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BY HUGH WILSON. ABBEVILLE, S. C., WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 1888. VOLUME XXXIII. NO. 11. 1 ?^????????????^. .. , , , , _ Trust in God. 1 know not what the future liatli Of marvel or surprise. Assured alone that life and death His mercy underlies. And If my heart and flesh arc weak, To boar an untried pa in. The bruised reed He wi II not break, Hut strengthen and sustain. No offering of my own I have. Nor works my faith to prove; I can but give the gilt He gave And plead His love for love. And so beside the Silent sea I wait the muffled oar; No harm can conic from Him to me On ocean or on shore. I know not where nis islands lift Their fronded pulms in uir; I only know I cannot drift Beyond His love and care. FAiniliar Sayings and Authors to Who Many are Traccd. Many of our common sayings, so true and pithy, are used without the least idea from whose pen or mouth they first originated. Probably the tn-?T WUrKS Ul i31ianespcuic luuiuu ua n<w more of these familiar maxims than any other writer, for to him we owe, "All is not gold that glitters," "Make a virtue of necessity," "Screw your courage to the sticking place" (not point), "They laugh that win," "This is the short and long of it," "Compaiisons are odius," "As merry as the day is long," "A Daniel come to judgment," "Frailty, the name is woman," and a host of others. Washington Irving gives "The almighty dollar." Thomas Murgan queried long ago, "What will Mrs.* Grundy say?" while Goldsmith answers, "Ask no questions and I'll tell you no fibs." Charles Pickney gives "Millions for defense, but not a cent for tribute." "First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his fellow-citizens" (not countrymen,) appeared in the resolutions presented to the House Representatives in December, 17U0, by Gen. Henry Lee. Thomas Tasser, a writer of the sixteenth cetury, gives us "B^ter late than never," "Look ere yci leap," - and "The stoue that is rolling can gather uo moss." "All cry and no wool," is found in Butler's "Hudibras." Dryden says: "None but the brave deserve the fair," "Men are but chil dren ofa largergrowth," and "Through thick and thin." "When Greek joined Greek then was the tug of war," came from Nathaniel Lee. "Of two evils I have chosen the least," and "The end must justify the means," are from Matthew Prior. We are indebted to Colley Cibber for the agreeable intelligence that "Richard is himself agaiu." Johnson tells us of "a good hater," and Macintosh, in 1791, the phrase often attributed to John Randolph, "Wise and masterly inactivity." "Variety is the very spice of life," and "Not much the worse for wear," Cowper. "Man proposes, but God disposes," Thomas a Kempis. Christopher Marlowe gave forth the invitation so often repeated by his brethren in a less public way, "Love me little, love me long." Edward Coke was of the opinion) that "A man's house is his castle." To Milton we owe "The paradise of fools," "a wilderness of sweets," and "Moping melancholy and moonstruck madness." Edward Young tells us "Death loves a shining mark," and "A fool at forty is a fool indeed." From Bacon comes "Knowledge is power," and Thomas Southern re? i .? IL.I iinji..?,. )) minus us uiai, thj ? ?mu iu iu\c. ? How to Endorse a Cheek. Very few otherwise intelligent and educated people understand how to properly iudorse a band check payable to their order, and few realize the inconvenience they cause by placing their indorsement in an awkward position. An observance of the following rules will enable any body to place the signature in the proper place: 1. Write across the back?not lengthwise. 2. The top of the back is the left end of the face. 3. To deposit a check, write "For deposit," and below this your name. A cleck not having the power of attorney to sign or iudorse check can deposit his lirm's check by writing on the top the of back, "For deposit only to credit of?," and below this write his own name. 4. Simply writing your name on the back of a check signifies that it ii 1. i 1.. lias passed mrougu your nauus, is payable to bearer. 5. Always indorse a check just as it appears ou the face. For instance, if the check is payable to "G. Head,' indorse "G. Mead if to "Geo. Read," indorse "Geo. Readif to "George F. Read," indorse "George F. Read." If the spelling of the name on the face of the check is wrong, iudorse first just as the face appears, and below, the proper way. G. If you wish to make the check payable to some particular person write "Pay to or order ." Jn England all check are payable to bearer, but in this country all strangers presenting checks for payment must be identified by some one known to the banks. Washing Clothes. A well-known gentleman of Pittsburg, who is too modest to have his name paraded before the public, and who has no desire to make money out of his new method, that if any one who has a moderate sized washingsay, for a family of four or five persons ?will put the clothes to soak over night as usual, and add to the water a half teacupful of pure benzine, and 4linn uilvon ihBi) nut nil to boil, add lu>-u " ? I? another half teacupful of benzine to the water iu the boiler, the dirt can be removed from them