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HIS LITTLE SUHPKISE.
It Proved to Be More Beneficent
Adam and Eve were probably the
only wedded couple of whom no one
ever said: "How could he?" or "How
Certainly, when the staid old bach
elor, Jonas Hingham ("Thirty-five if
he's a day!" said the wondering "other
girls"J, carried off Mary Morton, not
yet out of her teens, right in the face
atid eyes of many admiring' boys a
gTeat many people wondered: "Ilow
At home "he occupied the sometimes
questionable position of the middle
one in a family of three daughters.
Jsobody doubted that she was pood
snd useful, but she was not brilliant
nd fascinating like her older sister
Amy, nor was she a pretty doll of a
yirl to be petted as everybody petted
her younger sister Cess.
Amy had troops of beaux that she
wound around her finger and made
her most obedient slaves, but Jonas
Kingh&m was Mary's first attentive
escort, and his devotion and sincerity
carried her heart by storm.
Jonas pleaded eloquently for an
early wedding day, and Mary was
nothing loth, for life with Jonas and
for him seemed like paradise in antici
pation. lie lived three miles away on a large
farm his father's and grandfather's
before him. Ilia father had been dead
several years, and his mother, though
till active and industrious, was too
old to work as she had always done,
i Everybody knew the liinghams were
forehanded, free from debt and with
money at interest. The Mortons, on i
the contrary, had always lived from
hand to mouth, Mr. Morton's trade
hever having sufficed to do much more
than provide a home, with ample food
nd clothing, besides educating the
girls as they wanted to be, with music
and painting and all the ornamentals
which girls in country villages 6igh
It is safe to say that Mary never
dreamed of the change it would be lor
her to go frSm her snug, pretty home
Into that great bare farmhouse like
changing from soft, musical poetry to
plain, dry prose.
Summer and winter the family had
always worked and ate and sat in the
great kitchen, except when company
came; then they rolled up the green
paper shades in the sitting-room and
aat in there. Everything was 6tiff,
bare, orderly and scrupulously clean.
"Stepping into Mother Hingham's
shoes" meant more real, downright
hard work than Mary had ever dreamed
of, but she was young and strong and
would not flinch when she saw that
both Jonas and his mother expected
her to be the notable, hard-working
housewife the elder woman had always
Her hands grew brown and hard, her
dresses grew old-fashioned and she
had neither time nor care to remodel
them, as she seldom went anywhere
except occasionally to church, and
more rarely still on a brief visit to her
Then babies came as the years went
by boys, always boys.
"If I only had a girl," thought Mary
sometimes, "she might grow up to
help me and do all the light and pretty
things that I have forgotten how to
do; but these boys will never care for
Mother Ilingham lived but a few
?"ears after Mary came there. To the
ast she was happy and content, fond
of Mary and at home in the farm
house, still unchanged.
"Jonas will have to hire help for his
wife, now that his mother is gone,"
But he didn't seem to think of that.
As long as Mary did not complain he
never dreamed she was overdoing or
needed anything she did not have.
One of the established traditions of
the house was that they must have a
hired girl through haying time, never
at any other time of the year, unless
in case of sickness.
So through harvesting and the fall
house-cleaning-, the meat-killing and
the spring sugaring, up to haying time
again, Mary's one pair of hands did
the work till she broke down.
Jonas was worried about indoor
matters. Not that he was so miserly
he did not like to pay hired help, but
who was to take care and oversee it
Of course the Mortens were as agi
tated as Jonas himself, and as much
as they could came to the rescue; but
Mrs. Morton was growing old and
could not work as she once had done,
and Amy had made a brilliant match
Bessie was still at home and single,
but she had never enjoyed going there
when Mary was well, and with Mary
sick it could not be thought of.
Jonas had bad luck finding capable
indoor help, and it was a great relief
to them all when Aunt Vi, Mr. Mor
ton's maiden sister, came from the
west, and, not having any particular
home anywhere, willingly took the
leadership in the Ilingham household.
But somehow Mary didn't seem to
pain at all, and Aunt Vi told Mrs.
Morton that Mary seemed to have lost
all interest in life.
