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Children’s Cottage Scheme—As a result of the article “For the Children," in the May Number, the Committee of the North London Group have received many practical suggestions from interested readers. To all who have signified their intention to cooperate with us in this way, as well as to those who have promised donations for the fund, we send our hearty thanks. We are still open to receive further suggestions and the cooperation of all readers who are interested in our effort to reach the Children.—Henry J. Stone, Secretary.

North London Group—Meeting on Sunday, April 7th. The speaker for this evening did not arrive. Mr. Walker read "The Lay of the Laborer," by Tom Hood.

At the meeting held at Clapton, on Saturday, April 21st, Miss Ewen spoke on “Phrenology." She treated the subject in a most helpful and interesting manner, and in the comprehensive outline of the science that she presented, drew forth many questions. The discussion following the address centered round the moral and spiritual characteristics in man, and their corresponding phrenological organs. To all enquirers Miss Ewen gave carefully worded replies that could not fail to help and enlighten.

At a meeting on May 5th, Mr. Lambe addressed the Group on the subject of “Evolution." In a general survey of a few of the more important stages through which man had passed in the development of a physical organism, he led us up to the present position. He then went on to show that everything now pointed to finality in the evolution of the physical body of man. The difficulties in his environment which had so far served to produce the present structure were now fast being removed by man’s own use of his mental powers, resulting in the invention of machinery for the removal of these difficulties. Man’s attention would now be turned from the study of effects and difficulties in his physical environment to causes and principles within, which showed itself in the present increasing interest in the study of the unseen forces in man and nature.—Harry J. Stone, Hon. Secretary.

West London Group—At the meeting on April 18th, the first hour was spent in social intercourse, after which Mr. Harry J. Stone read a very helpful piece on "The Immanent God," from Horatio W. Dresser’s "The Power of Silence."

On May 2nd, Mr. Sydney Rist lectured on Spiritualism in its higher aspect, and not with reference to séances and phenomenal manifestations. Afterwards Mrs. Duckworth, Secretary of the Liverpool Group, gave an interesting account of the work in Liverpool. She was asked by the West London Group to convey their fraternal greetings to the Liverpool friends.—Jane Worley, Secretary.

Home Gnome, Ilfracombe—On April 27th, Mr. Wrighton gave an interesting lecture on "Carbon." The chemical specimens shown added to the interest of the lecture.

Liverpool and Birkenhead Group—At the meeting on May 11th, Mr. J. L. M. Bam gave an address on the birth of the Christ-child in the soul. Using a well-known analogy, the lecturer compared the Christ-child within the human soul to the life-germ within the egg. As soon as quickened, the Christ-child in the soul (like the life-germ in the egg) commences to grow and develop, and must therefore be nourished. The soul‘s affections and desires constituting the natural food, these are gradually all consumed or translated into the Christ-life. The lecturer appeared to lay stress on the point that the dawn of universal love in the soul, with its consequent greater powers for holy service, is largely contingent upon the complete sanctification of the soul‘s relations with its immediate and natural environment. At the conclusion of the lecture the Secretary closed the meeting by tendering her own and members' grateful thanks to Mr. Bain for the interesting and uplifting address he had given, adding that each one present would naturally build into their lives and assimilate such points of the discourse as especially fitted them at the present time. By so doing much that escaped them today would come back later with all the greater force. The next meeting will be held the 1st Wednesday in June as usual.—A. C. Duckworth, Hon. Secretary.

West Central London Group.—On April 28th, Mr. James Macbeth Bain addressed ns upon "A Catholic View of Healing.” He spoke of the different conditions through which the love principle develops, and how, in its progress, it performs its work of healing—consciously and unconsciously—ministering first through those affections which bind us to those with whom we associate by choice, and finally to all as we allow the Christ Spirit to manifest in its entirety.—John D. MacDonald

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