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: J?????? REV. DE. TALMAGE. THE BROOKLYN DIVINE'S SUNDAY SERMON. [labject: "Communion of Saints.** Text. "Then said they unto him, Say ovr shibboleth, and he said, sibboleth, for e could not frame to pronounce it rlfcht men they toot ntm ana siew mm at mo images of Jordan."?Judges xlL, 6. Do you notice the difference of pronunclalon bkween shibboleth and sibboleth? A rory small and unimportant difference, you lay. And yet that difference was the diflferince between life and death for a great many >eop!e. The Lord's people, Gilead and Sparaim, got into a great fight, and Ephalm was worsted, and on the retreat came o the fords of the river Jordan to cross. Orler was given that all Ephraimites coming here be slain. But how could it be found >tlt who were Ephraimites? They were deected by their pronunciation. Shibboleth fas a word that stood for river. The Ephraimites had a brogue of their wn, and when they tried to say "shib oleth" always left out the sound of the h." When it was asked that they say shiboletb, they said sibboleth and were slain. Then said they unto him, say now shiboleth, and he said sibboleth, tor he could ot frame to pronounce it right. Then they >ok him and slew him at the passages of ordan." A very small difference, you say, I etween Oilead and Ephraim, and yet how I luch Intolerance about that smrill differ- | cce! The Lord's tribes in our time?by I r A J rUICU X mutui lut) uuicnuil ucuvuiiuuiuiu I Christiana?sometimes magaifly a very nail difference, and the only difference beveen scores of denominations to-day Is the Ifference between shibboleth and sibboleth. The chorch of God is divided into a great amber of denominations. Time would la.ll le to tell of the Calvinists, and the Arminibs, and the Sabbatarians, and the Baxterlas, and the Dunkers, and the Shakers, and te Quakers, and the Methodists, and the apti3ts, and the Episcopalians, and the ntherans, and the Congregationaliste, and ke Presbyterians, and the Spiritualists, and score of other denominations of rellgionts, some of them founded by very good en, some of them lounded by very egojyoiaen, sotne of them founded by very bad en. But as I demand for mysslf liberty of msclenoel must give that same liberty to rery other man, remembering that he no ore differs from me than I differ from him. advocate the largest liberty in all religious ilie/ and form of worship. In art, in polis, In morals and In religion let there be > gag law, no moving of the previous quea>n. no persecution, no intolerance. Ton know that the air and the water keep 1 * ? -J l-.l 1 T it.1.1. vy cuusiimi uicumuuu, auu x UIJIUW Here u a tendency In religious discussion H purification and moral health. Between e fourth and the sixteenth centuries the Huroh proposed to make people think ^Hght by prohibiting discussion, and by ^vong censorship of the press and rack and flfcbet and hot lead down the throat tried to ^Kiko people orthodox, but it was discovered Hat you cannot change a man's belief by Agisting off his head nor make a man see |HCrerent)y by putting an ?awl through his |Hes. There is something in a man's con knee which will hurl off the mountain |Htt you threw upon it, and, unainged of the ^K, out of the flame will make red wings which the martyr will mount to glory. Rnthat time ol which I speak, between the Hrth and sixteenth, centuries, people went Hn the house of God into the most ap^Bllng Iniquity, and right along by conjHrated altars there were tides of drunkenBb and licentiousness such as the world B^Brer heard of, and the very sewers of per Im uroxv looao ana nooaea me caacca. ir awhile the printing press was freed, It broke the shackles of the human d. Then theje came a large number of books, and where there was one man He to the Christian religion there were aty men ready to advocate it, so I 9 not any nervousness in regard to this le going on between truth and error, .truth will conijuer just as certainly as | God is stronger than the devil. Let Iron if you only let truth run along with jUrged on by skeptic's shout and tranf entalist's spur, let it run. God's angels wath are in hot pursuit, and quiokerthan e'a beak clutches out a hawk's heart vengeance will tear it to pieces, propose to speak to you of sectarianism > origin, its evils and its cures. There those who would make us think that monster, with horns and hoofs, is re>n. I shall chase it to its hiding place drag it out of the caverns of darkness Kip off its hide. But I want to make a taction between bigotry and the lawful EXor 'peculiar religions beliefs and worship. X have no admiration lor arian. rrld of such tremendous vicissitude station, and with a soul that must trile stand before a throne ot in> brightness, in a day when the if the mountains and the flaming of ens and the upheaval of the seas imong the.least of the excitements, iccount for every thought, word, reference and dislike, that man is o has no religions prelerenoe. But education, our physical temperatr mental constitution, will very *ide our form of worship, of psalmody that may" please me lease you. Some would like to have r In gown and bands and surplice, A preier to.have a minister in plain ipparel. Some are most impressed ttle child Is presented at the altar ikied of th6 waters of a holy bene* In the name of the Father, and of ind of the Holy Ghost," and others impressed when the penitent comes 'the river, his garments drit>Dinc the waters of a baptism which signifies B^Bwashlng away of sin. Let either have j^Hownway. One man likes no noise In I^Hrer, not a word, not a whisper. Another |^K, just as good, prefers by gesticulation BHcxolamatTon to express his devotional K^Bratlons. One Is just as good as the other. man folly persuaded in his own Heorga Whltefleld was golnc over_a j^Hker rather roug&Jy for some or nis reH>us sentiments, and the Quaker said: Borge, I am ns tnou art. Iam for bringfflHali men to the hope of the gospel. There , if thou will not quarrel with me about ^^Bsrcad brim, I will not ouarrel with thee HHt thy black gown. George, give me thy jSK tracing ont the religion o( sectarianism Wwgotry I find that a great deal of It comes BBi wrong education in the home circle. |Ke are parents who do not think It wrong H^Birlcature and jeer the peculiar forms of H^kion in the world and denounce other J T?. 4 It auu viuoi ucuviumrAiuiu, xi API vary i the ease that that kind of education. J