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The Itinerants' Club, which met at Buffalo, was a great success. Dr. Potts was one of the prominent speakers. He preached once in the place of Bishop Mallalieu, who was sick. He also delivered addresses on the "Pulpit and Pew" and "Factors of Ministerial Power."

Methodist missions extend to eight

of the ten nations of the continent of South America, in six of which Methodism is at present the only organized missionary agency among the native peoples and in the national language.

The corner-stone of the Methodist Episcopal church and college was laid in Rome, May 9, with imposing ceremonies. The United States Ambassador and several Americans were present, among whom were many ladies. Bishop Newman and Rev. Mr. Piggott were the principal speakers.

METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH,

SOUTH.

In April the Book Committee prepared its report. The assets of the Publishing House amount to $662,055.73. Total business for the year $343,383.43. The General Conference is in session while these notes are being prepared. From the Bishops' address we learn that there are 5,487 travelling preachers, 6,513 local preachers and 1,345,210 members, a gain during the quadrennium of 168,000. The Sunday-school Department is well up-total teachers and scholars, 890,962, a gain of 76,587. There are 993 Epworth Leagues, with an average of thirty members to a League. The Fraternal Delegates were: Rev. Dr. Stephenson from the Wesleyan Conference, England; Drs. Goucher and Rogers, Methodist Episcopal Church, and Dr. A. Sutherland from the Methodist Church, Canada.

THE DEATH ROLL.

Rev. Thomas Greenfield, Primitive Methodist, England, died at Sunderland, last April. He was eighty-one years of age. The whole of his ministerial life was spent in the north

of England, where the present writer formed his acquaintance.

Rev. James A. Bastow, also of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, died soon after his friend Greenfield. He attained the great age of eightyfive, having been sixty-two years in he was employed in circuit work. the ministry. For forty-eight years Many a pleasant hour we have spent he devoted all his spare time in prein his company. For many years paring a Biblical Dictionary, which ran through five editions. A short time before he died the late Premier of England, Hon. W. E. Gladstone, sent him a message of congratulation respecting his dictionary, which had greatly aided him in some of his

studies.

Rev. Thomas Woolsey, of the Toronto Conference, for more than forty years was a faithful ambassador for Christ. In 1855 he went to Hudson's Bay territory and endured many hardships among the Indians, but he seldom referred to these. Since 1881 he has sustained a superannuated relation. For some years his health was very precarious, but his place was seldom vacant in the sanctuary, even though his deafness prevented him hearing what was said from the pulpit. He was good man who held constant communion with God in prayer. Mrs. Woolsey and her bereaved daughters have the sympathy of the whole Church and the legacy of an honoured life.

CORRECTION.

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On page 525 there is an error. The parents of Miss Hart, the esteemed missionary in British Columbia, are still in the Church militant. May their removal hence be far, far in the future.

On the same page it is stated that "six young men will be wanted in Newfoundland Conference next June. The president of the Conference says, "Our ranks will be filled without any additions from outside." We copied the information from an English periodical and were thus led astray.

Book Notices.

Discourses and Addresses. By GEO. DOUGLAS, D.D., LL.D. Toronto: William Briggs. Pp. 403. Price, cloth, with portrait, $1.25.

This volume is a beautiful memorial of a noble life. The many friends of Dr. Douglas, throughout the length and breadth of Canada and beyond, will be glad to have this collection of a number of his eloquent sermons and matchless addresses. As one turns the pages one may hear again the cadence of that wonderful voice, and feel again the deep emotion which his words inspired.

In addition to some of the grandest of his sermons are a number of his ablest addresses, as his missionary speech, given at Albany, in 1868, his Ecumenical addresses at London, in 1881, and Washington, in 1891, the Wesleyan Centenary address, and his stirring fraternal address to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Never again shall we hear among us this stately, ornate kind of eloquence, enriched with historic allusions and poetic quotations like a royal robe embroidered with gold and gems.

