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Comes the moment to decide
In the strife of Truth with Falsehood,
For the good or evil side."

Would there not have been more reason and reli- | upon society without which the world would have gion in changing the day of meeting to one more sunk into social and moral degradation. suitable and agreeable to the members, than by try- The license system, both high and low, has been ing in vain for nearly two centuries to require them tried and found wanting, because it is in opposition to do what they did not believe duty demanded of to the laws of God. If liquor selling is wrong, no them!

price that men may put upon it can ever make it This is a subject that we will have to meet in the right. A young man ruined in a saloon, the proprienear future, and I would be willing to have it brought tor of which paid $500 as a license fee, is none the before the next yearly meeting to be disposed of as less ruined than if only $25 were paid. best wisdom may direct.

S. s. High license, instead of reducing intemperance, is

an active agent in its production, because it gives to THE QUESTION OF THE DAY.*

vice an appearance of respectability, and is all the

more likely to lead the unwary astray. "Once to every man and Nation

Many persons seeing plainly that compromise with sin is in opposition to their religion, and also that it is always equal to defeat, have sought for a plan to

prohibit the use of intoxicants. At no time in the history of our country has this

Prohibition is a law consistent with both God and moment of decision more loudly proclaimed itself man. Thou shalt not kill, is a prohibitory law; thou than the present, and never has there been a more shalt not steal, is a prohibitory law; and should not important question to decide than this which con

a traffic which is the great cause of all the violations fronts us now.

of law and holiness be itself prohibited ? Nations Twenty-five years ago our fathers battled bravely have recognized the illgality and sin of the traffic for freedom-the removal of Negro Slavery-and, in human flesh; how long will they admit the right after a severe and desperate struggle, they succeeded to deal in that which destroys the soul ? in forever removing from this “ Land of the Free" To fell a great oak we must cut at the root; so, to that deep stain upon the nation.

banish intemperance from the land, we must proTo-day there exists a greater evil, a far more de- hibit the manufacture, sale and importation of all structive and universal slavery.

intoxicating drinks. The Liquor Traffic is the cruel master, and the

In this great work each has a part to do, each an the land but feels its dark shadow, near or remote; manded of us, for we are our brothers' keepers. poor inebriate, the miserable slave. Not a home in no bright youth in all this great and free republic that is wholly safe from the snares that chain the in- active labor, that good is wrought.

It is not by quiet acquiescence in right, but by tellect and deaden all the fine influerices of home, so

Let us, then, be alive to the subject before us; let as on remain. And until we arise in our strength, and sub- us labor earnestly for the right, and the time will

soon come when this soul.destroying traffic will be due this evil, we are still a nation of slaves. It is the liquor traffic that fills our almshouses, ing cries proceed from homes cursed by intemper

driven from the land, and no longer will heartrendprisons, and insane asylums, that costs this country ance, but peace and happiness will reign supreme. more than $900,000,000 annually, and rohs the na

WILLIAM C. COLES. tion of thousands of her children every year.

And who is responsible for this national outrage ? Who exercises the right of power in this republic,

THE INDWELLING GOD. instituted for the freedom and happiness of all? The

The man who finds not God in his own heart will people ; and upon them rests the guilt of the rum- find him nowhere, and he who finds him there will seller.

find him everywhere. The reason why men are so Fully recognizing this stain upon our country, the often bewildered and disappointed in their search for question should arise in every mind, What can I do God is that they do not look for him first of all towards wiping out this great sin, and lifting the where he should chiefly be sought, in the manifesdense cloud of shame and sorrow which hovers over tations he makes of himself in their own minds and our land, and is crushing out all life and gladness in hearts. They suffer the noises of the world to drown so many homes. The dogma of Moderation must be thrown aside, them for wrong-doing, and never ceases to plead with

“the still, small voice” that never fails to rebuke as it always acts as a snare for the young.

them to keep in the path of righteousness and peace. Total Abstinence is the only true and safe remedy That voice, whose utterances never fail, is the voice for intemperance.

