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The best meaning people, from the a while one ventured to suggest, kindest motives, sometimes in trying “ Throw the Bill down, sir.” Mr. Clay to relieve others get themselves into at once accepted and adopted the report trouble. Perhaps our readers have of that commi tee, and tripping the heard of the young man who was found goat up essayed to pass on. Before he standing astride a wild boar in the could fairly turn away, however, the woods holding it by the eare. Having goat was up in lofty preparation for a tried to rescue a brother whose life new charge. Mc. Clay gave his enemy was threatened by the ferocious beast, the floor or the pavement once more, he at lengih got it under control. But and, keeping him there, turned to his the moment he would let go his hold it new adviser with the question, “And would surely turn on bim. As the what shall I do now?' “ Cut and run, affrighted brother had run away, this sir,” replied the lad. Prov. xxvi. 17. one held on for his very life. “Why, Bill,” said the man who found him, “wbat are you doing bere ?"
| VERY often people get a fixed im“ Trying to let this boar go," was his pression that they are fated to be carlaconic reply.
ried off by a certain disease. They brood Our readers know what a fine speci- over it by day and by night. It is men of a high-toned polished gentleman said that students of medicine from Henry Clay was. No man in Washing- studying cases and their cures in their ton was more faultlessly dressed, and text-books, often come to fancy that better furnished with all the graces of they are in the incipient stages of one social refinement. He was a man of of the ailments described. As an ingreat gallantry, a friend and protector stance of groundless anxiety of this of woman for the sake of her sex, and not kind the following is told of a certain only for that of her fashionable apparel Archbishop of Canterbury who had a and rank. We can imagine with what great dread of paralysis : A grand gravity and elegance of dictiou he one concert was given in London, and a day seized upon both horns of a di-. distinguished Duke aud Duchess inlemma on Pennsylvania Avenue, vited the Archbishop to accompany Washington. We are told that as them and take a seat in their private he came out of the Capitol, seeing box. The Archbishop occupied a seat a frightened woman in the street, between the Duke and Duchess. Bevainly striving to ward off the attacks fore the evening was over the Duchess of a sportive goat, be gallantly, in spite manifested great uneasiness. She not of his years and office, seized the goat only fidgeted, but she made grimaces. by the borns. The woman thanked She would bound from her seat and him warmly and sped hurriedly or her manner was distrait. The Duke Mr. Ciay would bave liked to move on gave reproving glances, and by his also, but the goat had his own views | manner led her to understand that about the interference with his innocent her behaviour bordered on the indecoamusement. As soon as the woman's rous. The attention of the husband deliverer loosed his hold on the two and wife was now directed to the Archhorns, the animal rysmajestically on bishop, who meekly folded his hands his hind legs and prepared for a charge. upon his breast and said: “It has In his own defence Mr. Clay now took come! at last it has come! O Lord, the animal as before by the horns, and give me patience to bear it ”. thus for a time they stood, while a “Bear what, your lordship ?” incrowd of street boys gathered around quired the Duke. immensely amused at the spectacle of a “Paralysis," said the Archbishop. senator and a goat pitted the one “I have feared it and prayed against against the other in a public street. it." As long as Mr. Clay held the goat by “But,” said the Duke," don't you the horos, all was well enough. But think you are mistaken? I see the moment the quadruped was free nothing unusual in your looks." came a fresh preparation for a charge. “I cannot be mistaken," said the Not a bɔy offered assistance, but after Archbishop, " for I have been pinchiny pened.
my leg vigorously all the evening, and but which probably have never hapI have no sensation in it.”
"O!" cried the Duchess, “it is my leg that you have been pinching, and I did not know what to make of it.'
