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OUR OWN LOVED LAND.
Oar thought of thee is glad with hope, Dej?r country of our love and prayers ; Thy iray is down no fatal slope, 3ui up to freer sun and airs. Tried as by furnace fires, and yet By God's grace only stronger made, In fuiuVe tasks before thee set, _ Thou shalt not neglect the old-tluie aid. The fathers sleep, but men remain As true 'and wise and brave as they. Why count the loss without the gain ? The v>Mt is that we have to-day. O land of lands, to thee we" give Our iove, our trust, Our service free ; ?For thae thy sons sha'l nobly live, And^at thy need shall die for thee ! Wh itti er. NATIONAL HOLIDAYS. The institution of national holidays in com fnemor*tiou?of great events in whioh the whole people have figured, is, almost without excep tion, a thing of quite recent tlmfes, and belongs In a peculiar sense to rtpublican, or at least pop ular, governments. Formerly, though holidays anight be numerous, they had almost invariably \ religious signifioanoe. They were saints' days, or church celebrations of some kind. This is still true in most of the monarohioal countries of the Old World. Even in Eagland almost the only holidays having a national, as distinguished from an ecOjesiastioal, significance, is the birth* day of the .Queen '< The greatest oivio events connected with the History of the English people, events whioh have made a profound impression upon the history of fche^world, -ire not oommemorated by the regu lar public Observance of their anniversaries, un less we except the decaying oeleb ration of Guy Fawke's'dayN The United States was one of the first nations to set the example of oreatlng public holidays which had a d raot reference to the people's achievements in their own behalf. The observ ance of the Fourth of July dales from its first anniversary,, arid has ne er baen interrupted slnoe the establishment of the republic. ? Th? French nation, with some vicissitudes and ^lonarohioai interruptions, has followed our ex ample by making the 14 .h of July, the an " nlversary of the destruction of the Bastlle by the people, a public holiday. . The American people, extending the same idea, have now three national holidays? Thanks giving Diy,*whioh oommemorates a deliveranoe of the early colonists from famine and their preservation from various perils, Washington's Birthday, and Memorial Day. ? In Boston/ and its neighborhood the 17ch of Jane, the anniversary of the battle of Banker Hill, is regularly and enthusiastically observed by cessation from labor and by pablio rejoloinga. Of reoent yfcars the celebration of the day has been slowly extending through the environs of ihe oity, and 'it is. hoped by some that the ob oervanoe may finally become national. Mexioo-oefabrates, on the 5 th of May, the an niversary of. a great victory over the invading French army, and most of the other American republics otnwrve the anniversaries of important events in their own history. The Italians mike a holiday of 'he 21st of September, the anniversary of the entrance of the Italian army into Rome. In Canada the 1st day of July, whioh is the anniversary of the promulgation of the confed eration ot the p-ovinces, is celebrated, and sailed Dominion Diy Bnt it wa>i reserved for the new republio of Brazil to institute the most extensive and re markable serifs of national holidays ever known. The provisional government of that country has Issued a decree whioh deolares that, "Inasmuoh lis the republican system is founded upon a pro found sentiment of universal brotherhood," and *s "this sentiment can not be properly devel oped without a system of public festivals des tined to oomauemorate the continuity and soli darity of all the generations of man," it has seen fit to L^ttitute a series of holidays whioh will oommemorate the points of union between the history of Brazil and that of all peoples. . * The government, consequently, establishes nine national holidays. The 1st of January is to be devoted to the oommemoration of unlver Hal brotherhccd ; the 21st of April to the events iehioh were the precursors of Brazilian inde pendence, ant) the 3d of May to the discovery of Brazil. Th# 13;h of May also beoomes a holi day, and is to "oommemorate the brotherhood *all Brazilian" The 14th of Jane "commem orates the rtpablio, and the liberty and inde pendence pf the American peoples." The 7ch of September ia to honor the independence of .Brazil, the X?th of October the disoorery of ^America, the 3d of November the memory of the 1 dead, and tf*? 