"Jonas is just as kind as can be. and
the boys are all smart and bright and
fond of her; they are forehanded and
have a good home, but it seems as if
she didn't care about Jiving. I do
think if she had an aftsbition to get
well she would."
In the very depths of winter Mrs.
Morton's sister from Boston, Mrs.
Cramer, made a flying visit to town,
her first visit to the place since Mary's
"You must go to see Mary ia her
own home, sister," said Mrs. Morton,
"but the poor child n too weak to
visit much. We will go there to
gether and spend the day, and it will
gratify her, though she cannot enjoy
it as if she was well."
"I'll sleep with Mary to-night and
wait upon her," said Mrs. .Morton to
Aunt Vi, as bedtime came on, "and yon
can go upstairs and get a good night's
"We'll sleep together. Aunt Vi,"
added Mrs. Cramer, "and keep each
other warm and have a good visit be
sides." "Was it all chance that the chamber
the two ladies occupied had in tha
wall an open stovepipe hole leading
through to the one where Jonas slept
with five-year-old Teddy?
lie slept soundly for awhile, but per
haps it was his good angel that awoke
him just in time to hear Aunt Vi ask:
"What do you think about Mary?"
Mrs. Cramer was a lady who used
not only her eyes and ears, but her
brains as welL Being new to the
Ilingham house, she saw it through
unaccustomed eyes, and she made up
her mind fully.
"I think," she said, impressively,
"that she is starving to death!"
"For the land's sakes!" ejaculated
Aunt Vi, "you don't know what you're
talking about. Such a provider as
Jonas Ilingham is! Always buys his
flour by the barrel and keeps two sorts,
one for bread and one for pastry;
makes no end of maple sugar and
buys all the white sugar a body has a
mind to use; kills the nicest of pork
and beef every winter, with turkeys
and chickens and geese and ducks;
lambs in the fall and the beaut if ulest
veal every spring; buys fresh meat
every time in the summer, and of
course they have milk and cream and
e jgs of their own all the year round.
He's alway? bringing home honey and
fruit and oysters any luxury he hap
pens to see. He's too fond of" good
living himseK to starve anyone in his
"The eating is a very small part of
true life," sal Mrs. Cramer, when
Aunt Vi paused for breath. "I can ssa
that Mary's mir-d and soul are starving
here in this bare house, where work
and utility are the foremost things
and beauty and pleasure have no
place. Her better nature is being
literally starved to death!"
Xo matter what further the ladies
said, Jonas Ilingham heard no more,
though he neither put his fingers in
his ears nor rose and stopped the stove
pipe hole. Mrs. Cramer's words had
opened his eyes to a naked, unpalata
ble truth, and set him to such serious
thinking and plannings that he had no
ears for anything more.
"Mary looks brighter this morning,"
said Aunt Cramer at breakfast.
"She certainly docs," said Jonas,
"and I think your visit has done her
good. 1 tell you what, Mary," he said,
turning to her, "I want you to hurry
up and get stronger, so that the
first mild, pleasant day 1 can carry
you to your father's to stay a week;
I believe the change would do you
A warm, mellow day came like a
smile into the heart of the winter,
Jonas urged and Aunt Vi seconded,
till between them they wrapped her
snugly, and, cushioned in the warmest
and softest of robes, she took a sleigh
ride to her father's house, where Jonas
"And now. Aunt Vi," he said, com
ing in on his return with his arms
loaded with rolls of paper, "I want
your help in the conspiracy. The long
and the short of it is that you and I
and the boys and all the help we need
are going to work with paint and pa
per and carpets and furniture to make
this house look so Mary won't know it
at all when she comes back."
The painters came the next day, the
paperers followed. Jonas brought
home nice carpets and women to make
them. Loads of new furniture cane
to the door, and new stoves to replace
the forlorn, antiquated ones.
An elegant new bookcase was
stocked with a well-selected library,
and choice pictures were purchased to
bang on the renewed walls.