with very little rubbing; the labor of the laundress will be reduced more than one-half, and the clothes will be a white as they can be made. Some may object to the smell of benzine, but he says that all disappears by evaporating in the process of boiling. The experiment is certainly worth trviug. Benzine sells for a few cents a quart, and it is said a pint of the fluid will do for two large washings. + A mail will do almost auytliiug to increase the happiness of the woman lie loves except to leave her when she wants to get rid of him. Ciood sense and good nature are never separated, though the ignorant world has thought otherwise. Singing: While at lYorK. BY SIJSAN TEALL PKRRV. It does not seem as if the mothers sing about their work as much as they used to. The grandmothers and the mothers used to siug s?\-eet hymns while they they were doing; their house work. Many grown-up children of the present generation carry the beautiful words of the old hymns fresh and precious in their hearts because the mother sang them. "Rock of ages, cleft for me," "Jesus, lover of my soul," and "His loving kindness, O how great!" in sweetest tones come to us in the weary hours of .the day and in the sleepless watches of the night, and they bring us comfort and cheer. The voices of the loved ones who sang them in the old home have gone to join me cnoir iu iue ui God. How many children have been brought back from sinful wanderings by hearing some hymn or tune the mother sang in their childhoood days. Some one who appreciated the power of such song has written? "Old tuues are precious to me as old paths In which I wandered as a happy boy ; lu truth they are the old paths of the soul, Oft-trod, well-worn, familiar, up to God." A Scottish mother, who sang "Jerusalem, my happy home" so often thatj her boy learned the words by heart when he was very young, uncoscious- j ly made an impression upon his young) soul which in after years was the means of bringing him*back from sinful wanderings to ask forgiveness for an ill-spent life and to receive a pardon. The mother died when her boy was quite young, and he became a wanderer. He came to this country, fell in with bad companions, and after years of "feeding on husks" he was carried into a hospital to die. He was a stranger, and wonld give no account of himself, until one day, when the good nurse was doing something for his comfort in the way of rearranging his pillow, be heard her humming, very low, "Jerusalem" my happy happy home." Instantly his eyes tilled with tears, and he said, "Please sing the whole hran to me; it was the one my mother sang so often when I wasachild." All the mother's teach I ings and prayers came back to mm. He sent for a clergyman, and asked for prayer. His heart was melted, and eveu at the eleventh hour he found pardon and peace. A young man, who left his home in the country to take a position in the city, found himself getting in with bad company and yielding to temptations, that his good, pious mother had so often warned him to flee from. One night he was on his way to a saloon to meet some young men by appointment; As he passed aloug thestreet he heard a woman singing her child to sleep. He stopped a moment, and the words of his mother's hymn. "Abide with me," fell upon his ear. Instantly her sweet face came before him as he* saw it when she stood in the doorway looking after him as his father was driving him down the road to the station. "God help me, for Christ's sake!" he cried out from the depths of his soul. He turned back, went into the young men's meeting, where he had been urged by his mother to go, and then and there resolved with God's help to follow her teachings, and be what she was praying to have him be. So, mothers, sing the good hymns about your daily rounds. When you nrwl TirnoMr nrifh Hio wnrlr aic iiciiv.u auvt hvuij ?>?vm vuv ?? w ? and care, and feel as if you could not take another step, burst out in singing. You will be surprised to find how soon the heaviness will be taken away. No one can be out of humor very long if some helpful, soothing hymn is sung. Prayer and praise go together. Whatever else the children may forget of their childhood days, they will never lose the sweet tones and precious words of the hymn you sing, as you move about the house doing the daily duties so necessary to the comfort and well-being of your family. The Old Man of Dartmoor. There was an old man of Dartmoor, who, for many years, obtained his livelihood by looking after the cattle distributed over those wild moorland hills. At last, through infirmity ana old age, and the constant and unusual exposure to all kinds of weather, his sight entirely failed him, so that he had to seek an asylum in one of the wesioi xuugiaau jiiuiujui ics, iucuu his brief remaining days. While there he was frequently visited by one of his grand-daughters, who would occasioniy read to him portions of the word' of God. One day, when the little girl was reading to him the first chapter of the First Epistle of John, when she reacned the seventh verse, "And the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all sin," the old man raised himself and stopped the little girl, saying, with all earnestness: "Is that there, my dear." "Yes