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j ( The Press and Banner. Twelve I3a<^as. . By HUGH WILSON. ABBEVILLE, S.C. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1889. iwcujm i up. im??b?o?jir?oro??? The Hou^li Dlainnixi. Two stones lay on a lapidary's (able. They were brothers, though one knew not the fact. How was it possible for / the rough, un-dshily lump to imagine that it had anything in common?except (by accident) situation?with the sparkling gem it almost touched? The rough diamond sighed, and with the courage of persona! d-.spair spoke: "If I could shine like you for just one day, I think I would be content, and never trouble what happened afterwards ; but that is quite out of the question. Ugh ! how ugly I am !" Was it that a bright sunbeam kissed at that instant the polished jewel, or * . was it that a smile trickled over all its wL brilliant facets. It was not a haughty y gem. it nau suriereu iuu wuiu m reason for that. It made grave and enigmatical reply: "Who kuows? You may surpass me yet." "Never!" And the thing did seem impossible. But the half-amused, half-sympathizing friend had no opportunity to explain, for the lapidary had come back, and his hand speedily lifted the uncut stone out of sight and hearing of its fellow. / To what keen, racking agony was not the rough diamond subjectedHow the wheels flew! How all the world became a whirring chaos! A bitter punishment surely for being plain?as if want of beauty was a fault the stone itself might have mended, yet had refrained ! And how prolonged the terrible, excruciating ordeal! Yes: but when next the two gems met, as they ui? ere iou<;, me reinsurance which hail once been so emphatically refused was entirely justified. "You are indeed a more flawless gem than myself," said the unenvious companion ; "it is our master's verdict." Richest beauty has been won unawares?by submission. Faith and Character. The faith that has so much to do with the formation of a true character is more than mere opinion. It is J something warmer than any intellectual belief?something that touches the i affections and daily hopes; and yet we 1 all do well to guard ourselves, even here, lest the ground of our re.igiou ovn?ri?ndft bemerelv evanescent feel ing. It is not unusual that the very indi viduals who deem themselves in the least danger of failing upon one of these extremes are really in the greatest peril. Tendencies to an undue exaltation of the intellect in spiritual concerns, are often present when we least expect it; while, on the other hand, that service which men render to God chiefly because of the happiness produced by it is, without their realizing it, positively hurtful to religions nlinrnfiler. Watchfulness in all things is the price of all character-building?watch- ' fulness through the Spirit's aid ; In the ' .habitual mindfulness of our own 1 weakness; in a growing desire to be wholly the Lord's; in an habitua^ ' spirit of supplication, and in a lively 1 sense of the present intercessions of 1 Jesus in our behalf. _ 1 Jesus.?Oh, He is a sweet Master! , One smile from Jesus sustains my soul ^ m amid all the storms and ft owns of this ^ world. Pray to know Jesus better, j Have no other righteousness, no other , strength, but only Jesus. Oh, for ful- , liess out of Him! Keep looking then to Jesus, dear soul, and you will have the p*jace that pas.?etli all understanding. Cleave you to Jesus; be joined to Him by faith, and you shall be one spirit; yo-.' shall be made warm and vigorous and full of activity of Ciod's service.?M'Cfoinc. Civilization Will Xot Always Menu Hum. That the Iudians are capable of civilization has been abundantly proved by the Cherokees. There are about! 25,000 of them, of whom half are full j blood. Thirty-five per cent, of the national income is spent upon schools, and fifteen per cent, upon asylums. Tliey have a written language, and claim that every citizen can read audi write. Besides tbe common schools they have four excellent academiesi and each child is allowed a large sum each year for its schooling. Think of a city among us with 25,000 inhabitants thus equipped for education! They lack one mark of civilization, however, they have no saloons, and boast of less drinking among them than among a like number in any oth- ' er community. By this sad lack some 1 of our statesmen may be discouraged J , with respect to further attempts to civ- ] + lize theredmeD. 