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.
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
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
A CONVERT TO HOME MISSIONS.
"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
" 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
"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
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
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
"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
" 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
# * #
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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