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An aged man came late to Abraham'a tent.
Tho aky wasdark, and all tho rlaln waa bare.
Hs aikf d for bread hla strrngth waa well-nlgh pnt
III baggard look lmplored the tendereat care.
The food waa bronght. He lat wltli thankful eyes,
Hut ipaka no grace; nor bowed he toward the eaat,
Safe-ehi'ltered lierc f rom datk and angry aklea,
The bonnteona table aeemed a rojal feait.
But ere hU hand had tonched the temntlng fare,
The Patrlarch roae, and leanlng on hla rod,
" Stranger," he aald, " doat thou not bow ln prater f
Doat thott not fcar, doat thou not wotihlp, Ood ? "
Heanawered, "Nay." The Patrlarch aadljr aaldi
" Tboa bait my plty. Ool eat not my bread I "
Another CAtne that wlld and fearfnl night.
The flercn wlndt raged, and darker grew the aky j
But all the tent waa fllled wlth wondrona llght.
And Abraham knew the Lord hla Ood waa ntgh.
" Where la that aged mn?" the Preence aald,
" That aakr-d for ahelter from the drlTlng blaat?
Who mada thee maater of thy Maater' bread?
What rlgbt hadat thou the wanderer forth to caat ? "
" Forglve me, Lord," the ratrlarch anawer made,
Wlth downcaat look, wlth bowed and trembllng knce.
" A me I tbe atranger mlgbt wlth me have alald,
But, O my Ood, he would not worahlp thee."
" l're borne hlm lorg," Ood aald, " and atlll T walt
Conldit thon not lodge hlm one nlght ln thy gate 1 "
WaUace Druee, tn Ilarper't Itagattoefor Auguil.
PrayerMcetltig Slnging.
" Ilow sweetly the name of Jeaua aounda
ln aibellever'a earl "
ln rjravpr-meetimr. not. loncr elnce, a
erreat longing came over my old-fashloned
beart to bear one of th"sn fBmiliar Btralns
of the flrat days when I began to walk in
liod's ways :
" Bfiholrt, a gtraTie"r at thn rtnnrl
He gently knocka, lias knocknn' bftfore.
" Amazlng gracel hnw aweet the aound."
" Corne, Holy Splrit, heavenly dove."
Oh,- those precloun old hvmns, no f n)l of
penltence, of devotion and conBPcration,
how the meraorv of thnm flits ftcroia tho
mind like a vlsion of tho pa.it, fltirrinp
withln again thP holy fire that many of
our modern prayer-meeting hvmnn havo
almoat bpen the means of extinguishinfr.
Bnt, sav onr loadnrs in mn'ic. we n?ed
thia jirjfrle and this tinglp to keep np the
apmtB ot the yonne peoplp, to hold them
to the prayer-meptfnp-fl. In school pdnca
tlon, to promote the proereps of the yonne
scholar, it is not thonc;ht bpst to 'bring
meas in words luflt aaaptea to thPir pre'
ent comprehennion ; the aim 3b to Ipad the
child on to rrrasp thonehla clotbed in lau'
puage of advancnd style. thwa prpparinpr
the mind graduallv to aslmilate in word
and thourrht the hest literature of
the day. Are the ohildren of thls world
wiser in their ffpneration than the ohil
dren of licht ? Why not avail onrselves
of thia rnle in the edncation of the young
people of our chnrchps, drawing them up
from a baby hyranoloey info the grand
and Bublime strains of snerpd poetry, that
atrengthened the piety of the fathers and
mothers of a generation back, and qnick-
enea tneir cnudren to ory, sanw pitv,
Lord, oh Lord, forgive I " Dr. Vincent,
in a recent leoture alludinpr to this sub
lect, Baid tnese popnlar hvmnB were
oreated for a purpose. for general gather-
ingR of all denominatlonB in ChrisUan
rnasa meetings. as in the Moody and San
key Bervicp.s. At sneh timea aorae of
them are admirable, brineing out one
great yolume of feeling and sonnd, tbrill
ing beyond expression in its effpot. Bnt
Individnal churchea, he remarked, shonld
retnrn to the standard hvmns. thna in
their service making use of thia means to
elevate the tone of piety, and cnltivate a
higher degree of spiritnalitv than that
whioh oharacterizea many of the Chris-
tians of thia period. The depreaMnc in
flnence of these Snnday-school hymns in
the chnrch prayer-meetinea has lone been
felt and acknbwledged by older Christians,
and yet eyen many of onr ministera help
along the present weakneas by keeping
tnoso on milK wno need strong meat in
thia aeryioe. Instead of an assembly of
deyout men and women at the oloae of a
prayer-meeting singing at the top of their
" Only an armor-bearer, nroudly I etand,
Waltlni; to follow at the Klng's comrannd,
Mftrchlnc i( 'onwnrd ' nhall the order be.
