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able sorrow in life, that it seems strange the work and how even then it was beating
those should be found who are either willing with fear. He did not know all this, but he

"THE BABY IS DEAD."
to increase or unwilling to arrest its progress. held her very tight and pressed a kiss upon
The desolate summer passed away and

her cheek, and the gray eyes that looked up

into his face were the most beautiful in the October weather set in. The neighbors

What a world of meaning there is in that thought the prospects of Hugh for comfort world to him for his wife's sake. Very much

short intimation to tuo sorrowful hearts ! but slender, and Margie, while in the little lay before her, her childhood seemed to have

One dark, sweeping cloud seems to have obsewing-room, overheard the conversation of passed away, and the toils and cares of womanlıood to have come in its stead. Hugh

scured the blue sky, and suddenly darkened two of them who were waiting her father's saw this and did all in his power to prevent

the whole earth for its sake. In the depth of return, with some article they wanted, with it, he lightened her burdens in every way

this great sorrow the rainbow of promise is no little uneasiness. "The house will be

hidden from view; and yet it is there, for the that he could afford, giving her all the little sadly changed,” said Mary Bryan to Peggy pleasures in his power, but much devolved

sun still shines, though the rain-drops are fallTurner. "Ay, that's to be expected, a

ing. “The baby is dead!" How many hopes young thing like Margie will be a poor

upon her, standing as she did in a mother's

stead to the stand-by in place of the one that's gone and

children left in her charge. and fears went out with its young life-low Soon after she brought her books home, an

many disappointinents and sorrows came in they're not able to afford much help. Mar

their stead! Timid, pattering feet will ran no gie's but a lass and cannot do much, ye'll nouncing her determination to her teacher,

whose friendly tones and kind pressure of the more, bright, earnest eyes closed forever, and see, when he comes home and finds things

hand uncomfortable; he'll take to the drink, it's

gave her encouragement. "If you find pleading, childish voice, that will never call but nature, and he has not Margaret to re

yourself in any difficulty, do not fail to come mamma or papa in tones of gladness. Playstrain him.” "And yet," suggested Mary,

to me and I will give you all the assistance things to be put away, tiny shoes and stock,

I can out of school hours." And she more ings, little dresses, to be laid aside; and with “Margie's a likely girl, steady and sensible enough, and if she were to take hold, might and it has always been faithfully redeemed.

than once availed herself of this kind offer, them you feel that you have laid away all do, I'm sure I'm heartily sorry for them, their

your earthly hopes for the dear baby. Ah! mother was a good, kind soul. Many's the

The predictions of Peggy Turner have not how little you thought, as your child gazed time she has shown me a kindness, and I'll

been made good, her father always finds his on autumn's brilliant hues, that that glance

home as comfortable and pleasant as Marnot be wantin' in doing all I can for the poor,

was the last, and that when returning spring gie's taste and hands can make it, so that, brought life and beauty to all the visible world, unfortunate children." Poor Mary had a kind Irish heart, and her assistance was often though often recalling sad memories, it is

the babe that nestled so lovingly and confistill to him the sweetest spot on earth ; both given. Margie's course was soon taken, she

dingly in your bosom, would lie down in the well knew that her father could not afford to Kate and Georgie look upon their elder

lonely grave; that autumn returning, apparsister as

a motherly counselor and friend. employ a housekeeper, and she resolved to

eled in robes of rich and gorgeous beauty, to They feel that she is entitled to their respect do all sh could to save him trouble or ex

cast its first shadow over the rejoicing, happy and affection, that she has their real interest pense. “ If,” said Hugh, inquiringly, one

year, would be associated with thoughts of and good at heart, and this makes them will. evening, as he pushed his chair back from ing to submit to be guided by her judgment,

such sadness. Yes, all this and how much the table, we could only get along without even when their own incinations would lead

more is comprehended and will yearly be felt hiring any one, I mean for a constant thing," them to a contrary course. And although

in that brief announcement, “The baby-our he paused and looked at Margie for an anthe school of written knowledge has not been

baby, is dead !" So I thought as I looked upswer. “I have been thinking it over father,"

on the joyous little creature, herself a rosy she began very slowly, “I am sure you can

