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his life dear that he might honour Christ. If we are troubled by the enmity of the world, let us think of Him who said, “When men shall persecute you and revile you, and speak all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake, rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” When tempted by weariness and disappointment, let these words rouse us like the sound of a trumpet in battle, "Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” “And this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” For so to overcome doubt as ever to trust sweetly in God, so to overcome self as to love the Lord and his Christ with supreme devotion, is even here to come off more than conqueror through him that loved us. But the fulness of the conquest is never apparent until it is final. In death the last battle is fought, and the immortal victory won,

In the saintly peace, in the spiritual glory, in the rejoicing hope, in the trustful tenderness of the dying Christian, there is victory,

leat cannot part the soul from its Beloved, nor can anything else; “ for I am persuaded that neither death nor life; nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers ; nor things present, nor things to come ; nor height nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Let us, then, " endure hardness as good soldiers."

Miscellaneous Zrticles, Anecdotes, de.

A BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF

PASSING EVENTS. LONDON, after being all astir, and passing through something like a fit of enthusiasm, arising from the visit of the Sultan of Turkey, the Pasha of Egypt, and the Belgian Volunteers, has once more settled down to plodding work and routine occupation. The visit of the Belgians was sure to awaken great interest, and we hope that in the other cases salutary results of a social and religious character will follow. The present state of Europe is not considered satisfactory. The expectation of war has been revived. We sincerely hope that subsequent events will falsify present rumours; but the extensive warlike preparations that are being made both by France and

Prussia certainly look somewhat ominous. A European war-and if France and Prussia were to commence, who can tell where it might end ?-would be a terrible calamity. May Heaven in mercy avert it!

THE WESLEYAN CONFERENCE. -The Conference of our elder brethren, the Wesleyans, met at Bristol on the 25th ult., and is still in session. The preliminary committees met, as usual, some days previously. These committees are now a power in the Wesleyan body. They are in character departmental, they are composed of ministers and laymen, and they review the proceedings in each branch of affairs during the year, with a view to the recommendation of such measures to the Conference as in each case may seem

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advisable. The plan is a very ju- £10,590 8s. had been realized; for dicious one, and is proving of pre- which he received, as he ought, a eminent advantage to the Connexion. very cordial and earnest rote of In this matter the Conference has thanks. The Missionary and College manifested its wisdom, and evinced a reports were full of interest. In the becoming deference to the spirit and various mission fields-Home, Colorequirements of the times. Of the nial, and Foreign-the blessing of present Conference the Rev. John Jehovah has been graciously vouchBedford is the President, and the safed, and the funds have been susRev. J.Farrar the Secretary. In re- tained with commendable liberality. ferring to the election of Mr. Bedford The venerable Dr. Hannah, amid as President, the Methodist Recorder regrets on all sides, retires from the observes :- Never has a minister

position he has so long and honourmore fairly and thoroughly earned ably sustained in connection with this high distinction. Never have the Theological Institution. For a high intelligence, penetrating judg- quarter of a century he has occupied ment, unflagging perseverance, un- the theological chair at Didsbury, in questioned fidelity, and unselfish addition to some eight years of serdevotion to the interests of Method. vice previously at Hoxton; and now ism, received a more appropriate he retires full of years, and not less mark of honour. Never was a Pre- full of honours, esteemed and loved sident elected with a more general by all. The services held on “Conconcurrence both of judgment and ference Sunday" were largely atof feeling.” In his address the Pre- tended, and are described as seasons sident avowed his conviction that of great refreshing. Indeed, this the Connexion was destined “ to take may be said of the religious services a prominent part in the great strug- generally held in connection with gle for evangelical truth which was the Conference. There has been, rapidly approaching." We are glad during the year, a good increase in to say that the Wesleyan community the membership of the body, as may appears to be in a prosperous con- be seen by referring to our last dition. The report of the Chapel month's article; and a large number Committee stated that the total num- of candidates were recommended for ber of erections and enlargements com- the ministry. pleted during the year had been 259, THE UNITED METHODIST FREE the total expenditure £254,074, and CHURCHES. THE ANNUAL As. the amount of debt £46,994. In ad- SEMBLY.—The annual assembly of dition to the above, the Committee our esteemed brethren of the United has sanctioned during the year 298

Methodist Free Churches commenced further erections or enlargements, its sittings in Lever Street Chapel, involving a cost of £180,969. The Manchester, on Wednesday morning. total reduction of debts on Con- July 31. The Rev. R. Chew, of nexional Trust property in thirteen Newcastle - on - Tyne, was elected years has been £608,487. The Rev. President, and the Rev. J. Myers, of W. M. Punshon, M.A., has more

