being the last' meeting which the Rev. R. Strong would attend before leaving the circuit, after six years of service, the chairman and several members made appreciative reference to the forcefulness of Mr. Strong's ministry, to the high level of his preaching, and his devotion to the welfare of the circuit, as also to his fine contribution to the educational life of the city by his lectures delivered from time to time The good wishes of the meeting were heartily expressed for the future happiness of Mr. and Mrs. Strong. In reply, Mr. Strong spoke of the happy relationships which had existed during his stay in Norwich, and said that he should regard the past six years as amongst the most interesting years of his ministry. Sheffield, South Street. Rev. G. W. Potter presided. A hearty' invitation was given to Rev. L. P. Colley to remain until The Rev. W. H. Brooks teas congratulated upon attaining his ministerial TYTOXA BATH POWDERS. Read what a Medical Authority zurites of this Remarkable New Mineral Cure:, "TYTOXA will be of countless benefit to sufferers from various ailments, and will put them on the straight road to physical and mental fitness." It will give immediate relief to the following: 1. Rheumatic Affections. 2. Nervous Disorders (including insomnia): 3. Bronohitle. 4. Colds, Influenza. etc. Price ed. each. By Post lid. Obtainable only from.tytoxa COMPY., 63 Broadway, Stratford, London. E.15.

11 MM. Jane 14, THE UNITED METHODIST jubilee, and an illuminated address was presented to Mr. W. Tummon, J.P., on the completion of fifty years' service in the circuit as 'a lay preacher. Resolutions were passed urging the City Council not to allow Sunday golf on the municipal courses, regretting recent flying demonstrations on the Sabbath Day, and calling for more persistent work against gambling and intemperance. The reports showed a membership of 1,084,.and a balance in. hand of over Arrangements were made for the stone-laying of the new church in Psalter Lane, and for extensions at Deep Pits. BarnSley, Ebenezer. Rev. W. E. Walker presided ; seventy-five members present. Letters of sympalthy to be sent to the families of the late Mr. G. P. Moxon, of Midgley, and Mr. Albert Taylor, of Birdwell, both active members of the circuit some years ago. Messrs. R. Foster, V. Ibbotson, R. Beck, G. Thompson, F Bailey, H. Chappell, local preachers on trial, were all passed to a further stage of probation. A resolution was adopted to the effect that the expenses of three local preachers willing to take advantage of the Local Preachers' section of the Summer School at Harrogate be defrayed out of circuit funds. An. appeal was made for more adequate support of our Connexional publications, particularly the 11 NITED METHODIST. The Rev. J. G. Williams presented the Missions Report, showing that s. 11d. had been raised for Foreign Missions, an increase of 17s. on the year. The Missionary committee was re-elected. The Mapplewell Church promised to provide a tea on the occasion of the opening of the-new Manse at Mapplewell on July 28th, and the arrangements for the opening ceremony were referred to the circuit. Mr. Herbert Ibberson (secretary) reported on advice given by counsel as to the Annuity Fund, raised in contemplation of the retirement of Mr. Wm. Challenger, Circuit Missioner. The question of issuing a magazine in the. circuit was referred to the Executive Committee. Mrs. Bailey gave an interesting account Of the District meetings. y The Young People's secretary gave detailed particulars of the meetings to be held in connection with the Students' Mission. Rev. J. G. Williams was heartily thanked for his faithful service to the circuit during his ministry. Ilkeston. Rev. J. Chinn presided. Mr. Rolls gave a report of the District Meeting, and was heartily thanked. The chairman intimated that.he had decided to remove in The financial statement was adopted as read. The circuit bazaar will be held on October 11th, 12th and 13th