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off the reservation, where she could work for her
Conferences, Associations, Etc.! living and be free from the influence of this place. If I can persuade the young woman's parents to let her
HUNTINGTON, IND.-The Young Friends' Association met go, could a place be found for her? It is pitiful to see at the home of Michael Moore, Ninth month 30. The prothese young girls struggle to keep up and live up to gram for the evening was prepared principally by the chilwhat they think is right. I have a girl living with me
dren, and proved a pleasant change from our usual line of
work. now, but who will soon marry.
She and the young
Tenth month 28 the Association met at the home of man she is to marry are returned students, and have
Charles Moore. After a short silence was observed, the kept up well. I have to look after them, encourage routine business was transacted. For the second time in the them, and give them a lift now and then. If someone history of our Association the member who was to prepare a could send them reading, and write to them now and
paper was absent. This brought forward the question whether
it would not be wise to have the Executive Committee prepare then, it would interest both parties..
I have a
After some discussion it was devery dear friend in New Jersey whom I never saw, but cided that this would not be best, as all members are expected who for years wrote to me regularly. When I got to cheerfully and willingly do their part towards the growth of discouraged and thought I must give up, as it was no
the Association ; also, that having at least two months in
which to make their preparation, that they should be ready, use trying to live right, one of my friend's letters
and if, from any unavoidable cause they are absent, that their would brighten me up and strengthen me The
paper could be read by some other member. thought that someone is thinking of us, praying for The Secretary then called the roll, each member respondus, keeps us strong.
ing with some original thought or quotation. Adjourned to The drinking among the people has been stopped,
meet Eleventh month 24.
CLOTILDE D. EDMONDSON, Cor. Sec. and affairs are brightening up, but they have so much to learn,-not the women, but the men. They have too many teachers, especially at election time.
Short CREEK, 0.-The meeting of the Friends' AssociaSome of the men have been asking me
me about tion of Short Creek Quarterly Meeting, was held on the after
noon of our quarterly meeting, Eleventh month 19, at the bribery.” One of them said, “I thought that was
Short Creek meeting-house, near Mt. Pleasant, Ohio. à part of the election business. I would like to vote
About forty were present, and the meeting throughout as I please, not as a man who gives me fifty cents tells was one of interest and life. me to.” The Indians are getting too sharp for some
A selection on the life of Thomas Ellwood was read by of these white men, who, when the tables are turned
William R. Clark, which renewedly brought before us the
work of a good life. on them think the Indian is pretty bad. They forget
Alice Jones recited Whittier's poem, "The Minister's they were the teachers.
Daughter," which called forth many remarks, especially on I thank you for the interest you take in my people. the subject of original sin. It was thought as time advances It is a help. We have more confidence in ourselves that the Church members are growing farther away from the when we know someone remembers us.
One referred to the woman who I shall be
doctrine of original sin.
deplored the loss of her belief in original sin and she felt if glad to get help, as there has been and is quite a good she lost that of preordination and total depravity she would deal: of sickness among the people.
have no religion left. MARGUERITE DIDDOCK, Field Matron.
A selection read by Oliver Cope on Reading the Bible, forcibly urged the more diligent reading of it.
Elizabeth Tomlinson read “After Death in Arabia, by WINNEBAGO AGENCY, Neb., Nov. 3. Edwin Arnold, which brought the meeting into thoughtful We have a Government physician here who fur- silence.
“ The Ministry," by Mary Anna Packer, was nishes us with some remedies which we need, but often
clear and concise in explaining Friends' belief in regard to his supply is exhausted before he can get any more, the ministry. The writer said, the Divine Father calls and and some things he receives very little of, so that some cultivates for the ministry, and it comes to anyone without remedies from you will be very acceptable to me, and
regard to sex, and as the ability is from the Father so the will help me very much in my work. Dr. Stephenson reward is from him ; hence no compensation can come from
She quoted Robert Barclay as saying that man is (Gov. physician) and myself made a list of remedies,
made a minister by the inward power and spirit of God. any of which I will be very glad to get, and you can Amy Lee Carpenter recited a poem, "All Things Beaut use your own judgment in regard to which you can ful.” Alice M. Walker read a poem by Samuel M. Janney, best afford to send. I cannot express to you
written when at the Red Springs, Virginia. It was a descrip
tion and adoration of the wonderful works of God. how thankful I feel to you and the other kind friends
After the reading of the program the meeting adjourned. . for the help and assistance you offer me. It also gives
A. B. W., me much encouragement to know the Indians have such kind, thoughtful friends in the East, who are
MOORESTOWN, N. J.-A meeting of the Young Friends' willing to help the workers in the field here.
