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home, I'll take care of you." said he to one who peepeth up and down the street has bis father.
an undying soul, and of each one the pastor
must give account, as to whether he has sought, “ Poob! poor fellow, you'll scratch a
u ‘ged and alleviated, as a good shepherd poor man's head all your life-time," should. Outwardly the parsonage is a house and so he did.
like others; but whenever the devil goes about An old Latin law of Yale College,
the village, seeking his prey and planning
were best he can spread his net, he goes about reads as follows:
the parsonage thence, and looks into every “The butler may sell in the butlery, cider,
window; and most of all, he rejoices if the metheglin, strong beer (not more than twelve
door of that house be open unto him, and he barrels a year), loaf sugar, pipes, tobacco, and
cannot only make his way in accidentally, but other necessaries of students not furnished by
rule there, and even hold his ground in the the steward in the common."
study without being annoyed by prayer and the
ing are the only bolts this thief fears. A parBeecher bought out the College But-|
sonage is a house of prayer or a very den of ler for $300 which he borrowed. He iniquity. Poets are fond of describing the laid in a stock of watermelons and can- parsonage as the very abode of peace. Ideals telopes, and trundled them across the are fair, but they are not often realized. Be College green on a wheel-barrow, in the
this as it may, the farmer and the day-laborer
always enter the parsonage with a certain deface of the whole College. He ordered
gree of respect, and in their best coat; and a hogshead of porter from New York. they expect, besides matters of business, to He made enough to pay his loan, buy hear some word in season, some speech, seasona suit of clothes, meet his Commence-ed with the salt no disciple should ever lack. ment expenses, and had $100 left. “I
| The parsonage should set its seal on the ser
mon, and it should be the practical commentary worked bard. If I had gone into busi- |
on the Gospel. In short, the parsonage is the ness then, I should bave made money.” most public place in the whole village ; no In his later life. Beecher became one of other house is half so much talked about. Just the strongest temperance workers which as people are proud of a handsome steeple or this country has ever had, albeit he
| a good set of bells, they are proud of boasting
nel of their pastor ; that he is a powerful preacher, sold beer as a student.
or a learned man; or that he is afraid of no The following shows genuine Beecher one, but knows how to hold a tight hand, espegrit. His victory was doubtless won ip cially over the young. I remember hearing it his night shirt on the open street:
told of an old minister, who was sincerely be
loved and honored, that whenever he went "One night I was awakened by a noise at through the village on Sunday evenings, he my window. I listened and found somebody always carried a riding whip in his pocket, and was pulling my clothes through a broken pane. that once he had whipped the bailiff's eldest I jumped up just in time to see my clothes dis- son, who had been impertinent to his mother, appear. The next moment I was out of the till the lad was glad to get off by repeating in window in full chase. The fellow dropped his fourth (third) commandment on his knees bebooty, and fled down one street and up another, fore him.”—My Ministerial Experience, by Dr. doubling and turning, till at last I caught him. Buchsel, Berlin, I took him by :he collar, he attempted to strike, I warded off, and pushed him over, and sprung "First catch your rabbit," said a on him, and choked him till he begged, then I
staid housewife, as she was giving her let him up; saw he was fumbling in his pocket for a knife, took it away and marched him to
friend a recipe to prepare it. A parmy room, and made him lie on the floor by my sonage presuppo es a joint headship in bed till morning. If he stirred, I said, “Lie | the home-the pastor and his helpstill, sir!' In the morning I had him before meet. For many years a story has the justice, Squire Daggett, who discharged him
floated through the newspapers, albecause I lost sight of him once around a corner. I mei the fellow afterward, but he would
leging that Lyman Beecher, op a certain never look me in the eye.”
Monday morning, in his early min's ry,
happened in at a certain home, where An Old Time New England Parsonage. he found the daughter of a parson, and, Next to the church comes the parsonage. with si
with sleeves rolled up, at the wash-tub The study-window looks out upon the church- up to her elbows, at her weekly task. yard; and if the pastor wants to see the steeple With unembarrassed grace she received near, he must raise his head and eyes higher her pastor, but merrily kept on with than other people need; the bell that summons to prayer bas, too, a louder voice for him
her work, which so pleased the young. than for the rest of the inhabitants, and the Piritan that he then and there at once graves speak in deeper tones to his ear. Each | proposed to make her his wife.
