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MAKING A NOISE IN THE WORLD.
"He will never make any noise in the world!" How often do we hear these words sneeringly used by men in speaking of their contemporaries. Especially do we hear them from the lips of educated men, who have acquired some little notoriety, upon which they pride themselves. They seem to think a fellow man a cipher, unless he courts applause, and makes, like themselves, some little nook or corner of the earth ring with his name. The injustice of this is evident. Many a man has been eminently useful to the world, who has made no noise in it. Thousands there are who toil, not for the glare of notoriety, digito pretereuntium monstrari, but for a higher and nobler purpose; and shall it be a reproach to them, that they bave only done that which Providence designed that they should do? No, surely; it is enough that they have "acted well their part" in the sphere which Heaven has assigned them, be it ever so humble or unhonored. It is enough if they have applied themselves to the practical business of life, and in the noiseless tenor of their way have opposed vice and aided virtue—or if, being educated men, they have added the charm of lettered elegance to the common pursuits of business, and tempered with the glow of benevolence the severe spirit of acquisition. In short, it is they who practically, though quietly, serve the best interests of their fellow men—and not those who, for selfish ends, climb the dizzy steep of fame—that live the true life of man, and should be deemed an honor to their race.— Christian Observer.
ONE REASON FOR COLD ON ELEAVTIONS.
It is a curious scientific fact, that the atoms of air, as we ascend, are at greater distances from each other. If the distance between any two atoms is diminished, they give out heat, or render it sensible; whereas, if the distance between them be increased, they store it away. The supper strata are sensibly colder than the lower, not because the atoms have less heat, but because the heat is diffused through a larger space when the atoms are farther apart. One pound of air at the level of the sea, within the tropics, may be said to contain no more heat than the same weight at the top of the highest mountain, perpetually covered with snow. It is for this reason that the same wind which is warm in the valley, becomes colder as it ascends the sides of the mountain. The diminishing pressure allows the air to expand and store away its heat. It is therefore not the snow on the tops of the mountains which cools the air, but it is the rarity of the air which keeps the snow itself from melting. As a general law, the decrease of temperature amounts to one degree, Fahrenheit,
for every three hundred feet in perpendicular height.
SOMETHING FOR WRITERS.
1. - Be brief. This is the age of telegraphs and stenography.
2. Be pointed. Don't write all around a subject without hitting it.
3. State facts, but don't stop to moralize. It is drowsy business. Let the reader do his own dreaming.
4. Eschew prefaces. Plunge at once into your subject, like a swimmer in cold water.
5. If you have written a sentence that you thing particularly fine, draw your pen through it. A pet child is always the worst in the family.
6. Condense. Make sure that you really have an idea, and then record it in the shortest possible terms. We want thoughts in their quintessence.
7. When your article is complets, strike out nine-tenths of the adjectives. The English is a strong language, but it won't bear too much "reducing."
8. Avoid all highflown language. The plainest Anglo-Saxon words are the best. Never use stilts when legs will do as well.
9. Make your sentences short. Every period is a mile stone, at which the reader may halt and rest himself.
HOW TO MEND CHINA.
From an English almanac we, a long time since, cut a receipt for mending china, and the opportunity having occurred for trying, we found it admirable, the fracture scarcely being visible after the article was repaired. It is thus made; take a very thick solution of gum arabic in water, and stir it into plaster of Paris until the mixture becomes a viscous paste. Apply it with a brush to the fractured edges and stick them together* In three days the article cannot again be broken in the same place. The whiteness of the cement renders it doubly valuable.—Exchange paper.
It is estimated that there are 600,000,000 of human beings who use tobacco, and that the world produces annually 1,480,000,000 pounds of this fascinating and poisonous weed. Opium eaters number about 100,000,000. The value of these articles consumed, to say nothing of coffee and tea, is computed at $300,000,000 per annum.
Live well, and make virtue thy guide, and then let death come sooner or later, it matters not. Then it will be a friendly band that opens the inlet to a certain happiness, and puts an end to doubtful and alloyed pleasures.
ON THE WORKS AND ATTRIBUTES OF THE , ALMIGHTY.
