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POETRY. THE SURE FOUNDATION.
Puild firm and sure, O SOul |Upon the Rock that cannot fail . The storm is raging, and the gale Shrieks round thee, fierce and wild and high, The tempest mocks thy anguished cry. Build firm and Sure!
Build deep and strong, O soul! Then shall no storm or jar or shock Sway thee from the unswaying Rock, For deeper than earth's mightiest tide Thy sure Foundation shall abide. Build deep and strong !
Build broad and high, O soul! Thy temple shall be pure and fair, And prayer and praise shall echo there. The songs of faith shall upward rise Like perfumed airs from Paradise. Build broad and high
Build bravely on, O soul | The Master's eye is on thee still, Noting each triumph of His will, As step by step, and round by round, Thou reachest higher, holier ground. Build bravely on 1 —Selected.
BY MARIANNE FARNINGEIAM.
“Those Women (which labored with me in the Gospel, and Other my fellow-laborers Whose names are in the Book Of Life.”
They lived and they were useful: this we know,
No record of their names is left to show
They did their work, and then they passed away,
And took their places with the greater host
And Were they young, or were they growing old,
Or lived in poverty, or had much gold,
Only one thing is known of them, they were
Disciples of the Lord, and strong through prayer
But what avails the gift of empty fame?
No glory clusters round their names on earth,
Is kept a Book of names of greatest worth,
A place for all who did the Master please,
And there lost names shine forth in brightest rays
O take who will the boon of fading fame! But give to me
A place among the workers, though my name
And if within the Book of Life is found
Honor and glory unto God redound
CoNCORD FIRST-DAY SCHOOL UNION.—This meeting, held in the beautifully refitted but ancient meeting-house at Chester, Pa., was well attended by persons representing the various schools, also many visiting Friends from other Unions. The reports from the schools vacated in winter were necessarily brief, yet encouraging words were spoken to these that they re-open with fresh vigor, and especial reference was made to the need of visiting these schools by those engaged in teaching during the winter, as such visits are beneficial to both visitors and visited.
The full reports from Chester, West Chester, Wilmington, Darby, etc., giving account of their active work during the past winter, were listened to with marked interest. Several valuable essays were read, and the Union adjourned to meet at Willistown in Tenth month next.
CHAPPAQUA MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE.-I trust we will not forget the bountiful and timely aid given by our friends to repair our loss and make us comfortable. We have had a great task to provide and refurnish a home for our family of fifty. But in doing this our friends have freely given the needed assistance, and we now have very comfortable accommodations for our school. Forty of our pupils remain with us, and they appear to be more closely attached to each other and to us. When we reflect upon the danger that surrounded us, we feel that it was through the care and timely aid that our lives were all spared by our Heavenly Father. It was truly a very narrow escape for some, and wonderful that it should be so. We have many letters expressing sympathy and regret for the loss of our Institute, and the wish to have it rebuilt. This subject is now under consideration, and some action has been taken as to plans, etc. There are many inquiries for a good boarding school, under the care of Friends. I was impressed this morning by a circumstance that gave evidence of the force of education. A fresh fall of snow, several inches deep, made the walk, half a mile across the fields, quite unpleasant. The girls were much disappointed, and sent a petition to know if I would remain at home and have a meeting in their room. A satisfactory answer was given to this request by informing them that a way would be provided for some of them to get to meeting. We have many dear, good children, and they become very much attached to Friends, and to our religious views. We have no doubt that many of the seeds of kindness and love will take root in the heart and bring forth fruits of goodness and virtue.
THE past is gone forever.
The Confessions of Hermes and other Poems. By Paul Hermes.—By this non de plume does a Philadelphia poet of unmistakable power present himself. His volume is inscribed to Robert Browning, or to Robert B., as the printed words stand on the dedication page, and we fancy we can see that the author has read with enjoyment and appreciation the works of this profound and intellectual poet. Here is an appeal for applause: O stingy world, begrudging your applause, What joys sublime you miss for lack of love The sweetest song the poet cannot sing, The perfect face the painter cannot paint, Because the world is dumb. Encouragement, Not criticism, completes the artist’s strength, Adds swiftness to his Wings, scope to his ken, As winds invisible urge faster home The ship that speeds by steam.
