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BEV. DR. TAMAGE. ! I
f i ,THE BROOKLYN DIVINE'S SUN- 1 DAY SERMON. ? ' E Sut>jeci: "A Great Woman." 1 f Text : "And it fell on a 'lay that Elisha ? jxissed to Shunem, where was a great wo- r man."?II Kings iv.. 8. s j The hotel of our time had no counterpart f jln any entertainment of olden time. The vast majority of travelers must then be en- > .tertained at private abode. Here comes ^ Elisha, a servant of the Lord, on a divine e mission, and he must find shelter. A. bal- ii cony overlooking the valley Esdraelon is of- a rfered him in a private house, and it is es- t .peoially furnished for his occupancy?a chair h tosit on. a table from which (o eat, a candle- h stiok by which to read and a bed on which to n slumber?the whole establishment belonging to a great and good woman. ti Her husband, it seems, was a Rodly man, t: but he was entirely overshadowed by his C wife's excellencies, just as now you some- ti times find in a household the wife the centre s of dignity and influence and power, notijy h nr rirocnmnllnn hut bv h oujr onu^nuvD vi p* f superior intellect and force of moral nat* .re t . wielding domestic affaira and at the sahie s [time supervising all financial and business 'affairs, tbe wife's hand on the shuttle, on the c [banking house, on the worldly'business, a jYou see hundreds o* men who aresuoeessful b only because there is a reason at home why n they are successful. t If a man marry a good, honast soul, he x makes his fortune. If he marry a fool, the r Lord help b'.m! The wife may be the silent j partner in the firm, there may be only t masculine voices down on exchange, but a there oftentime comes from the home circle E a potential and elevating influence. E This woman of my text was the superior of s her husband. He, as far as I can under- , Stand, was what we often see in our day?a p man of largo fortuna and only a modicum of ( brain, intensely quiet, sitting a long while in the same place without moving hand or foot ?if you say "yes," responding "yes if you say "no," responding "no"?inane, eyes lialf at*:, mouth wide open, maintaining his position in society only because he has a h large patrimony. But his wife, my text says, c was a great woman. h Her name has not come down to us. She t! belonged to that collection ot people who v need no name to distinguish them. What I would title of duchess or princess or queen? jj what would escutcheon or gleaming diadem v ?be to this woman of my text, who, by her t 'Intelligence and her behavior, challenges the ? admiration of all ages? Long after the brilliant women of the court of Louis XV have been forgotten, and the brilliant women of p [the court of Spain have been forgotten, and e 'the brilliant women who sat on mighty thrones have been forgotten, some grandfather will y Iput on his spectacles, and holding the book o the other side the light read to his grandchil- a .'dren the story of this great woman of Shu- p nem who was so kind and oourteous and o Christian to the good prophet ELLsha. Yes. d she was a great woman. o ' In the first place, she was great in her e hospitalities. Uncivilized and barbarious g nations honor this virtue. Jupiter had the surname ot the hospitable, and he was said d especially to avenge the wrongs of Strang- <5 vr>. HUIUCI CAiHH.U ll 1U UU| II The Arabs are punctilious upon this subject, <* and among some of their tribes it is not until o the ninth day of tarrying that the occupant n has a right to ask his guest, "Who and 31 whence art thou?" If this virtue is so hon- c oredeven among barbarians, bow ousjbt it to be honored among those of us who believe ? in the Bible, which commands us to use hos- ri pitality one toward another without grudg- fi lag? a \ Of course I do not mean under this cover tl *0 give any idea that I approve of that va- g grant class who go around from place to 0 place ranging their whole lifetime perhaps ^ under the auspices of some benevolent or philanthropic society, quartering themselves f< on Christian families, with a great pile of n trunks in the hall and car pet bag portentous of d tarrying. There is many a country parson- o age that looks out week by week upon the 91 ominous arrival 0! wagon with creaking u wheel and lank horss and dilapidated driver, a come under the auspices of some charitable t< institution to spend a few weeks and canvass the neighborhood. Let no such religious a: fvamno tolfa Af fhia haailHflll VIP tne of Christian hospitality. ei Not so much the sumptuousnes or your hi diet and the regality of your abode will im- fl press the friend or the stranger that steps ' cross your threshold as the warmth of your p greeting, the informality of your reception, ? the reiteration by grasp and by look and by a b thousand attentions, insignificant attentions, ei of your earnestness of welcome. There will a bo high appreciation of your welcome, t< although you have nothing but the brazen b oandlestiek and the plain chair to offer Elisha s? when he comes to Shunem. fl Most beautiful is this grace of hospitality p when shown in the house of God. I am g thankful that I am pastor of a church where strangers are al ways welcome, and there is o not a State in the Union in which t have not n heard the affability of thd ushers of our p church complimented. But I have entered j] ohurches were there was no hospitality. A v* stranger would stand in the vestibule for ti awhile and then make pilgrimage up the b long aisle. No door opened to him until, c flushed and excited and embarrassed, he g started back again, and coming to some hall- tl filled pew with apologetic air entered it, tl while the occupants glared on him with a tl 1aaL? aaomoH tn cov ? Wa! 1 if T millf .. I must." Away with such accursed in- ji decency from the house of God! Let every c church that woui 1 maintain large Christian s influence in community culture Sabbath by y Sabbath this beautiful grace of Christian hoa- j, pitallty. ? A good man traveling in the far west, in 0 the wilderness, was overtaken by night and n storm, and he put in at a cabin. He saw fire- n arms a!ong the beams of the cabin ; and he felt alarmed. He did not know but that he t had fallen into a den of thieves. He sat n there greatly perturbed. After awhile the v man of the house came home with a gun on t his shoulder and set it down in a corner. ,] The stranger was still moro alarmed. After 3 ftW.hMfi.tbe man of the house whispered with ? fitfrwJfe.'and the stranger thought his de- j struction was being planned. f Then the man of the house came forward and said to the stranger: "Stranger, we are I a rough and rude people out hore, and we t work hard for a living. We make our living ^ by hunting, and when we come to the night- t fall we are tired, and wo are apt to go to bed ? early, and before retiring we are always in 3 the hubit of reading a chapter Irom the word t of God and making a prayer. If you don't t like