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ment which has been long felt to be a desideratum. Rules were framed, and officers were appointed for the first year. Mr. G. Hamness was chosen president, J. B. Shelly treasurer, E. Brian secretary.

The objects of this “Local Preachers' Mutual Aid Association" is (1) to provide conveyance for the local preachers in their journeys to distant places in the circuit; and (2) to render any kindly assistance to suffering brethren that the funds will permit.

In the evening a public teameeting was held in the adjoining school. Our old and esteemed friend, Mr. Councillor Cooke, presided over the after meeting, and addresses were given by Reys. T. Rider and W. Butterworth, and several of the local preachers,

STATIONS OF THE PREACHERS IN CANADA, 1871. CAVAN DISTRICT.—Cavan: Calvin Shaw, C. Teeter. Manvers : E. Holmes, J.B. Williams. Clarke: W. Willimott. Omemee : G. Jackson, and one to be sent. Laxton : N. A. McDiarmid. Minden :

- R. Johnson allowed to rest for the year.-C. Shaw, Chair. man.

CAYUGA DISTRICT.—Cayuga : R. J. Tyler. Dunville : E. Williams. Haldimand: F. G. Weaver. Caledonia : W. Preston. St. Catharines : E. Kershaw, T. Rump, sup. Pelham: J. J. A. Lever.- E. Williams, Chairman.

GODERICH DISTRICT.-Goderich: W. Smyth. Goderich South: H. Leith. Ainleyville : D, Auld. Bodmin : W. J. Smith, under D. McKenzie. Harriston: J. W. Doch. stader, and one to be sent. Howick : D. M. McKenzie. Ashfield: T. Jackson, C. Curry, super.-D. M. McKenzie, Chairman.

HAMILTON DISTRICT.-Hamilton: G. Brown, J. Shaw, super. Ancaster: J. Caswell, N. B. Topping as a supply. J. Histon, super. Waterdown: J. Kay. Barton: T. L. Wilkinson. Gait: D. Smyth. Hespeler : W. Williams.-J. Čas, well, Chairman.

LEEDS DISTRICT.—Lansdown : G. Robinson: J. O. Warren, super. T. 0. Adkins, super. North Augusta : W. Hall, R. Garry, local elder. Oxford: One to be sent. Crosby : J. Follick. Kitley : J. Cathcart, supply, under J. Ogden, super.-J. Follick, Chairman.

LONDON DISTRICT.-London : G. Richardson, W. Cocker, D.D., Gen. Superintendent, and Editor of Witness, J. Bell, sup. London North: Robt. Walker. Melbourne: W. McCann Howard : J. Rawson. Talbotville : J. White. St. Mary's : J. B. Kershaw, R. Smylie. Adelaide : J. Walker. Ingersoll : W. Birks. Colchester: To be supplied by Howard.–J. B. Kershaw, Chairman.

MILTON DISTRICT.—Milton: W. Tindall. Erin: J. O'Hara. Trafalgar : T. Fox. Nassagaweya : J. C. Seymour. Nelson: J. McAlister. J. Philp.-J. McAlister, Chairman.

MOUNT FOREST DISTRICT.Mount Forest: S. F. Depew. Durham : T. M. Jefferis. Walkerton: W. Henderson. Artemesia & Osprey: Adam Glazier, under T. M. Jefferis. Vesta: D.D. Rolston, one to be sent. Lavender: W.Jackson, under J. W. Jackson, J. Crawford, super. Egremont: J. Andrews, under S. F. Depew. Stayner : J. W. Jackson. -D. D. Rolston, Chairman.

MONTREAL DISTRICT. — Montreal: J. T. Pitcher, J. C. Caswell. Dunham: J. Wallace. Bolton: J. H. Fowler. Brome: J. Shuttleworth. Knowlton: J. S. Ort.–J. Shuttleworth, Chairman.

OWEN SOUND DISTRICT.-Owen Sound : J. Scott, T. Hall, J. Hocking, super. Holland : W. B. Danard, J. McGuire, sup. Holland East: T. Hamilton. Arran: T. Rennie, under J. Scott, H. Hall, super. Meaford : J. Baskerville.J. Scott, Chairman.

PRINCE EDWARD DISTRICT.Milford : F. E. Nugent. Bay of Quinte: C. Barltrop Hillier : W. Graham, under C. Barltrop.-C. Barltrop, Chairman.

