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In the ceaseless tread of that the night-watch, through the pray- homes or farms, no matter, if the

great alien host from beyond the sea, ignorant and poor and godless, we catch the sound of His steps. In the calls for men and money to plant the church and the Christian school in Asia and Africa and on the frontiers of the West, we hear a voice out of the clear yonder where the throne of God is.

In these problems of the city and the country, in the unlocked doors of caste and language, in the marvelous facilities of communication which bring the world into near neighborhood, and make it possible to send the great missionary text around the globe six times in an hour, we behold the comings of One" who maketh the clouds his chariot; his ministers a flaming fire."

ers of a mother, the words of a
friend, or the appeal of a sorrow.

Behold a stranger at the door,
Has waited long, is waiting still.
He gently knocks, has knocked before,
You treat no other friend so ill."

currents of purpose sweep heavenward and the graces of faith and hope and love are in the heart.

As Israel Putnam left the plow in the furrow and mounted a fieldThat we may hear this knocking horse when the bugle sounded for at the door, these calls to life, the rallying of Cambridge; as the Christ bids men to "watch." For minute-men of Middlesex left workthese personal comings are unher- shop and farm at Paul Revere s alded and gentle; so whisper-like call to Lexington, so the master and tender that, self-absorbed and would have men work and watch busy, it were easy for our ears to "With their finger on the latch." miss them and for our hearts to Aye, weary with toil, let men reject them. But on them hangs sleep even, for the sleeping of the the destiny of that final coming, virgins in the parable was no sin, when in clouds and glory the but let them sleep as those who Judge shall come to ask us why we carry the hour of their rising in did not hear and see.

their dreams.

"So I am watching quietly

Every day.

Whenever the sun shines brightly
I rise and say,

So Christ is always coming and will come, and ouly as men are expectant and awake will they be 'Surely it is the shining of His face,' ready for these imperial providences, these quiet visitations.

Ah! the failure of Judæa has been the world's mistake in all the generations! The King has come To watch, then, is the duty of to His own, and His own received the hour; aye, every hour. But him not, for their eyes were dim of how? Not in the strained posture sight and their ears were dull of of formal devotion are we to keep hearing. And history has gathered vigil, not in perpetual psalm-singup the results of this blindness and ing or prayer-meeting attendance, indifference, in the weakness, the nor as those Thessalonians of the losses, and the judgments of the early and late centuries, who, withChurch, and what has been will be, drawn from the burdens of daily with increasing retribution. There-life, and refusing to work, have sat fore Christ said, "Watch." in idle expectation and pious reverie, waiting for the great and notable day of the Lord.

And look unto the gates of His high place
Beyond the sea,-

For I know He is coming shortly

To summon me,

And when a shadow falls accross the window

Of my room,

Where I am working my appointed task,
I lift my head to watch the door, and ask
If He is come;

And the angel answers sweetly
In my home,-
Only a few more shadows

And He will come.'

So may we watch and wait under the inspiration of a coming which, be it near or far off, will be, and that a coming of sorrow or of joy forever.

If we were to write the supreme prayer of this century, crowned as no other with privilege, and reso- Against such watching Paul en- A beautiful feature of the order naut as no other with the foot-falls ters the protest of inspiration and of King's Daughter's is the "Prayer of his coming, it would be that our common-sense. For the smith's of Consecration" which each King's eyes may be open to see the King apron, the baker's cap, the laborer's Daughter offers every morning upon in his glory, as he has come and is blue jeans, and the housewife's rising: "Take me, Lord, and use coming in the year of our Lord, gown are all suitable material for me to-day as Thou wilt. Whatever 1889. And there is another com- ascension robes. And he watches work Thou hast for me to do, give ing for which we are to watch-the best for his Lord's coming who it into my hands. If there are those personal coming of Christ to every does the duty and the service Thou wouldst have me to help in man, with the message: "Son, give which lie next to him, with fidelity any way, send them to me. Take me thy heart." For as God came to men and love to God. Be that my time, and use it as Thou wilt. to the prophet in the mountains, duty with plows or day books, in Let me be a vessel close to Thy not by the earthquake, nor by the the office with its briefs, or in the hand and meet for Thy service, to fire, but in the still, small voice, so school-room with its classes, or busy be employed only for Thee, and for he comes to us in the thoughts of with railroads and mines, with ministry to others in His name.''

