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SCHOOL AND CHURCH.
A pew in Or. John Hall's church. New lork, sold t lie oilier day for -,- 60(1. A Massachusetts woman has made a bequest of f 2.0i)0 to HoMon I'niversity "for.tlin purpose of clothing worthy theological students." In Prussia thev appreciate the value of health ami the necessity of exorcise to tiiaint:iin it. The minister of education has ordered that the hoys in all tho schools be made to play iithletic games. The "Singing Pilgrim" (Philip rhillips) and his son. who now sings with him, are shortlv to return home, after a successful tour of song through out the Hritish Isles. Mr. Phillips and hi family will visit the West Indies until April next. Prom March 1 to N'ovonbor 1 the American Sunday School I'liiou estab lished new Sundav schools in the Northwest and brought 'i.tli'S teachers and 10,1'Ji) scholars into them, besides aiding 1,0:1.1 old schools, which have 5.111 teachers and 44,10.1 scholars. -Chicnan 7'i'nr.s. The First Presbyterian Church in New Albany has a deacon, John Ilush ncll, who has held that responsible and honorable office for lifty years. A few evenings ago the ladies of the church celebrated (lis seventy-eighth birthday as a mark of respect to and Christian charaeter. ,fnnnil. his integrity Indianapolis Tight lacing has often been attacked us injurious to the health, but now il is r-aid to be injurious to morals. A Phila delphia parson recently preached a ser mon on the subject, and argued that the divine truth could not find its way into a ' heart squeezed and cramped by corsets. rinltitir 'phia I'res. The teachers in flic public schools at Indianapolis have b"en in the habit of pending out pupils to ascertain the wh'-rcahouts of absentees, lly entering houses where scarlet fever was raging several of the scholars contracted the disease, and now the School Hoard pro pose to put a stop to such use of the pupils. ft is said that a curious old gentle man in New York has been collecting sermons until he now has about 12,01)0 of ail sorts. He began nearly thirty years ago. He laid up bound volumes ;it first, but. later be preserved the ser mons he found in pamphlets or fully o ... ,,cl. . .,..,- inig hi arrange his material, lie learned , .. ,. fc i, ,, i hook-binding, ami for all theso years ho ..l : ...!.. I ... !..., 1.. lias given his nights and holidays to tin work of arranging, indexing and svs lematizing his material. X. V. Times. Chiindcr Sen, the leader of the Free Brahmins in India an almost Christian sect, opposed to idolatry and caste is a man ot unusual attainments. He, is a graceful orator, both in Knglish and Uengalese, and a profound scholar in the philosophy and sciences of Kurope. He lias traveled much, having visited Lon don and been presented to the Queen. Personally he is of striking and hand some appearance, being more than six feet tall, and in the prime of life. He is very wealthy, and at his own expense maintains a large church in Calcutta, and edits and publishes a paper called The New Dispensation. PUNGENT PARAGRAPHS. A Boston flirt, on receiving an offer of marriage, rushed into the hall and called up s'airs. Mother, am I engaged to anybody now?" Metamorphosis extraordinary: A young man who was supposed to be un commonly soft, has been found running away from his tailor as hard aH possible. The. J ui Ite. That's a lovely necktie you have on." she remarked. "Glad you like it; I thought it rather neat myself." "Yes, it would look so well in the silk patch work ipiilt I am making." Elevated Hailrond Journal. - The mushroom crop is so scant this fall that gatherers think there is mush room for improvement. Meanwhile liasty pudding is a safer thing to put on Vour table. Hungry children -have lot tf mush room. 1'iUsburg'i Telegraph. "Hot can I keep the cattle, from breaking down the fence to get into mj garden at night?" said an Austin man to a neighbor. "Thai's easy enough." ''But how can I keep the cattle from (breaking down the fence?"' "Hv leav-1 ing the gate open." Ttxas Sifungs. The sting of a bee, it is said, when compared with the point nf a fine needle under a powerful magnifying glass, is scarcely discernable. Hut the trouble is that when a man gets a bee sting, he forgets to compare it with a needle; lieuce it always is discernable, ami by a large majority. Iloston Transcript. "'lis a poor rule that does not1 work both ways. Yesterday I was at a dinner party, when a glass of wine was spilled on the table. Herr Meier put home salt on it and no oik; said a word. Subsequently tho salt-dish was capsized, and I poured a grass of wine on it, whereupon I came near being thrown out of the house. Fli. gende D atter. The smallest county in Pennsylvania is the most modest. Its strong point is 5ts Lack-o'-wannaty. The most evenly balanced county in its prolit and loss ac count is Lo.se-carn. The rag pickers' county is Alley -gainy. The most stal wart county is Arm-strong. The most disreputable county is Snider. The deadest county for education is Schuyl kill. I'lula teiMa liulletin. An humble Sausage thus Addressed ;t haughty Seal Skin sack: "How does i( Happen, my Friend, that you do not Recognize me, when it was only Two Months ago that you I'sed to Skin up Tree whenever J approached?" To this the Seal Skin Sack saucily Replied: "You had None the Hetter of Me then, Mr. Sausage, for while I was Skinning up the Tree, you forsooth Were Sailing down the Street with a Tin can tied to your 'VMS'Denver Tribune t'atden. Then you are thinking of build ing a residence next season?" sug- gestea tiuo to one ot our heavy pockets. "Yes I thought I should get up something in that line." "What t v ie of architecture Gothic, or Doric, or Corinthian, or ?" "O. a little of everything. My wife inclines to the Mary Ann style; but I guess I'll put up a genuine Hctsy Jane cottage, with pizarro all around it. That'll suit me well enough." Chicago Times. Didn't