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The merchant rUkliig Kld In vrtitiitcitiniiiitfoltl; The lovi'r plniiiK for hi liidy's ftruce;- liiir,-nts Unit uniilly pruy r .ir cliflflit-ii titt- awav ; Tin sintoiinuu plotting- lor some powor or plure; The brave men flehtlna; linr-1 Fur sonic m ell -i-uriicd i-emud, Anil llmlil yom hi tlmt only wutt h tor broad -I men, where'er tley aluy. Watch lo.' Ihn mull hi Hl'tiy, Ami hour wltu buallutf hcurt hl rapid tread. Tin culm nntl cheerful all. And il l not four hi cull: Good fortune coino iih easily a ill. The Wile matt hi Kniy, Though ho cull every dnv. Can only hi in w hiltcvor It Lotl's will. Mary A. Jlarr, in Hnrper'i Waily. INTERPOSITIONS OF PROVIDENCE. I.—LUPIRY. If I was vou, Lupiry, I would n't try to do nothfn' with it, boin' It's green besides boin' a terrible scant pattern to niake a genteel dress out of, and yaller and streaked in places. Groen is terri ble unlucky and no mistake. I was mcrried in green myself, and look at the run of luck I've had!" And Mrs. Smnllidgo, a doleful widow who " cut and basted" for all the female popula tion of liuninoy Four Corners, rolled her eyes upward as if calling upon heaven to bear witness to the woes that the green wedding-dress had drawn upon her head. " I told Lupiry 't 'was a temptin' of Providence to hev a green dress, but she seems set upon it. Young folks has to learn by experience," remarked Lu piry's mother, who was also a widow and dolof ill. "And the poor child won't hev much, and Luke boin' app'inted to a city church where I expect they 're middlin' genteel she'd ought to make the most of what she's got. She's a master hand to calkilate, Lupiry is takes after the Hopkins but when she went up garret and fotehed down Granny Hopkins' old green silk I was beat, for it s seventy years om it it s a minute, Meanwhile Lupiry, a buxom damsel with the reddest of checks and the bluest of eyes, a " tip-tiltod " nose and a prim little mouth which contradicted it, was holding Granny Hopkins' seven ty-years-old green silk up to the light witn ner mow contracted into an aoxious frown. " I did n't want it for a wedding- dress. I am going to turn my turkeys and buy mo a lilac silk. Luke likes lilac. But I did hope this would do for something." " They must bo terrible worldly, for Methodists, down to Luke's church, if they expeot tiie minister's wife to her two silk dresses," said Lnplry's mother, 'There's Mis' Elder Bemus, the relio' of a Fresldin' Elder, she never had but one, and she s wore tnat every com munion Sunday for nigh upon forty years, to say nothin' of love feasts and conierenoes, and it ain't wore out vet, And here's Lupiry wantin' to start out witn two." " I suppose I shall have to get along with only thejilac silk, but I do wish I coma manage to squeeze a oiacs casn mere out of mv turkev monev ! " "A black cashmere would be sweet nrettv." said the dressmaker, "and lav. lock is a real genteel color and makes up pretty tor a minister s wue. Dein kinder subdued ; and silks is reasonable now, they say. I do hope you'll hev good luok with your turkevs, Lupiry. You'd ought to, you've took such care of 'em and turkeys is dretful tender fowls. If Abner Ransom is a goin' to kerrv 'em to market for vou vou'll be sure to get all they're wutt, for Abner is terriDie snarp al a Bargain. u was the one that made Elder Skilton take off so much for every rainy Sunday wnen ne naan t preacned to tnit tew folks. The Elder he . was godly-given and didn't want no fuss so he done it, but some folks thought t was mean, Bein' Abner hain't got no turkeys of his own to sell, I guess you'll get a good price for your a. If you're agoin' to be merned in three weeks there ain t no time to lose, and I'll be over earlv Fii day mornin' to out vourlavlocksilfe." " I toll Lupiry I Jtcpe ain't, got her mind too muoh'set udou Tsnltim." said Liiplry's motlie. t .'I Mtirryin. In a wmuw avMim iwta; .responseruie tning, pertikerly merry in' a minister." " That is true, Sister Hopkins, and I do hope, as yon say, that Lupiry 's got a realizin' sense. Ministers is apt to be hearty aud pertikler about their victu als. And the minister's family is ex pected to be given to hospertalerty, and tne oonterenue Dretnnnguoioton some' thin' more'n common in the way of vie tuals. And then tha minister's wife bein' looked to for an example, had ought to tie industrious and savin There ain't no denyin' that Mis' Elder Bemus' keepin' a hired girl hendered her usefulness, if she did have eight children, and the nueralgy dretlul, and tne j.iuer always kinder sickly too, There's sight more Tesponserbilorty comes on the minister's wife if he U sickly, ' And, oome to think of it, what a terrible great Adam's apple Luke Kankins has got, ain't he? Makes me think of Silas Spencer, that preacher over to Entield when I was a girl and died of consumption before ne was thirty. A man with an Adam's apple u terrible apt to have consumption, they Bay." . - " I'm afraid Lupiry ain't got the gift tor speaktn' ana prayin' in meetin' that she ougnt to nev," said Lupiry'i mother, with a mournful shake of the head. . . y . . . - "A Methodist minister's wife had onght to hev them gifts as much as the minister Himself. . And. as Mis' UUler Bemus used to say, she's got ' to know how to make her pie-crust short without noshortenin', and never offend nobody' But don't you be discouraged, Lupiry It ain't every gil l that can got a minu ter, especially when girls is plenty and men Is scarce, as they be now." And with another assurance that she would be over bright and early Friday morning to out the laylock silk, the dressmaker took her departure. Lupiry did feel a little discouraged Bpeaking in meeting and cooking u for the conference brethren were du ties pertaining to her future lot upon which Bhe had not cared to meditate