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The Brethri ^ At Work 

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Vol. V. 






tt T Du«*nnsn. Dmililili, Oblo. 

j. S. Frorj, I/iiici(i(inl,JCi>lu- 
John M>U4«T, Curra Uuaa, lU. 

J.« ll...i.l,,tk., " F ■■" 


rk, 111., Ji iry 6, 1880. 

No. 1. 

FiK^fPAOE— Stein iiiui H:i>( Debtitu; renn-iuak 
ers.— AlU-n Obotliii. 

Sbookd Pxob— Sviirit Promptings.— .T as. Y. Heck- 
ler; ak^pticiaiD.-l'rof. liii for.i.^No II. How 
to gfttMrtrcied.— S..T, Bosjennim ;.* Conflflence.— 
Jolin Forney. No. 11. 

Thikd Paie— The Buclta'iders.— M. T.. Liohty, 
Tlie Bible Coiilnmed by Orif ntal Research. 

Fourth Paoe— Editohials— Prtrtinlity; Intei- 
natiojiftl Suiulay-achool Lessooft Chroiiiclea; 

FlPTlt Page— Editouials* ^H11~ IiiKersoll 
Cftiivet-tet; Clottiing; tofeoduction ; Danish 
ilisflioii; My New Motto. p* 

SIXTH pAOE— Ueiuiliful Snow: Daily Religion; 
Try It: Make it Uiglif.— \Vealthy A. Clurke; 
From ;Pftle9tinti ; From Dlllsburg, Pa— U. Roe! : 
man; ^rom Moore's Store, Vii.— Duni'^l lla\^: 
WlinieatPr, liitl- — TacobKimmel; L»porti Co., 
Ind.— Tftnrslon Millpr; A Minister Wmited — 
Who ffill Go-/— John Jorney, «en. From A . F 

Seventh Paoe— Very Goodlu.lPed— F. P. I.oehr. 
From Brownsville. Mo.— D- I'. Wimaajs: The- 
Manor Church Pa.— Joaepli HoiBopple Powell. 
Mi hi«nn.~Geo. Lung; Fruin Flora, Ind - 
Christian Leah; From Lureka. Ciillfoniia. .1, 
W.Crowley; Elmwood, Nebraska.— Nathaniel. 
Wilaon; Annua! Meeting —Howard Milier- 
From Ft, Detiiin e. Va.—I W. Click; From 
Jesse Calvert; David Rrower; Reply to .lease 
Y. Heckler.— B. F. Moomaw ; McBridea, Mich.- 
M. B. Register; Patience in Allietion— Thomas 
G. Snyder. 

EiGnrn Page- Annual Meetini: Expenses; Old 
People; Preach and \rpue; I Would not Hurt; 
Scenery Hill, Pa,— John Wise; Pownee City. 
Neb.— Wm. PuUen : Duncansville. Pa.— E. Stifler 


Prop. 2d. Baptist churches jjoasess the Bi- 
ble characleristica wbich entitle them to be 
regarded as churches of Jesus Christ. 

D. B. Ray, Affirms. 

J. W. Stein, Denies. 


As the larger part of my friend's 4th affirma- 
tive is a rehash of Lsaues heretofore met, 
1 refer the reader to tbem. It is his misrepre- 
sentations of my position, and his own indis- 
criminate application of ambiguous expressions 
and words whose originals are not interchange- 
able, that ie "mixed" "hung" "confused" "Hays 
loose about." &c. His methods are the same bj 
which infidela and skeptics generally claim to 
prove that the Scriptures contradict themselves. 
Ab he seems curious abnut what is not written 
perhaps he will inform us.— 1. If water is "the 
mother" of those "born of waterV" (John 3 
h.) 2. If any human ever went to heaven 
without the new bir^h? 3. If t.' be endowed 
by the Spirit of God with the 'gifts of tongues 
prophecy, &c., is the essential prerogative ot 
(iod'a children ■■' Wilt heV If so he will un- 
fold the myst* «!s of his curiosity. How can a 
distinctiiin bf,., .ve. n begetting and birth "where 
there is on' l»ne pai -nt" be more "absurd" and 
'*nonseu!|( ,." than the terms themselves 
Will he explai' ? Christ did not require bap- 
•hat we know of. He dees of 

'li; Acts 2 : 3^. Baptism liki 
ince, ore means of submitting 

tion only when required. ".Vf- 

^Uted "repentance" certainty 
; but John baptized into re- 

-ffatioo, (fi« iitelanoinn). Mfttt. 

Imita that >'is means in order 

tisn of the tJ 
us. Mark 
faith and re 
to Christ'" 

to in Mstt. ad: 2S. Whjd.fny it in Act*.2; :ts? 
Hf ji'liuiL-* that ChriKt's blood wm jIiwI in his 
tl'<ith and in or-<//:r /« remiMiou of aiim. I a^k. 
1. Wtto it efli.acious in ntniitting iiUH except 
asM/i;«c/«/ trUH his tttMth'i 2, Dues it lose 
that cflicHcy whoQ we are "baptized iuto hi* 
death" "for the nnnivionof sinn?" Act»2:3Si 
W« believe ihatsalvtiliou 

faith, but we have »h'»wo tbnt "fHith without 
works is dead" (,Ia.s. 2; 20) and "how that by 
works H mw\ is juHiifi..d, andiiot by faith oniy." 
Jji" 3: 24. I iitk hiiH to define hia pwifciou in 
i'tb Arg. more clearty V Dows he apply "with- 
out worlts" t^» th-* law or to thi' go»p>;l? IMiwse 
answer, llo denoitnc-'a luy Btatem*nt thut 
"Baptia'fc" (/(* «Mc'/i tliintjs** m "Aa/iri'" "ivici- 
(«(Ce" "frra(/j" and "ii?'*i/>" whenever tiiey en- 
gage in carnal warfare," a* "fi^'tufish" "vilf and 
jilandLTOus" and myself as ''a deliherafp and ifiU 
ful slandertr," I thank God that 1 cau bear to 
be falsely accu^d and maligned for the triitirft 
sake. I avk him if such is the spirit of Christ? 
[ did not oliarge UaptistH with any thing in 
Gal. 5: 19-21. but that guecifietl above, o/ the 
truth of which his forced coutessioo or fatal si- 
lence shtill be the witnei^. (1) I ink my friend 
again if Baptists can engage iu war on any ac< 
count without encouraging, developing and do- 
nij those lusts of the flesh, viz.. "hatred, vuri- 
auce. wrath, strife?" Come to the point my 
Iriend. Answer me. If it places ybft in a fa- 
tal dilemma and you must die, die like a man. 
(2) Do Baptist churches not justify, pray for 
tiie8ucce.s8 of, and fellowship those raeml)ers 
who go to war and fight and kill people? (3) 
Are B iptist churches free from what they jas- 
tify and fellt>v9bii>J>itlt9»B--Kwr.bcr''.iil; T '.;p^ 
again my plain questions in 3d Neg. trom 1 to 
15 inclusive. They are pertinent. Read Hgain 
and mark the reply, give "yea or nay." It is 
not true that I concede Mr. R's point by stat- 
ing that Christians sliojild be "subject to" "the 
powers that be." He aims to dodge the issue 
by assuming as settled the very point to be con- 
tested. I ask him again. 1. If the powers 
that be" include «///Jo/t'hV(i/ n«rf riril uuthoi'i- 
liss? 2. If to "be subject to" them requires 
Christians tv do •■very ifiing they may ask? 
Please answer. 

6th Neg. Arg. Continued. Notwithstanding 
my friend tries to evade this (violates our rules 
of debate and Matt. 7. 1} by falsely impugning 
my motive. I do belin-e irilh all my heart that 
the Baptist succession scheme is fahr, and that 
no church which suspends its Christianity up- 
on such a pretension can be a church of Christ. 
Dr. Graves says; "They (the Baptists) claim that 
they can trace the history of communities, es- 
sentially like themselves, back through the wil- 
derness into which they were driven by the 
dragon and the beast that succeeded to him, 
and the image of the beast, by a trail of blitud, 
lighted up by a thousand stake-fires, until that 
blood mingles with the blood of the apostles, 
and of the Son of God, and of John the Baptist." 
See Trelemma, pp. UH. 120. Speaking of oth- 
er than Baptist ministers, he says: "If they 
preached the faith, in all renptrts that was once 
delivered to the saints, we could not treat them 
US men qualified t" preach as Christ' -i ministerii." 
Idem pp. 77, 76. Mr. Ifay says: 'If it (the 
proposition that '"the Baptist churrh pogfrsurn 
the ontif,i'isible,srriptural organizati'm on earth') 
fails, then in this event the world in still left to 
<irope in the impenetrable darkness of injklelity 
and confusion" Kay— Dit/.ler Debate. See Bait- 
list Battle Fl'i'l, vol. 2, No. 21*. I ask my friend 
again for the name »f jubt one denomination 
during A. D. 1— loOit just like the Baptists:-' If 
he fails to find such a people hii cUinw are lost 
My 7th .Vcy. -Ir*/. is founded upon the con 
^deration that the BflplL*t churches are desti 
tute of Christian baptism. The single dip which 
they call baptism instead of beiyg the one 
baptism of the trnspd appears to be a heretical 
and pupal tradition. 

1. The correctness of my argument appeal^ 

''■'/>"-" .- ^rm n.. „ HI .a.rft.1 or c-i*«..c _ 

todeuoteB,wih«nnne «ip. ;S«. K«y> 7A 
reply.; Th-t.l|..w;„,.,,,.,.^,., ,,.,,,, ^^^ 
Iroin the SrpttiafM (which i^ .- 

«IC,W| fXhibit Ih*. reUtirr U" 

Lev.i»:l>. -Shall di|,(^,,<,,, 

inBhirdintliei,i,.udulthe-l. \'. 

fi Thua wheu athnmia I,. i„ . 

to wu«..,|.whith«mplrm-uii8 to di,, *itho«it 

«i.yW«i«fr..petiUan. "Xtocn dipped (fA^ 

t"^sto). luni^^If m!T,n tJrnM b Jort,„ - j. 
K'ng.5: U. W«te«h-n.whenth«..t,<,n»« 

rft"atfti,U.,4i:o'»$^»^, ttajao and embap. 

,'0'l«co,np.„w,d,o.-cur,onlv .i, tim^K iu the 
New r. » Greek bid mvmr of bap|i.m. 
The |,,U„«-,„gftre the ..xampl««i: Mult. a«: «3, 
"has been dipping {i'mlntp^^] hi* hand." UkA 
14:20, "dipping in {embnpiomntm) with ma." 
liuU IK: 24, "that he n.;.y dip (hapte)-* Ub 
finger." John 13: 86, 'Shall dip (baw*,)" ul . 
"having dipped (emb<tpii<i») the sop." (1{«t. 19; 
13) "garment dipi>ed(4^6.i»im,-«ou) in HooH." 
Here we see the application of Ixipto, while txip- 
'i.'o is sud to occur eighty time^ a^d wher^-. 
ever the ordinance of baptism is rwferrtd to, ill* 
i* amploycd. 

Administrators of btptiiiu in the charcb «f 
Christ are "iMiptistm." John the harbinger of 
Christ wa.. ft -btptisttj,;'- but what is known m 
"the BapUat church" are aimpty "baptai." Mr. 
lUy is limply a "b»pte»" not a "baptiilM," like • 

ill that tlirirarirnment* in support i.( the finyW 
flip virlimllv d.jiy ihii tri piTaoualit^' of the) 
GiHt-hetul. They t«dl us they cau "bai<tix(t into j 
ItiB name of the Fulher. and of the S ,n. and of 
the Holy S[»irit" by one dip becau»c "thew three ' 
afftone." Thev see thu "une" hut overlook the 
"MtY*-." Th> y «re one in the iiensH that ' thret 
by grace, through ar. «,.«. ■* Thi* is m.ttrue of the H .ptisf. »n- 
ghdip. The divine Unity is the rW«y of Trin- 
ity. - A ^'tut/^Af/t^nftft no trinity and hence can- 
not reprnsent lY,* MmVy. It will apptar under 
the further devi>lopment of the siibji-ct that the 
singh dip was really invented to opMfW the tri- 
jMT^ouality of the Uod-heiid. 

2. The ctjrrect«i-*a of my argumnit. upp«ar« 
in that Baptists cannot trantUtu Paul'n (in tk>p- 
fijrto) "one baptism" by o«/ f/i>. Could it be 
trnnslated by dome word bearing the tjicue r*-- 
lalitm to "fcfl/>r«" that "i(i/>(i>«i«,"dov*!ito bnptiio 
thu Baptists wiiiiU have an argmnont fir their 
iinylf dip. • Bitptixma" correspDnds with "bapti- 
ro."hequeutative Greek verb. Bullion says: ^V**. 
ili<etitalive.i exprens repented action," ahw "/"Vf- 
Hiientalivea ar« those which fiynif'y rrpealid nc- 
thn" These coimuonly end iu zo, Or. GrAD.' }( 
72, 103, 8, § 115, 814, 2. To this cla-n of verb^ 
belongs baplizo, to baptiz*!. .\ndrew and Stod- 
dard say, "FrfquentafivesexprHsa a lepelHionor 
i)irira»e of the action expressed by the primi- 
tive. Lat. Gram. S 1«7. li;!. a b. Prof Stuart 
aftwr showing from Tertullian and Jerome that 
^rty./(.'f), was early translated by mergHo; sayi, 
"It would appear, that a feeling existed among 
some of the Latin Fathers when they rendered 
babttzu by uiergito, that bnptizo is, iu itit appro- 
priate senae, what the grammarians and laxico- 
(^raptierN i)»ll a "I'requiitbtive verb'— i. «., one 
which denotes repetition of the action which it 
indicates. Nor are they alone in this; some of 
the best (f reek scholars oi the present and }iast 
agea have expressed the same oiiinions in a more 
definite shape. Buttman lays it down as a 
priniiple uf the Oreek language, that a class o/ 
verbs ending in zo, formed from other verbs, have 
fhesignijication offrequentatives. (Grammar sec. 
119; 1, 5, 2). Host lays down the same principle, 
(Gram. sec. 94, 2, b.) In accordance with this, 
Stephens ani Kohsiks have given their opinion 
and the highest authorities of recent date in lex- 
icography have decided in the si/ww teay." (My 
italics), "Passow, Bret/.chneider, and Donnegan, 
all affirm that baptizn originally and properly 
means to dip or plunge often or repeatedly.^' 
(^uinter and McConnel Deb. p. 11. We next 
appeal to lexicographers of acknowledged schol- 
arship and ability. Liddell & Scott define bap- 
liso"io dip repeatedly" kc. Donnegan says, 
"To immerse repeatedly into a liquid" &c. Pas- 
sow says, "To immerse often .and repeatedly" 
Bretechneidei says, "Properly often to dip" 
kc. Koumu saya, "To immene, to dip repeat- 
edly into a liquid" &c. Itost and Palm say, 
"To dip in or under often and repeatedly" S:c. 
Gaza says, "To dip repeatedly'' &,c. Uichard- 
son's large Engliiih Dictionary defines bapti/e 
HS anglicised in King James' version from bap- 
tizo. "To dip or merge frequently" Sic. Our 
position is still strengthened when we remem- 
ber that while those prominent lexicographers 
define biijitizo to dip repeatedly, Ac, not one, as 
far as we have been able toe.\amine, denies that 
it is frequentative. 1 think I will not go 
if I say all lexicographers have granted all we 
claim in the tropical meanings o( baptizo, when 
they define it, to ilye; to wash; to cleanse; ti< pii- 
rify; to }>erforin abulition." i;c. Bobinson iu hie 

lexicon of the New Testament gives as the first We have seen women professing to be Chris- 
New Testament meaning of 'myjM.'O, "to wash, : tiaus, who would feel more mortified if their 
to perform ablution, cleans" &C-. (and boptism dieeses were not fashionably arrmngvd, than 
is expressly referred to in the New Testament I they would be caught telling a Ua. or 
as ai/f(.*/ii'iiy (Heb. 10:22). Here I appeal to defaming the chani«-ter of a neighbor. We bav« 
the candid, serious mind to decide for ilnetfj seen them charge their drM^maker in regard to 
whether these tffectt are accomplished by ri'o [ getting a dresis done for Sunday, as though the 
dip ■" or by rei}>ftited dips':" When one set» col { deatiny of a world hung upon their oomiog out 
ors, or when you wash your hands, or clothes. ! iu a new dre^a and we* have $een inoae who 
or perform any other ablution, is it done by rt/ir I would apparently sell ont all their hope in 
or by npetited applicationsV Mr. K. denies that [ Christ for a new xilk drfw. 


HY allek O EBLIX. 

OBSERVE the beauteoof eipreeaionof the 
thought, with which the language of oar 
flubject is inspired. It is rgbed with all the gor- 
geous splendor of literature, and illuminated by 
the breathings of the Holy Spirit How many 
oj^s, brethren and sisters, are constantly watch- 
ing to detect the e*iemv, who taever buay tow* 
ing the seeds of discord, and oMiat in diapelliog 
the deadly fue, thus enabling hit rictiou to ex- 
tricate themselves from his firm grasp? How 
many of us who have enlisted under the blood- 
stained banner of King Emmanuel, are having 
that peace-making principle stand out us a prom- 
inent feature in our every-day walk, which will 
characterize us as Christians, at home and 
abroad. When an opportunity of mining a 
practical application presents itself, how gladly 
should we embrace it. Inasmuch as Jamea '^^ya, 
"he that converteth a sinner from the error of 
his way, shall save a soul from death, and shall 
hide a multitude of sins." 

We will notice next, that among the blessings 
enumerated in Christ's sermon on the mount 
that of peace-making stands secimd to none. 
Not forgetting that this ia hot one of the 
many parts which make up life's earnest work. 
may we, too, not omit any other, that our exit 
may be with that sweet conscioosueis of haviog 
finished the great work, and occupy a tnaonoo 
in that celestial city above, with Christ in in- 
describable glorV and happiness, where the im- 
mortal seraphim's flame aboot the central throna. 
and be united with them in singing the ever- 
lasting song of his redeeming love. 



Tin; nitpTi-tKKK 


BT JAS, t. nB'KLKR. 

I'fTE flock of my nalvntinn stands. 
\, firmlv m 111'' Ihron* of Bod. 
My Savior calU with oul»lrclclirf liandii, 

To wHsli the sinner in his bl^jod. 
.Vim many hear the Bride proclaim. 

OlaJ tidings of salvalioil free: 

Same are baiiliz-eJ i" Jes""' "»""• 

And him they follon faithfully. 

But there are some who go astray, 

Who also had been called of God: 
Wfio follow not the narrow way. 

The saints in every age have tr< .1 
Corruiit desires aud selhsh aims, 

And J ielding to temptation's snare— 
Dejiorting from the gospel rl.uui», 

Are drifting them into despair. 

Whole churches to corruption go. 

When pastors lend the Hocks astray: 
By pridi- aud form and outward show, 

Dnpatiog from the narrow way. 
Siune faithful wilneases protest 

Against departures from the faith, 
But they are silenced by the rest 

Who walk not in llie narrow palh. 

Great God. whore are we drifting to. 

By slow departures from the way ? 
What do those great comniitteei do? 

Where is our Idebsed church to-du) ' 
Here in the East the vintage fails; 

And there are lepers hero and there; 
Storm nlUr storm the church assails, 

Aud clouds are hovering everywhere. 
In plumes and fluunce-s fast arrayed, 

lu cockney bats which clowns admire, 
Whore is the path Iroin whence ye strayed ? 

Where is the Christian's plain altiret" 
What tesche.s, having ilcbing ears. 

Will preach to please the motley crowd? 
What heavy toil of saints for years. 

Will conipeiiHiite the hireling proud i* 

Great God, look down in mercy now, 

An'l hear our zealous, plaintive cry: 
l{4.meiiiber all thy saints who how, 
Before thy majesty on high. 
- Buatwin sincere and honest souls: 
' Itelp tliem'lo-figirt the flght of faith: 
And whom 111" love of Ood controls. 
Help him to keeji the narrow path. 



NIl.MItKlt 11. 

TlIK tliil'd division of skepticism th^t 
we alinll mention is the kind which 
hnscs itself upon nuthority. This is, 
perhaps, the most common form of skep- 
ticism at the present day, aud on this 
account deserves a streater share of our 
attientiou than the other kinds. 

U is possible to deny the capabilitv 
of the human mind to acijuiie knowl 
edge for itself, without denying that 
such knowledge is actually in its posses, 
slon. For instance, if we supposed truth 
tfl lie infused into us miraculously, we 
miMit avoid the conclusion that there is 
no such thing as truth cognizable to the 
senses, without admitting that the mind 
itself is competent to acijuire positive 
knowledge. This kind of unbelief has 
been divided into two classes, called re 
ligiou.s skepticism, and philosophical 
skepticism. The former, basing itself 
upon the authority of our intuitive 
knowledge and reason, denies the testi 
rhony of revelation; and the latter, stand 
ing on the platform of revelation^ scouts 
the very notion of philosophy. 

It is not dillicult to see wherein lies 
the weflknesa of botli these tendencies. 
The first bflfes itself entirely upon sub 
lective testimony. Our senses, it is claim 
ed, frequenth' deceive us. Human tes 
tiiuouy, we have learned by e.\perieucc, 
must be taken with a great deal of al 
lowance. The authority of revelation 
is based entirely upon the evidence of 
our senses and on human testimony, and 
consequently but little reliance can be 
placed Id it. 

It is a sufficient answer t<> tliie lenden 
ey to doulit the testimony of our senses, 
to know that the ones who doubr them 
in this matter pr.-ictically ib-pen Ji upoi/ 
their evidence in all other malterrJ.\Thls 
much is certain: If our senses Jo Habi^ 
ually deceive us, we have no way otde 
tecting that deception; and if nil ttlruan 
testimony (Sfut be set aside as oprelia 
ble, we have but few data upon which 
our reasoning ])owers can work. Fbe 
skepticism of philosophy, on the other 
hiind, basing itself entirely upon objee- 
live evidence, accepts the revealed will 
of (iod as the only basis of positive 
knowledge. The opinions of those who 
fake this position have been summed up 
after the following manner: "Man, what- 
ever he might have been in his first ere. 
ation, is now naturally blind and foob 
ish ; his reason is perverted ; his moral 
nature overturned: and he is thus ren- 
dered unlit for the great office of acquir- 
ing knowledge with any degree of cer- 
tainly. I'pon this state of helpless dark 
ness the light of revelation dawned, the 
shadows.of ignorance gradually disperse; 
and a source is opened from which we 
may at length gain fixed and eternal 
truth — an acquisition otherwise impos- 
sible." Bishop Huet founded a school 
of philosophical skepticism in the seven 
teenth century, and his doctrines were 
afterward adopted by a large portion of 
the Romish church. He held thatthough 
there may lie, and probably is such a 
thing as ob.jective reality, yet the human 
reason is too feeble and has to encounter 
too many obstacles in the aeipiisition of 
knowledge ever to be absolutely certain 
whether our ideas correspond with that 
reality or not; aud that the only prinei 
pie bv which we can attain to certainty 
is faith, a principle which lies ,ji3tirely 
beyond the reach of skepticism, being 
an immediate operatiou of the divine 

The advocates of this theory, not on- 
ly object to intellectual philosophy as 
being entirely unreliable in its results, 
but claim that it is still further worth- 
less from the fact that it is superseded 
and rendered unneeess.irv by revelation. 
They seem to thiuk that the objects of 
speculative philosophy aud of revelation 
are identical, and that to philosophize on 
these subjects is to go back to the state 
of nature in which the world existed pri- 
or to revelation. 


fly S. T. IIOBSEftMAK. 

".isk and it shall be given vou." Matt. 7: 7. 
TNASMIICH' as we daily need the mer- 
-•- cies of (rod, we should be thankful 
that we can have the privilege to ask for 
them. I am glad that we have a prec 
edent in the gospel of Christ to ask for 
ble.ssiogs and favors of God. Our bless 
ed Jesus says when ye pray, say, "Our 
Father which art in heaven." Then we 
should not only regard it as a duti/ to 
pray to (rod, but as a holy privilege 
that we can have in approaching God in 
this holy hour — the holy hour of prayer, 
where we can enter into the holy of 
holies, not but once a year, but when- 
ever the soul feels the need of this holy 
commuuion with God. The command 
is to ask. Whom are we to aslc? God, 
the Father of all. "I cannot pray." 
Why can you not pray ? "I have lived 
too long in sin and now I am near the 
closing scene of life; 1 am too feeble, 
my mind is disturlied, 1 cannot pray." 
tjh, the neglect of this important com 
mand, "Ask and it shall be given you." 
A short lime ago, in our village, a 
genlleni-ati \tiho was about to pass over 

January o 

t haste, 

the river, sent for the writer, posi 
to pray for him. Upon enter.n_ 
room, "Oh, how glad I am to see .vou, 
„„„, vou to pray for me. I can t stand 
it long, and to think of passing over the 
thout a change of heart 

bear." What a solemn hour 

What wrestling with God 

k! Oh, the nesrlicl 

ask in time! Why 

river witr " ••"""■■- •■■ "- ~ 

Ml. in I eai 

of prayer 

in lieliidf of thesi' 

of duty ! Why not 

not serve (iod in health? In pra.VH' 

what shall we ask fori Needed blessings 

and nothing more. God cannot be de. 

,.eived. If not asked aright we ask aii.iss. 

How shall we ask for blessings! Ask 

ia such aw-ay that it will not be out ot 

the order of God's natural laws to an 

swerthem. Do you ask for strength 

work the body and ramd ! Ask 

to di- 

then over 

for health, then jiay no attention 
etetics, but eat all kinds of food, and al 
all hours, however, detrimental to health, 
and if sickness follow, then claim it is a 
visitation of Providence, when it is but 
a natural result following the violations 
of God's natural law. Ask for food then 
neither plant nor sow, and .then disbe- 
lieve the Scriptures- because God does 
not give unto you your daily bread 
Ask for a clean heart and then go on m 
sin! Oh, reader, remember, God helps 
those who help themselves. God has 
<7iven unto us both a natural and di- 
vine law by which we can govern both 
body and spirit. And in proportion to 
our obedience to his laws, we secure 
blessings both spiritual and temporal. If 
we violate them it follows as a natural 
consequence that we suffer. 

The promise is, "it shall be given 
you." But as there is danger of asking 
amiss we must auk according to divine 
and natural law, then we wiU receive 
tlie thins; asked for, or something which 
is far betftr. Ohrthe goodness of God ! 
How bountifully doth he provide! Only 
ask in faith believing, and thou shall re- 
ceive. Oh, doubting Christian, cast not 
away thy confidence,_but ask, doubting 
nothing, and the needed blessings will 
be bestowed. Sinner, though trembling 
with thy guilt, come to Christ, "ask, and 
it shall be given you." t'omply with the 
conditions of pardon and thou .shall be 




"TTTE should have implicit confidence 

in all and then ive become unit- 
ed in love and fellowship, and \vill be 
as Paul said, "married to him (Christ) 
who is raised from the dead, that we 
should bring forth fruit untoGod." And 
when married to him we can truly say, 
"The Lord is our confidence." Again, 
"The fear of tlie Lord is strong confi 
dence and his children shall have a safe 
refuge." This confidence was so per- 
manently established in the apostles of 
the Lord Jesus Christ, by the evidence 
of love and fellowship and bis protect, 
ing car:; which they e.vpcrienced in his 
society, while traveling with him by 
land and by sea. They always found 
htm a safe refuge. When the wind and 
sea became boisterous, .they knew their 
refuge was asleep in the hinder part 
of the ship, and that he was able to save 
I hem if he will. ' But they did not know 
if It wiis'nis will, and this made them 
fear when the waves began to cover the 
sdip; but tljey awirke 1 i a saying, "Lord, 
,s.ive us or we perish." Upon this short 
prayer he saved thura, and all was calm 
around them. 

Peter received thS sure testimony in 

au.swer to his prayer when he Walkel 
on the w-ater aud began to sink, he cri.. 1 
"Lord, save me." Jesus iramedi«i,q ' 
saved him. But they not only had ei. 
testimony in their own case, that he i 
nliie to .save wlieu called upon in liijtl, 
Imt they saw him save so many fi,,,,, nij 
manner of diseases, and from the pu^ 
of the devil, andcven to call the deml to 
life again. They had so much evidence 
that the very devils confessed his Son- 
ship aud .aulliorily. But the ajiostlej 
had not only c-onfidence in their Lord 
and Master; but they had also a frater- 
nal confidence in eacli other, even before 
they had the Holy Spirit, so much so 
that in all their associations in their trav- 
els they would respecteach other's tights 
and brotherly feelings. If any thing 
was disputed they would not decide the 
ease without a decision from the Lord. L 
Jlark I); ;i::-;W. They had a dispute by I 
the way who should be the greatest. 
Mall l'^: 1. Tliey asked Jesus, who is 
the greatest in the kingdom of heaven! 
Peter could not say, "That is a clear case 
1 am the man, for I am the first one call- 
ed to follow Jesus," Matt. 4: ls,,".nd"niv 
name is first on record,'' Matt. Hh -2, for 
the apostleship, neither did John say, "I 
am the man; for I am the one whom Je. 
th," but they thought surely oje 
should be the greatest, and if one did 
covet it above the other the\ regarded 
each other's feelings too much to tell, 
bul would let the Master decide the dis- 

We will look al another example to 
learn the ajioslles' fraternal confidence. 
Matt. 211: 21-32. The Lord told them 
"one of you shall betray me." No one 
would mistrust the other, but would 
take it home to himself, though all of 
them e.veepl Judas knew that no such 
thought had ever entered their hearts, 
yet "they all became exceeding sorroiv 
ful and began to say every one of them, 
Lord, is it I! And Jesus told them, it is 
he to whom I give a sop when I have 
dipped it and he gave it to Judas, aud 
told him that thou doest do quickly;" 
still their brotherly confidence forbade 
them to think that their brother Judas 
went out to betray his Lord, as the 'jSth 
verse clearly shows, but they thought 
he went on a good errand to buy for the 

The Christian must also have self 
confidence to fulfill the duties he oweth 
to his God and his brethren ; but not con 
fidence in his flesh. Philip 3; 'i. Paul 
Bays,"wehave no confidence in the flesh," 
"but b} the spirit of power and of love 
and of a sound mind, that we may not 
feel ashamed of the testimony of nor 
Lord that Christ is magnified in om 
bodies whether by life or by death,' 
"Ami having this confidence I know tint 
I shall abide with you all for your fur- 
therance and joy of faith." This sen- 
confidence made Paul bold. "That 
ivhich 1 speak, I speak it not after the 
Lord, but as it were foolishl.\ in tlw 
confidence of boasting, seeing that raanj' 
glory after the flesh, I will .glory als"-' 
Here Paul calls it foolishness for a mM 
in this self confidence to boast of him- 
self, or to have confidence in the !'<'•''"■ 
But 1 said before, the Christian must 
ihave self eonfidonce. \o\\ c^U a roaiit.' 
the ministry who has no conr\ence i" 
himself, he will never do hisdfrj'- ""'' 
the man who will not sow^hi c""!''' 
tures all kinds of hinderauces and J>' 
ficulties in the way that, make him 

.shrink from duty. So theN i 
hears the gospel preached, al^ 
vicled aud convinced, but 1^ 
(ience in himself, in God and i 
iwill make a failure th ■ - 




January G 

Vhlh: Bi<EX£iUl*IN' J^T AVOl^li 

above minister. Another one is convinc- 
ed of bis duty, but tbiuks be will be 
laughed at by the world aud has no 
confidence in himself that he is able to 
withstand. Ue is frightened from duty 
and makes a failure. 1 might give ex- 
ample after example. In short, the Loni 
said, "He that puts his hand to the plow 
and looks back 18 not fit for the kiuedoin 
of God." 

But some have too much self confi 
deuce, and this begets conceit in man so 
that he begins to tliink he is better than 
others and trusts in the flesHJike the 
Pharisee. Luke IT; 9-11 When such 
get into the church they seek for a po 
sition in the church and see much in 
themselves that they think is good, and 
noble, and like Simon, (Act ^; 9, will 
give out that they are some great ones^and. 
ought to be looked up to for counsel and 
advice. He thinks his plans should be 
adopted whether i-ight or wrong, and if 
be can not gain his point by lawful 
means he will resort to unlawful ont-s. 
If it should require eleclioneerinsj, aud 
his own vote for himself, he would raih 
er do it than to trust to the labois and 
rulings of the church, to his brethren 
and to tlie guidance of the Holy Spirit. 
This conceit makes him feel as though 
he was able to "lord it over God's her- 
itage." Such have great confidence in 
the flesh. But Paul says, Phil. 3: :i, 
"We have no coufidence iu the flesh." 
All the good and noble hearted men and 
women who are filled with the Spirit of 
holy confidence in God, iu the church, 
and in one another, can say with Paul, 
"I rejoice therefore that I haveconfl 
dence in you, in all things." They will 
not look upon themselves as the only 
ones qualified to fill some oftice in the 

ever, rescued from its melancholy condi- 
tion; only awaiting to be swallowed up 
by the extinguiahuig flames of fi.r«, 
dv.uh. Oh, hark! what strange sounds 
artright our ears! Whence come those 
pitiful strains of deep distress? Oh, it 
is the bitter wailing of some poor back 
sliiidfu brothel-^ and sisters! Listen to 
their cries aud lameutationsl "Woe is 
me! Woe is me! My God, I have desert- 
ed thee and thy church; and wilt thou 
fursake me in my most sorrowful time 
of bitter trouble? Oh, I am afraid I 
am doomed to die the death of all the 

Yes, dear readers, you who have uev- 
er been in bucb a sorrowful oonditiou, 
you can be thankful, and pray God nev- 
er to suffer you to be led into temptations, 
but deliver you from all evil. But the 
question must be asked, ia there no hope 
of redemption for the poor backslider!! 
Can he no more return to his earliest and 
first love? Is there no more balm in 
GilUead to heal his sin-bruised soul ? 
Oh (lod is there no remedy for cleans- 
ing and healing his blackened, deathly 
wouudsi or hast thou given him over 
to the enemy aud to reprobacy of luindf 
Oh, poor, benighted, sin engulfed mor 
ti\ stop and think; just reflect for a mo- 
ment, where are you, and what are you 
gomg to do under the circumstances^ 
Let us once more reason together, and 
examine the nature of your deplorable 
situation and condition, Vou say that 
you have no hopes of ever being rescued 
again from your perilous place f Let 
me ask you; Have you a desire to be 
again fieed from such a bondage ( Would 
you not like to come back again into 
the church, and make an eft'ort once 
more in a beavenl>'* diiection ? Have you 

church, but will esteem others better not one spark of hope whicti might be 

than themselves to fill difterent stations 
in the house of God, over which Christ 
is set as a Son. Heb. 3; 0. Whose house 
are we if we hold fast the confidence and 
the rejoicing of the hope, firm unto the 
end. "For we are made partakers of 
Christ if we hold the beginning of our 
confidence steadfast unto the end." This 
we can do if we continue to walk in the 
light, and do the truth ; then our heart 
will not condemn us. 1 John 3: 21. 
"Beloved, if our heart condemn us not. 
then have we confidence toward God, 
and whatsoever we ask we receive of 
him because we keep his commandments 
^hd do those things that are pleasing in 
his sight." 1 John 5: 14. "And this is 
the coufidence that we have in him, that 
if we ask any thing according to his will 
he heareth us:" 1 John •2: 2.^, and that, 
"when he shall appear, we may have 
confidence, and not be ashamed before 
him at his coming." 


llY M. P. UfHTY. 

THERE IS no class of persons to be 
pitied more than the backsliders 
of the church; especially those who re- 
possess their better senses, and who be- 
gin again to apprehend and realize in 
their better eulightened minds the awful 
condition into which they have suffered 
themselves to be placed. They begin 
again to see and feel the dreadful con- 
sequences which are sure to follow such 
a state of earthly existence. 

None, but those who have been in 
such a strait, know of the paiuful stings 
of remorse which will jnerce and ofc 
times penetrate the very quick of the 
soul, causing it to wither and droop, 
leaving it thus in the most critical con 
dition, and throwing the whole trio be 
inginto a perturbed state; scarcely, if 

kindl^'J intj) aflame by the fan of Christ's 
unbounded lovei Don't you think Cbrist 
loves you still J and that it is you who 
does not love the dear tiavior^ 

You mustchange from yourill-'directed 
course, ana set your face /.lonward, and 
learn to gaze upon that form which is 
altogether lovely, and sweeter than the 
essence of all earthly sweetnes"!, who is 
willing and able to save you, although 
you may be ever so much environed by 
foul despair. No, don't despair any 
longer, dear fellow mortal, for verily 
there \et is hope; else what means the 
Savior's enti'eating language; "Comeun 
to me all ye heavy laden." Now who 
is more heavily burdened with sin than 
the backslider. And again he says, 
"Whosoever will, let him come and lake 
of the water of life freely." Thank God 
for that word, "whosoever." Does it 
not include all? Yes, only repent and 
come; though your sins seem like mouu 
tains; they can be removed. Though sin 
has made your soul dark as hell, or doub- 
ly scarlet, it can he made white as snow. 

Look at that neighbor of yours who ; ^(,11 
once waa just as bad as you now are, I 
and if any thing a little worse, who had 
broken his vows time and again ; who 
had gone back and wallowed in his 
former miiey hole; and who re'.urned fre 
quently to his obi vomit again. Yes, we 
might point toman) in the church, who! 
had once for a time, fallen from a state 

t*d into sublimest joy. Now don't you 
think you c<»uld become such like again i 
Oh, do form ouce more a firm reaoluliou, 
and come with new courage and strong- 
er fortitude, aud make one moi-e mighty 
ftort to brrak the shackle-s of sin, to be 
once more reinstatod in the church of 
Ciiria*., helping to share the work of the 
church and becoineequal partaker of ita 
joy and sorrow, finally to be blessed for 
the worth of your labor with, life eve: 
lasting. You once run well; you was a 
kind hearted member in the church, and 
God lovt'8 your soul as dearly as any 
other. Nodoubt if you come repenting 
ly he will jdlow this to pass as a scourge 
in Older to make you wiser unto aalva 
tion, and to make you have a better ap- 
preciation of his divine goodness, love 
and mercy. Old Satan has somehow ta- 
ken advantage of your better nature, and 
has placed you in the same rueful pre- 
dicament in which he had once placed 
old nml her Kve. Oh, what a pity to be 
thus deluded. Ibnv miserable it makes 
one feel. It is hell euough of itself. No 
doubt you feel as though God, 
the church and all former friend: 
forsaken you. No sympathy seems to 
greet you, nor does it seem as if any- 
where to be found. But my <lear iV-llovv- 
beings, do not harbor such gloomy 
thoughts. Remember that same sympa 
thizing Jesus that plead your cause once 
is still interceding for you. Oh, bear 
him say, "Father, forgive them; for they 
kuow not what they do." What mort; 
sympathy do you want, Solomon says, 
'■Though a just man fall seven tunes, yet 
shall he rise up again." And Jesus saya, 
"I will forgive seventy times seven." 
Whether this means so often during one 
day, month, year, or lifetime still the 
language implies often. If you please, 
read the history of the rebellious and 
backsliding Israelites. How often did 
they ami and still the Father with out- 
stretched arms of love and mercy would 
kindly and gently call them to return. 
Hear what he said to them; "Go and 
proclaim these wonls, and say, return, 
thou backsliding Israel, and I will not 
cause mine anger to fall upon you, for 
I am merciful and will not keep angry 
forever, lleturu, and I will heal } our 

Was there ever a grander proclama- 
tion made? What consolation and what 
joy it must have given them! No won- 
der that they gladly exclaimed, "Behold 
I we come unto thee, for thou art the Lord 
[ our God." Then how much less will the 
Father forgive us who are engrafted on 
the true vine, when we stray away from 
home, and return again. 

It is. however, true that several pas 
sages of Scripture seem to indicate the 
case of backslidei-9 as quite hopeless. 
But when we read the very beautiful 
and t^ouching parable of the prodigal 

tiona I will leAve the Hubj^it for furdier 
development; hoping and tTUf<ting that 
you will give the matter a thorough in- 
vestigation; and that you will speedily 
repent, and houettly aud jierHevtringly 
strive once more to be&jme agun recon- 
ciled to your God before it wUl-be eter- 
nally too late. 
Waterloo^ Iowa. 


/\BSKHVE how utterly fearlesa it in! 
" It puts ita incidental historical 
uarratives by the side of a ucient rec- 
ords, wherever these are found, on brick 
cylindei-s, graven in rocks, traced in 
parchments, carved upon obelisks, built 
into imperial structures, — and it chal- 
lenges comparison. No matter how oth- 
ei' records have come to us, the Scripture 
putd itri record beside them, asserts this 
ti*ue, and waits for centuries for its vin- 
dication. The ancient historians tell us, 
for example, that the king of Babylon, 
Christ, 1 when, that city was taken and destroyed 
had i '>>' the Persians, was not Belshazzar, but 
Nabondadiu.s, or Labynetus, as the 
names are given differently in different 
languages; that he was not captured in 
the city, or killed, but that he escaped 
from it; that he fought a battle, after 
the capture, outside of the city; that he 
was I'efeated, and then taken prboner; 
thaC he was made a satrap under the 
con<)ueror; that he lived for years after- 
wards unmolested, lived in abundance, 
and died in peace. Berosus Abydenus 
agree in most of this; and history laughs 
at the story as told in the book of Dan- 
iel. It is an unhistorical legend, idle, 
worthless, because contrary to the facte. 
The bookof Daniel puts forward ita rec- 
ord, and patiently waits. ' 

Twenty years ago there were dug up 
the cylinders from the remains of the 
ancient Ur of the Chaldees, from the 
mounds which mai'k the abnost forgot- , 
ten site of that renowned city of the 
Kast, which explain at a glance the seem- 
ing inconsistency. They show that Bel- 
shazzar was the son of Nabonadius, and 
the regent under him; that Daniel's rec- 
ord is, therefore, as was that probably 
Herodotus or Berosus. They were sim- 
ply writing of different persons. 

So the Scripture feai'lessly challenges 
historians, and puts its record alongside 
of theirs — a characteristic which belongs 
to it only among the sacred books of 
the world. There is no other which 
treats so fearlessly the events of the past, 
and which face^ such imminent contin- 
ual risk of being demonstrated as untrue, 
if that is possible. It tells its story, 
amid whatever din of contradictions, 
and waits to be accepted with a divine 
courage imperturbable as God — Dr. R. 
S. Storrs. 

ire inclined to think otherwise. 

This seems to fit the backslider's case 
exactly. "Behold what love the Father 
doth bestow." 

And again, we read in liev. '2: -1, .'. 
"Nevertheless, I have somewhat against 
thee, because thou hast left tl y first love. 
Remember, theretofy, from whence thou 
art fallen, and repent, and do the first 
works; or else I will come uyto thee 
again, and who seem to be liappier now' ^^^jj^.^^^ ^^j ^^.^i r^niove thy ca^Jle- 
than ever before. You ask them, aud I ^^-^^^ y^,^ ^j- jjj^ ^,4^^^, except thou re- 
they will tell you that they entertain the j jjjV . ■ ■■ i-pj,.,.. ■ 

This, hbwever, seeniS "to have refer 

ence to the once backslidden Kphesians— 

the church at Kphesus: auii if it is ap 

plicable to the church tliere aud then, it 

ipially applioableto the present church 

of grace, but who have been re^^Cored 

brightest hopes of their soul's salvation 
that they possess again perfect ease of 
conficience. Indeed they now seem lo 
be of the warmest and most enthusiastic 
members in the cb«rch,9erntjg the Lord 
with double tliligeoc.^, whose bitierueiw 
of soul has chatigL-d into iieavouly siveot 
ness; and whose great sorrow has turn- 

and its individual members here. 
With these few t|Uot«lion8 and 


Wben you open the Bible, never for- 
get that it is the Word of God. That he 
is as really speaking to you there, as he 
^poke with Moses on the mount. As you 
read, let Scripture explain Scripture; 
and use the more easy portions to shed 
light upon the more deep and difficult. 
Never be satisfied with merely skim- 
ming the surface of the Bible. You are 
to search the Scriptures. "Plough into 
the Bible,"' was the saying of a wise and 
good man. 

Man\ will cultivate quantitu-s of fiow- 
ei-s, but never think to give them to the 
sick and poor: aud many will dance all 
night, or attend a fair ou a stormy oight, 
that don't ft'el able to sit up « ith the 
sick, or attend prayer-meeting. 

TlrtK irJHKTiriJiK^S' JS^'r AVOKK.. 


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Lanark, Carroll Co., 111. 

Hehk and there some one who has more re 
Hpect for hia 'VeMiiDportmiiw" tliuD for the loTe 
of the truth, will f^taod u[) hiiA urg<> people to be 
bapti/.ed "into the uuine cif the Lord Jesus" only. 
They know not what they do. M' ii who have 
respect for their Hcholartuhip aud the word will 
not do 80. It is strange that such will not see 
that whe we are bapti/.ed into the name of the 
Son (Matt 2^: 19) we are moat wrtainly bap- 
tizfd "into the name of the Lord Jesus." 




The I'hiladelphia Proyress speakinR of the 
movement to close the Hertuanent Exhibition 
say ■4: 

"You are very well aware, gentlemen, that 
the poor man cannot all'ord to buy expeuaivH 
pews, and does not like to show hi-^ poverty by 
beine driven into a conspicuous du-plny of it. 
And though yourgreat temples of churches are 
more than half empty Sunday after Sunday, you 
have not accouimodation-s for the workme cltws- 
es if you could get them to join you. I'nd'-r 
neath all this agitation lies one si^niticaut fact, 
.-\ >'ear or so ago, while this same qiiention was 
in discuRsion,a preach>^r. more honest and bold- 
er than Ins bretlireu, declared from the pulpit 
that the church moisted upon the cloaius of all 
places ol amu'^ement on Sunday hecaiif*- the 
burcb could not stand the riiwlry." 

W. ]^. Sell baschaugedhis address from Ettie- 
rille, Mo., to Darlington eame State. 

Bro. Joun Barinokr has cbaugtd hia ad- 
dross from Bristol, Ind., to Panora, Guthrie 
Co., Iowa. _ 

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Wk never grumble at carrying oiher men's 
pains, neither do we rejoice in their succesa. — 
Selfishness eats a hole in the Christiao'd bank. 

OvT understanding, and be like Jesus your 
Savior. Kools prefer to walk in darkness, for 
things of the same kind love to associate. 

We regret that we can fill no orders for No. 
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we anticipated, hence the issue of Dec. 15ih i^ 

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Brother GKuroE W. Giuson, Solicitor for 
Board of Mission in Pleasant Hill church, Ma- 
coupin Co., 111. writes; "The solicitations for 
missionary funds are much more responded to 
this year than la'^t. Received twelve dollars dur- 
ing November " 

If health permitt«d,ouresteemed Brother John 
MelKger intended to commence meeting in 
Palmer, Christian Co., III., Dec, y;ird. May 
grace be abundantly bestowed upon bis labors. 

Bro. D. C. MoiiMAw aendsus the following: 
"Tliere is a marked and gratifying improvement 
in all ourpapers. It betokens the rapid advan- 
ces we have made, numerically, intellectually 
and spiritually within the last two decades. 
With God's grace we will soon make our prin- 
ciples a power amimg the moral forces that are 
shaping the world's destiny". 

Mk.Moody.iu one ol his rei-nt sermouH. said ; 
"1 have a great admiration fur the colored wo 
man who said that, if the Lord told her to jump 
through a stone wall, it was her buisine^s to 
jump, and the gettin<; through wa.s God's busi 
ness." We agree with Mr. Moody in admiring 
the theology of this colored woman. In a shar 
debate before a Presbyterian General A-i<embly 
upon an important iguestion. Dr. N. W. Taylor, 
a delegate from Connecticut, said that the posi- 
tion he took was sustained aud enforced by a 
lundanieulal principle of moral truth, to which 
he would adhere at all ha^tirds. Dr. Lyman 
Befcher responded by asking hira whether he 
would follow the principle if it carried him over 
Niagara Falls. "Yes, or I would abandon the 
principle, " was the prompt reply of Dr. Taylor 
This is the colored woman's doctrine, put in a 
little more scholarly form. Let the proposition 
be given that God commands a thing to be done, 
and all discretion as to doing it based on conse- 
(uencps or difficnltie-^ is at an end. Obedience, 
unhesitating and uni|uestioning, ic then the 
supreme duty, no matter what may be the ap- 
parent consetpiences. God himself is fully com 
petent to take care of the results arising from 
what he requires, and it is never wise or safe to 
reason from these results against the require- 
ment. That which is essentially right is always 
e.tpedieut, thougb somelimes the reverse may 
seem to be the fact. 

■ Juite a number of persons have sent money 
to the olHce for renewal of japer, and for the 
purchase of books and pamphlets without giving 
their names or addresses. After wondering for a 
month or two ivhv the Brbturrn .vt Work does 
not "tend to their busineits" they will write and 
tell them to send the money back if they don't 
want to send what was ordered. Of courae they 
will never think the fault is their own. 

A» previously noticed the Bergstresser— Bash 
or debate will be published in pamphlet form 

The price has not yet been announced, p^r- ^'*^' ^""^ ^'^ ^''^^ ""^j"'* " God is »"t partial. 

It is so good we cannot keep it; we must tell 
it in Gath. A certain conmunity was "bless- 
ed" with two orders of people — one catling them- 
selves "Advents," the other "Christians." Prop- 
ositions were made in unit* in one body, hence 
a meeting was called, and each agreed to con- 
cede some points. The "Advents" were calUd 
upon to yield their name, and at once complied. 
The "Christians" were urged to give up the 
formula of baptism as given in Matt. 28; 19, 
and agree to baptize "into the name of the Lord 
Jesus" only. This the "Christiana" refused to 
do, maintaining, that the commission shouldev 
er be complied with. Their etlbrts were closed, 
and the two bodies are still apart. But now 
comes the finale. Some time after this effort 
at Union two Brethren went into the "Chris- 
tian's" house and for a week held forth the 
word, and of course the apostolic commission 
(Matt. 2S: 19) came up. No sooner had the 
Brethren concluded their plea in behalf nf th^ 
primitive mode of baptism than a mini^trot 
the "Christian" church arose and announced 
that at seven P. M. he would reply. In his re 
ply betook the position that it was <|uite suffi 
cient to be bapti/ed "into the name of the Lord 
Jesus;" and not according to Matt. 28: V.K The 
"Advents" smiled, and wondered why that min- 
ister changed so suddenly. In trying to evade 
truth, men will sometimes make themselves 
look absurd. 

Ah, what a spectacle the earth would present 
The sun would scorch the life out of every 
plant on one man's preinine^. while just across 
an iniMginary line, refreshing showers and 
geutlf dews would be moisteuing the earth aud 
a most luxuriant vegetation would be spring- 
ing forth. Narrow, contracted, deceiilul as 
the human heart ia. anxious and ambitious aa 
man is to ec ipse his fellows in brilliancy, he 
stands horror stricken, t4'rrificd before such a 
scene. Oh, how devoutly to be wifhed that 
man possessed the divine nature. How differ- 
ent he ia! 

Witness the exlravagance to pamper the van- 
ity of General Grant. All clashes of all ages of 
all sexes of all colors of all stations are swept 
as with a storm of mighty madness to get where 
they can bow down to the great Goliath of hu- 
man blood. The thought seems to heave with- 
in their bosoms, "Ah, if I can but touch the 
hem of his garment!" 

An Omaha minister when Grant waa present 
was 80 profuse in his praise words for the latter 
that the Chicago Times says the minister prais- 
ed God and Grunt in turns. Grant has too much 
sense not to loathe such demonstrations. Is he 
a fool that be does not see the hypocrisy or idi- 
ocy of his flattering worshipers? Sensible peo- 
ple always sicken of such silly mawkishness. 

We read, "Aud upon a set day Herod, array- 
ed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and 
made an oration unto them, aud the people gave 
a shout, saying, it is the voice of a god and not 
of a man, and immediately the angel of the 
Lord smote him because he gave not God the 
glory: and he was eaten of worms and gave up 
the ghost." Acts VI: 20-'J3. Is not Grant wor- 
shiped while ht' remains in the cities and in the 
towns in which he ^tops more than God? Let 
us see. Ri-gulur preaching, prayer meeting and 
devotional eserci-ses of every description were 
postponed to worship — Grant! And what is 
Grant? Who is he? Is he a machine? A fos- 
sil or a mineral, a plant or tree? Of what is 
he composed? How is he organized? does he 
eat through his nrse aid breathe through his 
eyes, uud smell with bis ears? Is it any won- 
der the Lord should smite Herod and he be eat 
en of worms? God has endowed man with com- 
mon sense and curses him if he don't use it. 
s. J, 

_^ narv 6 

what is thrown out to them-^ui^t~infTir 
Brethren conclude to use their Lessons ' a 
we under obligations to accept their division r 
the Scriptures? Paul tells the faithful n..„- . 
of Christ to "study." "riehtiv J... . '"'^' 

ng the 

word," not that he should goto those who d 

oy a portjou of the word Brid get Ih, 

to divid. 

"« 31.180 


it for him 

Hove we none among us who are able to 
pare lessons for oiir children, that we m t*"*" 
t . Babylou ? The Committee cUim, ,„ J' ^° 
the LesBoUB so as to complete a course in *"** 
years. Let us examine this. There 
verees in the Bible. On an average th 
about twenty verses in a lesson. Th* *" 

give us 980 verses in the Bible during the"" 
allowing four Sunday's for review I ^'' 
year, they give us 6730 verses or about ImZI 
of the whole. Now in orderlocomplete, 
in this way it would require thirtv two Tj"" 
half years, half of would be ,p,„. "° ' 
Old Testament. We do not wish to d 
any one from studying the Old Te»laaer('.\°^! 
in view of th. fact that a knowledge „r°' 
»4,,/,>«,r/o,theN.w Testament teachl 
the course for a Christian („ pu„„j j^ »''." 
to spend so much of the liuje in the' Old, "'." 
a body, can we afford to accpt ll„ divi„o„, „f 
theScnptoresasdealtoulby those who J 
not 01 US.' Why should we go „„tt„j|,^ 
whoni we regard »a unwilling lo do as our M.^ 
ter d,d on .he night of hi, betrayal, and accept 

Why should they say how much or how little 
may constitute a lesson for our youth? 
see no good reason for so doing 





• '/lOD ia no respecter of persons,"— Acts 10 

\jr 34; "H maketh his sun to rise on the 

evil and on the good, and seodeth rain on the 

sons who wish tlied..bat^ will notify us by card 
so that we may know how many to order. We 
bespeak for it an eitensive circulation, as those 
present say that Bro. Basher presented many 
new thoughts in an interesting manner. Orders 
for the debate receiveii at this office. It is 
presumed that the price will not be oyer fiftv 

His iiiodness reaches all classes. None are ex- 
cluded from hia blessings. If Qod were as sel- 
fish aa many ot the human family, — yes even 
as many of those who profess the guidance oi 
the Holy Spirit, what a time there wnuld be,— 
what seasons we would havel The sun would 
shine on one man's field, but not a ray of light 
would fall across the fence into his neighbor's, 

THE system ol li 880118 i repared by a select 
party have had an extensive circulation 
among Sunday-school workers. To some, it 
may seem useless to attack this Goliah; but we 
are confident when the truth comes to the sur- 
face it will find a response in many hearts. We 
are not out seeking the applause of men; if we 
were we would laud the "International Lesson" 
and secure to ourselves the happy smiles of the 
vast multitude. But we have a plain duty to 
perform, and shall not shrink. Nothing seems 
so hurtful to truth as for its advocates to keep 
on hand a large telescope through which to look 
to see which way the multitude will run, and 
then cut across the field to take a position at the 
head of the column as a "leader." Some people 
call this way of doing, "shrewdness," or "smart- 
ness." Well, some people call him who cheats, 
smiii: but it is a misuse of the term. 

We do not know which way the majority of 
the Brethren intend logo on the "International 
Lesson" question. What course they shall pur- 
sue, or that the leaders will advocate, is unknown 
to us; and more, we 'ire not oiif inqiiirhui where 
they tciah to go, or will go, but we are before 
you to tell you our convictions in the light ol 
eternal truth. We are not interested in the 
publication of any Sunday-school Lesson; nor 
are we endeavoring to break down anything 
that will make us all more pious, devoted, peace- 
ful, joyful and hopeful In our holy religion; but 
the truth must out whether it burns or freezes. 
The Committee which prepares the "Inler 
national Lesson""co.isisU of men chosen from 
among the "leading denominations," or rather 
the most iufiuential bodies of "Christiaijs." The 
M, E- churcb.being alarge body, ia represented 
on that Committee; the Baptist church the 
same, and so with others. But the church of 
the Brethren being a auLill body-a class not 
distinguished by great church edifices. Doctors 
of Divinity, and "men of renown," it can have 
no representation on that Committee. Like a 

,, ., ■■ fo' certainly 

there are those among ua who are able to pre- 
pare lessons for our children. In fact, our Lt 
choice ,s to leave the arrangement a. made bv 
the Holy Spirit. This „ a good one; and we 
believe no committee can improve it. If we as 
teachers of the youth, have not sufticient 
dom to do the work well, let us seek that 
dom which is Imm ,ilmv, which ia pure. 

The opponeniB of Sonday-schoola predicted 
that soon the church would be Hooded with les- 
sons prepared by those "not of us," and we hope 
that the teachers of our youth will not unthink- 
ingly fulfill this prediction, and thus cause the 
work of teaching our children to receive such 
a check as will greatly injure the cause. We 
shall say more next week. m « p 


AND it came to pass as the disciples contin- 
ued to preach the things concerning the 
kingdom, that "there arose no small stir about 
that way." For a certain man named Denton, 
a minister by occupation, feared lest the people 
might forsake him; and he sought opportunity 
to plead his cause before the multitude. To 
this the disciples made noobjection, saying that 
on the morrow at eleven .-i. M-, and seven P. M , 
they would preach the word of the Lord ia a 
bouse hard by. Then arose Denton, and beck- 
oned unto the people, declaring that God's ser- 
vants might preach in that house wherein they 
stood on the morrow at eleven, and he would 
give answer at seven of the same day. To this 
the disciples gave heed, and when the morrow 
was come, they resorted to the 0— ite house and 
opened the book at Matt. 2S, and read the last 
five verses. When this was read, Daniel, sur- 
named Miller, straightway reasoned how that 
the Lord Jesus commanded hia disciples to 
"Go into all the world and preach the Gospel 
to every creature; he that believeth and is bap. 
tized shall be saved." He declared that the 
Lord Jesus not only commanded ua what to do, 
but hmr to do it. He "mightily convinced" 
some, "showing by the Scriptures" that Jeaus 
commanded believers to be baptized "into the 
name of the Father, aud of the Son, and of tin 
Holy Ghost." And when he had sat down, that 
other diaciple who had companied bioi, arose 
and urged the people to "seek the Lord, if hap- 
ly they might feel after him, and find him, 
though he be not far from every one of u--" 
When they had done, the one who "opposed" 
himself, straightway announced that at seven 
P. M, he would go up on the "judgment seat" 
and persuade the people that these disciples 
were teaching "contrary to the law." And 
when the evening was come tlie people t;atbered 
together to hear what the "deputy" should say 
n reply to the disciples. He vehemently al- 

..ill- I, 1 , — -^f'j ." vuc uiBciuies. ne venemeunj "• 

servant before the haughty king, they must tal„ leged that Alexander Campbell made dedaro- 

Januaiy (j 

tiona that uot eveu a. hint of trme immersiim 
could Ue ftmiid iu the Bible. He tivmblmgly 
asaerted timt to l.e baj.tized into the uHnie oi 
JeBua was eiiDuj{b, aud tliat the'Timkere" ouly 
baptize the head, and uot the body. These and 
mauy other hard thiDgs sp»ke he lor a little 
time, and then gave iiolioe that on the morrow 
night he would deliver au oraliou on the mi»n: 

Now when thediM iplei knew that they could 
no longer preach in that house they made proc- 
lamation that they would preach in the house 
called McLaiues on the morrow night. 

And it came to pass that as the disciples con- 
tinued tu declare all the counsel of God that 
word was sent to oue Stewart saying, "These 
that tunied the world upside d^wn aro come 
hither also." And he made all haste and came 
into that place, and having come into the house 
of Norman, be began to dispute with the evan 
gelista, asserting i hat they were in error aud 
must needs be corrected. But tht- discipks, 
nothing daunttd, all day earnestly declared that 
what JesuB had spoken by the mouth of holy 
men, and the Spirit of God, must be believed 
and obeyed. And when the evening came thi 
opponent gladly ceased, aud he declared that 
he had learned much that day. And wheji the 
hour was come the disciples went up to the 
hou^e, aud tor the last time spake the word ol 
the Lord to that people. Thus was "the word 
of the Lord published throughout all that re- 
gion." And the disciples were hlted with ji)y, 
because they were considered worthy ot re- 
proach. Nevertheless the Lord has a people 
there and in due seasoQ will call thera furih. 

Vow on tje tenth day of the twelfth month 
when they hail passed through St. Paul aud 
Milwaukee, they came into a place called West 
em Union, where they met an infidel whoblaa- 
phemed the name of Jesus. And Daniel being 
zealous for thf? law of God. rebuked the unbe- 
liever, and showed him that by his own mouth 
he was condemned; fur he persistently declared 
that he believed only that which he could see. 
Then Daniel questioned him the more, saying, 
Did you ever see wind ? Have you seen steam ? 
Can law enact itselt? And many other like 
questions, which when the unbeliever discover- 
ed he could not answer, became exceedingly 
mad insomuch that he vehemently kicked 
against the goads, gnashed his teeth aud then 
fled from the disciples. Now all the good acts 
concerning these disciples, are they not written 
in the "booK of remembrance? ''L. E. Arneh. 

TiiK l^KKTiiKl^>r JsJi: av'okk:. 

indicate any love for the oue whom he helped. 
But the mau who gave his last half loif -km n- 
quired to make a sacrific« which showed a \q\ e 
tor his poor friend. \\'« know when a person 
makes a sacritice for a cause that it is really the 
cause he loves, and what he does he does fntm 
purest love. Men are sometimes heard to say. 
when aslced to contribute to some charitable 
purpose. "I guess t can give so and so much 
without misaing it." A mau who never gives 
what he can use himself or what he will feel is 
alosstohiin, has no rroiuise of reward. It 
is the sacrificing spirit God wants man to come 
in possession of. So far as God's need of any thiun 
from us is concerned, he needs nothing. All 
we have 18 his anyway. So far as his needing 
is concerned, he could I'reat* vastly more 
means in a moment than could be used in a 
ciMiliiry. A man who never makes any saeri- 
fi .e lor bii object has no way of proving he has 
any regard or conc«rn for it. While we may 
enj.iy a gift equally well from the rich and thi 
poor, we cannot leel equally grateful to each 
for it. 

The greatest sacrihca we can imagine any one 
cau make for us is that of his life. Christ says. 
"Greater love hath no man than this that he 
lay down his life for hia enemies." This is* a 
self-evident troth. It would he a great sacri- 
fice to lay down our life for our friends; but to 
lay down oiii life for our enemies is absolutely 
the irreatest sacrifice which man can make. 

This God did. Now what is there inconsist- 
ent in this? If God desired to awaken emotions 
of love within the human breast what better 
thing could he have done to accomplish his pur- 
pose? If we love a being as that being make* 
or is willing to make sacnficea for us, what 
thing could God have done that would have 
been more absolutely certain to win our atVec- 
tion than what he did do? 

To get a more satiefa'-tory and complete un- 
derstanding of the "plan of salvation" we refer 
you to J. B. Walker's "Philosophy of the Plan 
of Salvation." This book, we think, if carefully 
read, will convince any honest mind that the 
plan of salvation is not only void of all incon' 
siatencies, but is founded on the laws of the 
mind and in harmuny with all true philosophy. 


FE\V, indeed, are able to provide thomselvea 
with books minutely setting forth the 
acts of the Church from the close of the Script- 
ure record down to the present; hence we have 
thought "good" to write in order the thinga 
which have been, for the edification and in- 
struction of our readers. We ahall endeavor to 
give a faithful and an impartial account of the 
Church aa gleaned from the beit authonties. 
And we here wish to prepare the mitdBofour 
readers, by stating that in the course of our 
researche-s we may indite methods pursued by 
the primitive church, that would seem to be at 
variance with our usages. But the reader will 
remember that there is only a dilfcr«nce iu the 

proud, boatt^rs, bU-phemers." Aad thw in tb« 
th rty-third year afwr ChrintV WMiwion. Thai 
eirly great evils made their app»«ranc«; and 
whv ahould we marvel if tbowe eviln, and 
greater ones, continue with us at this remote 
dintance from the primitive church? Sam* 
Ecclesiaatical biatorians divide the eventa into 
four periods, viz: 1. From the commencement 
of the church to the time of Constantioe the 
great, A. D , 325, 2 From Constantine to 
Charlemagne, A. D. 8oO. 3. From Charl*. 
magne to Martin Luther. A. D. 1620. 4. From 
Martin Luther to the present time. Now in- 
stead of pursuing this order, we prefer to gir« 
the events of each century, believing that thii 
method will be the better one for the reader. 


THE committee on Danish Mis^on had a 
.„.^ v..,„™ ,„ ,„„ meeting in November last, and agread to 

application of the principles themselver There I '*'°'' '''^•''''" ^°P^ ^'^ by January 1st. 18W 
iB a law in this SUte setting farlh the duty of T^ "* T? ""*'',''"■'*•;•" '""** ^^^ ^^^rzht* 


IINGERSOLL assumes that Christ gave lio 
attention to the laws wliich God had pre- 
viously given the Jews. Why does he do this? 
Does he not know thatOhriet said, "I came not 
to destroy tlie law and the prophets, but to ful- 
fill?" and that he told the Jews to "search the 
Scriptures"— the law and the prophets— for ' ' 
' "they testify of me?" If he does know this 
how can he lay any claim to honesty of heart? 
If he does not know it, he does not know what 
is in the Bible, and why does he persist in say- 
ing what i' in it is false? Is he not 
therefore guilty either of a wilful misrepresen- 
tation of truth or of narrow heai-ted bigotry? 
When the falsity of his assumption that Christ 
did not heed the law and the prophets is expos- 
ed, does not hia question aa to whether when 
"God took upon himself flesh, aud came among 
the Jews, and taught a ditlerent religion, and 
these Jews, in accordance with the laws which 
this same God gave them, crucified him, did he 
not reap what he had sown?— We ask. then 
does not this .juestion lose all its pertinency? 

Next we find the plan of salvation ridiculed, 
because the innocent suffered for the guilty. Hf 
don't aeem tn know that none but the guilty 
need any one to suffer for them? He would 
haveusbelipvethatsomeliMdy ought to suffer 
for the innocent! Man loves a being in pro- 
portion as it makes sacritice for hi=. welfare. 
We knnw another's affection /or us only as we 
know what they would sacrifice for us. It \. 
not so much what people do, but what sacrificei 

they will make that causes us to be grateful t. 
them When a man worth miUiona gives us a 
loaf ol bread we do not feel so grateful to h.m 
a. we do towards another who gives us only 
half a loaf when that half is all be had and no 
money with which to buy more. The man who 
gave the whole loaf could do so without any sac 
nfice whatever. For him to do so would not 


S.WS the Bible anything about clothing? 
Certainly. The Lord says, "Beware of the 
scribes which love to go in long clothing." — 
Mark, 2: 38. Here clothing is not only men- 
tioued, but loiiy clothing. It was the chief 
fashion then, and under this long •Itithin^ were 
hearts that loved salutatioQ'i iu market-places, 
chief seats in synagogues, uppermost rooms at 
feasts; tor a pretense make long prayers, and 
for ^ain devoured widows houses. 

'Ye have respect to him that weareth gay 
ilothing." — James '2:3. It is expressly stated 
that some wear gftij clothing, and on this ac- 
count the sexton tella them to ait iu "a good 
place," while the poor are told to stand or sit 
under the footstool, the pulpit. Such a sexton 
ought to be discharged at on^ce. and the church 
that tolerates such work is iu common with ita 
sexton, and must bear a portion of the judg- 

Beware of false prophets, which come to 
you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are 
ravening wolves."^Matt. 7: 15. "Sheep'a cloth- 
ing?" "So the sheep have clothing?" Yes they 
have clothing, and the irolres like to get into it 
too. Well, but how does the wolf knoir that it 
is sheep's clothing? Is not sheep's clothing like 
the clothing of a goat? Seems to me, it is use- 
less to have a particular clothing for sheep, and 
another for oxen, another for birds. Yes, but 
G"d 80 arranged the clothing business, and he 
says "beware" of those who put on the Christian 
garment, and are iniinrdly ravening wolves, 
ready to devour you. "The good Shepherd giv- 
eth his life for the sheep." I lay .lown my life 
for the sheep, and then wolves come in my 
sheep's clothing to devour them. Beware ol 
those who ccme in your garments." The sheep 
have the clothing peculiar to them, and raven- 
ing wolvee will put nn this clothing to devour. 
We reiterate the warning of Jeaua. Look out 
for those who come in the Christian garb, yel 
inwardly are chuckling how they will torment 
you. Great Master, save us from such people! 

Report of Brethren's Tract Society will be 
in next issue. 

setting farlh the duty 
the people to instruct the youth under their care, 
Now while the law seta forth the principlea 
that are to be taught, yet each teacher m lel\ 
to pursue hia ..wn course in the application of 
the principles. So with the church, The cus- 
toms of the people in the apustolic age differed 
very much from our customs. The early or 
first Christians had their method of teaching, 
and we have ours; but both have the same 

The church is a society governed by certain 
laws and inatitutiona. which laws and institu- 
tions were presented and founded by the Lord, 
Christ. This society has both an internal and 
an external history. The external history com- 
prehpnds ils discipline and doctrine. In this 
part,/)iT,''(jn3 who have ruled, are more or less 
brought to view; and as these persons conduc- 
ted tliemselves so the church conducted itself. 
The /oriii of govurnmeut, the , /'(»,■- that con- 
trolled the body, the iloctrntf urged upon the 
people, are important features in the internal 
history of the church. .\nd aa we advance step 
by step, in the internal history of the church 
the reader will observe that in the beginning, 
the government of the church was adminis- 
tered by the ministers mid people. But in the 
course of time, the pastors or ministers affected 
superior wisdom or pre-eiuiuence.trampled upon 
the rights of the people, and assumed to them- 
selves supreme authority. 

to contribute ils liberally as possible so thtt 
there might be a Bufticien.y; but we were in the 
midst ol considerable labor at the time, and im- 
mediately after the meeting left for Wisconsin, 
hence forgot the work assigned us. We regT«t 
it very much, and now call the attention of the 
Brotherhood to the necessity of keeping enough 
in the hands of the treasurer to meet the «- 
peusea of the miMsion. Some churches hare 
not contributed, hence those whose sympathies 
are open will please remember that ii. will be 
necessary to Bend more than the quota assigned 
by list General Conference. We wish to keep 
Brother Hope well suppl ed; and in order to do 
this, the donations should be prompt and liber- 
al. A report will be presented by next A. M., 
so that all may know where their contributions 
have gone. Please send all money for Danish 
Mission to C. P. Rowland. Lanark, III. 


IIY THK 1(. AT W. 

In our "jottinga" we shall study to keep 
apart those laws which are diriw, and those 
which are human. When the pastors and peo- 
ple administered the government of the church 
the '/iriHi' law was their aole guide; but when 
the pastors assumed to govern the people in 
their own way, then hHiiinn lawa were enacted, 
which finally took the place of the divine. Aa 
the pastors gradually usurped power over the 
people, so the divine laws in government de- 
creased, and the human increased. In other 
words, as the power of the clergy increased bo 
the authority of human lawa increased, and the 
divine law diminished. This sad picture pre- 
sents itself to our view as we scan the pages of 
the faithful historian. Amidst this corruptiim 
it is ditHcult to present a faithful history of thf 
church in all agea of the world; for aa the rule 
of the priesta or pastors increased, persecutions 
became more common and severe, and as we 
come down through the different ages of the 
world, we behold the faithful aervanta of God 
cast into dungeons, racked and tortured, and 
persecuted to such an extent that it is difficult 
to give a minute account of the internal his- 
tory of the church. However, we shall venture, 
trusting that the "perilous times" in which we 
live, the "admiration" of persons, nor the opin- 
ions of others will prevent us from faithfully 
recording the truth as drawn fmrn the most 
authentic sources. Truth in all of its simplicity, 
should render us zealous in ita defense. "Fear 
hath torment;" and miserable must he be who 
through ffar will aoc follow the truth. 

In the first epiatle of Paul to Timothy, tht 
true character of the church is portrayed; and 
in the secood, mention is made concerning 
what it had become through the careleesnesa o 
those into whose banda it had been committed. 
Compare 1 Tim. 3: U, I.'), end :* Tim. 2:20, an 
3: 1-13. Id place of "fAf houae of Qod," ther' 
is "a great house." Instead of "the pillar and 
ground of truth," as expressed in the firat letter 
they were '7yiw,i of theirown selves, covetous, 

I COME with a new motto this new year. 1 
shall declare among nations the name of 
the Lord who is all-powerful. I shall pablish, 
or make known the will of the Lord as revealed 
iu the Bible, the only true standard in all mat- 
ters of religion. My purpose is to /ntlilish, not 
to I'lni'eiil, The Bible, our true standard, pro- 
claims that "nothing is secret that shall not be 
made manifest; neither anything hid that shall 
not be made known and come abroad." — Lake 
H:17. Hence ifyou want your sins made known 
invite me to your home. If you want your 
corruption exposed call me in as I shall use the 
sword that cuts and the fire that bums. 

BuoTBER John Barnbart of Champaign coun- 
ty Illiuois reports that they have bad ^iuccess- 
ful meetings, aud that eight have been received 
into the church. "Rejoice with those who re- 

OiK esteemed brother, S. C. Eeim, writes 
that ader Dec. ISth he will be at home agun, 
and that communications should be addressed 
to him at Elk Lick. Pa. He says that he faai 
been greatly beuetitted at the Mt. Park Home, 
and is assured that money and time were judU 
ciously spent iu trying to regain health by the 
means there employed. 

Brother W. Arnolh intends, the Lord wi'.« 
ling, to start to North Manchester, Ind., Jan. 
15th. He requests us to say that those along 
the B. aud ().. and the P. Ft. W. and C. Rail, 
ways desiring him to atop with them, will, 
please address him, Somerset. Perry Co., Ohio. 

Brothkr \. S. Leer, of Morrisonville. HL, 
is quite atflicted. At the Southern III. District 
Meeting his eyes were quite sore, aud since 
then they have grown worse so that he can no 
longer read printed matter. We hope that he 
may soon recover, for it is bard to be deprired 
of these glorious windows of the body whidi 
ihe Lord has given as. ^^'e extend toour broth* 
er our heart-felt sympathies. 

We learned thit the circulation of the Gospel 
Pr^achrr a lew weeks ago. was between three 
and four thousand. The B. at W. closed its 
contract for 1^79 with a circulation between 
six aud seven thousand: and the Childrtn at 
iVork about two thousand five hundi^. 
The Home Minvr claims thirty thousand. W» 
do not know I he extent of the circulation of 
'he other papers published ty the Brethren but 
presume it is not less than twelve thousand- — 
This would make a tot«l circulation of about 
titty-four thoui^ud. All things consideiW, 
this is a good showing. 




^ome anil f amifg. 

HnAl.^nila l.ivf vmr wivp-j. Wives, submil your- 
■rtv«S>y iirown t.uBharKls. Children, obey 
Sur paren J Father, provoke not your chiljUeDU) 

monition of the Lor.1. -^crvanta, be obedient to 
mem tli;it »re your miwl*"™.— I aul. 


Oh' th-Hnr.w,thcli''niitif.iUnrtw: 
Filling tli« flky and tlie earth below. 
Over the hotiie-tops, ovi*r the iitreet. 
Over tlie hejuls of the peoplo you meet. 


Skloimlng along. 
Beatittfu) tiiiow I it can do nothing wrong. 
Flying to kiith ft f-iir la ly's .l.eek. 
Clinging to lips In R frollnome tteak ; 
Benuliful muvf from tbe bea^'»M above. 
Pure lis an imgel. am! lickle lu love! 
Oil ! tlie sno «. the bwiutifol anowl 
How the Ihikes gHtlicr and laugh aa they go. 
Whltlinit ahuul in their uiii'lde..iiig tun. 
It iilays in Itt glee with every one— 


Ilrinying hy 
It lighLi on the f^e Hnd sparkles the eye. 
Antl uvcn tlje dog. with a h.trk and n l-iiund. 
Sn.ij.^at Ili.-ci>«l.iilB thati-ddy an.un.i: 
Th<- ti'wn ii -hve, aTid ils hriirt iu a glow- 
To welcome the coming of h*-autlfu! snow. 
IIow t le wild worM goes swaying iilong. 
IlttlUiig each other with humor iuid song! 
How the guv slfdges, like melforn Hash by. 
Bright for « moment, then lost (o the eye! 


pHshing they go. 
Over the- tifwt of the beautiful «now: 
Snow so pure when it falls from the sky, 
Tobfttrumphvl In mud l>y tli« crowd rushing by 
To be trampled and trockerl by the thousands of 

Till it .hleiiOfl with tbe filth of the horrible 

Onutf I l>urt* as the snow, but I fell- 
Fell like a snow-llake. from heaven to hell ; 
Fell t» be trauipleil H- tilth iu tlie street; 
Fell to be scolTer], to be spit on and beat ; 


Dreading to die; 
Sell1nj.'my soul to whoevt<r wonld buy; 
Dealing m shame for a morsel of bread; 
lltttin^' the living, and fwariug the lieiul, 
Merttlul Goil! have 1 fallen aolowV 
Ami jet I was once like this beautiful snow 
Onie l.woa fair as the bejiutilnl snow. 
With iin eye like Itt crystals, a heait like its 

Once 1 wus loved lor my innocent grace. 
Flattered and sought for the charm of my fare, 


.Sisters all. 
God Jind myself I hnve lost hy my fall ! 
The veriest wretch lliat goes shivering by 
•"'■Will make a wide sweep lest I wander too nigh, 
For all that i * on or about me, I know 
Theie's nothing pure but the beautiful snow. 
How strange It ?ihould be that this beautiful 

Should fall on it sinner with nowhere to go ! 
How Btran^e It should be when night comes 

If the snow and the ice struck my desolate brHiu ! 


f>>ing algne, 
Too wicked for prayer, too weak for my moan 
To be heard in the crash of thecra^^y tow n 
Gone raad in Ita joy at the stiow's coming down, 
To lie and to die in my terrible woe, 
. , With i\ bod and a nhroud of tbe beautiCul aaow.^ 
■ HfllplMS and fonl as the tTanipled snow. i-i"'t> 

Sinner, despair not! Christ stoopeth low [' ■ 

To rescue the soul that la loit in ils sin, 
And riuse 11 to lite Hnd. eJijoypientegnl a. 

^t", Idling f>'r thee, 

''The cnidfledllnng on the accwr'ed tree. 
His accents t)T mercy fell soft on thine ear. 
la theio mercy (.irmey Will he heed my prayer ? 
(Joif in tliestreiim that lor sinnera did Mow 
Wa^h me iOiJ 1 shall he whiter than i>now. 


SPURGEON, 'Uie g^eat English' preacher, 
said 00 one occasion: ''I have no fnitb iu 
that woniau who talks grace and glory aljroad 
and unes no soap at hume. Lei the buttons be 
on the shirt, let thechildren's soclis be mended, 
let the rooat beef be done to a turn, let the 
bouse be as clean as a new pin, let tlie home be 
afc happy u^ can be, and tliere wri\ he room fur 
those little deeds of love and faith which, in my 
Master's Datue, I seek for you who love His 
appearing, l^yrve God by doing common ac- 
tion in a heav'-uty spirit, and then if your daily 
calling only leaves you cracks and crevices of 
time, till these up with holyservicp. 'I'o use the 
apofltlt's words: '.U we liave an opportunity 
let us do good uuto all men.' " 


IF you bpeak the right word at the right mo- 
ment; if yrou are caroful to leave people 
with a good impre*«ion; if you do not trespa-*- 
on the rights of others; if you always think ot 
others a.s well as yourself; if you do not put 
yourself unduly forward; if you do not forget 
the court«8ie8 which belong to yonr position, 
you are sure to accomplish niore in life, which 
others, with equal abilities, fail to do. This is 
where the race is not to the nwifl, nor the bat- 
tle to the strong. It i« where you make people 
feel that you are unselfish and honorable.trutb- 
lul aud sincere. This is what society is looking 
for in meu, and it is astonibhiug how much meu 
are able to win (or self re.'ipeet and usefuiueoa 
whu possess these qualities of good breeding.— 
It is abodt the turning point of ouctesfi in prac- 
tical \ik.—A}ion. 


TlIEllEarefew persons who are not con- 
scious of having wronged their fellow men. 
They may dispute it, rjnestion it, or deny it, bnf 
they know that it is true nevertheless. The 
question then arises, what should be done? 
There are many who kuow the wrong but will 
not admit it; there are others still who both 
kuow aud admit tbe wrong doing, but who take 
no steps toward repairing the mischief they 
have wrought, or undoing the wrong which 
they have done. 

Strictly speaking, the wrong act done can 
never be uudoue; the wrong word said can not 
be unsaid; but no man who has been guilty of 
wrong should rpst salistieduutti he has done his 
utmost to make suitable reparation. If he has 
wrouged hw neighbor pecuniarily, let him make 
restitution, not in scrimped aud scanty measure. 
but liberally and heartily aud ungrudgingly. 
Let him restore fourfold. If ha has said wrong 
thiugs, let him promptly and opeuly recall 
tb-^m. L-t bi^ apologies be as distinct and 
hearty as bis accusations have been. Let him 
in a manly and Christian way, so far as in him 
lies, remove all occasion of grief or grievance. 
Let him see to it that tbe false impressions that 
he bus given be corrected, that the slanders 
which he has uttered be recalled. Thus, and 
thus only can he win back the love be has for- 
feited, aud hope to receive the blessing of the 
Lord whom he has offended,— I'/if Clirislian. 

The above contains a truth that applies to 
us all, It is a lesson that we can all proiit by. 
There are mauy times in our lives that we say 
or do something that may wound the feelings of 
others, and when we are conscious of it, we 
should be honest and bumble enough to go to 
the offended party aud ask to heforgijeu and 
do all in our power to make everything right. 
If we try to conceal our wrongs will they re- 
main hidden? aud in so doiug will we be hap- 
py? Nay; our urniiijs uill be reie-ilc'l, and we 
shall be unhappy too. Is it manly, and does it 
exhibit moral courage to refuse to make the 
wrong right? It is a grand characteristic of a 
Christian when he endeavors to settle all griev- 
ances and goes kindly to the offended ones and 
asks pardon. Christians are Christ-like. If we 
wish to be obedient children will we not doas 
He had bidden? if we do this, oh how many a 
beart-ache we will save ourselves and others. 
There is no time to hate in this world. Let us 
love one ajiother in deed and in truth. 

Wealthy A. Clarke. 

Lanark, III. 

,IV I / ■ ' ■■»- ■ 



From Tiberias to Tyre. 

ON Monday, Jun« *.'tb, we broke up our camp 
at Tibgriiis, and Btarted m tbe i ection of 
tbe Mvditercanean Eeii. Our 6rst objective point 
was Mt. Tabor, whicli is about twelve miles 
south-west from Tiberius; but wheu we had 
gone about four miles we turned a little to the 
right , in order to ascend the hill called the 
Mount of Beatitudes, or the scene of tbe sermon 
on tbe Mount. Urines about two hundred leet 
above tbe plain to the south aud south-eaat ol 
it, aud it is quite n conapiouous object in the 
vicinity; but it is too steep aud rnggtd to have 
answered well for tlie scene with which it is 
iu*3ociated, while there are hundreds of others 
which would ba\e answered better. It was se- 
lected without rea«ou iu the period of tbe cru- 

We approached Mt. Tabor on its north-eait- 
em ?ide, where the a&cent takes place, we rode 
through the limut grove i»fosk Ireesiuall 
Palestine. It covers au srea of seveial square 
miles at the ba^e of tbe niountain, and an infe- 

rior growth of tbe same wood covers the moun- 
tain on tb..t side to its summit, while Us othei^ 
are bare or nearly so, The trees have too low 
a "rowtb to be very valuable for timber, and 
tbey would furnish an immense amount ol val- 
uable firewood. Tbe grove belong* to a rich 
merchant Ui Beirut, who lias had the good 
5eu^e to preserve it from destruction. ' 

We climbed to the top of Mt, Tabor by a 
zl7../,ag pathway so sleep iu many places as to 
try tbe strength aud agility of our horses. I' rom 
the plains below, and from surrounding bights 
tbe uiountaiu's .ides aud top have a ronudfd 
appearance like a section of n sphere; but when 
you reach the top, you find an almost level 
area about half a mile iu extent in every direc 
tion Tradition, at an early period, faxed on 
this aK the mount of truusfiguralion. aud cou- 
seouently the Greeks aud tbe Latins have each 
a monastery here, aud each building covers the 
sacred spot where tbe trans fig mat ion took place. 
Tlie conclusion reached by all scholars ot tbe 
oreseut day, that this graiui event occurred, not 
on Mt. Tabor, but on Mt. Uermon, disturbs 
not in the least tlie tranquility of these stupid 
monks, uor the faith of the superstitious pil- 
grims who go to these convents to pray. 

The view from the summit of Mt. Tubor, 
201S teetabove the sea level, is one of tbe finest 
,l,at we eujoyed in Palestine. It lucludw* many 
of the places made familiar by tbe Gospel nar- 
rative.^ and as we gazed upon them from our 
percti on a ruiued tower of the aucieut wall, 
which one*- inclosed the mountain's top, meni- 
orv was busy with tbe scenes of the Savior's 
toilsome life. It added something to the im- 
pressiveness of the scene to remember that the 
wall on which we stood was erecttd by tbe his- 
torian Josephus, in preparation for that final 
struggle against tbe Romans which led, as Je- 
sus had predicted, to the downfall of tbe Jewish 
nation. Tbe names Jesus and Josephus. must 
ever be intimately connected iu tbe Christian 
mind, from the fact that the latter, though an 
unbeliever, recorded with fidelity so mauy 
eveuts which were plainly predicted by the for- 

South of Mt. Tabor, across a beautiful valley 
about lour mil^s wide, rises a mountain called 
by the Arabs, Jebel Duhy, aud by the Chris- 
tians, little Herraon. Looking toward it from 
Mt. Tabor, you see at its foot on your left, the 
village of Eudor, where lived the witch con- 
sulted by Saul; and on your right, the village 
ofNain. in which .Tesus raised from tbe dead 
tbe widow's son. ' How difterent iu character 
these two events, to have occurred in two adja- 
cent villages: Thus the good and the evil are 
crowded together, the world over. We visited 
those two villages, iu order to look around and 
meditate upon the events tbey commemorate. 
Endor never was, perhaps, much more than it 
is now, a village of huts inhabited by tbe pojre&t 
of people; but Nain, iu the time of Jeans, was 
a walled town, and there are ruins in it, as well 
as some interesting rock b-'wu sepuliibers ju^t 
west of it. which prove it to have been ouco a 
place of some impDrtauce. It was probably to- 
ward tbe sepulchers jost mentioned that the 
widow's sou was being borne, when J i-rus, com- 
ing into the town by tbe western gate, met 
the procession, and gave life to the widow's 
heart by giving life to her only sou. See Luke 
vii. 11-17. 

From Nain we rode directly to Nazareth, 
distant about seven miles in a north-westerly 
iHrection. The first five miles led across a more 
western part of the same plain we had crossed 
in coming from Mt. Tabor to Eanor, a section 
of the plain of Eidraelon. From the edge of 
tbi* plain our path led up a bill fifteen hundred 
feet high, and so steep that it took us tweuty- 
tive minutes to climb it. In a half hour more 
we reached the city wbei-eiu Jeaus spent much 
the greater part of bU short life. 

Na/.areth is built along the south eastern 
slope of a ridge which is not less than 300 feet 
high. It is a long and narrow town, stretching 
from north-east to south-west along the foot of 
the ridge, and rising about half way to its sum- 
mit. Its population numbers abuut eix thous- 
and, all Cbrintians: that is, they are Greek and 
Latin Catholics, with a very few Protestants. 
At the north-eaBtern end of the town the 
Greeks have a convent in which they show the 
vn-y place where tbe aneel Gabriel appeared to 
Mary to aunuanue the birth of Jesus. She liad 
gone to the spring to get some watt-r, and the 
spring is under the atone floor of the convent. 
Tbey prove this to you by letting down a litti e 
silver bucket throiigh a round opening, an d 
drawing for you a'drink of codI water. At tbe 
opposite end of the town the Latins have their 
convent, aud iu it tbey too show, the very spot 
where Gobriel appeared to Mary. It was in the 
kitchen where fthe did lier cooking. You can 
^ef the place where she built the lire, and the 
place where tbe am'oke escaped through the 
ceiling; and of course you ought to believe what 

is told you They also show you Joi^ipli^ ,. 
pentershop; and if yon will i^ive enough 7,,/i 
shish I think tbey will show you any plac^ , ,, 
cun call for cnnnBCt^d with tho lif.> of .lesui, 
J W.M.'Qarv.v, 


TtiMo Uiluti wrin wo OQlo you, lliiil yout Joy io»y bofuU.-jg^, 

. rom Dillsburg, Pa. 

Ihor liirflireit:— 

BKOTllER C. G. Lint of Meyersdale.Pa., i,^, 
been with us for two weeks, and iatenil 
remnining for several days yet His appoint. 
iiients were principally at Shepherdstown, but 
he preached in nearly all our meeting-bousea 
and had large and attentive congregatious. fJa 
certainly has preached the word faithfully. 
H. Beblmajj, 

From Moore's Store, Va, 

Drill- Jiirfliren.-— 

IN No. 47 IS. AT W., 1 notice an article, "11^ 
Way to be Happy," which I wrote over ten 
years ago, aud was then published in tbe Gospd 
Viaitar oyer tbe initials. D. H. It now appean 
wilb another name as the author! Whea ^vill 
plagiarism cease? Why caunot writers who 
copy the writings of others give proper credit, 
state it was selected? Let others take warn, 
ing. fraternally yours, 

Daniel Havs. 

From Winchester, Ind. 

jMu- BreOm-n:— 

BROTHER E Brason. of Delaware county, 
and brother 0. F. Yount of Miami couob 
Ohio, closed a series of meetings here this mom. 
ing. Ten were added by baptism and one by 
letter, aud others almost persuaded. There are 
but few niemhj?rs here and this wa^ tbe first 
meeting of the kind ever held here. We wouldl 
be glad to have more brethren come and preach 
as we believe much good could be done. May 
the good seed sown be as bread cast upon th« 
waters, and may God bless fr,be br-^threu for 
their labor among us. Jacoh K'imwgi,, 

From Laporte Co., Ind. 

ON Sunday, the last day of November,' Bro, 
JeBse Calvert reached us and commenced 
a series of meetings, and closed last night, hav- 
ing preached thirteen sermons. Seven were 
added by baptism and two restored. On Salnr- 
day night.previous to the comniencementofour 
meeting a sister came and was baptized that 
night. Seven of the above mentioned, were 
biptized after j^ervices last iiigbt, witnessfld 
by the light of numerous lanterns aud torches 
by the entire audience, which followed us to the 
water. Almost breathless silence pervaded the 
large audience, while one by ou& tbey were 
buried to walk in newness of life. How solemn 
and yet bow beautiful the scene ! I was made to 
think of the jailer and his household. 


Dec. m. 

A Minister Wanted,— Who Will Go? 

THE meuibei-r, living near the Ulue Hills. 
Mitchf'll Co, Kansas, desire that sonif 
good, humble minister move among tliepi. 
There are now thirteen membei-s and good pros- 
pects for more soon. They now belong to tie 
South Osborne church. H. W. Landis aud John 
Fuller are ministers, but are twenty-five miles 
away from this little flock. Brother M. Preun- 
inger will give a brother a good chance in 16(' 
acies of laud close to school-house for S500. 
100 in hand, i:>0 hy July nest. 2,^0 in fow 
years and six months at ten per cent interest 
1 F one wants to buy there are other lands too. 
John Fok*e^, Sen- 

From Bro. A. F. Deeter. 

THE little Limestone congregation, KansM , 
met iu council on tbe 13th iust. Tlirt'l 
additions by letter. Christian Sbular, wifeM 
daughter Irom Logan county, Ohio, also «i^ 
.Iftcnh Sbular was iwith ns. These brewrw 

hnve come to the frontier to help us. 


li'-ve they are good soldiers. Pray for "* ' 
are out oiUhe frontier. I am glad the I' ' 
mission work is not forgotteu. 1^"^"'.! 
.^wit-,ter has gone to Iowa, thence to Jh-^^^ 
work up an interest in this direction. Iti'J ^^ 
J. L. let us hear from you through tlio**' 
W. When do you expect to be at horuar I 

Jan. <^' 

Very Good, Indeed. 

XiiE TilrKTiiKKN j\.^r WOlilC 

A FEW rractiottl binti in Xo. 4T. vohmit; 4, 
l.v W*. E. Lu-kad. ought to be sWreo- 
tjp.:d niMl limited by th" imlhons. or copi-d 
by fivpry paper in tb« land, tl 1 could handle 
the pen iw formerly. I would bke to comment 
on it, at It cciitains u vait amount ot valuables 
thftt ought not to be lost. It is thp improper 
use ninde of tducalion, or ratlier the abu^e of it 
that has caused so many to be opposttl to it; but 
I am persuaded to look for better thiues. 

F. I', LoEUR. 

brpthreu Hud sisters would be glad to see yoi 
coTui', «ud tbe augels in beiivaa will rrjaice. 

From Brownsville, Mo. 

ICOMMENCKD m-flliny near CambridKe, 
on llie Missouri river l>t>H«ai wb^re the 
Urethreii bad never pr^Huhed. • (Jml*- a 
ity ot the piyple kutw very little about iib, I 
preaclied three discourses and on account of HiD 
inclement weather and dark ui-jht* [ clof-yd the 
meeting with a promiae to go back, a^ soon as 
possible and hold a series of meeting*. Tbere 
were three applications for baptitm. We think 
there ia a Jair prospect for »tarting a church 
there. A brotlier and t>ister have been living 
theru for some years. The principal opposition 
to most is frjm Lb; ol'l school B.iptists. an J as 
1 was raised under tbo influence of that persua- 
sion and pobtpil iu Ibeir doctrine, I am some- 
what prepared to uiauaye them. I lelt a ni 
ber of book-J, pamphltits and triii;ti with the 
people to read until I sbull return. 

I). L. Wu.J.lAMS, 

Frpm (he Manor Church, Pa. 

"IIJ'E met in quarterly citiiui-il on the 13:h of 
IT D<.'ceniber, and much love aud harmony 
?ue»ied to prevail. It Ucaoie the duty of the 
meeting to grunt lettei'» of lecomnieudation to 
two of our deacon brethren and their wives 
who expect to leave us. This is always painful, 
for when those who are leaving have endeared 
themselves by a faithful discharge cf their 
Christian duties, we feel as it their aid could 
not well be di8[iensed with. unJ if the contrary 
should be the case thii sorrow would he of a 
deeper kind. Oue of the lamilii^s will go to 
reinforce the army bLittliUf^ against the storms 
in K;iQaa8, while the others ^vill their lot 
with the brethren in Illinois. In losing a num- 
ber of members there is one cause for rejoicing, 
iiud|that i3,they are not all lost to the good 
cause, and we feel that tht'y will labor to build 
up the Master's cause in other places, 


From Eureka, Califirnia. 

I DEEM it my duty to write to yon of the 
progress of the Iiretlir»-n in this part ol 
California. Owiug to (iiverau inlluencca that 1 
ejperieuctd I deemed it my duty to go to work 
in my Master's cause. The fourth tiuuday iu 
July last 1 delivered a lecture and continued up 
to the ^6th of October, when Eld. Jonathan 
Myers my rerjue&t. When ho deliv- 
ered his tirsf f.eriuou ftreat interest was mauilrs- 
ted. He preached uiiiediicouraes aud bapti-//:d 
eleven persons. Three of my own family were 
aniong the nuiubtr, wliii:li constituted a union 
()flove to Ood iu our home. Brother Mjer^t 
orgiiiized us into a body. Thtre were fourteen 
mtni'iwrs. Our organi/alion coH>isted of three 
deacons and-two ministers. We had a Love- 
IVa^t at my house, and the love of God wa^ shed 
abroad in the hearts of all which gave us great 
strength. Brother and sister Myers left here 
the '27th of Nov. for their home in Oakland, 
J. W. Crowlev. 

mountaiuj and valleys we arrived at place of 

We found tlw people sociable and willing to 
do all in their power to make slraugerB com- 
fortable and happy. There are no brethren 
liviiie in thi^ immediatw vicinity. We hod six 
meeliu£« in a small school-bouse, during which 
two were made willing to enter the fold. An 
aged M-ithodnt brolbar remarked on leaving 
the wnl.T, while tt>aw triokled down over his 
furrowed checks, 'Tliat reminds me of a bury- 
ing." Others said, "That is what we call bap- 
tism," There were a good many aptcljitor-i 
present, aud only one or two hud ever seen 
our mode of administered. The doc- 
trine of the brethren was new to most all oi 
they had never preaclud in this locality before, 
although the msjiirity of imrnons, after becom- 
ing nc(iiiaint*'d with the doctrine, favor the 
Brethren. We find her^? a large scope of terri- 
ory, estfmdinii westward, where the Brethren, 
uie very little known. Truly we can say, -'The 
harvest is great, but the laborers are few." 

Fraternally, .1. W. Click, 


From Elmwood, Nebraska. 
•■ Urethral: — 

their history interesting, and, like the uatiTe 
American, their deitiny is a problem tb«t re- 
mains to be solved. B. P. Moouaw. 


From Jesse Calvert. 
II eling at Litporte closed lu-tt uight, 

I^llE bundle of Tracts you sent ini> were glad- 
ly received and distnl)nted with pleasure 
imd I think with protif. In September as Uro. 
Je-se V. Heckler wai on his way to a Love- feast 
in D edge county, he stopped with a Swedish 
Baptist, and had some conversation with him 
on the ordinance', which was uew to him. We 
afterward sent him Tract", and I called with 
him aud gave him some more Danish Tracts, 
which are so near their own language that the 
Swedes have consider:tl»!e satisfaction with 
them. A Bnptist friend of his called with him 
aud read the Tracts and gnt brother Heckler's 
address and came forty miles to hear more of 
the way and was haptiz-'d before he went home. 
I gave him more Tracts for himself and breth- 
ren, and he soon wrote for Jesse to come and 
preath for them. He. brother Wni. IVice ol 
Beatrice, and myself went up aud held two meet- 
ings with them, and found them zealously in- 
quiring after the truth, hut say th-'y nndeiNtand 
the Tracts better thau our speaking, so we sei 
some of the fruit and the need of more, if you 
have them io distribute free among the people. 
I have not many to spare myseU. \ow ifyou 
can send me some Tracts I will try to do good 
with tliem. NatHanibl WlLSOK. 

tered and it was inconvament forthu most of 
tliein to attend the meetiu^i aod we did not 
have lirge audiences during the day. The peo- 
ple around the church are much divided in 
religious Sentiment ; but little hopes of building 
up much of a church here. We did the best we 
could and tried to do some good. Seveu were 
bapti/.ed and two reclaimed. I hope the minis 
ters will visit aud preach for thL-m. Eld Isaac 
Miller did not attend the meetiuj,' at all on ac- 
count of age, and allliction of the family he had 
with him. Eld. Thurston Miller is feeble and 
not able to do much preaching, but is willing. 
The two other iuini-<tering brethren, Shreeves 
and K dniug, are very zealous laborei-s, but 
would much desire the brethren to come aud 
help them. 

From McBrides, Michigan. 

ASl have been a cousunt reader of the B. 
AT W. for some time I have Itecome very 
much attached to it as it has been the cause of 
me changing my manner of life I C4U wm that 
w^ are looked df>wn -upju on all sid>d bat 
we do not expect anything else ai we (wife 
aud I) are surrounded on all %iAva bj al- 
most heathens and disbelieven or pretend to 
be, hut we vill, by the help of God, work our 
w.iy through and letk not the way* of the un- 
righteous but go unto the Lord Jesus for our 
omfort and happiness, for he is tb<! way of our 
salvation, and there is none other source in 
which we can put our trust. We hope that 
we cau get away from this place of idolatry 
and covetousnesi'. We had one or two meet- 
ings her<) on the lOih of this mon*.h and was 
welt pleased with the sermons that grere delir- 
ered by brother Long of Lowel. We feel that 
we ought to have more of th» 6o«pel preached 
here. Wehearotno many having such good 
mr^etings and hero we are in the pine woods ao 
far from any church. Our neurest church ia 
eighteen inibfs away, and il we want to hear 
the word preachtd wo have to pay at least two 
dollars for a conveyance, but rather than not 
i:o 1 will hire a conveyance, for we must go Ui 
aieeling. Wc hope that some brother will 
Wend bis way \\-^n aud stay awhile tor we have 
a dcur father and mother that have not found 
the way to the l.ird, \\ea»k the prayera of 
all the dear brethren and sister.-<, lor only those 
who have been placed iu the same posiUon 
know anything about how lonely it is to be 
away from the brethren. We hear of so many 
going 80 lar to preach and where there are min- 
isters, too. Did Christ dwell among the saints 
for fear ot persecution? Pray for us that we may 
bold out faith''ul. M. B, IIegistek, 

From Bro. David Brower. 

From Lowell, Michigan. 

I LEFT home on the 7th of November, to 
attend a council meeting with the church 
m Gratoit county. On the Sth, met in council, 
where we had expected that either elder Miller 
of Woodland, or Fryfogle of Sunfield, would 
meet with us to hold a choice for more officers 
in the New Haven church, but failing to have 
assistance we had to postpone the v?ork. One 
brother was restored to the fold again. An 
aged Bister requested the anointing which was 
attended to with much comfort to her. Then 
we went over to Mt, Calm Co., preached twice 
in the Biptist Church, Here we led W. H 
lloose into the flowing stream and baptized 
him. Some of our Baptist friends said, that if 
they could be more fully convinced of the tri- 
une form iu baptism they otherwise are fully 
nirr-'Pid with us. Many gave us a hearty good- 
U-.- aud asked us to return again, From here 
^M went fifteen miles north-west to McBrides. 
where three members live, aud had three meet- 
in- ^ with good order aud attention. Reached 
hnme Nov. 17bh. W^o- Long. 

From Flora, Ind. 

SIXTEEN were baptized and one restored 
at ^'ur meeting, and since, six more have 
concluded to leave the eiulul pleasures of this 
world and travel with us to the celestial city. 
One of the liwt named, a youth of sixteen, was 
' ilcu very sick, and the physician said hia case 
u L- very doubtful. He became very much 
c„ii. erued about his souls salvation. He wan- 
ted to be baptized, and iu the evening I was 
sent for to baptize him. When I arrived, he 
said '-Iwantto be bnptized. I must soon d.e 
and'lwant to go to my little si-sters. Will you 
baptize me?" We then made m^dy, placed lum 
iu a good bed ill a spriug-wagon and s arted to 
the w«t*r, a distance of two and a half miles 
and in the stillness of the n>ght, I baptr/.ed 
him Ue stflod it well and is now getting bet- 
ter aud rejoices in the thoughtof being prepared 

for death. , . 

Young people, take warning, and come to 
Jesus now. Jesus invites you to come; the 

Annual Meeting. 

riMl E understanding between the committee 
J, of arrangements aud niyseU' that I atteml 
to all the railroad business east of Chicago i'< 
hereby made public. I will make all the neces- 
sary arrangements in ample time, and as noth- 
ing is more annoying than two or three telling 
the same thing iu a difl'^rent way, it is respect- 
fully submitted that no uuauthoric.>ied person 
make any proposition, or st^t^ootanyexciirsiou 
business for the occasion on any line east of the 
city. By total »iipetvisiou and burgaiuing 1 
:an do better than if hampered by various bid- 
ders. I want to haVfl theexitirston soarranged 
tliattli>i East can vi&it the West for weeks pre- 
vious to A. M., uud leave a liberal time after 
with stop otf's and a retam, at no increased 
cost. Via, Niagara FalLi when it is so desired. 

While I want to do all the actual business, 
talking with the beads of the ticket depart- 
ments, I want suggestions and advice from 
everybody interested right along, and iu order 
to make myself clear,the following explanations 
will help thp ''ntelligeut reader: The excursion 
tickets will bft printed for the occffion and 
sent only to those stations where buyers arc 
sure, and as this question will be asked it will 
greatly facilitate despatch it the members eant 
of Chicago will drop me a hue telling if they 
expect to altuud .v. M. and what station on 
what railroad they will start from. I^iat A. M, 
but one solitary ticket was sold from 1'itta.bucg 
while in one day lifteen hundred weru sold Irom 
H«rri>ijuhurg. What I want to know ahead 
is, whiit places along tlie variuud Iine^ will the 
iiu-iiuess likely be from. ^.It is cheaper to write 
tlian to pay a couple nf dollam local fare fcom 
your nearest station to where tickets will V 
sold, a^ ijy writitig, tiblA^^ tiw be sent to your 
station. ' • HiiwMiD MilXER. 

From Ft. DefiaHci, Va. 

ON the morning of tU* 27th of Nuvemhw, n 
company with l)rother D. Yount, -we 
started for Highland county, about sixty milts 
dibtuuL After tv?o daj-s driving. n«0J» the 

Ihar linthn-n:— 

I EFT homo Oct. 25th, aud have been trav- 
J rling and preaching in Washington and 
Idaho Territories. 1 am now lioldmg a series 
of meetihg nine miles south of Walla WhUh 
city, W. T. My health is very good and has 
been since I left home. I Imve obtained thirty- 
throe Riihscribers for the B. at W. You may 
think I am making slow progress hut we have 
not Ihi? same opportunity on the Pacific coa^t 
that our brethren have in the Atlantic States, 
from the fact that we as a people are not well 

Reply to Jesse Y. Heckler. 

/Mm' li.oth.r:- 

Y'Ol' talk ol the "neople who lately Hed from 

the loud of bondage and oppreesiun." Visit 
the country ot which you speak, go into the 
legislative balln and Senate chambers, uuutt 
rooms and election previ'iCts, and you will 
learn that theae people ari; aa free before the 
law, and their rights, civil and religious, as well 
protected as yours, or any others in any part 
of this nation. They are no more oppressed 
than their equals of other races iu this or other 
prirts of the United Stutes. The facts are that 
if there is one class more highly favored than 
another it is the colored race, for while they are 
an indolent aud improvident people, paying 
scarcely any tuxes, loaflng around public pla- 
ces,working compatitively little, their children 
are growing up UL idleness, and are educated 
with the means drawn from their more prov- 
i'lent ueigUbors, Iu a word I will allirm that 
till' people with whom they have been hrougbt 
up, and among whom they live, "in this laud 
of bondage" ale t^eir best friends and will exer- 
cise patience with them. Fred Douglass was 
right when he said that "the exodui of his peo- 
ple from tliu South was un^se and fraught 
with unhappy consetiuencea." 

But as they aru uoa' ther« the beit thing you 
cau do fur them \a to have them as much as 
puasibledistributed among the white population. 
Try to keep them at work, pay them liberally, 
and J\eep theu from loating if you can, other- 
wiae if thety ar» left to congregate together and 
thrown^ upon their own manage moiit, and do 
notdwi;idle into poverty, ruin and disgrace, 
they will have to rise above experim«nta (jla 
similar kind m4d^b9n)tofore;example3ofwbLab 
migbl, if neceasary, be given What I say is 
the result of ft life-long obit-rvution upon the 
history oi' that rac« tiuouphout the nationa of 
the earth, beginning with their nhlivo country, 
aud following them throaghout' the world 
wherever found. Their origin il a ai>st«ry, 

Patience in Affliction. 

^nilE apostle James holds forth patience as a 
1 very necessary qualiflcation for the Chrift- 
tian to possess under all circumstances. Job 
possessed this beautiful grace in a very remar- 
kable degree. The Lord is very pitiful and of 
tender mercy. The seed in tte good ground 
are they which ia an honest and good heart, 
having heard the word keep it, and bring forth 
fruit with patience. James Ra\s the trying of 
our faith wovketh patience. "Be patient in 
tribulation,"— Uonians 12: 12. Wicked and 
unreasonable men abound in the world, and 
perhaps also in the Church, and our path of 
duty is otlen beset with present ditKcultiei and 
dangers, yet let no one recede from present do- 
ty uor yield to df'spair. We may be tempted to 
lice, like the prophet Jonah, from our proper 
work. "For this is thauk worthy if a man for 
conscience towards God endure grief, suffering 
wrongfully. For what glory is it when ye be 
bulfetled for your faults ye shall take it patient- 
ly? But if when ye do well and suffer for it ye 
take it patiently this is acceptable withUod." — 
1 Peter. ^: UWO No man can, in any condi- 
tion iu life, pass his days with comfort without 

Dear brethren and sisters, we ought all to 
try to po!'sesB more ot this great and glorio^ 
Christian grace. "Let none of us be slothftil, 
but followers of them who tlirough faith and 
patience inherit the promises." "Be patient 
towards all men. See that none render enl for 
tvil unto auy man; but ever tollow that which 
is good, both among yourselves and to all men." 
I do believe if we poSsMsed more patience all 
schism and fide iesuea would soon disappear. — 
We sometimes see what a vast amonut of 
trouble one man can make fur others and stjll 
more for himself, all for the want of patience. 
"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into 
divers temptations; knowing this that the try- 
ing"! your faith worketh patience. But let 
pdtience have her perfect work that ye miiy be 
perfect and entire, wanting nothini;. Be par* 
tiMTit iintn till" coming of our Lord Jesus." 

Thouas 6. SxTDm. 

\\ii<i.T \s ministering? It is handing over tofi 
morning puper to auotty^r lor tirst jverusjfl. It 
IS vacating n pletuaut Beat by the &K for one 
who conies iu chilled. It is g ^i'lg up the moat 
restful arm-chair or 9o\a corner for one who Is 
weary. It is "nioviug up" in the pew to In 
the uew comemit down by th» eutnuic«. U ib 
risiug from your p!a--e to darkeii the bUud 
when the sun's ray strums iu too bri|;Mly 
upon some face in the circle. It is giving >oai 
own comfort and convenience every tune for 
the comfort and couvenienoe of another. Thia 
19 at once true courtft>y und rwai Christuaicy. 


Jnnuary Q 

(l^osml ^uqcjjaa. 

AND Itiey tltiit be wise shall shine bs tht- 
bnuutntssof ttie Qrmami'rit;iiod Uiey tn»t t"""" 
BAuj to ngiiUjouBDwM, lu the aUre forever anO 

Lanark, 111.— One iireciouo soul was added to 
the cimrtii by biiittism on Sunday, 21«t of D«c. 

Clear Creek Cliurch, 111.— Brother Meiiuo 
8toufl«r preaclii-d weven Hermous liens, aud out 
took up tlie croBH to follow the Lord J«8U9. 

Shlppensburg. Pa —At the slouf meetinK- 
houne near tins plut*^ t..'n volunteered to put oil 
the Hriiiurot the Lord. Bro. J. M. Mohler as- 
■»tt(l the brethri-n iu the ministry. 

Richland, III.— Our feast iu November was a 
Tery plead»ut one. Brtthreii Lyuu and Qephait 
were with us. Bro, Lyon remained and labored 
forut. Three aouU were baptized and two 
reclaimed. Two deacons were elected. 

Urbana, III.— Closed nieptings with six bap- 
tiztd and two addod by letU-r. Going to Mt.- 
MorriB to reuiaiu a few dnyfi. Tweaty-mx 
additions in ChampaiKn county during our 
meetings. Alter January lat, my address will 
ba Cerro Gordo. III. V. B. UlH=oK. 

Burr Oak, Ford Co., HI.— Why is Ihtre bo 
muuli preuiiJiiiig where there are churchea, ami 
not more rainsionary work done? The word in 
ita purity haa not been prea<-b*rd here, yet the 
Lord has not forgotten u<*, for hedrawa the sons 
and daughters to himself. Two young persons 
bad to go tr. Indiana to be baptized. There are 
others who are ready to unite with the church 
if a minister we.e hereto preach. 

Jacoi! Fukuy. 
MUford, Ind— Atteud.d a couucil meeting 
in the Yolluw River church. Brother John 
Zfllers wiis ordained. A series of mee'.iugs was 
held. Six \xere baptized and one applicant. A 
bright little girl ot twelve summers waa among 
the number, and I never led an applicant into 
the water that had more zeal than she mani- 
fested. May the Lord bless the tender lambs, 
and enable the old fathers to feed them with 
the aincare milk of the word. 

J. U. MiLLElt, 

Dunkirk, C)lilo.— Yesterday 1 closed a short 
•eries ot meetings at Beech Grove, live miles 
■outh of Duukirk, being the extreme southern 
preaching point of £]agle Creek congregation. 
Preached nine aermons iu all. Two worthy 
citizens were baptized, and others promised 
Boon to follow.' The order of the church was 
presented to the applicants publicly, which I 
feel to recommend, as in many places like this, 
the people have not heard or seen it done, and 
therelore doubt that our peculiar tenets of faith 
are based upon the words of Jesus, But in 
this way the Scripture can be referred to and 
an explanation made of the same by which all 
can see that we only teach and preach Jesus. ^ 
On the :J7th, we commence a series of meetings 
at Pleasant Kidge, Hancock Co. May God bless 
the meeting in prospect and his Ziua every- 
where. S. T. BoSSSRMAN. 

Dec. L'2nd. 

From Scenery Hill, Pa, 

WK are still well and enjoying ourselves. 
Have visited a number of families since 
we came to this county, and attended a number 
of mef tinf;>. One added to the fold by baptism. 
We will scon leave here for Green Co., remain 
about one week, and th«u go to Ohio. 

John Wise. 

would come antl labor among us. We hope tb 
ipirit of the Lord may be pour^'d out upr,ii ib- 
congrfgation, and that many sinners may V 
awakened to a sense of their duty, while thf 
brethren and aiati rs may be built up iu thai 
most holy faith. May God ha^-t^n the day. 

Emily K. Stiflkr. 


Prom Pawnee City, Neb. 

BROTHER James Switzer came to us on the 
5th of Decenibpr; preached six sermons 
and baptized one. On the morning of the li*th, 
he and myself left for Brown county Kansas. 
Brother James is soliciting aid for to send 
the Gospel to the members on the frontier of 
Nebraska and Kansas. We think this a good 
work and all ought to lend a helping hand- — 
This is what is called Turkey Creek i'hurch, 
with a part in Kansas and a part in Nebraska. 
We DOW number between forty^ five and fifty 
members Wu. Plli-en. 

From Duncansville, Pa. 

TO-DAY, (Dec. 21st.,) weagain met for divine 
worship. Sermon by brother David Sell, 
from 1 Cor. Ki; 22. Theme, The resurrection 
of 'the dead. 

We read of the many happy aeaaons of re- 
freshing from the Lord in many congregatiouR, 
but a.s yet this Winter the waters have not been 
troubled in this part of the vineyard. We feel 
that uuch good might b_' done if some brother 


GROWING old! Yes, we are all growing old, 
though we may not have reached our 
miijority. But. is it not honorable to grow 
old ? We should not be ashamed of our age, un- 
less it be that we have grown oM without 
growing wise. Age ought to indicate wisdom, 
a ripeness, a preparation for the great change 
at the end of this pilgrimage. It does not al- 
ways bear such golden fruit. Old age comes on 
many just as winter comes to some who are not 
pr- pnred for its storms aud tempests. Old age 
is honorable if life has bei^n wisely spent. The 
tjolden sunbeams of life have been nicked up 1)> 
those who, though (he eye has become dim ol 
sight, and the ears dull of hearing, have young 
hearts, and who make pleasant days for those 
around them. Growing old! It means that 
heaven is getting nearer; that the crown and 
the final home are only a step away, just be- 
yond the veil in the unseen. Ripe lor the eter- 
nal harvest, prepared tor the angel reapers and 
the garner of the Lord. 


AS a rule, it n better to preach the Gospel 
than to argue about it. To arouse one's 
conibativeuess is often the surest way to close 
the avenues to his mind. It is well to pull 
down enor, but it is better to build up truth. 
We trust too much in our ability to argue error 
out of the minds of men and too little in the 
power of the simple word of God to do its work. 
"The word of God is quick and powerful," and 
is not dependent for its success upon logical 
presentation. As much as ever is needed to-day 
the apootolic injunction, "Preach the Word." 


IF I had another life to live and two thous- 
and letters to write again, with God's help, I 
would not hurt the feelings of the humblest of 
all God's creatures honestly trying to do goud. 
He might be as big as Daniel Laiubert, and I 
would not call him fat and unctous; he might 
be as lean as Calvin Edson, and I would not 
call him a bag of bones. I would count each 
day tost on which I had not made some hearts 
gladder than they were in the morning; on 
which 1 had not plucked up some thorns, or 
planted some flowers on the path of human life. 
No man can so live without enjoying life. Dogs 
will snarl at him, but luigels are around him. 
He may never have nchea or fame, but better 
than both are friends and God. — N. Y.Obsertir. 

Annual Meeting Expenses. 

Tlie following is the report of the Treasurer 
of the finance committee of the Annual Meet- 
ing of 1879, held in Liuville Creek Church, near 
Broadway, Rockingham Co., Va: 


Amount rececived of district No. 2, Va„ '^1500- 
VO; amount of sale after meeting, ^592 3h; from 

ot rents, *-18)H.t; from a brother,^100; Received 
of district No. 1, Va., ^^S 413, including $57 tiK 
collected at the A. M., ?;J0.".5.51. 
Bread, 10062 ft>$296,y6; Lumber, 40,205 feet, 
458 20; Brown cotton, 1082 yards, 86.40; Corn, 
75 bushels, ^T-.'iO; Hardware, 61.8.>; Dishes, 
lOim Grass, 143.31; Freight, 10 29; Chairs 
2du7., 21.60; Labor, 49 25; Bacon, 953 pounds, 

8 47: Ice, 11 .^0; Brick, 21t^0 and hauling, 2S.- 
20; Hay, 2 ton. 16 00; Printing. 2 50; Baskets, 
7 50; Crying and clerking sale, 7 50; Dish-wash- 
(■r, 25 00; Commissary department, 62.95; Bag- 
gage department, 14 50; Timber and firewood, 
27.(Xt; Hauling. 62.31;Masoii work, 4..')0; Cook, 
30.87; Police, 67.50; Committee of arrange- 
ment, 12.tOO; R. R. fare, 2 95; Use of part of 
Kline's farm, ."iOOO; Apple butter, l;ill gallons, 
63.25; Butter, 1115 pounds, 157,37; Pickles, 
:'.96do/-n, 39.60; Tinware, 76 95; Beef, 21190 
pounds, 889 20. 
Total, :?3,129,9.'.. 

John /iulek, 


We now make full report of expenses of A. 

M. aud would have dune s<i sooner, but were 

waiting for District No. 1 to pay her quota of 

expenses. No. 1 district is still back $64.44, 

«bich we hope will soon be piud. as the SL'ript- 
ijr«- says, "Owe n'> mau auylbiug but to luve 
one another." Brethren's papers, please copy. 
S. U. MvKita. 

From Bro. Gisb. 


REfURNED home yeslerda/ from a visit 
to the churches of Livingston Co, ill., 
dtcompanied bv G. W. Gisb and J, Y. Suavely 
Mwt the churehss in ccmucil, where matteis 
were carefully investigaled and all things set 
tied to the satisfaction of nearly all concerm-d, 
aud we believe with the proper care, the troub- 
les passed through will uo more disturb the 
prosperity of our blessed cause. 

Danish Mission Report. 

