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ous instruction which the qualified teacher is often enabled to hand forth from the heart's treasury.
We need a thoughtful upholding of real landmarks of recognized Truth long so precious to our churchbut we have an abiding objection to offering any impediments to the liberty of thought which is the privilege of truly spiritual Christians. Our Bible is for our help and never for our hindrance, and we hold earnestly the testimony of our fathers of the first generation of Quakerism, and of the Apostles of the earliest days of the Christian church, that “the tabernacle of God is with men." If the children of our
THE past summer has not been a time of negligent people learn to realize in their early days that they
idleness or mere recreation for many who feel a true earnestness for the well-being of our household of faith. The weighty and vital subjects that were consigned to large committees at our last yearly meetings have not been lying dormant, but earnest minds have been concentrating their efforts upon them, and we may confidently expect an increase of light with the coming together of all wanderers to our meetings and our homes. The consciousness of our needs must be very vivid in thoughtful minds, and to know well our deficiencies tends to their amendment.
There is something very encouraging and joyous in the reopening of the First-day schools this autumn, and we are sure that where the reasonable and proper measures are adopted for the help of this precious work in behalf of the young, à satisfactory growth may be counted on. We do not mean that a mere increase of numbers is certain, but that a deepening in the efficiency of the instructions is the reasonable outcome of earnest religious thought, and of a wise consideration of means.
We hope the new lesson leaves prepared from the revised Bible by some of our truly concerned and most competent teachers, will receive the favorable consideration of all those intelligently engaged in the First-day school work. It is an effort to meet one of the real needs of our young teachers who feel concerned to aid in the right help and guidance of the children. In some schools, we know, classes are engaged from year to year in the continuous and systematic study of the Scriptures, and are deeply interested in the continuance of this line of study-believing it very profitable. But the use of the Scriptures with special reference to the maintenance of the testimonies which Friends feel it their special
are indeed temples of the Holy Ghost and that they may have immediate access to the fountain of all Truth, they will see that they are free indeed from creed and legend. They will see confirmation of this in the experience of life-finding themselves led by the spiritual inward guide in ways of pleasantness and paths of peace. This previous gift of the Holy Spirit is found to be vouchsafed to all who earnestly desire it-to the "pure in heart" who, it is promised “shall see God.”
It is very easy to show that the simple faith of Quakerism is entirely Scriptural, and this is perhaps an important function of the First-day school, and our heartiest sympathy goes forth to those dear Friends who have enlisted themselves in the great work of the nurture of real religious sentiment and thought amongst our youth. We recall the famous words of the great Froebel in regard to important work which he strove to accomplish in the reformation of the fundamental education of the little child
Come, let us live for our children, so that the next generation may be God's children.”
And I saw a new Heaven and a new earth: for the first Heaven and the first earth are passed away : and the sea is no more. And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of the throne saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he shall dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”_Revelations 21: 1-4: revised edition.
WORK IN THE MISSION SCHOOL.
work to foster at this time, is the mission of the les- THE workers in Friends' Mission, in this city,
son leaves; and there is a real need of their pure, clear and practical expositional statements in most, if not all, the First-day schools of Friends. They may also serve as another bond of union between our various congregations, without hindering by any needless limitations the free action of that spontane
have concluded to venture on another season of labor. The First-day meeting will be held at 11 A. M., under the supervision of Robert E. Evans and other Friends; the First-day school at a quarter before 3, with George B. Cock as superintendent; Friends' meeting on Third-day evening, under the direction of
head-lines two inches long and two or three big woodcuts of public men that would almost make their families wisb they had no reputation, we could get it out in twenty-four hours each week, and find pleasurable change in giving the rest of the time to literary pursuits. Such a paper would be very dear, however, at twenty-five cents a year. The fact is that a good religious paper, carefully edited, at $2.50 or $3 a year, is the cheapest thing that is ever sold to the public."
James H. Atkinson, will open 11th mno. 3d, at 7.45 o'clock, p. m.; Temperance meeting, Fifth-day evening, under a committee, of which Humphreys Garrigues is chairman. The sewing schools, under the direction of Martha B. Downing, will not be resumed until the Eleventh month.
There is great need of workers in connection with this mission; could more of our young people be prevailed on to come forward and assist, much added good could be effected, and these young Friends would find there is a blessing results from laboring for the elevation of others greater than can be known by an indulgence in selfish gratification and a love of ease. The possibility of a kindergarten for the neglected children of that vicinity--Fairmount avenue and Beach street-has been proposed, but such an arrangement, whilst it would be very useful would require considerable more funds.
