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were erected in their stead. It proved that what was said by a certain class of people was false. The other week, in Manchester, there were placards posted on the walls announcing a lecture to be delivered by a sceptic on “Christianity played out.” He ventured to say that the title was false, and that Christianity would never be played out. An unmistakable sign of that was the success which had attended the meetings of Moody and Sankey. He did not think that any other mission, political or social, would have brought such an amazingly large number of people to the Free Trade Hall, three times a day, as Messrs. Moody and Sankey's services had. And they might depend upon it that down deep in the human heart there was a strong affection for the true piety and blessedness of Christianity ; and even many who had not accepted Christ's religion had the conviction that it was the one thing needful. As he saw the thousands gathered together at the services in Manchester he thanked God for the sight. No! Christianity was not played out; for as their places of worship became too old, or small, they built more commodious structures, and thus were continually pressing forward. He was very glad to see Mr. Green once more; it was a pleasant thing to look upon his sunny face and hear his sunny speech; he was quite cosmopolitan, and could not be shut up at one place. They liked to see him at Georgestreet best, but it was to his credit that he had sufficient sympathy to take in the various denominations, and dispense his help all round; and he (Mr. Medicraft) trusted that he would always be able to make the places he was connected with verdant, watering them with his liberality.

The motion was put and responded to heartily.

Councillor Green briefly replied, and the sale commenced in earnest.

The stalls were five in number, and of these three bore evidence of the

taste and skill of the decorators. The portion of the room set aside for the display of drapery—the congregational and teachers' stalls-was specially attractive, the stands being open, with semi-circular roof covered with red cloth, and draped with crimson and gold hangings, while along the front were grouped bannerettes, nestling in which were parchment coats of arms of exquisite design and pattern, and suspended from the edge of the roof were snow-white shades. The scholars' stall was in line with the above, and was the centre of attraction to the junior portion of the visitors. The decorations of the refreshment bar were suitable and tasteful, it being sheltered with white hangings, which were suspended from rafters done up after the Gothic style. From this “home to the hungry” we turn right about face, and before us stands a thorough crockery shop—the young men's establishment-over which are the words, in bold type, “God bless our young men.” Taking the bazaar as a whole, we may say that the most fastidious person could scarcely fail to find something-or many thingstempting in the charming display which met their gaze on every hand.

The whole affair was carried out very efficiently, and very few articles remained unsold when the bazaar closed on Monday night.

The following were announced as the receipts:—Donations, £66 8s.6d.; Entrance, £17 18s. 8d. Sales: Thursday, £34 13s. 11d.; Friday, £37 16s. 4d.; Saturday, £22 lls. 3d.; Monday night,' £14 148. 90.; total, £194 38. 5 d. There are a few donations not yet to hand, which will make the amount $200, and this, with the £420 already raised, will make a good beginning towards the £1,000 or more required for the new chapel.

HURST. On Saturday, February 10, a sale of work was held at the School, Queen-street, Hurst, the object being


to purchase a quantity of books for motion, which was carried, and the the Sunday-school library, to defray sale commenced. he expenses incurred in alterations There were three stalls. At the and repairs, and to help the funds of first Mrs. Gibson, Mrs. Buckley, Mrs. the Church. There a large Kershaw, and Mrs. John Wallwork attendance.

presided ; at the second Miss Moss, After the singing of a hymn, and

Miss Firth, and others ; and at the prayer, the Rev. J. Gibson made a refreshment stall Miss Thornley, Miss few observations. He spoke of the

Buckley, and others. sale as a united effort on the part

Tea was served in one of the class. of the Church and school, but it rooms, and there were amusements, was not regarded as a great affair.

including a museum of antiquities, At the close of the year they ex

&c., under the charge of Mr. Cairns pected to have another bazaar, with

and Mr. Wm. Moss ; a “fine art a view of raising a larger sum of

gallery," bran tub, &c. Mr. Wm. money than they were now attempt

Clough gave recitations to large coming to raise. The Hurst Circuit had panies. The sale resulted in the cleardecided to ask at the next Conference ing out of all the goods, and £47 was for a second married minister to reside soon realised. at Hyde, and the bazaar which it was A vote of thanks to all who had proposed to hold afterwards would taken part was carried ; and the little have for its object the furnishing of sale, somewhat hastily begun, and this minister's house, as well as the

very happily brought to a consummameeting of the expenses on the pre

tion in which everyone rejoiced, closed sent minister's residence. They had

with the doxology and prayer. determined to conduct that sale in a right spirit. At the last Conference

BAZAAR AT LITTLEBOROUGH. a resolution was passed protesting against the introduction into the Our chapel at Littleborough was Churches of doubtful and injurious opened more than a year ago. It was methods of raising money, especially

inconveniently and perhaps unavoidthe practice of raffling, &c., and

ably burdened with a debt of £750. earrestly exhorting their friends not Rochdale and its district have not yet to raise money by means which were

shared in the commercial prosperity not in accordance with the spirit of

which is beginning to be felt in many the Gospel. Mr. Wm. Grundy, of

parts of the country. With a good Dukinfield, was an old friend, and

local trade this new interest would had been a former scholar, teacher,

not have been weighted with so and worker in the school, and had large a debt. It is, however, doing spoken of those days as some of the well in all respects, and has a bright happiest of his life?

