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VERMONT WATCHMAN & STATE JOUIHNTAIi, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 1883.
SearLord of llfe and dealli
To thee I boir,
Aml wllli ench couicloun breath
Wonld triut thee now,
Strnngo thadowi clouj tny way,
I look above and ny,
' He leadetti me."
And lf I cannct feel
Thy uresence near,
Let faltta to me reveal
The knowlerige clear.
Tii better far to provo
In torrow'e nlght
The f ullnen of thy lore,
IU gentle mlgbt,
Tlian ln unbroVen day,
'Xcatb cloudle tky,
To lose the t alth-llt way
Tbat brlngs thee nlgli.
I do not understand,
Do thou but hold my hand
T1U by and by.
Llfe'n mynicpath ihall cease
At llcavcn' door,
And I, In perfect peace,
Rot. John Jasper" l)o Suu Do Moto."
It ia evident that Brother Jaaper, llk
other famoua preachers, does not depond
for his audiences wholly upon his peraonal
attractiona, but uaes n proper amount of
aanctifipd drumming. The advortisementa
of hia Bormona aro poated In theprominent
hotela. Like a ahrewd " fiaher of men,"
while ho baita h?8 hook with hla own repu
tation aa a preaoher,his deacona aro taugbfc
to "land the came." At the corner of
the street on which the churoh alanda, we
were met by n venerable cotton-headed,
tar-faced aaint with the aalutation : " I'ao
ben a waitin' for yer I Come right 'long
Ver Into do nrfc I" TTndnr tJio oliram
manipulation of thia worthy wofloundered
through the denaely crowded church, and
wore landed, gaaping for breath, in the
chancel. Brother Jasper greetfd our
party with a amilp, whioh we at firat as
fiumed to be one of nnrn hnnRvnlnnrn. rinf.
whioh, repeated with far greater hearti-
uobb wiikii ine contriDution piate waa
passed. 8uggeated at leaat a mingled emo
tion. Fmm nnr BPat. ihn viaur vtraa im
preaaive, a vaat black " aea of uptnrned
facea." nnnn nll nf mliifti ronro dnnlt,1
reverence and expectancy, prophetio of
tho unctuous "amena" whioh greeted
the prayer of the sssisting miniater that
"de good Lor' make hia valiant servant
dis afternoon as ter'ble aa an army wid
bannera for de stampin' down ob de en'my
uu- miaraei wat goea a gamaaym- agm do
Jaaper ia indeod ahigh prieat among
uib uiciuieu over B1X IBfit in Uia BtOCK-
inga mounted upon a Pisgah pair of
lfiPH. anrrmentinc thn Aitmit.v miTi mliinti
aa othera frotn boaated hights of learning,
ue aurveys Dotn tno wiiderneaa 01 ecien
tifio wandering and the promiaed land of
faith. His hrirrir,. nrnminAnf ava ann'
breadth of forekead givo to hia front face
me auggeauon oi mteuigence and lorce,
WhilA nifl Timfiln. OintPln fVia nnknmnn
X ' ""wtwujj uw V. u V u TT fJ
brow andchin ia equally 8uggeative of
luiuecuiiy. ma yoice ia deep and mei'
low, and thouch a little shakv with
retaina all the pecnliar richneaa of the
Aincan rongue. rnougn aitogetner un-
edncated. hftvintr rrartnafpil frnm tha tr.
bacco f actory aa a alave, he haa a degree
of orude poetry in hia diction and of
DathoS in mannflr. tltrpt.hor -ojif h n natitra
aptneaa in "putting thinga," which, with
uiuiu uuimrB, wouia nave given mm mer
ited diatinction aa an orator.
We wera fortnnato in iha nonoolnn nf
onr viait, aa Jaaper had 8elected for the
eermon a repetition of hia argnment that
" Do Sun do Move." In view of the vaat
imDortance of tho fmhWf:. tlm
laid a broad, if not a deep foundation for
ttn l. 12 1 T ...
uia uuaotvnuuuB uy reaaing aa a preitmin
ary lesson the entire 10th and 11th chap-
tera of fjp.nnqi.q. t.hn frpnpalnfrtr nf nottnno
1 f) "tl J UMttUUO)
" de importantist recordt in de hull bleaaed
uook oi ae ,or." bome ot the namea of
the ancient people ataggered his tongue ;
bnt he connnnrnd in thn pnrl hrr nnUnn
flank movement and attaoking them off
U M il - ' - ...
iuo iiuo ui ineir approvea pronunoiatlon
or mining under them with a ely and in
diatinot finunfiiatinn whinh morlp t),om
Havaa uaalJ HUUUI
orumble into the mereat debrii of their
ongtnal atructurea. There waa an occa
sional aaaault and recoil, followed bya re
BSSanlt. which carriRd nnt. nnlv tVia ainrrlt
word, but a whole verse, routed in inex-
The text aeleoted, " by which to obaarve
dat de ann do move," wa8 Exodua xv : 8.
