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TY50NE CITY, PA., TUESDAY, JAN. 7, 1868. 



Number 1, 



F«r (he Companion. 
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BELOVED IN THE LORD: 

The old world of sin and corrup- 
tion is gone. At the foot of the 
Cross you were taken into the ark, 
which I trust will sately land you, 
not on Ararat, but Mount Zion. — 
Many an angry bil'ow will you have 
to outride before you reach port. — 
When the antediluvians could no 
longer be tolerated on account of 
their wickedness, they were swept 
away by the bosom of Jeho\ ah's 
wrath. The earth has been purged 
by a terrible baptism of water, and 
refitted to be the dwelling-place of a 
new generation or stock of the hu- 
man family. The ark floated the 
holy seed Irom the valley of destruc- 
tion to the mountain of rest. "Few, 
that is, eight souls were saved by 
yater. The like figure whereunto 
even baptism, doth now save us." — 
1 Pet. 3: 21. The rescued family 
were lifted higher and still higher 
towards heaven by the raging flood 
that destroyed the ungodly. When 
the windows of heaven are opened, 
and the fountains of the great deep 
are broken up, and the waves of Di- 
vine justice roll in upon us from all 
directions, our old, sin-gendered na- 
ture is shaken to its centre. One 
form of evil after another loses its 
hold on our affections, and is drifted 
down the swelling torrent. It is 
only iu the fact of salvation that 
the parallel holds good between the 
ark of Noah and the ark of the New 
Testament. All that had life in the 
ark was saved. The Divine purpose 
required the presei vation of natural 
life, although on the manward side 
4k<s salvation was grounded on the 
righteousness of Noah. "Wherein 
few, that is, eight souls were - 
by water." Ifoftb /tared God, — 
* j which is the same ai saying that he 
^jPj believed Him, Heb. 11:7, which led 



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to the preparation of the ark, and 

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the salvation of his house. Salva- 
tion, and by water, are the two most 
prominent thoughts in the Apostle's 
figure. The same servant of Jesus, 
inspired by the same Spirit, affirms 
that '•'■baptism doth now save u«." — 
'lie that believeth and is baptized, 
shall be sated." These two facts 
are parallel, but in the details of 
these facts we discover nothing typ- 
ical in the former 01 the latter. — 
That is, the order of events in the 
deluge, and the relation of the events 
to each other, are no*; typical of a 
similar order and relation in the 
new dispensation. A recognition of 
this fact would save some of our 
dear ministering brethren from not 
a little fanciful exposition not only 
of this particular passage, but of 
many others. Noah was righteous 
before lie was invited to enter the 
Ark. His righteousness was, in- 
deed, the reason why the ark was 
prepared. The whole event, includ- 
ing the saved and the doomed, ad- 
mits of an individual application. — 
The sinner has within him "a world 
of iniquity," (James 2 : G,) which 
must be swept away by the outpour- 
ing of the Divine indignation agaiust 
personal sin. True, the Son of God 
bore the brunt of outraged law and 
incensed holiness when he vicarious- 
ly suffered on the Cross, and be- 
came a ground or reason why re- 
mission of legal penalty should be 
extended to us. The wrath of God 
will never again be poured on any 
soul to prepare a ground f>r iccon- 
ciliation. But it is Done the less 
true that "the wrath of God is re- 
veiled fjrODJ Heaven against all un- 
godliness and unrighteousness of 
men." iiom. 1: IS. The lire that 
burned into the very soul of Jesus 
in Cetbseinane and on Golgotha to 
at on,- tor sin, will AUO cat iniu the 
Conscience of every penitent, 1 l.e- 

get just i«juee|itioi!s, experiment*))! 
of the infinite dement of mo, Inspire 

the utmost loathing of it, and open 



our whole being to a cordial recep- 
tion of the Great Propitiator. The 
eight grains of salt which the Divine 
mercy had spared in the mass of 
surrounding corruption, represents 
the antiseptic elements of the higher 
life which grace implants in the 
soul, and is the only subjective con- 
dition that secures us an entrance 
into the ark. 

The waters rose gradually, and 
the "generation of vipers " who de- 
rided Noah and laughed at his pre- 
diction, perished by degrees. When 
the plains were inundated they as- 
cended to more elevated localities. 
Those who were overtaken in the 
lowlands were swept away first. — 
Then those on the hills and inferior 
eminences. Still up the mountain's 
side rose the fearful flood. One af- 
ter another of the unhappy objects 
of Heaven's wrath dropped from 
the trees and crags. At last the 
waters reached the summits of the 
loftiest mountains, which were crowd- 
ed with trembling, weeping, horr.r- 
struck culprits awaiting the execu- 
tion of the incurred penalty. First 
the waters barely touch their feet, 
then the threatening element rises 
to the loins, then mounts to the very 
lips. Suddenly oomes a mighty 
surge aud bears them hand in hand 
into the foaming abyss. What hap 
peued to the world is a tit type of 
what happens to the individual.— 
With rare exceptions, the siunor is 
not purged at once oi' the world jf 
evil that runs riot iu his nature. — 
One stronghold alu-r another is 
abandoned. When low and groreJ 
hug pursuits can no longer be fol- 
lowed b_v reason ol'the Compunctions 
of conscience, he betake* luniscl: 
something more refined, and thmi be 

continues to Uc before ilu ruing 

waves of the eur.-c, untd he >tamU 
01) the hl-hest j.eak of moralit\ 
**&• ■ p ifl into the uik, Jr in- 

to pharisaisin, which is the portion 
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of sensualism. There is perhaps no 
christian reader of this paper but 
required some years before the ris- 
iu" floods drove him to the last 
stronghold of self. *» 

Noah was safely in the ark before 
any visible outbursts of Divine dis- 
pleasure appeared. This cannot be 
aaidofus. "The world that then 
was, being overflowed with water, 
p, nxhed." 2 Pet. 3 : 6. This death 
or perishing, precedes in the case of 
the sinner, entrance into the ark. — 
"Wo are saved by baptism.'' Thus 
Peter testifies. "We are buried with 
him by baptism into death." Thus 
declares Paul. When we are bap- 
tized we are dead, not in sin but to 
Bin. The world that was has per- 
ished . When the waters assuaged 
and the earth became dry, Noah 
came forth from his floating castle. 
But we do not enter the Ark by 
baptism until the floods subside, and 
we have a Divinely-accredited testi- 
mony that "old things are passed 
away," and "all things are become 
new." When Noah left the ark he 
entered a new, expurgated world, 
but it was still a world of sin and 
sorrow and toil. Our egress from 
the ark will be through pearly gates, 
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where there is "no more curse,"- 
where "God shall wipe away all 
tears from our eyes ; and there shall 
be no more death, neither sorrow, 
nor crying, neither shall there be 
any more pain." Rev. 21 : 4. The 
ark had in it unclean beasts and 
fowls, typifying not only that we 
will have on board those who arc 
yet "in the gall of bitterness, and in 
the bond of iniquity," but that the 
most holy are not perfect in this 
life. Phil. 3 : 12—14. The nnclean 
were in perpetual proximity to the 
clean until separated at the end of 
the voyage: We must remain in 
the ark, riding above the world,-- 
keeping that outside which perished 
ere we entered, yet not exempt 
from imperfections. So many living 
creatures in so limited a space would 
doubtless create conditions that were 
very disagreeable. But the certain- 
ty of salvation preponderated all un- 
toward circumstances. Wo must 
expoet to meet with some degree of 



filth and foulness in the ark in which j 
we have embarked. Not only will 
we have members who entered not 
by the door, but effected an entrance 
after the flesh, but we will find with- 
in ourselves inclinations and propen- 
sities that are the counterpart of the 
unclean denizens of the ark. There 
is perhaps no reason to doubt that 
the ark kept moving all the time af 
ter it was lifted from its dock until 
its keel grated the summit of Ara- 
rat. If any of those inside had been 
tossed overboard, accidentally .or 
through misdemeanor, he would 
probably have shared the fate of the 
poor wretches outside. The appli- 
cation of this thought is exceeding- 
ly solemn. God has shut us in. He 
has turned the key that bolts the 
door between us and the world. No 
man is able to pluck us out of the 
hand of the Almighty, but if we re- 
turn to sin as "the dog to his own 
vomit," we cause him to relax his 
hold, and we drop out of his em- 
brace by the dead weight of moral 
antagonism. Sin alone will turn 
back the bolt to our destruction. — 
And if we open with our own hand 
the door that Jehovah has closed, 
we will be sure to tumble out. And 
once out, who can tell whether we 
will not sink to the bottom never 
again to rise. The ark is ever mov- 
ing towards the haven of Eternity, 
and if we leave its sacred shelter, 
we are likely to fall a prey to the 
Destroyer. Heaven forbid that we 
should venture into the warring ele- 
ments without. May we, "with fear 
and trembling," and yet with "joy 
unspeakable," keep within doors 
till God opens, and we set our feet 
on the everlasting hills. The "eight 
souls" were secure, while all around 
them souls were perishing and pas- 
sing through the deluge of water in- 
to the lake of fire. It we have been 
"purged from dead works," and ris- 
en »ith Christ to newness of life from 
the baptismal burial, we are in the 
ark, and as long as >ve remain there 
"the gates of hell shall not prevail 
against us." Ii is pitched inside 
and outside with Divine promises 
and asseverations, and is "water- 
proof. There is not a crevice thro' 
which the lightnings of Jehovah's 