grandpa." "Then read it to me again ; I never heard the like before." The little girl read again : "And the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." "You are quite sure that is there?" "Yes quite sure." "Then take my hand and lay my finger on the passage, I should like to feel it." She took the old blind man's hand and placed his bony finger on the verse, when he said : "Now read it to me again." The little girl read, with her soft, sweet voice : "And the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." "You are quite sure that is there?" "Yee, quite sure." "Then if anyone should ask howl died, tell them that I died in the faith of these words: "And the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleauseth us from all sin." And with that the man withdrew his hand, his head fell softly back on the pillow, and he silently passed into the presence of Him whose "blood cleanseth us from all sin."? A Slipper-Hiut No person should run about sleeping rooms or into halls from bed in bare ' feet. Air currents are constantly in motion near the floor, and circulation J is more easily retarded in feet and legs than the heart. It is therefore a good plan to have a warm pair of slippers always close to the bed, that may be slipped on quickly before one's feet touch the floor ; made loose enough to 1 be kicked off when climbing into bed again. For one who is liable to be called up frequently, as in cases of " illness, this slipper-hint will prove - valuable if followed .?American Mayazrte. *'][ Rest Upon Him." A young- man once waited upon me anil said : "My mother is aChristian, sir, aud I would like to be one, too, but somehow I cannot get at it. I cannot get faith although I have read all the book in the house upon the subject. I teach a Sabbath-school class, too, and find myself in rather an awkwark position. Can you help me, sir?" "I think, under God, lean. It is not faith you want, but truth. You want an object for your mind rest upon. It is not so much how to believe as what to believe. Do you believe that book in your hand to be the word of God ?" "Why do you ask me, sir? Of course I do." "Does it teach that Jesus Christ was God's Son, and that he died, was buried, and rose again ?" "The Bible is full of those doctrines, and I most certainly believe it." "What was it all for?" "For sinners." Here he said a good deal about the government of God, and similar matters. "Did he die for you ?" "Ah ! sir, that is precisely what I would like to know." "I thought so. Let us turn to Romans v : 6-8. Are you a sinner ?" "I have been well wrought up; but ! in the Bible sense I am a sinner, no doubt." "You do not find your name here and it is well, for there are many persons of the same name, and then there might have been some mistake about that, but there can be no mistake about your character as here described?'without strength, 'ungodly,' 'sinner', 'enemy.' Does it suit you?" "I confess it does, sir." "Don't you see that the Saviour died for you, then, as such ? You will never get more. No sinner will. If you were at the point of death from want of food, and had nothing in your pocket, and saw over door: 'Any starving man may have food in here for nothing,' would you not be warranted to step in and have your wants supplied? Young man, remember, if you perish, you shall have that text, and others like it to face. Christ offers Himself a Saviour to you, a lost sinner, and you will not have Him. This is the sin of sins the condemning sin. How shall you face the word 'whosoever' in the place of woe?" In a few minutes, after Btaringalter nateiy at me ana me paasuge ueiuru him, he began to sob as if his heart would burst, and, laying his hand upon my shoulder, said, "I have it; I am shut up to it; I now believe; I have Christ; I rest upon Him." *4^ ? Unpleasant Surprises. "I had invited a friend to spend Sunday with me," said an over worked teacher, recently, "and specified in < writing her that 1 would meet her on, a certain train on Saturday morning. Friday evening I was working like a Trojan over my examination papers, in order to be ready for her, when in she burst, rosy and smiling. "I thought I'd come before you expected me for a surprise!' she said* "The pleasure for which I had begun working was spoiled by the consciousness that the next week's tasks would be deplorably behindhand." This is such a buy, world that it becomes absurd to think of disposing of any but perhaps an idle person's time without reference to his convenience. Then, too, in the case of visits, few households are moved by machinery so perfectly adjusted that it is not to be disarranged by the arrival of the unexpected. "Aunt Mary came last night without a wnrrl nf warning." fiftfd a POOd 1 housewife, "And the house was full of teachers from the convention. I had to put a "bed in the trunk-room for the children." "Why will she always try to surfjrise us?" groaned her sister. "The ast time sne came to my house Aunt Sophy was there, and as they don't speak we sat and walked on pins all the time."