Contemplate the great scenes of nature, and accustom yourselves to connect them with the perfections of God. All vast and immeasurable objects are litted to impress the soul with awe.1 The mouutaiu which rises above the neighboring hill, and hides its head in the sky—the sounding, unfathomed, boundless deep—the ex- j panse of heaven, where, above and around, no! limit checks the wondering eye ;—these objects' fill and elevate the mind—they produce a solemn frame of spirit, which accords with the sentiment of religion.
From the contemplation of what is great and magnificent in nature, the soul rises to the Author of all. We think of the time which preceded the birth of the universe, when no being existed but God alone. While unnumbered systems arise in order before us, created by his power, arranged by his wisdom, and filled with his presence,—the earth and the sea, with all that they contain, are hardly beheld amidst the immensity of his works. In the boundless subject the soul is lost. It is He who sitteth on the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof arc as grasshoppers. He weigheth the mountains in scales. He taketh up the isles as a very little tiling. Lord, what is man, that thou art mindful of him!
The face of nature is sometimes clothed with terror. The tempest overturns the cedars of Lebanon, or discloses the secrets of the deep. The pestilence wastes—the lightning consumes —the voice of the thunder is heard on high. Let these appearances be connected with the power of God. These are the awful ministers of his kingdom. The Lord reigneth, let the people tremble. Who would not fear thee, 0 King of nations! By the greatness of thy power thine enemies are constrained to bow.
Pause for a while, ye travellers on the earth, to contemplate the universe in which you dwell and the glory of Him who created it. What a scene of wonders is here presented to your view! If beheld with a religious eye, what a temple for the worship of the Almighty! The earth is spread out before you, reposing amidst the desolation of winter, or cJad in the verdure of the spring—smiling in the beauty of summer, or loaded with autumnal fruit;—opening to an endless variety of beings the treasures of their Maker's goodness, and ministering subsistence and comfort to every creature that lives.
The heavens, also, declare the glory of the Lord. The sun cometh forth from his chambers to scatter the shades of night, inviting you to the renewal of yc;ur labors, adorning the face of nature, and, as he advances to his meridian brightness, cherishing every herb and every flower that springeth from the bosom of the earth. Nor, when he retires again from your view, doth he
leave the Creator without a witness. He onlyhides his own splendor for a while, to disclose to you a more glorious scene—to show the immensity of space filled with worlds unnumbered, that your imaginations may wander, without a limit, in the vast creation of God.
What a, field is here opened for the exerccise pi every pious emotion ! and how irresistibly do such contemplations as these awaken the sensibility of the soul! Here is infinite power to impress you with awe; here is infinite wisdom to fill you with admiration; here is infinite goodness to call forth your gratitude and love. The correspondence between these great objects and the aflections of the human heart is established by nature itself; and they need only to be placed before us, that every religious feeling may be excited.—Moodie.
Flour A»d Meal.—The Atlantic advices are unfavorable for breadstuff's. Sales of standard and rather better brands are made at $5 25 per brand, and at $C a 7 lor extra family and fancy brands. Nothing doing in Rye Flour or Corn Meal j we quote the former at $4 50, and the latter at $3 25 per barrel.
Grain.—There is a fair amount of Wheat offering, but the demand lor it is limited. Sales of 2,500 bushels good red at$l 15 a $1 25 per bus., afloat, and good white at $1 28 a $1 32 bushel. Sales of Rye at 75 a 78 c. Corn is in good request—sales of 4,000 bushels old )ellow at 80 a 81 cts., and prime dry new at 60 a 62 cts. Oats—sales of Southern at 35 cents per bus. Sales of Pennsylvania Barley at 85 cts.
Cloversekd is scarce at 0 00 a 5 25 per 64 lbsNothing doing in Timothy or Flaxseed.
CtHESTERFlELD BOARDING SCHOOL FOR ; YOUNG MEN AND BOYS The Winter session of this Institution will commence on the 16th ol 11th month 1857, and continue twenty weeks.
Terms—$70 per session, one half payable inadvancf' the other in the middle ol the session.
No extra charges. For further inlormation addns? HENRY W.RlDGWAY.Crosswicks P. O., Burlington Co., N. J.
10th mo. 3—3 m.
BOARDING SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, near theCheiton Hiiib Station, on the North Pennsylvania Railroad.
Gayner Heacock will open a school 12th mo. 7th, and continue 16 weeks, where the usual branches oi an English education will be taught, and every attention paid to the health and comfort of the children.
