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Vol. 6. 

Lanark, 111., Tuesday, Jan. 4, 1881.- 

No. 1. 



The Christian World calls attention again 
to the surpassing interest of the religious situa- 
tion in France, and emphasizss three points,tbe 
im{)ortarc6 of which can not be over-estimated. 
For the first time in all the history of France 
there is complete religious liberty; for the first 
time in all French history the government is 
favorable to the spread of Protestantism; and 
for the first time in French history the messes 
of the people are eager for the proclamation of 
Bible truth. 

Only a few years ago there was a slrong de- 
mand for the exclusion of the Bible from our 
public schools, and to a certain degree this de- 
mand was complied with until public instulions 
of learning are almost paganized. But a reac- 
tion is takir).g place. The pernicious conse- 
quences of the ejectment of the one Best Book 
from Ihe school-room is become clear even to 
the dim-sighted. Thity arcliftiiig up fktsii^oyoo,- 
wiping away the wist, and prewiring for a 
significant look at the facts. It always re- 
quires time for lolly to make itself hideously 
disgustful. Any State that undertakes to rule 
God out of the school-room, is guilty of the 
very -worst iiliberality. 

In the controversy on the doctrine of predes- 
tination, now going on in the Lutheran Sjnod 
ical Conference, Professor W slther and Profes 
sor Schmidt are the champions of the respect- 
ive parties. Prof. Schmidt holds that God elect- 
ed to eternal life those whose faith he, in his 
omniscience, foresaw; though faith is not to be 
looked on as something meritorious. The Wal- 
ther view rejpcts: ''1, The two-fold election — 
i. e., election of some to salvation and others to 
damnation. 2. The notion that tae general in- 
vitation cf the gospal is not seriously meant.. 
3, That Christ died only for the elect." At a 
recent conference teldiu Chicago, to discuss 
the s.uiject, 600 pastors from all parts of the 
country were in attendance. 

ments of implements, showing that they were 
at one time used by human beings. Further 
investigations into the evidences of a people 
long since passed away will be awaited with 

Considerable interest has been awakened 
among scientific mtsn by the recant report of 
Mr. Jumes Stephenson, in charge of the gov- 
ernment geological survey iu northern New 
Mexico. This gentleman claims to have dis- 
covered the city of an extinct people, whose 
dwellings were cut in solid rock, with arched 
ceilings, and which extend for thirty or forty 
urfles parallel with the Rio Grands on the face 
of an apparently iuacessible cliff. The excava- 
iions appear to Lave been made with stone im- 
plements, and iu some of them were found frag- 

The organ recently gave rise to a bitter quar- 
rel at Toronto, Canada. Such scenes are a dis 
grace and better become the followers of Mo- 
hammed than Jesus. ' 

A dispute upon the organ question which 
has been iu progress for sometime in Cook's 
Presbyterian Church, culminated in a hand-to- 
hand combat. The organ- supporters, a day or 
two ago, introduced a small instrument into 
the Church, for use next Sunday. The anti- 
organists got wind of the matter, attended re- 
hearsal in full strength,and finally proceeded to 
eject the organ. The other party remonstrated 
and finding their arguoients unheeded, at length 
took to force. After a struggle, in which an 
organist was knocked down the vestry-stairs. 
tlie opposition triumphed; and su'xeeded iu put- 
ting the instrument into the street, There it 
remained for some hours alone in its glory, un- 
til removed to the ware-house whence it had 

It will be remembered that a collection was 
taken up for the Protestant Orphan Home in 
Chicago at our last A . M. We submit the follow- 

The thirty-first annual mseting of the Trus- 
tees aud Directresses of the Protestant Orphan 
Asylum has been held. The Recording Sec'y 
report showed that Deo. 11, 1879, there 
were 128 children in the institution and that 
233 had since been admitted, of whom 203 had 
been sent to homes and 21 had died. The re- 
port further showed that the children had been 
given edacational advantages and opportunity 
to attend Sunday-school, and had been general- 
ly well cared for. 

The Financial Secretary's report showed 
that the receipts for the year in casn had been 
$7,821, of which §3,731 was from the Matron on 
account of board, and 83,445 from Miss Blake, 
the Solicitor, beside the contribution of sup- 
plies of various kinds. 

it is to see a young man come out from our 
common schools prepared for business. Why 
is it thus? Because the course does not em- 
brace enough of the real practical affairs of life, 
too much time spent to make a vain' show at 
the close of the school. All this has a bad ef- 
fect. If a young man's 'ather is in business, 
the graduate cannot take hold and help his 
father as he should, but must first go from 
home to some business institute to obtain even 
the rudiments of ordinary business. Not until 
the people demand more of the practical from 
our puDlic schto s will we have young men 
and women coming torlh fitted for the stern 
realities and Qufcies ot life. 

It is our candid conviction that our schools 
in many instances are run too much for a show. 
Weeks are spent iu preparation for an exhibi- 
tion at the close of a term. It is idle to suppose 
that this preparation does not detract from the 
regular studies; for any thing that calls from 
real practical work does detract, and that in 
proportion as efforts are made to show wnat 
borders on theatrical performances. How rare 

A new and novel church project is under way 
in Brooklyn. The projectors think that there 
18 room in that city of churches for a place of 
worship that stiall be as free from aristocracy 
as from ecclesiastioism and sectarianism; that 
shall have no salaried preacher or choir; that 
shall not be a bazaar ot fashion; in which the 
poorest shall be as welcome and as well treated 
as the richest, a church not only saving but be- 
iievinff tli£ttjxa-inaii i oc fr> U^^ Ti^r^^^'^- t ^n 
ot heip orbo topekssly depraved asio oe beyontt 

tope; ' a true Uaristic;;j cliuictt, waicn vjlirisi, 
would join if he were here on earth — a company 
of belie-#ers in and followers of the Nazareue in 
all respects, engaged in work of mercy, in lifc^ 
ing up tramps and vagrants, not in hunting 
them down Dy bureaus of espoinage aud detect- 
ives in feeding the sinful, no matter how they 
came into their deplorable condition; clothing 
the unclean, giving rest to the weary, medicine 
and gentle words of love to the sick — iu a word, 
doing just as the Savior did." A church of this 
class could not succad with fashonable leaders 
at the head of it. The humility taught in the 
religion of Jesus Christ will inspire such a 
move with all the power and influence needed. 

Mr. Moody is to have a bovs' school, also, at 
Northfield, Mass. About 150,000 has already 
been given him for this purpose. Half ot this 
sum is the gift of Mr. Hiram Camp, of New 
Haven. Moody's plan is, to take boys ot pa- 
rents unable to educate them; but he says, "The 
boys shall be promising, and such as ifeduc.;«ted 
would make good preachers and missionaries." 
He has bought three hundred acres of land. 
He intends to have the boys "work two hours, 
study two hours, and play two hours in the 
forenoon, and the same in the afternoon, until 
older, when play will decrease and study and 
work increase." Auother peculiarity is to be 
that the boys will be kept in groups or families 
of from twelve to fifteen in a house with some 
cultivated and competent Christian lady as 
matron or "mother." Two houses are now built 
to which will immediately be added a third 
A beginning is to be made the first of January. 
In an inttrview published in the San Francisco 
Pacific, Mr. Moody states that he will "select 
carefully" from "any part ot Christendom"; 
that he would like to get "ten Chinese boys, 
enough for one family." In answer to the 
question whether such a distinct institution is 
needed, he replied, " Yes, ten thousand of them. 
What is more neadad than religious, moral and 
intellectual training for boys who would not 
otherwise get it?" 


For the Brethren at Work. 



LAST night at midniglit an old fa- 
miliar friend, who has ■ been with 
you for the last twelve months, bade me 
"good-night," and wished me a "Hap- 
py New Year." He turned over into 
my hands the aifairs of this world, and 
then passed into oblivion. 

This morning I come sent forth as a 
strongman to run a race, and I respect- 
folly make my bow to all the inhabit- 
ants of the earth ; and since I expect to 
be with you for about the next twelve 
months, I proceed at once to report the 
condition of things as left by my de- 
parted friend, and then issue my peos 
PECTUS for my term of office. 

As I looked down upon the favored 
land of God's ancient people, where 
once trod the feet of Abraham, Isaac, 
Jacob, and the holy seed of Israel, and 
their removed prophets: when" I saw 
their once royal city, "Beautiful for &it 

uation, the ioy of the whole eavtli, 
iviount Zvioa oil tne sides of the noj-th, 

the city of the great King," (Psalm 
48: 2) where once reigned David and 
Solomon and other famous kings in 
all the glory that earth could give. 
When I Jooked upon Mount Moriah — 
the site of God's ancient temple that 
was built with heavenly magnificence, 
where generation after generation the 
many thousands of Israel offered tldr 
oblations to the kirjg of heaven; when 
I thus beheld their now desolate country, 
their ruined cities, and the utter destruc 
tion of their temple, and brought be- 
fore my mind its ancient glory; when 
they sat under their own vine and fig- 
tree; when the song of Zion was heard 
in the land — a land that flows with 
milk and honey; when the tribes went 
up to the temple with their gifts; and 
young men and maidens, old men and 
children praised their Creator, I could 
not refrain from weeping with the 
wailing Jesus for their departed glory. 
The wandering Jews scattered far away 
from their native land — from the tropics 
to the polar circles, and from the shores 
of India to the Pacific coast, without 
country, without home, without a place 
of worship — an object of scorn and de- 
rision — surely they ought to be an ob- 
ject of compression. But while the 

contrast is such as to humble us before 
God, I was glad to notice signs of re 
turning prosperity in this once happy 
land; and may we not hope that the 
time of the Gentiles is nearly fulfilled 
when the unhallowed feet of Barbarians 
shall no longer tread, with authority, 
the city of the Great King. May we 
not hope that the prophecy of Isaiah is 
about to be fulfilled, where he says: 
"Who are these that fly as a cloud, and 
as the doves to their windows ?" Surely 
the isles shall wait for me, and the ships 
of Tarshish first, to bring their sons 
from afar, their silver and gold with 
them, unto the name of the Lord thy 
God, and to the Holy One of Israel, 
because he hath glorified thee. Isaiah 
60: 89. 

As I cast my eyes over India to the 
east, and Africa to the south, the pro- 
phetic words of Isaiah were brought to 
my mind: "Watchman, what of the 
night?" The Watchman said, "The 
morning cometh and also the night." 
May we not hope that the long, dark 
nightof those countries is nearly past, 
and their glorious gospel day at hand, 
when tl e ends of the earth will look 

unto the Lord and be saved. As 
~l~Cagt my — eye~0VFnEurope^ to xne 

westward I saw little to admire and 
much to deplore. Rome, once the proud 
mistress of the world, and the nursery 
of the church, is sunk almost into heath- 
en darkness. Pure religion is nearly 
unknown. In other parts infidelity is 
stalking abroad, hurling its hellish 
darts at the church. Wealth, pride, and 
fashion, to their fullest extent, exist, 
side by side, with squalid poverty and 
rags. In poor, suffering Ireland, I have 
already heard the pitiful cries of fam- 
ishing mothers and starving children 
for the bread of life. 

As I trivel westward across the 
broad Atlantic, I stop to look upon the 
beautiful land of liberty — God's coun- 
try, affording an asylum for the 
poor and oppressed of every clime, 
where all can worship God accord- 
ing to his Word and the dictates of 
conscience with none to hinder or make 
afraid. Happy country! happy people! 
thought 1. But ah! are these blessed 
privileges appreciated and improved as 
they ought to be? From what I have 
already seen, it is evident that these 
great blessings are abused. Men and 
women are living regardless of God, 
and of the blessings that daily surround 
them; reveling in luxury and excess: 

drunkenness and profanity; pride and 
fashion; murder and suicide; dishones- 
ty, and falsehood. These things I have 
noticed the very first day of my exist- 

In the remoter parts of this other- 
wise favored country, the cry for bread 
has also come into my ears. A cry 
which I hope will not pass unheeded. 

As I turned towards South America, 
I noticed wars and rumors of wars, fam- 
ines atid pestilences, as well as the gen- 
eral corruptions of humanity. But while 
this general and very brief report of the 
condition of the world, as I received it 
from the hands of my predecessor, pre- 
sents rather a gloomy picture I am 
also glad to note that here and there I 
found little green spots of life like an 
oasis in this desert of sin, and because 
of these little spots of life-that here and 
there remain I may be permitted to 
deal graciously with mankind till my 
successor takes my; place. I now issue 
my PROSPECTUS. I am one of a royal 
race of kings, who have reigned since 
the creation until now: each one being 
limited in his time, and each one taking 
a careful note of all that transpired in 
the world during his reign. I have but 
b-vT-crl-rc Tjlrorc months to stay with you. 
These months are divided and subdi- 
vided for your convenience into weeks, 
days, hours, minutes, and seconds. I 
give but a second at a time; as soon as 
this one is gone, I give another, and 
thus my time is constantly running on in 
a setady stream till the last second of 
my reign is completed. It matters not 
what mankind may be engaged, the 
wheels of my time they cannot lock. 
My seconds are running while mankind 
is sleeping, eating or drinking, dancing 
or weeping, in idleness or industry, in 
sickness or health, calmness or storm, 
amidst the din of battle or the sun- 
shine of peace — in one continued stream 
I am going on till my cycle is complet- 

The Being, who gave me existence, 
gave me a solemn charge: to note 
everything that occurred among man- 
kind, during my reign as He intended 
using me as an important witness in 
that great day when the secrets of 
men's hearts shall be revealed. 

Hence I shall notice the very 
thoughts of the heart — the words and 
actions of the children of men. I shall 
be very particular to note carefully all 
murders, assassinations, drunkenness, 
lying, dishonesty, falsehood, pride, and 



vanity. I will also carefully note all 
tte good that is done, from the giving 
of a cup of wattr to the suffering of 
martyrdom, if need be, for the cause of 
right. 1 shall note all small occurrenc- 
es, as well as larger ones, whether right 
or wrong, so that at last when my ledg- 
er IS full that I may be able to give a 
faithful account to him that sent me. 
The same B-eing that gave me birth, 
also created mankind. Mankind by 
transgression fell, and must die. I was 
created for his special benefit, and I aim 
to do him all the kindness in my power, 
but my precious fragments of tiaie must 
not be trifled with; for I will never 
bring back the least fragment of my 
j-^ time foolishly spent. In this respect I 
"^ am very abritrary. This ought to 
< prompt all mankind to use the time l\ 
give them to the honor and glory of 
God, so that when their last second has j 
come they may be ready to depart in i 
peace. I expect to see many sad events I 
^ as well as some joyous ones, while I am 
- with you. I expect to see many — very 
^ nlauy, who do not in the least expect it, 
■^ numbered with the dead before I take 
my flight. I shall see many hoary- 
headed Christians who tave been i'aiih.- 

ful in their lives, laid peacefully in 
their graves, with an assured hope of a 
glorious resurrection. I shall see many 
hoary -headed sinners die without hope, 
and without God in the world. From 
the aged down to youth I shall see 
many cut down by the rider upon the 
"pale horse," some prepared and others 
unprepared. Families will be torn 
asunder: husbands and wives, parents 
and children, brothers and sisters will 
be seps^rated. But if they have im- 
proved the time I and others have giv- 
en them, they can expect a happy reun- 
ion where time is unending. 

Notwithstanding the somewhat un- 
inviting character of my Prospectus^ I 
still greet all to whom I shall minister, 
with a HAPPY NEW YEAR; and 
take the liberty to give a little fri-endly 

Since this New Year's morning forms 
an eventful period in the history of your 
life, and since I shall chronicle carefully 
all you do, endeavor to make this year 
the best one of your whole life. If you 
have been at enmity with any one, 
effect a reconciliation at once, and start 
anew with me and we will journey 
pleasantly together, and if you live 
longer than I, I will bid you a pleasant 
GOOD NIGHT when I leave you. 

To the young I would say, "Eemem- 
ber thy Creator in the days of thy 
youth, before the evil days come and 
the years draw nigh wherein thou wilt 
say, I have no pleasure in them;" for 1 
will doubtless see many of you stricken 
down before I depart. 

To those more advanced m life, who 
have idled away their time thus far, I 
would urge not to delay one day long- 
er. Redeem your time speedily; for it 
is v%y^ evident that many of you will 
not live till I take my flight. 

To the aged, who have spent their 
whole lives thus far in idleness, whose 
sun IS fast sinking in the western horiz- 
on, lean only say in the language of 
One who spake as never man spake: 
" Why stand ye here all the day idle?" 
I may be the last friend, of my kind, 
that will ever offer you the opportunity 
you now enjoy. 

To the faithful Christian 1 can cheer- 
fully say, "Press forward toward the 
mark for the prize of the high calling 
of God in Christ Jesus." "Be faithful 
until death, and I will give you a crown 
of life." "Behold i come quickly and 
my reward is with me." Let your cred- 

it, rir ncflii licmd ool-artiii ^T 

ujj leOger 

be well filled and the left hand column 
as blank as possible, so that when you 
are weighed in the balance you may 
not be found wanting, and when I am 
called as a witness to testify against the 
wickedness of the world, that I may 
testify for you with joy and not with 

la conclusion, I greet you again, one 
and all. Kings, Princes, Presidents, Sen- 
ators, Representatives, Judges, Editors, 
Preachers, layman, rich, poor, bond and 
free, great and small, male and female, 
parents and children with a HAPPY 
NEW YEAR, as we start together for 
a twelve months journey. How many 
of you will be with me at the end of 
the journey, the Lord only knows. 

For ike Brethren at Work. 



rilHERE is considerable being said in 
-■- our periodicals about "a higher 
life." The phrase is not original with 
us, but with the popular religious 
world. There are two scales of a high- 
er life; one with the world and the oth- 
er with Christ. The means of the for- 
mer are pride, ambition, arrogance, self 
esteem, honor of men, &c. The latter, 

love, meekness, humility, gentleness, 
long suffering, <fec. With those to whom 
we have told "the story of the cross," 
we never have urged the subject in the 
above phraseology, fearing they would 
grasp the wrong idea. 

We point the seeker down in "the 
valley of humility." Tell them not to 
mind high things but to condescend to 
men of low estate. Tell them that if 
we seek to exalt ourselves, we will be 
abased ; but if we humble ourselves, we 
shall not be abased. 

The subjec^ in the above phraseology 
has led the popular Christian world off 
to a theory, bordering on fanaticism; 
hence we have considerable fears of 
handling it successfully, with its proper 
effect among the brethren. 

Por the Brethren at Work. 




TTTE are taught to have our affections 

' ' placed on things above and not 

upon the earth. What things has the 

apostle reference to? l^wouldjake it 
for granted that t'aere was sometliihg' 

worth striving for. Could he have al- 
luded to the sun, moon and stars, which 
we behold with our eyes I I think not. 
But our minds and affections should be 
centered upon God and his Son; and 
we should try to grasp, if possible, the 
riches which he has in store for the 
righteous. Christ said there were many 
mansions in his Father's house. Yes 
he has them ready; who wi'l strive to 
obtain them ? The earth is the Lord's, 
and all that is in it; but he says it shall 
be destroyed. Then we will want a 
home which is not made with hands, 
eternal in the heavens. Who will strive 
for it? Who is it that don't want an 
everlasting home, where there will be 
no sickness, pam nor death! where 
there will be no need of the sun to give 
us light: God will be our light forever 
and ever. Now if our desii-e is contin- 
ually after earthly treasures, which will 
some day pass away, and not try to lay 
up treasures in heaven, what will our 
final reward be ? Let each one answer 
for himself. 

Unselfish people are always polite, 
because good manners are only the ab- 
sence of selfishness. They are doing 
unto others as they would wish to be 
done unto. 



Mr the Brethren at Work. 




"Perish! dying year! 

Pass on the dim, oblivious shore; 
Take this, thy bitter tear; 

To those gathering waves take one drop 
And then, old year, farewell forever more." 

"Listen, ere thou art fled ; 

One whisper more in thy dull, cold ear; 
Though slumbering with the dead, 

Thou'lt live great witness to appear 
At Heaven's bar of deeds done here." 

IT is midnight, and a solemnity per- 
vades GUI' hearts as we remember 
that another year is dying — almost gone. 
Twelve months ago a new scene of time 
dawned beautifuily upon us; days, 
weeks, and months passed by in rapid 
succession, and now the tale is almost 
told, and 1880 will soon be gone foi ev- 
er. Ah, what has been written on the 
fair pages of the book just closing, and 
sealed forever! Many will take a ret 
rospective view of the past year with 
tearful eyes and sad hearts! Perhaps 
none have escaped without at some time 

shadows cross our paths and we should 
expect them. Every one, no doubt, 
has experienced more or less sorrow — 
that which is intended to discipline, and 
as God chastens those He loves, He 
sometimes permits His children to be 
sorrowful that their aiiections may be 
weaned from earthly things. Some have 
stood around the open grave and have 
seen those who were near and dear low 
ered in their nan'ow home, and heard 
the cold clods fall on the coffin lid, as 
"Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, and dust 
to dust" was uttered by the man of God. 
With sad hearts they turned to the lone- 
ly home feeling that "man is born unto 
trouble" and that it was hard to part 
from loved ones. But there are no 
clouds so dark but what we can see a 
rift; and by looking with an eye of 
faith to the beautiful mansions above 
where partings are unknown, the heart 
becomes more reconciled, and "Thy will 
be done" can be uttered more cheerfully. 
Others have met with disappointments 
of various kinds, and as a result, caused 
sorrow and remorse. Some have been 
thrown out in the cold world homeless, 
where they meet with indifference 
and cruel neglect, and in thek great 
grief and sadness they may give up in 
despair and render themselves misera- 

ble. Some have given the sad farewell 
to home and friends and have gone to 
distant lands — perhaps never to return. 
To such the familiar scenes of the old 
home circle will arise in the mind and 
perhaps a silent tear may steal down 
the cheek when faces and forms of lov- 
ed ones are remembered. All these tri- 
als have been realized and their heart- 
throbbings have not been overlooked 
by Him who was "a man of sorrow, 
and acquainted with grief." 

But there is a brighter picture. — 
There have been many things to cheer 
us on our pathway while old Father 
Time has been making his journey. To 
many of us life has been sweet and we 
have enjoyed propitiously tha blessings 
of Heaven. While looking over the 
past we are pained at the slow progress 
we have made in the Divine life, and 
the question comes forcibly to our 
minds, Are we any better than we were 
at the close of last year? We have not 
been standing still. We have either 
been advancing or retrograding. How 
many hearts have wa cheered, and how 
much have we done for the cause of our 
Master? We have not been as diligent 
-as-j we sh ould^ha ve be en, and we feel to 
lament over our unfaithfuThess and 
omission of duty. Thus we muse over 
neglected opportunities, but now it is 
too late — the old year is gone — gone 

"Farewell, departing, fading, dying year, 

Go swell the mighty volume of the past. 
Thy deeds are done, and thou hast breathed 
thy last; 
And yet shall they, with thee, again appear; 
Each act of kindness, and eacii work of love — 
The humble prayer that went to heaven 
With duties well discharged to God and man. 

Although to mortal eyes unseen, unknown; 
And sinful acts along thy pathway 
etrewn — 
How oit they rise as we thy circuit scan! 
Yet they— the broken vow, the right-defer- 
Efioh uarepanted, wrong and sinful word — 
Though 'neath the gloomy veil cDnoealed 
thsy lie; 
Shall in the judgment rise before the Eternal 

THE iraw YEAR. 

But the mandate has not gone forth 
— "Time shall be no longer," for here 
comes the New Year, bright and joy- 
ous and offers us still time to complete 
our unfinished tasks. A new book is 
opened up before us and its leaves are 
all pure and white; — no dark lines are 
written there. We have just entered; 
the sun has not yet arisen, and the stars 

are glittering in the sky. Millions are 
sweetly sleeping unconscious of the 
ushering in of 1881. We have started 
on our way knowing little what is be- 
fore us. It has been wisely arranged by 
heaven that we do not know what is in 
the future. The dark scenes are hidden 
from us, and it is well for us. We have 
one day at a time given us, and In- 
spiration teaches as that "Sufficient un- 
to the day is the evil thereof." If We 
faithfully perform the duties that are 
incumbent upon us, each day, none will 
be neglected, and by the close of the 
year our allotted tasks will be complet- 
ed. But we must work; all around us 
are those who need our assistance and 
sympathy, and there is no time to lose . 
Souls are perishing for the Bread of 
Life and we will be held responsible. 
This new year upon which we are en- 
tering may be our last,may complete our 
life work, hence we should arise from 
our lethargy and go forward in the dis- 
charge of e^ery Christian duty. When 
we have done all that is required of us, 
and all that is in our power to do, the 
Bible teaches us that we are still "un- 
profitable servants, and have done only 
what was our duty to do." 

Ill view of tlie magnitude of the 
work that is before us let us renew our 
vows and go forth with a zeal becoming 
those who enjoy the privileges of the 
nineteenth century — labor for the good 
of humanity, and fight the battles of the 
Lord more valiantly than in the past, 
knowing that our labor is not in vain. 
Hail, Happy Year! Praise to our Father, praise! 
That thy rejoicing morn salutes our eyes: 
Some scarcely hoped to see this morn arise. 
Who still are here with blessed length of days; 
But ere thine exit comes, what mortal hath 
Ken to discern the scenes along thy path ? 
And who would wish thy myafceries to scan? 
Or now thy uarevealed events behold? 
Enough doth every passing day unfold — 
Enough for the infirmities of man 

Whate'er the future be, of wish, or fear, 
Would all enjoy a New and Happy Year? 
To God, be every day and moment given; 
Living or dying, then, we live or die for Heaven I 

For the Brethreu at Worn . 



A CCOEDLSTG to previous arrange- 
-'^ ments a goodly number of people 
met at the Sugar Grove Meeting house 
near Mt. Zion, Wells Co., Ind., Tuesday, 
Dec. 7th, at 10 o'clock A.M. This 
house is the ma,in point of meeting in 
the Prairie Creek Church. It is a good 

TiiE BPcETtlKEISf ^T ^W^ORKl. 


Dew frame, thirty- four by flfty-four; a 
partition cutting- off ten feet at the east 
end. The house is a nice pJain one, 
standing in a beautiful sugar grove on 
a gradual eastern slope on the east side 
of a public road. 

On meeting it was found necessary to 
make some preliminary arran^^ements, 
hence the debate did not open until 2 
o'clock P. M. At that hour the house 
was well filled with an attentive audi- 
ence anxiously awaiting the opening of 
the discussion. 

Elder E. W. Hammon is a member of 
the Disciple Church, and possesses more 
than ordinary ability. He is a man of 
medium size, rather spare built, slim 
face, blue eyes, full beard of dark brown 
color, verging nearly into black in some 
parts. His whole move is that of activ- 
ity, rather bordering on excitability. 
His age is thirty- nine years. Brother 
Bashor is too well known among the 
brethren to need a description ; suffice it 
to say that he is only twenty-seven, and 
possesses a nature far from an excitable 

Eld. Hammon selected Elder Evan 
Thomson of lie disciple Church as his 
Moderator, and Brother Bashor chose 
Brother J E. Eoop, of Ashland, Ohio; 
they selected Wm. Purdue of the Chris- 
tian Church as Chairman. All things 
being ready the proposition was read, 
which was: "The church to which I 
(E. W. Hammon) belong is the church 
of Christ, being identical in faith and 
practice with that founded by Christ 
and the apostles." Eld. Hammon en- 
tered upon the opening speech with a 
good deal of vigor, making a lengthy 
prelimiaary, claiming that he did not 
belong to any human organization, that 
there were brethren of his in the Meth- 
odist Church, Baptist Church, and oth 
ers who were members of Christ's 
Church by virtue of faith and obedi- 
ence, hence his brethren. He wanted 
to hold that he was a member of Christ's 
church by virtue of his faith and obedi 
ence, seeming thereby to be ashamed of, 
or try to evade the doctrine of the 
Disciple Church. He then took a lofty 
flight away back to Nebuchadnezzar's 
dream as recorded in the second of Dan- 
iel. From thence he wend?d his way 
down to the day of Pentecost, saying, 
"I am going to prove that the kingdom 
was first organized on that day." He 
claimed primitive Christianity to be 
his only plea. 

The first day and haK were spent up- 

on the orginization of the church, and 
in addition a rehearsal the next morn- 
ing. "We will give a citation to some 
of the scriptures ofi:ered in support of 
the kingdom being set up or organized 
on the day of Pentecost, that the read- 
er may see how far he failed; see how 
many bearings or props were gathered 
up to support an organization on that 
day, see when he got them all together 
he could not find an organization occur- 
ing on that day to support. He did not 
nor could not find where they elected 
not even one officer on that day. All 
he found was that Peter preached under 
the influence of the Holy Ghos% and 
they had a large addition, to the small 
band of one hundred and twenty, and 
that from that day the gospel should 
be preached not to the Jews only but 
among all nations. He produced his 
arguments without noticing whether 
they (when kingdom was used) referred 
to the righteousness, joy, and peace in 
the Holy Ghost, or the heavenly king- 
dom prepared for the blest, or the 
church. See Matt. 16: 18, Isa. 28: 16, 
1 Cor. 3: 11, Acts 1: 5; 19: 2, Jno. 7: 
39, Luke 24: 47. Isa. 2: .S. Wa «.iskt 
ofter more, but these will give an idea; 
■50 many arguments offered would need 
to be explained to give the reader an 
idea of their weight. Suffice it to say 
he tried to prove (1) That the kingdom 
was not set up before Pentecost. (2) 
That the Holy Ghost had not come un- 
til that day. (3) That as the word of 
the Lord went forth from- Jerusalem or 
repentance and remission of sins should 
be preached among all nations, begin- 
ning at Jerusalem, hence he claimed 
that the church was first organized on 
the day of Pentecost. He claimed that 
"the kingdom is at hand" as in Matthew 
4: 17 and other passages, meant only 
near at hand as, "he that betrayeth is at 
hand," and the time of my departure is 
at hand," and that when the word king- 
dom is used sometimes a part only is 
taken as the whole ; for example, The 
kingdom of heaven is like a man taking 
a journey. 

Brother Bashor followed closer than 
the elder according to his own actions 
expected. He showed, (1) The king- 
dom is righteousness, joy, and peace in 
the Holy Ghost. Pom. 14: 17. He also 
showed that the word kingdom did not 
always refer to to the literal church. He 
also proved that Christ said, before Pen- 
tecost the kingdom is come, not just 
near at hand. Luke 17: 21, Matt. 12: 

28. He brought forward scripture 
showing that the Holy Ghost had come 
before Pentecost. Luke 3: 22, Jno, 20: 
22. He showed that there was an elec- 
tion before Pentecost. Acts 1 : 21-26, 
and that it was not objected to by 
Peter, when under the influence of the 
Holy Ghost he stood up with the eleven 
nor by Luke when he wrote the Acts of 
the Apostles. He also clearly showed 
that Peter preached on Pentecost and 
that about three thousand were added 
to the one hundred and twenty, not 
that the three thousand and the one 
hundred were added together for the 
purpose of organizing, but the three 
thousand were added unto them — the 
hundred and twenty — the little band of 
officers and lay members who were al 
ready organized. The word of the Lord 
fi'om Jerusalem and the preaching of re- 
pentance and remission of sins begin.- 
ning at Jerusalem was shown conclu- 
sively that it was then to go, not to th« 
Jews only, but to all nations. 

Although the brethren have not held 
the setting up of the kingdom to be of 
enough interest to discuss, hence the 




ill' rLOTi? 


4tl> oil ttio^ 

Brother Bashor evinced the facts, as 
held by the Brethren, to be scriptural. 
We might have offered more on this 
subject, but lest our article might be- 
come too lengthy, we shall move on in 
a more general way. The subject of 
faith did not call out much. Baptism 
was pretty thoroughly discussed, both 
from a scripturaf and historical stand- 
point. Brother Bashor offered an analy- 
sis of the commission, according to 
the spirit of the Greek language, which 
came rather unexpected to the elder and 
to which he could do nothing. He also 
told the elder that his single immersion 
had its origin in the fourth century, and 
that his backward single immersion was 
not over four hundred years old, which, 
he did not nor could not deny. 

The subject of the communion 
brought out in its connection a lively 
discussion upon the Lord's supper and 
feet-washing. Some other subjects were 
briefly touched but for want of time 
we shall have to be much more brief 
than we had taken notes for. 

The discussion lasted six days and was 
much abler than was expected. Elder 
Hammon did, though limited in educa- 
tion, perhaps all that could be done for 
the Disciple doctrine, although he tried 
at first to evade the doctrine. Brother 
{Concludedj on page siaie^n.) 




ONE asks can one be baptized into Christ 
and not be also into the Father and Ho- 
ly Spirit? Ans. As soon as the initiating ef- 
fect of baptism into the name of the Son takes 
place, so soon and no sooner is he in both the 
Father and Holy Spirit. One action -without 
the others induats one neither into the church 
nor into the benefits of Christ's death. ''E. H. 
S." Speaking of trine immersion says, "the 
baptized is dipped head foremost under tho wa- 
ter once, while the name of the Son and Holy 
Spirit is not mentioned,' OS if a man could be 
baptised iuto the Father without being in Christ 
and in the Holy Spirit. After raising the per- 
son thus baptized into the Father, the operation 
is repeated iu the name of the Son, no mention 
whatever being made in the act, of the Father 
or the Holy Spirit. And finally the person 
who has been thus inducted into the Father 
and the Son must have the act repeated in the 
name of the noly Spirit in order to bring him. 
who has been inducted into tho Father and the 
Son into union and communion with the Ho- 
ly Spirit." American Christian lleview vol. 
21, p. 218. In a word he accuses trine immer- 
sion of teaching that union and communion 
can be enjoined with one person of the God- 
head without the others. It teaches no such 
thing. It takes the three concurring actions 
to produce the initiation into the benefits of 
that salvation which is wrought by the con- 

Godhead, Can a husband and wife make a 
joint deed of conveyance without signing each 
of their names to the deed ? Is not each act, 
however necessary and distinct in itself, mutu- 
ally dependent upon the other for its legality, 
validity and effect? When our own govern- 
ment performs any important transaction, the 
action of each of the three powers, viz: the 
legislation, judicial snd executive, is necessary, 
and though the action of e§ch is distinct in 
itself, it is nevertheless connected with and mu- 
tually dependent upon that of the others, with- 
out which it would be null and void. Just so in 
baptism. One must be baptized into each of 
the names, viz: "Father," "Son," and '"Holy 
Spirit," and yet neither name nor act, if divorc- 
ed from, or disjoined instead of being connect- 
ed with the others would convey any benefit. 
Mr. Eoberts says, "To dip three times * * is 
to assert that the Son can save by himself, and 
the Spirit by itself, and the Father by himself," 
Christadelphian, p. 207. 1 ask, reasoning by an- 
alogy, Does the distinct attention and work 
bestowed upon any governmental interest of 
he United States by each of its three distinct 
departments, i. e., the legislative, judicial and 
executive assert that the legislative department 
can govern by itself? and the judicial by 
itself and the eseoutife by itself? Such 
would be just as rational as the assertion 
of Mr. Roberts. Again he says, "It teaches the 
possibility of being baptized into the Father, 
without being baptized into the Son. It does 
this not only by implication but in express 
words, for its upholders say "none of the Jews 
were baptized into the name of the Father, 
they being already in the church of God, claim- 
ing him as their Father (Innovation Discover- 
ed p. 4). 

Again the (trine) formula was never used in 
baptizing Jews" Christadelphian, p. 218. We 
answer its upholders among the trine immer- 
sion churches say no such thing. The author 
whom Mr. Roberts qaotes represents no reg- 
ular trine immersion denomination in the 
world. Mr. Roberts speaks again across the 
Atlantic to rescue his straying adherents in 
America, he will bear this in mind and qualify 
his assertion. A Baptist writer says. It (trine 
immersion) saya iu act, that the Father is sepa- 
rate from the Son and Spirit, and can be enter- 
el without entering the Son and Spirit and 
that the Son is separate or distinct from the 
Father and Spirit and can be entered independ- 
ent of either or both, and that the Spirit is al- 
so separate and apart from the Father and Son, 
and can be entered independent of them." Trine 
immersion Weighed, &o, p. 30. I have already 
shown that the several acts are not independ- 
ent of, (but dependent upon) each other in bap- 
tism and hence they cannot teach that Father, 
Son, and Holy Spirit are independent of each 
other. I have also shown that there is a mark 
ed shade of difference between distinguishing 
and separating, although through the imper- 
fections of language many at times useihem 
interchangeably. There can be no plurality 
of any thing without distinction, while there 
can ba without separation. The links in a 
chain are all distinct, but not separate, 
neither can they be separate without destroying 
the chain. We might adduce many examples 
for illustration. No one can conceive of "three" 
aa Pakher. Son. and Holv Spirit in one without 
distinction. Were our three actions in baptism 
really separated, independent of, and apart from 
each other as three separate and independent 
gods would be, instead of being mutually de- 
pendent and connected together in one admin- 
istration as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit 
are united in the Godhead tne foregoing ob- 
jection would have some application, but as 
the case stands it is as foreign to both our 
teaching and practice as tritheism is to the Ho- 
ly Trinity as three separate and independent 
Godheads would be to the Father, Son, and 
Holy Spirit in unity. Unerring wisdom and 
Omnipotence has joined baptism into each of 
the three names as one baptism, and no man 
can divorce them. He who madly attempts it 
as Eunomius did, sacrifices the efficacy of each 
name and gets into none. j. w. s. 

For the Brethren at Work. 



WHAT is it? Is it I, or somebody else? 
Who is to have the first claim? Surely 
He who is most worthy of it. Take care of 
Number One, and JESUS will be Alpha and 
Omega. No. 49, pags 5, second colurun, is an 
editorial that sounds like Matt. 7: 29, 1 Cor. 
13 :6. Amen and Amen. I thought of a heroic soul 
who had a great purpose to consummate to 
which he consecrated all his powers ; he was 
told that his good name is suffering through 
his inflexibility, and that friends will be alien- 
ated. His answer was sublime: "What need I 
care about my good name? If I take care of 
the name of Jesus he will take care 
of mine." Truth must trinmph. To this we 

are pledged, in everlasting fealty to Christ, and 
love to those who oppose and abuse aud scan- 
dalize both us and our Master. Self must be 
forgotten, save as self and Emmanuel are syno- 
nyms. The seamless robe of the Crucified must 
be worn as the natural expression of our char- 
acter, and the badge of our belonging. Not 
one with a seam, on one side Christian and on 
the other flesh snd all its cross spurning 
aceompanimeuts. Christianity is life, the Ijfe 
of God, not only a poliysylable to screen earth 
and hell from the demands of the cross. Qualify 
first then quantity as its product, the more the 
better, if the quality signifies Luke 1: 35. God 
begets only in one fashion, aud after one type. 
All else in the name of religion is bastardy, 
We need not say one word about dres?, pro or 
con, and yet say what determines dress as ab- 
solutely as life moulds form. I do not believe 
in a gospel that carries and clips its scissors 
just so, and just so, apart from something deep- 
er than the cut on the color to give both their 
real significance. If we would only Lnow it, 
there is that in Christ which takes dress com- 
pletely out of the hands of church authority. 
The simple f.*ct that dress goes before Annual 
Conference for adjustment, is a sad, humiliat- 
ing commentary on our knowledge of Christ. To 
apprehend as we are apprehended is to lift our 
consciousness into the Divine as certainly as 
the Incarnation gave Jehovah a personal hu- 
man consciousness. A radical, all subduing 
ingress of Deity will at once and forever settle 
all doubts in any soul as to its relation to the 
world in all matters that rest on carnal prompt- 
ings and inclinations. Disputation in favor of 
license for what is native to the flf8h,acd which 
iuoiiiiictirclT rebeis against crucifixion, shows 
at once that Christ is enthroned in neither 
thought nor affection. But apparel is really 
a small matter compared with some others that 
rot the mystical body. It has become a prom- 
inent difiiculty, because it so immediately aff- cts 
our relation to the world. There are hidden 
scabs aud ulcers that are more stenchful, al- 
though they run with the same ichor. Christ 
must be preached, and that will reach far 
enough to salve and heal every sore. We must 
expect the patient to scream, and denounce us 
as quacks, and throw us with any missile he can 
reach, and spatter us with the dirt of calumny, 
because the application pains. We must per- 
severe, steady our hands with love to the erring 
and confidence in God, and notshrink from du- 
ty, knowing that we have the Divine veracity 
that our labor is not in vain. Courage, all ye 
who have both Christ and his cause at heart, 
we are not without high hopes to sustain us. 
Let us be calm. Passion and excitement are 
only the froth of low natures. Let us know, 
with absolute certainty, what it means to realize 
Gal. 2: 20. A mistake here is fatal. All our 
trouble comes from uncruoified wills and lusts. 
The ego is not sanctified. He that cannot sin- 
cerely love and pray for one whose pleasure and 
glory and constant aim is to abuse and misrep- 
resent and malign us, is a poor Christian, if 
indeed at all. To flatter is as mean as to slan- 
der. We must know how to deal with both. 
To think well of those who tickle our vanity, 
and feel exalted because they puff us, often does 
the soul more harm than castigations that leave 
the skin hang in shreds. We are engaged at 
child's play. We are not fencing for passtime. 
Solemn responsibility and eternal destiny are 
involved. Heaven and Hell hang on the issue. 
Is not this enough to nerve us to stand in the 
deadly breach, and pluck the olive branch of 
eternal peace and the crown of eternal glory 
from the edge of the most desperate conflict 
with evil? Up, all ti^ie soldiers of Emanuel, 
whet your swords against the Gross, let the 
gleam of self-sacrificiug love flash along the 
edge, and cut with all your might for Jesus 
aud eternal life. 

THE J3H£iTi3:IlEI^^ ^T -W0:RJ^. 



Home is the place to instill the principles of 
peace aud happiness. 

To remoye grease from wall paper — Lay sev- 
eral folds of blotting-paper on the spot and 
hold a hot iron near it until the grease is ab- 

To take ink out of linen — Dip the ink spot 
in pure melted tallow, then wash out the tallow 
and the ink will come out with it. This is 
said to be unfailiug. 

If brooms are wet in boilicg suds once a 
week they will become very tough, will not- cut 
a carpet, will last much longer and always 
sweep like a new broom. 

Children who are indalgfd too much, pam- 
pered, fed on delicacies, kept in hot houses, will 
surely become effeminate. They ought to 
"rough it" enough to make them tough and 
rugged ; for it is only those who can conquer in 
a world like ours where the struggle tor exist- 
ence is so great that only the strong win. 

It is very desirable that every day be begun 
right rather than wrong. Bpgan right and it 
is pretty sure to end right. We know the fath- 
er of a large family who always comes to the 
breakfast table with a smile, aud who wakts 
up good nature in every child before the meal 
is over, which lasts generally all day. 

A missionary who had been appointed to 
the work in Spain, from the vicinity of Boston, 
found it necessry to secure a wife before start- 
ing, and in correspondence with a lady propos- 
ed marriage. Her reply was merely this: 
"Rom. 15: 24." The verse reads: "Whensoever 
1 take my journey into Spain, I will come to 
you; for I trust to see you in my journey ; and 
to be brought on my way thitherward by you 
if first I be semev/hat filled witii your com- 

Children often quarrel among themselves, 
and it will be difficult to prevent it entirely, 
even in the best regulated families. Perhaps 
the best cure in such cases is to teach them to 
know, understand, and try to live np to the re- 
quirements of the golden rule. Every child 
should learn the rule not only by heart, but 
have it become a part of its nature. As two 
dogs in a quarrel may be seperated by pouring 
water over their heads, so childr en in a quarrel 
may be mollified by pouring pleasant words in- 
to their ears. 

A lady correspondent says she recently saw 
a new arrangement for wiping dishes that saves 
half the risk, while the dishes look nicer and 
brighter. The only outlay required is a half- 
bushel basket. Set tnis either in a sink or in a 
pan. Wash the dishes as usual and put them 
in a tin pan or pail. Pour boiling water over 
them, rinse thoroughly, then set them up edge- 
ways in the basket, so as to drain. The heat 
will dry them perfectly, and not a streak or par- 
ticle of lint is to be seen. Five minutes will 
leave them perfectly dry. No one who tries it 
once will be likely to go back to the old way. 

I've seen a blind man walking 

Along the busy street; 
I have heard the people talking 

As they watched his shambling feet ; 
I have marked their "words of pity 

As they saw him pass along 
Through the overcrowded city 

'Mid the ever busy throng; 
And I've seen the bright-eyed school-boy, 

Leave his brothers at their play 
To help the sightless stranger 

Across the busy way, 
Ah! the pity wis not worthless, 

Though it lent no kindly hand, 
But that little help outvalaed 

All the pity in the land. 
* * :i; * * * * 

Oh! let pity lead to action. 

For the world is full of need; 
There are many hearts that water, 

There are many hearts that bleed. 
There are wounds that all want binding. 

There are feetthat go astray, 
There are tears all hot and blinding 

That our han^ls can wipe away. 
For the blindman on the causeway, 

The orphan with its fears. 
The school-boy in his troubles, 

And the baby in its tears, 
Are like a thousand others 

We may help, if we but try. 

We shall "scatter seeds of kindness 

For the re .per by-and-by." 
Let us ever act as brothers. 

Ne'er with pity be content, 
Always doing good to others 

Both in action and intent. 

Though t-hA pity raay lua. uoof«i, 

'lis but little if 'tis all, 
And the smallest piece of needed help 
Is better than it all. 

Presbyterian Banner. 


TEACH them self-reliance. Teach them to 
make bread. Teach them to make shirts, 
Teach them to add up bills. • Teach them not 
to paint or powder. Teach them to wear a 
cheerful smile. Teach them to wear thick, 
warm clothes. Teach them to wash and iron. 
Teach them to make their own dresses. Teach 
them that a dollar is only one hundred cents. 
Teach them how to cook a good meal. Teach 
them how to darn stockings and sew on but- 
tons. Teach them to say no, and mean it; or 
yes, and stick to it. Teach them to regard the 
morals and not the money of beaux. Teach 
them to wear calico dresses, and do it like a 
queen. Teach them to wear their own hair 
and to dress it neatly. Teach them all the 
mysteries of the kitchen, the dining-room, and 
the parlor. Teach them to cultivate a gar- 
den, aud to drive a road team or farm wagon. 
Teach them to have nothing to do with intem- 
perate and dissolute young men. Teach the m 
that the more one lives leyond his income the 
nearer he gets to the poor-house. 

named Lydia Anu Tompson, the custody of the 
child. The putative father subsequently claimed 
the child, as Lydia Ann was not rearing it 
properly,and transferred its custody to a woman 
residing in Camden. Thereupon Lydia Ann 
brought suit to contest the right of possession 
as against the other woman. The judge after 
listening to the facts of the case declined to 
hear arguments from counsel, but decided the 
matter in this way: He directed the two 
claimants to stand up, then calling the little 
girl to him he ask'd her, "Which of these two 
women do you wish to go with!" The child 
made no reply, but when the jadge said, "Q-o 
touch the woman you wish to go with," the 
little one tripped down from the bench and 
quickly touched the woman from Camden. 
Counsel for the opposite side then wanted to 
argue the matter but the judge said, "That set- 
tled it." 


MR. Crehore sends this io Nature: A bravf, 
intelligent terrier, belonging to a kd y 
friend, one day discovered a monkey belonging 
to an itinerant organ grinder, seated upon the 
bank within the grounds, and at once made a 
dash for him. The monkey, who was attired 
in jacket and hat, awaited the onset with such 
undisturbed tranquility that the dog halted 
within a few feet of him to reconoitre. Both 
animals took a long, steady stare at each other, 

but the dog evidently was recovering from his 
surprise and about to make a spring tor the in- 
truder. ' At this critical juncture the monkey, 
who had remained perfectly quiet hitherto, 
raised his paw and gracefully saluted by lifting 
his hat. The effect was magical; the dog's 
head and tail dropped and he sneaked off and 
entered the bouse, refusing to leave it till he 
was satisfied that his polite but mysterious 
guest had departed. His whole demeanor show- 
ed plainly that he felt the monkey was some- 
thing "uncanny" and not to be meddled with. 



A RATHER novel proceeding has occurred in a 
Philadelphia court concerning the custody 
of a six-year old colored girl, the offspring of 
Edward Moore and Emma Gould. Some time 
ago it appears the mother was sent to prison 
for felony and confided to a mullato woman 

A GOOD wlfeia the greatest earthly blessing. 
It is the mother who moulds the charac- 
and destiny of the child. 

Never make a remark at the expense of the 
other; it is meanness. 

Never part without loving words to think of 
during your absence. Besides, it may be that 
you will not meet again in life. 

Never both manifest anger at once. 

Never speak loud to one another, unless the 
house is on fire. 

Never reflect on a past action which was 
done with a good motive and with the best 
judgment at the time. 

Let each one strive to yield oftenest to the 
wishes of the other, which is the mutual culti- 
vation of an absolute unselfishness. 

Never find fault, unless it is perfectly certain 
th^it a fault has bsen committed; and then pre- 
lude and conclude it with a kiss, and lovingly. 

Never allow a request to be repeated. "I for- 
got" is never an acceptable exercise. 

Marry into different blood and temperament 
from your own. 


THE BSiilTHilEISr ^T W01R,J^. 

Brethren at Work 


JANUARY 4, 1881. 

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ANOTHER year is past forever; another yoI- 
ume of the Brethren at Work has been 
completed and laid away for future reference. 
The work is done; we could not change it if 
we wanted to — "what is written is written." 

J Tnrm'nDr frnm f.lno liacii". vsra Irtolcto ilxo groat 

future. We pass from the old year into the 
new with all its consequences and probabilities. 
With the new year we commence a new vol- 
ume of the B. AT W. We forcibly realize that 
we are entering the most remarkable period of 
our history. There is a great work before us. 
The time has come that the trumpet must give 
no uncertain sound. If ever there was a time 
when we should handle the sword of the Spirit 
with caution it is now. We are forcibly im- 
pressed with the fact that the church is making 
leeway — she is fast drifting toward the swift 
current of popular Christianity, which is little 
better than the world, and it will require care- 
ful handling to save her from the disasters that 
have befallen other organized bodies. Much 
depends upon the class of men that have charge 
of the ship. If they are true to the promises 
they made before God and the church; if they 
are cool and deliberate in their movements; it 
they will keep their eye upon the gospel com- 
pass and endeavor to steer clear of a corrupt 
world,all will be well. But if they are reckless, 
and look toward the ways of the world instead 
of the Gospel then there ia danger of a disaster. 
Our motto, found on the first page is, "Set 
for the defense of the Gospel." This is the great 
object we have in view. And in defending the 
Gospel we want the paper to give out no un- 
certain sound. With the speculative theories 
and unimportant questions of modern Christi- 
anity we have nothing to do, but we do 
ropose to sa.j a good deal abont the 

teachings of the Bible. The day is here that 
most people will not endure sound doctrine — 
they do not want to read and hear that which 
is at variance with the popular teaching of the 
day; hence the importance of firmness. 

Years ago a chosen few commenced a grand 
reformatory movement in Germany. They set 
out with the determination of taking the Bible 
as their only rule of faith and practice. They 
read and studied that Book with care and en- 
deavored to conform their lives to its teachings. 
Their work extended to America, and as a re- 
sult we have the body of people with which we 
are identifiad. Our plea from the beginning 
has been the Bible — the restoration of primi- 
tive Christianity as practiced by the apostles. 
With this grand object in view the church has 
labored from year to year — she has assembled 
in yearly councils to deliberate on the teach- 
ings of that book, that the great body of mem- 
bers might be of one mind, and all speak the 
same thing- She has done her utmost to make 
just such decisions as are sanctioned by thegos 
pel, always following the best light that she 
could obtain. Occasionally men of perverse 
minda would rise up and lead a few, but they 
soon came to naught. And we may look for 
just such things now. Well did Paul tell the 
truth when he said; "Also of your own selves 
shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to 
draw away disciples after them." Acts 20: 30. 
The day is here when rnen will try to corrupt 
the way of truth, and obliterate the old paths 
in which our fathers trod. The time has come 
when men in high places are trying to get the 
church so near the world that they cannot be 
told apart. Efforts are being made to wipe out 
some of the distinctive features that have long 
characterized our reformatory movement. 

With these facts staring us fully in the face 
we commence this volume of the B. at W., 
fully resolved to stand upon the platform oc- 
cupied by our ancient brethren who were first 
in this noble movement, believing that the po- 
sition that they occupied was infallibly safe. 

We want to make the present volume supe- 
rior to any volume we have yet published. We 
desire to make it the medium through which 
the best of thoughts may be communicated — a 
medium that can be depended upon for a de- 
fense of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; a medium 
that will remain true to the great cardinal 
principles of our Brotherhood. In this noble 
enterprise we ask the prayers and assistance of 
all the faithful in the church of Jesus Christ. 
We want to be ti-ue to the vows we made be- 
fore God and maay witnesses, by living up to 
and defending the established rules and regu- 
lations of the church. We want to publish a 
paper that will be sound on the gospel princi- 
ples. Brethren, help us in this good work, 
that union may be sustained, and the cause 
of our Master advanced in all parts of the Broth- 
erhood. J.J3. K. I 


JUURNALISM does not mean sailing over the 
sea of time in undisturbed repose; nor in 
reaching the port of rest without severe toil 
and affliction. Our brief experience shows us 
how easily it is to err, and how hard it is to 
please. But even unintentional mistakes and ab- 
sence of entire satisfaction are not without value 
when transformed into blessings. As tertil'zsrs 
of the soil of the soul they are excellent. But • 
to our subject proper. 

Our readers ara aware that we have announc- 
ed that the B. at W. would not contain secular 
advertisements this year. We call attention 
to this again, for no doubt attempts will be 
made to define our position for us. For instance 
when we originated the B. at W. it was au- 
nounced that no controversy between brethren 
would be permitted in its columns, and then 
when the Stein and Ray debate was carried on, 
some would insist on declaring that we had 
said we would allow no controversy in our pa- 
per. Now we liad never said we would not 
permit a discussion of that kind to enter, but 
wd would not allow what seemed to us "bitter- 
ness" between brethren. We think discussions 
among brethren in a kind, couttaous, manner 
edifying, but discussion filled with what seems 
malignitv cannot go through these columns if 
every man deserts us. 

Now we have declared that during this y^ar 
no secular advertisements can come in. This 
does not mean, the mere statem nts of a fact as 
news matter; but it means notices of things of- 
fered for sale,for which we might be paid to insert. 
We never did receive pay directly for any no- 
tice given in the past, but indirectly were fa- 
vored. Of course for the interests of those who 
may wish to attend A. M., we shall give notice 
of how to get there as directed by the Breth- 
ren who have been appointed to make the ar. 
rangements. Such notices we do not regard as 
secular advertisements We think we are 
qualified to define our position on this or any 
other question; and we have given this much 
so that our readers may not be imposed upon 
by that class of friends who are ever ready to 
attend to our business without pay or even 
solicitation. We have authorized no one to 
speak for us anywhere; and if we should err, 
our readers, we think, know how to write us 
good kind letters telling us of our faults. 

Every neighborhood has its class of persons 
who run from house to house, trying to define 
this man's or that man's position; but they us- 
ually fail and only call down upon themselves 
the righteous indignation of all good people. 
Surely the way of the "busy body" is hard. In 
fact the way of the maligner, the evil surmiser, 
the evil speaker and defamer is hard — very 
hard. St. m e. 

We have introduced a new method of ad- 
vertising on cards and envelopes. Those who 
wish us to pnnt them some, can send us their 
notices and we will guarantee good work. Send 
to us for prices. 



Editorial Items. 

Let u3 have peace. 

Love seeks to itrjure no one. 

Brother Michael Kimmel has returned from 

Govern yourself before you attempt to gov- 
ern others. 

Bro. Silas C. Keim, of Elk Lick, Penn , is in 
feeble health. 

Thorns crackle and make a great noise 
while burning. 

If you have troubles keep them at home 
where they belong. 

Let there be an earnest, united longing for 
harmony and good will during 1881. 

Bro. John Wise writes that he left home 
December 24th to attend the feast at Cerro 
Gordo, 111. 

Don't be waiting to do some great thing. 
The littles you can now do, will make you 
great enough indeed. 

Ie Christians could drink more of ''the blood 
of the Lamb," thev would not thirst so much 
for each other's blood. 

"It is useless todaub a bulging wall with nn- 
tempered mortar, when God in heaven is de- 
termined it shall fall." 

Whiie you are writing for these columns, 
please remember that the B. at W. is "set for 
the defense of the gospel." 

The Preacher lately sent a roll of papers to 
New Zsaland to open up an interest for our 
cause in that far off Island. 

Brother H. C. Lucas, of McComb, 111., is 
now traveling in Kentucky. He works for the 
B. at W. and also distributes many tracts. 

At a council meeting held in the Shannon 
church. 111,, December 24th, Brother David 
Rowland was elected to the office of deacon. 

Brother Samuel Lehman, of Lee Co., 111., 
has been preaching for the Brethren in Henry 
Co., 111. One was added to the church at the 
time. ■ 

Brother J. E. Roop, of Ashland, Ohio was 
chosen moderator of the late discussiou in 
Wells Co., Ind., and filled the position with 

We learn that Jas. R. Gish has started to 
Arkansas to engage in the missionary work in 
that State. We hope to hear from him quite 

We enter upon this year's work with a firm 
er determination than ever, not to turn to the 
right or left, but to move onward and upward 
toward the great prize. 

Brother James Evans, of Mo., writes that 

his right wrist,has been dislocated by a fall, 

and it will be some days before he will be able 
to prepare auythisg for the press. 

Brother Hope was thirty-six years old Dec, 
7th last. His life nas been an eventful one, 
and though young in years, he has had the ex- 
perience of many who are more aged. 

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We have printed a large mumber of extra 
copies of this issue, and are anxious to have the 
names of those who are not taking the B. at 
W, that we may send them some samples. 

Brother D.E Brubaker, of Iowa Center, 
Iowa, ."ays — Dec 22— 'i am just home from 
Cedar and Musoaiiae counties where I was 
preaching for t(?n days and enjoying the associ- 
ation of the Lord's children." 

Mart Robertson, of St. Catharine, Mo., writes 
that they live in a good country where the land 
is cheap, the climate mild and a good opening 
for the Brethren to preaca the gospel. She is 
no member, but her father is. 

An able writer, one of whose articles we 
thought proper to reject, writes thus; "The re- 
jection of my article on was all right. I 

am truly glad that you do keep a good watch 
over-the articles in your paper." 

A pleasant drive of eight miles, December 
26th, took us to the Spring Valley school- 
house, where Brother Harper preached a very 
interesting discourse to an attentive audience. 
His subject was the destruction of Jerusalem. 

The Primitive Christian, in its 16 page form, 
is before us. We admire its neat appearance, 
and hope that in doctrine it may ever remain 
true to its name, teaching that which is in har- 
mony with the primitive order of Christianity. 

Bt referring to page 7, of this issue, it will 
be seen that sister Mary C. Norman takes 
charge of the Rome and Family department. 
We hope the sisters wiil do what they can to 
help her make that page both interesting and 

Sister Rebecca Suavely says: "to-day we took 
up the children's mites for Brother Ho(5e; wish- 
ed you could have witnessed the scene. To see 
the willing hearts in the work fills my soul 
with emotion. I thought I could see the an- 
gels in heaven smiling and joyful. 

Brother Harper seems to be enjoying his 
trip among the churches in Northern 111. His 
health is good, at>d his mind in an excellent 
condition for preaching. Brother Harper is 
sound on the established order of the church, 
and at times deals some severe blows against 
the "run- wild" theory, believing that no organ- 
ized body of any character can exist without 
rules and regulations by which it is to be gov- 

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As we entered the c iEoe on our return from 
the post cffice th^ 23rd of last month, we were 
agreeably surprised by our Brother S. J. Har- 
rison who had just entered before us. A hearty 
welcome, yes! We have lived in the same 
house, ate and drank at the^me table for more 
than two years, and we have learned to love 
each other. And why shouldn't we love one 
another? It is commanded of God, and it is 
right to obey the commaudment. 

We have just received a letter from Brother 
Hipe gratefully aokaowledging the reception 
of fuudg sent by us, and informing us that there 
was another candidate for menibsrship iato 
their society to be baptized the following San- 
day, and that the field for Go3p^l Ubor is en- 
lirging ia Dnoiirk. This is encoaraging, and 
we hope that our brethren will take encour- 
agement and coiitiuue their contribntioas and 
prayers for the miiuionary work. — Jas. Quinter. 

Brother James M. Hilbert has been travel- 
ing aid preaching in Tennessee. Spsaking of 
the Baptists living on the Blue Ridge he says: 
'■These Baptist friends are missionary Baptists, 
but believe more in the Bible than Mr Ray, of 
whom we have read so much." He says they 
are very friendly to the Brethren, and open 
their houses to our ministers. He also speaks 
of a good work having been done in North 
Carolina, and mentions that at one point a body 
of eighteen zealous members has been gather- 
ed within two years. 

We have on hand an article which favors 
the idea that ministers should study their ser- 
mons. We think the idea is not Scriptural. 
Miuisters should study the Bihle, study their 
subjects, and then preach their sermons. Tim- 
othy was told to study— not his sermon, but 
the word, that he might rightly divide the word 
of truth. No man who does not study the 
Scriptures can teach them aright, and we may 
safely say that the ^ruan who does not study his 
suV'ject will not be able to enlighten his hearers. 
The minister who devotes much time to the 
study of the Bible will be found ready at most 
any time to deliver an instructive discourse. 

Brother C. H. Balsbauah writes December 
20, 1880: "Everywhere I hear the brethren re- 
joice over your bold stand in defence of the 
flesh-crucifying principles of the cross which 
characterizes the closing numbers of the B. AT 
W. Love knows how to be both firm and mild, 
hopelessly inexorable and irresistibly sweet. 
This we learn more and more the deeper we 
get into the mind and heart of God as revealed 
in Emmanuel. To love and hate, to punish 
sin and bleed for sin, as does God, is the mys- 
tery, the glory and the triumph of Christianity. 
This is the lesson of the ages, and we have 
hardly made a beginning." 

Brother Qainter has in the Primitive & very 
mild. Christian article on the late Miami Val- 
ley meeting. At the close of the article he 

"We would exhort all our beloved brethren 
to be calm, humble, prayerful, and hopeful. 
Do not become excited, do not fear, much less 
despair. It is true the state of things in the 
Brotherhco;* requires deeper humiliation before 
God. But with such humiliation and confid- 
ing trust in cur Almighiy Redeemer, we shall 
experience dehverauce again from our troubles 
and afflictions. We hope that all our bnioved 
brethren will appreciate our condition, and ex- 
ercise the discretion the enjergency calls for, 
and that the concentrated v. isdom of our Bro'h- 
erhood, in our next Atnusl Meeting under the 
over-ruling power of the Lord, will enabje us to 
meet and af just our diificulties amicably, t.nd 
to the furthering and strengthening of cur 
ciuistian imioa.'' 




"If the clouds be full of rain, they empty them- 
selves upon the earth." Eccles. 11 : S. 
rl\RK great black clouds come moving swiftlj 
X up from the horizon, and the timid one 
says: "How black they ai^!" -AJi, Lhcy are 
full_go full that the sunliajht cannot pi i a 
them! Down comes the rain in great torrenfcSj 
the parched earth is refrefchcd snd ihe plants 
and rootlets and leaves look up and laugh for 
joy. Why you thought ihat great dashing rain 
would crush the little flower to the earth, bat 
behold it stands erect, waving in the gentle 
brvjfze, refreshed and strengthened for future 
growth and development. 

Dear Christian, you too, betimes must endure 
a great storm of Efflictions: sickne'ss and death 
lay hold of the cherished ones and takes them 
away. Ail things seem to be against you. The 
clouds are black. But if they were not so, per- 
haps there would be no rain. If your pains 
and sorrows were not grievous they would not 
bring blessings. If they were not given to 
you in a way that you could remember them 
you would not have been profited. When the 
strokes make black marks then the blessing 
comes freely. If the child loved the rod, would 
it serve as a chastisement? Of what use would 
the iron be if it would not enter your soul? If 
you loved jour affliction while overwhelmed 
with it, would it be affliction? Vinegar and 
_2alL iheablessinas. If a bia wave kaa waskeiJ 
you off a leaky vessel and on to a safe rock, are 
you not saved? If you have lost your gold 
and silver, are you not better without them 
now? The needless ballast has been cast over- 
board, and now your frail bark glides easily 
over the rolling waves. Bright blessings oh 
that side of sorrow! Reach forth and pluck the 
dainty flowers. No longer mourn because the 
pelting showers and fierce gales come upon you. 
"Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now 
I have kept thy word." Ps. 110: 67. See that 
your faith acts forward, Our God does not 
give needless pain. He brings bright blessings 
out of thtm all. Unbelief may fight hard 
against your patience ; but you can come off 
more than conqueror through him that loved 

There are a great many black clouds hang- 
ing over the church now, and notwithstanding 
the activity of many, sorrow seems to have laid 
hold of them. The devil is beckoning on the 
storm, but if we could look through the clouds 
we might see Jesus there to defeat Satan as he 
did in the grave. Little did the devil suppose 
that Christ would conquer him by death; and 
so it will be with the black clouds which are 
gathering over the religions honzon. A re- 
buff at Ai does not mean defeat at Jerico; but 
"The stone of Aehon" must be searched out 
lest the divine plants be no more watered by 
the dews of heaven. Bright blessings after 
the storm! Hope on thou faithful child of 

God does not lay up in his treasury simp'y 
because he can, but that he may bestow abun- 
dantly on his elect. And though his people 

may have come down to the black, dusty earth 
of sorrow, he will in due ticoe clear away the 
darkness with his glorious sunlight. If there 
be no hearts to feel for us, no hands to lead us, 
no liniment for our wounds and bruises, then 
God opens his storehouse and sends forth his 
supplies in abundance. Now will you longer 
doubt. Christian? "Muse a little upon Jesus 
Christ the Son of your Father." 

"If the clouds be full of rain, they empty 
themselves upon the earth." See the sparkling 
drops like moviag diamonds glittering in the 
Funlisht, pure and bright! What blessings! 
Shall we longer fear, and fret, and worry about 
the ship Zion sinking? Never shall it go 
down; for God holds it up. Ail the tempests, 
gales, cyclones and tornadoes of unruly men 
can never pull the old ship to pieces nor even 
make ifc spring a leak, for it is made of better 
material than "gopherwood." Take this thought 
and beat it out like a golden thread, and see if 
ifc doss not maintain all the straws you can lay 
on it. Tumble your fears into the river of ftiith. 
and let your boat glide safely into the haven of 
rest, being sure to keep your oars in your 
hands. If you give God a shovelful you may 
rest assured he will give you a cart load. He 
will always exceed you in giving and doing. 

Full clouds may empty themselves, but emp- 
ty ones cannot. If there be nothing in the 
threatening, nothing can come out. The sailor 
begins to put up the sails when he knows the 
Wina is Comlng^ onnso istTis-be^sTtre that God's 
work is in it before we spread our sails. God 
never deals in counterfeits. He does not make 
a good thing and then another like it not 
quite so good and try to palm off the power on 
his beloved. When the Lord wanted David to 
give battle to the Philistines he told him that 
"when thou hearest the sound of going ow the 
tops of the mulberry tree,, then thou shalt be- 
stir thyself.'' 1 Chron. 14: 15. So let us do: un- 
til we hear the sound of going from the Lord 
let us not bestir ourselves, but take shelter un- 
der the wings of our Almighty Father. Pray 
that others may share the blessings of every 
rain storm whether it passes over one congre- 
gation or over all. "If one member suffers all 
the others suffer with it." Be sure you are on 
the Rock of Ages, and then no puff of opposi- 
tion can sweep you into the whirlpool of sedi- 
tion and bitterness. God cover us with thy 
mantle of charity ! Let thy bright blessings 
follow every adversity. Help us to endure as 
good soldiers! m. m. e. 

satisfaction, and to bring the paper up from 
its injured condition, I purchased it, gnd prom- 
ised to fill all unexpired subscriptions. This I 
shall do according to my best ability; and if 
any should fail to receive the paper for the full 
time paid for, by givieg me notice I shall glad- 
ly send thn paper. The Youth's Advance will 
be sent to all old subscribers as soon as ihe 
mailing list in type arrives from Ashland, Ohio. 
I mean to cast no refljotlons upon brethren 
Moore and Sharp, for misunieratandings arise- 
between >the best of men, and if they erred, we 
should all, like good and noble Christians, 
throw the mantle of charity around tbem, and 
try again. Paul and Barnabas could not agree 
on certain things, but their disagreement did 
not unfit them for Christian work. 

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SUBSCRIPTIONS for this paper can be sent 
either to this office or Mt. Morri?, 111. All 
those who have subso ibed and paid 50 cents 
for Children at Work for 1881 will receive 
Youth's ADVAjtoE fifteen months. The price of 
the Adtan'cb is only 40 cents per year. 

I had no part in tlte sale of the Children at 
Work to Brother Sharp, therefore am in no 
way responsible for the discontinuance of the 
paper to any of its subscribers. I am as inno- 
cent of that as any of its readers. But to give 

HERS is a beautiful lesson and we hope it 
will sink deep into some hearts: "En- 
gland's greatest engineer was said to be a man 
of no great talent, yet h» performed wonders, 
bridged torrents, pierced mouutain8,etc. When 
he came to a difficulty thatseemed insurmount- 
able he would shut himself in his room and 
neither eat nor drink that he might concen- 
trate his mind on that difficulty. At the end 
of i-wo or i hree days he would come out of the 
room with the look and step of a conqueror, 
and give orders to his men which seemed to . 
them like inspiration. So it would be with 
Christians, if they spent more time alone with 
God. They would come from their closets as 
Mosea came from the Mount, with shining faces; 
and having power with God, they would have 
power also with men." 

If ministers, when they have a great work 
before them, would labor in that way they 
would at times preach some telling discourses. 
There is more power gained by fasting than 
most people imagine. 


At a revival meeting, the minister to'.d the con- 
gregalion that all those who were Christians 
should signify it by raising their hands. He also 
wanted those who had a desire to go to heaven to 
signify it by rising to their feet. Is it right or 
wrong for a religious person to obey the demand V" 
—A. Miller. 

Remarks. Our advice to members is, not to 
obey such a demand. The making of such a 
demand is neither reasonable nor Scriptural, it 
does no good to either the minister, church or 

out-iiders. If a professor has to hold up his 
hand so that ttie people may know he is a 
Ciiristian we conclude that he must be carrying 
a very dim light. Why not, on the same prin- 
ciple, paste a label on a well painted house to 
tell the people this house is white? otherwise 
they might think it black. Christians should 
be known by their fruits. We have been pres- 
ent when ministers made such demands, but 
always reiused to comply, believing that our 
daily walk and conversation should settle that 
question in the minds of the people. Then why 
ask us if we want to go to heaven when we are 
stretching every nerve and pressing with vig- 
or on toward the celestial city? 

TlHIi] JBKEI'idCJtiETNT ^^T '\V0':B.J^. 




All communicatioaa for this department, such as que- 
ries and answers, should be addressed to J. S. Mohler, La- 
due, Henry Co., Mo. 

"Let no man seek his own, but every man seek 
another's wealth."— 1 Cor. 10 : 24. Bro. Stein please 
answer. Wm. T. Smith. 

1. "Why did not Christ begin his ministry before 
he was thirty years of age 1" 2. "Was it required of 
a man to be thirty years tf age under the Mosaical 
dispensation in order, ta officiate in the High 
Priest's office? Isaac Ankeny. 

Will some brother please giye an explanation on 
1 Cor. 5: 5, as follows: 

"To deliver such an one unto Satan for the de- 
struction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved 
in the day of the Lord Jesus." Whose spirit is 
here meant 'i" 0. L. Cover. 


"Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think 
ye have eternal life, and they are they that testify 
of me."— John 5: 39. 

THE Bible is the Christian's chart from earth 
to heaven — a light from the upper world. 
It tells us how to live so as to be happy our- 
selves and to confer happiness on others. It 
gives the poor a treasure that far exceeds all 
earthly riches. It comforts the. aiflioted and 
distressed. It cheers the widow in her hours of 
loneliness and gives courage to the soldier of 
the cross. It marks out plainly the path of 
duty for us all to walk in. By obedience to its 
precepts we are made wise unto salvation, and 
become legal heirs to an heavenly inheritance. 
The influence of the Bib'e has brought up 
Christian nations from the depths of barbarism 
to that present high state of civilization. Take 
from us the Bible and its influence and its 
influence on the hearts of the children of men, 
and we blot out the only true, moral and reli- 
gious light under the whole heavens; and as 
nations and individuals, we would sink back 
again into barbarism, darkness and iojponetra- 
ble gloom. These are facts. The gates of hell 
have opened wide their ghastly throats and 
spued their venom upon the sacred volume. 
Modern infidelity is doing its utmost to destroy 
its sacred influence, but the gates of hell have 
not yet prevailed against it, and we are assured 
never will. The Bible shines upon the hearts 
of the wayward sons and daughters of earth 
with a power and brilliancy that no other book 
can. Its truths find an adaptation and afiinity 
to our minds and hearts that convinces us that 
the Being who created us, and the Author of 
these truths, is the same — is identical. 

Since the Bib e is a Book of such immense 
value, it is very important that we become 
well acquainied with its contents. It is only 
as we become acquainted with its truths and ap- 
ply them to our hearts that we realize their 
excellency. "If any man will do his will he 
shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of 
God or whether I speak of myself.' --John 7: 

There are various methods by which the 
truths of the Bible may be presented to our 
minds. The most common, and perhaps the 
most successful method of receiying its truths, 
is to read the fjcriptnres for oarselves. This is 

the duty of every one. The ministry is another 
means through which its truths are expounded. 
The press is another important source through 
which the truths of Inspiration may be im- 

Since, by ri quest, your humble servant will 
occupy the position of editor of Bible Class, he 
feels an important duty resting upon him, that 
is that he may be enabled by that wisdom that 
Cometh from above, so to expound the deep 
sayings of God as to result in the enlighten- 
ment of the minds of those ue may address, and 
being forth from the treasures of the heart 
things both new and old. 

In the selection of queries the querist ought 
to have in view the enlightenment of his mind, 
or of those of others, sud not offer queries 
merely to gratify idle curiosity, and that are 
unimportant in themselves. We, however, 
cheerfully invite all questions of a pertinent 
character however simple they may seera, and 
by the grace of God, shall aim to give all ques- 
tions presented that consideration necessary to 
their clear understanding, and fondly hope 
that as a Bible Class, we we will move on pleas- 
antly together in our exchanges of thought on 
the great and glorious truths of the Bible. Que- 
ries may he sent direct to us at La Due, Henry 
Co., Missouri, or to Beetheen at Woek, Lan- 
ark, Illinois. J. s. M. 


WE find the following impressive passage 
in the Bohlen Lectures of Bishop Hun- 

If man is authentic so is the Christian reve 
lation. If man has a legitimate place in the 
universe, the gospel has a place there with him, 
by the same right. The Chinese student in 
the study of Bishop Boono, representing intel- 
ligent humanity at its farthest modern remove 
from Chriit, speaks the irresistible verdict of 
the race. He was a teacher among his Pagan 
countrymen, and was taken into the mission 
family to learn English and translate the Bible 
into the celestial tongue. For a long time he 
remained insensible to anything in the Script- 
ures but their literary beauty. Abruptly, one 
day, he rose from his manuscript with the New 
Testament open in his hand, and with the rap- 
id manner of one who has been startled by a 
great discovery, he exclaimed, "Whoever made 
this book made me. It knows all that is in my 
heart. It tells me what no one but a God can 
know about me. Whoever made me made 
that book." What is true of the book is true 
of Him who is its life. Whoever made you a 
man and me is in Christ, reconciling us to 

From the Biblo Eecord. 


A COLPORTEUR came to a Greek convent 
near Moscow. He laid hii Testaments 
on the table in the refectory, and offered them 
for sale. Immediately he was surrounded by 
all the nuns. One of them wished to buy a 
Testament in large type, but had not the mon- 
ey necessary for its purchase. Seeing her great 
desire to have the book, the colporteur told her 
he could easily wait for the money; the uou 

was very much astonished that the man with- 
out knowing lier, acted thus. Some time after 
he came again into that sams convent. The 
nun paid her debts most thankfully, and said 
she could not fiud words to express the com- 
fort she found in reading that book. "It is life! 
it is frepdora!" she exclaimed; and this time she 
bought a Bible. 

The same colporteur went with a load of 
Testaments down the Djn to a prie,~t living 
there; and whil-^ traveling he sold in villages, 
to the value of fifty roub!e.«, partly Testaments, 
to people belonging to the Malakan sect. A 
Russian peasant bought a Bible, having to 
borroi^ the money in four different houses; a 
police officer also bought a few Testaaients,and 
expressed a desire to l)e a member of the Bible 
society. Traveliug farther, at a ata'ion the 
colporteur was unpacking his Bibles iu the rail- 
way carriage, when a man approached him, 
asking what the books were. Purchasing one 
of them, he showed it to the other passengers 
in the carriage, aud in a quarter of an hour's 
time all the tea Bibles were sold, and the peo- 
ple faid, "Do bring us some more another 
time." In a town he met with a man who 
seemed so pleased to get a Testament in the 
Russian language, as till now he only had it 
in the Slavonic language; he said, "We will 
read together with my wife. God has sent you 
among us." The Testaments brought to that 
priest by the colporteur were accepted with de- 
light; he was surprised that any one had taken 
such trouble as to bring them over so far. As 
that priest had several parishes under his care, 

he will be able to -aetl fclaeae <3-e3pela amoas^tiie 

people, and he thinks of having a Bible depot 
at his house. The colporteur visited many oth- 
er different places, where he sold a number of 
his books. 

From the Independent. 


AN iateresting discovery is announced as 
made on the 6th of October, 1879, by an 
Arab who was working in a quarry about four 
and a half miles from the ancient Gaza in Pal- 
Istine. He there found a colossal marble fig- 
ure of a man, measuring three feet from the 
crown of the head to the end of the beard twen- 
ty-seven inches from ear to ear, thirteen and 
one- half inches from the top of the forehead to 
the mouth, fifty-four inches from one shoulder 
to another, eighty- one inches from the top of 
the head to the waist, aud fifty-four inches 
round the neck, the whole hight being fifteen 
feet. The hair hangs over the shoulders in 
long curls and the beard falls upon the breast. 
The right arm is broken in half, while the left 
arm is crossed over the breast to the right 
shoulder, where the hand is hidden in the folds 
of a cloth. There is no inscription either on 
the figure or on the pedestal, which is a large 
block carved in one piece with the image. The 
statue was discovered in a recumbent position, 
buried in the sand on the summit of a hill near 
the sea, and probably at a distance from its 
original site. It is estimated to weigh 12 000 
pounds. The Pasha of Jerusalem has sent a 
guard to protect this curious relic of antiquity 
from the econoclastic habits of the natives. Aa 
it has not yet been seen by a European, it is 
impossible to determine to what period it be- 
longs; but the description of it goes far to show 
that it is in the Assyrian style, and is, if gen- 
uine, a product of the age when Gaza was still 
an independent city of the Philistines. 




Lynches Station. 

Hai council meeting on the 18th of Nov., 
all in love. The writer was auvauced to the 
second degree of the ministry. Our dear J ' ; ,■. 
Henry Beam lost his horse last month. He 
left his home in Bedford county to assist lis in 
trying to save the souls of our dying fellow 
men, and while amon? us his horse was seri- 
ously hurt which caused his death. On the 
Sr.'l Sunday in last month I had meeting in 
Pittsylvania Co., h?.d a good and attentive 
meeting, and baptized one, p. man about fifty- 
seven years of age. Hoping that all our labors 
may be received with success, I remain your 
brother, T. C. Wood. 

Dec. 20th. 

Bull's Island. 

My mission labor has proved Euccessfol 
in this State. Several have made the good 
confession, and two came out last night and a 
very good interest manifested. I have beefl 
laboring in this State for nearly three month? 
in the Home Mission fit-Id; hope to arrive at 
home by the last of this month. I am now 
writing at the house of sister Ellen Hoffirian, 
one of your subscribers. She is well pleased 
with your paper. The Lord bless you in the 
good work. John Nicholson, 

Dec. 23rd. 

soul and a strengthening of the ties that bind 
the true Ciiristians together in love and union. 
Some are counting the cost, and how long they 
will be permitted to doubt God only kacws, 
Dec. 20th. S. W. Lindoweb. 


May grace, peace and mercy be multiplied 
unto you and all the Israel of God everywhere. 
May our Father guide, assist and direct you in 
the noble work of spreading his glorious truths 
through the land of liberty, and hope that 
many who have never read your paper may 
read it the coming year and through it be 
brought to a knowledge of the truth as it is in 
Jesus. I admire the peace principles of your 
paper, and hope you will always conduct it in 
such a maniier that it will be acceptable in the 
• eyes of our Master, and if acceptable in his 
sight it surely ought to be in our sight. 
Dec. 20th. Eliza Lincoln. 



Bro -Thurston Miller, of Laporte Co., Indi- 
ana, came to us on the 6ch of December snrt 
commenced a series of meetings. The atten- 
dance was fmall at first.' He held a Children's 
Meeting, and it was a pleftsant sight to see so 
mcny children seated tn the front seats. They 
were very attentive to wh&t Bro. Miller had to 
say to them. We think, jadgiEg from their 
b'ight eyes and smiling faces, that they will 
loBg remember that evening, and we trcst that 
the seed sown ia their young hearts will not be 
lost. The meeting continued to grow in. in- 
terest to the close. Two were added to the 
church by baptism, and cna applicant who will 
be baptizsd in the near future; the brethren 
were encouraged and we believe that the angets 

Dec. 21st. 

E. R. Moon. 


I had a pleasant time while in the West; 
preached at four difi'erent places. Baptized two 
young men in the Center View congregation. 
We are well. May the blessing of God rest 
upon you and your labors. Yours in Christ. 
Dec. 23. Jacob Witmorb. 

Oak Grove Church. 

We had a series of meetings conducted by 
Eld. James C. MeMullen of Msnffield, Ohio. 
He preached the word of God with power and 
simplicity, convincing the sinner that there is 
no ground outside of the gof pel of Christ that 
is safe to occupy. The members were richly 
admonished to the duties that are so often neg- 
lected by Christian professors of this age of the 
world. None wera added to the cbnireh bj 



We began a meeting at our meeting-house 
the 11th of December and continued until the 
23rd, Bro. A. H. Puterbaugh preached thir- 
teen sermons and Bro. John Metzler three. 
Three were baptized and one reclaimed, and we 
believe more are counting the cost. 
Dec. 23rd. D. M. Puteebaugh. 


A man who claims to he a brother came to 
us several weeks ago and attecded some of our 
meetings. He pretended to be a doctor and 
gave his name as Alexander; tried to find as 
many persons of ill health among the brethren 
as he could to get employment. Is reported as 
going to saloons to get hot sling to cure cold, 
and feels himself willing to use proper lan- 
guage when he gets eilcuge of spirits to ani- 
mate. Brethren watch the chap; his eye 
indicates a bad trait of character. His light 
thumb is off. Beware of false brethren. 
Dec. 21st. J. H. Miller. 


We visited Clear Creek church last Sun 
day. Had services morniig and evening. Br9. 
D. Bear preached at n ght. . This congregation 
is in good working order. D. Hodgden and J. 
A. Murray are the ministers. May God bless 
them all in their labors. J. W. Southwood. 
Dec. 25th. 


According to previous arrangements to 
hold meeting in the Union mfetins<-house at 
Hebton, in the Bremen District, brethren John 
H. Miller, Daniel Wvsong and others, met on. 
the evening of the 11th insfc, where a congrega- 
tion had gathered to bear the word in its puri- 
ty, which they showed by their good attention. 
J. H. Miller expounded the word and we felt 
that it was good to sit in heavenly places in 
Christ Jc-sus. Services Sunday morning and 
ia the evening Bro. Rothenberger fsddressed the 

Wysong in the English. Also preaching on 
Monday and Tuesday evenings by the Breth- 
ren. It was truly a refreshicg season for the 
members of the church. Many tears were seen 
rolling down the cheeks of saints and sinners. 
Give us more such meetings to cheer us on our 
way, tor soon we will all have to leave the 
shores of mortality and arrive on i.he other 
side where we can sing the songs of the re- 
deemed. L. E. Miller. 
Dec. 19th. 

Mulberry Grove. 

We have just had a season of refreshment. 
Our communion wa" held on the 11th mst, and 
we had a happy seaKon. The seating capacity 
in the house was packed, hut the order and at- 
tention were very good; I thick seldom sur- 
passed. Bro D. Frantz of Cerro Gordo csme 
to us on the Sfci:. and remained until the 14lh, 
and did gome very acceptable preaching. May 
God bless him. The home ministers continued 
the sue eting until the evening of the 19th. One 
was buried with Chiist by baptism; an sged 
man of-exeellent character and infloence. May 
God keep him and us faithful. Fraternally. 
Dec. 23rd. J ohn Wise. 

Hurricane Creek Church. 

This church is situated about six miles 
south of Mulberry Grove, Bond Co., and has a 
membership of about one hundred. Our meet- 
isg-house has a seating c^^pacity of about 700 
or 800. Brother John Wise has the oversight 
of this church. We have meeting every two 
weeks The church made up some money for 
the Kansas sufferers. I think if some brother 
would come here snd hold a series of meetings 
there might be some good done. Health is 
good. The weather is cold but no snow. 
Dec. 19th. A. W. S. 

Rock Creek. 

The church at Rock Creek has been much 
encouraged by the preaching of Bro. Harper. 
Would have been glad to have him stay 
longer. One baptiz?d and several more almost 
persuaded. We would he glad to have breth- 
ren come and preach for us. 
Dec. 22nd. J. L. Meters. 

baptism, but we think that it was a feast to the e ongregation in the Geinaan language and Bro. 


As we live in the West where there are 
not so many ministers and we only Lave 
preaching once in every four weeks, we wish 
for some of our ministers East that are not oc- 
cupied there, or wish a field largf r to labor in, 
to emigrate to this country as we need spiritual 
food often to keep us close to God. We have 
an organization of Brethren here and number 
about twenty. Have three deacons but no min- 
ister. The Brethren of the Beatrice church 
fill our calls. Bro. P. Snavely has a farm to 
renf^^o any one that will move West and fill 
that vacant place as a minister. We have a 
good climate, good country and good society. 
Dorchester is twenty- eight miles west of the 
capital of our State, (Lincoln). If any one 
wishes to communicate, address Bro. J. R. 
Cripe, as he is our oldest deacon, and he will 
communicate to any one that desires to fill that 
place. If any minister should be traveling 

THE idiR3i]'xi3:±iE:>T ^T ^a^o:b,jl. 


thij Wiy pl.:!as3 atop off at Dorchester, wliicU 
is on tlic B. & M. R. R. in Nsbrj^sku, aad quite 
a nambar live ia tha viciaiiy not fa^ from 
towa, aai prsdoh for us. ''How shall t'aey call 
on him ia whoai they they have not believed? 
and how shall thsy believe la iiim of whom 
they hav3 nob hwrd? aaJ how siall thjy heHr 
without a preaehar?" Ram. 10: 14. May G-cd 
bleaa us all is our sinsere prayer. 

Geo. W. Myers. 

Ionia . 

Our aged siater Brink worWi is undergoing 
severe suffering from the effeot'3 of CAUcer and 
its treatm-jnt. Hsr recovery is doubtfu]. She 
is filled With Christian eouraje, and endures 
with patience her severe triaU — resigned to the 
Father's will. A. P, Debtee. 

Dec. 24th. 


Prayer-meeting last night — small atten- 
daao6 but a good meeting. Ic doss us good to 
h^ar membarii who have never offered prayer 
in public say a few words of encouragement 
and then kuael and lead in prayer. W«i expect 
our Elder, Bro. Jesse Studiioaker, nrxt-month 
to hold some mjetings. Ha has haa very poor 
health since our Love-fja^-t but is improving. 
Pour inches. of snow fill ia^s nigiit, but not 
very cold. Oar crop.j here ia E'.k county are 
good. Tills is a good place f-.r a poor man to 
g<;t a start in tha world. We are glad to nuve 
brethren move ia. JoHN A.. SlUDABAKEtt. 
Dec. 19th. 

Ceater View. 

Through the mercies of God I am at home 
again. My visit to lliiuoii was enjoyable to 
me because of tne great earnestness and Melilj 
of the members to the interests of the cauroh, 
in that they have not lost their distinctive 
feature of separation from the world. I first 
lunded at Girard, Macoupin county, and was 
conveyed from there to the Clear Creek con- 
gregation. This church ia in Christian Co., 
and is under the Eldership of Bro. B. B. Whit- 
mer, assisted by brother I. Christ. Brethren, 
do not forget to visit this little group of faith- 
ful disciples. You will know them when you 
see tnem — they are not of the world. They 
are like the city which cannot be hid. There 
I met my youngest sister whom 1 had not seen 
for seven years. She is the wife of Bro. Wm. 
Brunk. Their oldest daughter is among the 
young disciples. Had several meetings there. 
Then was conveyed to the Pleasant Hill con 
gregaiion on the ITch, where I found another 
city which shows for itself. This congrega- 
tion is under the Eldership of Bro. J. W. 
Harshberger,. assisted by several faithful work- 
ers. Many thanks for the kindness of all. 
Dec. 25th. A, Hutchison. 


The weather has been steadily cold since 
the middle of Novtmber with several small 
snows. Our country is filling up fast with au 
enterprising class of uitizans, but sorry to say 
but few Bretliren. Our new railroad is biing- 
ing in v. flotd of inimigrauts. The road ii> 
nov» liaidhed to Nevada, and will be pushed 
south as fast as the weather will permit. 
We would say to brethren coming West, call 

and see our country. Land is still chap but 
advancing. Nearly half the raw prairie land 
in the county has changed owners since the 
first of March, and h^s gone into the tiands of 
the. aetu-il settler. We have a church of about 
forty members, and have preaching every Sun- 
day. Bro. J. S. M.)hler from Henry county 
was with us and preached eigbt sermons. We 
have rented a church in Nevada and would say 
should there be a minister or ministers who 
exp.3ct to travel over the M. K. & T. or Lexing- 
ton and Southern road, we ask them to make 
their arringements to stop off at Nevada and 
give us some meetings. Nine or ten members 
live in town so that in a few hours an appoint- 
ment can be circulated. A better plan would 
be to send notic? ahead. My address is Nevada. 

S. Click. 


We arrived here Dec. 8fch, and since that 
time the weather has oeea very warm; quite a 
number of cuildien have been barefooted, but 
this morning the weather has cnauged some. 
It is snowing, but not cold; the snow melts as 
jast as it fails to the ground. Health is good. 
Por the benefit of the Brdh. en generally 1 will 
sai that there are five of us taat c i me to this 
place that are members of the chuich, viz: my 
father, mj'seifand-wife, and Bro. A. B.Kmgs- 
iey and v/ife. i received a letter liom Bro. S. 
Ifouuce of Indiana, stating thit be had just 
oeen here and left the day before we came. 
Would li;ie to have met him here. He gave 
me good encouragement. Ig _miilieii nie-Jeai 
good when the brethren think of us at a throne 
of mercy, v/hich Bro. Younce says ne will do. 
I hope we may hear from many more in the 
Brotherhood. 1 have made no arrangements 
to preach as we have been very busy, but will 
soon. The people are very friendly htre and 
meet us with waim receptions. Brethren, you 
who ate traveling, stop off at Aarkadelphia and 
preach for us. Any one stopping will enquire 
at the hotel or at depot and they can easily 
find us. There are members living south of 
us, that is ill Texas, if they go norch 
would like them to stop -here and 
call on us. May i!;;:- blessing of God rest on 
the general Brotheru ju J that all may be saved, 
is the prayer of your unworthy brother in 
Christ. J. W. Gephaet. 

Dec. mh. 

five years, but I think they have gone back 
into the world. I fear it is the fleece they want 
and not the souls of poor men. If I had a 
chance I would cast my Lt with the Brethren 
and try to spend the rest of my days with 
God's people, not because I have not tried to 
live right, but because I think I am in error 
in regard to God's teachings, and wnen we 
sti ay away from our Pather's house and poo- 
ple, we oughv, like tiie prodigal son, arise and 
go home. I have been giving my paper 
to a man eighty years old; a member of the 
United Brethren Church. He told me that if 
there were any of your Bretnren here he would 
join them and try to make his way to heaven; 
and I would go in with him. I am a poor man 
and have a large famiiy to supyoit, but I can't 
do without a paper. I have taken it almost one 
year, and have read every word in it. You will 
find 60 eta. with this, and in due time you will 
get the dollar. J. B. Noeion. 

Marshall, lU. 


1HAVE been taking your paper the pait 
year, and will say without fliittering you 
that I think it is one of the best papers that I 
ever read. It is full ot the Holy Ghoat relig- 
ion, and not filled up with trash; and as for 
your style of religion, I think it is nothing 
more than Christ has taught. I endorse your 
doctrine; first in your plain form of dress and 
the brotherly love you show to each other. — 
That fills all the law and the prophets. Love 
the Lord thy God with a'l thy soul, mind and 
strength, and thy neighbor as thyself. I be- 
lieve that your brethren do that, as I am ac- 
quainted with Jacob Mitchel wlio lives in Clay 
Co., Ind. I have known liim for many years 
and I always found him a Christian man. It 
was he that sent me your paper. I have been 
a member of the Methodist church for thirty- 


E, the undersigned committee of the Al- 
baugh poor fund, hereby give notice to 
those chuches w'aub hive not already 
been supplied with their poitioa of said fund, 
that we will meet on th-; 26th day of P.-bruary 
nwxt tocoijider and piss ou all applications 
that come in by that time, tbey will most like- 
ly lay over another yeir. B/ a piof church 
we mean ti>ose churches whose members in the 
main are 'oarely able to help themselves, and 
. not well able to help their still ppo_rer rnenibers^ 
In short, this fuui is inteaded by the testator 
tor the benefit of the pjor in poor churches. 
The will limits each chirck to not less than 
twenty-five nor mireihia fifty dollars, ab the 
discretion of tha lu your applica- 
tion give a geaeral stitam-snt of your chinch, 
give as near as you Ciu the number of mem- 
bers, also the church charges, and give the 
name of your church, signed by at least a ma- 
jority of your officials. By order of the church. 
Direct all applications to David Bowman, 
Hagerstown, Ind. 

Jac;ib Rife, ) 

Jacob Yost, | Committee. 

Datid Bowman. ) 

Dec. 1311), 1880. 


E were permitted for the first time to vis- 
it the Huntington Church on the 20ih; 
had fourmeetinge: one for the purpose cf dis- 
coursing on the death of a much respected and 
beloved brother, Henry Myers. May God grant 
his oofflfortiag blessing to tha wido wed sister 
and those children aud frieuds. Brother H. R. 
Binkley is the only miuister in this church. 
He no doubt feels lonely, yet he seems to be 
loved and respected by all, both in and out of 
the church 

We left Brother M. Hokes' ou tha 23rd for 
home. Scarcely had we arrived until we re- 
ceived a summons to attend another funeral, 
—that, of our aged and much beloved sister 
Elizabeth Lsedy. Thus one by one tbey are 
passiig over the river of death and soon il will 
be so bdid of us. May God enable us all to s ^t 
readv. J- W. Souihwood. 



giJiilth m^ Mmptmm. 



All communication 3 for this department ehould be ad- 
dressed to S. T. Bos^erman, Dunkirk, Hardin Co., Ohio. 


IT was with some degree of reluctance that 
we gave our coasent to appear bifore our 
readers as Editor of this department, feeling 
our incompetency to grapp'e with so great 
reformatory movement. But by the urgent 
request of others, and finally, by the consent 
of our own mind, we have set ourself for the 
defense and the advocating of those princi- 
ples relating to the laws of Life and Health, 
which we have long since conceived to he the 
truth We shall not, aud io not entertain the 
idea that our f«llow-c:eaturps have no feeling?, 
and that they do not kuov when and how 
much they feel, bat we want to reason together 
aad investigate those fi-elings asd if founded 
upon principles tiue ai>ii right shall accept 
them, and if wroug shall encourage steps in 
v/uich it may become right. We are not fight- 
ing man, churches nor the people, but we are 
figlitiag sin, warring against wrong principles, 
ami wtierever we see the eerpent showing his 
head we mean to fling at him something thai 
he may be bruised under oui- feet, and that we 
all be planted upon true principles, eucoura- 
giag health, tsmpsraoca, huppiness and a life 
of true holiness. 

The house in which we live is loo good and 
noble a structure to let it crumble when it is 
within our own province to save it. We main- 
tain that "ye are not your own, for ye are 
bought with a price, thff :fore glorify God in 
your body and ia your spirit whiuh are God's," 
denotes sovereign pawer, aud that this sover- 
ei^joty demands holy ssrvije and worshipful 
praise from the body as well as from the spirit. 
Hence we must care for the body and keep it 
in such relations to health that it can act and 
move from n tural impulses iu the service to 
our Master. To infringe, therefore, upon the 
right of the body, impairing health, either from 
ignorance, neglaot or wilful persistence, is vio- 
la'i'ng the law governing our bodies, which 
violation iaeures disastrous results, disqualfy- 
ing us for physical or spiritual labor and gen- 
dering disease resulting in death. This in 
fringemsnt may be in excessiv" e^^ing, drink- 
irig, dressing and laboring. In these we advo- 
caee tempT-mce as well as in "all things'" and 
are impress-d with the certainty that the only 
way by whi;h niaukiad can attain to correct 
notions nf living, and human life proper, in 
health, \ &e., is to apply their powers 
intellectually to the study of health, temper- 
ance and rigat principles of living as a science. 
To this end we shall try to labor and invite a 
hearty co-operation of all our readers in this 
great cause, and if we in a small degree, shall 
accomplish good we shall feel amply repaid 
for the labor bestowed and the efibrt made. 

8. T. B. 

Young man, enter upon the duties of life 
with a will. It is a pleasure to be found biisily 
engaged doing good. 

The distance between the Saloon and Peni- 
tentiary, as demonstrated in our village lately, 
is a big drunk, committing robbery, an arrest, 
trial and sentence. Three of our young men 
received a three year's terin in State Prison. — 
Boys, beware of the first drink. 

Cuke son a felon. — Take common salt, dry 
it in the oven, then pound it fine and mix it 
with turpentine, equal parts. Put it on a rag 
and wrap it round the finger, and as soon as it 
gets dry put on some more, and in twenty-four 
hours the felou will be as dead as a door-nail. 

A philosopher who speaks from experience, 
says: "If you drink wine you will walk in wiu- 
ding ways; if yoa carry too much beer, the 
bier will carry you; if you drink brandy punch- 
es, you will get punched; and if you always get 
the best of whishey, whiskey will always get 
the best of you." 

Few are unfamiliar with the fact that epi- 
demics follow the fhady side of a street, and 
fevers are most prevalent in shade. Diseases 
of nearly every kind prefer the dark side of a 
street rather than the sunny side of the way. 
There ia virtue in sunshine; open your doors 
and windows and let it in. 

A la\v still stands on the statute books of 
Maryland obliging ministers of the Gospel to 
read the names of drunkards aloud from the 
pulpit four times a year. It was passed when 
the population was small and a man could re- 
cite the names of the entire population in 
about three days if he was a fast talker. 

An elderly gentleman, accustomed to indulge, 
entered the traveler's room where sat a grave 
Friend by the fire. Shifting a green pair of 
spectaclas upon his forehead, rubbing his in- 
flamed eyes and calling for brandy and water, 
he complained to the Friend that his eyes were 
getting weaker and weaker, and that even spec- 
tacles didn't seem to do them any good. "I'll 
tell thee, friend," replied the Quaker, "what I 
think. If thou wouldst wear thy spectacles 
over thy mouth for a few months thine eyes 
would get well again." 


tion, and means more than to draw the sword. 
He who swears does the body no harm, but 
ruins the soul. He that indulges in strong 
drink abuses his body, defiles the soul and dis- 
qualifies himself for a life of happiness beyond. 
The happiness and holiness in the light beyond 
depend largely upon our rightful living here 
and necessitates obedience to law both natural 
aud Divine. b. 


D.iringthe recent Arctic expedition of Lieut. 
Schwatka, which made a sledge trip of 3,151 
miles, not a drop of spiritous liquor was used. 

THE cessation of life is looked upon as being 
a solemn event. Death is mostly desig- 
nated as the king of terrors, before whom 
monarchs bow, nations tremble, and from whom 
the people shrink with fear. This silent mon- 
itor levels all distinctions, impressing upon the 
mind a feeling of sorrow and solemnity, But 
while we look upon our dissolution as being 
solemn, life is more solemn and should be met 
more deliberately and determinedly. In the 
commencement of life we enter upon a state of 
immortal existence and a warrant to the great- 
est amount of happiness to be obtained in the 
grand future is to be obtained here. A certain 
quality of eternity awaits us. It is within the 
province of man to choose the quality of that 
eternity. Shall it be one of happiness or its 
reverse? Observing right relations to iti laws 
of life and health, and to Divine law will ena- 
ble us to secure that eternity of happiness. 
"Do thyself no harm," is the voice of Inspira 

SCORES of years have come and gone, cen- 
turies have passed away, generation after 
generation of men have been swept into eter. 
nity; empires and kingdoms have risen, flour- 
ished and crumbled to dust; ages with their 
slow wheels have c>rcled away, yet this mon- 
strous evil runs parallel with them all. Fath- 
ers hopes are still blasted, the mother still 
weeps the downfall of her son, the sister still 
mourns the loss of her once kind brother, the 
wife's heart still bleeds, the feeble, starving 
cries of children are still heard, — yet this ava- 
lanche of human destruction rolls on dovpn the 
mountain of time and human existence, bury- 
iag beneath its ruins the hopes and happiness 
of multitudes of human lives. On and on it 
sweeps with relentless force, torturing hearts, 
desolating homes with scarce an obstruction to 
stay its progress. We all have, and still see its 
disastrous results. Is there a man who has 
mixed much with society, who cannot call to 
mind the time when some shabby, miserable 
wretch, in rags and filih, who shuffles past him 
no vv, was a respected man of busines=i, or follow- 
ing some lucrative employment. Ah, such ca- 
ses are of too frequent occurrence, and too 
often arise from one cause — drunkenness — that 
slow, sure poison that oversteps every other 
consideration; that casts aside wife, children, 
friends, home, happiness and position, and hur- 
ries its victims on to degiedation and death. 

Such are the representations of every-day 
life. When you see a drunkard on the street 
do not make spoit of him however ludicrous it 
may seem, but stop and think. He is going 
home to some tender heart that will throb with 
intense agony; to some mother perhaps, who 
will grieve ever the downfall of her once proud 
boy, or perhaps a loving wife awaits his com- 
ing, whose heart will almost burst at the sight 
of her once manly husband, or some rose-lipped 
child awaits the coming of his papa. 

Do not laugh, but rather drop a tear of sym- 
pathy for the erring one. Do not laugh, but 
renew your vows annd energies for the sup- 
pression of this growing evil. Lst us then, as 
Christians and lovers of truth and right, hurl 
at this monster the missiles of righteousness, 
bruising and mangling more and more his 
disfigured form. Let us use great boldness of 
truth one after another in the path of this 
ungodly avalanche, checking, yes staying for a 
time, and may be forever, the onward progress 
of this destructive besom. w. j. h. 

The professor of religion who neglects the 
house of God and other religious duties, on the 
Lord's day, aud spends it in visiting, in order 
to save his week-day time, may increase his 
worldly goods, but he will most assuredly cheat 
his soul out of eternal life. 








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Laxabk. Ill , Dec. 27, '80. 
LJr. D. Eby, Dear Sir: 
After having examined and used your Bible 
School Echoes in my classes, I tske pleas- 
ure in commanding it as a choice collection of 
standard church music, which will be very use- 
ful in Eocial, prayer meetings, Sunday-schools 
and general public worship. 

