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well tended, will as surely do its part in beautifying | does not change a Saul into a Paul or convert the the world as the broad lawn studded with choicest natural into a harmonious relationship with the spirblossoms. Let us learn well this lesson,-"occupy itual. That which does accomplish this conversion 'till I come,” was the parting word of the husband is the power of God in the soul and though its proman, are we doing this ? Let each make answer to cesses cannot be formulated, those who have been Him who calls into service, and as we answer so will | the recipients of the heavenly visitation can say as be the reckoning to which all must eventually be did the man whose sight was restored," whereas I brought.
was blind, now I see.”
Whatever things we may have solved for ourselves, CONVICTION.-In reading Robert Barclay's “Explanation and Vindication of the Principles and under the guidance of the power which opened our Doctrines of the People called Quakers,” the mind be loyal
, not laying them upon others as binding to cannot fail to be impressed with the intense convic- them, nor asserting that what we now see is the final tion of the writer upon the subjects of which he them, nor asserting that what we now see is the final
good. For truth is progressive and what is our treats. His learning armed him with the necessary highest truth to-day may be left behind by the means of setting forth his thoughts in logical and
higher truth of to-morrow. forcible style, bis quotations show his extensive
Let us be faithful to our convictions, and let us reading, and his irresistible arguments give evidence strive to deepen them, not in any narrow, bigoted of a clear and powerful mind, but all these qualifications would have been powerless to produce a book, way, but believing that our guide is worthy to be which it is asserted has never been answered, had followed, we may trust to his leading there not been a living and abiding conviction as the
MARRIAGES. vital force to guide his mental powers. He was himself filled with the truth which he proclaimed.
NAUGLE-FAWKES.-On Seventh mo. 2d, 1885, Sermons that we hear impress us very differently, at the residence of the bride's uncle, Caleb C. Hood
London Grove, Pa., by Friends' ceremony, David S. though it must be granted sometimes we are our. Naugle, of Beaver Falls, Pa., and Mary P. Fawkes. selves in a condition which precludes a rapt attention to the highest appeal, yet the greater or less degree of
DEATHS. impression on the speaker's mind produces a corresponding impression on that of the hearer. We can all | 1885, of the infirmities of age, Joseph Cope, in his 87th
COPE.-On Third-day evening, Fourth mo. 21st, call to mind utterances which were given out of the year; an esteemed member and elder of Westgrove depth of a strong conviction that reached our hearts Particular and Short Creek Monthly Meetings, o. and convinced our understanding. But it is not easy marsh, Pa., Elizabeth Coulston.
COULSTON.-On Seventh mo. 9th, 1885, at Whiteor even attainable for all of us to 'haye convictions such as Robert Barclay had, and when the truth residence, near Mason ville, N. J., Job Darnell, aged
DARNELL.-On Seventh month 6th, 1885, at his comes to us it does not come to many as it did to 83 years. Saul, of whom it is said “suddenly there shined DYER.-On Seventh month 7th, 1885, in Philadelround about him a light from heaven," but that phia, of apoplexy, Thomas Dyer, in his 75th year. which is attainable we must lay hold upon and put 111., of consumption, Frances Fredericks French, aged
FRENCH.-On Seventh mo. 4th, 1885, in Chicago, it to its highest service. We do not know just how 30 years; a member of Central Meeting of Friends. small was the first opening op Barclay's mind, cor HICKMAN.-On Seventh month 10th, 1885, in are we told the impression made upon Saul at the Philadelphia, Joseph Edwin Hickman; a member of
Green Street Monthly Meeting, time of the accusation of Stephen; for, though it is
HODGEN.-On Fifth mo. 12th, 1885, at Des Moines, said that he consented to the martyr's death, he must Iowa, suddenly, Jennie Vanlaw, wife of Robert Hodhave received impressions at that time which opened gen, in her 27th year. the way for the light from Heaven to break upon Jesse Janney; a member of Springboro' Monthly
JANNEY.-On Sixth month 15th, 1885, suddenly, him. Though our convictions may be weak, they Meeting, O. will grow stronger and deeper by faithful attention,
JANNEY.-On Sixth month 29th, 1885, Mahlon T.