apt opposite to what was expected, and children grow up, and after awhile go see for themselves, and looking in those ches and finding that the people are I there, and they love Ood and keep His mandments, by natural reaction they go join those very churches. I could menthe names of prominent ministers of the ?1 who spent their whole life bombardother denominations, and who lived to tfretr ohildren preach the gospel in those | denominations. But It is often the case bigotry starts in a household, and that rabject of it never recovers. There are of thousands of bigots ten years old. think sectarianism and bigotry also [from too great promlnenoe of any one ^minatlon in a community. All the other >mlnatlons are wrong, and his denomipn Is right because his denomination is post wealthy, or the most popular, or knost influential, and it is "our church, four" religious organization, and "our" r, and "our" minister, and the man la Ma hpftH nnrl wnntn other denomina I to know their places. S a great deal better In any community the great denominations of Christians xrat equal in power, marching side by br the world's conquest. Mere outside erity, mere worldly power, is no evii that the church is acceptable to Qod. p a bam with Christ in the manger a cathedral with magnificent harmorolling through the long drawn aisle n angel from heaven in the pulpit if be no Christ in the chancel ;<ind no t In the robes. otryis often the child of ignorance, aldom find a man with large intellect I a bigot. It is the man who thinks he i a great deal, but does not. That man tost always a bigot. The whole tenof education and civilization is to man out of that kind of state of mind sart. There was in the far east a great t, and one side of the obelisk was white, another side of the oballsk was green, another side of the obelisk was blue, and travelers went and looked at that obelisk, but they did not walk around it. One man looked at one side, another at another side, and they came home each one looking at only-one side, and they happened to meet, the story says, and they got into a rank quarrel about the color of that obelisk. One man said it was white, another man said it was green, another man said it was blue, and when they were in the very heat of the controversy a more intelligent traveler came and said: "'Gentlemen, I have seen that obelisk, and you are all right, and you are all wrong. Why didn't you walk all around the obelisk?" Look out for the man who only sees one side of a religious truth. Look out for the man who never walks around about these great theories of God and eternity and the (lead* 116 Will 00 Q Dizoi weviiavijr?mu man who only sees one side. There Is no man more to be pitied than he who has in his head just one idea?no more, no less. More light, less sectarianism. There is nothing that will so soon kill bigotry as sunshine ?God's sunshine. Bo I have set before you what I consider to be the cause of bigotry. I have set before you the origin of this great evil. What are some of the baleful effects? First of all, it cripples investigation. You are wrong and I am right, and that settles it. No taste for exploration, no spirit of investigation. From the glorious realm of God's truth, over whicn an archangel might fly from eternity to eternity and not reach the limit, the man shuts himself out and dies, a blind mole under a cornshock. It stops all investigation. Another great damage done by the sectarianism and bigotry of the church is that it I disgusts people from the Christian religion. Now, my mends, the church of God was never intended for a war barrask. People are afraid of a riot. You go down the street and you see an excitement and missiles flylnc thronrfi the air and you hear the shock of firearms. Do you, the peaceful and industrious oitlzen, go through that street? "Oh, no," you will say; "I'll go around the blocL" Now, men come and look upon this narrow path to heaven, and sometimes see the ecclesiastical brickbat flying every whither, and they say; "Well, I guess I'll take the broad road. There Is so much sharpshooting on the narrow road I guess M try the broad road!" Francis I so hated the Lutherans that he said that if he thought there was one drop of Lutheran blood in his veins he would puncture them and let that drop out. Just as long as there is sq much hostility between denomination and denomination, or between one professed Christian and another, or between one church and another, so long men will be disgusted with the Christian religion ind say, "If that Is religion, I want none of i." Again, bigotry and sectarianism do great Jamage in the fact that they hinder the ( triumph or the gospel. Oh, how much wasted ammunition, how many men of splendid intellect have given their whole life to controversial disputes when, if tbey had given their life to something practical, they might have been vastly useful! Suppose, while I speak, there were a common enemy coming up the bay, and all the forts around the harbor began to fire into each other, you would cry out: "National suicide! Why don't those forts blaze away in one direction, and that against the common enemy?" And yet I sometimes see In the church of the rnrd Jesus Christ a strange thing ftolng on ?church against church, minister against minister, denomination against denomination, firing away into their own fort, or the fort which ought to be on the same side, Instead of concentrating their energy and giving one mighty and everlasting volley against the navies of darkness riding up through the bay! -What ri,1*J u~*nii?T>nr> maaiaUtb m^nnaf thoTHpFIst CSurcn? St iatfgblng ecartrSnS tirade could have destroyed the ohuroh, it would not have to-day a disciple left. The Baptists were hurled out of Boston in olden times. Those who sympathized with them were imprisoned, and when a petition was. offerod asking leniency in their behalf all the men who signed it were indicted. Has intolerance stopped the Baptist Ohurch? The last statistics in regard to it showed 25,000 churches and 8,000,000 communicants. Intolerance neVer put down anything. In England a law was made against the Jew. England thrust back the Jew and thrust down the Jew and declared that no Jew should hold official position. What came of it? Were the Jews destroyed? Was their religion overthrown? No! Who became prime minister of England? Who was next t? the throne? Who was higher than the throne because he was counselor