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Grandpap bastily limped up and thrust a house and out to the far m-yard, to do big package in the band of the astonished the erenin' chores.”' young man. “That's the saffron—you pro- It is now a pleasant May evening as I berbly didn't save the blows last year. sit writing my reminiscences of that everHow many of 'em did you say was down? | memorable visit. Betsey did not marry the I really tbink both of you'd better staid at preacher after all, so Zerubbabel's " Febhome tendin' of 'em, instid of traipsin' ruary chickens" were sacrificed on the around so. Pour cn bilin' water, and bile priestly altar in vain. it well. It's jest the galler tops that's But she and I are to start out next week good. Jest make 'em drink a plenty, if as partners in a “Life and Trust Assuthey do squirm; an’ if you or your wife rance Company," warranted not to fail, has any kind o' pizen in yer blood, it'll and after a short trip, we will spend the bring it out on you too."
month of June in the old farm-house, Both thanked him, and secmed quite where we have engaged Loard on the folgrateful that the old man's heart was lowing terms, as set forth by Granny: touched by their gratitude, and as they “Seein' as you two will not make mutch hastily walked away with blazing faces, more truble than one, we will feal it right he stood and called out various directions to charge you three an' two bits for a to follow, in case "them measles struck weak’s bord, an' I shall be proper glad an? in," and answered Granny's, father's, and plezed to see Miss Betsey agin, with witch Sarah Jane's rebukes for his "aggra- I am your servant; an' the Kernul jines me vatin' questions," with self-congratula- in this, an' so does father an' Sarah Jane." tions.
Betsey" has traced up the antece“Yes, indeed, I'm powerful glad Idents of some “Spillman” family she thought of that there measle-medicine," fortunately fell in with ; in climbing their till they gave him up in despair, finding genealogical tree, she found that one had words were as useless as their previous been hanged; but as another figured as pulling of his coat-tail, stakes of the head Major in the war of 1812, she will doubt. and winking had been; so father and the less suppress the former fact; and give rest gave it up. “Grandpap will say his the old lady great pleasure by her knowsay," they decided, and went into the ledge of the Spillmans."
We are all akin, the world over. Among the poor child was orerwhelmed with the youth sent to this country from Japan home-sickness and longings for the moto be educated, are two little girls. When ther's face. the youngest of these, eight years old, left Japan, her mother placed in the bottom not once been engaged to “a party by
A Boston girl being asked if she had of lier trunk a package carefully sewed the name of Jackson," who was at that op in cloth, and labeled, “ For my little
time Ilarvard student, languidly redaughter—not to be opened until she shall
plied, “I remember the circumstance bare arrived in America." When settled in her Georgetown home she opened it,
perfectly, but am not certain about the
name." and bursting into tears she cried as if her heart would break. Such a good mother, A Party of gipsies were in Danbury to make the gift-one so inexpressly dear recently. The News says: “These peoto every girl-heart the world over. Of ple appear to think a good deal of their course it was a doll, in all the splendor native land; they carry it around with of Japanese costume, and, for the moment, them."
GRACE AT TABLE.
The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his One pleasant Sabbath day last spring,
But Israel doth not know, my people doth not after ten Americans, including a few minis- consider." ters and a missionary or two, had held a There is another class of brutes with whom little meeting on Mount Olivet, at which the we loathe to be compared. “The swine look communion had been administered, they not up to the one above them who threshes invited to a nearer interview three Arab down the acorns." Such animals as these boys, about ten or eleven years of age, who does ungrateful man, eating and drinking had been looking on with much curiosity. without thought of the Giver, more closely These boys being questioned, were found to resemble. be intelligent, and possessed of a fair know- The Rev. Dr. C. S. Robinson, in a well ledge of the difference between the religion known Sunday school weekly, begins an and worship of Christians, Jews and Moham. article on "Saying Grace at Table" with medans. Among other shrewd remarks one an expression of surprise, on reading in a of them said, “We notice that sometimes journal the following slip: you English people eat and drink without
"Why do Christian people ask a blessing 'any worship."
