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deadly destruction, to their pernicious system, cry out, “So much the worse for the facts.” But the evidence must live and rule, although their theories die.


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THE TWO HOMES. “ Sad hearts are often made sadder unwittingly. A little more wisdom, discernment and foresight would spare many sighs.” Two men on their


home met Mr. Walcott, excited by the at a street crossing, and then walked manner in which his wife conveyed on together. They were neighbours the unpleasant information, started and friends.

up, under the blind impulse of the " This has been a very hard day,” moment, and going to the room said Mr. Freeman, in a gloomy where John had been sent on coming voice. And, as they walked home home from school, punished the boy ward, they discouraged each other, severely, and this without listening and made darker the clouds that to the explanation which the poor obscured their whole horizon.

child had to make. 'Good evening,” was at last said · Father,” said the boy with hurriedly, and the two men passed forced calmness, after the stripes had into their homes.

ceased, “I wasn't to blame, and if Mr. Walcott entered the room you will go with me to the teacher, where his wife and children were I can prove myself innocent.” gathered, and, without speaking to Mr. Walcott had never known his anyone, seated himself in a chair, son tell an untruth, and the words and leaning his head back, closed fell with a rebuke upon his heart. his eyes.

His countenance wore a Very well, we will see about sad, weary, exhausted look.

He that," he answered with a forced had been seated thus for only a few sternness, and, leaving the room, he minutes' when his wife said in a went down stairs, feeling much more fearful voice :

uncomfortable than when he went "More trouble again!"

up. Again he seated himself in "What is the matter now?” asked his large chair, and again leaned Mr. Walcott, almost starting. back his weary head and closed his

" John has been sent home from weary eyelids. Sadder was his face school !”

than before. As he sat thus, his : What?' Mr. Walcott partly eldest daughter, in her sixteenth rose from his chair.

year, came and stood by him. She " He has been suspended for bad. had a paper in her hand. conduct.”

Father," he opened his eyes ; "Oh, dear!" groaned Mr. Walcott. "here's my quarter's bill. Can I “ Where is he?

have the money to take to school Up in his room; I sent him with me in the morning ?” there as soon

as he came home. “I am afraid not,” answered Mr. You'll have to do something with Walcott, half in despair. him. He'll be ruined if he goes on "Nearly all the girls will bring

I'm out of heart with their money to-morrow, and it mortihim."

fies me to be behind the others.”

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The daughter spoke fretfully Mr. “Are you coming to supper?" she Walcott waved her aside with his called to him as she was leaving the hand, and she went off pouting. room.

“It is mortifying,” said Mrs. “I don't wish for anything this Walcott, a little sharply ; "and I evening. My head aches very don't wonder that Helen feels annoy- much,” he answered. ed about it. The bill has to be paid, “In the dumps again,” muttered and I don't see why it may not be Mrs. Walcott to herself. done as well first as last.

The whole evening passed without To this Mr. Walcott made no the occurrence of a single incident

The words but added that gave a healthful pulsation to the another pressure

to the heavy sick heart of Mr. Walcott. No burden under which he was already thoughtful kindness was manifested staggering. After a silence of some by any member of the family, but, on moments, Mrs. Walcott said:

the contrary, a narrow regard for - The coals are all gone,” self, and a looking to him only that

'Impossible!” Mr. Walcott raised he might supply the means of selfhis head and looked incredulous. gratification. I laid in sixteen tons."

No wonder, from the pressure “I can't help it if there were sixty which was on him, that Mr. Walcott tons instead of sixteen; they are all felt utterly discouraged. He retired gone. The girls had hard work to- early, and sought to find that relief day to scrape up enough to keep from mental disquietude in sleep, the fire in.'

which he had vainly hoped for in “ There's been a shameful waste the bosom of his family. But the somewhere,” said Mr. Walcott, with whole night passed in broken slum strong emphasis, starting up and ber and disturbing dreams. From moving about the room with a very the cheerless morning meal, at which disturbed manner.

he was reminded of the quarter's bill ' So you always say when any- that must be paid, of the coals and thing runs out," answers Mrs. flour that were out, and of the Walcott, rather tartly. “ The necessity of supplying Mrs. Walcott's barrel of flour is gone also ; but I empty purse, he went forth to meet suppose you have done your part the difficulties of another day, faint with the rest, in using it up.” at heart, almost hopeless of success.

