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In every living church, in every living nation, there upon the palm of the hand. “They ask me for semust be freedom, and there must be progress.
crets of salvation," said St. Francis de Sales. “The old order changeth, giving place to new,
myself I know no secrets but this—to love God with And God fulfils himself in many ways,
all our hearts and our neighbor as ourselves.” Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.”
The terms of our fellowship of love should be St. Cyprian was very wise when he formulated catholic, as the church of God. The railing restricthe maxim“ Salvo jure communionis diversa sentire.” tions which fence in with razors and pitchforks the
2. Another ground of Christian unity is the com- narrow wicket of parties, and would fain make the mand of Christ, Christ's new commandment-the portal of the church bristle with anathemas, are unecommandment on which hangs all the law and the vangelic, unapostolic, unchristian. The more we are prophets; the commandment so often repeated on the Christians the more will our faith “be broad with the lips of Christians, so often belied in their actions breath of the charity of Almighty God, and narrow “ Love one another.” What has been the sphere in only with the narrowness of his righteousness." To which disunion has chiefly and most dangerously those who tried at Corinth to foster party spirit, and worked ? Has it not been in matters of organization, draw party distinctions, St. Paul address the indigin matters of ceremonial, and in matters of minor and nant question, memeristai ho Christos : “ Has Christ non-essential opinion ? But the discoveries of every been parceled into fragment ?” Will you dare to inyear are demonstrating to us more decisively that on scribe his name on the ignoble fluttering pennons of these matters the widest latitude was left to the Apos- party, and claim them as the eternal semper eadem of tolic church. As to ceremonial, St. Paul's one suffi- the church of God? Wise was the answer of the old cient rubric : "Let all things be done decently and Christian bishop, when he was asked to what party in good order.” As to organization, our Lord said, he belonged. “ Christianus mihi nomen est Catholicus Other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them cognomen.” Partisans are ever ready to say with the also I must bring, that there may be not
Sons of Thunder “ We forbade him because he folwhich, perhaps, there never will be, or was meant lowed not after us ;' but Christ's answer was, "Forto be-but that there may be one flock, one shep
bid him not." Fatal will it be to any church to preherd.” As regards the minor opinions which sepa- fer the Elijah spirit which calls down fire from heayrate Christians into so many sub-dichotomies of petty en to the Christ spirit which forbears and forgives. schisms, we may conjecture how the great Apostle of The brother whom we are tempted to misrepresent, the Gentiles would have dealt with them when we to embitter, to dislike, and to denounce, is he not one read how he dealt with so serious an error as a de- with us in the law of duty, one in the aim of life, one nial of the Resurrection. He dealt with it not by anath- in the earnestness of prayer, one in the grace of the ema, not by punishment, still less by excommunica- holy sacraments, one in the great ancient creeds of tion, but only by a solemn question and by a glorious the Gospel ? Our differences are but the varying argument. Sects and parties have been fond of hur- ripples of the sea, our unity as the ocean's unseen ling at each other the name of "heretic;" but in the bed. It is the unity of one body and one spirit, New Testament the word hairesis means not the aber- and one hope of our calling, one Lord, one faith, one ration of opinion, but the recklessness of faction. baptism, one God, and Father of all, who is above all The word hairetikos has no other meaning than that and through all and in us all. In these lies the unity of a vehement partisan. The worst of all heresies in of Christian love. The politician of the party, the any Christian, and the heresy which Christ holds as Goliath of the faction, the controversialist of the sect, most inexcusable, however commonly and however delight to exacerbate minor differences; but the soul bitterly it betray itself in our controversies, is the which is calm and strong, and joyful in God, heresy of hatred, is that odium which, to the eternal
Remembering our dear Lord who died for all, shame of our apostasy from the tender forbearance
And musing on the little lives of men, of our Lord, has acquired the distinctive name of
And how they mar that little by there feuds," " theologicum." If a man be animated by that spiritbe he the most dreaded champion of his shibboleth,
will feel that a cup of cold water, a grasp of friendthe foremost fugleman of his party—if he be guilty ship, a word of sympathy given in Christ's name to of that heresy, his Christianity is heathenism, his or
one of Christ's disciples who followeth not after us, is thodoxy a cloak for error. “If a man love not his
better than a barren assent to the whole Summa Theobrother, whom he hath seen, how can he love God
logiæ, and that what the Lord requires of us is not whom he hath not seen ?"
