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Somew here about Inn years ago thn 1 Ipiuocnit s u ere mm cceedinc;lv merrv set. an I 1 K t forward In their m-ig-nilii'i'ii! si'M'nt y - i i 1 1 1 111:1 jority in the 1 1 01 1 k. :n 11 lair inkling of a t.dal wave 1 hat. shou d sweep all before it in the niiiin election of ls). The nn-rri-Tuent has subsided altogether. :i ml tho Democratic minds are now soberly re flective nnil I bought fill. Tim I we ablest n.rn in the party have cinu'i'iitr atcd t heir 1 houghts upon the prnl ili-iii of an is.. -ne on which to nuiiliu't tlm cam paign, ami have nrrivi'il at results which have been given to the world through t he Chicago Iroquois Club. The conclusions diller, anil the dilVeren.'e represents mtv fairly t li . state of mind of tin1 party. Thi' wisdom of Bayard iiri's in tin" Morrison I;11 Ihe element of popularity flint ''an suvn tin' parly. The wisdom of Tililen si'ivs flu' necessity of avoiding tin' t ari ll' isuo al tin' present time, ll is the lirst. time in the hi-torv of part cs in this country that the con fessedly lon-esr-lieaileil man of nnv of them li is written an iniporl.int pulilie lei NT on t lie situation jti-t liefore the battle, ami mailt' no commendatory allu iiion to the ital measure which the rep re oiitat vp of his party in Congress have concoet d as a campaign issue. The I emoi'rats have always been di vided 111 the ta-iiV, a.s thev are now, but hav e got on well enough iicctiusc. they have n it n'.a'h' the issue prominent. Hut. the time lias roine when they eoulil io longer subordinate it- The old sub jects of pi infest about currency, in ternal improvement, niillilieation, sla-Vei-y, re':mpi i'Mi of specie payments, and the rr-o utions of 'ox have all been settled. Not one of thorn is now cou l'siri, and the, r subsidence below the Mir face lias left no oh pi t above the waste of waters but the tnrill'. Neces sarily it becanie prominent, and the only tiling that i, prominent as a busi ness question. 'J'o 111 ike the matter worse, there was the palpable fact that ill the sen enuiit. of the ere at questions above enumerated Ihe Democrats lo-t their ca-e every time. Thev meet year afler year and ippetlv drop from their platform one by one the old planks on which I Icy lor nerly sat and drifted, until it came to pass that acquiescence in what the Republicans have done was regarded hs a chief merit, and they be gan to put on airs for having the virtue to accept and b" grateful for the good things their opponents have made them swi'.iiow by sheer toivp against their wiil. On all Ihe great measures before the country m past years the Democrats now know they were wrong and have been beaten. They give up all but free trade, and arc debating nmnii them selves whether their la-t el lam'o is to be sur endereil or fought for and kept in the familv as a cosset for the atniise ment of the children and an object of all'eet ion. The struggle pxe'les coiuniiseral ion. The cry went up: "Kor (bid's sake t-ave u- something!" and bv the aid of live lender hearted Republicans the leaders protected their forlorn little ewe by a majority of two votes, and In us will be able to hear its plaintive bleal i 1 1 j lor a few weeks longer. I: is a hid thought tl ul. so much rt'ort has tv-pri expended by a great organization 1j prevent what they conceived was a wrong policy from prevailing. It is mournful to think o: the number of p-ophets thai, havo come :-- grief by re sults that have enntradieted all their prognostications. The letter writers send out statements that C'o: is a sad man and no 'pore laughs. It N natural. Dow could he laugh when driven to Tot. against protect nsr. the wool on the l ack of the ,it Dem ic-atie sheep as he w.v the oliienlay by party nee s.sity? Mn:rison is sad. t: , and can not help it. .M! linn u rai.s ;:re sad. One of i.'up wti ers of the 'iiic.igo let- t"rs ex; res-c I his abiding I'ailh that; Providence would yet come to the res- c;;e of the Democratic arty. Such faith, borders on the sublime, for it is a long time since Providence has shown much ineiina::on that vvav. .IctV Davis exhibited 111 I 'Si faith in 1'rovidonce, and never jrnvi' up the lost cause until lie louii't Ins wile s earmenl-' too short to hide a pair of pronounced cavalry boots; then fail h die 1. and Providence. has not since been much counted on as a support iu the tribulations of Dcmoc-TA'-y. t'.rr."iit'i : A Specimen of Democratic Party Rule. After all the promises that t':e r.ifv of New ( irleans and the St ate of Louisiana should this litneen'ov the novelty of an honest election, the recent State election was marked by the usual scenes of vio- lence and ballot box stullin";. The In- speclors appointed for each pollini; place in the city ot apw Orleans liv the Mayor, m-cord inj; to law. and the ('0111 missioners appointed by the stale Reg istrar, were eject d by' force from the polling-rooms all over the city as soon as the polls opened in the moi-tiiiii and, during the riotous excitement at tending these performances, the ballot boxes were stuiVed with the tickets of the "regular" Democratic faction. The State Registrar licine; requested to in terfere, nt least s0 lar as to call upon the (ioveriior to maintain Ihe iavv. declined to do anvthine; whatever about the matter. It is alleged by t ho independent Democrats and Republicans that al least cirht thousand to ten thoipsand 'Tegular" Democratic tickets were smiled into the ballot 1 'oxes in the citv. I'esides this illegal perform:. nee. j.