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of the cruel Gesler. So, to our keen re- a great extent uninjured much that gret, though the patriotic people of they had possessed at an earlier day, Switzerland point to the very tree under and amongst their possessions are the which their hero stationed his son, the curious myths that we have been exstory must be classed with the folklore. amining. Handed down from parent
And now for our answer to the ques- lo child, without ever having been retion, How is this striking resemblance corded in books, expanded gradually to be accounted for ?
or contracted, they continued to exist, Long before the ancient Greeks and until at length the great master scholars Romans had any existence, long before of our day were led to examine ththe Hindus inhabited India, or the Per- and then, lo! and behold, the tr sians took up their abode in Asia, there nursery tales of our own babyhor dwelt in Central Asia a mysterious discovered to be almost as old people, known to us now as the Aryans; hills, and more full of instructii and from them it is believed by the any we ever dreamed of. most eminent students of philology and It may seem incredible to sol ethnology, these wonderful and charm- this answer can be the correct i ing myths originally came. We know there is none other that m little about these strange people; even difficulties of the case so well, their name has passed into oblivion. strongly supported by weight They lived thousands of years ago. A| ments. If a few stories were : mighty people they were, though know- one land which strongly resen ing little of the arts and sciences of exactly corresponded to a few fouuu ... civilization. Their religion was of a another, we would readily conclude that very low order, and is known to us as in some way the one had transmitted fetich. They were chiefly engaged in them to the other. But when instead pastoral pursuits, though dwelling in of a few we find a thousand, owned in towns and cities. As they multiplied common by a dozen different nations, in numbers, and the land they inhabited such an opinion goes to pieces at once. became too densely crowded to afford It is doubtless true, too, that different them room to live comfortably together, people, widely sundered sometimes immense bodies of them eaid farewell to think of the same thing, and that differtheir native land and moved westward ent races and tribes of men have much and southward, to found new homes for in common that they learned from no themselves in Europe, India, and Asia. teachers but their own. In such inAs hundreds of thousands of people to-stances, however, there is found to be a day are emigrating to the shores of common cause which leads to such a reAmerica, driven hither by the crowded sult. But what common cause could state of Europe, so they were doubtless ever lead nations living far apart from driven from their own country. Of each other to relate a story about the course they carried with them the re- Giant who had no Heart in His Body, ligion, the laws, the manners and cus-or some other oddity or nonstrosity toms of their fatherland. They carried just as great? What could lead them, with them, too, the myths known to us each in an independent manner to innow as folklore, some developed almost vent ladders reaching from earth to as fully as we have them at present, but heaven, coats and caps which rendered others in the form of mere germs or the wearer invisible, tables which covprinciples.
ered themselves with dainties at the As the years went by, as generations word of command, shoes which gave the followed generations, as they grew in wearer the speed of the wind, swords refinement and learning, their manners, which no armor could withstand, and customs, language and religion, slowly a thousand other marvels just as great ? but surely underwent a great change. There is only one explanation of the They forgot the name of the land from mystery; at one time these nations, now which they had sprung, and their origin so widely separated, lived together as became a deeper mystery to them than one people, and when as time advanced it is to us. But under all the changes large hordes of them were led to seek wrought by time, they still preserved to out for themselves new homes, they carried with them into far distant lands God called His Son “ Jesus”-that the folklore, now so widely known is “ Saviour," because He is the Person, throughout the world. But why were and His is the Office, "to save.” We these myths told? What first suggested are elsewhere told, that there is no them to these primitive people? That other name.given to men, whereby we is indeed a difficult question, but in the may be saved ! next chapter I will attempt to answer it. If any man wants his sins forgiven,
he can only get rid of them and their
consequences through the all-prevailing SOME PLAIN TALK ABOUT JESUS.
name of Jesus.
If any man wishes to pray to God, he BY REV. C. Z. WEISER, D.D. can only hope to have the ear of God
to listen, through the pleading of the The name above every name.
name of Jesus.
If any man should get into heaven,
he can only expect to enter through the What elevates His name so high ? name of Jesus," as the door.