It is beautifully significant of the wide love and reverence in which our departed Apollos was held, that three leading men of three great Churches, the Rev. William Arthur, representing English Methodism ; Bishop Foster, of American Methodism, and Dr. Potts, speaking for our own Canadian Church, should introduce this volume to its many readers on both sides of the sea. The beautiful and tender biographical sketch, prefaced to this volume, presents in brief the outlines of this noble life-a story of rarely paralleled suffering, illumined by heroic courage and Christian faith. An admirable vignette portrait accompanies the volume, which is beautifully printed and bound.

The Holy Spirit and Christian Privilege. By THOMAS G. SELBY. London: Chas. H. Kelly. Toronto: William Briggs. Pp. 272. Price, $1.25.

This is another volume of the "Life Indeed" Series, and on one of the most important subjects on which the human mind can dwell. We live under the dispensation of the Spirit. When the Church of Christ comprehends more and more of the length and breadth and depth of the meaning of this divine bestowment, then shall new power clothe her ministrations and unwonted conquests follow her endeavours. Under such headings as The New Logic of the Pentecost," "The Inspirer of Prayer," "The Inward Intercessor,'

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Lay Prophesying," "The Sealing Spirit," "The Spirit and a New Sense of Sin," the blessing and power of the Holy Spirit, giving energy and efficacy to the Word and to the life, are strikingly enforced. The writer seems to be a layman and writes with wonderful freshness and vigor.

In speaking of the need of divine illumination to see heavenly things, our author says, "There is within everyone of us an ingrained unfitness to receive the things of the Spirit, which nothing but a new birth by the power of God can take away."

Where the rudiments of sense exist, it may be helped or educated; but the sense itself can only be imparted by a birth. The optician may aid the natural power of the eye with his lenses, or hide a defect by what is artificial; the surgeon may transplant flesh, and build up some mutilated feature, or cover over some disfigurement, but no skill can create the specialized sense which distinguishes color, detects scent, or judges of musical pitch. These incomprehensible discriminations come with the birth, and if wanting are

irretrievably so. And the spiritual senses by which the things of the kingdom are discerned issue from a spiritual birth, effected by Divine power alone. You cannot make a worm with its one poor sense see the glory of sunsets and rainbows, even if you give it the vantage-ground of Snowdon; nor can you make a seaslug responsive to the charm of music, even if you put it into an aquarium resonant with the strains of a brass band. There are some things the most expert instructor could not teach a Swan river savage, who can only count up to five. And Christ cannot teach away the ignorance and limitation of the man who does not recognise his need of the recreating breath of the Spirit. The natural man's incapacity for spiritual things can only be dealt with by a miracle, which makes him into an entirely different type of being."

The New Testament and its Writers. Being an introduction to the books of the New Testament. By REV. J. A. M'CLYMONT, B.D. London: Adam & Charles Black. Toronto: William Briggs. Pp. viii-288. Price, $1.25.

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In these days of biblical criticism, higher and lower, the man of God should be "thoroughly furnished unto all good works.' The forma tion of the canon of the New Testament will always be a subject of intense, practical interest. This book is an expansion of one of the Bible Class text-books, issued by the Christian Life and Work Committee of the Church of Scotland, and cannot fail to be of service to ministers and Bible-class teachers for acquiring a deeper knowledge of the mind of the Spirit as revealed in the Word of God. We hear much of Inductive Bible Study. Such a book as this is one of the first requisites for its successful prosecution. This is a judicious, conservative treatment of this important subject by a thoroughly competent scholar. It takes up in turn each of the books of the New Testament and discusses its authorship, its purpose, its place and time of writing, and other features. The

notes on the canon, ancient manuscripts and versions and textual criticisms, will be found of much value, as also the sections on the "Undesigned Coincidences of the Epistles and Historic Books."

Much interest and value is given to the book by its excellent map and fac-simile reproductions of the famous codices, the Sinaiticus, Vaticanus and Alexandrinus and others, with specimens of the ancient palimpsests, including that of the remarkable old Syriac gospels discovered in the convent of St. Catharine, at Mount Sinai, by Mrs. S. S. Lewis, in 1892.

