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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.

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