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That the members of the "Swarthmore Circle,” in longer a nation but a religious community, and theremaking themselves familiar with the great works of fore expect neither a return to Palestine nor a sacrifiour English writers, may have a like experience, is cial worship under the sons of Aaron, nor the restomy hope and belief.
E. H. M. ration of any of the laws conceruing the Jewish Eleventh month 23d.
6. We recognize in Judaism a progressive religion, " REFORMED HEBREW" VIEWS.
ever striving to be in accord with the postulates of
We are convinced of the utmost necessity of THI THE“ National Rabbinical Convention" of the Re
preserving the historical identity with our great past. formed Hebrew Church, was held at Pittsburg Christianity and Islam being daughter religions of on the 17th inst. Our readers will probably be inter- Judaism, we appreciate their providential mission to ested in certain points of the declaration of principles
and in the spreading of Monotheistic and moral adopted by the convention, as given helow. They truth. We acknowledge that the spirit of broad are the views, it must be noted, not of the old, or humanity of our age is our ally and the fulfilment of " orthodox” Hebrews, but of a body which has or- our mission, and therefore we extend the hand of ganized separately:
fellowship to all who operate with us in the estabIn view of the wide divergence of opinion, of con- lishment of the reign of truth in its righteousness flicting ideas of Judaism, we, as representatives of among men. reform Judaism in America, in continuation of the 7. We reässert the doctrine of Judaism, that the work begun at Philadelphia in 1869, unite upon the soul of man is immortal, grounding this belief on following principles :
the divine nature of the human spirit, which forever 1. We recognize in every religion an attempt to
finds bliss in righteousness and misery in wickedgrasp the infinite, and in every mode, source, or book
We reject, as ideas not rooted in Judaism, the of revelation held sacred in any religious system the beliefs both in bodily resurrection and in Gehenna consciousness of the indwelling of God in man. We and Eden (hell and paradise) as abodes for everhold that Judaism presents the highest conception of lasting punishment and reward. the God idea as taught in our Holy Scriptures, and
8. In full accord with the spirit of Mosaic legisladeve oped and spiritualized by the Jewish teachers tion, which strives to regulate the relation between in accordance with the moral and philosophical pro- rich and poor, we deem it our duty to participate in gress of their respective ages. We maintain that the great task of modern times to solve, on the basis Judaism has preserved and defended, amidst contin- of justice and rigbteousness, the problems presented ual struggles and trials and under forced isolation, by the contrasts and evils of the present organizathis God idea, as the central religious truth for the
tion of society. human race. 2. We recognize in the Bible the record of the
ENGLISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE consecration of the Jewish people to its mission as priest of the one God, and value it as the most potent
subjects. Many persons have a sort of holy instrument of religious and moral instruction. We horror at the thought of being superficial. They will hold that the modern discoveries of scientific research have nothing to do with a subject because they have in the domains of nature and history are not antago- not time to follow it out to complete mastery. I nistic to the doctrines of Judaism, the Bible reflect- think this is a inistake. Let us distinguish between ing the primitive ideas of its own age and at times an elementary and a superficial knowledge. clothing its conception of divine providence and jus- We may well feel appalled in these days at the tice dealing with man in miraculous narrative.
limitless realms open to human study. It was said 3. We recognize in the Mosaic legislation a system of Leibnitz that he drove all the sciences abreast. of training the Jewish people for its mission during But could he do it to-day? What incessant toil is its national life in Palestine, and to-day we accept as now needed to make the scholar in a single departbinding only the moral laws, and maintain only such ment. With a vastly greater range of studies beceremonies as elevate and sanctify our lives, but re- fore us than formerly, it seems as though we had even ject such as are not adapted to the views and habits less time at our disposal. of modern civilization.
It is these demands of our inodern life that goad 4. We hold that all such Mosaic and rabbinical laws men on so mercilessly in the pursuit of wealth. With as regulate diet, priestly purity, and dress originated the acquisition of enormous wealth by a very conin ages and under the influence of ideas altogether siderable number of men, luxurious living has apforeign to our present mental and spiritual state. peared in our great cities on a scale without precedent They fail to impress the modern Jew with a spirit of in our past. Hence ambition of those below to rise priestly holiness; their observance in our days is apt to the same fortunate position. Hence the race for rather to obstract than to further modern spiritual wealth. Men capable of higher things give all their elevation.