such things, i[ you will just step outside \ the door until wo gat through I'll be greatly ? obliged to you." Of course thg strangertar- i rled in the room, and the old hunter took hold of the horns ot the altar and brought down the blessing or God upou bis house- j hold and upon the stranger within tbeir t gates. Rude but glorious Christian hospi- i tality! , Again, this woman in my text was grsat in i her kindness towurd God'B messenger. Elisha | may have been a stranger in that houshold. ; but as she found out he had come on a divine j mission he was cordially welcome. We have , a great many bocks in our day about the hardships of ministers and the trials of < Christian ministers. I wish somebody would i write a book about the joys of the Christian \ minister?about the sympathies all around ; liim, about the kindnesses, about the genial i considerations of him. < Does sorrow come to our home and is there i a shadow on the cradle, there are hundreds ' of hands to help, and many who weary not ] through the long night watohing, and hun* j dreds of prayers going up that God would i restore the sick, is there a burning, brim- 1 ,ming cup of calamity plaoed on the pastor s table, are there not many to help him to ] drink of that cup an 1 who will not be com- i 'forted because ho is stricken? Oh, for some- < :body to write a book about the rewards of < 4V-~ minictur? ihnut his surround- i ; Logs ol Christian sympathy. juiiM woman of the text was only a type of thousands of men nnd women who come ] down from the mansion anil from the cot to ! do kindness to the Lord's (servants. I supi pose the men 0/ Shun em had to pay the bill8, ! but it was the large hearted Christian sympathies of the women of Shunem that looked i after the Lord's messenger. Again, this woman in the text was great la < her behavior under trouble. i Her only son had died on her lap. Avery ( bright light went out in that household. The | sacred writer puts it very tersely when he says, "He sat on her knees until noon, and ' then he died." Yetthe writer goes on to say 1 that she exclaimed, "It is well!" Great in prosperity, this woman was great in trouble. 1 Where are the feet that have not been bll3- ' tared on the hot sands of this great Sahara? ' Where are the shoulders that have not been 1 >ent undertho harden of grief? Where is he ship sailing over glassy sea that has not ifter awhile been caught in a cyclone? Where s the trarden of earthly comfort but trouble lath hitched up its tterv and panting team ind pone through it with burning plowshare >f disaster? Under the pelting of azes of luffering the great hoart of tho world has mrst with woe. Navigators tell us about tho rivers, and tho Amazon and the Danube :ind the Missisainnl oeen explored, but who can tell the Icpth or length of the great river of sorrow nade up of tears and blood rolling through ill lands and all ages, bearing the wreck of amilies and of communities and of empires -foaminz. writhinz. boiling with the agones of 0000 years? Etna and Cotopaxi and "esuvius have been described, but who has ver sketched the volcano of suffering reacting up from its depths the lava and the scoria ,nd pouring them down the sides to whelm he nations? Oh, if I could gather all the leartstrings, the broken heartstrings, into a larp I would play on it a dirge such as was iever sounded. Mythologists tell us of Gorgon and Ceniiur and Titan, and geologists tell us of exinct species of monsters, but greater than rordon or megatherium, and not belonging o the realm of fable, and not of an extinct peoies, is a monster with iron jaw and iron oofs walking across the nations, and hlsnrv And noetrv and sculDture. in their at Bmpt to sketch it and describe it, have eemed to sweat great drops of blood. But, thank God, there are those who oan onguer as this woman of the text' conquered nd say "It is well! Though my property e gone, though my children be gone, though iy home be broken up, though my health >e sacrificed, it is well, it is well !** There is 10 9torm on the sea but Christ is ready to ise in the hinder part of the ship and hush t. There is no darkness but the constellalons of God's eternal love can illumine it, tnd though the winter comes out of the lorthern sky you have sometimes seen the lorthern sky all ablaze with auroras that eem to say: "Come up this way. Up this ray are thrones of light, and seas of sapihire, and the splendor of an eternal heaven. Joaia up this way." We may, like the ships, by tempest be tos'el On perilous depths, but cannot l>e lost. Tbougn WUan enrage the wind and tbe tide. Tue prom me assures ub the Lord will provide. I heard an echo of my text in a very dark lour, when my father lay dying, and the old ountry minister said to him. "Mr. Talmage, low do you feel now as you are about to pass he Jordan of death?" He replied?and it ras the last thing he ever said?"I feel well; feel very well; all is well." lifting his hand n a benediction, a speechless benediction, rhich I pray God may go down through all he generations. It is well! Of couree it ras well. Again, this woman of my text was great i her application to domestic duties. Everv icture is a homo picture, whether she is ntertaining an Elisha, or whether she isgivicj careful attention to her sick boy, or rbether 3he is appealing for the restoration f her property?every picture in her case is home picture. Those who are not disciles of this Shunemite woman who, going ut to attend to outside charities, neglect the uty of home? the duty of wife, of mother, f daughter. No faithfulness in public benfaction can ever atone for domestic neglience. There has beea many a mother who by inefatigable toil has reared a large family o! hildren, equipping them for the duties of fe with good manners and large intellience and Christian principle, starting them ut, who has done more for the world than lany another woman whose namo has oundod through all the lands and all the enturies. I remember when Kossuth was in this ountry there were some Jadias who got Bputations by presenting him very gracollly with bouquets of flowers on public ocasions. but what was all that compared with le work of the plain Hungarian mother who ave to truth and civilir-ation and the cause f universal liberty a Kossuth? Yes. this oman of my text was great in her simplicity. When the prophet wanted to reward her >r her hospitality by asking some preferlent from the king, what did she say? She eclined it. She said "I dwell among my wn people," as much as to say "I am itisfled with my lot. All I want is my imiiy and my friends around me. I dwell mong my own people." Oh, what a rebuke > the strife for precedence in all ages! How many there are who want to get exeat rchitecture and homes furnished with all rt, all painting, all statuary, who have not aough taste to distinguish between gothic ad byzantine, and who could not teli a ijure in plaster of Paris from Palmer's White Cai>tive,' and would