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There is a little garden full of white flowers before this house, before this little house, which is sunken in a green little house, which is sunken in a green hillock to the lintel of its door. The white flowers are full of honey; yellow butterflies and bees suck them. The

unseen wind comes rushing like a presence and a power which the heart feels only. The white flowers press together before it in a soft tumult, and shake out fragrance like censers; but the bees and the butterflies cling to them blowing. The crickets chirp in the green roof of the house unceasingly, like clocks which have told of the past, and will tell off the future.

I pray you, friend, who dwells in this little house sunken in the green hillock, with a white flower-garden hillock, with a white flower-garden

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He feels it not.

Had he happiness?
His heart broke for it.

Does his heart pain him in there?
He has forgot.

Comes ever anybody here to visit him?

His widow comes in her black veil, and weeps here, and sometimes his old mother, wavering out in the sun like a black shadow.

And he knows it not? He knows it not. He knows not of his little prisonhouse in the green hillock, of his white flower-garden, of the winter storm, of his broken heart, and his beloved who yet bear the pain of it, and send out their thoughts to watch with him in the wintry night's?

He knows it not.
Only the living know?
Only the living.


Then, then the tombs be not for the dead, but the living! I would, would, I would that I were dead, that I might be free from the tomb, and sorrow, and death!-Harper's Magazine.

A Social Need.

The importance of making much of home life and home surroundings cannot be exaggerated. No right minded person would think of establishing any class of institutions that would tend to supersede the home in the interests and affections of men. It is to be remembered, however, that in every thickly settled community there is a class of persons who have no homes, except such substitutes as the Among all men there is a natural and lodging house or cheap hostelry afford. legitimate desire for social intercourse, for congenial companionships. not to be satisfied at all times even in the best and brightest of homes.

There is and must always be a real and proper need, limited, but none the less real, in every civilized community for places of social rendezvous, places where men may congregate and enjoy the advantages of companionship. This need is supplied mainly by the drink shops, with all their attendant evil and demoralizing influences. It is the work of the temperance reformer to supply this need with something better.-Christian at


The Ideal Wife.

Many young men eschew matrimony to their notice, some because of the because of the "failures" which come alleged expense, and more because of the selfishness of their natures. The latter class prefer the grosser enjoyments of life and care not for the spiritual and mental companionship which only a pure woman can give, and the delights which center about the sacred name of Home.

"There is no greater blessing can befall a thinker than a union with a woman who is at least his peer in her appreciation," writes Walter Blackburn Hart, in the New England Magazine. "And it must be remembered that Balzac claimed that 'appreciation is complete equality.' A woman worldly enough to protect a thinker from the world, and unworldly enough to live with him in the world of his thought and imagination, is the ideal wife for the man of high aims. and with such a woman a man can live serenely in the most desirable society. Emerson puts it thus: 'When a man meets his accurate mate, society begins and life is delicious.' In an atmosphere of love and sympathy one lives more vividly; there is a spur in every meeting, and inspiration in every absence.

Life itself begins with such a union; the old adage that 'he lives twice who

lives well,' has more meaning wher is twisted to read, he lives twice w loves well and wisely. The man w is rich in himself, his sympathies, various magnetisms and recipro tions, is the truly rich man; his st does not tempt the vulgar to robbe or excite the envy of his neighbo for to them this world of the imagi tion is nothing; and granting all p sible human separations and aff tions, such a store will last a life ti These are the riches to accummul cultivate; and to make it attract One's own society is the society to one's self and to others, one m cultivate one's self. This is the sec of true greatness, true gentlen manners and true morality."-Ame can Farmer.

"The Shining Shore."

The origin of popular hymns is ways interesting. In an article "The Vitality of Song" by Geo. Root in Current Topics, he gives following account of the origin of well-known hymn, entitled Shining Shore:

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One day, I remember, I was wo ing at a set of graded part-songs singing classes, and mother, pass through the room, laid a slip from of her religious newspapers bef me, saying, "George, I think t and the poem began: "My days would be good for music." I look gliding swiftly by." A simple mel sang itself along in my mind as I r and I jotted it down, and went on v my work. That was the origin "The Shining Shore."

Later, when I took up the mel to harmonize it, it seemed so v simple and commonplace that I h tated about setting the other part it. But I finally decided that it mi be useful to somebody, and comple it, though it was not printed u some months afterwards. When after years, this song was sung in the Sunday-schools and churche the land, and in every land and ton where our missionaries were at w and so demonstrated that it had that mysterious vitality of whic have spoken, I tried to see wh should be so, but in vain. To musician there is not one reasor melody or harmony, scientifically garded, for such a fact. To him, dreds of others, now forgotten, better. I say so much about this tle song because it is a particul good illustration of the fact that simplest music may have vitalit well as that which is higher, and the composer knows no more abo in one case than in the other.