Know His Wife's Name. The pretty custom of parents address ing each other as "papa" or "mama" tho presence of their children soon bo comes a continued habit, even when the youngsters are not around. Soma time ago a well-known New York journalist, with his wife, acted as sponsors at the .christening of a child, and at the con clusion of the ceremony, the minister asked "Mr. Hlank, what is your wife's Christian name?" The newspaper man hesitated, stammered, and then turned his helpmeet, Baying, "Mania, what your lirst nanio?" Of course everybody laughed; but when that journalist got home bis wife gave liiiu a blessing ruiuui the benediotiou. Annoyed Democrats. j i i ' ' ' ' j : The Democrats of tho country at pres ent are like that famous army of V ranee, of which every so 'dier was said to carry a ie d marshal s si all in his knapsack. There is not a Dcmoc at "f the east po litical nolo riety in the lounlry to day, who 1ms not t ie secret expectation that tho Presidential lightning will strike him, and eonsequen iy the names of those mentioned in connection with the matter, can hecounled hv the hundreds. Candidates shoot up like mushrooms in ft damp spring-night, and the Hourbon papers are full of all kinds of possible and impossible combination-. "Clove lnnd and G ick,'' "Cleveland and Mc Donald," "Hi. tier and Morrison. '' are some of the more prominent among the newer names, while in the back-ground there is the endless ar. ay of standing applicants, who are by no means in clinedand why shoti.d they beV to give way to the voting upstarts. There is the great sullerer, Tilden. as promi nent as ever. There is the vo ominous Hanco k, there are Bayard and Thnr man sti I in deck; there are Hewitt, liandall. Kng'isli and the host of others, who have righteous claims. Kor, on the one hand, they ngr c that tho safest way to proceed in the next session of Congress, their Congress, is to let well enough alone, to do nothing that might compromise the Hourbon cause, to steer along skilllully among the breakers of Na ionnl legislation. ami hv no means impair their prospect of ultima'e resurrection by too much '' work. They feel the responsibility and . they are afraid to as, nine it. Hut on the other hand they cannot go before the peop'c without having something i to show as I he result of their refovnia I torinl endeavors. Thev have led the I people to believe Hint, tliere is mismau ' ngcnient in the llcpuhlican Administra tion, that the Kepuhlican Congress i neglected to relieve the people nnd thev ! have promised, that they, if the oppor 1 tunity were ete :ded to them, would I right the wrongs and bring about a brt ! tcr and more satisfactory state of a- fairs. Now they have the coveted chance, and while feeling a natural 1 aversion to lake hold of matters, which so long thev only knew to criticize, but showed no ability to improve, thev feel , that something must bo done, to go to the people wit h. Their great cry has been the " ox- travaganoy" of the hlopu! Mean party, which, thev allege, grew out of the nnormnus snr)lus inthc. National Trcas , , , n t i , tn v, accumulating Irom the tcar.ul tr: ,- t "T ,, . ... ation of the people by the system of in ternal revenue and the protective tariff: nnd they promised to lessen the burden. How to do this is tho perplexing prob lem, which they will first try to solve by the election of the Speaker of the new House. There are many appli cants for the position, but only two of considerable strength. Mr. Randall of Pennsylvania, and Air. Carlisle of Ken tucky. These two gentlemen represent quite different elements, and the com ing contest between them w 11 illustrate very fairly how utterly void of a real programme the Democratic party is to day, and how much they disagree on tho very subjects which they used as levers during the campaign. Mr. Ran dall an able demagogue is a pro nounced protectionist, opposed to all reduction of duties on foreign im ports, but in favor of tho com plete abolishment of internal taxa tion, the tax on whisky nnd tobacco in cluded. With him in tho Speaker's chair, the Committees would be com posed in the interest of the Democratic manufacturers of Pennsylvania and the Fast generally, a proceeding which would tind the opposition of the Dem ocratic party West and South. Nor will the perplexity be removed by the success of Mr. Carlisle, the candidate of the South. He appears for those Democratic regions which are more interested in the removal of the burden of tariff taxation. He is openly opposed to every and any kind of duty on imports. During the last session of Congress ho saiil: "I have never been able to comprehend how the. re duct on of the tarill' to a mere rev enue basis' could possibly injure any material interests of the country." Here we have the free-trader par excel lence, the man who cares naught for the inanu acturing interests of the country, who is unable to seo the least danger to anybody or any class, when the protection heretofore granted to ther industry is removed. He, of coiir-'e, for the purpose of gaining pres tige for the party and help ng his sec tion, would also favor tho abolishment of all internal revenue taxation. Those two nie'i represent the two main factions oi a party which wants to assume control of pit, lie affairs without being able lo agree on a Used policy of legislation, which t -day linds itself in the perplexing position of being unable to decide what to do, and would prefer to let matters rest ns they are, were it not for the fraudulent pie Iges given to the people. llur i ,g on Hawkey. Outlook for the Presidency. j : a ! i ' ! a in to is Senator Voorhees has come to the front long enough to say that Demo cratic success in 18X4 is now assured. Daniel does not feel so much interest in the lariil as he did. nnd as for Civil service Reform, he is against it. The flesh-pots of Kgypt are within smelling distnn e, and the tall Hoosier is not the man