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we learn the lessons of life by repetition. We have more satisfied with our homes and the old friends spiritual appetites requiring food as well as physical ; whose loyalty and friendship last not only through this food we need daily, even though it may be a the sunny summer days, but through the long, hard repetition of old truths. The eye of faith sees our winter. benign Father watching over the needs of his chil- There really seems to be a direct relation between dren, who is just as ready to give us spiritual nourish- physical and spiritual calm ; the eternal steadfastness ment as he is to give us material things.
of the mountains seems to breathe a spirit of rest, On
Fourth-day afternoon the First-day School and there is something in the air that lifts head and Association held its second meeting, the first having heart above the lowlands and the valleys. been devoted mostly to routine business. The time Something of all this we felt when we spent was given to the consideration of two of the Confer- many happy days in the heart of the Adirondacks. ence papers, “ The First-day School a Missionary of Not only were the mountains all about us, but spread Our Society,” and “Modern Progress in Biblical before us was a lake whose various phases of calm Knowledge Among Friends." Each of these elicited
Each of these elicited and storm, sunshine and shadow, were al beaudiscussion and earnest thought. It was queried how tiful. may we make our First-day schools missionaries ? We followed the trails through the woods for One thought the traveling libraries, with a wise selec- miles, passing under the grand old forest trees, white tion of books, might be a valuable adjunct, another birch, hemlock, balsam pine, fir, and maple; we that our Lesson Leaves sent into the homes of those followed the rocky brooks, we climbed some of the children attending our schools would also aid, especi- mountains and saw the lakes, valleys, and distant ally those containing the Testimony Series. Quite a peaks all around us. talk was given to the consideration of the kind of We spent the afternoons rowing on the lake, or Lesson Leaves desired.
No one expressed any wish at anchor along the shady shore, with books and to return to the International Topics, but many testi- work and thoughts. Sometimes it was too much fied to the appreciation of our own.
even to read, and we would lie there in the boat and On Fourth-day evening a meeting intended for gaze at the far-away blue sky, with its fleeting clouds the young people was well attended and many testi- and the distant mountains, purple and hazy on the monies borne to the Truth. · Much of the time on horizon. There was a deep happiness in all these Fifth-day was devoted to committee work and reports. things; we could not express what they meant to us, The subject of Education being again presented, its we could only feel and enjoy. consideration resulted in the following minute being Though we rested, we did not pass the time careadopted and in the appointment of a committee who lessly nor thoughtlessly; there was too much granare to labor in the cause :
deur close at hand to allow us to forget the serious “As attention has been called to the importance of en- things of life, and so we worshipped day by day as couraging a higher education among our members and to the fresh revelations came to us of our Heavenly Father's necessity of Friends giving generous financial support to love and care. Swarthmore College, its founding being dependent upon the
There on the heights where there was so much several yearly meetings combined, it is thought best that a committee be appointed whose duty it shall be to increase
of gladness in the sunshine, it seemed at times that interest in our only college and in establishing what may be sorrow could not come, and yet it was brought home known as the Indiana Yearly Meeting Educational Fund,
Once, while walking through the village, we which if secured may be placed in the hands of suitable
saw them bringing home a sad burden ; I was glad trustees appointed by this body."
that only two of us had gone far enough to see it, After the close of the business, time was given for it clouded the bright day. It was such a story for parting thoughts and the expressions of those
as we often hear,-an overturned boat, the going feelings which well up from the heart after a series of down, down into the clear, cold water, and then the harmonious meetings. One voiced the wish that we
great silence. might return to our homes with an added feeling of
It happened, that night, we waited fofkfriends who personal responsibility and a prayerful desire to fulfill
came by a late train, so we were about the Inn after the duties devolving upon us.
it was silent and deserted. Some of the attendants May the visiting Friends whose labors of love
were waiting, too, and as I passed the group I heard have been so acceptable to us, return in safety to
a few words that made me know that, though in the their homes bearing the blessings of joy and peace. dark, they were talking of that accident, as people
M. J. W.
exposed to danger often do, with subdued voices and
deep sympathy and interest in their hearts. I could VACATION.
not but wonder what their thoughts of it might be, A Paper read at Young Friends' Association, Philadelphia, by Isabel Chambers, Tenth month io.
and how many other tragedies were being lived WEBSTER defines this word as freedom from interrup- through in the midst of all the beauty, there on the tion, trouble, or perplexity, leisure, intermission of a heights, in the valleys, and by sea and shore. stated employment or office, rest.