Any inclining to contribute to the support of any or all of the various departments can send to James Gaskill, Treasurer, 224 Walnut street, Philadelphia.
MOORE-ROBERTS.—On Ninth month 220, 1885, in Philadelphia, under the care of Green Street Monthly Meeting, Sharpless Moore, of New Garden, Chester county, Pa., and Lydia Roberts, of Philadelphia.
DEATHS. GEORGE.-On Fourth-day evening, Ninth month 23d, at Overbrook, Philadelphia, Joseph W. George, in his 81st year; a valued member of Merion Preparative, and Radnor Monthly Meeting, Pa.
ORVIS.-In Pickering, Ont., on the 25th and 29th of Eighth month, 1885, Wiman and May, twin children of Ira P., and Sarah Ann Orvis, aged nearly 10 months.
FOR THE AID OF MARTHA SCHOFIELD'S
THE work of education and training of young col
ored people at Aiken, S. C., carried on by Mar
NEWS OF FRIENDS. that Schofield, has heretofore been explained quite fully in the columns of this journal, and was partic
ILLINOIS YEARLY MEETING. ularly alluded to in her letter, published Ninth mo. THIS began, at Mt. Palatine, on Second-day, the 19th. As we feel no doubt that many persons would
14th of Ninth month. On the preceding Sixthbe glad to join in helping forward a worthy undertak
day Friends from a distance began to flock in and
were kindly met at the railroad station, eight miles ing of this kind, we announce that we will receive
distant from the meeting house, by Friends with carsubscriptions on account of the Aiken school, and will
riages and light wagons, prepared to convey all to see that they are duly forwarded. We acknowledge their hospitable homes. On Seventh-day morning, the receipt of the following:
the first session of the meeting for Ministers and Wilmer Atkinson
Elders was held, and in the afternoon of that day the
Annual Conference of the First-day School AssociaTHE question is sometimes raised whether the sub- tion. In the former, the majority of our meetings scription price of our paper could not be materially were represented in person, and all the appointed reduced, so as to extend its circulation largely. Our
representatives were present; also one ministering
Friend from the East was with us. Though the answerreply to this has always been that if it is to be self
ing of the queries showed some deficiencies among sustaining, any considerable reduction is out of the
us, we were advised not to dwell too much on weakquestion, until the circulation becomes much larger.
nesses, but to endeavor to correct them; one Friend The unavoidable expenses of its production are such telling us of conversing with a dear aged sister, who as to require continual prudence and economy in the
remarked to him, “I feel that I have through my management of its revenues. We make this com
life dwelt too much on my own weakness and not ment in connection with a paragraph from the Chris
enough on the strength of God.” A few words of coun
sel from several and the meeting closed its first sestian Advocate of New York, which on being asked
sion. why it could not put the price at $1, instead of $3,
Near three o'clock the First-day School Annual says:
Association convened, opening with the calling of “We could, and make twenty-five per cent. clear delegates, to which all responded but one who sent on it, if we filled it with such a heterogeneous mass a reason for absence, and then the reading of the reof unedited, unreliable, poorly written materials of ports. These latter evinced an increasing interest in the goody-goody and baddy-baddy type. Give us the schools, wherever established. Excellent epistles one day a week, with a paste-pot and scissors, a sten- from similar associations manifested a fraternal reographer, and three or four daily papers with a few gard and desire for our welfare and progress in all correspondents, told to spin it out.' Then, with that is good. First-day opened up cloudy, after a
night of wind and rain, making it disagreeable for Then a period of solenin and impressive silence, and those at any distance from the meeting to attend ; Illinois Yearly Meeting closed its work for 1885, and consequently it was much smaller than usual, but now lives but in the memory of the past, a memory the house was comfortably filled. Vocal supplication hallowed by grateful thoughts and tender recollecwas offered at the opening of the meeting for a bless
ELIZABETH H. COALE. ing on the deliberations of the coming week.