Standlng by my Captain, serTlng faithfally,"
let us have
" Am I a eoldler ot the Ccoss,
A follower ot the.Lamb?
And shall I (ear to own hls rAuse
Or blush to spoak hls name?"
Sach aentiments, when fairly imbibed.
might not only encourage many to earneat,
aotive seryice ontalde ot the church walla.
but also serve to embolden hitherto silent
onea to spoak a word for Jesua in the
prayer-meeting. Many of us are yery
muoh of the opininn of our correspondent
on this Bubiect. We are, oh, so weary of
the tin-tin-nabulation, the little ligging
reirains, and tne invoioua repetitions ot
muoh of the hyranology whioh haa lately
been popnlar. We long for noble hymna
set to noble music, and these are proyided
in our church psalmody. In the practice
of our children at home on piano or yio-
nn, tnere la a constant tendency at prea
ent towards wnat is eevere and claaaio
but the same children in the Snnday
school and prayer-meeting sing only the
llght melodiea, wedded to bits of doggerel
verse, which the dealre for noyelty appeara
to iuduco. Thev are sentimental rather
than thoughtful or emotional, and while
some of them have their place, and they
might bo sparingly used wlth good effect,
it is a great pity to see them swamping
the prayer-meeting with -their flood of
froth and foam. After all. what praver-
meetings need and we want is a spirit of
feryent praise. and that yehicle which
best convevs our m-atitude to God for hia
favora, and best awakens in ua a mood of
devotion, ia the best for onr use.
" There are in this lond stemmlng tlde
Of hnman care and crlme,
With whora the melodles ablde
Of the everlaatlni? chlme,
who carry muslo In tholr heart.
Throaeh dasky laneand wmrjKllne mart,
Plvlnz their dallv tnak wlth hnaler tnnt.
Becante their aecret gouls a holy straln repeat."
Chruttan Intelligencer
" What Chanco in tho Modes of
Freachlns Do the Tlmes Ilequlre"
I read with avidity any auggestiona
inai eminenc ana successtui pastors or
eyangelists may make. toward a more
fruitful method of preaching, and ohurch
work. The Advance of June 28th pub
lishes Dr. Goodell's paper. read at An
dover, June 18th, under the titlo whioh I
reprint as above that I may inquire :
uugut preaouing to onange to sult " tbe
tlmes "? Suppose, " firat, unbellevers aro
not conTerted." uoea tuat lact snow the
preaohing to have been at fault ? Ought
iNoan to nave changed hls modes ol preach
ing when nnbelievers went by wagging
their heads ? Ur, suppose, " second, the
moaern puipic uoea not reacu tne massos
the great multltude of the people."
Does that show the mode of preaching at
fault 7 Isaiah mourned. " Who hath be
lieyed our report 7 and unto whom la tho
arm of the Lord outstretohed 7'' Ought
some Jerusalem father to have risen up
and ezpostulated to tho eileot that " The
tlmes requiro a change in yonr mode of
preaching, O lailahl You do not roach
tho masaes I" Or suppoao, " thlrd, our
lack of effort forforeigners." " We preaoh
anu conauct cnurch alllrs aa If these
people did not exist." Does our failuro
to convort unbellevers or reach the Eng-lish-Bpeaklng
maases, show that wo vould
botter " preach a sermon to the Germana
in their own toniruo"? Silence good
English and speak brokon German 7 Sup
pose, " fourth, the pulplt of the day does
not call young men to tho work of tho
ministry as it ought." Does that provo
that we shonld change our modo and
preaoh tentatively, nntil we find that
young men are longing to preach too 7
Endeavors are ours, results are with God.