deeply. Jut then 8nth Jones, the dapper, ctirly-hctKili'd rlnrk In the village Hture, drove by, looking eagerly tip at all the windows. .Lupiry drew back, blushing. " I do duclnre, I wish Setli was Luke or Luke was Hnth, or something!" That was only a murmur In the depths of Liintra's inner consciousness, but she shuddered at hnr wickedness the next minute, and thought she must be " fall ing from graoe." It was such a " privilege " to be a minister's wile, hor mother said. Then she resolutely banished from her mind the prayer-meetings and tho con ference brethren, and all the unpleasant aspects of the position which had been conjured up by Mrs. Smallidgo's lively Imagination, and rellented uiion the agreeable ones the lilac silk, the envy o( tho girls who had not been able to "got a minister," the "gentility" of the city church, and Luke always at nanu to ten nor now pretty sne was. so she bocame cheerful again, and set hor mind nt work upon a mathematical problem which she had not failed to calculate at least onee a day ever sinoe uioopatra, tne great black turkey, batched hor wonderful brood of fit toe n lusty yoling turkeys, so many turkeys at so much eitch, so many yards of silk at so much per yard. Every day Lupiry's calculations grew more choerful. So many more pounds oi inrxey, so many more yards ol silk. it mere was any thing that Lupiry hated it was "a scant pattorn." Scant pat terns of the good things of life were so common in nor experience! Now, on the eve of the fateful day when Abner Ransom was to S3ll the turkeys, Lupiry calculated that there might even be a nttie money lett lor gloves and trim mings. Laces and ribbons floated be fore her eyes in dreams all night, and at the first peep of dawn sho arose and hurried down to the poultry yard. The whole fifteen turkeys were to be slain and prepared for market before eieht o'clock, and Lupiry wished to see them once more in life. Not that she had become attached to them, or felt any pity for thoir sad fate in being martyred lor her gain Lupiry kept too close an account of profit and loss to loave any margin for sentiment but she wanted to assure herself once more that they were fat and well favored. Poor Lupiry! She was only one of the innumerable company who, follow ing in the footsteps of the far-famed milkmaid, reckon up the profits of their eggs before they get them to mavkot, and are onen destined to bitter disap pointment. There lay the whole fifteen and Cleopatra, thoir mother, stark and stiff on the ground. They were not de capitated nor had thoir necks been wrung, borne distempor seemed to have carried them off "at one fell swoop." Lupiry pinched herself to see if she were awake. It seemed so like an evil dream ! Ichabod came out of the barn door. " P'isoned, and no mistake. Lupiry I" he remarked cheerfully. (Ichabod was one of the aggravating people who are cheerful under all circumstances.) "It don't seem as if nobody could have been so all-fired mean as to have done it a purpose. I exneot thev pot hold of some ot that last medicine ol father's that he throwed out of the sett'n-room winder. Taint no use takin' on. 'AO' oerdents will happen in the best reger- lateo lammos. ' And Ichabod wont about the milking. whistling as gayly as if wedding dresses grew on every bush. Lupiry sat down and cried, uranny Hopkins' green silk had proved too scanty, even if she could have braved the awful perils of wearing green; to be married in her old alpaca, which had been her best dress for more than a year, was not to be thought of. Matri mony without the lilac silk was not al luring to Luplrv. That hod seemed to cover as with a mantle the unpleasant duties in store for her of which Mrs. Smallidge had reminded her, but they loomed up fearfully against the back ground ol the old alpaca. " I shall write to Luke this very day and tell him that we can't be married till spring. He won't like it, but shouldn't want bim to be ashamed of me though I don't suppose he would notice what I had on, with his head always tin in the clouds." Just then oetn Jones drove by on bis way to the store, and looked back so lingoringly that his horse ran into the fence and upset the wagon. Lupiry felt a little flutter of satisfaction at this mark of devotion, and she laughed as merrily at the catastrophe as n ner matrimonial plans were not also upset. he wrote to Luke Rankins that day explaining the necessity of postponing their wedding nntu spring. " Luke is terrible eager and impa tient," Bhe remarked to her mother, as she read the answer to her letter, which had come after the smallest possible apse oi tune. "ne wants to ouy m; weddin? dress himself, but 1 euess . have some pride if 1 am poor. He says ha would rather marrv me In mv old bdff calico than to have the wedding put off. Ut course 1 like to nave blm think so muoh of me, but I do wish he cared a little more lor appearances. He don't look half so genteel as as some folks round here, if he does live in the city." That's what 1 call an Interpersition of Providence," said Mrs. Smallidge to her crony, Mis' Elder Bemus, when she heard the news. "Lupiry Hopkins ain't more fit to merry a minister than I be to merry the Angel Gabrel. She ain't got no sprawl nor ao faculty, and what's a minister's wife without them? Whoever p'isoned them turkeys was adoln' the Lord's work unbeknownst. You see if sometbin' else don't happen by spring to keep them apart that the lxrd hain't never jined together. Luke Rankins is terrible eawky, but ho is smart and I've heard that they thought a signt oi mm in the city, if Lupiry Hopkins wanted him she'd better a'took him when she could get hiiu without fussin' about a triusao, for some of them rioh city girls will be settin' their oaps for him, and you and I know what men be, Sister Bemus." to a II.