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and he waited quietly, for his turn, instead of pushing and crowding, showing that he was honorable and orderly. When I talked with him, I noticed his clothes were carefully brushed, his hair in nice order, and when he wrote his name, I noticed his finger nails were clean, instead of being tipped with jet. Don't you call those things letters of recommendation? I do."-Standard of the Cross.


One Christmas evening a gentle-
man was strolling along a street in To
ronto with apparently no object in view
but to pass the time. His attention was
attracted by the remark of a little girl
to a companion in front of a fruit stand:
"I wish I had an orange for ma.' The
gentleman saw that the children, though
poorly dressed, were clean and neat, and
calling them into a store be loaded them
with fruit and candies.
"What's your
name?" asked one of the girls.
do you want to know?" queried the gen-
tleman. "I want to pray for you," was
the reply. The gentleman turned to
leave, scarce daring to speak, when the
little one added: 66
Well, it don't mat-
ter, I suppose. God will know you, any-


A gentleman advertised for a boy to assist him in his office, and nearly fifty applicants presented themselves to him. Out of the whole number he in a short time selected one and dismissed

the rest.


There was once a man who wore fine clothes and lived in a fine house, but he seemed to care nothing for his children. He gave them unwholesome food because it was cheap. The children got sick, but the man could not understand what was the matter with them.

There was once a congregation that spared no expense in the erection of a church, which was not only comfortable but beautiful. They believed too in purity of doctrine, and were careful to secure a pastor who was sound in the faith. It might have been cheaper to belong to some other denomination, but all the members loved their church, and were willing to make sacrifices in its be

"I should like to know," said a friend, "on what ground you selected that boy, half. The great trouble was that they who has not a single recommendation!" failed to appreciate the necessity of pro"You are mistaken," said the gen-viding healthy spiritual food for their tleman; "he had a great many." children. When they bought books for the Sunday-School library the only question was: "Where can we get the large-t number of books for our money?" It did not matter who had prepared the hymn-books or lesson papers, or what doctrines were taught in them, so long as they were believed to be furnished at the lowest pos-ible rates. Of course, the result was that the children received spiritual diet on which they failed to thrive. The means of instruction employed in the Sunday-School were of the

"He wiped his feet when he came in, and closed the door after him, showing that he was careful. He gave up his seat instantly to that lame old man, showing that he was kind and thoughtful. He took off his cap when he came in, and answered my questions promptly, showing that he was polite and gentlemanly. He picked up the book which I had purposely laid upon the floor, and replaced it upon the table, while all the rest stepped over it or shoved it aside,

poorest kind, and in many instances their teaching was contrary to that of the pastor. When the children went to church the preaching appeared strange and foreign, because they had not been prepared to receive it, and when they grew older they wandered away, never to return. But the old folks could never be made to understand what was the matter with the children.

Torphronius, a wise teacher, would not suffer even his own grown-up sons and daughter to associate with those whose conduct was not pure and up. right.



The following beautiful allegory is LIST OF BOOKS APPROVED BY THE SUN

translated from the German.


'Dear father," said the gentle Eulalia to him one day, when he forbade her, in company with her brother, to visit the volatile Lucinda, "dear father, you must think us very childish if you imagine that we should be exposed to danger by it."

The father took in silence a dead coal from the hearth, and reached it to his daughter. "It will not burn you, my child; take it."

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Every thing looks black in the dark; cry for light.

The thorn serves well to guard the rose.

We fall on the side we lean to. He's a mouse, who feeds on other ple's cheese.


Help those who help themselves, and the helpless.

Faith's eye sees in the dark. Prosperity's right haud is industry, and her left hand is frugality. Advise with your pillow. Never prophesy till you know. Better walk by faith than talk of faith.

Do not open an old wound.


Nut Crackers and Mouse King, Mrs. St. Simon, 138pp. Fairy Stories, George Keil, 84pp. The Pet Bird and Other Stories, Cousin Alice, 137 pp. Pleasure and Profit, Mrs. Manners, 136pp. Flower Pictures, Elise Polks, 96pp. At Home and Abroad, Mrs. Manners, 165pp. The above 6 vols. for $3.00).


The Little Woodman and Other Stories, Mrs. Sherwood, $1.00, 216pp. Flowers of the Forest and Other Stories, do do do. Indian Stories, A. L. O. E, 75 cts, 313pp. The Broken Walls, Author of "Wide, Wide World,” $1.25, 313pp. How a Farthing made a Fortune, Mrs. C. E. Bowen, 50 cts, 153pp. The Old Looking-Glass, Maria Charlesworth, $1.00, 269pp.