A sister, Iowa, ^" 

A sister, " - *'"* 

A sister, by D. H. Ind 2 00 

Monticello church, lud, ■ * " ' 3 0" 

Indian Creek, Pa., 2 OU 

.\ tirotber. Jones Mills, Pa,, 5 00 

Baaver Run church, W. Va 30' 

Kudsou Church, III, 2.^2 

Tipton, Iowa, 1^'" 

Sarah Bowman, Ind, 10^ 

D. H. Hiner, lOu 

0. Broukeus, Ohio, *^ 

Moscow church, Va, *^00 

Summit Church, Pa, 2 

New Philadelphia, Ohio 3 00 

Green Mount Church, Va, 2 

Okaw Church, III 2 

Lt^wis Kunmel, Pa, 1 00 

Fair view Church, Iowa, 2 

Henry Whisler, l.OO 

Miugo Church, 5.00 

Sarah Bowman, Ind, 100 

Anthony Miller, Ohio, 50 

r.A. Robinson, III, 50 

S. M. Dunbar, Ind 1.00 

M. F. Moomaw, Children's Fund, 10 

EinmaE. Filburu 50 

Ella Haines, 20 

S.D. B., 50 

C. P. Rowland, Treasurer. 
Lanark, IU., Nov. mh, md. 
(P. C, please copy.) 

Danisli Poor Fund. 

Stephen Butterbaugh. Ill, SO 

J.K.O., 500 

D. H Hiner and wife, 100 

Emma E. Bjwman, 25 

Mary E. Bowman, for Bro. Hope's family,.. -59 

Indian Creek, Pa 2 00 

C. P. Rowland, Treasurer. 
Lanark, III. Nov. mh. W9. 

P. C. Please Copy. 


SoutheiD Kansas Mission Report. 

Cana Church, $4.^0 

Osage Church, 4 00 

Neosha Church, 5 00 

In last report you gave the Fredonia Church 
credit for fi34.25; it should have been $4 25. 


Garneti, Kansas. 

f allitn l^sTifitp. 

eLonL-BvT, H: la. 

him. Uf left a wife and one child, 
services by the brethren. 

Hknby Wise. 
{Friitutirr (tud I'narhpr, please copy ) 
PLANK— On Pretty Prairie, LiGrange Co,, 
lud, December 11th, '79, aged 81 jears, 8 
months and 14 days. Stie was the mother of 
twelve children, ninety grand children and 
one hundred and three great-graodchildrea 
The oldest of hi-r children is sixty-two, the 
youngest forty. Fuueral services by the 
brethren. N. H. Shutt. 

SNIDER — Sister Catharine Snd-;r wiis bora 
iu Bedford Co., I'a.. iu the year ISO! and 
came to Miami Co.. Ohio when a child. She 
was a daughter of David Studabaker, aad 
grand dauglit.?r of Eld. Samuel Ulery of Bed- 
ford county, P.I: She was lusrned to .loseph 
Snider in 1821 and moved to Delaware Co.' 
Indiana in 1835. She and her husbaud uni- 
ted with the church in Ohio and lived in nl.d 
three yeft«a without hearing the Brethren 
preach. In the F.ill of 1838 two ot the ol- 
dejtt elders in the Miami valley came to them 
and then* were then about ten or twelve 
membfi's that had moved in, and h« advised 
them to hold social nit-etings, which they 
did for two years and six mouths, when 
brother John Younce moved into their midst 
and organized a church. 

E, Sti'dahekeh. 
ART/.— In the Grundy county Church, Iowa, 
O.t.jSr^, "79, a ST Lvdia, wife of Ir ther 
Smith Arts, aged 55 years, 6 months aud 29 

Sister Artz was one that was dearly loved by 
the family and all who knew her. We visited 
her several times during her affliction and were 
strengthened iu the faith. When the time of 
her departure drew near her husband with the 
children and friends gathered around her, and 
'he said "Now Jesus is coming; I am grin 
home, 80 do not weep for me." Brethren and 
sisters, let us try to hold out faitbtul. 

J. M Snyder. 

Ob)tiurf«e should be brief, written on but one lide of 
paper, ukd separate from all other boBineea, 

OLIVER. — In Macon county, Illinois, August 
13th, '79, sister Eleanor, wife of brother A. 
Oliver, aged 50 years, 3 months and 16 days. 
She was confined to her bed and chair with 
Rheumatism for about 10 years. She bore 
her Bufferings with patience and Christian 
fortitude. Jacoh Neoley. 

BOWERS.— In Dunkirk, Ohio, Dec. 11th, 
'79, Henry A., son of brother A.M. and sister 
<.'. Bowers, aged 3 years, 9 months and 16 
days. Funeral discourse by brother E. Bos- 
serman. S. T. Bosskbman. 

SAUNDERS.— In Lincoln county, Neb, Nov. 
25th, '79, Mary A. Saunders, aged 62 years, 
9 months. Funeral discourse preached by 
.Tohu Forney, Sen. She waa a member of the 
New Light Church, or Bible Christiana. 

HARTER.— Iu Neosha Co., Kansas, of con 
gestive chills, Phebe Ella, daughter of broth- 
er Henry and sister Mary Harter, aged 11 
years, and 14 days. Eliba TooMI7lE^. 

SMITH.- In the Salimony Church, Hunting- 
ton county, Ind., Dec. 9th, '79, Alexander 
Smith, aged i'9 years and 26 days. Brother 
Smith was a conaietent member of the 
church, and was respected by all who knew 

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FiP-T I'AOK— StHu Hiid Ray Debate; The Jews; 
Ministerial Popularity. 

SbuoNd Paob— WhPiil wasYoung.— Jua.Y- Heck- 
ler; .Sk<.-pticism,No'n.f. Siuiford; Material- 
lam of the Age. Alex. W. Reese, 

Thikd Paoe— Our 'Jour'npj neaveiiwari'.— Liz- 
zie U, Meyci-3; Death in Wm Pyt.— C. F- 1' - 
weLler; Anonymous Mlssivea. C- H BalBbaugh; 
Tin 111 America.-f-CieorgeStuckmau; Scraps. 
D. C. Moomaw. 

FouuTii Page— EiHTOitiALS— Internation 'I Siin- 
J:ij-ai'liouI Lessons; Ilell.— iJigersoll Converteil, 

FiKTii Paoe — Editorials. — History of the 

Sixth Page— The Mfiri-h of Life ; What can Ruh 
it Out: \ Wurd to Young Liidieu; Aogels do 
I, r, I I hew; lI;ipi»iin-ssHt Iloice.— J. 0- Sinydt-r 
(.■hristsiii >;tliU;i'ii'n— S. T. Bo'sernian. Six Bi- 
bltf Names: Salted With Fire.— M. M li- 

Seventh PAOE-Crtrnell, lit.— N- S. Bale; Roh- 
inscm, Kans'is.— W. A. Jaquea; IIuntiDgdon, Ind. 
Simuiel Murray; A Silent Worker.— Mary C. 
X.iiiLian; Too Thick to Thrive.— S. Glick; Fel- 
lowship Withdrawn. WooBter CImrch. Ohio.— 
r. IIoovtT. HmitiuRdom. Pa. Elhi J. Urum- 
b:uigh; From Lamlou West; From Vpton, Pa. 
H. P. Foreman V The Western Home Missionary 

EioBTii Paok— Notice to th©: Church of the 
Southern nistrict of I Mi.. ois G. U, Gish; > t 
Himself —Michael F. Snavely; Lesson Leaves. 
J. F. Ehersole; .1 .ttinga.— Weal thy \. Clark*-. 


Prop. 2d. Baptist churches possess the Bi- 
ble characteriHtics which entitle them to be 
regarded as churches of Jesus Christ. 

D. B. Ray, Affirms. 

J. W. Stein, Denies. 

D. B. Ray's fifth aepirmativb. 

BY failing to answer onr question concern- 
jng the new birth. Mr. Stein has surren- 
dered this point. He is utterly confused. Hi- 
makes baptism essential to the new birth, but 
some accountable sinners may get to heav-n 
■without it! He has baptism as a condition o' 
salvation, yet accountable sinners may be saved 
without " ! ! 

1 Without the new birth no accountable 
persons can either see or enteriutothekingdira 
of heaven. 

'_' The baptism of the Holy Spirit wa^ nev 
er l>.sto*'ed upon any excpt the children oi 
GmI Acts 10:43-18. 

3 Our position on salvation "without works' 
iBdifined in the language of Paul. 

4. It is "without works" "of righteousness 
which wi' have done," whether under the law 
or go^pftl. 

Mr St^in cooipUins that we call on him ti' 

pin- his '"vile and slonderoua" charges agaiual 

B:t|.ii4 churches, or himself stand as "a delib- 

Li.Lt.- and willful slandtrer." Poor fellow, ln- 

i!. 11- that he is perseculed "for the truth's 

Stop, Mr. Stiin, aud see what you bavi- 

I \ done. Wiiliout thw pretense of pr"'. 

r .(ve made the following outrageous charg 

Ai\\ are known to be as farfrom t. e trutl 

' futht-r of lifs" could wiwii: 

In your IstNeg. you charged that: "Bdp 

I liurclies" have "l^gal licenee" to perform 

.vorka of the ileah." Gal. 5: i^O. Whal 

Ml do that for? 

(n your 2d Neg. you charged that: "Bap- 
t :uirchesareuotchnrchi"fnf Christ, becii'is-' 

they hold that we luiiy do evil, fiaht and kill, 
and take oaths, that good maj com«!" Y ou 
kiiiiw that this is not true. 

3, AUo, in your 2d Neg. you deliberately 
charged that: "Baptists by taking oaths" are 
guilty of the "'criine of peijury." 

4. And in ynur 3d Nfg- you charge by in- 
sinuation that Baptist c urchts "freely justil'y 
and fellowship and apolog :£<) for" "unhridlt-d 
carnal lu^t<t aud pusaion^" — "passions" "rupa- 
ciou9..cruel, and fiendish." 

What did jou make such foul charges fur? 
We again ri'peat: you must prove, mthdratr • r 
staiiii H.-i II vil'- (tint icill/'iil sla-iderf of the 
chuiclitsof Chrift. Do jou suppose that you 
can induce any one of common sense to believe 
these charges? Was Mr. Slein ivhile a pretend- 
ed Baptist guilty of all thes^e crimes? If so, we 
need not be curprised that hi! uotv makes his 
throat iiu "open sepulchre." We "ask him if 
such is the spirit of Christ?" 

We again answer all his war (piestions at 
once, by sayinjj, lltnl Bcilptst churches have 
nothing to do trilh irnr, tciOi carnal iveapons 
We are not to disobey Christ in order to submit 
to the powers that he. But as citizens we must 
submit to the ordinance of Qod that requirtjs 
the punishment of evil doers. 

We repeat that Mr. Stein doea not believe 
that a want of "organic Bucceasion" would in- 
validate Baptist church claims. No Baptist 
churth "fluspiuils its Christianity" upon it^ 
ability to trace such succesaiou by uninspired 
hislorj". We will attend to the historical argu- 
ment when we reach that point . 

Our 9th Argument for spiritual regeneration 
prior to, aud independent of baptism and 
church meuibership, is based upon the fact, that 
it harmoni'/ea the acripturesupon the only plan 
of salvation which is perfectly adapted to every 
case of human necessity. Our heirship with 
Abraham is not of law: 

"Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by 
grace; tothe end thepron.ise might be afire to 
all the seed, nut to that oulj which ia of the 
law, but to that also which is of the faith of 
Abraham who >s the father of us all." Rom. 

"Know ye therefore thai' they which are of 
faith the same are the children of Abraham." 
Gal. 3:7. 

Thia same glorious plan of salvation that 
■>aved Abraham, secures the salvation of all be- 
lievers — the spiritual seed of Abraham. If it 
was made to depend upon church membership, 
as Duokards hiild, then some penitent believers 
would be lost for want of the opportunity to 
join the church. The promise which ia ''eternal 
life" to all believers would fail to tho^e whx 
could not unite with thechurch. If salvation 
dependid on baptism, then the promise would 
tor the same causes, fail to all the penitent un 
baptized believers. God was not so unmse b> 
to sui-peiid his "power on eai'th to forgive sins," 
iipim the physical act of some other sinn-r, 
who might, or might not, consent to permit 
the Lord to pardon the transgressor. This 
plan of salvation reached the case of Abraham, 
with the patriarchs flud prophets; it extended 
to the wimii.n that ( rouchtd at the feet of the 
Siivior aud the dying thief on the cross; the 
same "great salvation" saved the apoatleu and 
New Testameut eaints.; aud the Bame glorions 
plan of salvation bv grace through faith, mu&t 
and will save every accountable sinner that 
tapes the polluUoni of sin aud walks th- aua- 
briglit climes of eternal day. Among the lead- 
ing denominations of earth, th" Bap'ist^ stand 
alone as thf- unwavering advocateii of this Bible 
plan of salvation. 

We may noiv sately say that this Jirst 1- ad 
ing aud futidauieurat Baptiit characteriltic, 
which demandB spiritual r generation— the new 
Ijirth— an-l spiritual lifo its csaHuti il to biptiMii 
and church membeislsii) i* istaMi^h^d n-* a Bi- 
hh- (■bariirt<Ti-.lii-. bv ovtwlielmiitc .testinuKiy 

Our leading proofs remaiu untouched, whil'- 
the enemy has beeu thrown iuto uiter confusion, 
aud forced to surrender his sHud "works ot 
riiiliteiiUKiieM" f.)r salvation. We introduce 

CiURACTEUisTic II: liaittisf chtirrhfa jmsess 
the "ow htipfism" iU'inattded in tht ^m Tetta - 

Paul says: 

" There is one body, and one spirit, even lu ye 
are called in one hope of your calling: One 
Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and !• ath- 
< r of all, who is above all, aud through all, and 
iu vouall." Kph. 4:4, 5. 

No one of theso seven unities in this p— : e 
can possibly be three, if we must have three 
baptisms to make "one huptiain," we must have 
three faiths fo make "one faith." The "one 
mmewion" of Baptists is generally recogui/ed 
iH valid. But Mr. St^'in denies. H.? aays that 
/Kijtfisiim, the "baptism" of the above paMogo, 
'contsponds with bnptho, a frupienta-ive 
Greik verb. Does he mean that bapHnmt la a 
fre4uentutive Greek noun? We grant that a 
certain class of Greek scholars, whoie church 
rituals deniauded three immersiou's, have hold 
baptizQ to be frequentative. They obtaineii 
thia notion trom their churches, rather than 
from the use of the Greek language. Liddwll 
& Scott have given up this ah-iurd idea, as may 
be seen in the late edition of their lexicon. Dr. 
E i. Robiuson regards htijjli^o as a frequentative 
in form, hut not iu fact. The overwhelming 
weight of Greek lexicography ianow against the 
view that i(ij>((ro is frequentative. Even if the 
i^orb was afrequeulative, the en bapfimna would 
confine us to "one imoiersiou." The Bible says, 
"one immersion," but Mr, Stein has three im- 
mersions! Shall we obey God, or man? But 
this irtquentative will prove rather too muob 
for Mr. Stein. He contends that "baptizing' 
must be understood, in the commis.-'ion, before 
Son and Holy Spirit. Therefore, he must have 
the commission to read: 

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, bap- 
tizing them frequently iu the name of the Fath- 
er, and hapti/.ing them frequently in the name 
ofthei^on, aud baptizing them frequently iu 
the name ot the Holy Ghost". | 

And as frequently, with him, most mean at 
least three, our friend is compelled to have at 
least nine immersions for his "one [frequently] 
bapti-m". This will harmonize all the better 
with hiswaahing argument. Are not nine dip» 
better for washing out scarlet and crimson sins 
than three? 

But this has Naamun to overdo the matter. 
Acconliug to Mr. S., "Naaman dipped him- 
self^VtY/Mwi/Zy seven timea in Jordan"^ twenty- 
oue times or more. According to his iirttu 
nient, our frieud is still an unbaptized alien, 
lie must have afew more dips; five may do, as 
he has had four already. 

Our friend sa^s; "A single dip has no frini'y 
and hence cannot reprfBfut itn unity." He 
ought to know that the d-'iign r)f baptism in 
not to represent eiiher the trinity, or the unity 
'if the trinity- The "one bitptimi" of the New 
Testament in dr'aigiied to be a moaumeot of the 
ret«urrHctiou of Christ. At the couctutioit li 
hJKm s eij) atKunicutfor lb" rettuirection Paul 
aaked : , 

"Elae whatHhuU they do which ape baptized 
for the dead, if the dead rise not atall? Why 
ire lliey then baptized for the dead?" 1 Cor. 
L-S: 29. 

IIai>tii'm dt^clarea the resurrection of Christ. 
• udisapVidge of the resurrection of all the 
s;iintM. As Christ vras raised but onee, there 
nan be bat "one imm»»i<>n" — one baptinni. 
Again, Paul says: 

''Thenjfot« we are buried with him by bap* 
iisDi into di-ath: that like us Christ wai raistd 
up from tJie dead by the glory of the Father. 
even so we al^uthould W4lk in newQCM of life. 
I'or if we bava b.'en planted together ia thf 
likfuuMi of his death, we shall be also il) the 
lik'-nc'S of hi* r<'>*urroctioii." 

B,ip>i,ni JH (he 'M-fMf,,* „i i.^ tj.;, h."' Chiiat 
died 6h/ orjf^, ThervforeoB* immtr^ion only 
H deiu.inded. B.ipii^m aUo contnua "the hke- 
les- 01 his nsurrtction." Christ »» rai^d 
roni the d-i^ but one*. Therefore, oti« immer- 
sion-burial "with hiiu iubaptiiiiu"-ii. the Bi- 
ble baptism. Surely Bapti.W po.«i« the 
"one baptism" of th^ Bible, 


AMONG the cursed bles^n^s that are confer- 
red on preachers, is that popularity which 
iii^iU.'s them fur the time the t eul re of altraction 
and the topic of gi^Qwal en vernation. Out of 
a thousand or ten thousand ministere not more 
than two or thr.<. at any time are likely to be 
famous, and it will be a mercy if those do not 
►pi-'-dily come to be infamous. 

Most famous men are over-eatimattd, and 
their popularity causes unpleasant comparisons, 
brerds envy and distrust, leoda to criticism, 
slander and fault finding; causes every error to 
be maguifi'-d, and every fault to b*- proclaimed; 
and if in some unsuspecttd hour the praised and 
flattered pet society nhiwa himself to have like 
piwMons, infirmities and sins, with others, how 
soon every foul bird of prey will peck at his gay 
pliiiunge, and turn hix glory into ahame. Many 
a popular preacher has finished hin coun-ein 
flhaire, in sorrow, or in crime. Youn^ man,, 
do not fr«t because your kite does not fly quite 
so high us your neighbor's. Hold on to the Btrinjt 
and you may keep it out of the ditch. It may . 
be very plea-sant to see your name ia print, but 
that depends largely upon wh.\t is printed under 
it. Keep low. Belore honor is humility. 
Be true to God and man, and if you mias 
fame yon may also escape ahame; if J-oo do not 
hear hOsannaa shouted to-day, yon may not hear 
the cr?,"Crucify him!" to-morrow; aud if yoa 
can serve your generation in this life, and get 
quietly into your grave without bringing re- 
proach upon yourself, your friends and yoor 
Lord, you mil have a fine opportunity for fame 
aud appreciation in the diiy when the righteous 
shall ., shine forth like the sun in the kingdom 
of their Father." Wait and see if it is not so. 
— TTit Armory. 


WE have spoken of the proposed railroads 
from Jerusalem to Joppo, The follow- 
ing paragraph relating to it is from the Cincin- 
nati Kni/uirer: 

"General T. D. Lovette, of this city, former- . 
ly chief engineer of the Southern Road, bis 
just completed a contract for the building of a 
oarrow-guage railroad from the city of Jerosa- 
lem to the port of Jaffa, iu the Holy Laud, and 
has written to Major .loho, also of this city, 
the champion narrow-guage railroader of Ohio, 
to join hira in the euterpris'*. The road will 
be some forty mites in length, the air-'iae 
distance between the two points being t'ome' 
thing over thirty milt-s. Joppa ia a soikll 
;nurutiuie town of P.dei^tine, on a tongue of 
laud extending into th^ Meditefranoan, wtd 
I'es iu a northwesterly direction from Jerasa- 
iem. It woM formerly the port of JerusiUem, 
i'tnd WUA the landing plsc? of the cedar and 
-1 oie* of wVich ihf T mple 'f thai city 
was built. It has a cooriderable trade in cot- 
ton, coru, aud fruit, us bus also the cu^iatiy 
lying back toward Jeru-»-ilein. through which 
(he ro^d will run. A tark:e factor in the busi- 
tieMt of the road, however, will be the osail 
-^isitji of tbepiLrims at the Ka^t»^r^e&sou, and 
travelers at all se;.sob<.. Thr propos d r-^il "j. 
.indertaken bv a p-u-ty of Frt-nch capitatit't^, 
md is to be pushed loi ward to an early com- 
uletion. Mr Lovette is now in Paris, prepar> 
ing for the work." 

.Vii>:.\':l>ai<^> , nicouimeutiug on this iteni, 
lUute* '2: :*.: "The c?;ano: >hall U- with 
lUinio^ torch"- in tin- d»y ot bis rnparatioas 
lud tWt fir tuva shall be ttrribly s^hakea. The 
hariot-< shall i-ijii.- on.' against another in the 
>>roadwHy'<: lh*>v *tW-\ tvem like lorche!*. tliey 
>hall run like ihe U^htniDj;^"— ■Ur.-'^Myeriy' 

TiJJi: «iiETH:Ri:>r ^t "vvoi^k:. 




Tell me of childhood, of friendsliip aiid truth. 

When I was young, when I was youDg. 
Tell me of dayrt which I Hpent in my youth. 

Whfn I WAS young, I waa young. 
Tell me of frien.U that have gone to the grave. 
Tell me of ihilrtren, obediput and brave; 
Tell me of .i«sus who suffiTpd to aave 

All that wert- young, that wen- young. 
Where are till' friends that were dearest to m« 

When I was young, when I wan young? 
Others whose fawa I nft^n did nee 

When I wa.H young. 1 was young. 
Where are ray youthful companionR to-day? 
SchooImateB and cou«(in«, how happy wpre they ! 
Where are the children with whom I did play 

When I wa.-" young, I wai young? 

FriendM and relntiona are pasning awftv, 

WnoonMwereyoung.who once were young: 
Some I but. scarcely remember to-day, 

Who one* were young, once were young. 
I, too, am wfuding my way to the grave, 
Trunting in ChriHt who is able to save 
When I muHt move over Jordan's cold wave, 
There to be young, to be voung. 


ny I'BOF. SANFOllD. 
NliMIlKlt III. 

THOSE persons wlio hold revelation 
to be thf only source of certain 
knowledge to man would, no doubt, 
Start at being ranked under the title of 
flkeptica, and yet this prineiple contains 
the germ of a skepticism under which 
both relif,non and philosophy would 
floou die out. Let us examine the nues- 
tion closely for a moment. The human 
faculties, it is urged, are perverted. 
There is no confidence to be placed in 
them. What means, then, have we for 
determining that the revelation which 
we have received is a true one? Its ve- 
racity, so far as we are concerned, must 
rest on a process of reasoning, and this 
reasoning can only be carried on by the 
very faculties which we have pronounc- 
ed fallacious. 

The argument becomes still stronger 
when we pass from the subject of reve- 
lation to thatof the being of God. With- 
out a knowledge of God, inspiration 
would be a word without a meaning. 
and how is this knowledge of God to be 
obtained, but through the inferences of 
our reason? It has been said the f^cript- 
ures carry with them their own evidence, 
the evidence of miracle-s; but, it has 
been asked, "What mind is there that 
Would be convinced of the being of a 
God from the \ntnessing of some tempo- 
rary change in the laws of nature, when 
it had totally failed of gaining such 
conviction from the perpetual and stand- 
ing wonder of creation itself." To un- 
dermine the authority of reason, there 
fore, is to undermine that of revelation 
also. (^>nce destroy the validity of the 
subjective world within, and there can 
bf no longer a certainty left of any ob- 
jective reality. 

As regards the tendencies of the t«o 
phaaea of skepticism that we have just 
described, the religious and the j)hilo- 
80]>hical, we believe one to be equally 
injurious with the other. I.tistrust in 
one kind of testimony may easily lead 
to distrust in another kind; so that eith- 
er phase may prove a stepping stone to 
that universal unbelief that involves all 
human knowledge in doubt and confu- 

Both have their foundation to a great- 
er or less degree in ignorance. The re- 
ligious skeptic is generally ignorant of 
the vast amount of evidence that can be 
produced on the side of revelation, or 
else denies the testimony of the external 
senses altogether, while he uses at the 

same time in arriving ac his conclusion 
the very faculties whose evidence he 
condemns. The philosophical skeptic, 
on the otht-r hand, having been trained 
from childhood in the faith to which he 
holds, has no idea of the amount of evi 
denc« that would be n'juired to estab 
liflh that faith in the mind of one who 
has not been thus educated. 

Furthermore, we find that those who 
are most ignorant in respect to the 
real nature of their own belief are most 
intolerant of the belief of others. It 
has been said, "The mind always seizes 
vi-ith a kind of convulsive grasp those 
truths for which it can give no very sat- 
isfactory account, as though the tenacity 
with which they are hehl would goto 
makeup the deficiency in their evidence; 
and on this ground it is that those who 
are most ignorant, to prevent the ap- 
pearance of absurdity, commonly find 
it necessary to be most dogmatical 

But skepticism, like all philosophical 
tendencies, has its uses. Its proper ofti' 
is to act as a check upon the too rapid 
progress of all authoritative systems. 
Morell says, "Skeptical philosophy may 
be invaluable as an instrument which 
helps us on the road to truth by dissi 
paling fond delusions." In this way it 
has been eminf;utly useful in every age, 
and has formed an indispensable aid in 
the advancemejt of speculative science. 
It cannot be denied, however, that like 
other systems of btlief it has been car- 
ried to extremes, and has proved to be a 
hindrance to the advancement of truth 
quite as often as it has aided in its de- 



SOMETIMK since an infidel — a recent 
importation from "the Hub of the 
Universe," (Boston) delivered a lecture 
in the Empire Hall, in this town, on 
"T/te As!iumptions of (Jhristianityy 
Quite "a hornet's nest" was stirred up 
by this event, and a good deal of acri- 
monious discussion airiong our good cit- 
izens followed, as a result of this "high- 
ly intellectual treat." 

A few days thereafter, a leading at- 
torney of the place, meeting me on the 
street, asked me if I had heard the lect- 
ure. I replied in the negative. 

"^'ou ought to have been there," he 
remarked, and heard the hard hitv he 
gave to you religious folks." 

"O," said 1, "this is not my fi^^t! I 
thank God that it does not devolve up- 
on im to defend the hwoJisistencia of 
p^jm'ar Christian'tii'*'' He laughed at 
me and said, '*() that's it, is it?" 

"Yes, that's it!" was the reply. 

A Chinaman — a recent graduate of 
Yale College — a highly intellectual and 
cultivated man — somewhat recently de- 
livered a lecture in the Olympic Thea- 
tre, in St. Louis, on a certain Sunday, to 
a large audience, on "the comparative 
civilization of China and America." — I 
read this lecture as repotted for the (St. 
Louis) frJohi- Veiiwmit. 

It was a stinging satire on popular 
Christianity, and contained what my 
legal friend called "hard hits" indeed. 
He drew a graphic picture of the Na- 
tional religion a* coaipared with that of 
He ridiculeawu. boasted "civilization" 
— and said: "You speak of us as a set of 
benighted heathen, and propose to send 
Missionaries ( ?) to China iu the interests 
of moral ( ?) reform! Why th<» common- 
est virtues are more regarded in China 
than here. In China old age is respected 
— filial alfection enjoined and practiced. 

"I should be sorry," he continued, "if 
the boys in my country were as rude as 
they are in Boston- ■ the Athens of Amer- 
ica! The 19th century has given to 

America, the religion of Christ, an I 

Mother Winslow's Soothine Syrup!!" 
These are the utterances of a learned 
skeptic— the impressions of a "Heathen 
Chinee" — but they afford room for 
serious thought! 

What a field for meditation is the do- 
main of popular Christianity! 

Cut into hundreds of fragments — 
each claiming to be the true church — 
each urging its distinctive dogmas 
upon the world — each claiming to be 
founded upon the immutable word — 
each striving for popular recognition — 
each with its respective organization and 
its respective temple of worship — each 
with its distinctive and diverse creed — 
each sending its teachers and mission- 
aries into foreign lands to proclaim, in 
the midst of heathen darkness, "the 
glad tidings of salvation," and all jost- 
ling, crowding, and fighting each other. 
What a spectacle is this!- 
No wonder that the heathen is per- 
plexed and bewildered; and thoughtful 
men, in our own land, are led to doubt 
the reality of religion itself! 

The whole of this trouble grows out 
of the difference of tiien, and cannot be 
assigned to any defect in the Word it- 
Si'h'. These diverse, and often opposing, 
theories are not due to discrepancies, 
ambiguities, or obscurities in the reveal- 
ed will of God. They are solely due 
to the various opini»m of men about 
the Word. "We are so constituted," 
said a neighbor recently," that we can- 
not see alikey Hence he regarded tlie 
various denominations and sects as a 
necessity in the great work of human 
redemption. But this opinion is neither 
according to logic or fact. It is a soph- 

As to the existence of a pktin truth 
all men can and do see alike. They 
cannotSet otherwise. That men do not 
always accept the truth — giving it vital 
force and expression in their lives, we 
all know. Truth is immutable. It can- 
not— chameleon-like — change and fluct- 
uate with the fluctuating and changing 
fashions of the ever changing times. 

The religion of the New Testament 
is the same to day^ — amid the full blaze 
and glory of the 10th century.that it was 
when its Divine Author trod the streets 
of Jerusalem in human form more 
than eighteen hundred years ago. Men 
of a skeptical turn of mind quibble over 
the Gospel because it does \ iolence to 
human reason. 

This objection is a common one with 
this class! In fact, they regard it as a 
"Knock down" argument. 

But, subjected to a critical analysis 
it is, by no means, as formidable as it 
appears. No one will deny that revel- 
ation — so far as it goes — is the mind of 
God — the expression of divine reason — 
which is infinite in its extent. No one 
will deny,on the other hand, that human 
reason is infinite — limited in its extent. 
If then the finite could reach all the 
operations of the infinite mind the dis- 
tinction would be destroyed: man could 
be equal to God himself. 

God, therefore, does not always, in 
his revealed word, appeal to man's reas- 
on. God sometimes speaks with author- 
ity. As the Creator of man he has the 
moral rightthustospeak. As the Redeem- 
er of man- -in the person of his Son- 
he has the right to prescribe the ftr,ii-'< 
of man's redemption from sin and death. 
Some portions, then, of God's revealed 
word, appeal to man's reason, while 

again, some are mere matters of faith. 

We accept them because God declare^ 
them God does not appeal to our reas- 
on when he declares the truth of the 
immaculate conception— the trinity — or 
the infinite attributes of his own person- 
for these are utterly bcjund the scope of 
human reason, or humau conception. 
Neither can human reason grapple with 
the idea of eternity— the resurrection of 
the body — ^the immortality of the soul — 
or the incarnation of Christ. These 
are matters we only hiow from the 
word of God. 

Hence it follows that human reason, 
being to grasp these sublime aud 
stupendous truths, can not be defiled at 
the expense of revelation. Truth ig 
not always reached through the opera- 
tions of human reason Much of hu. 
man knowledge is empirical in its char- 
acter — it is the result of repeated exper- 
iment—of accident. 

Franklin reached his conclusions as 
much through observation and experi- 
ment, when he promulgated his theories 
of electricity, as he did through the ab- 
stract forces of unaided reason— yea 

The simple circumstance of a falling 
apple— observation — led Sir Isaac New- 
ton to reason out— after much and re- 
peated experiment^ — the law of gravita- 

The boiling of a tea kettle and the 
violent agitation of its lid first attracted 
the attention of Robert Fulton to the 
motive power of steam. Not reason, 
then, but observation and experiment 
are the prime factors of human knowl- 
edge. Reason must utilize the results 
of observation and experiment, but 
reason alone is unable to cope with 
even the simplest phenomena of nature. 

What reasoning of man could reaeb 
the conclusion, a priori, that Ipecac 
■woaid puke tLiid J a.\&p purge when in- 
troduced into the human system? What 
reasoning, in advance of the known 
fact, would lead us to know that we 
cannot make gun-powder and fire lie 
down in peace together? 

Who could say, as the result of un- 
aided reason, that he might not live 
under water, as well as on dry land? 

We might suggest endless examples 
to prove the truth of the propositiou 
laid down, but these may safely be left 
to the operations of individual mind?. 

Why, then, shall we reject the infall- 
ible word of God because we can not 
make it comport with the fallible rea- 
son of fallible man? Surely this would 
be, not to ho/ior, but to degrade human 
reason itself! It is a matter of surprise 
that men, who defy reason and ignore 
revelation, do not see how they degrade 
human reason by such a course! 

The very phenomena of nature— man's 
great store house of knowledge— are 
mute, but mighty witnessers of the 
truth of God's revealed Word. What 
are they but the voice of God himself, 
rebuking the cold, materialistic, soulless 
philosophy of men? Like the fingers 
of that mysterious, but awful hand that 
traced the mystic words upon the wall 
at Belshazzar's feast, God has written 
his immutable truth upon the heaviug 
bosom of the mighty ocean — He has 
traced it in 

"the lightning's red glare 
Painting hell on the sky." 
He has stamped it upon the glorious 
bow in the cloud. Its awful ecboi- 
heard in the thunder's dread peal, as^ 
in the earth<|uake'8 shock! 

The majesty of God's truth walk- 
upon the winds, and speaks in the teniP' 
eat's wrath. It breathes in the low, soft 

music of the summer leaves! It glows 
in the silent beauty of the forest,^ and 
glittei-sintheflashingglory of thestrt'ftml 
It is set;u iiuprinti'J upon the mouutain 
peak — lifting its pi-omi head &l)ove the 
stormy clouds, aud blushes in the moi'eat 
violet of the vale — 

"Tlie simeiniis firmMinent on high, 
With all th«> blue, ethereal aky, 
And spmifjlpd hpHVPii!^— a shiuiiif; frame 
Their greiit origin ull proclaitu! 

What though in solemn silence all 
Move rouud this great terestrial ball! 
What though no real voice or souuil, 
Amid&t their radiant orb be found! 
In rritsuii's ear they all lejoice, 
And utter with a glorious voice. 
Forever t'iDging as they shine, 
Tlie hiiml that mtxle h* /s Diriiir " 
Witrrpnsbuffj, Mo. 


Iiy I.T/ZIE 11 NfEVFlis. 

WHILE at the depot in Chicago, re 
cently,a remark by the Passenger 

Agent made an impression on my mind, 
He had given the necessary information 
to a passenger, who, not satisfied with 
that, inquired of others until he became 
confused, then went back to the agent, 
who told him to go in and sit down 
till his train comes, that if he l>elieves 
what every one tells him he would nev- 
er get to Iowa. While this applies to 
all traveling by railroad, it can also be 
applied to our journey heavenward. 
We have a true schedule where all the 
conditions of the road are given, with 
directions where to start fro'n, how to 
be equipped for the journey, and a 
glowing description of the station at 
the end of the road, and so long as we 
sti-ictly observe these rules and regula- 
tions given in our schedule there is uo 
danger of going astray, — we travel on 
smoothly and nicely." But let one con- 
sultself to some extent, conclude there 
IS no use being so particular if we are a 
little behind time, no diiVerence, or ask 
the opinion of others till we become 
confused and excited, then like the man 
in Chicago, we are in danger of never 
getting to the place we started for. 
There is no necessity for this if we 
faithfully follow the direction in our 
guide-book. Our conductor (Christ) is 
responsiV>]e and has promised Ui laud \is 
there on time. His words are iirm and 
true, authorized by the President, (God) 
whose controlling power we dare not 
doubt, consequently if we fail to have a 
prosperous journey the fault lies with 

f.rincjyffs that should govern us in all 
of our writings/or the press. Of the 
first aud chief«-st of all these, it would 
seem that I should judge as Paul did 
in his epistle to the church at Thessa 
louica: "As touching brotherly love ye 
need not that I write unto you, for ye 
yoursf Ives are taught of God to lovi 
one auotht-r." Of all virtues taught in 
God's Word, no other U so abundantly 
taught, uo other holds a place so promi 
nent in Christian character as fuve: and 
yet it seems we will forget and, fail of 
the kindness, and forbearance, and love 
by which all men shall know that we 
are Christ's disciples. X think we some- 
times aim to do justice to our brethren 
and forget mercy. To aim at simple 
justice to a dear brother or sister 
what we write about them would 
many instances be aiming away below 
the mark. 

I might write many things about 
brethren aud sisters that would set them 
in an impleasant light before the world, 
and yet not mi^repn'-tent them, but 
whether I ought to do so or not depends 
on other considerations besides truth 
and justice. If a man struck me on my 
right cheek, aud 1 would do the same to 
liiiu, 1 would do him nothing(liut justice 
In like manner i must resent every per 
soual iujury on the principle of eye 
for i-ye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, 
foot for foot, wound for wound, aud so 
on through .the catalogue of personal 
assaults, and not go a hair's breadth ht • 
yond that which God who can not err 
has laid down a.n Justice; but the kind- 
ues.s, forbearance, aud charity, incum- 
bent on those who would be partakers 
of thevieroj which "irjoicct/i. -^(/(jainst 
judgment,^'' demands of us a higher aim 
in all we do to an enemy or a friend, a 
In'otlier or sister, or say about them eith- 
er than simple justice. 

Jf:^Tiri;! what a meager plea] thai 
would be upon which to obtain an in- 
heritance in the better land, "'a crowa 
of glory, that fadeth not away!" 

If ihejuMice of God had appeared 
to all men, instead of the ''grace that 
bringeth salvation," what a dark world 
thiswould be; how gloomy our prospects 
for the next! But all the spiritual light 
tlia' is in the world is that which is 
1 abroad intbe hearts of the children 
of God "by the Holy Ghost which 
given unto us." 

Ye are the light ot the world. "He 
THAT LovETH HIS nitoTiiKit abideth in 

our debts as we forgive our debtors." 
"As we cover up the faults of our dear 
brethren and sisters, so cover up our sins 
and remember them no more," we will 
have the assurance in our hearts that we 
will receive the things which we ask. 

May itengi^eourprayera, our talents, 
our experience and every virtue that we 

an bring into requisition to adorn our 
papei-s, our tracts, our sermons, and our 
daily walk and conversation with the 
true light of the gospel of the grace of 






ISTORY inforniH us that tobacco dcrivM 
it^ name jfom Nicot.a French emhuu- 


|;V r 1-'. DETWEILKK. 

I AM confident that I am not alone in 
the belief that our church litera- 
ture is not as free of objectionable mat- 
ter as it ought to be our aim to make it, 
.'^)iftHally of such as seems to show a of that wisdom which "is first pure, 
thru peaceable, gentle and easy to be 
entreated, full of mercy and good fruits," 
or of that love and meekness which 
helps us to bear patiently the little 
wrongs which fall on us on our way, 
and prevent ue fi'om returning evil for 
evil, or in any way speaking evil of oth 
ers, especially our brethren. 

While we have reason to believe that 
all of our editors and our writers, ii 
general, are tryiug to work up to thi 
standard, 1 still think we sometimes 
fall a little too far below, and it seems 
to me that a few thoughts on this sub- 
ject would be in sea-son once in a while, 
to bring to our minds some of the Jvr'<t 

the liglit, aud thehk is nonk oc-casion 


This is the light which makes our 
way clear in poverty jus well as in 
wealth, through evil report as well as 
through good report. It helps us to 
keep our own feet in the narrow path, 
aud to restore those whose "fetst had al- 
most slipped." Yes, aud when they are 
restored it helps to bury their ti-oubles. 
Without in the least impugning the 
motives of any of our dear brethren, I 
am constrained to say according to the 
weak judgment as God has given to me, 
(and I think 1 have the spirit of Christ 
in 80 judging) that it is not good to pub- 
lish, concerning the failings of brethren 
or sisters, that which has been duly ad- 
justed, and buried in the grave of broth- 
erly love. It would seem little (if you 
allow me the crude figui-e,) to throw 
upon the grave another great shovel full 
of charity, and bury the troubles if it 
were possible still deeper. 

Deal gently with the erring; know 

"They may have toiled iu vain; 

Perhaps uiikiudess iiiudo them so; 

Oh win them back again." 

And then when we say, "Our Father 
who art in heaven" * * * "forgive us 

T LIKE them,if they are full of Christ, 
■*- Those whose life is moat deeply sat' 
urated with the Spirit of the Cross are 
inclined by their new disposition to sow 
the seed of the kingdom in silence, and 
cast their bread upon the waters when 
God aud His angels are alone cognizant 
of tlieir hidden ministry. A few days 
ago I was cheered with two specially 
Heaven scented me-asages, one from Da 
kotrth, and the other from Nebraska. I 
am hungering day and niglit for com- 
munion with souls who are warmed and 
magnetic with long repose on the bosom 
of Kmmanuel. I receive nuiny letters 
from saints who have haidly h'juuing 
enougli to put their Imrning tlioughts 
aud feelings into words; but the love of 
Jesus throbs iu their crude utteraucei, 
and the very light of Heaven rvins along 
the lines of their all but illegible scrawl, 
so that while I feast my soul with their 
Holy (iho-st-seasoned fragments 1 am 
"sitting in Heavenly places iu Clii'ist Je- 
sus." I lik<! to read fine writing almat 
Jesus; but when Jc^us Himself is in the 
missive I like it better. The two notes 
above referred to speak volumes of C'hris- 
tian life iu what they do not even inti- 
rante. This is significant and well wor- 
thy of consideration by us all. We spoil 
our best deeds by reference to them. 
We mar and smirch our best literary ef- 
forts by infusing ourselves. Ego is the 
Beelzebub which heads the host of mi- 
nor acvils in the inner hell. John 14: 
'27, and Philpp. 4: 7, can never be real- 
ized tio long aa our ears are Itchiug for 
our own praise. Thousands iu the church, 
and ministers not excepted, are commit- 
ting blow spiritual suicide by furtively 
imbibing iho poison of self seeking and 
self-exaltation from the golden goblet in 
the leprous hand of the mother of har- 
lots. Nothingso penetrates and invests the 
soul with the grandeur and moral power 
of the Godman, as to claim and exercise 
uo individuality apart from Jesus. "/ 
>/et7io[,I, biU Christ livelh in mV is 
the philosophy of salvation, the concen- 
tration of all wisdom without the polish 
of the Academy. I am an enthusiastic 
advocate of education, but only in the 
I/ord ana for the Lord. Mathematics 
belong to Him, in all their heights and 
depths, no less than the numbers Three, 
Seven, and Twelve. If we would but 
know it. Heaven aud Hell and all the 
universe are included in the Alphabet 
and the ten numerals. What the wisest 
know isas nothing compared with what is 
contained iu the simple elements and 
characters known to the unlettered. To 
know Jesus is to possess the key that 
unlocks the very heart of God, and all 
the marvels of Eternity. "In Him are 
hid all the treasures of wisdom and 
knowledge." Col. 2: <i. 



It wan discovered by white men oa the I*- 
Iniid of Ti^bago, and u^ed by the natives to a 
liatit«d extent It wa« iutrodacedia Europe in 
15C0 About :<ixty ytam after tnat, it becaow 
90 popular in America, and its cultivatton 80 ex* 
tensive that it became the staple article of com- 
iiiprce, and was frequently uned ai money, u 
change, etc. 

There is one fact connected with the hiatory 
of tobacco in our own country, with which 
many of you are acfjuainted, which I will not 
pass iu Mience. 

In the year 1620 when the colony of Jamea- 
towQ, in Virginia, had been estabUahed about 
lliirteeii years, a great want was felt for female 
(lid; not only to soften the asperity of manners 
a society, (composed wholly of males), but to 
give stability and serenity to the colony, by en- 
couraging the domestic or family institution. 

Ninety femalM of respectable character, but 
I'l' hinnble fortune, were jniported from Eng- 
liKid, audflold to the plaittera at Jamestown, 
for wives, at the rale of I'iO pounds of tobacco, 
valued at lifty cents a pounrf. tor each individual 
Ko purchaiied. 

During tho nest yeiir, 1821, sixty^or aeventy 
more were seat nver and t-old for the same com- 
modity, but the price hftd been advanced by the 
LniidoH Company to 150 pounds a head. The 
tirst Hlavory, therefore, in Virginia, was the 
slavery of wliiti-a; of the wife tn her husband; 
and thf Hr.t exporlation of tobacco was for 
tliin singular purpose of purvbaaing compan- 
ions for lite. 

Tobacco was first taken to Kurope in the 
NixteentU century. It was recommended for 
its medical virtue, which was greatly exagger- 
ati-d by medical (|uiicl{-4, who declared it to be 
a profound retuedy for many diseases, and 
would keep away all contagious diseases. It 
was falsely represented until it became an arti- 
clouti luxury in th« Old World, though not 
without much opposition. SJt'veral Popes, Ur- 
ban Vtl and Amuret IV among them, forced 
against it tbo thunders of the Itoman Church, 
and the Priests and SultatiH of Turkey denoanc- 
vA the usL> of tobacco at a crime; aud Amuret 
even M"ii>t) ^o tar aa to decree its punishment 
hy the most frightful formt of death. Later in 
the aaiiie century it was d<.'Cret;d and became a 
law tlint the pipe stems of «moken were thrust 
through their noses, and many other similar 
penalties were instituted; alter all death penal- 
tii>3 had bi^n uboUshed only on manufacturen 
of tobacco. 

Alt this condemnation and all these penal- 
tics were unavailing. The ate of tobocco steadi- 
ly increased and bus iui,'reflfied evor aince. 

The Turks aud Peniaus exceed all other 

nations In amuking. In India and in China all 

cliLSBes siii'ike. The practice is universal. (jirU 

have a peculiar appendage to their dress that 

contains a pocket, especially for pipe and tobac- 

Chewing and suufftaking is gradually 

dimiiiinhed, hut smoking is on the tncrea.'^e; and 

thoy associate smoking with their religion and 

all transactions of business. Smoking togeth- 

with them has a greater significance than 

eating together lias with civilized nations. 

Giaivll'm, Iti'l. 



We are more likely to loae our com- 
forts from want of love and gratitude, 
than we are from want of gifts or wis- 

One shower of rain will increase the grain 
product of the brethren 10(»,0tnj bushel, that 
is worth §1UIJ-0U0. It will increase the grazing 
capacity of our pastures :$r»0.000. Now what 
does be bestow such royal gifts lor; to enrich us? 
Yes, that we mai' be able to send once and 
again to the necessities of his missioaariea 

Let us see that tho^e blessings do not eat our 
souU as a canker but that freely having re- 
ceived we will freely give. 

Only t#n more year* to prepare for eternity. 
If these should pass by as rapidly as the last ten 
have, it is near, now at the door. Oh! let U8 
watch and be sober lest it come as a thief. 

Some preachers t^ach the people that it '» 
uotessential to salvation to keep God's command- 
ments. So Satan taught Eve. So Konh 
Dathau aud Abiram taught the Hebiew*. 
Urettiren do any of you teach such doctrmes? 




f //f ^rclhrcu at |lWft. 

■■tllMSflEU WEEKLV. 


S. ?. IIAItltl^jON. 
.1. W.STKIX, 

priimpt In- 
iii'liil([e in 

1. Tim fC-lltoi 

(enrml tom-nf tlio n»i*r, i 

»rlldp <1'><*» tir.l Iroply that lli«y t'nttui 
Ument of thr- writ«T. 

2. CoNTiimrTOKH in or'Ir-r to wc\i\ 
•ertion of their arlirlc*. will jdpiw* not 
pemonHlilli-o anil iincourU'-'US laiiBiincf. 
•entllielr vli>w« '■ witli irr«<<- wjwonfd ^ 

3. ^■or fip Ifcnflll <>f 'mr rrniipn nnt\ tin* (rocl 
tlic ciiiiit'. M n nolnil iliiin-i. ni-ws from «ll purW of 
tlio ((rothi-rlift «!. " i- Wiiii 
grcRallim to kHi-|) ih mij-iili 
givi' iiB AM. tlie fiictH, »n<l 
proiHTKliitpe. Always write with 
Diirrow ii.i] cr. 

4. Tire lliiKTiiiiKN AT W'oiiK wHI be a^nt to 
■nyiuMrcHs In ttie I'nit*-!! SUlr-it or Canmla for 
$1,10 JUT aiilinm. Kor the Ii-Hillii(t 
of Uic pajiiT. rt« wi-lj m t.rin.H to iiBfiiUi 

II put 
I blue 

<ut tnem 



AiliJreiiH iill coininii 



Lnnark. Carroll Co., 111. 

LANARK. Il't.. 

JASI'ARV 13, 1880. 


THERE M ft difference between a d ctionary 
which definrit irords, and the sehctinn of a 
IcHHou lor our children. The teacher selecta the 
leanyn for his pupiU, but the lexicographer de- 
fines wordB in Iiarraony with linguiutic ficiruce. 
Tht' dennitiou of ternm are given an founded on 
nn iiDvftrying law; l>ut the (isHigninent of a les- 
son in airaply accordiiig to the judgment of the 
asBigtier. We ftate thewe things »o that the 
readera may be i» re pared to meet any argument 
brought up in this direction. 

Is thiTe sijHtnn in tbt- Leysonfl as assigned by 
that flftlect Committee? Ib that a gond system 
which on December 7th taltes llevelation vi-14 
for a Irsson; then on December 14th takes Itev- 
elu ion xxi: 21-27, aud Mark in: l-'i'i for De 
cembt-r yiwt'f' N such a plan bethr llian the 
"Topic Method f'" The preacher who wishes to 
succ«>ed confines hi^ discounie to one auVgect. 
What for? So that he can more readily instruct 
his hearers. Why did Peter confine liis remarks 
to a subject— Christ — on the day of Pentecost? 
When tlio lame man wa.s healed, and the peo- 
ple were amazed, why did Peter confine his re- 
mai-kt to Chrial'M death and resurrection? Why 
did he not talk about twenty subjects iu bis one 
lesson? Evideutlv because so many subjects at 
onct; only confuses the mind. Do the advocates 
uf the "Int^riiatiunal Lesson" practico what they 
preacli? When they preacb, why dn Ihey con- 
tine themselves to ohc subject, and then in the 
Hunday-school present a leison that contains 
/m/iiyMihjects? \Vhnt is the reason that we 
fiinnot have a lesson on Faith, then (me on Ito- 
pentance, one on Baptism, one on Feet- washing, 
&c., and bring all the Scriptures togel lier which 
ivlato to the subject? Would you imt. do bo. 
if that were the course of the muHi-ode? If 
tne (.'ommitlea would go that way, ■"■■nld you 
lint go thai way too? 

It i" urged that if wa tise the "In'-iijational 
Lessou," (liere will he uniformity. WVU, if we 
simply take the liiblr will there not be uniform- 
Hif? If the Brotherhood should adopt the 
"Topic Plan" would there not be uniformity? 
Doe-s the "International Lesson" contain some- 
thiuR mt in the (iible? If so. should we intro- 
duce it to our children? If it contains precise- 
ly what in in the Bible, why not take the Biblr 

Kc." Sad, sad the conditinn when bo much re- 
liance IS placed on each others thoughts! 

Do the authors otthe'iuternatioDal L'^son" 
follow some particular line? "They do," ex- 
claims one. Then by that particular line of State, 
thought they may give you John 13: 1-17 in 
the eleventh month of thesix'b year; henc^fi-et- 
washiug for six year^ and elevt-n months dare 
not be brought up in the echooN. It their line 
of thought should not include .L>hn 13: I-I7 
then i/our line must not, lor your line is theirs, 
and theirs yours Shou'd their line not include 
Rom. 16; 16, 1 Peter 5: Uat i-.II. willy.urlino 
contain it? If, iu their juigmeiit the Holy Ki-s 
shall not come up until the tenth year, will it 
he taught iu your school before the tenth year? 
Remember the Committee is a.iiigniug lessons 
for you, and you must take \vhat the teacher 
ffivfs. It is DOt a question of schol irship, but 
of judgment; and now the whole Brotheriiood 
IS asked to give up itx judgment to that of the 
select party who brings out the 'International 
Lesson." Why should any oiie go to "Rome" 
for forms and patterns? 

It i* true that if we should publish the "Inter- 
national Lesson" in the B at W we might, per- 
haps, increa-ie its circulation; Imt would we be 
jiiBti6able in sut:h a course when it is evident 
thai principle would be sacrifirfd? Should the 
''pocket book" triumph over principle? It ott- 
en dues in the worlil, but God forbids it in li 
family. Will the "International Lesson" serve 
to maintain our peculiar charact«ri^tics as a peo- 

We maiutaiu that each child should have a 
Bible. By having a book of ils own, if. will 
learn to revere the work, will learn to turn to 
almost any rer^e it wi-hes to Hnd. Other book^ 
may aid a teacher in making illustrations, but 
the pupils rarely ever read them, Is it not bet- 
ter to have the child to become familiar with 
the Bible? Why should we not plead for the 
Bible? Why not do all we can to have our 
children read it, to study it? We believe that 
every candid mind, — all who will divest them^ 
selves of selfishness, can see that we need to 
cling closer to that one best Book— the Bible. 
We raise our voice for it; we wield our pen iu 
its behalf; we must hearken to it. follow it, obey 
it. Who will say we shall not? Hold fast the 
good old Book; keep it among the children, 
and never trade it for something far inferior. 

Shall our ears now be "greeted" with arrows 
tabled, "uncharitable," ''jealou-y," "bigoted," 
I ■■unlearned," "narrow-tearted," for plainly writ^ 
ing our convictions? We did not eet out to fear 
any one's "flesh with thorns of the wilderness 
and with brif^rs," (Judge 8: 7). but to warn, to 
sound the trumpet in due time so that the 
watchmen may prepare themselves for tbe bat- 
tle. Have we given an uncertain sound? Do 
you not now know irhere we stand on this ques- 
tion? We, iu ccnclueion call attention to the 
manner in which the Jewish church was cor- 
rupted. May we learn to avoid the same fatal 
steps. We quote from Mosheim. 

"If any part of the Jewish religion was less 
disfigured and corrupted than the rest, it waa 
certainly the form of external worship, which 
was established by the law of Moses. And yet 
many learned men have observed that a great 
variety of rites were introduced into the service 
of the temple, of which no traces are to be found 
in the sacred writings. Tbe^e additional cere- 
monies manifestly proceeded from those changes 
and revolutions which rendered the Jews more 
nversant with the neighboring nations than 


Thk address of Br 
changed from Cornell, 

ither K. H rknii-u is 
Illinois, to Odell, same 

The address of J. W. Southwood has been 
chane|-d fro-a Lincoluville, fndiana to Dora, 
8 II me State. 

Brethres^ Buck and Gordon, of Kdkouio. 
Indiana, have been preaching in North Man- 
chester Church. Ii diana. Two baptized. 

On the 22ijd of December last. Brother 
Epbridiu .Sconer began a series of meetings at. 
Ul)i>»-r Conewago. Maryland. We hope to hear 
that many loved ones have turned to the 

BkOTHRit F. P. Luebr expects to attend the 
next Annual Meeting if health will permit 
How we would rejoice to grasp the hand of 
our dear old brother once more! God bless 
him! ^_^_^^^^_ 

Under date of 2nd inst.. Brother John Met/, 
ger writes that he was not very well. Their 
meeting on the first was an enjoyable one. and 
u nion and love seemed to prevail in the old 
brother'n congregation. 

A LOTiNo brothfr writes: "Would like to 
meet you at Dwight, if i could leave home. 
There is quite a desire for Brethren to come 
there. O when can all the calls be filled ? Our 
Father's children are hungry. for more la- 
borers !" 

OrR esteemed Brother, Andrew ,Hutchison, 
of Centerview, Mi-aonri, is at present stijiurn- 
iug in Lnngmont. Colorudo, for health's sake. 
A letter from him dated December 29th stated 
that he was improving some. He has our heart 
felt sympathies. 

Zion's iVatrhimii, published at Albany, N. 
^ ., by John Lemley, whosome years ago estab- 
lished the Golc/rn Crnser, Itockford, Illinois, is 
one of the live religious papers that is deter- 
mined to stand without advertizing patronage. 
We welcome the paper to our exchange list, 
and hope it raitv accomplish much good in de- 
fense of purity aiid goodnets. 

We visited the Mt. Morris College ou the 
2ilth of December and were plea.sed to see the 
earnest labors of students and teachers. There 
are about one hundred and eighty names en- 
rolled, and "still they come." The proprietors 
are talking of erecting additional buildings, as 
the 1 resent buildings, though quite large, are 
very much crowded. We were 'glad to learn 
that Brother Stein has the esteem and good will 
of all the student,*. Where love prevails, the 
unruly and disobedient must eventually yield 

MR Ingersoll says, "It strikta me that what 
they c;ill the atonement :s a kind of mor- 
al bjinkniptcy. Under its provisions man is al- 
lowed the privilege of sinning on credit. ■ • • 
Doesn't the credit system breed extravagance 
in sin? " * • Who's afraid of punishment 
which is so far away? [We would think Irom 
the way Mr. I tries to argue it away that he 13 
one that is afraid of it J Whom does the doc 
trine of hell stop? The great, the rich, the 
powerful? No; the poor, the weak, the d^spig. 
ed, the mean. Did you ever hear of a man go- 
ing to hell who died iu New York worth a mill- 
ion dollars, or with an income of twenty-five 
thousand a year? Did you? Did you ever hear 
of a man going to bell who lode in a carriage? 
Never. They are the gentleman who talk about, 
their assetts. and who say, 'Hell is not forme- 
it is for the poor.'" 

No wonder a man would oppose Christianity, 
or bedi.-gusted with it, if he hits seen it only 
m the light Mr. I. here presents it. Talk about 
hell being the place for the poor and heaven the 
place for the rich! We read about a certain 
rich man who wasarray.d iu purple and fine 
linen and fared sumptuously every day. And 
then we re&d of a certain poor man— a begg ir— 
who laid at the rich man's gate while do^^ lick- 
ed his sores. Now bear what the Master says: 
"And it came to pass tiiat the bpggar died, and 
was carried by the angels into Abraham's bo- 
som. The rich man a so died and was buried; 
and in hell he litted up hia eyes, being in tor- 
ment. You seethe rich man, in one case at least 
did not talk about his assetts You now learn of 
at least one rich man who went to hell and one 
poor man who did not. Whether people in 
New York ever hear of this or not, the fact re- 
mains the same, that "it is as hard for a rich 
man to enter the kingdom of heaven as it is for 
a camel to pass througli the eve of a needle. 

We have no more sympathy for a selfish, av- 
aricious mockery of piety under the title of holy 
Christianity than have the infidels. No, it is 
something we are deeply sorry for, regret too 
seriously, to pass by with simply ridicule and 
jesting. We believe it ought to be denounced 
m the strongest terms of our language, and 
ade pale-faced in the sight of many pure and 
noble examples of meek, humble, honest, and 
charitable professors of the religion of Jesus 

That evangelist, Brother D. B. Gibson, 
pent several days in Lanark the last week in 
December. He preached to ua several discours- 
es, and did his part towards furthering the peo- 
ple on their journey heavenward. Brother 
Gibson ha^ been from home nearly four months, 
preached about one hundred times and beheld 
upwards of fifty unite with the church. He 
may well return to his Brethren and fell them 
what the Lord did by his hand. Acts 14: 27. 
Come Bfeain, Brother Daniel. 

they had formerly been, for when Ihey saw the 

were pleased with several of the ceremoni 
that were used in the worship of the heathen 
deities, and did not hesitate to adopt them into 
the service of the true God, and add them as 
ornaments to the rites which they had received 
by divine appoiutmeuts. 

"Well, ' H'lys a friend, if we uhe the "Interna- r"''^^*^ '■'*^^ '^^ ^^^ Greeks and Romans, they 
tional Lesson," and 1 wish to go to a Presbyte- 
rian Hchool, I will have the same lesson." Has 
the iVesbjteriau le-ssou something not found in 
the Bible? "No; the lesson was taken from the 
Bible." Then if you take your Bible and go to 
the Presbyterian school, will you not have the 
satih- lesson? Does the lesson become brtler 
because it is printed ou n slip of paper apart 
from tile Book? "0 but it is the conimeuta I 
want." he replies. Then it is not so much what 
is in the Bible that you are after as somebody's 
tomtiicnts! The comments on the lesson by a 
Brother would perhaps dilTer very much from 
the comments of a Presbyterian; so instead of 
confining your researches to /<(c/s, you fly oft" 
into oiiiniong. Nine-tenths of the comments 
in our present system of t*iirhing. is, "I think,' 
"my opinion is, &c. How rare w.- hear, either 
from pupils or teachers, what they kncu); but 
an through the hour we hear 'I think it means, 

On the first day of the present year the 
church in Lanark met iu council. There was a 
large attendance, and considerable interest in 
the labors. Brethren Matlin Mejer and D^n- 
I'l Fry were present by invitation to assist the 
tmrch. By counsel of the church Brother J. 
II. Moore wa-t ordained, and another minister 
re-iuired to do additional work in the ministry. 
Ou the next dny .liiain met to continue church 
work. T«vo Brethren were chosen to serve as 
deacons and one to jproAch the Word. Those 
eho5en deacons are W. U. Herrington and Ly- 
man F. Eby. May grace be given all to do the 
work of the Lord insn acceptable manner. 

Brothek Harper, of Missouri, preached in 
Lanark December 26tb and 30tb. His last dis- 
course was based on the second chapter of Dan- 
iel, and was listened to by a full house. Broth- 
er H. is about seventy years old, and handles 
the word with ability. A man who has seen 
much of this world, having been a seaman and 
a soldier, he dra vs bucIi illustrations that even 
thedullest raindcan comprehend. The universal 
regret is that he left so soon. It is the "sound 
doctrine" which strengthens the soul, and we 
hope Brother H. may live to come thi 
and refresh us again. 


BKoiiiEii D. M. Miller isd.termined that the 
eii(iiiiis« of Christ shall not prevail. He com- 
menced raeetinj in Valton, Wis , Dec. 24th, 
and it soon Ijecame apiiarent that the Lord has 
H people there and would call them out by Ihe 
hand ofUrother Miller. The manileatation of 
divine power uroustd Ihe enemies of Christ, and 
the doors of the houses were closed so that 
public meelincs were about to cease, when the 
ileaoccnred to Brother M. that he would pur- 
chase a house, and thus out-general the ene- 
mies. This he dill, and now he is nightly 
l.reiiching to crowded houses, with a fair pros 
pect of building up a church there. O for ten 
tho.nand such worker,! Would to Qod we 
could he with him! Ine Lord bless and aus- 
tain hini. 

Sometimes we think we have not much to 
fear from infidelity because much of its work is 
to expose a false theory of Christianity, and its 
hypocritical adherents. Ingersoll cannot cry 
against popery, priestcraft, human slavery, and 
war too much. We can unite with him in gen- 
eral thanksgiving when we see the walls of in- 
quisitions fail, when we see cruelty and injus- 
tice banished and the instruments of tortur, 
and death destroyed. 

Mr. Ingersoll nest denies that God has the 
right to dispose of man in any way he may because man is the property of Gcs). He 
says, "suppose I take this book and change it 
immediately into a servient being. Would I 
have the right to torture it because I made it?" 
Let us look at this supposition. Are the cir- 
cumstances of Ingersoll changing a book, and 
Qod creating man similar? In the formation 
of man, Qod used what was his own by creation, 
but Mr. [. finally reaches a point where be 4or- 
roKs from nature the elements out of which he 
forms his servient being. The two cases are 
not at all aualogousj^their dissimilarity may be 
•lluslrated in this way: A owns a building and 
B borrows— rents— it. Now who would say 
that A and B have the same or equal right to 
changeordisposeof this building? So with the 
hook. The book in reality did not belong to In- 
gersoll- he only had it borrowed; and just as 
little right as B, the borrower, has to change 
or dispose of A's, the owner's property, so little 
right has Mr. I. to change or dispose of the 
hook as he jdeases. 

In the second place Mr. I. makes a wrong im- 
pression when he ask", "would I have a right 
.0 torhny it because [ made it." lie insinuates 
that God made man simply to "torture" him, 
and that there is no way for man to escape this 
torture. Here he forgets all about the atoiie- 
nient which a few moments ago he waa ridicul- 
I'lg "God* ' * will have all men to he eaved^ 
and come nnto the knowledge of the triitti." 

THK BJii;rilKKN ^'r avokk.. 


f propi- 

"Iq ihis wtts manifested the love of God toward 
us. because tbat Gud sent his only bt-gotten Si^n 
into the world, (hat we miRht live thnnjgli hmr 
• • • God * • • sent hia Son to be the 
ati<m for our siih " 

We next read from Mr. logerBoU as follows: 
"Dojoukiiow uobiidy wduld have had au 
id^a of hell in (liis nurld it it hadn't been for 
the Tolcimoes? Thi*y were looked upon 
aa chimnieB of lieli. The idea of hell 
would UBver hare polluted the imay- 
inatioQ but for th'-m" U this true? Uuve 
children uo id»a of Hell uutil they study geog 
rapliy aud learu that lu cerl«iu pi ices on the 
globe there are mountains out of which is^ue 
burning lava? h it true, dear rfader, that the 
firi-t thought you had ot ihe punishment of the 
wicked in htU you got fiom what you learned 
in geography about volcanops? We arj) con- 
tent to let this (inpHtiou dei ide whether Inger- 
aoU's aaserti'm about the origm 'if the idea of 
hell is correct or not. 

Mr. I. npxt denounces thf iilea of hell because 
he seeauo good to be derived from it, aud then 
be goes onm a slraiu ijfsjriiasm as follows: 

"Various reasons are given for punishing tlip 
wicked; first, thah God will vindicate bisinjurid 
majesty. Well, I am gliid of that! Second, He 
will glorify his justice — think of that. Thiid, 
He will show and glorify his grace. Every 
time the oavt-d flhall look upon the damned in 
hell it will cau^e iu them a lively and admiring 
sense of the grace of Gud. Every look upon the 
damned ^vill double the ardor and the joy of the 
saints in heaven. Can (he belii^viug husband 
in htaveu look down upon the torments of the 
unbelieving wife in hell and then feel a thrill of 
joy? That's the old doctrine — uotof ourdays; 
are too civilized for that. Oh! but it is the old 
doctrine that if yon saw your wife in hell — the 
wife you love, who, in your last sickness, nurs- 
ed you, that, perhaps supported you by her 
needle when you were ill; the wife who watched 
by your couch night and day. and held your 
corpse ill her loving arms when you were dead— 
the sight would give YOU gr^at joy, That doc- 
trine is not preacbed to-day. They do not 
preach that the sight would give you joy; but 
they do preach that it will not diminish your 
happineaa. That is the doctrine of every or- 
thodox ministeriu New York, aud I repeat that 
I have no re.tpect for men who preach such doc- 
trines. The sights of the torments of the 
damned in hell will increase the ecstasy of th" 
saints forever! On this principle a man never 
eiijoya a good dinner so much as when a fellow- 
creature is dying of famine before his eyes or 
he never enjoys the cheerful warmth of his own 
fireside so greatly as when a poor and abandon- 
ed wretch is dying on his doorstep. The sainta 
enjoy the ecsta-y and the groans of the tor- 
mented are music to them." 

What are Ingersoll's reaaona against God 
punishing to vindicate his majesty? It is, 
"Well I am glad of that." And what are bis 
reasons for believing that it ia not done to 2I0- 
rify his justice? Simply, "Think of that." 

All the talk about the husband looking 
down upon his wife in hell— the wife who had 
nursed him in sickneaa, who bad watched by 
him night and day and held his corpse in her 
loving embrace, is done for eil'tct. But when 
we reflect for a moment and consider that no 
wife who had such a devotion to her husband, 
as that mentioned— whose whole soul was love, 
who knew nothing but mercy, when we reflect 
upon auch a character, we remember upon such 
a blessing ia pronounced. "Blessed are the 
merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." 

^. call- fur pauiphlfl-^ tor .af. , ^ 

free distribution, and as the fund for that pur- , "lljIStOrU Ot tl|C tj lj|U|r ClJ, 

pose has been exhausted we cannot supply the " .-,;... 

deiuaud. O for the thousands of (lennies spent 

for carnal gratifications! What a vast amount 

of good might be done if the wasted pennies 

Were gathered to sow the go<d sped where 

preachers ctinoot go! We thall continue to 

pray God to move the henrts of his people to 

use their blessed priviligts to indue* siuuers to 

lorsdke error and accpt truth. 



[Hi M M lbau.111 

The civil staU of the icortd nt Christ's appear- 

Some are still calliuu for ci-edit. . To such 
we again fay our terina are cash. Agents have 
sixty days in which to collect, aud remit. We 
wish to impress our renders with the fact thut 
we kept 'Poor Trust" in our itVice for over 
three years, and be took so miiuy liberties that 
we Were obliged to turn him out. We lost 
hundreds of dollara by hira. He is n poor fliiin 
cier, and if kept \ery long in any busiuei-s es- 
tablishment, will eat up IM very life. There- 
fore do not ask ua to take biiu in again, for we 
uill niA The paper makers aud printers have 
not yet agreed to work lor us gratuitously. 
When they do, \vc will ugum consider the pro- 
priety of doing something for "Poor TniMi." 
We believe, however, that the sooner bo begius 
to "p.iy as he goes" the better for him and all 
the people. 

What i-*a man, who ha^ b<?eu made free in 
Christ, to declare? Dare he declare the Bible, 
and the Bible only, a^ his creed? He ilare. 
Dare hestundout boldly as a lover ol whati?* 
n the Bihlr^ Certainly ! Can he contend on- 
ly for the ordinances of Christ Jeaus, and re- 
fuse all others? He can; but he may sometim>'s 
feel the ueed of company: he will get lonesome 
at times, for few will endure souud doctrine. 

Suri'oep. a man tells a tie about me, and then 
asks "Why do you contradict it?" What have 
/ to do with it? Take care of your own off- 
spring! whistle off your own dogs! "But m-'u 
will believe it." Quite likely; they that love 
lies will believe lies; but the jiulgraent day 
will settle all such matters, and it may not be 
long to wait. Meanwhi e, those who hatch or 
diitseminate untruths are bound to take care of 
their own live stock; they are responsible for 
all damages, and the longer they defer the set- 
tlement the heavier the bill will be. — Sel. 


Wk have received another supply of "Uu; 
Almnuac" from Bro. Kurtz. Price, ten cents, or 
$1.00 per dozen. 

"Salvation By Grace" — A new Tract, just 
out. Price 50 centa a hundred. This is the 
time of the year to scatter Tracts. 

Bhother John Wise is General Agent for 
the Bkkturen At Work and Tract Society, 
aud will attend to busiuess for us wherever he 

CoBKKSroNngsoK for the -'Gospel Sacceaa' 
column must be brief, stating only the facts in 
the case. Letters put into the mail on Mon- 
day or Tuesday will reach us in time for pub- 
lication the same week. We extend thanks to 
to those who take an interest in this column, 
and invite many others to lissist in the work. 
Read Luke 1: 1-1 and then Acts 2: 41. 

Pek&ons acquainted with one of the editors 
ana not with the others, frequently send arti- 
cles lor the paper, orders for book-<, or subscrip- 
tion list*! to the editor they know, and not to 
the Bhethren at Work. In this way our 
business is detained aud a response unavoidably 
delayed, because it tery often happens that 
the editor to whom the letter was addressed ia 
away from the office at the time the letter ia 
received. We wish to be prompt — "diligent in 
business" — and allow nothing to drag, hence 
urge ail to heed regulation. 

IIkv. C. Monjeau is chaplain of the Topeka 
Capital Guards and pastor of the First Baptist 
Church at Topeka, so to combine hie military 
and clerical dulies, on next Sundy morning the 
(iuards will meet at the armory and will march, 
fully uniformed and equipped, to the Baptist 
church, led by their band in full uniform and 
playing suitable airs. At the church the band 
will furnish the music lor the services, and the 
chaplain will preach to the guards and the con- 
sregatiou. This is an innovation on our time 
honored style of church services. 

NrMiiEit one of the Piimitii'e Christimt is be- 
fore us in its new form. It presents a neat and 
attractive appearance, manifesting thrift and 
enterprise, and this we are glad to aee. It con- 
tains a "Western. Departmeut" which is edited 
bv Bro It. tl. Miller. Bm. Miller ia a good writ- 
er, and we shall be pleased to clip from the 7'. C. 
such ol his articles as may be calculated to in- 
struct, edify and unify the general brotherhood- 
In his "Inaugural" he says: 

"Our obji'ct will be to awaken a more unit«d 
effort, to sustain and carry out every truth and 
principle of the Gospel; to get more harmony, 
life and power to work in the church for its 
peace and prosperity, and to gut a more general 
knowledge uf the principles maintained by our 
brotherhood. l''or this purpose w.- will give 
some nrtic,l«« we have prepared in defense of 
our princip!e3,onr order of church government, 
noH-cuntbnuity.tbevriieGospol missionary work 
and as there are many youug persons hetonging 
to the church, we shall give some articles for 
their special benefit. We also expect to give 
the principles and teaching of thw Scripture on 
a'l topics of general interest that come up in the 
brotherhood. because we believe it to be the duty 
of our i>aper to be a teacher and guardian of the 
interests of both brethren and sistenn on every 
subject, and in every department ot their call- 
inp. which pertains to their chriatiin charact'*r 
and general welfare. 

I^HE greater part of the world wa.i suhj-ct to 
the Roman empire when the bjihe of Beth- 
lehem ninde its appearance. The people had 
l)eftn "reduced to a state of servile submission 
to Augustus Cii-sar. who by artifice, perfidy and 
blood shed," hiid acquired gre;it power over the 
people. The Uonian Senate was under the 
dictum of the emperor; and while a shadow of 
liberty remained, the will of the monarc 
the law. Not with ■*tanding the moiiarchial 
form of gnverunieut. letters and philosophy 
flouriahtd, snd iu many parti of the worid the 
darkest inuorauce was dispelled by the benign 
influence of correct principles. There was but 
little war and tumult at the time of Christ's 
birth. The temple of .Tanus. the god ot war, 
was clond, and the time of .leAus' tidvent into 
the world may well be styVd Thr I'acific Age. 

Th'- religious state of Ihe world at Christ's 
nppea ring. 

All nations except the Jews had respect to a 
number of governing poweis. These they 
called gods, to whom they bowed and worahip- 
ped as their inclinations directed. 

The Grecian gods differed very much from 
those ot Egypt. Thtae differences, however, 
rarely produced war and tli!>seu?tion. Bach 
nation and tribe permitted its neighbors to fol- 
low their own gods. They looked upon the 
world aa a vast empire, divided into states, 
over which a certain kind of divinities presided, 
and that, thiri't'ore, no one could regard 
the otlier's gods with contempt. This is not 
strange when we consider the souref of all 
their gods. 

"The deities of almost all nations were either 
ancient heroes, renowned for noble exploits 
and beneficent deeds, or kings and generals 
who had founded ehipires. or women rendered 
illuatriona by remarkable actions or useful in- 
ventiona. The merit of these dintinguished 
and eminent person?, contemplated by their 
posterity with an enthusiastic gratitude, was 
the reason of their being exalted to celestial 
honors. The naural world furnished another 
kind ot deities, who were added to these by 
some nations; and as the eun, moon, aud stars, 
ahine forth with lustre superior to that of all 
other material beings, so it is certain that they 
particularly attracted the attention of mankind, 
aud received religious homage from almost all 

From these beings which seemed nobler than 
others, idolatry descended, and inferior powers 
multiplied quite rapidly; so that in not a few 
countries, trees, mountains, the sea. the earth, 
the winds, and even virtues and vices, had their 
altars, around which gathered zealous and de- 
vout workers. Sacrifices were offnred to these 
gods; and ceremonies were not unfrcquently ab- 
surd, cruel, and obscene. 

In connection with this general worship, the 
Greeks and some of the eastern nations had 
what was called mt/^terieH. This was a sort of 
Kecretiam, and only a few were permitted to 
enter these iiiijuteries, and that only after 
passing through various triala and ceremonies 
of the most disagreeable kind. "These secrets 
were kept iu the strictest the initiated 
could not reveal anything that passed on those 
occasions, without exposing their lives to the 
most imminent danger," This accounts for 
the reason that so little is known of those hid- 
den rites. 

From these considerations it ia not strange 
that vice and immortality prevailed so gener- 
ally. There were, however, exceptions to the 
rule: and here and there a Grecian philosopher 
would loom up and present some beautiful 
things concerning the nature of the true 0"d, 
and the duties of men. But they were not 
abl'} to reveal the truth, because their beautiful 
things were mixed with the chimerical and the 

Two kinds of philosophy iirevailed when 
Christ appeared, the Grecian and the Oriental, 
The former was known by the simple title, 
"philosophy." the latter afl "science" or^knowl- 
edge." Paul condemns bith: the first in Col. 
2; 8 and the latter in I Tim. 6: 30. Among 

the Grecians was a sect c»ll«i Epicareaiu. who 
maintained that the world came by chanos. 
Pleasure was regarded as the "ultimate end of 
man." and that virtue was not worthy of «»- 
t««'in. Paul met some of this class at Atheai. 
Acts 17: 18, 

From this brief view of the religions condi- 
tion of maukind. the re*Ier may undersUnd 
the wretched state of the Gentile world when 
Christ came to tae earth. Go back there aid 
what infidrliy has done, and aa you vi«w 
isery of that people, arid then turn and 

behold what ChriHianiity ha<i done for us. yoa 
will love your God more and perhaps s^rve him 

Prin< ipLEa arediflcoverd and applied by men, 
not created. 

The comraitte ot Arr«ngpmeuta will mset in 
Mt M-rris. [Iliiiois the 26th insL. to make 
further preparatiom for next Annual Mealing. 

A lot of int«re«ting correspondence is crowd- 
ed out of this issue. Many thanks.dear brethren 
and ftiater^; but please make your article* aa 
short as you can. 

It is perhaps nearer the truth to say that yon 
cannot find thoughU for \ our words than to 
aay you cannot find words to express your 

The ancient Persions taught their children 
only three things, viz: "To manage ahorse, to 
hoot dextrously with the bow, and to speak 
the truth." 

Tina ia leap year, aud Washington's Birth- 
day. Decoration Day, and July 4th come on 
Sunday. P'ebruary begins and ends with San- 
day, and has five Lord's Dajs. 

FoRBios dispatches state that Russia is mak- 
ing extensive preparations for war. Amonn 
the Russian soldiers there is a feeling of an im- 
pending conflict with Aaatria and Germany. 

<iriTK a number of our subscribers rentand 
loo late to gee first numbt^r of this year. These 
we know, will be disapp 'inted. But how can 
it be helped and who will be to blame? We 
printed several hundred txlra copies but they ar« 

An old brother recently s^idtous: "Insed 
tobacco for forty years and spent for that weed 
about S4'iOU. I do not now use it. and am much 
more healthy than when I used it." We give 
this especially for the consideration of theyonng. 
Do not waste your money, but put it where 
you can honor aud glorify the Lord. 

The prospects of securing the Caaael Library 
for Mt. Morris are very good. Thecontractis 
made and all that is needed is for Brethren and 
friends in Northern Illmois and the West to 
raise the money. It is expected to raise the 
rt quired amount by donations. Full particulan 
will be given soon. 

Should not tho^e who have been baptized 
into truth and purity, make greater efforts iu 
true living? Should not more attention be 
given the quality aud quantity of food we us« 
so that the "temple of the Holy Ghost" m«y 
not be defiled? Are not the "goodies" on our 
tables sappiug the foundation of true enjoy- 
meut? __ 

Wk call special attention to Brother Landon 
West's communication. We believe that if this 
matter be left to children and young people, 
that enough to build a house for the Brethren 
iu Denmark will soon be forth-coming. We 
will consult the Lord about this matter, and 
then say more about it in another issue. 

Will our agents please accept our heartfelt 
thanks for their labor, iu behalf of the Bbetb- 
BEN at Work. You have been diligent in 
business, and earnest iu performing what your 
hands found to do. "God is not unrighteous to 
forget your work and labors of love."— Heb. 6: 
10. Will you atill continue to do what yoa 
canto extend the circulation of the paper? 

The BitplistlFhg thinks it is "astonishing" 
how Bible critics overlook the "fact" that J«k 
siis washed his disciples" feet at the house of 
Simon iu Bethany. -.Just as if that, if it were 
a f^'Jt, would bfl a gool reason to refuse to obey 
the Lord Jesus. Honest Bible critics leave 
teet-washiug just where: the Holy Spirit and 
Christ placed .it, vij',.:liu the upper room in Je- 
rusalem, and all the'twistmg of the disobedient 
cannot get out. Chri-'t put it in the public as- 
i v>mbly, and no man c»u take it cut- 

Haute and ^antiig., lovoyour WU.M. Wivea. itiilnnll >. 
wIvM imto yuitr own bu-itjiinits. Chllilren. obey 
joar p»re[it», FallnTa, pruvok<i nut your cliildren lo 
WTkth. liiit brtiitf ilK-rn up In th<^ nurture ami iid- 
monUion uf ttii* l.'iid. a<-rviiiita, l>e ol)e<]l<'iit lo 
tbem thHl ;ir>- y.pui itiju<u-n«.— I'Aur- 


1 nm renting for II rrtoment 

"Ifi tl.i-briMil I.JVuiMtuf Hh-r 
For my lu-art )» tt>'rii1iK wearj 

WKIi tlit< clumor .ind tlif! fltrrfc; 
i^OokiriK liitcliwnrd tliixinKh tlii! tacgled 

Mit/<-N tliiit my ff'ft liave ccimu, 
I.oukiiitt fiirwjiril fur tlii.-glJniiner 

Of t)i<- (golden hgMn attiomc; 

Tlirough n grc^ii uitd jilcasunt valley, 

I'll a sU-op and Ttiggail hill; 
Ttiroiigh'n hot find nrld dCHfrt. 

Uy n Hwwl iirid !«i)v<T rill; 
,Si;raiiil>linj( uvT tlun'iiy lii>dg(^ 

Mri-l(.'lilii|{i>vi'r ili»wiTy pliilna. 
Witli II tDLK'lt ot Ijliiiding Bunllglil 

And II diiHli uf cDUliiig ritfoH; 

J'lioiiKlt IIii-hIoukIih of dr-rp dcMiioiidi'iice, 

TliiotiKli riic nvvcltiiiK tidf uf grief. 
U'itlj II UnU- wliJHj'i'M-d L'urnfiirt. 

All'! .lUnif. kind i.'Iirl; 
In ui-iitiii ii'.d in .1 Iimj'i'Sl, , 
XoM' II Joy mid now n (Mro, 
And ;i lUlIc ti'iirfiil Uingiug 
At Itic (folilen oar uf i)ray(T; 

Wirli ii Ki'tting. and n giving. 

And 11 lii4t^ of IranNfcnt )»lisFi, 

And tlic houI'm inccsaiiiit ycaniing 

Tor II Noiiii' tiling rnortUlian tliiK; 

So wt' pilK'iHtM tliri'iid llie journey 

Willi 11 ui'iik and wlcf intent, 

Wlillp(iod*» nngelfl kocp'llie rcfurd 

Of farli diiy's accomplUlinifnt. 

■ ' ' r, noane«'i wor.ld cmih^ down litre with a 
bi;: 'jiid uf tobiico in hi> inoutti." 

'title nbut the door in bin fjCf, leavjug the 
good man to the mercy of the rain and to hia 
own reflecttons. 


SAY t 

them ovff a go )d manj tirae?. until you 
can remt'ml»er them, aud the order in 
which they are gireu: Adam, Enoch, Al>rahani. 
Solomon, Christ, John, liepf-at tbem again, 
aud then Jeam the following bit of Bible chro- 

I i-rom the time Adam waa created until 
the time Enoch was trauBlated was a Ihouaaud 

2. From the time Knoch was translated un 
til the time Abraham was born waa a thousand 

3. From the time .\brabam waa born until 
the time Sulomon dediL^ated III-^ temple was a 
thoufland years. 

4. From the time Solomon dedicated the 
temple until the time Christ wa« bora wa% a 
thousand years. 

5. From the time Christ was ^orn until the 
time John died was a hundred vtara. 

Thus is the Bible history of f-rty-onehiiiidred 
years divided. — Kimi H'ords, ^ 

all tiiiitiKjl f^rvic- i* a litu-i of tn^k work. »uA 
liff? il^if uold and cbeerl«a. Absence of duty, 
however strong, is not Htifticieut. A dr-termiu- 
ation to do just what one is obliged to do in the 
thon^aud little cAres of domestic life overtaak^ 
the conscience, and leaves little room for the 
culture o( the aflVetions. They ma? be cher- 
i^hi^d directly by little alteutionsand kinduesa^s 
which feed tbem; iudirectly, by avoiding wliat- 
evcr drinks up their life, viz.: seeking pleasure 
abroad, apart from the family; self-indulgence; 
loo absorbing pursuit of wealth or honor; any- 
thing and everything which hufi a tendency to 

Drrattir^ Alii/inina. 




i' Hon, " Hjid his uiuilier, to a JiaxeU' 
haired boy, iivoyeanf old, who wu"* try- 
ing to rub out Home puncil-uuirki^ ho bad made 
on papiT. "My son, do you not know tliat God 
writes down all you do in n book? XIu writer 
every naughty word, every diiobedieut apt, 
every lime yoti indulge in temper, and shake 
your shoulder, or ]>out your lips; and, my boy, 
yon can never rub it out." 

The little boy's face grew very red, and in a 
moment tearin ran down his checko. Hia moth- 
er lookt'd earm?,itly nt him, but she snid nothing 
more. At Iniigth hii came ^oft]y to her itide, 
threw* his arms around Jier neck, aud whisper- 
ed, "Uun the blood of Jman rub it out?" 

lJ>-ar children, Christ's blood can rub out the 
record of your sins, for it is written in God's 
holy Word, "The blood ot Jesus Christ, his 
Son.cletuiseth us from alt xin.''' 


line wish to say a word to yoii, young Indies, 

If about your intluence over you»g men. 

Did you over realize that you could have any 

iiitluence over them? We believe that iiyoung 

lady, by her constant, eoiiNisteut, Christian 

example, may exert an untold power. Vou do 

not know the i-ea|)fct,, and almost wgraliip, 

which young men, no matter bow wicked they 

may bo UiemaelveM, pi^j- lo a consi-^tent Christian 

lady, bo she young or old. A gintlemiin once 

aaid of olody who boarded ill the same liouse 

wilh hint, that hor life wa-i a constant proof of 

tho truth of tlio Christian religion, Often the 

simple rri|iie«t of a lady will keep a young man 

from doing wrong. We have known this to be 

the cfl'HO very frequent lyf aud yuug men have 

b»en kept from breaki g the Sabbath, from 

drinking, from chewing, just because a lady 

whom they roapectwd. and for whom they had 

nu affection, requested it. A tract given, an 

invitation to go to church, a request that your 

friend would read the Bible daily, will often be 

regai*ded when more powerful appeals from 

other Bources would full unheeded from h 



AMFTHODIST minister, the Kev. Mr. H — , 
WB* a good man, but rough in bis ways, 
mid very fond of tliewing tobacco. 

One day lie w.-w cuuglit in a shower iu Illi- 
nois, aud going to a rude cabin near by, lie 
knocked at tlie door. A sharp-looking old 
dame answered his summons. He asked for 
si I elf er. 

"I don't know y u," slie replied suspiciously. 

'■Remember t'le Scriptures," said the dominie. 

"Be not tirgetful to enterlain etrrfngera, for 
thereby some liave entertained angels una- 
warsB," j 

■ You needn't say that," quickly returned tlit^ | 

UY .J. O, SNYDfiH 

JN order that happineaa may roign supreme 
in our home circles, each member compris- 
ing that circle mu'it h;ive a bf-nevoNut spirit, 
or have a disposition to muke others liappy. 1| 
onfc be heedless of the wishes of others, but 
tenacious of his own gratiticatious, he acts on 
a selfish principle.which can sunder all humani- 
ties. A benevolent spirit wili lead to fiequent 
self-denials for good, and it i^ the coruer- 
dtone on which the happiness of home must 
rest. Everything which will be likely to dis- 
jjlra'^e, if unnecessary, should be avoided. The 
happiness of a day may be destroyed by a sin- 
gle word or action, and its repetition miy keeii 
a family in constant turmoil. Small thing-n 
may embitter life. He who would knowingly 
give unnecessary pain ia wauting in human feel- 
ings. No one that knows himself imafiimw 
tbut he is perfect, even as a social being. Bi- 
needs the forbearance ot others, aud he must 
be willing to extend it to them. To ask per 
fection in others when one has only imperfec- 
tions to give in return, ia not a fair exchange. 
There will often be difference of opinion, but 
there need be no alienation of feeling. Let thy 
judgment lean to the side of charity, and what 
charity cannot cover, let forbearance excuse. 
Be ready to ask forgiveness. Many are too lit- 
tle to do this, but nothing can so stamp one's 
character with the seal of true greatness, as n 
free, open, penitent acknowledgement of a 
wrong. When such spirits are together, 
harmony cannot be broken though the house 
be small. Avoid a spirit of reserve. If charac- 
teristic of a family in their relations to each 
other,] it stops the spontaneous outflowing of 
feeling aud thought; it desolates sympathy, 
(hills affection, and thus breaks (he sweetest 
charms ofhome. An opeuexi)ressiou of thought 
and feeling leads to a wider comparison of 
views, to more intelligent, judgments, and to n 
kuovflodge of one another, which removes dis- 
trust, and iorms the only true basis of mutual 
conlidence aud sympathy. 

Cultivate u relish for useful knowledge. Some 
of the family, at least, have leisure. L^t them 
so use it as to increase the common stock of 
Uuowledge. If a lamiiy dwell only on the rou- 
tine of daily aflairs, or on events of mere 
local importance, their minds will want vigor 
an.l scope. The hour of leisure will drag heav- 
ily; life will pass in a dull monotony, and home 
wiH be wanting in attractiveness. But enlarge 
and elevate the thoughts of the home circle, 
and it will give vigor to the intellect and fresh- 
ness to the feelings. It mil awaken the spirit 
ot inquiry, j)rompt to diliK-'ut reading and 
study, and pour into the daily conversation 
vivacity, variety, aud eltvatid .eutimeut. Let 
young mmds expand, surrounded by h spirit of 
mtelligeace, which readi, which investigates; 
not mere news of the day, but that which is of 
substantial importance— the very kernel of 
truth. It ia dangerous to the happiuess of a 
family, if ita leading memb ts sink into meutul 
slug-ishness. Many a young mind has sought 
low and vicious excitement abroad, for want of 
iiropi^r mental emidoyment at home. 
Lastly, cultivate the social aftectinns. Noth- 


"I.ov^st thou Me'i""— Jolin 21;l 

1' 3. T. DOSSEItM.VN. 

rHEl{£ are various ways in which we can 
manifest our atfection towards one another. 

A peaceful disposition towards ourfeliow-man is 
an attribute to happiuess. Social interviews 
with treiuds are means of promoting our love. 
Not a few make a "dinner" or a "supper" and 
i;i their manner ot feasting is the way only, in 
wliich they can manifest their love and Chri^tiiin 
cnurtesy. Although a "feast'' is not forbidjen 
>et when kindred hearts meet together in a gen- 
eral or a iirivate assi?mbly, there is a means sus- 
'ptible of promoting love, happiness and chris- 
tian courtesy wliile the body may ba made to 
feiist, that of drinking deep in the cup of blissful 
obedience to the conimauds of Jesus and of liv- 
iug in close proximity to the Golden liule, do un- 
to oihers as you would have themdo unto you. 
While the foregoing suggestions nre prolific 
sources uf promoting Chriatiao affection, therd 
isMcom;uand given, unto the Christian for his 
observance, by the voice of inspiration that if 
engaged ia with motivea as pure as the Givers 
will be a true txhibit of our love, bringing our 
h ^^iris toiicther thatuought but dtath can break. 
That command is tlie salutation of the holy kiss, 
nd Cor. 13: 12, Enemies cannot engage in fi\;- 
lernal greeiing ol any kind. Eusaging iu the 
salutation with leelinga of envy, hatred or other 
iipure motives 11, not a A<//y kiss, houce a com- 
mand of Jesus is violated an.l holy tniBt betray- 
ed. The child of Gud renli/mg that no blessing 
will follow theobservftuce ofany command when 
engaged in from impure motives, can lioiieluUy 
rely that Idudred spirits obeying God exhi\(it a 
fnie motive in observing this holy comnuiud. 
Tiim can we exhibit true love and Christian af- 
liectiou. T/im need ive not ask our brother "lov- 
est thou me?" for the net is accepted for the ex- 
pression "I do". "Simon, sonof Jonas, lovest 
thou me'e'' calls fortb from the christian. Some 
minifestation of his love as much to-day as it did 
in the days of Christ's Incarnation. Ifyou love 
me Simon, give me some exhibition of your love. 
"Feed my sheep," and 'Feed my Iambs." Do 
something that all may see that you love Christ 
and his children. "Inasmuch as ye have done 
it unto oue of the least of these my brethren, ye 
have done it unto me." While we may do many 
things towards our brethren as an exhibition of 
our love, where is there a greater than that of 
the salutation of the holy kiss? It is an ex- 
pression of love. It is that token of love the 
lond mother gives her sweet innocent as it lies | 
upon her breast. When the gentry meet each 
other in public or private assembly they ex- 
change thesalutaticiD as au expression of theii 
tender regard. When friends separate one 
from another for distant lands, the thought be- 
fore them that perhaps nevermore they shall 
meet upon earth, how affecting the parting 
scene! Hearts yearning with affection, the 
falliugtew, the pressure of the hand and the 
linale-a salutation of the kiss. If the saluta- 
tion IS thus practiced among friends aud the 
gentry, why not among the children of God? 
Is It not more reasonable they should love oue 
another with pure hearts and exliibit to each 
other a manifestation of that which dwelleth 
the heart? Inasmuch as the salutation of 
the holy kHs IS repeatedly commanded in the 
Bible, should the children of God treat this 
commandment with less retpect than that of 
other commands? Not at all. 

God has instituted all the means of grace 
for the acceptance an.l observance of the Chiis- that he might have all done and be able to 
^tand when all the solemn realities of tlie iu 1^- 
nipiit are before him. 

The ancients also observed the salutation not 
only as a common greeting but upon religious 
occasions. T-rtulIian. Vol, l,p, fit:, )„ reference 

^ ■< ■ J^ 

uers, and as the result of which f.jr about Uyn 
years there was not among us a single divorce?" 
Also ou page 192. Vol. 1. Keligiously fag 
mentions the kiss of peace after prayer, "Hixch 
as are fasting withhold the kiss of peace, which 
IS the seal ot prayer, after prayer made with 
brethren." "So, too, on the day of the paaj. 
over, when the religious observance ot a fast is 
general, and »•* it were public, we justly forego 
the kiss, caring nothing to conceal anything 
which we do in common to all." It was a puK. 
lie manifestation of their love on their relig. 
ions occasions, binding them together in Chrig. 
tian fellowship Thus we see the "holy kiss" 
''kiss of peace," aud "kiss of charity," was ob- 
served as a command of God iu the public as- 
sembly of the saints by the early Christiam, 
and was perpetuated by them, and to-day 
among the children ot God this same token 
"lovest thou me" is given in the observance of 
the salutation. Let us then, my dear followers 
of Jesus, continue to observe this command 
among the "all things," and the "lo I am with 
you always even unto the end" will bo uur 
guide through lile and ultimately land ua safely 
to that home of glory in the bright and glorious 

0n«i §m^ (flass. 

■fhe Worth of Truth tio Tongue Can Tell," 

Tills department is designea for a.skingand an 
iweringqnesliona, drawn 11-om tlie Uil.le. In or 
jer lo promote the Truth, all questions should be 
•met, ami clothed in simple hingiKigL-, We shall 
^sii^ questions to our contriliiilni-s to answer 
-jul thia does not exclude any others writing uton 
the same topic. *^ 

Will someone plotse explain John U: i2Y u 
rends as follows: "Verily verily I say unto yon 
He that believetii onme, the works that 1 do shall 
lie do also; and gieater works than these shall he 
do; because 1 go unto oiy Father." 

Riley Stump. 

WE have heard no less than four explana- 
tions odered as the meaning of this 
verse. The fourth and last was given in the 
Brkthken .\T Work. No, -17, by S. C. Miller 
aud we now give the others: 

Ist. Uy some it is said to mean that the 
diaciples would, alter the Master had gone to 
the Father iu heaven, have a longer time to 
work than he had had, and lor that reason they 
could do more aud greater works than he had 
done, He tilled the mission as the Great Teach- 
er within three years or a Htle more, whil-t 
quite all have much more time to work. 

2J. Others take the view that he meant jusi 
whut he said, aud thar after he had ascended to 
the Father aud the Holy Spirit had come they 
(the diseiples) did actually perform as great and 
greater miracles than the Lord bad done while 
yttwitU them. See Acts 5: 15; 19:ia;iiU:7, 
12; 28: 3, 6. See also Acts 10: U, io; 19:18, 
19; 24: 35; 26: 27, aS. 

3d. There are still others wlio take the view 
that the act of going unto the Father, spoken 
of iu the laat of the verse, was a greater work 
than any which he had yet done, and as he had 
promised to come and take them tn heaven, 
they would also accomplish the same great act 
aud thai would be more and greater to them 
and for them tbim any thing he had yet done. 
i. Our own view is that he meant all these 
combined; that the disciples would have longer 
tiiiie and do greater work; would do many 
things he had not done, and that they, too, 
would be taken to heaven where their nam^s 
were writt'^n; (Luke lU; 20) and this Uit would 
be the greatest of all. See Phil. 3: 11. 

Laniion West. 


■ngcansupply their *«nt. They give to do" totheki.s,sav. "Ir was h cul. T T 

lailuence every burden 

client cheerful, every cal! met. 

» light, e.erv employ. | ""here is that happi„;;,VlWrle"d 'liire"'''"^' 
W ilhout them I desirable, which dis-ingui-h-d our earlier 

Will some brotlurr or sister pleasu give an expla- 
nation cm Mark 9: .|uy It re,ads as follows: "For 
every one shall be salted with lire, and every s.icri- 
(ice shall be salted with salt." 

Isaac SIillbr. 

THIS is somewhat diflScuU. to answer. Salt, 
we know, preserves from corruption,' 
That we are salted with the everlastiue flam' 
ot God s love is no doubt true, Irence our ability 
to walk )u truth. The spirit bums up thosf 
impurities that are in us, hence it is likened 
""'"f !■'■,„ Ti-ken in a literal sense, it is awful 
indeed. The wicked sutler, not being able lo 
■Jl ..'"'H.™ without being consumed; salteJ 
with the fire of hell. If taken literally this is 
Its raeaiiing. But the Savior seems to allude 
to fczekiel, 43:24, where reference is made to 
the sin-oHering. "livery sacrilico shall be salt- 
ed with salt. This had reference to the Chris- 
tian s sacriBce. Where there is a saurifite, 
.somethins batter must result, aud that better 
tbiuK must be preserveil, and the thins which 
preserves, Christ calls "salt." He himself pre- 
serves, hence may well be regaided as the Chris- 
tian s salt. "God is a consuming fire," and fire 
purihes, Ivow, since Qod consumes all dross, 
do not we, when we yield ourselves as tempk-s 
m' ;»' ina^'elliiig, place ourselves in the cruci- 
ble to be salted with tirei' As God is inconsum- 
able, so will all such be who are salted with 
hre. « , B 

Jan- 13 



Jojnuj (wfolL — J^>^ 


From Cornell, 111. 

IMir DiftiirfH.— 
X the 13th of November Bretbreu J, K. 
id Q. W. Gish. of Woodford Coi,nty 
idJoiin Y. Suavely, of McLean Couuty, came 
to assist us in our church :;ouucil. I cau truth- 
fully aay that the brethren Uboredfaithfiitly 
to make things right iu the house of the Lord. 
Brethren and sisters, pray for us that we may 
do better in days to come thau we Iiave iu daya 
that are past. The time won't be iuug umil 
we have to leave this world, and, let us try to 
make our peace and calling and election sure 
before it is too late. N. S. Dale. 

great deal more use than where troui i«^« U) 
I twriity unuiHterit avseuible nt one meetlig 
I Uefr- ih" iwlls aremore thau we cau till; and 
1 there art* jilt-nty of localities h*re in Southwest 
! Missouri or Soutlieru Kunsiw where hundred"* 
of fauiilie<i lOuld settle cl-wr together, huild up 
a church and havf all the i'< uveuiencea of lui 
old country iu a very short timo. Good milU, 
good stiires, and good society, and cheap land 
for all. Amd they will be welcomed by au orih-r 
loving people S Click. 

opi^iiing of the t«rm 
tiouB, we will htivu a 

From prt-S'ut 
full school ilie 
Ella J. Bruubauou 


Fr»ni Landon West. 


From Robinson, Kansas. 

Diar Brethren: — 

) UOrHER W. H. n. Sa^vyerIleld » series of 

meetings in this arm of the Pony Cieek 

Fellowship Witlidrawn. 

liflhren Kililors'. — 

Wiethe Brethren of Yellow River District 
Ind,, met in church council Dec 13th. 
There were present on the occasion three or- 
dained elders. J. H. Swihnrt appeared and 
stated before the church that he wat di'sati>fi.-d 
with the Dunkard Church, that lie had united 
with the orgauizatiou kuowu as ' The Cripfit^s" 
or "Congregational Brethren," and that he 
would withdraw from the church. He bade us 

BUOrHER M'. H. n.Sa\vyer held a series of go >d-bye and leR us in council. The church 
meetings in this arm of the Pony Creek ' Vas now disowned him and holds no fellowship 
church, coiuraenciug December 13th, and cl a- with him. We seul this as ft waruiug to the 
ing Decfmber SiSnd. Notwithstanding the il- \ general Brotherhood, 

Dtar Brtlhrtm — I 

J^Or loug Kinc*) we saw a word from Urothi-r 
lIoi»e of D'-nmark. iu wbu-ii n coojectuD 
\v.,seX|ireaaed, whftherthe Uninrcu uudSisters 
of Aineiica would or would uot aid in building 
a church for the little body beyond the ocean. 
I have seen no more notice of the matter, and 
know uot whether anything ih being done to se- 
cure this wish of the mtrinbers there, or not. 
But I think il can be done. 

Uu last night I atat«d tne facta to my little 
girl.wheu she at once said "I will give one dollar 

sitptoolL-ra word of tender encuura^ement. You 
have bidden a<li-ii li tn-'i ^ ^qi fa^hionn 
of this vain world, you have wipomed the caii«e 
of a crucifitd fV deeraer Now go there into tie 
gard n M O.-'liiem^ine, io thp spirit, behnid the 
Lamb nl (li)d, wr^rtthiny. agou'/.ing. -I'ld bleed- 
ing. Ainl filter Kiltie. I invite yon to ntoop 
' down and wipe away that bleeding pe "piriition, 
[ while your sinter Annie, tender and affect iofiat*>. 
caresses rhat troubled brow; and you, to<j, d.-«r 
uncle iu that moment of di-epest sympathy, offer 
a Hiip of cool watwr for thnt "cup is bitt*r, in- 
deed." Now follow that name Jhhus, see hi* 
arrest, listen to hia mock trial, behold him as 
he plods along the hilUide. 0, how subtnisaive! 
What a lesson of humility, even submitting t« 
a penal death upon the cross! Thix is the co»t 
of our red-'mptiou. Truly, it hag been dearly 
bought. But again I remark, we are glad to 

for it." In axhorttime my little boy (of S years) 

.■anie in when I repeated the same to him, uud ?^« y''" <='"°^- ^"8"'" ''«'« bet" made to r^ 

.H. «..tbn.^™i.... i,,.^ iioflt, »uiL-«,1 u. JO'*:"'! Oh what a glorious lime that must 

have been when your angel brother Sammie 

clemency of the weather, there was a go >d at- 
tendance. Though there were no accesaions to 
our number, we were much atrengtheued in the 
cause, and afriendly feeling wh^ created among 
outsiders. W. A. J.wiEs. 


i "I N a communication from our arm of the 
' J. church in volume 4. No. 50, 8th page, 
there is a mistake in the heading. It should 
read South Solomon Valley Church. Our dis- 
trict has been divided, and what was known as 
the Solomon Valley Church is no more. There 
18 now the South and the North Solomon Val- 
ley churches. The brethren here have recinea- 
ted me to write to you and have you make the 
correction as soon as possible. 

JottiT Fuller 
Potterville, Kan. 

Gf.oroe W. Akmastboct. 
Joseph Pery. 
David Wolf. 
Daklin S. Hale. 
JoBX H.Srllkrh. 
Bourbon, Ind. 

{Primitive Chrislifin, please ropy.) 

From WoQSter Church, Ohio. 

From Huntinglon, Ind. 

PREACHED in the M. E. church in New 
Waverlv Dec. 18. Solicited to return. 
Next at Mexico, where I spent several days 
among brethren and their children, and held 
five meetiogs. Church prosperous; Geo. Brower, 
David Keiffer, .lacob Barnhart and Isaac Fisher 
are the bishops, and Daniel Balsbaugh, Samuel 
Myers and Z. Fisher are the ministers. Thanks 
to all for their kindness. This is December 31st, 
the close of another year. When we commenced 
it, we resolved to do all we [could in the Mas- 
ter's held, but when we look back we see a num- 
ber of mistakes. May the Lord give ub grace 
to commence this year with xeal and resolu- 
tions to do better. We have naught to boast 
of. Traveled 3,201 miles and preached 173 difl- 
eourses — all by the grace of God. 

Samvel Murray. 

Vear Brethren: — 

WE shall commence a series of meetings as 
soon afl convenient after our neighbor- 
ing churches are through with theirs. The 
Chippewa Church has one in progress now. 

The Paradise Sunday-school closed its third 
term last Sunday. It was under the supervision 
of Broiher S. J. King, and Brother Henry 
Hunsberger, assistant. The school, since its 
organization, has been attended with considera- 
ble interest. Average attendance of scholars, 
57, besides viflitors; Number of Children at 
W^rk distributed weekly, 75. A re-orgaui/.a- 
tioa was effected last Sunday by the election of 
Brother Isacc Steel Superintendent, and Broth- 
Aaron He8t;ind, Assistant; other officers were 
retained. Now, that the Wmter season is up- 
on us, and the weather not so favorable for the 
little folks to attend, the question has been 
asked, Shall we change it to a Bible Class or a 
Social Meeting? But a number of the litlle 
folks say if they are permitted a voice in fbi 
matter, they vrill vote for a continuation of the 
Bohool. and we think they should be heard. 
The school being close to the line of the Orr- 
ville Church, some of its members attended 
and did good service. Also Brother Lytle, from 
the same district preached for us an acceptable 
sermon a few days ago. C. Ho'iver. 

he, with outkuowing what had been talked a- 
bout before his comiug iu, said: "I can give a 
dollar or more." 

I wish to call the attention of yuu.brethreu, to 
thi:i matter ;aud if you think it advii^able to open 
a fund for the purpoNtt oi aiding the Danes 
iu erecting a meeting house, we can promino you 
three dollars, and perhaps more, from tl e little 
f ilks of thii part, and they give it free us uir- 
Should YOU wish to make it the fruit of our chil 
dreu'a gift, (and they alone) to the cause of oui 
Ma.ster. you can do bo. for I feel they will 
most reidily do it Besides, if we want the siic- 
ceediug generation to be liberal, to aid in any 
good work, that spirit must be cultivated while 
young. Who would uot feel to thauk God for 
the Gospel, when he would thiuk that the first 
and only house of worship, he had in liis nation 
was the gift of the little ones far away, who had 
alt been taught to love Jesus and who all felt 
that they,too, should do something to the honor 
of his name and for the happiness of his people? 
I have not yet began my mission work for the 
winter but am to start on the 'iiHh for a winter 
term. I go first to Clermont Co., , and after 
that into districts ou the Miami. Pray for ub 
and the rooA work. 

hertlded the joyful news to the angelic hosts 
of heaven that papa has come; yes 8ist«r Annie 
and Katie have come, too. Methinks I can 
hear his lisping aceenUi, wben he notifiea the 
choristers in that far away home to ring the 
bells of heaven. How vitally important it is 
that we should all give heed to the doctnne, 
wheu even the liosti of benven manifest such ft 
great coucern about us. Dearly beloved in the 
Lord, let us all watch and pray that we mi; 
not be found wanting wheu the summon 

Enclosed I send you a ffW subscribers for 
your much esteemed paper. I am receiving al- 
most all the Brethren's periodicals, but I can> 
uot think of stopping my Brethren at Wont. 
Yours in the bonds of peace, 

B. F. Foreman. 

From Upton, Pennsylvania. 

The Western Home Missionary Socetly. 


From Huntingdon, Pa. 

TO-DAY we met in the chapel at 9 o'clock 
for Sabbath-achool, as uBual. The school 
was not as large this morning as it was on 
Thursday morning wheu wa met to distribute 
:„;::: grT^rwoTkir^brpUcTi; the m, Cb,ist.a,.^f,. which w. had .or 
uoing, a grsav «u ■ I the children, yet, considering the cold weath- 

er and the thin clothing worn by some, there 
were quite a number out. O that some parents 
did appreciate more fully their duty to their 
children! After consuming the usual time 
I about an hour and a quarter ) with the children, 
they were dismissed, and we were seated, ready 
for the services of the day. Brother CJuinter 
preached an interesting discourse from the lat- 
ter part of the 14th chapter of Matthew, 'Me- 
suB walking on the sea." He told us thatthingn 
that might be considered impossible. Christ 
has made possible. Not only was it possible 
for Christ to walk on the water, but also for 

This evening we again went to the iilace of 
worehip. Brother H, B. B. spoke from the 
words, "Bring forth the best robe and put it on 
him." These words are found in the 22ni 
verse of the loth chapter of Luke. He told us 
that the hexl robe was the robe of righteoua- 
ness; that it is the best one because of its cost, 
lU durability, and its adaptation to all times 
and circumstances, and advisei nil to don it. 

Br.-ther W. J. Swigart, our other minister, 
weutdown to Maitland, in the I try Valley Con- 
gregation to visit his »micted lather, who is 
some better now. 

The most of our studenU are at their homes, 
enjoying, we hope, their vacation, We shall 
^ladly welcome them buck, for their i- esenre 
cheers and encourages us. Some new students 
have been here for ueferal days awaiting the 

A Silent Worker. 

BROTHER R. H, Miller's work, The Doc- 
trine of the Brethren Defended, has done, 
and is still 

has convinced some, and goes ou convincing 
others, that the doctrine taught and practiced 
by the Brethren is iu perfect harmony with 
Christ and the apostles. It makes people "read 
the Scriptures;" and the more they become ac- 
quainted with the word of God, the more they 
are convinced that the Brethren occupy safe 
ground. Many say they have been long in 
darkness, hut light has now appeared unto 
them, and they are now ready to imitate Jesus, 
walk in his steps. May the God of grace bless 
them with us iu our endeavor to understand 
and enjoy the benefits of his glorious gospel. 
Marv C. Norman. 
Sharon, Minn. 

Too Thick To Thrive. 

WE notice in number 50, volume 4, a short 
article from the pen of Brother I J Ros- 
enberger, giving alittleof his experience, among 
some of the large churches iu the Miami Val 
ley, how they were crowded at their Love-feasb; 
and BU.'gest-, as a remedy, that several cliurcl 
by mutual consent, have their feasts on the same 
diy Now we think wecan suggest apian that 
vv'mild tend more to the glory of God and the 
building up of the Savior's kingdom. Ourprop- 
.Hitionistliatsomeof the staunch old pillar. 
ui those large ehurches form a colony of young 
l.rHtlireii and sisters and emigrate to some ot 
, ,nr Western States where they would have am- 
ple room to spread the doctrine and be of a 

Dctir Brethren;— 

ABSENT, though not forgotten. How my 
memory clings to the many incidents,which 
transpired in and around the dear old town o' 
Lanark during my Bojourn among you! Per- 
hapi it would not be appropriate to use the term 
"old" when writing about your town, but you 
know there is always something endearing to 
that expresnon, when applied to things we love 
aod cherish. I would be doing injustice to my 
own convictions if 1 were to speak in any other 
terms, but those of love and joy and peace. Oh 
what aconsolation that I can say with Jtsiia — 
just shortly before he took his final departure 
from his disciplea,— "Peace I leave with you;my 
peace I give unto you." — John 14:37 

Though absent in body my spirit is often with 
you. and while my right arm embraces Brother 
Matthew my left encircles Brother John, while 
at the same time the one hand presses softly 
the kind hand of Brother Stephen, the other 
points upward and onward toward the far away 
city of God,— consoling thought, indeed! But 
oh 1 when shall we meet again, meet ne'er to 
■Sever y I would love to dwell upon this beauti 
theme nf Heaven, but I fear my article will be- 
come too lengthy. 1 intended to tell you of the 
glorious results of a series of meetings just cksed 
io our district at the Upton and Brandt's meet- 
ing houses, conducted by Bro. Silas Hoover. 
On tne evening of the i:Uh of Dec. he opened 
the meeting, preaching morning and evening, 
until yesterday (Christmas) noon, the everlast- 
ing truths of Jesus, cutting to the right and to 
the left, faring none, but with a heart full uf 
love for the cause he has espoused, and cling- 
ing close to the cross of a bleeding and crucifi- 
ed Redeemer, he went forth with the gospel 
sickle in hand, and oh blessed happy thought! 
soon repentant sinners began to fall, untd 
twelve new names were enrolled among 
the redeemed and simctified. Among this num- 
ber are some who stood for many years, wan- 
dering and doubting, apparently unable to 
shake off the shackles of sin and Satan, yet 
their desires and sympathies were with the 
church, and no sooner had they made the con- 
fession and performed their part, than tliey 
manifested a regret that they had deferred this 
all importitat matter until such a late (wriod 
in life. ■ 

To you all, dear brethren and sisters, we bid 
you a h*rty welcome prompting you to the 
cross, and to Jeius our elder Brother, Savior, 
and Mediator, who is continually pleading 
with the great I Am. in our behalf for «ur 
many impertections and short comiutis To 
my dear uncle aud.two cousins I especially de- 

ROrilER J. P. Moomaw on page 4, No. 
40 of U. AT W , iilttT referring to the city 
and other missions of the Brethren, and stating 
the urgent calls made in the far West for breth- 
ren to come and preach, asks, "Will not some 
brother ({ivea plan for the frontier missions?" 
The numerous calls made upon OB in the. 
far West press heavily upon ub so that it 
seems something must be doue or some plan 
must be adopted by which these calls may be 
more fully met. Therefore, we, the brethren 
of the White Rock Congregation have adopted 
the following plan: 

1st. A committee of six brethren have been 
appointed to control the business of the Soci- 
ety-*-one to act as treasurer, one as clerk, one 
as Bolicitiog agent, and three others to act tn 
connection as directors in appropriating the 
funds raised for the purposes of the Society. 
The object of the Society is to fill the calls 
in isolated places and among scattered members 
in the far West. 

The plan of the Society is subject to such 
changes or amendments from time to time as 
may be necessary to adapt it more fully to ac- 
complish the very important object to be at- 
tained. Jame5 L Switzer. 

[The following certificates have been sent to 
us for publication, so that brethren may know 
that the work is being done by churches.— 
Ens. I 


"We, the Brethren of Pony Creek District, 
Brown County, Kansas, in council assembled, 
hereby certify that we heartily approve of the 
missionary work in which the "Western Home 
Missionary Society" is engaged, and we do not 
hesitate to say it is a work that is necess*ry 
and commendable, and we believe will be the 
means of doing much good in bailding up the 
church iu the far West. We, therefore, here- 
by cheerfully recommend Brother Switzer and 
the missiou to the favorable consideration of 

the brethren every where." 
Signed, Jonatbak J. Lichtv, Daniel A. 

Li'HTv, E. Berkley. W.H. Mibsek, Wu. M. 

LnHTY, anda number of others representing 

the meeting. 


"We, the brethren of the White Rock Con- 
gregation, Jewell County, Kansas. hereby ccrti- 
ly that Elder James Switzer has been dnly ap- 
pointed by the Western Home Missionary 
Society to act as their soliciting agent through- 
out the Brotherhood, and we recommend him 
ani '•'■' uii-'Jinn to their prayerful considera- 

Qeobok Dbtbick, i 
Lawrence Garmas, [ Committee. 
Hbvry Wyl.vnd. » 

Wave Gkibb, Treas. 
Georce Detril*, Clerk 

Fear Qod, and koep his commandmenta, for 
this is the wholfr duty of maai. 

(fjo^pel ^orccss. 

>^ND thfv tb»t be wlBf oltHll ehlne " /"* 
bTtpMiiPMof tli<-llnjium<iit:ari(l tl.t-y tlial turn 
DM.y(«"^«''"'' """**"' "' ^^^ '^" forever and 
»^« — Dwi. la;'. ^ 

Oreaay CreDk, Va.— Two more have been 
Kwiv^A iiiU> f-^llowdhip in our conKrogatiow, 
and others "ulHiriHt p'-rHua-ied." C. D. H. 

Middle River Church, Va— We report from 
her" twf. young distant ba|itiW-'d on Tu-ndny th*' 
30ihori>.'c. Lkti GAHBEa. 

Nevada Mo — At the Love-f-ast here four 
pnci'ii" HOuI« made tlie good cnntemnn and 
were burit-d in the clear w«t#r9 of Odar Creek. 
S. Click. 
Panther Creek. Iowa —Our church is in a 
pro^perouH condition. Kotir came out to nerve 
the Lord in November. Wa hhve cold weather 
at |.r(^.'nt. H-alth pood. I- Mykrs- 

From Bro. Hoover — Since my IflHt report I 
cooducM a tien-sof mec'tinKit in Frimklin Co, 
P*.., which re«iilti-d in twelve additions to Ih-^ 
church. One of tliem was « deacon in the Ger- 
man Itftfornied Cl't.rch f.)r some years.. 

Ryorson'B Station, Ohio.— Held meetint; here 
one week. KivH additions by baptiam— all young 
pomoi-a. Am now in Green Spring*, snd will 
remain on« week, John Wise. 

Clifton Mills, W. Va^Our church met in 
council on ttic 2')th. One wb« reclaimed. The 
m'-etiiiK iifiH^ed iff pleasantly and union of feel- 
ing ftented to jirevuil. J. M. HiDKN III 

Berlin, Pa —We huvo a seriea of nieetingfl in 
prfigr*«» at the Kimniel church- Brethreu H. 
R, Hnlsinger and Ueer preached the word in 
iti primitive purity. Five precious soula were 
miifle willing to turn to the Lord and were bu- 
ried with ChriHt in biiptifim. B. M. 

Salem. Ill— Our church in in a pro^peroup 
con'lition. (("cently oor home rainiBters have 
Ci'i>dMt'ti'd a H' res of mpetiiign, and as a • " 
four precious '■ouIm were addtd to the cliurch by 
baptium, and the members were mucli tditied. 
To Qud may all the praise be given. 

J. F. Nbhbb. 
Norton Co.. Kan —We are having very cold 
weather — riglit degrees below zero but no snow. 
The members all seem to lie cheerful and alive 
in the Uaiter'e cause. Bro. E. J. Strayer in 
Very low with i:onHumption. We expect to 
hold a lovefenttt with him. N. C. WoRSUAlf. 

