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which stands the obelisk brought from old Egypt, is moved with admiration by its strange hieroglyphics. But leeply as he may ponder them, they re as intelligible to us as they were o the common people in whose midst t was placed. It was not for the nultitude to understand the myste-ies of religion. It was the boast of Horace that he sang for the initate

punish them, for all men glorified life, then growth. Paul counts his
God for that which was done." Mul- spiritual children by the thousands,
tiply the illustrations and examples and the Pilgrims gave to the world
of Christianity in the world, and you a government that is founded upon
gain open ears for hearing about the principle of civil and religious lib-
Christianity, and every word you erty. Not one so weak that he can-
utter is more heavily freighted with not drop into the ground the seed.
meaning. Christianity itself in the Not one that cannot water it with his
home, in the shop, in the marts of tears, and from it shall come the
business, in the place of trial, is better blade, the ear, and the full corn in
than all words, and makes words more the ear.-Morning Star.
valuable and significant.-Christian
Inquirer.

Intemperance and Cholera.
is the great conductor of cholera.
Physicians state that intemperance
New Orleans, in 1848, about 5,000
is the great conductor of cholera. In
drinking men died before the cholera
York physician said in that same year,
touched a temperance man. A New
had it not been for

A Mother's Sanctified Love.

I know a few mothers who exemplify divine love every day of their lives. how they sanctify the name of love! In their patience with wayward sons, The father grows tired of helping the tory and unkind. He turns the key bad boy. He is harsh and condemna

only, and that the vulgar herd under- ing liquor, there would not have been in the door of his heart, and the erring

tood not the sublimity of his thoughts when singing of the civil state. To-day ve may enter a cathedral while high mass is being performed, and without

cholera enough to have caused the
cessation of business a single day.
In Tiflis, Russia, a town of 20,000
inhabitants, every drunkard died.

tions and to his home. But mother holds fast to him. She pets him and makes choice little dishes for him;

son becomes alien to his father's affec

En opera without a libretto. But the mass book it is as unintelligible as Physicians in England and Scotland she steals out of bed in the cold night lory of the gospel is that all which

pertains to salvation is told in simolest speech, and is level with the comprehension of the child. Not in its bstruseness, but in its simplicity, is ts power.-The Interior.

The Laureate and the Drunkard,

Mrs. Ritchie tells a good story of Tennyson. He was one day walking n Coovent Garden. A rough looking man stopped him, and holding out is hand, said, "You're Mr. TennyΟι Look here, sir, here am I 've been drunk six days out of the even; but if you shake me by the Land, I'm hanged if I ever get drunk gain." The great poet at once ranted the request, and we hope the romise was faithfully kept.--Preach r's Magazine.

have borne similar testimony, making
the estimate that five-sixths of the

deaths from this disease were from the
ranks of the drinkers.

The Handful of Corn.

The Psalmist in one of his prophetic songs likened the work which Christ would do to a handful of corn upon the mountain, which, though the place be bare and the seed small, should shake like Lebanon and make life glad.

How wonderfully true was the figure to the work of the Master. Cer. tainly the world to which he came was a hard and difficult field. The work which he did seemed to those of his day small, but the results how many and beneficent! The work of each Christian is only an added illustration Christianity is its own best evidence. of the truth of the figure. There has This prososition is not new, but is al- never been an "easy field" to a faithays forceful and striking. It is bet- ful worker, for present duty is more er in real practical day by day con- than equal to present self-strength. est than it is in argumentative con- A hard field was Paul's, covered as it ests. It is of comparatively little was by all the noxious weeds of hease to talk about Christianity when thenism. No easy task the Pilgrim's on have no specimens of it to show. to tempt an unknown ocean and build Iultiply specimens and you may ad- a home upon "a bare and rocky coast." antageously talk a great deal more And small seemed Paul and his felbout it. It was the presence of the low apostles and disciples as they went ealed man among the people which out to meet the pagan multitudes. id more to silence the opposition of The Pilgrims were not a multitude e Jewish authorities against Peter when they bade farewell to friends nd John. "That indeed a notable and stepped upon the Mayflower. iracle hath been done by them is anifest to all them that dwell in erusalem, and we cannot deny it." hey "found nothing how they might

But the seed! God had given it to them-and Paul and Pilgrims are planting that which has in it divine power, and so promise of life; and, if

slide the bolt that he may evade the down the stairs to quarantine of an angry father's questioning; she prays for him,pleads with him and loves him, and finally, perhaps, breaks her heart and dies, with her love, like a flying pennon at the mast of her foundering life, and who knows but that in heaven the influence of her faithful love, never dying, may serve to save the wandering boy at the last? Such love was meant when the three little words were set down in holy writ, to find their way like music into the hearts of men-"God is love!" Not the self seeking and corroding outcome of chance, selection, but love whose foundation is unselfishness and whose keystone is purity, absolute

and undefiled.