In the discussion of the book of Hebrews the author gives a decision in favor of its authorship by Barnabas, that "good man, full of the Holy Ghost and of Faith-the son of consolation." The book was written probably from Rome to the Jews who were scattered abroad, about the year 68 A.D.

The Inspirations of the Christian Life. By THOMAS F. LOCKYER, B.A. London: Chas. H. Kelly. Toronto: William Briggs. Pp. 251. Price, $1.25.

The Wesleyan Conference office has begun a new series of short books on great subjects, edited by the Rev. W. L. Watkinson, which promise to be of much value to their readers. These bear the generic title, "The 'Life Indeed' Series," a name suggested by the initial volume from the accomplished pen of Mr. Watkinson himself. They treat such subjects as The Discipline of the Soul," "The Inspirations of the Christian Life," "The Holy Spirit and Christian Privilege," "The Laws of Spiritual Growth," "The Origin of the Christian Life," and the volume before us on "The Inspirations of the Christian Life."

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This volume treats of The Great Realities of Religion, The Holy One of Israel, The Assurance of Faith, The Christian Commission, Great Ideals, Our Earnest of Victory, and The Christian Hope. Under these titles are grouped a series of important sections treating these august themes in a practical and impressive

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The Lay Preacher's Handbook: First Steps in Homiletics. By the REV. CHARLES O. ELDRIDGE, B.A. London: Charles H. Kelly. Toronto: William Briggs. Price, 70c. Our Wesleyan friends in England make much more of lay preaching than we do in Canada. Village and rural Methodism in that country owes an unspeakable debt to this important service, and not a few of its lay preachers are welcome in the foremost pulpits of the connexion. The Local Preachers' Union and Preacher's Magazine have been important helps in the development of lay preaching. This little book, with its wise suggestions and godly councils, will be found very helpful, not merely to lay preachers, but to ordained ministers. The remarks on Self-culture, The Bible, and How to Study It, The Study of Human Nature, Choosing a Text, Divisions, Classification, Voice and Manner, Open-air Services and Mission Work, and Prayer, are full of wise suggestions.

Books for Bible Students. Edited by

REV. ARTHUR E. GREGORY, An introduction to the study of Hebrew. By J. T. L. MAGGS, B.A. Containing grammar, exercises and reading lessons. London: Chas. H. Kelly. Toronto: William Briggs. Pp. viii-190. Price, 90c. Among the books for Bible students edited by A. E. Gregory, the present manual will be found of much value. Every expositor of the Word of God ought to be able to read for himself the Scripture oracles in their original tongues and to verify for himself the

teachings of the great commentators. Nor is this such a difficult task as is often thought. With the little volume before us and a determined will, any average student should be able to accomplish this object.

A Harmony of the Gospels, from the Revised Version. By W. H. WITHROW, D.D., F.R.S.C. Toronto: William Briggs. Price 50 cents net, in cloth.

For twelve months from July next the Sunday-school Lessons will be upon the life of Christ.

To furnish the best possible help for this important study the Editor has arranged this Harmony of the Gospels, the result of a very conHe siderable amount of labour. has so interwoven the narratives of the four Evangelists as to give as full and flowing an account as possible of the life of our Lord. The advantage of such a Harmony, or Monotessaron, is thus stated by Prof. Amos R. Wells, in the Sunday

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"Far above Concordance, Bible Index, or Bible Dictionary, I count the Monotessaron the very best help to Bible study. Speaking for one, I may say that through recent first acquaintance with a Monotessaron, that Matchless Life has shone upon me with an entire splendour of beauty and majesty before unimagined. has given the life and person of Christ marvellous vividness, setting facts in their due order, location, relations and proportions, while the facility it affords is a constant inspiration to fresh delightful study. Not only every Sunday-school teacher, but every Bible scholar should own one."

The Canadian publishers are William Briggs, Toronto; C. W. Coates, Montreal; and S. F. Huestis, Halifax. Most Harmonies are rather expensive; this is within the reach of everyone. The book may be ordered from the author or from the publishers.

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