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No. 36 Thompson Street.




Paul Snauble, W. H. Dorrance, V. M. Spalding,

J. B. Cady, W. H. Freeman, C. M. Stark.


The Deacons and Prof. W. W. Beman, Prof. J. G. Pattengill, H. B. Dodsley.


Prof. W. W. Beman, No. 19 S. Fifth Street.


Prof. J. F. Eastwood; Assistant Clerk, W. H. Dorrance, Jr.


intendent, Dr. G. W. Lacea; Secretary and Trea

and Treasurer, Alvin H. Dodsley; Librarians, W. R. Sage; Organist, Miss Jennie Bird.

er; Normal Class, Mrs. Dr. Stevens, Teacher.


Music Committee-Dr. G. W. Green, Prof. H. N. Chute, W. H. Freeman.

Ladies' Aid Society-Mrs. Prof. Beman, Prest.

ing. President.

Young People's Society-To be elected. Committee on Assignment of Pews-H. N. Chute, H. B. Dodsley, G. W. Green.


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We begin with this issue the The annual convention of the publication of a monthly paper de- Baptists of Michigan is appointed voted to the interests of the First to meet with our church next Baptist Church of Ann Arbor. Its month, beginning Wednesday evenexpense is provided for by its ad- ing, October 17, and continuing vertisements, which are carefully until Sunday evening, October 21. chosen and are recommended to our It will be preceded by a minister's readers. conference beginning on Tuesday evening.

A paper of this kind affords the best opportunity of making those We are looking forward with likely to be interested in the work great interest to the coming of Superintendent, C. M. Stark; Assistant Super- of our church acquainted with it. these representatives of the second surer, Prof. H. N. Chute; Assistant Secretary Its officers and plan of organization largest denomination in the state, H. Dorrance, Jr., John Dowdegan; Chorister, J. and work may be better understood and we have word of the interest Senior Bible Class, Prof. V. M. Spalding, Teach from the directory which heads our with which Baptists throughout the er: Students' Class, Prof. W. W. Beman, Teach-first page than from a year of cas-state are looking toward the meetual attendance. Many of our own ing at Ann Arbor. Three times members, also, will be grateful for previously within the fifty-three Ladies' Missionary Society-Miss H. M. Spald- exact information on these points. years of the convention's history It is found that members of the has it met with our church; but the church are, many of them, unac- last time was in 1863. The lapse quainted with each other. Some of a quarter of a century with the who have long been connected with vast changes it has brought to our the church are unable to keep pace state and the transformation of Ann with the increase in membership, Arbor in appearance, give great inand find many of their newer fel- terest to the meeting. The proxlow members strange to them. For the aid of all these we shall publish soon a complete list of the membership; and shall aim to give in each number a supplemental list of the the state university will insure the most recent additions. Thus the presence of prominent Baptists

Finance Committee-Prof. W. W. Beman, Paul
Snauble, Prof. V. M. Spalding.
Advisory Committee on Membership and Disci-

pline-The Pastor and Deacons.

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by lot. A number of the best pews reserved for attainment of a mutual acquaint- from all our churches. We feel

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A BRIDE sneezed twice at the church ceremony the other day, and visit at their homes those wishing counsel upon the old nurse said it was good luck. religious matters, or those in trouble or affliction, Other people said it was because her after His mornings are reserved for study; his dress was cut too tropically for the

or strangers, whether members of the church or

afternoons and evenings usually devoted to call

confident that the meetings will be helpful in their influence, not only in our own but in all the churches and amongst those from the university who may attend them. Many of the meetings will be of general interest to the public.

The meetings will all of them be held in the Baptist church, except the day meetings of the Women's

ing or to the meeting of appointments at his temperature of the edifice.-Boston Missionary Societies, for which the



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The Eternity of Character.


REV. A. C. George, d. d.

of fools shall destroy them." "Evil the long run, the criticism is correct.
men and seducers," in the very Feudalism, depotism, slavery, ag
nature of things, wax worse and gressive wars, every species of
worse, deceiving and being de- wrong and outrage, disappear before
the onward march of the Gospel.

