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For the Advocate and Guardian,

Advocate and Guardian.

love is alternated with the grief which He sees et, of the family, of the social meeting, and of CLOUDS.

it needful oft-times to inflict? What brings out the sanctuary -remember our country. This

the brightest manifestations of the true Christ- is well. We should do this if there were noth. How beautiful the effect of clouds upon a love, but the heavy drapery of disappointed af- ing peculiar and afflictive in its condition. But landscape. Did you ever notice a field of fections, of privation or loss or crushing wrong, the perils and sufferings of the present, demand wheat in a bright Juve day, when light clouds about the spirit? And when do faith and hope more. We have fallen on strange times. The were flitting across the sky ? How the whole flash out with such radiance as after the dark darkness deepens, and we are experiencing a expanse of delicate verdure quivers and trem- days of bereavement and sorrow?

more overwhelming baptism of blood. More bles in the shimmering light. And did you Clouds never extinguish the sun in the and more evident is it becoming every day, that ever watch the green hill-side, as the sun was heavens. The sun is still there in unchanged human wisdom is folly, and human strength now and then obscured, to see the various glory, and no cloud was ever so dense or dark, weakness, for such a crisis as this. Whither shades of color come and go over it ? How, but that his rays could, at some time pierce it. then should the Christian heart of the nation when clouds are fleeing, as from invisible pur- Let us learn to welcome the shadows with the be turned at such a time? Whither but to God, suers adown the sides of the mountain, the sunlight. Both are necessary and the one from whom only our help must come ? craggy tops rise dark and grand as monuments would not be perfect without the other. Did Public petitions are well, let them be offered from the field of mist. And who had not ad- not the apostle understand and rightly esti- from every sanctuary every Sabbath, Days mired the gorgeous glory of the bed in which mate the shadows of life when he said, “ But of national humiliation and prayer are well ;the sun delights to hide after a long torrid we glory in tribulations also : knowing that let them be from time to time appointed, and day?

tribulation worketh patience ; And patience, let them when appointed be more faithfully obOnce I remember when the sun had been experience ; and experience, hope ; and hope served. But it is to the prayers of the closet veiled for three dismal days with heavy grey maketh not ashamed: because the love of God we would look with hope to the pleadings of clouds just as it was about to set, I looked is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost earnest, believing souls alone with God. across the wide bay from my window, and on which is given unto us."

Admit that there was one hundred thousand tho opposite shore a single line of sunlight shot

H. E. B. such souls that had solemnly formed, and were over hill and plain. I could not see the sun

faithfully keeping a resolution like that of itself, and could only conjecture the spot, where

Hannah More, setting apart two seasons each through a rift in the clouds, it dropped its gol

week for special, exclusive prayer for the den glory down upon the earth it had so long

country, would there not be ground of hope seemingly forsaken, as if in promise of future

NEW YORK, OCT. 1, 1864.

here? Would not He, whose ear is ever open smiles and gladness. But it seemned as if a

to the voice of prayer, listen to, and regard door had been opened in heaven to let out a

these pleadings. gleam of its effulgence upon a sad and toiling


It was a resolution of the great John Foster, world.

CHANGES have been

rung upon this formed at one period of his life, that he would I have loved, too, to watch the shadows in

theme, and yet it is one of such immediate try the utmost power of prayer. We have the heaving sea, or the rippling river, when the

and momentous interest, that it should be been, and are trying the utmost power of the moon was at its full, and clouds crept stealthily over its face. And what benighted voyager made secondary to no other.

nation in other respects. Wealth, skill, science,

whatever the nation has, is freely brought forth has not gazed with a thrill of delight upon the

The terrible war may be nearing its close. one bright star that steps forth between the The clash of arms may soon cease.

in this emergency. And this is right. Let us PEACE

do with our might, withholding nothing, howlifting clouds of a black, tempestuous sky, and may soon spread its unspeakable blessings all

ever dear, which the country demands. But greets it as the animating symbol of hope moro abroad; and it


be far otherwise. Per- while we do this freely, cheerfully, let the than ever bright and beautiful for its dark sur

may be before us where least suspected—church remember, there is another and mightroundings?

