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A Canal Full of Liquor, S-jnuto? Pfeffer said in a temperanoe speech that the amount of distilled spirits on hand in the United States wonld fill a oanal twenty feet wide, ten. feet deep and fifteen miles long, or make h lake a mile square and thirty feet deep. "All that has to go down the throats of the Amoritfjurpe pie next year; and there will be another oanal fnll by that time." ? Christian Guardian ( 7 oronto ) Gno ?ti? of Temperance Sentiment in ? k England. AAoironlar on temperanoe matters has been issued 4)/ the president of the Wesley an Confer enoe. The latest atatistios issued by the Wes leyar. Churoh gives the number of bands of hope as 4,035, with an enrolled membership of 420,868, or an increase of 20,721 on the previous ' year. The a4ult temperanoe sooieties number * 084, ahowing an increase of 148, with an enrolled membership of 61,176 ; increase nearly 10,000 on the year; ? London Christian. I Larae Increase of Murders. . It appears that theorlme of murder is increas ing lit this country at an appalling rate. It is stated that the*- number of murders committed in tht* United States during 1892 was 6,792 ; in 1891 the cumber was 5 906 ; in 1890, 4,290, and in 1S89, 1^507. Th^se figures tell, indeed, an omi nous fvtoi*y which may well arrest the attention of thoughtful people These murders, of course, hive a variety of onuses, but it is safe to assume that chief among these causes is the use of in toxicating beverages. Frenzied by drink, men ate pHpn/ed to commit the most desperate of crimes With the widely-extended saloon system in':thls oountry, and the large consumption of ?intoxicants, we have given a cause, and in the ? alsrmijg prevalence of the crime of murder, we m*y se? tie consequence ? National lemperance Advocate. J ?The Bacteria Hunt. This m qEobe madness is reaching the poit . i f defeating itself. If our water, milk, money, the street-oan? iji which wo ride, the teeth with wnicn we rat, ob*er*a* ?? ^euglon and the oscu slatk?n rff ' ..w~ h* i pireinris> to matiimony are * . .^ed: with the t-oous of disease, the raoe should In oome extinct long ago. Yet it ? v iud continues to increase and multiply. \ : unthirtlclng may flippantly assert that mi crobes appear to be tolerably good things, if the ?population ikeeps up its regular percentage of increase *l*i'e living with them; and public opinion will a? least go the length of saying ^ that the m$robe hunt had better oease. Enough *of th? p?*tlforous things have been found. Life # will iot be Vorth having if it is under the fear .of eiiooiintfcfing the plaguing germs at every * urn of erer?clay life. Keep our water and milk ?ree of the weds of disease, and the majority of "nanklnd wijl take chanoes of them in money, '?lepi2oni? nad other instruments of civilization. Pi dibit rgti>Dispatch - Tcrn the SriGOT. \ **? Th* lady 0/ the house, in one of our large oity 1 omes; was Suddenly startled by the shrieks of I er Irtsh servant in the kitchen. Hastening to ' Ker re)ief, shy found the water pouring out from t*ie pi?>es ant flooding the floor, while Bridget w'aa doing ho*' level best to arrest its ravages by capping u? t?e overflowing current in a buoket s^d dasiiiagit out of the window. But her ef forts were of -little avail. Doing her very best, a she was, t&e waters was gaining upon her, and tl reatening ta submerge the kitchen and de stroy its oontents, perhaps Biddy herself. Henoe her tertible strieks for help. Her mistress, tak ing in the 9it<rati^n at a glance, lifted her skirts, dished through the rising waters, and turned the spigot, .ancj tl? water ceased to flow. It was an eaiy thing to do. It was the natural thing to do. IUwas the pnff effectual thing to do. When it ? wfs done the $ anger was past. Bridget oeased to shriek, ?nd the household was at peace. Which ihitgs lire an allegory. The overflowing staeam of the 'still and the brewery is surging th ough the land. Jts waters are submerging anj destroying ten thousand homes. They are thyeateqiDg ttttj ruin of preoious interests. The Christian poo^je are the Bridgets, laboring and str ving .to ?bw;e the waters in their tin buckets of -moral so avion, regulation, restriction, tax, etcC Ajcd in the presence of its increasing flow anc. its threatening aspect, they are shrieking at the veryiop o? their voioes in a kind of de?pair ing\cry for help. O where is the good sensible housewife who^will turn the spigot ? Poor Bid diet:, whM a pitiable, and, if it were not so full of ml^iry and eieaih, what a laughable exhibit we are Snaking of Morsel ves ! Is it not possible for the Christian it fin of this land to see that there is bit one w*y & stop these damsging waters? The .saloon $ t?o spigot, oat of which they flow. Tartji the spigot iown, and the overflow ceases,? Uhrfttian 8tateii*a*. ?be MomesUad. BRINGING HOME THE COWS. When potatoes were in blossom, When the new hay filled the mows, 8weet the paths we trod together, Bringing home the cows ! What a purple kissed the pastare, Kissed and blessed the alder boughs, A b we wandered slow at sundown, Bringing home the cows ! How the far-oft hills were gilded With the light that dream allows, As we built our hopes beyond them, BriDgiDg home the oows ! How our eye? were thronged with visions, What a meaning wreathed our brows, As we watched the cranes, and lingered, Bringing home the oows 1 Past the years, and through the distance, Throbs the memory of ours vows ; Oh that we again were children, Bringing home the cows ! Charles 0 D Roberts, in IAppincott's. HAY SHEDS. It is about the time of year tbat we should, as the old prophets used to do, take up our parable on the subject of providing shedding for hay. It seems to us an absolute waste of raw material to own land, fence it, pay taxes on it, grow great orops of grass, buy machinery, furnish the labor and oonvert it into hay, and then stack the hay in the open field. We do not believe a staok was ever built in the United States which did not waste from twelve to twenty per o*nt. of the hay, and in many oses from twenty five to thirty ; nor do we believe tbat the man lives who can build a staok whioh will not waste at least twelve per cent. The waste comes not from any apparent spoiling of the hay, but from the fact that the heating, which is inevitable, will cause moisture to settle on the outside during the night, and this moisture will discolor and de stroy the feeding value of the entire outside of the hay-stack ; and the smaller the stack and the greater proportion of the surface exposed, compared with the quantity of hay, the greater will be the waste. Then comes the danger of settling to one side or the other, and thus inviting the rains of heaven inside; the danger of the top being blown off by vinds ; the waste of hauling from the staok to the barn ; the waste whioh comes from cutting a staok in two, or leaving the bot tom exposed to the snows of winter, and the ag gregate of all this waste is something enormous We do not pretend to say that these losses oan be avoided by using a hay shed, for nothing short of a barn will prevent some exposure, and even the top layer of bay in a mow, no matter how well covered, will be more or less damaged by the moisture oondenfing on the hay when undergoing heating and becoming discolored. By far the greatest percentage of this loss, however, can be avoided by the oonstruotion of hay 8hedB. We have often described in a general way how these oan be built, and do not oare to enter into more than a general description, for the reason that with a general plan given every farmer who has enterprise sufficient to secure a hay shed at all can plan one for himself better than anybody else can explain it for him. We have found twenty by forty and sixteen feet high to be a very convenient size. We have used six by six and eight by eight for the posts, and prefer the former size. Thirteen feet is sufficient width apart for the posts, and a moment's reflection will enable any one to see that for a shed of the size mentioned but ten posts will be required. Where pine is used, it is better to get tfce posts sixteen feet long, and bolt them to oak posts set in the ground three or four feet, so that the oak posts, when rotted, can be replaced without damage to the shed. These posts can be tied together by four cross timbers, but the one *t the end which the hay goes in should be at least two feet below the top of the posts, so as to allow the horse fork full of hay full swing in passing in. Sixteen-foot boards will roof each side of this shed They can be battened, if necessary, but if the lumber be reasonably dry it will not shrink enough to do any particular damage. Some farmers, in fact, prefer not to batten, and allow the boards to oup by nailing four inohes from either side of the board, bo that the water falling on the edge follows the cup down. It is astonishing how little water flo^s into these sheds when the roofs are unbattened. We prefer, however, to batten. The horse fork oan be used, the traok being suspended from the roof, as in a barn, and the inconvenience of the two inside oross pieces In a barn of the above size oan be avoided by putting the hay in in seotions, and taking oare not to let quantities of it lie aoross the oross pieces. A shed of this kind oan be braced without oross pieces, but not without more