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BY HUGH WILSON. ABBEVILLE, S. C., WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 1889. VOLUME XXXIV. NO. 12.
A Solitary Way.
There is a mystery in human hearts.
And though we were encircled by a host
Of those who love us well, and arc beloved,
To every one of us, frotn time to time,
There comes a sense of utter loneliness.
Our dearest friend Is "stranger" to our Joy.
And cannot realize our bitterness.
"Thefre is not one who really understands,
Not ono to enter in to all I leel;"
Such is the cry of each of us in turn.
We wander in a "solitary way,"
No matter what or where our lot may be;
Each heart, mysterious even to Itself,
Must live Its inner life in solitude.
And wonld you know the reason wny this is?
It Is because the Lord desires our love,
In every heart He wishes to be first,
He therefore beeps the secret-key himself,
To open all Its chambers, and to bless
With perfect sympathy, and holy peace.
Each solitary soul which comes to Him.
So when we feel this loneliness, It is
The voice of Jesus saying, "Come to me!
And every time we are "not understood,"
It Is a call to us to come again;
For Christ alone can satisfy the soul,
And those who walk with Him from day to
day
Can never have "a solitary way."
And when beneath some heavy cross you
faint.
And say, "I cannot bear this load alone,"
Yon say the truth. Christ made ltpurposely,
80 heavv that vou must return to Him.
the bitter grief, which "110 one understands,"
Conveys a secret message from the King,
Entreating yon to come to Him afrain.
The man of sorrows understands it well,
In all points tempted He can feel with yon.
You cannot come too often, or too near.
The Son of God is Infinite in grace.
His presence satisfies the longing soul,
And those who walk with Him from day to
day
Can never have "a solitary way."
On Pike's Peak.
The officer in charge of the United
States Signal Service Station on the
top of Pike's Peak passes his days in a
low, flat building made of stone and
anchored and bolted to the granite
boulders. During the winter he has
no connection whatever with the rest
of the world. No human being can
ascend to his station, and it is almost
impossible for him to go down, Lee
Meriwether, who ascended the snow
covered mountain one July day, says
that the signal officer's face wears
that care-worn, depressed expression
which comes from unbroken solitude.
"You don't often see snow in July?"
he said, after I had thawed out
before a blazing fire.
"Not often. You don't yourself,
do you?"
"Yes, two or three times a week.
Snow is my only water supply. That
boiler there," pointing to the stove
"is full of melting snow. Even in the
heat of summer there is alwavs enough
snow at my door to lurnish all the water
needed."
"Does not life become weary and desolate
here, so far from the world ?
"So much so that I sometimes fear it
will drive me crazy. My official duties
are light; they require only an occasional
inspection of the instruments.
The rest of the time I have nothing to
do but read. Too much reading becomes
wearisome. Sometimes I stand
at the window with my telescope.
The wind without is keen and cutting
as a knife.
"I can see the houses of Colorado
Springs," he continued, "twenty
miles away; see the visitors sitting in
their shirt sleeves, sipping iced drinks
to keep cool, and the ladies walking
about in white summer robes. Then I
lower the glass, the summer scene is
gone. Green trees and animal life,
men and women, fade away like creatures
in a dream, and I am the only living
thing in a world of eternal ice and
snow ana silence."
Youth'8 Companion.
DJllitiwcjJ Philnonnlm. !
tlVBU iiiiiiUg SJ M. UAlVOVyU|TB
If I waz called upon tew tell who
waz the bravest man that ever lived, J
would say it waz him who never told a
lie.
The meanest thing that eny man
ever followed for a bizzness is making
money.
Everyboddy luvs tew feel that they
are ov sum importance in this world ;
even a pauper looks forward tew the
day ov his phuneral as the time that
he haz got tew be notissed.
If yu hav a spirited ana noble boy,
appeal to his generosity; if yu hav a
heavy and sullen one, appeel tew his
back.
A grat menny ov our people go
abroad tew improve their minds who
hadn't got enny minds when they wur
at home. Knowledge, like charity,
should begin at home, and then spread.
Noboddy but a phool will spend his
time trieing tew convince a phool.
Time iz like money; the less we hav
ov it tew spare the further we make it
go.
The tung iz really a verry fasst member
ov the boddy politick; he duz all
the talking and two-thirds ov the
thinking.
Men who invade the province ov
wimmin are alwus jeered at; and who
kanf.wimmin, when they invade the
province ov men, expekt tew eskape
the same kind ov treatment.
He who spends hiz younger days in
disapashuni iz mortgaging himself tew
disease and poverty, to inexorable
creditors, who are certain tew foreclose
at last, and take possession ov the
premises.
Thare iz menny a person who kan
set a mouse trap tew perfeckshun ; but
not satisfied with sich small game,
they undertake tew trap for bears, and
git ketched bi the bears. Moral: Studdy
yore genius, and stick tew mice.
