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as motherless, or homeless and exposed little left her a small sum for the present. Called power to do something for him.

I soon learned of several-among them again and found her out looking for sewing. great sufferer, wounded severely, and dying å bright boy of about twelve years—an The children who were at home said their with consumption. We could scarcely gain his orphan, whose only near relative—& sister, father was very kind to their mother, and that attention to speak of his immortal part so insixteen years of age, is an inmate of a house of soldiers told mother he fought bravely. We tent were his thoughts on the state of the counill repute, and therefore unfit to be his guardian. promised to call again.

try. His voice was so weak he could barely I am not without hope that the boy will be Application for aid having been made by the whisper. We begged him to listen while we rescued.

wife of a returned sidier, we visited the family talked to him of something better than battles. Another casema girl, fourteen years of age, and found the father in a terible condition When we called at bis home the third time, he represented as an orphan, and exposed to from rheumaiigm contracted in the bayous of was dead. When dying, after taking leave of temptation, presented itself. In my search for Louisiana ; he is obliged to walk on crutches his family, he turned over so that he could her, I met with an interesting family I cannot His wife was a granddaughter of Major V., see a flag floating from a window near by, and forbear to mention that of one of our soldiers. whose residence Washington Irving purchased his last words were, “God bless the flag ?.” The mother, a young woman, with three small and died in. They have several children, one Were asked to visit Mrs. M. Found that children, was diligentiy exerting herself to of them an idiot from St. Vitus' dance. Gave poverty and ill-health had so unsettled her maintain her family in independence, by her the man two dollars and a pair of pantaloons. mind that she had to be placed in a lunatic asyneedle, her husband not having received his He belonged to the Metropolitan regiment. lum. pay in several months. She was making Application was made in behalf of a family Visited an English woman in — St. whose shirts of a very heavy quality of union flannel, from Canada, ten in number, who had been husband died last summer, leaving her destifor which she is paid seven cents per shirt. very unfortunate. Visited and heard their

tute, and with five children to maintain. We She sewed, as we talked over her history of sad story of loss by fire and one of the family suggested to her that it would be best for the trials and apxieties since her husband “left had broken his leg. The aged father and children to place them in some institution for the war;" of the sickness and death of mother came to New York with their daughter where they would be tenderly as well as caretwo dear children in that tiine ; but, with and through her inisfortune became impover- fully brought ap to make useful members of sotears and smiles blended, rejoiced, inasmuch ished. We gave then something for present ciety, but she utterly repelled the idea, saying 28 she believed the death of these children has

need, and reported their case to the Committee no child of hers should be brought up with been the instrumentality, in the hand of the who voted additional aid for which the recip- the Irish. She called them out of the street Lord, in the conversion of her husband. In ients thanked God on bended knees.

to see us, and we could not refrain from tellexpressing her feelings in reference to the Mrs. N. was visited ; wanted baby-linen, / ing her the very thing that gave her so much death of her baby, she could see that God had which we promised to furnish her, if it was to annoyance was taking place daily. We then removed the idol of her heart, that no one be had in the Dorcas-room, but the store of ar- took higher ground, that she was doubly acshould occupy His place there. It was re- ticles there is very low.

countable for their well-being now that she freshing to meet with this toiling, patient wife Were requested by a gentleman, at whose of- was left sole care-taker. She seemed a little and mother, committing all her care to the fice down town, she is very troublesome, to more tender, and promised to think over our Saviour as He who careth for her. Her chil- visit Mrs. T., who said she lived at 198 First Av. counsels. dren attend one of the Home Industrial After visiting sixteen families in the front Visited a family of refugees from Richmond. Schools.

and rear houses and finding no one answering The hasband, being conscripted, resolved he I continued my search for the girl fourteen to that name, came to the conclusion that she would never raise an arm against the glorious years of age, and found her. She belongs to a was an impostor, and so reported.

old flag, and determined on fleeing with his large and unfortunate class of girls, who, A lady left a namber, hoping that a poor family. They left house, furniture everything, having lost a mother, become the sole house- woman with seven children might be aided. not daring to sell an article, lest their plans keeper for a father, and small brothers and Visited and found her a happy-hearted woman. should be suspected and thwarted. They had sisters, and consequently have little or no In talking over her troubles, she said God a little silver in store which helped the wife in opportunity of attending school. I endeavored had been good to her, that she had strength to a stage to Washington. The man forcing his to arrange her work for her so that she might combat with her trials. Her husband was way to a dell some eleven miles from Richattend “Home School No. 3," in the afternoon. wild, but fighting with him would not bettermond, made a fire and slept over night. Next She promised to do so. Wherever I go I find

He was gone now to the coal mines, day a negro gave him a ride for some distance. labor to be done constantly and in every direc- would come back when he pleased : was not For forty dollars he was put across the Raption; and everywhere within the influence of soldier enough to go to the war.