Let us not be content in freeing ourselves from of God in the human soul, the primary revelation of this all-oppressing foe, but labor diligently for the the divine will, without which all written revelations

. relief and saving of others.

It is in moral suasion and temperance education gently believe that God has spoken to others, he of the young that woman has proved her unequaled has spoken to himself. By the message to himself, he

must at least have some dim consciousness that he abilities. She has exerted those great influences instinctively and necessarily tries all other messages * Essay read at the closing exercises of Friends

Central purporting to be divine, to determine whether they

If he misinterprets, as he may, the revelation of God to himself, that blunder must be corrected before he can rightly interpret any other that we feel ourselves to be the entire Yearly revelation. “If the light that is in thee be darkness, Meeting, as appears in our opening minute. I regret how great is that darkness !"

are so or not.

School, Fifteenth and Race streets, Philadelphia, Sixth month 19th, 1885, by one of the graduates.

to find this repeated year after year, and to feel myThe immanence of God in man is a truth which self to be one of the number who issues it. theologians too often overlook or utterly forget.. It has long felt to me to carry with it the appearHence the confusion and contradiction in which they ance of an unbecoming assumption on the part of become involved. Man is regarded not merely as a men Friends, and once, in the Yearly Meeting I wanderer from God, but as one forsaken by him, and suggested simply the inserting of the word men in to be redeemed, not through the operation of forces the opening minute, so that it would read, “ At the and influences provided for in his original consti- Yearly Meeting of men Friends,” etc., remarking tution, but by some miraculous after thought. We that there was at that time the other part of the referred recently to an editorial article in a promi. Yearly Meeting in session (the women's Yearly Meetnent religious journal, in which an attempt was made ing) in the other end of the house; and that theyto show that man has not in himself any power of with commendable modesty and propriety-insert moral recuperation, and that, if it were not for the the word women in their opening minutes; and it ap"objective atonement” provided by Christ, he would pears also in their Extracts from their minutes. be hopelessly lost. The writer of the article seems Reading on, we find in the second paragraph, that to rejoice in expelling God from humanity for the " At the Yearly Meeting of Friends, held in Philamere pleasure of bringing him back again by the delphia,

Representatives were present ex. device of the atonement.

cept six,” etc. If by this it were only meant that man can do But, on page 54, we read,

“Representanothing of himself, but lives and moves and has his tives were all present except ten," etc., both of which, , being in God, we should readily yield our assent. no doubt, were true. But if the men Friends were The recuperative forces of the body are provided of answering for the whole Yearly Meeting, our minute God, and attest his presence and power; and we is untrue. maintain that the forces he employs for the recupe- I understand fully, that when these preliminary ration of the soul wounded by sin are equally a part minutes are made, women Friends are acting for the of the human constitution, not separate from it. women's branch of the Yearly meeting, and the men Divine influences work upon the hearts of men by a for their part only; then why not have it stated coruatural and inflexible law. The sinner is never for- rectly at the start ? saken of God, who stands ready to forgive upon the This matter of the three letters (men) appears to first sign of penitence and reformation. The law of me of sufficient importance to claim a little space in moral recuperation is as constant as the physical, and the columns of the INTELLIGENCER AND JOURNAL, both are alike divine. The doctrine of an objective for consideration, and is submitted by atonement” is only a disturbance in the operation of

EMMOR COMLY. natural laws, inducing false hopes and putting men Bristol, Seventh mo. 7th, in artificial relations with God and with one another.