" The Lord ia a man of war." If the
logioal connection of text and subject
was not apparent, tbe rhetorical purpoae
in its aeleotioil was made evident by the
preaoher'a warning : " Sich bein' de caae,
we orter be raighty wary how we deny do
The diaoourae had a double introduo
tion. the firat beinir rwmninnnl ' ir
Which tha Snftakflr prnlalnprl ih
of the onginal delivery of the aermon, and
wuk uccuaion vo "ponsn oit" a neighbop
incr cleriryman for dpnrHnrrliia nrtrnmonfo
u r " kfco
abutere patientia nostra1' waa finiahed with
" " o r -.wmwm ir vuo
Hnk arma wid me an' we'll go up to de
juuguieub auab oo ae L.or , an say : 't,or, '
yon jua' 'cide 'twix' ua.' An' if I'ae wrong
do good Lor' he aay: 'John, you hab
made a miatake.' An' if dat udder cler
gyman ia wrone, de Lor'aav to 'im : ' Dick
Wella, yoa 'bominable liar I go down thar
to yar own plaoe I ' ''
Tho second part of tho introduction waa
oi tne " remote " order, dealing with the
hiatory of the Hebrew people from the
oall of Abraham to the oocupation of the
promued land, taking nearly an hour
deliverv and onnt.nin
reference to fihe sun, except as the preaoher
oxBiajinoo . i -apecia you lolka wondera
Wben I'ae goin' to talk 'bout de aun. Now
iook yar i x ain n goin' to argufy 'bout
important a aubject aa dat while I
talkin' 'bout EirvDt an' de wildftrnpnq
Fings waa mlghty unaartin in doae landa
on de udder aide ob Jordan. Walt till I
done brung de narritive into de promiaed
land, where I kin flx de fax. Den I ahow
von dat de nnn An mnvn. anra V Tlnf nf
withatanding ita irrelevancy. the old atorv
nf Pafrtar.!. orwl ni.l. 1-1J "
w iMviiHtwM muu A uaiouu Yiaa tUJU WKU U
ploturesqueness of language and dramatio
tn&nner which Imnri'ssprl it. 11 nnn Hui
hearer aa a more faultlesa rendering would
uud uavo uone. auo anoient acenea were
aa rivid aa if they had come down only
from the daya before the war, and had
transpired on the peninaula between tho
Jamea and York rivera. Teara atartod
down black facea when, with volce tremb
nnH wun emoiion, ne descrlbed i ath
Abraham 11 a-lrvntin' an
turned-up face of Iaaao,dat mlghty fine boy
wat de trood Lor. whn wnniHn'f hrnto uu
promlae. aent him nhnn hn waa an
man." The aceno on Moriah waa auporblv
..t..i . il. H i i i . . y
nubcu , iud uicauuor a jong arin raised, nla
eye f renzied aa in tho aot of aacrifloe, until
rolioved by " wliat dat noiao a orackln'
through the brako dar? Suro onuf de
rarn ob do Lor' I" Ono'a ileah " crawled "
aa he deaoribed the plaguea of Egypt, por
hapa keeping nearer to tho cxperience of
aoiue of hia hearora than to tho Bible ac
count. Tho boya' emotiona wore audible
wiien ho talsed ot " locustaea ; not de Jar
fllea which lef dar ahucka on de trees an'
filled tho a'n wid creakin', but a mighty
army ob era blggor dan Vlrginy hopper
grasses, which come an' eat up ebery ting
until dey wero blewn away by a mighty
vehemenent wind. But do av-'f ulcst plague
waa do las de ancel ob de Lor', what do-
atroyed an' slaugltterpd till do Lor' gib
him notlce to qmt nn' not go no furder.
ao rnaraon couldu't atand it no Ionger.
He waa ao inad when he aaw all de olo
alavea agoin free dat ho went down into
tho wiiderneaa to hab a row wi' do Lor'.
