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EXTRACTS FROM CORRESPONDENCE, little more than enough to support me. What From B. L. From a soldier in Alabama. —This lonely trying times we are having! It is almost as Partly for the purpose of practicing selfSunday evening, I am seated to write few

much as any of us can do to live, but we must denial, but principally for the sake of con. lines to you. We have not the opportunity of help others live. I love your paper, and am tributing something for the relief of poor little listening to the sound of the gospel at present,

very much interested in the visitors' reports. children under your care, I have done without

When I read of the suffering ones that they our chaplain being in very poor health. For

butter for one hundred days, for which I got

one dollar. Please find it enclosed. several weeks past

, a few of us in the regi- find, I long to be rich, that I might send *nent, united together in brotherly love, have

enough to bring relief to all.

L. C, kept up 4 very interesting prayer-meeting;

Dear Mrs. Stone, --Please find enclosed $3 holding it out in the open air, and seated upon

Dear Madam,-If all the children who are 50, a small offering from the children of Dusome logs probably felled by the enemies of our

readers of the Advocate would remember the rant, Iowa, whose hearts have been stirred once peaceful and happy nation. Yet even in Home children with a dime on every succes

and warmed for the Home children by reading such a place God has been with us, and

sive birth-day, would it not entirely support the your excellent paper, and learning of the good strengthened our poor hearts, and encouraged

little ones sheltered by your kind care? . Can example of others. The good wishes and us to press on in the good cause.

the matter be brought before them in such a prayers of warm hearts attend the small gift, I wish to do something for the Home. I do way as to secure a hearty response I wish and may the blessing of our Heavenly Father not, like many of my brother soldiers, have to it might, and that the “Dime Birth-day Offer- be with you in your labors of love, is the lay out any of my wages for tobacco, &c., and ing" may greatly swell the amoant of your re- prayer of your friend.

A. E. K. not knowing a better way of spending a little

ceipts, is the carnest wish and prayer of a sinof my earnings, I send you two dollars for the cere friend of the Home.

Mrs. Stone,-I send you this dollar to be berlefit of the friendless. J. B. B.

MRS. J. W. HOUGH. given to some family whose father has died in

the army. It is the money that I wished to First offering. I have earned one dollar for Dear Madam,-Enclosed please find fifty

spend to celebrate the fourth of July; but doing without butter fifty days; and as it is cents, a birth-day offering from a child five mother thought it would be more patriotic to the first I have ever earned, I wished to send years old—a dime for each year. The idea give it to some one who had suffered for our it to you for the benefit of the dear children at was suggested by a notice of a similar offering country; so I concluded to send it to the the Home. ЕммА В. in one of your recent papers. It struck me

Home. I have three brothers in the army, quite pleasantly, and on thinking of it, it oc

and I think it would be better to send my What a Teacher can do.--I have been en- curred to me, that by our custom of giving money as an offering, because none of them deavoring to awaken in my school an interest birth-day presents to our children, we are not have been killed, wounded, or very sick. in the Home. The little girls are piecing giving them the greater good. We are told,

A. H. H. quilts; they have completed one, and have “it is more blessed to give than to receive;" another well on the way. A few have brought why not, then, on these days which are in

DIED—March 23d, of Consumption, Mrs. in their pennies, amounting to $1 60, which tended to be days of blessings, let them share

PHEBE DRAKE, wife of Mr. Geo. DRAKE, of they wish to bave sent.

in the blessedness of giving. They understand Jelloway, aged 43 years.
Sincerely yours,
A. M. quite well enough what it is to receive, but are

She was remarkably retiring, so much so they sufficiently educated in the grace of giv

that few knew hor real excellence. Hers was With a donation of $500 came the following note: ing? If we, as parents, would reflect more on

a tender heart, & sympathetic nature, and a reThe enclosed is from a widow lady over the exalting, ennobling influence of a habit of ligion eminently practical. Her kind disseventy years old. She, being very industri- benevolence on the character, I am sure we

position, her marked humility and pious life ous, made a very nice bedquilt, quilted it, and should strive to cultivate it more in our chil..

won the confidence and affection of all who

knew her. We knew her well. We do her the price of it she sends to you; but nothing dren.

