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A True Story and a Great Warning to All
Ono afternoon, a few works since,
while passing through ono of tho orin
cipal streets of a largo city, we camo
upon n crowd of sehool-bovs standing
in front of a saloon. Tho boys had
come out of tin' school-house only a few
moments before, and hud tlieir books,
Slid slates, etc., ill tlieir hands. Tliey
were a company of bright, intelligent,
happy-looking lads, bill they ;ill seemed
eeily interested in something that was
going on inside of that saloon. As they
opened their ranks to make way for lis
to pass, we stopped and asked what il
was tint bad attraeted sneh a large
crowd of hoys.
"Paul Thompson's been in a fight in
the saloon there, and a policeman has
just gone in to amst him," .said one of
While he was speaking, a largo, bliio
eoalcd, brass-buttoned olliecr eame out
leading a man. or rather jerking him,
by the coat eollar. The man in cus
tody was young, with slight form and
delicate features, and as we looked
into his face we saw traces of intelli
gence and cult ivation.
"He is drunk." said another boy,
"and when he's drunk be is always
ugly and wants to tight. This isn't the
first, time he has been taken, either."
The crowd of boys followed the police
man and his prisoner, ami we soon lost
sight of them. As we passed on we
noticed the public school building was
only a short distance from that saloon:
many of the scholars had to pass In it
every day. The same proprietor had
been in possession of t he building for
ten years past. Only six years before.
Paul Thompson had graduated from the
High School, lie was a scholar of high
standing, too. I'm! he had been in the
habit of pa-sing this dangerous corner
for ycurs before he graduated. He had
been attracted to il in his bovhood. as
the boys just spoken of had been, bv
some sini'lar occurrence. He began bv
looking in to see what was going on be
hind the green screen-doors. Then he
stepped inside to hear what the men
were talking about. The saloon-keeper
noticed him. for lie had a rtanly bear
ing, and belonged to a family iii high
I le encouraged the hoy's coming in
with pleasant. Ilattering words, and
one day he gave him a glass of beer to
drink. Paul thought il was manlv to
take the uncivil glass, but he could onlv
drink a part of it; he did not like the
taste; it w as hitter: but the saloon man
patted him on the shoulder, and told
him to drink as much as he could, and
it would make a man of him. Paul
knew it was wrong, and when he went
borne he felt ashamed to stay in the
presence of his good, sweet mother. He
could not look l.;r in the face: cvorv
smile she gave him, and every kind
word, made him feel more and more
guilty, lie resolved never to pass by
the saloon again, but to go home
(mother way, although it, was much
farther. Put somehow he did not go
lhi other way but a few t inn s. There
seemed to be a fascination about that
saloon, anil he would linger around
it. That was the beginning. Mow
we see Paul Thompson a con
stant freijiienter of this same sa
loon. He has been going down, down,
from bad to worse, for six years or
more tho very years, too, of his life
which were the most important to him
the time when he ought to have been
acquiring a true, honorable, manlv
character. His mother Used to love to
hear his step on the walk, and ids cheer
ful, boi.-h whistle j. ho came boundiii"
home from school, so happy and light
hearted. Put now that dear mother list
ens and listens night after night for his
step with an anxious heart. She has
pleaded with prayers and tears for his
reform: but the "habit begun in cob
webs has ended in iron chains." He is
a slave to liquor. We trust his good
mother's pi-avers will be heard, and
that through the mercy and strength of
the I.or.l Jesus Christ he may break
those iron chains. Put we see where he
is to-day. Now. boys, this case of Paul
Thompson is a great warning to all of
you. Don't stop at saloons, even to
look in. Cross over on the other side,
and shim those terrible places where so
many have lost their manhood and tlieir
soul. Pi member that every poor, mis
erable drunkard began his downward
career when he took his first glass.
Mr.-:. Si--aa T. l':rrj. in Christian at
THE PROLIFIC SOURCE OF
Strong Drink Directly or Indirectly the
Parent of Nearly All Offenses Against
Law and Morality.
'The following arraignment is made
by the author of "Tea Years a Police
Judge," an Easterner vv ho writes over
the non de plume of "Jud"re Wi"
littlc:" Three-quarters of the crime, the
v riters concur in suv ing, is referable to
this crime, alcohol. It is scarce eag-j
geration to say four. Pel koning ell 1
the drunks, all the unlicensed liquor '
selleisi. all the disi urbam'cs. nine-t.-nths I
of all the a-saults, eight-tenths ,,f all the
murders, two-thirds of all the larcenies,
one-hall" of all the burglaries and frac
tious larger or smaller of near all other
ollcnscs as outcome of the trallic. and it
approximates to the tact that crime as a
whole is ascribed to rum. Nor is it be
lieved to be a sir- b h of the truth so to
reckon. There is many an offense
which, though appearing at the time of
the commis-ion entirely unconnected
with the use, .sale and manufacture of
liquor, is vet traceable to this proline
source of wrong and woe rum.