and ere the final issue of the strife, some, ier power, which she is called on to wield-the On the land or on the sea, by day or by

yea many may sail through bloody seas. power of prayer; and let every believer form night, surely the beauty of natural scenes is The cruel sufferings of the prisoners may be

the resolution of Foster, to try its utmost enhanced by clouds. What variety, what

power in the day of the nation's peril and need. softness of tint, what delicate shadings, what protracted—the triumphing of the wicked, though “short," may fill many homes with

Will not you, my brother, whose eye now contrast, what fine combinations of loveliness

reads these lines, resolve that you “will pray do they reveal to us, which would never ap- anguish. The following extract suggests to

at least twice a week separately, for the counpear if the flaming sun shone with ever-un

the Christian “trying the utmost power of try, in time of danger ?" Prayer has power dimmed lustre, if its scorching rays and garish prayer.” Is not the present a crisis that with God. It is too late in the world's history light poured in one unbroken tide upon the calls for just this trial ?

to question it; there are too many witnesses landscape. And lovely as is the silvery radi.

“In the beginning of the year 1798, when

from among the dead and among the living, ance of the moon, its charms would be but angry clouds were hanging over England, and

too many recorded promises and examples in half expressed, if clouds were never suffered to a wild spirit of discontent and murmuring

the Bible,—to leave room for one doubt on this sweep over its smiling face.

spread through the masses, Hannah More, then point. Encouraged, then, by promises and exAnd can we see no beautiful effect of clouds in the zenith of her popularity, drew up a series

amples, by the testimonies of the living and of in the moral atmosphere ? If the sun of an un- of resolutions, to the observance of which she the dead, by our own experience, let us try the shadowed prosperity were permitted to pour solemnly pledged herself. One of these reso

utmost power of prayer.” its rays upon our life, should we not miss many lutions was this : of its finer developments, its most attractive 'I resolve to pray at least twice a week,

BLACKWELL'S ISLAND. revelations? Where are displayed the sweetest separately, for the country, in this time of danaspects of gentleness and patience but under the ger, independently of the petitions offered up in

In a recent No. of the Independent, our clouds of trial and vexation ? Where does the my other prayers.'

good brother Cuyler, in describing a sail from believer's heart show such varieties of sweet- Is not this a resolution which commends it

New York to the City of Elms, says: ness and purity, such exquisite shadings of self to every Christian heart in this land, now? “The most suggestive part of the sail is goodness as when the sunlight of God's dear We do in all prayers I trust those of the clos- | the run between Blackwell's Island and


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Ravenswood. Only a few rods of water se- vacated by those so long a curse to the earth ? of her virtue, and for eight years she had parates the beautiful villas and pleasure. Why not save the children, while salvation carried a moral infection. (I suppose this to grounds from the long, grim rows of prisons, is possible ?

be the secret of so few rescues.) That even. insane hospital, and alms-house. On the one

ing, in a moment of weakness, she had yieldside smiles plenty, embowered amid flowers,

ed to temptation. Her remorse was deep, vines, and tasteful porticos; on the other

YOUNG GIRLS. side lower wretchedness and despair. On the one side, honesty and industry come

Ar our last Board meeting the following ungrateful life! We think her repentance

was sincere. She was subsequently married, and go at "their own sweet will;" on the letter

, from a valued correspondent, was read,

and now is residing at the West. other shore, fraud and violence leer out eliciting a strong expression of interest in be.

I would call your attention to, first, how through prison-gratings. Five minutes half of this class, and a discussion as to the hidden was this evil, uuderlying the whole will take you across from Ravenswood to the best mode of reaching and permanently bene- character, and what a powerful engine of sin Island. Even so has a five minutes' deed of fiting the largest number.

to be brougbt into a family of children! In dishonesty or lust sent many a man over from

the providence of God this young mother

They have not been overlooked in our the domain of virtue into the dungeon of Home work, nor have such been sent, know

was led to look into this matter, and her crime and remorse. And a whole life-time

children were never left alone for an hour has not sufficed for his return to the good ingly, where their influence might be cor.

with this girl.