and adviser? Disraeli, a Jew. What were we celebrating In all our churches as well a3 synagogues only a few years ago? The one hundredih birthday anniversary of Monteflore, the great Jewish philanthropist. Intolerance never yet put down anything. Knnlnn chAtpn rAn I X2UI UUWj ill} Jfitruusy **c*uuq the origin of bigotry or sectarianism, and having shown you the damage it does, I want briefly to show you how we are to war against this terrible evil, and I think we ought to began our war by realizing our own weakness and lour imperfections. If we make so many mistakes in the common affairs of life, is it not possible that we may make mistakes in regard to our religious affairs? Shall we take a man by the throat or by the collar because he cannot see rellgious truths just as we do? In the light of eternity it will be found out, I think, there was something wrong in all our creeds and something right in all our creeds. But since we may make mistakes In regard to things of the world do notlet us be so egotistic and so puffed up as to have an idea that we cannot make any mistake in regard to religious theories. And then, I think, we will do a great deal to overthrow the sectarian from our heart and the sectarianism from the world by chiefly enlarging in thoBe things is which we agree rather than those In which we differ. Perhaps I might forcefully illustrate this truth by calling your attention 'to an Incident whioh took place about twenty years ak'U. uuo muuunjr uiurrnu^ at. owui u o'clock, while her 900 passengers were sound i asleep in ber berths dreaming of home, the | steamer Atlantic crashed into Mars Head. Five hundred souls in ten minutes landed In eternity! Oh, what a scene! Agonized men and women running up and down the gangway and clutching for the rigging, and the plunge of the helpless steamer and the clapping of tho hands of the mercile33 sea over ! the drowning and the dead threw two continents into terror. But see the brave quartermaster oushlng out with the lifeline until h Yets to the rock, and see these fishermen | Jherlng up the shipwrecked and taking thtm into the cabins and wrapping them in the flannels snug and warm, and see that minister of the gos[>el, with three other men, gettine Into a ifeboat and pushing out for the wreck, pulling away across the surf and pulling away until they saved one more man. . and then setting back with him to the shore. Can those men ever forget that night, and can they ever forget their companionship in peril, companionship in struggle, companionship in awful catastrophe and rescue? Never! Never! In whatever part of the earth they meet they will be friends when they mention the story of that night when the Atlantic struck Mars Head. Well, my friends, our world has gone Into a worse shipwreck. Bin drove it on the rocks. The old ship Has lurched and tossed In the tempest of 6000 years. Out with the lifeline! I do not care what denomination carries it. Oat with the lifeboat! I do not care what denomination rows it. Side by side, in the memory of common hardships, and common trials, and common prayers, and common tears, let ua be brothers forever. We must be. And I expect to see the day when all denominations of Christians shall join hands of/Yn-nH rtt-nca e\f nhriflf- Ulld rCfiitQ th? creed: "I believe In God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and Jesus Christ, and in the communion of saints, and in life everlasting. Amen!" The Sumac Harvest. The sumac harvest Is on in Kentucky. Ail along the small waterways. in the fenci corners and by the woo is. girls and boys, men and -women, are curing sumaf. The crop this year is the best ever known, and is a i godsend to the poor people. In three counties the crop will make several million pounds. Buyers for New York dye houses are on the grouml. and spot cash will be paid, and the people who are suffering will And relief Discoveries In Labrador. Sixty thousand square miles of Iron-beat* lng formation, n lake 100 miles long and thirty to forty miles wide, and proof that the big falls of Hamilton River are the largest In America, are some of the discoveries made by Messrs. Low and Eaton, of the Dominion Geological Survey, on their sixteen months' exploration of the Interior of the great Labrador peninsula. SABBATH SCHOOL. INTERNATIONAL LESSON FOE SEPTEMBER 30. Review: Lesson of the Third Quarter ? Golden Text: Mark I., 15?Commentary. tiTSSOS I.?The Birth of .Toois (Luko ft., 1-16). Golden Text. Luke ii., 11. "Unto you Is born this day in the citv of David. a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Tho greatest event that ever occurred In this world up to that time?the incarnation of God. the Creator of all things?came to pass when tho fullness of the time had come (Gal. iv., 4). There is an appointed tlmo for every event, and God in all things is never too soon nor too late. The threat things of God are nothing to the world lyinj? In the wicked one, and so the great event is made known not to the mighty ones of earth either I i? *\m ofnfa Ktif f/\ fKo linmKlo aVinrv ' herds on the plains of Bethlehem (I Cor. 26-20). I Lesson II.?Thp Presentation in the Temple (Luke 11., 23-3S). Golden Text, Luko ii., 32. "A light to lighten the Gentiles and I tho glory of thy people. Israel." It is to the Simeons and Annas that the Lord reveals Himself, while Ho posses by the great and wise of this world. He looks to tho poor and contrite spirits who tremble at His word, who love and wait for His salvation and are separate from this present evil world. Not to the righteous Lots who live in Sodom, but to the Abrahams who live at Hebron in fellowship with God, does He reveal Himself and His ways. Lesson III.?Tho Visit of the Wise Men (Math, ii., 1-12"}. Golden Text, Math. 11., 11, 'They saw the young child with Mary, His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him." These wise men are another illustration of the unknown on earth, but well known in heaven, to whom tho Lord reveals His secrets. They were wise in the things eternal. Lesson* IV.?The Flight Into Egypt (Math. Ii., 13-23). Golden Text, Ps. cxxi., 8, "The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy. coming in." The three dreams of this lesson, in which God revealed His will to Josepn. along with the fourth in verse 20. suggests the mnny dreams of Scripture in connection with Job xxxiii., 14-17. The command, "Be; thou there till I bring thee word" (verse 