- the news came in during the day of a surprisingly lare vote for the Republican nominee lor Governor iu the adjoining parishes, not a single ward in the city of New Or leans had its vote counied on the niht of the election liy holuinn; back The count it could be seen whether it would brt necessary In stuff the city ballot bones some more to make a sure tiling of carrying the election: and. if neccs- iry more v,,tes could be added before beirinuine; the euutit. This is a speci men of Dciuocraiie party rule in the South, it is comparatively mild to what we may expect next November, as inere is no report ot a massacre in any of the parishes thus far heard from. Ihlrint I'osl niui Tri'miir. From Taris comes announcement of the death of Amie I.eonie, Karonne Daumesnil. She was ninety-two vears old. Mer father was (i.irat', lirst Prcsi- dent of the IWnk of knoiec wU., uu;. his cell await inr deatii when the fall of Robespierre saved him. Ib r husband was that General Daiiniesnil who de fended Vinci lines against the allies in lHlH, and on being .summoned to sur render, only answered: ' I w ill capitu late when v 011 cjve me lack the 1" I lo.st at l.i:t.en." 'lit-itji Tribune. . - Prof. Maspero, according to the rondon T'rtt s, has (lis ovcre I letween 'I'hches and Assioot what is ihoii-'ht to be the 1'anopolis of the ancient Greeks, the khemnis of the Kgvptians. In a at. iiv'tuli already explored l-''l inuin mies have been found. It is thought that (j.lHKI W ill be lllleHl'l lied. A ll.ll Vest, .f paphri, jewels and funeral treasures is expected. Crossing the Rubicon. I j j I I I 1 The Republican parly of Virginia, created and proclaimed by the l.iiieial t'oalition Convent on of Wednesday, springs at once full-grown and full arnied into the political arena, ready for the combat with the llourbon-Demo-eratie party of Virginia. The Ilea I jitstcr movement of S:l agu nst Honr bon men and measures rapidly devel oped into the Liberal-! 'oalition, which obtained Federal and Republican recog nition and favor, and now the logical and decisive step is taken which eon liruis our past record and assures our future career. Ditl'cring with thu Na tional Republican party on no principle nor policy, and having identical obiecls i.i view both as to State and Federal af fairs, we yet did not as-ume the Re publican name uniilwe had won and deserved it by our deeds no less than by th natural accession to our ranks of the vast inaairity of the Republicans in Virginia. In point of fact, not only had. the former Republicans of Virginia, as a mass, come to the Liberal-Coalition, but the legal authorities of the former Republican organization in tl.o State, and of the National Republican party as well, had rat lied anil approved the alliance and had jointly authorized nnd called the convention which met Wed nesday and took the name of the Re publican party 01 Virginia. In al! this the convention but acted under the in dorsement o the Republican Adminis tration, the Republican Senate and the Republican Nat onal Committee. Not only in the name of the Liberals and Ko ndiusters was our action taken, but in the name ot tic Republicans, with oulv a ioul live thousand of 'he last dissent ing, and these boiling to co-operate with the Hourbon-Denio racv! La-t year I he Liberal-Coalition polled 1'2.0 'U voles for its candidates, while in the Slraighlout bolters to Rourbonism dis-elo-ed thai their whole strength, as cast for Dawson (their candidate for Con-gressinan-at-Large), amounted only to about t. loo votes! F.arlvin the Literal movement the free schools and the free ballot were taken up by us as great issue-;, appeal ing alike to eiil'ghi ened statesmanship and hoin st patriotism; and here at once the movement, in antagonizing llour bonisui, aligned itself with Republican ism. In the rapid evolution of the gc 111 Oi Liberalism as the deadly foe of Boiirbotiisni, we became Nationalized, Federalized and Americanized in spirit and in purposo thus identifying our selves the more with Republicanism as we renounced and opposed sectionalism and all ils narrow hat s and prejudices. We proclaimed and fought lor the civil and political e uality of all men, which liourhonistn swore to recognize and ac cept on v to ignore or reject more fully, herea.ain touching elbows with the Republicans of the country in the asser tion of common rights against the usur pations and lyi'iiiinies of a false Dene c j r.icy. We adopted the policy of protee- tlon as one necessary to the prosperity 1 of Virginia no icss than to the general ! welfare of the Nation: once more join- ing hands and hearts wit h the Republie, ; ani-::i which makes war upon theDe 1 moeracy of fee trade or that "for revenue on y." O.ir friends were Re ' publicans: our chief enemies Democrats . aiid liourbons. Republican in principles and policy, in piole.ss on and practice, in precept and performance, in ! association and alliance for mutual help against common foes, and also I Republican in the number of Republic ans who marched under our banner, we but take the name we have a right to when we declare thit we are the Re publican party of Virginia and pro claim that we shall hold and defend it against al! coiners with the might and valor already illustrated by many high achievements and brilliant victories. The Republican Pres ilcut of the I'niled Slates, tlie Republican Senators at Washington, tlio Republican National Committee, the Republican ma ses of Virginia, reinforred by many thousands of former Conservatives and Democrats all these weleoni0, acknowledge and sustain us a- true Republicans; and the Republican National Convention at Chi cago will gladly and proudly receive us as a grand division of the National Re publican party. We shall help nomi nate and ele 't the next Republican President and Vice-President of the I'niled Slates, and we shall be foremost in vindicating and establishing Repub licanism, free, respected and with none to make it afraid, not only in Viivginia, but in all the Southern States. And while we do thi-, si nrghtoutism. dis owned and rejected of all except liour bons, will perish in .sclf-entaiied con tempt and ignominy. Not only, there fore, are we Republicans of right, but we are Republicans who have the might to make good our right. The "break" which President Grant wire prophesied as sure to occur to the S uith has happened. The Solid South "breaks" liefore the successful liberaliz ing movement which began here in' I.Hi'!). In foretelling this "break" Presi dent Grant said that when it took place the