So true is il that rum and riot go thus
hand in hand, that if one watches the
course of crime a long time, he is all
but ready lo pri.te.t that there is no
violence lo law and order from intoxi
cating liquor ap art . Directly not sel
dom, but indirectly often, larcenies and
L'lirglaiie-, where the parties offending
Vele sober, are found to be thectll'IX of
a stale of things in, Ineed bv liquor. If
he burglar was sob r ir, his act, the act
vtas jet the oll'-pring of inebriety The
propensity s of the Ihicf strikingly tie
somehow to the' training begott n of
ardent spirit. Prol'essiona' burglars
and gamblers who go about their busi
ness Willi clear head-, and are .some
times, indeed, teetotaler-, are men
whoso inclinations had origin under the
corrupting intluenees of strong drink as
a beverage. Their moral sense was
destroyed by the canker of the evil ex
ample, and their nuda'-ily suckled bv
the revelries and hedev ilmet.N of d uiik
cnuess. Name a burglar w ho is not in
t ontcderacy vv iii, gate biers. J low rare
Ilia murder that is no; allic I to the bot
tle.' W hen from the trial of Webster, if
then, to the trial of Gintcaii, if then, has
there, been a capital olb-tise whose
breath did not smell of alcohol ere the
evidence wan closed iJ Ak for aosaulls
mid other disturbances of the misde
meanor class that do not import into
the courtyoom rank odors of the bar.
The cases are rarer than swallows in
What broils of women that do not
have beer at the bottom? What neg
lects of family that are not of the cup?
Even the trespasses and mischiefs of
boys are the fruit often of A parental
looseness ripened by indulgence. A
truly sober crime-committing man,
( woman or child is an except ion on the
criminal calendar. It seems to be the
fatality of strong drink to betray its
evil genius in some form, degree, man
ner or color, in every violation of the
penal code. Tlio code, indeed, upon a
view of its operations in respect f
crimes per se, seems to be a contrivance:
of society purely for the purpose of pro
tecting itself against the invasion of
barbarous tribes warring under the de
moniac scepter of Parches.
Communities that have been able, for
a considerable period, to banish liquor
utterly from their borders have proved
that criminal laws are quite unneces
sary. Every member of the community
being in his senses, assumes that every
other member is, and walks in the ways
simply of common sense, which are tho
ways of good order and neighborhood.
Sobriety is the restraint as well ns tho
liberty and pleasure of the people. Ex
cesses are little known, because excess
es are the product mainly of stimula
tion, and w here there are no excesses
there are few infringements upon per
sonal rights. Society runs itself with
out the machinery and cog-w heelery of
Codes and constables.
Something That Rivals the Famous
Poisons of the Borgias.
A cable dispatch to-day slates that the
London medical papers are making an
outcry over a new species of poison
which they a-sert is making sad havoo
with the stomach, if not tho lives, of
Englishmen. It is called -berry, and is
manufactured at Hamburg, out of alco
hol, sugar, water and common table
salt. "Pshaw: we can beat that all hol
low," said an artistic mixer of bever
ages in a down-town wine-room, this
morning, on being shown the cable, dis
patch in question. "Why, some manu
facturers in this city can turn you out
sherry that has more poisons to the
thimbleful than xiu would lind in a den
of rattlesnakes" Oils ami ether?
Why. they can supply you with an un
limited variety of them in some of what
is called the genuine article, or choice
old brands of sherry. Then: are acetic,
butyric, chloric, nitric, and sulphuriu
ethers, and even the bead can be manu
factured by the aid of alum, alkalies,
" Those who ship sherrv." said a
dealer ill American wines, when qiios
i tinned on the subject, know how to
drug and lix il for the American mar
I kct, and have it pass oil' as genuine.
Very seldom one bottle of what could
oe nonesiiy called me real article ever
reaches these shores. As in liquors,
tobacco, caustic polassn, red pepper,
aquafortis and oil of vitriol are fre
quently to be found, so in some brands
of sherrv there are ingredients which
the wildest stretch of the imagination
never would conjure up."'
" 1 recollect some years ago," said a
pharmacist this afternoon, " there was
a manufacturer in Chambers .street who
was detected in using lead-coated vats
in the manufacture of sherry. The
English medical authorities would have
something to add to their denunciations
of sherry if they had the American
adulterations mixed with those of Ham
burg. "Almost as bad as the poison of thn
Borgia.-. My dear sir, if the poisons of
the liorgias were in the market to-dav
they would likely be used as flavoring
extracts for sherry and other wines.
Their vaunted potency would bo of no
avail at the present period. Thev
would encounter poisons used in the
manufacture of our wines which would
make them appear utterly insignificant
as curtailers of life. Even electricity is
brought into requisition to tone up some
"How is that?"
"By plunging into a wine-vat two
platinum plates connected with the
poles of a battery. 1 tell you that some
of the wine of the present day is fear
fully and wonderfully made." A". Y.
A Pitiful Story.
A pitiful story comes to us of a scene
in a Philadelphia police .station, where
a rough, tangle-haired woman, who hail
had been arrested, had fought like a.
fury, and stormed at the ofliccrsin three
languages, was followed up a few hours
later by a little tot of a girl, who looked
from one otliccr to another, and asked
them if they had put her mother in
jail. She was so little that the police
man had helped her up the steps, but
here she was, in search of her mother;
the degraded woman heard her voice
and called to her. So they swung open
the door and let her in. and the little
thing asked her mother, who had
shrunk back, ashamed: "Why, mother,
arc vou in jail?" Then' the baby
dropped upon her knees on the stone
Iloor, and begun to pray: Now I lav
me down to sleep, and 1 hope my moth
er will be let out of jail." 'There were,
tears among those rough men at tho
sound of that innocent voice; and wheu
the case came into court the Judge
whispered to the woman to go home
and try to be a better mother. It was
the drink that made the trouble. Il is
the drink that is nlivai., -work i tig woe.
