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The Expense of Royalty.
will be cut down and the throne tled habits and policy of centuries; dare not offer resistance. Should and hand the scroll of a constitution If there is one thing more than England engage in a foreign war to the minister-president of state, another that places the throne of and meet with defeat, or should it and withdrawing while a hundred England in danger, it is the increas- suffer a prolonged industrial depres- and one guns announce to the peoing demands on Parliament for sion, the throne would be in great ple of the realm that autocracy has grants to members of the royal fam- danger. In such times the people ceased, that the emperor henceforth ily. The annuities now paid in this demand a change, as they did in is to occupy a throne, whose edicts way amount to $2,715,000. If the France after Sedan. The popular must be countersigned by the conexpenditures for the royal forests feeling is likely to take the form of sent of a parliament. To read furand for the grounds without the a revolution, which in England ther, that a land where the edicts palaces are included, the total ex- would mean the end of royalty. that prohibit "the evil sect called ceeds $3,000,000. And this is far There is ample evidence that the Christians" have never been withfrom all the cost of royalty. To glamour of the throne in England drawn, but for 250 years have read, this enormous sum Parliament is has gone. Take for instance a re- "So long as the sun shall warm the asked to add one or two hundred cent occurrence when the Prince of earth let no Christian become so thousand more for the benefit of Wales's carriage unintentionally bold as to come to Japan," that in each of the members of the royal took part in a procession without a this land without riot or revolt, family when they are about to be military or police escort. The peo- without violence or subjection of Every time a grant is ple chaffed the occupants and the foreign arms, constitutional proasked there is increasing discontent boot blacks took possession of the vision for religious liberty is peaceshown by the people. What this steps. fully inaugurated, and to recognize The Prime Minister met that this has not so much been revolution as evolution, and all within a third of a century, is to peruse in the daily press of our day what is of the empire; and it fairly compels without a parallel in all the records in one a state of suspense. It is as
will lead to in the end is not difficult with a similar treatment only a
a dream when one awaketh."
A Multitude of Gifts.
It is frequently said, in regard to make interesting addresses at religpreaching, and to the ability to ious gatherings, that these are "gifts which God only gives." Very true, if there be no "creative power that molds the material to its purpose,
others. That out of the way and Japan Under Its Constitution. nothing great will ever be achieved. But without the additional gifts of there will be short work made of the It almost takes one's breath to House of Lords. The Established read of the Emperor of Japan, with courage and will, whatever be the Church will power,it will come to nothing." We soon follow. The the sword, the jewel and the privy want spirit, freshness, enthusiasm, foundations of aristocracy will have seal before him, representing a life, onwardness, abandon, in the then been undermined, and the reigning family whose first ruler was ministry as well as in other callings, throne itself will be pretty sure to contemporary with Nebuchadnezzar, to secure success. We want more. This may be averted for a and a nation with a longer history We want moral earnestness, spiritutime if the Queen's successor is than any nation in the West, with ality, unction. These are from God, equally wise as she has been and records reaching back to the time of no doubt. Rather, they come from does not interfere with the rule of Croesus, on the 11th of February, communion with God and from the the House of Commons. But even the day on which twenty-four cen- society of Godly men. They come, then it is not to be supposed that turies ago the first Emperor of Japan soften and spiritualize others. By also, from the attempt to sober, the people will continue to tax them- landed on Niphon. To read, we selves from three to five million an- say, that such a potentate did pub sinner we are ourselves reconverted. giving we get. nually for the sake of being ruled licly, deliberately, voluntarily in the By contact with saintship we become by a royal figurehead. The grants face of the world, change the set- all the more saintly.-Pacific.
When we convert a
Is a soft psalm in nature's book.
The fragrant flowers that light the clod,
Under his fig tree and his vine,
That shade the lowly cottage door,
The sweet tones of the Sabbath bell,
And swept by angel hands above.
The winds have blown the smoke away,
The wood-bird's lays
she had the proper sense of self-re- please give up selling that nasty
And as for the lamentable want of forethought it is shown in the absolute disregard of future contingencies. Does the gossip know that her life will ever be free from mistake? Is she sure that no one can ever lay a sin, big or little, at her door? And should she fall from grace, or by some act lose caste in the eyes of her friends, does she think that they will show pity and sympathy for her? That would not be human nature. If we criticise others we must expect to be criticised in turn. When we show compassion then we can with justice demand that compassion shall be shown to us.