not know a boy's enciling from Bierstadt's ''Yosomite"?men 'ho buy large libraries by ths square loot, uying these libraries when they have hardly aough education to pick out the day of the lmanac! Oh, how many there are striving > have things as well as their neighbors, or Slier loaa lueir utnguuui.i, uu.i ui anuiile vast fortune are exhausted and business rms thrown into bankruptcy, and men of aputed honesty nish into astounding foreries. . ...... Of course I say nothing against refinement r culture. Splendor of abode, sumptuousess of diet, lavishness in art, neatness in aparel?there is nothing against them in the !ib!e or out of the Bible. God does not rant us to prefer mud hovel to English cotige, or untanned sheepskin to French roadcloth, or husks to pineapple, or the lumsiness of a boor to the manners of a entlemau. God. who strung the beacii with tnted shell and the grass of the field with tie dow3 of the night and hath exquisitely tnged morning cloud and robin red breast, rants us to keep our eye open to all beautiul sights, and our oar open to all beautiful adences, and our heart open to all elevating entiment. But whit I want to ioipre33 upon ou is that you ought not to inventory the ixuries of life as among the indispens.ibles, nd you ought not to depreciate this woman f the text, who. when offered kingly prefer-Ac*r ri1 o mnn<9 mv nurn ICUL, igo^/vuuou, 4. v?YVV7*? v... eopie." Yes, this woman of the text was great in ier piety, faith in God, and she wa3 not shamed no talk about it before idolaters. Ah, roman will never appreciate what she owns 0 Christianity until saw knows and sees the legradation o' her sex uuder paganism und lahornmedanism. Her very birth considered , misfortune. Sold like cattlo in the shamiles. Slave of all work, and at la3t her body u?*l for the funeral pyre of her husband. Above the shriek o? the Are worshipare in ndia and above the rumbling of the juggertauts I hear the million voiced groan of sronged, insulted, broken hearted, downrodden woman. Her tears have fallen in the tile and Tigris and the La Plata and on the teppes of Tartary. She has beeu dislion>red in Turkish garden and Persian palace md Spanish Alhambra. Her little ones have teen sacrificed in the Ganges. Ther? is not 1 groan, or a duugeon, or an island, or a nountam, or a river, or a sea but could toll i story of the outrages neaped upon her. But. thanks to God, this glorious ChrU:iauity comes forth, and all the chains of :his vassalage are snapped, and she rises up tro:n ignominy to exalted sphere and besomed the affections daughter, the gentlewife, the honored mother, the useful Christian. Ob, if Christianity has done so mueh for woman; suroly woman will become us most ardent advocate and its sublimest exemplification! When I come to speak ot womanly influence, my mind always wanders off to one model?the aged one who, 27 years ago, we put away for the resurrection. About 87 pears ago. and just before their marriage day, my father and mother stood up In the [>ld meeting house at Somervillo. N. J., and took upon tbom the vows of the Christian. Through a Ions? life of vicissitude she lived harmlessly aud usefully and came to her end in peace. * No child of want ever came to het door and was turned empty away. No one in sorrow came to her but was comforted. No one asked her the way to be saved but she poiDted him to the cross. When the angel of life came to a neighbor's dwelling, she was there to rejoice at the starting of another immortal spirit. Wlwn the ange! of leath came to a neighbor's dwelling, she iv'Ti fliprntn riihft tli? H/>n?rtoil fr>r Him Imriii! \V? bad olten htcrci her, when leading Family prayers in tho absence of my fat hor. 53V, "0 Lord, I ask not for my children wealth or honor, but I do ask that they all may be the subjects oi Thy comforting graoe!" Her 11 children brought into the kingdom of (rod. she had but one more wish, and that was that she might see her long absent missionary son, and when the ship from China inchorod in New York harbor and tho long ibsent one passed over the threshold of his paternal home she said, ';Sow, Lord, lettest rhou Thy servant depart in peace, for mine >yes have seen the salvation." The prayer was soon answered. It was an autumnal day when wo gathered from afar and found only the house from which the soul had fled forever. 8he looked very natural, the hands very muoh as when :hey were employed in ldndness for her children. Whatever else we forget, we never forget the look of mother's hands. As we stood there by the casket wo could not help but'say, "Don't shelook beautiful?'* It was a cloudless day when, with heavy hearts, wo carried her out to the last resting place. The withered leaves crumbled under hoof and wheel as we passed, and tho sun ihoae on the Uarltan River until it looked like fire; but more calm and beautiful and radiant was the setting sun of that need pilsyrim's life. No more toil, no more tears, no more sickness, no more death. Dear mother? Bsautiful mother! Swept Is the slumber bnneath tlio sort, Whlio tho puro spirit rests with Goil. I need not go back and show you Zenobia or Semiramis or isauoua or even mo wumuu of the text as wonders of womanly excellence . or greatness when I in this moment point to your own picturo gallery of memory, and anow you the one race that you remember so wall, and arouse all your holy reminiscences, and start you in new consecration to God hy the pronounotation of that tender, beautiful, glorious word, "Mother, mother!" POPULAR SCIENCE. An artesian well struck at Chamberlain, South Dakota, has a flow of 3000 gallons of water per minute. English medical journals have a new theory that scarlet fever is catching before what is kno$ra as the peeling period. If you were on the moon the earth would appear .to be sixty-four times larger than the sun does to the residents of our globe. People of good sense, delicacy and refinement have eyelids that are sharply defined eyid shade at least half the upper part of the eye. To make 1000 cubic feet of, illuminating gas eight pounds of coal, costing two cents and four gallons of naphtha, costing twelve cents, are required. In an article by Doctor P. Schlichter oil tho historical evidence as to the antiquity of the Zimbabwe ruins, the writer claims that the works are preIslamic, and could not possibly have been built later than six centuries before the Mohammedan era. Killing aimless dogs and cats is tho very latest use to which the scientific Chief of Police of Hartford, Conn., ie putting electricity to. In the rear of the station house he has had a cage rigged up with electrical connections. The cage is just large enough for a dog to stand in. Tho fore feet of the animal rest upon one electrode and hie hind feet upon unother. When he ie in position on electric current is switched on. "Helmholtz," says Electricity, "has shown that the fundi of the eyes are themselves luminous, and he was able to