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Last month we invited the attention of the WORKING CLASSES to the Christian Mutual Provident Society. We explained that the denomination Christian had no reference whatever to any creed, but simply to the Society's prohibiting the meetings of its members being held in public-houses, and the money of its members being wasted in processions, feasts, and regalia.

We then promised to give some of its tables. Instead of doing so, we think it better to give examples of the benefits obtainable according to the tables for each object proposed by the Sociсty. We place first, as being of most general interest,

EXAMPLES OF BENEFITS UNDER THE SICKNESS TABLES. Every industrious and provident person, whether male or female, should effect an Insurance against Sickness immediately they begin to seek their own livelihood.

At age 15 next birth-day, Six Shillings per week Sick Money may be secured Until 60 years of age for

7 d. per month.

8 d. 70

10d. During the whole of life, however extended beyond 70, for Is. 2d. At age 20 next birth-day, Ten Shillings per week Sick Money may be secured Until 60 years of age, for.........

Is. 1fd. per month.

Is. 54d. During the whole of life, however extended beyond 70, for 2s. 3ă. The monthly payments will never be increased, and every five years a share of the profits will be awarded to each member. Fifty-two weeks' full pay will be allowed should sickness continue, and no reduction will ever take place below half-pay.

EXAMPLES OF BENEFITS UNDER THE ANNUITY TABLES. These tables are especially commended to the notice and adoption of the Provident Classes. During the middle periods of life a careful man earning moderate wages may lay by sufficient to support him during occasional Sickness, or to provide for casualties by death; but as old age comes on, work fails, and self-maintenance becomes exceedingly difficult. These tables offer to such persons (a numerous and important class) the means of putting by a monthly sum, which by accumulating at compound interest until 60, 65, or 70, shall cease at either period, and secure for the remainder of life a weekly independence.

For 3s. paid monthly by a person aged 20 next birth-day, 6s. per week may be secured from 60 years of age, to continue during life.

For ls. 10d. monthly, the like sum may be secured from 65 years of age, and for 1s. the like sum from 70. The allowance in each case continuing as long as life shall last.

Next month we will give Examples of Benefits under the Life Insurance and Endowment Tables.

The tables and all requisite information may be obtained by apply. ing to the Secretaries in the various towns, or to the Chief Office, 11, Chatham-Place, New Bridge-Street, Blackfriars, London.


I love to sing of that great power,

That made the earth and sea ; But better still I love the song

Of “ Jesus died for me."

I love to sing of shrub and flower,

Of field, and plant, and tree; My sweetest note for ever is,

That “ Jesus died for me.”

I love to hear the little birds

Attune their notes with glee;
But guileless mirth can not suggest

That “ Jesus died for me."

I love to think of angels' songs,

From sin and sorrow free; But angels cannot strike their notes

To “ Jesus died for me.”

I love to know the time shall come

When men shall happy be; But I am happy now, because

My “Jesus died for me.

I love to speak of God, of heaven,

And all its purity; God is my father_heaven my home

For “ Jesus died for me.”

And when I reach that happy place,

From all temptation free,
I'll tune my ever rapturous notes

With “ Jesus died for me.”

There shall I, at his sacred feet,

Adoring, bow the knee;
And swell the everlasting choir

With “ Jesus died for me.”


A Magazine for the people.

“Honour all men.- Love the brotherhood...Fear God.

Honour the king."


MAY, 1849.

No. 11.



PAGR. For a Sick Bed...

49 NARRATIVES, ANECDOTES, &c. Good and Cheap Government .... 51 The Rich Poor Man

55 The Sinner's Doom ............ 53 “I am afraid to die"

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The Sabbath......

60 Religion....... ................ 54 The Happy Fireside


LIFB INSURANCE.-- Cover, p. 3.
THE HAPPY LAND.Cover, p. 4.




May be had by order of any Bookseller.





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Jesus sees Nathaniel under the fig tree, and the day after turns the water into

wine, John i. 43 to ii. 11. Jesus heals the Nobleman's son at a distance. John iv. 46_54. Jesus gives to Peter, James, and John, after they had toiled in vain all night,

a vast draught of fishes. Luke v. 1-11. Jesus heals a demoniac in the Synagogue. Matt. i. 21–28; Luke iv. 31–37. Jesus heals Peter's wife's mother and many others. Matt. viii. 14–17; Mark

i. 29–34; Luke iv. 38–41; Matt. iv. 23—25.
The Lord's Day.-Jesus heals the paralytic. Mark ii. 1-12; Luke v. 17–26;

Matt. ix. 2-8.
Jesus heals the man who had been sick thirty-eight years, at the pool of

Bethesda, John v. 1 -47.
Jesus heals the withered hand on the Sabbath. Matt. xii. 9–14; Mark iii.

1-6; Luke vi. 6-11.
Jesus heals the Centurion's servant of the palsy. Matt. viii. 5–13; Luke vii.