at table? Why before eating, any more How does it come that a people calling than when partaking of any other privilege themselves Christians, should lead the way from God, as sitting down to read a book, or in the neglect of customs dictated by natural religion? Do those heads of fam? going to a concert, or singing a song?" lies whose neglect of a plain duty is a
A graceless extract, indeed! From this wonder to the children of Mohammedans Dr. R. passes to record his regrets that in and Pagans, think that their conduct will
so many ways our family customs not be questioned by their own children? changing for the worse. He adds : Why should it be understood that in such "When our country was young, housea country as ours the part of our population holds were gathered together morning and who make no “profession of religion," may night for prayer. Now the hurried life we eat their meals without the performance of live, seems to eat out all the wish for such 50 plain a duty as giving thanks ? What things. must be the position of this class in the day "One of the most beautiful images thai of accounts, when Tyre and Sidon, and India ever rose upon my imagination, was suband the Syrian deserts shall rise in judgment gested to me by a chance delay for two days, against them, bearing, in the opening of the among the lakes and mountains of the Trcbooks, their silert testimony? And in that sach's Glen. I happened to make the inday what will those many professed Chris- quiry, what became of the villagers, so sudtians have to say for themselves, who eat denly disappearing at nightfall from the their daily bread without visible recognition streets; and a sandy.baired Scotchman reof the God on whose bounty they feed, and plied, · Most of them would be at prayers by whose grace they expect to be saved ? out this time. And I looked up into the
Among the animals over whom man in his fair blue sky, and thought how fine a thing creation was invested in the dominion, there it would be to have a resting-place, high is a difference in the seeming recognition of enough just to hear the murmur of voices, man's right of sovereignty. Some, in their as they read a verse about, and sang one of mute, patient way, own the care and provi- the old Psalms, before the impressive hush dence of their human protectors. It is said in which the father offered prayer. How in Isaiah :
grand would be the swell of sound, when a (72)
whole village was going on its knees before manhood, when, on the evening of my dear God!
old father's funeral, he did not wait for me, " Prayer in the family is the one thing to nor suffer me, minister though I was, to sumbe looked after, at the altar or the table ; the broken circle, but calmly and that act in which the head of the household modestly drew forth the Bible, and assumed is the high-priest for his home-sacrifice. his primacy at the honored family altar. Bishop Burnet, in his history, tells us that “So far from fashion's interfering with in the days of our ancestors, England this ancient and honorable custom, I have was as true as Scotland in this duty. He observed in Great Britain, on many occasays that when a person' came early to the sions, that it is a mark of decided ill-breeding door of his neighbor, and desired for a mo- to omit grace at the table. On public feastment to speak with the master of the house, days, the ceremony is quite elaborate. In it was as common a thing for the servant to the houses of genteel people, the guests tell him, with freedom, ‘My master is at often stand behind their chairs until the prayers,' as it is now to say, 'He is not up.' blessing is asked. Even among godless peo
"Even in the annals of New England, ple, the practice is retained. It may only there used to be told the story that, when be a form, but the form is decent. And I Lord Dartmouth, after whom one of our have never noticed an absence of seriousness greatest colleges is named, was once going or becoming gravity, even when I knew the on a hunting excursion with King George, company was decidedly unsympathetic. he kept the entire cavalcade for a half hour Perhaps the most remarkable instances at his door, courtiers and hounds waiting, of this I ever knew, have been on some of and his simple apology, as he at last came the ocean steamers. When we crossed in forth, was, 'I was paying my morning hom- the 'Helvetia,' the captain, by whose side I age to my heavenly King.'