The late M. Renan wrote a vast

number of personal letters, from civility rather than inclination, and often with great trouble.

He was averse to

pen-and-ink conversations. He hardly ever dropped an epistle into a letterbox without wishing he had not penned it, and he often fell asleep when engaged in private correspondence.

The whimsicalities of the German Emperor seem to be unlimited. Not long ago the male performers at the Imperial Opera, in Vienna, who by a special agreement had been permitted to retain their mustaches, were forced to sacrifice those appendages because the Emperor was to attend a performance, and he was known to be a stickler for the proprieties.

Young Man, You Will Do.

A young man was recently graduated from a scientific school. His home had been a religious one. He was a member of a Christian church, had pious parents, brothers and sisters; his family was one in Christ.

On graduating he determined upon western life among the miners. Full of courage and hope, he started out on his long journey to strike out for himself in a new world.

The home prayers followed him. As he went he fell into company with older men. They liked him for his frank manners and his manly independence. As they journeyed to. gether they stopped over Sunday in a border town. On the morning of the Lord's day one of his fellow-travelers said to him:

"Come, let us be off for a drive and see the sights."

"No," said the young man, "I am going to church. I have been brought up to keep the Lord's day, and I have promised my mother to keep on in that way."

His road acquaintance looked at him for a moment and then slapping him on the shoulder, said:

"Right my boy. I began in that way. I wish I had kept on. Young man, you will do. Stick to your bringing up and your mother's words, and you will win."

The boy went to church, all honor to him in that far-away place, and among such men. His companions had their drive, but the boy gained their confidence and won their respect by his manly avowal of sacred spect by his manly avowal of sacred obligations.-Christian Weekly.

A Remarkable Incident.

Rev. Dr. Howard Crosby of New York, some years since related the following remarkable achievement of faith before the Presbyterian General Assembly. He said:

Some years ago, there came into my congregation a poor boy without friends, and a stranger to the entire congregation. The Lord, however, opened his heart, he received the Word of Life, and became a loving trustful disciple of the Lord. I tried to get him employment. It was difficult. The boy was green and awkward, and no one wanted him. At last I secured a place for him on board a United States government steamship. It was necessarily the lowest service on a ship manned by fully 300 marines. A trying hour to the boy's faith was experienced at the

time of retirement. He must needs spend a season in prayer. Privacy was impossible. He was the only christian on board. Trusting in God, he read a portion of Scripture and bowed in prayer. He was jeered; hats, caps, boots and shoes were hurled at him. He heeded them not, but continued in prayer until its conclusion, when he arose and retired without resentment. The experience of the first night was made worse the second night, and culminated the third night, when, at the close of his devotion, the leader in his persecution stepped forward and said, 'You are a tough boy.' 'No, I am not,' was the response. I was, but am not

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sighs more woeful than the funeral wail; there are some tears hotter than Gehenna's fires. They are in the home, but not in the casket; they bring darkness at noon-day, but no pall can cover them. They lead us from depth to depth, but no procession follows us, their exquisite tortures burn out the heart's life, but delicacy forbids the assurance of a sympathetic public.

Besides, there are homes of comparative wealth and seeming comfort that have within them beggared hearts silently repining at a desolation that the world knows not of and cannot know. Wants, deep as the wells of life; cares, galling as the yoke of the slave; fears as enervating as the premonitions of an earthquake, are the perpetual lodgers in many homes that the world calls happy. denly undeceived by the flash of s Now and then the community is sudsuicide's pistol, the drunken stagger or gross infidelity. And here is the danger to many noble spirits broker, by such sorrow, that they will seek & remedy in that which but adds remorse to grief--indulgence of passion in revenge or dissipation. Magnifi cent ruins thus mark the track of sor rows across the world. It should be steadily remembered that the chie source of help is the Man of Sorrow who alone, in his infinite wisdom and sympathy, can change sighs int the Master, "but your sorrow shall b songs. "Ye shall be sorrowful," sai turned into joy"; for he will send th Comforter to those that seek hin even the Spirit of God, and the Spiri not how to pray as we ought; but th helpeth our infirmities; for we kno Spirit itself maketh intercession fo us with groanings which cannot be

uttered."

