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THE UNION TRUST COMPANY,
611 and 613 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. AUTHORIZED CAPITAL, $1,000,000 PAID-UP CAPITAL,
$500,000 Acts as Executor, Administrator, Assignee, etc., alone or in connection with an individual appointee. Executes trusts of every description known to the law. All trust assets kept separate from those of the Company. Burglar-Proof Safes to rent at $5 to $60 per annum. Wills kept in Vaults without charge. Bonds, Stocks and other valuables taken under guarantee. Paintings, Statuary, Bronzes, etc., kept in Fire-Proof Vaults. Money received on deposit at interest.
JAMES LONG, President; JOHN G. READING, Vice-President; MAHLON H. STOKES, Treasurer and Secretary ; D, R. PATTERSON, Trust Officer.
DIRECTORS.- Jas. Long, Alfred S. Gillett, Joseph Wright, Dr. Charles P. Turner, Wm. S. Price, John T. Monroe, W.J. Nead, Thos. R. Patton, John G. Reading, Wm. H. Lucas, D. Hayes Agnew, M.: D., Jos. I. Keefe, Robert Patterson, Theodore C. Engel, Jacob Naylor, Thomas G. Hood, Edward L. Perkins, Philadelphia; Samuel Riddle, Glen Riddle, Pa.; Dr. George W. Reiley, Harrisburg, Pa.; J. Simpson Africa, Huntingdon; Henry S. Eckert, Reading; Edmund S. Doty, Mifflintown; W. W. H. Davis, Doylestown; R. E. Monaghan, West Chester : Charles W. Cooper, Allentown.
This Company furnishes ALL DESIRABLE FORMS of LIFE and ENDOWMENT INSURANCE at actual NET COST. It is PURELY MUTUAL; has ASSETS of nearly TEN MILLIONS and a SURPLUS of about Two MILL
19 ITS POLICIES ARE NON-FORFÈITABLE AND INCONTESTABLE SAMUEL C. HUEY, President.
HENRY C. BROWN, Secretary.
MASTER, to do great work for Thee, my hand
hand Is far too weak! Thou givest what may suit
Some little chips to cut with care minute, Or tint, or grave, or polish. Others stand Before their quarried marble fair and grand,
And make a life-work of the great design
Which thou hast traced; or, many-skilled combine, To build vast temples, gloriously planned. Yet take the tiny stones which I have wrought,
Just one by one, as they were given by Thee, Not knowing what came next in thy wise thought. Set each stone by Thy master-hand of grace,
Form the mosaic as Thou wilt for me, And in Thy temple-paveinent give it place.
FRANCES RIDLEY HAVERGAL.
For Friends' Intelligencer and Journal. THE NARRATIVE OF LOT'S WIFE. THE traveler who passes from Jerusalem which
has stood, throughout the long ages of man's history, upon the same marked and imposing site, is struck with a kind of horror in view of the awful desolation of the region bordering on the Dead Sea—the Wilderness of Judea. There are abundant evidences
. of volcanic origin, and it is said that earthquakes are often felt; the scenery is stern and somber and without beauty. “Above all countries in the world” says Stanley," it is a land of ruins. In Judea it is hardly an exaggeration to say that for miles and miles there is no appearance of present life and habitation."
Even the birds are said to avoid this region as they make their periodic migration from one land of fertility to another. There are no forests, and scarcely even a tree in this desolation. Yet here was the fertile Vale of Siddim-where Lot had found a home for his family after his migration with his great kinsman from the Chaldean mountain region to the promised land. The ancient chronicler to whom we owe the Book of Genesis gives us a graphic picture of the utter degradation of the people of this favored vale in which the patriarch Lot had taken refuge. The angelic messengers find not even ten righteous in the city of Sodom, and the household of Lot are warned to flee from their homes and retire to a place sufficiently remote from the coming disaster and utter overthrow. The flight of Lot and his family appears to have been before the dawn of the morning-but
his wife lingers, unwilling to retire from what has seemed to her a pleasant habitation, and perishes in the volcanic convulsion which changed the whole face of the lovely vale into a fiery plain of lava. The proud and wicked cities of the plain were no more to play any part in the drama of man's development-no more to corrupt the sons and daughters of men-and the wife of Lot, unwilling to step forward at the Divine warning, is involved in the destruction.
