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In every motion; scarce we’ve seen or heard
—LAURA. N. MARQUAND, in Midsummer Century.
FIAR WARD COMMENCEMENT.
SEVENTH MONTH 24, 1885.
TO JAMES RUSSELL LO WELL.
This is your month, the month of “perfect days,”
How pleased the Spaniards for a while to claim
From Spain to Britain is a goodly stride—
What if I send him 2 “Uncle S., says he,” To my good cousin whom he calls “J. B.”
A nation's servants go where they are sent—
Eight years an exile ! What a weary while Since first our herald Sought the mother isle ! His snow-white flag no churlish wrong has soiled— He left unchallenged, he returns unspoiled.
Here let us keep him, here he saw the light,
COMI}IUNICATIONS. VIEWS OF FRIENDS! PRINCIPLES.
Editors INTELLIGENCER AND JOURNAL : Folso strongly impressed with the broad and liberal spirit which dictated the views of one of your editors, in an article headed “Friends’ Principles,” we cannot refrain from expressing our commendation, for it is only by exercising that charity that thinketh no evil towards non-essentials, that we can hope to extend a knowledge of the essential, or “saving power of God unto Salvation to every one that believeth” that which was written of Him, and that which is revealed to the souls of men. For it is non-essential whether we believe the scriptures to be the “words of God” or the “Word” of God revealed to man, so long as we are alike influenced by the spirit which pervades the lessons of love, humility, meekness, mercy, purity and righteousness learned therefrom. It is non-essential whether we believe Jesus of Nazareth was God manifested in the flesh, the Only Begotten of the Father, the beloved Son in whom He was well pleased, or whether it was simply the fullness of the Godhead revealed in the Son of man, revealed in him who “ spake as never man spake,” so long as we accept his teachings, follow his example, and do the will of the Heavenly Father by worshipping Him in spirit and in truth. “Blessed are ye, if knowing these things, ye do them.” And it is in doing, more than believing any sectarian doctrines, that we can hope to realize the blessings of eternal life. Sectarian views are largely due to the influence of education and surroundings. We have repeatedly asked members of the Society, both young and old, why they are “Hicksite.” Friends? And in a majority of cases found it was principally because their parents were members, and not because they could give any intelligent explanation of the difference in doctrine which caused the separation; while as a matter of fact, their personal convictions in many cases rather leaned the other way. Not that the Society of Friends contains any less religious knowledge among its members than other religious denominations, for again and again have we asked members of long standing in Methodist, Presbyterian and Baptist churches, with a like result. The great mass become members through force of circumstances or education, and not because they know wherein they believe differently from their neighbors. Therefore, those who worship God in spirit and in truth are brothers and sisters in Christ, for “ the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God: “And if children, then heirs: heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ: if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”
In regard to your “new departure” as editors, we feel assured you will have fullest sympathy and approval of not only “those whose spiritual life is bound up in the Society” but of every earnest worker in the cause of Christianity. R. M. E.
PHILADELPHIA, Seventh Month 27, 1885.
—An account of the proceedings of Canada Yearly Meeting, the “smaller body,”—is given in The Friend by “E. M.” It was held at Pickering, in Sixth Month, the Select Meeting sitting on the 18th, and the general meeting for business from the 19th to the 23d inclusive. “The sessions of the latter were usually attended by about 55 men and more than that number of women. Four friends were present from Pennsylvania and sif from New York; two of the latter being members of Canada Yearly Meeting. At the meeting for worship on First-day, the 21st, more than two hundred attended in the morning, and between four and five hundred in the afternoon.” Statistics of membership, meetings, &c., were read, showing that this Yearly Meeting has 15 meetings; 93 families; 90 parts of families; 579 members and 79 children of School age, mostly attending public school. Le Ray monthly meeting, situated in Jefferson county, N. Y., which had been attached to Butternuts Quarter, of New York Yearly Meeting, but which on acconnt of “unsound teachings and anti-Quaker practices” in that quarterly meeting, had joined itself with West Lake Four Months' Meeting, in Canada, was now accepted by this Yearly Meeting.