next, in the South Street Schools. London, Fulham. Rev. J. T. Perry Oliver in the chair. There was a good attendance of representatives. The financial report disclosed a satisfactory credit balance. Particulars of a scheme for providing additional help for the Bethel and Ebenezer (Fulham) Churches were also discussed, and referred to the Finance Committee for further consideration. In addition, resolutions were unanimously carried empowering the Munster Road and Westminster Churches to reconstitute their trusteeships. A welcome was extended by the chairman to Sister Bessie, who has. recently taken up duties in connection with the Westminster Church. Mr. W. Holloway (Munster Road. Church) was recommended for acceptance as a fully-accredited local preacher. It was afterwards resolved that in future, when a local preacher is fully accredited, a meeting for his public reception shall be held. Reference was made to the approaching removal of the Rev. J. T. Perry Oliver, and a resolution of deep appreciation. of his devoted work during the past three years was unanimously carried. It was resolved to arrange for a circuit farewell gathering prior to Mr. Oliver's departure for his new sphere of labour. London, Brixton. Rev. A. E. J. Cosson in the chair. Numerical and financial statements showed little change from the previous quarter. Resolutions of prayerful sympathy were sent in connection with the passing of Mr. R. B. Groombridge, a local preacher, an the treasurer of Merton Church, and Mr. Harwood, of Paradise Road Church, also with Mr. C. A. Johnson in continued affliction.. Mr. F. P. Shrubsall submitted the missionary report, showing an increased income of over Consideration was given to increasing the mem-. bership of our churches, and the ministers were asked to draw up a plan of campaign for the coming winter, and submit it to the September.Meeting. The Circuit Temperance Conimittee proposes to hold two circuit temperance rallies in the autumn and spring. It was suggested that individuals should ask their M.P.'s to vote against the Deposited Prayer Book. Rev. T. Rees Bott was appointed superintendent in succession to Rev. A. E. J. Cosson, who is leaving at Conference. Warm tributes were paid to the fine service rendered to the circuit by Mr. Cosson- during the last six years, and also to the work of Sister Olive and Sister Lilian at Paradise Road and Mitcham respectively. Longton. Rev. M. W. Chandler presided. Representatives were present from the whole of the fifteen churches in the circuit. The numerical statement showed a membership of 1,229 whilst the, financial statement revealed a deficit of s. 3d. The meeting received with regret the resignation from the circuit staff of the Rev. A. R. ' Mellor, consequent upon his appointment to another church, and appropriate references were made to the work he had undertaken during the period of his service in the circuit. The circuit committee were entrusted with the task of making the necessary arrangements to cover the duties. Considerable thought and discussion was given to the special business arising out of a report from the Finance committee regarding the ministers' houses. Several 'important matters were again relegated to this committee for consideration and further report. A circuit house committee was elected. The report of the local preachers' meeting was presented and adopted. Messrs. H. Proctor and W. Lowndes were advanced to the status of fully accredited lay preachers, and suitable arrangements are to be made for their public recognition. Mrs. Bryan, of Fenton, was advanced a further stage on the plan. A resolution of sympathy with Mr. L. Brookfield, of Normacot, was unanimously passed, he having suffered bereavement by the death of his mother. The meeting confirmed with deep regret the resignation of Mr. C. F. Robinson, J.P., as secretary of the circuit. For almost fifty years Mr. Robinson had held this office, and proved a most efficient circuit official