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AUSTRIA.— The following letter from the accredited Protestant Churches the secretaries of the Evangelical Alliance regularly attended. A Government has appeared in the Standard, and is delegate usually was present, and it inserted also, somewhat abridged, in the would appear, therefore, in these cases Guardian and other papers : Sir,- We that the proceedings of Government are are instructed by the Council of the not only in the highest degree arbitrary, Evangelical Alliance to solicit your aid but in violation of its own laws. In in directing attention to the present none of these cases has it been attempted condition of religious liberty in Austria. to bring any charge of a moral or poli. Communications just received from the tical character against any individual. most trustworthy sources state that a We feel assured that, when attention is
torrent of persecution is sweeping these directed to the matter, public opinion lands. It seems to be the determinate will not fail to detect the anomalous resolution of the Austrian Government position in which Austria is placed by to stamp out the young Christian life these acts of intolerance within her emthat is springing up on every side.' The pire, while she has been, in conjunction most conspicuous facts are the following: with England and the other Great At a place near Prague, a few people Powers, demanding the establishment calling themselves the Old Re- of religious liberty in Servia, Roumania, formed Church' have been forbidden to Bulgaria, and other places." admit to their family worship any individual who is not strictly a member of BRADFORD, YORKSHIRE.—The annual the family. The police have forced their report of this Society gives evidence of way into their houses, and have ordered quiet, persevering work. Both minister even the servants out of the room whilst and people have laboured during the family prayers lasted. The Attorney- year with cheerful activity and devotion. General at Prague, in connection with The Society has also been largely helped the case, boldly and publicly maintains in the effort to raise funds for the purthat it is not even lawful to say grace chase of their place of worship by at meals if any stranger is present. members of the Church in other towns. Last autumn the adherents of the so- With the exception of one Sunday, when called New Church at Vienna, who the church was closed on account of have had public worship for ten years, cleaning, Divine service has been rewere forbidden to hold any meetings at gularly held morning and evening on all; and another Protestant community the Sabbath. The severity of the winter, in the same city received orders not to combined with the additional labours of admit strangers (non-members) to their the congregation for church purposes services. Last March the Congrega- during the week-days, led to a slightly tionalists connected with the American diminished attendance on the services. Mission were forbidden to hold meetings With occasional interruptions the for Divine service either at Prague or Wednesday evening reading meeting Gratz, in Styria. It was intimated to was continued during the winter months. them that not even in their own houses The subject chosen for reading was the might they invite friends for religious “True Christian Religion.” The prepurposes; and the leading members were sent number of members in the Society threatened with a fine of £10, or twenty; is forty-eight, five having been added one days imprisonment, if they dared during the year and one removed by to be present at any service held beyond death. During the year the Society has the pale of the Churches recognised by seen great changes in its social position the State. The services of the Free and prospective usefulness. The Con. Church of Scotland were equally forbid- ference having complied with the appli. den if conducted in any but the English cation for Mr. Renđell's ordination, Dr. language, and notice to the same effect Bayley was invited to conduct the was given to the Baptist Church at ordination service, which took place on Vienna. Bible-readings, which for many the 21st of August. A social character years have been held weekly in a private was imparted to the service by the house, and also in public halls, have meeting to tea of a large number of the been suddenly and peremptorily stopped. members of the church and relatives of The meetings were entirely free from the minister on the evening of the all denominationalism, and members of service. It is a new and advanced
position of the Society to have the salvation of the human soul. Out of services of a regularly ordained and the obscurity in which it has so long highly cultured minister; and the lain hid he brought clearly to view the members have reason to hope that under absolute necessity of a daily life in har. his pastorate the Society will continue mony with the Divine truth. The idea to increase in numbers, and progress in of faith alone being the one essential of the spiritual life. During the year the salvation was conclusively shown to be Society has also come into full possession, a complete fallacy, and in its stead was by purchase, of the freehold building in placed the true doctrine of the Word, which they have long assembled for “He that hath My commandments and public worship. The bazaar held in the keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me.” saloon of St. George's Hall in the month The musical arrangements were ably of December has materially assisted in superintended by Mr. K. C. Richardson, this purchase. The profits arising from and gave great satisfaction. A social it, together with the subscriptions to- and musical meeting was held on the wards the building fund, amounted to the Tuesday evening following, when, in sum of £470, which with £200 borrowed addition to songs by Mr. Richardson from the Building Funds of the General and the Misses Clark,
some capital reci. Conference and Sunday-School Union tations were most effectively rendered enabled the trustees to complete the by our worthy friends, Messrs. Jocelyn purchase. The building, which was Fisher and T. C. Dando. The success first erected for school purposes, has an of its first anniversary services augurs ecclesiastical appearance, and the in. well for the future prosperity of the terior has been fitted up in a neat and Society. comfortable manner. The Society is thus in possession of the most desirable DEPTFORD.—We regret to learn that elements of church life and religious Mr. Rhodes, who has been mainly inprogress. It is by the good Providence strumental in forming this Society, has which is over the Church provided with been compelled, by impaired health and the means of edification to its members, increased secular engagements, to retire and of the promulgation of the truth to from its leadership. Hopes are enterthose who are around.