Ari iiKtiiN'i; to the new French law,
drunkenness in either hit-baud or vv ifo
will bo r garih'd jis a sullieicnl cause
A-v cviih iie" of the far reaching
results of cll'orts for good, Mrs. living
ton spoke of the Temperance work in
Natal. Africa, which has been begun bv
Mr.-. Poblmis. who had received the im
pulse from cru-ade work in Chicago.
The intemperate habits of native
Africans has been a great trial to the
missionaries, but now 'he last mini in
the church had gi'en up his beer.
Homaus' I'.oard of Missions.
lul Mi linn, ym now say: "f can
drink or I cat: let it alone."" Pm all the
same vou keep on drinking. Well, keep
at il. And just about the tone you learn
to like it. and want it all the time, you
will have lo "let it alone." You can't
raise vour pocket-book by baud, my
son. I'hat is, you can't bring it up on
the bottle. Il won't thrive on it. They
emp.yeach other, and thev won't liil
each other up. Tliev contrive to till you
up, l ot, paradoxical as it may seem,
they clean you out at the same time.
Pi' vvi-e, m son, and if vou must spend
your mo, icy foolishly, make elct lion
bets with it. You will be ( leaned out
just as ctl' dually, but you won't liayo
to much h;adache. II. J. IturUette
FOR OUR YOUNG FOLKS.
WHAT EFFIE THINKS.
I wonder why. whnn pnniiner cnines,
VV cthlnk we ni'vcr want lo seo
Thn cnld. bleak whiler-ttmo au-nln,
W'hleh rohs tho leaves 1mm every tree 7
I wnnilcr why we think the enrlh
(row fairer 1 hen I lian n cr helere,
Ami Ions- that In Its hills mid flelils
ttrecn io'Hss inistit jo'ow lorevpi more ?
And. oh, T womler why, nt lost,
W lien smTiiiier yiehls lo winter's reiK'l,
Wr- all foriret its sunny days.
Ami welcome winter's uports Birnlll ?
I vvnmtor w tiy we 0v e no sih
To summer's jfiits that he helovr
The Ice on whii'h we love to ylhlc
Anil 'neath the ncecy, feathery (mow r
Oh, well, the dear, blue sky nbovo
llnlilR sunshine lor us all to see.
Tho' pillniner time or winter come.
Neiie' pleasant thimr eaeh hrlmrs to me.
With summer, ulml viu'aliini euines.
Anil I can spend It nud-t thetlovvei-
Thai hlooin and yrow. and help to mako
So sweel the happy, golden hours,
fcnd wlntor-tlmn brhucJ I 'hrlstnias cheer.
And ninny n Iridic in the snow '
A 1! tiev s a lei tfirls who ureei it now
Will hale to let obi winter go.
rki It Is best o look lor Joy
And si oilieams all I h roil irliout Iheyrnr,
And w he! her cold, or vv hoi her warm,
V e'll love wliiehev it season's hero.
Mam IK Hrlnr, in Youth 1 'innpauiun.
FLOSSY'S FUNNY DREAM.
She Goes to School With Her Great-terand
She Goes to School With Her Great-terand mother-The Queer Things She Heard
Oh, girls, jtist come here, and hear
what a funny dream Flossy Severance
had last night!"
Wheu three or four more little girls
came running over to the north side of
the school house, yvhere Flossy Sever
ance and Hattio Newton were seated on
a big Hat stone, Flo-sy began: "I
know it was a very queer dream, but I
did dream it, truly. I suppose Miss
Ames' reading that old-fashioned story
in school yesterday afternoon made me;
mother said she guessed it did. You
know Miss Ames told us how the first
school hous( that ever was in this town
stood over in the field back of Mr. Ains
worth's. Well. I dreamed it was stand
ing there now, and I was going there to
school. Yes. I did; it w as just so queer.
There were the split logs for benches
that she told us about, and all. The
school house was made of logs, too,
"The first thing I dreamed about was
going up the path to that school house.
1 thought it was winter, and I had on
my garnet suit trimmed with chinchilla,
and my chinchilla cap that I wore last
winter, you know. I had my books,
my Svvinloii's tocography and my Col
burn's Arithmetic, and all the rest, in
my bag. The other scholars seemed to
be all there when 1 got up to the dooi
they were playing out in the yard, and
they were the funniest looking set. The
giris wore great thick shoes, and indigo
dresses way down to th 'ir heels. Most
of them had little blankets pinned over
their heads instead of hoods, and every
one had her hair parted in the middle
and combed, oh. so smooth, over her
cars! Their cheeks were jnsi as fat and
rosy: and the way they trudged through
the snow and threw snowballs! We
couldn't begin to do it. The boys looked
funnier than the girls, in sntill'-colored
clothes and the oddest shaped hats.
"When 1 came up amongst them they
just stopped playing and started. How
they did stare! Then they whispered to
each other and began to giggle. I
couldn't see what they were laughing
at; it did seem to me that if il was any
body's place to laugh it was mine, for
I knew they looked more laughable than
I did, and my dress was very stylish,
and theirs awfully out of fashion.
"Put 1 began to cry. I felt so morti
fied. Then one little girl stepped out
from the others and came up to me.
'Don't be troubled,' said she, 'if thev
do laugh: they will soon be accustomed
to your queer dress, and no longer be
provoked to mirth. What is your
" 'Flossy Severance,' said I.