and friend to all the churches. The fact was of additional interest inasmuch as Mr. Robinson had succeeded his father who had held the office for a lengthy period before. It Was intimated that steps were in hand to frame a suitable resolution of appreciation of these exceptionally lengthy services. The resignation of Mr. R. E. Robinson, B.A. (assistant secretary) was also received with regret and suitable acknowledgment made of the services he had rendered to the circuit generally; and to his father during the last few years. The meeting unanimously elected Mr. Fred W. Booth (Normacot, Christ Church) as circuit secretary. Redruth, Fore Street. Rev. E. E. Bennett presided over a large and representative gathering. The annual circuit missionary report showed a total of 103 Os. 3d. for this year, against Gs. 4d. last year, an increase of '16 13s. lid. for the year, which is a record for the circuit. The local preachers' meeting recommended that Messrs. W. B. Friggens and L. Phillips be placed on full plan as local preachers. Numerical returns, 395 full members and eight on trial. The horse hire accounts showed a credit balance of J.;4 19s. Messrs. H. Choak, J. S.- Richards, and J. D. Pascoe gave interesting and helpful reports of the District meeting.. Mr. J. Sanders, circuit steward,. reported a debit balance on the quarter. It was reported that the invitation to hold the District meeting at Redruth next May had been accepted. A Circuit Bazaar will be held at Fore Street Church, Redruth, on October 24th and 25th. A unanimous invitation was extended to Rev. E. E. Bennett to stay in the circuit for a further five. years after Spiritual progress was reported from all the churches of the circuit. Willington. Chairman, Rev., W. A. Todd. The numerical and financial statements were satisfactory. Mr. R. Elms was thanked for his excellent report of the District meeting. The District diploma, for the Scripture Examination, won for the second year in succession by the Newfield U.M. Sunday School, was presented by Rev. W. A. Todd to Mr. J. H. Parkin, who was one- of the representatives of the church at the Quarterly meet- ing. Mr. Parkin and Mr. W. Willis, who prepared the scholars for the examination, were congratulated upon their success. Mr. Parkin suitably responded on behalf of the scholars and Mr. Willis. General. Bradford (Shearbridge Road). Rev. J. B. Brooks conducted two flower services recently. In the morning the children had a special Story, and Mrs. Brooks recited. The evening sermon spoke of the garden ministries in life. The choir sang an anthem. Gifts of flowers were brought by scholars and friends, and beautified the church, and following the sacramental service, were distributed to the sick. Typed copies of poems by Rev. J. B. Brooks and his son, Mr. H. F. Brooks, are being issued, and resulting gifts devoted to the church funds. Birmingham (Rocky. Lane). The Guild of Lady Gardeners (wearing their badge, G. L. D.), held a successful garden party on Saturday, in the grounds kindly lent by Mr. and Mrs. Sykes, Washwood Heath. The opening ceremony had to be performed and teas provided in the house owing to the wet weather. Miss Ethel Summers presided, and Miss Flos. Taylor performed the opening ceremony. The weather afterwards turned out fine, and various games were enjoyed in the grounds, and entertainments provided. The ladies are to be congratulated on their success. Tavistock (Horrabridge and Lydford). Successful services were held at Horrabridge (June 3rd), Lydford (June 10th). Preacher, Mrs. Alice M. Bowen, of Newport, Mon., widow of the Rev. Thos. Bowen. Tidking and Doing. THE story of "Shoeless Town " is a story worth telling and taking to heart, for it suggests the importance of doing more than planning our " Church Work." According to this story the travelling salesman reached a certain town on a bleak December morning. As he walked along the streets he noticed that the men and women and children he met