prospect of doing better year by year. Mr. Grundy then opened the bazaar,

There is no other chapel in the neightouching, in a brief speech, on his con.

bourhood where our new cause has nection with, and interest in, the

been planted ; and it is the most scho'l, and in everything which con

rapidly advancing district of Littlecerned its welfare.

borough. Our friends have made

their first attack on the debt. They Mr. John Ashworth (Dukinfield) are but few: our membership is only moved 4 vote of thanks to Mr.

fourteen. At the bazaar effort all Grundy, and made some interesting have worked patiently and assiduously, remarks on the subject of religious

and the result is that the debt will be education.

reduced by £160. Mr. William Thorp seconded the The bazaar was held on Good Friday

and the following day. There were present at the opening the ministers of the town, who in their addresses spoke of the district we occupied as a leedy and favourable one for our work, and they heartily wished us growing success.

Our faithful friend, Mr George Bolton, in opening the bazuar, made a singularly appropriate speech. He expressed his admiration of the sustained and zealous labours of their friends at Zion, and his confidence that by their patient continuance in well-doing the debt would certainly be removed in due time, and that we should have a useful and prosperous cause. Our friends at Rochdale and at Mount Gilead rendered cordial and cheering assistance; all worked peacefully and zealously, and all were gratified and grateful to God that £150 were raised by a Church which numbers fourteen members.


tea, but also willing that the whole of the proceeds should be devoted to the Bazaar Fuud. The meetings were largely attended, and were of a most pleasant and profitable character. By this means the sum of £11 was raised. Tbis, Mr. Editor, is an example of practical sympathy of one Church with another which is well worthy of imi. tation. Surely it is carrying out the Gospel precept, “ And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.”

Another matter deserving special mention is that “ old scholars," who are now in Russia, India, Australia, and other parts of the world, have shown that they have not forgotten the Church and Sunday-school of their youth, by sending contributions in money and goods.

In connection with an enterprise in which most of our own friends have done their very best, it is a difficult matter to mention some names with. out giving the names of all who have taken part in the good work. Perhaps the best way is to mention none specially, and so let all alike share in the success and honour. I may, however, venture to say that the “Chinese Town"

was designed by Mr. James Butterworth, one of our own young men, who was assisted by a large number of other young men belonging to our Church in carrying out the work. Mr. J. C. Atkins and Mr. J. Derby. shire have been most indefatigable as secretaries; while Mr.T. H. Atherton has worthily acted as treasurer to the Bazaar.

The following is an account, abridged, from one of our local papers, of the opening ceremony, &c. :


CIRCUIT. THE effort in aid of “A Grand Bazaar," to help very materially to reduce the debt of £1,550 upon the trust estate, was commenced about the beginning of last August. The friends took up the matter most enthusiastically. They seemed determined to give, and work, and beg, to the very best of their ability. Truly it might be said, “s the people had a mind to work."

During the winter months, in addition to having the usual“ Sewing Tea Meetings,

a number of

generous friends gave teas on Saturday after. noons, which were numerously attended, and which proved a great source of profit to the Bazaar Fund.

Two instances of practical sympathy with the movement are worthy of special mention. The friends belonging to our little Society at Alt kindly invited the friends at Lees on two separate occasions to go over and have tea with them, intimating that they were not only prepared to provide the


On Easter Monday a grand bazaar and fancy fair was opened at Zion School by H. Mallalieu, Esq., J.P., of Delph, before a large assemblage. The object is for the clearing off a debt of about £1,000 on the chapel and schools. The bazaar is held in the

upper schoolroom, and as the visitor terrace front, panelled with honeyenters through the doorway he might comb work, the principal colours almost fancy he had been transported being drab, brown, and blue. The in a short space of time from “Modern attempt to give a representation of a Athens” to the home of the China. Chinese garden scene has been most man. The metamorphosis is most successfully carried out. At the striking, and is a very good repre

south end of the room is the resentation of a street one might see in freshment pavilion, similar in conNankin or Pekin. On the east and struction to the temple. From the west sides of the room are arranged beams of the schoolroom there is a two buildings, thirteen yards in length, profuse display of bannerets and which are built in the form of a high- lanterns, the general en semble of the class tradesman's house. The lower scene being most unique. The shops storey depicts an open shop front to are filled with such an array of merthe street, in the windows of which chandise that could the worthy are displayed the goods for sale. The Dominie Sampeon be present he upper storey is a verandah surrounded would no doubt exclaim, “Prodiby a panelled front, with pictorial gious !” There is from the penny scenes with which the Chinese so toy to articles fit to adorn the rooms delight to decorate their dwellings. of an emperor.

