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the soul. Laid up for many years: His for the vaster life hereafter, and faces folly is still heightened, when he thus death unprepared. counts on riches and time, as 'though they were both his own and at his disposal! Eat, drink, and be merry: The
A Home for his Mother. evidences of his great folly still increase. In his view, eating, drinking, and being
Business called me to the United merry is the great end of life. He alto
States land office. While there, a lad gether loses sight of the future and im- apparently sixteen or seventeen years mortality
of age came in and presented a certifiVerse 20. God said: The divine
cate for forty acres of land. being here interposes, not directly, but
I was struck with the countenance by means of a mortal disease, which
sease thich and general appearance of the boy, and should suddenly and immediately end inquired of him for whom he was purhis life. Thou fool: Here the word fool
chasing the land. is used in its strong and proper sense.
“For myself, sir." He is a fool indeed, who makes his high
I then inquired where he had got the est interests subordinate to the mere money. He answered, “1 earned it.” gratification of the flesh. This right thul. Feeling then an increased desire for soul shall be required of thee: Not onló knowing something more about the boy. shall his life be cut short, but his soul
his sont I asked about himself and and parents. shall be made to reap its folly in the future scene of reward. Whose shall these
ing narrative: “I am the oldest of five things be: They will fall into the hands
children. Father is a drinking man, of greedy heirs, who, in such circum
and often returns home drunk. Findstances, are most likely to waste them in 10g that
mining that father would not abstain from einful folly and dissipation.
liquor, I resolved to make an effort in VERSE 21. So is he that layeth up come
some way to help my mother and treasure for himself; The securing of
of brothers and sisters. I got an axe and riches from proper motives, and for right
ht went into a new part of the country to ends, is not here condemned. It is a work
work clearing land, and I have saved Christian duty to gain all we can in a money enough to buy forty acres of lawful way, that we may therewith serve
land there." God. It is when riches are sought for
"Well, my good boy, what are you what they are in themselves, and for going to do with the land?" selfish purposes, that the pursuit of them
T "I will work on it, build a log house, is sinful. Not rich toward God: To be and
and when it is all ready, will bring rich toward God is to be rich indeed. atb
ed father, mother, brothers and sisters to These riches may be possessed in the live
the live with me. The land I want for my absence of the riches of this world, and mothe
and mother, which will secure her from the riches of this world are really of true want in her old age." account to us only when they are used in
“And what will you do with your such a way as will make us rich to
father, if he continues to drink ?" wards God.
“O, sir, when we get him on the PRACTICAL THOUGHTS :—The cove
farm, he will feel at home and be happy, tous heart cannot forget worldly lusts
and I hope become a sober man," even in the most solemn seasons; would
"Young man, God bless you." make the Gospel serve its selfish ends; 2:
| By this time the Receiver handed perverts the whole of life to worldly ob
him his receipt for his forty acres of jects; forgets from whom all temporal la
land. As he was leaving the office he blessings flow; refuses to recognize in sa
said, “At last I have a home for my. the possession of worldly wealth God's " opportunity to do good; seeks not the best way to use, but to hoard and increase its store; would strive to feed an THAT, which is called considering immortal soul with earthly gain ; plans what is our duty in a particular case, and prepares as if earth were to be its is very often nothing but endeavoring portion forever, and lays up no treasure to explain it away.- Bishop Butler.
