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The Abbeville Press and Banner.1 BY HUGH WILSON. ABBEVILLE, S. C., WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 1887. VOLUME XXXI. NO. 52. j Christian Neighbor. BY RET. SIDI H. BROWNE, Of the South Carolina Conference* Romanism and Republicanism. The old man beside the Tiber and the government of this nation, that % *A i ? Jias liscapiuu uesiue me ruiuiuuc, mc as antagonistic as tlie In(|uisition aud the free school. The Vatic&u holds the only power our republic may fear. - Romanism is tolerant beneath the stars and stripes because it has to be, but that the Papacy would revise the Constitution of our country if it could, any man knows who knows the spirit of either. Our Constitution guarantees to us the sacred boon?the liberty of conscience. What does the mitred despotism of Rome think of this? ] answer. In the encyclical letter of Pins IX. (Aug. 15, *1854), .we read: "The absurd and erroneous doctrines or ravings in defence of liberty of conscience are a most pestilential error?a nest of all others most to be dreaded in a state." (The italics are ours.) This infallible oracle, in another deliverance made in his Encyclical Letter of December 8, 1864, curses "those who assert the liberty of conscience and of religious worship," also "all such as maintain that the Church may not employ force." (Italics ours.) How do the princes and supporters of this papal foe of our Constitution, who hold their double allegiance to Rome and America (Rome first,) how do these American citizens like such utterances ? Do they repudiate them as traitorous? Not much. Hear Bishop O'Connor, who says, "Religious liberty is merely endured until the opposite can be carried into effect without peril to the Catholic world." That the pope demands the political and religious allegiance of every American Catholic, native or foreign, we all know. What do bishops, cardinals, and even the pope himself say? In a Lenten letter (March, 1873), Bishop Gilmour said, "Nationalities must be subordinate to religion, and we must learn that we are Catholics first and citizens next. The Church is above the State.1' Cardinal McCloskey said of the Catholics of the United States: "They are as strongly devoted to the sustenance and maintenance of the temporal power of the Holy Father as Catholics in any part of the world ; and if it should be necessary to prove it by acts, they are ready to do so." Hear Cardinal Manning, wno puis these words into the . mouth of the pope: "I acknowledge no civil power, I am the subject of no prince. I claim to be the supreme judge and director of the consciences of men?of the peasant that tills the fields, and of the prince that sits upon the throne, of the household that lives in the shade of privacy, and the legislator that makes laws for the kingdoms?I am the sole, last supreme judge of what is right and wrong." Again he says, "We declare, affirm, define, and pronounce it to be necessary to salvation for every human creature to be subject to the Roman pontiff." This blasphemous assumption is only equalled by the following utterance of Cardinal Bellarmine, who said, "If the pope should err by enjoining vices or forbidding virtues, the Church would be obliged to believe vices to be gocd and virtues bad, unless it would sin against conscience." If Romanism and Republicanism have a solitary thing in common, it as yet remains to be seen. These, not to mention other facts and statements, which might be multiplied, showing the animus of Romanism toward Republicanism, are > certainly sufficient to warrant a re- i reading, in the light of the state of things to-day, of these words of Lafay-| etto, who, though a Romanist, was brave and honest enough to say: "If the liberties of the American people are ever destroyed, they will fall by the hands of the Romish clergy." This "Romi9h clergy" are at it day and night, and let us understand their purpose and endeavors. They are biding their time, but they are prepariug for it. We may ridicule this rising power of Rome, but the conflict is coming, and may be here sooner than we think.?llerald and Presbyter. Africa. Bishop Taylor, writing from Madeira, says: "I see, by looking over papers sent me from America, that those who have been contributing toward the purchase of the steamer and voting on its name, are voting to call it 'Bishop William Taylor.' I move an amend ment to mat motion, viz: to sirise out'Bishop "William' and insert 'Annie'? Annie Taylor. As I will be personally on the Congo river, my name and that of the steamer being identical will lead to misunderstanding as to my whereabouts. ' "I prefer that the honor be conferred on my wife. She is the wife of my youth, and while she devoted her whole connubial affection and life to me, it was with a distinct understanding that the claims of God on me, as an embassador for Christ, were supreme, and that, therefore, she would never hinder, but always help me to fulfil them ; and in our happy union of over forty years I have never failed to fill an appointment for preaching or other ministerial duty on her account. "My foreign work "has cost us a separation, more distressing to mind and .heart of Doth of us than me pains or a hundred deaths, with occasional meetings and partings which tended to increase the