opened to her as fully as it might otherwise

have been, who shall say that she has not picture of health and glee, smiling unconnot afford it." “No, I am sure I could not

been learning lessons of value, even in the sciously as she brought me the tidings; and without taking more of what little I have

trial and discipline in which she has been viewed thus, it seemed very, very sad, indeed, laid away than I like to." "Well, then,

training. Better than all this sbe has had almost hopelessly so. But I thought againfather, if you could only get some one to do

the joy of seeing her father a sincere and It is true the baby is dead; its short life is the washing and ironing, and occasionally

humble Christian, so that when her old over, and its father and mother and all who make some of the children's clothes, I think

friend, Miss Earle, last visited her, she had loved it will see it no more until they too have we can get along very well, Mary Bryan is

the glad news to relate.

“Do

you remem passed over the river of death, and become very kind and she is willing to show me any.

ber,” she asked gravely, “that Sabbath when dwellers on the heavenly shore. You looked thing I don't know how to do.” But,

our lesson was about the building of the forward in your child to long years of happiMargie,” remonstrated Hugh, “my, poor tabernacle, and you said there was no fear ness and support, but you would also have child, how will you do about school, you

but that each one of us had some truly great felt many anxieties, and suffered much through can't do this and go to school too, that is out

work to do, if we only knew it. I thought fear. For other little ones you may have of the question. I don't want you to forget then there was none for me to do, but I see have learned, nor to leave off learn.

many cares, but this one is forever safeI was mistaken, and when this great sorrow

already at home. The storms of life may beat ing either.” I think I can manage that, I came, I felt that it was hard and

very

differ-
will try and have some time to myself
, you

about you, making rough shipwreck of your ent from what I had looked for or wished,

dearest hopes; but ever and anon will come know

you
always have the fire ready for me,

and at first I could not bear it, but I think I
and Kate will soon be able to do little things,

this soothing thought, this blessed assurance : am willing now," she added, with glistening

The child that I loved is beyond their reach, as well as Georgie, when he is not in school.

tears. “My dear child,” said Miss Earle,
Then I can teach myself, and if I don't un-
affectionately drawing her to her, "1, too,

safely housed from storm and tempest. A betderstand anything, I think some of the girls have been thinking of the work which our

ter than an earthly heritage is its portion. will show me; I will bring all my books

Father has sent you.
How differently it is

And so looking over the storm-tossed ocean, home and Georgie can go." Her father's

allotted to each one of us. Dear Lucy you will ofttimes lift your weary, longing eyes, eye rested proudly on her. “Come, Margie,” Preston's is already done; she told me this to the distant haven whither your child is gone. he said, reaching out his hand to her, “come,

morning to give you her love, and her dying How does the kindred tie thus formed shorten my lassie, you have a brave heart and you

entreaty to persevere, her only regret was the way thither, and make the land that is are your mother's own daughter.” The tears

that she had not done more, for though 'we very “ far off" appear no longer distant, but gathered in her eyes. Hugh did not know

know not now' why nor what the Master is daily growing nearer and nearer. By and by how the brave little heart had trembled over doing, we shall know hereafter.”

dark days will come, when you must leave

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H. E. O,

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

For the Advocate and Guardian.

yoar children to struggle alone in an unfeel - ful, but a thief: that the ladies of the Home, from 3 to 5 o'clock; also from 6.30 to 8 P. M. ing and unfriendly world.” You have watched who had long patiently borne with her faults A dinner will be provided for the children over them with tender and protecting care, and misdeeds, were at length compelled to dehave been deeply interested in everything con

of the Home, also for its five large outside cide she could not remain longer within its cerning them; but the time is coming when,

schools—all of which are doing a good work walls. though “they come to honor," you will know We are happy to be able to add that this

in rescuing the children of want and sorrow it not; and even though “they are brought poor, sinful mother has been induced to sign a

from ignorance, vice and degradation. low, you will perceive it not of them.” The

About 350 will dine at the Home on the paper committing her child to the A. F. G. only one that you can then think of with thank- Society till such time as she can prove herself 24th, from 5 to 6 P. M. The others

, at fulness and comfort, is the little one whom a true mother and capable of providing a good their respective school-rooms, on that day, God hath taken. Your child is in safe hands. home for her little one.

