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in this paper :
GOD'S GLORY IN THE to each other.
The whole paper is HEAVENS.*
well worth reading. The next takes DR. LEITCH gives us in this volume a
" the invisible side" of the moon, up
and special reference is made to M. score papers, admirably written, on
Hansen's discovery. some of the most attractive astronomical subjects. He first takes us on “In the case of the moon, the side "a journey through space,” now on turned to us is virtually one enormous the tail of a comet, and now on a ray mountain, and the opposite side the corof light. He well puts the following responding valley. We could not expeet
to find traces of air on the summit of a
terrestrial mountain one hundred and “From the simple law, that light re- thirty-four miles high. The conclusion, quires time to travel from one point to therefore, is, that though the near bemisanother, it follows, that we see everything phere is a lifeless desert, the hidden in the past. In the case of very distant hemisphere may have a teeming popula. objects this leads to startling results. For tion, rejoicing in all the comforts and every event in the past history of the amenities of life. The imagination is set world, there is a corresponding point in free to picture broad oceans, bearing on space, and if we were situated on a star at their bosoms the commerce of this new that point, we should, on looking down world, rivers fertilizing the valleys through upon the earth, see the corresponding which they flow, a luxuriant vegetation, event transacted. For example, if we took and buildings of colossal size. up our position in star, to which light would take six thousand years to travel
“Granting that the other side of the from this globe, we should witness the moon is peopled, can our world ever know scenes of paradise, and the roll of the of its inhabitants, seeing that only the world's history would unfold itself to our that the inhabitants, if they keep on their
lighter side is turned to us? It is plain eyes. If the course of events appeared too slow, we could hasten it, in any degree, own side, can never get a glimpse of the
earth. by gliding swiftly towards the earth, along
If there is an atmosphere, it is the course of the rays. If we could accom- probable that it may extend a small way plish the journey in an hour, the history within the visible side, though in a rari.
fied form. of six thousand years would be condensed
We can then conceive the into that period."
intrepid lunar inhabitants venturing, as
far as they can breathe, within the barren Dr. Leitch gives us four papers on hemisphere; just like adventurous travelthe moon. The first takes up the old lers on our globe, scaling lofty mountains and often debated question is the to obtain an extended view of the land. moon inhabited ? Dr. Hansen's dis
scape. What an astonishing spectacle covery has once more revived this must burst upon the view of the lunar controversy. The writer of this volume tourist as soon as he fairly gets within the shows that, judging from the, to us, new hemisphere! The traveller who has visible part of the moon, there is no spent the night on the summit of the air, and so no medium for the convey- Rigi, to watch the rising of the sun over ance of sound. Eternal silence reigns.
the snow-clad ranges of the Oberland A mountain toppling down into the Alps, feels rewarded for all his toil by the valley beneath would make no more southern hemisphere, when he first be
glorious spectacle. The explorer of the noise than the falling of a piece of holds the southern cross and the Magelwool, and would not be much more lanic clouds, experiences no ordinary rapid in its descent. The people must delight at having ushered in to view a new converse by signs. Music is impos- portion of God's universe. But these sible. There can be no shelter from illustrations can but imperfectly enable us the glare of the sun by fleecy clouds; to realize the case of the lunar traveller, and no light except when the sun is when he first beholds the earth. He will directly over any spot; so that dark see an immense blue orb hung up, imnight and bright day would be near movably fixed, in the heavens. It will
appear to him fourteen times larger than * God's Glory in the Heavens. By William Leitch, the moon appears to us. The sun will
be seen, as in the other lunar hemisphere,
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God's Glory in the Heavens.
181 to rise in one horizon, and in fourteen M. Lescarbault, and, Frenchman-like, days set in the opposite; but the earth announced himself and his titles with never moves. The stars at midday, as a view of overawing the perpetrator well as at midnight, will appear to pass of the sorry joke. He asked sharplybehind its disc, while it maintains the same position. But though immovably discovered the intra-Mercurial planet, and
“ • Is it you, sir, who pretend to have fixed in the heavens, wondrous activities will be discovered. It will exhibit in who have committed the grave offence of twenty-eight days all the phases of the keeping your observation secret for nine moon-now a thin crescent, then a full months?. I have to tell you that I am orb. Its rapid rotation will also be a most come with the intention of exposing your notable object, for, in so large an orb, the pretensions, and of demonstrating your twenty-four hours period will be most great delusion, if not your dishonesty. marked. And then the blue atmosphere Tell me at once, categorically, what have will be undergoing incessant changes. you seen? The lamb trembled all over at Belts, corresponding to the trade-winds,
this rude summons of the lion ; he tried will be seen, and throughout the whole to speak, but ho only stammered out the extent, the varying climates of the world following reply : At four o'clock, on the will be observable. Though objects on
26th of March last, faithful to my constant the surface of the earth will be but dimly babit, I looked through my telescope, and descried, still our seas, continents, and observed the dise of the sun, when, all at mountain ranges may be distinguished. once, I detected near the eastern edge a What a tale of wonder will the traveller small black point, perfectly round, and have to tell
, when, after his perilous sharply defined, passing across the disc adventures, he returns to the bosom of his with a very sensible motion. It gradually, family!"