The new tunes are above ordinary new tunes 
introduced into Sunday-sfhcol woik at the 
present day. I am phrased with the work, and 
hope you wilfbe successldrmTiuroducihg it to 
general use. 

Tours respectfully, 

Peop. E. D. Leland. 


BRETHREN Editors:— In answer to your 
rtquest as to what 1 think of the above 
book, I will say that I have only partly read 
the work. I am reading it slowly and care- 
fully, but of what I have read, I can truly say 
with one of o' ', "It was a true report I beard; 
but the half wa^ not told me." 

The author ent:. t.s the arena of conflict with 
those modi'rn mate; ; I'stic Goliahs with an 
assurance of success thuD seem; marvelous; but 
after reading his keen, penetrating, fair and 
manly criticisms, we are made to feel that his 
assurance of success did not origin te from a 
spirii of bombast, but from an entire conscious 
ness of having the truth on his side. He at 
once attacks the strong points of bis antago- 
nistis, demolishing one after another in such 
a clear and effectual manner, that bis argu- 
ments cannot be gainsayed nor resisted by any 
fair process of reasoning. After he has brought 
the diagnosis of this Materialistic monster fair- 
ly to light, be brings down the scientific axe 
glistening with Bible truth, and at one blow 
splits him inside open, cinisiug the head of the 
tortoise, the gills of !he fish, the feet of the 
boa, the tail of the monkey to wriggle in th>ir 
death-itrnggle. We are almost led to exclaim 
in ecstaey, "Babylon is fallen, is fallen!" Ma- 
terialistic iofijelity is gone by the board. In- 
fidels, if they will persist in infidelity, must 
change their base. The gates of hell have 
opened wide their ghastly throats and spued a J 

flood of corruption upon the church and the 
sacred volumes, but we are more than ever 
made to feel that they "shall not prevail." 

I am especially pleased with the author's 
views as to the soul, it being a substantial en- 
tity, — the very embodiment cf all the ennobling 
attributes of our being, the outward body being 
but the visible expression of the inward. "There 
is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body." 
ICor. 15:li. Can anything be plainer than 
this? Again says Paul, "We see through a 
glass darkly." The soul looks out through 
this body dimly, on aceoant of the weakness of 
the flesh; but after our souls are purified in 
obeying the truth, we drop this vail of flrsh 
as the bird drops the shell, as it emerges f jrth, 
warbling songs of praise to its Creator. Bat 
how cold, cheerless and uncongenial the doc- 
trine of Miterialism must be, even to Darwin, 
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stick by a cruel Arab driver, ^nd eat the dry 
herbs of the Arabian plains, an i at last die like 
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then develop — the L 3rd kutws into what. Such 
stuff, indeed is cold comforl — in insult to our 
intelligence and betrays an utier weakness to 
camprthend the beautiful works of an all-wise 
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(Contined from page fire ) 
Bashor hsld him to tiie proposition, emphasiz- 
ing, with considBrable force the article the be- 
fore church and the word identical as ustd m 
thw propoeition, showing the people theraby 
whiifcthe elder had to provs so tliey might see 
hoiv far he failed. Brother Bashor fcaiidled the 
cayae with much mo/e scholarship and ability 
than was expected, giving entire satisfaetii'n 
touUthe bretLren so far as we, with effort, 
coald Isarn, and to non-proftssors and others. 
Wt' bespeak for that church future success. 

The congregation was large and attentive 
during the entire debate. On b'riday and Mon- 
daj ttie house was imcozEfortably filled; thf 
largest audience on Monday. Good order, 
ptaee, and quietude prevailed throughout the 
entire discussion. Wm. Purdue couid not re- 
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Ci-urch was chosen presiding moderator. 

After the first day the debate commenced at 
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each dispuiant havirg two Isalf hour speeches; 
thtn ai.ain at 2 o'clock P. M., closing at 4 P. 
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10 o'.'jlock. There were twenty -four solid hours 
of di-"u^sion. 

Dora, Ind , 





HAT will become of our Home ISseion ? 
is the question, often asked. Well it 
depends a little on the contributors. If they 
hold to their wealth and are not willing to 
have tht- gospel spread in th at way, then it 
will go down. The Etangelisfs cannot do this 
work alone. Many of them are in limited cir 
cum stances and mubt work for their support, 
and their familioB at home. There are isolated 
placfs where our brethren have never preached 
the doctrine as we believe, is not known there. 
The calls are coming in for preaching from 
the isolated places and from churches that have 
but few members, and thsy scatteringly located: 
but would like to bmld up the cause of Chriet, 
and have not the wherewith to gat help. Will 
we let them call, and not heed them? When 
our brethren called from Western Kansas for 
aid to supply the hunger of the body, how ready 
the people were to contribute. Now the calls 
are made to satisfy the hungry soul — the spir- 
itual body. Will we not respond and give 
the necessary means? As it is necessary for 
the secretary to report to the Board of Evang- 
elism, we wish that the solicitors would re- 
port to the secretary immediately. As the 
Evangelists are out in the field of labor, aadthe 
calls many, the Boai-d should know how much 
means they have to work with. 

S. W. LiifDOWEE, Sec'y. 

Carey, Wyandot County, Ohio. 

Ta m-eting of the Board of Foreign and 
Dtimestic Missions, in Broohvil'e, Ohio 
on tae 8iii inst., the calls for the word of life 
were considered and provided for by the Board, 
and we expect soon to have the several evan- 
gelists at work. The calls from Arkansas, Min- 
neiota and Canada will be i-uppli^d at the ear- 
liest period possible, and the evangelists select 
ed it is hoped will make arrangements to go 
on fie important mission at once. Wou:d say 
to the solicitors in the Brotherhood to continue 
soliciting funds to aid in the spread of the gos- 

Tcurs in the hope of salvation, 

Dunkirk, Ohio. 


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Funeral services by the Breth- 
C. W. Myees. 

HAVING recently returned from a trip to 
Kansas and Nebraska, I wish to say a 
word in behalf of the brethren and sisters in 
Eastern Kansas and Nebraska concerning the 
destitute of the western part of said States, 
a< i have been asked again and again in the 
kit four mouths, why it was that the eastern 
pjurtof thore Stat?^ do not help to maintain 
the western part of their own States, thiuking 
they were uener to the destitute. Now I wish 
to say to a.b coactrned, that the members and 
others in that part of Kansas and Nebraska 
have been vi ry liberal towards ihe deetitute 
and sufferf-rs of the Maple Grove Colony. 
Quite an amount of provisions was shipped 
tiom Lawrt-'iice, Kansas, and other points. I 
kiiow of OEH brother ttiat bought fifty dollars 
worth of can meal Lud sent it to the suiferrrs; 
at d as hi', like many others, did not rfqaest a 
report, Row-e concluded thev did nothing, 
■svbich is not the case. We give this notice in 
i':stic6 to our brethri^n and friends in Eastern 
K^iusas an \ Nebraska, D.-ar brethnn and d^ 
ttrs. to us that are havingplenty and to spare, 
could we not . o a little more for the sufferers 
that are pleading for a little more help? 

H. Feaniz, 

EOTER— BRANTNER.— By J. H. Moore, at his 
residence in Lanark, 111.. Deo. 21, 1880, Wm. H, 
Royer and Alma C. Brantner, both of Carroll 
Ci., 111. 

ME VER— MET UR — Nov. 23, 1880,at the residence 
o£ the bride's parents, near Lathrop, California, 
by Eld. J. P. Wolfe, Bro. Waldemar Meyer, min- 
ister of the Chaparral church, and sister Alice 
Meyer, of the SanJoaquin church. 

FRICK— BRUMB vUGH.— Deo. 11th, by J. J. 
Hoover, at the residetiee of the bride's parents, 
Nathan Friok and sister Sarah A. Brumbaugh, 
all of Portage Co., Ohio. 

BOSZOE— BITTERM AN.— Dee. 23rd, by the same, 
at the residence of the bride's parents, Leroy 
Boszor, of Noble Co., Ind., and Ida Bitterman, 
of Stark Co , Ohio. 

Blessed are the deed which dleln the Lord.— Bev. 14 : 13. 

Obituary notices should be separate from everything else, written on 
( ne side of the paper, and brief. Do not eulogize the dead, but give 
simply the most important fiicte. Tho following contains all th* 
points generally proper to mention: 1. Name of deceased. 2. Date and 
place of death, 3. Disease or cause of death. 4. When and where 
bom. 5. Age. 6. Name of parenta. 7. Number of family still living. 
8. To whom, when and where married. 9. United with the church 
when and where. 10. Eurial when and where. 11. Funeral service 
when and where, and by whom coodncted . 

McNEER.— In the MiUedg.;ville congregation, 
Carroll Co , Illinois, October 18, 1880, Albert M. 
son of Jonas and Lydia McNeer, aged one month 
and 19 days. Funeral sermon by Eld. Tobias 

MYERS.— Mary Myers, a sister of your church, 
departed this life on the 14th of April, 1880, in 
the 42nd year of her age, with bright hopes of a 
glorious immortality. Buried at Nettle Creek 

church, Indiana, 

KING.— In Lower Cumberland church. Pa., Dec. 
7th, Bister Ellen King, aged 81 years, 10 months 
and 24 days. discourse from Rev.l4;13. 
J. B. Gabtbr. 

MILLER.- In the Logan Creek church, Logan 
Co., Ohio, Dec. 12th, 1880, sister Diana Miller, 
aged 75 years, 6 months and 16 days. Disease 
Typhoid Pneumonia. Mother united with the 
Brethren Church in September, 1842, ana lived a 
consistent member until her death. She bore 
her afflictions with Christian fortitude and re- 
mained conscious until her death. She leaves six' 
children to mourn the loss of a dear mother. The 
funeral services were conducted by brethren J. 
Frantz and M. Swonger, from Numbers 23: 10. 
Abednbgo Millek. 

BALL. — In the Mineral Creek Church, Johnson 
Co., Mo., Dec. 11, 1880, Reuben 0., son of Bro. 
Eli and sister Mary Ball, aged 13 years, 2 months 
and 17 days, He Invited the minister to sing 
and pray with him ; took promises of all to meet 
him in heaven, and exhorted his school-mates 

^ and all prrsent as a father with age and experi- 
ence would his wayward son. Funeral services 
by the Brethren from Rev. 12 : 13. 

Fbbd. Culp. 

YODER. — At the residence of her son-in-law, 
near Harlan, Shelby county, Iowa, Oct. 27, 1880, 
of dropsy, slater Margaret, wife of Bro. Stephen 
Yoder, aged 49 years, 3 months and 22 days. 
She was a daugtiter of John Shoemaker (deceas- 
ed), born in Wayne county Ohio, united with 
the church when young, and moved with her 
husband to Washington Co., Iowa. At the time 
of her death she was visiting •niith her children 
in Shelby county, four of whom were living 
there. She was anointed, and died in the hope 
of eternal life. She leaves a husband and ten 
children to mourn thsir loss, Funeral services 
by brethren W. Wylaud and J. H. Fillmore.from 
Rev. 14:13. R. A, YoDEK. 

(primitive Christian and Preacher please copy,) 

ARMENTROUT.— Nancy, wife of Valentine Ar- 
mentrout, was born April 25th, 180», and died 
Oct. 29, 1880, aged 71 years, mouths and 4 days. 
She was the mother of seven children, all of 
whom are living but one daughter. One of her 
sons belongs to the Brethren Church and the 
others are members of the diflerent churches. 
She united with the church about ten years ago 
and remained faithful until death. She had can- 
cer of the breast from which she suffered four 
years, but bore it all with much patience. She 
called for the Elders of the church and was 
anointed. Funeral services by Bro. John H. 
Sellers, from 2 Cor. 5 : 1-S, to a large concourse of 
people. Geo. W- AKMENTKOtJT. 

KURTZ.— Near Morgantown, Berks Co., Pa., of 
cancer, Nov. 29, 1880, after a long and painful 
sickness of nine months, Sarah, wife of Jacob 
H. Kurtz, aged 65 years, and 17 days. Funeral 
services by John P. Mast in the German and 
Isaac Eby in the English from St.*'' John 11 ; 24, 
25, to a very Urge concourse of people, we believe 
to be long remembered by those who know her. 
She left her prayer here to be put on record and 
by the request of the family I give it as she utter- 
ed it to her Jesus: "O, God, who ssnds sickness 
and grants health, I pray thee, give me a patient 
heart to bear whatsoever crosses thou dost see 
fit to lay upon me. Help me to find the healing 
balm which thv grace pours into the wounds of 
sorrowing breasts. Sanctify to me all the pains 
I feel and all the groans I utter, so t'jat the dis- 
tresses of this mortal life may serve to fit me for 
the glories of my immortal state through Jesus 
Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen." 

John Zook. 

MAUST.— In Fillmore Co., Minn., Dec. 27, 1880, 
Minnie E., daughter of John aaJ Sophia Maust, 
aged 7 years, 8 months. Also a son Dee. 24th, 
aged 4 years. Disease diptheria. Funeral dis- 
course by Bro. Wm. Hipes. S. M. Shuck. 


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Current Topics. 

The psople - of Tipiteasa, (Gfilbsri; Islands) 
under missiojiary teaching, have gathered and 
burned all their weapong. They have also 
abolished the liquor traffic, and passed string- 
ent Sunday laws. 

An order was recently seat to a Boscoa book- 
seller, which, among other things enumerated 
"Six Primitive Christiamty." It was sent back 
witn the response peociled opposite that item 
and not at all in jsst : ^'No Primitive Chiiitians 
in Boston." The same might be said in other 
places. — Zimi's Watchman. 

Some 4,000 of 6,000 of the creditors (i Arch- 
bishop Parcell have held a meeting in Cincin- 
nati, and voted to empjioy additional lawyers, 
in order that the suit against. the church' prop- 
erty may be prosecuted moie vigorously, If 
the suit should be suec'ssfui, one bxiiidred 


the eternal ''Eastern Question" is quiet for a 
wiiile, and neither Greece nor Turkey is hi a 
fighting mood. Kothing in particular is go- 
ing on in Asia Wc-U, the world vras in a state 
of entire peace when Christ made his first ap- 
pearenee, and who knows what is the meaning 
of the present lull. 

A Woman's Dress Association is in working 
ordf r in England, which requires its members 
"to dress u'oderately, neatly, and becomingly" 
— "never to spend more f.jr dress than can be 
conscientiously spared for the purpose," "to 
wear no unhealthy style of dress." — Zi- 
oii's Watchman- Thst is a good move, and 
ia needed in more places than in England. But 
if churches would enforce that plainness 
taught in the Gospel the world would need no 
"Dress Association" in order to advocate and 
practice plainness. 

plan, where the results will be fully as encour- 
aging, and the physical and moral waste be iu- 
finitely le?3? — Ziotis Herald. 

Bernhardt, the French actress, is now in 
this country; and it seems some professing 
Christians have already coveted her pocket- 
book. Hear her: ''Apart from the ordinary 
applications for charity that I receive by mail, 
numbering over fifty almost every day, some of 
them come from as far as San Francisco, mem- 
bers of churches are constantly besieging me 
with their subscription books, askiag money 
for the poor, money for missions, money for 
churches, money for everything. My first an- 
swer to them always is: 'Evidently charity 
does not begin in the pulpit.' " It is a shame 
for men to beg of the theatre for Christian pur- 
poses. No wonder fcere is no life in many of 
the churches 

The New York Central Railroad has exclnd 
ed all flush literature from^ itd trains. This is 
a wise step in the direction of protection to 
our youth. Few people Have an idea of the 
vast amount of obscene reading matter offered 
for sale in pablie places. Many of the publi- 
cations are put inside the line in'order to keep 
within the pale of law, but of whose indecency 
there can bo no question. It is time the evil 
is being checked. 

William A. Wall, now laboring as a mission- 
ary in Mexico, writes to the Christian Worker 
of a remarkable and providential escape from 
highwaymen ia a late journey. He was b;sefc 
by tbree raffittus who leveled their rfv^dvers 
and branisbcd .huge knives when he refused to 
accede to iheir rf quests. He was unharmed ex- 
cept with a caursgous heart und strong iVith in 
God. Lifting up a pr.iyer to God for deliver- 
ance he aoou had the satisfaction of seeing the 
robber.^ riding away ^wthout having harmed 

The world has Sb^dom known a period of 
more profound peace, says the London News, 
than 'hat which now prevails. Not only are 
there no wars, but at present no rumors of war. 
Thi'. Kiug of Pcujsia is old, th? Emperor of 
Anstfisi is engaged in domestic reforms, the 
Cz IV ia resting on his laurels, the King of Italy 

The Japanese Sunday, schools disapprove of 
the fictit^us tales with whic h pur_librar!L 
iou£¥Tcr yoEng pftoale are JoadeST They want ; 
true stories, ornone. A number of American 
and British Sunday-school library books have 
been translated into Japanese. But the youth- 
ful Japs refuse to give heed to those which con- 
tain fabulous narrations. Dry biographies 
and uninteresting "memoirs," which the Amer- 
ican child long ago laid aside as bores, delight 
the Japanese mind because of their real or sup- 
posed historisal accuracy. 

Is it any wonder that religion runs so low 
when ministers belong to worldly societies? 
We clip the following from an exchange: 
'•Last week Hooper Crews, one of the oldest 
members of the Methodist P^ock River Confer- 

-^ «-«jjiff-»jrjr!jtr -a/TTaTA srizi 

AVERY prevalent mistake in many church- 
es is mads in about the following manner: 
They conclude that the old hymns are too 
common, the old preacher too familiar, and 
hence decide to send off for an evangelist from 
a distance, and seieet new hymns and new 
tunes for the occasion. When the strange 
preacher arrives they gather around him and 
show him more tenderness and sympathy in 
one day than they showed to their own minis- 
ters duritg the whole year. He preaches a 
powerful sermon; they sing the new tunes and 
become warm and earnest, because they expect- 
ed to before the meeting began. The preacher 
pours forth his eloquence, and all agree that 
encB died and was buried; bat instead of being k^ jg ^ wonderful preacher. ''Just come over 
borne to the grave by brethren in the church, | ^^^\^^^ ^^^ new preacher; I tell yon, can't he 

a gquad of 'Our Country's Defenders' (God 
save her from them :> a seciet political lodge^ 
of whic'a Crews was Chaplain, were his pall- 
bearers. He was a high Mason." 

Why is it easier to spend money in buying 
the raw material and then aa unlimited amount 
of time in tvork upon it, than to give the value 
ouiright and cheerfully into tha treasury of the 
Lord? We speak somewhat tremenucusly on 
this point. Some of our excellent members 
will think we are laying our hands upon one 
of the curtains of the ark. Oar loyal women 
are devoting woudeifnl energies lo assist in 
meeting carrent expenses, or to pay debts, or to 
i? s;it;bfi-d with what he hm already obtained, | sustaiu missions. Our sympathies and snb- 
and Spain ought to have enough on her hands 1 scriptions are with them; but cannot some of 
without euteriag into foreign broils. E«n ' these bright and pure souls invent some other 

preach, though!" is the common talk. Under 
his stirring appeals forty or fifty are taken into 
the church. Then they say, "See how many 
converts our preacher made!" and we donfc 
doubt bat he did make many of them, judging 
from the short time they keep their religion. 
The preacher, instead of Gcd, gets the praise, 
which spoils the preacher and robs God of all 
the glory. 

We don't want it in that way. The old 
tunes and the old preachers are good, enough. 
What we want is more life in the old tunes and 
more energy ia the old ministers, more prayer- 
ful hearts in the congregatii il,and more lookiLg 
to God for strength, not to the preacher; and 
then when he blesses jou, give Him the glory, 
not the preacher.— S. H. Bashor. 





In a, small volume — "Book of Tales in Prose and 

Poetry,"— (Ivison, Blakeman & ' o., N., T.,) we 
find the following story in verse which has a mor- 
al lesson : 

A famous king would build a churcb, 

A temple vast and grand, 
And that the praise might be his own 

He gave a strict command 
That none should add the smallest gift 

To aid the work he planned. 

And when the mighty dome was done, 

Within the noble frame. 
Upon a tablet, broad and fair, 

In letters all aflame 
With burnished gold, the people read 

The royal builder's name. 

Now when the king, elate with pride, 
That night had sought his bed. 

He dreamed he saw an angel come, 
(A halo round his head), 

Erase the royal name and write 
Another in i!s stead. 

What could it mean? Three times that night 

That wondrous vision came, 
Three times he saw that angel hand 

Erase the royal name. 
And write a woman's in its stead 

In letters all aflime. 

Whose could it be? He gave command 
To all about his throne _ _ 

That on the tablet shone; 
And so it was the courtiers found 

A widow poor and lone. 
The king engaged at what he heard, 

Cried, "Bring the culprit here!" 
And to the woman trembling sore, 

He said "'tis very clear 
■ That you have broken my command, 

Now let the truth appear." 
"Your majesty,'' the widow said, 

"I can't deny the truth, 
Hove the Lord— my Lord and yours, — 

And so, in simple sooth, 
I broke your msj^sty's command, 

I crave your royal ruth. 

"And since I had no money, sire, 

Why I could only pray 
That God would bless your majesty ; 

And when along the way 
The horses drew the stones. 1 gave 

To one a wisp of hay." 

"Ah! now I see," the king exclaimed, 

"Self-gloiy was my aim; 
The woman gave for love of God, 

And not for worldly fame; 
'lis my command the (ablet bear 

The pisus widow's name." 

For the Brethren at Work. 



A CCOEDIHG to a special notice in 
-^ Nov. No. of the Vindicator a 
meeting for conference was appointed 
for the 8 th of December, in the Wolf 

Creek Church, Ohio, to which a gener- 
al invitation was given; and I being 
soliciied and urged to go, I, with many 
brethren from different States, met with 
the brethren at the time and place nam- 
ed. And it is just to say that the meet- 
ing was numerously attended, and it 
is equally just to say that the faith, or- 
der and practice of the general Broth- 
erhood lost nothing by the conference. 
I must however say that the spirit of 
some of the participants in the meeting 
was at first decidedly in favor of ignor- 
ing decisions of A. M., while the spii'it 
to sustain A. M. and to abide by her 
decisions was equally manifest. And 
on these points strong issue was taken. 
When the strong men of the church 
joined issue, at the close of the second 
day's contest, to say the least, the out- 
look seemed gloomy. But after a night 
of prayer and thought, all met as breth- 
ren, and those who held that this meet- 
ing should be tantamount to A. M., 
meekly acquiesced in the more general 
feeling that all grievances should be sub- 
mitted to A. M. directly from this meet, 
ing, and not as from acy church or dis- 
trict. Thus the integrity of A. M. has 

been sustained, and the spirit of oppo- 
sition to her decisions defeatedT^ And 
while this conference has accomplished 
this, it has taught a lesson that A. M. 
and the brethren in general will do 
well to consider. A. M. will have 
caution in disposing of petitions and 
grievances sent her for adjustment, 
while petitions and brethren generally 
will learn not to disregard too hastily 
decisions made by A. M. and do as 
they please. 

According to my judgment, I don't 
think I ever was at a meeting where 
more elders were convened than at this 
one, and it was manifest that the feel- 
ing was very determined that the disre- 
gard to decisions of A. M. shall be sub- 
dued. The church has a mild order in 
ordaining ministers to the eldership. 
Compared with the order of other epis- 
copalian bodies, the Brethren's order is 
less than mild. Yet there are bi-ethren 
called elders who disregard all order, 
and have run over the Brotherhood and 
ordained elders contrary to rule or or- 
der. A question came before this con- 
ference to know whether elders are 
bound to recognize such ordinations; 
passed unanimously not to be recogniz- 
ed. And A. M. will be requested to 
stop such conduct, and to deal with the 
offenders. On this the loyal part of the 

church is a unit; while the hue and cry 
by others that they will be controlled 
by the Scriptures is all bosh. They 
have but little to do with the Script- 
ures. The Scriptures have the order of 
salvation ; but on the order of church 
government they are silent, hence A. 
M. must make the rule of order. A few 
examples for illusti-ation: "Forsake not 
the assembling of yourselves together," 
is Scripture; but the place where, aiid 
the time when to assemble the Script- 
ures decide not and th? church m'dst 
make the order ; and when she has made 
th=j order, we are as much bound to ob 
serve it, as we are to observe the com- 
mand to assemble together. 

Again, lu time of prayer and proph- 
ecy the Scriptures teach that Christian 
women shall have their heads covered, 
but what that covering should be they 
are silent. But as Paul said, "Does not 
even nature teach something? It seems 
nature combined with religion taught 
Christian women generations ago that a 
plain white cap was a proper covering, 
and in the use of it they have been un- 
disturbed for ages, until certain men 
came into the church and the ministry, 
who taught them that they had no 
scriptural authority for the cap, and 
that anything is just as good. Here A. 
M. was asked for counsel in this matter; 
and decided not to make a new order, 
but that the plain white cap, chosen 
and adopted by the mothers in Israel 
ages ago was a proper covering. And 
now we are under the same obligation 
to abide by that decision, as we are to 
the command of the Scriptures. And 
A. M. will be demanded to deal with 
the violators of her rule and order. 

Evil departures have been so gently 
dealt with that the order of the church 
is threatened with open rebellion, and 
forbearance means destruction of holy 
principles. Here is an extract of a let- 
ter recently received : 

"I wish to ask you a question in re- 
gard to ; Elder was here 

and ordained him, with the consent of 
his church, it is true, but now under the 
circumstances must the adjoining church- 
es all recognize the ordination, and if 
not, what excuse ought they to take? 
Hope to hear soon with an advice from 
you." ^^_ 

I have thus far spoken freely, and 
will now address myself to my Miami 
Valley Brethren with much freedom, 
because I know that they have a zeal 
for God, and try to serve him faithfully. 



But as none of you have served him 
lon2;er than I have, nor more sac- 
rifices than I have, i speak not egotism, 
but to let you know that I am your 
equal in the sense of God and I will go 
with you and stand by you in every 
lawful eifort to root sin and disorder 
out of the church, but I will, with the 
same firmness, oppose you in your ex- 
treme views on mere form of policy, 
such aa schools, Sunday schools, and se- 
ries of meehngs. I know you deny 
the term extreme vietvs, but that is evi- 
dence that you are extreme in your pe- 
culiar views; for in reality there is not 
one of you opposed to education, for 
all of you have more or less yourselves. 
But you assume the extreme and un- 
warranted authority to lay down a rule 
how far a brother may educate himself 
or his children. And on this arbitrary 
rule you are not agreed among your- 
selves. Some of you think you have 
not quite education enough, and hence 
have given your sons more of it than 
you have yourselves. 

Now, my dear brethren, let me tell 
you that you are assuming too much, 
and your zeal may justly be termed, 

"zeal without knowrlfedgo." An<l yov. 

may be charged with judging other 
men's matters; and the brethi^n will not 
allow you the exercise of this unwarrant 
ed assumption in prescribing how much 
education their children should have. 

So with Sunday schools; you assume 
to dictate to your brethren how they 
shall observe the apostolic injunction to 
parents to "bring up their children in 
the nurture and admonition of the 
Lord." The apostle gave the command, 
but gave no rule or order how to do it. 
In the law given by Moses the manner 
how is clearly set forth in order. Deut. 
6: 7-9. But none of you observe that 
order. The apostle has defined no or- 
der of proceedings, and every Christian 
IS left free to choose his own rule or or- 
der, and some brethren think the best 
way for them to obey the injunction is 
to unite with their brethren to have 
their and their neighbor's children to 
meet at one place on the idle hours of 
Sunday and teach all the children the 
same gospel principles. Now how dare 
you to set yourselves up in judgment 
with them, when our fathers nearly 1 00 
years ago in A. M. of 1789, but who, 
urged that there should be a more gen- 
eral effort made to bring up our children 
in the nurture and admonition of the 
Lord in which pastors and teachers 

should be engaged ? Are you not afraid 
you are assuming too much ? When I 
was in your Valley I attended one of 
the Brethren's meetings, at which none 
but members knelt in prayer. Were 
there no Brethren's children at that 
meeting? 1 wonder whether a well con- 
ducted Sunday-school would not be in 
order there? 

Even so with your opposition to you 
brethren holding series of meetings; I 
could show your unfairness in your 
quotations in support of your extreme 
views on the subject; but my letter is 
too long already. I will retain a stock 
on hand for free distribution at next A. 
M., if God will and I live. 

Now brethren, I have spoken freely 
of the extreme views held by conserva- 
tives, and if I had not space in this let- 
ter to speak as much, against the ex- 
treme "progressive" views, I will 
nevertheless resist to the extent of my 
limited ability, and bring to justice 
those who outrun all rule and order in 
ordaining brethren, as well as to stop 
excited and disorderly series o f meet 
ings; and to forbid and prohibit all Sun- 
day-school picnics, celebrations, con- 
ventions, — aiatrict or State — all are of 

the world and do not apply to the 
apostolic injunction, "bring up your 
children in the nurture and admonition 
of the Lord." 

stances. We should be kind ,ind for- 
giving to one another, and not get 
offended and indulge in evil speaking 
as soon as our brother or sister makes 
an error, but kindly show them where 
they have made the misstep, and admon- 
ish them to do better in the future. 
Paul says, "Let all bitterness, and 

For the Eretliren at 'Work. 



"Speak not evil one of another, brethren." 
James 4: 11. 

THERE is nothing that will mar the 
peace and union in the church 
sooner than malicious speaking. The 
church cannot prosper unless love and 
union prevail. Because where each 
heart is not filled with that love that 
should characteri e every true Christian, 
the members become adverse and con- 
trary. They begin to speak evil of an- 
other, and this will cause strife and con- 
tention in the church. 

The apostle James was aware of the 
evils connected with evil speaking; 
hence in writing to the twelve tribes of 
Jewish Christians, he warned them 
against it. We are not only warned 
against this evil by the apostle James : 
but Paul speaks of it at different times. 
Each brother and sister should possess 
a spirit of forbearance. We are all fall- 
ible creatures, liable to err in many in- 

wrath and anger, and clamor, and evil- 
speaking be put away from you, with 
all malice: and be ye kind one to anoth- 
er, even as God for Christ's sake hath 
forgiven you." Eph. 4: 31. 

Brethren and sisters, I sometimes 
think that if we were all truly born, not 
of that corruptible, but of that incor- 
ruptible seed, which liveth and abideth 
forever, there would not be quite so 
much strife existing between our breth- 

Paul, in directing Titus concerning 
the things which he should teach, says: 
"Put them in mind to be subject to 
principalities and powers, to obey mag- 
istrates, to be ready to every good work, 
to speak evil of no man, to be no braw- 
lers, but gentle, showing all meekness 
unto all men." Titus 3: 1, 2. Hence, 

by noticing the foregoing quotations, 
we see tnat it rei.|uin_-o jlwvc, ix«;eB.iieiss, 

and forbearance, with which to accom- 
plish the mastery of this great evil. 
Yes, dear brethren, we must forgive, if 
we expect to have our sins forgiven. 
"And when ye stand praying, forgive, 
if ye have aught against any: that your 
trespasses. But \1 ye do not forgive, 
neither will your Father which is in 
heaven forgive your trespasses. Mark 
11: 25, 26. And, dear brethren, if we 
have that feeling of love within our 
hearts that we should have, we will find 
it an easy task to forgive those that of- 
fend us. It is highly necessary that we 
look to the cause of this disease in the 
church, and apply a remedy: "Woe un- 
to the world because of offences 1 for it 
must needs be that offences come; but 
woe to that man by whom the offence 
cometh. Matt. IS: 7. Then since evil 
speakiag is sure to cause offences, it is 
important that this sin be guarded 
against with the greatest of care. Now 
let us see if there is not a remedy for 
the relief of this great distress. Let us 
take love as a basis; live and act upon 
the principles of love, and I think we 
will find it to be a successful remedy. 
"Greater love hath no man than this, 
that he lay down his life for his friends." 
John 15 : 13. Then we should not only 
have sufficient love to prevent evil speak- 



ing, but we should have that love that 
will iaduce ua to lay down our lives for 
our friends. Neither should we only 
love our neighbors, friends, brethren, 
and sisters, but we should love God our 
Heavenly Father, who so loved the 
world that he gave his only begotten 
Son, that whosoever believeth in him 
should not perish, but have everlasting 

Brethren, for once consider the awful 
condition in which we would be, had it 
not been for the amazing love and mer- 
cy God has shown to us poor creatures. 
Then let-us eradicate that selfish incli- 
nation from our hearts, and raise our 
voices with one accord in songs of praise 
to the holy name of God, for his mercy 
and goodness endure+h forever. Let ua 
raise our prayers in behalf of the church, 
and in behalf of each other as members 
of the body of Christ, and ask him to 
fill our hearts with love for each other, 
that we may never be found guilty of 
speaking evil one of another. Yes, dear 
brethren, let us invoke him to give u& 
hearts of love and forbearance, that 
evil words may never be known to es 

cape our lips. May God abundantly 
uicoo o-o, t»iivi giTc itij isireugcn xo resisT 

the devil, and at last enter in through 
the gates into the city, and forever en- 
joy the presence of the angels. 

and in the fulfillment of time God put 
on him the transgressions of us all, 
even us who are born 1800 years after- 
ward. Yea, dear brother, that long 
ago the prophecy was fulfilled for our 
part. "He was wounded for our trans- 
gressions ; he was bruised for our iniqui- 
ties: the chastisement of our peace was 
upon him, and with his stripes we are 
healed." The Lord laid upon him the 
iniquity of us all. Isa. 53 : 56. Dear 
brother, are you familiar with those 
stripes? Do you receive your healing 
from them? There is nothing else that 
can heal you. The truth which he 
spake, and which it seems is what the 
fraternity is continually setting forth as 
a remedy for the want of dying human- 
ity, will never eflrect a divine cure for 
sin and sins. I wish you would note 
this. God's order is this: 1. Blood for 
atonement for our souls. 2. A body as 
sacrifice for our body because of our 
transgressions. 3. Faith in this for our 
\ astificatiou. 4. The truth to make us 
free and to sanctify us. John 17: 7; 1 
Pet. 1: 22. If you would carefully note 
the Apostles' sermons and writings you 
will see they are full of this record: 


BY 0. HOPE. 

M ERE I am at your service to speak 
-'-^ of the blood of J esus. God said , 
"The blood is the life," (Danish: soul.) 
Deut. 12:23. "For the soul (life) of 
the flesh is in the blood, and I have giv- 
en it to you upon the alta.r to make an 
atonement for your souls, for it is the 
blood that maketh atonement for the 
soul." Lev. 17: 11. Butwe know that 
the blood that made atonement for the 
soul was the blood of Christ; hence we 
read: "He has poured out his soul 
(blood) unto death." Isa. 53:12. "By 
his own blood he entered into the holy 
place, once having obtained eternal re- 
demption for us." Heb. 9: 12. 

Compared with the above divine defi- 
nition of Mood, the blood of Christ was 
his life or his soul, humanly speaking; 
hence he gave his life for our lives, his 
soul for our souls, and that was the 
thing whereby he obtained eternal re- 
demption for us. How wonderful is 
God's love! He saw him yet unborn, 

merits; and they never advised sinners 
to use any sanctifying means before 
their faith was firm and possessed their 
whole heart. They did not do it; be- 
cause it is an awkward way which 
would prove fatal to every individual. 
It is like pouring new wine into old 
bottles; let the old bottles be made new, 
else the bottles break and the wine be 

Some of our best men do not under- 
stand this, for they teach that Christ on^ 
ly atoned for original sins, and that we 
by obeying the truth have our individ- 
ual sins pardoned. Yet the Holy Giiost 
testifies plainly that "without shedding 
of blood is no remission," (Heb. 9: 22) 
and that Christ as a sacrifice is an atone- 
ment not only for sin, but for sins, and 
not only for the sins (not sin) of the 
world, but alio for the sins (notsm) of 
his children. 1 John 2:2. It is simply 
impossible for such preachers to guide 
sinners or brethren to the bloody fount- 
ain for sins when they only believe and 
teach that it only cleanseth from origin- 
al sins. They will continually jump 
over the text that ought to be framed 
in gold and hung up in every parlor: 
"If we walk in the light as he is in the 
light we have fellowship with one an- 
other, and the blood of Jesus Christ 

cleanseth us from all (not some) sins." 
1 John 1:7. And if we need the blood 
to cleanse us from all sin while we walk 
in the light, it is evident it causes great 
harm to God's children, to urge thsm 
onward in the light, but not at the same 
time set the blood before them that 
should cleanse them as their sinfulness 

To speak to a dying world continu- 
ally on baptism, feet- washing, Lord's 
Supper, holy kiss, and non- conformity, 
etc,, etc., and not present to them the 
truth or the divine sanctifying means 
before making them partakers of the 
atoning and redeeming means may pro- 
duce church members — may bring hosts 
into the fraternity, but it never will 
produce genuine Christians. They will 
come in and change their confession and 
association, but bring their old heart 
^long, which shows its stubborn tenden- 
cies by flesh pleasing desires and contin- 
ual rebellion. My head aches and my 
heart bleeds when I see so much trouble 
across the ocean ; butfor my pare I think 
the cause originates in the members not 
having been properly taught, but gen- 
_eraliy in .preaching and in periodicals 
have to feed on peculiarities as we hold 
them in segard to the truth spoken by 
Christ, which only should sanctify his 

A.ny observor will easily see a vast 
difference regarding the blood in our 
and the apostolic writings. And if we 
shall ever succeed in keeping our fra- 
ternity together^ — if we shall ever get 
peace in Israel, we think the only way 

is to abstain from arguments and regu- 
lations of which the rebellious tribes 
laugh and in the place pour on them the 
blood of Jesus so long until old Adam 
dies, or the spirit depart from them as 
hopeless carcasses. 

Christ said, ' Verily, verily I say un- 
to you, Except ye drink my blood you 
have no life in you." John 6: 53-56. 
Dear brother, drink daily, drink deep- 
er for the blood is the life given you of 
God for atonement for your soul, to the 
cleansing for your sins. "He that drink- 
eth," said Jesus, "dwelleth in me and I 
in him." John 6: 56. That is, get your 
faith riveted as much to the blood as to 
baptism or whatever else you consider 
necessary to salvation. Study carefully 
the holy oracles and see where God puts 
the blood; then try to do the same, and 
you will speak of the blood, write about 
blood and eventually in heaven sing in 

TI-IE BltETHREl^^ ^_T >VOIlK.. 


an endless eternity about the blood of 
the Lamb, Kev. 5 : 9, and washed your 
robe white in its crimson fountain, Rev. 
7: 14 — as you now do in regard to oth- 
er divine arrangements. 

For the Brethren at Wqi-k 



Once more with thrills of joy, 

The gospel trumpet sounds, 
Aad greets the heralds sent by God 

To bear (he tidings round. 

A veteran of the cross is he, 

A pilgrim old .ind gray; 
But prompted with the vigor ytt 

Of manhood's middle day. 

OnoB mounted on a steed of war, 
He on to cortquest led, [blood, 

Through fields all stained with human 
Astrewed with ghastly dead. 

A mariner on the rolling deep 

He once did f cale tht mast. 
When waves in quick succession rolled. 

Before the tempests' blasts. 

But now a soldier of the cross — 

A herald of the truth, 
He travels through the Brotherhood, 

To warn both aged and youth. 

How wondrous are the ways of God, 

To change the heart of man, 
And sanctify his gifts to honor him, 

With tongue and with pen! 
EAE Brother, I think of ttie gloonry 


nights at sea, when at the helm we 
stood, when the winds blew strong, and 
the billows rolled; but still we stemmed 
the flood. When the light in the bin- 
nacle shone, and presented the compass 
fairly to our eye, the captain knew our 
situation in the expansive deep, and 
gave us the point to steer by. 1 always 
admired a free wind, and all sails ex- 
tended. With studding sails bent on 
we ploughed the waters in the torrid 
' zone. I admired the trade winds, with 
the ships in proper range, when for days 
and nights we moved along with little 
change. Variable winds discourage 
seamen, you know, and with sad faces 
they must ever stand by the braces, and 
change from the starboard to the lar- 
board t ack. 

Who knows the perils and hardships 
of a sailor's life but he that has passed 
through the turmoils and strife, to be 
signalled by the shrill voice of the 
watchman from his midnight slumber, 
to climb the rigging and mount the 
yards, while the ship is driven and toss- 
ed? We balanced on the foot-rope and 
firmly grasped the life- rope, and then 
with our united strength, brought the 
clend- up flapping sail to the yard. And 

now we are both sailing on the gospel 
ship. What a pleasant time we had in 
the last port where we took aboard 
Brother Dietz. After reading the ship's 
articles, and observing the usual cere- 
mony, he shipped for the voyage. Don't 
run the ship too hard; but if required, 
haul up your courses, and c'ose-reef the 
top sails. Keep a good lookout. 

For the Brethren at Work:. 



Dear 3)X'ther C. H. BalshaugTi: 

TOUR "Divine Solution," in No. 47 
of B. AT W. has been read and 
reread, and is excellent — indeed all that 
the strongest advocate of church order 
on the dress question can want. The 
"Regulative vital principle" is the stone 
of stumbling and rock of offence to 
many who loudly proclaim their acqui- 
esence to the essential idea of plainness 
of apparel; but who as loudly affirm 
that the individual rules, and not the 
church, as the deputy of God and the 
conservator of her prerogatives and of 
her way life, and upon the plea that the 
individual rules, such oppose the power 
ot God in the church, and take the 

principle into that of arbitrary conceit. 
In this way quotation after quotation 
could be made from your article afilrm- 
ing in the most unequivocal manner all 
the provisional arrangements of the 
church for the full and free exercise of 
liberty in law, in personal attire, and 
for the protection and preservation of 
this liberty by corporate authority. I 
would love to suggest that you prepare 
for "tract form" the outline 'of youi- 
"Divine "Solution," and have it largely 
circulated among the churches. This is 
no time for the friends of truth — for the 
watchman— to "fold their faith- clad 
arms in lazy lock" when the very pillars 
of God's temple — the church — are bold- 
ly assailed, through the press, by such 
who are lovers of pleasure more than 

lovers of God," who having a form of 
godliness deny its power; i. e., its appro- 
priate expression. The old landmarks 
of the church seems to excite the oppo- 
sition of the modern so called progress- 
ives, whose spirits will not be satisfied 
until the vital doctrine of the cross is 
eliminated and the church so popular- 
ized that the truthful expressions of the 
God-life (which has ever been and mus' 
be her prominent trait) has been scowl- 
I ed out by existence.' The bold-unblush- 

ing attacks made upon the outgrowths 
of regeneration present the measure of 
their hate. Well may those who "love 
thy church O God," take the alarm from 
the Atlantic to the Pacific and seek by 
mutual, and by called councils, how 
best to preserve her purity and conserve 
her interests. Take from the church her 
purity and consume her interests; i.e., 
the regulative vital principle, and her 
cross — which insures her the crown — 
will go, too. The church endowed with 
"this regulative vital principle," like 
the careful gardener who provides fast- 
enings for the tendrils of the young, 
tender growing vine invests each indi- 
vidual member with the functions of 
nursing fathers and mothers to lead the 
newly begotten in the development of 
their new life into the paths of the an- 
cient-sainted habits and forms of life in 
which careful culture is not all that is 
needed ; but as careful pruning will this 
vital principle impel as careful cult- 

If the stones prepared in the wilder- 
ness for Solomon's temple had sensibil- 
ities the sound of the workman's ham- 
mer would not have been all of the 
noise in that wilderness, when the chisel 
and hammer broke loose the surplus 
pai-ts. Take then this regulative vital 
principle as the workman with mallet 
and chisel, and it were strange indeed 
if under the application of its energies, 
quiet reigned in Israel. The coming 
noi^-ular ci.-v of "oM ordeo'tsm, old order- 
IsTn" deceives no one. uenf, casi asiae 
this "regulative vital principle," and 
that will stop the cry. But to consent 
that this "regulative vital principle 
shall remain a fact in the church is to 
consent that flesh-pleasing-laodicean so- 
cial and religious relations and condi- 
tions must suffer excision and so pain- 
ful is this to some that the plea is set 
forth that excommunication of individ- 
uals from church fellowship is anti- gos- 
pel, and hence the further plea: Thatm 
all matters except those of "Thus saith 
the Lord," the individual rules against 
all advisory councils. This regulative 
vital principle develops legions of reb- 
els, who like the discordant notes made 
by' unskilled musicians call their rasp- 
ing music old order, (the phrase is the 
simple dialect of, and loved by such 
that you recognize as the conservators 
of this regulatve vital principle) means 
the dethronement of sin, and the abne- 
gation of self, as the free exercise of the 
law of liberty. The liberties then of 
human volition afford the index as to 
the fact aad character of their life. "It 
is time for the Lord to work, for they 
have made void thy law;" and while 
the Lord works let all his people work. 
Let the dear brethren everywhere rise 
up and rescue the church from the pow- 
I er of the destroyer and restore her 
! strength "fair as the sun, clear as the 
, moon, and terrible as any army with 
) banners." 






THERE are but few subjects in theology, if 
. any, upon which different theories are ob- 
tained with more firmness, than the above sub- 
ject; each sustaining his view with a seeming 
clearness. In conflicting theories, at least one 
must be false. Error is lurking somewhere 
relative to the above subject. "ReoDember the 
Sabbath day to keep it holy," as given upon 
Sinai, is either required of ua or it is not; there 
are no neutral grounds. We propose in the 
following series to canvass the field; to call up 
all matter pertaining to the subject, aud look 
at it in the light of David's lamp. 

The firat time Gtod gave the Sabbath to his 
people was at Siani, as quoted above. He says, 
"Remember tJie Sabbath day," stirring up in 
them the knowledge they doubtless had of that 
day at the creation. After reminding them of 
the day, he then tells them "to keep it holy." 
We call up the prophet Jehemiah, to witness 
the ab>ve, "Thou cometh down also upon 
Mount Siani, and spakest with them from heav- 
en, and gavest them right judgment and true 
laws, good statues, and commandments, and 
madest known to them thy holy Sabbath." 
Neh. 9: 13, 14.. Here the prophet plainly states 
the time and place that God gave to his people 
the observance of the Sabbath. It was at Si- 
nai at the time of the giving of the law. 

The observance of the Sabbath above alluded 
to, stands connected with the ten command- 
ments, which God wrote upon two tables of 
=t°;io- Dtavejjhem to MQsaa_amLM^>°^»^ JnHTr.M i_ 
ed them to the people. 

These tables were evidently designed for the 
people, to whom they were given, viz: Israel. 
All law in the Mosaical dispensation originat- 
ed with God, and was given through Moses to 
the people, and hence was termed the law of 
Moses. All law ia the Christian dispensation 
likewise originated with God, and was given 
by Christ to the people, and in him is desig- 
nated "the law of Christ." Paul bids the Gal- 
lations to "bear one another's burdens and so 
fulfill the law of Christ." 

Moses early alludes to Christ in the follow- 
ing words: "The Lord thy God will raise up unto 
thee a prophet from among thy brethren like 
unto me,unto him shall ye hearken. I will put 
my words into his mouth ; and he shall speak un- 
to them all the words that I command him." 
Deut. 18:16, 18. That the Savior filled the 
above prophetic mission, is seen in his prayer 
to his Father. "I have given unto them the 
words which thou gavest me, and they have re- 
ceived them." St. John 17: 18. 

Christ further states thai "he did not come 
to do his own will, but the will of him that 
sent him." In that dreadful night of his suffer- 
ing in the garden, he raised the exclamation! 
"not my will, but thine be done." At Christ's 
transfiguration it was said: "hear ye him." 

In Moses' time, God required the people to 
hear Moses, to obey his law; so now in Christ's 
time, God requires the people to hear Christ, 
to obey Christ's law. Christ says, "whosoever 
heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, 
I will liken him unto a wise man." Matt. 7:24, 

Now the ten commaudmeuts do not occur in 

the New Testament; they occur twice in the 
Old, Exodus twentieth chapter; second in Deut. 
fifth chapter. Neither Christ nor his apostles 
ever recites them. Those who hold them as a 
law of faith and practice, turn to a point in the 
sacred Volume to get them, that was extant 
long before Christ's advent into the world; 
hence in this they do not make Christ "the 
auttior of their faith," neither are they hearing 
Christ which we in the gospel are required to 

When Christ came into the world he came 
with a doctrine materially differing from any 
doctrine that had preceded it; lest he should be 
apprehended, he told them that "he did not 
come to destroy the law and the prophets, but 
to fulfill." Upon the same point Paul inquires, 
"Do we make void the law"? God forbid! Yea 
we establish the law. We inquire, how is the 
law fulfilled or established? By meeting, fit- 
ting and fulfilling the grand things typified in 
the law. Since Christ came into the world, all 
shadows have merged into the real substance; 
types have given place to antitypes, and like a 
"fuller's soap," Christ has rendered everything 
complete; hence the law, by being fulfilled has 
been established, and the prophets being defi- 
nitely fulfilled up to our day, we remark that 
they are established; but important prophecies 
remain yet to be fulfilled. In Rev. 22: 14, we 
are assured that "blessed are they that do his 
commandments, that they may have a right to 
the tree of life, and may enter through the 
gates into the city." The above text with its 
numerous parables is claimed by Sabbatarians 
to refer to the commandments. We remark 
that salvation is promised in the above, and 

shall be justified in his sight," Rom. 3: 20; but 
the Savior says, "my words are spirit and they 
are life," John 6: 53; hence the commandments 
alluded to above, are God's commandments giv- 
en through Christ. Again, James says, "who- 
so looketh into the perfect law of liberty, he be- 
ing not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the 
work; this man shall be blessed in his deeds." 
Its parallel is 3: 12, " so speak ye and so do as 
they that shall be judged by the law of liber- 
ty." Here again reference is claimed to the 
ten commandments; but it should be remem- 
bered that the law alluded to above is to judge 
us; this the ten commandments will not do; for 
Christ says, "the words which I have spoken 
will judge you in the great day." John 12: 48, 
It is again manifest that the law referred to in 
the above is not the law of ten commandments, 
but the law of Christ— the gospel. Paul in 
quoting Jeremiah relative to the new covenant 
says, "I will put my laws into their minds, and 
write them in their hearts." Heb. 8: 10. 

Sabbatarians tell us as the meaning of the 
above text, "that the law that.God wrote upon 
the two tables of stone oa Sinai, he nov/ writes 
upon the fleshly tables of the hearts of believ- 
ers." But brother Paul beautifully corrects 
the above error in 2 Cor. 3: 2, 3. "'Ye are our 
epistle Written in our hearts; for as much as 
ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of 
Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink, 
but with the Spirit of the living God, not in 
tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the 
heart;' ' hence that which is written on the 
hearts of believers is the epistle of Christ — the 
gospel and not the ten commandments. 


Baptism into the natne of each person of the 

Holy Trinity. 

"Produce your cause, saith the Lord ; bring forth 
your strong reasons, saith the king of Jacob." Xsa. 


SOME attempt to criticise by asking which of 
the three, dips introduces one into the 
church or into remissions. While this is virtu- 
ally answered in the preceding chapter, we re- 
ply: If such persons will inform us which of 
the surroundings of Jerico caused its walls t« ■ 
fall? or by obedience to which of the seven dips 
in Jordan Naaman's leprosy was cleansed? 
they will be in possession of the mystery by 
which to solve the difficulty proposed in the 
query. But some attempt to suppose 
the ease thus: "Suppose after one has 
been dipped once or twice he should get 
strangled to death, or something else should 
occur to prevent him from getting the third 
dip what would become of him? While such 
caviling evinces the absence of argument we 
reply, suppose after Naaman had dipped him- 
self about four times in the Jordan somebody 
had laid hold of him and dragged him out? 
Suppose after the priests had gone around Jer- 
ico about five days, blowing their horns, the 
horns had all bursted? What then do you sup- 
pose would become of Naaman and Jerico? 


Some criticise our position thus: "After you 
take one two-thirds in the water, you only dip 
a third of him, and if it takes three dips to make 
baptism, he is only one-third baptized." While 
this is so puerile that it scarcely deserves atten- 
tion, it is nevertheless urged against us and I 
hope the reader will therefore excuse me for 
noticing it. According to this when a single 
immersionists takes a man one half in water, 
he only dips one half of him, and if it takes one 
dip to make baptism he is only one half bap- 
tized. How much more baptism is that than 
one third dipped thrice? But some complain 
that we immerse the larger part of the body only 
once, the head and shoulder three times. 
"R. H. S." says, "In the whole transaction (of 
trine immersion) the whole body has been in 
the water but once, the head and shoulders on- 
ly being under the water three times." Amer- * 
ican Christian Review, vol. 21, p. 218. When 
"the head and shoulders' ' are put under, is not 
\the whole body" also under? If this quibble 
means any thing it is this; i.e., the head and 
shoulders get more baptism than the body. I 
answer, they do not. The body remaining in 
the water, in conjunction with which the head 
is thrice brought, certainly gets as much bap- 
tizing as the head and shoulders. 

The S. S. Times suggests that the meeting 
of Jacob aud Pharoh was the meeting of the 
two Crowned heads. "The hoary head is a 
crown of glory, if it be found in the way of 
righteousness;" and the patriarch Jacob had 
his crown. Pharaoh had a crown of empire. 
The blessing of the man of God was a grander 
gift than the mere earthly king could give. 
Whosoever is found in the way of righteousness 
may have the crown of glory, and be a king 
and priest unto God, in Christ. 




We call special atteatioa to the remedy for 
diphtheria (oucd on this page. It was sent us 
by A. W". Bowman, of the Lebanon Church, 
Va. The remedy is certainly very simple. 

The secret of keeping butter lies in working 
the buttermilk well out. When good butter 
becomes rancid from keeping, it is safe to af- 
firm that the buttermilk was not all workod 
oat at the time of packing down. It is not 
necessary to oversalt butter in order to keep it 
sweet. Well made butter, firmly packed in 
stone jars covtred with a piece of mualin on 
which salt is sprinkled, and the jsr then made 
airtight, will be just as sweet at the endol six 
months as at the time of making. 

Chmtian Herald. 


Utj^A.ITHFUL until deaih" would be an ap- 
A} propriate epitaph for a dog who was 
killed recently by a train. The engineer saw 
him bark furiously right on the line of rails as 
the fast train approached a village, and he blew 
his whistle to frighten him off. But the dog 
only crouched down and barked more loudly. 
The engineer was not disposed to stop for a 
dog, and passed on, the engine killing him on 
the spot. But a piece of white muslin was ob- 
served clinging to the wheel, and then, the 
train was stopped. On returning to the spot 
where the dog had crouched, it was found that 
a child had been lying there who had been 
killed with the dog. It is supposed that the 
faithful creature was unable to drag the child 
out of danger, and had preferred to die rather 
than desert his post. Such fidelity is very 
touching and beautiful, and teaches a lesson to 
Christians. If a dog is capable of attachment 
stronger than love of life, what should be our 
fidelity to the Savior who died for us? Yet 
slighter things than fear of death often make 
us unfaithful to him. Worldly pleasures, or 
the prospect of worldly gain, are frequently 
sufiicient to produce that deplorable result. 


My mother dear, my mother dear, 
My gentle, gentle mother. 

ITH0TJG3T I was singing my boy to sleep 
with the little ballad of which the above 
is the chorus; but the blue eyes opened, and a 
quiet voice said^ "Mamma, you ain't always 
gentle." In self-justification I replied, " But, 
you knew darling, mamma has to scold you 
when you're naughty." "Yes'm." The argu- 
ment dropped; so did the little head upon my 
bosom. I did not finish the song, nor have I 
sung it since. Tenderly tucking in the little 
truth-teller, I reproached myself for deserving 
his remark, greatly questioned the truth of my 
answer. Do mothers ever Jiave to scold? Has 
scolding any legitimate place in the family 
government? How is the word defined? "Rail- 
ing with clamor; uttering rebuke in rude and 
boisterous language." Is this a helpful adjunct 
to parental authority? Why do Christian pa- 

rents sometsmes scold? For two reasons, as it 
seams to us. First, the lack of self-control; 
second, from habit. Children are often terribly 
trying, and loud and angry tones seem a safety- 
valve for our stirred tempers. Besides, we feel 
that gentleness alone can never safely steer the 
family bark over life's troublous sea. Force, 
firmness, decision, sternness, even severity, are 
often necessary. A suitable degree of these is 
not incompatible with gentlenes.*. It ia not a 
synonym for weakness. The gentleness that 
makes one great comes from subdued strength, 

For tke Brethren at Work. 


bt: kbbecca snavelt. 

WHAT a difference there is in the gaining 
of worldly and religions knowledge and 
wealth! When people undertake any worldly 
pursuit, they are not easily baffled; when dis- 
couragments arise they press on the more, and 
make stronger efforts; when downfalls occur, 
they will try the harder to arise by doubling 
and trebling their diligence; and if there is any 
gain to be had they will have it. In worldly 
matters discouragment is soon passed over and 
forgotten, because wealth is generaly the thing 
sought for, therefore they can stand many hard 
and shocking storms, and yet have the courage 
to "try, try again." Many will leave the dear 
parental roof, and bid adieu to all that is near 
and dear to them, which, in one sense, is almost 
beyond endurance, yet they will undergo any 
trial or hardship or discouragment to feefe 
wealth — worldly wealth; and as a result of this 
great energy and diligence many become im- 
mensly rioB." We do not cljndenm a go-a,aead 
principle, but commend it, and admire it; and 
would to God we all possessed more of it; but 
in a religious sense, were we so energetic in 
our service to God, there would be fewer down- 
falls; were we only so diligent in gaining 
knowledge and wealth in our divine pusuits, 
how vastly more our spiritual life would devel- 
op! what progress in Christianity! what wonder- 
ful attainmends we would reach! But alas! 
sometimes we are so easily baffled in religious 
work so easy to give ud so ready to yield to 
discouragments, and view small obstructions as 
being very large, too large for me to endure; 
and our trials are so grievous and hard ; thus 
often our progress in our religions life is very 
slow. We often view this difference, and 
wonder why it is so. Really it is astonishing, 
when we turn and look at our glorious Leader; 
he did not become discouraged; although he 
was abused in many ways. When he was per 
secuted in one place he did not yield to dis- 
couragment, but cheerfuly went to another. 
When he was accused of being Beelzebub he 
did not stop, but went on doing good. When 
he was mr eked and spit upon, he did not be- 
come enraged, but he patiently endured it all, 
and not that it was any gain to him, but for 
our sake he underwent so many trials, and suf- 
fered such terrible agony. From our divine 
Loider we have every encouragment to press 
on ; every example he left us proves this. While 
viewing thii picture we remember this verse, 

"By the thorn road, and none other, 
Is the mount of vision won; 

Tread it without shrinking, brother; 
Jesus trod it — press thou on." 


The years, all passing; one by one 
I count them sadly as thev go— 

"What treasures have I ever won. 
What work have I to show? 

All lofty possibilities, 

To my first dazzled sight were given; 
This world to me had been through these, 

Its own ideal heaven. 

And now, with longing and regret. 

Tar off I see the prize unwon, 
Andif I could, can not forget 

All that I should have done. 

And must my life henceforward be 
One vain lament for wasted years ? 

Is there no futiu'e left for me, 
But one of dreams and tears? 

I know not: I have seen the night 
Told all the vale in shadows gray 

Above the eastern hills were bright 
With signal liills of days. 

— Selected. 


MR. Thomas E, Mittag, formerly one of the 
editors of the Hagerstown "Herald and 
Torch-Light." recently handed the follwing 
remedy for Diphtheria, to the editor of the 
Hagerstown "Mail." for publication, extracted 
from Belfast, Ireland, paper, and which Mr. 
Mittag has tried with entire success in his own 
family. Our subscribers should apply the rem- 
edy when the occasion reqlres it : — 

Should you^r any of your family be attacked 
with diphtheria, do not be alarmed, as it is 
easily and speedily cured. When it was rag- 

ine in Ensland a few years ago, I accompanied 
Dr. Field on his round to witness the so called 

"wonderful cures" he preformed while the pa- 
tients of others were dropping on both sides. 
The remedy is so rapid that it must be simple. 
All he took with him was a powder of sulphur 
and quill, and with these he cured every pa- 
tient without exception. 

He put a teaspoonful of brim- stone in a wine 
glass of water,aud stirred with his finger instead 
of a spoon, as the sulphur does not readily 
amalgamate with water. When the sulphnr 
was well mixed he gave it as a gargle, and in 
ten minutes the patient was out of danger 
Brimstone kills every species of fungus in a 
Jian, beast and plant in a few minutes. In- 
stead of spitting out the gargle,he recommended 
the swallowing of it. 

In extreme cases, in which he had been call- 
ed just in the nick of time, when the fungus 
was too nearly closed to allow the gargling, 
he blew the sulphur through a quill into the 
throat, and after the fungus had shrunk, to al- 
low of it, then the gargling. He never lost a 
patient from diphtheria. If a patient cannot 
gargle, take a live coal, put it on a shovel, and 
sprinkle a spoonful or two of flour of brimstone 
upon it, let the sufferer inhale, by holding his 
head over it. 

Towards the close of a ball in Paris, the oth- 
er night, a young lady who was passionately 
fond of dancing, was asked by her mother to 
prepare for the cariiage. "Only this last 
waltz,'' entreated the young girl, and she glid- 
ed away with her partner. Suddenly he cried 
out in horror. The young girl had died while 
in his arms, and he was waltzing with a corpsSp 



ethreo at Work. 


JANUARY 11, 1881. 


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IN this age of free thouglifc where dungeons, 
racks, and inquisitorial fires are unknown, 
there is a grand flourish of trumpets, brsasy 
though they be, calling attention to whatever 
conscience or caprice may dictate. May not 
this kind of freedom, if freedom-it be, lead to 
intolerance and persecution? Indians are free. 
Unrestrained they roam the forests, pursue the 

bea sts thereof, and if perchance the_ white_ man 
insuItfTB^m,Tms freFlavage 'Cuts down the 

pale face, and glories in his murderous venge- 
ance. Is that freedom? Call you that free- 
dom which destroys the life of any man? 
Wherein are those free Indians better than the 
untutored slave who groans under the lash, 
and with bleeding heart and body moves at the 
bidding of his cruel master? What is the dif- 
ference between being a slave to another and a 
slave to one's own selfish feelings? 

Paganism demands the sacrifice of the body 
to a system which,with its multifarious systems, 
is weak in all of its parts, and the parts being 
weak, the whole is devoid of the strength 
necessary to complete freedom, Protestan- 
ism lacks in the recognition of the requirements 
of God from man in the work of salvation. It 
places undue stress upon the part which God 
performs, thus infusing into the heads of the 
people a sort of indifference as to their part of 
the work. Uf this we shall have more to say 
when treating on the work of man. 

Eeligious freedom takes into consideration 
the rights and feelings of each individual. 
While individualism is preserved, Congrega- 
tionalism and the Brotherhood each demand 
their rights. One of these cannot absorb the 
other two, nor can two of them eat up the 
third. A happy combination of all three pro- 
duces the religious freedom which is as high as 
the heavens and as broad as the universe. In- 
dividualism alone will not produce religious 
freedom; for it subverts all bonds of union, and 
gives latitude to the flesh to ancli au extent 

that corruption finally eata up the very life of 
the individual. Congregationalism alone can 
not fill the demands of every gospel require- 
ment. Episcopalianism alone strikes at the very 
foundation of religious freedom, and carries 
away the individual rights to such an extent 
as to make mere slaves of those who most need 
the training and liberty vouchsafed by the Son 
of God. 

Protestantism mads a fatal mistake in fleeing 
from the all- works of Romanism, to embrace 
the faith- alone theory. A combination of faith 
and works brings peace and union with God 
through Jesus Christ, and ultimately will bring 
eternal salvation to the faithful believer. So 
we believe in regard to divine government in 
the church. A union of individual, congrega- 
tional, and Brotherhood rights will produce the 
grandest and most glorious freedom ever re 
vealed to mankind. That all those who are 
born of the water and of the Spirit constitute 
the "one body," is indisputable. This ''one 
body" ihen has rights as a iody, which each 
member is required to respect. The congrega- 
tion of which he is a member has rights that 
should be respected, and the member has rights 
which neither the congregation nor the Broth- 
erhood dare trample upon with impunity. 

The gospel reqitires faith and works on the 
part of every rational mind that comes to 
Christ. Works alone brings no peace to the 
troubled soul. Faith alone leaves the soul bar- 
ren of joy and peace with God ; bat a union of 
these produces a rest which is eternal in its du 
ration. So with government in the church. 
Religious freedom is best preserved by giving 
due respect to the rights of individuals, the 
rights of the several congregations and the 
rights of the Brotherhood. We are command- 
ed to "Love the Brotherhood"—! Pet. 2: 17— 
and if we are required to love the Brotherhood, 
there certainly must be a Brotherhood, and if 
there be s, Brotherhood there certainly is an 
organization, for we cannot conceive a body 
without a union of parts. We dismiss the sub- 
ject until next week. m. it. e. 


TO keep possession of a fort is often more 
diificult than to capture it in the first 
place. An enthusiastic army, bent on victory, 
marches into an enemy's country Each man 
is trained for his work; the best of discipline 
prevails, and every effort is put forth to over- 
come the enemy. The enemy is conquered, the 
fort taken, and the victorious army feels at ease. 
Special training is neglected, the watchmen 
become careless, the men seek idleness and ease; 
having no open enemy to oppose they quarrel 
among themselves. The enemy is working 
secretly, their strength is increasing; those 
holding the fort are growing weaker for the 
want of proper exercise, and soon they fall an 
easy prey to the enemy; they cannot hold the 

Thus it is with many of the churches. In 
an early day members moved to the Wjest and J 

laid the groundwork for planting churches. 
They were soon organized and put to work. 
They had a hard battle before them — the oppo- 
sition was strong, but they were enthusiastic 
and determined to conquer. Opposition united 
them, and activity gave them strength and 
ability to overcome. Their efibrta were crown- 
ed with success; large churches were built up, 
and they virtually conquered. The churches 
began to feel that they held the fort, and that 
no other body of people would dare attempt 
to overpower them. In fact they conclude that 
they hold the fort in their part of the country, 
hence there was no danger. They b-giu to 
take things easy, their preachers become care- 
less and neglect the proper discipline — fail 
to keep a careful watch over either their 
churches or secret enemies. Prosperity renders 
the members proud and worldly — they quar- 
rel among themselves, are flnally divided into 
factions; lose their influence in the neighbor- 
hood, their strength declines and soon it is 
manifest that they can no longer hold the forfc. 
"Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth 
take heed lest he fall." 1 Cor. 10 : 12. J. h- m. 

DuEiij'G these long winter evenings is an ex- 
cellent time to practice singing. If convenient 
there should be a singing-school in every 
neighborhood, and especially should the mem- 
bers and tbcir children attend if the exercises 
are properly conducted. If -they cannot at- 
tend where a regular singing class is taught 
let them practice at home. One hour each 
_eveDing__ devoted to singing will be found a 
very profitable way of spending the evenings, 
saying nothing about the improvement it will 
add to the singing in the congregation. 

Bt referring to our correspondence this week, 
it will be seen that the Brethren in Southern 
Illinois are pushing their Orphan Home enter- 
prise. Had we time we would be pleased to 
attend their meeting at Hudson the 26th of 
Feb., next. We wish the Brethren God speed 
in their philanthropic undertaking, knowing 
that it is far better to be engaged in a work of 
that kind than to be spending the time disput- 
ing over unimportant questions. 

An exchange mentions that a child in Kew 
Philadelphia, Ohio, died a few days since, who 
had become completely petrified from its feet to 
the lower part of its body, its flesh being as hard 
as stone. The dei?ire on the part of doctors 
to get possession of the body is so great that 
it has been placed in a vault, which is constant- 
ly guarded. 

Persons who fall into unbecoming habits 
in order to drown trouble should remember 
that Christ ssys, ''My grace is sufficient for 
thee." 2 Cor. 12: 9. Put your trust ia God and 
there will be no need of destroying life and 
he alth to get rid of trouble. 

We earnestly solicit all those 
I who have not already done so 
to rc--iiew theii- subscriptions at once, as this 
will be the last number sent to those who do 
not renew. 



Editorial Items. 

Beo. Daniel M. Milier expects to visit Story 
Co., Iowa, this week. 

The Bretbren at Arnold's Grove 
ries of meelinss Ia*-t we?k. 


Last week Brethren J. J. Emmerfc and Geo. 

D. Zollars held a series of meetings near Sa- 

vMna, 111. 

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Brother G. W. Fesler, of Anderson, Ind., 

would like to know if there are any members 

in the Southern part of Colorado. 

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We should not deny to others the liberties 
we claim for ourselves. We are at liberty to 

do as v;e please provided we please to do right. 
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When" you meet in a social capacity do not 
talk about ice faults of othf rs to their hurt; 
better spend the time in talking about some- 
thing good. 

An inquiry from Brother D. L. Miller, Treas- 
urer 01 A Cassel Library elicted the following 
"Life members neei. not deposit money for 
books taken out." 

cladfs his wife or not, but we hops it does for 
she is about as good a worker in the mission 
field as he is. You will not find her idling iier 
time aw.iy on fine lace work and reading 
novels. She makes it her business to in- 
str..ct the woaion in every way she can, and 
often helps thorn along in their work. In this 
way she gains influence, besides setting a good 
example and being useful. 

We must again remind our contributors that 
when writing for the press to be sure and quote 
Scripture correctly. It is astonishing bow 
much iiJCorr('.ct quoting of Scripture is fcoind 
in some of the articles we publish. Please do 
not trust to memory, but copy from the book 
as Tt stands recorded by the Holy Spirit. 

country, shows the power of kindness, and dem- 
onstrates that even the savage may be subdued 
and tamed witbout the use of arms. May Prov- 
idence hasten the time when "nations shall 
learn war no more." 

Neter before in the history cf the B. at W. 
have we received so many wordi of good cheer 
and encouragement. The canvass has been 
very satisfactory. 

The proprietors of the Primitive Christian 
have now put the price of their paper ar,d 
"Problem of Human Life the same as the 
Brethren at Work. 

Brother Alien Ives and his family, of Kan- 
sas, are now living la the Washington Terri- 
tory. He has the oversight of a small church 

there, composed of about eighteen members. 
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Brother Martin Meyer and Daniel M. .Mil- 
ler returned from Fulton Co., Illinois the 30th 
of December. They report good meeting.^, 
large coiigregations and much interest, but no 
additions to the church while they were there. 

The Lanark Sunday-school was reorganized 
January 2nd, and the following ofBeers selest- 
ed: Superintendent, S. J. Harrison; Assistant, 
D. F. Ebv; Chorister, Harvey Meyers; Secreta- 
ry and Treasurer, Etta Harrison; Librarians, 
David Arnold and Msiv Horner. All the o£B. 
cera are members, and it is hoped that the 
scbool will prosper under their skillful man- 



We learn that elder R. H. Miller is not in 
Ashland much of his time. He is traveling a 
good deal this winter, and it is hoped that he 
is doing a good work amoL'g the churches by 
setting forth much in the defense of the dis- 
tinctive features of the Brotherhood. 

A BEOTHEK who has lately traveled in Kan- 
sas says: "If you want to go to Kansas you had 
better have some money. We think this the 
greatest drawback in the West. There are too 
many poor people there. If you have some 
means you can do very well out there; and if 
not, you had better stay in the East." 

1 o . 

Ohe by one the valiant warriors fall. We 
are in receipt of the sad news that Eld. Joseph 
Hendricks, of Cerro Gordo, 111., died Jan. 6th, 
at 11.30 A. M. In his death the church loses 
a valiant soldier of the cross, an able counsel- 
lor, a preacher of rare ability, and one who was 
a firm advocate of primitive Christianity. We 
have not been definitely informed, but think 
his death resulted from a cancer in the lip. 
He had been unwell for several months. 

A writer in one of our exchanges say 
be praised that we are to have, at least, as Su- 
perintendent of the Military Aoadamy, a man 
of Christian principle." We have our doubts 
in regard to a man being a Christian while en- 
gaged in teaching the art of war. The princi- 
ple of Christ's kingdom is to conquer by love 
and not by the use of arms. Those who resort 
to arms are not the children of peace. "Bless- 
ed are the peacemakers," says the great founder 
of Christianity. 

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Here is a good hint for that class of Chris- 
tians who cannot stand a little abuse: "It is 
said that 'Pericles was once abused all day 
while discharging his duty as one of the judges 
of Athens. His enemy f pared no terms of 
abuse, and followed him up closely, and finally 
walked home with him, still railing against 
him. Pericles never replied. At last, as it 
V7as dark when they reached the home of the 
old judge, he ordered a servant to take a torch, 
and light the man home.' " 

The Mission Board has appointed Brother 
Daniel M. Miller, of Dutehtown to attend to 
the calls in Minnesota and Kansas. We con- 
sider the selection a good one. Brother Milier 
not only believes m the e.stablished order of the 
church, but he defends it in his preaching. He 
is well adapted for work on new fields and 
knows just how to teach the Scriptures so as 
to make them easily understood. We want to 
say to those among whom he m-iy chance to 
labor, that he does not run over the country, 
preaching a fi'W sermons here and a few there. 
He goes into a neighborhood, commences work 
by preaching the word, and sticks to it till he 
is certain the people have a clear knowledge of 
the gospel plan of salvation. 

The President has issued the order assigning 
Gen. 0. 0. Howard to command of the Depart- 
ment at West Point and '.he Superintendency 
of the United States Military Academy. Ma- 
jor-Gen. Schofield, by the same order, is reliev- 
ed of this command: This is supposed to be a 
good military move, but we wonder why our 
nation should b? at the expense of educating 
men for war? Would it not be belter to in- 
still into the hearts of the people the principles 
ofueace? If the money spent for sustaining 
military schools v?ere applied to the dissemi- 
nating of peace principles it would be far bet- 
ter for the rising generation. War is not the 
resujtof civilization, but is the outgrowth of 
barbarism, and wJien nations reacli the proper 
point of mental a ad heart-culture they will 
learn war no more, but settle their disputes 
without the shedding of blood. 

Beoihee Jas. R. Gish, of Roanoke, 111 , 
writes: "We start for Arkansas to day." (Dee. 
28th). We do not know whether the "we" in- 

Those who subscribed for a Life Membership 
in the Cassel Library are now receiving a neat- 
ly printed certificate, which reads as follows: 

"Be it remembered, that is the pro- 
prietor of a life membership of the Abram H. 
Cassel Library, located atMt. Morris, Ogle Co., 
Ill, and that he is entitled to the free use of 
the aforesaid Library during his life time, anb 
ject to such rules and regulations as may be en- 
forced Iiy the Trustees thereof The Trustees 
shall not prohibit life members from taking 
books out of the Library that can be duplicat- 
ed, but may limit the time when books so tak- 
en shall be returned." 

Those who maintain that national existence 
could not be maintained if war were sbclished 
should remember the success that attended 
Wm. Penn's efforts to conquer the Indians. 
He resorted not to the use of arms, but used 
the means of kindness, and thereby obtained 
such complete victory over 1 he "Red man of 
the forest" that to this day the "honest Quak- 
er" is respected by the Indian wherever seen. 
This lemarkable instance, in the history of onr 

Teibtx-eour years ago there lived in the 
State of Indiana a young man, about twenty 
years of age, who placed in the hands of the 
printer a few pages of manuscript of a book he 
was writing. He desired the printer to go to 
work on these few pages and he would contin- 
ue writing the remainder of the book. In order 
to keep ahead of the printer the young man 
was compelled to write much after night. The 
book was finished in six months. We have a 
copy of it in our library; it is called "TJniver- 
saliam Against Itself, by A. Hall," and is one 
of the beat books ever published on that sub- 
ject. The book had a wide circulation and is 
still doing good. It is not however known 
that it was written by what the people called 
a boy. The public heard little mors of tho au- 
thor till of late years. He now turns up in the 
City of New York, and is known as the author 
of that remarkable book— "The Problem of 
Human Life." 

An apology is due some of our readers. We 
printed nearly one thousand extra copies of No. 
1, thinking that would be sufficient, but our 
agents found so many new subscribers that we 
run short about one hundred. About this 
number of old subscribers, who have not yet 
renewed, cannot be furnished with the first 
number. Weregiet th's very niueh, as we 
wanted ail to be sup; lied. This shows the ne- 
cessity of having about all subicriptions in be- 
fore the last of December. 





JUST before leaying the office this evening 
for my pleasant borne, I picked up a bun- 
ble of letters containing many kind and cheer- 
ful words for the B. at W., and concluded to 
spend a few hours reading them at the close of 
the year. It is now only three hours until .he 
year 1880 will have run its circuit. All who 
sinned this year are just that much worse than 
they might have been. All the good done dur- 
ing the year must be set down to the credit of 
our Lord. We are only instruments in his 
haads, aad instruments are never as great as 
the makers of them. Neither are we greater 
than our Creator. 

Well many of those letters contained praises 
for the B. at W. and "God bless the Editors!" 
our hearts are full of jiy, because our dear 
brethren and sisters are praying for us! Praise 
the Lord ! Accept Our grateful thanks beloved 
in the Lord for your sympathies. We need 
your help! We have now more reason than 
ever to humble ourselves before our God; for 
he has put it into the hearts of so many to 
pray 'for us, and write so kindly, cheerfully and 
lovingly to us. For the past two weeks we 
have felt the p?wer of kindness. They humble 
and confirm ua, and we see in them the great 
heart of Jefu» as he showed himself to his dis- 

We praise God for the great activity and en- 
ergy of our agents. Never before have they 
labored so faithfully and successfully. Already 

— l«3»k«lwoia_af_jnew_r&aders_JiaVe boon oooarod, and 

the old ones are returning with renewed zeal and 
determination to move onward in the great 
principles of right truth. Oar agents and 
workers have done well, and for this we praise 
the Lord. We shall have more to say to them 
when the rush of the canvass is over. 

Let us remember, dear brethren, we can do 
no good thing unless the Lord helps. And 
above all, let us make no effort to exalt our- 
selves; for if we would be accepted of God, we 
must let him do the exalting; he has reserved 
that unto himself. 

Do not forget to praise the Lord! Kind 
words to us will help us to go up to God feel- 
ing the responsibility of the work, but still we 
shall try to praise him more and more. To- 
night we feel smaller than ever before; for our 
best intentions look bad enough indeed, and 
beholding them makes us feel like hiding more 
and more under the shadow of God's love and 
power. The more our brelhren do to help us 
sow the good seed, the more reason we have to 
praise the Lord and look to him for strength. 
Brethi'en pray that we may never be puffed up 
or fall away on account ol vain imaginations. 
Will you help us to praise the Lord all through 

1881? M. M. E. 

THE importance of this means of preaching 
the gospel of Jesus Christ, can scarcely 
be even estimated. A leaflet costing perhaps 
one-twenkieth of a cent, may open the way to 
a soul, causing it to turn from the service of 
Satan to that of Christ, And while many can 
testify to the good done by means of sound 
tracts, there is no branch of our great reform 
work that languishes more for the lack of meaas. 
We have long ago felt that the church should 
labor more to preach the gospel by means of 
thepr'ss. A vast field, full of ripened grain, 
is ready for the sickle. The demand for ^re« 
tracts is large and constantly increasing. Fully 
100.000 pages should be distributed each month, 
and might be if the Fund were increased. We 
have borne the expense ourselves in the ab- 
sence of other sources from which to draw; and 
while we regard this privilege more of a bless- 
ing than a burden, we mention it here that 
others may obtain the blessing (hat we did. 

About $500 has been contributed for free 
tracts. This money has been put at interest, 
and the interest is used annually in sending 
free tracts. We would like to see the amount 
largely increased; for the greater the amount 
from which to work, the more widely the tracts 
can be distributed. Will not the friends of 
tract work, please remember this? Would it 
not be well to bequeath something to the cause 
in this way? We recently heard of an old 
brother who gave the church in which he lives, 
a. largo Bum of naonej j and ife ■was a question 

what to do with it, since the congregation is 
wealthy, and to aid it in this state would only 
cause the members to forget their duty in help- 
ing to maintain the expenses of the church. 
We mention this for the consideration of oth- 
ers who may think of disposing of their estates. 
Think how much good might be done by means 
of good tracts sent abroad over the land. Think 
how your gifts might aid poor churches to put 
up houses of worship, thus gladdening their 
hearts. There are so many thorns in the world, 
that we should study to help each other to be 
happy and contented. 

Pardon us dear reader, for saying so mufih. 
You may not see, as we see in this; but we dai- 
ly experience what perhaps you do not; that a 
mighty work is before us by means of the press. 
Will we occupy the field? Think of it; ask 
God for wisdom and then act accordingly. 

In our account of the Miami Valley meeting 
it should not be understood that members of 
the Standing Committee present advised in re- 
gard to ordination of elders without counsel of 
adjoining elders; it was the meeting itself that 
expressed that opinioa. 


nal Hebrew, and rule out the errors of the 
Greek translation. But what a monument of 
respect for his scholarship is it that the church 
should so cordially welcome the results of his 
work, styling him, says Allen Butler, '"the 
greatest of all her doctors in expounding the 
divine oracles." This renowned scholar added 
the weight of his wonderful testimony in fix- 
ing especially the Canon of the New Testament. 

When speaking of the "one baptism," men- 
tioned in Eph. 4. Jerome says: "We are thrice 
dipped in water, that the mystery, of the Trini- 
ty may appear to be but one; and therefore, . 
though we be thrice put under water, to rep- 
resent the mystery of the Trinity, yet it is re- 
puted but one baptism." 

From this we learn that this eminent schol- 
ar taught that it required three actions to per- 
form Christian baptism, and that Paul's "one 
baptism" consisted of three actions. Jerome 
was the most eminent Latin scholar of his age: 
understood the Latin language thoroughly,and 
was therefore competent to give the meaning 
of Eph. 4: 6, in the Latin. No Latin scholar 
of antiquity will question Jerome's statement. 

The most eminent Greek scholar of that age 
was Chrysostom, born A. D. 347 and died A. 
D. 407. He is said to have been able to repeat 
the entire Bible in Greek, and was so thorough- 
ly skilled in the use of the Greek language that 
he is regarded as the most profound orator of 
Christian antiquity. He also comments on 
Eph. 4: 6 as follows: 

"Christ delivered to his disciples one bap- 
tism in three immersions of the body, when 
he said unto them, 'Go teach all nations, bap- 
tizing them in the name of the Father, and of 
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.' " 

Thus,in the mouth of two eminent witnesses 
of antiquity we'estaWish the meaning of Paul's 
"one baptism'' in both the Latin and Greek 
languages, and to make the matter still strong- 
er there is not one particle of testimony on the 
other side of the question. No Greek or Latin 
scholar of antiquity has left on record any tes- 
timony to the contrary: their voice and prac- 
tice unite in saying that Christian baptism, 
during the first centuries of the Christian era, 
was performed by trine immersion, while single 
immersion,as a practice, was not introduced till 
over three hundred years after the death of 
Christ. J. H. M. 

ST. Jerome was born about 342 A. D., and 
died 420 A. D. His name is held in rev- 
erence because of his translation of the Scrip- 
tures into Latin, the common language of the 
Roman world, and hence called the Vulgate. 
So profound was his scholarship that he trans- 
lated the Bible with the LXX. or Greek version, 
and also the Arabic and Syriac, as well as the 
Hebrew Scriptures before him, witn which he 
constantly compared his results. His object 
was to bring this translation nearer the origi- 


I HAVE now about half enough names for 
one edition of the Debate. The cost of 
this edition will about equal its sales when I 
allow those who look up the subscribers some- 
thing for their work, hence I cannot afford to 
publish it unless enough want it to justify the 
cost. Any brother or sister has the privilege 
of soliciting names [not money] in their con- 
gregations, forwarding to me. I give all such 
workers one-tenth on first edition. 

J. W. SlEtCf. 
Wt. lIocris,Jll. 

TtlE "BREX'JHJtiETNT .^T ^^Olili. 




All communications for this departmeat, such as que- 
ries and answers, should be addressed to J. S. Mohler, La- 
due, Henry Co., Mo. 

"Let no man seek his own, but every man seek 
another's wealth."—! Cor. 10: 24. Bro. Stein please 
answer. \Vm. T. Smith. 

1. Why did not Christ begin his ministry before 
he was thirty years of ageV 2. Was it required of 
a man to be thirty years of age under the Mosaical 
dispeusation in order ta officiate in the High 
Priest's ofllceV Isaac Ankent. 

Will some brother please give an explanation on 
1 Cor. 5:5, as follows : 

"To deliver such an one unto Satan for the de- 
struction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved 
in the day of the Lord Jesus." Whose spirit is 
here meant 'i O. L. Cover. 

It is said by competent scholars that while 
the Bible mentions some ten thousand geo- 
graphical and historical facta touching the na- 
tions of the world, not one single case of error 
has been fastened upon the sacred writ. 

There never was a man or woman converted 
from one end of the world to the other, who 
did not love the revealed will of God. Just as 
a child born into the world desires naturally 
the milk provided for its nourishment, so does 
a soul born again desire the sincere milk of the 
word. This is a common mark of all the chil- 
dren of God — they "delight in the law of the 
Lord." How is it with you? 

Dr. George P. Hayes, of Washington and 
Jefferson College gives this good advice to those 
about to enter college: "I do not advise you 
to undretake to play tricks on the Professors. 
Professors were once students, and have seen all 
the tricks you can think of, and it is very stupid 
of you to repeat stale jokes. College life is leav- 
ing that sort of thing to the past. There is not 
half as much of it in the Colleges now as there 
was when I was a student, twenty years ago. 
It is found best for all parties to dismiss tricky 
students. Those who begin will go on from 
less to larger until they are dismissed. Itsaves 
time, bother and vexation to send them home 
promptly, and reaches the same result. When 
you get out m life you'll find the public prompt 
to dismiss. Your friends will not revisit you to 
suffer your practical jokes. Your eustomei's 
will not return to ba insulted. Strangers will 
reyly to your sneers with a blow. So the col- 
leges rightfully demand good conduct or per- 
petual absence. You tvill hear students affect 
to despise dismission as a punishment, but it is 
an utipleasant thing to return home in the mid 
die of a session, and have every lady you meet 
inquire as to your unexpected return to society. 
Besides this, the self contempt will stick in 
your memory." 


IT is a rare talent to be able to turn irrever- 
ent ridicule from one's self back on the 
scoffe;-, and be kind about it. The Boston 
Transcript relates the following, which shows 
how a profane fellow ngmed Joseph was si- 

Meeting an officer of the American Bible 

Society the other day, he chucklingly asked, — 
"You give out a good many Bibles in the 
course of a year. 
The officer said, '"Yes, sir, very many." 
"And what do yousuppose becomes of them?" 
"They fall into hands that need them,l doubt 

"Well," said Joseph, producing a book with 
the look of a man who would say, "Now, I've 
got you," "Where do you suppose I got that?" 
The man of Bibles couldn't say. 
"Got it in a rum shop. You gave it to a sail- 
or, and he sold it for a glass of rum!" 

"Well," said the other, "I am glad it has 
fallen into your hands, Joseph, I don't know 
any one who needs it more." 

Joseph doesn't know as he made much of a 
point after all. 

From the ChriKtiau Staodard. 


What is the baptism of fire found in Matt, iii? 


THAT is much disputed. Many regard the 
baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire as one 
the latter term being expressive of the search- 
ing and purifying power of the Spirit. But 
literal Spirit and figurative fire, joined in one 
baptism, is hardly allowable. 

To us it is plain from Matt, iii : 10, 12, that 
the immersion in fire was threatened against 
the unbelieving and impenitent Jews. Prom 
Malachiiv: 1-5, compared with xvii: 11-13, it 
is plain that the great and terrible day of the 
baptism in fire was to be not very long after 
the appaaranc^ of John the Baptist, and the 
rising of the San of Righteousness, We take 
it to rafcr to the dreadful calamities that came 
upon the Jews in the destruction of their cities 
and their nationality. 

From the Inter Ccean. 


Please state when the custom of celebrating 
Christmas originated, and what changes did it un- 
dergo in the calender. B. C. B. 
ANSWER. The celebration is one of the 
oldest in the Christian calender. Its in- 
stitution is dated from early in the second 
century, and since that time it has occupied a 
prominent place among the most noted of the 
solemn seasons of the Christian church. The 
eastern churches, in the dawn of Christianity, 
were wont to celebrate it in the months of 
April and May, and it was quite frequently 
confounded with the Epiphany. An order was 
issued in the fourth century for an inquiry by 
theologians versed in such matters, and the in- 
quirers decided to agree on Dec. 35. which has 
been the day observed. The custom in the 
Roman Catholic Church, from the sixth cen- 
tury, was to usher in Christmas, or Christ-mass, 
as the word came, with a mass at midnight, 
another at early dawn, and a third in the morn- 

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A little boy in a Sunday-school put a poser 
to his teacher. The lady was telling her class 
how God punished the Egyptians by causing 
the first-born of each household to be slain. 
The little boy listened attentively. At the 
proper interval he mildly ir quired, "What 
would God have done if there had been twins?" 
— Independent. 


Was it Stephen or his enemies who said, "Lor d 
Jesus, receive my spirit V" Candok. 

OST assuredly it was Stephen. We have 
however, met with several who are per 
suaded that this was the laaguige of Stephen's 
persecutors, spoken in derision. It is therefore 
the more important that vse should chU special 
attention to it. Whatever ambiguity there 
may be in the common version, th?. original 
dissipates all uacartainty and makes it abso- 
lutely imposs'ble to put such a construction 
upon it. It was not those who "stoned Stephen" 
that called upon God and said, "Lord Jesus, 
receive my spirit" — it was Stephen himself 
How do we know this? By the plain Greek 
construction. The term, epikaloumeiwn, mean- 
ing "calling upon" or supplicating, is a parti- 
ciple, in the masculine gender, singular 
number, accusative case, and agreeing with 
Siephation in all these respects. The same is 
true of the participle, kgonta, rendered ' saying." 
If it was Stephen's persecutors w]io did the 
praying — whether in mockery or otherwise — 
the above terms would necessarily be in the 
nomitive case and plural number. Much more 
might be said, but this is sufficient for all who 
have any knowledge of the Greek, and perhaps 
more than will be appreciated by thoee who do 
not. Let us all be oareful to avoid everything 
fanciful, and adhere closely to tho literal and 
intended meaning of the Scripture?. To overdo 
is to undo. A false exposition is a far greater 
injury to the cause than an honest confession 
of our ignorance. But the passage is not so 
difficult as it might appear. It is very similar 
to the dying words of Jtsus, and was simply a 
comraittai of his-life-iat© 41i© kcttxle of fcke great 
Life-giver. A. A. P. 

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From tho Bible Banner. 


What is the positive cure for pride V Let us have 
the medicine from the Word. G. F. Stephens. 

THE abandonment of self to the influence of 
the Holy Spirit, who, by means of the 
medicine of the word will convict, lead, instruct 
and strengthen, is the only positive cure for 
pride. Sanctify them through thy truth. Thy 
word is truth." 

The Holy Spirit will, by this medicine — the 
washing of water by the word-^-30 enlighten 
the conscience arf to ensble the believer to real- 
ize and part with pride and everything else 
hateful to God, though near to him as a right 
eye or arm. Tee spirit desires and waits to do 
this work, but the disciple must prove his hun- 
ger for holiness by giving himself up to his 
influence absolute y, as clay in the hands of the 
potter. Practical holiness, freedom from pride, 
and every other form of world and Satan bon- 
dage, can only be reached by knowledge and 
submission to the word of God. Says Jesus, 
"Ye sh^r. kno V the truth, and the truth 
shiil make you free." — John S: 82. "Through 
the spirit," says the Apostle Paul, Rom. 8: 13, 
we must mortify the deed' of the body, and if 
we give ourselves up to his leading — that is, 
walk in the spirit — he will apply the vtord to 
us as water to cleanse; as a we apon to fight 
with; as a lamp to enlighten. " Having there- 
fore these promises, dearly beloved, let us 
cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh 
and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of 

John SiEViafs, 





At my last writing Bro D B. Tirnbaker 
and T. G. Snyder were holding meetings fi ■'e 
miles Horth of Muscatine. Bro. Snyder prc^.h- 
el his last sermoa Dae. 14, from Romans 1: 16, 
from iffhieli vi-ere suggested some wholesome 
thoughts. Bro. Snydsr then left for his home 
near Cedar Rapids, to attend the marriage of 
hi3 daughter, leaving Bro. Brakakor and the 
writer to continue the meetings, December 
lota, made another visit to the city; visited 
sister Hannah Parasworth, found a pleasant 
home, enjoyed by a dutiful son and two kind- 
hearfced daughters. And now,for the first time, 
learned that sister S. is a sister of our much 
beloved Bro. Jo?. Sherfy, of Gettysburg, Pa., 
with whom we loved to associate in by gone 
diys. In the evening met again for wsrsliip. 
Bro. BrubaiJer addressed an attentive audience, 
from Matt. 27: 22, "The Great Dension." We 
were shown the importance of all our decisions 
either for bet tsr or worse. Many sinners, like 
Pilate, decide adverse to their better light, or 
honest convictioos, but "Cassar's friend," the 
world with all its besetmeats allure and entice 
with Its strong grasp of '"polisies" to get sin- 
ners, like Pilate, to decide for Christ. Some 
present were made to feel the subject, and were 
'■almost psrsuaded to be Christians." Dec. 16, 
visited sister Naomi Brumbaugh and her fam- 
ily. Chancy, her husband, is still out of Christ 
yet strange to say he had "no excuse" to offer 
jwh J he was not a Christian. In the evening 

of the feast, from the subject, "Growth in 
Grace." Some of his divisions were, 

I. Reasons why Christians should grow in 

II. Means of growth. — 

III. Evidences of growth in grace. 

These were dwelt upon at length and I think 
to the satisfaction of all present. Although 
there were no additions to the church during 
these meetings, yet we were made to feel en- 
couraged by the attendance and attention of 
the psople. We were frequently told that the 
community was considered "Cold Corner," and 
that various other sects had tried at the same 
place to hold revival meetings, but failed even 
to bring out the people to meeting. We fond- 
ly hope that the good seed sown may bring in 
golden sheaves in the harvest of the Lord. 

Dear brethren and sisters in that part of 
God's heritage, be encouraged, be alive to the 
Master's cause, labor with untiring diligence 
for the conversion of your husbands, your chil- 
dren, your friends and neighbors and their 
children, and "in due season you shall re ap if 
you faint not." We feel assurei that some 
were "almost persuaded to be Chri8tians,"while 
others are "not far from the kingdom." May 
the Lord bless Bro. Daniel for his untiring la- 
bors to gain souls, and the members of Musca- 
tine county for their kindness while we were them is our prayer. John Zdck. 

Bro. Brubaker^poEeljn the subject, of Repent- 
ance, Acts 3: 19. Some of the divisions and 
points made were 

I. Antecedents — preaching and hearing the 
word of God. 

II. Faith producing — aonviotion, penitence 
and contrition of heart, — godly sorrow for sin. 

III. Confessioa — renunciation of sin, and in 
some eases made to embrace restitution. Thus 
bringing forth fruits meet for repentance the 
sinner is brought to the door of the sheep-fold 
— the church of the living God. 

Dec. 17. This morning presents a gloomy 
appearance indeed, as the snow and sleet comes 
down in a perfect drift. The poor preacher, 
miles away froia homp, surmising if all is well 
with his fimiiy under such trying circumstan- 
ees. Surely the membership at home should 
sefi that the mi Ulster's family does not suffer 
amid such trying storms. In the evening the 
writer tried tj disco nrse from Acts 26: '28, "Al- 
most thou persuadest me to be a Christian." 

Dec. 18. In the evening met with the people 
again wilh an apparent increase of interest on 
the part of the audience. Bro. Deniel again 
dealt out copiously the word of truth, present- 
ing to our minds the hindering causes to Chris- 
tianity. "I must go and see the land I have 
bought, must prove the oxen, I have married a 
wife," with numerous applications and illustra- 
tions, were profusely held up in the light of the 
Gospel to the edification of all present. 

Next day. Dee. 19th, the writer tried again 
to talk on the subject of obedience, Gen. 31: 
16. We met again in ; he evening, and being 
our last meeting our dear brother and fellow- 
helper gave us some of that last and best wiae 

From Silas Hoover. 

Our meetings closed at Fairfield, Ohio with 
seven additions; two of them were from the 
Baptist Church. One was reclaimed. Meet- 
ing large at the close. The best of order du- 
ring the meeting. We are now laboring at 
New Enterprise, Bedford Co., Pa. 
Dec. 27. 1880. 


We had a pleasant visit from Bro. Samuel 
Musselman and son of Iowa. He had four 
meetings at Hatfield. At Indian Creek I do 
not know how meny he had as the weather was ■ 
fo unpleasant that people did not attend. His 
visit was especially to see his aged mother and 
other relations. Fraternally. 
Dec. 28th. Jas. Y. Hecklee. 

Lindleys Mills. 

Myself and family just arrived here safely 
and are all well. We feel thankful for protec- 
tion on a long journey. Truly yours. 
Dec. S4th. Stepkest Johnson. 

New Windsor. 

Bro. John Flory of Virginia, was with us 
last week and labored faithfully for one week 
in different points of our congrtgation. He is 
at Locust Grove yet this time and intends to 
leave for home Friday morning. His preach- 
ing was with power which gave much encour- 
agement, and hope that many good impressions 
may be made. Tours in Gospel love. 

Hettt Ensel. 
Dec. 28th. 


Brother Samuel Musselman and son have 
been visiting friends in Penna. for some time. 
Last night Bro. Musselman closed a series of 
meetings in the Indian Creek chuich — large 
attendance considering the inclemency of the 
weather. A good interest manifested. Saints 
rejoiced to know there are still in existence 
veterans who are fighting the battles of the 
Lord manfully, and "shun not to declare the 
whole counsel of God," while others felt, like 
one of old, "almost thou persuadest me to be a 
Christian." May God bless his labors, and may 
they be as bread cast upon the waters which 
are seen for many days; and may we, on board 
the old ship Zion sail calmly until we reach 
the ports of everlasting deliverance. 
Dec. 25th. Katie Haelet. 

Cumberland Co. 

Bro. Wm. Howe and wife are now in the 
Lower Cumberland church holding meetings a 
few weeks. It is snowing, hence unfavorable 
for meetings. During the last few months 
there were a good many deaths; some died very 
suddenly. There are a few cases of scarlet 
fever among children. 
Dec, 25, 80. Datid Neislet. 


Health is very good among us'at this time. 
Las week we were blessed with good preaching 
by Bro. Enoch Eby, of Illinois. He preached 
one week for the church at Woodland, then 
came to the Thornapple District on the 18th, 
and had seven meetings in the old church, then 
came over to our home in S. W. Campbell and 
preached three excellent disccurses for ns. Bro. 
Eby does not tell many "death- bed" stories in 
his preaching, but tells his hearers how to build 
on Jesus Christ, the chief corner-stone. 

This morning Dec. 29fch, thermometer stood 
13 degrees below zero; coldest weather we have 
had. Nov. 17th, 4 degrees below. At no time 
this fall or winter has snow been more than 
eight inches deep. 

The first week in November, Bro. Isaac Kil- 
hefner, from Ashland, Ohio, was in our imme- 
diate neighborhood and preached in our new 
church twelve or thirteen sermons, greatly 
cheering up the members and others to be 
faithful to their callings. One was added to 
the church by baptism during his stay. We 
cffer many thanks to the Lord and to the kind 
brethren for their faithful labor among us. We 
desire more such visits. Could not our dear 
brother Eshelman find his way in tte great 
mission work to our home in Michigan and also 
tell us the good old story of the cross? We 
read the B. at W. with great delight and much 
satisfaction. Fratemally, 

Dec. 29th. Geo. Long. 

Liberty Mills. 

To day v/as our quarterly church meeting 
in the Spring Creek church, and owing to the 
extreme cold weather the congregation was 
small; not much business to transact. It was 
requested and granted that we try to organ- 
ize a singing-school in our meeting-house, and 
we hope it may be a success for we feel that an 
improvenent in our singiEg would be a step 
higher in the sdvsncment of the divine life. 
This closes our church labors for the year 1880, 
and in looking over our trork for the past 



year we see many failures. Hope the L jrd may 

biess our feeble efforts and pardon what has 

been amiss is our prayer. _ 

Dec. 30th. Dajntel Snell, 

Locke, Elkhart Cj. 

We this evening closed a aeries of meet- 
ings held at the South Union Ghufca, Union 
Center District, at which wa enjoyed a rich 
foretaste of heavenly things, for •which we 
thank Gtod lind take renewed courage. Bro. J. 
H. Miller, of Miirord, Ind.. did the preaching. 
Oil may we, one and all, not be forgetful hear- 
ers, but live out in our daily walk and conduct 
the good and wholesome conduct which we re- 
ceived, and ther<;by gain an iuheriiance which 
is incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadsth 
not away, reserved in heaven for us. 

J. E. MiLLEE, 


ArriVtd home from Warsaw. Oar meet- 
ings there were of increasing interest. Had a 
Love teait witii them on Dec. 31sc. Tae brtth- 
ren are confcinuiug the meatiags. While there 
we saw two restored to the iold; three baptized, 
one of whom was Elder Jesse Calvert's sod. 
Elder L. H.. Dickej' commenctd a series of 
meetings with us in Eagle Creek on the 8th 
inst. S. T. BossERMAN. 

Jan. 3. '81. 


Tnc; ark of the Lard is moving slowly 
along. One more soul received into the fold. 
A startling scene at a late hoar in the night 
while in bed, I answered. As he came to my 
door he said a young man near here was rest- 
less and dissatisfied. While in bed a voice 
told him to prepare for heaven, W^went at 
midnight; had a season of prayer, and at 1 
o'clock went to the creek and took away the 
ice six inches thick and immersed liim, while 
the thermometer was five degrees below zero. 
0, what joy ! A soui made happy in this world, 
and angels rejo ce in heaven. A solemn scene 
indeed for those who stood by. May sinners 
take warning and heed the solemn call of Je- 
liovab. J. H. MiLLEfi. 

Dec. 31st. 

Jasper county. 

The Walnut Creek church, Johnson county, 
bas now a resident minister, (Wm. H. Carrier), 
have preaching every second and fourth Sun- 
day in each month. Health is good, roads 
•smooth with four inches of snow. Thermotu- 
eter the 28th of December five degrees below 
zero, 29th, 18 b;low, 30!h, five, 20th and 30th, 
sky clear. Isaac Wampltse. 

Norton Co. 

Maple Grove Aid Soci^y has now received 
three ear loads of goods and $10.00 in cash, 
from the citizens, brethren, sisters and friends 
of Waterloo, Iowa, lor which we wish you to 
accept our most heart-felt thanks and gratitude 
towards us f.jr rememberiug us in our destitute 
condition. May God's choicest blessings ever 
rest upon you and us, and bless us with peace 
and plenty and liberal heai-ts and hands. 

The vreather has been raoher pleasant for our 
work, hauling aid goods, this winter. Christ- 

mas day will be long remembered by the breth- 
ren here. It was spent hauling aid goods 40 
miles. It made me think of the eastern coun- 
try where all was plenty, and the brethren 
could sit in their cosy church edifices and hear 
the instructive admonitions given to them by 
their home ministers, or perhaps some great 
evangelist, and we had to stand the storm, but 
we all hope and pray for a better time here on 
earth, and if we strive we have the promise oi 
a life beyond. That far exceeds even the grand- 
est that this world can produce; where we 
have DO sorrow, no pain, no trials, no tempta- 
tions — all is love, peace and plenty, and can sit 
in heavenly places. What a joyful thought to 
meet to p-=.rt no more! 
Dec. 27th. H, W. Milleb. 


Old settlers say we are having the coldest 
weather ever known in Southern Kansas, but 
stock and crops look well'. 
Dec. 28th. 0. P. Teatis. 

