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For the Advocate and Guardian.

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a country Sabbath. In Aunt Mary's store songht Aunt Mary, who knew how to help Children's Departzent. room were rows of fresh pies and cakes; and every sorrowful heart. The poor woman

goodly loaves of white bread. The children's wore a faded gown and a broken straw bonuncle watched their play from the porch, al net, there was nothing attractive in her apthough he was apparently absorbed in his pearance to those who could not read in her paper.

meek face the marks of the Lord Jesus. (TO THE CHILDREN.

Little Daisy, in her long sleeved gingham Aunt Mary had the beautiful grace of real DHAR CHILDREN—You've heard it said that aprow, with her smootli, chestnut hair, and sympathy, every one felt that a friend was a tree is known by its fruit, that men never soft eyes, was showing her friend, a delicate, coming when they saw that plain dress and expect to gather grapes from thorns; nor figs town-bred child, whose pale face and hair simple white cap: The errana from thistles. We are going to place before made her seem very frail, the mysteries of made known, a letter to the woundeu zoldier you.the fruit of one of our Industrial schools, country playthings. Daisy held golden in a distant hospital was written, with many and you shall judge whether it be good or buttercups under Lily's chin to see if the tender and persuasive words, and the money, bad.

yellow glow would be reflected on the blue: earned by the poor mother enclosed. One of the scholars was going; for a while, veined surface. The little girls had a tea Daisy had been adopted by Aunt Mary, to the home of a kind family in the country. party, where the dolls drank tea from acorn from her infancy, it was her earnest study to When her fellow pupils heard of it, they said santeers, sometimes a shower of apple blossoms make this little one a “ministering child." to the teacher,“ We love her and want to give fell in their laps, and on their shining hair. The lessons of doing for others, of “ giving, her, something." She told them that those A noisy bee flew by, his legs yellow with hoping for nothing again," came down like who wished could each bring to her a penny flower-dust

, a scent of new mown bay swept showers on the mown grass. Lily and' her for the purpose. Just one hundred pennies over the orchard.

sister had been cared for by their mother in were brought. The teacher proposed to add The children were imitating the routine oí very

different

way,

she was anxious that a little to it; but no, they said they wanted their own little lives. Daisy with her their health should be preserved, their bodies. to give her something all by themselves. stronger will and energy, directed the play. beautifully clothed, their forms made graceAccording to their teacher's advice, they The dolls were dressed in hats and cloaks for ful and attractive, she had never longed to bought a neat satchel, and of their own ac- walking; Daisy held in her hand a tiny bas. have them become “ministering children" cord brought also little books that had been ket covered with a fringed napkin. “We unto the poor and needy. Little Daisy knew given them in Sunday-school. Maggie didn't

must carry something to poor people now," very well the paths leading to lonely homes, know a word about all this, and when she

said Daisy “before Sunday comes.” Lily and many winning arts for lightening heavy came in the last day she was to be in school did not understand this kind of play, but she burdens. and they presented the things to her, her submitted to a visit under a more distant

It was a pretty sight in the Saturday twi. eyes, filled with tears, and she couldn't say a peach tree all aglow with its pink flame of light to watch little Daisy and her aunt asi word. Three of the girls wrote a note to blossoms.

they left the farm-house, with baskets and accompany their gift, which I copy below. “We will pretend that an old blind woman parcels. At one place Daisy stopped to They did not have any assistance from any lives here,” said Daisy; knocking resolutely leave a few pansies and buds for a woman

at the door, which strongly resembled a tree who had no garden border; then they gave Dear Maggie;—We are sorry that you

trank, “Come in, my little dear," continued a bonnet newly trimmed to a Sunday-school are going away, and we give you this bag, Daisy.in a high key. So the children sat child: Aunt Mary had pleasanti, friendly to show how much we love you. It is a down under the pink tree, while Daisy open- words for every soul. So carefully had this present from our School. We hope you

ed her basket and began to take out the ma- love of caring for others been woven into will have a good home in the country.