tained that he may be able to render
occasional assistance in the pulpit, and LONDON (Dalston).-On Sunday, May that his lack of service may be supplied 25th, the anniversary services of this by the committee of the Missionary and Society were held in the Albion Hall. Tract Society. Mr. Howe, of Argyle The morning service was conducted by Square, and Mr. Waller, late of Bristol, the Rev. R. L. Tafel, A.M., Ph.D., who have come to reside near, and have expreached from Matt. v. 7, “Blessed are pressed their intention to identify themthe merciful: for they shall obtain selves with the church. Thus from one mercy. The sermon was a beautifully source or another it is hoped that the clear exposition of the great truth enun- good work will be continued, and the ciated in these words of the Lord, and neat church some years since erected by was listened to with rapt attention by a our friends continue to be usefully emlarge congregation. In the evening the ployed. Rev. Dr. Bayley officiated, and in response to a strongly expressed desire HEYWOOD.-A pleasant service is inselected as the theme of his discourse stituted in this Society in connection
* Religion in Daily Life.” Dr. Bayley with the Whitsuntide festivities of the is so well known and warmly appreciated Sunday-school. A selection of hymns in the eastern districts of London that and anthems put to appropriate school it is hardly necessary to add that the music are taught the children, and these hall in which the Society now worships are repeated on a Sunday evening folwas filled to overflowing. Many came lowing in the church, when the parents long distances to hear their worthy friend are invited to be present. An annual once again proclaim the glorious truths sermon is preached on the occasion to of the New Dispensation; nor were they the parents of the scholars. This service doomed to disappointment. Eloquently, took place this year on the evening of calmly, and lovingly did the preacher June 15th, and was numerously attended enforce the one thing needful for the by the scholars and their parents. After the usual service of song, which was discourse was based on the 9th verse of very effectively rendered by the choir the 6th chapter of John. The lad with and children, the Rev. R. Storry the 'five barley loaves and two small preached from Luke xi. 13, “If ye then, fishes,' etc., received treatment altobeing evil, know how to give good gifts gether new to orthodox hearers, the unto your children: how much more preacher at the outset remarking that shall your heavenly Father give the Holy after the reading of the incidents reSpirit to them that ask Him?”
