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The wages in England were higher than cipal, was able to produce an amount which, those that were paid in Scotland, and her though not enough ander ordinary circumaim was to live upon as small a sum as they stances to have induced the firm to ad. could with comfort. There was a desire mit him as a partner, yet in Pleck's case in both not to spend more than two-thirds was allowed; for, said the senior who was of their income, and though another life about to retire, “If the man has not money, came into the dwelling in little more than he has more than money's worth in brains a year from their setting up housekeeping, and conduct." yet the extra expenses were met, and they In all these changes, of course Mrs. had saved a third out of the husband's Pleck had removed to a better house, but earnings.
still much within their income. She I need not say that Mrs. Pleck did all dressed herself and children better, but her own needlework and ironing. If she still with great plainness; which indeed ever had any help, it was when she was made them look so well that a lady from not quite strong, and a washerwoman came London who was visiting in the neighbour-a poor soul who had buried ten out of hood, and who saw them at church, said, her twelve children, and whose two sur- “Who were those quietly dressed, genteel viving daughters were now earning four people who sat near as ?” The remark teen shillings a week each at the mill, but was retailed to Pleck's old mother. She spent it all on themselves and did not had long altered her first opinion, for she know how to make the plainest garment, now said, “ Genteel, indeed! If that means and therefore either tawdry or having a right good head to think and hand tattered, never decent and comfortable. to manage, my Will's wife may stand up Such a lesson, it need not be said, confirmed with the best.' Mrs. Pleck in her plans.
Yes, it was so. A saving wife in this Hers was not an eventful life. Her case proved far better, as to mere worldly simple round of duties took up her time. success, than many an earning wife; and as Her children, well nursed and trained, were to home comfort and the soul
progress which healthy and happy. Her husband, being al- depends on "patient continuance in well
“ ways punctual, neat, and orderly, was noticed doing,” all who remember that the wife is and trusted. His salary gradually rose, and the light of the dwelling will know that then he was able to save half the income and this humble house-mother did wisely. still to allow a few more extras in the home. In a lovely house on a hill-side in York
Bat no foolish or dangerous luxuries shire, overlooking a long valley where tall were allowed. Mrs. Pleck had never read chimneys are smoking, lives Mrs. Pleck. the maxim, “Resist beginnings;" but it Her family are some of them grown up, was her maxim, and, something more, she and helping their prosperous father, who practised it.
has added "& Sons” to the title of the Years went on, and slowly Pleck rose to firm. On a visit I made to them, the wife be overseer. Soon after, he heard that the told me of her early married days, and she firm intended to take in a junior partner. closed her narrative thus,—“We were A sum of money was wanted ; and Mrs. blessed with health, love, and contentment. Pleck, who had been depositing for years, God gave the increase, and to His Name and had let the interest go to the prin- be the glory."
IL HOSPITAL COLLECTIONS,
As a proof that the Church of England is
not behindhand, even in Birmingham, in ET us just look at the
voluntary offerings for benevolent purposes, relative merits of Church and Dissent so far
we give the amounts collected in that town
on Hospital Sunday, October, 1874:I am concerned, and
£ 8. d. perhaps it will apply
Church of England to hundreds
3,394 0 5 more. I Congregationalists
496 16 1 reside in the district of
469 7 7 Saint Mark's Church,
296 94 Sheffield. It would take me twenty minutes
210 0 10 to walk to that place of worship, whilst there Dawsonites
162 6 6 are six Dissenting chapels within ten minutes Jews...
135 00 walk of my house, and at each of these chapels Quakers...
133 10 5 there is a stationed minister, making a total Roman Catholics...
77 17 0 of sis stationed ministers. What is the Presbyterians
47 14 3 result P Although I never attend the church,
5,423 12 5 nor any of my family, yet I have frequently
Other Denominations, been visited by the curate of the Church
Schools, Workshops, eto. 156 12 7 referred to; whilst in regard to Dissent, the only visitor we have is in the person of a
£5,580 14 0 delicate lady who brings us tracts. I do not wish it to be understood that at
III. THE EDUCATION OF THE POOR, the six chapels referred to no good is being Recent statistics, published by the authority done, or that no effort is being made to make of the Government, show that the Church is men better. I believe that at these places doing her work most satisfactorily in her own there are to be found some really good men way; the official returns of last summer testi. who are deeply in earnest for the welfare of fying that out of the total number of children their fellow-men, and are extremely solicitous for whom school accommodation is profor the young of their congregations. But vided at the established rate, viz., 2,582,549 what I should like to know is, supposing (i.e. in schools connected with the Privy the desire of the Liberationists to be an Council), the Church finds accommodation accomplished fact, would the Church become for no less than 1,751,697. Speaking generally more powerful for good, or would the oppor- and in round numbers, the Church annually tunities for increased effort be augmented expends two millions of money, raised volun. amongst Dissenters 2-A Working Man. tarily, on the education of the poor.
The Gain of Sunday Rest.
will not produce more in a week by many ages, rested from our labour one day in
That day is not lost. Man, the masix days. But I very much doubt whether, chine of machines—the machine compared at the end of a year, he will generally have with which all the contrivances of the Watts produced more by working seven days a and Arkwrights are worthless-is repairing week than by working six days a week; and and winding up, so that he returns to his laI firmly believe that at the end of twenty bours on the Monday with clearer intellect, years he will have produced less by working with livelier spirits, with renewed bodily seven days a week than by working six days vigour.”—LORD MACAULAY.
Therefore it is that we are not