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First Baptist Church, preacher; Dr. J. M. Gregory, preacher,

Of Ann Arbor, Mich.



No. 29 East Ann Street.


One Year-J. Montgomery, A. B. Stevens Two Years-J. B. Cady, P. Snauble. Three Years-Wm. Salyer, W. W. Beman.


One Year-H. B. Dodsley. Two Years-R. Hunter. Three Years-H. N. Chute.


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college president, author; Professor A. Tenbrook, acting pastor, professor, U. S. Consul, author; Dr. N. S. Bur ton, pastor, professor, acting college president; and the noble servant of God whose seventeen years pastorate of the church immediately preceded Pastor the present one, Dr. Samuel Haskell, constitute, with others less prominent but no less faithful, a magnificent heritage for any church. The church has licensed to the gospel ministry Dr. Justin D. Fulton, Dr. Arthur L. Wilkinson and others of notable usefulness. It has been blessed with the faithful work in other years of such men in the membership as Professor Dr. J. R. Boise, the noted New Testament Greek scholar; Professor F. O. Marsh, recently deceased; and the beloved Dr. Edward Olney of the University of Michigan.

Superintendent, J Montgomery; Assistant Superintendent, H. N. Chute; Secretary and Treasurer, H. N. Chute; Chorister. Mrs. W. W. Beman; Pianist, Margaret Knowlton.

The Record of Five Years. The first Sunday in this month was the fifth anniversary of the beginning of the present pastorate. The occasion was taken by the pastor in his morning discourse to present an outline history of the pastorates of the church from the organization in 1828 to the beginning of the present pastorate, and to present to the church an album containing portraits of the pastors and a few of the prominent members. The church has had a notable series of pastors in former years in spite of great financial weakness felt during the most of the time. Such men as Rev. J. S. Twiss, the first pastor in the upper village; Elder Marvin Allen, the leader in Michigan State Mission work and an early publisher of the Christian Herald; Dr. Oliver C. Comstock, member of Congress and minister of the gospel; Dr. Samuel Graves, pastor and theological teacher; Dr. S. Cornelius, founder of the American Baptist Publication Society and wise and witty

A bare statement of statistics of the past five years' work may be given.

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A Request from the Treasurer. Our treasurer, Mr. William Good year, who has served us so faithfully in the financial duties of his office requests that the members will pay in the contributions made toward the deficit of the past year before the end of the month of June. The defici

was all cheerfully and readily sub. scribed in such small amounts as to make no great burden on any one member. He also requests that all contributions on regular subscriptions be fully brought up to date before the

summer vacation begins, and that those who expect to be absent during the vacation, especially if they con template attending the World's Fair pay as much of their subscription in advance as they can. His prudence will be recognized by all.

Waterbury, Conn., has elected school board, every member of whic is a Roman Catholic with a Romis] priest as chairman. They have thre daily papers all of which are Roma Catholic. Rev. Dr. Lansing, a Congre gational minister was refused every church in the city when he applied for the privilege of lecturing on ed ucation. He applied for the city hal and was also refused, but when: priest asked for the city hall in which to lecture on education, he got it and the mayor led the way, and introduces the priest. Reader, do you see th drift of things in this country? It i time the American people were get ting awake.-Protestant American.

Apropos of Lady Randolph Church ill's recent illness, the Pall Ma Gazette, says that she first met Lor Randolph at a dinner party in Paris His attention was attracted to her bi her beauty and the fluency and brill; iancy with which she carried on cor versation in French. He addresse her, and soon found that he had me his match in repartee. When th ladies had withdrawn, Lord Randolp turned to a friend and said: "That the brightest woman I ever met, an I mean to marry her." And he die

Simplicity of the Gospel.

The best part of the gospel, that on which both Master and disciple the most emphasis, is its simplic7. In this the Bible is the people's ok, and sets itself in direct opposion to the teachings of all that had eceded and most of what followed revelation. The wanderer in Cenal Park as he nears the mound upon ich stands the obelisk brought from Egypt, is moved with admiration its strange hieroglyphics. But eply as he may ponder them, they as intelligible to us as they were the common people in whose midst was placed. It was not for the altitude to understand the mystees of religion. It was the boast of prace that he sang for the initate ly, and that the vulgar herd underod not the sublimity of his thoughts en singing of the civil state. To-day may enter a cathedral while high ass is being performed, and without mass book it is as unintelligible as opera without a libretto. But the


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

A New

Intemperance and Cholera.
Physicians state that intemperance
is the great conductor of cholera. In
New Orleans, in 1848, about 5,000
drinking men died before the cholera
touched a temperance man.
York physician said in that same year,
had it not been for the use of intoxicat-
cholera enough to have caused the
cessation of business a single day.
In Tiflis, Russia, a town of 20,000
inhabitants, every drunkard died.