or at the Home on the day following. Fear not, therefore, for the grave will hold its “The mother will soon be out of the way," The return of this Annual Festival for little treasure safely through spring-time and said a judge in regard to a case similar to this. "the children of the needy"-many of whom summer, autuinn and winter, when the flowers What did he mean? Speaking from the gathoom in beauty, and when they fade--safely ered experience of years, he knew that such

are soldiers' children-gives an excellent op. until the summons of that life-giving voice, at

mothers are soon outcasts of society, hidden

by portunity for those more favored to obey the whose presence earth and sea shall give up crime within prison walls; or by disease in the

precept, “Go thy way, eat the fat and drink their dead. Potter's field. “The way of the transgressor

the sweet, and send portions to them for So I thought no more of the dear baby as is hard.” “The wages of sin is death."

whom nothing is prepared."-NEX. 8. 10. lying in the dark, cold grave-no more of the

The wants of the season-especially food silent, lonely house, nor of the thousand memo

and clothing-already press heavily, and conries of sorrow so constantly recurring ; but rather of a golden harp and crown, and of one

Advocate and Guardiau. tributions, large or small, will be thankfully

received. who wears them; of a myriad throng, and a new voice to join in swelling that eternal and tri. NEW YORK, NOV. 16, 1864. unphant song, “Worthy the Lamb;'_of one

PROCLAMATION OF THANKSGIVING. treasure less in this poor earth, and one more laid op in enduring mansions; and of a little

ADVANCE IN CLUB PRICES. --The

It has pleased Almighty God to prolong our lamb led by "green pastures and still waters" Publishing Com. had earnestly hoped that

National life another year, defending us with forever. the price of paper would be so diminished

His guardian care against unfriendly designs Mauch Chink, Pa.

before the close of the year, that no change from abroad, and vouchsafing to us, in His in our terms would become necessary. The mercy, many and signal victories over the facts being otherwise, in justice to this de

enemy who is of our own household. It has

also pleased our leavenly Father to favor as partment of the work, they are constrained well our citizens in their homes, as our soldiers OUTCAST. to make a small advance.

in their camps and our sailors on the seas, I never before realized the meaning of the After the 1st of Jan. 1865, the price for

with unusual health. He has largely augmentword outcast-cast out—as I did this morning clubs will be at the rate of 75 cts., instead of by immigration, while He has opened to us

ed our free population by emancipation and when I told Mrs. Snave I could do nothing 50cts

. per copy per annum. Single subscrip- new sources of wealth, and has crowned the more for her; that I had tried in every way I could to help her become a respectable woman. tions, as formerly, $1 in advance. We trust,

labor of our working men, in every department

of industry, with abundant reward. MoreI was sorry, both for her sake and her child's

in view of the motive and manifest necessity over, He has been pleased to animate and a pretty girl three years old—but I must spend for this slight addition of 25 cts., it will not inspire our minds and hearts with fortitude, my time on other cases now from which I be allowed to lessen the subscriptions to the courage and resolution sufficient for the great

trial of civil war into which we have been could hope more fruitful results. To her re- Advocate in any section where a much larger brought by our adherence, as a nation, to the quest that she might come soon and tell how comparative advance has been made upon the cause of freedom and humanity, and to afford she was getting along, I answered that if she fruits of the earth and every useful commod.

to us reasonable hopes of an ultimate and would in two or three months return and bring ity; and where all, too, understand that 75

happy deliverance from all our dangers and

afflictions. proof that she had been doing well I should be

cts. now are really worth much less than Now, therefore: I, Abraham Lincoln, Presiglad to see her—not otherwise. were 50 cts. four years ago.

dent of the United States, do hereby appoint Why did I talk thus to her ? Not because I

For considerations at once apparent, a

and set apart the last Thursday in November did not pity her, for if any human being is to

next, as a day which I desire to be observed be pitied it is one who knows and approves the little extra exertion will be requisite the com- by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may

then be, as a day of thanksgiving and prayer the right, yet is a slave to evil habits and pas- ing mouth on the part of the friends of this

to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and sions, a child of the wicked one, paper and its mission, in order still to sustain