Holder, Iu. Many testimonies were borne during the two sessions of the day, some of them doctrinal, but the
INDIANA YEARLY MEETING. generality of them practical, pointing out the duties This has been in session at Richmond, during the of the Christian and showing the efficacy of the Di- past week. The meeting of Ministers and Elders asvine Light within us, to guide and assist in perform- sembled on the 26th ult., at 2 P. M., continuing in ing these duties. In the evening a meeting of the session about two and a half hours. Several strangers Illinois Peace Society was, as usual, held.
were present, including Sunderland P. Gardner, John Second-day morning dawned upon us, bright and J. Cornell, Thomas Foulke, Daniel Underhill, and beautiful, rather cool, but so pleasant that its influ- others. The meeting was about its usual size and was ence seemed reflected on all around. The Represen- ) satisfactory. There were gospel deliverances from tative Committee met at eight o'clock. Memorials of all these Friends, except the last named, and from two aged Friends, deceased, of Blue River Monthly Ann Packer, Sarah Hutton, and others. Meeting, were read; also a paper from one of our On First-day, the weather bright and clear, three own members entitled an “Address to all who claim
meetings were held in the large housemat 10 A. M., the name of Friend." The Yearly Meeting proper and 3, and 7 P. M. The morning meeting was the assembled promptly at the usual hour, ten o'clock, largest in many years, the house being packed, and and transacted the routine business, reading epistles some not able to gain admission. The great audience from other meetings, appointing committees, etc. In was attentive, and the silence most profound. John the evening, at the meeting house, was held a
J. Cornell occupied the hour in a powerful sermon, dren's meeting.” Though nearly all the adults were one of his best, practical and argumentative, adappresent, the children, occupying the front seats, were ted to the mixed audience,-many members of other the chief objects of interest, and the exercises were religious bodies being present. All seemed interestmainly for them. They appeared much interested, ed and instructed. This was followed by a prayer, expressing themselves afterward as having such a
adapted to the occasion, offered by Thomas Foulke. good meeting. Would not such meetings be a good All hearts seemed baptized with the holy spirit, and thing, generally, at such times? We want our chil
the silence was profound when this most favored sitdren to go to meeting and we expect them to sit still
ting closed. while there, but unless they can understand what is At the third hour in the afternoon, the audience said or done, how can we reasonably expect them to being nearly as large as in the morning, and as attenfeel sufficient interest to care whether they go or not, tive and silent, Sunderland P. Gardner occupied or whether they sit still or not?
nearly an hour and a half in one of his most powerful On Third-day the state of the Society was consid- and lucid sermons. This was followed by two prayered by reading the queries and answers from the
ers, and some remarks from others. quarterly meeting, showing some deficiencies, but
In the evening the audience was nearly as large as manifesting a care for overcoming them, that was en- in the afternoon-much larger than was expected for couraging for our future. The second session of the
an evening meeting, evincing a deep and continued First-day School Conference, in the evening, was oc- interest, especially on the part of the young. Benjacupied with reading replies to epistles received, es
min Hopkins, of Cincinnati, opened and spoke inore says, recitations, remarks, etc. One teacher sent in
than half an hour, clearly and practically. This was a very interesting account of the manner in which
followed by communications from John J. Cornell she instructs her class of little ones.
Thomas Foulke, and one or two others. The meetOn Fourth-day morning, after the closing of the
ing was baptized into deep feeling, and by the holy labors of the representative committee, the meeting spirit. All seemed to feel that it was a precious, favfor public worship was held. As on the First-day of
ored, good meeting. the week, several excellent discourses were delivered.
Our friend John J. Cornell, has an appointed Fourth and Fifth-day afternoons were devoted, in
meeting for Fourth-day evening, especially for the joint session, to receiving reports from the Indian,
young, but all are invited. Temperance, Prison, Coöperative Labor and other
The general yearly meeting opens this morning; committees, the ministers of the Representative
other strangers from a distance have continued to Committees, etc.
flow in and the gathering will be large. The weathA rather small, but quite interesting house-meet
er continues bright and beautiful. ing gathered at the home of one of our members on
Richmond, Ninth month 28th. Fourth-day evening. These house-meetings are much prized by those who attend them.
BALTIMORE QUARTERLY MEETING. Fifth-day morning finished the labors of the Year- On the Gunpowder River at its junction by Western ly Meeting in separate session, after which a few ten- | River, twenty miles north of the city of Baltimore, dering communications and heartfelt farewell ser- may be found old Gunpowder Monthly Meeting of mons, as tributes of love and thanksgiving followed. Friends. Here we have just enjoyed our last quar
terly meeting preceding Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Meeting House, will hereafter include Oxford in ro1885, two hundred and thirteen years after the found- tation, being held at each place every third month. ing of the Yearly Meeting, which alternated between The first meeting since the change was held in ()xthe eastern and western shores of the Chesapeake Bay, ford Friends' Meeting-House yesterday and was largeat Thirdhaven and West River, until it was settled in ly attended, many of the younger members being presBaltimore.