Roseville, Ind —Brother Lewis KinBey and 
1 left hniiie Nov, 3rd, on a mission ami re- 
turned Dec. 18th, having been from home over 
lii weeks. During this time we held aixty- 
three meetings, preached where the BrethreQ's 
dofitrine wai* unknown, baptized four, restored 
ODS, held two conimnnion meetings, the first 
one near Shoalu, the secund in Pike county. By 
the grace of Qod we tried to sow the good seed, 
which we hope will eventually grow to harvest. 
Isaac CnirE. 
From Jesse Cfllvert.— Arrived at South Bend, 
lodiuDD, December »th, and commenced meet- 
ings; continued until the 22iid- Thirty were 
added by baptiani, and one restored. Had a 
commiiuion, and it was a feast indenl At 
feet-washing, the one that wtu-fhed also vriped, 
and during this exercise the supper, bread and 
wine were on the table. (Jood order, and all 
Beemed to enji.y the meeting. Two brethrt^n 
were recently chosen tu tht mini.'^try in this 
ohurcb, and it ia in a prosperous condition. 

Brlnghnrst, Ind —Love and union prevails 
here as far m I know. Occa.sioually one leaves 
the camp of sin. and joins in with the people of 
Qod. Brother Branson canity to us Dec 17th, 
and is holding forth the word with humble 
boldness to 1 urge congregations. He will per- 
bap^^ continue about a week. What the result 
will be, the Lord only knows. Hope that many 
may not almoct. but altogether be persuaded to 
he Christians. Hknky Laadis. 

"little foxes that spuil the virifs " Our peri-id- 
itaia are the medium for the dlviemida'ion of 
the^e graud ideas that uod'-rlie tbe Chnstian 
economy, to wit that God manife^tfl himself in 
nimphcity. J. F. Ehbbsole. 

Shot Himself. 

ON the last day of Decemlier a young man 
near Hudson. Illinois shot and kilted him- 
self. He went to town, and on his way home 
culled at a friend'rt house to gt-t his gnn. and 
while there seemed to be engaged in nflection. 
He started forborne, but soon returned and bad* 
them farewell and said he felt strangely, and if 
hi' did not 80OU feel better he would be com- 
pelled to do something. He 5et hii^gun against 
the fence, mounted his borne, and then drew 
his gun up, and as he did no the contents were 
discharged, entering his left side. The report 
of the gun caused the horse to move forward a 
little, and then the young man fell to the 
ground. He aroxe and ran a few step"^, then 
fell. He arose the second time, ran a short dis- 
tance and again fell. By tbi* time friends came 
fo hia assiHtance, and carripd him to the house. 
He requested them to send for hii* parents, but 
in twenty minutes from the time he w,'i9 shot 
he was dead. His Inst words were; "Tell moth- 
er I am dying." He w.ia buried Jan. Int., and 
truly this wbw a «ad New Year day to some. 
May thia be a warning to others. 

Michael F. Skatbly. 

LcbSon Ltavca. 

yfc^S, brother E., vote tliem out. Of what 
1 beufiitcaii they be to the Sunday -school 1- 
We have all along been opposed to that sU"- 
olyped form of interpretation. There is a gol- 
den text and central thought in every ver^e in 
the Bible. Tiie formeriis found in John l;J;15, 
in the words, "For I have given you an ^-xtnti- 
ple that ye should do as I have done to you." 
The letter to be willing to do it, not to blacken 
■omebody's booU in lieu thereof. It is abcut 
time tl.Ht Chriaiiane stand up for the letter of 
the law having (he epirit of Christ; Itora. S- 9 
which IS oWdiencc.(Pbi!. 2: ».) regnrdlese of 
wba.learm-d men may eay, who gather ideas 
out uf ihe scale of public opinion, lest they fall 
into condemnation. I{eme.„b..r that it is the 


BRETHREN Harper and Gibanu of MiF^souri, 
called with us aid preached several ser- 
mons. Od the evening of the 80th of Dec, Bro- 
Harper delivered a discourse from Daniel 2:44. 
Subject, "The Kingdom." The congregation 
was very large and a marked interest was man- 
ifested during the entire services. 

On New Year's moriiing the church assem- 
bled in council and continued until nuou of the 
2nd. During this time Bro. J. H. Moore was 
ordained, one was advanced, one called to (he 
ministry and two electul to the office of deacon. 
The church at tliiy place issurrouuded liy many 
advautages, and Ijy the hearty co-operation and 
united elfoit of ail, may wield a powerful influ 
ence and accomplish avast amount 6f good. — 
The success of a church does not depend 
upon the numbfr of members, but the number 
of workers and the character of the work per- 
formed. We must work for good— labor to 
build up the waste places, go out and gather 
in tho-'*e who are lo.?t and convince them that 
we are interested in their welfare. To do this 
often requires sacrifices but they should be 
made, and the heart that ia prompted to action 
through love to Gnd find man will realize pleas- 
ure in doing BO. May we all, during the yen r 
just entered upon, labor more diligently in the 
Master's cause. 80 that when we have finished 
the work assigned us, we may hear the welcome 
applaudit from the Father, "Well done, enter 
into the joys of thy Lord." 

Wealthy A. Clarke. 

Lanark. III. 

Notice to the Churches of the Southern 
District of Illinois. 

nA V i NG received a note from brother Enoch 
Eby wishing to know liow many church- 
es there are in the Southern District of Illinois 
that are not willing to pay two dollars or more 
to help the Dauish Mission as advised by last A. 
M., and as there is still a heavy burden resting 
upon the Northern District, they not knowing 
what to do, or bow to proportion ihe burden 
among their churches, they ask this as a favor; 
for if they mast hear the burden they will know 
how to divide it. Many ^hurLhes in the Broth- 
erhood have paid no attention to the request of 
A. M. Perhaps it was because the amount 
asked was so small that they thought that their 
little would not be needed; hence the lack on 
our part only increases their burden. 1 think 
the brethren of Southern IlLnois will do their 
part, and in order to ascertiiin what to do. I 
suggest that each church inform me by card or 
letter, Ut, what it has sent, and 2ud, what it is 
willing to send, and then I shall notify them 
how the matter stand, in Southern lUinuis 
District. Pi-ase attend to this at once; raise 
what you can and send it to C. P. R jwlaud, 
Lanark, III. If some one will go to work and 
gather up the "mite.>i" our part will soon be 
contributed; for I am persuaded tlut there are 
many brethren aud sifters who feel an interest 
m this good work, and will gladly give to its 
s-upport. What you intend to do, let it ^done 
promptly. Too often what is everybody's bus- 
iness is not attended to; hence I oftVr (his udiii- 
tiooa! suggestion: Let the delegates of lust A. 
M. look after this matter in thur reap.^ctive 

D.^tricts as th^v may think be«t. and report to 
brother Enoch E^iy a* soon as pn^^ible, or at 
least some time before next A. M 

J. E. GicH. 

An Explanation. 

f)rar Birthrrn.- — 

I FEEL it is iu justice to myself to slat* why 
I appealed for aid for our br.)ther Stick-I- 
urin. I wish frankly aud humbly to acknowl- 
edge our ignorance in the nisttler, not knowing 
thit such a course was in opposition to the 
rules of the Church, until, by the request of 
brother Stickelman I m:«le the second uppenl; 
then I rfcpived a friendly letter from brother 
E'bL-lman stating that be would no more pub 
lish pergonal or pri vat* appeals for aid, as it waa 
not in keeping with the rules of the general 
Church, as the Church had been imposed upon 
in thi., way, and to avoid such hereafter the 
Church thmigbt be.t net to suff-r private or 
personal appeals for iiid to be madem this way. 
I well knew that the churches here iu Mis- 
souri had not jet recovered from the grasshop- 
per scourge, and it certninly would be uun v 
PooBble in me to call on them for a-d. It is 
true that we have brethren here in Mias^oun 
who uxf iu very hiir circumctinces; yet they all 
have those aroun^l them that need all the aid 
that they can well afford to give. The grass- 
hopper year was a great drawback and it will 
take some time for all parties to get entirely 
over it. Out of the sm-itl sum of§S40 that 
protber S received. 82 of that amount was 
given by two sisters in .lohnson Co., Mo. Now 
I feel confident that if I were to pursue as An- 
nual Meeting has stated, that 1 would not nor 
conid not, meet with much succecs as the 
cliurclies are much sciittend here, so much so 
that it will not piy us to do so. Brother S. 
thiuks that he can get aid from the outside 
pnblic, but preferred to call on his brethren. 
Now I want to assure the Brotherhond that I 
have positively no interest in this at all, more 
than I desire the welfare of the needy, and will 
not work for thosethatiinpose upou tbeCliurcb, 
but fii-st must know that tliey are actually needy, 
as I positively do know in this cane. Please 
pardon me in that wherein I have done wroug. 
D. L. Williams. 

UILDEKRAND— I-i ti.e Pin- Creek C iiif-... 
^afion, Sepl. 14, "TU. Annie, wite of .|,,.,„ s 
Hildebraud. HU'i riiualit«r of brother H- nry 
and "i-ter R 'wlaud. iig-d 19 \ears, 9 niomii, 
aiidlSdnyx. H-r reiiiains wi-re fillowidto 
the grave by a large C"nc->nrse of people, t),^, 
coiir&e liy hrr tbren John M. M"ore ami El- 
niond Forney. D. B, Gins s. 

PETTY.— In the Joiiafhau's Creek Chufch, 
Prrry Co., O-iio. Julv 5^h, '79. friend Josmb 
i'etty, a^ed 45 years, 11 mou'bH. 

MILLER— In the Cishocton Chunb, Obio, 
Sept 2(ttb, I'^TO. 8i-ler Elzibetb, wife of 
brother Saul Mill-r. aged 60 years,4 mi.nths. 

UOUSER.— Ill the's Cr-ek Church 
Ohio, Sept. 25tli. '79. Infi.nt daughter of 
brother Edward and sister Mirv U oucur. 

W. AltNiiLD. 

BlLLHiUER.— Tu <he Middle Fork Church 
Clinton Vo.. hid.. Jan 1st. I8S(l, si-terSaloma 
C, wife of Elder Isanc Billhimcr, aged yg 
years, 5 months, aud 27 days. Her diseuge 
WHS congestion of the stomach. She was 
sick only jniie dnys. .Slie suffered much but 
b'.reall wiili ChriN'iiiii fori.itude. Slie leaves 
a kind husband and six cbildien. The funeral 
sermon was preach d by Eid Oeo, W. Cripe 
andSiuiford H. Saylor from 2 Cor. 5: l.ia ' 
conueclion with Itev. 22:14, to n larg^ mn- 
courae of people. JohnEUeezqer, 

Annual Meeting Expenses. 

The following is the report of the Treasurer 
of the fi 'ance conuiiittee of the Annual Muet- 
ing of 1879, held in Liuville Creek Church, near 
Broadway, Rockingham Co., Va: 

Amount received of D'stvict No. 2, Va 5l50(Ctx> 

ol«ale after meeting. "U2"38 

from lot f-nl-s iw.oo 

" from a bi other i.oo 

from Dhtrict N"'>. 1, Va., Including 57 iia 

collected at the Anuinil Meeting. ?34,ia 

Total SaoWAl 


Uread. lOOfll lbs - '. .' .200.81 

Lumber. 40. 01 feet v. .4S8.aii 

13rown cotton. 1082 yds, i..8«,4(} 

11.75 bushels .■••■87,0i( 

Hardware,... Ui..Hr, 

Dislies (j4,os 

^.iTIitu l^sTifep. 

eVom— Bei.ll^ IS. 

Obitnuies aboultl be brief, writtea on bnt one eide of 
paper, luid separate from all other bueineee, 

POLLOCK— Near Casey, Alair Co., Iowa, 
Nora, intaut daughter of brother Marion ant] 
si-terElleTPullick. ■ D. " 

RAEICK.— In the Upper Still Water Church, 
Ohio, Nov. I9th, 79, brother Jacob Rarick, 
aged 68 years, 8 months, f uneral discourse 
from Job 27; 1 to a large audience. 

E. HooTEa. 

SHBLLHARE," Near Lena, III., Dec. 16, '79, 
brother George Shellhare, aged 67 years, 5 
months. Funeral services by the brethren. 

GLOCK.— Also December 20th, '79. George, 
only child ol brother John and sister lUbecca 
Glock, aged 3 years, 4 months and 18 days. 
Funeral services from Matt. 19: 13-15. 

SIIIVELY.-Near Winslow, Ills.. Dec. 58th. 
'7'J, brother Jacob Sbively, aged 7^ years, i 
months and l:i days. Funeral services from 
Heb. i: 9-11. Alles Boveb. 

liOWEKS.-In the Rome Churih. Ohio. Ad- 
am, son of friends Henry and Lydia Bowers, 
aged 2 y^ars, 4 months. Discourse by Eld. 
John Krabill and L. H. Dickey from 2 Kings, 
*• 2*>- D. W. Lmnowija. 

TINKEY.-In South Bend District, Indiana. 
Dec 21, '79. sister Rebecca Tinkey. Funeral' 
discourse by the writer. Jkse Calveht 

MILLER.-In Cedar Creek District. Ind.. Ida 
May, daughter of friends Henry and Anna 
Miller, aged 1 year, .S months aud i days, 

CERN— Also in the same place, Oct. 2l8t. 
Dauiel, sou of frienii Henry and Emma Cerii, 
aged 5 months. IS days. Services hy Val 
writer from Matt. 18:3. Henbv Siukev. 

LONS ANECKKK -In the Lott Creek church 
JuniaU Co., Pa,, D.-C. 24th, '79. sister Lydia 
Longenacker, aged 86 years, and 24 days. 
Services „by brethren Ezra Smith imd Elias 
Landis fjom 2 Timothy, 4: 6, 7. 8. 

John Hast, i 

V0URI1EES.-In FranklmCo, IC.nsas; D^e 
28, 1879. J. H. Voorhees. aged 5) ye-ir». He 
wiKlhrown from his horse was the 
ca.i-e ol his unexpected death. He n.iide 
re igious pnif-suin. but w,is a very sued- 
lul doctor, ami his moral pinciples «i 
worthy ol imilatiou. Funeral services byl 
b,«thr« Irom Sam. .39: 45. J. BAitsnARr 


Freight , , .. . |(i2D 

Chairs, i' do/... ^\x,[) 

Lrtlior,. ........ \:\_2i 

BlCOQ.d'iSti.S,, 7-1.47 


Urick, :ji 0, a .d hauling 2.S.UO 

Hay, 2 tons, ,.16.00 

Print ing 2.00 

Baskets, 10, 7.,',rj 

Crj'ing and clerking sale, 7„^() 

Dishwashers 25,00 

Commifls.iry Department,. s^gs 

B.iRgage Depiirlment... . , Ujjo 

Timber and firewood, 27,00 

Hauling esOO. 

Mason work ', ^jj 

Cooks !i\jgi 

Police flTJSO 

C^immiitee of arrangement i8a.oo 

Kailroud tare , , , 2.9J. 

L'se of part of Kline's fjirm, 6Q.00' 

Apple-hiitter. ]2«} gals 03.25 

Butter, m,-, D.i \f,i^i 

Pickles. 3H1 dozen, 3«.6o 

Tinware i,y^ 

Beef. IflliiO Itis, gross,.... 830.20 

I , v.. t^ 3.U9.06 

JjeaviDg a dent of S04.41, , t 

John Zigler, TREAsuitEit. 1 1 

We now make full reiiort of expenn-s of Annual 

Meeting, and have been ready to do ao for siime 

coiiBiderable time. Ijut were waitine for District 

No. ]. wliifh is back yet S04.44, which we hope will 

soon be paid, as the Scripture saye. "Owe no miin 

ly thing but to love one anothar." 

S. H. MVKBs. 


All the Brethren's papers/please copy. 

li jj :il:d r Ijy 

Oi.rc-.iiY year, t j^_ 

81. copl«(iiuUi tUBK<nit) ...w ;.,; ; ; ;; iUft 

J. H. Moore, Lanark, Carroll 'CoMni- 





sight l^llir,- ■ -„,,,,^ ji, 

AnMniuitxjBllijn ft.i&l*. U. 

Tkk",„„tK„oir,„„ . . . ,, ,", i,,,,ku da' 
i>innMll(.no( WoiUfii ynl..n J.i. . I. ',. ', ,.■^tf■I■H M; 

Passenei-ra for Chimin sOouliI leave Lansil. 'i 
KJua^K M.ii-uii tt.tlie \V,.siriii Union .funciiHi.. 
hm; thpv nm! w;„f bm Mt nHnulcs lur tl..- 1 1 -■ 
cagy, Milwimli.-(. ;iii.| ,s| !':iiil p;waenijer LTiiin.fitiU 
thus reach an....,,,.] 7 1 -, Ll„- s;ime cveiiinK- 'i'« 
reneli Lanark I1..11, 11, „ ,,,-,,,,.,, i„ i,'t. Waviie de- 
pot, takt- the (iiuMi!,,, Milw.iulteB and ht. I'uul 
tr.uiiat(iveiiil.h.;...veiiiiii.; run North to ttie W. 
u. Junction, change cars for Lanark, antl ani^ 
here at 1 :67 in the mornlnR. 

The Brethrein At Work. 

"Veehre Ye Amumj the Nations, and Puhliih, awl utt up a Standard; PuMis/,., ami Conceal A'o(."— Jekkmiah JO 2. 

Vol. V. 

Lanark, 111., January 20, 1880. 

No. 3 


FiRST I'AOE-btein and Hay Debate; IL^s tlie 
Chnn^h of Christ aiiy Power tor Good or Evil? 

Sroond Taoe— Bringing in the Slieavfs; Tli(» 
Minister's Solicitudi;.— Miittie A. Lear; TLo Bl- 
l)le vs. I'enlipntiariea — J, F. Eberaole; Destruc- 
tion or the Imiuisition. 

Thibo Page— Kesponaibili ties.— Flora E. Teagiie ; 
A Monatrons Evil.— G. U. lleplogle. 

FODRTB Page— EuiTOBTALs — Htl'.— Ingersoll 
Converted; Dress I'uiforuiity 

SiXTn Paoe— From P[Uestiiie.— J. W. M Garvey; 
Notes und Ol'servalions.— J. C. Lehm^in; Houii; 
Mi^aiiin U"uik.— C. C. Hoot; From Siilem, On'- 

gull,— Duvid IJrower. 

Sbventh Page— From Urotlier J- G. Moouiaiv; 
From J. II. Miller ; From Dunkirk, Ohio.— S. T. 
I'nsiennanl From tlio Antioch Clmrch. Iml.— 
J. vV. Sontbwood; UomeMi^simi nf North Wes- 
tern Ohio.— J. R. Spa'-lit . .\. ^■'Ml t.i the South, 
T. D Lyon "" " 
Dagget: "" 

From Lew 
Wirt; 'From Warsa 
MiaunderHlandiinr.-J- H. Miiii 

[■; 1 ^^■ 

Sarali . 



Prop. 2d. Baptist churches poasesa the Bi- 
ble characteristics which entitle them to bf 
regarded as churches of Jesus Christ. 

D. B. Ray, Affirms. 

J. W. Steik, Denies. 

J. W, Stein's pifth negative. 

I ASK Mr. Ray: (1) Are all "acconntiible sin- 
ners" cf^iiff/fi/ accountable? (2) Was the 
Spirit of God not upon Baalam and Saul and 
his messenger^, imparting the gifts of prophecy ? 
Num. 24: 2, 5-H. 17-10; 1 Sam 19: 20-24; 28; 
6;1.5:16, 1S;2 l'eter2: 15; Jude 11; R-^v. 2: 
14. Weie they "chilareu of God"? (3) Can 
one who dieregarda Chriat'a sayings and com- 

By refusing to answer my repeated, pointed, 
and pertinent que.stions on the war subject, Mr. 
R. is forced virtually to admit two things: (1) 
That war is utterly incompatible with Chris- 
tiaoity. (2) That he cunuot answer tlieru with- 
out condemning his churcb. I ask if he is not 
afraid that bis personal indignities and persist- 
eut violatioiiiOf our rules of debute, inste^l of 
attempting to meet my (luestioDS, will not in- 
duce somebody to think that he is "confound- 

I am not an enemy to any Baptist in the 
world, and would rejoice to linow that Bapli-ts 
and their churches were free from the guilt of 
war. But Mr. U's flat denial that they are guil 
ty of war imd carnal weapoun does not make it 
SI). If he can prove by fair investigation and 
discussion tliat their lelatiou to war does not 
involve its guilt, I will gladly retract wliat 1 
said as too severe. Is that fair? He will then 
ceriainly not refuse t-' answer a few plain (lues- 
tions. (1) Do Baptists not bear carnal weapons 
and engage in war in tlie different nationa in 
which they live? (2) Can Baptists engage in 
war ou any account without encouraging, de- 
veloping, and doinfi those luita of the flesh, viz., 
"hatred, variance, wralh and strife"? Gal. 5: 
20. (3) Do Baptist churches not justify, pray 
for the success of, and fellowship those mem- 
bert* wLogo to war and tigbt and kill people? 
(4) Are 'Btiptisl churches" free from what thev 
justify and fellowship in their members? Will 
he answer? 

"The ordinance of God that required the pun- 
ishment of evil do^rs" is given not to the -Haiuts 
who hive been "chosen out of the world," but 
to the nations of this world, who are to be jiidg. 
ed by Christ and his chosen. 

Mr Hay admits that Christians are not to 
"disobey Christ in order to submit to the pow 
ersthatbe." He fttmU then that the com- 
mands of God and those of worldly governments 
may sometimes conflict. I a.>k him if the Chris 
tian Scriptures do not strictlv condemn war as 
an eril and a« of the devil ? 

My belief that the want of oiganic succession 
does not invalidate the claims of anv church 
has nothing to do with the false claims of Mr. 
Ray's church, upon which I based my argument. 
Will the author of "Baptist Succession" name 
onf denonmation ju6t like the Baptials that ei- 

sted during the first fifieen ceuturiei of Chris 
tianity ? 

Notwithstanding, salvation in all ages \\\ii> 
be»n the gift of grace and the purchase of Chri^it'" 
blood. Mr R loses the force of his 9th argu- 
ment from the consideration that he is bound 
to admit that infant:! are not made its pirtici- 
pants, on the condition of the same, voluntary, 
personal exiirclses that adults are, and that the 
accountability and duty of adulls vary accori- 
iug to their abilities, opportunities and the cou- 
sequeut requirements of God at their hands. At 
this point Mr. R makes another attack upon 
"the Dnukards," which is no part of his subject 
iir argunieiit. The Brethren b'dJ that thurtb 
membership aloae will save no one, but that 
the conditions of salvation are the conditions ot 
church membership. This much on the othur 
ide of the debate, as Mr. R. is still ou the neg- 

Mr. R. fails to suiiport what he cills his '-^inl 
haractfrintir. As he tries to draw me to tbf 
defense of /ciHc immersion, which is not under 
consideration, I simply ref«r the reader to my 
aflirmative line. It remains that he cannot 
translate "i» baptisma' (Eph. 4: 4) one ilijr 
which is his church practice. I have not con 
tended that '^bapltzhiy" must be understood be- 
fore "Son" and "'Holy Spirit" in the comiui^- 
tion. lie t^hiuks if baptiy) is frequentative wi- 
must have the commission to read, "bupliztng 
them frequently in the name of the Father, and 
baptizing them frequently m the name of the 
S >ii,and 1 aptiziug them frequ' ntly in 'he nt.m 
'f tie Holy Ghost." 

Am. This criticism in both impertinent and 
unworthy of his scholar-hip. 

1. Because "baptizing" already admits llu 
idea of ()K'y'f-«(' or reprlition of action, which 
idea is limited only by the thre.' qualifying ad- 
juncts of the tr.\t. The idea of repetition is i>i 
hfiriit in a frequentative verb, i. e,, a part of it> 
very nature, and therefore though its sign may 
be add- d to a simple primitive verb, ft" hnplv, lu 
make it frequentative, it cannot be udded t > ont- 
already so. Such a criticism, therefore, is about 
as unscholarly as adiiug double comparatives 
and superlatives together, or as adding the su- 
perlative terininatiou est to the adjective per/'ect. 
2.* Because no verb, in any laugiiage, can 
convey more than one «c i in ot a time, but a 
given suffix or ending can denote npedtifm, in- 
crease or continuation nf the action indicated by 
the root. 

3. Bi'cause no olj -otiou can be urged against 
the frfquentative forCH of io/j/i30 that cannot 
bL- urged with iqual propriety against the whole 
class (several lhous,vid) of Greek verbs ending 
in zit, because the authoritie..s testify us pointed- 
ly to the frequentiuvi- forcu of this, as of ofher 
verbsof this kind; therefore before Mr. R. can 
invalidate thi« argument and show that any 
yumber of rep-ated dips (it connected in on.- 
aduiinistratiou) are cintr.iry to "en bapt i.-timi," 
be must prove this entire class of verbs to be of 
no such use in Greek, for a-« long as the princi- 
ple remains, that verbs in :o are frtqtientatiie, 
and it is possible for any other frequeutativt* 
verb to admit of repetition of action, bupt'zn 
may do the same. But he tries to bee theques 
tion by intimating that repetition don't mean 
thrre. What has that todo with the question? 
That an action repeated once, twice, thrice, or 
a thousand times, is repetition, and that a sin- 
gle dip cannot bo is apparent to every one who 
thinks. The reader will note the true i«<ue. 
Wliile trine immersiou does involve repetition 
of action, a single dip cannot, and hence dots 
not suit the nature of this verb. 

"Ortc" {en) in Kph. 4: 5, ia an adjective de- 
scribing ^"haptisma" which comprehends in it 
self the results of all that is compressed in the 
frequentative /"»/''i>«- "/«'" ''"" """"" "'" ""■ 
Father" and "of the Son,"' and "of the Holg 
Spirit" Matt. 28: 19, ar« adverbial elements 
Hiialiiying "ba,.ii/.iug." and 'Vf«i /jmcs, 
Kings. "1:14 is «'p" adverbial, qnalitying tne 
ferb "ebaptimto. 

Thu8 a unity can be made 

up of three or seven or any number of parts, 
and still be "one' if the part* are connected. 
Just as "the seeen spirits of doii" are "one 
Spirit," or the "churches" of Christ are one 
'"church" or the Father^ Son, and Holy Ghost 
"are one." 

Mr. U. thinks the lexicographers quoted 
vrcTi inemLers of ttine immersion churches, 
and defined f>aii(i;oto suit their practice. I ask 
"f what trine iiunieraion church were they mem- 
bers? As .sr/io^dcs, rather than <'i'i7Mirt«fiW,tbey 
sought, accordiut! tct their own profession "t/i7- 
igtnlly to encourage an accurate study of o/n.-'s- 
I'c Greek,"' and some have labored hard "to make 
each article a history of the word referred to (giv- 
ing classic references for their use ofbaptizo ti» 
well OS other words, in order to whirb they have 
not only carefully noticed the peculiarities of 
the most distinguished authors, but have drawn 
information from hiindreds of classic writers. 
Mr. R. says: "The overwhelming weight of 
Qi-eekUxicography is now against the view that 
iflpd'w ia afreijueulative." / cull for the tes- 
timony of lexicons. But Dr. Ed. Robinson re- 
gards bitptizQ as frequentative in form, but not 
111 fact." This U not str.mge, since his church 
practices the single action, yet his acholarsbip 
compels him to concede to it the frequentative 
form. Bat Mr. R. reminds us that the late cd- 
,tions of Liddt-U {i Si:utt hrive left out "repeat- 
edly" aitfr "dip," and "given up" the frequenta- 
tive mea'iiDg. 

Aus. This is only in keeping with the prac- 
tice and degeneracy of the "perilous times" of 
the list days." which have not only given up 
'repeatedly'" after "dip," but huve given up the 
dip" also. Isa. 24; ft. Does Mr. It. believf 
SaE right? But be thiukx the single dip in 
like Christ's burial, iVc. In the sepulchres abou 
Jerusalem the places for depositing the di'ad 
were simply nicliea cut in the perpi^adicular 
faces of the rocks. These were ''iK/rizontal, the 
bodirs being slid into them, not let domi." Si-e 
Sacii'd Geography and Antiquities, p. HO. Rib, 
Rob. BiK Rs8. 1 p. 353. In a tomb hewn out thus 
ill a roijk, the body ot Jcmn was laid. Matt. 27: 
i!ll, where it remaim'd till the third day. Does 
Mr. H. baptize people alter this manner? Does 
lip«lido them horizontally into the water, and 
k ep them there till the third day? If not, tb' 
twoop*>rationa are not alike. 

My third reason why the Baptist churches 
iire destitute of Christian baptism, is founded 
upon tli-j consideration that the earlg church 
writers attribute the origin if single immersiou 
to Eunomius and his co-u'orkera of the tth een- 

{a)Sozmen, theGrejk hntorian,*ays: 'Som 

say that this Euuomius was t\\0jirst who dared 
to bring forward the notion, that the divine 
baptism ought to be administered by a singli- 
iiuirver-io'i." Chryhtars Hist, of the modes of 
Bap , p 78. 
(b) riieodoret says: "He (Eunomius) subverts 

^1 the law of holy baptism, which had been 
liMiided down from the beginniug from the Lord 
and the apostles, and made a contrary law. as 
s-rting that it is not necessary to immerse the 
candidate for baptism thrice, nor to mention 
the names of I be Trinity, lut to immeme once 
only," Sic. Bingham's Antiquities, vol, 1. U. 
13, ch. ij, see. 7. Chryst il, p. 7S. 

(<■) Gregory Nysaen says: "He (Eunoniiu.*) 
pci verted the hu- ofChrixt, the law or tradition, 
of the divine institutim (u y italics), and taught 
that baptism was not to be given in the name 
of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as Christ 
commanded his disciplec." Idem. vol. 1, B. II 
ch. 3, sec. 10. 

I have now adduced several eai'Iy Greeks who 
testify to the pos'.-apostolic origiu o( ^tingle im 
mersiou. If Mr. Kav will adduce the testiim - 
ny of one early Greek to the contrary, I wiil 
give up my three for his one. Well did Dr. D.t- 

'H-i (Mr. Ray)cann -t find an anthoiily on 
this earth where bap'ism is named as oiw sin 
ale dip. or one single immersiou wnere ih'- im- 
mer-tion waa baptism, he cannot fiud a record 

where baptism was accomplished by a nngle 
dip or a single immersion until the fourth cen- 
tury. There ia oo such record. I called on Dr. 
Oruvei to produce sucb a record, and be failed 
to do it. tie passed it by as if be did not no- 
tice it. because he dare not grap 'Ip with it" 
Baptist iiolHe Flag, ml. a. ,Yo, -V/, /), 2'H. 




THIS is a question of grave importance, as B]^ 
ou it depends, in a measure, the punty ot 
the church; hence, upon calm conNideratioa, 
viewing the actions of the church in all agw of 
the world, I am forced, by facts and Scripture, 
to take the afhrmative. When we view thr 
church in the wilderness, under the leuilership 
of Moses using the uower that God bad vested 
in it, to cleanse itself from sin and disnbedienc*. 
I must ccnw. to the conclusion that there was 
some power in the church back there. And if 
it weie necessary that the church, under Mowi, 
should be cleansed from sin and rebellion by 
puuisbment, and that by the death of the trans- 
grc-isor, bow important it is that the church of 
l,brist now on earth should us* the mild pow- 
er that God hiis given it, to withdraw from vx- 
ery brother that walks disorderly— editors not 
exeeiitt'd. But if an clitor in not a brother, then 
ho is tree from all church authority; yea, just *■* 
free aa Bob. Inuersoll, and no church of good 
standing can or would claim a right to stop him 
from his preaching, or prevent him from run- 
ning a pre.N that wmild he in every, way "inde- 
pendent" and free. But I dn not Bi'ppone that 
there is a resi>ectiible denomination, claiming t,) 
be followers ol Ciiri4,iu .Aunrica or any where 
eNe, that would hold him in fellowship. But 
it the church bus no power, as advucatifd by 
some, no ji.iwer to judge and act in any cw^, 
then Verily it would lie brother Hob , still. And 
be could run a free press under the name of 
wimlover denomination be might stand united 
with, and call upon the members time and again 
for money to help him tear down the sacred 
principles of the gospel, and the doctrines' of bis 
luirth, yet 110 power in the church to expell 
him; no power to withd'aw from him. H 8 
presM, of course, would be ' free" as long as oth- 
ers would furni.-(h the money t ) run it. No one 
would think of stopping free thought or fr*e 
pre^s; and he would be a free member, in a free 
churih, aod be brother Bob., still. But I am 
glad to know that the church is a p'lwer for 
good, while she stands united on the go>pel aud 
its priiuiples, and is endeavoring to abstain from 
evil and all its apueiirauce^t. Bul when appear^ 
aiices of evil ciime : iis they always have and al- 
ways will, who is tfi judge and decide whether 
the coiniug tvi! is dangerous to t e well-beiog 
of the causB of Christ and the simpbcity of the 
gospLd? "Here is the rub." The advocates of 
no church power, and tlioM.- that do evil and 
love its appearances, say. "let us alone; we are 
free; we will do as we please, and if you meddle 
with us, we will dash in vuur laces, "tradition 'if 
thf elders;" "popery," "decisions of A. M,. 
"Standing Committee." "usurpers of power" 
&c. &c . and all such like things. 

When God tells u* m his word that the 
"younger ones should be Mubject to thr elder 
ones." and that we shuuld all l)e "subject to one 
another," ■That don't suit us" say they, we are 
free. We don't propo-ethat the church assem- 
bled at A. M.. even shall take into cou^ldeiation 
the propriety or impropriety of our course or 
(!Oiidact. WedenyalUhurch authority; irr ire 
fiee. We demand Scripture; we demand "'7"AMi 
saith the Lord." 

Should any reasonable man expect that erery 
evil, and every evil aopeanuginthisevtr-chang' 
iug world would bedeiiounced in the Soripturrs? 
Certainly not. It would make a bi ok that ibe 
"world itself could not contain," and the church 
denvedof the privilegeof judging ui these mat- 
I. B according to the teaching of the i-oepel 
would soon be no better than the world itself, 
would be "free dancing." "free whisfey-driu's- 
ing," "free horse-racmg." "free dre-^ing" in til 
the extravagance of the world. And lost, but 
not least, a free opp.iiitiou oi' bad periodicals 
tnisrepiesenting the Brethren to a "free 
world," Now brethren if the church ha< the 
authority or power to "withdraw from every 
brother that walk« disorderly," *0 pn» t-'-'m 
among you that wicked person, nr when Ih'-y 
will not hear the cUorvh, "let them be auU> ihee 
OS a heathen man and a publican," then the 
ihurch sur'>tv bus thepiwer to attend to tr^ns- 
aressor^. Let the elders then dn their duly fts 
far as they can, and it I d-re are cwses that cauuot 
otherwise be reached, then theduty ot A. M. i-* 
to a&sist and see that tnaisgressors will be 
reached auddtalt with iropeily sccordicg to 
their transgressions, uulew tneyr*form. 

J. R. GisB. 

O^MK liBETtlKK^s'^ J^T AVOKK. 

J on. 20 


SowinnUlUlf »ionilnit.8owirig«»e(lii'if kiniliieM, 
Sowing in t'-p nooiillde ami tin- dewy eve's, 

Wiiltiiig for the Ji.rvcst Bii.l the liiii.- -t re.ii>lng. 
WmhallcomereJolcliiK. bniiKiiiglii the rtluMven, 

Hi} awl t4!ll ihe fiiition» now in ln:-»tli»-ii l.lliiilne»-, 
Toll thom Ji-siix rlied— now no exf ti«» he l*i»«« : 

»l<IUiPin<on)et..Ji-*iw. lliufprepar.' tlie li.rvesi, 
We HhsU rxme relolclnff. brinirinff In the Hheavcs 

iiidlilne, lowing in the aladow. 
r il'.inln. nor Winter's dulling 

Sjwiiig in tliA H 

IJ) nud h> the liitrvest and our labors ended— 

We Blinll rome rejoicing, bringing in the sheavw. 

(iu thgii. even weeping, (owing for tlie Majtter. 

TlioughlbeloMBUSlalned oumidrita often k"('t<'. 
When our weciting ic o'er, lie will bid us wi-Icumc. 

\Vn hIiji I ome rpj^t'lug bringing In our slii-ftvca. 
,Scl<-t.-d by MMiy MrLi.nnv. 



'i-*or I nm jcnlonn over yuu nith a godly 
jpnliiuwy: for I IiHVB .Npoused jmi to on** huf> 
hnnA. flint I may [ireHent you (w a cliastp virK'iu 
to(;hriHt."-2Cor. 11:2. 

Wj; very niudi douhtif lay memliers 
gfDerally nppnciate thi^ deep 
solicitii If, the t-an-s, the concern «)iich 
a faithful niiniMt^r fcela. Th«re is no 
clatw of DH-n "ho are more selt-Harrifii 
iog, noTH- whom we shonld more highly 
honor than a faithful ministor. The 
aposde Paul, than whom, a more faith 
ful man never liver! , fully comprehended 
the greatness of the responHiliility that 
ivsted upon him as an amliaMsadoi' of 
.lesuH CLrint. As Christ had honored 
him by bintowingupou him th«^ liighejit 
and moHt. "sacred olli(*, he wished to 
show Iiis appreciation of this high hon- 
or b} a faithful and zcahnis discharge 
of dnty. 

Tlii'('orinthiau Chnrch not cherishing 
in their (irt-asts, the same lofly piety, the 
same holy zeal, the flame Helf-aacrlficing 
Hpiril, could not keep pace with the gi- 
ant ^tride8 of their devoted minister. 
And when he faithfully urged tliem to 
their duty, kindly, yet plainly pointed 
out their errors, and exhorted them to 
r^roriii, tliey became ofteadid. They 
thouglit liiiii too rigid and imneccHsarily 
Htrict. Such ingratitude, wuch want of 
apprcciition, how it xuuHt have wrung 
the heart of this sensitive holy man. 
Mt'thiuks I can somewhat understand 
the keen anguish that pierced his noble 
moul, when he uttered the pathetic uords 
which precede the words of our test 
Would to f'od i/e roi/M bear 'rirli me 
a little in imj foUj/-' end I'ndn/l hem' 
with mi." How wonderfully touching! 
These words arouse our deepest -ympa 
thies. They are indeed the outgu-iiiugs 
of a pent up heart. The outward ex- 
pression of a deep inward grief. 

But why does he so appenlingly beg' 
his brethren to bear with him, in what 
seemed to thorn his folly { For I am 
jealous over you with a godly jealousy. 
But why this anxious carefulness, this 
vigilance, this p'linful uneasiness, this 
deop Hohcitudei Hear his answer, "For 
I have espoused you to one husband, 
that I may present you as a chaste vir- 
gin to Christ." 

The apostle here presents himself as 
pprfurmiug the oliice of a paranymph to 
the Corinthian Church. The office of 
the parauymph was one of peculiar re- 
spODsibility. To his care was intruated 
the bride after the betrothals, and uutil 
the consumation of the marriage. He 
must be respoiwible for any misdemean- 
or that the bride might be guilty of 
while under his care, lie must super- 
ioteud hur education, care for her morals, 
and in every way train her in the most 
perfect manner. It he discharges his 
duty properly, and if his ward makes 
prrip.f advancement, and becomes tbor- 
ou-*.iy accomj^lished, while under his 

tuition, when the bridegroom catne to 
claim his bride, the paranymph could 
pres(*nt her to hpr husband with confi- 
dence, receiving as his reward, the hus 
band's full and entire approval. 

The apo8tle as the paranymph of 
ChnHt, \H extremely de.'*ipnH that thi- 
precious charge, which the great Bride- 
groom haa intrusted to his care may 
be thoroughly cultivated. He is ex- 
tremely an.xiouB that they make proper 
use of their opj)ortuuities. He wants, 
oh he wants so much, to be able to pre 
went this church, as a thoroughly culti 
vated, pure, and spotless virgin to her 
heav'-nly Bridegroom. All the restric 
tiuns be lays upon her, all the reproofs, 
all the entreaties, proceed from a heart 
of love, from a heart overwhc;med with 
anxiety. We sometimes woiidur at the 
stupidity of this church, and sometimes 
ask the rpiestion. AVas it not their in to acipiiesce with the apostle? 
Why did they not apprec'ate the rare 
advantages which they enjoyed under 
so great a teacher? Did not they care 
for their own improvement when he 
was so anxious about it? Why then- 
lethargy, their indifference J They were 
not so thorougly aroused fn^Mi the torpor 
of sin as ■was the apostle, conseijuently 
they could imt see evil in many things, 
in which he saw it, and ^instead of gain 
ing their confidence and love by the la- 
bors, and sacrifices which he was mak- 
ing in their behalf he only gained their 
censure, their disai)proval. 

<>h it is sad, when one labors for 
another's good, that those labors should 
not be appreciated. But how often is 
this thing repeated, yea how often! 
When the faithful minister points out 
the errors and faults of his charge, when 
he exhorts them to steadfastness, when 
heexpoaessome darling and sinconderauii 
it, how often is it that his brethren feel 
themselves aggrieved, .and speak unkind 
ly of their devoted pastor. These things 
ought not 80 to be. Surely the true de 
voted minister has enough to bear, 
enough care aud anxiety, without hav- 
ing to bear the cold reflections aud re- 
proaches of his congregation. We should 
not expect entire perfection in them, and 
then if they do not come up to our 
standard of perfection, denounce them. 
Perhaps ours is not their standard. We 
believe there are many holy faithful 
ministers whose hearts are made to 
bleed, and whose epii'its are crushed, be- 
cause of want of sympathy and co-op- 

There is no one who needs, and who 
appreciates sympathy more than the 
chosen minister of -thg gospel. His 
hands often become weak, his tender 
heart is often tried, and oh, he often 
needs some Aaron and Hur to hold up 
his hands. Those wjio are the best, 
have the most refined and sensitive (eel- 
ings, and while they are keenly alive to 
every slight, they also have a fine appre- 
ciation of tenderness and sympathy. 

Let us then pray for our ministers, 
e.tch morning before we repair to church, 
let U8 ask God to bestow his special 
blessing upon bis cboseu servant, who 
is to ])roclftiru unto us the unsearchable 
riches of Christ. Let us ask God to en- 
courage, to strengthen, to impart wis- 
dom unto him. It is no dou)>t with 
much weakness aud trembling that he 
repairs to his post of duty. Oh if he 
could feel tliat from every faithful mem- 
ber had gone up a forvpnt prayer in his 
behalf, how he would feel encouraged 
and strengthened. Let us also give him 
our sympathy, our encouragement. Let 
ii-i show him that we appreciate Ms la- 
burs, and above all let us heed his conn 

cils his holy admonitions. How pain 
ful it must be to him when he w.nrns. 
entreat", exhorts from -Sabbath to 8ab 
bath, to -see that his admonitions are 
hotheaded, that the church with which 
he labors so earnestly is not growing 
in grace, is not aavaocing in piety 
There are more ministers than l*au 
that desire to present their church as 
a chast« virgin to Christ 


IT is said that it took Rom^ three hun- 
dred j-ears tt die; that IS, from the 
time that she reached the zenith of her 
glory as the fourth universal empire of 
the world, three hundred years elapsed 
before that power wrs broken by inter- 
nal factions and discord, and she ceased 
to be the dread of the nations of earth. 
And looking at the history of the prim- 
itive nations we must conclude that they 
owed their prosperity and continuation 
to the over-ruling power of an All wise 
Cn-ator. In looking at this important 
point we mut^t conclude that ho long as 
our education runs parallel to the truths 
of the Bible we are progressing morally 
and in unison with the Divine will, for 
the moral influence of Bible truths have 
a tendency to keep in check the baser 
p.issions of man ; and just so soon as 
that influence is lost or ceases to do its 
jiroper work, it opens up the floodgates 
of crime and wickedness. 

We might ask, What is the condition 
of our country at the present time? Are 
not our jails and penitentiaries becom- 
ing more numinous? It needs but a 
glance at the statistics of the country 
to confirm the fact that they are; crime 
is greatly on the increase in our land. 
Hundreds of convicts are in our prisons, 
because the enlargement of work shops 
aud improvement cannot keep pace with 
crime. More than two thousand police 
are employed in the cities of New York 
aud Brooklyn to huld in check the army 
of thieves and robbers and make life 
and property safe. It may be imiuired, 
why is this true? Are we not living in 
a l.%nd of Bibles aud Bible privileges? 
Are not churches. and Sunday schools 
flourishing? True, indeea; but in what 
sense? Let us illustrate by the follow- 
ing facts: We were lately approached 
by an individual requesting our permis- 
sion to occupy a school-house to hold 
what he termed an innocent show. We 
looked at one of his bills, and found 
that he had a mixture of business, fun, 
and religion; for instance, there was an 
illustration of the ten «_ommandnients, 
the French lat eater, and the tipplers, 
dilemma, etc. We called his attention 
to the inconsistency. "Why!" said he,. 
*'that is what makes it take with the 
people; as it is we get the benefit of 
churches and halls in which to show, 
and it secures for us the attendance of 
religious people." There you have it, 
fun for the children with just sufficient 
whitewash to make it palatable to 
chi>rch going people; for be it known 
that it generally takes three grown peo- 
ple to take one child to the show. It 
is something after the manner of hom-e- 
pathic remedy, sugar and medicine,— 
fun aud religion. It is like teaching 
your child the innocent amusement of 
.ard playing, telling him that it is wrong 
o [ilay for money, while you are really 
ittiug him to become a professional 
gaiulder. , , 

When we stop to think that the rising 
generation is to become the educators of 
the next, we will then realise the im- 

thj present age, for by )iS.sociation char- 
acter is formed and the future of church 
and state falls into the hands of our 
chiUlren when we shall have passed 
away. How important, then, the idea 
of teaching them the diti'erence between 
the giji\ -- aud ludicrous. There is cer- 
tainly truth and moral influence enough 
in the Bible, if strictly lived out to con- 
vert the majority of our jails and peni- 
tentiaries into store-houses of merchan- 
dise, and it is owing to the fact that 
people do not live up to their high call- 
ing that infidelity and skepticism are 
abroad in the land. And we say that 
if tlie present religion cannot flourish 
without being enterprised with the com- 
ical scenes of the French rat eater, the 
tipplers dilemma, aud the art of jugglery, 
let it fall, and npon its ruins erect the 
blood stained banner of Eiuanuel in- 
scribed in letters of fire, 



rpilK following account of the destruc- 
-*- tion of the Inciuisiton at Madrid, is 
related by Col. Lehmanwosky, a Colonel 
in the French army, who was entrusted 
with the duty of demolishing the 1 jquisi* 
torial buildings in iSdO: 

It had been decreed by the Emperor 
Napoleon, that the Incjuisition should be 
suppressed, but the decree was not exe- 
cuted. Mouths passed awa)\ and the 
prisons of the Inquisition had not yet 
been opened. One night, about 10 
o'clock, as Col. L. was walking one of 
the streets at Madrid, two armed men 
sprang from an alley, and made a furi- 
ous attack. He instantly drew his 
3\vord, put himself in a posture of de- 
fence, aud while struggling with thcm^^ 
he saw, at a distance, the lights of the 
patrols — French soldiers mounted, who 
carried lanterns, and who rode through 
the streets of the city at all hours of the 
night, to preserve order. He called to 
them in French, and as they hastened to 
his assistance, the assailants took to their 
heels and e.scaped, not, however, before 
he saw by their dress that they belong- 
ed to the Guards of the inquisition. 
He went immediately to Marshal 
Soult, then Governor of Madrid, told 
him what had taken place, and reminded 
him of the decree to suppress this in 
stitutiou. Mai'shal Soult replied that 
he might go and destroy it. Col. L. 
told him that his regiment was not suf- 
ficient for such a service, but ifhew^ould 
give him two additional regiments, li- 
would undertake the work. The tro^.j. 
recjuired were granted, and I proeeed.-.l 
(said Col. L.,) to the Inquisition, which 
was situated about five miles from the 
city. It was surrounded by a wall of 
great strength, and defended with a 
company of soldiers. When we arriv- 
ed at the wails, I addressed cue of thi- 
sentinels, and Summoned the "Holy 
Fathers" to surrender to the Imperial 
army, aud open the gates of the Inqui- 
sition. The sentinel, who was standing 
OQ the wall, and appeared to enter into 
conversation for a moment with some 
one within, at the close of which he 
presented his musket aud shot one of 
y uien. This was a signal of attack, 
and I ordered my troops to fire upon 
those who appeared on the walls. 

It was soon obvious that it was an 
unequal warfare. The walls of the In- 
qiiisition were ^covered with the soldiers 
of the holy oflSce; there was also a bre:i 
rk upon the wall, behind which i)i' 

k-pt continually, only as they pai'tirtHj 

. «'.\ posed themselves as they discharge! 

poi tancc of our position as teachers of their muskets. Our troops we^e in as 

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open plain, and exposed to a desti-nt-tive 
fire. We had no cannon, nor could we 
scale the walls, and the gates successful 
ly reaiBt*-!! all attempts at forcing them. 
I could not retire and send for can ".11 
to breali. through the walls, withoir i<iv 
ing them time to lay on a train for i.h.w- 
iug us up. laaw that it was necess.Hry 
to change the mode of attack, and direct- 
ed some trees to be cut down and trim- 
med, to he used as battering rams. 
Two of these were taken up hy detach 
raents of men, as numerous as could 
work to advantage, and brought to bear 
upon the walls, with all the power they 
could exert, while the troops kept up a 
fire, to protect them from the fire pour- 
ed upon them from the walls. Present 
ly the walls began to tremble, a breach 
was made, and the Imperial troops rush- 
ed into the Ini[ui3ition. I caused the 
"Holy Fathers" to be placed under 
jjuard, aud all the soldiers of the In- 
quisition to be secured as prisoners. A\e 
then proceeded to examine all the rooms 
of thestately edifice, \^'e passed through 
room after room, and found everything 
to please the eye, and gratify a cultivat 
ed taste; but where were those hori'id 
instrujients uf torture of which we had 
been told ; and where those dungeons in 
which human beings were said to b 
buried alive? We searched in vain. 
The '"Holy Fathers" assured us that 
they had been belied — that we had seen 
all; aud I was prepared to give up the 
search, convinced that this Imjuisition 
wa8 different from others of which I 
had beard. 

continement, where the wretrb^d oKjeets iniisitor, put to death by the droppiiij: 
oi iiKpiisitorial hate were confined ye,ir of water on his head, was most excru 
after year, till death released them from eiaring. Thfl poor man cried out in ag 
iheir sulV-ciiigg, and there their bodies ony to be taken fr<^m the fatal machine 
were surVered to remain vmtll they were The inquisitor General was brought be 
i-mireiy .iceavfil, Htid ihe rooms havt! fore the iufi-rual engine, called '"the Vir 
become fii tor others to occupy. To pre [gin." The soldiers commanded him to 
veuttbi> being ofiensive to chose who kiss the Virgin. He begged to be ex- 
occupied the Inquisition, there were cused. '■NM.''8aid they, ''yuu Imve caus 
flues or tubes extending to the open air, i ed others to kiss her, and you must do 
apacious to carry ofl' the , it." They interlocked their bayonets 

odor. In these t 
mains of f 


found the re- as to form large forks, aud with thest 

who had pai<l the debt they pushed him over the deadly circle 

of nature; some of them had been dead 
apparently but a short time, while of 
others nothing remained but their bones, 
still chained to the tloor of their dun- 

In other cells we found living sufferers 
of both sexes, and of every age, from 
throe score years and ten, down to four 
teen or fifteen years — all naked as when 
born into the world! aud all in chaiu<i! 
Here were old men and aged women 
who had been shut up for many years 

The beautiful image instantly prepared 
for the embrace, clasped him in his ai'ms, 
and he was cut Into inumerable pieces. 
Col. U, said he witnessed the torture of 
four of them — his heart was sickened at 
the awful scene— ana he left the soldier^ 
to wreak their vengeance ou the la.*^t 
guilty inmate of that prison-house of 

In tlie menutime, it was reported 
through Madrid, that the prison of the 
Inquisition were bmken open! and raul 

Here, too, were the middle aged, and , titudes haattiued to the fatal spot. And 

the young man and maid of fourteen 
yeai-s old. The soldiei-s immediately 
went to work to release these captives who had been buried for many yeais. 

(>, what a meeting was there! It was 
like a resurrection! About a hundred 

But Col. De Lile was not so ready as 
myself to give up the search. He ad 
vised that water should be poured over 
the floor of the Inquisition, which was 
composed of large and beautifully pol- 
ished slabs of marWp. and a careful ex- 
amination made of every seam iu the 
floor, tosee if the water passed through. 
By the side of one of these marble 
slabs the water passed through fast, as 
though there was an opening beneath. 
All hands were now at work for further 
discovery. The officers with their swords, 
and the soldiers with their bayonets, 
seeking to clear out the seam, and pry 
up the slab. Other.?, with the >>utts of 
iheir muskets, striking the slab with all 
their might, to break it, while the priests 
remonstrated against our desecrating 
their holy and beautiful home. While 
thus engaged, a soldier who was sti-iking 
with the butt of his muskett. struck a 
spring, aud the marble slab flew up. 
Then the faces of the Inquisitors grew 
pale as Belshazzar's. when the hand- 
writing appeared on the wall ; they trem- 
bled all over. Beneath the marble slab, 
now partly up, there was a stair case. 
I stepped to the altar, and took from the 
candle-3tick one of the caudles, four 
feet iu length, which was burning, that 
I might explore the room below. As 
we reached the foot of the stairs, we 
entered a large square room, which was 
called the Hall of Judgment. In th' 
centre of it was a large block, and a 
chain fastened to it. On this they had 
been accustomed to place tlie accused, 
chained to his seat. On one side of the 
room was an elevateil seat, called the 
Throne of Judgment. This the In- 
quisitor General occupied, and on either 
side were seats, less elevated, for the 
Holy Fathers, when engaged in the 
solemn busiuees of the Holy In(iuieition. 
From this room we proceeded to the 
right, and obtained access to small cells, 
extending the entire length of the edi 
fice; and here &uch sights were present 
ed as we hope never to see again! 
These cells were places of solitary 

from their chains, aud took from their 
knapsacks their overcoats and other 
clothing to cover their nakedness. 
They were e.xceedingly anxious to bring 
them out to the light of day, but Col. 
L., aware of the danger, had food given 
them, and then brought them ovit grad- 
ually to the light a« they were able to 
beai' it. 

We then proceeded to explore anoth- 
er room on the left. Here we found the 
instruments of torture, of every kind 
which the ingenuity of men or devils 
could invent. Col. L. here described 
four of these horrid iustrumeut^s. The 
first was a machine by which the victim 
was confined, aud then, beginning wiih 
the fingers, every joint in the bauds, 
arms and body were broken or draWn, 
one after another, until the victim died. 
The second was a box, in which the head 
and neck of the victim were so closely 
confined by a screw, that he could not 
move in any way. Over the box was a 
vessel from which one drop of water a 
second fell upon the head of the victim — 
every successive drop falling upon pre- 
cisely the same place on the head, sus- 
pended the circulation in a few moments, 
and put the sufferer iu the most excru- 
ciating agony. The third was an infer' 
nat machine, laid horizontally, to which 
the victim was bound, the machine then 
being placed between two beams, in 
which scores of knives, so fixed, that by 
turning the machine with a crank, the 
flesh of the sufl'erer was torn from his 
limbs, all in small pieces. The fourth 
suipassed the others in fiendish ingenu- 
ity. Its exterior was a beautiful woman, 
or large doll, richly dressed, with arms 
extended, ready to embrace its victim. 
Around her feet a sem-icirclewas drawn. 
The victim who passed over this fatal 
mark touched a spring, which caused the 
diabolical engine to open, its arms clasp- 
ed him, and a thousand knives cut him 
into as many pieces, in tlie deadly em- 

Col. L. said that the sight of these 
engines of infernal cruelty kindled the 
rage of the soldiers tO| fury. They de- 
clared that every Inquisitor and soldier 
of the Inquisition should be put to the 
torture. Their rage was ungovernable. 
Col. L. did not oppose them; they might 
have turned their arms against him, it 
he had attempted to arre-st their work. 
They began with the Holy Fathers. The 
first they put to death in the machine for 
; breaking joints. The torture of the In 

were now restored to life. There wer 
fathev.s who found their long-lost daught 
ers; wives were restored to their hua 
bauds, sisters to thwir brothers, and pa 
rents to their cliihiren; and there were 
some who could iveogniKc no friend 
among the multitude. The scene was 
such that no tongue can describe. 

When the multitude had retired, Col 


h. caused the library, paintings 
ture, etc.. to be removnl, and 
sent to the city for a wagon load of pow 
der, he deposited a large quantit) in the 
vaults beneath the building, and placed 
a slow match in connection with it. All 
had withdrawn at a distance — and in 
fl'W moments there was^ a moat Joyful 
sight to thousaudM! The walls and tur- 
rets of the massive structure rose majes 
tically towards the heavens, impelled 
by the tremendous explosion— and fell 
back to the earth, au immense heap of 
ruins. The Inquisition was no more 
Advent Hera'd. 


YKS, and wtighty ones too, we all 
must bear continually, but at cer- 
tain times we feel a.-< if they were more 
than doubled upon our weak shoulders, 
at least I am under that impression at 

To-day, again, I have resumed my 
jirofession of leaching in a public school, 
aud it seems as if a deeper sens^e than 
ver of my un worthiness to be such, per- 
ades my whole being. 
I do not consider it as an entire fulfill- 
ment of the duty I owe to my pupils 
and patrons to merely teach those little 
ones with precious souls, placed under 
my care, the routine required by the 
taws and regulations of our government; 
but that I also must teach them to be 
good Christian men aud women; and 
then the thought arises, how can I do 
80 unless I am such myself, aud walk in 
the humble, loving paths of the dear 

When we know that those little ones 
look up to UH with so much confidence, 
aud are such apt imitators, oh, may we 
strive daily to plant in their easily 
directed minds, seeds of useful 
ness, which, if they cannot be made tc 
yield and hundred told, may at least 
yield thirty. And further, we know 
that if we thus strive daily and hourly to 
prove to them that we are indeed follow 

el-, of the lowly Jfjtupt, Wi^uureelves will 
receive niucli lieiirfir. aud a grt-a' reward 
by "patient continuance in well doing.' 
Then truly we should be active in the 
noble cause. 

Many, many thinga take place daily 
in the «irhool room that vexes uv; many 
times our bodies are worried with clo^e 
confinement and pain, and then but a 
slight interruption from those little one* 
will annoy us exceedingly, and are we 
always careful to conceal our anger then? 
I am afraid we must t)eg leave to "ay, 
"no," and further add that we thought- 
lessly say and do things then which aft- 
erwards will make our hearts bleel. Oh 
is this like Christ? Again, some of our 
patrons may find fault with our methods 
of procedure; do we ihen try tosee them 
and advise with them as to what is best 
to be done? No, but we are more apt 
to send them a disrespectful note or re- 
ply to the effect that we understand our 
own b\isinesa, and would thank them to 
atlendto theirs- Is this Christ like 'ool 
Oh, how far we are apt to stra^" tVooi 
him. forgetting in our auger hU mclit 
I bitter tii-ils aud persecutions and bow 
mildly he bore them, when too, a few 
heartfelt words breathed into his rtady 
ear, would quiet the tempest within us. 
Oh, how often I have thought and 
winImmI that it might be so, and have la- 
bored with that end in \iew, of having 
some of my tormer pupils come to me in 
future days, (lud say, "Dear tf^cher, 
through your kindness towards un, your 
Christian conduct, and your paiiened 
with us, 1 have become your lasting 
friend, and tliankt be to God, have been 
led to ftcce])t of Jesus too?" Oh, what 
happiuea.s that will be then to me. ^V^^ 
I not then feel fully repaid for my form- 
er exertions? f)h, that it may V»e so! 

Hoping that this may meet the eye of 
some other laborer iu the 8iun*j profess- 
ion, and whose heart will respond to 
mine, by a kindred feeling for my trials 
and hopes as a teacher to those little 
ones, 1 protter this to the columns of 
the dear B at W. 


I'iAl.Ol'SY 18 a monstrous evil. It 
hius shown its cloven foot in all age-H 
of the world. Abel worshipetl God ac- 
ceptably. Cain became jealous and mur- 
dered him. Esau in his jealousy assay- 
ed to kill Jacob. Jealousy sold Joseph 
into bondage. Saul in his fierce jealousy 
sought to slay IHvid, the Lord's anoint- 
ed. It cast Daniel into the lions den, 
crucified the Son of God, ca.<!t the apos^ 
ties into prison, lighted the fires of per- 
secution drenching the earth with the 
blood of martyrs. It raised great ar- 
mies and warriors expending millions oi 
treasure and sacrificing myriads of hu- 
man lives. Jealousy poisons every or- 
der of human society from the king on 
his throne to the be^-gar in his rags. 
This monstrous evil is found in all its 
hideousness in the church of God. The 
cause of the blessed Savior is sacrificed 
at hie shrine, and saiuts become deviU 
at his touch. Nothing is too sacre*i nor 
too holy for his destroying hand. 

People will say, I will not give t^ lual 
person, he is bad; not thinking of the 
saying of Christ, that our heavenly Fath- 
er maketh the sun to rise ujwn the evil 
and the good, and sendeth rain upon the 
just and unjust. 

It is wise and well to look on th« 
cloud of sorrow as though we ex|>ecte<l 
it to turn into a rainbow. 



^he brethren at ^-ork. 


I BfioTtiEH Bashor expects to visit the Breth- 
! rfo in Orfgoo und WashiogtoD Tfrritory atter 
tlie Dext ADUiiul Meeting. 


s. .1. nAKitr.sox. 

J. W.STKIN. ' 

I. TfiK EtlitoM will !)(■ rraponttiWe 
(vtithI t'^ncof the (luiitT, and tli«* InHertloh of aii 

;>• jri Dfil^r lo sp^-iir^'jinitnpt In- 
clffl. will i>l<^HM> not Iniliilze in 
icinirtcoiis liiiiKUiige, bul pre- 
( ilh s-itHoned wlUi SJilt," 

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wrtlon of the 

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p«T»(>Nlllilii>fl ! 


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N (f"m »ll [>aris of 

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we will imt tlifm 
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K'.-ji.itl.Jd l.ik.-..|, .j^hi 
Rive iin AM. tlif fact.i, 
pnijiiT Ahaifd. Alw.tyi 
narr')W jiajx-r. 

i. TirK KltFTIIIlKN AT WOKK Wtll be HWIlt to 

anyiulilrtutH In tlio I'nlU-rf .stat^-a or Canada lor 
8l.*-"|i<T iinnum. Pnr the Ic.'ullng charartpri sties 
of lilt" ji/ititT. ai4 well a* t«rni'» Im SRenta see elgliDi 
|)HKv, Addn-HH all (rommunitiaUonH. 


Lnnark, Carroll Co., lU. 

Thr Be«h Grove Church, Ohio, recently 
received eighteen members by baptism. Bro. 
D. X. Worlcrnan a«»iiited the brethren in the 

AM'JNr, our 1 orretpiii)(J''nr'e the r^-ader will 
find an extract of a letter Crom Jarues Chrysial 
t<j Bro, Hope which shows the imiih. Our 
readera can draw their own couclusioDs. 

MninnKR J. W. Metr-ger rinited (he niemb<T« 
«t W,-9t Lebanon, Indiana, at the close of last 
yar, and held aevpral meettog-i; also a Love-, and (juite an enjoyable time was hud by 


.UMARV «(», IKW). 


AN lufidi-l cdijjr's filling, pobtB Up Ins billo, 
rents a liiiij, if^'i" a *'ill houRe, rave^ against 

the Biblf, tli^ LurtJ .J.-m,«, ..Ipis. and ChriF- 

tianily, and f.^w ar^ «f.irff>l iij.; not one preacher 
id culled out Uj let tliu Uiipi|.t?l light in npuu Ihc 
lufidt-rs ai)iihi».tfy. Ni xt comes the Spirilual- 
int who alHO potts hie bilU, meets the pcoplr-i 
ridicules the miniiterii, God and Christ, the 
churcli, the apostleH. but the clergy itticr not n 
irnril in defence. The riiivenialist. storms and 
ranli, tijIlH the people (here is no hell, no devil, 
nor si'cond death, nothing to be savpd from, yet 
the pi-i'iichera nit at eii«p on their lounges and 
easy i:hftii8._ They believe that "whutev^ra man 
thinli:* i^ TigUl, i» right tobim; ' so they are not 
alarmiid. The Mormon tomes, then IIih Shaker, 
the S-VHdi-riliorgian, and the IJoolu Catholic, 
but stilt the miniaterH are notaroiKied. 

Hut along comes a man with a Bible under 
his anil, get^ uj) before a congregatifin, pieitdi 
for the whole truth, (ho infallible word; for 
complimiie to all the conditions of the Lord 
Jesus; urge* what the aportles taught; urges 
implicit cfinfideuce in the Gospel, and straight- 
way the wliole conimunity is alarui-'d, all ,is 
(•xcitemeiill The clergy are arousfd; heads 
me laid together; plans are formed, and the 
forces are put in battle array. 'Thia man," 
Bay they, 'does not teach that ' Whatcier a mm 
thinks is right, that ix riyht to him;' " he tells 
too much Bible. "The Infidel thinh tii.Te is no 
God, no Christ; the Uuiversalist thi,ds there 
is no hell, no dt-vil, no second death, therefore 
to them this is right; but this man with the 
^i\i\e,]ii) (hiiilisthe JiiUf i» rif/ht; Christ 
i» right; the Holy Spirit is right; tli.^ condi- 
tions an* riglit; he /,■< ,i tOnujerous mn,," Thus 
it I*.: the Mormon, the lufidel, the S,.uitnalist, 
the Shaker oauses no disturbance hy tliinking. 
'Whatever a man thinks is right. :■• rght to 
him,"butifu believer in Christ h..|, to 
come around and thinks the Bible i> light, the 
jHoI> Spirit is right, Christ is right, obedience 
» right, a long and bitter howl goes up from 
the clergy, tlie people's sympathies are aroused, 
right or wrong, and the Bible man is thrust 
out! Are such "miserable comforters" sa/> 
■counsellors? Verily Isaiah 56: 10,11 finds it« 
subjects in all ages of the world. Such have 
their reward. 

"Vediirerent sects wtio all declare, 

l.ol Christ is iiKKK. mul Christ is Tniiiir 

1 our stronger prooi;^ diviiifly give, 

And -siiMW i„e uiii ,;e ttie CtiVisiiaiis livi. 

Who is that L. K. Arner (learner) that 
writ*s chronicler for the Hrithrm al Work, 
anyhow? — (?hs;w/ I'rearhrr. 

Good brother, he is a di-ripV of one Jesu> 
Christ, Son of the living God. 

Ki.n. If. P. Saylor preached m our chnrcb. at 
Welty's, on the last .Siinduy of the olii year 
Our aged brother iias wielded the gospel sword 
for many years. May his last days in 'thi 
good cause, be Iiis best. — BrftlireiCs Adnyrnte. 

"The doctrine of orthodox Christianity is that 
the damned shall suffer torment forever and 
lon-ver. And if you were a wanderer, footsore, 
wearv. with parched tongue, dying for a drop 
of water, and you met one who divided hi.-' poor 
portion with you, and died as be saw you re- 
viving — if he was an unbeliever and you a be- 
liever, and you died ami went to heaven, and he 
i-alled to you from hell for a draught of water, 
it Would be your duty to taugh at him." 

We|deuy that theaboveia orthodox Christian- 
ity. Tlie parable of the good Samaritan cou- 
tradiots it. The t*>aphiug of Chriet on the mount 
contradicts it. Christ teaches that the leant 
kindn< ^s Hhall not be forgotten. Even a "sup 
of water" shall not lose its reward. He teaches 
that a kiii'luess done our fellow-man is a kind- 
ness done him. He teaches that if we only do 
good to those who can return the favor, that 
we show no love that will give us credit with 
God. Nay, be teaches that if we salute only 
our brethren — friends — we are no better than 
the wickedest, for they do that. We most em- 
phatically deny that Mr. I. has here told the 

We have on band a lot of manuscript from 
Bro. Stein treating on the design and form of 
baptism, which we «ball begin to publish .sir n. 
These articles have been prejidred with grei,t 

care, and designed for book form after they 

have run through tlie jiaper 


MI{. I. next tells us what a number of noted 
theologians have said about hell. Before 


DhoihebD. R Eby,of this place, left the 
12th mat. for his former home in Stark County 

BHOTHKit John Wi« preached a number of 
discourses in the Home Church, Ohio. He left 
for home on the oveniui of the 12th iust. 

BiioTBEK Allen Boyer. of Waddam's Grove 
Church, III , preached iu the Lanark Church 
Thumday evening, the 15th inst. Subject, 
The Resurrection" 

BiioTHBR Knoch Eby recently heW some 
meetings in Bureau Co. Ill,, and was made 
joyful by areing two precious souls coming into 
111- church. 

we quote from Mr. I. on this point we wish 
aak a few (juestion^. 

1. What does the ic//e/" of these menhave to 
do with hell? 

2. I i there be a hell and noted men believe 
t, will that destroy it? 

3. Or, if there be no hell and noted men be- 
lieve there is, will that make one? 

4. If there be a hell which is a place of tor- 
ment etjual to a perpetual burning, and leani^ 
men picture its horrors as dreadful as it is in 
the power of mind to imagine, does that quench 
the fires of hell? 

Nothing can be more certain than that if the 
Bible teaches there is a Gcd and a heaven, it al 
90 teaches there is a Devil and a hell. If it 
teaches one being is infinitely merciful, it teach 
es the other is equally unmerciful. If it teacli- 
es the glory of the home of the saints is grand 
beyond tlie power of man to conceive, it also 
teaches the inBuite gloom and despair of the re- 
gions of "outer darkness where there h weeping 
and wailing and gnashing of teeth." 

As to whether there exists an evil injhience or 
not, is not every man's own consciousness a suf- 
ficient proof? Is it not every man's experience 
in life that he fails to practice his best aud no- 
blest resolutions, his most determined purpose? 
to do good? Would it not do any man a gross 
injustice to i^ay he is as good as he wishes to be? 
Nowiftherebenoevilinliuence, why does man 
have this experience? If there be such an in- 
fluence, what is its source? If not from the 
Devil from whence dots it emanate? 

We now quote the conclusion of Mr. I's lec- 
ture on Hell. 

"An old saint believed that hell was in the in 
tcrior of the earth, and that the rotation of the 
earth was caused by the souls trying to get 
away from the fire." Tbe old church at Strat- 
fordou-Avou, Shakespeare's home, is adorned 
with pictures of hell and the like. One of the 
liictures represents resurrection morning. Peo 
pie are getting out of their graves, and devils 
«ie catching hold of their heels. In one place 
there is a huge brass monster, and devils are 
driving scores of lost souls into his mouth. Ovei 
liot fires hang caldrons with (ilty or sixty peo 
pie in each, and devils are poking the fires 
I'cople are hung up on hooks by their tongues, 
and devils are laahing thera. Up in the right 
liand corner are some of the saved, with griu> 
on their faces stretching from ear to ear. Th-y 
seem to say; 'Aha, what did I tell you?' " 

This sounds ridiculous and so it is, but re 
member we don't read anything in the Bible 
like it. This irreverence is a fair specimen of 
the good sense t: e infidel geniusta are almost 
dying to impart to the sons of men! 

"Itev, Mr. Spurgeou says that everywhere in 
hell will be written the words "forever." They 
will be branded on every waveol flame.tbey will 
be forged in every link of every chain, they will 
be seen in every lurid flash of brimstone — every- 
where will be those words "for ever." Every- 
body will be yelling and screaming them. Just 
think of that picture of the mercy and justice 
of the eternal Father of us all. If these words 
ire necessary why are they not written now ev- 
ry where in the worM, on every tree, and every 
field, and on every blade of grass? I say I am 
■utitled to have it so. I say that it is God's duty 
to furnish me with the evidence." 

We bring forward a passage which we find 
just a little further on. It is this. "The idea 
of eternal life was not born of any book. That 
wave of hope and jijy ebbs and flows, and will 
continue to ebb and flow as long as love kisses 
IJie lips of death." Here Mr. I. not only con- 
lessfs but boldly dei Ures tliat eternity is in "ev- 
ery wave of hope and joy." Hence God lios sup 
plied him with just what he demands. 

"I care nothing about the" infidel "doctrines 
or religions or creeds of the past. Let us come 
to the bar of" philosophy "and judge matter by 
what we know, by what we think, by what we 
love. "But tlu-j say to us, 'if you throw away' 
infidelity 'what are we to depend on then?'" 
■ But no two persons in the world agreed as to 
wliat" infidelity "is, what they are to believe, 
or what they are not to believe. It is like a 
guide-post that has been thrown down in some 
time of disater, and has been put up the wrong 
way. Nobody can accept its guidance, for n 
body knows where it would direct him. I say, 
"Tear down the useless guide-post," but they 
.inswer, "Oh do not do that or we will have 
nothing to go by." "I would say." infidelity 
you take that road and I will take this. Anoth- 
er" infidel "has said that "atheism "is the great 
town-clock, at which we all may set our watch- 
es. But I have said to a friend of that" infidel: 
"Suppose we all should set our watches by that 
tonii-clock, there would be many persons to tell 
you that in old times the long hand was the 
hour hand, and besides the clock hasn't been 
wound up for a long time." "I say let us wait 
till" we can read God's word "and set our 
watches by" that. "For my part, I am willing 
to give up" infidelity "to get rid of hell. I had 
rather there should be no" infidelity "than that 
any solitary soul should be condemned to suffer 
forever and ever. The Bible is the good book 
Now, m" infidelity "there is no reference to an^ 
other life. Is there a burial service mentioned 
ill It in which a word of hope is spoken at the 
grave of the dead? The idea of eternal life was 
not born of infidelity. "That wave of hope 
and joy tbbs and flows, and will contniue to ebb 
ud How as long as love kisses the lips of death 
Let me tell you a tale of the" Christian "re- 
bgiou-ofaman who, having done good for 
long years of his life, presented himself at the 
gates of Paradise, but the gates remained closed 
^.yainsthim. He went back and followed up 
his good works for .even years longer, and the 
gates of Paradi.6 slill remained shut against him 
he toiled m works of charity until at last they 
were opened unto him. There is no religion 
but goodness, but justice, bat cliarity. Heligion 
>«not theory; ,t is life. U is not intellectual 
conviction; itis divine humanity. Compare that 
1 religion with the" practice of the 

ofthecityof New York. There ia a prayer 
which every" Christian "j.rays, in which l,e c'e 
dares that he will never enter into a final stBt« 
of bliss alone, but that everywhere b.< ujl, sirj, 
Jor universal redemption, that nevur will h 
leavi- the world of sin and sorrow, but^ remaj,, 
suffering and striving and sorrowing afu-r imi 
ven-al yaJvation. Compare that witli the" cbarl 
ities of iutidrlity "widsend"' for lugei-soll to lec- 

"The doctrine of infidelity "is infamous be- 
yond all power to express. I wish there were 
words mean enough to express my fofllings of 
loathing on this subj et. What harm hiis it 
not done? What waste places has it not made? 
It has planted misery and wretchedness in this 
worid : it peoples the future with selfish joys and 
lurid abyst'es of eternal flame. But we are get 
ting more sense every day. We begin to despise 
those monstrous doctrines. If you want better 
men and women, change their conditiuna here 
Don't promise them something somewhere else" 
One biscuit will do" the hungry "more good 
than all the tracts that were ever pi'ddled in thp 
world. Give them more white-wasb, more light, 
more air, You have to chtuig.- men physically 
before you change them intellectoallv. I be- 

lieve the time will come when 

'?ery criminal 

will be treated as we now treat the diseased and 
sick, wben-every penitentiary will become a re- 
formatory; and that if criminals go to them 
with hatred in their bt-soms. they will leave 
them without feelings of revenge" 

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We have just received a new lot of the pic- 
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If' M M ESHII-M.!.,) 

TN Vol. 4, No. 31, Brothers. S. Mohler gave 
1 us, under thp title, "Line upon Line— The 
Dress Question Iteviewed," some of the most 
substantial arguments that we have read oii 
this subject. Being much pressed with other 
matters at the time,* we did not refer to his ar- 
ticle but laid it aside for future thought. 
We now take up his line of thought, urge it 
upon all who have a desire to walk in wisdoiii'> 
ways and become stronger in the work of the 
Lord. And while we are looking at this ques- 
tion, will you please keep (he abuse of humili- 
ty and dress from before your eyes, so that you 
" ''''^'b' "ee what we have to say. We shall 

attend to the abuse 

part in another chapter. 

J^irst. It is a principle in nature that the 

germs of branches, leaves, flowers and fruit 

which are to come out next year, are covered 

with a'"r-tight, substances to protect them from 

cold. The germ lies there dormant; but when 

the heat of sprin^^-time comos upon the bud, 

the germ will take upon itself n form. 

^ Second. A cloud is made up of minute vesi- 

I '^'*'s or bubbles containing air. Theairwitbiu 

orthodox (bese hubbies is lighter than the air without, 

Jan- -JO 

•I'H^E liRETilJREISr ^T -WOiiK:. 

because it is warmer. A cold uurri-nt of air 
passes throngli the doud. the little buhbles are 
broken up. riiih tog»-ther by the law of Rttnir- 
tion and then defend to the earth in tho f.inn 
of drops, which we dill rHiu. Here we have 
air and v«[.on which, l.y eertuin principles, 
unite 6\ii/'>riii rain. 

i'loni theKP, Bud m»ny other <xainj»les in 
uiiture WK learn that the dt-velopiueut of prin- 
ciple i^ by well-dcfintd acts or 9te]i3. Right 
principles are uddi-e^sed to our nnderstanding 
by tbinga tangible. The principle of growth 
IB expreaaed by appropriate form. The eerm 
in the hud of the apple-tree was made to as- 
sume /wm by the principles of heat, light, aud 
air; hence form is a c on^e^iuent of principle a? 
certainly aa pain is the result of an infraction 
of law. 

What teacher would assume to implant the 
principle of mathematics in a child's mind 
without appropriate form? Sometimes we 
prepare ourselves much more readily to learn 
in the school of science than in the school of 
Christ. Our obtusity bars out many precioua 

What is a pinciple? Primarily, prhiripfe 
means beginning, a source of origin. Webster 
furtliT defines it as "A settUd rule of action; 
a governing law of conduct." Priociplea are 
to ha imbibed; doctriue.belived; precepts, obey- 
ed. Principle, therefore, is first or primary. 
Doctrine is compi>3ed of principles, and pre- 
cept rests upon them. "Ductrhie requires a 
teacher; precept requires a superior witli au- 
thority; principle requires only an illustratoi 

We now take up the principle of humility 
and shall observe whether it neff/s >in illustnt- 
toi: "When humi/ity and modesty show theni- 
aeWes in the outward conduct, the former bows 
itself down. Ihe latter sliriuks." The Christian 
must possess I»oth, the former as expressive 
of hia own comparative littleness, the latter as 
iudicaiag the esteem in which he holds him- 

Humility is the opposite of pride, arro- 
gance, and Hf;lf esteem. These assume torm; 
thut no les so, and for the simple reason that it 
is in harmony with divine law. Holiness waters 
humility. Without holiness, humility withers, 
— is but a leafless branch. 

Humility, like other principles of revealed 
truth, must be taught by example. Unless 
it be, by some visible means, addressed 
to the constitution of the mind, we 
could have no idea of what it is. And we 
know that man learns by example better than 
by precept. The theory of farming, however 
much it may be taught in an Agricultural Col- 
lege, never makes a practical farmer. He must, 
with tools in hand, prudirfl what he has learn- 
ed. Tdc theory of humility and submission do 
ilot pass men as being liumble; they must 
practire these principles, and then it can truly 
be eaid, '"They are humble.'' 

There is the principle of non-conformity to 
■the world, as well as neatness to be considered. 
There is, for instance, one form of dress which 
embraces the principles of modesty, humility, 
and neatness. So far that form is right; not be- 
cause the church or individuals say it is right; 
but because the principles of humility and 
modesty are in that form, and these principles 
are of God. But there ia a principle wanting 
in that form. The principle of non-conformity 
to the world is not there. The Christian's 
garb must be expressive of the principle of 
modesty, humility, non-conformity and fitness 
or neatness. Now if we can find a form ot 
dress embracing these principles, then wo have 
something that is in harmony with the will of 
our heavenly Father. 

Some insist thrtt a form of dress expressive 
of the principle of plainness is sufficient— 
that which the mornl man regards as suitable, 
is quite enough. Others urge that the form of 
dress expressive of humility, modesty, ueatuess, 
and non-conformity should be the Christian's 
garb. The parties dispute about this, so they 
agree to leave the matter to the General tirolh- 
erhood in council assembled. The Brother- 
hood decides that the form which is expressive 
of humility, modesty, neatness and non-con- 
formity is in harmony with the great law of 
uniformity, and there the matter should end, 
butunfortunatelyitdoesnot. and will not so 
long as Satan is not bound. 

Put a thousand acorns into the ground, and 
the life-priuciple in each one will expres.'* itself 
in due course of time in the form of an oak 

tree. All these trees will he alike— will have a resemblance, and can be readily dis- 
tinguished tr >m beech, maple, hickory and all 
otiier variet ie- of wood. All the trees in each 
variety, in accordance with immutable law. 
resemble e.itii other. E'ery plant of its kind, 
every animal after it-* species have a genenil 
resemblance to all others of its kind. 

Go into the study of natural history, take 
up the order, Unptorfii, and you will tind a gen- 
eral resemblance. Falcom, hawks, and eagles, 
in many respects, resemble each other, yet the 
difference l>ekvaen each family is sufficient to 
enable one to distinguish between tbem. But 
take the falcon family, and one falcon look-, 
more like another falcon than like au eagle. 
.\gain. any number of hawks resemble each 
other more than they resemble falcons. Each 
species, by an unchangeable law of Gcd. has its 
peculiarities, and each member of that species 
looks like every other member. All quadru- 
peds have a general resemblance, yet there is 
sufficient ditlerence between a bufl'ulo and 
musk-ox to distinguish one from the other, 
But take the family, butTalo, and all of its 
memberi resemble each other more than a 
musk-ox resembles them. Thus itia all through 
God's creation. The hawk wears thu same 
kind of covering all through its life and we 
chide it not because it will not lay olTits feath- 
ers and don wool. The ox wears bis coat of 
hair, and we grumble uot because, for fashion's 
sake, he will not put uway his hairy coat and 
put on teathers. The sheep is content with 
his wool, and we never think of complaining 
because he will uot sometimes wear bristles. 
The oak tree, year by year wears its rou^h 
bark, and puts forth its preen loaves, yet we do 
not fret and worry because it will not appear in 
seal skin and ostrich feathers. The potato 
continues to grow and mature on the roots of 
the plant, and we never wonder why it does 
ot sometimes grow on the vine. All through 
nature we quickly learn that principles mani> 
fest themselves in form, and that each member 
of that species resembles every other member 
(if its family. We see general uniformity 
among all the members of each species and 
kind, and never become agitated over it; but 
as soon aa the Christian pleads for principles in 
harmony with the immutable laws of God in 
nature, he is regarded as unsound. Why 
should a believer in Christ, who is the life, a^k 
for revelation in things that have been revealed ? 
Does faith ask for additional testimony when 
it is already abundant? Never! But infidel- 
ity, semi-infidelity, doubt and fear, continue to 
ask lor a "thus saith the Lord," and that, too, 
when the Lord has spoken in every species of 
the animal, ve<j:etable, and luineial kingdom: 
The acorn is commanded to produce a tree 
which shall be non-conformed to the maple, 
but instead of going to work to proflitcf it, sin- 
ner-like it stops to ask its Creator how to be 
non-conformed. Is uot this an insult to thi 
Creator? Does he not put that very principle 
in the acorn? The thing put in the acorn ia 
not precisely like that put in the maple seed: if 
it were, they would be precisely alike, and 
there would be no necessity to call the one oak 
and tlie other maple. He who creates and 
commands has power to give/orm and erpren 
si'Jii to all created things; aud while the law of 
similarity is maintained, the law of diversity ii 
uot excluded. These laws are in harmony with 
every other law of the universe. Where di- 
versity ends similarity begins. 

The moral man ha,t his uniform too. He 
may be singled out from the great, busy mass 
of mankind by his simple aiiparel. In harmo- 

ny with the law of God he will uot apparel 

himself iu foolish and extravagant dress.- 
Nature teaches him that his apparel should be 
plain, and not after the ever-changing custom 
of the goddess of fashion. In this he acts in 
harmony with law already revealed. 

The devotees of fashion resemble each other 
When yon behold a room filled with fashiona- 
ble ptople you say they are fushionable. Why? 
Because there is something about them— yea on 
fhim, which enables you to nlace them in thi 
class, Faziotte. Place Jcbub with his seamless 
coat in a room with forty persons dressed iu the 
fashion of today. and then what would every 
enlightened mind say? Would uot the con- 
clusion of every one be that om of the number 
in the room is an humble man, and the forty 
fashionable? What enables you to come to 
that conclusion? Do you not arrive at your 
conclusion by the same means as you did with 

respect to the oak tre^ aud maple? Do not all 
fashionable people resemble each other? Satan 
can do nothing but imitate in part. He knomi 
that there is a general resprahlanco between 
things of the same opeciesiu nature, and that 
Christiana will resemble each other, hence the 
better way for bim to lead human beings to 
deatnietiou is to get them to resemble eneh oth- 
•^r, but in all extnivagaiico and folly. He imi- 
tates the good ill part, aud then!«ti(W.t his own, 
aud in this way has an army of servants. Nor 
is this all; if he can get but one of hii children 
to adorn himself iu tb* ChriBtim's garb, it 
pleases him well. By dmng this, he hopes to 
drive the good thing away from well-disposed 
people. "If I can only abuse that simple, 
plain, non-conformed apparel of the Christian, 
thousands will say it is of me, the devil, and 
away they will go into fathion." This is his 
plea, and many are lashed into his service that 

Before we close we call attention to tho tes- 
timony of Cyprian, Clement of Alexandria and 
Tertullian, who had the same great principles 
to contend for as the Christians now have: 

"If yon dress your hair sumptuusly and 
walk so as to draw attention, and attract the 
eyes of youth upon you, and draw the sighs of 
young men, nourish the lusts of concupiscence, 
and inflame the fuel of sighs, so that although 
you yourself perish not, yet you cause others 
to perish aud otTer, as it were, a sword or a 
poison to the spectators; you cannot be excus 
ed on the pretence that you are cha.ste aud 
modest in mind; yourshameful dress and im- 
modest oruameut accuse you." Cyprian Book 
1, page 340. 

"To drag one's clothes, letting them down to 
the soles of the feet, is a piece of consummate 
foppery, impeding activity in walking, the 
garment sweeping the surface-dirt of the 
ground like a broom." Cyprian, Book 2, page 

"The use of colors is not beneficial, for they 
are of no service, except the opprobrium alone. 
Aud the agreeableness of color alHicts greedy 
eyes, inlUming them to senseless blindness. 
But for those who are white and unstained 
within, it is most suitable to use white and 
simple garments. Dao. 7: i'; ll-v, tj; !t. Id 
And our life ought to bean thing rather than 
'I pageant. Therefore the dye of Surdm, and 
another of olive, and another of greeu, a rose- 
colored, aud scarlet, and ten thousand other 
dyes, have been invented with much trouble 
for mirschievous voluptuousness. Such clothing 
is for looking at, not for covering. Garments 
too variegated with gold, and those that are 
purple, aud that piece of luxury which has its 
name from beasts and that suffron-coiored oint- 
ment-dipped robe * • we are to bid farewell to 
with the art it-self." Clement of Alexandria, 
Book -i, page 2.W, 259. 

"To Chrisftan modesty it is not enough to he 
so, but to srem m too. For so great ought its 
plentitude to be, that it may How out from the 
mind to the garb, and burst out from the con- 
scince to the outward appearance; so that even 
from the outside it may ga/.e, as it were, upon 
its own furniture, such as to be suited to re- 
tain faith as its inmate perpetually. • • * 
Wherefore, blessed sisters, let us abandon lux- 
uries, and we ehiill not rejiret them. ' ' * Let 
us cast away earthly ornaments if we desire 
heavenly. Love not gold. • ' Clothe you: 
selves with the silk of uprightness, the fir 
linen of holiness, the purple of modesty. Thus 
painted, you will have God as your Lover. 
Tertullian Vol. 1, page 328. 

In this ho ur«es that Christian modesty in 
its completeness should 'y/oifOH(/rom the mind 
to the garb, ami burst out from the conmence 
to the outward appearance." This he declares 
should be so that Christian modesty might 
gaze upon "i(,t oith furniture." But before 
Tertullian could urge believers in Christ to let 
their modesty gaze upou its own furniture, 
there must have been modent furniture, or 
Christian garment 

Cyprian devotes thirteen pages to dress iu 
his first volume, and ten pages against public 
shows. Cler.:ent of Alexandria devotes eight 
pages to the dress question, and Tertullian, ou 
page after page haudles the question with great 
ability. One cau not read the able defense ot 
the Fathers iu behalf of simplicity iu dress 
without concluding that the conflict in the 
nineteenth century over this question is simply 

beginning of Christianity. Then it wm a con- 
tlict between the m«rt(// and the yown; now it 
is between order aud con/usirm, between 
the If rrthren'ii »iy\e (if ATtt9. and tityles not of 
the Brethren. 

We now unhesitatingly declare our firm 
convictions that, our preseut manner of dreu, 
taught by the General Brotherhood, is 
the outgrowth of the jmif/atf: o/ uniformity^ 
and that no ditTerence how much deiigniDg 
men and women may attempt to dwarf the 
principles upon which it is founded, thete 
principles eaanot lie overtharrTwiL The devel- 
opment of the idea of uniformity is flubject to 
the law of unifurmity, therefore th« law of 
uniformity 18 absoututely necessary fo uniform- 
ity. There is but owe, and there could, by no 
possibility, be more than one law of uniformity. 
Kvery law in the universe "must be in perfect 
harmony with every other law" of the universe, 
hence he who opposes the law of uniformity — 
breaks the barmouy which law is designed to 

There is another law, equality, which is in 
harmony with the law of uniformity. There 
can be no equality where there is not uniform- 
ity. Infract the law of uniformity, and the 
law of equality is infracted. Maintain the law 
of uuiformity, and the law of equality is main- 
tained. We therefore plead for uniformity, not 
because Annual Meeting urges it, not becanae 
Id brethren insist upon it, but because it is a 
fundiiiitenttil prinnplf in both nature and re- 
ligion. Annual Meeting does not plead for it 
heCBuao it is nf mm, but because it is op God, 
and what (iod has set up, cannot be torn down. 
Brethren and sisters, are you ready to sur- 
reuder the principles of eternal truth? Are 
you ready to deliver up to Satan the great 
principles of equality, uniformity, and brother- 
ly love? Are you ready to abandou the funda- 
mental truths which were established by the 
Sou of God, our Savior? Are you prepared to 
stave in the sides of the good old ship on 
which you are sailing, for the mere fun of 
seeing the waters rush in and overwhelm you? 
Are yiui preparedjto pull down the sails, tear up 
the rigging of the vessel just to gratify your 
odversaiy, the devil? Mcthinks I hear a uni- 
versal chorus of voices, saying, "So, never! 
Hire us Ihr (jovd old «/(i;j, and full libertt/ to 
ob'y (iod iind mtintninl-iifhtprinriples, and m 
will move ouieard to virtory throuifh Christ Je- 
r U>rd>r 

Tub first term of school at Ashland College 
loaed December 21, 1879. Number of teach- 
rs employed six, number of students in atten- 
dance duriug the term, one hundred and twelve. 
Seeond term opened with thirty-six new stu- 
dents and nearly all the old ones returned. 

The Brethren of the Saute Fe congregation, 
Ind., have requested the churches of Middle 
Indiana to consider the propriety of erecting a 
home for orphans and infirm persons. This 
question has been before them at different 
times, but as yet has not been carried into ac- 
tion. We hope they will at least make an 
efl'ort, and if it then fails, the willing hearts 
will have been relieved of some responsibility. 

On another page of this issue Bro. Gish 
speaks out plainly, forcibly and truthfully. The 
time now is that men <if firmness and sound- 
ness must come to the front, aud speak in tones 
that will win. We are not ignorant of the 
fact that the cry of freedom may he raised by 
tyrants and despots for the same purposes that 
the thief cries out, "Stop thief I" Brother Gish 
expresses a plain truth when he says that an 
Ingersoliiau press would iudeed be "free" so 
long as the people, whom it was designed to 
destroy, would furnish the money to run it 
That is not freedom which seeks to mutilate 
and destroy itself. The man who has promised 
to dupport the constitution of the United 
States, and then turns round and tries to de- 
stroy the very thing he promised to help main- 
tain, is known by the D»me OiiiVor, 1 Tim. 4: 
1, 2 This is the character pictured more than 
eighteen hundred years ago. We have reached 
a period of the world's age in which, under the 
plea of fnedom, designing and corrupt men 
hesitate uot to "speak evil of dignities," nor to 
denounce in bitter language all who earnestly 
eoutend for the simplicity that was in Christ 
Kvery attempt to maintain the principles of 
f^Ifdiettial aild humility isop|x«eii iiBdrii.tirul«d 
m lugersollian style. Beloved bretbreu and 
-isters, grow not weary, but may the h>rl find 

lu all very oUen upon your knets, praying for 
a repetition of that away back yonder in the [ ihose who oppose themsekes. 

THK MltE'XiliiE^f x^T AVOKKl. 

Jan. -JO 


,j tB*r !>• lloU^-J'>tin . 



From Tiberias to Tyre. 

THERE is only one object at Niaareth 
which I wa^ftfpecirtUyaiiiiointo sen, and 
that was the precipice dov,i which theSazurenes 
attempted toca-^t Je«us. The tradition monKen., 
with their iHiial diHroRard of scripture ntate- 
ments, have locat"d thin incident near the steep 
hill mentionnd ahove. which wo climbed in 
coming to Niizareth; but thin is more than 
two milei from the town, while the Bcnpture 
itatsH that ■they led Mm to the brow tA the 
hill on which their city wa» buiit, that they 
might ca-it him down headlong" (Luke i: ay.) 
"The hill <>n wliich the city is built," then, i- 
the one on which we muat Icnit for the place 
in <iuc8tioii: and it it can not be found there, 
hone-ity nni^t compel uii to admit that it can 
not be found at all. Some writers have come 
BO near makinc thi« ndmission that I felt quite 
soIicitoHB ou the fnibjeet, and I Kearched the 
hill from top to bottom, from nide to side, and 
from end loend. I did co, not hccauHe all this 
waa Jiflce«8«ry to find u place suited to the event, 
but because i desired to know uU tli« places 
where it couhl have wcurred, and to i>p<-ak on 
the aiibject with full liwsiiranco. 1 found only 
two nnch phif'M. One in near the northeaaleni 
end of the tuwu, and about one-third the way 
up the hill. It irt II perpendicular precipice hix- 
ty feet hixh, made by the falling in of the roof 
of a deep tavora which onci- extended along 
the face of the hill at this point, and pnrt of 
which still exiBtn clo^e by the pwcliMce. I 
thit^k, liowevur, firnm tho ai)pearftnc© of Ih-i 
rock, th»t this procipico hua been formed in 
courpftmtiftfly recent times: aod for this leason 
I do not 6uppoM that the atteuipt at precipita- 
tion octurred here. Hut near the opposite end 
of the town, and at about the same elevation 
up th" bill, the same ledge of rock forms a 
natural prpripiiin, wiilch has every apiiearance 
of having exihtcd froii time immemorial. Its 
perpendicular height ia now about 40 feet, 
abundantly sntHcient to kill a man if dashed 
headlong Ironi it9 top. 'it is high enough up 
thehilltoiuHtity theacripture atat^ment that 
it Wfui on "Lho brow of the hill;" It was most 
probably oul^idn the auciaut city. Lieut. Con- 
der thiuku, from the appearance of ruins higher 
up, that the micieutcity was situated, like most 
of tbetowES of Palestine, near the top of the 

If thisflupposilion is correct, then the Naz- 
Breuen, in taking Jesus out of the town, took 
him down hill to the precipice below the town, 
and thi» p«cipico con(ititut«-d the brow of the 
hill us Been from the valley below. I am en- 
tiraly 8atisii?d that here is where the awful 
attempt was mad-:-; but 1 know not how to real- 
ize the feelingM of Jesus, when his own neigh- 
bora, former friends and lifcliiug compBiiiuus, 
tliUH iitteniplud to take his life. 

There are tw 3 miB»ionary eaterprisee located 
at Nazareth with which I was very favorably 
impressed. One is a Medical Mission, supported 
by a society in Edinburgh. It is furnished with 
a dispensary, where medicine is given without 
charge to those who are unable to pay for it, 
and with iiu inlirmnry, capable of accommo- 
dating a limited number of &icU persons who 
are without homes or away from home. Dr. 
Varden, the Superintendent, is both a preacher 
aud a physician, aud while ministering to the 
bodies of bis patieut!», he invariably imparts to 
them religious instruction. I think this the 
moat direct method of access Ui the adult 
minds of this beuishted popuhition, aud the 
supply of medical treatment for them is a iuom 
beuevoleiit thing iu itaelf. They sicken, and 
suffer and die, from all the maladies that tiesh 
is heir to, without the use of any remedies 
whatever, unless it ba some that are worse than 
the disease. My heart bled for them on more 
than one occaiion. Once there was brought to 
me a womau who was atllictcd with a deep 
cough, and who was evideutly a victim of con- 
sumption. They Huid that the doctor of the 
village had cauterized her, but that she had 
grown worse instead ot better. Oq iuquirv I 
learned th>it the cauierixiuf; consisted iu apply- 
ing a red hot ivou to her buck, and the terrible 
wound which it caused wan not jet healed up. 
tjhe will carry it to her grave, and the time will 
not be long. 

The other enterprise at Na/.areth, is a Female 
Orphan School. On a bench of the bill, perched 

highabote the city, is a Urge and handsomp i iwg tare much good has been done, as is alt*r.jt'd 
htone building, two stories high, the most con- 1 by the numerou'i additions to the church, of its 
sDicuous and the finest house in the place. It | students, which, brethren, we consider ot no 

was erected by a Miss Discon, of Koglaod, a* 
an orphan girl's home. It accomuiodaten 
about forty girls as boarders, who receive an 
elemeiitarj- education, and are taught all the 
domestic arte of civilized life, such as cooking, 
waehing. sewing, etc. It i« impoasible to im- 
agine a i>eople more in need "f all this instruc- 
tion, thiiii the native women of thin country. 
Their usual mode of washing is to sit down by 
a smooth rock near a pool of water, dip the 
garment to be washed iu the water, lay it on 
the rock, and then beat it with another reck, 
or with a heavy woDden paddle. As a conse- 
quence of the method, their clothes are never 
clean f-xcept when they are new. Of the art of 
cooking they know nothing, except to boil 
mutton aud rice together, and to make a kind 
of bread which a white man cannot eat. They 
can seld'Jiii afford to eat mutton or rice, and 
their wUnding diet is cold bread aud sour goat's 
milk. To these they add rucumbers. tomatoes 
and melons in their seaion, eiiting the two for- 
mer aa the last, without salt or vinegar, or any 
mode of preparation. It seems to me impossi- 
ble to make good Christians out of u people 
thus benighted, until you l«ach them some- 
thing iu tie line of domestic economy. 

While our camp was in Nazaretli, we rode 
over to Kefr Kenna (vil'i*ii^' "' Kenna). the 
Cnua of the New Testament. It is a little over 
thrte miles uortheiist of Na/.areth, a convenient 
di.stance for Mary and her lamily to attend the 
wedding. Here the Greeks have a very odd 
liiiilding conaiafing of a single room in which 
they say the water was turned into wine. They 
have turned the room into a chapel, and in one 
side ot it stand two large stone mortars, about 
two and ouc-half f*et high aud tweuty inches 
across, now u^'ed lor iuimer>ing iufants. Our 
local i^uiue, m esplaining their uae to us, said: 
"De Greeks put de b.^bies under; not sprinkle 
ein, likede Latins imd de Protestants." The 
priest told us that these two mortars were two 
of the six .itone water pots which held the wa- 
ter that was turned into wine. The simple- 
minded old man was not aware that the six 
water potii held each two or three firkins apiece 
— about aO gallons— wbercaf his mortars held 
ouly about SIX galJotis . ilfhflhad known this 
he might have cbi^]ed his morU^rn out a little 
deeper. When we came out i-f the room, Isuw, 
near by a twenty gallon oil jar, and I said to 
tlie priest, 'Von ought to take that, and paint 
it to imitate stone, and then put it in the place 
of your two jars: it would look more like the 
thing." His only answer was, "That is made 
to hold oil." I don't think he saw the point. 

From Nazareth we went across southern Gal- 
ilee to Acre, now called Akkas but called Ptole- 
mais in the New Testament. It is more prom- 
iuent in the military history of the crusades 
aud oi ,the Turkish Empire, than in sacred his- 
tory. It is the best fortified city on the Syrian 
coswt, aud is a thoroughly Turkish town. 

One day's ride along the eea-eoa^t brought us 
from Acre to Tyre. It would require the space 
of an entire letter to say briefly all that I would 
like to say of this famous city; and yet, in de- 
scribing its ruins, I would have to repent much 
of what I have said concerning Aekolon and 
CiL'sarea. Sufhce it to aay, that while the mod- 
ern town of Tyre is an average Syrian town, 
thesiteoftlie ancient city is well described in 
the sublime strains of the prophet Ezekiel, in 
which he prcditited the ruin which the traveler 
uj'v beholds. Read the 26th aud 57tU chapters 
of Ezekiel, aud coni^ider ihein the conclusion 
of tlii5 letter. 

J. W. Mc(3artby. 

Notes and Observations. 


ON the 11th of December I left home for the 
purpose of business and a release from 
home care, and lauded iu Huntingdon, i^a., on 
the evening of tlie 12th. The next morning 
called at Bro. A. U. Brumbaugh's oflSce. Next 
jiroceeded up town aud called with brother 
Quinter, who is always ready to welcome the 
brethren, and the Prhnitire family, and also the 
Brethren's Normal School. Was introduced to 
the teachers aud many students; found them 
to be agreeable aud pleasant. Visited the class 
rooms and heard numerous recitations and ex 
aminations which were thorough and searching, 
not only being taught from text books, but of 
general and practical application, when applied 
to the business wants of after life. This school, 
although it* name indicates a course more 
particularly adapted to the fitting of teachura 
for their calling, embracea full instruction ir 
i-ll branches, common and higher, com])rising i 
two and four year course, and under its foster- 

imall imporUoce. As [ mingled with them 1 
found them kind and sociable, and much inter- 
est manifested by the young members in the 
cause of truth. It was my privilege tu worship 
with them and preach the word; excellent in- 
terest and close attention on the part, of all. I 
felt that it was good to be there. Also atten- 
ded Sabbath-scbool ; found a commendable zeal. 
the young brethren and sisters instructing the 
youth, and gathering from the streets, and 
clothing those not sufficiently clad to come, 
so that they may be taught out of the word of 

From small beginnings the school hiis grown, 
making it necessary for more commodious buil- 
dings which they have erected at the north of 
town on a beautiful hillside, which commands 
a fine view of the mountains and shaggy peaks 
and the varied scenery which surrounds the 
place. About half a mile east of the building, 
on another hillside, is the cemetery belonging 
to the town. There He the remains of Brother 
J. M. /^uck, the founder of the Institution, and 
whose loss is deeply felt by the school and 
church, and ail who were tnrown within the 
circle of his intUieuce. My association with the 
brethren of Huntingdon was both agreeable 
and instructive, and can truly say I was well 
plensed with all whom I met. The only thought 
ofsadnei^s is. when shall it be again ? Perhans 
never in this lif--, but if not, brethren, let us all 
be prepared to meet in the family above. 

Ontheraorniug of the 17th, Ileft Hunting- 
don for AsliUnd, Ohio, and as the sun shone 
brightly it afforded me a fine view of Nature's 
hand-work as I glided along on the Pa. Central. 
A light snow having fallen the night previous 
covered the mountain -tops, aud hung lightly 
upon the ever-green boughs far up the moun- 
tain aide, the scenery being grand aud beauti- 

Arrived at Ashland the next morning aud 
soon found iny way to Bro. S. H. Bashor's, 
where I was kindly cared for; remained over 
Sunday, visiting the College, which was just 
closing the first term. Buildings are finely 
located on an elevatioc over-looking the city 
and country, with a large commodious main 
building having two front entrances with cen- 
tral stairway leading to all parts of the buil- 
ding, a dining department to the right of main 
building for females, aud iu contemplation a 
little building to the left for males; altogether 
when completed with it.i fine grounds of 27 
acres forming a nice home for students. Sev- 
eral of the students are members of the Church. 
Kecently a short series of meetings were held 
by Bro. Bashor, when several were addi=d to the 
family above. At 2;30 p. m., and by request, a 
sermun was pr^'ached on feet- washing a^^ a 
command to be observed in the Church, with 
good attendance and interest. In the evening 
the writer talked to the people as best he 
could, aud then took the train for Mansfield. 
The associations formed there were pleasant. 

Stopped with Bro S. T.Bosserman, treasurer 
of City Mission Funds; found him busy with 
his secular business, but he is one that finds 
time to work for the soul, aud his labors crowned 
with succesj usually. He had just closed a se- 
ries of meetings in the outskirts of the church, 
with i/ood pay, two additions and promise of 
more soon. J. C. Lehman. 

FiankUn Grove, III. 

ission, hv the grace of God. brought about 
the aiost import-ant event that occured here 
for years in the conversion of souls. But 
much of the success at Bancroft must be at- 
tributed to the labors of Brother Lierle, of Illi- 
nois, as he is really the founder of that con- 
gregatiou. having come there three or four 
times, and preached and baptized the most of 
the members that are there, and being one of 
our faithful, zealous, cross-bearing veterans of 
the cross. He is heartily invited to continue 
his visits, as also are all the brethren who 
bring the true doctrine; but be not astonished 
if the brethren there require credentials of a 
stranger, having been sorely imposed upon. 

JVould say to Brethren traveling on the 
Rock Island aud S. Western K. R., they would 
do well to stop off at Jamesport and go out to 
Bancroft and see the brethren, and their 
very excellent country. For conveyance out, 
address John Gooding or .lames Boren, Ban- 
croft, Davis County, Missouri. 

Perhaps the next mo9t important result ot 
this terra of our Home Mission is that in Hon- 
ey Creek Conpiegation. Such a season of re- 
joicing at the return of prodigals to their Fath- 
er's bouse! and such a gathering iu of lambs 
into the fold as was witnessed there on the 
morning of our departure from them, is not 
found iu the previous annals of this district. 

Our memories of the members at Honey 
Creek, and our enjoyments with them are 
sweet and lasting, and their sincere requests 
are rememl»ered in many prayers, as also are 
similar rtque^ts of many others. Oh how 
many said, "Remember my husband in your 
prayers,"' and some said, "Remember my wife," 
and others, "My children." Some of these re- 
quests and prayers we saw answered and real- 
ized witii great rejoieiug, and giving thanks 
aud praises to Qod. 

NVe now turn over to the Brotherhood- of. 
North Missouri District, the work entrusted 
into our hand as having, by the grac^ of God, 
occupied, we believe, according to the talenta 
given us, and hope it will be accpted by the 
church as such, aud receive the blessing of the 
Lord as such.- C. C. Ri ot. 

George A. SnAWUKimEti. 

Home Mi'sion Work. 

Vefii- lirctlircii:— 

11HE term of evangelism of North Minsonri 
District for I87it was conii)leted at Ban- 
croft, Daviess County, on the evening of the 
liDtb of December, where there were a few 
scattered members found by the evangelists in 
the earlier part of the term. But the "Congre- 
gational Brethren" had previously found them, 
aud their Elder Daniel liendrick-!, of South- 
west Missouri had been there and organized 
them in the name of that sect; hut upon being 
visited by the brethren of their firit phoice, 
they soon became dissatisfied with the r organ- 
ization under Hendricks. So when Elder Wm. 
B. Sell, of Gentry County, Missouri, and Wm. 
R. Lierle, of Adamri County, Illinois, were 
called to our assistance, aud met us there on 
the 2(H\\ of December, and the membership 
called together, there was but one dissenting 
voice against them being disbanded and or- 
ganized iu the name and order of ths Breth- 

The number of yeas was eleven, and five of 
the members were not present, of whom to 
count four yeas. We have a membership of 
fifteen, organized aud under the cira of an or- 
dained elder, as a result, at least ot the mi s&ion 

From Salem. Oregon. 

ON Saturday, the ISth^of December I return- 
ed home," haviug been to Washington 
and Idaho Territories aud Eititern Oiegou on a 
mission of love. Attended some twenty-six or 
twenty-eight meetings, niue of which were, 
however, in Multomah and Claebamus Counties, 
in the lower end of the valley, one iu Clark 
County, near Vancouver, W. T., near the r-'si- 
dence of Brother Jacob and Sister Mary Hoff', 
formerly from Missouri. We were the first 
members they saw since they left Missouri, 
consequently they were made to rejoice. 
Held five meetings iu Whitman County, 
Washington Territory, in the bounds of tho 
country of Brother Isaac Huffman and broth- 
rrs; aud in Ni'z Perces County, Idaho Ter- 
ritory, attended some eight uine meetings. 
Near Moscow, on Saturday eveuiug, Nov. 2!ith, 
we held a communion meeting, at the residence ' 
of Brother Abrah.ini Stewart. Here I met 
Elder Isaac Hershey. who had arrived 
there about the 20th of October from Kansas. 
He expects to make that country his earthly 
home; therefore he has taken the oversight of 
that church which we organized about one year 

We left there December Ist: thence to Wal- 
la Walla City; thftuce uine miles south into 
Umatilla County, Oregon, to the residence of 
our much respi^cted friend, 0. W. Hartuess, 
who treated us very kindly, and seemed to 
take quite un interest in the welfare of the 
church. Here wo held four meetings. Thence 
to The Dalles; here visited Brethren John 
Lpedy, Alfred Baltimore, aud their families; 
thence hoint'; found all well, for which we 
thank the Lord. 

While ou said trip had very good health; 
was well treated; generally quite an interest 
manifested at our meetings; had one accession 
by baptism in Idaho, four by letter; two in 
Idaho, and two in Western Washington Ter- 

Oar way of traveling wag by ataain-boit 
railroad, stage wagon, buggy, hor.-ie-back, 
sometimes on foot, sometimes had only an lu- 
dian trail to travel on, witu mauy bills aod 
valUys t) travil over. F )iiad tuo p^ioj^e ah 
generally well siitisfied. Paul says, "Content- 
ment with godliness h great gain." The 
brethren up there are very anxious for breth- 
ren to movo ill among them and help them to 
build up the church; so are we in this valley. 
Brother Isaac Hershey of Moscow, Nex* 

termoflSTy. In our own congregation Ihi-, j Perces County, is willing to give any informa- 

tma he cao to bis correspondeals. , I „ould 
.ayeaclose a three-cenl stamp „r l„„ „he„ 
...y une wr.LM to l„m for iuf„,„,„ti„„ ) 

Br„.U„M.M.B„l,or, of C„l„„,; ,„.,.,„ 

H,. .ddre^ at p„seut i, Saletn, M.,rio„ 
( ouuly, Oregon. 

W. expect to hold a f., ,1a, a 1, 
at oor .school ho„se.„„,„„„.„o,„g „„ (;h„.t,„a., 
aud contmua over Suudjy. Utother S. J. IVHe, 
started home from here December liuli 

1 intended to write a aliott coinmouicaliou 
this time, but 1 have failed. I'lease excuse and 
bear with me. 

Youts in the bonds of the Gosiiel, 

Drreiiiber S2iii!. 


From Br... J, c. Moon 

Jttiir lifetlircii:— 

PURSUANT to appointment, the brethren 
convex .1 to consider the subject of a moi-e 
extensive effort in ministerial work within ttie 
first nistrict of Virginia an.l its surroundings. 
The several churches were represented aa fol- 
lows: Roanoke, Moutg..mery, Rookbridge and 
Botetourt in person; tlin^e rf the churches in 
Frunkliu.twi. of Floyd by Mter. One of the 
churcliL's ot Fi-iinklin, one of Flojd, the church 
of Bedr^.nl. Allvgtieny, North Carolina and the 
several churches of W, Vj. had no repreaeu- 
tation. The incleuieuuy of the weather, the 
ilistimce of travel and otlier causes, prevented a 
full meeting; however, sifter ui*eaM)n of devoljuu 
and an explanation of the object of the meet 
ing, on motion, brother J, VV. Pursley was 
eallerl to the chtiir. aud J. C. Moouihw appoint- 
ed clftk. It wivs then decided that the District 
tiot being more fuliy represented, it would not 
be expedient to t- nter into re;iular business, but 
that there might be a free interchange of opin- 
ion, and expression of sentiment given. The 
meeting was then addressed by all the repre- 
sentatives present. The sentiment expresned 
was in p-rfect harmony, aud set forth the need 
of more industrious miuisteriiil work, and co- 
operation of both the miYiistiy and laity. It 
wfts Ihe prevailing sentiment, that materia! aid 
was necessary to promote successful aud more 
extenNive labor. 

The necessity of caution was strongly ad- 
vised, and the idea of ^stabhi^hing a salaried 
ministry has never been entertained by the 
Brethren, but strongly opposed by all present. 
Thp sentiment expressed by the laity was much 
in favor of assisting the ministry by contrib- 
uting such aid with which they have been 
blessed, in defraying the expense of traveling, 
and providing for the families of poor ministers 
whfu a plan is agree<l ujton that secures tlieir 
conhdence aud respect. All the letters were 
read relative to the necessity of more work, and 
need of organization was set forth by the most 
of them. Plans were suggested by some; by 
othei-s fears were exprcHsed; others set forth the 
probability of misunderstanding tbe motive.4 of 
the brethren aud objtcf, of tlie meeting. Inas- 
much as it was very desirable that the whole 
District should harmoni/,e aud fully understand 
each other, aud as an association oi churchtvs, 
mutually enter into this great and good work, 
on motion, it was agree'd to adjourn until 
Thursday before the coming District Meeting, 
believing that from the spirit which governed 
thia meeting that when there is a full represen- 
tation in our future meeting, there will be no 
difficulty in harmonizing upon a plan that will 
be agreeable to all, promotive of the object in 
view, and dissipate the fears of our good breth- 
ren who have addressed us by letter. Signed 
by the oommittee upon report. 

Moses' Brubakrh. 
B. F. MooMAw. 
Henky Gakst. 
HbNitY Eller. 

J C. MoniiAW, 
In all matters of great interest aud bearing 
upon cliurcli polity, it should bo approached 
with great bare, and entered into in the txer- 
cise of becoming prudence. Prndence, however, 
does nob ju'tily a totfcl neglect of duly nor un- 
willingness to consider cjuestions upon church 
government, with others Irom whom we 
diO'er, $ji(fl.f specially siiould we not object 
to the considenition of questions until the ol- 
jects ill view are fuiiy known. Pure and gen- 
uine motives upon the wtlfare of the Uhureh 
will compel us to exert our iiiiluenco against 
encroaching evils in n becoming manner, but 
not forbid us meeting with those who oppose 
ns and discuss tkoae dillerences in the presence 
of our brethren. In fact it haa never been con- 
sidered safe by our wisest examplera to act upon 
a question of genera! interest, either for or 
against, except in an assembly of the brethren, 
and iifler a full st^atement of the case. The 
likelihood of misnnderntaiiding lite true uatuie 
Of a case from mere hearsay is too great to ju*^- 

mat^r 1, ""'' "*""" '""^""e "lion. 
°m 1 ,1 !? "".."rt^ee i, ,u,ol„d, either 
ad "*. " "'"•""' ""l"*"""^ Uence the 

not, lp«t. " '"' '■"""• '"' "' "■""" '»«•'■''"• 

coImvT""' »'°""'«"' '""hren in Kraoklin 
lou tj ]l,ve,„,,Uo„t the consent or co-operation 
mi, , , \ •"S-'-^'i f»' n,o„ext«n.i.e 
S d" fT''' "'" ''""''"■° ''-"•'■"• '"" 

,, ' ' '," "'"'l« "'""«' ""ler into it, perhaps 
upon the plan they have in operation ,f it meet 
tne rtmurenicnts of tbo case. 
Peliss Cieth, In, 

Prom J. H. Miller. 

I'lur Unl/im,:— 
I X (J...pd Pi,a,:l,c,: Vol. 1, No. 48, Broth, r 
I .Inliu B. Wrigiil»raau proposes a plan lor 
a belter understanding among the minittera of 
Northern District of Indmna, to the 
gOfpel more fnlly, „„d have the minUter, to 
meet and hold a "Mmisters' Association," for 
a more snccesaful working order. I will 
promptly admit that too many of our preach- 
ers are too much inclined to ailr at homo and 
•■elboweachother,"sayiiig, "1 wish the liber- 
ty, ami mean "llie liberty is now enteuded " 
aud too much time wasted in prelerriug each 
other. Enough is sulKcient. But a Ministe- 
rial Association will not get those who are in- 
clined to stay at homo iiiiy sooner, to worli. 
bom. brethren „r.. ,|„„liHed for the mis,ion 
h.l, , while other, ai, best suited for home 
work. Brethren, we should b. careful aud n,il 
allow too ra my "innovations." That is Iho 
main course of some proposing to withdraw. 
Let ns labor continually for more Mai and love 
10 the church aud the "unitv of the spirit." 

Brother Landon West in the same number 
ot the 1 readier has given my views about 
niissiouary work and miuistors-liow they 
ihouldgo. Do not wail for a convention and 
all the miuistera together to see how they 
must do, so they cau be useful in the great 
work of converting souls to God, but let every 
district d,> that work, and send its own men lu- 
to the hold. Brother West says, "In Old Vir- 
ginia the brethren do not wait lor a convention, 
but go, and travel on horse-back for hundreds 
miles, and stay out for weeks spreading the 
Uospel." That is it, hoed the command, "go," 
and let every dUtricl attend to this promptly 
and we will have more preachers in the field 
than any other way. Brother Wrightsnian 
desired a hearing from the brethren in Nortl: 
ern Indiana; in love I have responded. May 
tile Dlessmgs of heaven be with all of aod\ 
dear children. 

(Gospel Preacher, pleiisr ropi/.) 

A lliston Iraine, .„d „lli„„ ,„„, other parU 

tionof "T"""" ' '""^^^i' repreainta- 
•on of members. The exercise, of the evsning 

IZ.T Plr"'"'"" "P^fo" observing 

MWnibled and an election w„ held foru deacon 
1' e .-. s lit „»,, i„„ tad kept side by side in Ih • 

v'lXrthr'f '"""'"'"""'"' """'■""1' 
h v^,^ 1 , iT" ''! '"""" " »'" """".."OUS- 
b voted hat they both be instiled, which wa. 
done with tlie hop. that they work a. they were 
chosen, side y ,ije, ,„ t,,. ,.^^ l^ ^^^ 

I.^k to the time when they united to put these 

oUheTo,., ':"''■ "-""Snir-mg the hand 
or the Lord in It. At the same time brother 

arney was advanced to the second degree of 
the iiiinislry The meeting wa. continued sev- 
eral days; three were baptir.ed and two re- 
ciamea. Ihomeetmgs were all held in th. 
new meeting-house. We predict a bright tu 
t"« for this church with their commodioii, 
house of worship, their self-denying mirvant.,, 
and Iheic warin-hearted member, both young 
Hud old. The Lord bles. them, and keep °hem 
;.. the truth, shall be my prayer. 1 relmbe; 
the kindness ot the dear ineiiiber. while ,„„„„ 
them. -|, r, i 

H,„U„, III. I.D.Lyon. 


From Dunkirk, Ohio. 
IMir Jiref/tren: — 

01' It meeting at Pleasant Ridge, the north 
eastern limit of E'igle Creek Cougrega 
tion. is now among the things of the past, har 
closed the meeting last evening. Xi„e 
precious souls were added to the church by 
baptism; all heads of families, save one. 