Ruler of the universe; and I do further recHow long she has been an outcast I do not and extend its circulation. Wherever this ommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid, that know. I do know that last spring, she, with aid shall be given, it will be most gratefully

on that occasion they do reverently humble her new-born babe, were cast out from a stable

themselves in the dust, and from thence offer appreciated.

up penitent and fervent prayers and supplicain — St. where they were found by its owner;

Will our friends, in sending on renewals of Clubs tions to the Great Disposer of events, for a that, in the hospital to which she was taken,

always state in whose name they were taken, during 1864. return of the inestimable blessings of peace, for some reason, she said the nurses were

The omission to do so, causes much confusion on our books. union and harmony throughout the land which “brutes;" that the landlady who had rented to

it has pleased Him to assign as a dwelling

place for ourselves and our posterity throughher the foul baseinent where we first visited

THANKSGIVING DONATION VISIT.

out all generations. her, was glad to have her go, as she did not

The friends and patrons of the Home for In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set pay her rent: that a lady who kindly took her

my hand and caused the seal of the United the Friendless are cordially invited to visit though knowing of her love for strong drink,

States to be affixed. the Institution on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. at the end of a week had too much reason to

Done at the City of Washington, this 20th think her not only intemperate and untruth- ember 24th. Exercises by the children, / day of October, in the year of our Lord, 1864,

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and of the Independence of the United States, School No. 2, on Tuesday8, same hours, at

THE PLACE OF SAFETY.
the eighty-ninth. ABRAHAM LINOOLN.
By the President:

the house of Mrs. Hyde, 104 W. 37th St. The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that
WM. H. SEWARD, Secretary of State.
Committee of School No. 3 meet at the

fear Him, and delivereth them.--Bible. The above document was published after week, same hours.

Home Committee Room on Monday of each We live in a uay of peril-a day, when our last went to press, but our present issue

men's hearts, in many sections, are failing

Committee of School No. 4 meet at the will give it to all our readers in due time.

them for fear-a day when crime is rampant The recommendation to all to “humble Committee of School No. 5 meet on FriHome, on Thursdays, same hours.

and human depravity so developed that the

Committee of School No. 5 meet on Fri- soul is sickened by its contemplation. themselves in the dust, and from thence offer day of each week, at one P. M. at the up penitent and fervent prayers and suppli- school-rooms, No. 1285 Broadway, near 35th

In looking at the dark catalogue of wrong cations to the great Disposer of events," Street.

and outrage recorded by the daily press, and could not be expressed in more fitting terms.

the desperate resistance of those in arms

The aid of any willing to contribute arti- against our government, it would seem as May the occasion be so improved that all cles, or assist in cutting, basting, etc., will be though Satan had indeed, “come down in our offerings as a people, shall find accep gratefully appreciated by the respective great wrath, knowing that his time is short." tance before Him who is of purer eyes than committees and is most cordially invited. to behold iniquity.

And yet, we have not begun to realize the Second-hand clothing or remnants of cot

sorrows felt by large communities in many ton or delaine that can be made available, periods of the world's history. When Jeru

will be specially acceptable, either for the WANTS OF THE HOME INDUSTRIAL SCHOOLS.

salem was compassed about with armies— use of the schools, or the homeless and needy famine stalking through the guilty city, where The wants of these schools at the present

in our Home family, at present numbering had stood the bloody cross, with its records season are specially urgent. Among the about 175 children and adults. “Blessed is he

of the most fearful guilt that man could conthousand or more children, who attend the that considereth the poor, the Lord will de.

ceive or perpetrate, there were doubtless different schools more or less regularly, liver him in time of trouble."

some among the sufferers who were the true many appear daily, without shoes or hose,

children of God-calm in the midst of peril, and with garments hanging in tatters, look.

"ON FURLOUGH."

their faith anchored upon the promises, their ing as though they might be blown to the

souls sustained by the felt consciousness that winds by a strong November gale. It is A SOLDIER father, long from home,

“the angel of the Lord encampeth round

A patriot in the strife, because they are thus neglected and forlorn,

about them that fear Him."

Has furlough for a few brief days, before coming into the schools, that they ac

To meet a dying wife.