I distrust the method of thought imnlled
in the caption of thia paper. "What
change do the times reqnire ?" What
is tnifl out sneer tlme-servlng withont dis
guise 1 It is required in stewards that a
man be found faithf ul. If any man spoak,
let him speak as the oraolet of God. An
inquiryto thia effect "What change in
tne mode ot preaching does Irod require?"
would seem to be always seasonablo.
" Wo are manifest unto God, and wo trust
also perhaps in yourconBcionces." There
is a humble assuranoo which God givea to
every conaeoratod pastor and preacher,
who haa apoken atralght on the word
given hlm to speak, a humble aasurance
that does not quiet the acho of longing
for souls gospel travail oh that they
were wise I but a humble aasurance that
does relieve the consecrated man from the
intolerable angnish of self-condemnation.
llo wlll not shout itas a menace from the
pnlpit, but he willSwhisper it in hls closet
where he learna hia mossagea. If onr
goapel be hid, it ia hid to them that are
lost, ln whom the god of this world hath
blinded the minds of tbem that believe
not. We are not suiting onr wares to the
market. We are not walking in crafti
nesa, nor handing the word of God de
ceitfully. But by manlfeatation of the
truth, commendlng onrselves to every
mans conscience, in the sight of God.
When tho Son t mot, ,m i,
nnd faith npon narth ? When the " peril
ous times come" ao vividly deacribed by
munwnung to Timothv and all young
preachera after him). is it likely that auch
times and such people willderaand sound
doctrine7 And if a nreacher nreach
aound doctrine to suoh a gneration lov
era of their own pelves, covetou, boasters,
proua, biasphpmona, disobedient to par-
enta, nntnanittui, unholy. fale nccnsera,
incontinont, fiprce, despioprs of their own
good, headv, high-roinded. lovers of pleaa-
ure more than lovers of God will the
good preacher reach such maaa'ps 7 Will
such nnbelievers be converted 7 What
changes m the mode of preaching will
snch timea require ? Whenca comea the
notion in these latterda'vB, widely poison
ing the air in all our churchea, that the
preaching ot the gospel mustbe conapiou
oualy sncceaafnl m drawine crowds and
converting thouaands, or elo it in no goa-
pei and tne preacher la at lault t Snrely
it nnds no warrant in the teachmes or ex-
perience of the pronhets. apostles, even of
uesua the Uhnst. liev. Thos.K. Beecher.
The Agcd Chriatlan.
Oftentimes we look with forebodines
to tbe time of old nge, fotgetfnl tbat at
even-tide it shall be Hght. To many
aaints old age ia tho cboicest spason of
their livea. A balraier air fans the mari-
ner's oheek as he nears the ahore of im
mortahty ; fower waves ruflle hls aea
quiet reiens, deep, still and soleran. From
the aitar oi age the ilashep of tbe fire of
youth are gone, but tho fhme of more
earnest feeling remains. The pilgrims
have reached the land of Beulah, that
happy country whoae daya are as the days
ot npaven upon earth. Angels viait it;
celestial gales blow over it ; flowers of
paradise grow in it ; and the air is filled
with seraphio music. Some dwell here
lor years, and othera come to it but for a
few hours beforo their departure; but it
is an Edon on earth. We may well long
for the time when we shall recline in its
shady groves and be satisfled with hope
until the time of fruition comes. Tho
seUing sun seoms larger than when aloft
in tho BKy, and a splendor of glory tinges
au tne ciouds which aurround all bis co
ing down. Pain breaks not the sweet
calm of the twilight of age ; for strength
made periect in wea&ness bears up m
patlence under it all. Ripe fruits of
choice .experience are gathered as tho
rare repasts of life'a evening, and the
soul prepares itself for rest. Tbe Lord's
people shall also enjoy light in the hour
of death. Unbelief laments, the shad-
ows fall, the night is coming, existence ii
endtng. An, no I crieth laith ; the night
is far spent, the day is at hand. Light
is come the light of immortality, the
light of a father's countenance. Gather
up thyfeet in thebed; see the waiting
rtand ot apints. Angels watt thee away,
t areweu, Deioved one : thou art gone
thou wavest thy hand. Ahl now it is
light. The pearly gates are open; the
golden streets shine in the jasper light.
we cover our eyes, but thou behoidest
the unseen. Adieu, brother ; thou hast
light at oven-tldo, auch as wo have not.