see, in total -darkness, the movement of his arm by the ligllt o( his' own ey33. This is one of the most re-'markable exporiments recorded in th? history of science, and probably only ft few men could satisfactorily repeat it, for it is very likely that the luminosity of the eyes is associated with uncommon activity of the brain and great imaginative power. It is fluorescence of brain action, as it were." 4 * ~ ^ a* Artificial miniature auroras ui kud borealifl variety have been produced by both De la Rive, the French savant, and Lonstrom, the Swedish astronomer. In Professor Lenstrom's experiments, which were made in Pinland, the peak of a high mountain was surrounded by a coil of wire, pointed at intervals with tin nibs. The wire was then chargod with elestricity, whereupon a brilliant aurora appeared above the mountain, in which spectroscopic analysis revealed the greenishyellow rays so characteristic in nature's display of "northern lights." Boarding1 Houses tor Plants. A Tw,Tir on/1 t%r?T7?l nr>r?miat.inn for wr> ~ ' - 1' ? men?to open boarding houses for plants. Here is a field offering pleasant work and fair remuneration. There is a growing demand for some one able ami willing to take care of. valuable plants and flowers during thj owner's absence. A family goes abroad for the winter, or to the sea side for the summer, the house is closed or else left in the charge of servants who may not know an. orchid from a cauliflower. What becomes of the rare lillies, the heliotropes, the fuchsias and the other fragile beauties which have been so tenderly cared for by the ladies of the household? For one such family which can afford its private gardener there are 1000 which cannot. The need of a plant boarding house is thus apparent. I know a woman who has established such a temporary home for flowers and is making it an increasing source of profit. She began several seasons ago merely to acommodate a friend who had valuable chrysanthemums. Others asked har to take their flowers also, and soon she found herself at the head of ft regular business. JNow sue una a full-fledged greenhouse, find will soou be obliged to make enlargements. Visiting tlie curious establishment, I found it well filled with costly plants, among th9m a collection of chrysanthemums, belonging to a wealthy woman traveling in Europe. She has a small fortune invested iu flowers. There were chrysanthemums, geraui utns and camellias in cool rooms and begonias, roses, smilax, heliotli ropes aud fuchsias iu hot rooms, and ferns aud ivies in shaded rooms aud there was one room entirely filled with-gomebodv's gorgeous orchids. I learned that no system of flower insurance has yet been devised. If an an orchid worth 81000 dies during its stay in the plant boarding house the owner has no radress. By extra payment, however, it can be arranged that the flowers receive special foods and the greatest possible care. The ordinary charge for a valuable plant per month is about $1. However. I should judge that all the plants were made the subjects of special study; iu fact, treated very much liko so many children, for their feedings aud airings and baths and blanketings from the cold seemed as carefully apportioned as though they were humaa beings. ?Chicago Record. 4UA WawIJ HIT til IUU fim iu? An enthusiastic Englishman bus discovered what he declares in thv< papers as "the tallest tree on earth, so t'ar as is known." It is a gum tree in the Cape Otway Range, Australia, on Br-.tish property, of course. It is 415 feet high. Gum trees grow very rapidly ; on? in Florida shot up forty feet in four years with a stem one foot ia diameter, and another in Guatemala grew 120 feet i/i twelve years, with a ste/n nine feet thick. This is at ths rate of ten feet a year, or nearly one foot per month.?New York' Mail-a-ad VipiVSSr * RELIGIOUS HEADING. If Heaven bo naar, And they can see what we are doing here, Can know the whole, where we but know a part. Can even smile above a breaking heart, Becatiso thoy see the path of sorrow end3 Iu joy; see why a loving Father sends Such tribulations; if they can remaiu Unmoved at all the mystery of pain,? If it be thus, why should we wish to tear The veil away until we enter there? If Heaven be far, More distant than the sun or moon or star, If they know not the anguish of our hearts. Nor see the tear that for their absence starts, If Heaven's rounion be to them so sweet That sorrow is forgotten?if they meet Tho loved and lo3t, and without murmuring wait Until we. too, shall enter through the gate,? If it be thus, why should we wish to khow Tho place to-day? To-morrow we shall go? Or near or far, It matters not, if wo are sure they are Beyond the burden and the bondage here. Beyond the care, beyond the dropping tear, It we are sure, that daily, we are led Toward them; that sometime, gladly we shall tread The .unknown stairwayLet us rather make Pit preparation, and for their dear sake Whom we have lost, be Heaven near or far, Strive not to pull the pearly gates ajar. ?Jolia H. Ma* in Lewiston Journal. CABED rOB. However old we may be, there are certain respects in which we never leave off feeling just as the children feel. We read the Saviour's words in the sixth of Matthew. "Behold the fowls of the air; consider the lilies of the field; do not be anxious, saying, what shall we eat, what shall we put on? Youi Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things." Howover impracticable all of that may seem to a man who spends ten hours of hard"work every day in pursuit ol food, clothes, and shelter, yet the chapter always fulfils to us its intended mission when we read it, and reminds us again of the desire all men have to be ministered to by some one that is competent, and cared for by some one who holds us iii tbe embrace of his affectionate interest. The idea of Fatherlv nrovidence chimes in with our desires to the degree that we have learned to know what our desires are. There is no spirit so strong or so self-sufflcient but finds very appealing the invitation ol the .Saviour, "Come unto ~ me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." I have noticed that auditors always Iiflten with very intent ears to all such gracious overtures from the Lord. They touch the heart in that secret closet where its deepest longings are measured and silently thought over. And this letting of ourselves down upon the support of God, with all of peace that belongs and goes with it, is facilitated by thinking of God in His Fatherliness. The quietude of our young years was due, more than we thought of then, to the fact that we had a father and a mother to go to when we were in trouble. They used always to help us out of our little difficulties. When the child comes in from outside, the tlrst question he is likely to ask is, "Where's mother?" He may not want her for anything particular, but he wants to know she is there. Haviug father and mother under the same roof