We terials for an imaginary dinner, flakes of her education that Daisy knew from childhope you will be a good girl. Remember buttercups for pats of butter, dried clover: hood by real experience that it is " more God sees you, you must mind the lady, and tops for tea, and sparkling little pebbles for blessed to give than to receive.” do all that she tells you to do. We hope lamps of sugar. “Here, Chloe," said Daisy, Aunt Mary's charities were not confined you will like working in the country, milking “is something for the new week; now I will to giving merely physical comforts, it was We will pray for you, but you

read you this nice book," so the child, with her aim to be of service to every one she must pray for yourself

, that God will help the light on her face of real faith and love, met on her way home. Daisy was often you to be good as long as you live. When read scraps of verses and hymns from her sent alone to carry fruit or flowers to an in you are there remember your teacher and

little store until Lily thought the play was valid, she read to the blind' woman at the schoolmates. Good-by. becoming very solemn.

end of the lane, sometimes she picked bowls From your Schoolmates.". While the children were busy with their of crimson raspberries for a poorer neighbor.

mimic world, Lily's sister came to the door, Even a child is known by luis doings, from and looked out on the scene.

their earliest years they will show whether For the Advocate and Guardian,

girl had silky hair brushed from her temples, they are selfish and careless, or ready to place MINISTERING CHILDREN.”

revealing the pretty features and lustrous their feet in the steps of their Lord and eyes, the soft tint of her dress contrasted well

Saviour, A MORE beautiful play-room could not be with her white throat and wrists. The old

Ministering children! how pleased is He found than Aunt Mary's apple orchard, at the uncle looked up and smiled on the fair girl in who was once a holy child, when He wateh: season when, every brown: twig ends in a in the dark door-way. Presently an. old wo- es these little rays of light on earth, little cluster of sweet flowers. There were gnarl. man, bent and trembling, came slowly over hands carrying blessings, little feet glad to ed roots of trees, with soft cushions of bright the grass gay with dandelions. She opened run in the way of His commands, little voices grass, and many crevices in the rough bark

the gate and approached the side door where trained to speak loving words to those who which served as closets for the doll-wardrobe. Lily's sister was still standing: The uncle are faint and weary, little souls preparing,

It was the holiday time of Saturday after could not hear the poor woman's request, but though love rine, to minister evermore in noon, the children could see from the low, he saw a haughty look curl her pretty lip as His presence. How many little ones will crooked branch of ar old tree the silvery she turned. scornfully away. This look join this band of " ministering children" on milk pans glittering in the spring sunlight pierced the old uncle's soul. Was not this arth, in heaven ? and the white threshold of the kitchen-door.

poor woman a friend of the Lord Jesus, an heir It seemed to be a time when everything of glory everlasting? In his kindest manner

" I love them them that love me; and those that seek me was preparing for the stillness and beauty of Lily's unele bade the woman enter while he

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the cows.

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For the Advocate and Guardian.

FROM THE NOTE-BOOK OF A BIBLE READER.

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week. “No," said he, “Mother won't take to give in the sequel by and by, a chronicle

the Ledger any more." “Why, how is that?" JOTTINGS,

of names ihat have become associated with said W. G. replied, “I suppose the church lady that comes to our house has told her it

our good Mr. Edwards in making these new

wrong to take it.” “Well,” said W.. beds real comforts to the tired children. Dear We cannot feel too grateful for the “Home " and my aunt has given it up too. The church little ones, they have no mothers to tuck Industrial School No. 5, in or very near our lady goes there, and they have prayer-meetdistrict, where we can take the poor little chil- ings in her room, and I guess she has told her

them up, and many of them have soldier fa. dren by the hand, assaring them, as we do so, not to take it.” But upon inquiry it was found thers, far away, who will no more pillow that they will find a kind Christian lady who that this church lady, as they were pleased to their heads upon their bosoms. will not awr instruct them, but will love them call the Bible-reader, did not know that they too. and just here permit us to say for the had taken the Ledger. And the only explan