wrath can blast you, nor a leak 
through which the waves of judg- 
ment can roll in. Before we get to 
glory we will experience many a 
lurch, and perhaps lose our equilib- 
rium ; but a fall on the ark is not so 
serious as a fall off. I have been 
several times on the Atlantic, and 
had some realization of life on deep. 
When the waves run high, the ves- 
sel plunges terribly, and passengers 
are ofthn sprawling on their backs, 
in the twinkling of an eye. Such a 
seene forcibly illustrates the words 
of inspiration recorded in 1 Cor. 10: 
12. severe bruises and e\ en frac- 
tures result from such mishaps, yet, 
notwithstanding these unpleasant oc- 
curences, they happen on the ship r 
which moves steadily onward in its 
course, against wave and tempest, 
bearing its freight of souls to the de- 
•ired haven. But to fall from the 
vessel is another thing. No sooner 
does the luckless passenger plunge 
into the seething waters, than the 
waves are ready to whelm, and the 
monsters of the deep to devour him. 
S> also of the ark of the Gospel. — 
Inside are peace and safety. Christ 
is at the helm, illuminates every 
part with his presence, warms our 
bosoms with hb love, and radiates 
every countenance with his smile. — 
Outside are corruption and death, 
tempest and wrath, woe and despair- 
I have no doubt Noah went with the 
tide ; but we must go against it. — 
The current runs one way, and to 
run with it would be easy. The 
prow of the ark points the other way 
and thitlur we must turn our gaze 
and bend out energies. The tide 
leads to indignation and wrath, trib- 
ulation and anguish, The ark steers 
for glory, and honor, and eternal 
life. Rom. 2: 7,8,9. 

Yj dearly beloved, take heed 
that you "lose not those things which 
you have wrought, bnt that you re- 
ceive a full reward." 2 John 8. — 
When "the wind is contrary," and 
you "toil in rowing," and the waves 
threaten to engulf you, then put 
your ear of faith to the key hole, 
and you will hear swelling over the 
billows the soothing words of your 
blessed Savior, "be of good cheer; it 
is J; be not afraid:' C. H. B. 




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LOCAL MATTERS. 



Tyrone City, Pa., Jan. 7, 1868. 

t <>KKi:sro\i>i:\< e. 

Bruthi-r Henry; Brother Hiram 
lloif, West I'uion, Ohio, wishes me 
to give a description of this country 
through the Companion, lie says 
that he thinks of moving here next 
summer. & has a large acquaintance 
with the brethren in Virginia, North 
Carolina, and East Tennessee, and 
knows that there are a great many 
would like to move to a new coun- 
try. 

I will therefore try aud give a 
brief description for the satisfaction 
of those wishing to move to the far 
West. In my estimation there are 
five important questions to be con- 
sidered by those desiring to change 
location. We think this country 
holds out sufficient inducements to 
the brethren and sisters who are in 
somewhat limited circumstances and 
are not able to get homes of their 
own in older countries. Here are 
hundreds of acres of land uncultivat- 
ed, which would yield a bountiful 
harvest to the tiller, and could be 
obtained with little means. 

1st. We should consider whether 
we can do more towards the advance- 
ment of Christ's kingdom among the 
children of men by making the 
change, 

2nd. Whether the climate is heal- 
thy. 

3rd. Whether the land is good. 

4th. And can be obtained at rea- 
sonable rates. 

5th. Aud then good markets. 

This part of the vineyard has so 
far been neglected. We think there 
is a field open to do good if some 
more brethren and sisters would 
move here. Some of my neighbors 
expressed a desire to hear the breth- 
ren preach. Who will come to pro. 
claim glad tidings of great joy, and 
recovering of sight to the blind. 

The climate is healthy. 

The land is rich and productive ; 
well calculated for farming or stock;, 
and can be obtained at reasonable 
rates. A homestead of BO acres 
can be taken w ithin 20 miles of the 



Rail Road, outside 100 acres, and 
cost S1500. 

Our market is good. Wheat 
§1.35. Corn SI. 00, oats 50 cents, 
potatoes, SI. 25, butter 40 cents, 
eggs 35. Timber like ia Prairie- 
countries is scarce. Cotton wood 
lumber S-0.00 per thousand. Those 
wishing a more minute description 
will address me as below, and I will 
answer promptly. 

Yours in love, 

S. A. IIONBERGER. 

Fontenelle , Neb. 




Dec. 8th, 'G7. 

Brother llohimjer ; Within you 
will find seven subscribers, with 
money, for the year 1868. In this 
far off Western country where we do 
not often meet our dear brethren to 
converse with them, and they, (the 
brethren) seldom come to us, the 
Companion is a very welcome and 
interesting visitor, and through the 
last year has come to us very regu- 
lar, not missing once I believe ; and 
this is well considering the distance. 
I read in it of the dear brethren 
travelling about much through Pa., 
Ohio, and Indiana, and sometimes 
Illinois ; could they not be persuad- 
ed to come to Western Iowa, to visit 
the brethren here and preach for 
them. I am sure there is a large 
field open for them here and I think 
much good might be accomplished 
by so doing. 

There are a few brethren in most 
of the settled counties in this State 
and many more might be added if 
the Gospel was preached more among 
them. Brethren wishing to come 
here by public conveyance can come 
by R. Road to Desmoines, and thence 
to Panora by stage, or to New Jef 
ferson by Rail, and by informing 
any of the brethren here oari meet 
them there and bring them hereT — 
We are always ready and glad to do 
80. We are still trying to serve 
the Lord and do the be.-l we can. 
Would be much pleated to see our 
old brethren oowm anonget a 

tenor. This is a tine healthy WW' 
try and pleasant t<> locate in. If 
there are any among you who with 
to come West, send them to u-, we 



have plenty room for them, and will 

make them welcome. Land is cheap 

and plenty in market. 

B. E. PLAINS. 

Panora, Guthrie Co., Iowa. 

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Where ia the Brother'* Friend. 

Seeing in the Companion a mani- 
fest spirit of rules among the breth- 
ren for the spread of the Gospel, 
and 'tis said the brethren are rich, 
we have been encouraged to ask the 
question, where is the brother that 
will lend a helping hand to one of 
our ministering brethren, a very 
worthy brother who could do much 
good in a section where hundreds 
are begging fur the bread of life, 
and but few to give. The said broth- 
er was one of the many unfortunate 
in the late war, having" thereby been 
deprived of all, or nearly all of his 
earthly goods, and having his fami- 
ly to maintain he cannot devote the 
time to his calling that the circum- 
stances demand ; and the church 
tfhere he lives having not yet recov- 
ered from the effects of the war, can 
not render the necessary relief to 
this brother. The following favor fa 
all he asks : to borrow for some five 
years, 6 or 8 hundred dollars to be 
secured by good real estate seeuii- 
ty, and is willing to pay six cent in- 
terest, payable yearly. Can give 
good recommendations if desired. — 
Now where is the brother who will 
respond and untie this brother's 
hands, and be the means of giving 
a good support to his family, and 
lift up hit; hands that he may go 
forth and spread the gospel. " For 
further particulars address me bv 
letter, and I will give all no< 
information. 

ANDREW HUTCHISON 

VayetUvilU, W. Va. 

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Toth,- mm nil Diitrioti qf (/,,■ < 'hurch 
in (he South, „ //. 

By referring to the proceedings ol 
our kel District Meeting, it may be 

seen that certain preliminary ar- 
rangements *,.,,. gQ M 1I|((I ,,,* v( . ni j 

tw.. brethren into the Southern 
States ,,n a Mu>i»narv torn, to 



preach the Qoepel, and to relieve, 

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extreme OMM IS far as the limited 
mean.-, in their hands might enable 
than. And 1 was appointed Treas- 
urer bj said meeting to receive from 
tin- different brandies such freewill 
offering- as they might give, and 
forward the same to the brethren in 
the Soath. 

But when the question presented 
itself as in the time of the Prophets, 
whim shall we send, and who will 
go for B«, there was only one broth- 
er willing to say, bore am I, send 
me, ami consequently it appeared 
for a while as though the tiling would 
prove a failure. Put recently the 
matter lias a'l been arranged. Proth- 
er George \V. Studebaker, of the 
Missi-sina/va Church, and brother 
Lewis Kinsey, of the Nettlecreek 
Church, have consented to denv 
themselves of the comforts of home 
and friends, and take upon them- 
-elves the labors and privations inci- 
dental to the same, and on yesterday 
the 10th day of Dec, '07, started 
on their mission of love. 

The object of this notice is not to 
lecture any Church or individual in 
regard to what might be their duty 
in this matter, but simply to make 
known unto thern the channel thro' 
which their offerings may find their 
way into the hands of the two breth- 
ren in the .South where it no doubt 
will be judiciously disposed of. 

DAVID POWMAN. 

Hageritown, Ltd., Dec. 17, '67. 



Brother Henry : It being ascer- 
tained that brother Thurman was 
creating divisions in tho Church, 
and by the advice of brethren from 
a distance, as well as those of the 
surrounding churches, a council was 
called, and was held on the 27th of 
November, '07 ; after having the 
charge fully investigated, there be- 
ing a large number of brethren in 
attendance, it wis decided by a large 
majority of thoso present, that broth- 
er Thurman be expelled from the 
Church. The council was held at 
the Green Mount Church, it being 
the arm of the church in which 
brother Thurman was reinstalled. 
■J A OP MILLER. 
n Mt., \'a. 