and we need to bear in mind that the light which Janney (brother of preceding), in his, 720 year; a enlightened the wisest and the best is still shining for member of the same meeting. The latter had been our enlightenment, what is needed is an opening of
LAMB.-On the morning of Seventh mo. 7th, 1885, the heart on our part and a faithful performance of at the residence of his son, George M. Lamb, in Balwhatever is revealed.
timore, Md., John Emerson Lamb, aged nearly 82
years; an elder of Baltimore Monthly Meeting of Doctrines which are only grasped by the intellec- Friends. tual powers are not saving; an intellectual effort MACY.-On Seventh mo. 2d, 1885, at his residence,
For The Intelligencer and Journal.
M. M. R.
in Ghent, N. Y., George G. Macy, in the 80th year of Laden with sheaves gleaned from a well-spent life,
BENJAMINVILLE MONTHLY MEETING. he is gathered to his fathers with his mental and intellectual vigor almost unimpaired. With the increase We think that this little meeting has just cause to of years came also an increase of love and interest in feel thankful that whilst there is so much said of tbe the Society in which he had a birthright. Possessed declension of the Society of Friends, that this meetof a discriminating judgment, he was of great service in the administration of discipline, and in the capa- ing is monthly, or at least quarterly, receiving accescity of clerk during a long period, of most of the meet- sion to its numbers, mostly amongst those in the ings with which he was connected. For many years younger walks of life. And although we may be he filled the station of elder with much satisfaction to attached to Society without truly serving the Lord, his friends, withholding not the warm sympathy, the encouraging word, or the tender, gentle, admonition. yet it is certainly one step toward it, and experience, Prominent among the duties which be conscientiously the best of all teachers, proves that this is the safest performed, was that of attending our religious meet- of all places, as some of us now in quite the afternoon ings. Sunshine and storm, cold and heat, alike found of life but too well know, for if we had had such him in his accustomed place, unless sickness or ab- props and stays to lean upon we might have been sence from home interposed to prevent. It had been of more advantage to the Society that has lost such apparent for several months that his feeble frame could not long survive the ravages of a wasting dis- service. ease, and he was deeply engaged that nothing should To those young Friends that are frequently comobstruct his acceptance with the Master he had labored plaining that Friends silent meetings are becoming long to serve. His patience and thoughtfulness of tiresome and uninteresting, and that something should those who cared for him dumog his long illness never be introduced to be more pleasing and palatable, and failed, even amid the severe suffering of his closing hours, and as the time drew dear which not only re- call out larger crowds, and more action and business moved the loving father of the family, but of the for the young, after the manner of other societies, I church also, he said, "Oh, that I might be released,” would say, Oh, dear young people, if you will but adding, “the Lord's will be done," and again, "give listen to those of us who
are advanced in years, there are love to everybody. Bidding all a tender farewell, he passed away with peaceful confidence and trust, pre- many things in their youthful experience that would cious legacies to finish up a life consistently lived, and be useful. When we were alive in the truth, and true to all duties as he realized and knew them. properly active in those duties whereunto we were
called, this quiet retirement twice in the week was PHIPPS.-On Seventh mo. 8th, 1885, in Philadel- not 'enough, but as oft as the morning light would phia, Pa., Eliza, widow of Stephen Phipps.
appear, or an opportunity afforded for a morning SMITH.-On Seventh month 4th, 1885, drowned walk, a ride or a ramble, it was gladly hailed as a whilst bathing, near Bennet, Nebraska, Branson J. blessed opportunity of union and communion with Smith, son of š. and E. M. Smith, members of Prairie the great Author of our existence, and it gave strength Grove Monthly Meeting, Iowa, aged 27 years.
and ability for the discharge of every duty, no matSTRATTAN.-On Fourth mo. 22d 1885, near Cam- ter how arduous, and it enabled us to shoulder every den, Preble co, O., William L. Strattan; for many years an elder and clerk of Westfield Monthly Meet cross, no matter how heavy, as it indeed made the ing, o.