—LUKE. He was tall and angular, had stooping shoulders, and wore his hair very long. He had very large bony hands, which be' never knew exactly what to do with in society. He never sat down in the presence of others without becoming painfully embarrassed by tho length of his legs, and eying them in a calculat ing way. as if he were trying to devise some plan for curtailing their propor tions or getting mem out, oi signi. ne had a high and prominent forehead, near-sighted gray eyes peering through scholarly spectacles, a large Roman nose, and a very wide mouth which suggested humor and relieved his lace of an oppressive solemnity. But his congregation declared that in the pulptc, when he got fairly under way and forgot himself, he was neither ugly nor awkward. And not a few of the unmarried young ladies thought his appearance ' very interesting. Miss Una Whitetiekl, the Bishop's niece, when she met him at the Chinese mission school, thought that his host) resembled Guldo's head of Hi. Paul. The low brow and the leonine locks of St. Paul were certainly not Luke's, but wnat a dreary and prosale world would tins be II no latitude were allowed the Imagination! Luke, on his part, when he first saw Miss Una, mentally quoted, " Her eyes, like the angels of tne Lord, sang peace on earth, good will toward men.'" He almost fan cied himself blest, like the prophets of old, with an angelio vision. How far fluffs of golden hair and a white tulle xinnet will go toward the making of an angel, it is vain to consider, or how often dazzling purity of complexion and heavenly eyes are the masks of impurity and earlhlinnss. It is sufficient that Miss Una Whlteflold's angelic asrfect was the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, and what Luke saw in hor eyes came from the abundance of her heart. He felt like sitting at her feet to be taught, rather than joining with her to tench the benighted Ah Sins, Hop Wards and Chin Wangs ; and when one of the teachers jocosely congratulated her up on her celestial employment, Luke felt an unregenerate inclination to strangle him. For a man to venture upon such pun in her presence seemed to him a striking proof of total depravity. How her nuoils could repttrd nnr with such stolid indifference while she talked to them was a profound mystery to him. He was convinced that if she should ut ter such soft and persuasive accents to him he should full down on but knees before her. The unhappy result of the reverential admiration with which she inspired him was that his hands and legs became more hopelessly unmanageable than ever before, and he clutched so fran tically at his long lock of hair that it threatened to come out by the roots. lie blushed like a school-boy, and stam mered a few commonplaces which seemed so insane as he remembered them that he was almost driven to de spair. it was the very next day niter bis meeting with Miss Whitefield that he received the letter from Lupiry an nouncing the decease of the turkeys, and the consequent necessity of postponing their wedding dny. The letter seemed to startle lukc toaotas a sort or moral shower-bath. For the space of twenty- four hours he had been unconscious of Lupiry's existence. He drew himself up to his full height and walked across the room several times with long, de termined strides. " I can't have it postponed, not for a nayi" ne said. " we are lar enough apart now : in six months more " And he firmly resolved to go no more to the Chinese mission school. He kept his resolve for the space of three weeks. Durln? that time he had entreated Lupiry to be married evon if it were in her old buff calico, and La- pirv had steadfastly refused. He had then resolved to improve Lupiry's mind in the time that must intervene betore their wedding-day, and thus produce some congeniality of taste between them having a hidden consciousness all the while that ponring water into a sieve would be a more hopeful task. And Lupiry, reading the improving letters, signed and wished that Luke's hair ourled like Both Jones'. She had observed that men with long straight hair were always dull and prosy ; and the prospect of leading the woman's prayer-meeting and entertaining the conference brethren lay heavy on her soul. At the end of those three weeks Luke had come to the conclusion that, consid ering his unusual facility in acquiring languages and the considerable com mand of the Chinese language which he had already gained, together with the scarcity of laborers in the vineyard, it was nis uuty to spend nis xnursuay evenings at the mission school, n temptations beset him there had he not suflicient manhood to resist them, with the divine aid which is never denied to the weakP At first he decided that his only safety lay in avoiding the angelio vision alto gether.and confined his attention strictly to the stolid, almond-eyed Celestials. But before long he became disgusted with his cowardice. aurely her com panionship was helpful and elevating ; was he sc contemptibly weak that Be could not enjoy it without being faith less to Lupiry P What an advantage her friendship would be to Lupiry, ignorant and inexperienced as she was. Clearly it was expedient that he and the angelio vision should be friends. How far he had been led toward this conclusion by a reproachful look in the vision's lovely eyes s one would say "What have I done that you should refuse to befriends with nier" it Is unnecessary to in quire. v Luke did not think of doing so, al though he knew that the human heart is deceitful above all things. He did think that Providence had given him an especial call to minister to the Chinese, he had becomo so absorbingly interested in the language, and had corns to ro gard Chin Wang, who brought horn his washing, as a man and brother. But he was also dimly conscious that the feverish longing for Thursday night Which he leit in ail tne intervening