makes the child sleep more quiet at night. And so amongthe larger difficulties that throng and swarm around us ax we move along into older years, there is nothing we need so much as to feel that there is some one that stands to us in just the same relation now as father and mother used to stand to us years ago. This is the first idea of God we want to.have formed in us when we are little, and the last idea we want to have of Him as wo move out and up into the place prepared ??a in fha T?nfhftrV hmiar* nn lliffh. Thfl first recorded sentence that Jesus spoke called Ood HiB Fathor, and His last recorded sentence oil the Cross called God His Father.? ''The Pattern in the Mount." ?llev. Charles H. Parkhurst, D.D. OKE-SIDED TRCTH. Truth should be preached from the pulpit in its proper proportion, it we would have the character it shapes proportioned aud scriptural. Preach only the law of God, and men will feel their sinfulness, but will not clearly see the fulness of the grace that can, and will, pardon the penitent. Preach only the love of God, and the sinfulness of sin will not be felt, and men will not be in deep earnest to turn from it to Christ as the only Saviour. It is only when both are pressed upon the conscience and heart ?when the obligation is urged at the same time the hope is offered?when the sinner is made to feel that ho is lost by sin, but may be saved by grace through the atoning death of Christ?only when truth, in its scriptural proportion is preached that the gospel is fully and rightly proclaimed. Preach only sinfulness, and one might well df> r.nlv (-ho Irtvo nf Clntl and man OJillll. J. IVIVIA will not ho in deep earnest to escape condomnation and the wrath of God. It is only by both that proportioned Christian character is formed, ;is it is only by both centripetal and centrifugal forces that the planets are kept to their orbits. If in the paat there has relatively been too much preaching of the depravity of man, is there not now relatively too much dwelling on the love of God, ;ih if that were the burden of the gospel while the sinfulness from which love would rescue the transgressor is not so pressed home upon the conscience that tho great and deeply earnest inquiry will be, What must 1 do to be saved?"?Exchange. CHILD POSSIMLITIES. For one thing, you never know what child in Jrags and pitiful squalor that meet s you in the street may have in him the germ of gifts that might add new treasures to the storehouse of beautiful things or noble acts. In that great storm o! terror that swept over Trance in 17'J3, u certain man who was every hour expecting to bo led off to tho guillotine uttered this memorable sentiment: "Even at this incomprehensible moment," he said, "when mortality, enlightenment, love of countryall of them only make death at the prison door or on the scaffold more certain?yes, on the fatal tumbril itself, with nothing free but my voice, I could still cry Take care of a child that should come too near to trie woeci; perhaps I muy lave bis life, perhaps ho may one clay save bie country." This ia a generous and iuspiring thought?one to which the roughest-handed man or womau in Birmingham may respond as honestly and heartily as the philosopher who wrote it It ought to shame the listlessness with which so many ol' us see the great phantasmagoria ot life pass before us.?John Jlorldy. > pnAYEn. Prayer is not a smooth expression of a well contrived form of words; uor the product of a ready memory nor rich invention oxerting it?olf in performance. These may draw a neat picture of it, but still the life is wanting. The motion of the heart God-wards, holy and divine perfection, makes prayer real, lively and acceptable to the living God. to whom it is presented; the pouring out of the heart to him that made it. and therefore bears it, and understands what it speaks, and how it ia moved and affected in calling on Him. It is not the gilded paper and good writing of a jHitition that prevails with a king, but the moving sense of it; and. to the King that disv*erns the heart, heart sense is the best sense of all. and that which He alone regards; H listens to hear what that speaks, and t<kes all as nothing when that is silent. All other excellence in prayer, is rut the subject and fashion of it; that is the life of it. Trie fool seeketh to pluck the fly from the mule's hind leg, but the wise man letteth the job to the lowest bidder.?Memphis Appeal. Jaqson says the only way to make home attractive to our hoys is to rent It to some other family.? Elmira Gaeette. WniLE it is true that the poor man is compelled to hump himself to own a bicycle, it isn't the price alone that does It.?BufTalo Courier. 4 SABBATH SCHOOL. INTERNATIONAL LESSON FOR SEPTEMBER 10. Lesson Text: "Paul at Rome," Acts x.vviil., 20-31?Golden Text: Rom. 1., 16?Commentary. 20. "For this cause therefore have I called for you to see you and to speak with you. because that for the hope of Israel I am bound ; with this chain." During the three months at Malta many miracles were wrought by Paul in the name of the Lord Jesus, and many must have heard the g03[>el (veraes 111). In due time arriving at Rome. Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him. and after three days he called together the chiefs of the Jews and made known to them why he was a prisoner and why at Eome. Before Agrippa he had spoken of the hope of the promise made of God unto the fathers as something concern- ] inff the 12 tribes (xxvl.. -6; 7). to: 21. "And they said unto him, We neither an received letters out of Judea concerning tin neither anv of the brethren that came DO shewed or spake any harm of thee." They at did not have dally papers with the news from tio 1 all the world in each issue. It may have an been sorrife comfort to Paul to know that oir tongues in this part of the world had not yet wa opened fire on nim. He had been enjoying of his share of it elsewhere and had found some ha pleasure in it (II Cor., xii.. 10). ine 22. "But we desire, to hear of thee what am thou thinkest, for as concerning this sect we be< know that everywhere it is spoken against." ba In ohapter xxiv., 5, the followers of Jesus are called the sect of the Nazarenes. If Paul had not been spoken against at Borne up to this ) time, it would now be evident to him that his hi! i Master had, and his fellowship would besure fee ; to come. But Paul was ready, for his prayer bo was to know Him, and the powei of His an ' resurrection, and the fellowship of His suf- hil ! ferings (Phil. Hi.. 10). th< | 23. "He expounded and testified the king- "t dom of God, persuading them concerning >1 Jesus both out of tho law of Moses and out of be the prophets from morning until evening." th< ; Having gathered unto him in his lodging a de company of Jews, ho, as his custom was, Ti preached unto them Jesus as Son of David alt and coming King from their own Scriptures he 1 (chapter xvii., 2, 0; xix., 8; xxiv., 