Do not worry over trifles. It is a waste of valuable strength and time to do so. One of the evils of a morbid state
of the nervous system is to keep proWE retain a vivid impression of the bing and irritating trifling annoyances little Holland village of Broek. Its which in the end amount to very little. endless scrubbing and sweeping, the A slight or wrong of long ago, instead lives of wooden shoes standing outside of letting it lie buried with the past, is of certain d'ors, left there by visitors called to mind and vainly worried over inside, the village laws rigidly enforced for the hundredth time. Let it alone. against the defiling habits of careless Ten years after this one half of the strollers through the narrow streets— things about which people now lose all these and more, we do well remem- their temper, appetite and sleep will ber. The following extract from a have lost all their interest and value. recent work written by De Amicis “A reckless waste is found in the furnishes a pen picture of the unique intensity of feeling we spend over place: “It is not long since an inscrip- trifles. An expected letter fails to tion to the following effect could be come. A storm delays our journey. seen at the entrance to the village : The friend we looked for is detained * Before and after sunrise, it is forbidden from visiting us. Somebody has borto smoke in the village of Broek except rowed a favorite volume and neglected with a cover to the pipe-bowl (80 as not to bring it home. A servant is exasto scatter the ashes); and, in crossing the perating or careless. A little child is village with a horse, it is forbidden tol perverse and contrary. A dish is broremain in the saddle: the horse must ken. The cup of coffee is upset on the be led.' It was also forbidden to go I clean table-cloth. There are muddy through the village in a carriage, or footprints on our immaculate front with sheep or cows, or any other ani porch. The carpets are wearing out. mal that might soil the street; and, The clothes do not get dry, and the although this prohibition no longer washing is likely to be round the whole exists, carts and animals still go round week. An acquaintance, hitherto corthe village, from old custom. Before dial, passes us with a hasty bow. A every bouse there was once (and some friend misconstrues our motives. An may still be seen) a stone spittoon, into enemy sows tares in our field of wheat. which smokers spat from the windows. There are a hundred little things in The custom of being without shoes every life-pay, in every day—that, if within doors is still in vigor, and before allowed, may disturb our composure every door there is a heap of shoes and and give us distress. We waste our boots and wooden patteps. That which resources in feeling too keenly the has been told about popular risings in trifles which should be met with philoBroek, in consequence of strangers bav- sophical firmness, or better still, with ing scattered some cherry-stones in the Christian patience. street, is a fable; but it is quite true A very large waste of time and of that every citizen, who sees from his force comes from the habit of postwindow a leaf or straw upon his pave- poping necessary effort. By-and-by, ment, comes out and throws it into the we say, will do as well as the present canal. That they go five hundred time for this and that engagement. paces outside the village to dust their And so our work gets ahead of us, and shoes, that boys are paid to blow the we never overtake it. They who look dust out of the cracks of the pavements steadily after the present moment, four times an hour, and that, in certain utilizing it and grasping it with its cases, guests are carried in the arms lest appointed task, are surest of barvesting they should soil the floors, are things their sheaves in golden hours of glad which are told, said this good woman, tulfillment and joy."
A VERY good authority says:—"They not believe in a child's seeing life, as it that be drunken, are drunken in the is called, with its damnable lust and night." Not only drunkenness, but wickedness, to have all his imagination every other vice, holds high carnival set on fire with the flames of hell. Nounder the cover of night. As with the body goes through this fire, but they lower animals, among which a certain are burned, burped, burned; and they kind go to their nests and secluded nooks can never get rid of the scars." at night, while others are beasts of prey, and only leave their abodes at night in The Italian poet, Petrarch, could which they can carry on their mischief not only write fine poetry, but he could more concealed; so whilst many people speak the truth under all circumstances. enjoy the blessings of home at night, He had a truthful heart, and became others turn night into day, and under noted as a truth-speaking man, a liver the cover of darkness follow after sin. and lover of truth. Henry Ward Beecher is thoroughly One day he was summoned to court orthodox when he says:
as a witness on trial. On entering the “If you want to make the ruin of a witness box he prepared to take the child sure, give him liberty after dark. usual oath, when the judge, closing the You cannot do anything nearer to insure Holy Book, said, “ As to you, Petrarch, his damnation than to leave him liberty to your word is suffi ient." go where he will without restraint. After Wasn't that a fine compliment to the dark he will be sure to get into commu- poet's character? He had always been nication with people that will under- so careful to speak the truth that his mine all his good qualities. I do not word was considered equal to other like to speak to parents about their men's oaths. children ; but there are thousands who think their child cannot do wrong. SOMETIMES & polite regard for other Their child will not lie, when his tongue people's feelings makes it difficult to is like a bended bow; he will not drink, tell them the truth in a direct and unwhen there is not a saloon within a mile qualified form. President Lincoln amid of his father's house where he is not as his many pre:sing duties, once listened well known as one of its own decanters ; / patiently while a friend read a long he never does iniquitous things, when manuscript to hiin, and who then asked : he is reeking in filth. Nineteen out of " What do you think of it? How will every twenty allowed perfect freedom at it take?" The kind-hearted President night will be wounded by it. There is could not think of wounding the ambi. nothing more important than for a child tious feelings of his friend, and yet he to be at home at night; or, if he is must speak the truth. After reflecting abroad you should be with him. If he a little while, he answered: “Well, for is to see any sights or take any pleasure, people who like that kind of thing, I there is nothing that he should see that thiok that is just about the kind of thing you should not see with him. It is not they'd like." merely that the child should be broken down, but there are thoughts that never BEWARE of weeds. Unlike wheat or ought to find a passage into a man's useful plants, they grow without being brain. As an eel, if he wriggle across sown. And they scatter and multiply your carpet, will leave his slime, which with amazing rapidity. How the seed no brushing can ever efface, so there are of a few mullen stocks are blown over thoughts that never can be got rid of, the frozen earth, and fill a whole field once permitted to enter; and there are with their offspring. And the Canada individuals going round with obscene thistle sows its pernicious seed over books a'id pictures under the lappels of whole townships in a short time, and their coats, that will leave ideas in the once it takes root it is exceedingly hard mind of your child that will never be to dislodge. What weeds are in the effaced. There are men here who have vegetable kingdom, sinful thoughts and heard a salacious song, and they never habits are in the moral world. Beware, will forget it. They will regret having lest the seeds of moral weeds be borne heard it to the end of their lives. I do into your soul. They come of their own accord, and take root easily and grand funeral oration to his honor and deep. It is extremely perilous to let memory. young people “sow their wild oats," Soon after this Libanius took charge with the hope of correcting their evil of another student, from Antioch, whom habits in later life. Said a certain gen- he learned to love. His name was Jobo, tleman to us, who was greatly distressed and his mother's name was Anthusa. about the conduct of bis wayward son: When John first applied to Libanius “I see it now. I and my wife meant it for instruction, he told the great man well with our boy. We gave him many how his father had died soon after his liberties, thinking that he could with birth, and that since then his widowed stand temptation, and in maturer years mother had devoted all her time, he would of his own accord reform of strength, and loving care to his training. such faults as he might fall into. We (In words that moved the heart of the did wrong; I see it now.”
heathen, he spoke of the exalted piety As for “sowing wild oats," Tom and self-forgetting love of Anthusa. AfHughes says :-"In all the wide range ter hearing the eloquent story of the of accepted British maxims there is youth, Libanius exclaimed: “ Wnat none--iake it for all in all--more tho- noble women these Christians have.” roughly abominable than the one'as to When asked who should be his succes. the sowing of wild oats. Look at it on sor after his death, Libanius replied : either side you will, and you can make " John, if only the Christians had not nothing but a devil's maxim of it. The taken him from me.” Aptbu-a was a only thing to do with wild oats is to put better teacher than the apostate Roman them carefully into the hottest part of Emperor had. All the arguments, elothe fire and get them burnt to dust, every quence, and affection of Libanius could seed of them. If you sow them, no pot spoil or pervert her son from his matter in wbat ground, up they will faith. And the tribute which he paid come, with long lough roots like couch to the excellence of Christian women, grass, and luxuriant stalks and leaves, and their great superiority over those of as sure as there is a sun in heaven-a the heathen, derives additional force from crop which it turns one's heart cold to the fact that its author was a formidable think of.”
enemy of Christianity. Thus Chrysostom was first tavght how to love and
serve Gıd by his pious mother, and St. John ChrySOSTOM, or the golden- afterward he was taught eloquence by a mouthed, as he was called, by reason of beathen orator. Had Libauius taught his eloquence, studied under Libanius, him first, would Anthusa's work have a noted teacher of Rhetoric. It was in brought the same fruit? Antioch, where the disciples were first called Christians, and happened in the fourth century, over 1500 years ago.
OUR BOOK TABLE. Libanius was a scholarly defender of the heathen religion. He was the The Fathers of the Reformed Church in Euteacher of Julian, afterwards called the rope and America.—By Rev. H. HARA postate, who was a nephew of Con BAUGH, D.D. CONTINUED BY Rev. D. Y.