Young man, don't marry abuve or
below yore rank; not that I think
thare iz evry virtew in rank, but there
iz custom in it, and custom often outranks
law and gospel.
Practice is nine-tenths.
Never trust much to a new friend.
Living only avails, not the having
lived.
Concentration is the secret of
strength.
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do yourself.
Trust thyself; every heart vibrates
to that iron string.
Better to die at the post of duty than
to live elsewhere.
Evil is talk d of, but good is taken
as a matter of course.
Most things that are said to be smart
will not bear analysis.
No man wa? ever strong enough to
conquer his own prejudices.
Slander is a slime which envious
people throw on others better than
themselves.
Evil talkers should be arrested for
carrying concealed weapons in their
tongues.
Knowledge, like money, increases
our responsibility in proportion to the
amount obtained.
We build barriers against the flood
tide; we should place some restraints
to all prosperity.
The man who runs from a bumble
bee may show great courage when
fighting with a lion.
Flags, brass bands and fireworks
may influence weak minds, but they
are not real arguments. 1
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Courtesy Between Husbands and
Wiyes.
I have often thought that one very
fertile cause of unhappy marriages
was the lack of courtesy Between husbands
and wives. It is quite too much
the custom to regard conventional
etiquette as absurd between two people
so closely allied ; but I like to see the
man who takes his hat off as scrupulously
on parting with his wife on
the street as if she were an acquaintance
of yesterday, who would no
more answer her brusquely than he
would reply carelessly to his hostess at
a reception. I will make a confession :
we are very fond of fine manners, we
women, and of little graceful attentions,
and I am sadly afraid that the
worthiest of his sex, who had a careless
and indifferent way of treating us,
would stand small chance of holding
our hearts beside some easy-going sin*?"*
A** iioKIa oa a nifi70n wllA
Iuc1) iol xcod v muauio mo m vaviuvu, i?
said tender and pretty things to us and
never forgot when it was the anniversary
of his wedding-day. However
"mildly and firmly," as Bret Harte
says, Mr. Rawjester may throw his
candlestick at our heads, we should
like him better if he politely lighted
our candle and held the door open for
us.
I believe it is so with men also, and
that the embodiment in one grand
creature of all the virtues of her sex
would stand less chance of a life-long
honey-moon than some gentle, persuasive
she, who cared for ribbons and
laces, and was just as assiduous to
please after years of matrimony as in
the days when her young lover came
to woo. It is not too great a sacrifice
for love's sake, surely, to listen like a
lady when one's husband speaks, even
if the stories he tells have been beard
before, and like wine that has been
corked, have a little lost their flavor.
Why, moreover, should we grudge
our words of praise to the one whom
in our hearts we best love? I will
imitate the franknees of Jean Jacques
Rousseau in my confession of female
frailties, and it is one of them to love
dearly to be praised for what we do
well; perhaps we even love to be praised
for what we do ill, but what would
be too much to expect of the most accomplished
of doing domestic courtiers.
I do not think that this love of
approval is unwholesome. It seems to
me it is one of the motive powers by
which society is governed and I do
not believe that men possess it to one
shade less a degree than we do ourselves.
Indeed, I am not advocating
insincerity. Flattens is a poisonous
air in which no good growth can flourish
; but while we are lavish in thanks
j and compliments to others, why
| should we withhold them from those
who are nearest and dearest to ub ?
Louise Chandler Moulton.
me iiara rrooiem.
I know of a boy who was preparing
to enter the Junior Class of the New
York University. He was studying
trigonometry, aud I gave him three
examples for his next lesson. The
following day he came into my room
to demonstrate his problems. Two of
them he understood; bnt the third,?a
very difficult one,?he had not per- 1
formed. I said to him, "Shall I help
you?"
"No, sir! I can and will do it, if
you give me time."
I said, "I will give you all the time
you wish."
The next day, he came into my
room to recite another lesson in the
same study.
"Well, Simon, have you worked that
example?"
" No, sir," he answered : "but I can
andwill do it, if you give me a little
more time."
"Certainly, you shall have all the
time you desire."
I always like these boys who are determined
to do their own work ; for
they make our best scholars, and men,
too. The third morning, you should
have seen Simon enter my room. I
knew he had it, for his whole face told
the story of his sucess. Yes, he had
if nnHBifhofftriHincr it had ftOflt him
many hours of the severest mental
labor. Not only had he solved the
problem, but, what was of infinitely
greater importance to him, he had begun
to develop mathematical powers,
which, under the inspiration of "I can
and 1 will," he has continued to culti- :
vate, until to-day he is professor of
mathematics in one of our largest 1
colleges, aud one of our ablest math- 1
ematiciansof his years in our coun- 1
try. i
My young friends, let your motto 1
ever be, "If I can, I will."
New England Evangelist.
Don't Toss the Baby.
