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whereas be discovered a new world and but, though they stand on the upper bad opened the gates to one of the level, they are far from monopolizing grandest continents of the globe. Chris- the wonders of the kingdom to which topher Columbus was a great public they belong. Treasures of earıb often benefactor, though in his patient self lie deep down ; they are often buried denying efforts at exploration and dis- far below the surface. So the graces of covery, be was not conscious of the the humble, though destitute of the scheme in which he was engaged. Envy brilliancy and lustre of genius and of the and persecution followed bim, and he outward adornments of wealth and culwas made to feel the devilish ingratitude ture, may turn out to be gems which of the men of his day. His memory is will sparkle most brightly when once the embalmed in the progress of the world, | Lord will make up the celestial corouet and it is precious in the sight of all men. of His glorified humanity.
But where shall we end if we keep on Thus far we have only looked into following the great lights, as these sbine secular history for illustrations of our 80 grandly in the history of the world's there. The world has done nobly in progress? There is no end to the ca- showing the manly quality of genuine talogue of their names. Hence it will patience. If it had not been for these be well to come down from their high men of one idea, these martyrs of selflevel, and to hunt for gems in the lower sacrificing energy, we would not now conditions of God's great household. have the comforts of life which are Just as in the sky above our heads the showered upon us thick and merry as larger bodies and constellations do not snow-flakes in a winter day. All honor make up all the glory of the heavenly to the memory of progressive genius, hemispheres, and as in the vegetable then, while we look in the pages of sacred kingdom tall majestic oaks are not lified history for evidences of a still higber beyond the vital kinship of the tiog growth of the noble grace we are congrass, 80 in the social world great sidering. and extraordinary men are not the only | Away back in the days of the pabearers of shiniog graces. In the homes triarchs and of the prophets this grace of the lowly, and in the hovels of the was not only at hand and fully in force ; poor, see bow they toil and how they spin! but it stood under the specific direction Day after day, from early dawn up into of divine power. Like the wise men the silent hours of the night, they drudge from the East, it was guided by a star and labor. It is true, it may be said from the heavenly world. Hence these that the force of necessity is upon them; holy men of old laid out a course of adstill many of these toiling millions vancement for the whole human family, furnish examples of heroism, which will before the moral grandeur and social not dim in the presence of the higher beneficence of wbich all the glory of seluminaries. Indeed the noble grace cular progress dims and pales. Abraof patience grows much more largely bam, Moses, David, Daniel, are but a along the rugged pathways of the obscure few among so many who have done great children of toil, than it does in the and wonderful works, only because they flowery courses of the pampered children feared God and walked in the light and of fortune.
power of His will. Some of these Some people never get beyond the ancient saints rose higb in worldly power upper strata of society, in their inter- and prosperity; others received the course and study; they fail to know that crown of martyrdom as their reward there are many gems imbedded in the for their patient continuance in well strata below. Such may imagine that doing. But to day their memory is a they have a fair and full knowledge of blessing and a light in the earth, nor what we call manbuod. Should any shall their patience ever be forgotten. one deal, in the same partial way, with If we owe profound gratitude to those the study of animal history, he would who have brought us the material im. hardly receive the honorary title of phi-provements of this age, we may well bow losopher from the councils of the wise. I before high heaven and bless God for Elepbants, lions, and Bengal tigers, are the pious example of all those His serlordly specimens of the hrute world; / vants, who have waited under the dispeneation of the law for the coming of finally crucify Him, but He made no a new and better covenant.