of our discomfort and suffering origHave you ever noticed how much inates in mere trifles? If you search into the reasons for estrangements and enmities and strifes, you will ustrivial differences at the outstart. It ually find them to have been some is not a trifle to break a friendship, but a trifle may do it. If you dislike a man, it is not, in nine cases out of ten, because you have suffered some injustice at his hands or because he is corrupt in principle, but because his manner or his dress,or some thoughtless or indiscrete remark, has wounded your taste or your pride. Trifles win us and trifles repel. A trifle be- Professor Henry Preserved Smith. gins a quarrel, and other trifles per- who is being tried for heresy b petuate and intensify it until it be- the Cincinnati Presbytery, regar comes a settled aversion. We bethe whole matter with complacene? He is a man of independent mean his father being a capitalist, and prominent layman in the Presbyteria church.

wail many a dead affection that was slain with a bobkin. Many a heart is sore and lonely because an invisible veil of difference hangs between it and sometime friends.-The Disciple (San Francisco).

Unutterable Sorrows.

There are some sorrows deeper than the grave; there are some burdens heavier than time; there are some

od, and wretchedly, piteously failed Lord Byron tried the former metl King David sought the latter, ar triumphed gloriously.-Penn Dise ple.

Capt. C. W. Adams of West Ade son, Vt., has raised a large portion the flagship Congress of Gen. Bet edict Arnold's fleet sunk in Lal Champlain in 1776. The timbers a of oak and perfectly sound.

Hope.

It was Samuel Johnson who said, n the Rambler, "Where there is no hope there is no endeavor." He spoke, probably, from experience. His spirits ad fallen below zero times enough o make him sure that energy froze -eadily at the temperature of hopeessness. Most men have verified his sssertion. Hope is the soul's most effective impulse; its best working

Force.

The poets have delighted to described Hope as a dainty maiden. As Collins saw her,

"Hope enchanted smiled And waved her golden hair." Milton described her as,

"White handed Hope,

is the typical Puritan. If he wrote be a matter of opinion, but the mind "Il Peneroso" he wrote "L'Allegro" that is conscious of its infallibility also. He has exactly reproduced knows no strictures; it is a law unto both the submissive and the aspiring itself. Its knowledge is administered attitude of the Puritan mind, in the on the principle of the proprietary sonnet written after his blindness: medicines, good for coughs, colds, fevers, inflammations, burns, bruises, scalds, scratches, and poisons. If men do not learn, it is not its fault; it is because they follow Webster, and recognize the legality of the Constitution.-Christian Union.

"I argue not Against heaven's hand or will, nor bate a jot

Of heart or hope; but still bear up and

steer

Right onward."

To hope, then, is a duty. To despair is a sin. When we can do nothing else we can hope. If we do his we shall soon be able to do more. "Hope thou in God" said the Psalmist, and in the next breath he was able to say with confidence "I shall yet praise Him." Such hopefulness was already praise. Despair dishonors God who never despairs. He is the God of hope. His children should be like their Father in this as in every

The Army of Invincibles.

hovering angel girt with golden wings.'" n sober reality, Hope is a masculine irtue, strong of limb and somewhat tern of countenance. If Hope is to respect.-Christian Inquirer. be likened to anything outside of man is like nothing so much as an Alpine uide. His strong hands push men p icy slopes; his patient plodding cross snowy spaces both makes a ath and inspires one to pursue it. But, in fact, hope-forces are within, Lot without. They rise in hearts that rood them, to uplift the souls that -ive them birth. They are pulsations f the spirit, like the great breathings f the engine that holds a ship in the eeth of a storm and push her forward > conquer the opposing sea. If, on he authority of Scripture, Hope's ymbol is an anchor, it is not for the eason that hope holds men down to ne fixed place; but because hope, ke an anchor thrown out before and eyond, gives purchase for progress its own direction.