We were

pahannock, for fifty across the Potomac. His the “ Home Industrial Schools,” I find benefi- sorry to tell her we had neither bedding nor joy on seeing our flag, language could never cial results. Yours, very sincerely,

clothing. Took her out and gave her some describe. At Baltimore he unfortunately bread, potatoes, &c.

broke his ancle, and his high hopes were marFound a Mrs. B. surrounded with a family red, his little property soon spent. His wife

of children. Fearing lest she drank, we inquir- | is a tailoress, thankful for work. A few artiEXTRACTS FROM VISITOR'S REPORT.

ed among her neighbors if it was so ; they cles have been given them for housekeeping : VISITED Mrs. M. who is a poor deserted wife thought not. We fear she uses opium ; she Mrs. M. gave them a pair of blankets, another with four children. She labors early and late denied it, but there was a dreaminess about friend a quilt, Mrs. H. clothing. Last, but not to maintain them, and being an invalid her we did not like. For her poor children's | least, the coinmittee heard our report with acherself excites considerable interest in her sakes we provided for their present necessities. ecptance, and gave them a small amount. neighbors. We gave her some assistance, for Another of the widows, to whose necessities Went to David's Island to look after the wel. which she appeared truly grateful.

we have ministered, has departed this life, re- fare of awounded soldier, but when we arrived In — St. found a broked-hearted wife, her joicing in the hope and trust of a home with there we found that he had expired a few husband who has been in the army during the Jesus. Her daughter will suffer much from hours previous. But there were other woundwar, having been captured last June. She has her removal, being a poor infirm creature. ed, suffering soldiers there, to whom we strove to four children, all very young : sews upon army- The returned soldier mentioned by Mrs. P. speak words of cheer and sympathy. One whose work; is unable to go out to work. We got a for whom we sought so long without avail, we limb had been amputated above the knee was ten cent loaf for the famished children and found at last, and were glad to have it in our anxiously awaiting the arrival of his mother,

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whe, he said, was a noble Vermont woman, shall we be to declare what God hath done hastened back to the bush and found her boy.
and a truly pious one.
We doubt if the young
for our souls, and the more likely to place

The three were then taken under the care of
man ever sees the green mountains again, Is our light upon a candlestick where it may the missionary and are now all Christians.
it to be wondered at that the cry is, “How giz, light unto all who are in the house.

The old mother totters to church on Sunday, long, O Lord, how long shall desolation over

bringing with her the baby of her daughter, spread the land.” It was with difficulty we

who is married to a young man, and they live bade good-by to those who had stood between

in a pretty little house up on the hill. Kalo

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lives across the river, and when I went over tions choked our utterance.

MONTHLY CONCERT,

there the other day, I was struck with the As there is sometimes a dearth of matters of exceeding neatness of everything and the air of

real interest for the Monthly Concert of pray- prosperity on every side. He is zealous in his
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er for Foreign Missions, the following painful work for others and gives abundantly of the
MY TURN TO PREACH.
stories are gathered from a recent letter of a money which he says God has given him. And

so to each of these clothed and Ohristianized
I was once connected with a poor women's missionary to Africa. Details of facts have far
meeting, in which it was the custom for each

more effect upon us than mere general state- natives the missionary has proved “a man of lady who attended, to take her turn in adments or moral reflections."

mercy," and the gospel of Jesus Christ a mesdressing the audience. Being rather younger

There are those who question the value and sage of salvation, temporal as well as eternal. than most of the ladies and altogether unacexpediency of missions, and would leave the