On First-day mornings “God's first temples " had All of this it means to us, and much more. Rest
for us more attraction than those“ made with hands," and change we seek, we meet new people, lead differ
so on the water under the arch of the sky we had our ent lives for a few weeks, and return to our accus-meeting, and while the boats bumped against the tomed places strengthened and encouraged, generally shore and the waves splashed around us, we read and
thought while the mystery of life and light went on keeping. For as everything physical has its limitaabove and below us.
tions we can remember and make our own, only so In the evenings we gathered in the parlor of the much as our varied capacities are capable of receiving. Inn, and heard from Dr. Griffin, of Johns Hopkins So in all the toiling and striving of our daily lives, University, some beautiful thoughts, which made us I would plead for more time for rest and recreation, realize that if Friends as a body are not growing in for a less hurried journeying along life's highway so numbers, their ideas and beliefs are not stunted and that we may not miss the flowers growing at our feet. dying out, but are growing and bearing fruit in other Would that we had amongst us more of the poet's fields. I remember a helpful talk he gave us on eyes to see, and ears to hear, even if we may not “ Patience." He said there are three kinds, patience have their hands to write : would that we all could with evils which ought not to exist, which is coward- | say with Elizabeth Barrett Browningice; patience with things that must be borne, as they “God is so good, He wears a fold cannot be altered, which is courage; and patience
Of heaven and earth across his face with trials that we can avoid but do not, because they
Like secrets kept for love untold,
But still I feel that His embrace tend to the development and deepening of character,
Slides down by thrills through all things made which is heroism.
Through sight and sound of every place." Another evening he reminded us how in the saddest, most trying times, in all great decisions and
YEARLY MEETING CHANGES. affairs of life, man is alone and must struggle and
Editors FRIENDS' INTELLIGENCER : fight the battle with himself unaided. In times of In my report of Indiana Yearly Meeting I failed to deepest grief no one can fully understand or help, give the report of a committee appointed last year to those nearest and dearest to us cannot reach us, we
consider the feasibility of holding the Yearly Meeting stand alone in life, we are alone in death. There is
once in three years at Fall Creek, Indiana. The but one help, one strength, that of our Heavenly committee recommended that it be held there in 1899, Father, which never leaves us or foresakes us, which
in Richmond in 1900, and in Waynesville, O., in is with us from the beginning to the end and even
1901. It also recommended that the time be changed, beyond the close of this earthly life.
to meet on the Second-day preceding the last FirstThen we passed out into the ministry of silence day in Eighth month. and into the ministry of the night.
Both these recommendations were accepted and it This was to me a strong sermon, not only in
was so ordered by the yearly meeting. thought but in the manner of expression, and I felt
The change in time was made in order that our that Friends may do wrong to count so lightly the
young people may have the opportunity of attending. means by which lessons are told so well. The pic- As it has been, many have never attended a yearly ture was beautifully drawn, the desolation, the loneli
meeting, they were either teaching, or in school as ness of sorrow and despair seemed so hopeless, until
pupils. at the close he told of God, the ever present help in
The meeting then adjourned to meet at Fall time of trouble.
Creek, Indiana, on the Second-day preceding the last It seems sometimes as if the spiritual things are
First-day in Eighth month, 1899, if so permitted. the only real things, after all. That the least seen
M. J. W. forces are the strongest, that the lives that are most free from material influences are, to a certain extent, THEY who are the kindest and tenderest and truest, more able to glean from the richer more enduring who understand your troubles as by instinct, who things of life.