The fifty new beds are single; they will benefit of those persons who seldom visit the ation we can give is that they now find more therefore require sheets about two yards aboles of poverty, that gentle and loving pleasure in reading the Word of God and at

long and one and a half yards wide. The words addressed to these poor little outcasts, tending religious services, and have lost their thought is suggested, that if fifty sewing soare more highly appreciated than gold or sil- relish for such trashy literature. ver or goodly apparel. A few days since we Find an increasing interest in spiritual | cieties will volunteer the gift of one pair met with a poor widow in the progressive things. Have been engaged since early morn- each, the want may be promptly met, and stages of consumption, with three interesting ing, scarcely finding time so much as to eat. children, two of whom attend the above school. But it is a precious work. The son of the

we cannot doubt there are many who will And very feelingly she expressed her gratitude aged disciple, referred to in our last report, is count it a privilege thus to help in this good for Miss R.'s kindness to her children, showing still doing well, has not returned to liis cups as work. Where four can be sent, instead of me several of the little books they had receiv- all feared he would, but goes regularly to all ed, repeating herself a large part of "The Mo- the religious services in the Chapel. (He was

two, the favor will be most acceptable, for ther's Last Words," which had evidently made a an inebriate of the lowest grade and over fifts the relief of cases frequently occurring, where deep impression upon her heart. And this years of age.) Let as never consider any per- there are crowded apartments, or sickness in woman is professedly a Roman Catholic, but son lopeless, but labor on, looking to the Lord

the Home, or utter destitution among inentirely accessible. We read the 30 chapter of for the "ir:crease." John, to which she listened with the most de

valids visited without. vout attention. After offering prayer, took

Another want, ever recurring and never our leave, but was urged to call again soon, Advocate and Guardian.

ending, so long as our mission-labor for the assured that such visits did lier good. And thus the Bible-reader is permitted to follow up

street children shall be continued, is, bastedthe impressions made by the faithful teacher

NEW YORK, JUNE 16, 1864.

work for the schools basted patchwork, of the * Home" school. Are we not fellow

basted garments for girls or boys, on which laborers, engaged in the saine blessed work, connected with different societies, and yet har

HOME GIFTS AND HOME WANTS. the girls may learn to sew. This, when monionsly working together?

Every passing month brings with it some sent, furnishes real help to the several school 11th. As we entered a deep, dark basement, the mother exclaimed, “I was so disappointed

new favor to be acknowledged, showing the committees, who have worked earnestly and yesterday, I sat up very late on Saturday night lasting regard of the friends of the Home, long, and are prompted still to be not weary to get everything ready, and my husband was who are acting the part of parents to the in well-doing, because they see the good going with me to the B. church yesterday fatherless. Being at the institution a day or

fruit of these labors of love. They need and morning, but the storm was so severe, we were obliged to give it up.” A great change

two since, our attention was called to a new can use profitably whatever help may be has been wrought in this family within a few iron bedstead and mattress made to fit-one

furnished in this direction. months. When first visited they were living in the total neglect of the means of grace,

of fifty-the generous gift of Mr. Edwards For assistance on this wise in the past, a their children not even attending the S. S., and friends he had enlisted-to take the thousand thanks are returned; what be

may Mrs. M. discouraged and melancholy. Her place of those about worn out in the chil. done in the future, will be equally appreciated. husband in the army, the children sick and

dren's dormitories. The sight of this un. suffering for the necessaries of life. She seem

SIGNS OF THE TIMES. ed on the very verge of despair, would rather expected and much needed supply took die than live as she had for the previous six us back to the fall of '47, when the first lot "GOD OUR Trust," is the significant motto months, struggling so to keep her children

of bedsteads—the gift of Mr. Graham, deceas- that appears upon a new coin from the Unifrom starvation. But the Lord has raised up friends for her, and she is not only grateful,

ed—came to the old hired house, and were ted States mint. What a sermon in three but quite happy; they are still very poor, not counted a precious earnest of good things to words! How appropriate and impressive. able to buy either butter or meat. But we

come. Since then almost a score of years, Specially appropriate at all times, deeply im. trust she has found something better than the perishable things of earth. And there is not

while the generous donor has slept in dust, pressive when a nation is agonizing for its now a brighter or happier face in our Chapel | thousands of weary little ones have reposed life, and moistening its soil with the blood of than hers. It is a precious privilege to carry upon the strong couch his benevolence had its sons. “Some trust in chariots, some in the gospel to these poor mothers and witness furnished, till now its support was failing, and horses," some in man, whose breath is in his the genial influence of it upon them and their children.