SUPERSTITIONS. customed to delivering such exhortations, I

heathen to their "beautiful simplicity and inno- Quite an important part of the Zulu communaturally shrank from what was before me; cence." To such we recommend the staternents

nity is the body of witch-doctors and rainbut there was no reiease, my turn had come,

here made, for consideration; and, by way of doctors, who are generally men, though occathe evening was fast approaching, and I contrast, we may give at another time some par- sionally a woman is considered “ divinely must be prepared. I took the passage,

ticulars of the lives and works of Christian called." They are very shrewd and sharp, and “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are Zulus. The Scripture of Truth saith, “The wonderful are the stories told of them, and of heavy laden, and I will give you rest." I dark places of the earth are full of the habita

the ways in which they secure the faith of this thought it all over by myself , and when I tions of cruelty.”

people. They discover those who are bewent to the Saviour for assistance, He re

witched and the king causes them to be put to freshed me and enabled me to present the truth acceptably to the poor creatures who

If you were to come into our Sunday-school death. They detect those who steal and those had gathered around me. any Sunday afternoon, you would see among

who kill; they also bring rain and cure disWas it not a shame that I should shrink

the infant scholars two little girls about six eases by their medicines, their fires and incanfrom such a task, and that I should fear to years of age, who would attract your attention tations. At least all these things they claim to

do, and the means by which one of them here speak to a fellow-woman of the things which by their bright faces and beautiful eyes. They belong to the soul ? And is it not a singular

are the children of one of the best and richest recently detected a thief, shows no little fact, that most Christians hesitate to speak of men at the station, and his history is most

shrewdness and ingenuity. The "doctor" those things in which they profess to take wonderful and interesting.

collected all the tribe and having emptied a hut, most delight ? They certainly do ; and During the reign of Dingaan, the great and told the people it was a bewitched place, and shrink with the timidity of children from this cruel chief of the Zulus, the natives were the chicken which he placed in it would be duty which we owe to our brethren. I wish slaughtered, far and wide, at his will. So the spirit of their fathers. Having taken & it were not so, and that we could see more cruel was he, that every year having sent

fowl he rubbed it all over with grease and then of the spirit which I have lately met in one through the whole country and collected all

smeared it with red clay. One by one the of the writers for this paper. She is a noble, the young girls, he selected a certain number men were ordered to go into the hut and place whole-souled woman, whose piety is in her of the prettiest for his wives. Having brought their hands upon the fowl when it would speak life and on her tongue, and is restrained by them to his kraals, he gave orders to his chief and accuse the man who stole, of being the thief. no fear of worldly censure, no dread of im- men, and they sent out and killed all those he Each went in and being conscious of his innoputed vanity, self-righteousness, or egotism. had chosen the year before. So, year by cence did not fear to handle the chicken with She pursues the even tenor of her way, and year, great numbers of young Zulu girls per

confidence. The real thief, however, fearing to lets her light so shine before men, that they ished.

touch it, so superstitious was he, did not put "may see her good works and glorify her

The father of Kalo and grandfather of these his hands on the fowl. When all had been inFather which is in heaven." In a word, it two little girls in our infant school, was one of

to the hut, the doctor pretended all were inseems always her “turn to preach.”

Dingaan's bead men. But one day suddenly nocent, and then suddenly called upon them to Another eminent example of this kind is

he was charged with witchcraft and dragged raise their hands and cry to the spirits. Of the late Dr. Cutler, of Brooklyn, L. I. Not only in his own church and among his own

away to be killed. His wife, fearing or rather course all their hands, save those of the thief people was his heavenly influence félt, but it

knowing her fate would also be death, fled in had some remains of the red clay from off the extended to all with whom he came in con

the night from her kraal, with her baby-girl fowl; and when the doctor spied his clean tact. The whole world was his field, every on her back and her little boy Kalo by her

hands he rushed upon him, and the poor, frightchurch was his fold, and to the Saviour did

side. She traveled far, across plains and ened fellow confessed his guilt; while all the he look as the one great Shepherd, unto rivers, but having gone during two days with people more than ever believed in the inspira

tion of the wondrous doctor. whom all should be drawn ; and his loving out food, was ready to lie down and die. Then voice was ready to aid wherever there was she remembered having heard there was a Though some few of them have become vice to check or virtue to encourage. He missionary six miles off, who was a