sacrifice but mercy : that it is to do justly, and to love 3. A third ground of Christian unity is that faith
mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.
4. The last ground of Christian unity on which I which, in its highest sense, had to St. Paul no other
will touch is that it is essential to the prosperity of the meaning than oneness with Christ. Theologians may write huge folios of intermina
Church of Christ. While we are disputing and wrang
ing-often about the uncertain, often about the inble dogmatics, they may enlarge to infinity the ever widening ergo from the narrow aperture of single finitely little—the enemy is at our gates.
“What is a town at war texts, and so may foist into our temples their own idols of the forum, of the theater, and of the cave;
To manage private and domestic quarrels ?
'Tis monstrous" nevertheless, it remains certain that the great, eternal, essential truths of Christianity are few and sim- What injures the cause of Christ is not in the least ple; so few and so simple that they may be written the existence of differences, whether in practice or in
A MOTHER'S PRAYER.
A LITTLE hand, within my own
More precious 'tis than silver, gems,
White, dimpled, soft, it nestles
Neath my arm, As if once sheltered there, 'twere safe,
Oh! darling little hand, that clings
You look to me for all that love
Can give, Will look to me so long as both
I feel my great unfitness for
The task; More patience, Lord, more gentleness,
More love, with which to teach thy
Love divine; Less faith in my own strength, much more
opinion, respectiug that which is perfectly revealed, but the mismanagement of those differences ; not the inevitable divergences in minor matters of opinion, but (what Melancthon was glad to die that he might escape) “the rage of theologians” respecting them. Our perils are from within. What neither Atheism will ever achieve, nor Agnosticism, nor direct assault, may be fatally accomplished by our internal dissensions and want of mutual charity. They may subdue that
" Quod neque Tydides, nea Larissous Achilles,
Non anni domuere decem, non mille carince.” St. Paul warned us of this long ago. “But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another."
The best and truest Christians have long ago learnt, at least in practice, the force of these truths. Within those limits of eternal truths
“ Quos ultra citraque nequit consistere rectum," no human being could haves differed more widely than the stern Governor Bradford or the saintly missionary Eliot and the saintly Jesuit, Dreuillettes; yet the Jesuit was the honored guest of the Puritan goyernor, and the saintly apostle of the Indians pressed him to spend a whole winter in his humble home. When Dr. Channing died the members of all religious denominations alike mourned for him.
Let me end with one or two brief testimonies from men whose religious views were wide as the poles asunder. Summa nostra religionis Pax est," said Erasmus. " In necessariis Unitas, in dubiis Libertas, in omnibus Caritas," said the obscure German divine of the seventeenth century, Rupertus Meldenias; and by that sentence alone he lives. “The meek, the just, the pious, the devout," said the founder of Pennsylvania, "are all of one religion; and they shall meet and recognize each other when their various masks and liveries are stripped away.” “Where a church inscribes on its portals,” said Abraham Lincoln, “the two great commandments of the Law and the Gospel, and makes obedience to them the test of membership, to that church will I belong." "Where there is the love of God," said the great and eloquent Lacordaire," there is Jesus Christ: and where there is Jesus Christ, there is the church with him."
“The true religion sprung from God above,
Is like its fountain, full of charity :
Full of good will, and meek expectancy,
Full of true justice, and sure verity,
Not wedged in straight particularity.