Perhaps you think, because that Now, as there is no other name, that name was given of God, through the will prove so efficient, it is easy to say, angel.
| why the name of Jesus should be above That seems to be a reason, indeed every other name, either in heaven or It was whispered into Joseph's ear, as on earth. a secret of God.
| I rejoice, that this precious name is But, was not the name of “John” “ given unto men.” It is ours, as it also given to the Baptist, on the autho were. It is the grand property of the rity of heaven ? So also was the world. All mankind may use it. And Patriarch Abram's name changed of by its proper using, men and women God to “ Abraham.” And Jacob's to and children may be saved. “Israel.” And many other names But there is another reason why that originated in heaven.
name “ Jesus” is above every other So you see, that Paul must have some name that was ever, or will be ever better reason for placing the name of borne. I do not think that this reason “Jesus ” so high up, than this, since, is brought before men as it should be. on such ground, he could only locate it It is this: Apart from His Divine Sonwith that of other favorites of heaven ship and Messiahship, I hold that Jesus -not above.
| Christ was the greatest, grandest, and It may appear to some, that it is be- | noblest character that ever apppeared cause that name “ Jesus” had never among mankind. If I can get you to been borne by any other character, that see ar believe that I am sure you will it takes so high a rank.
no longer wonder why His name should But "Jesus” is only another form also be lifted up, and above all other for “ Joshua.” And we all know, that names, in heaven and in earth. there had been Joshuas before Jesus | Let us compare Jesus as the Divine came.
man with other men: The reason why the name “ Jesus” | There were great law-givers and legis so lofty, and so highly revered, is islators. Moses, Solon, Lycurgus, Congiven us by the angel. “And thou fucius, and others. But did ever one shalt call His name Jesus; for He publish a grander code of laws, or aim shall save His people from their sins.” at establishing a nobler empire, than The person and the high office of Christ did Jesus Christ ? gave His name such a prestige, you All men confess, that if mankind see. The person always makes the name would accept His code of morals and great; and never is the contrary the religion, paradise would be regained. fact, that the name makes the person Ought His name, then, not go above great. Parents sometimes think so, the names of all other law-givers and and go in search of a “big name," legislators, at least ? thinking that such a name will confer | There have been great warriors and greatness on the child. A mistake! generals in the world. Alexander, Cæsar, Napoleon, Washington, and Aling their crowns at His feet, we are others.
told. But did ever one attempt to inaugur One would think, that He can hardly ate a life-long warfare against self, be pleased with our poor songs, since He world, Satan? Against death and hell? is constantly worshipped by the Hea
Jesus did that! And gained the venly Host in Divine Hallelujahs and victory too!
Hosannas. And yet He is. He is the Ought not His name, then, go above humblest of beings, and despises not the that of all warriors and generals, too? praises of mortal lips. He took in the
There have been philosophers and shouts of the crowd on His way to wise men in the world, Socrates, Plato, Jerusalem, riding on an ass. He said Solomon, and others.
the stones would cry out if men and But did ever any of these, or all to children were silent. gether, exceed Jesus in wisdom? 1 And such praises He still wants from
Ought not the name of Jesus, then, go our poor, lisping, stammering tongues. above all the wise men that ever lived ?! If ever the heavenly choirs and the
There have been great orators and songs of earth unite in one, it must be poets in the world. Cicero, Demosthenes, on Christmas tide, when the angels came Webster, Homer, Horace, Milton, down on the plains of Judea, and Shakespeare, and others.
shouted : “Glory to God in the Highest, But of Jesus, it is said: “Never man Peace on Earth, and Good-will to Men!" spake as this man.”
If ever we be ready to join them, Ought not His name, then, go above when we go hence, we must attune our all the orators and poets that ever hearts and tongues to those strains here. spake or sang ?
"There have been good and saintly souls on this earth. Enoch walked so close to God, that God reached out and
FAITHFUL PRINCES. took him up to heaven. He sent a chariot of fire to bring home His old In 1537 Wolfgang, Prince of Anhalt, prophet.
whose name is attached to the Augs. But Jesus could challege His bitterest burg Confession, was deposed by the enemies in these words : "Which of you emperor for his religious opinions, and can convince me of sin ?"
his land given to a Spanish favorite. Ought not His name, then, to be When the news of his deposition arabove all the names of the best men rived, the prince rode to the centre of that ever lived ?
the town of Bernburg, and there, in the There are grand names given to the midst of his afflicted people, sang Luangels-to Cherubim and Seraphim, to ther's hymn: “A mighty castle is our the Archangels, Gabrieland Michael, God!" Subsequently he disguised him. and countless others.
self as a miller, and worked for some But these are all the servants of time in a mill at Koran ; but by the Jesus. Every knee that is in heaven, treaty of Passau he was reinstated in his or in the earth, or under the earth, St. dominions amid the sincere rejoicings of Paul says, “shall bow before Him." his people.