? Youth's Companion, Loyey Doycj. A woman weighing something like two hundred pounds came into the Grand Central Station the other day clinging to the bony arm of a little man who probably tipped the beam at ninety in his winter clothing. He led the way to the ladies' waiting-room, deposited the lady in two chairs, and started out. "You wont be gone long, will you, dearie?" she gasped out. "I feel so timid." "No, darling; I'll be right back. Don't worry about me." "Oh, I shall, dearie, I can't help it, and I dread being left alone." "Well, I'll be back in ten minutes." "Oh, do ; I feel so nervous." He was gone fifteen minutes, and when he reached her side again she tried to tumble into his arms, snd said sweetly and childishly: "Oh, Harry ! You were gone an age. I was so frightened ! Ah, Harry, I fear that you will find that you have married a very, very silly little girl." Babj Bun. There was just one bunch of white grapes left on the vines, and at the tea-table the children asked who should have it. Lily thought grandma should. Ned wished to carry it to his teacher. It was Baby bun who decided it. She said, in a sober voice, "I would give it to a sick little girl somewhere. She said "dirl" instead of girl, and "div" instead of give, but they knew what she meant. n a ? . i:uu "AlWayH U BICft UlilIC Ulll DUUIOwhere," she said, with a sorrowful shake of curly little head. Lily picked the bunch of white grapes, and Jack went to ask the doctor where they could find a sick little "dirl;" and all the children, and Baby Bun too, went next morning to "div" the sweet, fragrant white fruit. Is it Too Late? It may be too late, quite too late, to set right mischief once done, to avert consequences, to stop the working of evil thatwe have set in motion. But it is not too late, it is never too late, to come back to God. If you can't be what you might have been, yet you can still be something that Christ will love and value?a humble, penitent soul. If you cannot serve God as you might have done?nay, if you have done harm that you can never undoyet you can still give Him what He values more than all service?a will surrendered to His will. If it is too late for everything else, it is never too late to join the service of Christ.? The Kaiser and the Little Maid. a true incident. A hush in tho school-room prevailed, Each heart with expectancy burned, For the Kaiser was coming that dny. And all eyes to the portals were turned. And now he has entered the room, Lo, that Kaiser, so stately and proud, He has gazed on each sunny head there That before bim Jn reverence Is bowed. And now every heart gives a throb, As before him is stationed a class, And the Kaiser, ro great and so tall, Thus questions a bright little lass: "To which kingdom belongetb this rose? Taking one from the vnse by bis side; Her blue eyes were lifted to his, "To the vegetable," quick she replied; "Right, right, little maiden; and this?" And lorth from bis pocket he drew A fair jeweled watch, with its chain, And then held it up to her view. Not a doubt to here blue eyes arose, As she stood 'neath the Kaiser's proud gaze, But clear came he answer again, "1U LUC UilUUIUI, on | 11 JUU jiivooD, With a smile at her answer, so quaint, Said the Kai6er, so mighty and high, And now little maid, can you tell Of which kingdom a member am I ? Ah! poor little maid, 'twas Indeed, A specimen strange to her eyes, She gazed at the Kaiser, so tall, But mute were her lips with surprise. A specimen rare?that wise little maid That question had never heard before. Of the kingdoms three, to which he belonged That Kaiser?it puzzled her sore. The elephant great she had seen, And tne spotted tigers as well, Aud the lions, too, with bristliug mane, And their kingdom she quick ly could tell. But a Kaiser! ah, never before Had she seen one so stately and grand; Sure, not with the rose or the watch, Or the elephant huge, could he stand. * A sweet puzzled look filled her eyes, And she stood in a wondering maze. On the stately form and the kingly brow Of the Kaiser she fixed her gaze. But now springs a light to her eyes, As, placing bis hand on her head, "To which kingdom ?" he question again "To the kingdom of heaven," Bhesald. Ah ! wise little maid, may thy words A prophecy true yet unfold, And when thou shalt enter the kingdom above, Thou may'sttben the Kaiser behold. ?M. Annie Trapnell, in Oood Times. In re Table Etiquette. Never smack the lips when eating. Never pick your teeth at table. \T?vop nronnmp a p.nniinririim or whisper at table. Never put your finger into your mouth. Never drum with your fingers on the table. Never put your fenite in your mouth. Never put pour elbow on the table. Never carry fruit or bonbons away from the table. Never scrape your plate, or tilt it to get the last drop of anything it contains* or wipe it out with a piece of bread. Never play with your knife and fork or salt cellar, or balance a spoon on your glass. Never watch the dishes as they are uncovered nor make any exclamation when their contents are revealed. N?ver tuck your napkin, bib-fashion, under your shirt collar. Unfold it and lay across your lap. Never say or do anything at table (hat is liable to produce disgust. Never strech your feet under the table so as to touch those of your vis a vis. KUa fum'f A n onnlo Y\GQ F M* 11CVC1 UllC UUlVl X JL 11 H^IV| w. peach should be pealed. A Dozen Good Rales. We were struck lately by the orderly behavior of a large family of children, particularly at the table'. We spoke of it to their father; and he pointed to a paper pinned to the wall, on which were written some excellent rules. We begged a copy for the benefit of our readers. Here it is: 1. Shut every door after you, and without slamming it. 2. Don't make a practice of shouting, jumping or running in the house. 