Christians, these doctors, as a class, are hard has gone to his rest and reward. Let us mercy.” Leaving her little boy in the bush, and wicked, and do more harm than can be imitate his example. This holy zeal is con

as he was too weak to travel further, she imagined. One of them, not long since destroyfined to no particular sect or creed, but may crept slowly on and finally reached the station. ed a great tribe of people. The chief had a glow in the heart and life of every faithfui, Going to Mr. G., sie said, “I ani starved and plan of attacking some kraals near by, and his earnest, prayerful Christian, and the more we dying, but I give myself and my children to people not entering into it, he applied to the feel our religion, the more lively will be our you to do as you please with us. They say doctor for the means to make them all unite interest in those about us, the more ready you are merciful.” Having taken food, she zealously in the work of plunder and destrac

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tion. The doctor told them, without revealing her off. Her father and mother have long alive. The bite of the spider is said to be his object, that the spirits ordered them to slay since died. The playmates of her childhood very poisonons, causing tormenting pain, and all their cattle and plant no grain that year. have passed the meridian of life, but this certain death. Look at the drunkard; how He told them also that the spirits said they

"mark of disobedience” remains to remind bloated is his face ! how blood-shot are his would raise all their cattle to life again. The her of her fault, and will remain so long as eyes! and how he raves when that terrible people doubted him somewhat, so in order to life continues. The pleasure of gathering disease, delirium tremens, comes upon him ; assure their faith, he determined to practice a

the cherries lasted but a few moments; the he imagines that scorpions sting him—snakes deception upon them. His object in having

pain of disobedience has not all

gone yet. dart their tongues at him, and wind their them destroy their cattle and their fields was

All the scars left by disobedience are not coils about him. Ah, he is in the web of the to make them hungry and desperate, and then

external. There are those no human eye spider, and she is stinging him to death. they would be ready to join the king in his at

can see, as real as this scar upon the arm. Remember, children, when you see these tack and work of devastation on the enemy.

The inner eye perceives them and they re- drinking-saloons, that they are cobweb sa

mind the scarred one of past sins, and fill the loons ; boy-catchers—man-catchers, from On a certain day he called them all to as

heart with shame and vain regret. Every which there is no escape. semble at a large pond of water and reeds.

sin leaves its mark; every sin impairs the Taking the heads and horns of many cattle, he beauty of the soul. Beware of doing that placed them on men's shoulders among the which shall leave the mark of disobedience,

HOW MAGGIE GETS A LIVING. reeds. He then found a girl who was a ventri- which shall cause grief and pain so long as loquist, and having hidden her, he mattered life endures.

She is a poor little girl only seven or and burned incense, and then called out for the

eight years old, and yet, day by day, she spirits to speak. The girl called out, “I am

trudges quite a mile to the ferry, and crossthe mighty spirits of the dead, I rest not, and

COBWEB SALOON.

ing alone to the larger city beyond, she goes

to a work-room where there are many sewing at my bidding the cattle that are dead shall

“WILL you walk into my parlor Pump rise again." Many more things she said while

Said the spider to the fly ;

women, and watches to pick up scissors, and

" 'Tis the prettiest little parlor the doctor mutterer) and moaned and perform

thread, and bits of the work that the busy

That ever you did spy." ed rites too numerous to mention, and at last

hands drop, that it would hinder them to hunt I SUPPOSE the children have all

sung

this for. For this service she receives a few penthe voice of the spirits cried, “Come forth,” | little song many a time, and wondered at the nies which she carries home to mother atevenand out rose from the water and the reeds the fly that was so stupid as not to see through ing, to help buy bread for hungry mouths. heads and horns of the cattle, and moved in the deceitful invitation of the spider, before it This is a fact, and it ought to make many a various directions. was caught in the net. But there are a

strong man and strong woman blush for The superstitious people were at once con- great many people more stupid than was

shame, as they stand idling away the hours vinced; they slew their oxen and cows by that fly. And that spider was more cunning for which their Lord will call them to a strict thousands, and when the time was past, they than some people are. The spider called his

account. were without food. The witch-doctor was trap of ruin a parlor, but it was in reality The disposition to work will surely be among the first to perish, for the people, in only a “Cobweb saloon.”