substitutes became most opportune. But nostrils; but, says the motto, our trust is in 16th. A little girl came up to us in the said our good matron,

“What shall we do God. This is the testimony it must bear, street with the inquiry, “When are you going for sheets? Cotton sheeting costs so much wide as the world. Is it not one of the cheerto have another prayer-meeting ?" On being told next week, she said, “That is so long to wait, that while kind friends send many other ing signs of the times, that such a motto has won't you have one this week?" And a simi- things, this article is not often among them, been selected for a mission so conspicuous lar feeling prevails to some extent among the

and the Home supply has become so short and far reaching? Have we not cause for parents too. One poor woman said, “I was all really to go to the meeting last week, when that the needful changes require washing out gratitude that such an acknowledgment of I happened to think it would not be time un- of season, and soon will fail altogether. May human dependence, has been inscribed where til next week, and I felt so disappointed." not this item be mentioned in the Advocate ?" 25th. Heard of a conversation that took

he who runs may read. place between two boys living in our district.

Now, as our paper has told the story, per- We have also noticed with special interest, W. asked G. if lie had read the story this haps it may be expected that it will be able the progress indicated by the resolutions

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RETRENOHYENT.

adopted by the prominent religious bodies of has for the first time been specially called. that the influence of their example may not our country, at their recent annual convoca. A meeting composed of some 2500 women only promote heartlessness in others, but tions.

was recently held at the Cooper Institute to may help to lead the young and thoughtless The noble declaration of sentiment uttered consider this question, and addressed by gen. “Down to those dread abysses where by the general conference of the Methodist tlemen of eminent ability. A pledge was

Both soul and body die." Episcopal Church, and the prompt action proposed and adopted—with some modifica- We could wish that this dress movement, taken relative to slaveholding-destined soon tions—to which many hundreds of signatures beginning as it has among the elite of society, to banish it utterly from all the churches have since been attached.

may be pursued with the right motive, and within its bounds—is an advance in the right If abstaining from the use of foreign luxu go forward till its mission is accomplished. direction that could not have been effected ries will tend to diminish the price of gold, Let it advance till plain, modest apparel four years since.

this surely affords a reason why it should be shorn of the yards that too often trail in The expression given by the General As. done. If the country can be aided in its dust, indicating lack of good sense, woman. sembly of the Presbyterian Church-Old momentous struggle with hydra-headed ly neatness, and want of conscience in School—is equally indicative of progress. wrong, by any possible retrenchment and the wearer-shall become the acknowledged In reference to this topic their report says : self-denial on the part of woman, surely all, style, meriting and receiving the commenda

“We have all much to confess and lament as one, should be ready for the effort. tion that shall place its opposite among the as to our shortcomings in this respect. It is

For the past three years, our brothers, antiquities of the dark ages. our judgment that the recent events of our bistory and the present condition of our church

fathers, husbands and sons have been volun. A stated correspondent sends us the fol. and country, furnish manifest tokens that the tary exiles from home and kindred, exposed lowing good article on this topic: time has at length come, in the Providence of

to all the horrors, perils and suffering of the God, when it is His will that every vestige of battle-field, the camp, and the loathsome human slavery among us should be effaced, and

We know not for what reason it is, we only that every Christian man should address him- prison-house, to save to us peaceful habitations, self with industry and earnestness to his

know the fact, that women have been called and a country with its cherished institutions appropriate part in the performance of this great duty. Those who were most deeply in—what have they not endured and suffered ! ment, while men have had no such appeal

upon to hold meetings and practice retrenchterested in the perpetuation of slavery, have

While woman's part has been but to minis. made to them. taken away every motive for its further tolera- ter, sympathize, prepare supplies, “wait and The whole subject has been fairly opened tion, and have rendered its cortinuance incompatible with the preservation of our own

pray, pray and wait," bear suspense and for discnssion, and as usual, all do not agree. liberty and independence."

bereavement, the loneliness and desolation One pledge adopted, is this: "For three years, Is not this a testimony from the high caused by withered hopes and the utter

or during the war, we pledge ourselves to use places of responsibility and influence, show.

wreck of the heart's wealth.