yoke easy and the burden light; made the early song WICKERSHAM.—On Seventh month 3d, 1885, in of the birds sweet and melodious, the rising of the Kennett Square, Pa., Helen, danghter of J. Leslie morning sun of the most brilliant lustre, and the and N. E. Wickersham, aged'll months.
plough to glide through the soil without seeming WILEMAN.-On Seventh month 11th, 1885, at the difficulty,and whilst this pleasant feeling clothed the residence of its grandfather, Owen Hatten, Anna, mind, there was a willingness to trust in the Divine infant daughter of Darwin and Catharine Wileman, Caretaker. aged 4 months and 21 days. WOOLMAN.-On Sixth-day, Seventh mo. 10th, this blessed experience may be yours, through faithful
Dear young people, now in the morning of life, 1885, at Friends' Boarding house, of which she had obedience, not otherwise ; as any attempt to shoulder been matron from its organization, Abigail Woolman, in her 77th year; an overseer of the Vonthly Meeting of but one end of the cross will make the other drag Friends, of Philadelphia.
very heavily. We know by individual experience She was for many years a teacher, and early becom- that the humbly faithful will always find enough ing interested in First-day schools, was superintend to do, if it is but to act the part of an Aaron or a ent of the one started at Salem, N. J., and after remo Hur to hold up the hands of a Moses in our assemval to Philadelphia was invited to become the second superintendent of that at Race street. She was an blies, which is certainly a very necessary and valiant excellent woman, of a retiring disposition, and had part, and more of which service would be desirable. many warm friends.
Experience has proved in the Society of Friends in
their early history, that the more there was of a truly GIVE bold and free play to those instincts of the heartfelt devotional silence, the more there was of a heart which believe that the Creator must care for truly gospel ministry, verified fully in the families the creatures he has made, and that the only real of Barclay and Hoag, almost the one-half of which effective care for them must be that which takes each became ministers by the time they came to maturity. of them into his love, and, knowing it separately, And says a pious author, " How many in the prime surrounds it with his separate sympathy. There is of life and in the vigor of health are wasting time not one life which the Life-giver ever loses out of his and misapplying talents that were given them for a sight; not one who sins so that he casts it away; not noble purpose, and greatly abusing or misusing the one which is not so near to him that whatever touches gifts of Providence? Might not the time now wasted it touches him with sorrow or with joy.-Brooks. (in folly be employed in instructing the ignorant or in relieving the oppressed? And might not those 26, 1832 and he was thus leader of that great social talents which are now wasted or misused be directed reformation which to day is extending all over the so as to promote the general good of society? But world.—Exchange. are not many of them saying in conduct, . Who will show us any good ? Gladly would we be employed
POETRY. in active usefulness, but who will make a beginning.'
IDLENESS May a spirit of energy invigorate, and a spirit of judgment regulate some that they may engage in a The caterpillar swings his airy thread work of reformation. I believe the example of such From off a leaf of this far-spreading oak has a more powerful effect on the minds of their That towers in solemn grandeur o'er my head ; companions who are wandering from the right path Upon the leaves of my neglected book than many precepts from those who are farther ad- A tiny spider, green and brown, doth weave vanced in years.
His shining gossamer; the black ant hies
Across the rustic bench, bis insect prize “And it is thus," says the same author, " That the With effort
" That the With effort huge amid his store to leave; Lord's children gradually advance; He calls first From tawny speck to gorgeous butterfly, for small sacrifices and self-denial, and they that take The insect world before my gaze doth lie; up the cross and follow His teachings, are thus led And so e'en Plutarch's self how can I choose
When Nature in her festive garment wooes? forward in the path of righteousness; they mount step by step up that ladder that reaches from earth A flutter 'mid the branches, and my heart to heaven. For’tis the meek he teaches of His ways, The brown, full-breasted sparrow with a dart
Leaps with the life in that full chirp that breathes ; and the meek he guides in true judgment.