week was scarcely to be accounted for bv his devotion to "the heathen Chineo,' ' 'and he never went to the mission school without previously fortifying himself by firayer and ny writing one oi tne long, mproving letters to Lupiry. The Bishop suddenly felt a call to invite him ; to dinner, and Luke being compelled by polite ness to accept the invitation, of course saw the angelio vision at the head of a glorified dinner table. What he ate Luke scarcely knew, and he was conscious of talking Such drivel that he wondered why the Bishop did not make arrangements for his Immediate removal to an asylum' for the idiotio. The di vinity was calm and islf-Dosinssed. and deeply interested in the Chinese ques tion, the condition of the Methodist church in the South, and other grave subjects ; but she had a way of slowly raising her long lashes and giving Luke a long look out of her wonderful eyes which looks, Luke felt, were rapidly reducing him to utter imbecility. After he went home that night, he added a postscript to his letter telling Lunirv that he needed her aid and com panionship, and begging her not to allow such a petty consideration as dress to longer postpone their marriage. If he had not been a man he would have known that to call dress "a petty con sideration " was more likely to hope lessly rullle Lupiry's temper than to lead hor to yield to his wish. She replied with considerable asperity that she bad "proper pride " It he bad n't, but she was going to keep the school at the South Corner, and should have earned money enough by spring to buy herself a decent wedding-dress. Jane Simpson had said that Methodists were never genteel, even in the city, and she would like to know if it was true. Luke groaned, and decided that the improv ing letters were a failure. Sam Wa Kee was the most interesting pupil in the mission school. It was not he er as only that, being very small ot stature, lame, and possessed of a broken now, was easily distinguishable from the others although that was no small point In his favor, as to a casual obsnrv. the others all looked exactly alike, and Luke peered at them through his spectacles In a hopelessly bewildered way, anil was continually rebuking Ah Bin for the misdemeanors of l.nng Wing, and irin- vi:ra. But Ham Wa Kee was also bright, wide-awake and as 'cote" a Yankee. Hn showed a regard for teachers which was especially touch ing in contrast with the stolid Indiffer ence of the others, and a discernment of spiritual things which was very encour aging. He was only sixteen, and all alone, the uncle with whom he had come to America having died. He earned a precarious livelihood by doing errands for his fellow-countrymen who were in tne laundry business, untu he was run over by a frightened horse and seriously Injured. He displayed a fran tic terror of the hospital, being possessed bv the fancy that it was a place where tfiey made people's, bones into umbrella handles: and Luke, for whom he sent, once had him removed to his own lodgings, and took care of him with the greatest devotion until he recovered. Then Miss Whitefield suddenly discov ered tnat a Chinese servant was the one thing necessary to make her uncle's es tablishment, of which she was the mis tress, complete, and at once installed Sam wa Kee therein as hewer of wood, scourer of knives and kettles, and doer of errands, to his own delight and Luke's as well. For it was clearly the latter's duty to call now and then to see how his jiroUge was getting on. And he did call often, bam Wa Kee was apparently an unfailing source of Inter est, ine Inendslup throve apace, and Lupiry received short letters instead of the long improving ones, until suddenly Luke s conscience awoke, lie tore his hair and clothed himself In sackcloth and ashes, metaphorically spoaking. and went and told Una Whitefield that he was engaged to be married to Lupiry Hopkins. She listened with interest and gentle sympathy, as became her since he was her Iriend : but, except lor a I aim Hush that came and went, she showed no trace of any emotion. "bhe doesn't cre! 1 was a vain idiot to fancy that she would," thought Luke, and was more miserable than be fore. For several weeks he did not go near the house, and at the mission school he avoided her as much as possi ble. One day the Bishop told him that Una had come to a sudden determination to go to China as a missionary. She was to sail from New York in two weeks, with a party of missionaries who were returning from a visit to this country. " 1 here is work enough for her here work that she is better fitted for, too, and I told her so," said the Bishop. " You had better come and talk to her. you might have more influence than I," giving Luke a sly and scrutinizing glance. Luke nrmiy resolved to ne giaa mat another messenger bad been called to carry the Gospel tidings to heathen lands. He also firmly resolved not to tro to see her: and he walked around the square seven times the next day be fore he rang the door-bell at tne uisn op's house. She was surrounded by friends, and he scarcely spoke to ner. The next time that he went the same thing happened, but on the evening be fore she was to leave he lingered behind the others. She was as calm and sell- as ever; she even chatted gayly on indifferent subjects, but she would not meet his eyes until, as they were parting, she did at last raise her own those lovely eyes that sang of "peace on earth, good will toward men" and he saw that they wore drowned in tears; then she snatched her hand from his, and vanished like a flash. Poor Luke! nothing but true religion kept him from wishing in that moment that Lupiry Hopkins" had never been born. He went home and spent the night "wrestling in prayer," and lm- bibingdosesof theology, hot and strong; and he did not trust himself to say fare well to her again, although he could not resist the temptation of watching from rliaaneA tha r.rnin t.hftr. horn iiAr awav. Then he went home, "his heart with in hun like a stone," and found this let ter awaiting him from Lupiry : rtKAlt LttKK I do fee! awful ashamed to write you this letter, and when 1 rettd about men shontiuit thi'hiielvt's hm-nune their girl have jilted tlit-ui I leel kind of worried, though 1 don't think von lire that kind. Anil I don't want you to eel broken-hearted, nor think hard of ma, for 1 nave (ilea rem nam an win ter to belli It 1 mean to help feelinir dNcour aired about brlna- u iiituiMter's wife, untl llklnir Keth Jones. 