Jonas was not devoid of taste when
he tried to exercise it, and when he
doubted his own judgment he took
counsel of those who were to be relied
One lovely day, the last of February,
he went to bring her home. Aunt Vi
and the boys waited patienfly for their
When the sleigh stopped at the door
Jonas lifted her carefully out and car
ried her, all wrapped as 6he was, into
the house, straight through the hall
into the long-unused parlor, and placed
her in the softest and easiest of easy
A soft carpet covered the floor,
pretty paper adorned the walls,
sunlight streamed in warm at the win
dows, but did not outshine the cheer
ful fire in the open stove; new books
and magazines lay on the table; the
canary in a gilded cage was trilling
his best songs, and the plants in the
sunniest window seemed smiling a
welcome to their mistress.
"How pretty mother looks!" cried
Truth to tell, a most becoming red
crept into the pale cheeks, perhaps a
gleam from the rose-colored future her
husband was portraying.
Pills, powders and plasters were all
given the go-by and Mary got well on
happiness. Said Jonas:
"Furniture bills and all those things
are no higher than doctors' bills, and
vastly more satisfying. Comfort and
happiness are more pleasant to take
than medicine, and do more good. I've
learned my lesson rather late in life,
tut I've learned it once for all." Good
Palntlnc on a Kernel of Corn.
It is said that the smallest piece ot
painting in the world has recently
been executed by a Flemmish artist.
It is painted on the smooth aide of a
grain of common white corci, and pic
tures a mill and a miller mounting a
stairs with a sactc of grain on his back.
The mill is represented as standing on
a terrace, and near it is a horse and
cart, while a group of several peasant!
are shown in the road near by. The
picture is beautifully distinct, every
object being finished with microscopic
ncemy, yet by careful measurement it
is6hown that the whole painting docf
not cover a surface of half un incl j
Ilopelessness of Ills Battle Against ta
Democracy defers to one of its fun
damental principles in bowing to the
will of the majority as expressed at
the election. Yet it cannot but regard
as a national calamity the fact that
Representative Wilson, of West Vir
ginia, was buried in the avalanche
from which no part of the country es
caped. Even though he remained as a
member of the minority he would have
stood as an able exponent of the tar
iff views to which his party is commit
ted and guarded the country against
the dangers which accompany the
adoption of ultra protection theories.
Waiving any question as to the cor
rectness of his views, even his ene
mies will acknowledge him a most for
midable champion of the cause that he
No one will question the sincerity of
Mr. Wilson or the honesty of the pur
pose which actuates his course toward
the people. He is a man of profound
learning, and no one can more forcibly
express his convictions. In the knowl
edge of the tariff question most of
those who oppose him are mere tyros
bj comparison. He is a true patriot,
earnestly seeking that which he be
lieves to be the best interests of the
eutire nation, and his influence could
not but be a healthy one, even upon an
opposing majority. But it was his vir
tues that brought about his political
overthrow. Because of them the con
trolling powers of the republican
arty determined upon his defeat. He
was a menace to the trusts and monop
olies that are the beneficiaries of pro
tection. The triumph of his views
meant the deprivation of their legal
authority to plunder the masses by
their cunningly devised system oper
ated for the ostensible purpose of pay
ing higher wages to labor and netting
greater profits to the farmer.
In seeking the accomplishment of
their purpose these representatives of
the money power left nothing undone.
They concentrated their forces for the
defeat of Mr. Wilson. Mc-Kinley was
sent to the district, ex-President Har
rison appeared there on the stump and
scores of others who are regarded as
strong workers in their party were
engaged to assist in defeating the
leading personal representatives of
tariff reform. Money was expended
without stint and all the devices
known to the "practical" politician
were employed against him. He was
a victim to the evils which he sought
to remedy, while the consequences
will fall most heavily upon those for
whom he sought equitable legislation.
This is the fate of reformers who
come in conflict with those who reap
the fabulous profits of so-called protection-
Morrison led the fight against
them in 15S4, and his political career
was suddenly cut short. Mills gal
lantly took up the battle in 1SS3, and
though he was a representative from
the state of Texas, his defeat was
brought about at the next election,
and only by intervention of the state
legislature which named aim to the
senate was he preserved to the coun
cils of the nation. From these facts
some idea of the power exercised by
the trusts, combines and monopolies
ean be gained, and they will continue
the controlling influence of the repub
lican party until their true measure is
taken by the people. Then they will
appreciate men like Wilson. Detroit
A TRANSPARENT FARCE.
