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on the field of honor in defense of God Von Alpen "submitted for the sake of and of religion. Gradually the Elector their wives and children," but others came to occupy a sort of paternal position found a refuge at the court of Prince with reference to the whole Reformed John Casimir, who ruled over several church, and his influence was felt in dis-provinces. This state of affairs contant lands. Even Queen Elizabeth con- tinued for about seven years, when Louis sulted bim with reference to the affairs suddenly died, leaving an infant son, in of the church of England.
whose name John Casimir assumed the During Frederick's later years his government. The young prince was chief source of sorrow was the continued brought up in the Reformed church, and alienation of his eldest son, Louis, who so it happened that the latter was for was still violent in bis opposition to the many years the established church in the Reformed church, and even refused to Palatinate. The lines between the consee his father on his death-bed, though fessions had now been drawn, and Rethe latter earnestly requested it. The formed and Lutheran churches existed last days of the pious elector were, how. side by side. The struggle was not yet ever, exceedingly edifying. To the over, but there was a season of rest. friends who gatbered around his dying. The books in explanation and in debed he said: “I have lived long enough fense of the Heidelberg Catechism, writfor you and the Church ; I am now ten during this period, and subsequently, called to a better life. I have done for are almost innumerable. The most the Church all I could, but my power celebrated and valuable of these is the was limited. God, who can do all things, commentary bearing the name of Ursinus, and who cared for His Church before I first printed at Heidelberg in 1591, of was born, liveth and reigneth in Heaven which an English version has been pubstill, and will not forsake us; nor will lished in this country by Rev. Dr. G. He suffer those prayers and tears which W. Williard. This great work was, I have offered up in this chamber upon however, really prepared by the distinmy knees for my successor and the guished theologian David Pareus, who Church, to be without a blessing.” Then gathered the notes taken by students addressing his court-preacher he said : from the lectures of Ursinus, and moulded “ The Lord may call me hence whenever them into a complete whole; and mus it pleaseth Him; my conscience is at therefore, be regarded as sharing in th peace wii h the L rd Jesus Christ whom honor of having produced it. I have served with all my heart. I have Among later expositions of the catebeen permitted to see that in all my chism we have found none s) valuable churches and schools the people have as John D'Outrein's “Golden Jewel," been led away from men and directed to first published in Dutch in 1719. We Christ alone.” And again he exclaimed: have a German translation, edited by “I have been detained here long enough F. A. Lampe, which once belonged to through the prayers of God's people ; it Rev. John Christopher Gobrecht, one of is now time that I should be gathered the patriarchs of the Reformed church into the true rest with my Saviour.” in the United States. It is a volume of Then he requested his pastor to read the nearly twelve hundred pages. Though 31st Psalm and the 17tn chapter of John, it contains some minor p-culiarities of and after praying audibly and fervently doctrine it is still of great practical value, he gently fell asleep in the Lord. His and we regret to say that we know of death occurred on the 26th of October, no English translation. 1576.
The defense of the Heidelberg cate
chism was everywhere conducted with AFTER FREDERICK'S DEATH.
self-sacrificing devotion, and thousands Louis VI. assumed the government of men and women have shed their blood immediately after his father's death. in its behalf. Though often attacked it He immediat ly dismissed the Reformed is so thoroughly grounded in the Word professors, and introduced a strictly of God that it can never be refuted. The Lutheran church-order. Pastors were Reformed church everywhere regard it required to subscribe to the new order or as a precious legacy, and we trust it will to leave the country. Many of these says be venerate i to the latest generation.
THE AGED MINSTREL.
And so he moved onward in his drift
ing, uncertain way across the creek at From the “ Platt-Deutsch" of Klaus Groth.*
the edge of the village, up the bill, until his stalwart form stood out against
the sky-for Nat was strong in body BY THE EDITOR.
though weak in mind; then he passed I once was young and fair,
down on the other side to where the road I once was free from care,
entered a forest which stretched miles Bright roses bloomed upon my cheek, My ringlets played at hide and seek;
away. It was here quiet and lonely, And I was young and fair,
but Nat fancied this. He occasionally And I was young and fair.
liked to es ape from human voices and
buman habitations, to get away by himI once was free and bold;
self and talk with the birds, the trees I sang for young and old;
and the flowers. Here in the wood the The people praised me when I sung, They said that I was fair and young;
wild vagaries of his brain found full For I was free and bold,
play. Here no one disputed his claims For I was free and bold.
io greatness, no one denied his being a
noted general, a gifted orator or musiI did not spare my breath, I never thought of death.
cian, when the fancy seized bim to be Through distant lands I took my way,
such. In fact Nat always had “greatAnd every where the world was gay ness thrust upon him ;' he was never an
Ah! who could think of death? ordinary man in his own estimation, and
he was not now.