or less waste of space. We have thus described the simplest and cheapest kind of a shed, and whioh can be built by any man at all handy with tools. Additional expense can be added to this shed very profita bly. For example, feediDg sheds oau be at tached to it on three sides, preferably the north, west and south. These should be sixteen feet wide, eight feet high at the rear, and with a good slope to the roof, and in this oase the main shed oould be boarded down to the roof of the feed ing shed. It will be seen that a hay shed of this kind, with sheds around it, will give 2,200 square feet of shed room, or a floor spaoe of a barn forty by fifty five This oan be divided into different sections, and the stodk fed dlreotly out of the mow into the mangers, thus plaolng a large amount of stock in one place with the hay all under one roof. A orib of corn or a bin of oats oan very easily be oonstruoted in this shed, so as to have the feed all together. One of the main advantages, however, of this shed is the protec tion it sffords against the winter blasts; and still another, the faot that if abundance of straw is hauled in, the manure oan be kept through the winter, and through the summer, if need be, under cover and without loss. It is vsry easy, if a farmer wishes to invest still more money, to make a barn on this general idea, haviDg a large bay in the center and oattle sheds all around it In faot, with the exoeption of the octagonal barn, this plan will give more accommodations than any other plan of barn with whioh we are ac quainted. We make these suggestions that our readers may think over them while they are plowing the corn and getting ready for the hay harvest. ? The Homt stead. Ifte dhuwh. OUR SUNDAY-SCHOOL UNION. The Sunday School Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church disburses every year all mon eys contributed by the churoh for the establish ment of Sunday schools at home and abroad, and for the dissemination of religious literature ia places where it oould not be oiroulated with out such aid. Jesse L. Ilarlbut, corresponding secretary, and Robert II. Doherty, recording seoretary, may be addressed at 150 Fifth avenue, New York. # * * Here are the statistics of the Sanday Sjhool Union for 1893: We have 28,850 schools, 328, 343 cffioers and teachers, and 2 400,874 scholars. This is an increase over the previous year of 633 schools, 18,181 officers and teachers, and 40,092 scholars. Of the officers and teaohers 289,542 are members of the oburoh or probationers ; and of the scholars, 716,149 The number of con versions reported is 119,741. A touching incident from Copenhagen : As one of oar missionaries hastened along the street on an errand of mercy a door wag opened, and a fine looking matron of the true Danish stamp called to him. He paosed a moment, and she overwhelmed him with thanks for the little pa pers which her ohildren had brought home from the Methodist Sand ay- school. "I am not a Methodist myself," she said, "and possibly never will be, but I love my ohildren, and I love all who love them. Your Sunday-sohool has changed my son, and given him a loving heart, and the papers he has brought home have led his father and myself to go regularly to our own church, which for years was neglected by us." That Sunday school was founded and has been supported by our Union. Without the assist ance regularly given by the Union cur missiona ries, in Denmark aud elsewhere, would be with out the religious literature whioh has proved to be so effective and helpfal a messenger of the gospel. * * * "God bless the Sunday School Union," writes a missionary from Madras. " You don't know how muoh good you do. If you could only see our Sunday-school, perhaps you would come nearer knowing. It meets in the open air, when the weather permits, in the shadow of a splendid tropical tree whioh would have been one of the wonders of the World's Fair could it have been transplanted to Chicago. Oar children oome from wretched huts, poverty-stricken and filthy, and their fathers and mothers and all about them are bad Out of these foul environments we lift them for at least one hour in each week. If you could see and hear them, and realize what the Sunday-sohool is to them, and remem ber that it is your contributions which make this Sanday-sohool possible, I doubt whether you oould sleep to-night for joy. My conviotion is stronger to day than ever before that the San day-school is the lever with whioh this genera tion of missionaries is to raise the ooming gen eration of Hindus to Christianity." If our friends in Amerioa will provide the means, the Sunday- School Union will guarantee to estab* lish one hundred suoh