"He that is unjust, let him be unjust
still and he which is filthy, let him be
filthy still and he that is righteous, let
Our characters constantly tend to The general principle of the divine
him be righteous still and he that is fixedness. They harden by life's administration is expressed in these
holy, let him be holy still."-REV. xxii, 11. processes. The current of our na- words: "He looketh upon men,
"My Lord Cardinal," said Anne tures grows stronger with advancing and if any say, I have sinned
of Austria, to Richelieu, who ex-years. It becomes, finally, difficult, and perverted that which was right,
ercised for a long time a cruel and if not impossible, to change its and it profited me not, he will
despotic power, "God does not pay course, except God's miraculous deliver his soul from going into the
at the end of every week, but at the grace shall interpose. The Scrip- pit, and his life shall see the light."
last he pays." This is an assertion tures teach us this same truth: The Word and Providence and
of the doctrine that God governs" Can the Ethiopian change his skin
the world. He governs it in detail, or the leopard his spots? then may
that is, fully, comprehensively, abso-ye also do good that are accustomed
lutely. No human act escapes him. to do evil.”

Spirit of God are a trinity of mighty agencies to turn man back from destruction. The truth of God, morever, acts as a transforming leaven in society, and the end of Christ's reign is to set judgment in the earth.

No thought or desire or secret And yet this is a remedial dispenpurpose evades the glance of his sation. God interposes graciously searching eye. It is a necessity of and constantly in behalf of men. A the moral government of God, that miraculous mercy overflows from But this text contemplates a every sin should be noticed in some the divine heart to sinners. There period when these remedial agencies way, either pardoned or punished. are gentle interpositions which come will cease; when probation will And though this is not a world of like the dew, or the sunshine, or the end; when retribution, unmixed retribution, and though injustice summer rain; and there are mighty with mercy, will begin. Then the and oppression often seem to prosper manifestations of God which shake Saviour will be no longer a Saviour. and triumph, yet in the end God us like tempests, or earthquakes, or His atoning sacrifice will be no pays. And what is more, and more volcanic eruptions. Our characters longer prevalent. His intercessions to the purpose of our text, he pays by these ministrations are trans-will close. He will no longer act as in kind. These Scriptures establish formed and revolutionized. Some- High Priest over the House of God. our point: "Say ye to the right- times the transformation is gradual He will leave the mediatorial throne, eous, that it shall be well with him; like the breaking of the morning, and offer no more prayers for sinful for they shall eat the fruit of their the advance of spring, or the melt-man. Then the Holy Spirit will doings. Woe unto the wicked it ing of icebergs in tropic seas. cease its gracious offices, and conshall be ill with him; for the re- Sometimes it is sudden, as if men vince no more of sin, righteousness, ward of his hands shall be given had been lifted at once to a higher and judgment. Then the Providence him." "His own iniquity shall take plane of being, to move henceforth of God will no more mean, as always the wicked himself, and he shall be through a grander sphere. a grander sphere. An now, salvation. We shall then holden with the cords of his sins." earthquake in southern seas is said come to a fixed, unalterable, and "The backslider in heart shall be to have brought an island of dia- eternal state. The unjust and filthy filled with his own ways"-the most will remain unjust and filthy forterrible malediction which could be ever; the righteous and holy will pronounced on him-" and a good remain righteous and holy forever. man shall be satisfied from himself" This will be the punishment-the —that is, with the consciousness of reward; they will forever remain his own rectitude. what they are.

monds to the surface; so by the
convulsion of conversion the lessons
of childhood, the virtues excited by
the decipline of years, the inner
graces of the Spirit, are brought to
view, and men marvel at the mirac-
ulous change.

The Lord, moreover, says of such as have hated knowledge and de- We see the same law working in spised reproof, and would none of society. The supreme government his counsel, "Therefore shall they of the world is on the side of the eat of the fruit of their own way, right. The Duke of Weimar, said and be filled with their own devices; of the tyranny of the First Napofor the turning away of the simple leon in Germany, "It is unjust, and shall slay them, and the prosperity therefore it cannot last." And, in

It does not need the mist of darkness, the quenchless flame, the companionship of devils, to make a hell for a filthy and unjust soul. Like Milton's outcast archangel, such a soul might say, "Which way shall I fly? which way I fly is hell; myself am hell."