It matters so much how we go minister that understanding, giving it, are they who, through the world; new instances of this come before because of their own inner experiences, have acquired us every now and then ; some people seem to miss so the gladdening, refreshing strength they bestow, the much, for by looking out for the great things, they compensation God gives those who learn to get out cannot see the smaller beauties which are just at
of themselves, and feel and live for others.-J. F. W. hand.
Ware. I think we may have all learned lessons during the summer. We cannot put them in words, but we It is useless to pray for a forgiving spirit while can feel them and realize their influence in our lives. cultivating a memory for injuries. God
In the winter many duties claim our thoughts ; quenches a fire for a man who persists in feeding it there is little time for self-acquaintance, we are living, with oil. He that really desires to keep malice out under more or less excitement, an external life ; in the
of his heart will try to keep inflaming thoughts out quiet restful hours of summer we may turn inward of his head.-Sunday School Times. and realize our own needs and how we have starved ourselves.
Did you ever hear of a man who had striven all We long to begin the winter work with heart and
his life faithfully and singly toward an object, and in ear and eye quickened to do a few things well, and measure obtained
obtained it? If a man constantly to have time through it all for the proper rest that will
aspires, is he not elevated? Did ever a man try enable us to gain from life all that is possible, so that heroism, magnanimity, truth, sincerity, and find that as Dr. Griffin said, we may hand on our inheritance there was no advantage in them—that it was a vain of good increased and not diminished by being in our endeavor ?-Thoreau.
Friends' Intelligencer and Journal.
mockeries, at present, tribute rendered to those who make war, not to those who keep peace, and tending to make more war rather than discourage it.
HOWARD M. JENKINS. LYDIA H. HALL. RACHEL W. HILLBORN.
PHILADELPHIA, TENTH MONTH 29, 1898.
We left untouched, last week, in our editorial article on
the Chippewa troubles, one of the causes of the Indians' reTREES AND FRUITS.
sistance to the United States officers. It ought not, however,
to be left without explicit and full statement. It brings down An evil tree will not bring forth good fruit. This is
to the present day the old story of the injury done the Indians a truth long recognized, and which hardly any one -like the injury done to white men-by intoxicating drink. would dare deny. Yet some seem to admit the truth, Stated briefly, (1) the law is that rum shall not be furnished but to expect, none the less, to gather good fruits
to the Indians ; (2) there are white men who make a business from a tree which is obviously evil.
of getting it to them ; (3) there are others who make it a
business to have them arrested and taken long distances for We apply this to the recent war. It has been
trial, for being “in possession" of it. The whole business said, with a cheerful optimism which is unexplainable is very profitable to the white men engaged, but it is destrucexcept as an evidence of want of thought, that tive, body and soul, of the Indians, and costly to the United though war is as a rule a bad thing, and much to be States, which must pay the cost of the legal proceedings. deplored, this particular war would we found in the
There is, in fact, all the appearance of the business being
carried on in “collusion"; in many cases it seemed that the end to have many excellent results. Even if, as a
Indians were furnished with liquor and made drunk, in order tree, we considered it bad, we should rejoice to see
that they might be arrested, and fees and costs made for the splendid fruit which our own nation, particularly, United States officials. It was against this that some of the and all mankind generally-Spain perhaps excepted Indians made violent resistance. --would pluck from its branches, when the season of
Our friend Edward M. Wistar, of Philadelphia, who spent the fruitage should arrive.
the summer of 1896 in Armenia, helping distribute the Red That the fruit is fully ripe we do not presume. It
Cross aid, has kept in touch with the work since. In a letter, is however ripening, and so far as can now be seen it 22d inst., he adds a postscriptum : “My mail to-day brings is like the war,-just as we must have anticipated, if me a letter from Harpoot, Turkey, dated 28th ult.; it reports we believed the saying which the Master employed in improved conditions and better attitude of the local governthe teaching that gave the clew to all applied
ment towards the American missionaries at that place." Christianity.