men who participated in it would be astonished to see how many had been impatiently waiting and longing for this "convenient season" to abandon Dem ocracy and Rourbonism and come to Republicanism. HV re. icrv.' The convention of Wednesday night filled President Grant's prediction, astonish ing even the onlooking liourbons with incontestable evidence that the "break" has been made and that the (sinking ship of Poiirboiiisin is being deserted already. The bold and decisive action of Wednesday night is as attractive as it is startling; and the gallant men w ho led the way in this revolt and liberation from a hateful political bondage will soon discover t hat eager throngs are hur rying in their footsteps. The Rubicon, is passed the d.e is cast and now for ward lot hat good fori line which ever at tends bravo men resolute to be free and to redeem their soil from crushing and humiliating oppression. llicltmowl H huj. A Mean Trick. 1 I I I j Mr. Dana -" Well, my friend, what can I do lor you . " taller "Do you remember, Mr. Dana, that once in return tor a great favor veil promised to be of service to me whenever 1 might require it?" Mr. Dana " Certainly, and I shall take pleasure iu discharging the obliga tion." alter " Well, you know old Snick ers, the meanest man 011 the globe''1" Mr Dana-" V'-s. " Caller -"lie has done me a mean trick, and 1 am determined to be avenged. 1 want him held un to pub lie scorn and then buried so deep in ob livion that he will iieveragain dare raise, his he el. " Mr. Dana- "All right! I will nomi nal" him lor President. "--Vo7i('i 'ou CV. A newspaper in an Mastern city predicts that in the near 111 lire there will be no winging s:gns. no lelcgi aph poles, no huckstering Maud-. 110 horse blocks, 110 hitching posts. A tit i 1 ti fur ther on, and there will be no jrojecting door-steps or yaw ning cclla '-ways. AliiuuHk'.c W. nhncl. An Eve on the Conductors. "Tasengcr conductor in California Hive about forgotten what the term 'knocking down' means," said the wearer of a gold-laced cap and brass buttoned coat to a reporter on a South ern Pacific Railway train recently; "hut in former days they could have told you had I hey a mind to how they had been able to buy Consolidated ir ginia stock, smoke two-bit cigars and get a new suit of clothes once a month without the necessity of going very deep into their salaries." "Hut the conductors were close mouthed regarding such transactions then, and how is one to know but that with the same quietness and the panic opportunities on their pnrt now, there may still bo the same number of private assessments levied on the companion!1" "Yes, I know that's what people HOpm to think; but I will give you my word of honor that, so far as my knowl edge in the matter extends, such is not the case. It isn't because the con ductors are any nioro hont st nowadays than formerly, but because they run greater risks. s' "How is that?" 'Well, there is a system of private purveillaneo going on nearly all tho while, a sort ot railroad detective agency, w hich practically precludes tho chance of a man knocking down as much as fifty cents a day. This system is maintained at a cost which far ex ceeds the amount that might be di-verN-d from the pollers of the company by the conductor who looks out for the main chance, or who strives to make up in salary what ho loses in social comfort by being away from his homo and family for twenty four days of the month. I do not Know that this system is necessary to the aims of the company, though it certainly exists. A man would be as much de terred from 'knocking down' if he were given to understand thai there wero detectives aboard histrain, even though there were not, a.s he would K each passenger had been .secretly constituted a ferret for the railroad. There is a better opportunity for a freight con ductor to add to his monthly stipend than there is on the biggest passenger train now running on this coast. There a man has everything his own way, and, by standing in with the brakemen. he may reserve for his own use a good share of what turns up in hc way of non-ticketed passengers. Then, too. a man on 60 ors7.r) a month can peculate with better conscience than one w ho is receiving .f'KMl or $li'o, unlc-.s the latter has some grudge against the company and most of them nianago to work up such a grudge on slight provocation. My solution of the question," continued the conductor, as he winked his eye signilicnntly, "would be to allow con ductors sullicient salary to place them above the temptation of appropriating the company's cash." "Can the ferrets always be relied nil by the company ?'' "No. Occasionally the railroad employs the wrong man lor a detectiv e. An incident occurred not long ago w here a passenger in the same sent with a spotter turned in . 1.50 for fare and the conductor failed to make any ac count of it to the company. Instead of reporting the misappropriation tho spotter made the conductor come down with !J4 and left only fifty cents in thn hands of tho latter, who, though some what disgusted at such treatment, doubtless considered himself lucky to fall in with a man who was on the same lay as himself. Kven as it was, he expected to be switched off for a month or so after the incident. Sun Fiam i.co Vhroni:lc. Sammy Bumgarten's Silver Mine. Sammy Huiiigat ten is a Pennsylvania Dutchman his ancestors have lived in tho neighborhood of Middleburg, Sny der County, Pa., for two hundred years, and he still cultivates the farm of his great-grandfather. His wife, sons and (laughters are Pennsylvania Dutch to the backbone. Only Sammy and the boys can speak Knglish, which they have picked up in the outside world. Home-made Dutch is the language of the familv. Sammy is forty years old. Nothing has ever happened till last win ter, to dam up the even How of his life. He has cultivated his farm and raised a little corn and wheat, cattle, pigs and hor-es; w hile in the winter the monot ony of life was varied by trips up tho Shade mountains to cut white nine shingles