3. Never call to persons upstairs or the next room ; if you wish to speak to them, go quietly to where they are. 4. Always speak kindly and politely to everybody, if you woulcf have tnem do the same to you, 5. When told to do or not to do a thing by either parent, never ask why you should or should not do it. .6 Tell of your own faults and misdoings, not of those of your brothers and sisters. 7. (jareruiiy ciean me muu or auuvr off your boots before entering the house, 8. Be prompt at every meal hour. 9. Never sit down at the table or in the sitting-room with dirty hands or tumbled hair. 10. Never interrupt auy conversation, but wait patiently your turn to speak. 11. Never reserve your good manners for company, but be equally polite at home and abroad. | 12. Let your first, last and best confidante be your mother. ?British Juvenile. ! Must Carpets Go J Carpets, curtains, lambrequins, etc., may oe deemed necessary parts of house furnishing, but they all collect dust and dirt of a more dangerous character. In the winter they may be tolerated, but when summer comes' they should all be removed to places of security and protected from light and insect destroyers. The floors should be oiled with boiled linseed oil, and wherever coverings of any kind are desirable, on account of lessening sounds, rugs and mats should take the place of carpets, and plan shades and shutters will suffice to exclude too glaring a light and diminish the nuisance. Floors thus treated are kept clean much easier, as the oil becomes incorporated with the wood and makes a hard finish, as it is oxidized by contact with the air. The same treatment or noors, removui ui cmpuis unu unnecessary materials for the lodgment of dust and organic impurities will make the sleeping apartments much more wholesome. It has long been acknowledged that carpets are entirely out of place in the apartments occupied by the sick, that they retain the poison of such diseases as small pox, diphtheria and scarlet fever; ana it seems strange that a crusade against them has not been long since organized.? Qlobe-Democrat. To Drive Away Mosquitoes. Some of the Venetian mosquito powder burned in the room is very effective. Or, if theherb called pennyroyal can be obtained, a bunch of it tied at the head of the bed will drive the mosquitoes away. So saidOld men go to death; Deuth comes to yonng men. To Mothers. If you say "No," mean "No." Unless you have a good reason for changing a given command, hold to it. . Take an interest in your children's amusements; mother's share in what pleases them.is a great delight. Remember that trifles to you are mountians to them; respect their feelings. Keep up a standard of principles; your children are judges. Be honest with them in small thincs. as well as in preat. If von cannot tell them what they wish to know, say so, rather than deceive them. As long as it is possible, kiss the children good-night after they are in bed ; they like it, and it keeps them very close. Bear in mind you are largely responsible for your children's inherited characters, and be patient with them. If you have lost a child, remember that for the one who is gone there is no more to do, but for those left everything. Make your boys and girl study physiology ; when there are ill, try to : make them comprehend why, how the complaint arose, and the remedy, so far as you know it. Impress upon them from early infancy that they actions have results, and that they cannot escape conse- i quences, even by being sorry when they have done wrong. Respect their little secrets ; if they < have concealments, fretting them i will never make them tell, end time and patience will. Allow them, as they grow older, to have opinions of their own ; make them indivluals, and not mere echoes. Find out all their special tastes, and develop them, instead of spending time, money and patience in forcing them into studies that are entirely repugnant to them. Mothers, whatever else you may teach you girls, do not neglect to instruct them in the mysteries of housekeeping. So shall you put them in the way of making home happy. Gardiner Spring on War. The following selections from the published writings of Dr. Spring, one of the very ablest and best ministers of the American Presbyterian Church, who died about twenty years ago, are well worthy of careful reading, and especially to those Chriistians who profess to believe that war is agreeable to the Christian religion. No wonder that infidelity and immorality greatly abound in all Christian land9, when the professed followers of a peaceable and loving Saviour, by vast numbers rush in opposite armies to fields of murderous slaughter. Of all abominable crimes and cruelties ever committed on earth, and especially when done and approved by professed Christians, mutual butchery in war is unquestionably the greatest and the