The history of the Church throughout the quire so readily the rudiments of a street-ed. With throbbing heart he stands once more

long, dark past, shows that suffering and trial,

Far from the scene of strife, ucation. A training that, if not counteracted,

And gazes on the calm, sweet brows

in all their fearful forms, have been the al. may fit them early for the prison or the

Of those more dear than life.

lotted discipline of those who, living and gallows. The teachers, committees and vis

To one the bitterness of death

dying, have done most to subdue the kingdom itors who have labored longest among this

Will soon be wholly past,

of darkness; most to promote the principles,

She feels that earthly ties are now class, to "gather them in," " keep them in "

Too mutable to last.

whose rule alone produces righteousness, and and exert over them a salutary and saving in. Her hopes aro anchored where the storms peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. fuence, know well how much a decent outfit for

Of life will all be o'er,

For a long period the professed disciples

Where sorrow, pain, and war's alarms, the poor child does to win confidence, and keep

Are felt and feared no more.

of Him who suffered even unto death, have open an avenue to the heart. And for this

Her children dear, her comfort long,

not been tried by persecution, but by glori. reason they each and all greatly desire the

ous opportunities of advancing the cause of means to furnish such outfit, in cases com

Without whom not a sparrow falls,
Who hears the orphan's prayer,

Christ on earth. The lines have fallen to mended to their judgment. The foreshadow.

them in pleasant places. “The offence of the

Their father must not stay to guard ings of the coming winter are already rife

His little, smitten flock,

cross” has been little felt and known. But with appeals in this direction. The war So to the mother, sick and wan,

how much less earnest consecration to the

Thus tenderly he spoke : has greatly diminished the supplies usually

right has been witnessed through this period

" The Home will find a foster home received at this season, so that a necessity

When both of us are gone ;

in our own favored land, than might have exists for contributing and making up arti. Shall we not seek to place them there,

been. How much less fruit to the glory of

Nor leave them here alone ? " cles of clothing that will tax both the indus

God than might have been reasonably expect.

"O, yes! I'm thankful if we may; try of the respective school committees and

ed in view of our opportunities, obligations

'Twill be less hard to die,
those who may be willing to come to their Assured they'll have parental care,"

and professions. Now, as a people, we are

The mother made reply. help.

placed in the crucible. The furnace heat has For local reasons, but with one and the And so the mutual bond was given,

been felt. Who can tell how much fiercer

The children dear to save, same end, the committees now meet sepa.

By one just going home to heaven,

must be the flame ere the dross shall be con

One toward a soldier's grave. rately, to prepare work and clothing for the

sumed, and the sin be put away that has schools. The time and place of each meet- 'Mid rural homes in this fair land,

kindled its fires ?

Where patriot-fires burn free, ing is thus designated.

The faithful followers of Him who went

Where peace and plenty still abound,
The Committee for School No. 1, meet

And tears are wiped away,

about doing good, cannot anticipate exempon Friday of each week, at the Home Com.

May not these sisters, “ three and nine,".

tion from the common calamities incident to

Some aching void soon fillmittee room, at half.past nine o'clock A. M.

national judgments. But they may find a

Give love for love, then sing and shine and adjourn at one P. M.

On Zion's heavenly hill ?

safe abiding-place beneath the shadow of His

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BY ONE OF A SCHOOL COMMITTEE.

wing, who afflicteth not willingly—“His light and life. Two by two, the disciples of Could the sad examples that often come to name is a strong tower—whoso putteth his

the meek and lowly One, upon whose cross in the knowledge of the Home laborers, where trust in the Lord, shall be safe. They that mockery was placed the inscription, “ Jesus of

the sacred obligations of the marriage relation Nazareth, king of the Jews,'' went forth to trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion scatter the seeds of divine truth or to gather in

have been thoughtlessly assumed on brief acwhich cannot be removed, but abideth for

its ripened harvests among the nations. The quaintance, be seen as they are, by any tempt

adversary and his emissaries have sought to ed to fall into the same snare, the lesson Trust ye in the Lord forever, for in

uproot it, to supplant it, to blight it and destroy would be effective, Moral wrecks would be the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength. it, still widen the cultivated places, still ex

far less frequent, were the victims duly warned The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of pands the harvest, still do the laborers multiply, and sweeter, fuller, grander, age by age,

of danger, and willing to seek and be guided trouble, and He knoweth them that trust in grows the response to the Psalmist's words,

by parental counsel. “The prudent man forHim. Wait on the Lord, be of good cour- "From the rising of the sun to the going down

seeth the evil, and hideth himself." age, and He shall strengthen thy heart.” of the same, let the Lord's name be praised.”