“Give, give! be always giving, can induce her to have her name known.

simple justice when we say she was a woman Who gives nothing is not living;

of rare Christian worth. Quietly she lived

Tho more wo give, A Noble Deed.-A little girl having become

The more we live."

quietly, calmly she died. She bore the trials interested in the poor children that you are

RASAH. of life without a murmur-the pains of death trying to care for, by reading the paper print

without a struggle or a groan. She leaves a A friend in Kansas, writes :

Christian husband, now thrice bereaved, and ed by your association, obtained the enclosed $3 10, in a single school district. She wishes

Our state has been deeply afflicted, and is many friends to mourn her loss. threatened with yet greater sorrow; but

R. R. S. your acceptance of the gift. Yours, H. L. N., for we will still trust in that God who will make

WHY haltest thou, deluded heart!
the wrath of man to praise Him. Many of

Why waverest longer in thy choice ! Jewett City. our young men, the past year, have laid down

Is it so hard to choose the part

Offered by Heaven's entreating voice! their lives for their country. O, what sorrow

Oh, look with clearer eyes again,

Nor strive to enter in in vain. “We must help others live.”—Enclosed you and distress fill our land! When, oh, when

Press on !

Lehr. will find three dollars, which is your yearly will this unholy war cease, and peace be reallowance of money for the use of my charity stored to our distracted and bleeding country!

ADVOCATE AND GUARDIAN. cow, which I hire out for the benefit of the Will our God have compassion, forgive and

$1 a year, [in advance to Single Subscribers. poor. One dollar of the pay I get for her, I save?

Four copies, to one address, at the rate of 750 a year.

Eight have reserved to give to the Sanitary Commis- Our hearts are still with you in the labor of

Twelve copies, (and over) to one address, 500 sion. My heart is divided between the suffer- love in which you are engaged. Our prayer

Letters concerning the Advocate and Guardian, and those

containing funds for the Society, should be addressed : ing soldiers and the Home, so my money must is that God would still turn the hearts of the

MRS. SARAH A. STONE, be too. Please use this for the benefit of fathers to the children, that all the friendless,

Box 4740.

Letters designed for publication should be addressed to the widows. I hope to be able to become a Life- homeless children of want and sorrow may Editress of the Advocate and Guardian, 29 E. 29th St., New

York. Box 4740. member next fall. I am a soldier's widow, find Christian homes, and a place in the hearts Letters designed for the Board or Executive Committee, and if I get a pension, I want to help others

and Reports of Auxiliaries, address Corresponding Secretaof those who desire to do good and to labor ries, A. F. G. Soc., 29 E. 29th St., New York. Box 4740. with it, and by being economical shall have a for their blessed Master. MRS. E. B. F. Advertisements. Only short ones are received-200 a line

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The marsh and meadow lay in fog,

The night wan chill with drizzly rains,
The gude-wife tnrned the smoldering log,

And spread tha snowy counterpages.
The child within its downy bed

She tucked with more than wonted care,
Then laid her ow a thrift-wenry head,

Aud into drear # slipped half her prayor.
Past midnight, and the dame awoke.

A cry of anguish filled the room!
She listened : no. A murmur broke

The silence of the household gloom.
Again and yet again she stirred

In startled slumber through the night,
And oft her fevered fancy heard

Some wild, str:unge summons of affrigh
Toward dawn it sounded yet again,

Plaintive and lone, and faint and far ;
'Twas like a childish cry of pain,

Or utterance, as "Mamma, mamma!"
She sprang from bed, and sought her child:

Soft nestled in its crib it lay,
And on each slecping feature smiled

The first faint promise of the day.
Back to ber bed the gude-wife crept,

Her eyes half blind with tender tears :
In God's own hand my darling's kept-

How foolish are a woma's fears !
"Some lamb, most like, has strayed the fold,

The poor lone thing was bleating 'ba'
Which borne upon the fog and cold,

Seemed to my mother ears, ‘Ma Ma'
Noxt day a piteous tale went round

The village street was all agog;
A child's dead body had been found

Stiff standing in the meadow bog!
The little feet had strayed away ;

The clinging mire had held them fast
Till death slow daiyning with the day,

Brought her its best release at last.
And there, throughout that live-long night,

A helpless child of tender years,
Fainter and fainter with afright,

Had called "Ma, ja," p sleeping ean!

