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appointed of many good things her youth me, if the rongh feet could be kept from tram- food and clothing, or they cannot listen to His counted upon; and life may be an entire fail- pling over the pasture.”
instructions. ure in what she most desired and hoped for, “Let us drop the figure," said I; "now “I am glad Christ was tired and thirsty, and yet if she is true and brave in herself, she can Martha, do tell me, please, how in so much sat on Jacob's well. I am glad He knew what make a good life with poor surroundings, and toil-real slavish work, it seems to me you human labor meant, both for sympathy with one that pays well in the end. If the best keep so happy and cheerful, and retain so much us poor toilers, and for that His toil made usethings fail, why she must take the next best, or that is fresh and strong in spirit.”
ful labor always honorable, and holy, and the next, and not be conquered by any ordi- “Love's work is never slavish,” said Martha, good. nary discomforts. My life is full of toil and “it may be too much for nerve and muscle,
About the moral right to overtax one porweariness, and trial; but I do not count my but the heart does not get tired of doing for tion of our being until the other part is drainlife less full of joy than the average of women's love's sake. There are too often laid upon &
ed and shrivelled, I answer promptly, no; but lives. I look for pleasant things all along the willing heart and ready hand, burdens of de
when circumstances, outside of our own judgway, and keep a sharp eye for anything that mand with which love has nothing to do; and
ment and will, hold us in their grasp, we have may be turned to an enjoyment. That little that makes the hardship. Nevertheless, this only to make the best of the situation, and in rose is a beauty and a comfort in its way; and is hard to be borne, and ordinarily, what one so doing, make the best we can of ourselves.” then it is a sort of satisfaction to be able to must do one can do.
“The best we can of ourselves!" thought I, save the materials of this life well.
“Ah, that is your philosophy, then," I said, as I went to my room while Martha laid in “But L., I do feel at times as if I were made “ how far can you carry it, pray?"
order the family dinner. Truly, I have learnfor 'some better use, and do long for other “A great way, really," said Martha, "I rise ed' of my friend to-day more of self-training things than serving tables. This morning I in the morning with a pretty clear view of the
than the books ever taught me. went down cellar after potatoes for dinner; day's work before me; it looks formidable, to Here is a being rich in her own nature they were in a dark, close barrel, with only the be sure, but there is no escape; there are just with God's choice gifts, bound to a life of manfact of summer out of doors to remind them of so many to be fed, minded, soothed and enter- ual toil, yet never in the humblest service life, and growth, and light, yet even there they tained, besides the occasional and unlooked-for stooping below the dignity of intelligent and had begun to sprout. I took out one with two incidents. A heart-felt prayer, if it is ever so
refined womanhood; working more constantly pale shoots a foot and a half long, that were brief and hurried, is a great help just at that
than a slave is required to do, without murreaching up through the darkness to a sunbeam point. Then I set my wits at work to contrive muring, while the love in her heart, the duty over a crevice. I thought, L., how everything the most expeditious way to dispose of the in her hand, and God overhead are her comin its season wants to shoot upward to the day's business, and by dint of head study, and fort, her strength, and her aspiration. sunshine, and put on its new growth and beau- discipline, and manual industry, it is accom- She complains of a starved and hungry soul, ty, and use. ' It made me think of myself—but plished by bed-time. For the comfort part, I but to those favored with her soul's communyou must remember I only sing in this strain think as little as possible of what might have ion, she shows a fullness which a life of leisure when I am tired-half sick, as I am to-day- | been, and what should be ; so with love in my never develops ; a kind of fullness made more how I am like a poor, homely, useful potato, heart, and duty in my hand, and God over- complete by the discipline of toil. The habit longing in the uncongenial restrictions of my head, I reckon myself to be happy indeed. of prompt and efficient doing ander a constant place to stretch upward into God's beautiful “The worst of this process is—not speaking of and worthy motive, quickens her mental and sunshine, and see if I couldn't put on a leaf the premature old age it brings—it leaves bat moral action to a like promptness and effiand a flower."