Hopelessness means drift and de>rioration. In "Paradise Lost" atan first exclaims, "Then farewell [ope" and immediately thereafter Evil be thou my good." The phiosophy of despair undermines the oundations on which alone the strucire of righteousness can be built. essimism is the foe of progress, both h the individual life and in the orld's wider concerns. The fruitful es out of which have sprung the iftiest ideals and the most urgent rces of civilization have been the ges when the hearts of men beat gh and the faces of men were radit, as they faced the difficulties of eir time, determined to conquer. he world is indebted to the Puritans ran example of the hopeful temper. sur, stern, severe, we commonly conive them to have been. Superfially it may be true; but spiritually ey were men of hope. John Milton

The man who had such respect for his personality that he always removed his hat when he referred to himself, finds his followers, if never his peers. There are people in this world who have such a regard for their own opinions, their own conclusions, that to disagree with them is to give evidence of ignorance, or even idiocy. Usually such people do not put their criticisms into words; they project them through manner. There is never a question of their own mental infallibility. Was not the sublimity of belief in one's opinion reached by a recent New York State legislator, who, when he was told that a certain motion which he had made was unconstitutional, replied, "Then the Constitution is wrong and should be changed"? He has his peer. A member of a Board of Education of one of our largest cities was present in one of the reading-classes in a school under his care. He listened to the reading for a time, and then questioned a boy as to his pronunciation of the word "massacre." The teacher said at once that she was responsible for the pronunciation, and that her authority was Webster. The learned school official asked for a dictionary. He looked up the word, removed his glasses, and calmly remarked-there was perhaps a tone of severity in his voice-"I shouldn't have supposed that Webster would make such a mistake." The reading lesson went on while the official sat in severe judgment on the pronunciation indorsed by Webster.

The infallibility of the Pope may

Your Best

The poorest gifts, the smallest offerings, are acceptable, if they really are our best. A child offered a teacher a handful of weeds and grasses, wilted and soiledat that, and,said "Here is a bouquet for you." The refined teacher saw the love in the child's eye and accepted the gift with real gladness and gratitude. So it is that Christ accepts our homeliest, poorest gifts or services, if he sees love in our hearts.

There is a beautiful story of a poor Arab traveling in a desert, who came to a spring of pure water and filled his leather bottle to carry to the caliph. A long way he had to go before he could present it to his sovereign. The caliph received the gift with pleasure, and pouring some of the water into a cup drank it, thanking the Arab and rewarding him. The courtiers around pressed forward, eager to taste of the wonderful water, but the caliph strangely forbade them to touch a single drop. When the poor Arab had departed with a joyful heart the caliph told his courtiers why he had forbidden them to taste the water. In the long journey it had become impure and distasteful in the leather bottle. But it was an offering of love, and as such the caliph had received it with pleasure. But he knew that if any other should taste it he would have shown his disgust, and thus the poor man's heart would have been wounded.

This beautifully illustrates the spirit with which Christ receives the gifts and services of those who love him. The gift may be worthless and the services may avail nothing, but for the love that prompts them he accepts them with real gladness and richly rewards them.-Selected.

Knute Nelson, the governor of Minnesota, is a native Norwegian but a thorough American in his ideas. He was a lad when he came to this country. His nativity gave him great strength among the Scandinavian population of Minnesota.

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The Value of Thought.

The editor of the American Cultiator sensibly says: "It is more than n open question whether the rush nd breathless greed of acquirement n modern life is altogether conducive o wisdom; whether those who dwell little afar from the busy centers of f social activities, and have the adantage of perspective, do not gain aore actual value from the panorama. t is a question whether a day passed eginning with being present at a ›ublic reading at eleven; a ladies' unch at one; a half-dozen teas and eceptions or club meetings before inner; dining out or entertaining uests at home, and assisting in the vening at play or party, concert or ecture-it is a question whether such round as this, busy and brilliant as is-is altogether conducive to the ruer growth of life, to the higher piritualization of thought.

"For it is thinking that is the real ip of life. No study, no reading, ero nversation, no hearing of lecture patinsic, no attendance on a drama, But, such use until the mind has ashot witd it and kindled its own fire brood te material. To cram in data, ive the valuable in itself, and make of the spi it, is as idle as to buy rich Share material for gowns and never ave it made up. Life is lived truly ly when it holds room for thought. little data to a great deal of thought ad reflection, is far more potent than he increase of material and the deease of reflection. Wisdom is the esult of thought processes, and it is isdom, not knowledge, that is of peranent value in shaping life."