ent and embracing a very impressive religious service. Gunpowder Monthly Meeting was established Those in the ministry were Allen Flitcraft, of ChesFourth month 230, 1739, about the time of the emi- ter, Pa., Margaretta Walton, of Ercildoun, Pa., and gration of Friends to Virginia and the founding of Wm. Way and Hanna Reynolds, of Rising Sun, Md. Fairfax Quarterly Meeting. Also about this time, The next meeting will be held at West Nottingham, many Friends left the Eastern Shore and settled in on the 16th of next inonth. The clerks of the meetand about the growing town of Baltimore, and Gun- ing are E. R. Buffington and Elizabeth B. Passmore. powder and Sandy Spring Friends sent committees Oxford, Pa., Herald, 19th ult. to assist in establishing Baltimore Monthly Meeting, --Joseph B. Livezey, of Upper Greenwich, N. J., on Aisquith street, in 1792. Little Falls Monthly and Joseph Powell, of Darby, have just completed a Meeting, at Fallstown, was established in 1816, and religious visit to Friends in Bucks county, Pa., more Baltimore Quarterly Meeting is, as of old, composed particularly in the vicinity of Wrightstown, attending of the above named monthly meetings.
six meetings, and having opportunities in over sevIn the year 1779, the first report against Friends enty-five families of young married people. They for holding slaves was made in Gunpowder Monthly were encouraged by the evidences of a feeling of inMeeting, and resulted in the disownment of one mem- terest which seemed to be waiting for a helping hand ber.
from older Friends to be brought into active service. Gunpowder Monthly Meeting has few members,
-A note from an Illinois correspondent on the 21st now, but there are enough good and earnest Friends to entertain and refresh all comers to their pleasant
ult., says: “ Edward Coale, of Benjamin ville Monthly and hospitable homes. About forty persons weut up
Meeting, baving obtained the approval of his meetby the Northern Central railroad, and the York
ing, proposes to start on his Western tour the mid
dle of this week. He will probably be joined by Turnpike from the city. The old meeting-house was
Abel Mills, of Clear Creek Monthly Meeting. They occupied to its full capacity. No ministers were in
will be absent several weeks, as his concern embraces attendance from other quarterly meetings, but those
a large extent of territory.” of our own were favored to hold forth the good work of life, with authority and power; and with the pre
Our friend John J. Cornell obtained from Rochcious gift of ministry and ever living silence, the hearts
ester Monthly Meeting a minute liberating him for of the people were made to rejoice. Love and Unity
eligious service to attend Indiana Yearly Meeting, prevailed and we were favored to have good meetings.
the same monthly meeting which granted him perThe clerk of men's meeting, Seneca P. Broomall,
mission to proceed in marriage. on calling the names of the Representatives, found -At West Chestėr Meeting, on First-day, a visitall present except one, who was sick.
ing friend was present and spoke, as also did Lydia The committee on Education held their quarterly H. Price, the company present being large, especialmeeting on the afternoon of First-day, conducted by
ly on the women's side. The latter Friend, to the Eli M. Lamb, Principal of Friends' monthly meeting
regret of many at West Chester, is about to remove school of Baltimore, who made a favorable report of her home, (in company with her daughter and sonprogress
in-law, Dr. Edward Jackson), to Germantown, PhilaThe painful and troublesome violation of our dis
delphia. The meeting at West Chester, it may be cipline by some members in the Western District of
remarked, shows signs of an encouraging activity of Baltimore Monthly Meeting was again brought be
religious interest. The First-day school is large, and fore the meeting, and the acknowledgment of our de
it, as well as the meeting, is attended by quite a ficiencies developed that there was little or no abate
number of the young men and women of the State ment in the infringement of the good order of the so
Normal School, some sixty of whom record themciety by the vending of intoxicating liquors in this
selves at the school as being customarily attendants district of our yearly meeting. Friends from Baltimore
at Friends' meeting. said they had hoped and waited for the time when -A general meeting in the interest of Temperall will come into unity and harmony with our val- ance was held at Langborne, (Bucks Co., Pa.), on ued testimonies.
