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Thus calmly waiting for the summons that was to take her home, lay this aged disciple, her faith triumphant even in the "valley of the shadow of death." Shortly after she became unconscious, and on the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 22, 1874, without a struggle or a sigh, she quietly fell asleep in Jesus, aged seventy-nine years. She had been a true and consistent Christian for sixty-two years.



DEATH has once more visited our ranks, and taken from our midst our firmly-attached friend, Mr. Benjamin Mellor, of Woodhouse Hill, Hunslet, in the Leeds Second Circuit.

He was born, and spent his earliest years, in the neighbourhood of Elland. Born of parents in very humble condition, he was not favoured_in the matter of education as are the children of the poor in these days Indeed, he grew to man's estate with only a very elementary acquaintance with the art of reading and writing. To his honour, however, be it mentioned, that he perseveringly applied himself to the acquisition of these important branches of learning, so as to be able to keep his books and accounts with a degree of neatness and accuracy that occasion much surprise.

He early entered into the service of Mr. Hirst, paper manufacturer, of Bradley Mill, near Elland, who had also a branch establishment at Low Road, Hunslet. In this employment he first served in a very lowly capacity, till, when he settled in Hunslet, by his sterling integrity and modest maner, with a willingness to comply with his master's requirements, he so won the favourable opinion of that gentleman that he was promoted from one position to another, and at length was admitted to a share in the business, of which he ultimately became the principal partner.

Soon after settling in this neighbourhood he became a worshipper in our old Bethel Chapel, and remained steadfast in his attachment to the end of life. He took part in promoting the erection of Hunslet Road Chapel, of which he was one of the original trustees, and in the welfare of the cause connected with it he has always manifested great interest. He was also a trustee of Dewsbury Road Chapel, the Bethel School, and the Hunslet Carr estate. In the welfare of all these he had a lively interest, but special mention should be made of Hunslet Carr. His attachment to this cause was very great, and was manifested by his frequent visits to the school to encourage the teachers and scholars by his presence and kind words on various occasions, by his liberal gifts from time to time, and in many other ways.

Had he lived a few years longer there can be no doubt that he would have rendered liberal assistance to the projected new chapel at this place, the erection of which he anticipated with great earnestness. Indeed, shortly before his death, in conversation with his wife, he said, "If the friends do not begin to build a chapel soon I will build one myself."

Some years ago he joined in Church-membership, but, for some reason or other, after a while retired from that position. The writer has frequently urged upon his attention the importance of outward and visible union with the Church, and on one or two occasions he met for Christian fellowship in the class of which our friend Mr. Alderman Blackburn is the leader, and he had fully made up his mind, a few days before his last illness, to join the membership of the Church with his wife. But, alas! he was not permitted to put this resolve into execution. Four or five months ago, when visiting Harrogate, he was seized with a severe cold, which hung upon him for some time; but for the most part it seemed to pass away, and he was restored to the enjoyment of his ordinary health, so much so that he entered for the second time into the marriage relation on the 4th of

February last. He was present at the annual bazaar, at Hunslet Carr, on Monday, February 8th, and looked as well as the writer ever remembers to have seen him. Here he received the congratulations of the friends on his recent marriage with marked pleasure, and entered with great earnestness into conversation about the proposed new chapel and other circuit matters. On the following day, whilst going to Leeds on business, he felt very unwell, but nevertheless repeated his visit to the bazaar. Here he complained of being cold and otherwise unwell. On returning home remedial measures were employed, and it was expected that the morning would find him all right; but not so. From his bed he was never more permitted to


Congestion of the lungs had set in, accompanied by effusion of blood to the brain. It was confidently hoped, however, that medical skill would arrest the disease; but in spite of all that could be done he passed away to the eternal world on Wednesday, February 17th, 1875, aged sixty-nine years. The writer saw him on the Tuesday at noon, when he was so far conscious as to be able to answer affirmatively the questions proposed as to resting his soul on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, and respond to petitions when prayer was offered. Soon after this he became unconscious, and never rallied again.

There is reason to believe that for some time he has quietly trusted salvation to the Lord Jesus. His removal will inflict a great loss on the churches in this circuit, and particularly at Hunslet Carr. His fine personal presence, his genial countenance, his gentle words, his liberal gifts, will all be greatly missed.

Thus one after another our friends pass away; but our unchangeable Friend ever liveth. May he supply the lack by bringing others into the fold! To show the esteem in which he was held by his fellow-townsmen, it may be stated that he represented the Hunslet Ward in the Leeds Town Council for fifteen years, and on his retirement from that position was presented by his constituents with a beautiful and costly piece of plate in token of their esteem. For many years he has had a seat on the board of guardians of the Hunslet Union, of which for the last four or five years he was the vicechairman.

At his funeral, which took place at Woodhouse Hill Cemetery, a great crowd assembled, while a long array of relatives, workpeople, and friends, including the entire board of guardians-with the exception of one who was ill-several members of the town council, and others, followed him to the grave. The writer improved the death of our friend to a very large congregation, in Hunslet Road Chapel, on Sunday evening, February 28th, and again to a great crowd at Hunslet Carr on the following Sunday evening. On each occasion a very solemn influence prevailed, and three or four persons sought and found salvation.

Hunslet Road, Leeds.
March 9th, 1875.



MISS LOUISA BAMFORD died in peace April 22nd, 1875, aged forty-three. For many years she was an active, useful member, and Sunday-school teacher of the Mount Gilead Church, of the Rochdale Circuit. A great friend to preachers, many will call to mind her kind spirit, her generous hospitality. The mission cause has lost an old and valuable collector and contributor to its funds. W. WOODWARD.

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AFTER the death of Christian IV. Greenland was indeed remembered now and then. A trading company in Copenhagen and some few merchants at different times fitted out ships to be sent there. But they knew not how to overcome the difficulties of the enterprise; it always ended with the first voyage. No one had the mind or the courage either to take a firm footing in the land or to promote trade, until, in the time of Frederick IV., Hans Egede undertook the matter in earnest.

This brave man was parish clergyman at Trondhjem. He had read in the old histories, that in former times many Norsk families had settled in Greenland, and that they had taken Christianity into the land, and built churches and cloisters for themselves. He thought over this in his leisure moments, and longed to know what was now the condition of religion and morals in the land. Therefore he wrote to an acquaintance in Bergen who had sailed in those waters, and asked him for information. This man answered him that the coast. which was said to have been cultivated by the Norsk settlers was so hemmed in by floating icebergs that it was not possible to get to it; and on the other coasts none but wild and ignorant people, entirely different from us in language, customs, and mode of living, had been found.

Egede was a Christian and a philanthropist. He lamented that the people, who according to his supposition were certainly descended from the Norsk Christians, were now wild and without morals. He thought that Christianity must have died out among them through lack of teachers. This floated long in his thoughts. He desired that others also should think about it. With this intent he at length wrote a representation to the Bishops of Trondhjem and Bergen, in which he besought them to take this matter into consideration,

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