on the property of the Novvn York specu'a'or whose lands adjoined his, and who in despair had given tip writing letters to his agent complaining ol the disappearance of the w hite pine from his tract. Reason enough there was; for Sammy and his ancestors had been poaching shingle cuttings for many generations. Last winter one morning the whole family left the farm and went up the mountain to cut shingles-father, mother, three red-cheeked girls and two big-shouldered sons. High above the valley Sanimycnt down a big white pine that grew out of a mass of boulders. It was dinner time w hen Ihe tree fell, and they all sat down on the root to eat their scrabble tind pie. While thus oc cupied Mrs. Pumigarlen picked tip a little piece of stone, in which wero imbcdiled particles of matter that shone like silver. " Pop, it's silver," she said: "I read in the papers how silver looks." A few knocks with the axe revealed the fact that all the rocks were tilled with the shining par ticles; and from that time forth the New York speculator's white pine was respected. The family marched down the mountain, and set to w in k talking and dreaming about the silver mine. Sammy u-ed up the savings of a life time in buying, al a dollar an acre, a strip of the mountain side of a thous and acres containing the rocks. He bought it from the New York man, who remarked, that as Sammy had cut the timber off without paying for it, he thought it was a generous act to come forward anil buy the bare rocks. When the purchase was completed and the d 1 recorded at Middleburg, Sammy sat down and wrote the follow ing letter to a Wall Street man, whose name his wife found in the paper. Mililil.Kiicii'l. Snviler fiunity. l'a., I l-. inv Imii, A. 1., f Mr ll'lll C .Vi..l'Wieioii ,t- (.,. Kill .,(. (, .V, ui Y'n hi ntn'r : Mil: 1 whs toll" that thine win e khiii 1 1 i I ire 111 111! Ill IIUIM III 'Villi h 0 ele .New lll.M'. si I i iile vnu. I'lees let me knew- uml tin. iiiitnes ol I tiuiii, ie s seiei 1 liein cell- 1.1 1 11 , 1 .11 1. 1 lint 1. mi nl silver.- I 1 li iii i: i l vviii in ui ill i i"ti nt bilver 10 t tie 11111 of It's W nnil my vuvu Ino liuuine'l ul 1 ul't r uil. li - 1 111 1 , SA.'d 111 Mil A II I UN. Sammy and his wife and children have waited since last w inter epeeting to hear from Wall street. The farm is half cultivated, the neighboring timber is undisturbed, and thev think and talk of nothing but the millions they expect from the l.nni) acres that net 1.1)0 per acre. -V. )'. :'( itin'j fij.it. whole-ale tobacco dealer iu New York City claims I hat cigaret I e snioki in' in dying out, and that 1 1. 1 100,000 li.-ss cigarettes were sold in lhijj thau iu 'int. 4Y. V. 7'im.a. Religious Miscellany. THOU ART GREAT. FROM THE GERMAN OF HEIDI. "I.onl. Thuu iirt irreiit!" I cry when In thn ensi The ihiv il liloomltiir tike n ruse of lire; When to piirlnl(i miew ol lite H rich lean, Nuliiri' nii'l timn hwiiUp wild fresh ilcn-p. V hen nrl I lion seen 'nore pnicloil, (iml of power, Di.in 111 I lie morn's x rent reRilrroct ion hour? "Lorit, Thou art 1 cut!" I cry, when black ness sliruil'ls. The luioiiiltiy heiiv lliiurs tliune. ens, unit crhiklliiK llirlit- Anil en Ihe lilhtet of the ttllMl'ler-eliillils, In fiery tellers write Thy ilri Hilt'iil I'lone. l lien ml Thou, I. onl. more lerrllile in w ruth. Thiol it the iniililay Ic inpest'ii luwci-iiiK pallir "I.onl, Vlmu urt irreat ! Wl'Hl iMy, mil'tly vanijulsh' I pry, ivhpii In "tho fllniiS lilrt plnwlntr pye : Tv'hi n Honir feasts ring Trum every woodland nost, Anil Hi) in inelnetiely Kwfptness itfo. Wlieii iriv'Ht. Ttiuit, l.,nl, our hearts morp I'lesj'n repose, Tlinn in the nitoriu of Thy evening shows? "Iiorn Thou nrn irrpiit!"! cry at denil of niKht, W'hen silence hmoilnRllkp on land and deep; When slurs m up nnd down the blue tii-clieii Ie uln. And 011 the eilver clouds the nioonhpams sleep. When tieekonest Thou, O Lord, to loftier llfiirht TI11111 ill the silent praise of holy nl(fht? "Lord, Thou art great " In nature's every form ; OreHler ill none simply most great in till; In lenrs and terrors, punsliine, smile and St i Till, An I ii'l that Btlrs the heart, is felt Thy rail "Lord. Thou art greal 1" lh let mo pi-uisf Thy inline. And grow In greatness as I Thine proclaim. O'uMi'M 7eiirs. International Sunday-School Lessons. SECOND QUARTER. May 1R The t.'pnmrnt I'.phe.sus. Arts 10: 2a 41 A- L' l: 1 'J May :;."i Littoral (livinir 2 ( or. 11: 1 tt June 1 ( hnstijui l.itiertv .(oil. 4: 1 PI .Iniio S .Instilleiitlon liy l'nilli. Koiii. 3: lu -31 June lr The llles-edlless ol Itu- lievers Item, fl: 2S-:0 June '-":;--Obedience In Law Hi. in. M: 1 III June -11 Iteview ; or M issionnrv, Tompc ranee, or other Lesson relected by "the school. HOW TO CONVERT AGNOSTICS. Every man of right feeling would be glad to see these men of science, and 1 heir disciples, who are in religion ag nostics, brought, to a recognition of the facts and truths of religion as sincere and decided as t hat w hich they give to what in their own view is "sctentilic." And this, not so much for tho sake of religion as for their own sake. 'The t ruths of Divine revelation will stand, whether the great authorities iu science recognize them or not: but it is a mel ancholy thing when men enthusiastic in their search for truth in other spheres of human knowledge and faith shut themselves away, wholly, from that w hich, as compared with this which so occupies them, is as the whole .starry universe to the very least of tho orb's that fill its infinite spaces. Our eyes were arrested, recently, by the heading in an Knglish paper: "How- to Convert Agnost'cs." Solar as the great leaders in what is called "agnos tic science' though we doubt if there can possibly be such a thing as agnostic see m- , really are concerned, ihe in quiry is perhaps a hopeless otic. The life-long intellectual habits of these men make it as much, perhaps even more, a matter of dil'uculty for them to "enter into the kingdom of Heaven," as for the "rich man" of whom our Saviour speaks. One of the