I knew her not-I only found

One, you know, dear, strong enough for your In printed page this tale of fear;

need and mine; we must rest our hearts on But when I cease to hear that sound, I shall bave ceased all sounds to bear.

Harper's Magazine. “Yes, I know, Mrs. S., Obrist is more than

all else—He is everything; but somebow I For the Advocate and Guardian. want something tangible sometimes; I want WHAT CAN A YOUNG GIRL DO FOR HER to lay my hand in somebody's and feel the SAVIOUR !

clasp, and be sure I am being led."

Mrs. 8. turned very tenderly to the young Ok, you don't know how glad I am to see

girl, and thought it would be a pleasant task you, Mrs. S.," said Louisa M., as the two

to lead one so gentle and teachable as the pupil

at ber feet. friends met after a separation of several

“Louisa," she inquired, “does Ohrist seem months. “Do you know, dear Mrs. S., I feel a

far off to you ?” sort of leaning upon you, as though you were

“O, not exactly," said Louisa ; "sometimes so much stronger and wiser than I. Is it possible you ever feel like resting upon anybody ?" He is very near—near as my own thoughts,

“Possible, child !” said Mrs. S., with a kind, and so precious and sweet, I want nothing motherly sort of langt ; “ do you suppose any

more then. But I get into other moods very of us get so strong as ti stand op straight and often, and then I long for something not bo alone against temptation, and sorrow and igno- high up something I can hear speak and see rance? Don't we all want sympathy and help smilo—that is not all spirit. I feel just so toin a thousand ways? I heard a man, strong day. I can't tell anybody precisely bow it is, in soul and body, once say, in view of the great

but I want a great good and a great beauty in evils he could not cure and the great good he some way. My mind is hungry, and my heart could not accomplish, that he felt many times is hungry, and I want to know more than I the wish to sink back into his mother's arms.

can possibly learn; and then I want to poor If he, whose life-work it is to instract and sas

out the love and the joy I feel in learning tain others from the fullness of his own being,

something good and trae, and there's no one has a miserable sense of weakness, we need

just right to talk it to; no one seems to think hardly chide ourselves for wanting to lean." of things just as I do, or have quite such an

"How that does comfort me, Mrs. S.,” said enjoyment as mine is." Louise; “ I have such a good-for-nothing sort “But you can tell all this to your Saviour, of feeling, that I long for something to rest child." heart and soul upon; something I can take “ That is what I always do, Mrs. S., I tell hold of, and talk to, and be stronger for it my. God how I feel and what I want, because there self. May I say so, Mrs. S., I wanted you is nothing else to tell, and sometimes I am should come home, 80 I could lay my diffioul- satisfied with that, it is the sweetest kind of ties down at your feet and be helped and com- praying. But then I want something nearforted as I was before. You said you loved to er my own level almost always." do good, and I have come to bring you a little “That is a very human want, Louisa," said missionary work."

Mrs. B., we expect to feel many desires and “That is a very simple, natural feeling on oravings great deal of sonl-hunger for your party

, Louisa, bat I feel weaker than a knowledge and heart-thirst for love, and at bruised reed myself. However if we talk over times a great outreaching for the spiritual and our difficulties in the right spirit, we may find the true. It is not easy at all times to analyze aid and comfort from each other. But there is or define one's feelings; many meau only the


natural restlessness of unemployed faculties of heart-thoughts, or confide to Him your purest THE BUILDING OF THE FAMILY. intellect or capacities of affection, and some of aspirations, are not the presence and sympathy