to put any obstruction in the way of a Pourhon least. Hut the senior Senator from Indiana would do well to cool the ardor of Irs assurance w th a few "frozen tacts." The outlook is not quite so encouraging t the Democracy as he pcnn to supi ose. He. profes-es to believe that his own State is now assuredly Democratic, and New York also, nnd therefore he reasons the cam paign of IHXi has been won already. I.ct us see about that. Kor t e purpose of this inquiry it may 1 o admitted that New York and Indiana will go Demo ratic, also New Jersey and De'awaro. Their eictoral votes aggreg ite sixt, -tin ee. Ther ' a e no other .Northern States whlc'i the Dem ocrats can reasonab y hope to carry. It is true that Ma sachusi; ts and Con necticut, Wisconsin ami Mi h'gan made bad records this vear, but they are not at all doubtful, at least noneo them are except Connecticut. For the purpo-es of this discussion place t ounoclieut, w.ta her six electoral votes, in the Demo cratic list, niakingsixty n ne Democrat ic votes in the. North, the very extreme maximum possible, provided, of cours, the Republicans niaiie nominations for president and Vice-President which com mand tho united support of the party. There will be 401 elcctoral-colfego voles in the next Presidential election, not counting Dakota, which ought to be admitted into tho Union th s next winter, and which would go Republienn bevond the shadow of a doubt. The f-outhern vote is very easily computed. The l)em ocrats can carry every State in the South, by fair means or foul, with one exception Virginia. Those Southern Stales have an aggregate of 1.0, mak ing, all told, PJii, or two less than enough to elect New York, Indiana and Connecticut, all combined, do not bold the key to the sitiihtion. The btate which can be safely count- ed upon to go Republienn upon a square party issue have nn aggregate ot I'.lti votes. This is three less than the Dem ocrats would have with all three of the doubt, nl States Virginia has twelve votes, or the balance of power. In a magazine article published eight months ago Mr. Riddlebcger, Senator-elect Irom that Stale, Rave it ns his opinion that "the people of Virginia have reached that state of mind that Deni mocrncy has no pre emption upon their allegiance, and Republicanism excites no terrors in their breasts." In the light of the re ent election it will be seen that he was a true prophet. Mr. Riddleherger closed that article with th s observation: "In theoining Na tional contest they will cast as'iile the blind servitude of the past, and ally themselves with that parly whose can didate is the best man and whoso plat form strikes them as best embodying their true interests. If, perchance, Virginia becomes a Republican Slate, it, will be because Hourbonism wakes her up to a sense of its loathsomeness, and 've ane'ent Hourbon' will doubtless take his flight forever to realms of bliss, croaking with his expiring groan, 'bas tard.' Yet Knglish history records that the bastard was, more than once, the hope and stay of the declining monarch when the sunshine pets of legitimacy had lied as cravens." An interview with him which has just been published shows that he has no moro love for Hourbon Democracy now than he had lust spring. Virginia went anti-l'ourbon by a large majority, and, even if the States which held the bal ance of power under the last appor tionment should all go Democratic, the Old Dominion may be relied upon to come to the rescue. i'hicaqo Inter O-ean. The Shameful Record of Democracy. "The advantages of living on" are proved by the condition of the Ani"ri can Democratic party. That party has erred enough to sink a nation, and it did come very near sinking this Nation in lHHO, though it c'ainiedto be the only National party in tho I'nited States. In the civil war that proceeded from its devotion to slavery it was constantly showing that it much pre'e'red the dis solution of the I'nion. con d slavery be preserved, to the Nation's oxislenee. and slavery abolished. If strove to have the secession conflict in arms extended to I he old Ire:! States, and encouraged foreigners to I ike purl, in that conflict, on the side of the rebels. It evoked Anglo-French arm d e.crtions iu favor of disuiiionism; and it is as certain a mosf established fads weil can be that nothing but the hostility of the Hritish abolitionists, headed by tho Hritish Royal Family, to intervention, prevented European intervention here, as we saw it made in Mexico, only that it would have been ma le here on a far more ex tensive scale. As far down in the e vil war as its last year. 1 rench intervention was expected by tho leading rebels, and if was announced in Richmond as sonie Ihingsure to take place in a few days, not a fortnight before our troops ha I en tered the Confederate capital. When, nt length, after mo.e than .o ir years of war. and the expenditure of thousands of millions of money, and the. pouring out of torrents o; loyal blood, the Union's existence was vindicated, the Democracy did not ceae to exhibit their hostility to the cotintr. They continued to labor tor tho lvnelit of the enemy, and would have rrsto ed them to .National power. They c cated ihe Solid South, and sought to ell'cct by ap parently peaceful methods what, thcy had failed to accomplish in war. t iv would have thought that such frank disi lays of hatred lo the Union coiili' not have failed to combine a l Union men against the Democrats; and al times it did seem as if such combina tion must be for i ed aga list thorn. They were defe.ito i at s x successive National elections; anil I hey receiver, very many great defeats in great States. Rut as they have persisted in living o ). they are, seemingly, beginning largely to prolit front their strange tenacity of life. They have just won a series of splendid victories, at the close of the twenty-second year since tiiev opened the reddest o rebellions, it was in, November, 1H10, th.d