Is at my feet amid the swaying wreaths
RUS RURIS. Of grass and clover; trooping blackbirds come
With laughty step; the oriole, wren and jay
Then off in clouds of music; while the drum
Of scarlet-crested woodpecker from yon
A ruined memory of ages past;
-Catholic World. cating drinks, died at Preston, England, full of years and honors. The history of his life is practically the history of the public movements-political, social
AFTER A LITTLE WHILE. and religious of the town in which he lived; and There is a strange, sweet solace in the thought now that his long and useful life is ended, he has left That all the woes we suffer here below behind him a pure and blameless reputation and a May, as a dark and hideous garment wrought memory which will not readily be permitted to die. For us to wear, whether we will or no, When the old temperance,” or “moderate” movement
Be cast aside, with a revealing smile,
After a little while. was introduced into England, a little over fifty years ago, Mr. Livesey was one of the first to join it, and No mortal roaming, but hath certain end; formed a society at Preston on that basis. The we sailand sail, without a chart or friend, idea of signing a pledge to abstain from all intoxicating
Above the sky line, faint and far away, drinks was new in England, and there was much There looms at last the one enchanted isle, discussion whether the new crusade, of which the
After a little while. pledge was to be the watchword, should be only oh, when our cares come thronging thick and fast against spirits. Many friends of temperance thought
With more of anguish than the heart can bear, the moderate use of wine and beer was beneficial, and Though friends desert, and, as the heedless blast, that a great reform would be accomplished if the Even love pass by us with a stony stare, drinking of ardent spirits could be abolished. It Let us withdraw into some ruined pile, was soon discovered, however, that beer intoxicated
Or lonely forest aisleas surely, if not as speedily, as spirits, and so seven And contemplate the never ceasing change, men of Preston determined to abstain from "all li- Whereby the processes of God are wrought, quors of an intoxicating quality, whether ale, porter, And from our petty lives our souls estrange, wine or ardent spirits, except as medicines.” They We feel the rest that must our cares beguile
Till, bathed in currents of exalted thought, did not use the word total in their first pledge.
After a little while. Dicky Turner was the man who invented the name
~Golden Hours. by which total abstainers have since been known. He was poor and illiterate, but earnest and enthusiastic. He was called upon one evening to address a
THE year is with thy goodness crowned ;
Thy clouds drop wealth the world around; temperance meeting, and, carried away by the excite
Through thee, the deserts laugh and sing, ment of the occasion, in attempting to pronounce the And Nature smiles and owns her king. word "total" he stuttered, making it t-t-total. The word teetotal was accepted by Mr. Livesey as the de
Lord, on our souls thy spirit pour;
The inoral waste within restore; scription of a movement which had the total disuse of
Oh, let thy love our spring-tide be, alcoholic drinks as its motive and end. He and And make us all bear fruit to thee. another friend signed a pledge to that effect on August
Henry Francis Lyte,
MOUNT FIRST-DAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY.
THE FIRST-DAY SCHOOLS.
the attention of young people upon the literal and
outward form of the Scriptures as to obscure the funTHE USE OF THE “ INTERNATIONAL LESSON."
damental principle of Friends,—the supreme authorEDITORS INTELLIGENCER AND JOURNAL:-From ity of the Holy Spirit. It must be obvious, we think, the articles in the INTELLIGENCER AND JOURNAL of Sixth mo. 27th and Seventh mo. 4th, on First-day that not only is caution necessary in regard to the Schools, one would be led to think us a Society given teachings in our First-day schools, but that we are to indiscretions, because of much activity, and as such bound not to use as authorities what will undermine we are cautioned; but do we not need to be less the very foundation of our Society. That it is so doubtful in order that we inay accomplish more? strong as to make us indifferent upon this point we One of the errors of our past has been exclusiveness, and I fear that the cautions given will tend to thought certainly are un prepared to conclude. only in the line of what Friends say, instead of aim- As has already been stated, new lesson leaves ing at the education of mind that will fit our youth suitable for our First-day schools are now in prepato be capable judges of the truth, be it found within ration, and these will probably remove any supposed the lids of our own books or elsewhere. If our prin- need for the “International Lesson.” We have, of ciples are founded in the truth, in the everlasting word of God, we may gather from many sources that course, no controversy with it for those religious which we need, not thereby weakening our faith, but bodies whose views it represents.-Eds.] increasing our charity.