The mother's own hands al. character he lost so speedily. When we rupting. Thanks to a kind Providence, there ways prepared the younger ones morning and sail through that narrow channel

, with so are some self-denying Christian mothers night, until they were able to perform the much on the one hand to remind us of Para



friends of the work who have duty alone. An experienced woman had dise, and so much on the other to remind us of Perdition, we cannot but think of the great cited, just what the good lady in Brooklyn done and are doing for cases similar to that charge in her absence. But this is not usual.

“A young girl to mind children" is a usual gulf in eternity, across which God's enemies

want. Better these young girls anywhere will be tortured with constant visions of the 80 wisely accomplished. But the numbers

else, and yet put them into our kitchens, unapproachable bliss of heaven." to be cared for are annually increased by

they will fail to learn good morals there. the increase of population and the early in. We commend to our readers the contem.

They need a home where they shall be drill. fluences for evil, and some

measures for

ed and developed—a home of love and care plation of this picture, so true to life. To their rescue on a scale commensurate with from those who may lead them in the

paths those who have often visited this Island and

of virtue. Can you give it to them ? the necessity are most desirable, and we looked behind the scenes, the comparison be

trust, may not long be delayed. tween “Paradise” and “Perdition” will not Dear Friends,—Permit me to address you

THE COOPER INSTITUTE. seem inappropriate. Those visiting the city in behalf of the young girls. Many of them for the first time for the purpose of observing children of crime, some of them steeped in it

“The Fifth Annual Report of the Trustees the objects of interest in and about New from infancy, and all with strong natural

of the Cooper Union for the Advancement York, will find a walk over Blackwell's, proclivities for evil.

of Science and Art." Randall's, and Ward's Islands, and their I would plead that these be not sent into We have examined the pages of this Re. several institutions, suggestive of themes of the families of virtuous children, that the

port with great interest, and make extracts thought for a life-time. The sight of the eye through our land. But that a suitable train:

seeds of corruption be not sown broadcast from it which we hope may be the means of will deeply affect the heart, and the visitor ing and restraint be provided for them until

guiding some to congenial and eventually will not again require an answer to the in- they attain maturity. How strong the pro

profita ble employment. quiry, "Why care specially for the children pensity to evil is even under the most careful “The trust-deed of Mr. Cooper directs

that the revenues of the corporation (which of the city-streets? Why clothe and feed training, the following fact will show. them, and strive to win them to the love of

A lady, in Brooklyn, during her visits to last year were upwards of $30,000) shall be virtue, industry, truth, and honesty ; and

the poor, became much interested in a young devoted to and among the following objects

girl about eleven years of age, and after much thus save them in youth from a destination thought and prayer, decided to take the child

and purposes :: across the stream, dividing the Islands from home and train it for usefulness and heaven.

1. To regular courses of instruction, at the city ?" With great care she carried out her design,

night, free to all who shall attend the same, A little reflection at this stand-point would placing her for instruction in household duties on the application of science to the useful oclead any parental or Christian heart to wish

under an old, tried servant, and herself in cupations of life, &c. to guard the little children from the brand of structing her in reading, writing, and sew.

2. To the support and maintenance of a ing. The child was dishonest, untruthful, the pauper—from the cruel taunt, in after and untidy. Nothing daunted, the lady dil.

free reading-room, of galleries of Art, and of years, "You were taken from the alms- igently sowed the seeds of truth, untiringly

scientific collections, &c. house.” From the bitter experiences known strove to eradicate tbe evil. At sixteen the 3. To provide and maintain a school for to infant innocence where want of human child was nearly a woman, honest, truthful, the instruction of respectable females in the love is felt and borne, in sickness and silence, tidy, and a capable house-servant. About

arts of design, and in the discretion of the with none to pity or relieve. That such pro- things of eternity, and after a suitable time, this time she manifested a deep interest in the

Board of Trustees, to afford to respectable vision is a public charity, necessary in many made public profession of faith in Christ.

females instruction in such other art or trade cases, there can be no doubt; but recourse The lady felt that years of patient toil were

as will tend to furnish them suitable employ. should be had to it, for friendless childhood amply repaid.

ment." only when no better door is open.