they declared war against the Union, at the r real cap tal. which was Charleston, South Carolina; and it is in November, 138-', that thev have told the world, practically, though not in terms, that in the opinion of myriads upon mvriads of .Northern men, treason, and rebellion, and resistance unto d. nth to law and the Constitution do not d squalify a party or men from being placed in positions that would enable thu r holders to destroy their count v. should their power be us potent as their will is wicked. The Democrats we have seen seeking the Nation's destruction, and it is not unchar itable or unreasonable to believe and to say that they r.ro no hetter in 1882 than they were iu 1860 and iu 1800 they began to tako up arms for treasonable purposes, and soon they had a nai ler of a million of soldiers under their banners. But those were Southern men. we may be told. So they wero but the Southrons gov erned the Democratic i arty then; and who govern that party now? The Southrons, again, who are stronger to day than they have been at any time ; since lxiiO. From disregarding defeat, i from hoping against apparent hope j from simply living on -the Democrats, . pr neipally Southrons and their North ' em sympa lii-ers, have become tho ' power in Iho land, lor the time; and wero it no! that the Republic has a Government composed of Kcpublicans, of true men. and not of rascals, such as formed the highest members of i Ruchanan's political family, and ! Riichanau was as lad as the worst of j Iho men tha' were abont him. and well j deserved to be hanged were it not, we Fay, that, tho present Government is composed ontirely of the most loyal of Republicans, of men who have given their proo's, what was douu in the last four months of tho old pro-slavery Union might bo repeated in the course of the next lifte n weeks. We are not alarmists, but we nv st say that wo aro in greater danger from l omo ratic anarchists than ) ranee is from tho anarchists of l.anguedoo and Lyoiii t-ouihcrn Francois a hot-bed. possibly, but Southern I renchmen, if Ihe. are m ved at all, will be moved through Buffering, whereas the griev ances of our South are all fantastical. We should be on our guard, and not allow men who have showed their pow er to do evil, lo get Ihe upper hand; but jiwt so sura as tho Demo ratio successes of this November should 1:0 followed by s ini'ar Democratic successes in No vend er two years hen e. ust so sure shall we see another attempt to dissolve the Union. The South is prudent enough not to move hostilely, tiniest much encouraged thus to move; and it can get encouragement of the sort de sired only from the North. Will the North give it? It should not; but has it not already gens a long way on tha road that leads to the giving of aid and oomfort to men who naw been stout rebels, and who ao act aa to show that i they would be glad to take part lo an. I olLor rebellion? Hndon TravlUr. Temperance. THE TWO PATHS. ' Tim following is tho concluding por tion of a recent sermon by Prof. David Swing, of Chicago: And yet tliere is a blunder of our race moro crtiol than that of the sword. It is rondo. 'ed less impressive from the fact that it has been lectured upon and wrangled over in all parts of the land, and has often boon rendered nn iinwol come themo of remark by the quantity of ill-advised speech and action that have grown up around it. Hutnotwith stand ng the unpopularity of Temper ance lectures the truth stands that when the human mind learned to distill and brew drinks It committed a greater fol ly than when It invented tho weapons of war. The cup is more destructive than cannon nnd musket, not only carrying nore persons to Iho grave, but to a life and death of a greater dishonor, for the poets have always sung somo sweet strains over the last resting-place of tho soldier; but no poet has ever had the courage to cast any (lowers noon a drunkard's grave, 'i he dual quality of tho very soil is illustrated in these fatal drinks of the human race. The erains which will make the broad for tho tablo of the home will also help compose a drink fully capable of scattering forever those wont to moot at the tablo in a supreme contentment. Not only wero Adam and Kvo ready to fall into sin, but the field of corn or wheat standi ready to become a harvest of sin. Strange earth! equally ready to grow the opium that kills, or tho fruits and breads that enrich and cheer tho mind; equally ready to produce drinks that w ill crush tho heart, or the food that makes mnn great nnd happy! In tho far Fast. where thousands of acres of roses are grown for the joy of their per fumes, there ns many acres of poppies arc grown for tho delirium and ruin of the multitude. Mark the two fields: the ono of roses from which the attar is extracied that fragrance may be car ried over tho world and that the noblest of all Cowers may seem to bloom in tho midst of winter in Ihe room where tho cultivated mind reads, or talks, or sleeps. As the note book holds the music of Heelhoven, as language, re tains the genius of Homer or Virgil, so lb s altar lolds the spirits of roses that are dead. A truo perfume is the im mortality of the r:ise. When tho evo sees many thousands of acres of these flowers growing thus to honor, it, blesses tho hidden majesty of sun and soil and tho genius of man; but when the same heart beholds the same human mind planting 10,ooo acres of poison plants which will extract, money from the ( hinese or other victims of folly, then doos it realize that there are two paths across this world a path of right and a path of inlin te wrong. As the Orion' yields thus its two harvests, ono of rich per.'unies and one of the opiate poisons, so the vast West grows tho grains that create a powerful race and the dr.nks that I a ten to destroy it. Wh -n o' o) hon was writing down the customs of some wild tribes, through which ho had to make his long march, he stated that in the mounta