TORONTO DISTRICT.-Toronto : D. Savage, J. R. Kay. Aurora : S. B. Gundy, R. J. Elliott. Penville: H. Wilkinson. Brock: F.


Haynes, F. Delong, T. Cole, local elder, A. B. Demill, allowed to rest. Vernon Mission : R. N. Hill. -H, Wilkinson, Chairman.

WATERFORD DISTRICT.—Waterford: G. Buggin, J. G. Follis. Malahide : J. Elliott, T. Haney, local elder. Middleton: J. H. Orme. Bayham: J. B. Goodspeed, J. Seymour, super., 0. Whitcomb, super. Dereham: J. R. Gundy, W. Bothwell, sup. Norwich: W H. Moss, J. Wilkinson, sup. J. Gundy, super. Simcoe : J. A. Wilkinson.-C. Buggin, Chairman.

LOCAL ELDERS.-J. Gaddis, H. N. Kimbal.

CONNEXIONAL OFFICERS.- Rev. W. Cocker, D.D., President of Conference, General Superintendent, Editor, and Treasurer, London ; R. Wilkes, Esq., Secretary of Conference, Toronto; Rev. W. Tindall, Secretary of Pub. Com., Milton; W. Latimer, Esq., Fin. Sec., Selton.

as reported in the July number of the Magazine. It is too true. I know the history of the cause there, having often preached in the chapel now taken from us. I saw the late Mr. Wild on his death-bed. Referring to his bequest of the chapel he said to me, “It is all right, the place is yours; and I have said to my family, Touch it not, touch it not; it is the Lord's." It is now taken from us. I make no animadversions, but I appeal to God, the righteous Judge, who will assuredly maintain the cause of the oppressed; and I join in the appeal made to our people generally for aid in behalf of the struggles of those who are forcibly dispossessed of their place in which they worshipped God and conducted their Sabbath-school. May God defend and help those who trust in him.-Yours affectionately,

WILLIAM COOKE. P.S.-Since writing the above, a Christian lady has handed me twosovereigns towards a new chapel. for our friends at North End.

W. O. [We beg fully to endorse all that

Dr. Cooke has said, and shall have pleasure in giving our mite to the object.--EDITOR.]


Forest Hill, London, S.E.,

July 22, 1871. MY DEAR BROTHER,-I have read with mournful interest the case of our worthy friends at North End,

Memoirs and Recent Deaths.


OF BRADFORD. THOMAS W. SCARF was a native of Hunslet, Leeds. His parents were attached to our Bethel Chapel, Hun. slet. Being an only child, he was carefully trained, and during his youth was steady in his outward conduct. Before arriving at the age of manhood, Divine grace was all powerful in leading him to be fully on the Lord's side. He at once joined one of our classes, and was admitted a member of society. He became intently engaged in loving labours in the old Bethel School. The development of his ability to teach soon also won for him a posi

tion of eminence as a local preacher on the plan of the Leeds Circuit, This honourable office he had, however, through affliction, to relinquish while yet a young man. In connection with our Leeds Ebenezer Chapel he continued to discharge the duties of leader and superintendent of the Sunday-school. His aptitude for business led to his employment in the offices of circuit steward and representative to Conference. Senior ministers and friends have still a lively recollection of the deep and abiding interest he manifested in the welfare of the Connexion.

Mr. Scarf's piety was of an earnest and decisive character. His fixed habit of punctuality was as manifest in sacred as in secular things. Everything at and within its proper time was a cardinal rule of his life. He -as, indeed, ought every oneesteemed time as too precious to be wasted even by moments, and hence he was regular and systematic in all he did, and thus had at his disposal time enough to do all that he had to do, whether relating to this world or the world to come. He sustained the cause of his adorable Master by regular and grateful contributions As a friend he was true and constant. As a tradesman he was all that Christian rectitude could require. As a master, he was kind, friendly, and generous, evincing an earnest interest in the intellectual and moral improvement of those who had the happiness to enter his employ. ment. Many are the instances which spring to the writer's recollec tion of wise counsels and suitable loans of books on the part of Mr. Scarf during a very happy and neverto-be-regretted apprenticeship.

In politics Mr. Scarf was a staunch Liberal, and an avowed Protestant Dissenter. Still, his religion was by no means narrow and sectarian. Thrown as he was by travelling into various phases of religious life, he, so far as his conscience would allow, “ became all things to all men," worshipping either with the Episcopalian, the Primitive Methodist, the * Friend,” or any other sections of Christ's visible Church.