on the streets had fine clothes but every one was without shoes. They limped along suffering from sore feet covered with chilblains and bbruises. When he reached the hotel he found that the clerk, the bell boys and the waiters, although dressed in fine livery were yet without shoes. In the dining room he sat beside a very fine old gentleman ; but he, too, was in his bare feet. "Pardon me," said the salesman, "but I notice that ever3.71.)ody in this town is without shoes. Would you mind telling me why?" "Ah! Yes. Why indeed! " piously replied the old gentleman. That wafs all the explanation he got. So he took a walk round the town and noticed some particularly fine buildings. He found a man sweeping the steps of one of these buildings, and approching him he asked : " Would you mind telling me what kind of a building this is? " "This is a shoe factory," replied the man. "Oh, then they do make shoes here." "Oh, no. They don't make shoes here. They just talk about making shoes. Once a week the head of the firm talks about the Origin of Shoes,' or the History of Shoe-making,' or the Varieties of Leather,' etc., and sometimes they sing about making shoes, but we have never made any here yet." Do you catch the drift of it? What is the use of talking about Christianity if we don't live it and make other Christians? "The Watchword." Bibles for Emigrants. Appreciation of the Recipients. THE British and Foreign Bible Society has made grants of Bibles to young people who are being sent out to Australia and Canada by agencies in the North of England owing to the depression in the colliery areas. The Society has received warm thanks for its gifts. 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FREE CHURCH TOURING GUILD. 55 Memorial H all, Farringdon St.,London.E.C.4 lox sione OF 840(14 114v. INSURANCE "1r All Classes of Pollolos Issued by PEARL ASSURANCE Co., Funds 48,566,000. LTD. Apply Chief Office : HIGH HOLBORN, W.C.1, or any Representative. LATEST ISSUE. No. 13. The " NEW SERIES" of Hymns and Tunes for 'Anniversary Services. Music 3d. Words only, 2/- per 100 Net. Specimen copy sent on receipt of stamps HENRY HOOKS, 12 Farringdon Avenue, LONDON, E.C.4.

12 288 THE UNITED METHODIST. June CHURCH FURNITURE. GEO. N. HAMMER & CO., LTD., GROWN WORKS, ST. JAMES' RD., 1111RMONDSEY, LONDON, SA 16. Memorials, Fittings for. Schools, &c. HOE GRAMMAR SCHOOL, PLYMOUTH (Established 1867). : P. DYMOND, M.A., Vice-Principal G. F. J. DYMOND, B.Sc., Lond. Full Staff of Graduate, Registered, & Certificated A.I.C. Teachers. Successes Include : Army University and Scholarship Navy Cadetships. and Entrance Examinations. Matriculation Medical. Law, Pharmaceutical and School and Certificate Dental Exams. Chartered, and Architects' Accountants' Exams. and Bankers' Institute, Every Accommodation Testimonials. Premises for Boarders. recently extended. Highest Football. Safe Cricket, Open-Sea Tennis and Hockey Grounds. Bathing in Summer. mon.11.1 TAUNTON SCHOOL,TAUNTON Public School for Boys. President : T. S. PENNY, Esq., J.P. Head Master: H. NICHOLSON, M.A. (Cantab.) First-class Honours, Modern Languages TriPos. bursaries. Numerous Six entrance University and other Leaving scholarships Exhibitions and awarded annually. Separate for boys between 7 and te 11, Preparatory Inclusive School Juniors, from 60 guineas per annum : Seniors, fees 91i : guineas per All annum. details from Head Master. PREACHERS FOR JUNE 17th. LONDON. limas MK ILI. Manton Road) 11 a.m., A. E. J. Cosson ; 6.30 p.m.. A. E. J. Cosson. Bahamas Park (Battersea Park Road) 10 a.m.. Sunday School; 7 p.m.. C. H. Buxton. esapiuwe Junstiou (Mallinson Road) 11 a.m.. R. W. Gair; 6.30 p.m.. R. W. Gair. South Lambeth (Fentiman Road, near Oval StatIon) 11 a.m.. F. Barrett ; 6.30 p.m.. F. Barrett. Itleakwell (Paradise Road) 11 a.m.. A. C. George ; 6.30 p.m.. A. C. George. Fenian. :,W. (WalhamGrove). Nos, 11 and 14 buses- 11 a.m.. B. Whitworth Hird ; 6.30 p.m., West Ketilinoten. G. Nottle. North End Road (Bethel, 11 a.m.. W. A. Lake ; 6.30 p.m., Ilewlegten Bninswick W. A. Lake. (Great Dover v Street) 11 a.m.. Sister Florence; 6.30 p.m., H. J. Kent. 