15th of November the glory of the country of Brazil In general. ? Youth's Compm ion, A CONVERT TO HOME MISSIONS. T> "Well ? good sermon, wain't it? Sound and strong and right to the point. I liked him im mensely ; didn't you, Margaret?" "Liked him! Why, look at his olothes! I remember my grandfather had a suit of the same kind." " Well 1 well ! I really don't know what kind of olothes he wore. I was so taken with what he said. Even if his olothes were old, he looked neat and olean and every inch a man, as well as a capital good preacher." "I suppose he will just suit our missionary la dies. You said he was from away West some where, I believe, and hac? a small oharge. He looked like it. But we don't want that kind here. He will do for a Western missionary. So let him alone there, and don't put the fanoy of a b'g church and a large salary into his head, and make him discontented. But perhaps I will like him better this evening ; at least, I will go and see." "Talking of missions and missionary work, Margaret, I have often wished you would join the ladies in that work. It seems such a power, and is doing grand things for the church." " No 1 no ! that will do 1 I don't believe in it, and half they do is just folly. Let people work for what they get. And I do think that the vim and boldness with whioh some of our women ask us for donations would lead you to think that they, instead of God, were going to oonvert the heathen and olothe our home men. So, Mr. Ferris, don't mention again to me our ladies' missionary society. I won't even join it, to speak nothing of working in it." Th's conversation between Mr. Ferris and his wife took place in their beautiful dining-room, while they were eating a bountiful dinner from the best the market could provide, cooked to a nicety by an old Virginia cook The minister in question was, as Mr. Ferris remarked, a mission ary, and had been invited to fill the pulpit of a oity congregation, they being without a pastor. He had hesitated about accepting the invita tion. Not that he could not preach Christ, for he was his inspiration, his strength, h<s sure foundation. And how he loved him ! How near he was to him when he seemed most alone ! How in sickness, and even when his heart was ready to die within him, as he stood with his pa tient, losing wife at the grave of their preoions boy? the last of tkreSUfcSttttful oh1idretf*taken by that dread disease, diphtheria ? he had heard the voice : " 'Tis I ; be not afraid." How deso late was their home ! But for all the sunshioe taken out had come threefold and more, by the strong faith and deeper love He had basto^ed on them. No, it was not that ; not that he oould not tell the old, old story. Bat? mast he oonfess it even to himself ?? he knew his best salt was old, and, with the feeling we all have, he wanted to ap pear well. Not a false pride in any one and less in a minister, who is God's representative, God's messenger, speaking to men of his fair robe of righteousness. If in worldly affairs a servant dresses to show his master's rank and position, should not Christ's pervants be clothed out wardly in garments befitting their high oalling ? However, he would talk it over with his wife. And woman like ? "Yes, a little binding would make the ooat look better " She would do it, and sponge off the collar. " New buttons would do it a world of good, too." But where were the buttons to oome from ? She had it? ofl her winter coat ! She did not need it, and they had to oome off anyway, for she wanted to put a piece down the front to cover the worn places, and by the time she wanted it she would manage for buttons. For binding, she had a piece of black silk sent to her by a friend to make a shopping-bag, and this, out bias, would just an swer. She did want him to go, for, as the said to herself, "Who knows? they might want him to go there ! Oh, what good he would be able to do then ; and I could p*y to the missionary society and to the ohuroh collections, like other women." And while she planned she dreamed of many, many things. The evening d'soourse was more of a talk than a sermon, an acoount of the work and the many hardships endured by a h >me missionary. In pathetio tones he told of the great destroyer which had enter- d and robbed their home while they were powerless to give any medioal ad, none being nearer than twenty miles, over rough roads at beet, but then Imp usable by snow and slush. More than one eye in the congregation was dimmed by tears, as with fervent heart and burning words he prayed for m jre workers, and for those women who, hearing a brother's ory, had oome to their relief, aiding through organ ized effort an only women oould. And