The throwing a baby into the air ,
and catching mm again is always a |
risky practice, certain though the toss- ,
er may be of his quickness of eye and
sureness of hand. A sudden and unexpected
movement of the child in his
mid air flight may result in a cruel fall.
A gay young father snatched up his j
baby boy one morning and tossed him ,
to the ceiling. Twice the little fellow '
went flying through the air and came
down safely into the waiting arms. .
The third tune the excited child gave
a spring of delight as his father's
hands released him, plunged forward
and, pitching over the father's shoulder,
fell head downward to the floor.
When the poor child came out of the
stupor in whi ch he lay for hours, it
was found that, although 110 bones naa 1
been broken, the brain had sustained
an injury that would in all probability s
render the chilld an imbecile.
Another baby snatched from the I
floor and tossed into the air received j
a fatal wound in the top of the head
from the pointed ornament or a chan- i
delier. Still another child slipped be- i
tween her father's hands as he caught
at her in her downward flight, and, al- ]
though his frenzied grasp on the baby's s
arm saved her from falling to the
ground, it wrenched the muscles and 1
sinews so cruelly that the girl's arm s
was shrunken and practically useless 1
to her all her life. These are extreme
cases, but the fact of their occurring at j
all should be enough to warn one from i
the habit of relinquishing one's hold
on a child when tossing it. i
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We have seen somewhere. "St. Pe- ,
ter's Chain" linked and wedded togeth- ,
er in this way: Faith may become feeble;
therefore, add virtue. Virtue ^
may become rash; therefore, add j
knowledge. Knowledge may become
conceited ; add temperance. Temperance
may become ascetic; add patience.
Patience may become stoical;
add godliness. Godliness may become i
morose; add brotherly kindness, j
Brotherly kindness may become bigot- i
ed ; add charity. This links faith, the ]
foundation, with charity, the capstone. <
Increasing Militarism in Amcrica.
Baneful, indeed, are the effects ol
war. An evil growth continues to
spring up and trouble humanity, long
after the actual conflict has ended. A
very conspicuous and striking illustration
of tliis truth is afforded by the
history of the United States, since the
great Civil War of 1861-5. In the first
place, as to crime, an enormous increase
of almost every description of offence,
especially of violent attacks, followed
that conflict, and has been a marked
feature in America ever since, as is incon
testably shown by the statistics
published by the most eminent of
American jurists and penologists, as
for example by General BrinkerhofF,
of Ohio, who has devoted special attention
to this subject.
But, in addition, it appears that ever
since the Civil "War there has been a
steady development of the military
spirit amongst the general population.
A very intelligent English traveler,
who has repeatedly visited the United
States and has just returned from an
extensive lecturing tour through that
country, informs us that the aspect of
American life which most impressed
him, during this last journey in particular,
was the extraordinary development
of popular interest in all manner
of military shows and war-like pomps.
It seemed to him that there was a
wide-spread passion for the display of
arms and uniforms, and for marching
in long processions, with military
style and martial music. The growth
of this tendency has been very evident
during our informant's successive visits
to the States, but never more so
than recently.
" ' x xt--i.
Whilst 11 remains true iiiui me icgular
standing army of the United States
only numbers about twenty-five thousand
men, yet there are many hundreds
of thousands, not to say several millions,
of carefully-trained militia and
volunteers, in the various States,
whose evolutions and public parades
have become marked features in the
social economy of each district. Official
and popular encouragement is being
extended, in very powerful measure,
to foster the increase of these local
regiments. For example, New York
oners the large bounty of three hundred
thousand dollars (?60,000) to each
militia regiment of a certain size?usually
from 1,000 to 1,500 men?on condition
of their building an armory of
certain proportions. And in such
cases the regiment with its officers and
friends, usually subscribe a similar additional
amount. There are already
six of these large and costly armories
in New York City alone.
The very numerous pensions paid by
the Federal Government to the surviving
soldiers who fought for the North,
in the Civil War, or to their widows
or other representatives, amount, in
the aggregate, to the enormous sum of
fourteen million pounds sterling.
This wide distribution of rewards, for
participation in past warfare, holds out
a suggestive and tempting inducement
to millions of citizens to regard at
least with considerable complacency
the possible recurrence of war in the
future, with whatever nation or foe it
may happen to be waged, because it is
evident tnat any such conflict would
be followed by a further wholesale distribuiion
of pensions and other emoluments.
The training of the young to the use
of arms, or to military drill, is rapidly
extending in the United States, and is
attended by much popular approval
and admiration. Thousands of lads,
in their smart uniforms, are paraded
through the streets of cities ana towns,
from time to time, amid the enthusiasm
of their friends and crowds of interested
spectators. The adoption of
military dresses and processions is extending
among large classes of the civilian
population, as for example,
among firemen, Freemasons, clubs and
even charitable institutions. Church
parades of such bodies are becoming
increasingly frequent; and as the
brightly-dressed processions, .with
their shining arms and equipments,
and their military music, file into and
out of church or chapel, the effect produced
upon the numerous spectators
is, it may be easily imagined, anything
but favorable to sober and pacific sentiments.