little opportunity for the soul to grow in the ciency. Unconsciously to herself, her soul “You shall not call yourself a potato," I direction of its higher nature. I read just
does blossom and bear fruit from the soil answered hastily: "I have much respect for
enough to make me thirsty for the cup of where her heart's life has taken root; in spite the vegetable, but it is no simile for my friend ;
knowledge a little beyond my reach-scarcely of the rough feet over the pasture, she has a rather name for yourself some perennial, up
enough to keep pace with my children in mat- vigorous growth that ministers sweetness and right plant, whose leaf never withers, and
ters of literary and common information. That sustenance to the growth of many other lives. which bears the sweet blossom and ripe fruit
is not quite the worst; there are seasons when I have been thinking whether it would not at the same time. I wish, Martha, you could
this pressure by toil is so severe, that I have be well for the Marys of the guest-room to be transplanted, and we would see what the
scarcely time to pray. A few words in the turn aside for a little, to discourse with Marflower should become."
morning and a few moments alone at night, tha in the kitchen. "I do not wish to be transplanted," answer
are all I can command." ed Martha, “I desire only the chance to grow
“But, Martha,” said I, “I am disposed to RIGITTS OF SLAVEHOLDERS.-Tell me not of rightsinquire, if
you, with as I might in this soil. I like my field well
talk not of the property of the planter in his slaves. I deny your capacities for better things, have a moral right to use yourself in
the right-I acknowledge not the property. The principles, enongh, but for the unnatural croppings and
the feelings of our common nature rise in rebellion against it. over-runnings that will not allow a flower to this manner, even for husband and children,
Be the appeal made to the understanding or the heart, the and friends ? Christ reproved the other Mar- sentence is the same that rejects it. In vain you tell me of huthrive." tha for over carefulness when He was Himse I
man laws that sanction such a claim. There is a law above “That is why I want my native plant here
an the enactmts of human codes, the same throughout the the subject of her care." set in a sheltered place," I replied, “so no
world, the same in all time. Such as it was before the daring
“I always believed,” said my friend, " that geutus of Columbus pierced the night of ages and opened rude feet should trample it, and kindly culture
Jesus felt very kindly to poor Martha. I dare to one world the source of power, wealth, and knowledge, should make it grow tall and broad.”
to another all unatterable woes; such it is at this day. It is say she was the house-keeper, and felt a ten
the law written by the finger of God on the heart of man, “Do you know, L.," said Martha, “that too der ambition that the dear Lord should be well and by that law unchangeable and eternal. While men much care is not good for some natures; they served in her house. Perhaps she was a little despise fraud and loathe rapine and abhor blood, they will stretch up tall and proud, but they lose their over-nice-maybe a little fretful with her cares,
reject with indignation the wild and guilty phantasy that
man could hold property in man.-Lord Brougham. most valuable properties by over-growth. The while Mary sat at Jesus' feet: very likely she lone violet of our pastures is exquisitely sweet would have been glad to sit there herself had on its own hill-side ; transferred to the garden, there been a third person to prepare bis din- ESTIMATE WISELY.–Did men know what a difference it becomes rank and elegant, but the sweetness ner. Mary's place looks very sweet to me God puts, and will put to eternity, between those that serve
him and those that serve him not, religion would not seem is all gone. I do not compare myself to a vio- sometimes, and I have need y reży often to re
E. L. E.
such an indifferent thing as they make it, nor would they let, but really I think the hill-side is better for member that the Lord's littl: oes must have act in it with so much indifference as they do.
BABY LOOKING OUT FOR ME.
wing or the gleam of his fery eye. No sal- negroes were left. Ah! Uncle Sam had cast
vation there dawns beyond the tear-clouds. his eyes sorrowfully, southward; he had beTwo little busy hands patting on the window, Two laughing blue eyes looking out at me;
“Dead!- both my boys f” The Southern mo- held the cotton-fields far away, and the uplifted Two rosy red cheeks dented with a dimple ;
ther, in the grief of as motherly a heart as ever eyes and the outstretched hands of a dusky Mother-bird is coming ; baby, do you see?
beat in woman's breast, cries thus alord, and throng, and that throng knew all, with dumb Down by the lilac-bush, something white and azure there is no pity, and there is no hope, and lips and beating hearts. I am asked: “Do Saw I in the window as I passed the tree;
there is yet no consolation. Such are the fruits they really desire freedom" Where slavery Well I knew the apron and the shoulder-knots of ribbon,
of rebellion. Thank God, that we, at least, are has not utterly crushed out humanity, I answer, All belonged to baby looking out for me.