“ The law which licenses the sale of ardent spirits is an impediment of the temperance reformation. Whenever public opinion and the moral sense of our community shall be so far corrected and matured as to regard them in their true light, dram shops will be indictable at common law as public nuisances.”Judge Platt, of New York in 1832.
HEN the poppies blaze with scarlet
In the fields of tasseled maize, And the cornflower shows its turquoise
All along the woodland waysWhen the clematis its tangle
Weaves above the filmy ferns, And the cardinal's bright namesake
In the rich green meadow burns
Then you come, 0, radiant flowers,
Then your glowing heart unfolds ; Summer dons your rich tiara, Gorgeous, yellow marigolds !
Wherever a noble deed is done
'Tis the pulse of a hero's heart is stirred; Wherever right has a triumph won There are the heroes' voices heard."
- JOHN G. WHITTIER.
NEWS OF FRIENDS. -At Miami Monthly Meeting held at Waynesville, O., Tenth month, 21st, testimonies were borne by three Friends, reminding us that there is balm in Gilead, and a great Physician there to whom we should go to know our condition. Representatives to the Quarterly Meeting were appointed, and Matilda Underwood acknowledged as a minister, having received the previous approval of the Quarterly Meeting of Ministers and Elders. Several persons desired to resign their membership, which was granted. (This Monthly Meeting embraces in its membership what used to be three monthly meetings and the overseers in looking up their membership, find some who never remember to have attended a Friends' meeting ; some have joined other Societies, and some removed out of the reach of meetings.)
M. -The General Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, to visit subordinate meetines, etc., held a meeting at 15th and Race streets, on the 30th ultimo, about two-thirds of the committee being present. The sub-committees that have been working in the different quarterly meetings made reports, and were all continued to labor farther, as they might find way to open. Other sub-committees were set apart for attention to Philadelphia, Burlington, and Haddonfield quarters. Appointments for Salem and Southern were passed over for the present, the committee finding itself unable to designate members for those fields. The consideration of the reports made drew out many expressions of encouragement, and a number of facts were stated, indicating the awakening of a fresh and real interest in our Society.
-Horsham Monthly Meeting, (Penna.), has decided to hold its business meetings in joint session.
--The Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Educational Committee met on the 31st ult. There was a fair attendance of the members. An interesting report was read showing the work which is being done to pro mote the cause of better education among Friends. It was decided to have one or more conferences similar to those which were so fully appreciated last winter, and a sub-committee to make arrangements therefor, was appointed.
-The temperance conference, under the care of Friends, held at Plumstead meeting house on the 18th inst., was well attended by persons in that vicinity. An encouraging feature of the occasion was the large number of young men and boys who were present, for it is upon the education of these that the success of the temperance work in a great measure depends. The meeting was opened by an address
from Samuel Swain, followed by the reading of an essay by Emma D. Eyre. Sallie J. Reeder read a selection, and Anna Atkinson also gave a reading, after which Joseph Flowers explained the chart now much in use in our public schools, comparing the nation's annual drink and tobacco bill with the expenditure for the necessaries of life. Remarks were made by Oliver H. Holcomb, Dr. Jeremiah Hayhurst and Barclay Eyre. Samuel Swain then closed the meeting.Bucks Co. Intelligencer.
-James H. Atkinson having desired to be released, Robert M. Janney has been made superintendent of the youth's meeting, held on Third-day evenings (7.45 o'clock) at Friends' mission, Fairmount and Beach streets, (Philadelphia). It has also been decided to make the exercises more of a literary cast, the boys to be in small classes under the direction of teachers who will select reading having a beneficial tendency. Funds will be needed to secure proper literature, which may be handed to any of the workers, who would very much like to have the assistance of Friends either regularly or periodically, as last year a number of lads were refused for want of teachers to take charge of them. The neighborhood is one in which there is ample field for labor.
- Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting was held on the 3d inst., at the usual hour and place, though the hour was not as well observed as the occasion calls for.