signs of escape. He deliberately preThe apostles and evangelists were pared for His end, and died praying for not brilliant and shining lights of earthly His murderers. greatness. They were full of faith and Such was the patience of Jesus, the of the Holy Ghost, and hence they had sinless one. It was His will and pleaa marvellous power for subduing the sure to come down to men, to bear with wisdom and power of the world. They them and for them the burden of human were despised and persecuted bearers of want and misery, so that He might save the Cross, and still they had the springs them from the wreck and ruin of sip. of life, not only for themselves, but for This was the ideal, which the propbets all the world besides. Peter, and John, of old foresaw and proclaimed. This and Paul, these three and many, very was the personal divine presence, which many more, have sent out streams of li- the apostles saw, bandled, and felt. ving water to gladden and beautify the And these things are written for our earth, though they were as sheep among learning that, through patience anl wolves and were martyrs either in will comfort of the Scriptures, we might have or in fact. They had seen and handled hope. the word of life; they had the example Facts, such as we have before us in of Jesus continually before their eyes ; history, and especially in the sinless life they lived and acted under His personal of Jesus Christ, ought to teach us the guidance even unto death; their conver- holy grace of that kind of patience which sation was in heaven while they were is gradually overcoming all the powers yet pilgrims and strangers on the earth. of evil. As every one may see, this is They were the salt of the earth, and the not that sort of amiable weakness, which light of the world, because they were makes men indifferent and indolent, in God's elect and the patient servants of either worldly or spiritual matters. His Son, Jesus Christ. In the goodly Both the patience of the Lord and of followship of the prophets, and in the His saints, and that of the live men of glorious company of the apostles, and in the world, is characterized by intense the noble army of martyrs, the Sun of earnestness and never failing activity. righteousness has lightened the Gen- No better models to grow by, and do by,
and live by, and die by, can ever be Jesus turned water into wine, fed mul- produced within the limits of human extitudes with a few loaves and fishes, perience, than those which come to us in commanded one of the twelve to catch the life-current of this Christian age. This a fish in the mouth of which the needed life-current is full of divine light and tribute money would be found, and did power, as well as of high and noble a great many more things which prove human energy. In its vital force it is that He was not limited in His power possible to rise in wisdom, goodness, as all other men are. Still He lived happiness, honor, glory. hirty years, before He made any dis- Now is the time to begin to study, and play of this kind of superhuman power. to follow, the example of the wise, and Foxes had holes, and birds bad nests, of the Lord and His saints. The younger but He had not where to lay His head. we begin, the better it will be. Life Singular indeed that the long period of must have a definite and noble aim, or thirty years was spent in poverty and it will prove a failure. It is a great obscurity by One, who proved Himself folly to waste any part of our time in master of all the issues of life and death blind, aimless living. Whoever does this afterwards. Yet even while He did that will have cause to regret it bitterly some and supplied the wants of others with day. To aim at something good and a lavish band, He betrayed no desire to great, and never to give up till the obrise above the trials of His lowly life. ject is either gained or defeat honorably Besides He endured the ingratitude and sustained, is the plain common sense blind malice of the people, for the bene- wisdom which the Lord inspires, and fit of whom He bad entered on His mis- which a rational self-respect dictates. If sion of mercy. They sought to kill any one lacks wisdom, let him ask of Him, and He knew that they would | God; and if any one will do what the
wisdom of God dictates, he shall know the continuous receptions and triumpbal wbether the force of a manly Christian entries which were accorded bim. activity is from God, or whether it is | “We have lately had a surfeit of cenibe work and influence simply of weak tential anniversaries ; we bave come to and shortsighted men.
take them indifferently and as a matter : “I am the light of the world. He of course. They seem little more than that cometh unto me shall not walk in conventional compliments to a past with darkness, but shall have the light of life." which no living link connects us. How
can I give an idea of the freshness and feeling with which we celebrated the
fiftieth Lafayette at Bunker Hill.
return of the day when the great battle of our Revolution had been