agony; yet to this day I never heard her object to my going or staying, nor utter a murmur on account of my absence. A doctor of divinity said to her one day, 'Mrs. Taylor, I can't help but think hard of Mr. Taylor for going away, and leaving you alone so loug.' She replied, 'Well, doctor, he never went away without my consent, nor stayed longer than I allowed him to stay; and if I don't complain, I don't think anyWu okphds anv rich! to nomnlain.' The doctor subsided. "Annie Taylor, under God, has brought up our four sons in my absence, amid the demoralizing influences of Californian life, so that in their manly character and life they are an honor to their parents?total abstainers from all intoxicating drinks, members of the church, one a successful minister of the Gospel, and all witnesses for Jesus." The stoutest difficulties, when overcome by grace divine, may be. transformed into stepping-stones, leading upward to the attainment of the perfect life. Aii Iuciilent of the War. "Cover my defenceless head With the shadow of thy wing." A party of Northern tourists formei part of a large company gathered 01 the deck of an excursion steamer tlia was moving slowly down the histori Potomac one beautiful evening in tin summer of 1S81. A gentleman whi has since gained a natioual reputatioi as an evangelist of song had been de lighting the party with his happy ren dering of many familiar hymns, tin last beiuff the sweet netitiou so dear t< every Christian heart, "Jesus lover o my soul." The singer gave the first two versei with much feeling, and a peculiar em phasis upon the concluding lines tha thrilled every heart. A hush had fall en upon ihe listeners that was not bro ken for some seconds after the musica notes had died away. Then a gentle man made his way from the outskirt! of the crowd to the side of the singer and accosted him with, "Beg your par don, stranger, but were you actively engaged in the late war?" "\essir," the man of song answer ed, courteously ; "I fought under Gen eral Grant." wen," ine nrsispeaKer couunueu with something like a sigh, "I did mj fighting on the other side, and think indeed am quite sure, I was very neai you one bright night eighteen yean ago thi9 very month. It was mucl such a night as this. If I am not mis taken, you were on guard duty. W< of the South had sharp business or hand, and you were one of the enemy T crept near your post of duty, mj murderous weapon in my hand; th( shadow hid me. As you paced back and forth you were humming the turn of the hymn you have just sung. ] raised my gun and aimed at your heart and I had been selected by our commander for the work because I was s sure shot. Then out upon the nighl rang the words: Cover my defenceless head With the shadow of thy wing. "Your prayer was answered. 1 couldn't shoot after that. And there was no attack made upon your cam}: that night. I felt sure when I heard you sing this evening, that you were the man whose life I was spared from taking." The singer grasped the hand of the Southerner and said with much emotion, "I remember the night verj well, and distinctly the feeling of depression and loneliness with which ] went forth to my duty. I knew mj post was one of great danger, and 1 rlz-kirvsitiwJ fKon T romomhor fr ? iW IUU1CUCJCCICU Uinu x aviuvuiu?.? vv have been at any other time during the service. I paced my lonely beat, thinking of home and friends and all that life holds dear. Then the thought of God's care for all that he has created came to me with peculiar force. If he so cared for the sparrow, how much more for man created in his own image; and I sang the prayer of my heart, and ceased to feel alone. How the prayer was answered I never knew until this evening. My Heavenly Father thought best to keep the knowledge from me for eighteen years, How much of his goodness to us we shall be ignorant of until it is revealed by the light of eternity! 'Jesus, lovei of my soul,' has been a favorite hymn; now it will be inexpressibly dear." The incident related in the above sketch is a true one, and was related to writer by a lady who was one of the party on the steamer. [It is not to be wondered at that he "could not shoot after that." But it does seem marvelous that one whose heart was tender enough so to sing ol and trust in Jesus, "lover of his soul," could ever deliberately take the life of a fellow man, fighting "under Grant," or any other commander.?Ed. Fields' Review.] Oyer Sensitiveness. This is a rare trouble. But it i9 nevertheless a source of much unhappiness, Nature has something to do with it, but it is more the fault of early training and association. Children I are so taken care of, that they do not cultivate self-reliance even in thought, since the difficulties they meet are readily resolved by reference to those about them. There should be an earnest effort made to teach the children at any early age to think for themselves and aid should be given only after they have exhausted their mental resources or by wrong judgment are going astray. But when such dependent and clinging natures are thrust alone into society they are very apt from sheer weakuess to be very over sensitive and to take offense when none is intended. This condition has its spiritual counterpart. Self-examination is undoubtedly enjoined as a duty, but many so pursue it as to