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in the earliest history of Israel, and his 1. Hector, son of Priam. Homer rep
achievements were of the highest order. resents Hector as the noblest of the The nations whom he dispossessed were chiefs who fought against the Greeks not, as is often supposed, mere nomadic during the Trojan war, and one of the tribes, but, among others, the Canaanfinest passages in the Iliad is his farewell ites, or Phænicians, who were one of the to his wife and child before going into most intelligent nations of antiquity. battle. Hector was slain by Achilles. According to Dr. Smith, “Joshua was
a devout warrior, blameless and fearcame inevitable. He had a presenti. Iess, who had been taught by serving ment of the fate of his country. but per- as a youth how to command as a severed in his resistance, preferring death man; who earned by manly vigor & to slavery.
quiet, honored old age; who combined 2. Alexander the Great. The reign strength with gentleness, ever looking of Alexander is one of the great turning up for and obeying the divine impulse points in the history of the world. He with the simplicity of a child, while be is not only recognized as one of the wielded great power, and directed it greatest conquerors, but he also extended calmly and without swerving, to the acthe Greek language over the orient, and complishment of a high unselfish purthus unconsciously prepared the way pose." for preaching the Gospel. Though gifted. 5. David, King of Israel. It was for with extraordinary military genius he his military prowess that David was never learned that “he that ruleth his deemed worthy of being enrolled among spirit is better than he that taketh a the Nine Worthies, and he was certainly city." Proverbs 16: 32. His death, a very great warrior. Though the reign which occurred B.C. 323, is believed to of his son Solomon was in some respects have been principally caused by dissipa- more brilliant, it was David who really tion.
established the empire, which, during 3. Julius Cæsar. Shakspeare calls
its brief history, ranked among the great Caesar “ the foremost man of all this monarchies of the world. He was a man world." If great men must be measured of strong passions, who lived in a barby genius and worldly success, we know barous age; but at the same time he of no one whose claim to the highest possessed spiritual aspirations far in adplace in bistory would be more generally vance of those of his age and nation. It acknowledged. His conquests were as. was his heartfelt repentance for sin that tonishing, and, whatever may be thought rendered him “a man after God's own of the ineans by which he gained his heart." high position, bis abilities as a statesman
s Heaven and earth end were unrivalled. Yet his career was His name and fame shall rest secure." brought to an end by assassination, (B, C. 44), and, immediately, there was 'none
6. Judas Maccabeus. This prince was so poor to do him reverence.' Who the most distinguished of a family of cares for Julius Cæsar now? The sim- priestly warriors, who, in the second cenple preaching of Paul in the city of tury before Christ, succeeded in delivRome meant more than all his con- ering their country from the tyranny of quests. His name is remembered, but Antiochus Epiphanes. An account of . without affection, while the memory of his career may be found in the Apocsuch a humble individual as Robert rypha and in the works of Josephus. Raikes, who did so simple a thing as to The later Jews regarded his achieveopen a Sunday-school, grows brighter ments with great pride, and his name and clearer as time advances. The very properly concludes the list of their world is gradually learning to knuw great military leaders. that there have been greater men than
THREE CHRISTIANS. Julius Cæsar.
7. Arthur, King of Britain. It is THREE JEWS.
difficult to say whether Arthur was a 4. Joshua, Conqueror of Canaan. historical character, or a mere creature Joshua was the greatest military leader of the imaginatiou. According to the
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generally received account he reigned in We have tried to answer our friends' Britain, about the time of the Saxon question conceroing the Nine Wortbies. invasion, in the sixth century of our A curious series, is it pot? The names era. He lived in great splendor at are cbosen from history—sacred and Cærleon, in Wales, and was regarded profane-poetry, and romance; but all as “the mirror of knightly courtesy." of them appear to have been selected for “ From his court, knigbts went forth to their zeal or supposed military achieveall countries to protect women, chastise | nients. There are, however, some pames oppressors, liberate the oppressed, en- which in Heaven are greater than these, chain giants and malicious dwarfs, and for it is of them that the Saviour says: engage in other chivalrous adventures.” “They have not defiled their garments, If Arihur ever existed, bis career has and they shall walk with me in white, been so overlaid with fables that it is for they are worthy.'' impossible to distinguish truth from falsehood. These romantic stories have, however, much poetic beauty, and Ten
THE FATE OF LEADERS. nyson bas greatly elaborated them in hig “ Idyls of the King."