—In receiving the epistles from Dublin and London Yearly Meetings, there was considerable discussion and criticism in this Canada body. In preparing the reply to Dublin, “it was thought to be right to embrace the opening to convey information of the causes of thc divisions in Canada, of which many Irish Friends must be ignorant.” In regard to the General Epistle from London, “it was remarked that it was a very ill-balanced document” – “not one word is said about Christ's second coming into the heart, without sin unto salvation. Nothing about the Light of Christ—God’s gift for man’s salvation — as William Penn says. Nothing about self-denial and the daily cross, without which no man can be Christ's disciple, as he himself says.”
—The Canada body discussed “the question of disowning members of the body who are separated from this. It was decided, apparently unanimously, to continue to testify against those only who have actively promoted the defection from our principles. Several of those who had gone off with these, have seen their error and returned ; some of them attended this Yearly Meeting for the first time since the division.
—Some interesting details are given in the Friend of the faithfulness of the members of the Canada body. They are widely scattered. “One man, an elder, lives 10 miles from the meeting he attends. A young married couple are regular attenders of their meeting, four miles distant, twice each week, and they often perform the journey on foot. One family,
consisting of a man, his wife and four children, live alone on the Island of False Ducks, a part of Prince Edward County. The man Friend is lighthouse keeper, a position he has held for many years, and in which his father preceded him. If he shall continue three years longer, he will be entitled to retire with a pension for life. The distance from his home to the landing on the main shore is 9 miles, which in the winter season is often dangerous to travel. The woman Friend says she has passed seven whole months at a time without seeing the face of another woman. There is some arable land on the island, which they cultivate.”
—Among other things the subject of First-day schools was seriously considered. There are several such schools, “and fears were felt that if left to themselves they might be conducted, as such Schools have been in other places, so as to lead away from our principles and testimonies. The duty of parents to their children in the home circle was spoken of, and the desire was felt that this duty might not be delegated to those who conduct First-day schools. It was decided to direct Monthly Meetings to exercise a care where such schools exist, by appointing committees to have oversight over them.”
—New England Yearly Meeting—the main body, or “Gurneyite ” branch—took decided action, at its recent session, at Portland, in the same way as New York Yearly Meeting. on the subject of the outward “Ordinances.” The minute adopted is as follows:
“The meeting was brought under an earnest concern that the spirituality of the Gospel, and its advocacy by ministers and others, shall be maintained inviolate. The following minute on the Subject was directed to our subordinate meetings: We desire to protect our membership from all influences which are not in accordance with the clear testimony of our Religious Society and the teaching of the New Testament. We believe in the spiritual nature of Christ's kingdon, and that all outward ceremonies have been fulfilled and ended in Christ. This meeting records its judgment for the guidance of subordinate meetings, that those holding or teaching a contrary doctrine cannot be received as acceptable ministers of the Society of Friends, within our limits.”
—In regard to the New England minute just cited. The Friend, evidently alluding to Joseph John Gurney's visit, in 1839, says; “The principle involved in this minute, i. e., that meetings have a right to consider the character of the doctrine held by ministers who come among them, even if they bear credentials from their friends at home, is a sound one, which the logic of events appears to have convinced the Yearly Meeting it is necessary to put in practice. If this had been fully admitted 45 years ago, and no attempt had been made to shield such ministers from an examination as to the soundness of their published doctrines, it is not likely that the sad division in New England would ever have occurred.”
—The Western Friend (Quakervale, Kansas), comments severely on the attendance of Allen Jay, of Indiana, upon the sessions of London Yearly Meeting, and says he was sent there no doubt, to “whitewash” the movements of the Evangelical body to which he is attached.