14). to' Doubtless Acts xiii., 16-41. is a fair sample of liq his preaching and reasoning. He sought to ha convince them that-Jesus oI Nazareth was in- of deed the promised Messiah, that it wa3 all pr foretold that He should die and ris i again. we and that now they were to receive Him, serve be Him patiently and faithiully and wait for Ufa ( Anta HI 1 0-91 T Thttaa i 0 Irt ? : ' * " *' ' " i ; 24. "And some believe the things which ^ were spoken, and some believed not." We 0f ] are nowhere taught that the good news will wo [ be universally received in this ago. Some we seed will fall by the wayside and some on ! rocky soil, but a portion will And good on, ground ; some will be saved, and the church (0 , shall be completed (Math, xiii., 18-23 ; I Cor. tjje 1 ix., 22 ; Eph. v., 27). Even in the next age, tha when satan shall be bound, there will be do- > ceivers who will only yield a feigned obedi- 80c ence and will follow satan when he comes ^ba 1 out of the pit (Ps. lxvi., 3, margin; Rev. xx., au, 7,8). gin 25. ''And when they agreed not among jjjg themselves they departed after that Paul had by 1 3poken one word. Well spake the Holy &host ej, by Esaia3 the prophet unto our fathere." do* Thai it was not the prophets who spake or afti wrote, but God by His spirit through the ^ 1 prophets is everywhere taught. Compare wb Acts i., 2 ; ii? 17: lv., 25, and notice who it is tjjj 1 that speaks. David in his last words said, on "The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and tjjf His word was in my tongue" (II Sam. xxlii., 2). Peter says it was the Spirit of Christ who an( spoke through the prophets (I Pet. i.. 10,11). me 1 26. "Hearing ye shall hear and shall not ? 1 understand, and seeing ye shaflj see and not jje perceive." It was not very encouraging to mc 1 the prophet to be told that the people would neither perceive nor understand his message, ^ri 1 but Jeremiah and Ezekiel liad thesame pros- ^ pect before them. "They shall flg&t against ^ ch'je." "The house of Israel will not harken *u. mo" / Inr i 10. iii 7^ Th? messenger of the Lord ba3 only td deliver _j( the message faithfully (Jer. xxiii., 28), sure that it will accomplish the Lord's pleasure (Isa. lv., 11), and take refuge and comfort in Lukox. .16. thl 27. '-For the heart of the people is waxed pr gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed, lest I should heal i them." The di/Hcuity is not on God's side, but wholly on the side of man, who will not listen to (tod. It is written that the Lord ' hardened the heart of Pharaoh and also that ?fl Pharaoh hardened his own heart (Ex. x.. 1, mt 20, 27 ; viii., 15, 32.) The Lord did it by giv- m< ing him a command which he would not toi i obey, and Pharaoh did it by refusing to obey be ; the Lord's command. God is always right, wl but man wrong. pa 28. '-Be it known therefore unto you that an the salvation of God is sent unto the Gen- jec tiles, and that they will hear it." Compare an chapter xiii., 40, 47. "To the Jews first,me was Paul's motto and custom (Rom. i.. 16). dis Had it been continued to this day who can on tell what the result might have been? Obedi- pi( enco is our part. Itesults aro with God. and th< Ho will see to it. That God would gather the irom Jews and Gentiles without aisuncuou j 1 and on the ground of simple" faith in Christ those who would form the body of Christ was dif a mystery revealed to Paul (Rom. xvi., 25, ex 26; Eph. iii., 1-12.) " of 29. '"And when he hadsaid these words the tiv i Jews departed and had great reasoning th< > among themselves." The word preached gpj does not profit unless it is mixed with faith ] in those who hear It (Heb. iv.. 2.) The 'a weapons of our warfare are intended to cast th< down reasonings and every high thing that act exalteth itself against the knowledge c<l God em and bring into captivity every thought to the of obedience of Christ (II Cor. x., 5, margin.) wh To profit by the word we must receive it with meekness (Jas. t., 21.) wa 30. "And Paul dwelt two whole years in his hei own hired house and received all that came to in unto him,"' doubtless accomplishing the . pr( will of God and glorifying God as:much as rilj when journeying through Asia and Macedo- in" 1 nia. Boing no longer able to go to people, act God brought people to Him, and though he usi was bound he rejoiced that the word of God res 1 was not bound (II Tim. ii., 9). dri 31. "Preaching the kingdom of God and j teaching those things which concern the thi Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no go man forbidding biai." Tha adversary can- abs not hinder beyond God's permission, and it po< wm His uleasure that i'or th3s<s two years the tia word should have free course. The book Qe< opens with Jesus between His resurrection b0i and ascension preaching tho kingdom, and the with tho question of t.io disciples. 'Lord, tas 1 wilt Thou at this time restore :igain tho th): 1 kingdom to Israel" (Acts i., 3, 6)? It closes tiol with Paul at Romo in a hirod house still mo preaohing the kingdom. After these 1S00 years wo are still more or leas bound, but preaching Jesus Christ aud still waiting for [ the kingdom whilo v.v continue to pray, 1 "Thy kingdom eotiie." If we had more of pui Paul's spirit and faithfulness, we would do iegj more to hasten tho kingdom.?Lesson ^ Heloer. - me ALC'.IQOL rOCEIQN TO THE BOOT. toX Dr. Carpenter, writing on "Alcohol,' ^ makes the following remarks^ "I take this t?11 position, that the Creator, in constructing t'nn the human body, made it perfect, if man will I only glyo it fair play; that every function in it v the human body is contrived and arranged pe: by a wise Creator so as to act; and that if a fer man will only act in accordance with the / purpose of tho human body, that body shall |)et be preserved In health and vigor to old age. ,,0| See, tHen, what alcohol does. Alcohol is j'at foreign to the body. It Js something which g31 has no relation to the ordinary food of man, and which tho body tries to get rid of as soon 1 as it can, but it cannot be got rid of last P? enough." *? * the PHAKCE'S DRINK l)EKB. pel In 18fi0 there were in the whole of France "] 3B5.S7? establishments licensed for the sale eoi of intoxicating drinks: that number has now th: grown to over 418.000. which is at the rate of me one drinkshop per eighty-seven inhabitants. on< The nature of the beverages has also changed < considerably for the worst, for whereas j*r harilly anything but wine used to be drunk, nu now brandy, absinthe, gin, etc., aro largely 4,.