fought? Every circumstance seemed Gen. LAFAYETTE deserves to be held to conspire to add dignity and pathos in grateful recollection by all Ameri- to the occasion. The day was simply cans. As Webster says: “ Tbrough perfect; as perfect as if made expresely him the electric spark of liberty was for the imposing scenes it was to witness. conducted from the New World to the Never before had so many people been Old,” for which service he suffered years packed into the city (Boston). •Everyof imprisonment in an Austrian dungeon. thing that has wheels and everything At the laying of the corner-store of which has legs,' in the language of a the Bunker Hill Monument on June 17, stage-driver of the period, used them 1825, he visited America for the last to get to Boston.' My orders were to time. Aš the guest of a grateful na- be at the Subscription House at nine in tion he was then present at this cere- the morning. This was the new name mony. Josiah Quincy, then one of the for the mansion at the head of Park aids of the Governor of Massachusetts, Street, which had recently been opened took an active part in the transactions as a club-house— the first, I believe, of this memorable day. In his Leaves known in New England. The duty from old Journals in the New York assigned me was to meet the survivors Independent, he gives a grapbic pic of the Battle of Bunker Hill, and to ture of the occasion. He says: "He introduce them to the General; a prip(Lafayette) told us that Bunker Hillilege this never to be forgotten. I had been the pole star upon which his passed along the line of old men, taking eyes had been fixed, and he rejuiced in the name of each of them from his lips, the prospect of assisting at the grand and repeating it to Lafayette. He imhalf-secular jubilee' which was to take mediately pronounced the name after me place the next day. I can see him as in tones of the deepest interest, as if ne then stood before us, looking all the that of a dear personal friend, and then, better for his extended travels. A fine, advancing, grasped the hand of each portly figure, near six feet high, wear- veteran with tender cordiality. There ing lightly the three-score and ten years was no crowd of idle witnesses to gaze he had nearly completed, showing no upon the scene. I stood the one young infirmity save the slight lameness in- man among these bouored heroes. If curred in our defense, at the battle of there were dry eyes in the room, mine Brandywine — Buch was the outward were not among them. It was a scene person of the General. His face, on for an historical picture, by an artist nearer view showed traces of the who could feel its interest. Thank sufferings through which he had passed; Heaven, it escaped the conscious posbut bis brown wig, which set low upon ings and other vulgarities of the modern his forebead, concealed some of the photograph! No field or staff officer wrinkles which time writes upon the of the battle survived; but there was a brow, and made it difficult to realize captain, by the name of Clark, bendthat he was the comrade of the bald ing beneath his ninety-five years, who and white-headed veterans who came to brought colonial times under King greet him. The wig, however, did yeo- George into contact with the great reman service. Without it he could never public which bad succeeded them. It bare ridden with his hat off through was my duty to attach to the breast of each of these survivors a badge of The beavens were never more propi. honor, which was woru during the day. tious. The showers of yesterday laid The occasion was to be consecrated by the dust and cooled the atmosphere, and prayer, and the venerable Joseph it was, indeed, the perfection of weather. Thaxter, the chaplaia of Prescott's “Mr. Webster looked like ode worthy own regiment, rose to officiate. Half to be the orator of such an occasion. a century before this man bad stood Scarcely had he pronounced a few senupon that very spot, and in the pres-tences, when he was interrupted by the ence of brave men, for whom that morn-shouts of the throng beyond the baring sun was to know no setting, called on riers. Their cries sounded wildly in the Him who can save by many or by few distance, and for some moments great for aid in the approaching struggle. apprehensions were felt that their anxiWhat thoughts filled the minds of the ety to hear Mr. Webster would induce patriots who had listened to Mr. Thax. them to break through all restraint and ter's prayer in this place. What won- rush forward upon the place where the derful changes surrounded their descen- ladies were seated. The countenances dapts. And here was again lifted the of the gentlemen upon the stage exfeeble voice of the old man to invoke pressed deep anxiety, and some of the the Unchangeable, to ask tbe blessing of ladies almost fainted from alarm. We Him who is the same yesterday, to-day exerted all our influence to induce those and forever. I note this prayer as on about us to remain quiet. It was an the while the most impressive circum- appalling moment. Some of the crowd stance of this memorable day.
| bad begun to climb upon our seats and “When offered a seat with the official pull away the awning that protected us. personages on the stoge Lafayeite re. If the multitude beyond had followed plied : No, I belong there, among the them, it would have produced a conflict survivors of the Revolution, and there with the military and a painful scene. I must sit.' Thus he sat, without a The guards, constables, and marshals shelter under a bot June suv, with the in vain endeavored to keep order. Mr. old scar-worn revolutionary soldiers- Webster seemed much agitated, and 'a company of venerable old men, said, with an air of deep regret: 'We covered with badges avd attended with frustrate our own work. Then, by a the greatest respect.' Seated among sudden impulse, he came forward, and, these venerable warriors of other days with one of his commanding looks, heightened the enthu-iasm of the mulii- called to the marshals, in a voice of tude for the great French patriut. He thunder: "Be silent yourselves, and the was the hero of the occasion. A bril. people WILL obey!" The commotion liant civil and military escort led bimceased almost instantly, and Mr. Webthrough the crowded streets. It sier again commenced his oration." seemed as if no spot where human foot | The great orator thus grandly adcould plant itself were left unoccupied. dressed Lafayette, and to the old solEven the churches along the route bad diers, too, among whom Lafayette was been opened, and their windows were seated, he spoke the following words : tbronged with ladies.