Not at the wash-tub, but in a spin- from. To these earnest people it was a ning-mill at Nutplains, near Old Guil- very serious busiuess, but their methods ford, Mass., be first found his future were not always the wisest. In his old wife in the person of Roxana Foot. age, when his mind would wander vff Towards the close of his college course in deep abstractions, Beecher's son one he accompanied a friend, on a vacation day read some of his father's letters for visi', to Gen. Ward's, at this place, the old gentleman's amusement. All where they found a number of smart of a sudden the father was aroused girls spinning in the mill-among the from his reverie, and exclaimed: rest the General's grand-daughter. In “Stop, Charles, who is that fellow? tbis retired country place “these girls He is all wrong; there" used to spin, read novels, talk about “Why, father, these are your letters beaux, and have merry times together. to mother" All the new works that were published “They? My letters ? Oh yes, I at that day were brought out to Nut- forgot." plaius, read and discussed in the old After musing a few moments he said spinning mill. There was the greatest with emphasis : frolicking in that spinning-mill! Roxana “Well, I was an ignoramus then." was queen among these girls ; they did. In the progress of his ministerial life not pretend to demur to her judgment. his views underwent a change, as we She shone pre-eminent. They almost think, for the better. Speaking to worshipped her.”
young Christians in his later life, he Beecher had his ideal notions of a said: pastor's wife; of such as he would “Some people keep their magnifying bave. He would never marry "a weak glass ready, and the minute a religious woman;” she must have sense and emotion puts out its head, they catch it strength to lean upon. Now, in his and kill it, to look at it through their learning and loves Beecher was some- microscope and see if it is of the right wbat impetuous. When he was sure kind. Do you not know, my friends, he was right he would always go ahead that you cannot love and be examining at once. When a boy, a fish dropped your love at the same time? Some off his book, and he sprang into the people, instead of getting evidence by water after it.
running in the way of life, take a dark One day, on a visit to Nutplains, he lantern, and get down on their knees, went with the young people to a famous .nd crawl on the boundary up and peach-orchard in the neighborhood. down, to make sure whether they have " We ate peaches and talked, and had crossed it.” a merry lime. When we set out to At twenty-four he entered married come bow e I kept along with Roxava, life. The heavens were black with rain and, somehow, those good-for-nothing and storm as Parson Bray pronounced saucy creaturts would walk so fast we the two “man and wife.” "Nubody couldn't keep up, and so we had to fall ever married more heart and hand bebind. I found there was something than we." The bride's outfit was a that must be said, though I did not candle stand, bureau, table, clothing, know exactly how.” He ventured to bedding, linen, and stuffs enough for say it, and won his prize. Their sub- herself and her sister Mary, who staid sequent correspoudence is mostly on with us till her marriage." graver subjects than such young people His first charge was at East Hampusually discuss. Their religious state, ton, Long Island, near the sea coast, a what they needed to make them true quiet, secluded country village. The children of God, formed the burden of church was a very plain structure, aud their letters. Not only their actions most of the people came to church on and habits, but their motives, the stern Sunday in great uncovered two-horse system of New England religion were wagons, with three seats, and room for
rutinized. It reminds one of the man nine persons. More than half of them whose curiosity led him to cut open the made no other journey during their life. · throat of his canary bird to satisfy The congregation having no jarsonage,
himself as to where its sweet song came the young pastor bought a house and
five acres of land for $800 borrowed young pastor, in his eagerness to save money; besides this it cost him a good souls, forgot to save his health. Fever deal to repair and arrange it to suit bis and ague, and later a worse fever diswants. It was a plain, two-story, abled him for nine months. He beweather-boarded building, with a some- came desponding, and thought his what rough, clap-board fence around it. course was well nigh run. At best it compared poorly with the “Cheer up, exercise and go out," home Roxana had left. But a godly said Deacon Talmadge. sensible woman as she was, she was “But I can't." cheerfully contented with the lot she “ Oh well, run down cellar, run up had chosen, and made up her mind in garret ; stir round.” advance that a pastor's wife must cordi-| “Well, you don't know anything ally share the privations of her hus- about it, so I won't be angry." band. There was not a house in East Ere long the old deacon's turn came Hampton that had carpets, nor a store to be sick. Beecher promptly prethat kept them for sale; the people scribed the good man's remedy. sanded their uncarpeted floors. Beecher “Oh stop! stop!” he cried, “I never bought a bale of cotton at a vendue, knew how to pity you before now." his young wife spun it and had it As the family increased the pastor's woven. It was the first carpet intro- salary was insufficient. For these East duced into the village. She painted Hampton Christians, like some other some of the furniture,
people, took good care that their pas“Walk in deacon," said the pastor tor's salary would not reach too high a one day as old deacon Talmadge stood figure. It is even said that when tbey at the door eyeing the carpet.
called their first pastor, their call pro“Why, I can't 'thout steppiu on't. vided, as part of his salary, a certain D'ye think ye can have all that and fourth part of the whales which the heaven too!"