But on this occasion a new fancy had While creeping on my way;
taken possession of bim-he was on I sing, but no one asks me why
business for the King. Wbat King, or 'Mid songs of youth and love I sigh;
what was the particular business he did But still I sing and play,
pot precisely know, but he had derived But still I sing and play.
his idea from various sermons he had heard at the village church and Sunday
school, which he attended with scrupu" THE KING'S BUSINESS."
lous punctuality through all weathers,
and although he understood but little of Slowly and aimlessly out of the vil- the proceedings, yet chance sentences lage wandered poor, half-witted Nathad fastened themselves on his sluggish that pleasant summer afternoon. He brain. had no particular destination, "only “I'm on business for the King,” he goin' somewhere”-his reply always to muttered, reaching up his great strong any question in regard to his move
hand and wrenching a huge overhangments. During the morning he had ing branch from its place and speedily been parading the village street, his hat converting it into a walking stick. trimmed luxuriautly with feathers. / "Yes, I'm on business for the King, the while he sounded forth his own praise King of all around here, the birds, the through the medium of a tin horn. Of trees, the flowers and the bumble-bees. course he had attracted attention. A He sent me, He did. Parson said so small army of urchins had surrounded t'other Sunday. He said the King sent bim. front and rear, and he had taken out his messengers to do His work. He their shouts and teasing remarks for ap- sent out twelve on 'em once't, an' they plause and admiration. But now his wasn't to take no money in their purse Grandeur was gone. One by one his nor nothin' to eat. Guess He sent me, Followers had forsaken him. until at last l'cause I hain't got no money an' hain't he was "left alone in his glory,” and had nothin' to eat all day.” with poor Nat, like the rest of us, what |
of us what He strode onward, murmuring his does glory amount to when there are thoughts as he went, until after a time pone to witness ?
| he came upon a public road which ran
through the wood. A placard fastened * This celebrated “Platt-Deutsch" poet was born to a tree by the roadside attracted his at Heide, April 21th, 1819. In 1875 he was a professor at the University of Kiel.
attention, and he paused to consider it.
He could not read, but as his eyes were “On business for the King, and goin' fixed upon the printed characters the to my house, eh ?" answered the person tinkle of a cow-bell was heard down the addressed, a good-natured smile crossing road, and presently a cow came into his kindly face. “Well, I reckon that's view, followej by the short, sturdy figure a high honor to me. You've got a aud round, freckled face of Tommy tramp afore you, though, Nat-a good Brock. Tommy was flourishing a large seven miles." stick and shouting at the cow in his “I must obey orders," replied Nat efforts to keep her in a proper home- simply ward direction. As he came up he ex- “That's right-obey orders. Well, claimed:
if you do go tell Mrs. Tracey I'll be “Hello, Nat! What are you doin' home to-morrow night. Tell her, too, here?"
pot to be uneasy about that money bein' " I'm on business for the King,”'re in the house, 'cause I'll sce to it when I plied Nat with dignity.
come.” "On business for-who?”' asked Tom- " What money's that?" asked a fel. my in surprise.
low. workman as Nat turned away. "For the King. He sent me," said “My pension. My claim was allowed Nat again. “That's His orders there, I last week, and I got my money-five take it," pointing to the placard. hundred dollars-yesterday. I was “What is ii, Tommy?"
foolish not to put it in the bank right “That? Why that's only an ap- off but I dido't, and as I didn't have vertisement,” answered Tommy, bis eyes time to go to town yesterday I had to opening wider in his astonishment. “It leave it at home. I reckon it's safe says, “Go to Tracey's Half-Way House enough, though, till tomorrow night, for a square meal..
and then ”“Yes, I know'd it! I know'd it!" | “Hist!" interrupted his companion exclaimed Nat exultingly. “The King suddenly. “What's that?" said take no money nor nothin' to eat, Tracey paused to listen. . an' He'd take keer of me. He says “I didn't hear anything," he said. • Go,' an' I'll obey orders," and instan ly "I thought I heard some one over his tall figure was moving swiftly down there,” pursued the other, pointing to a the road.