Physicians in England and Scotland

A Mother's Sanctified Love.

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

tions and to his home. But mother holds fast to him. She pets him and makes choice little dishes for him; she steals out of bed in the cold night and slips barefoot down the stairs to

son becomes alien to his father's affec

Ory of the gospel is that all which have borne similar testimony, making slide the bolt that he may evade the rtains to salvation is told in sim- the estimate that five-sixths of the quarantine of an angry father's quesdeaths from this disease were from the ranks of the drinkers.

est speech, and is level with the comehension of the child. Not in its struseness, but in its simplicity, is power.-The Interior.

ne Laureate and the Drunkard,

Mrs. Ritchie tells a good story of ennyson. He was one day walking Coovent Garden. A rough looking an stopped him, and holding out shand, said, "You're Mr. Tenny.

Look here, sir, here am I ve been drunk six days out of the wen; but if you shake me by the nd, I'm hanged if I ever get drunk ain." The great poet at anted the request, and we hope the omise was faithfully kept.--Preach s Magazine.


Christianity is its own best evidence. is prososition is not new, but is alys forceful and striking. It is bet- in real practical day by day const than it is in argumentative conts. It is of comparatively little to talk about Christianity when have no specimens of it to show. ltiply specimens and you may adntageously talk a great deal more out it. It was the presence of the aled man among the people which 1 more to silence the opposition of Jewish authorities against Peter 1John. "That indeed a notable racle hath been done by them is nifest to all them that dwell in rusalem, and we cannot deny it." ey "found nothing how they might

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. Certainly 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 of the truth of the figure. There has never been an "easy field" to a faithful worker, for present duty is more than equal to present self-strength. A hard field was Paul's, covered as it was by all the noxious weeds of heathenism. No easy task the Pilgrim's to tempt an unknown ocean and build a home upon "a bare and rocky coast." And small seemed Paul and his fellow apostles and disciples as they went out to meet the pagan multitudes. The Pilgrims were not a multitude when they bade farewell to friends and stepped upon the Mayflower.

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

tioning; 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 correspond


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. 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 ent 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 re

spect 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


"I mean,' said the first speaker, 'your power of self control which enables you to endure such insults, without resentment. 'Oh,' replied the boy,' I have endured this for your sake. God, in whom I trust, and whom I serve, has enabled me to do it.'

As a result of this poor boy's example and influence, in a comparatively short period, more than one-third of those ungodly mariners became believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, and the moral atmosphere on shipboard was marvellously changed."


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 usually find them to have been some trivial differences at the outstart. It 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 begins a quarrel, and other trifles perpetuate and intensify it until it becomes a settled aversion. We bewail 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

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

Besides, there are homes of c parative wealth and seeming com that have within them begga hearts silently repining at a des tion that the world knows not of cannot know. Wants, deep as wells of life; cares, galling as the y of the slave; fears as enervating the premonitions of an earthqua are the perpetual lodgers in ma homes that the world calls hap Now and then the community is st denly undeceived by the flash suicide's pistol, the drunken stagg or gross infidelity. And here is danger to many noble spirits brok by such sorrow, that they will seel remedy in that which but adds morse to grief---indulgence of passi in revenge or dissipation. Magni cent ruins thus mark the track of so rows across the world. It should steadily remembered that the chi source of help is the Man of Sorro who alone, in his infinite wisdom an sympathy, can change sighs in the Master, "but your sorrow shall songs. "Ye shall be sorrowful," sa turned into joy"; for he will send t Comforter to those that seek hi even the Spirit of God, and the Spi helpeth our infirmities; for we kn not how to pray as we ought; but t Spirit itself maketh intercession f us with groanings which cannot


Lord Byron tried the former met od, and wretchedly, piteously faile King David sought the latter, a triumphed gloriously.-Penn Dis ple.

Professor Henry Preserved Smit who is being tried for heresy the Cincinnati Presbytery, regar the whole matter with complacenc He is a man of independent mear his father being a capitalist, and prominent layman in the Presbyteri church.

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

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