We call attention to the notice elsewhere of the annual The fruit, in fact, is bad. We are not at peace, at meeting of Friends' Association, to be held at West Chester, all. We are in troubled waters. The Commission Pa. The Friends there desire to extend a general invitation at Paris is laboring over the complicated questions
to all who may be interested to attend the Conference, and which came from the war. The ships and soldiers at
they especially invite those who may find it convenient, to re
main over First-day with them in their homes, thus giving an Manila are menaced by troubles greater than those
opportunity to attend the First-day school and meeting. which they are supposed to have overcome. The Cuban problem is not yet even taken up for solution. In the contributed article in the INTELLIGENCER of Tenth Meantime, in our own country, the collision between month 8, (p. 723), under the caption "Mind Indestructible
Also," the sense is destroyed in the last sentence but one, by employers and laborers in Illinois illustrates how
the printing of “writers" instead of " mites." little we have outgrown the menacing and disturbing read, what mites we are !" conditions from which economic troubles arise, while in the South once more we have word of revivals of The address of Edgar Haight, one of the Committee on “race wars,” and of the forcible suppression of the
Isolated Members, appointed at the Richmond Conference,
is Sparta, Ontario,-not Norwich. The address of Ella Sutton colored people's right to vote.
is 1725 Linden avenue, Baltimore. All these things point to an unsettled and troubled time,-not to peace, and good order, and kindly
MARRIAGES. feeling. They point to great expenditure, heavy and
HALLOWELL-MACFARLAN, --At the residence of
the bride's mother, East Marlboro', Chester county, Pa., annoying taxes, growth of militarism, increase of the
Tenth month 20, 1898, under the care of London Grove classes who live upon office, and in the army and navy, | Monthly Meeting, Alfred Hallowell, of Abington, Montgomery
county, Pa., son of Penrose and Elizabeth W. Hallowell, and added loads upon the backs of the industrious and
Anna M., daughter of Mary H. and the late Morris C. honest classes. They are evil fruitage hanging on the
Macfarlan. war tree. The President, kindly, patriotic, amiable
WILSON-TRUEBLOOD.---At the home of the bride, at
the home of her uncle, Edward Roberts, with the approbation rather than resolute, can hardly look at them with of Fall Creek Monthly Meeting, Madison county, Ind., by more satisfaction than do the plain people. Doubtless Friends' ceremony, Ninth month 20, 1898, Ralph Wilson and
Victoria B., daughter of Warner and Narcissa Trueblood, dehe must feel, as they do, that “Peace Jubilees” are.
ceased ; in the presence of 35 guests.
PRINCIPLES AND TESTIMONIES OF
ELEVENTH MONTH 6, 1898. No. 45.
Righteous art thou, O Lord,
And upright are thy judgments.
Thou hast commanded thy testimonies in righteousness of Friends, and for many years an attendant at the meeting
And very faithfulness. on Stuyvesant Square, New York City.
Thy righteousness is an everlasting rightecusness
And thy law is truth.
–Psalm 119: 137, 138, 142. Field, Philadelphia, Tenth month 13, 1898, Amy S., widow of Courtland Gilkyson, aged 71 years.
“ What is truth?” Question old, yet forever new. Interment at Muscatine, Iowa.
What are the fundamental principles by which we HOLMES.-In Philadelphia, Tenth month 17,. 1898,
may guide our actions, and fear no test that can be Rachel R., wife of Samuel Holmes, in the 64th year of her age.
brought to bear ? Jesus said he came to bear witShe had been visiting her relatives, and returned home ness to the truth, and that every one that " is of the in the evening, apparently as well as usual, and retired with
truth” (that is, who earnestly desires to know the a bright and cheerful heart, but before midnight that heart
truth and obey its requirements), would “hear his ceased to act, and she passed on to the bright shores of eternity, without any suffering. Blessed are they that die in
voice,” would patiently listen and render just judgthe Lord, for their works do follow them. She was a faithful ment as to the value of his testimony. Once conand devoted wife, mother, and friend, a friend indeed to all, vinced, a true-hearted follower becomes a co-worker. willing to do any one a favor at any time. She was of a All who have reached the years of maturity are cheerful and lively spirit, always looking on the bright side of all cares and trials. She had lived with her husband for more
able to recognize the witness for truth within themthan forty years, where all seemed to move along in peace and selves, and it is remarkable at what an early period in harmony, and with that love that never fails those that put the life of a child it may become the governing printheir trust in their Heaveniy Father.
ciple to give heed to this Witness, when parents and " Dear as thou wert and justly dear,
teachers make an intelligent appeal to it.
