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OUK CABINET.

OUR CABINET.

We propose to gather a cabinet for the readers of The Guardian. It will not be exactly a cabinet of curiosities, though things of that sort will not come amis?. We have in our day made up cabinets of coins, miuerals, and such things, and know how to sympathize with young folks whose tastes run in this direction. We like to see them pursuing an innocent hobby; it keeps ihem out of bad company, and indirectly supplies them with a great deal of valuable information. Perhaps we may sometimes be able to give our youthful collectors an acceptable hint. When they find anything curious—a rare coin, an unusual stone implement of Indian manufacture, an old engraving, an early manuscript, a German book printed in America before the Revolution, or, in short, anything that1 appears to them to be peculiarly interesting—we want them to write to us, and we will answer, either by letter or in The Guardian.

It is not, however, for this special purpose that we intend to open our cabinet, We want it as a place in which to store the fragments—odds and ends— which appear to us too valuable to be lost. Words of cheer from our friends, curiosa, pleasantries, and, above all. "seedthoughts," will find a place. Will you assist the editor in making up the cabinet?

.... "The Presidents of the United S'ates have all been country boys. Not one of them, from Washington to Arthur, was born in a city." Think of that, country boys! Most of us cannot be Presidents, nor should we wish it. High station involves heavy responsibility; and though a wise man should uot shrink from assuming it when it becomes a matter of duty, he will never

make it an object of ambition. But let no one imagine that because he has been born in obscurity he is excused from seeking to employ his talents. G id still takes men from following after sheep'to be rulers of His people (2 Sam. 7: 8). Let the young do their best to develop their powers, so that when the Lord calls they may be ready to do His work.

The following lines are found

printed on a label affixed to the cover of a book. We do not think they have ever been published: r

'' Read and return, nor further me disperse,
Be you the better, let not me be worse;
Retain me long enough to be of use,
All beyond this will be unkind abuse—
My home and master freely I declare,
'Tis 15 Pearl street, near to Spital square.
To you no stranger, yet let strangers know,
My owner's name is Lewis Desormeaux."

Proverbs Concerning PunctuAlity And The Use Of Time.—St. Paul probably employed a popular proverb when he said: "Redeeming the time because the days are evil." There are many proverbs on this general subject. The Arabs say, "Four things are not to be brought back: a word spokfn, an arrow discharged, the divine decree, and lost time." The Telegus, " When the dog comes a stone cannot be found; when the stone is found the dog does not come." The Japanese, "To cut a stick when the fight is over." The Jews, "While you have shoes on your feet, tread down the thorns." The Bengalis, "They fetch salt after the rice is eaten." The Arabs, "They hammer the iron when it is cold." The Russians, "Hurry is good only for catching flies."

.... A little boy of our acquaintance recently wrote a composition on "Mountains." In it he used some words and phrases which he did not fully understand. Speaking of Mt. Everest, in the Himalayas, he said: "It has never been traversed, but it has been guessed by calculation." "Guessed by calculation" is good. We wonder whether there is not a good deal of so-called scientific work which is accomplished in that manner.

.... We would like to find out how many complete sets of "the GuarDian," from the beginning, in 1850, down to the present time, there are now in existence. Our own set is entirely complete. Ever since Dr. Harbaugh issued the first number, in Lewisburg, more than thirty-one years ago, The Guardian has paid our home a regular monthly visit, and we now take peculiar pleasure in seeing all the volumes on the shelves of our library. We believe there are several other complete sets. If their owners will send us their names, we will gladly give them a place in the cabinet.

Building Plain Houses.—The "Literary World," in a recent issue, warns its wealthy readers "to build no more Swiss cottages on flat plains, Italian villas on New England pastures, and battlemented castles on riverbanks!" Buildings, to look well, should be in accordance with their surroundings. A city house in the country is as much out of place as a country house would be in the city. An oldfashioned stone farm-house, surrounded by trees, and perhaps covered with ivy, looks better than a spick and span new modern villa in the same location. We do not mean that your new house should be ugly, or that it should be exactly like those which were built half a century ago. When you are building a new house, if you can afford it, by all means devote some attention to ornament; but be careful not to produce a monster whose hideousness is increased by its pretension.

