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I?,riant, duties. I have known many men who excelled at these and were most useful in the ofli' e. !.v taking these duties and performing them Wc!' he will acquire a greater readiness in these ?fher matters. hove all, do not elect him an elder. If he ,, . good deacon keep him in the place he fills well. We have met some elders that in efifi,.j, i-y at least have been promoted down hill, li. rid of the idea that the diacouate is a step in :he eldership. They are two entirely distinct* oftu.fc3 and ought by no means to be coordinated. If the deacon is worthless as such it is altogether likely that he will only be a slm.iborer on the Bench of Elders. if all other means fail, suggest to him kindly that congregations will err sometimes in ,h ting men to office whom the Lord did not call. That a man may often be'wonderfully iijoful in private. He may do nothing; he can criticise the deacon; and thus the man may demit his office. We have not worked the clause allowing demission as much as we should. Many do not know that there is an honorable method of getting out of office one cannot or will not till. A. A. L. LITTLE SALVATIONS. The world is made up of sunshine and shadow ; of storm and calm; of laughter and tears. The landscape with which we are familiar, as we look abroad in the world, is like our life. We have seen the sunshine bathing forest, Held and valley while the distant hills were 11 glow with luminous beauty. Then a black loud came up out of the west and threw a pull over everything. The trees bent before the blast, and the rain fell in torrents as if it would deluge everything. At length the cloud passed, the sunshine streamed forth again, turning every rain drop on leaf and flower or blade of grass into a glittering jewel, while over in the east a rainbow, most splendid, vision of nature's beauty, towered aloft in promise and prophecy of calm. Now, we all know that storm and rain are just as necessary to the landscape, to the flownrc .1 ?!.. 1/1 _ -- -- A1 ' * '.i, ii una auu iieius as IS Hie SUnsnillC. 15Ut do we stop to think that trouble, heart pangs, darkness, and tears, are also needful for our soul's highest experience, and that we may perceive in them the most glorious visions of (iod and His grace. We have need to be reminded of this, and also to know how to act when the sunshine leaves our souls and darksome night falls around us. Then is the time when "it is good for a man to both hope and patiently wait for Hie salvation of the Lord." What is "The salvation of the Lord?" There is a salvation, the great salvation, v ich means to be saved from sin, and everlasting death. It is by the confession of sin which we have repented of; the pardon of Cod's grace; the washing in Christ's blood; fie regeneration by the Holy Ghost; reconciliation with God; peace that passeth all understanding, and the inscribing of our names " ine ijamb's book of life. Now, this salvaI'on is not to be patiently waited for. We are 1" strive with eager haste to reali/.e it, and give God no rest until it be obtained. We ?iinnot be in too great a hurry to be saved. Rnt this is not the salvation referred to in the Scripture which we are told it is good to hope and quietly wait for. We are to assail heaven's mercy with impatient desire and de ? 'lunation to bo saved at once by the great snlvation; hut there are small salvations, or rather smaller salvations, salvations that are not onee for all to he obtained, but PRESBYTERIAN OF THE S( salvations for every day and hour of our lives. This implies that while we need to be saved from death and hell by one great stroke of God to bring us through. Great salvations to us all the time in which we need the help of God to bring us through. Grat salvations indeed, for all God does for us is great, but small salvations compared to the mighty event that transfers us from the ranks of the lost to the company of the saved who are sealed unto everlasting life. One of these pertains to our daily sustenance, and the necessary comforts of life. Here is a poor man, who has toiled with all his might to make a living for himself and family, but everything seems to be against him. He has failed in his plans, not from any lack of industry, but from the misfortunes that come upon the children of men, and which sometimes sorely try our faith in the goodness and mercy of God. In sucli a time what is there left for the disappointed man? He has looked abroad in his life, in the world, in every direction where he might expect to succeed, and every avenue seems closed. Where else can he look ? There is only one place left; let him look up, up above all human and terrestrial things; to God who is over all, and cares for all. At such a time "it is good for n man to both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord." He is not to relax his efforts, but he is to look for help above man. Here is a woman, a widow, her stay is gone, her human stay. Well does she remember the day when she felt herself bereft of the strong arm and heart that stood between her and want, and how when these were taken away she felt herself alone in the world. What has she left? Certainly she has something left. What is it? It is God. She has God, and God promises to be a "husband to the widow and a father to the fatherless." Let her plan and work, but having done all she can let her "both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord," those little salvations, that are not so very little, which come from God day by day. THE DEMAND ABATING. We are hearing far less these days concerning outward union than was heard a few years ago. Thoughtful people are evidently coming to the conclusion that there is, after all, something very much better than bigness and numbers, and that the work of the Church can go on finely by denominational effort. Two facts seem to be gripping the minds nf 4-V* ACin V* r\ V?n*r/\ ?