WE must know in these days something of many
thought to business. There is an end of" plain liv5. We recognize in the modern era of universaling, bigh thinking." There is little room for senticulture of heart and intellect the approaching of the ment—there is an end to poetry. No wonder men realization of Israel's great Messianic hope for the es- have prayed for deliverance. tablishment of the kingdom of truth, justice, and
1 Address at Providence, R. I., by Prof. Appleton, of Swarthpeace among all men. We consider ourselves no
THE SIFTING OF PETER.
Now, let us each endeavor, so far as our influence reaches, to give men and women higher aims than the mere acquisition of wealth. Open to them those ineffable sources of pleasure to be found in nature, in art, in literature, in intellectual pursuits. Instruct them, as Wordsworth says,
IN St. Luke's Gospel we are told
How the mind of man becomes A thousand times more beautiful than the earth On which he dwells; above this frame of things In beauty exalted, as it is itself Of quality and fabric more divine.
How can this work be more surely done than by giving the young a training which shall lead them on to the highest and truest culture. But what is culture?
We have heard a good deal in these last days about it. But I am not aware that any one has been able satisfactorily to define it. I have myself no intention to attempt any precise definition of the much discussed word. I should feel as much at a loss as the fellow in Shakespeare with his word " accommodated :"
“ Accommodated, that is when a man is, as they say, accommodated, or when a man is being, whereby a' may be thought to be accommodated, which is an excellent thing." So, my friends, we shall probably all agree, at least, that culture is “ excellent thing." But though at a loss for exact definition, yet we all have some notions upon the subject, and I believe that thoughtful people are more nearly in accord with regard to it than has been supposed. We must now study in many directions. We must know something of many subjects if we would keep pace with the age. No one would wish now to give culture too narrow limitations. The time has gone by when we can claim for any single study that it alone is capable of giving true culture. Still, in spite of this, it must now be borne in mind that there are some things which cannot be neglected, whatever else is passed by. Some things which more than others tend to the bigbest culture. We must not neglect the æsthetic, the spiritual side of our nature. The love of the beautiful must be cultivated, and in no way can this be better accomplished than by the study of noble literature, and first and foremost must be recognized the claims upon each one of us of the literature of our native language. No study in the fields of science, however important, however attractive, can take the place of this. No more can mere linguistic study. It is the study of literature which I now urge. In the past the mistake has been too often made in the study of the Greek and Latin classics, that the noble text of great authors has been treated as mere material for the illustration of rules of grammar. Students have too often, in the discussion of points of minute scholarship, lost sight of the treasures of wisdom and poetry which lay open before them. Let us not carry the same mistake into the study of our English classics.
Far be it from me to disparage accurate scholarship or to ignore the importance of suitable attention to detail. But let us not treat the immortal page of Shakespeare or Milton as a mere corpus vile, for dissection at the hands of grammatical pedantry.
Was sifted :
Satan desires us great and small,
Are tempted :
No house so safely guarded is
Can enter :
For all at last the cock will crow
One look of that pale suffering face
Wounds of the soul though healed will ache
But noble souls, through dust and heat
The stronger :
H. W. LONGFELLOW.
O stood of old, the holy Christ
Amidst the suffering throng;
That healing gift He lends to them
Who use it in His name;
Is evermore the same.
For lo! in human hearts unseen,
The Healer dwelleth still,
The best subserve His will.
The holiest task by heaven decreed,
An errand all divine,
To render less, is thine.
HOW TO STUDY HISTORY. IT has always
seemed to me very creditable to the
Nay, those I have I bring you; at their birth Life's cheerful sunshine warmed the grateful earth; If my rash boyhood dropped some idle seeds, And here and there you light on saucy weeds Among the fairer growths, remember still Song comes of grace and not of human will: We get a jarring note when most we try, Then strike the chord we know not how or why. Our stately verse with too aspiring art Oft overshoots and fails to reach the heart, While the rude rbyme one human throb endears Turns grief to smiles and softens mirth to tears.
brains of children that they are apt to rebel against the study of history as it is usually presented to them. Why should any boy or girl sincerely wish to know in which Olympiad the victory of Corcebus took place, or whether Ottoman was or was not the son of Ortogrul? When the witty Madame du Chatelet owned to Voltaire her profound indifference as to this last point, be did not reprove her, but rather praised her. He told her that she was quite right in her indifference, but that if history could only be taught as it should be—with the really unimportant names and dates left out, and those only retained which really throw light on manners or great events history would then become for her the most interesting of all studies. Then, when Voltaire himself wrote history, he carried out his own theories, and laid the foundation of the modern school.