The work is published by David McKay, 23 South Ninth street, Philadelphia, and will, we hope, receive the attention which it seems to us to merit. This poet, who ventures into the arena of literature has, we are sure, a lofty aim and high capabilities. He says for himself: “Should this volume reproduce, even faintly, the poet's profound sense of the mystery and pathos and earnestness of life, and his conviction— growing ever stronger—that the realization of Beauty and happiness waits upon loyalty to Duty, he will feel justified in having offered it to the world. But though he fails in this, his faith will still abide unshaken, that stronger and worthier lips will try to utter more distinctly the unutterable Truth. This striving for utterance is Poetry, for which, consciously or unconsciously, mankind will listen while the earth remains.”
FROM J. Fitzgerald, New York, we have received No. 1, of a forthcoming series, to be entitled the Library of the Fathers of the Church. The publisher states that he has spared no expense in making preparation for issuing this great Series of Christian Classics, in a style not unworthy of the works contained in it. The type is sufficiently large and the paper very satisfactory, while the specimen copy sent us, is a large double Column pamphlet of about 20 pages, containing the first instalment of the Confessions of Augustine. They are to be furnished to subscribers at the rate of two a month, and are to be $5 a year, or 25 cents a number. The Fathers whose works are represented, are Augustine ChrysOStum, the most famous of the Greek Fathers; Ephraim, the light of the Syrian Church ; Athanasius, the great antagonist of Arianism ; Cyril, of Jerusalem ; Cyprian ; Justin Martyr, the Christian Philosopher of the Second century; Tertullian ; Irenaeus; Cyril of Alexandria; Gregory the Great; Pacian; Theoderet, and Gregory of Nazianzum, whose writing illuminated the fourth century. The entire series will cost the subscriber $16, unbound. There can be no doubt of the desirability of possessing this Library of the Fathers. Any writer dealing with subjects of Christian inquiry desires to know what the great early writers of the Church taught. Our greatest early writers of the Society of Friends were equipped with extensive knowledge of the conclusions of the patristic authors and make great use of them in their works. Barclay's Apology, and William Penn's No Cross, No Crown, as well as many other of our Quaker Classics, are enriched by abundant quotations from these great lights of the apostolic times of Christianity before ecclesiasticism had bewildered and perplexed mankind by its teachings of that of which the purer early Church was silent. We must add that this Library is, of necessity quite incomplete. Many of the early fathers are not to be even briefly mentioned and it is not promised that all the known works
WE have nothing but good to say of the little pamphlet from the pen of J. Vila Blake, that comes to us from the W. U. S. S. Society, Chicago, entitled The Sunday School.
These thirteen chapters, the author informs us are, records of the experience of many years, and they were written at long intervals and by different hands. We like the sentiment with which the first chapter closes: “Children should be trained like young vines along a trellis, reaching above them.” We should seek to lead them to attain to heights, and leave behind them all trivial things. In days of old, when books were less plentiful than now, many of us can remember with what enjoyment we conned noble classic books in the time which in these days might be wasted in the endless array of childrens' literature which is often so nearly worthless. Sentimental stories without any true teaching in them, or with what little good there may be, obscured by a mass of verbiage, are robbing our young people of many of the precious days of youth and elasticity, when the mind is both receptive and retentive. We ought to be most conscientious that the best is furnished, and only the best. Says one writer, cited in this pamphlet, “The teacher cannot give too much attention to the books his pupils read ; and the half hour he has for conversation with his class can hardly be better spent than in a comparison of notes, and an interchange of views upon what he and they have severally read.”
We believe with Blake that it is a duty to impart to children the deepest and most spiritual views of Christian faith and practice to which they can attain. They are certain to have the views which we deem inadequate presented to them by zealous proselyters not in sympathy with us, and they should be supplied with the learning that will enable them to give a reason for the faith in which they have been instructed, and of which, we hope, in the coming days of maturity, they may become the faithful supporters. We can adopt the closing paragraphs of this instructive little book :
“We should inculcate our distinctive convictions not merely to give our children rational thoughts of religion, but because there is nothing more fruitful of a good life than great ideas. They are in estimably more valuable and operative than rules or precepts can be. Their converting and shaming power is mighty. Precepts do not inspire or inflame. This can be done only by two agencies: first and most important, by example ; and, secondly, by the influence of great thoughts. “Give me a thought,” said Richter, ‘ that I may refresh my— Self.”