“ Veterans : You are the remnant of “The eventful day was welcomed by many a well-fought battle-field. You the roaring of candon, which woke us at bring with you marks of honor from early dawn. The whole city was soon | Trenton and Monmouth, from Yorkin niotion.. Carriages were driving at a town, Camden, Bennington and Saratremendous rate ; the troops were as- toga. VETERANS OF HALF A CENTURY! sembling on the Common; and the Wnen in your youthful days you put streets were throoged by multitudes, everythiog at bazard in your country's hurrying to and fro. Great apprehen-cause, good as the cause was, and fansions were yesterday entertained with guine as youth is, still your fordest regard to ihe weather; but every one hopes did not stretch onward to an hour said: 'It must be a fair day on the like this! At a period to which you seventeenth, and I heard that an old could not reasonably have expected to man in Audover exclaimed: 'The Lord arrive, at a moment of national proswill not permit it to rain on that day.' perity such as you could never have -foreseen, you are now met here to enjoy Rock Island alone annually markets the fellowship of old soldiers and to re- $9,000,000 worth of ber farm impleceive the overflowings of a universal ments, glass, flour, etc., saying nothing gratitude. But your agitated counte- of her beer and tobacco manufacturing. Dances and your heaving breasts inform Near by, on a fine island, is the largest me that even this is not an upmixed joy. United States arsenal in this country. I perceive that a tumult of contendiog On Monday we crossed the iron feeliogs rushes upon you. The images bridge into Iowa. Farmers were barof the dead, as well as the persons of vesting their grain. Vast prairie farms, the living present themselves before you. teeming with a rich crop of cereals, The scene overwhelms you, and I turn fruit and vegetables greeted our eyes as from it. May the Father of all mercies far as we could behold. In Dubuque smile upon your declining years, and county we bounded over stony roads, bless them!”
up and down steep hills, not very much unlike the mountainous roads of Penn
sylvania. Among the hills stands the Tourists up the Valley. quiet village of Zwingli. There is
something significant about this place BY REV. E. H. DIEHL, SUMMUM, ILL. and its people. It was founded by
Rev. F. C. Bauman and the Messrs. So numerous and diversified are the Corts of western Pennsylvania, who are fertile valleys and picturesque moud- the pioneers of the Reformed Church tains of our beautiful country, that it is in Jova. They have succeeded in esalmost impossible to tell where the Su- tablishing a community of exenplary preme Architect bas made the master citizens, whose influence for good is felt stroke of His creation. We may ascend for miles around. Verily, this is a dethe rugged cliff's of the snow-capped sirable place to live. Its rich valleys, Sierras to feast our eyes upon the fine springs and rivulets of sparkling, cool panoramas of the Pacific slope, or pen- water; its shaded hills and productive etrate their dark mines, deep capons, fields; its fine farm mansions and beauand dense forests; glide over the crys- tiful fruit and flower gardens—all are tal lakes of the north, or roam through calculated to make it as valuable as it the orange groves and cotton fields of is attractive. Several of our former the south; yet nowhere do we find a class-mates of Blairstown Academy respot without interest to the traveler. side here. How pleasant, after a la pse
The readers of THE GUARDIAN will of seven eventful years, to meet these please accompany us on a 7-weeks' trip friends again! A few hours of social up the Mississippi Valley. It is a chat-living our school-days over again sultry morning in the middle of July. -and we are off. Our oil-cloth-covered spring wagon is We re-cros-ed the Mississippi at Dusupplied with a stove, cooking utensils, buque, and in a few hours' drive camped bedding, provisions, and all the neces- in southwest Wisconsin, among the sary equipage needed by a quartet of " badgers.” They are a clever, hospifirst-class tourists. Gath pulls on the table people, and we know no valid realines, and our spirited bays dash away son why they should be dubbed badleaving Central Illinois in the rear. gers.” Over fifty miles we pass through We passed over the finest fertile prai. The rich galena fields of Graut county. ries in the State, and on the eveniog of The ores of these mines yield nearly 95 the fourth day we camped on a bluff per cent. pure lead, and are smelted in overlooking the three cities of Rock 13- furnaces near by. The soil is very ferland, Moline and Davenport, with the tile and abundantly watered with the broad Mississippi rolling between them. finest spriogs in the west. The morrow was Sunday. We attend. After dining near Viruqua, we visited matin at St. Joseph's cathedral. ed Mount Henderson and Monumental These three cities. with a combined Mountain. The former is a clumsy, population of 48,000, possess many in- cone-shaped mass of rock and earth, ieresting attractions. Their manufac- whose base is ornamented with a thrifty turing establishments are immense. crop of the well-known whortleberry of