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Editorial Notes.

with out-stretched hands, and begging face, and many tears, tried to kiss the

hand that had never done it a benefit, SINCE January, 1863 the GUARDIAN

| and cried, “Come with me, come with has been published by the Publishing

me and see for yourself.'” The memory Concern of the Reformed Church, of

of that child haunted him ever afterwhich Dr. S. R. Fisher was the busi

ward. He must do something; he did ness manager. From that time the

do much for the waits of Germany. business interests of our magazine have

The prisons cannot save them. They been in his charge. It is due to his

work at the wrong end. Begin with memory, and, we feel confident, very

the child and you will not have the pleasant to our readers to adorn this

prisoner. How should he begin? He number of the GUARDIAN with an ex

started and conducted a “ free Sundaycellent likeness of one who, from its

school,"with the hope of rescuing the first number in 1850, to the day of his

perishing poor children here. Poor in death served its interests with unabated

money but rich in faith he later began zeal, and bestowed upon it the wealth of

his charitable work at an old dilapidated his sterling friendship.

farm-house, three miles from Hamburg. Hither he brought the vagrant children

of large cities. He grouped them toUSUALLY when an eminent public gether in families, with a capable perman dies, his departure is reported by son at the head of each. At first a plain, the newspapers with suitable, and often cheap house was built, chiefly by the very unsuitable, eulogies of his life and vagrants ; then a second. Later more, labors. Foreign and home papers have until the institution has grown into spoken in unmeasured terms of Bene- quite a village, with all the belongings dek, the venerable Austrian Marshal, of a diversified home life. The whole and of Beaconsfield, the great British is called the “Rauhe Haus"-the statesman. Very little has the Ameri- Rough House—from the coarse, un polcan press had to say about good Dr. J. ished original old farm-house in which B. Wichern, who albeit not a man of he began. Or more likely from Ruge, blood, achieved greater victories than the name of the original owner, which either of these men. He died on April later was chauget into Rauhe-or 7, in the 73d year of his age. Born in “Rauhe Haus." To this reforma tory Hamburg, where his father practiced | Wichern devoted fifty years of his law, he saw much of the sin and sorrow grand life. It has made his name the usually found in large cities. Before he synonym of charitable reform. had completed his University studies, People froin all lands, have traversed he felt himself called to works of charity continents and oceans to visit this wonand social reform. The prisons of derful fountain of healing. Brace says Europe were then packed with criminals in his “Home Life in Germany:" “ The who were born in sin and trained in friend of man searching anxiously for vice from their childhood. With a what man has done for his suffering bleeding heart he wandered about among fellows, may look far in both continents the neglected and lowly. He said : ) before he finds an institution so benevo“ About this time a little unknown lent, so practical, and so truly Christian child came to me in the open street, and as the Hamburg Rough House." In due time the authorities of Prussia dis- used to be compared to the tracks procovered his invaluable capacity and duced by a fly which had just escaped character. During many years he was out of an inkstand, and daubed the paa member of the Consistorialrath, and per by dragging its heavy inky feet over had the chief supervision of reformatory it. But judging from Carlyle's autoinstitutions and of the prisons of Prussia. graph we take him to be without a peer For more than a quarter of a century as a scrawler among men of note. An he was the convener or chairman of its expert thus describes his hand-writing : Home Missionary Board. But nearest “Eccentric and spiteful-looking little hiş heart always lay the mission and flourishes dart about his manuscript in people of the “Rauhe Haus." Here various odd ways. Some are intended was his home. Here he had seen many to represent the 'i' dot, though far repoor children of sin received and regen- moved from the parent stem, while erated. Here he lived, here he died, others, commenced as a cross to the 't' and here he lies buried. And here, suddenly recoil in an absurd fashion, as around his grave, and under the super- | if attempting a caligraphical somerintending guidance of his son. whom he sault, and in so doing, occasionally cantrained for this work, the Rauhe Haus cel the entire word whence they sprang. goes on glorifying God in the rescuing Some letters slope one way and some and educating of poor vagrant children, another; some are halt, maimed, or and preparing them for usefulness in crippled; while many are unequal in this world, and for a blissful immortali- height, form,style, and everything else." ty in the world to come.