There still remain among us many educational institutions where historic teaching means only a list of names, or a complex chart, or “River of Time.” A graduate of a Boston grammar school once told me that she was required in her school days to put on paper every date that occurred in the portion of Worcester's History studied by the class. On a large sheet she made five columns of these dates; she then learned them by heart so thoroughly that she could repeat them backward, and at the age of twenty-two she had forgotten every one.
Warned by experience, when she herself became a high-school teacher, she adopted a wholly different plan. Taking the successive periods, she gave her pupils in each case a few outlines and a few dates from the manual. Then she gave a few questions, of which they were to learn the answers for themselves in such books as they could find in the school library or elsewhere. They were to bring to her all the light they could obtain; she was to add whatever she had. From time to time wider examinations summed up the whole. This method often led to. prolonged study of particular points. Thus the Reformation occupied one paragraph in the manual they used, but to that one paragraph her class devoted six lessons. The pupils eagerly discussed every point of the Reformation, talking it over-Protestants and Catholics together-with perfect freedom, and at the end of the time they passed a written examination that amazed her.
Nor did the benefit end here. Her pupils found their love of book's rapidly develop when the charm of a special investigation was offered to them, and one young girl told her, several years later, that her whole intellectual activity dated from this course of lessons, and that whereas she had before been content with an exclusive diet of Mrs. Southworth's novels, she had ever since demanded better food.
I am aware that I am suggesting nothing new to teachers of experience. I am aware also of the obstacles to any course that demands original research on the part of pupils. But, after all, it is only this flavor of original research, on however small a scale, that makes history take any real root in the mind
“Kindest of critics, ye whose fingers read,
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES.
It costs more to neglect our duties than to accomplish them.--A. E. Dickinson.
Error is commonly based upon some truth; and one of two methods is generally employed in dealing with this partnership of truth and falsehood. Some men extend a kindly protection to the error for the sake of the truth at its foundation ; others strike ruthlessly at the error without caring how the truth at its basis may fare. Neither of these is the wisest way. It is better first to draw the dividing line between the primal truth and the superincumbent falsehood, so that all men may see it. The chances are that then you will have no need to attack the error; for few care to defend an error which they see to be divorced from the truth.-S. S. Friend.
and a single period or event explored in this way fixes the very facts more vividly on the mind than if they had been learned by heart from a neat little compendium, all conveniently arranged beforehand by somebody else. Of course,
history can no more be learned without names and dates than a body can exist without a skeleton. But the driest anatomist does not seriously maintain that the skeleton is the body, and that flesh and blood have no business to exist. Yet the anatomical teacher of history does believe this, and grows indignant when you ask that his department should consist of anything but bones. For myself, I believe in the bones—in their place. No person should be permitted to take the picturesque and romantic part of any period without a perfectly connected framework of dates for its vertebral skeleton. But a few dates will answer for this, and the fewer they are the more likely they will be to remain in the mind. It is better to learn only twenty of these, and carry them through life, than to be able to repeat five columns backward when you are sixteen, and to have forgotten them all when you are twenty-two.
If the principle applies to young people at school, it applies still more to those who, having left school, are reading by themselves or with a teacher. There is no young person, I believe, who could advantageously read through Gibbon's" Rome," as a whole, or even through Bancroft's “United States.” But let the student take some very simple outline of facts, and proceed to throw light on it for himself, and it will soon prove interesting. How dry is Worcester's brief narrative of the settlement of Massachusetts, for instance. But read with it the journals of the Colonists, as given in Young's “ Chronicles of the Pilgrims
” and “Chronicles of Massachusetts," and throw upon these the sidelights obtained through poetry and fiction, through Whittier's “Margaret Smith's Journal,” Mrs. Childs' “Hobomok," Longfellow's Miles Standish,” and Motley's “Merry Mount.” When you have ended, the whole period has become a picture in your mind, and the most thoughtful and serious discussion of it by Bancroft or Palfrey finds you with a prepared and intelligent mind, if you have the time to give to it. And if period after period could be followed up in the same spirit, history would become for you a study of absorbing interest and inexhaustible in its themes.