Association was held Eleventh month II, Vice-president Lord will reward thee."
Horace Roberts presiding. Reports from the standing comMAUDE HOLT, Field Matron.
mittees were given as follows : William B. Lippincott, from the History, read from the " Chronology of the Society of Friends some of the important events, dating from the
birth of George Fox. The kingdom of heaven is not come even when Joseph R. Lippincott, on behalf of the Literature, read God's will is our law. It is come when God's will is selections from “Quaker Poems. our will. When God's will is our law, we are but a
Current Topics was represented by Florence E. May, who kind of noble slaves. When his will is our will, we
gave an account of some of the events occurring within the
last few months. After a few moments' silence, meeting are free children.-- George Macdonald.
I. A. L., Secretary.
WEST BRANCH, PA.—The First-day School Association can reasonably justify the course the United States will take of Centre Quarterly Meeting was held Eleventh month 19, by assuming the “ soveregnity” of distant islands, still it beginning at i p. m
must be right, because many people “feel” that it is. In The officers took their places, Sidney Kester acting as other words, it is a good plan to disregard the lessons of clerk, and James D. Wall superintendent, who opened the experience, and to proceed by instinct. According to this, a meeting by reading the 13th chapter of Corinthians. "Gifts republic of the lower animals is likely to do better than one are nothing without charity." He also requested the school directed by statesmen, and a mule is wiser than a President. to read responsively the inith Psalm, which was followed by We never felt sure that B. Kidd's book was entitled to the a few moments' silence, and the program was taken up. praise awarded it, and now our doubts are multiplied. Zelna Barto spoke first, followed by Lena Wall. their pieces, which were very appropriate, very nicely. Allen Parker recited a poem, “Why should the spirit of mortal be J. B. Lippincott Co., Philadelphia, are the American pubproud ?" Bruce Kester then read an essay, “Wasted Mo- lishers of Charles Lamb and the Lloyds.' It comprises ments," followed by Corliss Kirk, who read a selection on newly discovered letters of Lamb, Coleridge, and others. the “Evils of War." Mabel C. Way recited a beautiful The whole is edited by E. V. Lucas, who says of the twenty poem, "A Rose and its Mission," followed by Derric, new letters by Lamb, here brought to light after lying hidden who gave a very impressive piece, “Write them a Letter for eighty years, that “some of them are worthy to rank with *to-night."
his best.' The subject, "Friends' Principles," was assigned to R. P. Kester, who gave an interesting and instructive talk. W. D. Howells, in his American Letter to Literature, Nathan Moore also gave his views on the subject. After a
London, points out that while literary criticism of the easier short period of silence, R. P. Kester offered prayer. The
variety has largely increased in the newspapers, nearly all words seemed to come from a heart overflowing with love and literary criticism has disappeared from the magazines. This good will for all.
may be because of the rise of several critical weeklies and It now being time to conclude, the Association adjourned monthlies which supply the demand of magazine readers ; to meet at Bald Eagle, at the usual time, in the Second month but it is fairly certain that sound and helpful literary criticism
is not abundant. Such a journal as Literature is a feature of
the English field. LITERARY NOTES.
Some details of periodical publishing are given in conAMONG the contributions lately made to Scripture study is a nection with Scribner's. The drawings for Senator Lodge's compact little work, “ The Messages of the Earlier Prophets,' Story of the Revolution," just concluded in that magazine, by Dr. F. K. Sanders, of Yale, and Dr. C. F. Kent, of Brown.
“required the exclusive services for many months of some of
the best artists in the country, and were made at a total cost of Dr, Sanders will be remembered with pleasure by those of
about $12,000.” Thomas Nelson Page, the Virginia author, our readers who heard his lectures at Swarthmore College, a
is an untiring proof-reader and corrector. He is never year or two ago.
tired of reconstructing his sentences and rearranging his The books considered are those of Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, phraseology-all in the effort to give a more effective form of Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Jeremiah, and Habakkuk.
expression to his idea." Though he spent several years
writing his story “Red Rock,” yet even after its appearance Isaiah is dealt with in two parts, with the captions his
in Scribner's he made so many changes in the proofs of the “ Earlier Activity," and " Later Prophecies," and Jeremiah book that he became the despair of the printers. is similarly divided into the three periods of prophetic activity in the reigns of Josiah, Jehoiakim, and Zedekiah.