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Walklet, Specification 14 Campbell and Road, illus- Longsight, Manchester. " THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD." Postcard size only. for hand distribution e. 6d. ; 600, 124. ; 1000, 20s. Postage extra. Specimen Cards post free, HENRY HOOKS, 12 Farringdon Avenue, E.0.4, BASKETS firm, at factory FOR BAZAARS, prices. Carriage from the paid. old-established Catalogue free. William Furse, Dept. U., Illustrated Street, Barnstaple. 3 Cross LIST A Alphabetical OF OUR Order CHURCHES, in Circuits and Classified Districts. in Price One Shilling Net (Postage ld. extra). Henry Hooks, 12 Farringdon Avenue, London. E.C.4. HINA FROM WORKS. Tea-sets, 4/11 ; Home C Clubs, Outfits, Cafes, Schools, 32/6 Badged Bazaars, ware, Merchants. etc. ; keenest Catalogue prices free. 48 Burslem, Satisfaction Staffs. guaranteed. Liverpool Pottery, IX THOLESALE supply to Shopkeepers Drapery Warehouse and Beginners, is willing Drapery, to Hosiery, Underwear. Ready-Ma de des, Fents and Remnants and Guide at strictly to wholesale ns prices. f Wholesale Catalogue salesmanship free. Ministers Managers of Bazaars, Sales of Religion, of communicate once. Wolfson's, Work co at 48, 48a, 48b Thomas St., Manchester. C' C 4 When ordering QUOTE LETTERS AND NUMBERS ONLY. United Methodist Church Hymnals. METHODIST FREE Size of Book, 6 by 4 inches ; inch Mick. s. 20 d. A. 1 Cloth 2 French Morocco Size of Book, 5f by 41 inches ; I inch thick. C 1 Cloth C. la,-lettered".. FOR USE OF VISITORS" 2 9 C. 2 Morocco 3 0 C. 3 Green cloth of Church, Rexine, etc. including (Not less name than C. 4 French six copies) Morocco C. C. 85 Paste grain, grain, limp limp, gilt round corners Size of Book, 61 by 4f inches ; 14 inch thick. F.1 Cloth 2 Morocco 4 French Morocco, cloth limp boards French boards,..5 gilt F. 7 French 8 Paste grain, Morocco, limp, limp, gilt gilt Size of Book, 71. by 5 inches ; inch thick. 2 French 1 Strong cloth gilt G. 3 Persian 4 Turkey Morocco, gilt (THE METHODIST HYMN BOOK) Size of Book, 51 by 31 inches ; i inch thick. Size of Book, 5i by 3 inches ; inch thick. N.C. 115 Cloth N.C. N.C. 101 Cloth 101a-" 1 FOR VISITORS " 1 N.C. N.C. 103 French 102 Cloth, gilt Morocco Size of Book, 6 by 41 inches ; it inch thick. 108 Cloth N.C. 108a-" FOR VISITORS" N.C. 109 Cloth 20 N.C. 310 FrenchMorocco 2 4 N.C. 111 French Morocco, padded Size of Book, 5 by 3 inches ; inch thick. B.C. 1 Cloth la-" FOR USE OF VISITORS " French Morocco B.C. B.Q. :.3 French 4 French Morocco, gilt.. monogram 5 Paste grain, gilt B.C. 6 Persian Calf, gilt Size of Book, 61 by 4t inches ; inch thick. 9 Cloth 9a-" FOR USE OF VISITORS " 9b-" 3 FOR USE OF VISITORS" B.C. 10 French Morocco MISCELLANEOUS. HARMING HAND -COLOURED H Great attraction at Bazaars. POTTERY. Fernpots, Bowls, Vases, etc. Lovely colourings. Sells rapidly. Generous discount. Hova disco Road, Hove, Sussex. Pottery Co., Dept: P. H., 51 Lyndhurst O HING NEW FOR O BAZAARS. Handsome SOMET Hand-painted Pottery. ing Decorations. Liberal discount. Utility and Customer Fancy. Charm- " Pottery supplied was much admired, and sold writes out : before Lindfield, anything." Sussex. Rainbow Pottery, Dept. U. M., SPECIAL P of Popular SERVICES. Use our Large-Type Sheet Hymns, 2s. 6d. per 100, 1,000 15s. 6d. announcement per 1,000 includes printing full-page on front.) Samples free. Albion Lancs. Press, Newhey, CHEAP V Crates, Cups. CHINA EARTHENWARE. Assorted Saucers, Plate s, Jugs, Teapots, &c., 30/-, 50/- 5, 8, 10, Bowls. Dishes, 15, selection. or your own Payment Lists Free. Kingsway Sale or return. Pottery, Pay Longton, 7 days Staffs. after Bazaar. SCALE OF CHARGES FOR ADVERTISEMENTS. Per page : pro rata to I page. Per inch : Single Column (3 cols. to page), Once, 4/-; Series, 3/6. Position : Next to and