Wichern's life made itself felt, especially in this department, throughout | Our English cousins, like the most of the civilized world. Directly or indi-ordinary mortals, excel in discovering rectly he was instrumental in founding motes in the eyes of people of other namany kindred institutions. Through tions, whilst they are blind to the beams his public addresses and writings he in their own eyes. An influential Engcalled the attention of Europe to the lish journal says that John B. Gough deep and widespread social depravity speaks in a sort of nasal tone; indeed of the laboring classes, and thereby it is of the opinion that the nasal twang started influences which led to the esta- is a natural defect among American blishing of Homes which shall bless the speakers. Our readers will agree with world for centuries to come. Many of us that few public speakers are more his scholars have been educated for this free from this twang than Gough. Were work, others are engaged in the minis. we disposed to go mote-hunting among try, or as teachers aud mechanics in the average class of public speakers in different parts of the world. He made England, we could readily show how unit a point to teach all a trade or profes- | wise it is for them to throw stones at sion, whereby they could earn an honest other people while they are living in livelihood and be useful to others. His glass houses. Persons who have attendmemory will be gratefully cherished by ed the meetings of Parliament, and the thousands whom he helped to save, services of Anglican churches must remany of whom he had never seen in member how, even their great statesmen, the flesh.

hawk, hem and haw in their utterance, however faultless and weighty their

composition may be. And in the proTHOMAS CARLYLE wrote a hand not fession of no country have we found the unlike Sanscrit. The printers who nasal twang so prevalent as in the pulpit could decipher bis copy must have pos- of Great Britain. Hymns, prayers, sessed mental qualities little inferior to sermons and announcements are all himself. How any one, wholly ignorant read in one and the same key, and in of the man who wrote it, could make T. | the same monotonous, whining, singCarlyle out of the name lying before us song tone of voice. Even so great an we can not divine. The illegibility of authority as their own Gladstone, says : Thaddeus Stevens' hand-writing was “ An effective cultivation of the great proverbial, and that of Horace Greeley | office of preaching is perhaps the most

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crying want of the Church of England, a certain amount or proportion a year and vocal expression and articulation is to be given, it is best to apportion * are an important and essential part of that among the weeks and months, and it.” We grant that in America, too, we pay it in installments. By this plan the might profit by the lesson of the great matter is kept before our minds during premier. Many a well-disciplined and the year, and helps to cultivate an inrichly-furnished mind fails to impress terest in, and a sympathy with the obothers simply for want of a pleasing jects to which we contribute. expression. A clear and distinct artic- A missionary declined to receive from ulation, a well-modulated voice, modu- a Karen a rupee for a whole year, inlated to suitably express the various stead of the pice a week which the other sentiments spoken, will enable a man of native Christians were giving. To be ordinary scholarship, like Gough, to sure, fifty-two pice would not make a sway a large audience at will. In very | rupee, and the treasury would be fuller few colleges of this country are students if the rupee were accepted. But the taught to read and speak well. Whilst donor would not be as much blessed. it is well enough to teach them a know “ Don't you know," said the missionary, ledge of the dead languages, they ought that a door-hinge, if opened only once by all means be taught the correct and a year, soon comes to creaking. Open instructive use of the living languages, often, no creaking; give often, no croakespecially of the unrivalled German and

ing.” English tongues.

One-fourth of the income of the Basle Mission, which sustains 115 missionaries

in India, Africa and China, and has WHEN God's people in Old Testa

gathered 13,245 church members, is ment times withbeld the customary I derived from a penny a week, contritithes and offerings the prophets called

| buted by 120,000 persons. These colit robbery. What shall we call the

lections were begun in 1855, and have withholding of suitable offerings to God

amounted to $1.156,145. In 1879 they under the New Testament dispensation ?

were $53,000. A certain Bishop of the Episcopal Church recently complained that many congregations will spend $100 for flowers

AN EMINENT American divine, when at their Easter service, whilst their Easter offering for the cause of Christ

| a young man, was introduced to Patrick

Henry. The Virginia patriot took him amounts to a few paltry dollars. How

kindly by the hand and said: “Be sure, many wealthy persons who claim to be Christians would be glad to escape from

my son, and remember that the best

men always make themselves.” By giving a dollar to God, and in the end

which he meant to say that personal only do give it at best because it is

exertion, and solid, manly work alone screwed out of them through stormy

assure permanent success. That with appeals. Some people with hold what is due to God because they are not

the best parents, best fortune, best

teachers young people must in the end making as much money as formerly, or fail wi

| fail without earnest, persevering work. have lost a little in some investment.