It is worthy of record that he took an active part in helping to prepare the “Model Deed,” on which the chapel property of the Connexion is now mostly settled. The deed of the chapel selected as a “model” was that of our beautiful Hunslet Road Chapel, Leeds Second Circuit, and amongst the names of trustees of this Connexionally historic document will be found that of our friend “ Thomas Wilkinson Scarf.”

Business changes having rendered Mr. Scarf's removal to Bradford necessary, he was welcomed by our friends at that place with the utmost cordiality. In the prosperity of this circuit he became deeply interested, and was its lay representative at the Halifax Conference of 1854. In the best sense of the term Mr. Scarf was a “ Connexional man;” loyal to its principles, a lover of its ministers, an upholder of its institutions, and

a supporter of its funds. Its history he had learnt, as if by heart, and he rejoiced in setting forth its liberal and expansive policy. Charitable to all, he loved his own community above every other. His fund of Connexional lore, and his incidents of travel, were all but inexhaustible. Hence he was ever a pleasant companion, either at the fireside, or in the friendly stroll. His conversation, though ever cheerful, was sobered with Christian gravity. He was constant in his attendance at public worship and the means of grace as long as his health permitted, and often when “prudent” friends thought he should have stayed at home.

In the spring of this year-as in two or three previous years—a fariety of premonitory symptoms of approaching dissolution of the “ earthly tabernacle” were mani. fested.

His experience of the inner life, always deep, and to others satisfactory, became more vigorous and joyful. He had long learned in the school of affliction, to wait the Lord's time; and now a brightness was mingled with his expressions of resignation, which was refreshing to all with whom he held communion. His experience during the last few months of his life may be described in the words of Charles Wesley“Wait we all in patient hope

Till Christ the Judge shall come;
We shall soon be all caught up

To meet the general doom.
In an hour to us unknown,

As a thief in deepest night,
Christ shall suddenly come down

With all his saints in light." Not until Wednesday morning, the 24th of May, did his loving family suppose he would so soon be removed from their midst. He was on a visit to Birmingham, at the home of his son. On Tuesday, the previous night, about eight o'clock, he enjoyed a gentle walk, as was his wont. When he retired to rest, about eleven, he still seemed to be no worse than usual. Some time after, he rang the bell in his bedroom with unusual violence. A faithful attendant instantly answered the call, and found him breathing heavily, yet conscious and calm as usual. A medical man was promptly obtained, and all that seemed

needful was done; the anxious family receiving the assurance that little apprehension need be felt, as the worst symptoms might probably abate, and once more pass away. Not so had God willed, as events soon proved. A little after four o'clock that morning, Wednesday, the 24th of May, at the age of seventy-two, supported in the arms of his son, unappalled by, perhaps unaware of, the approach of his last enemy; certainly resting on the grace of his ever-present Saviour, and made “meet for the inheritance of the saints in light," the summons came to him, and without a groan his spirit fled to the mansion prepared by his Divine master, who in life had often bid him, “Let not his heart be troubled," nor in any wise to "let it be afraid.” To our beloved brother Scarf we doubt not that "sudden death" was “sudden glory." He had received many merciful premonitions of such a possible change, and they had not been passed by unheeded. When it did come, there was certainly no chance of death-bed testimonies, and, happily, in this case they were unnecessary. There is the witness more trustworthy and true of more than half a century's humble trust in Jesus, constant union with him in work and worship, and daily consecration to his service. Such a life speaks sufficiently of constant readiness for removal hence to the better land; and by this long and consistent life and unbroken testimony, "he being dead, yet speaketh." From these last quoted words, from the Epistle to the Hebrews, his and our beloved mini. ster, the Rev. C. D. Ward, preached an appropriate and profitable sermon in the Bradford Chapel on the 28th of May, 1871. Joshua POLLARD.

About last Christmas his health began to fail; decided symptoms of pulmonary consumption presented themselves; and it became evident that his sojourn on earth could not be long.

During the whole of his affliction he possessed an unshaken and unwavering confidence in God. His resignation to the Divine will was complete and entire. “Whatever the Lord does is right.” “Thy will be done!” were his constant utterances. He believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour, and calmly and patiently awaited the time of his departure. As his end drew near, his prospects of a joyful immortality. became clearer and brighter; and he desired to depart, that he might be with Christ. The solemn moment at length arrived, when, attended by his weeping mother, he offered up the following prayer: “O, Lord! hear me, and lay no more upon me than what thou wilt enable me with patience to bear; but all that thou doest is well"- and then calmly fell asleep.