13), makes us think of the wilderness life, when every movement or Israel was directed by the pillar of cloud (Num. ix., 15-23). The wondrous fulfilling of Hos. xi., 1 (see verse 15) shows how literally and fully we may expect all prophecy to be fulfilled. Leasox V.?Tho Youth of Jesus (Luke ii.. 40-52). Golden Text, Luke ii., 52, "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man." The leading thoughts in this lesson seem to be His knowledge of who He was and what He came for, even at the age of twelve years, when He said, "I must be about my Father's business." Lesson VI.?The Baptism of Jesus (Mark i., 1-11). Golden Text. Mark I., 11, "Thou art My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." We have here the herald foretold by Isaiah and Malachi. who was content to bo heard and not seen, ooly a voice crying In tho wilderness?glad to sry, "Behold the Lamb of God," and to see his owm followers forsake him to follow Jesus. Thed we have the opened heaven and the Spirit descending upon Jesus as a dove and abiding on Htm. Lesson VII.?rue Temptation or jesus (Math, iv., 1-11). Golden Text, Heb. iv., 15, "In all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Whilo absolutely perfect in Himself, yet as our High Priest and Saviour He is made perfect through suffering (Hob. Ji., 10). I have often been glad that in this conflict with the devil Jesus did not conquer him in any miraculous way, but simply by the use of the sumo sword (Epb. vi., 17) which He has left to us and taugat us how to use. Let us cling to it like the man in II Sam. xxlii., 10. Lessox VIII.?The First Disciples of Jesu3 (John i., 35-49). Golden Text, John i., al, "We have lound the Messiau. which is, being interpreted, the Christ." Tne way to make disciples of Jesus is to point Him out as the Lamb of God who taketh away sin, for He said Himself that wnen lifted up He would draw men unto Him. Lesson IX.?The First Miracle of Jesus (John if., 1-11). Golden Text, John U., 41, "Tnis beginning of miracles did Jesua In Cana of Galilee and manifested forth His glory." That the Bible should begin with the marriage of Adam and Eve and end with the marriage of the L-imb, the last Adam and Eve and that Jesus, the Lamb of God, the last Adam, should perform His first miraclo at a marriage feast, is, to say the least, very lntnr?<!tini?. And that He Should show forth His glory by turning w.iter Into wine, makes as think of His words in Luke xxii., 13. concerning the kingdom. Lesson X.?Jesu3 Cleansing the Temple (John ii., 13-25). Golden Text, John ii., 16, "Make not My Father's house a house o? merchandise." It is man'* WHy, instigated by the devil, to defil" holy things and places. Since Adam defiled Eden by his disobedience it has been the story all the way down. Thank God for the New Jerusalem into which no defilement can enter (Rev. xsi.,27). Lesson XL? Jesus and Nicodemus (John ill., 1-16). Golden Text, John iii., 16, "God so loved the world that He gavo His only begotton Son." Iteming the hearts of all men and knosvirg what was in man, Jesus tells this good moral man, a ruler of the Jews, that his great need is to be born from above, and that unless he is born fromabovo he can never see nor enter the kingdom of God. If we miss tho kingdom of God, wo must be shut out into the kingdom of darkness, where are weeping and gnashing ol teeth. How all important, therefore, is this birth from above, which I tried to make plain in th? notes on this lesson! Lesson- XII.?Jesus at Jacob's Well (John iv., 9-26). Golden Text, John iv., 14, "Whosoever drlnketh of the water that I shall give him a Villi nurop fliiraf " Tlia coaI/-in iT Savinur the Good Shepher.J, finds thlslo3t oue by the well and tells her of a well which she. might have within her and over carry with her. From the water with which she was familiar He leads her to the water of which she knew not by convincing her of sin and then revealing Himself to her, after which she became a bearer of this living water to others. Lesson XIII.?Christ's Peaceful Beign CIw. xl., 1-9). Golden Text, Isa. xi., 9, "The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord." The time will surely come when the long rejected Jesus who was born in Bethlehem, lived at Naznreth. was crucified on Calvary and rose from the dead will come again to the air :cr HLs people and after the great tribulation to the earth with His saints to sit on David's throne in Jerusalem and execute justice and judgment in all the earth.? Wesson Helper. Tlie Barometers of Trade. The New York Postofflce, the telegraph and the cable companies, all bear convincing testimony to the revival of trade which has followed the settlement of the tariff question. These three agenoies of communlca.tion between business men are to be likened to trade barometers, so accurately and promptly do they record the varying conditions of the commercial affairs of the cc#jntry. When business Is active, when merchants and manufacturers are hopeful and energetic, the mails are burdened with circulars, with announcements and with orders for Roods. The telegraph companies, under the same circumstances, are busy transmitting commercial messages, with orders for goods and the like. The cables are to international commerce wlistthe telegraph lines are to inland and national commerce. Each of these three agencies of trade reports that there has been a general considerable revival of all business interests since the tariff question ceased to be an element of commercial uncertainty. Discoveries In Labrador. Sixty thousand square miles of iron-bear* ing formation, a lake 100 miles long and thirty to forty miles wide, and proof that the big falls of Hamilton River are the largest in America, are some of the discoveries made by Messrs. Low and Eaton, ot the Dominion Geological Survey, on their sixteen months' exploration of the interior of the great Labrador peninsula. English Farmers In Luck. The failuro of the potato crop in Jersey and in the north of France turned attention to the English crop, and early potatoes made exceedingly good prices. In fact, all the sfde crops promise to be extremely profitable. Mustard, rape and turnip seeds are looking exceptionally well. Altogether, English agriculture is reported to be in better condition than it ha3 been for some ! years past. - , RELIGIOUS READING. HAVE A PLACE FOB PRAYER. We do not need to enter the closet in order to find the Lord. He is ever