There are

no imported article of dress.” Another reads

thus: “We, the undersigned, during the coning that conscience has at length been fully many instances where she has in this mani.

tinuance of this war of rebellion, pledge aroused from its long lethargy, and that fested a Christian heroism, seldom-if ever

ourselves to refrain from the use of imported "truth is mighty and must prevail." surpassed.

articles of luxury when those of home manuSimultaneously with these unanimous And yet we are assured that the women facture can be substituted.” Some pledges expressions not only by those named but of the North have scarce begun to make specify articles, some do not; but all point to other prominent religious bodies, comes an- sacrifices, compared with those which the lessened iinportations and to economy of exother sign of the times equally full of promise | loyal women of the South have been called penditure. for good. A new spirit of home-missions to endure. Verily we are a nation of mourn.

Various objections to these are raised. It is

said that it would not be wise to cut off all and true Christian philanthropy seems to be ers, a voice of weeping has come up in all importations, as that would cut off also a large awakened throughout the churches-a desire our borders, thousands all abroad wear the

portion of the revenue of the country, which to make sacrifices for the temporal and spir. | badge of their sorrow, and if there was ever is paid in gold. Again, it is said that the itual good of the army, to carry to the freed. a time when a large measure of outward working classes abroad have been favorably men the knowledge of the truth, impart to adoining on the part of woman savors special disposed toward us of the North, and that this them principles that shall make their freedom ly of impropriety and bad taste, that time is refusal to use imported articles, which they a blessing, hy fitting them for its rightful use,

manufacture, might be used by designing men is everywhere manifest.

“A speaker at a late public meeting stated

as an argument against us. Again, it is said

that vur manufacturers are making enormous These certainly are among the signs of the

that

among our hardy and enduring veterans times that look like preparatory steps for on the Potomac, nothing so wrung

profits and enriching themselves at present their hearts

prices, and that we have no call to put ourright actinu on a larger scale when victory or so nearly drew tears from their eyes, as

selves to inconvenience and wear articles which shall crown the right. But, oh, how vast the the fact that we at the North are living, do not suit us, that we may enrich them. work to be done! How great

spending, dressing, enjoying ourselves very Again, tliere are differences of opinion as to

much as if there were no war in the coun. how inach we should deny ourselves. A And folly of an evil time," try."

stringent pledge, like the first, cuts off all aryet to be waged by the good and the true!

The deep meaning of the precept "Re

ticles of certain kinds, some of which have “Who is sufficient for these things."

become almost a necessity to us. member those that are in bonds as bound

they do without thein at the South, but it is with them, and those that suffer affliction as

because they cannot procure them. They THE DRESS QUESTION.

being yourselves also in the body," is borne literally “make a virtue of necessity.” What, at the present crisis, is the duty of on every breeze, and we think few, who duly We ask, What sliall we do ? and most of us women with regard to dress—is a question to consider its clains will be disposed to pam. are ready to do what is right and best, if we which the attention of the women of this city per pride, vanity and selfishness, forgetting can decide what that is. Somptuary laws are

now.

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impossible. Nobody can fix a standard; what Taking up the morning paper, we found she foolishly accepts, and she comes forth
is simplicity to one is the height of extrava- in it the following paragraph: Did we be- from that den of iniquity with blasted reputa-
gance to another. No woman can set herself lieve it? We have too much reason to fear tion. With such, houses of like character
up as a standard, though we have heard some
it is all true.

are replenished.”
try. “Look at me,"?
every article

A teacher in a boarding-school led astray
I have on is American, and yet I can dress-as “Several respectable young girls have re-

one of his pupils and when the evidence of nicely an any one." I looked at her, and only cently disappeared mysteriously from the. remember a confused general impression of

western part of New York, and the arrest of a their misdeeds was growing unmistakable, flowers, and streamers, and furbelows of all

ery of an organized Society to kidnap such and compelled her by threats to sign a paper colors. I might look, but I could not copy. send them to New York. A written “Consti- pledging herself not to reveal the partner of