Ah, children, wouldn't yar eyea a atarted
to aeen de magonifioence o' Fharaob'o
army a-makin' do invasion out o' Egypt I
Chariota biggern do oircua band goes
n-ridin' in, an' a mighty amart colonel
a-drivin' eb'ry one ob 'cm, an' all de cavalry
a-inounted on hoa'back, while de infantry,
koz dere waa no hosaea fur'em, all a walk
in' on foot I
" De word Moaea meana drown, koz he
was drewn out o' de water when a boy j
an' de koz o' do Lor' waa a-drewn by
Moaea for forty yoara," etc.
When entertained with auch a wealth
of arcbroologtcal and linguistio loro the
audience could afford to be patient until
tho orator reached hia aubject, which he did
when " do hiatory run a-foul ob do Araeli
kitea, an' Joahua, he made de aun atan'
atill for de reat ob do day ; but how could
ahe hb stood. atill if slie hadn't a bin
Ihe dieoussion proper conaiated chiefly
of commenta on paasagea of Scripture,
auch aa the followlng :
" irora tho rising oi the aun unto the
going down of tho aame the Lord'a name
ia to be praiaed.' But if eomebody aaya
de aun don't riae an' go down, he roba de
L.or' od hia prai8e, ime dia yer blasphe
" ' The aun haateth to hia placo where
he aroae;' but w'at a fool to t'ink do aun
could be a hurryin' up to get ready to
riuo, ii ao aun couian cmove I
"The buu returned ten decrreea. bv
whlch degreea it waa gone down.' If de
aun didn't move, poor Hezekiah would
nebber got well, an' had no more hoDe in
ae name od ae Lor' aan deae modern aci-
T 1 T T . .
entihkinc; fellowa what are eroin' to he
aunk deeper dan de Jehovah-fa't Vallev
r -1 ft 1 r i .. "
iur uar awiui lyin . '
Brother Jasper'a indip-natinn was .
pecially fiery again8t auch men as ' dat
yar Mistor Uopper-nicua and Mister Snew
tona what tells ua dat de arth am roun'
an' a floatin' on nuffin, when de Bible
aaya ita got foundationa. Guesa I'ze bin
aa near de bottom ob de arth ai anv ob
demfojkseaj aeben hunner an' fifty feet
in a mine shaft an' gib my wordob honor,
dar waa no aign obgittin through it ; not
a wiuk oo aayngnt irom de udder aide,
r J - i i - i ...
u, aa lrreo nnce oo savin' do arth am
roun' when de Lor' aay in lleberlation dar
am four angela a-atannin' on de four cor
nera ob de arth a holdin' on to de four
wmda 1 Dese acientifikini? men can He so
aa to make black white ; but dey can't
make what'a got four corners onto it roun';
aey can't square de circle in dia yer rea
Anothor modern falsahood whiVh tha
learned orator waa able to diaprove with
equal ease and thorouffhnass was that nf
ine aun a vaat diatance. " I aaw de bigeeat
balloon what obber went up in old Var
ginny; biggern a houae; an' ahe ro8a
an' roae till she was no biggern a pea, an'
yet she waa only a mile an' a, half or ao
off. Now de sun looka a mighty eight
uingeru aai, an- ynu aon't catoh dia ohile
beltevin' datit'a 00.000.000 milea off"
" But dara no use argufyin wi' theae
hard-hearted men obscien:e. Dey would
not believe de word ob de Lor', if you'd
take a sledge hammer an' beat de truf
into dar skulls."
The peroration waa admirable in smta
of the unconvincing argument upon
nuiuu il was oasea.
" Now I'ae eoin' to make one allowanRa
Though de arth don't move a wink from
her eternal foundation. de dav
in' when ahe a'gwine ter move, buated wi'
nre, an au ae BKy a-rollin' away like a
burnin' newspapor in de wind. O I den
you sinnera, yer better be a movin' too.
bhatce handa wi Heaven to-dav. ao'a vou
won't be callin' on to de mountaina to fall
on to yar aoula in de dav ob de Lor'. Knz
wny r ivoz as de text aay : ' Ua Lor' am
a man ob war.' "
John Jaaper ia one of a verv faw of thn
old time colored preachera left in the
ooutn. Aa auch he ia a histonoal atudy,
But he ia of still greater intereat aa ahow'
ing tho capabllities of the neprro mind.