Republican Protectees Already Showing
Now that they have accomplished
the purpose for which they shut down
and threw their men out of employ
ment, the republican mill bosses and
protectees generally ' are resuming
operations, full of animation and
Says a Pittsburgh dispatch to a Chi
cago McKinley organ: "Simultaneous
ly with the announcement of results
came a notice from the Oliver fc Kob
ers Wire company that the rod mill
would be started at once. Like many
of the other mills, it worked only when
the mill had orders. The employers
were so well pleased over the election
that orders to start up were given.
Other mill owners say they will now
replenish their stocks, and a long and
prosperous period of activity is looked
Miraculous! One would suppose
from this statement that the McKinley
law was already restored, and that the
mill bosses were no longer afflicted
with the 'ruinous Wilson bilL" But not
60. That bill is with us to stay for more
than two years, at the least. Of course,
the mill bosses know it, and when they
rekindle their fires and proceed to
"stock up" and hilariously give out
that they look for "a long and prosper
ous period of activity" when they do
this avowedly because the election has
one to sr.it them they admit that
there is nothing at all ruinous about
the "free trade bilL" They admit
that they expect "a long and prosper
ous period of activity" under that bill,
for everybody knows they can get no
other bill for more than two years.
They admit that neither the fear of
the bill nor the bill itself was the
cause of hard times, but that they
themselves purposely made times as
bad as they could for electioneering
There may be some people who do
not see through their game now. but
there will not be many such two years
hence. Chicago Herald.
Please note how the calamity
howlers are already tuning np to sing
their little song of prosperity's re
vival. According to the senior repub
lican organ and a few others of its
ill; the tin, wool, iron and other lines
of industry by some occult process
were suddenly, as in the twinkling of
an eye, changed from dejection and
despair to buoyant hope and confi
dence when the election returns came
in. Chicago Times.
Ohio's immense republican ma
jority is largely accounted for by the
fact that McKinley did most of hiu
campaigning outside of that state.
Detroit Free Press.
How They Manipulated the Treasury Un
The condition of the treasury at the
close of Mr. Harrison's administration
is pretty well known to intelligent
people, but there has been a systematic
effort by the republicans to misstate
it. The official figures furnished by
Secretary Carlisle show that the net
balance in the treasury wasS166,000,000
at the beginning of Mr. Harrison's ad
ministration, and $24,000,000 at the
close.' Much is made of the fact that
a good deal of the public debt was paid
off under Mr. Harrison, but Mr. Car
lisle shows that the redaction under
Harrison was 230,000,000, while under
Cleveland's first administration it was
8341,000,000. These two items show a
difference of nearly S'250,000,000 in
favor of the Cleveland "administration.
Republicans have persistently tried
to misrepresent the condition of the
treasury in the last days of the Harri
son administration. It has been
charged by Congressman Dockery and
others that x Secretary Foster caused
plates to be prepared for the issue of
bonds. Mr. ' Foster took the precau
tion to have inquiries made at Wash
ington whether any letter of his was
on file there showing that he had done
this. He was informed that no such
letter had been found after a hasty
search. Then Mr. Foster wrote a let
ter, in which he said:
"Mr. Dockery was mistaken. No such action
-was taken. In absurdity is so apparent that
I wonder that a gentleman of Mr. Dockery.'s
Intelligence should make himself responsible
for such a blunder. The only bonds authorized
then, as now. were those authorized by the re
Then a more careful search of the
treasury files was made, and the fol
lowing letter from Mr. Foster to the
chief of the bureau of engraving and
printing, dated February 20, 1893, came
"You are hereby authorized and directed to
prepare designs for the 3 per cent, bonds pro
vided in the senate amendment to the sundry
civil bill, now pending. The denominations
which should first receive attention are tlOJ
and $1,000 of the coupon bonds and i'.OJ, 81,000
und 210.000 of the registered bonds. This au
thority is given in advance of the enactment,
in view ot pressing contingencies, and you ara
directed to hasten the preparation of the de
signs and plates in every possiolo manner."