sir, and tell us if you bave a river in
| America to be compared to the The GUARDIAN hereby affectionately Thames.” The American tourist tenders its greetings to the many Sun- turned on him in the following style : day-school scholars who during the “ Why, sir, I live on the banks of a late Easter season bowed at God's altar river that is formed by the confluence and took opon themselves the solemn of two others that, coming 1500 miles Vows of their baptism, and the duties of from opposite directions, meet and form adult church membership. Towards a third, which flows on 1000 miles in this all true Sunday-school teaching another direction till it takes in a must continually look. Its aim must fourth that has come 3000 miles from be to bring every scholar penitently to another direction, and a fifth that has the feet of Christ. Beautiful are these come 3000 miles in another direction, confirmation services, in which young and these form one mighty stream people, in the hopeful, joyous spring- which flows down a thousand miles time of life give themselves to Christ. further until, by thirty mouths, it disBeautiful to the tearful eyes of pious embogues itself into the sea.” parents, who during many anxious. This was too much for the stately prayerful years tried to train them for squira, who, as the Kentucky divine habitual service in our Master's cause. puts it, demurely " settled himself in Beautiful and touching to the Sunday- the corner and cut my acquaintance." school teacher who has faithfully and As Dr. Breckinridge was at that time long labored to prepare the hearts of living at Lexington, Kentucky, our scholars for this solemn act of consecra- young readers will be able to verify the tion to the Lord. May God bless all correctness of his statement by consultthese catechumens and help them to ing their maps. The following descripkeep their hearts and babits unspotted tion of America by an entbusiastic from the world, and make them zealous | Irishman may serve as a supplement to in good worke, fervent and frequent in the foregoing: “I am told that you prayer, serving the Lord.
might roll Eogland thru it, an' it
wouldn't make a dent in the ground; ENGLAND is but a small country, ter- there's fresh water oceans inside ye ritorially, as compared with the United moight dround auld Ireland in, an'as States. Its mountains are but bills, its for Scotland, ye moight stick it in a lakes, ponds, and rivers creeks aside corner, an' ye'd never be able to find it of ours. At least if we should on our out, except it moight be by the smell of side use the extravagant comparisons whiskey.” which the typical British swell uses. Of its kind British scenery is unsur- JOURNEYS and voyages made in passed, and so is ours of its kind. One winter are peculiarly trying and periday the late Dr. Robert J. Brecken- lous. “Pray that your fight be not in ridge bad a burly pompous English winter" was the advice of our Saviour squire as his traveling companion in a to those who were approaching a period stage coach. After making sundry dis- of great tribulation. Those who voyparaging remarks about America, the aged the ocean during the past winter Briton began to dilate over the river passed through great storms, and many Thames. Said he: “Now be candid | perished beneath the waves. During
the spring and summer the sea is more thinking be more rational to train it to calm, storms are less frequent and less ( hang down the back, as the Chinese violent, and passengers can spend much | have it. of their waking time in the invigorating Don't fumble your watch key or sea air on deck. As a rule, unless pe- chain in company or at any other time, cessity compels one, it is unwise to un- nor drum with the fingers, nor screw or dertake a sea voyage in winter. Still twist a chain about or some other obmore unwise is it to put off the great jects on which you can lay your hands. duties we owe to God, till the old age Sit up in a straight natural posture, of life's winter. In the spring and and do not seek a corner or wall to lean summer of youth and manhood's prime, against. We know of some people who when our course is more calm, clear cannot sit five minutes anywhere withand unbindered, the voyage heaven- out sliding into a half-reclining posture. ward is far more easily made. In Avoid boisterous conversation and spiritual as in natural thirgs, wintry laughter on the street. Once these voyages are fraught with danger and little things become a fixed habit it death. Start early in life on your will be hard to abandon them. homeward voyage, and may the great Pilot give you a safe landing on the ONE can learn many a useful lesson bright eternal shore."
