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STORY OF A BIBLE.
pious Archduchess of precious memory
among the Protestants of Austria, On the 23d of November, 18:35, whose motber and protectress she had Maria Dorothea, Archduchess of Aus- proved to the end of her days. It is tria, a pious Protestant lady and daugh- needless to say that the gift and the exter of the Duchess of Wurtemberg, was pressions of loyal attachment were grareturning from a visit to her sister, the ciously received by the young Crown Queen of Wurtemberg, and brought Princess. with her from the Queen two boxes of May the contents of the precious gift German Bibles. for three pastors of be blessed to the Imperial Recipient, Lutheran churches to be distributed and may henceforth the doors of that among the poor of their several charges. Empire be opened and kept open, to the
These two boxes had been sent some Word of God, by which alone, as the time before, to those ministers, for this address says, “individuals, families, naexpress purpose. But on their arrival at tious, and Empires can be truly blessed.” Salzburg—then a dark, bigoted place - Austria is counted among the civilized they were stopped, and sent for adjudi- nations of Christendom, and is proud to cation to Reichenhall. They were occupy that place. May the world see thrown into a general receptacle of this noble claim sustained, and rejoice lumber and of forbidden articles, and, in the free circulation of the Bible in while there, fire broke out and consumed that Empire. – New York Observer. the whole government establishment. When the debris, after some time, was gradually removed, the two boxes of
A BOY ARTIST. Bibles were found, among ashes and burnt and broken articles, untouched The world has furnished but few exand safe. But containing, as they did, amples of precociousness to be compared forbidden books, they were sent back with that of Benjamin West. He was to Wurtemberg. From these boxes, the son of Quaker parents; born in which had passed through the fiery or- Springfield, Pa., 1738. He lived to a deal, the Queen took a copy as a me- ripe old age, dying in London in 1820. mento, and the Archduchess Maria Before he had completed his seventh Dorothea, on her visit to her sister, took year he performed a piece of work that another, and on her return to Austria surprised those who saw it; while those she carried the boxes with her, and de- who did not see were not willing to belivered them to those for whom they lieve. At that tender age he was left had been originally intended. Nobody one day in charge of the infant daughdurst oppose the delivery of them, and, ter of his eldest sister, who was on a in fact, nobody was asked for permission. visit from Philadelphia. The child lay
Last year, when the Crown Prince of in its cradle, and little Benny was to Austria, Prince Rudolf, was married to sit close by and see to it that no accithe Royal Princess Stefania, of Bel- dent befell it. gium, a Catholic (by the laws of the Some bave said that up to this time realm), but grand-daughter of the Pro- the boy had never seen a print or a pictestant Archduchess Maria Dorothea, ture of any kind, but this is doubtful. the son of one of the three Lutheran There must have been cheap wood enpastors above mentioned, on the arrival gravings in a few of the books that fell of the imperial bride, presented her, in under his eye, and we may be sure that the name of the Protestant churches ip a lad of his temperament and natural Upper Austria, with that copy from instincts would have found a picture if these boxes into which his father had such a thing had been anywhere near entered, in Latin, the whole story of him. their arrest, and the ordeal through However, here is the fact, known to which they all had passed. The gift all. While in charge of the infant, he was accompanied by an appropriate ad- found a sheet of white paper, and some dress to her highness, expressive of their red and blue ink belonging to his sister, loyal sentiments, and their joy at the also a pen. With these he set to work safe arrival of the grand-daughter of that' to produce the appearance of that child
on paper. He had certainly never had miring homage, he produced that work
SOWING WILD OATS.