followed by the effort to find employment, stead of being desperate, were too weak to You know what a saloon is ? Children in and the effort is seldom unrewarded. There move, and so they died miserably. A few cities and villages know, and I am afraid

is enough even for little hands to do in this staggered off, hoping to reach a neighboring some of the larger ones are sometimes tempt- work-day world. Let us see to it that we tribe and obtain food, so the road was strewn ed to go into them.

are not
among

the idlers.
with the bodies of the dead as they fell by the I was not long since passing along a street
way. A few, the chief among them, reached in one of our western cities, and read in
a place, and were fed and cared for, but the large glowing letters, the sign, “ COBWEB
whole tribe of the Amaxosa perished from the

Saloon." “ Cobweb Saloon," I repeated to HOW SHALL WE BEAR TROUBLE ! face of the earth. myself, “that is a very singular name for a

This depends very much upon how we come Some of the natives around, to whom the saloon.” I kept thinking, Cobweb Saloon !

by it. Some troubles the Lord sends upon us, what can it mean?” I knew that “Saloon" gospel had been preached, cry out that God

and some we bring upon ourselves. Now the sent this as a judgment upon the tribe, because

was often but a soft name posted over the first is far easier to bear than the last, for two

doors of drinking rooms, while behind their they had driven ont and even killed mission

First we are sure that it will never blinded doors or red curtains, were sold the exceed our strength, for God has promised aries who had been sent to them, and had clung fiery drinks that make demons of men--ay,

that He will never give us trials above that we to their wickedness and heathenism with de

of boys and women, too; that they often are able to bear; and in the second place, he termination, antil they perished and fell by proved the mere pass-ways to gambling and

has promised to help us, to endure by His own the way. Truly, God " broke them in pieces other and worse vices, leading to infamy and

almighty strength, and to cheer us, under it like a potter's vessel."

with the consolations of His grace. Surely complete ruin.

then, troubles which we know are but the I thought of all these and then I said, healthful discipline of a Father's loving hand, “The name is just as it should be—it tells and which He so kindly alleviates, are easily the whole story.” Look at a fly in a spider's borne. We can almost see how the humble, web, and then tell me if it is not a pretty affectionate, docile child of God, who longs to good representation of a man fairly caught in grow in grace and into the image of Jesus, and one of these saloons. His legs have become

who fully believes that his trials are wisely so entangled in the cobwebs that he cannot

appointed to bring about such a result, may BEWARE OF SCARS OF DISOBEDIENCE.

“count it all joy ” when he falls into divers walk; his brains all so covered over with

temptations—how he may even come to“ glory “I HAVE a scar on my arm,” remarked a

the cobwebs that he cannot think straight; in tribulation," to welcome suffering, and to lady, in a sewing-circle, “the mark of dis | his tongue is so wound around with them feel honored by the cross, how ever shameful obedience.". When a little girl she had that he cannot talk plainly. Yet he has and beavy it may seem in the eye of men. He climbed a cherry-tree, contrary to the wishes

“Gone down the winding stair,"

has only to lie still in the hand of God, as clay of her mother, and had fallen from it and he is in the “parlor” of the spider, and un

in the hand of the potter, and let the Divine

Molder do His whole holy will, and perfect that been caught on the picket of a fence. There less some friendly hand tears off the webs which concerneth him. Though the process be she had hung till some one saw her and took and takes him away, he will never come out rough and disagreeable in the extreme-though

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The omission to do so, causes much confusion on our books.

in the turning upon the wheel, in the pressing says the Father, but though my laws must brighter than the yesterdays. There have and cutting, and trimining, the sensitive earth- avenge themselves, and the punishment cannot

heen seasons when all hearts were oppressed. and terror, the spirit is quiet, assured of the healing and sanctifying element of pardoning Uncertainty and suspense and the rumbling happy ending, when it shall stand in its place mercy, which restores the wounded soul, and of the moral earthquake, have hung their a "chosen vessel” to bear the name of the diffuses peace, and even a chastened joy, over black shadows athwart the moral heavens. All-perfect workman before the admiring eyes

the spirit. of men and of angels.