BY REV. JOHN NELSON, D. D. these longings are the cry of the soul for its of Christ, the sweet, holy and solemn sense of God; they come from those higher faculties of the spiritual, sufficient for happiness and To secure the well-being of a family there one's being which communicate directly with

must be another and higher element, a real God. A true and right attachment will satis- “ Yes, but then it makes me want every

vital religion; that which the Son of God fy the yearning for love at one's own level, thing to be sweet and beautiful, and I feel a brought down to earth for the very purpose while that other want is never satisfied except sort of disappointment that it is not so. I of forming families, whose chambers shall be by the peace of God which makes rest with want all the truth I hear to be spoken in the

filled with all precious and pleasant riches. Hiin. God likes to have us feel many long- best manner; I feel dainty generally. And

This is of indispensable importance, not only ings for truth and beauty and then not be sat- the more I try to be good and live near to

because its existence is the condition on which isfied only as we cry out to Him; that is one Christ the more I want only good and true

God promises His blessing, but because it subway souls grow richer and sweeter, one in people round ne, I am pained and repelled

dues those evil tempers and passions and which by reaching they find Him; it often where once I did not think of such a thing. I

resists those hurtful habits which are fatal to makes close and precious communion with get so tired of a good many persons who call the family; and because it calls into exercise God, and then it strengthens as to help, by themselves friends, that I am almost disposed those principles of action, those dispositions influence and example, other lives that feel a to be silent towards them. I would not grieve

of heart, and those virtues of life which lie at great want and longing too. Do you ever or appear to slight any person for the world,

the foundation of all true domestic felicity. think, Louisa, how we should endeavor to aid and it is no such feeling that I have, but I don't It is a defense against whatever is destructive and sustain others just as we feel the need of want their company."

of this and a source of whatever can contribute clasping a hand or resting on a strength ? “And you are not required, dear," said Mrs.

to it. Amidst trials, such as must and will None of us are so weak but that something S., " to cherish any personal intimacies uncon- come, it brings a comforting recognition of weaker looks to us for aid."

genial with a Christian's truest feelings; for God's wisdom and goodness, and awakens the Yes, indeed, I do, Mrs. S. ; when I am rest- the rest, the law of kindness, of Christly chari- cheering hope of another and better life. It less and unsatisfied I commonly want to do ty, of tenderness and friendship, would not al- imparts to the family, the children as well as something for another; when God seeins all I low you to be too exclusive. “Ye are not to the adults, that fear of the Lord which is want and enough for me, I always long to help your own,” says Christ, and we must learn to the beginning of wisdom. It brings them to soine one or be a comfort to somebody." forget self, to lay aside many dainty, personal

the Mercy-seat for the divine forgiveness and “Always cherish such feelings, dear child; feelings to win the love and confidence of blessing, and awakens thanksgiving for the God is honored by them, your soul is made others that we may the better win them to

daily favors received. It leads to the Bible, purer, and the savor of your presence and inlove Christ. One can be pleasant, compan

the source of all light and truth and good imfluence mast sweeten and purify wherever they ionable and loving and so do much good that pression, and it carries them, old and young, fall. No one who longs for God and reaches way without taking upon one's self any per

parents and children, to the sanctuary when out in this communion to Hiin and in love to sonal intimacies."

the day of God returns, that all may be enothers for His sake, need feel that life is use- “I know it, Mrs. S., but there are Julia N., | lightened, quickened and brought under sanoless, though it seem to produce but little fruit, and Phebe L., and several others we meet in tifying influences. and that is consolation indeed. But oh ! let the prayer-meeting, and I like to talk with It has also within the home enclosure & those who do not go towards God in the cra- then there; but they hang upon me in other pious nursery and an altar for the morning and vings of their being, fear and tremble, for of no places for a kind of companionship I don't evening sacrifice. faculty abused or slighted has !Ie more strong- wish to give them. They are good girls, but Religion operates also as a bond of union, ly spoken, “Take the talent from him.'