facing matter. Per inch : Single Column (4 cols. to page) Once, 3/6 ; Series, 3/-. Position : Facing matter. Special Positions by arrangement. PREPAID " WANTS " 30 words 2/- Id. per word after. (3 insertions as 2). the first post on Tuesday morning. All com- Advertisements for next issue received up to munications to the ADVERTISEMENT MANAGER, United Methodist," 12 Farringdon Avenue. London. E.C.4. WHEN REPLYING TO ADVERTISEMENTS PLEASE MENTION " UNITED METHODIST." ARE YOU interested in Assorted Picture POSTCARDS Bazaars Fine for 3 PACKETS, chiefly " Children's each containing Studies," 6 sent Cards, for 6 Stamps Penny or 50 Packets assorted sent carriage paid for post 7/6 free 100 Packets 12/6. Sell well 3d. per Packet. : Carr. Paid. W. J. GIBBS, Ambleside. Clacton-on-Sea CHURCH SECTION Size of Book, 81 by 51 inches, lf inch thick, 2 Persian s. d. gilt 3 Turkey Morocco, gilt edges H. 4 Levant edges Morocco,.. red under gold WITH TUNES. STAFF NOTATION ONLY. With Appendix of Old Methodist Tunes. Size of Book, 8 by 5 inches ; inch thick. 1 Cloth 3 Paste grain, gilt 8 edges.... H.T. 4 Morocco, red under gilt edges INDIA PAPER EDITION. H.T. 2 Cloth, red edges H.T..6 Morocco, 5 Paste grain, red under gilt.. gold TUNE BOOK. STAFF NOTATION. T.I. Cloth, red edges 5 6 SOL-FA NOTATION. T.S.I. Cloth METHODIST NEW CONNEXION SECTION N.C. 117 French 116 Cloth Morocco, gilt edges Size of Book, 6/ by 4} inches ; 11 inch:thick. N.C. 121 Cloth N.C. 125 Paste grain,.. gilt C 6 Size of Book, 71 by 51 inches : inch thick. N.C. 731b-Rutland 129 Cloth, red Morocco, edges gilt WITH TUNES. STAFF NOTATION. Size of Book, 8} by 5i inches ; 1} inch thick. N.C. 133 Cloth 133a-" 0 FOR USE OF CHOIR " 6 N.C. 135 Paste grain, gilt.. 12 BIBLE CHRISTIAN SECTION 12 French 11 French Morocco, Morocco, gilt.. 4 monogram.. 13 Paste grain, gilt.. 5 B.C. 16 Morocco Size of Book, 6 by 31 inches ; 11 inch thick. 18 French 17 Cloth B.C. 19 French 20 Persian Morocco, Calf, gilt gilt , Size of Book, 8} by 5 inches ; 1 inch thick. B.C. 28 Morocco, 30 Morocco, gilt , LONDON : HENRY HOOKS, United Methodist Publishing House, 12 Farringdon Avenue, E.C.4. United Methodist Church, Springfield Rd. BLACKPOOL. (One(Opposite minute's walk Hotel from Metropole). North Pier). ALWAYS A BRIGHT GOSPEL SERVICE Minister : Rev. G. W. HALL WALLIS. Hearty Welcome to Visitors. AM BLESIDE CLACTON-ON-SEA. 0 Temperance mg TIFTrCI i FUZEA Recuperation after illness. IDEAL FOR Accommodation for 350 Guests. HOLIDAYS Special Motor Coach from London. BROMLEY HALL, Guild,Choir.Sunday Seating 300. Built last School year Teas, for Luncheons, Outings. Separate Entrance at Rear. Send Stamp for Booklet, Mrs. W. J. GIBBS. HAT. ABOUT HOLIDAYS? Shakespeare W Country! Lovely Hall gorgeous with "Jolly, grounds Christian ; four tennis Comrades." cricket-field ; boating ; splendid table from 21 courts guineas. ; Open particulars, July 28. Secretary,"Windyknoll." Prominent Ministers Wardens. Further Enclose stamped envelope. Smithies, Barnsley. The Common Bush By the Rev. A. E. J. COSSON. "A captivating series of cheery moods, impressions. characters and word-pictures stimulating of incidents. wants to read.. It is a book once read one again." Bideford and North Devon Weekly Gazette. 2/6 net. (Postage 3d.) HENRY HOOKS, 12 Farringdon Avenue, E,C.4. REWARD BOOKS NORMANTON, YORKS " Many thanks for prizes duly received I am that simply I could delighted not with have the been choice, as well and I supplied am sure anywhere the money." else every book is excellent value for Give us the opportunity to supply your School we guarantee satisfaction. New Catalogue post free on application to HENRY HOOKS. 