His triumphant death encourages teachers not to be weary in welldoing, and urges Sabbath scholars to “remember their Creator in the days of their youth.”

South Shields.

GEORGE HENRY WAUGH DIED at South Shields, on the 8th of June, 1871, in the seventeenth year of his age. When but a child he became a scholar in Zion Sabbath School. His regular attendance, sweet disposition, and consistent conduct won for him the love and affection of all connected with the school. He loved the House of God, and so long as his physical strength would permit, he occupied a seat in the family pew.

HANNAH CRABTREE. Our sister was born at Melton, near Huddersfield ; but, about twenty-two years since, came with her husband and family to reside at New Durham, and occasionally attended our chapel there. About thirteen years since she was deeply convinced of her sinfulness, and was brought in penitence and prayer to God for mercy, which she found by faith in Jesus Christ. She then became a member of our church, and from that time she has walked worthy of her Christian calling.

For the last two years and a half she has been greatly afflicted, and for the most part confined to her bed; but the religion which blessed her in health, sustained and comforted her in her affliction. She greatly enjoyed the visits of Christian friends, and especially the prayermeetings which were held in her room, when she was often in a rapture of joy, and thoughlying upon her bed,

joined in prayer with great fervoar and power. Her favourite hymns on these occasions were those beginning, “Guide me. O thou great Jehovah," and, “On Jordan's stormy bank I stand.”

I visited her on several occasions, and always found her very happy in God, cheerful in suffering, and full of gratitude and praise. On the 8th of February, on my entering the room, she expressed her gladness to see me, and her joy that her suffer. ings would soon be over, requesting me to tell another dear mother in our Israel, who was apparently, near her end, that she should be looking out for her. I asked her wbat was herlast testimony for Jesus. “Jesus!” she exclaimed, “He is my Saviour! He is my Redeemer !” And tben, with great effort, gasping for the breath required, she added, “When I leave this stage of life, He is waiting to receive me. He has been waiting long." After a short pause, she said, “ The Lord has been very good to me, especially in this last sickness; the angels will soon come for me." I left her with her most fervent blessings upon me.

Her leader says, “ Although her long illness prevented her from meet

ing in class, I often saw her, and she was always looking up to the strong for strength. She delighted to talk of Jesus; and in her prayers always appealed to the heavenly Lamb. A few days before her death, I found her in great pain; but, on asking how she was, she replied, “ Looking up to God. He is all to me. He is strength to me in weakness, light to me in darkness, teaching me in my ignorance."

On the day of her death she sang the hymn, “My rest is in heaven," and rejoiced in hope of the glory of God. About an hour before she died she took an affecting leave of her aged partner, to whom she had been united for nearly fifty years, reminding him that she had been a great sufferer, but that she was going to : happier home; and that, though it was hard to part, he must not fret, but prepare to follow her. After this she prayed for the members of the little church in which she had found a happy religious home, and for everybody, wishing that all might die as happy as she was dying. Then, continuing in silent prayer and praise, she presently fell asleep in Jesus, February 10th, 1871, in the 74th year of her age.

The Family Treasury.


PSALMS.-No. 1. WHAT a queer title!” cries the reader. " Whatever can it mean ?” Why, this, that there is a life of David in the Psalms just as truly as there is in the Books of Samuel and Chronicles; that there are many things relating to him which, but for the Psalms, we should never have known at all, and others which we should never have known half SO well. The fact is, no one can thoroughly understand so singular a character and history as that of David apart from the light shed on them by bis Psalms. This idea is not a new one; still the field is so wide that I need not trespass unduly on the ground taken up by others, especially if we allow for

the fact that much which may be said upon the subject is the common property of Biblical writers.

As a general rule, while the Books of Samuel and Chroniclestell us what David did on a given occasion, we must go to the Psalms if we wish to know what he felt; and instead of speculating on the subject, as many do, it would be better for us to be guided by his own inspired utterances. At this stage of the inquiry a single illustration must suffice. At the outset of his wanderings David escaped to Gath, where he was taken by the Philistines and brought before their king (1 Sam. xxi.), and happily wo have a Psalm (34th) relating to this very subject. Both portions of Holy Writ place his conduct in a

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