And, on the other hand, a soul conformed to rectitude, and possessed of holiness, has within itself a constant heaven, whether or not it has inherited, as yet, the cloudless land, the golden city, the robe, the palm, and the crown.

that heaven?

holy," is the command of the High- liberty, "I have nothing to do with est, "for I the Lord your God am time henceforth; only with eternholy." Thus he makes it possible ity." Soon this hour will strike for for us to come into the same lofty every one of us, and nothing will and glorious plane of being in interest us for a moment but eternity. which he himself dwells. This is "Where will you spend your the creature's highest privilege, duty, eternity ?" was the title of an article Think of remaining unjust, im- and dignity. And full provision is which I somewhere read. It is a pure, hateful, envious, malicious, made in the Gospel for the attain- vastly important question. Put it covetous, deceitful, proud, false, im- ment of holiness, and for its reten- in this shape: "What will be my tion as placable, murderous toward every a living and abiding ex- character in eternity?" The answer creature, and traitorous and rebel-perience of the soul. Think of the to this will determine every thing lious toward God, forever is not unutterable bliss of being holy for- else in respect to your future. that hell? And to be just, pure, ever. Christ's great question is, "What good, meek, gentle, loving, joyful, "Pursue," says Bishop Foster, shall it profit a man if he gain the forever to have, in a word, a great "the upward destiny of a soul whole world and lose his own soul? and noble character, in which all brightening under the smile of God Or what shall a man give in exthe fruits of the Spirit have come forever; see its ever-increasing and change for his soul?" And who to perfection, and glow with im- unfolding beauty; hear the ravish- will venture on an answer? Soon it mortal richness and beauty-is not ing melody of its triumphant song. will be said to every one of us, "He A thousand ages are fled. Behold that is unjust, let him be unjust 1. We are taught by this subject, the augmented and ever-expanding still; and he which is filthy, let him first, the fearful power and ruin of glory, ascending, widening its circle, be filthy still; and he that is righttransgression. To-day, your prompt becoming more and more like God, eous, let him be righteous still; and decisive, strong "I will," and God's and losing itself ever in his ineffable he that is holy, let him be holy still." powerful grace, may enable you to radiance. Such is the destiny of a Beyond all changes of time comes turn from sinful indulgence and soul washed in the blood of Jesus. the changeless, eternal state. Let the pit of infamy, and to obtain Behold, on the other hand, a soul us pray to God to bring us all, at a holy character and an immortal darkening under the frown of last, to the heaven of the holy, life; but to-morrow your power of Jehovah. Ages fly away. Its dark-where we may greet those who have gone choice will be weaker, your vision of ness broods darker still; its sorrow and dwell in moral excellence dimmer, your love gathers down in closer folds; it is a holy place, with a holy God, and of sinful indulgence greater, your lost. The lengthened periods of "shout and wonder at his grace to slavery to wicked habits stronger, eternity roll by, but they bring no all eternity." till, at length, bound securely to redemption; deep, dark, dismal OUR own weaknesses should keep Satan's triumphal chariot wheels, gloom settles down around its sphere us from passing harsh judgment on you will be dragged irresistibly forever. Learn, by the contrast, the failures of others. If we could down to death and hell. Besides, the value of holiness. Its presence always put ourselves in the place of know not at what moment the is life-its absence is eternal death. the erring, we would be more symparesistless decree of the Almighty Could you pursue the contrast thetic and less likely to be too severe will close your probation, and fix through eternity, could you have in judging them. your character and destiny forever. but a faint glimpse of the reality, 2. The grandest aspiration of the you would no longer rest, but fly in soul is for holiness, and this should trembling haste to a Saviour's be our chief aim in life. Holiness is wounds for shelter and for life." wholeness—that is, complete moral O, bliss of the purified! O, manhood. Can any thing more de- mighty love of a Saviour! Are they sirable be conceived? Dr. T. L. Cuy- not worthy of immortal song? ler defines holiness as "the habit of 3. Finally, our great concern is agreeing with God in all things." with eternity. Wesley used to stir And all our troubles have come himself to activity and sacrifice with from our disagreeing with God. It is the battle-shout, "There is another THE grand essentials to human the highest wisdom to study to know world!" "Take this watch, my happiness are something to do, the divine mind, and to conform friend," said an English patriot, as something to hope for, and sometherewith in heart and life. "Be ye be mounted the scaffold to die for thing to love.


before us,

THE law of heredity is one of the most tremendous forces for uplifting or down-throwing the race. Moral reform and spiritual salvation will take it more into account in the future than in the past. The time to begin to save a generation is before it is born.-J. E. Jacklin, Flint,


Loss and Gain.

I sorrowed that the golden day was dead, Its light no more the country side adorning;

But whilst I grieved, behold!-the East

grew red

With morning.