“Let the language—the mother tongue—of simple natural religion be taught in our First-day schools, inculcated with all its sublime affirmations, and with the history of its denials also ''
Domestic.—The United States enjoys at present a happy exemption from those disturbing causes upon Which conspicuous events arise.
FROM Panama we hear of the guardianship of both ends of the railway across the Isthmus by the U. S. forces. Much anxiety still prevails.
FROM Aspinwall we hear that the Swatara and Tenmessee and City of Para, bawe arrived safely at that point. The State Department is informed that telegraphic communication between Columbia and the United States, which has been interrupted for three months, has been reopened.
THE United States Treasurer is still in occasional receipt of pieced legal tender notes and silver certificates. It is evident that some persons are mutilating notes to defraud the public. The method pursued is to tear off not exceeding two-fifths of the note—threefifths being redeemable under the rules at full value — then to join the pieces with others obtained in the same manner, and thus obtain one full note. The public are again cautioned against taking pieced notes unless it is evident from the numbers on the two ends and other appearances that the pieces are of the same note.
THE Secretary of the Treasury has received formal notice from the State Department that the two treaties of 1870 now existing between this Government and the Government of Peru, will terminate by notice from the latter on March 31st, 1886. They are known respectively as the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation, signed September 6th, 1870, and the Extradition Treaty of September 12th, 1870.
AT a meeting of representative citizens of the several Territories who are now in Washington, held recently, resolutions were unanimously adopted earnestly requesting the President at his earliest convenience, to look into the political and administrative Condition of the Territories. The resolutions set forth that the people of the Territories are not well governed and the President is requested to afford relief by placing good men, citizens respectively of the Territories, in office. A committee waited upon the President and Submitted the resolutions with a brief statement of the condition of affairs. The President in conversation with citizens from the Territories expressed a deep interest in the welfare of the people residing therein, and a disposition to give them good officers. It is understood that the rule of choosing Governors and marshals from actual citizens will be adhered to in every case, but in the selection of a judiciary, customs and revenue officials and land office appointments, the field will not be restricted. For such positions citizens of the States as well as the Territories will be deemed eligible.
ON the 17th inst., President Cleveland issued a proclamation ordaining that the territory in Dakota known as the old Winnebago reservation and the Sioux or Crow Creek reservation, be restored to the public domain. This is an act of justice to the Indians, required by Our treaty obligations. It rescinds the executive order of President Arthur, bearing date the 27th day of Second month, 1885. The President adds:
“I do further warn and admonish all and every person or persons now in the occupation of said lands under color of said Executive Order, and all such person or persons as are intend
ing or preparing to enter and settle upon the same thereunder,
“ Unless all signs fail the campaign of England in the Soudan is about over. The troops have not been withdrawn, and there is a show of activity on the Red Sea littoral; but Englishmen at home are growing more and more averse to a War against the Arabs for vengeance only. They do not love Slaughter unless they are greatly enraged, or see much commercial advantage at the end Of it. If War breaks out between their nation and Russia, there will be the best possible excuse for withdrawing the British troops; but even if that emergency should not arise probably Some Other excuse will be found for “scuttling' out of the Soudan.”
“A rum Or is Current that the conflict, between the Russians and Afghans arose in the following way: “Some of the English Officers stationed at the Afghan outposts invited some Russian Officers On the Other side to breakfast. The Russians were unable to accept the invitation, but they sent an invitation to the English officers. The latter accepted and stayed in the Russian camp until late at night and then asked for an escort. General Romaroff disguised some of his officers as privates to accompany the escort with the object of obtaining news of the Afghan forces. When the escort arrived at the Afghan Camp One Of the Russians was observed taking notes in his pocketbook. The Afghans tried to take away the book, a struggle ensued and a shot was fired, from which side is not known. The Russians hurried back to their camp and the Russian troops were called to arms and advanced against the Afghans next morning.’”