become supersensitive as to their delinquencies and as to the favor of God. The cause is largely from the fact that they wish to attain perfection of character and control at once. We do not object to the ideal, but we do object to undue haste in consummation, since character is of slow growth, and cannot be put on as a garment. Nor do we object to the discovery of our leanness and weakness ; but we do object to good people finding condemnation for every slight-fault and becoming morbidly sensitive about theii thoughts and ways. God has called us to liberty, and there is a fearful bondage in the condition of soul we describe. If instead of introspection there were more looking to Jesus we are sure this trouble would be overcome, since there would be so much joy in the presence of the Master, as to supplant all else, and leave no time for the discovery of our lacking; and all the while this would be supplied by our being changed into His image r.nd so insensibly the need would be met. We think there are many good people who have never known the joy of the Lord as their strength; who, while often in pleasant frame, are yet so fearful of themselves as to be constantly vibrating between fear and hope. To such we eay, that there it in store for you avast deliverance and an unmarred happiness of duration, il you will only steadfastly look to Jesus, and be strong in Him. "He knoweth our frame, he remembereth we an dust," and therefore has compassiou and will give heeded aid. Do no! hunt for condemnation. It comes alas: oiten enougn ana is always mer ited, but walk in the sunlight, wit! uplifted countenance rejoicing ir hope, by the commandment of God. Don't mumble your words. Com plete silence is not so disappointing ai indistinct articulation. Noble word: merit a better fate than being nippe< to death between the teeth. COMMONS. Somewhere. i ) Somewhere the wind is blowing, t I thoughtns I toiled along In the burning neat of the noontide, c And the fancy made me strong. 0 Yes, somewhere the wind is blowing, 3 Though here where I gasp and sigh Not a breath of air is stirring. 1 Not a cloud Id the burning sky. Somewhere the thing we long for Exists on earth's wide bound, e Somewhere the sun Is shining 3 When winter nips the ground. , Somewhere the flowers are springing, 1 Somewhere the corn is brown, And ready unto the harvest s To feed the hungry town. Somewhere the twilight gathers, ? And weary men lay by The burden of the daytime, And wrapped In slumber lie. Somewhere the day Is breaking, 1 And gloom and darkness flee, Though storms our bark are tossing, There's somewhere a placid sea. 2 ... _ .. ..... Ana thus, I tnougni, usaiways i la this mysterious life; There's always gladness somewhere, . Ir. splta of Its pain and strife. ' And somewhere the sin and sorrow OI earth are known no more, Somewhere our weary spirits Shall find a peaceful shore. Somewhere the things that try 119 Shall all have passed away, ? And doubt, and fear no longer f Impede the perfect day. Oh, brother, though the darkness ' Around thy soul be cast, The earth is rolling sunward, i And light shall come at last. j In the Public Schools. 1 In our day the emphasis is put upon training the mind. Many of our ' statesmen appear to regard this as the 1 J proper method for making good citi: zens. The children are neglected in : the homes, in the Sunday-schools they are getting only a smattering of Bible < truth, in the public schools only their < minds are trained, and we are in a fair 1 way to see the day when we will have t a generation of educated secularists, : and anarchists, and communists. < What do late developments in Chica- J cm mean, where nrivat6 riffhts and public morals are trampled under foot,[i J but that there is coming among us a | class of men with minds educated out 1 of all proportion to conscience? The ! speeches delivered by the convicted 1 communists, ftrong and eloquent, < show them to be educated and well? read men. The mind is fertile in the ories, and fancies and Utopian schemes, < ' and unless there is a trained con- i ; science to pass upon these, to test them, to record their harmony with, ] ' or departure from the laws of God . written in His holy word, we are like- i 1 ly at any time to be made the victims J I of some fair, highly wrought social . I theory. The mind should not be edu- ] cated beyond the conscience. This is i to develop more steam than the engi- I ' neer can apply with safety to the pas- ' sengers. This is to develop more producing capacity than power to regu- i 1 late. This is to train our people to do, ' without reference to the how or the < method. We had already developed i the mind at the expense of the con- i ' science, the producing power at the < expense of the regulating until we 1 produce more money than is managed ' in accordance with the Ten Command- I ments. I We have learned to make dynamite i without using it for purposes of tun- < neling mouutains or opening the ] 1 channels of rivers. To know is well, i ' but to be trained in righteousness is i better. < We have schools for grammar, and | anlinnlo fr\r low arwl of>hr?nl?j fnr medi- i cine. Would it not be well to have a I I. few schools for the training of the con- I science. Perhaps it would be better to i . train the conscience in the same 1 schools where the mental powers are ! trained. 