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infant cries, and baby affection, were more than all the world besides. In vain did the world seek to lure her from the side of her boy. All nature seemed to wear a new garb of freshness, beauty and innocence-a mirrored reflection from the face of her child, and her own deep heart-joy.


There is a very pretty story by Miss Strickland, in her "Queens of England," of a little girl who saved her father's life.

"It was in the time of Queen Mary, and Lord Preston, the father of the How like a shadow at such moments child, was condemned to death for conmust have swept across her memory, spiring to bring back the exiled King the remembrance, that only for a brief James to the throne. Her name was period was she to be in actual possession, Lady Catherine Graham, and she was of this treasure! That by her own act only nine years of age. The poor child he was hers indeed by blood, but God's was, during the trial of her father, left forever by promise. As the weeks in the Queen's apartments in Windsor lengthened into months, and months Castle. The day after the condemnainto years, the bonds that entwined tion of Lord Preston, the Queen found mother and child grew stronger. And the little Lady Catherine in St. George's yet the hour came when all this must gallery, gazing earnestly on the whole cease!-With her own hand she must length of the picture of James II., which lead her boy beyond the paternal roof, beyond his native hill, far from her watchful gaze, and motherly ministration, to consecrate and bear him to his divinely appointed mission.

Did not her heart misgive her? Would he be safe even in the very shadow of the Holy of Holies? How was it with the sons of Eli? Were not their lives spent amidst consecrated rites and ceremonials? And yet they were" Sons of Belial," and would be cast out.

still remains there. Struck with the mournful expression of the young girl's face, Mary asked her hastily what she saw in that picture which made her look on it so particularly. 'I was thinking,' said the innocent child, 'how hard it is that my father must die for loving yours.' The story goes that the Queen, pricked in conscience by the artless reply, immediately signed the pardon of Lord Preston, and gave the father back to the child."


But, then, Hannah was a prophetess, ther, to his last years, trembled when he and her knowledge must have extended beyond the ordinary ken of mortals entered the pulpit. The same was true when she prophesied that Samuel of Robert Hall. Mr. Gough confesses "should be lent to the Lord all the days of his life." She felt assured that He who had chosen him, would also guard and guide His Priest, and Prophet, and the future Judge of Israel.

Thus did a woman's lawful desires and prayer of faith become a benefit, and blessing to her people and the world; and if she lived to see her son's greatness as Seer, and Judge of her people, she must have experienced even in this life the reward of the "mother's sacrifice."

that he is always in a tremor in coming before an audience. Many of the leaders of the House of Commons of England said he could always tell in advance have given similar testimony. Canning

when he was about to make one of his

best speeches, by a chill running through him caused by a fear of failure. Lord Derby, the father of the present Earl, when a young man, was one of the most impressive speakers in Parliament. He debate," and seemed so self-possessed as was known as the "Prince Rupert of to be incapable of embarrassment. Without the keen sacrifice of parting he said "When I am going to speak my with nursling babes, mothers may at throat and lips are as dry as those of a this age train their sons to the service man who is going to be hanged." Tierof God, for the salvation of men. Con- ney, whom Lord Macaulay called one scious soul-knowledge alone can prepare of the most fluent debaters ever known, the soil for such a seed. said he never rose in Parliament .without feeling his knees knock together.

"We must not only strike the iron while it is hot, but strike till it is made hot."




Philadelphia, 1762. The other is an English edition of the same book, printed by Starck and Lange, Hanover, Pa., in 1810. These are believed to be respectively the earliest American editions of the Heidelberg Catechism, in the German and English languages. Dr. Zieber has also given us a number of other curious books, for which we are very grateful.

We are no less indebted to Mr. Henry Wirt, of Hanover, for a copy of Lampe's "Wahrheit's Milch," edited by Dr. C. N. Stapel, in 1762, by direction of the Reformed Coetus of Pennsylvania. It is interleaved throughout, and is full of manuscript notes by Rev. John Christopher Gobrecht. Until another copy is discovered we will believe this to be the only existing specimen of this very interesting edition.

Some years ago we were anxious to secure a certain rare book for a public library; and after a long search, one of our friends discovered a copy in the possession of an old gentleman in the country. It was tattered and torn, but all the leaves were there and it might have been rebound. Our friend at once offered a handsome price for the book, at the same time explaining the reason for which he desired it. There were, indeed, at that time, not half a dozen libraries in the country which would have cared to possess the book at all, and probably not one of them that would have paid more for the book than the price then offered. As our friend was known to be an honest man, and had no personal interest in the matter, it would seem as though the owner might have believed him, but the effect was directly the reverse. He became suspicious at once, and said: "No! If the book is worth so much to other peoRobert Browning is the most philople, it is worth just as much to me." sophical poet of England. The followThen he gathered up the fragments of ing poem, written by him in 1854, has the book, wrapped them up in a news-recently been brought to light, though it paper, and locked them up safely in his is not included in any volume of its desk. That was the end of the affair. If the old gentleman is living the book may still be safe, but the probability is that it soon passed into the hands of people who did not know its value, and has long since been ground up in some paper-mill.