1 Iiiterprtati on. The lamp burned low, the hour was late, The embers died within the grate, Yet with an anxious brow she sale, And questioned keenly of the day Just closed, that had been toiled away In work that would not brook delay. "I had notmennt,'' she sighed, "tosee It slip my grasp, and yet. there be No separate duty done for thee! "This little trustful sleeper here, Who clogs me with a love so dear, How could I keep my conscience clear? "So, \i orking with such full accord, As finds therein its own reward, I've left no margin for my .Lord." Just then the golden head was stirred, As in its ne.-t a crooning bird; And then her voice siie dreamed she heard "O, sister, such a dream I had! So sweet and strange, it made me glad? '"Because the king of all the land Hail sent the people his command To tiring hiin, each, a gift in hand. "And in my dream I saw you there, And liciini you >ay, 'No hands win bear A gift that are so liiled with care.' " 'What care?' the king ?aid; and he smiled To hear you answer, walling wild : 'I only toil to leed a child!' "And then with such a look divine (T was that awaked me with its shine) He whispered, 'l!ut the child is mine!' " She sprang to clasp, with arms outthrown, The little dreamer.: all was lone And hushed; the dream had been lier own ! Margaret J. J'rexton. <*?? Mother's Responsibilities. Few mothers reflect tliat the family is merely a school for husbands and wives, says The Rural New Yorker. What sort of men make the best husbands? Those who as boys had the best mothers. The boy who will criticise his mother's speech or dress, who will find fault with her coffee, or bread. will do the same with the woman who may be so unfortunate as to give her life's happiness into his hands. A seltish man may be drawn out of his selfishness through a few weeks' courtship, but wait until .'he wear and worry of married life comes on, and he will inevitably settle back into it. Love seldom radically changes a nature. Only the grace of God can do that, and it takes more grace, I often think, than many people get hold of. urni. . I 4. i I 1 T JJ ine oesmusoauu i e\ei me., the author of "John Halifax," came out of a family where the mother, a most heroic and self-denying woman, laid down the absolute law 'Girls first;' not in authority, but first to be thought of in protection and tenderness. Consequently the chivalrous care which those lads were t.-uglit to show to their sisters uatuially extend itself to all women. They yew up true gentlemen?gentlemen, generous, unexacting, courteous of speech, and kind of heart." It was while reading the above that it occurred to me how truly the mother molds and forms the future husband. It is a faithful responsibility, I grant you, sisters, but the reward is a rrlnriniio alio Tf vnn vmir cmiiu to yield generously to shield and protect them manfully and lovingly, not ,>nly do they make better husbauds, jut the sisters who have been so cared for will look for the same courtesy, jhivalry and tenderness in the men ;hey marry, and will be satisfied with nothing less. Right here I want to give a quota* :ion from Shakespeare which occurs ;o me. There isn't any special connection of sequence in it, except that not hers would do well to have their laughters commit to memory this single passage, if no other, from the world's greatest poet. It speaks for tself, and comment is unnecessary: "And whilst thou livest, dear Kate, :?ke a fellow of plain and uncoined :onstaucy, for he perforce must do the right, because he hath not the gift to; woo iii other places : for these fellows :>f infinite tongue, that can rhyme themselves into ladies' favors, they do ilways reason themselves out again. What! a speaker is not a prater; a rhyme is but a ballad. A good leg will fail; a straight back will stoop n black beard will turn white; a curled pate will grow bald; a full eye will wax hollow ; but a good heart, Kate, is the sun and moon, or rather the sun and not the moon ; for it shines bright and never changes, but keeps its course truly.''?Exch a nyc. Cowardly men are often cruel. Those whose nerves are so sensitive that they shrink from the slightest prospect of pain ought to be very careful IlllVnr td nniii nooillooal.i ?"? <?v ? VI v** I1UUVU I'UIII UCCUltoaiJ \'U others; but, strange to say, they are not always so considerate. Brave men are usually remarkable for kindness. It is *aid of Sir John Franklin that he would not kill a fly. Although tormented by them, especially when tak" ing observations, he would patiently desist and carefully remove the intruders without injuring them. The quality of kindness is largely a habit, and tbe result of patient and thoughtful milfiim onr? r?nir?1t\r it: nnl- nnfuvnl ? V...J IW1U.UI to some persons, but is greatly augmented by carelessness; but real heroes have mastered themselves. ZS'o terror affrights them, and no suffering in other creatures affords them pleasure. I cannot but think that