God Used a Child.
The great secret of his succes was, that he always aimed at the conversion of some individualwrestling with God, and in affectionate entreaty with the sinner till he saw his wishes realized. By following this plan, though he was in humble life, active work, and often deep poverty, he lived to see more than a hundred brought to God as the fruit of his zeal and intercessions. -Illustrative Gatherings.
SYMPATHY is one of the finest developments of human character. Who has not known and felt its sweet influences? In dark hours of grief, when the poor heart bleedsand whose has not some time?-how tenderly soothing are the kind tones or tears or acts which indicate
sympathy with our sorrow! Human nature rarely approximates so nearly the divine as when it thus gives proof that the tide of others' woes reaches and moves it.-G. C. Baldwin.
Women who respect themselves should be above this wicked amusement. I call it amusement, because to all gossips it is a positive pleasure to blacken the character of their associates, especially some one that A little child shall lead them, says is really better than the tale-bearer. the Book of books. We heard from And if a woman persists in this a brother to-day who was for years course; if she will take up every bit a rum-seller. The appeal of his litof street report that affects in any tle boy led him to give up the way the life of another and will lucrative business, for lucrative it revel in it somewhat as a cat rolls had proven in his case. But the about in a bed of valerian, and help little son was often taunted by other to discomfit and blacken the reputa- boys as being the son of a rum-seller. tion of that other brother and sister He went to his father one day, and it is proof beyond question that she said: "Papa, the boys point their possesses no self-respect, no compas- finger at me and call me names, and sion and a lamentable want of fore- call you a wicked, dirty old grog thought. That she is deficient in seller. But you are the nicest papa self-respect is manifest because if in the country, only won't you yesterday.-Pope.
"I AM not tired of my work, neither am I tired of the world, yet when Christ calls me home, I shall go with the gladness of a boy will never take me by surprise, do bounding away from school. Death not be afraid of that.
I feel 80 strong in Christ.-Dr. Judson.
A MAN should never be ashamed which is but saying in other words, to own he has been in the wrong, that he is wiser to-day than he was
A Royal Lesson.
must ask you to get down and pick description, and yet are a marvelous
up your handkerchief."
The little princess' face was scar
"Very forward," was the criticism let and her lips quivered with shame. "Yes, immediately," said the Queen.
said to have been made by her Majesty, the Queen of England, on the occasion of the presentation of one of the most beautiful of American girls.
Said a distinguished English gentleman a few years ago: "Her Majesty seems to attend very strictly to the matter in hand, but there is not a trick of manner or a detail of
dress that escapes her notice. Her
intuitions are so keen, and the value she sets on modesty so great, her interest in the young so sincere, that she has become a famous reader of character.
"The Queen detests a flirt, and she can detect one of these specimens almost at a glance. Neither velvet, nor satin nor precious stones can cast sufficient glamor over a tendency of this kind to hide it from those truly motherly eyes."
The royal footman had opened the door and stood waiting by the side of the carriage, and the poor, mortified little girl was obliged to step down and rescue her own hand
This was hard, but it was salutary,
girl's first impulse toward coquetry.
Her Majesty has spoken very plain
"I had no idea that your mother
It is said that one day when Her "I have no doubt it was harmless," Majesty was present in her carriage replied the Princess Alice, who was at a military review the Princess the embodiment of kindness and Royal, then about fourteen, seemed sympathy, and yet who never hesi disposed to be a little familiar and, tated to speak the truth, "but it was possibly, slightly coquettish, in certainly thoughtless and unbecomthoughtless, girlish fashion, with ing. It wouldn't be safe for any of the young officers of the guard. us to be coquettish," she added with The Queen tried to catch her a smile. daughter's eye, but the gay uniforms were too attractive and the little princess paid no attention to the silent endeavors of her mother. At last, in a spirit of fun, she capped the climax of her misdemeanors by dropping her handkerchief over the side of the carriage, and the Queen saw that it was not an accident. Immediately two or three gentlemen sprang from their horses to return it to her, but the hand of royalty waved them off.
one in their sweet suggestion: "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things that the Father hath prepared for them that love him!"
But though God's goodness to us is so great and his mercies so innumerable that we cannot fully comprehend the sum of them, nevertheless we can in a general way estimate them, and have some intelligent appreciation of their vastness and value.
