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Vol.XiV. Hal eigJi, IN . O., October 27, 1862. N0.10. FOR THE SPIRIT OF THE AGE. THE MVER INTEMPERANCE. AN ALLEGORY . BY T. C. WE8TALL. I was reclining on a beautiful eminence, where with eas3 I could survey the sur rounding country. After looking for a while on the glories of the world, my mind suddenly turned to the evils that man has brought on himself and entailed oa his posterity. Jut then there appeared before mo a very grave looking personage who accosted rne thus : 44 Sir, my name is Contemplator. I ata the genius of this beautiful place ; and when a person visits it, I willingly show him the magnificent works of his Creator, as displayed in the. beautiful landscape, in the wid expanse of the seas, and in the shining hosts of the universe. I was av sisting vou while you were scanning the green vales of the earth, and singling out each ble.Vmg prepared lor man by his Cre ator. 'Your conclusions were just, that not the least thing is lacking that the im agination can light upon, lor the comfort and happiness ot man. You were right, too, when you came to the conclusion, while looking on the gloomy side of life, that were it not for man's eyil inventions, earth would be almost an Kden still. And now I have visited you to show you more fully the predominating evil in the world. Arise now, look around and tell me what yon see." 44 1 see," said I, a very wide stream, like the mightiest river, running through every part of t c earth. Here and there the crest of a hill hides it from view, but through every openiug I see its dark and troubled waters rolling on." "Here is a perspective glass; take it and look again. What do you now see ?" 44 0 horrible ! I see millions of human being, with faces distorted with rage, and eyes swolen and bruised, floating on the cy, what a dreadful chasm I what a gulf below I Deep like hell ! and its mountain billows all on fire! What curses, what waitings I Yonder is one astride of the highest, wave just nearing the gulf ! He takes u backward glance at the world, bids fawwell to lif'o, and through his last groan be cries, " U this the teat Tlmt I must change for Heaven T Tkl mournful .looin for ttiat celestial light? Pwwi'll ha ddt fields. Where joy forever dwells. Hail, horors 1 hail, Infernal world! And thou profundest hell, Rec. ive a ruined on of earth V" Hero, take back your glass. I can look no longer on such a horrible scene ; but explain it all to me." 44 Well," he said, "you have been look ing on the mighty river of Intemperance. You have seeu it emptying itself into the Ahvss- the gulf of perdition, but I will 44 Take that glass again, and look to your beautiful eminence. What do vou see?" "I ace an almost innumerable multitude, composed of people of both sexes, and of every age and condition in life, gathered round a fountain, drinking and making merry. What place is that f "That iz the. fountain Moderation, the source of the river Intemperance, that we have been talking about. Do you see any .v- . 44 Yes; I see another gathering'of people; but they are few in numbar compared to the multitude at the fountain." "Some of them seem to be reasoning with that jolly host, and it must be that the fountain is the subject ; for now and then they point at the little rill that so smoothly rnnsfrora it, and at the same hor rible gulf where Intemperance empties. Who are they ?" 44 They are called Teetotalers. They never drink at the fountain, Moderation. They continually warn that vast assem blage of their dangev. They are now showing them that they are in the way to fiat stream on whose dark waters millions float to hell. They are telling them and tnilv too that if they will quit using the waters of Moderation, Intemperance will soon dry up, and perdition be robbed of half its flames. Lcok again, and tell me if you "know the professions of any at the fountain." " I see some clothed in the vestments of the holy ministry with a great number of their congregations drinking there. I also see statesmen, legislators, and thousands of others who scorn a drunken man, and who claim a place in the first walks of society, regaling themselves there. Do they not see that they ire in the beginning of the way that leads to death ? are they not conscious that they have the power to stop the current of the flood that lays waste the land?" 44 Yes, they all know that; but they think that little stream too small to wash them away to destruction. Indeed they : but ll rri i ! r ..11., ii 1 r r-f I . xuat pooi is cHiieu me pooi oi excess, jr everything is arranged ! I and rne multitude tbere once frequented very beautiful and splendidly rnp Tnn nmin 1 orotiAn i, , l i i i " " vuulUiii xvuviaiiuu, Ll lull 1 11 t? Y IiaVc "Here, take the glass, and look what j in the gaudy trappings of wealth or covered 'j . . I with the splendors of a name. But thev i see, down a gradual slant from thef repent when it is too latP alr,r th cnn. fountain, a dark pool and thousands gatb- have fallen, and after Hipu danahtPr W ered around it. I hear horrid oaths and I rptumrrl biwt- tr , iiuui -" uunai vi oiaspneraies coming irom them. 1 see drunken and debauched husbands." also, as it seems, millions of graves close What else do vou rpp I" nv. v tmT rirp ir. s i moan T' . t i 1- ' tt . - . x see a SDiena a mansisn. now niro- ee there a dressed VOtinO lariV. Mrrv T ehnanH thn ator.A 1 . 