the world would be better and brighter if our teachers would dwell on the duty of happiness, as well as on the happiness af duty ; for we ought to be as cheerful as we can, if only because to be bappy ourselves is a most effectual contribution to the happiaees of others. Subjection. It not infrequently happens that dominating and masterful men select as wives women who are quite waling to be dominated. So harmony reigns in the family for a time. By and by when children are born inheriting the will of the father, but who must be brought up largely by the mother, there is possibly an interruption of the harmony, and then the mother finds her bands full. With a sturdy self-willed boy to control, to train, to bring into line and keep in line, how shall she, accustomed to be led and to follow, manage him ? The answer to this question cannot too early in the life of her child engage her attention. Children are creatures of habit. A child who from his earliest days (not years) has been accustomed to submit to a wise control, who has had channels, for his various necessities and activities wide and deep enough marked out for him, will not oe iiueiy to overleap tnose channels? will have very little temptation to do so. His will may have occupation given it in the marshaling of his toys, in the achievement of some childish enterprise, but never in a contest with his mother's will whenever it can be avoided. A mother with no power to command, but who has a very self-willed boy, was telling us the other day how she managed him. When she had her first contest with liinu she saw plainly that she would be beaten if the battle went on. So she quietly withdrew from the field, telling the boy that when he had decided to do as she wished he might come to her, and turning the key in the door left him alone. In a short time lie Had conquered himself, and signified his willingness to obey ' his wishes. This course she said invariably produced the desired effect, but such was the tender love between the mother and child that it had to be resorted to with less and less frequency as the years went on. Another mother in like case was accustomed, whenever contests arose between her and any one of her children, to take the contestant apart and pray with him or her, and this course proved to be a good one. The Christian mother with the Bible in her hand ought not to shrink from flm ilntip? involved in the ITOV ernment of a family. If she carefully instills into the minds and hearts of her children the commands and precepts of the Scriptures with regard to obedience to parents, and is careful that all her commauds shall be in harmony with right and truth, she will have small trouble in securing prompt and cheerful obedience. The fear of the Lord will constrain them, and most wholesomely, to conform themselves to parental authority. Mow Assurance i*to l?e Attained. flnn Rnvinr nrpsf-ribps men an unfail ing method to assure themselves of the truth of this doctrine (John vii: 17). "If any one," says He, "will do the will of the Father, he shall know of My doctrine, whether It be of God, or whether I speak of Myself." If men could but be brought to look upon the agenta of Christianity as suitable! they would never judge the crcdenda of it irrational. There is a strange intercourse aud mutual corroboration between faith and practice. For as belief first encases nractice. so practice strengthens aud confirms belief. The body first imparts beat to the garment, but the garment returns it with advantage to the body. God beams in peculiar evidences and discoveries of the truth to such as embrace it in their affections and own it, in their actions. This note from Lord Macau lay may be serviceable to some of the Ad coca tc readers. At any rate, it is an interesting reminiscence of the great historian : When a boy I began to read very earnestly, but, at the foot of every page I read, I stopped and obliged myself to give an account of what I had read on that page. At first I had to read it three or four times before I got my mind firmly fixed. ?But I compelled myself to comply with the plan, until now, after I have read a book through once, I can almost recite it from beginning to the end. It is a very simple habit to form early in life, and is valuable as a means of making our reading serve the best purpose. Four, nil liu<l. Four kinds of bud examples do us luirm: (1) Those we imitate; (2) those we proudly exult over; (3) those which drive us into an opposite extreme ; and (4) those which lower our standard. A man is always in danger of being satisfied, and perhaps (more than satisfied, if he does but excel and excellence is relative. Whence it comes that bad