| The teacher can tell you how and what Like a certain man who said he had Jaid up two shillings, one for himself

I to study, but you yourself, and not he,

must do the studying. The harder you and one for the Lord; but that the one he had intended for the Lord had been

work the stronger you will get to do the

work. The oak or pine standing in an lost in an unfortunate speculation.

exposed place, grows in strength and

toughness of fibre from resisting the Bible beneficence is a habit; it must storms that sweep over it. The more be cultivated. It is not safe to leave determinately and faithfully you perthe amount and the time to chance or form your duty the stronger you get to random impulses. With calm and do it. Success is not the result of intuprayerful deliberation we must decide ition or of inspiration, but of toil. The how much it would be proper for us to great impromptu eff»rts of Webster give to God as His faithful stewards. If were only seemingly so. Many thought that his debate with Hayne in the without the slightest perception of their United States Senate was purely im- excellence. promptu. He bad carefully investigated the whole subject of the public lands “GODLINESS is profitable unto all several years before for another purpose. things." Years ago an aged couple His preparation was never needed for lived near London. They enjoyed a what it was intended. He said: “I calm, comfortable evening of life. The bad my notes tucked away in a pigeon old lady, being somewhat worldly, when hole, and when Hayne made that at- asked by a certain minister for a thanktack upon me and upon New England, offering to the cause of Christ, pretendI was already posted, and only had to ed that they had, in a temporal point take down my notes and refresh my of view, lost by leading a religious life. memory. In other words, if Hayne “ Have we not, Thomas ?" she asked, had tried to make a speech to fit my turning to her husband. After a long notes, he could not have hit it better. and solemn pause, the old man replied : No man is inspired with the occasion. “Yes, Mary, we have lost a deal by our I never was.''

religion. I bave lost a deal by my religion. Before I got religion I had an

old slouched bat, a patched old coat, DR. JOHNSON once said to a fine gen

and mended shoes and stockings; but tleman just returned from Italy, and

I have lost them long ago. And, Mary, who, like many tourists of our own day, yo

you know that, poor as I was, I had a seemed to pride bimself in having

habit of getting drunk, and quarrelling “done” Italy, without learning any

with you; and that you know I lost. thing about it: “Sir, some men will

And ihen I had a burdened conscience learn more in the Hampstead stage

and a wicked heart; and then I had ten than others in the tour of Europe thousand guilty feelings and fears ; but · Many observant people learn more in

all are lost, completely lost, and like a and around their own little home than

millstone cast into the deepest sea. others by travelling over half the globe.

And, Mary, you have been a loser too, Good Matthias Claudius touches off the

though not so great a loser as myself. quibbling wiseacres of his day in his in- |

Before we got religion, Mary, you had imitable, quaint style, as follows: got a washing-tray, in which you washed " Philosophers say that philosophy alone for a living; and God Almighly blessed can tell us whether there be a God, and you

and your industry; but since we got religion who He is, and without it, no one can you hay

you have lost your washing-tray. And have a thought of God. It is true. you had got a gown and bonnet, much this is only the opinion of the masters

the worse for the wear, though they of learning. No one can truthfully

were all you had to wear, but you have charge me with being a philosopher;

lost them long ago. And you had many but I never walk through a forest with

an aching heart concerning me, at out thoughtfully meditating as to who

times, but those you happily have lost. makes the trees grow, and then I feel

And I could even wish that you had soft yet distinct impressions of an un

lost as much as I have lost, and even known Presence, and I will wager that

more, for what we lose by our religion, I then think of God, with joyful rever

Mary, will be our eternal gain." After ence and awe.

this sermon, the two old people grateEspecially in this season of the year

fully pressed a rich gift into the ministhe kind and skilful band of our hea

ter's hand. venly Father scatters thousands of specimens of His divine handiwork around

" Oh, if I only could have back my boys,

With their lost gloves and books for me to us, which in their wondrous perfection

find, of form, and varied beauty, far excel Their scattered playthings and their pleasant anything tbat the genius of man, and noise! the great masters in art have produced.

I sit here in splendor, growing blind, Yet how many move about blindly

: | With hollow hands that backward reach and

ache through this world crowded with the For the sweet trouble which the children make." beautiful works of God around them,' -- From Scribner's Monthly, January, 1881.

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