It was said of the - Lesson Leaves” used in some places that they “do not meet the needs of the youth
Yesterday I attended the anniversary of the Mount of our Society," that they “ destroy the ground be; First-day School, in Burlington Quarter. The old neath our feet," etc. We have seen the “Leaves successfully used in some classes of a large Friends' school in continuous session in the morning as is their
stone house was crowded. It was the meeting and school, taught by Friends, as, of course, all our classes school in continuous session in the morning as is their
custom. The order of exercise on this occasion was, are, and we do not begin to believe them so potent, first silence for a short period; then a brief reading or our foundation so weak, as that the former could from Scripture; then an essay by the Superintendent, destroy the latter ; if we so thought we would indeed lucidly explanatory of Friends principles; then readbe on unstable ground. Is it well to give our youth ing and recitations by teachers and scholars, careonly a limited view of the religious thoughts of their fully selected. These were followed by remarks of a
? but Christians, and their influence in the future will visitor, a repetition in concert of the prayer of Jesus, be in proportion to their information and their con
another period of impressive silence and the meeting
closed. viction of the truth of our principles above and beyond those around them.
It was truly an inspiring feast to those gathered. Our Society will continue to decrease while we youthful utterance gave fresh beauty to religious
of bold our skirts about us and think we are keeping truth. There were few, I think, in that generally ourselves unspotted from the world,” when we are really becoming spotted with the rust of selfishness young assembly but what felt it was a service to God really becoming spotted with the rust of selfishness and human brotherhood to thus meet and give exbaptism of which would make us feel more confident pression to tender and ennobling thought.
was beautiful and in unison with the spirit that of our Heavenly Father's power to guide and con- touched fervid hearts and lips. The flutter of the trol us.
forest leaves and cheerful hum of insect voices withThe article in Seventh mo. 4th says that " Friends have hesitated to take an active interest in out, blended harmoniously with the reverent utter
ances of praise and prayer within. First-day schools because of the lack of
Do not such meetings answer many of our social to-teach, and fear of doing more harm than If such be the case it is indeed sad that our faith is and spiritual needs? In their near resemblance to the not equal to the work assigned us, sad that our desire family circle do they not take a strong hold of our
affectional nature, where it borders the religious ? to love and serve God is not stronger than our doubt Do they not share the burthen of parental solicitude of His willingness to help us. Surely, with the in its long educational work? “ Let us live with our Bible for our text-book, and the spirit of God as our guide in its teaching, we should blush to speak of children,” says Froeble. Yes, we must live with
them as we do for them, if we expect to guide them the lack of proper aids, for the fault is evidently rightly, and never more closely and tenderly than within ourselves.
when we go up to the temple of instruction, or seek Loudoun co., Va.
to know the will of Him who joined us with such a [We do not feel sure that we precisely apprehend mystery and potency of love.
S. SWAIN. the meaning of our correspondent. the "Lesson Bristol, Pa., Seventh mo. 6th, 1885. Leaves” which were disapproved in the article of Sixth mo. 27th, were the so-called “International
An English physiologist finds that drinking and Lesson,” which presents an interpretation generally by no less than three hundred and eighty professional
smoking affect the vocal organs, statistics furnished acceptable to the "evangelical” churches, but which vocalists having shown him that a singer should avoid is, as indicated in the article, so calculated to rest | all stimulants.