" 'Vour name is as singular as your
gown, said she. 'I never heard such
a name as Flossy; mine is Submit Fair
"When she said that I jumped, for
that was my great-grandmother's name.
She was father's 'grandmother, and I
had heard him tell about her lots of
times, and I always remembered her
name It was so queer. It came over
me, all of a sudden, that this was my
great grandmother, and 1 felt half
scared and half tickled there was
something awful about it, and some
" 'What's the matter?' said she, when
" 'Nothing much,' said I. I thought
I wouldn't tell her what I had found
out, for fear she wouldn't like it. I
didn't know how she would fancy being
called great-graiidinother by another
"Just then, the teacher came to the
door and called us in; she didn't ring
any bell. She had a very pretty face,
if she hadn't worn her hair in such a
queer fashion; great pull's on each side
of her head, and the tallest shell comb.
Her gown was very short-waisted and
big-figured, and the skirt was plain.
"Well, we all went in and sat down
on the log benches, and the school be
gan. 'After the opening exercises, the
scholars recited in the New England
Primer, like Mi-s Ames said: then they
had the Catechism and a qi r arith
metic. Ofcuurse 1 didn't know any
thing but my Swhiton and Colburii.
and for Catechism, my Sunday-school
lesson papers: arid the teacher said I
was very backward, and would have to
go way back to the beginning, and I
couldn't be in the class with my great
grandmother; I did feel so cheap. I
just sat there and heard the others re
cite and fell like a dunce till noon.
Then there was an hour's intermission,
and I thought my great-grandmother
and I sat down together on a log, and
ate some Indian local cake, which she
had brought in a little cotton bag for
her dinner. We got to talking ami now
the tunny part comes. 1 mixed in
everything Miss Ames told with il, you
" 'Has v our father paid the cord of
wood for your schooling,' said my
great -grand in other.
"I said 1 didn't know.
" 'Mine has,' said my great-mother;
'a cord of the very lines! cellar to be
found in the forest.' Then she sat up
very straight, eating her corn cake, und
looked ns if she feit so grand.
" 'Is your gow n made of flax: or
tow?' she said, after a little while.
1 said it was all-woo! cashmere, and
mother got it in the city. Then she
wanted to know how long it took her to
spin and weave it, and 1 told her she
didn't spin anil weave it; she bought it
just so. '1 lieu 1 told her how w e went
on the steain-ciirs to New York, ninl then
on ihe 1c rse-cai'S around the city; and
how we had n dres-nuikcr and a sewing
inai hiue to make the dress, and she
li-leiied with her eves as big ns saucers.
" Are the trees bla.ed all the way to
New York?' sav she. She didn't seem
to have nr. y idea of what I meant bv
btcaiu mid lor,e cars, so I tried to U:ll
h"T, hut it didn't seem to do any jrood.
Finally, she sat np so prim and took
her New England Primer nnd began to
study. I thought I'd said something
she didn't like, and I asked her what
the matter w in.
"You ought lo have seen tho way she
looked at me. 'You have told some
wicked libs,' said she, in such a queer,
precise voice, 'and 1 shall feel it my
duty to tell my father, Israel Penninian.
Ho is a tithing man."
" 'What will he do?' said I. 1 seemed
to give right, in that I had told libs.
"My great-grandmother's face was
just ns long and sober, but her eyes
looked sort of rcgnish then; they -were
black like mine. T il show yon,' says
she, and she took her New England
Primer nnd gave me such a poke with
it that I woke up. There!''
'"Why, Plossy Severance," said onn
of the girls, "it's the cutest dream I
ever heard in my life!"
And all the other girls echoed her.
Mary K. Wilkin, in t'oii;rcalioiiulist.
How a Little Boy Learned the True way of
Showing His Love for His Parents.
It was such n bright morning that
little (icorge C .when he came out
of the house dressed neallv in his new
suit of clothes, thought their must be
something unusually bright up in thn
sun. If was not in tho sun; the bright
ness was in his own heart; he bad re
membered to thank his mother for mak
ing his clothes. When he walked down
the stoop he thought that he could
never do enough fur the dear mother
who was always working and planning
for his comfort and happiness. How he
wished he had a pocketful of money, so
that he could buy hera beautiful watch!
His little brain was busy planning
what he would do if he had only lots of
money, when a very line-looking man
spoke to him pleasantly, and invited
him to take a walk. Of course he re
membered that his mother had told him
again and "again not to walk with
si rangers on the street, but he guessed
she did not mean this nice-looking man:
she meant bad men. So flcbrgc w alked
along with the man, and. before he
knew it. had told him how he wanted
to earn money to buy a watch for his
mother. The man was very glad, he
said, that (leorge had told him, for he
knew a man who wanted just such n
bov as (leorge: if (leorge would come
with him. he would introduce him lo
the man. Yes, of course, he would
go very gladly. Where was the man?
Down on a boat.
They went to the boat, but the man
had just gone, and would come back in
a .-hurl time; they would go down into
the cabin and wait for him. When
(ieorgn came on deck, the boat had
gone from the dock, and was sailing
down the lake away from his home
Now the man who had brought him
aboard came up and ordered him to go
to work, at the same time striking him a
heavy blow on the back. At the first
landing made by the boat ( leorge was
taken ashore, and noon found that he
was to make one of a gang of thieves;
he was to assist them. How constantly
his thoughts were of his home, and how
deeply he regretted his disobedience!