writers upon the subject above named nuotes from dohn Stuart Mill this true saving: "A man's mind is as fatally narrowed, nnd his feelings toward the great ends of humanity as -miserably stunted, ny giving all his thoughts to the e.'assitica I ion of a few insects, or the resolution of a few equations, as to sharpening the points and putting on the heads of pins." To the truth of this many ex amples in the h'story of se'enee bear tes timony. Kven where, as in the case of some of the chief agnostic teachers, the range of study is much wider than in the case .Mill supposes, t ie man is nev ertheless a st ccialist. and is "cabined mid confined" just thesame only with a little larger room to live in. Where a man devotes his whole life to the con struction of a piece of metaphysical machinery, as Mr. Herbert .'peiiccr has (lone, the c.ll'ei t upon him is for sub stance the same as if he were living only to classify insects or sharpen pins. In one true sense he t'san agnostic. Kittle does he realize how many things there are in this universe not dreamed of in" his "philosophy." So with many oth ers. Thus far they are all rightly named they are men who "do not know." That they do not even wish to know is the hopeless thing in their case; whether they can know, after liv ing for so many years in tho stilling atmos phere of their own narrow habitation, with not ev en a window open to the free air and light of Heaven, is cno of the sad things a Christian mind has to confront, in these davs. There may be hope for the misled, if not for the mislcaders. Hut how roach and convince thern. One writer in the ppper mentioned at the beginning sug gests spiritualistic phenomena as a lino of evidence suited to their case. An other writer, replying to him. says: " With his own Hhs.ihiie 1'niiti In spiritual ism, and in its converting power, my trien.i seems almost us hopeless "f imy great re.-ulis friiin it in tho actual conversion of hard headed, seientille itgitost jes,' as I am. ''Ihe Juniority ol agnostics (lie snysi refuse to ex amine into the evidences ot spiritualism, or il lliey do condescend lo look into lliem. it is, perhaps, for an hour or a day, and only to Iiavetlieir soeptlscisin continued, instead of paiipiilly and Uilmnously working tho matter out as they would any other ahsiniso and ditM ( ult seienl itlc pi otilein.' Tilts is exactly liow they Ireal I llrlsliuinty and ils ev idences. And if they gave themselves lo the sludv ol hi isliunity, us they do lo tt,o study ol other things, il they did it without prenosess on. especially without that most anli-seienl nlc prcpDs.esston that tho supernatural is nee i s-ur iy legendary, there would lu very lew Enusties left." At all ev ents, believers in Christian ity are willing to submit the question to this test, making only tho one condition that Christianity shall be tried fairly, upon its merits Such .side-issues as "the mistakes of Moses," the inconsis tencies of professed Christians, the re ality or unreality of revivals of religion, the sincerity of preachers, with the mul titude of other evasive pleas, can not bo recognized as belonging to the issue in hand. Kct Christianity be studied as the New Testament teaches it, as the Apostles lived it, us history exhibit. it, and above all as its rounder Himself, in word and act embodied it in His own divine-human personality let this Ie done as fairly and honestly as a ques tion in science is treated by a true stu dent and teacher, and the result issui u. No man ever yet so studied Christianity mid Christ without becoming a believer in both; no man ever will. t'liirayo t-Utii'larit. Godliness and Long Life. Codliness promotes length of life. woiibi not bo true to say that the godly man always lives longer than the un godly. .Many of the bc-t unit noblest have run but a short earthly course, o bile some w ho havo lived iu disregard and contempt of (bid havclr-i n suite red to grow gray in their folly oud sin. till, been thus from t he beginning. Abel, 'be rigiiteous one, was the lirst to die, while Cain, the murderer, was mi lie red live. Enoch, who -vi.lked with Cod, nni had this testimony that he pleased Cod, though ho lived to seo ns many years as t icre are days in a year, did not at tain to half the ago of those who are mentioned with him in tiie same chap ter. Wo have seen a mother wring her hands in grief as she looked upon a young and fading life, and ask in bitterness of soul why should this fair llovver droop so soon? Wo havo stood by the side of one of stately form and cultured mind, whose life was a complete consecration to Cod. nnd whose ministry was a joy nnd blessing to many, nud npen him cut down quickly in the midst of his strength nnd his days. How do you explain t hut ? Simply thus that godliness is not al ways a guarantee of long lifo, though it is always the best way to promote if. It may be that in every enso length of days is not desirable, and therefore it is n mercy that (iod does not give them to us all licsidcs, life is not to bo meas ured simply bv it-s length, ono litllo piece of gold is worth many pieces of silver, and a short life well spent is bet ter than a long one misspent. As 1 til ler says: "He lives long who lives well, nnd time misspent is not lived, but lost. Hotter ono hour of bright sun.shino than a whole day of gloom.'' "We live In deeds, not years: In thoughts, not breaths: In feellnis, not in flirnrps on a dial, Wc should co mt timo liy heart-throbs. Ho most. Itves Who thinks most, fuels tho noblest, acts tlio I icst.. Virtue, not rolling suns, the mind matures; Thai lite is long which answers life's great end." " Hp livoth long who liv-eth welt, All other lite Is short, and vain: He liveiti longest w ho can tell Ot living most for Heavenly alu. " He tivoih long who llveth woK! All else Is heing thill r avvny; He liveth longest who eun tell Of true things truly dono each day." Yet as a general truth it can not be denied that godliness promotes life, and thai life in itself is a blessing of (iod. Think of Ihe value of