That God dwells in men is a truth alike funda- APPARENT TRUTH OR ABSOLUTE TRUTH : WHICH ? mental and consoling. That he is ever "working in us to will and to do of his good pleasure," warning Recent articles in the INTELLIGENCER AND JOURus from evil and drawing us ever to himself

, inviting NAL, the proceedings of the late Yearly Meeting, in us perpetually to a feast of love and spiritual delight Philadelphia, and the disbanding of the Committee in his presence, is a truth to which every right-on Deficiencies implying that its work is done) minded soul will bear joyful witness. And, as God justify the inference that the decline in the Society is mightier than man, truth more powerful than error, .of Friends has been arrested, that the dead-point has and holiness more to be desired than sin, we must been passed, and that henceforth, with the renewed believe that, in the course of time, either in this or interest awakened, the watchword is onward. some other world, through the corrective discipline Will it not be well and wise for Friends to conof spiritual and moral law every sinner will be re- sider calmly whether this is the absolute truth, or is claimed. - Christian Register.

it only an apparent truth? We do not wish to deceive ourselves nor do we wish to be deceived. If it

is an absolute truth, then it follows that a new reOUR "EXTRACTS," 1885.

ligious life has been awakened among us, that leaving

the husks of tradition and the dregs of worldliness, As heretofore, the first line contains what I con- we have come to our meetings asking bread from the sider an error, by the omission of the word men, in Father's house. It follows that our subordinate the opening minute.

meetings, the fountains of society are gaining new If the Yearly Meeting of Friends,” held in Phil. religious zeal. They are tributary to the main body adelphia, were composed of men Friends only, then and unless the water of life flows forth from them, the opening minute as it now stands would be cor- the body will not be replenished. This water of life

is to be had now as ever for the asking, for the deMy view is, men Friends alone do not constitute claration of Jesus, the Christ, to the woman of the whole of the Yearly Meeting, they are only a Samaria is a perpetual truth : " If thou knewest the part; women Friends are another important part. gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me Recognizing this, it is a matter of surprise that our to drink, thou wouldst have asked of him, and he men Friends will adbere to an expression implying would have given thee living water."


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It is our high privilege to live in an age that is not much that we becloud our own work. Each has an satisfied with apparent truth, and if our younger individual mission to perform. There are not two members, with their keener perceptions, should dis- blades of grass alike, two leaves of the same tree, nor cover that the real decline in the Society has not anything that God has created ; and surely there is been arrested, that our meetings are still cold and nothing perfect but what He has created. If we test formal and dead, that the table which is spread is all things, and accept only that which is in harmony not laden with rich food from the spiritual kingdom, with the divine law, and if we look within and act prepared by the Master's hand as milk for babes and without, each generation will progress beyond the strong meat for men, the reaction will not only equal precediny. Let us rely on the ever-true and loving the action but exceed it.

influence of God's power, which is manifested not If the Society of Friends has been declining for a only in ourselves, but in everything around. The half century or more (and we think no well-informed tiny flower speaks His love, and all the mighty person will deny it), has the brief investigation insti- universe reveals it. Should not we, who are capable tuted in our branch of the Society revealed the of great action, use all our powers to demonstrate it ? causes of this decline, and are these causes in the Science and all the other studies for the mind ought process of removal? Has it even been determined not to distract our attention from Him, but widen whether the disease is functional or organic ?

our faculties for receiving His divine light; and then This seems to the writer to be important, for if it we should use these strengthened abilities to disis merely a functional derangement, tonics and mild cover some undiscovered truth. We will find Him remedies will answer; but if it is an organic disease, everywhere if we seek aright. The barmony of the then the treatment must be radical, or it will not be world speaks loud enough to tell us that He is “ effectual. Without indicating at present our view changed, through time's all-devastating flight.” upon this point, we would ask that we may all con- May He not teach us all that we need to know, and sider thoughtfully whether the Divine Life seems to inspire us with new and rich treasures for the cultivacirculate freely through the body, vitalizing it from tion and development of ourselves? head to foot, rendering our older members nursing

A. D. ANDREWS. fathers and nursing mothers in the church; the Baltinore, Md. mature ones, strong men and strong women in the Lord, ready for action in the militant church, while the children and the babes are drawing their spiritual

THE SECRETS OF THE HILLS. nourishment from the breasts of the Society. If this is not our condition then the Society is not healthy,

: Come with me to the inountains, not where rocks and its want of tope and vigor will be both seen and felt in the want of life in the official members and the consequent want of interest in the non-official


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Soar harsh above the troops of hurrying pines,
But where the generous hills
Left a green isle betwixt the sky and plain
To keep some Old World things aloof from cbange.
Here, too, 'tis hill and hollow: new-born streams
With sweet enforcement, joyously compelled,
Like laughing children, hurry down the steeps,
And make a dimpled chase athwart the stones;
Pine woods are black upon the heights, the slopes
Are green with pasture, and the bearded corn
Fringes the blue above the sudden ridge;
A little world whose round horizon cuts
This isle of hills with heaven for a sea."