If auch forceful oratory, auch power to
away men of hi8 caste be comnatible with
utter ignorance, what might not Jasper
have become, had he been eduoated in the
iorms oi truth and tramed in tha arts of
expreaaion. James M. Ludlow, D.D., in
Hamlet'a aword. rnanhintr thn hnart. nf
Poloniu8 through the hanginga of hia
mother'a chambar. tratiBfiTprl that
dence whioh is only another name for
J! AL - ... ...
cuwaruice ; me pruaence wnicn diatruats
pnucipiea uuu iruaw w poncies. 11 is
Onlv the trno man nhn ran mnlb- thrnnnh
the darkneaa and face the myatery of life
wii,u a omoua buui, aiean men, unngut-
uuua mou, emau men iieo i'oionlua aea
what ia ricrht and know that. it. nnirht n
be done, but are too cowardly to do it.
j.nev oiatruat cna atnmai tviwap nf trnth
and of the God whose lifa it is ; they hug
tne snore and are wrecked on reefa and
ahoala where the bold man, atrong in
faith and reaolute in purpoae, aets his
PrOW to the farthest horiznn anri. with
God'a sea under keel and God's heaven
ovorhead, leavea the perils and dangers of
tho treacherou8 ooaat far behind. If
Columbua had listened ta thn
counseia ot tne wiae men of hia cenera-
uon, oia aaus wouia never have tilled with
the breezea of the new continent; he
dared greatly, and he weara worthily the
aplendid orown of fatne whioh the world
haa set upon hiB brow. Ilalf tho anxie
tiea and perplexltie8 of life would diaap
pear, if we onlv belleved enoutrh in Ron
to take him at hia word and truat him
with our earthly hopea and fortunea. If
wo east prudence to the winda wherever
principle waa involved, and held to the
thing that was right in the faoo of all
manner of poasible oalamltiea. we ahould
find ourBelvea involved in no meah of
coinpromise, weakened and paralyzed
ujr uu uuuBuiuuButus ui nnianniuineas to
creat truats and hich onnortunitias
Tho bold wav is almoat alwavn thn
safo way. At the battle of the Nile,
when Nelaon ran hia fleet between
the Frenoh Bquadron and tho shore, hia
annarfint raRhnnaa wno a irrnnrl Intnlttnn
of leaderabip ; it ia the great soul which
iooks over mo wnoie ueia ot conuiot and
divinea by inatinct the daring movement
whioh Buatohea viotory at the polnt of
groatoat perll. Abraham waa a raah and
imprudont man when ho forsook the
pleasant land whero hla flocka had multi
plied and hiB goods inoroased, to trust,
tnrougn long and nomeiesa wandnrings,
the guidanco of an unseen power ; Moiea
Baoriflood a fortuno and the higheat polit
ical opportunitloa when ho exchanged
the palaco of a king for tho tonts of an
nngratoful, nndiaoiplincd, and half-civil-ized
race O8oaping from alavery; Paul
was au lmprovment man when ho east
away the advantages of his position aa a
Jewish toacher to becomo tho wandering
proachpr of a deapiaed and rejeoted gos-
poi j liUinor waa a looihardy man
when he left tho peaco of hia cell at Er
furt for tho soething turmoll of the Ref
ormation ; all men who aet tho impreas of
their personality upon hiatory aro im-
pruaent men ; they dely tho precepta of
a tiraid prudonce, and throw themsolvea
boldly into tho overlanting arma that up-
hold the universe. If you are in any
kind of temptation in which prudence
and polioy draw you on ono aide and
prlnclpla on tho other, risk all for prin-
ciplo ; if you are in porplexlty or doubt,
if paat unfaithfulneaa haa involved you
i . i . .
iu a networE oi omDarrasamont and on
tanglement, take tho boWeat and ahortoat
way out; God ia pledgod to help you, and
as he guided Abraham, Moaea, Paul and
Luther, so he will direct your path.
The fact down at tha bottom ia th&t.
PeOple live by thnirbeliefa. Trnth i the
ful'a daily bread, and evon though there
e uran in tne loat, it ia atill and evpr
more tho bread of life. Tn tall oeople
who are huntrry that bread of fine flour ia
suro to eivo dyapepaia, that bnker's bread
ia a mixture of bad flonr and alum, and
very injurioua, that barlev and rye aro de
flolont in nutrive oualities, and thatoaten
cakes aro onlv fit for horaea, ia to diatract
attention while the body starves for food.
Tho negaMvo preaching of our day de
stroya confidenee in tha great nutritiva
faiths on which generationa of Christiana
have Hved and wrought, and puta nothing
in their plaee. It ia not what man doubt.
but what they beliovo with mlnd and
raieht the beliefs they live upon, tho
faitha they assimilate and roproduca in
conduct and character that aave them
from ain, and make them atrong to do and
endnre. And it. ia onlv the incnlcation of
auch poaitive faitha in tho pulpit that will
attract congregationa and edtfy them
much. Preachers who declaim a?ainat
old beliefa, who srrow eloquent in denounc-
ing outworn aupersuuona ann tne ams ot
the times which have ceasad to be fa9h
ionable, may have a short run of popular
it.y; but they make no enduring mark.