" 0, long-expected day begln,
Dawn on those realms of woe and gln;
Faln would we tread the appolnted road
And aleep ln death, and wako wlth God,"
Flghtlng a Good Flght.
Some twenty-fivo years ago Rev. Rus-
sell G. Toles related the following inci
dent to Mr. Adams, of tbe Chrtttian at
Work, who vouches for lta truth as here
given. Mr. Toles was preaching a ser-
mon on charity, and one of his congrega-
tion who waa nearly deai, was acoustomed
to sit f a;ing tho congregation, right under
the pulpit, with his ear-trumpet dlrected
up towards tho preacher. The sermon
moved him conslderably.
At one time
he said to himself, " I'll give teu dollars ;"
again he said, " I'll give flfteen dollars."
At the close of the appeal ho was very
much moved, and he thought he would
give fifty dollars. Now the boxes were
belng pasaed. Aa they moved along. his
oharity began to ooze out. He camedown
from iifty to twonty, to ten, to live, to
zero. Heconcluded that he would not
glve any. " Yet," said he, " thls won't do
I am in a bad fix. This covetouaness wlll
be my ruin." Tho boxes were getting
nearer. The criais was upon him. What
should he do ? Tho box was now Under
hla ohln all tho congregation wero look
ing. ue bad been bolding bis poctcet
book in his hand during the above solllo
qny, whioh waa half-audible, though ln
his deafness ho'dld not know that ho was
heard. In the agony of the flnal moment
he took his pocket-bbok and laid it in the
box, aaying to hlmself as he did it, " Now
equlrm, old natur'l" Hero ia the key to
the problom of covetousneES. Old nature
must go under. lt will tako great giviug
to put Btingineaa down. A few experi
menta of putting ln the whole pooket-book
may, by and bv, get the heart Into the
oharity-box, and thon the aure Is reaohed.
All honor to the deaf old gontleman. He
did a magniflcent thlng for hlmself, and
gavo an example worth imltating, bosido
polnting a paragragh for the atudents On
human naturo.
Wlint tho Hlhlo Soclety Is Dolng.
The Blble Sooiety defends tho Blble by
clronlating it. What a wondrous dofonco
lt is I it lound the world with flve million
Blblee ; it has given to it moro than
ninety-flvo millions, or nearer one hun
dred million coples. It found the Biblo
m mty languages ; it has sent It out in
two hundred and fifty. How wonderful
it is, when wo think that forty of these
languages were especiallv roduced to
writingtor that purpose 1 Thoro are forty
languagea that eighty-two years ago were
only spoken languages ; and now men are
reading ln their own tongue wherein they
were born the wonderful works of God.
I beliove that when tho oriental congreas
sat in tbe oity of London some few yeara
ago, and viaited the Bible Sooiety'a house
in Queen Victoria street, where they saw
iuu vanuus versions on tne snen, tney did
not fall to acknowledge that, though this
is a Christian, not a literary aocioty, it
had done even moro for the intereats of
philology than any Hterary soclety in the
world. Then you have tho number of tho
issuea. How marvelous thev are. Last
year the number waa three millions. It
is dilhcult to coniprehond. Put lt in
another form flve every minute of tho
dav and nicrht all thronrrh flm
out intermlsaion I I aak everv thourjrhtful
Chriatlan man to ponder well that wonder
ful fact. A stream of divino truth going
out over this poor sinful world of ours at
tne rate ot hve copios every sixty scconds
of the day and night throughout tho year
wunoui lntermiasion i upwards ot nine
million pounds aterling, expended for this
work, waa raiaed entirely by the f ree will
of a Chriatlan people. Mr. G. T. Ed
tcards. A Homoly Illustration of Falth.
Sam Jones waa talkine to a man of
weak faith the other day. The doubter
asked if Mr. Jones could not ijive him a
demonstration of religion. " None," was
the reply. "You rnust eet inside the
fold, and the demonstration will come of
Itself. Humble yourself, have falth, and
you Bball know tbe truth." " In other
words, I must believe, accept it before it
is proved, and believe it without proof."
"Now, hold on right here. Out Weat
they havo a place for watering cattle.
lhecattle have to mount a platform to
reach the troughs. As they step on the
piauorm tneir weignt presses a lever, and
inis throws tho water Into the troucha.