It is not the part of wise men to shut our eyes to the truth, to cling to the traditions of the past, or to court our ease, saying to those who would disturb our death-like rest, Let us alone, we are the descendants of Friends and bear their honored name.'

That name and whatever fame is due it are fruits of the consecration of the Fathers to the will of God wrought out in a baptism of suffering and self-denial, Our whole journey up the fair valley of the Shenand if we would wear their crown we must be willing andoah was of great interest, for there are many to bear their cross.

J. S. W. localities where the memories of the aboriginal

dwellers in this region linger. We have with us a For The Intelligencer and Journal.

“ History of the Valley of Virginia, by one Samuel PROGRESS.

Kercheval, an old inbabitant of this region, whose

memory reached back to the rude, early days of the Let us progress. There is nothing that will lead primitive life beyond the barriers of the hills; to the us nearer to God than noble actions and sincere times of Dunmore's war against the Indians in 1774; devotion, which is an earnest desire to come more and to the war of the Revolution, and the war of 1812. more closely to the truth. Each of us is capable of I scanned its pages as we sped on our way and receiving this power, if he seek it. It has been found that this annalist, who was a man of no depth proven an actual fact by those who have sought, of learning, was a person who appreciated simple that "if we seek, we shall find ; if we knock, it shall justice and righteousness, and mourned the wrongs be opened unto us; if we ask, it shall be given us. done to the Indian. He calls attention to remains We do not understand by this, that if we knock of the mound builders which yet exist upon the awhile, it shall be opened unto us, and then closed; Shenandoah and its branches. He speaks of such or if we ask awhile, it shall be given us until we remains on the Hawksbill creek, a few miles have a certain amount and no more; but as long as above Luray, on the west side of the river. He we seek we shall find; therefore each time we are says:

“There are three large Indian graves, ranged prepared to receive more than the preceding time, nearly side by side, thirty or forty feet in length, and consequently are sure of progress. We should twelve or fourteen feet wide, and five or six feet not depend upon ancient writings and teachings so high ; around them, in circular form, are a number of single graves. The whole covers an area of little Shenandoah Valley line at Waynesboro Junction, less than a quarter of an acre. They are covered where, after a time of waiting and meditation, we over with a heavy growth of forest trees, and are are taken up by a train of the Chesapeake and Ohio very ancient in appearance."

road, which bears us over a most picturesque and The author, whose book was published at Win- varied country to the very heart of the Piedmont chester, by Samuel H. Davis, in 1833, speaks of region. This portion of Virginia is that which lies having had the curiosity to open several of these between the low lands of tidewater Virginia and the “ Indian graves" as he considered them, and found summit of the Blue Ridge mountains. It has a rich a pipe of unknown form, made of hard black stone soil, noble timber, mineral wealth of vast extent, and painted with a substance of a reddish cast. In and here we find, for the first time on the Atlantic all the graves he examined, the bones were found in coast, the primordial granite rock. Springs of valu- . a state of advanced decay except the teeth.