EDUCATIONAL NOTES. The arrangement of the study does not follow the order of
MORRIS'S UNITED STATES HISTORY.-_The school histories the books in the Bible, (which, the authors remark, is not the
in use in many schools are very objectionable on account of historical order), but is arranged as nearly as possible accord- their “ war features, and especially their pictures of battles, ing to the chronological facts. Amos, who appears seventh killing Indians, etc. One of the worst offenders in this respect in the Bible, was probably the first to utter a public ser
is Barnes's history, which, we regret to say, seems to be in mon," so far as the records now remain to us. Isaiah, who
use in some Friends' schools. At the Gwynedd School, a.
preparatory work by Charles Morris (published by J. B. Lipis placed first in the Bible, was clearly third in time, and
pincott Co.), has been introduced, and is regarded as satisJeremiah seventh, not second.
factory. The narrative is clear and simple, and there is much The book is, as the title states, an analysis, and also a attention given to the other facts in the history of the people paraphrase. The thought of the Scripture text is presented
of the United States, besides the chronicle of their fighting.
We recommend committees to inspect the work. in other language, not intended to be a substitute, but to be more plain. “A paraphrase is a restatement of a passage in literature, which gives the exact sense of the original in other
" FRIENDS ALMANAC."
Editors FRIENDS' INTELLIGENCER : Paul Leicester Ford is writing a new biography of Benja- | The Friends' Almanac in its improved form is worthy of min Franklin for the Century magazine, and makes, as would
praise. The view of the Central School makes an attractive be confidently expected, a lively and interesting study.
cover, and will be of interest to many who never have seen Franklin touched the experiences of human life at so many
the building itself. The directory of correspondents of points that there seems always something new to be said of
monthly and quarterly meetings was much needed, and will him, favorably or unfavorably. The instalment of the
be useful. The data regarding all our meetings and the way biography in this month's issue relates to the philosopher's
to reach them is information of a valuable nature, and that it “physique, illnesses, and medical theories.'
is incorrect in some instances is perhaps the fault of those
who gave-or did not give—the information, and should not The Colonial question is discussed in the Atlantic Monthly, be charged to the publishers, who have manifestly striven for this month, by three writers.' Benjamim Kidd, the English
Errors as to date of establishment, time of author of a book a good deal praised when it appeared a few holding, etc., of which there are quite a few, will no doubt be years ago, "Social Evolution," is given leading place, and eliminated in next year's edition.
J. C., JR. his thesis appears to be that though, truly enough, no one New York City.
PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED. The BRANDYWINE. By John Russell Hayes.
By John Russell Hayes. With Illustrations by Robert Shaw. Pp. 43. $0.50. Wilmington,
Del., The John M. Rogers Press. OUR UNITARIAN GOSPEL. By M. J. Savage. Pp. 282.
$1.00. Boston: George H. Ellis. THE MESSAGES OF THE EARLIER PROPHETS. . Arranged in
the Order of Time, Analyzed, and fully rendered in Paraphrase. By Frank Knight Sanders, Ph. D., and Charles Foster Kent Ph. D. Pp. 304. $1.00, Philadelphia : John D. Wattles & Co.
UNIVERSITY EXTENSION LECTURES. ATTRACTIVE courses of lectures are arranged for by the University Extension management, Philadelphia, for the present season, 1898–9. Dr. Frederick H. Sykes, a staff lecturer of the American Society, is now delivering a course on English Romantic Poets of the Early Nineteenth Century." These are given at the lecture-room, 15th and Chestnut streets, on Sixth-day evenings, They have included Wordsworth, on the 11th ult., Coleridge, 18th, Scott, 25th. This week, Byron, followed by Shelley and Keats on the 9th and 16th.
W. Hudson Shaw will reach Philadelphia for engagements beginning with the New Year. He will deliver courses in First and Second months, at Association Hall, and a course under the patronage of Young Friends' Association, at the lectureroom of Friends' Central School. The dates for the lastnamed course are Second month 17 and 22, Third month 1, 8, 15, and 29: The subject, “ England in the 18th Century, 1714-1789."
Hudson Shaw has several other engagements; he seems likely, indeed, to be kept very busy. Among them are courses at Burlington, Germantown, Moorestown, and Riverton
Other lecturers for the season include President R. E. Thompson of the Central High School ; Frederick W. Speirs, Ph. D., Clyde B. Frost, M. A., Albert H. Smyth, B. A., Dr. Emily G. Hunt, and William H. Mace, Ph. D.