The weather seemed much against us, being 
quite rainy and roads bad; yet the people gave 
me a pretty full house and good attention. 
Many came oat on the several occnaious to 
witness the baptism, and seemed to be solemnly 
impressed, and many tears of sympathy and 
penitence were shed. The meeting closed with 
the best of feeling, and the cause is flourishing 
in thut part of Eagle Creek Congregation. 
This is our second effort in our district. Have 
had few calls from [he Home Mission, but feel- 
ing impressed with the duty and need of great- 
er and successive labor within the limits of our 
own territory, 1 was mudo to decline. Have 
two mora places at which we expect to labor 
ere wo go abroad. We have not far to go 
'here th.3 people know but little of our doc- 
trine, hei c ' it is not so ])opularly accepted jnd 
requires greater effort to preach and explain 
Iho truths of the Bible. Here and there one 
r.ill accept and obey it a» based upon the 
platform of the Bible, and ujiou that he stands 
hopeftiUy awaiting his translation from laboi 

to r 


From the Antioch Church, Ind. 

l"jNlhe8th of N..7;7o7r w,.r„ neeivediuto 
V the church by baptism. Thus the cause 
move,™. On the 24111 of Noveml-er occurred 
the death of sister Indus, wife of brother Daniel 
Leedy. She sulfered much and long, but boro 
t al with Christum patience. She requested 
her friends to live for Jesus, saying that it will 
pay in Ihi, life, and is the only hope in that 
which IS to come. 

J. C. Murray, of Clear Creek Church, came to 
us on the «h of December and remained over 
Sunday, and preached two sermon,. On the 
-Oth there was a communion held near Dora 
lor the special benefit of some who had lately 
come to the church. The meeting was a plea,- 
ant one, and, we hone, one of good and lasting 

On the night of the 7th of Docamber I was 
summoned some seven miles to tlio hedsi.lo of 
liacliel Eads. She had. for some time, been 
persuaded of her duty, but had put it off for a 
more I onvenieiit season. When I went to her 
r om ; , skol her what she wanted. She said she 
wanted me to pray with hor. I then asked her if 
that was all. She said no, I to be bop- 
lived if you think I am able, saying that if she 
was not baptiMd then, she never would be 1 
told her [ thought she could bo, and she was 
and stood it belter than some well persons. On 
the following night sho called her friends to 
her bed and told them she was willing to die, 
and on the folloiving day she breathed her last! 
On the 12th of l)-cenibor mother pa.sed from 
earth al the age of nearly sixty years. In imt 
000 week father died, ho being over seventy 
years old. Bo'.h died of long fever, nnd both 
were members of the Ohuroh. 

.1. W. SorTinvooi), 

tr, some one of the meml«rr. of the 

David Si j'r ™'°''"'« "■"lit""* th. Board: 
Davai hbidler, Leipsic, Pot,,,^,, (;, Ibrahim 

clv W J"'^'""' '■•>■ Samuel Thom^ 
1«" U., .1. 11. bpacht, Dunkirk, Uariin Co 
Before you send in a call, be sure that yon 

File '",'", ?'l."'°'«d ""urch. consult yonr 
l.lder and get his con«,„l for the meeting.. 

J- K. SvXfET. 

Prom Scandia, Kansas. 

Dear BrHhren>^ 

I "' Z )""' ""' "" '"'«' '""'ob-fcouses ..d 
X the large congregation, here as in the 
Kast we have dear brethren who are wilHng t^ 
.acriBce home comfort, and friends f r "k. 

'iTlTi r r, a'"' ''" ""'" '■" ■>-- 

Cl 11 b' ,; "" ""•""" ''' B™''" Jo- 
seph Bashor. He w.™ on his way to Colo,«ir 
May the good Lord bless hi, labors 

Brother James S„it„ri, now on a nih™« 

e r, rt that i 1"° *''°'' '''""' "■" """l" 

f """ """ " '«"'« I»" l"'th. Brethren, gi,, 
Inn.awarmrecepiion. Brother William L,^ 
Benbeelcimetou, „„ the l:)th of Deceab.; 
and preache,l three sermons. Though tU 
w..«i.r was colder than common, tuTpJZ 
turn^ out well, and were atteutive. He^m. 
-d to be with US again about the 21.t of Fet 
rusry, and he r,.,uesl. that some Brother meet 
^1 her. and help ,0 hold a week', meeting 
Now, dear brethrei,, who will come and help 
Lome in the name of the Lord md he 
»1 bless your Lbor, „r ,„,,. We live 8,. 
Hies south-east of Scandia. 

Sarah A. D.viioBiT. 

From Lewlston, Minnesota. 

llmr Brolher Eghelimii,:— 

A l-TEIt taking leave of you and Brothtt 
n. Miller on the morning of the 9th of Do. 

•inberalLeSiieur, wo, in company with the 
brelliren, made our way west seven miles to 
the resi.leiice of our old friend, Peler Traver 
and lamily. Here 1 occupied ton days in pre«J,- 
■ ng the woid of the Lord according Vth. 
Lord gave ability, hoping that some seed miT 
germinate and produce fruit. 

Krom here we went to the neighborhood of 
Sibley 1 . 0., seven or eight miles uorlh-«Mt. 
Here we labored about a week, trying to warn 
■inuers to llee the wrath to come, and encoo^ 
age those sheep that are aculteteu over thoN 
wide esteiided plains. May the Lord be with 
them, aud keep llicm in the narrow way. 

1 returned home on the ;:iil,h of D-cemher- 
found all well; thank, b, to the L..rd for hi^ 
""'«)'• C. V. Wmr. 

From Warsaw, Ind. 

f^od bless the labors of his 
le, is my pra>er. 

S. T. '-'niSKPHAN. 

A Visit to The South. 

ON tho I3lh of November I took the train 
for Richland Co., Illinois, to attend a 
Love.feast with the brethren of Big Creek 
clurcb, arriving there on the evening of tho 
11th, and services at night. Next day services 
also at 10 and at 3. In the evening congre- 
:ution still larger, tho brethren coming from a 
i.tioee i„i,..iMj whom were brethren Jacob 

Home Mission of North-western Ohio. 

fPIIK brethren in Duitriot Council last Spring 
1 established a Home Mission, by appoint- 
ing a Board consisting of five d,.acon brethren 
who were instructed to meet aud appoint a 
Moderator, Secretary, and Treasurer. This be- 
ing done, the Board proceeded further to ap- 
point solicitors lo solicit funds to carry on the 
work. I n'ioice lo say that many noble hearla 
have responded, and 1 fenlure to ssy their free- 
will olloriugshave gone up lo God like the in- 
cense of a sweet smell. Oh I how God must look 
down with approbation upon his children 
when they are trying lo carry out the great 
commission, and preach tho Gospel to every 

r appeal to you, my dear brethren, in Chris, 
liun love, you who are opposed to Mission 
work, suppose your sou or daughter were out of 

Christ ami away from Ihe Church, and some of. wora. snigie moas ol leel-wash. 
our good evangelists would go there and hold a the table, salaried minislrv. etc 'l n.v« a™,: 
sencs of meeting, .iid thereby be the means of . ed that petition, and adviL, all to stand 3l 
his conversion, would it not bring joy to vour aid ..e (be „le...;.„, „t .k, i .... ^ 


HIE brethren of the Washington Churci 
dedicated their new meeting-house on the 
I.l insl. The building is the largest in the 
Stale, and cost the brethren considerable mon- 
ey. Elds. Jesse Calvert and John Knisley 
olKciated on the occasion. The brethren look 
up a collection which resulted in the donation 

We were vory sorry that there were not mon 
brethren pr'sent from a distance as we wooM 
have been very glad to have had them with m. 
The church is under the control of Eld. Jeaae 
Calvert, and numbers one hundred raemben.— 
All are live, active workers in the Master'! 
cause; expect to start a Sunday-school as soon 
as possible. Fniterailly yonrs. 

Emvi.^ Keelbi. 

A Misunderstanding, 

INDEHSTANDthat some ol the breth. 
ten lire using my name on the (letitioa 
tUit was formed by some one claiming to rep- 
resent I he Miami Valley or Sjulheru Distriel 
ol Obio,usking A. M. lo fall back behind San. 
day-schools, series of meetings, missionai; 
work, single mode of feel-washing, supper on 

— .-....^. ..uu vuucu^ uo tue uieaus oi 

his conversion, would it nut bring joy to your 
hearts? It certainly would, aj)d if so, are not 
others just as precious in the sight of God?— 
There are means in the Treiutury lo fill calls, 
and if it is ijle longer than duriug I lie winter, 
the Board will not be to blame. 

Believing it lo be in harmony with the 
Church, aud the wishes of the remaining part 
if Ihe Board I will say that if there is a broth- 
e . sister or friend in the North Woslero Dii- 
Irict of Ohio, or a little band of brethren tvho 

md .,e the salralioa of IheLotxl. 

. U. M11.1.ES. 

ihe uleaneii paymaster in the Universe is 
Salan. lie never yet employed s hand that k« 
(inlnotcheat. Young man, engage your m^ 
VLCFS to a better master. 

...VV V. v.i.v, ui a inno M.,uu 01 urernrea yvno ' , 

are isolated and would desire tho brtthren to ! ih' family guatd your' tenipe"r7"hen' 
tome and hold a series of meetings, please makei 1 any guard your words. 

When alone guard your thoughts; when in 

THK BKEXlIKIu^r jy^r AV'OKK.. 

Ja.-i. 20 

0aspeT ^ucccss. 

And tliey tbBt be wise sball abiiie tu* the 
DrlglitneM of tbe flrmunent; lind tbey tbiit turn 
ffisoy u> rlftht«ousnes5, u the itftTS forever &nd 
•Tsr.— Uari. 13:3. 

Moicow, Va.-On Saturday, Dec. 13th, Ih79. 
there were fifteen persons baptized in North 
RiTtr, near IJridgew«t«r, Va. 

Maple Grove, Kaosaa. — Two more precious 
souls niiuleapjtiicatioii last ni^ht at meeting to 
become ineriiben of the church. The old ship 
movp« nlriwly but itt(>aJily on, and still fiudtt a 
few passengers out here on the frontier ready 
to take posmge. Don't forget to pray for uh, 
brethren. N. C, WoitkiiAN. 

Cedar Grove, Tenn.— lleceived seven by bap- 
tism to-day. Jail, 4th. One reclaimed and one 
moreapplicant. SeTeral others ftaid they would 
come soou. This is a happy new year with ub. 
Wived and children were made to rejoice, and 
all the church praised (J"d for hia goodness — in 
Heeiug sinners turn to the Lord. 

A. Mol.3I(EE. 

Milforil, Ind.— Brother D. Wyaong and the 
writ^T luit with the brethren iu North Mau- 
chuster church, lud , on New Vear'sday to bold 
a HHriu4 of nipetingM. Twoconicssed Jesus and 
many niori' were near ihe kin^'dnru, .Since the 
Annual Mneting tliat cliurcli has iiicr^'a^ed 
more thuti any other district iu Indiana. On 
Sunday lollowing brother W. wax taken into 
Eel River District and the writer to Beaver 
Dam, where a new meeting-house was dedicated 
J. H. MiLLEU. 

An Unconscious Speaker. 

HEUKVINGit to be of interest to many 
JJ brethren and others to learn more of the 
man referred to above than was given in the 
Primitive (-Iwimfian by brother Beeghly, I will 
give what I have learned from reliable iiifur- 
niatiiiu and Iroin being an eye witness, having 
beard him preach on six different occasions. 1 
aho hail a private interview with the man 
while in Ins conscious Ktate. The man wa* 
brouiiht up in Ohio, after that he lived in Mich- 
igan, and next moved to Indiana, about tive 
miles from where I live. He next went to 
Iowa, where he resides at present:. He is n 
man of medium size, forty-five year^ of age, has 
dark red or brown hair, and a family of four 
children. II.- has a limited education, and is 
poBsoBKt'd wiih an extraordipary amount of 
"maguotHm '' He has not been a sound man, 
phyaicftlly, from a child, frequently baring ne- 
riouB pains in bis liead, sometimes resulting in 
a slight convulsion; but since he speaks in an 
unconscious state he is relifveJ horn hia pains 
in his head. During the month of November 
'7l>, he returned to Indiana to visit his friends 
near where 1 live, at wliicb place I saw him. — 
In April, '77 he first benun to speak uncon- 
sciously. If tlio source of my information be 
correct, at iirst be did not speak regularly, but 
since April 7S has been speaking nearly every 
night. There liavo some changes occurred 
since his first attacks of couvulsioua. At first 
he wiw tnken ill with severe bloating; at pres- 
ent be does not. Wlien lie ia in his conscious 
state be appears natural, except that he looks 
somewhat wild. Tiie convulsions begin about 
ft o'clock in the evening. 1 examined the niu-s 
cles ofhis hiiiUi when be was iu the bij,'beB( 
stage of convalaioii. His limbs seemed more 
like a galvanic battery than human He is 
silent at first, but aft*>r laying for some time L^ 
begins to pray. After prayer he makes eflurts 
to arise, and, by the a'iBiatance of those around 
him, he kneels in prayer, after which he ia assist' 
ed to his feet. In this poature ho speaks; gen. 
erally talks about three hours after which he 
tells the people to sing, and then kneels again 
to pray, ut the close of which he instantly drops 
into the arms of those who are ready to catch 
him to prevent his lulling to the floor. He is 
then put into his i»-d where he remains fill four 
o'clock in the morning, when he awakts and h 
conscious until about that time iu the evening. 
His name is Noah Troyer; is a lay member of 
the Aniish Church and preaches that doctrine. 
Sometimes he speaks in great earnest; at oth- 
er times in a moderate way and rather low. 
Sometimes he speaks plain and very impressive, 
at other times rather niixtd Sometimes he 
u»es words in an unknown language; they are 
B8 follows: VelssHih, Matrolamah, W'ase-ah. 
Amish people here in part, along with some 
oibers, say that he in a f-pecial means in the 
hands of QoH lo show the people "the right way 
of sjilvation." Some spiritualists say that "it 
w a message sent to convince the people that 
spiritualism is right." Some say that he is a 
hypocrite, that "lie is not unconscious," which 

expression, in my judgment, is quit« too rash 
I believe the man to be honest, aud that he hw- 
no control of himself in reference to bi4 speak- 
ing iu bis unconacioua state. His preaching 
consists principally In relating the e rents of 
the Bible, the fall of man, the flood, Abraham, 
Moses, the journey of thechildren of Israel; and 
of Christ, his birtb, baptism, ministry, and 
frtrjuenlly intersperses it with warm admoni- 
tion to sinoeni. He especially admonishes his 
Amish brethren in reference to their divided 
state, saying that "they cannot be saved unless 
they become reconciled and live in peace." 

Although he says many good things, and, as 
a rule, gives an account of the historical event" 
of the Bible, yet he makes somes miatakes. He 
poke in reference to the great sin of redemp- 
tion, some time since, referring to the conduct 
of two of his brothers who became dissatisfied 
th Amish doctrine, and were buried with 
Christ by baptism. His expression indicated 
that he considered it a great sin. He no doubt 
gave his convictions in reference to it, which 
convictions he undoubtedly had received from 
his instructors. On one occasion when he was 
preaching on baptism, be said that "there were 
some people iu the world that baptized in the 
houses, and would not go into the water, and 
that they had no light from heaven" saying 
that we must be baptized iu living water, the 
flowing stream, because Jesus was. He further 
said that "we must obey Jesus as he gave us 
the pattern, in the river of Jordan." He fur- 
ther said it makes no difl^erence how we were 
baptized, whether by sprinkling ur pouring, or 
under the water, that if we wtre not prepared 
to receive it, neither way would do auy good, 
aud in conclusion he said, "If we were pre- 
pared for it that it would do in a dry country 
where there was no water." 

What a pity that the doctrines of men are 
so implanted into the minds of men that flat 
contradictions are 80 appareut in their endeav- 
ors to teach the ways of the Lord. I was an 
ear witness to the above stateiuflut, In a pri- 
vate interview with him when iu his conscious 
state, he said that he believed we should be bap- 
d iu water because Jesus was; but he 
seemed to be iu a difficulty relative to the Apos- 
tles baptizing in houses, and on my intiuiry as 
to the source uf his information he replied, that 
the Scriptures taught so. I did uot insist to 
the contrary, a^ I did not have my book wil4i 
me, but I replied that we would look it up 
when we would get into the house. So after 
we were quietly seated in tho house, iu the 
presence of his wife and others, he got the Bi- 
ble and requested me to read in reference to it. 
This I did gladly. First, by his request, I read 
the circumstance of Cornelius and family. I 
rend in English and be followed in the German, 
but we did uot find any bouse baptism there. — 
We next looked at the baptism of Paul fhe 
having before told me that "the old order" of 
the Amish taught that the Lord had sent Paul 
into the house to be baptized), 1 read with care 
after which be said, "It looks more as though 
the Lord bad seut him out of the house to be 
baptized than the other way." At thia poiat 
of our investigation, bis wife beboMing his 
frankness and his anxiety to learn the truth of 
the matter, interfered, strictly forbidding me to 
proceed any further, saying that she knew my 
ohJHct. 'I, however, felt iiinoceut and consoled 
myself with the thought that God remembers 
the innocent. He, then, regardless of his wife's 
restrictions, urged me to read more, soyin? 

Acts I'-i: 10. Hence 1 desire to discharge my 
duty in leference to it as far as 1 can, and I 
pray God that it may find its way into the 
crevices where the "doctrine of men" has found 
I'.dgment in honest hearts. Will the lovers of 
truth carry it over into Macedonia? The edi- 
tors are at liberty and are requested to do so. 
Lord, let thy truth live. 

Isaiah Horner 

James Chrystal to C Hope. 

iN regard to the Tunkers I would say that I 
have among them frienda whom I much 
esteem as men, but their system is without any 
baptized or ordained man iu it, and tbey are 
guilty of manifest sacrilege in attemptiug to 
give what they have not received themselves 
that is baptism and ordination; and they cause, 
the b)ss of tens of thousands of poor infant 
souls, for they cause them to die without bap 
tism, even when it may be had, and so are re- 
sponsible for their ruin. Indeed the great mas? 
of their children, like that of other anti-pedo- 
baptifit', grow up without regular habits of 
I)rayer and devotion, for (bey are regarded as 
outsiders aud perish uubaptized. Not all the 
biskey shops in the ouutiy do half the work 
as is caused by such teachings, which nearly all 
the churches of the fiist 400 years would deem, 
if they would hear of ihem, as satanic and h< 
begotten as I also deem them. Tbey fail to 
cultivate even as moch reverence as the very 
heathen do. Indeed it would be an insult to 
tiie heathen, whom I have seen, to say that 
thny are so i)rayerle8s and insincere m such 
children. Tens of thousands of them do not 
even know the Lord's prayer. for Christ's 
sake, my dear friend, cease your work of ruin in 
Denmark. Preach trine immersion if you will, 
and against sprinkling and pouring, but not 
against putting children into God's covenant of 
mercy, which they Cannot enter without bap- 
tism. But first become baptized aud ordaiutd 
yourself; pull the beam out of your own eye 
before you attempt to remove the mote out of 
your Lutheran brethren's eyes. I desire you 
for a co-laborer if you will obey the truth anr) 
will help you in every way in my power, only 
do get out of the system which is not a regular 
church because it has neither baptism nor ordi- 
Sluiler's Mills, Ohio, Aug. 88, 1871). 

Danish Mission Kepoit 

Woosler Church, Ohio, $3 00 

John Weybright 5.00 

South Waterloo Church, Iowa 4.50 

R. S. &C. Walwick, Mich., 5 00 

Codorub Church, Pa., 2 50 

Bie Grove Church, Iowa, 2.40 

Mill Creek, Va 6.00 

South Waterloo Church, Iowa 4 60 

Isaac Henricks, Virdeu, III., 1 00 

Simon Harsbman, Ohio, 2.00 

C. P. Rowland, Treasurer, 
Lanark, IU., Jan. 20lh, ISSO. 
(P. C, please copy.) 

that I had helped him to more light on the 
object than he had reteived in all his life. I 
then told him that I felt timid about reading 
further unless his wif« would withdraw her 
objectious, but he urged it strongly, saying that 
if I had any light to give Rim. and would with- 
hold it on Hccount of man, I would not be the 
servant of God. Feeling much pressed iu my 
mind to do as he wished, I again requested her 
to withdraw her objections, telling lier that it 
was a serious matter, and that it was dangerous 
tojiiuderthe truth t-f the Gospel. She then 
withdrew her restrictions and 1 read again. — 
We then exaniiu.d the case of the jiilor aud 
family, aud \vh.u he saw that the jailor was out 
of bis hoiisH when he wft^ baptized, he seemed 
somewhat am»/,.rd, saying t.'iat he never knew 
that the Scriptures read so before. He then 
said he wuuld think mure about it, and then he 
began to get sleepy aud soon was iu his con- 
ulsive state. 

We then went to supper and whilswe suppeil 
his wife again forbid me to say anything more 
to him about it. She declared that my purpose 
wii» to get bim on my side iu order to have him 
to speak in my favor when lie would become 
unconscious. what a pity that some people 
are so afraid of the truth! I went home th.t 
night with a sore heart, fearing that I had not 
been as faithful iu the discharge of my duty as 
the Gospel demands in reference to the case. — 

From Berlin, Pa. 

Dear Brethren: — 

THE Berlin coni;regation has been rather 
prosperou; during the last year. Abovi; 
filty members have been added to the church 
during the last niue montlit.. Brother Bet r 
and 1 held a series of mcutinga in the Kiinmel 
meeting-bouse over the holidays, aud sevcu 
were addtd, among them an old lady, a daugh- 
ter and two grand daugbtcrt— three generations. 
We had a large congregation and excellent 
attention. We will commence another meet- 
ing on the 27th at the Grove meeting bouse, 
near Berlin, to continue several weeks. Miu- 
istering brethren from abroad are invited to 
come and help us. 

Diptheria still prevails iu this country to an 
alarming extent. Other diseases are also 
among us and find occiisional victims. It is 
well to be prepared for dcith. It enables us to 
enjoy life while we have health. 

H. R. HoLnxGKii. 


Brother Eshehnun: 
\rOUR article on the anointing of the sick 
X wherein you speak of the quality of the 
oil, is very good, but you say nothing about the 
quantity to be used, I have been present sev- 
eral times when the sick were anointed, and 
some would linger perhaps a few weeks and 
then die, and others linger for years and not 
get well, aud yot the promise is the Lord will 
raise them up. Now after I have thought over 
this matter, surely the fault is with us if the 
sick are not healed; it might be the lack <.f 
faith, for the word says, "The prayer of faith 
shall save them." I have sometimes thought 
that there was not enough oil used in anoin- 
ting the sick. It is true we have nut the 
word how much, oil to use, but we have the 
example how much they did use, Mary took a 
pound when she anointed Jesus; S.imuel took 
a horn full wlien be anointed David; Elisha 
took a box full whtn he anointed Jahu. The 
anointing of Aaron, which was poured upon 
his head aud ran down over his beard, which 
Went down to the skirts of his garments, and 
last, but uot least, is the confession of those 
faults one to the other, which I think belongs 
to the anointing; for we read it just in the fol- 
wing vcrj^e, to confess our faults one to the 
other that ' ye may be* healed." I once ppoke 
to a brother about it; he said he would be 
afraid to ^isk them to confess their fruits; it 
might oft'end them. They need uot fear if done 
in the right way. The right way to do is to 
read it, and then pave the way for your sick 
brother by conre^siug your own fault first. 

Leah Crokcb. 

Slerlin;/. 111. 


From California. 

LEFT my home in Oakland, Dec. 11th, and 
ii company with my son went to Lathrop, 
and from there brother J. P. Wolfe conveyed 
us thirty-six miles to the place of meeting in 
Cdlavaras county, where we were received with 
much kindness by the brethren and friends. 

Our m«etiug began on the 13tb and conlin- 
ued until Monday evening the 2!ith. Bro. J, 
P. Wolfe labored with us one week, and my 
son remained and labored with me until the 
close of the meeting. Five were added to the 
church by bapfi*m. Two of the young breth- 
ren were called to the ministry, also two to the 
ofEce of deacon. Tbey are well qualified to fill 
the places in the church. We held a very or- 
derly communion aud it was a time of r.-joicin" 
indeed. On our return we visited our beloved 
Elder G. Wolfe- Reached home on the even 
ing of Dec. 31st, and lound all well. The Lord 
be praised for his goodness. J. Mvehs. 

Danish Poor Fund. 

Simon Harsbman, Ohio, $1 00 

C. P. Rowland, Treasurer 
Lanark, III., Jan. 20th, JfiSO 
P. C. Please Copy. 

Please announce that the brethren and sisters 
of the Lost Creek Church, Juniata Co . Pa, 
purpose holding a aeries of meetings at the 
Free Spring meeting-house, commencing 
January 24tli. Any coming will be met at the 
station by dropping ns a card a few days pre- 
vious. J„H« ZOOK. 

Mi(flmhwn, Pa B<.r Hi. 

Please announce that the District Meeting 
for the Middle District of Indiaua, will be held, 
if the Lord will, with Ihe lirethren of the 
Ogans Creek Church on Wednesday the 11th 
of February, to commence at E) o'clock A. M. 
Especially are the churches all requested to be 
represented by delegates. Also the Sunday- 
school Convention at same place, on the 10th 
of February, at 10 A. M. Also the Missionary 
meeting to be held with the brethren of the 
Squirrel Creek District, the J)lh of Feb. at 10 
A. M. Roauu is the railroad htatiou. By order 
of the Church. j. Amick. 

©Mliir^n %^ Wmh 


.V l.rillt 

ilud wookljf for lUucblldrMi. EcllWaud' 
Oiiu copy.onn jcBr, • u 

si« coriMdititih to Rguui) '.'.'.'.■.'.".!!'■; sjo' 

J. II. Uoore, Lanark, Carroll Co., 111. 


Train. 1«i.u Un.rk, bun.lnji ,1, . |,i,„t, ,„ f„i|„«., 

NI|!»1E.,,«, ;"f 

A.oommnlmtlon [' '/ lftS^4 

n..r "" ""1IM> 

,0 ,^ If",';''™ '"' <^li""C" sliciiiM Iplivo I.aiiiirk at 
2 .13 1 . M. ; rim to Clip WctUtii Ciiioii Junction; 

liore tliev iienl w;iit liiit ii>v i,iii,,iti.s for the OUi- 

cacn. Mil;v;iiikM. .!'„! ~. p,,,, , .,„.„g„ train.anif 
- n-ailil'liiciv , .■ : . ;, . „,„, TO' 

, ,■'; -aaaik ■ , ,, , , i., |.t. Wajue do- 

M, lakr III!' CI, ir, ,,.,.. Ah. n ,.,!,,•,. anrl St. Taul' 

lramall|VHlrilli,.evra[ri8; run North to theW- 

U..Jimction, change cars tor Lanark, and arriv ■ 

here at 1 :57 in the morning. 

The Brethren At Work. 

"Declare Ye Amimg Uie .V«(w;i», ,n„i PiMM, <m<l set up a Sl,ind,n;l; J'lMi^li, and Cunceal .V.;C. '—Jkukmiah M •' 

Vol. V. 

Lanark, 111., January 27, 1880. 

No. 4 







Sniwb Ebf. Uao, 111 
B. B-Qltaan, NoTlwr 
W C.T»<itor,Mt.Ui 

jcihn:WI>i), Uulbtn-f Gi 
J. W. Viui 

Vunklik, Ohio. D. B. HanUar.WhynMtora, Pa. 

■K 111. 


FfftBT l»Ao»-i*. Doctor of Divinity oil the liiter- 
. nationnl Lesaon. 
Second Taoe— WilUiigly Work for tlie MaaU^r.- 

Wm. Lyo" : Steiu and Riiy DebuW. 
Third Page— A Polylieaded Monaltr.— C. H- Buls- 
baiigh; The Faullless ynes.-M.iUic A. Lear; Mis- 
aloniiry Work.— John Forney: Scraps— D- C, 
- Moomaw. ' . i ' 

pyuBT^ PiiOM— EbiTbltiAtS— Kir([<i*6ly '6r Rom- 
ish Corruption; APptitioli; Notice to Breth- 
ren whn Expect to Atteinl tht- Next Annual 
Coulen-n.'c; History .-f the Church; TIip L1- 
hraryot Univei-sul knowledge.— Diiniel Vani- 
man, . ,. ;., |.., ',, r n 

FlKTIlPAOfe— £lJiT0RlAl.J-T-4?n Oprti l^ttfil to 
Ehler John Hars,.ey ; TheSteiil and Kay, Discus- 
SisthPage— Tlie Evening Story tThetdod Home; 
Huiuility— Florence Kelso; Cleiui Hands; CU1-. 
dren's Ktiquette. From PaJeatiJie.— .1. liy. Mc- 
Garv ■>. ■ I . [ 

Seventh Page— From Chaleeton. W. Vn.— A 
Hawa. From Washington Tmntory.- (). W. 
Hartness; From Loche, Imt.— .1. H, M. Fiom 
Noilh Solomon's (ihucvii, Kan.— Danii-l Sljook ; 
r.) iht; Uielhrpn of lliv Thnrnapiil- C■on^'r^'E^■>'V>ll 
Miohig 1' — Simou A.Haukiiian; Not l.ivii.g ii|'. 
ToGoapel; t'rom Summer.Kau— Wm. U. Howell 

EuniTH PAni.^Froni Weat Pine, WiH.-.I,E.I> 
Short; Fiooi Winlield. Kan.— John K^ton 
•Solem > Cantion.-B. F. Moomaw 
,hart, ind.— D. M. luterbaiigh; J 
ery.— Thuiiton Miller. 

From K!k 
ii* 6 Discov 



, [Wo cUi> tbe following b) 
D.,iml)liblied in tbe Belufii 

rby JohnE.Tod^, D. 
_ 'tmljIiblieU in tbe Eelufiou-s Ilerahl, one of 
the leading: Congregfttioial cbilrcb papers iiv 
tbis country.J 

ThIE meessity of going ovur certaiu portions 
ol tbe Scriptures, within a certain time, in 
ord«r to carry out the subeoie, leads to the mak- 
ing of 8,-kclious which are very wi<lelv separat- 
ed Ir'm one another, in the periods to which 
they relate, or in the train of thought of which 
they are part*, those who h»ve hr.d any ex- 
perience in making conuuentarie't Hpnn theao 
lesaous Imowbow difficult it often is to connect 
one lesson with another by any brief explana- 
tion. If the selection iwnade from history, it 
is perhaps separated from the selection imme- 
diately preceding or following by an interval of 
a hundred years; if it is a selection from a proph- 
ecy, a dUcourae, or an epistle, the gulf between 
it and the precediugor following lesson is still 
more impassable. With the b«st possible ae- 
lections under the present system, and With tbe 
moj-t faithful study, and with tbe best helps and 
under the best teachers, the scholar can obtain 
only 11 frft-mentary and disjointed luiowledge 
ofthe Scriptures; and with anything lew than 
this, no connected idf-a of the Scriptures what 
ever is possible. Where a single lesson covers 
a century of history, or an important argnnipnt. 
t.h.' loss of a fingla leaacu breaka the contiouity 

irrepftrabiy. « , j.i. 

The necessity of taking up every Sunday the 
U-«son appointed for the day maUa it impossi- 
ble for auv c1.l« to linger upon any portion ot 
Scripture. If the l«^Bon is on« of «ptciui inter- 
...t or tbe teacher is one of special ability, a class 
deeply uhsorbed, and will 

teachers rarely make much progress in uny U's- 
son; tlioy atop on the threshold of nach one, 
Tbey have not tune to go further. Tbe same 
ditliculty is experienced in a less degree by most 
classes. It 13 common for a class to gi't inter- 
ested in the lesson just at tbe time fhe clos- 
ing of tbe school arrives; but no advantage of 
this interest can be taken on the following Sun 
day; for a new lesson, in which it will take an- 
other half hour to get interested, ii* to be taken 
lip. This objection to the present aystein is felt 
seriouely that many Bible classes and adult 
classes, exercising a little independence o'' tbe 
schools with which they are connected, decline 
to usu the International system. 

The att'ttmpt to make ail schools and alt class- 
es study tbe same lesson createa^ctill more neri 
ous difbculties. 

It leads naturally to the selection ot sucli pfls- 
nages of Scripture as do not involve, to any 
great extent, questiouB of Christian doctrine or 
practice on which Christian secta are divided. 
The aystein, being intersectarian as well us in 
teruatioual,muBtseek to promote harmony rath- 
er than dissension. On acme accouuta this is 
desirable; on ottiera it isuntortunats. 

A more serious difficulty is experienced in 
making such selections as are suitable for schol- 
ars of all at;e8 and degrees of intelligence. The 
more dithouU portions of Scriptures, such »» 
may be profitable to the more advanced schol- 
ars, are nnintelligible to the beginners; tbe nar- 
ratives which are within the cimiplvb*'nhi/m of- 
tl;*^ younger bcholar*, do not fiiruiBb all that 
aiult studentHaud experienced Chrimtiaus u«dd. 
To confine adult elussea to the stories of Genvsis 
or Samufl, or even the three synoptic Gosi^li 
is to l;e>'ii them in ignorance of tbe tenchintf^ 
of Christian experience in tbi- Pcalins, and of 
Christian doctrine in tlie Epistles, which they 
ought to know. To make aelections from tbes^ 
5 to give the younger iicbolars lo^aons which ar^ 
altogtftber beyond their depth The Interna- 
tional Series has endeavoreil to ee-ape this ditti- 
Ity by appointing eelectioua of great variety 
so that tbiire should be sometiiing among them 
suitable for all., It is the only course to puraue; 
but even with the greatest care and best judg- 
ment, it is impossible to avoid trouble. The 
most difhcult passages of Scripture are regular- 
ly avoidtd; and on the other hand, manyaSun- 
day has brought a lesson which to most children 
has been utterly unintelligible and iinprotitable. 
What children of twelve or tbriteen years ot 
age, which is perhaps the average age of Sun- 
day School Moholars, have been able to do with 
soiiie of tlirt lefc!>ons from Ezetviel, Uo-'^ea. Zech- 
ariwh, tho Epistles, and the Go8|ieI according to 
John, which have come to them in the Inter- 

hivt^ been made without any reference Ic, and 
often apparently in ignorance of, the real divis- 
ion^ of paragraphs and subjects; Wsons have 
b»eu appointed enliiHly out of their proper oUro- 
n^gical order; leiisoushave been 8clect«d, not 
SO; mncli for their general teaching aa for tbe 
sake of some catch-woul, or popular phranw, 
which occurs in them; and in some iimtaucev 
thi't catch-Wi-rd is well known to sdioliirs who 
know anything to be a mistranslation, making 
the use of it a dishonesty, eneopt for the extfnit*^ 
of ignoraiue; some of the leasona ti«leet«d liave 
coUiiisted enoh of a simple narrative about which 
there is httte to beHUid;othei'9 have beencrowd- 
e(|pwith matter enough for the study oi a doxen 
S^days. The rule seems to have been to have 

for which those who are able should be madeWi 
pay. rather than a favor to the superintendent 
and teachers, which !■ to be recomp*n*'d Ky 
picnics and entertainments.— until our schooU 
are properiy supplied with map», pictures. V\- 
brariea of reference, and all the ne..ded appli- 
ances for proper inbtTnclion,--nntil it is r.-gftrd- 
edaslew important that a school whould be 
large, than that it should oontaiH children who 
know something about the Bible and about re- 
lit(iou« truth— in a word until Sunday Schools 
are conducted more like secular schoola; Jor im- 
perfect as our public school system i», aud ut- 
terly and inetliibiy inefficient as most of onr pri- 
vate schools are, yet any *cbool which -hmiM 
(upart instruction on nccular gobjects in th« 

jjil,abont so many versex, whether they are in I way in which our Sunday SJiooU are ene^ged 
(ftnesisorin Romans. The teacheta and «- in giving instruction on religion* .:«ibj,cta. 
pwially commentators can appreciate these | would becom.- the laughing stock of the coun- 


\sill often bacoiiiB 
make but littlo progress. 

Hut it cannot resnme 
the same leeaon atthessme point t'he next Sun- 
daj. It must begin another lesion. Under the 
p4«ent eyatem many classes under the beat 

national aeries is past all uuderHtuuding. For 
one. I regard tbe whole theory that an entire 
school can study tho same lessen profitab y, iis 
utterly prepo&terous and absurd. 

Another objection to tbt> International sys- 
tem is found in that which has already been 
reckontd as one of its advantages, namely, the 
iibnndancr: of helps to the study of the lessoni? 
which are secured by it. These he ps are so 
numerous, and are furnished iiiaucb forms, that 
both teachers and seliolars rely too nuirb upon 
them In very many cases the teacher doea not 
look at till' lesson till ho ineeta the clasn, or at 
best looka hastily over one of these helptt befor« 
going into the class; while in the vast majority 
of cases, it is feared, the schoturs do not look at 
the lesson at all. The lesaon-paper, or mvae 
such help is relied on us aufhcient. 

To these objections may be added a minor 
one, that ;inder the present system the whole 
Sunday School world is at the mercy of the 
Committee who make the selections. It these do 
not perform theirduty well, there is no help for 
it. • ' • 

Passages of Scripture have been appointed for 
the study of the children of the civilized world 
which are wholly unsuitable, which even the 
learned do not pretend to understand; eelectiou^ 

criticisms. * ■ » 

The Bible cannot be well taught or studied as 
a sorap-liook. It is less important that the Bi- 
blo should be nominally studied thrtnigh in a 
given uumbtjt ol years, than Uiat there bhould 
he imparted a connected and intidligent under 
itdudiug ot so inuc:i of it as is bludu-d. 

It is qiiitd absurd to i-xpect little children to 
study the present I uti'rnational series of lessoos 
aivantugeously. Probably tlion- should also be 
a separate and special oruvision fur adultclaHsea. 
I liiive alri-ady fXprcsMd tbe opinion that it i^ 
absurd to make this, or any seriis of b-saonfl a 
ProcrusU'ftu h-d to the meaBur*?'*ir which every 
child, however small, niuit be,Btri-tchBd,ftnd ev- 
efv adult, howevet mature, must be shrunk. I 
am of , the opiiiioD that, no lesH than threi* dilfur- 
«nt series ^ru luj^t'd to vxet-i the wao^ ol our 
Sunday Schools; i.nd 1 do n-it think that the 
Want i", or can bf, ni-t i., :. i 1 1 il d .iil;>i ur pa^ 
person tho same le^- ■ .1.1" that 

tbiTo should b> ilillVi. ' tb.dB 

of study and invtruninT il w :iljsnril 
should consider it, if nll'^LhoIai.-i In our secular 
schoolB and seminarien. from the kindorgnrten 
up In the uiiiveriity, wero taught nnt of the 
same text-book, the only ditVi.T'incn being ui the 
i|L>«Htion hooka. Scholars olditfvrenb agiH and 
dili'U'iut nbilitiea require diilerent studies, uni 
dilfurent books on the same study, as well as 
dilVurent questions about the aaine books. One 
set of scholara can study Geiie-tis profitably, hut 
not Zechariah; anotherJs competent to etudy 
RomBUs, and should not beconfined toxhe'gos- 
pirl narratives. ' ' 

Criticisms in this direction, hilving in view 
better methoils of biblical instrnction in our 
Sunday Schools, would lead me a good deal far- 
ther than a good many would be willing to fol- 
low me, and farthur than I am myself willing to 
I can only indic^to the general direction 

in which my tbougbts How when I begin to 
think about Sunday Nchoola, at the same time 
ishing to be nndorstood us distinctly and 

pliatically dt-ujing tliat my thoughts on this 
subject have settled and solidfied into any fixed 
opinions/ ' 

I havp an idea, then, that what are cftlUd 
black-board exercises are torthe most part im- 
pertiiiput huinhuggery— the inane results of an 
attempt to apply to biblical instruotiou the pe- 
culiar jugglery of a conundrum aud enigma- 
maker, combined with the art of Hgn-pftinting. 
I have an idea that Sunday School infltrnction 
will not be worth much till we have a higher 
order of teachers, men and women of age aud 
experience, and perhaps training in normal 
classes, inslead of young men and women whose 
own knowledge of the Bible is scanty, and whose 
Kkill in teaching is still scantier. I have an 
idea that biblical instruction in Sunday Schools 
will not be worth much, until the schools them- ] 
Helves are reorgani-zed on ditferent principles— I 
until attendance and study are miide obligatory. | 
and a stern discipline weeds out the unruly ami i 
the indolent,— until childten and their parents 
are made to feel that it,is a privileg* to be per- 
mitted to att«nd the Sonday School, a privilege 

I will offer two or three suggestions with ref- 
en-iico to improvements which might he made 
in our Sunday School instruction, even with onr 
present defective -yatem of organijatiou. 

It in desirable that Sunday School instructiptt, 
should be something more than esplan^ttorj. 
A mpmberof a Bible-clas* recently complttioHd 
to me that his eltissi cmismned most oi ihdr 
' tiiiix in discuHMUg «iich riuealiona an wh-'thrf 
Pb.inwhs uhflriot Uheols ware red or ulack. 
TUoro is toooftt-u otcuoion fur the satire. Tuere 
areifi tbenedajs itwiumeraUe works upon the 
pipiits of (teograpliy, hist iry. biography, science, 
customs, and imi.tents menlioued or ullud d to 
in ti .- Scrijilui,'. and some portions (.1 th-- Bi- 
bli* iire crttwded with references which require, 
or nt leiAt furntrih occitmon for such ei^^tvia- 
lions and illiirttraftionx; andtVre are a crftat 
many minds that aiT specially captivui.d by 
thJM kind ufleuniing; but interesting aud ViJ- 
.abli; a^ all tiiis may iiv, i^uot tli..' moi>tiinpor- 
tunt kind uf knowlj*dge about the Bible. Tne 
iii:tn who devotes hiiutt 1 to these things to the 
ni-glfct of the divine truths of which tbey are 
the mere vehicle or oruanient. JH like one who 
upends his lime in spelliue out the marks on 
old china, or in discerning tbe iliiinioo? in its 
decorations, instead of feeding up[>u the viands 
whii^b it contains. That i^ no proper biblical 
iiitttruction which does nut take most account 
ot thu great moral and spiritual truths ol tbe 
Bible, aud leave deciphering the ornamentatioDa 
of tho scabbard to wield the sword. 

Bihla instniction is veiy much the ume in 
its nature and method*, in tbe Sunday ^hool 
the Biblecliis4, and the family. 1 wish, how- 
i'V>.-r before closing, to say a few words rcspecV 
iiig biblical iustractions and its methods in the 

Mv imprvssion is, that there it not nearly 
enough of this kind of instruction given fro^ 
the pulpit- Tne truth ii>, if we preachers could 
only realize it, that our individual opinion^ ana 
ideas are of very little value, and are received by 
our hearer* as of very little conBeqoence- Tfc^ 
great qnestioii, after all, with reference to any 
theme that is treated in the pulpit is. What 
does the Bible say about iti' The power of the 
apostles lay very much in the uk which ihr-y 
made of the Scriptur'-s. If Apollorffras mighty 
it was in the Scrint'ires. We do no* in theae 
days hear, or practice, loo much of thi^ kind of 
preaching. Ministers luv very apt to take a 
text to start from, because custom rr<|uires them 
to do so, and then to wander off for half an bonr 
or more, evolving ideas from their own cflIK 
sciousness, and Miintitlating with rhetorical pv- 
rotechnics. but even if they ever come U.i:a to 
their text-making little or no reference tu ibe 
other Scriptures, and consequently nevrr v:v'ni- 
iiig down to good Srm standing ground. P.each- 
I ing is, t take it, aft«r all, only the proclw.min^ 
I oi God's Word; if it is not tiaf-, it i^ not 
worth the name. The preacher has power on- 
ly so ^ as ho can say, Tjius suith the Lord, 
litid consequently, as he can bris^ the Bih3e to 
hii support. 



BT WK. l.yON. 

GO nillinel; work, for the Maatir ilnlli call, 
TBii w;IIi b mind willing, his will U^ oljcy. 
Go fttrni-HUy work, thiTf? in work for you all, 
O, -Jelay not the time, but work while 'tin day 

Jo liihor arid toil, fur the Master'K Rood caasc. 

Go pay what thou oweat, 'tia already doe, 
3o tojiow liin toiiIi'tj-ii>', traOKgrewi not his laws 

0, turn not away, but an followera be true. 

Go work for the barveat is turning whit*>. 
Go work for there's something for each to do. 

Go work in his vineyard, ore Cometh the night. 
O, go thou and workfor the laborers are few. 

Go thou in life's morning thy duty perform. 

Go thou ere the days of thy youth shall l)e pajjt. 
Qo fight the good light, and to Qod'a will con- 

tin- false renderiDg "one (Jipping." \W 
have a copy of liotherham's Critically 

'ranslated and Emphasized New Te.sta 
rnent, puhlished in London, l.y Sani'l 
Bagster i- f-ons. Tbw critical Testa 
raent translat^-e en haptisnia by "one 
immersion." The Bible (jnion translator, 
have rendered the rn hiijilUma bj- "one 
immersion." Wljen the inspired faul 
ays, "One Lord, one faith, one immer- 
sion," for us to practice three "immer 
sions" is rebellion. 

When we showed that according tii 
the argument based apon the iilea that 
baptizo is a freijuentative, that the Tiink 
ers must haptize frequently in the name 
of the Father, and baptize frequently in 
the name of the Son, and' baptize fre- 
iiumtly in the name of the Spirit, 

.Tin ^7 

the use of the word buptiv.o by the an 
cient Ureeks. The hrst example de 

0, keep thou the faith, and he'll aave youat IMr. Stein wasaoain thrown in confusion 

and raid: 

I have not contended that 'baptizing' 
must be understood before 'Son' and 
'Holy Ghost' in the commission." 

But Mr. Stein, if you are a sound 
Tunker, you do understana baptizing 
thiee times in the commission. Mr. 
Moore, the Tunker author, in his work 
called Safe (rroun.', p. 1>, fills up the 
commission so as to read, after teach all 
I nations, "baptizing them into the name 
of the Father, and baptizing them into 
Ithe name of the,Son,and baptizing them 
into the name of the Holy Ghost." 
Therefore, the Tunkers have three bap- 
tizm,/M in their commissions. But Mr. 
Stein contends that <me "baptizing" is 
plural, frequently— more than one dip; 
therefore, he must have six or more dlji.-^ 
for 07ie immersion, or his ai-gument goes 
dead. But Mr. Stein ,/id contend that 
"baptizing must be understood before 
Son and Holy S|iirit, in the commission." 
In his fourth athrmative, he gives as il- 
lustration: "Delivering you up to the, 
synagogues and into prisons." Luke 21 : 
12. Here 'deliverin^^' occurs only once, 
like'baptizim/ in the commission. Were 
they not delivered 'up to synagogues! 
and delivered into prison.sT " He made 
his whole argiLuent upon the claim that 
the Tunkers 'baptize into k.uh of the 
names, 'Father,' 'Son' and 'Holy Spirit.'" 
But now, when he got caught in his 

own trap, he denies his own child his 

own argument. 

When Mr. Stein performs his tbree 
mmersions, as he dips the candidate, he 
says, "I baptize thee Into the name of the 
I Father." He uses the whole word baj> 
lize, and performs the action demanded, 
"into the name of the Father. Now if 
baptize is a fi'eiiuentative, requiring 
more than one action, lie tmwt baptize 
by these repeated actions into t' e name 
of ttte Fathe': otherwise he has spoken 
falsely. The same must be ti'ue of each 
of the other names. If the word baptiie 
alone means "to dip repeatedly, then 
trine hnmeruion must undoubtedly 
meiD"todip repeatedly three times." 
Therefore, "trine immersion," ac 
cording to this "repeatedly" argument 
must require sis or more "dips to per 
form "one"!!! 

Mr. Steiu's mockery about the body 
of the Savior being "slid into" the "per 
pendicular" face of a rock for burial, is 
unworthy of notice. The Tunker.. 
themselves admit that baptism represent!, 
the bariiU and resurrection of Je: 
t'lirist. Therefore, the 
of Baptist churches corresponds 
tiiis demand. 

It must be remembered that the class 
ic Greek is the foundation of lexicons 
Not one instance can be found in all 
(Jreek literature where baptize is used 
as a frequentative. Dr. Conant, in his 
/!aptizein, has collected the examples of 


Then turn from the path.s of vice, folly and sin. 

And walk in the path the Master hatli trod, 
Fonake then thy sins, and a new hfe begin, 

And thus in sweet peat^e, be prepared to meet 


Prop. 2d. Haptist churelies possess the Bi- 
ble chanKU-risties which entitle them to be 
II regartled as churches of .le,siiN Christ. 

II D. M. Rav, Affirms. 

.1. W, Strin, Denies. 
I), B. Itw's Sl\TH Al't'lItM.ATlVK, 

THOUGH he makes no attempt to 
prove, Mr. Stein is too stubborn 
to withdraw his fa'te charges against 
Baptist churches. 

He wilfully accused Baptist churches 
with t,'ranting "legal license" to do "the 
works of the flesh"; he charged that 
Baptist churches "hold liiat we msy do 
evil, fight and kill"; he charged that 
Baptist churches are guilt) of the "crime 
1 of perjuiy," and he charged Baptist 
churches withjustifying the "rapacious, 
cruel and fiendish," "unbridled carnal 
Itists and passions" ! We again repeat, 
that Mr. .Stem makes no attempt to prirve 
these scandalous charges!! But he talks 
about the vie'a'on of our rules of de- 

Suppose two men are in controversy, 
and one becomes so far beside himself 
that lie charges his neighbor witli adult 
ery, theft, murder and treason. And 
when he is called upon to/3/we or with- 
draw his foul charges, or aland as a vile 
and wilful slanderer, he begins to make 
the pitiful complaint that his neighbor 
is violating the rules of debate! .Just 
would say, "Let the avcuaer prove or 
retract, or receive the odium of the wil- 
fid lilamlerer" 

Though Mr. Stein makes no pretense 
of proof, lie calls on us to "prove" that 
Baptist churches are not guilty of these 
crimes ! Baptist churches have no "re- 
kt'on to war." JThey leave the ques- 
tion of war exactly where Christ and 
the apostles left it. This answers all his 
questions concerning Baptist churches 
and war. 

Mr. S. complains because we draw 
the line of contrast between the Bap- 
tist and Tunker church doctrines, as we 
pass. We are not surprised that he is 
ashamed of his miserable doctrine, that 
consigns all to damnation except mem 
bers of the Tunker church. While on 
the Tunker church question, Mr. Stein 
occupied more than a whole column in 
his liith aflirmative, perverting Baptist 
hls'oiy. He continued to misrepresent 
Baptist authors all the way through, but 
if we mention a point of difference, he 
eompl,ains. We are truly sorry for him. 
There is no need of translating "en 
iaplisma (Eph. 4: 5 ) me d p;" but it 
itoiild bear that rendering better than 

"one immersion' 


>cribes a sea battle between the Hi mans 
and the C' which it is said 
that the CarthAgeai&aiAubneryed (bap 
tized) many of the vessels oi' the Romans. 
According to Mr. Stein, the same ships 
were repeatedly sunk! We repeat our 
eight facts which Mr. Stein promised to 
answer at the proper time. They re- 
main "unanswered" as follows: 

1. It is a fact, that no example in 
classic Greek can be produced where thi 
Greek verb baptizo means more than 
one submersion. 

It is a fact, that no e.xample in 
sacred Greek can be produced where 
the word baptiz t means more than one 

y. It is a fact, that there is no men- 
tion of ''trine immersion" in the Bible. 

4. It IS a fact, that not one of the 
four apostolic fathers mentions "trine 

o. It is a fact, that there is no men 
tion of "trine immersion" in the litera 
ture of the world, whether sacred oi 
profane, till about the commencement of 
the third century. 

(i. It is a fact, that when "trine im- 
mersion" first made its appearance in 
church history, it ivas associated with in- 
fant baptism, infant communion, and a 
.swarm of other traditions. 

7. It is a fact, that "trine immersion' 
was regarded by early church writers as 
only apostolic tra^Iition. 

It is a fact, that "trine immersion' 
can be traced imly through the Romish 
and Greek Catholic chuj'ches, up to 
aboLt the beginning of the third century 
Mr. Stein gives a third reason "why 
Baptist churches are destitute of Chris- 
tian baptism," because "the early church 
jvriters attribute the origin of single im- 
mersion to Eunomius and his co-workers 
of the fourth century." Because Bap- 
tists will not obey the false and foolish 
statements of the Greek Catholic Pedo- 
baptists, Mr. S. condemns them. We 
must follow neither men nor an^el.s to 
set aside the one immersion of Christ and 
the apostles. These Greeks, quoted by 
him, were as corrupt as the Romish lead- 
ers in the darkest ages. They held in- 
fant, monkery, nunnery, and 
three immersions, with a swarm of other 
superstitions. Yet Mr. S. promises to 
change his faith and practice upon the 
testimony of -"one early Greek." 

One that can forsake Christ and the 
apostles to follow one superstitious 
heretic must be apostate. If an 
"angel from hfaven" should testify for 
trine immersion, in the face of the "one 
immersion" of the Bible, we would say, 
"let him be accursed." 

"Let God be true, but every man a 
liar." There is no hint in favor of "trine 
immersion" in the New Testament. We 
sum up a few points from the New Tes 
tament as follows: 

1. Jesus was baptized— immersed 

but once (Matt. 3: 13-17). As we are 
to follow the example of Christ, we 
must receive but "one baptism." 

-'. The baptism of John before the 
commission was but one immersion. 
'John verily baptized mth the baptism 
of repentance" (Acts li: 4). The 130 
diaiiples went into the original church on 
this one baptism. 

3. The commission demands but one 
baptism as already proved. Mark re. 
cords it thus: "He that believeth and 
i.s baptized"— not baptized three times. 
"He that believeth and is baptized." If 
the act of baptism must be repeated to 
the number three, then the act of faith 
must be repeated to three! 

Christ is called a 
.lO. We are bap. 
in the likeness of 

4. The death of 
baptism. Luke 1 
tized — "planted"- 

bis death." Rom. II: 5. As Christ died 
for sin only once, baptism, "the likeness" 
of it, must be performed only once. 

.1. Baptism is called "a burial . and 
resurrection," jiointing to the burial and 
resurrection of Christ. Therefore as Je- 
sus was buried and rose but once bap. 
tism must be performed but once. 

5. Baptism is a pledge and monu- 
ment of the resurrection of the dead. 1 
Cor. l.'i: 39. Therefore, asthe dead are 
to rise but once, we must have but "one 
baptism" to represent it. 

7. Baptism declares our death to sin. 
Rom. (i: 2, .s. Therefore, as we die to 
ain but once, we are to be "buried with 
him in baptism" but once. 

"The Tunkers make "born of water" 
mean baptism. John .3: 5. Mr. Miller 
the Tunker author, in his work called 
Doctrine of the Brethren Defended, p. 
87, says: "No two things could be more 
alike than a birth and rising out of 
the water in which we have been buried" 
So the Tunkers must be born of God 
three times! 

9. The passage of the Israelites under 
the cloud and through the sea, was a 
baptism unto Moses.and a type of Chris- 
tian baptism. 1 Cor. 10: 1, 2. Did they 
come out of Egypt three times? Did 
they pass through the sea three times? 

11. The salvation of the ark was "the 
like figure" as baptism. Was Noah sav- 
ed in the ark three times? 

11. Paul saj's: "One Lord, one faith, 
one baptism." 

It has been established beyond all rea- 
sonable doubt, that Baptist churches 
possess the one burial with Christ in 

Chui/ractei-istio III: Baptist churches 
po.uess the communion — Lord's Svpper 
—demanded in the .V«w Testament.— 
The night of hie betrayal, in the upper 
room, while at the passover, Jesus "took 
bread and gave thanks, and break it, 
and gave it unto them, saying. This is 
my body which is given for you; this do 
in remembrance of me. Likewise also 
the cup after supper saying. This cup is 
the New Testament in my blood, which 
is shed for you." Luke 22: Ut 20. At 
the .same table at the close of the com- 
munion he said: 

"And I appoint unto you a kingdom, 
as my Father hath appointed unto me,' 
that ye may eat and drink at my table 
in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judg- 
ing the twelve tribes of Israel." Luke 
22: 2ft, :iO. 

^ The Baptist churches hold and prac- 
tice the observance of the Lord's supper, 
as a church ordinance, at his table in his 
kingdom. On Pentecost they that glad- 
ly received the word were baptized, and 
added unto the church. 

"And they continued steadfastly in 
the apostle's doctrine.aud fellowship and 
in breaking of bread, and of pravere " 
Acts 2: 41, 42. 

There the "breaking of bread," in 
communion, was as they continued stead- 
fastly in the apostles doctrine and fel- 
lo^vship. This 18 precisely the practice 
of Baptist churches. When the Corin- 
thian church came together to eat a full 
meal to satisfy hunger, with other im- 
jiroprieties, the apostles pronounced it 
'not to eat the Lord's supper." See 1 
Cor. nth chapter. It is almost univer- 
silly admitted that Baptist churches pos- 
sess the ordinance of the Lord's supper. 

Mr. Stein's ob 

gection to Baptistchiirch- 

■■«, because they believe the word of God, 
' the kingdom of Christ has 
'd to the pre.sent time 

so supremely 

Jan 27 

ridiculous as to nee i no reply. Tliere 
neither is now, nor has there ever been 
another denomination just like the Bap 
tists, but the Baptists have "existed dur 
ing the first fifteen centuries of Christi- 

i-irth: l->i{Kitli{±i,Zs AT 




BROTHER who signs himself 
"FitKK spEKcii," propounds aome 
questiona ia relation to "secret, oath- 
bmuid societies" and begs an immediate 
response. I have neither time, nor 
strength, nor disposition to expatiate on 
the suliject. I am glad to know that the 
Brother boldly champions the Truth, al 
though he at one time was a member of 
one of these antichristian monstrosities. 

1. "It is here claimed thatwuch in- 
stitutioua are eminently benevolent, :iud 
doing a greater work than the church.' 

Vrrlly this is spitting into the fai-e of 
the Son of God, and putting him to an 
open shame. Those who make such pre 
tensions must be culpably ignorant, or 
hopelessly steeped lu tht- cpiiutessence of 
faUehood and intidelity. To ponder the 
course of bistoiy before and after the In- 
carnation, is a sufficient refutation of 
such a wild, baseless assertion. That 
"God was manifest in the flesh" is as 
demonstrable by historical evidence as 
that Washington was first president of 
the United States. The allowance of 
this fact must of necessity be compl 
mented b}' the presence of the Holy 
kSpJnt in the church through all the cen 
turies since the Day of Pentecost. If 
not, then God is a liar, for this was His 
emphatic promise as the efficient Power 
to represent His Person and extend His 
kingdom in Ills absence. Either histo 
ry be ignored, or these abominabb 
Pharisees must be acknowledged doing 
a gieater work than God Himself. If 
they are and do what they claim, they 
are ahead of Deity, or there is no more 
ieliability in history than in the silly 
uanatiuns of Baron Munchausen. 
*2. "Has Freemasonary been revealed!' 

This is too indefinite. Revealed by 
whom, and to what intent? If it means 
revealed from Heaven as a means of el 
evating humanity, I reply with all iht 
fervor of my soul, no, no, NO, with all 
the thunderous emphasis of the Divine 
vocabulary of negatives. Secret socie- 
ties have never f)rought a single soul to 
Christ, never iiualilied a soul for Heaven 
but have kept thousands out. 

;i. Should ministers preach against 
this sin? 

That depends. In many places it 
not necessary, and many ministers are 
not qualified. But where required, and 
the requisite knowledge for the task is 
possessed, let the ministry of the God 
man hurl the very anathemas of Jehovah 
against this hell-buni. Christ- trampling. 
Gospel-nullifying abomination. "Cry 
aloud and spare not."' It is simply a 
question of the Divine authenticity of 
the Bible and the supremacy of Christ, 
orthe superiority of human organizations, 
"If the Lord be God," then let the blast 
of Omnipotence turn secret orders into 
ashes. "But if Baal be god," then let 
Emmanuel "with shame take the lowest 
seat " and let antichrist be exalted to 
the throne of Divinity. 

4. "Are you aware of the fact that 
there is now a powerful effort being 
made to overthrow this form of ain';" 

I am, and may God speed the confla 
gration of all modern Sodoms and Go 
morrahs. The sooner these soul destroy 
ing institutions are whelmed in the fire 
and brimstone of Divine judgment, the 

VVt yKlv. 


better. Thtfy appropriate "the 
of heaven to Ber%-e the devil in." 
isurp tiilt-s and honors that belong to 
God. They pretend to reach the deep- 
est wauls i.f hunmuity, and to oftVr the 
most feasible means for the highest de 
lopement of HiaraUer "He that sit 
test in tile Heaven shiiU laugh: the Lord 
shall have them in derision." 




'These were rpdeemcd from among men; be 
ng the firat fruits mito God and to the Laiiih 
Abd in their mouth wna found no guile; fnr 
they are without fault before thethroiie of God." 
ll^v. 14:4.5. 

Ti^ the preceding chapter we have giv 
-'- en us a description of that terrible 
power, whi^h for ages spread its dark 
pall of ignorance, superstition and sin 
over our earth. But now in this chapt 
er from which our test ia selected a 
bright and glorious scene is presented 
to our view. The contrast is very great. 
We turn with sickening horrors from the 
former picture. We had almost conclud 
ed, as we viewed its gigantic propor- 
tion, aa we contenqilated its absolute 
sway, that our earth was given over to 
its domination. But as we turn our eyes 
from this sad, sad sigbt, what a bright 
vitrw meets our gaze. Not all have bow. 
ed the knee to Baal; not all have fallen 
prostrate before this Colossus, a rem- 
nant is left, according to the election of 
grace. God will always reserve to him 
self, even in the darkest and most degen- 
erate times, a few faithful ones, — a few 
whose threalB cannot intimidate,— favors 
c;iunot captivate. A few who love not 
theii' lives unto the death. Such wus 
the company that John saw on Mount 
Zion. And we are told, the^e are they 
which follow the Lamb whithersoever 
he goeth. These were followers of the 
Lamb, not followers of tbe beast. And 
while the followers of the beast had their 
names in their foreheads and in their 
hands; these had the Father's name writ- 
ten in theu" foreheads. 

But what ia it to follow the Lamb 
whithersoever he goeth? it is to yield 
a perfect obedience to all his require- 
menta, to brfw in humble submission to 
all his behests. It is a perfect abandon 
ment of ourselves into his hands. Those 
who thus follow the Lamb, esteem his 
service their highi'St privilege, their 
highest honor. They think ao sacrifice 
too great, n^ labor too arduous. Like 
the great apostle, they count all things 
but loss, only so "they may know him 
and the power of his resurrection, and 
the fellowship of his sufferings, being 
made conformable unto his death." Yes, 
it is sweet to have fellowship with Christ, 
even in suffering. To this fact all the 
noble band of martyrs have borne abun 
dant testimony. But they are pronounc- 
ed faultless, and they are so pronounced 
by (iod himself. These were those whom 
the world denouced. Then" uamts had 
been cast out jis evil, they had been con- 
sidered as the filth of the \\orld, and as 
the offseouring of all things. But their 
Leader who perfectly comprehended 
them, pronounced them pure, lu his 
sight they were without fault. How 
dill'erent God sees things from what man 
sees them. Frequently those whom tlie 
world approves, God condemns, ami 
those whom God approves fbe world 

If our characters are defamed, our best 
and holiest purposes (jue-stioned, painful 
though these thiugs be, they .should be 
to us rather a niattei flf rejoicing than of 
sorrow. Peter tells us "to count it all 

joy w hen wv fall into divers u:mptations ;" 
for the irial of our faith worketh pa 
icnce, and we are told to let patience 
hav,^ her |H-rfeet work that we may be 
perfect and entire wanting in nothinu- 
Jesus knows our frame and remem- 
bers that we are but dust, and if our mo 
Uvft. oiir-lfsigus, onrpuip'>vH^are pure, 
hewUliiot mark ourshort-jomings against 
us. It 18 human to err, and the very 
bestof us sometimes err. And then it 
is exceedingly difficult, nay, irapo^sible 
at all times to know just what is ri^ht. 
There are so many conflicting views and 
opinions. After having put forth every 
effort to know the ti'uth, we sometimes 
find that we have been mistaken. But 
have we not reason to believe, that Je 
sus who knows our hearts, our purposes, 
our efforts will pronounce us faultless if 
we have done what we can. 

Yea, blessed thought, while he requires 
of us that we do what we can; he does 
not demand impossibilities. Sweet Je- 
sus, be my pcrtiou, lead me and guiae 
me, Andoh, thatby theel may be pro 
uounced faultless, that I ma^ stand in 
thee complete. 



rpHKUE is much said and written on 
-*- the abovf suliject, and too little of 
it done. Plans are gotten up to raiwe 
money to put the work on foot, and in 
particular is this the case with the city 
mission. It seems money ia the great 
hindering cause, that locks the wheels 
of this great and noble work. I have 
had some little experience in it, though 
not so much as some other brethren ; but 
I have given it much thought for sou: 
yeai-8, and I can only see one plan by 
which it can ever be made a success, 
And it will require but little money il 
any to put it on foot, and the work will 
support itself in a short time. 

Let every minister of the Brotherhood 
use all his spare time when he is not 
needed to fill home appointments, go to 
the next town or scho(d district or town- 
ship where the Brethren have never 
preached, and so from one school-dis- 
trict to another until he has gone over 
the entire country where he lives, and 
continue meetings long enough to hold 
forth the full form of doctrine a.s it is de- 
livered unto us Ity the Lord and his ap 
ties. And I guarantee every brother 
then will be snppoited while he is in the 
field, should it be six mouths or a year. 
lu this way no brother needs to force his 
preaching on any one. But while he 
holds forth the truth in one neighbor- 
hood, he will be invited to come to oth 
er districts to preach. Now, brethren, 
this I know by experience. I t-ould 
sjjeud one year very profitably, and it 
would not cost me or my church at 
home one cent to travel to get to the 
work. I will not need horse and buggy, 
much less money to pay railway fare. 
But it can all be accomplished by the 
example of Christ and the apostles in 
their travels. The people aie even kind 
enough to forbid the preacher to walk 
from one place to the other. 

I am fully convinced that if the 
Brethren follow this plan that they will 
soon have organized churches in every 
county of the different States of the 
Union in whiih they have organized 
churches. And not only so, but if this 
plan is properly managed, in less than 
five years we can have organized church 
es in the different Stales where the peo 
pie never heard or saw one of our min- 
isters. But Brethren, let me tell you as 

Ion,' as the pi went coiirs- is pursuird, of 
only going whe.e w« »r-. . all^il on to 
prea.'h, where we have church** or iso- 
lated oiembcrs.and we get aboard the 
cars or otherwise, and travel ov*-r the 
country from forty to one hundred milai 
before we stop to preach one sermon, or 
to make our«elvei known as mioi^iers, 
we can do but little. And the question 
often cornea up, Why do we travel over 
all thi« space of country, and not have 
any members? The question to me has 
been a very solemn one since the Breth 
ren expended so much to e.stablish a 
church in Denmark. Is a soul worth 
more in Denmark than the mauy thons- 
andfl that are overlooked and neglected 
at home? Nay verily; not a brother oi 
a sister will tor one moment think so. 
Why is it then that this all-important 
work receives ao little attention in our 
own country? I am in favor not only 
to write, but let us get to work; and all 
do more of it, for it will never pay a 
man to say and do not. I will, if God 
spares me, try and do more of the above 
kind of missionary work than 1 did here- 
tofore in proportion to my time; fori 
know my mission is but short here, and 
I feel the responsibility of the same. 

My co-laborera. awake and go to 
work; every one do his part to carry the 
gospel to all our American people; for 
I know this we can do without much 
money to begin with. Do not under- 
stand me that I am <ipposed for every 
member that is blessed with this world's 
goods, to b.-ar his aliare of the buidt^n, 
hutlet not the wrtft( o/" money atop the 
work of the Lord. 

1 never saw a servant of the Lord 
foraaken that fully dedicated himself to 
the service of the Lord. And if the 
ministei-a here in the West will wait 
till the churches will raise money enough 
to pay the minister to go by railway, 
most of us I fear would not preach 
much. And not many of the peoph 
away tifty or one hnudred miles fVoa 
where the preacher lives would eve^ 
hear the gospel. 



It ia net an evidence of worldly mind- 
edness to be diligent in business. An in- 
dustrious and frugal Christian is an hon- 
or to hi;^ profession. Worldly minded- 
ne&s comes along when the products of 
our labiTj are hoarded up or are expend- 
ed for unrighteous purposes or withheld 
from the Lyrd's treasur) . Brethren, have 
you any deposits in that treasury? If 
not, you may become worldh -minded, 
or carnally -minded which is death. 

Some people act as though all a Chris* 
tian has to do is to be baptized and to 
obey the church ordinances. Thev nev- 
er seem to think of the lost ones out in 
the highways and the hedges. They re- 
mind uaof the man who prayed for himself 
iind his wife; his son John and his son 
John's wife. Let us brethren, remem- 
ber that we are our brother's kee|>er and 
send our monthly contributions to S. T. 
Bosserman who is anxious to iniiugurab 
the "City Mission Service," 

It is a common error that we shall hi 
judged only tor our misdeeds. Fen 
think of the sin ot ne-jUctiwj duties. Db- 
obedience of commandments involves 
the "Thou shalt" and "Thou shall oot^" 
M,auy a Christian would be inconsolable 
were he to disobey the liith chapter of 
John, yet he would never for a moment 
suppose th'it he ought to trouble himself 
itiout missionary work -tr the converaion 
.>f sinners, when at the same time it is 
•f infinitely more im[X)rtAQc« to the 
•vorld that the missiouay c.HUse should 
dounsh than that he should have JUs 
n^et washed. The first should be done, 
lud the second should not be leik no 


Jan. 27 

'he ^rejliren nt % 



M.M. f,sIfKLMAK] 
S. .r. IIAKJd.SoK. 
J. W.. STEIN. ' 

1. Tjik Kditors will be rcsponetljle only fur tht; 
{ijnTTtl lutir-of (he najwr. ;tn(l tlie iriBf'rtion of mii 
utldc does not Jniply iliwt they eadiirse i.-very iwn- 
tlini'nl yf tlie writer. 

2. r<)STi[iiH'T(»R'" (n '>rd(-r to m-ciirp prompt in- 
MrLi<^iiof llit-li iirlii'Jm. will picwv nut Indulge in 
ItfTW"ii;ilillf!t and tincoiirt^'oiis lanttiKiae, liut pr.-- 
Hf^nt tlii'ii vit'iVH " with ^acf Hfta»uuou with BHlt." 

.■i, h(»f I'lL- tRiiii'l'it of unr rnidcraand llie good "f 
tlip fiiwuf, we •fllifit chHreli news from hII parta of 
th« Itrotlinrliuud. W<- witnt )K)mc one in «-H:h con- 
[{rii;;ili'iii to ki-cp im Hii|)|dlHl In fhel>rlcfi'sl way. 
jftvu tin ALi, thi- fuct^ ajid wo will put tliern in 
|iroi"r «lni|>f Alwit}H wiiLi- with bluck Ink. on 
Murrnw |i.triHr. 

■1. Titf. IJiiKTiiitKN AT WoUK will be Bent to 
Any iiddM'Sii In the Unil*;<! Stiid-a or Ciitiadn for 
9).n0iHfr annum. J-*or the litmling chAravterlatics 
of the pJijifr. ns wull lui tvrniH to iigunls see eigbtb 
pnitf. A'T'Irewi all cniuiiiunlcationfl. 


Lanark, Carrol] Co., Ill, 





)OMiN Catholics tra.'h there m h i.Iuo- to 
which nil CJiristiHnH go imiuediatfly ufl^r 
deatli (tiule?8 hy f[>fv\n\ providence thsy huve 
been cleanBed during life tjy ■■.npro nflliction) to 
be purged From nil miii or detitt>nient. This 
plufc oft^irnicnt is called fiufijatonj, 

Tlii> I'oinaiiisU claim thiit Chriat dops dot 
hrint; full and coiujileUi pardon, but only lur- 
aiHln-« th« means to escape everlastitiff jmiiinh- 

They tench that all nuint suff-^r for sin. and 
iftlii'vdo not Buffer in thin world then they 
mnst Buffer in purgatory after death. With 
, this idea there ia no xnch thing as washing 
our rnheN white in the blood of the Lunib; tliat 
can only be done by a hnptittm of suffering iu 
fire. () what a hoiipiess and cheerless religion 
No wonder many of the KoniaiiisLs look so sad 
and woc-begone! With them there is no hope 
of forgivenens of all snn«, liut all must remain 
in piirjintory until tliHy are purged from alt 
iniquity, except they whould have suftVred du- 
ring life sufficiout to bp a juiit equivalent for all 
^inn lemitted. 

"Til" aonld who go to purgatory are only 
iuch ai* die in the state of grace united to Je- 
■"U8 Christ. It is their imperfect works for 
which Ihi-y arc condemned to that place of 
suffering, and which will all be there consumed, 
and tlieir stains purged away Irom tliem before 
they can go to heaven." 

This doctrine baa led to some very degrading 
jiractices. Uy the fear and horror with which 
this doctrine inspires the people the priests can 
impoHf penancc>i for prayers for the dead, for it 
is niiiiiitained that the pains and tormcntH may 
be greatly diminished by the prayer-, .services, 
masses, charities of the friends upon the enrth. 
To show how blind and deluded tin- .Hubjecls 
■ il' papacy arc, we only need to (.tate llmt a 


which for n certain premium paid .mnually, 
msurej tin- payor a given number of musses 
for Ills soul in the event of his death, is sus- 
tained and its certificates way be seen hung 
upon the walls iu luindreds of our great cities. 
Tliink of having your future life insured! Sure- 
ly God i'* not mocked! "He that eoweth to his 
tlesli shall of tlie liesh.reap corruption." May 
all who have named tlie name ot Christ put 
forth all their energy to spread the Gospel 
which lightetb every man tliat cometh into the 
world. Our stay here is only short though we 
live to bo three-score years and t«n. Q then he 
uot faitlileufl nor despoudiMit, but buckle on the 
armor of the Lird and go forth in his strength 
that lion's cause may he both honored and glo- 


Ubother I). M. Miller returned home ou thi 
23rd inst., from Wieconsin, Eight baptized 
KOd one reclaimed. 

KaoK the Frimilir* Chrhfian wp learn, that 
Bister Major bus beeu ill for Dome time. Hope 
)«he may rojo recover, and W able to [>reach the 
Word with power. 

Hiio. .T,\<x.ii Berk#y writing from Texas sayfl: 
"Hud two cold days about Cbriutmas; since then 
very warm. Farmers are planting and sowing 
oats, Hcttltfi very good, and many people 
coming to this country." 

IJR(yrHEE D. H. Kahrney, editor lirethren's 
vJrfrw«/«, under date of 17th met , writes that 
brother J. W. Beer was tht-n holding meetings 
lu Waynesboro, and that ten had been received 
by baptiain, aL'l others to bp r^i^ived in a tew 
days. Also that Brother ll.,ov>-r wjts to begin 
a series o( meetings six mile^ west of Waynes- 
boro the evening ot the 17tb. Mi-aA. indeed, to 
hearthat God'd workmen arc busy preaching 
the gospel. 


THE following petition ha* been circulated 
among Brethren in portions of Indiana 

'The elders of the German Baptist church of 
Miami Valley, Ohio assembled in council 

with others, agreed to a-^k .Annual Meeting by 
the re<|uest and aid of all the members who feel 
to hold to the old order of the Brethren, to 
come hack to where they were before there were 
any Sunday-schools among the Brethren, nor 
Colleges, nor Series of Meetings, nor a Stilaried 
Ministry, nor supper on the table at the time 
of Feet^waahing, nor single mode of Feet- 

This kind of work seems strange to us. We 
are not sure that signing petitions of this kind, 
or circulating petitions relative to things that 
must come before the church, i^ according to 
the old order. Brother Moomaw. in this issue, 
gives a solemn caution; and we, too, think 
that we should consider well where we put our 
names. Many of our readers will remember I 
tliat last yeai", in a certain part of the Brother- 
hood petitions were circulated, and more than 
one thousand names obtained, many of whom 
afterwards deeply regretted having given their 
names to the parties who carried the petitions 
around. We regard the circulating of peti- 
tions as dangerous to the peace and prosperity 
of Christ's church, for the simple reason, that 
individuals will be persuaded to sign them on 
the importunities of the parties presenting said 
petitions; and if those who circulate them are 
corrupt, great mischief may be done. We 
must iusist on the principle ol right and jus- 
tice; and the method ever pursued by our breth- 
ren in the past, was to bring things before the 
church and ihere discuss them. To depart 
from tbat course wilt be to lay down all [irinci- 
pies of fairness, and where this n wanting, 
peace and love can not dwell. We hope that 
those who are circulating pHitious will pnu^e 
and consider what they are doing. There is a 
legal way topresent complaints, and let the old 
order be followed iu this. 

fgisforji of fijp ^r|Urc1|. 


Bi M U K.IIILH...) 

llf E pass by the I)irth. work,dcutb. rceurrec- 
I T tioii, and ascension of Christ Knd take 

Thr Protprrily nf Ihr Chnrch. 
As soon as Christ had ascended to heaven 
the apostles resolved to fi!l up their number as 
it halt been 6x"d hy Jesus, hence tliey. wilh 
many other disciples, assembled to fiti the place 
made vacant by the full of Judas. Two men, 
noted for their knowledge of their Master, and 
their piety and faithfulness, were proposed as 
worthy of the confidence of the church. These 
men were filathias and Barnabas, and the for. 
mer, either hy lot, or as some suppose by a plu- 
rality of voices of all present, was chosen to 
serve ia the aposlolic office. 

The apostles were without learning in letters 
or philosophy, hence what was said or done 
through them can not be attributed to the 
learning of the world. Afterwards Paul, not- 
ed for his learning and ability, was called to 
the defense of the truth, but this Paul by no 
means relied upon his former wifdom, but 
rather counted it as worthless. Peter's ser- 
mon, and Stephen's defense are equally sub- 
lime with Paul's defense and evangelistic ser- 







VVtih. n..t wish to npelogi/.e for oar "Open 
Letter, yet we lear that to some of you it may 
not be edifying. So far as we are concerned we 
have nothing to hide, but the sins which char- 
ity is designed I., cover, we are not anxious to 
uncover. We ought so to live that we need 
not fear Malt. 1(1: at; and Mark 4; 2a, and be 
willing to obey li.uii. li; 14 and Malt 5. 44 
As lor us, we know not what we shall do in 
theluture, hut by the grace of God we ahull 
endeavor to keen personalities that wound out 
of our paper. We feel that we should make 
greater advancement in love, patience, and 
brotherly kindness. Will you bear with us a 
htllem our folly: and indeed bear with u(.— 
2Cor.9:l. 'Have I committed an otleDse in I 
ahrting myself?"-2 Cor. V: 7. We need oil 
nj.J win".— -Luke 10: 34. 

11/ hi expect to make arrangements with 
yj following Western Hailroads: Missouri, 
Kansas ani| Texas; Chicago andiNorth- western;' 
Chicago, Burlington and yuincy; Illinois Ceii- 
tral; Chicago, Alton and SI. Louis; Kansas Pa- 
cidc; Atchison, Topeka. and St. Fe. 

In order tosimplity the work, you will please 
address a card to me, staling at what point you 
expect to take the traiu on either of the above 
roiid.s. Dy so doing, excursion tickets will be 
placed at the station named by you; otherwisp 
yon may be compelled to pay full fare. 

As the Committee of Arrangements has ap 
pointed Ihe undersigned as one of the number 
to attend to this work, all others will please 
■ 'nterfere, or elao there will he misunder. | 
to such an extent that nothing can 
be done. Arrangements have been made on 
Chicago, Milwaukee, and SI. Paul Roads, from 
C.dar Rapids, Rock Island, and Chicago aid 
interniediale points. When all things are 
ready Kast and West we will give instrn°otion. 
so tliBt none need go astray. Please write at 
""«'■• M. M. E.<HE..«.,N. 

f Brelhrm'iiuptrg, }il„iir n,/,,/, , 

The first church founded by the apostles was 
that of Jerusalem, and was governed by them- 
selves. Equality distinguished this church. 
Charity beamed forth in its divine spl-ndor. 
The rich supplied the needs of the poor, even 
to the extent that all things were in common. 
This was the rniilt of love, and is one of the 
strongest proofs of the divine origin and 
standing of the apostolic church. The extreme 
harmony amon;: the disciples, and the simplic- 
ity <jt their manuers stood in contrast with tae 
strifes and porapouscess of other religionists. 
The doctrine of Chrisi spread rapidly, for 
alter his ascension the people everywhere 
began to realize that he was more than an or- 
dinary being, for they remembered his wonder- 
ful miracles, his many acts of love, bis pleasant 
manners and great simplicity of speech. 

No one had ever read their thoughts as he 
did; none had ever shown such unconcern for 
riches and honor: none nad ever endured with 
such patience, nor arose with such triumph 
over the most stupendous oppositions. The 
emperor, Tiberias, is said to have proposed to 
the Roman Senate to enroll Christ as one of 
the gods of Rome, so great did his fame spread 

It is presumed by some that the extreme lib- 
erality of the first character towards the poor, 
tempted many heathen to turn from idolatry 
and embrace Christianity. But this can not be 
regarded as a fact, for no sooner did people 
turn to serve the living God than the persecut- 
ing spir t of the Pharisees was aroused, and 
death or imprisonment was the result 
and semi-converted people were not toler,ited 
in the church, but he whowould not work was 
not allowed to eat with them. Is it reasonable 
to suppose that men would leave a stale of civil 
protection and put themselves into a state of 
condemnation with the world for the simple 
privilege ofeating and drinking without labor? may he sent to S T 

The apostles having completed their work in 
Jerusalem, went to teach other nations as com- 
manded by Christ.— Matt. 28: 19. 20. Many 
churches were planted in ditferent part" of the 
world by these self sacrificing workers, who 
left their nets, their homes, families, kindred 
and brethren, and braved the dangers of heath- 
en darkness, even sealing their devotion with 
their blood. No wonder Christianity spread 
rapidly. Opposition to a just cause will often 
advance thatcause. So it was with the apostles: 
they ;,„rf IU Irulh, and opposition to that 
Iriith, was the means of its propagation. This 
accompanied with lives of puiity on the part of 
Ihe apostles, led many to embrace the truth, 
unUl .several millions of souls were made hap' 
py in knowing their Lord Jesus. 


A spirifml i/h< iisuhit betwren thr old iiwl tieir 

tiitit nh:mt irliiili nfyk nf biufl ing to buy . 
r T has for some years been a settled matter 
X that a Cyclopieiiacoutaiuiug a wide range 
of uselul knowledge was ue«d.^ in our library. 
A few years ago when the New American with 
its beautiful illustrations appeared, it became 
pretty well settled that this should be the one. 
Its cost, S:Hj.OO, being quite an item to one of 
limited means, subscribers for it were postpon- 
ed to a more convenient season. When the 
announcement in No. 43 of P. C. appeared that 
the American Book Exchange, No. 55, Beek- 
man St, N. ^'., were reprinting the Edinhurg 
and London Edition of Chamber's Cycloptedia 
of Universal Knowledge in twenty volumes for 
SIO.OO, it at once attracted attention. Ou ad- 
dressing the publishers it appeared that it was 
to he a reprint entire of the Edinburg and 
London Edition of ISTtl, with large additions 
of special interest to American readers, mak- 
ing in all a library of a wide range of useful 
knowledge of over 15,000 pages in twenty vol- 
umes, handsomely bound in cloth for $10.00; 
half morocco with sprinkled edges for 815.00; 
half russia with gilt top, $20.00. A sample 
volume of each style of binding was sent for; 
and on arrival closely examined. After which 
the old man (who is very apt to speak first) 
said; "You as a matter of course will take the 
$20.00 style of binding. 

1. Because to one of cultivated taste it will 
look BO much better on the library shelf; for 
you see it is half russia, with gilt top, and be- 

ides that it has much wider margins, all of 
'hich makes it worth much more on account 
of ils looking so much better. 

2. Because it is heavier paper, and better 
binding, and therefore will last longer. So you 
see upon a long run it is much the cheapest, 
and therefore you will as a matter of course 
buy the best." 

To this lb© new man replied as follows: 
"Don't decide hastily. Look at the other side 
first, Let us see; the print in all is the same. 
That the 820.01 1 style is printed on hej^vier pa- 
per, has belter binding, and will therefore last 
longer, is readily granted. That it is worth so 
much more on account of its looks,'and that it 
is the cheapest on a long run, is doubtful; and 
that to one of cultivated taste, it looks so much 
better on the library shelf, depends onthedi- 
rection m which taste has been cultivated; for 
us the taste on the tongue may be cultivated 
to relish either sour or sweet most, so may the 
taste, reached through the eye , be taught to 
admire plainness with economy rather than 
beauty with costliness. Assuming then that 
the 820.00 style will last seventy.five years of 
ordinary usage while the 810.00 style will last 
only fifty years, there will be 810.00 at the 
start. Kive dollars of this sent to the Breth- 
ren's Tract Society will in fifty years procure 
$20.00 worth of tracts or abgut 20,000 pages, 
and at the end of fifty years will be just ai 
Lu«y I available as at the beginning, and in order that 
the distribution of these tracts may bs judi- 
ciously done, a list of tracts will be sent to the 
donorand be allowed to select and distribute 
them himself or get it done by some one else; 
thus the good results of these JiS.OO eternity 
alone can reveal. (If the remaining 8.5.00, $2,011 

Bosserman, Dunkirk, 

Ohio, for City Missions, and 50 cents to C. P. 
Rowland, Lanark, Illinois, for the Danish Mis- 
sion, and the remaining 82.00, would, at com- 
pound interest in twenty-five vears purchase 
another $10 00 set and leave $0.33 remainder. 
Thus I will, by purchasing the $1(1.00 set, be 
able to do the above missionary work; give the 
old set lo some poor man who loves books at 
theexpiration of each term of twenty-fiveyears 
and purchase a new $10,00 set, and have $3.83 
left for missionary work. So after all the $10 00 
seems to be the cheapest even on a long run." 
Old ,i,„„._..Ye», provided yen, care nothing 
tor looks, which to a man of your standing 
should always be considered of lirst importance. 
As to giving a set to a poor man every twenty- 
hve years, ,t won't be done; and besides, more 
than half of those who are too poor to buy 
good books -are 80 hy their own bad manage- 
ment. They spend $5,00 a year for tobacco 
and other useless things, which, if saved, 

hundred, of young people. -May-lh;L;;The; I it d"*L::* '"*'""''■" ^ 

Dll-OTIIEIIU is carrying away many children 
01 Waynesbiir,,, Pa I, is al-o visiting many 
(h.ldren in hrpeport, 111., and other parts , f the 
country. In Russia Ijie disease is carrying 


in every time of distress. 


lo take the pains to look 
far enough lo fee that one cent a day 

T , 


THK JiJLUiirid.Kii:isi'.A.'r Avoiiii. 

-avrrt Hud put. nl. iuterwit at th« ond of each I 
vear would in fifty years at eiRlit p«r c*-iit., 
, niuiumnded, amount to $'2,134,5*. aud ten 
oent" 1* (liiv (whii-li a m«ny n poor tftllow could 
siive if he would) in the^tme time iniouiit to 
«21.34.'i 30. Tliis is tli^ir own luult and jou 
are uot to blame. As t" tlif Danish Mission it 
is too far off to oiuouutio much, and, in i;itie8 
there is tww mnth wickcdnesft — joi^ ;cim"t do 
anythbig there, Bee)d«9 lilt LliiH, the in^ua|^en>i 
at head quarters might fUe, become bttukrupt, 
or iLiu away with the mouey bflouging to 
Tract Society. Thea alt would be lost. It is 
entirely too risky, while if you inve'*Hhe other 
*10.00 in the best style of binding il will be a 
continual source of y)'<i(;/Tf(jfi'oH to know that 
no one has a 'hand'^oaier one than yours; and 
besides the loi>k& for a mau in your slundiiig is 
simply iudi^iitu-uble. L'lt others who have 
done little or nothing in missionary work do 
their part once and you sec tliat things look 
about right on your own premises, and let oth- 
ers do the same. You are uot respousihle for 
others. You 'are not yoiir brother*! keeper.' 
So it would be so foolish for you to' buy the 
$10.00 style when tho other would b^fl much 
cheaper ou the long run." "* 

iVfic man. — I thought you werf ni^'y years 
ago slain by the po\ver ol the gospel, atid whtn 
dead, tent oil', hurud, uud the new u^n (who 
is after the image of him who created him) was 
put ou and a!^8umed control h>Te. Now h.-re 
you are again, as "f old. mixing error and 
truth together, urging your narrow, selti-tU, 
and ruinous ideas; get thee b«^tiind: me, lor 
whoever will be controlled by your vVil, like 
the rii;h man, neglect hii duty to others, and 
finally like him, find himself on a lonjf run 
the wrong place. Oaniei. VA«niAS 



A LITTER from Biother Hope Dated Dec. 16, 
isTlisaya: "We had a Lovtr-feast north of this 
Dec. 7th and it was very eujoyabie, ^A great 
many spectators present, but all quiet ind good 
order." i^, 

Bro. a M. ;?>iYi*ER, Bradford, O.iAliMall 
our readerato send bira tive one-oentTtfcaflrps 
with their addresse-i, and he will send each one 
a seed catalogue, which contains much useful 
information for families. We think Brethren 
who are eueaged in useful business should be 

Those who don't return our "statements" do 
not comply with our request, and it may be 
that they will get another "statement," even 
though their account should have been "squar- 
ed." Our statomects always show in just what 
hook and page the account is. This we cannot 
always find without the statement, and hence 
cannotcredit or change account as should be 
done. ^ 

Amounts not exceeding 50 cents can be sent 
in silver if the silver be sewed in cloth so it 
cannot slip out at the corner of the envelope. 
We get entirely too many stamps for cimven- 
ieuce, ani we have not heird this Winter of 
any silver being lost that was put up in thits 
way. More than .'.0 cts in silver will cost an 
extra postage stamp to send it. Only scnil 
slatiqjs when you can remit no other way. 


IN the January nnrober of the Vihdkutor, 
you give, what you claim, an account of 
your trial in the Mineral Creek Church, Oct. 
9th, 1870. It is not my province in this to say 
whether your statement is correct in every 
particular as regards youi arraignment and 
trial, for that belongs to the elders who were 
prtsent. and the church. The only difference 
between i/oii aud me is on two points, viz.: 

1. The propriety of publishing, in part, the 
proceedings of your trial, 

2. Whether what I gave wascorrecl. 
These, I believe, are the only points of difler- 

ence: for 1 regard the fact of the trial and the 
proceedings preparatory to it as being ques- 
tions for your own church and the elders pres- 
ent, to decide. 

Lpt uB then have the case distinctly before 
us. Did the church give you a fftir and im- 
partial trial V TAiN is for the elders who were 
present to say; with this I have notliiug to do. 
exccptas a witness when called 'upon by 
churoh to testify. On the other hand, the;.ro- 
l.rkty of my publishing your trial, and its ro 

rof.f,, are th«,|WmU bttnreiai you »od nre; nnd 
the-e points of diffrrenctf wish to «y f.-me 
thing about in moh u w«y u will rifled lienor 
opi n our bily r- li(;ion, and not give nur 
Ur^thien cimw to tbiolc thfct'iwwv^childr.'n 
m under-t;.K ,ii„" whnr w» ..liould l» m u; 
fir notw fi -t ,,. 

— diff.'reiicwi, 'Br.''thr>_r 
'"^n. I , , . ,(„ „o| wt«h to tttir- 

'■''' y^'' pathway uup1*>ManU' 

I" '">' I li) consent nf M number 

l^^i to Brother H«rshcy 

aud .thv ^..u.tln,. Ill ^outhaPi Miflioiiri, we. 
giveaeynopsiiof iJrother H'^ lri»l, and tnyt 
that we mav in no iuataac» luiareiinwcnt him, 
but so present ilic pr&o*ediDgt b9 to teticot 
crf.titiipon all ooBo«rned." So I naid. and no I 
yet feel: and hiH you When yon first saw the 
report, written *o me as wt forth in ! Tini. 5: 
S, and convinced'tne of iny error, I voix\A have 
gladly made an''apology; but you know you 
did not write to me, but went and did precise- 
ly what you thought I sh-iiilr/ nof have done. 
After you published in Viudicalnr that I had 
misrepresented you, L cfiUed i^pon you to get 
the testimony of the church in whit;h you 
live, or of a mfljority of theeldera in Southern 
Misaouri to say if I had or not. I thought, aud 
yet think, that th^offer was a fair one, aijd as 
you did not proctire thw testimony of yonr 
church or tl(e felddw, I was compelled to c«H at 
leiist on thVeldtirtf." ' ' 

My reasons for^nhlishiiig a lijrfiopsU are 
thejt': ■^ouhareVcn mor<f or leea bpfort' the 
Brutlierliood ii^iit,-* ijeriodicals on questions of 
'iiffirenois ^mgng ui, and wa» found in fault 
by,A M. for.q^tiug artiulMunlualated to dis- 
turb the peace 0f the church. I concluded that 
sii ce our readew hud heard somelhing 1 1 what 
was called the "IJiuhey Movemfnt." it wan 
duo them that they should know that there 
was an end to the** troubles; for I then f-dt 
that your acknoWedgsmont was sincoro, aud 
that now we could w'th pleasure say that alt is 
ivnil, I iieant it for your good,aud not your i^u- 
in; but I see thut I :im still poor and weak, and 
luble to err in j^idgment. I now think that it 
w»uld have bein better had 1 siud nothiiifi 
about it. aud f h '1 ''■■., '■ ' 

and for all ttm< 
you to forgive nn ■ ' i . !■ . ■ ; ,. i ,., ,: i. - 

sus. It is often dillicult to dititmguiMh between 
what is personal and what should go before the 
public; andif we sometimpserr, pleaio do not 
say that our motives are impure, that we are 
seeking to destroy others. Our manuscript, if 
it hnd eyes, would see us weeping much oftener 
than it sees u8 laugh. The Lord only knows 
whrit perplexities editors do have, and I have 
confidence that you, Brother John, can have 
aoinr sympathy for us. 

•J. I now take up your charge of misrepre- 
sentation, in this 1 will not uny whether I 
did or did not, (for I am not infallible), but one 
thing I do know; I did not write with the in- 
(ention of niisreptes^nting. But we will leave 
the matter to some of those who were present, 
for these witnesses were uot, (as you say of 
your witnesses) "run through the same ma- 
chine for the same oH'ense, und had to make 
liard acknowledgements, aud promise to do bo 
no more," but were called, I understood, to as- 
sist the church. I addressed the following let- 
t^^r to each elder present, and now give their 
answers, except Brother George Barnhart, who 
did nut reply, and Brother D. L. Williiims, 
who had sent his answer, aud, just before we 
went to press, requested us to withdraw it. 
1 regret its withdrawal, for I think he sb^nild 
have come out with the others. 

Lanark, III., Dec. Ifith, lS7!t. 

Dear Brother: — 

Please say whether in vour 
judgment I misrepresented Brother John 
Harshey in my account of his trial in Vol. 4, 
No. 43 of B. AT W. M. M. EauEi-uAK. 

NE7ADA, Mo., Doc. 23, lt>7y. 

Dfur lirother:- 

In reply to your re<)uest I 
must say that after reading and re-reading your 
report, uud having been present at his trial, 
and also attended all the District Meet- 
ngM in Southern Missouri since the State was 
divided in 1871, you have not misrepresented 
him. S, Cues. 

Blacksbubo, Va., Dec. SO, 1879. 

Diar Brother:^ 

I have written an article for 
the Viitdicalor in which I have quitti freely ex- 
presi<ed my sentiments with refelence to your 
article. If it is published you will then get 
my mind. A. CluurACKEU. 

I am worry that Brother Cruuipacker did 
not M&d me his opiuion, in brief, so that I 
ooiild publish it With the oth*n«. 

TonnvitXE Iowa, Dec. 2'i. IftTfl. 
D^l*- nrytthfr:— 
, ' Yonri received, and 1 will 

say in regard to ynu misrepresenting Brother 
Jno. ILwhey in No. W. of B. at W. that you 
did not inisrepre.'.ent him. uml I thought you 
niight havtf said a good doal moro, which, if 
laid, would have made his case look far wor«e. 
I Uiought you were very mild in giving a de- 
Icriptipn of his trial. 

John C. Millkh. 
''' " Clihton, Mo., Dec. 20, 1870. 

I "'[ In my judgment you did 

not ttk the least misrepresent Brother Har»-hey 
in B. AT W., but I think your report was more 
honorilble to him than the actual tacts at his 
'""'■ ' J. S, MoHT,itn, 

^ LoNouoNT, Colo , Dec. 29, 187!*. 
Dear Brother: — 

I have just received your 
uote, lent to pie atCtintreview, Mo,, which my 
wife forwarded to rae, and in reply must say 
that if you misrepresented Bcother Ilarshey in 
your rep>rt I am uot able to see it. Atterread 
lug yoy letter I turned to the [aper and read it 
all over again, and I do not know where Broth- 
er H.^^ locates his misrepresentation. 

,,|^ .\.HL'TCHI80S. 

15, Newtonia, Mo., Dec. 26. 187JI. 
Deof Bi-otlur: ^ 

} Yours at hand asking me to 

say whether in my judgment you misrepresent 
Biothtr .John Harshey m Vol. i. No. -13 of B. 
AT W. I will answer, in my judgment und 
uudentanding you did not misrepresent Broth- 
er Jdlfli Harshey in said report. 

' C. Haradbr, 

Brother Ilarader was Moderator at said trial, 
and w-f Ihiiik he eudeavored to he impartial. 
Now Ilrother Harshey I have given you the 
judgnwiif of those who have answered my let- 
ter". ^ oil will sGe just how they speak, and I 
am wil).iij;toleavethe question of veracity be- 
tween iH to uur loving Brethren, and if what 
thev lay ilni-^ not satisfy you. then please get 
' ' /''xtil'y. You know then 

nod fiVc deacons in 

eaconsin your chnr 


Uy members, who Tiave not' 
spoken to the public on thi<i question, and if 
von see fit to invite 1h«ni out, 1 shall not ob- 
ject. I have already apologiz-d for puhliwhiug 
your trial, and now leave its vrnrity for othern 
to decide. Is not this fair? 

I have tried hard, by the help of the Lord, 
to infuse a kind and brotherly spirit into all 
my word.", and if I have failed, |ileiwe do not 
imagine that 1 am seeking your ruin, or en 
rieavoring to pall fj:u doini. I would rather go 
down mynelf than to injure your reputation, or 
detract from your worth and ability. "For a 
good man some would even dare to die,"— Ilom. 
.'i: 7, and if even /should ftjel to go under the 
sacrificial wheels, you will please not demur. 
Few men indeed will publicly acknowledge au 
error: but to me this is a great pleasure, for 
the strength of God comes from that direction. 
O may we not "bite aud devour one another," 
(Gal. .'i; l.'i) but may we constantly reach forth 
for that charity which "never faileth." and 
"thinketh do evil." I have often "thought 
with myself that [ ought to do many things 
contrary" (Acts 2(!:!)) to the counsels of my 
Brethren, but "the love of Christ" (2 Cor. .".: W) 
constrained me. May your sorrows with ours 
be buried in the blood of a crucified Uedeemer; 
and may joy, love, peace, and forbearance be 
our chief delight; for the Lord is nigh. 


prejudice; such a-* are unable to -ee the force of 
argument. At 6ni, idi«repre«ent««08 and 
ridicule may have all the force of argument 
with the aioxt illiterate, but w time give, op- 
portunity for thought, abiK-e turns agaimrt the 
man wfaoutfn il, 

^\ hile it may be anplewiant. even diBguUiDC 
to some of ear brethren to resd the .basiw 
hingu8ge,.iual seethe ou«eps«nUtioo of Mr. 
Hay, a similar effect i^ pn^nced on wnne of the 
more intelligwit, even among the ;Japtlrt«, so 
that we believe some good may cpme of the 
very thing* which make a discusiiion uopV**- 
I ant. But the general result is. that the judg. 
ment of the more intelligent will prevail, for 
Ihey give reason and argument for their decis- 
ion, while those who have been influenced by 
ridicule, see. by a little 'thought, that it is ft 
roor foundation for their decision. Mr. Hay's 
effort* to abuse is a jiandering to the prejudice* 
of those who are weak enough to be deceived by 
his aophistry. to such an extent that we believe 
many of the most intelligent Baptista are dis- 
satisfied with his course. 

The second reason why the discussion will 
result in favor of our cause ii, that all thia 
abuse, misrepresentation and sophistry is often 
used against us before the worid. We have 
olten heard of it b.^ing made in sermons, in 
conversation, and in willing. From this feet the 
world is getting nothing more of abuee and ridi- 
cule against 'mr doctrine than it haa often had 
before. But in this discussion the worid hears 
the sophistry exposed, and the truth set forth 
in the strong arguments, and the plain reason- 
ing, on which brother Stein relies. It is true, 
our brethren have to read and bear with the 
abuse when it is in tte paper, bat is it not b^ter 
to bear this much unpleasant matter for the 
sake of having the truth set forth and the so- 
phi-try exposed before the world as brother 
Stein is doing? There has never been a more 
able defense of our doctrine than brother Stein 
IS making, and we feel confident it cannot fail 
to convince many candid and intelligent per- 
sons of the truth and strength of our doctrine. 
While these are our views of what will be the 
result, from the beginning we have Ih ught 
it would be bett*r,ftijd_di^;jm£p.good, to bate- 
the discussion published in hook or pamphlet 
form than In have it in our paper-^, because it 
could be priKerv^d and re read tn greater profit. 
But there is another thing to consider after 
publishing this mu;h of the discussion. To 
stop now would give Mr. Ray an advantage of 
us, to use fltill more sophistry, aud say we 
stopped because we were loiing ground. We 
do not think it prudent to give him that advan- 
tage. He would say one of our papers had 
deserted brother Stein, and would likely pub- 
lish these things to the world to our injury; 
hence we feel it is more prudent to continue as 
we have begun, aud when it is over we want it 
in pamphlet form, as we still hold to that idea 
with more confidence now than when the difi- 
cuBsion commenced. R. H. Millbe. 




AS we have had some experience in public 
discussions, and carefully noticed their 
results, we have no fears at all that the Stein 
aud Kay discussion will injure our cause; but on 
the contrary, it will eventually result mncb in 
our favor, still more so if it was iu book form. 
There are two reasLint why we believe this will 
be the result. First, the moat intelligent and 
candid men look to argument and fair reason- 
ing for tho grounds of their decision; with them \ t^iui:s by being firmly pressed into the 

Ox the first page of this issue we give the 
view'i of a noted Congregationalist minister on 
the "International Lesson." It will be seen 
that he coincides with our views already pnb- 
liahwi. We publicly smd about six months 
a^o while endeavoring to inau>jurate a reform in 
the method of teaching in Sunday schools, 
that if our secular sc ools were to pursue the 
methods of instruction now I illowed in San- 
day-schools, we would likely all rtjgard them as 
unworthy of our confidence and support, bnt 
we Were only regarded by iome as faBatica', 
Kilty years ago the pupils in our secular schools 
studied (iA>ii</, and there seemed to l>euotbiDg 
but Bibel under such circumstances. But we 
carry the same i:reat confusion into Sunday- 
schools, uud rest easy under it. Why is this, 
thu4? Cat! not our "wise men" in^ngorate a re- 
form both in study and metht^« of teachioe. 
and set beture the world, not something which 
relard>, but which will advauoe our children in 
Uihliuul knowledge? We presented some 
pr.ints for consideration last year, urged them, 
plead for them orally and by nTitins; and while 
some L'ooJ thinkers privately told n* that our 
theory wa> very gojd, and superior to the 
present methods, they insisted that the people 
were not rejtdy tor it yet Just how the minds 
of the |>eople were to be prepared tor btiifr 

phintry, misrepreseiitntiou or abuse h;i3 no I ruts" we never amid understand. We hope 
weight, but rather weakens the cause ot the the carelul aud considerate who lore our joath 
man who uses them. Mi abusive cause has its I will study to give us sooaethiuR that will prove 
greatest influence over those who are led by | a blessing. 

THE WKE'Xia:KE>f ^T ^VORKl. 

Jan- 37 

)oin^ anA ^aniiTg. 

HuabHndi, lovti your wivwi. Wives, sulimit your- 
M]r«M iinU) your own hiiuhandB. Children, ubey 
yourpitrent*. KHttierv, provoke not your children u> 
Wr»tli, hiil bnriK t)i(-rii up In thfi nurture uid ad- 
moDltliiu uf tiif lAitd. S«rvAnU. be obecll«Dt U) 
tbem that arc your oiMteni.— Pavl, 


"See, WR nr* not Hleeji)', mother; 

IxPOk b mw wid'- iiwak<< w« neem ; 
Tell UN ao aetUlug sw^et to think of, 
Tell n» Homethf MK itwi>et to dream. 
"Teli the verj HWect«nt story 

Tbst you ever heurd or rend. 
And you'll st-e thut v,i- rcmetaber 
Kiery mI pie word you've aaid." 
Then I told them bf a loidniKbt 

In tb" very lonjt «ko. 
When till' aky wan full of anjrelfl. 

And front every Hhlnlnj; row. 
In !i Voire of heavenly music. 

Cft'ue a loving nivaeugp, given 
For tiiti sake of onu sweet baby 

TliHt hud come that nigbt from heaven, 
"Xow pli'iue tell unjust nnother. 

Tell the nadde'tone you know;" 
And I told of Unu who sufTer^d, 

Aud who wandored to and Iro, 
Doing Koiid to all nround Him. 
Wt hoiit Hin, or fear, or pride ; 
Ble-istufC thoHt) who most ill-uned Ilitn, 

I'*ur whofte sakii at hint He died 
"Now, please, Just One more, dear mother. 

Tell UH now the Htrnngest one;" 
So I told the r. uf ttj lurney 
On a mountain ti>|i tiegiui ; 

ThrouKli the azure in a budy, 

inslfw here on earth 11 trod. 
Up through ntiintng raukH of angelei, 

To the very thron« of GodI 
Fouf blue eyes «nd two sweet voices 

IV Jilted till my tale wan lone — 
Then tliey cried, "Why that was Jk»u,sI 
Theao tlireo Btories are butouel" 

— Little Sower, 

nhire tbat i<i scattereJ broadi,ait overthf world 
NVc need a re'orm iii this, and I am pleased to 
kuow tbat our brethren are turning their at- 
tentioi to this matter aiid that both from tbe 
press and pulpit the attention is directed to the 
young, upon which tbe future destiny of the 
Church and tbe nation depends. S. T. B. 




[I'lie r-llowiin extract from a private letter to 
onft of the editors, conlainii so much food for the 
soul thai we give it lo our reiiderB. V.dB.} 
TT*>MK, 1 thiuk, is us near heaven upon 
.JJ. fiu'tliiui we can get, aud lie who cares 
notliina for his Tiomo iipon"^earth has but little 
heavi-u lure. 

"Home's not merely four 8i|uare wiills. 

Though with pictures hung and gilded; 
Home in wfjere alYticlion chHh,— 
Killed with Hhrlnes the heart hatli builded! 

Home'i* not merely roof and room.— 
It needs duuielhing to endear it; 

Home is wli re the lieuit can bloom. 
Where there's some kmu hji i.j cheer it! 

Wlmt la homo with none to meet ua, 

None to welcome, none to greet us'f 
Home Is swoel. and only sweei — 
Wliere are those we love to meet'us." 
LoTe. iliHi, is tlie prevailinf-; Cliristiao grace 
that miikt-ii home a heaven for ub while labor- 
ing hero upon earth. 0, that mystic union 
formed in tteiiil'ectione of « kidd family! How 
it binds their hearts in one! IlusboiiJ aud wife, 
parents and children, fathor and mother, broth- 
63 and sister,— all bound tog.-tlier with alfec- 
tiou's chain; not one mis.siug link, all true to 
their trust, -eudearril to each other with that 
aflectionato tenderupnn that even grows ttron- 
ger when death parts us here, reaching far 
above the starry world binding together those 
above and those helow with the fond hope of a I 
reunion with tiod where nil in love. Who ' 
would not labor for the promotion of the en- 
dearing worth of domestic love and kindness? 
Could we but have more of Ibis home tender- 
new, then would we have boya aud girls of 
better culture, young men and ladies of 
greater accomplishments, society of better 
refinement, churches of suUimer religious sen- 
timent and tru- devotion, nations more peace- 
ful and the world at large would be Iwtter and 
more free from tlio cHrie of«in. Oh could but 
every family on earth commence this much 
needed reform. While true luve reigns supreme- 
ly in but tew families, it should sway its scep- 
ter upon the throne of every tent and domicil 
of earth. Sin and satan would ihen have no 
dominion there, without the "get thee hence," 
Irom the inmates at home. I am glad to know 
that at least among some humble families o( 
earth more attention iH given to home culture 
and apeiial development of tlie young. Making 
a specialty of neither of their natures but of 
all. their pby»ical. mental and moral that per- 
fect develoiunents may be made. The press is 
making some advances in the science of youth 
culture, but iu lo many instances where good 
is intended by tlieir endeavors, evil follows from 
the looseness of morals and light, trashy liter- 

"For who.soeverexalteth himself shall be annsed. 
and he that burableth lilmself shall be exalted,"— 
Luke 14: 11, 

EXALTATION is elevation, fxtension of 
pride, or possessing a dignified appear- 
ance; while humility is the opposite; — lowli- 
ness, modesty, yielding submissively to God's 
commands. There is something in humility 
that ap|>eals to the sympathies and wins tbe 
gratitude of mankind. "God resisteth the proud, 
but giveth grace to the humble." Christ's 
humble workers unconsciously bless the world 
More than once in the Scriptures the lives of 
God's people in this world arn compared, in 
their influenence, to the dew; esppwally note- 
worthy is thf quiet manner in which the dew 
performs its ministry. It falls silently and im- 
perceptibly. It covers the leaves with clusters 
of pearls, asd in the morning there is a fn sli 
beauty everywhere. The fields look greener, 
the gardeps are refreshed, the flowers are more 
fragrant, and all lite gIown and cparkles with a 
new splendor. And is there no lesson here a^ 
to the manuer in which we should seek to do 
good in this world? By the power of humiiily 
should we not strive to have our influence /c/f 
rather than seen? The whole spirit of the Gos- 
pel teaches this. Who is it tbat shall in no 
wise lose ilia reward? "He that giveth a cup of 
cold water in my name." said Christ, thereby 
encouraging tbe liumbl.-iit i-Hnrt. The blessing 
of the widow's two mites biis throbbed in the 
hearts of ibousands who otherwise had not 
known the bliss of giving. To the co-workers 
of the Lord I will say, we are only at the outer 
gateof agreat wor!i. One cannot do all; ten, 
nor thousands cauuot; but each umy do a little, 
and the opportunities are as nuuierous as the 
trickling drops from heaven. Let us work for 
the right and at last we may be permitted to 
dwell where the "Esperito Sancfo'""* grows, and ! fatigued, 

walk the golden streets of the !New Jerusalem, 
- Flbwei of t!i.iHoly OhosI, 



Drowned and Rescued. 

[from U* "CfarlfUwi Sasdud" b> «i>kIbI ArnDsMBssL] 

FROM Tyre, which we had reached at the 
close of my last commuoicatiou, we con 
tinued our jourcey up tbe Phosniciau coast as 
far as Sidon. The distance between these two 
famous cities is about tweuty-four miles, and 
midway between them are the scattered heaps 
of building stones which mark the site of th>? 
ancient city of Zarepeth, where lived the wid- 
ow who was entrusted with tbe life of Klijab. 
The city stood on the sea-shore at tbe edge ol 
a narrow plain, which is terminated, inland, by 
precipitous aud lofty hills. 

On our way from this place to Sidon, an in- 
cident occurred, of which I was not willing 
that my family should be informed until my 
safe arrival at home, lest tbey should be tor- 
mented with needle5t9 anxiety. Tbe details 
were carefully written out while they were 
fresh in memory, and I here reproduce them 
for the consideration of all who attach uuy 
value to my life. 

On Saturday afternoon, June 1-lth, as we 
drew near to Sidon, aud were about to close a 
long and hot day's ride, we stopped ou the 
beach, about two miles south of the city, to 
refresh ourselv^-s with a sea bath. The waves 
were rolling in with a mujt>stic swell, and a-. 
we met tnem, and bounded o'er theui, we weiv 
filled with boyish glee. In a short time we Iie- 
gan to meet them swimming; and finding thi^ 
more exhilarating, we continued it until our 
limbs liegan to grow weary. Touching them 
for the bottom, we found that we bal uncon- 
sciously swum, or had been drifted, beyond our 
depth. Almost simultaneously we turned and 
swam tor the shallow water. After makiiiji; u 
few strokes iu that direction, I saw that we 
drifted l)aekward almost as last as we sHam 
forward, and that if we had far to go hack we 
were in imminent peril, Fearing that Frank! 
who is a daring swimmer, did not realize tbe 
danger, I called out to him, "We shall hardly 
get out of this." I then exerted my utmost 
itrength for a few moments, when liein? miicii 
id turning on my bi^ek to rest, I Siiw 

that I was twenty "i- thirty 7Jrds in advam 

Frank and Brother I'Jart, who' were now ck)M 

together. I also discovered that I was drifting 

from them to tbe northward, in a line parallel 

with the shore. I turned on my face again 

and renewed the struggle, leeliug for the bul 

- torn frequently, aud hoping to touch it every 

transact some business, perceived that my moment. My strength was fa4 failing, and I 

hands were dirty, nnd those of my brother l<red j knew that .t could not last long. Escape ap- 

le, aud the uonviction 


WHEN I was about six years old. a gentle- 
nimi, who had called on my father ti) 

in the same condition, "My boys." said he, "I ' peared almost im 

hate dirty fingers. Now if yours are clean 
when I call here again next Tuesday, I will 
make you a present." 
As soon as it w;is light on tbe Tuesday morn- 

seized me with paralyzing efiVct, that Frank 
and Brother Earl, who were so far behind me, 
must certainly jierisb. By this time, Brother 
Taylor, who had turned back sooner tlian we, 

morning than we had used for a month befi 
and if ever our hands were clean, they certainly 
were then. The gentleman did not come till 
dinner, so we thought it better to have another 
scrubbing at our bauds, and once more we were 
up to our elbows in soap-suds. The gentleman 
e.irae, and after examining our hands, which 
had not a speck on them, he gave eacli of us 
five new. bright, sparkling pieces, which ffe 
took to be golden guineas, and we fane ed our- 
selves to be as rich as Jews. 

"Now. my boys," aaid he "you see it is pos- 
Bible to keep your hands clean when it answers 
your purpose to do so. : sliould be aibanud of 
a boy who would be mean enough to wa.sli bis 
hand^ to make money, and not keep them clean 
to make bis parents and friends comfortable.— 
Tbe love and good opinion of your parents and 
frii'uds are worth all ttie money in the world, 

iiig,my biotber and I got up, and began to wai. walking throu:.h""the7ualiow 'wZr near 
!!!!,;.?!n.'!„.\.T^-."rr^ "'"'" ^'.^^t-^hat I theshore, entirely unconscience of our danger, 

I called to him for help, though 1 knew not 
what help he could give. I also called earnest- 
ly on God to deliver me. I was continuing tbe 
struggle, almost in despair, when suddenly 
Brother Taylor swam .lose before me gave me 
his left hand, spoke some word of encourage- 
ment, and tried to help me along. But havhig 
between us only two hands witli which to swim, 
I soon saw that we made un progress. I 
knew that if he remained with me he would 
soon be in the same danger with myself, sol 
aaid to him, "Leave me. and save yourself; you 
can not save me." With that I let gj his 
hand, and he swam away. 

At this momenb the thrilling question arose 
in my mind, Shall my lile, my labors, aud 
present expedition end here, and in this man- 
ner? The thought was awfully repugnant to 
me, and it gave me a fresh impulse. But it 
was in vain. My muscles were aching, my 
joints were growing stiff, my strength wa.H ex- 
hausted. I Mgaiu turned on my hack, giving 
up all thought of getting nearer to the shore, 
but determined to Hoat as long as possible. 1 
was able lor a few moments longer to keep my 
mouth above wafer, but soon I swam eo low 
that the crest of every wave broke over my 
face, filling eyes, nostrils aud mouth with the 
-alt water, and threateuing to strangle me. At 
l.i^t my hand-^ and my feet both refu^ed tu 
makruiiother stroke. I folded my aching armx 
across my breast, offered th^ prayer, "0 God 
bless ray family; sustain them uu.ler this blow 
and take me to heaven ;" and then sank beneath 
the waves. 

As I went down. I was conacioua of being 
turned upon my face. My mouth was iuvol- 
untarily opened, and I felt fhe aatt water fi. - 
ng It .n 1 lorcing ts way jnlo my stomach Mt 
;hestand my heal felt as if they wer. being 


USE no slang woids. 
Never put your f^et on cushions, chairs 
or ta'iUs: 

Always ofler your seat tu a lady or an old 

iUp before enteriug a room, and never leave 
it with your back to the company. 

Never overlook any one when reading or 
writing, nor read nor talk aloud while others 
are rt^ading. 

Alwayssay, "Yes sir," "No sir. 
No, papa." "Thank 

Clean faces, clean finger-nails indicate good 

Never leave your clothes about the room.— 
Have a plnce lor everything, and everything in 
its place. 

"Yes. papa.' 

crushed under a great weight, aud my liuiba 
w-re aching a* it they were cramped. I thought 
of what I bad olteu read cODceruiug tbe ease 
bf a death by drowning, and the contrast was 
awtut. But I knew tbat my torture could not 
lu^t long, und I watched and waited for the ex- 
perience of leaving tbe body. 

The next sensation that I remember, was 
tbat of the hot sun shining in my face, I 
opened my eyes, and saw that I was again at 
the surface, aud floating on my buck. 1 felt a 
momentary relief, and I asked myself, "Is this 
a reality, or is it only a horrible dream?" 1 
then Sank into total unconsciousness. How 
long I remained in this condition I can not tell; 
but I wan partially aroused from it by feeling 
myself aiitride the naked back of a horse, and 
by bearing Brother Earl's familiar voice at my 
i^ide. I next realized that I was being borne 
by the horse toward the shore; that I was reel- 
ing in my seat; and that I was kept from fall- 
ing by a strung bund with a tight grasp on my 
jeftarm. I knew when they took me down 
from the bor.-e, aad held me upright with my 
head on the ground, and pressed my sides to 
force out the water which 1 had swallowed; and 
1 felt the water flowing from my mouth. They 
laid me down, and I soon threw up the remain- 
ing contents of my stoiuaeh. I then opened 
my eyes and saw, tie face of a strange Arab, 
who WIS holding two umbraetlas to shield me 
irom tbe sun. I saw tbat I was lying on a 
thick rug wbi«l;tjjur servant carried as a cloth 
for our lunch, and that my head was restiug on 
some kind of pillow: then my eyes involunta- 
rily closed again. BrotliH-r Eail asked me if I 
was conscious, and I said, "Yes," I ueard him 
say. "Be quiet, Frank, he will soon be all right 
now;" and I asked, "Where is Frank?" He 
answered, "Hert; he is, all right. "1 said, "Then 
we are out of that water." 