Terms $40. No extra charges. Books furnisheii at the usual prices.
Address JOSEPH HEACOCK,
Jenkintown P. O., Montgomery Co., Penna. 9 mo. 26—8 t.
LONDON GROVE BOARDING SCHOOL FOR YOUNG MEN AND BOYS. It is intended tc commence the next Session of this Institution on the 2d of 11th mo., 1857. Terms: $65 for twenty weeks. For reference and further particulars, inquire for circulars of BENJ. SWAYNE, Principal. London Grove, P. O., Chester County, Pa.
Merrihew 4 Thompson, fri.,Lodge St, North side Pcnna. lien* VOL. XIV.
PHILADELPHIA, TWELFTH MONTH 5, 1857.
EDITED BY AN ASSOCIATION OF FRIENDS"
PUBLISHED BY WM. W. MOORE,
Communications must be addressed to the Publisher free of expense, to whom all payments are to be made.
EXTRACTS FROM THE LIFE OF MARY DUDLEY. (Continued from page 679.)
1798. An affection of the lungs, under which my beloved mother had suffered for several months, became in the spring increasingly serious; and her cough, with other alarming symptoms, brought her so low as to cause much apprehension in the minds of her family and friends, and induce her medical attendants to recommend a sea voyage and short residence at Bristol Hot-wells. It was with peculiar reluctance she yielded to this advice, as the awfully disturbed state of Ireland in the year 1798 precluded her affectionate husband from accompanying her; but in this trial of faith and patience she was mercifully supported, under the belief that it was her duty to use every means for the restoration of her health. She was in so weak a state on leaving home, that some friends who assisted her on board the packet expressed it as their opinion that she was then leaving Ireland never to return : such, however, was not the will of Him who had repeatedly brought her up as from the gates of death, and graciously designed again to qualify her for His service.
She embarked at Waterford with her eldest son and four daughters; landed at Milford, and after passing some weeks in that neighborhood, she was so far recovered as to proceed to Bristol by sea. Her dear friend George Fisher met her at Pill harbor and conducted her to his own house; he had recently lost his valuable wife, between whom and my dear mother a strong friendship had subsisted, and her visit at that juncture seemed not only grateful to his affectionate feelings, but her religious sympathy soothing and helpful to his mind. She stayed much longer under his hospitable roof than was contemplated upon first going to Bristol. Her native air and the waters of the Hot-wells proved, as heretofore, beneficial to her health; though her amendment was very slow and interrupted by
such frequent attacks of indisposition, as caused her physician to entertain little or no hope of ultimate recovery: she was not able to attend meetings till near the end of the year, about which time sho writes as follows:
"I have gone three times to the Fryers meeting house; it tried my frame sensibly, but afresh convinced me who was, and continues to be, strength in weakness; having been assisted beyond what I could have looked for, so that, although I scarcely expect an establishment in even usual health will ever be my experience, I have latterly conceived that my continuance in time might be lengthened out, and feel desirous that every portion of strength intrusted may be occupied with, according to the will of the gracious Giver. Some unfoldings of duty have been recently afforded, and whether or not I may be drawn to visit a few families, or attend any meetings in adjacent places, I do believe I ought to stand resigned to move as bodily strength is furnished, in order that the remainder of my stay here may be filled up to the relief and peace of my mind."
In accordance with these views she applied to her Monthly Meeting for a certificate, in the following address:
"My Dear Friends,—Notwithstanding my leaving home was under different prospects than the probability of any religious engagement, nor does the degree of bodily strength yet experienced warrant an expectation of much of this nature being required; yet being sensible of increasing exereise, and desirous to have the time spent on this side the water, as well as the portion of health afforded, used as consistently with best direction as I may be favored to discover; I feel resigned to mention, that an apprehension exists in my mind that something is due from me, in this city, and to parts adjacent, in which I request liberty of the Monthly Meeting to move as truth may point out. I believe there arc those among my dear friends in Clonmel, who will feel with me in this exercise, and as soon as clearness is felt, transmit me their decision. After spreading this prospect I may just add, that though separate in person, under the pressure of various infirmities and hidden conflicts, my spirit has often saluted, and rencwedly does salute you, my dear friends, wishing with my own your preservation and establishment on the rock of I immutable support; that whatever our individual allotments may be, we may experience that 'we have a strong city' and know salvation to be ' appointed for walls and bulwarks.'
