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NO. 2030 CHESTNUT STREET. INSURES LITES, GRANTS ANNUITIES, ACTS AS EXECUTOR, ADMINISTRATOR, GUARDIAN, TRUSTEE, COMMITTEE OR RECEIVER, AND RECEIVES DEPOSITS ON INTEREST.
INSURES LIVES, GRANTS ANNUITIES, RECEIVES MONEY ON DEPOSIT, ACTS AS EXECUTOR, ADMINISTRA-
President, SAMUEL R. SHIPLEY, Vice-President, T. WISTAR BROWN, Vice-President and Actuary, ASA S. WING, Manager of Insurance Department, JOs, ASHRPro* rust Officer, J. ROBERTS FOULKE.
THE Fall and Winter Term of this Institution will commence on the 14th of Ninth Month, (September) next. The School has a healthy and beautiful location, with extenSive grounds, and has been uniformly successful since its establishment, twenty-five years ago. The advantages of an Academical and Collegiate education are fully secured, and diplomas are granted. Terms, $180.00 per school year. For illustrated Circular, and Catalogue giving full particulars address the principal, RICHARD DARLINGTON, PH.D., West Chester, Penna.
S WAR.THMORE COLLEGE,
Thirty minutes from Broad Street Station, Philadelphia. Under the care of Friends, but all others admitted. Full college course for both sexes; Classical, Scientific and Literary. Also a Preparatory School. Healthful location, large grounds, new and extenSive buildings and apparatus. For Catalogue and full particulars, address, EDWARD H. MAGILL, A. M., PRESIDENT, Swarthmore, Pa.
DEPTFoRD SCHOOL-FOR BOTH SEXES.
WOODBURY, NEw JERSEY. THE Fall Term of this School will open 9th month 7th, 1885. For Circulars and further particulars, address, HENRY R. RUSSELL, PRINCIPAL, Woodbury, N. J.
Wo ODSTOWN ACADEMY. — A Boarding and
Day School for both sexes, under care of Friends. Instruction thorough in all branches. Students prepared for College, Business or Teaching. Careful training of primary pupils, and the preparation of teachers, specialties. The patronage of none but Orderly, industrions pupils is solicited. Boarders are furnished Wite the comforte of home. Every facility afforded to enable pupils to obtain a thorough education at moderate cost. For Circulars address, A. C. NORRIS, A. M., Woodstown, N.J.
7"HE PENNSYL PANIA STATE COLLEG. E.
Offers unusual advantages (full college and preparatory courses) in General Science, Chemistry and Physics, Agriculture and Agricultural Chemistry, Modern Languages, Mechanic Arts, History and Political Science, Civil Engineering. Special Course in Literature and Science for Ladies. All tuition free. Fall term opens September 9th, 1885. Address, GEO. W. ATHERTON, LL.D., President, State College, Centre Co., Pa.
MAPLE WOOD INSTITUTE.— Concordville, Pa. Young men prepared for college or business. Degrees con
ferred upon young lady graduates. Careful attention to little boys
and girls. J. SHORTLIDGE, A. M., (Yale College) Principal.
W 7ANTED. — POSITION AS HOUSEK.EEPER,
TERMS.–PAYABLE IN ADVANCE:
REMITTANCES by mail should be in CHECKs, DRAFTs, or POST-OFFICE MONEY ORDERs; the last preferred. Money sent us by mail will be at the risk of the person so sending.
***Communications should be addressed and payments made to JOHN COMLY, AGENT, at the Publication Office, No. 1020 Arch Street.
CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE.
MY FAITH : POEM, . & * * * e e & g . 417
Abington Quarterly Meeting, g o & o & . 421
Friends at Bloomfield, Canada, . s ". e g . 422
Monthly Meeting of Friends, of Philadelphia, . * . 422
Standford Quarterly Meeting, te g e e so . 423
Visiting in Bucks Quarter, . e * o e * . 423
Committee Visit at Stroudsburg, * g g e . 423 EDITORIAL :
Sympathy, g g g * go * * * * . 424 DEATHS, * * & & e g 424 THE NATURAL BRIDGE OF VIRGINIA, . g * t so . 424 A MOUNTAIN VILLAGE, . fo * g * go o o . 426 COMMUNICATIONS:
Note from George H. Braithwaite, e e * g . 427
Total Abstinence a Century Old, . g * e o . 427 POETRY :
My Cali, . te w $ g g g & * g . 428
The Wild Rose, . e g t g * g so g . 428
Belief, o so e e g g te & * o . 428 NEGRO SELF-EDUCATION IN ALABAMA. e o e & . 428 THE USE OF TobACC0, . e s * , * t t & . 429 THE INDIAN PROBLEM, . o g to g * e * . 430 THE LIBRARY :
Sunderland P. Gardner's Sermons, o so e re . 430
Obituary Memoir of Mary S. Michener, g e * . 430 CURRENT EVENTs, . e & e & g & & o . 431 NEWS AND OTHER GT EANINGs, . * to & * so . 43 NOTICES, . & * g & * & to to e o . 482
by 9th mo. 1st. Prefers going where there are small children. Capable of taking entire charge of such. Best reference exchanged. For particulars call or address, A. H. V., this office.