1 But there is more than mind and f conscience. Man has a heart as well. This is not to be ignored in a training that looks to the disciplining and educating all the faculties and powers of man. The heart stands for that vast ( , realm situated between the intellectu- | , al faculties and the will. , A trained intellect and a corrupt ; heart, coming together, form a dan- ( gerous combination. What Makes Paupers ? i One day a gentleman in London was i taking his favorite walk near Regent's : Park. As he went on his way he saw i ? ' - J 1AH 4UA 1 an 01 a man guung uuwu unuci me . shadow of a tree. He knew from his - dress that he was an inmate of the neighboring almshouse. ( "What a pity it is my friend," said the gentleman, "that a man of your age should have to spend the rest of your days in the poor-house. How old are you ?" "Close on to eighty, sir." "What was your trade?" 1 "Carpenter, sir." 1 "That's a good trade to get a living 1 ' by. Now, let me ask you plainly, 7 1 were you in the habit of taking intox- i icating liquors?" 1 "No, sir; that is, I only took my 1 beer three times a day, as the rest of the men did. But I never was a drunkard." "I should like to know how much a day your beer cost you." ? "About sixpence a day." "Now, how long did you continue to use it in that way ? "About sixty years." The gentleman took out his pencil, while the old man went on talking f about his temperate habits, and the misfortunes that had overtaken him. ' "Now, my friend," said the gentle- 1 man, "temperate as your habits have ( been, let me tell you that your six- 1 1 pence a day for .sixty years at com- i rtaun/f infarabf V?oe nnof vaii flifl anm nf j pi/UIIU 4 ULVI toi UftO WOl J VU Vliw CM??? v' I $16,130. If, instead of spending that 1 money for drink, you had laid it aside ' 1 for your old age, you might now, in 1 ! place of living in a poor-house, and < being dressed as a pauper, have an in- < come of ?150, or $750, a year. That 1 i would give you ?3 a week for you sup- s : port." 1 ? I Lincoln's Proverbs. ' An autograph letter that I would i ^ like to own was shown me a few days i > ago. "A. Lincoln" was boldly signed 1 at the end of it, and this wisdom was there, paragraphed in this wise : Do not worry. < Eat three square meals a day. ( Say your prayers. Think of your wife. 1 Be courteous to your creditors. Keep your digestion good. Steer clear of biliousness. Exercise. On slow and eo easv. 3 May be there are other things that 9; your special case requires to make you 1 happy ; but, my friend, these, I reckj on, will give you a good lift. A Sad Perversion. The autobiography of John Stuart Mill is a sad book. His father taught him that "Christianity, as commonly presented to maukind, is the ne plus ultra of wickedness, "the greatest enemy to morality," radically vitiating the standard of morals," and "lavishprai3e on a being whom, in sober truth, it depicts as eminently hateful." Now. all this is exceedingly bad, es pecially when we note that it is the religious instruction given to a child by his father, and that father a very able man. Still, is there not some reason to fear that the elder Mill had heard, or read some theological disquisitions which emanated from men of high standing in the church, and which gave too much ground for just such view9 as those which we so sadly deprecate? If a preacher, or a theological professor, of high standing, grave ly tells you that '"there are infants less than a span long in hellthat this is "according to the Divine purpose which God purposed before the foundation of the world that infants dying without holy baptism are to be turned over to the uncovenanted mercies of Godthat "unregenerate souls" (that is to say, souls that have not been manipulated by a priest) are all lost; and so on to the end of the terrible chapter, we ask in all candor and honesty, if it is a matter of surprise that there should be, now and then, a fearful reaction, and that honest, straight-forward, hard-headed men should say that such Christianity is horribly wicked and intensely demoralizing? Sir Walter Scott, in one of the British Reviews, says that Holy Willie's, Prayer is a "piece of satire more exquisitely severe than any which Burns ever afterwards wrote; but unfortunately cast in a form most daringly profane." This criticism is correct, as far 83 it goes; but it is misleading neverless; for it is evidently intended to mol/D Pnrno rcannnoSKIa fnr flic Hari"nrr Luun.u j^uiug ivp|/uiiatuib ivt i/u^ uMiiug, profanity; and this view is partial and one-sided. Two of the most terrible stanzas in this composition are the first and the fourth. The first addresses God as the Being who, for his own pleasure, sends one to heaven and ten to hell, all for His own glory, and with no reference whatever to the character, or to the conduct of the souls thus summarily and arbitrarily disposed of. The fourth stanza represents the suppliant as admitting the perfect right of Jehovah to plunge a new-born iufaut into hell, to gnash its gums, to weep and wail in a burning lake forever. And this horrible stuff is offered up as praise to God! In a word, the prayer assumes, from beginning to end, that the creature has no rights wfc ich the Creator is bound to respect. We are not defending Burns for writing this fearful