their piety is all they have to make them at- as a cement of interests and affections. By “I remember my young days, Louisa, when tractive. I like to do good, I am sure. I taking a part in the same devotions, following the dream of love was added to sucb yearnings wish to be a home missionary, but there is a the same guide, co-operating in the same for knowledge and for beauty; but I did not strange contradiction about it in my feelings." | work, traveling the same road to heaven as seek to live up to the knowledge of trath and “ You must look out, dear, that you do not fellow-pilgrims, the hearts of all become bound beauty I already had; I did not seek to pour

let the ideal outgrow the practical in your together by closer ties than those of consanout the joy and the love I felt in a Christly piety; they should walk hand in hand, each a guinity. They feel themselves to be not only way, and the precious talent lay hidden and balance to the other. I do not think you will loving members of the same earthly family, dishonored by the rubbish of earthly coveting allow a refined taste to hinder a practical but of the great family which includes God for many years. It is a marvel of Go:l's mer- piety, as much as some young Christians. I and Christ, and angels and all the redeemed cy that it was not wholly taken away.”

had better say, perhaps, that refinement and from off the earth. "I have thought of these things a great deal ideality do not so much hinder as the lack of While religion restrains from these things since I talked with you before, Mrs. S.," said ardent love to Christ does. I will illustrate which are so apt to mar, if not destroy the Louisa, " and it seems to me that the more I the point by drawing two characters from peace of families, while it calls forth the try to do my whole duty as a Christian wo- actual life.”

lovely affections and virtues that lie at the man the straiter the way grows."

foundation of their happiness, it is especially But does not the effort to live rightly in

important in ministering its consolations in spite of its self-denials, and crosses and per

those seasons of afflictions which in this vale plexities, bring its own reward ?”

of tears are sure to come. It will then afford

"LORD what a change within us, one short hour “Oh, yes, I know that I love God more, and Spent in thy presence, will prevail to make;

what riches, honors and all the advantages of that of itself is joy, and I love every beautiful

What heavy burdens from our bosoms take i
Wbut parcherl grounds refresh, as with a shower!

the world cannot afford, that is, consolation. thing more, and want to be like the beauty,

We kneel, and all around us seems to lower;

Boston Recorder. and I believe I feel a different and a better Stands forth in sunny ontlines brave and clear: sort of love for everybody

We kneel, how weak-we rise, bow full of power. -a love that wants

Why, therefore, should we do ourselves the wrong to do for them as far as I can."

Philip Henry. · And when you spread your troubles before


To be continued.


We rise, an all-the distant and the near

Or others, that we are not always strong:

That is always best for us which is best for oar sonlg. —

Tha: we aboukirpyp weak or heartless bo,

Anxious or troubled, when, with us is prayer, the Saviour, or whisper to Him your closest

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there is plenty of nonsense, both in theory and reading—a flashy, exciting story, very much

practice. Perhaps as much harm is done by in its effects like the dram of the drunkard,
too much exercise, as too little. No doubt creating a diseased craving for more. Call you

out-of-door life is very good, but all of us can that reading! Some one has said there is por-
Some years ago there lived, in a northern not have it constantly, and if we keep our haps never a time when we think less, than in
town, a learned man, and bis wife, who was also dwellings light and airy, we may get plenty of reading certain books, and in this view the
learned. They bad laid out for themselves a

very good exercise from the work we are exercise can hardly be called reading. Some great work in life, and determined to devote

of this sort of trash is immoral, mach of it is themselves to study; and to this end they shut obliged to do in them. It is a great mistake

to work at home till you are thoroughly fa- unwholesome, and the relish for it, like many themselves up in the two rooms most favorable tigued, and then go and take a long, exhaust- another diseased appetite, grows with that it to this purpose. The one was a library with ing walk, because somebody says open-air life feeds on. It were better restrained by a kind its walls lined with the needful and valuable

is a good thing. Women were not made for and judicious parent, and even if resorted volumes, and lighted by a skylight, with a sit

so much walking, and often are injured rather now and then, by way of recreation, the appe-
ting-room communicating with it, in which

than benefitted. If a man has occupations tite will be in a more healthful state, if the life
they might take their meals, and to which they which are sedentary or morotonous, à long, be taken up with good, wholesome regular
might resort now and then, by way of change. rough walk over hill and dale is just the thing employment.
And in these two rooms they remained for

he needs; and if a woman's occupations are of Mother and friend, you and I have to edu-
days, weeks, months, hardly allowing them-

the same character she may have the same cate our children for the life tbat is before selves air, exercise or change of occupation.

kind of walks. But we are better for those them. Most of them will have to work-we It seemed a very nice place, and doubtless

kinds of work that occupy chiefly the upper can not help it—and we ought not if we could. they might have accomplished a vast amount

Occupation is a blessing, only excessive toil is
of study, and done great good in the world, if part of the body, the arms and the chest.