life, of what may be accomplished in it, of the opportunities it allords for usefulness. Think of it as a period lor the discipline of the mind, the education of the soul, the formation of character, and prepa ration for the future Can you wonder that long life should so often be prom ised in tiiis Hook as an inducement, to godliness? "Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days maybe long upon the land which the Lord thy find givcth thee." "He that hateth covetousncss shall prolong his days." "Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honor." "With long life w ill I satisfy him, and show him my salvation." On the other hand, it is declared that "tiie wicked shall not live out half his days;" and again it is written: "He shall not prolong his days because he fearctli not Cod.' Take two men the godly and the ungodly and all other things. being equal, the first named w 11 live tho longest. There is not an in surance ollioc in the land that would not rather issue a pol.cy to a man ol lixed and godly prine pie, than to a man known to be destitute thereof. Oiodliness leads to the practice of v i it no, and temperance and industry, (i dli nrss teaches a man to live peaceably, to keep the mind calm and tranquil, to bear the ills of life without murmuring and to face the duties of life without foreboding. And these are the things which tend to longevity. There are thousands tens of thousands, of persons dying every year because they are un godly. licv. Joseph l)i.rotl. Patience. We are not to work always, and even when we are at work we learn that many things do not follow our bidding, and we must wait upon theirs. More and more we learn tiiis truth as years interpret to in our own limitation, and tho force of the great tide upon which we and all things float. Our patience is quito as nine i a measure of our wisdom as our enterprise; nay, what foily stamps every enterprise which is not begun in the patience which can bear delays as well as in the courage that can dare risks. Children of time, when we are doing our best, wo must wait Cod's hour for oppor tunity in our especial aims; and, above our especial aims, wo must lean upon Him to earfy forward in the ( tie divine way which earthly powers may accept but not control, l'.less d is the ollice of true paticn o in relation to time. Vast is the lost it shuns by keeping for ef licient action tho timo and thought saved from fretting and struggling against what can not bo helped. Vast is tlio gain it secures by keeping the soul calm before (iod, accepting the allotments of His providence, nnd watching w sely lessons of tho event which it can not control. Are there not twelve hours in the day? said He who consecrated them alike by His waiting and His work, w hose crowning saoriliee, alike in its act and its sufferance, illustrated the worth of timo, and loaves upon its trace the alternate foot-prints of labor and pa tience to mark tho way of eternal life, lilessed are the hours to us, when calmed by His patience a well as quick ened by His fidelity. Earnest Christian. Wise Sayings. It It to " No, said a sinner, "I have read the l'ible all I want to. It's too per sonal." "A capacity to do good, not only gives a title to it, but also makes tho doing of it a duty." Tho proper way to cheek slander is to despise it: attempt to overtako and refute it, and it will outrun you Stand fast brethren, in tho minis try. Preach Gospel with no apologetic airs. Preach positively. Declare the whole couusel of (iod whether man will hear or forbear. "Hon. W in. M. Kvarta. The every-day cares and duties, which men call drudgery, are the weig fits and counterpoisiis of tiie clock of time, giving its pendulutnii a truo vibration, and Us hands a regular mo tion. Kacana;i. A Christian sailor, when asked why ho remained so calm iu a fearful storm when tho sea seemed ready to devour the ship, and though he was not sure he could swim, saiil: "Though I sin'i, I shall drop into the hollow of my Father's hand, for He holds all those waters there." We aro to live forever amid the memories that we are making for our selves day by day. Whether wo Idess or curse, whether we plant roses or thorns, tho memory of each day's work will be carried into eternity as in the cuse of him to whom it was said "Son, remember." Missionary Jliidist. George liancroft. the venerable his torian, iu a letter to ltev. J. M. liucklcy, editor of the Vlirt.'tian .bcoino-, savs: I "Certainly our great united Common- wealth is the child of ( hristianiiy : it j may with eiiial truth be asserted that modern civil.ation sprang into lite with our religion, and that faith iu its princi j i is (ho lile-boul on which humanity has at divers tunes escaped the nio.sl t thrcateuiug. perils. For Young Readers. THE DAISIES. Daisies! f.ow In the grass and hiifh In the elov-pr, starring the gipen earth over and over. Now Into w hile waves tossing and lir Miking, lake a liminiiuf sea when the w-linl is waking, Now slandinir upright, tall and -slender, showing their dei p lieans' golden splendor; liiiiiitily Pending, An liy lending rinrhuids ot (lowers lor earth's adorning, l-re-li v'-itti (he dew ol a Hllllllller nioilllllgt lltgfl on the slope, low iu the hollow. Where I've can reach or toot pan follow, .Slilniiur with innocent, fearless faces Out ot the depths ol lonely places. Till the ghtd heart sings their praises - Ilei-e are ihe daisies! The daisies Daisies! Spp thpin ptdihig mid lluwing, bike tides with tho full moon going; Spreiidiuif th -ir generous largess I roo t or hand to Inueh and for pu' to see, In dusl ot the wayside tirowlng. On roek rlhberl uplnnd blowing, Uy tftendow brooklets glancing, On ha iron Holds a-dtinrhig, Till Ihe world loigets lo liurrow and gropo, And rlfes aloft on the wino-a of hope; I Ui I of all posies, lain s or roses. Sweetest or fairest, l( idlest or rarest. That earth n us Joy to heaven upraises, (iivo me Ihe daisies! Why? For they glow with tho spirit f youth. Their bountiful eyes have the giorv of truth; Ilown before