The Patriarchs. The Faithful Servant. Harriet and her Scholars. Lily Douglas. Alice Binden. Old Humphrey. Malan's True Cross. My Station and its Duties. Lives of the British Reformers. Life of Neff.

Yours truly,


Rev. Sir,-Not having observed in your Magazine any reply to an enquiry made by a lady, as to the best method of conducting a Lending Library, in a Sunday-school, I offer for insertion, if you think fit, the following account of the method I adopt.

I have two divisions of the library-one for my Bible classes, the other for the Testament—the latter being of course the most simple. The books can be claimed by any scholar who has been two months in the school, and is recommended by his Teacher. Such a new claimant comes to me after the dismissal of the school in the afternoon, and receives a card ticket, about two and a half inches long, by one broad, with his name written across one end. This ticket he takes his Teacher, who gives him a book, inserting the ticket in the book. A girl acts in the same manner. And our school not being very large, one library serves for both boys and girls, who change their books on alternate Sundays.

Supposing it to be the boys' day, as they arrive for afternoon school, each boy places his book in an open box, put ready for the purpose, just inside the school-room door-taking care that his ticket is inside the book. When the classes are all at their work, I proceed to change the books, assisted generally by a senior scholar, as our school is not rich enough in Teachers to afford a librarian. The new books are placed in the box by the door, and then, as the boys file out after school, this senior scholar gives each boy his book and ticket. Should this ticket be lost, the scholar has to wait a fortnight without a book, as a punishment for carelessness.

The account of the circulation is kept on a sheet of the usual rollbook, pasted on card board; the name of the reader standing in the first column, and the number of the book he receives placed under the date, across which number a diagonal line is drawn when the book is returned. For this plan I am chiefly indebted to the Superintendent of a school in the Isle of Wight, and I find it answer admirably.

The books are much sought after. I have about 70 boys and girls in the Testament classes; and of the 54 books provided for them, only six remained on the shelf last Sunday. I am, Rev. Sir, yours respectfully,


SCHOOL CLOTHING CLUBS. DEAR SIR, -As many children in most parishes are prevented attending school for a portion of the year from want of clothes, I would beg to suggest to the clergy, and school managers, the advantage of establishing clothing clubs, for the benefit of day and Sunday-scholars. We have done so, and find that it answers extremely well. Our school is better attended, and the children more decently and comfortably clothed.

The following are our rules :

1. The club to consist of those children who are daily or Sundayscholars.

2. Each child will be allowed to contribute one penny, or twopence per week, but not beyond the latter amount.

3. The payments to be made every Monday morning, to the mistress, (master to be inserted for boys' schools) at the schoolroom, and no deposit will be received unless the child's weekly school money has been first duly paid.

4. A premium of threepence in the shilling will be allowed.

5. No premium will be given on any arrears when paid in, if of more than a month's standing.

6. The non-attendance of any child at the schools beyond a week, without permission, or who shall be reported by the mistress, to be guilty of gross misconduct, will cease to be considered a member.

7. On the first Tuesday in November, a ticket for clothing will be given to each subscriber, to the amount of the sum deposited, together with the above-mentioned premium. 8. Subscribers must reside in the parish.

R. P. B.

ON SELLING BOOKS ON THE LORD'S DAY. Rev. Sir, I have long been perplexed on this subject; there seems to be a good object in view, but I know that “we must not do evil that good may come.”

Permit me now to relate an anecdote which bears on this subject. A short time since, a Sunday-school girl, in Birmingham, who, on her way to school, had gone into a shop to buy fruit, and was remonstrated with by her teacher, on the impropriety of doing so on the Lord's day. “I do not know,” said the little girl, “why I should be blamed for this ; we buy at the Sunday-school on the Lord's day.” On being requested to explain what she meant, she said, “In the school hymn books and catechisms are sold to us children by the teachers.” What difference is there between this and the practice of which the teacher complained ? W. S.

“WHEN OUGHT THE DOOR TO BE CLOSED?” Rev. SIR,—As the above subject has been resumed by “A Constant Reader” in your valuable “Teacher's Visitor" for this month, I am induced to send you the following, and if you consider it calculated to afford any satisfaction to either of your correspondents on this subject, perhaps you will kindly give it a place in your next number.

The School with which I have been connected for the last twelve years opens in the morning at nine o'clock, with prayers, and in the afternoon at half-past two, with a hymn. ,When these services commence, the doors are closed, but not bolted; and boys arriving during the time of prayer or praise are allowed quietly to open the door, and to kneel, or stand, (as the case may be) immediately inside, until the conclusion, when they go to their classes. They are of course marked late; and they do not receive the full reward.

This plan has worked very well in our school; and its adoption in the school with which your correspondent, “Wm.

-,” (in the No. for September last) is connected, would, I think, be a decided im. provement.

With many thanks for the valuable services you render us, I remain, Rev. Sir, most respectfully yours,

W.M. February 9, 1846.