"Oh, daughter, come and see !-Ben- named Henry Haines. As an athlete ny has been making a likeness of little on the campus, as a scholar in the arena Sally.”
of debate, he was facile princeps, everyThe picture was a wonderful success. where and always. We were not so His mother threw her arms around his much envious of him as proud of him, neck and kissed him with fond affec- and we fondly fancied that there could tion, telling him as she did so, that she be no height of fame or fortune too diffiwas proud of her little boy. In after cult for his adventurous feet to climb, years, when fame had crowned the man, and that the time would come when he he was wont to say—always with a bright would fill the world with the echo of his moistening of the eyes—“it was my fame, and it would be a proud thing for dear mother's kiss that gave ine the any of us to declare that we had known heart to be a painter.”
him. A little tendency to dissipation On returning to Philadelphia his sis was by some of us observed-a little ter sent to him a box of colors, some dash of dare deviltry-but this was brushes and a lot of good paper. A only the wild oats sowing which was few months later a gentleman who natural to youth and genius, and which chanced to see specimens of the boy's we did not doubt that after years would skill, not only encouraged him by warm chasten and correct. encomiums to continue on in his studies. But the years came and the years and his work, but he furnished him went, and the young collegians were with material.
scattered through the world, and ever And now the boy went abroad into and anon would some of us wonder what the fields and woods, and copied from had become of Henry Haines. We nature whatever pleased his fancy. The looked in vain for his rising star, and first colors he used with oil he was listened long for his coming feet. Some taught to prepare by an old Indian, time ago, for a single Sabbath, I was who had built a hut in the woods not preaching in New York. My theme far distant from his home; and from in the morning had been, “ The Ghost this same Indian he learned how to of Buried Opportunity." On my way make brushes from the hairs plucked to my hotel I discovered that I was from the backs of different animals, set shadowed by a desperate-looking wretch, together with wax, and secured in the whose garb, whose gait, whose battered, quills of his father's barnyard fowls. | bloated look all unmistakably betokened
During the second year of his prac- the spawn of slums. What could the tice, when he was eight years of age, an villain want with me? I paused at my admirer of his genius sent him a lot of door, and faced about to confront him. material, together with six fine steel en- He paused, advanced, and then huskily gravings. From two of these engrav. whispered: ings he made a study, upon which he “Henson, do you know me!”. bestowed great skill and care; and I assured him I did not, whereu pon three-score and ten years later, when he continued: the world had bowed before him in ad-! “Do you remember Henry Haines ?”
“ Aye, aye, well enough; but surely if a husband does it, he gets a frown, if you are not Henry Haines ? '
a child, it is punished. "I am what is left of him-I am the “Ah, these are little things,” say you. ghost of him.”
They tell mightily upon the heart, let I shuddered as I reached for his me assure you, and little as they are, hands, and gazing intently into his face, they disturb peace, or create pleasure discovered still some traces of my long- in tbe family circle. lost friend again. I put my arms about A gentleman stops at a friend's house him in brotherly embrace, and took and finds it in confusion. He does not him to my room, and drew from his see anything to apologise for,—“Never lips the story of his shattered life. I thinks of such matters.” Everything begged him by the old loves and un- is right - cold supper, cold room, crying forgotten memories of better days to go children — “Perfectly comfortable !" back with me to my Philadelphia home, Goes home, where his wife has been and under new auspices and with new taking care of the children or attending surroundings to strike out for a noble the sick, and working her life almost destiny which I hoped might still be out. Then he does not see why things possible. But, striking his clenched can't be kept in order,—"there never fist on the table, he said:
were such cross children before.” No “Henson, it's no use to talk to me apologies accepted at home! Oh, why I'm a dead beat, and am dead broke. not look at the sunny side at home as I'm a burnt out volcano, and there's well as abroad; and try pleasant words nothing of me but cinders now. I have instead of surly ones ? come to New York to bury myself out Why not be agreeable at home? Why of sight of all that ever loved me. I not use freely that golden coin of courtknow the ropes here, and shall stay esy? How sweetly those little words here will I rot. I live in a muskrat sound, “Many thanks,"or"you are very hole near the wharf. I shall die as I kind !” Doubly, yes thrice sweet from have lived, and I have lived like a dog.” the lips we love, whep smiles make the
In vain were my earnest protests and eyes sparkle with the light of affection. brotherly pleading. He tore himself Be polite to your children. Be courfrom me and went shambling off to his teous to your servants. Do you expect den by the wharf.