1 know Its real wicked, nntl mother thinks I've fallen from n;rnco thnuich Heth.ls a professor. He Is a partner In tha store now. nntl la able to keep ills wlla rem Iteuteel. of course I know It iiin't ao tfnntool hh liaiiiir a minlttter's wife, besides buhia a areut nrivHeite. And I wiiut you to limy for ine. I want vou to remember that there era other Kh-ls Just as pretty and a trtioil deal love one jieit as well; Hud 1 do hope you 'fl u-at a manaifer, for niothor auys that la what a minister ouitlit In have. Your friend, T.ITI'IIIV Hopkins. P. 8. Hath likes me fust a I am, ami dues nt want me to read books or ba eli-vatetl. I have got the lllne silk, aud It is a beautiful shade, with itlnvea to mutch. We are itoink to ha married lu May. I tlld leel awful bud when my tin kevs were poisoned so we could n't be mitrrled, but Setli savs it was iirovldeutial. I hope you will think so soiunutne, and not do any thing- ra-u or dreudful, buuuuae you are a nil'nlaler, L. H. Luke's first sensation was one of happy relief ; then came a bitter and un christian foeling that Providence might have done its work a little earlier! It wits maddening that his release should have come just too late. He was tempt ed to rush after Una, to telegraph, to do a dozen wild and ridiculous things. After forcing himself to deliberatecalin ly for ten minutes, he went in search of the Bishop, having resolved to open his heart to that worthy man, and see whother he could not devise some plan to prevent the whole earth front being put between him and the desire of his heart. ' Himself is not at home," responded an Irish serving maid to his inquiry for the Bishop. " It's for your nverence that Miss Una's jist after sendin'." " Miin Una' Hasn't she gonoP" cried Luke, thinking he must be dreaming. "She couldn't go all along of the young haythen ! It's tuk sick he Is, and soracliin' and scramin' bloody murther whin she'll lave him a minute. Whin she'd thry to go and her thrunks all packed and the coachman within' he wint purple in the yaller face iv Mm, the raskili, and his eyes stud out iv his head, and is it scrao he he did P Sure they must be aftlier hearin' him in his own oounthryl And it's too late Itttirely for the thrain now, and Miss Una thought maybe you'd be knowin' what to do for him. He wudn't lave the doother come near him, and the mosther gone now for another Chinee to see will he know .wlmt'a the mat her iv him!" While Bridget discoursed she led the way to Sam Wa Kee's room. He lay on the bed. with his almond eyes uprolled until but little more than the whites were visible, and his hands convulsively clutching Una's dress. " 1 am so irlad you have cornel" said that young lady, a vivid blush leaping into hor face. " I thought he was dy. ing, but he seems better now." a if It a of a A moment's inspection of Ham Ws Kee convinced Luke that he was not dying. The purple col'jr of his face looked astonishingly like purple Ink, and suspicion was instantly aroused in lake's mind that the " young haythen " hail merely feigned illness to prevent I'na, to whom he was devotedly at tached, from going away, his repeated warnings that she would be boiled alivs she went to China not having pro duced the desired effect upen her. Luke requested that he might be left alone with Ham Wa Kee ; but he did not forget to thrust Ixipiry's letter into Una's hand before she left the room. When Luko and Ham Wa Kee were alone, that young Celestial sat up and tipped Luke a facetious wink out of the corner of one of his soft and guileless eyos. Whether Luke rebuked him fot his deceit, or fell on his neck and em braced him, never transpired. When he came out and told Una about she said : " Sometimes that boy has seemed lik little saint, and to-day he seems like a little fiend. I don't know what to think him!" " I'll tell vou what I think he Is. said Luke; "an interposition of Provi dence!" For the first time in the course of their acquaintanue the angelic vision's turn hod come to be embarrassed. bhe bluthed very red, looked down very hard, and finally hid her face in such a manner that her nose was grazed bj Luke's coat buttons. And Luke was master of the situa tion. Sophie Sii'etl, in Good Company. A Diet of Eggs. Cossiiierino the enormous quantities of eggs which are imported annually from France into this country, it would seem not only that the business of poultry farming is better understood across the Channel than it is here, but also that the English are even more fond than the French of this article of food. It is not uninteresting to have the opin ion of a popular medical writer in France upon the merits and demerits oi diet of eggs. After explaining the chemical composition of a hen's egg, and laying due stress upon the large proportion of albuminous matter con tained in it, lr. Valoureux goes on to assert tnat some prudence should be ex ercised in indulging an appetite for eggs. tM 1 .1 i i 1 . ....1 vi ail urn siA uuuureu uuierein motion of preparing them for the table, the most wholesome is that of simply boil ing them a la cm, as the French phrase has it. But it is necessary even in ac cepting this rule to qualify it by adding that the egg should not be boiled too mucn, as