ns of Armenia tho natives made a popular !i'in! from fermented barley. "In (heir homes under the ground this dr nk wai contained in large vessels, and when one would drink he must, put his niouihtoa reed and suck like an ox. Without any admixt ure of water it seemed harsh, but was good to any ono who was accustomed to its la-t". ' In these words we lind the common beer of to day, and see that twen'y-l'our hundred years ago it was getting readv for an invasion of Germany to trample it under foot more cruelly than did tho armies of C:esar. Pliny describes also the coming enemy in the ;e word ;: "The natives who in habit the West of Kurope made a drink from gra'n and water w th which they into-.icated ihemse ves. The people of Spain so brew this li uior that it will keop good a lopg , time ;'' nnd then Plihy adds lhe;e words of great mean ing:" So exquis Us is tho cunning of mankind in gratifying their vicious ap petites that they have thus invented a method to cause wafer ilse f to produce intoxication." Thus we see a Roman scientist not r.g the fact that tho human mind was as cunn'ngto invent evil as to invent good, and lh.it the genius that can discover the telegraph and th properties o. steam, and thus help make civilization, can discover opium, nnd whisky and beer, and thus bo a Medea who can at once be th ; mother nnd the murderer of her sons. This path of pri vate and public wro ig basso broadened that the German Nation has abundant company in theso years in tho Knglish and Americans who have accepted of tho genius thatcan make water into a poison. When one cannot advocate total ab stinence as a duty and may admit that man may seek soino pleasure in his drink as he seeks some in his food, and need not any more' always drink water than ho need always eat only broad and meat, yet such is not tho kind of deli cate treatment the millions bestow upon drinks. Jliey brute ire self and quickly beco.r.o slr.ves of their dram, and all else fades away to loa e time and monev for the destructive nun. Kn- gland alone manufactures 25. 000,000 barrels of beer annually, of which only one-fiftieth part is exported. Thus the money value ot '-'t.OOO.ooo barrels of maltdrinks is f ung away bythe people, rich and poor, high and low, in the isl ands of tho Queen. Add tho liquor traffic of our Nation to these figures and we have an awlul illustration of the folly of man. of his litness lo be e ther a philosopher or a fool, his fitness to weave for his children garments of happiness or of sorrow. The so ca lod Gorman unity upon the beer question should fall to pieces in this enlightened century. W hat they should do at the polls may be uncer tain, but that the rising generation of Germans should detaeh themselves from the saloons is ono of the most evident of all the ways of duty. That national drink is rapidly in uring ono of the best races our earth eer had. Tho Scape.l a few years ago published an article which went to show that this drink was ;hanging tho lonn and laces of Gorman diiiii and women; was making the l.esh of the faoe so nerveless that it sunk with its own vve'ght, and eye lids, and 3heek, and the mouth were drooping down, making deformity of lace com mon among men and beauty rare among women To th s havoe mado in tho physical form add the perversion of mind and money along bad channels and you will have reason enough for lamenting th drift and probable des tiny of the German youth. So power ful is their race in mind an 1 body that It dies hard, but intoni erance is a con queror at last o' all the provinces ho in vades; and if th) "German unity" of nrink goes on the rising generations will find the unity of drink to be one also of Gernmn misfortunes. The Amerioan Gerumns must pause in thoir eareer and confess the "sal ons" and the "gardsn" to be no longer their happiness, but thdir calamity. iu a word, where two such paths as those of right aud wrong are sweeping Voiijj-"""- iJ nd th othsr gloomy it Is not to bo wondered at that all holy books and all holy men bavo been compollnd to see a Heaven and a Hell toward which these paths lead. Tho dunlity of earth nnd of man declare a duality of destiny. If a mighty stream runs north we tay there must bo a North Sea into which it at last dis charges its flood ; and if wo then lind a largo river running southward wo feel that it must know of a Southern Ocean largo enough to receive i's Hoods from age to age. Thus standing hv these two paths and marking them diverge, wo aro compelled to confess that these ways lead to two different oountries on this side and the other side of tho grave. Logic and observation teach us that Hell and Heaven begin here. They aro nothing else than the outworkings of man's own choice. A hot iron taken in thehand burns now and here, and so tho path of folly hastens to oiler its thorns. What more nnd bitterer tears there may be beyond this life is not known ; but iu this world you will not follow tho wrong road far before the feet will bleed. Young friends, you are entering upon a life which yon can shape as tho sculptor shapes his marble and the potior his clay. You are passing into a vale where up spring to paths; you can fol low eithor of them and lind victory or defeat. You have eaten of tho tree of knowledge, of good and evil, that grew in your Eden, and before you there w 11 always hang the two forms of fruit to bo plucked and eaten. Henceforth it hi tor you a two-fold world, nnd you must bo at least as noble as the Hercu les who, when accosted by two beauti ful forms, the ono more Pleasure and the other II uior, r?nehcd out his hand to the latter and won a plnce among the immortals. If a Pagan could mnko such a choice what cannot a man of this century accomplish. In our ennobled age you must toss tho golden npple to moral beauty. Never forgot tho duality of your earth and then the ollice of the human will rise up before you in all its divineness. Remember that the samo land