The Precious Name.

Some years ago, a native residing in a distant part of India had a tract given to him, telling of Christ and His great love to sinners. The man was deeply interested in the story, and read it again and again, until he was intensely anxious to know more about Jesus. After

of manner, but by her lack of beau- this purpose. Surely when the ty she can keep the loveliest tendencies of this evil practice are women friends and no jealousy considered in connection with the arises, while she is always a pleas- ruin, moral, physical and financial, ant companion. The woman who that such gambling, in ninety-nine is not a great beauty does not need cases out of every 100, sooner or that horror that must come to her and the long train of innocent perto anticipate growing old with later entails upon the individual, who knows it means the loss of her sons who are dragged down to the thinking much about it, he deter-greatest attraction! I have always lowest depths of misery by such vimade a thanksgiving every night olations of law, no one can be surmined to go to the nearest station, that Providence arranged that I prised that the courts refuse to lend to try if he could learn something should be born south of Mason's their aid to the enforcement of more about this loving Saviour. and Dixon's line, but I now add to contracts so nefarious in their conAt the close of a long and weary my thanks the fact that nature did ception, "so odorous with crime,” journey, he arrived at the place not make me beautiful. One can so fraught with evil both to indiwhere the missionary resided, and only feel this way after one has viduals and society. found him conducting public wor-become-how old? The woman ship. He drew near to the group without beauty is going to try have made a rather startling discovthat surrounded the preacher, who was giving out his text from I. Tim. i., 15: "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. "" Directly the missionary came to the words "Christ Jesus" the Indian woman is worth a penny she pre-guished foreigners to view it, and cried out in an ecstacy of delight, fers that somebody to be a man."Ah! that's the name! ah! that's "Bab" in New York Star.

The British museum authorities

to do something else, for in the
heart of every woman figure, with-ery lately and are in a rather awk-
out Roman lines and a calliope purchased a magnificent marble bust
ward position. Some time ago they
voice, there is a desire to be con-
of the Emperor Hadrian at a very
reasonable price. In natural pride
they invited a number of distin-

sidered that she is not a failure in
the world by somebody, and if that

Gambling in "Futures. "

all conceded that it was a priceless treasure of antique art. Among the name!-the precious name!" the spectators, however, was a The longing of his heart was satismember of the Greek diplomatic fied. He heard more about the Judge Turner, of the Troup service, who instantly declared that Saviour. He drank in the glad County (Ga.) court, has some very he had seen the same bust in the tidings of the Gospel, and received sensible ideas in regard to the Royal Museum at Athens. He nothe message of mercy, believed in "gambling" which is carried on tified his Government, and an inJesus, and was made exceedingly by members of boards of trade. In vestigation has followed, which rehappy. He soon returned again to a recent case involving what is veals that not only the bust in his own part of the country, to called a transaction in "cotton fu- question, but a large number of make known to his friends the tures" he decided that a court will the most valuable specimens, have treasure he had found, and tell of not hear a case founded upon an il- been stolen. Some high Greek the preciousness of that name legal contract, whether the illeg- officials are under suspicion, it which is as "ointment poured ality is pleaded by the defendant being evident that the thefts have forth." or not. Commenting upon the been carried on systematically for general subject of trusts, combines, a considerable time. corners and syndicates formed for A new fuel has been introduced Somebody asked me the other speculative purposes the judge said: in Iowa. It is made of corn-stalks day who were the happiest women, The courts cannot check these and and I've been thinking it over ever evils by originating measures to pressed into a pulp in blocks somegrass soaked together and since. The conclusion I have come suppress them; but will be found thing like bricks, in which form to is that she is the happiest woman always, as they always have been who is not too handsome. I don't found, ready to exercise their ben- be produced for three dollars a ton, they are dried. The new fuel can mean that she shall be disagreeable, eficent powers in rendering effica- and may become a substitute for and she must have a certain charm cious legislative enactments for coal in some sections.

The Happiest Woman.

A Story of Gladstone.