We cannot count the sand-grains by the seaside, but we can nevertheless look down the long white stretch of gleaming sand where the waves roll in thunder or ripple in song, and have some comprehension of the marvelous multitude of those minute, glittering crystals which have built this barrier to the sea!
So, likewise, we cannot count the twinkling stars that bless the evening with their shimmering light, and soften the dense blackness of the moonless sky; yet, nevertheless, we can look up and admire their beauteous hosts crowding rank on rank across the measureless marches of the night! We cannot number them, yet we can look abroad and see their multitude!
Even so it is with the gracious mercies of our God! We would unite our testimony with that of "the sweet psalmist of Israel " when he says: "Many, O Lord my God, are the wonderful works which thou It would be well for us sometimes hast done, and thy thoughts which to try to count and comprehend the are to usward; they cannot be great and gracious gifts which our reckoned up in order unto Thee; if God has bestowed upon us. True, I would declare and speak of them, indeed, it is that the love of God they are more than can be numpasseth knowledge; that the "half hath never been told;" that we cannot utter all of God's mercies to us even in life, for they are as the sandgrains by the sea-side, innumerable; and then, as to that which the "Thank you, but it's not neces- Father hath for us in the blessed sary," said Her Majesty. "Leave it home above, we can only repeat to just where it lies," and then turning ourselves in rapturous, hushed tones, to her daughter, she said, "Now I those wonderful words which are no
bered." "If I could count them they are more in number than the sand."- Old Tennent.
THE truly great and good, in affliction, bear a countenance more princely than they are wont; for it is the temper of the highest hearts, like the palm tree, to strive most upwards, where it is most burthened. [Sir Philip Sidney.
Mastering a Language.
Mr. R. L. Stevenson tells a story of one of his friends, a worthy
At last he achieved his end and no stain will appear.
The oil and devoted to the study of the French body. by this time he was quite as much poison will remain in the head or
language and literature and insti- Cigarettes create a thirst for blacksmith in Wales, who, having tutions as he was to the science of strong drink; and there should be chemistry. For his use in his anti-cigarette societies, as there are studies he had made for himself a temperance societies. a French-Japanese dictionary, this Teachers ought to watch and see he published. He had the acquaint- that their pupils do not smoke. In ance of several public men, and 1878 there were 900,000 cigarettes inspired them with an inter- manufactured. Last year there est in European science and in- were 1,200,000,000.-Prof. Lafin. stitutions which helped not a little Learning His Letters, in the development of Western ideas in Japan.
heard a little of the story of Robinson Crusoe, became possessed with a determination to read the entire book. He could find no edition of it in Welsh, which was the only language he knew; but he did find an English copy, and then he learned the English language in order to read it. Devotion to a purpose is certainly an admirable quality, even if the object of it be only the reading of a story.
An even more interesting example of the acquisition of a language for the sake of reading a single book is reported from Japan.
More than thirty years ago,
Japan was closed to foreigners only the Dutch, having a slight foothold on the coast-there was in that country a native physician, Sho-Wo Murakami by name, who desired to extend his knowledge of the scien
ces. In the house of a Dutch family he found a copy of a treatise on chemistry by Thenard, a French chemist. This book the doctor set about mastering.
But how was he to read it? knew not French; there was no one to teach him, nor was there so much as a French-Japanese dictionary in the country.
A friend of mine is studying Murakami founded French music. He wants to be a composer, school at Tokio. He is still living, and he does not know anything His wife does, and at the age of 82, and is known in about the notes. Japan as the "father of the French she is slowly educating him to comlanguage." The French Govern- pose music. A few nights ago she ment has made him Chevalier of the was giving him a lesson, and her book of instruction was "Mother Legion of Honor. He was painGoose's Melodies.” fully working the thing out.
Such an example may well be
Five Poisons in the Cigarette.
After considerable search, Murakami found a French-Dutch dictionary. He knew a little Dutch Why? Tobacco in any form is already, and enlarged his knowledge bad; but in a cigarette there are five by study. Then he began, word by poisons, while in a good cigar there word, to puzzle out the French is only one. treatise on chemistry, first translat- In a cigarette there is the oil in ing each word into Dutch, and then the paper, the oil of nicotine, saltinto Japanese. petre to preserve the tobacco, opium to make it mild, and the oil in the flavoring.
