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die himself in brief yet awful words— “No, my poor child, there will be “Papa and mamma, what the captain no Santa Claus for us tonight, I fear." has written is only too true. God help “Because we are all so sorry, papa ? me! Pray for me without ceasing !” Santa Claus doesn't like to come to
The unutterable grief there was in houses where people are so sorry. Don't that quiet country parsonage during cry, papa and mamma, I will pray the those days of awful suspense, the reader good Lord to let our Geordie live and is left to imagine for himself. A gloom come home.” as of midnight settled down on the It was one o'clock Christmas morning. unfortunate household. Mr. Burnett, Yet there they sat, pastor and wife, having taken every measure to bring talking of the happy times gone bysuch influence to bear on the authorities of Geordie's babyhood and his fine as to save his beloved boy from the promise of a noble manhood-his brave extreme and terrible punishment due and gallant behaviour on many a hard lo his crime, in spite of the reassuring fought field-and again and again words of friends, settled down to the mingling their tears, and weeping bitfirm conviction that Geordie's days terly as they thought of his danger and were numbered. For hours at a time, the cruel doom that might be awaiting there he would sit in his chair with his him. head bowed on his study table, paralyzed, “How terrible to endure this untold benumbed, deadened, unable to arouse anguish, Martha, on this glad night of himself from his sorrow, too full of an our blessed Lord's birth! I fear me the inexpressible grief to pray or even to bells, which should ring out joy to the weep. Had their beloved one fallen in world on the morrow, will do naught the gallant charge, or died of disease, but toll and toll for me." hard as that had been, it could have “Come, John," said she, “ we should been perhaps, endured with fortitude, be more trustful, it may not be so ill. or, at least, with resignation ; but this, Let us hope for the best.” this was more than heart could bear. “Hope? Aye, wife, I have hoped
Gloomy indeed was that Christmas and prayed, till God Himself seems time in the household. The poor chil- utterly to have forsaken me, and left dren, unable to enter into their parents' me crushed under this mighty griefgrief, or even fully appreciate the cause the Lord forgive me my want of faith ! of it, were yet hushed and awed into Hark! Didn't you hear a noise out silence, which strangely contrasted with there, Martha ?" their customary merriment at that hap- There was a clanking sound on the py season of the year.
porch, followed by a distinct knock And so the merry, merry Christmas thrice repeated. Taking the lamp in Eve of 1864 came on. The sleigh-bells her hand, the good wife went out, sounded cheerily in the crisp, sharp air, opened the door-there was a shriekas people drove swiftly by, and all the a moan, and a heavy fall to the floor. village was aglow with joy and glee. On rushing out forthwith, judge of the At the parsonage, the children had been emotions of the worthy pastor on seeing put to bed early, with no prospect, alas, his wife fallen in a swoon on the floor, of a Christmas tree greeting them in and bending tenderly over her a man the morning—“because," said Gertie in a cavalryman's uniform! as she tucked herself under the covers, “Geordie! Geordie! My God, it “ You see, old Santa Claus don't like is Geordie; my son, my son !' to go to houses where people are so! “Yes, father. But it is too much for sorry.”
poor mother, I fear-let me carry her “Yes, he likes people to be glad in." when he comes," answered Rob.
Now, the sleep of children is prover“Won't Santa Claus come to-night, bially light on Christmas night, and so papa ?” Little Madge had climbed it was no wonder the little ones in the out of her crib and gone down in her chamber above were awakened by the long night dress to the study door, noise below. where her father and mother were “Rob,” said Gertie. sitting in sorrow together.
“Well," answered Rob,
of the line on the extreme left of the “ Yes.
army. As usual Joe was put on the “Did you hear that noise ? I wonder post of danger, where I found him when whether it wasn't Santa Claus trying to the second relief went out, sick, suffering get in?”
and utterly exhausted and broken down, “Oh, no, Gertie. You know papa and compelling him to go to the rear I said Santa Claus would not come to our took his place. I thought I could keep house to-night.”
awake, but, father, I could not. Utter"I'll get up and see,” said little ly exhausted, the" grand rounds" found Madge.
me sound asleep-and the rest you know. Climbing out of her crib and going When the facts came out, in the course. to the stairway, there she stood, like a lit. of court-martial, the General said: tle fairy in her long night dress, calling: “Young man, you have made a nar
"Papa! Papa ! Did Santa Claus row escape. It was only your taking come for all ?”
the place of a sick and wounded com“Yes!" answered a strange voice. rade that saved you."