General George Weedon.—Students of American history are familiar with the name of General Weedon. He was one of the most distinguished of the

Brigadier Generals of the American, Revolution, and at the battle of Brandywine commanded the brigade which covered the retreat, so that, it is said, he saved the American army from destruction. He also commanded the Virginia troops at the siege of Yorktown. None of the books on American history, to which we have been able to refer gives us any account of his early history; but in the December number of the Deutsche Pionier," we find a sketch of his career, which proves that he was a German. His name was originally Gerhard van der Wieden, and he was born in Hanover. The name would seem to indicate that his ancestors had come from Holland. He fought in the war of the Austrian Succession, and was made a lieutenant for bravery in the battle of Dettingen. Coming to America with the Royal American regiment, under Bouquet, he fought in the French and Indian war. Withdrawing from the Army, he settled in Fredericksburg, Virginia. H^re he changed his name to George Weedou, and became a prominent citizen. At the beginning of the Revolution he was postmaster of Fredericksburg. Entering the army he rose rapidly, and on the 24th of February, 1777, was commissioned a Brigadier General. Thus it appears that the name of Weedon should be added to the list of German Generals of the Revoluiiun.

Dickens On Long Contributions. E litors are frequently compelled to decline excellent articles on account of their length. This must be done carefully, so as not td hurt the feelings of the writer. We have never known this to be accomplished more neatly than by Charles Dickens, as appears from a volume of his letters which has just been published. Miss King had sent him an excellent article, for publication in "Household Words," which was found too long. Mr. Dickens was, however, equal to the occasion, and playfully wrote to the authoress: "I fear my idea of it is too short for you. I am, if possible, more unwilling than I was at first to decline it; but the more I have considered it, the longer it has seemel to grow."

SUNDAY-SCHOOL DEPARTMENT.

LIST OF BOOKS APPROVED BY THE SUNDAY-SCHOOL BUREAU.

Here we have the first list of books approved by the Sunday-School Bureau. Librarians and others whose duty requires them to select books for Sundayschools, will know how to appreciate its value. Preserve it carefully, and use it when the time comes to replenish the library.

HARPER & BROTHERS, Publishers, I. T.

The Dying Robin and other Tales, Joseph Alden, D. D., p. 212. William the Cottager, do., p. 168. The Lawyer's Daughter, do., p. 186. Alice Gordon, do., p. 198. The Wonders of Science, or, Young Humphrey Davy, Henry Mayhew, p. 450. The Boyhood of Martin Luther, do., p. 372. The Boyhood of Great Men, Anon. p. 385. The Wars of the Roses, J. G. Edgar, p. 470. The Cousin from India, Miss Muloch, p. 229. Is it True? Tales Curious and Wonderful, do. p 208. Little Sunshine's Holiday, do., p. 210. My Only Sister, Madame Guizo De Witt, p. 251. Miss Moore, a Tale for Girls, Miss Muloch, p. 235. Young Ben. Franklin, a Boy's Book, Henry Mayhew, p. 561. The Peasant-Boy Philosopher, do., p. 500. The Children's Bible Picture Book, p. 821. The Children's Picture Book of the Sagacity of Animals, p. 274. The Children's Picture Book of Birds, p. 274. The Children's Picture Book of Quadrupeds, p. 274. The Children's Picture Fable Book, p. 278. The Magic of Kindness, The Brothers Mayhew, p. 249. The Good Genius, do., p. 201. Footprints of Famous Men, .lohn G. Edgar, p. 369. History for Boys, do., p. 451. Sea Kings and Naval Heroes, do., p. 421.

D0DD, MEAD & CO., Publishers, N. T.

Victory of the Vanquished, by author of Schonberg Cotta Family, p. 520, $1.00. Against the Stream, do., p. 589, 1.00. On Both Sides of the Sea, do., p. 510, 1.00. Kitty Trevylyan, do., p. 403, 1.00. The Early Dawn, do., p. 429, 1.00. Conquering and to Conquer, do., p. 255, 1.00. Schonberg Cotta Family, Mrs. Charles, p. 552, 1 00. Sketches of the Women of Christendom, do., p. 334, 1.00. Note Book of the Bertram Family, do., p. 836, 1.00. The Draytons and the Davcnants, do., p. 509, 1.00. Character Sketches, Norman Macleod, D. D., p.