Let our trouble then, be as the candle of the But in His own good time our Father has These troubles are of many kinds. Some Lord, with which to search the innermost spread over them all

, the bow of promise. come to us directly from the hand of Divine heart. Let us know whence it comes, and

A little patient waiting, and lo, the darkness Providence, but many more through the inter

wherefore, and set ourselves to receive the lesvention of second causes—through human me- sons it would convey. Let us sit at the feet

was almost past. Weeping hath endured diums. Some sweep by with the rush of the of the great Teacher, that we may learn how for a night, but joy came in the morning. tornado, or shake and shatter our earthly to bear it. It never comes in vain. If endured

Amid the strife and, turmoil and combined hopes with an earthquake shock, and other's rightly it will never destroy us. There is a are like the keen raw blast of an easterly

medicinal quality about trouble, and a recu- opposition to truth and right, the march of wind, or the tormenting flutter and venom of perating, saving influence which the hand of Freedom has been onward. On the banner of the summer insect. But none come that are our Heavenly Father ever imparts to it, which

one noble state is now inscribed for the first not known and permitted of our Heavenly conveys life, and health, and vigor, and eternal Father; and all are equally designed to work salvation to the soul. Whether, then, it comes

time, "Free Maryland," and there is every together for our good.

as a gift or a necessity, as the expression of a reason to hope, that ere the leaves fall in Whatever we meet with, therefore, while we

Father's love or displeasure, let us submit, ac- 1865, Missouri, Louisiana and Tennessee, are walking in the plain path of duty, and can

cept and profit. “Hear ye the rod, and Him truly feel that we have conscientiously sought, that hath appointed it."

will like their sister state, by their own vol. and are receiving the Divine guidance, we may

untary choice, break every yoke, and say to be sure comes either directly or indirectly from

the oppressed, “Go Free !" our Father's hand, and will not destroy or

Guardian.

A few weeks since and the problem re. harm us. We have only to be still before God

mained unsolved whether at this date we and let him do what seemeth to Him good ; bear patiently all that he inflicts, with the eye NEW YORK, DEC. 1, 1864.

should still have a country, loyal and worthy of faith and hope ever open to the brightening

in its purposes, with its civil, religious and prospect beyond ; and comfort ourselves con

O will our friends, in sending on renewals of Clubs benevolent institutions preserved inviolate. tinually with the sweet device engraven on the always state in whose name they were taken, during 1864. everlasting foundations, “The Lord knoweth

But as time rolled on, a moment came when them that are His."

doubt ceased, and in the still hours "past

See Important Notice, on page 278, concerning the But alas, alas, if we bring our trouble upon advance in club prices.

midnight," suddenly the solemn silence of the ourselves; if it comes to us as the inevitable

great metropolis was broken by the voice of consequence of pride, obstinacy, selfishness and disobedience, where is our refuge? What

INCENTIVES TO GRATITUDE.

an assembled host, ringing out the majestic hope is left us? Can we hide from the break- EMOTIONS of gratitude. Who that loves strains of Old Hundred in the words, ing storm in His pavilion from whose com

“Praise God from whom all blessings flow, mandments we have wilfully departed, and his country and her great Preserver, has not

Praise Him all creatures here below,' whose warnings and entreaties we have alike

felt them thrilling the heart, as he has dwelt followed by a few moments of silent prayer, disregarded ? Can we say, “ The Lord is on my upon the many incentives to a national noted we doubt not by the Recording Angel, side,” when we are conscious that we have Thanksgiving? Who has not felt that new gone astray from Him, and refused to walk in

as widely in contrast with the conduct of the paths of His appointment? Shall we cast motives for gratitude were marking his own

the nine of whom it was once said, “There our care and sorrow npon Him whose heart of pathway and looming up in the future ? hath not returned to give glory to God, save love we have consciously pierced, and whose The fruits of the earth have been garnered, this stranger." mild accents of affection we have spurned ? No—all this is denied us, and without refuge, food for man and beast has been graciously

With the Christian philanthropist, men without help, we stand all exposed to the piti- and abundantly provided, by the hand of In

and measures have been of little moment less beatings of the cruel tempest. finite Love. The drouth of mid-summer

compared with the assurance that we are Must we perish thus ? No, thanks he to

was not extended into autumn, Calamities, God, there is yet one door by which we may

truly a loyal people, still adhering to the great enter into the stronghold and be saved. It is apparently foreshadowed, were averted. No

principles that ruled the exiles of the May. the door of repentance. We have sinned, and sweeping pestilence has spread over our

flower, loyalty the rule, disloyalty the excep. our sin has found us ont, and is pursuing us cities. The lawless and disobedient have with the relentless rigor of law and justice

tion. In the demonstration of this fact durbut yet there is hope.