though quite perceptibly, increased its The two other papers on the moon
distance from the edge, but'”. are devoted to a description of the
Here M. Lescarbault went on to relunar landscape, and a fair estimate of late that at that moment a knock was the uses of the moon to the earth and heard on the counter of his laboratory its inhabitants. One of the most below, and the knocking growing more fascinating papers is the sixth-on the emphatic, he descended. He hastened discovery of the planet Vulcan; a dis- to attend to the summons for his procovery made, not by an astronomer fessional aid. Fortunately it was not of repute, who had the most accurate
a call to go abroad. A soothing instruments at his service, but by an
draught was all that was needed. He obscure French doctor, in a remote scrupulously measured out the ingrevillage, whose instruments were inostly and then rushed back again to his
dients, corked and labelled the bottled, of his own construction, and were of the homeliest description. Leverrier,
little observatory. He was not too director of the Observatory of Paris, late. The strange planet was still on laid before the Academy of Science the disc. He had marked the precise the proofs which had led him to
time when the planet had appeared on the conclusion that there must be a
the eastern edge of the disc, and he planet within the orbit of Mercury. now carefully watched the moment Three months after, Dec., 1859, he
when it would disappear. Having received a letter from the small town noted these times, and measured the of Orgères, in the department of Enre- size and position of the segment of et-Loire. The contents startled the the sun's disc cut off by the path of astronomer, who, however, lost no
the planet, he had branded the object, time in sifting the matter. The writer so that it could afterwards be idenof the letter, M. Lescarbault, the doc- tified. This was not enough for Levertor aforesaid, announced that he had, rier; he now sternly askedon the 26th March preceding, observed “• Where is your chronometer, sir ? My a small planet cross the disc of the sun. chronometer! I have only this minute Keeping the secret to himself, Lever- watch, the faithful companion of all my rier, in fear lest the letter should prove watch, marking only minutes, do you dare
professional visits. What! with that old a hoax, set off for Orgères. He took to speak of estimating seconds? I fear with him M. Vallée, a civil engineer, my suspicions are too well founded. The as a spectator of the severity with doctor showed to his satisfaction how he which he intended to visit the culprit. accomplished the object. With the aid of He presented himself at the door of a ball hung by a silk thread, and swinging
seconds, combined with the counting of His papers will never be thrown aside his pulse while observing, he attained the with disgust, but are certain to win requisite accuracy.
favour wherever they circulate. “ The next point was the telescope. Was it good enough to see a small black point? Here Lescarbault spoke with more QUIET RESTING PLACES.* confidence. He had, after great privation and suffering, saved enough to buy a lens. MR. RALEIGH is well known as a The optician, seeing his enthusiasm and popular preacher among the Indepenpoverty, gave it cheap. He made the tube dents. This volume contains some himself, and all the fittings necessary to twenty sermons, delivered in the ordimount it properly. He now went into nary course of his ministry, and pubsome technical details to explain how, by lished nearly as they were written. means of threads stretched across the They are just such discourses as weary focus of the telescope, he was able to men like to hear on the Sabbath, and measure distances on the sun's diso."
will neither overtax the brain nor heart. Then followed the search for the Strong men need stronger meat; but original jottings of the observation. every man in his own order. There is After some trouble, and not a little tre- too much diffusiveness for our taste; pidation, these were found. They were and the gold is hammered into such on a square powder-paper, which had thin leaf that it must have been diffiseen some service in the shop, was cult to carry anything away except a spotted with grease and laudanum, certain vagne impression. We have and now served as a book-marker. not heard Mr. Raleigh, and so do not The rough draught of his calculations know what we have lost by not hearwas also discovered on a board in the ing these sermons delivered. The serdoctor's carpenter's shop, for he did mon entitled, “ Voices of the Spring," not disdain even the work of an ordi- while not the most finished, contains a nary mechanic.