To M. M.Eshelman: 
Dear^rother — Yoar courage in declaring 
God's will is noble, and the love you manife.'-t 
in dealing with church diflicnlties is worthy of 
imitation. Only those who are consecrated to 
God can obtam the victory and crown of glory. 
To be consecrated to God and his work includes 
se>f denial, and taking up the cross and follow- 
ing Jesus. Thi u knowest, dear brother, its 
sigaificanee; only glory in iha cross of Christ; 
preach the word and tell the story ol the cross; 
let this central truth be ever before you; de- 
clare it, make it known to a lost and rained 
world. Dsclare the whole counsel of God; 
make no compromise. Where the Bible speaks, 
speak thou also; hold up the divine principles 
and dignity of the church. May thy zeal be 
modtst and retiring; not like the scenfcU-ss sun 
flower which spreads its gaudy petals to the 
light of heaven and turns its face to the orb of 
day as ifd-eterminsd to m seea; bat miy you, 
like the modest violet, hide j'ourself in the 
Rock and se:j i f-rth tragranci from its deep 
retirement. It w-.r -vould live near to Jesus we 
must crucify the 11. h; we mast die to self. 
This is a daily work. 6Ai is like a mountain. 
Jesus is a sun that shines on the other side of 
the mountain, and now and then a sunbeam 
comes over the top and we get a glimpse — a 
sort of twilight apprehension of the brightness 
of the sun. But self must bs much more sub- 
dued before we can bask in the beams of tbe 
ever blessed Jesu?, and say in everything, "Thy 
will be done." Mahy C. NoHMAJf. 

Cerro Goido. 

I will say >o the readers of the B. at W. 
that we held our Love feast on the evening of 
the 25th of December, aad can sav that it was 
a feast indeed. We were well supplied with 
ministenug brethren. Bro. John Wise stayed 
with us and hsld meeting every evening till the 
evening of the 2j. These meetings were well 
attended and the interest was good. None 
seemed willing to confess Christ, but we trust 
that many good impressions were made. 

John Meiz&ee. | 


A meeting of the Board ofMan^.gr-: r :ie 
Brethren's Orphan H)ai3, of ch^ Soath- 
ern District of Illinois, wis held with tie 
Brethren in Cerro Gjrdo, Putt Co., Ill, an the 
27th of November, 1880. The exercises Wi;re 
opened by Bro. .John Wi^e, af er which the 3rd 
chapter of the Isc E,.>Ltl3 oijjha was r.^id 
accompanied by remrir'ss by th.; brethren. Tnere 
were present brethren John Wise, .J>l-i M; :z- 
ger, A. J. Bowers, David Tr.jxel, T. D. L'oa 
and P. A. Moore, substitute for J. R. Gij.i — 
The following business was transacted: 

1. Resolved to appoint a committee to draft 
by-laws for the government of the Brethren's 
Orphan Home. 

2. Resolved that John Wis?, D. B. Gibson, 
and Daniel Vaniman be appointed to draw up 
said by-laws. 

3. The said coaimittea shaiU report their 
work to the next meeting of tue Board of Man- 

4 Resolved that the Sicrdtary of the Board 
of Managers inform the Secretary of the loca- 
ting committee to proceed t ) investigate the 
farms that ii-ao.- miy bs offj:'el for said Breth- 
ren's Ofph m Home,and report at next meeting. 

5. Resolved that the Bjarl of Mmagws, 
with the locating eommittse, meet Feb. 26sh, 
1881, with the brethren at Hadson, Illinois. 

6 Resolved that the Sicracary of the Board 
of Managers be required to s>>ad the procetd- 
ings of this meeting to the Bsethken at Woke:, 
Primitive Christian sud Gospel Preacher for 
publication. T. D. Lyoit, Secretary. 


ON the morning of the 2±th of December a 
man by the name of Israel Adams and his 
younger brother went to the woods to cut a 
tree. Just as the tree fell a limb flew back and 
struck the former. He felt to the ground, the 
limb striking him across the head and neck, 
crushing his jaw bone and cracking his skull. 
His brother soon got assistance and he was 
taken to the house of S. L. Clyaier. The doc- 
tor was sent for and examined him but there 
was ho help for him. This happened abCut 9 
o'clock in the morning, and about 3 P. M. they 
stirted home with him, a distance of half a 
mile. They were at horn 3 about ten minutes 
when he died. On the 20ch, his remains viers 
taken to Eel River church where he was placed 
in the cemetery beside his companion and foar 
cnildren, he being the only remaining one of 
the family. Panaral servicas by Bro. George 
Grossnickle fr-Dm 1 Peter, 1: 2i, 25. His age 
was 36 years, 4 months aad 10 day.*. 

Mary Hopkins. 

Silver Lake, Ind. 

^ * mm 


AS our District Meeting is approaching and 
we desire to make a report of all mon- 
ey receivid and expended for missionary pur- 
poses to that tiiLe. we therefore rtquest all the 
solicitors in this, Middle Distiict of Indians, to 
still continue to solicit funds that the work 
may progress, and report the amount thus re- 
ceivtd 10 S. M. Aukerman, Somerset, Wabash 
Co., lui., by the first of February, 1881. 




Mmlik md Mmimmu. 



Ar communications for ibis department should be ad- 
dressed to S. T. Boajerman, Dunkirk, Hardin Co., Ohio. 

A glass of hot lemonade, ja-.t before going to 
l^ed, is good for a cold. 


Government can haye for a 
only the good of the governed.— 

Mark Hopkins. 

The struggle of the school, the library and 
the church, against the Beer- house and Gin 
palace k but one development of the war be- 
tvi^een Heaven and Hell. — Sir Charles Buxton. 

The essay of Dr Pahrney of Chicago, on 
Diptheria, as given in bis pamphlet, is worth 
reading by every parent. Diptheria is a terri- 
ble disease, and a knowledge of it may enable 
parents to save the live? of ^ll^ir children, e. 

A primal vote is now b;ing taken in our 
State petitioning our legislature for Local Op- 
tion and giving the right of suffrage on the 
Liqaor Traffic into, the haails of the women. 
Hope it vrill meet with succh&s. Should it be- 
come a law the ladies will then grapple the 
enemy and gain a ^;ietory which the men of the 
nation have not the strength and courage to 
■win. B. 

Harm and suflfVring surrounds us and if forti- 
fied with the grand principle of virtue we can 
exercise patience, courage, euduranoe, compas- 
sion and indulg^n■:e in all our afflictions wheth- 
er by transmission or by our own violation of 
law. Inasmuch as we must suffer, let us labor 
for those principles which may lesson pain and 
the ills of life. b. 

Good 3leep is essential to health and happi- 
ness. Physiologists are not well agreed respect- 
ing the natural duration of sleep. The statute 
of nature, however, appears to read: Retire and 
arise before the first rays of morning light. 
History shows that thos^ who have lived lon- 
gest, were the longest sleepers. In sleep the 
head should never be raised very high, as that 
position interferes with the action of the lungs. 
See that your sleeping-room is well ventilated 
and kept clean. 

A poor woman said sorrowfully: "Our gro- 
cery bill every month for my husband, my 
wife and three children, is less than the beer 
bill of my husband." Think of it! A man 
spading more every month for dirty lager beer 
than is required for the groceries of the whole 
family! Should a man throw, every month, so 
much money into the lake, he would be doing 
wrong, but not so great a wrong as to poison 
his own blood and even his health, as well as 
to rob his wife of the comforts of life. 



^FHERE is something more dreadful in the 
X consequences of working the mind to ex- 
haustion than in similar abuse- of the body. 

Dr. Parier, of New York, delivered a lecture 
in that city, in which he showed the evils pro- 
ceeding from the tsansgrtssion of the limits 
of their powers by literary men. 

He said: "No man can do headwork faithful- 
ly for more than four or five or six hours. If 
that time is ceeded, all the phosphorus is 
carried oft, and the man becomes irritable, bro- 
ken down, and has softening of the brain. 

"I have seen this overwork in lawyers, doc- 
tors, clergymen and merchants who have 
worked the brain for ten hours. 

"They have dropped under the burden. Tou 
cannot violate the law of God witff impunity. 
Sir. Walter Scott did a large amount of brain 
work in his day, but he did not overwork him- 
self. In his latter days, however, he became 
pecuniarily embarrassed, and resorted to his 
literary pursuits to save himself; but he worked 
too hard and completely broke himself down. 

"One of the besl scholars I ever knew com- 
pletely broke himself down in his younger days, 
but he livad on to seventy, though he would 
only work some four hours a day. After these 
hours he engaged in vigorous exercise to keep 
him out of the house as much as possible, and 
he continued one of the best professors in the 

petitioning for this help the individual must 
ait in obedience to law or the desired help will 
not be granted. In many cases, and we may 
safely say in the majority, the desire for alco- 
holic drinks is but the effect of a ravenous 
appetite produced by the continued use of stim- 
ulating fo-ads. To strike at the root of the 
matter therefore, the cause should be removed, 
which can be done by a reform also in our die- 
tetics. Plain and simple food should be usrd 
which are healthful to the body, producing a 
fine physical growth and an appetite that will . 
discaid anything of a stimulating or intoxica- 
ting character. 

While the voice from the people in the ma- 
jority might produce a wholesale reform, this 
rerorm in the individual will grow in fdmilies 
and neighbornoods, eventually reforming the 
nations. We therefore advocate reform in 
individuals as well as in the people of a State 
or nation. b. 




THERE are two objscts in Kfe that are eager- 
ly sought by every true lover of goodness 
and right, and those are happiness and virtue. 
Right and p'ea^-ure are closely allied, and 
though highly appreciated are not, nor should 
not be the grand object only to be gained. — 
Happiness atjd virtue stand together like twin- 
sisters, and to discern between the two is met 
with a degree of difficulty. Yet in contrasting 
the two, viriue would stand the greatest and 
should be sought by every individual as the 
great object or end to be gained. Then all le- 
gal means should be employed to gain such a 
happy purpose and pleasure. Many things are 
brought to bear upon or test our virtue. It 
must be tested or how may we know its worth. 

INTEMPERANCE can be crushed if the 
people will. This is a high obligation they 
owe to themselves, their families and to the 
nation. Unquestionably, reform is needed 
from this as well as from other vices, and, as in 
every other reform, public sentiment must work 
with law in unison with it. But while waiting 
for public sentiment to become strong enough 
to act, thousands are ruined and fill a drunk- 
ard's grave. Public seutimeiit is frequently 
the production of but a few public or leading 
individuals, and swaying their influence from 
sinister motives, lead the people in opposition 
to what they entertain as the best means of 
reformatory movement. 

The true sentiment of the public therefore, 
is the voice of the people. This expression can 
be had by petitioning the "powers that be," 
but if no efficient force until in an advanced 
majority. Then only is the demand of the peo- 
ple respected and their petition confirmed by 
legi.sla'ive acts enabling them to stay the tide 
of inebriety and intemperance. An efficient 
means of reformation is an attack upon self, 
which means may save thousands from prema- 
ture graves. Help can be obtained by petition 
to a Higher power who has; said, "My grace is 
sufficient for thee," enabling the individual to 
abstain from the intoxicating bowl. While 

E that commits a wrong is violating a law 
or principle of right, and cannot escape 
a penalty for the violation of that principle. 
That which is wrong is sinful, and displeasing 
to the Framer of divine law. He has frowned 
upon sin and has given for its wages a recom- 
pense of death. "The wages of sin is death," 
and though sin may grow, grow luxuriantly, 
yet when its course is run, when it is finished, 
it bringeth forth death. Death therefore is the 
result of sin. Sin is so varied in its forms, so 
common that it enters the threshold of the 
heart almost unobserved, hence needs a careful 
sentinel guarding the first approach. Sin is 
largely ths result of excess. We might say it 
is excess proper. It is the transgression of 
law, aild as such, in the lejst it is doing too 
much; it is excess. This excess may be found 
in all the departments of life. The man of let- 
ters treads the literary path until the dead of 
night; the man of business so eager to "double 
up," that with tiied limbs and reeking brain he 
retires from business to rest, The miser counts 
and recounts his gold replacing it in his ccffers 
anxiously awaiting his usury from his debtors: 
makes no appropriation for schools, churches, 
nor any benevolent purpose, all for self, 
and worships his accumulations as his God. 
The glutton and the wine-bibber in their revel- 
ry "eaf, drink and be merry," "meats for the 
belly aud the beliy for meats!" little thinking 
that "God shall destroy both it and them." It 
is excess, it is sin, and its wages is death. Man, 
by his excess in these particular?, abuses his 
body, shortens life which might be one of great 
usefulness — a premature death: friends mourn, 
a mound marks his resting-place and soon bis 
history is written — forgotten. Thus God is 
robbed of his glory. He demands worship from 
his creature, both soul and body. This body 
must be cared for that it can render that praise 
to God which is due to his name, hence noth- 
ing should be indulged in to weaken the phys- 
ical or moral force. To do this man must study 
or acquaint himself with moral and physical 
laws; must study to "know thjself" man! 
Learn to know and to do your duty to God, 
yourself and to mankind, that all may be to the 
praise of His glory who with that hol,y design 
created ns all. . b. 








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B-jcob Eby, Lena, 111. Daniel Vaniman, Virden, ni. 

D B. Gibflon, Cerro Gordo, 111. J. S. Flory, Longmont, Colo. 

W O . Tester, Mt. Morris, 111. John Metzger, Corro Gordo, IIU 

8 S Mobler, Cornelia, Mo.' Jos. Hendrick " " " 

John Wise, Mulberry Grove, 111. D. Brower. Salem, Oregon. 
J- W. Sonthwood. Dora, Ind. 

Any Religious or Historical work in print Bent on receipt 
of publishers retail price. In sending for books alwaye 
giye 1. Tlie name of the book. 2. The nanie of the 
author, i. jLnd unless adyertised by us, the address of 
the publishers. 

We hail the weekly appearance of B. ai W. 
with gladness,-^Saniiiel D. W. 

We have ordered our 23rd dozen of Problem 
of Human Life. We are filling orders as rap- 
idly as we can gnt the books. 

Writing from Ripon, California, J. Fank 
says, "I will take one copy of the Stein and 
Ray Debate; hope it will be published and re- 
ceive a liberal patronage, for it is worthy. 

Bible-scliool Echoes. — I have examined 
this work and bung many of the piecfs con- 
tained therein and know of no book better 
adapted to church and Sunday-school singing. 
Prof. R. L. Gilbert. 

Close CommuniOIl: By landon West. 
This book contains many good points in defense 
of the Brethren's practice on the communion. 
Brethren, send for them and put them where 
they will do good. Price 50 cents. Address 
Brethren at Work. Lanark, 111. 

Lands of the Bible: By J. W. McGarvey. 
By the kindness of the author we are in pos- 
session of the above work. It is a neat as well 
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On board the ill-fated steamir Sewanhaka was 
one of the Fisk University singers. Before liaving 
the burning steamer and committing himself to 
the merciless waves, he carefully fastened upon 
himself and wife life preservers. Some ona oru 
eliy dragged away tliat of the wife, leaving her 
without hope, except as she could cling toherhus- 
baad. This she did, placing her hands firmly on 
his shoulders and resting th-.-re until her strength 
becoming exhausted, she said, "I can hold on no 
longer!" "Try a little longer," was the response of 
the wearied and agonizing husband, "let us sing 
'Bock of Ages.' " And as the sweet strains floated 
over the troubled waters reaching the ears of the 
sinking and dying, little did they know those 
sweet singers of Israel, whom they comforted. 

But lo! as they sang, one after another of those 
exhausted ones were seen raising their heads 
above the Overwhelming waves, joining with a 
last eiftirt in this sweet, dying, pleading prayer: 

Bock of ages, cloft for me, 
Let me hide myself in Thee 

With the sound seemed to c me strength; another 
and yet another was encouraged to renew effort. 

■lOon in the distance a boat was seen approach- 
ing! singing still, they tried, and soon with super- 
human strength laid hold of the life-boat, upon 
which they wers borne in safety to land, ihis is 
no fiction: it was related by the singer himself, 
whosaid he believed loplady's sweet "Bock of 
Ages' saved many aaother besides himself and 

Kew Yorl: E.xpress. 


ican committees, or are these variations to be re- 
ferred to and explained by notes?" "Variations 
exist, but they may he concurred in yet by the 
British committee. Our labor on the Naw T es ta- 
ment is done, and our work is ready for transmis- 
sion to England." 

The Anglo-American Bible revision movement 
originated in the^convocation of Canterbury, May 
6, 1470, by the appointment of a committee of sev- 
eral Biblical scholars and dignitaries of the church 
of England to undertake the v.'ork in association 
with scholars from other denominations. The 
American committee organized in 1S71, on invita- 
tion of the Si itish committee, to co-operate with 
it. Eight years have been spent m revising the 
New Testament. The work of revising the Old 
Testament has been oairied on during the same 
period, but will not be completed for two or three 
years yet. 


Jacksonville, Fia, Deo. .30.— We are having 
the coldest weather since 1S5S ; thermomi^ter 18 
degrees above this morning. The oranges on the 
trees in this city are frozen. A dispatch from Sum- 
ner county says the oranges are not damaged there. 
That county is about 100 miles south of this city. 

Galyestoj\% Texas, Dec. 30.— The "News" spe- 
cial from San Antionia says: "The night of the 
2Sth was the coldest on record there. At 6 A. M. 
the thermometer stood 10 degrees above zero. Tue 
ice was two inches thick. The v/ater pipes were 
frozen throughout the city; many buisted. At 
Dallas the mercury yesterday fell to four degrees 
a'oove zer.o. 

MONTGOMEKY. Ala., Dec. 2!).— The heaviest snow 
ever known here fell last night— five inches deep. 
Weather intensely cold. 

Waupaca, Wis., Dec 29,— Yesteiday morning 
the thermometer indicated 32 degrees below zero, 
and rem dned at 20 degrees below through the en- 
tire day. Many people v/ho came into town yes- 
terday had their hands, feet and faces frozen. 

BLOOMIN0TON, 111., Dec. 20.- To-day has been 
the coldest of the season. The thermometer, at 
an early hour this morning, stood 24 degrees below 

St. Louis, Mo , Dec 29— This was the coldest 
day for several years, i he mercury stood at 15 
degrees below zero at 8 o'clock this morning. 

Greensboeo. ST. C, Dec. 39.— The snow storm 
here is the heaviest for twenty years. Tlie snow 
is now fifteen inches deep and still snowing. 

iNDiANAPOLi.s, iND.,'— Dec.29,— At 7 o'clock this 
morning a private thermonieter registered 20 de- 
grees below zero, some going as low as 22. The 
weather is the most severe ever known here. 

The Universaliist presses of Oxford and Cam- 
bridge are expected to issue the revisedNew Tes- 
tament in February next. Dr. Schaft, president 
of the Americas committee on revision, positively 
asserts that no information whatever has been 
disclosed as to changes made by the revision of the 
old text. 

"Have changes been mader" asked The Evening 
Express Reporter. "Yes," said the doctor, "but no 
disclosure has been made about them. It is a mat- 
ter secret with tiie ccinoilltee, I have had the 
responsibility on this side of the Atlantic, and I 
lave been cautious and striven to do my full duty. 
Pretended statements have been made of ■ he chan- 
ges, but tie facts given were imaginary and very 
erroneous. The most elaborate statement was 
prepared in London, and it was the incorrect 
of all. it had six distinct matters whoUv wrong," 

"Is there perfect agreement of the Anglo-Amer- 


I will give a brief. sketch of my last trip to Ar- 
kansas. I started, in company with brethren M. 
Montgry and .J. AUman, on the 20th of November. 
Met with the brethren and' sisteis in Washington 
County the 22nd, and louiid ttem all weU. Three 
brethren and four sisters liv"fe eight miles e;;st of 
Fayetleville, the county seat of Washington county. 
Commenced preaching the 23rd, although the 
weather was disagreeable. The people were anx- 
ious and waiting to hear the Word preached. They 
btfgan to assemble in good earnest; men and women 
walking two miles. Our meetings were attended 
with iucrjased interest; met for worship sixteen 
times, I have traveled in differf.nt States, and 1 
never witnessed as g'jod order among tiny people ; 
old and young listened iitlentively. After services 
all went away quietly. V/e also lield a feast which 
was largely attended; iiaid to have been the largest 
congregation ever asstinlTled at that place. Sixteen 
members comcQuned. I'haro are six me nbers liv- 
ing about twenty-five miles from thei-o that were 
present. There is quite a demand for preaching 
in that country. We baptized one man by the 
name of Faith. He was a member of the Baptist 

church. He was there on a visit from Kansas, the 
first time he ever attended the Brethren's meet- 
ings. A BaptWk minister from the same State is 
very much concerned; he is quite an intelligent 
man and is pastor of a church. He said he was 
going to investigaie the matter closely, for he said 
his desire is to do right, and as he never had heard 
the Brethren's doctrine before, he wanted to prove 
all things to see whether we are right. He endor- 
ses all except Trine Immersion ; that he could not 
fully understand. 

Now it there are any brethren wishing to locate 
in the South they would do well to go and see that 
country. The riiilroad will soon be completed to 
Fayetteville from PearceCity,Mo. They have good . 
water, good climate and excellent for fruit of all 
kinds. Pretty fair land for a hilly country ; some 
good bottom land very cheap. You will meet with 
a very kind, free-hearted people and very accom- 
modating. I would be glad if some of our dear 
brethren would respond; brethren who are firm 
and active as I think much good might be done in 
that country. Souls are starving for the bread of 
life. Brethren, who will goV Brethreii wanting 
to correspond will address James Thompson or Pe- 
ter Trig. Both are brethren and ready to give in- 
formation when called on. Direct your letters to 
either of the brethren named, Maguire's Store, 
Washington Co., Arkansas. We are glad to hear 
that brother Gephart is going to fill the call in the 
North-eastern part of the State. Wish him suceeis. 
We live aeventy-fiye miles from the brethren in 
Washington County, which is the nearest org.ani- 
zation. ' G-eoese Baeshaet. 

The Otoscope isauinstrumentforerammingthe 
external, through its reflecting and magnifying 
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should never be passed further in the ear than one 
can see." 

WERTENBERGE.K— BENTZ.— Dec. 30th, 1880, by 
J. J. Hoover, at his residence. Mr. Martin Wer- 
tenberger, and Miss Salome Bentz, all of Stark 
Co., Onio. 

COUSER.— TARGEB.— .*Lt Whitnevville. Cass 
Co., Iowa, Dec. 30th, ISSO.Bro.D. G. Couser, of 
Mt. Ezia, and sister Josephine Yarger, of AVhit- 
neyville, by J. D. Haugbtelin. 

Blewiecl are tlio dottil 9'hfcU diain tits Lord. — Sev. 14 : 13. 

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when and where, and by whom condnctsd. 

CLARK.— In iVhitly Co., Indiana, December 2:3rd, 
1880, Sister Elizabeth Clark, aged 71 years, 5 
months and 14 days. Funeral services by Jesse 
Calvert. ■■ J. H. C. 

EARNS.- In the Middle District, Miami Co., O., 
February 21st, 1880, sister Mu.ria, wite of Bro. 
Joseph Karns, of quick consumption, aged 24 
years and six days. She leaves a little babv four 
mouths old, a broken-hearted husband and many 
kind trie. d3 to mouin their loss. Funeral ser- 
vics.i by the Brethren from Revelations 14: 13. 

KARNS.- Near West Charleston, Miami Co.. 0., 
of vvl'ooping-cough, Amaodit E. Karns, aged 9 
months and 17 days, daugliter of Josep.'i and 
M;iria Karns. Tht-; friends followed tlics little 
lamb to its resting place by the side of its moth- 
er. Funeral services by the Brethren from Matt. 
19: 14. 

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Current Topics. 

A Chinese giant has arrived in New York. He 
is eight feet six inches in height. He speaks En- 
glish, French, German, and a little Spanish. 

The late Mr. James E. Bi-own, of Kittanning, 
Pa., has left to Tarious benevolent institutions 
the magniflcsnt sum of ^168 000. This is to be 
ustd for horns and foreign mi33ions,educalion. 

A very stringent prohibitory liquor billhas 
passed both houses of the Vermont Legislature, 
and will doubjless become the law of the Scate. 
It proposes to declare any saloon, or place where 
liquor is given away, a public nuisance. 

Another arlic expedition is to be sent out 
next year by the Royal Geographical S jciety of 
England. It is announced, however, that the 
discovery of the north pole is not to be its main 

The Burnside educational bill, which gives 
the income arising from the sale of public lands 
and the proceeds of patents to the support of 
schools throughout the nation, passed the senate 
by a vote of 41 to 6. 

Lewis Eockweli was supported by his rela- 
tives at Honesdale, Pa., until he wasa hundred 
years old ; and then, deeming his longevity un- 
reasonable, they turned him over to the Poor- 
master. He is now 102. 

Dr. Talmage, in a recent sermon on Mormon- 
ism, declared that Sodom and Salt Lake City 
were synonymous, and that one would meet tne 
fate of the other. " Both are near a salt, offens- 
ive, Ashless, dead sea; both are famous capitals 
of the most accursed impurity; both are doom- 

The Chinese have a time-bouoied custom that 
they shall pay all debts before their New Year's 
,Day, and those who are unable to do this will 
almost always commit suicide on account of th« 
disgrace. We don't want the suicides, but our 
people would be better off with the other part 
of the custom. 

The Jewish Mi'ssenger says that a hundred 
well-to-do heads of Jewish families in Roumania, 
have petitioned the Alliance Israelite to pur 
chase land for them in Palestine, where they 
may found an agricultural colony; they offer to 
contribute 400 francs each, and to pay the bal- 
ance iu annual installments. 

The condition of the Jews in Morocco is de- 
plorable. At Morocco, the capital city its'-lf, 
but a few weeks sioce, the Cadi ordered the era 
cifixion of a Jew accused of having lent money 
at a usutous rate of interest. A short time be- 

fore this, a band of dervi.ihes, who exercise great 
influence over the native inhabitants, seized 
a Jew at Antifa, and after flaying him alive, 
killed him and ate him. 

A good New Testament is now sold in En- 
gland for a penny, and in this country for a 
half-dime. There is practically no dfiiculty in 
the way of circulating the Scriptures in English- 
speaking nations. By thegenerosity of many 
Societies and theeaterpriseof many publishers, 
the BiHle is as the spelling-bnok. 

There are thirty thousand Jews in LoiidoB. 
Of these, about two thousand are me-oibers oi 
Christian churches. Of the 18,000 living in 
Berlin, 2,000 are said to be converted. The to- 
tal number of Jews' in Europe is estimated at 
3,431700 and of these 20,000 are reckcufd as 
Chnstian converts. In the Episcopal Church in 
England, 100 ministers are of Jewish birth. , 

Gov. Porter, of Indiana, visited the session 
of the teachers' Association in that State, and 
made an excellent speech. Assuring the teach- 
ers of his personal and offioal interest in their 
work, he specially urged upon them the import" 
ance of directing the minds of their pupils to 
the reading of good books, as the most potent 
influence in education and in the formation of 


The Rev. Dr. Fisch, of Paris, says that four 
million copies of the Scriptures have been sold 
in Francs, that all the young men in the army 
have been taught to read the Gospsl of John 
and that 500,000 know that gospel by hrart 
and that 100,000 soldiers,driven into Protestant 
Switzerland during the late war, have returned 
to France, each with a New Testament and 
various tracts. 

The Star and Covenant, the Universalist 
paper publ shed in Ch'cago, says: ''The best 
word that Joseph Cook or David Swing has 
spiken for the soul and its destiny is, that God 
has given it liberty which it may so use as Jo 
s;eure its eternal iTeli-baing, or so abnse a3 to 
doom itself to endlefs ill being. The issue is 
not with God, bat with each spirit. Man is 
launched on the ocean, and left to mate his 
voyage to the haven of eletnal joy.or to the wild 
maelstrom of ceaslsss misery." 

But three hundred years ago, a body of 
Romish priests made a great fire in Earl street, 
London.and burned every copy of the Bible that 
could he f-juud, an^ then congratulated them- 
selvfs that at last the Bible was destroyed. To- 
day, on the very spot where this fire was built, 
stands tbe^ great building of the British and 
Foreign- Bible Society ,w here the Bible is print- 
ed in one hundred and seventy eight diferent 
languages; and it may almost be said that an 
additional copy comes irom the press at every 
tick of the clock. ' 

Rev. F. Klein, in a journey to Moab, some 
time ago, was aftbrded what seemed to him a 
vivid illustration of the words "JerusaleiD shall 
be inhabited as towns wiihout walla for the 
multitude of men and cattle therein; for I, saith 
the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round 
about" (Zicbariah 2: 4. 5). When passing 
through the southern ead of theDeadSea, it be- 
came necessary to camp for the night in the 
midst of dangers from hostile Ara'T bands, lue 
guides, "The Jelahsn, " he relates, "kept up 
watch-fires round cur camp all night, shouting 
at intervals, to protect us from robbery. It 
was 'a wall of fire round about 

Rev. Eugene Revpillaud, of Pans, makes the 
remarkable statement that in all parts of France 
the interest is so great to bear the gospel 
preached in godly simplicity, that thirty thous- 
and evangelists could find eager listeners. He 
finds it necessary, in order to overcome the 
prejudice that exists against the clergy, to have 
a simple table on which to lay the Bible, and 
stand on the floor without a raised platform. 

The San Francisco Occident says that the 
large brick building which Mr. Moody has erect- 
ed during the past summer upon a commanding 
spot near his farm in Northfield, Mass. intended 
as a school for the daughters of drunken paren ts. 
has been built "for Jesus, and for no one els"^" 
In the summer vacation it is proposed to fill 
the rooms with "Christian pfople who desire to 
spend a few weeks in the study of the Bible in- 
stpad of in fashionable watering-place dissipa- 
l tion." 

There is a very common impression that the 
Romish priests are very learned men. This is 
a great mistake. Tiiere are some men among 
them who are really learned; some are well read 
in history, others in philosophy, and some excel 
in languages. But a broad cultured man of 
gnneral scholarship is a great rarity among Ro- 
man priests. The late Dr. S. M. Yail tells of 
meeting a priest on the ears in August iasT; who 
knew the Latin of his breviary, but nothing 
else. We have oui-3->lve3 met with various Rom- 
ish priest", not one of whom deserved the grade 
of an intelligent so'ao->l boy, outside of hU in- 
evitable Latin. It is not unusual for them to 
read aud speak that language fluently, and 
be ignorant of arithmetic, geography and other 
sciences. There are Romish pnlpiw where 
there must be men of talent and learning. — 
, The Golden Censer. 



For th« Brethren at Work. 



All that is beautiful, all that is bright, 

la fading, fast away from our sight; 

The sweet daisy flower — the friend of the bees. 

Has withered and faded like the forest trees. 

Barth has no happiness, 'tis but a ray 
Tkat smiles on us here, but it soon steals away; 
A stray beam which comes from the blaze of 

And leaves us to ponder o'er life fickle story. 

The Summer, the season of song of joy, 
Tints earth with its beauty and our sorrows 

Gives bloom to the glade and the river. 
But soon comts the Winter and dark skies that 


Friends that we cherish are passing away, 
And we, though unwilling, will surely decay. 
And drop from our places in sighing and sorrow, 
To live in the light of a ne'er fading morrow. 

Earth's summer blossoms are scented and gay. 
But scarce do they bloom when their scent 

passes away; 
They bring to us feelings of freshness and 

pleasure — 
Are types of our lives and all that we treasure. 

Though lofty our station, and vast, be our 

Though gifted with knowledge, joy, beauty, 

and health; 
Trust not in these, for no one can gain say, 
That they know not the day they'll vanish 


Then let us remember, ere death's buried light. 
Hides earth's ebbing beauties away from our 

While through this world our weary life plod. 
That ne'er fading beauties dwell only with Grod. 

For the Brethren at Work. 



N seasons of political excitement, 
when great national questions are 
agitating the public mind, and opposite 
principles are warmly discussed, as have 
been the case during the Presidential 
campaign, through which we have re- 
cently passed, sometimes we are made 
to fear, and almost believe, that our 
government is in danger of being over- 
thrown, our institutions of civil and re 
ligious liberty subverted, the honor of 
our nation made to trail m the dust, 
peace and happiness destroyed, our peo 
pie demoralized, republicanism a fail- 
ure, and to be superceded by depotism, 
if not by anarchy and confusion. 

At times like this, the mind being so 

much exercised, it is no wonder that in 
our disturbed slumbers we should be 
carried away in dreams, and wlio knows 
but that these dreams may be om- 
nious of what shall come to pass in the 
distant future. 

Thus in my musings upon my bed 
(whether awake or asleep God know- 
eth) a grand panarama passed before 
my vision, as it were the representation 
of a grand magnificent, and splendid 
government, a noble theocracy, which 
as it appeared in the vision, had silent- 
ly, and within the realms of another 
kingdom almost imperceptably, with 
apparently feeble human instrumentali- 
ties grown to be a government of im- 
mense proportions, spreading itself un- 
der God's providence far and wide locat- 
ing colonies here and there until it 
appeared to span the whole domain 
from the eastern to the western seas. 

It appeared, however, in the vision 
that the grandeur of this government 
did not consist so much in the material 
wealth and dignity of worldly greatness, 
as in its spiritual embellishment, its pro- 
found conscientiousness as to the rule of 
right, integrity and justice, the golden 
rule emblazoned upon its order: "As 
you would have others do to you, do ye 
even so to them," A sacred regard for 
the first commandment of all, "to love 
the Lord thy God, with all thy soul, 
with all thy mind, and with all thy 
strength, and thy neighbor as thyself." 

These were the peculiar characteris- 
istics, together with self denial, non- 
conformity to the world ; such were they 
while in infancy and virtuous youth. 
And the vision appeared to be for days 
and weeks and months and years till I 
beheld that it grew in stature and to en- 
large its territory, and as it revolved 
around its great center, I beheld that 
portions of its body sloughed olf, and 
forming an orbit of their own, ind for a 
time seemed to blaze in the firmament, 
reflecting a little light from the original 
source, but soon like the branch severed 
from the parent stock dies for want of 
nourishment, so these little stars, or as 
astronomers would call the Ji, asteroids, 
begin to wane, struggle for existence, 
begin to quiver, and flicker dimly, soon 
dies and only has an existence in the 
memories of the past. 

This government however appeared 
in my vision to "lengthen its cords, 
strengthen its stakes, and spread out the 
curtains of its habitation." Its prov- 
inces now established far and wide, and 

itself advancing in years, began to al- 
low the principles of virtue that char- 
acterized the history of its youth, more 
or less to go into decay; but still try- 
ing to keep the entire government from 
a fatal departure, kept a watchful eye 
over its distant provinces. 

And it appeared in my vision that in 
the course of time it was reported at 
the seat of government that a certain 
colony had changed the laws and 
usages, whereupon it was decided in 
the national councils that ambassadors 
should be sent, which was done; a dele- 
gation of wise, prudent, and loyal men 
were sent. They went and labored for 
some time with them, interpreting and 
expounding the laws of the general 
government; and from the conceptions 
and promises of the erring province 
they concluded that their effort was a 
success, but to the surprise and a mor- 
tification of the government and this 
people that colony did not comply in 
good faith with its promises. This as 
it appeared m the vision was reported 
back to headquarters, whereupon it 
was decided by the counsels of the gen- 
eral assembly that another embassage 
must be sent assuming that the different 
provinces must all observe the same 
laws and respect the authority of the 
national court. And so as it appeared 
in the vision, lots were cast in the su- 
preme council chamber of the supreme 
court to determine who should now go 
on this important mission, that it might 
appear to be the great Autocrat, for it 
appeared to be a theocratic government, 
the government of God. And the lot 
fell on certain men who had the confi 
dence of the court, and they were com- 
missioned and sent with instructions to 
see that the authority of the govern- 
ment was respected and its dignity 

Accordingly, they went, and it ap- 
peared in the vision that they rode on 
chariots that seem like torches, and that 
run like the lightnings, and it appeared 
as if they went into a far country ; days 
and nights intervening during their 
passage. But they went and found as 
reported, that some were loyal to the 
government and some were disloyal, 
and had conspired to ignore the usages 
thereof, and to establish something like 
what may be termed in theology an in- 
dependendent or congregational govern- 
ment, but still to retain the same name 
of the parent confederation, saying, "we 
will eat our own bread and wear our 

THLEI BKETilKEiq" -^T l^^OKKl. 


own apparel; only let us be called by 
thy name to take away our reproach." 
In this they were more shrewd than 
those who severed all connection with 
the main body, thereby retaininpc an ex- 
istence and a standing among other na- 

The ambassadors arriving among 
them, call the chief men and the people 
together. And it appeared in the vision 
that there was then together a very sol- 
emn assembly, and according to the 
principles of Democracy as learned in 
the school of legal equality — all the 
subjects of this kingdom have a right to 
be heard in the deliberations of its 
councils, and it was so awarded to them. 
But it appeared in the vision that the 
chief men of this province were de- 
sirous to avoid an investigation of their 
matters, and called in question the le 
gality of the proceedings of the Supreme 
Court, in thus interfering with their in- 
dependence, upon which it appeared 
that those representatives were about to 
leave and report at head quarters. 
Then it appeared that they began to be 
afraid that they would be deprived of 
tlie name and association of the govern- 
ment, and waived their objections. 
Then the servants of the kingdom be- 
gan the investigation, and in obedience 
to instructions insisted on a conformity 
(of ail who wished to remain as sub- 
jects) to the constitution and laws of the 
kingdom. After much discussion, plead- 
ing, and consultation, all without an ex- 
ception agreed to come to the measures 

A careful report was written, which 
was read and reread, and explained and 
accepted by all concerned. Then it 
appeared in the vision that the agents 
returned rejoicing and submitted the 
report of their labors to the court aS' 
sembled, which, as it appeared, met the 
entire approbation of the court, and it 
■ appeared that there was a very great 
assemblage present on that occasion, 
and that while all had the liberty to 
speak, because all the subjects of this 
government have this liberty, and the 
universal silence left the impression 
that the delegates had faithfully and 
acceptably discharged their duty, and 
so their report was recorded upon the 
statutes as a part of the organic law of 
the. government. 

But in this vision it apj- eared as is 
the reality in national affairs, that revo- 
lutions never go backwards ; for at the 
next annual session of the Supreme 

Court it appeared that tidings came 
from the same province that there was 
no reformation, that it had not taken 
the first step in compliance with its 
assumed obligation upon which it ap- 
peared in the vision, that there was a 
deep concern manifested as to what 
ought to be done, and finally it was de- 
cided in the grand council of the king- 
dom and ordained that those same chos- 
en men should examine into the truth 
of these reports, and take such steps as 
were necessary to secure the subordina- 
tion of that colony. In obedience to 
this injunction they instituted an inqui- 
ry which resulted in the accumulation 
of a volume of testimonial documents, 
all confirming the truth of the insubor- 
dination of this province. The case 
(with persons and papers) was now 
submitted to other chosen men appoint- 
ed by the court — it now again being in 
annual iession. And it appeared in the 
vision that these chosen men labored 
ardently and honestly, and at length 
brought in their verdict; that the report 
was there and that the empire in ques- 
tion appeared to be incorrigible and that 
positive measures must be applied or 
the authority of the government would 
be absolutely ignored and trodden un- 
der foot, and as a last alternative it was 
ordained that if she would not respect 
the a^ithority of the government, and so 
exhibit in a given time, that by her own 
act, or non- action, she would cut the 
fraternal cord and be dismembered 
from the social compact; and I thought 
I saw these men come into court, and 
there appeared to be a great silence, 
and I saw their foreman stand up in the 
great congregation and in loud voice 
read the verdict, and 1 heard the voice 
of the united councO. and all the people 
say. Amen. 

But what above all things appeared 
most strange, as I thought, I saw in the 
vision that the wheels of time rolled on 
and on, and the time appointed passing 
by, and no change in the usages and 
manners of the province in question, 
time rolled on and it came to pass that 
another annual meeting of the counsels 
of this great people was in session, and 
I thought I saw the great court in coun- 
cil on this important question, and 
strange to say instead of vindicating its 
honor and maintaining its dignity, it 
supinely waives all former decisions, lets 
the scepter slip from its grasp, and 
grants another embassy, partially the 
choosing of the insubordinate colony. 

and between whom an alliance may 
have been formed by flattery and prom- 
ises, for I thought I saw in the vision a 
rather mysterious correspondence, cen- 
suring and ridiculing former ambassa- 
dors, and the vision was for a time and 
a time, prophetically speaking. Dur- 
ing this period there appeared to be 
rather a stillness in the atmosphere, on- 
ly occasionally a sort of distant quiver- 
ing in the horizon. At length the si- 
lence was broken, and the echo as heard 
in the distance, if in our slumbers we 
interpret them correctly, sounded some- 
thing like this : "We now say unto you 
the labors of all former ambassadors, 
with all the expenses attached, and 
councils of all former sessions of this 
pretended Supreme Court was all a 
sham, a m^re farce. They told you that 
the authority of the government must 
be respected, its laws obeyed, and its 
dignity maintained. But it was not in 
earnest; they did not mean that you 
should do it. They did say by the acts 
of their ambassadors if you did not be- 
come subordinate and obey her counsels 
that your connection with the govern- 
ment should be dissolved; but the se- 
quel shows you clearly that it was not 
so intended, not being executed. We 
don't care whether you make the re- 
forms required or not; it is altogether 
immaterial. Just go on as you have 
done, and let others do as it pleaseth 
them. Only quit fault-finding and live 
at peace." 

But I saw in the vision a little group 
of subjects still loyal to the great auto- 
crat and Supreme President of the 
kingdom. These seemed to^be giieveil- 
at the turn the case had taken, and in 
honor to theii' sovereign, wished to 
maintain inviolate the primitive form 
of the government holding to be sa- 
cred the constitution and laws thereof, 
and not just ready to compromise those 
sacred principles, which subjected them 
to the censure of these agents as being 
stubborn and self willed. And so it 
appeared in the vision that it remained 
in this unsettled condition for awhile, 
until by chance some other men, not 
chosen nor sent, but of their own ac- 
cord, or perhaps called by the insub- 
ordinates with whom there was more 
congeniality, coming into the province, 
constituted themselves an umpii-e to 
complete this work as suggested by 
their late predecessors. And I saw in 
the vision when the different elements 
of the empire had assembled these men 



took the position aa Moderators, with 
an air of great wisdom and importance. 
But instead of moderating, became 
quite immoderate themselves in censur- 
ing and ridiculing the chosen men sent 
by the government denouncing their 
proceedings and trying to overthrow 
everything done by them; but failing to 
succeed in this they ingeniously con- 
cluded to fall back upon the premises of 
the Supreme Court, in substance, but 
the sound to my hearing appeared in 
the vision something like this: Let 
^ these-old -laws- and practices of the kiHg- 
dom go to the winds, rj^uit findicg fault, 
live at peace, and fraternize every thing 
that may come, however averse to the 
holy canon and laws of the kingdom it 
may be. We are living iji a progress- 
ive age — the world is moving and we 
must move with it. In the meantime, 
I saw in my vision the remnant of loyal 
subjects in that far country, stand 
trembling over powered by number8,and 
intiminated by ceasure as being stub- 
born and self-willed. They finally con- 
cluded to succumb, let matters take 
what course they might, they would 
cease to complain ; call it a cessation of 
effort to sustain the principles of the 
original government, but no compro- 
mise nor real union with any depart- 
ures therefrom. 

At this moment it appeared in the 
vision that there was a great shout in 
the camp : Ho ! Ho-we have conquered 
at last! Victory has perched on our 
banner. We now can and will laugh 
at the authority of this pretended the- 
ocracy; spurn and trampl« under foot 
the dignity of the Supreme Court, and 
snap our fingers at such messengers as 
she may send with the design of inter- 
fering vnth our congregational rights 
and our individual privileges may 
henceforth not be called in question. 

In awakening from my dream I was 
made to wonder if it was possible for 
such a thing to become a reality ? and if 
so, would not such a government be an 
object of pity: its honor trailing in the 
dust, its dignity despised, its authority 
trampled under foot, and it becomes a 
hissing and a by -word of reproach 
among the more fortunate sovereignties 
by which it is surrounded ? 

JSTomancan ask honestly or 'hopeless- 
ly to be delivered from temptation un- 
less he has himself honestly and firmly 
determined to do the best he can to 
keep out of it. 

For the Brethren at Work. 



Our blessed Lord and Savior said. 
While here on earth below, 

"Give ns this day our daily bread," 
That we his care might know. 

We lift our voices Lord to thee, 

In humble gratitude; 
Thy hand, our Father, may we see, 

In every needed good. 

For the Brethren at Work . 



A NOTHER year is past forever, and 


we are one year nearer to our 

grave. Much reason have we to be 
thankful to our God that we are yet 
numbered among the living, while 
many have passed away since last New 
Year; some that were near and dear to 
us, and who expected to see this New 
Year as much as we did. But alas! 
they are numbered with the pale na- 
tions of the dead. And while we are 
in the midst of health, we may be near- 
er home — much nearer than we think; 
therefore let us be up and a doing, 
while it is called to-day, that when the 
pale messenger of death cometh to pay 
us a visit, we may be ready. As we 
have entered upon a new year let us be 
more faithful, and double our diligence 
in serving God. We should make the 
Bible our daily study, for in 2 Tim. 2: 
15 we read that we shall study to show 
ourselves approved unto God, a work- 
man that needeth not to be ashamed , 
rightly dividing the word of truth. 
Hence it is requested of us to study the 
Scriptures, that we may understand it 
more perfectly; therefore we should 
make good use of our spare moments, 
and by so doing we can learn daily. 
Let us do good; seek peace and pursue 
it. The eyes of the Lord are upon the 
righteous, and his ears are open unto 
their cry. 

For the Brethren at Work. 



"VrOW as the new year is here, let us 
-^^ resolve that by God's help we 
will endeavor to rise higher and higher 
in our sphere of usefulness than we ever 
have before. Let us all try to live clos- 
er to God, love hiro with a pure heart 
fervently, ajjd love one anoihjt. Let our 

love be without dissimulation; and 
above all, dear brethren and sisters, let 
us have the Bretheen at Woek next 
year to be a work for good ; let us have 
less about self, and more about Christ; 
less jealousy and more courtesy, (edit- 
ors included.) It does not make much 
difference to the readers in general where 
you "took the train," or who furnished 
you a ''sumptous breakfast." But tell 
us about the great and glorious revivals. 
(I mean revivals of Christianity.) Don't 
tell us so much about that talented 
brother that went on a mission. Where? 
Why away several hundreds of miles 
east to large and flourishing congrega- 
tions with large and flourishing congre- 
gations, with not less than half a dozen 
good speakers behind the table, dozing 
while you speak. But tell us that you 
have been West where the members are 
few and in limited circumstances, and 
where we meet in school-houses and 
even sometimes hold Love feasts in the 
open air. 

For the Brethren at AVork. 


WRITTEN JAN. 1, 1881. 

ON last night while the way-watchers 
were gazing in breathless silence, 
our old and well tried friend and much 
loved companion, just as the clock 
struck twelve, closed his eyes and was 
numbered with the pale nations of the 
past. For some time prior to his de- 
parture it had become apparent by his 
friend that his time was drawing nigh 
to an end, and as the end drew nearer 
and nearer the concern of the family 
became more and more apparent, — all 
became alarmed and drew near the 
scene of departure, and to hear the gen- 
tle whisper: "Farewell, true and well- 
tried friends; you have seen my birth 
and welcomed me in your family circles, , 
in your sanctuarses, in your halls of 
mirth and business departments. I have 
been with you in your sorrows and joys. 
You have not forsaken me; when I was 
young you sported with me ia my early 
cjol shades and wandered in my pres- 
ence by the babbling brooks and refresh- 
ing rivulets. When my face became 
scorched with burning heat you were 
found to visit frequently the cool water- 
ing places, and sprinkle my parchin^, 
tendrils, which so pitifully plead for the 
refreshing dews of the morning or the 
gentle showers of heaven. When in 
my prime I struggled h^rd to lend my 

TliE BI^ETE[IlE]^T ^i.T "WOUK. 


support for the sustenance of life; 
you were not slow to run to my bounti- 
fulness with a smile upon your counte- 
nance as if to say, 'Thanks, my dear 
friend,' and then gathered home the 
bright golden sheaves, with much zeal 
and care, that I in my old days might 
enjoy at least the satisfaction of seeing 
my tender offspring nourished. As I 
began to be disenrobed of my green 
and orange plume, and began to feel the 
chills of exhausted days stealing on me 
still you were not found to forsake me; 
but began to lay up m store the rich 
golden nuggets which hang in clusters 
about my rugged boughs, that you 
might, when I am numbered with the 
past, still be nourished with fond recol 
lections of your friend." 

For the past two months it became 
apparent that our old friend was mak- 
ing preparations for his departure and 
gave us warning. He began to shake 
his time-worn frame, his locks became 
shorn of their bright living lustre, his 
face became rough, his countenance 
turned pale, his breath became congeal- 
ed, and his perspiration began to cling 
to his cheek. For two weeks past his 
bright sunny countenance refused to 
play around him as in days of yore. 
Six days later and his tear drops fell 
like flakes of snow, and his voice could 
be heard through all the house, evi- 
dently speakiiis:; that his lungs were 
fast congealing. "We turned our eyes to 
the luminaries of our palaces, (the win- 
dow panes) and there we could read in 
his eyes his birth and parentage — even 
from the cradle to the grave — we could 
see the early spring time of his youth in 
the little daisies and tiny spheres of na- 
ture's own art. We could see the stalks 
of corn in fall ear, the golden shea ves 
gathered in clusters. Away beyond we 
could see the vast plain in which his 
busy finger had unceasingly been flying 
in all his arts. In this vast plain we 
could also see the massive steamer plow- 
ing the mighty deep, the smoke of the 
busy engine, and the vegetations of the 
prairies. On our right and left we could 
see the beautiful poplar and the massive 
oak, the terriflc mountains with its 
rocks and clifls rising high to the heav- 
ens, and as +hey rose higher they bent 
their massive forms as if to humble 
themselves in the presence of the great 
I Aia. Lastly, we could see the beau- 
tifvl weeping willow wifh its long ten- 
drils reaching low down in the valley 
beneath, which seemed to be more ex- 

pressive than all the rest of the great 
panorama, which seemed to whisper an 
invitation to plant one over me when I 
am gone. After viewing the scene as 
thus portrayed we laid our weary limbs 
upon our soft bed to take a few hours 
of repose, but soon it became apparent 
to the weary watchers that we, like 
Peter, James, and John in the garden of 
Gethsemane, had become unconscious of 
all that was around us. This morning 
we opened our eyes, only too late to take 
the last look at our departed friend; he 
has gone. Many are the fond recollec- 
tions of his presence; many were the 
pleasant days spent in his presence in 
the sanctuary; many were the pray- 
ers in his presence sent up to heaven ; 
many were the echoes which came 
back through him: "Thy sins are for- 
given;" many were the names that were 
written in his presence in the Lamb's 
Book of Life; and many during his 
stay did he witness their departure by 
the way of all the earth. Now he has 
gone to meet them, and we trust he will 
not be found lacking. But to-day many 
are weeping over him, and reckoning 
the acts of his presence. To-day many 
are forming new resolutions. Many 
are weeping for their dead and will not 
be comforted. To day has brought sor^ 
row to many a family. To-day our de- 
parted successor is inaugrated and takes 
upon him his predecessor's name by 
adding one to his nothing. 

May we then like our new friend 
search out every nothing of our lives 
and add one to .the happy future, that 
when we shall be numbered with the 
dead, that the former name which we 
will take in the future will add one to 
the happy throng around G-od's throne 
forever to dwell with bright angels 
above the skies. Now, beloved, while 
it is yet called to-day let us work; let 
us put forth every nerve to avail our- 
selves of the present and help to make 
others happy, is my prayer. 

they possess if they could ju-t hear 
one sermon preached in its primitive 
purity. 1 do not think when Christ 
said, "Go preach my gospel to every 
creature," that he just meant these 
places where he thought they would 
find the most Christians, but I think he 
meant that they should preach and ex- 
pect to do some good. I am sure you 
could do good and save many souls if 
you would hold a meeting here. There 
are many here who never heard the 
dear brethren preach, and say they 
would like to hear them very mncl. . 
Souls are starving for the pure bread oi 
life. how fast they are dying! 

We have other denominations here, 
and why is it that the brethren ro not 
come in? We hear of them going 
exerywhere to preach, and wLy is it 
they don't came here ? We need preach- 
ing. Quite a number have asked mc to 
write and have a minister to come and 
preach, one sermon, if no more. 1 have 
tried every way in my power to get 
them to come, but all in vain. If I 
were blessed with abundance I would 
pay their expenses; but I am not. 
But thank God if I do alll can and it 
does no good I will not be to blame. 
Will some one come? This may be my 
last cal'. Life is uncertain. 

Joseph. Union County, Oregon. 




Dear brother: — 

WHEN I think of the good meet- 
ings that people enjoy so much, 
and the soul- re freshing seasons that so 
many of our dear people are enjoying 
from time to time, it makes me wonder 
if my brethren ever think of poor deso 
late people, that would give everything 

STOP, Brother, stop; how will you 
dare to take the Lord's name in 
vain ? How can you when you were 
better raised ? How can you think of 
fearing your God at the great day of 
judgment wTien here on earth you pro^" 
faned his holy name? Oh it makes my 
heart ache to hear you talk, and to 
think you have grown so thoughtless 
and wicked. Was you not baptized? 
Oh yes! But perhaps not into the 
right spirit. Then turn to the Word of 
God with a prayerful heart; therein you 
will find the waj to everlasting life. 


Truth is the foundation of all knowl- 
edge and the cement of all societies. 

Repentance without amendment is 
like pumping without stopping the 

There is nothing more to be esteem- 
ed than a manly firmness and decision 
of character. 

Knowledge is modest, cautious, and 
p ure, while ignoiance is boastiul, con- 
ceited and sure. 





To a CatnpbelUte^ Clergyman: — 

THIS is tlie hobby of Unitarianism. To 
them Christ is all man and no God. They 
are forever echoing the sorrowful appeal of 
Pilate— "Behold the Man." You have fallen 
into the reverse extreme. With jou it is Eece 
Deus — all God and no humanity. One is as 
far from the truth as the other. Ecce-Deus- 
Homo is the Christ of the Bible. That He 
was God we need not demonstrate: this you 
admit. He is the subject of prophecy as the 
•^Wo^Mriul-C_onDselor, theJM.ighty God, the 
everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." To 
this the whole Bible, and all history, and all 
personal experience m holiness, bear witness. 
Was the incarnation a sham? So you virtually 
declare. Did the virgin bring forth wind in 
her delivery at Bethlehem? What was it 
that lay in the manger wrapped in swaddling 
clothes? A myth? A nonentity? It was a ver- 
itable human babe, inclosing in its tiny form 
very God — Emanuel. I care nothing about 
your nice theory that requires the Savior to be 
pure Deity — his very flesh and bones Divine. 
"God is a Spirit." So testifies Jesus. "A 
spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see me 
have." So testifies Jesus again. Did He stulti- 
fy Himself? If He was pure Divinity, He did 
not know it himself, nor His apostles, nor His 
prophets. What about the lad in the temple, 
the toiling Carpenter, the consecrated Messen- 
gen of the Covenant in Jordan, the wrestler with 
Satan in the wilderness, the foot-sore Evangel 
of Palestine, the blood- sweating suppliant in 
Gethsemane, the thorn- crowned, scourged, buf- 
feted victim in the judgment hall, the impaled 
spike-rivited, bleeding, groaning, dying Sacri- 
fice for the sins of the world ? Are all these 
haillucinations, make-believes, a God-enacted 
farce to blind and mock the very race it pre- 
tended to save? It is an outrage on common 
sense and common honesty. Of all deceptions 
ever palmed off upon the world none is eqtual 
to the thirty-three years of Messianic life, if 
he was not very man in body and soul. 

A lledeemer all God is not the want of hu- 
manity. We need a Divine Incarnation which 
is a reality and not a delusion. "The word was 
made flesh," and yet remained the word. 
The flesh was not metamorphosed into Deity, 
nor Deity into flesh. Ecce Homo, Ecce Deus, 
meets the liabilities and disabilities of ruined 
human nature. "Without shedding of blood 
there is no remission." So declares Paul. Is 
the apostle orthodox? God cannot bleed, for 
he has no bl iod, only the essence out of which 
blood is made. "The life thereof, which is the 
Mood thereof'i" was God's far-reaching injunc- 
tion and prophecy to Noah. Gen. 9: 4. "In 
Him was life.'" Sin requirtd both the Life 
which originates blood, and the blood which 
symbolizes life. God and man had to consti- 
tute the Mediator for the reconciliation of the 
variant parties. Had Jesus been all God we 
would be still unredeemed. The altar called for 
a tangible sacrifice. Material, visible blood had 
to be carried within the awful vail on the great 
day of Atonement. Ecce Homo. "Behold my 
hands and my feet; reach hither thy hand, and 
t hraet it into my side; be not faithless but be- 

lieving." Still no real humanity? of what was 
Thomas convinced? That he was handling 
what eye can neither see nor sense touch? Be 
not faithless but believing in relation to what? 
of course to the veritable humanity of Jesus. 
If this is not so, then that post-resurrection 
scene is one of the silliest humbugs on record, 
and the resurrection itself is the consummation 
of fraud. Deity sank not into the grave, but a 
lifeless corpse. What was not in the sepulchre 
could not come out. What then is the resur- 
rection? If a reality and yet hot Deity, what 
then? If not humanity, what else? Aught 
else needed? How could God supply a second 
Adam without taking on Him the seed oi Abra- 
ham? How couid he make atonement without 
getting out of human nature the materials for 
the offering, infusing His own life to give it ef- 
ficacy? Ecce Homo. "Since by man came 
death, by man came also the resurrection of the 
dead." The composite constitution required 
for incarnation,Prophetie ministry,Atonement, 
and Resurrection, is equally needed for the sac- 
erdotal function of the Upper Sanctuary. Je- 
sus is still Godman, Emmanuel, a Divine hu- 
man Brother. 

Eece-Deus-Homo. This is the appeal of God to 
the hu-man racB,and will be the Joy and song and 
wonder of Eternity. His Deity was often and 
peremptorily denied by His malicious infatuat- 
ed contemporaries; but His humanity never. 
Any theology that requires such a mutilation 
of Scripture, and such a mangling of Emman- 
uel, is rotten root and branch. How could a 
Savior not God help us? Nothing less than 
Omnipotence will suffice to recover from the 
catastrophe of sin. How can a Redeemer not 
man become our substitute, be "made curse for 
us" "become sin," die in our stead, "the just 
for the unjust, " and offer Himself as the or- 
ganic Head of a new family? All this requires 
a fallen nature. The simple fact that in glory 
He still retains the name Jesus, as "name 
which is above every name," is sufficient proof 
that he retains the nature to which the name 
is applied. ' ^She shall bring forth a Son, and 
thou shalt call HiS'name Jesus, for He shall 
save His people from their sins." This name is 
the cognate of Emmanuel, and this last with- 
out a real conjunction of the Divine and hu- 
man would be the climax of imposture. It is 
the Son of man who is seen at the right hand 
of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. 
Matt. 26:64, and 25: 31, and 16: 27. Stephen 
sees Him as the Son of Man standing at the 
right hand of God. Acts 7: 56. I am Jesus of 
Nazareth, He addresses Paul. Acts 22: 8. As 
the Son of Man He appears in His Apoclyptie 
glory. Rev. 1:8. As such He comes to judg- 
ment. Rev. 14 : 14, One of his last utterances 
was, I am the root and offspring of David. Rev. 
22: 16. Ecce Deus Homo. 

God did not take up the three Hebrews out 
of the furnace of fire, but he came down and 
walked with them in it. He did not remove 
Daniel from the den of lions; he sent his angels 
to close the mouths of the beasts. He did not, 
in ansvifer to the prayer of Paul, remove the 
thorn; but he gave him sufficiency of grace to 
sustain him. 

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Never think that God's delays are God's de- 
nials. Hold on; holdfast; hold out. Patience 
is genioB. 

Baptism into the name of each person of t^e 
Holy Trinity. 

"Produce your cause, saith the Lord ; bring forth 
your strong reasons, saith the king of Jacob." Isa. 
41 : 21. 


SOME say trine immersion was only invent- 
ed to support the doctrine of the Trinity. 
Mr. Roberts quoting from Dr. Robinson's His- 
tory of baptism, Lgn. Ed. p. 444, says, "James 
Sadolet, who was the first secretary to Leo. x. _ 
and afterward created a cardinal by Paul in in 
the year 1536, says, 'Our trine immersjou in 
water at baptism, and our trine emersion, de- 
note that we are buried with Christ in the faith 
of the true Trinity, and that we rise again with 
Christ in the same belief.' " Trine Immersion 
Weighed, &c p. 12. The Trinity was not only 
the plea of Catholics but also of Arians, who 
likewise practiced trine immersion, but whose 
views of the Trinity differed from those of the 
Catholics. See Bingham's Antiquities of the 
Christian Religion, vol. 1, pp. 540, 541. Mr. 
Roberts quoting further from Robinson says, 
"When the scenery was all removed, it was 
found that the chief secret (of trine immersion) 
was the doctrine of a Trinity. It was the prin- 
cipal article ; * * * it was that wi/wM^ which 
all the ceremonies were ineffioatious and bap- 
tism itself invalid." Trine Immersion Weigh- 
ed, &o., p. 13. Christ does not tell why he 
commanded baptism into the name of each of 
the three, viz: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, 
hence we are not so much concerned about in- 
quiring, but it is certain that single immersion 
was invented to oppose the Trinity, as will ap- 
pear under the historical development of the 
subject, and does so, not only practically, but 
by the plain admission of its advocates as the 
above quotations show. No one can oppose 
trine immersion successfully and admit the 
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to be three in 
any sense whatever, neither in the sense of 
Catholic, Trinitarianism, nor Arian Trinita- 
rianism. Here I appeal to the Baptists of 
America who have been nourished in the be- 
lief of the Holy Trinity. Do you mean to give 
up a Divine Redeemer and Holy Spirit, or the 
tri- personality of the Godhead as the above ex- 
tracts from a Baptist publication which has 
been recommended by one of your leading 
journals, indicate? and thus deny the very Lord 
that bought you rather than have his baptism? 

J. w. s. 


SOME time ago I heard B. remark that he 
and C. went to an inn to have supper and 
lodging for night. They asked for supper; the 
host said, "yes, you can have it according to 
your religious prinaiples." So after supper was 
ready the host calls B. to his table, and C. to 
his table. B. had plenty on his table, while C. 
had only a small peace of bread and a sip of 
water on his. While B. was eatiug, C. was 
looking at his bit of bread and sip of water. 
He asked the host, if he called this a supper. 
Yes sir, according to your religious principles. 
C. asked the host, what do you charge for such 
a supper." Fifty cents,'" was the reply. C. "I 
can't pay that for such a supper.'' Now you 
see when it comes to dollars and cents it is no 
more a sapper. John Y. Shavblt 





Dear God, I am so weary of it all, 

I fain would rest me for a space. 

Are there no great i ocks where shadows face. 

That I may cast me down and hide my face? 

Work and strive, sore burdened and afraid. 
The road is flinty, and the way is long, [stayed, 
And the weak staff, whereby man's steps are 
Bends like a reed, when bitter winds are strong. 

The lofty thoughts proves fruitless in the deed ; 
The prize I toil for seems a glittering Uel 
There is no comfort for present need; 
No guerdon promised for futurity. 

I shrink in terror from the endless task, 
I look with honor on the barren land. 
And ask, as only hopeless hearts can ask. 
The meaning of my days to understand. 

— Selected. 

For the Brethren at Wort, 



GOVERNING power is a qualification which 
God commanded should be acquired, and 
it affords all, who will turn to the Bible for 
the method given by the great Teacher, a val- 
aable aid in training the young. If you desire 
the blessings of God upon your family, you 
must govern it well. Because Abraham gov- 
erned his children well and all the people that 
lived with him, and made them do what God 
had told them to do, God was pleased with him 
and said, "Shall I hide from Abraham that 
thing which I do; seeing that Abraham shall 
surely become a great and mighty nation, and 
all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in 
him. For I know him that he will command 
his children and his household after him, and 
they shall keep the way of the Lord to do jus- 
tice and judgment that the Lord may bring 
npon Abraham that which he hath spoken of 
him." So you see God had promised to bless 
Abraham in his children. But it seemed that 
the blessing depended upon Abraham's faithful- 
ness in governing his family, and bringing them 
up in the fear of the Lord. Does this not teach 
parents that if they would have their children 
blessed they must train them up in a knowl- 
edge of what God has taught, and correct them 
when they will not do it? 
The Bible teaches parents to correct their chil- 
dren. Solomon says, "He that spareth his rod 
hateth his sou ; but he that loveth him chasten- 
eth him betimes. Many parents think it shows 
a greater love for children to let them go un- 
punished; but again says: Solomon "Chasten 
thy son while there is hope,and let not thy soul 
spare for his crying." "Foolishness is bound 
up in the heart of a child, but the rod of cor- 
rection will drive it from him." Withhold not 
correction from the child, for if thou beatest 
him with the rod he shall not die. Thou shalt 
beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his 
soul from hell." Now does this not teach us 
that if a child is left to himself, to be stubborn 
and disobedient he will be ruined? Will he 
not become a Ticious man if he lives to grow 

up? and will his soul not go down to hell? 
But, if he is corrected in season, so that his 
evil disposition is subdued, and he is brought 
up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, 
be will be a good child and his soul will be 
saved from hell. And again Sol. says, "The 
rod and reproof give wisdom; but a child left 
to himself bringeth his mother to shame. Cor- 
rect thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, 
he shall give delight to thy soul." Absalom 
is an example of a son who was left to have his 
own way. I will not stop to tell about him 
here, for you all know him so well; yet I would 
ask you if you please, to imagine you see his 
dear old father kneeling and crying over his 
dead body, "0 my son Absalom! my sod, my 
son Absalom! Would God I had died for thee.O 
Absalom my son, my son!" Here, dear parents, 
you may see a parent broken-hearted because 
of the undutiful conduct of a child. 0, con- 
sider the anguish and sorrow of dear old David! 
Indeed it is wise to correct a child while there 
is hope, though it may grieve the soul and 
cause tears to flow, yet we have the blessed as- 
surance that what we "sow in tears we shall 
reap in joy." 


"Train up a child in the way he should go, and 
when he is old, he will not depart from it." Prov. 

^pHE above text is one of great importance, 
L one of which all honest people should 
seek information upon. I wish to give my 
readers a few thoughts upon this subject. I 
have observed the effect of different modes of 
training children. I have noticed that it is very 
necessary to gain the love and respect of chil- 
dren, if we desire to benefit them. How is 
this to be done? We can only obtain this by 
making ourselves worthy of their esteem. Can 
this be obtained by vain and foolish talk or 
provoking them to anger by annoying ques- 
tions? Oh no; children will not respect per- 
sons that do and act thus; although they may 
be inclined to imitate such work. 

The wise man has said that foolishness is 
bound up in the heart of a child,' but the root 
of connection shall drive it far from him. Prov. 
22: 15. Therefore, foolishness is not commend- 
able in a child; although it may be bound up 
in the heart of a child by the example of fool- 
ishness set before them. Such examples set 
before children by people of matured age will 
exercise a baneful influence over the young. 
Fathers and mothers are you in the habit of 
talking foolishly before your children for their 
amusement? Do you tell stories of persons 
and things before your boys and girls, which 
you do not wish them to imitate? If you do, 
why do you wonder that your children are so 
inclined to work all manner of mischief? It 
is no wonder at all, after you have set the ex- 
ample before them. Children will follow the 
example of father and mother; therefore pa 
rents should select their words that they use 
before their children. Never use slang phrases 
or loud and boisterous talk and laughter or 
make careless remarks about your neighbors 
before them. Remember your little ones' 
hearts catch the hue of every sentiment ex- 
pressed. A child resolves in its mind what it 
heard whether good or evil. If parents would 
stop and think how a word spoken in the pres- 

ence of a little child affects its future fjr good 
or evil, they would be far more considerate in 
their speech. The charachter, life and f iture 
destiny of a child, is moulded and influenced by 
what is sown in the heart; therefore it becomes 
necessary that we sow the proper seed. The 
prudent farmer sows his seed early, that ita 
roots may be deeply seated m the soil before 
the freezes and cold blasts of winter come; 
hence, to fathers and mothers it may be said, 
sow thy seed in the morning of your child's life, 
"before the evil days come and the years draw 
nigh when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure 
in them." We then say to parents, sow early, 
that when the age of manhood and womanhood 
arrives, talent may have bsen developed, that 
will result in a blessing to the world, and in 
the day of Christ's coming you may say, IT- m 
Lord am I, and the children thou hast g Ten 
me. M. c .V. 

From the Bible Banner. 


BETWEEN the hours of ten and twelve, for 
many nights, a poor woman mighs bs 
seen making her way through the streets •f 
London. Her pale, anxious countenance, and 
hasty, trembling steps, showed that her errand 
was one of no slight importance. It evidently 
occupied her whole soul. A year had passed 
since her only daughter left home, and entered 
service in the great metropolis. There she be- 
came acquainted, with gay, thoughtleea com- 
panions. A love of drtss, and the negleet of 
the Sabbath, proved her ruin. She was now 
living a life of open sin. 

After many inquiries, the unhappy mother 
learned that her daughter might be seen every 
night in a certain part of the town which was 
marked out to her. She was resolved to look 
for her; and each night she watched anxiously 
at the spot, hoping at length to recognize the 
features of her lost child. After many nights 
spent in fruitless search, she was about sorrow- 
fully to relinquish all hopes of success, when 
she saw at a little distance a flguie c1obc1j-t< — 
sembling that of her daughter. She eagerly 
approached the spot. The individual was 
standing with her face turned in another direc- 
tion; but, as the poor woman drew close, she 
looked around. 

The mother was about to stretch out her 
arms to embrace her, when the light of the 
lamp which shone upon the features showed 
they were not those of her child. In an agony 
of grief and disappointment, she exclaimed, 
"Ah! it is not she, I was looking for my 
daughter; but no, you are not my child. 

The poor girl she was addressing burst into 
tears, saying, "I have no mother — I wish I had; 
I wish some one would look for me. 

" I wish some one would look for me. 

A young lady, having read about a man hav- 
ing invented a stove which will consume its 
own smoke, hopes he will next devise a method 
whereby tobacco-smokers can be lun rn the 

same econ omical principles. 

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If children have two ears that they maj hear 
much and say little, adulta have two ears that 
they may hear both sides before they judge. 




JANUARY 18, 1881. 

M. M. E:>HELMAI^, 
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"VTEAELY every rel'gious society partakes of 
X\ the form of cational government under 
which it lives. Wliere the monarchal form 
predominates, there the religious societies are 
more or less monarchal; in Republics, the ad- 
herents of Christianity are republican in ten- 
dency. This shows that the societies are 
strongly aljitd to the worid and partake large- 
ly of their surroundings. Do the societies look 
into the Bible as they should, to asctrtain the 
form of government prefcribed by heaven? 

God revealed to the children of Israel a de- 
mocracy, and by careful training they were en 
a bled to erjoy the great blessings of that form 
of government. Not until they clamored for 
a king and one was given them, was the pure 
and free and holy democracy taken frum them. 
The introduction of the throne was the signal 
for the departure of the freest and purest gov- 
ernment on earth. 

K b-df pleased Bod to permit the re-establish- 
ment of bis good government in these United 
States. We live under a democratic form of 
government, and certainly we should be thank- 
ful that this blessing is ours. But the question 
arises. Does the Brethren church partake of 
this democracy because the members live under 
its ijDfiaence, or do they possess this form be- 
cause it is revealed, urged and advocated in the 
Holy Oracles ? If for this, then bless the Lord ; 
if for that, pause and consider. 

For i he purpose of this article it is enough 
to know that the church of Jesus Christ is 
democratic in theory and republican in prac- 
tice. The rights of esch individual are iualien- 
able, and have been vouchsafed to him by his 
Sovereign, the Eing of kings andLord of lords. 
The privileges of every individual in this re- 
public are guaranteed by its constitution; and 
laws made {or the abridgement of those rights, 
are direct violations of that constitution. States 
are guaranteed certain rights which the nation 
is m duty bound to respect, and the nation has 
^righte which both the indiridnal and the states; 

must respsot in order to maintain a united na 
tion. Should an indivdual attempt the life of 
the nation, usurp authority and subvert good 
government — then the individual must be 
checked. If a stste were to attempt to over- 
throw the nation or act of the states, it must 
be called to cease ttiat effort. If the nation at- 
tempts to abridge the rights of states and in- 
dividuals,it must be called to account. So much 
by way of preface to our plea for a republican 
■form of government in the house of God. 

It has pleased our King and Sbepherd to 
grant his people a democratic form of govern- 
men. Certain rights and privileges have been 
bestowed upon each individual. Is prayer and 
thanksgiving granted? Then each one may 
lioiiie to the altar and worship without preven- 
tion from all other members. Are the bless- 
ings of the ordinances vouchsafed to the church? 
Then every member may secure the blessings. 
Does God require each one to examine bimseli 
before he eats? Then another dare not tramp- 
le upon this right and escape the judgment of 
God. Is any merry ? Then let him sing, for 
this is heaven's message. Is any sick? let him 
call for the elders and receive their prayers and 
the anointing with oil. The constitution of 
spiritual liberty permits no one to deny these 
and many other individual rights, 

No ruthless hand dare trail the holy flag 
Of God's dear children in the dust of earth, 
And go unpunished. 

Is the government of the church rigid ? Are 
the rights of individual members abridged to 
such an extent as to impede the development 
of purity and holiness ? Have the congrega- 
tional rights been infracted so as to destroy 
good government and the union of divine con- 
gregationalism? In a representative form of 
government as we now have, where the repre- 
sentatives may be changed annually, is there 
danger of undue assumption of authority by 
the Brotherhood? Is there just ground for 
complaint against that government which is 
founded upon Divine Truth ? Are tbere good 
reasons why a government recognizing the 
rights of individual members, and the rights 
of congregations, should be overthrown? Can 
a government be founded on better principles 
than that which recogonizes the rights of «ach 
m ember, each congregation and finally all the 
congregations as a compact body? 

To-day the church of the Brethren, in its 
government, recogonizes all the principles of 
liberty vouchsafed to each member by the Ura- 
cles of God; and we cannot conceive of a better 
system with which to supplant that from heav- 

An individual, on associating himself with a 
class of people, declares by that act that he ac 
cepts the doctrine, rules and order of that soci- 
ety, in all good faith unless he goes in as a 
"spy" — a detective. (Some such joined the 
apostolic church). It is the duty of the indi- 
vidual to know, and the duty of the church to 
teach him, its doctrine, rules and order; and if 
he once accepts thfse it ill becomes him to at- 
tempt their overthrow on the plea of individ- 
ual lights. Jl^oonemaa shonld demand the. 

complete upsetting of things ju^t to please him- 
self when many others are equally interested- 
A congregation cannot expel any member_ 
That term is unscriptural and signifies too 
much under heaven's delegated power. A 
congregation may "withdraw" its fellowship — 
its privileges from a msmber, but it cannot ex- 
pel him. If a man be baptized into Christ, 
can any number of men baptize him ouft Fel- 
lowship may be withdrawn from him, but he 
is still a brother. 2 Thess. 3: 15; Gal. 6: 1. The 
rights of a congregation may demand that it 
withdraw its fellowship from a member or 
members for a season, but the rights of the in- 
dividual or individuals demand that they be 
counted not as enemies but as brethren, and 
that they be restored in the spirit of meekness. 
Bat if a congregation should choose to raise up 
and nourish a poisonous plant, then that as- 
sembly may in due time bury itself in the quag- 
mire of corruption ; and it will then become the 
duty of the Brotherhood to withdraw its fel- 
lowship. This is the extent of its power in 
quitting those who endeavor to subvert the 
principles of divine liberty. ' 

There is then a harmonious blending of lib- 
erties in the church of God. To overthrow part 
of the congregations, and cut of the ruins 
evolve pure congregations, does not seem to us 
like enjoying the broad and perfect freedom 
which comes by union of all the parts. We can 
see no body — no on pure unrestrained system 
working harmoniously as a whole by cutting 
off the feet, hands, ears,and nose, plucking out 
the eyes and tongue. We believe man works 
best with his ears, eyes, tongue, hands feet in- 
tact; and so we believe the church will. Let 
the ears, toes, fingers, eyes, tongue, mouth, 
body and all remain. Let each part perform 
its function. Let there be no clogging of ar- 
teries — no tearing up of any necessary parts; 
but let individual rights be carefully guarded 
and respected. If these be held as God has re- 
vealed them to us, the congregational rights 
will be maintained untrammeled. If the con- 
gregationai rights be held intact, there will be 
a glorious union of all the parts, forming a 
grand Brotherhood which will reflect the doc- 
trine and peculiar characteristic of the great 
and glorified Master, our Lord and Savior Je- 
sus Christ. 

We therefore plead for the "liberty where- 
with Christ hath made us free." We plead for 
the rights of each congregation; and beseech 
our fathers. who watch over us for good, not to 
think of going beyond the limits of the Broth- 
erhood rights. We beseech all lovers of good 
government to show due respect to the Broth- 
erhood; for it is God's will that we love the 
Brotherhood; we will not speak evil of it. It 
is so unnatural, so unspiritual to speak lightly 
of that which we love, hence if we manifest a 
bitter spirit against the government of the 
church it betrays us, showing that we do not 
love but hate. it. u, e. 

Beo. a. Hutchison, of Mo., held a series of 
me etin^rear Girard, Illinois, last month. 

'i'fclii «K,lii1'lii:i_EGN ^^T "WORK. 


Kditorial Items. 

We caa fill no more orders for Almanacs. 

■ The addrfss of Eld. Jas. R. Giah, till further 
notice, is Corning,Clay Go. Ark. 

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Broihbs J. M. Mohlfir held a series of meet- 
ings near Green Springs, Pa. 

Beotheb Jesse Calvert has been preaching 
tie gofpel of Christ in Wells Co., Indiana. 

Beotheb Grabill Myers is working faithful- 
ly in his Master's eau-ie in Lancaster Co., Pa. 

Send no money to this of&ae for Danish 
MisaioD. Send it to James .Quinter, Hunting 
don, Pa. 

Bed THEE W. C. Teeter, of Mt. Morris, was 
advanced to the second degree of the ministry 
the first of last week. 

Beothee Michael Emmert has resigned his 

charge ot the West Branch church ; the church 

is now under the care of Edmund Forney. 
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D. Heise, Clarence Center, New York, says, 

"I am much pleased with "Problem of Human 

Life; it gives Darwinism a complete bursting." 

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Bro. W. S. Gilbert, of New Lebanon, Ohio 
reports very cold weather, about six inches of 
snow and six deaths within the short period of 

twenty days. 

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Bkoihee John Knisely of Plymouth, Ind. 

has returned home from an extended visit in 

Pennsylvania. Can you come this way some 

time, brother John? 

Bbothee Silas Keim, of Elk Lick, Pa., is 
sick. We tender our sympathies to our dear 
brother in his affliction. May the Lord give 
him abundant grace. 

One person who had been baptized by the 
Beaver Dam (Md.) party was recently rebap- 
tized by the Biethren, she becoming dissatis- 
fied with her former work. 

We learn that the Brethren at Carleton, 
Nebraska, commenced a series of meetings the 
15th. Their notice reached us too late for in- 
sertion in last week's issue. 

We learn that Brother Johnathan J. Lichty, 
of Brown Co., Kansas, has been too feeble dur- 
ing the Winter to be out of the house much; 

he has been able to attend but few meetings. 

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A minister wanted at Queen City, Mo. There 
are at present seventeen members and they ar- 
willing to assist a minister who will labor for 
them. For further information address Dan- 
iel Smith, Queen City, Mo. 

The author of "Problem of Human Life" in 
a private letter says, "I feel already at home 
with your people and wish you had a church 
in this great city . You would have one hum- 
ble attendant at your services once a week if 
you had." how we long to fee the day when 
the cities too shall have churches of the Breth 
ren to which those who love simplicity and tho 
commandments of God, can go and enjoy the 
ble ssinge of primitive Christianity. 

While at Yellow Cr^ek last week we spent 
several hours very pleasantly with our aged 
Brother Daniel Fry. He is unnsally feeble 
this Winter, and therefore not able to be out 
of the house very much. 

The January number of the Vindicator 
comes out with a Correspondence Department. 
We are glad to observe that it, too, changes to 
the better when it sees it. And why not; for 
so did our fathers in all ages. 

Beothee S. M. Forney wriies from Parkers- 
burg, LI., that "two were added to the Big 
Creek Church the 2ad of Jan., by lettftr,making 
in all within a year, five by letter and seven by 
baptism. Two moved away, four died and one 
was disowned." 

"Infant baptism in a nutshell" is the title 
of a new book in defense of infant baptism. 
Likely a nutshell will hold water enough to 
baptize an infant the way it is generally done. 
Had the author said, "Infant baptism in the 
New Testament" we should have asked for the 
chapter and verse. 

If you want to sink yourself into the slough 
of oblivion just write people long letters telliog 
them of your own virtues (?) and the vices of 
others. You'll get down hill at railroad speed 
that way. You may increase the downward 
motion some by insinuating about the weak- 
nesses of those who once befriended you. 

Beothee Hope writes under date of Nov. 27th, 
1880, that he had not snfiicient clothing to 
keep him warm, and had received but little 
money up to that time. We think, however, 
by this time enough has been sent him to make 
him comfortable. We have no fears that he 
will get too much help. He is working hard 
in the Master's cause. 

The Brethren at Waddam's Grove closed an 
interesting series of meetings week before last. 
They held twenty-four meetings in all. Broth- 
er Harper preaching at seven of them. The 
oiher meetings were conducted by their home 
ministers. If more of the congregations would 
hold meetings conducted by their home minis- 
ters it would add to the life and vigor of the 
members generally. 

Those who have subscribed for the Beeth- 
BEN at Wobk for one year, may, by sending 
S3.00 more have their paper extended until 
Jan. 1, 188i and secure a copy of the "Problem 
of Human Life." This offer open until Feb- 
rurary 15. Here is an opportunity to secure 
this valuable book for nothing. Send your or- 
ders at once as we cannot extend this offer be- 
yond February fifteen. 

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Peesident-eiect Garfield is a Baptist, and 
the first ever elected to the presidential oflice. 
May we hope his administration to be as suc- 
cessful as that of his predecessor. — Advocate. 

Not quite correct, brother Advocate; Mr. 
Garfield is a member of the CampbelUte church, 
and that body of people, in different states, is 
trying to raise money for the purpose of erect- 
ing a church house in Washington city, that 
the coming President, as well as other mem- 
bers in Waahingtcn, may have a suitable place 
to attend religions serrices. 

Whiting from Greencastle, Pa, Brother Ja- 
cob P. Stover says: "My health is very good, 
lam now in mv eighty.first year, ani if the 
Lord spares me, aud I keep my health, my de- 
sire is to be at the next Annual Meeting to meet 
my brethren in Ohi.3." Brother Stover spent 
several months with us last Summer, and all 
bis old friends will be glad to learn that he 
still enjoys good health. 

I HEABD a preacher in his sermon yesterday 
say that the church of the present day to which 
he belonged was eo much superior to king Da- 
vid, that if he was in the church at the present 
time, the first thing thsv would do would be 
to expell him. Is it right for Christians to go 
to such preaching ? d. c. s. 

Remaeks. Certainly not. David was a man 
after God's own heart and when he sinned he 
repented ot it. Of course he had his faults, 
which were made public instead of b^ing kept 
secret as is the case of many who no !v claim to 
be his superiors. We do not believe it is right to 
hear men preach who speak disrepectfully of 
holv characters. 

In this issue Brother D. E. Brubaker, of 
Iowa, announces that he is compelled to with- 
draw, for the present, from his active ministe- 
rial labors. . This is to be very much regretted, 
but how can it be helped, when in preaching 
the gospel. 

The preachers bear the cross alone. 
And all the church go free V 

We hope that circumstances will enable Bro. 
Brubaker soon to resume his labors in the field, 
for his ministerial work is very much needed 
in the State of Iowa, in fact, the Master has 
need of all his servants, for the harvest indeed 
13 great but the laborers are few. 

The Baptist Flag announces in its Prospectus 
for 1881 that it will contain "a c^luaia of wit 
and humor to shake up the liver of dyspeptics." 
Would Christ or any of the apostles seni out 
the Gospel accompanied with "wit and humor?' 
There is such a dispositioa to follow the fancy, 
light and chaify, on the part of many professors 
of Christianity that good sensible moralists 
shrink from the work of troB evanselical obedi-_ 
ence because they do not wish to associate with 
the witsand humorists. These are keeping many 
out of the Church. Great cries come up that the 
advocacy of plain dress, is keeping many out of 
the Church, but we are inclined to believe that 
it is the "wit and humor" indulged by professors 
that keep the many out. Think of it, and re- 
pent if you are guilty. 

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On the 8th inst. a very distressing accident 
occured in the family of Henry Puterbaugh 
who lives four miles north of Lanark. His soni 
Walter Scott Puterbaugh, while attempting to 
blanket one of the horses, was kicked by the beast- 
His father and brother carried him to the house 
where he immediately expired. He was aged 19 
yearsG monthsandlday,andwasone of the most 
promising young men in that part of the com- 
munity, for to know him was to love him. The 
Young people have lost a very kind and agre- 
able associciate; the parents a tender, loving 
child; the brothers and sister a fend and ffftc- 
tionate brother. He was followed to his final 
r. sting place on Sunday by a large number of 
people. Biother J. H. Moore addressed the au- 
dience from, ProT. 27:1. K 





BY kindness of Dr. Cilwer, of Washington 
City, we were taken to Mr. Dillon's, N. 
E. comer of capi^iol grounds, where we found 
good room, boarj, and congenial pecp'e — in 
every way a good home. Here we i^e^in 
"Sojourning No. vi." 

Without doubt Washington City is one of 
the most interesting and beautiful cities of the 
United States if not in the world. The plan of 
it wa? prepared in 1791 by Peter Char'es 
L'Eafant, a French engineer of remarkable 
genius. He was assiited in his work by Thom- 
as Jtffar3on,who had visited the principal cities 
of Europe, and was therefore prepared to con- 
tinue the advantages of all European eapitol 
citi s — the artistic beauty and grace of Ver- 
sailles and the practical advantages of Babylon 
in the of the new eapitol. The leading 
object in the plan was to secure positions for 
the different public buildings. The avenues 
were intended to connect the most distant 
points with certain important points. Ttie 
street from the eapitol to the President's house 
was to be 160 ft. wide, with 10 ft. sidewalks,leav- 
iog 80 ft. of carriage way in the center. The 
other aveuaea and streets, leading to public 
buildings or markets were to be 130 ft. wide, 
and others 110 to 90 ft. 

The immense size, beauty and skill manifest- 
ed in the construction of the public buildings 
— such as the Capitol, Treasury Dep't, War 
and Navy Dep't, City Hall, are certainly mar- 
vels of the age. But the work done in these 
buildings far surpasses them in interest. It is 
estimated there are employed as "clerks" by 
the government about 20,000 men and women. 
Other places of interest than those mention- 
ed are the President's House, Patent Office, 
General Post Office, Department of Agricul- 
ture, Naval Observatory, Navy Yard, Smith- 
sonian Institute, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Ar- 
moryrCemeteries and ISTarTcetsr A large vol- 
ume mi^ijUt be written on any one of these 
places and many volumes on some of them, it 
is not txptcted in a newspaper report to give 
more than the most general and Euperficial 
facts. We refer to but a very few of the objects 
of interest. In the Treasury Department build- 
ing is kept the life Saving Service Bureau. Cer- 
tainly a very worthy object — an institution to 
save life. Twenty-fire huadred lives, that 
would otherwise have been lost, were saved by 
this itistitution. Of all that came within its 
sphere, only thirteen lives were lost. 

In the Treasury, of money sent there for re- 
demption, we saw bills that had been burned 
to ashes re;eemed. Packages of money burn- 
ed to a crisp are taken to the treasury, an ex- 
pert examines them, and if he can ascertain the 
date of issue and denomination, new money 
will be given equal to that burned. Of the dif- 
ferent CDunterfeit bills on exhibition there was 
one sent from New York city. A young man 
working in a wealthy bank in New York city 
cut from genuine $500.00 bills so as not to de- 
stroy their value, scraps, so that when pasted 

together made a $500.00 bill just like a genuine 
bill. It was detected however when sent in 
for redemption, the counterfeiter found, con- 
victed and sent to penitentiary. 

As would naturally be supposed, no city in 
the United States surpasses Washington in 
style and aristocracy. However we found our- 
selves treated nowhere with more attention 
and respect than among the "Gen.s" "Hon.s" 
and "M. C.s. Etta's "Tunker Costume" cost her 
no blushes, nor gave her coldness and distance 
from her fashionable aristocratic sisters. True 
merit here is appreciated, although very little 
patronized or practiced. That a woman who 
has the moral courage and Christian fortitude 
to stand upon principles of right will not be 
forsaken and abandoned by society, but honor 
ed and respected is abundantly shown in the 
case of Mrs. Pres. Hayes taking the bold step 
against the fashion of the nation, and against 
the expectation of the whole world, in banish- 
ing intoxicating drinks from the White House. 
The world always has paid and always will pay, 
because it always must, the highest tribute of 
respect to those who pay it to themselves. By 
this respect we mean that which will not allow 
a man to do anything little, mean, low, degrad- 
ing or dishonest. In such a man there is a 
strength of character that will go far towards 
enabling him to subdue the world unto him- 
self. See that thief, defrauder, debauchee ! 
What a sneaking, feeble walk he has. Hear 
him speak! How powerless his tone. He 
trembles at every breath for fear earth may 
discover his guilt and mete out to him his 
just deserts, and when he lies down at night, 
it may be on a flowery bed of ease, sleep flies 
from his eyes as he considers the probability of 
"outer darkness where" there is weeping and 
wailing and gnashing of teeth" being his por- 
tion in eternity. Ah ! we need a religion that 
is above all and everything else, second to 
neither friend aor foe, life nor death; a relig- 
ion that will act. from principle, regardless of 
time, place or circumstances; a religion that is 
Christianity wherever and whenever found; alike 
in town and country, on the railroad or on the 
farm, in the garden or in the parlor, the same 
in private as in public, on Saturday as Sunday. 
"Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of 
me and of mv words, in this adulterous and sin- 
ful generation, of him also shall the Son of 
man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory 
of his Father with the holy angels." Mark 8: 38. 
Nov. 21. Attended ''All Soul's" [Unitarian] 
church. Mr. Shippen, a famous minister of 
Boston, conducted the services and did the 
preaching, [reading]. The exercises ran about 
as follows: 1. Music by the quartet. 2. Intro- 
ductory remarks. (Tnese the minister read 
from their "Sarvice Book," and the congrega- 
tioa "looked on") 3. An exhortation to prayer. 

verses, read parts of 100 and 103 Psalms. 7. 
Anthem by quartet. 8. The minister read 
manuscript for seventeen minutes on what he 
called "the transient and permanent." The 
"transient" he said were creeds, and forms of 
worship. These he compared with leaves, say- 
ing that as leaves last but for a season so do 
creeds and forms of worship; but as leaves are 
necessary to the growth of a tree, so creeds and 
forms of worship have been to Christianity, &c. 
9. The minister offered an extemporaneous 
prayer. 10. Quartet sung. 11. The minister 
pronounc d a benediction. 12. The organ struck 
up a lively "march" and the congregation 
marched out to comment on the merits and 
demerits of the sermon. 

Monday Nov. 22nd left Washington for 
Hagerstown, Md. s. j. h. 

Is it according to the gospel, "the order of 
the Brethren," or becoming modesty for a 
brother to inquire of the people to whom he 
has preached what they think of his preaching ? 


Remarks. — Neither Christ nor the apostles 
ever asked the people what they thought of 
their preaching. The apostles preached the 
word in order to convert the people, and did 
not take time to run through the congregation 
to gather up a few praises. It is not according 
to "the order of the Brethren," for we never 
heard of Brethren doing such things, and we 
know such things would not be sanctioned by 
any assembly of prudent members. Further- 
more, it is not "becoming modesty." Men of 
intelligence and refinement, who understand 
their duty, never stoop to any thing of the 
kind unless it is to get criticism that they may 
thereby improve themselves. If those who do 
such things knew how little it looks, and how 
soon it makes people lose confidence in them 

they would refrain from it. 

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It^ one of the cities of ancient Greece, a man 
had been victorious in the public games, and 
his fellow citizens had reared a statue to his 
honor. One of his rivals envying him, his vic- 
tory and his fame, went forth night after night, 
seeking to destroy the monument. Alter re- 
peated efforts he removed it from its pedestal, 
and it fell; but in his haste he forgot to provide 
for his own safety, and was crushed beneath 
the descending mass. 

Thousands in attempting to pull down the 
character of others meet the same fate; they 
forget to provide for their own safety by con- 
ducting themselves in a way that will guaran- 
tee to them a good name — a name too good to 
be found meddling with the good name of oth- 

(This was also read from "Service Book," min- 
ister and con gregation reading sentences alter- 
nately). 4. Prayer. (The minister read the 
prayer from "Service Book," which was con- 
cluded by reading the Lord's Prayer in concert 
with the congregation.) 5. Music by the quar- 
tet. 6. Minister and congregation, alternating 

Feankliit was an observing and sensible 
man, and his conclusions seldom incor- 
rect. He said that a Bible, an Almanac, and a 
newspaper in every house, a good school in ev- 
ery district — all studied and appreciated as well 
as merited — are the principal supports of virtue, 
morality, and civil liberty. 

Wheee no wood is, there the fire goeth out; 
so, where there is no tale-bearer, the strife 
ceaseth. — Proverbs 26: 20. 








All communications for this department, auoli a3 que- 
ries and answers, should be addressed to J. S. Mohler, La- 
due, Henry Co., Mo. 

"Let no man seek his own, but every man seek 
another's wealth."-l Cor. 10 : 24. Bro. Stein please 
answer. Wm. T. Smith. 

Will some brother please give an explanation on 
1 Cor. o : 5, as follows : • 

"To deliver such an one unto Satan for the de- 
struction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved 
in the day of the Lord Jesus." Whose spirit is 
here meant? O. L. Covee. 

I would like some one to please explain Eev- 
3: IS, which reads as follows: "I counsel thee to 
buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest 
be rich; and white raiment that thou maysstbe 
clotlied, and that the shame of thy nakedness do 
not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve 
that thou mayest see ." John Y. Snavelt. 


1. Why did not Christ begin his ministry before 
he was thirty years of age ¥ 2. Was it required of 
a man to be thirty years cf age under the Mosaical 
dispensation in order to ofllciate in the High 
Priest's office ? Isaac Ankent. 

INASMUCH as Christ acted in the capacity 
of a Priest, (though not after the order of 
Aaron, but after the order of Melobizedec) and 
as Priests were required to be thiity years of 
age, before they were elligible to the priest- 
hood; therefore this may constitute one reason 
why Christ did not enter upon his priesthood 
before he arrived at that age. Another reason 
may be assigned that at that age the mind is 
matured; thus preventing any advantage that 
might ije sought by his enemies, on the 
ground of inexperience or an undeveloped 

2. Was it required of a man to be thirty 
years of age, under the Mos ical dispensation 
in order to ofBciate in the High Priest office? 

This was the requirement of the law. See 
Numbers 4: 3; 23: 47. J. s.m. 



HE following incident was related by Dr. 
JL Yates, a vetfran member of the Amer- 
ican Baptist Mission in Shanghai. It occur- 
ed some twenty years ago. A Chinese merchant 
came into his chapel one afternoon, and after 
talking with him a short time, Dr. Yates sold 
him a copy of the New Testament. He took 
it home 200 or 300 miles away, and after three 
uiOnths appeared again in the chapel. He 
came back to say that he was under the im- 
pression that the book was not complete, that 
it surely must have other parts and so he c 'me 
to get the Old Testament, as he read and stud- 
ied the New. What had he done with the New 
Testament? He had taken it to his home and 
had shown it to the schoolmaster and the read- 
ing people. They said, "This is a ^ood book. 
Confucius himself must have had something to 
do with it." As there was only one copy, they 
unstitched this one and took it leaf by leaf, 
and all those who could write took a leaf home. 
They made twelve or fifteen complete copies 
of the New Testament, and introduced it into 
their schools without any "conscience clause." 
It was introduced as a class-book throughout 
that district for heathen schools. 


CHRIST, in his sermon on the Mount, 
(Matt. 5: 21) says, "Ye have heard that 
it was said by them of old time. Thou r-halt 
not kill," which is the sixth commandment. 
He then follows with the expression: "But J 
say unto you." In a similar manner, in the 
2'i'th verse, Christ recites the seventh com- 
mandment: '"Thou shaltnot commit adultery;" 
and in the course of the chapter he quotes a 
number of the different laws of Moses, follow- 
ing each with the peculiar expres^iion of supe- 
riority: "Bat I say unto you," which unques- 
tionably implies that the law which he was 
presenting supercedes the law from which 
he was quoting, which, as we have seen above 
included the ten commandments. 

Elder Canright, a respectable minister of 
learning and influence, among the Seventh 
Day Advents, in a work entitled, "The Two 
Laws," takes up the above train of thought, 
and we think seriously involves himself. The 
elder on page 24 says, "Christ in the fifth chap- 
ter of Matthew, takes up some of the precepts 
of the civil laws of the Jews, given to them 
by Moses; and emphatical y sets them all 
aside." The elder proceeds to quote verses 31, 
32. "It hath been said. Whosoever shall put 
away his wife, saving for the cause of fornica- 
tion," etc. The elder also quotes verses 33: 34. 
"Thou shalt not forswear thyself," etc., and 
verses 38, 39, same chapter: "which," as the 
elder remarks, "were no pari of the ten com- 
mandments, but were laws given them by 
Moses, apart from the ten commandments." 
The elder then remarks: "The time bad now 
come for these special precepts to be set aside." 

Does Elder Canright not know that the Sav- 
ior in the same chapter in the same train of 
thought, recites two of the ten commandments; 
and follows each with the expression, "But / 
say unto you?" The logic by which the elder 
sets the laws aside that he quotes will inevita- 
bly set-the sixth and seventh commandment 
aside, which he does not quote. And what is 
true of the sixth and seventh, is also true by 
way of authority of the remaining eight. 

The elder's language of those laws being 
"set aside," however is rather strong. We pre- 
fer the statement given above, that the Savior's 
language implies, that the law which he is pre 
senting supercedes the law that he is quoting, 
which includes the ten commandments. 

Again, the distinction that the Sabbatarians 
make between the ten commandments and the 
ot her laws of the Jews is ignored by the Savior 
in the chapter noticed above. The Savior dealt 
with the ten commandments just as he did 
with the other laws of the Jews. The ten 
cmmandments were evidently designed for 
the people to whom they were given. There 
are, however, a number of principles taught in 
the ten commandments, that Christ has classed 
with his commandments; just as a number of 
the re ligious services, extant in Moses' time, 
Christ has beautifully connected them with his 

Again, Christ is perfect,— as the Author of 
our salvation, he became perfect thiough 
suffering; he delivered us that perfect law of 

liberty! But the ten commandments are not 
perfect, as seen above quoted from the fifth 
chapter of Matthew: Christ quotes two of the 
ten commandments, and improves or revises 
them. In Exodus 31: 13-17, the Lord told 
Moses: "Speak unto the children cf Israel, 
saying. Verily my Sabbaths ye shall ksep; for 
it is a sign between me and you, throughout 
your generations; * * * it is a sign between 
me and the chiLlren of Israel forever." The 
abovo texts plainly state, that the Sabbath 
was given to Israel. The keeping of a law is 
only required at the hands of those to whom 
the law is given; hence the Sabbath being giv- 
en to the Jews, as seen above, it will only be 
required at their hands. One law, however, 
was to govern the home born and the stranger 
11 years; but if a stranger would keep the pass- 
over, his males were all to be circumcised, 
which made him ^ Jew. "For he that is cir- 
cumcised is debtor to the whole law." Gal. 5: 
3. The observance of the whole Sabbath be- 
ing in the ten commandments, places it in the 
Sinaitio covenant, "which has vanished away." 
Paul, in Heb. 8, talks of the faulty old cov- 
enant, and of the better new. In the last verse 
he says: "In that he saith, A new covenant, he 
hath made the first old. Now that which de- 
cayeth and waxeth old, is ready to vanish 
away." It is agreed upon all hands, that the 
old covenant is done away, but the difference 
arises as to what was in the old covenant. I 
am happy that Brother Paul settles the disput- 
ed question. Please hear him patiently : "The 
first covenant had also ordinances of divine 
service and a worldly sanctuary." Paul pro- 
ceeds to name the tabernacle, which contain- 
ed the candlestick, the table and the shew- 
bread: "After the secoi d vail the tabernacle, 
which is called the holiest of all, which had 
the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant, 
wherein was the golden pot that had manna, 
and the table of the covenant." Heb. 9:1-4. 
The tables of the covenant meaning the tables 
of stone. A covenant is a contract or agree- 
ment; hence a covenant not only includes the 
single agreement, but also includes the things 
agreed upon. In a contract something is con- 
tracted for; in an agreement something is 
agreed upon. In Exodus 19: 5, is God's prop- 
osition to Israel at Sinai: "If ye will obey my 
voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye 
shall be a peculiar treasure unto me," to which 
Israel responds in the eighth verse: "All that 
the Lord hath spoken we will do." The cov- 
enant is not yet complete, for we have not 
what his voice uttered— the thing agreed up- 
on. We find that his voice ultured the ten 
commandments, and a number of laws regu- 
lating their religious service, all of which 
were included in the covenant. It is further 
conclusive that the ten commandments are in- 
cluded in the Siniatic covenant from the fol- 
lowing texts: "We wrote upon the tables the 
words of the covenant, the ten command- 
ments," Ex. 34:28. "He declared unto you 
his covenant which he commanded you to per- 
form; even ten commandments, and he wrote 
them on two tables of stone." Deut 4: 13. 
Hence it is beyond all occasion of doubt to un- 
prejudiced minds, that the ten commandments 
were included in the old covenant, given at 
Sinai, has "waxed old and vanished away." 



Markleysbnrg, Fayette Co. 

We have a large,comforfcable house, 16x40 
feet. We had our ckufch org^iiiiz'd the 
ITth of July. Bro. Jacob Beeghly an ' 'Jro. 
Johu H. Mysrs were elected elders. We had 
three aiiditions to the church last Sammer. 
Bro. Valentine Biough preached for us in 
Markleysburg on the 11th of December; 
on Sunday at half past ten at Sind Spring 
SiQ .fol-house, and on Sunday evening at the 
Scrub School house. Darii/g that week at the 
same p'aee, and on the next Friday evening at 
Markleysburg agaiu. Hope that the good 
seed sown will spring up and bring forth fruit 
to the honor and glory of God. 

Brother Cia-nbers Glen met with us on Sat- 
urday evening, Dee. 18, and preached for us 
till the evening of the 26. We had a very 
good mejting. Oaj wa? reclaimed. We believe 
his earnest labors have strengthened the 
church; and we do hope and pray that the 
Lord will bless him to the salvation of maay 

"The goodness and perfection of God's works." 
Stand firm in defense of right, and rest assur- 
ed Qod,3 richest blessing will be showered upon 
you. L. 


Rebecca Beeghly. 


We had night meeting near Bphrata dur- 
ing the la^t we^k. The weath^ir. was cold. 
and had sjme snow; but the meeting was 
otherwise well attended. On this last Sunday 
some six or seven came forward to be received 
by the church. But am sorry to say, it was 
as generally is the case; i. e., when the meeting 
became interesting it had to be stopped, (as I 
understand) on account of other engagements. 
Bro. Isaac Killheffaer from Ashland, Ohio, did 
the most of the preaching. Miy he be a shin- 
ing light, a good soldier, and a strong tower on 
the walls of Z ion, with all the faithful among 
us.. L.Andes. 