1 1 - I ., , J O J . ct..v. uu l"V lOlLtltU ceabeu 10 isu, anu wnicn tUey lett with- maD's wjfc are the same r out Deing aware or tneir departure. The "They are; and she has had the cup greater part of that vast throng now mak- of earthly happiness taken from her, and iug ujerr aiuuuu iuc louutam, win soon n0w sips the dregs of misery' sup uown the declivity to the pool ot fcx- 1 sec decanters and wine flasks on the cess, and weir places win be hi led with sideboard in another room, and an old younger persons, icose already at the man standing by with a glass in his hand pool will take up their line of march for filled with their contents and I see the . w. lauenuK on loose nasKg wnicn read treRh 44 Rnt. whprft will fnp.v rrn I" I v e m j . -m - '""j - nuui me loumaia luoaeranon. wno is " ihousands wni go to the many pnsons that man ' in the country, trcm toenee manv will go to the gallows ; many will be sent to the poor house, a great number will drown themselves in the pool, while thousands will find a shorter road to death. Yonder " He is the young lady's father. He is one of the few that has regaled himself at the fountain all his life, without slipping down the declivity to the pool of Excess. xie laugnt ms cmiaren to drinK the waters es- is their grave yard that you have already Gf Moderation, thinking that. a h Wl a ...1 4.u i. . . ' o v-- MuuLcu, vyuciu uiu muriai pans 01 many caped tne waves of yon mighty river, his millions he. Yes, some of all nations, children would also ; but how wofully has Kiuuieu aim tongues, ana irom every waiK I he been mistaken ! One of his sons died in society are buried there. There, with- in a fit of delirium at the cool of Ey. t a line carved to mark the spot, lie another one of them was murdered there; some ot the nobles ot earth: the rich 1 nnA n Qr.haf will la of 4 Via v rvl I 01111 t J v nunc an l,UC LJVVl U1UI" have emptied their treasure in the pool, dered his best friend, and was banzed. and the hand of charity has buried them ymi have seen his dauo-htpr wbt. h there: avast number of youths once the woo iriA veil of cVia la T'Vya sA pnae of christian mothers, were allured to D .fore he saw the full disgrace of his fam the fountain from which they lost their iyj but not till thev had squandered most tuwL-iiuiu, aim leu nuo me pooi irom ot hls wcaltli. iint, as 1 told you, this is whence they were takeu and buried there ; oni v a case am0nfr thnnflnd KnW T on, A MM 1 1 great statesmen whose eloqnence once moved the world, were drawn from the turbid waters of the pool and deposited there; ministers that once proclaimed the gospel of peace to a sin stricken world, lie there side by side with the scoffer and in fidel ; female forms once the pride of cities and villages, and the itar of attraction to thousands, Lave bern swallowed up atid be know if they. . itau l there, lhev will, rtr? rtHi J" fPrggtfnl n 1 ess. Their house -tarwUiti because they find a few men, grey beaded and deerepit with age, that have been con tent to stay there, they think they will al ways be satished with the water of Moder ation. But you shall see directly how easily and almost unconsciously they leave there-and go to the place of danger. 44 The reason the law makers do not in terfere with it, is because some of them are proprietors of its waters, and make much money by its sale ; while others fear they will lose the. votes of the majority that frequent that place. They know that they alone have the power to suddenly stop the flow of yon mighty destructive stream ; bnt instead of stopping it, they pass laws privileging men a great number - of men to hand out the water of Moderation' "Thus the law,in a great measure,protects now show you its source. It rises in the I he place from the hands of the Teetotal- upper regions of the earth, in the most i ; i ers. wno wish 10 neap destruction upon n, beautiful and healthy spot ever inhabited iest their sons should learn to drink there, by man. It was supposed for a long time and at last be swept into the great gulf. to have no source, but quite recently it nas such legislators bring wars and desolation been discovered. Man is very slow in on their country. They build prisons and fiuding out the moving principle in some a!m poor houses, and their own loose leg things that even fools might find out. islation fills