York, February 12th, 1846. REV. SIR,-Having observed in your valuable “Teacher's Visi. tor” for the present month that the correspondence on the question, “When ought the door to be closed?" is still open, I am induced to offer a few remarks. I have no disposition to dictate to my fellow teachers, but having been connected with Sunday-schools for many years, and observed the inattention and disorder attendant on the admission of parties during the opening services of the school, I venture to make a few observations.

I think that when the psalm or hymn is given out, the duties of the school have fairly commenced, and that the doors ought to be closed, because the entrance of any one attracts the attention of the other children, and disturbs that order which I think ought to be maintained during singing as well as prayer. When the singing is concluded, those who are waiting outside might be admitted, and the door again closed until prayer is over. In the school that I am connected with, all are considered late who are not present when singing commences. To admit children during the singing is calculated to make them think lightly of that portion of religious WoFship. They no doubt 'have it often impressed on their minds by

their teachers, that all our efforts to do or get good are ineffectual without the blessing of God

that we cannot have that blessing unless we seek it and that singing the praises of God, and calling apon his holy name are privileges, the neglect of which is attended with loss to themselves; and therefore whatever tends to weaken that impression must be injurious, and ought to be avoided. To admit teachers and not the children seems to me an act of injustice to the latter, which they are not slow in discerning.

If I understand your correspondent in the “Visitor" for Sep. 1845, he speaks of the singing occupying twenty minutes. This I consider much too long: the singing and prayer together ought not, I think, to exceed that time, if so much, or the children will become restless and inattentive, and there will be but little time for the other exercises of the school, especially where the whole time does not exceed an hour before church time.

With regard to teachers, think the cases where they are so situated that they cannot attend early are not many. I have almost invariably found that those teachers and children who live at the greatest distance are most regular and punctual in their attendance. This ought not to be the case, yet such is the fact ; for I have observed it for some time. But even should difficulties be in the way, let us only feel as we ought our responsibility as teachers, and I am sure we shall use every proper means for their removal.

I would recommend every teacher to read over and reflect seriously on the remarks on “Punctuality' contained in the “Visitor" for February, of the present year; and I am sure, if he be a conscientious teacher, he will be stirred up to renewed diligence in prosecuting the duties of his office, and should he be so unfortunate as to arrive too late for admission before the singing, he will be willing to wait a few minutes, rather than divert the attention of the children, and disturb the order of the school by his entrance.

In order to shew the importance of an early attendance on the part of the Teachers, I would just mention a circumstance which occurred in the school with which I am connected, one Sunday morning. The superintendent observing a boy who looked much dissatisfied, went up to him, and asked what was the matter? * Please, sir," said the boy, “the teacher has marked me late."Well, my lad, were you here before singing commenced?” “No, sir, but I was here before the teacher."


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DICTIONARY OF THE BIBLE. REV. SIR,–What is the best work upon the Liturgy, or entire Services of the Church, explanatory of the Prayers, Collects, &c.? “Bailey's Liturgy compared with the Bible” is, I believe, a good work on the subject.

What work can you recommend as a help to the reading or study of the Scriptures? One by Mr. Nicholls is exceedingly useful, published by the Society for promoting Christian Knowledge. I have “Bickersteth's Scripture Help," and find it very useful; but what I still want is a kind of key, or dictionary.

A TEACHER. [Perhaps some reader would kindly furnish the information required. -Ed.]

ON MOVING IN CLASSES. Rev. SIR,- In looking over the “Teacher's Visitor" for this month, I find in your Notices to Correspondents that the case stated by a “Sunday-school Teacher" is not quite understood by you: allow me to lay it before you as plain and in as brief a way as possible.

In my letter of the 25th Nov. 1845, you will find there are Nos. 4, 5, 6, and 7 classes mentioned, and that the young people's attain. ments and efficiency in No. 7 class did not merit a removal to No. 6 class. As you will be aware that in all schools the lower the num. ber the higher the class—for instance, No. I is the highest class in the school, and each successive number a class lower—so it is in our school-and No. 4 class being higher than Nos. 5, 6, and 7, as Nos. 4, 5, and 6 classes were denominated “ Bible Classes,” and No. 7 a “Testament Class.” And the question to which I seek an answer is, Why not remove the young people of No. 7 class to No. 6, and so on to Nos. 5 and 4 respectively, as they merited such removal? and not remove the whole of the young people of No. 7 class, together with the Teacher, to No. 4 class, and the young people and Teachers who were in Nos. 4, 5, and 6 are in what is now denominated Nos. 5, 6, and 7 classes, consequently a class lower in the school; and so remains the case to which I am alluding.

And concluding with these remarks, hoping they will convey to you a clear understanding of what is meant and sought for, and apologising for this trespass on your time, I again subscribe myself, Rev. Sir,

A SUNDAY-SCHOOL TEACHER. Macclesfield, 7th Feb, 1846.


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