Jesus raises the widow's son from the dead. Luke vii. 11-17.
Jesus heals a blind and dumb demoniac. Matt. xii. 22-37; Luke xi. 14-23.
Jesus stills the winds and the waves. Matt. viii. 18-27; Mark iv. 35–41;

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Luke viii. 22-25.
The LORD'S DAY.-Jesus heals the two demoniacs whom none could bind.

Matt. viii. 28–34; Mark v. 1-21; Luke viii. 26–40.
Jesus raises Jairus's daughter, and heals the issue of blood. Matt. ix. 18—26;

Mark v. 22–43; Luke viii. 41-56.
Jesus heals two blind men and a dumb man. Matt. ix. 27–34.
Jesus feeds five thousand. Matt. xiv. 13—21; Mark vi. 30—44; Luke ix.

10-17; John vi. 1-14.
Jesus walks on the water. Matt. xiv. 22—36; Mark vi. 45–56; John vi.

15-21. Jesus heals the Syrophenician woman's daughter, Matt.. xv. 21–28; Mark

vii. 24-50. Jesus heals a deaf and dumb man, and great numbers of lame, blind, maimed,

dumb, and many others; and feeds four thousand. Matt. xv. 29–38; Mark

vii. 31-37, and viii. 22-26.
The LORD'S DAY.-Jesus is transfigured. Matt. xvii. 1–13; Mark ix. 2–13;

Luke ix. 28-36.
Jesus heals the demoniac whom his disciples had not faith to heal. Matt. xvii.

14–21; Mark ix. 14–29; Luke ix. 37–43.
Jesus heals ten lepers, and provides the tribute money by a miracle. Matt.

xvii. 24-27; Luke xvii. 11-19.
Jesus heals the man born blind, on the Sabbath. John ix.
Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. John xi.
Jesus heals on the Sabbath the woman who had been infirm eighteen years.

Luke xiii. 10-17.
Jesus heals two blind men near Jericho. Matt. xx. 29–34; Mark x. 46–52;

Luke xviii. 35-43.
The LORD's Day.-Jesus destroys the barren fig tree by his curse. Matt. xxi.

18-22; Mark xi. 12-26.
Jesus dies amidst solemn miracles. Matt. xxvii. 45–56; Mark xv. 33–41;

Luke xxiii. 44-49.
Jesus rises from the dead. Matt. xxviii. 1-10; Mark xvi. 1-11; Luke xxiv.

1-12; John xx. 1-18.
Jesus appears during forty days to his disciples. 1 Cor. xv.5; Matt. xxviii.

16–20; Mark xvi. 12–18; Luke xxiv. 13-49; John xx. 19—29, and xxi.

1-24. Jesus ascends to heaven in sight of his disciples. Acts i. 9-12; Mark xvi.

19-20; Luke xxiv. 50-53.

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And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which

are not written in this book : but these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. John xx. 30, 31.


Widely as The Appeal now circulates,—to the extent of nearly 36,000 monthly,-it must visit many houses in which some of their inhabitants are the prisoners of sickness. Probably almost every kind reader knows some friend or neighbour thus confined within doors, who will feel pleased if he will read to him a few lines especially designed for his comfort and benefit. Reader enjoying health yourself, carry for us these words to your sick neighbour.

We address you, then, Prisoner of Sickness. We will suppose you have thought but little when in health of your God, of your soul, of religion, and all the solemn realities of death and eternity. It is too easy to forget such all-important things in the bustle, the gaieties, or the cares of life. Do you not reply readily—“That is but too true?” Well, friend, it was wrong; it might have ruined you for ever. But it has not.

Your sickness and confinement shew that your God is merciful to you. He has not cut you off in sin and thoughtlessness. He has only stopped you. He kindly warns you now. His language to you, by this sickness, is mercy much more than anger. “ Bethink thyself,” he says, “my creature, whose you are, and what you are. Consider thy ways.

You have been living as if you had no God to obey, no hell to flee from, no heaven to obtain. My creature, awake from thy thoughtlessness; seek me, and I will be found of thee. I am thy Creator_I am thy Parent_I am thy Master; yea, more than all, I am thy Saviour. I gave my beloved Son to die for thy sins in thy flesh and blood. Return unto me, my wandering creature !”

But you are confused, perhaps. You know not what to do. Where shall I begin? where shall I end? you say. The blessed Saviour himself has told you where we all must begin. Ask some friend to read afresh to you that ever delightful parable of our Lord's in the 15th chapter of Luke,—the prodigal son,—the gay, worldly forsaker of his father's house, who, like all of us, had recklessly wasted the gifts of his father on his own gratification, without thinking of him who gave them. Where and how did he begin? “HE CAME TO HIMSELF.” What a world of meaning in those few words! Worldly people call christians mad; but the Lord Jesus tells us that all wanderers from God are beside themselves. And they are so. They use not their They follow their inclinations and passions only,

" like the ox or the ass which have no understanding.” Friend, are you willing to "

come to yourself?” are you willing to be made sound? Yes, surely you must be. Breathe, then, in earnest sincerity, one short petition to Him who speaks this parable to you, and let it be “Lord, bring me to my right mind ! ” Jesus came to give blind, and light to them that sat in darkness.” Give thy soul into his charge to teach and to guide it.



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