able mineral and medicinal qualities occur in many It did not seem to be known to Samuel Kercheval localities. that the mound-building race to which these remains It is claimed that the climate is temperate through. are attributable were displaced by the Indians, who out the year, and as healthy as any in the world. encountered the Anglo-Saxon only to perish before Near nightfall we pause at Millboro Station, which him. He cites the righteous example set by the is the nearest point on the railroad from which the Society of Friends, of whom a goodly number of warm springs of Bath county can be reached. The families settled at an early day in the valley of the fifteen miles' ride over the mountain the next day is Shenandoah. These adopted measures to provide another delight, for the way is rich and fragrant. for the purchase of the lands on which they settled. with flowers. The wild rose was in its noonday But no particular tribe could be found who claimed splendor, the orange-colored asclepia gave a tropic to hold any sort of proprietorship of the soil. It splendor to the wayside, while the rhododendron, in was considered the common hunting-ground of many full flower, seemed to surpass itself in glory. tribes. He also cites a serious letter of godly coun- We are just in the very centre of old Virginia as, sel from Thomas Chalkley, of blessed memory, to at length, our carriage pauses on the summit of the the “ Friends inhabiting Shenandoah and Opequon.” | road that zigzags down into the charming and wellIn the year 1738, Chalkley being heavy in body remembered valley of the Warm Springs. It seems and advanced in years, felt physically unable to go like a happy home coming in this noon of summer. personally to his brethren beyond the mountains, As we drive up to the hotel, it seems as if a reand directed a pastoral letter to the Monthly Meet- newal of the freshness of youth had come to the ing of Opequon, exhorting that Friends keep up a venerable and famous hostesie which has bad for its friendly correspondence with the Indians, and refrain summer guests some of the most famed of the statesfrom taking their lands without their consent,'" fol. men and other eminent citizens of the Republic a lowing the good example of the worthy and honor- generation or more ago. An air of neatness and able William Penn. We may hope that these taste, smoothly shaven lawns, clearly defined borders, pioneer Friends did justly so far as in them lay, and blooming and hollyhocks, rustic vases, that they escaped the woe that befell so many who terraced flower beds, prettily painted cottages for disregarded the golden rule in their dealing with the the encouragement of an amiable hermit life amid

the birds and green grass and under the shadows of Among the Friends' families who early established noble trees, attracted immediate attention. The two homes here were the Neils, Walkers, Bransons, Mc- large hotels were also newly painted and in complete Kays, Hackneys, Beesons, Luptons, Barretts, Dil-order, and the entertainers were full of kind solicilons, etc., and it appears that theirs is an honorable tude for the good and the comfort of every one of record from the earliest days, but doubtless they had their great family. There are acedmmodations here less success than the Moravians in convincing the for at least 500 guests in the season, and so great are Indians of Christian principle and inducing them to the improvements that I think it bot just to say that adopt the Christian profession. The United Breth- they ought to satisfy reasonable people ren, with great zeal and earnestness, have worked We are nestled among the everlasting hills which early and late to lead men really to adopt the peace environ the sweet valley of healing and look down able spirit and wisdom of Jesus, and to live accord-upon us with a protecting tenderness and a woning to the gracious pattern of the blessed Nazarene. drous beauty, for these Appalachian ridges are green But both in Pennsylvania and Virginia the popular and rich to their summits, heavily timbered and professed Christianity was not of this complexion. watered by generous springs and rivulets. The very The crime of the Paxton boys in Pennsylvania and structure of the land insures its protection from the yet more affecting murder of the Moravian In- rough storm winds and chilling blasts of the moundians in the Shenandoah valley are the evidences of tains, while the elevation secures sufficient coolness this. The cruelty of the “ Christian” was seen to be to satisfy restful souls who want a surcease from greater than that of the uninstructed son of the strong endeavor. forest-many of these showing by their works of The valley is about 2,400 feet above the level of what fold they were. The future sufferings of the the sea; the gap in the mountain, where the road pioneers of the Valley from Indian warfare was crosses, is 2,800 feet, and the flag rock on the sumdoubtless the mournful consequent of the injustice mit of the Warm Springs, Mountain is 3,375 feet. and cruelty of the earlier day, for it must remain These statistics assure us of sufficient elevation for forever true that man reaps what he has sown. sanitary conditions. Yet the gentle showers come

Later in the afternoon we reach the end of the like the "quality of mercy,” and the soft airs are


red men.