near U3. But we enter it in order to escape from distraction, and in order to regain those associations, and, it may be, to surround ourselves with those mementoes, which we formerly found help to our prayers. One who has great powers of abstraction may take refuge from surrournding bustle in the depths of his own spirit and pass along the crowded streets in the perpetual hermitage of his own self-seclusion, undiverted and undistracted by all that is whirling round him. But few have this talent of inward sequestration?his power to make a closet of themselves; and in order to find for thdr thoughts a peaceful sanctuary, they must find for their persons a tranquil asylum. It little matters where or what it is. I3aac went out into the field, and uacoo puea ms nignt iong prayer uesiae ine running brook. Abraham planted a grove, and in the cool shadow of his oaks, at Beersheba, he called on the name of the Lord. Abraham's servant knelt down beside his camel; and it would appear, from some of his psalms, that a cave, a mountain fastness, or a cavern in the rocks, was David's eloquent oratory. Peter had chosen for his place of prayer the quiet and airy roof of his seaside lodging, when the messengers of Cornelius found him. It would seem that the open air ?the noiseless amplitude of the 'solitary place'?the hillside, when the stars above, and the shadowy world below?the fragrant stillness of the garden when evening had dismissed the laborers, where the Man of Sorrows loved to pray. It was in the old church of Ayra that John Welsh was wont, all alone to wrestle with theangel of the covenant; and we have stood in the wild rock-cleft where Peden found frequent refuge from his. persecutors and whence he caused his cry to ascend "unto the Lord most high'\ It does not need four walls artd a bolted door to make a place of prayer. Retirement and silence, and a sequestered spirit will create it anywhere. By the shore of the sounding sea?in the depths of the forest?in the remoteness of the green and sunny upland, or the balmy peacefulness of the garden bower?nay, admidst the dnat of the dintrv ware-room, or the cob webs of the owlet-haunted barn?in the joking corner of the crowded stage, or the unnoticed nook of the travellers' room, you have only to shut your eyes, and seclude your spirit, and you have created a closet there. It is a closet wherever the soul finds itself alone With God. I WISH X WEBE A CHRISTIAN'. This is a wish very often expressed, and that, too, with such a'tone and manner, as to give some evidence of slnceiity. But let us analyze the matter a little. When you express this desire to be a Christian, do you mean to imply that God is unwilling that you should be one, or that your fellow-men have any power to prevent your becoming so? Do you mean to imply, that there is any real hindrance in the way, except what is to be found'in your own heart?in the perversity of your own will? When you express this wish to be a Christian, what is it that you really seek for? Is it simply a sense of security,in the midst of the dangers that surround yotf? Is it simply a selfish desire to possess yourself of the blessings promised to the righteous, and an exemption from the punishment threatened to the wicked, and all Of this without any of the burdens, the reproaches, the crosses of the Christian life? If so, do you really mean what you say? Is there not a principle of insincerity in the action of your mind upon this subject? There is a great fund of Instruction upon the point now under consideration, in those words of Christ, which were designed to set before his disciples the true condition of the Christian life: "For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, saying, this man begun to build, and was not able to finish." May it not be that this instrucfon in is most strictly applicable to your case? If you are prepared to te a Christian on the conditions which Christ has laid down, if you are ready to take upon yourself all the self-denying duties of the Christian life, rest assured that there are no obstacles in the way. The path is open, and all are invited to walk therejn. But, if you wish to be a Christian with a mental reservation? if you d?sire the crown without the cross, then there is an insurmountable obstacle in the way, and, until your thoughts and feeling are changed in reference to the master there is no hope for you. Sit down, then, and count the cost, and resolve to sacrifice, to surrender all for Christ, and then there will be no farther difficulty.?Congregationalism BEGIN AT HOME. A slovenly carpenter was once heard at a weekly prayer meeting to pray with great fervor for the spread of Christ's cause?a cause which he disgraced and hindered in his sphere every time he etood at his workbench. When he ended his prayer a hearty "Amen!" came from a servant who jut her mistress out of temper a hundred times a day by her carelessness. A clerk also was there, who, although he taught a class in the mission school on Sunday, was always late at his employer's store on week-days. He whispered ''Amen," too, and meant it, so far as ho knew himsef. A lady hearer, as she listened, resolved to join the Church Missionary Society, and then went home and found unreasonable fault with her cook. And others also felt warned to do something for Christ, who never seemed to have thought that religion, like charity, begins at home. The mechanic who is powerful at class-meeting, and weak at his trade, is no credit to the profession he makes. The servant who drops tears feelingly at religious services, and drops dishes unfeelingly in the kitchen, has her tenderness altogether too much on one side. And it is a poor kind of a religion which seeks opportunities to set others straight, but overlooks its own crookedness.?Sunday-School Times. THE HC3IBLE EXALTED. God chooses tte humblest instruments. Ho passes by the tempests, and waters, the fields and gardens with his imperceptible dew. He passes by the great elephant, and bestows the hues of sapphire and amethyst upon the tiny humming-bird. He passes by the lofty pine and huge elm tree,and lavishes blossom and perfume on the violet 411 history teaches the same truth. Moses was the son of a poor Levite; Gideon was a thresher; David was a shepherd-boy; Amos was a herdsman ; the a|,ostles were ignorant and unlearned; Zwingle was a shepherd; Melauchthon, the great theologian of the Reformation was an