It may be said that some of these books are “light reading." They are light reading in the very best sense if they throw light on what else would be dark. I do not believe in the theory that only what is disagreeable is healthy, but hold that labor itself is most useful when it is applied with a will, and not against one's will. “What interests is remembered," was one of the favorite maximns of Horace Mann. There is no danger of anyone's acquiring any great range of historic knowledge without corresponding toil; but it is possible so to lay the foundation of knowledge, that later toil shall be a delight, and the habit of study its own exceeding great reward. Thomas Wentworth Higginson.
the red fog of the Atlantic, the sea-dust of the Northern seas, and the sirocco-dust of South Europe, is neither cosmic nor volcanic, though it, too, has traveled great distances.
Vessels, hundreds of miles from land, have been at times enveloped for days in a fog consisting of brickred or cinnamon-colored dust, which covered the sails and rigging with a thick coat, and rendered the air so bazy that no vessel which was more than a quarter of a mile off could be distinguished even at midday. Off St. Jago, during certain montbs of the year, a very fine dust is almost constantly failing, which, says Mr. Darwin, roughens and slightly injures astronomical instruments, hurts the eyes, dirties everything on board, and at times falls so thickly that vessels have been known to run ashore owing to the obscurity, andare recommend to avoid the passage between Cape Verd and the Archipelago. Considerable quantities continued to fall upon the ‘Beagle' when she was between three and four hundred miles from shore, some of the variously colored transparent particles being a thousandth part of an inch square, few larger, and the greater part consisting of fine powder. On the succeeding days, as the vessel proceeded on her way, the dust became so fine that it could be collected only on a damp sponge; but it has been known to fall on vessels 1,000 and even 1,600 miles from any land.
From the direction of the wind, and the fact that the dust falls during those months when the barmattan raises clouds of it high in the air, and blows from the northwest shores of Africa, it was at first naturally concluded that the dust was all African too. The mineral part of it, no doubt, may be so; but on examination it was found that the great part of the dust was organic, and consisted mainly of those minute, flint-cased forms of plant-life known as diatoms, which exist in almost all water-salt, fresh, or brackish. Further examination also revealed the singular fact that, though the dust came directly from Africa, of all the many different organic forms none were peculiar to Africa, and all but two belonged to fresh water families; and it has since been proved that all the organic portion of the dust, whether it fell at Cape Verd, Malta, Genoa, Lyons, or in the Tyrol, has come from the south side of the equator, and has been transported from the banks of the Orinoco and Amazon. When, however, we find that particles of mineral matter one-thousandth part of an inch square can be carried three or four hundred miles, and that a narrow strip of vegetable substance something more than half an inch long, and the twelfth part of an inch wide, clearly belonging to some topical tree, has been carried more than 1,200 miles from any coast where it could have grown, we wonder less at the long journeys taken by these minute one-celled plants, 41,000,000,000 of which occupy only one cubic inch of space, and weigh but 220 grains.-Selected.
Our true knowledge is to know our own ignorance. Our true strength is to know our own weakness.(harles Kingsley.
O Lord, I most cheerfully commit all unto thee.-Fénélon.
KINDRED minds soon become acquainted, and
heads with a corresponding can in each hand, or, if ANECDOTE OF ANTHONY BENEZET.
more well-to-do, haul in a cart with the help of a
large dog. I have seen women at least 75 to 80 years where virtuous principle governs, this acquaint- of age working in the vineyards, carrying immense ance is productive of beneficial effects. Perfect love
baskets of compost on their heads. But the most is above the formality of what is called polite breed- curious phase of this servitude is the position of the ing. It finds its way to the heart in actions that maid-seryant in the family. speak more impressively than the most studied elo- For example, if a gentleman is expected home, quence.