What we call house-work, the care of rooms, the curse ; and often the reason why our sons
they bad not gone contrary to every law of washing, ironing, scrubbing, dusting, cleaning,
health and life. Very learned they might be, many parts of cooking, the care of children, all

and danghters find life so hard, is that they

have not been educated for their work. What
but wise they were not, with all their learning. these exercise the arms and chest, and develop we do well is not laborious to us, except when

The result of this experiment was, that they their strength. Many girls are unwise and we are taxed to excess in the labor. It is our
both lost their health, and one at least, the use

their mothers also, who allow it, when they positive duty to fit and train them to the best
of the eyes, with threatenings of total blind-

elide out of all this wholesome home occupa- of our ability, for their place in life, and we ness. So they were obliged to betake them

tion, perhaps leaving it to those who are al- cannot be far out of the way in determining
selves to other pursuite, while they bore the ready overburdened, and then go wandering what that shall be. The greatest blessing they
penalty of the violation of good and whole-

off on long, and exhausting, and purposeless can have will be a life of work without toil-
some laws.
walks, merely for exercise.

and for this we are to educate them.
We have spoken of the necessity of rest and

And here, if it were not out of place, we are We spoke just now of “fine ladyism," but it change of occupation; we know also that men

reminded of multitudes of mothers who, out is a great mistake to suppose that ladies are
tal labor is most exhausting, and uses up the

of mistaken kindness for Mary or Sarah Jane, idle. Some poor creatures may be, and the
nerve power faster than any other-indeed all
observation and experience go to prove that

allow her to grow up withont taking her part greater shame to them, and misery to their

in the light work of the household, to coltivate families. But some of the busiest and most
from three to five hours a day, are as much
time as can be profitably spent in any one

fine ladyism, while her mother is over-worked, hard-working women I know, are those who
kind of mental effort. So our friends erred in

so learning to despise labor, when the proba. have large houses, many servants, and a full

bility is, that she will have lo come to it a purse at command.
trying to get more than that out of their lives.

little later, and all the more hardly from having A conscientious woman feels that the care
served no apprenticeship.

of these souls is given to ber-she has their
So far as I can learn, also, they neglected "But,” says the tender mother, “she feels training and guidance, and her eye and super-
exercise. So long as we have bodies, and are so weak, she really has not strength to work vision are always needed in all parts of such a
in one sense animals, we can no more live

household. She is expected to care for the
without motion and out-of-door life, than any Doubtless, and the more she indulges herself, poor and needy, to do much public business,
other animals. Our limbs cannot retain their the weaker she will grow, especially with her to give her time to her friends and acquaint-
powers, our lungs cannot act freely without waist squeezed into that small compass. Give ances, while she must never neglect her hus-
motion in fresh air. Sunlight is essential; see her room to breathe and her arms free motion, band and children.
how those shut up in prison or in rooms &way pat on a good stout calico, short enough to let The position may be considered very envia-
from the sun-light become blanched and un- her walk without holding it up or stumbling ble, but her couch is not always one of roses,
healthy, like plants under a board. This is

over it at every step, and she will gain her and she often lies down with an aching head
one reason why it is not well to have too many strength by degrees, if not at once. It is cruel and heavy heart, unknown to one whose duties
trees about our houses, we have not only the to let her grow up such a weakling.