caricature; but we would simply ask if it is altogether a caricature? Are there not preachers and theologians now in England and in America, who are giving too much countenance to just such views as those which Burns was satirizing? We greatly fear that the pulpits, and the theological treatises of some distinnriiiohoH dhnr/iti Hnp.f-.nra havft rinnp find IjUIUUVM VU V" ?WWW? ire doing not a little in the way of encouraging the baldest and the most blasphemous infidelity. If God iu caricatured in the pulpit; if he is represented as entertaining himself by plotting eternal destruction against unborn generations ; if he is held up a9 a Being who delights in decreeing everlasting damnation against a poor little babe because it has not had the manipulations of a priest, we cannot wonder that, now and then, a man is found who, like Abraham, will ask, 'Shall not the judge of all the earth do right ?" 4?<> A Merited Rebuke. A gentleman prominent in legal cir3les in Boston was recently riding in a train, and in the seat before him was a young and gayly dressed damsiel. The ?ar was pretty full, aud presently an jlderly woman entered, and, finding no seat vacant but the one beside the young woman mentioned, sat down beside her. She was a decently dressed woman, but apparently of humble station, and she carried several clumsy bundles, which were evidently a serious annoyance to her seatmate. The young woman made an efFort to conseal her vexation, but in the most conspicuous manner showed the passen* 'i - l -t- !J 1 11 ?ers around ner tnat sue consiuereu it in impertinent intrusion for the newcomer to presume to sit down beside tier. In a few moments the old wornin, depositing her packages upon the se&t, went across the car to speak to an icquaintance she discovered on the opposite side of the aisle. The lawyer leaned forward to the offended young lady and courteously asked if she would change seats with him. A ?n:iile of gratified vauity showed how pleased she was to have attracted the notice of so distinguished-looking a gentleman. "Oh, thank you ever so much !" she said, effusively. "I jhould like to, but it would be as bad ^ ?? ?- ? ? * a ^ Krtn if! a cim.tK n rt lor you as lur Ilie LU ait ucoivic ouvu an >1<1 woman." "I beg your pardon," tie responded, with undiminished deference of manner; "it was not your jomfort I was thinking of, but the old lady's."?Boston Record. ? Hearsay Evidence. An eminent Lord Chief Justice who ivas trying a right-of-way case had before him a witness?an old farmer? who was proceeding to tell the jury that he had "knowed the path for six:y yeer, and my feyther tould I as ho has heerd my granfeyther zay?" 'stop" said the Judge, "we can't have hearsay evidence here." "Not!" exclaimed Farmer Giles. "Then howl iost know who thy feyther was 'ceptl liear-say?" After the laughter hadI 3ub9ideil tne Judge saia: -in courts or law we can only be guided with what you have seen with your eyes, and nothing more or less." "Oh, that be blowed for a tale!" replied the far-' mer. "I ha'got a bile on the back of | my neck, and I never see un, but I be prepared to swear that he's there!" This second triumph on the part of the witness let in a torrent of hearsay evi-! dence about the footpath wh:'ich obtained weight with the jury, albeit the Judge told them it was not testimony of any value, and the farmer's party won.?Ex. % When religion comes to a neighborhood the first to receive it are the women. Some say it is because they are weak-minded. We say it is because they have quicker perception of what is right, more ardent affection, and capacity for sublimer emotion. HOUSE AND FARM. Good Breeding. Here are a few hints for my boys. These rules of good breeding may be familiar to most of you; but there may be a few who will be benefited by them. Remember always, boys, that politeness is one of the marks of a true gentleman, and cultivate the small amenities of life at home and among your every-day associates. Do not save them for "company manners;" for "company manners" are sure to give you the slip just when you want them; but make good manners a part of yourself by using them every day. In the Street.,?Hat lifted when saying "good-bye" or "How do you do?" Also, when offering a lady a seat or acknowledging a favor. Keep step with any one you walk with. Always precede a lady upstairs, but ask if you shall precede her in going through^ crowd or public place. At the Street Door.?Hat off the mo rnentyou step into a private hall or office. Let a lady pass first always, unless she asks you to precede her. In the Parlor.?Stand till every lady in the room, also older people, are seated. Rise if a lady enters a room after you are seated, and stand till she takes Hi seat. Look people straight in the face, when they are speaking to you. Let ladies pass through the door first, standing aside for them. In the Dining-room.?Take your seat after ladies and elders. Never play with your knife, ring, or r.poon. Do not take your napkin up in a bunch in your band. Eat as fast or slow as others, and finish the course when they do. Do not ask to be excused before the others, unless the reason is imperative. Rise when ladies leave the room, and stand till they are out. If all go together, the gentlemen stand by the door till the ladies pass. Let It Rest. Let it rest! Ah! how