The bill providing for the three per
cent, bonds failed to become a law,
and they were not issued. But the es
sential fact that there were "pressing
contingencies" which made an issue of
bonds desirable, within two weeks of
the close of Mr. Harrison's term, ap
pears clearly from Mr. Foster's letter.
These contingencies were so very
pressing that Mr. Foster thought it
imperative to have the plates pre
pared before the law was passed. Yet
when testimony was wanted by re
publican campaign managers to break
the force of this damaging fact, Mr.
Foster signed a letter saying that he
wondered that Mr. Dockery would
make himself responsible for so absurd
The profligacy of republican admin
istrations has long been known. The
Fifty-first congress saddled upon the
country expenditures which will last
for more than a generation. Yet the
republicans are asking that the purse
of the nation shall again be intrusted
to their keeping. The country has
suffered so much from the last repub
lican congress that it ought to be wise
enough to refuse to be plundered
agaiD. Louisville Courier-Journal.
POINTS AND OPINIONS.
Boodle did it! The plutocratic
monopolists Epent millions to down
the democracv. Springfield Eegister.
It looks as if the political pen
dulum had swung too far one way th's
time to be near the center of gravity.
Republicanism, rejuvenated for
the moment by calamities e its own
contrivance, has triumphe-i again,
but it triumphs as a minority over a
divided majority. Chicago Herald.
In the last quarter of a century
every defeat which the democratic
party has sustained in this state and
through this state in the country at
large is wholly or largely due to Tam
many halL--Buffalo Courier.
The plutocrats the republicans
are preparing to send to the United
States senate will have their uses
there. Only a few more money-sack
senators are needed to assure the elec
tion of all senators by direct vote of
the people. N. Y. World.
Ex-President Harrison is a shade
premature in the conclusion that the
recent election was conclusive as to
the vote two years from now. There
will be plenty of democrats at the
polls in 90 too many for the Harrison
family. Chicago Times.
In McKinley s old district in Ohio
the republican candidate for congress
got 12,600 votes, the democratic candi
date 11.400 votes and Gen. Coxey 0,200
votes. This looks as if McKinleyism
was without conspicuous honor in its
own bailiwick yet. Boston Herald.
Figures demonstrate plainly that
the stay-at-homes were very largely
responsible for the democratic slump.
It is a well-established principle of
this government that men cannot re
frain from voting and at the same
time have their votes counted. De
troit Free Press.
According to distinguished re
publican authority McKinleyism is to
be revived only in a few respects.
"The tariff on wool and on lumber
will be restored," ne says. That is the
first menace from the party coming
into power. Higher prices for cloth
ing and carpets and higher prices for
building materials, making rents
higher and increasing the cost of con
structing a home. Chicago Herald.
The battle for tariff reform will
have to go down foot and take a new
start. The battle over the money
Lssue will soon be upon us. We shall
see whether there is democracy enough
left of the true and blue stripe to make
a great-coat good against all weather;
or whether we must still wear a coat
of many colors, covering not a homo
geneous party, inspired by faith and
truth, but a mere bundle of factions
thrown together by the upheaval of
the times. Louisville Courier-Journal.
FOR SUNDAY READING.
THE EVERLASTING GOD.
Before the rolling sea.
Before the crystal rills.
Before the shades of forests cool.
Before the rocky hills.
Before the deep, dark caves.
Before the mountains lone.
Before the earth or sky was formed,
God looked down from His throne.
There was a blazing sun
And shining stars on high.
.The planets moved: and comets red
Flashed naming through the sky.
Planets and stars and sun.
Proclaimed His praise abroad,
"from everlasting, without end.
Is our Eternal God:"
Eons before their light
Beamed on the empty sky
The Everlasting Deity
Had reigned enthroned on high.
Then came a tiny world.
Trimbling in space it stood:
The mighty God looked down and smiled
His voice proclaimed it good.
It stayed a little while
(We say, unnumbered years;
So to our feeble estimate
The length of Time appears).