Here is the simple story with its essential particulars. Lot retires to the Mountains of Moab, and Abraham was given to see the ruin of the cities of the plain.
It is related that the Father of the Faithful ascended in obedience to the Divine Intimation to the high place where he had builded an altar, and looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah for which he had so fervently wrestled in prayer, "and, lo ! the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace."
Surely a deep and solemn dread must have wrung the heart of Abraham, if he knew not of Lot's escape. Neither do we know if the patriarch was yet aware of the obstinate, deaf conservatism of the wife and the sons-in-law of Lot, who heeded not the warning of the Divine Word-perceptible to the more attentive ear of Lot,
In Israel this incident was held in perpetual recollection, and was recorded as a sacred Scripture, a warning to the people against that disregard of the inspeaking Word, so fatal to man's advancement and to his salvation.
The Blessed Master used it himself in one of his recorded discourses : (Luke XVII; 32) He had been asked by Pharisees when the Kingdom of God should come, and had replied to the questioners that the Kingdom of God was already within their own hearts and was not to come with observation. How pertinent, the solemn warning of of the anointed One to “ Remember Lot's Wife.” Dare not to reject this great mandate to forsake evil and flee to a place of safety where ye are not implicated in the iniquities that ruin soul and body-and deafen the spiritual ear to the word of God in the heart. "The Unpardonable Sin” says an inspired modern poet, “is to reject the Holy Ghost within.'
This Holy Ghost according to our Quaker fathers, is that universal and saving Light that enlightens the hearts of all for a season, in order to salvation. If not resisted, it reproves the sins of all individuals, and would work out the salvation of all.
iRead at a Conference, Tenth month 4th, at Race St. Meeting, Philadelphia.
of God and yield obedience to it is to know salvation, THE Meeting opened on Second-day morning,
Against the doctrine of absolute reprobation they intellectual aid,-and indeed in these might be a raised an emphatic protest. This gloomy and ter- great peril to our little church. rible doctrine was derived first from the heated con- We seek to come into relations with the inspeaktroversial writings of Augustine against Pelagius ; | ing Word, the spiritual Light that the apostle John secondly, fomented by Dominicus the founder of the could declare did illumine all the sons and daughters order of monks styled Dominicans; and then adopted of men. And we may well doubt if any means which and taught by John Calvin. But,” says Barclay, are sensuous or merely intellectual can help us in the “even in the 17th century it began to be exploded and worship of the spiritual Heavenly Father. We need rejected by most men of learning and piety in all to hear the voice of the Highest, and then we want Protestant churches." Friends in that day went fully the help of "the communion of the Saints,” that we and frankly back to the stand of the great Fathers of may be iinpelled to true obedience to the revealed the first four centuries of Christianity, and endeavored Word. to promote and establish upon the earth once more, as But if any among us will look back to fossilized of old, the solemn and joyful affirmation of the aged creeds, and artificial and unspiritual theologies of the apostle John, who heard the Divine inner voice darker times, and forsake the true Light which seeks impelling his utterance-on the Isle of Patmos- ever to lead forward to nobler and yet loftier planes, “ Behold the tabernacle of God is with men.”