Two years passed, one night E. had gone During the past year 1,281 young persons The Insane Asylum, the Work-House,

out on an errand, and failing to return at the
hour for retiring, the lady sat up for her.

have availed themselves of the free night the Prison, with their many hundreds of vic Upon inquiry as to her prolonged absence

; classes

, to study Chemistry, Mathematics, tims of early crime—why should the rising she told the dreadful story. At ten years of Natural Philosophy, Architectural

, Mechangeneration come up to fill the places to be age her debased mother made merchandize ical, and Free Hand Drawing. .

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Another says,

The Reading Room, which is open free to indeed to be a special gift of Divine Provi- we look with sadness upon a row of these all without tickets, from 8 A M. until 10 P. dence.

beautiful elms all scathed and marred; the M., is supplied with 160 newspapers, 110 Every season, even in war-time, increases

fire has passed over them, leaving only the magazines, and 4000 volumes, and had an the number of their visitors, so that during withered trunks and branches. They look average

of six hundred visitors daily in 1863. the hot months Saratoga is a little world of as though they had braved the fierce flames, The number of pupils admitted to the "Fe. itself, in which every portion of the country

as if loth to die. The green twigs just startmale Art Department" last year was 173. is represented.

ing at their base, remind us that “there is In this department pupils who can afford it It is well that the churches here are living hope of a tree if it is cut down that it may are required to pay from $1.50 to $2 per churches, whose members feel their Christian sprout again.” But the well-known edifice week for tuition, and for every one so admit. responsibilities. Well that a daily union -the Saratoga Water-Cure-over which ted, two poor and deserving girls are admitted meeting is sustained during the season, where their goodly shade was spread from year to free.

those who prize the hour of prayer—"sweet year, lies a heap of imsightly ruins. Once From Mr. Cooper's letter accompanying hour of prayer," --are found of one accord in

hour of prayer,"--are found of one accord in and again with hundreds of others, we had the trust-deed we copy the following. one place.

shared its hospitalities. Reminiscences of "To manifest the deep interest and sym- The Home and kindred charities have precious seasons of

precious seasons of prayer and praise within pathy I feel in all that can advance the many friends here among the citizens and

those walls, will be to many lasting as life. happiness and better the condition of the fe

their guests.
Through one and another

It was a home where God was acknowledged male portion of the community, and especi- we are glad to hear favorably from several

in the daily sacrifice, where pastors and mis. ally of those who are dependent on honest of our dear children. A Christian brother

sionaries, desiring needed rest from the labor for support, I desire the trustees to mentions to us one pursuing his collegiate

weariness of mental toil, ever found a conappropriate $250 yearly to assist such pupils course, who in the absence of his guardian genial moral atmosphere, with ample opporof the Female School of Design as shall, in conducts the family worship, takes charge of

tunities to impart and receive benefit. We their careful judgment, by their efforts and his business affairs, and receives from all were glad to learn that the former excellent sacrifices in the performance of duty to pa- who know him merited confidence and es.

proprietor, notwithstanding this severe calamrents or to those that Providence has made

" What we have ex-

ity, was enabled soon to re-open his establishdependent on them for support, merit and pended for our Home child, I count among

ment in the Continental, a new and commorequire such aid. My reason for this re- my best investments."

dious building provided with all needful apquirement is, not so much to reward as to

A friend on whom we called this morning, pliances for the comfort of patients and encourage the exercise of heroic virtues that and to whom the Society is largely indebted,

guests. We regard this institution as well often shine in the midst of the greatest suf

worthy the liberal Christian patronage it read to us an interesting letter recently refering and obscurity. ceived, from a once most unpromising Home

continues to receive. It is the ardent wish of my heart that this protege, who in the process of her early