"I am in gospel and affectionate love your friend, M. DUDLEY.
"Bristol, 11th mo. 22nd, 1798."
After receiving the concurrence of her friends, which was readily granted, the first step she believed it right to tako in the line of religious duty, was to visit some of the larger families belonging to the Monthly Meeting of Bristol, and she paid while in a weak state of health upwards of thirty visits. During this engagement, and respecting some further service, she remarks as follows:
"In the procedure so far, frequent and closely exercising, have been my conflicts in and out of meetings, though in some of these merciful help has been vouchsafed, so that relief has been measurably obtained. Being sensible of a weighty concern respecting the inhabitants of Temple Parish, I ventured to appoint a meeting at that meeting house on the evening of the 24th of 2nd mo., which was large and solemnly favored. Through the extension of divine assistance, not only a door of utterance was granted but comfortable persuasion that one of entrance was also opened; so that renewed cause was administered to follow in the path of manifested duty, and the subsequent feeling of unmerited peace was truly precious. When this service was accomplished, I felt increasingly drawn towards some little places in the north division of this county, and on the 3rd of the 3rd mo. proceeded to Sidcot, where I sat an exercising meeting with Friends, under a deep sense of the want of life, and prevalence of an indolent, unconcerned spirit, whereby the burden of the sensible feeling part was abundantly increased.
"Second day, 4th, attended the appointed meeting at Sidcot, which was large and quiet; supplication early went forth, and He who raiseth and answereth prayer graciously drew near, sensibly qualifying for the portion of labor allotted, and spreading the canopy of pure love, under which names and distinctions seem lost, and that spirit which breathes peace on earth and good will to men happily prevails.
"4th day, 6th. We attended Claverham meeting in course, which was a season of very deep exercise, my poor mind being unusually plunged into a state where faith was at so low an ebb that very little prospect of relief opened, though a necessity for moving seemed felt. To my humbling admiration, help was so extended, that from one of the lowest it became a time of considerable relief, through honest plain dealing with the indifferent and lukewarm, while encouragement was sweetly felt to an exercised and deeply tried remnant, hidden but precious in the Lord's sight. In the afternoon went to Longford, where at the hour appointed a considerable
number came. A solemn covering soon spread, and though among a people to whom such a meeting was wholly new, it not being remembered that any of this kind had ever been held there, He, whom winds and waves obey, graciously calmed by His own power, and to much outward stillness vouchsafed a quietude scarcely to be expected. This so increased, that during the previous travail and succeeding vocal engagement, the waters gradually rose, and the conclusion of the season was memorably owned; a time wherein all that was feeling within me, and I believe other fellow travellers united in gospel fellowship, bowed in thankful acknowledgement of continued merciful regard.
'« We separated under a solid feeling, the people departing in much commendable quietness; which I esteemed a peculiar favor, as our being at an inn had caused me to fear unsettlement after the meeting.
Her views extending, as ability of body increased, she travelled a good deal during the summer of 1799 in the counties of Somerset, Gloucester, Wilts, and Hereford; visiting the families of Friends in some places, and holding above thirty public meetings, among which were three at Bath, and one in the Townhall at Wells. At the latter place she had been accustomed to enjoy much worldly pleasure in early life, and was still remembered by some of the more respectable inhabitants. Many of these manifested an affectionate recollection and esteem for her character, when thus among them as a minister of the gospel; several about her own age acknowledging that there was more solid satisfaction in the path she had wisely chosen than could ever result from self-gratification, though the pursuit of this still occupied and was allowed to engross their minds.
While in Bristol she visited three men who were under sentence of death in Newgate, and continuing much exercised on their account, wrote the following letter, which was conveyed to them a few days before their execution, and appeared to be both seasonable and comforting. One of the men requested a religious person who attended them to the last, to express his sense of the kindness, and tell the Friend who had manifested such concern for them, that her words were fulfilled in his experience, for his prison had indeed become as a palace, and in the immediate prospect of death he would not change situations with the king on his throne.