First-day, the 20th ult., at 2.30 p, m., under the joint A memorial of our deceased friend, Esther B. Can- charge of Bucks county members of the Yearly Meetby, was read, and the recollection of her chaste and ing's Committee, and of the Bucks Quarter Commitearnest ministry, her pure private life, and sweet tee on the same subject. Samuel Swain spoke at the spirit, cast a deep and abiding solemnity over the opening, after which Lydia Walton, of Edgewood, meeting, under which it ceased.
gave a reading, cautioning physicians not to pre
H. J. scribe liquor as a medicine. Dr. Franklin T. Haines Baltimore, Ninth month 22d, 1985.
spoke at length, very acceptably, and was followed
by William Justice, of Buffalo. N. Y., (a member of - Nottingham Monthly Meeting of Friends, for- the Temperance Committee of Genesee Yearly Meetmerly held alternately at West Nottingham and Brick ing), T. E. Langhorne, Jeremiah Hayhurst, Joseph
Flowers and George Justice. William Justice mentioned the lamentable use of liquor in Buffalo, where there is one drinking place for each hundred and ten inhabitants. Several temperance meetings have been held within the year, one of thėm presided over by a Friend, attended by 6,000 people, and addressed by a Catholic clergyman.
Jeremiah Hayhurst alluded to the action of Judge Harry White, of Indiana county, Penna., who refused altogether to grant liquor licenses, assuming that he may in his discretion refuse all. (This question is likely to be tested in the Supreme Court of the State.)
of its administration, to the removal of a malarial fever almost immediately, under the direction of a physio-medical practitioner of our city, when other practice had failed. This physio-medical practice new supersedes the old Thomsonian and is very successful and popular here and in every form of curable disease. It is thought by A. Curtis and other scientists of the physio-medical college, to be quite an advance on Thomsonism, but I much doubt whether any of them can beat our worthy old friend Dr. Wm. Hallowell, of Norristown, Pennsylvania. I am acquainted with but one other of the Lobelia family, which is Lobelia syphiltica which has been said to be poisonous; but not being a thorough botanist I say not on that point, but leave it with others.
Rus RURIS. Padua, III.
[We cheerfully insert the protest of our correspondent concerning Lobelia inflata. The authority of S. R. was mainly Wood, whose comments on the officinal virtues of plants are supposed to be pretty sound, and are interesting. But if, by the inevitable limitations of our knowledge, we fall into an error, we are ready to give place to dissenting opinion; it is only learned physicians who can speak authoritatively of the relative values of officinial plants.-Eds.]
NOT AS I WILL,
THE SPIRIT OF GAMBLING. Editors INTELLIGENCER AND JOURNAL.
NE of the wost passions of the day is the spirit of
gambling. It pervades nearly all classes ; so many of our leading papers publish the doings on the race course, base-ball playing, and walking-matches, where thousands of dollars are spent in gambling. Our cities are full of men who lounge about saloons and street corners, talking about the next horse-race, or base-ball game; their whole time is devoted to the interest of gambling in some form or other. Our county fairs have run into gambling, and many of our business firms have resorted to it in some way to gain trade. The fact that so many of our young men are thronging all places where they can live by perilous “ chances" is a matter assuming serious importance, both morally and religiously. It is high time that we were bearing testimony against these evils that are existing in our land. Every Christian should bear his testimony against the evil of betting and gambling transactions, of every amountand kind, as something wicked and disreputable. He can refuse to touch a "book," or dabble in a pool,” or even help make a
corner." He can be satisfied with honest gains. He can frown upon all trading whose elements are dishonest, whatever its profits may be, for all such gains are sin, and the end of sin is death.
J. W. M. Richmond, Ind.
MEDICAL USE OF LOBELIA.
Blindfolded and alone I wait.
“Not as I will."
Editors INTELLIGENCER AND JOURNAL:
In a recent issue of the INTELLIGENCER AND JOURNAL there is so wide a mistake made that we are not willing it should stand uncorrected-under the sanction of a Friends' paper. Having been for half a century or over constantly in the use of Lobelia inflata as a medicine in my family and among our neighbors, I know it to be as innocuous a vegetable medicine as can be used, and very valuable as an emetic. I cannot bear to have its curative properties misrepresented with the assertion that less than a teaspoonful of the powdered seed or herb would produce death. I was a witness, in one violent case of inflammatory fever, to the administration of eleven heaped teaspoonfuls in less than an hour, with the happiest results—the entire removal of every inflammatory action in less than six hours, and the entire recovery of the patient in a very few days. And but the other day I knew
“Not as I will !" the sound grows sweet
Not as I will," because the One
“Not as we will."