Still is heard the demand for laborers.

No Such are the precious counsels and assurone need, no one dare say, there is nothing to

INCIDENTS OF A DAY OF HOME WORK. ances with which the Word of God abounds. do. There is work for every one : pioneer And surely on these the soul may rest, in all

work, or the work of sustaining pioneers as they

unfurl the banner of the cross over the waste Oct. 18th. At 8 A. M., sundry items of its fears, in all its straits. Here only is

places of the earth, and under its protecting Society work, brought in by one of our teachthere a place of safety. Resting here as on folds labor for the advancement of Christ's

ers, were attended to, arrangements being solid rock, may all who are consciously on kingdom. In every country known to us, not

made for visiting and aiding the parties conthe Lord's side, go forth to every work of excluding our own distracted one, are earnest laborers wanted, needed. In every one are

cerned. Received a note of introduction, usefulness and duty, in the sunshine or the the sinful, the degraded, the oppressed, the brought by a lady from Berlin, Prussia, from a storm, and be found ever where the angel of

poor whom Jesus came from heaven to en- well-known Home patron, and gave to the

iighten and save. For the disenthrallment, enthe Lord will encamp round about them.

bearer and her suit the requisite attention.
lightenment and salvation of these multitudes,
let voices plead, let pens petition, let hearts

Took leave of a friend who, with her little
WANTED-SUNBEAMS FOR HOME NURSERIES,
pray, and hands labor. Thus working together

son, had been spending several days with us, in harmony, each according to his ability and meriting, as we thought, special hospitality; The two nurseries at the Home, full of in his own sphere, we may hasten on the bless- herself and husband having once taken to little children, would often be full of suned day when he:ivenly voices shall proclaim,

western homes sixty of our Home children, and "The kingdoms of this world are become the beams if a few of the cast-off playthings of

afterward collected and forwarded, as a gift kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ : and the children of better fortune were oftener he shall reign forever and ever.”

to the Institution, one thousand bushels of corn. Boxes of blocks,

It is well for us sometimes to leave our toil distributed among them.

Went to 32 E. 30th St. and arranged for a and care behind us in the vale, to climb the young girl who had been specially exposed to rubber dolls—anything not breakable

mountain-tops of promise, and take in a com- moral danger, to go to a Christian home in tends to beguile the loneliness of the prehensive view of the landscape we are help

New England, where we had learned that the motherless, and bring smiles for tears. ing to improve and beautify by our labors. And better yet is it, to catch, as did Christian

influences were all good and safe. Returning, Shall they not have them? The little ones and Ilopeful, and as we sometimes may through

found four Society cases in waiting; one, an have been generously remembered in this God's grace, glimpses, though but faint ones, aged, destitute and worthy woman, from a regard, heretofore, but playthings wear out

from these Delectable mountains, of the gates distant part of the city, seeking aid to meet

of the Celestial City, into which the faithful among so many, and while food costs so

special emergencies; another, a former Home reapers shall at last be summoned to receive

Industrial school girl, wanting employment much, economy surely prompts to the use of their wages, having gathered fruit unto life second-hand for new, in the line of play. eternal.

and protection, grateful that she had learned

to read and write in school No. 1, so that, things.

A WORD TO THE WISE.

now she was grown, she could do well. AnThe good children who love to make oth

A FRIEND sends the following extract to fill

other was a former Home child, who had aters happy will not forget the nurseries on a niche. It contains suggestions worthy to be

tained her majority, but wanted and received Thanksgiving. If any of them bring a par-made sufficiently prominent to attract the at

such counsel as we could give. Another, cel from their old stores, they can hand it tention of parents and daughters whom it may

was a sister of a soldier's family who were to our good matron, Mrs. Squires, and she concern, the world over.

sick and suffering, and must be visited. will take their names and tell them what to “Hasty MARRIAGE.—There is no city, there

Ere these were all disposed of, a message do with it.

is scarcely a township, which does not number was received from a faithful Bible-reader in
among its inhabitants women who have mar- our district, to this effect:
ried on a very short acquaintance, only to be “An appointment is made for us to meet at
abused, deserted, and left a life-long sorrow 3 P. M. at the residence of a soldier in 35th

in the families in which they were reared, and
LABORERS WANTED.