The lion at last fair average of Mr. Raleigh's excelsoftened down, and became all kind- lencies. The “Voices" of the season
The doctor had removed all are eight-fold: —"The first voice Leverrier's doubts. The obscure as- speaks directly of God," the second tronomer speedily obtained from the of the divine faithfulness, the third of Emperor the decoration of the Legion divine goodness, the fourth of divine of Honour- in this instance moet wor- tenderness. The remainder are voices thily bestowed. He was invited to a cheering those who are serving God grand banquet in the Hotel du Louvre, faithfully, which sound away into the but he persistently declined, bis chief far future, announce the general resurreason being that "he had not the rection, and tell that all our earthly means of securing a substitute to wait time is the springtime of our existence. on his dear patients” in the humble We give the following quotation, not town of Osgères.
as the happiest illustration of Mr. The sun-its total eclipse, its work Raleigh's style, but as the one that and structure, its chemistry; the from its brevity we can most easily structure and history of comets; the reproduce. structure of planets and of Saturn's “A voice which sounds away into the rings; the nebular hypothesis; stellar far future, and foretells the time of the grouping; the eternity of matter; the restitution of all things.' God, in renew. plurality of worlds-such are some of ing the face of the earth, seems to give us the attractive subjects to which the a visible picture and bright image of that remainder of the volume is devoted, blessed moral renovation which is coming There are, moreover, a dozen plates, in the fulness of time. If you were in the well executed, and synoptical tables of country you could not fail to be struck great value to the student. The style
with the universality of the vegetative
You is clear and forcible, and but for cer- would see it everywhere—climbing up to
power, and with its restlessness. tain blemishes arising from the misuse the highest places, and blooming down in of the auxiliary verb, would be fault- lowly dells, invading the most hidden
Popular scientific works too spots, embracing with its green arms the often either drivel like a child's primer, or talk the most 'stilted and verbose
* Quiet Resting Places and other Sermons. By
Alexander Raleigh, Canonbury, Edinburgh: Adama Dr. Leitch does neither. and Charles Black.
183 roughest rocks, healing the scars of winter The first chapter treats of God and the with its tenderness, claiming the whole invisible world, the second of man as landscape as its own! A type, I say, of fallen and as redeemed, the third of the universality of the springtime of the religious and moral duties, the fourth world, when it comes. It will be every of the Church of Christ, and the last of where. It will find out the lowliest spots - last things"-death and judgment, of humanity; it will glorify the commonest and poorest men, so that they will The paragraphs are numbered, and be beautiful and great.
It will adorn after most of them some appropriate those in highest station, and they will be passages of Scripture are given. The humble and good. will transform all book contains questions at the bottom peoples. It will heal all repts and scars of each page on the several paraof the long wintry time that is now pass. graphs, for those who prefer the cateing, and girdle and embrace the world chetical method. The design is praisewith the strength and beauty of a true worthy, and the manner in which it is spiritual life.
• Awake, o north wind ! executed shows great industry. We and come, thou south; blow upon this think great world-garden, that the spices thereof heads of families and to teachers of the
will prove very acceptable to may flow forth!' Then our beloved will "come into his garden, and eat his plea- young, whether in day or Sunday sant fruits.'”
Gleanings among the Sheaves.T-A MR. Green aims to give a compen
small volume containing selections from dious view of Christian theology, free Mr. Spurgeon's sermons. The “Gleanfrom technical phrases, and adapted to ings” are many of them judiciously young people in schools and families. made, and reveal the speaker's varied • A Manual of Bible Truth, with questions for
powers. catechetical instruction, By S. Green, London: | By the Rev. C. H. Spurgeon, London ; PassElliot Stock,
more and Alabaster,
subjects bearing upon the welfare of the churches,
Resolved: That the next Conference CONFERENCES.
be held at Spalding, on Thursday, June THE LINCOLNSHIRE CONFERENCE was
9th, and that brother Horsfield, of Louth, held at Sutterton, on Thursday, March be requested to preach in the morning; 24th, 1864.
in case of failure, brother Mathews. Brother Staddon opened the morning Meeting was held, in which brethren
In the evening a Foreign Missionary service with reading and prayer, and brother Cookson preached from Ex. iii. Wilkinson, Cookson, Cholerton, &c.,
took part. 13—15. In the afternoon brother Cotton prayed, andited at the next Conference, it is
As the Home Mission accounts will be after which the reports of the churches were presented. Twenty-one persons greatly to be desired that all monies for had been baptized since the last Con
Home Mission purposes should be sent ference, and twenty-one remained candi- to the treasurer, R. Wherry, Esq., Wisdates for baptism.
beach, before that time. In reply to a case from Boston, it was
T. BARRASS, Secretary. resolved: That this Conference requests the Association to consider the propriety TAE MIDLAND CONFERENCE was held of petitioning Parliament for the abolition at Measham on Easter-Tuesday, March of Capital Punishment.