storms should strand on the sea shore Good Roxana soon tasted some of the along their borders. Never before have “shady side” of a pastor's wife. She we heard of a pastor being paid in had much co upany to entertain and whales. Necessity compelled him to little domestic help. “My principal teach a select school, in which his wife business has been to prepare three was a great help to him.. Besides this meals a day, and now and then to put they took boarders, to make ends meet. my house a little in order. I have Much of this work was wearisome to spun enough for about two pairs of the young pastor. Ten times in an stockings, and almost koit them, and hour he longed for its close at some of bave mended my own and husband's his tasks. Still his income would not clothes. I have been presented with cover family expenses. His first salary nearly seventy runs of linen yarn by was $400, but what was that among so the young ladies of the town and vil- many ? Especially since he was to find lages, so that if I had but filling for it his own house and team. Ere long he I should have a fine, long piece of had accumulated a debt of $500. cloth."
| Necessity compelled bim to accept a The plain parsonage became a cozy call from Litchfield, Conn., a town home for the happy couple. When noted for the culture and wealth of its they sat down to their own table for inhabitants. Here his people were in the first time, the husband was so some respects in advance of those at East moved that he could scarcely keep from Hampton. His church was crowded ; weeping outright. Their dwelling com- successive revivals brought large accespared favorably with those of other sions of members. Often the great and people, for the town was composed of learned of the nation were the guests of the plainest farm houses, on the street, his members, and among his hearers. with wood piles in front, and the barn On the sale of his East Hampton home near by.
he made $800 profit, the ouly speculaIn due time came little Beechera, tion he ever made. In Litchfield, too, with all the ailments and demands they took boarders to eke out a salary, usual with such little new-comers. The land still their debts increased. !
One day the overworked pastor said be'p to furnish the pastor with fuel, but to his wife, “For aught I can see we a much greater help would it have been are going to be bankrupt.” With a if each of these well-to-do farmers had silent, gentle resignation, she received brought him five or ten dollars, and the sad news. Some of his people paid then gone home again. What a world him two years' salary in advance. This of work and worry the family in the was a partial relief, until he became parsonage had to endure the week bepastor of a Boston church.
fore and the week after the minister's Once a year the parsonage was turned wood spell. into a great reception hall for the con- | This parsonage was always favored gregation. Usually on a certain win- with some good angel in the form of a ter day, potice was given that every grandmother, aunt, or other female relperson, who felt so inclined, should ative, who helped to amuse and train buy the minister a sled-load of wood, the children. For these young Beechers in return for which they were sump- were then already siugularly stirring tuously entertained at the parson's ex- folk: a bouncing, aggressive, and selfpepse. It was somewhat after the asserting set of boys and girls; people fasbion of “donations” in our day. whose physical and mental faculties For a week previous the parsonage was knew no bounds. Aunt Esther, a sister all astir with busy preparations. Take of Dr. Beecher, was a great blessing to the following from the pen of Catherine these lively larks of the parsonage. E. Beecher as a picture of the minis- Grandmother Ward was a strict Episcoter's wood spell at their Litchfield par- palian, and so was Miss Hannah Foote. sonage:
The latter, shrewdly tried to satisfy
her own and Mr. Beecher's conscience “For preliminaries the fat was to be prepared to boil the dough-nuts, the spices to be
by teaching the little ones first her own pounded, the sugar to be rolled, the four to be catechism, and then too, that of their sifted, and the materials for beer for flip to be father, because he was a Congregational collected. Next came the brewing on a scale minister. Much as these Episcopal of grandeur befitting the occasion. Then the members of the parsonage family loved cake was duly made, and placed in large stone pots or earthen jars, set around the kitchen fire,
Mr. Beecher they would never attend and duly turned and tended until the proper his meeting house, as they called it, but lightness was detected. Lastly came the bak- / pass it by to go to the little Episcopal ing of the loaves and the boiling of the dough- church. The great moulding spirit was nuis; and were I to tell the number of loaves Rovane Roach
| Roxana Beecher. She never spoke an I put in and took out of the oven, and the bushels of dough-nuts I boiled over the kitchen
angry word in her life, was very meek fire, I fear my credit for veracity would be en. and modest, and always blushed when dangered. Certainly our kitchen, store-room she spoke in company or before stranand pantry were a sight to behold, calling in gers. A woman of five literary tastes, admiring visitors, while my success was the for years her many family duties left matter of universal gratulation. When the auspicious day arrived the snow
her no time to read. Her busy hands was thick, smooth and well-packed for the oc- beautified her home with paintings an casion; the sun shone through a sharp, dry and embroidery, but above all did she shed frosty air, and the whole town was astir. To- her gentle spirit over all around her. ward the middle of the afternoon, runners ar- | During the night she would rise out of rived with news of the gathering squadron. 1 Before sundown the yard, street and the lower rooms of our house were swarming with cheer. | dren, and her dying prayer was that ful faces, Father was ready with his cordial God would make all her sons ministers greetings, adroit in detecting and admiring the l of the Gospel, which He did. special merits of every load as it arrived. The kind farmers wanted to see all the children, and we were busy as bees in waiting on them. The boys heated the Aip-irons, and passed around the cider and Aip, while Aunt Esther | SOFT words do more than hard and the daughters were as busy in serving the speeches; as the sunbeams without any dough-nuts, cake and cheese. And such a
a noise will make the traveler throw off mountainous wood-pile as arose in our yard! never before was seen in ministerial domains,” |
ins.” his coat, which all the blustering wind
could not do, but make him only bind In those ante-coal days it was quite a it closer to him.