What would his mother do! It was now
three days since that bright morning,
acd she would surely think him dead.
He could never get away from these
men, for they watched him every min
ute. He was hungry all the lime, and
his body was covered with bruises.
One evening he found that the men
were so busy talking that they were not
watching him, and he slipped out on
the street. Hurrying as fast as possible
from the part of the city where the men
w ere, he soon found himself on a clean
street. A lady found him sitting on her
stoop, and after hearing his story took
him to a Children's Home to spend the
night. In the morning the people in
charge telegraphed to his home, and
his mother came for him.
(ieorge though this home never was so
beautiful as it was the day he returned.
Sitting with his mother in the twilight,
he was made to understand as he never
had before that the true way of showing
love to parents is to obey them. We
must remember, too, that they have
lived much longer than we, and know
much better than we do what is wise
and right. Clirixlidii Ciiinn.
A .TRAMPS DEVICE.
How He Caused New York Law to Be
Carried into Effect in New Jersey.
"Captain, will you allow a man who
is traveling and fundless to cross the
ferry?" asked a nomad of the faretaker
of the Federal street ferry in Camden.
Such requests are common and general
ly meet with the same answer:
" No, travel to Trenton and cross on
" I will not travel up to Trenton, but
I'm going to cross this ferry and right
through this gate, with your permission
without a cent, in just one hour and
twenty minutes," replied the tramp,
haughtily. " I want to call your altun
tion to the fact that it is just seien
o'clock." added the wanderer.
An otliccr of the company put t!tv
man away from the gate. "The bo;-.;
leave every ten minutes, and as eacb
one departed the rover would step ii;
to the gate and in the presence of the
collector make a ncinoraudum in a
small book. 'The eighth boat hail' left
when the tramp boldly stepped up to
the collector and handed him one of
the otlicial legislative hand-books of
New Jersey, and under the head of ex
tracts from laws regulating steam-ferry
companies pointed to a paragraph. The
collector read: "And be it further en
acted that any traveler or wayfarer who
shall make application for a free trans
mission on such boats and who public
a'ly avers that he or she is destitute and
without means, shall be freely carried
on any of the boats herein provided for,
aflcr the said boat or boats have made
an eighth trip across such river follow
ing such application."
'ihe collector was astonished, and the
man passed on to the boat. When she
had i ft, the slip he turned to a man
near him, who had witnessed a part of
the maneuver, and said: "I tell you a
'typo' can't be beat. 'That is tin ex
tract from the New York law that 1 set
up aad took a proof of on line paper.
Do you see how nicely it is pasted in
there?" l'lttlmlrlphiii A' ws.
In France, by a refinement of ju
dicial cruelty, the date of execution is
not know n until the previous evening.
Notices arc then sent to the (iovei nor
of the jail, executioner and chaplain.
From the hour of his sentence the tlm
inal is dead to the world. Environed
by guards, he is taken to a cell vvilh two
bids, one of which is occupied by a
inon-ter (prison spy). Hi.-, food is
taken with a wooden spoon. A vv aider
and gendarme keep perpetual watch.
I te may sleep or smoke or cat, but no
visitors are admitted Uor any tidings
from the cuter vvoiIJ.
FOR SUNDAY READING.
INSTRUCTION FOR THE TONGUE.
Guard well ttiy lips; none can lininr
- 1'rov. xlll, a
What evils from the tongue may flow;
.laiiies HI. 5, 6.
What guilt, whal grief may tie Incurred
JmlKCS it. .15.
Ily one Incautious, hasty wont.
Mark vl. SS, 3,.
He "slow to sjFak," look well within.
1'rov. x. 111.
To chock what there may lend to sin;
And pray uiiceashiKlv for aid,
Col. Iv. 2.
Lest ltnnwai-cs thou lie hctruvisl.
I.uke xxl. :H.
" Condemn not, Judge not," not to man
.lames Iv. 2.
Is given his brother's fmilts to scan:
1 Cor. Iv. 5.
One task Is thine, and one alone,
To soareh out and subdue thine own.
-John Till. 7.
Indulge no murmuring, oil restrnln
-1 Cor. X. 10.
Those lips so ready to complain;
And IT they run lie numbered, count
Of one day's mercies the amount.
-bam. 111. SI.
Plum vain discussions, trifling themes,
l it us III. 9.
llvvcll not on earthly hopes mid schemes.
Dent. Vl. 4-7.
bid words of wisdom, meekm ss, love,
.lamep 111, lit.
Thy heart's true renovation prove:
Luke vl. 4.",.
Set Ood before tliee; every v;ord
(Jen. xvil. 1.
Thy lips pronounce by Him Is hoard;
I's. cxsxlx. 4.
Oil could'st thou rcali.e (Ills thought,
What care, what caution would he tauu lit !
Luke xll. H.
Tho " time is short," this day niav tie
1 Cor. vil. g.L
The v ery hist assigned to t'"e;
-Lph. v. in.
So speak, that should'st thou ne'er speak more
Col. Iv. li.
Thou may'st not this day's words deplore.
Koui. .Iv. 1:.'.
THE SERVICE OF MAMMON.
A Toilsome and Ignoble Service, Which
Multitudes Voluntarily Take Upon Themselves
A Hard Master and an Unsatisfactory
(iod calls all men to 1 1 is service. Hut
multitudes refuse and serve Mammon
instead. They are his willing servants.