They havo to pjet qn tho platform through
faith, aud this act provides the water
and leads them to it. You are like a
smart steer that shps around to the barn
yard and peeps in the trough without
geuing on tne piatiorm. iie hnds the
troueh dry. of course. for it needa h!
weight on the platform to force the water
up. He turns away diaguated, and tells
everybody there's no water in the trough,
Another steer, not so smart, but with
more faith, steps on the platform, the
water spnngs into the troueh. and he
marches up and drinks. That's the
way with religion. You've got to get on
to the platform. You can't even examine
it intelhgently until you are on to the
platform. If you slide around the back
way, yon'U nnd the troueh dry. But steo
on tho platform, and the water and the
laitn come tocether without any trouble
certain and aure and abundant.
Delroit Free Press.
We have all heard muoh frora pulpits
of the virtue of faith and the virtue of
charity ; but I think we hear too little of
the virtue of hope, which completea tho
inmty, and is an mdiviaibie part of it
We are so conatituted that it iaimpoaaible
for ns to exerciee charity persiatently with!
out both faith and hope, like Aaron and
nur, to sustatn our sinfeine arms. Without
faith in tho divino gem of goodness buried
in every human breaat, we cannot labor for
the higher welfare of our brother, or af
ford him that nobler aympathy without
which to give all our goods to teed him
proflteth nothing. And without hope in
a luture, stretcbing out before him in in-
nnite vistas ot loy and holmesa, wo can
not attach duo importance to his moral
welfare ; we cannot measure the sin of
misguiding and corrupting him, or the
glory ofleading him to virtue. Nay, in a
larger sense, philantbropy and tbe entbusi-
asm ot humanity, tbe very llowers of ag-
nosticism, must witber if unwatered by
hope. We must needs work on one by-
pothesis or the other. Either all men are
destined to an immortal existence, or elae
they will perish at death, and the earth
itself will grow old and sustain life no
longer on its barren breast. And then
all tbe bopea and virtues and triumphs of
the human race will be buried in oblivion.
no conscious mind in all the hollow unl-
verse remembering that man ever had ex
istence. Mut t. P. Cobbe in uontempor-
ary lieview JonJune.
Good Sermons.
A sermon is too often like Hodge's
horse. It is overdone with braaaea and
bells, harness and harmony : but there la
no real strength in it, no life and vigor.
It ia flne, but not forcible. Now it strikea
everybody that the trappinga of a poor old
half-starved horse look like mookery.
You can not plow fields with ribbons and
bells : you wantmuscle and sinew. And
so there is no moving men'a hearta with
pretty phrases and musical nothings.
What ls needed is tboucfht, truth, sound
dootrino and the Spirit of God. Youne
men aro apt to think less of what to say
than ot now to say it : but our advlce is,
think of both in duo proportion
aet tbe
matter beforo the manner. Get the horse
flrst, and get a good one, and then harness
hlm. liive tbe people tbe grand old gos
pel, and plenty of lt, and tbey will not
muoh mind the way in which you bring
it forth. A good horse should be de
cently harnessed, and divino truth should
be fitly spoken. The mischlef is that
some appear to think that tho harness
makea tne horse, and that a fino style
is tue matn thing tn a sermon. Uburcbes
aud chapels would not so often be empty,
if miniBtors would take heed what tney
preach as well as how they preaoh.
The only man who is a maater of the
world ia ho who Ioves Jesus supromely,
wlth a love which rulea the heart and the
life. Suoh a man usos every earthly thing
in subordinatlon to his rullng spiritual
affection. IJut of hlm who givea the
world. in anv of lta asDeota or relatlona.
such a measure of his love aa sets asldo
any olaim of heaven, tho Soripture Baitb,
" If any love tho world, tho love of tho
Fathor is not in him." And be who has
not the "Iovo of the Father" in hls
heart, ls poor indeed Zion't Ilerald.
Thero wag an old decan
ter, and lta mouth waa
gnplnR wldo: tho
rosy wlno had
ebbcd away
nnd left
IU crya
tnl alde;
and the wlnd
went hummlng,
up nnd
down tho
sldoa lt flew.
and throuRh tho
hollow neck
the wlldest nntes lt
blew. I plnced lt ln the
wlndow, where the blaat waa
blowlng free, nnd fnnclod that lta
pale mouth nang thequeereat Btralns
to mn. "They toll me puny con
nueroral the l'lacue haa slalu hls ten,
and Wnr hla hundred thnuaanda of the
very best of men; but I" 't wna thua
the bottle npoko "but I have con
quered moro than all your famoua con
querera, ao foarod nnd fnmod of yore.