been restrained from instigating a reign of ing the solemn crisis of November 8th, are We may repent, and at once the heart of God is thrown wide open.

terror among peace-loving and law-abiding found incentives to gratitude of no common Our punishment is heavy, but like the con- citizens. The torch of the incendiary has not science-stricken child, we must bow to the

moment. Should it be seen in coming time, hand that smites us, saying, “ Father, I have fired our dwellings, and while a fearful civil

that one of the issues of that crisis was the sinned against heaven and in Thy sight and am war has been in our borders, touching us

more speedy opening of the prison doors to no more worthy to be called thy son ; make most deeply in the sufferings of multitudes all that are bound, the planting of the school me as one of thy hired servants. Hi It is the Lord, let Him do what seemeth Him good." it has been restricted to diminished limits

, in place of the slave-pen all through the Blessed be God! in a godly sorrow we have and we may hope is rapidly nearing its close.

sunny region, hope. With all its exactions, abroad and at home,

"Where every prospect pleases, Oh, the transmuting power of repentance! instead of sealing up the channels of benevo

And only man is vile." It changes anger into mercy, and punishment into a healing medicine. Let tlie suffering

lence, it has but opened them more widely. the more speedy introduction of a higher soul, suffering from its own misdeeds, but place Surely the review of the year is full of in. civilization, a higher type of morals and a itself in the attitude of humble penitence before centives to gratitude. Its dark days—and religion leading its adherents to obey more God, and at once the dark clouds of a just and holy indignation are chased away before the

they have not been few—have reflected more implicitly the precept, “ As ye would that tender rays of Divine compassion. I forgive, clearly the rays of light upon the morrows men should do to you, do ye even so to

The soul site dumb."

them," incentives to gratitude may multiply of them as dead and in the grave, but as alive, economy and the conflict between taste and in Heaven

need. with the returning anniversaries of that crisis

" Far from a world of grief and sin, till the full dawn of the coming day, when

0, mothers, wives, daughters, who are not With God eternally shut in."

satisfied with the comforts of life, but are sigh« all shall know the Lord from the least un

No more fighting, no moro sorrow, no more ing for luxuries, go visit some tenement-house to the greatest."

pain. Surely it would be selfish to wish them not far from your own home. See a family of back. They could not resire it, dearly as they five or six members living in one or two scanti

loved those left behind, they love Jesus better, ly furnished rooms; hear the widowed mother A PRESENT HELP." and with Him they will abide forever.

tell of her need of work and the difficulty she We have the assurance that God is a

When the order came to go forward, F. was finds in earning even bread enough for her

children. Hear her say she would like to go to present help in every time of trouble ; and leading a prayer-meeting with his men, and

had just given out the hymn beginning church if she had suitable clothing. See her ever and anon examples come before us,

A charge to keep I bave,

little ones huddling together around the stove showing that this gracious declaration is

A God to glorify,

in vain efforts to keep warm, See not only abundantly verified. Smitten households

A nover-dying soul to save,
And fit it for the sky."

one such family but dozens.
are all abroad, with whose griefs a stranger
When the fatal charge was made, he led on his

Then return to your large, well-furnished, intermeddleth not. To know how repeated men, singing “The Battle Ory of Freedom.”

well-warmed rooms, throw off your furs and strokes are borne, one must have access to

Had the Chicago platform prevailed, I

warm cloak, draw up your easy chair before the domestic altars, and hold fraternal commun- should have considered my boys murdered, glowing grate, and think of the kind, strong ings with stricken hearts. Yet even when

and every other noble man, that has fallen in protector God has given you : listen to the these opportunities are offered how often are the dreadful struggle. But now, I consider it

merry voices of the happy-hearted, amply-fed

and clothed children beneath the roof that we reminded that

part of the great price paid, in the cause of
justice, truth and freedom. And though our

shelters you: think of the church to which you
"In the shadow of a great affliction,
sorrow is deep, and our bereavement great, we

love to go on the hallowed Sabbath day, and These thoughts are suggested by a letter will strive to bear, as cheerfully as we can, as

you will realize as never before that though from a bereaved friend, just laid upon our sisted by Divine grace, our share. We may go

you have not every thing that heart could to them, if they cannot come to us, and I trust

wish, you have enough for which devoutly to table, and we felt so impressed while reading our steps will be quickened heavenward.