"That was Mr. Gladstone," said the tradesman.

Unsatisfactcry.

The following pretty incident of "Mr. Gladstone!" exclaimed the Gladstone is related in one of our hauler, "I dunno what 'e'll think o' exchanges: About forty years ago me, then, for I never sir'd 'im nor several haulers were employed in nothin'. Sure I thought 'e was carrying pig iron from Brymbo to some farmer hor somethin'." Queen's ferry. Among them was one William Griffiths, who is still alive. This man, when going down to Tinkerdale one day with his load of iron, was accosted by a stranger, who talked very freely with him. Among the questions, the stranger asked him how much per day he got for carrying the iron. "Six and six-pence," said the

carter.

cart?"

"About a ton and a half." "And what do you pay gates?"

"Eighteen pence."

WISE AND OTHERWISE.

JUST So-A boy's description of about as well as anything we have having a tooth pulled expresses it

seen. "Just before it killed me the tooth came out."

DIVERGENCE OF VIEWS-" Who

A professor in an Eastern college is your family physician, Freddy?" had in his botany class a young asked Mrs. Hendricks of the Brown Japanese, who was very much in- boy. terested in the science.

"We ain't got none," said the One day the professor was lectur- boy. "Pa's a homoeopath, ma's an ing on the subject of germination, allopath, sister Jane is a Christian and the food matter of the plant, scientist, grandma and grandpa. and told the class that if they mix- buys all the quack medicine going, ed flour and water, the water pour- Uncle James believes in massage, and brother Bill is a horse doctor."

"What weight have you on the ed off would be white, while the sediment remaining was brown and glutinous, that the water tested THE FULL ALPHABET. The senfor with iodine would turn blue, prov- tence "Frowzy quacks jump, vex, ing that it contained starch, and he and blight," consisting of only asked the Japanese student, Issa twenty-eight letters, is the shortest "How much does it cost to keep Tetsuka, to perform the experiment grammatical alphabetical compobefore the class at the next recita- sition yet knowu. It contains no tion. repeated consonants or proper The day following, however, Issa names, and in point of brevity I came to the class-room with a very think that it cannot be surpassed. troubled expression on his face, and "John quickly extemporized five said that the experiment was not tow bags" has held possession of satisfactory. the field heretofore.

the mare?"

"Thirteen shillings a week." Presently they reached the foot of the mill bill.

"How are you going to get this up-hill?" asked the stranger. "Oh, I mun get my shuder and push hup 'ere."

"I'll help you a bit," said the stranger, and he at once put his shoulder to the cart and pushed up the hill well. When they reached the top the hauler said: "You an' me 'as been as good has a chain 'orse."

"Well, well," said the stranger, "I don't know how the poor horse's legs are, but mine ache very much indeed. I suppose yon can man

When the professor investigated the matter he was amused to find stood him, and in place of "some that the Japanese had misunderflour" had taken "some flower," viz.: a bunch of geraniums, squeezed them in the water, and poured in iodine, then been very much disappointed because the water did not turn blue.

up

Buffalo Bill and His Horse.

Bill's Wild West show he lost his
On the return voyage of Buffalo

famous old horse Charlie just before entering New York harbor. The old horse came into the scout's possession twenty years ago. When he died he was wrapped in an American flag and was buried in Prof. Cragin, of Washburn Colthe sea. The scout, with his comlege, discovered at Bowns, Osborn age now?" Co., Kan., the petrified remains of pany around him, delivered a little "Yes, thank you," said the hauler; a huge fossil. The animal when funeral oration, in the course of and, wishing each other good-day, alive was a little over sixteen feet which he said: "You have never they separated. As soon as the in length. The jaws measured failed me, Charlie, old fellow. I stranger was gone a tradesman asked three feet eight inches, the neck have had many friends, but very between four and five feet long, few of whom I could say that. Men Griffiths if he knew who had been and the body nine feet in length tell me you had no soul, but if there kelping him. and three or four feet in thickness. be a heaven, and scouts can enter, It has flippers quite similar to a I'll wait at the gate for you, old friend."-Chicago Times.

"No," said he, "I never saw 'im

before."

seal.