it may be that to these, the words of Jesus as recorded Shall we not hold with the great and learned Paul by Luke (17; 32.) are as pertinent as they were to the that“ The Spirit witnesseth with our spirit” but not to captious Pharisees of old Jerusalem who were ofour outward ears. The spirit of God is within us and fended by the holy simplicity of the truth as the not without us only. Barclay reminds us of the en- Christ declared it in their hearing, eighteen hundred tire reasonableness of concluding "that when in and eighty-five years ago. “Remember Lot's wife.” sacred scripture we read that the Spirit said, moved,
S. R. hindered, or called such a one, to do or forbear such or such a thing," that this was an inward voice to
For Friends' Intelligencer and Journal. the ear of the soul. To recognize and reverence this
INDIANA YEARLY MEETING. teaching, restraining and leading voice as the voice
and after a time of precious waiting, Thomas ble joy and peace. To shut the heart against it- Foulke arose with the text. “ One is your master, and persevere in the rejection of this unspeakable Even Christ, and all ye are brethren," and in a few gift to the soul-is certainly the unpardonable sin. feeling remarks invited all to remember the common
In regard to this, the experience of true seekers interest for which we had assembled. He was folafter God of antiquity, was nowise different from that lowed by J. J. Cornell, with the invitation—“Brethof the apostolic teachers of the first christian century, ren mind your calling,” in which he portrayed the or from that of the great Master himself, save in necessity of each doing his individual work, if he exdegree.
pected to be benefited by thus assembling together, We may claim then, that all true progress in the being careful to remember tbat each had an equal spiritual evolution of man, and his development in right with himself and to speak in such submission the directions that lead to peace and righteousness to the general feeling of the body that there should have been due to attention to the monitions of the be no desire to unduly carry any measure they might inspeaking Voice of God.
introduce so that the spirit of love should prevail Thus, the ideal Friends' meeting, assembled with among them, and when the time for the meeting to one accord in one place, that the aspirations of all conclude should arrive all would feel it had been good hearts may unite in that devout seeking after the for them that they had thus been convened. Minutes true instruction which, whether vouchsafed to the for Friends in attendance were read for Sunderland specially consecrated disciple for his own soul's P. Gardner, of Farmington, Monthly Meeting N. Y.; refreshment or for the general refreshment of for John J. Cornell, from Rochester Monthly Meetthe congregation, is a form of Divine Worship | ing, N. Y.; and for Charlotte W. Cox, and her son, which is surely profitable to man, and we William W. Cox,-members from Rochester Monthly doubt not acceptable to God. On such Occasions Meeting, N. Y. 'Deep calleth unto deep," and an experimental knowl- Epistles were read from all the Yearly Meetings edge of the eternal verities lifts up the heart and in correspondence with them, and were felt to be unilluminates the understanding, and we are enabled usually excellent,--manifesting in their expressions, to recognize the Divine Fatherhood, and the scarcely that each meeting was concerned to maintain our less Divine Brotherhood.
testimonies in their several localities—particularly It is in seasons of such searching of heart as are such as had for their object the uplifting of the huknown in times of true spiritual worship that the man family from the effects of the evils which are exIndwelling Word “bears witness to our spirits that isting in the world. Their reading elicited some exwe are the children of God," and the true disciples cellent remarks from concerned minds and spread a are instructed as to the real value of their activities, sweet solemnity over the meeting. and are directed in pathways by which they may A proposition was opened in this meeting to adadvance in the right work and service of their day. dress an epistle to Western Yearly Meeting of the
It can not be really improved by any musical or other branch of Friends, held at Sugar Grove, Ind., that meeting being now unrecognized by any other The Representative Committee presented a mebody of Friends. The concern was united with and morial for Elizabeth Roberts, which, on being read, a committee appointed to prepare an essay of an called forth a number of feeling tributes to her memepistle, if way should open therefor.
ory, and faithfulness to duty, and the meeting was The remainder of the session was occupied with deeply tendered and baptised into a solemnity which the usual routine business.
was precious to feel. 2nd day evening, the First-day School Association Fourth-day evening a very large meeting gathheld a very interesting meeting, and those engaged ered by appointment of John J. Cornell, whose conin that important field of service, were encouraged to cern was especially for the young. He was led to admore energetic efforts in carrying on this work.