examples do much the greater amount of evil among those who do not follow them. For one who is corrupted by becoming as bad as a bad example, there are ten that are de. based by becoming content with being better. Prayer and Power. '/he Cfiristian truly says : "Multi tudes of men and ministers may trace their failure to their prayerlessnes*?. They are eloquent but they do not pray. They are enterprising, but they do not frequent the mercy-seat. They belong to secrets societies and clans, but they do not know the secret of the Lord which is with them that fear him. Thoy may have education and and all that learning can give them, l*iif wJtlinnf irill 1?a liL*u o WWW VA lugj Hlli iil\C U sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal. They may be abundant in labor, fervid in speech, and zealous in works, but all this will not avail unless they have that power and that presence which only comes in answer to prayer. French 'Glory/' "I never felt more miserable, or more indignant, or more disgusted in my life, than when I went to Versailles, this year, to see the great palace ot tlic kings of France, dedicated, as they said, 'to the glories of France.' I found that there were twenty miles of pictures. 1 did not walk all the twenty miles, but I walked a good many of them, and I was wading through blood all the time. Blood! blood! blood! everywhere. I wa9 horrified when I saw the youths and maidens of France walking through these crowded buildings, and every picture suggesting to them the accursed idea that the true glory of France was to be fouud iu killing people. Not a single picture repesenting peace, did I see." H. Pkice Hughes. Zenl in Scrvice. "The Devil held a great anniversary |at which his emissaries were convened to report the results of their several missions.' 'I let loose the wild beasts of the desert,' said one, 'on a caravan of Christians, and their hones are now bleaching on the sands.' "What othat?" 'I drove the east wind,' said another. 'n?rainst a shin freighted with Christians, and they were all drowned.' 'Whatof that?' said the Devil; 'their sduIs were all saved.' 'For ten years I tried to get a single Christian asleep,' said a third, 'and I succeeded and left him so.' Then the Devil shouted and the night stars of hell shouted for joy." I have been intensely interested in the articles in The Christian by "A Missionary." Is there not a danger, lest we lay down one standard of right for the missionaries abroad, and a different one for ourselves at home. Perhone u'ft n?nv fin finrrnmnnr nmnfallv with all we have read in these about the self-abnegation, the zeal, the heroism requisite amongst thofee who go to preach in "the dark places of the earth," yet have not sufficiently brought home to our own consciences the remembrance that Christ called all his disciples to take up the daily cross, and follow Him. I believe there is to each of us the danger of forgetting that we ought not to expect more of the missionaries in the path of self-denial than we are willing to practice ourselves. + They had just begun their courtship or?/l uravQ QiiMnnrSnnr An f V* ft ivotvlftn rrntft iiuvt h vi v uu Iiiv ^uiv?vii beneath the silent stars and they were silent, too, for they were yet in the dawning of young love and scarce knew what to say to each other. The silence became embarrassing and she said: "I must go in." ' What's your hurry?" "Oh, we're just like two fools swinging here and saying nothing." "I don't know what to talk about." "Well, I must so in." "Wait a moment. Say, you must be awfully troubled by the llit-s in summer time." UJOM "Yes; they must light 011 you in swarms." "Sir?" "Because vou're so awful sweet." She didn't go in. The Japenese hitch their horses in the street by tying their forelegs to gether. Wo cannot expect perfection in any one, but we may demand consistency of every one. ^ O Some one of large experience says there are no less than eight hundred aud twenty-seven different terms in the English language which express the state of being in love. An old lady from New Bedford visited Boston recently for the first time j umiwiuiu viewing uie aiuuLinms ??i | the public garden, w:is pointed out the; bronze statue of Charles Sumner. "Well, I declare," the old lady remarked, "I never knew Sumner was a colored man before." In the early age of Rome women were prohibited from using wine, and hence their near relations were allowed to salute them with a kiss, in order that they might ascertain by the sense of smell if they had been drinking it. They were so fond of it, however, that Romulus, the first King, made a law that a husband might lull his wife for drinking. What Others Say. Sunday School