St., No.

Be sure and be there at the which they imprudently and improperly deThe harvest was plenteous, but the laborers serted to share the fortunes of comparative

hour.” The request was responded to promptfew, in the Saviour's time, and he bade his dis- strangers. If young ladies would only realize ly and the following reference to the case noted ciples therefore pray the Lord of the harvest how grossly indelicate, as well as culpably reck- afterward by pencil. to send forth more laborers into it. He did so less such marriages appear to the eyes of the “As we entered the low basement, marked and their number has increased from that time observing, they would surely forbear. A year's alike by poverty and neatness, our eye rested to this. Century after century has witnessed thorough acquaintance, with the most circumthe fulfilment of the prophecy in regard to the stantial accounts from disinterested and relia

at once upon a stricken family group, all in all prosperity of Zion : " The wilderness and the ble witnesses, of the antecedents from child- to each other, but soon to part forever. The solitary place shall be glad for them, and the hood, are the very least guarantees which any mother was ill, past hope of recovery, ready, desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose ;

woman who realizes what marriage is, will through grace, for the last great change-calm, it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice even require of a stranger. Even then, if her pawith joy and singing."

patient, trustful. The father sat beside her Such has been the rents are not fully satisfied, as well as herself, history of those moral wastes where Bible she should still hesitate. Marriage is an under

in soldier's uniform-absent from his regiment truth has superseded heathen traditions, and taking in which no delay can be so hazardous

for a few days on furlough, that he might see lifted men from degradation and darkness into as undue precipitation.'

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protection of his children, two attractive little answered in the affirmative. He was separated do much good or evil in the world. If we can, girls of three and nine years of age. In con- from his wife in court four years ago, and is we will win her to the side of right. versing with the father, he seemed intelligent now living with another woman; is intemper- Called on Mrs. H., whose husband died in and truly patriotic. He had repeatedly pass- ate, &c., &c. The mother has to go out to Angust, leaving her with three children under ed through the leaden fires of battle, meeting work almost daily, leaving her boy wholly un- eight years of age, to maintain, and she in dewith hair-breadth escapes, and said he must be cared for until evening, and she fears with licate health. Her husband used to keep a soon again at his post, there to stand, to live, much reason that he will get into bad company, liquor-store, but after his death she sold everyor die.?"

and be ruined, unless sent away from the city. thing at a sacrifice in accordance with a BibleIt was hard to leave his family as now situ- Mrs. called to make her last payment reader's advice, and now strives to maintain ated, but he saw no other path of duty. The toward a sewing-machine, to get which money herself by taking in sewing ; says she has question of some safe arrangement for his chil- was advanced to her. She has worked nobly sometimes not known where her next meal dren, he said, had cost him a struggle.

to sustain herself and children since her soldier was coming from, yet she has never been left to He had no friend to whom he could entrust husband died last winter ; says she does not go hungry. them, the pittance he might be able to pay for owe anybody a penny. She has been unfortu- Old Mrs. who lives with an intemperate their support would not place them under nate in one respect. The house in which she daughter, and has also the child of another proper training and guardianship, when they has a room caught fire in the upper story, and daughter staying with her, was asked if she should lose their best friend. He might not re- all articles were removed from the house, hers would not give up her child to the care of the turn to them when the war was ended, or be

among the rest.

In the confusion incident to Home. "Oh, no!" was the reply, "she's so able if he should do so to secure them a safe the occasion, all her bed-clothes, except one much company for me." The reason why that home. He inquired whether he could now com- sheet and one bed-quilt, were stolen. “ Aud inquiry was made of her, was that the mother of mit them legally to the A. F. G. Society and have what I shall do, now the cold weather is com- that grandchild keeps a brothel, of which her them remain with their mother while she lived. ing on, I don't know, for I can't afford to buy eldest daughter, scarcely in her teens, and her Being informed that his wishes could be fully any,” she said. We congratulated her on the niece, are inmates. The pet of the fond grandmet, he conferred again with the mother, and fall in the price of things. “Yes, that's well; mother will probably follow in their footsteps, both expressed their gratitude that such pro- but if things cost less, work is getting more if the latter cannot be roused to see her danvision was offered, and the usual document was scarce at the same time. I've not been able to