And myriads of men
Lived, loved and hoped and died.
How brief their term of fleeting years
God's length of days beside:
An instant! It was gone.
Gone like a transient flame I
From everlasting God is God
And ever was the same.
The constellations passed
And Space was dark and lone!
God reigns and reigned and still will reign
On His Eternal Throne.
And does He ne'er regret
The worlds and systems deadf
The beauty of the Pleiades
The lights forever fled?
No! planets are as dust
And stars like seashore sands
To Him who holds the firmament
In His almighty hands.
A million million suns
Will yet before Him flame!
He is the everlasting God
And ever was the same.
W. Francis Williams, in X. Y. Independent.
THE LAW FULFILLED.
A Touching Incident Where l ove Gave Its
I'tniiist in Faithful Discharge of Duty.
There would be little room for fiction
if some automatic pen wrote down all
the private dramas of a great public
woe. The whole world knows how the
hero .Eneas bore his living father on
his shoulders from the flames of burn
ing Troy; but a boy carrying his dead
father from worse than burning Ne w
Orleans received no notice even in the
It was when the last yellow fever
epidemic was raging in that city, and
scores were dying every day. Indi
vidual mourning was swallowed up in
the great sadness that overswept and
stupefied the people. Sorrow had
passed the stage of tears. Dry-eyed
survivors cried out, like Mrs. Brown
ing. Thank God. bless God. all ye who surfer not
More grief than ye can weep for."
An eye-witness of the incident given
below related the story the other day,
among many vivid recollections of the
The number of the dead in the strick
en city increased so rapidly that the
living were too few to bury them, and
one poor young man in the suburbs
he could hardly be more than eighteen
found himself alone with his lifeless
father, the last of his family. With
little or no aid he had nursed him to
the last, and now he looked in vain for
help to carry him to the grave.
A common trench at the upper levee
was the dismal burial place for the yellow-fever
victims, and the unhappy
youth knew that the body ought at
once to be laid under the ground.
TE5PERLT HE TRIED TO HANDLE IT.
He wrapped it carefully in a sheet,
and, exhausted and weak, and proba
bly stricken with tne fever as he was,
he took up the sad burden and strove
to bear it away. It was a long road
for even a strong man, encumbered
with more than his own weight, and
the enfeebled boy was soon obliged to
lay the body down. After a brief rest
he took up the beloved load and strug
In all the manliness of grief.
A short distance, and then another
rest. Here and there a woman's pale,
compassionate face looked from a door
or window; but compassion was used
to heart-breaking scenes now, and
powerless to lend comfort. There were
suffers in every house, and the women
could not leave them. Only one
stepped into the street, and gave the
poor lad a mug of water as he sat on
the ground wiping the sweat from his
face and neck.
He drank eagerly, murmured his
thanks and slowly resumed his burden.
It was all that remained to him of his
father, and it was pitiful how tenderly
he tried to handle it. He went on with
staggering step. It was plain that he
had spent his strength. His foot stum
bled. He fell heavily to the ground.
The passing patrol found him lying
lifeless across the body of the father
be had loved.
It is unlike all we have learned of
Heaven if its record of those who died
doing their duty has no illuminated
page for the unknown names. Surely
on the books of eternity, faithfulness
in little stands side by side with faith
fulness in much, and every love that
gave its utmost has fulfilled the law.
It is not great sin which keeps one
out of Heaven, but sin unrepented of.
AS GOD SEES IT.
The Day of Small Things Means Great Re
sult in Eternity.
The question is asked in Scripture:
"Who hath despised the day of small
things?"' We may ask who hath not
despised small things? They are seldom
appreciated as they should be. We
think little of what we regard as small
evils, faults or waste, and yet contin
ued, the issue may be most momentous.