Those who try to go ahead of their 8. Charlemagne. The fact that the
e age generally end in being the tail. darkest period in European history | Too richly freighted, too deeply laden ended wben Charlemagne, in A. D. 800, for the depth, they sink before tbey restored the Western Roman Empire, I reach the ocean, and what wealth, what would of itself give him an exalted pool sumless argosies are scattered to the sition. Though himself comparatively
plunder of the little upregarded privarude and unpolished, he appreciated the liters that float behind. Wbat a futuvalue of learning, and did much for its
rity in the wreck of that overfreighted advancement.. As a warrior be bad po
e bad do venture of uncalculating genius. How equal during the Middle Ages, and in
often does such ill-fated power rush his own rough way he labored for the madly through the universe-a comet. advancement of the Christian religion.
a meteor, dazzling, amazing, confoundSurely, Charlemague deserves a place ling, and then, shocked against some among the Worthies.
steadfast world, it breaks and scatters, 9. Godfrey, of Bouillon. As Godfrey starring spare with fragmentary gems. was the leader of the first and only suc.
-THOMAS MOORE. cessful crusade, it was but natural that his cotemporaries should regard him as the greatest man in the world. At present there are many persons who re-1. The following anecdote, eupplied by gard these struggles for the recovery of Mr. Blair, is an amusing illustration the Holy Land from the hands of the both of the funeral propensity, and of Saracens, as mere outbursts of wild en- | the working of a defective braiu, in a thusiasm, which have left no permanent half-witted carle who used to range the effects. It must, however, not be for- province of Galloway armed with a gotten that the crusades first stemmed huge pike-staff, and who one day met a the tide of Mohammedan conquest, and funeral procession a few miles from Wigthat it is to them that we owe many of town. A long train of carriages, and the blessings which we now enjoy. God | farmers riding on horseback, suggested frey was chosen the first Christian king the propriety of his bestriding his stafi, of Jerusalem, A. D. 1099, but he refused and following after the funeral. The to accept a crown, saying, “I will not procession marched at a brisk rate, and wear a golden crown where my Saviour op reaching the kirk-yard style, as each wore a crown of thoros." He reigned rider dismounted, “Daft Jock” debut a single year, dying in the Holy scended from his wooden steed, beCity.
smeared with mire and perspiration, ex.
claiming, “Hech, sirs, had it no been “His sword in rust,
for the fashion of the thing, I might as His bones are dust,
well ha' been on my ain feet.”— His soul is with the saints we trust.”
Ramsay's" Scottish Life and Character."
make it an object of ambition. But
let no one imagine that because he has We propose to gather a cabinet for been born in obscurity he is excused the readers of THE GUARDIAN. It from seeking to employ his talents. will not be exactly a cabinet of curiosi. Gjd still takes men from following after ties, though things of that sort will not sheep'to be rulers of His people (2 come amiss. We bave in our day made Sam. 7:8). Let the young do their best up cabinets of coins, miuerals, and such to develop their powers, so that when things, and know how to sympathize the Lord calls they may be ready to do with young folks whose tastes run in His work. this direction. We like to see them pursuing an innocent hobby; it keeps! ..... The following lines are found ihem out of bad company, and indi-printed on a label affixed to the cover rectly supplies them with a great deal of a book. We do not think they have of valuable information. Perhaps we ever been pubiished: may sometimes be able to give our « Read and return, nor further me disperse, youthful collectors an acceptable hint. Be you the better, let not me be worse; When they find anything curious—a Retain me long enough to be of use, rare coin, an unusual stone implement
All beyond this will be unkind abuseof Indian manufacture, an old engrav.
My home and master freely I declare,
'Tis 15 Pearl street, near to Spital square. ing, an early manuscript, a German
To you no stranger, yet let strangers know, book printed in America before the My owner's name is Lewis Desormeaux." Revolution, or, in short, anything that appears to them to be peculiarly in. PROVERBS CONCERNING PUNCTUteresting-we want them to write to us, ALITY AND THE USE OF TIME. -St. and we will answer, either by letter or Paul probably employed a popular in THE GUARDIAN.