They voluntarily take his yoke upon
them, and they serve him all tlieir lives
long with great lidclily. And, though
they seem to realize it not, he is a hard
master. There are few greater slaves
than those that serve him, as they them
selves would see and confess were they
seriously to consider how he treats
them. His is a toilsome service. Il
calls for the exertion of all tlieir ener
gies, both of body and of mind. Karly
and lale, day aflcr day, and year after
year, all their lives long, he lays a tax
on these. Few and brief are the respites
w ith which they are indulged. They
are urged on and on continually. Their
nights are short, and their days long-,
and if their Sabbaths are not days of
toil they are filled with worry and care,
so that (he burden is ever upon them.
In such a service they become prema
turely broken down, both in body and
in mind. Their oppressive toils and
cares seriously tell upon them, so that
if they do not die before their time, their
old age is an age of "labor and sor
row," in which they lind but little pleas
ure. And oftentimes the service of
Mammon is a mean . service. He calls
his servants to low and unworthy
ollices. The grand object and end (if
this service is to get the world. It is to
get all of il that is possible. And low
as this object is in itself. .Mammon cares
not with what unworthy method it is
accomplished. His injunction is: "Get
the world; honestly if you can, but get
it." And get it many of his servants do
by low and unworthy methods. Thev
scruple not at these. They make no
account of truth and honesty and just
dealing, if these stand in their way.
"The love of money is the root of all
evils," and all evils do they practice in
their mad pursuit of it. And thus do
they debase themselves and pollute their
souls. Il is an ignoble and degrading
And, after all, what are ils rewards?
Thev are paltry and unsatisfactory.
Such toils, drudgery and care ought to
have a corresponding; compensation.
But in no case is it so. In numberless
instances those who have faithfully
served Mammon all their lives, from
youth up to old age, have found them
selves no better oil' at the end than at
tho beginning. They have had their
success and their reverses, and their
reverses equaling their successes, so
that in their old age they found them
selves poor and friendless, dependent
for tlieir daily bread. Disappointment
has attended them all along, and it is
disappointment in the end. But sup
pose t hat they have succeeded. Sup
pose that they have gained and kept
tlieir thousands or their millions, as has
been the case vvilh some, w hat has it
amounted to, after all? They have
found that they have grasped but a
phantom. It has been their experience
that they have secured but an unsatis
fying good. They have found that they
have labored all their days for that
which satisticth not. They are com
pelled to add their testimony to that of
Solomon, that "All is vanity and vexa
tion of spirit.'' They arc compelled to
say: "Is this all? Does all this toiling
and striving amount lo nothing more?"
Yes, (ill. Il amounts to nothing more.
'The Scripture declaration is true: "He
that loveth silver shall not be satislicd
with silver, nor he that loveth abun
dance with increase." 'The truly wise
mau will serve his Master. His is a no
ble and an ennobling service. It calls
to noble deeds, and rich and satisfy
ing are its rewards. - -Christian al
SOWING WITH DILIGENCE.
The Want of Constant Application Fatal
to Achievements of Any Kind.
Allusion is often made to sowing by
the inspired writers, and the figurative
language thus employed is rich in sug
ecstiveness. There is much implied by
sowing, and the lessons thus taught lire
too important to be disregarded. Sow
ing implies diligence. Much labor is
demanded of him who sows, in the
preparation f the. soil, before the seed
is committed thereto vvilh hope as to a
harvest. Various processes of cultiva
tion must be rcsorled to ill due time
and order. The field that is to be made
productive must be cleared and plowed,
in connection vvilh other methods of
adaptation, which cannot be omitted
without seriously interfering with rea
sonable evpectal ions. In this prepara
tory labor great activity and industry
arc. required. No negligent, sower can
be an abundant reaper. He who I ds
Ihe imperative demands ot this avoca
tion must be "diligent in business."
So in spiritual husbandry, there is
much to be done which renders con
stant labor indispenjublc. The sov.er
of the good seed of the Kingdom of
lod should be "al way abounding in
the work of tho Lord." In this k'nd of
owing Oier (s, ordinarily, much jvtv.
liminary work to lo done before thn
seed can be committed to the ground
with authorized hopefulness. Obstacles
to its reception and production must ho;
removed. Access must be gained to tho
heart. Attention must be. secured, in
terest engaged, emotions stirred, oner-'1
gies aroused, activities enlisted. 1'rnth
must be communicated in various ways.:
It must be brought to bear upon the m-i
lelleetual and moral powers, so as 'to,
eomo directly in contact with the
thoughts and feelings, the intellections
and allections, the convictions and de
In nil this agency there is much no-'
tivity required. Seed-time is always a
busy lime. None of this precious sea-;
son is to be lost by inaction. The con
stant appeal is: "Whatsoever thy hand!
tindcth to do, do it with thy might."!