I sighed that merry Spring was forced to


And doff the wreaths that did so well

become her;

But whilst I murmured at her absence, lo!

-'Twas Summer.

I mourned because the daffodils were killed
By burning skies that scorched my early
But whilst for those I pined my hands

were filled

With roses.

Half-broken hearted I bewailed the end

"It would be painful to inquire Of friendships that which none had once what kind of life is developed under

seemed nearer;

But whilst I wept I found a newer friend,
And dearer.

And thus I learned old pleasures are


Only that something better may be given; Until at last we find this Earth exchanged

For Heaven.

-Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler.

be ex

lands migrate; it seems a great out a vestige of an idea of what is assemblage, a conglomerate of many due to a gentlewoman from a man. and strongly contrasted civiliza- "Then pass on, and let us look at tions. Nowhere has there ever been the woman as married-married, a better field for the devil's double perhaps, for her money, or marrying propaganda, and all about us are the some man for his money, without signs of his activity. True, there love and without respect; married, are checks which still restrain the but with no idea of living thereafter evil; but each day some barrier under bonds; resolved to be more gives way. To keep to the straight free and to enjoy life more; eager and narrow path of settled principle for admiration, athirst for compliand living, and purity of heart, is ment and flattery, so that the husharder now for our young people band early drops into a secondary than it was a quarter of a century position, and some other man, who ago, because a false sentiment, wide- does the madly devoted for the ly influental, condones their exces- time, engrosses the larger share of ses, and even approves of their mis- her thoughts. Follow out this subdoings. ject till you come to the divorce suit and the separation, and thence to the next, and now adulterous marthe influences thus at work for the riage, when those whom Christ and public ruin-to gauge with the line the gospel forbid to marry, so long and plummet of God's Word and as some one else liveth, snap their Law the demoralization of society. fingers at the attempted restriction and commence a second partnership For some of this there may cuse; for example, think how the without fear and without remorse. lowest classes live-in tenements, "We see men freely moving in crowded together in such wise that high places whom no respectable decency is impossible; that children woman should permit to cross her DR. MORGAN DIx, a prominent can not be brought up like Chris- threshold; notorious immorality minister of the City of New York, tians; that young men and women condoned for the sake of great and, we believe, of the Episcopal can hardly, by any chance, be kept wealth; grave social scandals widechurch, in one of his sermons, se- honest, chaste and pure. But what ly known and openly canvassed, verely censured the habits of Amer- shall be said of the higher classes, though the principles are received ican Society Life. The following is for those whose sins are without with open hands and made welcome; a report of what he said as given in justification, and denote simply flirtations going on between perthe Philadelphia Press, and taken carelessness, irreligion and unbelief? sons, each of whom has plighted from the New York World. The Consider how young girls are train- troth to some one else, and others wrongs charged by the Doctor to ed in softness and luxury, with the languishing after the wives of other society are serious charges. And one idea of making a figure in soci- men, and married men running after for the existence of those wrongs ety and brilliant marriage; of mak- young girls and paying them attenprofessing Christians are, in a meas- ing the most of their physical ad- tion." ure, responsible. First, those wrongs, vantages and alluring the other sex in many cases, are committed by by the arts best adapted to that professing Christians. Secondly, purpose. See them on the drive, Rouge and other coloring subChristians, including many minis- through the troubled social sea; at stances were used by women of ters, do not, by testimony and in- their lunch parties, with a dozen Egypt to enhance, as they thought, fluence, labor to oppose them as courses, and half as many kinds of their beauty; the eyes had often a they should. wines; at the opera, immodestly at- green line underneath them; the The Doctor asked: "What is our tired; at the ball, giving the whole lashes and eyebrows were pencilled society? It has almost ceased to night to dissipation; at the summer in black; and, as in modern Egypt, have a national tone; the old Amer- haunts of fashion, without due over- the nails were always stained red ican life and ways are overlaid and sight or sense of responsibility, with a preparation from the henna hidden; this is the land to which treated with easy familiarity by plant. In our museums we can see enormous delegations from other careless men, and apparently with- the little pots and vases formerly

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Johnny's Complaint.

filled with these unguents and colors, senior partner, and the old gentleman
and the pencils they used with them, called the clerk into the private office
as well as various sorts of combs and said: "Mr. Jenkins, you have
and hair pins; of the latter there is been very efficient, and we appreci-
a very pretty set in the museum at ate your services; but I hear that
Boulak-single pronged wooden pins you have repeatedly asserted that if
with jackal heads, stuck into a cush-you were to die the concern couldn't
ion in the form of a turtle, which possibly survive it, and this has wor
was evidently one of the favorite ried both myself and partner very
dressing table ornaments belonging much; for you, like all men, are lia-Along like sixty when he's said,

to the deceased lady.