not rebels to our country. Talking low and tenderly
yes! there is as keen a yearning as may be, for To myself ag mothers will,
Among a people thus embittered as that this boon—they only bide their time. When Spake I softly, "God in Heaven,
people must be, in whom infatuation has gained the clash of our arms shall resound in the hearKeep' my darling free from ill.
the better of their wisdom, an exile's lot is ing of the settlement where I dwelt, I shall Worldly gear and worldly honors Ask I not for her from thee;
hard. I know it to be thus from experience. look for the illuminated countenance of every But from want and sin and sorrow,
Being South when Sumter fell, when Secessia Harriet, Dinah, Minta, Harry, Tom and Cæsar, Keep her ever pare and free."
was pronounced king of the states, and the whose faces I ever beheld, while there, and
guns were fired in honor thereof; when the whose dusky hands ever waved me with a Two little waxen hands,
beat of the drum was heard from the new- "God bless ye,” back to my native home Folded soft and silently; Two little curtained eyes
made camps, and the bugle for the muster- again. Looking out no more for me ;
when “ Home Guards" were established, and The negro character, as has always been Two little mowy cheeks,
cannon planted upon the quiet shores of the represented, is remarkable for its elasticity, Dimple-dented nevermore;
rivers and creeks surrounding; when starva- Day cares are easily forgotten in the revelry at Two little trodden shoes, That will never touch the floor ;
tion looked threateningly into the face of the night, in which no two feet are so tired that Shoulder-ribbon softly twisted,
people, and suspicion followed in the footsteps they may not join in the dance called forth by Apron folded clean and white;
of all who had not enlisted for the war, and the banjo's thrum. Life-cares, they have none; These are left me--and these only Of the childly presence bright.
particularly all Northerners, whom adverse fate it is not their right to count on life. I ween Thus He sent an answer to ny earnest praying ;
had cast there; the only really fortunate cir- at times, they may dare to cast their eyes to-
myself, was that of being situated in the family | their brows adorned like unto missus', with a Till I look above it; then with purer vision,
of a Northerner, and relative, where I could ļ shining crown, and there is their sole consoSad, I weep no longer the lilac-bush to pass,
speak my mind freely, in lieu of being thrown, lation. For I see her an angel, pure and white, and sinless,
as I might have been, into the borom of a There is something more than touching in Walking with the barpers, by the sea of glass.
family who entertained disloyal sentiments, the condition to which slavery has reduced this Two little snowy wings
for had the latter happened to me, instead of people, and I speak, too, with the leniency of Softly flutter to and fro, Two tiny childish bands
rejoicing under present auspices, I should one who has seen the brightest side of slavery, Beckon still to me below;
doubtless have ornamented the interior of one one who has seen them treated, probably, as Two tender angel eyes
of Jeff. Davis's prisons, or expired on a tree.
which they do—and there it is! They are Baby's looking out for me.
papers pertaining to politics, or troubled my- what they are. Slavery has brought them to
self in any way about congress or its laws, it, and nothing but freedom, as I can see, cap For the Advocate and Guardian.
except, perhaps, to read the greatest speeches ever bring them out of it. This, then, is our
made there in defence of the Constitution, and first grand missionary work. BEYOND THE LINES.
in opposition to whatsoever might tend to its Slave-holders who were sufficiently wealthy That insatiable bird of prey, that vulture of overthrow; and so, unconsciously admitted to purchase substitutes for the war, after the war, which had dwelt so long on foreign shores, that spark of loyalty which went burning down acts for enlistments were passed, patrolled the that our American eyes had forgotten in what | into my soul, without my knowing it, until my negro quarters nightly, and such a were found shape it dwelt, what plumage it wore, and of nature was wholly imbued with its life. It outside of their cabins were punished, some. what passions it was possessed, swept west- burst forth at the distant echo of the Sumter times severely, and sometimes were shot down ward at last, and rested its wings upon our free guns—I knew then that I belonged to Uncle for slight offenses. Thus strongly were fears and rocky shores. We have bebeld it shud- Sam, heart and all, and to no one else. of danger apprehended. Several negroes of deringly, and fain would we have closed our
more violent natures, and whose hope had eyes at times, seeking to forget its presence, That portion of Alabama in which I dwelt, already set their feet on the “forward march' but, alas! we could not.