them to be mindful of your welfare, He had sown the wind and was reąp- to grow glad at your approach,—to ing tbe whirlwind. He had sown to bound away to do your pleasure before the flesh, and was reaping corruption. the request is half spoken? Then with He had sown “wild oats,” and the oats all your authority mingle kindness and were now yielding a dread harvest of cheerfulness. Brothers and sisters, be woe. -Selected.
amible, be courteous among yourselves
and to your servants. If at table one “BE COURTEOUS" AT HOME. person be speaking, listen kindly till
they have finished, and then you will 1ST PETER 3D CHAP, 8-12. meet the same attention, and much
family love will arise from this mutual Why not be polite? how much does forbearance. Don't be always don'ting,” it cost to say, "I thank you ?” Why but try to be pitiful and self-denying for not practice it at home-to your hus- the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and yours band, to your wife, to your children, will be a family where the Holy Spirit your domestics? If a stranger does you shines, and where Jesus will come and some little act of courtesy, how sweet dwell.- Our Mon'hly. the smiling acknowledgment! if your husband or wife, ah, “it's a matter of How apt are men rather to think of course; · no need of thanks.
the preacher than of themselves. If Should a visitor or acquaintance half the criticisms which are ill-spent tread on your dress, your best, very best, upon the ministers of Christ were spent and by accident tear it, how profuse you by the hearers upon themselves, how are with your “Never minds”-Don't much sooner might they arrive at the think of it," "Accidents will happen;"blessing.–Spurgeon.
A RELIC OF A FORMER ZWINGLI Q. What was the cause of the Reforma.
A. The sale of indulgences.
Q. What was the cause of the sale of indul
gences ? The following Catechism, on the lo A. Pope Leo Tenth desired to build a new Reformation of the sixteenth century, church ai Rome with these profits. came to band recently through the Q. What was his error in this? kindness of a lady now far advanced in
A. In seeking to build his church with
money thus obtained. life, who was one of the members of the
Q. What did he do for this purpose ? class which committed it to memory in A. He sent forth messengers into all coun1817. The Reformed and Lutheran tries, thus to collect a vast sum of money for Churches probably celebrated the three this object. .. hundredth anniversary of Luther's
Q. Whom did he send to the Swiss ?
A. Bernhard Samson. nailing his theses to the church door in
Q. Who opposed Samson in Switzerland ? Wittenberg in that year, and thus a A. Ulric Zwingli. new interest was aroused in the instruc Q. Who was Ulric Zwingli ? tion of the youth of the Church in re- A. A very eloquent and learned minister in gard to the leading facts of the Refor- / Switzerland.
Q. What did he do? mation. This Catechism appears to : have been prepared by Rev. Samuel | allowed by the Bishop of Constance, so that Helffenstein, D.D., for the use of his Samson was not allowed to enter the City of catechumens in the old Race Street Zurich. Church of Philadelphia, in connection Q. Did he not oppose other errors also ?
A. Yes. with the parochial school, at that time
Q. What errors ? under the charge of Dr. Bibighaus. A. Among others, he opposed and over
V. threw the position of the Romish Church in
forbidding their priests to marry.
A. The bishop publicly condemned him, "A Short Sketch or History of the Reforma. Q. Had Zwingli cause to fear his powerfui
tion; in Questions and Arswers, for School | antagonist ? Yonth. Published by the Honored Con- / A. Yes. sistory of the High German Reformed. Q. Did he see anything else that needed his Church in Philadelphia. Printed by Con- | labor as a Reformer ? rad Sentler. in Second Street, below Race. A. Yes; that same year he saw that under 1817.
the authority of the Council of Zurich, the 1.
pictures should be removed from the Chur
Q. And what beside this? Question. What is the Reformation ?
A. That the ‘Mass' should be done away. Answer. The purifying of the Christian Church.
II. Q. In what does it consist ?
Q. Whom did the Pope send to Germany ? A. In leaving the darkness of the papacy, A. John Tetzel. and entering into the pure doctrine of the Q. What did he do? Gospels.