( consumed.?British Medical Journal. c02 a sntorro contrast. Just at this time the church and the world sm are presenting in Africa the strongest imag- w<j inable contrast; the church seeking to civil- tn.i ize and Christianize these heathen people, wli while men of the world are seeking their owu r selfish gains by supplying intoxicating drinks F to them. It is one of the astounding features of the civilization of the present day that so ) ' I many people are found to uphold the u*? of jL intoxicants, when evil and only evil can coma l;cm tho use ot thirn. , ' TEMPERANCE. O, COOL, CBAt TCo! ), cool, gray jug that touched the lips In kiss that softly closed and clung' s'o Spanish wine the tippler sips. Or port the poet's praise has sung, >uch pure untainted sweetness yields is cool, gray jug in harvest fields. ! see it now! a clover leaf Outspread upon its sweating side, Ls from the standing sheaf I pluck and swing it high, the wido field glows with noonday heat; L'he winds are tangled in the wheat. [he myriad crickets blithely cheep; Across the swash of ripened grain ' see the burnished reaper creep . The lunch-boy comes, and once again [he jug its crystal coolness yields? ), cool, gray jug in harvest fields! ?Hamlin Garland, in Harper's Weekly. moxet circulated by dbink. Drinkers sav,- "The money spent for incicants is thus put in active circulation, d bo prevents, instead of creates, hard ies." The pickpocket takes $100 from the cket of an honest man who is going home night: that iconey. also, is put in circulan. But it is circulating in dens of shame d crime. The next day it would have been culatJng among worklngmen for their gee, or the mcrohant for dry goods instead "wet? (zooaa.'' Tt in linn fUthy to unhealthy circulation, and harms itead of helps the true interests of labtir 1 capital. Consequently it would have }n better for labor and capital it that $100 a been sunk "where the ?aa in * A SOS'S REBUKE. [t is a difficult matter for a son to rebuke 5 father, and yet this was done in a per;tly proper manner by a Lewiston (Me.) y. The father had been to a neighbors d returned somewhat suspiciously exlarated. He ordered the boy to harness 9 horse for him as he wished to drive to own." but the team did not appear, and ien be went to the stable the horse stood fore him unharnessed in the stall. When a boy returned in the evening the father manded the reason for his strange actions, le young man. who had spent the day >ne in the woods, promptly confessed that was ashamed to have his father go to the wn while he was under the influence of [uor. The man, who was not a drunkard, d no idea that he had shown any symptoms intoxication and he was too much aurised to speak a word In self-defence. The >U-merited rebuke, however, will probably long rememfc^ed. THE ENEMY OV THE BACK. i physician says: "There is another side, (veil, of this question, and it is no abuse language to say it is an awful side. It aid be bad if we men who abuse alcohol - * - ? * a j.. r<5 to sutler in ourseiveo, suu iu iuua w se around us?those whom we love, or jht to love?surely that Is terrible enough prevent men using alcohol freely; but re is even a more terrible statement than ,t behind. 'It Is net they alone who suffer, but as >n as a man begins to take one drop more in what I have callcd the physiological mtity, the desire is not only begotten in a, but the desire of it becomes a part of very nature, and that nature so formed his acts is calculated to Inflict curses lnjresslble upon the earth when handed ivn to the generations that are to follow er him a9 part and parcel of their being, dlask. what are you to think of those o are born of drunkards: who come into s world, so to speak, with a curse not only them but in them, the terrible desire for it which is to blast them speedily?a desire iich no human power can save them from, d which God alone in His wisdom and ircy can protect them from? 'Whatan awful sight is this! Can there any man here present who, if he is taking ire tban he ought to take, can be indiffert to all this? How can we think without sad of this terrible fact?for fact it is surely as two and two make four?that s desire is becoming part of his nature and it he is handing it down, not for good, but : the most terrible effects of the abuse of :ohoiy It Is when I m3-seif think of all is that I am disposed, as I have said elselere, to rush te the opposite extreme, to re up my prolession, to give up everyIng and to go forth upon a holy crusade eaching to all men, "Beware of this enemy the race!"' THE VEHDICT OF 8CIEITCE. rhe following is another test by which the ects of alcohol on the digestion of food ly be proved. To each of two mastiffs, six jnths old, five ounces of cold roast mut2, cut-into squares, were given, the meat ing passed into the throat without contact th the teeth. An elastic catcher was then ssed into the stomach of one or them, ana ounce and a quarter of proof spirit touted. After some hours were elapsed both imals wefa killed. In the ease where the lat only had been given, it had altogether (appeared. In the case where the ment d the aVohol had both been given, the sees of meat were found still existing in 5 stomach t?, angular and perfect as when sy were swallowed. Or. Richardson tells us that alcohol, rhen taken into the system,"does not aid in jestion. On the contrary, as I found by periment, digestion is impeded by it. One the most important portions of the digese process, the action of the pepsine upon ) food, is destroyed by the action of the irit." Ors. Todd and Bowman assure us that lcohol retards digestion by coagulating > pepsine, and thus interfering with its :ion." We have the following clear and phatic declaration, made by six hundred the most eminent physicians of HolJand, dch speaks for itself The moderate use of strong armies ls aiys unhealthy, even when the body is in a ilthy condition. It does not do any good the digestion, but even inter/eres with that >ee8s : for strong drinks caR only temporay increase the feeling of hunger, but not favor of digestiou, after which strong re;ic? must follow, and evils which are lally attributed to other causes, but often ult from the habitual use, with moderate nkors." Notwithstanding, however, the strength of s testimony there are still some who even to the length of holding that alcobol is an loltite necessity of life. Now, it has been | iitiveiy proved that alcohol is not essen1 to either life or health. The periodic Ml for regular food ceases each time after ng supplied ; but in the case of alcohol, i craving is never experienced until the to for it is cultivated. It is only when 9 fciste is cultivated, and the passion takes <1 on a man. that it becomes at length the st insatiable of human passions. temperaxce xew9 an'd xoteb. 'he drink bill of the United States would rchase all the real estate in the Nation in i than fifteen years. 'he Supreme Council of the United Comreial Travelers has decided to prohibit inicating liquors at all Its banquets. ro fewer than nineteen bill* dealing with jperance reform have been read a first ie in the English Parliament this session, n a late debate in the German Reiciistasr. t'BS stated that there aro at present 11,000 sons in hospitals in Germany who are suf lag irom aeurium treuieua. it the Hague, recently, the Upper Cham' of the States General adopted the protoof the International Convention foe reguing the sale of alcoholic liquors to Korth i fishermen. Statistics of 4000 criminals who havo ssad through lilmira Reformatory, New rk, show drunkeuu?s3 clearly existing in i parents of 33.7 porcent., probably in 11.1 rceut. more. L'ho London Lancet is responsible for a nparison of beef and wino which shows it the former has 20.'