is quite new. It bears the marks of a late to freedom, committed acts for which they But though the bird hath stooped over forms civilization, consequently the settlements were were arrested and hung, within a mile of our we have loved, and those forms are no longer small, in many places. First the school, newly dwelling, and without judge or jury some were seen, though its blood-reeking talons are well-established, was broken up on account of the burned alive as examples, with crowds of neknown to us by the drops from our own hearts, war panic. Companies, regiments, groes for witnesses. It might have been necesin which the prey hath been embalmed, it is formed and marched away, with the solemnity sary to our safety, I only mention it because not here as by the Southern hearthstone. Oh, of a great purpose and determination. Our it goes to show the suspicion of existing energy no! We gaze awhile in tears, it is true, but starry flag went down, our blood boiled, and necessary to those to whom freedom is life; only to smile through them again, as we thus we were quietly informed that we must sub- that same energy and spirit which has since behold the salvation of our land—and so life mit; we wept over it in our homes, and been exemplified on more than one bloody goes on-in hope, goes on. Alas! the misery this was our comfort. Thank God, rebel rule occasion. of life's on ward move when hope is not with could not reach our hearts !
Another flag “ Loyal hearts !" Yes, a few, whose secret it. Yet such, just such is the life of the South- went up--it passed our door, and an enthusias- we chanced to ferret out, through veils of actern heart.
tic mob cheered it on. Finally the country ed deceit or silent seclusion, but which never The bird swoops low, no eye misses the sight was left in silence, nearly all the able-bodied dared to be expressed. And when I say loyal, of him, there ; never the touch of his reeking | men having been marched off to the war. The I do not mean a massive enthusiasm such as
** well as was possible, in sustaining the relation
For the Advocate and Guardian,
A TRUE STORY.-BY A SUNDAY-SCHOOL TEACHER
possesses a good many of our northern people, an enthusiasm which, like the ripple on the
THE WORK AMONG THE DEGRADED water, is forced by the wind-to die again. No! I mean a great, strong, natural, living
NOT A VAIN WORK.
LITTLE EFFORTS. current, that sweeps everything before it, and "What are your impressions of the work
A LITTLE child I am indeed, wears the channel deeper, and never stops its
And little do I know; here?” said a lady to me after I had spent a sweeping until its life gives out at the fountain.
Much care and help I yet shall need Ah! no sympathy of patriotism have I found half day in visiting in one of the most wicked
That I may winer grow, here in the North, to be compared with that and abandoned portions of our city. I had
If I would ever hope to do which I received from these poor loyal ones in been in miserable, dirty, unfurnished, smoke
Things great and good, and useful too. Alabama. Daily, almost, we read or hear of stained attics, and in low, damp, windowless
But even now I ought to try
To do what good I may; cellars, but I had also seen men and women rethose who have left their homes behind, and
God never meant that such as I after untold hardships, reached our armiesdeemed from drunkenness and living in neat.
Should only live to play, and that is patriotism; but, oh! go to some exness and comfort, and over all the suffering of
And talk and laugh, and eat and drink, ile's home now, in the far South-behold manthose comfortless rooms, over all the hunger
And sleep and wake, and never think. hood struggling between duty to his country and cold and nakedness, the blessed light and
One gentle word that I may speak,
Or one kind, loving deed, and the dread of leaving the dear ones God has hope of those saved ones prevailed. I came
May, though a trifle poor and weak, given him, to the mercies of a merciless foe. away hopeful, more hopeful than I ever before
Prove like a tiny seed; See his proud soul bowed, his manhood swept felt in regard to such fearful places. Labor
And who can tell what good may spring away in his own eyes, because woman's heart did not seem to be expended in vain. Charities
From such a very little thing! was weak, and bade him stay, and with bitter did not seem to be wasted. The welcome the
Then let me try, each day and hour, visitor everywhere received surprised me. smile, see him bid the little ones farewell, who,
To act upon this plan:
What little good is in my power, with enough, perhaps, of their father's brave, incivility was offered her. Her visits were
To do it while I can. proud spirit within, to keep their eyes from not deemed intrusions. She spoke with great
If to be useful thus I try,
I may do better by and by. decision and plainness, but no one appeared weeping, yet cling to him in a pitiful grief; behold him taking leave of all, and hastening to offended.