In addition to all these influences of
martial tendency, there exists a large
and growing organization named the
"Grand Army of the Republic," consisting
of some four hundred thousand,
or more, of volunteers, who are banded
together to prepare themselves for
any emergency which may possibly
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arise to imperii uie luusreaus auu nutities
of the Northern States in particular.
Altogether, a huge tide of militarism
is increasingly setting in amongst this
vast nation or sixty million people?a
nation which, it is evident, can never
be conquered by any foreign invader
whatever, and which, therefore, might
reasonably rest secure from alarming
apprehensions of invasion from any
quarter. Some half dozen Peace and
Arbitration Societies are laboring faithfully
and perseveringly in the United
States to counteract, at least in some
iegree, this great current of martial
jnthusiasm, but unfortunately the influences
tending in a contrary direction
are incomparably more numerous
und extensive.?Herald of Peace.
Reflections.
Folly must hold its tongue while
wearing the wig of wisdom.
It is the foolish aim of the atheist to
scan infinitude with a microscope.
When poverty comes in at the cot*
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^ge aoor, true iove guca t?i n ?nu
IX.
A vein of humor should be made visible
without the help of a reduction
Hill.
The reformer becomes a fanatic when
tie begins to use his emotions as a subjtitute
for his reasoning faculty.
Many an object in life must be at;ained
by flank movements; it is the
sigzag road that leads to the mountain
x>p.
All the paths of life lead to the
?rave, and the utmost that we can Jdo
;s to avoid the short cuts.
The office should seek the man, but
t should inspect him thoroughly before
taking him.
Humility is most serviceable in an
jnder-garment, and should never be
worn as an overcoat.
The good Samaritan helps the unfortunate
way-farer without asking him
aow he intends to vote.
J. A. Macon, in Century.
Why does the letter R hold an enviible
position? Because it is never
'ound in sin, but always in temperance.
industry, virtue and prosperity,
[t is the beginning of religion and the
jnd of war.
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God's Short Way to Heaven.
BY 11EV. c. H. SPURGE0N.
' A young man in Edinburgh went out
* and lie thought he would speak about
Jesus to the first pereon that he met
' with. He met a Musselburg fish-wife
carrying a great load on her back. He
at once said to her:
"Here you are with your burden."
"Ay," said she.
"Well." said he, "did you ever feel a
spiritual burden?"
"Ay," said she, "that I did, long
ago, and I soon got rid of it; for I did
not go the same way to work that
John Bunyan's Pilgrim did."
"Oh," thought the young man, "I
thought that I had met with a Christian
woman, but she must be a great
heretic to talk iu that way."
"Now, said she, "Bunyan's Evangelist
that he speaks of was not half a
Gospel preacher. He was one of the
usual sort. He was not clear in the
Gospel; for when he met the poor pilgrim,
weary with his burden, he said
to him : 'Do you see that wicket-gate?'
'No,' said the man, 'I do not see it.'
Do you see that light over the gate?'
'Well,' he said, 'I think I do.' 'Now,'
he said, 'you run that way Mith your
burden.' "
"Why man," she continned, "that
was not the way to do at all. What
had the man to do with the wicketgate
or with the light over it ? What
he should have said was: 'Do you see
that cross? Look at that, and your
hnrrtAn will fall from vour shoulders.'
I looked straightway to the cross, and
Dot to the wicket-gate; and at the
cross I lost my burden.
"Now," said she, "what did the pilgrim
get by going round t? the wicketgate?
Why, he just tumbled into the
Slough of Despond, and was like to
have lost his life there."
The Cantion of the Chinese.
A returned Chinese missionary relates
the following anecdote showing
the caution of the Chinese. He says:
"During one of our examinations for
candidates for baptism at Ngukang I
observed that one woman and some
three or four young people bad the
same surname. This circumstance led
to the following conversation between
myself and one of the young men :
" 'I observe you all have the same
surname. Are you members of the
same family ?' I inquired.
' 'Yes,' one replied. 'This is my
mother, and these are my brothers.'
" 'Where is your father?' I asked.
" 'He is at home, attending to his
business.' *
" 'Does he approve of your embracing
Christianity ?'
" 'Yes, he is entirely willing.'
ii 'Why does not your father himself
become a Christian ?'
" 'He says it would not do for all the
family to embrace Christianity.'
" 'And why,' I asked, with some curiosity,
'does he think so?'
" 'He says that if we all become
Christians our heathen neighbors will
take advantage of that circumstance
to impose upon us.'
" 'How will they do that?'