in sucn case it becomes very much less digestible. Another injunction is that the eggs should not be eaten without taking some wine or other liquid at the same time; and the Doctor recounts a story of a certain modern Blue Board who was said to have killed four or five wives successively by induc ing them every morning to eat two eggs without drinking any thing at all. Moreover eggs are not to be devoured in large quantities at a time, unless the Eerson making the experiment wishes to ave a painful experience of the maxim that an egg is equivalent to a quarter of a pound ot meat. Apropos of this latter warning the Frenchman might have added, if he had known it, a very modern Devonshire story of a laborer who was ordered by tho village doctor to eat eggs, and whose employer gave him a sniiling to enable him to comply with these orders without going to any unwarrantable ex pense. A few days afterward the good natured employer called to ask how the sufferer was. He had followed out the doctor's injunctions with alacrity, but, instead of being any better, was a great deal worse ; and further inquiries elicited the fact that he had bought eighteen eggs with his shilling, and had at once set to and finished them at a sitting. London Qlobe. Obliterating the "Pathies." There is a movement on foot to bring together the foremost men of the medi cal profession of the United States and Canada in a "Free National Conven tion " at Chicago on the 21th of August. The object is to do away with sectarian ism in medicine, and to establish a new code of ethics for physicians. It is an organized effort to remove the barriers that exist between the different scnoois, and to obliterate the present antagonism of " pathies." That there is a wide spread desire for a free and amicable discussion of many vital questions by practitioners of the old and new schools is frequently evinced at meetings of the different medical associations, in tht periodical literature ot the profession, and by thousands of minor indications both in the halls of instruction and in the walks of daily life. On the 22d of December, 1879,Dr. Frederick F. Moore, of Harvard University, read a remarka bly liberal and instructive paper before the Cambridge society lor Medical im provement, which- was an argument against that dogmatism which rejects truth because it was discovered outsiue of the regular creed. At the recent meeting of the American Institute of Honiieopathy, held at Milwaukee on June 15, the address of a physician was rejected by a large majonry oi me members because it advocated a strict adhesion to the laws of medical prac tice laid down by Hahnemann, and con demned that spirit of liberty that per mitted the use oi any but "ortnodox " remedies. N. Y. Qruphio. Hot Weather in Mexico. The morning sun was dancing ovei the floor in double-Bhti!)les as his Honor fell into the station, his face flushed, hU hair wet, and his general look one ol goneness. " Ilijah, did you ever see such a scorcher?" he faintly inquired, as, be funned himself with his hat. "This 'ere weather," replied the old janitor, as he stood his broom in the corner, " is freezing compared to some that I experienced in Mexico, vt Hy, Judge, I've seen it so hot in Ssnta Fe that ink boiled in tho ink-stand while I was trying to write a letter to my mother. 1 was sunstruck seven times In one day while drivinean ice wagon." "Mr. Joy," said his Honor, as hu rose up and moved to his desk, " I was in hopes your late illness would be taken by you as a solemn warning, and I am grieved to find you still treading that same old path. " Wasn't I ever in Mexico?" demand ed the old man, as his face grew red. "We won't argue the case. I am sorry for vou." A bootblack behind the stove here began to grin. Bijah walked over and seized his hair and gave him a lift in the world and whispered in his ear: " Boy, I want you to understand thai I've been in more Mexicoes than you'v ont hairs on vour soaln. and any more grins around hero will lose you the top ol your neaii I ' veiroit t ree nesa. Close (raining and hard labor are al damaging to beasts as to man. tie care ful with your teams. Religious. AT MOTHER'S KNEE. IM nt to th fold thp Shepherd fcda III lltM latntu nt citm of day. And thus my dsrllnascome to ma. ' Al hmt frown tlrwl of thulrplay: And whll" thn twlhrhl ahatlown full O'nr hill and meadow from aliove, 1 draw myhtllft lamliklna aafn Within ttie fold of boine and lore. O dtYiwuy eyfts of hlne and brown ! O notlfllii heads! I understand; TIs time two Utile traveler start. With mother a aid. for " shiwbor-lSDd,' Bo f.'ld Ihed.-ewiKa snilir away. And free the re.tle dainty feet From nh'ie and itncklna-. Thus at last. My little IhiuImi, rein-shod and awetn And rolled In white, before me kneel with folded hand, it Father. Thou Who art the Hbephred of Thy Hock, ll iw down Thine ear and llten now To each low, ului'lNh prayer that these, My children, offer opto Thee. Hallow the twlilifht hour, i) Lord, That brliu them thus before my kneo. And sothrouirh all the silent honra Wbli-h lie oetwi-en the nlirht and dir. They shall not fear, since from Ihe fold Toy love will drive all ft)"S away. Hleep, little ones, oh. sweetly sleep. Till mornin aiinietsin a-nther fav. And siife from alumner-lan-l you come liitck to your m itbirs knee at last. lUuttralM CnrUttan Wttkttl. Sunday-School Lessons. THIRD QUARTERS. July 25 The IVivenant with Noali Oen. : -19 Ailf. l-Thet;Uof A Oram, den. 11 ill, :CU An. S Ahram and Lot Oen. 18: 1-1$ Aug-, lie-Ahram and Melchlze- dek Geo. 14: U5 24 Auk- 22 Tba f Vtvenant with Altram Gen. Ift:-1A Auir. SB Abraham's Interces sion Gon. IS: 1 71 Sept. ft Lot's Kacapo from Hodom Goo. ll B-31 Hern. 12-TrlaI of Abraham's Faith ... Gon. 22: 1-14 flept. 