| in walking the street. The character
and culture of the people you meet are SOME otherwise worthy people are often indicated by seeming trifles. given to disagreeable babits which are There comes a boy with a smiling face, a discredit to them and an offence to lifts his little hat as he passes me, and I at others. How coarse it looks for a man once think of his pure-minded consideto blow his nose into his hand and then rate mother, who not only teaches him wipe it on his pantaloons, the chair or to pray, but to be a mannerly boy. carpet. What are pocket handker- Then I meet a young fellow scarcely chiefs for? Don't bite your nails; once grown, his one cheek bulging out over formed the habit is difficult to get rid a large quid of tobacco; every few steps of. And so is that of stroking the he spits a mouthful of this nasty liquid beard. We have known some most on the pavement. And I at once wonworthy men for many years, and der where this lazy lounger gets money scarcely ever meet them without from to indulge such a habit, and noticing the continuous patting and whether he bas no mother to teach him pulling of this facial adornment. Per- better manners on the street. There I haps we ought to make some allowance have just now tried to pass three young for the youthful aspirapt to a mous- | Jadies at a street crossing. The three tache. How often have we watched keep stiflly abreast and compel me to with sympathetic commiseration the step aside into the mud. How much youth, wben the down on his face had nicer it would look if they would pass over barely become visible, pulling and the crossings in single tile, so as to give twisting as for dear life at each side of other people an equal chance to get the mouth where perhaps on older faces over unpleasant places. A certain the hair ought to bave appeared. And minister says: “I once walked a short in the more advanced stages of the distance behind a well dressed young moustache how the airy young man, at lady, and thinking as I looked at her his business, in company and at church becoming apparel, 'I wondered if she pulls and twists at the waxed, atten- took as much pains with her heart as uated erds, whilst dozens of eyes are she did with her body. An old man witnessing bis listless yet laborious was coming up the walk with a loaded work. We cannot see that the thing wheelbarrow, and before he reached us pays, even where most successfully he made two attempts to go into the accomplished. Louis Napoleon was a yard of a small house; but the gate was prince in this sort of pig-tail adornment heavy, and would swing back before he at the sides of his mouth. But if a could get through. Wait,' said the decent regard for manly attainments young girl, springing lightly forward, requires a pig-tail at all, it would to our 'I'll hold the gate open.' And she held
the gate open until he passed in, and affectionate child more sincerely mourn received his thanks with a pleasant the loss of a parent than did Thomas smile as she went on. She deserves to Gray at the bier of his mother in 1753. have graceful attire,' I thought, for a Over her remains he placed the followbeautiful disposition dwelis in her ing epitaph. breast.'”
Beside her Friend & Sister Some professedly enlightened people Here sleep the Remains of . are evermore clamoring agaiast alleged
Dorothy GRAY, restrictions on the Lord's day. They insist that all places of amusement
Widow; the careful tender Mother should be open on this day, that public
Of Many Children ; one of whom alone institutions like museums and galleries
Had the Misfortune to survive her. of art should invite the people to their
She died March XI, MDCCLIII balls. Whatever faults the Earl of
Aged LXXII. Beaconsfield may have. he is admitted to be a sagacious statesman, and one of A certain writer says “that Gray the first literary men of the world. In seldom mentioned his mother without à addressing the House of Lords on a sigh.” After his death her wearing motion for opening museums on Sun- apparel was found carefully laid up in day, he said: “Of all divine institu- his apartment just as she had left it. tions, the most divine is that which He sacredly preserved the relics and secures a day of rest for man. I hold carefully gave them away by will. it to be the most valuable blessing ever Thirteen years after her death he said ; conceded to man. It is the corner- “ It seems to have been but yesterday, stone of civilization, and its removal and every day I live it sinks deeper and might even affect the health of the deeper into my heart.” people. It (the opening of museums on Sunday) is a great change, and those A CERTAIN man, eminent for his who suppose for a inoment that it would piety, said tbat when he was a child his be limited to the proposal of the noble mother used to bid him kneel beside baron, to opon museums, will find they her and place her hand upon bis bead are mistaken."
while she prayed. Before he was old Mr. Gladstone long ago put himself enough to know her worth, she died. on record as opposed to opening mu Ile was inclined to evil pleasures, but seums on Sunday.
whenever tempted he always felt him
self checked, and as it were, drawn Thomas GRAY, the celebrated author back by the soft hand on his head. of the “ Elegy written in a Country When young he traveled in foreign Churchyard," was very much devoted lands, and often when greatly tempted to his mother. She had twelve children. to yield to evil the recollection of the All except Thomas died in their infancy soft band always checked him. “I from suffocation produced by fullness of appeared to feel its pressure as in the blood. He narrowly escaped a like fate days of my happy infancy, and somethrough the courage of his mother, who times there came with it a voice in my with her own hands opened a vein whep heart-a voice that must be obeyedthe child was taken with the dreaded “0, do not this wickedness, my son, disease, and thus saved his life. After against thy God.'" his father refused all assistance, she . helped him to an education with her. Sin always sours, divides and descanty means, and for his sake endured stroys what it touches. The pure, unmany privations. After he had become selfish, self sacrificing love of Christ a noted author, he continued to love though found in His humblest followers bis good old mother with the tenderness always heals, sanctifies, sweetens, unites of a child. He abandoned some of his and saves. Some years ago a young cherished plans in life, in order that he German student in Copenhagen passing might be near her and the better minis- along one of the canals of the city, saw ter to her comfort. Never did an a little girl falling into the deep water.