all their rich bounty they tltng Krep to Hie lietrgar and tree to the king l.ovimr t hey stoop to the lowliest w ays. Joyous they brighten tho dreariest days, Under the fringe of their raiment they hido curs the gray winter hut h opened so whip; Kri'i'ly and tirighlly Who can count liinitly Giftswith such generous ardor proffered. Tokens of lovp lroui such lull hearts otfered, Or look without glances of joy and delight At pictures Hlar-coverod from morning till night, "When Ihe suncliiny field ahla.e Is W'ith daisies! Daisies! Your praise is That you are like maidens, us maidens should he: Winsome with freshness, and wholesome to see; (lifted Willi liea'itv, and joy to the eye, Head lifted daintily yet, not too high; Swoo' wnli humility, radiant with )oe, (lenerous, loo, as the sunshine above: (swaying with sympaihy. tenderly bent ( In hiding Ihe sear and on healini; the rent; Innocent looking tho world in tho fiipe, Vol lejiiless wnli iiiilures own innocent grace: Full of sweet goodness, yet simple in art, W hite in ihe soul and pure cold In Hie heart Ah. like unto v on shoit.d ail niaindeiihnotl he, (j lad.-onie to know, and most 11Uaous ui seo; Like you, my daisies! U'iile AwiUr. DISCONTENTED. Joe Thomas lived on a farm in the country, and, although many boys would have thought themselves fortu nate in having such a home, ho was about as discontented a fellow as could be found. Some of the city boys, who had visited him during the summer vacation, told him that he was "gre n," that he would be very foolish to remain on a farm all his life, and that if ho had any .spirit about him he would go lo the city, where he would have an opportu nity of seeing life as it should be sepn. Joe's father wanted hitn to r ina n at home, learn to be a farmer, and settle down on the homestead as he himself had done. Hut Joe would not heed the advice. lie was thoroughly discon tented, ns many another country boy luis been, and his ono purpose in lilo was t'l get into some city where he could w ipe out the stain of "greenness," which he fancied every one could see. He finally succeeded in doing as he wanted to; a friend of his father's pro cured for him a situation in a store where he could earn a trille more thau sullicient to pay for his board, and he left the broad acres, whereon ho had toiled with a heavy heart because of his longing to get to the city, without a single regret at parting from the d ar ones at home. Tho farm-house, nest ling among tho trees at the foot of tho hill, looked dingy and shabby as he drove away from it to "see lifo as it should be seen," and in the ripening grain and fruit he saw nothing but re minders of ignoble toil. According to Joe's belief, life in the country was hardly less than a form of slavery, while it was only in the city that happiness could be found. Now, boys, and more especially you country hoys, who are beginning to think just as Joe Thomas thought, 1 want to tell you how ho was disappoint ed in his bright dreams, and if vnu are wise you will profit by his experience. He found a boarding place, where the small, stully room, which was quite as good as any his fellow clerks had, offered a poor contrast to his cozy little chamber at home, fragi-aut with lavender scented linen, and as tidy us the apartment in the city was disor derly. Instead of looking out over fields of waving grain, tasselled corn or nodding buckwheat to the lofty hills beyond, w hen he was in his room ho could see only a brick wall hardly fifty feet away. Instead of the fragrance of tho flowers he had the odor of garbage from tho unswept streets, and instead of being lulled to sleep by the chirping of the crickets and the plaintive cries of the katydids, he was kept awake by the rattling of carts and rumble of the street-cars. At the table, the difference between the food prepared by the serv ants in the boarding-house and that cooked by nis mother was so disap pointing; that it seemed to him he could never enjoy a meal again until he could get one at homo. Hut all this was necessary training; ho would rid himself of what the boys called "greenness." Joe had been told that a boy on a farm is obliged to work harder than one in a store in the city. He could see little or no difl'erence, save that in the former case he labored in the open air, where everything was bright and health ful around, while in thu city ho was shut out from the sunlight, and de prived of the health-giving breezes, lad en with tho perfume of fruits and Mowers. At night, instead of joining with the boys from the neighboring farms in husking or paring bees, candy pulls, coasting or skating he was forced to remain in his cheerless room, or walk ahout the st reds, w here tho bustling crowds, intent only on business or their own pleasure, caused him to feel even more lonely than when he was entirely alone. Ho was not many days in learning that ho had been "fi-recn" only from tho city boys' stand-point, nnd that, so far as country lifo was concerned, thy were Ihe ones who wen- green. After he had "seen life," accord i.lg to the ideas of his city friends, ho wrote to his father, and tho following is an ex tract from his letter: "I am coining home to work on the farm I did think that such iabor was almost degrading; but I lind that it is quite as honorable, and certainly more maul- , than doing a woman's wot k behind a counter. oil need never fear that 1 shall ever again want lo exchange the independent farm life for that of Ihe city, and I am sure that to be called green will trouble me no more, ll is belter, I think, to be of those who produce something in this world than of those who depend upon the productions of others, and I now think that there can be no more manly calling than that of a farmer." Joe went home, and ho was wise in bo doing, as wise as you will be, boya, if yon remain on the farm, where ynj have the proud consciousness that yon are doing fur more good in the world than if voti were "seeing lire" in tin? pity. Vh:il would become of the peo ple ill this world if all the farmers should suddenly conclude that, tilling the ground was not a nillicienlly nirb'o calling':' When Kin are discontented with your lot, boys! remember that it t the farm er upon whom all the people in the world depend on the net mil necessaries of life; then you will understand that -o calling can be more honorable than that which is actually and in fact the mainspring of tho whole. Vonjn:jti-tionnli.it. Bertie's Bad Habit. "Hertio! P.