Ppoplo aoon tiro of auch exhibitiona.
They huneer for eomethiner P09itiva.
They want a faith of aome aort that will
snpport them m tnal, atranethpn them in
temptation, help them in tronble. sweeten
their joys, and apan the dark paaaaeas of
tha fi.tnA .Ut. 1 1 i
And onlv the preachincr that comaa from
snch faith. and builda up auch a faith as
thia in tha heart of tha hearer, ia fit for
the Chriatian pulpit. In an acra of lati-
uiuiunriiiuiani, aua among lnamerenra,
whoever believoa anvthine thorouehlv.
and raaintains hia belief with his whole
mind and might, is oalled dogmatic. But
to be dogmatio under auch circumatancea
ia a great merit. Better be a zealot with
a heart on fira with contagiona enthusi
aam for Chriat, than a half-henrted ax
pounder, raiaing more qneationa than can
be anawered, and atarting inquiriea in
fruitleaa field8. Too much of what ia
called popular preaching is hammering in
general, instead of driving a few praat
trutna nome, ntte apifeea, with well-di'
rected energetio blowa. The Evangelist,
A man can have no vantion from hia
Chriatian profesaion. We heard of a
young mini8ter Baying, who waa in the
Bame company of tounta with hb in Eu
rope. that he had put off the miniater and
the Uhriatian profeasion dnrine his tour.
and proposed to erant himself everv indnl-
genca, and to eee life Iuat as it waa, un
der aii oirnnmatances, while he remained
abroad. He evidently carried out his pur
poae, to tne cnagrin and grief ot hia Uhns
tian companiona, and to the aurprisa and
aiagust ot tne woridiy membera ot tbe
companv. A man nevar can lay duty or
reaponsibility aaide. Chriat's work in
aome form continnea "while the day
laata." A man'a influence for good or avil
ia, in some reapects, enhanced dnring
noura oi reiaxation. A thoughtful and
aweet propriety ; a cheerful. unaelfiah. ao-
oial intereat; a quiet, apt, religiona word,
or proner ot aympathy, under auch condi
tions, prodnce a profound effeot. On the
other band, nothing awakena more read-
uy aiatruat in all Uhnstian profesaion,
nothincr eo effectually deatrova a man'a
raoral power in the pulpit, nothing con
firma more certainly the apiritual apathy
of worldly peraona, than to witneaa the
habitual neglect of pnblio and social re
liglous Bervicea, the nnbroken levity, the
utter waste of great atretchea of time, the
reckleaaneaa of expreaaion and action on
the part of men aolemnly ordained and
aet apart for the goapel minitry, in long pe-
TnERE ia nothing, no, nothing, inno-
cent, or good, tnat diea and ia forgotten ;
loi ua noia to tnat taitn or none. An in
fant, a prattling ohild.dving in ita cradlo.
will live again in the better thonghts of
thoao who loved it, and play its part
through them, in the redeeming actions
of tho world, though its body be burnt to
aahea, or drowned in the deepeat aea.
God's guidance doea not make man'a
needlesa, for a very largo part of God'a
guidance ia minlstered to ua through men.
And whenever a man'a thoughta and
worda teach us to underatand God'a
thoughta and worda more clearly, to love
them more earneatly, or oboy them more
giadiy, thero human guidance ia dieoharg.
mg ua nooieat iunotion. Maciaren.
Notihnq is eaaier than fault-findlncr,
No talent, no aelf-denial, no brains, no
character, are required to aet up in the
gambling businesa. But those who are
moved by a genuino desiro to do good,
havo little time for murmuring or coni
piaint. uoMrt weu.
In general, it will be found that the
best Chriatian work ia not far from our
door; and we make a great miatake in
thinklng we oau do nothing till wo find
aome great aphero. and in foolishlv rnn.
ning hither and thither in eoarch of It.
To eduoate a man ia to form an indl
yidual who leavea nothing behind him
to educate a woman ia to form future
Take, ere tbe bee bath iilpped,
The conrtly, inalden-llpped,
And dewy oleander,
And breathe,and dream,andwander.
Ilut Ab I take not another,
Iveat I ragrance tragrance mnother.
What all your wreathed wlne,
If what I tacte of inlne
Keflecti as warm ln one
Flame-klndled drop aa 'twero
Tho vlntage of a year.