There is mi unceasing enforcement of!
an inspired apostle's charge to "be in-i
stunt in season and out of season,"'
"vvilh all long sull'ering." The appro-l
priate niolto of this supremely critical!
period of sowing is: "Work while the!
day lasts." Sowers must be incessant
woikcrs, giving no place to indolence,
the arch-foe of nil success. The wanti
of diligence is inevitably fatal to
achievements of any kind. If was a'
most truthful utterance of A. T. Stew-:
art, the merchant-prince of New York,1
that "no abilities, however splendid, eanj
command success without, intense labor
and persevering application." Some1
one ebe has pertinently said: "It is;
lesson after lesson with the scholar,!
blow after blow with the laborer, pict-:
ure aflcr picture with the painter, step
after step, and mile after mile, with tho
traveler, that secures what all desire,,
success." When Martin Luther was
asked how he had found time to trans
late the Bible, he said : "I did a litths
every day." The niolto of him whx
would excel should be: " Little by lit-1
The triumphs of diligenee may every-,
where lie seen as au encouragement to'
its exercise. They abound in all the
realm of nature, and surely they should
not be wauling in the realm of grace.
Of all mankind the Christian should be
an example of diligence in the work
given him to do, ns a " laborer toget her
with Ood." As a worker, (lod never
ceases in Hisnctiv ily, and those working
with and for Him should never be iu
active. John Kliot, the apostle to th t
Indians, writing to a friend, said:
"l'raycrs and pains through faith in
( hrist .lesus, will do anything.'' Tho
"pains" are no less needful than the
prayers, and without the pains the
prayers will be unavailing. Much
homely truth is contained in the sav
ing of Dr. Benjamin Franklin: "Dil
igence is the mother of good luck, and
(iod gives all things lo industry."
'Then; is not only vast mightiness but
real blessedness in diligence, and there
fore the appeal of ('. F. Ornc may be
" Ho. nil vv ho lahor. all who slrive!
Ye '.vield a lolly power:
Do with yiiuriiiiulil. do Willi yourstretlf.-'th,
loll nrr) irol.len hour!
The i.'-lorioiis priv ileire to do
Js iiiuii s most noble dower.
"Oh. to your btrthrlcht and yourselves,
To .vour own souls he true!
A vveai'v, wretched lite is theirs
Who nave no work to do."
All Vices Related to Each Other.
No one who has reflected much on.
the conduct of life can fail to observe
that all vices are more or less related
to each other, that they aro all root
ed in a general corruption of the
moral principle, so that the full surren
der to any one temptation weakens and
taints the entire nature; whereas the
virtues reinforce each other, each tend
ing to nobleness of character, and serv
ing to invigorate the conscience. And
it is impossible that the perception and,
reasoning powers should not be affected
by the moral condition. The man who,
is accustomed to lie or prevaricate
blunts his sense of truth: he who has
the habit of deception is entangled ill
his own deceit; debauchery unsteadics
the judgment as well as the nerves.
Hence, in (lie long run, tho scoundrel,
however accomplished, is very likely to
be caught; his Intellect is damaged by
his ev il practices. And even where the
mental strength seems to be sustained
we may look for a sudden collapse, and
see the astute intriguer go down before
the simple-minded, clear-eyed, consci
entious fellow, who goes on his way,
strong in his own integrity, and perhaps
unconscious of any peril. The simple
virtues truthfulness, justice, purity,
love are the clear, strong qualities of
character. Christian Advocate.
Regard no vice so small that thou
may est brook it.
Hope is the only good w hich is
common to all men; those who have
nothing more possess hope still.
Happiness consists, not in possess
ing much, but in being content wit ii
what we possess, lie w ho wants little
always has enough. Zimmerman.
(bid's presence is enough for toil
and enough for rest. If He journey vvilh
us by the way. He will abide wilh us
when night-fail comes; and His com
panionship will be sutlicient for direction
on the road, and for solace and safety
in the evening camp. Maclaren.
There are plenty of people ready to
do the good Samaritan with the oil,
wine and two pence. But if there is
any personal inconvenience to ho suf
fered they excuse themselves from serv
ice. 'Those who would walk in order
that u poor sufferer might ride, it is to
be feared, are not very numerous.
It is said that on the wall of one of
the Fgyptian pyramids is written:
"The impious shall commit iniquity
without recompense, hut not without re
morse." Does not this ancient, inscrip
tion of heathenism receive its corrobora
tion from the Scriptures and the experi
ence of every sinner in the present day?
It has a look thai way. - Christian at
Remember the good old rabbi, who
was awakened in the watches of the
night by one of his twelve sons saving:
"Behold! my eleven brothers lie sleep
ing, and 1 am the only onewho wakens
to praise and pray." "Son," said the
wise father, " you had better be asleep
too than wake lo censure your brother.-."
No fault can b.; as bad as Un
feeling which is quick to see and speak
of ot her people's faults. Muritiiiij S7(r.
What does Robert Ingersoll Inf an
when he speaks in au eloquent address
on the vice of iiitelupeiaiiee and says
" think of the wrecks on either side of
the stream of death." So there is in
his view a Vo;i., and there arc wrecks
in that iiKVoNi,! In this way men often
times disclose their inner convictions
which they have always tried to con
ceal. As when au atheist exclaimed:
" Well, 1 am an atheist, thank (Jod."
A". lr. Ob (.
SCHOOL AND CHURCH.
A century-old Kehool-liotise wns
razed at Hartford, Conn., the other day.
The Kentucky Methodist Conference
(reports a loss of 8V3 members during
the past year.
' Tho .Superintendent of T'tiblie In
struction for Dakota reports fifty thou
sand children enrolled ill the schools
No other book of the Bible is
much in demand in India as that
I'roverbs. Its rpigramntie wisdom
highly appreciated by the Hindoos.
