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Liverpool & Birkenhead Group—On Monday, 5th November, in the presence of a fairly full gathering, the Editorial given in November issue and the "Message to our Groups" given in January issue, 1904, were duly read. A resolution was then unanimously passed to the effect that all members of the Group then present felt themselves to be working in harmony with the precepts and ideals set forth in the “Message to our Groups." Upon inquiry, the secretary found that only two (recently admitted) members out of the eighteen present were unacquainted with all the Editor’s writings, the Group’s library contained a liberal supply of copies of his works. The subject "F ear: its causes and consequences" was chosen for consideration at the next meeting.—A. C. Duckworth, Secretary.

North London Group—At a meeting on Oct. 27th, Miss Mariella John gave us an address on “Moral Instruction (for children), through Natural Study." One of the main points in this excellent address was the importance of the need for faith in the natural moral nature of the child-mind. One should never attempt, said Miss John, to teach morals to a child in the way one would give them knowledge of outer material things quite foreign to them. The appeal should always be made in the manner of suggestion, and results awaited with patience. Nothing, perhaps, was more adapted to this end than Nature Study. It called for spontaneous intelligence, and, if the child were given the care of plants or animals, developed a sense of personal responsibility. Carefully guided by a teacher awake to the necessities of such work, the child would draw its own lessons, and form healthy ideas of moral principles with most beneficial results in its future conduct and attitude towards life generally.

At a meeting on Saturday, November 10th, Mr. Walker read the 3rd Book of Sir Edwin Arnold’s "Light of Asia." It sets forth in the finest verse a chapter in the life of Buddha before he left his palace home in search of the truth that sets free, showing how deep and broad was his love,—who knew no personal sorrow,—for the sufferings of others. The reading was most helpful and inspiring.—Harry J. Stone, Hon. Secretary.

West London Group—Our first general meeting took place on October 20th. Mr. James Reynolds, of the North London Group, gave a paper on “Work." He spoke of work as the means of all that is educating and edifying. “The purpose of life should be, to be of use—to be of use to yourself—and others. True work has an ennobling influence upon man, it compels him to listen to life’s argument.” We were pleased by his remarks.

In the absence of the Secretary, Mr. H. J. Stone conducted the meeting on November 3rd. An article by C. Brodie Patterson, on “Resistance and Non-resistance," was read, also a chapter from Sir E. Arnold’s “Light of Asia."—John D. Macdonald, Hon. Sec.

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