HOWARD M. JENKINS, Managing Editor,







like a caress in this basin scooped out of the moun- were added, that the work of perfecting Christian tains. The soil is rich and the intense luxuriance of character and developing the Christian virtues might the growth of trees, shrubbery and grass is marked | be more fully and successfully conducted. by every one. Cattle and sheep find generous pasturage, and a

These several appointments appear to cover the crop of hay is just being gathered from the soft public service of the Church so far as relates to the rounded slopes. "Milk, cream and butter of the very ministry, and the fitness for these special services, best is the abundant product of the vale of the and who should enter upon the one or the other, apSprings; but nothing, however excellent, is so admi rable as the bath which the gushing waters yield. pears to have been decided by the body. It is worthy Six thousand gallons a minute is the estimated yield of notice just here, that this list of officers outlines a of the hot sulphurous waters, and this keeps two large field of usefulness, a field vastly beyond the large bathing and swimming pools constantly sup- bounds held to be needful to the perfecting of the plied with a rapidly changing body of water at a

Church by Friends. temperature of 98°. I know of nothing equal to it

The query forces itself to elsewhere, and besides the benefit to be expected utterance. Are not the leanness and poverty so apespecially in gout or rheumatism, there is no greater parent in many parts of our organization the outcome luxury in the way of pleasure bathing.

of our lack of pastoral labor, as a definite means of The waters resemble those of Wildbad in Ger- holding together the membership? No other religious many, containing the muriate and sulphate of soda, the carbonates of soda, lime and magnesia, the sul" organization but our own bas attempted to gain or phate of potash, silicon and the oxides of iron and keep, a foothold in the world without such labor. magnesia. 27,880 grains of mineral matter in a This is a matter that is claiming deep and earnest gallop of water.

S. R.

thought in the minds of many who are convinced

that such labor is vital to the continuance of the INTELLIGENCER AND JOURNAL. Society of Friends, but who are not clear as to how

it can be entered upon without compromising our fundamental testimony to the free ministry of the Gospel.

As has been already stated these are special gifts bestowed upon comparatively few, who are to use

them for the good of the whole, and special qualificaPHILADELPHIA, SEVENTH MO. 18, 1885.

tions are bestowed that the work may be worthily DIVERSITY OF Gifts. — There is perhaps no ele- accomplished. ment of the Christian Church that is so interwoven There are yet other and manifold“ gifts” bestowed with its perfect development as the “diversity of by the “same spirit,” equally necessary,—gifts that gifts," so constantly referred to by the New Testa- pertain to and are shared by the whole body,—and ment writers. The illustration used, that of the body are bestowed as the needs of the Church develop. is forcible and easily understood, the interdependence And here again the beautiful figure of “the body of every part, upon every other part, is very clear, fitly joined together by that which every joint .supand the loss to the whole, if even the smallest organ plieth " fiuds forcible application. We see in it that fails to perform its allotted part, is plain to the there is no endowment or faculty of the mind or the simplest understanding. But there arises a difficulty affections that can be spared from the service of the in fitting the illustration to the several needs of the Church. There is not one gift or grace that can atChurch of which Christ is declared to be the head, tain its full perfection without the refining influence and in order to bring the subject : before us, it is of the Holy Spirit, hence the Apostle urged. necessary to consider these gifts, and the use we

“Whatever ye do, do all to the Glory of God.” make of them, in the several appointments as When every “gift” is thus brought to the altar of enumerated in the earliest records of Christian work. dedication, of consecration, how shall the old prophecy

First there were Apostles,-those who were sent begin its fulfillment, already knowledge is running forth by Jesus to proclaim the truths of His Gospel, to and fro in the earth; knowledge often perverted and gather in all who were convinced of its principles. to profane uses - but its increase as age succeeds age The special work of the Apostle is still to carry its must make clearer the divine harmony that runs "glad tidings” to the uttermost parts of the earth, through all matter and binds together in one great that all may hear and come to a knowledge of "the whole all the possibilities of the here and the heretruth as it is in Jesus.” There were Prophets then, after. as in ages past-and as the need for special service, Let each one cultivate bis or her “gift” be it great became apparent, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers or small. The tiny plot of ground, with its single plant

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