19-Kevlew of the l.esons. bc-pt Lesson selected by the SchooL The Christianity of Every-Day Speech. TftriSK who linve iintlerttilren in lnarl Christian lives, and who are known to the world as having made confession of duties and obligations of high and un changing character, are in constant danger of permitting themselves to for got the true nature of their obligations, and of being more or less inniienced by the purposes and the sentiments of those who are not Christians at all. Ho who would constantly rise higher in the performance of Christian duty must constantly struggle so to rise; for in the Christian lite there is rightly no such thing as stagnation or subsidence. When we are not positively and ag gressively seeking to do right, and to be worthy of the Name we have named. we mav be sure that our non-action will result in a practical acceptance of prin ciples of thought and life which have been framed by the enemies of true re ligion. In our work and our plav, our thought and our speech, and all the conduet of our daily lives, it cannot be doubted that, when we cease to shape our doings in obedience to our sense of what is right and wrong in the Chris tian sense, we fall at ouee to the level of those whose principles of living are essentially worldly and unchristian. It is hard to climb; it is easy to let go; and so it is that too many Christians practically throw the influence of their lives, or of a very large part of their lives, into the worldly ana material side of the balance, and so destroy when it is their duty to upbuild, and follow the broad way of popular usage rather than the narrow one of individual duty. Take, for instance, but one line of ob ligation that of not conforming to low aud unspiritual standards of speech. Are we always as careful as we ought to be in what we say about the religion we claim to believeP Do we always speak of it as a true and holy thing, about whose verity we have no doubt? Do we talk reverently of its Bible, its roerauieuts ond other offices, its serving ministers, its gatherings and its places of worship? The non-Christian world has its own vocabulary of speech con cerning all these things; do we ever adopt parts of that vocabulary as ex pressive of our own feelings, or, at any rate, of the toolings which, in our cow ardly moments, we affect to have? We may be sure that there are plenty of people who are ready, and more than willing, to treasure up what we may lightly say of things which we profess to hold dear, and to try to justify the coldness and selfishness of their own unbelief by any lack of warmth or posi tiveness in our own expressions con cerning the highest themes and the noblest duties, if by our daily speech we seem to express the conclusion that religion is a trivial and unimportant matter, that its creeds are outworn, its ministry an excrescence of bygone superstition, and its membership hypo critical and hollcw-hearted, how is any body to know that in our heart of hearts we hold any higher view? If the world finds us willing to accept its standards and its utterances when we are on the street, what right have we to ask that give us credit for any firmer faith or auy devouter spiritual frame in our closets? We are measured, and we ought to be measured, by what we say, and by the manner in which our words are spoken. If our language in weaker hours, when consorting with the worldly-minded and unspiritual, be trays our higher purpose and our more trustful faith, we have no right to eom- plain u we are ranked witn unoeuev- ers and with enemies of the cause which we pretend to follow. " He who is not with me is against me; and be that gathereth not with me scatter eth abroad." There is altogether too much scattering abroad by means the worldly words which we seek embody in Christian speech. In order to refuse thus to adopt lower scale of speech and action than that which we are bounden to hold, is by no means necessary to adopt "strait-laced" mode of conduct, or to fall into Pharisaic or monastic habits of seclusion, or to become morbidly sensitive oonoerning the relations be tween "the church and the world." Not by such means shall we rise toward the ideal Christian life, but by testing our thoughts, words and dee is by the simple question whether their true source is a constant desire to think, speak and act as in Christ's name, whether they spring from no nobler purpose than a shifting desire to get along as easily as may bo, by following the general current. S. 3. limes. "Beareth all Things." Theke are only a few who possess enough of the grace of charity to "bear all things." Occasionally we see one of this class, but liko the "diamonds of (iolcondu," they arc very rare, and not easily foti'id. We understand the term "beareth all thinu-a" as meaning; those who possess so much of the Christ spirit that "noth ing shall oit'ond them" or turn them a moment from tho path of duty. While in hers fret and mourn over the oppo sition aud trial that meet them and stop In their spiritual Journey lheso keep onward lu tho narrow way, never nan- ins? or turninir back. If others revile at litem, thev "revile not agmn," and -still woar the same bright faces that ever beam with ihe lijilA of eternal love If human nature is ever perfectly subdued by grace H is exhibited by thus who "bear all things" and "endure all things." If there are any that "live above tha clouds" upon whose lives eternal sun light ever falls they are these. If there are any who ever live In the bright spring time of "eternal youth" there are these who possess so much of the greatest grace that they bear and endure all things for the Master's sake. For His sake, this is the great secret of a holy life. None can ever fail of becoming like Christ, who walk In the path of duty for His sake. All can learn to bear and endure, to hope and believe, when living a holy life for His sake Mr$. U. A. Holt, in baptiM Weekly. "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep." 1 Br virtue of its age and value and Erevious associations, this little prayer as become a classic. It must be very ancient, for who can toll when or by whom it was written? Thousands, from tha ailvar-rinir.1 niltrrlmn tn thai lisping infant, sink to nightly slutrh' murmuring the simple petition. Itj trembled on the lips of tho,'d One instance was that of an of eighty-six years, whose min failed that he could not recogri own daughter. ' Very touchiuf the relator) was the scene otw after retiring, as he called.his dv as if she were his mother, sayij a little child, ' Mother, come l( my bed and hear me say my p neiore 1 go to Bleep.' he cam He clasped his white, withered and reverently said: ' Xow I Isy roe down to sleep. I pray 1 he.