armorer; Luther was the child of a poor miner; Fuller was a farm servant; Carey, the originator of the plan of translating the Bible Into the language of the millions of Hindustan, was a shoemaker; Morrison, who translated the Bible into the Chin ese language, was a last-maker; Dr. Milne was a herd-boy; Adam Clarke was the son of Irish cotters; John Foster was a weaver; Jay of Bath was a herdsman, the apostles were fishermen, and Jesus of Nazareth was a carpenter. TEE TBL'E BBOTHERHOOD. Only see that your heart be right toward God?that you now love the Lord Jesus Christ?that you love your neighbor?walk as your 31 aster walked, and I desire no more. I am sick of opinions. I am weary to bear them, my soul loathes their frothy food. Give me solid and substantial religion, give me a humble lover of God and man?a man full of mercy and good fruits, without partialty, a mail laying himself out in the work of faith, the patience of hope, the labor of love. Let my soul be with such Christians wheresover they are, and whatsoever opinion they may hold. "He that doeth the will of my Father in heave n. the same is my brother, and my sister, and my mother." ?Wesley. biam 's Kins '1 Chloral Fiend. Bangkok, Si!*m, is in a fever hi?at of excitement on account of repeated announcements that the King was dead. In high Siamese circles it is assorted that the King is suffering from fever, the result of indulgence in chloral, which has long been his favorite drug. It is said he cannot recover. The palace ladies are turning their wealth into diamonds, and the duration o 1 the dynasty is regarded as improbable. This Year's Salmon Catch. The bark Harvester has brought good news of the salmon run. Last year the catch resulted in about 600,000 cases, and this year It will amount to nearly as much. If there is a heavy demand from England the prlca Will advance. H AGRICULTURAL TOPICS OF INTEREST RELATIVE TO FARM AND GARDEN. WEEDS Oil TURNIP LAND. If the land that has been prepared for tnrnips has become covered with weeds use the cultivator. After the next rain more young weeds will show, which may be destroyed. By killing the young weeds before the turnip seed is planted there will be less risk of having the turnips overrun with weeds at the start. Every weed seed that germinates and is then killed lessens the number of weeds remaining in the soil, and also reduces the number for next year.?New York World. BEES AND FRUIT. Because honey bees ating, people who don't like them and are disliked bv them often accuse them of sundrv misdoings. Among these it is claimed that bees will sometimes injure ripe , fruit. To determine whether this acousation is deserved or not an experiment was tried. A quantity of damaged fruit was placed on a table in the open air, and many bees from neighboring hives were quiokly attracted to it. After they had gotten fairly to work upon it the damaged frnit was removed and sound fruit put in its place. In a few minutes the bees had all abandoned the table. Most of the damage charged to bees is done by birds, ants, wasps and hornets, but the honey bee is not able to injure sound fruit.?Courier-Journal. 4 COLOR OF H0BSE3. ' "A great deal of importance is attached by expert horse buyers to the color of horses, particularly with regard to their legs," said a Western stockman. "The best horses I have ever known had their feet and legs marked with white. It is proverbial that sorrel and chestnut horses with white upon theit legs are good natured, while horses of the same color without a dash of white are often found to be unsafe animals. Many . ? "I - XI X J.1 LZ ~ J people minis, mm tuu paru-uuiureu horses belonging to circuses are selected for their oddity, but they are really chosen on account of their gentleness and docility. It is said that a black horse cannot stand the heat, and white horses have been pronounced as unsuited to cold. The physiognomy of horses is also much regarded. If he is full and broad between the eyes, he is supposed to have superior sense and to be easily trained, but if he has a sharp, narrow face, be careful how much you trust hia."? St. Louis Globe-Democrat. COIiORDfG BUTTER. There is no deceit or dishonesty in coloring butter, any more than in dyeins: silks or woolen cloths to suit the fancy or taste of the purchaser. If people like yellow butter, and they seem to do so, it is a perfeotly proper act to supply them with the "painted" butter, as it is sometimes called. It is a mistake to think that the butter of a Jersey cow is always of the high color believed to be a special attribute of these cows The butter made on fresh grass is the standard color of the best quality, but most of the Jersey butter is colored, even in the summer. A really good cow, however, will yield yellow butter in the winter, when fed on clover hay and corn meal, while corn fodder and bran or oats will give a lighter shade. The best dairymen color their butter, and that at the Chicago test was colored, but it seems a farce that the color of the butter made was counted at ten points in the scale of excellence, when it was artificial. The true test should have been butter uncolored, and this would have been really a test of the animals. The Guernsey cows notably made the best colored butter at Chicago.?New York limes. SHEEP AND WEEDS. My attention was first called to the fact of sheep eating weeds in preference to grass, writes D. A. Kent, when I was a lad in charge ol a flock of sheep. There were a thousand of them and I was keeping them on the virgin prairie. The pasturage was almost limitless and abounded in the choicest of prairie grass. Yet the sheep would travel over the prairie selecting certain weeds, most prominent of which was the "white-topped milk weed.." I have seen our sheep eat the seed pods of the honey locust. I have also seen them peel the bark from the alder bush and young apple trees. They seem to hunger for something bitter. Whether this is due to a? iiauacano wuumiv/u ui vuo owvuuvu or whether it is the natural habit of the animal might be a question. The horse has a hunger for the bitter bark of trees, especially the aspen or the willow, and every horse should have poles of these trees lying before him, especially in the winter time. The fact that these animals show a relish for plants containing a bitter principle proves that they eat them by choice and not through the force of starvation. ?Kural Life. WHY HILETN'G MACHINES