most i horribly abominably, J^et "Chis- ( tians" stop their ware by arbitration if they have not religion enough to do it by love to each other: i "Whatever mav be our refinements , in reasoning on the question whether war justifiable, we cannot be mistaken When we say that a martial Spirit is not the spirit of Christianity," "If we were called upon to write an elaborate dissertation in defence of the Scriptural doctrine of human apostasy and the entireand unmitigated sinfulness of the human heart, as it is by nature. one of our strongest evidences Mould be the subject of war. We should have a chapter entitled: "War, a proof of total depravity." "It is an indelible blot on the the pages of Paley's Moral Philosophy: 1 "If an iniury be either perpetuated, attempted, or even feared, there is just 1 cause for war." A more corrupt, pestilent, attrocious sentiment has rarely jbeen advanced than this. The injured, or suspicious, or ambitious nation is, of necessity, the sole jndge of the injqrv perpetauted, attempted, or feared, This wide range of precaution, defence, or reparation would have better suited the moral philosophy of such a man as Kobespierre or Napoleou. No wonder nations go to war. < Dr. Paley did not seem to perceive that he views he has published 10 the worlds amounted to a justification of the most of the wars that ever scourged the human race." "The immense latitude give by some writers to the definition of defensive war enables it to embrace most of those wars which are properly and strictly offensive. It amounts to a vindication of all wars whatever, as full and com* 1 - ^ A. ? ?/I no pieie as toe most suugumtu,) auu uropotic tyrant could desire." "There is not alife taken in war that is not as truly chargeable to some one as premeditated murder," "I look upon the Christian church as a divinely organized Society for the promotion of Peace. She is, or rather she ought to be, the most effective Peace Society in the world." "On no subject does the tone of public sentiment need to be changed more than on war. I verily believe that on this matter the minds of men have for ages been under the power of the Prince of Darkness. His throne is on the battle-field; glory and dishonor, victories and defeats, are like the conquests of his empire. There his power is felt, and his authority acknowledged ; aud they are no other than the power and authority of 'that old serpent, the devil and Satan who deceiveth the whole world.' The maxims of war are his maxims. The laws of war are his laws." I ln??.in/?A ftrtoinof Ttrnr i a T A II1S lau^uajjc agumow ?? ?? ? think, assevereand pointed as any ever used by William Peun, Jonathan Dymoud, Noah Worcester, William Ladd, Thos S. Grimks, Elihu Buritt, or any other writer on the sin of war. Dr. Kittridge said, in a recent numof the Evangelist: "We should regard the house of God as a sacred place: aud when, for the sake of pecuniary profit, we hold entertainments and fairs in our churches, it is a profauation of the temple, and the blessing of God will not rest upon such a Church. The house of Uod should always be kept sacred as a house of prayer." . An evangelistic Church is always a missionary center. Zeal for souls at home is the kindling fire for the conversion of the world. If there is no travail for souls at home, there will be no interest in the perishing millions of heathendom. "Beginiug at Jerusalem" is the divine law of growth and missionary activity.?The Mission Held. ^ ? Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Polite Profanity. "Oh, mamma, we have two weeks vacation! Hurrah!" and Johnnie rushed past in wild joy, flinging up his hat, and comes with a thump on mamma's slippered foot. "Greatgod' ness ! You rough boy, how you have hurt me !" Little Bessie, in trying to reach her doll on the table, knocks over auntie's work basket and spills its contents upon the floor. "Heavens and earth ! Bessie, how careless you are !" Exclamations like these we hear every day from the lips of sweet-faced women and pretty young girls. Ladylike manners and Christian gentleness hold away, till in a moment of impatience or sudden pain both are forgotten. Women who are shocked to hear a strong expression from husband or brother, will utter words themselves that will not bear search ing examination. Exclamations are vulgar, as a rule, in any case; even sucli innocent ones as "deary me," 'sakes," "law," are 9hunned by cultivated people; and all women who really try to lead Christian lives should be careful in this respect. Take any one of the common expressions of polite profanity?examine it? and the result in each case will be a direct appeal tg heaven or an apostrophe to the Eternal God. "O, Lord !" is a most familiar one. Listen to any group of women who are well enough acquainted to drop "company" manners, and at each hitch in sewing or faucy work, each little accident, each exciting piece of news or account of dire illness, a chorus goes up of "oh Lord!" "Goodness gracious!" etc. It may be that there is no intentional wrong, no desire to break the commandment; but the continued repetition of such expressions must blunt the delicacy of womau'P perceptions and coarsen her religious fervor. Should we lightly call upon our Divine Lord to bear witness to our astonishment, or invoke the heavens if we hurt a foot or run a pin into the skin? Confine yourselves, my dear sisters, if you must exclaim, to comparatively harmless "ohs'j and "mys;" at any rate shun as moral infection all calls upon the Deity or His attributes. Remember, as ladies, they verge upon the vulgar, and as Christians, that they are certainly profane. "Swear not at all; neither by heaven j. _ ?? _ it Ll. XI I ior it 18 uoa'8 mroue; nor uy me earth, for it is his footstool. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head; for thou canst not make one hair black or white. But let your communication be yea, yea; nay, nay: forwliatsoever is more than these cometh of evil."? Unconscious Influence. In Dean Stanley's "Life of Dr. Arnold, of Rugby," it is related that "at Harrow, where he once spent a Bunday with Dr. JLongley, there were found amongst the few papers of a poor servant maid who died sometime afterward, notes of a sermon which he preached there in th? parish church, t\nd which she was known to have recurred to frequently afterward." Little did Dr. Arnold think, while he was preaching, that the words 3poken by him would be cherished by an obscure servant, and would prepare her for heaven. This is one of the most encouraging features of Christian work. The word spoken is like Longfellow's arrow which he lost and the song which he breathed into the thin air: "But long, long afterward, in an oak, I found the arrow still nubroke; And tbe song, from beginning to tbe end, I found acain in the beart of a friend." Mr. Samuel Colgate^ of Orange, used to tell a story of a minister that came there once to preach, simplv as a supply for a single Suuday. The sermon seemed to make rather an unfavorable impression, and Mr. Colgate himself spoke of it in a rather deprecatory way. A little while afterward a candidate membership in the church, while relating her experience, described this very sermon as being the persuasive message which God sent to her, and which proved to be the turning point in her 11 fe.?Judson. A Fresh View of Life. Much might be said on the wisdom of taking a constantly fresh view of life. It is one of the moral uses of the night that it gives the world anew tc us every morning, and of sleep that makes life a daily recreation. If we always saw the world, we might grow weary of it. If a third of life were not spent unconsciousness, the rest might become tedious. God is thus all the while presenting the cup of life afresh to our lips. Thus, after a night of peaceful sleep, we behold the world as new and fresh an wonderful as it was on the first morning of creation, when God pronounced it "very good." And a sleep itself has a divine alchemy that gives us to ourselves with our primitive energy of body and mind. The days are not mere repititionsof themselves, to-morrow will have another meaning; I shall come to it with larger vision than I have to-day.?T. T. Hunger. It seems the height of folly to waste vast sums of money to building navies and heavily armed and armored warships, when a single dynamite bomb will send the largest ana best equipped man-of-war to the bottom instantly. If those who make war had to do the fighting we might reasonably hope that these very destructive implements of death would act as a deterrent against nations declaring war, but in most cases those who are most to blame in kindling the war flame are careful to keep at a safe distance from the scene of conflict, and send innocent and, possible, peace-loving men to me rroni to kill and be killed. There is, we believe, a growing sentiment among the masses against war?a sentinir lit which sooner or later rulers will have to respect. Dynamite bombs and torpedoes are likely to quicken that sentiment. + Always Finding Fault. Let us take care to include in our petitions an urgent entreaty that the good Lord in his mercy will keep us from finding fault with each other. This habit, allowed to grow and grow, becomes a very upas tree in many a household, killing all peaceand breaking down the unity and comfort of home. It is so easy to point out what is wrong and forget that the action criticised was perhaps done with the best ability of the doer. Even if we are really sure of being able to do it better, there is no excuse for discouraging the attempt made by another. Most law-suits have barbed wire coucealed about them for everybody but the lawyers. Style and Style. OLD STYLE. Farmer at tbe plow, , Wife milking cow, Daughter* spinning yarn. Sons thrashing In the barn. All happy to a charm. NEW STYLE. The farmer gone to see a show. His daughter at the piano, Madrnn guyly dressed in satin. All the boys are learning Latin, With a mortgage on tbe term. Male Irreliylon. Eewer men than women attend church. Why is this? While there are fewer men than women in church, there are more men thau women in prison. Shortersighted and more dull of perception, * mau fails to discern ^he degradation and folly of evil doing, and so is more easily led into crime. The perpetration of felony and the neglect of religion are but difiereat manifestations of the same trait of charater, a failure to appreciate tne dignity or spiritual elevation, an inability to