GENERAL MENTION.

Next to Christmas.

The most pleasant annual event is the advent of the new year, the institution of which as a day of feasting and rejoicing is the oldest on authentic record transmitted down to our times, and still observed. The feast was instituted by Numa and was dedicated to Janus, who presided over the New Year, January 1, 713 B. C.

THE PRESENT OBSERVANCE

Religious Life on the Frontier. How I missed Sabbath privileges,
The following letter was written the first year of our sojourn, God
Our meetings
by a Detroit lady who has been alone can know.
living in Dakota :

were only held at intervals, some

"I have thought a sketch of times monthly, and always with the frontier life in Dakota Territory clause, "weather permitting," for during a period of six years might we had to travel so far to attend be of interest to some of your read-them. Many a time have I enterers, with a narration of a few efforts tained ministers, sent out by the in the line of "Christian endeavor," Presbyterian Board, at my home, though necessarily very imperfect; who would put up at our house on yet we know even a cup of cold a long ride on horse back or by water, given for the Master's sake, buggy to a neighboring church. carries along with it surely a or meeting 16 to 25 miles disblessing both to the giver and re- tant; and more than once was of New Year's Day has been traced cipient. one of our trusty ponies loaned. by some to the Roman festival; the It is not so very long ago that for the man of God to journey latter probably exerted some in- anything concerning Dakota was on. When the navies were at fluence, but nothing could be more read with eager interest, but of work making the railroad track and natural than to celebrate the first late the rush of emigration has not laying the rails they lived in tents, day of the year, and in all coun- been so great, and the severity of like the Arabs, and often used to tries traces are found of the cus- the winters there being a wide come over to me to purchase milk, tom having been in vogue from the spread fact, the glory concerning which they oftener had "without earliest times. All over the world that country has departed to some money and without price," when I it is a gala day, and people of extent. We located in a region in would embrace the opportunity to every nation celebrate it in accord- South Dakota very sparsely settled, hand them some tracts or leaflets, ance with the manners and customs and 70 miles froin the nearest rail- and which were always very gladly of each. Charles Lamb says: "No road. Nature reigned supreme in received. So we tried to do what one ever regarded the first of Jan- pristine lovliness. The vast extent of we could, in our limited sphere, to uary with indifference. It is that prairie and the awful feeling of preach the Gospel, and were “not from which all date their time and solitude and isolation, amid a track- forgetful to entertain strangers." I count upon what is left. It is the less wilderness on all sides as far as had a gift of some hundreds of nativity of our common Adam." the eye could reach, is an experi- tracts sent out by one of my brothence too deep for words, and must ers in England, and which he very be seen and felt to be appreciated. kindly supplemented by four volThe beautiful, long prairie grass umes of "Robinson's Sermons," used to meet over the backs of our " Farrer's Life of Christ," and swift little Indian ponies, as we" Barnes' Notes" on the New Testawould drive to meeting, often a dis- ment. This brother (always aboundtance of 6 or 8 miles, held at the ing in good works), seeing my lack different residences of the settlers, of spiritual food on the frontier, or in some commodious barn. I shall was anxious to supply the definever forget the stillness of the ciency, for which donation I never Sabbath morn, nor the very beauti- cease to thank him. ful mirage so often to be seen in that land. The purity of the air and the notes of the wild birds, the hum of nature and the vast carpet of green, adorned in spring with the lovliest of wild flowers of rich perfume and endless variety, is indeed a feast to the lover of nature.

TO BEGIN THE YEAR

with a renewal and interchange of
social courtesies is a pleasant usage,
one well worthy to be honored.
Charles Dickens in one of his
charming sketches says:
"We measure man's life by
years, and it is a solemn knell that
warns us we have passed another of
the landmarks which stand between
us and the grave. Disguise it as
we may, the reflection will force it
on our minds that when the next
bell announces the arrival of the
New Year we may be insensible
alike of the timely warning we
have so often neglected, and of all
the warm feelings that glow within

us now.”