Lindleys Mills. 

As this is the first day of the new year you 
should feel that new time is added to your 
years and take fresh courage, and set out with 
greater c lurage the great common cause of re- 

I will say to you, the first brother and sister 
I met in Sjuth western Pennsylvania said they 
liked your paper very much; they loved its 
peace principle', and hoped you would have 
all the encouragement necessary to keep it 
pure. They had also sijned for the Progress- 
ive; received a few numbers and the neighbors 
got same of them. When they saw the spirit 
of it they felt very sorry, and said if they had 
only luft them from tlie neighbors they would 
EOi have felt so. May the Lord grant you grace, 
is my prayer. 

Truly Tours, 

Stephen Johnson. 


By request of Brother David Brower, of 
Salem, Oregon, I write this for publication. 
On the Tth of November last myself and fami- 
ly arrived sifely in the Klickatat Valley. One 
week later Brother David Brower came to us 
for the purpose of holding a series of meetings 
with the scattered members in this part of 
God's moral vineyard. We had nine public 
meetings- A council meeting was held, Broth- 
er Brower thinking it good to have us organ- 
ized. Fifceen members were present, all of 
whom, after unanimously consulting, agreed 
that we form a church organization, to be un- 
der the care of Brother Brower, assisted by the 
writer. We accordingly organizad,to be known 
ai the Klickatat Church. These nine, meetings 
were largely attended, an increasing interest 
manifested, and the best of order prevailed. 
Two were baptized. These were the first meet- 
ings ever held in this country by the Brethren. 
Some were astonished at the doctrine. Bless 
those that have just started in our Master's 
cruse, and may he bless Bro. David in his un- 
ion of love to us so soon after our arrival from 
a long and wearisome journey. Oh how beau- 
tiful it is where brethren all agree. 

We now submit your specimen copy of B. 
AT W., and its welcome visit to us very accept- 
ably in its appearance, and a great deal more so 
in its spirit and character. May you ever keep 
the paper clear and untarnished with specula- 
tive advertisements. Allen Ives. 

Yancey Mills. 

There are but three of us here. Have had 
no preaching from the brethren for two years. 
Brethren traveling east and west on the St. 
Louis and San Francisco railroad are requested 
to stop with us. Tney should address me as 
above some days before so I can meet them at 
the station. They should stop at Rolla, Phelps 

Co., Mo. A. RoDEBAUGH. 


Huntingdjn. wishing blessing to attend the 
B. AT W. in its noble effort to disseminate a 
pure and unadulterated gospel, unmixed with 
seeulir afiairs, free from slanderous personali- 
ities, I send you names aud addresses of a few 
taat I thiak may invi'e you to visit them. 
Brother Quinter preached to-day. Subject, 

met with an opportunity to send him word. 
Before he ardved on the afternoon of the 31st 
we started out in a wagon to try to make our 
way about sixteen miles over about the rough- 
est frozen roads I ever travelled. Met Brother 
Eunis about five miles from town on his way 
for us. As he had other business in town, we 
put up for the night to await his return, which 
was next day about one o'clock. We were soon 
aboard the wagon and set out to finish our 
journey. Reached the house of Brother Bn- 
nis about sundown Jan. 1. Found the family 
all well; and our dear sister E mis very glad to 
see us,'and we equally glad to meet them, al- 
though we had never met them before, yet we 
felt at home, and feel glad that we could meet 
aud miag'e in tlie association of loved ones far 
•away. We are holding meetings at night, but 
tlie weather is cold, and the meeting-house 
cold and open so that the people cannot be 
very comfortable. We have snow of from four 
to six inches deep; weather cloudy, and every 
now and then another shift of snow. 

Cherokee Bay is a valley between two riv- 
ers — Black and Current. The upper end of 
this valley is perhaps eight or ten miles in 
width until it comes to a point at the junction 
of the rivers. These rivers run in a southwest 
direction, and after they come together they 
form Black River, and that flows into White 
River. This is a very heavy timbered country, 
with here and there a spot partly cleared. Land 
level, soil pretty good. Cotton and corn are 
the crops; but cotton is king yet. I see no hay 
nor straw, and but very little fodder. No ap- 
ples that I have seen or heard of, yet I think 
they might do very well here. This is certainly 
a good country for poor people, for I think 
that there are more of them here than I have 
ever seen in the same scope of country. They 
seem to be satisfied and say they can do better 
here than where they came from. I think 
men with little means might do very well if 
they would be willing to clear their farms. 

As to our prospects in spiritual things, I can- 
not say much, only this: Prospects are not 
very flattering, as we have no suitable place for 
meeting; but feel to make efforts as circum- 
stances will permit. 


R. Gish. 

Perhaps a few lines from us may be of in- 
terest to some of the readers of our much es- 
teemed paper — the B. AT W. We left our 
home (Woodford Co., III..) Dec. 28, 1880. Left 
our station Secor about 9 P. M. Ran east to 
Caen' a to the junction of the Chicago & Alton 
R. R. Left at 1: 30 A. M for St. Louis; arriv- 
ed the 28th at 11 A. M. Train three hours 
late; so had to lay over ten long hours at the 
Union Depot. The weather was very cold and 
tie large depot so poorly warmed that it kept 
a person all the time on the move to and fro, 
around aud around, back and forth to keep 
from suffering with cold. At about 9 P. M. 
we took the train on the Iron Mountain R R. 
for Corning, our place of destination; arrived 
about 7 o'clock in the morning of the 30th. 
Went to the city hotel and tried to wait pa- 
iiently for the coming of Bro. Ennis. But he 
had failed to get our last card to know when to 
meet us, so of course we looked in vain; but 

parts, which 
Will say that 
we are glad 

J. P. Moomaw. 

We see news from most all 
gives me much encouragement, 
we are in love and union, which 
fo report. We are having a very hard winter; 
mercury has been below zero most of the 
time for the last four weeks, and as low as 21 
for two days, and snow and ice; so travel- 
ing is very difficult. 

The paper is a source of great comfort to 
to us, as we can't get to meeting much this 


This is Sunday evening. We have not 
had the privilege of assembling ourselves to- 
gether with the dear brethren and sisters tor 
worship; but nevertheless, we have not forgot- 
ten the instructions and admonitions that we 
have received from our dear brethren whilst 
we lived in Illinois. But now we are separated 
from them and the church privileges that we 
enjoyed so much. The members here are very 



much scattered. We have no miaisfcer within 
twenty miles of us. This Winter we had sev- 
eral meetings by brethren traveling and look- 
ing at this country. They are very mueli 
pleased with the country. Brother Washing- 
ton Dove, from Tennessee, and Bro. Taylor, 
from Missouri, were liere visiting frietids and 
looking at the country. Brother Dove preach- 
ed two sermons for us; the people gave good 
attention, and want him to come back. Bro. 
Mohler and wife, from Ohio, have been with 
us and preached for us. We had three meet- 
ings at our school-house and four at my sister's, 
Sarah Daggett. Bro. Mohler has been hold- 
ing meetings at Clyde. 

My husband, though not a member, wants 
the brethren to settle among us; and we would 
say, if there are any brethren or ministering 
brethren traveling west to see the country, do 
stop with us and lock at our beautiful country. 
There is a large field to work in here. We 
need a minister here to live among us, to help 
build up a church. The people want the 
brethren to move in; they like to bear the doct- 
rine of the brethren preajhed This is a de- 
lightful climate. I came here weak and poor, 
and am so much stronger than I was when I 
came here. The air is so bracing here. 

Jan. 2, 1881. Cathajbine Gooch. 

Norton Co. 

I write to inform the readers of the B. at 
W. that health is very good in this country; 
no sickness of any kind in this vicinity that I 
know of. Have bad Winter since the 12th of 
November; very few days since that time that 
it was warm enough to thaw any. A few 
mornings mercury was below zero; yesterday 
morning it was 14 degrees below z^ro, and 
this morning six degrees below — very cold 
weather. November was the coldest Novem- 
ber ever known by the oldest settler in North- 
ern Kansas. 

We have a membership of over one hundred; 
they seem to be in peace and union. The 
questions that seems to be agitating the broth- 
erhood to some extent now, are not even talk- 
ed of in our little church. (I mean the A. M. 
and Dress Questions.) Our members all ap- 
pear neat, clean, and plain, and all try to live 
up to the teaching of the gospel, and are all 
satisfied with the teaching thereof, believing 
that it is good enough for us. We willingly 
receive all the good advice we can get, whether 
from the A. M, or from other sources, and try 
to profit by it. I have a little suggestion to 
make to our editors and contributors: As we 
are just now entering upon a new year let 
those agitating questions not be once named in 
our papers; let there there be no article publish- 
ed for or against during the year 1881, and I 
venture to say there will be a better feeling ex- 
isting between the parties than there was at the 
olose of 1880. In the meantime, let every 
brother and sister ,try by the help of Gtod, to 
take the gospel and livejnst a J near to it as it 
is his privilege and duty to do, and we will. 
by this means,create a belter feeling among the 
members than ever can be made by disputing 
and debating on thpse questions. I like to dis- 
tribute my papers among my friends and 
neighbors, but during the past year there has 
been so much disputing among our brethren 
(hat I believed the reading of our papers by, 

out siders would do them more harm than 
good. So much disputiug does not look to me 
like the best way to manifest a Christ-like spii- 
it. My prayer is that we may all try, by the 
help of God, to get more of the spirit of 
Christ. N. C. Woeksian, 

Dec. 30. 


"The Brethren at Work." Truly its title 
is very applicable when we look over its pages 
and see the immense work the brethren are per- 
forming in sounding out the gospel and rescu- 
ing perishing souls, feeding them crumbs from 
the M:«ter's table and cheering its readers with 
glad tidings of gospel sucoe-is. lu this part of 
the Lord's vineyard his people are trying stiil 
to serve him. Our home ministers labor hard 
for us. Bat we desire very much to have some 
of our ministering brethern to call and stir up 
our minds both in and out of the church, aud so 
the borders ofZion maybe enlarged, Bro. Dear- 
dorffwas with us on the 25th, of Nov. and 
preached some very interesting sermons Will 
more do likewise? The Lord will rewarJ you. 
The weath-ir is eoid with little snow. Heylth is 
good generally. " Noah Eaelt. 

Mulberry Grove. 

Djar Brethroa at Work: I am at home and 
will give you a few items of interest, (perhaps,) 
to your readers. I left home on 2±lh uir. in 
company with other memb?r.?, and reached Cer- 
ro Gordo in the evaniug. FouGd the meeting 
house occupied by a good congr' gation, and bro. 
Moore of Woodford Co. engaged in instruct- 
ing the people, 25th, was the time appnnted 
for Love-fi-ast^. The house was crowded, but 
good order and attention prevailed. A larf-e 
number of members communed. The meeting 
was au enjoyable one. 

26ih. Servcps in the morning and in the 
evening, 27th, Bo,ird of Managers of ' Orphan's 
Home" of S. 111. held a meeting in the presence 
of many members. This was a very enj lyable 
meeting. Glad to say the enterprise is a suc- 
cess . But our Sef: etary was aulhorzied to re- 
port for your coluai', s > no mjre of this. Oar 
meeting continued until t'ls night of the 2ad, 
inst. A Good meeting and increasing interesi 
until the close. 

On the 3rd, in company with other breth- 
ren boarded the train for Auburn, Sangamon 
Co. III. to assist in the adjustment of difficulties 
in the Sugar Creek congregation. After two 
diys labor with the church, we closed, appar- 
ently to the satisfaction of all. Arrived at home 
on the 6th, found all vrAl; thiuk God Maay 
thanks to the dear ones who ministeretd to my 
necessities while absent. Last night the 7th 
reRi^ved a dispatch from Bro. Metz gsr, saying 
Bro. .J. Hendricks is deal. Another mighty one 
is fallen. Yours, J. Wise 

Jan. 8th. 

Wyandot. Co. 

Oar meeting at the Faitview c'lurohis amo .g 
the things of the past. As we had stated tiiat 
our meeting was to b^giu tuo 21st, of Dee. but 
the bieth'sa ciu'd not come at that timf, the 
meeting did not begin until the evening of the 
24:th. Bro. J. C. McMuUin came to us, and on 

the 25ch,Bro. W". Murray came. We hal meet- 
ing day and night exoept one day; the Brethern 
were called away to preach a funeral. Bro John 
Brillhart came to ns on the IH, ot' Jiu. and 
stayed until the 6th. Bro. Murray went heme 
the 6th; Bro. J. C. McMuUen stayed until the 
morning of the lOth, and then returned home. 
Tte brethern preached tbe Word with pi-ver. 
The church was mujh revived aud sinners were 
made to tremble. Seven added to the church 
by baptism — one married lady two girls, and 
four young men; others are counting the cost. 
Jan. nth. Jacob Hiestasd. 


I wish to say through Brethern a' Work to 
the many dear brethern who have iavited me to 
labor for them this winter, that I am almost 
compelled, from force of circumstances, to stay 
at home in order to earn a littU; money to dis- 
charge obligations, wuieh nothing but money 
will satisfy. Hope none will con-true this into 
li willful jiig'.eit Ol Auty. IhAievf I appreeiite 
th^ worih Oi souLs, aud the Ma ter I love. 
But I kaow how very soon a mia;a'".^r's good is 
evil spoken of in cous-queue-i of financial en- 
t'tngleinents. I hi^e accepted a aituatioa lor a 
St.Louis firm as trav.-iing S/il-^smuu, by which I 
hope by another winter, through tbe blessing 
of God, to be in a situation to devote more 
time to the ministry. D. E BEtTBAKEE. 


We have received notice from tbe general 
frieght agent of the Missouri Pacific railroad, 
Atchison, Kansas, that after the Slst day of 
this month they will transport no more goods 
or provisions ot any kind free unless we will 
take churge of the whole county; that is, take 
charge of all the noedy in the county, which 
>ve cannot do. The railroad company will 
hereafter recognize only one Aid Societv in 
each county. The railroad compjuy is very 
willing to give the whole work of caring for 
the destitute of Norton County, into the are 
of the Mtjple G-ove Aid S)ciety. Bat the re- 
sponsibility is too great, the work is too heavy, 
la so great a work, with this view and taese 
facts before us, we ask our brethren and friends 
to ship no more provisions to our society until 
further notice, as we are not able to pay freight, 
except it would bs on clottiiag, which is much 
needed. We probably could pay freight on a 
few boxes of clothing; and as we have members 
living in most of tbe large towns of Illinois, 
Iowa, and Missouri, if they would spend a lit- 
tle time in gathering up the second-hand cloth- 
ing that is doing no one any good, and send 
them to the sutf-ring h?re it would be a great 
blesiing to the needy, and at the ssme time 
c ould probably solicit enough money to pay 
the freight on the same. Who will be the 
lir.-t to respond? 

As free ratts on provisions for the needy here 
hrts stopped, we hope our brethern aud (^►nds 
wi'l make stronger effort-i torais nionpy for the 
ni edy and destitute of this country. Ctuld our 
brethren be here for a little while and see the 
destitution and hear the pl-adings for provis- 
ions and clothing there would be no diSif^ulty 
in getting means to supply thousands Dont 
be ieve it is a lack of a charitab'e disposi i u on 
tiie part of our members that they don't give 
hut it is simply pocause they do not and cannot 
rfalize the condition of the homesteaders here 
on the frontier. Brethern do all you can for us 
and God will bless jou. Priy tor us 

Bell, Kansu. 



^mliU mi ^mpxma. 



All communications for this departinent should be ad- 
dressed to S. T. Bos^erman, Dunkirk Hardin Co., Ohio. 


WE do not want to id jure the hog market, 
but a word of warning may save some 
lives. The following from the Chieaco Tribune 
tells the story. 

"If anybody dies from eating worm swarm- 
ing ham hert'after, it will not be because of any 
lack of warning. One death has already resul- 
ted. Two more may occur at almost any mo 
ment. If people will batten on corruption in 
the face of such terrible examples as these their 
blood will indeed be on their own heads. The 
latest ease is that of Mr. H. C. Hansen, a con- 
tractor and his wife, who, with three children, 
live at No. 635 North Ashland Avenue. Sat- 
urday, Nov. 27, they bought in a butcher-shop 
at No. 865 Mllwauk^e avenue a smoked and 
sugar-cured ham, which, to the naked eye, 
looked as fair as any piece of meat that ever 
hung in a butcher's stall. It was the house- 
wife's intention to boil her purchase in the 
orthodox way, but it looked so inviting that the 
family decided to moke a cold lunch from it 
first. No one needs to be told that this is a 
common enough practice, but in this case the 
results ought to condemn the practice and 
cause the people to shun it as they would a 
pestilence. Hansen attended to business as 
usual Monday morning, but was attacked by 
a severe pain in the stomach during the after- 
noon. He relieved that, however with a drink 
of brandy, only to be attacked the next day in 
precisely the same manner. On the 5th day 
after his lunch he was unable to leave his bed. 
The pains in the stomach grew worse, diarrhea 
set in, and in great alarm the patient sent for 
Dr. Christian Fenger, of No. 120 Indiana street. 
Mrs. Hansen's symptoms were the same, 
though they developed more slowly. Dr. Fen- 
ger, who made a special study of trichinosis at 
the University at Copenhagen, readily recog- 
nized the symptons of the disease and inquired 
whether they had eaten any raw or uncooked 
meat. The Hansens had never regarded smoked 
ham as raw meat, and of course, denied having 
eaten any. But the doctor's suspicions were I 
of the strongest character, and, when finally 
asked if they had eaten any smoked ham, they 
readily admitted that they had. On subjecting 
a piece ol the ham to microscopical examina- 
tion the djctor found no less than thirty trich- 
inse in one grain, which means 16,000 to the 


1 m ■ 


IT don't pay to have fifty working-men poor 
and ragged, in order to have one saloon- 
keeper dressed in broadcloth and flush of mon- 

It don't pay io have those fifty working 
men live on bone soup and half rations, in or- 
der that One saloon keeper may flourish on 
roast turkey and champagne. 

It don't pay to have the mothers and chil- 
dren of twenty families dressed in rags, starved 

into the semblance of emaciated scarecrows, 
and live in hovels, in order that the saloon- 
keeper's wife may dress in satin and her chil- 
dren grow fat and hearty and live in a bay 
window parlor. 

It don't pay to have one citizen in the coun- 
ty j4il because another citizen sells him liquor. 

It don't pav to hang one citizen because 
another citizen sold him liquor. 

It don't pay to have ten smart, active, and 
intelligent boys transformed into thieves to 
enable one man to lead an easy life by selling 
them liquor. 

It don't pay to give one man, for $15 a quar- 
ter, a license to sell liquor, and then spend 
$20 00 on the trial of another man for buying 
that liquor and committing murder under its 

It don't pay to have one thousand homes 
blasted, ruined, defiled, and turned into hells, 
discord and misery in order that one wholesale 
liquor dealer may amass a large fortune. 

]t don't pay to keep men in the penitentia- 
ries and prisons and hospitals, and in the luna- 
tic asylum, at the expense of the honest, indus- 
trious taxpayers, in order that a few capitalists 
may grow richer by the manufacture of whis- 
key, and by swindling the government out of 
three-fourths of the revenue tax on the liquor 
that they make. 

It don't pay to permit the existence of a traf- 
fic which only results in crime, poverty, misery 
and death, and which never did, never does, 
never can, and never will do any good. 

It never pays to do wrong; your sin will find 
you out, whether others fibd it out or not; the 
sin knows where you are, and will always keep 
you posted of that fact. 




From tbe Bitle Banner 




DR. Theodore Cuyler relates a conversation 
he had with the British Premier when in 
London. He says: "When I congratulated Mr. 
Gladstone on his vigorous health and power of 
achievement, he told me that he owei his 
good health to two or three rules well carried 
out. He carefully avoided the sins of the table, 
he took a great deal of muscular exercise with 
his ax, and he never allowed anything to rob 
him of his sleep. 'When I shut my chamber- 
door at night,' said he, 'I lock out all cares of 
State and of everything else.' He said that only 
one thing had ever kept him awalie, and that was 
one evening when at Lord Lyttletou's place he 
had begun to cut a tree down, and darkness and 
a storm came on. He laid down, awake in some 
anxiety lest that tree should blow down!" 



keep a room purified it is only necessary 
to keep a pitcher or some other vessel ful 
oi water in it. The water will absorb all the 
respired gases. The colder the water is tho 
greater is its capacity to hold the gases. At 
ordinary temperature a pail of water will absorb 
a pint of carbonic acid gas and several pints of 
ammonia. The capacity is nearly doubled by 
reducing the water to the temperature of ice. 
Water kept awhile in a room is unfit for use. 
The pump should always be emptied before 
catching water for use. Impure water is more 
injurious than impure air. 

article of food has increased so rapidly 
as oatmeal. A few years ago it was used 
almost exclusively by the scotch and Irish with 
a few invalids who were looked upon by their 
friends either as "a little cracked" or poor un- 
fortunates forced to ,do penance on account of 
previous transgressions. Now this highly nu- 
tritious food is found upon the breakfast table 
of the better classes everywhere. All first-class 
hotels and restaurants supply it to their patrons 
at least once a day. Dr. Johnson entertained 
great hatred of the Scotch, and lost no oppor- 
tunity of saying "oitter things against them. He 
once defined oats as "'in Scotland, food for 
Scotchmen; but in England food for horses." 
He was well answered by the indignant Scotch- 
man who replied, "Yes, and where can you find 
such men as ia Scotland, or such hordes as in 
England?" In the "Life and Letters ol'Mc- 
caalay" it is mentioned that Carlisle, catching 
a glimpse of Mccaulay's fac, remarked, "Well, 
any one can see that you are an honest, good 
sort of fellow made out of oatmeal." A con- 
temporary well says, "If oatmeal can 'make' 
such men as Walter Scott, Dr. Chalmers, and 
Lord Macaulay, we may well heap high the 
porridge dish, and bribe our children to eat of 
it. One tbing we do know, that it is far better 
for the blood and brain than cake, confections, 
and scores of delicacies, on which many litde 
ps^ts are fed bv their foolishly fond mothers. 
'The Queen's Otvn,'areeiment of almost giants, 
recruited from Scotch Highlands, are, as Car- 
lyle said of Macaulay, 'made of oatmeal.' " 

A Surgeon in German army calls the atten- 
tion of all who have to do with horses, to the 
danger of using the pocket handkerchief to 
wipe away any foam from the mouth or nose 
of a horse which may have been thrown up- 
on their clothes. Glanders have been commun- 
icated in that way. 

The Iowa Centeral Railroad has issued an 
order prohibiting conductors, engineers, station 
agents, and other employers ot the company 
from smoking or drinking whiskey, ale, beer, 
cider, or intoxicating liquors while on duty un- 
der the penally of discharge or suspension from 

At this season of the year, when colds pre- 
vail, it may be useful to know that hoarseness 
may be relieved by using the white of an egg 
thoroughly beaten, mixed with lamon juice 
and sugar. A teaspoonfui taken occasionally 
is the proper dose. — Mid Continent. 

Said the keeper of Canterbury jail: "I have 
had twenty thousand prisoners pass through 
my hands since I have been keeper of this jail; 
but I have inquired, I have not discovered one 
teetotaler among them." 

The Burmese observe five commandments. 
The fifth one is in these words: "Thou shalt 
not drink intoxicatin.g liquors." Query: In this 
respect is not heathendom in advance of christ 
• endom? 

Miny parson? attempt to drown trouble in 
drink. You might as well attempt to drown a 
fish in the brook. It is the eleiipient in which 
trouble lives and thrives. 






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DAVIS— SMITH— At Iowa Center, Dec. 26th,1880 
by the undi^rsigned, Mr. John L. Davis and Miss 
Mary Belle Smith, all of Story Co. 

D .E. Brxjbaker. 

LONG— HILL.— By John Zusk, at his ragidsnce 
in Cedar Co., Iowa, Jan. 6th, 1881, Aaron Long 
and Maggie E. Hill, both of Cedar Co., Iowa. 

HAUGER— ilEYERS.- By M- M Eshelman at 
his residence, Jan. 13feh, 1881, Brother J. H. 
Haviger of arroll Co , 111., to Mis 3 Anna E Mey- 
ers of Whiteside Co., same State. 


JOHNSOiSr.— In the Waddam's Grove church. 111;, 
at Stafford, Layfette Co., Wisconsin, Jan. 3, ISSl, 
Sister Mary Ann, wife of Brother Johnson, aged 
66 years less 1 days, leaving a sorrowing hus- 
band and seven chiljren to mourn her depart- 
ure. Euneral services by the brethren from 2 
Tim. 4:6-8. 

She was a consistent and faithful member for 
forty-three years, having had her full share of 
trials, but never would swerve from iier duty, 
leaving us the good hope of her safely landing 
in glory. Allen Boter. 

WORKMAN".— Boss Town Ohio, Dec. 26th, 1880, 
in the Danville church, Sister Rosa Workmav , 
aged 14 years 6 months, daughter of Brother 
Cuthbert and sister Nancy Workman. Euneral 
services by the writer. Isaac Ross. 



Blessed are tha dead which dlein the Lord. — Bot. 14 : 13. 

Obituary Dotices should be separate from everything else, written on 
( ne side of the paper, and brief. Do not eulogize the dead, but give 
simply the most important iacta. The following contains all tbe 
points generally proper to mention; ] . Name of deceased. 2. Date and 
place of death 3. Disease or cause of death, i. When and where 
bom. 5. Age, 6. Name of parents . 7. Numoei of family still living, 
8. To whom, wden and where married. 9. United with the church 
when and where, 10. Burial when and where. 11. Funeral service 
when and where, and by whom conducted. 

BLTRGARO.— In the Centerviaw congr.'gation, 
Jo insonCir, Mo. on the first day of January, 
1S81, our very worthv young sister, Callie Barg- 
aid, daughter of Brother Peter and Sister Mar- 
tha Burgard. She had obftyed the one great duty, 
to remember her Cr.ator in the days of her 
youth; being only 19 years S months and 13 days 
old at the time of her death. Euneral on the 
2nd to a very lar^e audience of sympathizing 
members and friends. Her sickness was some- 
what protracted, and all that kind parents, 
friends, earthly physicians could do, was una- 
vailing that dread disease, consumption must 
take its victim. Let others take warning. 

A. Hutchison. 

SOLENBERGER.— In the Naperville congrega- 
tion, Dupage Co., Ill, Apiil 29th, 1880, Sister Sa- 
rah, wife of Brother Michael Solenberger, and 
daughter of John and Margaret Et er, all of 
Franklin Co., Pa., age 42 years six months and 
' 4 days. Cause of death, dropsy. She leaves a 
husband and nine caildren. Funeral services 
by the Brethren from John 5: 28, 29. 

Noah Earlt. 
LAMBORK.— David Lamborn Dec. 31, 1880, age 
71 years 5 months and 26 days. He lived with 
his brotherinlaw S- R. Hegarty four miles South 
of Clarence, Iowa. He suffered much in his last 
days. He did not belong to any church. In his 
last hours he called fervently on the name of the 
Lord. Funeral services by the writer from Ps. 
90 : 12. John Zuck. 

SWANK.— Edna Mills, Ind. Jan. 7, 1881, one and 
a half miles West of this place our esteemed sis- 
ter Susa?i Swank, wife of Brother Peter Swank, 
age 36 years and IS days. Funeral services by 
the writer to a large concourse of sympathizing 
friends. She was a consistent and worthy mem- 
ber. Her loss will be deeply felt. 


SMITH.- Jan. 3, near Napoleon, Defiance Co ., O.. 
Rosa E. Smith, daughter of Brother John and 
Sister Smiih, age 6 years 9 months and 13 days. 
The subject of this notice was burned to death. 
Her clothes caught fire from the stove, soon 
wrapping her in flames. She lived two weeks 
in great pain. R. R. Berketbile. 

STOFER— In the Camp Creek congregation, Mar- 
shall Co., Ind, Jan, 7th, 1881, Ida Mary, daughter 
of Brother Will'am A., and sister Catharine 
Stofer, aged 2 months and 8 days. Funeral ser- 
vices conducted by the writer, to a large con- 
course of people, in the Methodist meeting house 
at the Sandrich cemetery. Discourse from Job 
14:1,8. Geo. Shively. 

I wish to call the attention of the readers of the 
B. AT W. to the condition of the Master's great 
field in South-west Mo. The demand for the doc- 
trine of the Brethren here is great. And I do not 
know where I could invite you to a more success- 
ful field, or place to labor m the interests of the 
Redeemer's kingdom. Your labors will be appre- 
ciated here as much as any other place that I 
know of, that is if you come here to preach the 
dt ctriue square out, and live it out, too. It is 
thought by many in the East that we are rather of 
what is known as the "fast element," but we ask 
you to come and see for yourselves, and be con- 
vinced that such is an error. Some have already 
come, and said they were surprised to find such an 
orderly set of members here. Brethren, I have liv- 
ed in the East as well as th? West, and I find the 
marks of separation from the world more general 
in the West than in the East. And the principle 
of brotherly love is as clearly exhibiled here as in 
any part of the Brotherhood. I here call attention 
especially to Saline Co. Our worthy brother D. L . 
Williams has been laboring long and faithfully 
there, almost unaided until q uite recently ; and he 
desires the attention of the Brotherhood to be CbiU- 
ed to that place, as a fertile field— both in poitit of 
rich and productive soil, as well as an inviting 
fldld for the faithful ministtf. Brother Williams 
needs assistance, as the calls for preaching are 
many more than he can possibly fill, and this is 
true of all of us here. Hence we invite those who 
wish to change their fli;ld of labor, to come to us, 
and take a look at our country at leasts Many val- 
uable talents are lying idle in the East, while pre- 
cious souls for whom Jesus died, are starving in 
the West for the bread of lif e.Mauy plans have been 
proposed and discussed, and but little done in 
proportion to what might have b^en done- We 
talk about money, and money is necessary, but 
what we want is more men, faithful men, who are 
not ifraid nor ashamed to preach the truth faith- 

" The Lord ordained that they which preach the 
gospel shall live of the gospel." 1 Cor. 9 : 14. But 
we must be very sure we preach the gospel, and 
not exciting occurrences, which are only calculated 
to arouse the em itional feelings ; we must address 
the intelligent, and not merely the emotional na- 
ture. The intelligent part of man is the most like 
God, of any other part of man, hence the necessity 
of speaking and acting rationally in matters of re- 
ligion. Now, in conclusion, I will say, you will 
find an intelligent, and a thinking class of people 
in the West. So you need not think to come here 
to preach so as to meet the demands of the case 
without mental effort on your part. As to church 
government we aim to work upon a principle that 
recogonizes the fact that men and women have 
minds of their own which we expect them to ex- 
ercise, and thereby come into order in everything 
upona rational principle, and then they enjoy it. 

A. Hutchison. 

The Brethren at Work has its appear- 
ance in the new form all right, but cut a little too 
short, the lower end being cut off makes it a little 
diflioult to read,hope the next will be a few inches 
longer. This made us think of the religion some 
people profess to have, which may also be too 
short at the great day of reckoning, and not reach 
to the haven of rest. Paul compares 'he Cl:iri3- 
tian's hope to an anchor; that is, as the anchor is 
to the ship, so is hope an anchor to the soul both 
sure and steadfast; and that hope must be fixed in 
the port of heaven, and while the soul is in the 
body on earth and the hope in heaven, there must 
be a connecting medium between the two or else 
our hope will benefit us no more than an anchor 
will a vessel without a cable, the cable being the 
connecting medium between the two. So must 
there also be a connection of the soul, and hope 
this is done through the medium of faith. The im- 
portant question for us to solve, is whether our 
faith will reach the port of heaven where we claim 
our hope is, if we have the faith once delivered to 
the saints then Wc can rest secure that is a living 
or practical faith, made so by obeying all the comr 
mandments left us by our great Head Jesus Christ. 
I wonder whether that religion that finds so many 
non-essentials in the word of God will not be a 
a little short when the great settlement comes off. 
Now dear Christians, let us be sure we have our 
hope in heaven and a living faith, then let the 
tempest come, our ship will outride the storm and 
land us safe in the haven of rest. D. R. Saylor. 
Double Pipe Greek. Md. 


The year 1881, says an exchange, will be a math- 
ematical curiosity. left to right and from 
right to left it reads the same; IS divided by 2 gives 
9 a quotient ; 8 1 divided by 9 gives 9 : if divided by 
9 the quotient contains a 9 ; if multiplied by 9 the 
product contains two &s ; 1 and 8 are 9, 8 and 1 are 
9. If the 18 be placed under the 81 and added the 
sum is 99. If the figures be added thus, 1,8, 8, 1, it 
will give 18. Reading from left to right it is IS, 
and reading from right to left it is 18, and 18 is 
two-ninths of 81. By adding ..dividing and multi- 
plying; 9 93 are produced, being one 9 for each 
year required to complete the century. 

The sponge fishers have carried on their work 
so recklessly in the Mediterranean, that it has been 
feared that the supply will ceas?. Dr. Brehm, the 
illustrious naturalist, determined, if possible, to 
grow them artificially, so he cut up several hun- 
dreds into very small pieces, fastened them sepa- 
ratels into cases full of holes, and towed them out 
into fae bay ef Socolizzj. In a few months, the 
sponges had grown to the size of natural ones, with 
the usual black color. He afterwards fastened the 
sponges to stones, and it was found they grew rap- 
idly and firmly attached themselves to the rock. 

Cremation has become so frequent at Milan that 
it has been decided to build by the side of the cre- 
mation furnace in the cemetery s. emery temple or 
ash housp, in which the remains of the dead may 
be deposited and labeled off in jars made like the 
old Latin urns. The Milan press is in favor of the 
new temple. The architects have handed in their 
plan.", and they have been approved by the city au- 

Illinois enters upon the new year free from debt 
the last dollar of its nliligations having been can- 
celled on thfl 21st of Deceaber last Several oth- 
er States 'are equally fortunate and others still are 
fully prepared to take receipts from their credi- 

New York, New Jersey, and the northern part 
of Virginia, have just been visited by one of the 
heaviest snow-storms exp'srienced in many years. 
Railroads ara blockaded, locomotives buried, and 
large trees broken down by the weight of the snow. 
At Long Branch, 80 feet of the great ocean pier 
has been washed away. 

It is proposed to construct a tunnel between 
France and England. Preliminary soundings ar^ 
being made between Calais and Dover. 

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Current Topics. 

for §50,000, and was obliged to settle with his 1 from L.dcga. Ind. to Ashk.d, Ohio 

Bro. Bashor is holding a ten days meeting in 
Sandy church, Ohio. 

Bro. George Gripe is preaching in the viein- 
ity of Ashland , Ohio. 

There is to be a Greek and Latin Class in the 
Sunday School at Ashland Ohio. 

credTtors for fifty cents on a dollar. He has 
recently sent each of his creditors a check for 
the balaDce in Tall, with six per cent interest. 
That is honesty. 

A society of Mormon girls, having for its 
object the securing of moaogamic hus' an^s, 
has been discovered and broken up at Salt 
Lake. The members m->4e a vow? to marry no 

Bro. John NichoL^on ha? returned from his I ^"^"^"'^if^'^oui^ not pledge himself to be con- 
extend^^d preachiBg tciur in New Jersey. He I .., .,_ p: .-..,^.,-i,„o.V,fpr=. of 

is now preaching in Ohio 

Murray is 

J man way vvutim in^u i"-"o- _ 

IJ tent with one wife. Fire gr^ad-daughters ol 
Brigham Toung have joiuediX 


■ We learn that Brother Samuel 
preaching in the Southern part of the State. 
When last heard from he was in Crawford Co. 

Dr. Tanner is making arrangements to fast 
forty days in London. We should think one 
fast would be enough for him. By the way, 
this is what we cill fasting to be^ seen of men. 

The present term of the Ashland College 
opened with about one hundred students. 
It is expected that about one hundred and 
fifty will be enrolled before the close of the 

It seems that the epidemic of murder has 
reached even the babies. A little three-year- 
old residing in Philadelphia killed his infant 
sister a few days ago, by running a red-hot 
poker down her tbroat. 

Six oases of antiquities from ttie excavations 
at Babylon have arrived at the British Muse- 
um They consist chiefiy of inscribed tablets 
and small oKj=cts. With then is a Phoenician 1 

■ Brothee Bash or is b joked for a discussion 
with a United Brethren preacher; the debate 
to come off at Louisvilk, Ohio, commencing 
March 1st. Tlie prop, sitions are too one-sided, 
as Brother Brshor has to do nearly all the af- 

Lieut. Conder will be a^ the head of the ex- 
peditiou which the Eoglish Palestine Esplora- 
tion Fund hopes to send seen to Eastern Pales- 
tine, to do the work— which our American so- 
ciety has failed to complete— of thoroughly sur- 
vryirg the region east of the Jordan. 

The Lord made this world to suit Lis taste, 
giving the human race the liberty to make 
such changes and improvements as might be 
thought best; so we bridge streams, fill up 
valleys, tnnnel mountains and now we want 
the waters of the Pacific and Atlantic united 
by a canal. 

The last Bible colporteur hai,ior the present, 
been driven out of Tyrol, a province of Aus- 

doga Leader says: 

There is not a citizen in this community that 
does not sincerely regret his departure. The 
church and the public have so long enj-oyed the 
benefits of his ministrations and labors, that 
they really seemed to think they had a possess- 
ory right to them, and scarcely realize their 
qualitv and valu% until h? announced his in- 
tention to remove. Elder Miller has lived m 
this neighborhood well nigh fifty years, and Qf 
course is well knosn from boyhood up. To 
his new associates we can all bear che'-rfal tes- 
timony tT the sterling qu-alities of the man.and 
believehis appointment as President of a new 



A spy was on his track for days, until it 
was possible to prove'thai he had been guilty 
of selling the Scriptures. He was then arrest- 
ed and fined, his books and lieenje confiscated, 
and himself dismissed from court with the as- 
surance that he could never again be permitted 
to labor in Tyrol. 

and thriving Colege, is as much a compliment 
to the institution as it is to the incumbent. It 
is true he has not had a collegiate education, 
and that his early opportunities for learnmg 
were limited; but he needs no apology on that 
account. Long years of studious literary toil. 
a-..T much of labor, have compensated for a 
lack of early opportunities. His learning is far 
richer by being blended and solidified with tae 
rpal and practical of the affairs of life. 

The North American Review contains an able 
article from U. 3. Grant conceraing the Nicar- 
agua Ship canal. If constructed ^^J^e point L,,,;^;r^:^;^^" says the Je.rish 
which the General suggests, it w,l be 181 . .j^ ^^.^t t<, p„v;,i , work entitled 

miles in length, and will '^''^^ ^^="*^'f °':- | ""Ind^f Gilead.' in which he will give an 
000. Near the center of the isthmus, at this '^; ^^ °'J^^^^^^^^^ 

point, is a Uke 56 miles long. The length o the | ^^^^^nr^n, of the repatriation 
canal from Pacific ocean to this lake w.U ^ I -'^'^ the settlement under the aus- 


thinks that a canal at thi. point can te -- ! b« "^J^j'^-^^f^J^^J^a^^ 
I 3tructed and o^rate^on^^ng basis. , ^;^^:^;t^i ,,,es of Reu- 

I The continued cold weather prompts us to i ^^^ ^^ q j^; ^e is of opinion that the region 
remind our readers of the importance of giving : ^^j^^^ comprises within its limits the lusonant 
clos« attention to the condition of stove pipes j p^^^ures of Jaulioa, the magnificent foresfc- 
and flues. Fires have all been kept up to the j ^j^^ mountains of Gitead, the rich arable lands 
greatest heat possible du ing the p^st two j ^^ j^^^^^^ ^^^^ f^e fertile sub-tropical valley of 

months, while the intense frosts must have 
frequently caused severe strains on the wooden 
supports which uphold most of our dwellings, 
resulting, doubtless, in very many cases, in the 
cracking of flue?. Now, then, is the time to 
inspect all one's heating, from stove to chim- 
ney top, with the closest scrutiny possible. 

General Garfield the President-elect, in a 
speech delivered in the House of Representa- 
tives, in June, IS 74, said: "The divorce be- 
tween Church and state ought to be absolute 
It ought to so absolute that no church proper- 
ty anywhere, in any state or nation, should be 
exempt from equal taxation; for, if you ex- 
empt the property of any church organization, 
to that extent you impose a church tax upon 
the whole community." 

the Jordan, cannot remain much longer neg- 
lected. Regarded from an archsologieal, a 
eommerefel. or political point of view, this ter- 
ritory possesses an interest and importance 
unrivaled by any tract of country of similar 

Representive Morey has introduced a bill 
to modify the postal money- order system, 
which commends itself to many of our people. 
It provld"s that no money order shall be issued 
for a greater sum than §100, and reduces the 
;ates on small orders. Orders no ,«..aed:.ig 
five dollars the rate is to be five cents and the 
rate on SlOO is to be f<"ty-fi'.t/=tf %»«?,! for 
1 this wia largely do away /'.'l^ ^^^^^^'"Yt Ji°U 
fr..ctional currency to send m le"er8^^JL'j"^>f 
pr-ve a blessing to publishers of papers, it 

1 pais?d. 





These hearts of ours are sad concerns, 

Made up of many troubles; 
Yet, after all, one half oar -woes 

Are only fancy bubbles; 

Are only little crinks that form, 
Like knitting yarn untwisted. 

That soon will yield and straighten out. 
Where patience is enlisted. 

We are too quick to take offense — 

Too proud to be fr.rgiviiig; 
And prone to think the hardest task 

Is justice to the living. 

For we do not the dsad forgive. 

When tears with smiles are blended. 

And hearts at last forgive the wronged — 
The silent ones offended? 

Each quick retort or idle word, 

In angry moaiftnt spoken, 
A memory leaves that grieves at last 

Some tender heart half broken. 

Or, when too late to make amends. 
Some one has left us saddened. 

We then may think, "By kiodly woros, 
True hearts we might have gladdened." 

Godsends the sun to cheer our lives, 
And night consoles the weary. 

And though we look with both unmoved, 
Their ways are never dreary. 

So should our hearts be kind, and love 
Control our simplest actions. 

And "to forgive" our motive be 
In every day's transactions. 

For life is full of little things, 
The soul with sadness filling; 

Yet summer comes 'mid winter scenes, 
If but the heart be willing. 

So stretch the heart of love to all; 

There's pleasure in forgetting 
Each little wro.Tg our pride repels — 

Our hearts at last forgetting. 

— Wm. PMuck. 

For ttaa Biothfen at Work. 



A S high schools among us have caus- 
-^-^ ed some trouble and utikind feel- 
ings among the brethren, I will give 
the subject some thought. I will ad 
vance some ideas. It apiDears to be 
characteristic with us to find fault with 
our fellowman's business. We shall 
teach all nations the knuwledge of the 
gospel, and it being the power of God 
unto salvation to all that believe; it 
is therefore reasonable to conclude that 
some of all nations shall be saved, and 
hence in the church will be members of 
all manner of employments and busi- 
ness occupations. The farmer thinks 

school teaching is a proud business, and 
the school- teicher thinks farming is a 
hard duty and laborious business. And 
neither would choose the other's em- 
ployment, — no not for the world, yet 
they continue to talk about and pick 
at each other until they bring their 
picking into the church. 

"Six days shalt thou labor and do all 
my work," is God's command. "And 
not to be idle, but provide things hon- 
est in the sight of all men," are script- 
ural injunctions. Hence no man has a 
right to meddle in, or to interfere 
with the honest-taught business of any 
man. And as education is an admitted 
necessity none will dispute it follws 
that schools and school teachers are nec- 
essary; and while in the honest dis- 
charge of this duty none have a right to 
interfere with the school or the school; 

The necessity and propriety of 
schools among the brethren is however 
doubled by many serious thinking 
minds. And looking at the subject 
from a practical standpoint, it is very 
certain that but little education above 
what caa be obtained in our good home 
schools is employed in the business af- 
fairs of the world. And as our primary 


system now is, if is doubtful whether 
any education over that system can im- 
part, can be made available in the in- 
dustries of the country. They certain- 
ly teach all the arithmetic that can be 
employed in any business pursuits; they 
teach all the geography that can be use- 
ful in any business; so with grammar, 
with reading and .penmanship. If this 
be true, and I challenge successful con- 
dradiction, I fail to see the use, or cov- 
er the propriety for the church to have 
high schools. 

Again, I doubt whether one out of 
1,000 employs in his busiuess all the 
ed ucation he can obtain in our home 
school. I enquired of one who has a 
full collegiate education, What educa- 
tion is required to carry oa the business 
affairs of the world above what can be 
obtained in our present primary system? 
He answered, "Nothing but astrono- 
my." If this is all, I am sure the 
church has no need for unj high schools. 
In one thing 1 admit high schools are 
very successful in. I have a grand son; 
I am his guardian, but his mother is 
living. I have only assumed the guar- 
dianship of his money. He was receiv- 
ing a good primary school education; 
but according to fashion he must go to 

New Windsor College a term or two. 

At the close of the first term a report 
of his examination was sent me for my 
endorsement. The studies are marked 
by figures — ten is perfect, below six, 
unsatisfactorily. Several of his were 
marked nine, eight, seven and a half, 
none below six; but the Ymetidiness he 
had ten. It requires a college but a 
short time to teach style and fashion to 
perfection. Of course this boy is too 
tidy for the anvil, the wo7'h hencJi or 
the plane, and I am requested to pro- 
cure for him a place for a clerkship. 
This IS what our fathers saw and feared 
when they advised against colleges as 
unsafe for brethren to handle. And all 
brethren should see the same danger 

Time has been when there were but 
■^Afew colleges in the world, and in the 
Christian era they were confined to the 
corrujjted part of Christianity. And 
Luther in his time said they were "the 
highways to hell"; aad they soon root- 
ed all holiness out of the Methodist 
Church after her young men rode into 
the church all over the protestations of 
the old fathers, which will be the in- 
evitable results in the German Baptist 
Church . 

Being in Westminster sometime ago, 

a highly respected retired physician 
sent for me to come to his home. Some 
thirty five years ago he practiced his 
profession in part of the territory m 
which lay my ministerial labors, where 
we often met together with the sick and 
dying. The doctor had great respect 
for the Brethren. His wish to see me 
was, he said, "I have heard that the 
German Baptist Church had started a 
college in the church, but I could not 
believe it." I said. Oh we have them. 
He looked at me and said, with tears 
in his eyes, "To educate preachers!" 1 
said, O we liave no seminaries, as yet, 
but I suppose that will be in the near 
future if we cannot control our fast 
men. He said: "Oh stop it, stop it." 
He then told me with what pleasure he 
used to speak of the brethren's power 
in preaching the gospel in unassumed 
simplicity, aad with more substantial 
success than auy of all the pop:ilar 
churches. He then drew a picture be- 
tween the Methodist Church in her 
primitive simplicity aud the present 
college -bred ministry. 

Notwithstanding many of our serious- 
minded and thinking brethren believe 
that serious results to the brotherhood 



will follow the introduction of colleges 
in the church, yet see so many prevent 
it, as the colleges among us are private, 
or individual enterprises, the church to 
suppress them. A, M. 1858, Art. 51 it 
was decided: "We think we have no 
right to interfere with an individu al 
enterprise so long as there is no depart- 
ure from gospel principles.'' 

A. M. 1870, Art. 3, in answer to the 
query Salem Collage. Answer: "It does 
not regard it as a church school, or 
conducted by the general brotherhood , 
though it is under, the auspices of mem 
bers of the church, and is supported by 
those who patronize it, and not by dona- 
tions of the church." This being the 
action of A. M. on the subject; and 
while members continue to support 
them they will remain in action, unless 
the Lord stops them. I have not for- 
gotten the time when high school-edu- 
cated preachers used to preach to the 
people that African slavery was a nee 
essary evil that must be submitted to. 
But how was it when the Lord "By 
terribe things in righteousness assured 
us?" Ps. 65: 5. 

With all our education we should re- 
member that ''The secret things belong 
unto the Lord our God: but those 
things which are revealed belong unto 
us, and to our children forever, that we 
may do all the works of the law." 
Deut. 29:29. 

Editorial eemaeks.- A careful read- 
ing of Bro. Saylor's article will show 
that he has given his subject some 
thought, and we presume that no one 
will deny that he has a right to his own 
private opinion in regard to a thing 
about which the gospel is silent. The 
Gospel is as silent about high schools as 
it is in regard to singing-schools, spell- 
ing-schools, common-schools, or any 
other school. Things of that charac- 
ter are left to be acted upon as circum- 
stances may dictate. Just how far we 
may go in education is not marked out 
by the sacred writers — they have left 
that to our judgments with the positive 
declaration that "unto whomsoever 
much is given, of him shall much be 
rec|uired." On this point we have al- 
ways laid down this comprehensive 
conclusion: "God is the author of two 
great books — one in Revelation, the 
other in Nature. The limits of study 
in either is undefined. They never 
contradict each other. Revelation teach- 
es of heaven and all that pertains to 
religion, while in^[the^ pages of Nature 

are recorded the mysteries of the great 
universe of which God is the author." 
On the surface of Revelation may be 
found our duties as Christians — they 
are plain and easily understood, it does 
not require great minds, nor well edu- 
cated people to comprehend them. But 
beyond all this is a field in Revelation 
where the most gifted and finely edu- 
cated can spend a whole lifetime in dili- 
gent study and research without being 
able either to master or exhaust the 
wisdom therein contained. Just so in 
Nature; on the surface lies the plain 
truths essential to their natural welfare. 
With a little care all common minds 
can comprehend them. But beneath 
and beyond this lies the deep mysteries 
of nature — ^the unexplored fields of wis- 
dom where master minds can find an 
unlimited field of study. 

God is the author of all that is found 
in either Revelation or Nature — he has 
set the two books before us, and re- 
quires us to know enough of both to 
do our duty towards him and our fel- 
lowman, but beyond that the extent of 
our studies must be limited by circum- 
stances and capacities. In all things 
however we want to give God the glory 
and render to him true obedience, re- 
membering that education, like money, 
if we make a good use of it, the more 
we have the better, but if we make a 
bad use of it we cannot have too little. 
In the great day of final account I do 
not think w ? will be questioned as to 
whether we were in favor of high- 
schoolsjsinging-schools, spelling- schools, 
or any other useful school, for Christ 
says, "The word that I have spoken, the 
same shall judge him in the last day," 
and in the word I find nothing in regard 
to said schools. Like many other things 
they are matters of mere expediences 
about which one is at liberty to form 
his own opinion. 

As to whether we need high schools 
that is a question about which good and 
wise men may differ. Each has a right 
to his own private opinion, and should 
have the privilege of expressing it as 
long as he does not interfere with that 
which he legitimately belongs to anoth 
er. Bro. Saylor has told us his mind 
on that subject, but we need not accept 
it if we do not want to. So it might be 
with my views— I have the privilege of 
expressing them, but the reader is at 
liberty to accept them or not, just as he 
may see proper. 

It has long been our mind that high 

schools may be made usefal if properly 
conducted. And in seme respects we 
regard them as indespensable. They 
are the outgrowth of civilization and 
advancement in culture; they have ex- 
isted in all ages, and will continue to 
exist during the preseni dispensation. 
Running colleges, like many other law- 
ful things, is a business in which some 
of our brethren are engaged. The A. 
M. has decided, that as private enter- 
prises, they cannot be interfered with, 
hence the church permits her members 
to erect and conduct high schools. But 
if those who have charge of these in- 
stitutions do not conduct them properly 
they should be corrected for it the same 
as for any other offense. 

Bro. Saylor takes the proper course 
when he says that these schools are^H- 
vaie enterprises — they belong to mem- 
bers who have a right to engage in any 
lawful business they may think proper, 
and we have no right to interfere vsdth 
their latoful business so long as they 
conduct it in harmony with our holy 
religion. It is not best to say these col- 
leges belong to the church unless he 
means that they belong to the church 
in the same sense that Bro. Saylor's 
farm belongs to the church. The church 
has no more control over the schools 
than over a brother's farm, but she does 
have control over those who conduct said 
schools, and she should see to it that 
they live out their profession, and con- 
duct their schools in a Christian man- 

In regard to us running ofi^ into the 
ways of other churches, that depends 
upon who has charge of the Old Ship. 
If the church is to be run by those who 
are in sympathy with the world it 
makes little difterence whether their ed- 
ucation is much or little; they will go 
about so fast any how. We think most of 
our educated men will stand firm, and 
will help defend the distinctive features 
of the church. Our readers must not 
conclude that just because a man can 
talk and write fluently that he is a man 
of education, or that he has been sent 
from some college. Most of our edu - 
cated men have gathered the greater 
part of their knowledge outside of any 
school, though they generally used 
books written by men educated in high 
schools. J. H. MooKE. 

There is no medium between pleas- 
ing God and displeasing him, and if we 
have not his approbation we shall as- 
suredly have his curse. 




Baptism into the name of each person of the 
Holy Trinity. 

"Produce your cause, saith the Lord; bring forth 
your strong reasons, saith tlie king of Jacob." Isa. 
41 : 21. 


ii~r)UT," says one, "inasmuch as you 
-'-' found your practice on the com- 
mission what will you do with John's 
baptism? Was that- accordiag to the 
triune formula? There is no reason 
why it was not. Mr. Roberts, says, "He 
(Mr. Thurman) says the triple formula 
was 'never used in baptizing Jews' — 
his explanation being that they were 
already in the Father, and needed not 
to be baptized in the name of the Fath 
er. The Jews, he argues, had only to 
be baptized m'.o Chrisfs death. He 
dates trine immersion from the commis- 
sion, (Matt. 28: 19), and says it was in- 
tended alone for the Gentile nations, 
who were entirely outside." Trine Im- 
mersion Weighed, etc., p. 4. We want 
it distinctly understood that tnne im- 
mersion churches teach no such thing. 
When such sentiments are spread be- 
fore the Baptists as peculiar to the 
-Brethren, we consider ourselves misrep- 
resented in a very unchristian manner. 
Let the teachings of the church, and 
not sentiments which she has refused 
to fellowship, be the standard from 
which to learn her peculiarities. There 
is no more reason to believe that the 
trine formula originated with the com- 
mission given to the eleven (Matt. 28: 
19) than baptism itself or preaching. 
He only commanded to them to carry 
to all nations what had been previously 
given to Jews only. John's baptism 
was from heaven, so was the apostlas'. 
John taught faith in Cnrist; (Acts 19:4) 
so did the apostles. John demanded 
repentance; • (Matt. 3: 8) so did the 
apostles, (Mark 6: 12.) John preached 
baptism "for the remission of sins" 
(Mark 1: 4); so did the apostles, (Acts 
2: 38.) John promised the Holy Spirit 
(Matt. 3: 2); so did they (Acts 2: 38.) 
Finding then such harmony in points 
stated, why should we conclude that 
they differed in their mode of adminis- 
tration? "Ah! but," says one, "could 
Christ be baptized into his own name 
as would probably have been necessary 
had John used three actions?" Ans. : 
Would that be stranger than that God 
should "swear by himself," "because he 
could swear by no greater? (Heb. 6: 13) 
especially when we remember that 
Christ was baptized not so much for 

himself as for others? Was he not "the 
door" as well as ^Hhe shepherd of the 
sheepr John 10: 2, 7, 9, 11, 14. Did 
not '■'■the shepherd'''' '■'■enter in hy the 
door?" John 10: 2. Was not the 
trinity, the faith of which our baptism 
declares and symbolizes, fally exhibited 
on the occasion of Christ's baptism? 
Here again we see that though the 
three are one in the essence of a divine 
nature, the Son is not the Holy Spirit, 
neither is the Father the Son. The Son 
was in the baptismal waters, the spirit 
in a corporeal form descended upon 
him, and the Father's voice proclaimed 
"This is my beloved Son, in whom I 
am well pleased." ''But," says one, 
what of the twelve disciples then who 
wererebaptized at Ephesus? Acts 19 
5. Did not John baptize?" There is in the narative to lead to such 
a conclusion. It seems that they were 
ignorant of faith in Christ, and had 
never heard that there was a Holy Spir- 
it, which would not have been the case 
had John baptized them, for John 
taught these things. They were doubt- 
less baptized by some sincere person, 
perhaps Apollos, "who knew only the 
baptism of John." No one but John 
had. a right to baptize unto his baptism. 
His works as the harbinger of Messiah 
was exclusive, personal and not to be 
transferred to another, hence when John 
was beheaded in prison his administra- 
tions were at an end. But about twenty 
eight years after his death and about 
five hundred miles from the scenes of his 
labors we find twelve persons baptized 
by some one unto his baptism, but who, 
it appears for want of proper instruc- 
tion and administration were rebaptiz 
ed, or rather ^ro/'eWy baptized. Here 
we have an example of what some call 
"anabaptism." Some think it a mons 
trous case to be rebaptized under any 
circumstance, but if so why did Paul 
allow it on this occasion? Why did 
he not tell them then and there that 
such a thing must not be? I have never 
despised the motives that prompted me 
to receive a single backward dip for 
baptism when I was a boy. I was hon- 
est in it. I thought I did right and felt 
that joy which always attends a con- 
scious rectitude of purpose, even when 
we are mistaken. But when 1 realized 
that I had made a mistake, and felt that 
I had never received the baptism com- 
manded by Christ and transmitted by 
the apostles, but a mere human inven 
vention and tradition of man tending 

to subvert the sacred institution of my 
divine Master, I felt it not only an ex- 
ceedingly precious privilege but my im- 
perative duty to correct the mistake. I 
felt that I could "obtain forgiveness" 
for the wrong, "because I did it ignor- 
antly in unbelief" But had I closed 
my eyes to convicting truth, or persist- 
ed in the wrong when conviuced, I 
could have anticipated nothing but 
God's displeasure tc>ward a miserable 
transgressor- the biter penalty due that 
servant, who knows his Mas'-er's will 
and does it not. While the blind fol- 
lowing the blind ' will fall into the 
ditch," it is certain "to him that knows 
to do good and does it not, to him it is 
sin." We may obtain pardon for sins of 
ignorance when discovered and aban- 
doned, but "if we sin willfully after 
that we have received a knowledge of 
the truth, there remains no more sacri- 
fice for sins, but a certain fearful look- 
ing for of judgment and fiery indigna- 
tion, which shall devour the advtjrsa 
ries. Heb. 10: 26, 2Y. 

Hoping that you will pardon this 
digression from my subject, I will re- 
mark before passing from this, 
that Canon XI of a synod of the west- 
ern church assembled at Cealichyth A. 
D. 816, urges the importance of immer- 
sion upon the ground of imitating Christ 
who, it says, "furnished an example in 
his own person for every believer when 
he was thrice dipped in the waves of 
the Jordan." Chrystal on Modes of Bap- 
tism, p. 177. While I do not offer this 
as a special argument, I do maintain 
that before any are competent to contra- 
dict it, and to conclude that a European 
church council, of the ninth century, 
over a thousand years nearer the bap- 
tism of Jesus than we, has grounded so 
positive and public a declaration about 
so important a matter, to be handed 
out to the world, upon anything short 
of substantial data and reliable historic 
facts, they must be able to controvert it 
by testimony equally positive, or by 
self evident truth and not mere conject- 
ure. But however available the forgiv- 
ing refiections and facts concerning 
John's bajjtism may be we do not need 
them. Had the form of John's admin- 
istration even diifdred from that given 
by Christ, it would not interfere with 
our present duty. If Christ commands 
trine immersion it is sufficient. We are 
to hear him as our prophet and obey 
him as our king. "For Moses tri'ly 
said unto the fathers, A prophet shall 



the Lord your God raise up unto you 
of your brethren ; him shall ye hear in 
all things whatsoever he shall say unto 
you. And it shall come to pass, that 
every soul that will not hear that J'roph- 
et, shall be destroyed from among the 
people:' Acts 3: 22, 23. j. w. s. 

Tor the Brethren at Work . 



To Lemuel Hillery^ and wife and chil- 

dA'en: — 
nnHE Sun of Redemption Tides in mid- 
-*- heaven. '■'■The Lord is risen ■in- 
deed." "In thy light shall we see light." 
None need to grope now, but millions 
do, even while the broad, dazzling, lu 
minary of salvation hangs overhead. O 
hovr I feel for you, dear evangelist of 
the Crucified. And yet my heart 
prompts me to say, onward, upward, 
and ever on, through mud and fog and 
tempest, heat and cold, contempt and 
persecution, warmed and strengthened 
by the enthusiasm of the cross. O it 
means so much to be an ambassador of 
Jesus. The hand may be weak m sow 
ing because the harvest springs not up 
straightway, but faith and love see the 
fields white with the ripened grain four 
months before it is time to sickle. John 
4. "He is faithful that promised." 
Learn to know H'vm as the law of the 
body and the climate and the seasons, 
no less than of the soul and the Bible 
and Eternity. We are "fools and slow 
of heart to believe" that Jesus is Alpha 
and Omega. The law of every atom 
and element and process in body, soul 
spirit, world, universe, is simply the 
'presence of the word. Obedience to 
organic law is getting into the practical 
knowledge of God in that wherein we 
obey. Wear Psalm 103: S, as a brace- 
let on your arms, and frontlets between 
your eyes, and as a breast -plate on your 
heart. Deut. 6: 8. Let them be your 
Urim and Thummin. Lev. 8:8. It is 
the whole Bible in one text, the River 
of Life in one drop. To be healed in 
body and soul by God's panacea, is to 
be related aright to the economy of 
health. We are neither saved nor get 
well by chance. It is the, slow process 
of law, or the sudden miraculous con- 
centration of law. In both it is Jesus. 

Courage, my dear brother, it is all for 
the Beloved. Study on your knees. 1 
Cor. 15; 58, "Always abounding in 
the work of the Lord." ,0 the height 

and depth of this charge, it is stun- 
ning in its vastness and solemnity. Al- 
ways in harness, not like the back- 
sliding heifer of Hosea 4: 16, but 
ahoundina. Never idle, never dozing, 
but abounding, running over witb zeal 
and labor for Jesus. B-=i "strong in the 
Lord, and in the power of his might." 
O what words to fire the soul. Omnip- 
otent help oiFered to achieve the stu- 
pendous work of the world's redemp- 
tion. "Our sufiiciency is of God." 2 
Cor. 3: 5. A wonderful, wonderful, and 
ever wonderful Eternity awaits you. O 
what rapture when the souls saved by 
your ministry will cluster around you 
living gems in your "ciown of rejoic- 
ing," and companions in glory. Ponder 
these inspiring words: ''tor the joy set 
before Him He endured the cross and 
despised the shame." Coitsidee Him 
BEST. Heb. 12: 2, 3. This is the 
highest inspiration God can oflfer. Is it 
not enough for thee, my brother? So 
did Emanuel, and it sustained Him, So 
must we, "best." O that dread word, 
best. When once we "grow faint and 
weary in our minds," the battle is half 
lost. Hence the exhortation, '■^Loohing 
unto Jesus,'' : "Considee Him.'" That 
perhaps for the life long martyrdom of 
devoted apostleship. Let your life be 
glorious, and then your work will be. 
Be a true God- man radiating the beauty 
of holiness among those you would win 
to Jesus. Let your whole demeanor 
spell Emmanuel. Let your very look 
be a sermon of purity and peace and 
meekness and self • conquest. O what 
wonder and pathos and power in this 
standing declaration, "our life is hid 
with Christ in God." It is the uniqueness 
the standing miracles, of the Chris- 
tian life that awes and conquers the 
world. A christed soul — this is the 
power of God unto salvation. The 
Word infleshed — this is the magnet that 
draws the shining jewels of immortal- 
ity out of the mire and scum of sin. 

For the Brethren at Work . 



THESE words were spoken by our 
Savior when he showed himself to 
his disciples at the sea of Tiberias. You 
will find them recorded in John 21: 19. 
My unconverted friends, I often think 
if our Savior were to come in your 
house where you live, and show himself 
to you just as he did to his disciples, and 

say to you, "Follow Me," what would 
you do? Perhaps you would say, "I 
cannot follow you now, because I am 
too young." Many persons say that in 
their hearts. Christ says to them, "Fol- 
low me," just as earnestly as if he were 
to come m your house and take you by 
the hand and say these words. You 
say you cannot follow Christ because 
your associates would laugh at you. 
How ungrateful this is! The wicked 
may laugh at you if you follow Christ; 
they laughed at the disciples in ancient 
times. Do you think that the early 
Christians were free from ridicule? Not 
at ali; they were mocked and scorned 
wherever they went, and not only 
mocked, but were imprisoned and put 
to death. You cannot follow Christ un- 
less you are willing to suffer for his 
sake. Are you afraid of being scorned 
by the wicked ? Think of the dear Sa- 
viot: he was not afraid of being laughed 
at. The people ridiculed him as the 
carpenter's son; said he was mad, and 
charged him with having a devil. When 
he was hanging on the cross they made 
sport of his blood and suffering. This is 
what Jesus has done for us, and now he 
asks you to follow him. My young 
friends, it is your duty to follow Christ. 
Now is the accepted time; now is the 
day of salvation. There is no good 
reason for waiting. All the reasons 
which come in your way are rebellious 
excuses. Come, and go with the follow- 
ers of the meek and lowly Savior. Seek 
the Lord while he may be found; call 
upon him while he is near. Make this 
the chief business of every day of your 
life. When you rise in the morning, 
let your first thought be that you 
have an immortal soul to save. All 
the day long let the salvation of your 
soul be nearest your heart, and then 
when you are called to leave this world 
you can go to that better world where 
there is no sickness nor death,and Christ 
will wipe all tears from your eyes. 


THE Brethren of the Maple Grove 
Church, Norton Co., Kan., have 
appointed Feb. 5 th as the time to com- 
mence a series of meetings in their 
church. A hearty invitation is extend- 
ed to all that wish to be with us, espec- 
ially help in the ministry. Brethren 
and sisters, pray for the spirit to ac- 
company the word preached that Satan's 
camp may be invaded, his subjects cap- 
tured and turned over as servants of 

Cold weather continues unabated. 
Health extremely good all over the 
country. D. N. Woekman. 





PLEASE go with me to Bom. 7: 1-7. ''Know 
ye not brethren, (tor 1 speak to them that 
know the law,) how that the law haih dominion 
over a man, as long as he liveth? For the 
woman which hath a husband, is bound by the 
law to her husband so long as he liveth; but it 
the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law 
of her husband. Wherefore my brethren ye 
also are become dead to the law by the body of 
Christ; that ye should be married to another 
even to him who is raised from the dead. Now 
we are delivered from the law, that being dead 
wherein we were held." The prophets and 
the apostles frequently call up the union 
between God and his followers in the light ol a 
marriage, God was a husband to his peo pie 
through Moses. He provided and cared for 
them as a husband provides for his wife. Now 
Paul tells us "that being dead wherein we were 
held;" i. e., that law being dead, we should be 
married to another, to Christ. lam aware that 
Paul does say, " W^e are become dead to the 
law" How dead to the law ? In the death of the 
husband; the husband is not only dead to the 
wife, but the wife is also dead to the husband, 
i. e., there is no longer a living active relation 
between them. So in Paul's illustration above; 
the law having answered its purpose, lived its 
time, died; and in that death, the law is dead 
to us, we also are dead to the law. Now Paul 
invites us to seek another husband even 
Christ. That Paul includes in this law the ten 
commandments is clear, because he closes by 
quoting the tenth: "Thou shalt not covet." 
We are again coniirmed in our convictions 
above, by turning to 2 Cor. 6: 11. "Who also 
hath made us able ministers of the New Testa- 
ment. Not of the letter, but of the spirit; for 
the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. But 
if the ministration of death written and en- 
graven in stones was glorious, so that the cnil- 
dren of Israel could not steadfastly behold the 
face of Moses, for the glory of his countenance 
which glory was to be done away, how shall 
not the ministration of the spirit be rather glo- 
rious; for if the ministration of condemnation, 
be glory, much more doth the ministration ot 
righteousnsness exceed in glory; for even that 
which was made glorious, had no glory in this 
respect, by reason of the glory that excelieth. 
For if that which was done away was glorious, 
much more that which remaineth is glorious." 

1. The apostle in the above, is holding up 
and comparing two ministrations; one was "the 
letter that killeth, written and engraven in 
stones"; the ten commandments the law of 
Moses; the other the "ministration of the 
spirit"; that givith life; the gospel. 
• 2. He speaks of one law or ministration as 
being done away, the other as remaining ; the 
former was the letter that killeth, the law— 
the latter, the spirit that giveth life. 

The above is conclusive because a ministra 
ion that killeth we do not that want; but 
which giveth life 1 want, and and I trust the 
reader wantSjthe world wants,and heaven wants. 
Life is what Heaven designed us to have by 
Christ coming into the world; ience the min- 
ietiation of the law at Sinai was done away; 

while that of Christ's remains. Paul speaks in 
the above of a glory "that was to be done away." 
Sabbatarians tell us that this was the gloiy of 
Moses' countenance. This cannot be, for the 
glory of Moses' countenance was a heavenly, a 
divine glory. That same glory was exhibited in 
the burning bush, also at the birth, resurrection 
and ascension of our Savior. That same glory 
is jet in Heaven, and will exhibit itself anew 
at Christ's second coming; hence the glory of 
Moses' countenance is not done away. John, 
13: 3, tells us, "Jesus knowing that the Father 
had given all things in his hands,'^&e. 

This text conflicts with the Sabbatarian 
theory; they claim the gospel is in his hands; 
but the ten commandments Ged has unalterbly 
reserved in his own hands. 

Again, Christ after giving his apostles his 
c Dm mission in Matt. 28, bids his apostles to 
teach all things whatsoever he had commanded 
them, which is all that Christ ever enjoined, 
the Father bade us saying, '"Jiear ye him" but 
our Sabbatarian evan gelists,after they urge the 
gospel upon their hearers, turn back to the ten 
commandments, in the Old Testament and say, 
"these are God's 1 aws, you must obey these 
also." We are required to hear and obey Christ. 
Sabbatarians urge obedience to Christ in the 
Gospel, and to God in the ten commandments; 
hence their error. Christ warns us of the folly 
of putting "a new piece of cloth to an old gar- 
ment." Our Sabbatarian friends take "a new 
piece of cloth," the Gospel and attaches it to an 
"old, garment" worn by the children of Israel 
in Moses' time. Surely the rent will be great. 

The robe of righeteousness in which we are to 
be clad, in our journey to the promised land, 
must evrey thread, every fiber be taken from 
that new piece of cloth — the Gospel. 

Our Sabbatarian friends bebome again in- 
volved, when we look at the manner that the 
sabbBth was kept. 

1. "Kindle no fires throughout your habi- 
tation on the sabbath day." Ex. 35: 2. 

2. "Do no work on the sabbath day." 
"On one occasion a man was found gathering 

sticks on the sabbath day, for which he was 
stoned to death." Num. 16: 32-36. 

3. No one was to go out of his place on the 
sabbath." Ex. 16: 29., 

Each of the above was given by the same 
athourity that gave them their sabbath; and we 
utterly fail to see how we can, with propriety 
recognize the day, without recognizing the 
manner in which it was to be kept. When 
we come to the Nevf Testament we do not 
fiud that Christ taught the observance of the 
Sabbath. But in Matt. 12: we find him 
justifying his disciples, in going through the 
Sabbath day and plucking the ears. To the 
Pharisees' criticisms he remarked, that he is 
'Lord even of the Sabbath day". 

That which we are Lord of we can control; 
but according to Sabbatarian theory, God has 
unalterably fixed the Sabbath. If so, how can 
Christ be Lord of the Sabbath day? Surely to 
whom all power both in heaven and in earth 
is given, all things must give way. 

Much is claimed from Paul's manner of 
preaching on the Sabbath day. It should be 
remembered that Paul devoted nearly all his 
time to his ministerial work; besiles it was the 
general custom to meet on the Sabbath. I ob- 
serve that Sabbatarian evangelists, likewise 
preach evry first day of the week; it is their 
custom. I presume for the same reason that 
Pan I's custom was to preach ou the Sabbath. 

For the Brethren at Work. 



"Bring no vain oblations; incense is an abomina- 
tion unto me ; thr new moons and sabbaths, tne 
calling of assemblies, I cannot away witn it, it is 
iniquity, even the solemn meeting."is3, 1: 13, 

THE words of our choice seem to have a 
meaning of vain worship which we 
cannot help but believe we see a great deal 
of; it appears from these words, that there can 
be solemn assemblies, which means no doubt 
also the worship of the same, such as minister- 
ing, singing, praying yes; we might also include 
Baptism, alms giviug, indeed everthing that we 
might engage in, thinking ot doing God's serv- 
ice, and with all our doings bring "vain obla- 
tions" and yet be lost, "for not every one that 
saith Lord Lord shall enter into the kingdom 
of Heaven," bnt those that do their Heavenly 
Father's will. Here the question might arise, 
how do you know what is your Heavenly Fath- 
er's will when one says one thing, and another 
one some thing else, and at the same time be- 
long to one church? This is indeed a pitiful 
case, but there is still a way to get at it,.Jer.31: 
34., John. 14: 34., who observes this rule will 
De led aright, and their oblations will not be 
vain; otherwise we may be very easily led on 
slippery paths where we might fall and kill 
ourselves, spiritually speaking, for there are 
many, yea many "diabolians" young and old 
that have their lurking places where we can 
not see them with our natural eyes; and if we 
should be disappointed, and these golden mo- 
ments should be wasted,and we not saved. How 
much of ourtime do we give to God acceptably ? 
This should be known by ftvery true Christian 
and unless we have a knowledge of our accept- 
ance with God, our profession will be a vain 

There is so mu ch said on the question of 
pride, and as a general thing the outward adorn- 
ning,and especially are sisters taken into consid 
eration, which we claim is right in its place, but 
there are also other things that are sometimes 
forgotten. We can go into the house of a 
brother and sister and as soon as we are in, we 
can tell what is the condition of that house, if 
we are right our selves, Matt. 21: 12., and it is 
often the case that the first they seem to not- 
ice is what you have on, which of course should 
be as the church lays it down; but it it is not 
just carried out exactly, there may be a reason 
for it, and we should be very cautious that we 
show a spirit of love at all times until we 
ascertain a good cause, for the reason that such , 
ones are out of place, as becometh Christians ; 
but instead of this, some show a spirit of envy 
in place of a spirit of love, and not even recog- 
nize each other as brother and sister. This we 
think is very wrong, how can we expect to love 
each other in Heaven, if we hate one another 
here; let us take heed to Matt. 7: 5, and 14: 15, 

Ttie case may be as we see it, like priest, like 
people, and the innocent party recieve the "in- 
jury" and the guilty go free, also the "just 
suffer for tke "ur-jast". It Joel. 2: 15,16, would 
be put more in practice,there would be a differ- 
ent state of things in the divine worship, and 
our oblations more acceptable, then would we 
have full possession of that key that unlocks 
misteries, whereby the door of Heaven will be 
opened, 2 Cor. 2: 12,. Rev. 3: 8., and unless 
we have this key in possession our cas« will be 
deplorable. Gen. 6: 13, 7: 16., and all our obla- 
tions vain. There are a great many evils in the 
world and a great deal of money wasted that 
might be put to better use to forward "Christ's 
kingdom." How many are suffering, not only 
for the "bread that perisheth," but much more 
for the dread and water of eternal life. Amos 8: 
11-13. We are almost persuaded to believe we 
are in these times now, although there are yet 
many hungry souls that are, as it were, pining 
and sickly and blind. 


i V. 




MONDAY, Not. '22nd, 1880. Arrove at 
HagerstowD, Md., 12: 13 p. it. Spent ten 
days visiting wife's relatives near Funkstown- 

The bui dings here are. mostly large and 
built of stone, — houses, barns, churchep, — aven 
a large part of the fencing is of stone. The 
land is not hilly but mostly very rocky. Farm- 
ing is carried on in about the same st^le as 
fifty years ago. A man on the road with two 
horses here is about as uncommon as feur or 
six horse teams are in the West. The Eastern 
people are more for the real and substantial 
than the Western, and less for show and shad- 
ow. As would naturally follow from this, they 
are generally in good circumstances. 

Met for vforship at Funkstown evenings of 
Nov. 24:,.25, 26. Bro. E D. Kindig preached 
24:th, and then left to fill appointments 
elsewhere. There are but few members at 
Funk6town,Eand the weather being cold and 
stor/ny, the attendance was rather small. Here 
we had our first experience in conducting meet- 
ings lone handed — without the presence of 
other ministers. It went rather hard, for here 
the ministers are the leaders in singing, and 
having[scarcely any musical ability ourself, we 
were not able to close meeting by singing, ac- 
cording to established custom. We have no - 
ticed, too, that where the music is deficient, 
the meetings are less animated and inspiring. 

Sunday, Nov. 28th, was the day for meeting 
at Beaver Creek Church- Hearing of this, 
and being within two or three miles of it, we 
asked our uncle to take us, which he did. The 
day was rather nnpleasantj owing to a drizzling 
rain that commenced in morning and continu- 
ed all day; however we did not think it too 
bad to go to the "house of prayer." But it 
seems others thought different. Uncle, my- 
self and a little girl of a family living in 
the church-yard were the only ones present, 
(vas no one present. This was the first regu- 
lar appointment we ever knew of the brethren 
to be Euch a complete failure. 

Tuea. evening, Nov. 30th. Attended services 
at Fahrney Church. Brother Kindig preached. 
The attendance was moderate, — the interest 
very good. Bro. Andrew Kost is the Bishop 
in charge of Beaver Creek and Fahrney 
churches. All of the members and friends 
whom it was our pleasure to meet in Mary- 
land were kind and hospitable. 

Thurs. Dec. 2d. In company with Bro. D. P. 
Stouffer and E. D. Kindig went to Waynes 
boro, Pa. Here is the church about which we 
have heard so much; and in our estimation 
Zion's cause has not been built upon earth, and 
the name of God not glorified thereby. We 
all look bad enough without having sores pick- 
ed in our bodies, and the scabs constantly 
scratched off. As we looked at the state of 
things, nothing makes a reunion seem more 
hopeless than the hard sayings against each 

other. These form a wall, as it were, between 
the two parties. The wall is built higher and 

higher by private talks, and the publication of 
articles more like the literature of politics than 
of Christianity. Before the parties can come to- 
gether, this wall will have to be demolished by 
confessions and acknowledgements that we are 
fearful some will never make. This wall 
was no necessity, but a speculation in which 
all lose in proportion as they have taken stock. 

Attended a week's series of meetings in 
Waynesboro, doing our share of the work. Ths 
meetings were fairly attended, and the inter- 
est good. As a congregation, we found no 
church among ail we visited complying more 
nearly with the regulations peculiar to the 
Brethren in dress, &c., than the one in 
Waynesboro, Pa. 

It was our pleasure to visit with Brethren J. 
F. Oiler's, Khinehart's, D. B. Mentzer's, B. 
Price's, Boerner's, A. Good's, Shockey's, B. F. 
Foreman's, Hiteshew's, and Snider's. The 
brethren and sisters here are very kind and so 
ciahle — easy to get acquainted with and make 
strangers soon to feel at home. We are grate- 
ful to Almighty God that our lot has been cast 
in such pleasant places. 

Thurs. Dec. 9bh. Went to Manor Church, 
Washington Co., Md. Met with the Brethren 
here evenings of 9fch, lOtb, 11th, 12lh, and on 
Sunday at Sharpsburg church. Brother Jesse 
Calvert preached Saturday and Sunday. The 
audience grew in size and interest as meetings 
were continued. Visited in this congregation 
Brethren Daniel Wolf's, David Long's, Nei- 
kirk's, and Friend I. Emmert's. 

Monday Dec. 13. Left Maryland for Kosci- 
usko and Elkhart counties, Ind., where we ar- 
rove after about thirty hours' ride on the cars, 
weary, dirty, tired, and sleepy. Here we expect- 
ed brethren to meet us, but from a misunder- 
standing were disappointed. We expected to 
go to New Paris within half an hour after our 
arrival at Milford, but were again disappointed, 
having to wait four hours instead of half an 
hour. Finding we could not reach New Paris 
in time for meeting that night, we sent Bro. S. 
a dispatch, requesting him to meet us at depot 
there. The dispatch laid in the office at New 
Paris until Bro. S. had gone to church, expect- 
ing to find us there, and of course he, along 
with the congregation, were disappointed. Ar- 
riving at New Paris tee were disappointed in 
not meeting Bro. S. at depot, and after arriv- 
ng at their house were disappoinnted in find- 
ing no one at home. Having been with Bro. 
S. on our way East, we felt free to go in and 
make onrsel ves at home, which we did. When 
Bro. S. and wife came home we received the 
welcome, which from previous acquaintance 
we expected, and for which our hearts swell 
with gratitude to God who rules over all — dis- 
appointments as well as successes. 

Next day had the privilege of renewing ac- 
quaintance with Bro. Muntz and wife and Bro. 
Younce and wife. 

Had meetings in Big Church Dec. 16th at 7 
p. K., 16th at 10 A. M., and at 7 p. m , in Grav- 
elton Church. At 10 A. m. and 7 p. m. next 
day at same place. The audiences were large 

and very attentive; also at 3 p. m. had services 
at the house of Bro. Miller for the heneQfc of 
his wife who has long been an invalid. 

Sat. Dec. 18th. Went to Berkey Church. 
Had meeting at 7 p. m. and next day at 10 A. h. 
and 7 p. m. Congregations, moderate; interest, 
good. Dec. 20th and 2l3t. Had meetings in 
Goshen Church. Congregations very large and 
attentive. Had our home, while at Goshen 
Church with Brother Chapin, while in Berkey 
Church with Brethren Eaffensparger, J. L. 
Berkey, David Berkey, Riley, and Burkett, 
while at Big Church with Brother Forney. 

Wednesday, Dec 22nd. Left Goshen for 
Lanark, stopping with Bro. Shively at New 
Paris for breakfast, Big Church for religious 
exercises, Bro. Arnold's for dinner and Chica- 
go for rest Wednesday night, arriving home 
at 2 p. M., Dec. 23rd. 

Of all whom we met during all the time we 
were sojurning in any of the States, Indiana, 
Ohio, W. Virginia, Maryland, or Pennsylvania, 
with the exception of one elder, whom we ex- 
cused for his coldness because we believed hi» 
blindness to be caused by prejudice, we met 
with the very kindest treatment. If only all 
could realize what a great and warm friend the 
church is to them, it would surely no longer 
be the subject of ridicule, contempt, and even 
scorn with many as it now is. And again if 
all could see the troubles and trials of all the 
rett, they would be better satisfied with their 
lot than they generally are. To us, as we be- 
lieve it should be with all, our home church ia 
surpassed by no other. Here we, feel, circum- 
stances permitting, to live and die, spend and 
be spent. Should we never have the pleasure 
of meeting again on earth may we all be pre- 
pared, as one by one our feet touch the cold 
stream of death, to meet in the fair and fade- 
less land in the great family above. 

s. J. H. 


AS I see a good deal in the B. at W. on to- 
bacco, I will tell what tobacco has done 
for me. While I was cultivating corn last 
Summer, a rattlesnake bit me in the heel, and 
it pained me dreadfully until I put a chew of 
tobacco on the wound and the pain was imme- 
diately relieved. I will know it this is printed 
as I take t>ie B. at W. Jacob Haednock. 

Greenwood, Neb. 

EEMAEKS.^That is just what we have been 
contending for — the proper use of tobacco 
when and where it is needed. If tobacco will 
c ure a snake bite then use it for that purpose 
and praise God for the werd, but please do not 
learn to eat it. We do not think it was made 
for that pui pose; it is a medicine srd not a 
food, and fherefou si ould he used as a medi- 
cine. But whiskey will also cure the snake 
bite, is that therefore any reason for taking a 
drink of whiskey four or five time'' a day? 
Now Bro. Hardnock, we have printed your 
article, and we assure yon that our readers will 
be thankful for it, for we are all anxious to 
fiind out what tobacco was made for. 

J. H. U. 



iretliren at Work. 


JANUARY 25, 1881. 

M. M. ESHELilAJi, ) 

<. J. HARRISON, [ Editors. 

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A MINISTER of Vermont, like Paul, was 
not above laboring with his hands, and 
in addition to his pastoral duties,raised on two- 
thirds of an acre of land, 100 bushels of roots, 
one and a half tons corn-fodder, thirty bushels 
ears of corn, 200 squashes, 78 watermelons, 80 
muskmelons, three bushels of peas and a quani 
ty of other vegetables. He preached twice on 
Sunday, lectured once a week and attended the 
prayer meeting. 

This is rather better farming than most farm- 
ers do, but then it shows what a man, who is 
not afraid to work, can do, and is the kind of a 
supported ministry we have always favored. 

Every minister must be supported, either by 
himself or some body else. If he is abundantly 
able to support himself it is his duty to do so ; 
bat if not, the church should help him. Some 
of our ministers have had a very hard time of 
it. Most of them have done the preaching at 
their own expense, and not a few have become 
poor by it. I know of some who have hard 
work trying to get along, and some of them 
do not even murmur at their severe lot, they 
perform their work willingly, looking to the 
future for their reward. That is right and 
good on their part, but it does not always do 
justice to the cause. The Gospel must be 
preached and the church ought to see that it 
is done. If your minister is in straitened circum. 
stances and cannot devote the time to preach- 
ing the Gospel as he ought it is the duty of 
the church, to render the proper assistance. 
There are many ways of doing this, but for the 
present we TV ill name one only. The church 
could purchase a small farm, say forty acres, or 
even less, with suitable building-a, and let the 
minister have tin use of that farm free of charg- 
es, save the taxes. If he is an industrious man, 
willing to do his duty, and has an industrious, 
economical wife, like every preacher ought to 
havp, there will be no trouble about their get- 
ting along. They can make a good living, will 
feel that they have a home of their own, and the 
brother can have leisnre time sufEicient to study 

the Scriptures and attend to the wants of the 
church so far as his duties extend. 

I am confident that if something of this kind 
could be done in certain localites where the 
churches are suffering for the want of proper 
preaching that it would result in much good. 
This is the way our good old brother Peter 
Nead was situated in Ohio, and we know that 
he thereby was enabled to devote more atten- 
tion to church work than if he had not been 

There are many good ministers who would 
be glad to get a situatrioa of this kind. It would 
relieve them from much embarassment, and at 
the same time afford them opportunites of being 
useful to the church. A minister thus circum- 
stanced could be instrumental in" building up 
the cause in most any community where there 
are brethren. But to be successful he must 
stay at home and attend to his own congrega- 
tion. He wants to work in his own neighbor- 
hood, and branch out as opportunites and cir- 
cumstances may dictate. He wants to make 
of himself a walking epistle read and known oi 
all men, and properly provide for his family. 
It is equally important that his wife be a 
Christian woman who sets the proper example 
before others. If she is extravagant and careless, 
and does not set the proper Christian example 
before others, it will weaken the influence of 
her husbaad,besides discouraging the members 
of the church. 

Doubtless many of our ministers could econ- 
omize more than they do. Too many of 
them run into debt beyond what prudence 
would dictate, and ss a consequence get into 
straitened circumstances from which they never 
recover. If from the begining they would use 
prudence and economy, avoid debts, and build 
up gradually they no doubt would enjoy 
life much better and at the same time be more 
usefull to the cause. There is also a class who 
make their missionary work more expensive 
than whatihe GoSpel requires, for instance, 
they will travel at their own expense, over two 
hundred miles to hold a series of meetings 
while at the same time there are places within 
ten miles of their own doors where the faith 
and practie of the Brethren are not known. 

It does seem to us that ministers could acorn- 
plish more good if they would make greater 
efforts to build up churchea in their adjoining 
communities, it would be far less expensive, be- 
sides it would give them influence and ability for 
greater usefulness. By proper effoifts a minis- 
ters can make the iofluence of his church felt 
for miles in every direction. He can gradually 
extend the borders of the congregation till it 
may embrace a large well cultivated territory. 
We present these thoughts hoping that our 
readers m-iy be able te glean something that 
will be usefull to the cause in some localities, 
at least. J h. m. 

Bebthbbn Daniel Vaniraan aad John Wise 
held a series of meetings in St. Louis, Mo., last 
week. We are not yet able to report the result 
of their labors, but will have something from 
them m our next issue. ^ 

As a general thing editors are kept posted in 
regard to most all important movements .There 
is always somebody rea'dy to keep them posted. 
They are sometimes confidentially apprised 
of things that it would not be expedient to 
publish. Then occasionally there is an editor 
who has a peculiar way of displaying the know- 
ledge thus obtained. He learns that a certain 
thing is to take place — other editors may know 
even more about it than he does — but this one, 
who wants to display his wisdom, will offer a 
pi«ce of advice,in which he recommends the very 
thing he knows was determined upon weeks 
before. After awhile he publishes in his paper 
tbat, "It now turnes out that our suggestions 

are being carried out by ." Uf course the 

unsuspecting public ofcen knows no better than 
to believe that the editor's suggestions were car- 
ried out sure enough. Our readers can apply 
this lesson wherever occasion demands it. It is 
a species of deception worthy the worldiest 


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Speaking of a meeting late'y held on the Blue 
Ridge, Tenn Bro. Jas. M. Hilbert says: 'On 
Monday, 11 a. m., we met again at the church 
for services. A very good turnout for Monday. 
Brother Vines used John 14: 6. for the found- 
ation of his remarks; and, using the Gospel 
sledge pretty actively, he soon drove a second 
stake on Blue Ridge. After we dismissed the 
congregation the people rtmained quiet in their 
seats, which seemed very strange tome. We 
left the house, and the congregation still in their 
seats. How long they stayed there I do not 
know." We would like to know what made 
those people keep their seats. 

AccoBDiKG to the California papers the evan- 
gelists. Moody and Sankey have done a grand 
work west of the Rocky Mountains, Tbeir au- 
diences have been large and their meetings im- 
pressive. Why is it God always uses some men? 
— Golden Censer. 

It is not God using the men so much as the 
men using the power of God — the gospel. The 
doctrine that God uses some men in these days 
and not others equally good, is erroneous; he is 
no respecter of persons, and therefore treats all 
alike. Moody's success is largely the result of 
his simple manner of explaining things. 

We send this issue to all our old readers who 
have not yet renewed so that they may see a 
copy of the Youth's Advance. We cordially 
invite all to renew now so that we may know 
how to arrange our mailing lists. We promise 
you something extraordinary before the close 
of the year. 

This business of mud throwing does not pay. 
He who take.^ up mud to throw at his neigh- 
bor is certain to get his hands badly stained in 
the operation. Mud when dry is not hard to 
brush from clothes, but it takes soap and water 
to wash it from one's hands. 

It is estimated that seven million dollars are 
spent annually on foreign mission fields. That 
amount of money properly applied ought to 

accomplish much good. 

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The D aid town Brethren ba\e been holding a 
series of meetings six miles south of Lanark. 
Brother Eshelman was with them part of 
last week. Twp have applied for baptism. 



Editorial Items. 

An excellent book given away. Read Youth's 
Advance on page sixteen. 

Beo. Lewis W. Teeter, of HageratowD, Ind. 
has been traveling in the West. 

Bko. J D. Haughtelin has been holding a 
series of meetings with brethren at Aurelia, 

Beg D. M. Miller is preaching in Iowa. He 
will likely spend about three weeks in that 

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We learn that Brother Stein's health is im- 
proving, and he will likely soon be ready for 
his regular duties. 

Tecs', gospel plan of salvation is very simple; 
we are to do the believing and obeying and Je 
sua will attend to the S'iving. 

BEEiHEBisr John Z jok, and B. F. Miller, of 
Clarence, Iowa went to Story Co., week before 
last to hold a series of meetings. 

Beo. R. H. Miller moved his family to Ash- 
land, Ohio a few weeks ago. He also takes 
charge of the church at that place. 

Bso. C. Gr. Lint spent several days in Ash- 
land, Ohio, a few weeks ago. We would like 
to see him here sometime this winter. 

Wheit last heard from Brother James R. 
Gish was at the Hot Springs, Arkansas. He 
says iu is cold there too. He is waiting for the 
weather to modf-rate. 

Many a farmer has missed a good crop by 
planting too much com in a hill. This lesson 
is for ministers who preach on the same sub- 
ject every Sunday. 

This week we deposited in the "waste basket" 
an article on feet- washing — the author of it 
had failed to give his name. Writers should 
not fail to give their name and address. 

We are having excellent sleighing just now, 

the snow having fallen to the depth of nearly 

one foot. The Winter has been a very cold 

one with but little indications of breaking up 


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Bed. Sharp's relations with the Aahland Col- 
lege having b en discontinued, he haa opened a 
Normal school in the Baptist church in Aah- 
land city. His circular giving terms, &c., is be- 
fore us. 

The brethren in the Clover Creek church. 
Pa., are making efforts to build a new meeting 
house 45x65 feet. The old house has been 
standing some forty years,and a new one is bad- 
ly needed. 

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On account of using four pages for the 
Youth's Advance this week we are compelled 
to omit three of the departments. Our readers 
may rest assured that they will find them well 
^led with good matter iie:xt week 

Teausplanted trees grow best when the 
useless branches are removed. That is much 
the way with newly converted people. If their 
evil and unnecessary habits are removed, and 
they are well cultivated they are almost certain 
to thrive. 

At present there are about two hundred and 
twelve students in the Mt. Morris College. 

Obititaeies and Marriage notices are omit 
ted this week. They will appear in next issae. 

The best way to keep a secret is not to tell 
it. If you tell a secret to your "best friend" 
you ought not to censure that one for treat- 
ing his "best friend" likewise, Then lemem- 
ber that in this world everybody is the "best 
frisnd of somebody." It you want your secrets 
kept do not ask somebody else to help. 

We are having a machine made to sew our 

papers in a manner that will give, we believe, 

entire satisfaction. Until it is ready, we must 

ask our readera to handle their papers with 

I care, and bear with us a little. We are work- 

i mg hard to give you a good and convenient 


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We must again inform our readera that we 

cannot furnish back numbers of the B. at W. 

Some of ouv old subscribers failed to renew in 

time to get all the numbers. We regret this 

very much, but the only way to avoid such 

things is to renew at least three weeks before 

the time of subscription expires. 

Beo. Harper was preaching in Lee Co.. last 
we-'k to large and attentive congregations 
Prom there he goes to Southern 111, expecting 
to visit Woodford Co, Hudson and the churches 
in the vicinity of Cerro Gordo. Letters in the 
care of A. B. Snyder, Cerro Gordo, 111. will 
reach him in the course often days. 

Most quarrels grow out of misunderstand- 
ings, that might be avoided if people would 
consent to talk of their differences, thus occas- 
ioned, coolly. Let us learn to respect the con- 
victions of others till we have done our part 
towards getting them right. Were we in their 
place we might act no better than they. 

Bed. Pahmey, of Chicago, says: "You have 
no idea of the sickness in this city .from con 
tageous diseases. Since the cold weather small 
pox is 8s bad as ever. Prof. Hall lost his only 
child with diphtheria; he was giving Emma, 
my daughter singing lessons. The man is 
poor and the church had to raise money to 
bury the child." 

In this issue we present the YouiKs Advance 
so that all our readers may see and examine it. 
It is our desire to have a copy of this wide- 
awake juvenile paper go into every family each 
week. Care will be exercised iu selecting mat- 
ter for its columns, for we are conscious of the 
tenderness of the little "olive plants" whom we 
address from week to week. 

A gentleman engaged in exploring the ru- 
ins in Central America, says he finds structures 
there that far turpassts the pyramids of Egypt. 
At one point the mountains of ruins extend 
over twelve miles, and in places are covered 
with a forest sodense that it connot be penetrat- 
ed without the .-lid of tl e ax. These things go 
to show that theiauntry was cnce inhabited by 
an intelligent and powerful race of human be- 

Il seems that Bro. James R. Gish is having 
a pretty tough time of it in Arkansas. As a 
general thing ths winters in that country are 
mild so as to render traveling and work pleas- 
ant, but this is an exceptional winter both 
North and South, hence so cold and disagree- 
able that missiouary work in ths South will be 
found very difficult. The people there do not 
prepare for cold weather — their meeting houses 
are without flues — and when winter comes like 
this season they are not prepared for it. 

Iiis allright formiuis-ters to preach doctrine, 
as a rule they preach too little of it, but we see 
DO practical- use in representing them as 
"throwing shot and shell" into the ranks of the 
enemy. In our estimation there is n.- thing in 
the gcspel that resembles "shot and shell." The 
gospel and doctrine we preach was introduced 
by Jf sus Christ and are from heaven, but "shot 
and shell" were invented by the instigation of 
the devil, and are of the earth. Please do not 
resort to the devil's vocabulary for words. 

It is natural for some children to grow faster 
than others, but there is a growth that is un- 
natural, it is too fast for health. Such persons 
generally find an early grave. Just so iu the 
Curistian life; there is sometimes a arowth that 
is too fast to endure hardships. Sach persons 
may astonish the world for a few years, but the 
heat of their zeal, will soon eat them up.A steady, 
uniform growth in grace is far beitrtr as it is 
inclieed to give strength and solidity to the 
character. Men like trees, want to grow slow 
enough to become well rooted ard grounded in 
the truth, that the storms of adversity may not 
move them from their restinii place. 

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THE ccmmission Christ gave to his apostles, 
as recorded by Matthew, contains the a- 
bove language. Quoting all of it we have the 

"Go ye, therefore, and teach all nation^, bap- 
tizing them into the name of the Fathe' , and 
of tbe Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching 
them to observe all things whatsoever I have 
commanded you: and lo 1 am with you always 
even unto the end of the world." 

In this Test the term "teach" means'disci- 
ple, hence the apostles were to make disciples 
of all nations, that is mate learners of them. 
Then they were to baptize such as had faith and 
reptiitance. After that they were to teach them 
to observe all things whatsoever Christ had 
commanded them. The first teaching was de- 
signed to prepare them for entering the church, 
but the last teaching was intended to instruct 
them after they became members of the church. 
In too many m stances the first teaching is 
greatly neglected. Many enter the church sim- 
ply because persuaded. A minister, who un- 
derstands the art of captivating the mind is 
employed to conduct a few meetings. He can 
read his congrfgation like a book, and therefore 
knows just what tune to play to reach their 
hearts. Perhaps the greater part of his preach- 
ing is of a very exciting character. He weaves 
into his discourses some pitifal stories about 
children or young people, thereby exciting the 
sympathies of the people. He says very little 
about doctrine or any thing else in the Bible, 
but continues hia stories. An invitation is ex- 
tended, the people camo forward to unite with 
the church. They promise to do all that is 
generally asked of them, are baptized and be- 
come members of the church. They know very 
little of the first principles of the gospel, in 
short, have but little knowledge of the gospel 
plan of salvation. You cannot expect much 
growth in grace for there has been no gospel 
seed plabted in their heaits, or if there has it is 
likely so tcattered that it will not grow. 

After they are brought into the church their 
teaching is more sadly neglected than ever. 
They hear preaching every Sunday, but what 
does it amount to. The things taught by 
Christ are seldom hinted at, and even then are 
not explained in a very satisiactory manner. 
Thus these new converts are expected to thrive 
and become stroHg in Christ without much ef- 
fort upon the part of the minister to teach. 
Many of the sermons they hear do not contain 
a clear, lucid statement of what is taught in 
the gospel. I ask if this kind of work is what 
CJirist inttnded his ministers should do? Paul 
told Timotny to spitdy the word that he might 
know how to rightly divide it. In order to 
leach the word aright and understandinglv it 
must be rightly divided, and one part at a time 
explained. The commandments must be taught, 
in tact every thing that Christ has commanded. 

To do this successfully ministers do not want 
to make a hobby of one thing and spend all 
their time on that. In their preaching they 

want to be like Paul who said that he had not 
shunned to declare the whole counsel of God. 
It should be remembered that too much of even 
a good thing may sometimes spoil the work. 
The "all things whatsoever I have commanded 
you," embrace in it all that is required to de- 
velop the true life of Christ in a Christian. The 
minister is not permitted to teach a few things 
and omit the rest; he is to teach all and see to 
it that the truth taught is presented in a way 
that people can comprehend it. There is too 
much attempt at display and not enough effort 
made to teach the "all things" contained in the 
gospel. J. H. M. 


WHILE on our way to the Miami Valley 
Meeting in Dec. last I read an article 
in the Chicago Journal, giving an account of 
the work of two women in Springfield Mass. 
These women anoint the sick with oil and 
pray over them according to James 5: 14,15. 
Becoming deeply enterested in them because of 
their respect for the anointing of the sick, I 
opened correspondence with them, and here 
present the reply of one of them: 


Springfield, Mass., Dee. 26, 1880, \ 
"Faith Home," 668 Union St. J 
Mr. Eshelman : — 

Dear Brother in the Lord! 
God bless you! Your kind letter came to hand 
in due time. Beethben at Work received. 
Please accept our tanks for both. I like the 
paper, what I have seen of it. Have not had 
the time at command to read it all, as yet. The 
more spiritual a paper or book is, the better I 
like it. I do not read much except of the deep^ 
things of God. 

i am glad to hear of any one who can take all 
the New Testament teachings and apply to 
our time, all that we have a right to. Well 
what is that? You wish an outline of our faith. 
I believe in Christ; that he has wrought out a 
complete salvation torus, saves to the uttermost; 
that our God will and does supply all our needs. 
for body, soul and spirit. I believe in the re- 
demptive work of Christ for these bodies. When 
he was upon earth, he healed all who came to 
him in faith. He is the same yesterday, today 
and forever. I believe the commission given to 
the apostels of Christ, in the New Testaments 
are for his minssters of to-day. When has he 
even changed it? 

He also said fo those who believe, "They 
shall lay hands on the sick and they shall re 
cover. The perfection of James 6:14,15 you 
are familiar with. You know what the Bible 
teaches; I need not quote passages on this sub- 
ject. 0\ir practice IS to pray for the sick, and 
God calls us to lay on hands, or anoint with oil, 
or both, in his name, we do it, leaving the re- 
sponsibility with him. Thine is the power. If 
the sick one has faith, and is wholly consecrated 
to the Lord, God will assuredly do his part, and 
we give him all the glory. God is the one who 
has success, not we; we are nothing, "Not unto 
us, Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name 
give glory. 

We have been in this work one year, the last 
day of Oct. last. It is pureley a faith work. 
We trust in God alone for all things, not only 
for healing but every thing. We do not allow 
medicine of any kind, however simple, but take 
the Lord alone, as our divme healer. We have 
tested him and can say, thou art trus and faith- 

Several have been healed in body and some 
instantly; others not at once, but gradualy, or 
at least strength comes slowly; and some have 
not been able to graep the blessing and of 

course, (as with spiritual hearing) they have 
faihd to recieve the good they migtit have had. 
All have testified to spiritual help, while here 
at the "Home." This is all I can write now, 
Have much writing to do &c. 

I do not know as I have written clearly or 
satisfactorily to you, 1 have given you, all that 
God prompts me to write now. Am very glad 
to send you this. God be with you in all work 
purely for him. I bid you a hearty God speed. 
Please write us again if so led. 

Yours in the Lord. 

Rasa E. Riss ee. 


By no means shall we speak lightly of this 
work, for when Christ was on earth some cast 
out devils in his name, and John seems to have 
been surprised at this because the one who cast 
out the devils was not so authorized by Christ; 
but Jesus said, "Forbid them not; for there is 
no man which shall do a miracle in my name 
that can lightly speak evil of me." Mark 9: 
34. So we say of those women. If they do 
good in the name of Jesus they shall have their 
reward. Read Mark 9: 41. Next week we 
shall print another letter from the same person, 
followed by some comments. m. m. e. 



T the residece of Wm. H Calhoun, Mrs. 
Mary DeVore, of Yellow Creek, 111., is 
very low with,paralysis. She being a member 
of the German Baptist church, according to 
James 5: 14, called the elders of the church and 
Brethren Murray, Saylor and others convened 
at her bedside, and anointed her according to 
the apostles directions, after which a supper 
was prepared according to 1 Corinthians 23:27. 
Before eating, the brethren and sisters took 
water as directed in John 13, and washed each 
other's feet; then ate the prepared supper, fol- 
lowing with the communion of bread and wine, 
the whole of which was very impressive, inter- 
esting and to some extent, novel to many of 
its spectators, but it seemed to do the afflicted 
sister good. — The BeHector. 