"My Dear Brethren,—For so I can call you in that love and deep solicitude which allows no distinction of names to religion, I feel with and for you in the Sowings of gospel love, and under this influence could spend hours with you in your solitary and awful situation; but I fear your even beholding the persons of any, unless those who are of necessity about you, lest your minds should be drawn to any thing inferior to the great object which you ought every moment to have in view. I therefore adopt this method of beseeching you to endeavor to draw near to the spring of living help, which is mercifully with and tn you, as an infallible means of opening to you, not only all your wants, but the glorious remedy provided for their supply. This, my friends, is ' Christ in you,' the promised reprover for transgression, and comforter of the contrite penitent soul which leans upon him. Oh! let your attention bo inward and deep, your eye singly turned to His all-convincing, saving light. He is the good Samaritan, the searcher and binder up ot those wounds that sin has made, and can by His own power so apply the oil and the wine, as to restore the distressed, mournful traveller to soundness and peace. Oh ! that this may be your individual experience; then will your prison be as a palace, and your dismission out of this world a door of entrance into a state of liberty and endless rest. Let nothing divert your minds from the essentially necessary state of inward retirement, and waiting upon the Lord: and may He who can only preach spiritual deliverance to the captive, graoiously do His own work, even cleanse from sin, finish transgression, and make you, by His redeeming sanctifying power, meet for His pure and holy kingdom-; thus, in a manner not to be fully described, prays your concerned and deeply sympathizing friend, M. D.
"Bristol, ith mo. 29<A, 1799."
(To be continued.;
The education of all youth should be strictly a religious education. 1 do not mean by this, that children should be bound down to the reading of the Bible, chapter by chapter, and the regular rehearsal of a catechism, and the mechanical repetition of a few hymns,—and that it then should be taken for granted, that their religious education was complete. I would reach after something far more definite, solid and practicable. 1 would insist that they should be made to understand the laws of God, and to see and feel their application to their own bosoms and their own daily conduct; that they should be well grounded in all their personal and relative duties, by those who are well qualified to instruct them; that each individual should be enabled to form for himself a set of clear and immoveable principles, from which should perpetually spring up the practice of honesty, sobriety, industry, humility, benevolence, andaall the consenting virtues.
1 would repeat, that a mere lip religion will not do, will not answer the purpose. Religion must bear down, as it were, with a nicely adjusted pressure, on all human actions and events; it must be woven in through the whole texture of life and conversation, or it is a useless
thing. When properly inculcated, however, it is the very first and most important thing, and nothing else is valuable without it. A variety of well digested knowledge will indeed happily prepare the way for its reception and efficacy; but if it be absent, all possible knowledge is "as sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal." Religion is the only sure foundation of virtue; and what is any human being, young or old, rich or poor, without virtue? He cannot be trusted, he cannot bo respected, confided in, or loved. Religion is the only sure index of duty; and how can any one pursue an even or a reputable course, without rules and without principles? Religion is the only guide to true happiness; and who is there so hardy as to assume the tremendous responsibility of withholding those instructions and consolations, which dispel doubt, soothe affliction, make the bed of sickness, spread the dying pillow, and open the gates of an effulgent futurity?
Let then religion be the primary object in the education of the young. Let it mingle naturally, easily, and gracefully in all their pursuits and acquirements. Let it be rendered intelligible, attractive and practical. Let it win their affections, command their reverence, and insure their obedience.—Greenwood's Sermon.
For Friends' Intelligencer.
I offer the following extract for insertion, believing it may be "a word in season" to some of our scattered members, who, through the infirmities of age or other discouragements, may sometimes suffer their seats in our assemblies to be found vacant. J.
1802.—" One thing I seem inclined to mention for thy encouragement; and that is, to request affectionately, that thou wilt not let discouragements take place, as to the attendance of meetings for discipline at a distance, now that your borders as a quarterly meeting are enlarged, and the remoteness may be an additional bar to thy going. I believe thy company will be strengthening and encouraging to the rightly concerned present, and their company will be reviving and consoling to thee. Let not thy deafness discourage thee; thy being, in measure, gathered into thy own exercise, will, I believe, help forward the cause. Even the countenance of an Israelite, I believe, strengthens many a drooping mind; and there are opportunities now and then, though it may not be our lot to be very active, of manifesting on whose side we are. So that I am inclined, from some persuasion of its usefulness and fitness, to encourage those, who, with thyself, sincerely love the cause of Truth, to keep close to it publicly, even in declining days, as to age. I have been of the mind for some time, that if things go on well, the more active part in our meetings for dis