are more simple and in narrower bounds.
dampness, which is unwholesome, but the pleas- A fair division of the work, of the sewing, “To whom much is given, of him will much
ant, life-giving light and heat of the sun, are and of the leisure, in almost any family, would be required."
shut ont. Plants and shrubs will not thrive promote the happiness of all; instead of which, There is a strong temptation to feel and to
ander such dense shale, and where they will one often works too hard, another is too much say that in different circumstances we could be
not, human plants equally suffer. The dark, confined with sewing, and some have not very exemplary, but precisely what is required
prison-like rooms of cities are nearly as bad, enough to keep them out of mischief.

of us is this, to be content, and to do our duty
one might almost as well live in a tomb, as in “Oh, but Sarah Jane is so fond of reading, in the station to which God has called us, and
many of those apartments where the one ob- \ I hate to call her from her book."

to do this faithfully will require all our pow-
ject of life is to preserve the carpets and car- The reading-yes, I looked over her shoul-
tains, with very little regard to the well-being | der as she sat carled up in a corner, bent over,
of those for whom the rooms were supposed with careless hair and dress, while her poor
to have been built.

mother was doing all she could, and the house If thou desirest to be borne with, thou must bear also with
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to the relief of those who shrink from asking
the help which they sorely need, you will be

Two mites, that make a farthing,
Insured the widow's fame;

much less apt to waste your bounty on impos-
A single cup of water

tors, and will stand a much better chance of
Can bring a deathless name.
The humblest work for Jesus,
relieving those who may emphatically be call-

I HAVE described my first visit to the
The gentle word or look;
The soothing sigh, the cheering smile,
ed "the Lord's poor.” —Christian Intelligen- Drunken House, and now I shall tell

Es written in his book.

something more about the mothers' meeting,

for I think you would like to have a sort of MANY young persons (either from religious

picture of it, and to see whether Mrs. Shelley teaching or a natural kindness of disposition,)

came with her feet bare, and wore that old like to indulge in the precious luxury of doing Children's Department. gown with the waist all unpinned. good, and can truly declare, from the experi

I told her to wear the same clothes she ence of their own hearts, that it is "more

had on, if she could get nothing better; but blessed to give than to receive." Yet they


we will see how she came.

There was a do not always take advantage of that plan by

THERE is a God. He preserves, and He

nice brick house in a quiet street, and it had which charity does the most real good, and

can destroy you.
Do you daily think of

a large parlor in it, furnished with quite a the greatest amount of pure and unselfish satisHim?

number of benches, a melodeon, and a bookfaction is obtained by the giver. This plan, You have a soul. Do you care for it?

case; and it was a pleasant, cheerful-looking according to the Apostle's recommendation, is You care for your body, but do you proper- Sundays. Just before dusk on Thursday

room, where the Mission School met on to “seek out” the afflicted; for, though ob- ly care for your

soul? jects deserving of our charity meet us face to You are a sinner. Do you know how a

evening, there was a good hot fire made in face every day, and appeal for our assistance, sinner can be saved ?

the grate, and six or eight ladies came, and yet we may be sure that the cases which, if There is a Saviour. Are you anxious brought their lamps and candles, to light up

the room. known, would most deeply excite our sympathy that He may save you?

One brought a box of thimbles, and afford us the most pleasure in relieving There is an awful hell. Are you seeking white muslin, calico and flannel


another some thread and needles, and others
them, are those which it requires some search


After a while the visitors began to arrive, to find out. In the words of the poet:

There is a glorious heaven. Are


you the to it?

and each lady looked with great interest for way “Nor, till invoked, You must soon die. Are you prepared

those whom she had invited. There were
Can restless goodness wait; your active search
for the solemn change?

the lame, the halt, and the blind; the drunk-
Leave no cold, wintry corner unexplored-
Like silent-working leaven-surprising oft
You must appear at the judgment-seat of

en, the lying, and profane, the women with
The lonely heart with unexpected good."
Christ. What will then be your lot?

babies, and the women without babies, and

There is an eternal state after death. Is As a general thing, there are only two class

some good, kind, respectable poor women,

and among the rest my humble friend, Mrs. es of persons whose pursuits in life naturally your's likely to be an eternity of bliss, or an

Shelley, who had given herself such a bad bring them in contact with the timid and eternity of wo?

name. shrinking victims of misfortune, and these

Her face was bright, and there were You must he pardoned through the blood classes are those of ministers and physicians.

of Christ, and sanctified by the Spirit of plenty of pins in her gown, and no rags at Every faithful minister has a store of such little God, or you cannot be saved. Are you

all. She tried to make herself decent, and

God helped her; so Mary Rynder lent her a histories to relate, and the doctor of medicine daily seeking these blessings ?