many hearts on the brink of anxiety and disquietude by this simple sentence have been made calm and happy! Some proceeding has wounded us by its want of tact; let ft rest. No one will think of it again. A harsh or unjust sentence irritates us; let it rest; whoever may have given vent to it will be pleasant to see it is forgotten. A painful scandal is about to estrange us from an old friend; let it rest, and thus preserve our charity and peace of mind. A suspicious look is on the point of cooling our affection ; let it rest, and our look of trust will restore confide uce. ?Jewish Messenger. "Come out, Joachim." One day, when Martin Luther was completely penniless, he was asked for money to aid an important Christian enterprise. He reflected a little, and recollected that he had a beautiful medal of Joachim, Elector of Bradenburg, which he very much prized. He went immediately to a drawer, opened it, and said: "What art thou doing there, Joachim? Dost thou not see how idle thou art? Come out and make thyself useful." Then he took out the medal and contributed it to the object solicited for. Have not some of our readers Idle Joacfcims which tbey could send out to do good in missions at home aud abroad? m A Cure for Felon.?Take common salt, roast it on a hot shovel until it is as dry as you can make it. To a teaspoonful of pulverized castile soap, add a teaspoonful of Venice turpentine; mix them well into a poultice and apply to the felon. If you have ten felons at once make as many poultices. Renew this poultice twice a day. In four or five days your felon will, if not opened before your poultice is first put on, present a hole down to the bone, where the pent up matter was before your poultice brought it out. If the felon lias been cut open or opened itself, or is about to take off the nnger 10 me nrsi joint, no ujanci pui on your poultice; it will stop right there, and in time your finger will get well even if one of the first bones is gone. Of course it will not restore the lost bone, but it will get well soon. God's truth is always to those who hear it, "A savor of life unto life, or of death unto death." No man leaves a church after a religious service just the same person as when he entered it. A child never goes out of the Sundayschool class, after the lesson, without being either better or worse for the privilege. Every presentation of God's truth either draws the hearer a little more toward Christ and his service, or repels him from the Master; and the effect of the truth depends very largely under God upon the manner and spirit in which it has been spoken. If uttered in faith and love, it is not often in vain; but when indifference and carelessness characterize the effort, when even God's truth is spoken as though the speaker did not half believe it, nor care much what effect it should produce, then not only can no ? J ~ 1 l"?nf vaol li o r m m naf ^OOU UtJ tA^CtlCU, MUt/ AV?*4 ilttl UJ AUUtJV be feared, from such perversion of duty. Will the day ever come when the ancient feather-bed9 of our grandmothers will be utterly bauished from our honjes, when it will be counted no prize for the little grand-daughter to have handed down to her "grandma's best feather-bed," and all its belongings? I know a house that holds a baker's dozen of these valuable relics of the dark ages, and I am confident " - 1 4-V*Afirv ivnnaA ^HA?V? tttAQft mat some Ul Uicoo xi WLU n tivov breasts these feathers were plucked ?uacked at the close of last century, t is a most remarkable house for funerals. A thousand times healthier and sweeter is a good straw bed, which you can change often and wash clean every spring. A comfortable mattreBS over it is luxurious enough for a king. The only safe obedience is a prompt, implicit, and exact conformity to God's command. No part of his word can be unheeded without risk; we may run from one peril only to fall a prey to another. A divided heart is like the "double" eye, and singleness of aim is a9 important as singleness of vision. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. In moderating, not in satisfying, dei sires, lies peace. What Others Say. [Alabama Advocate.j Courageous Preachers.?"The 1 pulpit should give no uncertain utterance on the danger of trusting in riches, make no compromise with the spirit of \vorldline88, but with a voice tremulous with love and solemn as eternity, should reveal "a better inheritance''?a city whose founder and builder Is God." Who make the crowds at tne aance?no matter now deep the dissipation? Who are the spectators at the theatre?no matter how vulgar the play ? Who drive bard bargains?even against truth and honor? Who compose the throngs that are guilty of Sabbath deseceration ? We answer. In a large measure, the members of the churcn. The tendency of the times is to greater divergence from "the old paths." Sharp practices , are tolerated in business. Tne sharp , edges of a stern morality are clipped ( off here and there to adjust one's self ! to the accommodating spirit of the times. Conscientiousness is ridiculed j as puritanism. A rigid adherence to : truth is regarded as the mark of busi- , ness incapacity. The great moral principles that should control in all ' transactions, are bent or set aside to , suit the occasion. Money must be ,, made; pleasure must be enjoyed. ' This