The affrighted crowd were loud in their history, is the only town in view. All pity, but none tried to save her. The its ancient towns have been wholly swept student at once leaped into the canal away, with not a relic or ruin wherewith and as the people on shore took the to identify their beauty. rescued child from his uplifted hand, On the western coast, a short distance his exbausted body sank in death. He south of the supposed site of Capernaum, was a stranger to all, to the little girl, are a few crumbling peasant huts, pens too. He died to save ber. Never did scarcely fit for human habitation. Near a private person receive such a funeral by are the ruins of a tower, probably the in Denmark. Nearly all the people of remains of an ancient castle-tower, the city, with the King and his family affording an outlook across the sea. A at their head followed his remains to solitary thorn tree lifts its top above one of the prettiest spots in their largest these filthy abodes, and a small stream cemetery. With his own hand the of fresh water purls towards the sea. King laid the highest Order of the The Arabs call this place El Mejdel, Kingdom upon the hero's coffin. The and our Bible calls it Magdala. Our grave of the humble unknown student Saviour is reported to bave made but of civil engineering is marked with a one visit to this place, on His return costly monument erected by the King from the opposite side of the sea, where and his grateful subjects in memory of H had performed the miracle of feeding the man who gave his life to save that of four thousand men. But although we a little girl. Before tbat the Danes hated are not told of it, it is probable that He the Germans. The sacrificial death visited it more than once in traveling of the young German has healed their from place to place up and down the hatred. One of their number said : coast. Here lived a certain woman “The self-forgetting love of this Ger- named Mary. To distinguish her from man, which counted not his own life the other Marys who had ministered to dear, this love has endeared to us all Christ, she is called Mary of Magdala, the Germans in Copenhagen. Since or, as translated into Eoglish, Mary the day on which we followed bis Magdalene. Most likely this was her body to our cemetery, thousands have native place. Who her parents and become inwardly reconciled to the relatives were we are not told. Geikie people of the German land." How in his “Life of Christ” fills up the picthis incident reminds us of another ture of her healing, with extracts from One wbo gave His life for us, that we a poetic writer, in this wise :through Him might live forever.
"The landing-place for boats at Capernaum was at the south side of the
town. Hither, one evening, came Jesus Mary Magdalene.
in a boat from across the sea, four of
His earliest disciples serving as oarsmen. BY THE EDITOR.
The sun was just setting. The soft even
ing wind had risen to cool His brow, In the days of Christ the Sea of Gali- and the waters, sparkling in the moonlee was a great centre of commercial and light, rose and fell round the boat and social life. Its sbores were dotted with gently rocked it. As it touched the crowded cities, and teemed with a busy shore there were few people about, but a population. Indeed, the whole district boat from Magdala lay near, with a sick of Galilee must have been densely person in it, whom it had taken her crowded. A certain writer says that it mother's utmost strength to hold and had two hundred and four cities, each of keep from uttering loud cries of distress. which numbered over fifteen thousand She had been brought in the hope of inbabitants. It is said to have averaged finding Jesus, that He might cure her. fifteen hundred people to the square “The mother had recognized Him at inile. Seen from the hill of beatitudes, the first glance, for no one could mistake the present desolation around the Gali- | Him, and forth with cried out with a lean Lake presents a marked and sad heart-rending voice, 'O, Jesus, our contrast to its ancient appearance. The helper and teacher, Thou messenger of small city of Tiberias, unknown to Bible the All-Merciful, help my poor child !