dress a number of states and individual conditions, On Third-day morning, soon after the opening and to present the gospel to the young mind in a minute was read, John J. Cornell opened a concern simple but clear manner, and endeavored to divest to visit women Friends in gospel love, which was it of all its harsh and protruding features, and prevery cordially and generally united with.
sent it to them in its true loveliness and tenderness. The representatives reported the names of Davis The meeting was felt to be a very solemn and satisFurnas for clerk, and Joseph C. Ratliffe for assistant factory season and an unusual quiet prevaded the clerk, which were satisfactory to the meeting. The whole assembly. meeting then entered into the consideration of the Fifth-day. The meeting was first occupier with state of the Society, as presented by the answers to the proposition from the Conference held Third-day the Queries. (Note: the first query was considered night which were presented by John L. Thomas, in during the absence of the writer of this, and hence a feeling manner, and the request for the meetings to he is unable to report the exercise thereon.) Much take the First-day schools under their care being supearnest and excellent counsel was given as the varied plemented by a like request from the First-day testimonies were thus presented. J.J. Cornell called School Association, and both propositions were fully our attention to the necessity of exerting a more ten- united with. A very acceptable visit was made to der care towards those who may become delinquents the meeting by Matilda Underwood, accompanied than was given them while in harmony with the by Ann Packer and Maria Romine. Her appeal to body, illustrating his view by presenting the thought the husbands and fathers to carry into their homes that in our family relations when one of its members the requirements of true religion was touching and becomes sick, we are willing to soothe, to tenderly tendering and made a deep impression on many nurse, to make sacrifice of time, strength and pursuits minds. that we may minister to their needs and aid them to The report of the Committee on Humanitarian recover; and so in our spiritual relations, when or Philanthropic work was then taken up-and a member of the body gets out of order, instead while they have not found much opportunity to laof feeling cold towards them, or keeping aloof bor as a committee, yet they had endeavored in their from them, or manifesting a faultfinding spirit, we individual capacity to do what they could, and they should be ever tender to them, and be willing to make were continued to labor in this important field as sacrifices for their restoration and recovery that all way may open. The committee on epistles reported might be united in the true bond of peace.
a separate essay for each of the Yearly Meetings In the evening another conference for the pur- with which a correspondence is maintained, three of pose of inquiring into the deficiencies existing in the which were written by the younger members of the Society and the remedy for them, was held, and af. Committee; and all were excellent and satisfactory ter a free interchange of expression, resulted in rec- to the meeting. ommending that the First-day schools should be The Committee to consider of and prepare an estaken under the care of the monthly meetings; and say of an epistle to Western Yearly Meeting of the that in the transaction of business the prevailing ex- other branch of Friends held at Sugar Grove, Ind., pression should govern the decision of questions un- presented one which was approved and directed to der consideration, and those who found themselves be signed and forwarded to them. After the presenin the minority should cheerfully acquiesce in such tation of the report of the Committee to collect the decisions. On Fourth-day morning a large meeting exercises of the meeting, which was approved, and gathered which was addressed by Sunderland P. a little time spent in silent waiting, the meeting adGardner, who presented the practical workings of journed. the gospel of Jesus Christ, calling us away from mere The meeting was marked throughout by a great doctrines, and appealing to us to carry out in our condescension, and an unusual care in the expression lives the beautiful precepts laid down by Jesus.
of the different sentiments to avoid hurting or In the afternoon the meeting assembled in joint wounding feelings, and so Indiana Yearly Meetsession to consider the report of the committee on ing of 1885 has passed, we trust leaving its impress Indian concerns, and the minutes of the Representa- / for good on the minds of those assembled, and we tive Committee. The latter reported there had been hope a like influence upon the human family. but little for them to do, but there was still a deep interest manifested for these wards of the nation, Richmond, Ind., Tenth month 3d. and it was felt that it was still best that our care should be continued when opportunity should pre- Life would grow all one-sided did each keep his own, sent to render them any aid.
'Tis when shared and divided, Thought's increase is shown.