The attendance was large, and the utterances of those who very fully occupied the time of the meeting for worship were marked by earnestness and fervor. Watson Tomlinson, David Newport and others from neighboring quarterly meetings, were present and took part in the public offerings. There was little to claim the attention of the business meeting, after the three queries usual at this quarter were read and answered. In the women's branch much excellent and pertinent thought was expressed. The presence of many of the younger portion of the meeting was an encouraging feature.
Our friend Thomas Foulke, of New York, attended meeting at Merion, near this city, on Firstday afternoon, the 1st inst., and spoke at length. The venerable old house was well filled, many others than Friends being present.
-A letter from Richmond, Ind., Tenth month 19th, says: J.J. Cornell, of Mendon Centre, N. Y., attended our First-day morning meeting here, yesterday, and was much favored to hand forth the gospel. In the afternoon he attended a small meeting in the country, where a few families of Friends reside, and meeting is held every four weeks. His text was:
" What makes a Christian?” and he showed us that we must follow Christ and be obedi, ent to his teachings. Richmond meeting has a member, attending regularly, who is probably one of the oldest on record-Bethiah Hancock. She has passed her ninety-ninth birthday. She informed the writer that she had attended eighty yearly meetings. She does her own housework, and canned up enough fruit for the coming year. She can see to write and read, and her mental faculties are good. The visits of her friends she enjoys very much.
The pity of it! Oh, the pity of it, my sisters ! SWARTHMORE.
Where is the horticulturist so dull that he does not The lecture on the evening of the 27th ult., by Wil
see to it that his rose slips are rooted before he lets liam Blaikie, of New York, on
“ Sound Bodies for
them bloom, and who does not hold back young trees All," was voted a very interesting discourse by the
from bearing? Where the stock-breeder who would students, and had the effect of considerably stimulat
put a yearling colt on the race course ?-Babyhood. ing the inclination toward open air exercise and athletic sports,-a very desirable thing, within prop
THE SHAMROCK.—The Shamrock, which is the emer limits. The foot-ball players have been much en
blem of Ireland, is not known by its flowers, but by couraged, and several games with students of Haver
its leaves. It is a little trefoil, as is clover, but is ford and other colleges have been arranged.
very rare in England and not common in Ireland. On the evening of last Seventh-day, Aaron M.
Bentham, in his “British Flora," says that Oxalis Powell, of New York, delivered his lecture on Wen
acetosella, or wood sorrel, is the original shamrock. It dell Phillips at the college. It was a very graphic
has a pale pink, almost white, flower, which is said delineation of the career of the great " agitator, re
to be very plentiful in woods in April. He also states former, and orator," and brought out strongly his de
that the purple Dutch clover (Trifolium repens), which votion, at the sacrifice of his early prospects of an
we all know so well, is now accepted as the shamambitious career, to the promotion of the anti-slavery rock. The tradition runs that St. Patrick, when cause. On the following morning, in the usual First
preaching in Erin, gathered a shamrock, and used it day gathering in the meeting, Aaron spoke, very ac- to illustrate the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. From ceptably.
this circumstance the trefoil has become accepted as Some further subscriptions to the Observatory the national emblem of the Emerald Isle; and, on fund have been received, but the amount desired is the 17th of March, every Irishman who can obtain a not yet completed. It has been hoped that some few leaves thereof wears them in his button-hole, building preparations, such as the placing of the and many little boxes, containing a tiny root, arrive stone piers, might be made this Fall, and the order by post addressed to Irishwomen living in England.also be given to the builders of the telescope anp The Quiver. transit instruments, so that they could be constructed
Men are sometimes so completely unlike in their during the winter, and be ready for mounting when Spring opened.
make, that it seems as if the mind of the one must
remain forever closed to that of the other. It is true THE PRECOCIOUS BABY."