thank God and to make you ashamed of one its contents, that the divine support manifest

“There is my home, my portion fair,

murmuring thought at the gifts withheld from ly given to the writer, would be an encourage

My treasure and my heart are there."

you. More than likely, too, yon will begin to ment to many of our dear Home friends and there I hope some day to join them.

think of some half-worn garments, your own or passing through similar trials, that we ven- You will be pleased to present my grateful your children’s, which you have laid aside for ture—without permission--to give the follow. acknowledgments to the ladies of the Board better, newer ones, which cast-off garments for their kind remembrances of me. Tell them

would add mnch to the comfort of those you ing extracts. May those who have drank of the same bitter cup, be comforted with like

I am still their fellow-laborer, and only grieve have just left in the dreary tenement-house, and
I cannot be a more efficient one. But your

you will in some way convey them to the needy precious faith.

cause is mine, and I hope to live and die a November 14, 1864. worker for the Home. How it would cheer How very kind it was of you to my heart to be one among the multitude on

say, “ When the ear heard me, then it blessed write me such a sweet, consoling letter. The Thanksgiving Day. I shall be with you in

me; and when the eye saw me, it gare witsympathy of friends is precious, and to know spirit.

ness to me : because I delivered the poor they bear us to a Throne of grace in the arms Our F. is a good, sensible, industrious young

that cried, and the fatherless, and him that of faith and prayer is a gratifying reflection; woman, and I feel amply repaid for all my

had none to help him. The blessing of him and we know it is not in vain-we have been, care and anxiety respecting her. I am thank

that was ready, to perish came upon me: and are supported. The Hand that smote has ful I ever tried to save one homeless child from

and I caused the widow's heart to sing for sustained, we are cast down, but not destroyed, destruction.

joy." And though the clouds have been very dark, With earnest prayers for your welfare, be

Times will cease to look discouraging: new and the storm beat heavy apon us, there was lieve me to remain, yours, sincerely, M. W.

fountains of joy and comfort will open

in a silver edging; a ray of light and hope, that

your heart as you more and more grow into reached from the great white Throne, even to

the likeness of Him who “for our sakes became

DISCOURAGING TIMES. as—for our three noble sons died Ohristians.

poor, that we through His poverty might be After F. was wounded he lay several hours " THESE are indeed discouraging times,” we

rich," and came “not to be ministered unto before he could be taken off the field, and heard a lady say, and a sigh escaped her lips but to minister. ” when at length his men bore him away it was as though she were indeed in circumstances of through a shower of bullets. It was soon seen great trial. We looked at her plump face and he must die. He desired to have his revolver form, her fair, smooth brow, her elegant attire, THE BEST WAY TO CARE FOR THE CHILDREN. taken off and given to his brothers-neither and thought if such as yon, call these discour

We find in the Times of November 16th, of them had arrived then_his epaulettes to be aging times, what shall they say who, with all sent to his wife. He said he knew where he the efforts theycan put forth, cannot keep hun.

an article of some length, relative to the was going, and should be better off. Life ger and cold away from their humble homes ;

care of homeless children, contrasting the ebbed fast away, he named us—his parents-bis whose hearts must ache because their children measures adopted in our own and foreign wife and child, but was too weak to be ander- plead for the bread they cannot give them and countries.

We

e quote as follows: stood. Soon the weary wheels of life stood the warm clothing they have not to wrap POOR RELJEF IN PARIS AND IN NEW still, and his precious form was laid to rest iu around the tender forms of their little ones, YORK.--At the last meeting of the Social Virginia soil. E. lies in Maryland. H. in whose thin, care-worn faces reveal the strug- Science Congress, at York, England, Mr. Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn. How gles they have with care and want: whose Blanchard Jerrold presented a paper conscattered in death ; but I try never to think scanty and well-patched garments tell of close taining observations on some of the plans

ones.

Then, like good old Job, you can thenceforth

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