" Who are you ?” said she. “I don't “General,” said I, “ Joe Winters know you. Are you Santa Claus ?” once gave his life for mine. Should I
“Aye, Madgie, my sweet little angel not willingly give my life for his ? And sister; I am your Santa Claus to-night!” so my furlough, which had been with
Then rang out through the house the held during the court-martial, was handglad chorus of the children's voices ed me—and here I am.” sweeter than the chimes of any merry “Rob," said the pastor, “run and Christmas bells—“Geordie! Geordie! call old Michael over. And, Geordie, It's Geordie, come home to us all !” you just step over into the other room
No more sleep was there in the par- when Michael comes in, till I call you." sonage that night. With the children As Michael entered, the pastor said : on his knee or hanging over his chair, “ Michael, you will ring the bell, and and his mother lying beside him on the ring it right joyfully, too. There shall lounge, faint yet from her too sudden be no tolling of bells for me this day.” joy, George Burnett sat talking with “Ring the bell !” exclaimed Michael. his father as the dawn of the Holy Day “ And what for, sir ? Did you not say came streaming up over the Eastern we were to have no service ? Or is it hills.
possible you have heard some good news “But, Geordie, my boy," said Mr. of Geor=" Burnett, “ you have not told us yet how Whereupon, to Michael's utter and you came to sleep on your post.” most joyful surprise, in walked the
“Well, father, the way of it was this : young and handsome cavalryman. One year ago last night, in a little fight| “Aye, Michael," said the pastor : we had with Mosby's men, you remem. Ring the bells ! Ring the bells! And ber I was taken prisoner ; you know, ring them full joyfully, too — for too, how, against my will and without this my son, 'was dead and is alive my consent, I was ransomed by Joe again ; he was lost and is found!' Winters, who gave himself up to Mos- | by's men in my stead. Oh, a truer, NOTE BY THE EDITOR. braver, nobler fellow than he never
This fascinating story was written several huckled on a sabre! But after he came
years ago, for the Christmis number of the back to us he was never the same man Lancaster “ Intelligencer.” It has since been physically as before. He was broken revised by the author, and is certainly deservdown by prison life and his old wounding of wider publicity. We take great pleasure had reopened; but his high and gallantin
DIAN. soul, that knew no change. Well, about a month ago we were sent off on a raid, and after having been a horse continuously for two days and nights without
Let nothing disturb thee,
Nothing affright thee; any sleep, save what we could get in the
All things are passing; saddle, we were assigned one night to
God never changeth. duty on a dangerous and important part 1
Santa Teresa's Book Mark.
THE GOOD WINE.
and so many beautiful shades of charac
ter, that we might correctly say, every BY THE EDITOR.
child is remarkable. The period of
child-life is so charming and bewitchAt the marriage feast of Cana
ing, that we cannot fail being both deJesus gave a precious sign, When He changed the crystal water
lighted and amazed, as we stand gazing Into bright and sparkling wine.
into these opening buds of humanity,
ever and anon, catching glimpses of new “ Every man at the beginning"- .
unfoldings of life and spirit. One exclaimed with clouded brow
In a great measure, childhood-life is “Gives good wine, but thou hast kept itKept it even until now!"
the same, in all ages, and in all places;
but there was one child, whose life and Even so! our spirit answers,
character were different from all others. Knowing well who gave the wine :
Its life and character were different, He, a better, fairer bridegroom, Wrought the work with power divine.
because the child itself was different
from all other children. But a draught of nobler vintage
The child to which we refer, was Joyously the spirits stirred
promised to the world for 4,000 years. Of the men who saw His glory,
The eyes of many a pious Jewish nothWho believed His blessed word.
er had been filled with tears of joy, in Gathered from the vines of Eden
the fond hope that her first-born, might In the world's primeval day;
be this favored child. The trembling Growing mellow as the ages
hopes of a guilty and condemned world, Passed in silent state away ;
rested upon the coming of this child. Watched by stewards of His kingdom
Patriarchs saw the child in promise. Who believed the Father's vow,
Prophets beheld it in vision, and spoke He had kept it for His people
of the manner of its birth, and of its Kept it even until now.