corded in the Bible as merely historical
facts little of interest was felt in further KEARSLEY.—This Society, which is perusal. That was beginning and usually forward in good works which ending with the letter, whereas they extend beyond their own borders, has might go on to eternity learning its shown its sympathy with the persecuted import in its higher senses. Having Church at Vienna and its oppressed shown that the miracles were illustrative minister in a substantial manner. On or representative and full of higher Sunday the 1st of June a collection was meaning, the rev. gentleman described made at morning service on behalf of in able_terms the Lord Jesus as the the Rev. H. Peisker, which amounted Great Feeder of the hungry. By to over £12. The sermon was preached numerous passages Mr. Bates clearly by the pastor, the Rev. P. Ramage, from pointed out that 'a lad' was repreJohn xxi. 6, “Cast the net on the right sentative of good natural affections such side of the ship, and ye shall find.” as existed in youth, and which were the From this appropriate text the preacher basis upon which the Christian character was able to point out the true character could ultimately be built. Barley, like of Christian work, and to encourage his all other seeds, represented truth, and people to interest themselves in works as barley could be made into loaves, so of benevolence and usefulness outside truth, when applied, became goodness. their own immediate organization. The small fishes represented natural
intelligence, memory being, as it were, LONGTON.—During the past two an inland 'sea in which these intellimonths missionary visits have been gences were active. Having treated made to this Society by Mr. Henshall, these natural affections as seen by the Rev. Walter Bates, and the Rev. R. light of the doctrine of Remains he Storry, the superintendent of this argued that from childhood man had in mission. The attendance at these him the elements of his development, services, though not large, is encourag- preservation, and regeneration. The ing. Several new members have en- marvellous increase of the small portion tered the Society, one of whom is able of food was next treated of, and the and willing to render good service in manner of its distribution. Having conducting the public worship of the instanced the breaking and distribution church. Through the liberality of the in the natural world as necessary to, and editor of the Potteries Examiner brief followed by great increase, he contended reports of several of the discourses that pride of birth, talents, capacities, given were inserted in that paper, and or worldly position would not benefit or thus circulated throughout the Potteries. bless, unless taken hold of by the Lord, Mr. Bates has for some length of time acknowledged as from Him, and broken paid a monthly visit to Longton, where up, distributed, and applied to life, when, his services have been warmly appre- and when alone, they would increase in ciated. As our obituary columns will their hands. If they had only a little show, he has now finished his work in good or truth or talents they must learn outward connection with the Church on this great lesson from the subject, and earth. We give, therefore, the brief then would follow an increase, some report of one of his discourses, which, thirty, some sixty, and some an hundred as the last we shall receive from him, fold, and the fullest happiness and satiswill be interesting to his friends, and to faction would follow charity so practi. many to whom he was only known by cally applied. In the evening the rev. report: “Two sermons were preached gentleman delivered an admirable disin this (the Longton) place of worship on course from Isaiah xi. 6, illustrative of Sunday, May 4th, by the Rev. Walter the harmony following the coming of Bates of Melbourne. The afternoon's Christ. The congregations were very
attentive to the eloquent remarks of the Only fair flowers were seen!
While lay the coffin on the funeral bier ; preacher.”
Their open lips, though dumb, yet seemed to
Shed not a tear!"
Only fresh flowers were seen!
As in the deep dark grave we laid her down ! On the 20th June, at 17 Tabley Road, Her cross was buried ! Spring's suggestive
green Holloway, the wife of Frank Flowers of
Spoke of her crown ! a daughter.
But, when no flowers were seen,
For her-of living flowers and fruitage; e'en celestial gain !
J. B. Elizabeth Janet Best, wife of Mr. Isaac A. Best, of 19 Summer Lane,
Departed this life at Ashby Road, Birmingham, departed this life on the Melbourne, Derbyshire, on the 1st of 4th June, aged sixty-two. She was the June, the Rev. Walter Bates, in the daughter of earnest and worthy New thirty-sixth year of his age. In early Church parents (Mr. and Mrs. John life our esteemed friend was joined to Haseler), and was trained by them in the Wesleyan body, but becoming dis. the belief and practice of the doctrines contented with their doctrines and that have been her delight through life. certain sermons that were at that time From her youth and through years of delivered, he was led to attend the her married life she was a teacher in services conducted by the late Rev. John the Summer Lane Sunday-School, a regu- Hyde, whose able and efficient sermons lar attendant at meetings for instruction, and lectures produced a lasting imand an active worker in every scheme pression. It was during the pastorate of good. For a long series of years she of the Rev. J. F. Potts that he became played the organ in Summer Lane a member of the New Church in this Church, and her name appears on some town. His great love and zeal for the of the printed notices of those once doctrines caused him speedily to seek famous musical services that celebrated active service. The Nottingham Society its early anniversaries. Her activities invited him to occupy their pulpit, and in the Church were only equalled he delivered there his first sermon from by her hospitalities to New Church the words, "Wherewithal shall a young strangers and visitors, and many will man cleanse his way? By taking heed remember the unostentatious welcome thereto according to Thy word. His they have received from her and her success as an occasional preacher in. husband in St. Paul's Square, or after. duced him to accept the trying and wards at 19 Summer Lane, Birmingham. arduous duties of missionary and A very large circle of friends have been colporteur to the Yorkshire Missionary saddened by her removal, which was and Colporteur Association. In this somewhat sudden and unexpected. Her labour he was truly happy and very remains were interred at the General successful. His ready flow of ideas, Cemetery, Birmingham, on the 7th June, together with his genial disposition, the Rev. R. R. Rodgers officiating. The made him attractive and beloved wherecoffin was literally covered with wreaths, ever he travelled. When retiring from crosses, and bouquets of white flowers, this office to that of stationary minister together with roses, forget-me-nots, and at Blackburn, he writes in his diary : daisies, woven and sent by loving friends; • The work has been an arduous one. in fact,
It has taxed every power of body and
mind. No one but myself and the Only the flowers were seen!