Wherever we go or stay, in the house or school of design may be the means of raising training, had given much solicitude. The by the way, the ear is often greeted by ear. to competence and comfort thousands of " thoughtless child” is now a discreet woman,

nest voices, discussing with intense interest those that might otherwise struggle through happily settled in her own home, with an

the state of the country, its prospects in the a life of poverty and suffering." ample competence, feeling deeply her re

near future, the duty of the hour, &c. Pasponsibility as a wife and mother. She ex

triotism and loyalty seem the rule, the reJOTTINGS. presses her heartfelt gratitude for the early

verse the exception; while among the weak

er sex it is manifest that the heart of every religious instruction received, and which she ONCE again we are permitted to pass a is now trying to impart to the little ones God

true woman yearns to do her part, as best few days in this charming village. Autumn has given her.

she may, to hasten the time when a rightis here, quite in advance of its advent in the We are reminded by sundry interviews

eous peace shall pervade our afflicted land. city. Crowds are leaving with every morn- with friends from different localities that the

But we must away. Here we are in a ing train for distant homes. The streets are aid recently furnished to extend our work, quiet car that runs over the Harlem route more quiet than in midsummer. The springs | gives joy to many hearts. All are glad, too,

without changing. Owing to the late rains give forth their healing waters to fewer and that kindred institutions have been remem

there is no dust, and the clouds prove an less eager pedestrians, and yet the aged and bered with equal liberality, so that unex

ample sunshade. Forest and grove clad in the

rainbow hues, meadow and field carpeted young come at the usual hours in long | pected provision is made for the increased procession, "drink and away,” and return to suffering and diminished resources occasioned

with richest green, farm-house and villa

, drink again after a ramble through the by the war.

lake, river and rivulet, mountain and landbeautiful grounds of the park, or a stroll As we walk abroad the thought contin

scape, vary the moving panorama till we 'neath the tall shade trees that overhang the ually recurs, “There's beauty all around our

enter the suburbs of the million city, broad streets. Would that all were as ready paths.” Sunrise and sun

where work and care are pressing, and the

unset, skies clouded to come to that Fountain of which if a man and cloudless, have a glory all unknown

time spent in repairing physical energies drink he shall never die. save in the country, where the view is unim

must now be fully redeemed. These never failing springs are indeed a peded. And, these grand old elms and mamarvel. Rising from some hidden source ples! What a rich gift from our Heavenfar in the earth, located less than two miles ly Father.

WANTED AT THE HOYE.-Second-hand clothing, for des

The mission of the trees—who titute young women, hundreds of whom need a decent apart, with medicinal qualities suited to the

outfit, iu order to go forth respectably and renew the effort may not find in it a topic for pen-sketches of

to "live bonestly by the work of their hands,”-also chil. various ills that flesh is heir to, they seem wide scope. But just opposite the Congress,


dren's clothing and basted work for five Home Industrial


ful :

do so.

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The history is written to show how much Is not God, then, merciful ? Yea, most merciOUR correspondent, "V.," sends us an may be done by faith and prayer, and with “As I live, saith the Lord God, I have article about "the children,” that we think

small means; but the part which struck me no pleasure in the death of the wicked ; but

with equal force, was the wisdom of estab- that the wicked turn from his way and live; suggestive, and, although many of our readers are familiar with the history of “The but in families. Generally, eight or ten lishing the inmates, not in great institutions, turn ye, turn ye, from your evil ways; for why

will ye die Rough House," and other institutions across

were together in a house by themselves, He condescends to plead with men to repent the water, to which her attention has been with their own laws and rules, the elder be- and return to Him, promising life if they will specially directed, perhaps there are others ing chief-with their own festivals and

Shall the blame be laid upon Him, whom it may lead to comprehend more fully

holidays, their own songs, and morning and then, if proud souls refuse to accept His most the blessed meaning of the passage, "He

evening worship; all of one sex, but pre- reasonable terms, or upon those who reject setteth the solitary in families." serving, to a' certain degree, the family

them and perisb, rather than submit. To the relation, retaining a little individuality.

obedient child of God there is peace, to the disThe first steps taken, with regard to our In this way, it was possible to begin on a

obedient subject there is no peace. own Institution, had in view the object of small scale, adding a new house as the means setting the solitary in families, taking the came, or the children to fill it.