them to overflowing with crim Who would for a moment suppose that jnal8 and paupers. But I'll say no more Do Soto, when he first set his foot on about legislators at present. Look again the banks of the mighty MUsissippi, did at the fountain what do you see !" not let his mind range the vast extent How strange ! I see a great number of of territory through which it flowed, till men bringing corn, rye, wheat, fruit &c, he rested on some snow clad peak, p0Uring it all in the fountain ! Some a pinnacle of the Western Hemisphere, have wagon i0&ds, some horse loads, but from which gurgled the beginning ot ,ook , ..oPder is a shabby man with a sack that munificent stream ? Well, long af- fun on his back ! I see his wife looking ter that period atter the Anglo Saxon after him aod wcepingj while her children hadexplotcd and settled the New or Id innbcent things all in tatters, crying the groans of the dying inebriate, the for bread He heeds not their cries! look! wails of his wife, and the cries of his little fae ig pouring his last bushel of grain into one?, called for some hand to stem the ra tie fountain ! ' All those with wagons anr ging Amid ot intemperance. Humanity hoises have already cast in their enmberous ws wovtd by the cries of millions as they ioa3s and how stranee ! it has made the . i a ii. . u - a j : i ' rode its (laiK duiows 10 me gun oi perui tion, h;:t m ne seemed to inquire from whence it hrd its source, till thousands had gone down to rise no more. At last a band of philanthropists explored the waste plains of iuiiry, and discovered its source, whose name is Moderation. Around it thousands, yea, millions arc gathered con tinually, sipping its exhilarating waters. Tcislators and statesmen visit it to regale themeelvtB aod even there talk of build in rail roads, opening the channels of riv ers, buildirg State prisons, erecting build ings for the insane and deaf and blind, and many other things that they 6ay will for ward civilixation and the interest of the whole Stute ; but though memorials and petitions are heaped up around them, ur ging the necessity of some law to stop the navigation of the river Intemperance, and praying them to act upon it, they heed them not. Yes, though tbey have been jhown the verdant plains submerged and laid waste by its floods though they have tppn that it breeds war, famine and pesti lence, and though they see millions riding to perdiiion on its waves-thcy are deaf,, fountain, to something beio dumb atfd blicd tb . "hnt rt water of the fountain crush forth a bolder - - c stream ! Why is this ? and who is that tattered man that robbed his children of their last morsel of bread ?" Your first question I will answer at once ; the other you shall know after awhile. .!. . .1 1 M 1 t lieneath the tountain me aevu nas certain men at work, who receive all the grain and fruit that is poured in, out of which they manufacture the water of the river Intem perance, as well as that of the fountain. i es, they cause that vast stream to now, in which sixty thousand Americans perish every year. Those underground workers of the devil are men bearing the human form. Yes some of them are professors of the hoiy religion of Christ are church of ficers and frequently meet at church, and make long prayers, the proprietors, in part, of the fountain, whom I told you about awhile ago, who spend part of their time manufacturing the aqua mortis . lor the devil. What else do you see! "I see the band of teetotalers trying to call the attention of the multitude at the fountain, to something below them, but I ' IT it is that which takes hold on hell, leading down to the chambers of death. The bodies of all who lost their lives at the pool of Excess are buried in that city of graves, the largest to be found on earth." 44 But their spirits, their immortal souls, where are thev ?" 44 By the black ..current of yon mighty river the river of Intemperance they ' were all swept into the gulf of Perdition ; ior it is the mandate ot Uod, that none I shall enter the portal of Heaven, that die j at the pool of Excess. Yes, all who die l there first drink of the exhilarating wa r ters of Moderation, then slio down the de clivity to Excess and then plunge their ' 1 'A- 11 - J--1- i ' f Ull 1" souis iihu lue uaK auyss ui ucn ; " It is a mystery to me then, why any venture" to Moderation when they see so ' plainly that it is the beginning of the way i .... .it i that leads to poverty, wretchedness anu death. But I am anxious to know some thing more about that tattered man and his family ; such persons arouse my deep -est sympathy and commiseration." "Heie is another kind of glass than that which you have been looking through ; in whieh vou can see that man in his youthful days and from that time of his life even up to the present. And I will tell you now, that multiplied thousands of such as he are