Slal< iik nl of < \|>< mill 
Y. .V.ot 1*07 



ares Ac, 



5984 lbs. beef gross, 


$581.17 


Putchering 4 beeves, 


20.00 


683 lbs. ham bacon, 


131.59 


Sack of fine salt, 


3.90 


18 bbls extra fiour, 


265.20 


457£ lbs butter, 


120.87 


49 gallons apple butter, 
60 dozen cucumbers, 


24.50 


12.00 


105 lbs Rio Coffee, 


42.90 


2 lbs. imperial tea, 


3.70 


190 lbs. sugar, 


23.28 


::7 gallons Milk, 


7.4n 


300 bushel Oats, 


184.5-J 


72 " Corn, 


72.00 


791-0 lbs. Timothy Hay, 


82.70 


Hire for Men service, 


24.00 


Hire for Women service, 


21.33 


Damages, 


15.00 


Miscellaneous Expences, 
Total, 


75.95 


31693.09 


Stock on hand, 


427.65 



Totr.l Expenditure, $1266.34 

CREDIT. 

From Pipe Cr'k, $983.22, 
Peaverdam, 104.37, 
Monocoey, 83.25 
Millers, 50.00 

Up. Middl'tn 21.50 

Push Creek, 23.00 

$1266.34 
For Peterr Engel, Treas., 

Per Philip Poyle, Clk. 
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District Mectiug of the Western 
District of Penna. 

The brethren of the Conemaugh 
branch of the Church in Cambria 
Co., Penna., have requested that the 
District Council Meeting of 1868 be 
hold in their arm of the Church ; 
and as we have had no* call before 
them for the meeting, it will con- 
vene with them in proper time if the 
Lord will permit. 

The time of meeting will be made 
known in the future, and also any 
arrangements that the brethren will 
make* 

J. P. Hetric, Cor. Sec. 

Oakland, Pa. Dec. Uth, '67. 



Preface to Volume Fourth. 

We have been kept so buBy dur- 
weeks that we 



in^ the last several 



could not prepare any general in- 



troduction to tho fourth volume of 
our paper. We have never been 
more tired down than we are at the 
time of this writing, Saturday, Jan. 
4th. In the first plaee we were dis- 
appointed in getting our boiler on ; 
it having been promised us a few 
days before Christmas, and did not 
come until New Year. Then we 
were doomed to several other disap- 
pointments. Our intentions have 
been* foiled in nearly everything. — 
We had expected to have our en- 
gine in operation a week earlier than 
we succeeded in getting it done. — 
We had expected to make the first 
sheet a double sheet, and a very in- 
teresting number, but instead of that 
we have to issue a single sheet, and 
could bestow scarcely any attention 
to it. 

We have therefore concluded to 
bear our disappointments patiently 
and to make this first number sim- 
ply a preface sheet to the volume, 
and have crowded in as much of our 
own business as we could find mate- 
rial to do it with. 

We cannot yet say what our cir- 
culation will be the coming year, 
and can therefore not say whether 
we shall be enabled to enlarge or 
not We are yet far from having 
the number for which we proposed 
to enlarge, and on that account we 
are relieved from the anxiety that 
we would otherwise feel more keen- 
ly for not issuing a double number. 
We have issued three thousand cop. 
ies of this number, and will print 
the same amount of our next issue, 
but after that we will cut it down to 
a few hundred above our actual cir- 
culation, and will not pretend to fur- 
nish back numbers. 

A number of our friends have not 
yet reported, and we have still good 
hope that many more subscribers 
will be sent in. 

In our next we may have a few 



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words to say by way ofintrod»ction 
to volume four. 

We earnestly implore the patience 
of all our patrons. We think we 
have done all that we could, do and 
perhaps much more than we should 
have done. In a few weeks we hope 
to be ourself again. 



Llatof moneys received, for subscription 
to the Companion, since our last. 

Where no amount accompanies the name, 
1.50 is implied. Mirny others have been 
crowded out. 

Christian Clay, Geo. Lyter, Colon, Mich. 
James Barks Burr Oak, Mich Isaac Miller, 
Fawn River, Micb. Joseph Clay. Sturgis, 
Mich, 50 cents. Emanuel Beachley, Bur- 
Goshen, lnd Eliza Garber Congress Ohio, 
bank, Ohio 75cts, Henry Burkott 76cU; 
John Burkett Margaret Eltenberger PUtts- 
burg, Mo C Snyder, J W Claar, Sarah, 
/'a; $2.00 Leah Moore, Maximo, Ohio, 
Aaron Berkeybile, Delta, Ohio, (letter con- 
tained only $3.50) 50 Levan Berkeybile 
Swanton Ohio Christian Newcomer Bryon 
Ohio John Neher Virdeu HI Jonas Hilde- 
brand Lakeville lnd Jacob Beeghley Sel- 
bysport Md 

Archy VanDyke, Ephraim .Miller, Wm. 
Mller, Moses Honts, Elias Maffit, Samuel 
Powell, Samuel Mosser, Budd Harshberger, 
Henry Brindle, Wm H Quinn, Andrew Wil- 
son, E S Miller, Agt, McAleveys Fort, Pa 
Elder Daniel Thomas, Samuel A Miller, Ben 
F Driver, Bridgewater Va 

Jacob Glick, Andrew //ess, Samuel N 
Wine, Daniel A JFine, Daniel Oupp, Sengers 
ville Va John P Driver, Pcinassus Va. 
Jacob //oover, Jacob Zigler, Churchville, 
Vu Joseph Rupert, Jacob Good nan, -Will 
Creek, /'a Samuel F Seiber, tfejico, Pa. 

Jane //csslebower, Rippon Ya Ella rFill- 
iams Kuukstown -)/d Benj Benshoof, Chris- 
tian Snyder, John VFissinger, David Berkey- 
bile, I m Ford, Eli W'issinger, Arohibald 
ifisslnger, Johnstown, /\i Jacob Fike Da- 
rldsville, Pa Peter Sloffer, I L Glass, D S 
Bowman, Samuel Slofier, Jr, Isaac //estand, 
./ohn II' Weaver, George M Bruman, John 
A CUment, Robert Shively North Gcorge- 
tOD D Ohio 

David Thomai, Abraham //estand, &»ndy 
Ohio Dav d Beyers, Maximo, Ohio Annie 
Summer, Beloit Ohio Kliiauulti Barb, Bris- 
tol ville, Ohio 

.Solomon Muthes, E IF Miller, K Meshler, 
Yellow Creek III ./olm Fry, $1.0O, David 
Irvin, K«ut 111 /'roston Killinoro Bristol 
Minn Emily It Stitllur, Z/ollid*ysburg,Pa 
IF K Deo'.er, Grairdville lnd Peter Fessler 
Samuel FeBsler, N F Trayer, Ovid, lnd Jo- 
nas F Engler, Jacob //endrieka Loose 



Ifl A R R I E D. 

By brother Lewis Cobaugh, at the honse 
of the brides father, Mr. Samobi. Harrison, 
of Cambria Co, P.., to Miss SrsasNAii 
WsBrTZ, ofConemaugh, same county. 

By the same, and at the same place, Mr. 
Jacob McNeely, to Miss Elizabeth Wertz, 
both of Bonemaugh, Pa. 



Ohio Abraham //einey //iinlington lnd 
Michael Roose, Moultrie Ohio Thos B 
Hendrick, //ill Grore, Ohio Jaeob Afetc 
ker, Versailes, Ohio Christian Kline, Jo'in 
//uff, Levi Garber, Noah Barley, Mi Sidney, 
Va. 

//eiiry // Dilling, Polo, III Isaac Lntl, 
Sbanon, 111 Andrew ./ Tabler, //ettystown 
Md David C .ffurkholder, Roxberry Pa 
Susannah Cramer, Abraham //ock, New- 
burg, /'a Samuel Long, Susan Long, I'nion 
low* Eliza Oaks Dayton Ohio Isabella 
Thomas, (Juincy Iowa Sarah Leckron, R 
C Lampton, Prownsville Ohio Casper 
Reinhart Afton, Iowa Marshall Crumrine, 
Castana, Iowa Jacob .VThoraas, /?r«ridon- 
ville, IF. Va Elizabeth Gillen, Marion, la, 
Samuel Frantz, Josiah .fiarnhart, George 
Gerlach, North //ampton, Ohio 

//enry Frantz, Nicholas Frantz, New Car- 
lisle, Ohio J S Flory, G W Crousa, // San- 
ger, //iram Johnson, Fayettcville, W Va 
M A Aluerson, /fulls Gap, Tenn, $3.50 
Samuel Rairigh, sr, Sol Knisely, Esther J 
Martin, Mary H"hitacre, Plumville, Pa 
Philip Cravner, J B \Y. mpler, David H'am- 
pkr, Lucinda Puckley, Joseph IFilt, Jacob 
Beet, Rural Valley, Pa Jacob Stehman, 
Eiist //empfield, Pa Noah //einey, David 
/Ai.-kett, Cambridge City, lnd 