; 325, 90c. The Old Back Room, Jennie Harrison, p. 392, 90o. The Wonderful Life of Our

| Saviour, Hesba Stretton, p. 325, 90c. Geoffrey the Lollard, Frances Eastwood, p. 342, 90c. The Crew of the Dolphin, Hesba Stretton, p. 232, 76c. Through a Needle's Eye, do., p. 433, 1.00. Tho King's Servants do., p. 298, 90c. Polly and Minnie, or the Story of the Good Samaritan, F. F. G., p. 136, 75c. Twice Found, author of Lonely Liby, etc., p. 131, 75c. Lonely Liby, p. 96, 76o. Max Kromer, a story of the Siege of Strasburg, Hesba Stretton, p. 184, 76c. The Little Brown Girl, Esme Stuart, p. 814, 90c. Half Hours in the Deep, p. 337, 90c. Half Hours in the Tiny World, p. 811, 90c. Half Hours in the Far North, p. 308, 90c. Half Hours in the Far East, p. 357, 90c. Syrian Home Life, Rev. Isaac Riley, p. 366, 90c." Letters from Egypt, Mary L. Whately, p. 230, 75c. Lost Gip, author Little Meg, etc., p. 245, 90c. Mildred Keith, Martha Finley, p. 340, 1.25. Marcella of Rome, Frances Eastwood, p. 329, 90o. Geneva's Shield, a story of the Swiss Reformation, Rev. W. M. Blackburn, p. 325, 76c. Lapsed but not Lost, author of Schonborg Cotta Family, 273, 1.00.

D. LOTHROP & CO,, Publishers, Boston, Mass.

Young Folks' Bible History, Charlotte M. Yonge, p. 415, 1.50. Young Folks' History of England, do., p. 415, 1.60. History of India, Fannie Fcudge, p. 680,1.60. History of Egypt, Clara Clement, p. 476, 1.50. Docia's Journal, Pansy, p. 189, 4 vols, in set, Helen Lester,do., p. 170, Bennie's White Chicken, do., p. 178. 3.00. Jessie Wells, do., p, 210. So as by Fire, Margaret Sidney, p. 253, 1.25. Curious Schools, various authors, p. 872, 1.00. Voyage of the Steadfast, William Kingston, p. 180, 1.00. Daniel Webster, Rev. Joseph Banvard, p. 334, 1.50. Water Wonders, Mrs. A. E. Anderson-Maskell, p. 205, 76c.

It is the object of tho Bureau to select books for the Sunday-School which are of superior excellence in every respect. The above have been thoroughly examined, and are heartily recommended as books of such a character.

Rev. C. S. Gerhard, A. M.
Rev. H. Kieffer, A. M.
Miss Alice Nevjn.
Rev. R. L. Geruart, A. M.

These Books can be purchased of tho Reformed Church Publication Board, No. 907 Arch St., Phila.

SEPTUA&ESIMA SUNDAY.

LESSON VI.

February 5, 1882.

Christ and His Disciple Mask 3: 6-19.

Commit to memory vents 13-15.

8 And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destrov him.

7. But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea; and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judca,

8. And from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and from beyond Jordan; and they ahout Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him.

9. And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him.

10. For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues.

11. And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, Baying, Thou art tho Bon of God.

12. And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known.

13. And he goeth up Into a mountain, and calleth unto A'ffl whom he would i and they came unto him.

14. And he ordained twelve, that they should he with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,

15. And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils t

16. And Simon he surnamed Peter;

17. And James the ton of Zebedee, and John the brother of Jamcs; and ho surnamed them Boauerges, which i-j. The sons of thunder;

IS. And Andrew, nnd Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the mn of Alpheus,and Thaddeus, and 8imon the Canaftnite,

10 And Judas Isc^riot, which also betrayed him: and they went into a house.

{1. CONSPIRACY AGAINST CHRIST. Vs. 7-8.
». PREACHING PROM A SHIP,—AND HEALING THE SICK. Vs.9-12.
3. APPOINTING APOSTL.ES. Vs. 13-19.

CENTRAL TRUTH. 14 If ye continue in my word, then i ye my disciples indeed."—John 8: 31.