Harrogate, Secretary, very suitable than completed his engagement, made men for these important ofices. The five years ago, to raise £10,000 for assembly, when formed, was found the erection of chapels in “ watering

to number about 200 members. The places.” In the report presented by President, on taking the chair

, him, he stated that the sum of

delivered a good address, in which

he expressed his warm attachment to Churches. After some discussion, Free Methodism, and his desire that the following resolution was passed the sittings of the assembly might be by a large majority :-"That this attended with a Divine influence, assembly hereby expresses its apand that all might be done in a right proval of the action of the Conspirit-sentiments which met with a nexio Committee on the subject very hearty response. The proceed- of Christian union, and believes that ings have so far been characterized a cordial amalgamation of such of by ability and Christian temper; the Methodist communities as have and the services of last Sabbath, in numerous and important points of Manchester and the surrounding identity and resemblance in their district, were excellent, both as to laws and usages, would be mutually attendance, the quality of the preach- beneficial, as well as promotive of ing, and the feeling produced. We evangelical religion. This assembly

. rejoice to know that there is a con- again remits the matter to the caresiderable increase in the body, as ful consideration of the said comthe following statistics will show:- mittee, with a view to ascertain Ministers, 288, increase, 5; super- what modification, if any, in our numeraries, 11; local preachers, Connexional principles it may be 3,388, increase, 107 ; leaders, 4,420, needful and prudent to make for the increase, 273; members, 67,478, in- accomplishment of Christian union; crease, 1,721 ; on trial, 5,962, in- and the said committee to report crease, 717 ; removals, &c., 3,715; the result to the next assembly in increase, 354; deaths, 1,128, in- 1868.” Let us fervently pray for crease, 139; chapels, 1,173, increase, increasing love and ultimate union. 33; other preaching rooms, 398; THE BIBLE CHRISTIAN CONFERSunday-schools, 1,121, increase, 46; ENCE.—The sittings of the fortychapels on model deed, 332, increase, ninth Annual Conference of this 40. On the reading of this result, devoted and laborious denomination the assembly adopted a resolution of were commenced in Zion Chapel, thanks to God for his blessing upon St. Austell, Cornwall, simultaneously them during the year, and further with those of the Annual Assembly resolved to recommend the Church of the United Methodist Free to set apart some day soon for the Churches-viz., on the 31st of July. same purpose. We sincerely and The Conference of the Bible Chrisfervently wish for our brethren still tians is composed of ministers and lay more abundant prosperity. From representatives sent by the churches. the Manchester Examiner and Times Mr. F. W. Bourne was chosen to we learn that a communication was fill the office of President, and Mr. read from the Rev. J. Taylor, our T. P. Oliver to be principal SecrePresident, relating to the question tary. In the case of Mr. Oliver, it of amalgamation, which stated that was a re-election. Mr. W. S. Pascoe a series of resolutions had passed the was appointed journal secretary; Conference, which were ordered to Mr. W. Rowe, duplicate secretary; be laid before the circuits, to report Mr. Blackmore, corresponding secrethereon at the Conference of 1868. tary; and Messrs. J. Thorne, W. Similar resolutions were also read Lee, J. Kenner, and W. E. Moyses from a meeting which had been held to prepare a report of the proceedat Liverpool, consisting of both the ings for publication.

ings for publication. We regret Free and the New Connexion that we are not in a position to

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supply the statistics of this useful in the work of the society. In the tody of Christians. The blessing of course of the year, 6,558 services the Most Higa has not, however, were held, 7,524 addresses were given, ben withheld during the year, and and 224,716 tracts were distributed. we rejoice in their success.

It is estimated that nearly 300,000 The CARISTIAN COWNTXITY.- persons were present at the servica. We have been favoured with a copy The oldest member of the “Comof the last annual report of this time- munity" now living is, we believe, honoured association. It was founded our respected book-room clerk, Mr. ty Mr. Wesley nearly a century Webber. He lately preached the ago, and has been the means of ac- funeral sermon of Mr. M. Davies, complishing, in a very unostentatious whose name had stood at the top of Fay, a large amount of good. Till the list as the oldest member for many within the last eighteen years, the years, and who had also long been society was in close connection with

a highly acceptable local preacher in the Wesleyan body; but since that the Wesleyan body. Mr. Webber's period it bas held a position entirely name stood next; he is, therefore, unsectarian in its character. We now the senior member of the sobeliere, however, that at the present ciety. He has been connected with time a not inconsiderable proportion it almost half a century, and was of its most devoted and zealous mem- in his younger days acquainted with bers are identified with the various some who had been identified with it branches of the Methodist family from its commencement. Of this fact we have no need to be THE LATÉ' CELEBRATION AT ashamed. These good men, influenced RỘNE. — The recent Popish show at by an earnest desire for the salvation Rome was undeniably a most gotof their fellows and the glory of God, geous and imposing affair