Simon IFinter, David IFinter, Sraithville, 
Ohio David Lylle, Madisonburg, Ohio Aa- 
geline K. bailey, .Vt Etna lnd Mariah 
Bailey, New //olland, lnd Misa Rtbecca 
Coy, Syracuse, lnd /7enry Puterbaugh, 
Elkhart, lnd $2.00 Isaac Grater, Schwenks 
Store, Pa Isaac Kulp, Skippack, Pa Ja- 
cot Beck, Elizabeth Sec rist, Rosanna Se- 
crist, Oscar, Pa Samuel Metzger, Martins- 
burg, Pa Eliz Conroy, Jesse Crumbaker, 
Frankstown, Pa H r m .flurkhart sen, Hen- 
ry Yon, David A Yon, David Yon; Eldo 
rado Pa John Kinsel, Altoona, Pa 

D Livengood, Jonas Lichtv, A P Beacb- 
ly S C Keim, J W Beachy, Moses W Mill », 
Peter Maust, John Peck, Janathan Kelso, 
Elklick.Pa. SI Fike, S A Maust, Jos 1 
Fike, Saml Flicbinger, Danl Gragy, Daniel 
Lichty, Summit Mills, Pa. J L Mohler, 
Ephrata, Pa. G W Long, Cedar Falls, la. 
John Weybright, W C Fogle, Abrm M)ers, 
Double Pipe Creek, Md. // McNaugbton 
David Pool, New Port, /'a. Jacob Replogle 
/'en Run, /*a. David Soyster, Nolo, /"a. 
Wm Stuver, Emanuel Bralfier, Ebeusburg, 
Pa. Margaret Odlig, Uptou, Pa. Mary 
Roror, Honey Grove. Pa. Isaac Erbaugh, 
New Lebanon, Ohio. Samuel Metzger, K>«- 
suth, Ohio, fi K Miller, Wm Holdmau, Jos 
Army; Milford, lnd. E Roop, Warenburg, 
Mo. D H Bonebrake, Jackson Hall, Pa 
S M Mohler, Covington, 0. Debura Werk- 
beiser, Howardsville, 111. M V A- try, RUo- 
rado, Ohio. Le\ i Burd, Wmuahago, 111. 
Geo J Schrock, JC Behroek, JBJayera, 
Wm Colman, Berlin, /'a. J F Uayiuan, 
Shanksville, Jfc. lianl Breghly Heuford a 
Store, Pa. Crisntan John J J John, Adrian 
J A Hetrak, Robert FoigMQU, Johu Shoe- 
luuksr, Cath Shotiuaker, John /.imtutriuaii, 
Oakland, Pa. Julm Wise, Krulklyn, Iowa 
EUml l.ecpold, Ater Plank, Philip /'lata, 
Lagraugo Centre, lnd. Henry Gephart, 
Lima, lnd. Orren S-mder.s, M lute Pigeon, 
Mich. Jaeob Kit'er, Jacob Brown, Daniel, 
Replogle, Woodberry, Pa. Geo Replogle 



Geo Brumbaugh, Waterside, Pa. David 
Brumbaugh, Saxton, Pa. J R Lane, .Michael 
Myn, Henry Rhodes, Henrv Wicks, Geo. 
Garver, John Spanogls, Hill Valley, Pa. A 
L Funk. Sbirlcysburg, Pa. 

J Murray, C Hillary, Wm H Hillary, Mar- 
shalllown, Iowa Daniel Peflay, Victoria, Mo 
Wm McWhorter, //looming Grove, lnd. 

Josiah McFarling, 8tercts Gap, Pa Susan 
Trostle, York Sulphur Springs. Pa Samuel 
Suplec, Phila Pa Mrs C II Soper Danville, 
Pa Sallie A Mort, Daytoc, Ohio Salatbcel 
Simmons, Carrolton, Ohio J G Ncher, Del- 
phi lnd A J Stame, Cerro Gordo, 111 Saml 
Studebaker, George Studcbaker, Hannah 8to- 
debaker, Yellow Creek, 111. 

John Meyers, Isaac Berkey, David Berkey, 
Moses N Hess, Henry Cripe, Adam RatTeii- 
spcrgcr, Bcnj C Cripe L H Weaver, Jacob 
Berkey, L W Riley, Josiah Reosbcrger, J U 
Stutsman, J A Riley, J R Ltutsman, Goshen, 
lnd. Saml Strine, Wm H Miller, Barbara 
Huffmen, Jonathan Myers, Elias Beckner, 
Abraham Anlt, J W Stntsman, Millersburg, 
lnd. Peter Hammond, Waterford MUls, lnd. 

E J Blough, Davidsville, Pa. 8 8 Garman, 
Albany, Mo. Sarah Hoestetler, Benj Shell ■»- 
bargcr, Walnut, P*. Danl Artz. A>hland,0. 
RtJrabiP, Manheim, Pa. 35 K.A (Jarber, Bar- 
bara Miller.Amanda Lamb 50, Ml. Sidney, Va. 
John Shively, Eagle, O. A M Bowers, Callie 
B Bossermau, Eleazar Bossennaa, S T Bos- 
serman, John Baughmao, Dunkirk, O. E 
Pennjpacker, Port Providence, Pa. J 8 Kirk, 
Mary Paul, Germantown, Pa. Win. Ilartzler, 
Elizabethtown, Pa. Lydia Showalter, Wads- 
worth, Ohio. A Clingenpeel, Henry Landis, 
Wildcat, lnd. John Mohler, S 8 Mohler, 
Isaac F. Rairich, Covington , Ohio. Eld Danl 
Neher, Andrew Neher, 8 S sfetarer J J Metz- 
ger, J W Metzger, J N Cripe, J B Metzyer, 
Eli metzger, D M Neher, J D Neher, Ross- 
Tills, lnd. Saml Hoke, J H Wastler, Elias 
^ 1, , n «' Oanl Forney, New 1'arris, In 1. 
G W Cripe, John Arnold, Milford, lnd. Ab. 
NefT, Cyracuse, lnd. Leonard Emmtrt, Ben- 
e ,!? la '„ Md - DanL W - Stouflcr, Boonsboro, 
-Md. Susan Murray, Polo, 111. T J Bowers, 
Dunkirk, Ohio. Tobias Myers, Wm. JMVera, 
A J Casebear, Somerset, Pa. C G Lint, C 
Gnagy, John Klingaman, M D Miller, Enianl 
Lichty, Win M Horner, Saml I Miller, J J 
Fike, J A Miller, Mrs. M. A. Bueehlv, Wm. 
M Beachly, W D Broucher- D C Mveri, John 
Schrock, Elias Fike, Martin Savior, Abe 
Lichty Win Baylor, J B Miller.Klijah Heming, 
SM Hochstetler, Saml \t Gnaey, Mrs Fliz 
Say or, G H Waller. C Berkley, Elijah J FaJ,-- 
ly, J A Foust, Danl Bueehlv, Jacob M Llchir, 
MarvMyei», Margaret Fouat, | Ik, 

Pa. Esra Berkley, Tin nprs Slorv,I-a. D«ui 
Shultz. Wcitemburg, I'a. Saml Ringer, 
Adehlaoa, Pa. b 

SamiKl C. Pricrs Davi.l K. Price, Simon R. 
Solslnger, Benjaatln Bwingley, Danl Zeller, 
John H. Miller. Henrv ■ulterL.aiigli, Sohunou 
Nallcy, J. W. 11m, J. W. Moau, Ml. Morris, 

Saml D. Shirk. Davkl HjUin K -er, Noah 
Karley, Alexander U. Hobiuger, Jacob IV 
Bahfcwnani Foreaaoa, 111. 

Saml flick, Jno. H. |)i,hl, Lewis \V»!;- 
John Dulil, Daul Stover, (ieo. Baleinaii, Jno. 
Bururr. liaWtane, 111. 

Joaapa afyara, Qeo, Friend, Michael Llcli- 

ty, Jouallian Ss i A ard ll 8paiii;lfi, 

Joseph btisiik, Kzrn - , Ull 

M. MlUer, Martin U 

Wm. Youug, Orrgun, 111.. J. W. Prteav 

lotour, 11! . Mdelior Newcoiu- 

cr, David Plum. IV.lo, Hi., i, Wis Wenona, 

IU., 0. LBBCt Ml. Carroll. 111., I). F. Miller, 

Polo, 111., U A. Hufford, Koasvllle, lu.liaua. 

buoau Faulkeudsr, Dixon, 111., JacobSmltli 



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|\ Abraham l.ivi Dgood, Henry II. My. if, Wni. 
rl Provont, Franklin Jndy t MlUcdaeville, 111., 
I John Bwart*, l-.li.ln. ill. J. V. Heckler, 
1 Jarob K. ll.nifv, Win. R. Tyson, HaHeysrlllc, 
l'n. J. 8. Btrlckler, Michael Baber. G. MB- 
it r. Joetah Llchty, Jouethnn W. Miller. Sam] 
Iff. UlUi i. w m. Btrayer, Wm. Miller, \. Hor- 
ner. Bphralm Spcicher, Jeremiah Murray, 
Wm E. II. Ikenbcrry, B. K. Burkly, Water- 
loo, low i. 

I). CoddoII, Ben, Blougb ConncUsville, 
I'.i. John Pool, Prairie City, Hi., 1.28. Mrs 
- I .irii.-i. Wm. II. Pruett, BulaoD City, 
Cal. M. Roop, BrookvlUOj Ohto. Mary Ann 
McCartney] John Mlntils, Ellas Reunecker, 
<;. V. Boiler, N. Philadelphia, Ohio. 