A SLENDER hope of peace, if any hope of peace exists, lies probably with Prince Bismarck, who cannot wish to see the Berlin Bourse heavily in debt owing to the London collapse. Bankers say, that a fall of ten in Russian stocks may sober even the Russian war party.
To live on your own convictions against the world is to overcome the world. To believe that what is truest in you is true for all; to abide by that, and not be over anxious to be heard or understood or sympathised with, certain that at last all must acknowledge the same, and that, while you stand firm, the world will come round to you—that is independence. It is not difficult to get away into retirement, and there live upon your own convictions; nor is it difficult to mix with men, and follow their convictions; but to enter into the world, and there live out firmly and fearlessly according to your own conscience—that is Christian greatness.-F. W. Robertson.
WE hear so often that if a man would acquire the things which are valued among men, he must pay the price of them, that we are apt to forget the worth of the things which are not acquired, and for which we do not pay a price. Who could pay for the bright sunshine, the sweet cool air, the babbling sound of brooks, the scent of flowers, and the songs of birds? Above all, who could pay for the high gift of life, for the dowry of reason, and for the salvation of the immortal soul ? These are the gifts which God bears in His right hand; and they are given without money, and without price.—S. S. Times.
IN the heart of Wyoming Territory, it is said, there has been found a mountain of solid hematite iron, with 600 feet of it above ground, more than a mile wide and over two miles in length ; a bed of lignite coal big enough to warm the world for centuries; eight lakes of solid soda, one of them over 600 acres in extent and not less than 30 feet in depth, and a petroleum basin which contains more oil than Pennsylvania and West Virginia combined, from which in places the Oil is Oozing in natural wells at the rate of two barrels a day.—Public Ledger.
ADVICES from London of the 17th state that conservative members of the London Stock Exchange are of opinion that the war-cloud is blowing over, and will disappear. The negotiations between France and China, although they occasionally halt, are rapidly advancing toward a favorable conclusion. A treaty of peace has been finally agreed upon between Guatemala and Salvador; and it is also reported that General Middleton and Riel, the rebellious half-breed, have had a conference by telegraph. The Canadian forces are still advancing—possibly to make peace more Certain.
ON the 16th inst., Arbor Day, as proclaimed by Governor Pattison, was generally observed in this State. The Public Ledger says: “Arbor Day seems to have been fairly well observed. Some thousands of trees were planted, the school children being interested in the work by out door exercise and the opportunity afforded to plant “class” trees. It will not take many years to get the custom well established, and then the work can be systematized and the trees put “where they will do the most good.” They are not likely to do harm anywhere, and some of them may prove of real value. Indirectly the service of “Arbor Day” is likely to be of benefit in reminding every one of the value of trees, heretofore little cared for by any one.
THE incentive to emigration from the older States is the narrow lives that a great many farmers compel their children to live—the lack of such comforts and amusements as must suggest themselves to the minds of a generation that either consciously or unconsciously has partaken of the progressive spirit that marks modern civilization. As we have frequently taken Occasion to observe in these columns there is no reason why the home life of the farmer should not be attractive enough to confirm his children in their natural desire to cling to the old homestead, and in this direction will be found the remedy for that movement that has been for so many years draining the older States. —Atlanta Constitution.
ACCORDING to Frances E. Willard, the States of Alabama, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Michigan, Oregon, Kansas, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine have passed laws providing for instruction in physiology in the public schools, with especial reference to the effect of alcoholic liquors on the human frame. And there is said to be a prospect that West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and some other States will enact a similar law. The object of such a study of course is to make strong drink appear horrible and repulsive to School children. And the result of the experiment will be watched with much interest.—Eacchange.
Friends desiring to attend the approaching Yearly Meeting are informed that arrangements have been made with the railroad companies so that Friends near the following named railroads can come to Philadelphia and return at the rate of two cents per mile traveled.
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Haddonfield Quarterly Meeting's Temperance Committee will hold a Conference in Friends' Meetinghouse, Moorestown, on First-day afternoon, the 26th, at 3 o'clock. All are invited. JOHN LIPPINCOTT, Clerk.
The Annual Meeting of Friends' Boarding House Association will be held at 1623 Filbert street, on Fourth-day, Fourth month 29th, at 4 P.M., at which the attendance of Friends is invited.
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