^ grains of nouristint in every 10Q0. while in wine there is but a .'init o:ie-thlrd trains. Ucoholic insanity is twice as common ia :inc? now ;is flfteon years aijn, aad thu ruber of parsons placed under restraint oa :oaat of it has increased tnvaty?:lve per it. ia tlio last three years. a I.oadon so.mo thousands of women an 1 Is belong to what are culled dtink flubs, a all sum bein^ paid by eaca mom bur ekly in order that several times yearly all ty meet at some public houss aad driu^ lilt has been contributed. rho Belgians seem to ex.'el ail tho rest o* rope iu their devotion to alcoho!. Ther.i i 130,000 "schnaps" hoiisesin Belgium and ly 5000 schools ; ihat is to say, there is one l or ' estaminet'' to every thirtj'-nin-j Iffians, and ODly one school to every 1770. HOUSEHOLD MATTEflS. BAKED PEACH PTODINO. Boil one-half cnp o? rice until tender in plenty of boiling salted water ; drain. Put in farina boiled with one cup of peach juice. Cook until tha juice is nearly or quite absorbed, then stir into it one cup of granulated sugar and two tablespoonfuls of butter; stir until the suqar is dissolved. Grease a pudding dish, put in a layer of rice, then a layer of peaches and so on until the dish if filled. Bake thirty minutee in a moderate oven.?St. Louis BepubBBEAD 3ATJCE. Rub stale bread throtigli a sfeve; you will need about a cupful or a half pint of the bread-crumbs; then add em much milk as the bread-crumbs wili soak up, about a capful will be about right; cover and let it stand soaking for ten minutes; then put the breact" and milk into a saucepan with an onion and four or five peppercorn; stir it until it boils, then add a pinch of salt apd an ounce of butter, stirring well;, then'take out the onion and pepper* corn; add a teacupful of .milk, boil it again, and serve.?New York World. BHPBABB J ABC* To every pound of rhubarb alio* one pound of granulated sugar and the rind of half a lemon. Peel the rhubarb, cut it into inch lengths and pat it into a porcelain-lined or perfectly glazed granite kettle. Add the sugar, stirring to prevent burning. Bring to a boil, skim and add the lemon peel, finely minced. Boil alipnt three-quarters of an hour, pour into small pots and cover securely with paper dipped in the white of egg.- The addition of a grated pineapple to five or*ix pounds vlinhnvVt orrAftt.lv imnrnves the flavor - O" ? ?J ??x-- 7 - t> | of this jam. Prepare thd .pineapple,, rejecfyni&j the hard core/and yeigh it with the rhubarb, allowing a similar weight of sugar. "When pineapple in used, the lemon peel can' be dmitted. ?New York Recorder. JELLIED TEAL. , * Take a knuckle of veal, wipe, -put ia a kettle, cover with cold water,* and bring slowly to a boil; skim, and let simmer for two hours; add a fclice of onion, a blade of mace, a dozen whole cloves, half a dozen pepper-corns, hall a teaspoonful of ground allspice, and one grated nutmeg; let simmer gently for one hour longer. Take the joint of veal up, remove the bonss and gristle, put the meat in a square mold, strain the liquor, and boil until reduced to one quart; add half a teacup of vinegar, the juice of a small lemon^ with pepper and salt; pour it over the meat, and stand aside over night to ' . cooL When ready to serve, turn carefnlly out of the mold; garnish with parsley and thin slices of lemon. Slice very thin. ?Farm, Field and Fireside. < ? ..-V: CHICKEN POT-PEE. ? * V. ' Use a fowl weighing four or fire pounds, remove all the feathers, singe off the hairs, and wipe clean with a weft towel; draw the bird without breaking the intestines ; cut it in pieces about two inches square, put it into a saucepan with half a pound of fat salt-pork, chopped fine, a saltspoonful of pepper, two teaspoonfuls of salt, and enough boiling water to cover it Place the I saucepan over the fire where the chicken will cook gently until it iij tender; when the chicken begins to grow tender, put over it a crust mode as follows: Cover the saucepan close- . ly, and let its contents boil for twentyfive minutes. Then serve the pot-pie hot. Pot-pie crust: Sift together one pound of flour, one tablespoonful of 4 salt and two heaping t$aspoonfuls of baking powder. When the pot-pie ia ready for the crust, quickly wet the i flour with enough cold water or milk to make a soft dough, about the consistency of biscuit-dough, and lay this over the pot-pie. ?New York Ledger. HOUSEHOLD HXNT3. Ripe tomatoes will remove iron rufli Rub on while the goods are wet. Warm milk used as a wash at night, makes hard, coarse or rough skin soft* An iron dishcloth greatly facilitates the washing of pans and kettles to 1 1 - -31 ,1 in ino* | wlucij. iooa uas auuacou iU VUVUiMQl Ground cinnamon scattered ia tha cracks or corners of closets, pantriea and bread and cake boxes will drivo away ants. Never buy second hand bedding unless you know exactly from whom it came when it was uew and if anyone had been sick on it. A great deal of uupleasant odor * * from boiling vegetables may be avoided by putting a piece of bread into the water with tha vegetables. j Always put through the eye of a i needle first the cad of thread which [ comes off the spool aad the thread .will be less apt to knot and saarl. A good cheese will be mellow to the ' . touch. Cheese which feels so hard that vou cannot press it on the rind ia either 3our, salted or cooked too much. To stone raisins pour boiling water over them and let'them stand in it five or ten minutes. Drain and rub each raisin between the thumb and finger till the seeds come out clean; then cat or tear apart or chop if wanted very I fine. To clean white ostrich plumes dissolve four ounces of white soap in four pints of hot water. Make a lather ood plunge the feathers into it, rubbing them well with the hands for four oc five minutes. Wash out in clear, hot water and shake until dry. If you nro the least bit nervou? about canned goods soak them?peae^ lobster, anything?an hour in ice water before heating them. This will remove any tiuay taste that will be noticed in them, and take away the least shade of reproach that may cling t.? that be.st friend of the busy housekeeper, the canued article. Largest !St;u Dial iu (he World. A large promontory in the sEgettn Sea, known as Hayon Horoo, extends 3090 feet above the level of the watec. As the sun swings around the shadow j of this mountain touches one by one * circle Of islands, separated by iegul*r intervals, which act as hour marks. Ifc is the largest sun dial in tjo world.--Detroit Free Press. Gold in paying quantities was dia** covered in California in 1849.