schools at unoooupied points this year. * * ? The same missionary maintains that Sunday schools do as mufth good to the adults of the neighborhood as to the ohildren Wherever one 1b establ'shed there la a marked improvement in moral behavior, and even adalta who do not at tend ari 'nflaenoed by oar teachings. The illus trated ^sson leaves and the oolor-printed Sun day sojr'ool tickets which the Sunday School Union enables our missionaries to supply, and without whioh the ohildren oould hardly be in duoed to come to school, are taken home and read to the parents. Parents who themselves oan not read are proud of their children's greater intellectual acquirements, and ask their boys and girls to rrad the leaflets to admiring visitors. "I have been in several huts lately," writes he, "where Sunday-school tickets were taoked to the Inside wall as a decoration. But the ticket is far more than a decoration, for through all the hours of daylight it silently wit nesses for Christ Frequently, when going from one Sunday-school to another, I have passed a group of men listening to one who read from our lesson leaves. These lesson leaves are the best sort of miniature commentary on the Word of God. The reader has not only the Holy Soripture, but it is so explained in nearly every lesson that the reader who desires to know the truth will be able to see his way to Christ " Thus are God's seeds scattered broadcast ; and the haivest is sure. Your contributiom last year paid for those lesson leaves and tickets. THE APOSTOLIC PRAYER-MEETING. At the opening of the term of Bareilly Theo logical Seminary the faculty and students began the work with a half night of prayer, in earnest supplioation for the baptism of the Holy Spirit to fit student and teacher for the study of God's Word, and for all needed spiritual qualification for the work of the term. Prayer and praise and words of exhortation filled up the time, whioh seemed all too short, till the midnight bell. So impressed were the students with the blessedness of tbat half night of prayer, that they have held a meeting till midnight one even ing each week ever since. For two years a motto of the school has been, "The Word of God and Prayer," as the apostles had determined for themselves. Indeed, the students for some time have bad a daily evening prayer-meeting for an hour, whioh, in view of this motto, they oall the "apostolic prayer meeting." There is first a short season of prayer, then all study the Word with close prayerful attention, and the meeting is closed with prayer that the Word may beoorae frultful and abound. There is nothing about the S minary more enconraglng than this spirit of prayer ? Quarterly BulUtin% HELPFULNESS. There is no desolation more complete than that of the sinner who feels that he has been " given up" on account of his wrongdoing. Outcast and friendless, he oan no longer believe in heav en, sinoe earth has proved itself so pitiless. A friend of Charles Kingsley says that the poet was onoe walking at Eversley, when he met a miserable old man, the ne'er do-well of the place. Kingsley stopped and talked with him, kindly, sternly, and yet with a sort of deferenoe. "I am sorry to say it," he explained, when the old man had gone on, " but that person is a perfeot blackguard. There 'sn't a worse charac ter in the place. He has lost everybody's respect, even? God help him? his own. That Is why I am so anxious to act as If he had not lost mine. Something may bs done for him yet, if we can only show him that somebody Is reaUy Interested in him. He may think that God, too, oares for him." Few of us show such tender care in trying to persuade the wretched and the outcast that we are their friends, eager to help them to a better life. We are more likely to follow the street boy's counsel : " He's down I Hit him again !" ? Youth's Companion. HOW YOU CAN HELP OUR SUNDAY-SCHOOL. By attending regularly.? Dj I? By being prompt.? Dj I ? By teaching a o'ass or joiniog a class.? Have I? By speaklDg encouragingly of our school. ? Do I? By inducing others to attend.? Do I? By studying the lesson at home. ? Dj I ? By joining in the singing and other opening and olosiDg exeroises. ? Do I? By handiDg the superintendent the names of any who are siok, or who for any reason should be visited.? Do I ? ? BeUcttd. Ws have somewhere met wl'h a quaint but exhaustive classification of mankind In respect to Christ, namely: Believers, half believers, make-believers, and unbelievers. Half believers have existed all along the history of the churoh, and they throng our churches to day, and they make up the majority of disolpleg now, as they did In the days of the Son of Man,? Dr. Daniel Steele.