Omniscient One can possibly know or Although beneath was nought but solemn They seeined to change it by their silvery sheen imagine how I have laboured and what From night to day!
I have striven to do. It has led me to
know what human weakness is, and to Only sweet flowers were seen ! Twined by affection – wreaths of fragrant perceive what Divine aid is. I have
done my best, and hope and pray that Like memories sweet of her! For love had
the Lord in mercy will bless my feeble been, And banished gloom'
efforts.” During his ministry at Black
burn he was ordained by the late Rev. putting forth an effort to help to relieve E. D. Rendell in 1873. From circum- them by some pecuniary aid. stances over which he had no control he pose to raise a fund for the education was compelled to leave the ministry and and clothing of the children, and, if return to business in Melbourne. It such fund be large enough, to apprenwas to support a helpless brother, to tice or put them to business as they rescue a long-established business from arrive at mature age. We earnestly dispersion, and to place his large family solicit your hearty support and kind in a more comfortable position that he recommendation. All subscriptions rent his heart to do his duty. While should be sent on or before the 16th of in business he was not in his element; August to Charles Fairweather, Secrethough successful, yet his mind was ever tary, or to Mr. W. Hall, Treasurer. turned towards the Church he loved so well. Once a month he preached at On the 31st of May Mrs. Mary Back Longton, where his services were warmly house, of Thorner, near Leeds, passed appreciated and of undoubted use in into the spiritual world in the seventy building up the small congregation third year of her age.
Among the which attended his services. He also earliest receivers of the heavenly docfrequently visited other churches. His trines in this part of the kingdom were heart, and mind were fixed, and his a family of the name of Mawson, resident private determination was to enter again at Eccup. They were distinguished by the service of the Church, and, whether their quiet and unobtrusive habits, their in the pulpit or in the market-place, to kindly disposition, and their superior proclaim the glorious truths of the New intelligence. It was remarked by the Church to the world. The call to the Rev. E. D. Rendell, during a visit to ministry was never recalled. But the this family, that to see a plain English Lord has been pleased to take him farmer take from his book-shelf his higher. He was taken suddenly ill with Hebrew Bible, and intelligently read it, great languor and sleepiness, rarely was certainly an unusual sight. Mrs. waking during the whole fourteen days' Backhouse was of this family, and she illness unless aroused. After reading possessed many of their fine qualities. several psalms to him on one occasion, Quiet, affectionate, and thoughtful in he rose and exclaimed, “Oh, that is just her character, a good wife and mother, what I wanted, conjunction with heaven and an unobtrusive and exemplary by means of the Word.” There was no Christian woman. On the departure of fear of death. “Perfect love casteth out her husband, of whom a notice is infear.” And with no unwelcome sound serted in our last number, she felt that did the great Master's voice come to him, her work in this world was accomplished, Friend,
up higher. The and she desired, though with submission Sunday school has lost a teacher, the and patience, to depart. Her desire has Church a friend, the widow a husband, been fulfilled, and at the end of a very the eight children a father. But what few weeks she has joined him in a is our loss to his eternal gain ?
higher sphere of being. For the state on which she has entered we have every
reason to believe that she was well preRev. WALTER Bates. — The following pared, and that she will enter into the circular has been sent to members of joy of her Lord. the New Church. We gladly give it the publicity of our pages, and very In West Newton, Massachusetts, heartily commend the appeal to the March 29th, Eliza C. Warren, wife of attention of our readers :
Herbert M. Warren, and daughter of “ Mount Pleasant, Melbourne, Derby. Mr. James Copp, formerly of Bath, shire.-It is with deep regret that the England, aged 50 years. From the Melbourne Society informs you of the “New Jerusalem Messenger." death of our brother, the Rev. Walter Bates. The circumstances under which On the 20th June, at 17 Tabley Road, the widow and eight children are left Holloway, Amy, infant daughter of are such as to warrant the Society in Frank and Ellen Flowers.