Then may we well bow too, before. In 1548 the emperor Chas. V. impriHis glorious name, to-night! Well soned the elector John Frederick of may we adore at His humble manger Saxony. Afterwards he removed from
- big and little. What is the birth day office all the Protestant ministers in of any mortal, aside Christmas-tide, the Saxony, and exiled them from his emanniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ ? pire. Some of these visited the elector Why the mere mentioning of the name in his imprisonment, and told him their of Zwingli, Calvin, Luther, Wesley, story. With tears streaming down his seems to be almost profane! compared face he inquired : “Has the emperor with the name of Jesus, " The King of also exiled you from the kingdom of HeaKings and Lord of Lords." All men ven?'"No!” was their reply. “Then," are as the clouds of earth aside of the responded the elector,'"ye must not be sun. Angels vail their faces, and I afraid-the kingdom yet remaineth !!!
A SILVER WEDDING. lar, but it is now rarely eaten except
by children. “Now I am inclined to We have seen it stated that the Rey. think that you have not been delivered H. Dalton, pastor of one of the German from the error under which I so long Reformed churches in St. Petersburg, lay. Not one of the three names you Russia, recently celebrated the twenty- bave quoted is the correct one. But I fifth anniversary of his pastorate. On do not cast any blame, remember, since this occasion the congregation placed at we were all taught to say: “Juden-kirhis disposal a fund of ten thousand dol- schen,” by the elders. But the proper lars, the interest of which is to be applied name is : “Tuten-kirschen,” nevertheto charity as he may direct. At the less. “Tuten ” means “pouches,” and same time they also voted him an an- it is in a pouch, in which every such nuity of one thousand dollars beyond berry is held. It is not at all Jewish, his regular salary. A neighboring uni- or Jerusalem-kinned. versity honored itself and him by con- And while I am making a criticism, ferring upon him the degree of Doctor let me go a step further. I take exof Divinity.
| ception to your saying that they are Dr. Dalton is a very eminent man, now rarely eaten except by children. I and deserves all these honors. In our am over fifty, and prefer a Tuten-berry opinion his congregation is, however, at start, or pastry, to a mince-pie, or plumleast equally honored. A church which pudding! Besides, I stand in very close so fully appreciates the labors of a relation to a lady who can “do up” faithful pastor is certainly deserving of one of my favorite dessert in such a way the highest praise. Under such circum as to remind you of “ye olden times," stances, the union of pastor and people see if she can't! must be productive of unnumbered The Tuten-berry is grown“ as thick blessings, and its twenty-fifth anniver- as hops" over all this region, just as it sary well deserves to be called A Silver used to be. They are gathered ripe, Wedding
and dried for winter use. Our house
has no supply just now ; but if ever you TUTEN-BERRIES.