—The Representative Committee of Western Yearly Meeting held a called meeting, at Indianapolis, 7th mo. 7th, and adopted a minute in relation to the “ordinances,” the substance being as follows: “It is the judgment of this meeting, that all accredited ministers coming amongst us from other Yearly Meetings, and teaching or preaching these docrines publicly or privately, and observing such usages should not receive the support or approval of our members or subordinate meetings in the course of their visitations. We also recommend that all Our subordinate meetings should decline to acknowledge or retain ministers amongst us, who teach and eucourage the acceptance or observance of these ordinances.”
NEWS AND OTHER GLEANINGS.
—A U. S. officer, Lieutenant Scheutze, is going to the Lena Delta with presents for the Russian officials and others who aided in the rescue of the survivors of the Jeannette expedition, two years ago. It is a very serious piece of traveling. He will go from Moscow, by Nishni Novgorod, Ekaterinburg, and Tomsk, traveling chiefly by wagon, to Irkutsk, on the Lena river where he will procure a small house-boat and float down the 1800 miles, near to Yakoutsk. He will reach that place in the 10th month, and will then go about 150 miles farther to Bulun, in the neighborhood of the Delta, where he will distribute the presents, a sword, rifles, watches, and gold medals. He hopes to get home to the United States by the 4th month next.
—The fruit crop of Georgia, Lapples, peaches, pears and plums, is reported to be the best in twenty years. Many fruit trees have been planted in that State, particularly the northern section, within a few years past.
— The Zoological Gardens in London are to receive from Sir Peter Lumsden two Afghan snow leopards or ounces. They are rarely taken alive and these are the first specimens that have been sent to England.
—In Algiers they are making use of the electric light for harvest operations at night. The climate is such that no European can work during the daytime.
—A cutting from the celebrated banyan tree at Cairo, Egypt, has been sent to President Crimmins of the park department, New York, by Elliot F. Shepard, who is now in Switzerland. The experiment is to be made of planting the shoot in Central Park, where its growth would, if successful, make it a special attraction. Superintendent Parsons says that the shoot is apparently in good condition, though it may take a year's time to determine the result of the experiment.
—It is stated that $3,500,000 has already been pledged toward the building of the Storm King Bridge across the Hudson. General Manager Swan, of the Storm King Bridge Railroad Company, will visit mill owners throughout Massachusetts to obtain further aid.
—Referring to the recent trouble with Indians in Arizona and New Mexico, Lieutenant Davis, an officer in the U. S. Army, now stationed at West Point, but whose regiment was for four years in Arizona, recently said: “When you catch up with the Indians, they just scatter and that's the end of it as far as striking any serious blow is concerned. The only way anything can be accomplished is to take along some friendly Indians, talk the thing up over the campfire, make up your mind about where they’re going to meet again and lay for them. These fellows that have been tearing up and down Arizona are simply a lot of roughs and outlaws that came up from Mexico some time ago, and the 16,000 peaceful Apaches in the territory would like nothing better than to see them killed off. The settlers there are either a lot of desperadoes or else they’re green and easily stampeded. They’re always ready to howl for troops to protect them, and then when safe to turn around and murder a lot of peaceable, innocent savages. I’ve seen the time when I had to turn out my whole force with bayonets fixed to guard the Indians from a band of settlers thirsting for their gore.”
—Much remark has been caused in the Episcopal Church by the election of two women, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Graff as vestry women of St. Luke's Church, at Chadd's Ford, Pa. This was entirely an innovation, and the question was referred to Bishop Stevens whether they could serve. He decided in the affirmative, finding nothing to prevent, but it will depend on the form of the charter of each church whether the same thing can be done elsewhere. “Women,” comments the Philadelphia Record, “have had little if anything to do with the governing power of the Episcopal church, and this is something of a decidedly new departure. If a woman may take a seat in the vestry the question arises whether she cannot become, Sooner or later, a delegate to the convention. A high authority in this diocese said yesterday that although the St. Luke's case is, in itself, not important, yet it may lead to very large results in the future.”