I do not little desolate, friendless child of early sor

know if the success of the system was row, and placing it—by adoption, if possible wholly owing to this, but patierce, and faith,

FROM AN AGED FELLOW-LABORER. -in a home of love, where the family ties

and perseverance seem to have done won

Dear Sister Bennett, -Permit me to give that God has so wisely instituted might en- There are questions of economy in our utterance to my thoughts and feelings on hearcircle it, and prove a solace, a safeguard, and institutions which might operate against this ing of Mr. Rose's munificent gift. I thank a stimulus to well-doing, needed by every plan, where one large building, one series of God that in the beginning of our work no such member of the great human family. As long tables, one great school, one set of work gifts were bestowed upon the Home, but that fast as may be, our Home children are placed isolated houses, but the plan might be par: shops, may be more easily managed than


thousand little offerings, the fruits in families in the rural districts, and yet

of love and self-denial, came from believing tially carried out, even thus. Suites of

and praying souls, far separate in body, but there are some for whom we cannot thus rooms might be given to one family, and

one in spirit, to increase the faith of its manaprovide as speedily as for others. For such, separate tables, even in one hall, while of

gers in God and humanity, and to awaken in whether in our own or kindred institutions, course the members of a family would not

them a deep sense of their responsibility to we think, with V., the family system, so far be completely isolated, but would be scat

use prudently the gifts of those whose faith as circumstances permit its adoption, is best tered among others for their various occupa

had made them almoners. tions. In this way the family idea would be adapted to their highest good.

And I also thank our Heavenly Father that still more completely carried out. THE CHILDREN.—I have been thinking

so many of those who worked in faith and

It is impossible here to enter into all the whether we do not make a mistake in our details, but the experiment is worth trying love

, through great difficulties to build up and public institutions, especially our orphan and depend upon it there is something in it.

sustain the Home, are spared to witness its asylums and houses of refuge, in making “He setteth the solitary in families.”

usefulness and hear of its prosperity, and to them so large and comprehensive. Not that

unite in thanks to the Giver of all good, fewer inmates should be received, but that “A SUBSCRIBER" requests specific infor

and to His agents, for the means intrusted they should be divided into families or class

to our care for the relief of the needy. May es, to take away that dreary feeling of being feeble minded The Home and School for mation respecting the Institution for the

Mr. Rose's confidence in our institution but one in a multitude.

produce in each manager an earnest desire I was struck with this in a little story of this unfortunate class, to which she refers, is and effort to use wisely the aid provided ; a child who was left destitute of friends by located in Syracuse, N. Y. Dr. Wilbur is and may he be refreshed and enriched the sudden death of her mother, while trav- the Superintendent, and is the party to in spirit by imparting to a multitude, through eling, and who was placed in an asylum, whom letters of inquiry should be addressed. various benevolent societies, the means of where she remained for some time before The institution is under excellent manage

physical, mental, and spiritual life. If the her friends could be found. She was cared

rich were wise and patriotic, they would be for and taught, as

one of the many, but ment, and has proved a great blessing to the there was no one

prompted by economical motives, not only to on whom she had any class for whom it is designed.

give, but watch over those whom they desire claim more than a hundred others, and the

to benefit, and thus grow intelligent as lawpoor little thing longed for a kind breast on


makers and rulers—thus protect themselves, which to lay her head-some feeling of home.