The town was started there mainly owing to my husband's efforts, who was one of the first settlers of the county, and brought out a colony. Though a member of a church in Detroit, I never took my letter "out West," which proved, in the sequel to my chequered life, to be

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Best Help the Pastor?
How Can the Young People singing, their testimony, and by

BY A MEMBER OF THE Y. P. S.

the encouraging thought, that as
the older ones pass away, these are
being trained to fill their places.
It is as reasonable to expect fruit
without buds and flowers as to look
for a live, growing church without
the hearty co-operation of its young
people.

for the best, the Master calling both my beloved husband, and afterward my little son, home to heaven, leaving me alone, yet not alone." The harmonious action of the What grieved me much was to witness the Sabbath breaking. Why young people of the church and the thought should ever take hold their pastor is a subject of no little of the young men of to-day that in importance, and a thoughtful conWhat pastor, I wonder, has not going out West they put off or from sideration of their relations to each them all the religion they ever pos- other cannot but be helpful to us sessed, the further they advance on all. The pastor, as head of the been troubled and pained by the the frontier, is a mystery to me; church and leader of the people, irreverence and inattention of perbut certain it is, they all do things has many duties and burdens pecu- sons both young and old. Is there flippant, irreverent person they would never dream of doing if liar to his position, and needs the not a large field here for helpfulthey lived East. Ball playing, fish- help Ball playing, fish- help of every individual member ness by the young people? One service, and undo all the good that ing, excursions, boating and picnics of the church and those interested spoil the whole tone of a religious on the Sabbath were common occur- in church work. may have been done. Cannot we, a society of earnest workers, create, by our personal example, rences, an atmosphere of respect and revthat shall overcome the

and many a farmer would

In an

as

erence

can

spirit of thoughtlessness and levity, and religious improvement, so that so destructive of both good order the society shall be one we can all be proud of, and the pastor can say, that all his young people are We can help the pastor by rehelpers in all that is good? gers among us, and those who are porting to him the names of stransick; not only those of our own people, but any one he could help, by introducing him to strangers ing an occasional word of encourhas cost who attend our church or society, and last, but not least, help by givagement. His sermon many an hour of time, thought and anxiety and if there is any thing in new thought, or aroused your slumit that has helped you, given you a him the comfort of knowing some peo-bering zeal, tell him of it, and give one has been helped.

The question for us is, what can han wood and hay, and even stack we as young people do? hay on a Sunday. Such open dese-swering this question I do not cration was sad to witness. The expect to say anything new; but three most prominent men in our hope to show some old truths in village would "harness up" and such new relations that we may be take their wives and families down better able to see their importance. Firstly, then, we can greatly help to the James river for an outing, purposely choosing that day, though the pastor by our regular attenthe two churches, Presbyterian and dance at the church services. One Methodist, had their regular pas- of the questions that troubles every tors, and services twice daily. These pastor is, How to fill the pews, to interest people in inen little knew how baneful was and how This the young their example, and how they were going to church. laying up for themselves, by thus people can do much to answer. sinning against the light, "wrath They are the life and the hope of the church. They have youth and against the day of wrath." I do not think we put promi- spirit and enthusiasm. nently enough before our eyes in they are not burdened with busichurches and Sunday schools the ness or household cares. written Ten Commandments of clanish" fond of being God. Do they not sometimes rise and will go where other young up before our spiritual vision with ple lead them." So if we train ourselves to regustartling truth and intensity? And surely they only are blessed who lar attendance, heartily invite our keep the Law, or endeavor to keep friends and associates to come with it to the best of their knowledge. us, and give them a warm, hearty How humble we feel in the realiza- welcome while there, then the tion of these words, "To him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin."

E. D.

It is reported that a ton of ropes made from the hair of the women in Japan is used in building the $300,000 Buddhist temple in Kioto.

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A former pastor, on leaving Fwell, they will never tell you." said to the new pastor: "If the Fpeople like your preaching ever so Now if this is true of the older peoquestion, "How can the pews be ple (and I fear it is), let old things filled?" will be answered, and the pass away, and the young people shall be earnest, harmonious, syınpastor cannot fail to be strength begin in a new era, whose spirit pathetic, and helpful; always reened and encouraged. Another place where the youngmembering to "Bear one another's are needed is the prayer meeting. burdens, and so fulfil the law of They help by their presence, their Christ. "

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