—Recently, the Brooklyn Eagle called attention to the rapid spread of “ritualism" in Great Britain and this country, and especially in its own city. “Bishops move with the times,” it said, “and Bishop Littlejohn like the bishops of England found it necessary to swim with the tide. During the pastorate of the Rev. Mr. Webb, at what was then St. Michael’s but is now Grace chapel, at the corner of Gold and High streets, the bishop refused to enter the chancel with a processional cross leading the choristers; but such a cross was carried before him and his clergy in procession at the Garden City cathedral and is always used there. Early and frequent celebrations of the holy communion have been introduced into six or seven churches in the diocese since 1880. There is choral or high celebration once a month at the cathedral just as there is every Sunday at its name child's, the church of the Incarnation in Brooklyn. Altar lights are soon to be used in the cathedral also, as typical of Christ, the Light of the World.”
—The Hartford Courant says: “It will be news to most of our readers probably that there are between 5000 and 6000 Icelanders living in this country. But that is the fact, and quite recently delegates from eleven Icelandic congregations in Dakota, Montana and Manitoba met in convention at Mountain, in the first-named territory, to form a synodical union. There is a hitch, however. In Iceland, the women have voice and vote in congregational matters, and the synodical constitution adopted at Mountain, by a vote of 18 to 8, contained a provision to that effect. But some of the congregations are so stoutly opposed to this equality of the sexes that at least one more convention will be necessary to settle the matter.”
—Cremation in Paris will soon be available for the general public, at the small cost of $2.50 for each operation. An experiment furnace is being constructed at Pere-la-Chaise on the principle of the crematories at Rome and Milan.
—On the 19th., last month Barnum’s big elephant Albert Rilled his keeper at Nashua, N. H., A few days afterwards He was chained to four large trees, and the location of his heart and brain marked with chalk. Thirty-three members of the Keene Light Guard were then marshaled in line at fifteen paces, and at the word “Fire,” the huge beast fell dead without a struggle. He was valued at about $10,000. The body has been presented to the Smithsonian Institution, Washington. —Mountaineering in the Australian Alps has been specially disastrous this season. Two young Viennese who insisted on climbing the Reichenstein, in the Enns Valley without a guide fell 6,000 feet over a precipice into a wild gorge, and were dashed to pieces. An Austrian doctor lost His life last year exactly at the same spot. Now the remains of some unknown tourist have been found in the Styrian Alps, while several persons who lately started on mountaineering excursions are still missing. —It cost $8,400 to remove the ice from the wharves in Montreal. Work was begun on May 4 with 500 men and 100 horses and carts, and by the 26th of the same month the removal was completed. From a rough calculation it is shown that about 292,500 tons of ice were lodged on the wharves, of which amount 135,000 tons as cleared away by artificial means. The greatest accumulation at any one place was at the Dominion Steamship Company's berth; here the ice was piled up to a height of forty feet above the level of the wharf. —In order to add to the popularity of their regime, the Tory Government of England have announced that they have determined to remove the portraits from the National Portrait Gallery to Bethnal Green Museum, there to be made the nucleus of a great collection of works of art and general interest, to be contained in a suitable building constructed for the purpose, and including a large assemblyroom for public meetings, popular lectures, and similar uses. Bethnal Green Museum is in the Cambridge Road, E., in one of the very poorest quarters of London. The new plan will therefore give to the East End a new free place of amusement. —Samuel Irenaeus Prime, editor of the New York Observer died in Manchester, Vt., the 19th of last month, in the 73d year of his age. The New York Evening Post in reviewing His literary labors, states that “when the old World Building, in which the Observer office was situated, was burned, in 1882, all the material prepared for the next issue of the paper having been destroyed, Dr. Prime immediately engaged two skillful stenographers, and dictated the entire editorial page of his journal within two hours. The notes were then rapidly copied for the printers, and the Observer reached its subcribers as promptly as usual.”
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