The manner of my marvelous rescue related 
to me afterward, was as follows; When Broth- 
er Taylor left me, he swam to the shore, mounts 
ed his horse, and endeavored to ride to me; but 
his horse ivas afraid of the wiiter, aud it was 
with the greatest difliculty that he could force 
liim slowly along. In the meantime, Brother 
Earl and Frank bad tftVcttd their escape. 
Frank began to calif or lie> about he same ia 
that 1 did, and liru. Karl, who was close to him, 
gave him au occasiuoiil push to help him aloug. 
Wbile helping Frank, hesaw Brother Taylor go 
to me aud leave me: then liis heart sank at the 
thought that I must be lost, and he felt bis 
>treugth giving way. No longer able to help 
Frank, be made a desperate effort to save him- 
self, and a lew strokes brought him to where 
lie could touch bottom. The shallow water ex- 
tended farther out where he was, than in the 
place to which I had drilted. He now made a 
reach for Frank, who was by this time awim- 
iiiing very low and drew him to the same spot. 
Then tfaey hurried a^bore; but Frank was 9o ex- 
hausted that he fell iu the edge of the water. 
Itiother Earl dragged him out on the sand and 
left him, ran to his horse, threw ofl' tha saddle, 
mounted him, ;iud rode iu after my. His horse 
ntrni in willingly, so he passed Brother Taylor, 
and reachtd me first. When he "was almost In 
reach of me a large wave broke over him and 
washed him ofifhis horse; but he swung around 
b.-lore the horse's head, and obtained a firm 
looting on tbe bottom. The same wave wash- 
ed me within his reach. He found me floating 
on my back with my arms still folded across 
my breast, aud Brother Taylov says that I ex- 
ilaimed, '-Will nobody save me?" I suppose 
that 1 had sunk and risen tbe se«ond time, 
liiotber Earl 8ie«d me by the arm, and by 
some meam, he says he knows not how, he got 
me on the hor.';-. I suppose the swell of the 
uext wave a-^sisted him. He told me to kold 
last to tbe horse's man*', which he eaya I did 
>viih both hands; but 1 did it iintousciouslj. 
He held me on. Brother Taylor led the horse, 
iud thus w» I taken ashore. It seems thai I 
liad drifted first into deeper and then into shal- 
lower water; aud I wasin the latter when they 
leached me, otherwise they could not kave 
reached me at all. 

When wo first dismounted for the purpose 
of bathing, Assad, ourdragomau, rode forwari 
to the camp, which was already pitched near 
the gate of Sidon, leaving the Syrian servaat, 
Solomon, to hold our horses. Solomon always 
attended lis in our rides, mounted on a pack- 
horse and carrying our lunch and drinking- 
water He understands but a few words of 
fe'nglisb,and consequently he did not at first 
■:ouiprenend our danger. But when he saw 
lirother Earl come out with Fnink, and saw 
linn and Brother Taylor rushing in ou horse- 
'•ack after me, he took iu the entire situation, 
and at onue became frantic. He jerk- d ofl bis 
ku.eich aud tossed it into the air, and ran up 
Hud down tbe beach, screaming and tossing his 
amis. His outcries brought to the spot 


... , wuman— who weie 

worklug in a garden near by. 

One of the men >d hi, l.dfJing, mounted n,v 
horee. and wentatlolUptW to ih^ c«nip to 
tell Assad whut Imd happened. On arrivinc 
hecri^d out to A*.ad. "One of jo.,r gMntlem^u 
has sunk. AHSHd iniine> rpniounred 1ih 
howe. .-oninianded two of the nutletepr* to (.,1 
low him on their pack mulns, ai,d ■•-.m*. with 
all possible speed lo the spot. M^autime the 
other Arab had assisted Brothers K^ii and Tdv 
lor in caring for me; and when thev laid me 
down the womnn had nm aud brought me a 
pillow. They say that I repeat*-dly cried out 
"0 ray heud, my head;" and that oiice I ex- 
claimed. -Set the lamp a little lower." Kearine 
from the pain of which I complained, and the 
evident wandering of my mind, that cou|^"s- 
tion of the brain might eusue. Brother Karl 
called for cold wat,.r. and the woman 
rah to her tent and brought it. This 
waa poured slowly upon my heiid until I ceas- 
ed to complain. But of all this I kne>v noth- 
ing. They aay also, that when I was first res- 
cued my face was livid almost to blackness, and 
rav eyea were glaz-d; .ind that when they firet 
laid me on the b^acli my pulse was scarcely 

When Aseadurid the muleteers arrived, it 
was thonglit best to take me to tbe camp. I 
was s-c^rcely willing to be niovcd so soon; for I 
could not yet hi. Id up my head; hut they iu- 
sistfd and I yielded. They put OD me a part 
of my clothing, and lifted me upon the broad 
pad which covered the back of one of tbe mules 
Assad aat babiud me to hold me on. and thus 
[ waa borne slowly to my lent. I suftV-r. d 
stil; with fli-vere puins in my limbs, my head 
wag much oppreaaed, aud my alomach was tor- 
tured with bothhe^t and thirsL I called for 
ice, if any could bp found in Sidon, and fortu- 
nately some was brought to me. It was the 
first city we had visited in Syria where ice is 
kept, and no ice ever tasted so delicious to me 
n't that. Dr. Abela, the American Consul and 
a physician, was sent for, and between him and 
Brother Earl, who is himaetf a good practition- 
ei of the homn-opathic school, I was treated 
with such reslorativen as my case required. 
The next morning I was free from pain, and in 
the course of the day I was able to take a Utile 
liquid food. Mr. Eddy, an American Presby- 
terian missionary in Sidon. who had called to 
see me the evening before, kindly invited me to 
occupy one of the airy and comfortable rooms 
of his dwelling; but I was at ease in my tent, 
and unwilling to g:ive trouble, aud so I declined 
his invitation. Before sunset I dressed myself 
and took a short walk about the camp, aud on 
Monday morniug, by the amo/.ing mercy of 
God, I was able to mount ray horse and resume 
my journey. This was only about forty hours 
after my disaster, yet I rode six hours that 
day without unusual fatigue. Our route, be- 
fore turning into the hills, led us back for a 
short distance along the same path by which 
we had come to Sidon, Saturday afternoon. We 
parsed once more the garden of cucumbers 
kept by the three Arabs who had befriended 
me, and they came out to meet me. Brother 
E.irl had given each of them a present, but I 
^iive them more, saying to them. "I give you 
this for your kindness to me; and I hope you 
will show the same kindness to any other 
Htriiuger wlieu you can." They received the 
money with warm expressions of thankfulness, 
and one of the men kissed my hand, and with 
a loud voice praised Allah for my deliverance. 

1 have now repeated the story <d" what 1 may 
call my death and restoration: and the reader 
can see as plainly as I, that to Brothers Earl 
aud Taylor, but especially to tlie former, I owe 
the prolongation of my life. True, the latter 
did what he could, and he did it inoiit bravely. 
When he swam out into the deep water and 
took me by the hand, he knowingly put his 
life in my power; for had. I been frantic, as most 
peraons are in drowning, \ would havedragged 
him under me and we both would have gone 
down together. And had his horse come freely 
into the water, he would probably have rescued 
me while Brother Earl was helping Frank. 
But as it is, I owe chiefly to Brother Earl the 
preservation of my life, and probably of that of 
my cousin Frank. But for hiip Frank's moth- 
er might have become a childless widow, aud 
uiy wife the widowed mother of a dependent 
family. I told him, as I lay helpless in my 
tent before the gate of Sidon, that I could nev- 
er recompense him for his kindness. He com 
manded me to keep silent on the subject; but 
perish the hand that writes these lines if I ever 
forget the debt of gratitude wiiich I owe him 
If I am thuH indebted to my faithful breth 
rea and fellow followers, what shall I say of th-- 
debt I owe to him without whose help they could 
liave done nothing? It waa He who re.uued 
first of all two lives of which I had despaired. 

g^KLE BPtETHREyr A T "w^ork:. 

■ind then m«de ona ot these the instrument of 
saving mine. I had paaned through all the 
oonsuouHMpKri^nee ofdvioe.and Quddrewme 
back out ->! tlie v^ry j^ws of death, I teel that 
the rem tut of my diy*. wtiUe?if it shill be. is 
It ^P-'Ciril yi'lof his providence, as special aMliat 
umuted to Kluk Ilez-ki.ih when bin hour to die 
Imd com-, and God hearmit hja prayer for loii^c 
*-r tinie. ailded fitVeu years to hii. life. And if 
the gilt iK special. I thiiik it must have h spe- 
cial purpose. I f,,in would know what that pur- 
pose is. Is it that 1 may bear before I' go henee, 
aheavierburdenofearthly woe than has hith- 
erto fallen to my easy lot? Is it that some dire 
(♦•mptatoii shall giapple with my 3<>ul, and 
strain iny fmth to ita utmost teuMion? Is it. 
that I shall follow to the grave with a breaking 
heart my wife and children, who came so near 
l>eing lelt behind? Or is it, that I shall con- 
tinue for sojie years, and with more abounding 
fruit, the labor of teaching and preaching 
God's blessed woni? Oh, how often, since that 
dreadful Hth of June, have I asked myself 
these questions! On the snowy top of Herman; 
amid the cedars of Lebanon; musing bv moon- 
light among the ruins of Baalbek; pacing the 
deck of many a ship; standing on Mar./ Hill, 
by the imaginary side of him who spent 'a day 
and a night in thedeep;" on the lonemountain 
and in the crowded city, these iiuentions have 
pressed themselves upon me, and have occupied 
many a tearful hour. I desire that my children 
shall watch the course of my life, and that when 
I am ■."me they sliall write at the foot of tins 
p-';:e tbe answer winch time shall then liave re- 
vealed. At present, one answer, aud only one 
I have been able to find: it is, that in th.- days 
which God has added to me, I shall love Him 
with all my heart, and work tor him with all 
my strength. This, with his heavenly help, I 
aui pledired to do. 

"Here at tliy feet I leave my vow, 

And thy rich (-race record; 
Witness, you saints who hear me now, 

11 I forsake llie Lord." 

Before I left home, many of my brethren 
and sisters, men and women who are in favor 
with God, irave me assurance that they would 
continually pray for my saf« return. I know 
that they have done so; and I have the strong- 
est conviction that their prayers have been ef 
tective. I would now address to all of them 
the words addressed by Paul to the saints ii 
Corinth on a somewhat similar occasion: "Wi 
would not, brethren have you it,',iorant of our 
trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were 
prtesed out of measure, above strength, in 
much ihat' we despaired even of life. But 
had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we 

hould not trust in ourselves, but in God who 
raiseth the dead, Who delivered from w 

reatadeath, aud doth deliver: in whom we 
trust that he will yet deliver ns: you also help- 
ing tiizether by prayer for ui, that for the gift 
bestowed upon us by the means of many per- 
sons, thanks may be given by many on our be- 
half." {•>. Cor. 1, 8-11). 

J. W. M( Qarvev. 


ThMe Ihlan *r<ta w« oDto rod. Hut TaorJurOBr boMI.— 

From Charleston, W. Va. 

/>ii7r Urethrcn: — 

WE want some minister to come and locate 
here in this part of the country. Thert 
are three members here an J we very seldom 
hear the brethren preach. Bro. Starkey of 
Lincoln county visited us last Sunday and 
preached two sermons. There wvre many 
present and excellent attention. Nearly all 
seemed to be interested aud anxious that be 
should come back, but he has so much to do 
where he is l.ving, consequently cannot come 
very often. I am prompted to say ;he chancP 
to build up a little church here is good. I would 
like for some minister, stroifg in the faith, and 
able to declare the whole counsel of God, to 
visit this part aud see how he would like to lo- 
cate here. I think the chances for living are 
about as good here ns in a great many other 
places. The C. & 0. U. K, runs along the 
Kanawha lliver on the opposite side from 
Charleston. 1 want any one to come that will, 
lit there are localities where there are six or 
ight ministers and by one or two leaving, the 
(MUSH would not suffer and great good might 
result by going to some new field. Hope that 
1 will soon hear from some brother that has 
such a longing for the saving of souls that it 
will not be long until some one will come to 
lucate with us. Yours in bonds of Christian 
love. A. UAWri. 

Western Home Missionary Society. 

WE. the brethren of the Whit* Hock con - 
Kregation. .lewi-l county Kansas, heMbv 
certify that KW. James L. Switwr h.tii been 
duly appointed b> the Western HoiUe Mi«i.ion- 
ary SiMSiety to act a.i thwr solicilmg agent 
throuKhont the Brotherhood, aud we wcom- 
mend liini aod Km mission to their prayerful 
coQMderation. Wayk Gm:«H. Trea.. 

Ueoroe Dbtuick. 1 

LAWHKMuitGAiuiAjf, } Committee. 
Hkwrt Wtlanu. ) 

Geo. Dethick, Clerk. 

We, the brethren of Pony Creek Bi-*trict, in 
council awerabled. hereby certify that we hear- 
tily approve of the missionary work in which 
our brethren of "The Western Home Mission- 
ary Society" are engaged, nnd we do not hesi- 
tate in saying that it ia a work that is necessary 
and commendable, and we believe will be the 
means of doing much good in building up the 
Church in the far West. We therefore hereby 
cheerlully recommeud Bro. Switzer and his 
miwion to the favorable consideration of the 
brethren everywhere. 

l)j>KIEL A. LlOHTY. 

J. J. LwaiY, 
J. J. Myeks, 
Wm. M Lichty, 


E. Berkhet. 
Levi Wallace, 
W, C. Mudasa, 

A. W. LlL-UTY, 
A. W. OKAHir.L, 

E. P. Lkhhav. 

We, the brethn;n of Falls City Congregation, 
hereby certify that we heartily approve of the 
Missionary work in which our brethren of the 
Wes'ern Missionary Society are engaged. Well 
knowing the necessity lor suih labir on our 
Western Frontier, we considered their action 
in this matter necessary and commendable, and 
bespeak for them the favorable consideration of 
our more Eastern brethren, believing their la- 
bor in this direction may be the means of doing 
much good in spraadiug the unadulterated 
Word of our blessed Master on our Western 

C. Forney , 

Jus. I), WiCKB, 

S. C. Stcmp, 


Joe. Johnson, 
John J. Hohneh, 
Francis Shaffer, 
Jacob Wicks. 

From Washington Territory. 

Dc'ir Brrthren: — 

WINTER is here hut the weather is vny 
fine and the farmers are at work plowing 
aud seeding, although we had a little cold 
weather about the li4th of December,— the 
mercury ran down to 10 degrees hehiw zero. 
But we still find spiritual matters in rather a 
bad condition and I fear it will continue -o un- 
til we Clin get ministerial aid by some one who 
will battle for the cause of Chri»t. This i^ our 
censtant prayer. 

Brother David Brower, of Salem, Oregon vis- 
ited us lately and preached four discourses. He 
ha? many difficulties to encounter, liis sheep 
being so greatly scattered in the muuutuinous 
country. The church not being fully self sus- 
taining, he often has to defray his own trav- 
eling expenses. We noticed in the B. at W, 
that there are steps being taken to form a col- 
ony from the East to central Oregon. Through 
the influence of Eld. David Brower, and being 
desirous of having the country settled up by 
energetic Christian people, 1 will say if the 
agents wish any iuformutiun that I am able to 
give they are at liberty to open a correspon- 
dence with me at any time, or they will find 
welcome home with me should they immigrate 
this way for the purpose of locating lands for 
tlie colony. There is some little Government 
land to be obt;»iiied by homestea-l aud jjie-emi*- 
tion, and there are large farms or tracts «f land 
owned by individuals that can be bought rea- 
sonable that would accommodate from five to 
filly farmers. Address 0. W. Haiitnf;S8. 

Prom Locke, Ind. 

Drar Ihrl/iren: — 

WE had uo meeting in our district on 
Christmas so I concluded to go to the 
Bango District. There was an appointment 
for brother John Shoemaker of Michigan. 
Brethren. I. Hoover and Alex Miller wire there. 
The house was filled with orderly people anx- 
os to hear the word of the Lord. Tbe subject 
as "Precious Faith." If we have the faith of 
Christ aud the apostles we have a like precious 
faith with tliem. Our attention was al^o called 
to the words "Grace and peace be multiplied." 
Oh how good it would he if we wer* all multi- 
plying these things. That is the wi!t ot the 
Lord coucernin^,' us. ami whenever we do the 
rever«e we are serving the eaeuiy of souls. The 
apostle Peter believes in growth. 2 Peter, 3: 18. 
Peter also saye, "Besides giving all diligence." 

Ddigencein wh.-.!? I under«t*nd dilig-'nce in 
good workK, And .ft«r we nre diligent in er- 
-ry good work we are to add to our faith, rir- 
tu.-. knowledge, patience.t-^mi^^^hutat 
brotherly kinduew, chanty. Now it is very 
necessary that we are diligent and that we add 
to our faith all these grac.., no that we do not 
become barren and unfruilful. for if we "lack 
these thing* we are blind and cannot se« afar 
off, and have forgotten that we were porged 
from our old aius." 

On Christmas evening we again m<>t in the 
same place. Our attention was chilled to Matt, 
ai: I-IO, very clearly showing ut the impor- 
ance of not only having a lamp U profewionl. 
but also a vessel filled with oil. if we wish to 
enter at the marriage feast in the evening of 
the world. The meeting waa continued day 
and n.ght until Sunday evening. Believeti 
were encouraged and sinners were made to se- 
rioualy reflect. J R M. 

rom North Solomm Church, Kansas 

f)r<ir Bvfthrfn: — 

IN your paper. No. .50, there is an articta 
headed, "Solomon Valley Church," bat 
does not give the name of the writ r. The 
North Solomon Church met in council to-day. 
There la something wrong about this, for there 
IS no church now in Kansas named Solomon 
Valley. The first church that was organized 
I here was called Solomon Valley, but thii 
church was divided, and now one is called the 
South Solomon Church, aud one the North 
Solomon Church. The North Solomon Church 
met in council to-day and that article was read 
and the church does not feel satisfied as it wai 
not sent from the North Solomon Church nor 
do we sanction some of the items contained in 
it. Please say what church and who it ww 
that sent it, aud we, the North Solomoa 
Church would say that any brother that can 
come and preach and can show that he is in full 
fellowship with the Church will find a hearty 
welcome. We have now the central branch 
U. R. running west from Atchison through 
Bethany, Osborne county. Any brother wish- 
ing to pay us a visit and will preach for us can 
drop a card to D. 0. Brumbaugh, Bethany, 
Osborne county, Kansas, or Isaac Lerew, same 
office- Daniel Shook, Clerk. 

To the Brethren of the Thornapple Con- 
gregation, Michigan. 

SOME brother will oblige us by writing na, 
and giving his address, as we are here in 
Grand Haven alone, away from the Brethren, 
personally, and desire to corres|)ond with some 
brother and know of the nearest congregation. 
My wife and I left Illinois with a church 
certificate, thinking we might stop near some 
Brethren, and present our letter, and be one 
among them. We are very anxious to hear 
the Bretlireii preach and to meet with them 
once more. We de-»ire the prayer* of the 
church in genera! in our behalf, that we may 
be faithful to the end of our few days that we 
have to remain here in this unfriendly svorld. 
We close, hnping to hear from some one soon. 
Fraternally yours in love, 

Simon H. Hevkman. 
Grand Haven, Mirhi-jan. 

Not Living up to Gospel. 

IF not iucousist«iit, answer me one question: 
Some Baptist-t out here say the Brethren 
or "Tunkers" do not live up to all the com- 
mandments, they do not pay their preachers, 
and the word of God says "They that pr^ch 
the Gospel sbutt live by the Gospel." They 
say the "Tunkers" let their preachers look ont 
for tlieir own living, therefore they do not lire 
up to that command. I would like to have an 
answer to it. S.vmcel Ream. 

■ Yankton. Dakotali. 

I We assign the above to brother Daniel Vaa- 
iman toanswer. Proof aud logic, brother Dan- 
iel. Eds-] 

From Sumner, Kansas. 

Hear Bivlhrvn.— 

BlK'THtU Caleb Secrist. of Keno County, 
was withustrou November :flst to the 
'iHh. Preachel at night most'y: had good or> 
der. We would like to have some min^sterinc 
brother tome and locate with us; ; Iso brethren 
who are not minsters. L'lnd is cheap, not ^ 
from market. May tbe Lord l^ep ns aU in the 
straight and narrow way, is my prayer. 
I live nine mile'* north-west o' Wilingtoa. 

WaillM k, RiWKLL. 

thp: BiiKXi^JuiL^j ^va' avokk:. 

Ja-ii, ii7 

0osp^I ^vt^cess. 

Arw thev lli«t he wisn aliall ehine a» Hie 
trlatitnpsa of ttiellrniament;and they that turn 
many t-i rlRlitcouBneM. aa the atara forever aad 
tnr.— Dan. 12: S. 

Allen Co., Ohio.— Twenty were added to the 
church by baptura during a aerisB of meeliflRs 
in the Sugar Creek Church. Brother Isaac 
Itonenherger Bssisttd the home brethren. 

North Muneheuter, Ind.— The members of 
Ogan'» Criek Church were made glad by -seeing 
one added U> their uumlwr rjn the Uth inst. 


Argus. Ind.— The Lord, by the labors of 
brother rhilip Erbangh, has bletsed the Wal- 
nut Creek Church with ten more members. We 
had good meetiags and look lor others to make 
the good confession. A. Swihaht. 

A Late Discovery, 

AND now. in this nineteenth century, it 
comen to pa-'s that one Fogie has made 
the importnnt diHCOVpry that all the rest of 
mtokind is. and have been making the fatal 
mlatakf of using the commission ('given by 
Christ to the apostle.^ in Matt. 28: 19) for their 
Buthnrity to baptiz- convertB; he boldly assert- 
ing from thp Rucred deak that such a practice ia 
mcorrect, and tiiat no formula except "m the 
name of -lesus Christ." should be used to legal- 
iX6 or make valid any Christian baptism. 

The fscfs neem to be about thus, if my infor- 
mation is correct. Some years since he received 
lingle immer.Mon at the hands of an adminis- 
trator who used Matt. 28; 19, sfter which be 
not only became a preacher, but an adminis- 
trator of bapti-im himself, using the sume com- 
mission In a'liuiui^tt'riiig baptism until within 
obout two years be made the above discovery, 
since which time ho makes use of simply "lu 
thenameof Jt'HUH Christ." It is thought that 
he became convlnci-d of the three actions tn 
thocommiHsiun, and in order to he consistent 
with his theory of singlt! immersion he has 
otloijtcd tho litter as a formula. Truly consist- 
ency is a precloun Ireaiui e and should be sought 
for and embraceil by all, and in striving for 
that, at all other Christian attributes, we should 
"(ttrive lawfully." But to abrogate the inithor- 
ity of the Lord Jesnn and adopt Komethiu},' else 
OS amere subterluge isa^suraiug a prerogative 
that deftroys the excellencv an^, beauty of tlie 
pricelew jewel. Thurston Millkk. 

Oakioood, Iiid. < i ' 

A Solemn Caution 

'pO the gtncrftl brotherhood. Keflect before 
I you act and think of the probable conse- 
quencen. The fact ha-i come under our notice 
that therp are certain miilcnnteuts who are 
induslriounlyat work sowing the seeds of dis- 
cord uud division througbout the length and 
breadth of our beloved Fraternity liy sending 
petitions vsherevpr they can get agents to en- 
gage in tlii*ir work; proposing to demand that 
A. M. Nliall enforce the following restrictions; 
prohibiting the higher gride of eduentional 
inetitiitions, Suuday-stchools, the single mode 
of feet-washing, the supper being on the table 
at feet- washing, and the wearing of the fnll 
beard, ^c. 

All will assuredly know that ii«ch toeans will 
not be rocogiii/fd nor indulged by A. M.. and 
then whatV Probably the next step will be 
secession and a new orjiiiniziition with it.t fear- 
ful results, the disorganization ofdistrict«, di- 
vision of congregation s, the disruption of 
families, the destruction of love, the bitter dis- 
Bfttisfaction, and the piu-ali/ation of every 
Christian virtue. Let me appeal to you in the 
name of our blessed Master, not to tarnish your 
Christian escutcheon by putting your band to 
such an instrument, leit when too late vou 
may subject yournell' to psinful regrets. My 
experience and obiurvutiou has in part led me 
to the abovtt rt'Heoiions. I have known similar 
petitions to he. extensively circulated; many 
sincere aud devoted brethren and sisters inllu- 
enced hy an iiuguanled confidence in those 
under whose leadership*' they were; signed their 
names to those pftitions and were afterwaids 
sorry and ashamed <if it. Be slow io make 
haste; make it a matter of solemn prayer uud 
be sure you are doing the will of 6od and not 
the will of man. B. F. Moomaw. 

BontacliSy Va. 

Prom Elkhart, Indiana. 

ON Saturday. Jaumiry lOtb, we held « coun- 
cil meeting in the KIkliart Valley Dintrict 
for the purpose of electing cue to the ministry 

The choice fell on brother John Fleethou^e. 
who. we believe, feels the weight of his calliui;. 
May the Lord help him to do his Master's will. 
In the evening after the council we com- 
menced a Benes of meeting", Brother George 
Gripe, D, D. Shively and John Metzler were 
with UB. Two united with the church, one 
reclaimed aud many more are counting the 
cost. Meetings closed thisevening, entirely too 
soon, as the attendance was growing larger and 
a great was manifested. Brother Cripe 
goes from here to New Paris to hold a series of 
meetings. May the Lord bleas him in his la- 

From Wlnfield, Kansas, 

ON New Year's day we met in council and a 
season of lo?e it truly was. The breth- 
ren all felt thankful for the blessings bestowed 
upon them during the past year and formed 
new resolutions to let our lights shine and be- 
come more useful servants to our Master's 
cause. We next paid our <|uarterly dues, and 
sent it to W. J. H. Baumau to help him to 
come to us to assist our beloved ministers to 
8i)read the true word of God. Also sent five 
dollars to the Southern Kansas Mission Fund. 
Truly the harvest is great and the reapers are 
few. We have two ministers aud three dea- 
cons. Our ministers are young but zealous 
aud faithful workers. May the Lord help all 
our ministering brethren to feed the flocks 
with wholesome food is my prayer. 

John Easton". 

From West Pire, Wisconsin. 

Dear Brethren: — 

OF late we have had a refreshing season. On 
the 6th Bro. D. M. Miller came here from 
Vfltton, and remained until the 17th. He 
preached in the Disciple m'='eting-hou«e at 
Woodstock every evening aud we »vere made to 
rejoice by seeing five come out and renounce 
the sinful pleasures of the world and be buried 
beneath t'np clear waters of West Pine. May 
the Lord bluss ^b^m , aud helj) them,, prove 
faithful 'till death iajpy^prg]^er. 

,/ ... J.E. D. Short. 
■■'■ '"■'''^' ^'-t ^^j.i^ '-. .■■ ■ - ■ ■ - 

City Mission Fund. 

PLEASE acknowledge the receipt of the 
following monies since lust report: 

J. C. Dean, Lanark, III., SlOO 

Isaac Lutz, Shannon, 111 100 

Mary E. Leedy, " 50 

E. L. Fahenatoclt, LaDue, Mo 5.00 

Sarah R. Wells, White House, Pa, 1.00 

J. H. Meyers, Milledgeville, III. 50 

J. R. Gish.Roaiinke. Ill, 1.00 

Woodford Co. Church, Roanoke, III ..4 00 

Fredprick Huber. Wawaka, Ind, 1.00 

A. H. Ca^^sel. Harleysville. Pa 1.00 

A Young brother, Jonea Mills, Pa, o.OO 

Henry Wbisler. Unionville, Iowa 1.00 

G. W. Kephart, AUoona, Pa, 1 00 

J. A. Riley and wife, Goshen, lud, 2.00 

T, A. Uobiusou, Clmndlerville, III 1.00 

A Friend. Spring Run, Pa,. I.OO 

David Graft, Hooversburg, Ind, 50 

James >'. Dickey. " 50 

Ctear Creek Church, Ind lO.iO 

Mary Helsor, Hilliavd, Ohio. 1.00 

P. R. WrighUman, South Bend, Ind, 1.00 

David Peebler. Lodyville, Oregon, l.fiii 

Sarah I'earton, Liu'--/ ■■■" '*!. 2,00 

Fianna F. Barr, - I.OO 

Annie E Evens. " 1.00 

AnnaM. Shirk " 100 

Eld. Ly wis Kimmel, Eld«rtou, Pa, 1,00 

Total, ....817.15 

Amount previoiisly reported. ■ 8201.57 

Total, ©249.20 


f alT^it |^sTit«tp. 

inLold.— Itni. 14^ 18. 

Obiluitrici ahoulil be bVief, nrrilten on hul one aiilc of 
paper, asd sepur&te from ill other buaiccsa. 

SMITH— In Dunkirk, Ohi-, J;.u. i3th7 Ani- 
miiita A., daughter of Walter and Mary 
E, Smith, aged 1 year, 10 months and 1() 
days. Funeral discourse by the writer. 


BLOUQH.— In Carroll Co., Ill, Jan. 6th, ISSO, 
Jacob, sou of Philip and Miry Blough, aged 
22 years, 10 montbiiand i) days. Funeral oc- 
■ casiou improved by Kid. Michael Kimmel, 
from Job 14. J. H. Peck. 

DERR. — Near LaGrauge, Indiana, January 
15th, sister Mary Ann Derr, aged 66 years. 
Funeral services Romans 7: 24, 

MORTIMER— In Wncon^in; Dec. ^'l. IS7:t, 
infant son of friends John aud Rhodi M<ir. 
timer, aged I year. 3 months and 27 days. 
Funeral service by brother D. M. Miller to a 
larg} c3u-:o urse of sympathizing friends. 
J. E. D. Short. 

A. E, Keaoy. 

BERT.— Near Abilene, Dickenson Co., Kaneas, 

Jan. lOth, 18S0, Peter Bert, a worthy brother 

of the River Brethren Church, aged(i7 years, 

10 moutlis and 14 days. 

During his sickness of over two weeks, he 
was deeply concerned about the unity and wel- 
fare of the Church, not only of his own, but 
also of us the old brethren, should not apeak 
publicly against them, or they against cs. He 
told me to tell our ministers, and he would 
and did theirs, they should not do it, as the 
world did not know the difference between us 
and them as it is, aud it would make wounds 
instead of union. These were about his la&t 
words to one of his brethren aud the writaras 
be bade us a long farewell. John Forney. 
COOK.— In the Spring Run Congregation, 

Fulton Co., III., Dec. 30, '79. sister Maria, 

wife of brother Wm. Q. Cook, aged 51 years, 

S months and 2:i days. 

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Address. BnEinKKN AT WORK, 

Laaark, Carroll Cn.. HI- 

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Vol. V. 

Lanark, 111., February 3, 1880. 

No. 5 JGE.VTS 





S.T BoHerman, Daiiklrk, C 
SiuehBbf, LsDa,III. 

D. B.OIbMU, Noibomr. Mo. 
W.CTwier. MLUorrli, 111 
JoUn Wt». Mulhony Otjvo. 

D. B, M«nU«r,W»yni»biirj, 
Duilel VulowD, VIkIsd. 
J 9, Florf. Umpn""'. C 
John MaU««. Com. Qo.Jo, 


Fli ST I'AOE-Misaionary W.nk -A- J. llixon; 
Come into thcFold.-JoaepU John; How uSis- 
ter was Brtrayod.- Allot a Poit.-M«ty C 
Norman ; The NV-ed of tlie Hour. 
SEOOND riOB-ComiuntoMe.-J. W. Soullnvoo.l 
Hot Hearts. Emily B. Stiller; WhBt Sliall t 
WrilP? S T- Bosaerman; lliUicnled Ootot It, 
Daniel llriglit. 
TainD Paob-A KiRlit New Diacovery.-B. F. 
Mooman- ; "Enter Thou Imo tlie .loys ot Thy 
I,ord."-FE. 'league; (iolng to a Better Coun- 
try —C. H. Sniilee ; Scrai'S.— D. C. Moomaw. 
Fourth Page— Editouials— The Design of 

Christian Baptisni ; Book, not Books ; 
FiKTiiPAOE— Editorials— History of the Church, 

In College. 
SIITHPAOE-Happiness; A True Education.- 
Wealthv A- Clarke; Be Gentle at Home; Cut 
tingOlt; Avoid the Law; From Palestnie.- 
J. W. Mctiarvey. 
Seventh PAOE-From Eivin. Ind.-Daiuel Bock; 
What h;iS htcome of the Ci y Misaion.-S. T Bo»- 
serman ; From Elk Liek. Pii.-S- C. Kelm; From 
Beech Grove Churcli, Oliio.-Isabel Irviu; Fi_om 
Bro. J. P. Horning; From Lyuclies Station. \ a. 
, - Thoiuaa C, Wood. 

EiOiiril P uiE-A Few Friigmeuts.-Danicl Bright 
FiomMayHiil.Ohio.-A.J.HixoniFrom D. P. 
Saylor; From Mt. Morris to Dunkirk.- D. u. 
Tlioiiias; A Swinlde, 



THIS rainy evening seated at my table the 
tliought occurred to ray mind that 
promised many of my western brethren lo wnto 
something on iiiy return home ou missionary 
work, which is altogether in accordonca with 
my feelings when once engaged. Wbalshallbe 
the starting point? Wo can conceive nothing 
better than the language of .Jesus as it fell from 
his lips on the Mt. from which he ascended. 
"Go ye therefore, teach all nations, baptizing 
theiii into the name ol the h'ather, and of the 
Son. and of the Holy Ghost." This grand com- 
mi»ioni«iust as imlJerative upon us of the 
uineleenth century, as it was upon those to 
whom it was addressed in the incipiency ol 
Ceristiauitv. It was given to the apostles, not 
as disciples, ormiuisters merely, but as the in- 
spired founders, and instructors, ot all the chil- 
dren of God in organized or unorganized rela- 
tions to the end of tim-. This prominently 
sublime commission is the .1/njna Chart,i lo 
the churches of Christ's kingdom on earth. i.i 
which his laws and ordinances are observed and 

Hence in our opinion the obligations to 
preach the gospel to all the world, rests upon 

the churches. 

The apostles madedihciples and baptr/ed them 
and organized them in the several m 
which they labored, into churches, which when 
aggregated, constituted the church, guided and 
dir! ct. d by the aame unerring spirit and attend- 
ed hy tho promUe "Go, I am with you alway. 
even unto the end of the world." 

The ministry is merely an ofiice ia the 
subject to the church, aud under the d.rect.on 
of tl.e church, far from being over Ihe cburcl,, 
II have it, but the servants of the 
Jesu^ Bake, and this view i. fully 

the church at Corinth for its having kept the 
ordiuances as he had (ielivered them to it. 

The rainiatera as the servants of the church 
are called to their othce by the churcn directed 
by the Spirit, and as such are required to ad- 
miuister its ordiuances and ceremonies. Hence 
It is readily seen that the church does all thci-e 
things by her agents. Now if the Gospel is tu 
be preached by the church through her minis 
tera it bpcomes an absolute necessity that thp 
church provide for the support of its servants 
if they devote themselves wholy to the work as 
i i writteri; "The laborer ia worthy of hs 
hire, for even so bath the Lord ordained thut 
they who preach the gospel should live by i\w 
gospel." With these plain Scriptures to guid--. 
how long shall it be before tlie lirotherhobd 
will ortjauize a practical mission sefvicci' Every 
issue almost of our periodicals, brings a call tor 
preaching, and why can it not he tilled? Sim- 
ply because the church is not sufliciently dr-di- 
cated to the Lord's work. It lacks love for Je- 
sus Christ. True, we have some noble workfrs, 
but what is their velation to the churcliV As 
such, many of them are a sort of clerical ben- 
ehciaries. This should not be eo. The faith- 
ful minister has a divine right for a reasonable 
support, and the Master's cause will continually 
go crippling so long as such inelhcient arrange- 
ments coutiuue. We have churclus in some t.l 
the States sufficiently able aa to means, to put 
into the field an efficient mu-sionarv worker and 
keep him constantly employed in the noble, and 
heavf'i-ordained work. And y^t with all the 
wealth God has blessed them with, some op- 
pose even penny collections iu the churches lur 
home district work. It is iu vain that Uroth- 
Moomaw call lor cnutribution* for City Minfwiu 
work while such views are dogmatically sus- 
tained. Let us hear Brother Paul to such 
churches: "Charge them that are rich in this 
world that they be not high-minded nor trust 
iu uncertain riche.s but in the true and living 
God,whogiveth us all things to enjoy, that 
they ilo good, that they be rich iu |iood work: 
ready to distribute, willing to communicate, lay- 
ing up iu store for themselves a good foundar 
tiou agaiust the time to come, that they may 
lay hold on eternal life." 

The early church dedicated all to the service, 
and had all tilings common to the Lord, and 
went "everywhere preaching the word." 

Dear brethren, let us labor more for the spirit 
that was iu Christ the greatest of all missiona- 
ries. If we have not his spirit we are none of 
his— be assured if we are Christians we are mis- 
sionaries at heart. All trm- Christians will be 
missionaries iu practice, aud if the churches of 
the Brethren are not misMonaries. it is because 
they are nottaugbtaccording to the Scriptures. 

and has made an olferiug for sin. These are 
facts, without which we could have no gospel- 
Promises are a part of the gospel. This is ev- 
ident. Suppose it had been preached that Christ 
was the Sou of God; that he difd, was buned, 
and rose again ; but nothing bad been said about 
our interest iu that death aud resurrection; 
thiuk you it would have been glad tidings to 
us? By no nu>ans; hence the facts and bless- 
ings f(ir men are combined. "Christ died for 
our sins, lie rose for our justification, and it be- 
hooved him to suffer that repeutauce and remis- 
sion of sins should be preached in bis name, 
among all nations," 

Tht> btesst-d gospel has in it exceeding great 
and precious promises — remission of sins — the 
gift of the Spirit, and eternal life. 

Commanflv are also a piirt of the gospel. You 
cannot well disiient here; for all the preachers 
in the land talk about the m<-ans of gniri-, re- 
ferring to the ordinances, aud if they are not in 
the gospel, where are thoy to be found? Are 
they not gospel menus? Paul uses the words, 
"Oliey the gospel." which is without meaning, 
it thegiicpel contains no comiuand*; for we can 
not obey facts or promisfi, but only commands. 
Therefor^ belief, or faith must enilmu-e (he irhiiU 
g()Sj}A. There may be, and doubtless are, those 
who nay they believe in Jesus, thr great Physi- 
cian of souls, but so niiou as he prescribes sorae- 
Ibing tor them to do, they say thut they have 
nocoutideuce m it, "Our faith is in thei\ 
Lord, aud not in thy commnnds— they are noi 

side with blooming checks and their bodies deck- 
orated with a plain, neat attire, anxious to hear 
tlie word of God preached. It reminds roe o 
the angels in heaven in their glory. 

The chilitrea loo bolh great and ■mall, 

Who love the name ot Jesus, 

May now accept the graciouit tal'. 

To work and live for Je«u«." 


AT a meeting of the brtthrnn where quite a 
number of accessions had been made to 
the church, and still an interest manifested, one 
of the iiiiniwters Wiii at the houi»e of a brother 
where there were a nnuiber of peritoD» t-onver*- 
iiig together. The si^t^^ advised the hired man, 
to forbear snmking iu tht prfseure ol the breth- 
ren, as they were opposed to intemperance of 
all kiuds. and forms. Sic. Accordingly the hir- 
ed man sought a private place out doors for hii 
iiccustoincd smoke. The miniuter walked out 
aud happened upon our smoker, and boldly ai d 
fearles-lj accosted bim for "a chew of tobacco. " 
Now imagine the consternation of the sister, 
when the cronddiNpersed. and the hired man 
twitted the sinter about her minister's intern- 
periince. Here I pause; who was toblam ? — 

Huw long will tiie sitt^rx have to pray, aud 
worry over the evil of tobi?co? And what i* 
she to do, wliiMi those occupying the facred 
ehsentiaU." It is aspt-cies of uubelief— a want | desk betr»>> 1r-i? Ah! ^ho hit-, the pnvileg* 
of confidence in God. which leads any one to of deansmg the spittoon; and while her de^r 
reject the means of God's appoiu' meut There 1 hiisbaud would obj-ct lo her detjling her angel- 
are too many in these gospel times who profess 

faie>i 80 strong that they pres^ume to find hie-*- 
iugs where God never pnunised them. 

Dear reader, be not deceived; "God is not 
mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that 
shall he also reap," Gal. tJ: 7. The Lord bless 
alt the luithful aud bring us to enjoy the glory 
"ready to be reveuled in the last time when the 
Lord comes." 

ic p'-raon with the foul weed, he hat a perfect 
right to make a hydrapult uf his month; and 
lie has a right, Lod. to khfi ihobv aiigclic lips 
that were never di-filed, perhaps retuctantlr 
submitted to meet with those who uttered tha 
promise uot long ago. to protect, to keep, hon- 
or, i^c. From one who lucen hia wi/e too k«// 
lo uHf toharco. 




WHY is it. dear sinner, that you do uot heed 
the call when mercy's door stands ajar 
fur you. Do you prefer to bo strangers to the 
covenant of promise, and say to yourself "aft- 
er av/hile 1 will turn in with the overtures of 
mercy." Itvmember that while you linger out- 
side of the gate, folly's tide will still carry you 
farther dowu the pivcipico of ruiu. I would 
urge you to make a halt, and say with the prod- 
igal son. "i will return to my father who has 
plenty of spiritual ibod and to spare." 

Jesus stands with outstretched arms to re- 
ceive you into his embrace- Then come, 
come into the fold, and partake of the waters 



fd F) sad lack of harmony which has so long 
been felt in Jewish matters has done much 
to retard Jud^tism, Tiui'^ was whena Jewfrora 
any quarter of the gloSe felt at home lo a Jewish 
synagogue, but with Miubag America and Min- 
bag Poland and Mlnbl^4 It verend Tbis.we may 
call ourtelves furtuuaU) if we succeed in becuui- 
ing funiliar with the ritual and the Iaw» prior 
to their being changed for some oihet. This 
is equ;»lly true of Europe and of this couutry. 
yet we doubt whether American Jews rrcoguiw 
their ov»n importance as a factor ii universal 
Judaism. Not even the most orthodox of oar 
brethren will denv that mauy beutticial changes 
can be instituted in the rabhiuical rules — provid- 
ed a tribunal of acknowledged competen»y and 
authority be orgauizt'd to consider and adv a 

a^ some w 

church for ...^-' 

sustained hy Scripture and never transcended 
Paul commend- 

by any of the early ministers. 

FAITH is the belief of the gupel, neither 
more or less. Do any dissent from this? 
Let each in hi« own mind, say yea or uay. If 
a person believes the whole gospel, without ex- 
ception and without doubt, what more is he re- 
quired to believe? Suppose we say that a ]ier 
son may believe only n pari of the go>ppl. ami 
have the required faith; then what part may he 
reject and still have saving faith? In what 
item may he decide with impunity that God's 
testimony is false? Ah the thing is absurd! 
S.»viug faith is the belief of the whoh gospel. 

It will^notbe necessary to mottle the .|ue3lioii, 
What is the gospel? What does it include? We 
know that the gohpel is gliid tidings, hut w 
must know what makes uj) tlieae glad tiding 
Then if we hfliftr if all. we can know tha'. we 
hive the rtquired faith, I''act* are a part ofthe 
gospe-1. We mean those which God has 
done for us through Jesus Chrisf. Christ died, 
was buried, rose again, and uBcend. d to he*veu. 

of life freel), and dedicate your time and your j these changes. And did we uot so sorely lack 
all to the service of God. What consoling , men of character, abilitv and di«ntete»t ■oit- 
thoughts! Inspiration teaches us that the glud Bervalism among our Ajnerican lUbbauim the 

newH will be carried by nu^els to the upper re^ 
gions and cause joy in heaven 
that repents. Then say with the poet: 
■■Just as 1 am thmi wilt receive. 
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve. 
Because thy promise I believe, 
0, Lamb of Hod. 1 come, I come." 

Dear young yeople. could yon but realixe the 
happy feelings your parents have when they 
see dear sous and daughters come out from 
anion? the trifling pleasures of fa*bion and j ield 
obedience to his requirements. As for m>self. j 
I cannot talk from experience m this Hue, hut 
hope ere long I may iiave the happy privilege 
by the prayers of the faithful to see my own 
iffspring follow Chri-t in his footsteps as laid 
down by him aud his apostles. 

I amofteouudotorfjoiceincouveisiDR with 
God's cbi'dren in worship to see so many of the 
joung folks who have come out on the Lord's 

uited States would be the pla-'e of places to 
over a sinner assemble such a conveutiin. Xew prob ems 
can here b .' worked out on a new tield unhac-per- 
ed by aucieut interests, aud the Amdr;can 
solution would by force of example soon bec»>me 
world-spread. Much •* the ShulchoH Aruch 
ha.* outlived its usefulness and a return to the 
condition prior thereUi i"* both desirable and 
practicable. The only obstacle lies in the pnl- 
1 it. Here ih an opportunity for our American 
I ministers to prove themselves worthy of there 
I piwitious. Will thev ill d-aliog with this gn-al 
iiKtinnal question 'how themwUes atatesniea 
." ptditiciaas? Wili they prefer personal con- 
VI-]. i-nce or public go^y It is for them to 
Hii-wer aud OQ theiu depends the vielfare of 
.hid-.i-m the world over. The object ui united 
J odrtism. Can our miuisiry be indaced to «tnh 
lieisuaal, sectional, partisan and congn?g*lional 
jeilousies. for the i>ublic good? — NW. 


T^ebniarv 3 



IiT .1. ff. liiiCTHWOOD. 

Come »B tb«t lol'or. come ubUi Me; 
Ci<n>e he*vy \bAi^->"\. I'll m«l(»' yon free: 
Come, take My ok^ aud learn in My word 
I uiii (be SI p|)h.-..l M.d y- are IhMierd. 
Come unto Me and learn of My love. 
And iubU • BlBf u,T « hora^ abov.^ 
Cotn^ onto Me and never depart, 
For I am meek and lowly in huart. 

Comr, for My yoke i-* easy to wear. 
Come for My bufden if ligbt to bear: 
Come unto Me and ye fihiill be ble«t. 
Come and obey and I'll give you rest. 
R*-!.t to your floul« I freely will give, 
Oriint that you rr.ay ftt^rnally live; 
■ Liv ill My kingdoiji and be at rest. 
Livf ^ith tbc ransomed and all the bUnt. 

There to eijjoy their [jrerfeiiee so sweet, 
And, with them, walk the [jure and golden 

Ther« in that land forever to stay. 
And to enjoy a bright endless day. 

Then, enme unto M.-. conn- one and all. 
Hear Me and heed My kind, gentle call; 
Do not delay, tmt e^ine nnto Me, 
Tli(«Ti when >oH di-. you happy shall be. 


IIY KM1I.Y 1: .KTIl'r KK. 

"IXnC need men of hot hearts to tell 

the love of .Je.su8," was the ap 
pcji) Hent honiH by some Chinese con- 
verts the other day. This ia what the 
church needs — what the world needs— 
"Men of hot hearts." 

"I would ye were hot," is the Master's 
cry. Il "e I''*' t" nueceed we must be 
on tVit'ndMhiji about it. Dr. Aruot, of 
Kdiiiliurgh, tells of beinfj at a raih-oad 
station one day, and wearie(i of waiting 
for the train to move, he nsked one of 
the men what the trouble was. "Is 
there a want of water." "Plenty of 
water, Hir," was the prompt reply, "but 
it's u<i' bilin\ " 

That's the trouble with the church to- 
day. There's abundance of machineiy — 
the engine is all in order, the train is 
made up, the men are at their posts — 
there's jileuty of water, but it's "no' 
bilin'." The great motive power is 
wiiiiting. We need to heap on the fuel 
of sound doctrine, not shavings of senti- 
ment vvhich make a big blaze, only to 
go out as quick; but the solid Jogd of 
fundamental truth, CHUNKS if you 
will. Hut we need more, the Jiri:, to be 
lt;i])tiz(!d with the Holy Ghost, with lire. 
K. K. Burns, I>. I>. 

The "bove are the sentimenl.s of Dr. 
Hums, and we feel that nothing so good 
should ' e lost. Dear brethren and sis- 
ters, read it carefully and prayerfully, 
and those of us who "sit at ease in Aion," 
let us arouse from this dull lethargy. 
Let us be men and women, brethren 
and sisters of "hot hearts." Let us not 
only have divine service every fortnight 
or perhaps only ouce a month, but let 
us be up and doing. J-etus pile on the 
"logs of fundamental truth." by estab- 
liabmgour weekly prayer meetings, our 
Bible classes, our regular weekly preach- 
ing, our Sunday-schools to train the dear 
youths and draw them from vice and 
crinif. (-five the ehildren employment 
in the church and they will not seek it 
in the workshop of Satan. Many to-day 
in our midst are hungering for the 
!• ;id of life. O let us not withhold 
1 irom them! Let us, by our social 
gatherings, build up the tender lambs 
of the fold who otherwise may stray 
away. We need more preaching, more 
earnest labor in the vineyard of the 
1 '^rd. There are some of our dear 
ilirenin Christ, laboring manfully 
'I untiring zeal in the Master's vine 

^ :ird, w hilst others have not the means 
» i>ropag«te the gospel truth as they 
li'Sire. Let us cast our mites into the 
reasury of the Lord and send them 
out to establish the truth as it is in Je 
HUfi, for daily somt; are called to eternity 
who have nf-VHr h^-anl thi* gospel in its 
primitive purity. We hf)pe there are 
iiont' who neglf-xt this Hll-important 
lujiiLer of brealcing the brnad of life tt> 
hungry souls through sheer neglect. We 
a,buDdantly feel the need ot more preach 
iuf*-, more of the ''hot heart" system in 
our minds. We speak from e.vperience. 
Give people employment in the church 
or they Avill seek it elsewhere. Minis 
tei-s. establish employ m^ut for your 
members, and urge them l>y the help of 
God to can-y this noble wi>rk along. 
There are tew sheep that will remain 
a flock without a shepherd. "Feed 
my sheep," "Feed my lambs," were the 
words of our blessed Ma.'^ter to Peter, 
Then let us have more earnest work in 
tlie church. Let us not be "weighed in 
the balance, and found wanting." Dan. 
.t: '2,1. Let us not make oui' religion a 
secondary matter. Seek first the king 
dom of heaven and its righteousness, 
and all other of our wants shall be add- 
ed unto us. The wheels of oui- religion 
must not become clogged or rusted. 
Continually apply the oil of Christian 
grai^e to keep the fire of the great love 
of Jesus burning within our 
Let us not become lukewarm, but hot, 
burning hot, for the love of our blessed 
Jesus who gave his life for us. Dear 
Christian friends, do not procrastinate, 
but begin this glorious work now. 


BY 3, I. llOd&EltM.lN. 

T is sometimes a query in the mind of 
the writer, as to what he shall write 
that may be of interest and profit to 
the reader. New matter requires new 
thought aud new thought hard labor. 
Hard labor draws on the muscles of the 
the body, tlie faculty of the mind and 
the passion of soul. Hence the powers 
of man are wrought upon in all our at- 
tempts to write. Were it not for the 
never failing supplies received from a 
divinesource, aud a burning impulse or 
force of the heart, impelling communi- 
cation, my hand would fall pendant and 
my pen fonjet to write. 

To write, m a certain sense, would 
imply to communicate, and in our com 
munications we do not always have 
pleasant things to tell. Some for edifi- 
cation, some for reprtof aud some to the 
comforting of the soul. 

An ancientdivine once asked, "What 
shall I cry?" The reply was, "All flesh 
is grass, and all the goodliness thereof 
is aa the flo\ver of the field, the grass 
withereth, the flowers fadeth: because 
the spirit of the Lord blowethupon it: 
surely people is grass." This communi- 
cation exhibits our own trailty and mor 
tality, and may many times, when writ- 
ing, temper our words aud soften our 
expressions. It would be well for many 
of us to make this text a special notice, 
then could we write to ourselves as well 
as to others, and alike become benefit- 

That a great deal of writing in our 
day ieto little purpose none will deny. 
Light trashy literature is thrown broad 
cast in the lauil, accepted and read by 
the aiasses to little or no benefit. The 
aim in writing, therefore, shoula be to 
a good purpose, and we have but to go 
to the divine law of God aud we have 
iirections plainly coursed for our exam- 

Letters of inquiry denoting Ki'eat care 
and .inxiety were written: "For t^i this 
fnd also did I write, that I might know 
rhe proof of you, whether ye lie ohfdi- 
•-ut in all things." How pleasant ihuf 
t<» communicate, exchanging our views, 
(•lUTecting, improviuir, :ind advaocmi,' 
our spiritual interests. "For we wrile 
none other things unto you than wh; 
ve rea<t or acknowledge." Nothing 
should be written but maybe read with 
profit by its people, aud to do this the 
doctrine of the Bible should be held 
forth in all its beauty and power. 

Next we have words of warning: "1 
write not these things to shame you, but 
as my beloved sons 1 warn you." Tfiesi. 
fhint^-^, how we shall be defamed, perse 
cuted, reviled, etc., for living an humble 
follower of our blessed Jesus. This is 
written not to shame us and to discour 
age the Christian, but as a warning that 
we ma\ better prepare for the conflict. 
"I write unto you that ye sin not," are 
words written to warn us that we live a 
holy life while in this wicked world 
'"hfif ye sin not. This is the most care 
ful warning that could be written. The 
apostle knew of this sinful world, its 
soul staining influences, of its tempta- 
tions, which if engaged in degrade 
and lower the soul, endangering it 
through all eternity. 1 am glad for 
these words of warning which are com 
forting to the soul. It is also written 
that we should abstain from all appear 
ance of evil. This obeyed alone keep 
the soul pure. This once di^regarded 
lays the qround work for another sin 
though loathsome and terrifying at first, 
but by arepetiton.the heart becomes hard 
ened and sin is engaged in with little or 
no compunction of conscience. Habit 
either hardens or softens character, de- 
pending upon that which is engaged in, 

Dr. Graham, in his Science of Human 
Life, beautifully illustrates our idi 
which we shall give in substance. "A 
person with a pure system and unde 
praved olfactory nerves, coming in con 
tact with a (piantity of tobacco, instant 
ly perceives its poisonous influences, and 
if those nerves should receive a portion 
of this powdered poison, they become 
irritated and give the alarm to the do 
main of organic life and a violent effort 
is made to remove the offending cause. 
But if not removed the system becomes 
affected by the poison aud the most dis 
tressmg dizziness, muscular relaxation 
and sickness ensues in order to expel 
this poison from the vital domain, and 
to cause him ever after, more cautiously, 
to avoid so deadly, so foul an enemy. 
But if this career of depravity is com- 
menced with cautiously measured steps 
at first he may succeed in destroying 
the integrity of this imjjortant sentinel 
and so completely deprave both the ol- 
factory nerve aud the nasal organ that 
neither may detect the poisonous prop 
erties of the tobacco, but both become 
so adapted in its properties as to delight 
in its stimulation with a morbid enjoy- 
ment eipial to the depths of depravity 
to which they were reduced. And thus 
the organ of smell instead of guarding 
against the encroachments of the enemy 
from the vital domain, it ce-ises to give 
the alarm and really opens its gates to 
the embraces of its foulest enemy, and 
ushers it into the vital domain as its 
most valuable friend. Thus by sensual 
depr.ivity we transform a guardian of 
light into a treacherous demon of dark- 
ness and receive into the very citadel 
of life the enemy which poisons all the 
wells of vitality and we perish in the 
lull belief thai our destroyer is ourtru- 
est frifud, and with our dying breath 

.■oiumend liira to the confidence and 
kind regard of all around us. 

In like manner the soul may become 
.■outaminaled with sin. The conscit-nce, 
(hat divinity in humanity stands aw an 
important sentinel guarding faithfully 
'h^ vital domain of the soul againsi the 
tirnt attem)it to sm. But small sins are 
looked upon with little consequence 
and thus the career of moral depravity 
is commenced, cautiously at first, but 
pur.=tued step by step until this sentinel 
becomes so dit^qualified that it fails to 
detect the poisonous character of sin and 
becomes so adapted to its pioperties aa 
to delight in that which it once hated 
and the soul becomes defiled. Such are 
the natural consequences of disregarding 
the first attempts to sin. Aud if we 
continue to disregard those holy and 
delicate admonitions of the conscience 
which the Creatui has, for the welfare 
aud happiness of man placed on the out- 
posts of the vital domain of the soul we 
will become so hardened in crime that 
conscience dies away, sin is engaged in 
to such a degree that that former 
heart of flesh becomes a heart of stone. 
T^en my readers I write that "ye sin 
not," for it has a destroying influence 
and if not repented of will finally de- 
stroy the soul, robbing it of all its glory 
and power. Now let us write something 
that is more joyous to the soul. "That 
which was from the beginning, which 
we have heard, which we have seen with 
our own eyes, which we have looked up- 
on, and our hands have handled, of the 
Word of life. "That which we have 
seen declare we unto yon, that ye also 
may have fellowship with us: and truly 
our fellowship is with the Father and 
and with the Son Jesus Christ. These 
things write we unto you, that your joy 
may be full." Otlie blessings of beaven; 
our joy shall be full. Though one may 
be capacitated to hold more than anoth- 
er, yet all alike shall be filled. Hence 
all enjoy alike, enjoy to their fullest ca- 
pacity, each vessel full, can hold no more. 
Hence no room for idle jealousy. None 
need say, take, or cry give unto me, be- 
cause all are full of the joy and glory 
of heaven up to their greatest capacity 
but not beyond. "Having yet many 
thinge to write unto you, I for the pres- 
ent will forbear, trusting we all may so 
live that this joy whicli is unspeakable 
and full of glory may be one in the 
world to come." 



A FEW years ago, having been at a 
-^ place of business, a blind man, an 
old retired preacher of the Moravian 
Church, entered. He came in for the 
purpose of congratulating and ble.ssing 
the proprietor's son, who had been or- 
dained to the ministry of the same 

liurch (Moravian) the day before. 
Having been in conversation with the 
young minister, whom I well knew, this 
blind sage heard my voice, which was 
strange to him, so he inquired who 
this stranger was. He was told who he 
was, and that he belonged to the so call- 
ed Tunker Church. Upon this he di- 
rected his conversation to mt , and we 
had a somewhat lengthy talk. Talking 
on the various docti'inal points of the 
New Testament, the commands of our 
Lord, we finally came to the washing of 
the saint's feet. (It is necessary here to 
state the fact that the Moravians practic- 
ed the washing of the fiaints' feet as ft 
■hurch ordmanoe, from the year 1740 
until ISIS; for so show their own church 
record.) In a childlike simplicity we 

February S 

TirLiii ttitK-rilKKN .A.T "WOiUs 

talked about this coinWsi-cuitiUi; practice; 
earueat and heartfelt admouition, if not 
command (if our Savior. We at lasi 
found that though Christ did not give 
the command of feet washing in the iiu 
perative mood, yet made he itoldii;au.ry 
upon his followers, by his praclieiiij; it, 
first himself, and then telling his disci- 
ples that: "If I then, your Lord and 
Master have washed your feet, ye also 
ought to wash one another's feet. John 
13: 14. The verb "ought" not being 
in the imperative mood, cross-shunning 
professors will have it that feet washing 
is optional to us — we may do it or leave 
it undone. But Christ, practicing it 
first, being declared and confessetl our 
Lord and Master, and he emphatically 
telling us: "Verily, verily, I say unto 
you. The servant is not greater than his 
Lord" — that which the Lord has done 
— washed his disciple's feet — the servant 
shall not esteem too low and humiliatiuii 
for him. "I have given you an exam 
pie thatyousAf-»w?(^ do as 1 have done to 
you; this gives more power to the verb 
"ought," than the imperative mood to 
the verb shall. The language implies 
nothing less then: looking at my exam- 
ple you are in duty hound to do as I 
have done to you. 

V\ hen afather tells his children, since 
1 then, your lather and parent, gave you 
house and home, gimrtled and protected, 
fed and clothed you when you wereyoung 
and tender, all in love and atl'ection to 
you, "ye all oiujhC to give me house 
and home, guard and protect, feed and 
clothe me when 1 am old and feeble, all 
in love and att'ectiou to me, would it 
not be their duty to do as the father 
commanded them! Would they be 
obedient children if they did not do iti 
"tt'ould not that which the father has 
done to them,' make it obligatory for 
them to do what he bid them without 
an imperative command ? Does not also 
the Bible teach this law of equality, let 
children learn first to show piety or 
kindness at home, and to retjuite their 
parents! Tim. 5: 4. Just so with our 
Savior in regard to feet- washing. His 
first cashing his disciples' feet, and 
then telling them to do unto one anoth 
er, as he has done to tliem, makes it ob 
ligatory unto them unto this day. 

After having thus talked this matter 
over, this blind old preacher said: "Per 
haps, after .ill, feet-washing is more of a 
command than what we esteem it to 

"I then asked him ,what reasons he 
could give for their not practicing feet- 
washing any more in the Moravian 
Church. His answer was this: "W. 
were ridiculed out of it." This is the 
fact. Though they now try th. ir non- 
essentiality of feet-washing it is never- 
theless a fact that because of the growth 
of pride and inequality ill their church 
they could not bear the sneers, taunts, 
and ridicule of the world any longer, 
and so their synod of 181h ignored it, 
and since then their church rose unto 
an equilibrium in pride, fashion, and 
popularity with other churches. 
. Here then an important questioa pre 
sents itself. How does this -Kidiculing 
out" work! Let us see. There always 
were, and while in this world there al- 
ways will be, three elements in the 
church. The careful peruser will find 
them in the church in her infancy, far 
back in Jerusalem. The one element 
works entirely too progressive in its 
nature. The third being the conserva 
tive keeps the two former within 
bounds. When this element has the 
influence and sway of the church, then 
8he moves on, mikes steady but sure 

lirniTftss likt R well ringed and twjually 
''al;iuc-t'd sliip on thS teiiipc>tuuu> 
oce-n. But when the unlawfully pro 
i;i»-v.ivf element becoiuts pr-'duiuiuant. 
yets ilu- sway of the i*I)uri'h,lheu the bui- 
'*i'li nt' iht! whole gcij'pel becomes too 
heavy. Hence they throw olY little hy 
little to increase iheir speed. Having 
lost the pith of the religion of Je^n-i, 
the iiiNt principle of the spirit of Christ, 
sKLt -DKNiAi., they cfist away, declare 
n'>n e-8eu'ial, those precepU which are 
(■•signed for their humility and oipiality 
and so soon the church comes up to 
pupiilar Ohriatianity. Having yet a 
form of godlines, but the power there- 
of is denied. 


opinion is that the A. M. ha» done wttte- 
ly in deeidioK against it. Seeing that 
the circumstances have been so varieil 
under which peraous have been baptizeil 
in that way, that it would be imjiotwible 
to find any principle tliat would not sub- 
ject the church lo danger of too much 
looseness, and nudtiply diticulties. Our 
i>!-ii is l..3ti,.v 1^1 ^vell i'noiij,'h silone, and 
pure a t\iU ^urrender on the part of 
applicants, better for them to sacrifice 
their pleasure than for the church to 
sacrifice a principle. 



TJl'K'SSKD word8 to the saints, but to 
^ the sinner almost a meauinglees 



cu«e for not uoiriiig wiiti n-, until von 
have tried it Y- u will •■■- -*» niU'-h l^rt- 
ter enabled lo do •'whatevi;r thy bauds 
fiudetb to do," The church will love 
yon, blessed thought! And the world 
canoothelp reaptcting you. Think of 
these thinga, and then say, I, too, am 
ready to enter into the joy of the Lord, 


are almost ready to conclude 

lometimes, in these days of prog' 

ress, that Solomon was mistaken when 

he said that ''thei'e wa.^ nothing new un 

der the sun." 

When Jesus Christ was in the world 
for the purpose of establishing bin 
church and settuis: up his kingdom, he 
ordainpd that penitent believers should 
be baptized, having doubtless a specific 
idea in hiw mind as to manner and form 
he ur^ed specific language to convey that 
idea. The inspired apostle, we opine 
understood the design of the mission of 
his Master as to tlie character of his 
church as well a-s the form and design 
of the ordinances peculiar to that church, 
and thus expresses himself with refer- 
ence thereto. "There is one body and 
one spirit, one calling, and one hope of 
your calling," "one Lord, one faith, one 
baptism." Eph.4: 4,5. This one baptism 
of course, was received from the Fath- 
er and commanded by Christ. Matt. 58: 
U», 'Tbe doctrine of immersion" spok 
eu of by Tauliu Hebrews (>: 2— Bible 
Union Translation. Uut instead of this 
one spirit, and one body, and one bap 
tism, we have bodies multiplied by huu 
dreds, and, as many spirits, an indeiiinite 
numbevof baptisms in all their various 
forms too tedious to mention, but an ac- 
count of the la^t form brought to our 
notice, I am inclined to think will inter- 
est the readers of the BiiETiiitKN at 


It is the production of the prolific im- 
agination, and superior inventive ge- 
nius of Wm. Thurman. He has been 
connected in some way with a body of 
professors in Eastern Virginia, numher^ 

term. No one who has not known or 
entered into those joys can form any 
idea how much happiness is centered in 
obeying the divine Master's injunction, 
Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." 

It is our humble opinion that the com- 
mand is one to be obeyed now as well 
as upon that great day, when if we have 
truly loved and obeyed him who died to 
save us, we will gladly accept of his 
commands to enter into the unknown 
and Idisafnl seas'ius that await us 

riMIE Christian does not turn his back 
•^ upon the fine things of this world, 
because he has no natural capacity to 
enjoy them, but because the Holy Spirit 
has shown him great and better tbing»t 
He now wants flowers that will nev«r 
fade; he wants something that he can 
take with him to a better world; he is 
like a man who has had notice to ((oit 
his house, and having received a new 
one, he is no more anxious to repair, 
much less to embellish or beautify the 
old one. His thoughts are on the re- 
moval. If you hear him converse, it is 
upon the house to which he is t'oing, 
thither he sends his goods and thus de 
clares to all around plainly, he is going 
to a new house and a better and health- 
ier country. 

in the "Beiuiiiful land of rest." 

We have truly tbuiul earthly joys to 
be infinite and various under th« full 
guidance of the loving Savior's hand. 
We are enabled to see bliss and happi- 
ness on all sides; and the greater joy is 
to meet with the dear brethren and sis 
ters to worship iu God's house. It is so 
emblematic of the great meeting "over 
there;" and n()tonly that, but we feel 
renewed and refreshed by meeting there, 
so much more able again to fight the 
battles with sin. 

My dear yoiiniz friends, who Atand 
out.videof tile fold, and look in, we en- 



Two mites gave a poor wid<»w a first 
class seat iu heaven. Who wants the 
nest place on the same terms. Send 
them to S.T.Iiosserman, Dunkirk, Ohio. 
Still more such seats vacant. Send 
along brethren and sisters before the 
door of the treasury is clo8e<l. Yonr 
salvation may depend on the disposition 
you make of the "dollar". Don't let it 
!)e a savor of death unto death, 

I havp read the principal standard 
I histoi-ies of the world for l,(i()[i years 

treat you to enter, so you too. may | ^od several standard church bibtories. 

know the joys of which you can for 
no idea now. Come and be with us, en- 
ter in, we will not force you to remain, 
but if you enter in according to tiod's 
commands, you will not wish to rei-edi 

I have also read the periodical literature 
both secular and religious of the last 30 
years besides a large number of th« 
productions of the best Authors on 
literary and religious subjects, yet iu all 

You will wish to goon to perfection, ,ny rj-gt-archesl havenevermetwith such 
to taste more and more of the joys. Then ^.^ illustration of malignant venom and 
come; do not miss so much happiness, v■^t^p^;^ation and low aVmsiveness as Ray 
Your happine8.sia of short duration. Ob, ^ alfords us in his deliate with Broth** 

ctiTvituj oi 
He seems 

come, and partake of our joys, those stejn^ e.ccept in the sil'y 
sweet and lasting ones, heretirn hy Catholic priests. 

We have just had the blessed privil- , to have reveled and wallowed in the slums 
ege of attending a "fiast of love" in our and slime pits of the fanaticifira and 
congregation, and have been fdled and bigotry that characterized the dark ages, 
renewed with such sweet peace as is when men's virtues were their pjts?j) -^ 
lUg some fifty members, all seemingly j known to those only who have entered t> the flames. He stalks boldy and 
zealcius for the keeping of all the torn- into the joy of the Lord, And our heart defiantly whe.e Archangels modestly an. 

maudments, practicing trinfe immersion 
and other ordinances, and from what we 
can learn, was getting along pleasantly 
and peacably, but the ever restless am- 
bitiou of W. C. T. to be the "greatest in 
the kingdom," not satisfied with things as 

gently tread. How will he feel whei 
he 18 being judged by the Book that 
teaches the commands which he villities 
and traduces^ 

was touched to see so many dear young | 
people quietly looking on, perhaps won- 
dering, as we once did, why the mem 
bers seemVd to enjoy to much such sea 
sons. Oh, dear ones, enter in and see! 
A voung sister who was also in attend- 
theywerc, pretends that the Christian I ance for the first time as a partaker of , tian heads are becoming weak and sick 
world haa always been in error, and tliat I the great joys, told me that that meet- j ly Christians because they are^ so loo« 
be has discovered that the proper form jng was the first commonion raeeiiug in all their Christian duties. While thej 
ot baptism is first one dip forvvard. Sec she had ever remained in the house for] are particular in taking sytematic step 
' ' I- 1 - ■> ^^y whole time! 

Many families with professed Chris 

oud, oneself dip with arms lifted in form 
of a cross; and third one backwai-d dip, 
and strange to say, thi^t he is having 

I asked her if she had J to obtain the almighty dollar, they lea' 
not enjoyed it better than any other one ^ the whole routine of duty to God an* 
She replied tjuickly and in a tone their fellow-men at loose ends, 

followers in this strange fancy. Others, | which bespoke so much inward warmth, — ' *■ 

however, being more cv,nsidcrate are j oQh, I think 1 did." Once again we The largest church congregation 
seekiuganalliancewith our brotherhood J entreat you, young friends to "go and the I'nited States is the fiist Amer:cai 
but as yet not fully resigned to all that ' do likewise.'^ Hepent and be baptued, l^aptist Church of Richmond. \ a, 
wo.ildberi(iuiredofthera. Forinstance,' and enter m. and right here we would has thirty-three huu^Ued members, 
to receive baptism at the hands of the say that so many fin I excusesfor not being une Sunday iis pa-u rbai ti.-.ed five han 
chuich- be baptised ipto the church, | baptized, when the Savior commands it, dred andninty-eight perwns, au 1 a I'- 

Thequestion has frequently been ask | and when we believe it esaenrial, why nearly nine hundred pers^m^ 
ed and indeed submittedto AnnualMeet do weobject to a performance that coasts church. 
ing whether pemoas who have been bap- I us so little e.xertiou and 
tizedbv trine immersion, ought not to | blessed peace and calm content after-, 
beadmUted with theii- baptism. My 'ward? Do not brmg this up as an ex 


Evil eoumunicatioiLS 

oonupt go( 

I I 1 

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§he ^reihnn at ^'ork. 


M. M. F-srn-:i,MAN. 



TiiK IMitorn will liff r 

inonNi)))^ only for til"' 
lenpral toncof ttifi iia|MT, una tlie instrtion of an 
irticlf flora iiol liiiiily lliat tliey ewh>n» every spu- 
tlment of tliP writM. 

2. roNTiiKii'TOtis in order to Hwurc jirompt In- 
serLioii or tlii-lr HrtlWci«. will pleawf not linlnlfT)' lii 
p«r»tiiii«liti<-Barnl uiicourU-ouB lanKuaire. imt ju.;. 
sitnl Mii'ir vh'WH " witli jrriite BeaBuiicd willi salt. 
;i. Kort-if licm-lit of our n-ailiTsariil tlienodcl ..I 
Uie cHim*-. wp wilicit rlninli iif m s rroiD all parUi o t 
the Krotlierliood. tte wunt «omc oiif in pa -li coii- 
(rregalion U> ke*'li imBilj>j'ln-<l. In rlif briefest »ii>. 
fflvf tiH AM. tlit> rH<!tii, anil we will nut them in 
priiii.-r Hhape. Always write with l>lack .ink, "U 
narrow \>h\ipt. 

4. Tub HltrTiiiiKN AT WotiK will be sent to 
Bnya.t.lM-«s In I In- rnite<l Mitli'8 or Citniula for 
81/,nnfr annum. For the h-milnR chiiriictwrl sties 
of III" rapiT. iL-i well ;ui t.rmH U> n^n-uU see eighth 
p,i(f.. ' ...lii-f. ;il) (■oiiiiniinicalioriH. 

IIKKilllClvX AT nORK, 

Lunarb, CnrruUCo., III. 








,11. ,1. w fiH.»! 

mersion W .jh^'i in th^ ih.lanc^., «»./ Found \ .^."""'J.. "'."'' "''''" ." fal'-'In^^-t' 
Jfflw^iMjf," Utversed. I'ruv. 11: J. 
"Tli« rartli also JH ilenieil ii'tili-r the inhu itanis 
thereof; I)eeaiis« tliey huve transgreasi'd the laws, 
chnniri'<l tlir ortliiiani-e, lirokm the OVi-rlasUnilc 
entiiil. Tli'T''ri>i'' liath the curse tievoi/red the 
efirtli, anil tliey tli:il liwell therein are desolate: 
tlieroforeUie inJialiJtanls of the earth 
and few men left.— Joa M: :>, 0. 

"(lO ye into all tlio world, and preach tlie gospel 
to every ereature. He that believeth and is bap- 
tized, Hliall be Raved; Imt lie thnt believi-Lh not 
Hllttll be diiamed/'—Mark lU: 16, 1U. 


KTMIielt I. 

The lirrlhren maintain that Christian bap- 
/ijtwi, irliftirveraiif/ whererer rrquired hy (iod is 
in ordfir to the rrminsion of sinn. BuptiBiu does 
not elFr-ct its design witliont repentant e and 
taitb. Lil<" repentance and faith, it h only 
requiryd wher* it la pOMsible. Lilce repentance 
nod fnill), it ia not a nourvf: of reniiosion. That 
in tlie (frn<:e of Qod. hikt repentance and faith, 
it is not the prin- of remission. That is the 
blood of Oiriftt. Hiiice baptism is not a pro- 
curing caiisf of ]mrdori. A taiise pri(>iu&t68, 
while a condition in a term stipulated, for agree 
lueut, A compliance with which sometinns re- 
quires only a gnitflful participation, in the hap- 
pieHt and most beneficent ntrangements of 
friendship and love. The simple streldiing 
forth of the hand, is sometimes th- condition 
of accepting n nnmificeut gift, which « refusal 
to do would forever forieit. So r-'pcninnce 
faith, and bnplisni, are conditions In- which we 
«<■(■(*/>/ remission, not because they ar.t in. litori- 
ous, but because their opposite^! do iio;,'r>4(efnlly 
nnd wickedly reject God's coveLimt no^roies 
and institutions. Some deny there are any 
conditions of remission hnt "the redemption 
work of Jesue,"yet they find that faith and 
fipentance are "required." How required? 
Aa /i-t((7s and suhsrijurtits ofijardonf If so 
they have no godpel to preach to poor sinners 
■ who want to know wliftt they must do to be 
saved, If these are required iu order to remis- 
sion then they are tionditiona of its acceptance. 
One n)ight just an well deny that eating is 
a condition of satisfying hunger and thirst, he- 
^ >'iRe the food and drink are provided by more 
\ I eusive arrangements and conditions, as to 
\ that there are conditions by which man 
-I'is pardon. 

riie scriptures have not left ub to guess at 
lie-i^ij of bc<pli«in. nor (o arrive at it by a 

■iniia routine of philosophical deduction 
' ■ ill assumed premiseii. While ttirial Ib sym 
■'<h-/ri\ in the immersion of the body in water 
md tfsurrex:fion in the immeraioii. see Uom. 
l:;j-5: Col. 2:13, of whith we will sp^ak a' 
arge in another part of this work. Ti e-<' 
were symbols do uoteipre!»s the grand design 
f the inalitutiou. What is Christian baptism 
>r? Let the scriptures answer. John preach 
i "the baptism of repentan:e for the remission 
fsins." Mark I: 4: Luke 3: 3. "But the 
"•iriseea and lawyers rejected the counsel of 
i against theiDselv.s, not being baptized ol | 

him." Luke 7: 30 Drs. Geo. Campbell, 
■lames Macnight. and Philip Doddridge trans 

[ Inte thix jitL'sa^re thus. "The Pharisees and the 

lawjera, in not being inintenied l)y him, have 
reiect#d the counsel of God with regard to 
them»elv»-fi," Luke 7: 30 Ji men r>j'Cted 
the coriD^el of Grtd again'^t tbems-lvM iind 
I hence (aiied *•> ohtnin pardon bv n^.t li"itig 
' baptiiM."l by .I-bn.ciit thos- h" p .rdonpd who 
will not reci>ive Christ's baptism? Even Chh-t 
our head and example (who though sinless was 
mode ''to be sin for as, 2 Cor. 5: 21, and came 
to do his Fathers will, John 5: 21) said of his 
baptism, "Thns it becOmetb us to fulfill all 
righteousness." Mttt. 3: I.'>. Could he have 
fulfilled all righteousness, or his Father's will 
without that baptism? Some try to avoid the 
difficulty here by teaching that Christ "fulfilled 
all rigliteousneBs" literally in his death, burial, 
and resurrection; end fitfuralivelv in his bap- 
tism by representing thenL Ifut their last 
dilhculty is w.rse than the tirsl. T!mt Christ's 
baptism was a requisite part of the "all right- 
eousneaa" which ho came to fulfill is clear, but 
Huit the "ail righteousness" was included in 
his bnptiNni fiyiiratively or in liis death, burial 
and resurrection literally they fail to sb.w. 
Can they harmoni/'? such a pisitiou with th-ir 
definition of "righteouanes9''and "all righteous- 
ness?" One sava "r/ghteousntss is obtdience 
to the laws of God." "Ail right*; ousness cer- 
a doing all 
that God require-." Iu this we will not join 
issue. "All thy commandments,'" says the , 
psalmist, "are righteousness " P,s. 119: 17a j 
Jesus says, "I came down from heaven not to 
do mine own will, but the will of him that 
bunuKl I ''^ot ine." John 6: 3S, "I have not spoken of 
myself, but the p'atber that sent me, be gave 
me a couimandment what I should say and 
what I should epeak." John 12: ill "As the 
Father gave me commandment even so I do." 
John 14:31. Wa.s either the Savior's baptism, 
or his death, burial, aud resurrection all that 
be WHS to do in perfecting the plan of sbUm- 
tion aud fulfilling his Father's will? Did no 
righteous act precede his baptism? Would his 
baptism have effected anything without the 
righteous labors of his prophetic office upon 
which he then entered? Luke 4: 18, 19, Jsa, 
(51: 1, 2, Were his temptations, his preaching, 
his calling, and commissioning of his apostles, 
hia precepts for moulding aud regulating the 
characters and lives of his followers, his laws for 
the discipline and government of the church, 
his miracles, his profession of the divine son- 
ship and Messiahship. the institution of the 
holy supper and communion, the washing of 
his disciples' feet, and other incidents of his 
life, no part of the righteousness which he ful- 
filled? But how could they be, if he fulfilled 
it «7// literally in his death, burial, and resur- 
rection, aud figuratively Iq bis baptism? Did 
lie do them without hia father's will and com- 
mandment? John 5: ,30. Was his baptism of 
sutlericg in Gethsemane, which preceded the 
bitter cup be was to drink, John 18: 10,1], 
tphn-e with holy resignation he entered upon 
high priestly duties, to deliver himself, for our 
oftenses, and to die for our sin?, Heb. 2: IT; 6; 
3, not a righteous event? And what would 
even the sacrifice of the cross have availed, if 
after his resurrection, he had not with his own 
blood, entered the Holy of Holies, and sat 
down at the rigtit hand of God as our Advo- 
cate and Intercessor? Was all com- 
plete when he was resurrected? Will it not 
continue till he "put down all rnle and all au- 
thority aud power," "when he shall deliver up 
the kingdom to God even the Father? 1 Cor. 
15:24. But if "righteousness is obedience to 
the laws of God"-if "all righteousness cer- 
tainly must mean a fulfillment, ^r a doing all 
that God rf quires," what will become of him 
who teaches men who cam he baptized, that 
they can accept all right,eou8ne3s in Christ, who 
"became the author of eternal salvation to ail 
them that obey him," Heb. .J: 9, without the 
baptism which he commands, aud those who 
J'elieveauchnnscriptnral doctrine? Has not 
Christ commanded bai)tism into the name of 
^«r/.;.^r.vor. of the Holy Trinity as a part ol 
the evangelistic work of his holy ministers till 
the end of the worI<l? Matt. 28: 19. God 
■^aid I "will put my words in his mouth; and he i 
shall speak unto them all that I command him. 
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will 
not hearken unto my words which he shiill 
sp-^ak iu my name, I will require it of him " ' 
Deut. IR; is. 19. Will not the si 

not heat him be destroyed? Acts 3: 2:^.23. 
Will not the hearer who do.a not obey, be like 
a foolish man who built upon the sand? Matt. 
7:2(5,27. Will not the Lord .lesu- Christ be 
revealed from heaven iu fiiruiot; tire tnking 
▼enppunce upon them that nttry not the go-pel? 
2Tli'Si I: 8. With what presumption can one 
p'omi-e the righteon-n'S*. id Chri-it to thedjso- 
ii'dieut who stand aloof from the very institu- 
tion by which he ia to be professed and put on? 
"From the prophet even unto the priest every 
one dealeth falsely. For they have healed the 
hurt ol the dau^ihter ot my people slightly. 
Saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace." 
Jer. 8:10.11. -'With lies ye have made the 
heart of the righteous sad whom I have not 
made sad and strengthened the hands of the 
wicked that he should not return from his 
wicked way by proiuisins him life." Ezek. 13: 
22. The sinii)le fact that baptism was institu- 
ted not by a Napoleon, nor a Ctfmr, nor an 
Alexander the Great, but by the God of heav- 
en, by his omniscient and omnipotent authori- 
ty,— that omnipotence commands men tore- 
pent, believe and be baptized, is a suHicient re- 
buke to him who teaches that men may neg- 
lect baptism and still receive pardon. 


' Of making many boQka there is no end." 


book id either written or read without a 

purpose. In the mutter contained in a 

buok lliere can be butlittle diderence between 

the oitject of the writer aud tlie student. The 
author endeavors to impart just what the stu- 
dent endeavors to leurn. 

In every branch of learning there is a stand- 
ard work. A standard is that which is esfab- 
iished as a rule or model, or it is tliat which is 
taken as a correct or most complete I'epresenta- 
tive ot any thing of its class. Whatever devi- 
ate. *"rom its stsndard, is incomplete, imperfect, 
ana incorrect, just as it varies. The standard 
measure of cloth is the yard. Whatever is us- 
ed for the yard is wrong just so much as it ia 
different from it. If a measure does not differ 
any from it, then it must be the true "yard' 

So it is with books; so much as any book dif- 
fers in the truth on any subjfct, from the stand- 
ard on that subject, so much it is wrong; but 
when it does not ditter any, then it must be the 
true book itself. Webster and Worcester's dic- 
tionaries are standard works on orthography. 
On these subjects whatever agrees with them is 
regarded as correct, and whatever does not agree 
with them is considered incorrect. 

As there is a standard on the preceding sub- 
j-cts so there is on Christiauiiy. Christianity 
is that form of religion of which Jesus Christ is 
the author aud founder. Religion denotes the 
diligent study of whatever pertains to the wor- 
ship of God or the obligiition which we feel on 
our minds from the relation in which we stand 
to some superior power. There are existiug in 
the world a great many religious bodies, each 
having a system of religion peculiar to itself. 
Mormons are governed by the "Book of Mor- 
mons." Mohammedans by the "Koran." Budd- 
hists, Saiilmsy Viiiatjaa, AhhitUirina; limnihis, 
by their four Vedas; Confucianists by their Yrh 
Kiiiy, Le-Kiiit/, Cliumtsien; Jews, by the Pen- 

People who arc true to their religion arc just 
what it is. They cc>ndemn in themselves what- 
ever it condemns, and approve of whatever it 
approves. Consequently the rectitude of the 
lives of all true religionists depends upon the 
accuracy of that which they accept as standard 
authority on religion. If both .ire equally hon- 
est and true to their religion, the life of a Chris 
tian and the life of a Mohammedan will be very 
unlike, because the authority or instruction of 
a Christian is dilferitat from that of a Moliam 
medan. The Christian's standrrd book would 
tiach him to do some things exactly cnntrarv 
to what the Mohammedan's would teach. 

9nly, however, to the extent that men pos 
scss a knowledge of, and obey their religion can 
they be regarded as true exponents of it. It is 
possible for men to misunderstand their author 
ity so that they may accept professionally a 
doctrine and obey what they understand it tci 
teach and still be false representatives of it 
The Uoman Catholic is us confident if he obey 
I ho priest that lie is a true representative ol 
ioul that does I Christianity as it is possible for a man to Ik;' 

while the Protestant, to be a representative of 
the same thing, has a very diHrrent faith, is a 
very d)fl..reiit character and leads a very differ- 
.nt life. Hence the necessity of each oue ex- 
amining bis authority, the Bible l..r himself 
There IS certainly a lack in this matter, lo.i; for 
if all professing Christia.,s understood just whi t 
the Bible does teach, they would all have the 
same laith. Lold, and baptism: aud if they bad 
that thiy would make the same profrssion, speak 
and do the same things. Because all proless- 
ing Christians do not speak and do the same 
things, have not the same laith, lord, aud bap- 
tism, we conclude that they must therefore not 
have a correct understanding of their authority 
—the Bible. 

One of two things is certain. Either men do 
not understand the Bible, or they are dishonest. 
Some would say they are dishonest, hut since 
there is nothing to be gained by dishonesty, but 
everything to be lost; and since in our own ex- 
perience we have often believed, honestly, thinga 
which we afterward found to be untrue, we pre- 
fer to attribute these differences to a misunder- 
standing of the Bible rather than to dishonesty. 
Professing Clirifliaiisca,. have, theoretically, 
but one book from which to obtain their relig- 
ious knowledge, but practically they have aa 
many as there are different sects. It seems to 
us that what is necessary to sustain a sect lis a 
S'(Y must have been necessary to produce it. 
Then since other rules than those contained in 
the Bible are necessary to sustain sects, there- 
fore other rules than those contained in the Bi- 
ble produced sects. 

We now bring this matter home to ourselves 
Our ministers denounce all forms of man-made 
creeds, confessions of faith, &c., generally ad- 
monishing all their hearers to examine the wnrj 
of God, the Bible, and see if what they said was 
according to it,— //le Clirislians only rule of 
laith ami ,,racticr.. Believing that the Bible is 
the Christians only rule of faith and practice 
and preaching it to the world, it would bo very 
inconsistent in our church government to com. 
pel obedience to some other book. But are all 
ministers always consistent? Are not some 
rules made by man or men which thnj endeav- 
or to force upon their brethren and sisters and 
those who desire to become heirs of God as req- 
uisite, to Christianity? Do they not take with 
them rinotlm- hook, not called the Bible, but 
something else, when they go to council meet- 
ings? Would it not be more consistent for 
ministers who do this to say at the close of 
their discourses, "Take home what I have said 
compare it with the word of God, and some oth- 
er books and rules which we sometimes use iu 
council meetings, and if it is in harmony with 
them accept and put it in practice?" 

Do we not read of a certain book-iml books— 
that will be opened on a certain day, and in 
which if men's names be not written they shall 
be cast into a lake of fire? What book do you 
oppose that will be? Will it be an Encyclo- 
pedia? a book of minutes? a confession of faith? 
a discipline? a creed? Do you suppose it would 
help us any to have our names written in them ? 
Is it not quite probable that the Book of Life 
will be the only one to which any attention will 
be given? And would not a clamor for salva- 
tion on account of having names written ia 
"other books" bo one of the many "ivonderful 
works" of which Christ will confess he knows 
nothing, but will command the clamortrs to 
depart from him as "workers of iniquity." 

Of course the various sects will bring in their 
'other books" to enforce certain interpretations 
of Bible language; but because all the good that 
can possibly be put in them is in the Bible we 
can see no earthly use tor them. But one thing 
IS sure; if, re have any right to make a book 
and judge men religiously by it, so have the 
Methodists, the Presbyterians, the Lutherans 
the Catholics and all the hosts of sects that 
have ever spread out their little creeds upon 
which they have built their religious temples. 

^V« bale creeds for tbey have made a mock of 
the Bible. What have they done? Thev have 
divided and sub.divided the religious worid un- 
W there are more sects than nations and tongues 
They have absorbed the holy Are of conjugal 
aud parental love. They have established in- 
quisitions; flayed and burned alive the sweetest 
and most lender blossoms of human innocence 
fheir influence has always been to destroy 
peace, union, harmony, love aud conBdence. 

Let us have the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the 
whole Gospel, and nothing but the Gospel. Amen. 

February 3 

IHK HKii:a'£iRK:N ^X AVOiiKL. 

jisforu of ffte (ffiurdi. 



ffMiE cnl'iinilif» irhirh happrntd to the church 
Y i^Hcluiiiter botl> ixiiulul aud iiiUrestiu^ 
to the ('linatian; paiutul because so maiiy no- 
ble lives were destroyed by men lu authority, 
and iiitereatiijg because of the ein/Hf fiHCC maui- 
fested by the children of God. 

Dtath o/Sle/ibfn. — The word Ste)»heu meaos 
(I crown. He was a oiaii full of faith and wis- 
dom of God. Some of the Libertines, Cyrenians, 
Alexandrians and Cili<:ian9 disputed with him 
at Jerusalera about the year 34, aud as thoy 
could not re-^i&t the wisdom by which lie spalie, 
they laid hands on him aud stoned hiin to death. 
Before his death he looked up tuto heaven aud 
saw the glory of God, and Jesu^ at the right 
band of God. But the wicked people would not 
bear him, and forthwith stoned hiui to death. 
Devout men buried bis body, aud made great 
lamentation over it. Thutf did one of the nolilent 
and purest men yield his life for the honor of 
Christ, dying praying the Father not to lay this 
sin to tiie charge of hi*i murderers. 

Jamrs sl^iti leUh th- ,<u-'}ni in Jerusalem A- D. 
45. This w,i- .I.iuiei iheson of Zjhedeo, broth 
erofJohu. He wa« pr- sent with Je^us upon 
every memorable occasion, and saw bib glory 
ou the mount. After the descent of the Holy 
Ghost, Jaiuc-i preach'-d considerable in Siiuuiria 
md Judea; and it is smd aUo vbited Si'tiin. 

difficult to determine who. among them, was | Brktrrks M. T. Daer and Joseph Michael 
school -111 aster; but before school was dismissed, ^ave been holding meeting* iu Lawrenc, Kitn- 

we settled down on Jesus as being the Teacher, 

for In- 

xpitil "-t-niwl to cintrol. 


ludius commanded tlnrod Aggtippa to sup- 
iress the church of Chiist, so he laid Uanda on 

ames. Clement says tnat the i xecutioner, up- 
learning that Jaui'-s wav iunoc'-nt, turnfd 
id served the Lord also, uud for this was exe- 
iuted with hira. Aa they were led to the 
dace of execution, "the execotiomr entreated 
ames to forgive him." James paused a mo- 
iieut, when the executiouer kindly aaid, "Peace 
le with you," aud then kii-ped him. Both were 
ihen beheaded. Thus passed away the first niar- 
r of the apostles, and the believers rejoiced 
lecause they were counted worthy to suffer 
eatb for Christ. 
Philip bound to a post and stoned to detith at 
HicrapiAls A. D. 5i. Philip was borniu Beth- 
laida iu Galilee. He was called of Christ, fol- 
lowed him, saw his miracles, and taught the 
leople-as his Master directed. He spent a nuni- 
)er of years iu Scythio, where he established 
nany churches. He labored much iu Syria and 
ipper Asia where be planted the truth to the 
,onor and glory of God. He finally went to 
Hierapolia in Phrygia where he performed a 
umber of miracles to convince the people, 
ere tbe Ebonites who worshiped idols, and de- 
led Christ, refused to bear Philip. c:iught him, 
lied him to a post, and stoned him until he 
ielded up his life to the Father. He was bu- 
ried iu that city. Thus it was; no dilVereuce 
low lovely, how truthful, nor how pious the 
ihild of God, those ignorant and debased healh- 
1 gloried in his death. Here Christianity 
leant know. edge, goodness, kindness, and ev- 
iry virtue, while on the other hand the mur- 
lerers were fit representations of the infidelity 
ibat th n prevailed. 

I oid nut spend all my time hearing this com- 
miit»'e aakiii'i and answering. jneUions, but vis- 
ited other room^ and heard olla-r recitationB. 
Teachers and pup.U wtr.- alive to their sevwral 
duties; and while the voices were being traiiud 
in reading, and the minds prepared for the du- 
ties of life, I wondered how many would be 
consecrated to the advimc ement of God's canae. 
May every mind be a beautiful receptacle for 
the truth which leaJs to eternal salvation. 
Salvation from ignorance is happiness indeed. 
Found Brother St«in well and ipiite cheerful 
though liis cares, anxieties, aud perplexities 
have been numerous enough indeed. To open 
up and maintain an educational institution on 
the pieaof reform inilife, is no small tusk; aud 
not a few wagged their heads and made decla- 
rations that no one could succftd who would not 
recognize fashion's follies; but Brethren Stein, 
New-nmer and others said it cnidH be done, 
and it iraf! All things have adjusted themselves 
to the plea, and now we can all rejoice in the 
prospect of right pinciplea gaining the ascend- 

Brother D. L Miller and wife, like Huldah, 
the propnetetis. (2 Kiugs 22: U) live in the cul- 
li'ijfi and dispense smiles and cheerfulness to all 
who vi^it them Sister Mattie Lear seems to 
enjoy her work, and i.s us ready as ever to show 
that charity and kindness which betckfus a 
Imppv heart. We spent Tuesday as we did 
Moiidiiy.and retnrned home Wednesday morn- 
ing. Arrangements are being made for all 
those who may wish to visit the school on their 
way to or from next Annual Meeting, 

I. a city of about 10,000 inhabitantx. W 
learn that the interest was good, and that the 
attendance gradually increasi'd throntfbont. 
May the Lord give the increase. 

Wh \t *ay tha chililr^n about raiainj; enough 
moii'Y to build a meetiug-honie for the Dani-h 
Brclhr^ny It would be a vrry charitable act, 
aud we think you cau gather enough this yrar 
to build a bouse in IS?n1. What have you to 
say, young friends? Shall Bro. West write 
more about it? We sugyflst thnt be receive 
the money and lake care of it until enough is 
received. His address is Sinking Springs, Ohio. 

We now have ou baud a new supply of Auti- 

Seoret Tracts. Tbe following is a list of them: 

Flee Masonry Illustrated. 3 ilegrees, papor.-.S .10 

1 ■■ (.lolU... 1.00 

Otld Fellowaliip '■ ^ 

Masonry a Work of Darkness. IB 

Tliirteen lleiisoiiB why a Clirlstlon cannot be 

Free-m;iaon oa 

UatUh, \c of Ai Dvgreus lo 

Bhk.tiiren at WnuK aud ChiUirt 
one year to same address, $1 90. 

Choice collection of books for sale at Bbeth- 
KEN AT WoKK office. Send for catalogue, aud 
select a good library for yourself and family. 

To be successful in preaching, "Begin low, 
proceed slow, take forethought, ribe higher, be 
self-possessed when most impressed." 


We learn that President Hajes has appoint- 
ed Brother Howard Miller ?inpervisor of 
Census for one of the Congiessionat District'* in 

Bkothbk John Laudis, of West Newton, 
Allen County, Ohio, wishes to know the where- 
abouts of an old brother by the name of John 
Liindi^. When last heard from he was iu 
Arkansas. ^ 

Ahovt 1000 five-cent Testaments are sold 
daily by the Aoierican Bible Society. Skeptics 
and over-wise scientists have not quite turned 
that good B9ok into obscurity. Let the light 
shine! ^ 

The Xoiinq Disciple is one of the things 
which gladden the hearts of children. It is 
printed on good paper, contains instructive 
matter for the little ones, and should be wel- 
comed in every family. 

Thbrr has been a cigar oaso before an English 
court. Tbe a'.torney for defeiid ot. aid, "cigar" 
does not always imply "tobacco' sinca they 
might and do chieliy con^iiitof hay and cabbage 
leaves. Tbe com t agreed with d< 
ent's counsel ami dismissed the case. Well hay 
aud cabbage leaves are nob quito as bad as to- 
bacco. What next? Come, young men, be 
healthy, weiilthy aud wise by ab^ititiuing from 

EiiicATiOK comprehends the formation of 
the mind, "the regulation of the heart, and the 
establishment of principles. The mother tells 
her infant that two aud two make tour, the 
child reuieiubers th» pro[iosition, and is able to 
count four for all purposes of life, till the course 
of hiscdui.';ttion brings him among pliilnsopliers, 

bo frighten him from his former knowledge 
by telling him that four is a certain aggregate 
of units." 

Having just received a very large stock of 
envelopes we are i.gain prepared tu fill all or- 
ders without delay. Although envelopes cost 
much more than formerly, by purchasing in 
large riuaatities we can still afl'ord to sell them 
attoruier prices, viz, : 

L package contaning 25 tltirelopefi 12ct-. 

Per hundred - iOcli 

Ohk of our agents uys: "Some think yoa 
are too old-fa«hioned and plain in yoor writing 
on church matters: they would like not lO 
much said against pride." 

Why should we not. aa Paul, "oie ^real 
plainness of speech" (2 Cor. 3: 12)? Why 
should not the servante of God be fashioned 
alter the old manuer? Did not the children 
of Israel "eat of the old corn" Mo<h. 5: 11)? 
and are not Ood'a children to build the old 
wa.ste places (Ua. oS: 12J? We acc«pt the 
charge of being old-fashioned, which meani 
fashioned aft«r him who died for us. that 
we may be more and more like him! A^ to 
pride, who haa too little? The Lord help at to 
thrust it through with the sword of the npirit 
wherever we find it. 

And now the worldly-minded have tried to 
combine the Sunday-school and tbe theatre. 
The Wiltiston Congregational Church, N. Y., 
got up a play, entitled. "Elisha," An old man 
represented "Elisha,'" aud forty children mock- 
ed him, aud then two "bears'" came out to tear 
tbe children. All the children tell on their 
faces, but one stout boy who showed fight. He 
stnick one of the "bears" with a club, which 
made the "hear" scream, and then the other 
"bear" came to his aisistance. By this time 
the oldprophet came back, struck both "b-ars," 
knocked down the chandelier, aud tbe cry of 
fire was raised. And now the father of the 
two boya who played bear, hai sued "the proph- 
et" for a-sault and battery. Such religions 
|ir(-leusiona are no better than that of the moat 
liegrud^^t heathen. Surely tbe devil is a bard 
III aster. 

A MAS in Indiana offers 8200 to any one who 
belieyes m prayer and anointing {James 5. l.'»; 
that « ill come and restore health to his wite. 
He must be a disciple of Simon M»gus (Acts 8 
20) instead of Christ Jems. 

[BiU.M.K.iiiL.ii!. 1 

By no means do I mean to puff any one, but 
if what I shall here say puffs up any 
me who "went to college," or is in college, 
iheu I shall take it as evidence that the "tree" 
exceedingly unsound at the heart; aud if the 
,ib of my pen penetrates the bark and fiber, 
ilposing the inside, then let u^ feel grateful 
'orthe power of the nib. 
In company with Brothers T). M. Miller and 
^ H. Herrington and Uster Mary C. How 
laud, I visited Mt. Morris, Jan. 2G and 27lh, 
,ud found many busy hands and beads, and up 
a tbe fourth story of the college building in a 
leat aud comfortable roJiu we found the Com- 
mittee of Arrangements reciting thrir lesson. 
:t was. tents, meat, bread, butter, coffee, sugar, 
.tensils, helps, &c.,-thiug^^ which will not b^ 
lespised about Annual Meeting tim-. Tiiey 
jcitedwell. No doubt tbey had studied hard 
.Uring ''vacation," for their task ia more than 
m ordinary one in view of tbe fact that the 
'new plan" of entertaining the multitude is to 
be observed at the next meeting. It waa pretty 

The "Disciples" in Chicago have agreed to 
permit the Brethren to use their house for 
meeting purposen. Now since the way is open 
there, we hope that the Bretliren will go iu 
and set up the standard. 

Th« letter from James Chryttal, which ap- 
peared in Nil. 3, was written to Brother Hojie, 
who sent it to us, aud its spirit, we thought, 
should be made public. To pretend publicly to 
love a people, aud then privately assail them 
and their principles smatters largely of decep- 
tion; aud siuce reading Mr. (Mirystal's letter, 
we have concluded that the Bickiiiuks at 
WoUK »hall no longer be a medium for him to 
advocate his theory among our people. May 
the Lord help hioi to a change of heart. 

Manv young, as well as old people, desire to 
read about the countries mentioned iu the Bi 
ble. "Through Bible Lands," a work of 413 
puges, beautifully bound in cloth, is one of the 
beet works ou that subject. It carries the read. 
er pleasantly and profitably through Bible 
Lands, so that he cau see tbe old lands in the 
light and beauty of coining civilization. Every 
piige of the book is useful, cheerful and enter- 
taining, and those who lovi.- the study of the 
Bible, will find it a pleasant companion- 
Price $2.25, post-paid. For sale at this oiiice. 

A '•LoNo 8UPFKBISQ CoMP." on the Nodotcaj/, 
(Mo,,) Democrat, make* the following practical 
suggeKtiuus to correspondent'*: 

"Write on only one side of the paper. Num- 
ber tbe pages in the order in which they follow 
each other — don't paste them together in a long 
sheet; it is only labor lost, as puges of mano- 
Mcnpt, to be used conveniently on the "cuse," 
ihould be short; consequently if your copy is 
pasted together it must be cut apart again — 
and whyn this duty devolves upon tbe compos- 
itor he is apt to forget the Scriptural injuao 
tion, "Charity thinketh no evil." Write names 
plainly and spell them correctly; it does not 
make so much difference as to other words — al- 
though there would be no sorrowing were every- 
thing written « la copperplate. Gentle corre- 
spondent, heed these suggestion*, offered in R 
friendly spirit, and thino shall be tbe glory." 

Wb endorse the following item from Zion's 

"We must say to some of our writers to be 
brief, to condense, to give the pith, the cream, 
the essence, the fire. Press your thoughts, 
pack them, bring everything to a huruiog, 
scorching focm*. Avoid prefaces, circumlocu- 
tions; rush right into your subject at once. 
Begin before you think of it. and keep dashing 
on with all your might until you are done. 
This thought is also equally applicable to 
preaching, praying, exhorting, testifying, say 
what you have to say, aud stop! A tremendoua 
thought may be packed into small c mipass — 
made as solid as a cannon ball, aud, like that 
projectile, cut down all before it. Short art:- 
cle^ are generally more effective, and find more 
readers, and are more widely corned than long 
ones Pack your thoughts closely together, 
and though your article maybe bnrf, it will 
have more weight, and will be more likely to 
make an impre8.sion." 

From February 2ud to February 18tb, the 
address oi W. J. H. Biuman will be Falls City. 
Itichnrdson County. Nebraska, care of D. E. 
Fry; From February ISth to March 3d. at 
Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, care of John 

Any one wishing a bound volume of the 
Brkthken at Work for 1879 will please send 
?d.25 to this olHce, and wa will send it by ex- 
press, purchaser to pay charges. Please give 
the name of your nearest express office when 

Alexander Dickson saye of Jesus, "He 
knew how badly some of them would behave. 
and that allot the in would forsake him the 
last night of his life upon earth; aud yet, going 
into an upper room, aud taking a basin of 
water, and girding himself with a towel, he 
washed the feet ol all twelve." 

It appearri Mr. Dickson regards feet-washing 
to have been performed, not at the house of 
Simon in Bethany, but in the upjter room in 
JerusaUm. But suppose Jtsus did wash his 
disciples' feet at Bethany, does that disannul 
the command, "Ye ought to wash one another's 
feet?" Does he not command, "Love your en- 
emies?" U this oiu'uiud void became it 
was not given in the upper room? Did he 
not command, "Lay up not treasures for your- 
selves upon earth?" Was this command given 
in the uiper room in Jerusalem? We believe 
that .fesus washed his disciples' feet in the up 
per room in Jerusalem on the night in which 
he was bptrayed. But suppose he did not, does 
tne place in which a cununand is given or an 
institution set up, have anything to do with it; 

The Lord called unto him his stewards to 
give them talents. To one he gave one talent, 
and he was too indolent to use even this one. 
and no doubt tlie Lord knew this, hence gav. 
him no more. The man who is too lazy to ii-e 

one, certainly would not use a hundred if he I validity? Shed some light here, ye modern ' surpassing merits they are so often inveteratelj 
had them. | wiseacres. I blind.— 5f/, 

Wb can fancy the grim smile on the face of 
the publisher, overwhelmed in all likelihood 
With letters, manuscripts.proofs,books. and bua> 
itiess of every the impatience ot tbe'laly. 
Most publishers, and editors too, have doubtless 
had rather amusing experiences of tbe iunc- 
cent impatience of correspondence- Letters to 
the editor often run as if the poor man had 
nothing whatever to do from morn to dewy 
eve but attend to their papers. He may be 
struggling like a dray-horse in an overloaJrd 
wagon, to overtake the piles of crabbed band- 
writing in prose aud verse that burden his 
table, and possibly, iu regard to a given piper 
thinking cf inserting it iu the course of the 
sea-son, when down comes a thundering epistle 
demanding why it did not appear in the last 
number. Well, the impatience of correspon- 
dents is not always innocent. Some have a 
spiteful pleasure iu stinging tbe editor for ''re- 
jecting" what the unhappy man never asted- 
If he had only time, he might explain things, 
and i>erhap3 pacify them: but perhaiv< not Ed- 
itorss we suppose, must submit to be couuud 
tyrants, aud probably tools to boot, by a large 
proportion of the ill-fated volunteers to whose 

rill-. -liJiK'lxiKKJs ^r AVOJriKL 


^omc and ^amUg^ 

SJrV^nV rathen.. provoke not your children U. 
^iZ b,.t br,>.K Ihom u[. in Hie «"rtnreand ad- 
monllUnof lie- Lord. 8*TYanta. be obedient to 
Uiem llml ar« your inaBUfrs.— rAi'L. 


A grouv of noble ttt-ps stands here 

Hefore my colUifte door. 
And on a bougli tbal reicbet near 

Tlif Ht'l<^T cbiimbiT floor 
There nit* and afnga n merry tbrusb. 

No Bonn conld nweetcr be ; 
And aalii' Binga he brinffJ a gunb 

Of biiiijiineBs to roe. 
For In bfs song he telia of One 

Who made lilm tbiistoaing; 
Who knowH, beneath the summer eun, 

EiM/h Binalk-at HvlnB tiling; 
Whose Bcarchingeycs run W aiid fro 

Upon the partli und aea 
Whcro best the strength and love to show 

01 hlBlnrinlty. 
Hlpsspd f]od. thou lovcst best. 

Within this world so fair, 
Till- tiiiniljli:, contrite hearts that rest 

r|.onlli> world-wide care; 
Who. whPn they weep with grief. 

Can look ii|i in Thy fact. 
Walling thy smile to give relief; 

Thy time for jialitiit grace. 
Tlit're are— who of their funcien form 

A phantom Hupplneas. 
Anil itftrr that, through sun or Ktorm. 

WHIi idle haste they press. 
Son].- rii.ike it of expected gold ; 

Uiit (Mir theii forf iinPH come. 
Dealh's siid-len winter turni them cold. 

And drops Ihem in the tomb. 
Some follow hard a beckoning Fame. 

An>l Hliidy day and night, 
HerHliitiing lainel-wreatba to claim 

With an rstiibll.shed right; 
But, ah, «he falls the strongest hope! 

The uilligled breutlis of men 
Just l)low the bubble Honor uj). 

Todasli it down again. 
Some think that, by n change of place. 

Tliey surely will poNsca 
This pinintom of their constant chase. 

This wing'Sd Happiness. 
Aad »o they cross the ae is and live 

In far-olT landH, but Hud 
That foreign lioniea t-na never give 

Tlih boon to heart or mind. 
The nimplcst pleasurcH nro most aweet, 

Like the fresh smell of grass 
Now falling at the mower's feel; 

Or, like the winds tlmt pjlss 
And grout you with the fragrant grace 

Of niiiny a lionoyed (lower 
Thii'. Ill aoinc grt'cii. fern-shided place 
LlviBOUtlts :ittlebour. 

To win the prize, we never must 

Hake joy our only goal; 
Hut if, witll iiuiet, steadfast trust. 

And MelM'oraettina soul 
We uiaUe Cod's will our daily thought. 

Duty our daily care. 
Then IlupiJiiiesa will come uusought. 

An angel unaware. 

— New Yflrk Oh&erver. 



UT HAVK fioislied my education," says the 
X young lu'ly as she returns from college, 
"and now 1 iutond to enjoy nijself and rest 
awhile," und hbi< commences a regular do-uoth- 
ing, cvorj'-diiy lit'o. She sings and plays, eats, 
sleeps, changes her dress every few hours, and 
makes and receives calls, while, perh«i)S, her 
poor o!d mother ia in the Ititchen or bending 
over tliP wash tub. Her education may be fin- 
ished in her estimation, and yet she may not 
know how to cook a nieul or keep her room in 
order. She way think, now iw she is educated, 
ihe will marry a rich man. and of course will 
not netd to work, hut surely she is mistaken. 
Ladies, no mutter how much French and Latin 
you know, nor how well yon can play on the 
piano, your education is not complete until you 
have a thorough and practical knowledge ol 
housework. You should leurn how to cook 
Rnd bake, wa'ih and iron, and especially how to 
sweep and dust and lunke a house look neat 
and attracliv*. No difference if you do marry 
a ricli niftu, if he is a (ntc gentleman h« will 
have a much higher appnciation of you if you 
try to keep hi-* hoiuu tidy, and hel]) to take 
care of his riclies or it will not last long. How- 
ever rich a man may bft it" he has an extrav- 
a(rant wifn it will soon take wings and tly away. 
Many a man has been induced to spend his 
evenings "down lowu," perhaps in the grog 
shop or at the billiard table, because Ins home 
wa^ not invitiu]^. 1 do not beli-jve that wo- 
man's sphera is confined to the home circle: sht- 
(MU go out and blt-ss mankind in a more exten- 

ded field of labor, but the old adage that j language and disrespectful treatment too oft^n 
"Woman makes the home," should not be over-, indulged in between those bound together by 
looked by those who assume such rp^pousihl- , God's own tie'* of blood, and the still more sa- 
positioas. No woman should depend upon ser- j civd bonds of conjugal love.— Sci. 
vanls to manage her house; she ought to have 

a practical knowledge of the work herself, and 
then she can direct those who assist with better 

Education ib all right; we only regret that 
we are not all educated, but we should not neg- 
lect our domestic training. It is not what we 
knofc, but what we </", that is a real benefit to 
ourselves or others, and if we sit with folded 
hands and let others do the work, what good 
will education do us? Music and other accom- 
plishments are also good in Ibeir place and ex- 
ert a refining influeuce, but they should not 
take the place of those things which are more 
especially intended to make home pleasant. A 
practical knowledge of all the mysteries of the 
kitchen will render no woman less atnie htdij, 
nor will a finished college education detract 
from her sphere as a ijood housekeeper, if it 
is properly applied. An educated woman is 
certainly better qualified to make a home happy 
than an ignorant one, and this is what the 
world needs and then we will have less crime 
and misery. 

Home should not only be a place where peo- 
ple eat and sleep, wash and scour, but where 
the members of the family can gather around 
the evening lamp and converse on subjects that 
may be interesting and instructive, in an intel- 
ligent manner. To do this the mind must be 
trained and disciplined and stored with healthy 
food. Good, sound reading-matter is a blessing 
to any family, and the custom of one reading 
aloud i^ truly enjoyable. In this way the in- 
tellectual wants may be supplied, and nothing 
in the domestic line need be neglected. We 
often hear people say, "I have uotinie to read," 
but this is a great mistake. None of us are so 
busy that we have no leisure, and if we cultivate 
a taste for good reading these odd moments 
will be well improved. It may be only a par- 
ograph or a few lines at a time, but if only a 
thoiujht is added to our stock of knowledge, we 
will gain something, and tiuce life is made up 
of little things we should carefully improve the 
spiu-e time at our command. If the time that 
is spent in idle gossip and poring over the 
trashy, yellow-backed literature that is scattered 
profusely all over the land was devoted to such 
only as is elevating, e'lnobling and purtfying, 
our ideas of truth and right would be lifted to a 
higher plane and our happiness would proceed 
from a purer .source. 

There an* two extremes. While some think 
their education is finished when they escape 
from college, others fiee! that if they only kuuw 
how to keep a house f/coH all is right. Th 
too, is a wrong view of ihe question. We need 
both.iu order to make home pleasant and enter- 
tain company intelligently. When our friends 
isit us they want more than hi<j dinners. They 
expect to find us able to converse with them 
and make their stay enjoyable, and we should 
try to inform ourselves so that we can feel at 
home in the social circle as well as in the kitch- 
en. There is too much one-sided education 
among us. and a reformation iu this respect is 

The most practical education is what we 
gather from every-day life, — from connection 
with business transactions and the commou 
things we come iu contact with, and if we are 
earnest gleaners, not a day will jiaas without 
accumulating some knowledge that will be of 
binefit to us while trying to meet the respon- 
sibilities imposed upon us. 

Lamirk, 111. 


THEllE are few families, we imagine, auy- 
where, in which love is not abused as 
furuisbing a license for imptditeness. A hus- 
band, or father, or brother, will speak harsh 
words to those he loves the best, and t^ tho:-e 
who love him the best, i-imply because the 
security of love and family pride keeps him 
from getting hiB head broken. It is a pharae 
that a man will speak more impolitely at times 
to his wife or sister thau he would dare to any 
other female exce)>t a low aud vicious one. U 
ia thus that the holiest nB'ections of a man's 
nature prove to be a weaker protection to 
woman in the family circle than the restniu 
of society, aiid that a woman usually is indebted 
for the kindest of life to those not 
belonging to her own household. Thing.s 
ought not to be so. The man who, because it 
will not be resent«>d, iullict^ his spleen aud bud 
temper upon those of hi^ benrthstone, is n 
small coward and a mean man. Kind words 
are the circulating medium between true gcn- 
tl-mriD and true Udies at home, and no polihh 
exhibited in society can atone for the harsh 

What we need is to write the word right- 
eousness on the play-grounds where the little 
children go to school; write it over every open 
door through which young men enter upon 
their life-work; write it on every carriage in 
which men ride io business, aud women to 
their shopping; write it on the walls of every 
bank, counting-room, and public building; 
write it over the entrance of every church, that 
every man may see it when making a public 
profession of his faith in Christ; write it so 
plainly that he who would make hast* to be 
rich and great may learn that there is but one 
road to real success in the world, and that is 
the road of strict integrity. God has not given 
a promise of his favor in • this, or any other 
world, to any but the righteous man. The man 
who lives righteously is the only man that ucsd 
apply foradniis-iion to the heavenly kingdom. 
^—Golden Hale. 

must neeJs be thill olf-nces come, but woe loiij^^ 
an by whom the oltoncp cometh. Wherefon.„ 
ly band or thy foot olleiiil thee cut them oft ^ 
them from rhee: it is better loi thee toent^ 

into life halt or i 

led rather than h:v 

"16 l»(, 


TWO boys passing m-ar a large tree, found a 
fine large walnut 
"It belimgs to me," said Bernhard, "because I 
saw it first." 

"No it's mine, since I picked it up," replied 
James; aud there soon resulted an angry con- 
tention between the two. A large boy was 
appealed to lor his judgment in the case. Crack 
tug open the uut, he thus decided: 

"Bernhard, you take this shell, since you first 
saw the nut; and to you belongs the other shell, 
as you picked it up. The contents of the uut 
belong to me as payment of the court expen- 
ses', as is fitting and usual in cases where the 
law is appealed to." — Sel. 

The best parts of human qualities are the 
tenderness and delicacy of feeling in little mat- 
ters, the desire to soothe and please others, the 
minutiie of the social virtues. Some ridicule 
these as feminine attributes, which are left out 
of many men's natures; but I have known the 
brave, the intellectual, the eloquent to possess 
these gentle qualities; the braggart, the weak 
never' Benevolence and teeliug ennoble the 
moat trifling actions. 

fnii giBt.? ^lass. 

handsortwof.-etlo be cast into eveihuling r^ 
\ud if thine eve olTend thee pluck It out and c.,^ 
it from thee , li is belter for thee to enter into U,, 
with one eye rather than having two eyea to fc. 
c;tst iuto hell Bre. M- IIkRkr, 

1 IHE Savior's subject is offenses. "Woe l, 
that man by whom the offence cometh: 
"Wherefore," (for which reason,) "if thy haQ^ 
or thy foot ollend, cast them from tliee.' 
"Hand" aud "loo:" evidently mean iuclinatioin 
actions, propensities; and these, though thej 
may be lawful, if they offend "one of these hlti, 
ones" cut thou vjl. Since the man who offend, 
must suffer woe, let none become oa'enderH.-- 
That none may be offenders, yield your speciit 
privileges— your just inclinations, for each ont 
must perform his part in the salvation of hi, 
fellow-man. "Keep thy foot when thou goe„ 
to the house of God. (Eecl. 6: 1). which mean, 
keep thy affections, thy right actions, ij 
Matt. 6: 3. the "right hand" denotes our neu, 
est and dearest friend. Even these are not i, 
know of our charities. 

Hand denotes power, strength, (Exodus 6: B^ 
possession (1 Kings 11:31). tyranny (Ex. 18:i)| 
It is better to go into life with some strengifc 
than to go into hell with all strength. It unj 
be lawful to eat meat, yet if this eating can, 
another to offend, better live on herbs esclo 
sively. It may be your privilege, and do yo 
no hurt to stand on the street aud see tb 
grand pageant pass by, yet if by so doing yo 
make another to offend, to do some wicked act 
better not stand there. Paul denied him 
self of many privileges in order to save aomt 
aud so should we. 

Ben Wilson renders the 7th and 8th veti 
thus: -'Alas for the world, because of snares, f 
it must be that ooares come: but alas for tli 
mau through whom the snare comes. If. tliei 
thy hand or thy foot insuare thee, cut it oft uc 
throw it away." The question was that i 
greatness among the disciples. It seems lo a 
that Jesus would thus teach us. that even wht 
the dearest object of our heart would off^o 
cut it off. Forsake father, mother, brothe 
sisters for Christ's sake. If our earthly par.] 
should occupy ft position in the church, aud b 
come an offender, tear not to cut him off— will 
draw fellowship from him that he may 1 
saved in due time, Sometimes our right hai 
the overseer of the church off'^nds. and he mu 
be cut off. Thus from many points we u 
l^arn a useful lesson on this subject, si. M. 

the \^''(/rih of Truth no ToKffue Can Tell." 

This d'ep;irtmenL is designed for askinp and 
jwtTing questions, drawn from the Bible. In 
jer to promote the Truth, all questions should be 
yrief. and clothed in Bimplo language. We shall 
Msign questions to our contributors to answer, 
jut cliis does not exclude any others writing upon 
the same topic. 

Will some one pleaso explain how thd mammon 
of unrighteousness can receive us into everhisting 
uabitntions? "I say unto you make to yourselves 
friends of the mammon of unrighteousness that 
when ye fail the\ may receive you into eveihisting 
habiUtioiis." A. A. On-itij.s'. 

Will some one explain the 15tU mid 2Sth verses 
of the liStli of Matt. The 15th reads thus; " -Vhen 
e tlieivfore sliaU see the abDminiiLion of desola- 
tion spoken of by Daniel the prophet stand in the 
holy place." What ia the abomination, and wlKit 
and where is the holy place y The 'i«th verse {ends: 
For whithersoever tliecacciisa is there will the 
eagles b" gathered together." What is the carcass, 
and what are the eagles V. A. F. 

Pluise explain Ma't. 15:27; "And she, siiid truth 
Lord, yet the dogs eat of the crumbs whith I'^Il 
from their master's table." What is meiint by the 
dogs eating the crumbs. 

AlsoiCor. 11; 14: "Be ye not unequally yukeJ 
together with unbelievers, for what fellowship 
bath righteousness with unrighteousness, and 
what communion hath light with darkness V" Does 
tills have reference to the Church or marriage rela- 


Will some one please explain Matt. 12: 40. "For 
as Jouiuj was three days and three nights in the 
whale's belly, so shall the Son of Man he three 
days and three nights in the heart of the earth." 

