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MR GLADSTONE ON MEN fAL CULTURE. Ttte ahova institution, which has recently been estab- for the purpose of promoting adult education by fianq of evening classes, held its first meeting for the tt'stribution of prizes on Saturday afternoon, at the college buildings, Castle-street, Hinover-street, Long- ?re- The chair was taken by the Rev W. G. Humphry, 'car,'of the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields; the 0<iy of the hall in which the company assembled |was ccapied by some young women and a number of young r?8n. belonaing apparently to the more respectable artisan ^8; and the proceedings derived an unusual amount of Merest from the presence of Mr Gladstone, who it was aan°anced, was to perform the principal part in the day's Ceremonial. After a few introductory observations from the Chair O)al1, and a statement made by Mr Coldwell. the hon. secretary, Wjth respect to the objects and the labours of institution, Mr Gladstone, who came forward amidst cordial peering, addressed the meeting as follows:—It was n^t "'thout a sensation of alarm that I read to-day that an r^ress to the students of this college would be delivered me, for, in truth, I cannot upon this occasion pretend do anything more than offer what, in substance, founts to an assurance of goodwill and sympathy in J,0"* undertaking. But that assurance I give you with utmost sincerity. My rev. friend in the chair gives tne credit for finding an opportunity of assisting at your [feedings to-day; but I feel that anything 1 can do for community in which I live, by direct personal ,!l0n, and in what I may call a private and a local ,pbere, is hut lamentably little. That little, however, I gf1 Prepared to do with great cheerfulness and great Sincerity. I am sure you will be good enough to give tQ°se who lead such a life as I lead credit for at any rate W ful'y withholding from their fellow-citizens and .n»-f!hristiaiia nnv nerval aid which it may bain e»e'.r. Power to bestow. You know that we lead an w7\lt'nl?, an absorbing, and an exhausting life, and that 8 have but a very small residuum of time and of strength our command for the discharge of any other than what called our public duties. This is an apology which 1 0e K!9c* t0 have an opportunity of making upon this ftiCah*°n; but I fpel that it ought to extend much th- for when I think how many there are—and in thi8 °RSe *take more particularly the class of clergymen as conspicuous of all—who are sed ulously labouring, 0 ji his sphere, to promote the great work of Chris- IRising and civilising this vast community and when 8,reroember how miserably small and insignificant a tfjTe of personal co operation it is in my power and in Wit Ovver of many others placed in the same position 1,10 *° °^er 'or attainment of that object, 1 a,t 1)01 help entertaining the most painful reflections; for Of ,5 a" this kind of personal co-operation is the true test dan? 01371,8 sincerity and earnestness of purpose in any pm This kind of labour receives its reward, not from $ttr .fame and notoriety, which possess such strong act'ons for the human mind and the human heart. a5c an only meet with its reward in the hope of "-a j^Plishing some little good in our day and generation 104 oPe, however, which is the most precious treasure a 4 fe can possess (hear, hear.) I will now proceed to say ti" \Vl><J;¡ with respect to the purpose of this institu- CW ei°IC8 f0 see the various features by whioli it is operac.'erised, and, in the first place, the hearty co- which stands in the place of great external 88er(,rces (hear, hear.) All the elements of education Unjj to have been here brought together by good-will laooueilrnestDess of aim. A place is provided for the Vin of this college; teachers come forward, com- ftojj. 'heir efforts and exertions countenance is received Med h e w^° are looally in authority; prizes are sup- aWe i benevolence of private individuals; and, the h 5 rej°'C0 to think that the pith, the substance, He88 °fy of the whole institution is found in the willing- ?ther°i 'ftrge number of persons, who are engaged in it 0». '^bours, to avail themselves of the advantages which and to devote to the attainment of knowledge troijj °dds and ends' of time which they can spare er Pursuits (bear, hear.) Thh saving of 'odds U ^(1° 0^ l'me '8 apparently a very humble art, but it en.; art which no man ought to neglect. There is a but a true story told of a Frenchman named *r0n! While yet a youth he solicited employment a banker in Paris, of the name, I think, of Perre- W';wh° informed him that he had no room for him, t he was therefore obliged to refuse his request. 