ger before it is too late. The case will be duly signed and witnessed. As we departed get any for two weeks. I have the promise of

if froin this sorrowing household we thought, such

of the sorrows born of cents a dozen, and I can't make more than to door, will I part with those children. My The yearnings of affection must be seventy-five cents on them, try as hard as I daughter said to me on her death-bed, “Mohushed, the kind husband may not stay to can; I've had them before. On army blouses ther, I leave nothing behind me for you but minister to the comfort of the devoted and dy- I could sometimes make $1.25 or $1.50 a day, trouble in regard to my children.' When I ing companion of his youth! May the day be but they don't give out any more of them now." cannot possibly provide for them, I may think hastened when these stern necessities shall no

Visited Mrs.

not without some fear of putting them away from me, not before." more press to human lips this cup of bitter- and trembling, for she is intemperate, and So said another grandmother visited, who is

otherwise not above reproach among her over sixty years of age, and has four orphan The next day we met the father at the neighbors. But our reception was kind, and grandchildren to provide for by the labor of Home. As he passed through its dormitories, she promised that her ragged child, who may her hands. Three or four days in the week dining and school-rooms and noticed the bright often be seen begging on the street under an she goes out washing to earn what she can. faces of many of its gathered flock-he seem

assumed name, should attend one of the Home Had she not an intemperate middle-aged son ed comforted that such a place was ready to Industrial Schools. She kept her word for a and daughter also living with her, she would receive his dear children when Providence

few days; then the child was absent. We receive much sympathy and aid. But few should call both father and mother to forsake

went to learn the reason why. Meeting the people think it wise to furnish the latter to them.

child on our way to her home, we asked if the families in which there are members who would The foregoing incidents simply illustrate mother was in her room. The answer was in spend it in the indulgence of the appetite for many similar unwritten “records of a day"oc- the negative, but we still went on, having been drink, sooner than for food, clothing or fuel. curring in the daily experience of those who

informed that the child was instructed by her Mrs. R. has five children; the eldest rehave labored long in this field. Friends abroad

unprincipled mother to say that she was not at cently ran away and enlisted, and the husband who prepare clothing etc. for the needy-do home when there was objectionable company also talks of joining the army; such hard work much to lighten the burdens of those here, within.

does he find it to get along at home. Judging whose work must ever be thus united with

Knocking at the door, a dog commenced from the rags and dirt in their rooms, we theirs in order to accomplish the desired barking furiously, but judging it to be the should think camp-life would be preferable to res

voice of only a puppy, we pushed open the home-life. Offered to try to get a place for door and inquired of two degraded specimens their daughter, twelve years old, a good-naof humanity if Mrs. was at home. As

tured, healthy-looking girl, and much exposed EXTRACTS FROM VISITOR'S REPORT.

they, too, said she was not, we retreated. In- to evil influences. A MOTHER called to see if we could find a quiring among the neighbors, they said she Visited Mrs. B., whose husband died a year place in the country for her boy, her only child, was lying drunk in her bed-room, and that her ago, leaving her with three dear little girls to ten years old. We asked what kind of a place little girl had been sent out with the gin-bottle care for. Anxiety and care have broken her she would like for him. “Beggars should not more than once that day. Then we remem- down, but she could not think of placing her be choosers," she replied, " but I should of bered that when we talked with the child on children

from her yet, they were her only course be glad to have him taken into a family the street, we thought her breath smelt of earthly comfort. "What do you pray for every where he would be brought up as an own liquor. Oh! it is dreadful to see children thus day?" she asked one of her little girls. “That child would be.” The boy is gentle and pleas- led and kept in the broad way that leads to God would send a guardian angel down to ing in his manner, with fair hair and complex- death, by their own parents. This little girl keep us." We asked if they knew the Lord's ion, and regular features. We asked if his is bright and active, quick to learn and prompt prayer. “O, yes, ma’am, but sissy here is not father was living, and to our surprise, were to execute anything given her to do, and will content to stop when she comes to that part

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