FAIL. The difficulty in the way of milking machines is not one of mechanics but of nature. Milk-giving is a natural function, and it requires stimulation through the nervous system. An unmilked cow will dry up. A cow milked by a calf has a shorter period of milkgiving than one milked by hand. At a certain age the calf becomes too obstreperous to coax the lacteal flow and the cow doesn't fully respond. Tlioro ia ? iri.ln rliffpralso in milkers?some getting more milk find ! more butter fat in the same quantity j than others. Successful milking depends upon a ! manipulation which is pleasing to the i cow?one which creates sympathy. It must cause a reflex action, the milk being secreted during the operation aad the extent of the secretion being governed by the feelings of the cow. No machine can influence the! emotional nature as can an intelligent I handling by a sympathetic living being. The emotions are not controlled by the laws of mechanics. Friendship, love, sympathy are not mechanical productions. A cow milked by machinery does not receive that sympathetic stimulus of nerves that is necessary to the best results. This has eo far been a bar to all machine work, and perhaps always will be. But the dairyman need not be un? happy because of this fact. If milking were a merely mechanical operation, milking machines would be as ! plentiful as sausage grinders and dairying would be revolutionized. Revolutionizing means that those now in the business would be tamed under and ground to death. It would be carried on by large establishments and the small farmer can't compete with them any more than he can with the big packing houses in curing meat. The small farmer has now th9 advantage in dairying. He can milk the cows his small farm will support. Could the large farmer milk all the cows hia large farm would support, he would have an advantage over the small farmer. A successful machine might be a public benefit through cheapening production and lowering prices for the consumer, but it would certainly throw the present army of small dairymen out of work.?Orange Judd Farmer. FARM AKD GARDEN KOTE3. Celery plants will not stand dronght. Wax beans may be planted even as late as this month, and will give a sup* ply, if frost does not appear too early in the fall. Cut back the young raspberry canes when they are three feet high and they will have stronger branches than if cut back when full grown. It is claimed that a strong deoootion I of smartweed applied once or twice a day to the cattle will keep off flies. The decoction of walnut leaves is another preventive. For the squash vine borer there is no certain remedy, but for the squash bug use Scotch snuff three parts and insect powder one part, well mixed, and dust the mixture on and around the vines. The advice of a praotical dairyman is to milk a cow with her first and second calves until, at least,* within two months of when she is expected to calve; tbis is the surest and best way of making a persistent milker. Here is a well tried fly remedy: Mix three, quarts of train oil, one quart crude petroleum and one ounce carbolic acid. Apply to the animal with a sponge. An application once in five days will give very satisfactory results. One dairyman has reaohed the conclusion that no self-respecting cow will pay more for her feed and care than, it is worth. Her milk is her capital, and if you get it you must pay for it, and you get what you pay for and no more. If short of pasturage or fodder or both, sow some rye or oats for fall feed. If an open winter a good field of rje will famish much feed all winter. If not desired for a grain orop it may be turned under in the spring and corn planted. Many farmers in the drouth-stricken regions are cutting the ruined corn with their harvesters. This is expected to make better feed than ordinary wild hay. The bundles should be well cured in the shock, then stacked in narrow ricks near the feeding place. Summer or winter we should not try to carry cattle through on a single ration; the addition of meal or oil cake will not only soon pay for itself, but will cause the regular food to show better results. Grass only, even in the flesh of summer pasture, doe3 not give the best results. When the ground beccomes very dry the roots of beets and turnips are apt to split with the sudden start they will make with the first good rain. The preventative is cultivation to keep the soil crumbly and as a mulch, thus preventing evaporation of the moisture that may remain in the soil. A duck raiser says that Pekin ducks are profitable, both as market fowls and egg producers. They lay from 100 to 150 eggs each year, and by good feeding can be made to weigh I five pounds when ten weeks old. A j good grass run is one of the things j needful in order to grow them with 1 profit. Knowing, as we do the slight cost of raising guineas, we are constantly surprised that so few of them are found on our farms. They are adapted for the farm better than for the Bmall poultry keeper, as they need a wide range. If this is sufficient, they will gather almost all their own food in the fields and meadows. No doubt that one reason corn is so much used for feeding poultry and stock is that it is such a handy food, but a writer suggests that if you would lay in a good supply of other things, and put them at the start where they would be eqhally handy, you would soon get in the habit of using them? to advantage and profit. Irregularity in feeding interferes with the secretion of milk in dairy ??" "itK ffl + foninfT pt.oftlr if. intor L'U?YO } U i Uli wvvvm .. feres with digestion, and consequently with the laying on of fat; it makes horses become bad-tempered and wear out themselves and their stable doors. Does the master never get restless when dinner is not just on time? The skim milk from one cow is estimated to be worth $20 a year. So far as its actual proportion of nutritious matter is concerned it is more valuable than cream, because it contains the protein and mineral matter. I Its value on the farm depends on the I use to which it is applied. It should j furnish sustenance for two pigs in a year if used in connection with clover and grain. # English Rabbits* English rabbits are seldom exposed for sale save in the large markets and j in the butcher shops of the French quarter. In the latter they sell at from fifty cents to SI each, and are purchased mostly by the French people themselves. The