-e-r-t.-i-e! Get up right away! Are you awaki""' That is what Hertio Martin heard his mother calling to him from the foot of tho stairs one cold morning lately, and he answered ns he ruddled down still further into tho warm bed: "Ves'm, in ft minute." And that was what Hertio alwayi said, no matter what you risked him "In a minute." So this morning when breakfast was ready there was, as usual, no Bertie, and as he did not come one of his sis ters was sent to call him again. And when his mother was ready to clear the table she must wait till the lazy boy had eaten his breakfast. "Hertio." said the dear old grandma, "please run up to my room and fetch me the bail of red yarn that is on the table." "In a minute," answered Hcrtie Hut his minute was so long that, grandma, who was wailing for the yarn, had to toil up tho stairs herself and get it. "( omo, Hcrt'o!" called Jennie, who was tying on her hood, "it's nearly school time." "I'll be ready in a minute." And Herlie commenced to fly around for books and cap. "I'm not going to wail for any of your old minutes," replied Jennie, marching oil' to school, hut Hertio nearly ran his legs oil' to reach the door in time. "Hertio." saul his father, "I want Ton to mail this letter for me immedi ately." "In a minute," papa," said Herlie, but his father savv to it that he started right oil', lint before he reached the. post -ollice he stopped at Willie Deane's liouse to invite him to spend tho next afternoon with him, and by the time he had looked at Willie's rabbits and climbed up to the pigeon loll, it was four o'clock and too late for tho inipor- taut letter to go that afternoon. That was tho way all Hertie's days were spent, in putting each thing off till tho wrong time, to the trouble and annoyance of every ono around him. Hut ono morning things were turned round. "Hcrtie! Herlie! get up," called his mother that morning. "Ycs'm, in a minute." Hut in exactly a minute his big; brother Tom came into the room. "What! not up? you're not keeping; your word to mamma!" And Tom tugged at the bed-clothes. "Oh! Ow! let me a-l-o-n-e! oh, I say, it's cold!" and Hcrtie clung with all his might to the covers. "O-o-o-w!" he squealed, as Tom, with a jerk, landed him, covers and all, in tho middle of the floor. "Now," said Tom, "if you don't get dressed it will be tho worse for you." And Hcrtie was too wretched and surprised at such treatment to say: "In a minute." Ho only shivered. "Hertio, cotuo to breakfast," called Sue, presently. "In a minute," answered Hcrtie, who was in bed again by tiiis time. When ho came loitering down afler breakfast, was over, w hat was his surprise to find everything cleared away and Sue wash ing the dishes. "I want my breakfast," he said. "Then you must come in time for it," replied his mother. "Hoys who never do anything at the right timo may ex pect people to grow tired of their ways, and to-day 1 am going to let you sen for yourself just how this bad habit of yours seems to others." An hour later Hertio came running in. "O, mamma, may I go coasting on Firehill with the boys?'' Mrs. Martin was running a noisy ma chine. "Wait a minute," sho answered; "I want to linish this scam." And sho rattled away, while Bertie screamed in vain that the hoys were going right away. His mother finished her soam, smoothed it out, looked at the stitches; at last she said: "What is it?" Bertie told her again. "I'm afraid it's too cold," answered Mrs. Martin, "but I will look at the thermometer in a minute and if it is above twenty degrees you may go." So in about a quarter of an hour when Mrs. Martin had finished her sowing she looked at the thermometer and gavo Bertie the promised permission, but by that time the other boys had gone and poor Hertio must trudge through tho snow alone. At dinner lime ho rushed in hungry as a hawk and in a great hurry to eat and be oil'. "Dinner will be ready in a minute,'' said Sue. But it wasn't ready for nearly an hour. And so it was all day long; whatever he asked the answer was: "In a minute." Whatever ho wauted ho must wait a very long minute, just a- he had kept other people waiting. I think Bertie learned a lesson of prompt obedience from that uncomfortable day, and 1 never heard him say "Iu a min ute" afterward. Thiladeljihui Call. Snuff-Taking as a Cure for Cold. It would almost seem as if wo were threatened with another revival of au old fashion, and that modern society, humbly imitative of the buildings and furniture, tho manners and customs ol tho eighteenth century, might once more take to sntifl. Ur. Mortimer Gran ville ho who lately advised tho gener al adoption of night-cups as the bi st. method of obtaining a sound night's sleep now comes forward with a pinch of si) nil' as the i'hca'st and speediest cure for a cold. As the next, best rem edy to violent exercise on horseback or afoot, the doctor recommends to the man who has caught i old ' a largo pinch of pungent snulV good rappee or line Scotch, anything that is 'sharp and stimulating." lie is likewise to wrap his coat around him, and so pro duce a strong, but not loo prolonged, lit of' zing. The patient is to keep on snuiling and sneezing "until the skin in slightly moistened with perspiration'1 (irnl the nervous oro;tnism recovers Irom the en'eclsof (he chill. Already the gilded and electro plated l out ii of "the period a licit, along with fob-chiiins anil bou bonnicres, little caskets tilled with per fumed powdered tobacco, and if Dr. Mortimer Granville's advice gratis bo accepted and f illowed everybody will carry a anull' bo. Lutulon Ltaiitj 'i'ci-gruij.'i.