Then come, ye youth aud maldena
come drlnk, from out my cup, the
beverage that dulla tho brnln and
burna tho aplrlt up; that putg to
almmo tho conqnorora that alay their
ecorcg belnw; for thia bna deluged
millions with the lava tide ot woe.
Though ln tho path of battle
yet whlle I kllled tbe body,
I have damnod the very aoul.
The cholera, or aword, auch
ruin never wrought aa I,
ln mlrth or malice on the
lnnocont havo brought.
And atlll I breathe
upon them aud they
lOirlnk before my brcath; and
year by year m y thousanda
tread the dismal road to Death."
Tho lligli Llccnso Systcin.
The leeislature of Illinois has iust
pasaed a law for restralning and taxing
tneiiquor traiuo in tbat state Dy wnat is
All licenses hereafter throughout the
state for tho sale of snirita and wines are
to bo granted on paymont of a licenee fee
at tne rate of ilve hundred dollars a year,
and all licenses for beers arn flxed at the
rate oi one hundred and fifty dollars a
year. The Nebraska law puta the licenBO
tee ot cities of a certain trrade at one
thousand dollars a year, and five hun
dred dollars for all other places. The
law of Iowa permits cities and towns to
tix tne amount of the hcenae fee. and the
consequence is that there ia no uniform
rule on tbe subject. In Bome places it is as
low aa seventy-five dollars, and in others
it is aa high as one thouaand dollar8,
while thero has been a very large in
crease in the average amount throughout
the state and a very considerablo reduc
tion in the number of liquor sellers.
xno testimony, as to results, is that tbe
" hich licenae svstem." as thus far tried
in Iowa, Nebra9ka, Misaouri and Michi
gan, has been beneficial to the cause of
temperance, and has also made the liquor
traffio yield an increased revenue to the
state. It ia, perhaps, too soon to come to
a ftnal conclusion as to the ultimato ef
fect, and yet tbe system, even if regarded
as an experiment, has the apnearance of
being at least a atep in the right dlrec-
tion. Anvtbing that will reatrain the
liquor traffic, though it may not wholly
prevent it, and thereby leasen the evils re-
suiting tberetrom, is so lar cood, and is
certainly much better than praotically
iree rum, either with no licenso at all or
one so cheap as to amount to almost noth
ing in tbe way of reatraint
ibe tbeory of every hcense system
whether high or low, is that the busines3
of selling intoxicating liquors, unlike tbe
traiuo in tbe ordinary commodities wbicb
the people need to buy, ia attended with
serioua evils to the ceneral coramunity,
and that for this reason this traffic should
be dealt with by special proviaions of
law. There is no doubt about the fact
upon which the theory rests. A aad and
awf ul experience proves it. Nor can there
oe any doubt as to tho right ot society to
interpose the reatraints of law, either to
prevent the trafflc altogetheror to restriot
i i il. i it-i
ji wiuiiu tiue narrowest pracucaoie iim
its. That something should be done that
is remedial and corrective in its nature,
is tho universal judgment of all good and
sensible people, as well as the implication
of every licenso law that was ever en-
acted. It haa never been the object of
such legislation to promote and encourage
the liquor tralhc. The design is ust the
reverse. We are not to reason from the
mere word " license," but to look at the
thlng intended and to judgeof this thing
by its adaptation to the end sought. Tbat
wbich will most effectually securetheend,
whether we call it licenso or prohibition,
or anything else, is the beat means to era-
ploy. The practioal result is alwaya the
great point to be kept in mind
L,et us, tben, say that, theoretically, we
fully believe in the principle of prohibi
tion : and U tbe question depended atmply
upon our choice and power, we would ap-
ply it everywhere and would everywhere
A 1 ! 1 L.1L IL. f . 1 1 1 .