produces the poppy and the rose, both rich in scarlet; but from the one comes the Lethean sleep of mind nnd soul, from the oilier a perfume straight from the gardens of tho angels. Lifo ig nothing but the passing by of tho one I'ower ami the plucking, and wearing, and passing of the other. What One Young Man's "No" Did. Many a weak youth has escaped temptation because a stronger com panion snid "no," and many anothet lias fallen because no such lie I p was near. A "life-sketch" in tho New York Lfihter (by an eye-witness) details a scene in a hotel billinrd-room, at a fashionable resort, where half-a-dozen young men were playing for money and "the drinks." An acquaintance having some errand lo one of the players, came in, and was boisterously urged to make ono of tho party in tho game and the bibu'otis indulgence. " Hring another hot Scotch !"' "Not for me," said Harry, peremp torily, and with a bit of extra color in his face. "Oh, pshaw ! You won't play ?" "No; I don't wish to." " Nor you won't drink a bumper with us?" "Jack, you nre going too far. would drink if I wanted it- You would not force a man to drink who is not thirsty ? " " Oh. fudge ! Harry, you're afraid to risk a dollar ! You'd drink a hot Scotch or a glass of wine with us if you darod to play. Oh. Hal. 1 didn't think you'd grown so fimid ! " And now the young man's face flushod to some purpose. It was a handsomo face, and he looked really grand noble as he drew himself up to his full, manly height. "Hoys, you have spoken freely to me; let mo say a word to you in reply. I am timid I confess. 1 am fearful; but you know you know very well that I fear not the loss of a dollar. I will tell you, presently, what 1 do fear. Do you remember D H ?" naming young man who, not a year previously, had been apprehended, trietl and con victed of forgery ana embezzlement to a large amount; and who was at that very time serving his penalty in State Prison. And, further, that young man a trusted book-keeper nm) cashier had been intimate with these very youths. "You remember him, I know," Harry continued; "and you can remember the timo when ho was as jovial and happy over his billiards and whisky, and his gambling, as you are now. Oh, do not win e! I call it by its right name. If it is not gambling, what is itlJ Ah, boys! if Dan had been a littlo fearful in those days, ho might have beoa differ ently situated now." Mo paused for a moment, looked around upon the players, and presently added, in a lower tone, and with deep solemnity: "And now, boys, I'll toll you, frankly, of what I am afraid; I have a mother you know whether sho loves mo or not and I have a dear sister, looking to me for joy and comfort iu life. I have, also, a business character; and, I trust,, a broad, bright future before me. Must I tell you 1 am afraid I shrink in mortal dread from anyth'ng thatcan en danger these sacred interests. Not for nil the wealth of all tho world would I knowingly and willingly bow my dear mother's head in sorrow. And since, even the appearance of evil may weaken tho prop of a sterling character, I will try to avoid that. Now you understand mo. Go on if you will, and enjoy your selves if you can. It would be misery for mo to join you here. , "Ouo word more : If anything of this interview should become known abroad be sure that I did not tell it, for my lips will be closed when I go ont from you." Ho then called aside the young man whom he had come to see, who, after a brief conversation with Harry, put up his cue, and, announcing that ho should not go on with the game, quietly went out with his friend. Two balls remaining on the table wore not pocketed. 1'he game was suffered to end where it stood. 'X'hore was a question asked by one of the five remaining as to what should bo done with the money in the "pot." The chief answered instantly, and without iirirnniiilit. )V (rivlnir pttcli Infill Itiu'lf II dollar. Then thev put their heads to- gether, and after a brief confab, which ' 1 could not overhear, they left the place, leaving full ono half the drink iu thoir glasses untouched. Six months later I had occasion spend another night at that same house, and during my sojourn 1 spoke to tho host of tho six young men whom I had seen engaged in that game of poo1. Ho know what 1 meant, for I had told him the story at the time. lie answered that three o those youths had not been seen in the billiard room since that ersr.ing. Two of them had occasionally dropped in together. and played a social game, but had neither put up money uor drank. the sixth man no would not speak. And thon 1 thought of the personal intluonoe of that young man. And th ad U not) t. Th sad ao man can t Religious Miscellany. THE OTHER SHORE. Itohln't me stretch the Inke's (freon waves so f.ir. Thi- "hore I left lh' morn Is nt to mjrht: ThoiiRb o'er II hrlihtly irl w the vesprr fltur. jN ar eves wtll see l-ut miss my smllo to nlKht. Before me In the purr-Huff twlllirht lifts Anolhe her si neiir: shore flwift inj biiilc drawn ftrnng-e lights arc twinkling through Its wooily riris. ' Amid whoso K'ooms there lurks for me no fear. A flny's short vnynffe o'er ftn Ihlnnd sea I niinoHt ilnne, n-i'l on ihe ai-inurer s shoro I shitll lie down nnd sleep ns trnniuilly As on the nlher slile 1 slept bciore. A litt'e pnruttlr hides In niv rhymes A teire'i" piirnhlonf pence and Knleo, Wore sweet than echoes of Ihe eveniliff eh nies That drift hut now across yon nnrrowintr paco. A lonjrer voynire I have almost dom Across h wide, and Rtriintre, and shirting sen ; Mom nfler mnrn, nnd many ft Bfttluij aim. Have ninde that larlhcr shore seem stransn to inc. nuckwnrd I p-nrc o'er life's tumultuous main Till mists and foisj oppress my xtrtiininK eyes: I would not i-all th it wide, wide sen fl-rain So, look Ih'Ioi-,. me into unknown skIcs. Another port 1 know I soon shall reach, 'i tint lies amid strange ahiidcws, yet un seen : For siirns more sur,' than gleams and eeh'xs tench How Itri.