rabbits are raised for home consumption and J or market by suburban French folks, and a characteristic feature of a wellknown suburban French restaurant is the rabbit coop, where the proprietor grows the little creatures to feed his family and his guests.?New York Recorder. A plumb-line by the side of a very large building inclines a little from the.perpendicular because the weight is attracted by the mass of the edifice. V V." ' " ? i V I HOUSEHOLD MATTE US. ICB CHEST MANAGEMENT. Fwd that has little odor itself, an3 food that absorbs odors readily should be placed at the bottom of the refrigerator. All foods with a strong odor Bhould be kept on the top shelves. Sour milk or cream should not ba kept in the refrigerators. Salad dressings, tartar sauce and celery should be oovered closely so they will flavor everything that is shut up with them. Pineapples, strawberries and raspberries, should not be shut into a common ice chest with milk or cream. In the refrigerators where there is a circulation of dry air, butter, milk, cream and other delicate foods may be kept in the lower part of the refriger* ator, and the fruits, vegetables, etc., with stronger flavors and odors, may be kept on the top shelves. If arranged in this way there will be little danger that one kind of food will absorb the flavor or odor of another.? N?w York Telegram. HOW TO TBIM A LAMP. There is such a vast difference between the quality and quantity of light given by a kerosene lamp properly trimmed and that given by the same lamp unskillfully trimmed that it is surprising any person of average observation will* endure the light given by a badly trimmed lamp for even a single hour. But few people can trim a kerosene lamp properly, and not many people who read or sew by kerosene lamp seem to mind it. Many implements for trimming lamps have been invented, but few of them are of any signal value. The best instrument for trimming a lamp wick is the human forefinger. It is . much saperior to a pair of scissors* Whether the wick be cylindrical or straight, turn it up until the part that ' is thoroughly charred is exposed, hold the wick firmly in place with the screw and rub off the charred portion. A little practice will enable ona to make a perfectly straight, smooth edge to a wick this way, and a single wipe on a piece of paper or cloth will cleanse the finger. Lastly, be careful not to let any of the charred refuse from the wick stiok on the burner, where it will obstruct the draught of the lamp. Brush it off or blow it off, and keep the draught clear.?New York Mail and Express. THE ABT IN GOOD SOUP. In the art of cooking there are untold details to be learned, and among them the most important in that great art?the making of soup. A noted traveler once remarked, "Oh, the bad soups I have eaten at people's houses I" The old-fashioned soup of fifty years ago was a thick glutinous mass which was a dinner in itself. When the soup was done the soup meat from which the soup was made was served and considered an excellent dish. But nowadays the soup has become a separata fVio onmmaTioamflnt fhft iUOVlVUUVUj VUV vvu**MWMWW*MV*?? w? ? dinner after- the half dozen oysters are served. In this age the French soup is the delicate liquid that is usually given. It requires a genius of a home woman to accomplish this desirable end, for it is only one in a hundred of ordinary families, whose cooks are not up to the mark in all dishes, that really can make a good pot of soup. For the breakfast a la fourchette, the soup, if one is to be part of the menu, should be light and delicate, and for dinner the same should be served. Meat for soup should always be lea&, and that from the shank is excellent. It is muscular and full of nutriment. For every quart of soup allow one pound of meat without fat. It should be washed, then placed in a kettle with one quart and a pint of cold water and a teaspoonful of salt. After boiling flrr/i tinnw fliora irill lia nnlv OiU YT XJ X\Jk UTOUVU&w HUWftv <> MM one quart of the liquid, the extra pint having been lost by evaporation.?New York Recorder. RECIPES. Spanish Toast?Take stale bread, cut in thick pieces and dip in egg with milk prepared l:ke custard, but with* out sweetening or flavoring. When the slices are all well saturated, fry in a very little bulter, enough to prevent adhering to the pan. Serve immediately, with a sauce. Hollandaise Sauce?Rub one-half cup butter to a a cream, and beat well. Stir in the juice of half a lemon, one saltspoonful of salt, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. When ready to serve, add one cup of boiling water, place the bowl in a steam kettle and cook until thick as custard, stirring all the time. Rice Croquettes with Raisins?Make rice croquettes, using enough eggs to give them the dehoacy of custard. Be sure the fat is boiling, otherwise the croquettes will be grease-logged. Make - i?* oonnn flftvnr with lemon a bUi b jJUUUIUg dmuvwj ? juice and throw in a few boiled raisins and chestnuts. Pour this over the croquettes and serve with fish or meat, in place of potatoes and gravy. Corn Muffins?Take the yolks of two eggs, beat well and stir in gradually two level tablespoonfuls of sugar. Pour in one and a half teaspoonfuls of sweet milk, add a level teaspoonful of salt, a teaoupful of cornmeal?yellow or white?two teaoupfuls of sifted flour, two heaping teaspoonfuls of good bakingjpowder, and one tablespoonful of melted butter. Bake in gem pans. Prune Soup?Soak one-half cupful of sago for one hour in a cupful of cold water, then add one quart of water, and cook in a double boiler until transparent. In the mean time cook together one cupful of raisins in a small quantity of water until soft, then udd the whole to the sago when it is transparent, with the juice of one lemon and one tablespoonful of sugar. Strain and serve hot with croutons. Marble Cake?Dark Part?Brown sugar, one cupful; molasses, one-half cupful; butter, one-half cupful; sweet milk, one-half cupful; soda, oue-half teaspoonful; flour, two and one-half cupiuls, and the yolks of four eggs; Cloves, auspice, cinmimuu uuu uui,u*eet of each one-half teaspoonful. Light Part?White sugar, oiie anl one-half cupfuls; butter, one-halt' cupful; sweet milk, one-lialf cupful; soda, onehalf teaspoonful; whites of four eggs, and flour two and one-half cupfuls. Sheep thrive best in a pasture infested with moles, beoause of the better drao&ge 3f the land. *