How much better it is to put such rare books where they will be appreciated. Some of our friends, we are glad to say are acting on this principle. Rev. Dr. W. K. Zieber, of Hanover, has recently presented to The Historical Society two extremely rare books. One of these is a copy of the Heidelberg Catechism in German, printed by Peter Miller & Co.,


author's poems. It seems to have been forgotten; but, though lacking in harmony, it is worthy of preservation. Karshook means a 'thistle' in Hebrew. Ben Karshook is a stern old Hebrew rabbi, who in his peculiar way communicates important truths. He appears in others of Mr. Browning's poems, but nowhere more characteristically than in the following verses:



"Would a man 'scape the rod ?"
Rabbi Ben Karshook saith,

"See that he turn to God

The day before his death."

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great before, and if this committee are permitted to follow their instructions, the pay of the whole army must be raised. This by no means could be consented to. Congress have therefore revoked their resolution for inlistment of the army during the war, and recommend the inlistment for three years only, as you'll see by the resolution transmitted by the President. I heartily wish this may have the desired effect. I really think they (the Massachusetts) were very wrong in raising the monthly pay. If they supposed the incouragement given by Congress insufficient, why could they not have increased the Bounty, or have pursued some measure that would not have affected the whole army? This affair has caused more perplexity and uneasiness than anything that has happened in my time.

One vessel has arrived since your departure, from France, with arms and ammunition only. Several others will soon follow her, with such articles as are at this time most wanted.

Harrison is arrived from Virginia. There has been a new election in Delaware. McKean and Rodney are left out, and the Farmhas not yet taken his seat. er* is elected instead of one of them, but he Our colleague † is as well as can be expected; the operation of the small pox has kept him two days from Congress. I hope he will be able to attend in few days.


gards to Col. Weare, Dr. Thompson, &c. I Please to present my most respectful rewill trouble either of them with a letter whenever they give me an opportunity. I want very much to hear from you, particularly as to your health, though I have no doubt the northern air and a sight of your family will do great things.

The sudden and frequent movements of the armies render it impossible to give a just account of their situation. Howe I hear a great number of Tories are sent has retreated from White Plains, by the last into our state from that of New York. I hope account was encamped on the bank of the river proper care may be taken of them, as well as below Dobbs's Ferry, and by the disposition of those in our state. What think you of of his army, it is judged, intends making a transporting them? This I would like exdescent on New Jersey. In order to counter-ceedingly; but then I'm puzzled for a place act him, part of Gen. Washington's army (about 4 or 5,000) have crossed the river above him, and are now on this side ready to receive him; they are continually skirmishing in small parties in which we always have the advantage. By some accounts from deserters it is conjectured by some that a large detachment, say 10,000, will go to South Carolina. I wish it may be true-let them divide, if they dare. A fleet of about 100 sails left Sandy Hook last Wednesday, supposed to be bound for Europe.

A committee from the Massachusetts General Court arrived at the Camp about a fortnight ago, to commission the officers, etc. As that General Court has raised the pay of their soldiers 20 shillings per month, the General chose the matter should be laid before Congress before they proceeded to business; accordingly one of the Committee came here. This affair has perplext Congress exceeedingly. All the southern states think the incouragement paid to the soldiers much too

bad enough to send them to. Scotland, indeed, might do; but the difficulty is, how to keep them there. But, to be serious, I think some very spirited measures must be speedily taken with these people, and I know of none that will answer the purpose so effectually as clearing the United States of them by some means or other. I can think of but two ways of effecting this; that is, death or transportation, and humanity inclines me to the latter. Indeed we had better send them to the enemy's army than to let them continue among us. On the whole I don't know but this would be a good piece of policy, to send not only the avowed Tories, but all those who are not active in their country's cause with their families, to Lord Howe, and let him make the most of them.

I have run on to a much greater length than I expected to when I took up my pen, by

* John Dickinson, the author of "The Farmer's Letters." +Col. Matthew Thornton, delegate from New Hampshire.

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If any of our readers have spare cop: ies of The Guardian for January and May 1880, we would be very much obliged if they would send them to the Editor, at Lancaster, Pa. They are wanted to complete sets. We will cheerfully pay a reasonable price for them.


Genl. of the U. S. Army also wrote Mr. Cort a very complimentary letter in regard to his article on the colonial hero, whose achievements have certainly hitherto failed to receive the attention which they richly deserved. We are glad that The Guardian had the honor of publishing an article which attracted so much attention.