large, high pile of boards a few feet disTommy gazed after him a minute in tant-the boards being piled in form of bewildered silence, and then exclaimed a square, with a large cavity in the emphatically as he turned away: centre. "Most likely it was rats, "My! but ain't he cracked !”
though." With rapid steps Nat hurried forward, “More likely to be rats than anything swinging his huge stick and talking to else, there's so many about here,'' anhimself. He had taken the placard as swered Tracey. Then he added jocua veritable command to go to Tracey's, larly : “Maybe, though, it's them burgand thitherward he directed his steps. lars that's been playin' mischief 'round It was not the first time he had been these parts for the laot week or sothere. On previous occasions when he maybe they're stowed away in that pile had passed that way he had been kindly of lumber. My! if I really believed treated by Mrs. Tracey, and perhaps that I'd be uneasy myself, for the chaps that bad something to do with the alac- would have heard all I said about my rily of bis movement, and he hastened pension." down the road till it brought him to a I “What burglars is that ?" inquired small stream, on the bank of which the other. stood a saw-mill. Mr. Tracey, the owner " What burglars? Wby, man, don't of the Half Way House, was engaged you read the papers? Why, only yesterat work bere, and he turned aside to day the Sheriff and his deputies rode by speak to him.
my house on the hunt for 'em. Last “ I'm on business for the King, and Saturday night they broke into Lawyer I'm goin' to your house," he announced Burke's house, in the village, and carried with the dignified gravity that belonged off about a hundred dollars, and then to his royal commission.
I on Sunday night they got into the rail
road station, broke open the safe, and with food. At present he was "obeying made off with about tbree hundred | orders"--and beyond that his thought more. That's the biggest of their hauls, did not go. It was indeed a long walk though they've entered several other he had undertaken, and it was just at places.”
dusk that he reached his destination. The conversation was continued on The Half-Way House was a lonely this topic for a few minutes, and theo hostelry, situated at the intersection of dropped. Neither of the men thought two roads, witb no other house in sight, it worth while to investigate the cause of and was a common stopping-place for the noise, and they pursued their work persons passing to and from the city. for a short time and were then called Nat stepped boldly upon the broad over to the other side of the mill. Just piazza in front, and with full conscious. as they disappeared a face peered over ness of his right walked unhesitatingly the top of the board-pile from the in- into the pleasant sitting-room. Mrs. side, another followed a moment later, Tracey came forward to meet him. and presently two rough, villainous-look |“Wby, Nat, is tbat you ?” ing men came into view, and seeing they “Yes'm,” he answered gravely. "J. were unobserved, sprang quickly to the was told to come here an' get a square ground and hastened into the forest. meal. The King sent me."
"Close shave that, as bein' as we was “The King sent you? Well, I guess hid there all last night and all day till I'll have to give you a supper then," said dow,” said one as he pushed through she. “And by the way, Nat, did you the underbrush.
see my husband on your way here ?! “Yes; I thought as once them mill “Yes’m ; and he said for me to tell chaps was a comin' to look,” responded you he'd be home to-morrer night, in the other. “Good for 'em as they didn't, for you not to be uneasy 'bout that an'tok us for rats; 'cause the p'lice be money." on the look-out now an' we don't want “O dear! I did so hope he'd come to use no shootin' irons an' make things this evening,” she sighed. too hot. We must move out lively from She was indeed uneasy on account of 'ere, Bill."
the money in the house. She had slept “Not till we get that 'ere pension," but little the preceding night for thinkanswered Bill significantly. "That lay-ing of it, and had worried about it all out were as good as pitched at us, an' it'd through the day, and now another lonely be a pity not to take it. 'Sides, the night was before her. As she was pregovernment owes me a pension for all paring supper for her guest, another the time I've lost in jails and prisons, thought came to her. Could she not an' this ere's a good chance to get it. I induce Nat to stop there for the night? knows where the crib is, 'cause we His notion of wandering made it an unstopped there last week for somethin' to certain request, and even if he remained, eat, don't you mind? This feller that with his beclouded intellect, he could owns it was there at the time. There is not be depended on in case of trouble. nobody but a woman an' two little uns, Still he would be company, and perhaps an' they're easy fixed, an' there aint no he might aid her-she prayed for that other house pigb.".