of intoxicating liquors, except for pur-
poses tbat bave no connection with tbe
drinking habita of tho people. Wo would
not have the accursed thing ln the com-
mon market at all as tbe means and faoil-
ityof intemperanco. This is, and for
years has been, our individnal view, often
expressed in these columns ; and here we
are in periect accord with the prohibi-
We remember, however, that pnblio
sentiment in thia country makes the law
and upholds it, and that no law, simply
bocause it is in tbe statute book, or even
in the constitution of a state, can have
any practioal force except as it is sub-
tained by a predominant publio senti
ment. If, then, publio sentiment has not
been educated in a triven state up to tbe
point of prohibition, but has been edu
cated up to that of a high license system,
and if, as tbe consequence, it will sustain
tbe latter, but will neither adopt nor sus
tain tho former, we shall civo our hearty
support to the high license system as bet
ter than free rum and no license, and bet
ter tban a low license, and as the best
thing practicable in the ciroumstances
and for tbe time being. It is certainly good
as f ar aa it goes, and if vigorously enforced,
will acbievo a large amount of good. We
proposa to get that good, and not deoline
to receive lt, or tnrow lt away, or de
nounce the agenoy that procures it, sim
ply because we cannot get more. On
this ground we are beartily glad tbat
Illinois has just passed aa good a law aa
she has passed, and earnestly hope that
tho wnoio temperance iorce ln tbat atato
will not only sustain tbe law, but take
special paina to see that it is thoroughly
enforced. The law is a step forward,
and, as the means to an end, is of import
ance to tho cause of temperanco in that
stato. we wisb tbat as good a law was
enaoted in this state, and ita sucoesa in
illinois, as well as in other states, would
undoubtedly contribute to the attainment
oi tbis yery desirable end.
Jiioee prohibitioniats wbo inslst on
prohlbitlon or nothlng, when they aro
vory certaln to have nothlng, and who
wlll not co-operato wlth others, except on
condition that they will go tho f ull lsngth
of their speclilo creed on this point, seem
to us as not praotically wlae men for their
own causc, whotber they live in Ohio or
olaowhere. We givo tbem lull credit lor
all honeaty of purpose ; but wo tako the
liberty qf doubting tho wisdom of their
poliny. ' We believe in getting all we can
lor a good cause, and ln belplng to get
that, oven though it may not be the best
that can bo conceived. It is on this
ground that wo have recommended and
Rtill recomraend tho prohlbltionists of
Ohio to ally themaelves politically with
the ropublican party of that state and ald
in aecurlng the election of its tlckot, and
thereby in defeating the democraoy, which
is notoriously tho rum party in Ohio, and
wlll, this fall, be supported bv the whole
liquor intereat of the state. This, in our
judgment, la the true way for the prohibl-
tioniats ot unio to servo the canae ot tem-
perance. Allied with and eivlntr their
strength to the republican party, they are
strong; duc dtaaevered irom that party
and running an independent tlckot, they
are utterly inaigniilcant, ezcept to dem-
onatrate their own weakneas, to nid ln the
defeat of tho only party from which they
can hope lor anythlne in tbe way oi leeis-
lation favorable to temperance, and at the
same lime contribute to the auccesa of a
party that abaolutely has no aympathy
whatevor with their cause. It is very
trne that the republican party is not a
probibition party ; but as to the question
ot temperance, it is the next best thlng,
and for thia reaaon we strongly desiro its
succoss. Independent.
Tho Liquor Trafllc.
Tho New York Tribune, in a carefully
prepared articlp concernincr the Hauor
traffic in tho United States aavs : Di
rectly and indirect.ly this country spenda
m ine liqnor tramo every year a fl"m
exceeding half the national debt. The
cost of that traffic to the country, direct
and indirect. ia greater than the profita of
all lta canital not inveated ln real eatate.
it costs every year moro than onr whole
civll aervice. onr array. our nayy. our
Congreaa, including tho river and harbor
and penaion bills, our wasteful local gov-
ernmenta, and all national, state, connty
and local debts. beaides all tbe fichools m
the conntry. In fact, this Nation paya
more for liquor than for every f nnction of
every kind of government. How is a
question of that aize to be put aaide with
a sneer As these atatements mav seem
Burpriaing to those who havo not looked
into tho matter, a few ugures may be of
service. A glass of beer coats the con
suraer five centa, and there are at least
twenty in the gallon, and G10 in the bar
re), bo that beer retails at about 832 a
barrel, while alo coats still more. The
consumption ot neer and alo last year
was about 15,000 000 barrela; coat to
consnmera about!80.000,000. The cheap
eat kind of liquor U8ed, ordinary whisky,
is rareiy sold at 5 cents, and averages at
leaat seven cents a drink : at half a gill
to the " horn," this makea per gal
lon. j he consnmption last year was
about 8S13 000,000. Addine wines, there
ia certainly spent for drink more than
8300,000,000, and the entire sura raised
by taxes of all kinds, national, state,
county, city, town and school diatrict, is
stated on authority of the cpnsn- bnreau
to be not more than about $700,000,000
Cost of Drink.