is the way the world is going, j Who will stop the tide? Who will . stand in the breach?" f Methodist Recorder.] ' Why Methodism Sometimes , Fails.?Debt, dirt, draught, a stifling atmosphere, a stove in summer and an ice-house in winter, and out-of-the- , way location?evils, all of them eapa bleof remedy?these are the hinderauces which account for our failure in ' many places. If it is worth while raising special funds for the building of new chapels, and for the breaking of new ground, it ought to be worth , while to organize a crusade against these evil conditions which cripple our efforts in so many circuits. We should like to have a return of all the chapels and societies which are struggling to maintain a bare existence, and . are absolutely incapable of aggression, because of these common-place disa- , bilities. In scores of small towns and villages Methodism is buffeting the waves with its chin just above water. But for the Chapel Fund there would; have been many hundreds. [Christian Intetllgencer.] The Ethics of Dress.?Ought there not, among Christian women, to be greater simplicity in dress on certain occasions, when costly or elaborate attire may place a stumbling-block in the way of those who are poor? In church, for instance, or for shopping, our beautiful satins and lustrous velvets are offences against fitness and violation of good taste. It should not be in the power of any woman who can obtain a whole and decent gown of any dark and inexpensive woolen stuff, to complain that the dress of her wealthy neighbor shuts her out of the church, because those who can afford the elegant toilet ought to make aim- , plicity fashionable. There are always social occasions which afford opportunities for the wearing of beautiful costumes in the company of those who are not tempted to envy or covetousness by lack of their own. (Christian Commonwealth.) The Hand of God.?When afflicted, we often speak of having God's hand laid upon Us; hardly realizing how, if this be so, it must be held. If 1 this sickness, this anxiety, this disappointment, be the touch of his finger, is it not in love? But why not say the same when prosperity shines upon our ?ath, when things are well with us? urely, then also, it is his hand that opens to scatter these mercies about us, that holds back the trouble and ?j ? CflTC, SOU BCIS IliC UCUB Ul lia|jpiucss ringing in our hearts. "Bless the Lord, 0 my soul, and forget not all 1 his benefits." (Christian Index.) I In the opinion of many, "nothing is a sermon that has no text." A mis- 1 take, but a more innocent one than the opposite opinion, is that every thing which has a text is a sermon. A minister, in one of the periodicals, alleges that "Jesus and the apostles got along without texts," and that "texts are really a modern inventian." "The words of God do good to those who walk uprightly. If they do no good to you, n\ay it not be that you are walking crookedly? Have you ] given up all secret sin? How can you j hope to get peace with God if you live according to your own lusts? Give up ( ihe hopeless hope. You must come i right out from the love of sin if you ] would be delivered from the guilt of sin. 7ou cannot have your sin and go to heaven; you must eifher give up siu or give up hope. 'Repent' is a constant exhortation of the Word of j God. Quit the sin which you confess. , Flee the evil which crucified your Lord. Try it and see if it be not so." j Apple Cake.?Stew dried apples in ! water until tender; then cut them the size of raisins; measure two teacup- I fuls; put with them one teacup mo- ' lasses and stew until heated through. 1 Set off to cool. Add four beaten eggs, 1 two cups light brown sugar, one cup 1 butter, one cup buttermilk, one cup ' raisins, one teaspoon soda, four cups j flour, one teaspoon cinnamon, one-nan teaspoon cloves, and one-half teaspoon nutmeg. Flour the raisins and use citron if desired. Bake slowly, and use the old-fashioned dried apples if possible. The greatest man is he who chooses the right with invincible resolution, who resists the sorest temptations from within and without, who bears the heaviest burdens cheerfulla, who is calmest in storms, most fearless under menace and frowns, whose reliance on truth, on virtue, on God, is almost unfaltering. The crack of the whip will startle our hearers, but it will not drive them to their duty. We are called to be winners, not whippers of souls. In every congregation there are some earnest minds who say, "Draw us and we will run after thee." Let love lead the way, and love will follow. Think truly, and thy thoughts Shall the world's famine feed; Speak truly, and each word of thloe Shall be a fruitful seed: Live truly, and thy life shall be A great and noble creed. ? nv,?Hrtn i? the tongue of fire, and it is just the very gift which no universi- t ties, no degrees, no amount of learn- i ing or critical attainment no cultiva- l tion of the science of belles-lettres, or e rhetoric, or elocution can bestow. < SCHOOLS. M0f Such is the Kingdom of Hearer" v Little feet may find the pathway Leading upward unto God; j Little bands may learn to scatter Seeds of precious truth abroad Youthful hearts may be the temple For the Spirit's dwelling placeChildhood's lips declare tne riches Of God's all-abounding grace. Little ones though frail and earth-born. Heirs of blessedness may be; For the Saviour whlspereth gently, "Suffer such to come to me." And la that eternal kingdom. 