scattered throughout the world, which if vou could see all at once, yon would be constrained to cry out, that surely one of the seven plagues ot the apocalypse of John is infesting the earth. What do you see 3 44 1 see a beautiful cottage I see its in terior. and it seems that the shades of night are gathered around it. I see a lit tle boy on bended knees by his mother. It is rhe I recognize the features of the tattered man at the fountain ! He is say- ing his evening prayer that his mother has tailnt Uim. IS lb, uuwuic mat iuc v vv v are the same? How strange ! What a r.liMnorp. a few short years can make ! I o thought a child brought up in the righ wav would never depart from it. So th Book of Inspiration teaches. But I have heard some protessed cnristians say they doubted 'its holding good and, in deed, from what I have just seen, it seems they have a reason to doubt Please ex plain for this is a mystery." 44 Well, I think I can make that very plain. There are many parents who seem to be very strict in the training of their children, and to any dui a very close ob server, it appears they lack in nothing, But they suffer them to associate with im moral persons. This is the rockiD the sea of life on which the barque of many a going to take my leave, but to return be fore long, when I will show yon all these things again, and many more that you have not seen. Then 1 want you to have them properly engraved, and presented to the rising generation, that they may bo warn ed, lest they learn the way to Moderation , for there is no other way leading to Excess and the dangerous river IntemneranceAut. it tney never enier tuai way, iney are safe." : The Family Altar Fallen. It was a great fall, and a sad fall ; and the falling of my own tears, as I gazed, I could scarcely prevent. And when I state that it was a fallen family altar, not a few of my readers will sympathize with me. I had seen the altar before it fell. Its remeinbered beauty and value all the more troubled me, now that I saw it had fallen. I knew the day when it was set up. It was a day of gladness to me to many. We little thought it would ever fall, it seemed so strong. But it bad fallen ! I was so sad about it, that I could not bttt make inquiry how it should have come to pass. I saw near the ruin, and appa rently musing upon it, two grave and se- late-lnoking persons, both of whom I new. 44 Reason," said I, 44 you were a bosom ' Ji t . A- . t companion ot tne author or this rum. Did you have any hand in it, or in any way countenance it ? 1 he prompt and earnest reply was: 44 1 helped set that al tar up. I helped keep it. I laid hold of it when it tottered, and if I could have helped it, it would never have fallen." And I beiieved him, he was so honest and earnest. 44 Conscience !" who was near, 4 did you have any hand in the fall of thisaUar?" 44 Did I not help Reason set it up! There was no such altar till we put forth him likely to let it fall. And my sharp est arrows went into his soul when the altar fell. Could I have prevented it, it never would have fallen." 44 Wife, mother 1" . sa d I, for she was musing near the min, 44 had you anything to do with the falling of this altar !" A flood of tears was the answer. Her sor row and sadness told me she was the deep est of mourners over that fallen altar. "Children," said I, for they were at hand4 you see this rum; did you have .i . i -ir : a. b anytning 10 uo in oringiog it wj pass They looked at me and wondered, and then . . . at their mother; and seeing cer tears, wept themselves. And so I knew they had nothing to do with the tall ot ihe altar. Some things may fall and do no harm. But when this family altar fell it harmed, 1. The man that overthrew it. It was wrong done to his reason ; and it was a wicked resistance of his conscience. It weakened his spiritual strength. It gave temptation greater power over him. It made other kinds of prayers less pleasant and all other duties less inviting and more burdensome. So it harmed the man. o An.l the fall of that alta harmed hit stood. The whole household lost many precious influences which constant family worship never fails to exert A powerful barrier against temptation fell with the falling altar. ' And that alarming davger was incurred which is pronounced against 44 the families that call not on His name' 3. The community is harmed when a family altar falls. If every house had ' one, there would be produced a moral at- mosphere most favorable to the bet wel fare of the whole neighborhood. Even . one such altar is a blessinff : thn fall nf-. one a loss. No commnnirv can Ka nnrnod that is not a loser by the fall of a family altar. Then such a fallen altar is a melancholy rum What ought he to think who has' done so great a wrong'as to overthrow ir f Enduring Hardness A soldier'6 life is not an easy one. It does not consist in merely belonging to a