Unto the Third and Fourth Generation, Helen Campbell, 249pp. Life of Christ (TriMy Wife and I, Mrs. H. B. Stowe, $1.25, ple Comparison), 15 cts. Our Neighbors, do 480pp. do, 375pp.

474pp. We and Poganue People,


A Jolly Fellowship, Frank R. Stockton, $1.50, 298pp. Phaeton Rogers, Rossiter Johnson, do, 344pp. International Commentary on Mark, Philip Schaff, D. D., $1.00, 243pp. PHILIPS & HUNT, PUBLISHERS, N. Y.

Byrne Ransom's Building, Hilas C. Pardoe, 90 cts, 208pp.

It is the object of the Bureau to select Books for the Sunday-School which are of superior excellence in every respect. The above have been thoroughly examined, and are heartily recommended as books of such a character. REV. C. S. GERHART, A. M.





Shoes are not without their share of superstition. The casual putting the left shoe on the right foot was thought to be a forerunner of evil. Butler in is "Hudibras" adverts to an accident which occurred to a Roman emperor through inattention to this important


Augustus having b'oversight

Put on his left shoe 'fore his right, Had like to have been slain that day By soldiers mutinying for pay; —that is, on the day on which the oversight occurred.

The throwing of a shoe is attended, according to the imaginations of the throwers, by widely different results. The shoe cast over Edom seems to have been a sign of contumely and reproach, which can scarcely be the case with a shoe-the old shoe-cast after a happy pair who have just been going through the form of the solemnization of holy matrimony. The object in the latter case appears to be to insure "good luck" to the parties to the contract. The throwing is not confined to marriage, but occurs among uneducated people on any critical occasion. It is invariably designed to secure prosperity.

It is said that there was once a ceremony in Ireland of electing a person to a certain office, by throwing an old shoe over his head; but an excited elector, ence throwing a little too low a boot furnished with iron spikes, the gentleman on which he wished to bestow the favor of his support was killed, and the custom soon fell into disrepute.


A girl at a London boarding-school was remarked for repeating her lessons well. A school-fellow, rather idly inclined, said to her one day, "How is it that you always say your lessons so perfectly?" She replied, "I always pray that I may say my lessons well. "Do you?" said the other; "well, then, I will pray too." But, alas! the next morning she could not even repeat a word of


her usual task. Very much confounded, she ran to her friend, and reproached her as deceitful. "I prayed," said she, "but I could not say a single word of my lesson." "Perhaps," rejoined the other, "you took no pains to learn it. You must study as well as pray."


When the disciples of Jesus were toiling in rowing, on the Lake of Galilee, they were less disturbed by the storm which threatened them than by the dimly perceived and wholly misconceived form of Jesus as He drew near to help them. And so it is with us all in our life-course. Those things which are for our truest welfare are the very things from which we are likeliest to shrink. Weeping may endure for a night; but in the morning-light that remembered weeping is a joy.

"I shall be glad that I did work and weep,-Be glad, O God, my slumbering soul did wake;

Be glad my stubborn heart did heave and Beneath the plow,-when angels come to reap." break

S. S. Times.


A mendicant well known in the neighborhood of the church of the Madeleine, Paris, addressed to a gentleman the following irresistible appeal: "I am poor, monsieur, but I am religious. I want but one of the saving virtues. I have Faith. I have Hope; it remains with you to give me Charity.'


CHURCH NOSEGAYS.-The following curious custom exists on the Elbe: The peasantry who possess a bit of land, however small, never enter the church without having a nosegay in their hands. They thus intend, it is said, to show that they claim the consideration due to persons who possess some property in the parish. Among the country people in the neighborhood of Hamburg, there is no garden so small as not to possess a place for the flowers intended for this use, and the plot is distinguished by the name of "the church nosegay"



The Transfiguration. MARK 9: 2-13.

Commit to memory verses 5-8.

2. Ani after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.

3. And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.

4. And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.

5. And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

6. For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.

7 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

Ques. 23. What are these articles?


Verse 2. Where did the transfiguration occur? Who were with Jesus? Why did He take them with Him? For what purpose did Jesus go to the mount? (See Luke 9: 28).

8. And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.

9. And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead.

GOLDEN TEXT: “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Matt. 3: 17.

3. What was His appearance? Whence did this glory come?

June 4, 1882.