We take our position in the coming struggle 
with the Lord Christ. This government is high 
enough, broad enough and deep enough for us. 
The union of congregations, the union of mem- 
bers and the liberties granted to all by the Lord, 
are enough for our purposes. We demand no 
more. For nearly two hundred years in this 
land of freedom their principles have stood 
amidst the mighty storms of deceit and tumult; 
and they will continue to stand. Hold fast; 
let no man take thy crown. 

It becomes us to "endure hardness as good 
soldiers." The time is at hand when "un- 
ruly and vain talkers" shall abound. They 
shall speak evil of dignities — those who have 
been set over the flock to watch it for good; 
these must suffer the bitter venom of the 
'heady" and arrogant. The good and pious 
should prepare themselves for trial. Pleas for 
individual rights to the subversion of congre- 
gational rights, and demands in behalf of con- 
gregations to the subversion of Brotherhood 
right may be made; and we pray that all lovers 
of union may labor to overcome by kindnesa 
and lougsuffering. 





HAVING been reqnested by many of the 
members of the church in Michigan, for 
several years to pay them a visit we concluded 
to do so oil our recnrn from the special general 
council meeting, held with the brethren in the 
Wolf Creek church, Ohio, of which meeting 
we would have a good deal to say, but the re- 
quest at the close of the meeting "was not to ag- 
itate the subject that gave rise to the meeting, 
either by writing or talking until the next A. 
M. The several articles already written and 
published about the meetins; and its probable 
results forbid me to say anything about it, only 
this, that I feel glad thatl was tiiere and could 
witness the christian spirit and feeling with 
which the meeting closed, which virtually said, 
"we are brethren and wish to continue to be 
so while we live," Amen. 

In company with my wife we visited the 
Woodland and Thornapple districts in Michi- 
igan. The former in Barry Co., of which Bro. 
Isaac Miller is the Elder, the latter in Iowa Co., 
of which Brother Tong is the Elder. We 
sp^t over two weeks in all, worshiped with 
them in the public assembly every evening and 
sometimes in the day time, the small benefit 
of these meetings seemed to be mutual, all be- 
ing characterized with very good interest both 
in attendance and attention, save the few first 
appointments which were affected by a protraC- 
ed effjrt by the United Brethren one mile from 
our meeting. 

We appreciated our visit among the members 
in Michigan very much, and shall ever grate- 
fully remember their kindnses, and while both 
the districts alluded to have had their dark sea- 
sons and severe trials in years gone by, as all 
districts have more or less, we are happy to 
learn that peace and harmony prevails at this 
time and a better future is anticipated,hope the 
Lord may grant it; and while we met with 
many worthy and warm-hearted members both 
young and old, we at the same time met with 
some, who if they do not soon repent, I fear 
their candlestick will be removed, and they will 
lament when it is too late, consequently I felt 
a desire to continue a little longer and help 
such as much as I could, aad cou d scarcely re- 
sist the earnest entreaties of the brethren and 
sisters, but circumstances at home seemed to 
forbid; and since we did not have the pleasure 
to see any unite with the church by baptism, 
(as usually is the case in my weakness as I have 
not the a;ift of proselyting, hence must often 
feel to say with Isaiah, "I have labored in 
vain ;") we did have the pleasure to see a broth- 
er received into the church according to the 
general order, by the hand and kiss, sixty years 
of age, who was baptized forty-two years ago, 
in the Lost Creek church, Ohio, when and 
where old Brother Jno. Darst was Elder and in 
t wo years alter took his journey like a prodigal 
away from the Brethren and traveled over 
much of the United States as a physician, leo- 
turin g on physiology and the laws of health, 
temperance, &e., principally to the males, while 
his wiie lectured to the females. Last Fall he 
happened to a Love- feast of the Brethren in 
JUjchigan and expieBsed a desire to leturn to 

the church. After the brethren ascertained 
the facts as stated by him to be strictly cor- 
rect they consented to receive him at their 
council meeting at which time and place he 
gave a very touching history of his life, from 
his baptism to the present, and warned the 
young members against apostasy, and the dan- 
ger of forsaking f he scciely of the church, and 
exposing themselves to unwholesome influence. 
Thejyoung should takelwarning from the ex- 
perience of the aged. The brother's name al- 
luded to is A. W. Flowers, M. D., address 
Grand Eapids, Mich. Box 214. He sajs any 
question relative to the different diseases will 
receive prompt attention and immediate an- 
swer, if accompanied with a three cent stamp. 
Thirty years experience should enable him to 
give good counsel. Consult him before using 
any poisonous drugs. Eitoch Ebt. 

Lena, III. 

From SoutJi West. 

In answer to many that are enquiring about 
the South West I will give a brief account oi 
South Wei>t Missouri. I moved here four 
years ago this Fall on Olivers Prairie, Newton 
Co., Mo. After having given it a fair trial I 
think I am safe in saying this is as good a cli- 
mate as I have ever found. I have been in 
twelve States and this is equal to any thatl 
have seen: good health, good water, never fail- 
ing springs in the timber lands, and as nice 
soft water as can be found. Excellent water- 
power, plenty of mills and many more mill 
seats well situated for miles. Factories of all 
kinds. Good fruit growing of every variety. 

This country sufiered much in the time of 
war, but is fast recruiting. The land produces 
well when properly cultivated. Brethren 
wanting hemes in the West will do well to 
come and see this country before buying else- 
where. There is plenty of timber here. We 
have a membership in this country of about 
seventy- five, though located in three neigh- 
borhoods, leaving plenty of space between yet 
to be filled up with brethren. We have good 
schools, good society, good markets and rail- 
roads plenty. I can endorse all that Brother 
Alex Keese has said, only he has represented 
upper Missouri, we claim him as belonging to 
the Southern District of Missouri inasmuch 
as he belongs to this district. We only make 
this statement so that while he lives about the 
middle of the State he is one of our faithful 
brethrejj, and a representative of the Southern 
District of Mo. There are sixteen organized 
churches in the district, and a large field of la- 
bor for mission work. We renew the call to 
our brethren in the East and North to come 
over and help us to carry on the great work of 
the Master. 

A lew words to our brethren who write for 
our periodicals: We sometimes find some artic- 
les that are not well seasoned with salt which 
ma ny of our dear brethren do not know the ef- 
fect that it has on the minds of many of our 
friends while looking over the pages. Breth- 
ren, in such cases hold your pens still until you 
think twice. George Baknhabt. 

Grangeville, Newton Co., Mo. 

We have just closed a series of meetings of one 

week in Warsaw Townshsp near New Troy, 
conducted by Elder Thurston Miller of Laporte 
Co. Ind. The people gave good attention to 
the words spoken, and the interest increased to 
the close. Two were added to the Chnrch by 
baptism. We were sorry that Bro. Miller had 
to leave us so soon, kr we believe that there 
were others almost persuaded to join with the 
people of God. K. R. Moon 


Dear editors, since my last report our meeting 
closed at New Enterprise, Jan. 2nd with eight 
accessions, hope they may dtcoiate their pro- 
fession with a godly walk and conduct. I am 
at present laboring at James Creek., Elder 
George Biumbsugh's district. May heaven 
lend a helping hand, fctd may the o\i gcfpel 
banner unfurl her fclds to the bread land of 
America and be heaid the shouts of victoiy in 
and^through the blood cf Christ. 

Silas Hoovek. 

Jan. 9th, 18S1. 


According to previous announcement Broth- 
er G. W. Cripe met with us en the 8th cf Jan. 
and commenced a series of meetings. He de- 
livered six sermons,when Brother S. T. BcEser- 
man met with ua, and Brother Cripe left to 
fulfill his promife elsewhere. 

Brother Bosserman delivered twenty- one ser- 
mons up to Jan. 2nd, when Brother Cripe 
came back and he and our heme ministers de- 
livered five more sermons. The truth was very 
ably set forth, and we were greatly edified by 
listening to the able discourses delivered by 
Brother Bosserman. We enjoyed his presence 
as well as his labors and were made to feel sor- 
ry when the time came^that he had to leave us, 
yet we hope we may be fortunate enough to 
have him with us again in the near future. 
Many new thoughts were impressed en our 
minds as well old recalled. 

We held a communion on New Tear's eve 
for the benefit of the home members and as 
many more as might desire to meet with us. 
The weather was very cold, yet the feast was 
enjoyed and beneficial to us all. The result cf 
the meeting was three united with the church, 
Brother Elmer Calvert, son of;Brother Jesse 
Calvert, and sister Greider and Bnrkey, .also 
three were reclaimed. 

May we all make a practical use cf what we 
have heard and thus prove our profession. 

N. B. Heetek, 


PLEASE announce that the District Meeting 
for the middle distiict cf Ind.. will iie 
held on Wednesday, Feb. 9th 18S1, commenc- 
ing at 9 o'clock A. M. with the brethren of the 
Upper Deer Creek church. Conveyances from 
Walton on Tuesday the 8lh, also from Logan 
the same day to place of meeting. Train leaves 
Logan for Waltcn, at 1:J10 P. M. Correspond- 
e nts will address W. S. Toney, Walton, Cass 

Co., Ind. 

Jos. Amick, Cor. Secretary. 




Just closed a aeries of meetiDgs which was 
held by Brother D. B. Gibson; he failed not to 
declare the whole counsel of God. The church 
seemed much revived, two were made willing to 
confess Christ, and some were near, tLo king- 
dom. Closed with a good interest. 



Brother Menno Stauifer, from Cerro Gordo, 
III, was with us; preached nine sermons. Sin- 
ners were made to feel the need of a Savior: 
and God's children were strengthened. 

Jan. 13. JobnMeizleb. 


The B. AT W. is read in its new dress. We 
are glad tbat the Brethren have mostly adopt 
ed that form. It is much more convenient than 
other forms, especially is it more convenient 
for the purpose of fiiicg away. I am happy to 
say that the Antioch church is in a prosperous 
condition, although the accessions during the 
year just closed were not many, still love, peace 
and harmony seem to be the governing features. 

During the year 80 the church has lost two 
of its deacon brethren by death, but we have 
the consolation that ^' hile the church has lost 
their service, their gain is eternal glory. Eld. 
Jos. Leedy, 0. C. Ellin, J. W. Sauthwood and 
the writer are the active ministers of the 
church; there are two others living, but 
their four score years forbid that they do any 
labor any more. 

We began meeting in this church on Christ- 
mas day and continued over Sabbath, and in- 
tended to continue all week, hut on account of 
the extreme cold we forbore until New Year's 
day, when we commenced again and held a half 
a dozen meetings. Eider Leedy and the writer 
did the preaching— none were added— but some 
impressions were made, and we hope they may 
be lasting and ere long added to the number 
of the faithful. 

On Jan. the 8th the church convened in 
council for the purpose of transacting church 
business. Among other business the church 
adopted the advalorem system of taxation for 
the purpose of raising money to defray church 
expenses. One query goes to D. M from this 
church, ajid Eid. Joseph Leedy and the writer 
were chosen as delegates to represent it. 

Jan. 10. J. B. Laib. 

Latee. — We have ontinued meeting all 
week since the church meeting above stated, 
and there have so far two made the good con- 
fession and we think msny more good impress- 
ions. The attendance is good with increasing 
interest. But it is raining now and we sup- 
pose the meetings will have to close. 

May all things work together for the good 
of souls and the glory of God our heavenly 
Father. J. B. L. 

Jan. 13, 

Liberty Mills. 

The Brethren of Eel River congregation 
closed their series of meetings to-day. They 
commenced en New Year's day; having in all 
tweutj-lonr meetings, BrotLer W. Arnold of 
Somerset, Ohio, did the preaching. 

The Eel River congregation has a large mem- 
bership, and has had a good many accessions 
within the last year, and to all appearance is 
in good working order at this time. Brother 
Arnold goes to North Manchester congrega- 
tion to-night; expects to stay there four days 
and then go to Beaver Dam congregation. May 
the Lord help him in his labors and watch over 
his little family at home, is our prayer. 
Jan. 12th, ''81. Daniel Shell. ■ 


The family of elder Samuel Mohler, all that 
live in Ohio, met at his house on the 12th of 
this month and took dinner together for the 
last time. After dinner, a hymn was sung,and 
public praver was offered up in behalf of broth- 
er Martin Mohler and family. They started 
to the cars at three o'clock. At this stage of 
our meeting many tears was shed. About nine 
o'clock they left Bradford Junction en route 
for Johnson Co., Missouri. This leaves five 
members of the family in Ohio, and four in 
Missouri. Isaac Hart. 

Jan. 12, '81. 


I am well pleased with your naper in its new 
dress; so much more convenient. I have a 
prospect of getting a few new subscribers. If 
you have any surplus copies please send me a 
few. Put my name on your list for another 
year. In all that we do let us not forget to 
look to Jesus the author and finisher of our 
faith. When a child is learning to walk, if 
you can induce it to keep its eyes fixed on any 
point in advance, it will generally "navigate" 
to that point without capsizing, but call its at 
tention by word or act from the object before 
it, and down goes the child. The rule applies 
to all God's children. If our eyes turn from the 
object (Christ) we are sure to fall. Let us all 
then be on our guard, editors, contributors, 
ministers, laymembers. Yes, all, so that we do 
not work for our own glory, but all for the 
glory of Christ. John L. Mtbes. 

Jan. 15 8L 

Panther Creek. 

On the 8th of Jan. Brother Holsinger, from 
Marshall Co., came and preached eight sermons 
for us, and sowed the good seed which I think 
will take root and finally bear much fruit. No 
additions. The weather very cold. Although 
a very good turn out. I hope Brother H. will 
be rewarded for his labor while with us. The 
M. E. denomination has quite a revival in our 
town. People are realizing that something 
must be done for their salvation. As far as I 
know our church is in peace and love with 
each other. We have the promise of Brother 
Harper on the 25th of January to hold meet- 
ings awhile. I hope much good may be accom- 
plish while here. John L. Beowee. 

Jan. 16, '81. 


We live in Cumberland Co., 111., ten miles 
east of Neoga, There is no preaching here 
by the Brethren. I wish some brother would 
come and preach to the people here. There 

are almost all kinds of denominations; some 
say they never heard the Brethren preach, and 
would like to hear them. There are no mem- 
bers here that I know of but myself. I often 
think of the good meetings I used to attend in 
Indiana, and it almost makes me sick to think 
we have to live where there are no meetings of 
our own; but I hope there will be some before 
long. The B. at W. is a welcome visitor in 
our home. Mart C. Givlee. 

South English. 

The church here seems to be in a peaeeble 
condition, love and union seems to exist among 
the members. We are having very cold weath- 
er. The thermometer going as low as ten 
to twenty degrees below zero. Good sleighing 
for the past two weeks and prospects for more. 

Peter Beowee. 


The B. AT W. is coming and is giving the 
best of satisfaction. We bid you God speed in 
your earnest efforts to do good, and if necessa- 
ry remind your readers often that the B. AT 
W. is not a medium through which we should 
make our trouble known. We trust by its wide 
circulation the church will become more united 
and many called to repentance. Yours in hope 
of a glorious immortality. J. A. Root. 



BY the time this is in print the schedules per- 
taining to churches will be sent out. If 
any preacher has not received one let him ask 
on a postal card and I will send one to his ad- 

It is highly important that there be a prompt 
and accurate return made for our churches and 
request that each minister consult immediately 
with his CO- laborers and fill out all the schedules 
for one church alike, so that two reading differ- 
ently may not come from the same congrega- 

If you are not entirely clear about the re- 
quirements write and ask, using the envelope 
sent with the schedule — it will come free of 
postige, and I will send you another to return 
the schedule in. If you have anything to say 
to me, as Bro, Howard Miller, Don't write it 
on the schedule or it will go on record at 
Washington. I will be glad to hear from any 
or all, but write your letter on another piece 
of paper. And one thing more don't, don't, 
DON'T, forget to sign your full name and ad- 
dress to the bottom of your schedule, giving 
county and State. The men who will use these 
returns do not know anything about us, so 
leave nothing to be guessed at. 


Lewisburg, Union Co. Pa. 


WILL the Beetheen at Wohk please an 
nounce that the Annual District Meet- 
ing of Northern Iowa and Minnesota will be 
held at the Brethren meeting house twenty- 
four miles south east of Lewiston (the Lord 
willing) on Friday the 18th of March, 1881. 

Those coming by railroad will stop off at 
Lewis! on. C. F. Wiesx. 

Lewiston, Winona Co,, Minn. 


ol. 1. 

MT. MORRIS, ILL. Monday, JA2T. 24, 1881. 

110. 5 



Tou may meet with opposition, 
Tou may bear a heavy load, 

But whatever your position, 
Always honor Christ the Lord. 

It your friendi laugh in derision, 
And desert you, everyone, 

Look to him who is in heaven. 
And your comfort will soon come 

When in company with sinners, 
"Whose thoughts are of this earth, 

Do not dishonor your dear Master, 
From your righteous duty shirk. 

But speak of him who died to save us 
Who wore the thoins upon his head. 

And urge them to become victorious 
By doing as the Master bids. 

Let us praise his name forever. 

Let us keep his holy day. 
Let us pray that we may never 

Be enticed and led astray. 


;T a public school a small boy 
was called upon by his teacher 
to give a declamation, when he de- 
livered the following brief temper- 
ance address: 

"I am a little fellow, but I am go- 
ing to talk upon a big subject. 'Tis 
not too big for such as me either. 
Some men laugh about little boys and 
girls forming cold water armies, and 
say, 'What good can they do!' Let 
me tell you. 

You have heard of a little mouse 
that a lion helped out of a little 
trouble, and laughed at him because 
he said somethiug about returniug 
the favor. Well, the great lion was 
caught in a hunter's net, and he 
roared and growled a bit, and that 
was all that he could do. By-and- 
by the little mouse came along and 
gnawed off, one by one, all the cords 
of the great net, and let the lion go. 
That is what we mean to do. We 

may be little mice, but we mean to 
gnaw off every cord of the great 
net that has bound down our coun- 
try for so many yeai's. The net is 
intemperance, and our cold-water 
pledge cuts off the deceiving threads 
that work so pleasingly as wine, beer 
and cider, as well as the stouter cords, 
rum, gin and brandy. Now, don't 
you think we can do something? We 
know we can. Intemperance sha'n't 
catch us, at any rate." 


sRlro you ever hear any one say, 
((p/i, "He has an elephant on his 
hands?" The phrase means that the 
person mentioned has something which 
he would be richer without, or 
something that is useless, and the 
owner don't know very well what to 
do with it. The expression came 
from a custom in India. There, at 
one time, when a rich man was an- 
gry with a poor neighbor, and want- 
ed to injure him and yet did not 
wish 10 have an open quarrel, he 
would present his enemy with an ele- 
phant. The poor man dared not re- 
fuse the gift, nor dispose of it in any 
way after he had accepted it. So 
there was nothing left for him to do, 
except feed and keep it. Now you 
must know that an elephant's uppe- 
tite is in keeping with its size — some- 
thing prodigious. An emperor of 
India once had some elephants to 
which he allowed each two hundred 
pounds of food a day, besides all I he 
rice, sugar, milk and sugar-cane they 
wanted. This shows what expensive 
animals elephants are to keep. Only 
wealthy people can afford to own 
them. A poor man to whom au ele- 
phant is given will soon be impover- 
ished by ite feeding-, and as this is 
just wliat his rich enemy wants, the 
rich man accomplishes his object and 

yet seems to be presenting a rich gift. 
The gift is a rich one, but it makes 
its owner poor. "He has an elephant 
on his hands." 



-J\'iI;rE do love to see little chil- 


}yj!^ dren be good, for then they 
are happy, and how nice a happy 
child appears. A naughty child is 
not happy, nor is any of the family, 
especially mamma. See how sad she 
looks when her girl or boy is cross or 
naughty. She is sad because it falls 
to her duty to correct aud sometimes 
punish her child ; and oh, how un- 
pleasant this is to her. She loves her 
child and yet she must punish it 
when it is naughty and disobedient. 
Yesterday we were called to a feast 
which a mamma had prepared for 
her little Oscar's seventh birthday, so 
he must be a good boy that she would 
go to so much trouble to make him 
happy. We -were delighted to see 
how much he enjoyed the occasion. 
He received many little presents from 
errandmas, graudpas, aunts aud cous- 
ins, hut this did not seem to spoil 
him. He was pleasant and happy 
all the while. We do hope he will 
always be good aud happy and grow 
up a useful man, and not only little 
Oscar, but all the little readers of 
this paper. How kindh^ you should 
treat your parents for having >uch a 
nice little paper visit you every week; 
aud, too, you should be grateful to 
your editor for printing you so good 
a paper aud permitting you to write 
to each other. I hope you will all 
try to write good little letters for 
your paper. 

nudsoD, Illinois 


The engineer of a rail road train 
near Montreal saw a large dog on 
the track, barking furiously. The 
engineer whistl d, but the dog paid 
no attention to the noise, and refus- 
ed to stir. The dog was run over 
and killed. The engineer observed 
that the animal crouched close to 
the ground as he was struck by the 
cowcatcher. A minute later the fire- 
man .saw a bit of white muslin flut- 
tering on the locomotive, and he 
stopped the 'engine. On going back 
to where the dog was killed it was 
discovered that not onlj' the dog, 
but a little child, had been killed. 
It was seen that the dog had been 
standing guard over the child, and 
had barked to attract the attention 
of the engineer The faithful ani- 
mal had sacrificed his life rather than 
desert his charge. The child had 
wandered away from a neighboring 
house, followed by the dog, and it is 
supposed that the child lay down 
and went to sleep on the track." 

Friends are won by those who be- 
lieve in winning. 


f WOULD be ashamed to tell 
mother," was a little boy's re- 
ply to his comrades, who were trying 
to tempt him to do wrong. 

"But you need not tell her; no. 
one will know anything about it." 

"I would iaiowall about it myself, 
and I would feel mighty mean if I 
could not tell mother." 

"It's a pity you were not a girl. 
The idea of a boy running aud tell- 
ing his mother every little thing." 

"You may laugh if you want .to," 
said the uoijle little boy, "I have 
made up my mind mvev, so long as 
I live, to do anything I would be 
ashamed to (ell my mother." 

Nuble resolve; and one which will 
make almost any life true an^l useful. 
Let it be the rule of every boy and 
girl to do nothing of which they 
would be ashamed to tell motlier. 



yf. G. TEETER. - 


Tbust in God. 

Read the Bible daily. 

Never write sarcastic letters. 

Sleep with, your mouth shut. 

It will do you no good to scold. 

Are you working for that diction- 

Look up and forward, not back- 

Don't copy yourself: you are not 



Never prepare for defeat, but, for 


The bird that sits may easily be 
shot. Don't be idle. 

"Teaching is an art and must be 

learned by doing it " 


Children, be polite at home as 

well as anywhere else. 

This Advance will soon contain 
some beautiful pictures. 

The columns of this paper open to 
pupils who wish to write. 

Washington, .lackson. Van Bu- 
ren, Harrison, Taylor, Flraore, Lin- 
coln and Johnson did not go to col- 

■ » ■ 

By the first of April we shall have 
a fine lot of "Class Books" ready for 
Sunday-school teachers. Our prices 
will be within reach of all. Further 
notice will be given soon. 

The Teacher's Institute, a paper 
devoted to the principles and prac- 
tice of teaching, and published in 
New York, is on our table. It is a 
wide-awake and useful journal. 

Send us the names and addresses 
of your friends and neighbors, and 
we will send them sample copies of 
the Advance. By writing plainly 
and closely you can put many names 
on a postal card. They may be sent 
to B. at W. Lanark, 111. 

Send. us names and addresses of 
Sunday-school Superintendents. 

The boys of England are very 
kind and gentlemanly iu behavior. 

Never turn coldly away from a 
beggar. Think what might happen 
to you in life. 

You maysava thing twice, if you 
say it better the second time than 
vou were able to do it the first. 

do our humble part in keeping tbem 
out of the horrible pit by the publi- 
cation of the Advance. "Will 
you give us your assistance by 
introducing the paper? Our terms 
on the fourth page are liberal; and 
by a little effort you may place quite 
a number of Dictionaries in your 
school, thus adding strength to your 
work. Sample copies for distribu- 
tion furnished on application person 
ally or by maiL 



If you cannot govern your own 
tongue between your own teeth how 
can you expect to govern others ?. 


fO teach you must first ■ learn. 
What you may have learned 
is not the only question, but what 
you are learninc/ must be considered 
wi'h ihe past. The .fixed . facts in 
pedagogy are not to be ignored any 
more than those in geometry. To 
recogonize the needs of the hour, is 
recogouiziug the true principles of 
imparting instruction as well in- 
struction itself. 

You need an acquiring disposition, 
for you are called upon to commu- 
nicate to others. Every opportunity 
to bring your pupils up to a stand- 
ard of proficiency should be heartily 
endorsed; and the various needs of 
your pupils should be as thoroughly 
studied as the lessons on geographj', 
lang>iage, or mathematics. 

We present you the Advance as 
worthy your careful consideration. 
We believe that its weekly visits to 
your pupils will aid them in their 
work, and especially their minds for 
duty. We aim to give them a pa- 
per that will elevate their morals and 
make them kinder and lovlier in dis- 
position. The affection once secured, 
their minds embellished with the 
sublimest and grandest truths will 
aid you very much in your efforts to 
prepare them for the business part of 

Our desire, then, is to work with 
you in shaping the minds of the 
young. We i-ecogonize the fact that 
there is great danger of our youth 
being led into ruin by light and 
"trashy" literature; and we hope to 

A model school, in respect to ages 
of scholars, contains those of all ages. 
It has its infants, its primaries, its 
juveniles, its intermediates and Bible 
scholars, or young folks and adults. 

Some schools are all that could be 
asked for in this respect, others have 
no adults. Especially i.s this true of 
new schools. Schools, as they grow 
older, generally grow their young 
people, though sometimes they lose 
their hold on the scholars as soon as 
they get into their teens, which is 
generally caused by lack of efiicient 
teachers and want of special attrac- 
tions for older scholars. There is in 
all schools a danger of neglecting 
some one class, and when neglected 
the school always shows it. Again, 
some schools, especially older ones, 
are deficient in numbers in the infant 
class and intermediate, the school be- 
ing so run in the interests of the 
older folks that the younger ones 
take no interest in it. 

In order to reconstruct a school of 
this kind each class should have a 
little special attention. Not only 
should suitable teachers and suitable 
helps and papers be provided, but 
the superintendent and officers of 
the school should take pains to make 
tke school interesting to each grade. 

A little girl of three or four years 
learned the Bible text, "Love one 
another." "What does 'love one 
another' mean?" asked her next 
older sister, in honest doubt as to the 
meaning. "Why, I must love you 
and you must love me, and I'm one 
and you'r another," was the answer. 
Who can improve on that explana- 

"Wife," said a man, looking for 
his boot-jack, "I have places where 
I keep my things, and 3'ou ought to 
know it." "Yes, I ought to know 
where you keep your late hours, but 
I don't." 


1. Do I give my school an example 
of punctuality V 

In all tilings allowing thyself a "pattern of gocil 
works: in doctrine allowing nncormptedness, grdVity, 
sincerity sound speech that cannot bo condemned; 
that^ho that ig of the contrary part may be ashamed, 
having no evil thing to Bay of y-u. (Titus 2: 7, 8.) 

"2. Have 1 a regular order of exer- 
cises for my school V 

Let all things be done decently and in' order. 
(1 Cor. 14: 40.) 

3. Do I seek to gather^ in the ab- 
sent ones V 

Gather the people togethe', men, and women, and 
children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, 
that thoy may hear, and that they may leatn, and 
fear the Lord your God, and„obsorve to do all tho 
words of this law . (Deut. ;^1:12.) 


1. How do I prepare to teach ¥ 

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wonder- 
ous things out of thy law. (Ps. 119: 18.) 

2. Am 1 always prepared! 

Blessed is that servant whom his lord, when he 
Cometh, shall find so doing. (Matt. 34: 46.) 

3. When absent, do I lind another 
to teach my class? 

Bear ye one auotheia burdens, and so fulfill _ the 
law of Christ. (Gal. 6:3) 

i. Is my example sucb as God can 
approve ? 

Let your light so shiae before men, that they 
may see your good woriie, and glorify your Father 
which is in hefiven . (Matt. 5:16.) 

5. Do I pray for each member of 
my class? 

For God is my witness, whom I serve with my 
spirit in th- gospel of his Son, that without ceasing 
I make mention of yon in my prayers. (Rom. 1:9.) 

6. What more might I do for my 
class out of school? 

But to do good and to communicate forget not: for 
with such sacriflcea God is well pleased. (Hob. 1,S: 

7. What have I to encourage me? 

And letusnotbe weary in well. doing: for in due 
season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Gal. 6: 9.) 


1. Do I Study my Sunday-school 
lesson at home? 

These were more noble than thoae of Thessalonica, 
in that they received the wold with all readiness of 
mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether 
those things were so. (Acts 17: 11.) 

2. Am I learning any Scripture by 

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might 
not sin against thee. (Ps. 119: 11.) 

3. Do I always try to please my 
teacher ? 

Hear iustruction, and he wise, and refuse it not. 
(Prov. 8: 33.) 

4. is my conduct in Sunday-school 
such as God can approve ? 

Keep thy foot when thou goest (n the house of 
God and be more ready to hear than to give tho 
sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do 
evil. [Bed. 5: 1.] 

5. When am I too old to attend 
Sunday-school ? 

And because iniquity shall abound, the love of 
many .shall wax cold But he that shall endure un- 
to the end, sha'I he saved. [Mjitt, 24: 12, 13.] 

C. Have I hope in Christ? 

And they said, Believe on tho Lord Jesus Christ, 
and thou Shalt be saved, and thy house. [Acts 16: .31.] 

It is better to be doing the most 
insignificant thing- in the world than 
to reckon a half an hour insignifi- 



MT. MOEEIS, 111 JAN. 24, 1881. 


O, ye.beneath life's crushing load 
Whose forms are bending low, 
Who toU along the climbing way 
Wlt-h'painf ul steps and'slow, 
"Look up, for glad and golden hours 
^ Come swiftly on the wing ; 
^But rest beside the weary road. 
And hear the angels sing. 


Little dimpled hands. 
Busy, wondrous hands. 

What shall they doV 
When they older grow, 
And when more you know, 

Good they must do. 

Little rosy feet, 

Now so soft and sweet, 

"VVhere shall tfey go? 
When, some other day. 
They find out the way, 

Right they must go. 


The busy day is over, 

The household work is done; 
The cares that fre; the morning. 

Have faded with the sun ; 
And in the tender twilight, 

I sit in happy rest. 
With my darling little baby 

Asleep upon my breast. 

White lids with silken fringes, 

Shut out the waning light; 
A little hand close folded 

Holds mamma's fingers tight; 
And in their soft white wrappings 

At last in perfect rest. 
Two dainty feet are cuddled. 

Like birdies in a nest . 

All hopes and loves unworthy 

Depart at this sweet hour ; 
All pure and noble longing 

Renew their holy power ; 
For Christ who, in the Virgin, 

Our motherhood has blest. 
Is near to every woman 

With a baby on her breast. 

The niece of Horace Mann went 
to an adjoining city, and returned 
with a quantity of cards ou which 
the ''Noted buildings," the "Great 
National Curiosities," etc., were hand- 
somely depicted and described. At 
odd times, during the day a pupil 
would be heard describing "Mam- 
moth Cave," or "Niagara Falls," or 
"Yosemite Valley. This did not at 
all interfere with the lessons. She 
accumulated many hundreds of such 
aids to teaching. 

— The longest range, Andes. 

— The largest ocean, Pacific.' 

— The largest lake, Superior. 

— The largest island is Australia. 

— The highest mountain, Everest. 

— The mostpopulousempire,China. 

• — The most densely populated, 
country, Belgium. The largest river, 
Amazon. The largest city, London. 

— There are two hundred and 
eighty-two Protestant schools in Tur- 

— There are almost fifty Sunday- 
schools in Spain, with three thous- 
and scholars. 

— There are still living at Glou- 
cester, Eng., four persons who were 
pupils in Raikes' schools. 

— A society attached to Spurgeon's 
Tabernacle furnishes needy families 
with clothing. It distributed §1,200 
last year. 

^— Toe New York Society for the 
Prevention of Cruelty to Children 
have prosecuted five hundred cases 
within four months. 

— In laying off small lots,' the fol- 
lowing measurements will be found 
to be both accurate and useful: 

52 1-6 ft. square, or 2,7321 sq. ft. is 
1-16 acre. 73t ft.square, or 5,443 
sq. ft. is i acre. 104i ft. square, or 
10, 890 sq. ft. is i acre. 120* ft. 
square, or 14,520 sq. ft is i acre. 
147J ft. square, or 21,780 sq, ft. is 
i acre. 208J ft. square, or 43,560 
sq. feet is 1 acre. 

— Eelatwe hartostess op Wood. 
— Taking shell bark hickory as the 
highest standard of our forest trees, 
and calling that 100, other trees will 
compare with it for hardness as fol- 

She.Ubnrk hickory,. 100- Yellow oak 60 

Pignut hickory, 96 Hard raaplo 56 

White oak S4 Whito elm 58 

White ash 77 Red cedar ^ 56 

Dogwood 75 Wild cherry 55 

Scrub oak 7:) Yellow pine 54 

Wliito hazel 7:i Chestnut 53 

Apple tree 70 Yellow poplar 51 

Red oak 69 Butternut 4ii 

White beech 65 White birch 43 

Black walnut 65 White pine 30 

Black birch 62 


4itv IcfiwI. 

There are seventeen different 
school ages in the states and territo- 
ries, seventeen years being the long- 
est period and six years the shortest. 
The earliest age at which pupils are 
addmitted to the public schools in 
any state is four years. 

[Theseguestiohea e especially for the young to 
anewtr, tuougb we should be pleased to hear from 
the old as well,] 

What is a line? 

The distance between two points. 
Lines are either curved or straight. 
A straight line is unbent in any of 
its parts while a curved line is bent 
in all points. 

Name some difference between 
land birds and water birds. 

Land birds usually Ih'e on different 
food from that of sea birds. Sea birds 
spend most of their time on the wing, 
land birds do not. 

AVhat town or city was the home 
of Christ during his ministry? 

Capernaum ou west bank of sea 
of Galilee. 

Give the best definition of multi- 

Increasing a number as many 
times as there are units in the mul- 

Of what use are roots to plants? 

They are the channels or avenues 
through which the moisture or life- 
giving power is absorbed from the 
earth and transmitted to the stem 
and from thence to all parts of the 
plant. Without them the plant 
would wither and die. L. M. e. 

What does geography teach? 

It gives us much valuable infor- 
mation. Without it we would not 
know whether the earth is round 
or fiat. We would not know 
that there are other countries beside 
our own. It teaches that there is an 
equator, a north and a south pole; 
that there is a North Frigid, North 
Temperate, Toi-rid, South Temperate, 
and South Frigid Zone. It teaches 
many other things that we would 
liot know without it. L. M. E. 



^" ^^^^^^^^^^•-fP 

We give a few of the short meth- 
ods in Ropp's Calculator. To learn 
how you may get this book read last 
page of Achance. 

1. Multiply 97 by 11, say 9 and 
7 are 16, write the 6 in the middle, 
and add the one to the 9. Ans. 1067. 

2. Multiply 117 by 113. Say 
3 times 7 are 21; add 1 to 11 and 
say 11 times 12 are I'ii Ans. 13221. 

3. To find the number of bricks 
required in a building, multiply the 
nuinber of cubic feet by 32}. 

4. Find the capacity of a grana- 
ry 18ft. long, 9ft. wide, and 8ft. high. 
18 times 9 times 8 equal 1296 cuft. 
multiply this by 6308 short method 




Ans. 1041.4 bushels. 

"Occasionally we come across a 
little gentleman, a little boy who acts 
like a man, and how we dp admire 
them." Our readers admire him. 

"I will crown, and nobody shal 
help me." Ver5' wrong: I shall 
drown if nobody will help me. 

"I and behave met before." Cour- 
tesy puts self last. He and I have 
met before. 

"Not one of the many were satis- 
fied." Say, not one of them iwi-s sat- 
isfied. "One" is singular and nom- 
native, hence the verb must be sin- 

"Who did lie call for?" For whom 
did he call? 

"I doubt not hit ihat he is honest. 
We doubt not that he was honest; di op 
the but. 

"Neither Jlarj jr George could 
go." Change or to nor. 

"He said AoM) that he was sick. 
Leave how out. 

"Bring three spoonsful.^' Bring 
three spoonfulls. 

"There is hardly a bushel." We 
think there is scarcely a bushel, 

"The river has ove'iiioxon.^' It over- 

"He reasons very clear.^' Does 
he not reason clearly^. 

"Once give a boy a taste for good 
books and acce,ssto a choice library, 
and then place him where you will, 
and let his calling be what it may, 
he will find time for study, and will 
devote the intervals of labor to read- 
ing. Multitudes of men, thus self- 
educated, owe their eminence and 
success to an early taste for reading 
and access to libraries. Their exam- 
ple should show our youth that the'» 
evenings need not be idled away be- 
cause the days must be oceupied 
with business or labor." 

A MAN who has worked ten years 
in the Brooklyn navy yard as a ma- 
chinest, has learned in his leisuie 
hours, to speak, read and write He- 
brew, French, German and Italian, 
and obtained a thorough knowledge 
of geology and botany. Out of his 
savings he has purchased a library 
of 1.200 volumes. 

Success rides ou every hour; grap- 
ple it, and you may win; but with 
out a grapple it will never go with 
you. Work is the weapon of honor, 
and he who lacks the weapon will 
never triumph. 



rWe e^'t tliia coIuiud upart fur chiidrfii to corres- 
pond witu eiich other, tliiit tliey may earn to write. 
U33 good lilack ink write plainly and do not crowd 
the worda together Do not write all the time about 
one thing, but vary your subjects.] 

liuruer's and two nights at Mr. J. 
H. Mooi-e's aufi one night at uncle 
Eilmuud Forney's. Their little Su- 
sie had a nice time with me ; we en- 
joyed ourselves so much I would have 
liked to stay longer. 

Della R. Suavely. 

Lanark, III., Jan. 16, '81. 
I will try to answer Wiilie L. 
Ikenberry's letter. By adding the 
fourteen five cent pieces, eight three 
cent pieces, seven two cent pieces, 
amounts to ninety-two pieces and 171 
cents. The disciples were first called 
Christians at Antioch, Acts 11: 26. 
I go to school and my teacher's name 
is Maggie Booker. I am in the sec- 
ond room ; I read, write, spell, and 
study arithmetic ; I am eight years 
old. I will now ask a question : 
What is the name of the Mount from 
which Moses took his first and last 
view of the promised land? 

Nellie M. Price. 

Benson, III. 
It has been a long time since I 
wrote for the little Letter Box. I 
go to school and I love my teacher 
and all my school-mates very well. 
My teacher's name is Anna Hale. 
Our motto is, "Do unto others as you 
would have others do unto you." I 
study reading, writing, grammar, 
arithmetic, spelling and geography. 
I have a brother and two sisters. 
How many times does the word Lord 
occur in the Bible? 

James EiMakuel Kindig. 

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Tiie in-^titutiou is located in Mt. Mor- 
ris, a quiet, pleasant, and moral town, 
of Ogle Co., 111., about one hundred miles 
West ot'Obicago, on the Chicago & lowaR. 
R. It is free f om snloonp, gambling houses, 
etc., and is surrounded by a beautiful and 
fertile country, with a generous, industri- 
ous, intelligent and thrifty peop''c. 

Tiie College buildings are situateii on a 
commanding site, aod surrounded by a 
beautiful park of 6^ acres. The buildings 
cost about $40,000. All the windows have 
blinds; the inside is nicely painted and 
crtlcimined; the floors are carpeted in all 
rooms and halls; registers and ventilators 
are in every room, and a cozier, cleaner, 
and more attractive set of student's quar- 
ters is not to be found in this country. The 
dining-room is amodel ofneatness and or- 
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Lanark, 111., Tuesday, Feb. 1, 1881. 

No. 5. 

Current Topics. 

The Brethren at Work is 
noAV removed to Mt. Morris, 
Ogle county, 111. For further 
particulars, see eighth page of 
this issue. 

The New York Central Rdilroad has exclud- 
ed all flasb literature from its trains. 

The city Council of Glasgow, after a discus- 
sion of three nights, ha9 refused to grant per- 
missiou to open the museums and galleries on 

Lutherans iu Germany are proposing to cel- 
ebrate, on a magaificpnt scsle, the four-hun- 
drcdtli aHniversary of Martiii Lather's birth, 
November 10, 1883. 

Ne w Jersey offers $20 to every free public 
scliool in the state to start a library if the dis- 
trict raises an fqual sum, and will add §10 
yearly on the same conditions. 

New York has made the largest absolute in- 
crease of population of any State in the Union 
during the past ten years. Kansas the next, 
Missouri fourth, Iowa fifth, Arkansas sixth. 

The first shipoient of books of the Cassel 
Library has arrived and is being placed upon 
the shelves. The remainder will follow as rap- 
idly as they can be shipped. — Mt. Morris Deni- 

The fifty six churches in the Siudwich Is- 
lands, with a membership of 7,454, last year 
raised $27,642,21 for their home and foreign 
work, of which §4,4i!8.90 were for foreign 

The tenth steamboat district, including the 
Gulf States and Lower Mississippi, has carried, 
according to the last iospectiou, 1,250,000 
souls and not a lif i has been lost. This is re- 

A scientist recautly said, "Our science of na- 
ture, like our science of man is a patchwork of 
half-stated, halfworked-oufc sums on a slate; 
and we are kept as busy Avith the sponge as 
with the pencil." 

Bro. David Emmert of the Brethren's Nor- 
m:il, Huntingdon, Pa., is now in Philadelphia, 
taking lessons in the privnte studio of Peter 
Moran, a noted artist. He will return to 
Huniiugdon in the spring. 

The Golos of Sb. Petersburg publishes a let- 
ter from its correspondent in Odessa to the ef- 
fect that a very ancient and interesting manu- 
script of the four Gospels, written on one hun- 
dred and twenty sheets of parchment, has just 
been discovered under an old house in Bulga- 

A thief gained access to a residence in R°m- 
sen street, Brooklyn, by means of an unfinish- 
ed building aiijoining, and stole diamonds and 
jewelry valued at S6,000, On making his es- 
cape he fell through a skylight of the uncom- 
pleted house and received injuries from which 
he died two days after. 

Some of the CathoUc churches of St. Louis 
are making an effort to return to simple music. 
One of these churches now forbids fancy music 
as some call it. This is a good move, and many 
Protestant churches ought to learn this lesson. 
Operatic music is not praise to God,and canaot 
advance the cause of Christ. 

The river at New Orleans is gradually un:3er- 
mining a part of the city, at the head of Sara- 
pam street. Thousands of piles have been driv- 
en there to cheek the encroachments of the 
mad current, but these have proved to be in- 
sufficient. All have been washed away, and the 
current continues its devastating work. 

During the holidays I was called in to see an 
old colored woman, familiary known around 
town as Aunt Nancy Scott, who was born in 
Maryland in June 1754. She died the first of 
this month, making her almost 127 years of 
age. She was a slave until she was clandes- 
tinely freed by Thos. Stevens some years before 
our late civil war. Her friends informed me 
she had good recollection of the "Revolutionary 
war" and the "Declaration of Indpendence" — 
E. BralUer. 

So long as we admit that defensive wars are 
allowable on Christian principles, so long we 
grant, for all practical purposes, everything 
which the advocate s of war wish. The true 
doctrine is that war, in every shape and for 
every purpose, is wrong, absolutely wrong, 
wholly ivrong. Let every Christain consider 
well how he judges in this matter; let him 
come to the investigation with true meekness 
of disposition. If Christians come to this in- 
quiry in the spirit of war, it will not bi surpris- 
ing if they imagine they find war; if they come 
in the spirit of peace, they will undottbtedly 
find peace; and as Christians go, the whole 
world will either sooner or later go with them. 
— Thomas C. Upham, 

Eight of the filteen Indian girls at Mr. 
Moody's Seminary in Northfield, Mass., study 
music ai.d are becoming proficienis. Most of 
them will take the four years' course so ss to 
pr< pare tbem for teachers to their people. 

Some parties taking the Indian census, recent- 
lydiscovered in Arizona and New Mexico some 
remarkable and interesting ruins of old Indian 
villages, which are being carefully explored. 
A correspondent from thai; rr gion reports the 
largest collection" of ruins ever found on this 
continent, located a short distance west of San- 
ta Fe.- The more we learn of these ancient ru- 
ins the more fully are we covinced that this 
country was one time peopled by an industrious 
and powerful race of people. 

Faun's Record is the organ of the Found- 
ling's home, Chicago. The New Year's num- 
ber says: 'A lady hands us five dollars with the 
following note, 'My little K. has not eaten any 
candy for one year, for which her mamma ga\e 
her Ave dollar?. She wishes to give it to the 
babies, for a Christmas present, with love."' It 
is no easy thing for child or adult to fight dowu 
a powerful appetite, and then to give the sav- 
ing to a noble charity, unsolicited, and where 
the public will not know we did it, that is a 
grade of charity to which many of us are not 
equal.^-(ToMe« Censer. 

A petrified human skull wa9 recently picked 
up near Gothic, Gunnison county, Coiorado,and 
is pronounced by those who have examined it 
to be a great curiosity, every bone and suture 
being perfect. 

This opens the way for us to obtain a little 
information. It has been affirmed by men of 
extensive learning that human beings hav.o " 
never been known to petrify, hence we would 
like those of our readers who have seen petrify- . 
ed human beiugs, and know for a certainty 
that they re&lly do exist, to send us their plainly 
written testimony to the same. 

While visiting in Augusta Co, Va., after the 
Annual Meeting at Broadway, 1879, and while 
going up to Stanton,in t oaipany with Brethren 
Levi Garber, of Va , and H. Kurtz of Ohio, our 
attention was called to an old stone Meeting- 
Honse which was built for an Indian Fort, in 
1731, and known a? Fort Defiance. It was used 
by Gen. Braddock and Mr. Washington in their 
unfortunate expedition against the old French 
Fort, on the site of the present city of Pitts- 
burg, Pa , in the year 1755. After thai; 
war it was coverted into a church, and as such 
it ba4 been used ever since. We would to Cod 
thit. all forts could undergo a like change. — 
Laudon West. 


TliE BltETHIiElSr ^T ^WORiL, 

F«r th« Brathren at Work. 



Doat thou believe that Jesus is — 

The only Son of God? 
Wilt thou confess his holy name, 

And bear his chastening rod? 
Dost thou believe that when he came 

He brought a gospel true, 
Which offers lif^ and peace to all — 

The Gentile and the Jew. 

Dost thou renounce the wicked one. 

With his pernicious wsys? 
Wilt thou not lend a helping hand 

To save those he betrayed? 
Dost thou renounce the pleasure of — 

A world of sin and pride, 
And take the Savior at his word, 

And let him bsyour guide. 

Art thou engrafted into Christ? 

If so, your light will shine 
So all the world caa see a branch 

Of hitn the living vine. 
Your name is written in a book. 

what a life to live. 
The peace of mind you'll now enjoy 

The world can never give. 

Oar covenant with God ia Christ, 

If made in faith and love, 
We'll not forget it here belotv, 

And Christ wiU not above. 
And when the time for us to leave 

This world of sin and strife, 
We'll hear, "Well done, thou faithful one," 

"The gift"— "Eternal life." 

For the Brethren at "Wort. 



YESTERDAY and today were spent 
visiting Orphans' homes; chief of 
which is the German Protestant Or- 
phans' Home, nine miles out in the 
country. Found F. Hackemeir, the 
present superintendent, a very kind, 
genial, and intelligent gentleman; much 
devoted, as is also his kind and benevo- 
lent wife, to the noble work of educat- 
ing and nourishing these poor orphan 
children, treating them seemingly, in 
every respect, as if they were their own 
children. From the superintendent we 
learned the following instructive state- 

1. This institution was first started 
by Louis E. Nollan, in 1858, beginning 
with a capital of one dollar, and one 
orphan child, and has grown from a 
few old rooms in a crowded street to a 
stately three [story [building, 160 feeti 

long, and 50 feet wide, with two wings 
60x30 feet each. All heated by steam 
and comfortably arranged for the pur- 
pose, together with necessary out build 
ings. All situated on a farm of sixty 
acres, nine miles west of the city. 

2. The farm supported the institu- 
tion so long as the number of children 
did not exceed the number of acres in 
the farm. Since that time the addition- 
al help needed has been donated with- 
out begging for it. 

3. All the work done in the house, 
except teaching the schools, is done by 
the orphans. In this way the girls are 
taught to wash, iron, sew, etc., the same 
as are the daughters in any other well 
regulated family. And the boys in 
Summer work on the farm or learn a 

4. Since its origin about three hun- 
dred have, from this home, started out 
to meet the issues of life for themselves. 
About seventy per cent, of whom are 
useful members of society, and many 
of them look back to this home with 
some feelings as do children who start 
out for themselves from the home of 
their real parents; and will lend a help- 
ing hand to make the home comfortable 
for others. 

5. Children of all grades and de- 
nominations, between the ages of one 
and ten years, who have no other source 
to look to for support are here taken 
and cared for until eighteen years of 

6. No children are ever given away. 

7. Half orphans are also taken upon 
condition parent or guardian pays not than four nor more than eight dol- 
lars per month, if able to do so. "While 
this is done, said parent or guardian has 
the right to remove his orphan at any 
time. When this is not done, they be- 
come members of the family the same 
as whole orphans. 

8. Should any of those who have 
started out for themselves get sick or 
otherwise become unfortunate and re- 
turn, this is home for them still. They 
will be received and treated with all 

9. Eeligious instructions are regular- 
ly given, and all are governed by the 
heavenly principles of love and kind- 
ness, and from the least to the greatest 
all are taught the necessity of loving 
evea those who do not love us and thus 
overcome evil with good. 

10. The present number of children 
in this home is 169, ranging from one to 

fifteen years of age. We witnessed 
them at their dinner and ia their school- 
room exercises from hinder garten ex- 
ercises up to the highest room. All 
uvQ taiight to sing, even in the hinder- 
garten exrcises. 

11. The order and regulation for 
health, comfort, cleanliness, neatness, 
etc., is, we think, not easily surpassed. 
All who have doubts of the practica- 
bility of orphans' homes should visit 
this institution, and thus find a complete 
cure for all such doubts. Visitors are 
always welcome, and will be kindly 
treated. We felt ourselves more than 
paid for our visit, and would especially 
recommend the Board of Managers and 
locating committee of the Brethren 
Orphans' Home of Southern Illinois to 
visit this home in the near future. Bro. 
Wise remarked : "I would not take $100 
for what I have learned to-day." 

St, Louie, Jan. 19, '81. 


DEAR Beloved Brother Eby: Your 
letter of Nov. 8 th is at hand, and 
I am obliged for your kindness. I 
have translated it, and sent it to both 
the churches to be read publicly when 
they come together. And to day I have 
withdrawn my name from the temper 
ance society. Hope it will render sat- 
isfaction in America if not in Denmark. 
I ought, of course, to have asked advice, 
be fore 1 commenced to co-operate in that 
cause. Am sorry I did not, and ask 
pardon from offended parties. Hope to 
be more careful in the future in regard 
to my ministerial and missionary duty 
and liberty. I am not offended, dear 
brother, nor discouraged for your kind- 
ness, but glad that you ask straight out 
as you feel. I know where many coun- 
sellors are there is safety, hence I sub- 
mit to the majority that so far as they 
are God's children they always repre- 
sent God's laws. 

Our poor members have not all black 
bread enough to eat; butter many hard- 
ly ever taste, and their fare week after 
week is a little milk, coffee or tea, and 
bread of the hard black kind, with 
nothing to it, or at best a little Ameri- 
can lard, which sells here at 50 Are a 
pound. The treasury is empty, and will 
it ever be filled any more? I think if 
the brethren west should live that way 
several carloads would in a few days be 
shipped to them. Who will ship a car- 
load to Denmark? 

I have just returned fromjvisiting all 



parts of our field, and thank God for 
peace and spiritual prosperity in the 
churches. Th6se who know you per- 
sonally remember you even in their 
prayers yet, and long to see you. So 
do wc in our family, but if it ever hap- 
pens before the great day, God only 
knows. C Hope, 



The above letter will be better under- 
stood when we say that after Brother 
Hope published in our papers that he, 
with many of the members of the church, 
signed the pledge; and were co operat- 
ing with the Temperance Society in try- 
ing to abolish the use of strong bever - 
ages or intoxicating liquors, and as we 
wrote him in reference to the propriety 
of such a course, hence the above letter. 
Now lest we be misunderstood and mis 
represented in our views, and the prem- 
ises we occupy in reference to the tem- 
perance cause, I remark, temperance is 
a Bible doctrine, and one of the promi- 
nent characteristics of the Christian 
religion, and should be advocated by 
all lovers of truth, both by precept and 
example. But when we go outside of the 
Christian Church, and unite with a body 
of unconverted members of all creeds 
and isms and schisms, and co-operate 
erate them, we virtually say that Christ 
has introduced a very imperfect system 
of religion, in not giving us territory 
enough, or rather latitude in the church, 
he organized to carry out the works of 
the Bible. And i for one am very slow 
to accept that idea. His power is in 
the church, and enough to convert the 
world not only to temperance, but to 
Christianity. And when she does her 
Bible work, it will stand, because it 
has a good foundation, and does not re- 
quire a renewing, or rather remodeling 
every year or two, as the temperance 
pledge, and much of this popular and 
superficial religion which is not of the 
Bible but only the work of man. 

The odd- fellow or free- mason will 
tell you that his benevolent institution 
requires him to take care of his desti- 
tute and sick brother, though an entire 
stranger. Very good; but that he gets 
from the Bible, and the church of Jesus 
Christ does that all, and a good deal 
more. She will pick up a destitute or 
sufltering stranger, whether a brother or 
not, whether he be friend or enemy, and 
will care for him. That is what the 
Bible teaches and the church of Christ 
practices. Hence I take the broad Bible 

position that all the good the temper- 
ance pledge carries with it, and all the 
good that any secret organizaton, how- 
ever benevolent, has in them, or it, or 
any other organization outside of the 
church of Jesus Chiat. they all have 
borrowed it from the true church and 
the Bible. The sooner they return to 
the church and pay up, the better it 
will be for them. At the judgment it 
may be required with interest, and then 
they will not be able to pay. 

Again, a few years ago, the question 
was presented to our Annual Confer- 
ence, whether we should not as a church 
co-operate with the Peace Association, 
to extei'minate war? The conference 
very wisely says not — not because she 
does not hold our peace principles 
sacred, but because Jesus has made am- 
ple provision through the church when 
he introduced those sacred and heaven- 
born principles into the world. And 
to go outside of that provision would 
only be prostituting the power of the 
church to the organization of many. 
Therefore, dear reader, we believe in 
temperance as the Bible teaches it, tem- 
perance in all things, not only in strong 
drink. We believe in benevolence, not 
only to our brethren and those who 
lore us, but to all wherever and when- 
ever needed. We believe in the prin- 
ciples of peace, not only when peace 
universally prevails, but in time of war. 

I trust the reader will see that my 
premises and reasonings are strictly log- 
ical. If moral men and women, who 
will not follow the strict teachings of 
the Bible, see proper to introduce cer- 
tain measures to exterminate the use, or 
even the manufacturing of intoxicating 
drinks from the face of the earth, I say 
Amen to it ; but when Christians take 
hold of the work, let them do it on Bi- 
ble principles, and carry the power of 
the church with them, and not man 
made institutions. Enoch Ebt. 

For the Brethren at Work. 



FROM Gen. 3: 3, Sabbatarians claim 
that the "Sabbath was in Paradise 
lost." To which we remark that we 
have shown from Neh. 9: 14 that God 
gave the Sabbath to his people at Sinai. 
They further claim that "the Sabbath 
will be in Paradise restored," from Isa. 
66: 22, "It sliallcome to pass that from 

one new moon to another, and from one 
Sabbath to another shall all flesh come 
to worship before me, saith the Lord." 
That the prophet here is not referring 
to Paradise restored, or the new heav- 
ens is evident from the following: 

1. The prophet in the above is re- 
ferring to the restored state of the 
Jews, with their worship. 

2. The prophet here speaks of draw- 
ing "the bow to Tubal and Javan, 
and to the isles afar off," There will 
be no bow drawn in the new heavens, 
and as the new earth contains no sea 
there will be no isles there. 

3 In the new heavens and the new 
earth, there will be no sun, hence no - 

In Gen. 1: 14-18 we have the design 
of the sun and moon: "They were for 
s'gns and seasons"; "The sun to rale 
the day, the moon to rule the night." 
These will not exist m the new heav- 
ens — no occasion for them. John in 
Kev. 21, after describing the city 'New 
Jerusalem, adds in verse 21, "the city 
had non^ed of the sun, neither of the 
moon ; for the glory of God did lighten 
it." And in the 25th verse adds, "There 
shall be no night there." In the next 
chapter, after describing the river of 
life, adds there shall be bo night there, 
aud they need no candle, neither light 
of the sun, for the Lord God giveth 
them light; hence the time at which all 
flesh will come from One new moon to 
another, and from one Sabbath to an- 
other to worship before the Lord, will 
be at a point on this side of the new 

In St. John 1.5: 10 Christ assures his 
disciples that if they keep his command- 
ments, they shall abide in his love, even 
as he has kept his Father's command- 
ments, and abode in hie Father's love, 
hence their duty was, and oui" duty is, 
to keep Christ's commandments. 

The change of the day took place in 
the change of the covenants. The sev- 
enth day was taught under the old cov- 
enant. The first day is taught under 
the new. 

Paul makes a plain allusion to this in 
Heb. 4: 10: "For he that is entered in- 
to his rent, he also hath ceased from his 
own works as God did from his." To 
see how God ceased from his works we 
turn to Gen. 2: 2, 3, "And on the sev- 
enth day God ended his work which he 
had made, and he rested on the seventh 
day from all his work. And God bless- 
ed t he seventh day and sanctified it. " 



God engaged in the work of creation, 
Christ, the work of redemption. Now 
Paul above asserts that he that has en- 
tered into his rest, which is Christ, hath 
ceased from his work as (rod did from 
his. How did God cease from his work ? 
By finishing his works on the seventh 
day, resting and sanctifying it; hence 
Christ in like manner finished the work 
of redemption, which was his resurrec- 
tion on the first day, and in doing as 
God did he must have sanctified it. 
This state of things is farther evidenced 
in Rev. 1 : 10, in which John declares, 
"I was in the spirit on the Lord's day." 
The Lord's day cannot mean the seventh 
day, for it is no where termed the 
Lord's day; but is termed the Sab- 
bath of the Lord thy God." See Ex. 20': 
10; Deut. 5: 14. The Lord God is our 
Creator; the Lord Jesus Christ our Sav- 
ior. The Lord's people are a people 
dedicated to the Lord. The Lord's 
house is a house dedicated to the Lord's 
The Lord's supper is a meal, set 



apart and dedicated to the Lord, 
likewise the Lord's day is a day set 
apart and dedicated to the Lord. 

Again, Sahhaton, meaning Sabbath, 
does not occur in the Greek, bat Kur\- 
Tca Hemera^ meaning Christ's resuirec- 
tion day. The first day of the week, 
or Christ's resurrection day, may well 
be termed the Lord's day in view of 
the grand hope secured for us on that 
day. With the Christian, Christ's res- 
urrection day is t'ne day of all days^ — 
the queen of days. On this day Christ 
secured for us the noblest feature of our 
redemption. The resurrection consti- 
tutes our grand future hope; the com- 
forting thought \ri the Christian's life; 
the joy in his departiag moments. We 
find Christ honoring this day by his 
first meeting with his disciples: "For 
the same day at evening, being the first 
day of the week, came Jesus and stood 
in the midst, and said, Peace be unto 
you." John 20: 19. On this occasion 
he evidenced to them that he was their 
crucified Savior by showing his hands 
and his side. He also breathed on them 
and said. Receive ye the Holy Ghost. 

Sabbatarians, however, claim that the 
above meeting was not a religious meeting 
hut a meeting for their own safety, from 
their fear of the Jews. We remark that 
there were many things that Christ's 
disciples had not yet learned, and it 
seems true that they did not assemble 
above with a religious view, but the 
Savior coming among them, rendered it 

a religious meeting of an important 
character, with very happy results. As 
the first day of the week came, we find 
Christ and his disciples again convened. 
Christ drove away Thomas' unbelief, 
and many other signs truly did Jesus in 
the presence of his disciples, which are 
not written. 

Sabbatarians object to this meeting 
being on the first day of the week, be- 
cause of the expression, "after eight 
days,"to whit.h we remark, that the Jews 
in computing time, sometimes omitted 
the Sabbath. They then termed the 
week six days. This was termed the 
exclusive method of computing time. 
At other times they counted the Sab- 
bath both at the beginning and the end 
of the week. The week then consisted 
of eight days. This was termed the in- 
clusive method of counting time. For 
example, turn to Matt. 17: 1 and Mark 
9: 2, "After six days Jesus taketh 
Peter, James, and John his brother 
and leadeth them up into a high moun 
tain apart." In Luke 9: 28 this is said, 
"to come to pass about eight days 

The above texts are easily harmoniz- 
ed, when we remember that Matthew 
and Mark make use of the exclusive and 
Luke the inclusive method of comput 
ing time. See also Lev. 23: 39. Hence 
the above expressson, "after eight days," 
is understood to include the time of the 
first and second meeting of Christ with 
his disciples, which would place their 
second meeting on the first day of the 
week, or Lord's Day. 

Fortbe T}rethreQ at Work. 



GALVATION and the things accom- 
^ panying it are clearly taught in the 
Seriptui'es, and none dare add to, or 
take from them one iota. "They are 
1 he power of God unto salvation, to every 
one that believeth. For therein is the 
1 ighteousness of God revealed from faith 
to faith." Thus is the gospel perfect for 
salvation; and the Roman Catholic the- 
ory to add new dogmas of faith is vain, 
blasphemous and idolatrous. Yet per 
feet as the Scriptures are in the doctrine 
of salvation, they are generally silent 
on rule and order. 

God's first law is order, and all know 
that in the absence of order all is an- 
archy and confusion. And unless there 

is order and system in the regular gov- 
ernment of the church, the gospel of 
salvation will be much • hindered for 

The church is the body of Christ on 
earth, — is the ground and pillar of the 
truth and custodian of the gospel, which 
teaches all the vital principles in salva- 
tion ; but much of the practice is left 
for the church to define. The gospel 
has it, "Go and teach all nations, (sal- 
vation implied); but how, not a hint is 
given, and the church must define how 
the nahons are to be reached and 
taught; hence the brethren's Missionary 
Board. Even so the Scriptures teach: 
"Baptizing them in the name of the 
Fai^^her, and of the Son, and of the Ho 
ly Ghost." But they define no mod.e or 
•manner how, and the church must de- 
fine the modv,s operandi. And so we 
might particularize all through the 
Scriptures; hence the apparent necessity 
for an acknowledged authority in the 
church, by which rule and order will be 
given how all the teachings of the 
Scriptures will be faithfally observed 
in all parts and churches in our broth- 
erhood similar and alike. And I am 
willing to acknowledge Annual Meet- 
ing as now constituted and organized to 
be that authority, not advisory, but leg- 
islative in all matters of expediency and 
policy. All matter of doctrine and 
principle in salvation shall forever re- 
main as the Scriptures have taught 
them. A clear defined gospel truth 
shall never be a subject for Conference. 
Neither shall the truths taught by the 
Scriptures, and practiced by the breth- 
ren, as baptizing believers by trine im- 
mersion in water while kneeling face 
forward; washing one another's feet in 
the way and manner the general church 
of the brethren has always done; the 
Lord's Supper, a full meal eaten before 
breaking the bread of communion; the 
salutation of the holy kiss as the church 
has always practiced it; and the sisters 
wearing the plain white cap for the 
apostolic coveting as the mothers of the 
church have always done; shall never 
be subjects for change or amendment. 
And decisions by Annual Meeting shall 
not be dogmas of faith, but rules to 
practice truths taught in the Scriptures. 
Upon this basis I feel we can harmon- 
ize; and all that now agitates the 
church can be adjusted. I have no 
doubt but that soma things would be 
adopted under this arrangement con- 
trary to my way of thinking, but I am not 



self willed, and I vfill yield to anything 
Annual Meeting would fairly and hon- 
orably do. This I publicly declared in 
the Wolf Creek Conference, and urged 
others to make the same promise, but 
failed in obtaining it. This clamor 
made by some brethren, ''We will be 
governed by the Scriptures, and you 
have no Scriptui'e for your theory," 
etc., is extremely weak. Who of the 
brethren will not be governed by the 
Scriptures in all casesin which the pi'ac- 
tice of the truth is taught defined ? But 
do not all the brethren with less than 
half sense know that the trouble comes 
in where the Scriptures teach a truth, 
but do not define the practice? For ex 
ample. In time of prayer let the wom 
an be covered, the Scriptures clearly 
teach, but do not define the covering. 
And the Scriptures farther teach that 
there is no Scripture of any private in 
terpretation. Now for a brother to 
clamor, "I will be governed by the 
Seriptures, (contending for a hat) and 
you have no Scripture for your cap," 
etc., shows so little consideration or re- 
ligion, that it is safe to conclude that 
the clamorer has but little of either. 

In this it is the duty and prerogative 
of the church to define a rule of order 
and practice, so that the Scripture pre- 
cepts be observed in ail our churches 
alike. And said rule to be as binding 
as the precept itself; the hue and cry 
tradition to the contrary notvdthstand- 
ing. The enemies of the cross of Christ 
have many and hard things to say 
against the cross. 

I will here say th at at the Wolf Creek 
Conference some of the elders charged 
the brethren for referring only to the 
Minutes and not to the Scriptures. My 
dear brethren, you had not brought the 
Scriptures in question. You did not 
invite us to confer with you whether we 
could all be satisfied with the Script- 
ures as you did the decision of last A. 
M. on your petition. 

For tho Brethren at Work . 



"P^ed my lambs— 'twas Christ that said it 

Wlien he dwelled with us below. 

And he gave to his disciples, 

A command all ought to know." 

ND not only to know, but to obey. 

We understand the term Iambs 

to convey the idea of those who have 

recently named the name of Christ; in 

other words, "babes in Christ." These, 

the Savior says, "feed." On what shall 
they be fed? Upon bread and meat? 
No, these are too strong for the young 
and tender lambs. They are yet too 
weak to digest such strong food; they 
must have something milder and yet 
very nourishing. The apostle Paul 
says in 1 Cor. 3: 1, 2, "And I, brethren, 
could not speak unto you as unto spir- 
itual, but as unto carnal, even as unto 
babes in Christ. I have fed you with 
milk, and not with meat: for hitherto 
ye were not able to bear it, neither yet 
now ar°. ye able." It seems that the 
Corinthian brethren were yet babes in 
Christ, and the apostle was careful how 
he fed them ; that he did not feed them 
upon meat, which was as yet, too strong 
for their spiritual strength, but fed them 
upon the "sincere milk of the word." 
So ought ye brethren likewise be care- 
ful how you feed the lambs; do not feed 
them too much at one time, but feed 
them often, and they will soon gain 

The lambs are weak and wayward ; 
but bear with them patiently, chide 
them when they n.;ed it, but gently. I 
fear too many young: and tender lambs 
of the flock have been driven away in- 
to the highways, and fallen into the 
company of wolves, because the sheep 
of the fold were not kind and gentle in 
instructing them, 

There is another class which might 
fitly come under the head of lambs, viz. : 
the little ones who have not tasted the 
bitter sweets of sin and folly. These, 
I think, the Savior would also have us 
feed. Solomon says, "Train up a child 
in the way that he should go, and when 
he is old he will not depart therefrom." 
Hence the importance of Sunday- 
schools, where we can 

"Uatber the little ones in, 
In from the highways and hedges, 
In from the places of sin," 

and tell them of a loving Savior; how 
he took them in his arms and blessed 
them. He sufiered them to come to him. 
So also should we suffer them to come 
to us in the church and instruct and 
feed them upon the riches of the gos- 
pel, that when they grow old they will 
not depart from it, but become shining 
lights in the church and useful orna- 
ments to society. 

Brethren and sisters, let us ever bear 
in mind that the strength of the siffeep 
depends upon the food and how it was 
administered to them when they were 
yet poor, weak lambs. 

L anark, lU. 


TvEAE Brethren, I take the liberty to 
-*-^ drop you a few lines in regard 
to the interior census. I have received 
some schedules to fill out and return. 
In looking over the questions asked, the 
thought occurred, that it would be well 
if the church, could give the same an- 
swer. But the thought occured again, 
that on some questions, and important 
ones, too; such as the name of the 
churci-', the cpalifications essential to 
membership, the tests as to qualifica- 
tion for membership, these, as well as 
others with difterent answers to come 
before the public, would not look 
like a oneness amongst us as a people 
claiming to speak the same thing. 
Thinking over the matter in this way, 
the thought come to my mind: That 
if the editors of our different periodic- 
als would consult together and decide 
on answers to the above named ques- 
tions, and send them out to their sub' 
scribers, or if they think it not advisa- 
ble to give the answer in the paper, if 
they think best to send it to the min- 
isters on a slip, or any way that there 
may be a oneness. It would look bad 
if one brother would give the name 
"Dunkard," another "Brethren Church" 
and another "German Baptibts," and so 
with the others it would give room for 
remarks, which I would be sorry to see 
if it can be avoided, and which I think 
it can in that way. Now dear brethren, 
I vrill leave it with you; if you think 
anything can be accomplished in that 
way or any other, I would be glad to 
see it done. I thought I would suggest 
the idea. Would like to hear from you, 
so that I will know how to proceed in 
filling my list. Eli Stonee. 


We publish and answer the 
above publicly for the benefit of 
others who may be seeking in- 
formation on this subject. We think 
most of our ministers will be able to fill 
out their schedules properly, and that 
there will be but little difference in the 
way they may answer the questions re- 
ferred to by our Brother Stoner. 

1. When filling out the schedule sent 
us we put the name "Brethren or Ger- 
man Baptist." 

2. What are the qualifications essen- 
tial to membership? Ans. Scriptural 
faith, genuine repentance. Christian 
baptism, and a complete snbmission to 
the law of Christ. 

3. What are the tests as to qualifica- 
tions for membership ? Ana. "Fruits 
meet for repentance." 

On all of these points we claim 
scriptural ground, and that there may 
be a oneness in our answers all we have 
to do is to answer the question script- 
uraUy. J. H. M. 



Baptism into the name of each person of the 
Holy Trinity. 

' 'Produce your cause, saith the Lord ; bring forth 
your strong reasons, saith the king o£ Jacob." Isa. 


SOME ask kow we harmonize onr form of ad- 
ministration with these figures of baptism, 
viz.: "burial," "planting," "birth," 'death," 
"resurrection," "baptism of the fathers unto 
Moses," "Noah's salvation by the ark." "Was 
Christ," they ask, "buried more than once?" 
"Do we die to sin more than ones?" "Are we 
plantad with Christ in baptism more than 
once?'' "Are we born three times of the spirit?" 
"Will we be resurrected three times?" "Were 
the fathers baptized unto Moses by three ac- 
tions?" "Did Noah enter the ark more than 
once?" "Did the priest on entering the taber- 
nacle wash three times?" We answer 

First. No Bible figure is jast like the thing 
which it symbolizes, and ask our opponents to 
produce a single instance in which any type 
andante-type have perfect similitude? V/iil 
they do it? Can they do it? If not why are 
they so unreasonabl'< and inconsistent as to de- 
mand it in this case? I will however ask them 
a few questions which if they will answer dis- 
creetly, will furnish a solution to their own. 
How is one kingdom of heaven just like a man 
delivering three different numbers of talents to 
each of three servants? or like ten virgins? or 
like leaven in three measures of meal ? or like 
a grain of mustard seed? Can you find per- 
fect similitude between Christ and the brazen 
serpent? or between Christ "our passover," 
who was once sacrificed and the Jewish pass- 
over which as 3, type was sacrificed every year? 
or between Christ "our great high priest,"' who 
entered heaven once with his own blood and 
the Jewish "high priest" who as his type "en- 
tered the holy plaoe once a year with the blood 
of others?" Kitto remarks that "As there must 
be a similarity, or analogy between the type 
and the ante-type, so there is also a disparity or 
dissimilitude between them. It is not in the 
nature of type and ante-type that they should 
agree in all things; else instead of similitude 
there would be identity." Cyclop osiia of 
Biblical Literature. Art. Type. Prey says 
''We should guard against making the antetype 
to answer to the type in every circumstance, 
when only a general resemblance is intended. 
We ought to observe the design ot Grod and 
not seek for mysteries in every thing. * * * 
It is likewise proper to show that the perfec- 
tions of the type are found in the ante type 
inasuperior degree; but that the perfections 
are not found. Frequently there is more 
in the ante-type than in the type. 
As no single type can express the 
life and particular actions of our 
blessed Lord there is necessarily more in the 
ante-type than can be found in the type." 
Scripture Types vol. 1, p. 2i, 25. Home says, 
"In fixing the sense exhibited by a metaphor, 
the comparison ought never to be extended too 
far, or into any thing which cannot be prop- 
erly applied to the person or thing represent- 
ed. * * * What wild and indeed what wicked 
abuse, would be made of the scripture expres- 
sion concerning our Lord, that he will come as 
a thief in the night, (Eev. 15; 16) if we were 

not to confine the sense to ihe tuddmness and 
sur piisal of Ihe thief, lut should f xtend it to 
the temper and designs of Ihe villian who 
breaks open houses in the night." Home's In- 
troduction, vol. 1, p. 358. It is sufficient then 
if the smybol and the thing symbolized agree 
in the particular referred to without harmo- 
nizing in other instances. Those who reject 
a figure because analogy cannot be traced be- 
tween every feature of it and the thing contain- 
ing the object represented, are obliged to reject 
8v ery figure found in fhe Scriptures, whether 
peisonal or circumsiantial. If a doctrine or 
comma nd is clearly and positively stated, it 
ca nnot be rejected because of analogical dis- 
crepances in points not mentioned. And if a 
doctrine is not clearly stated, no analogy be- 
tween points not specified, can make -it true. 
By overlooking these facts, Bible truths are 
often rejected by mere human speculations 
w hich are totally at variance with the Word of 
God, and utterly subversive of the institutions 
of Christ. Any method of reasoning which 
thus perverts the use of figures is sophistical, 
a njust, and false. Dr. Adam Clark says, "Let 
it be remembered that by the general consent 
of all (except the basely interested) no meta- 
phor is ever to be produced in proof of a doct- 
rine. In the things that concern our eternal 
3 alvation we need the most pointed and ex- 
pressed evidence on which to establish the faith 
of our 'souls.'" Bible examiner, vol. 22, p. 249. 
Secondly, The application of such strained 
araltgies, were tfcey even correct, would de- 
stroy the theory of the single action in bap- 
tism. Kemember the figures do not refer to 
something '"replanted, re-buried," etc., but to 
something as simply ^ifan^cd, buried, etc. Does 
one burial, one planting one birth, one death, 
one resurrection, etc., each constitute in itself 
one action? Are they not all results generally 
of a plurality of actions and agencies? Is 
t here any counterpart in that to one action in 
baptism? Do they not rather correspond to 
one ordinance resulting from or perfected by a 
plurality of action? These questions may be 
denounced again by some in the absence of 
ability to meet them as "silly" and "not 
worthy of notice." If so, what are their ques- 
tions? They, not we, pretend to baptize in 
the likeness of Christ's burial (see Trine Im- 
mersion Weighed, etc., pp. 2S, 29) of which 
however the New Testament says nothing. 
While Noah's entering the ark is a point false- 
ly assumed to represent action in baptism, it is 
nevertheless true that he must have entered it 
repeatedly preparatory to the salvation of him- 
self and family, neither were they dipped back- 
wards into it. It was committed to the waters 
many months. Do single immersionists treat 
their candidates thus? Who can show us that 
the typical baptism of the lathers involved on- 
ly owe action? Mr. Koberts says: "Israel were 
baptized (immersed) once into Moses in the 
c loud and in the sea (1 Cor. 10: 2). They pass- 
ed into constitutional relation to Moses by the 
act of concealment in the cloven waters, under 
th e cloud." Trine Immersion Weighed, etc., p. 
49. Look at Exod. 14: 19, 20, and you will see 
th at the cloud was not over them when they 
pas sed through the sea, but went behind them 
that night as a wall of separation between them 
and the Egyptians, which shows that they were 
baptized in , the cloud when they were wider it. 

and in the sea ivhen they passed through it. 
Was that anything like a single backward dip? 

Again, suppose it had only required one 
action. They were only baptized unto Moses, 
while we are baptized into the name of each 
power of the godhead, viz.: Father, Son, and 
Holy Spirit. If our opponents wish to force 
identity between this figure and real Christian 
baptism, the absurdity and impossibility of 
which I have shown, they will have to find a 
counterpart to the two elements, the bright 
cloud and the sea. 

Again, if the priest washed but once on en- 
tering the tabernacle, no one action is like one 
washing or ablution which is performed by re- 
peated applications. 

Thirdly. In our form of administration we 
do retain all the similiitides expresetd by these 
jigiires. Can you tell us that in our baptism 
we are not buried? — not planted? — that we are 
not born of water? — that the analogies made 
by inapired writers are not answered? — that 
we are not buried with Christ by baptism when 
we are baptized into the name of the Son? One 
refers us to Dip. Olhensen, Clark, Newton, 
Gtrotius, Cave, and Hammond to show that the 
early Christians understood baptism to be a 
figure of a burial, etc. Trine Immersion 
Weighed, etc. pp. 50, 31. True, and yet the 
very writers among the early Christians to 
whom the above writers refer were trine im- 
mersionists, as we will show you by testimony 
from these same authors and others when we 
come to the historical part of our subject. The 
early Christians spoke of nothing but trine 
immersion when they used those symbols. If 
leaven hid in three measures of meal and tal- 
ents delivered to three servants. Matt. 13: 33, 
25: 14, can represent one kingdom of heaven? — 
If the repeated sacrifices of the typical passover 
represented the one sacrifice of Christ. 1 Cor. 
6: 7 — If the high priest's repeated entrances 
into the tabernacle, represented Christ's one 
entrance into heaven. — If his repeated offer- 
ings of blood typified the one offering of 
Christ's blood ? — If metaphors and types hav- 
ing plurality and repetition have represented 
single occurences, with what propriety and 
consistency can those who cannot disprove 
these facts, deny that three actions in baptism 
m ay not also represent one death, one burial, 
etc. ? Unless our opponents can answer this 
satisfactorily we must consider tbeir pleas for 
typical analogies an utter failure from their 
own premises. Will they attempt the logic 
that inasmuch as one typical sacrifice repre- 
s ented one death of Christ, that therefore 
many such sacrifices represented many deaths? 
One asks, "if one dip baptizes into the death or 
sufferings of Jesus, in what sense does a dip in 
t he name of the Father baptize into the Fath- 
er, and in what sense does a dip in the name of 
the Holy Spirit, baptize into the Holy Spirit?" 
Trine Immersion Weighed, etc , p. 29. I might 
ask with more propriety, If one dip baptizes 
into the death of Jesus, in what sense does the 
sa me dip baptize into the undying Father and 
Holy Spirit? He asks again: ''If Christ's 
death is seen in one immersion, will not the 
Father's and Spirit's death be seen in two ad- 
ditional immersions?" Ans. If baptism, like 
the communion, was designed to commetnorate 
Christ's death, this question might seem to 
{Continued on paqe nine.) 

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One by one the leaves are falling. 

One by one wer'e passing o'er, 
Across the dark and mystic river ; 

Brighter seems the other shore. 

One by one the leaves are falling. 

'Tis a mother passing O'er, 
Orphan childred.lonley husband 

By your side she is no more. 

One by one the leaves are falling. 

'Tis the children passing o'er ; 
Jesus stands there to recieve them 

As they reach the shining shore. 

O ne by one the leavs are falling. 

Aged fathers are passing o'er; 
See that hppay smile of triumph, 

Brighter lands they now explore. 

One by one the leaves are falling. 

Oh I how soon we'll all pass ore'. 

Pass— or sick beneath its waters, 

Let us try to reach the shore. . 

1^ ■ ^ 


best, truest friend and companion her husband 
can have. The children of a good woman are 
never neglected, never allowed to grow up in 
ignorance of the good they should know, and 
never suffered to learn the evil they should not 
know. A good woman knows the power she 
has of shaping the lives of her children, and she 
endeavors to use that power wisely and well 
She teaches her bojs snd girls that they must 
be brave in doing their duty, truthful in speech 
and tiction, honest and honorable, kind, cheer- 
ful and unselfish. By her own example she 
enforces what she teaches. Good women, what- 
ever position they occupy, are blessings to the 
world; their kind speech and helping hands en- 
courage and aid others. Wherever they are 
they aje)(V(d. iixeied, fid ksjc cied by all 
They are valued as faithful friends, and their 
price is far above rubies. m. o N. 



ures every day about the chamber walls of our 
hearts tbat we shall have to look at when we sit 
in the shadows." 


THE highest words of praise that can be 
spoken of a woman, is to speak of her as 
being a good woman. The woman who wins 
the admiration, love and respect of all, are the 
good women of the world. We are ready to 
praise women of talent; women whose accom- 
plishments are many; who are brilliant and 
gifted above other women : an hour passed in 
their, company may be delightful, but unless 
they are good women we do not choose to 
spend a life-time with them. We admire wom- 
en to whom nature has given the great gift of 
beauty, the bright eyes, glowing cheeks, perfect 
features and graceful movements. They charm 
us; but the charm is not lasting unless the 
beautiful woman is also a good woman. Only 
good women win our perfect faith, our lasting 
respect and regard; they only recieve the high 
est words of praise our lips can utter, the best 
love our harts can give. We talk of the power 
of woman's ifluence, and truly it is great- 
great for evil or good. She can make or mar 
the lives of others as her own. Her power 
may be used to make miserable or happy the 
lot of many. Her ifluence may be exalted to 
cast down or build up. The power given good 
women is never used to promote evil, Her in- 
fluence is ever exerted to make happier, and 
better and nobler, the lives of all among 
whom she lives. No man with a good woman 
for a wife need be unhappy unless he choses to 
make himself so. If he is poor no extravagance 
of hers makes him poorer, no fault-finding, 
fretfulness and discontent of hers will make his 
home-life unhappy. If he meets with disap- 
pointments and losses, if he makes mistakes, no 
reproach of hers will make his trouble the hard- 
er to bear. If the road be rough or smoothe, 
she will ever be at his side, ready to help him 
when he needs help, ready to encourage him 
when words of encouragement are wanting to 
cheer and brighten his way. Other women may 
be more accomplished than she, but none can 
be more faithful, more true and kind, none can 
make a sunnier, happier home, and she is the 

SOME people never see any beauty in a pict- 
ure—there seem to be notning to draw 
out the mind and develop thought. Others 
aga'n, see pictures everywhere, and from the 
most common things of life, and especially from 
Nature's works do they learn important les- 
ons. The world is a vast picture gallery, and 
from it we can select those most congenial to 
our nature and best adapted to our taste. To 
the reflective mind there is beauty in the very 
meanest of God's works. We gaze on the tow- 
ering mountaias with their spires pointing 
heavenward; we see the massive rocks piled one 
upon annother so thick that even a blade of 
grass seems not to find earth sufEicient to give 
life and growth; we turn to the deep blue 
ocean whose briny waves seem so greatly agi- 
tated, and constantly heave and groan as though 
in great trouble; we behold the little str<^aralet 
as it rattles over the pebbles singing and danc- 
ing along on its way; we go out to the forest 
and hear the birds chant their sweet melodies 
as if prasing their Creator; in the dewy morn- 
ing we see the Sun rise in all his glbry, and 
feel his gentle rays beaming upon us; in the 
quiet hush of evening we see the last lingering 
rays of the setting orb of day; the sable shad- 
ows soon fade and silence reigns. What a 
grand picture, and where is there a heart so 
callous as to see no beauty therein! Surely 
there are pictures all around us that are worthy 
of being gazed upon, and that should call forth 
the purest and most exalted feelings. God has 
given us minds capable of enjoying His handi- 
work. He has strewn all along our pathway 
gems of beauty aud such as will instruct and 
refine our very being would we but pause to 
look thereon. 

There is avast difference in pictures: some 
seem to please the eye and mind much more 
than others. Thus it is in life. There are 
pictures — dark ones which we do not love to 
look upon; they sadden rather than gladden 
the heart. Again, there are others which are 
bright, atraetive and afford us much pleasure, 
and we never tire of them. We gaze upon 
them with the mind's eye long and thoughtfuly 
while tender memories are awakend in the 
heart. A certain writer expresses the follow 
ing sublime truth. ''We are hanRing up pict- 

liTature is active in adorning her dominions; 
JM and man,to whom this beauty is addressed, 
should feel and obey the lesson. Let him, too, 
be industrious in adorning his dominion-iii 
making his home, the dwelling of his wife and 
children, not only convenient and comfortable, 
but pleasant. Let him, as far as circumstances 
will admit, be industrious in surounding it with 
pleasant objects; in decorating it with pleasant 
objects ; in decorafcin g it, within and without, with 
things that tend to make it agreeable and at- 
tractive. Let industry make home the abode 
of neatness and order— a place which brings 
satisfaction to every inmate, and which in ab- 
sence draws back the heart by the fond associa- 
tions of content. Let this be done, and this 
sacred spot will become more surely the scene 
of cheerfulness and peace. Ye parents who 
would have your children happy, be indnstrious 
to bring them up in the midst of a pleasant, a 
cheerful, and a happy home. Waste not your 
time in accumulating wealth for them, but 
plant in their minds and souls, in the way pro- 
posed, the seeds of virtue and prosperity. 


—There is no trial so severe but God's grace 
is sufficient. No night so dark that the light of 
his countenance cannot dispel the gloom. No 
sorrow so deep that his voice cannot sooth and 
comfort. None lying so low his hand cannot 
reach them. None so wesk but in him they 
may be strong. 

Young man, your mother is the best earth- 
ly friend you have. The world may forget 
you; your mother never will. The world may 
persecute you while you live, and when dead 
plant the ivy and night shade of slander upon 
your grassless grave; but your mother will love 
and cherish you while you live, and if she 
survives you, she will weep for you such tears 
as none but a mother knows how to weep. 
Love your mother. 

—Let us serve God in the sunshine. While 
he makes the sunsbie, we shall then serve him 
all the better in the dark. When he sends the 
darkness it is sure to come, only let our light 
be God's light, and our darkness, God's dark- 
ness, and we.shall be eafe at home when the 
great night-fall comes. 

—Religion is the best armor in the world, 
but the worst cloak. 

—Let the slandered take comfort, it is only 
at the fruit trees that thieves throw stones. ^ 

People would remain dumb were it forbid- 

en them to speak good of themselves and ill of 


—Frowns blight young children as frcsly 
nights blight young plants. 


Mr. Spurgeon said recently— you can almost 
hear his clarion voice proclaiming it to his five 
thousand assemblage: "make the bridge from 
the cradle to manhood just as long as you can. 
Let your chi'd be a child, and not a little ape 
of a man running about town." Good advice. 





FEBSUABY 1, 18S1. 


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Lanark, Carroli Co., HI. 

We regret to announce that Brother Harper 
will not be able to visit the churches in Soath- 
ern Illinois this Winter. When he closed his 
meetings in Lee Co., last week he felt himself 
too near worn out to undertake another line of 
appointments. He has preached nearly every 
night, and frequently in the daytime, for near 
ly two months; this is rather more than a man 
of seventy years ought to do. A series of ser- 
mons by hiia would have greatly encouraged 
and Strengthened the members in Southern Ill- 
inois. His able manner of handling some of the 
leading questions of the day is very instructive 
and profitable to the cause. 


In consequence of our moving, we must beg 
to be excused from issuing a paper next week. 
All hands will be busy packing and unpacking 
for several days; hence the next week will find 
us busy day and night, The Lord sparing us, 
we shall in some manner give you entire satis- 
faction before the close of the year; and we 
think most of you know "how it goes" moving, 
and will bear with us a little. We shall en- 
deavor to get out the next number as early as 
we can. 


AS stated in another column our book busi- 
ness is rapidly increasing, and we felt the 
necessity of enlarging our facilities for the bus- 
iness. We have therefore associated with us 
Brother A. W. Vaniman in the book business, 
and the iirm will be known as the "Western 
Book Concern." A Catalogue will be issued 
soon, which will contain many valuable works 
for old and young. 

All drafts, Post-oflBce orders, designed for 
books, should be made payable to Western 
Book Concern; but if any one wishes to send 
for Beethben at Woee.Touth's ADTA^fCB.and 
books, the order can either be sent to Bbeth- 
EEN AT WoEK, or Western Book Concern, 
Thanking you for past favors, we kindly solic- 
it your future orders. 

^vdloTT-ed. to 3\^t. 3i^or- 
rls, jClli3n.ois. 

FIRST, premit me to say that we do not leave 
our pleasant Illinois town, LaDark,because 
we do not like the place, nor because we have 
not been well treated, for the people of this 
little city deserve our lasting gratitude, for their 
kindness and uniform courtesy. We have not 
found a town, east or west, that seemed more 
like home than the one we have lived in for 
more than four years; and whether in adversity 
or prosperity we must ever speak kindly of 
Lanark. Its morals are worthy of imitation 
by others that are less bkssed; and as for neat- 
ness and solid worth, we think it is highly fav- 
ored. It does us good to speak in terms of 
praise of the place where we spent so many 
pleasant days. 

1. , We have secured much better rooms at 
Mt. Morris than we had at Lanark; and to those 
who must day by day pick up letter by letter, 
sufficient light, ventilation and convenience,are 
items of considerable interest. All these we 
have secured in the rooms which we have rent- 
ed from Brother Seibert. These we shall de- 
scribe more minutely in the future. 

2. Our book business is rapidly increasing, 
and we concluded that a local book' store in 
connection with our general work, demanded 
our attention; hence, finding Mt. Morris a field 
for us worthy our consideration, we enter it. 

3. We feel in our work the need of a good 
library from which we can glean important 
facts and truths for cur readers, and the A. H. 
Cassel Library being a fixed institution in Mt. 
Morris, we were very much inclined to set our- 
selves down beside it, and have so done. 

Our relation with the college will be the same 
as heretofore. The inauguration and continu- 
ation of the Mt. Morris College demonstrates 
that a school can be successfully conducted 
without a paper; hence we can not put in a 
plea for moving on that ground. We have no 
interest in the school, save that of good wishes 
for a good work; and while we fondly hope to 
reap some benefits from the association of our 
dear Brethren, who through great trials and 
severe mental labors, have worked for the good 
of those who have been given into their charge, 
we by no means expect to take upon ns any of 
the responsibilities of the school. Our work is 
one thing, theirs another; and the town and 
field is large enough for all of us. 

Our readf rs may expect the same kind of a 
paper from Mt. Morris as w^ given them from 
Lanark. We expect to serve -the same Lord ia 

the same good old way; to give the same cer- 
tain sound, the same great truths as heretofore. 
God is not local, yet he is ; for while he is con- 
fined to no one plac^. He is in all places; hence 
we Seek not to worship Him alone ia Jerusa- 
lem. In every place, he that feareth God and 
and worketh righteousness is accepted of Him. 
Then come help ua to continue pleading for 
the way of the Lord — for trae principles appli- 
ed in the good manner, which has proved to 
be strong enough, high enough and broad 
enough for every soul vsho loves the Lord 
Christ from the heart. We shall have more to 
say when we have been fixed in our new 
quarters. We will furiher state that the ar- 
rangements for moving the B. at W. to Mt. 
Morris were made last Pall, and February was 
the time then agreed upon to make the move. 
We move a few days sooner than we had antic- 
idated so as to get the benefits of the good foads 
and sleighing which we are now having. 

M. M, B. 


WHEN I was a boy my parents moved to 
Cedar county, Missouri, and settled o^ 
a farm ajoining the timber. The weather was 
delightful and the face of the country beautiful 
to look upon at that season of the year, it being 
Spring. We felt as though we had found the 
paradise of the world. On walking over the 
field we observed that there were thousands of 
persimmon bushes from one to three feet in 
height. "These bushes," says my father, "must 
all be grubbed out and burned before we can 
plow." It was my buisness to ply the grubb- 
ing hoe with sufficent skill to keep ahead of my 
father who was doing the plowing. How we 
did wish for a farm that would not grow per- 
simons bushes! But we felt good when the task 
was completed. The next Spring the same 
Ime of grubbing had to be repeated; the work 
was 'ust as hard as before, but, oh how we did 
dread it! Each Spring that grubbing hoe had 
to be used in order to prepare the field for the 

This circumstance in my history very much 
reminds me of the work that every Christian 
finds it necessary to do. When we enter the 
church in the Spring season of our Christian 
life all seems deligbtfal without the least indi- 
cation of trouble in the future. By and by we 
discover evil thoughts springing up in our 
hearts; they are multiplying in number and in- 
creasing IE size. Something must be done; we 
cannot produce fruit when our hearts are filled 
with such things. We go to work digging 
them out; we labor diligently and finally con 
elude that all is well and we no more will be 
troubled with such things. But the roots are 
still there, and shortly we find it necessary to 
purge our hearts once more. Thus is life. 

The roots of sin are in our hearts and we iind 
it difficult to remove them. How often do we 

"Oil for a heart to love my God, 
A heart from sin set free." 

But this we can never have in this life. We 
must toil year after year, and after a while we 
will be transfered to other fields where life will 
be more pleasanfc,where we will not be annoyed 
by hearts that are desperately wicked. May 
the Lord help U8 to keep our hearts pure. 



Editorial Items. 

On aocoTuit of tlie oliange 
firom. Lanarls: to M!t. JVtorris, 
■v^e send ont tJais issxie \Tn- 
stitclied and -untrimmed. 
Stitch- and cnt before nsing. 

OppoEiuinTT and privilege brina responsi- 

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O2O) was baptized in the Lanark Church last 


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Bao. D. M. Miller preached in South Water- 
loo church last week. 

When last heard from the Ashland College 
had 145 pupils enrolled. 

Be sure to address all communications, 
Beethsen at Wobk, Mt. Morris, 111. 

Beethren" John Metzger and John Wise 
have been holding meetings in St. Louis, Mo 

We shall fill orders for "Problem of Human 
Life" just as soon as another lot reaches us 
from New York. 

Beo. Jacob B. Shirk, who moved from Ar- 
nold's Grove to Kansas last season, has been 
ordained to the Eldership. 

Bso. Rosenbera;er's article on the Sabbath 
possesses more than ordinary interest this week. 
It will be read with profit. 

In consfouence of our move to Mt. Morris 
this week much of our correspondence will 
hare to lay over till next issue. 

Bed. Enoch Eby preached for us last Wednes- 
day evening. He is now in Iowa, expecting to 

spend a few weeks in that State. 
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Bed. SatEuel H. Cassel, of Harleysville, is af- 
flicted with something like a tumor on his face. 
The Lord bless him in hiS sfSiction. 

Membebs who habitually stray away from 
meeting when they can conveniently attend 
are sure to become weak and sickly in the spirit. 

Beg. J. Mongole of Grant Co., W. Va., 
writes: "Preaching the ] 8th and 19th of De- 
cember; one added by baptism and two re- 

These is not, nor can there be any contra- 
diction between true science and the Bible. All 
true science will harmonize with the Bible 
properly understood. 

The Brethren have arranged to commence a 
series of meetings in the Free Spring church. 
Pa., Feb. 5bh. Their .notice reached us too late 
for the paper last week. 

Beg. J. J. Lichty, of Kansas, writes that he 
has been under medical treatment about four 
months, hence has not been able to do much 
preaching or church work all winter. 

Beo Evans, of Missouri, is preaching much 
of his time this winter. The fall he received 
about two months ago injured his wrist so bad- 
ly that he in not able to do any work. 

Beo. Jacob K. Harley, Harleysville, Pa , In- 
forms us that Bro. Daniel Bright's wife was 
buried Jan. 20th. This is the second wife that 
Bro. B. has buried, and be is yet a young man. 
He has our sympathies in his sad bereavement. 

Bro. D. B. Gibson reports a number of ap ► 
pbcants for baptism at the meetina; he is con- 
ducting at Hui2tingtou, Ind. He is mating 
a specialty of doctrinal discourses. That is 
jast what the people need — more doctrine and 
les3 stories. 

Beetheen, do not be afraid to preach the 
Bible doctrine to the people. We should not 
be ashamed to preach what we are not asham- 
ed to practice. If our practice is gospel we 
ought not to be ashamed to preach it. No min 
ister should shun to preach what Christ and 
his apostles have commanded. 

Speaking of the Ashland College Brother R. 
H. Miller says: "It has been told, we fear to 
injure us, that the College and the congregatiou 
here disregarded the order of our church, even 
to sisters wearing hats; but we have neither 
seen nor heard an ything of it in the College or 
church since we have been here." 

Some of our readers think that the Seltcted 
queries and answers found in the Bible Class 
department are selected by Bro. J. S. Mohler. 
We wish to correct this impression. All that 
Bro. Mohler writes and selects for that depart- 
ment are properly endorsed by his initials. The 
rest of the matter is selected by us. 

It is to be regretted that the condition of 
the streets in St. Louis, Mo., did not favcr the 
meeti ngs lately held there by the Brethren. 
Bto. Vaniman's suggestion to hold a teht- 
meeting~tbere^when the weather gets warmer 
we think is good. It would not be expensive, 
and then the attendance would likely be much 

The brethren of Dutchtown continued their 
meeting at the school-house west of their church, 
all last week. There are a number of appli- 
cants for baptism. Brother Tobias Meyers be- 
gan these meetings, and was assisted by other 
home ministers, and Brethren John Emmert, 
G. D. Zollers and M. M. Eshelman. This shows 
what may be done hy concerted efibrt, and that 
there are fields near home that may be culti- 
vated with profit. 

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In sojouring, number vn, in speaking of 
Waynesborro, Pa., we unintentionally forgot 
to mention Brother D. H. Farbney, editor of 
Brethren's Advocate^ at whose ofiBce we made 
several calls. It being a Brethren's printing 
o fiice made it more like home to us than other 
places of business. Also, Brother D. L. Berk- 
ey should be 7. L. Berkey. Several other errors 
occur in last articles, but as they afiect no one 
except onrself, we make no other corrections. 

S. J. H. 

We do not see how the church can consist- 
ently hold in fellowship a person whose world- 
ly ofhce requires him to ask others to violate 
the plain "thus saith the Lord." For instance 
the gospel plainly says,"Thou shalt not swear," 
yet a Justice of the Peace must ask men to 
swear — he must atk them to do the very thing 
that the gospel plainly forbids, in short, he, 

must a-k men to sin and then help them do it. 
As a body we should live ap to our principles 
and not tolerate a thing that the gospel plainly 
and pcsitively forbids. 

Since the publicatioa of tbe fact that all 
'charges against Brother Henry Davy have been 
withdraw!!, inquiries have been made concern- 
ing his ataadiag ia the. church. We under- 
stand that he occupies the same position as be- 
fore che charges were preferred. It affords us 
great pleasure to aunoucce the withdrawal of 
the eharses, and shall be glad to see him in ac- 
tive labor once more. It is a fearfiil thiug to be 
falsely accused, but still more fearful to be guil- 
ty of sinning wilfully. As we never publish- 
ed anything defamatory of Bro. Davy's charac- 
ter, we have no apologies to make; but gladly 
give publicity to his restoration to a position 
of usefulness in the Brotherhood. 

Baptism into the name of each person of the 
Holy Trinity. 

"Produce your cause, saith the Lord; bring forth 
your strong raasons, saith the king of .Jacob." Isa. 


Continued from page 6. 
have a little pertinency. In that case however 
we might ask with more propriety, "If one dip 
with an invocation of the trinity represents 
Christ's death will not the same act also repre- 
sent the Father's and the Spirit's death?" The 
above qnib'oles only destroy the desperateness 
of which they seek to support. The expression 
"baried with Christ in baptism," has no more 
application to baptism, as related to the Fath- 
er and the Holy Spirit, than burial itself has to 
the undying immortality of the Godhead. It 
only relates to the death, burial and resurrec- 
tion of Christ's humanity. When we baptize in 
the name of the Father, we bury the candidate, 
but we do not bury with che Father,for the Fath- 
was never buried. When we baptize in the 
name of the Holy Spirit we bury, but not with 
the Holy Spirit, for the Holy Spirit was never 
buried. But when we are baptized in the name 
of the Son, it may be truly said that we are 
"buried with Christ in baptism" because Christ 
was buried. Bro. J. H. Moore puts the idea 
thus: "An immersion into the name of the 
undving Father, cannot represent the death of 
his Son, who was laid in Joseph's tomb. For 
how can undying immortality represent the 
death of him that died ? And if an immersion 
into the name of the Father cannot represent 
the death of his Son. there must of necessity 
be another immersion in order to be "plantpd 
together in the likeness of Cbrist's death." One 
Baptism p 31. Let us not forget that the mu- 
tual dependence of three ccnnected and con- 
curring actions, no rrore destroys the distinc- 
tion and peculiar office cfeach, than the mutu- 
al dependence and concurrence of three united 
powers in one Godhead, destroys the distinc- 
tive and peculiar rffices and relations of the 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the economy of 
grace. Providence and Redemption. Bat one 
thinks by not rsing single immersion we prac- 
tically deny the reeurreotioi^ and are as culpa- 
ble as those who used to deny it in word. Trine 
Immerison Weighed, &o. pp. 29, 31. If one 
emersion teaches resurrection, how can two 
mere emersions deny it? I wonder that he 
didn't complain that we had too much resurrec- 
tion. Should he di this our rep ies to the ob- 
j'ictions on the figure of "burial" will fully meet 
the case. J. w. 8. 




iTcraBER II- 

IN our last we presented a letter from Eosa 
E. Risser, of Springfield, Mass. We 
have the pleasure of presenting another this 
week, hoping that the Lord may be honorr" 
by this errespondence. 

Spkingiteld, Mass., Jan. 8, 18S1, ] 
'Faith Home," 668 Union St. J 
Mr. Eshelman : — 

Dear child of the Liv'my God! 
All Hail ! Peace be unto thee ! 

Yoiir very interesting letter read; thank you 
very much, glad to hear from you and to know 
of your deep interest in the Kingdom of 

You ask concsrning publishing my letter 
aud commenting upon it. If Qod can be glo- 
rified thereby, 1 am willing. If He prompts 
to it, why should I withnold? Let the com- 
ments he of G-'d. May you be inspired of tbe 
Holy Grho^t as you write. 

Yes, when God says do, we are to do. 
Prompt obedience should be our constant en- 
deavor ami God will teach us what to do and 
when and how to do it; Christ said "My 
sheep know mv voice," etc. If we belong to 
Christ we fcttOMi His «ojce. How blessed! Of 
course, we shali not do to be blessed, and yet 
there will be a olessiag acoompKnying the 
ob'dience to any of God'a commands. " In 
ksepin^ oUhbm there is great reward.'' Just 
as certainly as effect loUows cause, ]att so 
certain will the one who keeps God's commands 
be bltssed, Ths Bible teaches us that God 
blessed the people because they trusted in Him, 
anA because ibey obey td Him; and yet we see 
no merit ia it all; but we cannot close our 
eyes to God sown words. 

I believe the Bible from Genesis to Revela- 
tions, that it is God's own book. I think there 
is a deep spiritual meaning, as well as literal, 
underlying the whole line of truth. We can 
receive light, only as given by the Holy Ghost. 
He is to teach and lead into the truth. I want 
to be taught by Him more and more. 