unless the family keep a coachman, a maid-servant is When Anthony Benezet was about preparing for often sent to the depot to meet him and carry home the press his “Remarks on the Use and Abuse of his luggage, though the man may be perfectly strong Spirituous Liquors," Jacob Lindley first became and healthy. In the evening after a concert or theknown in the yearly meeting by an energetic testi- atre, the streets are thronged with maid-servants, atmony, which he delivered on that subject. As he tending their masters or mistresses, as the case may was then a young man he sat far back in the house. be. A lady may not go alone to any of these places, When the sitting closed, Anthony Benezet, whose though it is perfectly proper for her to be “probenevolent mind had responded to Jacob's communi- tected” by a maid-servant of 16 while she herself cation, was very earnest to speak to him, and leaving may be 60. The members of the orchestra saunter his elder acquaintance he made his way through the along smoking and chatting while young girls carry crowd to give Jacob an invitation to dine with him. their instruments, overcoats, etc. The average wages
As Jacob was much of a stranger in the city as of the best of servants is only $5 a month. Thus well as to Anthony, the latter directed him to wait women are the cheapest of all kinds of labor. Yet till he had spoken to some other friends, after which the family life of the people seems to be on the whole he would pilot him to his house. He did so and ap- a joyous one. While the poor man does not deny his peared to give particular attention to his new guest, wife and children the privilege of working by his for as soon as dinner was over he took him into a
side, on the other hand they share with him his private room and told him of the great unity he had pleasures, whatever and wherever they are, so that with his testimony on the subject of spiritous liquors, a “man of a family” here is known by the presence and further informed him that he had been writing of that family, and he does not seem to have any a book on the subject, which he intended to publish. haunts that are closed to them. The German as he He then requested Jacob Lindley to put on paper his now is presents the strangest combination of hard views and remarks on the subject, and they should brute-force and finest sentiment. For example, a have a place in his work-furnishing him with pen tradesmen or hotel porter will play the piano or vioand ink for that purpose. Jacob during tbis conver- lin with all the delicacy and sentiment of the most sation was deeply impressed with a sense of his own refined. He is familiar with poetry, particularly his littleness, and marveled at the condescension and own poets, and is often quite a linguist beside. The kindness as well as freedom and warmth of affection love of pictures is as universal as in Italy, and manifested by his elder friend, who till now had been yet a man will point to the hideous scars on his face, a stranger to him. Finding Anthony's importunity received while fighting at college, with all the pride to have his written views pressing upon him, he ex- and satisfaction of an artist pointing out the finest cused himself by saying he was no scribe nor the son bit of coloring or drawing. Military discipline is the of a scribe; that although he felt a deep concern and order of the day everywhere, especially in the boys' testimony on this subject, yet be could not then write schools. The teachers beat the boys, and the boys his sentiments and views, nor did he wish to appear beat each other. This, the Germans tell you, is the in print.
only way in which boys can be taught to be manly, Thus a friendship was formed between these kin- and to defend themselves.--Selected. dred minds that was lasting as ife, and which was not dissolved by death.From Friends Miscellany,
THE EARLY HOME OF FLORENCE NIGHTVol. II.
THERE is no more picturesque spot in the whole
WOMEN IN GERMANY.
is visiting in Wiesbaden, Germany, says, that which most impresses the American stranger as the greatest contrast between his own country and this is the amount of hard labor performed by women. All sorts of farm work is done by them, and the amount of walking they do in the course of their lives is almost incredible. The people who work the land do not live upon it, but rather in little hamlets of crowded houses and narrow streets; then they walk to and from their gardens or farms, which may be as many as six miles away. The milk-women that bring your milk to the door, either carry it on their
of the Peak district of Derbyshire than Lea Hurst, the early home of Miss Florence Nightingale, not even Haddon or Hardwick, Belsover or Heveril's fortalice at Castleton, with their ancient glory, or Chatsworth, with its bewildering modern magnificence. Lea Hurst, regarded as a building, might belong to Tudor days, so quaint are its square-headed, mullioned windows, its clustering chimney-stacks, its high-peaked gables, its projecting oriel, surmounted by balustrade and battlement, its reposeful terrace and lawn, the whole tree-shaded and ivydraped. It is somewhat disappointing to the artistic sense to be told that this time-toned-looking building of ancient architecture dates from the present