sat, invariably, himself, asked the blessing "Our children are living a shallow life at every meal. And a sedate, respectful compared with that which gave us training. gravity attended the exercise. Upon the We had few books, and some of them were : Spain,' the captain always called upon me dull and hard. We had no newspapers or for the giving of thanks, and in every in. music. And Puritan Sabbaths have become stance caused the covers to remain unlifted. a proverb to many for their severity and when the weather was rough, so that lie bad ruggedness. I would we were all worthier to be on duty, he sent audible and public of our start. That sort of life, after all, word to me by the head steward, 'The capmade manly men and womanly women. It tain's compliments, sir, and will you be so wrought out character in as fine a pattern as kind as to say grace in his absence ? erer shone in strength and beauty. O, it is "These magnificent ships were both of the a pity to let even one so small a custom as National Line of Liverpool. All honor to grace at table, fade out of use. That pause those true gentlemen of the sea !" of decorum, when all are quietly seated, and In what remains to be said upon this subeven the baby closes her big eyes, and folds ject, we will be practical. Neither the exher little hands, when the father rises to his cuse, “I am not a professor of religion," nor, office as a ‘king and priest unto God,' and "I have no gift for speaking," will avail for thanks him for hearing the prayer for daily the omission of a short prayer of thanks at bread, he knows the children offered; 0, how the table. Above all, the man who says, full of might and meaning it is! Ah, me! "I am as good as many Christians," " I do shall I ever forget that first meal, when pretty nearly right, and expect to be saved home for a visit, just after I had become a on the ground of a well spent life," cannot Christian in the distant village where I was consider himself exempt from the obligation. a teacher, my father turned suddenly to me, Those who fear to trust themselves to a delegating his intercession for the moment to longer exercise, should begin with a single me, his son. And I am sure all of us will sentence. No rhetorical gifts are needed. remember the majesty of my elder brother's Speak clearly, briefly and to the point. The spirit of thankfulness is illy promoted by a
KIND WORDS. long exercise, scarcely audible. We have
Few things in domestic life cause more wondered at the change when, after hearing unhappiness than hasty and unkind words. a man speak like a Trojan at a public meet- They are often spoken in excitement, and ing, his “ blessing" at dinner was a low mut. regretted as soon as spoken. But they tered sound, not one word of which a guest leave a scar of sadness and grief that no five feet off could hear. Perhaps the bend regret can entirely take away. The lines in the neck, which was worse than useless, that follow suggest a lesson that may be choked and stifled the utterance. We have profitable to all: heard many a blessing which, although
If I had known in the morning doubtless understood by the one offering it,
How wearily, all the day, others did not understand. Some put a hand
The words unkind would trouble my mind to their forehead, by way of support, and without being aware of it, prevent the escape I had been more careful, darling,
That I said when you went away, of the sound of their voices.
Others put both arms around their plate, as if to shield But we vex our own with look and tone
Nor given you needless pain : it from harm. As all must eat, the profane
We may never take back again. as well as the saintly, it should be remembered that the honor of religion is more at For though in the quiet evening stake in the faulty performance of grace at You may give me the kiss of peace, table than exercises in the church or prayer. Yet it well might be that never for me meeting, where the thoughtless are only oc- The pain of the heart should cease! casionally present, or perhaps never seen at How many go forth at morning all.
Who never come home at night! We add five short prayers to be used at And hearts have broken for harsh words meals.
That sorrow can never set right. For what we are about to receive, O Lord, make us thankful, for Christ's sake. Amen. We have careful thought for the stranger,
And smiles for the some time guest; Have mercy upon us, O Lord, and bless
But oft for our own the bitter tone, these refreshments to our use. Help us to
Though we love our own the best. be grateful for all thy gifts, and to serve thee
Ah! lips with the curve impatient, in holiness and righteousness all our days,
Ah! brow with the shade of scorn, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
"Twere a cruel fate, were the night too late The eyes of all wait upon thee, O Lord,
To undo the work of morn! and thou givest them their meat in due sea
Be pleased to direct us by thy good Spirit, that we may be fitted to partake of
THOUGHTS ON ORATORY. what thou hast prepared for thy saints in One of the books always lying on my heaven. Amen.
table is “ Webster's Speeches." They are a Command thy blessing upon us now, O Lord, noble contribution to American letters. Mr. and let this food strengthen and serve us.