To this Witness within themselves, Jesus directed
his disciples, and bore testimony to the fact that he
E. B. H. was himself guided by it, saying, “ It is my meat to JOHNSON.–At Ivy Cottage, Germantown, Philadelphia, do the will of Him that sent me.” “I do always Tenth month 12, 1898, Mary W. widow of Jos. Warner
those things that are pleasing to my Father in Johnson, and daughter of the late Peter and Mary A. Wright;
Heaven." “ The words that I speak, I speak not of a member of the Monthly Meeting of Friends held at Green Street, Philadelphia.
myself. The Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth KINNARD.-In West Chester, on Fifth-day, Tenth
the works." month 13, 1898, Eliza Ann Kinnard, wife of Caleb H. Kin- The words of approval spoken at his baptism were nard, in the 8oth year of her age; a member of Birmingham these : “ This is my beloved son, in whom I am well Monthly Meeting.
pleased. Hear ye him." POTTS.--At Trenton, N. J., Tenth month 21, 1898, This is the basis of Friends' silent meeting, that George Sherman Potts, in his 54th year ; a valued member of Trenton Friends' Meeting.
circumstances may be made favorable for holding true
heart-communion with God, under the stimulus of a SOMERS.-In Philadelphia, Tenth month 15, 1898,
community of interest, human sympathy, and encourEvoline F., widow of Larner Somers, late of Atlantic City, N. J., aged 77 years, 2 months.
agement, with no outwaad ceremony to draw the atInterment at Pleasantville, N. J.
tention from what we feel to be the closest form of TALCOTT.--At Bloomfield, Ontario, Tenth month 5,
communion the heart can know. There are many 1898, with only two days' illness, Sarah, wife of the late E. W. avenues which lead up to this condition in which we Talcott, aged 73 years.
listen to God's voice speaking to us, and make covShe was a lifelong member and many years an elder in the Society of Friends, making no great demonstration of religious formance of his requirements, but Friends feel that it
enant with him to be faithfully obedient in the perzeal, but discharging her duties as wife, mother, neighbor, and friend in a most exemplary manner, and according to the is more speedily and surely attained by “gathering religion that she professed. When health permitted, the at- into the silence,” as only they who are grown accustendance of meetings was practically carried out in her daily tomed to it know how to enjoy in the fullest measure. life of simplicity and patient toil in the home.
The only sacrifice Friends find to be needful is the She only survived her husband about five months, and leaves a family of seven children, matured in man- and
sacrifice of our own selfish thoughts and wills; and womanhood, to call her blessed.
this sacrifice is not to appease an offended God, but WORTHINGTON.—At the residence of her brother,
to remove obstacles from our pathway as we endeavor
Our relationship to Him is determined by our own
warm, or ignorant, and these conditions lead to the York.
commission of sin or the making of grievous mistakes,
the consequences of which we will have to bear until
NEWS OF FRIENDS. we“ learn wisdom,” repent, and turn from our mis- A YOUNG woman who is deeply interested in our taken or evil ways.
smaller meetings,—where Friends are located in disWe may be the "servants” of God, doing his will tricts remote from the larger centres of Friends,-in without knowledge of what he wishes to accomplish,
a private letter to one of the editors of the INTELLIor why. Jesus said to his disciples, “I will not call
GENCER says : you servants, for the servant knoweth not what his
When I sat in their little meetings and visited master doeth ; but I have called you friends, for what
in Friends' homes, I realized as never before that the soever I have received of the Father, I have made conditions are critical. It was pathetic to hear their known unto you."
expressions of appreciation of the interest which I Again, it is our privilege to be the faithful sons could assure them that Eastern Friends felt in these and daughters of God, joint heirs with Jesus Christ of remote and struggling little meetings. One dear old his kingdom, ascertaining his wishes and his will by Friend said: “We get so discouraged when we see the strength of our love reaching out towards him. our meetings dwindling, and when we read of visiting It must find expression in loving service. We think ministers and active work so far away, it seems as if not of reward or happiness, but forget self in the good we were left to struggle alone, for no one comes to that we can do.