10. And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean.


Verse 2. Six days after the discourse of last lesson. Leadeth them, as witnesses of what was to take place. Mountain, Hermon. Transfigured, made glorious in appearance. 4. Elias, Elijah the Prophet. Moses, the Law-giver. 5. Tabernacles, booths or tents. 6. Wist, knew. 7. A cloud, the shekinah, a symbol of God's presence. A voice, the Father's. 13. Is come. John the Baptist. Done unto him, beheaded him. Listed, liked, or pleased.

Significance of the Transfiguration. (1). To strengthen Jesus for His sufferings. (2). To teach the disciples to believe more fully in the Divinity of Jesus.

Notice the following particulars: First, THE THREE WITNESSES; Peter the "Rock ;” James and John, "the sons of thunder." They formed an inner circle, who were admitted to a particular intimacy with Jesus. Secondly, THE TWO SAINTS; Moses, the Law-giver and founder of the Theocracy: Elijah, the representative Old Testament Prophet. Their presence was symbolical of the fact, that "the law and the prophets" point to and centre in Christ. Thirdly, THE ONE SAVIOUR, the beloved Son. "Hear ye Him."

4. Who appeared on the scene? About what did they talk? (See Luke 9: 31).

1. And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come?


I Ans. Repeat the Creed.

5-6. What did Peter say? Did he prefer such glory to the sufferings foretold in last lesson? What feeling possessed the three witnesses?

7. Was it a black cloud? Of what was the

12. And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restorech all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at naught.

13. But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed coma, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.

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The glorification of our Lord most likely took place by night, and whilst He was praying, (Luke 9: 28). Peter, James and John were allowed to see the glorious sight, that there might be the sufficient number of witnesses, when the time should come to make the event known.

It is generally agreed amongst travelers to the holy land, that the mount of transfiguration was Mt. Hermon, and not Mt. Tabor, as was formerly supposed.

The Saviour's human form became resplendent with a Divine glory, and communicated its whiteness even to His garments.-Two beings from the heavenly world appeared upon the scene: Moses, the great Law-giver, and Elijah, the great Propbet and Reformer, or Restorer of the true worship. Moses had disappeared from earth nearly 1500 years before the transfiguration occurred, and Elijah nearly 1000 years before. Their appearance teaches several important lessons: 1). The immortality of man. Though we die, we shall yet live 2). The departed saints are not in an unconscious sleep of the soul, but are conscious, and are interested in the welfare of God's Church and people. We learn that these heavenly visiters "spake of Jesus' decease, which He should accomplish at Jerusalem." (Luke 9: 31).

It is not strange that Peter thought it good to be on the mount of glory, and in such company. Why go down again into the strife and conflict of the world, and suffer? And many a Christian has since had the same feeling when in the enjoyment of sweet communion with God. "A day in God's courts is better than a thousand" days of human strivings and defeats. And yet the discipline of life is more needful for us, than the constant raptures of worship would be. The "bright cloud" may have been an emblem of the presence of the Third

Person of the Trinity, as the voice was that of the Father. The cloud and voice were "signs from heaven," given to the believing disciples, but denied to the unbelieving Jews. The cloud was the shekinah, or divine presence, which fi led the temple at the dedication. So in and through the Spirit, God's presence is in and with the Church.

"This is my beloved Son;" this is God's testimony concerning Jesus. The same testimony was borne at His baptism in the Jordan, and at the grave of Lazarus. And the command is: Hear ye Him. Not that we shall refuse to listen to the Prophets and Apostles, but that Jesus is "our chief Prophet and Teacher, who has fully revealed to us the secret counsel and will of God concerning our redemption." (Catechism, Ans. 31).

And as they looked around they saw wise and exalted men may be, we are to no man, save Jesus only. However look to Jesus only. He is " the Author and Finisher of our faith,"—" the way, and the truth and the life."

As they came down. Next morning. Though we must come down from the holy mountains, on which we hold communion with God, feeling that it is good to be there, yet there is a mount of glory before us, on which we shall ever abide.

(9-13). The time was not yet when this event should be made known. Only after the resurrection did they publish it-that is, after He continued in the state of glory-The disciples inquired about the coming of Elias, whom they had just seen. Was this the coming which was referred to in the prophecy Jesus intimates that John the Bap ist

was meant.


Nothing can please the little ones so much as a visit from their teacher. Avoid formality, but show a pleasant face and speak kind words, and the whole family will be glad to see you. In this way you will gain the hearts of old and young, and when that is accomplished you may become a blessing to them all.

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