In order to master a language, however it is not enough to get at the meaning of each word separately. The trouble with the cigarette is Some knowledge of the grammar is the inhalation of the smoke. If essential. Murakami obtained a you blow a mouthful of smoke French grammar, and worked at through a handkerchief, it will leave that and his Dutch lexicon for three a brown stain. Inhale the smoke and blow it through the nostrils and years.
"No, that's B."
"O, yes, that's B. Then that's D." "No; E."
"I forgot; yes E. Then F."
So he went on, wrong every second note. The small child who
had been through his alphabet out of the same kind of a book a few hours before, sat on a footstool with his chin in his hands, his elbows on his father's knees, listening to this, to him curious performance. He looked up.
"Papa, you don't know your letters at all. Mama, why don't you spank him?"-San Francisco Chron
Nor a day passes over the earth but men and women of no note do great deeds, speak great words, and sorrows. Of these suffer noble obscure heroes, philosophers and martyrs, the great part will never be known till that hour when many that were great shall be small, and the small great.-Charles Reade.
WE talk about the telescope of faith, but we need even more the microscope of watchful and grateful love.
A Bar is a place that runs counter to every good and right influence. Bars in harbors are dangerous and are removed at public cost.
Liquor bars are dangerous to our home harbors, and should also be removed. Hold them up before the Bar of Public Opinion, plead against them at the Bar of God. They are relics of Barbar-ism, and unworthy of the age.
To bar is to hinder, and liquor drinking ninders the progress of art and science and industry. It has destroyed many of the foremost men in all avocations.
A liquor bar is a bar or barrier against good society, against personal comfort, and against home, mother, father, sister, brother, children and friends. All these are barred out of their rights, and debarred from natural privileges, by those who patronize the Bar, and these last ofte and their Cys "hehind the Bars."
A Lesson on "Treating." It is a well-known fact that much of the dissipation and nearly all of the intemperance of the present day is due to the American habit of "treating." The young man who smokes or drinks is seemingly not satisfied unless he can induce his companions to do likewise; and so it follows that not only does a man drink or smoke two or three times more than he would if alone, but many persons who lack the moral courage to say no are led into vices where they would not go if left to themselves. It is a reprehensible habit, as well as a foolish one, as you may show by telling the following true story:
Mr. Perry was a Southern gentleman, exceedingly polite, and also a
very temperate man. One day he
"Hello, Perry! I was just going in to get a drink. Come in and take something.
"and I think I'll go in here and get a dose of castor-oil. Will you join me?"
"What?" exclaimed the other. "In a dose of castor-oil ?" "Yes; I'll pay for it." "E-hen!" cried the sociable man with a very wry face, "I hate the stuff."
"But I want you to take a glass of oil with me just to be sociable, you know."
"I won't do it!"
"Indeed! My friend," said Perry, gravely, "your sociable whiskey is just as distasteful to me as my sociable oil is to you.
Don't you think I have as much reason to be offended with you, as you have with me?"
The sociable man saw the point, and it would be money, health and morals if the lesson could be firmly implanted in the mind of every young man in the land..
SENATOR INGALLS characterizes the cry for a resubmission of prohi bition in Kansas as "Nonsense, pure stuff and nonsense," and he is probably right. Prohibition has doubtless come as near to being a success in Kansas as it has anywhere. The character of the population, the absence of large cities, and the fact that there is a popular sentiment behind the law has coutributed to "Thank you," said Perry, "I don't this result. It is true that the amendcare for anything." ment was not carried by a large majority in 1880, but the policy it embodies is doubtless stronger today than it was nine years ago. The state has prospered wonderfully, and it will show a large increase in population next year. If prohibition had not met so many reverses in the constitutional-amendment elections of the past few years there walked silently would be no talk about resubmitting along for a minute or two, the the question in Kansas.-[Philasociable man in a state of great delphia Press. irritation until Perry suddenly halted in front of a drug store.
"But," persisted the other, "come in and take something just for sociability's sake."
"I want to be sociable," answered Perry, "I am anxious to be sociable; but I can't drink with you."
"All right," growled the friend, "If you won't be sociable I'll go without drinking."
"I am not feeling very well today," said he, with a pleasant smile,
OUR politics, city and state, must cease to be defiled by the saloon.Denver News.