“I want to see every one dressed in uni- tution" of the Society, which was named the her guilt. In the ears of all such we would
form," said another; "all wear dresses like
“ Knights of the Secret Circle," was found up.

whisper, "Be sure your sin will find you
mine;" and she held up a thick, dingy, muddy-
on her, signed by twenty-four persons, and

out." looking worsted material, very good in its

containing a list of nine young girls, marked

out for abduction, the latter being all of highly A young lady was passing a house one day place, but, as a matter of taste-well-ve respectable connections:"

when she saw a woman apparently fainting. conld not agree with her---that was all! No, the object of the movement is to linnin.

“In vain is the net spread in the sight of She sprang to aid her, helped her into the ish importations, so that we shall not be

any bird," and we trust that none who may honse, when the door was suddenly barred, sending so much gold out of the country, and read these words would willingly enter into and she detained against her will and entreatto promote care and economy in expenditure. the snares of the spoiler. We will describe

ies for release. The woman who " fainted” And this by no means in dress alone. The some of them.

had often seen this lovely and graceful girl only rule that can be given is that of the For the offer of a thousand dollars, a pass, and used the above-named artifice to apostle, on another point,, “Let every one be

woman determined to decoy a beautiful girl ensnare her. fully

, persuaded in his own mind.” We have been 4. lavish, an extravagant, a wasteful into her power. For this purpose she' en. A man who counts his dollars by hundreds

of thousands, under promise of marriage, people; lavish in expenditure, extravagant in gaged a man as artful, as hypocritical as dress and equipage, wasteful in food and

herself, to carry out her plot. He took upon wove toils about a lovely orphan girl,, from luxuries. Those who have not been so can

himself the sacred duties of a minister; in which she knew not how to escape Year. plead, “not guilty ;" as a people, we are so.

the village where the intended victim resi- after year he kept hier in his power, despite The enormons sums spent in foreign wines, ded, won her as his bride, brought her to this the goadings of her conscience, ever promiscigars and imported articles of food, have been city, received the accursed wages, and left ing, never fulfilling his promise to make her: more than wasted, in the havoc those things her whom he had solemnly promised to love his lawful wife. For him she: sinned, for have, made with health and life. While a silk

cherish and protect; in the house of the vile him she suffered, and at last he spurned her
dress, hangs up innocently in the wardrobe,
woman whose tool he was.

from him as a worthless: thing.
these luxuries have been doing positive
mischief.

A pretty girl, coming alone to the city for We have been narrating facts of recent
The reform should be sweeping, and the

the first time to visit relatives, on her way occurrence, and we hope some, whose feet resolution should be both with men and

made the acquaintance of a plausible woman, stand on "slippery places," may, warned by women, that as patriots and as Christians we who, when arrived here, offered to hire a them, turn back ere it be too late, ere: they must bring conscience to bear upon our expen- | carriage with her, and accompany her to her learn from their own experience that “the. ditures, and live more plainly, dress more friends, who she said, lived near her own way of the transgressor is hard." plainly, do more for our country and less for home. The offer was gratefully accepted, And, fathers and mothers, whose children ourselves. Many have been practicing upon

The girl's new-found friend entered the house are these men and women who are thrus prey. this rule already; but, as we too well know,

with her, and sent up lrer card. After wait- Ing upon the best interests of society? Are others have not, and most of us know those whose heads have been fairly turned by the ing some time for her friends to appear, she any of them yours? Perhaps, young and sudden influx of money in sums larger than

learned that instead of being at their home | guileless, yours still nestle in your arms, they ever dreamed of possessing. Perhaps she was the prisoner of one “whose house gentle and loving. So teach and train them they must run their race of folly, but it is inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the by precept and example, to do only that within our power, as a people, to becoine more dead." In vain she pleaded for release. which is “lovely, and pure and of good rewise, thoughtful and careful. She was shown at last to an immer room.