Satan and his followers revolted against the their property and society from the evils which “He setteth the solitary in families."

idleness, ignorance and vice, enlisted under I have thought the same in reading a his- Almighty. In their pride and ainbition they

defied His power and they and discord were the banner of traitorous politicians, bring upon tory of the lives of some of the German workers who, in prayer and faith, have given

banished together from heaven. So communities and nations. The ignorant and their lives for the good of their fellow-men

peace made in heaven, not for the happiness of vicious are coming to us from all nations. The Falk—who worked so hard for the good of rebels, but for the comfort and security of those children of the ignorant and vicious in our poor boys—Fliedner, who helped on the

who maintained their allegiance to the King midst will soon fill the place of their fathers, training of nurses and deaconesses; Gossner of kings.

and become friends or opposers of laws made and Harms, who threw themselves into the As the unrepenting angels were separated to protect the rights of all. Every true friend work of missions, and Immanuel Wichern, from the faithful and true, and driven forth of this Union will seek to educate the young who first established

· Rough House into outer darkness and wretc dness, so must in the knowledge of righteousness, as the safesystem. It seems, the Rough House was unrepenting sinners here, who will not accept guurd of freedom, and glory of man. merely an accidental name, taken from the the terms of release from condemnation, even Thanks to the Saviour, for benevolent instifirst house they occupied, and which already repentance and trust in Jesus, having defied tutions, through whose schools the children of bore that name when it was acquired by the government of God, suffer the punishment poverty and vice gain a knowledge of Christ's purchase or gift. allotted to treason.

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some of her children, if she would consent, but and principles will grow, and the earth rejoice

she said she had no fear but that she could in the increase of knowledge and righteous- TAE 'case of Mrs. L., a soldier's wife, with keep them. Her two eldest are going off as two children, was commended to our notice.

drummers. You have visited this beautiful town, and She had received nothing from her husband Visited Mrs. B. and found hers a case of sorreceived a welcome from those who have been since last October. He enlisted in Boston, and row indeed. She was in great need of clothing earnest follow-workers in building up the thereby forfeited the relief-mones to his family

and money. We promised to call again. Home for the Friendless, and looked with in both places. We visited her and found her Were asked to look after a case in admiration on the mountains and hills which apparently deserving; works faithfully when Śt. Sought for the person faithfully for two encircle it, and the majestic and graceful elms she can find work to do. Gave her two dol

half days, but could not find her. that beautify its streets. You have looked up- lars, for which she was truly grateful.

Poor N. S., almost blind, received her dolon it with the eyes and feelings of a stranger. Our old sufferer, Mrs. A., called. Her mo- lar with thankfulness. Speaking of one of the It was the home of my childhood. not only ther and child are very ill. Poor, sorrowing ladies connected with the Home, she said, see things as they are, but as they were when woman, she is tidy and careful, and tries to be

“ flow kind she is, pity she should ever die." magnified in size and beauty by my childish hopeful. Her customers are all in the country. “O,” said we, “you'd not want to keep her imagination. Time has thrown over it another We found her mother very ill indeed ; gave here always." "Yes, indeed, ma'am, for the charm, that of association. An experience of her assistance. "Lord, pity the widows,” we

poor, I would.” love and kindness—of joy and sorrow, has say from our full hearts; "hasten better times, Called in to see Mrs. P. She is anxiously closely united my heart to this birth-place that food and raiment may be purchasable." awaiting the return of her employers from the and burial-place of my family; and, though I Called on Mrs. M., and found her daughter country, as she finds it difficult to meet expenmiss many loved ones that have cheered me about to be taken to W. for a while by a kind ses, house-rent and provisions being so high. with their welcome, I feel their influence and lady who knew her father. Mrs. M. told me Gave her a dollar with pleasure, knowing how see their works which praise them.

they had not tasted meat for three weeks ; well she will use it. With gratitude do I witness the growing seldom had more than bread and water; were Mrs. M. and daughter are both suffering prosperity of the laboring class, and the bean- glad to get that. We gave her a dollar, for much. We often call and find the pair sadly tiful homes of the descendants of those who which she tried to express how thankful she in want of a little assistance. How they are seemed doomed to poverty. Their schools,

As she makes no profession of religion, to live in the coming winter, we know not. manufactories and savings-bank have elevated we have striven to do our duty faithfully both Went to see a soldier's family. The husband many, making them useful citizens; and the to body and soul. May she be led by the un- had not been paid for six months, and the wife town is now reaping the fruits of their know- erring Teacher, to trust in Him.

had parted with one thing after another to get ledge, industry and economy.