For the Advocate and Guardian. the mountains with his blanket and gun, to When I saw the depths of degradation I
THE DRUNKEN HOUSE, steal back only under cover of the night, to thought, “What infinite forbearance Our Fathclasp those loved ones yet once more; behold er has. If He can endure all this, we too must
CHAPTER I. this, men and women of the North, and then have patience, and work as we can for the
salvation of these outcasts. give loyalty a name!
Now you have come from church, and put We must not
away all your over-coats and hats, sit with And this is not overdrawn. In the County expect too immediate return for our labor.
me a little while, dear children, and I will The children in the schools must necessarily of Fayette, Alabama, at one time, there were
you the story of a Drunken House. nearly a hundred Unionists, who armed ther- improve slowly. The street and the family
You love stories, I am sure ; for I never selves, left their homes, their wives, and chilinfluence over them is fearful beyond words.
saw a little boy or girl who did not, and I dren, and determined to die there together, It seems almost impossible that they can live
think you will like this one particularly, berather than fight against the flag they loved. in such neighborhoods without succumbing
cause it is all true. It is what I have seen; Regiments were sent to drive them from their to the evil that reigns there, but God is mightier
and I know these poor creatures whom I “Freedom's last abode." Some were taken, than evil and his grace can save even when
shall tell you about, better than I know you, some left dead upon the hills, for the winds to hope would seem to be vain.
for I have seen them, and sat in their rooms moan over, and for the little children to weep No one who has not visited in these terrible and talked with them. over, and a few escaped. How many of these localities can imagine the want there is of every- One day, a very cold day in March, when ever succeeded in reaching our army, I never thing that can make life comfortable and re- the wind blew so hard that I had to turn knew. Oh! how fervently we_little band of spectable. No garment that would hold to- round and round to keep my cloak upon me, exiles-prayed for such, and how our hearts gether for a few weeks would come amiss.
I walked out to look for a very poor, wicked,
drunken woman. bled over their unhappy fates, as after night- Bedquilts and blankets, except in the summer
You will wonder, perhaps, fall, to avoid suspicion, we would meet togeth- weather, are in great demand, and old are just as that I should wish to find such a person as
good as new. er, talk over the events of the day, of the
No matter what is sent if the
that, but you know, my dear children, that week, of the war, sing in low tones, our song freight is paid. Every article will go to relieve we ought to do all the good we can in this of the Star-spangled Banner, and like guilty suffering. I never so much wish myself rich world, and I wanted to see if I could do any. things, steal tearfully homeward again. No as in such places. Money expended there thing for her and her poor suffering children.
She had little boys and girls who called yields a better interest than this world can one can imagine what sympathy is held among
her mother, yet she was no mother to them, give. But we may all remember the widow's Unionists south, (and especially Northerners,)
but raved, and swore, and drank, when your or what need there is of it. A like experience, mite was an acceptable offering; let us waste
good mothers were taking care of you. a like desire, a like hope, a like fear, unites nothing in our hoines which can clothe the
on, paked or feed the hungry, and let us employ them, not only in closer bonds to their country,
through street after street, and finally came but to each other—to all whose eyes turn long. our leisure moments in working for those who
to a shabby-looking wooden house, with ingly homeward ! are in perishing need of our assistance.
three front doors in it, and a great many Surely, much as we love our soldiers, ought
small, broken windows.
A policeman stood we not to fill their ranks by sending others on,
on a corner near the house, and I was glad that they may move the sooner and the surer,
to see him, I assure you, for I felt that he on to freedom and victory?
A LITTLE said—and truly said
might protect me; and although I am grown Can deeper joy impart Than hosts of words, which reach the head,
up to be a woman. I do not hike to go into
a bad-looking place, much better than some The voice that wins its sunny way,
of you little folks would. If we exercise faith, God will encourage it.
A lonely home to cheer,
So I looked at the policeman with his blue Hath oft the fewest words to say;
coat and bright star, and said, "I am looking Improve the promises, and God will ratify them.
But never tonch the heart.
But O! those few-how dear!