The Inler-Ocean compntea that the re-
ceipta of the aaloons of Chicago amount
to saL'OHL' 700 in a year, and that in
Illinois about 300,000,000 are nnnually con
sumed in buying liquors. This is at the
rate of twentv dollars per capita, and as
the people of Illinois are not especially
bibulous, tbe conclusion is tbat tbe same
ratio holds good throughout the country,
lt would be hard to accept this computa-
tion, if it were not for tbe mtornal reve
nue statistics, which sbow that in the
year ending June 30th, 1882, there was
pnid to the government, tax on 72,000,-
000 eallons of spirituous liquors and 527,-
UOO.OOU eallons of fermented liquors.
which it is calculated cost the conaumers
no less than 5930,000,000. This ia 818.00
per capita for the entire population. To
Bpend thia sum in a year, a man would
only have to spend a little over five centa
a day. But when we remember that
those who drink have to make up for
those who do not, including women and
children, the licurea become startung.
They are stul more so when in addition
to the idleness, incapaclty and vice which
accompany excesaive liquor-drinEincr, wo
contemplate the eroas expenditure in dol
lars and cents. Of tbe thousand millions
spent in drink, not less than eight-tenths
mean a proportionato denial of some ra-
tional comfort, either in food, clothing,
or intellectual enioyment. In view of
such Ctrurea, can any one doubt that
liquor is the greatest curse of modern
1! O
Local Optlon.
It is said that by local option elections
in Georgia tho aaloons in fifty counties
have been closed. This is better succeas
tban has attended this method of restrict
ing tho evils of intemperanco in some
other states. One difficultv with this
plan has been that after a community has
decided not to permit licenses to be
rrrauted, it has not had moral force auffi.
cient to compel obedience to the law,
which forbids selling without license. In
UeorRia, however, a more eitective puono
sentiment seems to prevail, for it is said
that tbe moral force tbat carried the elec
tions agamst licenses has been sumcient
to onforce tho law. All aro agreed that
the chief difficulty in enforcing prohib-
itory measures llos just here.
IiECEN'T statistics, based on the last
census, show that in Milwaukee, where
there is moro beer made and drank tban
in any other oity of equal aize in the
United States, there are twice as many
Bulcidea as in any other city of like popu
lation. One of the German seoular jour
nals sets itself to the solution of the ques
tion raised by these faots, and is
comnelled to the conclusion that beer
drnnk to excess induces attacks of mel-
anoholla, whioh more beer does not oure.
The oulv consolation itcan suggest is tbat
there arworso beveragos than beer, for
spirituous liquora " transform man into a
blood-thirsty wlld beast and a violator of
the laws."
Massaciiusktts law allowa an adloin-
ing real qstate owner to forbid the grant
iug of a license to sell liquor, In Glouces
ter a saloon keeper tried to evado this
provision by selling to a friendly tbird
Earty a strip a foot wide from the side of
is premlses next to the objeotor, thus
creating a new neighbor. liut the courts
have decided that the trick ls of no ayail.
18681 CLARK'S 11883
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CF" Tartlular attentlon given to all the detalli of tbe
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No preparation has ever performed such
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wide a reputation, as Ayeu's Cncnnv
I'ncTOitAL, which is rccognizcd aa tho
worfd's rcmcdy for nll diseases of the
throat aud lungs. Its long-contlnued
scrles of wonderful cures in nll cll
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ns a s.ife nnd rcliablo agent to employ.
Acalnst ordinary colds, which arc tho
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it acts spccdily and surely, ahvays re
lleving sullorlng, and often saving life.
The protcctiou it nfl'ords, by its tlmely
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No person cau atl'ord to bo without lt,
and those who havo oucc used it never
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