The Friends' journal.
voo, PHILADELPHIA, EIGHTH MONTH 15, 1885. Vol. Jo, 655. r ligious visit). Our Elders had expressed themselves
MY FAITH. as willing that concerned Friends should read, if TRUST in God : whatever ills there was anything of a religious character which Around my pathway fall, rested with them, and which they felt a desire to
Whatever clouds obscure my sun, God sends and guides them all.
I am not wise to frame a creed,
I know not where, 'twixt good and ill,
I cannot tell what saints shall fill His glorious courts above:
Ionly know this one blest truth— That God is boundless love.
And, knowing this, I cannot fix
Or tell what souls have strayed beyond
So in my faith I rest content,
For Friends' Intelligencer and Journal.
I, IFE IN FRIENDS” MEETING!. HOUGH I am feeling persuaded that each meeting, as each individual, must do its own work, not looking too much at others, yet I believe the true experiences of one may be valuable to another. In regard to the exercises in our meetings, I think we may lose by adhering too strictly to the customs of the recent past, and by fear that by doing some little unusual thing we may help to start a precedent that would be troublesome. In this fear, I think we sometimes lose what might prove to be fresh springs of life. If each meeting and each individual in it is truly concerned to know the right for themselves, and willing to accept the Christ in the way of his appearing, not rejecting him because he does not come in the expected way, we may safely trust each other to follow his leadings. If we should do anything which should be uncomfortable to the meeting, and which did not bear evidence of being in the truth, we have the same remedy that we have for those who claim to preach by inspiration, but whose communications do not “savor of divine life.” To illustrate: During the past few months our little meeting has been most of the time without our acknowledged minister, (he being absent on a re
share with the meeting. This desire was felt by two individuals at different times. On each occasion the impression was felt while reading at home, that the matter which had refreshed and enlightened the reader, would be perhaps profitable to the meeting, and following this impression, these books were carried to the meeting, to await further indications of the divine finger. After a period of Solemn silence, in which the preparation of the heart seemed to be accomplished, it was felt right to present the matter to the meeting, and I believe in each case there were after expressions of satisfaction. One article read was a sermon of Elias Hicks, which proved truly edifying. To our young folks who have so many temptations in the way of attractive reading, and who do not feel inclined to read Friends’ books, this was strong meat, satisfying both mind and heart, and they listened to our good reader with attention and interest. I believe that in many of our small meetings, especially where there is little outward ministry, an occasional reading, (always as one may feel truly impressed, and subject to Our good Order, of a few verses or a psalm, or a chapter from the Bible, or possibly the reading of a hymn of Whittier's, or one of the many heartfelt hymns from the good of all ages,) would have a tendency to centre many minds who find difficulty in collecting wandering thoughts, and entering into silent worship. I believe there are few individuals in our society to whom this feature, (silent worship), is so dear as to myself. Without that all other ministry seems to fall upon unprepared ground; and I trust all our meetings may always preserve this. Where this meets the need of all, there is of course no need of any teacher or help, but as Elizabeth Fry truly says, it is a “high spiritual attainment,” not easily reached at once by all. Many of the valuable sermous and letters, and journals of our ancient worthies will remain a sealed book, If we wait for the young to take them down from our book-shelves, voluntarily or otherwise, and read them. The truths contained are generally of universal application, and if we are careful and watchful in doing the right thing at the right time, many souls may be richly fed. When we are tempted to overdo, if we are on the watch we will feel a check that will preserve us. We are “set in a large place,” and may “walk at liberty,” if our faces are in the right direction and we are in cendescension to the right order of the meeting. Bear in mind, I Say, “some" meetings, and “occasionally.” I would not have this regularly, nor in any sense a form. If it is not spontaneous and under the same influence as other ministry, it will not tend to the life of the meeting. I believe, too, that our meetings should not sit too much in judgment upon each other, but should trust each other to that power which has promised to “teach His people Himself.”