I have no objections to what you presented 
ia your letter and thank you for drawing my 
attention to them. If Jesus wants us to ob- 
serve these things literally, we should, by all 

All I want is to glorify Him in my body 
and spirit which are His. I am not my own ; 
I have been bought with a price. I belong to 
Christ. My body is the temple of the Holy 

I trust you too, are ttholly consecrated to the 
Lord, doing his will. For us to know His will, 
we have to become so still in ourselves that we 
can hear His voice. " Let all the earth keep 
silence btfore Him.'^ Let us be so quiet that 
we can catch His faintest whisper. 

May the dear Lord bless you and yours 
abundantly, prays your own sister in Christ 
I trust you will feel free to write whenever you 
are so led. Shall be always glad to hear from 
you and to know anything that you have 
learned of the King's " Highway " that I have 
not. Will you pray for us and our work. 

Rosa E. Rissee. 


Your observation concerning quietness so 
that the Lord can work in us, is food for my 
souL Truly our "boasting" out of Christ is 
wicked. If toe talk, his voice can not be heard, 
so let us be very quiet concerning our ways. 

You say. "If Jesus wants us to keep these 
things literally, we should by all means." By 
these things, the reader will understand John 
13:14, 15; Rom. 16:16; Luke, 22: 20 and John 
13:1—4; 1 Cor. 11:4, 5, and 25,26 and other 
things found in the New Testament to which 
J. call attention. 

If Jesus did not want us to observe these 
things in this age of the world, he would have 
undoubtedly so stipulated in the New Testa 
me.nt; but as he did not,*^ our duty is to obey 
Him as did the fir&t Christians. Truly we 
obey because we irwsi in Him; yet we merit 
nothing by obedience — all we shall receive will 
be free gifts. We can purchase nothing of the 
Lord; but by obeying we prove our fidelity to 
Him, and then he supplies all our needs. 

God loves, bestows grace, sends the Son, pre- 
pares the plan, makes himself known, gives 
the sacrifice, does the purchasing. This is 
God's work, and we can do nothing more. 
But when He did this, ihe tvay is prepared for 
us to come to Him; and by faith we accept all 
He did for us and thus change our affections. 
Repentance toward God, and our actions are 
changed. By baptism unto Christ our rela- 
tion is changed, being no more children of 
darkness, but children of light. We, by His 
grace can believe, repent and be baptized. God 
so ordered, but will not do^these things for us. 
When we do our part he meets us with par- 
don, the Holy Spirit to lead unto all truth, 
and the gift of eternal life. All these God 
bestows, for we can not bestow them on our- 
selves. Being in Christ, we are to go on unto 
perfection, growing in grace and m the knowl- 
edge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 
The same arrangement appears in nature. 
God made the earth, the seeds, plants and an- 
imals. We can prepare the soil and sow the 
seed, but can neither make earth nor seed. 
When we have done our part, Qod gives the 
rain, sunshine, dew and heat to make the seed 
grow. These things we can not bring forth; 
but wnen the seed forms a plant we can culti- 
vate, reap and use it. This part God will not 
do for us; for we can do it ourselves. So in 
Christianity and eternal salvation. God did 
and does what we cannot do, and what we can 
do he will not. Heaven is the blessing. 

But let us rememberthat all the praise be- 
longs to God. Of ourselves we can do noth- 
ing. Without tools and material the house 
can not be built; so without Christ and the 
things he gave us to worlc with, we can not be 
builded together for a habitation of God. We 
still maintain that the teachings of the New 
Testament should be observed, and we are cer- 
tain the blessings will follow. 



TEXT: 2Thess. 2:9-12. The perplexed 
lawyer asked, "Who is my neighbor?" Cain 
insultingly questioned God, "Am I my brother's 
keeper?" Et^ery soul that needs our aid is 
our neighbor, and ws are keeper of all whom 
our influence will reach. This is not a matter 
of conventionalism, not the product of mun- 
dane circumstances, but the necessary out- 
growth of relation to a Being in whose hands 
are our life and destiny. The composite na- 
ture of man is far too large and wonderful, and 
his relations far too comprehensive, for the 

philosophy of Robert G. IngersoU. With all 
his rare abilities, he is the poorest, shallowest 
interpreter of human nature and the universe 
that has ever presumed publicly to demolish 
the Divine authenticity of the Bible. Science 
can make no revelation that gives repose to the 
soul in relation to the solemn hereafter. The 
Bible makes its declarations to our faith, and 
verifies them by facts that demonstrate their 
reliability. The historical side of religion is 
invulnerable to all the weapons of infidelity. 
This can no. more be annihilated than the facts 
uf the American Revolution and the Great 
Rebellion, with all the minutia of their record. 
All that is vital to Christianity is bound up in 
its history, and this is as immutable as the ex- 
istence of Robert G. Ingersoll, and all the facts 
that enter into it. The historical Christ stands 
intact amid the assaults of sceptics by the side 
ot whose philosophic powers Jngersoll is a 
mere pigmy. The issue is fairly and naturally 
restricted to the simple declaration, that Christ 
was the Prince of impostors, or Ingersoll is, a 
blasphemer and falsifier of the darkest dye. I . 
will not question his sincerity. He may have 
so steepea himself into the abyss ot moral dark- 
ness, that the only light left him is the glare of 
hell, which represents the truths of religion to 
his mind as the Father of lies insmuates. 
That Chris c controlled nature, and did what 
the author and proprietor of nature alone can 
do, is as incontrovertible a historical fact, as 
that Abraham Lincoln emancipated the colored 
slaves. The keenest, most erudite sceptical 
criticism can no more invalidate this than that. 
A really sane man will no longer attempt it. 
Ingersoll has made himself the laughing-stock 
of all right-minded intelligent people who 
have heard his mock-lectures, or read them. 
As a comedian he is a grand success; but he 
stands convicted before heaven and earth as a 
man to whom "the loss of a thumb" is of more 
account than the veracity of Jehovah, and the 
destiny of the soul. The undoing of what God 
has done is the mad attemj^t of Robert G. In- 
gersoll. In the opening sentences of his lec- 
ture on " The Mistakes of Moses," he has the 
brazen audacity to announce that his mission 
is to free the souls whom God has fettered, and 
to widen the horizon which God has contract- 
ed. He "opposeth and exalteth himself above 
all that is called God, or that is worshipped; 
so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, 
showing himself that he is God," thus reveal- 
ing his true character as "the man of sin," 
"the son of perdition." Verily, "the mystery 
of iniquity doth already work," the cherished 
son of a protestant minister has become the 
vilifier of the God-man and his embassadors, 
and the blood shed on the cross for Robert G. 
Ingersoll, is trampled furiously under foot, and 
"counted as an unholy thing." Unless he 
sinks into the very dust of penitence and selt- 
loathing and confession for his blasphemy of 
the most High and abuse of his ministers and 
servants, the ' Lord will consume him with the 
Spirit of his mouth, and destroy with the 
brightness of his coming, 2 Thess. 2:3 — 8, 
Heb. 10: 29, Oday of terrors for the reckless, 
truthless, God defying, Christ-spurning Rob- 
ert G. Ingersoll, and his blind, silly, hell-court- 
ing Jollowers! To their eternal dismay they 
will find out that God is not mocked. "He 
has not left himself without witness" of the 
veracity of his word. Ingersoll can as soon 
pluck the sun from the sky, or command the 
stars in their courses, as invalidate the evidence 
that the Bible is divinely inspired, or tear out 
of his own bosom the tnstimony to the immor- 
tality of the soul. Were not God a verity, the 
Bible true, and the soul deathless, Ingersoll 
could no more blaspheme, or forecast to-mor- 
row than a mule or a monkey. Ingersoll is 
himself a living necessary proof of all he 

THE BKBI'illiElN' ^^T l^OHKl. 

■/ D 

All CO mmumcatioEB for this deparlmcnt, such as que- 
ries and answers, should be addressed to J. S. Mohler, La- 
due, Henry Co., Mo. 

"Let no man seek his own, but every man ssek 
another's wealth."-! Cor. 10: 24. Bro. Stein please 
answer. Wm. T. Smith. 

I would like seme one to please explain Eev. 
3 : 18, which reads as follows : "I counsel thee to 
hny of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest 
be rich; and white raiment that thou majastbe 
clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do 
not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalva 
that thou mayest see ." John Y. Snatelt. 


Will some brother please give an explanation on 
1 Cor. 5:5, as follows : 

"To deliver such an one unto Satan for the de- 
struction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved 
in the day of the Lord Jesua." "Whose spirit is 
here meant V O. L. Covbe. 

THE term flesh is from sarkas, and 
means ^'iJie human body, as the seat and 
occa&ion of moral imperfection; as inducing 
men to sin through the influence of its appe- 
tites, and passions, i. e , that proneness to sin, 
that has its seat in our corporeal nature," 

The term spirit, as here used, doubtless refers 
to the spirit that must charaoterizs a christian 
body. If Paul had meant the spirit of the per- 
son delivered over to Satan, he would have said 
"his spirit." Instead of this, he uses the term 
in a general sense, by saying "the spirit." Fur- 
ther, we must remember that Paul was writing 
to the church at Corinth, as a body, reproving 
them for disorders that existed among them, 
and not to individuals . 

Again, it is evident that the same spirit must 
characterize all members of the same body. 
Hence says Paul, "For by one spirit" are all 
baptized into one body. 1 Cor. 12: 13. Again, 
"But he that is joined unto the Lord is one 
spirit." 1 Cor. 6:17. "Now there are- diver- 
sities of gifts, but the same spirit." 1 Cor. 12 
14. "We having the same spirit of faith." "2 
Cor. 4: 13. "There is one body, and one spirit, 
even as ye are called in one hope of your call- 
ing." Eph. 4: 4. Many other scriptural evi- 
dences might be produced to show the sameness 
and unity of spirit that must exist in the church. 
It is also evident, that the spirit in the church, 
or, of the church, may become corrupted 
by tolerating the works of the flesh. The 
church of Laodicea, at one time, doubtless was 
as pure as the Philadelphian church; but the 
works of the flesh were tolerated, and these, 
corrupted the spirit of the church, i. e., lower- 
ed the high, and pure tones, of christian spirit, 
that once had characterized it, as a christian 
body, and the result was, they were spued out 
of the mouth of God. 

This state of things, had obtained to some 
extent in the Corinthian church; and to pre- 
sent the further corruption of that church, Paul 
commands them to put away from them those 
who walked after the flesh, to deliver them over 
to Satan, i. e., make an example of them, that 
others may fear — to amputate those diseased 
members from the body, that the remainder of 
the body might retain its spirtual lifef and 

health and growth and purity, and that, by all 
the mem bsrs of the body, drinking in of the 
same pure, life-giving spirit they may be sav- 
ed in the day of the Lord Jesus. In this sense 
the spirit is savpd. The church retains its pu- 
rity and integrity of character, and Christ by 
his spirit, will walk in the midst of her and 
shine forth from the gold en candlestick. There 
is a sense in which churches are judged as well 
as individuals. This is clearly evident from the 
history of the seven churches of Asia Minor, as 
referred to in Kevelations. In this sense Paul 
wrote to the church at Corinth. 

Paul, seems to make no allowance for the rt- 
turn to the church again of those delivered over 
to Satan. 

The word "o'estruction" has for its antece- 
dent in the Greek, 0?e^/i?-as and is defined per- 
dition, destruction, rain, misery. 

"To deliver over to Satan" doubtless has ref- 
erence to abandoned characters, whom the 
church cannot retain, and maintain its own 
purity. Hence we must not understand that 
every expulsion frcm the church, means deliver- 
ing over to Satan. For some, there is hope, 
and we must still admonish thein as brethren. 
For others there seems no hope. "For if we sin 
willfully after that we have received the knowl 
edge of the truth there remaineth no more sac- 
rifice for sins." Heb. 10: 26. 

We are aware that the passage under con- 
sideration, has, by some, received an individual 
application, i. e., Paul meant that by delivering 
bad characters in the church, over to Satan, 
and withdrawing all fellowship and sociability 
from them, that they are forced into a 
kind of penance, in looking at their forsaken 
condition, and thus are led to humbly ask par- 
don of the church, and fellowship with its 
members again. This view, savors somewhat 
of Catholicism. I am doubtful if a person is 
justly delivered over to Satan, whether he can 
ever be restored to fellowship of the saints 
again. Such are twice dead, and plucked up by 
the root; wandering stars, unto whom is re- 
served the blackness of darkness forever. 

J. s. M. 

and labor devolving upon such an one. It is a 
desirable position to one who has a tuU "regard 
to the recompense of reward." 

But dear sister, though your companion has 
gone to labor in a distant part of ih^ vineyard, 
and thus leave aciditional care and labor devolv- 
ing upon you, arid though it may often ssem 
that brethren and fisters fail to realize your 
lonely and Isbcrious ciicumttBEcep,&nd thci gh 
they fail lo give you a cbeenng aid enccurag- 
ing word, look forward, Icok upward; "rejoice 
and be exceeding glad, for great is your rc-waid 
in heaven." Matt. 5: 12 J. D HArGHTELm. 

For the Brethren at Work. 


THERE has been much said and written 
about the duties, labors, and responsibili- 
ties of ministers and deacons. This is all well 
enough in its place; but I sometimes think that 
"Their Wives," like the Grecian widows are neg- 
le cted, or do not receive as much notice, love, 
assistance and sympathy as they deserve. 

The apostle Paul foreseeing the additional 
infiuence, care, labor and responsibility that 
by virtue of the office of minister or deacon 
should devolve upon "their wives" required that 
they must "be grave, not slanderous, sober, 
faithful in all things." 1 Tim. 3: 11. 

Perhaps none but those who have had the 
experience of their "wives," can realize what it 
is for a minister or deacon to be obliged, often 
when very inconvenient, to leave home with 
the additional cares, perplexities and anxieties 
devolving upon a loving companion, "faithful 
in all things." 

Some appear to think that it is a very desir- 
able position to be the wife of a minister or 
dea con, seeming to forget the additional care 

From the Advance. 



ORIGEN, surnsmed Adsmantins, -frcm his 
inflexible zea!, -was bcm in Alexsndiia, 
185 A. D., and died 254 A. D. At the early 
age of eighteen years be became a teacher and 
was soon dittirguished. His bnrnirg zeal drew 
the attention oi the authorities fo that he near- 
ly lost his life. While his pupils were dying 
of martyrdom he was eccuslcmed to comfort 
them, thus defjicg the Roman Government 
under the tyrant Setverus. 

After the death of the Emperor he ventured 
to Rome for the purpose of engaging in some 
great wcik in Biblical scholarship. Giving 
himself up to the study of Hebrew, he was so 
devoted to the pursuit, that he socn became 
proficient in it above all living philologists. Be- 
ing summoned to Antioch to meet the Emper- 
or°Heliogabalus, that ruler was so impressed 
with Origen's bearing ard acccmplishments 
that the persecutions against Christians declin- 
ed. The consummate scholar, the most criti- 
cal linguist, and profoundest reasoner of the 
time, gave the church the first list of Bible 
books, which the more nearly approaches that 
of our present Canon. His achievements in 
scholarship were so vast and comprehensive 
that we simply wonder at the results. 

When the infidel Celsns made hia skeptical 
assaults upon the gospel, it was Origen who 
confuted him to so masterly and conclusive a 
manner that the work never needed to be again 
undertaken. Paganism was assaulted by him 
with such vigorous thrusts as to hasten its over- 
throw. Bis quotations from the New Testa- 
ment in his numerous works would make a 
considerable volume. The testimony of one 
such man to the integrity of the Word of God 
is worth that of a host of smaller critics. The 
circumstances under which his defence was 
given, has added weight to his testimony, and 
a grateful church holds his memory in undying 
esteem. His Hexapla and Octapla, an arrange- 
ment of parallel colums of Hebrew and Greek, 
were monuments to bis immense learning, love 
and fidelity to the Word of God. 

The Bible is not to be read once, or twice, or 
thrice through, and then laid aside; but to be 
read in small portions of one or twn chapters 
every day; and never to be intermitted, unless 
by some overruling necessiiy.-JoAn Quincy 
Adams. ^ . 

As by constant friction, steel is kept highly 
polished, so by constant exercise is talent ever 
at its brightest. All our powers grow by use. 




From James R. Gisli, — Dear Brethren At 
Work. Have just returned from Cherokee 
Bay to this place, but find a very poor prospect 
for meetings in the Chcrcl;co E:y country. 
We foand people, and some perhaps wou ' 'ike 
to hear preaching, but they have no place to 
hold meetings in winter. We leat uii appoint- 
ment to what was called a school-house, sind 
■went to fill it last Sunday, expecting to find it 
reasonably comfortable, but after a pretty 
rough ride of some five miles we reached the 
place, and found a good hewed log house, 
neither chinked nor daubed, neither loft nor 
ceiling; two good sized windows but only three 
whole panes of glass the balance of the win- 
dow being open. I have heard people talk of 
cold meetings but that was one of the coldest 
I tver met with. The preacher, the preaching, 
and the people vvere all about frozen, inasmuch 
that we did not fi^ei like protracting our efforts, 
but had to slop short, although we had expect- 
ed to hold a seriss of meetings at that point, 
but gave it up for the present. The Baptists 
hold the s!vay religously in the Bay Valley. 
We had five meetings in their house of wor- 
ship, but it W3s alao so cold and open that the 
people would not attend ; could not without 
suffering. The usual time for holding pro- 
tracted aieetingj is July and August. It may 
seem strange to our brethren and sisters, but 
I have not heard of a single winter school in 
operation fur a distance of twenty miles, all 
for the want of suitable houses. There is a 
hall about five miles from Brother Ennis' that 
was built for a meeting house below and a 
lodge room above. We had expected to hold 
meetings there, the house being pretty good, 
but there was neither flue nor chimney, i 
went with Bro. Ennis and hauled a load of 
brick to build a chimney but the weather was 
too cold to build it, so we had to drop that for 
the present. We are now back to the railroad, 
and in our rounds we have taken such a cold 
that we can scarcely speak above a whisper. 
We now think of going further South to spy 
out the goodly land. We found Brother and 
Sister Ennis very kind and willing to do all 
in their power to build up the cause in their 
neighborhood, and sparing neither time nor 
pains to make us comtbrtable. If it is the 
Lord's will, we want to stop with them on our 

Corning, Arkansas, Jan. 12, 1881. 

From John Zuok.— I left home for the pur- 
pose of holding a few meetings with the Breth- 
ren of the Indian Creek Church, in Poik and 
Story Counties, Iowa, having with me Bro. 
Benj. P. Miller. We arrived at Colo, about 
noon, aud fuund our esteemed Elder, Bro. D. 
E. Brubaker awaiting our arrival. We were 
taken by Bro. D. E. B. to his home, and after 
enjoying their social circle, and having a season 
of worship, were hastened to the place of meet- 
ing, being the Center school house in the 
Northeastern part of Polk county, Iowa. 
Hre we met for worship every evening during 
the following week. Each day of the week, 
except Saturday, we had meetings at the breth- 
ren's houses at 11: 00 a. m. In these meetings 
the brethren maui&Bted an intereBt in the 

work of our holy religion, highly commenda- 
ble indeed. The attendance was quite large at 
times, but owing to a severe storm about the 
middle of our meetings, which was followed by 
cold and disagreeable weather, our attendance 
was not as large as it otherwise would have 
been; yet the attendance was commendable 
throughout the entire meetings. Owing to 
our having taken a severe cold, our work 
among them was not what we desired it should 
have been, and our only comfort is in the hope 
that the Lord may profusely water the seed 
sown, that in due season it may bring forth 
fruit to the honor and glory of God. The fu- 
ture prospects of this church look quite en- 
couraging. The Old are enegetic and persever- 
ing, the youGg are humble and zealous, and 
under the judicious management of their es- 
teemed Eider, it will soon take its rank among 
the most flourishing churches of the middle 
district of Iowa. They now have two minis- 
ters, four deacons, and about eighty-six mem- 
bers. They expect to build a church- house 
the coming summer, size to be 36 feet by 50 feet, 
with a basement under it. This chruch will be 
erected in about the middle of their church ter- 
ritory, on the dividing ridge between Skunk 
River and Indian Creek, and about two miles 
South of the North line of Polk County, Iowa. 
Its location has been wisely selected we tnink, 
and will occupy a conspicuous position in that 
locality, from which the weary pilgrim can 
have a refreshing view of the country round 
about, and while thus beholding the beautiful 
landscape so richly dotted with comfortable 
mansions of earth, he can direct his mind 
heavenward to that " ^oorfZj/ land" beyond this 
vale of tears, where many mansions are pre- 
pared awaiting the return of the weary pilgrim 

On Saturday evening the 15th inst. 
was our last meeting at the Center school 
House. The attendance was large and the in- 
terest so good that we felt like staying longer. 
Next day was the regular meeting day at the 
Washington school house, five or six miles 
North, and we repaired there for worship; 
found a good congregation there. This is 
where we held a week's meeting last winter, and 
seemed more like home to us. The cheeiful 
faces of brethren we knew only to love — the 
tear of joy — and the dear little girls that had 
been inquiring after me were there; all seemed 
to join in aiding me to preach the Gospel of 
our blessed Lord. Sunday evening we met 
again at the same place and the house was fill- 
ed almost to overflowing, and before regular 
service, we were favored with some of the 
finest music that it has ever been our pleasure 
to enjoy; this was the "Heavenly Vision" 
rendered by the dingers and others, of that 
vicinity. The children also sang, "Shall we 
gather at the river " for which we thank them; 
yea, thanks to all for what our ears have heard 
and for what our eyes have seen. 

This was our last meeting with the breth- 
ren of the Indian Creek Church, and with 
deep and heartfelt reluctance we took the 
parting band. Dear brethren and sisters, (and 
children too.) your kindness and sweet associa 
tions will be a fond recollection to me for days 

and years to come, and may God bless yon all. 

You have a "Faithful Keeper," let us all try 

an d be faithful onto death. 

From here I go to Altooua, thence to visit 
the city of Des Moines, thence to Dallas Cen- 
ter, of which you may again hear. Yours in 
the hope of a better life. 

Colo, Story Co., Iowa, Jan. 8, ''81. 

From S 0. Larklns — My present calculations 
are to return home soon, and about the first of 
March to start to Lanark, but as yet h^ve not 
tuily decided — will decide when I get home. 
I may make my home in Illinois for a few 
years, if I find that I can be benefited spirit- 
ually and temporally. I want better church 
facilities than we have in Va., until I get older 
and have more experience in the cause. I 
have been so favorably impressed with the 
brethrtn of Lanark and vicinity that if they 
will appreciate my company enough to. give 
me something to do I may cast my lot with 
them for a while. 

Huntingdon, Pa. 

From Howard Miller. — The Census. By the 
time this is in print every name in the alman- 
acs will have had a schedule sent them. The 
present short time has placed Bro. D. P. Say- 
loi's and Jacob Steel's church on record. 
Don't write your letter on the sc'nedule. 

The Census — Personal, Will the broth- 
er who returns schedule for the Neosho Co., 
Kan. Church, advise me of his address? Ltt 
no schedule return without the full name and 
address of the respondent. It is also well to 
state the relations sustained to the church — as 
bishop, clerk, or whatever may be the case. 
The responses are coming in very satisfactorily. 
Use black ink, and I beg of you, do not write 
your accompanying letter on the schedule — 
use a seperate sheet for that. Be careful about 
income and expenditure items. If any money 
was raised put it in the proper blank. 

Lewishurg, Union Co., Pa. 

From David Thomas.— We had a series of 
meetings conducted by leaiah Rairigh, of Bar- 
ry county, and Isaac Rairigh, of fona county, 
Mich. Commenced laboring here on the even- 
ing of the 8th of January and closed on the 
evening of the 16th. Five precious souls were 
made willing to forsake sin and were received 
into the church by baptism, and we have 
reason to believe that others are almost per- 
suaded to become Christians. The members 
were richly admonished to their duty and much 
encouraged. We offer many thanks to the 
Lord and to our kind brethren, for their 
faithful labors among us. 
Michigan, Jan. 19, '81. 

From D. B. Gibson. — I have been preaching a 
series of doctrinal discourses here, and they are 
telling as a number of other church members 
have expressed themselves now convinced of 
our doctrine. There was a break in their ranks 
last night, and thank God there is more to fol- 
low. The doctrine will win when properly 
held up before the people and exemplified by 
the members. About all the members' 
children here are in the church, hence if there 
are many Edditions they must come from 
other churches, and lean say the outlook is 
good in thet direction. From here I go to the 
Salimony Congregation; from there to Edna 
Mills, Carroll county, Ind,; thence home; then 



for the Soutliern lUinoia Missionary Field. 
Pray God to bless the work. Youri as ever. 
Huntington, Ind., Jan. 14, ^81. 

From B W. Neff. — Our Council Meeting was 
held at Flatrock Church on New Year's day. 
aud as far as I could ascertain by observation, I 
think all present enjoyed the meeting. Some 
little was said about our District Meeting which 
will be held in our congregation this year 
The church I think is in love and union pretty 
generally. We have been contemplating hav- 
ing a series of meetings, but so far have been 
disappointed. The weather has been very cold, 
in fact, more severe than it has for years, and 
snow to the depth of twenty three inches 
Health generally, goo-i. 

Mt, Jackson, Va., Jan. 14, '81. 

From Lemuel Hiilery.— Dear brethren and 
sisters : I write from this new field of labor, 
to let you know how we are progreEsing in 
our humble efforts to build up the Master's 
cause. My first efforts at this place after be- 
iog assigned to this field by the district, met 
with no little opposition; but, b)' a steadv, 
straight-forward eifort, prejudice begins to 
fall, and liow a spirit of investigation takes 
hold of the people, aad already we begin to see 
the manifestation of the power of Sod's word. 
Several precious souls have application to 
be received into the church, to walk in fellovv- 
ship with the Lord and His saints. After hav- 
ing labored for one week in the vicinity of 
Penfield, with some telling results in favor of 
the truth, I came to this place (Harwood,) al- 
moat entirely ex'nausted, and received news from 
home that my family were not very well, but, at 
the same time, exhorted by my wife to stay 
longer if there were prospects of doing any 
good. I only notice this that you dear breth- 
ren and sisters may think for a moment how 
the poor minister and his wife may f6el under 
the circumstances. What minister can with- 
hold from sowing the seed of truth (although 
poor and needy,) when his wife afflicted at 
home, and perhaps away from the society of 
brethren and sisters, aud amid all .thf^se trials, 
write to her husband and say, ''make full proof 
of thy ministry, do the work of an Evangelist, 
and then com« home?" What brother or sis 
ter with natural affections, can hear and read 
these things without being moved to encour 
ageallsuch? Bat srhsn I got to this place I 
was made to rejoice, for God had sent an angel 
to my assistance in the person of our beloved 
brother, Thomas D. Lyon, whose wife urged 
him to come, and when he said he "had no 
money to pay his way," she said, "I have just 
enough to pay your way there and back." 
God bless sister Lyon, may others do likewise. 
As arnsutt of your work in the sending of your 
husband here, souls are being turned tc God. 
We look forward to a promising church here 
of the brethren, if this work is looked after. 

Harwood, Champaign Co., III. 

From John Zook.— Dear Brethren at 
Work: Will you permit me to say to the 
brethren and sisters that our series of meet- 
ings have passed and we believe they are long 
to D3 remembered. We commenced our meet- 
ings on the 8th aad closed on the 15th, at the 
Goodwill Meeting House. Oar strange min 
isters were Bro, William Howe, from Dry 

Valley, Mifiiin Co.,' Pa , Bro. Isa-jc Book and 
J'^hn of Beashour, Tuscarora Valley, Perry 
Church, Pa. These brethren laborej hard with 
us and taught us bountifully from the Holy 
Scriptures as God gave them ability, for we 
believe that the entire work is of the most 
high God, and man is the instrument by which 
the work is done; therefore we fay that we had 
a good meeting, for our dear brethren labored 
strong and hard for the building up of the 
church that we should be more Christ-like and 
gather more oil in our vessels and keep our 
lamps trimmed and our ights brighter that 
othf-rs might se,<? our good works. 
Mifflin, Juniata Co., Pa.., Jan. 20, '81. 

From George W. Thomas. — The Peabody 
Church ol Marion County, Kan., is still alive. 
Elders Forney, and Mourer, of Abeline Kan- 
sas closed a series of meetings here on January 
19th, which was of much beuffit to both pro- 
fessers aud non-professors. We met in church 
e.iuneil Jan 19ih, and J. B. Shirk, (formerly 
from CarioU County, [tlinoi",) was ordained to 
the full minisiry. Bro. Henry Shomber was 
c'nosen Speaker, and Bro. Daniel Sbbmber 
was elected Deacon. We trust that the hand 
of the Lord V, as in all !his work, and that those 
ofSaers may fill thi=ir respective places in a way 
that will promote the prosperity of Z:od, and 
call down Heaven's bleissings upon us. 

Peahody, Kan., Jan. 21, '81. 

From J. W. Southwood — On the 26th inst. 
we took train for Summit Church ia Southern 
Indiana. Met with niue members who were kind 
and warm hearted, though rather isolated. Had 
ten meetings; good interest aud large attend 
ance toward the close of the series. May tbe 
Lord bless them, is our desire and prayer. Bro. 
L J. Howard is the Elder in charge, and he is a 
much respected Brother. 

Dora, Ind., Jan. 3, '81. 

From D. E. Brubaker.— I am at present in 
company with that old pioneer veteran of the 
Cross, J. H. Fillmore. We are holding a series 
of meetings in tb^ Des Moines Valley church 
at White Oiik Grore The largest attendance 
I have seen any where this winter. Much in- 
terest and good prospect.-. More anon. 

Elkhart, Iowa, Jan. 24, 'bl. 

From Daniel Vaniman.— Upon the earnest re- 
quest of Bro. F. C Myers, a resident of this city, 
Icame ii6re at 9:30 p m., Saturday, 16th, for 
the purpose of preaching the gospel here. As 
we had no house to preacti in until Lord's Day 
at 3 p. II., we attended services in the Christian 
Church on corner of 8 and Mound Streets 
in the morning. Then visited and dined with 
some inquirers alter truth; after which we 
returned to the church, wherf, at 3 p. m. was (^o 
far as we know) delivered the first sermon ever 
preached by our brethren in this vast city of 
over three hundred and fifty thousand inhabit- 
ants. There being no appointments for us at 
night, we went to the Fir.=it Christian Chuich 
of this city at 7: 30 p. m., to hear a farewell ad- 
dress from Eld. Garrison, Sen. editor of the 
Christian, who is about to call vith his family 
for South Port, Eng., as a mi&sionary worker 
in that field. 

ITfch. We among others, visited an old lady 

sixty years of age, a ri^sident of this city, and 
whose father was a rcember of the Brethren 
church; she being poor and living here in the 
city where never before had been an opportu- 
nity cff-^red her to unite with the church, 'she 
said, "Thank God I now have this opportunity 
to obey the gospel as I understand it." 

At 5 p ir. Brother John Wise arrived, and 
at 8 p. i£. held forth the Word of Life to an at- 
tentive congregation. 

18th. To-day we intend to visit orphans' 
asylums in this city with a view of learning all 
we can about bringing up in the nurture and 
admonition of the Lord these poor unfortunates 
of society. 

Bro. Myers is doing a good work here. He 
is a single man 23 years of age. H'xa b^en here 
all his life except about six years. TJiiittd with 
the church in Morgan Co., Mo., when about 
eighteen years of age. He earns his living by 
day's work, and has but little to to rn. Nev- 
ertheless he is caring for us while here, and 
pays SI 50 per night for the rn-n of the house; 
had two thousand bills printed at his own ex- 
pense, besides di^^tributlng many papers and 
tracts, all of which help wb largely appreciate. 
Mors anon.— 5/. Louis, Mo. 

Later. — .Tan. 21. I havn jast rtturned from 
St. Louis. Eld John Meizger is tuere now 
with Bro. John Wjse. Oniy one applicant, 
who made application on Monday aud ou Tues- 
day she was ran over rn the s"r?et by a horse 
and buggy, and so badly iDJured that she was 
not able to he up yesterday wht'ii [saw bar; 
so I think she cannot be baptiz-d now. Meet- 
ings were not largely att-nded. Streets all 
over icy fo thut it was dangerous walking on 
sidewallis; hence some walked in streets and 
were there in danger of being run over. I 
would lavor a trial in St. Louis m a tent when 
it gets warm again. 

From J. J. Lichty. — Brother C Forney is 
holding a series of meetings about five miles 
Southeast of here. Brother Bowman has 
gone to Beatrice fort'n the word. It I 
cannot labor much any more my assistants are 
faithful and will keep on in the good work. We 
baptized the leader of the Lutheran church here 
a few weeks ago and it made a "big rumpus" 
in the camp oT the Lut<ierans. 

Morrill, Kan., Jan. 22. 


We, the members of the Maple Grove Aid 
Society, of Norton county Kansas, tender 
our most heart-felt thanks to the good people, 
brethren and sisters, of Naperville, Dupage 
county. 111., for a car load of aid goods from 
them; to-wit : Six barrels of flour, 4I0bu5heIs 
of corn, some clothes, and §38 50 for the sur- 
fers of Western Kansas. By the request cf 
the church at Naperviile, we will make a 
statemestbow tnose goods were distributed. 
Allot the flour was distributed outside ot tbe 
churoh ; groceries among thoae that have been 
doing all the work and feeding people that 
came after aid, and the corn was distributed 
amongst those that have baen haulicg aid, 
hothout and in the church, but heaviest among 
the aid haulers. Now you may think it 
strange that sid-haulws got more corn than 
those who did cot haul aid, but we are very 
poor here, and can not afford to do much horse 
shoeing, so a few had to do ail the hauling; 
and others were very well satisfied with the 
distribution. May God's blessings ever rest 
upon us aud the good people of Naperville, 
as well as every place else in the brotherhood, 
is our prayer. U. W. Miller, 

Bell, Kan., Jan. 17,'81. H. M. Blue, 
J. P. Blue. 







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blast?, come ye heaven-crested flaliss, we fear 
not your chill, our wants are supplied, we can 
resist your attack, and with humanity in com- 
mon we will hail, all hail the return of the 
crowned winter king. B. 


^PHE Snow, the snow, the beautifull snow is 
X falling thick and fast, and the glistening 
crystals and the downy flake remind us of the 
joyous glees of bygone days,when the healthful 
sport of press aud ball was the delight of youth- 
ful innocence. While standing at my ofBce 
window I can see the same youthful sport en- 
gaged in by the juTeailes of to-day, andjudging 
from the rudy glow on the cheek, the exercise 
is in no wise debilitating. There see how he 
presses the snow! ani with i-ffeot the ball goes 
and one in return from his comrade. Well let 
the boys play it is healthful exercise, invigor- 
ating to the body and encourages physical de- 

The snow f=ill also brings to memory other 
things and suggests thoughts good and pleas- 
act, aud while the mind is feasting on the joy- 
ous side, yet on the other side of the picture is 
a seen that depicts sad uess. Here is the poor 
and orphan child in tattered garments, there 
tho widow and her family, dear to her heart, 
and scarcely saffijieat clothing and provisions 
to protect theaisfclvs from the stormy blast. 

To them the snow-fall has no charms, but 
looking at the flakes as they draw nearer to 
the few blazing fagots and long for the return 
of the sun and its softer rays. If they had in 
po.;ses3ion that which falls from the tables of 
the wealthy, they too would enjoy the crystal 
scenery, and instead of the pale and haggard 
look would possess the glow ubon the cheek 
and be able to withstand the cold stormy blast 
of the old winter king. Then while we sit by 
our warm fireside or walk out in the open 
air with sufiicient wraps, watching the downy 
fl^ecis as they fall from heaven, w« are made to 
wonder how others enjoy the associations of the 
dear old companion — winter. All are not hap- 
py—some are in poverty's vale, others are sick 
and the falling flakes strike their hearts as the 
dagger from the enemy. No friends no cloth- 
ing, no provisions and no means. Then ye 
heaven- blessed, be not drunken with plenteous 
stores, but be temperate in their use, and favor 
the needy. If you would show yourselves men 
in the fj uer and nobler sense, go not among 
the nobles in high rank who are carving them- 
selvs monuments of fame, go not to the wealthy 
who wou d spurn your gifts, go not to the pal- 
aces of the dignitary and the halls of pleasure 
where want is unknown; but rather go to the 
hovels of the poor and relieve them from per- 
ishing want, go to the widow and lighten the 
burden cf her sorrow, go to the orphan and ex- 
hibit to the-n the tenderness of a father, go to 
those who are sick and ameliorate distress, 
stiowing yourself an angel of mercy. 
Then come ye howling winds, ye stormy 

perance that your light may become brighter 
and brighter, permeating society around you 
until others may see the beauty of total ab- 
stinence and banish the cup for ever and be a 
blessing to themselves, their fan.ilies, church, 
society and the nation. b. 


UE, subject may be variously defined, yet 
upon the whol", of the same meaning. 
"Want of moderation or due restraint; ex- 
cess in any kind of action or indulgence; any 
exertion of the body or mind, or any indulg- 
ence of appetites or passions which is injurious 
to the person or contrary to morality. Habit- 
ual indulgence in drinking spirituous liquors, 
with or without intoxication." — Webster. 

This article shall be confined chiefly to re- 
marks on the use of spirituous liquors. In- 
temperance is a sin, though small with some, 
yet indulged in, brings with it in its train 
many great sics. It not only is a personal sin, 
but entails misery and ruin upon posterity, 
making it a national evl. It not only destroys 
the health of the present indulgent but inflicts 
ruin and multiplied evils upon the innocent 
and helpless. Intemperance like an invading 
army enters our lanr^, lays our country in 
waste, "burns our towns and cities, fills our 
prisons and alms- houses, stalks up the sealfold 
and finding the virtue of hemp, fling? thous- 
ands of souls into eternity. It invades the fam- 
ily circle, and seizes for its victim the parent or 
child, the social circle and pollutes the lover or 
friend, and in every nook and corner it is 
spreading the sorrows and woes of dark despair. 
It stands laughing like a fire-Send of hell at 
the ripe fields of grain, and with sickle keen 
smites the youths in all their vigor, manhood in 
its prime, and its strength is commanded no 
more ; old age must yield in its weakness and 
hence sorrow fills the hearts of thousands of 
our citiz^ius who are praying for a release from 
the thralldomof king alohohol. It covers the 
land with idleness and poverty. It destroys 
our schools, enters the social circle and de- 
stroys domestic happiness. His cloven foot is 
found to tread upon the sacred floors of the 
sanctuary under the disguise of moderate 
drinking. He enters the business circle and 
reduces wealth to poverty. Where, oh where, 
is he not found! Behold the thousands of fair 
Edens in the laud that have been invaded by 
this hideous monster, and the once happy in- 
mates have been driven away without the hope 
of a Redeemer. Could the universal world be 
one vast temperance society, and each individ- 
u!il a member of it, then would he die for want 
of quarter. Self must be conquered, and if 
each one would commence a reformation in 
himself it could be a universal work resulting 
in a universal reformation. He who conquers 
self has conquered a kingdom. To reform is 
not to resort to moderate drinking, but to 
cease altogether in the use of the deadly poison. 
" Touch not, taste not, handle not," is of di- 
vine origin and is of divine supremacy as any 
part of inspiration. Ye who are christians 
can ye accept total abstinence? The law of 
God demands it. Accept it and be strong, hold 
up those who are weak. Be a light within 
yourself and keep a supply of the oil of tem- 


IN his third Yale lecture.Bishop Simpson ad. 
vises the young men who are entering the 
ministry to avoid all stimulants, and in connec- 
tion with this advice gives a bit of in- 
formation which is not generally known: "I 
would scarcely suppose that any one who feels 
himself called to the ministry will countenance 
their use; yet kind friends will sometimes sug- 
gest that you are weak, your nerves are tremu- 
lous, you have been out in the cold, you need 
a little stimulant and they will urge the taking 
of a little wine or brandy before preaching. 

These iriends will tell you that the most 
distinguising ministers are in the habit of using 
them; and I regret to say that in many 
churches both wine and brandy are there kept 
in the vestry for the use of the mioister both 
before and after preaching." He further says: 
" I have known some young ministers who 
have used a few4rops of paragoric or opium to 
give them strength )or the pulpit. I am glad 
to say that I have known but few cases; but 
I must add that these were led in the end to 
to either physical or moral ruin." And in pass- 
ing, he fires a shot at the clerical cigar: "I sup- 
pose there is a sort of ecjoyment connected 
with it, for I have seen men sit smoking for an 
hour with their feet upon a table, professing to 
be studying. I have no doubt they had visions 
of greatness and glory; but prolonged obser- 
vation shows that their lives usually ended 
with their cigars, in smoke." 


CHILDREN are not apt to believe they 
drink too much water, and yet they do- 
When you come to the house, panting and 
thirsty from play, you will take a tumbler of 
water and drink it down as fast as .you can, and 
then rush to resume play, and perhaps repeat 
the drink. Now, the next time you feel thirsty 
try this experiment : Take a goblet of water 
and slowly sip it. Before it is half gone your 
thirst will be fully quenched, and you will feel 
better for having drauk only that whish you 
need. And again, we are all apt to acquire the 
habit of drinking while eating our meals. 
Animals don't do it, and it is hurtful to us. 
Nature gives us all the saliva we need; and if 
any one will chew his food slowly and thor- 
oughly, and not take a swallow of drink until 
through eating, the desire to do so will soon 
leave, and he will require only a few sips of 
water, tea or c iflfee after the meal is finished. 
This practice, too, will do wonders in the way 
of keeping off indigestion, dyspepsia and 

One great reason why the reformation goes 
so slowly is because we, all of us, begin on our 
neighbor and never ourselves. 






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Brethren, cry aloud and spare not, for the 
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I have examine! the first two numbers of pres- 
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-The theremometer has bsen rising and fall- 
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Sleighing ia very good. Barmometer indicites 
stormy weather. The Lord doeth all things 
well. S. 0. Larkiks. 

Jan. 15. 


I FEEL to thank God, and also congratulate 
the Brotherhood, for having such noble 
defenders of the cause ot primitive Christianity 
as the B. at W, It is not altogetlier numbers 
that we need in the church, but it is firm, en- 
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are watching the sheep which are now within 
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and destroy some of the flock. It is to be deep- 
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WAESTLER— KURTZ.— Jan. 2nd, 1881, at the 
resilience of the brides parents in Elkhart coun- 
ty, md. by J. Metzler Charles Warstler and sister 
Lovina Kurtz. 

ROrHROCK— TEETER.— By ,1 Metzler at his 
residence near Wakarusa, Ind. Jan. the 13, 1881. 
Albert Rothrock and sister Lydya Ann Teeter, 
all of Elfehart county, Ind. 

RO^S- HADSELE.— By Jacob L. Baker at his 
residence in Auglaze township, Jan 13, 18S1 
Charles A. Ross andllellissa M. Hadsell, both of 
Allen county, Ohio. Jacob L. Bakek. 

200K— DALE— By the undersigned Mr. Sol- 
omon M. Zuck of Bolard, McLain county, and 
sister Ptiebe R.Dale of Cornell, Livingston coun- 
ty, Illinois were solemnized in marriage the 2eth 
day of December, 1880 at the house of the brides 
pjirents. R. Hbekman. 

HOLBES— EBIE.— Jan, 20th, 1831 by J. J. Hoov- 
er at his residence, Mr. Adam Holben and Miss 
Emma Ebie, all of Stark county, Ohio. 


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8. To whom, when and whore married. 9. United with the chnrch 
whoa and where. 10. Burial when and where. 11. Funeral service 
when and where, and by whom conducted. 

CLINE.— Tiraberville, Va., departed this life Jan. 
9th 1881 sister dusan Cliae, consort of Ddvid, 
Cline, deceased in her 73 year. She has been a 
faithful member for over forty years, and she 
leaves eleven children of which ten belong to the 
church, and many relatives to mourn their loss. 
May she realize the joys that ace awaiting the 
faithful. Funeral occasion improved from John 
6: 25. 28'by Brother Jacob Miller and others. 

TWINING.— Near Vanlue, Hancock Co., Ind. Dee. 
27 1881 of diphtheria, Lydia J. Twining, daughter 
of H- C. and HattieE. Twining, aged 9 years 1 
month and 4 days. Faneral discourse by A. H. 
Dickey and John Grabill S. W. LiNdowEB. 

AMENTROUT.— At his residence Dec. 24th, 1180, 
in the Sugar Creek church, A.llen Co., Ohio, Bro- 
Joseph M. Amentrout, born in Rockingham Co., 
Va., age 38 years 8 months and 17 days. He leaves 

a kind and affectionate 
dren to mourn the loss 
iieral services from 1 

companion and S chil- 
of a kind father. Eu- 
Cor. 15: 22: 23 by the 

PATTERSON.-In Lima, Jan. lltb, 1881, Frank- 
ie, son of .John and sister Elizabeth Patterson, 
aged one year 3 months. Disease brain fever. 
Funeral service at the Sugar Creek church by 
the Brethren, from Heb. 6. 

D. Beowek. 

M ILLER.— In Barton county Kan. Jan. lOfcb, 1881 
of dropsy of the brain. Sister Emily A. Miller, 
wife of iV. F. Miller.Sister Miller was born Nov 
18 1842 (in Ohio 1 believe) and has left a liitle 
babe six weeks oM with four other children and 
a broken-hearted husband to mourn their loss. 
Sister Miller was a good and kind neighbor, a 
faithful and dutiful Christian, and a devoted 
wife and mother. She was buried on the 12th, 
near p.-iwnee Rock, B.trton, coun-.y Kan. Funer- 
al services by the Brethren. Brother Miller )iad 
plenty of sympathizing friends all through the 
sickness which lasted twelve weeks. 


HES3.—In the Elkhart district, Elkhart count; 
Ind. Dec. I2th, 1880, Brother Moses N. Hesj 
62 years, 1 month 14 dtys. He was an able min- 
ister. Remarks were made by Brother Daniel 
Shiveiy and the writer to a large concourse of 
people from 2 Cor. 5 : 1. 

MOYER.— In the Bango district Dec. 18th, 1880, 
Sistrr Christena Mover, wife of Brother George 
Moyer, aged 70 years 10 months and 2 days. Ser- 
vices by Brother Joel Shiveiy and tue writer 
from 2 Cor. 5: 1. John Metzler. 

BERGER. — In Indiana Creek congregation, Fay- 
ette county, i'a., Ellen Berger, aged 16 years 7 
months and 6 days. 

Also Rebecca Berger, Jan. 5th 1881, aged 12 
years 9 months and twelve days. Died of dyp- 
theria. Both daughters of Michael H. and Mary 
Berger, Funeral services on the 6th of Jan. in 
the Country Line church by D. D. Horner and 
LEEDI".— In the Autirole church, Wabash county, 
Ind, sister Elizabeth, wife of Elder John Leedy 
aged 66 years and and 6 months.Sister Leedy was 
one of the pioneers of this countsy, and indeed, 
a mother in Israel; her kindness to all, and 
Christian courtesy will long be remembered by 
all that knew her. She lived to see all her chil- 
dren all added to the church. Pimeral discourse 
by the writer from Rev. 20 : 6 to a large concourse 
of neighbors and many friends. J. B. LAia. 

MILLER. — At the residence of her father near 
Goshen, Ind. Jan. 6th, 1881, of consumption, Car- 
oline, wife of James E Miller, aged 25 years, 9 
months and S days. She bore her affliction with 
Christian fortitude. She leaves a husband and 
one child to mourn their loss. Funeral services 
by B. Shrock, and Brother Levi H. Weaver from 
2 Cor. 5:1. She was a member of the Amish 
church. L. E. Millek. 

LUTZ. — Brother Pe'er Lutz was born in Cam- 
bria county Pa. in the year 1811 on the 8th day 
of March, and died on the 28th day of December 
1880, aged 69 years 9 months and 20 days. In the 
death of Brother Lutz the church has lost one 
of its most useful miuisters.having been a faith- 
ful servant of the church for about forty-live 
years, having migrated to the West in an early 
day ; the community one of its most exemplary 
citizens which will be felt both in and out of the 
church. His upright, daily walk and chaste con- 
versation through life is worthy of our every 
imitation, having lived in this church and in the 
same neighborhood since he came to the West 
with the exception of about two years. Having 
been apprised of his near departure, he made a 
selection of the 584 hymn to be used on the oc- 
casion. Funeral: improved by Brother J. B. 
Harman and aNewligLt ministfr, from Revela- 
tion 14: 13. J. H. ESHELMAN. 

SHIRK.— At Maple River Junction, Jan. 11th, 
1881, Brother Oliver W. Shirk, aged 32 years 11 
months and 6 days. Brother Shirk was born in 
Lancaster county. Pa. received iuto the church 
at Bell Creek Neb. about ten years, and put to 
the ministry over two years before his death. 
He has been in delicate health for some time. 
He bore his afflictions with patience and resig- 
nation Disease diphtheria. He leaves a wife 
and one little daughter. Funeral at the Coon 
River meeting-house by J. W. Diehl from Rom. 

their loss. April 14th, 1870 again married to sis- 
ter Mary A. Garst, and soon after united with 
the Brethren church,in which he lived a consist- 
ent member until he died. He leaves a wife and 
twelve children to mourn their loss. Owing to 
sickness in family funeral service was postponed 
until sometime in the future. 

D. B. Sttjdeeakeb 

S WONGER. — In the Logan church, Logan county 
Ohio, Jan. 16th, 1881, Sister Tracy Swonger, wife 
of Elder Michael Swonger, aged about 53 years. 
She leaves a husband and four children to mourn 
the death of one that was dear to them. F oner- 
al services by the Brethren. 

Abednego Miller. 

ATER. — Near Marion Center, Marion county 
Kansas, Oct. Sth. 1880, Rachel A., daughter of 
Brother George and W. and sister Rebecca Ayer 
in her ninth year. 

Als3 Samuel F. son of same parents, Oct. 11th in 
in his 4th year. Also same name. 
Oct, 19th Rebecca Ayer. mother of the above 
children in her 29th year. 

Oct. 30 Brother George W. Ayer, father of and 
husband of the aoove. 

Dec. 9th, Mary, infant diugter of the above pa- 
rents, four weeks old. E. W. Flory. 

EYER.— In Washington, Douglas county, Kan, 
Near Willow Springs, Dec. 3ist, Brother Henry 
D. Eyer, aged 32 years 1 month and 22 days. 


The New York Methodist writes: "We are hap- 
py to announce the death of Rev. J. T. Inman." 
He was for many years a missionary in South 
America— so he said. While there he discovered 
something which proved to be of the greatest val- 
ue as a medicine— so he said. In his anxiety to do 
good he flooded the country with well-written cir- 
culars, and in response came many thousands of 
letters with money inolosures to his rooms at the 
Bible House in this city. The receipts ran up to 
the enormous amount of $200,000, and how much 
more we have not the means of knowiag. Now 
it appears that this benefactor of his race nev- 
er had a room in the Bible House, that his 
name was not Inaaan, that he had never been a 
missionary, and that his precious feet had never 
trod the soil of South America. But he is dead! 
Let bis ten thousand believers and dupes erect to 
his memory a monument of brass that will pierce 
the azure sky." 


HELM.— Departed this life December 27, 1880, H. 
J. Helm son of friend Joel and Etta Helm of 
lung fever, aged ten months and twelve days. 
Services J. C. McMulen and W. M Murray from 
Matt. 19: 13, 14. IsAHC Heistand. 

BROWN. — In the Macoupin Creek church, Mont- 
gomery county, 111. Jan. 13th, 1881, Brother Cas- 
well T. Brown, aged 57 years 9 months and 1 
day. The subject of this notice was born in 
in Tennessee, April 12l:h 1823; came to this State 
in an early day, and was married to Agness t-'ul- 
erton, Feb. 28th, 1855. She died March 19 1869, 
Leaving husband and seven children to mourn 

I spent yesterday iu the city ofElkharf, 
heard Rev. James Wailes of the Evan- 
gelical preach at ten A. 3i. Text 133 Psalm. He 
says we are all brethren, and should live together 
in harmony ; and he thanked God that there are 
enough churches for all to be suited, and in the 
main essentials we are all one. There are seven 
thousand inhabitants here and eleven churches, 
and about two thousand attend church. It does 
not look as though it did very much good as many 
churches At 7 p. M. went to the Mennonite church, 
heard Rev. Joseph Funk preach. Text, Isaiah 1: 
18. The points were: Is religion reasonable, and is 
itbEst to have our sins made white or shall they 
remain red until Christ comes V I am here resting 
from preaching and djing some mail service; as I 
was so worn down I felt that I must rest. My last 
preaching was in Wells county, Edler Sabey's 
church. We had a good meeting, but uo additions. 
We organized a new church, called Camden. We 
are having a fearful time with R. R. accidents 
just now. Five or six last week; fortunately only 
a few killed, and a few seriously hurt. 
Elkhart, Ind Jan. 24. 1181, 

More people have gone to the gibbet for want 
of early instruction, discipline, and correction, 
than from any incurable depravity of nature. 

SI. 50 
Per Anaom. 

Set for the defense of the Gospel— PhiUpp- 1: 17. 

Single Copiea, 
Five Cents.- 

Vol. 6. 

Mt. Morris, 111., Tuesday, Feb. 15, 1881. 

No. 6. 

Current Topics. 

It ia expected that Moody aud Sankey will 
go from the Pacific Coast to New Orleans for a 
few weeks and then sail for Great Britain again 
where they have engaged to begin early in the 

In the largest library in the world, in Paris, 
may be found a Chinese chart of the heavens, 
made about 600 years before Christ. In this 
chart 1460 stars are found correctly inserted, 
as corroborated by the scientists of the present 

Some idea of the labor and cost of making 
an illustrated paper may be formed from the 
statement that of the Caristma? natnbet of the 
London '"Graphic" 400,000 copies were printed, 
_460 persons employed, and $70,000 expended in 
its production. 

What a fact is it for Christian people to con- 
sider that it ia stated by an ^Eaglish paper, 
that more money is spent in Great Britain and 
Ireland in two days for intoxicating drink, than 
is given in a year for the cause of missions, 
Protestant and Catholic. 

Brother M. Zigleri of Broadway, Virginia, 
says we are having one of the coldest winters 
ever experienced here. In the last four weeks 
as much aa four feet of snow fell. On Decem- 
ber 30th, the thermometer went down to 26 
degrees below zero and in some places it was as 
low as 30°. 

Henry Lame, the oldest person in Indiana, 
died at Mount Vernon last week aged (accord- 
ing to his claim, which was pretty clearly es- 
tablished.) 123 years. He was a body servant 
to Gen. Mercer during the American Revolu- 
tion, and claims that at the time of the great 
fire in Richmond he had passed his majority. 

clouds of smoke and ashes. This coincident 
is leading many men to inquire if the volca- 
noes of the Pacific Islands are not to be con- 
sidered a part of the American continental vol- 
canic system. 

From Brotner Heyser, of Madison, Geogia, 
we have the following: We are having au 
unusually severe winter. Had one bed of snow 
six inches deep. Mercury down to four degrees 
below zero. Constant wet weather has kept 
the roada so bad that 1 have been compelled to 
close my little Sabbath school for the wintei. 
I wish to be remembered by the Primitive fam- 
ily hnd other kind friends with whom I enjoyed 
such a pleasant visit recently. — Primitive. 

The Waldensian Church has now one hun- 
dred agents evangelizing Italy, — not foreign- 
ers, but Italians by birth, by civil rights and 
privileges, they constitute a native agency. 
The Gospel is preached by them in forty-seven 
towns and villages. The number who attend 
public worship under them is about 4,000, and 
of these, 2,414 are communicants, the majority 
of whom have come out of the church of 
Rome. — Christian Standard. 

A man arose in one of Moody's meetings and 
gave his experience. "I have been for five year,; 
on the Mount of Transfiguration." "How 
many souls have you led to Christ last year?" 
was the sharp question that came from Mr. 
Moody in an instant. "Well I don't know," 
was the astonished reply. "Have you saved 
any ?" persisted Mr. Moody. "I don't know 
that I have," answered the man. "Well, vte 
don't want that kind of mountain-top experi- 
ence. When a man gets so high that he can't 
reach down and save poor sinners, there is 
something wrong." 


There is much excitement in Chili, South 
America, near the town of Canete, on account 
of large quantities of gold found by miners in 
an old abandoned gold mine known as the 
Lebu mines. Gold is found in nuggets, some 
of which have weighed four, five, and six 
ounces, and the nuggets have been sold as high 
aa $120. There have been instances of poor 
miners making hundreds and thousands of dol- 
lars in a few days. Fifteen hundred people are 
represented to be upon the spot. Upward ol 
1,300 claims have been taken out, and a notary 
public has taken §85,000 in the shape of fees. 

In 1859 there was a terrific eruption of the 
volcano Manna Loa, in the Sandwich Islands. 
In the same year Mount Baker, in Washington 
Territory, and Mount Hood, in Oregon, were 
in a state of eruption. A few weeks ago there 
was another violent eruption cf Manna Loa, 
and on Wednesday it waareported by telegraph 
that Mount Baker was again throwing out 

A century ago an infidel German countess, 
dying, gave orders that her grave should be 
covered with a solid slab of grfeite; that 
around it should be placed square blocks oi 
stone, and that the whole should be fastened 
together by strong iron clamps. "This buria! 
place, purchased to all eternity, must never be 
opened," — thus she defied the Almighty. But 
a little seed sprouted under the covering, and 
the tiny shoot. found its way through between 
two of the slabs, and grew there slowly 
and surely, until it burst the elampa asunder, 
and lifted the immense blocks. No wonder 
the people of Hanover, look at that tree and 
opening grave, as God's answer to the terrible 
defiance of the young countess. 

PROF. C. A. Grimmer, of Kingstone, Ja- 
maica, who ia a acientiat of fame, recent- 
ly made aome wonderful propheciea in connec- 
tion with the action of the planets and 
other heavenly bodies. He aays of the "Star of 
Bethlehem:" In 1887 the 'Star of Bethlehem" 
will be once more aeen in "Casseopia's chair," 
and it will be accompanied by a^total eclipse of 
the sun and moon. The star only makes its 
appearance every 315 years. It will appear and 
illuminate the heavens, and exceed in brillian- 
cy even Jupiter when in opposition to the sun, 
and, therefore, nearer to the sun and brightest. 
The marvelous brilliancy of the "Star of Beth- 
lehem" in 18S7 will surpass any of its previous 
viaitationa. It will be seen even by noonday, 
shining with a quick flashing light the entire 
year, after which it will gradually decrease in 
brightness and finally disappear, not to return 
to our heavens tUl 2202, or 315 years after 1887. 
This star first attracted the attention of modern 
astronomers in the year 1575. It was then 
called a new star. It was no new star, how- 
ever, for this was the star which shown so 
brightly 4 B. C, and was the star that illu- 
minated the heavens at the nativity of Christ. 
— Washington Republican. 


The above has been going the rounds among 
some of our exchaages,and having some reasons 
to doubt its reliability scientifically, we clipped 
the article and sent it to the Rochester Astro- 
nomical Society, and received the following 


Rochester, Jan. 28, 1881. 
Dear Sir: — In view of the many published 
statements regarding the identity of the "Star 
of Bethlehem" and the variable or rather the 
temporary star of Tycho, the question you 
ask is a very natural one. The whole theory, 
however, is founded on suppo3ition,that has not 
a siogle fact to support it. In the first place 
there never was a star of Bethlehem in the 
senae which we apply to a atar; it was simply 
a light they had seen in the east, and it came 
and stood over where the young child was. 
A star, instead of standing over a certain house, 
would stand over every house in the Holy land, 
and far beyond it. In 945 a bright atar blazed 
out aomewhere near Casaeopia as is supposed, 
and in 1264 another ofichich there is great doubt, 
and another in 1572, called Tycho's star. Now 
there is very little probability that the three 
(allowing that the 2nd, ever existed) were reap- 
pearances of the same atar; and that either of 
them was the Star of Bethlehem is all gammon. 
You will perceive that between 945 and 1264 
there was a period of 319 years, while between 
1264 and 1572 there v^ere only 308 This fact 
alone is sufficient to establish their non-identity. 
Respectfully yours, 

Louis Swibt. 



For the Brethren at "Wort. 


31 B. B. JACOBS. 

One day before the feast came on 
Sat Jesu3 with his chosen few. 

He knew he soon Tnust leave the world, 
And leave his faithful followers, too. 

He loved them well while in the world; 

They to hia will did always bend. 
In trials and temptations, too. 

He loved: yes lci\Ked them to the end. 

He knew all things were in his hand; 

He must obey his Father's will. 
Meekly he bowed to his command. 

That he his mission might fulfill. 

He lays his garments now aside; 

Calmly he riseth from the board, 
And with a towel did him gird. 

And water in a basin poured. 

The Son of Glod stoops down in love, 
And washes his disciples' feet. 

And with the towel does them wipe. 
To show obedience is meet. 

Then Peter, when he comes to him, 
In wonder saith, "Dost thou wash me?" 

But Jesus saith, ''What I do now 
Shall be hereafter known to thee." 

Then Peter spake unto the Lord, 
"Thou shalt- thoushalt never wash me." 

But Jesus saith, "I'll wash thee now, 
Or thou shale have no part with me. 

Know ye what I have done to you? 

Do ye not own me as your Lord ? 
Te call me Master, so I am. 

And I now give to you my word: 

Do unto all as I have done. 
For I have the example given; 

Ye shall be happy here on earth. 
And in my Father's home in heaven." 

For tie Brethren at Wort. 



SINNEE, what excuse will you have? 
Stop and think for one moment- 
Do you know why you are living in the 
condition you are? Have you ever 
thought, If I should be called away 
suddenly to meet my Judge, what ex- 
cuse would I have for not being pre- 
pared for that solemn event which will 
srrely come? Or have you some ex- 
cuse framed for which you are staying 
away ftom Christ? Is it because some- 
body that is in the church does not live 
in accordance with their profession ? Or 
do you say, I intend to come to Christ 
after I have served the enemy of my 
soul a little longer ? Do you suppose 

such excuses will avail anything when 
you are called to stand before your 
Judge to give an impartial account for 
your stewirdship here? Friendly 
sinner, I fear such excuses will be of 
little value. Because somebody else does 
wrong I will stay away from Christ and 
be lost — ■ eternally lost ! O solemn 
thought that we should be forever de- 
barred from all the enjoyments of heav- 
en! And not only be deprived from 
the great enjoyments, but be in contin- 
ual torment forever and ever ! O kind 
reader, let me entreat you to ponder 
these weighty matters well. Think of 
eternity; think too, Am I safe should I 
be called away now? May God help 
us ail to prepare for that solemn event. 
My dear young friends, I often think 
of these verses: 

My youthful mates, both small and great, 
Stand here and you shall see. 

An awful sight which is a type 
Of what you soon must be. 

I used to appear once fresh and fair. 

Among the youthful crowd. 
But now behold me dead and cold, 

Wrapped in a sable shroud. 

My cheeks once red like roses spread. 

My sparkling eyes so gay; 
But now you see how 'tis with me — 

A lifeless lump of clay. 

When you are dressed in all your best. 

In fashion so complete. 
You soon must be, as you see me, 

Wrapped in a winding sheet. 

Ah youth ! beware and do prepare 

To meet the monster death. 
For he may come when yon are young. 

And steal away your breath. 

When you on to your frolics go, 

Remember what I saj ; 
In a short time though in your prime, 

You may be called away. 

Now I am gone; I can't return. 

No more of me you'll see; 
But it is true that all of you 

Must shortly follow me. 

When you onto my grave do go, 

The gloomy place to see, 
I say to you who stand in view. 

Prepare to follow me. 



ii'\KTlLL you support a religious pa- 
' ' per clean and free from secu- 
lar or worldly advertisements?" 

Reader, are you willing to let the 
moral weight and truth of this question 
come to you ? Will you allow j ust for a 
little while your mind to be unbiased 
by prejudice to some man or to some 
artful and spicy contribution, which 

vainly tries to prove the spiritual and 
religious worth of secular advertise- 
ments in the ministry of the "press" 
sending forth a paper consecrated to the 
service of the Lord? 

My first argument against our relig- 
ious papers becoming agents through 
which to advertise the business of the 
world is that they at once falsify their 
face. I have never yet seen a re- 
ligious paper that did not agree to de- 
vote its pages to preaching the gospel, 
and any stranger looking at the face of 
^Aese papers would never expect in the 
course of a year to get a good many 
pages devoted to advertising the busi- 
ness of this world. 

But it is argued by some that be- 
cause we need these things we have a 
right to advertise them in our religious 
papers. The wise man says, "There is a 
time for all things;" he don't want us 
to mix them too much. Yet if the 
world was not full of advertisements 
for "College Buildings and their facili- 
ties," "Dry Goods and Notions," "Tail- 
or and Milliner Shops," "Wagon 
Shops," "Meat Markets," and "Restau- 
rants" — and the man of God, with the 
truth seeker, would be likely to suffer 
for not knowing where to obtain the 
necessities of life; then there might be 
an apology for advertising the lawful 
things for the Christian and truth-seek- 
er to use. But it is farther argued that 
"'Paul labored with his hands,' and that 
was secular, and so do our ministers, 
vidth our brethren and sisters every- 
where." Paul did not tell where the 
work could be done, and where the 
tents could be purchased; he did the 
work, — he made the tents, along with 
other laborers. Would to God many 
would do like good old Paul and many 
of our faithful brethren and sisters of to- 
day; there would be less "begging" col- 
leges, papers and worthless preachers to 
support, and those who would preach 
would be men who, like Paul, would 
"bear in their bodies the marks of the 
Lord Jesus," and those who would 
teach in schools would not be turned to 
the right or left to ape the rotten and 
false principles of the world; and 
those who would edit papers would 
keep their pages pure. 

In the past fifteen years I have been 
around some, and not a little on the 
outskirts of our brethren, and I have 
found out pretty well what kind of a 
paper the truth-seekers want. I have 
often heard them say they wanted a 




paper that would not contradict the some tailor shop, a milliner and a dress- 
doctrine that thej minister preached, i maker. I tell yon it would not sound 
provided he represented the doctrine of j well. Or again, I might be preaching 

his society, and if his society or church 
did not represent the doctrine of the 
New Testament, they neither wanted 
paper, preacher, nor church. These 
men and women who are seeking the 
truth are sensitive; they are generally 
the most solid people we have. Many 
of them come from societies where the 
cloak of religion has been drawn over 
all kinds of advertisements, and they 
have come to us for something better; 
they want spiritual food; they want 
clean papers, clean preachers, and a 
clean church. 

Some years ago, after preaching at a 
place, a couple of gentlemen asked me if 
there were any papers published in the 
interest of our people. When I gave 
them a couple, one of them read aloud 
a very good piece; and then looked 
through the pay er, and when he came 
to the list of advertisements he remark- 
ed: "This spoils the article." "What?," 
i asked. "Why these worldly adver- 
tisements." I answered, "You need not 
read them." "Ah," said he, "they are 
here." He continued, "Suppose after 
you had preached your sermon you 
would have advertised for sale a book 
called the 'Blue Coats — -how they 
fought, bled, and died,' 'Esop's Fa- 
bles,' and 'Courtships,' and also 'Sil 
vertongued Organ' for sale. It would 
spoil your sermon. We would report 
you, and your people would stop you 
from preaching. We want a paper con- 
ducted in its publications just like a 
preacher who preaches the gospel, and 
then stops without annoying our pa- 
tience with things that are crowded up- 
on us almost every day through the 
week." Now, thought I the other day, 
let me test this logic: I will preach the 
gospel even if I should have to say, 
"Mind not high things but condescend 
. to men of low estate," and "be not con- 
formed to this world." And then at 
the close of my remarks tell the people 
I know where they can obtain the most 
thorough collegiate course in the coun- 
try ; I give them a picture of the build- 
ing it may perchance be at Mt. Morris, 
Ashland, or Huntingdon. It would 
kill the preaching. Suppose sometime 
I will be discoursing to the people on 
the subject of plainness and exhorting 
the members of the church in that di- 
rection, but in the course of my re- 
marks I should tell the congregation of 

to the people about being temperate 
and of the necessity of fasting, and 
then m connection with my remarks, 
tell the people where the best restau 
rant is. Or again, I might be exhorting 
the congregation not to be worldly- 
minded, and not allow the world to 
come up to destroy their holy thoughts, 
and tell the people to center their 
thoughts upon heaven and heavenly 
things; but suppose about the time I 
would get them to believe ihf.t I 
had faith in what I said I would 
tell them where they could get dry 
goods and notions to the best advantage. 
And then I might tell the farmers, too, 
where they could meet with ready de- 
mand for their fat cattle. "O that wont 
do; it is not at the right place and time." 
The plea that our preachers and the 
majority of our members work with 
their hands wont justify mixing in the 
way contended for. Although our 
preachers, with many of our brethren, 
may and do labor with their hands, 
each may have his vocation in life. Bro. 
John Wise told me a few days ago that 
he had been working lately at the car 
pen ter trade; but in his preaching he 
told us we should not be concerned 
about the business of this life in our 
hours of worship. He did not bring 
his tools in the meeting house and work 
in connection with the season of wor- 
ship, nor did he advertise his business 
or trade during preaching. 

Another one feeds cattle, but thank 
God he did not drive them along to 
meeting, and engage in the business 
there so as to mix it with his sermons of 
devotion, yet if he even thought of his 
business much it was mixing it too much 
for the meeting to be very profitable to 

Now when 1 read our papers I feel 
about the same as when I hear the 
brethren preach. I"unccver my head," 
and I don't want the cares and business 
of time to bother me. I look upon the 
paper as a preacher, and if it is the 
right kind I just as little expect the ho- 
ly season of worship to be disturbed 
in reading, by worldly or secular adver- 
tisements as I would if I were in the 
meeting-house hearing a gospel sermon 
or reading the gospel myself. 

It is true we can ask God to bless our 
business if it is lawful. If this be mix- 
ing we can mix business and religion 

this way. But by no means are we 
to drag our secular business into our 
preaching or "religious papers" by way 
of advertisement", unless it is for 
money, and if for this, we wiU preach, 
accordingly, and in a few years God 
may pity the poor himself, for we will 
have too many other things too look 

I think I hear the response from many 
hearts saying, "Yes we will support 
such a paper as the B. at W. promises 
to be for 1-S81 ; just because if you live 
up to your promise we will have better 
reading and more of it." 

A paper is published in Michigan, a 
semi infidel sheet, yet claiming to be 
religious. They have never advertised 
anything but their books and pamph- 
lets, and they have a large circulation. 
Now if the devil can keep up a pa- 
per without secular advertisements 
(even that that would be in his 
favor) why can't we without advertis- 
insr that which' is against us? Has the 
truth less power than falsehood ? 

If you cannot keep up a paper in 
the way you promised, I shall take it 
as a testimony that it is a sin to edit a 
paper. Another thing I noticed in this 
paper: they never allowed an article 
written by any of the members of their 
society against their order, faith, and 
practice to be published. Look out for 
such advertisements; don't let them 
come in. May God give you this wis- 
dom to guide you, and it can never be 
said that your paper built up a party in 
the church. 

it is only when men associate with 
the wicked with the desire and purpose 
of doing them good that they can rely 
upon the protection of God to preserve 
them from contamination. 

A drunken man came up to Rowland 
Hill one day and said, "I am one of 
your converts, Mr. Hill." "I dare say 
you are," replied that shrewd and sens- 
ible preacher: "but you are none of the 
Lord's converts, or you would not be 

Life is a book of which we have one 
edition. Let each day's action as they 
add their pages to the indestructible 
volume, be such as we shall be willing 
to have an assembled world read. 

True faith makes the sinner humble, 
active and self-denying; false faith 
leaves men proud, indolent and^self- 





Baptism into the name of each person of the 

Holy Trinity. 

"Produce your cause, aalth the Lord ; bring forth 
your strong reasons, saith the king of Jacob." Isa. 
41 : 21. 

SOME ask how we harmonize three 
actions with Paul's expression in 
Eph. 4:5, "One Lord, one faith, one 
baptism." Our opponents say, "If you 
dip once in the name of the Father, 
that's one baptism, and if you dip once 
more in the name of the Son, that's Pwo 
baptisms, and if you dip once more in 
the name of the Holy Spirit that's ihree 
baptisms." Were this true, I could, 
reasoning by analogy, make out a mon- 
strous case, and convict all who believe 
in a divine Savior and Holy Spirit, of 
tri-theism. Do you believe that the 
Father is Lord ? Yes. Owe Lord? Do 
you belive that the Son is Lord? Yes. 
Two Lords? Do you believe th&t the 
Holy Spirit is Lord ? Yes. Tliree Lords ? 
Will you have it ? Is that the doctrine 
of single immersionists who believe in 
the tri- personality of the godhead? "Oh 
no," you say. I tell you it is cerainly the 
inevitable conclusion of your methed of 
reasoning against our form of baptism. 
You say "We have only one godhead, 
but three powers. Father, Son, and Ho- 
ly Spirit in one." So I tell you we 
have only '■'■one haptlsiii'''- — one adminis- 
tration — one appropriate rite of initia- 
tion into the church of Christ, but three 
united and concurring actions in one. 
The argument offered here by the ad- 
vocates of single immersion, against our 
form of administration, is virtually the 
same that was urged by Pagans in the 
primitive age of the church against the 
tri-personality of the godhead. Simi 
lar observations might be made respect- 
ing the "one faith" of Christianity. It 
not only comprehends the distinct offic- 
es and relations of Father, Son and Ho- 
ly Spirit, but every article in the New 
Testament creed. Is a belief in the 
Father, faith, f It certainly is. Is a 
belief in the Son, faith? It certainly 
is. Is a belief m the Holy Spirit, /aM.^ 
It certainly is. Is it therefore not one 
faith, because it comprehends in a three- 
fold exercise the existence and doctrine 
of the three powers in the godhead ? 
But on this subject we find, as it were, 
trinity in trinity. "Faith," as Bro. Esh- 
elman expresses it, "is historic in its cre- 
dence of facts stated, objective in look- 
ing to the meritorious works of Christ, 
and subjective, in accepting his com- 
mands and submitting to his divine 

authority." One Faith Vindicated. 
Histoj'ically , we believe in Christ as the 
prophet whom we hear. Objectively^ we 
believe in him as the Great High Priest, 
on whom we rely, and subjectively, we 
believe in him as the King whom we 
obey. Our one baptism is triune in 
confession of our one faith which is tri- 
une, in our one God who is triune. But 
some exclaim with apparent astonish- 
ment, "What ! one immersion ? and three 
immersions?" Such I remark is not at 
all strange when we reflect upon their 
application and the uses and idioms of 
language. When we speak of "three 
immersions" we always allude to the 
concurring actions which make up the 
ordinance. When we speak of "one 
immersion" we mean the one ordinance 
in its appropriate sense. Christ's one 
"church" (Matt. 16: 18) is composed of 
churches, 1 Cor. 16: 1; Rev. 1: 4. The 
"word" of God (Luke 8: 2) consists of 
his "words." Acts 11: 14. God's 
"work" (Gen. 2: 2) is made up of his 
"works." Heb. 4: 4, 10. The Bible 
(book) is composed of "books." That 
bronchial irritation which you call a 
"cough" consists of "coughs." Thus 
the same word is often used in the sing- 
ular to express the whole, that is used 
in the plural to express its parts. Why 
therefore may not three immersions 
(acts) compose one immersion (an ordi- 
nance) ? 

Alexander Carson, one of the most 
distinguished Baptist writers that Eu- 
rope ever produced, found no difficulty 
with this thought. He says "The three 
immersions used by the ancients in the 
performance of the rite are called 
tria baptismata, three baptisms, 
that is three immersions; for 
it could not have been th7'ee purifica- 
tions, it was only one purification. I am 
well aware that these three immersions 
may be called also one baptism. My 
philosophy can account for this. When 
they are said to be three baptisms, the 
word IS used in reference to the act of 
immersion; when they are called one 
baptism, the word is used in reference 
to the r'lte in its appropriate se7ise.'''' 
Carson on Bap. p. 491. But we do not 
need the foregoing argument, however 
available, if we remember that "era 
baptisma" here rendered "owe ba2Msm" 
cannot be rendered ''one dip!''' Could 
it be translated by some word bearing 
the same relation to "■bapto'''' that bap- 
tisrrha has to baptize, the advocates of 
single immersion would have an argu 

ment. Ing attached to a verb in the 
jiresent tense indicates repetition or con- 
tinuation of action — thus, one step, ex- 
presses but one action,but one stepping 
involves a plurality of steps. The word 
speah really requires but one articula- 
tion, but one speaTcinq indicates a rep- 
etition of words. So one dip would 
require a person to be put into the 
water once, but the word admits no 
such rendering, while the Emphatic 
Diaglott renders it "one dipping," and 
Luther's translation has it ''eine taufe,^^ 
one dipping. With this I am inform- 
ed corresponds the Gothic of the 
4th century, the Danish of 1524, the 
Swedish of 1534, and the Dutch of 
1560. It should be remembered that 
"baptisma" corresponds with baptiao, a 
frequentative Greek verb. Bullion says, 
''Jf'requeniatives express repeated ac- 
tion,^' also "■ Frequentatives a/re those 
which signify repeated action. These 
commonly end in so." Gr. Gram. § 72, 
193, 8.§ 115, 314, 2. With this agrees 
Host Gram. § 94, 2, b; also Buttman 
Gram. § 119, 1, 5, 2. To this class of 
verbs belongs baptize, to baptize. An- 
drew and Stoddard speaking ofLat. verbs 
say '■' Frequentatives express a repetition 
or increase of the action expressed by 
the primitive and "are formed by add- 
ing to the third root; as domo (domit) 
domito," &c., also "by adding ito to the 
first root of the primitive; as, ago (ag) 
agito," &c. Lat. gram. § 187, 2, 1, a, b. 
To this class of verbs belongs mergito, 
to immerse. Prof. Stewart, after show- 
ing from TertuUian and Jerome that 
baptize was early translated by mergito, 
says, "It would appear, * that a feeling 
existed among some of the Latin Fath- 
ers, when they rendered baptizo by 
mergito, that baptizo is, in its appropri- 
ate sense, what the grammarians and 
lexicographers call a 'frequentative, 
verb' — i. e., one which denotes repeti- 
tion of the action which it indicates. 
Nor are they alone in this; some of the 
best Greek scholars of the present and 
past ages have expressed the same opin- 
ion in a more definite shape. Buttman 
lays it down as a principle of the Greek, 
language, that a class of verbs ending 
in 'zo,' formed from other verbs, have 
the signification of frequentatives. 
(Giam. sec. 119, 1, 5, 2) Rost lays 
down the same principle (Gram. sec. 
94, 3, b.) In accordance with this, 
Stephens and Vossius have given their 
opinion, and 'highest authorities' of re- 
cent date in lexicography, have decided 
in the same way. Passow, Bretschnei- 
der and Donnegen, all affirm that bap- 
tizo originally and properly means, to 
dip or plunge oftan or repeatedly." 
Quinter and McConnel Deb, p. 2. 

J. w, s. 

Note. "Bebammenon," here is quoted by Ori- 
gen in one of his homilies on John, and more 
probably fi om older and more reliable 
"Errantismenon," which seems to be the more cor-: 
rect rendering, as it evidently corresponds with 
Is.. 63: 3. 




From Jas. R, Gish.— Dear Beeth- 

EEN" AT Work: I last wrote you from 
Corniug just before leaving that point 
for Hot Springs, 1311i inst. Left about 
5 A. M. Had about all day's run through 
a low timber country : considerable of 
it had water standing on it. Now and 
then we would pass a cabin — generally 
one room one story high, no window; 
when they want light they open the 
door until the house is filled, then they 
shut the door until they use up their 
stock of light, then they must sit in 
darkness or repeat the operation; un 
less the house is minus chinking and 
daubing, (which is not uncommon.) 
Many of these little cleared patches 
show marks of age and decay, with 
here and there an old limb- broke 
clump of neglected peach trees; 
very few apple trees to be seen. Al- 
most every farm shows marks of "don't 
care if it aint fixed." The land, as far 
as I could see, would be considered 
about second and third rate. Passing 
Little Rock, we had principally pine 
hills and thin lands as far as we came 
on the St. Louis & Iron Mountain Rail- 
road, which was to Malvern. Here we 
changed cars f o'r Hot Springs ; arrived 
about 5 p. M. I will not attempt any 
description of the place, as I sent you a 
paper that gives the particulars much 
better than I can, of which you can 
make such extracts as you see fit. We 
have been here about two weeks; and 
owing to bad health and some bad 
Weather, we have not been able to get 
out of the city, much less to see the 
surrounding country. One object in 
coming to this place was to stay a few 
days and try to recruit my health, as I 
had taken a severe cold. But instead 
of recruiting I had a severe attack of 
rheumatism, which settled in my left 
knee joint and drew my leg so crooked 
' that 1 have been unable to walk or even 
standalone for some days. To-day, by 
the use of a cane and careful moving, I 
got to the table and back to our room. 
But when we will be able to get away 
here we can't tell. Would like, if health 
will permit, to have a look at some of 
the sui'rounding country. As far as I 
have been able to see, it is a poor pine, 
knobby, hilly country surrounding the 
springs. But they tell me there is 
some good farm land south west of here 
on a small river, which land I would 
like to see for the satisfaction and bene- 
fit of the Brethren that would like to 
move South on account of the climate. 
Some may think this a strange way to 
do missionary work. My answer is : If 
we cannot find a suitable country to live 
in or that would be good enough for 
brethren to move to, we can never suc- 
ceed in building up a church of our 

am out, if health and circumstances 
will not allow me to do anything to- 
wards building the house, I will try 
to find a suitable place for the foun- 
dation, at least as far as my judgment 
goes; but have seen nothing yet that in- 
dicates even fair prospects. Among the 
thousands here and the many coming 
and going, we have met no friendly face 
that we ever saw before. 
Hot Springs, Arkansas, Jan. 27. 

From W. B. Sell —We have had a 
solid Winter in this part of Missouri; 
snow ever since Dec. 24th, good sleigh- 
ing and one of the greatest blessings — 
health has been good all Winter. We 
have no place here to hold meeting, on- 
ly in school-houses, and our member- 
ship is so scattered that we have not 
had any meetings for sometime. Con- 
template a series of meetings to com- 
mence on the 4th of February. 

Darlington, Mo., Jan. 28. 

From S. 0. Meek-— i^rethren Joseph 
Michael and James E. Hilkey, of Doug 
las County, Kansas, came here the 8th 
of this month and commenced preach- 
ing. Notwithstanding the extreme cold 
weather, our congregation increased in 
numbers until at the closs of our meet- 
ing the house was crowded. All seem- 
ed to be very much interested. The 
brethren and sisters have been greatly 
strengthened and encouraged in the 
cause of our Redeemer. We number 
forty-five members, nine of whom live 
fifteen miles south of this place, and 
five of whom live fifteen miles 
west. We have no speaker here, 
and have but little preaching. We 
feel thankful to our dear brethren that 
visit us; there are some that remember 
us yet. They have oui- best wishes. We 
pray the good Lord that he will give 
them many souls for theii- hire. 

James Crossing, Jackson Co., Kan., Jan. 25. 

scattered pretty much all over the dis- 
trict, calling for preaching. I have 
been in the Mineral Creek Church two 
difi^erent times, and find that harmony 
and peace are the prevailing order now 
among them. They ,too, are as orderly 
a. body of members as can be found in 
the entire brotherhood. They labor 
jointly to maintain the general order of 
the brotherhood. I am aware tbat Mis- 
souri is held under par both politically 
and ecclesiastically by those of the 
North and East; but any one will be 
surprised in both respects who will 
visit us, as some were last Fall whom 
we met on our tour. They expressed 
themselves with great surprise — some 
saying they never enjoyed themselves so 
well in theii' lives as they did at some 
of oui- feasts. Here in Saline we have 
a small church. The calls for preach- 
ing are numerous. Our country will 
furnish the best body of fertile soil in 
the West, and the farmer can be amply 
remunerated for his labor here in tilling 
it. Brethren that desire emigrating to 
the West will do well to call and see 
our couiitry. Our market privileges 
are as good as can be found in the 
West. We have the advantage of three 
railroads and the river, and another 
railroad will, without doubt, be con- 
structed the coming Summer through 
our country. We need not say to our 
minisiering brethren that we need your 
assistance, for you can ascertain this 
from the foregoing. But we can say 
that we much desire good active, labor- 
ing brethren to come and locate among 
us, and work with us. I will assure 
you that you can't find a more needful 
field to labor in. Come and see us and 
our country, and we think that you 
will be induced to settle with ns. 
Brownsville, Saline Co., Mo. 

From D. L. Williams.— I wish to 

say to the general brotherhood that 
since the 30th day of last September I 
have visited ten of the churches of the 
Southern District of Missouri; was at 
nine feasts and the District Meeting, 
and I can venture to say, from an hon- 
est conviction, that a more orderly body 
of members cannot be found, and that 
no district of churches in a better work- 
ing condition; love and peace prevails 
throughout; and the members are gen- 
erally alive unto the good cause. The 
calls for preaching are very numerous, 
and not more than half of them can be 
filled, if possibly that, by the present 
ministerial force. There are about thir- 
ty-five ministers in this district, and a 
few of them spend a greater part of 
^their time at the work. There are 
twenty organized churches in this dis- 
trict, and several little groups of scat- 

From S. T, Bosserman.— Dear B. 

AT W., 1 arrived here on the 18th inst., 
to assist in the Master's cause at this 
place, and found Eld P. J. Brown al- 
ready at work, at which time we joined 
him in the labors. Our meetings are of 
increasing interest, and the spirit of the 
Lord IS at work. Five precious souls 
have already been baptized, and pros- 
pects bid fair for more. Our dear com- 
panionable brother and able expounder 
of the doctrine of Jesus, P. J. Brown, 
left to day for another field of labor. 
We expect to remain a short time 
yet,and then return to "Bright8ide,"and 
enjoy the association of the family for a 
short time, and then off for the conflict 
again. May God grant suflicient grace 
to his people everywhere that labor 
may be sweet, and trials be endured, ac- 
complishing good in the name of Jesus. 
Our present field of labor is Seneca 
Church. Local ministers are brethren 
John Shontz, George Elliot and S. A. 



From a Sister. — ^Oar last qaarterly coun- 
cil was held oa New Year's day. Considera- 
ble business transacted, and we had reason to 
believe it was done in the fear of the Lord. 
Eight of our members joined the Congregation- 
al Brethren in Novtmber, and as their cases 
had not been acted upon yet, that was the first 
to come before the meeting. As they are now 
members of another body, the church could 
not hold them as brethren and they were dis- 
owned . Six of them are persons who were re- 
ceived back into the church when the Anfiual 
Meeting Committee was here, Oct. 1879. It 
seems that some persons must have their own 
way. If we could only all walk upon that 
narrow way which Jesus has left for his fol- 
lowers to travel upon, there would be none of 
this strife. But the evil one will sow the seeds 
of discords wherever he can. 

"We also held a choice for two deacons. The 
lot fell upon our beloved brethren, I. Barn- 
hizer and Joseph MoKee. May the Lord bless 
them and ever enable them to fill their calling. 

Oar little band now seems to be in love and 
union, and we earnestly pray that love may 
continue to exist, that we will not be called 
upon to witness troubles again as we have the 
pa?t three years. Elders Jacob Snyder and 
Samuel Flory were with us at our council, and 
labored with and for us, preaching four good 
sound sermons. The members all seemed en- 
couraged and greatly strengthened. 

Brethren pray for us; we need your prayers 
to build us up, for we have passed through 
very sore trials. May we all hold out faithful 
and at last gain a home in heaveu, is my pray- 
er. — Deep Biver, Iowa. 

From Mary Evans. — To the brethren and 

sisters of North Missouri: Though being per- 
sonally acquainted with bat few of you, allow 
me to say a few words iu defense of my hua- 
band who is now in another part of the State 
on our Father's business, and not having re 
covered the use of his hand, is not yet able to 
write, hearing that some of our dear brethren 
are offended on account of an article he wrote 
some time ago for the B. at W. oa the use of 
tobaeco among some of our brethren and sis 
ters of our acqaaintance. Now let me assure 
you that he by no means meant that it was 
the prevailing practice of the brethren in North 
Missouri, but to those who do me it, he wrote 
in love and kindness, hoping that he might in- 
duce them, by the help of our heavenly Father 
to give up this filthy habit, and I am sure if 
they knew how much it grieves us to see that 
so many whom we love are not able to over 
come this lust of the flesh they would not take 
offense. Perhaps it hurts us more, because for 
five years we were connected with people where 
not one used tobacco. But when we united 
with the Brethren we believed they were the 
only people with whom we could obey all the 
commandments of Christ. And out of this 
people we believe that Jesus soon is coming to 
select a bride to sit with him upon his throne 
and reign over this earth for a thousand years. 
Having this hope we want to purify ourselves 
of all fiUhiness of the flesh and spirit perfeoiing 
holiness in the fear of God; denying ourselves of 
all ungodliness aud woridiy lusts, we should 
live soberly, righteously, and godly in this 
world looking for that blessed hope, and the 

glorious appearing of the great God and our 
Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us, 
that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and 
purify unto himself a peculiar people, zialous 
of good works. This we know is the doctrine 
of the Brethren, and that baptism in the 
water alone is not sufSoient for salva- 
tion, but when we are baptized into the name 
of the Father, we become related to him as 
sons and daughters, and in the name of the 
Son, we are buried with Christ, putting off' the 
old man with his deeds and rising to a new life, 
we become new creatures. Then when we are 
baptized into the name of the Holy Spirit, we 
have the promise that he will lead us into all 
truth and enable us to bring forth the 
fruits of the spirit. 

True, there are babes in Christ, but we musf 
not always remain babes; we must grow up to 
the stature of perfect men and women in 
Christ Jesns, for without holiness no man shall 
see the Lord. Therefore brethren, let us pre- 
sent our bodies a living sacrifice holy accepta- 
ble unto God which is our reasonable service, 
and be not conformed to this world, but be 
transformed by the renewing of our mind, 
that we may prove that what is good and 'ac- 
ceptable and perfect will of God. 

Dearly beloved, let love be without dissimu- 
lation; let us have that charity which thinketh 
no evil; which is not easily piovoked, but 
which suffereth long and is kind. And now 
may the God of peace sanctify us wholly, and 
may our whole spirit, soul, and body be pre- 
served blameless unto the coming of our Lord 
Jesus Christ, is my prayer. — Detvitt, Carroll 

From J. D. Haughtelin. — "Clergyman's 
half fare permits" All of our ministering breth- 
ren can have half fare permits over the rail- 
roads where they travel to fill their appoint- 
ments if the deacons will apply for them direct 
to the genera; ticket agent, and explain that 
we as a church have no salaried ministers; that 
they support their families and preach without 
temporal compensation, and that if the permits 
are granted they will be accepted with the mu-. 
tual unde, 'standing that they shall never be 
used except when engaged in" ministerial du- 
ties. Brethren, let m be careful never to be- 
tray this trust. I have assisted many in get- 
ting "permits." The railroad companies want 
us to have ihexn..— Maple River Junction, la. 

From Isaac Steel. — The meetings at the 
Fountain Hill Meeting-house in the Wooster 
Church closed on the evening of the 10th with 
eight additions; seven by baptism and one re- 
claimed. Quite an interest was manifested 
during our meeting; had large crowds, and 
some nights many were turned away on ac- 
count of th,'3 house being too small to accom- 
modate them. Could Brother Workman have 
staid viith us longer we think many more 
would have come into the fold. Brother "W". is 
truly able to defend the cause of Christ and 
the doctrine of the brethren. At the close of 
one of his discourses upon that Dunkard. plat- 
form, a member of the United Brethren faith 
said that it was the best Dunkard sermon that 
he ever heard, and confessed that it was no use 
for any one to work against the platform, for 
if they did they would be working against a 

hill that they would not be able to climb. But 
unto God would we ascribe all the honor. — 
Wooster, Ohio. 

From D. E. Brubaker. — After some delay 
I will make a partial report of me?ting3 held 
in the Indian Creek Church during the present 
Winter, believing it to be a matter of encour- 
agement to others to heir that the good work 
is not lying still. Some time during the mid- 
dle of December our esteemed Bro. S. M. 
Goughnour commenced a series of meetings at 
the Green Valley School-house, and continued 
five days, dealing out the Bread of Life to large 
and attentive audiences. Bro. Paul Wetzsl was 
to be present to deal out the loaves to our Ger- 
man friends in the German language, but 
through imperfect arrangements he failed to 
reach the place of meeting until we were about 
to close. The writer not being present until 
near the close, cannot note tiie subjects treated; 
but sufBc3 it to say that the cause was very 
much strengthened, and a number of wayward 
sinners evinced plain evidences that all was not 
well in their heaits, and some otheis said, ''We 
will come by and by." 

Jan. Sih. Bro. John Zack and Bro. B. F. 
Miller, of Cedar County, came to our assist- 
ance in the ministry at a series of meetings at 
the Center Sehool-house. Bro. John opened 
the first meeting with the sub eot, "The Chris- 
tian Family." 

The weather most of the time was extreme- 
ly cold, with much snow and large drifts; very 
disagreeable to have teams standing out, yet 
the meetings were mostly well attended. No 
accessions, but many brought nearer the king- 
dom, and the church much edified, and the Re- 
deemer's cause much built up. May God bless 
the brethren for their labors of love. — Iowa. 

From A. Hutchi son. — I am now with the 
church in Ray County, Missouri, trying to 
help them to work in the interest of the Re- 
daemer's kingdom. Was very much disap- 
pointed because I did not meet my dear Bro. 
Harper, yet I trust he is doing a good work for 
the Master wherever he may be. I was glad 
however to have the happy privilege of meet- 
ing Brethren James Evans, C. C. Root, and D. 
D. Sell, and heard them sound the trumpet 
with no uncertain sound. Such meetings are 
very pleasant to me — to see that these 
faithful standard bearers are determined to ' 
stand up faithfully for the principlfts taught by 
our Divine Hgad. And I am glad to ste that 
our dear brethren of the B. at W. office set out 
for another year with humble boldness to 
maintain the principles of the gospel. Goon 
dear brethren unto the end. — Morton, Mo., Jan. 
22nd, '81. 

From Katie Eavey. — We have meetiug 
here iu Frederick City every two weeks by some 
strange brethren. We rented an old Method- 
ist Church for one year. Bro. Dan. Stouffer, of 
Washington County, Md., came with us on 
Saturday, Jan. 16th, and on the 16fch preached 
for ua. We had a series of meetings; Bro. 
Jesse Calvert preached, assisted by Bro. Jacob 
Trostle. Had a very enjoyable meeting. Five 
were added to the fold of Christ. We be- 
lieve their earnest labors have done much 
good, and we pray that the Lord will bless 
them according as he seeth best for them. — 
Frederick City, Md,, Jan. 23. 






REMEMBER that plenty of free air, fresh 
water, aud whoie=ome food will do won- 
ders in keeping a home healthy and happy. 
Let every member of the household be plain- 
ly and fittingly attired; countenance no extrav- 
agai:ee; parley with no display and unnecessary 
dress; be circumspect in all your dealings, sim- 
ple in habits, cheerful in mind; try to give 
every one an interest in home, and the feeling 
that they have a tangible stake in the home 
peace and pleasure. Have settled hours for 
meals, — hours as unchangeable under ordinary 
circumstances as the famous 1a ws of the Mtdes 
and Persians, The system of continual uncer- 
tainty of order and neatness found in many 
homes of our land betokens indolence and care- 
lessness. To make a home desirable and happy, 
it should always be neat and tidy and in order, 
and also have plenty of light — light is one of 
most active agencies in enlivening and beautify- 
ing a home. We all know the value of sun- 
light as a health- giving agent to the physica 
constitution, and it is no less so to our moral 
and physical nature. We are more active un 
der its influence, can think betti r and act more 
vigorously. L°,t us therefore have plenty of 
light in our houses. Dark rooms bring depres- 
sion of spirit,they impart a sense of confinement 
of isolation and of powerlessness, which is chil- 
ling to energy and vigor. Let the warm sun 
stream in its light and it will bring health to 
our bodies and joy to our souls. m. o. n. 

aud in nj respjct more than in fulfilling a 
work that will have a good infi lenc^ upon our 
associates. m. c. n. 




ATO human being can come into this world 
j}{ without increasing or diminishing hu- 
man happiness; not only of the present, bat of 
every subsequent age of humanity. It is ut- 
terly impossible for any one to detach himself 
from this connection. There is no stqaestered 
spot in the universe to which he can retreat 
from hi? relation to others, where he can with- 
draw the influence of his existence upon the 
moral destiny of the world. Every where he 
will have companions who will be better or 
worse for his influence. Among the almost 
endless varieties of human wants there is not 
one which makes itself more powerfully and 
keenly felt than the want of good influence. We 
are all aware of this fact. The young espec- 
ially have need of virtuous associates, whose 
conservative influence will always surround 
them. Without these, their virtue has no se- 
curity. The existence of happiness depends 
upon good influence, whether in a community 
or a private family. We know that the pri- 
vate family has a powerful influence, and if ju- 
diciously directed, will preserve happiness; and 
while there is but one moment fully in our 
hands, (and that is the present) we should im- 
prove it, for if we lose it, it is gone forever, 
and with it has flown the opportunity it 
brought; the next has its own mission, and 
cannot bear the burdens of the past. Life de- 
mands in all its phases prompt decisive action, 

DEA.R brother, I will now try to comply 
with your kind rtqaest in casting in my 
httle, into the Home and Family department, 
aud although I may not take a very popular 
course, please bear with me. In former days it 
was my lot to reside in different families, and 
being naturally a close observer, I learned 
many deep and impressive lessons; learned long 
before we had a home, that it took more than 
one to make home happy. We have heard 
much and r^ad more about how a wife should 
make honia happy, ho iv smilingly she should 
meet her husband every time he enters the 
rcom,how kindly she should treat their children, 
how pleasant and lovely she sould appear at all 
times and under all circumstances in order to 
make, and keep home happy. Poor wife, what a 
task your life must be if you haye to thus labor, 
yes strive and more than strive alone to make 
home happy, and alas after all your labor, and 
striving husband fails to see your good quali- 
ties, and although you may rank among the 
rarest and brightest jewels in talent, he only 
deems you but very ordinary. 0, how many 
valuable and worthy wives have been crushed 
to the very earth until their once beautiful 
countenances have become rough, cross, homely, 
and husband appears to know not the cause, 
nor does he care. Maybe this morning when on 
leaving the room to attend to his occupation he 
fussed about for an overcoat, hat, or mittens, 
and was very rough in his manner for some of 
the little folks had misplaced them. "Wife you 
are not already care- worn, help me off." When 
ready he abruptly starts off without a pleasant 
word, or kind look, or even good bye. 0, see 
her sorrow-stricken look aft3r him, sae the 
sickening grief settle on her countenance, see 
her suppress the bitter tears that would so free- 
ly flow were it not for the little prattling observ- 
ers around her; she only sighs, but ctuld we 
view that wife's heart we would behold it' lac- 
erated deeper and deeper untill it was bleeding, 
bitter grief drops from its inmost recesses, yet 
it is expected of her to have the little ones all 
neat and clean, the rooms all nicely arranged, 
and have a pleasant smile, a cheerful home and 
a lovely greeting for husband on his return in 
the evening. This is a hard one-sided way to 
make home happy, it is utterly impossible to 
have a happy home uader such circumstances, 
but nevertheless this is a true picture in many 
instances, and could be painted to a much high- 
er coloring, and still ba tru3. I do not like to 
view such a picture, but I dearly love to sae a 
happy home, and itshoulibe the main aim 
and study of every husband and wife together 
to make and keep home the happiest spot on 
this earth, there surely is a way and an easy 
way to make home happy. But to do this we 
must begin right and keep right, and not expect 
wife to do it all alone. In the firit place hus 
band must remember he is the stronger vessel, 
he is man, he is head, therefore lit him lead 
out as the head should; let him treat wife as 
the weaker vessel, as woman, as an helpmeet, 

as an fqual. Ani noiv work together with 
this object in view, aud ths result will be a 
cheerful husbaad, a beautiful wife and lovely 
children,and a pleasaatand happy home. What 
a blessing, beautiful beyond description; would 
to Grod that all homes were happy. Djar read- 
er, let our prayers each day ba with this poem: 

"Lord, let us in our home agree, 
This blessed peace to gain; 

Unite our hearts in love to thee, 
And love to all will reign." 

Hadson 111. 


THEKE is no good reason why a man should 
needlessly put his own wife to the trouble 
of wiping up tracks, when he takes pains to 
cleanse his feet before crossing his neighbor's 
threshold; neither is it consistent that we wom- 
en should be too severe on our husbands and 
sons for a little carelessness, while weassare our 
callers with the most gracious of smilaa that "it 
isn't of the slightest consequence." 

I would not have any one less considerate of 
those abroad. 1 hope we all enjoy seeing our 
husbands and wives polite to our neighbor's, 
only let us be sure to practice our good manners 
at home. 

Tnere are husbands who would hasten to as- 
sure a neighbor's wife who had, in her haste, 
burned her biscuits, that they greatly enjoyed 
them where they were so nice and brown, who 
would never think their own wives needed the 
same consideration. 

For my part, I think the laws of politeness 
are equally binding upon us at home. No un- 
kind language or thoughtless behavior being 
allowable there that would not be proper in 
society. No man can be a gentleman, though 
ever so genial abroad, who is a tyrant or habit- 
ual fault-finder at home; and no woman is a 
real lady who is not a lady at home in the 
morning wrapper as well as in her silk in her 
neighbor's parlor. 
One member of the family who begins the day 
with fretful words and harsh tones, is generally 
enough to spoil the happiness and temper of 
the whole day. Not all who hear the impatient 
word give the angry answer, for many choose 
to suffer in s'lonce; but every such word makes 
somebody's heart ache, and, as a rule, it is some- 
body whom we love and would do anything for, 
except to keep back the uakind, sarcastic word. 
— Arthurs Home Magazine. 

A good Methodist asked John Wesley what 
he thought as to his marrying a certain wom- 
an, well-kuown to both. Wesley advised him 
not to think of it. "Wiiy," said the other, 
"she 13 a member of yoar church. Isn't she?" 
"Ye?," Slid Wesley, 'i believe she is." "Well, 
then, why not marry her?" "Because," replied 
Wesley, "because, my friend, the Lord can live 
with a great many people that yon and I can't!' 

Children ought to be made to abstain from 
using filthy language; for words are the shad- 
ows of thoughts and actions. They should be 
taught to be affible and courteous in con vers i- 
tion, and not to insist on a victory in conversa- 
tion, but to yi?ld in dispute rather than press a 
point beyond what is right. 



Brethren at Work. 


FEBRUARY 15, 1881. 


S. J. HARBISON, ■ [ Editors. 

J. W. STEEN, ) 



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AGNOSTICISM means bigotry, ignorance 
and fanaticism. It burns Rome, then 
pitches its tents among the ruins. It is un- 
belief in an aggravated form ; for while it be- 
lieves in the destruction of idols, it fosters en- 
durance, even to the suffering of martyrdom. Op- 
posed to labor and intellectual improvement, 
it sweeps away the foundation of pure mor- 
als and self-improvement, assaying to erect 
on the ruins undue self-denial and "voluntary 
humility." Agnosticism has in it the seeds of 
skepticism — accepting a part of the truth in- 
stead of the whole. Instead of the affections 
being wholly renovated by the word of God, 
and the blood of the Lamb, there is only a par- 
tial work done, and the result is skepticism. 

Agnosticism is not confined to ignorance 
alone. It breaks forth in fanaticism of the 
most polislied kind, and lingers in that science 
which is recieved and cherished by many of the 
American Colleges. The agnosticism oi the 
student is not an improvement on the agnosti- 
cism of the plebeian A science which leads 
to skepticism is not an advantage to a nation, 
for a respectable "skepticism" is the same in 
effect as one in ill repute. 