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swear or fight; and father says that,
when our wicked neighbors ascertain
that we have embraced Christianity
they will proceed at once to curse us
and maltreat us. Hence father says to
us, "You may all become Christians,
but I must remain a heathen, so as to
retaliate on our bad neighbors. You
can go to the meeting and worship, but
I must stay at home to do the swearing
and fighting for the family !' "
The Power of Simple Confidence.
A young man, distressed about his
soul, had confided his difficulties to a
friend, who discerned very quickly
that he was striving to obtain everlasting
life by great efforts. He spoke of
"sincere prayers" and "heart-felt desires"
after salvation, but continually
lamented that he did not "feel any different
in spite of it all."
His friend did not answer him at
first, but presently interrupted him
with the inquiry:
"W., did you ever learn to float?"
"Yes, I did," wfs the surprised renlv.
"And did you find it easy to learn ?"
! "Not at first," he answered,
j "What was the difficulty?" his
friend pursued.
"Well, the fact was, I could not lie
still; I could not believe or realize that
the water would hold me up without
any effort of my own, so I always began
to struggle, and, of course, down I
went at once."
"And then?"
"Then I found out that I must give
up all the struggle, and just rest on the
strength of the water to bear me up.
It was easy enough after that; I was
able .to lie back in the fullest confidence
that I should never sink."
"And is not God's word more worthy
of your trust than the changeable
sea? He does not bid you wait for
feelings; He cummands you just to
rest in Him, to believe His word, and
accept His gift. His message of life
reaches down to you in your place of
ruin and death, and His worcl to you
now is : "The gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord."
(Rom. vi: 23.)?Occident.
English Pronunciations.?Abergavenny
is pronounced Abergenny.
Beauchamp is pronounced Beecham.
Bolingbroke is pronounced Bullingbrook.
Broueham is pronounced Broom.
Bulwer is pronounced Buller.
Cbohnondeley is pronounced Chumley.
Cirencester is pronounced Sissister.
Cockburn is pronounced Cobun.
Colquhoun is pronounced Cohoon.
Cowper is pronounced Cooper.
Grosvenor is pronounced Grovener.
Hawarden, Gladstone's residence is
pronounced Harden.
Holborn is pronounced Hobun.
Knollys is pronounced Knowles.
Marjoribanks is pronounced Marchbanks.
Marylebone is pronounced Marrabun.
Norwich is pronounced Norridce.
Salisbury is pronounced Sawlsbry.
St. Leger is pronounced Sillinger.
Talbot is pronounced Torbut.
Taliaferro is pronounced Tolliver.
Thames is prouounced Terns.
"YVemyss is pronounced Weems.
It is said that corncobs, when treat- i
ed as follows, make an excellent fire '
kindling: Put &ix gallons of water J
into a boiler aud one pound of saltpe- '
ter. Heat it to the boiling point, and 1
then put in as many cobs as the water '
will cover. Let them stand a short '
time, then take them out, and place in <
the sunlight until thoroughly dry, 1
when they can easily be lighted with 1
a match and will make a hot fire. 1
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Water and W?r.
The whole civilized world has been
aroused into sympathy with the people
of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and
other places in the Conemaugh Valley,
on account of the sudden desolation
and death brought to thousands of
homes by the bursting of the dam of
an artificial lake, whose waters flooded
the valley below. This lake was
not intended for any such wreckage of
life and property as it wrought, but
through carelessness or the incompetency
of engineers, it was permittea to
do so.
If our sympathies are thus aroused,
and very properly so too, on behalf of
those flood sufferers, what shall we
think of those who are stimulating inventive
genius, and investing millions
of money in the most deadly and destructive
implements that can be devised
for the destruction of human
life, and who are training and drilling
men for the greatest efficiency in the
slaughter ot their fellow men? And
he is thought worthy of double honor
who is most successful in human
slaughter.
Tho hpcjf. fripnds nf find and their
country, and the human race, are those
who are using all lawful means within
their reach to induce rulers and people
to resort to wise and peaceful Arbitration
instead of the fearful arbitrament
of war for the settlement of international
difficulties. And yet the
advocates of Peace are by many regarded
as visionary and impracticable,
because they have faith in God and in
enlightened humanity, and dare to act
upon this faith and try to induce others
to do the same. War is blind, brutal,
horrible. Arbitration is far-seeing,
sensible, humane.
The True Stepping: Upward,
In all its teachings, says the New
York Evangelist, the New Testament
attests its divine source by arraying itself
boldly and persistenly against the
accepted maxims and opinions of the
world. It is generally more positive
than polite in denouncing as sins what
the world often considers virtues, and
even highclass virtues. It insists upon
what the world ought never to have
forgotten, but which it made all possible
haste to forget as unwelcome truths
that righteous words are nothing, except
as they evidently indicate a corresponding
mind or purpose ; and that
acts which the world loudly commends
as evidences of rare Christian virtues,
amount to nothing in the sight of God
except as they are the outcome of a
heart filled with love to God and man
akin to that which the Saviour manifested
in the days of his work and
teachings, and m the hours of his
nnnli?nini?i anA nrnnifiTinn onflFhrin<?S_
DWUlglXJgO UUU VA UVAUAAVU
We do not mean that what are commonly
known aa good works, are not
better than bad ones. What we do say
is, that no one ever climbed to heaven
on any such ladder, or ever will. The
first rounds of the ladder may seem
safe and sure, but before a, climber
fairly begins to get out of sight of this
world, the whole thing will collapse
and let him down. The inspired
Apostle Paul bad, of course, a thorough
ly correct understanding of this subject.