The attempt to force individuals or societies into moulds has always resulted in death. Truth escapes all bounds, and must be free. It is contained in no formula, can not be confined in its movements, and bears with it always its own witness. Let each meeting feel the responsiblility for its own life, and when each becomes a living one, the Society will take on a renewed existence. There is surely a need still of a church with “clean hands.” Let us purify ourselves from the evil practices of the present day. When the “best people,” So miscalled, indulge in games of chance for stakes in their own parlors; when they attend races and venture money upon the racing animals; when they can pass the wine cup to their neighbor, frequent places of amusement whose acknowledged tendency is demoralizing ; then there is need of a people whose sentiments and whose lives are a standing protest. If we cannot make aggressive movements against Such evils, we can at least endeavor to stand in opposition, and thereby prove perhaps an “object lesson” in our community. There is always need of a pure people whose lives bear witness to the truth.
H. A. P.
Chicago, 7mo. 25th.
For Friends' Intelligencer and Journal. RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION FOR CHILDREN.
HAT there should be more mental activity and acumen in childhood is one of the inevitable results of the advancement of civilization and culture; and as a consequence the best methods of training the young mind, and the kind of instruction it is right to give, especially upon reigious subjects, become problems more difficult of Solution. The ideas of Friends in reference to religious instruction seem very simply and easy of practical application. It has been, and I think, still is, their theory to have no creed, consequently to teach none, to teach no dogma, no tradition. The plain principles of right and wrong are readily understood at a very early age, and parents with discretion and judgment, generally succeed in implanting good principles and forming correct habits in their children. This training and care of the moral element in human nature, the development of which, as well as of that of the intellectual, can be understood and aided in their definite capabilities, needs close attention and earnest effort. In the wonder-world when the little mind is slowly awakening to the perception of the inexplicable, and the imagination begins to build its infantile creation, the task of those who guide this being, itself inexplicable, becomes more difficult, more
freighted with great responsibility. There is a class of Sensitive “moralists” that grieve over the fact that their children, by unavoidable intercourse with their companions, their classmates at school, and alSo from the books they read, receive ideas and impressions, which, when their child asks if they are true, the parent cannot conscientiously say he believes they are, and he often cannot decide what it is best to say. Sometimes it would be as far from right to say they are not true as that they are. Even the convictions of the parent it is not always best to express. Better say “when thou art a little older we will discuss these matters.” When the young intellect becomes capable of understanding what is meant by symbolism and metaphor, many things may be made measurably clear, especially, by those who adopt the view and custom of Friends in explaining much as figurative. George Eliot says, “Imagine the sorrowful amaze of a child, who had been dwelling with delight on the idea that the stars were the pavement of heaven's court, and that there above them, sat the kind but Holy God, looking like a venerable Father who would smile on his good little ones—when it was cruelly told, before its mind had substance enough to bear such tension, that the sky was not real, that the stars were worlds, that even the sun could not be God’s dwelling, because there were many, many suns. This would introduce atheism into the child’s mind, instead of assisting it to form a nobler conception of God. The idea it previously had was perfectly adapted to its intellectual condition, and formed, to the child, as perfect an embodiment of the all-good, all-wise, and all-powerful, as the most enlightened philosopher ever formed for himself.” This is an illustration of the fancies of the dear child, which, to its mind, are pictures most real. The skill of the instructor is here required in introducing science, to make the tender student feel rather than know, that the brightness and beauty and vastness of the sun and stars are typical of these qualities in the all-good, all-wise, and all-powerful, whose love is without limit, whose kindness is immeasurable, to which the good, in all periods of life, may turn with confidence, and receive the reward of well-doing, which is inward peace and joy. The greatest height attained by scientist, psychologist or philosopher does not enable him to give any clearer exposition of “that which is not ourselves,” than the idea which forms itself in the mind of the thoughtful child. The consciousness that we are all humble learners in a great school, the most elementary lessons of which we scarcely know, should modify the annoyance of those who presume to say, with absolute decision, that many statements and theories in this field of thought, are or are not the truth. RACHEL A. LAMIBORN.
TRUE charity makes no noise in the world. A person who does good out of pure motives never spreads it abroad in the circle in which he moves, nor makes it public through a newspaper.—George Eliot.
CoNSCIENCE is the voice of God in the soul.—Beecher.