Wilson M i ii ii is. N. Cumberland, oiiio. D. 
1). Daily. NlmlssIRa, Ohio. David Bothrocki 
liable Dell, 111. Bolomon Hendricks, David 
\. L edy, N. Liberty, Ohio. Samuel A. Lee- 
dy, [■ i 5ha] * Mills, Ohio. A. Co- 

c .'mower, P ivtd Long, Pulaski, Ohio. John 
Btndebaker, S. Bend, I n<t . 

D. D. Shlveley 75cts, Robert Carson, Daniel 
Mol.l r. Bamnel II. Neher, I. D. Crlpe, 75cts, 
:■■. inil: Jacob Fnnderbnrg, Albert 
Bartsough, Bamnel Obmert, Laketon, [nd. 

Jacob Bultcrbaujrb, North Manchester, Ind. 
John A. M ill r, Christian Wine. C. M. Gar- 
ber, David Garbcr, Bridgewater Va. 

Henry ('. Miller, Lizzie Snyder, Ottoblnc 

Va. Arch; Holland, Spring Creek, Va. — 

Wine, Mossy Creek, Va. Levi 8hrl- 

irtlnsburg, Pa. Mrs. Mary Graybill, 

harpabnrg, Pa. BenJ. L. Lcathcrman, 

N jwcrei k. W. Va., ?3.00 Andrew D. Ritch- 

By, ClearvRIe, Pa. Lncinda Wellingcr, Co- 

i Pe. John L. Heaver. VtcksWirg, Pa. 

[aaac Meycra, Win. C Royer, Mlfl)inburg l'n. 

C. M. Shlveley, J. s. Shlveley, Barbara Shivc- 

ley, White Spring) l'n. Valentine Blough, 

Jobn P. Cobcr, Berlin, Pa. 

Michael V7eyand, Somerset, Pa. .Jacob G. 
Rayman, Shanksvflle, Pa. vVm» Trent, Geo. 
Rl-itz, James Trent. Bcnford6 More, l'a. 

Thos. G. Snyder, Christian Btrayer, Dry 
Creek, Iowa. John McClintock, Liberty, 111. 
Lewis Lercw, PappiHion, Neb. Samuel 131- 
ser, Goshen, Ind. John H. Caylor, Nobles- 
vil'e. hid. Enoch Fry, Prospect, lud. II. 
1). L .. -ho, Somerset, Ind. Jacob Arnold, 
Ml, ., noil, 111. 

Elder Jacob Steel, $3.00. George Clapper, 
Henry Clapper, Yellow Creek, Pa. 

Philip Barley, Eld David Myers. Kphraim 
Myers, John Bousmon. Peter Bashore, Catha- 
rine Myers, Eflen B. Fiy, Joseph T. Smith, 
Jacob Wincy, Joseph Ancker, McAlUters- 
ville, Pa. Joseph Wetslcr, Samuel Hosteller, 
Thompsontown, Pa. David Shirts, Daniel 
Humbcrgci, George Hubbert, Joseph Souse- 
man, Wm li.-nncr, Ezra Smith, Eabt Salem, 
P.l. 

Christian Sbellcubergcr, Abraham Bcnner, 
Richfield, Pa. Henry Hart, Henry Hart, Jr. 
K I i a si Longeuecker, Joseph Smith, Christian 
S. SheUenberger, John Hart, Cocolomns, Pa. 
Levi Btrunp, Liverpool, Pa. Catharine Gar- 
man, MeDoralds Mills, Va. Joseph Myers, 
East H rthi, Pa. 

• nan, Francis Hide, Daniel Mil- 
: i. Tltou.p untoun, Pa. • Daniel 

Bee hoar, David Beshoar, John Sto- 

uor, Mifllln, Pa. Andrew Beshoar, John Be- 

I.xdi.i Hoffman, Oakland Mill . Pa. 

r !..iw\. i ., s.uioui \al niiuc. Palter- 

.ii Beehoar, Kelly Station, 

II. II. Arnold, Dayton, Ohio. John 
■ r.o'. Bomuol P,. Ke 

"■ i i min Hollinger, Mid- 

. Mill linn. Pa. W. 

no r, Pottatown, Pa.. 
(all ii: 



Henry Farringer, J. W. Wolf, Peter Hor- 
ner, Jacob /'rice, t.anark, III. Eliza Bos- 
serman, Rlizabelh Troup, Somerset. Ohio 
Bamnel Gall, Elijah Horn, W. Arnold 
North Perry Box, Somerset, Ohio. Fanny 
Hrlsor, Hannah Leckron, Thornvllle, Pa. 
Wm. II Miller, John M. SCimmell, Joseph S. 
Miller, Leransvllle, P;i. Jesse Weigley. 
Somerset, Pa ('. P.liodes S. StUtZman, 
Dan Stni.'in.ui. Johnstown. Pa. 

Solomon Garbcr, Samuel Miller, Solomon 
Snrll, Ja'nies Niscwnnder, C. C. Garbcr; 
Bridgewater, Va. Robert B. Beard, Geo. 
Ritey, Flukes, Va. B. F. Moomnw, H. 
liaine, Bonsacks, Va. Daniel Maugus, Jo- 
nas Fray bill, Fincastle, Va. John C M< o- 
iiihw, Clover Dale, Va. dri.-a Niminger, 
;!ottclonrt Springs, Va. John Lutz, Shir- 
leyshurg, Pa 

Geo S. Myers $3.50, GcorgeCrens M •••- 
Crops, S, mil L. Ruble, Nancy Buble, Henry 
Snyder, Abraham Brenneman, Lewistown, 
Pa. 

J. H. Carman, Sinking Springs, Ohio. 
Elijah French, Orrsviile, Pa. .1 i'. Younce, 
Baton, Ind. George W. Studebaker, Mimcie 
Ind. Geo Cocanower, Rutler, Ohio Eld. 
John Darst, Isaac Studebaker, Troy, Ohio. 
Wir. (Jump. B Rolston, Jacob Byerly, Flet- 
cher, Ohio. Joseph Miller, Eli B*-.r. Car- 
lisle Springs, Pa. 

F. M. Miller, D. F. Otto, John Sebnebly, 
F. R. Zimmerman, Mary Ziltle, (widow). 
Henry Sliamel. Sharpsburg, Md. John Sut- 
ton, Vanclej fsville. West Va. John B. Gib- 
bel Litis, Pa. II. E Light, Benjamin Minnick 
15, Hiram Gibble, Jacob Butfcrmevei Vienna 
I). Dulebahn, Adam Faust, While Oak, Pa. 
Peter Sellers, Christian H. Hernlcy, Jacob 
Hcrshey, Tacts, John G. Ruhl, Mahbeim, Pa. 
John L. Wenger, Jonestown, (Lebanon 
co.), Mary W. Light, Sporting Hill. (Lancas- 
ter). Solorion Benshoof: Jc a Knavcl, Ma- 
ry Harrison, Jacob Wcrts, Israel Goughnonr 
John Strayer, Abraham S,tutzman, Jose])h 
Cobaugh, Johnstown, Pa. 

David llildebrand, Agnes Diamond, Cone- 
mangh, Pa. Wm. Byers, Edcnsburg, Pa. 
Josiah Custnr. Mineral Point, Pa. Jacob 
1!. Wissinger, Lidiana. Pa. Hiram J/ussel 
man, Jacob Bcrkey. Jacob Knavel, John 
Custer, Jacob Hoffman, David Shaffer, John 
Hoffman, Jacob Holsopple; David Berkey. 
Seal pie v el, Pa. Peter Heifer, llymouth, 
(Richland, Co.), Ohio. 



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The Character ol SI. John. 

It is very refreshing and encour- 
aging to the lonely disciple in these 
last times, when the eaith is fast 
ripening for the harvest, and the 
reaper angel that sits on the cloud 
is ready to thrust in his sickel, to 
review the characters of the great 
and eminently pious personages that 
flourished in the age in which the 
blessed Son of God lived and died; 
and yet we have much cause to fear 
to compare our religious character 
with theirs, for the time is at hand 
which the Savior designated as the 
period when faith would scarcely be 
found. However, trusting that the 
review will servo to stimulate us to 
renewed energy, and invigorate our 
fainting hearts, we will proceed. 

The apostle Juhn, \vho6e charac- 
ter we propose to pass in review, 
stands as a living, perpetual monu- 
ment, exemplifying the character of 
our Redeemer, and the power of his 
holy religion. His attributes, or 
rather hie ehief characteristic, was 
fully reflected through the beloved 
disciple. lie, above all others, ap- 
proximates nearer to the person and 
imposition of our Lord than any 
person of whom we have knowledge. 
What a blessed, happy fortune "to 
ha\e enjoyed this holy prominence 
to be fashioned after the spirit of 
the Holy One. There assuredly 
must have been a peculiar sweetness 
of temper and disposition, a striking 
and prominent elevation of the spiri 
tual life of John to secure to him 
the holy companionship and intimate 
personal friendebin of Jesus. By 
some means, or from some cause, he 
seems to have had this station allot- 
ted to him from the beginning, 
showing that he w as among the fir ". 
ii not the very first that can e to 
Jesus and espoused she holy ea 
and mi 1i;( . in the co,„ pain "of | 
SUcrod pioneers pf ( 'hriatianit v, he 
; i3 ever at the side of his gnat Cap- 



tain. He, though descended from 
noble parentage, in strict accord- 
ance with his temperament, soon as 
tac light downs in the horizon, em- 
braces it with all the ardor of hb 
soul, and the two seemed to be 
drawn together by the irresistable 
power that accompanies spirits of 
such undeniable congeniality. 