Finding a little child in the street crying bread for her hungry children, till the room As we value our freedom and the brave mer heartily, we inquired the

“Oh!" was bare of any furniture but a little stove. who are dying in its defence, so will be our said she, “I am afraid to go home. People One of the little children, a girl, five years old, treatment of their widows and orphans. Shall won't give me anything, and my mother will had on only the skirt of an old dress; she the latter receive from society parental care,

beat me.” We went with her to the shanty was bare above the waist. Her mother said or, from short-sighted motives of economy,

be in which she lived, and as we entered it, her she didn't go out of the room at all, for if she farmed out to the cheapest contractors, and

mother looked drowsily up-it was 10 A. M., did the other children in the house laughed at through neglect become enemies of virtue, and -and asked what the lady wanted. The child her. A neat little sacque was given to us witnesses against the covetousness, ingratitude replied, “O, mother, the lady asked me if I next day for the child and fifty cents for the and short-sightedness of those who lightly es- would like to go to school and have a nice, mother. We shall not forget them. teem humanity and moral culture? I pray clean frock; wouldn't I, mother!” The re- Made application for the admission of an old and hope that there may, in every county,

be sponse was, “ What have you got in the bas- lady to the Old Ladies' Home, but without suca Home for the Friendless, where not only the

ket?" When the child answered, “Nothing,” cess. They have concluded not to receive any children of soldiers may have parental care, but

the mother sprang toward her, and the little more names on register as there is no probaall of God's little ones be counted worthy of

one flew out of the door. We strove to calm bility of an opening for from three to five years; care, and an opportunity to reveal their gifts. her, saying the child was not to blame; areas have received as many as 56 applications & May such a home beautify this town, and the were fastened, food was scarce. “As sure," month ; could fill a building as large again as earnest women who have aided us, and are now said she,“ as my name is Mrs. S., I will make the one they now occupy. so earnestly working for the comfort of sol- her back pay.” Talking was fruitless, the Visited Mrs. J., one of the poor colored diers, find their reward and happiness in man

child was out of sight, so we quickened our women assisted by us after the riot. Her aged aging it, witnessing its usefulness, and telling pace to a burly policeman, and told our story, mother has died since we last called. She is their children's children its origin as a work pitying the child. “O, no danger of her,” said the sixth of the fifty-seven widows on our list of love! he, “she'll come off all right.”

last winter, who have passed away from earth. My love to our dear sisters and fellow- Visited Mrs. C. Her husband is with Sherworkers.

man's army. She has five children and has re-
Truly your friend,
ceived no money since last October, except re-

H. H. STARR. lief-money. She expressed great joy on seeing
Danbury, Sept. 9th, 1864.

us and heartily thanked God for our coming.
She said she had but five spoonfuls of corn

THEN linger not in all the plain ;
meal that day for herself and children. This

Flee for thy life, the mountain gain ; If you wonld not be in perpetual doubt in regard to your was Monday, and as she would get no relief

Look not behind, make no delay; acceptance with God, then do not spend your time in con

O, speed thee, speed thee on thy way. ning over your condition, but look around you and see what money again until Friday, we gave her aid.

Haste, traveler, haste ! there is that you can do for Christ. Half the time employed

A lady wished to have a poor Irish woman, in prayer and faithful effort to save souls, which is taken up who had seven children, visited. She was re

Poor, lost, benighted soul, art thou in looking on the dark side of one's ease, would not only dispel the thickest gloom that ever shrouded a mind, but presented as a stern, cold woman who had

Willing to find salvation now !

Thero yet is hope, hear mercy's call. would result in bringing many precious immortals to partilittle of the tender mother about her. We went

Trath, life, light, way, in Christ is all. cipate in redeeming love. as desired, and offered to find good homes for

Huste, traveler, haste!


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