you need never blush for them. from which she found there was no possibility There are parents who for weary months WORDS OF WARNING.

of escape. Her ruin was sought, but her and years have lost all traces of their erring For thousands of years has good combat- tears, her entreaties, her prayers, her inno- ones, who grew weary of restraint and broke ted' evil, and yet is the latter far from van- cence, at last wrought her deliverance. Do | away from it. quished. Shall those who seek first the you think she did not learn, then and there, Shall we tell where some of these may be kingdom of God, and His righteousness, the deep meaning of the prayer;" Lead us not found? Here is a Sunday paper

Half of therefore, give up the contest ? No, no, let into temptation, but deliver us from evil ?" one column you see is taken up with adverthem rather

pray God to give them faith and Speaking of one of the so-called hotels on tisements, like this: " Comfortable rooms, patience and success in their labors. Let Broadway, a man said, “If any one should especially for ladies, * * * * and their in. them strive to draw out those who have already invite my sister to go there, I would shoot fants adopted out to good homes." Do good fallen into some pit of destruction, and meau- him.” “Why ?” “Because I should know and happy wives and mothers sustain such while lift up voices of warning that shall turn he meant to ruin her: Many an imocent, " in fant nurseries ?" You could not bribe aside the thoughtless and pleasure-loving but thonghtless girl has tivere lost her fair them to part with their darling babes. Are from the paths of danger.

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Found the G. family under very discouraging ty? That cannot be; "elegantly furnished poverty. They desired bedding, but, alas, we had none to give.

circumstances. Mrs. G. suffering at home, apartments, with convenience and com

every fort" are not furnished by charity. No,

Were requested to visit a person in panting for breath, having been unable for the

last two or three weeks to lie down to rest, 50 somebody's daughters, ashamed of their Av. She wanted baby-clothes

, wbich we fur

nished her from our chest set apart for those bloated is she with 'dropsy. Their little one maternity, seek there to hide their sin and articles, whose supply is unfailing as the wid- was lying contentedly in her little cradle where shame. ov's cruse of oil and barrel of meal.

she most always lies when her papa is out. Others fill by scores the large rooms de. A note was left for us yesterday, asking ad- Mr. G. who has to be housekeeper as well as voted to that class in the Island Hospital vice respecting a case of seduction which oc- furnish daily supplies as far as he can, was Others, early wrecks, fill nameless graves. cured in Ireland in the house of a bachelor evidently worried by his complication of duties,

nobleman by his Untler. The sister of the thongh evincing much patience. 'He goes out lord took upon herself the care of the girl, as at this busy season, and does one job of work,

her parents and grandparents had been their then hastens home to see how his wife is getting EXTRACTS FROM VISITOR'S RIPORT.

retainers. She landed here without knowing on, and what she needs, for she is helpless as WENT to Mrs. B.'s. Her husband deserted any human being. She was directed to an in- her chill. Within week after the above her five years ago, and she knows not whether ' telligence office. A gentleman waiting there record, God released the sufferer, and we trust he is dead or alive. She is in miserable health was suited with her appearance, and brought her freed spirit has gone to that 'blessed land and purposes to leave her children to the So- her to his sister who found her everything she where “there shall be no more death, neither ciety. Was very favorably impressed in re- desired.

sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any gard to her and shall visit 'her often.

Months passed, she grew in their esteem, but more pain." Her end was prayerful and peaceFound a poor rheumatic woman suffering for her pallid face and weeping eyes told 'there ful. When we announced to her the failure of want of proper nourishment and bedding. Left was hidden trouble. The lady questioned her, our efforts to get her to a more comfortable her one of the blankets given us by Mrs. M., she said she could not bell, she should be des place, slie said, "Well, I'm in the hands of the also two dollars froin the same source. An- pised, and what wonld become of her. The Lord;" and the cheerful sırile that accompaother lady provided her with a quarter of a lady kindly told her she mistook her character; nied the words seemed to say, “Let him do what ton of coal. The poor sufferer was ready to if she told her the truth she would promise to seemeth good in his sight. Though He slay exclaim, “My cup runeth over ; surely good- do everything she could for her. She became me I will trust in Him." ness and mercy shall follow me all the days of quiet, went up to her room and brought from Through the efforts and kindness of friends, a