There are reasons for the atheistical tenden- 
cies of some American colleges, and to under- 
stand them wisely we must know the causes. 

Science is believing or skeptical according to 
the philosophy which accompanies it. An act- 
ive, ene getic science gives to an unbelieving 
philosophy great boldness of assertion. Men of 
high standing in science and inferior in phil- 
osophy have concentrated their intellectual 
strength into the service of unbelief simply 
because in the absence of pure philosophy they 
failed to reach the reason or why of the phe- 
nomena. This brilliant mental attainment in 
scientific investigations is not accompanied 
with a divine philosophy because it was not 
sought for. God no more gives the reasons 

wit'""'' =■'"■■-?" "- '■-■^ ^ ■!,, r ,.„ 

Analysis belongs to man; and while he is 
separating and examining the component parts 
there must be an accompanying philosophy de- 
rived from the Creator of the parts, in order to 
arrive at wise and just conclusions. Tyndall, 
Huxley,Spencer,Haeckel and Myers have boldly 
entered the scientific arena, and with keen per- 
ception examined the particles of matter, and 
given the world the result of their researchings. 

Unfortunately their conclusions are wanted 
in a divine philosophy. Bold in science, weak 
in philosophy they have won a host of admirers^ 
who stop not to examine their structure. 
The result is, that all the schools which 
have admitted the investigations and deductions 
of these men, are being rocked in the cradle of 
skepticism, and the theologians who stand 
at their head wonder why unbelief is so ram- 
pant. We need only look at the philosophy 
which accompanies the science taught in those 
schools, in ordei to get the why. While Cook, 
and Dane, and Gray, and Henry were in the 
breech declaring opposition to the field-marshals 
of the skeptical army, they seem to have over- 
looked the fact that a pure philosophy associat- 
ed with true science would at once rout both 
army and its generals. It remained for the ob 
t^cure "Wilford"to meet those mistaken bravos, 
and put them to confusion. For this Chris- 
tianity owes heaven its continued praise and 
'Wilford" its lasting remembrance. 

The remedy is, a true science associated with 
a profound philosophy. The specific will be a 
specific only where the speculation is made to 
yield to the real, the evil to the good, the 
aound to the unsound. Where the destructive 
processes exceed the constructive processes, 
there must be decay of the true and an increase 
of the false, and the result skepticism. This 
means a weakening of the spiritual forces, and 
as a consf quence unbelief in its worst form — 
atheism bold and naked. 

A few of the colleges have pursued a vigorous 
instruction in Phsycology, and it has not been 
without good results. The powers and func- 
tions of the soul once understood, accompanied 
with an illuminating philosophy, will be an 
admirable defense against agnosticism, high or 
low. To be able to reason from cause to efftct 
and vice versa, demonstrating with clearness 
the beginnings and endings, is to shut out skep- 
ticism and admit belief and its illuminating 

Fresh and aggressive truths are constantly 
springing up, and to discern between these and 
those nearly like them, requires more than 
ordinary wisdom. The most searching inves- 
tigation of these truths should not be pre- 
vented; for Christianity can lose nothing by 
the analysis of any truth, but it should insist 
on a divine philosophy acompanying the invest- 
istatiom. This course follower), and there will 
be fewer negatives under the name of positives 
to confuse the student. The schools, therefore, 
which shall insist on .plain practical positives 
associated with true philosophy will be least 
troubled with skepticism, crude or polished. 

Let there be a critical examination of the 

companied with a profound philosophy and 
unbelief will yield to the ijobler way— belief 
in God. 

In the observation of the tendency to unbelief 
in some of the American colleges, we have no 
allusion to those which are under the care of 
Brethren; for we believe they stand united 
against unbelief in God. But we thought it 
profitable|to call the attention cf our readers to 
the state of things in general; and hope our 
review of the causes of unbelief may enable 
those who are yet firm in the belief of a God 
and his revealed will, to sacredly guard the in- 
terests of those committed to their care. 

We have an abiding confidence in truth, and 
we fear not thorough investigation on princi- 
ples untainted with the odor of doubt. 

_^____^^^^^ M. M. E. 

We are of the impression that what the 
Progressive calls the "Mr. Miller slander" 
grew out of an article written by Brother 
R. H. Miller ior the Primitive two years ago, 
and afterwards condensed and published in the 
New York Independent. Afterwards we pub- 
lished an item stating that another certain ar- 
ticle, puplished in the Independent, was written 
by a "Mr. Miller." The Myertdale Commercial 
then published that "The Brethren at Work 
credits Prof. Howard Miller with the author- 
ship of tbe article on Harsh eyism that appeard 
in the New York Independent,'" when in fact 
the B, at W. had never said one word about 
Bro. Howard Miller writing said article. We 
then received a letter from the editor of the 
New York Indedendent stating that the article 
referred to was written by himself and not by 
"Mr. Miller." We then published an explan- 
ation of the misunderstanding in Noi 29, 1879, 
showing that Bro. Howard Miller had no hand 
in writing the article referred to. We also have 
in our possession a card from Bro.Howard Miller 
saying,that he was satisfied with the expla- 
nation. This thing was explained and settled 
nearly two years ago. 

Who is spoken of in Luke 1: 64., as having 
his mouth opened, tongue loosed, and he spake 
and praised God? J. F. Nepf. 

Answer. — Zacharias. Because of unbelief 
the angle Gabriel told him that he should be 
dumb and not be able to speak until the child 
should be born and called John. See verses 13: 
20. As soon as the child was named, Zacharias 
was able to speak. 

This has been the best winter in many years 
to hold night meetings in the Northern States. 
Good sleighing and solid roads enabled the peo- 
ple to attend very regularly. We are pleased 
to learn that many of our home ministers are 
doing good work by conducting series of meet- 
ings in their home localities. 

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Brothes L. R. Peifer, of Waterloo, Iowa, 
has made arrangements to locate in Mt. Morris. 
His presence here will be highly appreciated in 
connection with the work in which he is en- 
gaged. ^^^ 

We solicit church news from all parts of the 
Brotherhood, but let the reports be brief. That 
will enable us to give more news in the same 
amount of space. 

Ok account of the crowded condition of our 
pages this week, brother Rosenberger's article 
on the "Sabbath" question is omitted. 

It has been decided to build a meeting-house 



Editorial Items. 

Foua]per3oa3 were baptized at Dutehtown a 
few weeks ago. 

• We recieved one liaudred and sixteen letters 
in one day last week. 

We learn that C. Gr. Lint is preactiing in the 
vicinity of Wayensbro, Pa. 

Mt. Morris is twenty five miles east of 
Lanark, and 108 west of Chicago. 

Remember, there was no paper pablished 
last week, hence do not call for it. 


Wl learn that a number of inembers 

locate here during the coming Spring 


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Brother Stein's health is improving so that 

now he is able to conduct the chapel services 

in the college. 

We are in receipt, of a card from Eld. Samuel 
Murray, from which we learn that he is now id 
Indiana, having closed bii meetings in Craw- 
ford county, Illinois, the last of January. 

C. H. Balsbaugh writes: ''Be of good cheer, 
the Almighty Husbandman knows how to dress 
his vine, so as to bring forth more fruit. 
what clusters of beauty are broken under his 
pruning knife." 

MiKisiEES who contemplate moving West 
should visit Kearney, Neb., as that place is repre- 
sented as being a good field for ministeral labor. 
Address or call upon Bro. Moses Suavely, at 
above named place. , 

Febeuabt 7th Daniel Shively writes that he 
expects to preach one week in Camp Creek con- 
gregation, Ind. 

It is thought that the long looked for revis- 
ion of the New Testement will soon be presen- 
ted to the public. 

Undee date of February Ist, Brother D. P. 
Saylor writes that up to that time fifty-one 
inches of snow had fallen in his country, and 
at the time of writing it was falling at the 
rateof two inches an hour. 

'"He that believeth and is baptized st) all be 
saved." Is says the two things together, and 
what God has joined to gether, let no man put 
asunder; what he has ordered let no man dis- 
arrange.'' — C. H. Spurgeon. 

Spubgeon is right, but we fear the Baptists 
will not endorse this declaration. Scriptually 
they have not got that far along. 

Bhothbk Bashor is bo jked for two discus- 
ions before the Annual Meeting. One of them 
will be with Bishop Weaver of Dayton, Ohio. 
Bishop Weaver is a strong man among his 
people, and stands well generally. 

Have any of our readers spare copies of 
Winchester's lectures on the prophesies they 
would like to dispose of? 

Those who smoke to drown trouble should 
first well consider the language of the Lord to 
Paul, "My grace is sufficient for you." 

This week much of the paper is given up to 
correspondence and church news which accum- 
ulated during our move to this place. 

We are temporarily fixed up in a store room on 
Seibert's block. On the 15th inst, we shall move 
in the spacious rooms in the second story. 

Brother Brinkworth, of Jewell Co., Kansas, 
writes: '"Brethren and sisters — :Tour earnest 
prayers are reQuested in behalf of sister Brink- 
worth, who is at present lying very low, having 
dispaired of ever getting well — has just had two 
cancers removed." 

While visiting the ruins of Pompeii, Mr. 
McGarvey saw nine petrified human bodies. 
In the year 79 that city was buried by an erup- 
tion of the volcano of Mount Vesuvius. 
The eruption took place at midnight, and 
the entire city, in an instance, was covered to 
the depth of 30 feet, thus literally smothering 
the people in their houses. Of late years 
much of the rubbish has been removed, and 
to day the traveler may see the city as it was 
when the people retired to bed on the evening 
of Aug. 23d, 79. 

When last heard from,Bro. Jas. R. Gish was 
at Hot Springs, Arkansas, confined to his room 
with the rheumatisim, having exposed himself 
too much while traveling in that State. The 
unusual cold weather this Winter has rendered 
missionary work in the South almost a failure. 

Holiness and filthiness never go together. 
A person cannot be holy while at the time 
he is filthy; if he can, we would like to know 


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The editorial on "Unbelief in Colleges" was 
set ready for last issue.but having concluded to 
move on the 1st instant, it was laid over to give 
for room notice of removal. 

. We are hurrying along with our machinery 
with which we intend to sew our paper, just as 
rapidly as we can. It is no small task to ar- 
range for this part of our work. Our readers 
can rest assured we shall do what vie can to 
give them a convenient, as well as instructive, 

Dear Brethren Editors: — A few days ago, 
a member of the Baptist Church remarked to 
me that Baptist papers gave account of a num- 
ber of members of our church that became con- 
vinced from reading the Stein and Ray Debate 
and united with the Baptist. Was such the 
case or was it only a false statement? * * 

Remarks. — If such was the case we have 
not heard of it in tliat way. We do know that 
a number of the Baptist ^ftho read the debate 
became convinced thereby and united with the 
Brethren, but are not aware that it was the 
cause of our members leaving the church and 
united with the Baptist. 

Bed. Robert Edgecomb, of Kan., is holding a 
public discussion with a free thinker. Propo- 
sition: — "Resolved that no part of the Bible is 
by revelation from God." 

We tried to be careful while moving, that 
no letters addressed to us were lost; but if any 
orders should not be filled soon, please let us 
know, and we shall look them up. 

We are pleased to learn that The Martyrs 
Mirror is to be republished in the English. 
The book will contain about 1,000 large 
double column pages, and is t6 be sold by sub- 
scription only. For further particulars send to 
the Herald of Truth, Elkhart, Indiana, for 
terms and Sample page of the book. 

Daniel Snell, of Eel River, Indiania.writes: 
"On the 23d., in the Eel River Congregation 
three more were recieved into the church 
by baptism. Last night we of the Spring 
Creek Congregation commenced a series of 
meetings. Brother Deeter of Delaware, county, 

It may sometimes be necessary to make 
seme allowance for the man who writes to the 
religous paper that the church in his neighbor- 
hood is going to ruin. It may be the church 
has hard work to keep that particular man him- 
self from going io ruin. It may be that the 
church has more trouble with that one man 
than with all the rest of the members put to- 
gether. It may also be that that particular man 
does not let the true light shine as he should, 
hence is a stumbling block to many others. 
These things may greatly annoy the church 
as well as trouble the man. Of course, he im- 
agines the church is going to ruin just because 

1,, 1.;...^ If •- ; , n.„ t,.-,,i,i. 

Under date of Jan. 14th, Bro. Hope writes: 
''One more baptized and others almost ready. I 
am out at work continually, have large meet- 
ings. Here in town our meetings are well at- 
tended. On the 20th of Jan. I shall answer a 
Lutheran priest, in a public hall on the follow- 
ing points: 1. That we reject infant baptism. 2. 
That we are a Baptist sect. 3. That Cyprian 
never advised those to be baptized who doubted 
sprinkling. 4. That there is no proof in the 
Testament that baptism is immerson. 5. That 
Matt. 28: 19., shall be rendered so as to require 
disciples to be made by baptism. 6. 
That unbaptized children are saved in 
hell. Great anxiety prevails among the people 
concerning this combat. Hope the Lord will 
give me grace to vindicate the troth. I just 
returned from a Love-feast in Scaro; all are 
well and happy in Jesus. I am .so tierd and 
weak that my hands tremble. To morrow I 
must go South and on the next day shall hold a 
discussion with a Soul-sleeper, then hold meet- 
ings every day until I return on the 20th. I 
hardly ever sleep before twelve or two in the 
night and can eat but little. It cannot be oth- 
erwise now; we must strike while the iron is 
hot. I must stop our Danish paper for want 
of means. The church here had its first An- 
nual Meeting last Christmas. They adapted a 
plan to raise some means to help bear the ex- 
penses of their ministers to travel from place to 
place to fill their appointments, and drew up 
a petition to the Brethren in America to aid 
some, as but little can be raised here by our 
poor members. The ministers cannot them- 
selves bear their expenses to travel around in 
the territory where the members live. Poor 
ministers have scarcely enough black bread to 
appease their own and their children's appe- 


THE BltETHlilEN ^\.'T WOKii 


EARLY oa Monday morning, January 31st, 
a'! hacds, thirteen in number, went to 
work iu tiif! B. at W. oiEee, some to finisli 
printins;, some to fold, some to mail, and oth- 
ers to pack books, pamphlets, type, and scores 
of other things which accumulate in a print- 
ing office. By 9: p. m. all material in com posi- 
tion, mailing and book rooms were ready for 
shipment. Personally, we spent the evening 
in entertaining -visitors, and in meditation. 
We thought of the many, many pleasant as- 
sociates iu and around Lanark. Sixteen years 
ago we first lauded at this place, and numer- 
ous have been the changes since then. We 
had JQst returned from the camp in Virginia, 
where the din of battle was heard almost daily 
for fonr jeaiF, and where carnage and blood- 
shed bespolted the country on all sides. 0, 
merciful Father, how thou hast plucked a 
brand ft cm the fire, and set it to lighten the 
pathway of some ! 

In L., we have often knelt with the saints 
around the family and congregational altars. 
There the hallowed song and heart burning 
prayers oft went up to &od; there the trickling 
tear and the heaven-crowned sigh oft told the 
story of the inward joy or grief; there the 
grand and spmpathatic "Grod-bless-yous," 
sounded and resounded through the sanctuary; 
there the "Ssveet bye and bye," and "Beulah 
Land,' and "Coronation" oft cheered uur sad- 
dened heart and gave ua our impetus to enter 
anew the field of conflict to fight the battles of 
the Lord. Yes, dear reader, we have only kind 
words for the Lanark church. With its faults 
it is still worthy our prayers and praise; and 
whether we deserve love or disapprobation, our 
duty is to love the dear brethren and sisters 
there, and do them good whenever we can. 
We leave them with malice towards none; and 
if we could transport them all into the glory 
kingdom nom we would do so with joy, and go 
in with them as one of the least. 

On Tuesday forenoon, February 1st, ten 
teams pulled away from the door of our old 
stand at Lanark, and through the deep and 
drifted snow which had fallen the previous 
night, wended their way toward Mt. Morri?. 
Bro. Isaac Rowland conveyed our family and 
some of theofiije hands; and the cold pierc- 
ing Eist wind made the journey rather re- 
freshing; but in four and a half hours he put 
us down at Mt. Morris in good condition. The 
other teams soon arrived; and Bro. W. C. 
Teeter having enlisted about a score of college 
boys to help unload, they appeared, and in one 
hour had the ten loads snugly conveyed into 
the room. These young men have our thanks 
for their hearty assistance. 

Oil the second three loads arrived, and on the 
fourth four more, making twcnty-four in all 
or about thirty tons of goods. All came 
through safely, and at this writing (the Bth 
instant) the press is up, tha YotriH'B Advance 
is ready for press, and the B. at W. well under 
way. Considering the very cold weather, and 

the great amount of heavy material to handle, 
we think all was done quite well; no one was 
hurt, and but little damagt done to the materi- 
al. We are indebted to the following named 
persons for help in moving: I. Rowland, Peter 
Horner, EJ. Horner, D. B. Puterbaugh, Jacob 
Puterbaugh, Harry Stiickler, Ezra Barkley, 
David R jwlaud. David Dabbsl, D^ivid Arnold, 
Joseph Arnold, Benj. Friedley, Samuel Price, 
John W. Price, Benj Swingley, Daniel Z^llers, 
Melchor Newcomer, Oscar Newcomer, Henry 
Buck, J. H. Swihart, Daniel Stover and D. B. 
Eshelman. R'ght faithfully did they perform 
their part. 

By this change about thirty persons were 
brought to Mt. Morris. So far we 
are pleased with our new home, and by the 
grace of God shall endeavor to worship Him 
in the same way, with the same zeal as when 
at Lanark. After the 15 -jh of March we shall 
be from home much of the time, endeavoring 
to do our part in bearing aloft the christain 
standard. Our invitations far exceed our abil- 
ity to perform; and muehai we would like to 
comply with all requests, we are unable to do 
so. Brethren, pray for us, and when you have 
holy counsel to give us, withhold it not. We 
need your constant care and sympathy, as we 
are your servants, and you our counsellors. 
Let us consult the Lord often, for he is wise to 
guide. M. M. E. 

MJler; he 
the wurk. 

is simply hired to 

help them do 
J. H. M. 



EAR Brethren: — I am in receipt of schedule 


operation in the census of religious organiza- 
tions throughout the country. By what au- 
thority are we to act in this matter? Do the 
authorities at Washington demand it, or have 
they simply granted the request of those who 
are curious to know ? Will Bro. Miller cause to 
be published in the brethren's papers, the act 
demanding the same, so that brethren may 
know from whence it comes? If positively 
required, I counsel subjection unto the higher 
powers, and suggest that we register under the 
head of the Grernian Baptist Brethren. 

J. F. Ebeesolb. 
Remabks:— Bro. Miller acts by the authori- 
ty of the Government. A general census is 
taken every ten years. This time the religious 
denominations were purposely omitted till the 
rest of the census was completed. The Gov- 
ernment now wants a correct report of all the 
religious denominations in the United States. 
In order to facilitate the work as much as pos- 
sible, it has been classed into departments, and 
to Bro. Miller has been assigned the Quakers, 
Brethren, and a few others. We advise our 
brethren to fill out the schedules sent them, 
that the authorities at Washington may 
have reliable statistics to place on record. 
Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem to be en- 
rolled, (that is the original,) because the power 
in authority demanded it. We should obey 
rulers when their demands do not conflict with 
the Gospel. This demand is from the authori- 
ties at Washington, and not from Bro. Howard 


E see from the Brethren at Work that 
there is a ''''Primitive Christian" some- 
where in the land. Doss this Primitive Chris- 
tian take primitive ground, as occupied by the 
apoities of Christ? Jf so, we give it the right 
hand of fellowship. — Tue St. Louis Christian'. 

Yes, there is a Jr'rimativd Christian in the 
land. It is a weekly journal, and unites with 
the Bbbthebij AT Woek in recognizing the 
New Testament as the only iafallible rule of 
faith and practice, and maintains that the sov- 
ereign, unmerited, unsolicited grace of God is 
the only source of pardon, and that the vicari- 
ous sufferings and meritorious works of Christ 
are the only price of redemption: that Faith, 
Repentance and Baptism are conditions of 
pardon, and hence for the remission of sins: 
That Trine Immersion, or dipping tha candidate 
three times face-forward, is Christien Baptism: 
that Feet- Washing, as taught in John 13, is a 
divine command to be observed in the church ; 
that the Lord's Supper is a full meal, and in 
connection with the Communion, should be 
taken in the evening, or at the close of the day; 
that the Salutation of the holy kiss, or kiss of 
Charity, is binding upon the followers of Christ: 
that War and Retaliation are contrary to the 
spirit and self-denying principles of the relig- 
ion of Jesus Christ: that a Non-Conformity to 
the world in dress, customs, daily walk, and 
conversation is essential to true holiness and 
Christian piety. It maintains that in public 
worship, or religious exercises, Christians 
should appear as directed in 1 Cor. 11:4, 5. It 
also advocates the scriptural duty of Aunoint- 
ing the sick with oil in the name of th« Lord. 
Ofer these things the Brethrest at Work 
and Primitive Christian shake hands, and if 
the St. Louis Christian can say "amen" to 
these principles then we can shake hands 
with it too. J H. M. 

Is it right according to the Gospel for a dea- 
con in the church to hold the office of Justice 
of the Peace? s. a. c. 

Remarks. — Every Justice of the Peace 
must willingly administer the oath, i. e. he 
must administer that which the Gospel plainly 
and positively forbids; ha must be an instru- 
ment in causing others to do wrong, therefore 
it is not right for him, or any other member, 
to hold that or any other position that requires 
the administering of the oath. "Swear not at 
all" is the Bible decree, and it should be held 
sacred by every member of the church. We 
hope that none of our churches will permit 
members to hold positions that will cause them 
to violate the "non-swearing" doctrine so long 
held sacred by the Brethren. 

When we shall have as much zeal to correct 
ourselves as we have inclination to correct 
others, we shall then know our own defects 
better than we now do those of our neighbors. 






All communications for tliis department, such as que- 
ries and answers, should be addressed to J. S, Moblerj La- 
due, Henry Co., Mo. 

"Let no man seek his own, but every man seek 
another's wealth."—! Cor. 10: 24. Bro. Stein please 
answer. Wm. T.Smith. 

I would like some one to please explain Bey. 
3: IS, which reads as follows: "I counsel thee to 
buy of me gold Iritdin the fire, that thou mayest 
be rich ; and white raiment that thou mayest be 
c.othed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do 
not appear; and anoint thine eyes with, eyesalve 
that thou mayest see." John Y. Bnavelt. 



What is the baptism^of fire found in Matt. 3rd 
chapter ? A. D. Hastings. 

I'SHE term '"Fire^' is used in two diiferenfc 
senses, in the scriptures. Christ says, 
Luke, 12:49 — ^^I am come to send fire on the 
earth; and what willl, if it be already kindled?" 
Paul says — '"For our God is a consuming lire" 
. Heb. 12:39. JSoone will maintain that the 
term_/s/-e, in these references, means "'literal 
lire" but they doubtless mean the penetrating 
power of the Spirit of God, and His incessant 
warfare against sin, till the last vestige of it is 
destroyed. In its destruotiveness of sin, it is 
fitly compared to fire. 

In the chapter referred to by our querist, we 
have the foUowine in verse 11th : "I indeed 
baptize you with J water unto repentance; but 
he that cometh after mf, is mightier than I, 
whose shoes I am not worthy to bear. He shall 
baptize you with the Holy Okost and with fire." 
We notice that those who were to be baptized 
with the Holy Ghost and with ^re, were the 
same that John said he baptized with water, 
unto repentance. Hence we would suppose 
that the termj^«, as applied to them, was used 
in the sense of literal destruction. If so, then 
all that John baptized were to be destroyed. 
The ofhceof the Holy Spirit, in a tropical sense, 
ii um\\ir io literal fire. Literal fire, when ap- 
plied to matter, will search out and destroy 
every thing of a combustible character, and 
that, which is notcombuatible, it will purify; as 
in the case of wood, hay, stubble, — gold, silver, 
or precious stones. 

The offiee of the Holy Spirit, is also of a 
two-fold character, and its effects upon the 
heart, the work of destruction, and the work of 
purification, are. going on at the same time. 
This produces sanctification. The Holy Spirit 
reveals unto us the deep things of God. It 
searches the depths of our hearts, and enters 
into the main-spring of our existence, shining 
brighter and brighter, unto the perfect day; 
revealing to us one sin after another, and thus 
the work of destruction, the wood, hay and 
stubble cii our nature is being destroyed, while 
the better part of our organism — the gold, sil- 
ver, and jjrecwMS stones are being purifi^.d. 

Again, fire naturally imparts heat, which is 
regarded a great comfort. How fitly this il- 
lustrates the comforting influences of the Holy 
Spirit. There is not a Christian living, but 
haa often felt in his own heart the ivarming 
effects of the spiiiti of God; hence the term 

fire, as applied to the work of the Holy Spirit 
IS eminently proper. Tne term "floor" 33 it 
occurs in ihe 12th verse, may refer to our 
heart?, that are being fanned by the spirit of 
God, separating the pare from the impure. 
After tbe Eeparatioa of the dross from our 
hearts, the ?, Oik of destruction begins, i. e.: 
we must first discern clearly by the spirit ot 
God b tween right and wrong; then "crucify 
the flrsh with the affections and lusts thereof." 
'i'he term ifnquenchable, means the unceas- 
ing %vorh ot the apirit of God upon our hearts, 
while a vestige of s>in rem ins. We are 
aware that the terms "chaff ' and "unquencha- 
ble fire," may be applied to the corrupt mass 
of humanity, who will finally be destroyed by 
fire at the end of the world. Neither do we 
object to this application, when applied to the 
unregenerate, as it does not materially conflict 
with- the views already offered; because, if the 
work of the spirit of God is resisted by us in 
this life; and our dross — our carnal desires, 
ugly passions and cruel dispositions remain — 
the result will be that all such, fall directly 
into the hands of a sin-avenging God, who 
will destroy them from Hia presence and 
the glory of His power. Hence, primarily, 
the baptism of fire as referred to in verse 11th, 
means the all-prevading, penetrating work of 
the spirit of God, upon our hearts, and thus we 
are made meet for the Master's use; but if we 
refuse and grieve the spirit of God, our dross 
as a consequence, remains; then, secondarily, 
the vengeance of eternal fire must be applitd 
as a penalty for disobedience. j. s. ii. 


BEHOLD there were a number of vessels 
together; some contained apples, some 
pears, some figs and some grapes. And 
another vessel containing mud and filth said 
unto the vessels containing apples, pears, figs 
and grapes, let me empty myself upon you; 
but the figs, pears, apples and grapes, with one 
voice cried out: "Please do not soil us, for we 
are ail clean, and our master desires to use us;" 
but the vessel of filth would notharken to the 
voice of the apples, figs, pears and grapes, but 
poured its vile contents upon tbe 'clean and 
beautiful fruit. He that hath ears to hear let 
him hear. 

And lo, there was a field containing many 
beasts, and they lived in peace and contentment 
until a strange beast with one horn in his 
forehead appeared among them, and with this 
horn he pushed in all directions, and to escape 
death the other beasts had to flee from him 
constantly. When all the other beasts, who 
had long lived happily together, were almost 
dead from fright and exhaustion, another beast 
with seven horns came upon the beast with 
one horn and smote it to death, and then all 
the other beaats had peace as before. Let him 
who bath understanding, understand. 

And it came to pass aa the rivers. Jordan, 
Euphrates and Jabbok, flowed through the 
earth with their sweetened waters, adding fresh- 
ness and beauty to the lands, the river Nile 
with its muddy water.?, besought the other 
rivers to empty itself into them; but they be- 
ing clean and pure earnestly protested. This 
wise desire of the pure rivers, however, was 
unheeded, and the Nile mockingly emptied it- 

self into its purer and sweeter uegibbora, 
"The wise shall understand:"— Dan. 12: 10. 

Oaoe upon a time when the trees by tbe 
dews and sunshine of heaven had increased 
the number of trees upon the earth, the stout 
oaks said to the olive trees, "You stand between 
us and yonder fig trees, and as the fig trees do 
not all bear fruit, it you will let us pass we 
will go and tear up the fig trees and throw 
th».m over the hedge." But the olive trees 
said, nay; let the fig trees alone, for God made 
them as well as the oaks and olives ; and if there 
be any which bear not good, souad Irnit, the 
master will root up and burn them. Let us dig 
around those that stciu withering, and perhsps 
they will bring forth fruit to tae honor of 
their Creator. B. Paphrodiius. 


THERE are various conjectures, but nothing 
is definitely known, regarding where the 
Jordan emptied its waters prior to the destruc- 
tion of Sodom and Gomorrah. In McClin- 
tock'a and Strong's Bibical Cyclopedia, the fol- 
lowing is stated: "It is manifest that some 
great physical change was produced in the 
valley of the Jordan by the convulsion at the 
destruction of the cities of the plain. Tie bed 
of the Dead Sea was probably lowered, and a 
greater tall thus given to the liver." Ant 
again: "It was anciently believed that the im- 
mense volume of water poured into the Dead 
Bea by the Jordan found an outlet by subter- 
ranean canals into the Mediterranean, but it is 
now ascertained that this is imppossible, and 
that evaporation is sufficient to account for the 
maintenance of the usual height in the lake." 
Also this: "It is popularly believed that the 
ruins of the destroyed cities may still be dis- 
covered beneath its waters, though now sunk 
below their former level." 



RABBS was preaching about where the 
jailor was baptized, whether in the house 
or out of it. A Methodist spoke out. "I say 
in the house, Bro. Crabbs." "Well let us see," 
says Crabbs. He read Acts 16:33 — "And he 
took them the same hour of the night and 
washed their stripes and was baptized, he and 
all his straightway." "Where were they?" 
said Crabbs. "I say," said the Methodist, "they 
were in the j lilor'a house.'' Well, what says 
the next verse? 34 — "And when he had brought 
them into his house" — "I wonder where they 
had been," said Crabbs. ."Ah! I see now 1 
was mistaken." And pulling out a half dollar 
the Methodist gave it to him, saying. "I give 
you that for knocking that hump olf of me. 


a rpHE devil," says Shakespeare, "can cite 
X Scripture for his purpose." We doubt 
if he ever quoted it as efl'ectually as a parish 
clerk in England once did, of whom Chamber'' s 
Journal tells this anecdote : 

He lent a man fifty shillings, which was un- 
paid for several years. He could never find 
the borrower at home, though he confronted 
him every Sunday at church. 

One Sunday, the clerk, looking the debtor 
full in the face, repeated the lines, "The wicked 
borroweth, and payeth not agaia." Tuis ad- 
monition had the desired jfiect, for the next 
day the man called and paid him the money. 




FromJ.Wise.— DearB.AiW.: On the 7th 
inst. we commenced a meeting in this congre- 
gation, expecting Bro. John Metzger to be 
with us, but on account of Bro. Joseph Hen- 
drick's death, he failed to reach us at the (iii.e 
The home ministers conducted the meetings 
until the 13th, when Bro. M. arrived and 
preached for us. 

On the 17th I went to St. Louis to preach 
in the city. Met Bro. D. Vaniman, of Illinois, 
who had gone to the city on the 15th. 

On the 19th Bro. Metzger closed the meet- 
ing at Mulberry Grove meeting-house, and on 
the 20th came to St. Louis. On the 21st, Bro. 
Vaniman left, Bro. Metzger and I held a meet- 
ing on the evening of the 2l8t, which 
closed the term for which we had the house 
rented; and the place not suiting us we closed 
the meetings, hoping to find some 
other place more favorable in which to 
preach; but in this we were disappointed. The 
preachers, we think, fearing we would build up 
of their material, refused to rent us their 
houses, so we returned to Mulberry Grove. 
Our regular meeting being on the 23rd, Bro. 
Metzger spoke in his usual zealous style. On 
the 24th Bro. Metzger left us for his home. 
May God bless the dear old veteran of the 
cross. — Mulberry Grove, Ill.,Jan.2-ith^81. 

From D. A. Rowland. — Bro. Isaac Kilhef- 
ner, from Ashland, Ohio, is conducting a meet- 
ing at the Upton church, in Back Creek con- 
gregation. The meeting has been in progress 
for two weeks; having had splendid sleighing, 
the house has been filled to overflowing. Four- 
teen precious souls have been baptized, and on 
last evening, some three or four made applica- 
tion. Will be a meeting to night; do not 
know how much longer. Our dear brother 
has labored faithfully for the conversion of souls ; 
may he go forth, and not shun to declare the 
whole counsel of God. May God bless his 
labors, and eventually reward him for the 
same. — Greencastle, Pa., Jan. 24, '81. 

you came to St. Louis; the train being three 
hours late, you was obliged to lay over ten long 
hours. I am sorry you did not have my ad- 
dress with you. My address is S. W. corner of 
twelfth and Pine streets; this is about six 
blocks North of the Union Depot. If you, or any 
other brethren, in traveling through St. Louis, 
would have time to give me a call, I would 
much rather have them do so than to hear of 
their remaining at the depot. Yours in the 
Lord — St. Louis, Mo. 

Frbm J. R. Miller.— Dear Brethren: For 
the information and encouragement of my 
brethren and sieters, I feel to report another 
very pleasant and profitable meeting, held at 
the brick church. Union Center district; com- 
mencing January lOtb, and closing the 14th. 
During this time eight discourses were preach- 
ed by Bro. John Shoemaker, of White Pigeon, 
Michigan, assisted by our home ministers, and 
those of the adjoining district. Roads were 
good, weather moderate, consequently large 
crowds of people; good order, good attention, 
and a pleasant waiting before the Lord. Bro. 
3. makes no efi'ort to deliver a fluent, high- 
sounding speech, but aims to tell many deep 
truths, with few words; does not care to have 
his preaching sound very far, but wants it to 
go deep down into the heart; and, as a result, 
praises will ascend to God. Never did we see 
a better interest manifested, by both saint and 
sinner, than here. At various times did we see 
many tears flow, which I think is good, for 
"The Lord is nigh unto them which are of a 
broken heart, and saveth such as be of a eon- 
trite spirit."-^P8alms, 34:18. As a result of 
the meeting, the brethren and sisters were 
greatly encouraged to firmness, decision, and 
a greater zeal in the Master's cause; and 
ners were converted to God, and brought 
the fold, and are now rejoicing in the wise 
choice they have made. To God belongs all the 
praise. — Locke, Elkhart Co., Ind., Jan. 16, '81. 


From John Forney. — I have not seen any 
notice in any of the brethren's papers, of sub- 
districting of the large territory of our Abeline 
district, now divided into four districts. Our 
north end of Dickinson, Clay, and a part of 
Ottawa counties, have about forty members, 
with one deacon, two ministers, — one in the 
second and one in the first degree of oiEcef — 
and the writer, an elder. The central part of 
Dickinson, Davis, and Saline counties, still re- 
tain the old name, — Abilene church. It has 
fifty-five or sixty members, with three deacons, 
and M. Forney in the second degree of the 
ministry, John Humbargar and Peter Eitzman, 
elders. South district has a membership of 
about twenty-five, three deacons, and George 
Mourer, elder. The Saline valley district in 
Ottawa county, and part of Saline and Lincoln 
counties, with a membership of some twenty 
or twenty-five, chose one deacon, and Levi 
Fitzwater, minister, when organized in May; 
and now also has Umphry Talhelm, minister 
in the second degree, as overseer. — Abilene, 
Kansas, Jan. 23. '81. 

From J. Burna Blair. — Can we be inform- 
ed through the B. AT W., or otherwise, hotv 
far we are from an organization of the Breth- 
ren, while at Tarkio Post ofEce, Page county, 
Iowa? We wish to know if there are any in 
either of the following counties: — Page, Tay- 
lor, Fremont, or Montgomery. If so, we 
would be glad to have some of their names and 
post office addresses, if not, who are the near- 
est? We think there are some in Cass county. 
A prompt answer is desired. — Tarkio., Page Co., 
Iowa, Jan 31, ''81. 

the district. Some of these calls however, 
were so indefinite, that the board had to pass 
them by unattended. Only giving name of 
county w here help is wanted, is not very sat- 
isfactory to the board. The solicitors in the 
different congregations in the district, should 
bear in mind that tbey are requested to solicit 
quarterly for this noble missionary work. 
Brethren and sisters, contribute cheerfully, and 
not too sparingly, in this good cause; "The 
Lord loveth a cheerful giver." Next 
quarterly meeting will be April 23rd. 

H. R. Stutsman, Clerk. 
Girard, III, Jan. 31, '8L 

From F. C. Myers. — On the evening of 
the 15th of January, Bro. Daniel Vaniman 
came here to commence a series of meetings. 
The nest day at three o'clock he preached an 
interesting sermon to a small but attentive 
congregation; this being the first sermon 
ever preached by the brethren in this city. On 
the evening of the 17th, at our second meet- 
ing, Bro. J. Wise was present, the congrega- 
tion increased a little. Bro. J. Wise preached 
an interesting sermon. On the evening of the 
18th, the weather not being so favorable the ■ 
number decreased some. Not having the use 
of the house until the evening of the 20th we 
passed the time the best we could. During 
our delay Bro's. J. Metzger, J. P. Lillight, and 
another Brother, whose name I have forgotten, 
came to us. At our next meeting the congre- 
gation increased; Bro. D. Vaniman preached, 
ready to depart on the morrow. The evening 
of the 21st ending our appointments which 
were published, Bro. J. Metzger delivered an 
interesting sermon to a congregation which in- 
creased considerable, both in interest and num- 
ber. On the morning of the 22Dd, we went 
to hunt a more suitable place to hold meetings, 
but not succeeding, the brethren made up their 
minds to return home for the present. Bro. J. 
Metzger left an appointment to be here on the 
12th of February, if I could get a suitable 
place to hold meetings. As I went about, 
the people seemfd to be greatly interested, and 
are trying as well as myself, to get a place for 
the brethren to hold meetings. — St. Louis, 
Mo., Jan. 25, '8L 

From. F. C. Myers.— J. R. Gish, I noticed 

From Southern Illinois. — The board of 
managers for the Southern Illinois Mission, 
met at the house of the undersigned on the 
22nd. The members all being present, the 
meeting was opened as usual, with devotional 
exercises, after which the following was some 
of the business transacted : First — Treasurer re- 
ported the receipts since last meeting as $47.25. 
Second — Report for Evangelists called for, and 
only one had reported. His report was very 
satisfactory and encouraging. Received a let- 
ter later from Brethren Hillery and Lyon, in 
which they report a good work done in iheir 
field of labor. Third — Calls for preaching 
were taken into consideration, of which there 

From David 'White — We are a little band 
of worshippers, and are laboring to promote 
the good cause of Christ. We have meeting 
nearly every Lord's day, and Sunday school 
every two weeks, which seems to be very inter- 
esting. We have had some good meetings. 
Eider Jacob Kintner, from Ohio, and Brethren 
Wmey and Jacob Kepner, both of this State, 
have been with us and the church feels encour- 
aged. We received seventeen into the church 
by baptism in 1880. Dark clouds mingle with 
our sunshine, but we pray and hope for good. 
May God bless you in your labors with us in 
the spirit. — Carbon City, Mich. 

From Stephen Johnson. — Dear Editors: 
I have just closed a series of meetings here 
with great interest, and I feel loth to leave the 
place. I feel that there are some here that are 
convinced, and I trust the Lord will carry on 
his work to the salvation of souls. Also had 
a week's meeting in Washington Co., where 



ty-five years. Met with kind brethren and 
sisters there, and hope the Lord ■will abundant- 
ly bless them. They are in much need of 
ministerial aid. We were made to feel that 
the harvest truly is gx'eat', but the laborers are 
few, and pray the Lord that he may send labor- 
ers into His vineyard. The Lord willing, we 
purpose to start to Ohio in a few days, and 
spend about ten dajs with the brethven and 
friends there, then start to Iowa, and get home 
by the twentieth; thereto meet our brethren 
and sisters in our old field of labor. May the 
Lord bless us all is my prayer. Fare you well. 
—Castile, Green Co., Pa., Feb. 2, '81. 

From J. S. Mohler. — Dear Brethren: I 
have just returned from Brush Creek church, 
St. Clair county, Mo., where we held a few 
meetings. Four were added to the church, and 
the members much edified with good prospects 
ahead. Yours in love. — La Due, Mo., Feb. 1, 

From John J, Nicholson. — Brethben 
AT WoKK, Dear Editors: — Our meeting closed 
01^ last Thursday evening at the Plum River 
meeting; house, with four accessions. This 
meeting house is near Loudenville, Ohio. Our 
meeting commenced to-day, (the 27th,) at 11 
A. It., in the Honey Creek meeting house, same 
congregation as the Loudenville church. 
Elders M. Workman and D. Brubaker, have 
the oversight. — Honey Creek, Ashland Co., 
Ohio, Jan. 29, '81. 

Another Wolf. — Will you please insert this 
letter in your paper? A young man by the 
name of Joseph Bates — or Bitz, has been ex- 
pelled from the church for bad conduct. He 
was required to work for one of the members 
three months for a horse, and only worked 
about six weeks, when he ran away with it, 
and stole a saddle and bridle. He has not been 
heard from since. Description: Sandy com- 
plexion, about five feet ten inches in height, 
twenty-three years of age, of Irish decent, but 
can speak the German language. This letter 
was written by order of the church of the 
North Fork of Solomon Valley. 

Thomas Jones, 
Lewis Leebw. 

Bethany, Kan. 

From A. H. Snowberger. — Dear Breth- 
ren: Bro. D. B. Gibson, of Illinois, preached 
in the Salamonie congregation, from January 
16th to the 20th. The attendance was large, 
and the interest good, but meetings closed too 
soon. Five dear souls, — four of whom belong 
to the Clear Creek congregation, — professed 
faith in Christ. So far as I know the church 
is in union. There is considerable sickness in 
the country, and some are dying; two funerals 
at the meeting house near our cemetery, to- 
day; one a brother, just in the prime of 
life. — Mqjenica, Ind , Jan. 3, '81. 

From E. MlUer. — We have just closed our 
series of meetings in this, the Spring Creek 
church, Kosciusko county. Bro. W. R. Dee- 
ter, of Delaware county, Indiana, came to us 
on Jan. 27th, and commenced a meeting the 
same evening, and continued until last night, 
when the meeting closed with the best of in- 
terest. Bro. Deeter held the word forth with 

power and great ability, and held his immense 
congregations with almost magic quietude 
during the entire meeting. We had quite large 
congregations, and the very best of attention 
to the word spoken. The church was very 
much revived and built up, and sinners were 
invited to Christ. One made the good con''es- 
sioi, and oth ers are near the kingdom. May 
God help them, that they may find no rest 
until they find it in their Savior. Health 
pretty good ; have now good sleighing. Yours 
fraternally. — Pierceton, Ind. Feb. 7, '81. 

From C. F. 'Wirt.— Dear Beetheen at 
Woek: The notice you published in number 
four, page sixty, third column, at bottom of 
District Meeting of Northern Iowa and Min- 
nesota, you state "twenty-four miles South- 
east of," instead of two and a half miles South- 
east of Lewiston, Minn., Feb. 1, '81. 

From John A. Studebaker. — Our series of 
meetings are passed. We had one conducted 
by our home minister, and then Bro. D. Hara- 
der came unto us from Cowley Co., and com- 
menced meetings on the Hth instant, snd con- 
tinued until the night of the 16th. No imme- 
diate results, more than that the members were 
encouraged to press on in the grand cause of 
our glorious Redeemer. We expect Elder 
Jesse Studebaker with us soon, and then will 
hold some more meetings; will inform the B. 
AT W. of the results. An accident happened 
in a coal mine twelve miles South of where I 
live, which caused the instant death of two 
men named Rariton and Binyen. The partic- 
ulars are about as follows: They were at work 
in their rooms, when about five minutes before 
their death, one of them remarked that it 'was 
unsafe to work in their room without propping 
some, but they kept on when a scale dropped 
on Binyen; he called for help when Rariton 
crawled into the room and tried to remove the 
scale, when a second, and greater one fell, and 
buried them both alive. It was about two 
hours afterward that they got them out. 
Binyen leaves a wife and one child, Rariton 
was a single man. — Orenola, Kan .,Jan. 30, '81. 

From J. W. Southwood.— The funeral of 
Elder John Leedy took place on day before 
yesterday. Yesterday we came to this place; 
had meetings last night; expect to remain sev- 
eral days. It is said that there was but one 
sermon ever preached here by the Brethren 
before I came, and that was in German. Thf 
weather bids fair for meetings. This place, 
(Pleasant Plain,) is but a small village. The 
church members are mostly Orthodox Friend?, 
Methodist, Episcopal, and Wesleyans. — Pleas- 
ant Plain,Ind.,Feb. 2, 81. 

From Henry Brubaker. — I thought an item 
of church news from the Beatrice church, in- 
serted in your valuable paper, would be read 
with some interest. On the evening of the 
9th, the home Brethren commenced and faith- 
fully labored one week, evenings. On the even- 
ing of the 17th, Bro. Wm. J. H. Bauman, 
of Morrill, Kan., by request, came to our as- 
sistance and continued the meetings until the 
evening of the 30th. During the meeting 
one, two, and sometimes three, would desert 

the ranks of Satan, and beg to be admitted 
into the fold, until ten in all came with true 
evidence of sincere repentance. 0, how we 
realized the truthfulness of the expression, 
"There is more joy over one sinner that repent- 
eth, than over ninety-and-nine just persons, 
who r>eei no repentance." If ever there was J 
rejoicing on the Big Blue river, it was on the 
30th of January, at one o'clock, when the ice 
vacated, it being about fifteen inches thick, and 
surrounded by a large assembly of brethren, sis- 
ters, and spectators, we united in praising God. 
The blessing and assistance of God was asked, 
and we we believe was granted, from the fact 
that converts did so humbly submit in taking 
the yoke of Jesus upon them. So in the last 
four weeks we have added thirteen precious 
souls by baptism. 0, we thank God, and take 
courage, and humbly ask his protecting care 
in nursing the members and these tender lambs, 
that they may be kept in the green pasture of 
God's love.— Bratrice, Neb.. Jan. 1, '81. 

[Bro. Urias Shiok, also sends an interesting 
report of the same meeting. — Ed] 

From J. W. Southwood.— While in Onio we 
held five meetings in the Beech Grove meet- 
ing house, two at Wheatville, one at Winches- 
ter, and one at Gettersburg. Found the mem- 
bers kind and sociable, so I enjoyed myself 
well. May God b ess them all, and enable 
them to hold out faithful to the end, and be 
saved with the everlasting salvation which he 
has so kindly favored us with. — Pleasant Plain, 
Ind. Feb 4/81. 

From William S Gilbert— The result of a 
series of meetings held for nearly three weeks 
at Johnsville, in what is known as Bro. A. 
Yonnce's district. Bro. J. Fitzgerald and 
James Ridenour, did mc st of the preaching. 
The result was certainly glorious, as thirty- 
seven precious soules were led down into the 
icy stream and confessed Christ to be their 
only Savior. One was reclaimed, and others 
we think, are feeling the need of a Savior. 
Yes, may the good work go on till many more 
may turn in with the overtures of mercy, aa^ 
seek their soul's sulvatioa. Such a meeting 
was new with us here in the Valley, but in our 
short life, we have never seen such great in- 
terest manifested, as the house — ^loth aisle and 
seats — was crowded full nearly every night, 
and some turned away disappoiuted, being un- 
able to get in —Xcir Lihanon, Ohio. 

Bro. J. D. Haughtelin writes that he has been 
spending five or six weeks preaching in differ- 
ent portions of the central, Western, and N th- 
western Iowa. He reports good attend -ice 
and attention. 

When James and John were not engaged in 
fishing they were occupied in mending their 
nets. Every day may not be propitious for 
casting the net; but in these intervals let us 
see that the nets are put in thorough repair, 
ready for a draft at the Master's command. — 
Mc Kean. 

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is 
counted wise : but a word Jitly spohen is like 
apples of gold in pictures of silver. — Proverbs 
of Solomon. 



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WHILE diyine law governs our drinking, it 
is not of less force in regard to our eat- 
ing. While it is true that we must "eat to live" 
it is equally true tbat this is the only true Jaw 
governing tbe appetite, beyond which is exces9. 
Healthful food should be our only selection, 
that which is strf ngthening and invigorating, 
eiicturaging new life and a healthy constitu 
lion. Too much of a good thing is iniarious, 
aud continued u^e of unhealthy foods though 
in moderation is dt bilitaling and "murder will 
out" sooner or later. All foods cooked simply, 
that is in (he absence of spices, pepper, con- 
diments, &5 , are healthier, and in this condition 
foods are invigorating and more healthful to 
the body and mind. While flesh foods may be 
good yet. they should not form the principal 
dish as is the custom of the American people. 
F.itty meats (pork), should have a wide berth, 
wide enough to escspe the table entirely. 
ThC'Uaantls upon thousands cf our people are 
tainted with disease by tbe excessive use of this 
fcrofubus infected dith. If the grains which are 
fed to grow this flesh wen ground into meal 
and ustd as a part ol our dietetics we would 
have more healthful food ani more cf it than 
to dine upon the porker himself when fatted, and 
have a food morenaiucally adapted io the wants 
of man. Coold we but dispense with this amount 
of cookery, highly seasoned foods, fatty meats 
(pork) and sub.^ist more on fruits, vegetables, 
cereals, &c., we would have less aches aud better 
health, bodies of more invigorating growth, 
brsin better developed, better adapti i and ca- 
pacitated ti generate thought, intellect brighter 
and more perceptive, mind more vivid, active, 
andcompreheuaive, capable of producing belter, 
purer and richer thought, carrying us onward 
and upward, elevating us in that plane of mor 
a^s with that distinctiveness which will, make 
us more agreeable to self, more companionable 
to others and better capacitated to labor for 
the wants of the soul. Among the distinctive 
charaeleriatics of the Christian is humility, 
plainnes>:, simplicity and non-conformity to 
the wo)l:i. la our eating, drinking, and much 
feastiDg, we are making vapid strides with the 
world, aud may we not say in some instances, 
surpassing worldly festivities? 

Pride may be on the table as well as in the 
hesH t. Etcefsive eating is as hurtful as excess- 
ive labor. , Fea'ting is the order of the day and 
di5cord.ant as it may seem to the views of many 
the fact remains unchanged that tbe people 
both cburch an^^ state are so enslaved to sense 
aud to th"ir appetites that they feel they can- 
not be sccial without feasting. 

One objectonable feature is, that plain and 

simple foods are discarded from the table and 
the richest dainties are cravfd which leads to 
excessive eating and is deleterious to health. 

Late hours are frequently chosen for the 
festal board and such festivities no physician 
will tolerate. 

Here i^ Thanksgiving day ; the psople 
assemble in the Sanctuary and with some 
z"al praise (rod and their prayers and songs are 
increased because there is something else un- 
der-lying all this — a "feast of fat things." 
And judging from the expertness in despatch- 
ing the roast fowl, lamb or pig, the Lord gets 
the soundest (?) praise at the evening service — 
the feast. Then comes the church sociable 
with its late supper — we need money for the 
Lord. The minister may feel it to be wrong 
and injurious to health, but personally feels 
compelled to yield' to avoid oflfense from his 
parishioners and allows them to indulge. Cm 
there be any oifenae in partaking of refresh- 
ments at a church sociable? 

Late suppers are unhealtnful, and is it not 
turning the sanctuary to intemperate use? 

Think of the unholy influence over the b dy 
and soul by turning the house of God into an 
oyster house, restaurant or ice-cream i^aloon, en- 
gsgements in which those very erring ones, the 
sinner whom those good people are trying to 
convert, would not do in a house set ;part 
for the worship of God. Many good people a\e 
raising their voices against those sinful practices 
but for fear of ridicule or b.^coming asubjpct of 
neighborhood gossip their courage fails and 
they must succumb to the desires of their 
brethren. Further it has a tendancy to dis- 
piritnaiise the mind; it leads to leviiy and loos- 
ness and provokes a feeling entirely antagonis- 
tic to the mind cf Christ. It leads the mind of 
the youths away from that truth and soberness 
which causes them to respect the house of God 
with holy veneration. It surrenders all restraint, 
the mind loses its sancity, becomes blinded to 
all the physical and spiritual ills they are con- 
tracting. Itskouldbethe provitcj of the church 
to teach the people the highest law regulating 
life and health and raise a warning voice aganst 
this sin of intemperance. Should teach the peo- 
ple from the pulpit how to regulate their home 
life but when she takes this idol of feasting in- 
to the church and inviting homage from all to 
her, how can she hold and exercise her power? 
We appeal therefore to the Christian to teach 
at home and from the sanctuary, the minister 
from the stand and the press that idea of tem- 
perance and the true way of living that will, 
discard unhealthful fooJs, overmuch feasting, 
late repasts, aud anything that will cultivate 
sensualism. Proclaim everywhere the tacred 
truth that the body is the temple of the 
I viug God and to desecrate it in any way is 
but disqualifying ourselves to give unto Him 
the glory from our bodies and spirits that He 
demands at our haads. b. 

upon this point that they would 
keep out this, the best promoter of health by 
poking rags and paper into the key holes of 
their doora, and close every crevice aganst his 
entrance as though they feared he might steal 
the m>rals of their children; never once stop- 
ping to think that they were harboring a thief 
in the garb of impure air, who was stealing 
their health aud leaving the footprints of his 
ravages where otherwise the greatest bioncf 
earth might hold sway, indicated by the rosy 
cheeks and sparkling eyes. 

Air is eompofed of two properties, the one 
is life sustaining the other life destroying when 
once exhausted. 

Probably there is no source from which so 
much evil results in breathing impure air as is 
( ccasionedby overcrowed, illy ventilated church- 
es, halh, school-rooms, &'3. People congregate 
together, become overheated, rush out into the 
cold, get sick, and then wonder why they can- 
not stand more: the only wonder is that so 
many of the m ace yet alive ; a cast iron man would 
succumb to such usage and rust out leaving the 
dust of his negligence as a monument of warning 
to others. ■ Remember that a cord of wood or a 
few hundred weight of coal may not cost as 
much as one visit from the doctor besides it 
leaves out of the bill quinine, pills and other 
nostrums. There is no need of a minister sSut- 
ting himself and congregation up with closed 
doors and windows and screaming himself hoarse 
while great drops of perspiration stream down 
his face in endaevoring to tell something about 
the plan of salvation. 

Ministers and all public speakers should see 
that there is good ventilation with plenty of 
fire. God intended the air for us to breathe and 
has given us an abundance of it; don't be afraid 
of exhausting the supply : it is said to surround 
the earth to the height of fifty miles. 




TEIIS is a very important matter. Most per- 
sons are very careful to tickle the appetite 
with the best of earth, and utterly disre,eard 
the importance of pure air. We have 
known eome who were so thoughtless 

WE should not leave our souls to ministers 
nor' our health to doctors. So the fol- 
lowing simple rules for the preservation of 
health, especially through the changeable sea- 
sons of autumn, winter, and spring, should not 
be left entirely to health j lurnals. 

Never lean yonr back aganst anything that 
is cold. 

Never begin to journey until breakfast is 

Never take warm drinks and then immedi- 
ately go oat into the cold air. 

Keep the back — especially between the shoul- 
ders blades — well covered; also the chest well 

In sleeping in a cold room establish a habit 
of breathing through the nose, and never with 
the mouth wide open. 

Nevergo to bed with coldordamp feet; always 
toast them by the fire for ten or filteen minutes 
before going to bed. 

Never omit regular bathing; for unless the 
skin is in an active condition the cold will close 
the pores and harbor congettion and other 

After exercise of any kind never ride in an 
open carriage nor near the window of a car for 
a moment. It is dai'gerous to health and even 
to life. 

When hoarse, speak as little as possible until 
the hoarsness is recovered from, else the voice 
may be peimanently lost, or difficulties of the 
throat produced. 

Merely warm the back by a fire, and never 
continue keeping the back exposed to the heat 
after it has become comfortably warm. To do 
so is debilitating. 

When going irom a warm atmosphere into a 
colder one, keep the mouth closed, so that the 
air may be warmed by its passage through the 
nose ere it reaches the lungs. 

Never stand still in cold weather, especially 
a'ter having taken a slight degree of exercise; 
and always avoid standing upon ice or snow, or 
where the person is exposed to a cold wind. — 
Albany Argus, 

TH-K MJriJdlTJaiiiKlM ..^T l^rOKK. 








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FLORY— SMITH.— Jan. 26, 1881, by Eld. Jacob 
Brower, at the residence of the bride's parents 
Mr. J. B. Flory to sister Lizzie Smith. 

DOWl^ING— EARLY— At Dale City, Iowa, Jan. 
30th 1881, Richard F. Downing and Alice F. 
Early, by J. D. Hau?htelin, V. D. M. 

KIRKPA.TRIC— FLOBY. By tlie same, Jan. 27, 
1881. Samuel H. KirkpatricktoMiss Annie Flory, 
all of Keokuk Co., Iowa. P. B. 

FORNEY— TATES.—By David E.Price, at his 
residence, Jan. 19, 1881, Bro. John B. Forney, of 
Carroll county, III., to sister May Belle Yates, 
of Ogle county, 111. 

HECKEP— TOURNEY.— Jan. 26, 1881, by Jos. L. 
Myers, at his residence, Mr. Thomas Hecker, of 
Jordan, and Miss Alice L. Journey, of Sterling, 
111. J. L. M. 

SCHROCK— JOHNSON.— Jan. 27,1881, by Elder 
Jos. I. Cover. Mr. S. S. Schrock, of Carroll Co., 
111., to sister E. Matilda Johnson, of Fayette 
county. Pa. Eld. Jos. I. Covek. 

PUTERBAUGH— SHELLY. — November 23rd, 
1880, at the residence of the bride's mother in 
Shannon, 111., Mr. Aimer Puterbaugh, of Dakota, 
III., to sister Maria Shelly. Ceremony by Frank 
McCune. J. S. Shelly. 

SHULER-MONTGOMERY.— At the residence 
of^ the bride's parents, near Ionia, Dec. 9, 1880, 
brother Jacob Shuler and Elizabeth P. Mont- 
gomery, both of .lev/ell county, Kan. 

A. F. Deeter. 

Blessod &T0 tha dead whjch tils In the Lord. — £e7. 14 ; 13, 

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Bimpiy the moat important &cts. The following contains all the 
points generally proper to mention; 1. Name of deceased. 2. Date and 
place of death. 3. Diaeaee or caoee of death. 4. When and where 
bom. 5. Age. 6. Kame of parents. 7. Nnmbei of family still living. 
8. To whom, when and where married. 9. United with the church 
when and where. 10. Burial when and where. 11. Funeral service 
when and where, and by whom conducted. 

OOYMAN. — In the same congregation, Jan. 15,'81, 
Charles Coyman, aged 27 years. Services by the 
writer. A. F. Debtee. 

MYERS.— Near Lewistown, MifBin c -unty. Pa., 
; an. 27, 1881, Herman, infant son of I rother Geo. 
S. and Susan Myers, aged 3 months and IS days. 


SPALDING.— In the Limestone congregation, Jew- 
ell county, Kan, infant son of John and Viola 
Spalding, Jan. 13, '81, aged 7 months and 10 dajs. 
Funeral services by A. F. Deeter. 

BOWMAN.— In the Antioch Church, February 
IGth.Sister Susan Bowman, relict of the late 
Eld. John Bowman. Aged 81 years, 4 months, 
and S days. Funeral services by the v;riter and 
J. W. Southwood. Text, 1 Pet. 1: 24. 

D. B. Gibson. 

MORTON.— At the residence of his son H. D. 
Morion, in Parmington township, Fulton coun- 
ty, 111., on the 28th of January, 1881, Mr. Elijah 
Morton, in the 85th year of his age. Funeral 
services by the writer. Jacob Nbolt. 

BBUBAKER.— In the Howard church, Howard 
county, Ind., Jan. 10, 1881, of scarlet fever, Eliza- 
betv, daughter of brottier Lewis and sister Hes- 
ter Brubaker, aged 9 years, 10 months and 2 days. 
Funeral services by brother Abraham Flora 
from John 1: 29. Geo. BKlTBAKEit. 

BOWSER. — In the Glade Riin congregation, sister 
Mary Bowser, wife of brother Samuel Bowser, 
departed this life Oct. 20 tb, 1880, aged 77 years, 
7 months and 19 days. She was a consistent 
member f^r about thirty-six years. Our loss is 

her eternal gain. Funeral services on the 5th of 
December by the writer, to an attentive congre- 
gation, from John 5 : 28, 29. J. B. Wampler. 
WIMER. — At her residence, in Steady township, 
Keokuk county, Iowa, Oct. 23, 1880, at 11 o'clock, 
p. M., Catharine, wife of Adam Wimer, deceased ; 
age. 84 years, 1 month and 3 days. Funeral ser- 
vices at the family residence Monday, Oct. 25, at 
10 A.M , Elder E. Wonderlick officiating. 

Elder C. Wonderlick. 
P. C. please copy. 
LEEDY.— In the Antioch church, Indiana, Eld. 
John Leedy, aged 71 years, 4 months and 10 days. 
Funeral services by the writer, assisted by Bro. 
J. B. Lair.' 

Eld. John Leedy was bom in Augusta county, 
Ya., Sept. 19, 1809, moved to Preble county, 0., 
about 1832; was married to Elizabeth Fall Nov. 27, 
1834. In 1836 he came to Wabash county, Ind., 
where he lived an exemplary life until Jan. 29, '81. 
He was afflicted for some years, yet he bore his 
afflictions with Christian patience. He had be- 
come very feeble, yet he died rather suddenly. His 
wife, sister Elizabeth Leedy, was buried the day 
before Christmas. Thus, one by one, we are pass- 
ing from the stage of life. J. W. Southwood. 
P. C. and G- P- and others, please copy. 

LONGAKER.— In Spring Creek township, Black- 
hawk county, Iowa, Oct. 6th, 1880, Harry Mahlon 
Longaker, son of John and Margaret Longaker, 
and grandson of Mahlon and Christian Smith, 
formerly from Penna-; age, 11 years, 1 month 
and 13 days. Funeral services by Elder Jacob 
Murry from John 14: 1, 2, to a large and atten- 
tive congregation of friends. 
Having become conscious about eight o'clock, in 
the evening, that his last hour was fast approach- 
ing, his inind become settled on prayer. There 
were several praying people in the house and sev- 
eral that 1 suppose had never offered prayer before 
in their lives. Little Harry would call them to 
his bedside and ask them to pray ; then when he 
heard them he would repeat some beautiful lit- 
tle prayer that his fond mother had taught him. 
He called on all, one after another. Those that had 
never prayed would try and excuse them- 
selves. But he would not take no for an answer; 
then through the solemnity of the occasion they 
would yield. After he heard his father he said, 
"O now I feel so good to hear pa pray." This 
scene continued until 12 o'clock, at which time he 
gave directions how to place his little hands, for 
monster death had benumbed his limbs, then he 
past away without a struggle or a gasp. He had 
no fear of death. He retained his senses till the 
last moment. M. H. 8. 

were often his lot, but he seldom complained. His 
greatest delight was to be engaged in the cause of 
Christ, consequently he traveled and preached 
much. Hiram S. Gakst. 


SHERFY.— In the Appanoose Churph, Franklin 
Co., Kan., Jan. 16th, Sister Sarah M., wife of 
Bro. John bherfy and daughter of Eld. John 
Lair, aged, 34 years, 5 months, and 5 days. Dis- 
ease, pueuuioiiia fever. 

She was sick thirteen weeks. At the end of 
nine weeks she had recovered sufficiently to be up 
nearly two weeks, then took a relapse and suffer- 
ed much, until deatk gave relief. She became 
wholly resigned to her condition, and was sensi- 
ble till near the close. Her last request was thit 
the hymn "Come thou fount of every blessing, ' 
etc., should be sung. No one feeling to sing, she 
began the hymn, using fie tune called Oluey; the 
strain was taken up by thrse near, and she was 
satisiied. In September, IsGS, she and brother 
John were united in marriage. They had three 
children, one of whom died about four years ago 
in Indiana, She united with the church at the age 
of fourteen years, and lived a pious life I knew 
her for eighteen years, but I never saw her angry, 
nor heard her speak an evil word. Her brother, 
Samuel G. Lair, died at the same place on the 23rd 
of October, in his 33rd year. Disease was typhoid 
fever. Her father died in Polk County, Missouri, 
Nov. 16th, 1880, in his 60th year. Disease was 
dropsy. Thus, father, son, and daughter were un- 
dergoing their last sickness at the same time. The 
father was a quiet, unassuming man. Of this 
world's goods he possessed but little. Privations 

Our meetings, conducted by Eld. George Gripe, 
have been very profitable and beneficial; not only 
to the church but also to the friends, who, by the 
way they crowded the house night after night and 
day after day, we cannot help but believe appre- 
ciated the labors of our brother. The meeting 
commenced on the evening of Jan. 15th, at the 
Oak Grove Church, aad continued about a week 
with crowded houses and attentive congregations. 
On the evening of the 25th, Bro. Cripe com-' 
menced preaching at the Dickey Church, and clos- 
ed last night, February 6th. He preached day and 
evening with such zeal and earnestness that when 
once heard a person would make every exertion 
to hear the next discourse. Although the audi- 
ence-room of the church is as large as any in this 
part of the Brotherhood, it was found to be too 
small almost every night, and standing room was 
often "above par." 

Bro. Cripe, In his closing sermon, told us that he 
had never held such a meeting as this one; that is, 
one wfeere the meetings were so well attended both 
day and night. The immediate result of the ef- 
fort was ,eight bowed to rise and walk in newness 
of life, one restored, and five applications. 

The meeting closed with greater interest than 
was manifested at any other time ; while the last 
hymn was being sung and a dear brother had aris- 
en to express his desires, and Bro. Cripe had left 
the stand and was taking the parting hand of thj 
sisters, we all felt how much we appreciated his 
work and what attachments had grown up be- 
tween us. As he walked from bench to bench and 
took hand after hand in his to give them the last 
farewell grasp we could almost feel ourselves rise 
nearer to the portals of the New Jerusalem, which 
our dear brother preached so encouragingly about, 
than we had ever been before. 

Bro. Cripe, on every occasion, failed not to warn 
sinners and encourage the saints. His labor was 
of an unquestionable character, as he preached 
like Paul of old. His motto was "To know noth- - 
ing but Jesus Christ and him crucified." May those 
who have chosen the good part ever be found 
faithful and continue to be shining lights in Im- 
manuel's kingdom. And we trust those of us who 
have been walking on the narrow way, and have 
been so much encouraged, may never think of 
turning back. May the Holy Spirit ever accom- 
pany Bro. Cripe, and give him souls for his hire. 
Ashland, Ohio. 


Feb. 7tb. Whil^ in Ohio we enjoyed visiting 
our aged and afflicted Bro. Abraham Younce. We 
found him a very pleasant and agreeable brother — 
one that seemed to bear his afflictions with Chris- 
tian patience. He appears to be very devoted in 
the Master's cause. He is the elder in charge of 
Lower Twin Church. May God bless him and en- 
able him to bear his afflictions, feeling that they 
will work for him a far more exceeding and eter- 
nal w. ight of glory. 

Feb. 8. I came to this place on the Ist inst., 
and commenced meeting. Up to to-day have had 
seven meetings, with good attendance and good 
interest. The congregations have been growing 
larger. Last night the house was crowded; seats 
were brought from a school-house to fill the aisles; 
many were sitting on the rostrum, the ministers' 
long bench was filled, and yet a large number had 
to stand along the walls of the house. The inter- 
est so far is known and felt by those present, and 
God, who, we are made to believe, is with us. Just 
as we closed meeting on Wednesday night the 
summons came for us to return home on the next 
day to assist in the funeral of our aged sister Su- 
san Bowman, who was in her 82nd year. May God 
bless us all. 
Pleasaftt Plam, Ind. 

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No. 7. 

Current Topics. 

The Woman s Words says, "Mrs. Hayes not 
only walks to church, but sings like a nightin- 
gale after she gfifcs there." 

Abraham L. Dicksaein, of HeringeD,Limberg, 
Germany, U a pedagogue who is stiU teaching 
school at 104 years of age, at a salary of S50 
per annum, and he has received no more than 
that sum for more than sixty years. 

The fastest Russian mail-steamer on the Cas- 
pian sea is run by gas. It is made from refuse 
petroleum carried in an iron tank, and blown 
into spray inside the furnace by a jet of steam, 
where it forms a continuous sheet of flame. 
This liquid fire makes no ashes and the smoke 
is free from sulphur. 

The imigration at the port of New York in 
1880 reached 320,808, the largest number of ar- 
rivals in any year since 184T, when the Emi- 
gration Commission was established. In 1879 
it was only 135,070. The total number of im- 
migrants landed at Castle Garden since 1847 is 

There is at present much excitement in re- 
gard to the coming Revised New Testament. 
We can tell better how we will like it after we 
have seen it. If the work of the translator 
does nothing more, it may induce thousands to 
read the New Testament who never read it 

It is said that a number of wealthy, enthusi- 
asts in New York have purchased land in 
Mexico to the extent of half a million acres 
and intend colonizing it by judicious selec- 
tions of negroes from the Southern States. The 
land is to be sold to them at government rates 
and they are to be aided in various ways in de- 
veloping its resources. 

Mr. Moody suggests that: In all ages God has 
never used a proud man or a woman, or a con- 
ceited man or conceited woman! The men 
whom God has used in all ages were men who 
gotglimpsts of themselves, and so got the con- 
ceit taken out of them, before he used them 
It was so with Moaes; it was so with Job; it 
was so with Isaiah. 

Christian K. Ross, the father of Charley Ross, 
is quoted as saying: "T lie only tidings I have 
ever recieved of Charley since he was stolen 
was the demand for a ransom of 120,000. If I 
had paid that I would have had him long before 
this. As it is, I have spent $60,000 and have 
not got him. I am still engaged and have de 
tectives employed, and hope in time to find him 

I have examined over three hundred children 
in the search, some of whom had been stolen, 
but none of them was Charley. I would not 
pay the ransom; I wanted to protect the com- 
munity and secure the thieves. As it is I have 
lost all my fortune and rriy boy." 

It is predicted that the famine in Russia will 
assume proportions altogether beyond former 
estimates. In the best of times the Russian 
peasant cannot afiord to eat wheat, and now 
this grain is sold long ahead to the Jews and 
other middlemen. An immediate importation 
of cheaper grain is needed; but the authorities 
are taking no steps in the matter. Among 
some of the Ural tribes, the distress is so great 
that parents sell their male children for grain, 
and leave girls to perish. 

Preparations are being made by nearly all 
the countries of Europe and by America for a 
regular Archie siege, to begin in 1882. Ger- 
many, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Den- 
mark.the United States, and we believe Canada, 
are ail to take part in this great work by es- 
tablishing observing stations at suitable points 
all around the Polar area; while Italy is to 
send out next year a scientifically equipped ex- 
pedition to the Ant-arctic region, our knowl- 
edge of which is meager and uncertain. This 
last will really be an observing as well as an 
exploring expedition, praparatory to the 
estabishment fo an Ant-arctic station. 

There is progress in China. The Emperor 
has granted permission to construct a telegraph 
line 1,200 miles in length from Shanghi to 
Tientsin, and other lines will probably be open- 
ed. Electricity and steam will open the way 
for enterprise that even Chinese walls cannot 
blockade. At the same time there is religious 
progsess. Mr. Gardner, British Consul at Che- 
foo, in his report to Government, refers to the 
vast strides that Christianity is making in 
China, rioting particularly the change of the 
educated and uneducated classes toward the 
doctrine of the New Testament. He ettributes 
it to the generosity of Christians tawards the 
starving victims of the late famine. 

Daily Tribune: "A Petersburg, Huntingdon 
Co, correspondent informs us that Rev. John 
Spanogle, of Hill Valley, HunUngdon Co, died 
suddently at his residence on Friday morning 
4th inst. Mr. Spanogle retired the previous 
night in his usual good health. He was awak- 
ened in the morning by a pain in the head, 
which increasing in severity, his son, Rsv. Mr. 
Spanogle, was dispatched to Mount Union for 
medical aid, but before it arrived Mr. Spanogle 
had breathed his last, surrounded by his ago- 
nized and terror strickened family. Mr. Span- 
ogle was aged about 55 years,and was a promi- 
nent and able minister of the Brethren or Dunk- 
ard church, bting a co-worker and relative of 
Grabill Myers. His loss will be severely felt 
by the church of which he was a beloved mem- 
ber, and by the community at large, which 
was so much benefitted by the labors of this 
Gcdlyman. Mr. Spanogle spent hi? lifetime 
in Shirley Township, Huntingdon Co,, Pa., aud 
leaves abundant evidence of his devotion to the 
cause of Christ."— .£7m»i« R Stifer. 

The storm reported last week is wide-spread 
and still continues. The damage to property, 
especially in the Sacramento valley, will be 
immense. The river was never known to be 
higher, not even the great flood of 1862. Both 
above and below Sacramento city the levees 
have given way, and the country is covered 
by one vast waste of water. Every precaution 
has been taken to secure the city itself; the 
levee (which for 3,000 feet is from two to four 
hundred feet wide, and twenty-nine and one- 
half feet high) is watched night and day, and 
cars loaded with sacks of dirt are kept ready to 
go on a moment's noice. Were it not for the 
unfailing sign once placed in the heavens, 
some living in this valley might sometimes 
fear a second flood like that of Noah's time, 
but the word of tha^Wd jtgridflth snre.— Qa 
lanclYCaU Times: 

The Tampa (Florida) Tribune says that "the 
high tides on the new moon last week brought 
up to town the poisoned waters which has 
been killing the fish in Tampa bay for several 
weeks past. Down at the wharves, and along 
the river banks last Saturday, fish could be 
seen dying in considerable numbers. The high 
tides also brought up a good many already 
dead, so that it was quite disagreeable near the 
river or bay shore on account of the stench 
from dead fish." The Tribune further reports 
on the same subject that "the dead fish left on 
the shore by the high tides had become such 
a nuisance by Monday morning that the au- 
thorities had to have them gathered up and 
burned. Major Rawles had to have the same 
thing done in the garrison. We hardly think 
that we exaggerate in stating that fully one 
hundred barrels of dead fish lined the shore 
within the corporated limits and the garrison 



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The cruel lodge of secret oath sworn men 
Is found to be a rery viper's den, 
By those who feel the tr«th, and dare rereal 
The full intentnesg of the trith they feel. 

It plots the downfall of the truly great, 
Who hate its lies and iare to face its hate; 
It hisses, scornful hitses at the good, 
And turns upon them all its wrathful brood. 

In venoTB rile it seeks to give a sting 
To those who worship net its hidden thing, 
But worship oaly God in honest ways, 
And spread abroad the glories of his praise. 

Its boastful, gaudy pretense, is the means 
By which it from the field around it gleans 
A subtle poison, suited to the knaves, 
Who would therewith make other people 

In goat-like stench and fishy flavor mix'd, 
In kneeling posture is its victim fixed. 
To take an oath so false, that God and man 
Discharge their curses on the midnight elan. 

The dupes of knaves, and knaves themselvet 

are there. 
To strip the fool of funds he ill can spare. 
To rob his wife and little ones of rights. 
Beneath the flicker of triangled lights. 

For tbe Brethren at Work. 



WE are social beings, and love to as- 
sociate with those who have 
tastes and aspirations similar to our 
own. "We crave society. It is a law of 
our beings that we seek companionship. 
The desire for association with our fei 
low creatures has been implanted with- 

lii ua -uj ouo. niiiincir, iiciiue 10 IS rigDT. 

In a world like this, peopled by mill- 
ions, we would naturally suppose that 
all could find true friends — those who 
would be true in every particular, bin 
sometimes real, true material is not so 
easily found, In making choice of our 
friends we should exercise great care. 
We should aim to select those possess- 
ing the most desirable qualities — those 
who we think are actuated from pure 
and holy principles, and whose motives 
are good. There is no trait in charac 
ter that adds more lustre than truth. It 
IS the chief characteristic; and that man 
or woman who is not true at heart will 
not make a friend worthy of our asso- 
ciation. At some time we will discover 
that we have been mistaken in our 
choice and may have life-long regrets. 

Truth and tenderness go together. -A 
heart that is true is also tender. The 
Bible teaches us that we shall be "ten- 
der hearted, forgiving one another even 
as Christ forgave us." One then pos- 
sessing these qualifications is likely to 
be a friend under all circumstances. 
Friends must be tried in order to test 
their value. In times of prosperity we 
have plenty of friends, but when ad- 
versity comes is when we can more 
fully test them. The question arises: 
Who is my friend? 
'Not he who ever fills my wandering ear 
With honeyed praisees that I lo^e to hear; 
Who tells me how his heart goes out to me. 
Just aa the eager river seeks the sea; 
Who calls me learned, insists that I am wise, 
And holds me always in a sweet surprise; 
Talks of my genius; when I speak applauds 
And puts me up among the demigods! 
Whatever I may say or do commends, 
And boasts himself my very best of friends." 
One of the above class is not m j friend ; 
we want more than praise. We some- 
times meet such but they will not wear 
— they are only swnshine friends. We 
want friends who are such in times of 
adversity — who are ready to help when 
we inost need help, and who are loyal in 
every respect. Who then is my friend ? 

"But he who coins his friendship into deeds 
And runs to cheer and help me in my needs; 
Who proves,not tells, the sympathy he feels; 
Whose open heart his liberal heart reveals; 
Who, when he sees me sorely pressed and 

Passes not by upon the other side; 
Who is no Levite to his fellow-man, 
But everywhere, the good Samaritan — 
He is the friend I cherish and approve. 
The friend that, with my heart of hearts, I 

Bearing each other's burdens, we fulfill 
The Master's law and do the Master's will." 

Lanurk, 111. 

I'or the Brethren at Work. 



TX7E have now entered the new cov- 
' * enant, and we find a new system 
of doctrine, and also a new consecrated 
rest day. As the rest day was the last 
item of work that God engaged in the 
creation, so likewise is our rest or con 
secrated day the last item of work that 
Christ engaged in our redemption. 
Christ early began to impress the minds 
of those whom he taught with his 
high and supreme authority. As shown 
in a former article, in his first sermon 
on the Mount, he vindicates his high 
authority as a lawgiver, by quoting a 

number of the different laws of the 
Jews, including some of the ten com- 
mandments, following each with that 
peculiar expression of superior au- 
thority, "But 7 say unto you," indicat' 
ing in a most significant manner, that 
the law he was presenting was to super- 
.cede the law that he was quoting. 
When being criticised by the Pharisees, 
on a charge of his disciples violating 
their Sabbath, he again improves th» 
occasion m setting forth his high author- 
ity, by telling them that "the Son of 
Man is Lord even of the sabbath day. 
This remark must have greatly disturb- 
ed them, coming from him whom they 
expected should be their king; and as 
such would enforce their laws, rather 
than to fulfill, and thus set aside their 
laws. The above were important steps, 
in preparing their minds, for Christ's 
grand commission— "All power is given 
to me, bothin heaven and m earth" — 
hence they were to hear Christ in all 
things whatsoever he would say unto 

After Christ's resurrection, his term 
of stay on earth was short, and his work 
of gathering his few scattered, discouT' 
aged, and disheartened witnesses was 
important. As seen above, he convened 
with his disciples on the eve of his res- 
urrection; also on the next first day of 
the week: each proved to be religious 
meetings of tender remembrance. 

After conferring upon them the Ho- 
ly Ghost, and delivering his commission, 
and promising them the Comforter that 
should lead them into all truth,we now 
see Christ's apostles fully qualified for 
their arduous work of evangelizi ng the 
world — fully qualified to teach, estab- 
lish, and defend the doctrine and laws 
of Christ. After Christ's final leave, 
we find that "when the day of Pentecost 
was fully come, they were all with one 
accord in one place." Acts 2:1. This 
again was a religious occasion of very 
happy results; and that too on the first 
day of the week, their newly consecrated 

Elder Wagoner, in i work entitled, 
"Truth Found," makes an effort to 
show that the above meeting did not 
occur on the first day of the week. The 
elder quotes from Cruden and Dr. 
Smith, to prove his position. His effort 
however simply proves the fallacy of 
his position. 

To satisfy the humble reader that 
Pentecost in this year did come on the 
first day of the week, we remark that 



Pentecost is from a Greek word signify- 
ing the fiftieth; it being a feast that was 
held on the fiftieth day after the pres ■ 
entation of the wave offering, which oc- 
curred on the first day of the feast of 
unleaveBcd bread. The law control- 
ling this feast is found in Lev. 23: 15, 
16, "And ye shall count unto you from 
the morrow after the Sabbath from the 
day that ye brought the sheaf of the 
wave offering, seven Sabbaths shall be 
complete; even unto the morrow after 
the seventh Sabbath, shall ye number 
fifty days." Counting as directed above, 
from the morrow on the Sabbath, 
which was "an high day." That 
is a jrmtion of their weekly Sab- 
bath, and their Sabbath of convocation, 
which therefore would be the first day 
of the week; seven Sabbaths complete 
would make forty nine days, or seven 
weeks terminating on the Sabbath, add- 
ing one day for the morrow after the 
Sabbath would make fifty days, and 
would terminate on the first day of the 
Treek; hence the meeting on Pentecost 
of Acts second, was also on the first 
day of the week. We find again, in 
Acts twentieth chapter, that Paul who 
was a follower of Christ, in his visit to 
the churches, came to Troas and abode 
seven days, seemingly waiting to enjoy 
a communion season with the brethren 
at Troas. Luke distinctly tells us when 
the meeting took place: "Upon the first 
day of the week when the disciples 
came together to break bread." Acts 
20: 7. 

We think Eld. Wagoner, in the work 
referred to above, page 18, again does 
violence to this text; in wording the 
occasion he saya: "The disciples met on 
the first day to celebrate the resurrec- 
tion," while Luke in wording the oc- 
casion saya, "Upon the first day of the 
weak when the disciples came together 
to break bread." According to the el 
der's wording they met above by special 
appointment; but according to Luke's 
wording it was their custom to meet on 
the first day of the week. Thus Paul 
in 1 Cor. 11: 20 says: "When ye come 
together therefore into one place, this is 
not to eat the Lord's Supper," which 
maniteatly implies that it was their cus- 
tom to come together to eat the Lord's 
Supper; just so the language of Luke 
above indicates that it was the custom 
of the disciples to meet on the first day 
of the week. If Christians were to "keep 
the seventh day holy unto the Lord," 
why did not Brother Paul set this de- 

parture aright? Instead of engaging 
any criticism he unites in their practice 
of keeping sacred the first day. 

Again, Paul in his first epistle to the 
Corinthians, 16th chapter, bids the fol- 
lowing: ' Now concerning the collection 
for the saints, as I have given order to 
the church at Galatia, even so do ye. 
Upon the first day of the week, let 
overy one of you lay by him in store 
as God has prospered him, that there 
be no gatherings when I come." Sab- 
batarians tell us, as the meaning of this 
text, that "Paul wished the Corinthians 
to lay by them at home, on the first 
day of the week;" but remember that 
Prother Paul qualifies, "the laying by,' 
that there be no gathering when 
he comes. If each would lay by him 
m store at home, would that not require 
a "gathering" when Paul would come? 
Hence to lay by them in store, so that 
there would be no gathering when he 
would come, they should lay by them 
in the church treasury, then the collec- 
tion would be such as Paul directed. 
Further, the time is specified when the 
collecting should be done — "upon the 
first day of the week;" for as we have 
seen that that was the day upon which 
it was their custom to meet for religious 

Luke, however, in 4: 16 tells us "that 
Jesus as his custom was, went into the 
Synagogue on the Sabbath day, and 
stood up for to read." The above is 
clear, for, 

1. All of the laws of the Jews con- 
tinued in full force until they were su- 
perceded by Christ's laws, or fulfilled 
by the person of Christ. 

2. The setting apart of the seventh 
day was tnelast item or worK tnai; croa 
engaged in the creation ; so likewise the 
fiLrst day, or the resurrection day, is the 
last item of work engaged in our grand 
system of redemption, and hence was not 
and could not be observed until after 
its institution. Thus we find certain 
pious women "resting on the Sabbath 
day according to the commandment," 
while Christ's body was lying in the 


Man, created a little lower than the 
angels, and stamped with immortality, 
is lesponsible to God. He has a two- 
fold nature. He is composed of matter 
and mind, the former is subject to dis- 
solution, while the latter is an ever-liv- 
ing principle. The mind is capable of 
enjoying great hrppiness, or enduring 
extreme suffering. 

For tke Bretbren at Work. 



THE following questions haring been 
submitted to me I give them in 
their order. 

1. Upon what theory are decisions of 
Annual Meeting based? 

Ans. L'pon the theory that believers, 
wherever found, together compose the 
body of Christ — the church. See 1 Cor. 
12: 20: "Bat now are there many mem- 
bers yet but one body" possessing mu- 
tual interests ; and, as in any matter in 
which a number of individuals. possess a 
common or equal interest, so with re- 
spect to the church difference of senti- 
ment will arise time after time upon 
questions of right and of duty affect- 
ing the peace of the church. As a mat- 
ter then of sound policy, and of apos- 
tolic precedent, (Acts 15) General 
Councils are necessary to preserve the 
peace of the church, and to promote her 
interests limited in their capacity to 
three distinct leading considerations: 

Ist. To ^romoz!e the mutual interest 
of believers. 

2nd. To encowrage mutual co-opera- 
tion of believers. 

3rd. To induce mutual concessions 
among believers of their divergent 
views, respecting the form and applica- 
tion cf gospel principles, and to unite on 
a method by which these principles are 
fairly represented and affixed as a char- 
acteristic of the church. 

The first represents the church in her 

practical character and design. The 

second, the spirit which glows in the 

breast of believers. Tne third, the 
principle by whicTi they perform their 

work. On these three facts evangelical 
councils are based, and on them rests 
the integrity of the decisions of A. M. 
and affords us a safe standard of appeal 
in matters of differences that may arise 
in the church as to what is in harmony 
with, and gives a fair exhibition of 
scripture principles, both as to what 
these allow and disallow, and, 

1st. To keep believers united accord- 
ing to 1 Cor. 12: 25— "That there should 
be no schism in the body, but that the 
members should have the same care one 
for another" and John 17: 23, "That 
they may be one;" (1 Cor. 1: 10) That 
ye all speak the same thing, and that 
there be no divisions among you, but 
thst ye be perfectly joined together in 
the same mind and in the same judg- 



ment." PMl. 3: 16, "Let us walk by 
the same rule, let us mind the same 

2nd. To promote the spirit of unity 
of effort, and personal holiness accord- 
ing to Eph. 4: 16, "From whom the 
whole body fitly joined together and 
compacted by that which every joint 
supplieth, according to the effectual 
working in the measure of every part, 
maketh increase of the body unto the 
edifying of itself in love." 

3rd. For the protection of this unity, 
and of the fellowship of love of labor 
and of suffering acccording to 2 Thess. 
3: 6, "Now we command you brethren, 
in the name of our ;Lord Jesus Christ, 
that ye vrithdraw yourselves from every 
brother that walketh disorderly, and 
not after the tradition which he receiv - 
ed of us." 1 Tim. 6: 5, "Perverse 
disputings of men of corrupt minds,and 
destitute of the truth, supposing that 
gain IS godliness: from such withdraw 
thyself." Eph. 5: 11, "And have no 
fellowship with the unfruitful works of 
darkness, but rather reprove them." 
Matt. 18: 17, "If he will not hear the 
church let him he v/nto thee as a heathen 
man and a publican." This introduces 
your second question: 

2. If A. M. dare not tell Tww gospel 
principles shall be applied in the ab 
sence of gospel rules, who shall? 

Ans. To assume to discard the utili- 
ty of a General Council of the church 
held for the pui'pose noticed under ques- 
tion No. 1, would be at the sacriilee of 
the principles embodied in the quota 
tions cited under No. 1, which would 
give us as its inevitable result (instead 

of mutual co-operation to "walk by the 
Dame ruie j a system suDversive of all 

rule, authority or power. The result of 

rejecting the united counsel of believers 

through our A. M. is seen, and shows 

not the abundance of gospel principles 

in the transformed lives of such, but 

their absence. 

3. Do the decisions of our A. M. de- 
prive any of God's children from walk- 
ing humbly before God ? 

Ans. No; no one has presented that 
as an objection. The objection is more 
likely to come from the opposite of hu- 
mility; i. e., that A. M. deprives gratifi- 
ca ion to the spirit of pride. 

4. Do the decisions of A. M. pre- 
vent the full and free application of 
gospel principles? 

Ans. No. 6. But its sphere is to en- 
courage their application. 

5. When a gospel prirjciple is given 
affecting the body, can there be as many 
methods of practicing it as there are 
members in the chuich? 

Answered under No. 1 and 2. 

6. Does 1 Cor. 1: 10, John 17: 23, 
Phil. 3: 16 mean "that we walk by the 
same rule and mind the same thing"? 

Ans. Yes. This enjoins the effort, 
and such has been the constant aim of 
our General Council. And the fact that 
on some points differences have existed 
and still exist, this does not abate the 
force of the precept, "to walk by the 
same rule," neither the desire to attain 
to an entire oneness of practice. The 
idea of entire oneness of practical Chris- 
tian life is so intimately associated with 
Christian life, that it must be regarded 
as an inherent law of Christianity, and 
hence the constant effort of believers to 
harmonize, and hence all differences, 
however slight, are threatening and are 

7. Can this unity of action and one- 
ness of mind be obtained without a 
General Council? 

Ans. No. 

8. Is it right to publish the decis- 
ions of A. M.? If so, upon what princi- 

Ans. Upon apostolic precedent. See 
Acts 15: 23. The truth is, we may avail 
ourselves of the toils of others, and yet 
judge for ourselves all the while. We 
do this constantly in literature, in art, 
in science, and in history. A late con- 
tributor to a paper circulating among 
the churches, and one, too, whom it is 
presumed, hopes he is recognized as a 
brother, recommends to burn the Min- 
utes of A. M., giving as the reason that 
"then men would study the work of 
God for themselves." It is true that 
the Minutes of A. M. may have been 
abused ; but what good thing has not 
been abused? But I greatly wonder if 
said contributor never reads other men's 
works on any subject. I wonder if he 
discards such works, and pursues his in- 
vestigations unaided and alone. Cer- 
tainly he rejects all commentaries on 
the Scriptures. What ruts commentat- 
ors and writers on astronomy, science, 
history, politics, etc., have formed into 
which the unthinking mass gravitate! 
What an injury the author of that (par 
excellent) book called the "Problem of 
Human Life Here and Hereafter," in- 
flicted by writing said book; that men 
now unthinkingly can acquire all the 
knowledge contained in that book or 

any other human production, whereas 
if such works had not been written, 
giving the result of their years of pa- 
tient toil, then you see we all could 
have delved into these several scientific 
topics, and become wonderfully know- 
ing. What folly that chemists should 
write out in a half a dozen of lines the 
component parts of gunpowder, where 
we ourselves could by years of study 
get a knowledge of chemistry, and by 
analysis of gunpowder find out our- 
selves 1 Especially so since we would 
be required to learn how to anneal met- 
als, and construct chemical instruments, 
etc., etc. But according to said writer, 
it is wrong to keep record of th- results 
of patient, prayerful toil of our A. M. 
The love of originality (not to, say 
egotism) must be very strong to induce 
turning away from the result of other 
men's patient inquiry. What else are 
the decisions of A. M. than the Script- 
ural comments of our A. M. on the 
questions brought before it, some of 
which (especially those which have 
stoood the test of from thirty to over 
one hundred years) now of late become 
the principal one objected to, and on 
account of which it is recommended to 
burn them? History repeats itself in 
the cry "burn the minutes," (Lev. 10: 1, 
Num. 3:4,)' Nadab and Abihu offered 
strange fire"; so now strange fire is co- 
piously recommended to consume the 
old landmarks of the fathers. Suppose 
a question comes before our A. M. and 
engages the zei.1, the judgment and the 
prayers of the assembled church, and a 
deliverance is given, but no record kept, 
then in a few years the same question 
comes up again necessitating the same 
process over again as at the first, and 
still keep no record. Ah erring chil- 

For the Brethren at Work. 



"DEOTHEK Moore, please allow me 
■^ to offer a word upon your reply to 
Bro. C. D. Hylton's query on the sub- 
ject of "fasting." ' 

1 understand Bro. Hylton to say that 
the chvuch should fast as a body, and, 
at one and the same time, if this is his 
view of the subject, I think it is a no-" 
ble one, and worthy the prayerful at- 
tention of our Brotherhood. 

In your reply, you say, "We are not 
in favor of setting apart a day for fast- 

TH:E 15IlEai3:.HEjN" u^T TTOKIE. 


ing, for there is nothing in the Script- 
ure to warrant anything of the kind; 
but we are in favor of fasting, believ- 
ing it not only scriptural.but beneficial." 
From this I infer that you regard it as a 
duty not of the church as a body, but 
of the individual, and that alone for 
his own benefit, and not as a mutual 
work for the advantage of all. I agree 
with you that fasting is proper and 
beneficial for each individual, but the 
advantage obtained in this way is like 
that gained by secret prayer — it does 
its greatest work for the one who per- 
forms it. But secret prayer, and fasting, 
too, can be both a mutual and an indi- 
vidual work. These services can both 
be performed by the one, or by the 
many. The object sought for, and the 
work to be done, can be known by all, 
and performed by all. And as for the 
Scripture command to warrant us in 
proclaiming a fast, I think we have as 
much for it as we have for announcing 
a Love feast or Annual Meeting. The 
only difference I see is, that each one of 
us can fast without announcing the fact 
or stating the time, while for the others 
we can not. We must announce the 
time and place for our meeting. But 
can the church as a body hold a fast 
without an agreement as to the time and 
the object? I think it cannot. And 
would it not be for the advantage of 
the body, for every member of it, to 
hold a fast at one and at the same time? 
I think so; but this cannot be done 
without proclaiming the fast, and an- 
nouncing the time. For these reasons 
I agree with Bro. Hylton that God's 
children should have days of fasting. 
And if it be asked whether I would 
favor proclaiming a fast throughout the 
Brotherhood, I say yes, and that, too, at 
an early day; for if there ever was a 
time when our condition demanded a 
fast with earnest prayer, that time is 
now. Both, of these services are need- 
ed just now, and that not by one poor 
humble soul, here and there over the 
Brotherhood, but by every sheep within 
the fold. And the only way I can see 
for all to be apprised of the remedy 
proposed on this or any other occasion, 
is for the churches to do as did the 
King of Ninevah, — proclaim a fast and 
then let all observe it. The effect wou Id 
certainly be seen and felt. The situa- 
tion would, I hope, not often demand a 
general fast throughout the Brother 
hood, but is it not often that an indi- 
vidual church, and sometimes more than 

one of them, is in just such a condi- 
tion as to need the remedy of fasting 
and prayer, more than that of any 
thing else, in order to get the spirit of 
Christ again, and with it share love and 
union once more? I think so,aad for this 
reason, also, I agree with Bro. Hylton 
that it would be quite proper for a 
church, or more than one, to proclaim a 
fast, and ask all within their bounds to 
observe it, with the one object in view. 
It is only in this way that all can know, 
and at the same time seek for the same 
thing. And would this not fill our 
Master's Word in Matt. 18: 19? "That 
if two of you shall agree on earth as 
touching anything that they shall ask, 
it shall be done for them of my Father 
which is in heaven." And it is not on- 
ly in cases of division or troubles aris • 
ing from impiety, that a church might 
fast with advantage to herself, but 
when her ministers or members are 
greatly afflicted, or imprisoned, as there 
have been, and may be again, would it 
not be proper for those acquainted with 
the facts, to announce a fast and a day 
of prayer, that all might unite upon 
the same thing at one and the same 
time? I think so, and I have written 
as I think. Bro, Moore, let us hear 
from you again. Shall be pleased to 
hear from others also upon the same 

TorthB Brethren at Work. 


BT 8. Z. SHABP. 

SIMPLICITY of dress is a principle 

by all, even the most progressive, who 
contend for "gospel plainness." To 
preserve this, as well as other distinct- 
ive features of our church, the friends 
of education among our Brethren re 
solved to establish schools of their own. 
Ashland Collage was founded upon the 
proposition that plainness of dress 
should be taught and the other distinct- 
ive features of our church maintained. 
Before entering upon my mission as 
solicitor and general agent for Ashland 
College, and while yet in the South, I 
was requested to send my measure to a 
tailor in Ashland, from whom one of 
the trustees ordered me a coat that 
would bear the test of any brother in 
Miami Valley or anywhere; else. In 
putting on that coat I resolved it should 
be my style as long as I lived. I pict- 

ured to myself a school of many young 
brethren all in uniform. I loved the 
idea. I had seen the students of East 
Tennessee University all dressed in the 
same style and quality of goods, and 1 
admired the appearance since the son 
of the humblest blacksmith or cobbler 
could not be distinguished from the 
governor's son, so far as appearance 
was concerned, and all form of caste 
or aristocracy was removed. 

In soliciting money for the College 
this feature was everywhere pointed out, 
both by myself and Brother Packer, 
and was everywhere received. I am 
satisfied that thousands of dollars were 
given to the College with the under- 
standing that the College would be con- 
ducted on the principle of plainness. 
The citizens of Ashland alone subscrib- 
ed over ten thousand dollars with that 
understanding, and one of the promi- 
nent lawyers in the town in reply to an 
address I had made to the citizens, stat- 
ed, "We would not expect the Dunk- 
ards to deviate from their well known 
form of dress." So well was it under- 
stood that the College would be con- 
ducted on this principle that a Presby- 
terian Prof, in an adjoining institution 
proposed to adopt the Brethren's style 
and bring his school into Ashland Col- 
lege, while one of the first acts of a 
Professor (a Lutheran then) on enter- 
ing college was to secure a Brethren's 
suit, and the teachers who were breth- 
ren either had their garments altered or 
new ones made in the "order." 

This power was not confined to the 
members of the College, but the mem- 
bers of the city church felt the silent 

casionally wore hats consented to lay 
them aside, while brethren who had re- 
solved never to dress in the order of Ihe 
church donned the regular coat and hat. 
One of our ministers who used to prom- 
enade the streets with a fancy hat laid 
it aside, and even went so far as to 
favor a Brethren's clothing store. In 
the College every lady bowed in pray- 
er with a covering on her head Such 
is the record of the influence in a Col- 
lege buil+ on the princijjles of plain- 
ness. So silent was the work that all 
seemed to glide into order naturally, 
and I am more than ever convinced 
that a Brethren's School must maintain 
the Brethren's principles, and have a 
brother at the head in order to succeed. 
Such was the first year's work at Ash- 
land College; what it now is, others 
may tell, or you can see when you come 
to Annual Meeting. 



Baptism into the name of each person of the 
Holy Trinity. 

"Produce your cause, aaith the Lord; bring forth 
your strong reascftis, aaith the king of Jacob." Isa. 

THE following examples derived by Lexicog- 
raphers (who give their history) from clas- 
sic authors may serve to more fully illustrate 
this principle; Greek, ^•Badizo, to march, walk, 
go, travel," etc." "Kathagnizo, to make pure, 
cleanse, hallow," etc. ''Tentazo, to say or do 
the same thing; to bid or order repeatedly," 
etc. "Ostizo, to push about, push to and fro ," 
etc. See Liddell and Scott, etc. I have ex- 
amined over twenty-five hundred (2500) Greek 
verbs of this class which requires increase, or 
repetition of action mainly draw from ancient 
Greek literature. Latin ; Declatmto, "to prao- 
tioe rhetorical delivery," etc. Habito, to have 
frequently, wont to have," etc. Missito, "to 
send repeatedly," etc. See Andrews's Latin- 
English Lexicon, &e. I have also examined 
quite a number of Latin verbs which agree 
with this sense. Mr. Roberts referring to the 
language of Prof. Stuart, just quoted, attri- 
butes the origin of the frequentative theory to 
the feeling of some of the Latin fathers (Chris- 
tadelphian p. 204) and declares but does not 
prove it to be "an invention founded on eccle- 
siastical corruptions." Trine Immersion 
Weighed, etc. pp. 2, 3, 19. That the Latin 
fathers recognized this as a principle of the 
Greek in harmony with the same principle in 
their own language is apparent, but how could 
they have founded "a principle" of another 
language? — a principle which existed long be- 
fore Christian baptism itself was introduced? — 
let alone its subsequent "ecclesiastical corrup- 
tions"? Could the Latin fathers have originat- 
ed this numerous class of Greek words in clas- 
sic literature hundreds of years before their 
day? But Mr. R. thinks from Prof. Stuart's 
language that some of the Latin fathers did 
not share this feeling and that the views of 
trine immersionists, respecting the frequenta- 
tive character of baptizo were "contrary to the 
general views of the case." Ibid. Yet he does 
not adduce one witness among all the Latin 

«-3 LX,^ ^i.. 

• t 1>^. 1.1.1- 

lian and Jerome on this point. We cannot ac- 
cept a mere supposition or think so, as evidence 
that their views were "contrary to the general 
views of the case." We do not take omissions, 
probabilities, and suppositions, as witnesses in- 
to such an important court of enquiry as this. 
Even Gregory the Great, who decreed, and his 
Spanish co-workers who executed the first law 
for single immersion at Toledo in Spain A. D. 
633, did not question the correctness and le- 
gality of the repeated actions in baptism. See 
Bingham's Antiquities vol. 1 p. 5il. But Mr. 
Roberts extends his criticism thus: "Then it 
is laid down as an established principle of the 
Greek language that a class of verbs (termin- 
rting) in zo formed from other verbs, have the 
signification of frequentatives.' Take the 'es- 
tablished principle' for what it is worth; what 
does it amount to? 'A class of verbs (ter- 
minating) in zo, formed from other verbs, is not 
every verb in zo formed from other verbs.' If 
there are exceptions (and there are many, such 
as apodokazo, to reject; aphanizo, to put out 
of sight; anakathizo, to 'set up— -all verbs of a 

single act) then baptize may be one so far 
as the rule goes, and therefrom the quotation 
of the rule is utterly without effect in the 
argument." Christadelphian p. 205. According 
to Mr. R's logic a rule may always be consider- 
ed as utterly loithouf effect in an argument if 
there happens to be exceptions. But let us 
look at his exceptions. Liddell and Scott de- 
fine Ajpodokimazo, "to reject. on proof or trial," 
etc. Can anything be so rejected except by a 
process involving repeated actions? Donne- 
gan says, "to misesteem, disapprove of, repro- 
bate, disallow,annul, repeal a law," etc.,--which 
he gives as its classic use, which processes in- 
volve repeated action. Liddell and Scott de- 
fine Aphanizo, "to make unseen, hide from 
sight," etc., the classic use of which whence he 
derives its meaning, is applied to "killing and 
burying secretly," etc., — "to drive or take 
away" — "io destroy utterly, raze to the 
ground, erase writing," etc., — "to obliterate or 
mar foot-prints" — "to steal," — "to wipe out ill 
deeds by good," etc., etc. Are these effects 
usually produced by one or by repeated actions? 
Anakathizo, to set up, comes from ana, up, and 
Eathizo, which according to Liddell & Scott, is 
used in classic writings "to constitute," — "to 
settle in a place," — "to pu<t into a state or con- 
dition"— "to set doivn in a country, encamp," 
which things require repeated actions. We 
have then found all three of his exceptions, so 
used in the very sources of their definitions, as 
positively to express more than one action. 
But suppose they were exceptions? Does not 
an exception only prove a rule? And can an 
exception be created and worked from the re- 
quirements of a rule by a mere "may be?" But 
let us see if "baptizo may be" an exception. 
Liddell & Scott define baptizo "to dip repeated- 
ly," etc. Donnegan says "To immerse repeat- 
edly into a liquid," etc. Passow says, "to im- 
merse often and repeatedly," etc. Bretsch- 
neider says "Properly often to dip," etc. Ko- 
uma says, "to immerse, to dip repeatedly into 
a liquid," etc. Rost and Palm say "to dip in 
or under often and repeatedly," etc. Gaza 
says, "to dip repeatedly," etc Richardson's 
large English Dictionary defines baptize as 
angliciz;ji in King James' translation from 

bavtizo "to dm or inp.rfffl frpanentlyJ" -otc Om- 

position is still strengthened when wa remem- 
ber that while these prominent lexicographers 
find in baptizo the idea of repetition, not one, 
as far as we have been able to learn, denies that 
it is frequentative. Robinson says "it is fre- 
quentative in form, but appears not to be in 
fact." When he looks at it from the standpoint 
of his scholarship it is frequentatitw. But when 
he looks at its application from the standpoint 
of his church practice, it appears to be differ 
ent. We are not surprised at this when bap. 
tizo as defined by the lexicons adduced is so 
contrary to his practice. 