-f the spnee that port and mo be tween. Vet. In its shadows lurks for me no foe. For ( liiist.its wiinleii.is with me In tho ship: And tie niv liinditifr there oriiliek. or slow. When He npp.-iulH I'll let my anchor slip. iril'mm I'. lttctumlA. Sunday-School Lessons. FOURTH QUARTER. in His Henrreetion Mark 11: 1-S 17. After His Hesiirrection.Mnrk 111 -Hal .4. I.eBi.n Selected by the School. at. itcvicw. Tier. Ioo. Hoc. Dec. Selfish Service. In many eaes there is reason to fear the disposition to serve one'sself exists. Men. while professedly engaged in God's service, nevertheless seek to servo themselves. It is sometimes the service of sect, rather than of Christ, the care for the prosperity of our own church more than for the honor of our Lord, while in most cases it becomes purely and personally sell sb. Men may, without realizing fully the defect iveness or iinworihiness of their mo tives, care supremely for their own in fluence, position, or honor. It is not wrong to desire the good opinion of our contemporaries. "Having favor with all tho people,'' was recorded to tho credit of the lirst church, and to have "praise in all the churches," or "a good report of all," is evidently regarded with favor in the New Testament. "The memory of the just is ble-sed," and not to care what memory wo leave would show anything but a desirable state of mind, lint there is a temptation in tho love of approbation to forget the true aim which should mark us in Christian life. The ne thought which should rule us. to do all to the glory of God, mny lose its proper influence. There can be no sad der desecration than a selfish aim in Divino work, and there can be nothing moro essentinlly false than a life which is prof esse lly engaged in God's serv ice, but ever thinking what will min ister to our own pride. Out of it there necessarily springs much of jealousy; for the self-seeking man cannot in hon or prefer others, and most certainly will be mortified when others receive pra'so, and will bo tempted to regret their success, even though it secures the salvation of souls. There can be no real blessing attending the labors of such a worker. The man who seeks his own glory cannot have the Divino blessing attending his efforts. And such a ono socking his own honor in God's work fails of tho only reward worth having. It is possible that he may have the praise of men, that he may gain a post of influence, that ho may felicitate himself on outshining others, and even feed himself by the knowledge that ho is an object of envy with men of like mind with himself. Hut most assuredly ho will fail of gain ing the higher reward of a "Well done!" from his Divino Lord. This self-seeking is in other respects unwise. In making our honor and ad vancement tho ob ect, tliere will be in most cases terrible disappo'ntmcnt. That man becomes really the most honored who patiently tloes the Lord's work from a spirit of lovo and con secration. It is still true: "Them that honor me I wilt honor." and still it is often proved that "Ho that exalteth himself shall bo abased." That sell seeking is a very common temptation besotting the ministry, all know; but it is very possible to see that it may easily get into tho pulpit, and not dis over (hat it may as easily get into the pew. It is possible to deviso lilcral things for Christ's cau'o. to work faithfully in tho Sunday-school, to offer prayers and words of exhortation anil in Christ's name do many things which, if not wonderful, shall at least attract at tention, and, after nil, self-seek'ng may ne the principle. IhOroisneed lor us to think whether our private thoughts agroo ith our public life, whether we are praying earnestly for the success of our works in unnst s name, ana whether our secret devotion implies any thing of that intense longing lor God's work to prosper w hich we profess be- toro men. jsono can be too care ul lest they should seek self rather than the Divine glory. Jiaptist Weekly. Empty Lamps. isl Ol Old Father K was well known in Western Virginia, in the early part of this century, as ono of the few remain ing specimens of tho old type of itiner ant preachers, rugged, acrid, almost tierce in his attacks upon Satan iu a soil which ho wished to save, yot with a depth of tender feeling underneath which showed itself, however, but rarely. On one occasion, the old gentleman went to Pittsburgh, and was the guest of a prominent politic nu and lawyer whom ho had known iu his youth as a hope ful convert. In the evening h s host came into his room haggard and ehausted with heavy work in the courts, supplement ed by a eatnpn'gn ng tour and incessant Bluinp-spca'iing. "I wish you could prescribe for mo, Father K ," ho said. "You used to be a skillful physician for both body and mind. My brain is failing, my memory plays mo false. 1 can no longer formu late my ideas with force or directness. After a sleepless night my hand shakos in tho morning like that of a drunkard or a nervous woman. Tonics and med icines have no elleot. What is the mut ter with me:1 Tho lamp beside Father K at the momunt burned low, and went out with a sputter and nausoous smell. The old clergyman began lo pull up the wick and to turn tho screw. There is no uso in that," said tho host, impatiently. "It has burned out. It wants oil." "You Lave, diagnosed, your own ca.se. You want oil. You have burned out your strength nnd never renewed the supply. Good-night." He would not speak another word. We aro often reminded of tho old clergyman's answer when we read a book by somo onco popular writer made up of mannerisms, of re-healed pathos or passion, and of vnpid filling iqn Put t lie oil is burned out. Ho forgot to keen up the supply. W o have sermons, too, which are moro literary efforts, instead of appeals from one human soul which has lound God to others who know Him not. Tho lamp gives no light, fair as its construc tion may be. The preacher spent nil