In the whale's belly, in which he was a type 
of Christ's burial, three days and three niglits, 
that is part of three days aud nights. The bu- 
rial of Christ took place on Friday, that was 
reckoned, according to Jewish custom, as one 
day, Saturday, through the whole of which 
Christ was iu the tomb, called the heart of the 
earth was another day, and the Christian Sab- 
bath on the morning of which he rose from 
the de;id w w Plio third day.or according to their 
luiii!'' ! ■ ihree days an 1 three nights 

^. A. Miller 


AVillKome on/- pletse ixplaiii MaH. 18:7. S.0-; 
'W«o uulu the world because of offenses, for H 



From Sidon to Ceesarea Philippi. 

[iTrom U)w "Oliriitlaii SWndati!" 1>y ipoclsl AiT»ri(ioiii»ol,| 

ON account cf the disaster mentioned in a 
hist lett'^r, we saw but little of SJdoii;; 
fortunately for us it has Utile to iutsre^ ti 
antiquary, its tombs, being the only remaios 
antiquity. These have b-eu robbed of Ih' 
contents along time, and even the sarcopb 
which once held the dust of her honored d« 
have been carried away to the museumg 
London and Paris Mon. Keuan, so well kuoi 
in America as an infidel writer, was chief of 
eomiiauy ot French iervauts, who thoroiigt! 
examined the antiquities of this city and Tyi 
a few yeurs ago. The modern city has a iiip 
lation of about ten thousand, and it has loi 
been tiie 1 eadquarters of an American Pfe 
teriau Mission, which has subordinate ntitioi 
and schools at many villages of the interi'. 
From Sidon our course ran nearly due s' 
east toC;i'iarea Phillippi, which we reach-'H 
two short day's travel. We camped tlie 
night at Nabalyeh, a mountain village i 
southern extremity of Fhw-nicia, occupieii ' 
Greek Christians. Our tents were pitchul 
an orchard of large fig trees, which was iil» 
stubble field, the wheat haviug but rticeut 
been harvested. Mere «n old man came tu 
with anliqties to sell, consisting of ancient g" 
and copper coins, eaUilings and eartheii-*" 
lamps. Wo asked him where he found tli'i 
and he said he dug them out of graves 
Kephulcher near by. We asked him to s 
us the sepliulcher. and he led us to a ph"'- 
the corner of a field, where, by crawii 
our faces we entered a rock-hewn chiuu' 
about twenty fe(4 square, from which i 
other smaller chambers opened, two on •' 
side and four in the rear. In the Hoor ol ' 
of thisa chamter^, but one, there wer.- '' 
graces side by side, and iu the one " 
was ft single grave, Horo a family of''"' 
personB had hef-ii carefully buried, atgi"'^"*' 
psuse. Both the chambers and tho ii"l'^'|' 
graves being dug in the solid rock; a'"^* ' 

February 3. 

TidE T^TtKTHREiSr ^T W'OiiK:. 

they liitd rested quietly foi uior*, pfrhaps. Ihan 
two thousau'l yeors. when these .ir«li,-. liavmg 
ace ill "lit 111 ly disovered Ihe sepulcher \vlii|t» 
plowing iu kheir field, \iwi opened the graves 
and scattered the lionen in search of the j-'wi-l- 
ry and coiisD which were bnned wilh the dead. 
Pieces of hnmau buuei fr..m every pnrt of the 
body lay Hcattered Hhout Ihe rifled graves, and I 
remarked to my conipa-Ti.ins that I felt atioost 
like a ■rrave roliber mysulf. in that I was en- 
conraging the old man by buying some of his 
trinkets. Here wa-s a tomb but recently rob- 
bed, illn-ttrative of a work which hat been go- 
ing On iu these old couutries for thuiisanfis of 
years. It has resulted from the unwise practice 
prevalent among the ancients, of burying 
dead persona' personal oruamen/^, weapons, 
and other valuables, with the dend body. As 
it was only the riuh who were buried in rock- 
cut sepulchera, while the poor were put away 
iu tbe ground as they now are.fepulchers nflVr- 
ed prizes which bavd ted to the rifiiug of all 
•that have been found. By the by, the Savior's 
body would not have been laid lu a sepulchre 
had it not been a rich man who undertook his 

About four miles ou our way from Nabaliyeh, 
we came to the renowned castle cf Bellelbrte, 
one cf the most lol'iy perched and strongly 

built of all the castles which witnessed the 
conflicts between .Vra bst and Christians, Si 
cen and crusaders. It covers the summit of a 
conical shaped hill, five hundred feet above the 
plain which HurrnunJ^ it on ever? side exc^ pt 
the east. Ou that side tliere is a perpendicular 
precipice descending about two thousand feet 
to the bt'd of the river Litany. From it.s lofly 
battlements tiie Litany tan be traced for many 
miies. and it looks like a small creek not Mver 
three feet wide, though it i'* a deep river from 
forty to sixty feet acrow. A few miles south 
uf the castle this remarkable stream turns due 
west and cuts its way throiia;h the mountains, 
very much as New River iu West Virginia cuts 
its way through the Allfghauies. It forms the 
dividing line bi?tweeu Phiruicia and the Land 
of Nrael, and reaches the sea a few miles below 

After descending from Bellelbrte and cross- 
MiL' the Litany, ou an ancient bridge, we came 
iiiii> :t aeries of elevated plains which anciently 
lielniiged to the kingdom "f Tyre; after croas- 
i:;j these there opened hefore us cue of the 

^t beautiful little valleys that we saw in all 

, Hi travels. It is called lyuu, and is the Ijun 

■ I tlje scriptures, the most northern posssession 

■ i ilie tribe of Naphthali. It is about five 
iiiil.^ long from north to south and about two 
uiiK'S wide. 

It was covered, when W" saw it, with alter- 
ii:it.' jectioDs of yellow grain and green doura. 
in:. i it is surrounded in every direction except 
I'm Mnith with a rira of smooth mountain 
i It seemed at first sight, to have no 
r; but when we reached its southern end, 
■ iniind that a little stream which drains it 
Lilt. tl\rougli tbe low ridge at this end. and de- 
=.-inl-. through a narrow gorge which it has 
iii;iil' , inio the valley of the upper .Jordan for 
ilietirst time. We could see Lake Huleh, an- 
ciHiitly called The Waters of Merom; occupy- 
iiiij the center of the plain, and far beyond it 
t lie thasm iu the hills through which the Jor- 
.1 II descends into the lake of Galilee. At our 
i^^it, on a hill overlooking the lake, is ihe site 
-I ll;igar, the city of Jabin. king of Canaan, 
V.;,., was coufiuered by Jusl-ua. Nearer lo us, 
;i[i.t beautifully situated ou a rounded hill-top, 
u,- snw the village of Abil. the ancient Abel- 
i.ili Maachah, where Sheba took reluge when 
, ir-iied by David's army under Joab, and over 
"v,i..Ke walla his head was thrown to Joah by 
ill.' ai vice of a wise woman in the city. See 
J. 20: 1-22. While we were looking at it 
\ --„i told us that Brother M. D. Todd aud he 
I Lv-ri all night there while the former was 
mikiug hit tour of P;ilestiue. 

The valley before us is about twenty miles 

l..n;;,ruuiQg learly due north and south, and 

111. ni"t five miles wide. It is completety sur- 

rniwided by hills, mo4 of which are lOOU feet 

I ; J li . Through a gap iu those of its southern 

! Ihe Jordan makes its rapid descent of tiSO 

.> the lake of (ialilee. Only a small por- 

I the plain is ill cultivation, the remain- 

Li> i I, ii>g wet and unhealthy but furnishing 

liiiH gn.ziug through the dry season. 

u.irroule led us eastwaid along the north- 

. I ;, .-lul of this valley across the river Hasbaug. 

V, hi, h enters it through a narrow and dei 

.III, thence to the ancient city of Dan. ai 

I, e to Ciciar^a Philippi. The slight elevs- 

,, nil which Dan sti.od is now called Tell el 

n , n, Uill of the Judge, which is th« same as 

iiM ihllof Dan;fordan in Hebrew and Kad- 

III \ mbic are the same as judge in English. 

Th. nmleftby its crumbled walls murk the 

iMiirts of the ancient town, inclosing a space 

about 33u yards long and STO wide. Near the 
snuth-wi'st corner of this .-ipace bursts forth 
out of the ground one of the largest and finest 
■^priags m the world. Its water is icy cold, 
makinsyour teethe Hche as you drink it. and it 
flowii Away a full grown nver. furuishiug near- 
ly half tiie w^u r ..I the Jordan. Th.- surround- 
ting soil isexceediiig'y rich, and being wtll wa 
erird, it puts fortha vegetation Roraiik that it i? 
ini possible to break through the briars, bushes 
and low growing fig trees which surround liie 
fountain head, Tins rank groivth is not con- 
fined to the fountain head, but extends along 
the course of the stream until it is lost iu Lake 
Buteh. There are no ruins left in Dau txoept 
the rira made by the crumbled walls, and a few 
building stone lying about in confusion. It 
was the most northern city of ancient larael, 
and when we reached it, though we had not 
gone "from Dan to iieersheba," we had explor- 
ed the country all tbe way from Ueershelia to 

.\bout throe miles due east of Dan, and situ, 
ated on a little higher elevation, we found the 
ruins of Ciemrea I'hilippi. It wiis originally 
a heathen town called I'aneas. It has gone to 
ruin in the days of the Herods, prohibly on 
ai^count of its unhealthy locality, and tUrud 
Piiilip rebuilt it, giving it the name Cii-sarea 
Philippi, in jiiiut honor of himself and Tiberi- 
us Cii'sar. After the Human dominion pasHi'd 
away, it resumed, in the language of the poo- 
pie, its original name, and it has come down to 
the present day under the name Baniiis, an 
Arabic c irruption nf Paneas. 

Our camp was pitch-d under some magnifi- 
cent shade tree north of the town, and thei 
flowed between us and it a rushing roaring 
stream of water, spanned by a rudely built 
stone bridge. As soon as we wore settled in 
our tents, I walked out and followed tjiis 
stream to its fountain head, not more than two 
hundred yards eastward af our camp, and there 
I found another magnificent spring, second on- 
ly among all that I had yet seen, to the one at 
Dau. It rises from undera ledge of solid rock, 
but makes its way to the surface through a 
massof louie stones, large and small, which 
have fallen into it. A narrow shelf of rock 
about .'>!) feet high lies back of the spring, and 
from this there springs a perpendicular preci 
pice not Ies.s than 100 feet high. In the face 
of this precipice is a yawning cavern whose 
dark recesses am atigyeslive of fear and super- 
stition, while to the right of the cMveru fever- I 
al niches for statues, and one little chapel with | 
an altar in it are cut in the face of the clitV 
These have every appearance of being relics 
of the heathen worship once conducted 
here in honor of the imaginary gods who sent 
forth this copious stream to bless the land. 

The water of this spring, like that of the 
spring of Dan is remarkahly cold. They are 
both supplied by the melting snows of Mt. 
Hermou, at whose base they lie. The fountain 
of banias constitutes the most eastern source 
of Jurdnn; thsit at Dan the central and priuci- 
\>a.\ source; an! th* river Hashauy, which also 
rises in a large spring about twenty miles 
north-east of the other two, the western source. 
Nearly all of the water which the Jordan car- 
ries into the lake of Galilee, and much the 
greater part of all that it carries into the Dead 
Sea, is drawn from these three sources. It i* 
astonishing to behold such volumes of water 
coming forth from the earth, when the surface 
18 everywhere as dry as a powder house, and 
when you know that not a drop of rain ha^ 
fallen for three months. 

The stream which issues from the great 
spring of Ctii-iarea Philippi, sweeps along the 
entire base of its northern wall, and then, mak- 
jng abrupt turn, washes in the same manner 
the base ut the western wall. At tlie south- 
west corner of the city it is met at right angles 
by a deep, narrow fissure in the natural rock, 
along whose precipitous side tlie southern wall 
was built so t >at on every side except the east 
the city is surrounded by a natural moat. On 
the east side the ground rises gradually toward 
a spur of Mt. Herman, on the foot of which 
spur the city was built. Some parts of the an- 
cient wall still exist on every side, but chiefly 
on the ^louth, where we rode out through a well 
preserved gateway, upon a stone bridge span- 
ning the rocVy chasm on that side. 

Within the circuit of the walls ts a small vil- 
lage, the one-itory houses of which are con- 
structed of the ancient material, and some ot 
them are perched on the massive foundations of 
ancient buildings. Scattered about in every di- 
rection, are seen, broken columns, capital?, ped- 
. stils, and larye blocks of hewn stouo, winch 
would declare to the most careless observer that 
liere once stood a city of no mean pretensions. 
About one mile east of the town, the moun- 
tain spur culminates in a precipice rock at least 
one thousand feet above the town. Itn top is com 

pletely covered by an old ciwtie about one- 
tourth of a mile loiia;, 250 yard^ wide at its 
west end. and I.'»0 at it« eaU end. I U outer 
walls are still preserved almost entire, and after 
a hiboriousclimbof three-fourth* of an hour 
up the most ac«.-easible side of the bill, we rode 
n throiigii its southern and only gate. Tt is 
an (Lst'inii^hiiig strong, massive uud elaborate 
fortificiitioo, and previous to the invention of 
gunpo(«d-'r it must have Iteen impregnable. 
Lieut. Coiider i^ doubtless right in pronouncing 
it "'one of the most magnificent ruins in Syria." 
I think that if the Sivior's figure of a rock, 
iu tbe statement lo Peter, "Ou this rock I will 
build my church," was suggested by anything 
about Ciesarea Philippi, nearwhich the remark 
was made, it was suggested by the situation of 
this castle rather than by that of the city. 
True, the city was situated on a rock, but the 
rock is not so conspicuous as to arrest especial 
attention. The castle, however, is loftily and 
strongly built on a naked and imperishable 
mass of rock, and frowns so defiantly upon all 
who atti-inpt to assail it, that it might well 
suggest the majestic imagery of tbe ever mem- 
orable and precious words, "On this rock I 
will build my church, and the gates of hadi 
shall not prevail against it." 


oppning found wherein we could work. One of 
the city evangelisU wa> iniilructed to go st 
once and commo-ice the work, biil h* failM to 
RO, because otherwine engaged I aoppos*^. and 
so that work was poUpon^d. Ina»much as the 
present evangelist* cannot go at all tim'-e, we 
are debating tho propriety of a«Kigning a SUt« 
or States to other evangeliit.1 who may be ao- 
thoriz«d to work within that territory, still 
holding the former two, that as soon as an op- 
portunity preientii itself theyvrill go to work., 
We hope ere long to be able to chronicle some 
work performed by the City MHsion. In the 
meanwhile let any brother or ti^tpt, who can, 
give us any intormalion iu regard to plac« of 
operation in the cities of the Stiite* which 
which would aid us greatly to facilitate th« 



Th MS Ihlnp write «• uslo jou, tliKlTODtJarina/ iMfnll^^ahn. 

Prom Ervin, Ind. 

ffmr Brittmn :— 

BltOTHKltB. L, Gorden, of Bachelor Kun 
Chupeh. Carroll County, Indiana, and I 
went to the Manchoster Church, Wabash 
Crmnty. on Christmiis Day. Met a very iiiter- 
estinir and attentive congregation; had in all 
five meetings. tSaints were made to rejoice 
and felt that it was good to be there. Durin 
our sh'irt stay we visited aa manv families as 
we could. Brother D. S. T. Butterbangh and 
fumily have our thanks fortheir kindness. 

We also spent some time very pleasantly 
with Brother and Sister Bowman in Manches- 
ter. Would say if any Brethren stop off at 
Mnuchester they will be kindly received and 
cared for. May God abundantly bless them 
for their kinddess. 
I Went to Warsaw on New Year's Diiy. to 
Washington Church, where the brethren had 
junt finished a large house tor worship. Met 
iny brethren from other arms of th church. 
There seemed to be a general awakening in re- 
gard to holding series of meetings; and liy the 
strong solicitations of Brethren Dani*-l Uutheu- 
berger and K. Brumbaugh, Brother William 
Cook, from Plymouth, Marshal County, and I 
went with tiirm to the Tippecanoe Church. 
Kosciusko County^ meta very interesting con- 
gregitions : had nine meeting; had to close on 
account of bad roads, as they became almost 
impassable. iSome were willing to unite with 
the people of God, hut could not on account 
of their parents opposing. May God help 
a!id open a way that all such that have been 
made willing to obey the heavenly calling may 
have their wants attended to. 

We closed on the evening of the 6th, and 
felt as though we could not leave. Sinners 
wept over their condition. 

We formed many acquaintances and became 
very much attached to them. Brother George 
and Sister Mock have our warmest thanks for 
kindly caring for us. May God abundautly 
bles3 the Tippecanoe Cburci,that they may 
have a great ingathering of souls, and finally 
all he gathered home in heaven, where the joy 
will be unspeakable and full of glory, is my 
prayer. D&nibl. Bock. 

From Elk Lick, Pa. 

BltETHItEN met in council on the 17th. 
Considerable busine-is transacted, mostlT 
financial. Disposed of tiie Danish Mi-sioo, 
our Home Mivsion. and other money raised, 
'so other matters of importance discussed and 
disposed of. and adjourned with a resolution to 
meet on the 7th of Feb. Biisiu.-B having accu- 
mulated iu the absence and sickness of our El- 
der, some of importance was left over. Sum- 
mit District is to have a new church. 35x45, 
located near Eld, Jonas Liehty's, which is in 
the point of three cnugrffgations. The contract 
ia let at t~'2^, and the money nearly raised. 

Brotter Howard Miller lias been preaching 
every Sunday evening for some time in a 
school-house in that vicinity, and the interest 
manifested in the meetings cunstd the demand 
for a church. Our brethren are looking up the 
outskirts of our congregation, and it is a good 
idea, and one well worth our consideration. 
S. C. Keim.* 


From Beech Grove Church. Ohio. 

ihur lirethnu:— 

KOTIIKK r. J. Brown, on his return from 
home niiasion labor stopped with us and 
preached three sermons. Brother D. N. Work- 
man commenced meeting December 2Sth and 
closed January 15th; had a glorious meeting. 
We were made to rejoice in the God and Rock 
of our salvation to see parents and children, 
bu<handB and wives coming honi» to Chriat. 
Brother Workman preiii-hpd the word with 
p.mer. lie based his remarks on the Word of 
God, whii-h will stand wh^n h-aveii and earth 
shall pa-'S away. He fearlessly tjld the people 
the doctrine of Christ, and that made quite a 
^tiriu the camp: some became impatient, and 
wfre not going to go hack any more; but they 
could not stay away. They canie through mad 
and rain to hear what he had to say the next 
night. The brethren and sisters did not ait 
and fold their hands. We had to go to work. 
It was a feast to our souls to hear the br«threQ 
and sisters sing the snngs of Xion and lisp the 
name of Jesus in humble prayer. The resnlt 
of our meeting was, twenty-nine precious souls 
united with the church. 

IsAiiEL Ibvut. 

"What Has Bscome of the City 

AS a member of the Board of Managers, I 
would say the Mission still lives, though 
at present in the form of Protoplasm only, but 
if carefully fostered will yet reach a vigorous 
youthful growth, and be able to go on upon 
its mission performing the laliors intended by 
its founder. Its working is slow from several 
reasons. Ist. The Board or Committee area', 
too great distance from one another, hence it 
requires time to conclude upon any point, in 
ecuring the services of the evangelists, Sio. '2 


From Bro. J. P. Horning. 

held a series of meetings here in La- 
otte Prairie Church during the holi- 
days conducted by brother Samuel Forney of 
Parkersburg. He preached eleven nights in 
succession, also several days, which resulted in 
three precious souls coming out on the Lord's 
side. Others are not far from the kingdom and 
we fondly trust they will soon make the good 
confession. Within the lust year seven hare 
joined our number here and may the Lord bleeS 
our weak efforts for good that many starving 
Bouls may partake of the good things of the 
Father's house. Yours in ihe bonds of love. 
Hutso»Pille. in. 


From Lynches Station. Va. 

AVE preaching once a month at LyucVs 
Station. Hod council meeting in Oe- 
ctniber and found all in love. We lielieve the 
Lord is working with this people and he will 
carry on his work. We want more pivachiuj. 
Will not some of the brethren come and help 
us? We want to build a church-house this 
year. Brethren, pray for us. May the Lord 
bless you iu your good work. 

Thomas C, Wood. 

The stern command, ' Go," offers sssistano* 

Next wis to secure » place to preach. Chicago j and imparts courage to the obedient, while the 

was the first in view, but to preach there a' 
present ojf'ers, would exhaust the Mission 
treasury in a few days, hence that idea had t" 
be abandoned lor the present. 

Smaller cities have been looked afUr, and an i jj^pe and lore. 

leuder and winuins; word "Come," brings with 
it a feeling of frieinlship. of assumed and pric- 
lical sympathy. The commands of God carry 
with them motiws. But all his invitationii 
i,,di>:at« affections and inspir« the heart wuh 

THE BKKTjeiKii.:^ ^T avokk:. 

Febriiai y 



(0OS1ICI ^ucirifss. 

AKD th*r tlmt iH- wise abiUI sbli ,. , , ^ 
briflhtneMOf the flrroament; and they that turn 
m^y to riKhteouBnesB. " *^' ■»""• '"'«'*'■ "»a 
CTffr^Dui. 18:3. 

I the Btara forever and 

Two baptized at Almena. Michigan. 

Mohican Church, Ohio increased by oine at its 
rec«nt lue^tingH. 

To the church at T6-»r Coat. W. Va . eix per- 
sona wereEtid<fi rtbout the middle of Jaouary. 

White Roolt. Kansas.— One has been baptized 
aud one reitored "in the apirit of meekness." 
W. K. GiLi. 

Turkey Creek, Ind.— We are still moving 
onwfird BJowIy. Four added to the church by 
baptiBin. Daniel Wtsono. 

Vistula. Ind.--Our meetings are still in prog- 
ress that commenced on the 17th. Interest 
good. Two added to the church by baptism. 
Ministerial forcn good. A. A. Wise. 

Stone Lick Church, Clermont Co., 0, about 
the KrHt of January, witnessed three hdu 
turning to the houae of God. Another bad 
resolvrd to go, thus giving occiision for much 
rejoicing among the people of God. 

Greasy Creek, Va — One more received into 
the "one hod»," making eeven i-ince our Fail 
COmmuniuu. We have been expecting brother 
D. C. Moomaw to come to our aid for some few 
weekK. Hope the L'>rd will soon optn a door 
for him to come. WInt we need is brethren to 
live out what they preach. C. D. Hylton. 

White Rock, Kansas— Bro. J. .1. Lichty 
preached fifteen nermo»s, and we were made 
glad by the GoNpel. One reclaimed and one 
baptized. lirother Liehty will visit Limestone 
and North .Solnmou churches. He may not 
reach other points ea^t as noon as expected for 
there is much to do here. Qko. Dbthick. 

A Few Fragmetts. 


Ih'ir Unfhren: — 

ONlhellth of October the brefuren aud 
siNters assembli'il together at the Hatfield 
meeting-house, Montgomery Co.. Fa., to com- 
memurale the sult'jringn aud death of our bless- 
ed M ister. Thfj audieuC'i wa^ addressed, in the 
afternoon, from St. JdIiu 2:— "The marriage in 
Cana of Qailee," by brother G. Bucher. It was 
declared upon Bible authorily, that the devil 
gives the best wiue first, worldly pleasures, self- 
grutificatiou, S;c., but the worst is given unto^ 
those who lullow him, last, — even "the wiue of 
the wrath of God, which is poured out without 
mixture into the rup of liis indignation," Hev. 
14: 10, for they sliall share in the fierce judg 
meuts ol Almighty Gui, upon Babylon the 
great liiirtot. But Jesus gives first, in this 
world, the "worse wiue," trials, tribulations,etc., 
and reserves the good until _the last — even the 
wine of endle.-is happiness. Our minds were 
then called to the important duty of self exam- 
ination. The result of this work U to learn, by 
the light of divine wisdom, the true condition 
of our hearts; to know according to the knowl- 
edge of the assurance of faith, whether we are a 
living member of the mystical body of Christ 
or not. We may belong to the church aud yet 
he no member of the body of Christ. We may 
havi been baptized, and still he no fruit-bear- 
ing branch in the true vine. We may have 
withered and been cut ott'. spewed out of his 
mouth, hi-caustt of our I uke war nines?, and still 
claim membership in the church. But if we 
are not living members of Christ's mystical 
body, possess not his spirit nor imrtake of the 
sacred emblems of his budy and blood, we are 
unworthy, and eat iLud drink condemnation 
unto ourselves. To ^uch they have a savor of 
death unto death, hut to those who are grafted 
into the holy Olive-tn e, aud partake of the 
root and latness thereof— his spirit — these em- 
blems have a sweet savor, a virtue of life unto 

In the evening the house was filled to its 
utmost capacity, but irood order prevailed. One 
question I will here a.->k: Why do the brethren, 
alter the fiui)ppr is eaten, aud before the em- 
blems are partaken, begin to clear up the ta- 
ble? We read in the book, "and as they were 
eating," — "and a^ they did eat. Jesus took 
bread and blessed and brake it, and gave to 
them, saying, take eat, this is my body." — Mark 
14: 22; Matt. 26: 2G. We ought to remember 
that we are not at home about our domestic 
affairs, but iB the holy sanctuary at the table 
of the Lord. The sisters should not have their 
minds on cleaning the table-*, washing dishes, 
and scouring knives and forks, but by the eye 
of faith should look to Calvary aud behold their 
bleeding, dying Savior sutr-jr for their sins. We 

all should endeavor to fix our thoughts on Je- 
sus, on the cross so firmly that nothing may 
draw our minds from him. The rattling of 
knives and forks, and clattering of butter 
plates and mugs before partaking of the sacred 
emblems, always annoys me. Could this not 
he prevented? Last Sprine at a Love-feast, the 
Elder kindly told them to leave the tables just 
as they were. If this were done more the prac- 
tice would BOon cease- 
After the meeting was over the audience was 
dismissed, but the brethren and sisters were 
rfquested to remain at their seats and engage 
in singing while some cleared up the tables. 
This was something new. or rather something 
old in atific place, for singing is of verv ancient 
practice. Yea, when God laid the foundation 
of the earth, "The morning stars sang together, 
and all the sons of God shouted for joy .—Job 

On Sunday the 12th. met again. Bro. Geo. 
Pollers from IllinoiB, addressed the assembly 
from the "Parable of the Sower." This was his 
last sermon and many tears were ehed. He 
said that on the way coming to the meeting, it 
seemed to him iike going to a funeral. Having 
been in this part of the country on a lengthy 
visit, every one seemed to feel a strong attach- 
ment for him. and ttj sever this made our hearts 
to feel sad, but the thought of only parting to 
meet again, if not here, then on the shining 
shores of endless happiness, is encouraging. It 
wipes the bitter parting tear, and imparts en- 
ergy to press onward iind upward with renewed 
vigor and untiring diligence. Bro. Zjllersisa 
zealous worker for the cause ot his Master. He 
has the wellare of the Church at heart. He 
feels a deep interest in its growth; not so much 
in number aa iu principle. He said some nov- 
ices, by presenting only the bright side of the 
religion of Jesns, may vastly the 
church in number, but cause her to decline iu 
principle. By getting a little worldly wisdom, 
by governing and preaching as in the popular 
churches, they thiuk to be more successful in 
converting the world, but ah, the world will 
convert the Church. 

In the evening met again, when Bro. Bucher 
delivered a discourse on Matt. 11:2^-30, ''Come 
to Jesus." Dear reader, if you come to Jesus, 
come with the full purpose of heart to abide 
with him. Though the billows may rage, the 
tempests blow in this world, but if you abu/v 
with Jesus, the Captain of your salvation, he 
will briug jou safely into the haven of endless 
rest. Daniel Bkcqht. 

Bethlehem, Pa. 

Prom May Hill, Ohio. 

I LEFT my home Jan. 2ud., and commenced 
a series of meetings at this place on the 
evening of the 5th, in a school-house. Tlie 
school being in session, we could occupy it only 
n the evening; during llie day we followed the 
old apostolic plan, "from house to house, eating 
our meat with gladness and singleness of heart." 
Thus far the meeting has been an interesting 
one. Yesterday we repaired to the water side 
where sixteen, ranging in age from fourteen 
years to fifty, were buried with Christ in bap- 
tism. There are six applicants, and many 
more are near the kingdom. There has been 
some opposition, hut the truth has proven an 
effectual weapon, and a general awakening has 
been the result. Many, who seemingly were 
totallv indifferent lo the cause of religion, have 
been regular attendants upon the service?, and 
manifest ipuch concern for their soul's salva- 
tion. Our esteemed brother, Lan-lon West, is 
absent from home doing missionary work iu 
Miami valley. We purpose remaining in the 
field until Spring if health permit, and will try 
to write you occasionally. A. J. Hixon. 



From Bro. D. P. Saylor. 

the B. AT W., No. 3, page S, I see a letter, 
or an extract from a tetter of James Chrys- 
tal to C. Hope, which is vulgar and blasphe- 
mous, and is characteristic of the author. Who 
has made hira a judge to sit in judgment with 
the German Baptist Brethren Church aud eon- 
demn them to be guilty of uiuiiifesf sacrilege, 
sataiiic nnfl hd(-he<joUen, as lie says, he deems 
the Brethren? All know that no Christian 
man will utter such foul language. This low, 
vulgar, and foul language he uses because the 
Brethreu do not bapti/e unconscious babes, of 
whom the Savior said "is the kingdom of heav- 
en," without Chrystal immersing or sprinkling 
them. It baptizing unbelieving and iiurepent^ 
ed infants, because of their inability to do either, 
is a coaimand of the Savior. let Mr. Chrystal 
name the chapter and verse where it is written 
in the New Testament Scriptures, and it will 
be the pleasure of the Brethren both to do and 
teach it. But being only the utterance of 

Chrj-stal's superstition no one iHlI heed bis 
croaking. What confidence, religiously, can 
be put in the words and actions of a man who 
offers himself as a hireling to preach in.and for, 
a church to which he does nut belong, and that 
a moderate salary, and solemnly promising 
not to refer to, or mention anything in which 
he might differ in his faith, as James Chrystal 
has offered himself lo do for the German Bap- 
tist Church, which he now holds as salanic 
and hfU htgotten. 1 presume if the Brethren 
had hired him in 1877 as he then offered him- 
self to me. or perhaps any time since at a 82.000 
salary, and perhaps for much less, as he told 
me he would preach for us. under the conditions 
above named at a very moderate salary, I pre- 
sume we would not now appear in print over 
his signature as "hell-begotten." That is. if 
we had paid up punctually, and kept him at 
the crih. Brother C. Hope will pay no regard 
to the ravings of this disappointed would-be 
Brethren's hireling. A few hundred dollars 
would seal his lips as with wax. 
DoiMe Pipe Creek; Md. 

From Ml. Morris to Dunkirk 

LONG ere the sun had risen was I aboard the 
train for Chicago, where I changed cars 
tor Dunkirk, Ohio, and as I moved awiftly from 
the place where I left many dear friends—where 
the kindness of the ones with whom you are 
surrounded makes you feel as if you were 
around your own father's fire-ide, but for fath- 
er and mother's presence, enjojiug, the happy 
privileges which a happy home nrt'jrds. As 1 
moved from the place I gave one last long look 
at the structure towering above the rest, seem- 
ingly wrapt in its usual silence at that hour, 
aud I wondered if ever I should be allowed to 
see the faces of those again whose smiles were 
a.s a balm to the wounds, but as the train sped 
other thoughts filled my mind, and they. 
for a time, were t'oreotten. 

My stay at the Mount Morris College seemed 
;ort, but during the time (two terms), all 
seemed to move on with that harmony aud 
thoroughness that characterizes all successful 
in-ttitutions. Teachers that work for the inter- 
ests of their pup Is, students that respect one 
another, and a Principal that is loved by all, 
and one who cares for you and if possibls, will 
make you comfortable. 

Arrived at home the on the eve of the same 
day and found my brother waiting for me at 
the train. Now the sorrows of the eve before 
had piissed away at the meeting of my old 
friends. The sad farewells that were given had 
no fffect upon my heart when I greettd the 
friends of my childhood, but they will be remem- 
bered, and my prayer is that if we are not per- 

tted to meet agrtin on earth that we may all 
meet in heaven. These meetiucs aud partings 
remind me of the parting when we shall leave 
the world. It will perhaps he hard to part from 
the fneuds surrounding us with tears gushing 
rora their eyes aud streauiiugover their cheeks, 
but if we have done God's will, when we pass 
over the river, we will be glad to meet our 
friends and Father at home. Let us he pray- 
erful and watchful and meet in our home in 
heaven. D D. Thomas. 

Williamstown, Ohio. 

A Swindler. 

1)ECENTLY a man about W years of age, 
t tive I'eet ten inches in height, black hair, 
made his appearance here, and by pretensions, 
swindled some. He pretended to he an agent 
from Europe for a number of faoiilie.^ who 
wished to purchase homes. Said they had much 
money, aud wished to have brethren to aid him 
in selecting lands. Finally lie said he had been 
West, was robbed of all his money, and wanted 
some assititauce, offering watches as .security. 
These watches he represents as being very val- 
uable, but are not worth more than eight or 
ten dollars; gets eight times this for them aa a 
loan, promising to return and redeem them.— 
Wants people to keep his work secret lest the 
rich families whom he represents find it out 
aud disgrace him. He took iu different parties 
in this way. Brethren, he cautious. Bays hia 
name :s Augustus Miller. A. L. Bowman. 
Anbuni. 111. 

f allitti |^55l«titp. 

MOHLER— August irnh, '79, sister Mary A. 

wife of brother Nelson Moler, aged 35 years 
DECKER— Noy. 4th. '70', Maud,infautdaugh. 

ter of Isaac and Ida Decker, aged 2 months. 
GOODWIN.— In the same church, June 2nd 

'79, daughter of Mrs. Moses Goodwin. 

SWINGES.— Also August 20, ^O. Charlie wnd 
Cassip, iiifiiut children of brother Jacob and 
sister Margaiet Swinges. 
POWEL.— In Lamotte Prairie Church, Craw- 
ford Co.. 111., August 19, '79. R3t*T Phebp, 
wife of Mahlon Powel, ag(d 40 years, anj 
3 months. 
CLAYTON.— January 9th, 1880, Bro. Claytou, 

aged years. He united with the people of 

God about six months ago, iu old age, and 
now is gone, we trust, to that laud where the 
wicked cease from troubling, and the weary 
are at rest. J- P- Hoiinujq. 

DUPLER.— In the Jonathan's Creek Church, 
Perry Co., Ohio, sister Catharine Dupler 
aged 73 years. 5 modths and 25 days. 
She left five sons, four daughters, forty-eight i 
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren to| 
mourn their loss. Her husbaiid preceded half 
to the tomb some years ago. She called forthJ 
elders and was anointed. I'uneral services b^ 
the writer. W. Ahnold. 

KITTINQER.- In the Marsh Creek Churchl 
Adams Co., Pa., Jan. 5th, 1880, Bro. Joseplf 
Kittinger, aged 80 years, 4 mrmths and ninJ 
days. Funeral services improved by Eldei 
David Bosserman and Joseph Slierfy from? 
Cor. 5: 1. 

He was truly a father in Israel, having beenij 
zealous aud consistent nieniher more than fiftw_ 
three years, serving in the capacity of deacon 
about thirty-three years, and twenty-five yeat 
secretary and treasurer. His companion bu 
lost a devoted husband, the family an exemplfl 
ry father, the community a reliable aud honorej 
citizen and the churidi a firm and worthy piliai 
The infirmities of four-;^core year.s necessarilj 
confined him to the house, but he bore h3 
fHictions with marked patience and Christian 
resignation, looking forward with bright antica 
pations of future happine-Sia. May ne tbafl 
living pattern by hi-t precepts aud fioalll 
reap the reward of the just 


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S.T- B-wmiEiD, Dunkirk, Olil'^ 

BuDch Ktr, Lun^III 

D. B.OINon. Notbomv, Uo. 

yr O.Tooler, Ut Morrli, 111. 
B.S.M"lil"r,Cornt1la. Mo. 
John WlM, Miilhurry (lr>«o. 111 
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Ftti-t VAaE-ThoiiBbls I'lion DifTcrent Subjftcls 
Faitliful Ministers; Tlie Modeni Dortriiie o 

L Migiily 

Wort to 

SEOOND Paoe— Music Over Yomler: 
niiiiter IJef<iretlie Lm.l; Dic.iy.; 
Chrisliili Fri'iHla. 
TuniD tion— Tlie Manuel CI Some; Civlng ns 

(Jnd ("lives; Hope. 
FomiTH Page— EuiTOHiALs— The Debate; A 

Sermon on Feet-wii3liing. 
Fifth Paoe— Editorials— Be a Clitlstian; The 

Standing Committee; nillroail Business; The 

Design of Clirisiian baiitism. 
Sixth PAOE-What Matter ; TJie Power o( Words ; 

Wliat hiisa L.uty to do Willi Temperance 'r Wliat 

l9 Home Wllliout a Fattier? Eiich Ills own way 

From riilestine— .1. WMcG;irvey 
Seventh Page— From North Manchester. Iiid. 

Noiesaud Observations; From Morrisjnville, 

From Franklin, W. Va. From CartersvlUe. Va. 

From Pleasant Valley Chiir.^li. Hid. From I'to. 

Samuel Murray; A Misunderstanding; From 

IJro. .John Wise. 
Ei..irrii.l"Aiin-From Greene. Io«a; From Den- 

inank; A Notice. 


U\ MUtY r. MII.LEil. 

"He thill lehtiketb a man. afterwards shall 
more favor than he that llalteretb with the 
tongue." Rev, ^s: 2:1. 

THE ChrialiaQ lias a sweet peace, a constaDt 
j,>y, a trusting confidence,— it is Ills faitli. 
This lii'la him far above the troubles and anxie- 
ties of this world. The more charily we be- 
stow upon others, the more we have ourselves. 
'They speak a vision of their own liearts and 
not out ol the mouth of the Lord." Jor. 23; 16. 
So it is with every one who gives his own opin- 
ions about what is contained in the Scripture, 
and do not give the Scriptures themselves. Vou 
can keep on the right side of some people by 
flattery, lut 't is just as honorable a place to 
their loft When we flatter a person, we lower 
ourselves in the estimation of honest people. 

"It the blind lead the blind, both will fall in- 
to the ditch." How slow we are to learn the 
things which would be of great bolietit to ui 
We do a wrong, repent and are forgiven. But 
instead of remembering the lesson and profiling 


by it we soon get into worse 

fore. Like the Israelites we soon torget.and Sh. 
tao returns, tempts us, i.ud is again successful- 
Now why is it so? Why was it tbat Uratl 
siunt-a 90 often? In tlie tenth chapter of Ut 
Cor. we read about thf-ra. They lusted after 
evil things, worshiped idols, committed fmnica- 
tiou ten)ptedChri8t,raurmuredana always had 
to sutler for their doiuRs. Then the apostle 
says "wherefore let him that thinlieth he stand- 
eth.take heed le4 he fall." We ar« to take 
heed to our doingf. for if we do not we will sure- 
ly be overcome in some way or other. We 
must diligently watoli the amall beginnings in 
the wrong direction. 

It never pays any one to be deceitful. They 
may think no one knows it, but they are often- 
er deceived than they deceive othew- "Never- 
theless, b«ng crafty I caught you with guile. 
" Cor 13: 16- Wa^ it l\ml who was crafty, or 

wax it those that he was writiui- to? "But h:iv,- 
renounced the hidden thing'* ofdiahonesU. Hft 
walking in craftiness, nor handling thi? word of 
Q.i'l deceitfully, but by manifestation of th»' 
truth, conimeudirig to t-very man's cou-ici'-nce 
in I he sight of God." 2 Cor. 4. 2. This ih con- 
clusive evidHUCe that Paul wai* not criil'ty us 
home undrrstaud hini to say in the fir>t iitiota- 
tioQ. "Your load is too much for you" said 
one little child to another." Oh, no," was the 
reply,"uiy frtlhfrtold mHtocarry itandhc kn'>w» 
how much I can do." This lit' If child bad i-oii- 
liJence in it" father. So we fihoulJ have in m r 
heavenlv Father. God will not rtq-iire of us 
mur« IhttU we are able to pKrIonu, ''but will 
make away for our escape." V\ hat wondertul 
proiniHes arc ours it we will only atqoaiut our 
selves with them and make them oun by com- 
plying with the re(iuirenietit!<. Some one has 
beautifully said, 'Slillest stream* of water, fair- 
est meadows, and the bird that flutters Iva^l in 
longest on the wing." 

Our dear little children need a great deal of 
teaching and training in ordi-r to get them to 
know aud du right, but there i-^ somethinjj h, 1- 
ter than these for to impress upou their tender 
minds that which we «o much desire to print 
there. I mean example. Wk mu^t be what w. 
wish Uium to become. Our actions must b- 
right. We must live holy lives. They i:iuft 
see in us truth aud honesty. We muat be pure 
and holy. We must nobly battle with evil, us- 
ing for our sword, the word of God, which 
shi'iild dwell in us richly. 

fjLuJy to show thyself ajiproved uuto Goi', 
a workman that needeth not to be ashame't 
rightly dividing the word of Jaiith.'' 2 Tim. 3; 
15. I'aul wi>-lied to teaeh Timothy thi.' great. 
importance of rightly dividing tlirt word of 
truth. Then we need not he aahanied. Ilow 
plea-sant it is to stand approved even before an 
L'arthly master, but much more btilureour heav 
enly Father. 

No doubt all have heard the fable about the 
hare and tortoise running a race; it tontains a 
useful Itsion. Some peop'e ma." l>e compared 
to the hare. When they begin a piece of work 
they proceed with eart-less swiftneaa and noun 
find themselves so far ahead of their con.puii- 
that they become negligent aud cojitent 
themselves by sle^piug. They have worn them 
selves out by a speed that was uncalled for. 
Others may be compared to the tortoise, trav- 
eling along soberly. They not only catch up 
to the other class, but ga far ahcart of them. 
We should remember that work done in a hur- 
ry, i-i seldom done well, and espeuiully should 
we take time when going to a city, to get u|)on 
tbft right road from the bpgmuing: lor it will 
save us much time a3 well as many ijcrph 
be-^ides being left behind in the race. Let us 
take our great Creator for an example. He did 
not make everything in a day. neither d.d he 
redeem man in a year, 

I remember a man buildiug a house which 
answered the purpose nicely; but some of hi* 
friends thought he might have made it with a 
trouble than be- better appearance on the outaifle. The reply 
was that they had built the house more partic- 
ularly for the inside of it. This put me in mind 
of aman building for heaven. It hv so coii- 
struci>' the house that it nmy be all ri^bt on the 
inside, or in the words of Jesus, "it h<; cleansetb 
the inside, the outside will be clean." What a 
beautiful thought: that "if the htart is right, 
«ll is right." Then you wi'l not si-e th<- man 
trymg to build the outside, but he will build the 
inside, and he will be very careful about it, too. 
So thoughtful will he be that he will not gei 
into trouble about the outsih-. Thi-* biing* us 
to tliedrc»s iiufstion for a moment. Those who 
,re cUansing the inside are very glad that they 
4o not hare to spend uumc-ssaty time upon 
hut pirt which is only secondary. They are 
;lttd when tlwy come to the church, to (ind it 
lu easy matter to keep in uniform with Iheii 
brethren a.s far as the oat*ide i* concerned, and 

thin gives them plenty of time to ^ee after the 
thingB which ar* more needful. There is one 
thing in this connection 1 have often wond<-red 
nbQnt;itis that some people belong to the 
church, but do not look like it. 

Brethren and sister*, when we get to tbat 
In-tier land, will we wi-h to look like thoB« of 
the other kingdom? "Be not overcome of evil, 
but ovt-rcoiiie evil with good." Rom. 12:21. 
Xo dfubt the Jews thought they had caustd 
Christ to be crurifi-'A, and they would not be 
troubled with him any moie, BulChrint over- 
Ciime all their evil d^eda with good ones. 



.\ITHFUL; full of faith; implying loyalty 
_ and pff-ieverance. The 8mha»8ad.or of 
Chvisl. should abov.' all men, be full of faith in 
the sll-cotiqueriii? power of the uiessng*- of lovu 
to a lalh-u race. If he has not confidence in, 
and love for the Miwt^-r, he will neither be loy- 
al to him, n(.r havti perseverance enough to 
make the ministry a succfus in bis hands. Ev- 
ery faithful minister will stmlif, not only study, 
but study to show himsi-lf approved unto God. 
Y^, more, hf will study how to he "a workman 
that nei-df-th not to be iHhained. rightly divid- 
iiJe the word of trutl ." 2 Tim. 2: 16. He 
.nhould above all men possess patience "to en 
dure hardness fls a good soldier of Jesus Christ," 
having his heart so full of love to God, and his 
fallen race that persecution, di«appointnwnt, 
and opposition, canuol drive him from his well 
i*HW }»orpo)i'! of "doinst go&d unto all men. 
aud especially to tlip hous.-hold of faith." By 
preaching the word both ui and out of season, 
and i\nn "reprove, rebuk". and exhort with all 
long Milferingand d-etrine." Mt-n may oppos.) 
the truth, the laithful minister, and themselves; 
aud even brethren may do this; but all thi* 
ihould only awaken feelings of sympathy and 
pity, and cause him to study more eamchtly 
how to help them; for the more of this they do, 
the more they need h>-lp. 

the blessedness of that state of heart so fill- 
ed with the love of God and our fallen race that 
all the sutferings, oppositions and persecutions 
to be mot by the faithful minister will onlv 
drive him closer to his noble calling, and 
prompt him to study more earnestly how to 
wield the sword of the spirit to the beat advan- 

Inevery age of the world the faithful minia 
terolthe word had much to endure. James 
(fi: 10). Take, my brethrer, the prophets who 
b ive spok Ml in the name of the L )rd for aa 
ample of ^uttering, affl iction and of patience. Is 
there any when- a poor, weak, and complaining 
miuister. lamenting his hard lot, let him look 
up and a-'k, Is the servant better than hia Mas- 
ter? Is the di'iciple better than Ws Lord? If the 
Matter had not where to lay his heal, and did 
neither murmur nor co.uplain, why should hi* 
followers who generally have an ordinary share 
of th- comforU ol life? It is true, some faithful 
ministers are poor, and have a hard way of get- 
ting a support for themselves aud families, aud 
are lacking that hearty encouragement that 
should be cheerfully given them; and many 
brethren will find themselves unaole m the day 
of judgment to rr>nder ajust account for with- 
holding from them their ju4 dues. It is nev- 
ertheless true, that the poorer cla»s in the king- 
dom, have done, and are still doing, as private 
membera, and as ministers, the main bulk of 
the hard work in advancing the kingdom of 
Christ: and in doing this without murmuring 
or complaining they are but following the . x- 
araple of their Master. 

The faithful miuUter wiU not "shun to de 
Clare tlie whole cuunsel ol 0^4." He wiU eter 
labor to be cautious kind .uid obliging to sU. 
especially to the poor who are too apt to be urg- 
lectcd aud overlooked. 


INEQUALITY api>ear8 tobethedivioo order: 
it alwayH has existeil; undoubtedly it will 
continue; all our theories and a priori specula- 
tions will not change the nature of things. Ev- 
ijuality of cinilition i* the fci*!* of pro- 
gress, the incentive to pxartion, rortuaat*-lv, 
if to-day we could make every man white, ev- 
ery woman .ij like man as nature permits, give 
to every human being the same opportunity of 
i^ucation, and divide equally among all. the ac- 
I'uniuUtfd wealth of the world, to-raonow dif- 
ences, unequal possession, and differentidtion 
luhl begin agaiu. We areattoniiitinK tb^ r«- 
gennration of society with a misleading phas«; 
we are wauling our time with a thtory that 
does not fit the facts. 

Thi-re is an equality, but it is not of outward 
:>huw; it is ind-f pendent of condition; it does not 
destroy property, nor ignore the differtnce of 
H-x, nor obliterate race traits. It is the eqoal- 
if m>'n beforii God. of men before the law; 
it i* th*^ I ipial honor of all honorable labor. So 
more pernicious notion ever ohtainvd lodgmt-nt 
in Hocittty than the common one thit to "rise 
in the Wurld" is necessarily to change tlie ^Vun- 
dition." Let there be content with condition; 
disi'iinU-iit with ihdiviiluxl ignorance and im- 
perfeoMon. "We want." say;., Em^TaOn. "not 
a farmer, but a man on a form." What a uis- 
chi''vous idna is that which hi» grown, even in 
the United States, that manual labor is discred- 
itable! There is surely some defect in the ih>r- 
orv of fquulity in our society, which makes do- 
mestic service to Ijs shuaDe4 .ui if it w«re a di«- 

It would be considered a humorous nuggc*- 
tion to advocate inequality, as a th-ory or :t8 a 
working dogma. Let us recognize it. however, 
as a fact, and shape the eti'orts for the improve- 
ment of the race in accordance with it, encour- 
aging it in some directions, restraining it from 
injustice iu others. Working by this recogni- 
1)1111, we hhall save toe race trom many failores 
and bitter disappointmeDts, and spare the world 
the spectacle of a republic ending in despotwm 
and experinienta in gov-rrument ending iu ao- 
archy. — Januanj At'nntu: 

Do not get angry and talk about your neigh- 
bors; aud do not !ihow a disposition to tdke ev- 
fiy advauttige to build up yourscll at the ex- 
pense of others. li you do. what better are you 
than others? Be not deceived; God caumt be 
mocked. Do your duty though the heavens 
fall, and leave the consequences with him who 
rules iu heaven and in earth. 

.\N exoliitnge says that Sir Mo5e« Moutefiore, 
ich Jew. is making btrge investments in Pal- 
estine. He expects that country to be restored 
to the Jews so ttiat they may possess it a.-i of 

A NRW denomination has sprung up iu Plm 
Mdelpliia, called -Melhodists." It* doctrines 
are the same as the SI. K. church, but diftrrs in 
i'saysteni. There is but one order of minis- 
try, called elder*, and to this orderwomen arp eli- 
gible a4 well as men. 

Thk female students of La-««wl Seminar*, 
Mass. are given object lessons in cookery at 
mated periods,. The work is arraagal so as 
uot to iut«rfen) with the regular work of the 
•cbool. Arrangements are also being m*«ie to 
ii;ve youug ladies instTUctious in di*»smaking. 

lU'ftchildren need to be thorougbly tB&truvtcd 
iu right priucii>:es. Yout'i ir- the i>. -t tin- u> 
form their characters and the Bible is the l«*t 
text book for this purpose. \n hour each Jay 
or a few boui« dunng the week spent in conT»r- 
-^iiou with Hum on Bible topics, wUl p' iWiB 
d.-v«'lopiuK their Hiii<d>> for the acli» dutM of 
lilr. Prepare their minds lor the tt)llL^ ol lif<> 
as well lis for iu pleasiiPc*. 

Tin-: KBEXt£KK>r -VT AV'OKIC. 

February 10 


THEKE u mwk over yonder. 
Oil the bn({ht, #t<?riiHl shorp, 
Wher.^ th« Haiols »baU be with Jesuit, 

All the "bright forever more." 

All their years of oorrow ended — 

Where no night can oTereome, 

They are singing, sweetly amging, 

la their glorious, heavenly home. 

There ii muHic over yonder. 

Where the crystal waters glide. 
Where the tro*- ol life is ever 
Ulooraing by tlie wllent tide, 
0, wliat joy the heart is thrilling, 

Over on that shining shore. 
Where they sing the »oug of Moses 
And the Lamb forever more. 

There IB music over yonder. 

Where the golden lyres are swept, 
A« the songs unite in praising 

Him who o"er a lost world wept. 
And we ntniost think we hear them. 

Over on tilt golden strand. 
Ah they sing with heavenly rapture, 
Crowned and robed— a glorious bund. 

There is music over yonder, 

And the songs shall never cease, 
For the Knintj' shall dwell forever 

With thfir Lord in perfect peace. 
Soon we hnjic tn join tlieir chorus 

On tlie bri(il''. ••t-riial shore, 
Where the wiints xliull be witli Jeaufl, 

All the bn^;ht "forever more." 

Selected by K. G. DCTKKBAIOH. 



ih-tlimlr'i to Ktdfr J). P. Saijtor,wUh dnep ffrat- 
itiiife/or brittiirrly IcitidrifKS, and irith sina-ie 
Chrifti'iii veyanl. 

SUCH was Nimrod. ienesi?, 10: 8, 
9. What he hunted and why is 
not Hpecilicftlly Htated. Doubtless iufe- 
rior gaiiH^ — pei'sonal gratification and 
the love of fame and excitement, lie is 
the prototype of millions of liuuters pur- 
auingtheirprey through all the ages. Self 
seeking, self' indulgence, self aggrandize- 
ment, this ia game for Nimrods great 
and small, mighty and ignohli-, and these 
(;oU8titutt- the prodigious toils and strug- 
gles and anihitioKs of the world. Man 
19 naturally a hunter. All moral na- 
tures nre inquisitive. Soul instinctive- 
ly seeks something I)ey<>nd and above, 
Xo sooner was man fa%hione(l in the im- 
age of the Infinite, than he was on the 
liuut for wisdom and pleasure and e.\- 
altation. This irrepressible curiosity 
for the unpossessed is the root of sin: a 
Divine root, and primarily rn jmre as 
Hcity, but now corrupted in every 
branch and twig of the tree -■{' hiimani 
ty. Man needs more than eorpi.reity 
for generation. Tliis is hut ihe lesser 
agt-nt. The constitutional impulsion 
was divine in the pleasure-hunt of our 
primeval ancestors; but the volunt.'=ry 
bias was criminal. God made them 
capable of willing wrong, but did not 
will for them. Man not only now hunts 
imaginary good as did Adam, but hi.s 
first impulse to partake of the forbid 
den tree origiiiater* in a deteriorated na 
tiire-. The Hist human being waa the 
fresh, unmarred product of Almigbtv 
power, Infinite wisdom and love, lie 
was Divinely moulded in every element 
and fibre, and imbreathed with the very 
4*8Senee of the I Am. Where this is 
not, there is no image of the Fonfal 
Sire. But all of woman born save the 
Second Adam, sprung from a taintrd 
stock.and could not escape the inevitalile 
consequence.s of the higher law of gen- 
eration. Man can no more withhold 
the bias of his moral nature from his 
progeny, than be can exclude it from 
his own. "7 wa)< shapen m iniquity; 
arid in sin didiny mother cwiceive me." 
IVj1:5. The Calvinistic doctrine of 
Jifant depravity is a "damnable here- 

sy;" and the opposite extreme that re- 
moves the embryonic germ wholly be- 
yond the iT^ach of the moral force of 
parental agency in the origin of life. 
is such a grops travpsty of common 
sense, common observation, and the in 
I'xorable laws of mattei- a id mind, that 
the simplest unperverted intellect repu 
diates it Bvery established physiolog 
ical and psychological law must be ig 
nored to make room for such a useless 
irrational theory. "The flesli profiu-tli 
nothing, it is the spirit thai quickeneth," 
is as true of human as Divine genera- 
tion. Divorce these essential joint-fac- 
tors in all vital operations, and the 
whole creation falls liack into absolute 
nonentity. There is a forcp, an impetus, 
sinward in fallen humanity, in its genet- 
ic activities, due to moittl derangement 
and dejection, thetranf-missiou of which 
can no more be arrested than the fact of 
bunianity iteelf. This inborn, intwisted, 
invoiliing.dif-integralingy?"///^^ of our 
moral fuinifuie, in the groundswell of 
all the mighty unrest and U])heaval of 
human individuality and society. The 
nmninaiion of this "mystery of ini(pii- 
ty" is insignificant. Give it the hardest 
or the mildest term, the 8tubboi*n, sol- 
emn fact remains. The duplication of 
Iiuman nature must ever be bone of my 
bone, flesh of my flesh, soul of my soul, 
sj.irit of my spirit. All reproduction 
involves the elemental entireness of the 
Generative agent. This is a truism 
which no kind or amount of theoretic 
Hj)eculation can invalidate. 

"An enemy hath done this." The 
Great Heaven-banished, soul-hating 
hunter of evil has cast his damnable 
jilausibilities in the balance of prurient 
inquisitiveness, and gave volition its fix 
d determination hellward. Motives 
encourage sin but do not compel. We 
will give the devil his due, and not ex- 
alt l>lm above Omnipotcuce in the com 
pulsion of the moral sense. God never 
does, and cannot, any more than he 
can "deny himself." And the devil 
much less. The human will can defy 
the Almighty, and why not an apos- 
tate, blasted, wrath smitten, Heaven de- 
barred principality. The Incarnation 
for the race, and the regeneration of the 
individual, is the antithesis of all this. 
Where human liability to evil begins, 
there begins redemption. God comes 
into oontact with humanity at the essen- 
tial point of its requirements as a fallen 
moral power. Further down the stream 
of existence would not have answeied 
the purpose. He knew the mystery of 
life, of generation and of siu. His sub 
lime sculhunt was not inaugurated ir 
the vestal germ independent of the ne 
cessity of the case. Man cannot be a 
sinner and generate like a God. Th 
idea is preposterous! As he is so he 
begets. "Every thing after its kind." 
This is the iirevocable Divine institu 
tion. Here the Incarnation as a Bal;e 
gets all its apology and meaning. Gain- 
say this, anti the ^vhole redemptive 
economy tumbles into chaos. A more 
latitudinarian theology puts a premium 
on sin. Soul hunting implies all that 
is signified by a Divine Babyhood for 
sin. No one can reject this cardinal 
truth and be "a mighty hunter before 
the Lord." To make radically less of sin 
than God does is to disqualify for the 
ambassadorship of the Manger anil the 
Cross. We must begin and conduct 
and end the hunt iu Evmutnuel. Let 
U8 not miss what is signified by this. 
Where He began His Work for sin. 
we must begin our account o/ sin. Ii 
is only a shallow philosophy that would 
nullify the redemptive import of the 

antenatal Godman. If the generative 
ordinance is not involved in the lapse of 
humanity, the great Rectifier of sin 
was out of place duiiutr His nine 
month's vestal inclosme. The Mighty 
Hunter of a world full of sin-infected, 
sin thralled souls, came to seek and 
save the lost. The time and manner of 
his advent were adjusted to the wants 
of our ruin. Humanity was lost, root 
and branch, irrespective of age or 
(■'■udition. At Infinite cost He jiaid the 
ransom, beginning at the seminal fount 
of being. His liusiness is soul-hunting, 
and the nature and extent of the search 
may be gathered from His Incarnate 
ministry, in which every second of Hii 
earth life was included. He ministered 
iu sleep no less than iu toil, in the woml 
as really as on the cross. His Incarna- 
tiun, from Luke 1: 31, to 24: 51, was a 
ministry of grace. And He ministered 
not where and when no grace was need- 
ed. If generation, the central fact of 
humanity, is humanity, is under the 
control of an uufallen impulse, the in- 
fleshing of Deity though that function, 
wiis supererogation. When sin is dealt 
with in a way that untlenates the Incar- 
nation, and calls for a double miracle 
in every natural birth so as to preserve 
the impeLcabiiity of human nature, 
there is uothiuggiand enough lefttocom- 
j'tnsate for the ink it takes to record 
the heresy. God in Christ is the Pat- 
tern of soul-hunting and soul-saving. 
Emmanuel gives the height and depth, 
length and breadth of sin no less than 
of Redeeming Love. The counterparts 
nnswer to each other. All human life 
prior to the conscious rupture of moral 
integrity,;butiti8safeonlyby virtue 
of the Divine Incarnation. Sin, as an im 
]>lanted potentiality, begins with the 
first pulsation; but not iis imputatltm. 
"We must give due emphasis to the Ba 
by hood of the Divine- human Redeem- 
er. Had not Christ been a Child, con 
ceived and born "of a woman under 
the law," and kept his child-nature for 
the Cross, thtre would be no salvation 
for infants, " Who cqn hriru/ a ckan 
th'mij out of an uncUan'i NOT ONE." 
Job 14: 4. Inherent absolute purity is 
not iu human nature, in no stage of it. 
It needs a Redeemer from A to Z, and 
it has found one in the Alpha and Ome 

If we "have the mind of Christ," we 
too will be mighty hunters before the 
Lord," "forsaking houses and lands and 
friends," and "all we have." to "pluck 
one brand from the burning," to tear 
one immortal from the clutch of the 
Wolt of Hell. Heaven and the Pit 
are ever on the hunt for souls. Michael 
and His angels, and the Dragon and bis 
legions, are waging a deadly Waterloo, 
and every pure, earnest, Christ- wedded 
soul is found in the ranks of the Prince 
of Life, participating in the awful con- 
tact. And every sinnep as well 

"fighting against God," Holiness and 
Heaven gain a few, while siu and perdi- 
tion engulf the many. And all because 
sin, as an imputed fact, is the deliber 
ate, uncoerced choiceof conscious wrontr. 
When the soul is so baptized in the mire 
of devilism as to "glory in its shame" 
while sustained by the e.xalted convic- 
tion that it "doing God service," the 
hunt is over. When "God sends the 
strong delusion," and falsehood and 
damnation become the essence of being, 
there is a terribly fatal co-operation 
which invites and seals the everlaatiu" 

llY .1. I'. EBEBSOT.E. 

^INCE re.iding Brother Kshelman's 
*^ articles on the decoy sheep our 
mind naturally reverted to the decoy 
duck that is sometimes employed by 
the sportsman to further his interests 
when in search of ihat fowl. It is made 
iu shape and looks to all intent like the 
genuine; it is securely anchored in the 
stream to float about with the current 
and attract the flocks that frequent the 
vicinity. How similar to the p<irt 
played to the expert pick-pocket — an 
excitement is gotten up, crowds rush to 
see what is the matter, only to find that 
they are minus some of their valuables J 
when the excitement is over. Again i 
man gets into a difiiculty, feels insulted 
consults a lawyer, who gives his version] 
of the afl'air with the probalde amount I 
of damages sustained, gets the case into 
court, and finally it goes to the jury I 

who return a verdict of damages 

costs— dollars. The man of law 1 

feels bad for his client, and in his work- I 
ed up state of mind declares that the [ 
judge and jmy ought to be sent to the | 

The world is full of decoys; they I 
come in the garb of friendship. While J 
they pat you on the shoulder and in- 
voke the blessings of God upon you I 
they have one hand in your pocket feel- ] 
ing after your dollars and cents. 

Sometimes parties innocently play I 
the part of decoys. For instance; 
firm conclude to do business upon 
borrowed capital; they must have pat- 
ronage, gain the confitlence of a few I 
influential men, deal liberally with 
them, ask them to talk the matter up | 
among their friends. You meet one of! 
ihem, he asks, "Have you deposited] 
your money yet?" "No," sayjou;] 
"times are so precarious, it is not s 
to put money out." He tells you the | 
firm A. B. ttCo. is reliable; he deposit- 
ed interest payable every six months. 
Well, you deposit. After a while you J 
conclude to draw your money; you go 
down to the place of business, the door 
is closed for ninety days." You read it 
over about four times and then you go 
home wondering why you did not 
dra«- that money a week ago. 

After awhile the announcement 
made that the firm of A. B. <t. Co. will 
be able to pay about ten cents on the i 
dollar. So much for your confidence. 
Such men generally have a bright out- 
side. They go to church, sing and pray } 
and weep with you at the grave side of | 
your departed friends. In short, they 
are "wolves in sheeps clothing." Thay 
are are heaping up wrath against the 
day of judgment, when every secret and 
idle thought shall be made known, and 
e.^m^j one shall receive according to his 
work. Let us heed the injunction to be 
"wise as serpentsand harmless as doves." 


IIV r. A. ALLKEItny. 

A memory well stored withScriptuit 
,d sanctified by grace is a good libr.i: \ 

TT most certainly is too true that some 
-*- have loBt energy, health, and even 
hfeitself, by indulging in the habit of 
smoking. As one who works among 
juveniles both in day, and 'temperance 
classes, I feel it a duty (an<i would that 
every professing Christian would feel 
the same), to cry down this evil of smok- 
ing, regardingitin almost the same light 
a^ I do intemperance. 

In the first place, it is wasteful and e.v- 
travflgaut, without any good resulting 
beyond self gratification. Nowselfgi. t- 

F^'biniavy lO 

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ification, we all know, is an instinct be- 
longing to the brute creiition, and not wor- 
thy our so-called "lords of creation." A 
man's first effort should be to coiKpier 
himself and his appetites. Alexander 
conquered citiea,but succumbed at last to 
his own appetite, which eventually con- 
quered him. 

It is an expensive habit; many boast- 
ing of the brand of their cigars and the 
beauty of their meerschaums, while so 
many of our Ijrethren are failing; for 
want of even sufficient bread. They 
must forget the divine command, "Inas- 
much as ye have done it unto one of the 
lea«t of these my brethren, ye have done 
it unto me." 

Thirdly, it involves three losses to the 
smoker — time, money and appetite. A 
man who makes it a habit to smoke in 
the early morning, cares nothing tor hi 
breakfast.and'invariably begins the bus- 
iness of tbe day without sufficient sup- 
port, which frequently causes him to 
take a stimulant. 

Again, it is both a dirty habit and an 
offensive one. A smoker's clothes are 
frequently soiled with the ash from the 
cigar or pipe, and in rooms wliere much, 
smoking is done, the furniture fades and 
rots. It is offensive to non-smokers and 
delicate peo^ile, nothing but drink be- 
iug more intolerable to a sensitive nose 
than to enter a bus, railway carriage or 
horse car occupied by men who have 
been smoking— their clothes and breath 
reeking with the foul odor. 

It destroys the nervous system. Ha 
bitual smokers are as a rule nervous and 
irritable; and yet they tell us it is sooth- 
ing to smoke. Possibly it is, but it is 
the same soothing that is derived from 
gin drinking. It supplies the brain for 
a time, only to arouse it to a greater 
state of excitement than before. It cer 
tainly is injurious to the lungs, for it in 
duces the habit of expectorating, ana 
many medical men will tell you that the 
seeds of consumption are sown by tbe 
poisonous nicotine. I remember a learn- 
ed doctor in the profession assuring 

One can almost commend ft»r wisdom absent, then it is more necessary that we 
the supposed foolishness of Sir Walter go. for our presence will have a tenden 
Raleigh's slave, who threw a pail of wa cy to encourage the young inexperienc- 
t.-r over his master the first time he saw -d brother. It is very discouraging to 
him smoking, thinking he wa^ on tire, i the minister to sne so many vacant seats. 

Lastly, 1ft me quote for professing Tbe apostle further says, "exhorting 
Christians who practice this pernicious one another." Here the apostle tells 
habit, tbe words of our Master, "It is what to ih\ when we come together; 
impossible that otlences will come; but exhort mu- .in.i.tlier. In what an- we to 
woe unto him through whom they come. 

It were better for him that a millstone 
were hanged about his neck, and be cast 
into the sea than that he should offend 
one of these little ones." 



from our t'odir*. or th»tla«t m-trsel frotn 

the i-autry, or ili.- -CrtUi) fund t-ndt-ared 
by thf sweat and blood of Ijcluved an- 
cestors and our own. It may mean 
even this in ei-rtain exigencies. Biit . 
the saintly widow gave all that was im- 
mediately available of her efTecta. She 
had Hiill the uieans of procuring her 
daily bread even if her only i.apital 
was in manual toil. Love forgets self 
in its object — ^In spending itself for the 
higher it feeds and blesses the lower. A 
self-seeking, self-pleasing Christian is a 
contradiction in terms. If each gives 
itself ior all, all will be served, and the 


for a tnitli that iu a large geiitlriucn's 
boarding school which he attemled pro 
fessionally, he found the secret habit of 
smoking indulged iu by the elder lads, 
in some instances resulted in incurable 
consumption. He especial ly .luoted one 
instance of a bright, clear and handsome 
lad who went to his grave at the early 
age of nineteen, killed by cousiimptiou, 
brought on by the secret habit of amok 
ing at the tender age of twelve. This 
was the dying lad's own confession; his 
reason being he thought it was manly. 
So much for example. Christian fath- 
ers, is this manly example of yours to 
lead your sons to an early grave? 

Again, another instance of the force 
of example: Two boys who left my 
school a few weeks back, and had heard 
my lectures against smoking, have now 
g,)ue to a school where the master smok 
es in the dinner hour, and to my horror 
I met them in the village a few evenings 
back, with a pennyworth of tobacco done 
up in brown paper, putl'ing it, 
idea, in Huite a manly fashion, 
that schoolmaster was told that as a 
professing Christian he was ruining those 
boys, he would nut thank one for the 
insult, as he would terjn it. 

How often it products an appetite for 
strong drink; and fast companions found 
in the ci^ar saloon often lead the down- 
ward road. Is there a sight much worse 
than to see, on a Sabbath evening, our 
rising generation lounging in a cigar sa- 
loon, passing their ribald jest and wit 
on God's most holy day! Who has not 
witnessed this in a large town or city. 

Now if 

"VTOT forsaking the assembling of our- 
-^ selves together, as the manner of 
some is; but exhorting one another. Ileb. 
In: 2G. Now it appears from the Ian- 
guage of the apostle that it was neces- 
sary for the people of (iod to assemble 
together that they might exhort one an- 
other. The language of tbe .apostle 
reaches us with all the necessity that 
seemed to hover around the cause of our 
Master in that day. It is a fact that 
when the children of God begin to for 
sahc the assembling of themselves to- 
gether, the cause sufters. What is 
the cause of this ( The great and pri- 
mary cause, is the want of true love for 
our Master and the church. 

Paul said, "Let us hold fast the pro - 
fessionofour faith without wavering; 
for he is faithful that promised ; and let 
us consider one another to provoke un- 
to love and good works." Meb. 1(1: 2:i, 
•J4. In these texts we are taught slaid- 
fasttie.ts ana to eowiidiir one another to 
provoke to love. It appears to me that 
there is no way that we can do this bet- 
ter than to meet tot/ether and to associate 
together in the worship of our Creator, 
Have we not all realized the fact, to a 
greater or less extent, that the more we 
neglect meeting with the children of 
God, the less we feel inclined to go! 
Our love begins to grow cold. "See 
that you love one another with a pure 
heart fervently." 1 Peter 1: 23. Here 
we are taught that our love must be 
pure, and fervent. If so, we must have 
our hearts filled with good morals, so 
that we may provoke to love and good 
works when we assemble together, "hav- 
ing our hearts sprinkled from an evil 
conscience, and our liodies washed with 
pure water." 

Our text says, "as tbe manner of some 
is." We infer from this tbe manner or ens 
torn of some to forsake the assembling 
of themselves together. No wonder he 
thus spake when he saw the coldness in 
that early day, on the part of some, and 
it is a stubborn fact that this custom of 
church members absenting themselves 
from the house of God, follows the 
church from the days of the apostles to 
the present, and is as prevalent iu our 
time as it was in the days of the apostles, 
if not more so. We are often made to 
feel sad when we go to the place of wor 
ship, and And comparatively few a.ssem- 
bled. How discouraging it is, and no 
;ood reason why it is so. 
Dear brethren and sisters, what ar 

exhort i 1 uuderstand that we are to 

encourage one another to steadfastness. 

and to a discharge of our duties as breth - 

ren and sisters in Christ. When we go 

to the house of God, do we do this? or 

do we spend a part of the time after we 

get therein talking about worldly af- most God-like character developed im- 

fairsi Christ says "out of the abun mediately. The desire of salvation is 

dance of the heart the mouth speakelh." not the noblest inspiration. "Lo, I 

"Examine yourselves whether ye be in come to do thy will, O Lord," is a high- 

the faith; prove your owuselves." 2 Cor. er impulse. Tbe first makes easy 

U: i. 

Water'oo, Jowa, 


1 HeViw I Rive iin oxtr«ct of ft very toiu-lilnR i>rl- 
vjiu- leller just rPP^ved fi-oin our dmir mulcted 
lirotlier. wlittoti while "so filll of iiorvods tormeiil." 
lit-. Willi ;di ollierof our alUicti'd bi-elliruii and Ml-*- 
tiT!. ill cliilst. truly deserve our most prof'iuiid 
ssmpjithy,— E. K. stiki.ics.I 
E. R. Slijter.dear Servant of Jesus:- 
OV must not pass yourself to anxie- 
ty, or inconvenience, or diminish- 
ed comfort, in order to supply me with 
stamps. Tbe rich can give of their 
aliundance, and no strong m-itive is nec- 
essary to part with a trifle; but the poor 
who have nothing to spare, must have 
a motive which this world cannot fur- 
nish in order to make their little less 

your excuses? Have you worked too 
bard, or are the roads too bad, or have 
you grown cold! If so, it is all wrong. 
We have heard some say, "If I wouhl 
know that brother so and so would be 
at meeting to day I would go." Ag»in 
",f I had known that brother so ami so 
wouhl have been there I would have 
gone, too." Now we ought to remem- 
ber that when the able brother will bo 

the promotion of a great cause. To 
this claos the poor widow with ber two 
miteaisthe Divinely-accredited model. 
I have no doubt that daughter of pen- 
ury cast her farthing into the treasury I 
with a profouuder satisfaction than any 
of the wealthy contributors departed 
their largesses. It was the Lord's Treas- 
ury, and the beatitudes of His inner 
Presence inspired a disposition that 
could be satisfied with iiotliing less than 
the sacrifice of "all her living." There 
is a great principle in this which we are 
slow in recognizing. I do not .piestion 
tbe fact that those two mites went into 
the sacred thest under the uplifting con- 
sciousness that she was acting under the 
immediate personal cogulzan<-e of tlie 
God-man. She was under the same roof, 
in the same room, witbin speaking dis- 
tance of the Kterual God in human 
form. She was one of those that "wait 
ed for the consolation of Israel." Her 
love was no dreamy, speculative, cold 
hearted imagination. 

All the fervor of her soul was aflame 
with a personal attachment and to keep 
her two mites to herself would have 
l>een a painful self denial. This strong, 
all-doiniuant personal element offeally to 
Jesus is tbe supreme matter in religion, 
without which it blesses neither our- 
selves nor others. 

Christians are God marki-d. Spirit- 
aled peisons; living epistles, "known 
and read of all men." The constraint 
of love, tiie desires to give, to spend and 
be spent" fills their being to the hrim, 
even if no tangible object is ready for 
its exhibition. Such persons need no 
coaxing to support missions, need not 
he pushed or dragged to the Lord's 
I'reasury, do not ransack their pockets 
and purses for a dime or a nickel, when 
a piece of larger denomination lies on 
lop. A true bride always offers lier 
liest and sweetest and fullest to the 
l.ridegroom. Not because it is looked 
for, but because love prompts to nolh 
iug less. "AH her living" does not nec- 
reiiuire stripping 

ow, proscriptive professors. The lat- 
ter launches into all the possibilities 
and felicities and exaltations and glories 
of the incarnation. He that gives h'ls 
two mites as the widow gave, consecrates 
that of which they are the outcome. 
One person can give a thousand dollars, 
and yet give nothing. Another can 
give a farthing, and give his all, even 
if he has a cow and sheep at home. God 
sent his best. His all, because He sent 
Himself iu His Son; and yet He remain- 
ed in Heaven. Deity entire wag in 
Christ, and yet God unmutilated kept 
the Throne of Glory. "Without con- 
troversy, great is the mystery of godli- 
ness, God manifest in the flesh." God 
gave himself because we were in need, 
but more because He is Love, and sacri 
fices His glory and blessedness. To be 
Christ-like is to be like (iod. 

C. H. Bai.sbaugh. 
Die. mil, mil. 



the clothes 

(^i'E is to the Christian what the 
anchor is to the ship, and without 
it he would eventually be lost. We as 
a Chrif^tian liody, as the church of the 
living (jod here upon the earth, do not 
know, only having the Word, not deliv- 
ered verbally, having it an it was deliv- 
ered to the saints; but thank God we 
have the ble.'-aed hope, the anchor of 
tbe Christian, and we look joyfully for- 
ward to the second coming of our Lord 
Jesus t^hrist. He may come to-morrow; 
he may come nest week, and he may 
not come for years But we all look 
joyfully toward the tultillment of the 
piophecies, and as we are ignorant of 
the time he will come, we should all be 
prepared to so forth joyfully to greet 
him and sing the songs of tbe redeemed. 
Tbe busines-s man has his hope which 
is that bis investment may prove prtjfit- 
able. The mechanic has his that better 
times and better wages may come. The 
farmer has bis that his crops may be 
large, and the mont-v derivt^d therefrom 
may yield large iiitt-rest; but what are 
rh»"secompsrfdwith theCbristian'sbrp--; 
U*- looks forward to the coming of our 
Savior when he expects to be rrcrived 
home to rest and to enjoy unspeakable 
happiness throughout tbe countless ag»-8 
of a never ending eternity. 

Dear brethren and sisters, let us all 
jiray to our dear Savior to grant us 
more grace and divine aid from above 
ilini our daily walk may be a ci.>ntinual 
wrrnon, and, we may. if only through 
oiii' vlaily lilt^ g;»in some (HHir perishing 
SI. Ill to our Master's kingdom; andgreii 
will be our reward. 

It is a row of empty hvuises that g>?ts 
all its windowsbroken. and empty ht-ads. 
and empty hands, and empty heArts, arv 
sure to come to grief. 


February lO 

ghe brethren at U^ork. 


S. 1 II \I!lII>ON. 

1. TiiK Kditnn will bp n-ajmnsiblp only for tli« 
fenenil toneuf thf mpi-T, ami the fnscrtl'in of an 
utlclf (I'M'" not lmi»iy that tliey eodorse i-very wii- 
tfment of the wrilc-r. 

2. CoMTiiiinToiiN In (inliT to securp |)rompt In- 
nertinn r.f tlii-ir iirtirli^tt, will plMue not inJulfre In 
pcrawnjilitlfs aii<l iincoiirtroiis larifniuK**. I'l't jire- 
jtout tiiclr vii-wa •■ wllli jfriue scHsoncu with salt." 

3. For t'lp hpni-nt of our readers and the good of 
the runic, we solicil tJiun?li ni mm from iill parts of 
th* Itrot ImtIio'hI. H e want some on- In eii-rh con- 
gtci^nlfu lo ki'cji UHiiupplled. Jn ihchrlvfi'ijl wny, 
give UN AM. tlic- rii(-t», and ve will iiiit tlifm in 
r>roiii<r Kliiijx' Always wrltf! with biHck ink, on 
narrow J'.ijxt. 

I. TriK \Uir.ruiiv.N at Woiik will Im spnt to 
ftnya'Idn-.-'.i in tin- ['hilfd ftlittt-s or Caniida fur 
#1.10 pfr annum, For tlie leading cliaracteiistica 
of til" jrai'i-r, na well im» U> mci-nlif bi-l- eiglitli 
jiafcf. A'I'IrfHii III! cunirnuniratiiins, 


Lanark, Carroll Co., IIL 



FEItttUARV 1(1, IfiHO. 

Dick's Siderial Heareni in out of print; 
bene* we can fill no more urderx for it. 

Bao. Dahiki. Vaniman held a aeries of laect- 
iHRU iu iiifrayvilh. III; hHjdized two, one of 
tlivin B iioU-d itliy-tK'iMii 

D. Ei.Mitri Woi.p. lorm'-Hy oftliiH |.|( 
u.<w puljIwhiiK u ueat nnd iiitciPHting monthly 
lit IlagTMlown, Md., callhd, "TliKl'eople's Jour- 


Ih alettnr receved I'rom Brother Hutchison. 
Jit Loajjmoiit, Colorado, we learn lint he 
soma btftt«r. He ei]>ecU to return home about 
March Hrot. 

Mr. Wkheb: Mr RayV 6th affirmative he- I lem.i^ 
iog delayi-d a weelt, rfarh** me just in the 
midst of our dchoot ex»niiuati<»n of second 
term and ojieninc of third term, winch crowd' 
us with hu-iinestt thiti week. Hence I will not 
be able to jirejjire an article fur n^-xt i'!tui>. 

.1. \V, STEt.V, 
Att. J/oms, Ulinuin. Jminnry 2ll, J>^0 

But "Mr Kay'a 6th affirmative" was not "de- 
laved a wpflk." It was -our tifch n gittive that 
was delayed, so that it did not reach m in time 
to be inserted the week It was due Dr. llayV 
sixth affirmative was sent you promptly. I 
hope you will eoop be able to spnd your articles 
on time, withtut being comp'-II-'d to hold uj) 
anextra week each time, as J ou have been do- 
ing lately. W. 

Be patient, friend "W." Did not Brother 
Steiii invunahly notify you when he found that 
lie could not send in tiU).-? Di.l Dr. Riiy do 
that when he failed to com. to time? It seem- 
ed to i)p all right when Dr. Kay could hold up 
a week or two, aud that without nofifyiag 
Biothf-r Stein in advance, but it is all wrong 
when, through pressms bcIhi"! duties, Brother 
S. gives you timely notice that he can not be 
oil time, By the way, where in Brother Stein's 
6th negative which was sent to you Jan. 2Slh. 
and at this writing (Feb. 6th) has notyet reach 
ed usf- Brother Stein's fault, is it? K. 

I-^t. Itie only way by which the feet-wa«hing ed on them," and commanded them to rfceire 
practiced by Ciiriot, ca-i he put out of Jerusa- ' the Holy Ghost, and this betore Pentecost. 

s to charge the Holy tJhost with ignorance. ' FifVi. Is feet-washing as a religious net, a 
and then prove it. Th^oppojeuN of Christ's goml work-':' Let us see. If God calls all hig 
leet-w«.-liing may engage in the work; we will institutions "good workn." the matter is settled, 
not. Sunw have even dan-d to do this by tak-* i Wecall up James 2: 17: 

lug abjut fourteen verse* m John 13 and put- 
ting rh. mat the beguinin^ nl chapter twelv 
rni-i IS presuming that luspiratiou wa-* igno 

"tvrn to Fiillh Itll bnlli d<jI Huiki, l> di^il. Iwlnd rilorif 

Is not the effect of (aith a good work ? 
Do we not agree that when we hreak hrea( 

-id not understand how to regard eveiit>; ■ ^^^ <^'^"J« ^^^ cup we do a good 


knew uothiui^ about order aad arfiugei 
We speak thus because there is a dtspu«itiou 

I er every ordiiiaLce of God is a good wtrk or an 
I'/'/work. It must be one or the other. Pray- 

tested to mislead by claiming that part of ] '"S '^ * g^od work; preaching is a good work, 

John i;J belongi to Joha 12— that a little of 
Juhu 13 had slipped out of place. 

S-fCDiiil. I call your attention to two more 
facts,— that of the betniyal and the denial. In 
Matt. L'(J; 21; Mark 14: 10, associated with the 
coiiimuuion. we have the language of Christ to 
Jtidus; and in John IS: 21 the same language 
in connection with the account ofiee t-wjishing 
The Sivior used this language but ouce, there- 
fore not at two places. In Matt. 20: 34, Mark- J*'''"^""'''Sood works, which God before on 

breaking bread is a good work, and washing 
feet as directed by Jesus is a good work. If 
you are called upon to forgive your enemies, is 
not that a gjoi work? Every act of God 
every institution of God is a good work. Paul 
says to the brethren at Ephesus, 

We are his workmanship created hi Christ 


Delivered in Lanark. Illinois, Sunday Evening 
Feb. 1, 1880. 

Bi)iiTHKi[ A. S. LKRit, of Morrisonville. III. .in- 
forms us that iiis eyes are slowly improving, 
and that he can now sea to read coarse print 
TIms will be joyful news to his many friends. 

The Sunday-school woikers in Town have 
appointed the 20th inst. to meet in Smith 
Waterloo church to consider work. Those in 
Middle Indiana meet on the 10th Inst, in 0- 
\ii\u\ Creek (Church f »rthe samepiirjxise. 

Wn.i, each of our readers make an eff,)rt to 
' the circulation of the B. at W.? We 
lau write just as ea-iily for t*n thousand as 
for ono tbousand. Do all you cun, ask the 
I.'>rd to bless you, and all will go well. 

B«o. S. CucK says we made a mistake in an 
it-m of news a few weeks ago and wishes it cor- 
r. . M. He says, "At ihe love iu Cedar 
" " . Mi., SIX were haptizd. throe froui the Ne- 
v.iil;i District, and three from thai, church " 
We gladly unJie the correction. 

H«'N. Jacoii Snell and John Met/.Ier recent 
l> lipid some meetings iu Nupan..-, |,„1. Unadf 
"vre verj- muddy yet the attendance was ..ood 
It iH the old, old story rejieated ag,.i„. IVople 
mi- willing to listen to the truth if p^, s^„l,,] i„ 
the "pint of the Muster. 

Wucrtlltlie attention of our KaderH to the 
article on an other page ©ntitlMl "Tobmco 
Sinokinii:." It is a plain statement of facts 
"hich should find lodgement in the minds of 
all who desire to do good to their fellow-man 
andto tnemsolves. 

PK..i.KssaK Me Garvey's letters from Palestine 
are aftordmg many of our reader* considorahle 
enjoyinent. They hring to the mind many 
valuable pearls from the Bible Land, nnd give 
one nicreafled desire* to .tudy the Book of books 
which hrstrevealed unto us the places and the 
I incident* conne;U-d with them. 

Thi: hurry an i crowd of huMnessis now suL- 

, Siding, and we hope to give the contents of our 

paper more attention in the future than we 

t have during the pa^t few weeks. We here ex 

, l)re« our gratitude to all our agents and pa- 

"-■-- tor their suppmt, i,;d»l;;ence aud syoiL- our heart felt thanks to Almighty God 

• ' protecting love and mercy. 

I ^ our notice of I(^^ arrangements i, 

we forgot to motion the Chicago. Kock 

-andPacific. We expect to arrange „ id, 

' '■«! »l3o, therefore those living alon? the 

" '''ll'leaaeuanie Nations where thev ex 

' "'^V* ^^^ *"■ *'"' *=-'"^'" o""-''^i«« lull rates will 

" ^ "^''^'ons onlv where Brethren intend t<> 
■' »';<' t^'n, "-id if no tickets are there, full 
'111 be charged. 

^pilE firat three verses ofhyran459 were sung. 
1 after which the following from Acts 3: 22, 
was read: 

-ForMc^MinjI) wlJ.inlo th- l-i,tl«n.. A Pn.|Tliot .l.ali |h» Lord 
juur(i»lnil«i.up<jDlayaiiaryuur lirelhroo IJko uulo mo; tilniirliall 
j» hMr Id nil llil»,(> urhulwiinr bo •litll «/ unto you." 

The subject this evening, is Feet-washing— a 
Church Ordinance. I assume the affirnia'ive uf 
the question, and shall endeavor to present 
Scriptures in proof of the idea that the doctrine 
uf I'\-et-wa>liing is an obligation which devolves 
ipon every believer in Christ; and while we 
fsamine this sulject let us remember that we 
have both public and private duties; hut private 
dut;es are distinct from public duties iu more 
ways than oue. 

The first point I call your attention to is, 
that tlie Savior did not wa^h his disciples' feet 
iu Bethany. I present this uotspecially to favor 
feet- washing as a church ordinauce, but to cor- 
rect an error of recent origin. I repeat, that 
the idea that Christ washed his disciples' feet in 
Bethany is of recent origin. In disproving thi 
idea, I shall not claim it as an essential element 
in an ordinance; for Christ had power to set up 
an ordinance on the plain, on the mount, in the 
private house, or in the temple. His power is 
not limited to places made by human hands. 

Buck, in his theological dictionary, says that 
singing is an ordinance; thar, praying is an or- 
dinance; that preaching is an ordinance. This 
raises (he inquiry, What is an ordinance? An 
ordinance is a rite or ceremony based upon 
certaiM principles. Will any one deny that 
preaching is not a ceremony? Action is re- 
quired in preaching; and this action is baaed 
upon certain principles, which together consti- 
tute an ordinance. Prayer is an att— something 
done iu compliance with divine principles.hence 
properly an ordinance. But more of these ^k"h- 
c»>/r.^ further on. I now call attention to the 
Bethany matter. Matt. 21: 17 says that Jesus 
is in Bethany. The same chapter and 18th 
verse puts him on the way to Jerusalem. We 
now call up verse twenty-three, and that puts 
him iM the temple iu Jerusalem. First, we had 
Ch'ist in Bethany; second on the way to Jeru 
salem; and third in Jerusalem. We now call 
up chapter 24, and verse i4, which tells us that 
he is out of Jerusalem on Mt. Olives We fol- 
low him closely aud in chapter '2G. verse 
18 wo learn of his sending two disciples to pre- 
pare the paasover; and in verse 20, testifies that 
"when the even was come he sat down with the 
iwelve,"— not in Bethany, but in the '-nest- 
chamber" iu Jerusalem. We now have him in 
Jerusalem, where he instituted the communion. 
Lord's Supper, and fert washing. If we should 
i:all up Mark and Luke on this point, they 
wouM testify just as Matthew does; hence p«, 
them by and call attention to John 13; 12 
which tells of his going to Jeruealani ; and after 
thi', not a word i* said about his going out o' , 
Jerusalem until he had waiht^d tho 

14: 20; Luke 21: 34 occurs the language of 
Christ to Peter concerning his denial, und in 
these placcs that bit of information to Peter, 
was at the place where the commuuiou was 
instituted. In Johu 14; S."^, occurs the same 
language associated with the account of fett 
washing. Now if Matthew, Mark aud Luke 
place this iu connection with the institution 
01 the bread and wine, and .L-hu places it with 
feet-iviishiug, does it not follow that the ordi- 
nance of feet-WHihing was instituted at the 
same time and place with the communion? 

Third. What are the principles or el--ment9 
of an ordinance? 1. Diviue authority. 2, Com- | 
mand. 3. Example. 4. Promi-e. The Master 
declares, "All power is given unto me iu heaven 
and inearth."— Matt. 2S: IS. This settles the 
question of authority, not only authority, but 
(/"///(■authority. 2. "Ye also ought to wash 
one another'- tVet." (John 13: 14) aud "ye 
should do as I have done to you." (verse 15.) 
liciB is cowmand. 3d. Christ washed the 
disciple's feet, then told them. "I have given 
yon au example.'' He even did not say this of 
ba[.tiam; yet be fjavc the example. He did not 
fiiij he had given them an example in the break 
iig of bread, yet be did, in feet-washing he 

dained tliat we should nalk in them. my 
friends, here is In*piratioudecl.iring that God 
ordained that we should i erlorm the works 
given to us! 

If a man practices feet-washing in the pub- 
lic assembly, and thus his "part" with Jesus, 
is he not doing a good work';* Whatever God 
requires us to do, publicly or privately, is a 
good work. Why do our friends regard feet- 
wtishing in private as a good work, but when 
done publicly, au evil work? How Ao they 
account for this difference? 
I Sixth. Suppose that verse fourteen of the 
13th chapter should read thus: 'Y*e ought mi 
wash one another's feet." Afttr reading it 
that way , you go into a congregation 
where they wash one another's feet. You see 
them engaged, then turn to your Bible, and 
read, "Ye ought »«/ wash one another's feet," 
and instantly you cry out, "Men, aud brethren, 
you are violating the command of God!" We 
tell yon that "ought" is not binding; but you 
insist that it /-■-■. In that case, my friends, 
would you not seo all the force and power in 
that little word nughlf With ought mt in 
John 13: 14, would you not, with great bold- 
ness, tell us we are adding to the word? Cer- 

f/dre the example, &nA told them of it. 4. 'If | taiuly you would, and justly, too; but how is 
ye know thfse things happy are ye if ye do i ''' "''i''" t-be word "ho/" is not there? We trust 
them," (v. 17). This settles the question of y" ^^ ^^^ the force of this, and at once 

promise". Thus you see we have di-ine author- 
ity, command, example aud promise— all ele 
enls in an ordinance. 

Fourth. The word ekklesia occurs one hun- 
dred and fourteen times in (he New Testa- 
ment, aud is translated church, assembly and 
congregation. "Tell it unto the church." (Matt. 
18: 17) is the same as tell it unto the congre- 
gation. If ten or more persons who obey the 
Lord, assemble in Lanark, is not that the 
church at Lanark? If even tive or two, meet 
iu the "name" of the Lord, is not that the 
congregation at that place? Who will deny 
that the twelve with Jesus present, was not 
the congregation of the Lord? When the 
twelve were present at one place, and Je^ug 
washed their feet, was not that the ekklesia 
of the Lord at that place? 

"But the church was not then organixed," 
says tlie objector. 

That IS an assumption. Christ gave his disci- 
ples power to baptize, to heal the sick, to 
cleanse lepers, raise the dead, and cast out dev- 
ils; yet, by the arguments of some they were | 
unqualified to assemble in a church capacity. 

Christ knew what was in man ; aad ivhile on 
earth needed no man to testify to the truth 
Was not an apostle an officer? Were they not 
chosen apostles he/ore the day of Pentecost? 
Certainly they were; therefore, there wa.s an 
ekkh.ia-^ congregation with officers three 
aud a half years before Pentecost. We repeat 
therefore, were not the twelve at the house of 
Simon the leper, the church at that place? 
Was uot the twelve in Jerasalem in the guest 
chamber, the church at that i.lace? Was not 
the one hundred and twenty in the upp.r room 
(Acts 1: 13. 15) at Jerusalem, the congregation 
of the Lord at that place? Hear John 20: 10 

22, 23: 

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change your opinion to faith. Opinion says 
"Ye ought not," ba tdithsays, "Ye ought" 

Seteuth. Adam Clark, Blackwood, Dr. J. 
W. Herring in his life of Christ. Bishop Pierce, 
and the great majority of commentators «nd 
historians say that Christ washed the disciples' 
feet at the same time that he instituted the 
Eucharist. Herring says, -'Ha washed their 
feet ' ■* in order to show theui an example of 
the utmost humility and condescension." 
Scores of men on the other aide of this ques- 
tion can be brought up iu support of the idea 
that Jeans washed his disciples' feet iu Jerusa- 
lem in the night in which he was bftrayed. 
However the people of God will obey Jesus, no 
di'tdrence where the command is given. 

The commission (Matt. 28: 19) the new birth, 
(John 3: 5), the Holy Spirit. (John 20: 12). were 
all given prior to Pentecost; so that the plea 
that ail was chaotic unlil the miraculou.« out- 
pouring of the Spirit falls of its own accord. 
Jesus immediately after washing his disciples 
feet, said: "tf ye know these things, happy are 
ye if ye do them." These things means more 
! than thing. Them does not mean, it. 

You, my friend, who have never washed feet 
asJesusdid,howcau you tell what blessing 
there is in it? Has the man who never broke 
bread any expr-rience in bread-breaking? How 
does the man wlio never prayed, know anything 
about the bleasin2:s that come that way? The 
man who never ha.s been b;ipt.i/,fd, can he tell 
anything about the blessings of baptism? So 
in fett-washing. Does the man who never 
washed feet in the congregation of tlie Lord, 
know anything about the blessings that follow 
that act ^ Do we, therefore. hei.r that Prophet 
in all things, when we refuse fo hear him in 
For want of space, the balance of the sermon 

IS omittfd. 

iieporttd bjf Gk-o. H<iLMt:s. 

Tm old people -it meetin-^are arieasautsight. 
Tbegray han^ .ndicute exjierience and judg- 

Here itisexpressly stated that Jesus "br.t.-rL:t::t:^ir;^^^^^^ 

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Ph «. J QauudK] 

T1/^H\ not? Why cun we not have >(mr 
VT consput? Wby do you sljgbt the iuvi- 
tatioc:-' U there wtre uo Christians in the 
worlil dou't you thiuk it wnAd be It-** ei j ya- 
ble? Have jmi ever st-eii a man yon loved less 
because he would do right, or was a Ctiristian? 
Do yon think imy among your wnrhlly friend-* 
would esteem you le-is if you had tlie love of 
God she(i abroad in your heart? Would life 
lose its sweetness if you should become an \ie\r 
ofetenwlgUry? Ah, don't you think if you 
badau approving conscience for your conduct 
. that you wuuld be happier? U there auythiug 
denied a Christian which will diminish his hap- 
piaeas lie e? Is tnything Ih it it is good for man 
to have, which is denied him Y U is only that 
which does man barm that he is forIiiddnn to 
do, or have. D.) you tluuk God could love his 
children and create things which tht-y would 
be benefitted by usiuK and then forbid their 
use? No, never. God wants man lo b(> happy. 
Ifh^ does not. why does he do so much fur 
niau? Why do^s he cause the earth to produuj 
tliat which pleas" s the palate, and at th^ same 
time^atisHe:) tlie wantt o( the body ? Why dues 
he sati.tfy man with the things uecesaarylo pro 
tect hid pecsDu and ni ike him comlortahlel'' 
No, my dear friend-, in 'iruoniing a Ciirisliau 
you havi- nothiig to lir^e. hut everything to 
gain, Ir juu w. nid hiive your mind at peace 
and enjoy real comfort and not a mere luucy ol 
tlie biaiii or ima^iiialiitii of the heart, set your 
aflectiom on ihiiigi above. It will make you 
happier than all earlhly pomp and grandeur 

Though the hand of affliction be laid heavily 
iipou you, darkness surround you, storms ot 
temptatiuu and opposition sweep over you, 
friends bi'tray and forsake you. if the spirit ol 
Chrisit possesses your soul, yuu can count it all 
j')y. Yon will then soar above tlie low plane of 
carnal nature, wliich only enjoys "the lust of 
till' eye and the pridf of life." You will then 
see all things pure and holy and lovely. Sen- 
suality will then in you no longer be a consum- 
ing iir-e. In the midst of adversity oud distress 
you may hiive tlie consolation of a home be- 
yond the floods of strile and conteutiou when 
you can lorever bask in the sunshiue of perfect 
p-^ace Y ou can then hold intercourse with the 
good angels — you can almost, with the eye of 
faith, behold the gates of heaven open and the 
spirits of "just men made perfect" standing 
there beckonin:^ you thitherward. Ob, reader, 
be a Christian that when you die the angels 
ni-iy carry you to Abraham's bosom where the 
wicked cease from troubling, where Gud shall 
wipe away all tears, and where there shall be 
no more parting— no more family ties broken, 
ii'T more sorrows, nor trials, uor temptations. 
lather and mother, sou and daughter, brother 
and sister, be happy Christians here that you 
nijy finally nifet each other, as a happy family 
and forever dwell togetlicr, in the mansions on 
tht> eternal shore. 


\ J ANV of those who have attended Annual 
}\ Meeting-' are aware of the great labors 
>i-iiiiliv resting on Hie Standing Committee. 
l'li» Committee commences ita work ou Monday 
lujiiiing; works all day, and sometimes till mid- 
!i ^lit. Early oil Tuesday morning the work is 
;. ii-wed and continued till time to open the 
-, vices in the Council building. At noon an 
exir;\ session is held. When the Council is ad- 
ji'urned at 4 o'clock, the Committee men, instead 
u) resting as others do, must enter their room 
fir Imsiuess and perhaps stay there, hard at 
n...rk, till after midnight. Thus tliey work and 
' -■ sleep till the meeting closes. In some iu- 
I res brethren fall asleep during the session, 
1 must he aroused so that the work can go 
I I baveseen promineut membsrsof theCom- 
; I ; tt -p lall asleep while sitting at the table in the 
i\>du,rit r^iom— they ould not help it, they 
were completely worn out. Then, to make it 
still worse, the Committee is sometimes severely 
censured because it does not do its work right. 
Considering the disadvantages under whith 
they labor, it is a wonder to nie that they per- 
form their work as well as they do. 

But such sufftringfl as the Standing Commit- 
tee must endure is uncalled for. There is no 
use ol mca working half of the night, losing 
sleep and wearing themselves out when there i--* 
plenty of time during the d;iy iu which to do 
all tlie work necessary. There is a remedy 

tor all this, and the sooner it is adopted the bet- 
ter it will be for both the Standing Committee 
andtba Annual Meeting. 

L-t thcStftiidiug Ciimmitlee r^ach the place 
of meeting on Thursday evening before the 
Council, and lommruretl.eir work early Friday 
morning, and by S-iturday evening t ey would 
have most of their wn,k complptfd. A short 
session on Mondiiy would enable thoni to fii.i-.b 
their work and have a little time left to enjoy 
themselves among actinaiutances as other meiu- 
beps do. Th's arraugement would permit the 
Brethren to cpen the Annual Meeting early 
on Tuesday mornim; and commence business 
at once. Thus the business could go ou, from 
day to day, early and late, without wasting hours 
waiting ou the Stnnding Committee. 

Our Committee uf Arrangements discussed 
this matter pretty fully during its last ses»iou. 
We would tike the Stnidiug Committee to meet 
at Liinark on Thursday evening before the A. 
M. so as to be ready for work early Friday 
morning. We were confident that sutli an ar- 
rjineement would meet the approbation of ev- 
ery number of I lie Stiiudiug Committee, but 
finally conolmled 'hat it wan not our privilege 
to niflt*- that change; it would be at^suminp 
rutlipr much authority on our part. Howtver. 
we trust that the propriety of a change iu tins 
respect will be bri'u^ht before the next A. M. 

But before closing wi- have this much to say: 
If arrangements can yet bt" made to have the 
Standing Committee meet at Lanark on Thurs- 
diiy evening so as to commence their work early 
Friday morning it will be just wliat the Com- 
mittee of .^rrangenmnts would like to see; we 
will welcome the Committee and make all nec- 
essary arrangements to entertain them. The 
committee can have the use of the Brethren's 
meeting nouse in town, near the place of meet- 
ing. We will see that they are boarded and 
have comfortable places to sleep. Now breth- 
ren, what say you? Are you in favor of having 
tlieStaudiny Committee meet in Lanark on 
Thursday evening before the next A. M.? If 
it cau be done, the A. M. can getth^ou8h^vitll 
its business in leas time, and we believe all 
will be much better sati^lied. 

.). H. Moor-. 
fMnark. IU. 


IN order to facilitate business, and render the 
work less perplexing, all the business per- 
taining to railroad arrange oxen ts is now placed 
in tlie bands uf Brother M. M. E^helman. Per 
sons wishing arrangements made on roads lead- 
ing to the A. M. should write him at Lanark, 
III. .1. II. MooKP. 



IT is objected thit inasmuch, as remission, 
everlasting life, etc., are conditions ou 
faith in Christ, John 3: 36; Acts 10:4:1, that 
they ceanot therefore be received by baptism. 
We answer. Faith really may be considered the 
first and last exercise which accepts pardon. 
No one can repent, let alone, he fit for baptism 
who does not believe the gospel, "Without 
faith it is impossible to please him; for he that 
cometb to God must believe that he is, and 
that he is a rewarder of them that diligently 
seek him." Ueb. IhO. Here faith is a con- 
dition of cominj aud mek'mg, and meu must 
coMif to Christ. Matt. 11:28; John 5: 40. and 
seek the Lord, Isa. 5o: 6, in order to be saved. 
Hence the faitli wliich precedes coming^ srek- 
in<i, repenting, heinij baptized, etc., however 
necessary, does not secure it if left alone. The 
promise of salvation to the believer is not to 
the erclusion but the indnsion 'of the other 
things required by the gospel as welljaii faith and 
without which faith itself ii dead. Hence the 
contrast bjtween savtn^ faith and its opposites 
by Christ. "He (pisteuoon) believing ou Ibe 
Son hath everlastins" life;*] but he {apeithoim) 
ilisoheyiug the Son shall not see iife." John 
3: 36. Mr. Willraarth, a Baptist writer in the 
Baptist ((uarterly of July 1877, says, "Faith in 
Christ is acted upon, acted out, and ao con- 
summated in baptism." alio that baptism "em- 
bodies the purpoacM and plidges of repentance 
(i. f., a change of mind), aud so consummates 
them." See Baptism oud Remission, pp.20, 21. 
This 18 what we teach. lam aware that we 

are met here by tUs a;c itition of jH»tiJicalion 
by tcork». Our opponent- tell us that Paul says 
not of works lepit any man should boa-it," etc.. 
bnt their indiscriiuinato application of the ex- 
prtsaions "not of works," not by works of 
righteousueM which we have done," "not by 
the work« of the la»-," etc., iuvalidatej itself by 
going too far. We h-lieve these declarations 
as strongly as any one and teii,:h them. They 
occur either when the apostle contraaU the 
law aud gospel, or congratulates, wyns, or 
admoninhes those who had been uuder the law. 
or were troubled by .ludaizing teachers; or 
when he addresses Jews wlio rested in the 
law, or gentiles with a view of reaching thi 
Jews through them. Their obvious meaning 
is, that Juatiticatiou or pardon is not by the 
works and righteousness of the J/o»rtic law. 
Nor is it by any work of human invention. 
But do the Scriptures ever tell us that Justiti- 
catiou is notby theworksof the gosnel?— not 
by the works of "the perfect law of liberty?"— 
not by obeying the commaudu of Jesus? Is 
he "the author of eternal salvatiou" to auj' 
but "them thatobej him?" . Heb. 5: D. God 
'will render to every man according to his 
deeds." Horn. 3: 6. Men will be judged by 
the things ■'written iu the books, acoordiug to 
their works." Rev. 20: 12. "Whoso looketh 
into the p-rfect law of liberty aud continueth 
therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a 
rf'i^c of //if ifocA-, this limn shall be blessed iu 
his deed. Ja>. 1: 35. "By faith Noah being 
warned by God concerning things not yet seen, 
• * prepartd an ark /'or ftw saving of /ijjt 
house; by icliirh (preparation of an ark) he 
romienined the world and hecnnie un Imr of the 
riiihfr.omiietix irhirh is bij faith." Heb. U:7. 
Did he not become heir of the righteou8ne>3 of 
fiiith by preparing itn arkf "What doth it 
profit my brethren though a man say he hath 
faith, and have not works, cau faith save him?" 
Jas. 2: \i. '"Wilt thou ,know, vain man 
that faith without works is dead? Was 
not Abraham our father justijird by works, 
when he had olfeied up Isaac his son upou the 
alt«r? Seestthou how /n(//i wrought with his 
i'orks,&nAbg works was faith made perfect'^ 
Aud the scripture wai fulfilled whioh vaith 
Abraham believed Gnd. and it wai impiiled un- 
to him for righteousness; and he was called the 
friend of Qcd," Jas. 2: 21-23. Thin w;!8 he- 
fore the law, uor does it refer to circumcision. 
It w a ih9 jlrst tiitu- Ooi conlirined his cove- 
nant promise, with which it was directly con- 
nected, to Abraham by oath. Bymyeelfhave 
I sworn saith the Lord, for bemuse thou hast 
done this thing and hast not withheld ihtj 
son, thine only son, that iu blessing I will 
bless thee, and in multiplying I will mul- 
tiply thy seed us the stars of heaven and as the 
sand upon the sea-shore; and thy spimI shall 
possess the gate of his enemies; and iu thy 
seed shall all the nations of the earth be bless- 
ed, bernuse thou hast obeyed mg I'oice." Gen. 22: 
16-lS. See Luke 1:73; Hob. 5: 13-17. "Y© 
see then how that by works a mait is Justijied, 
and not bg faith only." Jas. 2: 34. Thus we 
see that James had to correct the same error 
into which many are running now, who won't 
believe his teaching on this point, though an 
ai)ostle, and work hard to make others disbe- 
lieve it. But they complain that we "attach 
too much importance to the exercise of the 
creature." Ans: No people attach less merit 
to human actions than we. Are not repentance 
and faith creature exercises? Does God repent 
aud believe for sinners i" Do any people preach 
pardon without faith? Mark It!: Iti; Luke 13: 
3. Uepeutance, faith, aud baptism, are uU 
creature exercises, reiiuired by Gud only where 
they are possible and so far from meriting sal- 
vation, that after we have done all, we are Btill 
unprofitable servants aud have only done our 
duty. Nevertheless a u<;gk'ct of duty is a 
neglect of life. But why disparage the im- 
portance of work'f Is not faith itself teork'^ — 
the work of the understanding in apprehend- 
ing the truth? — the work of the will iu cou- 
senting to the truth?— the work ot the affec- 
liouB in confiding in the truth? Doea not the 
iroct of grace confer remiiision? — the tco^k of 
Christ merit it?— the work of the Holy Spirit 
apply it?— theirorA-of preaching proclaim it? 
Horn. 10: 14-17; I Cor. 1: 18-21— the tcork of 
repentance, faith aud bttpliiui accept it?— tie 
work of holiness continue iu it? "Blessed ar.- 
I hey that do bis commaudmeuis. that thty may 
have right to the tree of ii/«,aui uiaif enler 
through the gaits into the cilif," Ke' 

Chb such right and entrance br t;«joyed by tbOM 
who will no(rfo his coramaDdrnenti? Dr. 8, 
Grave- in the Ulandnrd, » Baptist paper of Chi- 
cago uf June 27th, 11*78. »ay>i "WhateTcr obe- 
dience to Uhrut has to do with salvation, bap- 
tiMii ha-." Auuriean Christian Ilvview, VoL 
31. psge 234 But some sfem to think be- 
cause we urge the importance of baptism that 
we Iherirfore undervalue the Atonement and 
the Holy ,-:j int work. I will Ih Mr. Willmarth, 
a Baptist, answer thia objection for us. He 
suy:f, "It cannot undervalue the Atonement, 
for the Baptism is out resting upon, and de- 
riving all its value from, the. name of the Lamb 
of God; and this ia distinctly understood by 
the person baptized, who submits to the rit« u 
a believer in that name. It cannot disparage 
the work of the spirit, since he alone efTectn- 
ally calls men to U-penUnce and Faith; and 
it isfc!/(Gre*k^rt,in, within the influence o() 
one spirit that we ,r,;-e all hapti^^d into one 
Itody. i". r, the spirit leads the penitent believer 
to Baptism aud bless the rite." Baptism And 
H?raiBaion, pp. », 10. Men may simply fc*. 
/iVir, and by no means be saved. "Then sud 
Jesus to those Jews which belieeed on him. If 
ye nmtimie iti my word, then are ye my disci- 
ples indeed; aud ye shall know the truth and 
the truth shall make you free. John 8: 31. 
n faith alone will save, these Jew* were aaved, 
yet Christ plainly tells them "ye are of your 
father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye 
will do" 8 44. This is one example in 
which even beluvtrs were children of the deril. 
"Among the chief ruler*, also, many betiectd 
on him, but because of the Puarisees they did 
not ronfess him, lest they should be turned out 
of thesyiiagoge, for they loved the praise of 
men more than the prai*e of GoJ." John 13: 
43,43. If faith alone saves, then these men 
were saved. "Tliey '•belitnd on him," but bad 
not confessed him, i c, had not put him on by 
baptism. They loved the synagogues better 
than the companionship of the despised and 
humble Naxarenes. They loved the praise of 
meu more thau the praisa of God. Were they 
ill a pardoned, saved state? Let Jesus answer. 
"Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me 
and of my words, ia thi'i adulterous and sinful 
generation, of him also shall the Son of Man 
be ashamed, wheu he couieth in the glory of 
his Father, with the holy aa-^Ai. Mark 8: 38. 
Fitith saves, with repentance and baptism. 
I'aul says, "Whosoever (.hail call ou the name 
of the Lord shall be saved." Kom. 10:13, 
Here salvation is couditioued ou calling ou the 
name of the Lord. It says nothing about re- 
pentance, faith, conversion, etc. Must we 
therefore conclude that it promises salvation 
to the exclusion of faith and as a condition? 
Certainly uot, and yet such a conclusion 
would be OS rational as the deductions which 
exclude baptism from passages which meution 
faith only. Because one lives by breathing 
does he therefore nut also live by eating, sleep- 
ing, etc.? If he would quit eating aud bleep- 
ing, how long would hisbreuth continue? Be- 
cause one's sins are remitted through faith can 
they therefore not be remitted through repent- 
anct* and baptism? Is nut submission to 
Christ's authority a conditiou of the very ex- 
istence oi eonjidenrr and trust in him? How can 
one confide ortru?it in a government for protec- 
tion, from which he witholds obedience? How 
can the farmer appropriate to himself by faith, 
God's promise of "seed time aud harvest," who 
refuses to put his hands to the plow? How 
could Peter's hearers on Pentecost have even 
if^'cii'/ all he preached without believing that 
they had to repent aud hf baptized tor the re- 
mission of sins? Acts 3: 3S. Would not a 
refusal of baptism ou their part have left them 
destitute of the faith which is unit salvation? 
was it not obedience to God in going forward 
into the waters of that typical baptism that 
Israel realised God's temporal salvation? Ex, 
14:13, l.»; 22-30. Wa» it uot the event in 
which their despoudeu:v aud fears were ex- 
changed for the faith which received the bless- 
ing? Vs. 10-13, 31. Would their faith bare 
saved them without it? But one quoting (C<d. 
2: 6) that if we rec^^ived Christ in baptism, m 
ought to coutinue to walk tu him in baptism. 
I answer, since we received him in baptism by 
faith, we have never been uitb-ipti:ri but hope 
by gracd to continue in that 8tat« unto the 

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February lO 

^ome a»«l f-AOiilv. 

Hii«l>wi<iB lovi- your wivt», WIvm. B.ibuilt your- 
.rt^« mli yonr nwn ln.»l-r.n.U. Children obej 

wratfi, but hrli.K Iticm up u. the " "rt»f ?X'i,'*fL 
mOTltlon of Ibe S^rvwita. be obedient to 
Ibem thul »re your maalwra— I aul. 


What raattf^r. fripnil, thmifth you :ind I 

May sow. ami olIierH Rather i* 
We bui! 1. iind others occupy. 

Ench tiiboring for the other. 
What thouKh we toil Irom huh to sun. 

Ami DiPii rurget to lltttter 
The noblfst wjrk our hituds liave done- 

If U d Jiplirovf. what iiuM^rf 
What matter though w* sow In tears. 

And crops fall at the reaping: 
What though the fnilt of patient years 
Fart perlfih In oiir keeping; 
ITpoH .mr .u,,.rd.d 1P--V..UV rt«od» 

Arim- ami temi)eHts gather— 
If faith hr-holilB l.eyoinlthP d'luds 

A flearprsky. what matt^r^ 
What matter though our castles fall. 

And dfmipjipar while bulHuijf: 
Though strange Iiimd-wrlting on the wall 

Flame out iioiid the gilding: 
Though pvery i-l.l or i hi- li-Tt 

The hand of death may shat'-r : 
Though hoiifM decay ami frknda depart— 

If heaven he ount. what inatl«i '/ 



WE often meet with persons who aeem to 
h«ve a very poor estimate of words and 
their true raeBning. They are powerful weap- 
ons, and produce joy or misery. Who has not 
felt the force of cntling, sarcastic words, sting- 
ing the heart and often tausing hours of 
wretchedness V Again, how sweetly falls the 
kind word, how Loucliing the look of sympathy 
and the warm pressure of the hand tliat tel! 
na unmirttaltahly. that others feel for us 
and would disdain the t h o u g h t of giving m 
pain. There are many to-day whose hearts are 
aching and liv.-n made bitter by the cruel words 
which have been thoughtlessly spokeu. Nu 
heart is bo callous that it taunot be penetrated 
by kindness. The moat degraded tramp that 
comei' to our doors, altlioujrh he may have led a 
lifb of wickeduess, aud hia appearance may indi- 
cate a rough nature, but we know not what 
may have been his trials and temptations, and 
if we manifest a leeling of tenderness for him;— 
apeak kindly »nd relieve his wants, we will 
awaken t<'nder thought-*, and perhnp'', as he 
rememhurs hiw rarly life and the sweet influ- 
ence of home and mother, the silent tear may 
be seen trickling down over the care-worn 
cheek. He will feel that he is not alone in the 
world, aud although he may be homeless, a sad 
thought indeed, yet lie will receive kindness 
from our haudt. with gnittsfulnesB, and will go 
forth with a dssire to live a bettor life. 

There is nothing gained by uttering words 
which wound senaitiv^ hearts, but often we 
drive from us tho^e who would be our true aud 
constant friends. Then let us learn to think 
before we speak and consider how ur would 
feel were some friend to speak harshly to us. 
There is so much in the ritaniier we speak. An 
old adage teaches us that "It is not bo much 
«?/j(i/ you say, as Aoir you say it, and this we 
have all experienced to be true. The same 
harsh language if spoken in a mild tone, and 
with a view to do us good would have quite a 
different effect aud leave good impressious. A 
certain writer says, "Harsh words are like hail- 
Btoues, which, if melted, would fertilize tht 
tender plauts they l)atter down " 

"Words ave lUhtrr than the clouds from 

Oil the rest less oeeau spray. 
VAiner than tlu» trembling shadows 

That the next hour steals awiiy. 
By thv fall of summer rain-drops 

In the air tia deeply stirred, 
And the rose leaf that we tread on 

Will outlive a wold. 

Yet in the dull siUnce breaking, 

Wi h a ligliluing Ihish. a word. 
Wearing endless desolation 

Un lUs blighting wings, I heard. 
Earth forge no keener weapons 

Dealing surer death anil pa n. 
And the cruel echo answered 

Through long years again. 
T have known a word hang atarlike 

o'er adrfary waite of years. 
And it only shone the brighter 

Looked at through a mist of tears. 
While n weary wanderer gathered 

Hope and heart on life's dark way, 
Uy its fiilthfiil promise shiniog 

Clearer day by day. 
1 h.-ive known a spirit calmer 

Than the clearest lake, and clear 
Aa the heaven that gaied upim it 

With no w;ive of h )pe and fear ; 
But a ftU)nu ha<I awept across it 

And Its deepest depths wer.- stirred 
Never, never more to slumber— 

Uuly by a word. 
I have known a word more gentle 

Than the lireath of summer air, 
la a. list'ning heart it nestled 

As It lived forever there. 
Not the beating of its prison 

Stirred it ever niglitor day, 
Only with the heart's last throbbing 

Cauld it fade away. 
Words are mighty, words are living 

Serpents with their venomed stiugs. 
Or bright angels crowding round us 

With heaven's light upon their wings. 
Everj' word has its own spirit. 

True or false, that never dies. 
Every word man's lips have uttered 

Echoes in Uod's skies." 
Lanark, Hi 


MUCH. The gentle elements of her nature 
have fitted her for command; and God 
has made the empjre of her heart boundless- 
Love is the b(tud of sympathy with all intelli 
gent creatures. It is the master-principle of 
society ; a spontaneous emotion of the soul, obe- 
dient to no motives save those which claim 
kiudsbip with its own character. tVar cannot 
inspire it; power caunot suppress it; wealth 
cannot purchase it; authority cannot command 
it. A slave in all its malignant passions, the 
soul is free in every exercise of affection, in 
every part of benevolence. However other 
objects may inspire the emotion, woman was 
made to be mistress of this passion in the soul. 
If she does not rule in the heart of man, it is 
usually because goodness does not rule her 
own. She may light the torch of benevolence, 
and direct its fire wherever she wilt; her empiric 
is boundless and free. This influence was given 
to make her both the guardian and ministering 
angel. Devoted to frivolity, her influence reach- 
ea only to the fancy, and neither makes or 
returns a permanent conquest; but consecrated 
to charity, it will die only with the memory of 
her who was "last at the cross, and first at the 

Intemperance afflicts man; but it blasts wo- 
man. It lays the withering stroke on her 
heart, aud her beauty consumes like a moth, 
while her joy goes down to the tomb. Man 
survives the loss of happiness; woman — never. 
Man has a thousand chances to secuie it— wo- 
man has but one. The evils which intemper- 
ance lays upon man, come often one at a time; 
on woman ttiey light all together. We ask 
her to throw her benevolence into the scale, to 
secure protection for her own fireside, and her 
own heart. For auglit you can tell, the l'<»te 
of yonder widow, friendless and forlorn, may 
soon be yours; for aught you can tell, the de- 
stroyer who wrote the mother cliildless, to- 
morrow may lay destruction at your door aud 
break your heart. Whatever may be your pow- 
er to attract, to persuade, to command, hesitate 
not to throw that power into this cause, aud 
then, no matter what may be the result, yon 
shall know that yon are guiltless. 