Clay was perhaps the greatest orator we ever Provide for the wants of the poor and needy;
had. Mr. Calhoun was a great political forgive us our sins, and save us in Christ. thinker, but he used words, as he himself Amen.
says, as the "scaffolding of his thoughts."
Webster alone of the three has left speeches We thank thee, O Lord, for thy continued rich in thought, and adorned with all the remembrance of our wants. Help us always graces of style. to receive thy gifts with thanksgiving, and Is there any speech in our language suto use them all to thy praise, through Jesus perior to the reply to Hayne? Power of Christ our Lord. Amen.
argument, power of expression, the clearest
statement, impassioned declamation, wit,
GLUTTONY. imagination, heroic recollection, pathetic Under the heading, AN OLD FASHIONED apostrophe, all meet and mingle in that VICE, the Rev. Dr. Stork discourses in the mighty production of that mighty mind. Lutheran Observer on Gluttony. He says,
Is it true that the poet is born and orator “Our fathers used to preach against this made? Not a word of truth in it. Oratory vice, but we leave all that to the doctors is a gift. It is in the blood, the tempera- and health journals now.”
But we are ment; learning may enrich its sweet tones, rather of the opinion that the medical docand graceful manner may adorn it, but these tors have followed the example of the spiritare not oratory. One may have wit, reason, ual ones, for we are sure that remonstrances imagination, exquisite sensibility, pathos, from physicians against the real cause of and yet fail as an orator. It is a thing of numberless ailments are seldom heard in this temperament, it belongs to the blood. day. In respect to excess in eating, there is
It is a great mistake however, to suppose, a deplorable lack of faithful dealing all as mary do, that real genuine oratory around. Our progress as a nation, in civili. must be declamatory. Many conversational zation and wealth, is accompanied by a growspeakers are great orators. In fact most of ing desire to extend the domain of the palate. the great declamatory orators have made A "good table" at hotels and restaurants, conversation the ordinary basis of their gook cooks, fine confections, and the like, speaking, rising from this level to brilliant are more and more openly spoken of and bursts of declamation, or sinking into the insisted upon. What would be our small plaintive notes of pathos. This was the case evening parties, now-a-days, without their with Mr. Clay, and is true of Henry Ward gastronomic entertainment? Beecher.
Dr. Stork's questions and remarks are perPreaching and speaking would be far tinent. more effective if men would learn that the “Is not gluttony a sin? Is it not a very conversational style is the natural one. common sin? Does it not affect many ChrisMany men preach and speak in a style like tian characters seriously? I walked home nothing in heaven above, or on the earth with a young man, the other day, from a below. It is neither good declamation, Methodist church, where the preacher had becanse it is forced; nor conversation, be- been laying the lash pretty sharply on those cause it is unnatural; nor reading, but a whose God is their belly.' horrid mixture of all.
"" I never thought before,' said my comStudents in seminaries should be tanght panion, that a man might be as intemperate that the most effective style for wear, is the and sinful in eating as in drinking.' simple, easy tone of ordinary conversation. ""Why,' said I, did you never feel Unless a man has in him that electric power sleeply and stupid and good-for-nothing for by which he thrills and controls his au- half a day after a heavy dinner?' dience, and few men have it throughout a "O, yes; but I never thought anything sermon, or speech,) he will accomplish far more about it. I didn't think it was much more by earnest conversation. Loud and of a sin to eat too much.' vehement declamation, especially in argu- " That young man was well instructed as ment, always produces the impression of regards the sin of drunkenness. But would acting a part, because it is unnatural. No it not have been just as well if a few of the man makes bargains, buys or sells, talks to sermons and speeches he had listened to on his friends, argues, pleads, expresses hopes intemperance, had touched on the solid tempor fears, joys or sorrows, in ordinary life in tations as well as the fluid ?
When a speaker talks as in 'Gluttony and drunkenness are of the ordinary life, the audience feels that it is same family, and much nearer of kin than Do acting, no holiday affair, but business; many of us think. As regards the morality it comes home to them as an earnest matter. of the two, is there very much difference ?
Rev. E. H. HARDING. Is a man gorged with turkey and mince pie,