All these little essentials of the toilet were placed in the tombs by the loving hands of friends and relations for the use of that spiritual body, which they believed required all the adornment the lady had loved upon earth.

ble to die very unexpectedly. We
have therefore concluded to experi-
ment while we are in health, and see
if the concern will survive your ab-
sence. You will therefore consider
yourself dead for one year, and we
will make an effort to so consider
you for that length of time."— Globe-

The Moral Law.

Dr. Adam Clarke thus speaks of

Our preacher says-an' course he's right—
It's very wrong to tell a fib,
(So mother's taught me ever since
She rocked me in my little crib),

That's why I can't just understand

Why in his sermons he will run

"But one word more and I have done.'
When first I heard him say those words
They made me glad, for I, you see,
Was tired, for half hour sermons seem
Enough for little folks like me;
But gracious! I was quite surprised
To find he'd only just begun,
When pausing for a breath, he said,

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But one word more and I have done."
I wonder what he'd think if I
Should say, when at his home I'd sup,
"Just one plum more and I have done,"
Then eat his wife's preserves all up?

I'd have to say I was in fun,
Just like he must be when he says,

"But one word more and I have done."

Notwithstanding the elaborate care lavished by the Egyptian lady on her personal adornment, she adopted a simplicity of dress suitable to the climate in which she lived. Scripture: To say that Christ's per-I guess he'd ask me what I meant, Except for the wig, the head was sonal righteousness is imputed to asually uncovered, with sometimes a every true believer is not scriptural; colored band tied round it. The to say that he has fulfilled all rightqueens often wore the vulture head-eousness for us, or in our stead, if-Wade Whipple, in Richmond Dispatch. Iress, but this was more as an official by this is meant the fulfillment of ›rnament than as a covering. In all moral duties, is neither scriptural ommon life also the women both of nor true; that he has died in our high and low degree, went barefoot, hough they had sandals to wear when they were in full dress. These andals were made of papyrus, or alm fibre, or of leather; they had traps to pass around the foot and etween the toes, and in some a iece of the sole was turned up and has fulfilled none of these duties for ent over the toes to protect them; later times some of the leather us, but he furnishes grace to every andals had sides to them, which true believer to fulfill them to God's auses them very much to resemble glory, the edification of his neighbor, odern shoes.— The Woman's World and his own eternal profit. The salor August.

A Little Too Smart.

I heard the other day of a clerk in dry goods store who was smart nd quiek, a splendid manager and He had an exalted opinion

ll that.

THEY were discussing art matters. "Have you ever been done in oil, stead is a great, glorious and scrip- Mr. Smith ?" "Oh, yes," he retural truth; that there is no redemp- plied.-"Who was the artist ?" He tion but through his blood is asserted wasn't an artist-he was a broker." -Puck. beyond all contradiction in the oracles of God. But there are a multitude of duties which the moral law requires, which Christ never fulfilled in our stead, and never could. He

vation which we receive from God's
free mercy, through Christ, binds us.
to live in a strict conformity to the
moral law; that law which prescribes
our manners, and the spirit by which
they should be regulated, and in
which they should be performed.

f himself, and frequently made.
WE are in hot haste to set the
imself disagreeable by remarking world right and to order all affairs;
o his associates that the concern the Lord hath the leisure of con-
ould not possibly get along without and it will be well for us to learn to
power and unerring wisdom,
im. This came to the ears of the wait.-C. H. Spurgeon.


ARDENT lover-"Dearest, I love you! Only promise that you will be my-" Small boy under the window

-"Game's called, fellers!" Excited lover, at window-" Say, bub, what's the score?"

A SOUTHERN California doctor,

bitten by the real estate craze, is said to bave put the following directions on a prescription:-"Take one-third down, and the remainder in one and two years, secured by a mortgage.'

ANGER Swallowed up by Pity.— "John, John, there's a burglar in the house! I hear him at the cupboard!"-"Where you put that pie?" "Yes. O, John, where are you going?"-"I'm going down to res

cue him."

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