A. He disgraced religion by seeking to deQ. When did the Reformation begin! ceive the people in order to obtain their
A. In the sixteenth century after the birth money. of thrict.
Q. Who withstood him? Q. How many centuries have passed since A. Martin Luther. then ?
Q. Who was Martin Luther ? A. Three centuries.
A. An Augustinian nuonk, a man of great Q. Who were the chief Reformers ? | learning, and Professor of Theology in the
A. Ulric Zwingli, Martin Luther, and John University of Wittenberg. Calvin.
IQ. What did he do?
A. On the 31st of October, 1517, he pub-1 THE ORIGIN OF A PROVERB. lished his 95 theses in opposition to this great Q. What followed this ?
In Eastern Pennsylvania there is a A. The eyes of many persons were opened. Q. Did he go any farther with the Reforma
stream called the Jordan, which, though tion than this?
ordinarily insignificant, sometimes be· A. Yes, he went much farther, and estab- comes turbulent and destructive. On lished an intelligent form of religion, free one occasion, during a freshet, a foot. from the errors of Rome.
bridge was carried away, and the neighIII.
bors gathered on the bank to discuss Q. What was the name of the third great the occurrence. Some blamed the Reformer?
builder, asserting that the bridge ought A. John Calvin.
to have been raised higher ; others exQ. Who was John Calvin ?
cused him on the ground that the A. A very learned and pious man. Q. Where was he born?
stream had never before been so high, A. In France.
and that it was ini possible to provide Q. Was he a man of great wisdom ? for such an unlikely occurrence. At
A. Yes; he was for a long time the head of last an eccentric old man settled the the church and school at Geneva.
dispute by the oracular remark: “I Q. How, and by what means, did he greatly improve the condition of the Church ?
atly won't take sides with the bridge or the A. Partly through his preaching and teach-Jordan-the bridge was too low, and ing, and partly through his elegant writings. the Jordan too high." This caused a
Q. What did he accomplish through his laugh, and the phrase soon became a works?
proverb. In disputed questions, when A. He replaced the light of divine truth, which before this had been greatly obscured.
od both parties are believed to be in the Q. Have not other honored men had a part wrong, we have frequently heard men in the Reformation of the Church ?
say, “I won't take sides with the bridge A. Yes.
or the Jordan.” Like most popular Q. Who served with Ulric Zwingli?
sayings the phrase contains a grain of A. John (Ecolampadius. Q. Who assisted Martin Luther ?
wisdom. Every question bas at least A. Philip Melanchthon.
two sides, and sometimes right and Q. Who was the firm friend of Calvin ? wrong are pretty equally balanced. A. Theodore Beza.
There are times when it is the part of 0. Did the light of the Reformation soon duty to contend earnestly; but let it spread abroad?
A. Yes: in a short time it spread through not be concerning trifles. Especially is the European provinces ; from Germany it it the height of folly to take part in came to England ; and from England to other conflicts which do not concern you countries.
merely for the sake of satisfying the Q. But has not the Reformation met with incli
with inclinations of a belligerent nature. great opposition ? A. Yes, truly; it has been constantly op
Think a moment! Possibly, neither posed by the pa pacy, and by all who favor it; the bridge for the stream may require but, under the blessing of God, it has upheld your championship. Both may he in the truth against ignorance, and the supersti- the wrong, and each may safely be tion of the Romish Church.
| allowed to bear its share of blame.
Q. To what duty does the Reformation en
A. To preserve the safe doctrines of God's The “Nottingham Guardian” (Engword. 1 Peter 2: 2.
land) mentions the death, on the 17th Q. To what beside ? A. To a sincere and firm confession of the
of November, 1883, of Mary, wife of truth. Rev. 2: 10.
Actsyner Doubleday, aged 81 years. Q. And to what still farther?
A correspondent of Notes and QuerA. To abide in the communion of the ies" explains how Mr. Doubleday got Church, and never depart from the essential
his peculiar name. His father, it seems, articles of religion. Ephesians 4: 3. Q. And what finally?
was very fond of Scripture names, and A. To honor God in enlightened and pious had four sons, named respectively Matconduct. Ephesians 5: 8, 9."
thew, Mark, Luke, and John. When