He illustrated that understanding
in what we have as 1 Cor. xiii., a
chapter which we can profitably read
a great deal oftener than we do.
Was it a Brilliant Ylctory 7
Telegrams telling of the slaughter,
by British and Egyptian troops, of
four hundred Aiabs in one brief half
hour, are not a very gratifying prelude
to the Christmas bells, which are supposed
to sound forth the message of
"peace on earth, gaod-will to men."
As far as we have been able to grasp
the situation in the Soudan, it seems
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clear mat wuaievtr uuicicutca ut*?c
arisen between the Dervishes and the
friendly tribes might easily have been
settled by peaceful negotiations, if
these had been entered on at the proper
time, and in the proper spirit. If
this be so, a very heavy burden of
guilt rests on the British military authorities
in Egyt, as well as on the
Government at home. Well might
Sir Wilfrid Lawson exclaim in the
House of Commons:
"If this it Christianity and civilizar
tion, then civilization is a sham, and
Christianity is a mockery, a delusion,
and a unare."
We cannot help feeling that this
"brilliant victory" is, in reality,
one more dark stain on our national
escuteheon. Moreover, it brings, into
sharp relief the necessity that is laid
upon Great Britain as a professedly
Christian country to carry the Gospel
message into these regions so long devastated
by the slave trader, and the
cruel hand of war.
Haw two Men Prevented n Massacre.
BY ONE OF THEM, WHO SPENT A
LONG TIME IN CALIFORNIA.
We bad been camping out a long
time, gold-washing, and recently been
much annoyed by a tribe of Indians
in the neighborhood, ^whereupon the
party held a council and determind to
go by night and exterminate the whole
of them.
They had quite concluded upon this,
when a fine stalwart man, the boast of
the party, who neyer turned his back
at anything, stood up in the midst of
them, and with his finger on his rifle,
enquired if that was their determination.
Being informed that it was:
"Then," said he, "I have to tell you
I was born and raised a 'Friend,' and
I can be no party to such wickedness!"
Whereupon the narator himself jumped
up, exclaiming: "And I was raised
a 'Friend' too !"
They shook hands upon it in the
midst of that circle of wild and lawless
men, and by their joint protest and
determination prevented the murderous
project from being executed.
These two men had been together
four years without having the least
idea of this bond of early association,
but our informant adds: "You do
not know how the efFectof early training
lasts." The whole story shows
the value aud power of individual protest
against evil.
Dare to be a Daniel,
Dare to Htand alone;
Dare to have a purpose firm.
Dare to make It known.
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God is Alpha and Omega in the
cjreat world ; endeavor to make him so
in the little world ; make him thy evening
epilogue, and thy morning prologue,
practice to make him thy last
thought at night when thou sleepest;
ind thy first thought in the morning
when thou awakest; so shall thy fancy
be sanctified in the night, and thy understanding
rectified in the day, so
diall thy rest be peaceful, thy labors
prosperous fchy life pious, and thy
.ieuth glorious.
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The nnir in Greater than the Whole.
It would not hurt some grown-up
boys to adopt this motto, The half^ is
greater than the whole.
Here is a man making a speech. To
anybody accustomed to watch speakers
closely it is evident that he exhausted
his stock of ideas in the first ten minutes.
Instead of stopping when he
was done, he went right on and v>n
and on, floundering away with words
until everybody became tired. Now
the half of that speech would have
been greater than the whole. The
half might have been a rattling good
address, full of good pointa that everybody
could remember. The half
mignt have done good, but the whole
simply worried the audience because
what the speaker said after he was
done destroyed the good effect of
what he had said before ne was done.
It is a poor oratorical policy to keep
the bare stones running after the grist
has been ground. An Irish barrister
was once asked to explain the secret
of his success with juries. His explanation
was, "When I make a good
point, I never say anything to jostle
it" It is a pity to jostle a good point.
Good points deserve better treatment.
They are not so plentiful in most
speeches that one can afford to jostle
(hem. The half with a few good
points makes a much better speech
than the whole with no points at all.
Oratorically, as well as educationally,
the half is usually greater than the
listen K> mem ail auy icugiu. xi mey
don't they fail in attaining the object
for which they were created. If, on
the otheriiand, sermons are made for
the people, the people may possibly
have a right to say something about
their length. And if, in any case, the
people think the half would be greater
than the whole, perhaps it would be
as well to giye them the half.