visit us and we can't get to the Conferences." Day by day, year by year, life by life, knowledge The reading of the discussion of isolated Friends and wisdom multiply, and each generation makes at Richmond was of especial interest to me. I wish progress over what has gone before. Jesus, “ though there might have been more practical suggestions a son, learned obedience by the things which he suf- relative to the best methods of bringing small meetfered,” that is, which he experienced and observed.ings and scattered Friends' families in touch with It is thus that we must learn.
Friendly movements. The idea of the universal fatherhood of God and
There is room for a great deal of missionary work the consequent brotherhood of man, were compara- | among our own people.
among our own people. We need more of the spirit tively unknown until recent years. Only as men, in- of Fenelon's prayer, dividually and collectively, lived their highest ideals
“Take thou my thoughts and think through them ; of right conduct, were these fundamental truths
Take thou my lips and speak through them ; brought to light, and as the leaven has permeated Take thou my heart and fire it with zeal in thy service." every avenue of life, old strongholds have crumbled. There seem to me, however, everywhere manifest Yet many more barriers must fall before " peace and signs of promise. Our young people recognize the good-will shall cover the earth as the water covers possibilities, and are fitting themselves for service. the sea."
Many “ Bands of Mercy" bear silent evidence of Friends' meeting at San Francisco has decided to the higher interpretation man has placed upon his re- remove from its present location in the Y. M. C. A. lationship to the dumb creation. Absolute truth re- building to Swarthmore Hall, in Harrison street, near mains the same, but man grows in his ability to un- Second. The first meeting in the new place will derstand and interpret it. No people, no age, has all probably be held on the first First-day in the next of truth. Each adds its varied contribution to the month. common wealth of intellect and spirit. Upon this well-known fact Friends have based their principle of
THE DOUKHOBORTSI MOVEMENT. maintaining “ liberty of conscience" and of “ holding We have, at this writing, no further word of the removal of themselves open to conviction.” These are essential the large party of 2,200 from Batoum to Canada, but suppose to growth and must exist, either openly avowed or
it probable they have sailed, as was expected. At last
advices, it was not certain that they would settle in the Edmonsecretly cherished, in every heart that makes progress
ton district, as proposed, a different location being suggested in Christian sentiment or civilization. No human by the Canadian government. being may give answer to the question, “What is A suggestion has been made to us that a good location for truth ? " for it cannot be bound by limitations, but all
some of the immigrants might be in Idaho, in company with
the proposed colony of Friends. the “ Law and the Prophets," all that has been re
It would appear that there must be a large body of the duced to law and recorded, and all that can be con
Doukhobortsi remaining in Russia, many of whom cannot get ceived as possible of development in the future, is the away before spring of next year. A correspondent well result of wise and conscientious obedience to the two informed on the subject writes to the INTELLIGENCER, as
follows: commandments which Jesus pronounced, the greatest
" There were, I understand, some 12,000 Doukhobortsi -"Thou shalt love the Lord, thy God; and thy
who withstood the persecution until the spring of 1898. It is neighbor as thyself.” For "love is the fulfilling of all difficult to get exact figures, as the people are scattered, the the commandments."
facts are changing month by month, and communication with them is constantly interrupted. Some of them have given
way, and made their submission to the Government, some LET us do what we can. Let us not be seeking are in Siberia, and some are beyond reach or knowledge, but some high position ; but let us get down at the feet of in August last there were about 7,500 who desired to emigrate, the Master, and be willing to let God use us,—to let
under the permission granted by the Government. These
might be classified as follows: 3,300 who had been scattered him breathe his spirit upon us, and send us out to his
and ruined ; 1,100 in the Elizavetpol district, not quite ruined ; work. Ifyou can't be a light-house, you can be a tal
3,100 in Kars district, also not quite destitute. Of this total low candle.—Andrew Murray.
1,126 have gone to Cyprus, 2,200 are starting to Canada