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for a poor woman by the name of Skinney; the house, and she said there were six or Mrs. Skinney. Do you know whether she
HINTS TO PARENTS, seven; so after promising to call again when lives here ?” “Very likely,” said he, “but the child was well enough, I took my leave Muon has been said and written on the this is a of a place.” I was more afraid and went to hunt up the others.
government and training of children. Many than ever; but turned toward the frightful Mrs. Conner, Mrs. Hurlham, Mrs. Larry, rules and theories have been set forth by able dwelling, and determined to go in. One door and Mrs. McGarry, were all at home, and minds, some of which, if carefully observed and led into a liquor-store, but that great door was received me very politely. They were all
practiced, prove very beneficial in family govbarred; for the man who owned the house intemperate women, and their rooms were had threatened to turn the store-keeper out,
ernment. But probably no rule will infallibly almost as dirty and uncomfortable as the one if he kept such a noisy place; so now he i had just left; but I sat a little while in apply in all cases; nor will any one rule be kept the outside door fastened, and all who each, and tried to become acquainted with
applicable to all in the same family, wliere wanted liquor went in another
their occupants. way.
But there is one that I
there are several children; simply because The other two doors were narrow, and must tell you most about, and that is Mrs.
children are of diverse dispositions, and as one close together, and both led into small entries, Shelly.
after another is added to the family, the cirand up old rickety stairs.
cumstances and habits of the whole household I entered one of When I went to Mrs. Conner's room,
become somewhat changed. these, and in going up the first flight of there she sat upon an old trunk, looking stairs , I met a little girl with a water pail in dirty, ragged, stupid, and lazy. Her hair
The field is a wide one, and the subject of her hand.
was straggling about her face, her bare feet great importance. We propose merely to offer “How do you do, little girl," said I, "what were sticking out from under her dress, and a few suggestions to parents, on one or two is your name?" " Bridget, ma'am." she was hugging an old shawl around her to traits too commonly seen in children at the you tell me where Mrs. Skinney lives ?"
hide the waist of her gown, which was al- present day. “Yes, ma'am; on the top floor.”
most torn off
One deplorable feature noticed in very many She went out to get her pail of water, and
“I'm the worst woman in Ameriky," said children, is an exceedingly ill temper. How I walked slowly up another flight of stairs, she.
many of my dear readers—you who are papicking my way among the dirt and holes, Why, what do you do that is so very rents, or who have the oversight of children, and wondering whom I should next meet. bad?”
have been pained to witness this evil in your Then I shook the dust off my dress, and “O nothing, only to myself, but I'm drunk loved little ones;
a sour, morose, petulant, knocked at the first door. “Come in,” cried all the time."
fault-finding disposition, beginning to develop a woman, with a coarse, husky voice, and I
“Well, that is bad enough,” said I, “but | itself, frequently, in those that are very young; opened the door, and stepped in.
you needn't get drunk: you can have good and sometimes so manifesting itself as to repel There sat a tall ragged woman, on a low
drinks enough, without taking rum or gin, or with disgust all who approach them. Now stool, holding a little boy in her arms. This any such thing, and drinks that will not hurt
there may be different causes for this. We tall woman with her ragged clothes and bare you, too; and you can get some of them as
admit that some children are naturally of betfeet, was Mrs. Skinney; and it was her harsh
cheap, or cheaper, than you can get your voice that had called to me to walk in. She
ter dispositions than others, but we think that strong drink.
There's tea, coffee, lemonade, was not drunk then, and a kind mother's and molasses and water, all very nice, and
in a majority of cases, the difference is not so
much in their nature, as in their education, and heart had come into her again, while she you might take as much as you needed, and
the influences surrounding them. We holu, tended her sick child. She turned her head
they would not make
drunk." to look at me, and exclaimed hastily, “Come
with many others, that the wise man had it “O,” said she, “I do not drink liquor be
right when he said, “Train up a child in in, if you ain't afraid of small-pox." cause I love it, but when I come home from
the way he should go, and when he is old I was very much afraid of it, and thought work, I say, Bridget
, mother's tired, go get me a little gin."
he will not depart from it.” If any one shall it wrong to expose my health needlessly; but I had come out with a desire to do good,
“But do you want Bridget to get drunk,
say there are exceptions to this role, I answer, and when we make the effort, God will help
too? Do you want her to say when she be that in those exceptions it is more than probaus, and enable us to overcome many and gins to work, Mother used to drink gin
ble that the child was not trained exactly, in when she was tired, and I must drink it, all respects, as he should go. great obstacles. This was not a very great too?'"