through it all sat Mrs Ferris, listening intently, for getting her sensitiveness and the speaker's old clothes. What was he saying ? " And, dear Master, if among this people there are any holding back for any oauee, who as yet will not help missions, either here or abroad, who don't believe thy words, 'Go, teaoh all nations,' convert them right now, that their sonls may be saved, and through them the oause of missions honored." * # # "How were yoa pleased to night, Margaret?" was Mr. Ferris's first qaeation on arriving home. "A fine man; they were all well pleased with him. He spoke at the young people's meeting this afternoon " "I believe I was a little tired this morning, and perhaps a little oross, as well. However, I think it a shame. Ills coat, even with mending, for it was mended beautifully, looked worn and shabby. And maybe I was too severe this morn ing, for during his prayer I felt condemned, just as if in some way I was to blame for his losing his sweet children. And, Edward, I thought of all the dootors we had for Winnie, and when we had to give her up I knew we had left nothing undone, nothing to regret, and my heart ached for that poor mother who could not have doctors and medioine to help keep her little ones. And when he prayed for any among us who did not believe in missions or missionary woik, I felt like saying right out : 'That's me.' But I want to propose something which, if you agree, we will do, and that Is to send him a new suit of olothes, and never mention from whom it oame.' I feel I want to do something. Only think, just the other day I refused to give anything towards a box the ladies sent away !" * ? # "Good mornin', Mrs. Berwick; this er box was at the stition, and as I was a oomln' to see the parson, I jlst said I'd bring it along up with me " "Thank you, very much. It was kind and considerate for you to do it. Mr. Berwick has j nst gone to see Mrs. Miles, who is much worse. They are all so anxious about her. But come in and wait until he returns." "No, thank ye, I'll see him to-morrer at meetin'. Ye might jist say to him that, for the next quarter, I won't be able to pay anything toward his salary. The crops is everlastin' poor, and I can't make it, nohow. Good-day." "Another that can do nothing," Mrs. Berwick as she shut the door after him, "and that makes four with the same message this week. What will Henry do ? How hard it is for him I I have prayed, oh, so much, for something to lift him out of this worry. Six years of this hard lire has told on him, and if he oould only live vi here the strain was not so great and the climate WaTmfr, he Would gfow strong again. But our Master has need of him here. Yet he will not allow his saints to want for any good thing. He knows. " A box for me ! I can not imagine what it is, or from whom it oould oome. We will open it, then onr curiosity will be grat'fied. Why ?a suit of clothes ! What a surprise, and just the thing I needed. If I only bad it before I went to B , it would have been such a comfort From whom oould it have oome? Shipped from Philadelphia. I know no one there. And look, it is just the fit ! I am bewildered. What a bright ray He has sent, when my cloud seemed dark, indeed. And, by the way, I have a letter from B , askiog me to consider a call. I am surprised, for I felc all the time I was there that I never oould fain a place like that Everything was so grand, the ohurch and all, and my clothes seemed out of place. But now I oould go and feel that the most critioal eye oould look me over. # * # The good missionary work goes on in the ohurch at B Mr. Berwick is loved and honored by all his people, and his wife has her heart's desire, giving to others and like others But the happiest member of that ohuroh and missionary society, and the best worker In all charitable and missionary enterprises is Mrs. Ferris. That suit was not the only surprise whioh was a success, but many other things through her efforts. Mr. Berwick never knew that his prayer was answered that night and Mrs FerrU converted to do missionary work, neither did be dream, that it was she who sent the box ? Herald and Presbyter, AN ENVIABLE COMPLIMENT. A compliment is most appreciated when it comes with the flavor of true sincerity evident upon it What oould be more gratifying in this respect than the appreolatlon implied in the eager exclamation of a little lad who, after study ing the lesson on "The exoellent woman," in Proverb 81st chapter, ran home to his mother, and breathlessly oried, "Mamma, we've been studying about you in the Sunday school lesson to-day 1" The mother who oould evoke suoh a