Rtranger, tby paMnx word
My leaplng heart hath heard;
Ita tono lmken ftrangeneKa end
Thls honr thon art iny frlendi
And could.not dcaier be,
Loved an eternlty.
Jleanty, er Joy, or mlrlh
Of all that'a hrl on eartb,
One la a tbousand worth. Ctntury,
Slocplng nt tho Mnst-IIcntl.
That ia a bold nnd strikinrr Rimiln in
tne oook ot I'roverbs which desnribea in
aonaibilitv to danear in the following
phraae : ' Thon shalt, ba or one who Hath
down ln tho midat of the aea as one that
plfepeth on tha top of a mast." Both thn
Hebrow varba da'cribo an atterapt to fall
aaleep on tho part of a reeklpns individnal
who haa climbad to the maat-head. Whila
hia dizzv psroh ia swinging to and fro in
tno wind ho is trviner to alepp thara. Hia
handa ralax their hold. aa tha atnrinr nf
hia fatal ouo ataala over him, tho shrouda
anp Irom his looapninrr grasn, and tho
lnrch of the vo8ael Boon flinga him off into
tho boiling aea. It ia no oasy thing for a
Bober and wide-awnka sailor to hold on to
a maat-head in a gale ; but to fall aaleep
thara is certnin suicide.
Tha esppcial natnra of the inapnaibilitv
alluded to in thia vivid verae ia that caus
ed by tha intoxicating cup. " Look not
on the wina" (ia the literal reading of the
psasaga) "whpn it seamn beantifully red,
when it sparkleth in the cup, when it.
goath down amoothly. In tha and it will
hita liko a serpnt and ating like a vipar.
Thine oyaa ahall seo strange women ; thy
heart ahalt utter perverae thing. And
thou ahalt ba aa one who lieth down in
tha midat of tho aaa. aa one who falleth
asleap at tho mast-head." Mr. Goueh
never drew a picturo of the fatal infatua
tion of the tipnler that pquals thia photo-
grapnlc portrait drawn by tha wiae man.
Tha most dangarous fnatnra in everv in
toxicatingdrink is ita deceitfulness. Wine
ia n mnckar ; it acta like a aorceresa.
While other people recognize what ter
rible danger the drinker is exnoaing hincp
aelf to, he is under the apell of a atranga
delusion. " I navor take more than is
good for ma;" " l know when to stop;"
" Don't you trouble youraelf about raa, I
am not a fool "theae, and aimilar in
aane nttarancpa aro constantly heard from
yonng man who aro already enalaved by
their bottle. No man ever yet 8et out de
liberatelv to becomo a drunkard. The
appatite awakened and fostered bv alco-
hol has this pacullar quality, that it con'
atantly demands an increaae of tha dram
A gentlaman told m that during the
cholera anmmar (of 1849) hn began to
taKe wine as a preventive. itetore he waa
aware, his one wina-glasa had increased to
two, and ha fonnd himself oraving the
atimulant incontinently. He became
TnghtenPd, and atopped oit at once pre-
iernng the risk ot the cholera to the cor
tainty of becoming a confirmed tippler,
Every year beholda thonsanda who are
drugging themaelvea with the deadly de
luion of the wine or the beer or the
" Bourbon " and thouaands more who
are baing hurled from mast-head into tbe
yawning waves of perdition.
iiut thia mapired picture ot tbe aleeper
at the maat-head doea not only apply to
the alave of the intoxicating glaas. It
describes tha perilioua inaensibility of
nearlv every imppnitent aoul. Sin is an
anodyne. The Word of God teachea us
that everv sinner'a stato is not only one
nf guilt, but a atate of moral alumber.
Every unconvertnd man ia in God'a
aight aaleep. Natural aleep locka up
the physical senaes under ita apell, and it
the aleeper dreama, he actually regarda
hia viaiona as solid realities. So ia it
witb the ainner ; he doea not recognize hia
fearful guilt ; he no more seea himself in
the mirror of God's Word than a man
who ia faat aaleep can aee himself in the
looking-glaaa held before him. He ia
blind to the terrors of the wrath to come,
and to the claima of Gnd and the allur
ing offers of heaven. You may aet be
fore a aleepar the most magniffcent pic
turea of a Raphael, or tha most terrific
prodnctions of the pencil of Dore, and
they are both no more to him than adead
blank wall. So havo I, and other minis-
tera of Chriat, aet before lrapenitent ain
ners. a bundred times, the ioys of true re
ligion and the certain, inevitable doom of
ain ; yet we produce no impresaion upon
them. becauae they are under an illusion.