In the domestic circle is cast the character 
of mau; it gives expression to nations. If pu- 
rity Hud peace are not found there, society will 
be tilled with discontent aud contention. As 
sure as intemperance crosses the threshold ol 
domestic life, every pure and high infiuence 
will depart. Low indulgence, crawling down 
through every degree of meanness — even though 
covertdwith refinement — drags the soul along 
robbing it of noble sensibilities, and introduc- 
ing it to every torm of "swilled insolence," till 
she entirely 'loses the diviue property of her 
first being." Let those who preside over t e 
aanctities of domestic life, and administer its 
sacred rights, guard the entrance against the 
first apppoao;h of this monster. If the house- 
hold gods are not kept in purity, there is not 
a deity that is safe from pollution. — Golden 



WE often see the motto, "What is home 
without a mother?"' aud 1 have realized 
the truthfulness of it long ago. To-day as we 
witnessed the family and friends of an aged 
father take the last lingering look at the pal< 
face, aud part to meet never more on earth, we 
thought what is home without a father? I 
could enter into their feelings, a.s I too have 
recently had to part with a dear father, to 
whom we had been accustomed to look for 
counsel and advice. 0. what a change when 
father is token away! Home with ita sacred 

associations no more exists. Sad thought, and ; 
no doubt o'lr friends reali/.e the same, but this 
IS not the liist of them. We can look beyond 
Mils vale of tears with the eye of faith and be- 
hold another scene. There are the spirits ol 
the just made perfect in that blest abode, wait- 
ing to greet us home again if we also prove 
faithful until the end. Then will our sorrows 
be turned to joy when we meet to part no 
more in that city of gold. Our homes in this 
world are dear, but that home will so far exceed 
the best and loveliest here that we cannot con- 
ceive the glory of it, even the streets of the 
city are of pure gold. While contemplating 
this we must cease to sorrow aud rejoice that 
we have those there who were so dear to us 
here. While thinking of them our minds are 
drawn from earth, and our affections centered 
more firmly on things above. May we strive 
to become worthy to enter the golden city and 
meet our loved ones there to be reunited for- 

Miffl'mhurg, Pa. 


ALL great works are done by serving God 
with what we have on hand, Moses was 
keeping sheep in Midiau. God sent him to Is- 
rael, but he shrank from tin; undertaking. We 
sympathize with Jethro's herdsman, alone and 
a stranger, owning not a lambthathe watched. 
He had nothing but his shepherd's rod cut out 
of a thicket, the mere ciabstuk with which he 
guided his sheep. Any day he might throw it 
away and cut a better one. Aud God said: 

"What is that in thine hand? With this rod, 
with this stick, thou shalt save Israel." And 
so it proved. 

"What 'is that thou hast in thine hand. 
stranger?'" An os-goad with which 1 urge my 
lu/.v beast." Used for God, and Shamgar's ox- 
goad defeats the Philistines. 

"What is that in thine hand, David?" 'My 
sling with which I keep the wolves from the 
sheep." Yet with that sling he slew Goliah, 
whom an army dare not meet. 

"What is that in thiue hand, disciple?" 
"Nothing but tivc barley loaves aud two fish- 
es." "Bring them to me: give them to God." 
And the multitude was fed. 

"What hast thou, Dorcas?" "My needle." 
Use it for God. and those coats and garments 
keep multiplying, and are clothing the naked 
stUl.— BiA/e ^tiuknt. 


IT seems to me nature designs very few peo- 
ple to be scholars, but when so many make 
a failure of life we are greatly surprised aud 
say they had a good education, when in reality 
it was, for them, the worst education in the 
world, because they were not fitted to do their 
work. The result of education should be to 
elevate one's uses, but sometimes a student 
himself reminds one of the cheap wooden box 
in which his books are packed. We certainly 
have different capacities for assimilation of 
mental food, and I think that to be gifted with 
a tenacious memory and a brain that is not 
constructive, and a little heart that will always 
be poor aud have nothing to give is a most 
melancholy state of affairs. There is a certain 
kind of character, which if it tries to be a 
scholar, is a miser with his wealth, because it 
does not know how to spend and make use of it. 
— Good Compamj. 



Mount Hermon. 

[/Mm tbu "Cbrietlau Slaudnrd" Ly niwclal ArraugBmcDtl 

MY last letter closed with an account of 
Citsarea I'hilippi, and of the castli 
crowned rock which rises one thousand teet 
above it. The locality was full of interest on 
account of it^s association with the sixteenth 
chapterof Matthew; but when our eyes were 
lifted up to the still lottinr spurs of majestic 
Hermon, which rose before us to the north, 
we were reminded of that grandest of uU the 
scenes in the life of Jesus, hii transfiguration, 
which occurred on some of those bights. If 
the apostle Peter, looking back after many 
years to that glortouB vision, could style its 
locality "the holy mount" (2 Peter 1: 18), the 
modern pilgrim to the Holy Laud may be ex- 
cused for regarding it with veneration. Filled 
with this emotion, I was determined to accom 
plish what few excursions attempt, the ascent 
iif Mt. Hermon to its topmost summit. For 
this purpose, instead of taking the most direct 
route from CiL-sarea Philippi to Damasacus, 
which would liave led ua along the aouthern 

side of Mt. Hermon, we took the most circuit 
OU3 route around its northern slopes. In regard 
to the most available poiut Irum which to make 
the ascent, there was a palpable conflict be- 
tween the wish ol our dragoman, backed by 
that of the muleteers, and the advice contained 
lu our most reliable guide hook. We found, 
that by following tho guide book (Baedeker's) 
we would accomplish our purpose, and reach 
Damascus one day sooner than by following 
our living guide; so at the nek of a threatened 
rebBiiiou among the muleteers, who were in. 
capable of thinking that anything should be 
done differently from what it had been done, 
we gave positive ordeis that the ascent should 
begin from the village of Hasbeya. We also 
ordered that while we, with the dragoman and 
our attendant servant, were making the excur- 
sion, the camp should move forward to the vil- 
lage of Rasheya, about fifteen miles further on, 
at which point we were to complete the descent 
ol the mouutam. 

With this plan in view, we rode, on the 18tli 
of June, from Ciesaarea Philippi to Hasbeya, a 
distance of about eighteen miles. At Habheya 
we were introduced to a new phase oi aocial 
life. The population is chietly Christian, of 
the Greek Church, and the village was the 
scene ot one of the most lieudibh outrages 
which oecured during the attempt at a univers- 
al massacre of the Syrian Christians in the 
year IStiO. About l.ODlj of these unfortunate 
people took refuge from their persecutors in a 
castle occupied by the Turkish governor, v?here 
they had promise ot protection. But the gar- 
rison ol Turkish soldiers, under whose protec- 
tion they had placed tliemselves, tell upon 
them and murdered them in cold blood. Mud, 
womeu and children were indiscriminately 
butchered, aud their bleeding bodies were 
heaped together in great luassea where they 
fell. When we rode into the open court of 
about an acre in extent, which lies in front of 
this castle, our dragoman, who remembered 
well the the time of the slaughter, and waa 
him-elf under arms in Beruit, with his fellow 
Christians, calUd a halt, and solemnly poiut- 
iug to ttie building, said: "in there the blood 
was not less than three feet deep, and all over 
this court it was not less than four inches." Of 
course this was an exaggeration, but he told 
the story as it had been told to him; and the 
tact that it IS believed, shows how deep au im- 
pression on the public mind was made by the 
fearful tragedy. I was the more impressed 
with the scenes of this awful massacre, from 
having met at Tyre, a lady whose parents and 
immediate relatives were all among the vic- 
tims. Stie was left a helpless orphan, only ten 
years of age: but Mrs. Mott, an English Udy 
in Beruit, who had and still has, a school for 
girls, received her luto it, supported her, edu- 
cated her, taught her the Protestant faith, and 
sent her forth to be a missionary teacher. She 
was teaching a school in Tyre, and such woa 
her interest in Christian people, that when we 
Were there she made a visit to our camp and 
related to us the story of her life and labora. 
Long may bhe continue to show her gratitude 
fur the blessings bestowed on her, by spreadiug 
the light among the children of her benighted 
people. I thought, while conversing with her, 
of uur own orphan school at Midway, Ky., 
and I would commend her example to the dear 
girls of that iuslitutiou. 

I said that we were introduced at Hasbeya, 
to a new phase of social life. It was new in 
contrast with that of the Arab population 
amid which we had hitherto traveled. Here, 
the houses, though cheap and plain, had about 
them an air of cleanliness and home comfort. 
Women, in clean garments, were seen sitting 
on the door steps, (ji on the cheap verandahs, 
engaged in i^ewiug or knitting; and a number 
of plainly but decently dressed women, with 
white veils thrown gracefully over their heads, 
but not dr;*wn down over their faces, freely 
came about our camp ts sell little articles of 
their handiwork. The ease, comfort and free- 
dom everywhere apparent, presented a pleasing 
contrast with the bondage, filth and shrinking 
rt-serve, which we had everywhere saen in Mo- 
hammedan communities. 

Having a long aud laborious ride before us 
for the lUth, we were up before daylight; we 
ate breakfast by the light of candles, and ere 
the sun had guilded the hill tops, we were in 
the saddle. From about aix o'clock till noon 
we were continually ascending thrj steep slopes 
which ltd toward the summit of Mt. Hermon- 
Our starting point, the village of Hasbeya, i* 
2 300 feet above the level of the sea, and our 
ascent included nearly 7,000 feet more. We 
encountered nothing of special interest on the 
way, except one most remarkable sarcphagus- 
It was situated some five or six thousand feet 
above the sea, remote from any town or pernia* 
neut habitation, and consisted of a maaa or 

ITf binary lO 


natural rock ftbout eight leet wide by ten in 
Ipiiirth, mid risiug about st-veu teet above ilie 
grouud. lu tht) flat top of this rock were two 
graves, ^ide bv aide, with » thin ruck piirtitioii 
left betwBpn, auii in thM l)oltom of each a imr 
row vault like tUost- in modern graven lor th^ 
immediate renting place of the body. They 
were the graves, in all [irobability, of a ui«n 
and his wife dug litre under the impulse of 
soro>^ strange caprite. and supposed to lie a s,- 
cure resting place for their dust nutil the res- 
arrection morning. But the stone slubs whiiib 
covered them are gone, the graves have beeu 
ritlel of all their contents, and there is notli- 
iug to telltiie story of tliedwid aiau'nhopes vs- 
cept the empty bdiJ silent ruck. 

Mt. Ilermon is not a rocky mountain, al- 
though some very hold and majestic masses of 
naked rock are seen at intervals; hut its surface 
is composed chiefly of smooth slopes covered 
with soil, and in the spring it is clothed with 
verdure. Even as late as June 19th, the date 
of our ascent, the meltiug musses of snow sup- 
ply sufficient moisture to keep alive a consider- 
able amount oi vegetation, and the shepherds, 
in search of green pasture, le^id their Honks el 
goatatoits very summit. Here they walcli 
over the Hocks by night us well as by day, mid 
their food is brought to them from the far dis 
tant villai^e below. Nor is their busiii.'SH mi- 
attended with dunger; for in these uninliabiti'd 
mountniu regions ravenous besists that would 
devour the Hocks are still found. Of this we 
had oculur deuioustratiou; for while we weie 
standing ou the summit of the mouutiiin a 
large brown bear btdrted up not far Irom us, 
galloped leisurely otf, ^md just before he disap- 
peared, turned arouud, dowu, and ga/'d at 
us fur a few moments as If in doubt a^ to our 
identity, or of our nght to iavadt; bis domin- 
ions. 1 know not how he getn his food unlesi 
he lives upon kids which he steals from tlu 

The top of the mountain contains evidence 
that it was not always the uninhabited regioi 
that it now is; for it cont<iins the riiiris u 
an ancient heathen temple, and a dwellin; 
place cliiseled iu the solid rock. The latter i 
a circular room about twenty- four feet iu diaiu 
et«r, and its ceiling, which is about eight feel 
high, is supported by a pilUr of the natural 
rock left standing mt far from the center. 
Before its doorway, which is now nearly block 
ed up with farth, are two pieces of granite 
columns about fifteen inches in diameter, one 
prostrate, but the other still erect. Who in- 
habited this singular dwllin^, whether the 
heathen priests of the temple near by, some 
hermit of the dark ages, or the stiepherds ol 
some forjier period, can not now be determiu- 
ed. But it was certainly a very suitable dwell- 
ing for a mountain-top which is covered with 
snow during the principal part of the year, 

Tbe fall of snow aud rain in this entire 
country was much lighter than usual last 
Winter, and couaequeutly, we found on the 
mountain only a fuw small patches of snow, 
and these will disappear before the Summer is 
over; but usually the snow remains in large 
fields throughout the entire Sumrrer. 

Notwithstaudiug the masses of immelted 
snow that were about us, and our elevation ot 
more thau 9,000 feet above the sea level, the 
thermometer stood at 7r, and we were eon 
straintd to shelter ourselves from the sua with 
our umbrellas. 

The view from the top of Hermon was of 
course the most extensive that we enjoyed in 
all our tour. Our eyes were very naturally 
turned first towards Damascus. It was too far 
away to be distinguished, even with a glasrs. 
It appeared like a flm.ill yellow field of irregu- 
lar outline, in the midst of a vast field of 
green. The oasis in which it lies, and which 
made such by the waters of the famous rivers 
Abaua and Fharper, was all in view, and the 
surrounding deaerb was seen to stretch away 
in every direction until it was lost in the dim 

Our eyei wrtre next turned southward, over 
the region which we had recently traversed 
Far down in a deep depression lay the lake of 
G.ili!ee, almost hid by the mist which the heat- 
ed atmoBphere is constantly lifting from its 
surface. Il«yoad the lake of Galilee, the farth- 
est point that we could distinguish was Mt 
Tabor; and farther to the west the horizon 
was bounded by the long ridge of Mt. Carmel. 
Westward and to the north west, the moun- 
tains of Lebanon hid all more distant obipct.-* 
from the view, and between them and the 
Hermon range lay spread the long, narrow 
valley called by the Romans, C.ule-syria. The 
atmosp i-ere was exceptionally clear, an d 
throughout the wide circuit of our hori/.on the 
various objects were unusually distinct. 

In regard to the atraoiphere of Palestine I 
was seriously disappointe-'. All the tourists 

whose writinijs I had re*l united in oue un- 
brokemhorus to extol the uinrvelous cleiratMs 
of the Syrian Btino*ph*re. and the brillinucy 
of a Syn.ti sk> by night. My expectation 
wan tb-reloro ke.el up v^ry hiijh. and I antici- 
pated rare enjoymHiit from tlii* source. In oiii' 
respect I wa^ .mt dHanpoiuted. 

During the ei;:ht\ six days of our aijniriiiu 

Palestine and Soulluru Syria, there were not 
more than eight or ten, 1 Ihmk. m which the 
suH did not shine all the day, and thestarsali 
the niijht. And when looking at distant ob- 
jects, we almost invaribly underestimated their 
distance from us. But 1 accounted for thiv 
latter circumstance by our want of experience 
in estimauug long distances, rather than by au 
unusual transparency of the atmo.sphere, because 
in almost every instance we found diiitant ob- 
jects covered with a haze which prevented us 
Irom seeing them distinctly, and every 
tune tliut we climbed a higlit for the purpose of 
obtaining a farreachiug view, the haziuess o! 
the atmosphere was a tantalizing hindrance. I 
Wits led to make fre^vient comparisons with 
the atmosphere of our own country; and al 
though in America we have manyramy, cloudy 
and misty days, 1 am sure that I have seen 
objects there with more distinclnes than I have 
Palestine; and although our nights are ofcen 
dark, ! have looked up from my own door step-s 
II the aunimer litiie with my wile aud children 
about me, to a clearer eky aud to brighter atan> 
than I have seen in Pulfstine, Kgypt. Greece or 
Italy, And ihen, on u frosty uight in winti-r. 
if the stars and moon Mver shone more brightly 
iu the wide world thau th»y shine on the free- 
born people of America, I have yet to see it, or 
to read of it in authentic records. I think it 
must be English writers, in whose aea girt home 
clei'r day aud a bright night are seldom seen, 
who have given to Pulestiue itj fictitious repu- 
tation for transparency of atmosphere. 

Our descent ofMf. Herman was tar more 
rapid, and along far steeper slopes, than our as 
cvnt. It had hurdly begun when we passed a 
flock of goats gru/.mg beside a bank of snow 
A s:epherd-boy filled a bowl wi h fresh goat's' 
milk, thickened it with snow, aud offered it to 
us to drink. We stiir<?d in some sugar, aud 
made a very refeshing kind of ice cream, the 
nearest to the genuine article, which we had 
tasted for many a day. We then moved on 
toward the plains below, walking down the 
steepest slopes, and riding down others where 
the danger of slipping, saddle >itid all, over our 
horses' heads, seemed imminent, aud completed 
.xuursion of twelve hours by reaching our 
tents at Itasheya about sunset. Men and horses 
were all prepared for » good night's rest, and 
this they all enjoyed. J. W. McQ.vuviiY. 

warm. Auniial meeting hsu at ditferent tiui^- 
sent committee" mamt of pence; udjoiuing el- 
der* have at diftVrent times with thsm, sat in 
council, aud with sgha of saOuets listened t«. 
their talea of iroulile. Hut they, veteran like. 
"havH fought bravely long aud well; and w. 
feel happy in tbe thnugbt that "victory i- 
thrirst," "Miitioii is beiug delivered in their 
hrtuds." Uroilier Duuiel lirowtr. tlieir elder, 
haa l).'en found in the froui in all thi'ir con- 
tests. He has endured much; ho has done 
much for the cause among them; ho is feeling 
the etlect of age. Ho happily was oue of ihosi- 
that stood by the water weeping for joy as we 
led the loved ones of his ovvn house Irom the 
watery grave. 

The Sugiir Crei'k Brethren have done much 
m preserving the ancient order of the church 
m dress and general worship. We look upon 
them in this as a good precedent. Many ol 
their number have at dittereut times migrated 
to different parts; eight of these, we counted 
one evening hy one of their firenidea, were let 
lered as ininiaters. Wo hope that they, like 
Brother Paul, will forget the unhappy things ot 
the past, and r ach forth to those things which 
are befiire; and thus gather those precious halt- 
ing aliens into the timely garner of the hord. 

I. J. UosKNltKKCtEn, 

From Franklin, W. Va. 

Jfriir lirtthren:— 

I HAVE been taking tbe B. at W. for ov« a 
year, it affords a great deal of ple»»ure, 
and 1 hope that its pages will do good io every 
f.imily. If|)eopIe would only invent more of 
their meuiiH in good books and papeni how 
uch belter it would be. We have preaching 
only once a month by brother Dickenaon. Bro. 
D. Yount, of AuguMta county Va., came six 
times and baptized upwards of thirty persoru. 
May God add his ble^ing that he may go on 
in his good work. There is a crown laid up for 
all who will do hi^ will, l-'fien 1-. ii w.- ..lam- 
me ourselves a littl-s closer we wouid not htfv« 
anything to say ub jut those that try to do 
good. Search the Scriptures daily. 

JouN C. HuunEB. 

From Cartcrsville, Va. 


From North Manchester, Ind. 
lUiir Hrrllnm:— 

the purpose uf 

The lot 
« Ijellevo 
May the I. 


Notes and Observations. 

Dear Brethren: — 

ACCORDING to appointment of our Mi 
sion Board, we left home December the 
6th, to visit a colony ol members in Vanwest 
County, Oliio, with Brother Daniel Brower; 
met an interesting little congregation on 
Lord's Day morning in this new bouse of wor- 

The continued rain rendered the roads, in 
that Hat country, well nigh impaaaable. We, 
however, continued morning and evening ser- 
vice, to a growing congregation until the 18th, 
resulting iu one addition by baptismi aud four 
applicants, and their little faithful member- 
shi]i much encouraged. 

On the evening before Christmas, we com- 
menced labor with the brethren at Sugar 
Creek, Allen County, Ohio. The congregations 
here were large, and a serious interest soon de- 
veloped itself. 

On the first Lord's Day of the meeting, the 
church was led to engage in her first season of 
rejoicing al the happy return of eight precious 
wanderers. We continued at their old church 
\uth interest aud success until January 11th, 
when. L.y mutual consent, the meeting wan 
moved to a point of their field of labor, five 
miles east, where our ears were again saluted 
with the trembling tones of the humble peni- 
tent. There seemed to pervade the meeting, a 
calm, serious and anxious concern, upon the 
part of all, both old and young. Many were 
led to feel and confess the wrestling iutlupiici 
of God' spirit upon their hearU The result 
of the Lieetuig was, twenty-two additions. 

The Sugar Creek Congregation is oue of the 
oiliest p;oneer organizations of North-western 
Ohio, h er trials have been many ; her contes's 
have bftn great; and her struggles long au • 

ON Nov. Vli\\. '711, we met for 
calling one to the mini''try, 
on brother Isasc Milter, wliu w 
prove faithful to his ca 
help him to do his Ma-stei's will. 

Ou the 20th ol December we commenced 
meeting in the North Manchester district. Our 
brethren Jacob Suell, Daniel Bock and Bal/iis 
Gordan labored lor us during the remainder of 
the year, and brethren John II. Miliar and 
Daniel Wysoug were with us during the hist 
three diya of 1880, At this stage of the meft^ 
ing two precious ones came out on the Lord's 
side. The water was chilly but not too 
so to folluw Jeaui. Ou Sunday, the 4th, we 
met again and our home preachers told 
ua of the goodness of God. The same evening 
a young man was made willing to go with us 
and on Monday was buried beneath the Ii<|uid 
stream. The brethren worked up (piite au in- 
terest but left too soon. On the IS;h, another 
youth came out for bapli*m. 0, what joy on 
earth aud in heaven too! On the 'J:Jud. we luft 
in eouucil: had a pleasant meeting- Sfven min- 
isters were present aud best of all we again 
met at the water side where we led two mure 
of our young men into the water. This was 
joy beyond descrlpliou. May they be bright 
and shining lights and be iustrumcnlal iu 
bringing others to Christ. During last year we 
baptuL'd sixty-one. Young brethren and sisters, 
he about your Maatur's business. Go forth in 
the discharge of every duty and may the Lord 
lead, guide and direct you all flat you may iu- 
rtuence your young friends to come to Jesus. 
Tell them to come while in the prime of life, 
while they can do most for .lesus. 


Ihm- Brfthrtn:— 

are only few in number and no preacher 
nearer thau sixty miles, but we try, by 
he help of the Lord, to assemble tfigether every 
two weeks al the housts of our brethr-n and 
worship God. To day we met at the house of 
brother Sheets with a congregation of fifty 
The Tol\\ chapter of Matt, waa read 
anil spoken from by the brethren. We desire 
a minister to come and locate among us. There 
are good people here. Lli^t ^'ail I visited in 
Augusta county, and hud the privilege of hear- 
ing much good preaching and met wilh many 
dear brethren and siaten*. 1 thought of our 
isolated condition here in Cumberland county, 
aud wondered if they appreciated their grand 
privileges. Sauab J. Ettee, 

From Morrisonville, 111. 

From Pleasant Valley Church, Ind. 

ON the 17th of January brethren D. Younce, 
J. L. Berkey aud John Metzler came to 
assist in holding a series of meetlugs. Com- 
menced on tbe evening of tha 17th, and con* 
tinned until thi; 'iOth. closmg with twenty- 
three sermons aud twelve additions. The COB- 
gr"gBliont were tbe largest we ever had. Our 
meelliig-housQ on several occasions was filled to 
its utmost capacity. Truly it was a season 
long to be remembered. Fathers and mothen 
were made to rejoice to see their children come 
to the fold of Christ, aud eionrrs were made to 
weep. Give God the praise. A. A. Wise. 

From Bro. Samuel Murray. 

WE commenced a meeting in the Cedar 
Like District, Dekalb Co., Ind., on tbe 
evening of the 'Jth of January. Continued un- 
til tbe evening of the 18th. Congregations not 
targe aud not much interest manifest«d. Had 
several very interesting social meetings. Closed 
with pretty fair interest hut no additions. — 
Brethren Phlels aud Leore were with us and 
did the most of the preaching. Last week we 
had some very Interesting meetings and we be- 
lieve if we could have continued, there would 
have beeu some additions. Brother Jamea 
Baiton is the elder of this District. The mem- 
bers seem to be zealous in the good cause. May 
the good Lord help them to go on Ji the good 
work of the Master. 

WK have baptized four since the 1st of Oct, 
We have regular preaching ou the first 
and third Sundays of each mouth in our meet 
ing-house in Palmer, and the second and fourth 
Sundays two miles south of Morrisonville. On 
the 17th of January brother Daniel Vaniman 
started for Palmer, expecting to be at our reg- 
ular appointment ou the following day. He 
djy he came on to Pidmer; preaehed morning 
and evening, also three evenings following. 
We then sent for brother John Metzgar to 
come. He came and contiuutd the meeting 
over the following Sunday, and although we 
had no additions, made manvi warm friends. 
R ached the home of brother Henry Miller ou 
Saturday at 2 o'clock, and having preached in 
that neighborhood in former yearn, thev wan- 
ted him to stay and preach iu a school-house 
near by that evening t** which he consented. 
Several of them started out on hor.eback and 
by uight had a house full of hearer*. The next 
made to the Brethren. After the close of the 
last meeting an old man came up aud bade 
brother John goo<i-bye aud said, '"We differ a 
little but I hope to meet you in the other 
world." We think the seed sown will be a- 
bread cast upon the waters and will be gathered 
in the near future. The meetings were we i: 
attended aud the good counsel received will loj g 
be remembered hy mauy. Come again, breth- 
ren A. S. Lbrk- 

A Misunderstanding. 

The way to be righted yourself, is to be ca^ 
ful not to wrong others. 

Lhar Editors:— 

IWIUTK to say that in reference to the cir- 
culation of Petitions in the different church- 
es to be presented to the Miami Valley. Ohio 
meeting in March, that Eld. C. Horner, one of 
the corresponding committee for sud meeting, 
told me that it was not, and is not, any part of 
the arraugement of the November meeting of 
Elders, or of said committee, to have any peti- 
tions whatever circulated prior to the March 
meeting alluded to; and that lu view of the 
active circulation of Petitions in some parts, 
and the confusion and irritatiou created by the 
circulation of these Petitions the committee 
will likely he obliged soon to make and publish 
a correction of the Petition rumors as uo part 
of them work our purpose. 


Covington, 0. 

From Bro. John Wise. 

Dear lirelfnrn: — 

n.\D meeting in the Hurricane Creek 
Church, Bond County, Ulioois, from the 
isth to the U-lth iust. On the 33lh we om- 
menced in the Mulberry Grove Congregation 
and continued six days and evenings There 
were no additiciisto the church, but we had 
some very good meeting*. May God who giv- 
etkthe mcrease bhss the labor that it may 

bring forth much fruit 

John Wi&b. 

Tin: 13SETHKK>.^ ^VT AV^OKK. 

Febmiary 1 

Missionary Work. 

THE article under this title uoder the sigoa- 
tureofJ.jhn Forn."y in No. 4. we tnifit 
coromcDd'* itafilf to tho favoratjle notice of every 
miDi»(*r. Hiid will rec»-ive a hearty response 
from all tliORc whose cTcnmBtancfB are Buch a- 
will justify Ihem to ergrtge in the labor on the 
pUn our vrt<*ran brother Huggi'slf; hut meao- 
whilr-, what are thofl'' mini«tent, who have large 
familnfft and no mpans of support hut their own 
inc-N-niit tubon* nndf-r the blessing of God, t«» 
do? Do w»- fxptct them to leave their helpless 
families to the cold charities of the world and 
labor m the vineyard without any provision for 
tempontl support? Or do we expect them to 
allow all the calls so earni-»tly directed to them, 
to ([u unheeded, slighted and neglected? A-t 
there not precious souls perishing in many lo' 
calities not far removed from the fields of labor 
of many of our ministers, whose temporal 
cumstances are perhaps not so favorable as 
that of some otli.rnj' Would it be wrong to 
put under contribution the wealth and means 
the lirotherliood so abundantly possesses, in 
order to enable many of the faithful heralds of 
the cross to respond to the calls which are now 
neglected? Josei-h Howoi-ple. 

hiilimia. Pa. 

From Greene, Iowa. 

)ut we 
e have 

WK are tryiiii,' to do the we can, 
have our turmoils too. 1 think ■ 
our share and the cuu«es are bard to set 
will not or cannot m-e their duty, but want the 
rest (o walk straight, and can see every misa- 
atep inado. Now I think wl- should try and 
keep in reason and get ourselves right, am 
then perhajis we can see how to correct others, 
and above all, the ollicials should try and be 
ensaniples, fnr if they wil! not do their duty, 
what Clin WH exifct of the laity? Like begets 
like, aud if the cttlcials hesitate to do what is 
tbnir duly, it is bard and disagreeable work 
to keep the members in the path, but if the 
older will come up to the mark then the youn- 
ger will fall in line. Wji. Mookk. 

From Dcmark. 

THE church here is still moving onward. We 
baptized one January 24th, in Scoyer, and 
the priest there niged like a mad man. We 
have now three members there in one family, 
and wl' expect tho old people to come too. Our 
brethren and sisters Whom we visited on our 
trip are all active and nlive in the good cause, 
and live in pence and uuion. We expect to go 
south soon, and to Shyland to see our members, 
and )f possible, to get some into the fold that 
stand near there. 

r We are tolerable in our family at present. 
Thank God. May Ood bless you all and give 
you strength to do much good. Your brother 
iu Christ. 0. Hope. 

Beport of Western Home Missionary 

Brethren in Gajie Co., NcbrMka, $20.00 

Pawnee county, " 8 25 

Pony Cr^k Church, " 20.8; 

K«lls City, Church, " 20.00 Cf.untv. Mo 28 00 

Nishna Valley Church, ' 4 25 

Shelby County. Iowa, 15.00 

Coon River, Iowa, 5.00 

Panther Creek. Iowa, IT.IO 

Dallas Center Church 1" 5i» 

Total, $19125 


Danish Poor Fund. 

A. G. Bear, Waynesborough, Pa $1.00 

Jacob Swinger, III 75 

C. P. IlowLAKD, Treasurer. 
Lanark, HL Jan. 2ith, 1880. 
(P. C, please copy.) 

Take Notice. 



BY rofjuest, I will state to those brethren who 
desire to know, that I have bought a farm 
thr^e mileii north east of Falls City, Nebraska, 
where I expect to move in the Spring. Then 
I will try, if the Lord will give me strength, to 
fill some of those numerous calls in Nebraska 
and Kansas. Samuel J. Peck. 

iMnark, III. 
(Pnmitive nmi Prtacher, please cop;^.) 

Danish Mission Report. 

Moiitgo3iery Church, Pa $1 45 

T. Wilkins, 0, 50 

J. A. Kepner, Ohio, 10 

Levi Stump. Iiid, l.Ol' 

0. H. Rushes, Ind, 1.00 

C. U. Sui-plee. Pa, 60 

Elizabeth Giuery. Defiance, Ohio, 60 

Surah K. Weils, Pa, 1.00 

Green Spring Churcli. 3 00 

Dl.i k Itiver Church, Ohio 2.00 

Pleasant View Church, Tcnu, 1 00 

Elk Lick, Pa, 2O0 

A. & L. Oidler, Ohio 1.00 

C. P. IlowLANi), Treitsnrer. 
Linark, 111.. Jan. 2fth, 1830. 
P. C. Please Copy. 

Southen Kansas Mission Report. 

Cottonwood Church. $2 (10 

Neosha " 6.10 

Paint Creek, . . " 6,00 

Total amount in the treasury, $34.46 

Garnett. Kan. 

AVING been appointed Supervisor of cen- 
sus of the 8th Pennsylvania DHtrict, I 
will now be able to attend to any railroad bus- 
iness for individuals. I will manage the A. M. 
railroad traffic eait of Chic^'.?i all the same as 
if I had not received the appointment, as my 
arrangements for thatgathtTing are completed. 
Howard Miller. 

From Turkey Creek, Nebraska. 

HERE the "old ship" moves on slowly, but 
steadily. We still find a few passengers 
on it, We baptized one who had become so re- 
duced by sickness as to be unable to go to the 
creek, but by making a box we immersed him 
in the lu)u?e. May God be with him in bi-t 
last hours. Brother K. Flory from Ionia came 
to us on the 17th and preached five sermons 
with good effect. 

This is a healthy country and land not very 
high. We wonld like if some ministers would 
come among us aud settle down and help 
preach the gospel to all nations. 

Wm. Pullen. 

f allitn ^alccp. 

Bi<Mud an Ui« dond wblob die In tb« Lord.— B«v. If : la. 

BORNTRAGER— In LaGrange county. Iud„ 
January 9th, ISSO, Sarah, daughter of Joseph 
and Lydia tiorntrager, aged 10 years, 2 
months and 25 days. Funeral services bv 
brother Peter Long and Christian Wari,from 
St. John, 0:47. 

BORNTRAGER— Jan. 11, Nancy A., aged 
8 years, 5 mouths and 15 days. lleb. 9: 27. 

BORNTRAGER.— Jan. 15th. Isaac C, aged 
4 years and ti months, and David died Jan. 
14th, ;iged 10 months and 11 days. Mult 2: 

BORNTRAGER.— Jan. 2r,th, Lydia, wifj of 
Joseph Borntrager, aged ^^3 years, 4 months 
aud 12 days. Rev. 14: 13. 

The above are ail of the same family and all 
died of iliphtl erii. Funeral eervic i of all by 
P. Long and C. Wari. 

BURDITT.— In St. Joseph Co, Michigan, Jan. 
25tli, 18S0, Lydia A., wifo of David Burditt, 
aged 35 years, 11 months and 20 days. Fu- 
neral services by brother Isaiah Horner aud 
the writer from Rev. 6: 8. 

I N. H. Shutt. 

CHRISTIAN.— Brother Samu^lD. Christian 
WHS bora July 25lh, 1705, in Huntingdon 
Co., I'a, moved to Mont^joinery Co., Ohio 
in May 1820, where he resided until the Fall 
of 18(56, when he niov-d to Huntington Co., 
Ind., where he fell asleep Oct. 30th, 1879, at 
the age oi 84 years, 3 mouths. B F. Paul. 

BAKER.--In the Snake Spring Church, Bed- 
ford Co.. Pa., Nov. ISih, 1879, sister Mary, 
wife of brother Peter Baker, agfd 60 years, 
11 montha and 20 days. Funeral services by 
Eld. John W. Brumbaugh and Jacob Steel, 
from Mutt. 24: 44. Michael Keller. 

SHULER — In the Limestone Confiregation, 
Jewel Co., Kansas, sister Susan R,, wifo of 
brother Jacob Shuler, aged 41 years, and 4 
months. Funeral services by brethren Root 
and Montgomery from Matt. 21:44. 


FOKXEV.— Near Simnnon, III. Jan. 2Sth. 
Ira, son of brother Elias and sist+r Fanny 
Forney, aged 4 years, C nionlUsaud 14 day^. 
He was sick about three months. 

S. H. Spkogle. 

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oiijy pri™ of rrdn million: 

Tliaimuib, KajiontituciiaDd BapUuaare coaillUoiu of pardoa, ud 
boQCcfur tho tsialulon of >Iui^ 

TlintTrtao Iiumnralaii. ur dliipln); Ihe cniidliLitn Ihcsa Umca bcn-tbt- 
«anl,lBairi>UaTi DnpUim: 

That runt-WuhliiK, M taoglit in Juho 13, is a dlilno tuoimiinJ to b* 
otHorveJ In the cburtb: 

Tbnt llin lAnriSappor la a Ml meal. Bud, In coniiHlluii tfliti lb* 
Oomniunlon. tliuuld bD tahun la ibu aToiilng, oral tliu clwvuf tboijaj: 

That Ibn Salutalluii at Ibo Iloljr KIb. or KIh of Chnrlqr, U blnJlD( 
upon Ibu rulIuKun uf ('hrlnL 

Tbat Wat and Hcbillallua aro coutnty to tbn apiril and (I'lfHlouflDg 
pnni;[i>lr.'a of Ih" nliglun uf jMuaaolal: 

Ttint a KoD-lV)ururailt]r Tu tlin noilil In inm, Dualiinia, dull)' mJk, 
and n^DTDmilliiii la oajcntlnl lotnis boltnMs and ChtfatiaQ rlilr. 

■hoiiUI apr«>ru .llrpctetl la 1 C«r. 11: 4, f. 

It alto advDCAt«a Iho •oripiurat duly of Auoluilii^ tbo alck with ull 

I Ib<< nMni- ot thn Lord. 

laaliurtllian vliidlual.irof nllilint Clirlit and Ihe Ap<«tlM ban 
oiOolniduioniU, anilalnu,iuiild tbo coDllicUDg IheoilM and dlK«rd 
of uiwlora Chrlstvadoto, to point out grauad lliat all mual cuo«4* la 
baiofAlllbly Mfe. 

rricc.ali>j(li)copr. Dnayenr | 1.S0 

Klop (nplM (nlnll] to Bgonl) UM 

Samplp Cflplua Mmt frpi- on Bp|)llMll>in. AguOl* vnmtwl la ovory totat 
tl7 Send for on oiitllt. 


I. Tux paper la n'ROlorly and promptly aunt lo nil wbu sribactllia 
tor it. It any do not rrc dm It, Ihny aliouliinnl aik tbvir poaUiiaitM; 
If Dotblni; antlafBrtory can lin ublnlaud fruui blni, Ihon writu lo ua. 

3. II you do not with lo inlu nny nunlliun, oUaerro tbo riato 0)ip»- 
«lt« your niimo on the paiiir, nnd renew a few weeka bcfotu jftmr 
•ulwi-Hptlon cKj>lii<a. 

.1. If you Uriah lo clinniie your edilri«>, ulnitja giTo tbi- Kam^ 
roat-oillcv, Counly, aud Stale, Iu ublch yen wlih tt seal, an w«11 u 
Ibo pluco M'hpro it la Novf rucdiei], 

4. Oar lurnig me ''.\sil l.s .lUVAKei: unlpM by apticliil ikrtiiiiKoniDUl, 
If only a part «f Ili» ymir'. laWcitptlon in aonl, wo alinll gl»e Ct«4ll 
only for iliu aniunai ioiiiUii»l, Wu pay nil poafuKo on tlio paper. 

5. W<>HBnt iKouti ovcrj-whBto. Evety rwpontllilo pcraiiii, older 
ynung, ntu arl 111 IcK'al nKVnl, Tbuao dtslring Inn<:l ua agnnli Will 
|i1cuK ai'iid Kj iia fur liiiiuB, aud aampla coplea. Wo am wlllliie to paj 
Ih-jif H-ao work r..i IK .>ii rnah tinala. 

H, SInglu ■ul»crlplIona fl.AO In advaiito, Tbuao aondlug >1|[Iil 
iianxw and }l:1.00, will rccuho ua nira copy (tw. For each ad- 
dltioiinl Dniiii. till' nijiinl Mill be allow od ten yor eont,,whkU ainosDl 
liuwillpUn.0 fpUiH nud «»ml 1 it tbo bslaQcri. Money ai^nl l>y Poal- 
ofllto Onliim, Rpgialwed I.iittiira, nad Dinftd, properly aMnrnti, 
wlUbg nt Do not a«nd chocka, u Ihvy coimot bo culloclal 

" AdtlU'88,'"' BRETHREN AT WORK, 

Lanark) Carroll Cd., HI. 

.iiMlaliixl l.y J. II. Moorv. 
Sla foplvafamtti u'l ngenl 

Edited sol 

-lln i..>ofyliiailIIy. Snniplo Kipy arut froo on •! 

, H. .Mooro, I,tiniifk,Ciii'r«ll Co., Ill 


Uoy KxiiToas, 

Micbi El pro 



nayEiprcn . .. 1*13 P. M- 

M«btK>pr«« ■;:«*.«■ 

AnoQimodnt'.on... !,.!"".!".'.!.!..] ^(WP. ^I- 

TlekeH aro aolJ for ubo«i> imtiia only PuMoUgor Itolna Jiiaho tl<* 
«-nn<.tH(.n at W» Unk... .1 nod Urn, fl. * SMITH, Ac«ii 

Passenners for Chioico slioiiUl Ienvt> I.ainirk at 
I2:l3l'. M.;nm to tlie Wi'^lfiii (rmori .lunction; 
hfre tlif y m-u.l wait hiU livf iniimtfs for th.- Ciil; 
nijio, MiHv:nikiT' :iiid St. l';iiil imsHeiiL'er tlMilLa"" 
lliusi-f:,.!, ciuiv.',,.,! 7 ;-, l^,|.,^il,.H. evening. To 
micli, m.m f\, ,•:,-<■: -o to Ft. Wavn^ <!«; 
l.ot,li.K,. il„. t i„r,,^„, M,iw;i(ikfe illlH tJt. Pajl' 
traiiiaLiivmiilliu.vnimt:: run North to tlieW- 
U..Jtuictioii. cliiiiigccurs lor Luiiark, and timv 
here at 1 :57 in the morning. 

The Brethren At Work. 

;;f-;-^;^^'A. .v«.«-,«,, «„. /.„«,w., a^ .< „^ „ ,.^,^,,. p„„. ,, „,^ ,,^„, ^^^ . 

-JlKKMiAii 50; 2, 

Vol. V. 

Lanark, 111., February 17, 1880. 

No. 7 




8.T no«.nn.n, Dnnklrk. Ohio. D. B M. 
Zaotb Etj, LeBu, 111 „ _. . 

D. B.U1UDD, No'boron, 
S.S.UobloT, C'oiDslbt, 
Juhn Wild, Mnltony <!i V.Qlni«, Vlnlou, III. 
J B. Plory, LoDiinoiii, Calo 
John Mender, Com Go'lu, ir, 
Jo*. Utndrtck - - - 

D Bn.wrr. a^lem. Ongun 


FnieT I'AQE— A Question; Jn the Ligtit; Tli^ 

Second PAOE—Tlie Single Head of Wheal; Tlie 
Stein and Hay Debate. 

Tbibd Page— Wliiit ial'rogreasive Cliri*ti,mUyV 
Religions Intolerance. 

Fourth Page— EoiTOiiiAi-s-ln the Crucible; 


Fifth Paqi:— Editoriai. —T1i«- Design of Chris 
tian Bdptiain ; A Lgok over tlie Fence; The 
Next Annual Meeting: Report of the Ureth- 
reu's Tract iwciely 

Sixth Page— Graudinother'B Sermon; Tlin Inllu- 
ence of Moral CliHracter; No Secrets; Mdke 
Friend. ; A School-boy's Troul)le ; Cast a Line 
forYonraelt; The Model Lady ; Eiiater: An- 
swer to Saomel Ream, Yankton, Dakotah; A 
Recipe for Comi'o.'ttiig Sermons. 

Sbvektii PA(.E-Palesline, J. W. IKCiirvfy; 
From Elk Lick Pii.; Prom Pine Creek, Indian ; 
Froin Landon Weat; From Cornell. 111. 
EiqutiiPagk— From \It. Morris College; From 
Huntingdon. Pii,From Union Deposit. Pn.; No- 

— tH-WT -fc l im 

Child Bnrnfd to Death; From sterling. 111. From 
New Enterprise. Pn. Fiom .SalfUi. On'Kon. 
While Uoik. K;ins.w; Frnm Tink.-v fv-fk 
Clinich, Kansas. 




• ipURI'' and uudefiled religion" is the light 
X of the world. This is the light we love 
totHik of anrl recommend to everybody else, for 
thereii30D that we know of a trutli that we enjoy 
its precious and hallowing iuHtieuces. We havt« 
come to the couclusiou that without true religion 
the life we now live is undesirable. Without 
it life is a darkened pathw.ty leading but 
to "outer darkue-ss." With relit^iou, life 
is a daiiv feasting and enjoyment. This is the 
light of the heavenly world shining down here 
through the window of God's word. 

Asloii^ a* the religion of .leans is not believed, 
accepted and obeyed by ui», we "bit in darkness" 
we wander on in the ways of sin and death. 

Religion is ligl^t. We need to get into this 
light to enjoy the fullness of life. We have 
wandered away from God into the darkneas ol 
8in and unbelief. But light come.^ to us by the 
Gospel, and we may g^^t into it. First hy be- 
lieving. The more we believe and .leek in be- 
lieving, the clearer and more pleasant the light 
will become. Next, we must "cast oH' the works 
of darkness," and this done cheerfully, regret 
tiog our UDWorthiness; this is repentance. 
how we then long to be brought into the full 
light and liberty of the children of God I We 
forsake all for Christ's sake. We see Jesus only 
for He is clothed with the shining light "f the 
Upper Kingdom. We now strive to gti into 
the Kingdomon earth. We a'-k admission, and 
are wiling to do all the blessed Master has com- 
manded His followers. Not that our work will 
save us. but we do it gladly for the Master's sake, 
and that we may gain admittance into His gra- 
cious presence. Here we find our greatest enjoy- 
ment in sitting at Hi^ feet and in lingering in 
Hie blessed presence. This is 

We love Him for He is the King of the Kingdom 

olGod. Our eye* are closed to earth amit-- van- 
ity. We gaze with rapture on the fee of the 
Altogether LovL-ly One. We s<e. by f,th, the 
head that bore a crown of thorns foius; the 
cheeks that w^re smitten foroursakes; tie love- 
ly lace that was spit npon by his euenirs; ihe 
hands that ministered to Ihe wants of .«f fel- 
lows with tendernes-t. aiii then were piered on 
CaWary lorua. Seethe hands and feet and perced 
side bleeding and agouiziug, for you and i.r me 
Uphold the man-the God! Thisjit our Savior 
We love Him. We want to learn to love Him 
■iiore aud more daily. Methinks 1 love H in so 

■■Our love to Thee, aocoM. sofnint. 
iiut Thine to usBogreHt!" 
May God give us the victory over self and an, 
that we may" walk in the light m U , u m ti,- 
li«ht,"forotily80 3h.ill we be cleansHd tV.un air 
sms. Ifwe ben. ituleansed.wH shall not belt 
for Heaven. What a serious thought.. Who dws 
not want to get to Heaven when life is r^pmti 
I aa74 y^t ii h nf jf th iK inn tr i'>U p jr < on . W) 
all want to get thflre. The way is'opaa aul 
and Jeans will not suff-r it to \j» closed for a tuo- 
luent, but we must forsake our sins. We iiius 
live oy Jaith and live in Him aud know uotli- 
ing but Jesus and H nn cruciti-^d for m. Sj shall 
w« walk in the light of His pra^ence by keeping 
His corniuandnienls which arf by no means 
ijrievous bat a delight lor our iim^r ma-i. Our 
outer min nieks th ■ «iijo/nnnti of a worldly 
disposition, but if our inner mau walks in the 
li'^ht of uadafiled religion, the outor nun will 
be iM rnute subjection. Ta ink* be to God who 
giv^s us the victory over self, the world iiud the 
enemy ol our soul-! We walk in the light. 

ol oursubji 

us, rest assuied some are working in the dark. 
Now if a man works in the dark and is told of 
>N aud directed to the light, he is not wise if he 
i«not willing to learn. So it is in religion. We 
aie all liable to err. But we have a Church doc- 
trine which is a unit in itself, and it will make 
«1I its followers united in One Body if they walk 
in that light— the same liKbt. 

let UM labor for "one mind" among the breth- 
I'en, that we may walk in the light and work in 
the light, inasmuch as we started in the light. 
If any of us have wandered away into the shad 
0W8 of "new ideas" and 'strange doctrines," may 
the Lord conquer us by His htriviug Spirit and 
make us humble, united learners at His blessed 



ral; but to pull the mote out oi.our brother'* 
eye when there it a beau in our own, is aoti- 
"criptural. We aim to follow that rule ia writr 
ing. The papers are losing their patronage, and 
influence with nome, b<cau» of tome of the 
above conaidemtions; bence mstead of creating 
a greater union and oneness among ub, it li» » 
tendency to alienate. I hojie, however, the effect 
ia quite limited, but should be guaidtd. Tbein* 
Huence of our papers i» somewhat simiUr to our 
personal influence; pretty hard to detwmine 
with any degree of acuraey. ti'iffice it to nay, 
they are both great, either for good or evil and 
aiiould be guarded with greatcaulion.esptciidly 
the press; for itsinfluencesupercedfB all othe.ra. 
may "that wisdom which is from above which 
ia first pure, then peacable, geutle and easy to 
beentreatid, full of nicrcy and giod fniit.«. with- 
out partiality aud without liypccri^j" govern 
all our contributors to the pr^sa and egpecially 
our brethren editors. Amen. 

WHY do you not publish your travels, 
we know where you are. and have bee 

and what yon are, and hav,! I 
My e-irs are often saluttsd w: 

It another teatui 
do well to give attention. Aftt-r we get lutu 
the liglit, we hive not only to wulk in and out 
aud about the King's vineyard, but there is 
work to do. We all know what titles people 
KL-t who du not work. Then again there are 
some people who m ika a great "i'usi" about 
their work, running hither aud thither in won- 
derful excitement, and what do they accom- 
plish? What are they called y What kind of 
work do they do? Let every reader think for 
himself or herself. 'The wisi? shall understand." 
There are others again who work if they c.n 
have (/iciV way. The established rule« of the 
vineyard aud vioe-dresserj do not suit UHfstab- 
Halted people. "But blessed is he that coineth 
ill the Name of the Lord," If I couie to the 
work of the Gospel field in my own name, you 
will likely hear self preached aud Christ merely 
referred to. My "way" "seenieth right" to me. 
aud lorgetting my lormer life of unbeliel. my 

>eeu doing? 

th the above iiues- 
tiou and its reasons. My reply is, [ d ) n it thiuk 
it is ot muchintere4to a rending public to know 
wh<ro I am, aud with whiim [ uisojiite. Tt-e 
Liird kuows where 1 am, and what I am doing, 
aud I think that is enough. If my labors 
are worth piihlisbiag. those witn whom 1 asso- 
ci^^te will sue it and will attend to that matter. 
U'th"V say nothiug about it with their own free 
will, 1 thuik it wisdom on my part, to hold my What would you think, if after I had 
preaihed a sernuni, 1 shm^td turn to the con^re- 

ictLo wlucli wt-WFrsJte 

Idly self-training, my old heart of atone, now f'^^^^ necessary, if it be necessary, and. iy 
... ',..„. .f A...:.',r„A^r linn T^> .. III. >.>;>. ...ii.!;..- 

I assert my plans or the tavorabia plans of 
othereuthuuidsts, and I cume in direct contact 
with the established rules of the vineyard. Woe 
to such workers. They may run for a while 
but the end of it is painful to contemplate. 
"God is not the author of confusion", if we 
would be approved together We must bring our 
every thought into the obedience of Uhritit and 
learn to work together. O bow strong is union I 
H"w beautilul is peace amcug brethren! 

Let us work in the light. H we all do this we 
can see to do our work, and our work will be 
done harmoniously. Men who work in tiu- dai k 
are rture to upset things and make bad work 
Come let us work in tlu; light whatever our work 
may be. Are you a lay-member? Do your work 
in the light and for tii'f upbuilding of the Church 
Let the public character of the Church be aliowu 
to all men by our example in oneness of faith and 
practice. Lttt us walk by the "same rule" and 
■'mind the«aBie thing." This is work in the light 
Are you an othcial in the Church? Tak- your 
place all the time. Do your duty humbly, will- 
loi-ty. t,iucerely. But. brethren, WOUK TO- 
GKTHKR, Do the work in the light. If you 
dont work together, aud show to the ('Imrch 
aud the world the good old doctrine of the Gos- 
pel as the Church in the past brought it down to 

I liiV;Vr«8sioiis to day." \v ould yoii' not 
fnl like r-prnvingnie ioiuiibcci-iuiug hf-havior? 
Just HO it looks to ine aud many others' when a 
brother adv4Tti3eB hiniRelf by saying, "at such 
a place I had meeting aud no many were convert- 
ed, or, I had meeting and though none were ad- 
ded to the church, many good impressions were 
made." It is, in my judgment, even more unbe- 
coming; the lormer is con li^ed to a congregation, 
while the Litter m «i»read over the church aiil 
tlie world, a^ far as the ciri:ulation of the paper 
goes. Such reading matter becoinea "stale" to 
the thinking mind; for the old adage is "Self- 
prai-e is no recommendation"; and the Apo<tol- 
ic injunction "not he who comiuendethihini.self 
is approved; but whom the Lord ciunmendeth 
{ 1i Cor. 10; 18 ) souuds lika wisdom. Tiie Saviour 
said when He did a good work "See thou tell no 
man." "How can ye beln've if ye seek honor one 
of another." Furthermore i recommend that any 
one giving an a<:uount of meetiaga and their re- 
sults, to be careful and stop when you have giv- 


llUpUtt Buim.l 

IT is natural for U8 to grumble at what wf 
don't like. 
Whether in church, state, or family, when 
things din't move to i>uit us, we f<;el like grumb- 
ling. And it ia a habit that grows stronger the 
more it ia indulged. 

S >ine people ute always grumbiiog abotit 
Slate atVairw. Everything with them go. a wrong, 
riie taxr's are unresoiiable; public affairs are in 
general badly m<inugcd, and pvery |.ubiic man 
in the country is corrupt. 

Men who continually grumble about what is 
g, will Bt.ion get to growling about what it 

many, desired information. To ';ulogi/.f, publiC' 
ly, the brother, or brethren who did the preach 
ing by aetting forth their talents and abilities 
to convert the people, has an evil tnadency. I 
have never seen any good re-.ult3 from it, but 
much evil. Eulogy is a wotd that Satan can, aud 
often does, turn to his own advantage. It feeds 
the carnal raind,and instead of helping our broth- 
er to feed his carnality we should help him to 
crucify it by teaching him that the Apostle was 
leariul of being exalted above mea>iure, by the 
abuw/ant revelation which he received; bence 
how important it is for us to fear, and pray for 
?U)^taimng grace. Many have fallen because they 
got too high. "He that hiimbleth himself shall 
be exalted.'* Let the columns of our papers be 
Hll'd with good sjund doctrine, "that may be 
.tbie to convince the gaiusayer,for thett are many 
unruly and vain talk'-rs aud deceivers, whose 
mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole hous- 
es, teaching things they ought not for filthy lu- 
crtf's sake. < Titus 1 : 10, 11 ) and lens unprofitable 
news. A tittle less self and a little mora Jesus; 
a little less Missionary Convention and a gouil 
deal more preaching; less Sunday-school Con 
ventiou and ruore te^ichiug the children: less 
pl'inniufj, aud more doiiuj; less watching each 
other, and more watching our-selves; leasseltish- 
n-H*. and more love. To watch each other for 
good, after we have watched our-selve?, isscript- 

A grumbler in the family is themohidisagre^ 
able mortals. The other members of the family, 
are in constatit contact with liiui,are continually 
madeunbappy liyhiAdailv snarling. Yon Can't 
please liiin.aud it is nteiMess to try. Do what 
you may, it is all wAng with him. And no 
matter what position you take on any question 
he is on the other side. 

A grumbler in the church is a nuisance. He 
is a perpetual clog upon church work. He 
claims to be exceedingly ansious for work to 
be done. But he can't get anything done right. 
The prea'-hing is poor. The prayer meeting is 
dull and formal. The Sabbath-school is si) 
wrong. Aud the members of the church gen- 
erall are in disorder, Everything ia going to 
the bad. and going rapidly. Thus the grumbler 
makes himself uuiversally disagreeable. 

Let us make ourselves as agreeable as possi- 
ble, and it things even go wrong, ftiUow the 
advice of the Psalmist. 

Fret not thyself because of evil doer^. ' 

TnK longer we neglect writing to an ab^env 
friend, the leas mind we have to set auout it. 
So, the more we neglect priv.ite prayers and 
closet communion with God, the more shy w« 
grow in our approaches to Him. Nothing 
breeds a greater atrang'aess between the soul 
and God than the restraining of prayer before 
Hun. Aud nothing would renew the bteTsed 
inliniacy, if God bioiselt, the neglected partr 
did not, a.s it were, send us a letter of expostula- 
tion from heaven, aud sweetly chide us for our 
negligence. Then we melt, then we kindle, «nd 
the blissfull intercourse opens as usual.— Toyla- 

The reading room of the British Museum cv>ii- 
laiQs three miles uf bookcase-' eight feet high. 
The authorities have drtrrmincKJ, by way vi ez- 
piriment: to employ the electric li^ht on ditffc 
ds»s. The dome, whence the electric Ugh* ir- 
radiates the vast room, i)^ next to that of the 
Pa»t:ieon at Rome, the lai^e?t extant. 

Joy may b« the tortuu«. of sorriw. but -"nr- 
ow is the lot of all. ^ 


February l-'i 


A LI, my Jftity tii-k^ w*re ended, 
Aud llie liushof niKht bad come, 
Brinfiinn r^st to weary Bpiribi. 

CnllinK many v/andften home. 

"He thutg'Kth forth with weeping. 

Bearing golden gmins of wLeat, 

Shiill rclurn ajtbiij r'joicing, 

La-Ien with the hHrvent sweet." 

Thi* I read aud deeply pondered— 
What uf seed my hnnd had Hown- 

Whiit of harvest I wus reaping, 
To bp laid hefore the throne. 

While luy thouiihtfl were swiftly gluncing. 

O'er thH path my lei-t had trod; 
SImp sealed up my weary eye lids. 
, AoAfl viaioo came from God. 
In th» world""* great field d labor 

Al! till- rpiipers' taxka were done; 
Bach one lia«t<-ued to the Ma«t«r, 

WiUi the sheavefl that he had won, 
Some with fiheaTes so poor and scanty, 

Sadly told the nunibcr oVr. 
Others HtHKKcri-d 'nealli the burden. 

Of the golden grain they h^re. 

Gladly llieu the pearly gateway, 

Opened widemul let them in, 
Ah thoy sought the Master't* prtnence 

With their bi.iden« rit-h and thin. 

Slowly, sr.dly with the r^appra 
Who luid lal.ornd long and late. 

CamL- I at the Miisti-r's bid'lmg 
And wa» lat-^st at the gate. 

Then apart frf<m al the others 

W»-o|}iug hitt^-rly I stood; 
I hud toiled from early morning 

Working for others' good. 

When one friend had fallen fainting 

By his piles of golden grain; 
With a glaHH of cooling w:it«r 

1 revived his atrengtli again. 

And annth'T, worn and weary, 

I li,id flidfd for awhile. 
Till Imr faitjting strength returning— 

Slut wput onward with a smile. 

Thus tlic otlier» I had aidi-d 

Till the day was spent, and evening 
OVr UiL' oartU her dew-drops ahed. 

And 1 to tht- Master's presence 

Came with weary tc^il-wom feet, 
Bringing as my gathered liarvest. 
• But II single head of wheat. 

.So with tearful eyes I watched the:ij, 

As with faces glad and bright, 
One by one tliey laid their burdeuK 

Down before that Throne of Light. 

Oh! how sweetly tbeu the blessing 
Sounded to nty listening ear; — 

"Nobly done, my faithful servaiits 
Rest, now, in your mansion here." 

Tlien 1 tboiipht with kernest Borrow 
Words like these are not for aie; 

OLily those with heavy burdens 
Heavenly rest and ble^aiugr. .'ee. 

Yet I Iiive the Mnster truly 
And I've labored liani ninoe dawn, 

But 1 have no heavy burden; 
Wil' he bid me to be gou-^? 

While I (lueslionod thus in sadne-'s. 

Christ the Mikster called for me, 
Aud I knelt ijefore liim saying, 

"I have only this for Tiiee." 

"l have labored hard, oh, Muster, 
I have toiled from morji till night, 

itiit 1 nought to aid my neighhort," 
And to maki' tlieir labors light. 

L<:;t thy heart be never troubled, 

I'.iithfully fulfill thy ta^k; 
Tremble not belon* the Muster, 

Heavy sheaves he will not nsk. 

Selected by Wkai.thy A. Ci.abkk. 


' 'P 2d. Baptist chiirclibs possess the Bi- 
itl'- characteristics which entitle them to be 
""«arded afl churches of Jesus Christ. 

I), n. Kay, Affirms. 

■J. W. Stein, Denies. 

.1. W. SteIN'.s sixth NKIiATlVB. 

l^TR. Kay, by devoting onenvrUk of 
^'*- his sixth affirmative to nie persoo 

V, and une-finwth of it to the Tunkers 
! trir:e immersiou, show.s (I ) a total 

di-^i-fgard for hi-4 word, wht-n he agreed 
to be poverned daring the debate by 
the riilea laid down in Hedges Logic, 
(2) bis diaaatisfaction with his nt^gativt- 
work on Prop. 1 (to whirh I again re 
fer thf reader for a refutation of his at 
tacks), and (:t) his cousrlous ina'liility 
to sustain his pi-opi.sition on the ground 
of its own merits. 

1 ask him again: 1. Can "liaptist 
churches" justify and fellowship tht-ir 
members in waging war without con- 
•senting to and virtually licensing it? 
Suppose it was a case of unpopular and 
disgraceful vice, like theft, adultery, 
A'c; would not all consider the church 
83 in that case responsible? Head 2 
Cor. <;: 14; Eph. .^.: 11; 'i Thess. 3: ri. 
•J. Can Baptists engage iu war on auy 
account M'ithout ilniJitj those lusts of the 
flesh, viz: "hatretl, variance, ^vrath, 
atriff '(" Gal. :r. 2. I put this reasona- 
ble, fairaudsimple rjueetion to Mr. Uay, 
the Htx-th time. Will he answer? 

He accuses me of slandering tht- Bap- 
tists'because I tell the truth, that they 
go to war, and that war is "rapacious, 
cruel," itc. Truth which everybody 
knows is already proven. 

I do maintain that none who^e allegi 
anee has been plighted to Christ in the 
solemn sacrament of Christian baptism, 
can swear allegiance to an/ institution 
which in any of its essential features is 
contrary to Christianity without expos- 
ing themselves to perjury. I affirm, 
without fear of successful contradiction, 
that Baptist churches do allow their 
members, without rebuke, to swear al 
legiance to anti-ehristian institutions 
under the horrid, secret death pen- 
alties. 1 repeat it, that Baptists, by 
taking oaths of allegiance to any other 
institution, do put themselves under ob- 
ligations to out} u, wueiuei 11 v-v^iii- 
mands them to disobey Christ or not. 
But Mr. Ray thinks this is accusing the 
Baptist churche.s of perjury. I plead 
not tjuiltify because I don't believe in 
the first place that they have ever sub- 
mitted to the sacrament of Christian 
baptism. I call for the language or 
quotation in which I have "^jerfe?'i^(/ 
Jiaj>tist /ii\tort/^'' or ^^coyitimied to mU- 
rejiresent Bajjtist authors.''* Mr. Ray 
is a professional "Baptist historian" and 
it is bis duty in the debate to e.xpose any 
such efforts, and I now call upon him, 
before the readers of this debate, to 
prove his grave charge or retract it. 
Will he do it? He says, "one dipping" 
is a "false rendering" of "<-n /"ipti-ima.'' 
ICph. 4: 5. We call for the proof. The 
Emphatic Diaglott gives it "one dip 
ping." Luther gives it "erne taufe"' — 
orie dippiiuj. With this the Gothic of 
the 4th century, the Danish of 1524, 
the Swedish of iri34 and the Dutch of 
15(;n are said to agree. But Mr. Ray 
can't find one translation giving it "n??/ 
(///>," which is the practice of his church. 
The ^'one i/nT/tersiou" doesn't help him. 
Immersion is Latin, and the Latin Fath- 
ers translated the Greek frenuentativo, 
"buptiie" by "menjitS," a Latin fre- 
queutative. See Andrews' Latia-Kog 
lish Lexicon. Andrews and Stoddard, 
speaking of Latin Verbs, say: "/Vc- 
qucTilatives ewpress a repetitl n, or in 
rrea-se of the action' expresied hy the 
/>;'i;/iir'ye," aud "are formed by adding 
o to the third root, as doiao {do/ait) do- 
mito,^^ aud also by "adding ifo to the 
first root of the primitive, as az/o^ (ag) 
d^ito^'' &i. Lat. Gram. § 1S7. ii. L.a. b.. 
To this class belongs '■^meryitoy '^Hap- 
/tr(H/;" once expressed iu Matt. 2S: li) 
like ^^deliveritu}.^^ Luke '21: 1'2 repeats 
its action just as many times as it has 
adjunct modifiers. Mr. Bay's criticism | 

on thf frfqit/^^^^^'*^ '^ * failure, and he 
has grown aif^^'ficanlly silent about the 
"weight of *'s;ieograpby." It is not 
that anyof <<ii' brethren repeat '-bap- 
tij.^" bt-fore'***" t^^ Son" and ''of the 
I I„]y Spirit' in baptizing, but dip the 
candidate iito the water at the repeti 
tinn of eaci adjunctive modifier of the 
verb given in the commission. Thut< 
we satisfy the frequentative nature of 
baptize, wthout Mr. Ray's redundancy, 
use the e^i^ct language of the Savior 
And dn cxf^thj what we say. Wees- 
posed Mr Ray's unscholarly quibbles in 
our last.-o which he could not reply. 
If Mr. lay would say, "I write my 
name in the book of Matthew, and of 
Mark, aid of Luke." and then write it 
in Luhonhj, would he not state tioo 
untruth^ To make hia word good, 
wouldhe not be compelled to write it 
intheDook of each of the three evan 
gelistff Accordingly, when he says, "I 
bajitiie you in the name of the Father, 
and cf the Son, and of the Holy Spirit," 
usine e.\'actly the same construction and 
the fame parts of speech, joined togeth^ 
er ii the same relation as the foregoing, 
he ^ouldmake hia word good by doing 
whit he says. 

r there is any "mockery," about the 
Savior's burial, 1 think it is in that the 
Ba;)tists pretend to baptize like he was 
buried. See if Mr. R^iy will venture to 
de^y what I said about the Eastern 
sepulchera and manner of burial. But 
hp fails to show that a burial or p. hij-th 
iplike me dip. If Bible figures did "go 
on all fours" they would not be like his 
practice. Neither can he show that "one 
titiih" iscme (/'■^fVwi, any more than he 
can prove that the baptism of John, or 
of the Israelites, or Noah's salvation in 
the ark, consisted of one dip, let alone 

*, L,,..7. J ...w. XI^ (,Ll,.l-« *\,^ o«»- 

thagenians baptized the Roman vessels 
by one dip, which every reflecting mind 
knows is incorrect. A vessel sinks by 
dips, i. e., by alternate and repeated ef- 
forts, so that its "07ie .lubmerftion^^ is 
accomplished by repeated dij^s. 

I have already adduced one example 
in sacred aud classic Greek (the case of 
Naaman in the Septuagint), where f>ap 
tizo means more than one dip, proving 
Mr. R.'s first two facts (so called) to be 
incorrect. I give another from classic 
Greek, showing the relative use of hapto 
and haptizo several hundred years be- 
fore Christ. It is translated from Hip- 
pocrates' works by Dr. Conant. "Then 
dipping {hapsas) the pessing into the 
oil of roses of Egyptian oil, apply it 
(Juring the day; aud when it begins to 
sting remove it and again immerse {Lap- 
;iffgt;i) into breast-milk, aud Egyptian 
ointment." Baptizeiu p. 34. Notice, 
when it was to be dipped only into th' 
"oil of roses," bapto, (a verb never used 
for baptism ) was employed, but when 
it \\'as to be immersed "into breast-milk 
and Egyptian ointment, />rf;'?(jo is used 
(averb universally employed in the New 
Testament Greek for baptism). I ask, 
could the pessary have been dipped on 
ly "into breast milk and Egyptian oint- 
ment both by one dip? We showed iu 
our aftirmative proposition that trint. 
immersion was commanded in the com- 
mission. Matt. 2.S: i;i; which condemns 
Mr. li.'s so-called "3d fact." The apos- 
tolic fathers make as much mention of 
trine immersion as the .single dip. As 
single immei-i^iou was not then invented, 
they had no use for such contradict- 
ive terms. But Mr. R knows that the 
apostolic fathers do positively condemn 
hia church on the design of baptitm. 
See apostolic fathers pp. '21, 420. So 
much for his m called "4th fact." Moun 

ulus, A. D. 2.H>, informs us that trine 
immersion had always been with the 
church and makes it jiiat aa old as the 
command to preach the gospel. See 
Work of Cyprian, p. 240, (quoted iu 
my 7th aff.) This condems his so call- 
ed "5th fact." I proved in my Nth aff. 
by incontrovertible testimony that the 
Novatianswho existed in the third cen- 
tury, (whom Mr. R. has been comiielled 
to admit were free "from papal corrup- 
tions and superstiriODs) were called trine 
immersionists. This destroys his so- 
called "6th fact." I gave the exact 
language of several Greek fathers Monu- 
ulus, Chi-ysostom and others, (see my 
5th aff) showing that they understood 
Christ in his original of Matt. 2S: 1!), 
plainly to command trine immersion. 
This proved his so called "7th fact" to 
be fal^e. I proved that Novations, Don- 
atists, ancient Waldenses, etc., were 
trine immersionists, (see my 7th and 8th 
aff.'s) which proves his so called "Hth 
fact" untrue. So much for his eight 
unsupported assertions. That I "promis- 
ed to change his (my) faith aud practice 
upon the testimony of one early Greek," 
is false. In the abseuce of proof to re- 
fute the plain testimony of primitive 
Greek historians who give us an ac 
count cf the heretical and post apostol- 
ic origiu'of the single immersion, and 
who have slept for thirteen or fourteen 
centuries in their graves. Mr. R. does 
not scruple to assault their characters, 
and by a bare assertion impeach their 
personal veracity and brand them with 
falsehood. I adduced three positive 
witnesses showing that Eunomius was 
the author of single immersion, aud be 
fails to adduce one to the contrary. 

yiyfou/rth reason why Baptistchurch- 
es are destitute of christian baptism is 

f^-uudcJ u[ji>D tlio conoUciatii'U LbitL the 

fir.Ht association of single immersion, 
with the language of Christ's commis- 
sion. Matt. 28: U', was by the authority 
of Gregory, the Pope, and the 4th Cath- 
olic council of Toledo in Spain, A. D. 

Orchard says: "Ih cases of danger, 
Gregory, the Pope, alio ived one immer- 
sion to be valid baptism. (Hist, of For- 
eigu Baptists, pp. .S2l, 322), and decid- 
ed that trine immersion was not essential 
to salvation." Idem. p. Idi; (note). 

Chrystal says: "Gregory is the first 
orthodo.\ writer who deemed that trine 
immersion might be changed to single 
for convenience." Hist, of the mode of 
baptism, p. SI. 

Hinton says: ''The practice of trine 
immersion prevailed iu the West as well 
aa the East till the fourth council of To- 
ledo, which, acting under the advice of 
Gregory the Great, iu order to settle 
some disputes which had arisen, defveed 
that henceforth only one immersion 
gradually became tjeneral throuijkoui 
the Western or Latin church." History 
of baptism, p. 158. 

Dr. Wall says: "So the Spaniards 
kept to the use of one immersion for 
some time, for forty years after," (its 
introduction iu Spain) "it is confirmed 
in one of their councils. But Walafri- 
dusStrabo says that after a while the 
oh) way'" (trine immersion) "prevailed." 
Hist, of Infant baptism, p.'424. 

Bingham says: "The Arians iu Spain, 
not being of the sect of Eunomians, 
continued for many years to baptize 
with three immersions; but then they 
abused this ceremony to a very perverse 
end, to |.atronize their error about the 
Son aud the Holy Spirit's being of a 
<lillereut nature oi- tssenee from the 
Father; for they madethe thrte immer 
>*ions to denote a difference, or degrees 

I ( 

of Divinity, in tbethr.e divine person! 
To oppose whose wickwl .ioctrine, and 
that they might not seem to syml.olize 
with them many practice that might 
give encouragement to it, some Cithol . 
1C3 begin to leave utF the trine immer 
sioo as savoring of Aiianism, and took 
up the single immersion in opposition 
to them, • * * Some learned per- 
sons find fault with this council for 
changing this ancient custom upon so 
Blight a rea,son as that of the Ariaus 
using it, which, if it were any reason 
would hold as well against single im- 
mersion, because the Eunomians,°a bas- 
er sect of the Ariaus, were the first in- 
vent<.rs of that practice. And, there- 
fore, the exception made by this Spanish 
council in the seventh century cannot 
prejudice the more ancient and general 
practice of the church." Bingham's 
Autiq. of the Christian church, vol. 1, 
b. .\i, c, x\, 5, 8. 

Here it will be observed that single 
immersion, n-s first associated with Matt. 
28: li), was made valid by a den-ee of 
Pnpe Gnijnrij (n pemecator of the old 
peaceable trine immersion Montenses or 
Donatists. Rob. Eccl. R-s., p.ll-ijand 
a decision of his Spanish council. How 
then can it be christian baptism! And 
how can churches founded upon it be 
churches of Christ? 

'rt±hi Vij.;-riiii<;N ^t av<.)Kb:. 


»l the dark 

both i 

ages of Pnpali|„eniacj WHAT IS PROGRESSIVE CHRIS- 

" "™." afhifved prodigious .portions TlANITYy 

" "■-'"•^"t »nd maligni and the 

vi.'tims were numbered bylh«uisands, '" " '■' ^'J''"™"'- 

destroy!,-'" ""' ""'''' "''"'''■•'^■"''^'^•■'TllIK'liicationatthehead of this ar 
A*-, ,., . tide hft-s often been forcilily im 

Atter awlnl. .ta power was .rtaiU-a ,,e9sed upon 
80 that people were not allow»to kill 
each other simply l.eeause tb couM 
not see all thiup, alike, and th<.Th us 

pint may h»vv suhsid^.I som.-mt il 
was by no means rendered exlit, for 
in the 17th centuiy we find itaga ply- 
ing its nefariouH voeation to the aeiit 
that a hand of Piiritana fled to theMlds 
of America, hazarding their live&and 
suffering iudes-eiilmMe privatioi in 
order that they might enjoy relig>vis 
Iibertj-. Hut oh ! it seems almost inc..!- 
it'le that in fitteen years ihey\^. 
so intolerant, that they l.auishrd tat. 
noble-heated Christian, Roger WilHais, 
trom their colony and made him sek 
the hospitality of North American s«-- 
ages, simply because he ditTered frou 
tht-m in matters of i-el 


nv J. H. i-ECK. 

AP all the evils that have ever infested 
" the christian church I doubt if any 
can produce a darker record than that 
of "lMigioiis{ ?) Intolerance". There 
have been many instances where men 

and women have bartered theii-.soiiU- L*-tt, 

for pecuniary emolument, self aggrand 
izement, or the gratification of other in- 
ordinate desires, but all these usually 
affect the perpetrators only, or proI)ably 
a few others whose tendencies are per- 
haps in a similar direction, leaving the 
true and devoted Christians uucontamiu- 
ated, and unmolested. 

But religious intolerance has in all 
ages of the Christian church waged a 
disgraceful warfare against the noblest 
men and women that ever graced the 
earth. It has drank the crimson current 
of thousands of devoted hearts, and 
spread ruin and devastation in its track. 
This hideous monster in the ehui-ch has 
terrified and persecuted the true heart- 
ed Christian more than all the combined 
force of nou- professors. 

It K not a creature of recent birth 
having already had an existence in the 
days of the apostles. 

In the ninth chapter of Mark we 
Lave a circumstance recorded where 
one of the disciples came to Jesus and 
said, "Master, we saw one casting out 
devils in thy name, and he followed not 
us. But Jesus, not willing to encour- 
age this spirit of intolerance, said, "for- 
bid him not;" for there is no man which 
^ihftU do a miraile in my name, that can 
lightly speak evil of me; "For he that 
is not against us is on our part," 

Again, in the third epistle of John, 
we find him complaining about one Di 
otrephesintbe church, who, hesays, "lov- 
eth to have the pre-eminence among, 
them, and receiveth notu^. \Vherefore, 
if I come, I will remember his evil deeds 
which he doetb, prating against us with 
malicious words, and not content there 
with, neither doth he himself receive the 
brethren, and forbiddeth theiii that 
would, and caskt/i ihtm out of (he 
chiwch y From this time on the spirit 
of intolerance rapidly increased, until 

igion. About 111 
time some persecuted Catholics who had 
also had some experience with intoli 
ance, settled in M.iryland, and not beiiij; 
very intolerant just then they enacted a 
law grantini,Meligiou8 liberty to all who 
would settlt in their colony; but it mu^t 
be said to the everlasting shame of the 
Piote.Htanfs who settled there, assoou as 
they obtained a majority thny disfran- 
chised the Catholics and cruelly opresa- 
ed them. 

In l(;.if5 a law was p:issed bauishiui; 
all Quakers from Massachusetts Bay 
Colony, aud imposing the penalty of 
death on those who returned; four per- 
were murdered in cold blooti 

der this act by peopk who claimed 

my mind, and when 1 say 
pou mine, I may also safely includt! 
!Ui} <>ther>; for we have talked some 
ines vipon the state of the church mil 
ant. 1 have compared its pre.sent 
late with its early origin, when 
le great Head was among his people, 
id directed them, — then further along 
<er the day of Pentecost, when the 
ftoatles labored in both word and dt>c- 
tue; al.'so along through the ditlVrent 
its when councils were called to di 
de (piestions that seemingly convulsed 
tfc whole body, — aud still on and ou 
ulil Wf find the perftecuted ones, lleeiug 
fmi their homes, anil landing upon 
Aiericnn free soil— religiously free— 
pfsecut.'d for the Master's sake. Still 
thapark of the Christian zeal seemed 
uc, to diminish, rather increase, and 
thie who once were together, beconi- 
in^cattered, there was again a necessi- 
ty f coming together, laboring to svis- 
tiu| principles that characterized 
ihtsnie believing ones. They labored 
the) much against those things that 
cautd divisions, schisms, heresies, yet 
witi a strong desire lor the good, the 
wellre, the unity of the chosen ones, 
tlieyi-allied forth, fearing not to declare 
l)oldy the Word of (iod in its puiity 
aud timpUcity, with power and earnest' 
ne-ss. A few, from time to time, feeling 
the necessity of K change in their relig 
ions practices, have decided to follow 
their Master "through evil as well good 
report," none but him above, who at 

Jesus. Does any one ask yet what is 
meant by intolerance in religion? It is 
that spirit of the devil that creeps into 
the hearts of otherwise well meaning 
men and women, aud makes them think 
that every pereon who does not believe 
as they do, ia a blackened sinner, 
and that it is their duty to abuse, perse- 
cute, torture, and torment him, until he 
is willing to yield his opinions and sub- 
scribe to theirs. It does not recognize 
the fact that a man cannot change his be- 
lief by an act of his will ; it does not re- 
gard the injunction of the Savior to his 
disciples to go into all the world and 
TEAoii the nations; but goes on in its 
blind career, trying to compel men and 
women to change their belief, something 
that is as impossible f<;»r them to do 
without evidence,,a8 it would be to stop 
the alternation of day and night. 

I would to God that professor.-) of re- 
ligion would notice these facts, and when 
any one. especially those whom you call 
brethren and sisters, does not believe 
and act as you think he shoul J, go to 
him with the Bible in your hand, and 
the spirit of Christ in your heart, and 
try to convince him of the error of his 
way; and if you fail to convince on the 
first attempt, don't start out to see how 
many you can turn against him and col- 
league together with them to ettect his 
expulsion from the church, but go home 
aud jjray for him, get others who are 
concerned for the welfare of souls to 
pray for and help to eidighten him; and 
perhaps the God of heaven will hea. 
your entreaties and bless your eHorts 
by letting the rays of Gospel light shine 
into, and there dispel the darkness from 
his benighted heart. 

May God speed the day when such 
shall be the M tlus ojjerawli of all who 
profess to be Christians. 

Lanark, III. 

carnal; then if we »-iibdiie not, and V^ring 
into subjection our innate thoughts and 
carnal desires, oh how soon w»- will 
find that the spirit of diaobedi^Dce which 
once reigned within, will again a>i*-ert 
supreme sway; and the true spirit of 
progreaaion in Christianity become) sad- 
ly wanting. Surely it may be mistaken 
for progression; but alas! We see evident 
fruits of retrogression from true eptrit- 
, ual progrei*sion. 

Reader, pause one moment, before 
hastily pa'i3i,ng judgment upon these few 
lines, lest thou miss the true intent and 
spirit. To discriminate then between 
spiritual retrogression, and advancement 
is our desire and aim. May God lead 
U8 to enter the study of tlie same, witli 
a desire for true spiritual advancement — 
and a greater degree of holy zeal in the 
I cause of Christ. Does a zeal tor a de- 
parture—ami an encouragement thereof 
constitute an element of progressioni 
Does the advocacy of these things com- 
bined enhance purity of purpose, and 
advancement in the church of the living 

Dear Brethren, what shall we do? 
Where shall we go to find the humble, 
confiding, trusting followers; Where? 
We pause for an echo, and the reverber- 
ated sound is Where? 

Never find fault with persons around 
about yt»u, but always with jour own 
self, and follow on, and on; for though 
you cannot gain the end in view yon 
will gain a hundred things that you do 
n»»t think about. And, above all, when 
you shall come iuto Zion, and shall stand 
before the Lord, and he shall unveil 
your life, and show you what in the 
great silence of God's kingdom has re- 

u_u.i.^i.,« all na"- ^" *-■- *^ '' "^^' ^^^^^ ^^ oiitcouie of your example. 

have gone iortli boldly declaring their 1 y*"^'" '"*""^"^ ^""^ Y*^"^ disinterested love, 

understanding of the truth. Since then 
the progress of the church has been rap- 
id; thousands uow .-iwell the iiumber, 
where a few years .since, hundreds could 
only have been found; and with the rap- 
id increase, there has also come, a mul- 
tiplicity of troubles to somewhat vex the 
church; notwithstanding it helped her 
to be ever on the alert, watching foi' the 
enemy of their precious blood- bought 

The various movements have, not- 
withstanding the precaution taken, re- 
sulted in the division of some until new 
sects have been formed; and new codes of 
laws; and some have departed from the 
faith, giving "heed to seducing doc- 
trines,'' yea, doctrines of devils. And 
even now among us at the present day 
we see unmistakable evidences of a move 
which eventually may result iu a divis- 
ion of the body, (although we would 
gladly herald the time, when such 
things may not be known among us;) 
and the truth is becoming apparent that 
a progression in the divine life, and the 
principles of progressive Christianity as 
advocated by many of its strongest co- 
adjutors, is juwt losing its vitality, and is 
becoming leas and less, in public senti- 
ment, as the ground work of true holi- 
ness and advancement in vital piety. 

Thequery, naturally arises, What then 
is progressive Christianity f Does it 
consist iu denouncing iu strong aud bit- 
ter terms, those of our ancient fathers 
who have labored against error aud su- 
perstition, aud brought the truth as it \t. 
in .ieeus, to our minds, ho that we can 
comprehend the true fulness of divim- 
writ; Shall we uphold the advocacy c 
(hose vievs's that tend to warp the young 
mind, and lead it astray into the path; 
of error? For natuia'ly, unless ^.urbed, 

then you will see. as did he whose ey^s 
the prophet touched—the heavens full 
of chariots. More are they that are for 
you than they that are against you. The 
spirits of the just overhang you as you 
work. They are in sympathy with those 
who are striving to do good. Blessed 
saints in the kingdom of God kaow 
what ia going on in thi'j world, and they 
sympathize with you. And if you are 
faithful, when your life comes to be seen 
from the other side, as God sees it, and 
as it is seen by all those that are there, 
you will find that you did not suffer and 
labor iu vain. Be patient mito the end. 
and all will be well. — Beerher. 

A very learned man once askeo Luth- 
er how he would be able in the day of 
judgment to bear the responsibility of 
having rejected the opinions of so many 
learned men. With a smile he replied: 
"In this manner I will do it: Dear I^^rd 
Christ, I will say, I well knew that they 
were all learned men, but I acted so 
tbolishly and had such confidence iu 
thee, that thou, O Christ, were more 
learned and wise than they and \\'.- 
whole world. If thou then didst i 
ceive me, I am then indeed deceived. 

Professor Edward L. Morse, who 

holds a professorship in the univei^ity 
at Yeddo. has delivered a lecture on the 
manners aud customs of that people, in 
uhich he alludes to their careful tr»-at- 
iiient of children, the invariable cleauli- 
iiess of their houses, re.-'ulting in the eu- 
lire absence of diseases, such as scnrlet 
lever, diptheria, aud other atTections so 
ei'mmou in this country. The j>eopIe 
aie of gentle m.iuners and particularly 
kind aud careful of their animals. Dur- 
ing his residence there he iiever heard ft 
ross word utteivd bv 

a uative. saw 
we will partakeof sinful lusts; being yet | fighting, aud hei«\l uo prt>fanity. 


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Tiu . hurcli at Waj-n^iboro. I'd., seem* to be 
rapidly iiicr.a,mgii. numUr «iDce th^ (It-baU-- 
Tw«uty-tlutia hav*. b^eii b'lptiswd since January 
ate veil th. 

TiiKiiK Bf.' a KfflAt iiinnj' calls from the iio<Jr 
for tho ». AT W ..I1.I Tr-iH.- (r.e. The funds 

fxh^iisted at prosent. 

^ ■ i . J till. it.=t i« l..«(. tpsids and si-lfishness contract'*, it 
A ...» f,o,„ Br„,bc. S,e,n ^-^;^ J',^ -j; ^^ ^ J„„,ne „...H„ „ .hurch i- .. an 

g^ g,y(jrcoDtractiIestit-. Most things are 
traceablr'^ some canse. bi^ucf it a church 13 
C^y^j jnontrdil e at .t •. a hitlv ^xpIuriBg up 
(he strei" ^''* ^°'"* disclose tiie tlimg'* wiiicli 
nuk^ tb w^ter muddy, 

.jjgpeciuien how the liajitisis and "Canip- 
tip'lit«* lovel?) »?ach nthtir, we chp thf lolh'W- 
i^gff^tbe^ C li'-veic of Jim«25th 187S: 

1 Di not Campbrlifcin hatch out in tie back- 
woodrol West Viryiniaf*-iJi(«/<> K/<i(/. Auo 
did it"t b>?gin locrow as soon a? it Wrt9 balch- 
^,lY^li-'jiHf;l H'JhcIn: And has it not h-coniH 

I. Dr Ray 'fl speech has ag'Ji 
bim. nor ha*, an apology h--pn receitfd for its 
non app-ar-uc*. Either the U. S, mail R^rvicc 
18 in fault or the l'la<i. We regr-t tllM >pas- 
modic ctl'..rt at written di-euBsioo, for we wi>h 
Ihe work to be fini»h»'d this vear Cbu not tri« 
Flag Hjn.fbow blarne Uro. St. lu tur Or. K«y • 
deltty:' Two-Id b- "shifting tb. 


for ttiit i)urpc*i- 

Who will help to fill npV 

IM BfO.S. .1 PttkB article last week we made 
him sny he would muve to Kails City in tho 
SpriuK, omittin« 18SI. He will move m the 
Spring ot 1881 iiittepid ol 1880. 

In ouo of the Sunday bcbools in this city, the 
qui'Nliou waa(wUd,"Wht)arH('narisi-e3?" when 
■ litth'girl of six Hnmmera answerd, "People 
whn go to church and xiu." 

We have been infi-rnitd that Bro It. H. 
Milbr's daughler, who was for some time 
ill with couauinption, i^ dead. Uro. Miller and 
family have our heartftll i>ynipaLhiea. 

The Primitive MpibndistH in EnElaud have 
pri'«P»U(l a petition to I'arliatupiit. three 
fuurthaofaimleloiig,Hnd signed by 1.000,000 
perHonft, asking the paBsage of ii Uw that will 
prohibit the opening of liquor shops on Sunday. 

In the death notice of Ira Forney in last num- 
hr-r the iigf' should be /oi years instead of four. 
Bro. and Sistisr Forney have met with a severe 
l08» in the death of their dear boy— the young- 
wt child of the family. 

The mail brings iiB the rheeful information 
that Bto. J. M. Snyder, who, tor three weelis 
was in the crucible with typhoid fever, is able to 
be out again. How grateful to God Hhould we 
\ii:, when, by his blessings, we escap" long aud 
severe alllictions! 

The important question is not, " Do yu be- 
lieve in ^peciftl providence? or Do jou believe 
in a general providenci-? but Do >iiii believe iu 
any providence at all?" Do you believe that 
he who formed up, provides for U"? that he 
hears our petitions and answera them? 

On the 3rd iust., Uro John Kit7gerald and 
Je«ite Stutsman w«ro at Hickory Grove church 
in the Miunii Valley Ohio, holding some meet- 
ings. No doubt the children of God were eom- 
Tofltd hy the wordof God aud Holy Spirit, so 
that grace and glory might abound. 

Thb French Kreemasoa) lately passed an au- 
thoritative order striking the name of God from 
th^-ir ritual. This looks more Uke the precise 
thii.g. Let that which ia idolatrous aud atlie- 
i^tie appear in its true color, and not deceivi- 
th') people by a vain u*e of God's holy name. 

\Vr are not for scheniwi and plans which do 
not spread th« gospel at all. Apostolic exam 
pie, diviuo aulliurity. iiiwc irorA', imrf ^tfnipn 
tltij, yrtaUr sel/'-dtnidl. more loiiYy, less huic. 
jMoir </«— a grand advance by tvery member 
in piety, purity, sncrfice.— everything that is of 
God fo man, and thm there will be true woik 
cl-an work, acccpt^hle work. 

The Hebrews annually celehrjite whut 
iiinnng them i^ known as the Day of At Jiie^ 
mat. "One of the special tharactersitics of 
the wlebration." says om^xchange, "Is the 
public buryinff of ail family feuds and person- 
-il dissennious. In thi« respfct our Helrew 
f "low-citiitenB att an example which the 
VT Kjle world would do wel! to follow." 

Thb latter part of latl November as we were 
traveling from Kipon, Wi.i. to Sharon, Miuii.. 
we pl-a-ently spent most ot tin- time en the 
carw reading Beer's "P.i-srtver and Lird's Sup- 
per." It was the spcond time we read it 
through, and we found it ju-tt Jit interesting ns 
ever. We do ijot hesitate in pronouncing it a 
good and ci-mplete work upou the sulject, aod 
ngardit worthy the careful study ot all who 
love the truth. Brethren, can you not use it 
freely as a irorker? 

Tmz trial o//<titfi is surely at hand, not- 
withstanding the piverty which holds mle 
over many families, there is the usual aiiiountot 
(ea-sting, reveling and carouMUg. The he-drto of 
the people are beco-RJng harder aud barer in- 
stead of softened l>y the bles^ng^ of civiliznlion. 
(>.)or houses are opemd iriM a hnll and the 
Christian Govnmr given u start nft'm his nan- 
sion with a public dance- God is noticing ihese 
thiug-, and will briug them into judgnieit at 
the last day. 

BisHo.-Bftkeroncesaid:"It is the gl<Ty of 
Methodism to coulorm to the beip."- It u one 
thing to assume that the Christian systain is 
adapted to man under all circurastaucn, and 

te another to assumethat the religon ot 
Christ adapls itself to the various taites of 

nkind. Christ gave the world a tystem 
adapted toman under every circumstance, but 
.eader, do n.t console yourself with the idea 
that i7 f/i«Hyf8. Itisdtsigned to change ijo-.i 
and not you it. 

itk of the crowing business?— tr«/erH 

Hb »«> in a dilemma; yes he wa?. The W- 
8011 for Jan. l^th was "Jesus baptized of John.' 
A^ he was hrst, last and all the time iu favor of 
sprinkling for baptism, he did not know what 
*- A^ "^o<. l.or«"Raid the minister, "thfje are 
a number of Tunker ooy» in my class, and bow 
to meet them nf xt Sunday I do not know, Ur 
the lesson is on baptism.and every one ol them 
is for immersion. 1 don't know how to meet 
them. What shall 1 do." Do? Do thr truth 
and then you need not study how to amid it. 
The Lord open blind eyes, unstop deaf ears, and 
arouse the sleeping, drowsy professors. 


A-e all these Hard-shMl Baptists, that then 
lan.uage i-» so fowl?— C/irisdaH Ulamlurd. 

'es, aud bi cause Ah xaiider Campbe 1 clipped 
thir eeclesia-ticiil wiugs and hobb'd their the- 
(iligicbl tjit^.all they can do is to btrut aboiit a 
m)Lg empty eggshells and cackel ov.r the uon- 
poduction of chicks.— vl. C Hevitw. 

L\sT week Bro. Moore gave some gocd rea- 
,ous why the Standing Committee should meet 
uid begin buMness on Friday previous to open- 
ing General Council; and now in this he pre 
^eutsthe reasons of the Committee ol Arrange- 
ments for the change ot time in holding An- 
nual Meeting. We believe this change a wise 
aud those who li'e in thi- latitude will ap- 
preciate the good sense of the committee. We 
know the Committee was slow to take the re- 
sponsibility but after hearing from a nnoority 
of the Standing Committee, and viewing the 
field thoroucbly, it decided to make the 
chan-e. It vere better to bend an old custom 
a liltFe. than to have men and women exposed 
to the cold which we h .ve more or less about 
tli^20th ifMav every year. We hope, therefore, 
that all .dour dear brethren will aquiesce m 
this work of the Committee, and prepare, by 
prayer and fasting, for careful and wise delib- 
eration at the next Conference. It is not the 
day we worship, uor yet the day which we es- 
teem but the Lord If our hearts be set ou him 
"new moons" aud "holy days" which were a 
figure of that which ie come, will not turn any 

, friends who have so h.vmgly m^ to 
come and soj .urn with yuu a tittk season, and 
Ubor with you tor that meat which peri«lKth 
uot. will please excuse me for a while. You 
seel ambindr'red: and probi.bly all lor a good 
purpose; for bow ..fien do we learn that -our 
ligbt affl.ctuns, which aiebnt lor a moment 
work lor UN a far more aud exceeding weight of 
eternal glory." I am very thankful, though, 
that my body, my arms, and my head enable me 
to urite; tor the Lord thus permits me to talkto 
a large con^jregationea.h week. And now will 
)0u all pray lor me? and will you help along 
ihecau-eoflriith by inducing many others to 
read the B. at W.? Come let us reason Ic- 
gether, then luvd together. Ilea he together in 
tlie unity of the spirit and in the bond of 
peace. "■ «■ ^• 

Wb are thankful to the many B. at W. 
friends for their valuable contributions which 
they have recently sen*, us. It seems not a few 
of you have endeavored to send the very cream our readers. This is as it should be. Pros;- 
much into a few words; for we wish to give 
room to all who sjieak the truth in love, and 
take time and care to say much in a little space. 
We have gained much spiritual strength and 
comfort from your valuable essays Look to our 
Father for your regard, who is mindful of every 
kind act and sa-.ritice for the conversion of sin 
nera and the comforting of the saints. 

Dr, J. Parker, of the City Temple, London, 
wat severely rebuked in one of the daily papers 
notlongsincefor using this expression iu a 
public priyer: *Do not disgrace the throne 
of thy glory. . Uemember, break not thy cov- 
enant, with us." Other critics took it up. and 
the doctor was scored aud lashed soundly for 
his unequaied impudence iu thus addressing 
the Almighty. They went on in this way for 
soma time, and vied with each other in the 
aevarity of their caustic criticism. Finally the 
Doctor replied, showing that his language wa* 
pi-cci'ffdy that of the prophet Jeremiah, (14: Q) 
and added, "This comes of being too Biblical 

iu prayer." 

. • m * — 

A cheap Concordance. We always recommend 
in the purchaia of books, that the best be rlios- 
en. wheu circumstances will permit. Thelnrgest 
dictionary is better than a smaller one. but a 
small one is better than none at all. This is 
irue of Concordances. We would recommend 
the larger and best edition, which costs S:i .50. 
to all who can allord to pet it. But as there 
are many who would like to have a Concord- 
ance who do not feel able to pay ¥3 Tifl, we 
would recommend to them one not ([uite as large 
which we can furnish at the very tow price of 
75 cents. There is not as much diJlerence in 
the books as there is in the price. At this price 
DO one who wishes to study the Bible needs or 
ought to he without a Concordance. 

spirits and the fellowship of love. 

Attention is called to Bro. Eby's article. We 
recognize the fact that loo much is said about 
persons, aud not enough about the one person 
—Christ Jesus. It is painful to go through a 
long article, and in every line find .sf//" upper- 
most, and Jesus low down. The preacher will 
tell when and where he got on the cars, who 
met him at the depot, how far he rode into the 
couutry, how often he preached, how the peo- 
ple were moved to tears, the mighty impres- 
Mons made Jcc, aud then when the editor dare 

un his pencil througu such stuff, he will most 

iiirely receive a scathing letter. When an ed 
itor gets such letters then hi is sure he did right 
in knocking down the caterpillars from tb* 
fair tree, for those who complain because tht 
chatf baa been ti.ken out of their articles, plain, 
ly say that it was self they sought to blaze a- 
broad rather than the cross of Christ. When we 
make bold to keep out such uniuBtructive 
matter, we will be told by such preachers, "We 
will not work for B. at W. any longer." This 
threat moves u.s not. If a man is working for a 
paper for a selfi-'h purpose, aud gets angry be- 
cause the editors will not run his putf^ through 
the paper, the sooner he ceases to work for the 
paper the better. We are trying to labor ac- 
cording to principles; and to principles we will 
cling though every man desert us, and we go 
down to zero in the estimation of all who seek 
their own, and uot others. We hope we may 
not have occasion to allude to these things any 
more; for it is unpleasent to speak thus, but we 
must for truth's sake. Give us good news; put 
Jesus at the top, center, and bottom, and you 

will be happy. 


T AMnowCPdb. llth)ablu lodosome writing; 
1 justemerging from the heated water.<;have 
spent several days in the grasp of that consum* 
ing disease — lung fever. 1 bless God that I am 
able to resume my pen in defense of bis henvcn 
born cause. By his mighty power,*, his greiii 
gooouoss aud condesceuding mercies I am yi t 
spared to walk and talk and sing and pray willi 
the dear saints on earth. But my preachinti 
powers are stayed lor a t>eaitoQ. My physician 
has, after a thorough examination of my lung' 
advised me to refrain from public speaking ui - 
till next May at least; hence, you iny d. 


(Ht S. J nABSIlON.] 

[The following article nns wrilton Usi Fall in un or- 
chftrd not fivt from LnnurU. At ibnt lime «c fenred Ihai 
ciroiimelnnoM might poiol out a,.mi- one ns the vi.iiitn for 
HbomlhenHide WPi* ^pech.lly d'-ig"'!'!- As auch was 
not the cfise it has been withheld iii.lil now.] 
\T0 sooner was our heading written than it 
J^ was seen that we must be cut by our own 
lasb. For in the act of disapproving of censo- 
riousness we become a ceosiirer ourself. We 
do the very thing ourseif that we condemn 
in others. Our Savior's instruction seems juat 
to fit our case. That is. -pnysiciaii heal thy- 
self, what thou condemnest in others, thou 
doest thyself." Here then we have the verifi- 
cation of the truth, "It were easier to teach 
twenty what were the right thing to do than 
to be one of the twenty to follow mine own 
teaching." To trespass in this way is very 
wrong. Its dire effects are much easier seen 
and felt than expressed. What impression 
does a minister make whose lips have hardly 
closed from an intercession with God that men 
and women may become less woHdly-miiuW, 
placing their affections more on things above,- 
who converses only upon the "markets" 
or "neighborhood gossip"? Give the Devi! 
enough ministers of such a character and he 
will aive the work of grace such a shock as 
would horrify us too much to tell. Ministers 
who preach one thing and do another are such 
a monstrosity that nothing outside of Satan's 
kingdom can be found that can at all be com- 
pared with them. Now will this same incon- 
istency be apparent in what we say about cen- 
.soriousness? Shall we be placed on tte same 
list as those of whose course we disapprove? 
Then we shall not censure, but simply inquire 
whether we are doing the best we can. 

When au individual does us a wrong do we 
realize that Lis sin cannot harm us before God? 
Do we always think when a person says evil 
things to us that it is nOt what he says that 
hurts us, hut what we say? Then when we re- 
prove a person do we do it to make him bet- 
ter, or do we do it to have revenge — to expose 
his sinfulness, his wickedness, his designs, or 
periiaps his ignorance? or do it to make him 
feel sad, gloomy, and sick and tired of life? Do 
we show the same love and affection when ws 
show people their errors that we do when m 
praise them for their good traits aud qualities? 
Do we assure them that though we can not ap- 
prove of many things they do, that fctill we es- 
teem them aud have tender regards for thein? 
If we do not, we are certainly not possessi'd with 
Christ's spirit, for he "i-;ame to seek and to sarf 
that which was /os/,-" and if we do not have 
Christ's spirit we are none of his. This i? pos- 
itive — it cuts close — it means something. Eilli- 
er we are Christ's or we are not; either we fl" 
saved or we are lost. Do we uot ."iometinies w' 
our friends that if they do not change tbfU 
course that we shall cast them otf forever, "itli" 
draw from their society and try to inlluencf 
others todo so? Aud perchance our unfortu' 
nat*^ friend should be in business do we tlireal' 
en to take from him our trade nnd try to ?' 
others to do so? If we do this are we iK't ?" 
greatly in fault ourselves as to ueed to 'p"' 
the beam"? When we cannot correct the «' 
rors of our friend in a proper manner, ff°"' 
it uot ha better to encourage him in his gt^" 
work, so that as he increased iu that he w^iil^ 
become weaker in the other? Then b)'""' 
knowing all th« circumstiuices by which so"'' 
are led astray might not much of the evil «' 
see in them be imaginary? Would "oL h'' 
judgment wherewith we judge condemn "' 
Then have you uot observed (hat ofieutio" 

February i7 

Ihore^hosw.omoch wrons m other, only 
»ef themselve.? l>|e„, ,„„,„ ,„, 
cousidfr if some ol tbose n-lio cocliiiually cou. 
plain and grumble ore i,ol guilty of the win. 
Ihiiiui ai those in whom lh»y find fault. 

I hope I may not be und,r,too.I «» trying to 
.oduce jou to shut your eyes that you might 
not see -the fruit by which ye shall know them." 
On the other hand we would .ay awake, onen 
your eyes wider, and have all the ■■beams' oast 
out of them tnat you may see clearer. 

Miy we nil seek to bs more consistent, to il- 
lustrate more our prece|.ls hy ejample that 
others seeing our good works ujay glorify our 
Father which is in hflaveu. 

^^J^K lHKKTl^lt;j.> j ^x WOKIi. 






Tfw i'lijiist hiiUinrfs Detedid.—'-Trine Iiiune.r- 

mersion Weighed in the Balances and Foitnd 

Wantt)i(f,'' litverstd. Prov. 11: 1. 

"The earth amo 18 denied under tlie iuha' Hauls 

thereof; because lhc> have transgressed ihy Iuhs, 

cUaiiRed the oidiname. huiktn th(- cvRiliisiiiiectiv' 

euaiit. Therefore halh the eiiise devouiBd the 

CHrtn. and thpy that dwell therein ;iie desulKle; 

thpref.)re the inhabitants of the earth are hnnied 

and few men left.— Ibh 24: 5, 6 

"Go ye iiiU) all the woihl, and yreach the gospel 
to every creature. He lliat:helieveth and U hiip- 
tized, sihull hesavtd; hut he that helievith n,.t 
shall be daaiiiwl."— Mark lO: i.',, id. 



[1U,I. W !s,r..,l 

SOME i)oint US to the dying thief as ao in- 
staHce of salvation without baptism, Thp 
example, however, is irrelevant, because inabil- 
iiij to do a thing represents h. case entirely nn- 
parallel to refused or neglecteJ ability to do it. 
Does the salvation of an infant that ia incapa- 
ble of repentance and faith prove that an im- 
penitent unbeliever can be saved without re- 
pentance and faitb? Gild does not require im- 
possibilitiea and not to do what, he does not re- 
quire, ia not to disobey him. None but trnus- 
gressorg will be lost, and "where there is no 
law, there is uo tranagresaion." But tlie gos- 
pel jfyKiVcs baptism, not of persons dying on 
tlie cross, but of living, active men, women and 
children, (.not unconscious babes), who neglect 
it not for want of ability, but because of a per- 
verted, obstinate and rebellious will. But some 
tell us that to "teach baptism in order to 
mission and yet admit circumstances under 
which men may be saved without it, is incon- 
sistent." We answer this logic by anatomy. 
Were it true, then to teach that faith and re- 
peiitmce are required in order to remission, and 
yet admit circumstances (as iu the death of in- 
fants) under which persons may be saved with- 
out them would also be inconsistent. "Physi- 
cian heal thyself." A testator can do zn he 
pleases with his own, but after his death, his cj- 
<'(-///«ir dares not depart from the strict apeciji- 
rations of his will, without exposing himself to 
the penalty of unfaithfulness. Salvation is of 
Qod, to bestow itheu, liow and on tchom he 
p'.eases. Chri'^t could not only say to the thief, 
"thou shalt be with mij iu Paradise," but to 
the "sick of the palsy," "thy sins be forgiven 
thee." But when he delivered his last will and 
testament, sealed with his blood, iu which hi 
stipulates faith and baptism (Mark Ifi: 16j as 
joiut conditions of salvation, he who presumes 
to depart from that plan, does eo at bin own 
risk. Mr. Wilimarth ( Baptist) aays, "No one 
who accepted the gospel in reality was ever 
known to refuse baptism; and as to exceptional 
cases, such as the impossibility of receiving the 
ordinance, be it remembered that God wastbeit. 
is now, free to go befo're the letter of his gospel 
promise, or to go beyond it, whenever, in his 
own sovereignty, he may see sufficient cause for 
so doing." Bupti^m and U'niiasiou, pp. I'J, iiO. 
Thu apostles iu t xocuting the Savior's will were 
first to disciple and S'coud to baptize the na- 
tions. Matt. 38: 19. Some nftk 08 whuther we 
baptize people to make them disciples, or be- 
cause they are diciple.*? We answer. Because 
they are disciples. A disciple ia a scJiola'% 
a learner, but it does not follow that he must 
hejmrdonrd. Judas, though a "disciple" of Je- 
sus "was a thief" and 'Weui7" John 12: ^6; (>: 
70, Tl. One must learn, hence become s disci- 

ar^ not pardoDrd. Some ask whether a "pro^r 
cnudidat* for baptism iBa child of God, before 
bftptMm.orachiJd of the devilV" Accordintf 
toIheMasterH.xHmi-l^Markll: 2S. 30, we 
itaswerby questions tf similar import. Wa, 
an English .i^serfer, duiiug the last war he- 
tweeu Ihe UukmI Slnt-a a„d Qiv«t Br.tain. a 
cil>/.en ot the U..ileJ Slates before he trok thf 
oalhofaIlegiui,ee.orauti/.^u.,fUr^.iil Brilaui? he a Uuiled States Boldier prior to his le- 
gal. formal induction into their army, or a sol 
dicrol Great Britain? N he either, iu the true 
.fiiseotthewtrd? A.e the bodi.s of the dead 
idMJtifi.o wi.hthe/,WH,rstL,tebHV,re the res. 
i.rr,clion? or the prft>rnt state? Cau a sin-sick 
«.jul before it trusts or conHdes in Christ, be 
properly regaui^d eilher as a chdd of God, or a 
child of the devil? 1 1 they will answer these 
discreetly they will find a solution to thtir own. 
But Knue denounce our views t>ii this suhject us 
•a '.pecies of Cau.pbellism " "Campbelli.m run 
t.. seed;- etc. We reply, long before the days of 
Mr. Campbell and the people called by bin 
name our bret|k preached and contended etr- 
nestiv for thi-. d.'ctnue. Some call it 'an ele- 
ment of p,.pery." Weanswer long before the 
rise of popery and its abuses of baptism, this 
was a peculiar doctrine of the early witnfMea ol 
Jesus and his truth. Dr. Cave says of the 
primitive Christians, '^They reckoned no one 
could be saved without being baptized," CaveV 
Primitive Christianity, p 145 Mo.lienu speal;- 
iug ol baptism in the Ourd century, says, "the 
remission of Mu. was thought to be its imra^- 
diate and happy fruit." Mosheim's E cl. Hint. 
(McLanes) p. 70. Tertulliau who wrote about 
the beginning of the third centuiy, hay.-, "Hap. 
pyn thesaeramtut of our water, in that by 
washing away the hins ol our early blindness, 
we are set tree and admitted into eternal life." 
Tertullian's Writings, vol. 1, p. 231. Mr. Or- 
chard, the Baptist historian iu a preface ot his 
'History ot Foreign Baptists" as quoted by Ur. 
II. Graves says, '"It is stated in the most sat- 
iefactory manner, tbat all Christian communi- 
ties during the first three centuries, were ol the 
Baptist denomination, in constitution and prac- 
tice." See Prelace p. 14, Orchard calls Tertul- 
liau "a Baptist." Ibid p, 33. J. Newton Brown 
iays, "to them (the Baptist*) belong all the 
Christian writers of the secona century, includ- 
ing Justin Martyr, Irenaua, Clement of Al-x- 
aiidna, Tertullian, and iu the nest age, Hippu- 
lytus.andeveu Origin." Baptist Martyrs, p. 
21. But Tertulliau, Justin, and all the rest ol 
them were these old fashioned "Dippers," i.e., 
■Tiinkei-s" who believed and taught that bip- 
liiiii was wi order tot e r miisiou ol ain-». Ju-tin 
Martyr, a Christian apologist ot the second cen- 
tury who was beheaded for the witness of Je- 
sus, says, "We obtain in the water the remisB- 
lou of sius formerly committed," J ujtiu Martyr 
and Athenegora, p, HO. Barnabas of the Jirnt 
century, (See acts 13: 2, 3. 40, 47; H; 14; 1 Cor 
9: 6), Bay9,"We indeed descend into the water 
full of sins and delileinent, but come up having 
the fear of God and trust in Jcsus iu our spirit." 
Apostolic Fathers, p. 121, Hernias, of the same 
age (See Rom. 16: 14), .says, "Betore a man 
bears the name of the Son of God he is dead; 
but when he receives the seal he lays aside hi» 
deadness and obtains lif,-. The seal then is the 
water; they descend into the water dead and 
they arise alive. And to them accordingly was 
this seal preached, and they made use of it that 
they might enter into the kingdom of heaven." 
Ibid. p. 420. We might multiply quotations ol 
this cla^s to a great extent from the primitive 
times, but we forbear. 

Some ridicule baptism In order to remission, 
as "water salvation." Salvation is of God to 
bestow how lie pleases, even though it be iu 
the water. Why not call it ''faith salvation," 
because received iu faith? or "repi-utauce salva- 
tion," becaused received in repentance? Would 
the latter not be as appropriate as the former? 
To be conr'istcnt with such objectiora tht-v 
must maintain that when God cured Noaman 
of leprosy in Jordan, that it was a "water cure." 
That the salvation of the bitten Israelites who 
had to look at thebru/en serpent in order to be 
healed, was "looking ealvation" or ''serpent sal- 
vation,' or "brass salvation" instead of God's 
lalvatioQ. And when Christ put spittle of clay 
on the eyes of the blind man and bade him 
wash, that it was "clay salvation" or "spittle 
salvation," instead of Christ's salvation. Such 

'He. "your coniparisoQ is out of place; because 
■Hptmu in a phviicut action whil«fmthi.a 
uoral act, I answer, U baptism an immoral 
»'J? Are not all just, virtuous, honest Chris- 
I'm physical actiens moral? And do they not 
rit'tved from moral obligation whether that ob- 
lipiiion ari^wi from the nature if «onie exigen- 
«1.0r troin positive piecfpt? 


... '^*' ("*ri'«, or lUt dr«n« of,, .b.ll be 
puUo>lfMli;l,cwu.<,lK>ba[U,poVen lotqrn you »». 
fro. ihol^rd your «od.„I„H. brought you oul of 0.. 
'""I "r Kg,p,. „rt rcd«mo<l you outof ihe of bon- 
J«[t 10 ibni.t ,o« ouiof the >vny wWchtbo T.ord tby Ood 
eonrnwded ibeo to in. So ■Ualt thou put tb« «u 
swiy lb« mi.tjt or thco." Ili-ni. i;i: 6. 

WE walked up to the fence, looked over into 
the "field," and what do you think we 
8*? A prophet? No. A Samaritan? Nid, 
a Samaritan. A reed shaken with the wind? 

■f<'f/-"a young evangelist" amusini the 
P(np!p. He had been converted under Moody- 
lie highest authority sure, Ut an "evauKeli.f 
who can draw large crouds. Uo had been i 
111!-, H cheat, scoumlrel, druukard— a worker o 
ef il in dens of inftmiy, auti at Moody's meetiuR 
«as prayed lor, -got religi.,i." in a second, and 
1.0W he IS over in yonder Held telling his expe. 
rienre. not in practical religion, butin the "gut 
ler." in the saloon, in the dark holes of slum 
»ud d«b,iuchery: audthe people are delighted! 
The "regular pastor"— a man of profound learn- 
ing, noted lor his integrity, * xcellence of char- 
icter, and ^-tainless reputation, is thrust aside, 
and the " evangelist" who kuetv nothing 
utthe Bible before his conversion (?) and stud- 
ies It but little now, holds sway over the peo 
pie, and amusus them a la Dan. Itico and Kob- 
ison. Instead of pointing the people to the B: 
ble telling what tt demands, he excites thei 
with ills "narrow escaped," his "bravery," his 
"fkill," and the scores of thrilling udventu 
which follow in his footntep*. And the people 
are pleaaeil! There was a demaud for a "tick- 
ler," and he camy. They wanted to be amused, 
and the amuser came. They longed to be ex- 
cited, and the exciter was at hand. They "hank- 
,ered.' after dream?, and the dreamer wai there 
"Away with Ihe old siory of the cross," said 
they, "and give us Bomething tieir aai/ren/i. 
Hotter stories, adveutures in places of vice, are 
sweeter than the blood of the Crucified." Thui 
the upstart, the novice carries everything by 
4orm. and the sober, the steadfabl. the cal, 
and the dignified are sent back to lunieut that 
they ever entered th it field. Suppose they ol 
jeet to the "loose" work, what then? Then they 
will be dubbed "jealous," "fogies," "bigoted," 
■'uucharatible." If the "regular pa^to^" ven- 
tures to oppose the fasl movement of the "(Iy/m- 
i/elisi" he will be told that he "better keej 
quiet;" his "bread and butter depends upon the 
"good will" of that couuregatiou, hence between 
"ininciple' and "butter" he chooses butter and 
remaint pa.ssive. 

Brethren, we must indeed be a dull people il 
we jail to profit by those "dreamers" and en- 
thusiasts over in that field. 

2- It i« the general Wi^t of all tfaoK »hc 
undet^itand the nature of thi« f-limatt. tbkt the 
meeting nhould be put ofl at Uwt two we^ks. 

It wan thoQght, by thone who atteB4i*door 
laH Di.trict Meeting, ihbt if Pent«co»t came 
f^arly the A. M. should b« put off till the l,t of 
J u ne. 

4. ThoM who attended tl.* A. M. in 1656 
>verd fully convinced tnat if the A. M. ..ver 
cametoNoitbern Illinois again it •hould not 
if held so early iu the sewon. 

5. In all probability the crowd at oar next 
A. M. will be very larfie. and «houM the Wei.tlj. 
erbe cold and damp it will be extremal, Jiffi. 
cult t. care for the people so as to keep them 
from suffering. 

6. I'entecobt comes right in the mid*t of our 
corn planting, and during the A.M. we want 
all the farmer* to be through with their work 
so they can help like care of the people and alio 
g-t the good of the meeting. Hence our n^xt 
A. M. will be held bt Lanark, 111., commencing 
June 1st. im\ By order of the Committee. 



WHEN Ihe Annual Meeting was held i[ 
North-jru Illinois, in BSU, it was ho 
early in the season that many suffered from the 
cold and damp weather. So great wa-s the suffer- 
ing that many luimberjthen aud there said 
that if the Aanual M'jeting ever came to 
Northern Illinois again it should be held later 
in the season. 

There being no call for the meeting at the 
close of last A. M,, Northern Illinois, after 
consultation concluded to take it for 1$S0, but 
did not, at that time, know that I'liutecoat 
comes so eaily in the season as it does, or else 
we would have made a proviso. The matter 
was lueutioned at our District Meeting aud it 
was generally concluded by those present that 
if Pentecost would come early, the Annual 
Meeting should be put off a few weeks. 

.^s Pentecost comes very early this year the 
Committee of Arr.ingeinents have decided to 
hold the next Annual Meeting the Ist of June, 
which will be two weeks later than the usual 
time. They do so for the folloAiug reasons: 

1. This Season, Pent«;cust coiuei the It^th ot 

Report of B ethrec's Tract Society. 


Samuel Ross t< 50Q 

S. T. Bosserman 5 Q^) 

'). B. Gibson ^^n 

I'revmusly reported 42B.00 

'^"^^l 434.00 

.\mouut refunded 2000 

Total to date 414 00 

Juo. Brubaker j., tt sq 

C. C. Gibsou 05 

JGib«on .".;*.; 35 

U. Washburn j qq 

J. Metzger i^qq 

L- Hough 100 

J. B. Thompson ]k 

W. B. Vouug 30 

D. KiDgery ^ 

•I-l>Culler '.". {00 

J. Hendricks iqq 

Previously reported h.^q 

Total to date S18.35 

Total to date of all money receired tii-2 35 

tt per cent, of S132 25 tquaU $34.58, amount 
to be sent in Tracts. Papera, etc. 


D-F-Eby laOO 

K. \. Myers ^ 

b. M, Ebersole ^40 

E. Mishler '30 

S, \ . Suavely gg 

I). Vauiman jsq 

U. B. Gibson j,3q 

J. It. Oish [ J3 

G. Barnhart g 05 

K. C. Goldman 130 

J. Barnhart. - 75 

U. M- K-thelman 1150 

D. M. Miller J 200 

i'^t"! $2510 


L. Hoover ; $ oqo 

T. Harrison .'. . . .- ^ . . , . 3 00 

J. Wimor ^ 1,50 

( '. S. Holsinger X60 

I. i( iwland I.5Q 

^. Witter 1.50 

S U. Goughnour j 50 

M. Deeter ijq 

Total $1300 

Total of Tracts and papers sent. ?3S10 

Amount in excess of funds $3 53 

Can not aom« of our writers give attention 
to the "Bible Clai-s' d.p.irtmeutl' We desire 
sonie <i^iestiuns, atid boi>- tho-e who te^l inter- 
ested will answer according as the Lord g-veih 
ability. Thar field we prefer to leave wlu'lly 
III the hands of our reiKi^-rs atid c>utribiit.->rs^ 
Much may be drawn out by mean« of qa€<stioDS, 
Limi great good doue by uuiivreriug wuely Lol 
us hear from you. 

May, and in this Northern climate the weather 
;>/e before he can repent or believe. Hence I "" the sophistry that denounces conformity to | at that time is usually quite cold, damp, SLd 
though the pardoned are disciples, all disciples 1 Qod's iustitutiou as "water salvation." But3a}8 | often very disagreeable. 

Every society it seems, has those in it who 
get the paper man*a at timesi. The Chrisliai^ 
peaks thus of its [vonle — the Di*c>t"lea. 

"Our people seem to have the paper mania, 
it there be such a iit>ea.<ie. Th>re is s«m" new 
paper coming out almost everr >iiiart«rduriDf 
a- h year. Durinc ih:* last thr^ month? then 
lave been more than one for each month. All 
muBt try a himd at the busint^v Tc. v vnll 
not U'lieve without se>?in«, Iwilimouy ol otii- 
ers is not sufficieut. Th-rs are manv ihingt 
we never learn short of exi>erience. ExiK-neui* 
in this matter is the ouly reme^v, it s^mus.'^ 

THK tiliKlJJbtEIsr AT WOKKl. 

February 17 

Igomc anil Jamifg., hat bring thera up in the n"rt''^«XL^'^ of the I."nl. .iervanU. be obwUent w 
Ui«m thut are yniir ranfltera.— Paul. 