tribute from her own ohild is a mother indeed.? Evangelical Metier ger. It ia only when to morrow's burden U added | to the burden of to day that the weight if more than a man can bear.? George MacdonaUL TOMATOES." Cream 2om?to. ?One half can of tomatoes, heated and seasoned with sail, sugar and batter, and thlokeneddfightly with Ajar. Jast before turning oj^flblioes of hut battered toast, add one cujjflWPcream (the richer the better) Into which has been stirred a small plnoh of soda. Serve Immediately. This makes a nice supper dish. Tomato Dr tiring for Fish.? One can of toma toes, one small onion, one-half spoonfal of cel ery seed, two cloves, a small slice of tarntp and oarrot, a sprig of parsley. Cook twenty min utes. Three tablespoonfals of flour mixed with butter, size of an egg, added after the tomato is strained. This is speoially nioe with fried cod and halibut? Helen T. Wilder. BEATEN BISCUIT. Aunt Hannah's pride was her old-fashioned beaten of kneaded biscuit, and this is her recipe : One quart of the beet flour, half a teaapoonful of salt, four tablespoonfuls of lard ohopped fine and rubbed thoroughly into the flour. Mix with cold water juat as stiff aa possible, so stiff that you feel almost hopeless of ever doing anything with it. Pat it on a board, and knead until it Is perfeotly pliable and makes a popping sound under your hands from the air bubbles breaking in it, and until you can pull It down in long stripe. These tests are infallible, but you have to knead hard and long before the dough will answer to them. When it does, you can make the biscuit. Break off pieces about the size of an egir, mold them into round balls, and roll three-quarters of an inoh thick with rolling- pin. Siiok through and through five or six times with a fork. The oven must be well heated, but not too hot, or they will be underdone in the middle, and all their excellence ruined They will cook in twenty minutes, if the oven is prop erly heated. A quart of flour makes twenty four biscuit of ordinary size. ? Ladies' Home Journal. SALADS AND SALAD DRESSING. Bsoipes for salad are so many and so minute that nothing but a good cook-book won Id seem to be necessary to insure a good salad. Experi ence proves that this is not the case, and that the best of all ways to learn to make salads )* to watch the work of one who has maatared the art. A perfeot salad dressing is one which suits the meal of whloh it forms a part. A beginner may safely follow these general rules : For plain French dressing, put into a bowl one saltspoonful of salt, and one quarter of a salt spoonful of white pepper. Mix with one table spoonful of oil, and when well mixed add two more tablespoonfuls of oil and one of vinegar. Mix well with a fork, and pour over the lettuce or other vegetable. A tableapoonful of ohervll or tarragon may often be added with good effect. In making a mayonnaise dressing, success de pends upon getting a right start If the ingre dients betake themselves in different directions, no amount of coaxing or driving will bring them together again. A cold, deep dish or bowl, a cold egg, oil that Is cool, are all neoessary. Put the yolk of the egg In the cool bowl, and stir with a fork. If the yolk goes to pieces before it is stirred, reject it, and take one whioh will keep its shspe, showing that it ia fresh. Add a few drops of oil at a time, stirring constantly. When it beoomes thicker than thiok cream, add a few drops of vinegar. When the vinegar is blended, add more oil until it la very thiok, then add two tablespoonfuls of vinegar, half a teaspoonfal of salt, and a dash of red pepper ?Good House kttp'ng. RECIPES. F lling for Cake.? Roll half a dozen macaroons into crumbs, mix them into paste with whipped cream, and place between the layers of cake. Lemon Jumblei.?One cnpfol of sugar, half a oupful of butter, half a capful of milk, one tea spoonful of bakiDg powder, two lemons grated, one egg ; make stiff, roll thin, out in riogs, and bake. Potatoes Fried Whole. ? Take email, cold boiled potatoes, dip them in beaten egg, and roll in fine breadcrumbs; repeat the operation, and fry a golden brown in boiling lard. This makes a nice dish for breakfast or luncheon. Caper Sauce ?Two tables poonfuls of flour and a half eupful of butter beaten to a cream, then add a pint of boiling water. Set the mix ture on the fire, and stir It continuously until heated to th? boiling point ; then add salt and pepper to taste, three tablespoonfuls of capers and one tablespoonfol of lemon-juloe, This Is the best sauce to serre with lamb. " Use a short-handled paint brush to wash the outside of window sills.