In fact, the ladies The openings of the vərandahs are

appear to be vieing with each other hung with yellow curtains and beauti- in pre-eminence of display, and it fully-decorated lanterns, whilst the would be invidious on our part to background is filled in with exotic point out any particular stall where and other plants. There are six all have done so well. The goods are pillars to each range of buildings, marked at strictly moderate prices, ornamented with yellow tracing, which and will no doubt command ready supports a projecting cornice deco- sales. The shops are named after rated in brick, red and blue. These several Methodist New Connexion cornices run the whole length of the Mission stations in China. Stall. building, and have a fine appearance.

holders :At the north end of the schoolroom is

Stall Tientsin.--Mesdames Nichola building designated the temple of

son, C. Shaw, Stead, Clegg, Barrow“Long Life.” The gardens of the

clough, Pemberton, William Shaw, more wealthy Chinese abound with

B. Brooks, Warhurst, S. Lees, Grasmall buildings of a similar character,

ham, and Miss Flelliwell. to which they give typical names of

Stall Lao-Ling.-Mesdames George the above description. Tbe structure has a panelled front coloured brown,

Atkins, Swindells, Edwin Buckley, with diamond trellis-work in blue

Wood (Salem), John Richardson, J.

B. Halliwell, Z. Jackson, W. Lawton, and red. It is surmounted by a double

Isaac Cocker, Nuttal, and Hannam. roof, corrugated and coloured yellow. On the right hand side of the build. Stall Shantung.–Mesdames A. H. ing is a most cleverly executed water

Lawton, Parkyn, Freeman, Rhodes, fall. Falling from a good height the

Shaw (Smithy Brow), Yates, E. Hall, water makes its way down a miniature

Morden, Stanfield, E. Schofield, and glen, and is highly picturesque. On

T. Wrigley. the left of the temple there is formed School Stall Yang Hsin.-Mesdames a lake, in the centre of which is a A. Halliwell, Derbyshire, Bridge, rockery. Proceeding from this is a Hegginbottom, H. Lawton, A.Ogden, fountain at play, which greatly J. Butterworth, Heywood, W. Mayenhances the effect of the surround. all, and Misses Bibby and M. Mayall. ings. The garden is protected by a Refreshment Stall Chan Hwa.-Mes. dames T. H. Atherton, J. C. Mayall, scarce. The benefit was lasting. His J. Hadfield, and Miss Freeman. labour had been lightened. Their

The proceedings commenced by the great work that morning was not only singing of an appropriate hymn. the spiritual development in their The Rev. T. Rider "then read a pas- church, but the development of the sage of Scripture from Exodus, and financial department as well, for the the Rev. W. J. Townsend offered two should go hand in hand. The prayer for the success of the bazaar, work of the Church could not go on which had for its object the greater successfully unless the financial departhonour and glory of God.

ment was in a healthy state. For The Rev. S. T. Nicholson announced generations the work of that Church that H. Mallalieu, Esq., J.P., of had gone bravelyon; their foreDelph, had kindly consented to open fathers had built that place; they had the bazaar, and spoke in high terms struggled hard, toiled hard, in that of that gentleman's liberality.

district. The opposition that crossed Mr. Mallalieu, who was received their path was great. Circumstances with much cheering, said he sincerely were against them, but their forehoped there would be a continuation fatbers had stout hearts and willing of the work they had in hand until it hands, and in spite of all obstacles they arrived at a successful issue. When had nothing but love and goodwill he looked at the circulars they had for all around them. There was an issued, and saw the movement sup- incumbrance left them, but by coported by the mayor and aldermen of operating that incumbrance could be one of the most prosperous and pro-. removed. Things were more favourgressive populations in the United able to them nowadays than in the Kingdom, supported, too, by the fore- days of their forefathers, when Nonmost magistrates and gentlemen of conformity was menaced in many ways the district, he could not help feeling by public opinion and public measures. that he was unworthy to occupy his He trusted that the result of the bazaar present position. However, the cause would clear off the debt remaining on of the Church and of edncation their premises. If all present did prompted him to comply with their their duty] there was no doubt the requisition. In his own early days he debt would be cleared off by the had received lasting benefit in connec- bazaar. They had a Sunday-school, tion with that place. He was in: well officered, which provided for the debted to those present, as well as spiritual wants of the district; they those who had passed away to a better had most efficient day-schools, which world, for many benefits, and he had provided for secular wants; and the much pleasure in acknowledging his combination presented there of spiritual gratitude to them. In his boyhood's and secular instruction of a most ex. days the people living in Lees and sur. cellent character ought to fill their rounding places had to encounter diffi- minds with the utmost satisfaction, culties unknown in the present day. The speaker then alluded to the disThey, however, had left a monument advantages under which they laboured behind them, and its effect was visible in the past, and contrasted them with in the grand assembly of that morning: the advantages of the present time. The only college in which he had What they needed most particularly studied and was trained was in con- was a systematic method of pecuniary nection with the body with which support wbich would carry on the he was now connected and had the progressive work of the Church. Their honour to address. He received kind- efforts then would not be disappointed; ness from that body at a time when the Church would flourish, and not be friends were few and books were in need of bazaars. If all would give

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