call here during the fall, we will con
vince you, that it is still rather “exWe return thanks to a valued corre-tensively cultivated,” and that it has spondent for the following interesting not in the least lost any of its “superior letter which will explain itself. With flavor" either.--Very truly your friend regard to the question at issue we have in the
Old Times and New. only to say that we “stand corrected," and that we hope to enjoy the privilege
WASHINGTON'S WEALTH. of enjoying his hospitality. It will not be difficult to convince us of the “supe- A correspondent inquires : “ Was rior flavor” of the fruit which our Washington a rich man!” Yes! we correspondent so highly praises. answer. According to the standard of
MY DEAR DR. DUBBS — I am the times, he was a very wealthy man. prompted to make a comment or two At the time of his death, he was possion a portion of your very readable bly, with one or two exceptions, the article in the February GUARDIAN, richest man in America. His will, “Old Times and New. I too know which has been printed in fac-simile, is something about the “Ground Cherry,” a formidable document, In it he dis“Jerusalem Cherry,"or“ Jews'Cherry.” posed of tracts of land which would You speak of it as one kind of small have sufficed to form a handsome prinfruit which was once exceedingly popu- cipality. The assessed value of his
estate was $700,000, but the land was and G. F. Bebringer. It is readable and we rated at a very low figure, and this sum
hcure and this sumthink reliable, though we regret to say some at the present day very inadequately
equately portions of the original which were supposed
Jio be of a controversial nature have been represents his estate. Charles Carroll omitted by the publishers. The book is bound of Carrollton was, perhaps, wealthier ; lin paper only, but it has two hundred pages and Elias H. Derby, a merchant of and is well printed. Salem, Mass., had $900,000, but it is THE CENTURY FOR FEBRUARY contains a doubtful, if Washington's land had large variety of interesting articles, Among been rated at even the full market price these are Gustave Courbet; Merinos in Amerof the day, whether either of them would
ica; The Cruise of the Alice May; and Por
traits of Dante. The illustrations are superb, bave possessed as much wealth as Wash
and as a whole this number is, we think, ington. The greater part of his estate equal to any one of its predecessors. The he had received by marriage.
frontispiece is a reproduction of one of the Washington enjoyed high social ad- most celebrated works of the great painter vantages. He was connected with the
Rembrandt. first families of Virginia, which was the most aristocratic of the colonies. No
A VALIANT SHEEP. one in America had more to lose if the struggle for Independence had proved unsuccessful. His devotion to the cause
A man-eating tiger of immense prowas therefore at once recognized as portions, at one time the pride of the sincere, and his personal example, it Calcutta collection, was once killed under has been said, was worth an army.
circumstances that covered it with ridicule. It happened that a fighting ram, belonging to a soldier in one of the regi
ments cantoned in the neighborhood, OUR BOOK TABLE.
became so extremely troublesome, that
the colonel ordered it to be sent to the JEWISH ARTISAN LIFE IN THE TIME OF JESUS. By Prof. Franz Delitzsch, D.D. Phila., Luth40ologi
1 Zoological Gardens. Yet there it was eran Publication Society, 1883. Price 40 cts. as troublesome as ever; and being no
This is a precious little volume by one of curiosity, though excellent mutton, it the foremost, scholars of the age. At first was decided to give it to the great tiger. sight we were surprised to see it included in So ferocious was this creature supposed the " Fatherland Series,” which is generally to be that it had a specially constructed devoted to stories of a type which has become
cage, and its food was let down through familiar to all our youthful readers. On further examination we were delighted to fiod a sliding grating in the roof. Down that the style is so clear and withal so viva. this, accordingly, the ram was lowered. cious that every intelligent boy will find it | The tiger was dozing in the corner; but pleasant and instructive reading. A book when it saw the mutton descend, it rose, such as this is worth dozens of those which are
and after a long, sleepy yawn, began to generally found in Sunday School libraries.
stretch itself. Meagwhile, the ram, who ST. NICHOLAS FOR FEBRUARY comes to us had no notion that he had been put there laden with illustrations and interesting stories. It is truly a midwinter number. The
to be eaten, was watching the monster's frontispiece is entitled — “A Mid-winter lazy preparations for his meal with the Night.” It is a wood engraving by Elridge eye of an old gladiator, and, seeing the Kingsley. Accompaning it is an article ; “ An tiger stretch himself, supposed the fight Engraver on Wheels," which gives an account
nt was commencing. Accordingly, he of wood engraving in general. Published by CENTURY Co., New York.
stepped nimbly back to the farthest corTHE LIFE OF ZWINGLI. By Jean Grob. New
ner of the cage-just as the tiger, of York, Funk & Wagnalls. Price 25 cts.
course, all along expected he would do Of all the memoirs of the Swiss Reformer
--and then, which the tiger had not in which have been called forth by the recent
the least expected, put down his head and festival, this is no doubt the cheapest. It is went straight at the beast. The old tiger really wonderful that the publishers can fur- bad not a chance from the first; and, as nish so much reading matter for so small as there was no way of getting the ram out price. The book was originally written in German by the Rev. Jean Grob, pastor of the
again, the agonized owners had to look Reformed Church at Milwaukee, Wis., and on while the sheep ki has been well translated by Revs. I. K. Loos | Phil. Robinson.