" Without holiness no man shall see the

dress, and Sarah Cooley a shawl, and Mrs. never fails to have the nature of his heart and Lord." Are you living a holy life?

Conner a hood. Then she had a pair of head tested by them. Various striking cases

There is a book able to inform you on

good boots on her feet; and altogether she of this sort have recently been related to us by these subjects, and to make you wise unto

looked so well that I hardly knew her. an esteemed medical friend of Brooklyn, whose salvation. Do you search the Scriptures ?

Pretty soon the work commenced, and great benevolence of disposition qualifies him

Think of these questions, dear children,

the ladies cut and fitted garments, and passed as eminently for the great responsibilities of every day, and especially when you lie down

around the thimbles, and needles, and thread, his profession as does the skill acquired by his at night; and may God give you grace to

and the women sewed and talked, and had long and extensive practice. Mrs. Hall, the answer them truly.- Protestant Churchman.

à very sociable, pleasant time. authoress, in her sketches of Ireland, gives a

After they had worked, and talked, and startling account of a particular case of silent

tended their babies for an hour, each woman's misery which excited her attention while her A RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS --It is simply, when you rise

name was written on a slip of paper, and in the morning, to form a resolution to make the day & carriage was being besieged by a noisy troop

pinned upon her work, and it was packed happy one to a fellow creature. It is easily done—a leftof beggars, who, in turn, flattered, argued off garment to the man who needs it; a kind word to the

away in a basket for next time. Then wo sorrowful; an encouraging expression to the striving-triwith, or entreated the lady, and disparaged or

sang and had some nice prayers, and a chap. fles in themselves, as light as air---will do it, at least for the railed at each other's claims. But Mrs. Hall's twenty-four hours; and if you are young, depend upon it,

ter in the Bible read and explained by one it will tell when you are old; and if you are old, rest as- of the ladies; and then we said what we attention was drawn from these boisterous in- gured it will send you gently and happily down the stream of time to eternity. Look at the result:-You send one

could to cheer and encourage these poor dividuals to a woman with a child in her arms,

person-only one, happily through the day; that is, three seated by a door-way at some distance, in an hundred and sixty-five in the course of the year-and sup.

women, and each one went to her own posing you live forty years only, after you commence this home. attitude of extrome feebleness and dejection; course, you have made fourteen thousand six hundred human beings happy, at all events, for a time. Now, wor

Now you must not think of us in that and on going up to this poor creature, it was thy reader, is this not simple? and is it not worth accom- room which I have described, for we have discovered that she and the child were actually plishing?

another, a pretty little frame building, with dying of starvation-perishing in silence, while

windows all around, and long tables in the so many less worthy objects of charity were

" 'Tis a little thing

centre for the women to sit at—and Mrs. clamoring loudly for assistance near by!

To give a cup of water; yet its draught

Of cool refreshment, drained by fevered lips. Shelley does not come in borrowed things, We do not mean to discourage giving to beg

May give a shock of pleasure to the frame,

but has her own nice warm clothing, and gars where there are any reasons for supposing

More exquisite than when nectarian juice
Renews the life of joy in happier hours.

nice trunks and boxes to kecp it in. them to be really deserving of assistance; but

It is a little thing to speak a phrase
Of common comfort, which by daily use

In my next visit to the Drunken House, you may depend upon it, that, by applying the Has almogt lost its sense; yet on the ear

I tapped at Mrs. Shelley's door; no one largest part of what you have to give in charity

Of him who thought to die unmourned, 'twill fall


I knocked again, and a voice

Like choicest music."

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