-if she needed help. “But there's that 'ere other chap as “Nat,” she said, as she poured out a said as he was a goin' there?”.
glass of milk for him, “ won't you stay “ Him? He's crazy, an' if he goes here to-night ?” there at all he'll only stop a bit an'move “I don't know whether it be orders," on. A tap on the head 'll settle him, he answered uncertainly. “Parson said anyway, it he's there—but then he won't the King sent out his messengers, an' be there."
they wasn't to take no money nor nothin' During this time Nat was not idle. to eat, an' I don't know if it be right to His tall form, with long and steady stop.” stride, was hastening forward “on bu-l “yes it is," replied Mrs. Tracey, siness for the King.” It did not occur catching at once an idea of his thonghts. to him what he should do when he “I heard what the parson said 100. reached Tracey's and had been supplied When the King's messenger entered a
house he was to abide there—that is to feet, and grasping his stick he strode ston. Don't you remember?"
forward and opened the door. A fearNat considered the proposition. ful struggle met his view as he entered.
“Yes'm, that's his orders. I'll stop,” |Two rough, evil-looking men were tbere he said.
-one holdiag Mrs. Tracey, the other “And, Nat,” pursued the lady, ren the children-and the villains were evidered eager by her success, "There's dently trying to bind and gag their another thing the King said you heard victims. As Nat witnessed the scene his it at Sunday-school. He said, 'Suffer tall form seemed to tower yet higher, little children to come unto me'-that and a strange, fierce light gleamed from is such little children as mine there,” his eyes. pointing to them as they stood at her “I belong to the King!” he thunside. "And the King said too, Who- dered. How dare you offend his little soever shall offend one of these little ones?” ones it is better for him that a millstone At this unexpected intrusion one of were hanged about his neck, and he were the burglars released bis hold of Mrs. cast into the sea.' The King doesn't Tracey, and sprang forward with an wish any harm to come to his little ones, oath to meet him. But it was in vain. in any way-you remember that ?" The great stick was whirled in the air,
“ Yes'm,'' replied Nat absently. and then came down with fearful force
“Well, then,"continued Mrs. Tracey, on the head of the villain, and he sank driving the concluding nail into her senseless to the floor. The remaining argument, “if any bad, wicked men burglar hastened to his comrade's assist. should come here to-night, and try to ance, but he was like a child in the hurt me or these little ones that belong hands of a giant, and in a moment he, to the King, you would help us too, was helpless and motionless. Nat wouldn't you?''.
stooped and drew the two insensible She waited anxiously for the reply forms toward him. Nat looked at her vaguely for a moment, “Now bring them ropes, and I'll hang and then his eyes wandered aimlessly a”-he paused, and left the sentence around the room, and then back to her. unfinished. “But there aint no millFinally he said quietly :
stones 'bout here to hang 'round their “The King sent me. I'll obey necks!" he added, looking up bewildered. orders.”
“ Do you b’lieve a big rock would do? How far he understood she did not I must obey orders.” know, and all her effort could draw out “No, I don't believe a rock would no more definite reply, and with that do," replied Mrs. Tracey, smiling in spite she was obliged to be content. As the of her alarm. “But they will be comevening grew late she provided her ing to presently; I would just tie their guest with a sleeping-place, in an ad- hands and feet and leave them until joining room, by throwing a few quilts morning." on the floor-for Nat would sleep no- “Yes'm, so I will. The King said where else—and then she lay down, tie 'em hand and foot-that's his orders. without undressing, on a bed beside her They won't offend his little ones any children. But it was a long time be- more," and in a few minutes Nat had fore slumber visited her troubled spirit. them safely secured.
As for Nat, no thought of worry or I need not tell of the night that fol. anxiety for the future was on his mind lowed, of how Nat kept sleepless guard and he “slept the sleep of the just" over his captives, and of how, when and bis dreams were peaceful. But morning came and help came with it, after a time those dreams became dis- the burglars were safely lodged in the turbed and discordant-a voice seemed | county jail. All that is easily surmised. to be calling to bim from his King, and But at last Nat was a hero-not only in presently he awakened with a start. This own eyes but in the eyes of all
“Nat! help! Nat, the King wants others. He bore his honors meekly and you!" came in smothered tunes from with dignity, as a right belonging to a the other room.
servant of the King. He accepted the In an instant he sprang lightly to his numerous congratulations and hand