In a document that has recently been published, it appears that Maj. George Washington spent some time with Col. Bouquet at Carlisle before the expedition started for the relief of Fort Pitt, and vainly endeavored to persuade him to take the old Braddock route instead of the one through Bedford and Ligoner. Failing in this Washington gave up his intention of accompanying the expedition, and returned to his home in Virginias, full of gloomy forebodings in regard to the fate of Bouquet and his little army of deliverance. Among the WashWe must add to our Roll of Honor ington papers is a letter to Col. Crawford the name of Mrs. Ann E. Faus of Uni-afterwards burned at the stake by the tyville, Lycoming County. She says: Indians-in which Washington predicts The Guardian has been a welcome the surprise and massacre of Bouquet's visitor to our home ever since its first army. But Bouquet proved equal to the issue by Dr. Harbaugh, in Lewisburg. emergency, utterly routing an immense Every number has been perused with horde of Indians after two days of desinterest and carefully preserved, making perate fighting, and thus relieving Forts the set complete. When I first com- Bedford, Ligonier, and Pitt. menced taking it I was but a girl; since Mr. H. A. Ratterman of Cincinnati, then I have changed my name, and have some time ago discovered the fact that a family who delight to read your ex-in Switzerland Bouquet's name was Heincellent magazine." THE GUARDIAN is rich Strauss. When he entered the grateful for these kind words. It is well to have readers who can say, after so many years, "every number has been read with interest."

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The article by Rev. C. Cort, on "Col. Henry Bouquet," published in The Guardian a year ago last December, was republished in many of the secular papers of the state. The Historical Society of Penna., through one of its principal officers, sent the author a letter of thanks with a request for copies to be sent to parties in England who are engaged on a full biography of Bouquet. They also presented him a fine likeness of Bouquet, taken from a painting by B njamin West.

Gen. Richard C. Dunn, Adjutant

army he translated his surname into Bouquet, under the impression that in the latter form it would "better fill the trump of fame." It is well known that, in those days, such changes were by no

means uncommon.


Mr. Daniel Schaffner, of Hummels-. town, and J. R. Hilbush, Esq., of Mahanoy, are both in possession of complete sets of The Guardian. They are veteran subscribers who have never swerved from their allegiance. Surely, their names deserve to be placed on the roll of honor. One of them says: "The Guardian should go into every family. May it continue to live and go on in its way of doing good!"



Let no time be wasted. Unless it is generally known that the services will begin precisely at the appointed hour, teachers and scholars will be sure to become irregular and careless.

There should be no time spent by the officers during school hours, in selecting hymns, and reading-lessons. All this should be attended to before the opening of the school.

It is a good thing to have a blackboard, or large slate, on which to write the numbers of the hymns, so that the scholars may be ready to join promptly in singing them.

There should be no appearance of haste, of course, but the order of exercises should move "like clock-work." As soon as children are left unemployed they instinctively feel that they might as well be somewhere else, and begin to long for green fields, and babbling brooks; surely, there is no advantage in detaining them longer than is necessary for worship and instruction. To superintendents no less than to pastors, we commend the advice of

Luther, in which he inculcated ness, earnestness, and brevity:

"Tret frisch auf! Thu's Maul auj! Hör bald auf!"


many responses to the call, and we have the assurance that the Home will be rebuilt. Many boys and girls, have offered up sacrifices which are rising up to Heaven as sweet incense on the altar of God. We thank the Lord that He has put it into the hearts of His people to do these liberal things; but the question still confronts us: Have we done our best?

Are there not many Sunday Schools, families, and individual Christians, who have not yet enjoyed the delight of making a special contribution to this noble cause?

Can we rest satisfied without doing our part? Remember. too that it is not enough to contribute to the rebuilding of the Home; we must provide for the constantly recurring wants of the inmates. hope the Sunday Schools will not fail to do their full duty in this respect.



school is only for little children seems The exploded idea that the Sundaystill to exist in the minds of too many, especially of many of the numerous volprompt-listening, or trying to listen, to the unteer Sunday-school address-makers. In

Are we doing our best for the Orphans? Our hearts thrilled when we heard that they had lost their beautiful Home; and when we read Dr. Bausman's tender appeal, we all determined to do our best to relieve their necessities. Well! There have been

"few remarks to the dear lambs" with which twenty-five out of the sixty minutes of a school session were wasted, we have thought to ourselves, "Well, if many such baby-talks are made here, it is a wonder that any but infants come to the school at all!" At other times, where the scholars over fourteen years of age outnumbered the younger ones five to one, we have almost felt with the older majority like resenting as an insult the constant appeals to "My dear little friends," and "dear children," and the silly stories told in silly language and tone, in order to

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