The fissure in an embankment may en
gulf a large extent of country. Great
tracts of one of our states have lately
been burned over with vast destruction
of life and property, and yet one small
match started the conflagration. So,
some trivial departure from right, some
scarcely recognized evil, may debase a
soul, and the results will be far-reaching
It is the same with small things that
are good. Right principle in what
seem small things may form a grand
character. The effort to instruct an
ignorant child may be thought scarce
ly worth putting forth, but it may Ls
sue in the development of far-reachiDg,
beneficent influences. Our Lord taught
men to mark the diminutiveness of tha
mustard seed and the wondrous growth
that may come from it. How many a
church whose influence is felt through
out the land was started by a small
company of Christians. They had lit
tle of worldly goods and in fluence, and
yet from their feeble beginnings there
are blessed issues, "forever telling yet
unte'd." "As poor yet making many
With regard to all the great move
ments of our times we learn constant
ly the power of small things. In secu
lar life it is their combination that
makes the great aggregate. One vote
is a small thing, but votes will soon
tell, with tremendous consequences, in
cities, states and the nation. The
nickel paid for a street-car fare ap
pears to be a trifle, but the year shows
that they make great revenues. So,
if Christians generally realized how
small amounts thrown into the treas
ury of the church might furnish a
large fund for good, there would be far
more of care and a constant watchful
ness against waste.
Let every reader ask whether he
may not profitably consider his action
with regard to small things. The in
fluence they may have in making or
marring character, their relation to
our own spiritual progress and com
fort, the opportunities they offer for
doing good, demand our careful
thought. The years of our lives are
made up of moments, but the "raspings
and parings of precious duration" may
be so used as to be a vast blessing to
ourselves and to mankind, and they
may be made to bring glory to God.
TRY TO FIND THE GOOD.
Overcome the Evil Tendency to See lnr
Others Bad Instead of Good Qualities.
Mr. Spurgeon once said that he had
seen men, and women, too, who seemed
to have a propensity rather to observe
that which is evil in another than that
which is good. Unfortunately, we could
all say the same thing. And, what is
still more unfortunate, wedonot abhor
this sin as we should, because we have
all got a share of it in our own hearts.
Indeed, some of us are apt to pride our
selves on our sharpness in detecting
the weaknesses in other people's char
acters; but how many take a pride in
discovering good qualities in the people
Each man sees the reflection of his
own thoughts in everything about him.
The artist sees beauty, and the poet
finds food for ennobling thought, in a
landscape which to the short-sighted
pleasure-lover suggests only barren
ness and isolation. The educated eye.
of the mineralogist detects in that
same region indications of valuable
deposits. He digs and blasts, and by
and by discovers far below the surface
amine of wealth which enriches the
There are gold mines, or, what is
much more valuable, coal mines, buried
beneath the surface in nearly all the
men and women we meet, and our chief"
business in life should be to discover
and exploit these mines. In so doing
we shall enrich ourselves for time and
for eternity. N. Y. Witness.
Better Than Good Grammar.
Good grammar is a good thing, but
some good things are said ungram
matically. The man who speaks sneer
ingly of a preacher or teacher because
he detects in him an occasional fault
of speech, or who refuses to open his
spiritual ear to words of counsel be
cause his fleshy ear detects in those--words
slips in grammar, exalts the
body above the spirit. He goes into a
voluntary bondage to a soulless mas
ter. It is a fine and desirable accom
plishment to be able always to speak
grammatically; but it is a still higher
attainment to forget the preacher in.
his message, and to welcome and enjoy
the truth to hear the voices of the
spirit.come how they may. S. S. Times.
Our Heavenly Father's Care.
Do not look forward to what may
happen to-morrow; the same everlast
ing Father who cares for you to-day
will care for you to-morrow and every
day. Either He will shield you from
suffering or He will give you unfailing
strength to bear it. Francis de Sales.
"The Gospel will turn the world
upside down because it is already
wrong side up."
A living, loving Christian! there
is no stronger power on earth, no power
can withstand him.
Our God is a household God, as well
as a heavenly one. He has an altar in
every man's dwelling. John- Ruskin.
"They must be clean who would
serve the Lord. A pure and holy God
can dwell only in a pure and holy
temple.' The man who imagines that piety
is an "inward misery' is always liable
to mistake liver trouble for religion.
Young Men's Era.
Occasion may be the bugle call
that summons an army to battle, but.
the blast of a bugle can never make
soldiers or win victories. Garfield.
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