Dr. J. R, Graves when asked by Dr, Ditzler, 
in debate, why he does not take the first 
meaning of his favorite lexicon (Liddell & 
Scoot) viz , "dip repeatedly," concludes that 
the frequentative meaning of baptizo-"\3 given 
up" and that the later editions of Liddell & 
Scott have left out the word "repeatedly" after 
"dip." See Graves and Diizler Debate, p. 315. 
The "giving vp" of this by many as well as the 
omission of "ri^peatedly from the late edi- 
tions of Liddel & Scott, is only in keeping with 
the practice and degeneracy of the "perilous 
times" of the "last days," which have largely 

given up immersion itself and some of whose 
lexicons do not only omit "repeatedly" before 
"dip" but have even omitted "dipi" and "im- 
merse" themselves. They have conformed to 
the custom of modern Christendom whieh has 
mainly surrendered the yoi£e of Christ for hu- 
man traditions better adapted to carnal pride 
and convenience. Bat while it is true that a 
class of lexicographers otnit it, an omission is 
no testimony against it. There are several im- 
portant incidents recorded by the evangelist 
John, which Matthew, Mark, and Luke do not 
mention. Do we, therefore, impeach the cor- 
rectness of John's testimony, and reject it? 
Verily not. Had Matthew, Mark, and Luke 
contradicted John, the case would have been 
different. And other lexicographers opposed 
the testimony of Messrs. Liddell, Scott, Don- 
negan, Passow, Bretschneider, Kouma, Rost, 
Palm, etc., this case would be different. But 
positive testimony can never be invalidated by 
mere omission. "But," says one speaking of 
the testimony of four lexicons, "were they all 
divinely inspired men who wrote the lexicons, 
we would say that there is no conflict here, 
and that the four only tell us a little more of 
the truth than the others. But none of them 
are inspired." The Rsstitution. Vol. 23, No. 
47. This remark at best is bat a sophistical 
effort to push this argument out of sight, nev- 
ertheless it fails to effect it, since the principle 
holds as good with uninspired as with inspired 
testimony. But he continues. "Since the 
others certainly must claim to have given the 
full and complete definition of the word, we 
may conclude that the four have given more 
than its full and complete meaning." Ibid. 
Ans. We may concluae no such thing with- 
out proving first that those who omit "repeat- 
edly''' prefer to have given the full and com- 
plete definition, (since nearly all lexicons are 
much abridged), and secondly that those pro- 
fessions are sustained by showing thst the four 
"have given moke than its full and complete 
meaning." But he continues, "If a three dip- 
per should have a bill presented to him by a 
large mercantile firm purporting to be a full 
and complete statement of his account, and 
certified to by 'scores,' i. e., at least forty of the 
merchant's employees, that he oweid §100, 
would he be so refady to accept the opinion of 
four of those employees, who would say that 
the proper bill instead of being §100 was $300." 
Ibid. Ans. If forty certified that it was one 
hundred and that certificate accorded with the 
face of the note, and four only gave their 
"opinion" that it was three hundred, he would 
pay no attention to the opinion, unl*ss he 
knew it to be correct. But these lexicographers 
don't give it as their opinion, but certify 
that baptizo ]]roperly means to dip repeatedly, 
neither do those who omit "repeatedly" certify 
that it means only one dip. But if the four 
certified that a note whose face demanded $300 
was correct, he would pay it on their testimo- 
ny unless the forty contradicted it, and the 
four were guilty and couid be convicted of 
falsehood and fraud. But this is at best a 
strained case, — a far-fetched and unnatural 
supposition. Let us put tha idea into a more 
tangible and praotible form. Suppose a man 
is tried in court for striking another. Forty- 
four witness that he struck him. On this 
point all agree. This then is settled. But 
four of the number testify further that he 
struck him repeatedly; none of the others con- 
tradicts them. How would the case stand? 
Would not the testimony of the four amount 
to legal demonstration in any court of civil 
judicature? Is not legal demonstration always 
worthy of credibility? Is not the very credi- 
bility of the Christian Scriptures founded on 
this feind of proof? But as the ease stands we 
have adduced eight positive witnesses to the 
fact that baptizj is not an exception to the 
class of Greek frequentatives, while none con- 
tradict it. It IS simply the overwhelming, un- 
disputed, witness of eight, including the high- 
est standards in lexicography against nothing., 

3. w. s. 



|0m^ anil ]f 





THS Moment a girl has asecretfrom mother, 
~cr has reoieved a letter she dare not let 
her mother read, or has a friend of -whom her 
mother does not know, she is in danger. A 
secret ia not a good thing to have. ' 

Hide nothing from your mother. Do nothing 
that if discovered by your father, r/ould make 
you blush. The girl who frankly says, "I have 
"been here; I met so-and-so; such and such re- 
marks were made, and this and that was done," 
will be certain of receiving good advice. If all 
was right, no fault will be found: if the mother 
knows, out of her great experience, that some- 
thing was improper or unsuitable, she will, if 
she is a good mother, kindly advise against its 
repetition. It is when mothers discover that 
their girls are hiding things from them that 
they rebuke or scold. Innocent faalts are al- 
ways pardoned by a kind parent. You may not 
know, girls, just what is right, and jast what is 
wrong yet; you can't be blamed for making lit- 
tle mistekes, but you will never do anything very 
wrong if from the first you have no secrets 
from your mother. m- c n. 


the smoke of their burning and sucking as- 
cended up forever and ever. And there were 
men whose wisdom being that of the fox, be- 
holding the multitude which did chew, and 
smoke, and snuff, said among themselves "come 
let us plant, and watsr, and increase the pro ■ 
duction of this weed whose name is tobacco, 
for therein is a mighty,and increasing busi- 
ness;" and they did so, and the merchant-men 
waxed rich in the commerce thereof. And it 
came to pass that even the saints of the Most 
High became bond servents to the weed, and 
defiled themselves therewith; even the poor, 
who said they could not buy shoes, aad books 
for their wives and little ones, spent their sub- 
stance therefor. And the anger of the Lord 
was kindled by such great wickedness, and he 
said, "Wherefore this waste? And why do 
these little one« lack bread, and shoes, and 
books? Turn now your fields into corn and 
wheat; and put the evil thing far from you, 
and be separate, and defile not yourselves any 
more; and I will bless you, and cause my face 
to shine upon you." But with one accord they 
raised their voices and exclaimed: "We can not 
cease from chewing, snuffing and puffing; we 
are slaves." 

Children's first impressions and inclinations 
are generally heavenly and easily bent. What 
then accounts for the waywardness that brings 
so much pain and regret to parents when child- 
ren reach a more advanced age ? It must be 
an admitted truth that too little care and ef- 
forts are manifested in teaching children of 
God and heaven. If you would have your child- 
ren knovi who is their best friend, you must 
express in your every day life, the feeling that 
Jesus is yours, "Train a child up in the way 
he should go aud when he is old he will not 
depart from it." Train them up through in- 
fancy, childhood and youth; up into the Divine 
where He through his grace will do for them 
what human power cannot do and seal them 
children of God and heirs of immortality. 

Then parents, when you stand in the pres- 
ence of God, with vour children— given.of God, 
aud brought up for Him, you can say, ' 'Here 
am I and the children thou hast given me." 





'■pHEN shall the kingdom of eatan be liken- 
i ed unto a grain of tobacco seed; which, 
though excedingly small, being into the 
ground, grew and became a great weed, and 
spread its leaves rank and broad, so that huge 
and vile worms formed habitation therson. And 
it came to pass that the sons of men looked up 
on this weed, and the eyes of their understand- 
ing being darkened, thought it beautiful to look 
upon, and much to be desired, to make youths 
of tender years look big and manly. So they 
did put forth their hands and did chew there- 
of, and some it made sick,' and others to vemit 
most filthily. And moreover, it came to pass 
that those who chewed thereof became weak 
and sick, and could not deliver themselves from 
the desire of having bits of it continually m 
their mouths, which aforetime had been clean 
and ruddy, but now became foul and black, and 
besides, the chewers were seiz=(d with a constant 
and violent spitting of unclean humors, and 
they did spit in all places,even in ladies' parlors, 
and in the courts of the Lord of Hosts. And 
the good and true, and aU that led pure lives 
were grievously plagued thereby. And it came 
to pass that men were dissatisfied with merely 
chewing the strange weed,but sought out other 
and cunning devices for using it. Some in- 
deed did make it into a fine powder and filled 
their nostrils therewith, and they were taken 
suddenly witd fits,aud they did sneeze with great 
and mighty sneezes, insomuch that their ey^s 
were filled with tears, and their faces with 
wrinkles, and they did look foolish exceeding- 
ly ; and yet others cunningly wrought the leaves 
thereof into rolls, ancl did set firs to one end 
thereof, and did suck vehemently at the othtr, 
and did look very ffrave and calf-like: and 

GREAT good results from parents encou.- 
aging children. A child may have 
duty assigned him and do it according to the 
best of his ability, with a motive to please his 
parent; yet, when the duty is performed, if it 
is not exactly as the older mind designed it 
should be, instead of new inatfuction being 
given and a few words of encouragement for 
the efforts allready made, a sharp reproof is 
given, and the child becomes discouraged and 
goes reluctantly the second time. 

All children should be encouraged to earnest 
and cheerful industry such as will fit them for 
the best employments and accomplishments of 
this short life. This industry can be incited 
and sustained by instructions, kind words, and 
eucouragemen1rfroiir-pnTT3irfe. ^ 

All labor performed from fear of punishment 
is slavery and fixes deeply the hatted of work 
which so often results in a habit of laziness. 
Some children cheerfully perform their labor 
because they are afforded some extra gratifica- 
tion. But parents who desire to promote the 
permament well being of their children should 
never resort to such a motive of encourage- 
ment. The only industry in life that is of any 
value, is that which arises from eager, earnest 
occupation of the whole mind, from impulses 
of a cheerful, willing heart. A boy or girl in- 
cited to such industry becomes just what the 
God of Nature designed he or she should be in 
His great scheme of agencies for the redemption 
of our fallen race. So also should parents be 
faithful in encouraging thehf chUdren to the 
divine requirements of life. 

They should be encouraged to read the Scnpt- 
nres— the basis of all soul training. "Thou 
Shalt teach them diligently unto thy children 
saith the Lord, and "talk of them whenthou sit- 
testin thy house." Are these elements recognized 
in christian families as they should be? 

THE RsT. Spencer Compton, the earnest 
evangelical episcopal minister at Boulogne, 
France, relates the following incident: 

During a voyage to India, I sat one dark 
evening in my cabin, feeling thoroughly un- 
well, as the sea was rising fast, and I was but 
a poor sailor. Suddenly the cry of "Man over- 
board!" made me spring to my feet. I heard a 
trampling overhead, but I resolvd not to go on 
deck, lest I should interfere with the crew in 
their efforts to save the poor man. What can 
I do? I asked myself, and instantly unhookiag 
my lamp, I held it near to the top of my cabin, 
close to my bull's eye window, that its light 
might shine on the sea, Jmd as near the ship as 
possible. In a half a minute's time I heard the 
joyful cry, "its all right; he's safe," upon which 
I put my lamp in its place. The next day, 
however, I was told that my little lamp was 
the sole means of saving tiie man's life. It was 
only by the timely light which shone upon 
him that the knotted rope could be thrown so 
as to reach him. Christsin workers, never de- 
spond nor think there is nothing for you to do, 
even in t'ne dark and weary days. Looking un- 

t„ T lift „n vmii- licrhh: lah itso shine_that 

men may see, and in the bright resurrection 
morning what joy to hear the "well done, 
and to know that you have, unawares, saved 
some soul from death. — Sel. 


Keep salt in a dry place. 

Keep yeast in wood or glass. 

Keep fresh lard in tin vessels. 

Keep preserves and jellies in glass. 

Keep meal and flour in a cool dry place. 

Sugar is an admirable ingredient in cnnng 

meet or fish. , j. ■ 

. Crust and pieces of bread should be kept in 
an earthen jar, covered, in a dry, cool place. 
To prevent meat from scorching during 
roasting, place a basin of water in tte oven 
the steam generated prevents scorching and 

makes the meat cook bptter. 

There ia too mncii to be done in this word 

of sin and sorrow to permit a Christian man to 

remain unemployed. 

-L-njzL, X5j:^ji.j_j:i.JrCJHJjN -A.T' W OiriK. 



FEBRUARY 22, 1881. 

J. W. STEUSr, - - 




Managing Editor. 


Enoch Eby, A. W. EeesB, 

James Evanj, s . S Moliler, 

Daniel Vaniman, Mattie A, Lear, 

B. E Brabaker, 
I. J, Eosenberger, 
J. \V. Sonthwood. 

The Editoes will be reBpomible oalj- for the goneial tone of the 
paper, and the Insertion of an article does not imply that they endorse 

Teiy sentiment of the writer. 

Oontribntors, In order to secnre insertion of thoir articles, wiU 
please not indnlge In peraonalities and unconrteons language, bnt pre- 
ent their views "with grace seasoned with salt." 

Snbscrlption price, 81.50 per annnm. Those sending eight names 
and 512.00 will receive an estra copy free. For eaeh additional name 
the agent will be allowed ten per cent, which amonnt he will please 
retain and send us the balance . 

Money sent by PosH>ffice Orders, Registered Lettere and Drafts 
properly addressed, will be at onr risk- 

Address all communications, 


Mt. Mcinis, Ogle Co., m. 

pleasure" of reading proof when almost cover- 
ered over with "wants" from correspondents. 
He knows that the paper "got awful dirty" at 
tiaaes in his hand; and tte knew how to pity 
him, and he knows how to sympathize with 
us. We now have a good clerk, and shall 
have more time to "spy oat" the errors which 
knock at the door for admission. In the 
meantime let contributors send us good clean 
copy, and our chances for clean work will be 
greatly enhanced. We did have some notion 
to tell our readers that the MS. from which we 
set up our brother's strictures on the proof- 
reader, was considerably scratched and inter- 
lined, but we let him off gently. e. 



THEEE have been too many mistakes in the 
last two issues for the credit of the con- 
tributors or the reputation of the paper. You 
ought to be so careful that your contributors 
will have the fullest confidence that if they 
prepare their articles correctly that they wili 
come out so in print. There is a sensitiveness 
about us all that makes us revolt at the idea of 
swallowing blunders that are not onr own, and 
for which we are in no sense responsible. 

Then, too, if we have no assurance that our 
MSS. will be printed as they are written, if 
written correctly, what object could there be 
to contributors to prepare articles just as they 
should appear in print? What we mean by 
right is that there be absolutely no mistakes of 
any kind whatever. 

Now we pray you that you have some one 
read "proof" who is qualified, and that yoa 
give him the necessary time to do it right. 
Not every one can read "proof," no difference 

how much time or cfiVir^1oir*c,li;^ 1*« *j- L«T^, 

but no work hurried over can be well done and 
"proof-reading" is no exception. s. j. h. 


Our brother's observations are in order, and 
with tender feelings we hear him patiently. It 
IS just as mortifying and unsatisfactory to us 
as to our contributors to see articles go out with 
mistakes in orthography, punctation, &e. Since 
New Year day we have been trying to do the 
work of three persons, answering correspond- 
ents, preparing copy for Youth's Advance, look- 
ing after the financial interests, and reading 
proof. Besides this vast amount of office 
work we have endeavored to do some work in 
the ministry and prepare copy for History of 
Danish Mission. It is possible that while 
some of our able and willing contributors were 
taking strength by sweet rest, we were deep 
downiu work, and couldn't help it either. Our I 
brother knows how it is; for he had the "good 

IS it customary for brethren to baptize a 
preacher that he may pieach for them? 
Do they ever receive any one with his office? 
Is not a person required to come to Christ first, 
and then be called to the ministry of the 
church ? * * 

As to the custom of the Brethren Church 
we refer you to Art. 9, 1868, which reads as 
follows : 

"When ministers of other denominations 
i;in the Brethren, can they be received as 
ministers in any other way bnt in the regular 
order of the church? Answer: We deem it 
not prudent to receive them in any other way." 
Here it is declared not prudent to receive a 
man as minister except "in the regular order 
of the church." The regular order is, that the 
church invite him to be its servant or minister, 
and when this is done he will be received as 
such. There does not seem to be any good 
reason why a man should join a society on his 
own condition?. The best that can be said of 
such an effect is, that it is somewhat presumt- 
uous and discourteous. 

Paul said to the brethren at Corinth, "Pol- 
low after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, 
rather tL at ye may prophesy." This he said 
to those who had put on Christ — were already 
in the church. He said more: "Ye may all 
prophesy one by one, that all may - learn, and 

all may Ko oo»»ifo=rtod."- 1 £(ar. 14-^1. But 

this he said to Brethren— io individuals who 
were in Christ and were parts of the one body, 
and not to persons who wanted to come in. In 
harmony with this, the church of God, which 
is composed of Brethren, requires an admit- 
tance into Christ, on Christ's conditions, after 
which he may be a servant of the church; but 
to make the entrance en conditions that only 
acertian work shall be wrought, is not Script- 
ural in any sense, and we beseech the Breth- 
ren to maintain the integrity of the church 
and her rules and regulations by observing the 
law of God on this as well as every other spec- 
ial work. jj, jj__j,^ 


THE new version of the New Testament, 
which has been so many years in course 
of translation, and which is unquestionable the 
most important literary enterprise this century 
has seen, is being waited for with curiosity and 
anxiety by hundreds of thousands. It is not 
generally known that a first edition of 500,000 
copies has already been manufactured in Eng- 
land, and 100 000 copies are said to be already 
in New York City, not one of them permitted 
to be sold. They are awaiting a telegram 
from the authorities in England authorizing 
their issue. The first copies can only be had at 
the extravagant prica of SIO per copy. The 
Literary Revolution proposes fully to meet the 
demand which its army of friends are making 
upon it by doing probably the quickest work 
in book-making which has ever yet been ac- 
complished. Arrangements have been fully 
made to put the entire book into type msi(?e of 
twenty-four hours from the time a printed 
copy of the English edition can be procured, 
and within three days at least 10,000 copies 
will be bound ready for delivery to awaiting 
purchasers, and at least 5 000 copies will be 
manufactured every day thereafter, until the 
demand is met. It will be printed in large, 
beautiful typo, neatly and strongly bound in 
cloth, in a volume of about 500 pages, and sold 
at the nominal price of 30 cts. A fine edition 
in half Russia, gilt top, will be sold for 60 
cants, and one in full Turkey morroco, gilt 
edges, for $1 25. Of course, the popular de- 
mand will be enormous. Orders will be filled 
in the order in which they are received, with 
remittance. American Book Exchange, New 

As soon as possible we will let our readers 
know where the book can be purchased and 
sent by mail. 

Too short, too short, is the usual report 
that comes in from the various protracted 
meetings all over the Brotherhood. Could not 
better arrangements be made?— Preacher. 

Yes; by following the old apostolic plan of 
staying even months if needful. The apostles 
were not afraid of holding too many meetings 
at one place; they were not afraid of getting 
too many soundly converted people into the 
church; their business was to convert the peo- 
ple by preaching the gospel to them. 

Wetting from Antioch, Ind., Feb. 14, Bro. 
D. B. Gibson says: "I am in the midst of a fine 
meeting; seven baptized and some more appli- 
cants. I cannot close with such an interest, 
but will preach a funeral to-day, and close here 
as soon as I can." 

The Christian Cynosurp., published by Ezra 
Cook & Co., Chicago, HI., has issued a supple- 
ment containing over one hundred engravings 
illustrating the signs and manner of initiat- 
ing Preemasons from the first degree to the 
"Royal Arch." The supplement is a complete 
exposition of Masonry as far as it goes, and 
would be a good thing to place in the hands 
of those who may be inclined to unite with the 

Mat 24th, at 10 a, m. is the time get for Bro. 
Bashor to commence a discussion with Eld. 
Hangar at Danville, Knox Co, Ohio. The 
Preacher B&ys, Hanger i^ a member of the 
"Christian" church. By this we are not able to 
tell whether he is a member of the Newlight or 
I Campbellite church. 

1'BLIfl BfilSTillllGiq" .^T lVOi?.K:. 


Editorial Items. 

ExAMiiTE "Our missionary Plan" on fifteenth 
page. ^^^ 

The B. at W., from March 1st, to January 

Ist, ei.20. 

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We cannot furnish Nos.l, 2, 3, and 4 of B., at 
W., for we are entirely out. 

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Anotheb portion of the Cassel Libary was 
recieved the first of last week. 

Bbother Henry Martin, of Lanark returned 
last week from a visit to Iowa. 

Bko. E L. Yoder, of Ohio, has been sick — 
unable to fill his appointments. 

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Bro. Thomas D. Lyon, of Hudson, 111. writes 

that they have had some good meetings of late. 

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The Kiver Brethren are erecting a meeting 
house 34 by 60, about six miles South of Shan- 
non, 111. 

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Beo. S. J. Harrison's article on page 106 was 
designed for last week's issue, but reached us a 
little too late. 

The Preacher says the District Meeting of 
Middle Indiana adopted an excellent plan for 
missionary work. 

Extra, inducements ofiered to all, on page 
111, be sure to read them, and then work. 
Let us not be idle; there is much to do. 

Brother Landon West's article on fasting, 
in this issue, is written in a christian spirit. 
We have no space for remarks this week. 

There is a move on foot to have Bro. Bash- 
er's coming discussion with the United Breth- 
ren reported and published in book form. 
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It is reported that the Bible doctrine of feet 
washing was ably defended by Bro. A. H. Pa- 
terbaugh at his late discussion in Indiana. 

Bro. Bashor is preaching a series of doctrinal 

sermons in the college chapel at Ashland, Ohio. 

He is spending most of his time in meetings. 
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Brother W. C. Teeter left for Indiana last 

week, expecting to spend most of the season 

traveling. He will be greatly missed by us. 

On account of high waters Bro G. W. Gripe 
did not reach Hutsonville, Crawford Co , 111., in 
time to commence meeting at the appointed 


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Bug. Hope has certainly done a glorious 
work in Denmark. In fifty years from now 
there may be many large churches in that part 

of Europe. 

1 » . 

Bro. Martin Meyers, of Lanark, started to 
Kansas and Nebraska last week. It is likely 
that he will, in coarse of time, make his home 
in the West. 

Most of the letters we get read as though 
they were written by persons who live in the 
world,bnt now and then we ge t one which sounds 
as though it came from a better country. And 
ocasionally one that reads as thoagh it came 
from the other place. 

Brother Enoch Eby reports good meetings 
at Waterloo, Iowa, He preached four diacours 
es there on his way to Nora Springs. Four 

were baptized. 

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Ax the late District Meeting in middle In- 
dina, Abraham Miller was Moderator, Joseph 
Amick, Writing clerk and John P. Wolfe, 
Reading clerk. 

Ax answer to a query was rejected because 
the writer spread out a whole sheet of paper 
and wrote across both pages instead of filling 
one page at a time. 

Bro. J. W. Worst, of tbe Preacher, speaks 
very highly of the Middle District of Indiana 
for their Christian hospitality; he admired this 
unselfish quality in them. 

Last week the Preacher announced that Bish- 
op Weaver,of Dayton,0hio,wa8 the man to meet 
Bro Bashor in debate, but now it says that it 
is Wm. Dillon, of Starke Co. Ohio. 

Bro. Lyman Eby, of Lanark, 111., has gone to 
Adel, Iowa. The Lord prosper him in every 
good work. Ab a brother and partner in busi- 
ness we cheerfully recommend him. 

We prefer Drafts when obtainable. Call for 
Drafts on the Eichange Bank, Lanark.Ill, pay- 
able to Brethren at Work and send them to us 
in an envelope, direct, Mt, Morris 111. 

Bko. David Brower, of Oregon, writes that 
their coldest weather this winter was 18° above 
zero. We would have been pleased to have 
had some of that warm weather here. 

AcTrRE men, like millstones, if they have 
not other grist to grind, will sat fire to one an- 
other, hence the only way to keep such men 
out of mischief is to put them to work. 

Brethren J. T. Meyers and Wm. Hartzele 
have been holding meetings on t'ne Eastern 
shore of Maryland. It was in a part of the coun- 
try where the Brethren are not known. The 
people heard the Word gladly. 

Bro. J. W. Beer has been working in the 
forests of Jefierson, Clearfield and Indiana 

sive field, with the hope that some good may 

be done. 

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D. M.MiLLBR and D.F,Eby,of Lanark are hold- 
ing meetings in Wisconsin, Bro, Miller does 
the preaching while Bro, Eby takes charge of 
the singing. We anticipate that they are hav- 
ing a very cold time of it. 

Bro. S, C, Keim, is now at the Mountain 

Park Home near Wemersville, Pa,, under Dr 

Parkers treatment. His health is poor but he 

has the prayer's and best wishes of many 

friends to console him in his affliction. He has 

our sympathies. 

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To pull down one part of the church and 
build up the other is not Christ-like in any 
sense, Christ came to seek and save that which 
was lost; he was ever mindful of the condition 
of the erring ones. As disciples of the great 
Teacher we should follow the same noble ex- 
ample and do all in our power to bring back 
those who may have gone astray. 

The District meeting of N jrth laJiaaa will 
be held in Turkey Creek Di-itrict church near 
Gravelton, May o'.h, comrdencing at 9 a m. 
Those coming on B, & 0. E B, stop at Gravel- 
ton and those coming oa the C. M, & M, R, 
R stop at Millford Junction or change cars 
there. — Jesse Calvert. 

Bro, Lemuel Hillery has been holding a very 
successful series of meetings in the vicinity of 
Harwood, Champaign Co., III. Ten mads appli- 
cation for baptism; among them was a Baptist, 
who in public gave his reasons for uniting with 
tho Brethren. His talk is said to have had a 
good effect upon the people. 

The D. M. of Middle Ind, decided that it 
was wrong for ministers to take p=rt in meet- 
ings held by expelled membirs, and that 
those who have done so should be admonished 
to do so no more. The decision is Gospel; but 
how about those papers that publish sehisaiatic 
articles written by expelled members? 

The Middle District of Indiana has renewed 
her efforts to establish an Orphan'^ Home in 
that State, The project is a good one, and as 
the world is wide it need not interfere with 
any other similar move. We wish every good 
work God-speed, and do not want to be found 
guilty of laying a stumbling block in the way 
of any lawful Christian Institution. 

Is it right for a brother to buy whiskey for 
the purpose of treating people? — c. a, s. 

Rejiaeks — Paul says: "Abstain from all ap- 
pearance of evil," 1 Thes. 5: 22. If treating 
men on whiskey is not t'ne appearance of evil 
we do not know what is, "Woe unto him that 
giveth his neighbor drink, that putteth thy 
bottle to him and maketh him drunken also." 

Heb, 2: 15, 

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In moving from first floor to second in our 
new rooms, one galley of names was "pied," and 
we desire the names from the following named 
offices, Harrisburg, Point Marion, Millersville, 
Pocahontas, Markleysburg, Conemangh aad 
Fairmount City — all in Pennsylvania, most of 
the names from those offices are new, and we 

meet the attention of persons from anj of those 
offices, they will confer a favor by notifying 
our subscribers there. 

HiSTOET OF Danish Mission.— In our last, 
some allusion was made to this forth coming 
work. The first chapter, a biographical sketch 
of Brother Hope, is ready for the press and 
the remainder of the work will soon be ready. 
It will be put up in pamphlet form, and sold 
for the exclusive benefit of Bro. C, Hope and 
family. The profits arising from its sale, 
are not to be turned into the Danish Mission 
Fund, but into Bro, Hope's pocket, because 
for nearly five years he has given every hour 
of his time to the church, and to-day can show 
nothing for declining years, if calif d from the 
field of active duty. True, the church no doubt 
will provide for him; but we feel that some- 
thing is due him and his cV.ildren; hence con- 
clude to issue this work tor liis family's sp^^cial 
benefit. The price of the work will soon be 






A FEW of the reasons for making the 
change were given in the last issue. 
The removal of the office from us, takes awa> 
two of our ablest and most active miniflers, 
viz: Brethren Moore and Eilielman. Also the 
hands of the (.ffice, some of whom were active 
in the service of the Master. Bro. Moore still 
acts as our Bishop. His family residing here, 
he has promised to meet with us every two 
weeks, until next Summer when he, too, ex- 
pects to remove to Mt. Morris. 

While we are sorry that we can not have 
our brethren and the office with us, we feel as 
hundreds of others who have not lived under 
its shadow, God bless the work. Our attach- 
ment to it is as strong as though it remained 
with us; wp therefore have as great a desire for 
its prosperity at Mt. Morris as if it were at 
Lanark; and if its influence, work, and associ- 
ation will acjomplish more good there than 
here, that is where the office and brethren 
should be. 

The college, we all know, has been a suc- 
cess. We feel grateful to Almighty God that 
we can have a school for the higher education 
of young men and ladies, satisfactorily man- 
aged by humble soldiers of the cross. Ex- 
emplary christian deportment is no-where 
fraught with greater results than in the circle 
of aspiring enthusiasts for literary lore. Was 
it not for the college we might be so selfish as 
to think that we had a stronger and better 
claim on the brethren and office than Mt. Mor- 
ris; but desiring a real college, — not simply s 
little select school, — under the direction of 
brethren who practice the profession of the 
church,— not mocking it,— steadfast, not turn- 
ing just as the wind strikes them like a weather 
cock almost every hour of the day, we willing- 
ly submit to the college. 

The brethren at MS. Morris have worked 
manfully, -especially have Brethren Newcomer, 
-orem ana" JHUler earned heavy burdens and 
undertaken momentous responsibilities. We 
don't believe in making a good horse pull the 
load jast because he will. Neither would we 
bind burdens upon men's backs that were al- 
ready loaded do-\vn, simply because they would 
draw them. We like to see every faithful man 
in a good work encouraged. Give him all the 
aid you can. 

But how about Lanark? Wei), t'is true it is 
left with but one minister, and he only a young 
man with little experience. However there 
are 'forking brethren in the church, not min- 
isters, that are able and willing to render val- 
uable assistance. Then it is surrounded with 
ciiurehes not more than from three to ten 
miles distant, each having efficient ministers 
who can conveniently, we think, give us occa- 
iLonail calls which will treat us in the aggregate 
t} quite a feast of preaching. Then we expect 
our brethren at Mt. Morris, too, to visit us, 
pu.'icli to u,7, aiid labor with us. By the aid 
above mentioned, and the smiles of Heaven 

we shall not feel forsaken, discouraged nor 
despondent. God has provided to take care of 
us. The Bible Blooms with assurances. God 
has never yet been hard with us. Then why 
should we sit down in the gloom of expected 
religious hunger and.famine? 

In conclusion we would say again, our breth- 
ren take with them our heart's best wishes for 
their. preseut and eternal weifare. We thank 
them for what they have done. And if they 
should never do for us in the future what we 
may expect, we shall still cherish the kindest, 
and warmest feelings of friendship, with the 
hope thi.t if we cannot dwell in the same city 
on earth that we may in heaven. s. j. h. 


EA.R Bkethren at Wobk: — I write to ask 
this question: Why is it that you pub- 
lish extracts from other papers, that I, and 
many of the brethren, know to be falsehood.*? 
For instance in your issue of January 18, '81, 
you speak of the Eomish Priests burning the 
Bibles in London, and coagratuladng them 
selves that they had destroyed the last Bible. 
Now I have some very dear friends and rela- 
tives who are Catholics, and they are also very 
intelligent. They have Bibles in their houses, 
and I have seen Bibles on their altars, when I 
would sometimes accompemy them to their 
churches. What I say 1 know to be so, and 
no guess work about it. Now I think that if 
we can not let these false extracts alone, we 
are doing wrong, and committing sin by "bear- 
ing false witness against our neighbor. I be- 
lieve in attacking the errors of any church, 
but we must be willing to testify before our 
God that they are really errors. R-3spectfully 
jourp, TauTH. 

Keedys'vilU, Md. 


In reply to the above we will fir^t 
state that at present we are away 
from our library, hence cannot present 
the facts as we would like to. How- 
ever, availiag ourselves of what chances to be 
before us on the table, we present the fol- 
lowing : 

1. — It is well known that the Catholics do 
not favor the reading of the Scriptures by the 
people at large. As proof we present the fol- 
lowing from the Catholic Review, of New 
York, which treats this subject with authority. 
Romanist leaders of public seniiment unani- 
mously agree with the Review: 

Frankly, very little good seems to have 
come from reading of the Scriptures by the 
people at large. It has produced more religi- 
ous fanaticism than anything else, and more 
abortions which are caricatures of religion. 
Even among Catholics it fosters a Calvinistic 
spirit, which in many cases induces individuals 
to set up their judgment against the wisdom of 
the Church. The indiscriminate circulation of 
t^he Bible, even with notes approved by the 
Church, has not always been productive of 
good. The Church existed before the Scrip- 
tures; she guarded and collected them; she 
alone is their interpreter. 

This shows plainly that the Roman church 
in its influence is averse to the study of the 
Scripture by the people themselves. 

2. — The following in regard to the burning 
of the Scriptures, weclijifrom the Watchman: 

There is a Bible in Lucas county, Ohio, 
wV.ic-h hRs a remarkable history. It belonas to 
Mr. Sheboldt, a native of Bohemia. It was 
formerly the property of his grandmother. 

who was a very devout Protesb'ct. Daring 
one of thos» unfortunate periods when religi- 
ous persecutions were common in Austria, a 
law wss passed at the instance of the Roman 
Catholics that every Bible in the hands of the 
people should be surrendered to the priests, to 
be burned. Mrs. Sheboldt determinsd to save 
hers, and when the party came to search the 
house she had jmt prepared a hugh batch of 
dough for the oven, and, t»king her precious 
Bible, she wrapped the yieldirg dough around 
it and quickly depoaited it in the oven. Here 
it was thoroughly baked, but it was saved un- 
injured from the fiery furnace of the priests, 
it has parsed through several genprations as a 
memorial of the rJays when men were not al- 
lowed to worship God in accordance with the 
dictates of their own consciences. — The Watch- 

3. — It is also a fact that jthree hundred years 
ago a body of Romish priests made a great 
fire in Earl street, London, burning all the 
Bibles they could find, and on that very spot 
where these Bibles were burned, is tho great 
Bible House of London, where the Bible is 
printed in one hundred and seventy-eight dif- 
ferent languages. 

We do not write the above out of acy dis- 
respect for our friend's relatives, or out of any 
disrespect for that class of the Catholic people 
who read the Bible, but we give these things 

as historical facts that may be depended upon. 
Truth is truth, and there is no use in trying 
to cover it over with a mantle of silence. 

J. H. M. 


ON the 10th, we went to Lanark, and had a 
pleasant time with our old fiiends. 
On the 11th a great snow storm set in from 
the North-east, and while we had some doubts 
about reaching home, we ventured out, 
reaching Preeport at 7 p. m. At that 
time the gale was inersasing in fury, 
and we sought shelt»r, feeling as- 
sured there would be no trains out that night. 
We were right; and so mighty was the wind, 
and so numerous the particles of snow, that 
not until Monday morning was the track suf- 
ficiently cleared to press homewp.rd. This is 
the first time we were "snowed in," and having 
many old friends in Freeport, we pat in the 
sixty hour's stay quite pleasantly. Attended 
met-ting at the first M, E churcQ in forenoon, 
and the Baptist church in the evening. Learn- 
ed some useful lessons — as the ministers at both 
places deliverrd practical discourses. The 
Mettolist miriit«r gave us a r ch feast on 
"works" from Gal. 6: 4. His illastrations were 
simple, yet forciable; and we felt that if his 
audience were to do as he taught them, they 
would surely have r? joicing in themselves alone 
and not in another. Speaking of a guilty 
con3ci<!nc9 seeking sympathy, he ssid: "WTien 
a man asks what harm is there in it, I at once 
suspect that his affections ate for the thing, 
while bis conscience says, no. Never ask what 
harm is there in it." That is the way to m«set 
the enemy; reprove sin; cast it behind you, 
and be free indeed. 

The power of little things was fully demon- 
strated by this storm. Behold the little flakes 
of snow as they are driven from the skies; 
down, down to the earth, one upon another, 
unMl the huge engines were made to stand 
•till and people were called to a halt. It was 
water in form of snow, against water in form 
of steam, and the frozen crystals prevailed for a 
little while. Learn a lesson from this. Re- 
member the power of little things, when they 
unite; ami if there was no sffiuity, — no wil- 
lingness to unite, — thsy could not form one 
compact whole, defying man and beast. "In 
Union, there is strength." M- M. E. 

TE±B. MEiMT'ElIri^'^ ^-O? "'W'OiPvK. 




All communications for this department, such as que- 
ries and answers, shotild be addressed to J. S. Mohler, La- 
due, Henrj Co., Mo. 

"Let no man seek his own, but every man seek 
another's wealth."—! Cor. 10: 24. Bro. Stein please 
answer. Wm. T. Smith. 

I would like some one to please explain Rev. 
3: IS, which reads as follows: "I counsel thee to 
buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest 
be rich ; and white raiment that thou mayest be 
clotlied, and that the shame of thy nakedness do 
not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve 
that thou miyest see ." John T. Snavelt. 

Does the Bible harmonize in the declaration of 
Christ to the Scribes anJ Pharisees, Matt. 12:40, 
with his burial and resurrection a: to the time he 
was in the grave ? Please give the harmony. 


In seeking more light on the Scriptures, I ask 
for an explanation through the Bkethken at 
WoKK, on the following passage : "YetMichaelthe 
archangel, when contending with the devil he dis- 
puted about the body of Moses, durst net bring 
against him a railing accusation, but said, The 
Lord rebuke thee."— Jude 1 : 9. Especially, why did 
Michael contend with the devil for the body of 
Moses ? Sister Nancy Stees. 

There has beenaquestion presented to me which 
I am not able to answer, and wish some one to 
explain through the B. at W- to-wit: How can a 
man wltti a. large family obey the command "fast- 
ing," and keep it concealed from the family V The 
Gospel says that we should not let our left hand 
know what our right hsnd doeth. 

S. W. Yost. 

"Will some one explain Rev. 2:6— 15. Who were 
the Nicolaitans, and what were their deeds and 
doctrines V A Brother. 

When did God set up a kingdom on earth ; on 
the day of pentecost, or before that time? 

James M.Keff. 


"And the graves were opened ; and many bodies 
of the saints which slept arose, and came out of 
the graves after his resurrection, and went into 
the holy city, and appeared unto many." — Matt. 

BRETHREN:— this is one of the texts on 
which I never heard any one preach, and 
I don't rememlKr that I ever heard it referred to 
in preaching or family conversation. I write 
for information, hoping at least, to draw out a 
hypotheais if nothing more. I will quote a 
few verses on which to base my questions 
which 1 purpose asking: "But now is Christ 
risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits 
of them that slept. For since by man came 
death, by man came also the resurrection of the 
dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ 
shall all be made alive. But every man in his 
own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward 
they that are Christ's at his coming. Then 
cometh the end."— 1 Cor. 15:20—24. 

1 — Do the brethren hold Christ's personal 
resurrection to be the firstfruits spoken of by 
Paul? I can not apply fruits plurally to 
Christ singular. 

2— Do the brethren believe that these saints 
whose bodies arose and came out of tteir 
graves after his resurrection, etc., were truly 
and honifidely reaurretied'^ 

3 — Who were those saints, and where are 
they now? 

I am exceedingly anxious to hear these ques- 
tions answered. Perhaps Bro. Moore vrill have 
some remarks to make. 

D. P. Satloe. 

Double Pipe Creek, Md. 

M il ■ 1^ 


"And he said unto them, cast the net on the 
right side of the ship, and ye shall find." — John 

UR hearts may be compared to a net, as 
well as the Gospel is. Oar hearts are 
constantly gathering — taking in, — things, that 
are good or bad. Jn order that our hearts 
gather in, only that which is profitable, it is ab- 
solutely necessary to "Cast the net on the right 

We learn from our experience, that there is 
a right side, and a wrong side, to almost every 
thing in life. The little child who disobeys its 
parents and teachers, is casting his net on the 
wrong side, and may toil all night and find 
nothing but disappointment and vexation in 
the end. But the obedient child casts its net 
on the right side, and. ih&M fiad comforts and 
blessinga all along the j luroey of life. 

The young man who begins to swear and 
me filthy language, is casting the net on the 
wrong side, and will find nothing but a deep 
stain upon his character and a guilty conscience 
before God, but if he casts the net on the 
right side, his speech will be such as becometh 
Godliness, and he will find it an excellent adorn- 
ment to his character. 

The young woman who is learning to flirt 
and tattle, and to imitate the vain fashions of 
the day, is certainly casting the net on the 
lorong side, and shall catch nothing, — unless it 
be a fop or a fool. But if she learns to be 
modest,. quiet, and unassuming, she is getting 
the net on the right side, and shall find that 
she er.joys the respect of mankind, and is in 
the sight of God of great price. 

The young man who begins to tipple with 
strong drink, is getting the net on the wrong 
side,anA ilaaM find- nothing though, he toil all 
eight, but a ruined character, ruined health, 
a ruined soul and a ruined prospect before him 
beyond the grave. But if he learns temper- 
ance his net is right, and he shall find the 
blessings of life and health and good pros- 
pects of eternal happiness. The man, wheth- 
er in the church or out of it, who is constantly 
grumbling and fault-finding, has the net badly 
on the wrong side, and shall find nothing but 
vexstion of spirit; but if he has the jjeace cf 
God in his heart, is long sufi'ering and kind, 
his net is in the right place, and he shall find his 
pathway strewn with many a flower and sweet- 
ly scented from Sharon's rose. 

The member of the church who is unyield- 
ing, — ^heady, — not afraid to speak evil of digni- 
ties, and would rather see the church rent to 
atoms than yield an inch, has his net on the 
wrong side, and will find nothing but disap- 
pointment in the end. But if he is willing to 
sacrifice his own views, for the general good of 
others, his net is on the right side, and he shall 
find that he enjoys the respect of his fellow 
miimbera as well as a conscience void of 

T.'.;e minister who trachea the faith alone- 
doctrine, has the net on the wrong side, and 
shall find not'iing but an empty profession; 
but if he teaches that Gospel faith finds its 
expression in corresponding Gospel works, his 
net is on the right side, -and he shall find at the 
end of his days that his works will follow him. 
The minister who teaches ind.iference to some 
of the precepts of Jesus, has the net on the 
wrong side and will find nothing but failure; 
but if he teaches and practices obedience to all 
the requirements of the gospel, his net is on 
Vae right side, and he shall find an abundant 
entrance into the everlasting Kingdom above. 
The minister who teaches indifferance to the 
doctrine of non-conformitv to the world, has 
the net on the wrong side and shall catch 
nothing bat some honorary fish to be finally 
ca-t away; but if he tescbes the doctrine of 
the cross as thefaudameatal principle of divine 
life, his net is on the right- side and he shall 
find it tuU of great fishes, and good ones too. 

In connection with the above expression, we 
find it was in the night when the disciples 
toiled and caught nothing. It is always thus, 
when the netis on the iorowjr side. Darkness 
is the cause. They stumble, and cannot see, for 
darkness hath blinded their eyes. When it 
was morning Christ appeared, and gave direc- 
tions how to cast the net. When Christ ap- 
pears, light shines into the heart; people begin 
to see the errors and follies of their past life, 
and lift up the net, and east it on the side of 
the Lord, where they find life and fullness of 
joy. Since it is of the utmost importance to 
have the net on the right side, especially in 
spiritual things, we should like the apostles, 
follow the directions of t'ne Master, and our 
hearts will be filled with the graces and vir- 
tues of Christianity, with the fullness of 
Christ, and we realiza a jay that is unspeaka- 
ble, and full of glory. J. s. it. 



THERE are three thinas that in their nature, 
do not admit of exiggeratiou: First — the 
bliss of heaven; second — the horrors of hell; 
third — the evil connequeaee of sin. But there 
are many things that are often exaggerated be- 
yond reason, by well-meaning persons. I will 
give a few examples by way of caution: I 
once heard a brother mLoister, in describing a 
headache of which he suffered, declare that his 
head was so hot that when cold water was ap- 
plied it actually sizzled. Again, I have heard 
ordinarially truthful persons declare that they 
had in their afflictions, suffered a thousand 
deaths; and again, that they felt as though a 
thousand butcher knives were pif-rciog their 
bodies. Such persona perhaps never stop to 
think of the strength of such declarations. 
I sympathizs with such persons, and yet I can 
see no justifiable excuse for such statements. 

There is a most profound truth in the Arab 
proverb, "AU sunshine makes the desert !" 
And never is our human clay so thoroushly 
hardened as it is by the unmt'rmpted shining 
of the snn of prosperity. Plants of ^ace 
need the clouds as well as the sunshine; the 
dew, and the rain, and the storm, as well as 
the dry season after the rain. 


THE BllETe:RK]>T ^^T "WOB.Kl. 


From J. H. Miller — I left hom') February 
4th, to attend a meeting four miles North of 
Elkhart. When I arrived at Elklart, I fouDd 
Bro. Jesse Calvert engaged in weighiag mail 
matter. Held a meeiing on tbe evening of the 
Ith inBiant in the Lutheran chnrnh, four i:,iiBS 
Nor^h of E^kbait; and on the 5th, wag called 
West of the same point some tbree miles, to 
the EvaDgflfcal church, to preach the funeral 
serm'm of Bro. John A. Thomas, aged 80 years, 
9 months, and i days. On the evening of the 
6th, Tfe again held a meeting in the Lutheran 
church, with good interi'st. I however could 
not stay as long ai I doaired, for by exposure, 
I had '.o.-r.-ajted a severe cold, and was obliged 
tor I:.: , 'ni». The district, in which I wa?, 
is c^=. : ■ ir'Ntiao, and has two ministers: 
Isaac B w .>i, and W. A. Layton. The church 
is yet small, and needs the aid of ministers te 
help it along. Brtlhren traveling through there 
should not forget them. Opposition seems to 
meet them strong, as there are few in number 
and much scattered. They need the doctrine 
of Christ held forth inito primitive parity; and 
by all mians, do not say that those who do not 
believe a-^ we do, will be lost. Men and women 
who are differently educated, must be won by 
the power of the &oi?pel, and not have their 
practice condemned all of the time. I should 
recommend Paul :— 'Preach the Word." "Shun 
not to declare the whole council of God, and 
that is s\i&deut"—Milford, Ind, Feb. 8. 

atijVi; iiiuitrates a feature of grest lack aiuong 
us. I notice that the United Brethren, in the 
Anglfcze Gonlerence, h^ve a meeting-house 
fund erected. This shows that they are aware 
of the advantage there is in the enterprise. 
We have mauy brethren of means among us, 
whom we fear, ''see their brethren in need, and 
yet shut up their bowels of compassion." To 
which the apostle seriously inquires, '''Verily, 
how dwelleth the love of God in them?'' — Gilboa, 
Ohio, Feb. 8. 

From Howard Miller. — Wajs^ted. Who 
sent in the schedule from the Neosho County, 
Kansas, church? Send name aad address to 
me on postal card, and oblige. — Lewishurg, 
Union Co., Fa. 

bsfixd. Turn in vour fchedaies. A-ik any 
questions you wish, — Lewishurg, Union, Co., 

From Joseph John. — rhe Squirrel Creak 
congregation, luuiata, was recently made giad 
by the arrival of our beloved brother, Joseph 
Amich, from White county, Ind. He came to 
us on the 4tfa of this month, en route for the 
Di&trict meeting in Upper Deer Greek church, 
and delivered to us four very able sermons, 
which caused the hearts of mauy to overfluw, 
and burn, with love. He told us of the duties 
we owed to God, and to be more Christ-like; 
to let our light so shine before all men, that 
others may see our good works. — Feb 1 0. 

From I. J. Rosenberger.— On the 8th of 
Jauufir}', we met with the dear members in 
Henry county, a colony of faithful ones under 
our care. We were made happy by fiading 
them alive ia the Master's cause. Those whom 
we had received during the year, with minor 
exceptions, were yet "walking in newness of 
life." We continued our labors until the 23rd, 
with four applicants for membership, and an 
encouraging interest; closed with a meeting, 
called to see what the feeling was relative to 
building a meeting-house. Here we again met 
with (-Ecourag^men! ; but as the brethren are 
living in a froutier settlement, their means, 
- fiaaiicially, are limited; they thersfore will 
need some assistance. We pave ther%.what we 
thought a liberal aid, and then authorized 
brethiren to canvass the four adjoining congre- 
gationn for help. We have conSdence that the 
desired assistance will be obtained. The enter- 
prise in building houses for worship is one of 
neglect among us. The tendency of a house 
for worship is: First— it concentrates mem- 
bership; second— it fffords an itifluence thi t 
can not otherwise be secured. The p opriety 
and advantage of houses of worship are gen 
eraily admitted; but the plea, usually, is poverty. 
This we d"onot doubt; but si^metiriiea it is true, 
and at other times we are led todoubtthe truth 
of the statement. We have knowledge of & 
church that has been orgauiz-id for years, yet 
havo no house of worship; their plea, as above, 
ia poverty. They have a number of brethren 
it . d financial circumstances. 'While fhej 
i . thry are not able to build a meettug 
hi;u,is, thy found theinselve:* quit!- able ia as- 
Bi.-!ting to build a raiir-..8d through their county; 
one brother doiiating live hundred dollars. The 

From T. J. Allen.— This is to inform your 
many readers, that we brethren in Cedar Co., 
Missouri, are increasing, and the prospect is 
that we will soon have a large church. The 
brethren who wish to move West, would likely 
do well to come and look at our country, before 
purchasing in other parts. We have many 
natural advantages, Buclji as a variety of land, 
plenty of good water, range for stock, and 
timber convenient. You may expect to find 
some rough broken country with such varie- 
ties. If you wish to hear from me, drop me a 
few lines. — Stockton Missouri. 

From Nannie Fudge. — Thinking that 
some of your many readers would like to hear 
from this part of Gid's houseiiold, I will sena 
you a few items. Oar brethren aad sisters met 
in church council to-day. The weather being 
somewhat inclement, the meeting was not very 
largely attended by our home members. Was 
glad to see the members that came to us, (es- 
pecially ministering Brethren,) from a distance, 
to assist in the lab<jrs of tiiw house .of the Lora. 
Our meeting, we think, passed very pleasantly 
and ageeably with all. Bro. Jamts A. Riden- 
our exptcts to preach in the United Brethren 
church, in Farmersyiile, Montgomery county, 
this Tuesday evening, and if proper arrange- 
mf nts can be made be expecta to continue the 
meeting a few days. — Gratis, Ohio, Feb. 8. 

From Howard Miller. — The Cessus. — 
Verified returns iiom one hundred 
are on file. These repieseat the territorits pre- 
sided over by one hundred bishops, and come 
from evecy state. The aggregate is 14,58i; 
the average membership is about 145. Let 
every church see that their returns are in, im- 
mediatdy. It any person has any suggcr.tioos, 
whatever, likely to do good snd ensure exact- 
nesti, kt him write me. There has bten but 
one case of obstiaacy as yet, and this will boou 

From Emily R. Stifler— Bro. J. M. Moh- 
ler, of Lew;st(jwn, Mifil.n county. Pa,, com- 
menced a series of meetings at Lamersville, 
Biair county, P;-.., (a branch of the Duncans- 
ville church,) on the evening of January let. 
The house was well filled -trith anxious listen- 
ers the first evening, and the interest still in- 
creased. Nineteen cam? out on the Lord's 
side,aDd wfre baptized into His death. They 
ranked in age from ten to forty- five. Father, 
mother, sobs, and daughters, aZZ nj 'iced, and 
were cIsiFsed in the above number. One dear 
lathfr and mother rfjoiced that they, vrith all 
their house of six children, are in the Lord's 
fold. Five children baptized at the above 
meeting. Bro. Mohler c-osed his labors at 
Lamwsville, Friday evening, 14th instant; and 
Saturday evening he, in company with Breth- 
ren James and Ddvid Sell, came to our (the 
Duncansville,) church, and have labored with 
exceeding power in the Mastfr's cause. One 
by one sinners va^re awskened. Last Sabbath, 
January 23, five, (one brother and four little 
sisters) were rec-ived into the church by 
baptism. What a delightful scene! Beside 
God and the angels, hundreds of witnesses be- 
held the solemn and impressive scene. Two 
sisters were also reclaimed, who had withdrawn. 
The above was truly the work of the Lord. 
He worketh when no one can hinder. One 
more applicant, and hopes of others coming 
soon. May the Lord continue to call bo that 
sinners will rejoice and come to Him while he 
may be found. We purpose continuing our 
meetings until next Sabbath evening, January 
30th, aad trust the incessant labors of our 
brother may be crowned with many more com- 
ing out on the Lord's side. We rejoice, and 
feel to say, that the Lord is certainly in this 
place. Bro. Mobler. a.ssisted by both Brice 
and David Sell, (resid-- nt ministers) preached 
the funeral sermon of Bro. George W. Burk- 
hart, of Altoona congregation, at the Dun- 
cansville church, Friday morning, January 
7th, after which the body of the deceased 
brother was consigned to the tomb in the 
brethren's graveyard, near the church. Ha 
leaves a wife and five children, and many 
friends, to mourn his sad departure. The 
meetings conti.-iued with unusual interest. 
Large crowds were prrseut every evening, with 
two exceptions, when the storm was quite severe. 
Weather cold all the time. Never was there 
such an awakening here. — RolUdaijshurg, Pa., 
Feb. 6. 

From Huntingdon, Pa — We are still try- 
ing to labor for the Master. We have otr 
trials as you all have, but we desire to meet 
them, and labor on, trusting that the Lord will 
direct us, and that " all things may work to- 
gether for good." The less of self we have in 
our labor, aud the more fully we consecrate 
ourselves to God, the more we can accomplish, 
and the better it will be done. Brother E. D. 
K^ndig, of Va., is visiting his Huntingdon 
friends; r.nd preached fur us Sunday morning 
.iud evn-ag. He was a studtnt at the Normal, 
H few years ago, and is intortsJed iu the work 
here, of both scliool and church. The school 
is not BO large this term, but ia working along 

THE breth::rem ^t ^work. 


nicely, and the prospects for next term are 
very good. Wp havd a very nice, class of 
students this term. Bro. W. J. Swigart, one 
of the teachers, is now absent, holding a series 
of meetings in Coveniry, Chester county, Pa. 
He is a faithful, self-sacnfioicg worker for the 
the Lord, and sre hope he wiil accomplish good. 
I hope you will like your new home, and place 
of business. I think Mt. Morris a pleasanl. 
place to live, and remember a pleasant visit 
which my husband and I made at that place, 
not q'jite a year ago. We would be pleased to 
call again, and may do .'o, not far in the future. 
Ella J. BiiuMBAuan. 

Fiom D D. Horner. — Dear editors: I wish 
you much j >y, plea&ure, and success, in your 
new home. I hope your papw will eirer, as it 
has done, contend for priuutiva Christianity. 
We live in an age of the world that the 
devil is very busy, — perilous time indeed. 
Pride, false doctrine, coldness, and a general de- 
parture from the siinpliciiy oi the Gospel. — Sad! 
sad ! But let us remember that the Savior 
and the apostlss have foretold all these things, 
and we must, through much tribuktion, eatsr 
into the kingdom of heaven; therefore, my 
prayer to God ia, let us be steadfast; let us 
pray much; so that if it is the Lord's will, 
we may have love, pt ace, and harmony in the 
church; ouce more to hasten on the day, so 
that we may be all of one mini, and all speak 
the same thing. 0, could I say with Saint 
Paul, taat I might present it a glorious ehurcb, 
not having spot or wrinkle, but that it should 
be holy, aod without blemish. I will now tell 
you that our series of mtetiags are ?>mcng the 
thiugs of the past. Bro. Silas Hoover, of 
Somerset, promised to commence a series of 
meetings on the evening of January 22ad, but 
for some cause failed to come until Monday 
evening. Daring this time, meeting was car- 
ried on by home ministers. Bro. Hoover then 
commenced laboiiug faithfully for us duricg 
the week until Sunday evening. We had no 
accessions to the ehurcb, hut tliink that good 
impresaions were made, and the chu.'ch I hope 
edified. Health, preity good this Winter. The 
measles are quite prevalent now, and some fev/ 
cases of diphtheria. Wo have bad a plenty of 
snow for the past two months. — Jones! Mills, 
Westmoreland Co., Pa., Feb. 9. 

From G. B. Shively — A series of mestings 
were comm-^nced oh the 31st of January, am. 
c'.osed on the 10th of February, in the Camp 
Creek congregation, Kosciusko and Marshall 
counties, Indiana. Bro, Daniel Shively began 
the meeting, and continued preaching until 
Saturday even'ug, in which time he preached 
twelve sermons. On Monday, Bro. Jacob 
Wbitmore, from Dunkiik, Hardin county, 
Ohio, came to the meeting, and preaebed four 
sermons. Both of these brethren ably enter- 
taiacd their large and attentive audiences, and 
proclaimed the Gospel with power and zsal. 
The result was that two precious souls werf 
added to the church, — a man and his wife. He 
was an elder in the Winehrennariiin church 
for twenty-seven years, and finally became con- 
vinced of the doc'j-iiie as believed aud practiced 
by the brethren. — Bourbon, Ind., Feb. 11. 

From G. W. Gibson. — There were three 
baptized at Pleasant Hiil, on February 7th. 

Tney niadj a confession at a reviv&l at 
Virden, held by the M-thodist and Baptist de- 
nominations, but were not satisfied till they 
had heard the Brethren preach. A meeting 
was called, and the word preached to them 
with the above result. One of tbe members 
was a Catholic. — Pleasant Sill, HI., Feb. 9. 

Fr«m Daniel Vaniman. — I can see no 

reason why a church of the Bretnren could 
not be built up in St. Louis, with proper effort. 
Th^re are numbers of honee^;, good meaning, 
poor people in these large cities, who do not 
go to any of the churches there now, simply 
because the style freezes them out. They can 
clearly see that they are not wanted, or sought 
after much. One of the principal difficulties 
in Ihe way now, is a suitable r;iace to hold reg- 
ular meeticgs. — Virden, III., Feb. 15. 

From Lottie Ketring.— Bro. Sdas Hoover, 
of Somersat, Pa., commencfd aseriesof meet- 
ings at the Holsinger church, in the Wood- 
bury district, and continued until the 10th, 
preaching seven sermons. The Bratlier labor- 
ed earnestly for us, and the result of his labors 
was, that five persons came out on the Lord's 
side, and were Ijsptizsd. There were others 
near the kingdom. The meeting had to close 
on account of the inclemency of the weather, 
as the roads betame almost impas.*iible. We 
hope Bro. H. over will come back again, — 
Maria, Pa., Feb. 5. 

From James M Nefi. — Through the blessings 
of Qjd we have again had the privelege ol 
meeting with the Brethren ai the Annual 
District and Suaday School meetings, of tbe 
M:aii!e Dii^irictof Iiidiana, which were held at 
.h-i Upper D.'fr Creek muefing house, February 
Sch and 9 h Ou the morHmg of Feb. Sth, we 
met at ihs mtetiug-hoase wilh the Sunday- 
school workers'. The ex-reise was opened by 
singing and prayer, afitr wuich the foilo'-ving 
ofScers w«re ehosBn: Saiiiuei Murray, mod- 
erator; Abrthiin Lsedy, leadiag clerk ; Joseph 
A micb, writing clerk. All propositions were 
well discussed. E^isaya were read by sisterh 
Effima B. Bowman, Mary E. Bowman, snii 
Lillie Leslie. The exercises were elosed in due 
time, after which I was taken to the h ime ol 
Bro. George Brubaker, where we again met 
with warm-hearted friends. Sister Brubaker 
is in somewhat feeble heallh. 1 hough she is 
physically, weak, we believe she is spiritually 
strong. February 9ib, at 9 A. M-, we again 
met in capacity of District Meeting. Here we 
again had the blessed privel(>ge of beholding 
the pleasant faces of many of our dear breth ■ 
ren. Brethren Arnold and Worst, from Ohio, 
were with us. Although the weather was 
very unpleasant, we indeed enjoyed ourselves 
very well. We feel very grateful to the breth- 
ren and sisters, for their kindness and hospi- 
tality shown toward us during the meetings. 
We arrived horns Thursdsy, February lOih, 
and found all wall. — Eoann, Ind. 


IVTOriCEis hereby given to the Delegates 
JJI and house-ksepers, composing the 
Northern District of Indiana, that at the last 

District Mei'ting, it was agreed that every 
housf-kfieper sbould lay the case of 3asiijtin!» 
Bro. P. H. Kurtz, to pay a note of five han- • 
dred dollars, whiih hi is n-jt able to pay him- 
selj, and it is not jusf. for me to pay it alon?, es 
it is a matter that belongs to the Northern 
district of Indiana. Tiie following ar* the 
amounts piid fO far: B'.n?or district, §9'10; 
YsUow River, §10 00; Walnut, S15.00; Dis- 
trict Treasurer, $108.20; D. Rothenberger, 
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BEING present at the discussion hsid in the 
M. E. church in Norlh Web-iter, hiuiana, 
on February 9 and 10, between A. H, Puter- 
bangh, of the Brethren, and R. S. Reed, of the 
M. E church, I thought a fc" lines would 
not be amiss, aud might iuteristilie reader. 
Tbe proposition discussed wu?: "Tint Feet- 
Washing is an ordinance estabiishi-d by Jtsws- 
Ciirist in the church, ;):>d by Iliru coiumaaded 
to be observed by all. his discplfis" Bro. 
Puterbargh hffiimtd, s'ld M.-. R-t-.d denied. 
On ihe part of the {;'■?; Eider Diyis 

Younce, and on the p:i M._E. church, 

Rsrv. McCarter, were c^ni^u assi-stant inod- 
fraijnrs, and tbey gi-lecttd 8S a foreman, Mr. 
Gaib-r, of the Christian church. Tbe discus- 
sion opened at 10 a. m. of the 9 b of February, 
and closed at 4:15 p. 3£ the 10th, each di.spat- 
ant bfing alluwe'l fcigut half-hour sp^fches, 
and the tffirmatife fifte^n minutes ^clo^iug, 
extra. I think our c-iuse gained a noble victory, 
and will result in much good. Many of Bro. 
Puterbaugh's arguments were new, aad the 
manner in which he icvesiiguled the su'jsct, 
and answered bis opooufnt, showed alhor.'ugh 
preparatiiju, and thrt fff:ft was a triuuiphani; 
victory for the truth. Many not members, 
and some Methodists, have said that the B.elh- 
ren are certainly right. Mr. Rred did not show 
the preparation wh^ch should have been made, 
and which is usually 'xpectwd pa'sueb oc- 
ossioiis. His first argiiiaeut of any speci*! 
note was drawn from modern hii-toriana, and 
the defense thrown around it, was weak in 
t'ne extreme. He ender.vorfcd to mike some in- 
roads on the affiiin-aiv.'s aiguiui uls, but they 
had been previously fortified, to it v/Ss utterly 
an impossibility to do so. As is usual, he de- 
nied that there was any command esprefsed tor 
feet-washing in the 13th chapter cf John, de 
heldout the idea that "oujuI," was not manda- 
tory, aad only expressed a wish, without any 
obligation; but when the array of truth came 
iroBi the other side, it put a different color on 
the argument. I must acknowledge thc.t I 
never saw so ma"y leautifs on our side of tbe 
question before, and the weakness of the neg- 
ative so palpable, when laid bare by the over- 
whelming force of the truth. There was ii 
general good humor, and eicelleat attention 
prevailing through the entire discussion. The 
weather was very inclement during the diicns- 
sion, but the house was crowded during the 
entire session. D. M. PuiEKBAUeH, 

Elkhart, Ind., Feb 15. 


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KUifBER m. 

IT is said by soms tkat we are living in a' fast 
age, whiea may bs attributed to our 'fast 
living". Time rolls oa no faster now than it 
did thousaads of years a^o. A second of time 
now is ot tiie same duration as a corresponding 
portion of time then. The same may be said 
of tlie hour, week, month or year. The an- 
cients attained to a great age, which is largely 
jdue to their simple, habits m their way of liv- 
ing. Were cuatented with the results of- to- 
day, and patiently awaited the fruits of tomor- 
row. They did not aspire to greatness and 
fame, as a class, and reeking brains push" on- 
w3id with that feverish anxiety that ever tends 
to debilitate rather than court strength. They 
plowe^), iihey sowad and they reaped, and gath- 
ered only where they had strewn, and with 
confidanes towards Him who ruleth all abided 
his bidding. Ag.^3 rol.1 on and in its place 
brings maay ehaages. Mill becomes anxious 
ta move things with greater speed, leaves the 
priuiriples of his fathers and for himself adopts 
new Odes. This moral machinery is put into 
operation by propelling power of feverish anx- 
iety for the ascumulatioa of wealth, fame and 
popularity, much to the hinderaaca of his bet- 
ter and mora! nature. 

There is one p-oint to be gained, led by strong 
ambition — that of popularity. To make a snc- 
eass ot this, ail things else are sacrificed. Life, 
health, morals and rdligion are spurned by him 
who seeks nothing but popular applause. The 
masses of the people are unlockiug the wheels 
of time and drivi^ig with furious speed to get 
through the world as fast as posible, forgetting 
they will "get through" soon enough at the 
slowest pacs. This lightning speed of living 
is indulged in by many who are una.are Oi its 
evil tfF;ct8. H-iaith is lost, \ih shortened and 
an eirly sacrifice of the body is made, sae- 
1 ificsd at the shane of his idolatry, wealth and 
popularity, lutemperate eating and drinking 
are evils acknowledged, wi'iile ticessive labor 
is no less ruinous. Aa overfrorked 4 rain or 
body disqualifi-is aa well as a gorged stomach 
or r8eliag,Mrunken brain. Man is responsible 
to a higher power for the care of his body equal 
to his F.piril. 

Man's phyeical powers are o^ his ancestors. 
The mau of business must appear to be a man 
of wealth though the real worth is, or may not 
"te there. Thus with the imaginaiive steeds be 
fore him and whip in hand, onward he drives 
at a furious rate, however detrimental to health 
and morals, and if overworked body or brains 
does n-at bring the forlnne in probpect other 
means are resorltd to, which often end the life 
of the unfortunate behind the prison bars or 
perehsnce upon the scaffold. Man to be happy 
tierafore must study contentment, accept times 
aad circumstancasi as thoy are. Study to 
know the worst and then prepare to meet 
It Most restrain his ambition to wealth and 

should never forgtt the dangtjous priccipies 
uuderlying it which our blessed Lord him- 
self saw, and with the voice of God himself 
aske the solemn question "What is a mm 
profited, if he shall gain the whole world, 
and lose his own soul? or what shall a man 
give ia exchange for his soul? 

The sin of covetousn^ss is the precursor to 
ruin and is drawing many thousands dowa to 
the pit of dark despair. Have confidence in 
God and serve him, though you mu-it live in 
poverty's vale. Let your conversation be with- 
out covetonsness and be content wifu such 
things as ye have, for he has said •'! will never 
forsake thee." B. 

natural for children to follow their teachers, 
and to our sorow we have seen teachers in our 
common schools that were scarcely moral while 
with the school. If teachers, can patronize 
these dens of vice ocasionally, and hold a posi- 
tion as teacher the result will be conclusive in 
favor of these dens of vice or any other vice they 

The steady urogress of temperance in Illi- 
nois is shown by the fact that in 1876, thirty 
towns voted no license, in 1877, 180 towns; in 
1879, 646 out of 833 towns. 



THESE were the agoiuzing words of a well- 
to do wife after calling suces'ively for her 
husband at the very top of her voice. Her lit- 
tle boy asked her where pa was. "Why down 
to town." After listening a moment in vain, 
she closed the door with the above words, as 
a brother was going to church one cold snowy 
night. t'ne gloomy hours of many a poor 
woman with her children around her 
and not cared for by her husband. 
In this case it was useless to call if she 
thought he was in town yet, for that was one 
mile and a half away, but parhaps he had got 
nearly home and fell a victim to the ditch, or 
had reacked the stable and could get no farther. 
"But I can't leave the little children to go in 
search, what shall I do?" How oft,en she went 
to the door and listened and called that night 
I do not know, or whether they had to weai* 
the night away in the agonizing anxiety which 
her screams told. Dear brethren and sisters 
let us take a look at the children of some drunk 
ards. What are their prospects! No prospects 
of a good education, no prospects of a home. 
What must be the mother's feelings when 
she looks at the prospects of her dear child- 
ren ? Too much to think that they too will 
become drunkards. But how can it ba other- 
wise suround-jd as they are? Eaough to break 
the heart of any woman. Then let us take a 
look at the tax imposed oa th^ country by in- 
temperance — look at the victims in the peni- 
tentiary, those on the gallows that their crimes 
are traceable to drinking. Let some foreign 
nation impose sic'i a tax and degraiatioa and 
the brave sons ot America would raise up in 
their might and drive them from her soil, yes 
in a forty-eight hours the President could have 
an army at his command, — but the broken 
hearted wives, uneducated, unclothed, homeless 
children, penitentiary convicts, men dropping 
from the gallows — taxes aad degradation here— 
but an awful hell awaiting the drunkard. 

Can't we raise a mighty army against saloons, 
the mighty dispensers of drunkenesa and vice, 
and save the sons aad daughters of America 
from misery and woe? If we can not conquer 
we can fortify our soas and daughters against 
the enemy. One thing we can do; we can make 
stroagtr efforts to keep our children away 
from them. We can be more careful who they 
associate with. When they are small we can 
be more careful who we hire for teachers; it is 

A subscriber writes that he is one man 
at least who quit using tobaco to please 
his wife, he says: "I used to smoke all day 
and half the night, and I gave it up to please 
my wife about two years ago. And have suc- 
ceeded in pleasing myself also." Good! Now 
who next? 

Dr. Willard Parker says: "The average life 
of temperance people is sixty-four years and 
two months, while the average life of intemper- 
ate people is thirty-five years and six months. 
Thus the average life of a drinker is but Kttle 
more than half that of the non-drinker; aad 
yet we are asked to believe that brandy, whisky, 
gin and beer are wonderful promoters of health, 
strength and life! ' 

A young lad of Elmira, N. Y., has lost one 
eye, sad is in danger of losing the other, 
from epizootic poisoning. Some mucous from 
his horse's throat had fallen on his sleeve; the 
sleeve was rubbed with his handkerchief and 
the handkerchief was subsequeatly passed over 
ttis eyes. This unfortunate case shows the ne- 
cessity of using the utmost care to avoid the 
epizootic or similar discharges, and above all, to 
prevent them from coming in contact with any 
part of the mucous membrane. 

"Yea," said the Rev. John Pierpont, "yon 
have a license, and that is your plea; I adjure 
you to keep it; lock it among your choicest 
jewels; guard it as the apple of your eye; and 
when you die and are laid out in your coffin, 
be sure that the precious document is placed 
between your clammy fingers, so that when 
you are called upon to coafroat your victims 
Dpfore God, you may be ready to fi!e your plea 
justification, and to lay down your license on 
the bar of the Judge. Yea, my friend, keep it; 
you will then want your license signed by the 
county commissioners and indorsed by the se- 

When Admiral Parragut's son was ten years 
old, the father said in his hearing that when he 
was old enough to make a contract and keep it, 
he had a bargain to offar him. The son rose up 
and asked the father what the contract was. 
The Admiral said, "The proposal I intend to 
make is this; If you will not smoke or chew 
tobacco, drink intoxicating or strong wines till 
you are twenty-one years of age, I will give 
you a thousand dollars." "I am old enough to 
make that bargin now," "I will accept the 
offer," said young Farragut; Tho bargain was 
cloaed, and when young Farragut was twenty- 
one, the cash was handed over to him. 

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BURKS— PETREY.— At the residence of the bride's 
sister, near Belleflower, Feb. 8th, 1881, by C. Bamhart, 
Mr. Fred. D. Burns and sister Mary C. Petrey, both of 
McLean county. 111. C, Baknhakt. 

HUmod are the dead which die in the Lord.— Bev. 14 ; 13. 

Obitnary noticea should be separate from everything eise, written on 
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points gonoralij proper to mention; 1. Name of deceased. 2. Date and 
place of death. 3. Disease or cause of death. 4, When and where 
born. 5. Age. 6. Kerne of parents, r. Nnmbei of family still Uvlng. 
8. To whom, when and where married. 9. United with the ohnrcb 
when and whero. 10. Burial when and where. 11. IHineral Bervioe 
whoa and where, and by whom conducted. 

LEYDY.— Departed this hfe on the 7th of Feb., 1881, in 
the Woodbm-y cliurch, Pa., sister Mai7 Leydy, aged 17 
yeai-s, 3 months and 29 days; funeral discourse by Bro. 
Silas Hoover. Lottie Ketrikg. 

BRENNEE.— In Lkk Creek church, near Bryon, Wil- 
liams countj-, Ohio, Sept. 12th, laSO, of dropsy, age, 89 
yeai-s 5 months and 15 days. He immigTated from 
Europe to Staite coimtjs Ohio, in 1830, and in 1839 re- 
moved to HancocJs: Co. and there he and his wife united 
■n-ith the Brethi-eu. After tlie death of his wife he 
made Ms home -svith Eld. Jacob Brown, Williams Co. 
Pmeral improved by Eld. David Bittenliouse from 2 
Timothy 4: 6, 7, to a large coucom-se of people. 

RICKEY.— In lick Creek chm-ch, near Biyon, Ohio, Nov. 
20lh, 1880, John Richey, aged 74 years and 11 months. 
Funeral improved by Eld. Jacob Brown from 2 Tuno- 
tliy 4: 7, 7, to a lai-ge congregation. 

STOCKMAN.— Near Bryon, Oliio, 'in Lick Creek church, 
Dec. 1st, 1880, Rachel Stockman, aged 69 yeai-s U 
months and -5 days. Funeral improved by Eld. Jacob 
Brov^Ti from John 11: 26. 

BROWN.— Lucinda, wife of Eld. John Brown, near Bry- 
on, Ohio, in Lick Creek church, Feb. 5th, 1881; disease, 
infiamation of the stomach; age, 65 years, 5 months 
and 15 days. Fuuentl improved by Eld. J. B. Shoe- 
maker, from White Pigeon, Mich., to a large congrega- 
tion. Text, Rev. 14: 13. 

LICHTY.— In Biyon, Oliio, Lick Creek church, April 20, 
18-.0, John Lichty, aged 74 years, U months and 27 
days. He was born in Lancaster Co., Pa.. Jmie 17th, 
1806. Fimeral improved by brocher Simon Long, to a 
large congi-egation. 

[P. C. and G. P. please copy.] 

WEABER.— December 8, 1880, in Tulpehocken cnurch, 
Lebituon county, Pa., sister Sarah, wife of Brother Ben- 
.lamin Weaber, of palsy, aged 57 yeai-s, 10 months and 

24 days. 

STOEVER.— December 30, 1880, in same church, sister 
Hannah Stoever, daughter of the late Elder Daniel 
Bolhnger, aged 66 years less 2 days. Her mind was 
impaired for fn'elve years; paralyzation of the nerves 
three days before her death. 

HOSTETTER.— December 31, 1880 in same church, sis- 
ter Cathai-me, -widow of Samuel Hostetter, (sister to the 
above sister Weaber), of cancer, aiUng one and a half 
3^eai-s, aged 68 yeai-s, 8 months ajid one day. 

ROYEB.— January 10, 1881, in same church, lister So- 
pliia Royer, of palsy, ailing about ten minutes; aged 
75 years, 11 fnonths and 8 days. 

^ Chbistiak Bucher. 

JfYERS.- In the Spring Run congregation, Fulton Co., 
III., Jan. IStli, 1881, infant son of brother John and 
Sister Margaret Myers, aged ten days. Funeral ser- 
mon by the writer. John Pool. 

CLAPPER.— Of tjThoid fever, Oct. 20, 1880, J-Iargarel 
A. Clapper, da.ugliter of George and sister Elizabeth 
Clapper, aged 19 years, 7 months and 25 days. On 
Friday forenoon following the fiuieral was conducted at 
our church by Rev. Hemy Baker (Lutherain) of whioh 

denomination she was a member for about five years. 

Text, Heb. 11: 16. 

Alter the solomen service the body was consigned to 
the tomb in the Brethren gi-aveyard. She was a faithful 
member of our smgmg class and also of our Sunday- 
school. She died about two miles from home. 

CLOSS(^N.— Also Emma Missouri, infant daughter of 
John R. and Jane Closson, Nov. 13, 1880, aged 3 
months and 3 days. Funeral sermon by brother David 
D. Sell, at the Brethren church Sabbath momiug, Deo. 
18, 1880. Text, John 14: 28, first pai-t. 

"Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep," &c. 

Emily R. Stifler. 

TEEL. — In the Mexico church, Ind., sister Mary E. Teel, 
wife of friend James R. Teel and daughter of brother 
Abraham and sister Catharine Anltic, of FranMin Co., 
Va. Was bom Mai-ch 11, 18-54 and died January 17, 
1881, aged 26 years, 10 months and 6 days. She leaves 
a j'oung husband and friends to mourn her loss, but we 
beheve this loss is her gi-eat gain. Funeral service con- 
ducted by Eld. Isaac Fisher and Jacob Bamhart from 
Matt. 24: 44. Sar.ah A. Kinsey. 


much could not be done in calling sinners to repentance 
and spreading truth and enlarging the iringdom of Christ. 
But liis work is now done. David Feantz. 


It might be interesting to some of the many readers of 
the Brethren at Work, to read from the pen of ono 
who wa^ the medical attendent of Eld. Joseph Hendricks, 
dunng the few last days of his iUness, sometlung of his 
last hours. On the morning of his decease I was there, 
and staid with him until he died, and Ustened with much 
mterest to what he said in his expiiing moments. A few 
moments before he died he seemed to be m a profound 
slumber, when suddenly he aroused and raised Hs hand 
toward heaven and said, "I see somethmgwhite coming." 
He then seemed to doze a few moments. While sleeping, 
as it seemed, he began to moan as though he was suffer- 
ing the most intense pam, when suddenly he again 
ai-oused and said, "I embraced the religion of Christ in 
my young days and I have ever since had reason to re- 
joice for it. My sufferings are great, but my prospect of 
heaven is so clear that I can bear aU my sufferings; I 
don't mind them." He then pointed toward heaven and 
said, "I see heaven opening and I will soon be there." 
Death suddenly closed the ?cene and Eld. Joseph Hen- 
dricks was no more; yet his memory lives in the hearts of 
his brethren.lsisters, and friends. 

A. J. Saylkr, M. D. 

Cerro Gordo, III. 

Elder Joseph Hendricks died at liis home in Cerro 
Gordo, lU., Jan. 5th, 1881, aged 62 years, 9 months and 
21 days. His lungs seem to have been much affected, as 
I suppose by preaching and other exposure. He also had 
a cancer on his Hp, but the effect may have been more in- 
ternal than external. His system seemed to have been 
out of order in different ways. The last year of his hfe 
he said but very httle in pubhc; he wanted to rest in or- 
der to get well. His children were aU sent for, and all 
came in time to talk with theh father but one daughter 
who came a few hom-s too late. The frraeral was on Sat- 
m-day, the 8th of January; it was the largest funeral I 
ever saw. During preaching a feehng of deep son-ow 
and sympathy could be seen in the large congregation. 
After preachhig the whole cmgregation passed the cofBn 
to take a last look, on earth, at a friend and neighbor. 
Many of those outside the chm-ch could not refrain from 
Aveepiug. But the brethren and sisters, oh, how son-ow- 
ful many wept who were related only by the strong ties of 
gospel love and affection. Sime of them were brought 
to Christ by his preaching, some were baptized by him, 
some were by him joined in the holy bonds of matrimony ; 
oh, what hallowed associations just then crowded upon 
the sorrowfiil mhid, to look for the last tune on the face 
of a beloved pastor, a spuritual counselor — one who under 
God watched over our souls. 

I can hardly pass tliis point -without a notice of Mr 
dear old brother, Eld. John Metzger; he has been preach- 
ing neai-ly fifty years. For the last tliirteen years Joseph 
was ills right hand man; they traveled and preached to- 
gether perhaps more than any other two brethren in the 
brotherhood, but to-day I see the old veteran soldier stand 
alone weeping by the side of the form of his fallen hero. 

I vnH try to give a short sketch of the life and work of 
Joseph Hendricks. Of liis hfe before the last thirteen 
years I know but little. I have before me a paper stat- 
ing that he became a member of the chm-ch at the age 
of tjventy years; was manied in e rly life to Ehzabeth 
Seitz. Nine childi-en were bom unto them; three died 
before him. He was ppointed to the ministry soon after 
liis baptism, and labored with a zeal worthy of the cause 
in which he was engaged. He was a brother of energy 
and perseverance. "Whatever thy hand findeth to do, 
do it with thy might," was his maxim. I -will come to the 
last tliirteen years of his life. His -wife having died in 
August, 1864, in 1867 he came to Cerro Gordo, 111., and 
in August was married to Mary Heckman, second 
daughter of Elder John Metzger. He then set- 
tled among us. He was a good counsellor, a faithful 
worker in all church work, and by his loving and kind 
disposition made himself veiy dear to us. As a preacher 
he was able and was considered a strong man in defense 
of the gospel; was always -wiUing to labor even beyond 
liis botUly strength. He was a strong advocate of union 
in the church and brotherhood; he was greatly in favor 
of plainness of dress and humility in aU things, as taught 
in the gospel. The last few years, except the last of his 
Ufe, he spent mostly in traveling and preaching. He was 
-warmly attached to the missionary cause and thought too 


I -will say to the many readers of the B. at. W. that 
through the mercies of God we and the brethren and 
neighbors are, generally speakmg, enjoi-ing good health, 
and we have had a very pleasant fall and -winter so far. 
The coldest weather at any tune the thermometer indi- 
cated eighteen degrees above zero. Not as many rainy 
days as usual up to this time, but our rains are more dash' 
ing, consequently we have had the highest water there 
has been here for nineteen years. We had quite a freshet 
about the 15th of January which did considerable dam- 
age to the fanners, rail roads, wagon roads, bridges, etc., 
along the large water courses. Trains and mail matter 
were detained some eight or ten days. The last four days 
we had much niin agam. There are fears of another 
fr&shet and detention of trains and mail matter. The 
weather is wami; grass is gi-een; fall wheat looTjs weU. 
We have eveiything in abundance, and we still contmue 
to hke this country very well. 

We are still trjdng in our great weakness and unwor- 
thiness to labor for the good cause of our Di-rine Master, 
travehng and preaclung in different locaUties. Generally 
speaking I think the members are in peace, love and un- 
ion. We are few in nmnber and veiy scattering. We 
have only about 100 members in this arm of the church, 
called the Willamette Valley church, named after the 
vaUey in wluch we reside and situated in the North-west- 
em part of Oregon. Truly we can say, "with us the har- 
vest is great but the laborers are few." We have two 
other organized churches in Oregon : one in Coos county, 
called the Coquille Valley church, the other m Rogue 
River Valley, called Rogue River Valley church. There 
are two m Washington Ty., the first, called Palouee Val- 
ley chmch is partly in W. T. and partly in I. T., the oth- 
er, in Khckatat Valley, W. T., is named after the valley. 
Thus you see we now have five organized churches in this 
great North-west part of the Pacific .slope. Nine years 
ago there was but one. We hope the Brethren every- 
where -will remember us at a throne of Grace, Adieu. 

David Bboweb. 
Feh. 4. 


The meridian is a time of light at its full. I suppose 
the readers of my letter to Bro. Hillery in No. 4, page 63, 
wondered what had become of the sun. In the second 
column the word best occurs thrice, and should read 
lest. Refer to Heb. 12: 3. C, H. Balseaugh. - 

The House Committee on Inter-oceanic Canals has 
adopted a bill providing for the consti-uction of a sliip- 
railway across the Isthmus of Tehauntepic. In the mean- 
iime. Do Le Lesseps has received word that work on th^ 
Panama canal has cotnmwicecl. 

Per Annum, 

Set for the defense of the Gospel— PhiXipp. 1: 17. 

Five i^mli. 

Vol. 6. 

Mt. Morris, 111., Tuesday, March 1, 1881. 

No. 8. 

Current Topics. 

Christians are leaving Macedonia on account 
of ill treatment. 

There is a man residing in Bogota, San Sal- 
vador, who IS reported to be 160 'years old. 

A Baptist minister in Mexico, with his guide, 
was killed by Indians, Dec. 21. The bodies 
were horribly mutilated. 

On the 8th inst., the arched roof of the old 
New York Central depot at Buffalo, gave way 
under an accumlation of snow; and five person 
were crushed to death. 

South Carolina has passed stringent laws 
against divorces and dueling, also laws restrict- 
ing the liquor traffic snd forbidding the running 
of railroad trains on Sunday. 

of reading the Scriptures to my men, and in 
the hour of danger I found that it was those 
who were at peace with God who worked most 
calmly and resolutely, while the greatest sinners 
in my ship turned out to be the biggest cow- 

In Bosnia, under Mohammedan rale, the Bi- 
ble was allowed to be circulated. That country 
is now under the rule of Catholic Austria, and 
the sale of the Bible is prohibited. 

The police authorities of the city of New 
York have been tryiBg to suppress lotteries for 
some time, but with only partial success. A 
few days since they enforced the law against 
all illegal sales and devices at the fair in behalf 
of the Church of St. Vincent, and there was a 
great out cry. When will the Church cease to 
stultify itself? 

Mr. Gladstone may be seen, every moi-ning 
at 8 o'clock, wending his way to the village 
church of Hawarden to engage in matins as a 
prelude to the work of the day. Even when 
Prime Minister of England, he has been found 
in the humblest homes reading to the sick or 
dying, consolatory passages of Scripture in his 
own soft, melodious tones. 

Tiie QaaVer cuuich is d;v 
The Orthodox and Prog' 
now engaged in a Jaw-sui'. 
involves the possession and 
church property belonging 
Friends. Tiie suit \-: '• 
points of difference bi 
gressives hold that it-is no 
continue their p c'^^ •■ '■• •' 
their prctrsot-r-d 
way of popular d 
ious services iji-v . 
short they are gettin- 
portion of the ('!"■' 
the Bible order ■:.■' 

to the Society 


A colored woman died at RoUa, Mo., this 
winter, who was supposed to have been 126 
years old. Two of her children were born be- 
fore the Revolutionary War. A great-grand- 
son residing in Rolla is 50 years old. 

Young clergyman, at a clerical meeting: 
''I merely throw out the idea." Old minister: 
"Well, I think that is the best thing you can 
do with it." There are some ideas that it 
would be better if they had never been "thrown 

The Watchman says. The RtV. Dr. Talmage 
is to be added to the small number of ministers 
of the gospel who think the theater can be 
"elevated." If this sort of thing goes much 
farther, it will next be in order to elevate the 

The Turkish government in Palestine has se- 
cured 80,000 acres of land between Jerusalem 
and Jaffa, for a colony of Jews. The proposi- 
tion is to open up a settlement for the persecut- 
ed Israelites in Europe ;and England and Amer- 
ica are raising funds for the project. 

The Moravians, though not a large body, are 
more intensely and truly missionary than any 
other religious body in the world. There is no 
land where the voice of their missionaries has 
not been heard. In Greenland, which has been 
their mission field for sixty-two years, they 
have a membership of 70, 616, 

"I have been," said the captain of a New 
England coasting vessel, "always in the habit 

Grand preparations are being made for the 
inauguration of the coming President. Neither 
time nor money are being spared to make the 
inaugural hall gorgeous and attractive. It is a 
sad commentary upon our Christain civilization, 
that we cannot irjaugurate our President with- 
out so mucli useless display and expense. As 
a nation advances in age and knowledge, she 
should also make some advancement in the 
principles of economy. 

A NewJersey. doctor p 
afcorm which, accoiup, 
oeptioual severity, reL- 
States. A wov? 
noticed somelui _ 
saovv in an aveuus. 0. 
found to be the hobv of J_ 
Plainfield. He had b 
eveuiiig on a .pi'uyi.s. . 
his w.^y id the ' '' 
apparently y,-h-.i ' 
He was near-3ir>u;L , 
hausled in the snow 
walk of his homo, 'i^.- .. 

■ It v/as 

Siaili'! of 

:.-^ i.lie prevou'J 

sua had lost 

- yiiiiutes' 
ois distiii- 

The Government of Florida has just given 
out a contract for draining Lake Okechobee 
and the marsh surrounding it, comprising in all 
about 12,000,000 acres of the best sugar land 
in the world. The territory will include the 
celebrated Everglades, and be in extent twice 
as large as the State of New Jersey. This is 
the largest contract on record, and, when com- 
pleted, Florida can produce more sugar than 
the United States now consumes. 

ation and yet to miss it uiakas the calamity in- 
expressibly sad, but in .spiritual matters there 
are every day worse calamites. There are 
multitudes of people wJio attend the preaching 
of the Gospel to whom it might bs said, "Thou 
art not far from the kiagdom of God" yet who 
do not enter in. 

The Fakir of Siva gave a sleight-of-hand per- 
formance in Galveston. One of his feats was to 
make a marlced dollar disappear in the sight of 
the crowd, which he succeBsfally did. "That 
marked dollar will be found in the vest-pocket 
of that colored gentleman," said the Fakir, 
pointing with his magic wand at Sam Johasing. 
All eyes were riveted on Sam, who advanced to 
the front, took some money fr om his vest 
pocket, and said: "Boss, heah is your change. 
I has had two beers and a cigar outen dat dol- 
lar you tole me to keep in my vest-pocket till 
you called for it." 

The IndepencUid coiiiaiij^ aa .^-.^ ..-ui..jddl in 
regard to IngersoH'a "criminal blasphemy in 
the eyes of civil law.'' " ' " ,' ' ' ' ■ Comegys, 
in opeaing tiio 6">. :!ii--.r.ct,,-.n 

Delaware calk: ri/v, 

to the addri^ci ' -l ^ !.-:k:ii, 

recently dolivered in that city, and strongly 
intimated thht some portions of his address ex- 
posed him to a criminal indictment for blu;- 
phemy. The law against blasphemy, in some 
states is very positive. The law of Massaehu- 
setU reads as follows: 

"Whoever wilItVit)^ 
name of God b; 

bliisphemes the holy 
cnrsir;.. r 

contumeliously \\y '-oi, tr 

atiou, government, i 

world,orby cui'-iiig ■ 

ing Jesus Christ or 

ing or contumcHoii 

Word of God cv>ntsiiin.-- ju t, ■ u. i. :■ i 1^11..-?, 

or exposing them to contempt" ard r.dicile, 

shall be punished b' ;■.....■• ...;.-.. .. iii^ 

state-prison not exi 

jail not exceeding '- t 

excoeding thrr-9 V.W' 

be bound to good he ■ 

A similar statute, in the definition given of 
blasphemy, vx- ^..^•;-. 1 ;... t'..-. .-.,^..:-i n-.Aa^ 
of other staiies. 




sleep, thou blessed friend to man, 
For which sad hearts so often pray. 

Continue human life to scan, 
And make the night of sorrow day. 

The sleep that falls on baby's face, 
When laid upon its mother's breast. 

Locked safe within her fond embrace, 
A picture seems of perfect rest. 

The sleep that closes childhood's eyes. 
And makes the dimpled cheeks more fair, 

Oft ends in kisses of surprise 
On rosy lips and curling hair. 

The sleep that blesses maiden coy 
When love dawns on her tender heart 

Brings dreams of bliss without alloy. 
To wedded souls, no more to part. 

The sleep that covers manhood's brow 
Gives strength to his stalwart form, 

Maintains his steps behind the plow, 
And keeps his anvil bright and warm. 

The sleep that rests on aged hands [care. 
And heads bowed down with years of 

Brings scenes to view of happy lands. 
Where clouds no more obscure the air. 

The sleep of death, that comes to all, 
Which God himself has kindly given. 

To many proves a welcome call. 
And ends, we fondly hope, in heaven. 

'For the Brethren at Work. 



lyrY soul mounted into the ttird lieav- 
-^'-^ en wlien I read Brother Hope's 
letter in No. 5. Next I opened my 
pocket-book to cast my mite into God's 
empty treasury in Denmark. If that 
letter can be read by a single member 
of the Brotherhood unmoved, it mrist 
be one whose heart has either never 
tasted the sweetness of Jesus, or utter- 
ly forgotten the claims of the Cross. 
How long shalt that treasury be empty ? 
Not long, unless our hearts are empty 
of the love of God. Who will dare 
mock God with prayer for the church 
in Denmark, pretending to open the 
heart in sympathy and Godspeed, while 
purse-strings are drawn still tighter? 
Sacrifice is what Christ wants, having 
given Himself as our stimulating Pat- 
tern. 2 Cor. 8: 9. The fervent prayer 
must be seconded by an open hand, and 
practical co-operation, or it is fervent 
mockery. Ghvist came to the rescue; he 
did not simply wish us well. His self- 
stripping and self-abnegation are our 
salvation only as we enter into their 

power by imitation. God will not an- 
swer our idle,' idiotic petitions by rain- 
ing bread and money upon our needy 
fellow-saints m Denmark. He will not 
turn the stones into loaves, and dirt in 
to dollars. We profess to be Christ's 
representatives;- let us prove it by our 
readiness to -^ dear one another'' s burdens, 
and SO fulfill the law of Christ." This 
reluctance to enter and exhibit the spir- 
it of the Cross,is a sad mark of carnality. 
Our blood and sweat must be coined in- 
to means to relieve the needy. So did 
Christ; and "if any man have not the 
spirit of Christ, he is none of his." I 
will go one month supperless, and send 
the equivalent to Brother Hope. May 
the Holy Ghost, the In-bringerand Un- 
fold er of Jesus, mightily move many 
hearts to make cheerful sacrifices for 
our glorious Lord Jesus in behalf of 
our beloved fellow- heirs in Denmark. 
it is in very deed a luxury to 
crucify the flesh to please our Kedeem- 
er, promote his cause, and glad- 
den the hearts of his suffering saints. 
O Israel, let us remember we have one 
Head, are one Body, and filled with 
life and love out of one Heart. 

For the Brethren at Work. 



WE have now carefully examined 
the leading Scriptures, bearing 
upon the Sabbath question, and found 
the seventh day taught and practiced 
under the old covenant, and when the 
old covenant 'vanished away" every- 
thing in it vanished, which included the 
seventh day Sabbath. Passing into 
the better new covenant, we found the 
practice of Christ and his apostle to be, 
to hold sacred the fi.rst day Sabbath. 
We have, in addition to the above, care- 
fully looked up the practice of the ear- 
ly Christian fathers; and we have been 
pleasantly surprised to see what a unit- 
ed voice comes from their pen. Eusebi-' 
us was born A. D. 267 and. died 339. 
He was the author of the oldest eccle- 
siastical history now extant, and has 
been consequently called the "father of 
ecclesiastical history." He wrote from 
such documents and facts as he could 
possess himself with, at a period of 
about two hundred years after the death 
of the apostles. In speaking of the pi 
ous prior to the covenant with Abraham 

he says: "They did not therefore re- 
gard circumcision, nor observe the Sab- 
bath, neither do we." Book 1, Chap. 4, 
p. 26. In speaking of "the heresy of the 
Ebionites," an early sect,he says, "They 
also observe the Sabbath and other dis- 
ciples of the Jews; but on the other 
hand they also celebrate the Lord's 
day very much like us in commemora- 
ration of his resurrection." Book 3, 
chap. 27, p. 113. This clearly proves 
that at that time orthodox Christians 
did not observe the seventh day Sab- 
bath, and that they did observe the 
Lord's day in commemoration of his 
resurrection, and that the Lord's day 
was the first day of the week; for it 
was on this day that Christ rose. In 
speaking of Dionysius he quotes from 
his epistles to Soter, as follows: 

"Today we have passed the Lord's 
holy day in which we have read your 
epistle." Book 4, chap. 24, p. 16. See 
Lee's Theology, p. 377, 378. 

Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, A. D. 
101, who died only about six years after 
the apostle John, speaks of the Lord's 
day familiarly and without explanation 
as if everybody imderstood it. He 
gives this title to the first day of the 
week, exactly after the manner of the 
apostle himself: "Let us no more sab- 
batize, butlet us keep the Lord's day. 
Again, let every one that loves Christ 
keep holy the Lord's day, the queen of 
days, the resurrection day, the highest 
of all days." 

The above writers unitedly condemn 
the practice of the Jews in keeping the 
seventh day, and urge the observance of 
the first day, or Lord's day. 

TertuUian, who died A. D. 245, says, 
"The Lord's day is the holy day of the 
Christian Church. We have nothing to 
do with the Sabbath. The Lord's day 
is the Christianas solemnity." Ambrose, 
Bishop of Milan, who died A. D. 397, 
says: "The Lord's day is sacred or con- 
secrated by the resurrection of Christ." 
Theodoiet, another ecclesiastical histo- 
rian, who died about A. D. 460, speak- 
ing of the Ebionites, a party of Judaiz- 
ing Christians, says: "They kept the 
Sabbath according to the Jewish law, 
and sanctify the Lord's day in like 
manner as we do." "This," says Prof. 
Stewart, "gives a good historical view 
of the state of things in the early ages 
of the church. The zealots of the law 
wished the Jewish Sabbath to be ob- 
served as well as the Lord's day; for 
about the latter there appears never to 



have been any question among any class 
of Christians so far as I have been able 
to discover. The early Christians one 
and all of them held the first day of the 
week to be sacred." Sab. Man. No. 2, 
pp. Ill, 126. "All Christians were 
unanimous in setting apart the first day 
of the week, on which the triumphant 
Savior arose from the dead for the sol 
emn celebration of public worship. This 
pious custom, which was derived from 
the example of the church at Jerusalem, 
was founded upon the express appoint- 
ment of the apostles, who consecrated 
that day to the same sacred purpose, 
and was observed universally through- 
out all the Christian churches, as ap- 
pears from the united testimony of the 
most creditable writers." Maclain's 
Mosheim, Cent. 1, part 2, C. 4, S. 4. 

IrenaBUS, Bishop of Lyons, a disciple 
of Polycarp, who had been the compan- 
ion of the apostles A. D. 167, says: "On 
the Lord's day every one of us Chris- 
tians keep the Sabbath, meditating on 
the law and rejoicing in the works of 

Beginning with Ignatius, we are in- 
debted to Eld. Miles Grant for the 
above historical testimony, as appears 
in his twelfth speech in a discussion of 
the Sabbath question, with Elder M. E. 
Cornell, held in Chelsea, Mass., Nov. 
1869. As Elder Cornell allowed the 
above testimony to pass without any 
criticism before that large and intelli 
gent audience it therefore evidences to 
us that as matters of history, they are 
true in evidencing. 

1. That the early Christians did 
keep the first day of the week as a sa- 
cred day. 

2. That the sacredness of the first 
day was occasioned by it being Christ's 
resurrection day. 

3. That the resurrection day was 
the Lord's day as alluded to in Rev. 1 : 

4. That the early Christians were 
urged not to Sabbatize, *. e., to keep or 
teach the seventh day as did the Jews. 

5. That those Christians who did 
keep the seventh day also kept the first 

6. That those Christians who kept 
the seventh day were termed Judaizing 

7. That the seventh day Sabbath 
was given to the Jews only, under the 
law of Moses. 

8. That the first day was given by 
Christ to his apostles and through them 
to us. 

9. That the church on its first or- 
ganization at Jerusalem taught the pi- 
ous observance of the first day. 

10. That the keeping of the Lord's 
day was a badge of early Christianity. 



"Preach the word; be instaat in season, out 
of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all 
loDa;8uffaring and doctrine." 2 Tim. 4: 2. 
HE phraseology of this text implies 
continued persevering in preacli- 
ing the word. And the importance of 
continued preaching has engaged the 
mind of earnest and devoted brethren 
long ago. They seeing the impression 
one sermon often makes upon the hear- 
ers, what it would be if followed up, 
bringing every sin under reproof. "For 
it pleased God by the foolishness of 
preaching to save them that believe." 
Hence preaching must be continued. 
Forty odd years ago, that zealous and 
godly man, J. H. Umstead, feeling the 
truth of this, prevailed with Elder John 
Price to hold meetings for preaching for 
days m succession at the same place. 
Bro. Price took the voice of his church 
on the subject, and by a plurality of 
votes the privilege was granted. But 
when the time for meeting came the 
breaking up ice in the Schuylkill river 
had so blockaded the roads that it was 
at the risk of life that Brother John 
reached the place of meeting ; and for 
this reason but few persons assembled. 
But Brother John preached the word. 
He was instant in season, out of season, 
and in a few days the house was filled 
with hungry men and women, and the 
power in the word was felt by saint and 
sinner. The brethren who had said 
nay when the voice of the church was 
taken for or against the meeting, see- 
ing and feeling the mighty power in 
the preached word said, "We withdraw 
our objections.' 'And many were added 
to the church. This was forty odd years 
ago, and all the fathers of the church 
in the surrounding country knew that 
it was good to continue preaching the 
word. But in 1842 the query, Wheth 
er it will be to the edification of the 
church of God to hold protracted meet- 
ings, and to introduce mourning bench- 
es in imitation to the new measures 
adopted by different sects and denom- 
inations was asked. A.M. 1842, Art. 2. 
This query was not brought by breth- 
ren from the vicinity in which the meet- 

ings were held, but by brethren hun- 
dreds of miles away from the place, and 
they not asking for information wheth- 
er it was contrary to tbe Scriptures so 
to preach the word. But asked whether 
it will bi to the edification of the church 
of God to hold protracted meetings, and 
to introduce mourners' benches, etc. 
Why was this mourners' bench associ- 
ated with this query? The meetings 
were held for the sole purpose of preach- 
ing the word of God, and any one that 
knows anything about the Word of God 
ought to know that the mourners' 
bench will never get to where that is 
faithfully preached, However so the 
query came and Annual Meeting an- 
swered: 'The Brethren generally con- 
sidered, that it was advisable to be very 
cautious, and at all times to keep good 
order in accordance with the doctrine 
and example of the apostles, and not to 
introduce such innovations like mourn- 
ers' benches, etc." This answer is right, 
and must be enforced hereafter. Not a 
word said against protracted, or contin- 
ued preaching, but against disorder and 
mourner's benches. This is right, and 
every honest brother will approve it, 
observe it, and enforce it. So the breth- 
ren "hirty- nine years ago in A. M. had 
not a word to say against continued 
preaching if the meetings were held in 
the order of the gospel. Among the 
names signed to this minute is that 
of Daniel Garber, John Price, David 
Pfoutz, George Hoke, James Tracy, 
Henry Kurtz. These are among the 
recognized pillars of the church. 

The Brethren of the Eastern churches 
continued to hold series of meetings, 
and baptized believers, and sent forth 
from these churches thousands of immi- 
grants to subdue the country, and build 
up churches m the Western country. 
Western brethren often tell us that their 
increase is more by emigration than by 

Nothing occurred to interrupt the 
steady progress made in continued 
preaching until 1858, Annual Meeting is 
again asked. "Is it contrary to the gos- 
pel for brethren to hold meetings for a 
number of days in succession, in one 
place,in order to preach the pure Word, 
and to administer the ordinance of bap- 
tism to those who believe the Word 
and receive it? Considered not con-