HEISLER, A.M. Vol. V. Reaching, Pa.: stantine the Great. The heathen teacher
Daniel Miller, 1881. PP. 427.- Price $1.50. perverted the mind of the young man from Christianity to heathepism. He The first volume of this work was isneutralized his early teaching, and sued in 1857. For years previous Dr. inspired him with a determination to Harbaugh had felt the importance and exterminate Christianity. He claimed necessity of such a publication for the to be the restorer of the beathenism Reformed Church. Despite bis numewhich his uncle had tried to destroy. rous other du ies then, he began the For a short time matters looked very gathering and arranging of material. threatering, but St. Athanasius called it | During the preparation of part of the only a little passing cloud. Julian was first volume, Rev. J. L. Reber was askilled in early life, in a war with the sociated with him in the writing of it. Persians, and his teacher delivered a land who it was designed should furnish
the work in the German language. by reading the events grouped around “Soon after the labor of collecting the certain historical personages, so can our material had been commenced, his people acquire a knowledge of the dochealth began to fail to such an extent, trines, cultus, struggles, usages and that he felt bimself constrained to ask history of our Church by reading these leave to withdraw." He died before volumes. the volume was published, and its pages Originally Dr. Harbaugh had the contain a sketch of his own life. Dr. work published by certain parties in Harbaugh published the first two vol Lancaster, Pa. As these however went umes, and gathered part of the material out of the publishing business, Mr. D. for the third one. Meanwhile, too, he Miller of Reading, at the request of the published his life of Schlatter. After present author, bought their stock of bis death the Eastern Synod of the the preceding volumes, and issued the Reformed Church requested Rev. D. Y. last one. His aim and purpose is by Heisler to continue preparing the work this undertaking to serve the Church of for press. This he has done with com- which he is a devoted member, and in mendable industry and skill. Under this laudable effort we bespeak for him his labor and supervision, three addi- the patronage of our people. tional volumes have since been pub | The work has already been given a lished. Whilst single volumes are sold place in many Sunday-School libraries, at $1.50 persons who buy the whole as its style and reading matter are well set can get them at reduced rates. adapted for the young. Few works are · The first volume contains biographi- better suited for individual members cal sketches of thirteen of the principal | and families of the Reformed Church, early Reformers of the Reformed and certainly no ministerial library is Church, besides those of eleven of the complete without them. With Mr. first pioneers among the ministry of our Heisler as with Dr. Harbaugh, this is Church in this country. Since then a labor of love. Whilst he bestows sketches of all the known deceased min- much careful work on it, he gives the isters of the Reformed Church in this proceeds or copy money, usually paid to country have appeared in these vol-authors, to the Widows' Fund Society of umes. It is designed to continue the the Reformed Church. Thus, with a work, with a view of thus giving and kindly hand and a loving, tender heart, preserving biographical sketches of all he puts on record the earnest life and the ministers of our denomination after labors of the brethren departed, and at their work in the Church Militant shall the same time cheers the hearts of their have ceased.
surviviog widows and fatherless chilThis last volume contains sketches of dren by administering to their comfort 118 ministers, beginning with Rev. with the hard-earned reward of his pious Jacob Mayer, who died in 1872, and toil. ending with Rev. Jobn M. Clemens, who died in 1880. Among this large list, we find sketches of men like P. S.
How the Russian Exile Lives. . Fisher, D. Zacharias, the brothers J. W. and C. F. Hoffmeier, W. A. Good, B. S. On his arrival the prisoner is driven Schneck, D. Weiser, H. Hess, H. Wil- straight to the police ward, where he is liard, D. Ziegler, M. Stern, H. Hecker inspected by the Ispravnik, a police ofman, J. S. Dubbs, B. Schneider, J. ficer who is absolute lord and master of Beck, N. P. Hacke, besides many the district. This representative of the others. It is due to the class of men Government requires of him to answer who offer themselves on the altar of the the following questions :- His name? holy ministry that we embalm their | How old ? Married or single? Where memory in this form : and not only to from? Address of parents, or friends ? them, but to all the people of our Answers to all which are entered in the Church, for wbom these volumes fur- books. A solemn written promise is nish most pleasing as well as profitable then exacted of him that he will not reading. For just as we can get a full give lessons of any kind, or try to teach knowledge of the bistory of the world any one; that every letter he writes