PERSONAL NOTES. HENRIETTA W. JOHNSON, widow of Rowland Johnson, who will be remembered by many of our readers as an earnest advocate of the abolition of slavery, residing in Germantown, Philadelphia, in the early '50's, is now living with her daughter Anna H., in Pomona, California.
Christine Bedell, a trained nurse, daughter of John Henry Douglass, a well-known minister of the Orthodox body of Friends, sailed on the 18th ult., from San Francisco for Manila, in company with 34 others attached to the Government Hospital service. A part of the company would stop at Honolulu.
A PLEA FOR THE BIRDS. [The following plea for birds, as against the sportsmen, is sent us from California. We cannot say that either the rhyme or the rhythm is exactly according to the standards, but the sentiment is good, and the expression of it at some points calculated to arrest the reader s attention—which, after all, is a very important matter.-Eds. INTELLIGENCER.]
WHY SHOOT THE BIRDS?
A VISIT TO THE CYPRUS DOUKHOBORS.
Timothy B. Hussey, in American Friend, Phila. THROUGH the kindness of Wilson Sturge, nephew to our late dear friend, Joseph Sturge, and a member of the Friends' Committee, I have been enabled to visit both branches of the colony, one located at Pergamos, some eight miles inland, where they or the Friends have purchased some three hundred acres of land, and the other at Athalassa, near the centre of the island, three and a half miles from Nicosia, the capital of the island.
It was my privilege last First-day to attend their meeting for worship, which was very simple and impressive. They meet at the rising of the sun, in the open air, when pleasant, and in one of their largest rooms in cold or stormy weather, arranging themselves in two long rows or columns, men standing in one row and the women in the other, men and women facing each other, the older men and women standing respectively at the head of each row.
Their services commenced by repeating psalms, some of the Psalms of David, and some of their own, handed down and committed to memory. No book of any kind was seen in the congregation. At intervals some man would say, “God remember David," and all would make a low bow. Then several men spoke or recited something, and at every pause or conclusion all would bow. Several women likewise spoke, or what seemed more like repeating something learned, all in Russian language, my friend Sturge being able to translate some of the expressions. The women and men joined in chanting or singing a dirge-like piece, then all, men and women, bowed their heads to the ground, and, rising, asked God to forgive all their sins.
The closing exercise consisted in bowing and kissing each other. This consumed a considerable time, as each man kissed every other man, the women waiting and bowing at each salutation of the men, after which the women went through the same among themselves, the men bowing.
Learning that they had refused the gift of a lot of Bibles, we felt anxious to know their reasons. They invited us to partake of their food, and while eating they opened the way to a little conversation by speaking of the love of God to us, We united with them in this, and went on a little to speak of God's great love in sending His Son, and of the Bible which gave a record of His Son. At this point we were interrupted by one of the leading men, who replied: “That transaction has all gone by. Jesus has gone to heaven, and we have now no need of him nor of the Bible. We are led by the Spirit.” Our hearts were
'Tis what a hunter calls true sport !
We'd form ourselves in an armed band
They shoot the mother quail down stone dead.
The innocent quail on yonder hill.
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drawn out in much sympathy for them, and we longed sentiment and institution of freedom. Only during that some Aquila and Priscilla might be found to the past twenty-five years of peace has either been teach them the way of God more perfectly. They | able to gain a foothold and to give a promise of are strong, physically, both men and women, of fair regeneration. complexion, strongly resembling the Swedes who But the despotism growing out of war means have gone to America, and quite willing to work. more than the bare statement that all power over life They have but one purse, but at present they appear and property has been placed in the hands of a monto be living very harmoniously together.
arch. It means that his subjects have been deprived Their great desire seems to be to get to America, of the right to think and act for themselves. He has and delegates have already gone to Canada prospect- taken charge of both their consciences and their coning.