12 Farringdon Avenue, London, EC.4. Danger at the Communion Table Doctors nd Public Health Officers pronounce the use of the Common Cup as liable to convey Infectious Diseases. Has your Church adopted the Individual Communion Cup, so avoiding this danger? IPnot, write for Free Illustrated List and Literature to T 01BrliTE3i'1301%11,1B Tatdl, ERNEST STREET, BIRMINGHAM. SHEBBEAR COLLEGE, N. DEVON. Mr. J. ROUNSEFELL, Headmaster M.A., : B.Sc.. (Lond.). AN IDEAL SCHOOL FOR BOYS. In the heart of the country. :: Own Farm. Fees 48 and 51 guineas per annum.. Apply for ProsPectus to The Bursar. Rev. J. FORD REED. ASHVILLE COLLEGE HARROGATE Finest Situation.; Excellent Health Record. Recognised by B. of E. Two Entrance Scholarships ( 30 each) awarded in June. " Ferens" Leaving Scholarship. Headmaster : J. T. LANCASTER. BA. (London). M.Litt. (Cantab), lute Senior English blaster, Leys School, Cambridge. EdgehIll Girls' College, BIDEFORD, N. DEVON. Heed M istress I Miss E. CUTHBERTSON HILL, B.A. (Hons.) New A fully Residential qualified and Buildings trained in staff. The situation is ideal. use. Good Booking playing now courts for next and School field. :: year Fees beginning moderate. All particulars in September and prospectus next. Mistress, or Rev. W. from the Head TREFFRY, Bursar. BOARD RESIDENCES, and PRIVATE APARTMENTS. BLACKPOOL berland Misses PILLING, 23 Northam. Avenue. N.S. Public and Private Apartments. BLACKPOOL Miss BLACK. te Milbonrne Street. Comfortable Apartments ; terms reasonable. U.M. BLACKPOOL Misses AINLEY. 10 Crystal Road, S.S. Apartments. near Waterloo Station and sea. U.M. Mrs. ASHT0144, 221 Central BLACKPOOL Drive. Comfortable Apartments ; reasonable terms. BLACKPOOL Mrs. JOHNSON, 39 Regent ments near sea and Road, Comfortable Apart- stations; terms reasonable U.M. COLWYN BAY. SfuleyriosriAtutattments. 4 beaut i- sonme station, and shops, Misses Pickering. aer s isea,, y, Mostyn Road. Private Apartments LONDON.VaTcve m 11, ne os in, - -. station. 10 minutes Tube. Recommended. Clapham Mrs. Junction. E. Hookins, or Clapham 13a Thurleigh Road. Wandsworth South Common. LLANDUDNO. '11;: ocmensaidueated,41iveatreselarpancl ely. ments. Misses Stratton, "Nant-y-glyn." Mostyn Avenue. GUEST HOUSE. Delightful situa- METHODISTtion on beach ; homely and happy;. highly recommended. Stamp for Butterworth, souvenir. J. U. Stanley House, Promenade, Llanfairfechan, N. Wales. MORECAMBE Public ments, and Private Apart- 9 Heysham Road. Mrs. F. Lockwood (late Windsor Clayton Terrace, West). Sunny OLD Apartments. COLWYN, pleasantly N. WALESs situated, few minutes' f ortabl corn ē Sea Mrs. and Mead Station. Lucas. Well " Kenilworth," recommended. 1 Fair Moderate Mount. terms. fall, PRESTATYN, hills and sea. Miss N. Mellor. WALES. i tacriart. " Werneth." Victoria - Avenue. U.M. SANDOWN (16%)_nsApanarrigtws:afin y. ebvulseewss ; pass: terms reasonable. Miss Pollard, New Road, Bradine. SOUTHPORT (MATLOCK HOUSE, 60 Bath private) ; near Prom. Lord Street) Apartments (public th and Street, churches. Methodist home ; highly recommended by ministers ; piano ; Bathinvalids Mrs.Hall. specially studied ; moderate terms. Stamp. SOUTHPORT" Button House." 31 Bold Street). and public ; central for Superior Apartments. ; sea view privateeverything optional ;. board highly recommended ; home comforts. Mrs. Bates. U.M. SOUTHPORT. Street, WESTON Homely HOUSE, apartments, 65 Bath Public and Prate. near Promenade, Lord St., both iu stations, central for everything ; bed, breakfast, board optional. terms moderate. Mrs. Rodgers Late of Sheffield). U.M. ST. ANNES or Public Board-Residence, and Private Apartments, Ashton Gardens, and overlooking one throughout. Mrs. Robinshaw. minute pier ; electric light. "Bel-Air.' Drive. 15 North WESTCLIFF. M2 aspectt Bn eo ar dsienag sltiaot iuosn e recommended ministers ten minutes ; personal U.M. Church supervision ; highly ; liberal recom table ; guineas by weekly. Miss Giles, 2 Retreat Road. WORTHING (C.A.W.G. ) larcgeomorfornb.le near sea and downs. Apply Miss Curry. Southfield. Liverpool Gardens. Stamp. Printed at THE MAGNET PRESS, 188, Rye Lane, Peckham, S.E., and Published by HENRY HOOKS, 12, Farringdon Avenue, London, E..C., for the UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, Thursday, June 14th, 1928.