5i)j|pung man was then leaving the banker's, downcast c4f disheartened, when perceiving a pin on the floor he picked it up, whereupon the banker, struck by l8Play of watchful economy, gave him the employ- demanded and the bank, which afler- Paris°rQ Laffitte's own name, still exists, I believe, iQ lhat c'i.and for many years the most important one n°ttin|j.y (hear, hear.) The picking up of that pin is ali hay 0 'he saving of those stray moments which we 83ertl to °wr disposal. There are many persons who »rea. "!r)k that we have nothing to do but to look to tfue jf 1 Masses and bulks of time, whereas, just as it is look after the pence the pounds will look after ^°nth'0 80' ifyou look after the moments, the days, and his thSandyears will takecare of themselves (hear, hear.) L emPloyment of spare moments which seems to me #4 hoPeful symptom that can be fyund among any Nil; rnen- We now live in a peculiar and an anxious !tl°n of society. It is one in which wealth is growing jov en°rmous rapidity, and in which the means of en- tV(, shut are also rapidly multiplying it is one in which has are of the labouring man in the profits of industry 'Ub e?n ^arKely increased. And in that phrase t'l9 Uring man' I wish to include those who work with °r with the head —supposing theca to bo irnme- ^Pendent for their subsistence up'.m their uat as much as 1 should include the skilled',aan. I believe that the skilled me- or artisan has of late years received a greater mear,s of living than those who ^ttej,e, e 'aboura of tho desk but the members of the ^ent J8 a^S<> ar0 *n 8ener<1^ ™or« liberally paid at the y than they were twenty or thirty years ago. 5 s, '• t°°? that the increased remuneration of what V'Wtly be called labour' is one of the most satis- ?qnaj| ,0^ aU the circumstances attendant on the un- f> prosperity oountry during the last ay e. years, because what was needed was not rj^, addition should be made to the enjoyments of "'Otld"(:' who already possessed all the advantages this b bard an supply, but that those who have to encounter "'Ue r an(l who are compelled to fight daily the v9oibn0, s ^e, should obtain a readier access to its con- Sa^"e and its comforts (hear, hear). But it would at Poatt o e time bo a false assumption if we were to aup- *48 f ^ecause labourer is better paid now than *^ay Q "l Weily he i8 therefore necessarily richer. That 'x tl ,at a11 follow. T here are two kinds of wealth enlightening it, giving it firmness of tissue, suppleness and elasticity of movement, a capacity applicable to all the purposes of life; of raising the human being not in outer circumstances alone-although it no doubt exer- cises a most powerful influence in that direction—but in himself, in his character, in those faculties with which ho is endowed, and in consequence of his possession of which that high and noble privilege has been ascribed to him that he Alone, of all other creatures, was made in the image of God. (Cheers) I shall now conclude bv most cordially wishing success to your labours, and may every one of you here present, each within the sphere of his occupation, each in the bosom of his own family, each in the day of prosperity, each in the day of adver- sity, reap the rich fruits of diligent, honest, mental labour never fails to produce. (Hear. hear.) Those fruits may I come sooner or later. It has pleased God to endow some men with faculties that unfold themselves slowly, and that require a long lapse of time befoie their fruit becomes fully matured but depend upon it there is not a man— except in a few rare and exceptional (Oases-to whom, whatever may be the difference of talents and endow- mentp, a sufficient store has not been given, if he will only use it rightly, to enable him to live for the benefi r of himself and of his fellow creatures, and for the honour and glory of his God. (Loud cheers.) Mr Gladstone then proceeded to distribute the prizes, consisting of books of various descriptions, awarded to the most successful students at the late examination. A vote of thanks was afterwards passed to him by accla- mation, for his attendance and his services at the meet- ing, and the proceedings having t rminated, he informed the chairman before he left the hall that he intended to place a prize, next year, at the disposal of the managers of the institution. • «»► —• I

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