29th. Rev. J. C. Pike, of Leicester, As there was no business to be trans- preached in the morning from Eph. vi. 17, acted, there was an interesting and ani- last clause. The attendance was not mated conversation on several important large.
At the afternoon meeting Rev. C. borough, and Rev. E. Bott, of Barton Clarke, of Ashby, presided, and Revs. Fabis, to prepare two short papers to be J. C. Smith and J. Salisbury prayed. read at the afternoon sitting of the WhitForty-eight were reported as baptized santide Conference. since the December Conference, twenty- The next Conference will be held at one were now candidates for baptism, Castle Donington on Whit-Tuesday, and five had been restored to fellowship. May 17. Rev. S. Cox, of Nottingham, From upwards of twenty churches there to preach in the morning; or in case of was no report, among which were some failure, Rev. E. J. Jackson, of Billesdon. of the largest churches in the Conference. Rev. C. Clarke, B.A., of Ashby, gave The doxology was supg, the minutes of a lecture in the evening on “ The Man the previous meeting were read, and the for the Times." following business transacted :
J. J. GOADBY, Secretary. 1. The Magazine.-The Editor of the Magazine, at the request of the Con
[Castle Donington, April 19, 1864. ference, stated that the circulation of the Dear Sir,-I am requested by our Magazine was somewhat increased, but friends to wish you to be kind enough, that it was yet far from equal to the size in the May number of the Magazine, to of the denomination. The improvement state that the Inn selected for the accoinin the Magazine was generally acknow- modation of friends coming to the Conledged, and a suggestion was thrown out ference here on Whit Tuesday, is the that the most strenuous efforts of the “ Turk's Head." Editor would be defeated unless the
Yours respectfully, ministers more heartily aided him by
Jas. PICKERING.] their sympathy and co-operation.
2. Swadlincote.—There was no official report on this case, but it transpired THE YORKSHIRE CONFERENCE assemthat the friends in that village had de- bled at Burnley, Ebenezer chapel, March cided as soon as possible to build a 29th. In the morning Rev. Mr. Leigh, chapel.
of Clayton, read the Scriptures and en3. Ripley. - This church, having with-gaged in prayer, and Rev. W. Salter, of drawn from the North Derbyshire Con- Lineholme, preached from Acts xv. ference, applied for admission into the 36—40. Midland Conference. Their request was In the afternoon, at two o'clock, the unanimously acceded to.
Conference met for business, when Rev. 4. The Easter Conference.-A discus- R. Ingham presided, and Rev. W. Gray, sion arose as to the desirableness of dis- of Birchcliffe, opened the meeting with continuing the Easter Conference, since prayer. Forty-five were reported bapso few representatives were present, and tized since the previous Conference. so many important churches in the Con- After the singing of the doxology, the ference bad not even sent a written following resolutions were adopted :report. It was felt, however, that as, 1. That the minutes now read be according to the present Conference plan, approved. the districts where the Conferences were 2. That the following brethren constiheld could only be visited once in five tute the committee for investigating the years, it would seriously shorten the Dewsbury case, namely, Revs. R. Horscircle of their influence if there were but field, J. Tunnicliff, and Mr. Woodson, three in the year. Agreed: That the of Leeds; Revs. B. Wood, W. Beevers, propriety of continuing the Easter Con- and Messrs. D. Rushforth and J. Rhodes, ference be taken up at the Conference of Bradford; Revs. Mr. Leigh, of Claynext ensuing.
ton, and C. Springthorpe, of Hepton5. Village Churches. The discussion stall Slack. on the best mode of sustaining noncon- 3. That at our next Conference we formist churches in villages was deferred consider the question of making loans by the December meeting till the meet- instead of donations from the funds of ing at Whitsuntide. It was thought the Home Mission in belping to build that some preparation should be made new chapels and reducing debts, to be for its being suitably opened; and the repaid by instalments without interest. Conference unanimously resolved to 4. That the case from Edgeside be request Mr. T. W. Marshall, of Lough-| postponed till the next Conference.