duct. In Spain, for some reason not easy to discover, They are strict vegetarians, believing it wrong to the ecclesiastical despotism became more potent and take the life of any creature for their own sustenance. deadly than in the other countries of Europe. There Their manner of eating, though very primitive, was the priests were more powerful sometimes than the a great improvement over the way the Arabs eat, monarch himself. With the institution of the Inquisiamong whom we have so long been living. A dish tion during the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella they of soup was placed in the middle of the table, and a wrought a havoc to the Spanish intellect that has no large wooden spoon, holding about half a teacupful, parallel outside of the great Oriental despotisms. To was given each guest, accompanied by a long napkin them is due the mental torpor of the Spaniards, who, for two. Each one dipped in and ate what he wished, according to U. J. Burke, wrapped themselves in a then the soup was removed and another dish of sauce cloak and “sought safety in dignified silence.” How put in its place, and the guests were expected to wipe could the spectacle of an auto-da-fe do otherwise than their spoons, each at his end of the napkin. No discipline a prudent man to think for himself and to other dishes were seen. Good wheaten bread was
tell what he thought? laid in slices around the table. They always ask That devotion to military pursuits inspires a conGod's blessing before eating, and seem very sincere. tempt for industrial pursuits and gives birth to a feel
ing of superiority over the people engaged in them
we see to-day in France and Germany. In those THE EFFECT OF WAR ON SPAIN.
countries it has come to such a pass that civilians are Popular Science Monthly.
regarded as almost without rights, since an officer Until account is taken of the effect of war on the imagining himself insulted may run them through thoughts, feelings, and institutions of men, no head- with his sword, and as having no other function in way can be made toward a rational explanation of the the economy of the world but to work for their masdecadence of Spain. Since the outbreak of hostilities
In Spain during the years of her greatest with that country, which has made the topic a favor- military activity these feelings of a barbarian reached ite one with newspaper and magazine writers, every an intensity that can not now be realized. The only other explanation has been vouchsafed; but all of occupation outside of killing and plundering enemies them, including the favorite one about the mental and either in Europe or America, that a gentleman could industrial paralysis produced by the Spanish Inqui- follow was a career as a churchman or as an official sition, mistake effects for causes. Not one of them, so in the home or colonial administration.
" Public far as we have seen, has touched the root of the offices,” says Henry C. Lea, describing the results of matter and pointed out that Spain has simply gone this absurd belief,
this absurd belief, “were multiplied recklessly, and the way of every other nation that has devoted itself, the steady increase in the ranks of the clergy, regular not to the pursuits of peace, but to the destruction of and secular, was a constant subject of remonstrar.ce. life and property.
In 1626 Navarette tells us that there were thirty-two Like all other despotisms, Spanish despotism has universities and more than four thousand grammar been the inevitable product of the necessities of war. schools crowded with sons of artisans and peasants Success in that pursuit requires that the subjects of a striving to fit themselves for public office or holy monarch shall place unreservedly their lives and orders. Most of them failed in this through inaptiproperty at his disposal. He must be permitted to tude and drifted into the swarms of tramps and levy conscriptions without let or hindrance, and to beggars who were a standing curse to the comimpose taxes with the same freedom. The longer munity.”
The longer munity.” Hence the abnormal proportions of the and more intense the militant activities, the more ecclesiastical and bureaucratic establishments; hence unmigated the despotism. In Spain the conditions also the almost total failure to develop the great for the uninterrupted growth of irresponsible power natural resources of the country; hence, finally, the have been especially favorable. There were first the unprosperous condition of the industries not crushed long wars with the Moors, then the Italian wars, the out of existence by the regulations of the official wars of the Reformation, the wars of the Spanish parasites. Succession, the Napoleonic wars, followed by a period To many people the callousness of Spaniards to of chronic revolution, and the wars carried on against suffering and their disregard of the rights of others the natives and other adversaries in the New World. have seemed the greatest mystery. Why is it that The impulse toward a concentration of power in the they still cling so tenaciously to the pleasures of the hands of one man enigenered by these incessant con- bull ring ? Why was it that they appeared so indifferflicts could not fail to blot out of existence every ent to the miseries of the Cuban reconcentrados ? In
the light of the influence of war on the sympathies roof and by our side, we reject the intimations that these questions present no difficulty. Clear also does come to us from every quarter and bring us the truths it become why the Spaniards possess as little patriot- by which we live ! ism as the Chinese. Training for centuries in the For we live in the things which are unseen and belief that the most honorable occupation is the intangible, which we have never looked upon with our killing and plundering of enemies or the filling of eyes nor grasped with our hands. We live by means positions in church and State that obviate the neces- of houses, food, raiment, warmth, exercise; we travel, sity of earning a livelihood by honest toil is not fitted talk, amu-e ourselves; we employ a vast number of to inspire a keen sense of justice or a lively fellow- instruments for our pleasure and a host of agencies feeling.