Therefore, from the general knowNations fall and kingdoms vanish; History's voice is growing dim;
ledge of, and longing for, this child, we But the water-pots of Cana,
might infer that a thorough preparation Almost flowing o'er the brim,
must have awaited its birth. That
many hearts must have been ready to Still remain to show the meaning
rejoice, and worship, and sing praises at Of the Saviour's mystic sign, To refresh our thirsting spirits
its coming. That many homes must With their bright, celestial wine. have been prepared to receive it, and
bestow upon it the greatest care. Still that wine is growing better;
But alas ! such was not the case. On But the best, the prophets say,
the contrary, only a pious mother and Christ has for His marriage supper
her faithful husband gave the child a In His palace laid away.
welcome. So humble and unknown were When we taste that cup of blessing, these parents, that no home was open to While before the throne we bow,
receive them, no hands were outstretched We will cry, “ Thou, Lord, hast kept it to help them, and no friends or relatives Kept it even until now !”
were near to rejoice with them. In a stable, among humble domestic animals,
on a bed of straw, they found a place, A REMARKABLE CHILD. and there this child was born, and they
called its name BY REV. J. B. SHONTZ.
Who will ever be able to realize the In former articles I wrote of a Re- peculiar emotions of mingled joy, wonmarkable Woman and of a Remarkable der, and amazement, that took possesMan. These articles would be incom- sion of the heart and mind of that plete without giving some account of a mother, as first she gazed into the face Remarkable Child.
| of that Remarkable Child ? She feared Childhood presents so many sweet and trembled at the presence of the angel pictures, so many attractive features, I who had appeared to her, and had announced the coming child, but now she not understand them, so “she pondered looks calmly and lovingly into the eyes them in her heart.” The more she of the child itself, knowing and reali- thought on all that had passed, the zing that before her lies the Hope of greater became the problem of her own Israel, the promised Messiah, the world's child. Redeemer, the Saviour of Mankind, the Wonderful and striking had been all Son of God.
the witness of this Child's greatness up Her soul was now too full for expres- to this time; while the babe itself, had sion. In her eloquent Magnificat in the shown no evidences of being more than presence of her cousin Elizabeth, she any other promising child. Now, howhad been delightfully wrought upon ; ever, from its smiles, and tender looks, but now she possesses what she then ex- there came a power, that drew from the pected, now she enjoys what she then mother's heart, a, love and reverence hoped for. Intently, she watched every almost divine. movenient of her child, not fully know | The child Jesus, was born without ing what the processes of development sin; and a sinless child must love its in such a wonderful child might be. mother with a perfect love. His obe.
Early in the morning, these parents dience to all her commands was also are startled by the entrance of a com- full and perfect; hence, a model for all pany of shepherds, who inquire after the children. The thought of disobeying new-born child, and relate a wonderful her, never entered His youthful mind. story about a host of angels, who had Early He began to study how He might appeared to them at night on Bethle- please His parents, and a smile of thankhem's hills. Again, they are surprised fulness from His tender mother, filled at the entrance of a company of dusty, His young heart with joy and delight. travel-stained “ Wise Men" from the Kindness, cleanliness, activity, and usefar East, who also inquire after this fulness, coupled with a spirit of humilichild, and they tell a story of a wonder- ty and reverence, characterized the boyful Star. Next, they are astonished at hood-life of this remarkable child. the mysterious words and eager gaze, In His home at Nazareth, He enjoyed of the aged Simeon and Anna, in the true happiness. The hills and valleys temple. Then they must flee into Egypt of His native home seemed to gather to "save the young child's life.” Now, new charms and beauties from His sweet through all these soul-trying scenes, we life, and His hallowed eyes often rested are not told that the mother uttered one on their calm scenes, while His opening word. It would appear as though her mind wondered from whence they were. joy and regard for her child, absorbed From His parents He learned the hisher whole soul, and with her eyes fas- tory of His people; and His young tened on her darling, she was ready to heart was charmed with the story of undergo any privations, receive any God's wonderful dealings with Israel. revelations, and brave any dangers. The story of Abraham offering up Isaac,
But soon they are recalled from the Psalms of King David, and the Egypt, and then, after a long absence, prophecies of Isaiah, must have awakthey enter their own home at Nazareth.ened in His unfolding mind some appreHere, amidst relatives and friends, they hepsions—in faint outlines, that these feel at home.