it 'a package, which on being opened, was purse was made up to defray the expenses of Visited a poor consumptive woman who has

found to be a letter from the family with their her funeral, and she sleeps as she wished, by the two sweet children in one of the Home Ind. name appended, commending her to the care side of her mother, in a quiet cemetery. schools. We visit her often ; find her slowly, of the kind people of N. York. The testimonbut surely going the way of all flesh. The asials were of the very best character. Arrange

ALBANY “HOME FOR THE FRIENDLESS." 'ments were made with a widow to receive her surance that we will provide for her children when she is unable longer to do for them, af- under her roof for a while, until she was able SPENDING the winter at Albany and seeing fords her great comfort. Her : appetite is very to resume work, then she was restored to her an appeal to the legislature for an appropriapoor, we took her some dried apples, for which former position in the family as a trusty ser- tion of $5000 to the “ Albany Home for the she was truly grateful, and gave her a dollar to vant.

Friendless," and being informed by my friend, get something that would be agreeable to her

Were desired to visit a person who had been Mrs. James B. Sanders, (whom 'I was pleased taste.

injured by a bale of goods falling on him. We to find one of the Directresses,) that this Called on the widow who fell, in the winter,

found him a poor, emaciated creature, having institution was auxiliary to ours, I would not and broke both her wrists. Her daughter, also

dain in bed for fourteen monthe past. We asked return home without bringing the parent a a widow, with five children, was ill, and both why he had not been taken to the hospital. personal report of its child and its doings, inaswere very glad to see us and talk with us He said he had been there, but eame home to much as I could not find any published report about their troubles. They were needy and

die; gave a shocking account of the manner of the good deeds of these excellent ladies. worthy, and thankful for kind words and aid. in which he had been treated. We asked why I found their “Home” located in a narrow

Found a family of five persons in the fifth they had not applied at the Sisters of Charity's street, a short distance from the Capitol, being story of a house occupied by eight families. Hospital. He said they never asked the Cal-composed of two small dwelling-houses made They came from England, purposing to make tholics for anything, they were poor, very to coinmunicate. The matron, who has been their way to Cincinnati. Their brother, their poor, church, priests, and institutions. We there twelve years—ever since the openingonly male protector, died on board ship; they told his wife we were in the habit of reading very politely showed me through the building. had no acquaintances here, their money was the Bible and praying with those we visited, I found lier well acquainted with the parent gone, and they knew not what to do. We She said her husband was too low-spirited and Institution. She apologized for their "little made their case known to a good woman who could not hear it. May Christ have mercy on Home," which she said could not be compared says her money belongs to the poor. She im- them and reveal Himself to them as their only to our New York Home." But small as it mediately procured them coal and promised to hope of salvation.

is, I was nevertheless impressed with the give them two dollars a week as long as they Having been provided with a basket of pro- largeness of the benevolence. Twenty-seven remained here. Calling again this morning, visions we gave it to them; also some clotling aged, infirm, paralyzed, crippled and consumpwe found they had gone to Cincinnati, and for their twin children. The man has since tive inmates have thene a home for life. we trust they are now happy with their re- been at St. Luke's hospital, and one of his limbs The rooms are comfortably furnished with the lations. They left the coal that had been given has been amputated.

second-hand furniture and carpets of some them to a poor widow in the house, so two On Avenue 0, called on an old man, whose better abodle, which was neatly and coinfortafamilies were made glad by the one gift. son-in-law, long sick and cared for by us had bly arranged for two or three and sometimes

A note was left, asking a visitor to look after gone to his rest. The old man wept bitterly as one inmate, according to the size of the room, two families living in one house. Found them he said, “ There is another widow and father- The character of the Institution is more like two excellent, 'hard-working women, church- | less children left, but God is good : his last the “ Aged, Indigent Female Institution" of members, shrinking from disclosing their words were, I am going to Jesus.”

New York than our's, differing, however, in

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