that such men are strangers to each other in the deep
est sense; but that is no reason why they should OME occult law of heredity may be answerable SOMI for his extraordinary endowments as for the
stand apart. The apostolic writer said: “Forget not startling loveliness of the queen of the zinnias. His
to show love unto strangers: for thereby some have mother's note-book, mental or written, records that,
entertained angels unawares." Showing love to men at an age when other babies are phlegmatic lumps
whose ways are not our ways, whose thoughts are of adipose tissue, he “sits up and takes notice" of
not like our thoughts, whose denominational connecall that passes in his little world. He is more apt to
tions are different from our own-who are, in all talk than walk early, has a capricious appetite, and
these things, strangers to us and ours,—we may find gets along with less sleep than do his brothers and
that the writer of Hebrews was right, and that he sisters. His eager questions nonplus mamma before
whom we received as only a stranger is, in reality, a he can run alone, and his amazing activity of mind
blessed messenger of the Most High God. so far overcomes her purpose not to push him
NEVER doubt as to the perfect goodness and jusforward” that she does not interfere when he
tice of God hereafter. Distinguish here between picks up his letters somehow," makes a poor feint doubt as to creeds and doubt of God. The former are of regret that he “devours every book he can lay bis
only the records of men's assertions; the latter has hands upon” by the time he is tbree years old.
sole relation to your own hopes and your own ideal. The entire family connection is immensely proud
And yet how miserably the two things are mixed up, of him and elate with prophecies of his future great
even when they are opposed! Sometimes our trust Each hamlet has one “coming man
in God may itself be a reason for doubting the creeds der years. He is usually singularly attractive in ap
about him. Wherefore, then, did you doubt God, pearance. If not pretty, he has an “intellectual”
because you doubted the creeds? It makes one sad look. His eyes tell the story of mental gifts when
to think how heavy-leaden and sorrowful people other features are discreet. Mother and aunts rave
have been before " the dread mystery of death," and over his “spirituelle" expression, and, if he be thin
the more dreaded mystery of our eternal destiny. and pale, add “ethereal” to their working capital of
Why cannot we all trust our wise, almighty, and descriptive adjectives. His clever speeches are neigh- merciful Creator, our Father? Trust him with your borhood bon-mots and irrigate the else dusty waste of
children, and your poor neighbors, your own souls, “Children's Sayings” in the family newspaper. He the world. You will sink down, if you doubt. Cling, is trotted out for the entertainment of visitors before
for very life, to your trust.-John Page Hopps. he can use his corporeal members in that exercise, and is the show-boy of Sabbath-school concerts and Truth never lost ground by inquiry ; because she infant-school anniversaries.
is of all most reasonable.- William Penn.
" of ten
NEWS AND OTHER GLEANINGS. -A knitting mill, at Bethlehem, turned out over half a million stockings last year.
-The oldest house in Oregon City was built in 1842, and still stands. -The grape yield in Ulster county, N. Y., this
year, has been enormous.
Not a few growers cut as high as 150 tons from their vines. Many tons have been placed in cold storage to be kept till Christmas.
- The Druggists' Journal reports a case of poisoning from postage stamps. It seems that the gum on the back is capable, under certain conditions, of absorbing foreign matters floating in the air.
The Congo chimpanzee lately added to the Paris Jardin des Plantes has died of cold only a week after its arrival. Another precious tropical visitor, the Sumatra orang-outang, is dying in the garden from the same cause.
- Many public institutions in London and other cities of England are now using various American systems of electric lighting.
chickens are fed and contend with them for a share of the screenings which are scattered with a liberal hand by his daughter. One or two of the quails are so tame that they will take wheat from her hand. The hens peck at the little intruder, but they do not seem to mind it much and merely dodge away.
-In his address on “Manhood," Canon Farrar said the other day that self-possession, self-devotion, independence and courage were the necessary qualities for manhood, but were only to be considered as foundation stones. Said he: We must begin with self-possession, proceed with courage, and exercise them with independence. In closing let me give you a line from one of your own poets. Mr. Emerson says:
So nigh is grandeur to our dust,
So near is God to man,
The youth replies, I can.