. No doubt perform a large amount of gratuitous it was intended to b3 a grand delabour among a class of the popula- monstration, and in its way it was tion that has hitherto been too little

a great success." "*** There were cared for by the churches generally. 600° bishops, 140 cardináls, 25,000 Workhouses, female refuges, lodging- priests, monks, and friárs, and prohouses, &c., are visited; free tea

bably 100,000 miscellaneous visitors. meetings for the very poor, and There were bishops from every land sometimes for fallen women, are between Cape Comoris and the held; and the commendable practice Pentland Frith. The Oriental of holding open-air services is ex- bishops, with the archbishops, pri: tensively resorted to. The expensesin- mates, and patriarchs, were attired curred are met by donations, subscrip- in the splendours of the East. Their tions, &c. These might, however, be mitres were embroidered with gold, increased with great advantage to and fashed back the light from rich the society. Numerous remarkable jewellery. They wore diadems, also

, instances of good effected, in the which took the shape of imperial reclamation and conversion of the crowns, and flamed with precious most unlikely characters, are given stones. The three Scotch bishops, in the "Report" sent us, as having we venture to say, were in sober occurred during the last year-in- black, and the musings going on in stances of good which must have their long heads might be to the greatly encouraged and rejoiced the effect that there was more of show hearts of the worthy men engaged than substance in this Oriental mag

nificence. The procession, however, country.

country. The masts and cordage of Corpus Domini must have been were dressed with bank-notes of very imposing in more senses than every colour, and from every counope. Black-bearded pioneers came try of the world. One very old first, beating drums. White-robed bishop, leaning on a large, thick orphan boys followed. Then marched staff, sought an audience of the or straggled an interminable line of Pontiff. The master of the cerefriars, bearded, beardless, shod and monies told him that he must first unshod, in black, brown, maroon, lay aside his staff, as the etiquette of and white habits, with straps and the court did not permit of his carhempen or woollen ropes round the rying it into the Pope's presence. waist. After the friars stepped the The bishop claimed exception from monks, and then, in long succession, the rule, and the Pope, hearing the priests, canons, fellows of colleges, dispute, decided it in his favour. He &c. To close the whole, a long line entered, rendered his homage, and of richly-embroidered red velvet,

said that his diocese was so poor tent-like canopies, with the insignia that it could send no more to the of the respective basilicas which they Holy Father than the staff on which were intended to indicate carried he leaned. Would he deign to accept before them, the most magnificent it? The Pope took it in his hand, being those of St. Peter and St. found it very heavy, looked at it John Lateran, each canopy being more closely, and saw that it was followed by the chapters and canons solid gold. No doubt all this would of the respective, basilicas, wound be exceedingly gratifying to His along. The ecclesiastical dignitaries Holiness, and the gifts particularly brought not only their enthusiasm acceptable. But all the other spleaand their homage; they also laid at dours and solemnities of the occathe feet of the Pontiff the offerings sion paled before those of the canouof the faithful in the countries from ization itself, with its accompaniwhich they came. Their donations ments of music and worship. There in money alone were estimated at were twenty-five martyrs to be in£300,000. The Archbishop of Mexico scribed upon the roll of the saints, sent 80,000 crowns, and an English and the august ceremony was per. bishop is said to have presented His formed in St. Peter's Cathedral. All Holiness with £100,000. The other had doubtless been arranged beforegifts were of great value, and some hand with the utmost exactness and of them of an interesting character. nicety; all were prepared to act Cardinal Mathieu, Archbishop of their part; and the performance, as Besançon, offered an ostensoir seve- a performance, was perfect. All was ral feet high, its massive gold disc done with a view to theatrical effect, enriched with diamonds and rubies and it must be confessed that it was, of rare brilliancy. The bishops of at least, done very cleverly. The Canada displayed some ingenuity in music was grand and thrilling betheir present. It was a silver ship- yond description, and every part of the ship of St. Peter, the mystical the imposing ceremony was gone emblem of the Church-rigged out through in a manner highly calcuand finished to the last detail. The lated to impress and lead captive the ship was ballasted with gold nuggets, senses. After all, the whole thing was and each of the cabios contained a a mere flourish. It was a mere appeal heap of gold money from a different to the imagination and the senses.

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