for our comfort. All these things we use and profit
by; but we live in and through none of them. We • INTIMATIONS OF THE UNSEEN.
live in and through qualities, possessions, passions,
convictions, and activities which are intangible and How little of that which makes up life is visible or
invisible. We live in and through love, faith, hope, tangible! We habitually speak and act as if there duty, devotion, sacrifice; these are the words which were certain realities with which we are in such imme- compass our deepest life, and make that life valuable diate contact that we constantly see and touch them;
and significant to us. The great struggles of the they exist beyond all question because their existence
race have been for ideas and principles and sentiments; is evident to the senses. The man who is willing to
the real bequests of the past are certain moral or inaccept nothing of the being and nature of which he tellectual qualities which instantly move over the has not ocular or tangible proof accepts these things horizon of the mind when the words Jew, Greek, as realities; all the rest he dismisses as dreams, or
Roman, are mentioned in our hearing. It is one of rejects as incapable of demonstration. And he does
the divine mysteries of man's life in this world that, this, in many cases, because he believes that this is while he is always dealing with material things, strugthe only course open to one who means to preserve gling for them, storing them up, and counting himself absolute integrity of intellect and to be entirely honest
rich or poor, as he increases or diminishes them, he with himself and with life. A man of this temper is
is ready at any moment to hold them as dust in the ready to believe only that which he thinks he knows by balances, if the things he carries in his heart are in absolute contact; there is much else he would like to
peril. He will open the dikes and destroy the believe, but he will not permit himself a consolation country he has worked for centuries to create rather or comfort based on a hope which the imagination,
than suffer her enemies to possess her; he will sacrior the heart, or the mind, working without due regard fice everything he has accumulated for the love of for the laws of evidence, has turned into a reality. wife or child. Immersed in materialism, man is Many honest men go through life and will not see
always at heart an idealist; putting his strength into God because they have bolted all the doors through the mastery and acquisition of things, he is always which God can enter and reveal himself.
finding his life in ideas, emotions, convictions. He All the deeper realities of life are conveyed to us
works with the material, but he lives in the spiritual. by intimation rather than by demonstration. They
If the spiritual is withdrawn from him, he withers come to us by other roads than those of the senses.
like a flower from which the light has departed. The persons to whom we are bound in the sweetest relationships or by the noblest compulsion are never
The Uses of Letters. really seen by us. We see and touch their garments;
To write a letter when one is suffering from a fit of the blues, we never see or touch them. They may live with us
from temporary or chronic depression, thus sending forth in the closest intimacy, and yet no sense of ours ever
one's melancholy to become the chilly, wet blanket which made a path of final approach between us. When can smother another's happiness, is equally short-sighted, they vanish out of life, they leave behind them all says Harper's Bazar.
says Harper's Bazar. Out comes the bright sunshine, and that we ever saw or touched; but how pathetically your clouds vanish ; but your darkly and wretchedly conunavailing is the appeal of the heart to the garment recall it, and it is busy about its baleful errand when you are
ceived letter has gone beyond your reach, and you cannot laid aside in the haste or pain of the final flight! All in no frame of mind to own that you sent it out. Years afterwe ever saw is there, and yet it is nothing ! That wards it may fall into the hands of your heirs, and may lay which we loved, and which made the world dear and at your door the charge of a tendency to insanity, or be familiar through the diffusion of its own purity and quoted in evidence of your spiritual or mental weakness and
infelicity. Refrain from writing letters when you are in a low sweetness, we never saw or touched. It was never
mood. within the reach of our senses; it was accessible only Another point, and this has to do with the letters of wellto our spirits. So sacred was it that the final mystery known people. What right has the public to the intimate was never dissipated; so divine was it that the final
knowledge, the unveiling, the revelation caused by the pubveil was never lifted.
lication of letters when the helpless dead can lift no hand for One came our way and dwelt
their own defence or protection. Much as we enjoy biograwith us in a tabernacle of flesh, even as Christ did, phy, there often comes over us a creepy feeling, a sort of and then departed, leaving behind all that we ever shiver, at the thought that those who wrote these private, saw or touched, and yet taking with her all that was personal letters never intended them for the perusal of other real, companionable, comprehensible! And yet with
eyes than those of the one to whom they were addressed. this constant and familiar illustration of the presence
Famous men and women should take precautions during their
lifetime against this invasion of their individual rights when of a reality which we never touch or see under our
they are no longer here.