The Miller's Plea,

When Frederick built his famous alace of Sans Souci, there happened be a mill which greatly hampered m in the execution of his plans, and e asked the miller for how much he ould sell it. The miller replied that r a long series of years his family ad owned the mill, which had passed om father to son, and that he would pt sell it for any price. The king ed every solicitation, offered to ild him a mill in a better place, and by him besides any sum he might mand; but the obstinate miller still rsisted in his determination to prerve the inheritance of his ancestors. Irritated at last by his conduct, the ng sent for him, and said, in an gry tone: "Why do you refuse to il your mill, notwithstanding all the vantages I have offered you?" "The miller repeated his reasons.

"Do you know," continued the king, "that I could take it without giving you a penny?"

"Yes," rejoined the miller, calmly; "if it were not for the chamber of justice at Berlin."

The king was so flattered by this answer, which showed that he was incapable of an act of injustice, that he dismissed the miller without further entreaty, and changed the plan

of his garden.-Wide Awake.

One Object in Going to Church.

We go to church, then, first of all, because, so going, we leave outside its doors our cares and perplexities and burdens. There is something beautiful, if there is also something distasteful, in the Roman Catholic symbol of the holy water in the church porch; in that which it symbolizes, if not in the symbol itself; in the idea that we enter the church with a bath that takes away the grime and soot of the common toil; the idea that we enter with a new consecration and in a new spirit, and, leaving the world out side, into a new and divine fellowship. This was at the heart of the Puritan term "meeting-house," and of the Puritan custom of coming with a cordial greeting to one's friends and neighbors. Here in the meetinghouse we meet our fellow-men and fellow-women on a higher than the business or the social plane. Every man is at least two men, and most of us are half a dozen. We not merely wear different clothes and different faces, but we carry in ourselves different hear-experiences. The same man is a business man and a father; here his life is industry, there it is affection. In the church it is reverence and faith and hope and love. The same man is one man on the exchange and another man in the family or at the club. In business we meet for the interchange of our business thought; in society for the interchange of our social life; in our homes for the interchange of our higher domestic affections; but in the meetinghouse we interchange our spiritual life, we know one another as all seeking for righteousness and goodness and truth and God. In the stress of business it seems to us as if everyone was selfish and grasping, and as if we must be selfish and grasping in selfdefense. But on Sunday morning the jangle of the factory bell is exchanged for the sweet chime of the church bells, and we come into church, and lo! the man we brushed against in the exchange, the man that we encountered in the competitions of trade,

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is in the adjoining pew, joining in the same forms, singing the same hymns, uniting in the same prayer, turning a face heavenward toward the same God; and one says to himself, I am not alone; this man' that I thought cared for none of these things has the same spirit in him that I have, wrestles with the same temptations, looks towards the same God, really has at the heart of him the same divine purpose and ambition. Men who never go to church are natural pessimists; men who go to church, and breathe its atmosphere of reverence, of fellowship, of love, go out from church with a better thought of their fellowmen and a better expectation for themselves and for their fellow.-Lyman Abbott.

Temperance Notes.

Of the 600 railroad companies in the United States, 350 of them forbid the employes to drink whisky or other intoxicants.

The Voice estimates the Prohibition party vote at 350,000, an increase of 100,000 over four years ago. Gains are reported in many states.

Is the South to lead the North in temperance reform? The New Orleans Picayune predicts that in five years, more than half thecounties of the South will have suppressed the liquor traffic.

The Kansas Prohibition amendment is in peril. The call for a constitutional convention to repeal the amendment was successful at the polls and a determined effort is being made to secure the repeal.

Hon. E. B. Fairchild, United States consul to France, has sent an American flag to Lady Henry Somerset in token of his admiration for her and her christian work. This flag is to be placed beside the Union Jack in the rooms of the World's W. C. T. U., at 47 Victoria street, Westminster, London, S. W.

Intemperance in France. La Reforme Sociale testifies that in Marseilles since 1875 the consumption of spirituous drinks has increased from 400,000 to 1,320,000 gallons, for a population of 403,749. The number of places where liquor is sold has increased from 2,400 to 4,309 or one for each 93 of the population. An increase in the octroi tax was adopted in 1889, but instead of diminishing the consumption it only increased the revenue.

It will be seen from this that there, as in our American cities, increasing the taxes does not diminish consumption.

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