The half of many a tea-meeting
would be much greater than the
whole. Up to a certain pointthe meeting
is interesting and profitable.
Then it begins to drag. Half a dozen
brethren are aaked to make "a few remarks,"
because they are present and
be offended if not asked. They begin
by informing the long suffering audience
that they have nothing to say,
and then take an hour to illustrate the
fact. No human being doubted their
word. No illustration was needed.
Then came wearisome votes of thanks
to everybody. The half of that meeting
would have been greater than the
whole.
The poor old Pope of Bome is in terrihip
fttrnnv. and manv of his followers
are in a frenzy. Bruno, a philosopher,
was burned by order of the Inquisition
in 1600. The Italians have recently
roused to a sense of what they
think was his worth. They erected a
monument to his memory, on which
they placed a statue of the philosopher.
It was unveiled with imposing
ceremonies in the presence of thirty
thousand people on June 9. This was
in Home, and in hearing of the thunders
of the Vatican. The Pope protested
and wept, refused to see anybody,
and passed three days absorbed
in prayer?all to no purpose. The
people rejoiced. The statue was evidence
of better times than the days of
the Inquisition, otherwise the leaders
themselves would have had the faggots
piled around them. The Pope
and his emissaries see in this demonstration
the hopelessness of the restoration
of the temporal power, and evidence
of the weakening of the idea of
spiritual sovereignty in the minds of
the people. The present ruler in the
Vatican expected to distinguish his
pontificate by securing temporal reign
over Italy, thus re-opening the way
for universal reign ; but his hopes are
gone. Poor old man!
The Reason Why.?The question,
"Why is a dram-drinker's nose red ?"
is answered by Dr. J. B. Johnson, of
Washington, D. C., who says:
"The dram-drinker's heart beats
about thirteen times oftener in the
minute than the heart of one who does
not drink alcohol. The arteries in
consequence of this increased heart action,
carry the blood to the nose quicker
than the veins carry it back. The
blood therefore becomes congested in
the overfilled vessels, and the ones,
and face as well, thus becomes habitually
red. So stagnant is this blood,
that when the dram-drinker's nose
meets a sudden curreut of cold air it
immediately turns purple, and so remains
until warm air restores the red
color. So the red nose is caused by
congestion. Every organ in the body
is in a similar state?a warning of an
impending fate not to be avoided."
The stomach of drinker, says Dr. Sewell,
is in a bad state also.
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The widow who was mourning the
loss of her husband, exclaimed:
"There is nothing left for me now but
to enter a convent, for all is vanity."
"Let us hope not," remonstrated a
friend. "You are still beautiful, and a
widow of thirty years?" "Twentynine,
if you please, sir," interrupted '
the unconsoled.
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whole.
There are many sermons of which
it might be said that the half would be
greater than the whole. How often
you hear it said of a preacher, "Oh. if
he had just stopped at that point,
what a splendid impression the sermnn
wrmlri hava made." Rot he
didn't stop. With the best motives
imaginable the good man went on and
destroyed the good effect of his own
sermon. It is a great pity tjo see a
good sermon spoilt by anybody, but it
is more than a pity to see it spoiled by
the man who had the labor of making
it.
Why should any sane preacher spoil
his own sermon ? Why not stop
when the impression is at its best ? It
is not so easy to stop. A man speaking
cannot measure . time accurately
Twenty minutes may seen longer to
the hearer than an hour to the speaker.
Besides, most preachers have arranged
to say a certain number of things.
These things are in their manuscripts,
or in notes, and they don't want to
wind up until they have said them.
The people don't care a straw what a
man has in his manuscript or in his
notes. They want a good sermon,
woundup in reasonable time. The
preacher thinks he ought to give them
all he has prepared. The people don't
want quite that much. At this point
a difference of opinion about the length
of sermoDs often arises. The people
think the half would be greater than
the whole, but the preacher thinks
otherwise. Behind the question of
length lies another,?Are the people
made for the sermon or the sermon for
the people? If the people were created
for the sole purpose of listening to
sermons, then of course they should
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v: ZM
Sine? Dee. 15, 1857, Richard Simmons
has carried the mails between
the Central Railroad and the Syracuse
Poet-offlce. He began with a wheelbarrow,
then adopted a hand-cart, and
at length had to take a horse and wagon.
For twenty years he has driven ,
the same horse, which is known about
town as "Old Snowball," and which is
now thirty years old. Mr. Simmons
has also grown old, has thrown up bis V*
contract, and tied "Old Snowball" up Vin
the stable, where he says the hone.
shall remain as long as he lives. But : i
the horse does not like it, and at the
hours for gathering the mails he be* - ^
comes restive, tries to break his halter,
and get out on his old route. Flf- V ?
teen collections have been made daily ; V'
for some time, and the horse wonla
make them as well alone as with the '%
master. The Sunday route was differ- ^
ent from other days, but the old hone
seemed to tally off the days of the
week in his head, and never made mistakes.??7^
Sun (N. Y.)