'Mid the grand, triumphaltnrong, Chlldieh voices sweet may mingle In the glorious choral song. / ^ ^ Xo a Dead Man's Pocket. Stephen Allen Brice was a man who . was liked and looked up to by all who Snew him. He was honest, kind and :rue, a warm friend and a good neighbor. Tne boys and girls all liked him because he never forgot that he had been young once himself. He wao aever stiff and cross and bossy with :hem, but was their good friend. He became rich, was made mayor of New Jfork city, and lived to be very old. He lost his life in a steamboat disaster, rhose who found his dead body found i scrap of printed paper in his pocketbook. It was so worn with oft readng that they could scarcely make out he words but this is what was upon ;he paper: Keep good company or none. Never oe idle. If your hands cannot be usefully employed attend to the cultivation of yrour mind. / Always speak the truth. Make few promises. Live up to your engagements. Keep your own secrets, if you have ?ny. When you speak to a person, look him in the face. Good company and good conversation are the very sinews of virtue. Good character is above all things else. * Your character cannot be essentially injured except by your own acts. If any one speaks evil of you, let your life be so that none will believe him. Drink no kind of intoxicating liq- . uors. : Ever live (misfortune excepted) within your income. When you retire to bed, think over what you have done during the day. ' Make no haste to be rich, if you would prosper. Small ana steady gains give competency with tranquility of mind. \ Never play at any game of ohanoe. ' Avoid temptation through fear you may not withstand it. Earn money before you spend it. Never run into debt, unless you see plainly your way to get out again. Never borrow, if you can possibly avoid doing so. jjo not marry unu: you are a Die 10 support a wife. Never speak evil of any one. . Bfc just before you are generous. Keep yourself innocent if you would" be happy. Save when you are young to spend when you are old. , " .* < Read over the above maxims, at j least, once a week.?Ex. . What Harj Gave. She gave an hour of patient care to her little baby sister who was cutting teeth. She gave a string and a crooked pin and a great deal of good advice to the three year old . brother who wanted to play at fishing. She gave Ellen, the maid, a precious hour to go and visit her sick baby at home; for Fllen was a widow, ana left her child with its grand-mother while she worked to get bread for both. She oould not have seen them very often if our generous Mary had not offered to attend the door and look after the kitchen fire while she was away. But this is not all Mary gave. She dressed herself so neatly, and looked so bright, and kind, and obliging, that she gave her mother a thrill of pleasure whenever she caught sight of the young, pleasant face; she wrote a letter to her father, who was absent on business, in which she gave him all the news he wanted, in such a frank, artless way, that hp thanked his riflllffhter in his heart. She gave patient attention to a long, tiresome story, by her grandmother, though she had heard it many times before. She laughed just at the right time, and when it was -ended, made the old lady happy by a goodnight kiss. Thus she had given valuable presents to six people in one day, and yet she had not a cent in the world. She was as gopd as gold.' and she gave something of herself to all those who were so nappy as to meet ber. Refined Speech. Nothing is more indicative of real refinement than accuracy, simplicity and appropriateness of speech in conversation, accompanied with such emphasis and such modulation of voice is are necessary for the desired effept. Bonor the essential words in every expression, and never dishonor them by the introduction of redundant worda for sake of emphasis. It is a grievous wrong to allow young girls to grow up ind graduate from the schools with ihe silly habit of expressions that now jo generally characterize their talk. T aholl ha an miifih obliged:" "I shall bejust delighted!" "O my, can't aegin to tell you how glad I shall be!" 'It will be just splendid?too nice for inything."' Such foolish attempts at jjaculatory emphasis ought to be promptly and effectually rebuked by parents and teachers, and the young ^ jirls who indulge in them ought to be aught how to speak with propriety, jrace and emphasis. There is no method so sure to brighten the homes of the poor as teaching he boys a trade. Idleness is the curse >f every home and of every communiy. It leads to mischief and to crime. So trade is overstocked with good arisans, and for such there is always ooms. Industrial education should >e encouraged everywhere, and it will ?rinir with it comfort and contentment. Dr. William Perry, a graduate of Harvard in 1811, and the sole survivor >f the j>assengers on Fulton's first teamboat on its first trip down the ludson, seventy-nine years ago, died Tanuary 11, ageu ninety-eight. "What I do thou knowest not now ; >ut thou shalt know hereafter"?is the inwearied language of God in- his jrovidence. He will have credit every itep. He will not assign reasons, b ? sause he will exercise faith.