Home Group, Ilfracombe. On November 10th Mr. Foyster read a thoughtful essay on "Faith Healing," in which he showed that all healing must be more or less of that nature. Some instances were related of wonderful cures by faith. Though faith-healing is very old, yet it is usually thought of as a modern idea. Various forms of the subject were discussed in the essay, and special allusion made to Mrs. Eddy, as the head of "Christian Science," also to Schlatter the healer. A strong belief in faith-healing was expressed. One, however, said we ought to take whatever comes and deal with it patiently and wisely, as illness is an effect, and when it has run its course health returns.
November 17th. Mr. Swift gave us another interesting evening with the Microscope. He introduced the subject with a short address on recent Biological Science. He said that improvements in the microscope, and in the construction of lenses of high power, have enabled us to study the life-history of the minutest animal and vegetable organisms. Special reference was made to two forms of great interest and beauty—the Melicerta Ringeus and Valvox Globator. Living specimens were shown, and the Rotifer was seen busily occupied manufacturing brick-like particles with which to build its tiny house. The delicate structure and the rotatory motion of the Valvox were much admired, and elicited expressions of wonder and delight.
November 24th. Mr. Allen gave us an interesting address on "Thoroughness." He divided the subject into three parts, the first being in relation to the home-life. When all duties are done with thoroughness then there is comfort and harmony in the home; but when work is only half-done, or perhaps not done at all, then is there annoyance, irritation, perhaps even ill-feeling and quarrelling. The same law runs through business life. The man who thinks the little duties not worth considering is not the one to build up a prosperous business, or to be a success in any way. Genius, Mr. Allen said, had been described as "an infinite capacity for taking pains;" and thoroughness is allied to genius. The man who is thorough about everything is sure to achieve success. Lastly thoroughness was dealt with in relation to the spiritual side of life. To give way to faults that are called "small," such as a bad temper for instance, is to fail in spiritual thoroughness. Each day we should do all we can to correct our faults. By beginning with the small defects, thoroughly correcting and amending them, it is possible to build up a perfect character. And only by so doing will it ever be said to anyone:—"Thou hast been faithful over a few things I will make thee ruler over many."
December 1st. This evening we had a lecture from Mr. Wrighton on "Water." He first alluded to its distribution and quantity, then to its power and work as a destroyer and re-creator. This was followed by the chemistry of water. Water is a chemical unity of two gases, one of which, Hydrogen, is the lightest substance known. This gas, when united with Oxygen, by burning produces a flame of intense heat, capable of melting Platinum, which no other known flame is equal to doing. Oxygen, one of the gases of which water is composed, is needful to combustion; no fire will burn without it. The lecturer then alluded to the density of water, which becomes heavier as it becomes colder. Up to 40 degrees F, the cold surface water is constantly sinking, and the warmer under water rising to the surface, and by this means modifying climate. But as water reaches the maximum degree of density at 40 degrees F, it ceases to fall. When the surface water freezes, the water a little way below the ice always remains at 40 degrees F . The motor force of water was alluded to, then some information given on Water Gas, and the danger of using it, it being without , smell. Water is both a tonic and stimulant. The interest of the lecture was increased by several chemical experiments.—A. S. Wormall, Secretary.
Liverpool and Birkenhead Group—At the afternoon meeting, December 6th, the money box containing members' offerings towards the North London Christmas Treat Fund was opened. The Secretary was asked to forward the contribution with expressions of cordial sympathy in the work of that Group, and also to convey united greetings for the approaching season of Good-Will and tor the coming New Year.
One of the members then gave an account of a special mission she had been called upon to conduct last September. This mission of a week's duration was partly the outcome of a long-implanted desire to awaken the higher life among her pupils, and partly the result of a firm conviction that the universal wave of spiritual awakening and fervor might be lying dormant among her pupils and only awaiting leadership to bring it into expression. Rather than that this opportunity of laying the foundations of the one true life among her pupils should be lost, our member humbly and bravely undertook the work herself.
All our members felt as they were privileged to listen to the quiet, simple, and beautiful account of the way the spiritual work developed, that the missioner had truly given of her very best.
The next meeting is arranged for Thursday, 11th January.—A. C. Duckworth, Secretary.
North London Group—At a meeting held on Saturday November 4th, the Secretary read a paper on "Reform" in which he pointed out the value of character-building and all effort towards a higher moral standard in practical reform work. There is indeed a crying need for the reform of the material conditions under which men, women, and children struggle in the world today, but there is perhaps an even greater need for strong healthy-minded men and pure-minded women who shall live above the strife of competition, and the discord and race-hatred that fosters such disastrous wars. Reform, whether of the individual or of the nation must be of the "heart" as well as of the material conditions of life to be sane and healthy, and reformers on both lines must work hand in hand before discord will cease and harmony reign.
A suggested scheme of work for the future efforts of the groups towards reform was then presented to be discussed at a future meeting.
Meeting on Saturday December 2nd, at Clapton—Although the evening was very foggy, Mr. Purcell Quinton kindly came up from Maidenhead to address the Group. He chose for his subject "The Word of God." The address was most helpful and inspiring to those present.—Harry J. Stone, Hon. Secretary.
West London Group—On October 4th, Mrs. Morris Spoke on the subject of "Numbers, Colors and Letters."
November 15th.—A paper was read by Miss Hendon on "Happiness." The conversation turned on what constituted real happiness. Mrs. Worley then read from the chapter on "Abounding Health and Happiness" in "From Poverty to Power," which gave general satisfaction. The meeting closed with thanks to the essayist.
November 29th—Mr. Dimsdale Stocker gave an address on "The Way of Holiness," and showed that all religions have taught "Cease to do evil; learn to do well." The room was full of interested hearers and inquirers.—Louise Clow, Hon. Secretary.
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