proverb when he said: “Redeeming It is not, however, for this special the time because the days are evil." purpose that we intend to open our cab- There are many proverbs on tbis geneinet. We want it as a place in which toral subject. The Arabs say, “Four store the fragments-odds and ends things are not to be brought back : & which appear to us too valuable to be lost. word spoken, an arrow discharged, the Words of cheer from our friends, curiosa, divine d-cree, and lost time." The pleasantries, and, above all, “seed- Telegus, " Wben the dog comes a stone thoughts,” will find a place. Will you cannot be found; when the stone is assist the editor in making up the cabinet? found the dog does not come.” The
Japanese, “To cut a stick when the .... “The Presidents of the United fight is over.” The Jews, “ While you States have all been country boys. Not have shoes on your feet, tread down the one of them, from Washington to Ar- thorns." The Bengalis, “They fetch thur, was born in a city.” Think of salt after the rice is eaten." The Arabs, that, country boys! Most of us cannot “They hammer the iron when it is be Presidents, nor should we wish it. cold." The Russians, “Hurry is good High station involves heavy responsi- only fur catching flies." bility; and though a wise man should uot shrink from assuming it when it .... A little boy of our acquaintance becomes a matter of duty, he will never recently wrote a composition on “Mountains.” In it be used some words and Brigadier Generals of the American, phrases wbich he did not fully under-Revolution, and at the battle of Branstand. Speaking of Mt. Everest, in the dywine commanded the brigade which Himalayas, he said: “It has never covered the retreat, 80 that, it is said, heen traversed, but it has been guessed he saved the American army froin deby calculation.” “Guessed by calcu- struction. He also commanded the Virlation” is good. We wonder whether
ginia troops at the siege of Yorktown. tbere is not a good deal of so-called None of the books on American history, scientific work which is accomplished in
to which we have been able to refer that manner.
I gives us any account of his early his
tory : but in the December number of .... We would like to find out how the“ Deutsche Pionier," we find a sketch many complete sets of “THE GUAR- of his career, which proves that he was DIAN,” from the beginning, in 1850, a German. His name was originally down to the present time, there are now Gerhard van der Wieden, and he was in existence. Our own set is entirely born in Hanover. The name would complete. Ever since Dr. Harbaugh seem to indicate that his ancestors issued the first number, in Lewisburg, had come from Holland. He fought in more than thirty-one years ago, The the war of the Austrian Succession, and GUARDIAN has paid our home a regular was made a lieutenant for bravery in monthly visit, and we now take peculiar the battle of Dettingen. Coming to pleasure in seeing all the volumes on America with the Royal American the shelves of our library. We believe regiment, under Bouquet, be fought in there are several other complete sets. the French and Indian war. WithIf iheir owners will send us their names, drawing from the Army, he settled in we will gladly give them a place in the Fredericksburg, Virginia. Here he cabinet.
changed his name to George Weedou,
and became a prominent citizen. At the BUILDING PLAIN HOUSES.—The beginning of the Revolution he was “ Literary World," in a recent issue, postmaster of Fredericksburg. Entering warns its wealthy readers “ to build no the army he rose rapidly, and on the more Swiss cottages on flat plains, / 24th of February, 1777, was commisItalian villas on New England pas- sioned a Brigadier General. Thus it tures, and battlemented castles on river- appears that the name of Weedon should banks!” Buildings, to look well, should be added to the list of German Generals be in accordance with their surround-/ of the Revolusion. ings. A city house in the country is as much out of place as a country DICKENS ON Long CONTRIBUTIONS. house would be in the city. An old- Ejitors are frequently compelled to fashioned stone farm-house, surrounded decline excellent articles on account of by trees, and perbaps covered with ivy, their length. This must be done carelooks better than a spick and span new fully, so as not to hurt the feelings of the modern villa in the same location. We writer. We have never known this to do not mean that your new house should be accomplished more neatly than by be ugly, or that it should be exactly Charles Dickens, as appears from a like those which were built half a cen- volume of his letters which has just been tury ago. When you are building a published. Miss King bad sent bim an new house, if you can afford it, by all excellent article, for publication in means devote some attention to orna- - Household Words,” which was found ment; but be careful not to produce a too long. Mr. Dickens was, however, monster whose hideousness is increased
equal to the occasion, and playfully by its pretension.
wrote to the authoress : “I fear my
idea of it is too short for you. I am, GENERAL GEORGE WEEDON.-Stu- if possible, more unwilliog than I was dents of American history are familiar at first to decline it; but the more I with the name of General Weedon. He have considered it, the longer it has was one of the most distinguished of the seemed to grow.”
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