They feel no danger becauae they feel no
guilt. They excuae their own sins with
plauaible pretexta and aelf-extenuationa.
If they do admit their ainfulneaa, they
oling to their sins ; aome with a promiae
of repentance by-and-by, and aome under
a vague hopo that God will " not be too
hard on them," or will givo them another
chance in another world. Nearly every
impenitent man or woman is a dreamer.
They delude themselves with the idea
that they are in no danger and yet all
the while they are, like the sleepera at the
maat-head, llablo to be hurled off into the
abyaa of eternal ruln I '
" If," aaid tbe eloquent Addison Alex
ander, "you know what it isto be arouaed
by a heavy craah from a pleasant dream,
what will it be when the long dream of
llfe is dissolved by tho blast of the great
trumpet of God ? It is related by a man
who was on board a steamer that ulow up,
that when the exploaion occurred he waa
faat aaleep. His firat sensation was a
pleasant one, as thongh he had boen flying
through the air. He opened his eyes, and
he waa in the aea! May there not be
something like thia iu the sensation of the
sinner who dies with his aoul aaleep, and
imaginea himself aoaring toward the skioa,
but awakena amid the roar of a laahing
tempest upon the ocean of God'a wrath I"
Thia 1b tromendouB preaching ; would
to God that we heard more of it from the
pulpit of our day I Never waa it more
needed; for multitudes are rocked to
alumber at the mast-head by the opiate of
unbelief. Some doubt the inapiratiou of
God'a Word, and so are not diaturbed by
ita threatening8. Some doubt the exiat-
euce of a hell. Some are lulllug their
conaoiencea to sloep by lying promiBea of
futuro repentance. Some are ao abaorbed
in the money-maklng or the pleaaure
aeeklng of thia life that they have ehut
their eyes to tbe idea ot eternity. 1 caro
not, my impenitent friend, what may be
the oauao of your alumber, or what may
be the anodyne that satan has used to
drug you. Sin ia a mocker. You are
under its apell. You do not roalize your
terriblo guilt in rejeoting tho Saviour, or
your terriuio aanger in riaKing a " wratn
tn nmn M V... L 1 VMdyth lntirrar.
u w.miiu. 1UU unillilJl, BieHU muM
Doath will aoon looaa your frnH hold on
ahroud or spar, and hurl you off, aa from
maat-hpad, into fho lottomleas deeP'
When you awake it will ba too late ; it
! 1 , i . . . 1
wni uo an awsRoning to shamo uu lu"
morso nnd overlaating contempt.
ueioroaeBtn puts you boyond tha rouu
tha HnQnpl nf Intra anri tha Ywa oihllitV of
regontanco,let me entreat you to open yur
eyes and aee what you are, and whero you
. in uoa's signt you aro a amnar,
wanam nf 1 .1 11. V nh'
timo for repentance ia to-day ; now ia
day of vonr only pcaiblo oalvation. Gol'a
best gift ia e.tpmn) lif. Vnn mav harn it
immediately, tho firat inatalment, aa soon
juu nccepr, unrisr. ; ana wnen vou navu
Chriat you havo life. Becauao he livas,
VOU ahall liva a1n whpra hn 1a vnn will
live forever. Chrislian Weekly.
A Pnblio Ntilsnncc.
It ia not the laaat of the evils which
accompany tha uao of tobacco that it,
aaeroa to make its devotps unmindfnl of
the ritrlit.s of othprs. Wo do not dony
that it, comea within tho limits of par
aonal llbarty to smoko or not to araoka.
Thoe who aapert thpir righta agalnst
smokers mnat ba carcfnl not to infringe
in turn tha nphts of amokprs. If a full
grown man chooaea to take a cigar be
tween his ip, or aven the abominnhlo
cigaretto, it is his own buainpsa. To him
bolongs the rpaponalbility for whatover
rhvaical and moral rpanlts may follow.