GOLDEN TEXT. '* Ye have not chosen me, hut I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye might go and bring forth fruit."—John 15: 16.

INSTRUCTION.

Verse 6. The Pharisees—the strict religious party. Iterodians—the favorites and flatterers of King Herod—the politicians. 7-8. Galilee—the northern division of Palestine. Tyre and Sidon—heathen countries still farther north, on the Mediterranean Sea. Judca— the southern portion of the Holy Land. Jerusalem—its capital. Idumea—the ancient Edom, south-east of Palestine. Beyond Jordan—east of that river. These countries define the circle of Jesus' influence. 9. The ship is a type of the Church, in which Jesus is ever the chief Teacher of the multitudes. 10-12. Only a touch or a word was needed to heal any sickness. What a good Physician is Jesus 1 13-19. All learners are disciples. Apostles—those sent forth to preach. Name them.

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TOPIC l Workers for the Kingdom of Christ.

I. Enemies Op Jesus- — Vs. 6-7. The Pharisees wre His enemies, because they thought He did not observe the Sabbath and other laws strictly enough. Though they hated the king s friends, called Herodians, yet they conspired with these against Jesus ; just as Pontius Pilate and Herod were made friends at the time of the crucifixion. This was an unholy alliance of religion and politics.

Under one form or another this same union of religion and politics has often been formed, and always with evil results.

Jesus withdrew from His foes, not because He feared them, but (1) to defeat their plans, and (2) to have free scope to teach and heal the multitudes. On the sea-shore there was room for all, and no one to disturb His preaching. Besides, there is ever a charm on the sea-shore, with its pleasant breeze. "Beach-meetings" are popular with Christians of our day.

8. The countries here mentioned show the circle of Christ's influence. Tyre and Sidon lay Dorth of the Holy Land, and were inhabited by Gentiles. But even there believers were found. At a later time a woman from that country came and obtained a great blessing from Jesus.

Idumea is another name of the ancient Edom. A ret is was its king at this time, and Herod Antipas had married and divorced his daughter. Intimate relations had been established between the Idumeans and the Jews since the days of John Hyrcanus, who compelled them to accept the Jewish customs.

II. Christ Preaching From A Ship.—The little ship afforded a protection against the press of the crowd, and also a convenient platform from which to preach, so that all might see and hear Him.

The ship is a type of the Church, as was the Ark. It safely rides the sea, bearing a precious freight of saved ones to the haven of eternal rest.

Christ in the ship, teaching the multitudes, is a prophecy of what has taken place ever since. On the sea of this

troubled life the Church has continued to sail, often beaten upon by waves and winds, sometimes almost overwhelmed, but never destroyed—because the Master is with her.

The winds and the waves shall obey Thy will—

'' Peace, be still! Peace, be still!'' Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea. Or demons, or men, or whatever it be, No waters shall swallow the ship, where lies The Master of ocean and earth and skies. Tliey all shall sweetly obey Thy will— "Peace, be still! Peace, be still!"

The middle part, or body of the church edifice, is called the nave (from navis, a ship), from its resemblance to that vessel, aud because in it are those whom "the fUhers of men " have taken with the gospel net.

10-11. We have here a continuation of the works of mercy performed by Jesus, in which He never wearied. It was His delight to do good to the bodies as well as to the souls of men. He is the great Exemplar of all true philanthropists and humanitarians, as well as the chief missionary and religious Teacher.

III. Vs. 13-15. Jesus Choosing Apostles. It was essential to the extension and perpetuation of His cause that He should choose assistants, who should carry forward His work after His return to heaven.

This was one of the chief events in His ministry, and He, setting us an example, did not enter upon it without engaging in prayer. Thus He speut a night upon the mountain alone. Ou the choice of the right men depended largely the success of the cause.

Scribes and Pharisees, though learned men, He could not choose, because they did not believe in Him or His teachings. Even His secret disciples amongst this class, such as Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, failed to comprehend His mission. There was no choice, but amongst " the coLumon people, who heard Him gladly." Many of t In se had already become intimate disciples. Out of their number He must choose the fittest ones for apostles, or chief ministers. Apostle means one sent forth—an ambassador from the King.

14. Twelve were chosen as represent

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