-, Ixnd, my soul to keep- V If I should die liefore I wake, . 1 pray Thee, Lord, my soul to take;' then quietly fell asleep and woke in Heaven." t A distinguished Jud?e, who many years ago died In Aes iork in extreme old fnid that his mother had taught the stanza to bim in infancy, and that he never omitted it at night. John Ouincv Adams made a similar asser tion; and an old sea Captain declared that, even before he became a docidej Christian, he never forgot it on tu-.'r in at night. An eminent Bishop, in dressing a Sunday-school, said tli' every night since his mother taiigh'' to him wiien a babe at her knee h'r accustomed to repeat it on retirirv There is an addentlum (by whl known) which brings in the It sor, giving a distinctively Ct tone to tne lines: And now I lay me down to sleen, f pmy Thee, Lord, my soul to koep If I should die before 1 wake. I pray Tbt-, Lord, my soul to take, Aud this 1 ak f-ir Jeut sake." From another unknown source is companion prayer lor morning, wnicn may be welcome to some of your read ers: Now I wake me out of sleep. I pray Thee, Itrd. my aoul to keep; If 1 should die before the eve. 1 pray Thee. Ird, my soul receive. That I may with my tiavlor live. Amen.' Augtuta B. Qarrett, in Churchman. Wise Sayings. Heaven will pay for any loss we may snffer to gain it; but nothing can pay for the loss of Heaven. R. Hazier. If in a dark business we perceive God to guide us by the lantern of His providence, it is good to follow the light close lest we lose it by lagging behind. We do not need to see wickedness around ns to know that we are sinners. A man's conscience tells him that; and if everybody else were good, the man would feel his sins all the more. (jolden Utile. We utterly mistake in our culture when we make our religion unamiable or our unamiablcness underout. Tho majestic and the lowly, the solemn and the gay, are to meet in humanity to meet and mutually to relieve, soften, and to exalt each other. Dewey. Self-love leads us to do certain things because we choose them for our selves, although we would not do them at another's bidding, or from mere obedience. If things are our own originating we like them, but not when they come through other people. Self is forever seeking self, self-will and self-love; but if we were perfect in the love of God we should prefer to obey, because in obedience there is more of God and less of self. St. Francis da Sales. Burmese Umbrellas. it to a it a Jue umbrella, which the Englishman nnder his threatening climate wisely considers an indispensable accompani ment of his toilet as often as he breathes the outer air, is, for very different rea sons, in the East a necessity to the na tive. In Siam and Bunnah, China, Annam and Cochin China, it is not only the necessary protection against the in trusive rays of a vertical sun, but it has functions of its own to discharge which are quite foreign to it even in those countries where it is, as it was intend ed to be, a " little shade." It is a dis tinctive feature in the lives and charac ters of the natives of those parts, and their Kings and Emperors, when writ ing to one another, to allude to tneir subjects as " wearers of the umbrella" in contradistinction to the ignorant and misguided people of other climes. Thus we tind an Emperor of China writing to a King of Burmah: " From the royal eblnr hrother. Tan-kwane. Emperor of China, who rules over a multitude of umbrella-wearing chiefs in the Great Eastern Empire, to " his royal young er brother sun-deicended King, Lord of the Golden Palaue, who rules over a multitude of umbrella-wearing chiefs in the great Western fcmp:re." in Burmah, especially, me umorena na a deep and secrdi meaning u convey what is as double Dutch at nrst to ine ioreigner a ear. i. need hardly be said, the necessary finish to the out-of-door toilet 'of a Peguan or Burmese foshionablo, but it is much more. It has very delicate duties to perform, which could not so well be allotted in Burmah to any other instrument. Gold or gilded umbrellas, which in tho Provinces may be carried by any nobody, are reserved in the cap ital for Princes of the blood alone, and red umbrellas are affjoted by the gay sparks of Burmese society as being the next thing most gaudy in appearance. htiquette has also nxoa ine exact num ber of umbrellas that Burmese nobles may display when they approach the lord of the golden palace; and it nas now been settled by the Ainndeiay Herald's office beyond possibility of dispute that no one but the Kin-She- Men, or heir apparent, is entitled to have borne over his litter the full com plement of eiirht golden umbrellas. To carry a litter under an umbrella is to accord to it royal honors in llurmah. Eight golden umbrellas aro pro perly carried over a King's litter, and when the Burmese authorities would not per mit the umbrellas to be carried over the Governor General's Lttor, according to custom. Major Phayro, our envoy to Burmah in 1855. insisted upon the nnion jack being waved over it on ita way from the Residency to the pulaca. London Utobe.