Times. The higher a man's ideal of desira- < ble attainment for himself or for others, the higher is likely to be his and J their measure of actual attainment; i I vot at. Hip unnip tinui tlio locc libt.1tr lio .7 ~ ""V1J i9 to be satisfied with the measure of I attainment thus secured. In other 1 words, the larger prominence a man gives to the work yet to be doue, the lesser prominence he gives to that which is done. A good illustration of this truth is found in the feeling of a punctual minister in Indiauna, in view of the unpunctuality of the people of his charge. Writing of a recent Editorial 2sote on the subject of punctuality, in these pag^s, he says: In the main, I agree with the positions you take in your editorals. But I am constrained to difi'er from the position you take on the question of punctuality. You say, "He who would have punctuality in others must himself be punctual," to which I do not particularly object. You say : "If the service is announced for two o'clock, for example, that service ought to be well under way by one mi mite past two." I have practiced that rule constantly for nearly twentynine years, Every member of my church thoroughly well understands that there never is, and never will be, a delay of two seconds when the bell ceases to toll. Then you add: "That method of doing will secure punctuality from any people, anywhere." I beg your pardon. "That method of doing" has never secured punctuality in three parishes I have served, except on the part of people who wilMbe punctual in any circumstances. But they have had the example of punctuality set before them constantly. My conclusion in reference to this matter is, that tardiness is a habit and nothing else. If some people are ever in season at a religious service, ?t will be because they make a mistake, or the clock is ahead of time. My conviction lor years has been that, it a prayer-meeting were appointed at nine o'clock at night, there would be no preceptible difference in punctuality of attendance. In short, people are not punctual, because they do not care to be ; and neither example, nor exhortation, nor entreaty, will produce the least effect in overcoming tue force of inveterate habit. Bishop Turner, of the A. M. E. 1 Church, in Nashville Advocate: "Slavery was a providential institution, not a divine institution ; for if it had b en, it would have been as eternal as any attribute of the Godhead. One is temporary and contingent, the other immutable and eternal. God was not asleep nor oblivious to passing events, when the negro was being captured and brought to this country, aud subjected to a state of unrequited servitude. He knew the horrors of their past and their present condition, and 1 foresaw the grand sequel which await ' ed the termination of their slave or- '' deal. God knew .hat the slave regime, although exceedingly pyrotech- 1 nical at times, was the most rapid transit fnom barbarism to Christian civilization for the negro. Xegro as I ' am, and being thoroughly acquainted i with the characteristics of my race, I am frank to make this declaration, odd ] as it may seem to many." i A p:iper must receive patronage in I order to be first-class and first class patronage consists in a man's paying his subscription in advance. In nearly | every town there are people who are willing to lend their moral support to a newspaper, but in a final wind-up ] moral support doesu't pay for print, 1 paper or ink. There are people who come in and subscribe to help you along, but who fail to think that un- ! less they pay for their paper they are asking you to lend them so much cash. St. Louis Ch. A'l. Where hundreds of children attend the Sunday-school, and only one in ' twenty remains to the church service, there is a radical defect somewhere?a ' defect in the pulpit, or the Sunday- 1 school or the family?where? tartriugo 10 un tne naves. A cartridge li?.s beeu invented by Mr. Albert fcl. Walker, which, when filled with oil acd discharged, will paci y tlu roughest sea. She receptacle is of ordinary cartridge size, but it is made of heavy paper, and weighted at the further end with a siiall p ece of lead. It wiil hold about two ounces of oil. It is fitted in an ordinary cartridge shell, and fastened to it by means of cotton shreds. The cartridge is put into a breechloader and the trigger is pulled. The cotton connecting the cartriilrrp with th<? sihpll iu iirnitPfl liv fli(? < ?..w ? .D ? powder. It is burned, and the car- . tridge tilled with oil, is sent spinning ( c way over the waves. Then, at any point the navigator may wish, the car- 1 tridge, because of the lead at its head, ; will sink into the waves. By means ] of these cartridges a