Bnt it is other ppople'a bnaineaa if ha
chooses to aaaert hia righta in publio
plaopa Railroad and ferry cnmpaniea
and other pnblio aervanta are oblieed to
makn strinppnt rulaa againat amoker8. and
to laoiate them from tho reat of their
patrona. Bnt everv travaler knowa how
frpqnentlv these niles are broken, even
whare ofliciali are moat wptchfnl againat
violationa. Manv will pnff their smokn,
when tho back of the official ia turned,
into the face3 of fellow paaaengera
in Pnllman or ladiea' cara, or in the
ladiea' aaloon of tho ferry-boats; while
all seem to regard it aa an indefaaaible
right to smoka in every piaco which is
not placardad with a prohibition. If la
diea or gentlemen wiah to atand outaide
tho aaloons of our ferry-boats on a hot
day, to enjoy a brpath of frash air, they
muat, perforce, take into their aenaitive
lungs a cloud of smoke diecharged from
aomobody's month anH noatrila. No
greater mault could be offered to a peraon
than to spit npon him ; and yet there are
thouaanda of amokera who claim it as a
right to nauseata those who may happen
to ba in thoir company and thua at tneir
mercy. Wherever crowda are gathered,
in political conventions. at moat meetinga
of men, on the atrpets, in reataurants, and
in many other placea where those who ab
hor tobacco ara compelled to go, the
amoker i ndulges himaelf with a sublime
diaregard for their comfort.
So persiatently are their righta diare-
garded that many to whom the amell of
tobicco ia axtremely offenaivo hava come
to believe that there Is a aort of diabol
ism produced hy ita nse. Where smokers
aro rigidly exclnded from carrvmga cigar
between their lips they will often intrude
themselves with it lighted in the hand,
partly concealed. And often, where this
annoyanceiseacaped,one mavbe quartered
by tho side of a man freah from a smok-ing-car
or smoking-room, whose clothes
are reeking with the fumes of stale amoke
and whose breath ia aa vile aa tbough it
came from a hennery. Smokers who are
membera of a pnblic body, like an ex
changa, insiat, wherever they may be in a
majority, on the privilege of nauseating
their unfortunate fellow-members. The
queation of extending this privilege to all
hours in the New lork Maritime Ex
changa was recently np for considern
tion, with the prospect of being carried
by thn smokers. So great and ao un
avoidable are tha annoyancea aris
ing from thia practice that many, who
are compelled, to mingle freely with
their fellow-men, have been tempted to
overcome their scrnplea and their detesta-'
tion of tobacco and try to learn to use it,
in order todeaden their Benaitiveneaa to it
and thua leaaen their discomfort. The
Tnrka tripd to prevent tho practice by
cutting off the nosea of those who in
dulged in it. Is mutilation of the of
fended member the only way of escape
open to the non-smoker ?
If smokers were to ahow more regard
for the feelinga of othera it would doubt
leaa put them to some inconvenience.
There are many who could acarcoly aay
that the odor of the amoker ia leaa offen
aive than that of the atableman ; and, if he
would!ceaae to anuoy at all, he would amoke
nowhere but in aome iaolated place, would
take a bath after every indulgence, and
would invariably cbange hia clothes. But
much leaa sacrifice than this would cause
would give great relief tothe general pub
lio ; and yet we cannot hop that smokers
will voluntarily assume it. They are more
inclined to intrude further than to surren
der. There aeema, aa we aaid at tho be
ginning of thia article, to be an influence
connected with the habit which dulla thn
edge of the aenae of regard for othera'
Social Driuklng ln Euglnnd.
A London magazine, that ia no friend
of total abatinence, admita a great chango
in social drinking habits. It aaya : " In
wine the falling off in conaumption ia re
markable, if placed in contraat to a ateady
increaae, year after year, up to the year of
grace, 1870, when the conaumption reached
its highest total of about eighteen mil
liona and a half of gallona bigh-wine
mark tbat doaeryea to be marked npon the
dcorposts of the treasury chambera, aa ex
ceptionally high tidea are marked on river
piera and bridgea. From that date a
gradual decline has aot in, with tho reault
of landing ua in the paat year in a con
aumption of only some fourteen million
gallons. Something of thia falling off is
due, perhaps, to a diataate for wine aa a
beverage, brought about by a general
deterioration in quality, and by the enor
moua adulteration of which wine ia the
subject. But there is alao a chauge in the
social habits of tho weaithier olasaes.
Instead of the popping of champgne
corks, we havo the fizzing of mineral wa
ters. Tho hoapitable auppera whero wine
and wit flowed freely, are thinga of tho
paat; tho balla of other daya, when the
fair dancers refreahed themaelvea ao freely
with aparkling wines, are aucceeded by
Cindorella partiea, where nothing ia pro
vided beyond tea and lemonade."
Dit. Gutiikie's fonr reasoua for being a
total abstainer ure unauawerable. Firat,
My head ia cloarer. Second, My health ia
better. Third, My heart ia lighter.
Fourtb, My purse ia heavier.
I wish v.o would conaider ourBelvea to
be aet in this world aa a crystal, which,
placed iu the middle of the uni verse, would
give free patsago to all that light which it
receives from aoove.
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