It seems a little singular and in- 
comprehensible that, among all the 
vast multitudes that composed the 
earth's inhabitants at that time, and 
the considerable number of follow- 
ers that usually accompanied him, 
only one should be chosen upon 
whom was lavished the rich stores 
of heavenly love that filled the heart 
of the Father's only son. He 
doubtless loved others most ardent 
ly, but we recollect no instance 
where he expresses anything like 
exclusive affection apart from other 
believers. He prayed for Peter in- 
dividually, and blessed Thomas 



ble sobriquet of the beloved dis- 
ciple. 

In their journeyings to and fro, 
and in their meeting for devotion 
John appears always the nearest the 
Lord. At the supper he is leaning 
on his Master's bosom and is the 
mouthpiece of the disciples to com 
municate with him. 

We have addueed abundant testi- 
mony to establish the holy intimacy 
and confidential communion that al- 
ways existed between him and our 
Lord, and now it remains to com- 
plete the design of this article by 
exhibiting more of his character 
which we began in the commence- 
ment. Our object in this seeminc 
digression was to establish the char- 
acter which we will claim for him 
hereafter. Certainly he possessed 
very amiable qualities to have thus 
secured the uppermost seat in the 
affections of our Lord, who knew no 
company previous to that time 
but his Father and the Holy An- 



lessea i nomas in 
dividually, but John i« the discijje but 
tr/iom^ Jesus loved. This love, we J gels. 

must infer was a private bestowal of) His meekness and humility was 
hidden treasures which Jesus pos- ! unpretending and sincere. His love 



sesscd, apart from redeeming love. 
His hereditary possessions, accrue 
ing from his relationship with the 
Eternal Father. The enviable posi- 
tion was accorded to him by the 
other disciples was because, in the 
private life of the Redeemer, John, 
alone, was admitted to uureserved 
a id unrestricted intercourse. In 
secluded interviews and a- , 
nations he acquired that perfect 



knowledge of the character of heav 
en's mighty King, which he por- 
trays so vividly in his first rpistle, 

secret mysteries of the' 
Triumvirate are diuilged and dis- 
I by these two eminent -ous 

Ol heavrn, the pla>, of redempti 
revealed, its nature and ne 
explained &c, and ol 

d, ncfitting BUch (lis;. 

my, Evidently thu ww the 

iui the en\ in- 



fer truth and holiness unselfish and 
disinterested. Without hatred or 
malice, withont envy or jealousy, he 
opened his whole heart to the ; 
and sweet influence of love. Ho 
bowed submissively to the Divine 
will, and bore with joy and alacrity 
the holy crot->\ Ho' dispised the 
vulgar ambition and emulation of 
the selfish and conceited egotist, but 
perfect I co\eted the high honor of" sufl 
f heav- ' for the sake r>f the r^li.n.m m" L«„c 



lau'i 



hc 



and 






^■w\ easily imagine how 
>? hed at the impotciu 
malice of his foes who thought to 
punish him by banishment to Pat 

lb . ■ i ! :' -, rej • | 

had this op! 
portunity to exhibit to the world his 

I confidence in the 
Prince of life. .lities ad- 

d.d to his firm, uti* averlnj» attach 
mom and devotion to In 









' 






■»- N ~ 



I 



tt 




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CHRISTIAN FAMILY COMPANION 



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principle, and thorough renouncia- 
tion of the world, and complete cru- 
cifixion of nis body were sufficient 
tt secure the exalted position which 
he occupied in the heart of the 
Lord Jesus. The fountain from 
which Bpruqg these traits of charac- 
ter, .fliich is lovo, is his principal 
theme in his first epistle, in which 
ho enforces the absolute necessity 
of being filled with this child o'f 
heaven, that we may lie the legiti- 
mate offspring of Ged, whom he de- 
scribcj as being the embodiment of 
love. It is his darling therne, and 
ho can speak of nothing else. lie 
addresses his remarks to the be- 
loved. History says of him that 
when he grew old and infirm, he 
was often heard repeating, " little 
children lovo one another." 

lie had heard Jesus spcalc so of- 
ten of it as the great, fundamental, 
supreme law of heaven, and he had 
seen its fruits so beautifully exhibit- 
ed in the life of the Son, that we do 
not marvel that his whole being was 
electrified and metamorphosed by 
it. He succeeded in attaining such 
a high degree of perfection in every 
grace that constitute the model 
Christian, that we know not which 
most to admire, his child-like simpli- 
city and innocency, or his grand 
moral heroism in advocating tbe 
despised and condemned religion of 
Jesus Christ among a corrupt and 
perverse generation. 

Now that this eminently just and 
upright character may exercise a 
duo influence on us, on whom the 
ends of the world are come, let us 
simply compare it with ours, and, 
taking it as a standard, see whether 
wc can stand on an oven plain with 
it when we turn its brilliant, eft'ul- 
gent glory upon ours. We have 
good reason to infer that there is at 
least one disciple in every genera- 
tion whom Jesus loves as he did St. 
John, and the (juestion should arise 
in every heart : Is it I ? Is it I ? 
and the solemn inquiry reverberates 
from North to South, from East to 
West, Is it I? Is it I? Oh ! if it 
will reflect the brilliant flashes of 
light that sparkle from thnt favored 
fouI then wc may feel assured it 
is I. But lamentable fact ; so mauy 



of us behold the picture so far above 
us. There it stands beconing to us 
while we 

Lie groveling in tbe Uuir, 
Komi of these trifling tors ; 

And 'otii to \v.we the Godg we l'-ve, 
We losi eternal joyi.| 

How many of us emulate him in 
his thorough knowledge, apprecia- 
tion, and application of the prinei 
pie of love? How many of us are 
60 much under its benign influence 
that wc do nothing but to the glory 
of God ? Do we crucify th- hateful 
lusts that disfigure and distort the 
human soul divine ? Do wc invest 
ourselves with the whole armor of 
God ? Have we abandoned the 
world and all its corroding phara- 
phernalia ? Do those that have 
wives or husbands be as though they 
had them not, and those that have 
houses and lands be as though they 
possessed them not? Can we make 
the searching examination and have 
"a well founded hope that we are 
worthy of the appellative of the be- 
loved disciple. 

It is a solemn duty that ought not 
be neglected. We shonld not mere- 
ly desire to get simple possession of 
the lowest peat in the kingdom of 
our Lord, St. John doubtless has 
obtained its highest honors and it 
is in our power, and our province 
to emulate his praiseworthy exam- 
ple, that we may share with him 
equally the love and confidence of 
the Redeemer. However, wo must 
be exceeding careful that our mo- 
tives are pure. Simply to serve 
God in order to share hi3 re- 
wards or t) escape his punishments 
is not laudable to say the least of it, 
and I doubt whether it will be ac- 
ceptable with him. Christ reproved 
certain people for following him, for 
the loaves and fishes. Such service 
is selfish and ill befitting characters 
that are drawn to God by love for 
his attributes, and hatred of sin. 

When we contemplate the charac- 
ters of these honored servants of 
God and then turn the attention to 
ourselves what corruption do we see. 
We see our leaders giving the sa- 
cred offices of the church to favor- 
ites. Wo see the heralds of the 
cross entrapped in the abominable 



( slough of adultery. We Bee our 
brethren falling around us, and we 
exclaim in terror, Oh ! how are the 
mighty fallen. Let these things be 
to those who will stand before the 
Judge, each in their own garb. — 
That day will, be a searching of 
hearts and be it our task now to ap- 
ply the purifying remedies, and try, 
each of us, to consecrate ourselves 
anew to the sei vice of God. It may 
be, by proper application, we will 
become the disciple whom Jesus 
loves, and if that object can be at- 
tained it is worth the effort to try. — 
Let us agree to exert our standard 
high and bear the banners of the 
Redeemer aloft. Let us inscribe on 
them Immortal, Heaven borx Love, 
and our battle cry, Remember the 
Beloved Disciple. D.C. MOOMAW. 
Clover Dale y Va. 



For the Companion. 
Noah and the Ark. 

'• And the Lord said unto Noah. Come 
thou and all thy house into the Ark." Gen- 
7: 1. 

The manner of this expression is 
of a peculiar priveledged nature; 
signifiyng, as if to say, "I, the Lord 
am in the Ark — come thou and all 
thy house, and be saved from the 
mighty floods of water, for "the end 
of all flesh is come before me; and, 
behold, I, even I, do bring a flood 
of^water upon the earth, to destroy 
all flesh, wherein is the breath of 
life, from under heaven, and every 
thing that is in the earth shall die! 
Obedient to the command of the Al- 
mighty, Noah and his house forsake 
all the worldly treasures, and the 
many relatives and neighbors, and 
steps into the welcome refuge from 
whence the invitation is sued. Me- 
thinks the venerable preacher now 
turns and looks over the vast expanse 
of creation. Ah! All nature wears 
an aspect of melancholy gloominess ! 
Every thing forebodes a gathering 
storm ! The sky gradually over- 
casts with dark and threatening 
clouds, the great calm upheaves in 
struggling winds, the windows of 
heaven open, the gloomy folds of 
black clouds pour down toi rents, 
and the fountains of the great deep 
brake up. The rivers are now swel- 
ling over their banks, and the seas 



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CHRISTIAN FAMILY COMPANION. 