SUNDAY-SCHOOL LESSONS. NOVEMBER 6.
1881. Third Sunday before Advent. 11 KEY-NOTE: “If we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which
sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him."
The Day of Atonement.-Lev. xvi. 20-30.
20. And when he hath made an end of recon- ' 25. And the fat of the sin-offering shall he ciliog the holy place, and the tabernacle of the burn upon the altar. congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the 26. And he that let go the goat for the scapelive goat:
goat shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh 21. And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon in water, and afterward come into the camp. the head of the live goat, and confess over him! 27. And the bullock for the sin-offering, and all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and the goat for the sin offering, whose blood was all their transgressions in all their sips, putting brought in to make atonement in the holy place, them upon the head of the goat, and shall send sball one carry forth without the camp; and him away by the hand of a fit man into the wil- they shall burn in the fire their skins, their flesh derness :
and their dung. 22. And the goat shall bear upon him all i 28, And he that burneth them shall wash his their iniquities unto a land not inhabited : and clothes and bathe his flesh in water, and afterhe shall let go the goat in the wilderness. | ward he shall come into the camp.
23. And Aaron shall come into the tabernacle 29. And this shall be a statute forever unto of the congregation, and shall put off the linen you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth garments, which be put on when he went into day of the month, ye shall aflict your souls, and the holy place, and shall leave them there : do no work at all, whether it be one of your own
24. And he shall wash his flesh with water in country, or a stranger that sojourneth among the holy place, and put on his garments, and you: come forth, and uffer bis burnt offering, and the 30. For on that day shall the priest make an burnt offering of the people, and make an atoue atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may ment for himself, and for the people.
I be clean from all your sins before the Lord.
What is the leading theme of the Gospel and away? What was the meaning of this cere. Epistle for tbis day? Is this expressed in the mony? key-note? When will the resurrection take VERSES 23-25. What is Aaron here directed to place? What is the condition of the souls of do? What garments were these? Where were ibe righteous until then ?
they to be left? What was Aaron to do next? What is the subject of this lesson? What is what was the meaning of the washing? What the meaning of utonement ! To wbat sins did garmenis was he to put on then? What sacri. the expiatory sacrifices of this day refer? When fices was he to offer next? Of what did these did the day of atonement oceur ?
burnt offerings consist ? Vers. 3-5. What was the With what sacrifice did the ceremony of the difference between the burnt offering and the sin day begin? Ver. 11. Who officiated ? For whom offering? Of what did the latter consist ? Ver. 9. was the bullock offered? What did the high- VERSES 26-28. Why was the man who sent priest do after offering the bullock ? Vers, 12-away the scapegoat to wash his elothes? How 14. What was the meaning of the incense ? was the flesh of the sin offering to be disposed What of the sprinkling of the bloud ?
of? Why was it to be burned without the camp ? What did the high-priesc do next? Ver. 15 What directions are given in regard to the man How was this goat selected ? Vers. 7-9. Wbat who performed this duty? Why? did he do with the blood of the goat ? Was any VERSES 29-30. When was the day of atonebody else permitted to be in the holy place when meut observed ? How was it observed ?. What the high-priest went in? Was tbe high-priest does the expression, ye shall afflict your souls himselt permitted to go in at any other iime? mean? Who was to do no work? What was the Why not?
design of this day ? Could the sacrifices offered VERSES 20-22. What is the meaning of the on this day really cover sin ? Heb. x. 4. What word reconciling here? Why did the things was their effect? By whom have we received here mentioned need atonement? What is Aaron the true atonement ? Rom, v. 11. What is the directed to do with the live goat? How was meaning of the word atonement in the last pass. this goat selected ? What was it called ? Ver. age? What was the relation of the sacrifices 8. What does scapegoat mean? What was the and ceremonies of the day of atonement to the meaning of laying hands upon him? How could atoning work of Christ? How are the suffering the people's sins be put upon him ? Whither and death of Christ related to our salvation ? was the goat then taken? Who took him Heid. Cat. Ques. 37 and 43.