his effort in tho construction nnd forgot that there was no oil inside. Tho Savior givo3 the samo figure deeper meaning. He tells us of the time when all tho souls of men shall go forth to meet Him to whom they shall render an account of their work in life. They would all then willingly appear fair nnd shining in His light. lint somo will have forgotten to bring oil; their lamps will have gone out. Pome's Companion. - Infidel Despondency. Tho men who aro laboring to destroy Christianity do not grow happy. There is a certain exhilaration while their bright, but injurious books bring them copyright; nnd while crowds of men are found willing, for rea sons which bring no credit to their minds or thoir hearts, to pay a dollar each and contribute also their applause to a preacher in blasphemy; but as lifo wears on, and there comes to such men a rovolat'on of the prohahlo effects of thoir teachings on the future of society, they grow very despondent. Mr. Kenan is reported to have said: "We nre living on the per.'um of nn empty vase. Cur children will have to live on the shadow of a shadow. Their children, I fear, will have to livo on sonii'tning less." It would be almost cruelty to ask this brilliant writer who they are that have emptied the vase, and who thev are that have spent their strength in taking the substance out of all human l ie so that nothing but shadows should be lint. Hut should he be spared that keen ques tion, unless he frankly repent and em ploy tho remainder of his life in labor ing to neutralize tho po'son ho has) sa insidiously injected into soeolv and which now infects him and produces a deadly despondency? e have, however, comfort for him and for all of his class. Their grand children will live iu an age of increasing Christian activity, in an age when Christianity will be still moro stripped of eeclcsiasticism than now, and tho mind of tho Spirit in tho Word of (Jod will bo an increase of that faith which rounds out tho reason nnd complements the barrenness of this life with tho Iruit fulness of the life to come. Ther will have something better than pcr'unie nnd more substantial than shadows. Now let all mon pause nnd consider the pitifulness of this case. A few gifted men have been employing their powers in accumulating an estate for posterity, and tho best of them thus makes statement of Ihe assets ot tho estate: in hand, "the perluino of an empty vase;" for the next genoration. something less." No wonder Mr. Kenan is despondent. Tho more his descendants believe as ho doos tho less thev will have. Tho laborers on tho Christian side have no such gloom. We may d;o, but the Gospel wiil live. Tho moro our descendants receive and believe and live this Gospel wo preach, tho happier they will be. Wo grow clieerlul as time foes on, nnd our departure is at hand, len may live and men may die. but Christianity goes on forevi-r . lUu trated Cliristian Weekly. Buying Poultry for the Family. An old housekeeper sends to tho Ger- mantown Te'curnph a few suggestion to be kept in mind in purchasing poult ry for the tabic: l ow Housekeepers ami tower cooks aro as good judges of the age of poult ry as they ought to be. Wo al. know whim poultry comes upon tho tablo whether it is tender or tough and there should be no diflicultv of knowing juntas certainly whether a thicken, duck, goose or turkey is old or young when it is offered for sale. Now. tho following is offered as a n.lo by which poultry can bo safely judged, which if read over a few times and thon laid away for ready reference wh n ncedod, no persou need purchase old ;ind tough poultry unless from choice. If a hen's spur is hard and tho scales on tho legs rough she is old. whether you see her head or not, but tho bond will coroborate jour observation If tho under bill is so still that you cannot bend it down, nnd tho comb thick and rou.di, leave her, no mattor how fat and plump, for somo one less particu lar. A young hen has only tho rudi ments of spurs; tho scales on tho leg are smooth, glossy, and flesh-colored, whatever the color may be; the claws tender and short, the na Is sharp, the under-bill soft, and the comb thin and smooth. An old hen-turkey has rough soalei on the legs, callosities on tho soles of the feet, and long, strong chivvs; a young one has the reverse of all these ma ks. When the feathers a o on and tho old turkey-cock has a It ng Iu t or beard, a young ono has but a sprouting one: and when they are off, the smooth scales on the legs decide the po ul, be sides tho difference in si e of tho wattles of tho neeii and in the elastic- shoot up on the noso. An old goose when alive is known by the rough legs, the strength' of ths wings, particularly at the pillions, the thickness and strength of tho bill, anu tho lim noss of the feathers; and when pluc'u'd, bythe legs, the tenderness of the skin under the wings, by iho pinions and the bill, and 'lie coarseness ot tho skin. Ducks are distinguished by tho same means, but there is this difference tbut a duckling's bill is much longer in proportion to the breadth o its head than tho old duok. A young pigoou is discovered by iLs pale colors, Hiitooth scales, t-nder, collapsed leet, and tho yellow long down interspersed among its feathers A pigeon thatcan lly has always red-colored legs and no down, and is thon too old for use. The old story of a bu 1 in a china shop was sadly realized by a Cinoinfiatd dealer tho other day. A fris ;y cow ran into a crockery store, and in the few moments of solid bovine enjoyment which followed beforo the unwelcome visitor was expelled, she managed to U molish about worth of stock. CY cinnaii Times. Tho cranberry crop Is vory srtafl this j ear. The entire crop of Nivw Jorsey, which last year was 157,UiJf ; bushels, is est mated at onlv HO. 01 Ml LI, is year. A'. Y. Examiner. - An English physician sttvs that a woman who bus a great secret and d" I not toll it .ouu. bo made really id by j lusepmg it.