ThPfliipiHT is ov.r.tbc hearth isawept. 

Anil In Ibc woixl llro'w ((b'W 
The ehlldrpn cluster tx> hear a talo 

Of that lime, ao long ago. 
When BTaiuIniamina'fi hair was golden brown. 

h nd the warm blood camo and went 
O'er the face that could scarce hive been sweet- 
er then 

Than now In lU rich o«int«nt 
The face Is wrliikle<l and carp-worn now. 

And the gnldt-n hair in gniy; 
But the llgbl that shoiie iu the young girl e eyes 

Never haagoneftway. 
And \wx needles catch the flre'u tight 

AB In and out they go, 
With IhP clicking music that gnindma lovea. 

Shaping the stocking toe. 
Anl the waiting children love it. t^)i>. 

Kor they Know the stocking song 
Brings many a talo to gr.mJmu'a mind, 

Whlcli they shall lieai ere long. 

But It bringH no story of olden time 

To grandma's hear . to-night; 
Only u refrain, i|iiiiinl uiid short 
Is Bung by tli» needles bright. 
"Llftt Is a stocking," grandma says. 

"And yours is Jimt begun ; 
But I am knitting the tou of mine, 

And uiy work ift iilmost doue. 
With merry li«'arla we bcgi i to knit, 

Ami the ribbing i« almost play; 
Some ar« gay-colored anc' somt) are white. 

And soma are ashen gray. 
But most are made t>r many a tiiic. 

With many a stUcU set wrong. 
And many u row to \\v> sadly ripped 
Ere the whole is fair and strong. 
There an? long, jdaln spaces, without a breiik. 

That In yontli Is haid lo bear. 
And many a weary tear i« dropped 

As we fajtltlnn the heel \\ ilh care. 
But the saddeMt, ha]ipi«-'st time i.t that 

We courl, and y-t would shun. 
When our heavenly Father breaks the tlin^ad 
And saya that our work Is done." 

The fliildreu come to say ■•g-Mid-nlglil," 
With tears in tlieir bright young eyes, 

While in grandma's lap, with broken thread. 
The Ilnished stocking lies. 

—Thf Christian. 

should strive to assimilate with His characteraB 
nearly as possible. The truly moral man or 
woman wields an influence in society Ibat vill 
be feit long after he or she has lefl the shoresof 
time. They do not live in vain, for their lie- 
work will direct the footsteps of those whof)t- 
low them. Their Rreatne^a and moral coumee 
will be infused into the hearts of their feJbw- 
workera and produce good results. Tbeir Mubi- 
tion is a noble one and well worthy of the 
admiration of others. 


THE moment a eiri has a secret from Ler 
mother, or has received a letter B_e lare 
not let her mother read, or lias a fnenc ol 
whom her mother does not know, she ii in 
danger. A secret ia uot a good thing fd a 
girl to have. The fewer secrets that lie inthe 
hearts of women at any age. the better. It i8 
almost a t*st of her purity. She who has none 
of ker own in beat and happiest. 

In girlhood, hide nothing from your motler; 
do nothing that, if discovered by your fatier, 
would make you blush. When you are uar- 
ried, never, never, never conceal anything from 
your liusbaud. Never allow yourself to write 
a letter that he may not know all about, or re- 
ceive one that you are not quite willing he 
should read. Have no mysteries whatever. 
Tell those about you where you go and whdt 
you do. Those who have the right to know, I 
mean, of course. 

A little secretiveness has set many a scandal 
afloat; and much as ia said about women who 
trll too niuch,tliey are much better off than wo- 
men who tell too little. A man may be reticeat 
and lie under no suspicion; uot so a woman. 

The girl who frankly says to her mother: " 1 
have been here. I met so and so. Such and 
such remarks were made, or this or that wa- 
done," will be certain of receiving good advice 
and sympathy. If ail was right, no fault will I 
Ibuiid. If the mother knows out of her greater 
experience that nomethiug was improper or un- 
suitable, che will, if she is a good mother, kind- 
ly adv-se against ils repetition. 

Some mothers when they discover that their 
girls are hiding things from them rebuke or 
scold. louoceut faults are always pardoned by 
u kind parent. 

Ynn niav not know, girl?, just what is ria-Kt 
— just what is wrong yet. You can't he blam- 
ed for makiue little mistakes, but you will nev- 
er do anything very wrong if from the first 
you have no secrets from your mother. — Sei. 

njury to the scholars puai^hed and to the dis- 
cipline of the school, and the abolition of the 
rod will have the effect not only to improve 
ihecharacf*rof the instructors, hut to estab- 
li*h friendly relations between teacher and pu- 
pil, for children, as well as dumb animals are 
mo^t easily Kwerued by kind words and kind 
treatment. — Sel. 



THE good that have lived and parsed away 
have exerted an influence that will be felt 
by future getieratious. There is nubility and 
true greatness ill the good, and the good men 
and women iu the world are great in the sight 
of God. They may uot be great iu the eyes of 
the world; they m;iy occupy the secludsd places 
of earth, and their quiet, uuassuniing taboro 
may not attract attention, but the holy iiiHu- 
eocfl which emanates from tlieir pure and noble 
exam])leR. — their lofty aspirations and loiijiing 
desires to live in the higher and better sphere, 
will fall like a sweet benediction upon those 
with whom thi'v n«sooiate, niid will create with- 
in them pure thoughts and a desiie to live 
unf.ullied lives, True, moral greatness is sub- 
lime in every aspect in which it may be viewed. 
There is so much oi th« earnest of Heaven 
tonnected with it that il becomes a double 
obj ct of ndiuiratioH. What a loathsome sight 
li cLuracter destitute of morals! Take away 
moral principle and what have we that is pleas- 
ant to admire? Man is a wonderful being; God 
created him iu His own likf ness and image, but 
left him to cnltiviite his iiilelleet, which, if 
properly done, w 11 guide him in ways ol purity 
and true holiness, or. if neglected, will drag 
him down to degredation and misery. 

The mind that is moved by a sense of moral 
conviction seeks alter pleasures of the higher 
kind, — those which are true and real, and afford 
coutmnal enjoyment, but the mind undisci- 
plined by moral promptings seeks those gralifi- 
cationa which are sensual, and degrading iu 
their nature. There are thoughts presented to 
a pure aud cultivated mind that are heavenly, 
notwithstanding the heurt may not be renewed 
Ukd regeiii-rat-'d. I'he tendency of morality 
if upward, but add to this the benign and 
refining influences of the Christian religion, 
and we have n grand and sublime character! 
Such a spectacle God and the angels admire. 
There is something of God in every man, and 
u He is such a pure and holy Being, man 



very critical. Any word may be 
Any farewell, e^eu among glee and 
merriment, may be forever. If this truth were 
but burned into our consciousueas, and if it 
ruled as a deep conviction and real power in our 
lives, would it not give a new meaning to all 
our human relationships? Would it not make 
us tar more tender than we sometimes are? 
Would it not oftentimes put a rein npon our 
ra-*h and impetuous wp-ech? Would we carry 
in our heiirts the miserable suspicions and jeal- 
ousies that now so often embitter the fountain 
of our loves? Would we be so impatient of the 
faults of others? Would we allow trivial niisun- 
dertitandiiigs to build up strong walls between 
us and those who ought to stand very close to 
US? Would we keep alive petty quarrels, year 
after year, which a manly word any day would 
compose? Would we pass neighbnrs or old 
friends on the street \vithout recognition, be- 
cause of some real orfanciedslight,some wound- 
ing of pride, or some ancient grudge" Or would 
we be so chary of our kind words, our commeu 
dations, our sympathy, our comfort, whei 
weary hearts all about us are breaking for juht 
such expressions of interest or appreciation u 
we have iu our power to give? — S. S. Timr 


A YOUNG man sto,.d listlessly watching 
some anglers on a bridge. He wa-* pour 
Hiid dejected. At last, approaching a basket 
filled with wholesome locking fish, he sighed: 

'■Ifuowl had these, I would be happy- I 
would sell them at a fair price, and buy me 
food and lodgings." 

"I will give you just as many, and just as 
good fish." said the owner, who had chanced to 
overhear his words, "if you will do me a trifl; 

"And what is that?" asked the other. 

"Only to tend this line till I come back; I 
wish to go on a short errand." 

The proposal was accepted. The old man 
was gone so long that the young man began to 
get impatient. Meanwhile the fish snapped 
greedily at the baited hook, and theyouop; man 
lost all his depression in the excitemeut of pull- 
ing them in; aud when the owner returned he 
had caught a large dumber. Couutinj: oui 
from them as many as were iu the basket, and 
presenting them to the young man. the old 
fisherman said: 

"I fulfill my promise from the fish you have 
caught to teach yon whenever you see others 
earning what you need, to waste no time iu 
foolish wishing, but cast a line for yourself." — 
Sfl ^. 


SHE is truthful aud honorable. She rever- 
ences her Maker and is a Christian. She 
has been improved by culture, has a good lit,- 
erary education, and her household educntion i; 
thorough. She knows how to walk, and hoidi 
herself erect. If she -is tall or short she is not 
ashamed of it. Her dress is always neat, sim- 
(,te — never superfluous. She has good society 
manners, and behaves hernelf well in every 
place. Shf knows how to talk; all her words 
arc well ubi'seu, aud she never uses slang phra- 
ses in her conversation. Our mcdel lady may 
be rich or poor; she is prepared to fill any sta- 
tion iu life; dues not caro for being called an 
old m.iid, and would not marry merely for a 
home or a name. The mode] lady makes the 
best of herself and her situation. She is a bless- 
ing wherever she goes, aud God will blesii her 
in this world and prepare her for a better 
world. — Sel. 

each other with a kiss aud the words. "Christ 
is risen." and the response is, "He is ri^^eu in- 
deed." In other countries, presents of colored 
eggs are made to children, and with regret we 
say parents who i^rofess to be very truthful 
will do this aud tell their children that they 
are rabbit eggs. Such deception should be'de- 
nounced in strong terms from every pulpit in 
the land. Gifts are all right, but there is uo 
need of entwiuing falsehoods around them. We 
have more than answered your question, but 
we thought it an excfll'^nt opportunity to let 
a liltle light shine on the habit of d'^c-iviug 
children. ^- M- E. 

(0ttt! gllilir ^tass. 

The Worth of Truth no Tongue Can Tell' 

This department is designed for asking and an- 
(wering questions, drawn from the Bible In nr 
jler to promote the Truili. all queatioiis ui ould be 
brief, and clothed in simple language. \\ e shall 
Assign questions to our contributors to answer, 
Dut this does not exclude ivny others writii g upor 
the same topic. 

Will some one please expl.iin Matt. 11:23 and 2 1 
"And thou Caperuaumwhich mt exalted uiiti 
heaven alialt be brought down to hell, for il tlie 
mighty works which have been done in thee had 
been done in Sodom, it would have remained until 
this day. But I say uoto you that It shall he more 
tolerable lor the land of Sodom in the day of judg- 
ment than for thee." Lvdia Feunek. 



SCHOOL childreu have their troubles as well 
as older people. Within recent times, 
however, the rigid rules ol school government 
that once prevailed have been aomewhat modi- 
fied, with advantage to both teacher and pupil. 
Chicago, we believe, was the first considerable 
city to abolish corporal punishment iu the pub- 
lic schools, and her example ha.s been followed 
to a great extent all over the country. In place 
of flogging, certain mora) restraints iiud pun- 
ishments are imposed, expulsion from schools 
beiuj; tlie extreme limit of the teacher's power 
This change of discipline in the public schools 
ia another indication of the growing seuttmenl 
of humanity. The power of physical punish- 
ment has bees frequently abused by hasty and 
piissionate teachers, iu many cases vutb potitive 

Will you pleiise expUin, tlirough the columns of 
your paper, why Ka.ster. Sunday does not come on 
the same day of the month each year? 

RlTil A. WitLiw. 

THE wordiEasterjg^(jerived_from 0^terfl, the 
goddess of Spring, whose festival occurred 
about the same time as Easter. The early 
Christians maintained that this day should be 
celebrated in commemoration of Chriat'i* resur- 
rection. .\fter2mucheontiove8ry, the matter 
was decided at the'council of Nice, A. D. 3:i.5, 
that Easter should occur on the first Sunday 
after the first full moon after March Sl^tt. 
This accounts for the change. This year the 
first full moon is five days after March yist. or 
on the 2IJlh d«y, and ss the 28th is thn first 
Sundatj after this full moon, it is Easter Sun- 
day. Easter may come as early as March ii2nd. 
or as lat^ a-* April 25th. If the first full moon 
after March 21st, were April 20, then April 
25th woLild be E,ister.Sunday. 

Some ciirioua cubtomsjare iu vogue in difler- 
ent parti of Christendom in respect to Easter. 
Id Kusiia, among the Greek-, Christians salufce 


IN No. 4, of B. AT W. you desire an answer 
to the charge against the Brethren for 
neglecting to obey the Bible in not assist- . 
iug their minister--* as the Bible requires. We 
are not Ignorant of the teaching of the Bible 
cjucerning the matter. Both Jesus and Paul 
taught that the laborer is worthy of his hire or 
reward. See Luke 10: 7. 1 Tim. 5: 18. That 
the Lord ordained that those who preach the 
Gospel should live of the Gospel, the same as 
those who served the temple lived of the tem- 
pie, aa taught in 1 Cor. 0: 14, it would be folly 
to deny. That Paul and Barnabas had the 
power or right to forbear working at Corinth 
is equally clear from the same chapter; never- 
theless Paul did, while at Corinth, choose to 
labor some with his own haiiiis and thus partly 
earned his owu living, and what he laclcd the 
brethren from Macedonia supplied. He even 
robbed other churches, taking wages of them to 
ilo the Corinthians service. (2 Cor. 8, 9 ) This 
he did because they wtre out of order and there- 
fore needed help and correct teaching, which 
he, as a faithful overseer of the flocli, siiught to 
supply though it required his own labor, the 
help of the brethren from Macedonia, and the 
taking of wages from other working church- 
es, beyond their ability to do it. They must 
not be allowed to go to destruction, but mnst 
b^ taught and helped. Paul, as a faithful teach- 
er, points out to them their lack in neglecting 
to support the ministry. In his first letter to 
them, chajiter 9 and 17 and iu the 11th chap- 
ter he sets before them other points in which 
they lacked. Are there brethren anywhere 
who think they hnvp done their whole duty to- 
wards preaching the Gospel in all the world by 
casting a vote for a brother or brethreu to the 
miiistry aud wifness them installed into office 
and after that can sit with hands quietly folded 
and say they are now to go to the warfare at 
theiir own charges? Are now to feed the flock 
but must not eat of the milk of the flock? Then 
th»-y need an Aquilla and Priseilla to expound 
unto them the way of the Lord more perfectly, 
or a Paul to point out to them their lack, and 
thus raise them to a higher standard of life in 
Christ, even if it must be done at their own 
expense, by the help of the brethren of Mace- 
donia, or by robbing other churches by taking 
wages of them to do it. It must be done. They 
must be taught the wav of God more perfectly. 
It may be that ministers in our Fraternity 
have shunned to dtclare the whole counsel of 
God on thi- point, and are therefore to blame. — 
It may be just to charge some ol our brethren 
with neglecting to obey the Bible iu this, but is 
by no means just to charge all our brethren 
and sisters thu'*. for we have many noble-heart- 
ed brethreu aud sisters who read the Bible for 
themselves, aud who are not suti^fi-'d with 
merely seeing brethren elected to the ministry 
and ordered by the church to preach the Gos- 
pel, but stjind nobly by them and assist them 
in supporting their families, and in every way 
possible, giving them that hearty sympathy and 
encouragement needed in preaching the Gospel 
successlully, ami in so doing find themselves 
richly rewarded by finding corresponding 
growth ill grace and knowledge of the truth> 
both in themselves and others. 

Daniel Vaniman. 


TAKE some scraps from the one Best Boot? 
weigh them thonmghlv; then divide them 
into three parts, for more dividing is generdly 
thought to crumble too much. Work tliesf 
well, and handle them neatly, but neith 
mince nor chop them. Sea-ion the whol« w'tD 
a due proportion of salt (('ol. 4: 6,) put in noth- 
ing that is too hard or diflicult to digest, but Ifit 
it all be clear and candid. It should have sonie 
fire,as that will raise it aud prevent it from cet- 
ting heavy. You may giirnish it with a i^'' 
jewels, but not too thick so as to hide the sub- 
stance. Take care that it be uot an ovenlosei 
for as it is the la^t thing served up it should be 
inviting or the company will not partake of it- 
In extreme Cold weather it should be done ia 
twenty mino'^s; in more temperate weather, it 
may take half an hour. If it is done in fif'een 
minutes it will he fit for a king. ! hrive »se^ 
this recipe more or less for forty yenri. ai"i' 
can safely recommend it, and I now send i'- 

along with* for the B. at W. 

F. P. LoBHB. 

February 1 7 


'I'JrlE l^l^KTHKKlSr AT "WORK:, 

NTMIttl! XI,. 


ON leavJDg Mt. Heriiinu, our uext objeclive 
point was Daaiascn?;. Starting from 
Rasheja au the uioruiuLj of June 20, we rodw 
in one day tu M-jiilfU, a station on llie turn- 
pike from Beirut to Daiuyscus, distaut from 
the Utter city about twelvd miles. Here we 
struck the firstgood artificial road which we 
had seen in Syria; and, is the only one 
in Western Asia. I will give some account of 
it herealter. Oar camp was pitched by the 
side of a fine fpnufe wliich bursts forth from 
under the embankment ol the turnpike, and 
near by, along the bank of the stream which 
ran from the spring, there was a little grove of 
poplar trees, under whose shade we puj'yed a 
refreshing seat. It was refreshing, too, to see 
wagons and carriages passing along the turn- 
pike, and eapi'cially so to hear the hurn of the 
stage-driver as he approached the station, and 
to see the large diligence drawn by six horsea, 
dash up to the »<tat)le, change horses, and dash 
away again. It reminded me of scenes often 
witnes'tf'l lu the West, and it made us feel as if 
we were oiice more witliia the regitm of civiliz- 
ation. Our route the next day lay along this 
turnpike, and we were iiiinoyed no little by 
the fuolisliues-i ot our hurses, 1 suppi)'e they 
had setdoui or never seen a wagon or a carriage 
before, and thiiy WBrn positivtly afraid of them. 
Mv horae, in spite of my utmo^t eH'orls to con- 
trol him, wi,ul.i thy • ff t.i the edge ot the 
road, every time we met a vehicle. The sight 
of these convenien-es of civih/.;d life was as 
strange to him as it was familiar to me. 

We were traversing tlie elevated valley which 
lies between the Li-bation and the Anti-Leba- 
non mountains. The foruitjr range lies along 
I the entire aea-coast from Suton northward, 
' while the latter, with a valley from p%lit to 
■ ten miles wide between the two, lies along the 
border of the great Arabian deoert. The south- 
ern extremity of the Utter range, and its high- 
est elevation, is Mt. Henuon. This mountain 
I extends about twenty .iiiles northward, and be- 
I yond it the range gradually descends until it 
approaches the Euphrates, ^wnere it reaches 
the level of i-he desert. Across this mouatam 
range we had to make our way in approaching 
Damascus, and as we rode for miles with its 
unbroken wall before us, we felt interested to 
Bee how a passage would be eft'ected. At last 
we entered upon a straight stretch of the turn- 
pike which seemed to terminate ugaiust the 
base of the mountain; but onj uearine the 
mountain a narrow, winding gap opened be- 
fore us, whose bed was filled with the verdure 
of silver poplars, and sparkling with the bright 
waters of a little stream. No one who has not 
, ridden for many days under a scorching sun, 
with the glare of bare rocks or of a desert 
plain in his face, can realize how refreshing it 
was to ride under the shade of those overhang- 
ing trtes and listen to the constant murmur- 
ing of tliat little stream. 

We had not ridden far before the rippling 
rivulet crossed our road and emptied its waters 
into a swift rolling river, and we found our- 
selves on the right bank of the famous Abana 
of scripture, called the Barada by the Arabs. 
The valley through which it flows is as narrow 
as the one by which we had approached it, be- 
ing often not more than one hundred yards 
wide, while a naked mountain wall several 
huudrtd feet high rises above it on either hand. 
By this pass the Abana makes its way through 
the mountains. -Its descent is very rapid, and 
its current remarkably swift, but so few are 
the obstructions in its bed that it rolls on in 
silence, and one might ride along its bank in 
the night and hear scarcely a sound to indi- 
cate its presence. It parses fromj side to side 
of its narrow valley and we crossed it frequent- 
ly on well constructed stone bridges. We no- 
ticed, too, that in many places the side of the 
road was guarded against it by walls of wood 
or stone, lest, in high water, it should wash 
the road away. The growth along its banks is 
almost exclusively the silver poplar, wliich is 
planted in clumi)9 and made to grow tall and' 
slim in order to furnish long poles rather than 
heavy timber. Occasionally, hot^ever, ive saw 
groTps of apricots iind a few other fruit trees. 

Before we parsed through the mouotoins we 
noticed that the river was much reduced in 
size, and that fully half of its water was drawn 
into an artificial channel which is carried 
along the side of the mountain on onr left. 
Having a more gradual descent than the hid 
of the river, this artificial channel finally gain- 
ed an ascent of thirty or forty feet above our 
ftiad, and occasionally a little stream was allow 

et to escape from its side to wat^-r a uarro* 
g irdeu along the hillside, or to ripple through 
the beautiiul grounds ot dwellinca which he- 
gin to apppiir as w^ advanced. 

rinally, the mountain gap through which 
we had ridden for ab )ut six mile«, open- 
ed upon a b u.idles-. phiin. and a half doz^n 
tall minarets stood l)Hfore us, rising high above 
the intervening gardens, and declaring 
tliat Damascus was at baud. As we approach- 
ed the city we pa^^sed, ou our lelt. well con- 
structed buildings surrounded by ample 
grounds and shade trees, the barracks and hos- 
pitals of the Turkish garrison. Uichlydressed 
uffi^-ers on handsome horses were going and 
coming. On our right and across the river 
from us, lay a smooth lawn on which the dy- 
ers of the city spread carpets and other good*, 
and were sprinkliug them with water from the 
river. This lawn extends to the wall of the 
city, and the first building within the wall at 
that point is a vast mo8(]ue covering eight or 
ten acres of ground. It belongs to the howl- 
ing Dervishes, a fanatical order ot Mohammed- 
ana, C'jrresp lading to the moults of the Ro- 
man Catholic Church. It was once a mugnili- 
cent suite of buildings, as its mauy domes aud 
minarees still declare; but like the order to 
which it belongs, it is now in astute of rnin. 

Passing into the city along the bank of the 
river, and then turning Ji little to the lelt. we 
halted before a door in a high wall which rose 
abruptly from the side of the street, and were 
told that this was oi^r hotel. We had decided 
to occupy the hotel instead of our tents, dur- 
ing our stay in Damascus. The dnor was a 
large and heavy one, about ei;;ht feet wide, 
twelve feet high, and three inches thick. We 
expected to see it thrown oi)eu to admit ue, 
and thought it likely that we could ride 
through it into an inner court. But we were 
rrrpiested to dismount; a little door about four 
feet high and two feet wiiie cut through the 
large door was thrown open, and we entered 
one at a time. We had to stoop to get 
Tlie little door reminded me uf cat holes that 
I have seen through the bottom ol cabin do!jr«, 
by which the cat could go in and out when the 
door was shut. 1 atierward saw many of them 
in Damascus, and some in other cities of the 
east. After passing through the cat hole, we 
found ourselves in a small court, about twenty 
feet square, its Hour paved with marble, u cir- 
cular fountain in the center, a tall lemon tree, 
covered with yellow fruit, growing near the 
fountain, two or three doors of apartments oc- 
■•upied by servants opening through a wall 
leading into an inner and larger court, and be- 
fore us au arched opening through a wfll lead- 
ing into an inner and larger court. We passed 
into the tatter aud found it about sixty feet 
square. A marble tank thirty feet long, ten 
feet wide, three feet deep, and rising about 
twenty inches above the pavement, occupied a 
position in the center of the court. It was kept 
full of water by a stream constantly pouring 
into it from a metallic pipe, while the wafer 
ran off through another pipe underground. 
Lemon and orange trees were scattered about 
the court, and the doors of the surrounding 
apartments of the hotel opened into it. On 
entering the apartments, we found the floors 
all laid with stones, tiles, or cement, and cov- 
ered with pieces of thick Turkish carpet, laid 
loose upin them. The furniture »as Kuropean, 
Such is the style of all the large houses in 
Damascus, varying only iu the costliness of the 
material, and the gorgeousiiess of the orna- 
mentation. A few houses belonging to Jews 
nf enormous wealth, are so splendidly furnish- 
ed and soynrgeously ornamented as to reminil 
one of the splendor characteristic of Arabian 
aud Moorish palaces when Mohammedanism 
was in the hight of it* glory. We found the 
hotel a comtbrtable and pleasant abode during 
the four days of onr stay in the city. It is call 
.■d the Dimirri Hotel, fiom the name of the 
first proprietor, and it is now kept by his wid- 
ow. It is the only hotel in a city of 110,000 
mhabitants, and it owes its existence to the 
visits of Europeans. 

The objects in Damasciu wbich most inter- 
est the tourist are the bazaars, the ancient 
inosque, and the street called i?tniight. The 
baAnars are only a repetition, on a larger scaU. 
of tho-'e which WB hail seen in every city «i 
Palestine. They are littlo stores, eight or ten 
feet square, with the front entirely open to the 
street. A large wooden door, mude of several 
separate shutters, closoi it at night, aud is put 
out out of sight during the day. The goods 
are packed on shelves around the other thiee 
sides of the little room, and the dealer sits on a 
rug in thif middle of the lloor. If buniuesh is 
ilnll he goes to sleep, or visits somu of the ad- 
joining shops to chat with his neighbors. He 
always mkn you about three prices for his goods, 
uid expects you to qimrret with him loud and 

»B in making a bargain. After offering him 
the mo>it that you are wilhng to giv*. which 
he most po*itively refusrg to take, you walk 
away; but before you get out of «ight. he calU 
to you, or runs after you, to «av that he will 
take it. If he takes your oftVr without this 
ado. you may be sum j.mi liave p,i»l too luuoli. 

The shops of the bUckitmithN, coppersmiths, 
carpent-rs, etc.. are con.trocted «fU.r the same 
model ,« those of th- menTbant^; and the 
workmen always remain scaled, except wlieu 
the kind of work they are doing compels tbem 
to stand. I have seen blacksmiths seated on 
the ground and hanimerinsr away at their an- 

The old mosque, once a heathen temple, then 
reconstructed into an immenxe Christian 
church, aud afterward remodeled into a Mo- 
hammedan mosque, is in a good state of preser- 
vaton; but there is less sanctity attoclied to it 
than in former years. We had to leave our 
boot« at the door, but were allowed to walk 
through it in slippers. We saw men asleep on 
the floor, and others werelaughiug and talking, 
while some were peddling little things to eat 
I'Vwif any, were going through the longosteu- 
tatious formula of Mohammedau prayerw. We 
ascendedoneof the three minarets which rise 
from three corners of the inos.|ue. and obtained 
from its lofty balcony a complete view of the 
city. The walls of dingy limestone, unrelieved 
by woodwork of any kiud,aud the lint, cement- 
ed rnofV of the houses, presented that same dull 
ap|iearance with which we had b.-en familii 
iu looking at Jerusalem from tlie Mount of 
Olives. The only relief to the .-ye was the 
iniuarette and dtunes rising from many mofques 
in the green trees tilling the iiuenor courts of 
the larger houses, and the rich verdure of the 
poplar trei's and fruit orchards which surround 
the city on every side. Beyond these, the brown 
mountains on the north and west, and the yeU 
low desert on the south, added a somber variety 
to the landscape. 

Wo found, in the structure ol the houses of 
the city, nii explanation of the careful rearing 
"f tall poplars which we had observed, aud of 
the absence from the poplar groves of any trees 
l.irge enough f„r the saw mill. The roofs aud 
floors of the houses, ae support -d, not by joists 
of sawed timber, but l)y naked poplar poles laid 
close together. This leads to the cutting' ufthe 
ynnim trues as soon an they are. hu-ge enough 
and tall enough for this purpose. There are 
no saw mills in this country, aud the only 
"p'ank used is brought, at great expeuNe from 
I be porta of Russia ou the Black, .S-!,i. 

The street called Straight, in which Saul ol 
Tarsus npent three days in fasting aud prayer, 
and where ho was found by Ananias, runs en- 
tirely through the city from east to west, aud 
is about a mile long. It hat five slight crooks 
in it and would not ho called a straight street 
ill I'hiladelphiu; hut in Damiiscusit is remark- 
ably straight, for it is the only one in which 
you can see a hundred >ards before you, Alii 
had recenlly swept ah>ng one side of it f(»r 
considerable di-^tance, destroying the silk ba- 
zaar, and compelling the dealers in silk to find 
temporary quarters elsewhere. The hand- 
made silk of Diimascus, much of it interwoven 
with threads of gold and silver, is very rich, 
serviceable aud cheap. 

The eastern end of Straight Street posses 
through the Christian quart^'r, and there you 
are shown th") house of Ananias {?] the man 
who baptized Saul of Tarsus. This quarter of 
the city ww* hurued to the ground in 1S60, 
during the massacre of Christians m Syria, 
aud 6,000 of the inhabitants butchered in cold 
blood. Our local guide, who showed \\i about 
tl'e city, was then a hoy, and he barely e.scaped 
with his life, nearly all of his relatives being 
involved in the slaughter. The French armj 
of 10,111)0 men, which marched^ to Damascus 
and hung and beheaded many of the leaders o 
fhe persecution, taught the fanatical Moham- 
medan population. .\s we werti stepping over 
the countless dogs that lay asleep in the streets, 
and occasionally kicking one to make him get 
out of the way, with no other result than to 
have him look up at us, merety^to see who was 
dinturbiug him, I uiked Michael, our guide, 
why the authorities did not have these dogs 
i linned out by kilting some of them. He an- 
swnred: "Th<it would be a great sni. It is all 
right to kill a Christian, but a great siu to kill 
a dig." I asked him what should be done if 1 
killed one of them; nai he said I jwould be ar 
rested and brought before the city courts. The 
lives of both dogs and cats are held sacred by 
the Moslem. 

Another proof of the b gotry preva'ent here 
was given me by Mr. Philips, an Irish Pres- 
byterian missionary in the city. He said that 
if a Mohammedan deserts his religioa and be 
comes a Christian, it is held to be the duty of 
other Mohammedans to kill him. .\ few yean 

^0, one of them hecaiae a convert to th« 
Prot«i.tant faith, and «(Ur ffceiog frum tb« 
city twice to escape plots that were laid to w- 
MHinate him, and making preparation? to Am 
a third time, he wa« found, one morning, hang 
in the mosque, near the l.mb m which John 
the Biii-tiafs head is Baid to (,e buried. The 
t<.mbi»the handsome-tlbing in the mo.que 
and the tradition that Jobn'« heed is buri«d 
there, has come down, I 
time that the moique wah u 
When the guardian* of the 
upon to give an account of the hanging tlwy 
answered, that the man was hurirj h.j John tKt 

uppiwe from the 
uuristiaa church, 
mosque were CAllad 

Baptist, and this answer 

Was so satisfactory to 

the city authorities, thrt no further eff.rtWAi 
made to detect the murderers. From thU the 
reader can form some idea of the obstacle id 
the way ot missionary work in Mohatnm«dM 

<^«'"'tri«'- J-W.MrQABVBY. 


» TOO, IU.1 r.iif J o, B., b,fwL.^(.k,. 

From Elk Lick, Pennsylvania. 

Ilrar llrtlhrmt— 

THE loug looked for snow cirae at last. W, 
hove Hue sleighin,;, aud road, eieal. 
eut; weather cold. ha, abaladj 
have but one caae iu our villuge. 

M « council held in our ooogresation Jan. 
;lUt at D«le View, it mi» drcded to build > 
nieelmg-house in that purl of the district of • 
"Uitable m„ to bold touiinunion nieetiug in 
lor the convenience of the og-d and inBrni' 
and all v»ho will .ervo the Loi-d. By the 
auiooul sublcribe.l that day, we think it will 
be a success. A bouse is much needed there, 
as the school-houee in which we have wor- 
shipped is unfit and rather small. We hope to 
have lirother .Jesse Calvert here shortly to 
hold a protracted meeting for us, (a good time 
now) and hope his health and strength wiU 
hold out to enable him to come, a, his services 
are much appreciated here. The Lord baa 
been good to us in this part of hiu vineyarj 
While many have been called to eternity with 
the plague so prevalent everywhere, we have 
lost none out of th« church or of our families. 
The Lord hns l,j.„ truly g ...J. Blessed be the 
name ot the Lord. Amen. 
• S C. Keui. 

From Pine Creek, Indiana. 

}}iur Hrelhrtn: — 

DME mini»t"ni commenced a meeting at 
the East Meeting-house, January 17th. 
and continued until the 28lh. Si.xleen receiy. 
ed by baptism. Closed our meetings with in- 
dicntious of a glorious ingatherinj in the 
future— lorty-seveu received by baptism dur- 
ing the mouth of January, and it seeras Bs 
though onr lubors were Just begun. May the 
Lord be with us and all ot his children, that 
we may neither get proud nor feel richer and 
become selfish; for where these rule, churches 

1!0 down. JicOIl HiLDBBBEiSD. 


From Landon West. 

Awr lirethr,;i.~ 

I HAVE been here for some days, and taving 
good meetings. The weather has been 
quite favorable, and the attendance very good, 
with very good feeling. .411 are very kini 
and seem to put more value on the Word of 
Truth, the more they hear of it. 

We here await tiie coming of Brother Hixon, 
who was to attend as through the valley^ bat 
who. by labors in other parts, has been dekv- 
ed. ^ 

There have been eome things tsi excite the 
feeliugsof our brethren throughout this valley, 
but we believe quite all take a proi«r view of 
the situation, and so let none of these things 
mi.vethem. When our faith is once filed is 
the Sou of God, mere rumors do not sh»ke it 
The Lord bless our Brotherhood. 

/imiurniutn, i>hti}. 


From Cornell. Illinois. 
' Bttthrfti: — 

BUOTHEH James R.Gish came fo ns Jan. 
y9th, to hold a series of meetings; preach- 
ed two sermons, and tojk sick. He starts home 
today, being very unwell. Hope the Lori 
will bless his eftort in trying to build na up. 
May more of our dear brethren do as much. 
S. T. SwnuRT. 

Reading and writing are a givat blwiiog. 

'-> -^aiSrSTTi^ i ■ ttSKN^^^rjvvoKKr 

Febvxiar\ 1''' 

(gospel ^occcss 

iTM^Dan- W: 8- ^ . 

aomer..! P« -During my l»t WP i"""- 

Uiu the crown. 

AMlenc. Kajl«a« -IM two uldition. by b.p- 
t,.,u.n Snnd,,y,F.b. 1st. U"'" 'f """,'. 
h..d, .n.n,ili». Mor...y Ibey-'l «"'■''■» 
K«Jy. M.yGod lir.ntthem hU gr.ce ■« my 
prayiT. J""" t'oi"":''- *'^'- 

EMt Co.m.ugh, Pa -Uro. U- K. R.n.«y "I 
our o.n co»gr.g.l,o„ h»< been l.bonng lor » 
.b„ult«ow»l<. on Hill, on. of our 
home appoinln,«,U. N.n.t,.., were a.ldtd by 
b.,>„.m undone r.c!.i«.«d. Meclmg .Wl ■" 
pr„g„..« good pro.ppcl». Our home mm- 
i.t-r.h.v,ou, -in«r. lhank» fo' »•"'"'»""" 
J J S. J. Oifiin 

WayneHboro, Pa.-T«cntyou. .oul. ha.e 
b.,n MhI to Ih. church h.r. .inc. New Year « 
day. Though .no.lly young in year., may tbey 
early learn to grow In grace and alway. be wil- 
ling lo |.'rform the variou. (;i.ri»liau duties 
Ihey may l». called unto. Their work .» iu>^ 
begun. May they become "hming lights in 
the Church .h.iwiug forth a life like that of 
Je.ue-"holy,hurmle.», undeSled, separate from 

linnera." , .^n, \ 

Latbu —At our council meeting, (.Ian. iJtn.l 
on- wa.1 r.claim.,.l who «a» out of the church 
flit en year.; awakened to duty by the death o 
a daughter time »gn. On Sabbath la.t 
nnoihTryouui! I"dy "a« bapli/.ed. May the 
Lord grant eitter Maggie precious grace. 

D. B. Mbktieb. 

ure, are read and eiplained. Every Thur.d-y 
evening we have a social and prayer meeting i 
here passage, of Scripture are read and com^ 
menled on. These meetings are indeed ricB 
mean, of gr.ce. To u. the time seem, ong 
from one to the other, and we hail their return 
with joy. And last, but not least, are our chap- 
el service, every morning. These exercise, are 
conducted by brother Stein, and are mdeed a 
.oorce of mental and moral improvement. " e 
are taught that the leaves of the Tree of Life 
,re lor the healing of the nations. Our broth- 
er-s aptness in selecting ea«h morning a leal 
just suiUd to the time and the occasion, show, 
how well he understands the sanative power of 
the., leaves. Bach morning a freshly-culled 
boiuel.all spirkling with the dews of heaven, 
is presented lo us, and its rich fragrance fills 
our soul, and strengthen, us for the labors of 
the day. These exercises consist of singing, 
reading of the Scriptures, accompanied with 
up,,ropri»te remarks hy brother bte.n. These 
remark, ure designed lo enforce some precious 
irutb, as ail admonition, or encouragement to 
virtue. Sometimes a truth is illustrated by 
some beautiful anecdote. These services are 
rich and varied, and we do not see how slu- 
denU who are ble-«ed with such wholesome 
instructions every morning can help beconiug 
wiser and better. After the reading a lervei.t 
i.rayer is offered by our dear brother, fhat 
these prayers will be answered, and that Uod i 
blcfsing will crown our institution we feel con 
lidenl, for the fervent, effectual prayers of a 
righteous man uvailetb much. 

Maitib a. Lear. 


From Salem. Oregon. 

E h«J quite a storm here on the 9lh ol 
January. The velocity of the wind wa. 
said to be 50 miles an hour, and in places il 
was more than that. In certain localities it 
unroofed some building., others were blown 
down and agreatamountoftimber and fencing. 
In our neighborhood not so much damage was 
done; blew down about allthe fences running 
east and west. We have more wind, ram and 
low than usual, and more diseases than I ever 
knew of here, but mostly of a mild form. 

Spiritually, we are getting along peaceably. 
The members are generally in love and union, 
but still the enemy is trying to mar our peace, 
there seems to be a growing interest in our 
doctrine. Our ministerial force is still entirely 
loo sm.ll for the demand for preaching. Souls 
are starving hire for the Bread of Life. Who 
will come and help us carry out the commission? 
Our country is good enough, who will come? 
David Buowek. 

|=ancn ^alf«;n. 

OhiiQ»ri*B «hoQld be brier, written on bul one aide of 
psper, end eeperaie from all olher bueiaeee. 

From Sterling, 


From the Limestone Church, Kansas. 

BaO. .lonnlhiin Liohly came lo Ihis arm ol 
the church on the alst of January and 
preached the wold with great pow,r which had 
effect on saint and .inner, but on nccouut ol 
the .choolhou.e being occupied, our meetings 
had to lis moved from place to place, conse- 
quently not the good done that would have 
been had wo concentrated our effona. 

Oo the 281.11, tho church met in council. I'.l- 
der. Lichty and Ive. were present. We held a 
choice for two ministers and two deacons. Uro, 
Montgomery was advanced in the ministry 
Afler our labors were over and we were at the 
house of brother, at 11 o'clock at night one 
of the neighbors came and desired baptism. 
Tho brethren railed a raeelingnt 11 A. ii, at the 
house of brother Ui.h, where brother l.icMy 
preached a good sermon, and one more was 
made willing to come out ou the Lord s side. 
Others were powerfully convinced. Brethren 
and sister., pray that these who are olmOBl 
p»r..u«i«d niiv not grieve the holy spirit away, 
bul come now and serve the Lord. And pray 
for those who have been cho.en lo the ministry 
to labor in th. Lord's vineyard. The harvest is 
great and the laborers few here, and we send a 
Macedouiim cry. Come over from the East and 
help us. May Ood blesB brother Lichty and 
bis labor., and may ha come again, ia the uni- 
ted prayer of all. 

Our beloved minister, A. V. Deeter,i» on the 
bed of alllictinii and could not attend our meet- 
ings. Brother Jacob Shuler buried his wife 
Bud a sister during the lime, so tbey were luiu 
gled with a great deal of g-ief a. well as joy. 
Yours in Christ, A. W. Alstin. 

From Mount Morris College. 

AS we sometimes gel letters imiuiring about 
our school we will give a dmcription 
through the H. Al W. The question is some- 
times asked whether we think the infiuence 
exerted hero is conducive lo the spiritual inler- 
esta of oor young members, and what onr edu- 
cational facilities are. As lo the latter, I think 
our college will rank as high a. any other ol its 
kind in the laud, and as to the former, 1 donbt 
it our young lueinhers could be siluoled more 
favorably as regard, their spiritual wants. The 
moral and religious inHuences that are exerted 
here must commend the school to every enlight- 
ened Christian. 

The thrt,« brethren who constitute the Board 
of Manager., Stein, Miller and Newcomer, ure 
high-toned, pure-minded Christians, and men 
who are an honor lo the Church. We have 
public preaching in the chapel every Lord', 
day, alternating one ^"abhath in the morning, 
the next in the evening. Every Sabbath after- 
noon we have a Bible-class where the Script- 

From Huntingdon, Pa. 

ON lust Saturday evening we met in the 
Normal chapel lor Bible-class. The stu- 
dents were all present except those who had 
gone lo their homes. Nearly all like an active 
mterest in the Bible exercises, which we are 
.,|ad to notice. The services ure opened will, 
singing and prayer, afler which i. roll-call As 
the names are called, onr teacher rf quests us lo 
repeat a v.rse of Scripture, whatever may sur- 
.•est ils,-lf, which I think is very good and 
appropriate. It is quite interesting I" listen to 
tlie diff-raut Scriptures given. They reveal to 
some exteut, the thoughts of the persons who 
repeal them. They are their f«orile passagw 
ofScrinture, for while oH Scripture is di^ar to 
UB there are certain parts that impress us more 
dwply Ihau other.. The mist of those who 
repeat Scripture exhibit a degree of intelligence 
in their selections, as they are very oppropriule 
and suggestive. 1 feel like encouraging this 
feature in Bible classes. During the evening 
two essays were read, one from the subject, 
Fear the Lord and keep His commandments," 
and another, 'The .lourney of Life." They 
contained good thoughts and were listened to 
with interest. 

On Sabbath morning we met for Sabbath, 
school. The usual number was present and we 
had an instructive lesson from the subject, 
"The Truly Righteous." After school, brother 
yuiuler addressed us from 1 Tim. 5: 24,'25, and 
m Ihe evening brother H. B. Brumbaugh 
preached from Matt. 10: 29. May these season, 
of worship improve us spiritually; may they 
bring about in ub a higher degree of holiness, 
increase our piety, and slrenglbeu our /.eal for 
the Master's cause. We notice that in many 
places the people of God are laboring lo beccme 
better, and lo benefit those around them. They 
say, "Remember us in your prayers." Breth- 
ren and sisters, much is accomplished through 
the prayers of the righteous, and when such 
requestj are made, they should not be forgotten. 
We try to remember Ihe ministers, and the 
labors of the brethren and sisters, when we 
pray, and we hope you remember us. 

Ella J. 

ENCLOSED please find J2 to pay my account 
wil h ) ou. 1 should have sent il long ago, 
but 1 have no excuse hut poverty. I am not a 
member of any church. They say I was bap- 
tized when an infant, but common sense has 
taught me that that makes no one a member ol 
theChurch of Christ. I have read every num- 
ber of your valuable paper wi/h interest, and 
ploced them on file for reference. I believe the 
Brelhreu are nearer the true Church than any 
other. I am sorry there is no preaching in 
Sterling any more, but hope the time will come 
when tho minister, of the Brethren will coine 
and preach for us, not in a little isoUted hall in 
the outskirts of the cily, butin the midst of the 
ihoronglilare in a ball large enough lo hold 
thousands, that the ari.tocratic |irofesBOrs of 
religion of this city might learn to respect tliei 
Maker and fellow-men out of love and fear.aml 
not only to profess because il has become fash- 
ionable. Ubx"^ S. IIoak 

From White Rock. Kansas. 

MYSELK and wife, accompanied by J. J. 
Lichty, made a visit to the Limestone 
Church, where brother Lichty preached with 
power, and as usual, the ranks of Satan were 
broken. Two souls confessed Christ and were 
bilptiiied. Bretlireu, think how much good you 
may be the means of doing hy lending your aid. 
The same church met in council lo elect some 
lo ollice. May God bless them that they may 
prove faithful in the discharge of their duties 
and at last obtain a crown of life. 

Geo- Detbick. 

From Turkey Creek Church Ind. 

BRO Jacob SnoU cume lo us January 24th, 
and brother John Metzler the 26th. Held 
oor meeting in Nappaueo in the United Breth- 
ren house,— ;ontiua?d one week, then moved 
to Gravelton and had sevou meetings. Brother 
Snell planted, brother MeUler watered, and the 
Lord gave the increase. Nine came out on the 
Lord's side, and we think many more were 
made lo feel Ihe need of a Savior. We think 
the word has been planted and will bring forth 
fp^jt_ D^VNIEL WvsoNti. 

From New Enterprise, Pa. 

ON the evening of the 21st ol January, Bro. 
Jesse Calvert, of Warsaw, Indiana, com 

From Union Deposit, Pa. 

BHUTHEK J. M Mohler, of Lewislown, Pa., 
has just closed a series of discourses in 
this church. He was here two weeks and gave 
the Philistines a taste of Samson's jaw-bone 
massacre at R.math-lehi. He is not afraid to 
rush with the vehemence of Divine authority 
oo the best panopled brigodes of the devil. He 
was placed right in the heart of Pergamos, 
where Satan's seat is." and the gates of hell 
irembled. Gideon's barley cake luinhled into 
the camp of Midian, and there is an awful pan- 
ic. Man made, creed supporting pastors are 
busy sewing fig leaves for their naked, shiver- 
ing, deluded lellow-men whom brother Mohler 
.tripped of their priest-stitched vestments — 
Konr were taken into the ark, and many more 
are iuleresliog the cables of sectarianism. 


luenced a series of meetings, which closed on 
the Slh of February.— We had a glorious meet- 
ing and were made lo rejoice in the God of our 
salvalion. Brother Calvert preached tho word 
with great zeal and earnestness, and shunned 
not to declare the whole counsel of God. Thir- 
ty-nine precious BOuls were added to the church. 
Let us give God the praise. 

Michael Kbi.ler. 

LEVEL.-In Johnson Co, Mo., Dec. 29, 1879, 
ei-ter Mary J, Level, aged 3.1 years, 9 months. 
Funeral services by brethren S. S. Mohler 
and F. Culp. 
OVERHOLTZER— In Whiteside Co, 111., 
Feb. 2nd. l^^i'i. Annie C. daughter of Jacob 
and Harriet llverhollzer, aged 22 years, 10 
months and 6 days. Funeral services by 
Tobias and Jacob L. Mvers. from Malt, 21: 
44. She was formerly from Pa. 
(P. C, pUase copy.) 
NICODEMAS.— Ill Somerset, Pa., Dec. 22nd 
79, sister Polly Nicodemas, aged 74 years, 2 
months and 28 days. V. Blouoh. 

BAUMAN.— In the Fairview Congregation, 
Appanoose Co., Iowa, Jan. 31st, 1880, sister 
Fannie, wife of friend Wm Bowman, aged 
24 years, 5 months and 15 days. Foneral 
services by the writer and brother Maitin 
Keplegle lo a large and sympathizing con- 

She came lo the church last April, during 
brother D. B Gibson's labors; was sinking with 
Consumption at the time of her baptism. She 
bore her alHictions with patience and Christian 
resignation, giving evidence of being at peace 
with God, She looked forward with hope to 
the time of her.departure. 
CAYLOE.— Alsoiu the same congregation, 
Feb, 4, 1880, Pearly U , son of brother 
Wm. and sister Marv A. Caylor, aged 1 
month and 9 days. Funeral occasion im- 
proved by the writer and brother Martin 
■Replogle. Eld Daniel Zook. 

THOM\%-In the Black River Congregation. 
VanBuren Co., Mich., Jan. 2oth, 1880, Elder 
Jacob Thomas, aged 70 years Bro. Thomas 
suffered much during the last year, having 
cancer on the left hip. Funeral preached by 
the writer from Job 14. Geo. Lo.vo. 

SPREO.— In the Mineral Creek Church, Mo., 
Dec. 13, '79, our beloved brother T. Spreg, 
aged 6.5 years. 
LIGHTNER.— Also Feb. 2, '80, our much re- 
spected sister Sophia Lightner, aged 69 years, 
11 months aud 19 days. Fuueral services by 
the brethren. 
NESBITT. — 111 the bounds of the same con- 
gregation, Feb. 5, 1880, J. A , son of brother 
Wm. Nesbitt, aged 19 years, 8 months. 
F. Cdlp. 

BONEBRAKE,— In the bounds of the Antie- 
tani Congregation, Franklin Co., Pa., Dec. I 
1879, brother Henry Bonebrake, aged 81 
years,, 4 months and 12 days. 
Brother B. was born July 9lb, 179S, and was 
a member of a large family. He was a raeiuber 
of the church for many years. All his children 
are grown to maturity. He leaves au only 
daughter and his third wife, a beloved sister, 
zealous and true in our faith. May the Lord 
bless her and be to her indeed the widow's God. 
The funeral service was held al the house, the 
text being these words; "Let me die the death 
of therighteouB,"iic. The remains were fol- 
lowed by a large procession of friends aud neigh- 
bors lo the family buryiiigground on the 
farm. May he rest in hope of a blissful immor- 
tality. D. B. Mentzeb. 
[ Viiiiitcator ph a,e copy j 

.1 SMTit i.hnlra. lUu«li«lod .eekljr lor U 
puMlehra Sy J. n, Uuoto 

^chlldrvl,. Eda«l"' 


We, the brethren aud slaters of Swan Creek 
Church purpose holding a series of meetings, 
commencing February 21st, ISSO. Brethren 
and sisters, come and be with us, especially 
ministers. We expect brother Jesse Calvert to 
be with us. D. Bebketmle. 

Dilta, Fallon Co., Ohio. 

A Child Burned to Death. 

ON the .ilh of February a little girl was play- 
ing with lire aud her clothes caught and 
buried her so badly that she died in a few 
hours. This ought to be a warning to parents 
not to sutler their children lo play with fire. 
John Wise, 

,^Dl«lln oiurjlocoUljr, Sotuplo 00|,> «001 It"' «» ' 

J. Ili Uoore, Lanark, Carroll Co., Ul 


D»f K.ipr«B 
SiKdl Eipfw" 

Hiiy Ei[.r.-« . 
Msr.. Kmi"*« 

Uirnrk, SQli'lnJl PlCdplffll, » follo« 
W1«T BOUND, ., 


"■tiinwcioo lit W«t«(ii Union Jiincllnn. "■ ~ 

riwsengera for Chiciwo aliouW loavo !'''""['''! 
l:J:13 l'.M,;rHUtothe Weate-ni Union Ji""^^t?"i: 
li.Tc llirv ni't'd wnit but five miiiutt« for tli-- ' " 
I'.iL^o, M.'wunkee and St. I'huI piusaitntter trun, JU" 
nm- iculi ('liic-rtgoat7;-15 tliesiune evening- ' 
r.-ii<h l.iiimrk from GhiciiBn;KotoFt. Wiivu*- "^ 
lui. uiki- the (.liicaKO, Milwaukee and bt- »»^ 

Ir. It livtMiUl.eevening-. run Nnrtli to tUeAV 

r.-Iiiii.' I'iiiinKt cars for Ltinark, and -^^"^ 
ii'^Li- Ht 1 :0i in the laoming. 

The Brethren At Work. 

"Declars Te Aniowj the Natiom, md PublM, ami Ml up a Staiuiard; PubUA, and Conceal iVo«."— Jerkmiah 50; 2. 

Vol. V. 

Lanark, 111., February 24, 880. 

No 8. 




B. T. BoMBrmui, Ddnklrh. Ob 
BneohEttj', Lia*,III. 

D. B.01U>>D, NiXtxinis, Uo. 
W. C- TMler, Ut. UorrU. lil. 

e.S.MobJgr, CornelU, Mo 
Jobii Wlin, Mnltjuny firovn. I: 
J.W. ,Suotb»-oi>d 

D. B. UouUsr.Wijaohon}, )'■. 
Danlol Vkolmui, Vlnloi, lU. 
J S, Florj, Longiioiint, Colu 
Jobci UcUkxt, l.'DrTa Ctorlo, lU, 


are utterly uuable to say vfhere— p«liBp» some ' Thev are clotheii in tiue Imeti uud fare auoiptu- 
Httle I road's. Post Office — miuus Uucle Sam's oualyev.-ry dity, and Sunday more so. 
official stamp—aud It* locality iudit!at*d in a; Sliowcra uf good things ans daily raiued upon 
Birography that it would take the goggles ol , their liend^. An editor, according to the publio 
Joe Smith, or of a Philadelphia Lawyer to de- 1 vipw, w the Prince of Bead Beat*. Nothing 
cipher— fuid thf letter, after much labor thareou. |cost!« him anything! Whole bacon, haniii and 
readeth "thusly."— Change my paper to Mace- liiteks r.t Hour, mackerel kits and hagi of dned 
donia, John Smith. State and County omitte*!. apple-i appear respouaive at hiit beck. 

dcTOuriug element. Please refer his pecoliari- 
tiesto raotisea far out of the element of "aelf- 
conlidfuce and -^elf-iaiportanc«-" 

FiaeT Page— To Tbe Eilttors of ihe U. at W ; , 
I'lai for the Righteous Printt-r; Standing CNui 
niiltee Work. 

Seoond Paqb— Stein and Kay Debate. 

Third Paoe— A Few Tlumglits on InQdelity; 

Hindrances to the Spread of thy tio»pel ; Success 

is all of God; "1 is I, be not afraid"; A Prayer 

for tbe Times. 
FouBTHPAGE—EmTOKiALB— The The Design of 

Chriatian iiabtism ; The Sphere uf the Chuicli 

FiKTn Page— Editorials— Uumon un Feet- 
waahiug; Church History, 

Sixth Page— Sunbeams; lloe-himlle Medicine; 
Our Father; Wealth does not bring Happiness; 
Don't Dawdle. 

-From Palestine, J. W. McGarvy; 

Sbventii Page- 
Bible Class. 

EiOHTn Page— From the Churches. 



THERE is no situation in life exempt from 
responsibility, toil aud care. There is no 
position free from the auuoyances aud petty 
vexations tliat checker the pathway of human 

We can not, if we would, escape thene trials 
that meet us all, day by day, as we Boat down 
the stream of time. But human nature is Dot 
always eatistied with its lot, and hence repining 
and discontent, and, as an inevitable result, 
uuhappinei^s — where this state of mind obtains. 

One of tbe peculiar phases of the human 
mind is this; that men are proue to think their 
.own particular lot the hardest, and to look upon 
the condition of others as far superior to their 
own. They exaggerate their own troubles, and 
under estimate the trials, cares and troubles of 
others. They think every situation in life 
smoother and easier than their own. One of 
the most common fallacies of this sort, in mod- 
ern times, is the idea, entertained by not a few 
that the editor of a religious paper ha-i about the 
easiest and smoothest time of any that falls to 
the lot of man. The editor they regard aa the 
lucky man who shall 

"lie carried to the Hkice 

()d llowuty neJa of eoat'. 
While olLcrs figbl lo win llic priie, 
Audeail (ln'ough Woody smb." 

This is one of the grandest mistakes that 
could originate in the mind of man. People 
are, sometimes, unreasonable in their dera.-.nda. 
Aud this often arises from ignorance of the 
facts in the case. Aa the writer had consider- 
able experience in his "brightand sunny youth" 
in the o%e of an editor, permit bim to detail 
a few of the annoyances to which an editor is 

It was a part of the duties of the writer to 
keep the books of the office, take charge of the 
auhscnption list, and the Pack Books— the lat- 
ter containing the Post Office address of the 
subscribers, and used in mailing the papers. 
Bushels of letters pa.s3ed through my hands in 
the course of my official connection with the 
office (the paper being published in a city of 
100,000 inhabitants.) 

Annoyance No. 1— l^t)0ut every 3d mail.] 
V letter from ^after an hours puzzle we 

Now see the labor entailed on the unlucky 
editor by the stupidity uf the aforesaid John 
Siiiith of Blank County aud State. 

He must run ovor the whole suliscripttoii 
list, from A to Izzard iu search nf the abode of 
the terrible Smith. Think of that, iu a land 
and people, beyond all others, uf the Smiths 

Perhaps two or three houn are spent iu this 
wretohed business, and then with uncertain iv- 

The wicked editor would uuss Smith all to 
pieces but the righteous onedareliot. Kailing, 
after (ruittesH hours, to respond to tbe Maice- 
douiau cry, the editor gives it up an. a b id job 
and then Smith gets mad aud stops his paper. 
Annoyance No. 2 consists in asking us'-Ies.** 
questions, and burdening the patient editor 
th numerous small individual commiasiou!) 
in the city: thus imposing upon him gn-wt Ioks 
of time, aud an abundant amount of vexation, 
labor, and care I 

Please iu(|uiie thn price of so and so, and 
oblige, truly yourfi, otc." — 

" — Please step into 80 and so's Commission 

Hou^^e St. No. and aak him to hhip 

me a new sausage grinder." — 

" — Please send me, by return mail, Elder 
Blank's late views on Public Debates, etc. 

Many a weary tramp has the wrilijr been 
compelled to take through nun-scorched wlley 
and street, to answer these selfish demands and 
thus keep peace in the family. 

On one nieinorable occasion a letter with an 
enclosure was received to this effect:— "Mister 

eddittur. 1 send ^3. too for the herald, 

andpleese send for 1 dolor 2 sam bux. Yores, 
John Smith." 

The ' too dolors'' were duly credited on the 
subscription account, but what to do with the 
remainder was for along time the profouiidest 
of human iiiy.iteries. My first impulse was to 
go out and purchase a couple of saw buck.n and 
send them by mail to tbe moral Smith, but after 
much decipheration, two Psalm Books were 

Annoyance-No. 3 fre'jneutly comes in the 
shape of gratuitous advice as to the best meth 
ods of editing a paper, what ought to be put ii 
the paper and what left out. One thinks your 
teadeis are too grave, another too much given 
to levity, another kindly inform** you the pra e 
of your paper is too high, and adyices a rtduc- 
tion in the tariff, darkly intimating that ualesH 
you comply, many will stop taking it. Then 
again, he will say that you are making too 
much money out of your paper, and are seeking 
popularity because perhaps you do not comn 
out loud in favor of some particular individual 
view. One will lomplain beL-ause you publish 
too much poetry in your columns, another that 
there is too little. 

One requires more secular news, another 
blows you >'P beiause you take any notice ol 
worldly wants. 

And so the changes are lung by these Job's 
Comforters 'till the heart of the poor editor 
grows kick, and his brain weary in the vain 
effort to please the Protean Mind of hid pat- 

Strange notions people have of editorial lif- ! 
Nothing seems easier, in the minds of many, 
than editing a newspaper-^especially a religious 
printll And then it is such a hicrative business, 

Editors, we are told, live just like fighting 
cocks. Their very eyes stand out with fatness 1 

Uesideji all this, look at the perciuisites of an 
editor's position. 

Dead head tickets to all the shnwe, concert*-, 
Wtures, Iree rides on rail roads and aampie 
copied ot all the lute book» sufficient to make a 
"iiug, private library, all free of cost, or paid 
for in thf easy way of a little puffin his paper 
Why it,, "miough to make everybody start a 

Dut 1 tiud that 1 am extending my remarks 
lo a liegroe beyond the limits of prudence, and 
ml, for the present, will bid your readers adieu, 
aud will reseive what 1 have yet to »ay ou this 
■<ubject, for some luture time. 


liY t? n UAU-'llAL'tm. 


illonlng atllDlg WM Mnl Ui at aiob «tiui No, & of lut year 

i1. Wo IlidUKbl It I)<.'J>( iiu( l.> |<ubll*li It Ju(l lh*ii, tvi.'siiiD It 

tnlRhiMpi'dirbin pvMiiinl— uup|>l}'loit oalj U> Unk B., aad lu. \St 

tiij* iilii> It iml'lloll}, licllovluf thnl In II ntn Diprvnl leatlniiiiiU 

■lilnh niiiy imifli •ll_.Kdi.| 

ON pugH 5 of Nu, 43, is an editorial that con- 
cerns mt-personall)', and incites to tifrienld- 
ly response. I am not crtain that 1 apprehend 
the tru" intent ol the Caption — "Trpntuifitt tit 
Vonlnliiitois." fl may mean your trpRtment of 
them, or their treatment of you. 

Motive is something that it is hardly safe to 
touch, save our own, which we caunot probe 
too deeply. The ni&nucr. the iiffirit. in which a 
contributor receives tlif rejection ol an essay, 
reveiiirt much. But the siniple fact that he is 
sorry, or even hurt, is. uo evidence that he is 
either unchristian or uneducated. An article 
tluit may seem superficial and vapid to an eili- 
tor, may be the elHorescence of a long opening 
bud ot love to JesuA and thi prouiotiun of His 
Cause. The words may have trickled on paper 
slowly, as though coined out of drops of blood 
and tears. It may he the very essence of the 
writer's lile, and may he so deeply his very self, 
that it would he utrange if he could see it lights 
ly esteemed without a pang. No Christian con- 
tributor will be grieved ou the ground ot per- 
sonal nothingness, neither will he he"iliitfancert' 
fd if his articles are not publiskof," becmise he 

is "full ok self CON'PIUENCE and SELF-IMroUT- 

KNf.R." But it is ([uite possible to be discon- 
certed for other reasons, if he boa written in 
the simple love of truth and the consciousness 
oflJiviae prompting. I do not refer to the 
wild speculations uf theorists, who are so im- 
pelled by devotion to a hobby that they lose 
»ight of tbe plainest facts and principles, but to 
such as confine themselves to the rigid philosa- 
phv of truth although it may lie far beneath 
the surface of the letter. The bisection of 
articles not over "a column aud a half," or their 
committal to the Hames, mav be wholly a mat 
ter of indifference, which would be very unpleas- 
ant to an antipodal nature not les'< intrinsically 
noble. It would be impossible for me to write 
fur Jesus and the nurture of souls for his eter- 
nal kingdom with such an unglowing spint as 
lo enable me to say in truth, "i/ftoiulo not like 
it,}iiease put it yeiitty in the fire." What is 
written with a high aim, and a burning heart 
for the sovereignty of Kmmanuel. I would not 
like to have go to the tiame, however gently. 
Tiie act iUelf would leavu no room for the po 
etry of iti description. 

You say you h^ve only one specimen of the 
had type of correspondents on hand at present 
I can, no doubt, muke a very fair guess a:, to 
the naughty coniri^)utor. He has the welfarw 
of your periodical at heart, and warmly lovt^s 
the editor*, but has a peculiar hor/or of having 
flis articles bisected, or gently handed tj the 



BY experience, I, too, know something; of the 
labors of the Standing Committ«<>, and 
have been laboring to le«en it. but hitherto 
have failed. Since Brother Moore has broozht 
the subject before the readeps of the B. at W., 
it (iflurds mean opportunity to be beard, ^md will 
say. the plan suggested will not. and can not, 
remedy tiie case, for the simple re-aaon, there is 
not, and can not be much business before the 
Standing Committoe until the Annual Meeting 
is in session. The Committee now mecta on 
Monday to organize themaelvea intoa working 
body, and tu traiuact such business as may 
have been committed to them. This consists 
of tetters aud petitions directed to the Standing 
Committee. Sometimes it 'i» voluminous, and 
nt other times it amounts tu but little. At the 
AuRual M"eting ol 1^T3, the Standing Com- 
mittei' IdiiI nothing to do but to organi:w on 
Monday; but when the meeting opened, then 
came tbe business. So it would be if the Com- 
mittee would meet on Thorsday, Friday, and 
Saturday. It necessarily must be idle till the 
busiiiPMs comes before the public meeting. Then 
tt will be seen what an amount ot labcr tb>- 
District Meetings have laid on the Standing ■ 
('ommittee. and how many qiioftions will be 
discussed until the brethn'ii lie p^-rfi-ctly at sea, 
and all are sick and tired of it, and to get rid of 
it, it is moved, seconded, and piisited. to refer it 
to the Standing Commi..te.i< to frame an answer, 
iVc, S,L'. Then come» the labor, night ^es.■ii•)na, 
and at lout ma boor-«r two utratc^ied out on tb" 
lloor with a little tftraw under you to do the 
best you can. 

Brother Moore, 1 see but one remedy, and 
that [ have been laboring for in the Cominitiee 
room for years; that is, give the Standing Com- 
mittee the privilige. or authority, (I don't care 
what it is called) to appoint sul>-coiumiit«eB of 
three, five, or seven brethren to whom >>urplus 
business can be submitted; and there are alnays 
enough of the intellig<'nt and experienced who 
are comparatively idle.und would be very willing 
to act. These sub-corn id ittees could frame ao- 
swers to the papers submitted to them and re- 
port the same to the Standing Committee, and 
it woiiid report it to tbe public meeting; and 
in this way the Standing Committee could 
submit business to >tub-<oinmittees of as good 
and intelligent brethren a» they themselves aie 
to such an extent as to relieve them of at least 
all night sessions. This plan would be just, and 
trictly parliamentary, and I think it would 
go a great ways in removing the oujost preju- 
dice against the Standing Committee. 
An Annual Meeting like our Annual Meeting. 
lor one could not be held without a Standing 
Committee; it would be Uke a ship without a 
rudder to steer her. Some brethren say be- 
ause our ancient brethren held Annual Meet- 
ing without a Standing Committee, why 
should not we, etc. These brethren either 
dou't look at the case from the right stand- 
point. Of they don't know anything about an- 
cient Annual Meetings. The first one I attend- 
ed was in 1^31. There the council was held 
privately on Friday and Saturday, and the 
house (40x55) was not tilled, and the public 
meeting on Sunday aud Love-feast at night 
was less than half of what many of our com- 
munion meetings now are; yt-t. ther* is preju- 
dice against the Standing Committee. To the 
ex[>erieuced. the reasons are manifest. 

.^MONG the Feejes, brothers and sisters, bni 
cousins, fathers-in-law and sons-in-law. moth- 
ei-s-iu-law and daui;ht<T>-in-law are forbidden 
to speak to each other. 

The Cottonwood Church, Kan^ we are in- 
formed, is in need of ministerial telp. and Bro. 
S. A. Smith, offew tosell his farm t<^ 8^>me one 
who may wish to locate tlitrr. Addre:^ him at 
Dunlap, Morris County Nanus. 

TT-iK kbexh:kk>j^ j^t ^^rol<l<^ 

Kebrnary '-^4. 


"All thing* come to thmw who wait." 
Il it wf-nm the lio ir x late, 
Tet b« piitient; untothpe 
FulliT. def per joy chall \yr 
For tht) wtiitinK- Still go on, 
Crownn not eaniiy are won; 
Be thou hf»;f ful; thy r^wwd 
Liea within the atterwar-I. 

Wait awhile. 

Oh. Iw < h«*Ty! Slill endure 
l*f-iu'i\l wHiit f-.r health moH aure. 
Nfvaf W8« »o fltroHU a li»i» 
But gave place to qnint Rain; 
Nt-ver WOT «o long a night 
But wjw v.mqui.h.'<i hv iVi-* light; 
ySt-ver woM HO flepp a Bormw 
But hrijilit thanktulnt-H lo-mormw. 
Wait awhile. 

Tiik" Ine Huiishine that may be 
In the fkiea ii[ir«iui over thte: 
Take thtf littl-t bunit-i of h\m 
[*.)it*iliIo iu wordu like this; 
Twkc with s('iiK« of gcalnful praise. 
L IV*' that blfHBCH any dayw. 
Tli'w are jiartH of one gn-at whole; 
But for that which fill- the soul. 

Wait awhile. 

Ifthi-eartlily lifo wore all, 
Th<-n oiirHi)irit" were in thrull; 
But ihnre is aimtlcr hoi.ip. 
And we nfRrer to it. iiiiuf. 
Wlier*- iH m niurh micrcd leisure. 
Wi- Mhall kn'iw not piWNinR |ilHHSiire: 
Evcrytliiug will grow and last. 

Wait awhile. 

They sliail n-'ver hunger more 
Who have gainel that Hhiiiing shore. 
Kver) leitr »litill there be stilled. 
Ei/ery loniiiug wish fulfillfd; 
All C'>minunii>n clo-e and long, 
Si^liH Mxcbanged (or pt-ucetul song. 
IViKiiiU nt houie whom naiuht shall sever, 
rerfect joy that laBt.-i (or ever! 

Wuit awhile. 
— Clirisiiati H'orld. 


Prop. 2(1. Buptist churrhes poa^^ess the Bi 
lileclianicteristicB which entitle tbera to be 
ro„'nriH('d at churches of Jeaus Chriat. 
D. il. Kay, Affirms. 
J, W. Stkin, Denies. 
1). B, It vy's Skvhnth Ai'KiR«vrivK. 

WilKN \vf iimrle nil o'Jectiun to the 
Tankerchurch claima, we prompt 
jy introilueeil the proi.fti from the Tun- 
kern theiiiHelveH. Kilt Mr. Steiu wilfully 
accused ^apti^t iluinrhcH with ei'^mtiiig 
"legal license" to do the "the works- of 
the llwh;" he charged th;it Hnptint 
uhurche«) "held that we may do evi) 
light and kill;" he charged that Haptii^t 
chui'ches are guilty of the crime of per- 
jury," antl lie charged Baptist churches 
with justifying the "rapaciou^^, cruel and 
fiendish," "unbridled, carnal lusts and 
passions!" We again repeat, that Mr. 
iSteiu makes no atterajit to prove these 
scandalous charges !! Huth* talks about 
the violation of our rules of debiitetl! 

We must say that the man that makes 
these charges without au attempt to 
prove them, places himself beyond the 
pales of honorable controversy. While 
Baptist churches do not violate tlie 
word of God by making laws, forbid 
ding their ministers to act as soldiers to 
fullill (lod's political ordinance in tln- 
punishiueut ot" evil doei's, they have no 
fellowship for men that commit tht- 
crimes laid to the charge of Baptist 
•hurehes, iu tbe abuve. Will lie answer .' 
Did Mr. Sceln commit all these crime^ 
lis a Baptist? If he did not. then Ba,j)tisi 
churches are not guilty. Even if he did, 
they are not guilty, f"r they did not 
know that he was guilty. 

Mr. Stein seems to Heppiid upon the 
Emphatic Diaglott, by a modern materi 
alisiic soul sle^'per, for hiw New Teat.i- 
ment crit'cisms. lie l-uows, it' he knows 
anything of Greek, that en baptisma is 
not in the jmrlicipil form in the Greek, 

ami to w> render it int<» English i» «in 
true to thn original. "OhC iinmerniim,^' 
in the true rendering. E^ery lraufiaiii>u 
into Englinh, worthy of ihe name, which 
translateH en haptinmu at all, renderw il 
■'■■mtf rntmerMrm " Thi* \<^ wliat Bhji 
linii. jiractic**; but Mr. Steia w«.uld hav 
us perform i^/'rf inu/ifrxiouM] \\ .^ muMt 
obry (iod, rather than m-n. It '>* »''"•'. 
thit the TunkeM und*-iwtand hnplizirnj 
bef„re Son and Holy Spirit, in the cm 
mifwion. If baptizing U a fr<'(}nenta!ive 
in the,then uccnrding toMr. 
S. we must have tiix or nine immir^ons 
to makeorzf bai tisml He says: 

If Mr. lUy would say "I write my 
name in the book of Mutthew, and of 
Mark, and of Luke," and then write it 
in LuJi'e onJy, would be not state two 
mitrutfiA * * * Accordingly, when he 
ways, "I baptize ytm in the name of the 
Kdllier, and of the Son and ofthtjlloly 
Ghost," using e.vactly the same construe 
tiou and the same partsuf speech, joined 
t(»gether in the pame relation as the 
foregoing, he should make hia word 
good by doing what he says. 

This illustration is full of sophistry. 
If these three books made one, in the 
sense that what was written I-y one was 
.quftlly written by the thive men, so 
that the three parts formed but one book, 
then one writing wouM place the name ' 
in the boi)k of Matthew, and of Mark, 
and of Luke." There is a book called 
the Bible written and owned by the 
Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 
I say: "I w.ite my name in the book of 
the Father, and uf the Son, and of the 
Hidy Spirit." This k quires but one 
writing; and so the commission rtij^uirea 
but "one baptism." 

In his blindness, concerning our ex 
ample from the cla-oie use of haptho. 
where it is said that the Carihageuians 
Bul'inerged \ehaptizmi\ many of the vefi 
xels," of the Komais, Mr. Stein says 
One submersion is accomplished by 
repeated dip-fl" According to this, the 
!*hip3 were submerged and rose again 
rpeatedly.VA No one in hi^ senses 
liMievtH it. Also, in the cases in Hijipo- 
rates, it is evident that the "breast milk 
and ]Cgy(.tian ointment" was a mixture 
m the same vessel. But if tliey were in 
separate ve-s^els, it would not-interfere 
with our position, forthe repetition would 
not be in the word baptizo but in ilie 
adjunct. Our fir^tfact remains unmoved. 
"That no e.xamjde in classic Greek can 
be produced where the Greek verb hap 
t 20 means more than one submersion." 
Mr. Stein says; 

"I have already adduced one example 
in sacred and classic (ii-eek (the case of 
Naaman iu Septuagint,) where baptizo 
means more than one dip." 

Let us see, Naaman dipped [ehaptua- 
to] himself seven [^ft('pt<ikis] times in 
.Jordan. "2 Kings 5: 14. Nowittfiff/))!/.sa- 
to means more than one dip, two or 
more; then seven times this two or more 
will be fourteen or more times thai Naa- 
man dipped himsell '. Mr. Stein must 
surrender his frefpientative argument, 
or immerse six or nine times for "ona 
immersion^ What will he do? Our 
second fact remains unmoved "That no 
example in sacred (Jrcek can be pro 
iluced where the word oaptizo means 
more than one submersion. 

And the same is true of all our eifjht 
facts. Trine immersion was regarded 
by the church fathers and other critics 
as a tradition. 

In his "History of the Modes" p. U>2, 
Mr. Chiystal says: 

"So far as primitive tradition affects 
rites^ it should be remembered that it 
consists of .1 fi'W articlis, siirh us \n 

s'and praying on Sundays, and from 
Eaitt-r to AVhitsentide, the trine immer- 
sion, ami a few other 'iiyfoma." 

St. Basil, as he is (■alle<i, regarded 
"tnne imnier«iou as derived through 
tracHtion." Cbrystal, p. 71. 

The great Jerome-Bayw: _ -- — 

"Many other thingn, which are ob- 
served ly trtdition in the churches, have 
acquired the authority of written lavv, as 
for instance, to immerse the head thrice 
in the laver, <fei"." llisl. M-de^.. p. 73. 

Jerome legarded trine imniej-siou" 
as a "tra<Jition," like "tasting milk and 
honey, after coming out of the waters ol 
the baptijjin-" This silly tradition was 
eMablished l>y the Greek and Rmian 
Catholics, in bis Modes. Mr. Chrystal 

' And that for at least twelve hundred 
yenis after Christ all the rubrics of the 
ih-tik and Latin churches which en- 
joined ary mode at all, enjoined trine 
imninsion. and nothing else, as the rule 
of admiiiislratiou, ttc." 

The miserable twaddle about Euno- 
mius being the author of "single im- 
mersion" is too absurd. Why not con- 
tend that Eunomius was the author of 
the Niw" Testament 'f If Mr. Stein's 
authorities can be lielieveAon this point, 
Eunomius was the first to originate sin- 
gle immersion in the Catholic Church. 
Those superstitious writers were not so 
stupid as to think that Eunomius ori- 
ginated ihe ''otie immeision" — the single 
immersion of the New Testament. The 
contention of Catholics on these r|ues- 
tioiis has no bearing upon the subject. 

The fact remains almost umjueslioned 
that Baptist churches possets the one 
immersion of the Bible. 

We showed, in our last, that Baptist 
churches possess the "Lord'w Supper." 

We here introduce; 

ClIAKACTEHISTIC IV : '' /fopt nt chuTvh- 

es possess the New Testament church 

The kingdom of Christ must be gov- 
erned by His laws. The traditions of 
men are worse than vain in the service 
(if God. Baptists have ever been great 
sticklers tor the Word of God, a "thus 
said the Lord," for their faith and prac- 
tice. In his Principles and Practice of 
Baptists, p. 13. 

Dr. Wayland remarks: 

"The question is frequently asked, 
What is the creed, and what are the ac- 
knowledged standards of the Baptist 
churches of this count,"y? To this the 
standard answer has always been, 'Our 
rule of faith and practice is in the New 
Testament.' We have no other author- 
ity to which we all profess submission." 

Also, Joseph Belcher, speaking of 
the Baptists, says: 

"It is important, however, that it 
should be well understood that nowhere 
do the churches of this denomination re 
q^uire subscription to this or any other 
human creed as a teim of fellowship. 
They adhere rigidly to the New Testa 
ment as the sole standard of Christian- 
ity." Religious denominations, p. 49. 

In the first article ot the abstract of 
principles contained in the Encyclope 
dia of Religious Knowledge, it is affirm 
ed that the Bible is "The supreme stand- 
ard by which all human conduct, creeds, 
and opinions should be tried " Relig- 
ious Eucyc, p. 101. In fact, it is but 
the united voice of all Baptists through- 
out the world, that, "We profess to take 
for our guide, in all matters of religious 
belief and practice, tke Ne to Testament, 
the whole New Testimenl, and not/i ikj 
but the Ne n Tefitamenty Prin. and 
Prac. of Bapts., p. 85. 

J. -us is our Prophet. Priest aivl 

King. When Jb>8e8 and Elijah, repre- 
senting "(he faw and the prophet," ap- 
peared with Cnrist on the Mount of 
Glory, Peter in bis bewilderment wished 
to have "three tabernacles" and three 
great teachers; but,'* While he yet spake, 
behold, a bright cloud overshadowed 
them; and beh'dd a voice ont of the 
cloutl, which t-aid, this is my beloved 
Sou, in whom I am well pleased; hear 
ye him." Matt. 17: 5. 

The thne apostles arose from the 
earth, and saw no man save ^' Jesus on- 
7/." Jesus only is our great teacher and 
lawgiver, iu the present dispensation. 
Some seem to think that because we are 
"not under the law, but under grace," 
that we may di^regal■d the commands of 
Christ with impunity. It ia written: 

"He that despised Mofies' law died 
without mercy under two or thiee wit- 
nesses. Of how much sorer punishment, 
suppose ye, shall be thtmght worthy, 
who ha:h troddtn under foot the Son of 
God, and hath counted the blood of the 
covenant, wherewilh he was sanctified, 
an unholy thing, and hath done despite 
unto the Spirit of grace? For we know 
him that hath said, vengeance belongeth 
unto me, I will recompense saith the 
Lord. And again, the Lm-d shall judge 
his peo[de. It is a fearful thing to fall 
into the hands ot the living God." Ileb. 
10: 2i)-i!3. 

The punishment for the violation of 
the law of Christ will be "much sorer" 
— much more terrible — than for the vio- 
lation ot the law of Moses. 

P.iul says: 

"All scripture m given by inspirat'on 
of God, and in profitable for doctrine, 
for reproof, for correction, for instruc- 
tion in righteousness: 

That the man of God may be perfect, 
thoroughly fur'nished unto all ^ood 
works." 2 Tim. 3: 16, 17. 

Jesus says; 

"He that rejecteth me, and receiveth 
not my words, hath one that judgeth 
him: and the word that I have spoken, 
the same shall judge him in the last 

For I have not spoken of mjself; but 
the Father which sent me, he gave me a 
commandment, which I should say, and 
what I should speak." John Vl: 48, 49. 

The Holy Spirit said: 

"For I testify unto every man that 
heareth the words of the prophecy of 
this book. If any man shall add unto 
these things, God shall add unto him 
the plagues that are written in thi8 

And if any man shall take away 
from the words of the book of this 
prophecy, God shall take away his })arb 
of the book of life, and out of the holy 
city, and frojn the things which are 
written iu this book.'' Rev. '22: IS, 10. 

Jcaus Christ delivered the rule for 
personal offenses as follows: 
"Moreover, if thy brother shall tre^ipass 
against thee, go aud tell him hia fault 
between thee aud him alone; if he shall 
hear thee, thou gaijed thy broth* 

But if he will not hear thee, then 
take with thee one or two more, in 
th-- mouth of two or three witnesses 
every word may be established. 

And if he shall neglect to hear ih-m, 
tell it unto the church; but if he neg- 
lects to hear the church, let him be unto 
thee as a heathen man and a publican. 

Verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye 
shall bind on earth shall be bound in 
heaven; aud whatsoever ye shall loose 
on earth shall be loosed in heaven." 
Matt. 18: 15-18. ' 

In the execution of the laws of Christ, 

F^bi-uai-y '24 

rtiK i..Kii:rtLK><>; ^vr \v*^i<h.. 

Baptist rbiirchfs imtgivat aire,'^ ou Uiih 
rulf. This bIiows time n lol-al cbunl, 
iatbe only tnlnioal in tht^ knig.l.Mii foi 
the sftdfineutof difficiiltifs. To linvi 
acfutralizrid governiufut so ilitit ■in 

f'jectUi till 

governiUfut so 
maitera of government an*! 
eauh local congregation is su» 
wh-.le l.ody, ' is (reason against the 
kingdom of Christ. According to tliis 
Pojiish principle ibe Tuiikere have e*. 
taldis^bed a "National Couftrt-nce "to 
decide matters for which no 'LhiB saiih 
the Lord' can be found." No smb 
altoruiuahle institution was known to 
apostolic churches. It was the local 
cbuicb that expelW the unworthy. 
Paul sai 1: 

In the name of our Lord .Ifsus Christ, 
wliHQ ye are gathered togi^tbei-, and uiy 
spirit, with the power of our Lord Je- 
sw* Christ. 

To dpliver sufb a one unto Sitan for 
tbe dcslrnction of the fl.'sb, that the 
spirit may be saved in tbf day of tbe 
Lur.i JtisuB. 1 Cor. 5: 4, 5. 

This \h tbe practice of Baptist church- 
es. It was tbe local churches that re 
stored the penitent. P.iul t-aid: 

.'Sufficient to sucli a 'urm is ibis puu- 
isb">ent, which was inflicteil of many. 

So I hat foutiaiiwiac ye oiigbt rather 
to forgive him, and comfort him, lest 
pel baps such a one ftbould beswoUow- 
ed up witb overmuch boirow. 2 Cor. 
2: C, 7. 

This is the practice of B.iptist church- 
cliur.ehes. It was ihe locai cbuieli that 
elected its own offikcrs. Acts 0: 4, 5. 
Tiie "whole miiltitud.-:" "chose "tbe dea- 
cons to serve ibe Jf-iusalem church. It 
was tbe 120 original church memliiirs 
at Jerusalem that ''gave forth their lots" 
which elected Matthias to the apostle 
ship. Baptist churches elect their own 
officers according to the iuNpiied txam- 
pie. Bajjtists possess this peculiaiity, 
Bible church government. AVitl 
S. deny it? 



BY H, r. LU0A3. 

HOW can the great tide of skepticism 
and infidelity, now so prevalent, 
in some form or another, throughout 
our country be checked or averted? is a. 
question of growing importance, and 
should have the serious consideration 
and thoughtful attention of all who 
place a proper estimation upon good 
society, and what would the benefits 
and advantages arising or resulting from 
a proper administration of laws founded 
in correspondence with tbe moral senti- 
ments, the highest and noblest elements 
in man's nature? 

It is readily observable from the 
teachings and demands of freethinktv.-* , 
that the aim is to secure the adoption of 
their theories by our legislatures by 
having them blended with our common 
laws— and as these claims and theories 
are not based upon the principles of 
morality— but on man's lower and more 
depraved nature, society must, of neces 
sity, suffer much in case such enactmenta 
were pa^sed. But let us hope that all 
such etforta may ever prove futile and 

It can never be detrimental to the 
pros].eiity of society, or to any people, 
to be governed by just laws that are 
founded on the principles of beuevo- 
leii.e an.l truth. TherigbU of all must 
be kept in view so long as their business 
pursuits of whatever description do not 
interfere witb the rights and priviliges 
of others. But the advocates of &''new 

»fi'j conic with a peliiion to Coiii^ress 
^^Ki^r^ leiiiem-y to, and the p;ir Ion ot", 
those who have beenen;;aged in Ihepuli 
luatinu and disiseuiiuHtiou of iniiutiral 
literature and obscene paniphlet!*. Their 
cry i,s, " This \<< a free ctmnlry and every 
owf sboubl have his rights, and be per 
uiitted tocnudui^t bis owH busine^n, and 
be protected while engaged therein." 
Our government and laws are libera) 
enough to grant all this, if tbe busines> 
is legitiimue and honorable, antl pursu- 
ed from right motives, aii<l tbe baii|»i 
ness of socieiy or individuals is not en 
dangered, or their rights and privilige;- 
are not imposed upon. But when a 
publisher a^ks to be ])rotected in the 
iniblication ot base and immoral litera 
lure — a literature calculated to deprave 
and aninialize the )<>uth of our bind, 
necessarily the decision of justice and 
right mu!»t be, "you are .violating tbe 
constitulion, by endangering tlie moral 
health of tbe young, and answerable 
fur the violation as a criminal." 

There are insane aiyhinis provide<l 
for those who may bectuueilatigeroua lo 
iheir fiien()s and community l"y cause 
of losing ihtir reason, and for the pro- 
tection of society insane persons mu*.t 
be cared for at these institutions. If ai 
indiviilual engager in stealing or practi 
Cr'S baud in any way, he thereby loses 
bis claidia for tbe protection of govern- 
ment, and for the safety of society mu-^t 
be taken into custody, and placeil in 
prison, in order to prevent fiuiber vio 

So in tbe cases afore mentioned. 
Tbe f^afefy of society and of iudiviilu;iis 
demands 'bat he be detained or give se- 
curity for his disobedience to the laws 
of our land. In case be does not give 
suitable a.»-surance of cea<iing this evil 
bu!,in(38, be 19 in no wl-e "vrorthy or 

It cannot be reasonably sujiposed that 
imprisoning the criminal changes his 
moral character. It is ("or tbe saf- ty of the 
community, in general, he is imprinon 
ed, by preventing his unlawful ac- 
tions. Other inflaeuce^ must be hrougbo 
to bear on tbe man — on bis moral char- 
acter, in order that his moral nature be 

IF tbe moral nature of tbe aforesaU 
publisher could be awakened, and, witb 
intellect, crtuld gain the predominan(e 
over his lower nature, there would li* 
no necessity of detaining him in prlsot. 
Society would be in no danger fron 
him, for be could no more engage in 
such immoral pursuit^-^bis influen* 
" d' 


itv .\. n. wotiD-^no. 

A MOXd the luariy thingis that are 
-^*- delriinenlal to the cause of Chris 
tianity ami the free spread of the li-.s 
pel uf Chriwt which might be remedied, 
is light or trifling talking about those 
who have been chosen, by ibe majority 
of the being the Woribi.wt to 
till the respoiiMble ofiine of tbe ministry, 
llow often, perhaps on our way from 
cbuivh, do we hear st>me of the laity 
making light or trifling remarks attout 
the sermon they have been liHteniiig to, 
and that too in tbe presence of thone who 
tiijike 11.) profession of rel giiUi, and who 
[ilobably were favorably impressed witb 
the discouise. 

I'erliH|is brother A. will inakeespres 
nion>* like lliese; 

Well, ehbr B. got otV -O'ue o'" his old 
fogy notions to day. Who cares for 
siu-h preaebing'f Bro. C. cut pretty close. 
Who was be driviug at this time? I 
Wiuider if be meant that for me. He is 
always throwing his tlarts at some one. 
I wonder if they expect us to swallow 
all they say, tt •. 

Kroni thece uncalled for expression^, 
others, (not the faitht'ul onen) will lar.e 
p thestrmon and criticise and tiiid all 
lie fault they can imagine. TtliH, in 
stead of lieitig edifi-'d and Imilt up in the 
faith of the {iospel by tbefaitbful lain r* 
of the servants of Clirist, they make 
themselves s'uinbling stones in the way 
of othern, thus retarding the spread of 
the Ciospel. 

Let every Virotber and sister learn to 
speak well of their miiiisteis and their 
preaching, e-spedally to those out-side Kii 
the church, anil .we will see a mighty 
revolution in tbe obuicti. Confld^Tice 
will be established, love gaiiieil, niinis 
ters encouraged, sinners converted and 
tbe (iospel spread 
Pmi'ira, Jouhi. 



T^IIEN gliiling along on the smooth 
stream of time with apparent 
unconcern as to what is going on around 
him and what others do, the prnfe«H. 
ing Christian seems secure, so long m 
be meets with a smile of apparent ap- 
probation from every species <,f t-orrup- 
tion and allows to go unrebtiked every 
form of sin and vice. He seems to en- 
joy the popular good will. As he do« 
uot cross tbe path of the froward h*- is 
not met witb bis/rowns, nor tbe storma 
of bis ire; but let him awake from bis 
lethargy and notice the destroyer of 
peace tbe enemy of souls, and poin' oat 
his perfidious work, — let him b-gin to 
remonstrate against Nensuali-.m, fashion, 
vice, or sin in any form, and soon h*; will 
heartbebai king of MiltonMI^ll- bounds, 
the waves* of adversity will begin to 
.swell and the billows .►fper>*ecuti«u will 
roll around bim mountain high, and like 
tbe disciples ill til*- Hhip in the niid-t of 
a rough se.i. bis heart will begio to 
fail. He look-* and beholds on bis walk- 
ing over the waves, one who has sur* 

mounted victoriously all a[»po-.iii m. 

ope; Jesus isapin-ocbiug; lie well 



would be thrown on tbe other aid 
the scale, and be would then love an! 
praise virtue, honor and truth. 

Let all that revere tbe Bible, and ha\p 
hope in its glorious promises, all tbil 
would have the standard of moralitj' 
i-aised instead of lowered, and tbd. 
would .-.budder at the thought of sink 
ingthe state of soaety b'-low the ud 
thinking brute be unyielding in thei' 
defense of 'truth, and ever hold aloft \\v 
atanilard of morality— not setting asid^ 
the lower order of faculties, howevei 
but hav« them in subordination to ou 
superior being— our intellect and mora 
nature. These are tbe claims and teach 
ings of the (iospel, and if we as a race 
or as individuals, lower the standard oi 
appointment-s of wisdom 
ces must be fesrful to bociety, or to 


ONK of Christ's bri«f, but significant 
commands to bis disciples, Peter 
and Andrew, was, "Follow nie, and I 
will make you fishers of men." It is a 
truth, which, while it humbles the faith- 
ful minister, at the same time encour- 
ages and animates him in h's labor, that 
bis success is all of Ciod. Vet be niUHt 
labor as if all depended upon his own 
exertion. The inspired Paul may plant, 
and tbe eloquent Apollos may water, but 
the Lord alone will give the increase. — 
Tlie most stupendous miracles the disci- 
ples of C'hrist ever wrought never con- 
verted a single soul. Tbe same divine 
iLfluence which was ettectual when the 
weakest of their contemporaries were 
preachers, was just as necessary for their 
succtKsas for that of any other. And 
at this time, when the most able and 
faithful minister on earili is made an in- 
strument of Miviug grace to mankind, we 
know that "the excellency of the power 
is of God, and not of man." Yet in tbe 
Gospel, as well as in tbe natural world, 
there is an atlaptation, as well as a con- 
nection, between means aud ends; a con- 
nection which is neither capricious nor 
blindly accidental. Tbe minister of the 
Gospel is God's messenger appointed for 
theconseqiien- bringing men to ibe knowledge and love 
theofbitnself, ami which he b->s promised 

Illation, sjieaks 
the bles-^ed Wordsof assurance; "It is I: 
be not afraid". 

Emboldened by the familiar voice ,the 
Christian, Peter Ilk", is ready to brave 
the dangers of tbe deep and replies; 
"Lord, if it be thee, bid me come unto 
thee on the water". But when h^ sees 
tbe fiercene-s of tbe storm and the •■well- 
ing of the waves, courage fails and he 
begins to doubt and almost wishes he 
had not put his moral courge to a test 
so severe and just as he is about to sink 
beneath thy Wnves of persecniiun. Jesos 
Htretches tbrtii bis baud, rescues him and 
show,^ him the great impropriety of en* 
tertainiiig a doubt. Ueseiied ''n-m what 
seemed imminent destruction, he can, 
with the faithful servant of the 
Lord, exclaim: "The Eternal (Jod is 
our refuge and underneath arc tht ever- . 
lasting arms". 

— ^ ■ ^ 


Lord save me from the sinfulness of 
my own heart and life! 

Save me from tbe false doctrines, false 
authorities and bigotries of sectarian- 

Have me from the ignorance, folly and 
iui(piity of fashionable religion! 

Save me from the over-valuation of 
any thing because it is popular! 

Save me from tbe awfulnesa of infidel- 
ity — from all forms of godlessnesa and 

Save me to live and die a penitent, 
faithful, holy and happy Bible Chris- 

And the more Christ like he 

individual who thus perverts God's ar-tobl , ., 

"^ bumble, simple, pure, and earnestly 

larger, in general, tbe 
ng which, upon every 

WioKKD men stumble over straws in 
the way to heaven, but climb ov» 
mountains in tbe wav to destruction. 

rangement. We cannot with impunity 

reject the Creator's arrangement, nor persevering, the 

w th Buccessalter bis divinebiw.. whelh- amount ot bles, 

1 wold or writ principle of Scripture and leason, may 

aled in hisiuspireil 

ten in our constitution or nature. 

be auiicipattd. 

The Scriptures give four namee t*» 
Christians from the fourcardinalgracte: 
saints for their holiness; be'itTers for 
their faith; brethren for their love; dis- 
ciples for their knowletlge. 

Uos't murmur at your lot, though il 
may be a hard one. leather buckle to 
I be work,aud meet life's battles manful- 
ly, and you will soon be in a better con- 
dition. At any rale, it don't help lo bt 
constantly complaining. 

§he grelhren at i^'orh. 

J. W. STEIN, ) 


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Thb chiMreii are rfinerabered ill Ibe "Uome 
imd I'-aniily" d.partmaut. Look out for soma 
Kood things, little friendN. 

In Uro S S Mohlcr'ecomrannicalionMgiveu 
„„ page Kevoii of No C, the name C. Homer 
.liould have bwn E Hoover. 

HuoTHBii BB«hor, like myaelf, i» at home on 
the itit^k lint. When will eome of us learn that 
(lod took six days to do what he might have 
done in that many minutes? 

liro. J. C. Miller epentsome timoinlhe Lord'e 
work in Warren, Mabaaka, I'owciboik and 
Iowa oouutiM, Iowa, We rejoice to learn of 
Qod's ministorn being at work. 

UiioTHKH .lohn Forney ie ont in the mission 
field, and expect" to remain from home about a 
month. When last heard from be was preach- 
ing in the town of Kemington, Kan. 

.MovnMHSTS in certain quarUra indicate that 
the l'o|>o of Rome will esrablish bis residence 
at ,)orusalem. His advisers have declared that 
this is the only stop that will bring Itomanism 
up to its former prestige. 

Wkbn you are lost in darkness, and some 
one offers you a lantern, do you stop and oak 
what kind it is? Does it moke any difference 
to you whe'.hor it be round, octousular or 
«quore? Is it not the light you nerd, no differ- 
ence ftbaut the shape of the lantern ? 

Buothek M. a. Kisenhour, Plymouth, Ind. 
desires to chiilige bis location. He is a wagon 
niunulaclurer. Any one knowing of agood lo- 
cation should correspond with bim. He is a 
niiuiater, and might bo of good service to those 
who ore willing to help bim boar the burdens. 

A MAX passing along the public road found 
a piece of paper which contained a part of the 
Stein and Kay Debate, and be sent it to us dc- 
giriiig lo know whether we are publishing u 
paper in defence of our priiicifiles. We seud 
him specimen copies of the U at W with the 
hope that he may learn raore of God's eternal 

Sa\'6 the predestinannn, "If I am to he sav. 
ed, I will be saved; if I am to be damned I will 
be damned." Mr. Predestinarian, why do you 
not go to your store and soy, "Well, if these 
goods we to he sold, they wilt be sold; if they 
are not to be sold they won't he sold." You can 
r. .i^ou better than that on things temporal, but 

■. divine things, yu R^t about that far. 

Thb foUowinj is how Dr. Hay appears 

tiirough The CAris/ian's spectacles: 

"Inthis issue of the RipHW f %, Feb. 11. 

. iiHiderable space is devoted to Tht Chrisfiaii. 

'Jampliellites,'' and "Campbellism." It is too 

.uw and dirty tor one claiming to be decent to 

touch. Ploiwe excuse us. Dr. Ray. We shall 

iiot go down afler you. Too much mud and 

filth mere. It is not the road lo heaviu, and 

. : travel another way. 

1 the bible what the church of Chroit u 
such may do i.nd what it may not do. Harm 
is always a reanlt ol not doing that which we 
should do. o, doing that which we should not. 
It would be d,8i..ollt„ .av which d.. the greater 
barm, but each do au nnt.ild amount. 

We learn from Col. 1: 1» thjit "Christ is the 
head of the body, the church." This sentence 
comprehended, enforced and obeyed, and we 
have truly the "church ofQod," because over it 
reigns the government of God. 

The head, (mind) and body are very closely 
connected. The one cannot exist without the 
other. No head, no b,)dy; no groom, no bride; 
no vine, no branches; no Savior, no saved. 

The head never does the work of the body; 
the groom, rf the bride; the vii.e of the branch- 
es, the Savior of the church. To illustrate: at 
the command ofour mind our hand holds and 
moves a pen which writes the words you now 
read. This order never can be reversed, that 
is the mind write and the hand command. So 
with Christ and the church: Christ commands 
and the church obeys, and this can never be 
versed, that is the church command and 
Christ obey. 

Here we see two powers, vi/,: a mental and a 
physical, a commanding anil an obe)ing or a 
legislative and an executive. While these pow- 
ers are distinct and unlike, neither one is supe- 
rior to, or independent of. the other. They are 
dissimilar in < iurf and cannot therefore diBer in 
iltgret, because only things that are alike can 
be compared, and since superior implies an in- 
ferior with which it is compared, and since 
there is no similarity between a legislative and 
an executive power, between Christ and tbt 
church, it cannot be said that one is superior 
to the other. However, it is generally said that 
that which commands is superior to that which 
is commanded. For example; an engineer on a 
railroad is said lo be superior to the engine 
which he controls; but they are dissimilar in 
kind and cannot therefore be compared to ob- 
tain rffsifps of difference. Then it would he no 
more impossible for the engine to do the work 
oftbeengineer than it would lor the engineer 
to do the work of the engine. In 1 Cor. 11: 11 
Paul teaches this idea in what he says about 
man and woman. Man as man is ditierent 
from woman as woman, not in degree, but m 
kind. It would be no mora impossible for wo- 
man to be man than it would for man to be 
woman, and man is no more independent of 
woman than woman is of man. Therefore it 
cannot be true that one is superior to the other. 
However, it may be there is a greater demand 
for the power of the one than the other, and 
taking rf«m»nrf for a basis of estimation, the 
one would he said to be superior to the other. 
In this way the conclusion is reached that 
Christ is superior to the church, because to 
man Christ is needed more than the church, but 
to Bod, the universal Father, both are equally 

Between the mind on the body and its mem- 
bers, on account of uearness of relation exists 
the greatest sympathy. This sympathy is so 
good that it is often difficult for each to act as 
it is designed. It is hard for the left hand to 
sever the right, because the welfare of the one 
is equally importsint to the other. Especially 
is this true of the mind and body. Vv eaken one 
and you weaken the other. Either without the 
other is alike both powerless and useless. This 
same uearness of relation exists between 
Christ and the church. They are hound togeth 
er by the strongest ties of sympathy, and are 
very solicitous for the welfare of each other. 
They long to be together. "Witness the sor- 
rows, trials, mockings, abuses and persecutions 
Christ endured that man might be redeemed 
from the curse of a broken law and restored to 
favor and friendship with God. Hear the wail 
of his desfiairing soul n.s he contemplate* the 
condition of Jerusalem 
"0 Jerusalem. Jerusalem, thou that killest 

heartbat devoted apostle.l'aul. when reviewing 
no doubt, what followers of the Lamb of God 
were enduring, exclaim in that heavenly elo- 
quence which has been the admiration of rhe- 
toricians alike of believers and unbelievers. 

Who shall separate us from the love of 
Chn.tV Shall tribulation, or distress, or per- 
.e.uti..n or famine, nakedness, or peril, or 
.wiml? As it is written for thy sake are we 
killed all the day long; we are accounted as 
sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these 
things we are more than conquerors through 
bnii iliiit loved us; for I am persuaded that 
neii her angels, nor death, nor life, nor princi- 
palities, nor powers, nor things present, nor 
things to come, nor heights nor depths, nor any 
other creature shall be able to separate us from 
the love gl God which is in Christ Jesus our 
Lord." Hom, 8; 35-39. But while Christ has 
great sympathy, teaches us to "weep with those 
who weep." be also on the other hand teaches 
if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it ont, and 
cast 11 from thee. • • • and if thy right 
hand offend thee, cut it off and cast it from 
thee : for it is profitable lor thee that one of thy 
members should perish aud not that thy whole 
body should be cast into hell." Matt. 5: 20-31. 
The body is only perfect when it has all its 
parts and is then capable of doing a greater 
work than when some are lacking. Neverthe- 
«.s, an incomplete body, without an eye or 
arm, can do mmlUng while a pmshni body 
can do nothing. It is also true that in the pro- 
cess of severing a limb from the body that 
blood from the sound part is lost. So it is in 
the church of Bod. It needs all its members; 
butiftbeybecemeoffeneiveitis better to cut 
them off * • for it is more profitable that "one" 
should perish than that all "should be cast in- 
to hell." But when a member is severed from 
the church, there is more of a loss than just 
simply that member, he takes with iim the in- 
fluence of a part of the church. 

As the mind directs and controls the physi- 
cal body in man. so Christ directs and controls 
his body, the church. When it is necessary to 
change the mind, it is minil that does the work. 
So when it is necessary to change the body, it 
is the holly which does that. How absurd to 

Hiinlf of the band eb«nai"B the mind, but stiU 

that not raore so than to think of the mind 
doing the actual work of changing the body. 
Could you imagine a man who had ascertained 
that gangrene had taken place in his right 
hand, so uttely destitote ol common sense as 
to cut it off" with an instrument he was at- 
tempting to wield with his mind ? 

The man is not on executive of the body, but 
its legislator. On the other hand the body pos- 
sesses no legislative powers, but all its powers 
are executive. So in the body, the church,— it 
does not possess auy legislative powers whatev- 
er, but it possesses executive power pertaiiiing 
to itself religiously. The church has no choice 
alout what it should do. Could more insulting 
impudence be manifested to God than to set 
atide bis laws to substitute in lieu thereof our 
ofvii? It is practically saying to God. You 
ale not our head, you do not know as well as 
v«e. what our wants are. and do not know there- 
fore, so well as we. how to supply tbera. What 
tie church is told to do. it should exert all its 
inwer to do, and what it is not told to do, it 
siould forever leave undone. 

But sometimes the church and individuals 
ctnnot agree as to what it is really commanded 
tl do. Now which is to decide? which is to 
slbmit? Itfometimes happens that the church 
liis to submit, the whole, to a part; but that is 
i£ither right nor natural. It is mathematically 
disnrd, for the whole 18 always greater than 
^ly of its parte. Then for the church — the 
jreater — to submit to its part — the less— is un- and therefore unlawful. It is impossi- 
Qc for any organization, religious or political, 
funded upon the principle of equality, to e.xist 
rhen the few shall arbitrarily rule the many. 
(ail we possibly have "Individual rights" and 
JChurch rights"? Are not the rights of one the 
lights of the other? Can a church prosper if 
iA members do not? Is it not the members 
mat make the church? Then must not the 

Thi Unjuat Bulanrrs IMicM.— "Trine Immer- 
mei-sion Weighed in the Bahnrea ami Fmnid 
Wanlinti." Brterud. Pne. 11: 1. 
"The earth also Is denied under the lnha'.ilan(B 
thereof- because they have transgressed tlie laws. 
changeJ tlie ordinance, broken the everlasting cov- 
enant Therefore hath the curse devoured the 
earth ami they that dweU therein are desolate; 
therefore the luhabitiints of the earth are burned 
and few men left-— Isa M: 5. fl 

"Go ye into nil the world, and preach the gospel 
to every creature- He that believeth and is bap- 
tised, s'holl be saved ; but he that believeth not 
shall be damned."— Mark 16; 16. 16. 


CB» .). W STri«| 

be boru of the 

the pniphets iindBtouesb them whioli are sent church Ijb what ita members malie it? or is not 
unto thee, how often would 1 have gath^ed thy the church just what its members are? If all 
childreu together eveu a« a hen gathereth her Bre mutual, how then can we conclude they 
ciiickens under her wings but ye would not." jiave separate interests and rij^hta? 
Matt. 23: 3. Ou the other hand was the uu- The sphere of t!ie church tlien is to see thut 
wavfriug, uiiilinchiug devotion of tbe chuich. all its members present their "'bodies a liviiij; 
NothiuH could separate it or turn it aside from UcriHce, holy and acceptable unto God, and 
the great object for which it was created. Ol-, ivithdraw from all them that walk disorderly. 

JESUS says "except a mai 
water and of the spirit he cannot enter in 
to the kingdom of heaven."— John in: 5. Here 
we differ from those who hold baptism aloue to 
be the new l>irth and those who hold it to be 
tbe mere sign of the new birtli. As in tbia life 
the body cannot be born ol the spirit, sn the 
spirit cannot oe born of the water, and as man 
ia composed of body and spirit, both of which 
have been engaged in sin, the body (which 
Christ redeemed to glorify God, as well as the 
spirit ( 20,) must be given to him in bap- 
tism, while the intelligent part must be n iiewed 
by the Holy Spirit. Thisdone "a man" is "born 
again," "born of water and of the spirit.' 
Without which Christ says "He cannot enter 
nto the kingdom of Heaven." Shall we say he 
can? Can one be born of water without bap- 
tism? or he pardoned without being born again? 
But some tell us that ''spiritual regeneration is 
independent of, and obviates the necessity of 
baptism." I could believe this if it waa in 
God's word. There is such a thing as a counter- 
feit regeneration — a begetting by the word and 
traditions of men, which pervert the truth and 
lead men to death. If "born of God" we have 
been bctjotfen by the incorruptible" seed— "the 
word of God."— (Pet. 1 : 22, Jas. i: 18) which 
requires baptism as a part of the evangelizing 
word of God'a holy embassadors,— (Matt, xxviii: 
11», Mark, xvi: 16. Acts.ii: 38). If that seed 
abides in us we do not transgress (John, iii: 9, 
v:18)- The spiiit that teaches men not to be 
baptized, is not of God.— (John, xiv: 26; Heb. 
v: 9; John, ii; 3, 4. Some ask us whether we 
baptize one before he loves God or after he loves 
him? We answer after he loves him. Just as 
true citizenship is consummated fl/'c" a foreigner 
becomes attached to a government, and as (rut 
uiarringe is effected after the parties love each 
other, in which cases nowever neither tbe at- 
tachment nor love are perfected and unrei^erv- 
edly lavished, until the rites of allegiance and 
marriage are celebrated. They then remind us 
that John says "every one that loveth is born 
{yegeneetai, ha.s been begotten) ofGod." — (John 
iv: 7.) I answer John also says "who so 
keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of 
God perfected: hereby know we that we are 
in him." -(John, ii, 5 ) "This is the love of God 
that we keep his commandments; and his com- 
mandments are not grievous." v, 3. The Sa- 
viour says "He that hath my commandments 
and keepeth thcni, he it is that loveth me.' 
John. xiv:21. But John also says "whosoever 
believeth that Jesus is the Christ ia born (ge- 
t/em-retfii, has been begotten) of God." (John, 
v: i). But remember, John is writing to those 
who hove overcome the wicked ono", John ii: 
12-14 — who "keeps his commandments" ii: 3, 
who tj/j righteousness iii: 7-10. Now, if tbe 
passage they quote must mean that all who 
merely form an attachment to, and reverence 
for God before that love is perfected by obedi- 
ence, (which is supposition here) are born 80 88 
tohechil'lrcnnni heirs of God, must not the 
quotation which I adduced mean that all who 
give the mere assent of their uudHrstanding to 
the proposition that Jesus is the Christ, before 
they rely on him in holy submission, be born so 
as to be c/tjWr«M and hi'rs of God also? But 
what would such a conclu-siou do for us? Were 
Peter's hearer;! at Pentecost who evidently cred- 
ited his testimony of Christ, when they cried 
"Men and Brethren what must we do?" born uf 
God before thev had even repented? or had they 
only been partly i-f^o/Zc/i hy the word? Were 
their spiritual characters developed uh yet into 
the divine cAi/fMoorf and heirship? Are yonr 
unconverted children, friends and neighbors, 


n-1,0 credit the fact that Jes,.> i, the Christ, kon, 
of (loi, so 83 to be hi, <■;„(,/„„ and heiri, '' \re 
they par,lmiMf~,aKHf Was the unelea,, 
spirit that said to Jesus "I Itnow thee whoth. 
arttheHolyOueofQo,l"--(a«rk i; JJ ) (,»,.„ 
ot Qod? Are the Derilswho "belie™ and trem- 
ble" (Jas. ii: tl). Jor,i of Bod? Was either Baa. 
lam, Saul or his messengers, who. on certain 
occasions received tl, "Spirit of Qod." inso 
much that they not only credited the truth, 
but prophesied (Num. xxiv: 2, 5-!). 17-19; 
Pet.ii:15; Jude 11; Rer. ii;14: 1 Sam. xii: 20- 
•24; siviii: 6, 15, 16, 18 ) lorn of Gody Does 
all this not show that if the argument based on 
the quotation, John, ij; 7, proves any thing for 
our opponents, that it proves too much? But 
the word "jmnnoo" itself is ambiguous. Itsome- 
timeaonly means "to beget," sometimes "to 
bring forth," Hence one cannot determine 
without the connection which it is, since it is 
used for both. "Abraham ii'j»((f,,f,i„„s,) !,„„(., 
and Isaac hegal (^gimietsr) Jacob." Malt. 1: 24. 
"Every one that loveth him that 4ejii( (jejeii- 
nrrmiitn, having begot) loveth him also that is 
begotten {ge^mnmnenoti, having been begotten) 


Mere "gennaoo" is applied 

of hira" John ' 

only to begetting, not to birth, .lesui was 
bom (genneetheiitos, being born) in Bethlehem" 
Matt. ii:l. "In which time Moses was born" 
(pgrnneHke) Acts, vii: 20 "I am * • * u Jew. 
born igegeniirenwrn.-') in Tarsus." "A woman 
• * 'aflsoona^shf i3de!ivered(genM#cspp)ofthe 
child, * remenibereth no more theangiii-h, for 
joy that a man is iyr« (egenn^ellieF, whs born) 
into the world" John xvi: lit. In these lastex- 
ampleagPHMrtio is applied only to 6i>/A, not to 
begetting. From this it is clear that begetting 
and birth are two events as distinct as the two 
words in our language wbith describes them, 
though usually described by the same word in 
the Greek New Tfistftment in which the con- 
text determines the meaning, or other portions 
of the scriptures which treat the same subject. 
Many begettiugs and conceptions are followed 
by mere abortions which never attain to <7i/W- 
fiow/ and /;(?(rs/!i'/>, just as courtship may beget 
oud conceive marriage between loving couples 
which is never matured, or as the kind over- 
tores and messages of a government [which for 
illustration we will call the gospel of the gov- 
ernment,] may beget credit, attachment, the 
abandonment of opposition, etc., on the i>art ot 
one who has been engaged in rebellion, but who 
may, nevertheless, never be bom into the govern- 
ment, neither fully love or trust it, on account 
of neglecting the retjuiredrite of allegiance, and 
hence los^s citi/.ensbip, with all its immunities. 
But some tell us that becauEie Cornelius and his 
friends received the Holy Spirit before baptism, 
that thereupon they were born again, pardoned 
and saved without it. We answer, thi^^gift of 
the Holy Spirit was not what is commonly call- 
ed "conversion," "regeneration," "experimen- 
tal religion," etc., hut a special, miraculous im- 
partation of the gift of prophecy and tongues, 
like that at Pentecost, Acts, in 2, 17, Ifl; x: -16; 
xi: 15, which things are for a sign, 1 Cor. xiv; 
22, and were doubtless bestowed to convince 
not only Peter, but the brethren of the circum- 
cision generally, that the Christian dispensation 
was for Gentiles as well as Jews. Acta, x: 34; 
xi: IS. are such. 




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OUR purpose in writing this is two-fold. First, 
to defend our Annual Meeting in the 
courae it his pursued, and the decisions it has 
made on the subject of feet-wa'shing. We feel 
this should be done because some have thought 
it too liberal ou this subject, while others have 
thought it not liberal i-'uongh; and we believe 
a fair investigation of the matter will show that 
Annual Meeting has done the best that could 
have been done under the circumstances, and 
the truth of the go.spel ha^ not been violated 
by any of ita decisions. 

Second, we feel that there ha« been too much 
excitement on the subject,— in some parts of 
ourbrotherhood,— that extreme views o^pr^j- 
udice has grown up to mar the feelinga of breth- 
ren, peace and union deatroyed, that should 
abound everywhere in the church. 

To allay this feeling that has grown so strong, 
18 one object of our writing. Believing that a 
full understanding of the subject will have a 
tendency to produce forbearance in all matters 
ofditterenceaudt*.ndto union aud harmony, 
we write* for that purpose. It is sometimes the 
case that only a partial investigation or knowl- 
edge of a subject tends to prejudice, while a full 
knowledge of it tend* to union and harmony. 

With this view we propose to examine care- 
fully every part of it, and search for the true 
meaning and import of every important word, 
and circumstances connected with it. This we 
think has not yet been done as it should have 
been done. And we want to notice the design 
and object of this ordinance; how that is the 
ground on which the decisions of Annual Meet- 
ing may be defended. Our object is not to 
prove feet-washing to be an ordinance ol the 
church; that we ha-e tried to do in another 
work, hut to make an investigation for the pur- 
pose of producing more union aud forbearance 
than is found in some places among our breth- 

After having studied this subject for years 
and discussed it frequently with those who are 
opposed to the ordinance, and at our Annual 
Meeting w^ feel like doing .■something yet, if 
possible, give more light, and get a more uefect 
understanding of the subject among our breth- 
ren. We write this entirely on our own re- 
sponsibility, not mlling that the church or any 
one else shall be held responsible for the view.q 
and sentitneuts here given. 

Our Arguments. 
The first point on this subject deresving no- 
tice is the common error in speaking oF it, 
which tends tn a misunderstanding of the truth 
concerning it,— that is, it has been frequently 
said aud published in our papers, that we have 
two or even three modes of feet-wash'ng in our 
church, and all sanctioned by Annual Meeting. 
Now if that is not true it is a pity to have it 
published before the world, for it misrepresents 
the brotherhood and the Annual Meeting. We 
believe it is not true as a fair investigation will 

What does it require to make two or three 
modes of feet^washTug?" What SoesTT require 
to make two or three modes of baptism? one by 
immersion, another by pouring, another liy 
sprinkling. That would be three modes of bap- 
tism. Then how would we get three modes of 
feet-washing? One by putting the feet into 
the water, another by pouring the water oi 
them, another by sprinkling the water upon 
them. This would be three modes. But how 
to get three modes of washing without apply- 
ing the water in three ways, I cannot see. Sure- 
ly we never had anything like these three modes 
of feet-washing in our Brotherhood; we never 
had but one mode m any case, that is to put 
the teet into the water and we presume that 
no one has ever seen any other mode in our 
church. Then if the only way ever practiced 
in the church ia to wash feet by putting them 
into the water, it cannot bejustice in the ca-^e 
to say we have three or even two modes of feet- 
washing. To intimate that Annual Meeting 
has sanctioned three modes is not to be sustained 
by the facts; for if it should come up at Annu- 
al Meeting to pour the water on the feet, or any 
other mode than putting them into the water, 
we doubt not the Annual Meeting would table 
such questions without any hesitation. 

But to make this matter plainer if possible, 
suppose a minister would take one person down 
into the water and bapti/.e him by tnue immer- 
sion: another minister takes three or fonr per- 
sons and hapti'/e them by trine inimersion, 
Certainly no one would say that makes two 
modes of baptism, because one baptized one on- 
ly, while the other baptized three or four in tho 
same way. Then if one brother washes the 
f€et of one other by putting them into the 
water, another washes the feet of three or fonr 
by putting them into the water in pret:i«;ly the 
samR way, certainly there is no more reason for 
calling that two modedof feet-washiag than the 
othfr two modes of baptism. 

We (Ireaume there is really no difference at 
all in our Brotherhood abont the mode ot feet- 
washing, for we have never beard of any one 
contending for pouring or sprinkling water up- 
on the feet: though there is some ditVerence 
about who shall dothe washing, bat none about 
how it shall be done, for all wash in the same 
way by putting the feet in the water. The 
matter of who shall wash the feet does not ef- 

fect the mode any more than the matter of who 
shall baptue effects the mode of baptism. 

As tnere is some difference about who Bhall 
wa«h the feet of a brother-not about the mode 
of douig the washing-w* feel that when breth- 
ren wnt*. or speak on the subject, they should 
be careful to say nothing inconsistent with the 
plamtacU. The Anmial Meeting does allow 
-ume liberty as to who shall do the washing- it 
allows a brother to wash the fe«t of one or of 
two or more, but all the time the same mode 
<w in baptism. It allowsthe minister to bap- 
tize one or two or more, but the same mode in 
every case; hut it no more allows two modes in 
feet-washing than it does baptism. Then in 
speaking of this matter do not «ay the Annual 
Meeting and the Brethren have two modes of 
feet-washing, but say they have given liberty 
to brethren who do the work to wash the feet 
of one only, or of more; that will give the truth 
in the case. 

Bat there is a little matter about the mode of 
feet-washing that needs to be noticed here; not 
about putting the feet into the water to wash 
them', for all are agreed in that, but some would 
rub the feet as though the obji-ct was to cleause 
them from filth or dirt. Aa the Savior com. 
I'ares the washing of feet to baptism, which wi 
will note hereafter, this comparison shows that 
there is not any more need of rubbing in feet- 
washing than in baptism. The design of the 
washing in boih cases being spiritual, feet- 
washing as well as baptism is to represent a 
spiritual cleansing. Simply putting the feet 
into the water and taking them out again in 
the mode of feet-washing, as it is the mode of 
baptism. There is this diti'erence; in the com- 
mission a triune action is required, while in 
feetrwashiug there is no formula requiring re- 
peated action. We wnntd have feet-waahing 
like all other washings for religious purposes, 
Himplv by putting them into the water and tak- 
ing them out again, like the Jewish washing for 
religious cleansing. They were commanded to 
bathe their bodies in -water. Naaman dipped 
himself in Jordan. In the New Testament the 
apostle says they were "buried in baptism and 
raised up again." He says their bodies were 
"washed with pure water," No rubbing in any 
of these cases to put away the filth of the tiesh; 
but simply a going into thft water and . oming