' The study of historical and political
science is growing in favor among tho
universities. At, Harvard and .John,
Hopkins more attention is paid these
branches than ever before. N. Y. In
itilnntlint. A student of the University of
Georgia was given this simple sum: If
the third of six be three what would the
fourth of twenty be? This bright
student, after figuring for half an hour,
gave it up. '
Thn old Christ, Church, Boston,'
Episcopal, well-known ns the North
Church in which the lantern was hung
as a signal to raid Revere in revolution
ary limes, was reopened for worship re
cently. llo.ston Journal.
It is very important for the preach
er to be interesting, but it is more im
portant for him to be true to the gospel.
It is a fatal mistake to aim at being in
teresting, ns though that, were the su
premo end of the gospel ministry. Aim
to save souls. 7 n'tianapolis Journal.
At the annual session of the South
ern New Yrtrk Baptist Association, held
recently nt Emanuel Church, the read
ing of the letters from the various
churches showed a general state of pros
perity, and revealed the gratifying fact
that in nearly all the churches ihere had
been a deep spiritual interest and an in
crease of membership. A. Y. Times.
There are now in the United States,
exclusively for colored students, 50 nor
mal schools, with 8,,rjll!) students; -LI
academies, with 6,0:!.'! students; IS col
leges with L!,2'.IX; 24 theological schools
with Cti.5; four law schools with S3; and
three medical schools, with T25. It isj
evident that much greater facilities for
the higher education of this race need
to he provided. -A. Y. Kxaminrr.
Sir Lyon I'layfair has collected sta
tistics, based upon the death rate, to
show that the health of children has im
proved thirty-three per cent, under the
operation of Ihe compulsory education
act in Great Britain. It would be
interesting to determine whether this'
improved condition is due to the com
fortable housing of the children during
n large portion of Ihe day. or to the in
vigoration afforded by enforced mental
The old South (Unitarian') Church
in I'oitsinouth. N. II.. has had but eight,
pastors in Kill years, including the Rev.
Alfred Goodi.'.g. who was installed over
it tho 15th ult. 'The others were John
Emerson, who officiated from 1715 tiH
his death in 17:i2; William Shurtletl'.
from 17iW till his death in 1717;, fob
Strong, from 174'J till his death in 1751;
Samuel Haven, from 1751! till his death
in 1H06; Nathan Parker, from 1K0H till
his death in 183:1; Andrew Preston
Peabody, from 1833 till his resignation
in 1850; and James Do Xormandie. from
1802 till his resignation in 18$3. Boston
Base-ball players wear out a good
many diamonds in the course of a year.
Some one asks how the groat men
of this country began life. We are un
der the impression that t hey generally
began life as infants. A7. Y. Tribune.
The latest Georgia man hanged by
a mob was seventy-four years ohl.i
There is now and then a locality in
which a murderer is not allowed to dio
of old age. Louisville Courier-Journal.
"Ah, Rings, where aro you going
for the winter?" "(), I shall take a
run over to Italy and do Mt. Vesuvius."
"I see going to a foreign climb."
Robert Bonner ought to look out that
Maud S. doesn't elope with her groom.
That sort of thing is becoming alarm
ingly common with those of her sex.
The most depressing news we have
had for a long time is tlio report that
Asiatic cholera and Oscar Wilde will
reach America next year. Strict quar
antine regulations against Oscar should
be enforced. Norristou n Herald.
"Would you like this bound in Tur
key?" asked a gentlemanly book agent,
of his rural customer for "Scutcher's
Universal History of tho World." "O,
no," was the reply, "no use sending on
it clear out there; bind it in New Yrork.
Uoston Commercial llullctin.
Lankson, who looks older than he is
By the way I'lunipton, there's about
a year's difference in our ages, isn't,
there? Plumpton who looks younger,
than he is A year! Why, when I was a
little boy and you used lo pass our house
I remember my father saying: "There
goes old Lankson." Life.
"1 say, young man.," said a physi
cian, stopping him on the street, "you
are not well. Your face is Hushed and
you are in a high fever. Let me feel
your pulse." "I I'm all right,"protested
the youth. "No, you ure not, said tho
physician, positively. "Your pulse is
over ltll), and in less than two niinmes
you will be in a cold sweat. Vou take
my advice and go home." "11 can't
go home. I am resolved to ask old
Jones for his daughter's hand to-night
or perish miserably in the attempt."
" rong diagnosis,1' muttered the doc
tor to himself.. Tcras Xiftinija.
A Joke that Kicked "I played a
good joke on my w ife last night,''' said
Tweezers, who isn't kept out of jail ou
account ot his brightness. "What was
it?" "1 had our colored coachman
stand in the dark hall and kiss her so
she'd think it was me." "What did
she do?" "Nothing. She only came
into the parlor where 1 was sitting
and said: 'Why, Tweezers, 1 didn't
know you had got home.' " Chicago
The Time to Fail.
Grocer, to his shopman: "Pedro, I
owe about three thousand francs."
"I have two thousand francs in the
safe, but the shop iscinpty; I think il is
the rigid moment to fail."
"That's jiisf what 1 think."
"But 1 want a plausible pretext for
my creditors. You have plenty of
brains; think the matter over to-iiighl
and to-iuorrovv morning."
The clerk promised lo think it care
fully over. On entering the shop next
morning, the grocer found the safe open,
the money gone, and in its place a note,
which run as follows: "I have taken
the two thousand francs, und am off b
America. It is tho best ecuse you i-im
K'ivo to your creditor." Anjunniit. . i