path an tighth of a mile broad can be made through the heaviest of seas .?London Court Jour- 1 nal. i Two students, walking down the road, 1 Saw donkeys coming with their load. r The boys were full of fun. "Good-day, Mother of asses!" shouted they; \ But mother wit put down their pride, "Good-day, my children," she replied. ? The Shiftless Farmer. The following interesting picture is 3raw 11 by an exchange : The shiftless farmer has a lifelong imbitiou to gain a reputation for wear- ^ ing a dirty shirt. He will alarm the neighborhood by getting up two hours before day and then sit around and not go to work uutil after sun-up. He will ride around a week looking for a $2 hog. He will complain of hard times, then tear his pants climbing over a fence where a gate ought to be. He will pay S3 for a new bridle, an<l then let the calf chew it to pieces before Suu day. He gets all his neighbors to help in getting a cow out of the bog, then let her die from want of attention. She will get in and destroy his crops at a place in his fence that he has been putting oft' fixing for six months. He will sprain his back lifting something to show how strong he is. He will go in his shirt-sleeves'^ on a cold day to show how much he can stand, and then return home at night and occupy two-thirds of the fireplace till bed-time. He will ridicule the mechanism of a corn-planter, then go out and smash his thumb nailing a board on the fence. 1-Ie will go to town on Saturday and come home with 50 cents worth of coffee, a paper of pi us and a dollar's worth of chewing tobacco. XJa i n AAAM A VW% < /?A 1 a J. .. * ? jlic cuuuuuiiuai j ccuuuuj) ir> ilia forte; he will save 10 cents worth of axle-grease and ruin the spindle of a $70 wagon. He won't subscribe for a newspaper, but will borrow from his friend and forget to return it. ?. A Good Cow.?The "minister in search of a cow" assorts that a good cow, like a good business man, will have some visible assets. If she has much milk, she will have a place to keep it in. she should have a good, generous udder, which is shapely after milking, its four sections keeping seperate individually and maintaining the 'square" formation. If it at all falls together, like an old glove, she may have any amount of indorsements, but she won't have milk. The minister's hints may serve as a guide to other and more secular people. A good suggestion.?"Mamma," 3U1U ^\111CU| JL lUlt't? jJJUjeid and the Lord answered two of them. Do you think He will answer the other ? "I think He will ruy dear. What were the prayers ?" "One was that he would make you well, and you're not sick any more. Another was that he would make papa more kind." Yes, dear. Now what was the third ? "I prayed that God would keep us children from quarreling; but He hasn't answered that yet, for Daisy and I quarreled dreadful to-day." "Ah, my son, you will have to help rlioT.nr/l t/% onenrnv tlmt " I have lived tu know that the secret of aappiness is never to allow your energies to stagnate. He who reigns within himself, and rules passions, desires, and fears, is aiore than a king. I would give nothing for that man's religion, whose very dog and cat are ut the better for it. Wickedness may prosper for a while; but, in the long run, he who sets knavesat work will pay them. Prosperity often makes a man a vor tcx instead of a fountain, so instead of throwing out he learns to draw in. The tale-bearer and the tale-hearer should both be hung up back to back, ane by the tongue and the other by the jars. All of lis who are worth anything 3pend our manhood in unlearning the follies or expiating the mistakes of youth. Personal work for Christ is a vague expression. Go and do something for some needy fellow creature. That is definite. The work you have to do in the counting-house, in the shop, or, wherever you may be, is that b\ which you are to serve God. Poverty is a disease, says Dr. JIc Lilyiin, and to tliis definition tiie .\e\v York Tribune aptly replies: "Perhaps, but if the patient treat it with hypodermic injection of honesty and steady applications of industry, it can be overcome." For want of tools and materials to work with many boys grow up without the least knowledge of their use, und consequently without the development of any mechanical ability that they may naturally have been posossed of. Every farmer's boy should have a knowledge of practical machines, so far, at least, as tbey apply to agriculture. And he should have in opportunity of acquiring the skill in flinii* nnnlS^oiinn fn vfl Lig^UUU 1U tLiv.li u^iivutivii vv mv rious departments of farm work, rhe work- shop is a great practical edjcator, and should be a permaneut injtltution on every farm.