11 



are invading the land; the inhabit- 1 to return no more. Finally, Noah 
ants are rushing from the valleys and his house take their departure 
and plains up the hills and mountains and direct their step3 down the 
to secure them a safe retreat. But j mountain, to roam over the deserted 
the rolling billows sweep on, rising i plains and valleys of the land of 
higher an d, higher following them up Shinar, as "lords of all they survey.' 
in angry dashings, as they struggle in j Leader— think of the mighty powers 

of God and the severity of his judg- 
ments. What should be our feel- 
ings an 1 our reflections, when we 



climbing the steep hill-sides of their 
neighboring mountain*. The weak- 
er are already floating upon the 



foaming waters. Mothers clasping ; contemplate the severity of his jus- 
tice, aud the majesty of his power ! 
.Should we not fear the evils of tin, 
since iniquity has caused such a 
universal destruction ? And if we 
consider his goodness towards his 
pople in our time, his caring for 



jpi 
their dear loved infants within their 
trembling arms, and pressing theiu 
in maternal anguish against their 
throbbing breasts; children clinging 
to fathers in painful and innocent af- 
fections, pleading in the most tender 



tion for the puipoae of general use- 
fulness, we should say, this is truth, 
— that man in his natnral state is a 
sinner, a wilful, determined, inexcus- 
able sinner; that the Lord Jesus 
Christ is the only Savior, and that 
he is an able, willing, and certain 
Savior, that salvation is alone by 
faith in Christ, — faith which believes 
God's word, comoa to Jesus for life, 
aud rests on Christ alone ; that faith 
always produces repentance, or 
hearty sorrow for sin, determined 
opposition to sin, and carefulness in 
departing from sin ; that repentance 
leads to reformation of life, so that 
sin is hated, duty chosen, and a new 
course of life commenced ; that ^ood 



and heart rending accent-t, "Father, : them, and his resources on their be 

Oh! -father, save me, 1 die! Oh, my half "» wliat pleasure should we feel ; j works prove a good state, — tl^self 

father, help, or I perish 1" Fathers w ' ,afc thankfulness; what resolutions j is dethroned, the law of Christ em- 



in utter consternation and anguish , to ' ove aiu * serve him. 



braced, and so God and man are 



now realize their dangers, laraeut 
their ruined condition, and with the 
keenest remorse ofconsoienc; plead 
for assistance from an unknown and 
higher person. As the lamentations 
of fathers, and mothers, and child- 
ren in wretched despair mingled 
with each other and rise above the 



The prirelege hero granted to ! loved; that salvation from first to 



Noah was no? only personal, but 
for all who would have the preaching 
of righteousness and obey. Impor- 
tant and desirable as the saving of 
Noah was from a temporal destruc- 
tion^ much more important and de- 
sirable is the saving from an eternal 



last is of grace, — God begins, car- 
ries on, and completes it ; that dam- 
nation is altogether of man, and is 
the fruit of sin, the result of choice, 
and the settlement of the present 
■ account. This is the truth ; 



life's 
will 



you reeeive it ? Kno\ 



roaring billows, the stronger in their destruction. Christ,the sou of God, will you do it? Proles 



last hope are climbing the trees and ' reared up a far superior Ark of 
cling to the branches, till weakened j safety, designed to deliver us from 
and benumbed tbey loosen their an eternal misery, aud launch us to 
holds and plunge with a horri- \ tt blessed haven of rest, in heaven's 



ble 6hriek into the floods beneath to 
rise no more. All is now calm, quiet 



paradise above. Come, then, ye 
that labor aud are heavy laden, step 



and silent. No human lamentations J mto tae ark of safety, (the church 
and cries are heard any more, as ' °f ^ ie living God) and secure your 
death reigns over all; Universal de- j salvation, for "how shall you ea- 
structionds at last accomplished, and j ca P° if J0\i neglect so great salra- 
the turbulent floods beion to recede; 



tho Ark rests upon mount Ararat, 
the dove is upon her wings, but as 
she yet discovers no mighty ocean 
below, returns within her refuge. 

Noah views the wide expanse be- 
fore him, as^the waters return to 
their channels and illimitable beds. 
The noise and tumult of the vast 
globe are dosod. All is calm and 
quiet, as if in the dead of night. — 
Nothing save a solitary family upon 
tho face of the earth. As he muses 
upon hia solitude, the gentle dorq 
returns fromher second voyage bear- 
ing an olive twig as a presentation 
to the survivors, and serving an in- 
dication of the waters receding. — 
;She now takes her third departure 



tiou V 

S. B. FURRY. 
New Enterprise, Pa. 

mn 

For the Companion. 

WhfttU Truth? 

'•/.UU Kuith u»to him, what if Truih '.'" 
JoIjii If : 38. 

Pilate asked the question, but 
waited not for an answer. Our 
Lord had given the answer before, 
in the presence of his disciples, when, 
in his most sublime prayer he plead- 
ed, "Sanctify them through thy 
truth ; thy word is truth." The 
while truth of God is contained in 
the scripture* ; and all that is cm- 
tained in the seripturea is the truth 
of God. If we reply to the ques 



the 






truth, arc you sanctified bv it ': It 
is folly to ask, "What is truth?" un- 
less we are prepared to receive it, 
believe it, and regulate our lives by 
it. No one need be at any loss on 
this subject, for all essential truth is 
plain. So that he that runs may 
read, and every one that reads 
should run. 

"I am the way, the truth, and the 
life ; no man eoineth unto the Fath- 
er but by me." J dm 11 ; o. 

SAML. F. BKIIM. 

Berry Church, Pa. 

'I'll c (.ltd ol I a, !il on. 

The Lutheran ilixsion.iry refers 
to an article in Harper's Bi; ir 
which gives examples of the extrav- 
agance of New York females, as in- 

■teased in their parekuiag thou- 
sand-dollar shawls, ic, « 
arts to depricate such expenditure. 
The Mttn.uuy cannot he oblivious 
to th> faet that the Church itself is 
not altogether blameless in the mon- 
strous extravagance which pert 
almost every department of life. — 
Religious organizations pride them 



'*^ 




Jfc^aft*- 



10 



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CHRISTIAN FAMILY COMPANION 



— fcfe^S* 



principle, and thorough renouncia- 
tion of the world, and complete cru- 
cifixion of his body were sufficient 
te secure the cxalt&d position which 
he occupied in the heart of the 
Lord Jesus. The fountain from 
which sprung these traits of charac- 
ter, .rhich is lovo, is his principal 
theme in his first epistle, in which 
he enforces the absolute necessity 
of being filled with this child o'f 
heaven, that we may be the legiti- 
mate offspring of Ged, whom he de- 
scribci as being the embodiment of 
love. It is his darling theme, and 
he can speak of nothing else. He 
addresses his remarks to the be- 
loved. History says of him that 
when he grew old and infirm, he 
was often heard repeating, " little 
children lovo one another." 

He had heard Jesua spealc so of- 
ten of it as the great, fundamental, 
supreme law of heaven, and he had 
seen its fruits so beautifully exhibit- 
ed in the life of the Son, that we do 
not marvel that his whole being was 
electrified and metamorphosed by 
it. He succeeded in attaining such 
a high degree of perfection in every 
grace that constitute the model 
Christian, that we know not which 
most to admire, his child-like simpli- 
city and innocency, or his grand 
moral heroism in advocating tbe 
despised and condemned religion of 
Jesus Christ among a corrupt and 
perverse generation. 

Now that this eminently just and 
upright character may exercise a 
due influence on ue, on whom the 
ends of the world are come, let us 
simply compare it with ours, and, 
taking it as a standard, see whether 
wc can stand on an oven plain with 
it when we turn its brilliant, eftul- 
gent glory upon ours. We have 
good reason to infer that there is at 
least one disciple in every genera- 
tion whom Jesus loves as he did St. 
John, and the question should arise 
in every heart : Is it I ? Is it I ? 
and tho solemn inquiry reverberates 
from North to South, from East to 
West, Is it I? Is it I? Oh ! if it 
will reflect the brilliant flashes of 
light that sparkle from that favored 
mhiI then we may feel assured it 
is I. But lamentable fact, so mauy 



of u" behold the picture so far above 
us. There it stands beconing to us 
while we 

Lit groveling in the licit, 
Komi of these trifling toys ; 

And 'otii to leave the (?oH« we lo*#, 
We los( eternal joy *.| 

How many of us emulate him in 
his thorough knowledge, apprecia- 
tion, and application of the prinei 
pie of love? How many of us are 
60 much under its benign influence 
that we do nothing but to the glorv 
of God ? Do we crucify th-< hateful 
lusts that disfigure and distort the 
human soul divine ? Do we invest 
ourselves with the whole armor of 
God ? Have we abandoned the 
world and all its corroding phara- 
phernalia ? Do those that have 
wives or husbands be as though they 
had them not, and those that have 
houses and lands be as though they 
possessed them not? Can we make 
the searching examination and have 
a well founded hope that we are 
worthy of the appellative of the be- 
loved disciple. 