sacred records, in some way, pointed to For the first time, the mother receives Him. the congratulations of her friends. In Him, all was to be fulfilled
The year-old child, now becomes the the power of “coming events,” in His centre of attraction. As the parents re- own life, must bave made very early late many of the scenes through which impressions on His young, but wonderthey had passed, the people become ful and powerful mind. more interested, and eagerly they insist In a true sense, Jesus was never ignoupon knowing all that had happened in rant. All that could be known in each the year of their absence; but Mary- successive period of His life, He knew. the mother--felt constrained to with- The growth of His body, and the unfoldhold most of the deep and mysterious ing of His mind, were normal ; hence, things, feeling alsured that they could at a period, much earlier than was ever supposed, Jesus began to realize that to add, that, of all the children born He was sent to this world on a great among men, Jesus was the most RE: mission. That, much as he loved His MARKABLE CHILD. loving mother, and willing as He was to serve and obey her, yet, there was an
THE AMANA SOCIETY. inward drawing towards another and higher parentage, whose“ business”
BY REV. D. S. FOUSE. He must soon be “about."
It would be intensely interesting to About seventy-five miles west of know,- from the pen of His mother, - Davenport, on the Chicago, Rock Isall about His childhood-life. How He land and Pacific railroad, in Iowa impressed the people of Nazareth with County, Iowa, may be found the above His holy life, perfect obedience, and su- damed society. Several times, of late, perior child-knowledge. Of the influ- we have been among this people, and ence He exerted over His youthful com- have thought an account of them panions and playmates, all of which might not be uninteresting, especially, must have been very great. He who to the younger readers of THE GUARwas to become “ Our Peace," and the Dian. These people came originally Great Teacher, early practised these from the north of Germany. Nordhoff virtues in His home, settling difficulties tells us in his “ Communistic Societies and teaching the ignorant. His loving in the U. S.” that in Germany they did heart must bave won the love and es- not live in communities, but they claim teem of all who knew Him. Often His they did so as much as possible. In the face must have shone with a divine year 1842 they began to make arrangeglory, as His soul was catching higher ments to emigrate to America. They ideas of His true mission.
sent a small company ahead to look up Whatever He foresaw of the hard and a suitable location, which they found thorny path that awaited Him, did not near Buffalo, N. Y., where they purmake Him shrink from it. A large and chased about eight thousand acres of powerful soul, demands a large and im- land. Between the years 1843 and portant mission ; and it will not shrink 1845 the Society arrived in this country from it, though it be hard and full of and took charge of the land thus purperils. Nothing that was good and chased. But they soon felt that their right, failed to receive His approving territory was too small for their wants. smile, and nothing that was evil and A few of the head men were again sent wrong, escaped His rebuke and condem- out to look up a new and more desiranation.
| ble location. They came west, to their Many of the living ideas in His Par present home, where they purchased an ables, He gathered in His life at Naza- entire township containing twenty-five reth. Much of the knowledge of His thousand acres, and in 1855 the Society people's false Messianic hopes, He gained came west and took up this new pur. early in His life, and how to overcome chase. The land is among the richest these false hopes, so deeply imbedded in and most productive in the state. It the hearts of His own people was a lies on both banks of the Iowa river. harder problem, than the task of over-On it they now have seven villages and coming Satan and the grave.
all the people live in these villages. These few thoughts may awaken in Five are on the north and two on the the mind of the reader, other thoughts of south side of the river. On the south Jesus' early life, and our prayer to God side is the railroad which strikes one of is, that the Light, Life, and Love, of the their towns,“ Homestead," from whence child and youthful Saviour, may find a they ship their products in every diplace and a welcome home in the heart rection. Their principal farming lands, of every reader of the GUARDIAN. however, are on the north side of the
The world has long since been com- river, where the five villages are situapelled to acknowledge, that the adult ted from one-and-a-half to two miles life of Jesus of Nazareth, is the most apart. These little towns lie in almost wonderful and amazing human phenom- a straight line about one mile from the enon known in history, and we desire | river. The road connecting them is