"the management of the college prefer that ministering friends should not minister to the spiritual
wants of the students” rest assured that this impresEDITORS OF THE INTELLIGENCER AND JOURNAL:
sion is an erroneous one, and that such ministrations
will always be most cordially welcomed. Esteemed Friends :- A communication, signed
EDWARD H. MAGILL, President. “ E.,” in your paper of Sixth month 27th, and one
Seventh month 9th, 1885. signed" J.,"in your pext issue, seem to require of us some attention and explanation. I have long been aware that, in some way, the feeling had been produced among Friends that the visits of ministering EDITORS INTELLIGENCER AND JOURNAL: Friends were not acceptable at the Swarthmore A call, loud and long, has been extended to the meeting. This feeling was, perhaps, produced, soon young to come forward in the work of the church. after the opening of the college, by expressions of Prayers have ascended to the throne of grace that fear on the part of some engaged in the management the King might be pleased in His mercy to visit the that there might be an amount of preaching to the young hearts, touching them as with a live coal from students that would not be desirable or profitable. off the holy altar. It appears that this call and
I well remember hearing the caution given to these prayers have, in a measure, been heard. A ministering Friends in our Yearly Meeting in Phila- significant sign has appeared in the INTELLIGENCER delphia, a few months after the college opened, that AND JOURNAL lately. At the Commencement at they bear in mind the age and the needs of the Swarthmore, a young heart had prepared an essay on young persons assembled at Swarthmore, and that he interesting subject, “The "Influence of the
Society they should not preach to them long discourses of a of Friends.” At Race Street School, in Philadelphia, nature only adapted to those of maturer years and another came forward with the subject, “Quakerism. a deeper religious experience. This is the only pub- Should not God be thanked ?' Is He not worthy of lic expression of cantion that I ever heard given praise ? Buckle on the armor and take courage. upon this subject.
Gather under the shadow of the wings of OmnipoAs time passed on we felt more and more the need tence. There is safety. of aid and sympathy in this very important part of Another sign that appears encouraging is the exour work, and we found that instead of Friends pression against the use of the International Lesson coming to preach to the students oftener than was Leaves " in the First-day school. A desire seems to desirable, the danger lay in exactly the opposite di- be awakening to keep to our own fold, and not to go rection.
to another to know the mind of the Lord, as He is Hence, in all suitable ways encouragement has in our midst. been given to ministering Friends and others to come Under the head of Poetry, the subject, “The Teachaud sit with us, and, when way opened, minister to ing of Death,” has recalled the life and work of that the spiritual wants of the students by a vocal minis- valued Friend, Samuel J. Levick. In his life, he try.
was interested in the young, continually calling them From time to time we have had many very accep- to come forward, and encouraging them. Now, that table visits of this kind, both from Friends now liv. he has passed from our midst, what is there to be ing, and from those who have passed away.
learned by his death? Is his spirit dead? No. For a number of years we have united some sim. But it behooves us, the young, to come forward and ple First-day school exercise with our First-day put on his mantle, and go forth to battle in the cause morning meetings. These have immediately pre- of right.
W. ceded the meeting, and have consisted chiefly of giving selected passages of Scripture by the students in
TALKING. various classes, followed by readings from the Scriptures, or from Friends' writings, with suitable expla- It has been estimated that a public speaker says.in nations.
one hour, on an average, what, if printed, would An increased interest has been felt in these exer- occupy fifteen octavo pages. In ordinary conversacises during the past year, and while usually con- tion words flow from the lips quite as rapidly as in ducted by the authorities at the college, they have public speech. Supposing, then, that all the talk of sometimes been most acceptably aided in this work one day be estimated as equivalent to four hours' by concerned visiting Friends.
consecutive speaking, a man says in one week what, This has been encouraging to us, and we feel that our if printed, would be an octavo volume of 320 pages, meetings have dever been so impressive and so satis. In one year he speaks fifty-two such volumes; and factory as during the past few months. That this in thirty years he would have an extensive library of increasing interest may be continued is our earnest 1,560 volumes. It is a matter of rejoicing that the desire, and to this end we would urge ministering talk of society is not thus printed and perpetuated. Friends and others who feel a concern for the wel. Few men, if any, could pass creditably through such fare of our Society to visit us, and hoth by their pre- a severe test. It is said that Swift, at an evening sence and their spoken words to aid us in that most party, on one occasion retired to a corner of the room important part of the work before us, laying in the and commenced noting down the talk of the company. young hearts entrusted to our care the sure founda- Being asked what he was doing, he produced the tions of earnest, religious life.
verbatim report of the conversation which had just Let all Friends who have felt with “E.” that taken place. Each speaker felt lamentably chagrined