English scientific men have been. ^
convinced of the truth and practical >/ r?
worth of Pasteur's system of Inoculation
against hydrophobia. Statistics
QTm oTiaiitti nf flio aIooo nf - '.irv
from 60 to 80 per cent, die, the number
has been reduced at the Institute in
Paris to less than 4 per cent. Professor
Huxley says, after investigation, (hat
Pasteur has made to the world ''con- ^
tributions of knowledge which are not
measurable by money values, * * -*
and that if any man has earned the
praise and honor of his fellows, such a
man is M. Louis Pasteur." "We, .
shall never forget the sufferings and
agonizing ravings of a boy of eleven
years of age, son of one of our wealthiest
parishioners, who died of this awful
disease from the bfte of one of
those abominations, the petted, enervated,
morbid, bedroom poodle.
A Good Reply.?A story is told in
the life of Dr. Robertson, of Irvine,
concerning a maiden lady named Miss
Kirkwood, who was exceedingly smart '
at repartee.
On one occasion, when a probationer
of many years' standing, he was visiting
at the house, and was pacing np
and down the floor, while Miss Kirkwood
sat busy with her knitting-nee- rt
dies. Stopping in his walk, and laying
his hand on her shoulder, he
l(Vmi anil T aM Innfc alltcfl. MlfH ' v6
Kirkwood; you never got a husband
and I never got a kirk."
' 'How many had y?n? .\\&$?
she quickly asked.
"On," he said. "I never received a
call at alL"
"Then don't you be evenln' yourself
to me," was her reply.
Do not manifest impatience.
Do not readily engage in argument.
Do not interrupt another when
8PD?not find fault, though you may
^Do not*talk of your private, personal
or family matters.
Do not appear to notice inaccuracies
of speech in others.
Do not allow yourself to lose temper
or to speak excitedly. 7'-???S
Do not allude to unfortunate peculiarities
of any one present
Do not always commence a conversation
by allusion to the weather.
A nnnrt?won rPf'ATlflv nhoflfill A
deacon of a church. When'it became ? ^
his doty to take up a collection, he earwith
the characteristic^ ejaculation,
"Tickets, gentlemen P' The contribution
that day was large.
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Dividing the Camels.?A very $
pretty arithmetical puzzle is given in
the form of an anecdote, which may *
be new to some of our readers.
A Persian died, leaving seventeen
camels to be divided among his three
sons in the following proportions: the
eldest to have half, the second a third,
and the youngest a ninth. Of course,
camels cannot be divided into fractions,
so, in despair, the brothers submitted
their difficulty to Mohammed T i
Ali.
"Nothing easier!" said the wise All;
"I'll lend you another camel to make
eighteen, and now divide them yourselves.
''
The result was that the eldest broth- * ',si
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er received nm? uuuws, uivaswuuH>,
and the third two: while Ali received
his own camel back again.
Although changes may have taken . jH
place in the outward appearance of the . ,,
papacy, it is the same in spirit as it
was three hundred years ago. The
Pope has convened a Consistory to denounce
the action of the Italian people
in erecting a statue to Giobdano
Bruno, and the Roman Catholic press
in this country sympathizes with his
holiness in his hostility to this pro*
ceeding. The head of the Roman
Catholic Church burned this Italian
thinker merely for holding heretical
opinions, and the present Pope indorses
the act, and the whole body of
Catholics coincides. Would it be safe
to trust the Church of Rome with temporal
power while it continues to hold
such sentiments ?
.ntLToanif. acitfttion in Canada ;;
JLJJC auurvvwu*.
is gaining in breadth and force, and is
likely to make itself a leading element
in the politics of oar Northern neighbors
for some time to come. It is not
only a protest against Jesuit interference
in the civil affairs of the Dominion,
but resentment of the insolence
which has marked the transaction.
"The Pope," says Cardinal Simeon in
his correspondence with the Canadian
Premier Mercier, "allows the G overnment
to retain the proceeds of the sale
of the Jesuit's estates as a special deposit
to be disposed of hereafter with
the sanction or the Holy See." If the
Protestantism of Canada has the temper
of that of this country a condition
of things that makes sucn correspondence
possible will not long remain,
A pastor who will draw is in great
demand. The pernicious custom of
looking to the pastor alone to attract
the people and hold them has been the
ruin of some churches. The pastor
cannot All the house. He will do well
if he fills the pulpit. The church
members must fill the pews. This
they can do by being present at every
service, and by inviting others, and by
treating strangers in such a way that
they will desire to return, and by praying
and laboring for the conversion of
souls. If none are drawn to the
church except those whom the min later
draws, there will be few remalnl ng
when he is gone. It is far more i mportant
to have a drawing church than,
a drawing pastor.
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