It is a lamentable fact, that in many a famone, however, for I had been vaccinated and knew that I could be again, as soon as I
The poor creature looked sorrowful, and ily (and some professedly Christian ones, too,) reached home; so I stood still, and did my
said, “I want Bridget, and Katie, and Mich- this spirit of fretfulness is found pervading the ael, all to be sober.”
entire household, from the parents down to errand to the poor woman.
"Well, then,” said I, "if you are tired, very young children. What a sad state of After telling her my name, and where I and want drink when you come home, have affairs! It would seem that if anywhere on belonged, I said that I had heard of her, and
it ready before you go. Save some of your had come to see if she would like to attend
earth peace and harmony and friendship should earnings, and buy a nice lamp, with a little | prevail, it ought to be within the domestic a mother's meeting, on Thursday evening. kettle over it, to make your tea or coffee in, circle. It would be in a nice, pleasant place, with or else have your lemonade all made, and
Children are very observing, and learn bright fire and lights, and some good ladies then when you come home, you will take easily; and if they see and hear scolding and would be there, and we would sew, and read that instead of the gin." and sing, and pray; and she should com- Mrs. Shelley seemed very grateful for my family-between the father and mother, for
quarreling among the older members of the mence any garment she liked, and when she advice, and after promising to try to do bethad made it, it should be hers, and she
instance, or the older brothers and sisters, or ter, and getting a promise from me to call
between the servant and other members of the should carry it home.
at her room, I left her, hoping and praying family; is it strange that they should learn the She appeared very much pleased, and said that this good-natured, honest woman might same?' Dear parents
, a great and fearful reshe would go if her boy was well enough. I become sober herself, and lead a happier, glanced around the room, and thought I better life than she was then leading.
sponsibility rests upon you, as educators of should rather be almost anywhere than there,
those immortal beings that are committed to but she was accustomed to it, and I suppose
And think you that human wisdom
is sufficient for these things? No one is so the dirty, bare place, looked better to her
BLESSED JESUS! we can add nothing to Thee; nothing to than it did to me.
thy glory, but it is a joy of heart unto us that Thou art what wise but that he may profitably ask counsel
Thou art, and that Thou art su gloriously exalted at the I inquired if there were other families in right hand of God.
frm on High, and seek that wisdom which
To be continued.
Thou hast dwelt his heart within.
Wilt Thou listen to his crying,
strange lines that darken both sun and moon. alone will enable him to perform these duties
Wilt Thou wipe away his tears.
The atmosphere is full of fire and smoke. faithfully and acceptably before God.
If Thine all-wise hand disposes You cannot commence too early to instill in
That soul-piercing, cruel thorns,
Many weeks have passed, and no rain has
Mingle with his eweetest roses, to the mind of your offspring habits of cheer
Let Thy peace of pain be born.
fallen to water the parched and withered ful obedience, love and sweetness of temper.
If his cherished gourd must withor,
vegetation. Streams are drying up-resort Let your example be such as you can safely
Earthly joys must fade and fly,
is already had to winter stores for the suste.
Lift his sorrowing eyes up whither allow them to imitate, and as far as lies in
Joy and hope shall never die.
nance of flocks and herds. Fields and foryour power, require such example to be set
Thou his human heart didst fashion,
ests have become combustible almost as tin. by all with whom they come in contact, both
All its sorrows Thou dost know; young and old. Where will they ever learn
May Thy Spirit's sweet compassion
der, and as the locomotives emit the dying
Heal or soften every woe. to be gentle, affectionate and kind, if not at
sparks, in many cases destruction marks
If the sunlight plays around him, home, around their own fireside.
And his heart is glad and light,
their path. · The cry of “fire," at midnight And while we would urge these self-govern
Let Thy smiles of love surround him,
startles whole communities, and the excla.
Making brightness still moro 'bright. ing principles to be implanted in the young
mation is inscribed on hill and valley, “Be.
