TheGospelMagazine. 575 be done to make easier the last veal's of those faithful workers, who, from their slender stipends, cannot be expected to make adequate provision for old age and infirmity. IT IS HOPED SOON TO MAKE A SPECIAL EFFORT TO INCREASE THE BENEFICENT FUND so as to help men in the time of sickness or trouble, and also to secure them a small pension in their old age. In the meantime this object is commended to the generous sympathy of the Christian public, and contributions in aid are earnestly invited." The severance of Norway from Sweden made an important advance last month. All the Referendum returns have now been received. They show that 368,200 persons voted in favour of the dissolution of the Union and 184 against. At the last general election to the Storthing only 236,641 votes were polled. Thus it seems probable that a peaceful finale will be attained. REVIEWS AND NOTICES OF BOOKS. ME}fORIAL OF CHARLES HEMINGTON (late Pastor of the Old Baptist Chapel, Devizes). By the Rev. J. K. POPHAM. With Portrait. Pp. 144. Cloth, Is. 6d. (postage 3d.). London: Farncombe & Son, 30, Imperial Buildings, Ludgate Circus, E.C. The memory of the beloved man of God whose labours-mainly at Devizes-are dealt with in this volume, is fragrant in the soul of the author of this review in connection with an incident dating back as far as 1871. It had to do with a visit of brotherly sympathy paid by Mr. Hemington in London, during the severe illness of the writer, the consolation and cheer of which are gratefully cherished to this day. Our beloved friend, so far as we remember, was then in town, preaching at Gower Street Chapel. And it was while on a visit to the metropolis-thirty-four years later-that he suddenly heard the home-call from the lips of his Lord and Master. The Memoir of this faithful witness and diligent servant of Christ is very instructive as illustrating the various operations of the Holy Spirit, alike in the sinner's call by grace, and in His wonderful methods of qualifying instruments for "the work of the ministry, and for the edifying of the Body of Christ." Mr. Hemington's long and fruitful ministry is worthy of the study of all pastors of souls. The meek and humble spirit in which he lived and laboured is eminently suggestive and stimulating. . His gifts as an expositor of God's Word were exceptional, his discourses being rich in edification, distinctly spiritual, entirely free from any approach to that levity which too often mars the gravity of the Gospel message in the present-day pulpit, and withal profoundly and sympathetically experimental. Charles Hemington was born at Over, Cambridgeshire, in 1830. The circumstances of his conversion by God's sovereign grace are narrated by Mr. Popham in the words of
576 TheGospelMagazine. a brief account given by Mr. Hemington himself, when preaching at Gower Street Chapel in 1872. The greater part of his ministerial life was spent at Devizes, and his departure to the Lord has left among his attached flock a void which is mourned with deepest sorrow. The following extract is taken from Mr. Popham's biographical sketch. It records the touching incidents of the tragical end of God's beloved servant :-" On Friday evening, April 8th, 1904, Mr. Hemington attended the prayer-meeting at his own chapel. He read Psalm xxix., making special comment on verses 5 and 11, and said very impressively, 'When walking to chapel this evening, I said, 'Lord, I want rest, and I want Thy eternal rest." He added, 'These words have been much upon my mind, 'Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.' His concluding prayer was much noticed and felt by some who were present. One of his old and much-attached members remarked to some on leaving the chapel, 'I wish he had not prayed that prayer.' On Sunday, April 10th, he preached at Gower Street, London. His text in the morning was 1 Cor. ii. 9, ' But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.' In the afternoon of the following day, as he was on his way to visit his old friend and brother in the ministry, Mr. Adams, he was knocked down by a railway van, and died from the shock, the result of the accident, on April.30th. Thus, three weeks after this dear man and servant of God had felt Rev. xiv. 13, and had preached from 1 Cor. ii. 9, he realised both these blessed portions of God's Word. During the three weeks of his illness he suffered much at times, but his mind was kept stayed on the Lord, and he uttered many gracious words. Almost his first words on recovering consciousness after he was knocked down were, , If I had been killed on the spot, I should have gone straight to heaven !' Often he said, 'I have never had one murmuring thought.' To Mr. Hazelton he said, 'I think it is God knocking at the door, telling me my work is nearly done.' . .. For several days before the end he was scarcely conscious, but amongst his last utterances were his partil}g words to his friend, Mr. Moss, of Croydon; 'Oh, Mr. Moss, what a .mercy it will be to be in heaven! '" His translation to glo~ was one of unclouded light and peace. ." /' , You that acknowledge God's uprightness, and profess to be His children, convince the world of the truth of your principles by your practice. Show yourselves to be His offspring by your likeness to Him: Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly. To" be blameless and harmless, and without rebuke" (Phi!. ii. 15) is your best argument to refute the world's calumnies; and to prove yourselves to be the sons of God. Show it also by your justifying God, even while" He wraps Himself in a cloud" (Job xxii. 13, 14), "and His footsteps are not known" (Ps. lxxvii. 19): He th~.~ owns not God's hand in every dispensement, disowns His -sovereigntj,; 'and he that repines, denies His righteousness: acquit yourself in"both.-Elisha Coles.