Mr. Walcott returned to his chair, A confident spirit, sustained by home and, again seating himself, leaned affections, would have carried him back his head and closed his eyes through ; but, unsupported as he as at first. How sad and weary and was, the burden was too heavy for hopeless he felt! the burdens of him and he sank under it. the day had seemed almost too Let us look for a few moments heavy for him ; but he had borne up upon Mr. Freeman. He, also, had bravely. To gather strength for a come home, weary and dispirited. renewed struggle with adverse The trials of the day had been uncircumstances he had come home. usually severe, and when he looked Alas that the progress of exhaustion anxiously forward to scan the future, should still go on! that where only not even a gleam of light was seen. strength could be looked for on As he stepped across the threshold earth, no strength was given ! of his dwelling, a pang shot through

When the supper-bell was rung, his heart, for the thought came, how Mr. Walcott made no movement to slight the present hold upon all these obey the summons.

comforts. Not for himself, but for • Come to supper,” said his wife, his wife and children was the pain. coldly. But he did not stir.

“ Father's come !" cried a glad

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little voice on the stairs the moment, unusual silence and abstraction of his footfall sounded in the passage ; mind. This was observed by Mrs. then quick, pattering feet were heard, Freeman, who,

than half and then a tiny form was springing suspecting the cause, kept back from into his arms. Before reaching the her husband the knowledge of certain sitting room above, Alice, the eldest matters about which she had intendaughter, was by his side, her arm ded to speak to him, for she feared drawn fondly within his, and her they would add to his mental disloving eyes lifted to his face. quietude.

“Are you not late, dear?” It During the evening she gleaned was the gentle voice of Mrs. Freeman. from something he said the real

Mr. Freeman could not trust him- cause of his changed aspect Atonce self to answer. He was too deeply her thoughts commenced running in troubled in spirit to assume at the a new channel. By a few leading moment a cheerful tone, and he had remarks she drew her husband into no wish to sadden the hearts that conversation on the subject of home loved him, by letting the depression expenses, and the propriety of refrom which he was suffering become striction in various points. Many too apparent. But the eyes of Mrs. things were mutually pronounced Freeman saw quickly below the superfluous and easily to be dispensed surface.

with, and before sleep fell soothingly " Are you not well, Robert ?" she on the heavy eyelids of Mr. Freeman inquired, tenderly, as she drew that night, an entire change in their forward his large arm-chair.

style of living had been determined “A little headache,” he answered upon—a change that would reduce with a slight evasion.

their expenses at least one-half. Scarcely was Mr. Freeman seated “I see light ahead,” were the ere a pair of hands were busy with hopeful words of Mr. Freeman, as each foot, removing boots and supply- he resigned himself to slumber. ing soft slippers. There was not With renewed strength of mind one in the household who did not and body, and a confident spirit, he feel happier for his return, nor one went forth the next day-a day that who did not seek to render him a he had looked forward to with fear kind office.

and trembling. And it was only It was impossible, under such a through this renewed strength and burst of heart sunshine, for the spirit confident spirit that he was able to of Mr. Freeman long to remain overcome the difficulties that loomed shrouded. Almost imperceptibly to up, mountain high, before him. himself, gloomy thoughts gave place Weak despondency would have to more cheerful ones, and by the ruined all. Home had proved his time tea was ready he had half for- tower of strength--his walled city. gotten the fears which had so haunt. Strengthened for the conflict he had ed him through the day.

gone forth again into the world and But they could not be held back conquered in the struggle. altogether, and their existence was “I see light ahead,” gave place to marked during the evening by an “the morning breaketh.”

THE SOLACE, God is whatever His people needs. avenger of blood, the justice of God, Are they in danger? He is their and the threatenings of a violated refuge. Here they are safe from the law. Are they weak? He is their

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strength. He will strengthen them | He has strengthened thousands of for conflict with the foe, strengthen poor feeble ones, and He will them while in the engagement, and strengthen thee. In all thy troubles bring them off more than conquerors. go to him for solace and succour. Are they in trouble? He is a help, He will help thee. Hear His own a very present help, in trouble. He precious words, addressed to His will help them to bear trouble. He people when in deep distress : “Fear will help them to improve trouble. thou not, for I am with thee; be not He will deliver them in six troubles, dismayed, for I am thy God : I will and in seven shall no evil touch strengthen thee; yea, I will help them. Christian, in every danger thee ; yea, I will uphold thee with run to thy God! His arms are open the right hand of my righteousness." to receive thee. His heart is a refuge He is thy shield in danger, and the for thee. He will screen thee. He very present help in trouble. He is will shelter thee. In all thy infirm- always at hand, always ready to help, ities repair to Him for grace. He is always willing to bless thee. the strength of the poor, and the

JAS. Suita. strength of the needy in his distress.