If his goul, in darkness groping, mind, we would caution a too indulgent love
Scarcely for the light can pray,
hold! how great a matter a little fire kind. for your children. What I mean is, do not
Change desponding into hoping,
In all holy, high endeavors,
The question arises, " Are the precious
Give him strength to do and dare : this very manner, by being made too much of,
Let his feet be tangled never
blessings, so long bestowed upon the evil and too much indulged. They need sympathy
In the tempter's countless snares.
and the good, henceforth to be withheld, till and notice taken of them, and must bave
Daily nobler, higher, purer,
our guilty nation shall bow in deep humility
May his soul's aspirings be; amusement; and we believe it right and prop
Daily stronger, sweeter, surer,
before the King of kings, and bring forth
Grow his love and trust in Thee. er to join with them at times in their innocent
Father,-God, who go dont love him,
fruits meet for repentance ?" sports. But there is a wide difference be
Thou didst give Thy Son for him;
What if, for the space of three years and tween playing with children and making play
Thou didst die his soul to win;
six months no rain should fall? Whose
Comforter, who so dogt love him, things of them. Parents, would you see your children grow
Fatber. Son, and Holy Spirit,
hands would be strong, who would not then One in three, and three in one,
be constrained to acknowledge the utter deup to youth with gentle, winsome manners
Through the mercy and the merit" and even tempers, to manhood and woman
of the victim, victor Son,
pendence of man upon his Maker. And
Of the slain and living One ; hood highly honored and respected for purity
Keep him, strengthen and uphold him
why should there not now be witnessed a
Cheer him, bless him, and console him, and virtue, see to it that you do all in your
Till this trial-life is done.
universal turning to the Lord ? power, aided by divine wisdom, to start aright
should we be stricken any more ?" Who in the early morning of their lives, those bab
has not been guilty in His sight. Who its and principles that you wislı t?em to retain
has not disobeyed His righteous laws, been through life.
ungrateful for His daily mercies, and why Finally, would you succeed in this great trust that is committed to you, let your life be
should we not as a whole people, at once NEW YORK, AUGUST 16, 1864.
imitate the example of the children of Israel, pure and holy; let your children know that you love them, and have the highest interest
who, when their sins were visited with the
IN THE COUNTRY. in their welfare; strive to bring them up in
rod, and their iniquities with stripes, repentthe nurture and admonition of the Lord, and HERE we are, in the country. Its fruits
ed sincerely, and unitedly sought the Lord ever look above for counsel and guidance in and flowers and broad harvest-fields give
with their whole heart. What sins had every trying hour, and your childreu will call
smile for smile, far as the eye can reach. they committed, of which we have not, in you blessed long after you have gone to enjoy The carol of birds breaks the stillness spirit, been equally guilty? What judgments
J. W. G.
of early morning, and trills gratefully upon came upon them that we do not equally feel the ear in contrast with the din of city
or fear? Is not the God of Abraham, the For the Advocate and Guardian, streets.
God of all the families of the earth, unchan. PRAYER
But everywhere the thirsty earth cries geably the same? Does He not say to us,
out for rain. The harvest moon is full, and as to His ancient Israel, “Thou hast deFATHER, lovingly behold him,
looks kindly down upon rich products of the stroyed thyself, but in me is thine help." Far away from earthly love! finest of the wheat, ready to be garnered,
"Whoso confesseth and forsaketh his sins Jesus, tenderly enfold him; Comfort him, O, Holy Dove! and yet its face seems strangely altered.
shall find mercy.”
Unlike the soft, pale summer moon of other The Sabbath dawns. “How calm and
beautiful the morn" in this quiet villa amid Of all parents Thou canst be.
it ashamed of the race, for whom, since the the hills. The bell tolls the hour of worship, Blessed Jesus, draw Thou nearer When his heart doth vainly call,
morning stars first sang together, it has shed and from the three churches the usual at“Brother, sister," -- then be dearer ; Better to him Thon than all.
its silvery beams, robbing night of gloom tendants gather into one. This we learn is 0, Thou Christ I-divine and human,
and darkness; or, is its hue so changed in their custom when, as now, a funeral service Who hast laid Thy holy head
token of sympathy with the wounded, and On the tender breast of woman;
occurs upon the Sabbath. We mingle with Thou who human tears hast shed !
pity for the slain? Its present aspect is the worshipers, listen to the word of life, When unto Thy love confiding
surely a striking reminder of the prophecy, and observe that the group of bereaved Tender pain, which manly prido From cold mortal eyes is hiding, “ The sun shall be turned into darkness and
ones, have many sympathizing friends in Let him feel Theo at his side. the moon into blood."
the large audience, who like themselves wear When his soul, before Theo lying,
But here there are natural causes for the
the badge of mourning. It is said a week
Advocate and Guardian.
FOR AN ABSENT FRIEND.