see anything worth seeking except the coarse gratifications of the preseut moment. The creed of worldliness and crime is that the preseut is to bo preferred to the fixture, the immediate to the more re- mote, the material to the spiritual, personal interests to the welfare of humauity; while the underlying principle in religious striving is that the true way to live is to live for humanity, not self alone?for the moral and spiritual, not sensual and material. It is the man that inclines to the for* mer view, the woman who i? more easily won to the latter. Is it not, then, because men are stronger-minded that they are less attentive to religious things; it hr because they are actually weak of vision, unable to perceive that the spiritual is nobler than the sensual, that the r -' cultivation of moral interests is wiser than absorption in materials-things. The lofty contempt wtlft^iMijeh worldly men regard,religion enpnptness is of .the same nature m ttwytth .. which the ignorant mau regsrw bis neighbor who spends his time over books, or the thfeft, regards the one who is too tenderly conscientious to steal. It is not because of greater sagacity, but because of inferior discernment that fewer men than women, attend church.?Christian Inquirer. - * A PLEA FOR HONESTY.?HOW, difficult to be strictly honest in all things! How few tell a a tor/ with exact truthfulness ! How often does imagination supply a missing link of memotyt How often are sober facts paintfed'aibd trimmed to make them more admirable ! How frequently do lawyers 'sophisticate for their clients from a supposed sense of fidelity! How ofteii do physiciad9 deceive their patients from a sense of humanity!" How often do religious teachers, bound to honesty, by every law of decency and cbriitstency, vary in the heat of debate, this way or that way, from strict candor' and fairness! Truth is universally good; falsehood universally evil. JEvery lie is a grating discord in the music of the spheres. It is a shape- ' less block that fits nowhere. If you lift the truth out of its environments, you can put it back at any time; and it will fit in its place exactly- Nothing else will fit there. It "TequI?w-*o study to tell the truth, but a lie is a work of art, demanding great pains-, taking and ingenuity; yet no amouqt of care will make a lie answer in the Elace of the truth. In conversation ow careful the Christian should be? must be?to magnify or minify nothing! How careful not to color or distort! Even in writing, cool and slow as is the prscess, there is danger that passion and prejudice shall lead us to attempt to make the worse appear the better reason. Merits are claimed for our cause that do not belong to it, and uur aumguuiob i a xuaug tu oiuai v uuuvt the lash of misrepresentation. A deliberate sophism is an intentional lie. O for a deep, genuiue, powerful revival of common honesty on the globe ! " Unappreciated Love.? "My mother gets me up, builds the fire, gets my breakfast, and sends me off," safd a bright youth. "What then ?"said the listener. "Then sbe gets ray father up and gets his breakfast and sends him off; she then gets the other children their breakfast and sends them to school, and then she and the baby have their breakfast." "How old fe the baby ?" "Oh, she is most two, but she can walk and talk as well as any of us." "Are you well paid?" "I get 2 dols a week; father gets 2 dols a day" "How mueh does your mother get 7." With a bewildered look the boy said, "Mother! why she don't work for anybody." "I thonghtyou said sheworked for all of you?" "0, yes, she doeis, but there ain't no money in it." Every person is, in one way or Another, changed by his accidental or hia purported coutact with external forms of evil. If he resists or rebuke them, he is purified, strengthened, and ennobled. If he countenances or yields himself to them, he is weakened and degraded. It is not the stone in our pathway that throws us down ; but It is our own blindness to it, or our disrogard of it, that causes us to stumble; for the stumbling is only a part of our own motion. We would do well to consider that external evils do not harm us, but that we harm ourselves by out attitude toward, and our conduct with relation to, them. m Culinary Item. Matilda Snowball is cook for the family of Col. Percy Yerger. Mi* Yerger had unexpectedly received company, but was unprepared to entertain them. " -' "Matilda, we will have a poor dinner I expcct we will have to make an apology." ' ' . " Make apology! How kiu we make a pology! We ain't got no eggs, U<y butter, no nuffin ? Many church members livfe restlessly under the requirements of church rules and church discipline, as if these : restraints were arbitrary and human. They act as if they could indulge in all their unsanctifled desires, tf only | the church would permit' them to do ! so. I They forgot that the obligation to do ! good and to live apart from contact ! with evil is imposed by God's -will. The Bible is more rigid in its demantis for a pure life than are the rules of any church. To live in such a way aar to keep on good terms with the brethren merely is dishonoring to God. God loves the meanest old sinner on I the earth as much as he loves the' beet I Christian.