--The International Literary and Artistic Congress at Antwerp has ratified the following proposition: “ The author's right in his work constitutes an inherent right of property. The law does not create, but merely regulates
-The steamer Oregon, on a voyage from Portland, Oregon, to San Francisco early this month, encountered an immense whale and struck it with such force that the big vessel shook from stem to stern. In some unaccountable way the monster's head then became wedged in between the rod of the rudder and the vessel, and in that way the whale was carried along with the steamer for several hours.
-The Post-office Department has issued a modified circular of instructions to postmasters concerning the special delivery service. The new circular includes postal cards and sealed packages in the matter entitled to special delivery if properly stamped. Postmasters are required to report monthly instead of weekly, and where the business is so limited as to preclude the employment of regular messengers the postmasters are directed to make other arrangements for deliveries, having regard to the provision of law that forbids the payment of more than eight cents for the delivery of each letter.
Postmasters are also directed to place a notice upon the face of registered packages containing special delivery letters, informing the postmasters at points of delivery of the nature of their contents, so that the packages may be opened immediately and the matter delivered.
-It is understood that the details for the establishment of an industrial and mechanical training school in Rochester are being satisfactorily arranged, and that the institution will soon be in working order.
-Dr. Gayton, an English physician who is believed to have had wider experience in smallpox than any living authority, has published his analysis of 10,403 cases which have come under his observation. Among patients showing perfect marks of vaccination the mortality was but 2.97 per cent. Among those whose marks were imperfect the mortality rose to 9.37, the patients whose marks of vaccination had entirely disappeared suffering to the extent of 27.18; while of the unvaccinated no less than 43.70 died.
-Farmer Hendershot, who lives within seven miles of Newton, Sussex County, N. J., has always been kind to the game on his place, and now has two bevies of quại! so tame that they come into the barnyard whenever the
CURRENT EVENTS. THE vote of Ohio, last month, on the proposed constitutional amendments was enormously in their favor. That making the State election hereafter in the Eleventh month, instead of the Tenth, was carried by a majority of 537,000. The other makes the terms of township officers three years, , instead of one year.
GEN, GEO. B. MCCLELLAN died at Orange, N. J., on the 29th ult., aged 59. His remains were interred at Trenton, on the 2d inst.
PRESIDENT CLEVELAND has designated the 26th inst. as Thanksgiving Day.
SENATOR STANFORD, of California, has given orders for the deeding of his three great ranches, Vina, Gridley and Palo Alta, for the endowment of a university and schools about to be erected at the latter place. The three ranches compromise 85,000 acres, and are together valued at $3,500, 000.
A GREAT STORM raged on Second-day, (2nd inst.) along the New England coast. Much damage was done to vessels in Boston and other harbors by dragging of anchors and collisions, and in towns near the sea, buildings were unroofed, etc.
THE hog cholera continues in Champaign county, Illinois, and is worse than it has been there for several years. Within a few weeks more than 1000 animals have died in the southern part of Crittenden township alone, and the disease is rapidly spreading.
ELECTIONS took place on the 3d inst. in a number of States. In Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Iowa the Republicans elected their State officers; New York, Virginia, and Mississippi went Democratic.
News has been received at Ottawa of the total wreck of the Hudson Bay Company's vessel Princess Royals, at Moose Factory, in Hudson Bay. She had on board a cargo of furs valued at $1,000,000. The crew were saved.
THE public debt statement for last month shows a reduction of $13,276,774. The reduction for the first four months of the present fiscal year, has been $37,576,581.
SMALL-POX continues in Montreal. There were 33 deaths on the 1st inst. The total number of deaths, last month, was 1630. At St. Paul, Minnesota, cases of small
ausing fear that the disease may
, become epidemic during the winter. The health authorities are doing what they can,
" vaccination is going on every day, but at a rate that will require several years to insure the city against disease."