DANGER OF HALF-KNOWLEDGE. The practice of taking advantage one of the most beautiful passages of the early morning for traveling in the history of our Lord. When is a necessity in the East in order to Joseph and Mary were on their way get the full benefit of the cooler back from Jerusalem, on the first hours of the day, and to have time occasion of their visit with Jesus to for the rest and repast at noon, when the Temple at the feast, they distraveling would be intolerably oppres- covered, when halting at sunset, that sive and often dangerous. But their wonderous child was not in the while this is the unvarying practice company. The fact has long been when proceeding from day to day used as a stock objections with inon a pilgrimage, it is never done on fidels, and with interpreters who the first day of a departure. On dwell on the border-land of infidelity, that day the party does not leave and it has even been picked up and until within a few hours of sunset, appropriated by Strauss, as casting and often pitches its tent on the doubt on the reality of the entire first night within sight of the place narrative. Was it credible, it had which it has left. This was our been said, that our Lord's parents uniform experience. The custom, could have taken a long day's journey, which has all the authority of a law, and never once have inquired for & is very ancient, and allusions to it child so deserving of their love? can be discovered in Jewish writers This is another instance of that at least a century before Christ. The sceptical quarreling with the Scripreason in which it appears to have ture narrative which has its origin originated was the very simple one in half-knowledge. Joseph and Mary, that if, on the first evening of un- it is probable, were only a few miles loading the baggage, it was found distant from the city when they made that anything of value had been left their painful discovery. We saw behind, or anything indispensable Jerusalem on the day of our leaving to the journey unprovided, there it from the place of our encampment might yet be time to return and on our way southeastward. procure it. This custom illustrates


"Little child, where is your home?
Asked I of sweet Golden-hair.
Looking up with beaming eyes,
Bright with loving, she replies,
“Just where mother is, is home.”
“ Maiden fair, where is your

Asked I of the fresh young face.
Answered she with joyful smile,
Eyes of faith, and free from guile,

my loved one is, is home."
“Pilgrim saint, where is thy home?"
Asked I of the hoary-haired.

Many a friend gone on before
Waits for me on yonder shore,”
Answered he, “ for heaven is home.

Intelligence of Churches, &c.

SAUGHALL, CHESTER.–Since I last wrote to the immediate return of the Saviour and three more have made the good confession the reconstruction of the church, with its here. One of these came from Chester; living apostles, prophets, etc. Our Bro. two were neighbours. The person who Carnduff requested an opportunity for came from Chester was local preacher giving his reasons for not believing their among the Methodists. He became con. message, which was refused ; in consequence vinced, from the words of Christ, that the of which he has given a lecture in reply, believer ought to be baptized. Nevertheless offering the evangelist an opportunity of he did not want “ to be made a Baptist," defending his position. I need not say he yet desired to follow the Lord fully. We did not come forward. We think the have had ten baptisms now within a short lecture will cause an enquiry after truth. period. Whatever may be the immediate There were about five hundred people instrumentality, we rejoice when souls are present. A vote of thanks to the lecturer saved. The saving power is in the name of was proposed by an alderman of the town. Jesus, and to Him be the praise.

JAMES HART. PETER STEPHEN. TUNBRIDGE WELLS.—We still meet here WOLVERHAMPTON.-The church here has on the Lord's day to attend to the breaking been shut out from public services for some of the bread, and in the week to study the considerable time, owing to the want of a word of God; and He has blessed us in meeting place to which the public could be adding four to our number. We have had invited. On Lord's day, July 14, Bro. D. a visit from Bro. Ellis, which greatly reKing gave three addresses in a commodious freshed us. We meet at 8, Birling Cotchapel, now secured for the use of the tages, Frant Road.

H. C. church, and situate in Cleveland Road, MEETING AT PERBYVILLB.—Bro. John opposite St.George's Church. The audiences R. White and I rcently closed a very inter. were good ; that in the evening the largest esting meeting at this place. we have had in Wolverhampton. Preaching, Perryville is a beautiful little village, with chiefly by means of help from Birmingham, a population of 600, situated on Chaplin will (D.V.) be carried on regularly. Creek in Boyle County, ten miles from

BRIDGNORTH.-An evangelist of the Harrodsburg, and ten miles from Canville. “Catholic Apostolic Church” has been here These last named towns are also ten miles announcing å special message from God as

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