- J 1? v/j. viiuou ?uu nave uccii luicresieu ill propositions looking towards getting Churches together. One, and a fundamental one, is that union, to be genuine, permanent and productive, must be based upon likeness of conviction. And this likeness of conviction, to give vigor, color and a strong united life, must itself be clear and distinct. An ill-defined likeness is as worthless as 110 likeness at all. An agreement over which there is disagreement or dispute as to its meaning is no agreement. Outward unity is a product, not a cause. Artificially made, it will last only while strong hands are upon it, holding together the heterogeneous parts. Growing out of sincere convictions and similar convictions, it will have inherent life and will abide as the expression of that life, even against intense opposition* The attempt to bring it about in any other way is a denial of the whole philosophy of the ease. A union made in any other way than clear, honest agreement, and like interpretation as well, is doomed either to very early failure or to lowered principle on one side or the other. Some of the efforts that have been made, with ) U T H. . (461) 3 a certain measure of success, have brought out this aspect of unionism. The other fact is that a fundamental error is involved in the effort of most of the modern time union as to the purpose for which the Church is established on the earth. That purpose is not, as many think, solely for administration and work. Beyond and above those, and the very foundation for them, is her purpose und duty in testimony. She is the pillar and. the ground of the truth. It is her first business to stand for the truth as it is revealed to her in the word, whether men will hear or forbear, whether she has outward nros perity and acceptance or nnpopularity and meagreness of numbers. She must have something to which to invite men, when she goes out in aggressive work for her Lord. If she is compelled to spend ages in mere testimony, she need not concern herself. Present paucity, the result of faithfulness, does not spell failure, neither does it augur future barrenness. It may be the very life of the Church. One man, with God on his side, is a majority. Contributed MEMORIES OF REV. DR. J. M. P. ATKINSON. Bv Prnfpssnr Addisnn TTntriio These memories date from a long way back, for my father, Rev. Dr. William James Hoge, was for several years before our Civil War professor of New Testament Literature and Biblical Introduction in Union Theological Seminary, then located at Hampden-Siduey, so that he and Dr. Atkinson were near neighbors, as I know they were warm friends. One thing that sticks in my memory from that far-off time is the earnest but kindly way (both very characteristic of Dr. Atkinson) in which he helped me to a principle of kind dealing that I was violating. I can see him now, standing at his front gate and in grave tones showing me my uncharitableness. That was the first of many lessons I learned from him. When I entered Hampden-Sidney College as a sophomore, in September, 1866, he became my college president, but did not become my teacher till the following year. The boys worked harder for Dr. Atkinson than for any teacher there. He gave us a full amount to do, and held us "to a strict accountability" in the performance of it. He was a close marker and for that reason his good marks were highly valued by us, because we recognized their absolute fRirneSS At tVlO anmo + i?r>a 4-V>ot "to vuv uuutv l'1U1U tnu 1/ HC WUIC held to a high standard. He was very kind and just, as well as very strict, and that is a strong combination of qualities. He was the only teacher I ever knew who allowed his students to see from day to day how he was grading them. When the recitation was over we would gather around his chair to see his estimate of our work, and it was a splendid tribute to the power of his character that it never occurred to any of us to express before him the slightest dissatisfaction with what he gave us, though, of course, we sometimes hoped for more than we got. , In our senior year Bo wen's Logic and Butler's Analogy were two books that we grap pled with in a hard wrestle. The doctor's examinations on these (as on all other books) were long and searching, and would have been terrors, except that his previous instruction and stimulus had fitted us to cope with them successfully. One of the most fascinating books we had in our senior year was Say's Political Economy, and though this one book made only a brief course in such a vast field