regiment, wearing its uniform and appear ing upon parade. Nay, it is one of special privation and ton. ihere is, first of all, the . lesson of immediate and willing submission . to superior authority, to be learned ; and mat is a hard lesson for free men to learn, it . , wno nave been accustomed to do as they pleased. There are the long and tedious ' processes oi unil to be endured, without which he can never be worthy of even the name of a soldier. There are the privations and self-denials of life in camp, which are not easy to be borne, after the novelty has passed away. There is often heavy work to be done, and long and weary marches to be made, which will test his powers of en durance to the utmost. There are hard, dangerous battles to be fought, sometimes against superior numbers and at decided disadvantage. In many ways a soldier is called upon to 4 endure hardness,' of which perhaps he had no idea when he enlisted. But, if his heart is in honest sympathy with the cause, if he is reeved to be a good soldier and fight 4 a good fiht,' he manfully accepts the necessities. of his ro- otism more plainly in this wav than he could by any single act of daring bravery upon a battle held. .Neither is it any easy matter to live a good Christian life. To bo 4 a good soldier of Jesus Christ,' requires more than mere ly wearing the uniform of a profession, and belonging to His church ; more than merely appearing upon parade among His people on Sabbath days; more than outwardly marching under His banner. It loo, requires the unconditional sub mission, of our wills to His authority. It requires continued resistance against all tho evil tendencies of our depraved nature. It requires thorough and patient drill in praying, and those religious habits, all of which are to be formed, and without which. it will be impossible to fight a good fight.' ii requires iamuianty witn the tsible.whicn is the 4 manual' of the Christian soldier. It requires self denial of everything that is wrong, self-sacnnce of everything which would harm either ourselves or others. It requires actual fighting against all evil within and without ourselves. It, requires great moral courage, firmness and decision, in order to be able to endure all this4 bard ness But the " good soldier of Jesus " docs thus 44 endure." He accepts the duties of his position as cheerfully as its privileges. He bears his cross, his daily cross, and re joices that he is counted worthy to suffer for Jesus' sake. Thus he fights a good fight, and shows his allegiance to his Lord, an he hich ight arrest the attention of his fellow- men and draw upon him their plaudits. our power. .. I ma e that father happy by bis patient endurance, more tbar while the altar stood. I gave him a warn- could by any single act of piety, w ing that made him tremble when I saw might "arrest the attention of his fel gallant youth is dashed to pieces. Many rocruiMoKlo onil rpUcrioiis Ders3r.s are r!ps- ed when they find their children walking j in the society of the ncn, when at the household, ihe wife was sad; she need same time.a less brilliant circle with the ecj jast 8UCb consolation and support. The same morals will cause them to draw back . children wondered. They needed just as from some dire contagion. Thus many uch col kt ant recognition of God and are tnnght to overlook- vice when dressed j "eternal tbingB &a they had while the altar A Low Voice ik Woman. Yes, we agree with that old poet who siid that alow, sweet voice was an excellent thing in woman. In deed, we feel inclined to go much farther on the subject than he has, and call it one of her ( crowning charms. No matter what other at tractions she may still have ; she may be fair as the Trojan Helen, and as learned as the famous Hypathia of ancient times ; she may have all the accomplishments considered requisite at the present day, and every ad vantage tnat weaitn can procure, and yet, ir she lack a low sweet voice, she can never be really fascinating. How often the spell of beauty, is rudely broken by a coarse, loud talking t How of ten you arefirresistibiy drawn to a plain, un assuming woman, whose soft silvery tonet iciiuci ucr yuiueij attractive, cesices. We f . i . . iancy we can juuge oi tne cnaracter by the lL. tl 1 it- f . J voice ; me uiauu, mooiu, iawnmg tone seema to us to betoken deceit and hypocrisy as in variably as the musical subdued voice indi cates genuine refinement In the social circle, how pleasant it is t hear a woman tlk in that low key which al ways cnaractenres the true lady 1 In the sanctuary of home, how such a voiee soothes the fretful ehild and soothes the weary hus band 1 How sweetly such cadences float through the sick chamber ; and aroend the dying bed, with what solemn melody do they breathe a prayer for a departing soul 1 Ah, yes, a low, solt voice is certainly 44 an erollcnt thing la wtoaa."