It is a solemn duty that ought not 
be neglected. We shonld not mere- 
ly desire to get simple possession of 
the lowest peat in the kingdom of 
our Lord t St. John doubtless has 
obtained its highest honors and it 
is in our power, and our province 
to emulate his praiseworthy exam- 
ple, that we may share with him 
equally the love and confidence of 
the Redeemer. However, wo must 
be exceeding careful that our mo- 
tives are pure. Simply to serve 
God in order to share his re- 
wards or t) escape his punishments 
is not laudable to say the least of it, 
and I doubt whether it will be ac- 
ceptable with him. Christ reproved 
certain people for following him, for 
the loaves and fishes. Such service 
is selfish and ill befitting characters 
that are drawn to God by love for 
his attributes, and hatred of sin. 

When we contemplate the charac- 
ters of these honored servants of 
God and then turn the attention to 
ourselves what corruption do we seo. 
We see our leaders giving the sa- 
cred offices of the church to favor- 
ites. We see the heralds of the 
cross entrapped in the abominable 



slough of adultery. We 6ee our 
brethren falling around us, and we 
exclaim in terror, Oh ! how are the 
mighty fallen. Let these things be 
to those who will stand before the 
Judge, each in their own garb. — 
That day will, be a searching of 
hearts and be it our task now to ap- 
ply the purifying remedies, and try, 
each of us, to consecrate ourselves 
anew to the sei vice of God. It may 
be, by proper application, we will 
become the disciple whom Jesus 
loves, and if that object can be at- 
tained it is wi rth the effort to try. — 
Let us agree to exert our standard 
high and bear the banners of the 
Redeemer aloft. Let us inscribe on 
them Immortal, Heaves born Love, 
and our battle cry, Remember the 
Beloved Disciple. D.C. MOOMAW. 
Clover Dale^ Va. 

—m— 

For tht Companion. 
Noah and the Ark. 

'• And the Lord said unto Noah. Come 
thou and all thy house into the Ark." Gen- 
T: 1. 

The manner of this expression is 
of a peculiar priveledged nature; 
signifiyng, as if to say, "I, the Lord 
am in the Ark — come thou and all 
thy house, and be saved from the 
mighty floods of water, for "the end 
of all flesh is come before me; and, 
behold, I, even I, do bring a flood 
of^water upon the earth, to destroy 
all flesh, wherein is the breath of 
life, from under heaven, and every 
thing that is in the earth shall die! 
Obedient to the command of the Al- 
mighty, Noah and his house forsake 
all the worldly treasures, and the 
many relatives and neighbors, and 
steps into the welcome refuge from 
whence the invitation is sued. Me- 
thinks the venerable preacher now 
turns and looks over the vast expanse 
of creation. Ah! All nature wears 
an aspect of melancholy gloominess ! 
Every thing forebodes a gathering 
storm ! The sky gradually over- 
casts with dark and threatening 
clouds, the great calm upheaves in 
struggling winds, the windows of 
heaven open, the gloomy folds of 
black clouds pour down toi rents, 
and the fountains of the great deep , 
brake up. The rivers are now swel- 
ling over their banks, and the seas 



&&&■ 



CHRISTIAN FAMILY COMPANION. 



11 



|N are invading the land; the inhabit- 
i n ants are rushing from the valleys 
' and plains up the hills and mountains 
to secure them a safo retreat. But 
the rolling billows sweep on, rising 
higher and, higher following them up 
in angry flashings, as they struggle in 
climbing the steep hill-sides of their 
neighboring mountain*. The weak- 
er are already floating upon the 
foaming waters. Mothers clasping 
their dear loved infants within their 
trembling arms, and pressing them 
in maternal anguish against their 
throbbing breasts; children clinging 
to fathers in paiuful and innocent af- 
fections, pleading in the most tender 
and heart rending accents, ''Father, 
Oh! -father, save me,l die! Oh, my 
father, help, or I perish !" Fathers 
in utter consternation and anguish 
now realize their dangers, lameut 
their ruined condition, and with the 
keenest remorse of conseienc > plead 
for assistance from an unkuown and 
higher person. As the lamentations 
of fathers, and mothers, and child- 
ren in wretched despair mingled 
with each other and rise above the 
roaring billows, the stronger mtheir 
last hope are climbing the trees and 
cling to the branches, till weakened 
and benumbed tbey loosen their 
holds and plunge with a horri- 
ble shriek into the floods beneath to 
rise no more. All is now calm, quiet 
and silent. No human lamentations 
and cries are heard any more, as 
death reigns over all; Universal de- 
struction^ at last accomplished, and 
the turbulent floods begin to recede; 
the Ark rests upon mount Ararat, 
the dove is upon her wings, but as 
she yet discovers no mighty ocean 
below, returns within her refuge. 

Noah views the wide expanse be- 
fore him, as^the waters return to 
their channels and illimitable beds. 
The noise and tumult of the vast 
globe are dosed. All is calm and 
quiet, as if in the dead of night.— 
Nothing save a solitary family upon 
the face of the earth. As he mines 
upon his solitude, the gentle dove 
returns fromjher second voyage bear- 

§ing an olive twig as a presentation 
to the survivors, and serving an in- 
dication of the waters receding. — 
y—y She now takes her third departure 



to return no more. Finally, Noah 
and his house take their departure 
and direct their step3 down the 
mountain, to roam over the deserted 
plains and valleys of the land of 
Shinar, as "lords of all they survey.' 
Leader — think of the mighty powers 
of God and the severity of his judg- 
ments. What should be our feel- 
ings ant our reflections, when we 
contemplate the severity of his jus- 
tice, and the majesty of his power ! 
Should we not fear the evil* of $in, 
since iniquity has caused such a 
universal destruction ? And if we 
consider his goodness towards his 
pople in our time, his caring for 
them, and his resources on their be- 
half, what pleasure should we feel ; 
what thankfulness ; what resolutions 
to love and serve him. 

The prirelege here granted to 
Noah was no} only personal, but 
for all who would have the preaching 
of righteousness and obey. Impor- 
tant and desirable as the saving of 
Noah was from a temporal destruc- 
tion, so much more important and de- 
sirable is the saving from an eternal 
destruction. Christ,the son of God, 
reared up a far superior Ark of 
safety, designed to deliver us from 
an eternal misery, and launch us to 
a blessed haven of rest, in heaven's 
paradise above. Come, then, ye 
that labor and are heavy laden, step 
into the ark of safety, (the church 
of the living God) and secure your 
salvation, for "how shall you es- 
cape if you neglect so great salva- 
tion ?" 

S. B. FURRY. 

New Enterprise, Pa. 

— . mn 

For ttu Companion. 

What 1« Truth? 

'•/'lUte nuiih unto him, wbat ii Truth '.'" 
Jolin 18 : 38. 

Pilate asked the question, but 
waited not for an answer. Our 
Lord had given the answer before, 
in the presence of his disciples, when, 
in his most sublime prayer he plead- 
ed, "Sanctify them through thy 
truth ; thy word is truth." The 
whole truth of God is contained in 
the scripture* ; and all that is con- 
tained in the Hcripture* is the truth 
of God. If we reply to the BttM< 



tion for the puipoae of general use- 
fulness, we should say, this is truth, 
— that man in his natnral 8tate is a 
sinner, a wilful, determined, inexcus- 
able sinner; that the Lord Jesus 
Christ is the only Savior, and that 
he is an able, willing, and certain 
Savior, that salvation is alone by 
faith in Christ, — faith which believes 
God's word, comoa to Jesus for life, 
and rests on Christ alone ; that faith 
always produces repentance, or 
hearty sorrow for sin, determined 
opposition to sin, and carefulness in 
departing from sin ; that repentanee 
leads to reformation of life, so that 
sin is hated, duty chosen, and a new 
course of life commenced ; that ^ood 
works prove a good state, — that self 
is dethroned, the law of Christ em- 
braced, and so God an 1 man are 
loved; that salvation from first to 
last is of grace, — God begins, car- 
ries on, and completes it ; that dam- 
nation is altogether of man, and is 
the fruit of sin, the result of choice, 
and the settlement of the present 
life's account. This is the truth ; 
will you reeeive it ? Knowing it, 
will you do it? Professing the 
truth, arc you sanctified bv ii'r It 
is folly to ask, "What is truth ?" uu- 
less we are prepared to receive it, 
believe it, and regulate our lives by 
it. No one need be at any loss on 
this subject, for all essential truth is 
plain. So that he that runs may 
read, and every one that reada 
should run. 

"I am the way, the truth, and the 
life ; no man ooineth unto the Fath- 
er but by me." John Id ; o. 

SAML. F. BKIIM. 

Berry Church, Pa. 

The God ul Fashion. 

The Lutheran Munajuuy refers 
to an article in Harper's Bx;ir 
which gives examples of the extrav- 
agance of New York females, as in- 
stanced in their purchasing thou- 
sand dollar shawls, ic, at E 
arts to depricate such expenditure. 
The MiiM enary cannot be oblivious 
to the fact that the Church itself is 
not altogether blameless in the mon- 
strous extravagance which pervades 
almost every department of life. — 
Religious organizations pride them- 



r ^P^ 




tf*%* 



^ 



14 



CHRISTIAN FAMILY COMPANION. 



^ shall aim to that end, bo far aa our 
ideas of Truth and Right will allow. 

J Naturally wo are inclined to peace, 
hut when assailed, we ask or accept 
no quarters. Against this natural 
disposition we have tried to bring 
the force of reason and temperance, 
and hope to control it in accordance 
with our christian principles. 

We would most respectfully so- 
licit the assistance of our brethren 
and sisters in the faith, by contribu- 
ting to our columns. We do not 
solicit lengthy and studied essays, 



positions, should be able to put them j hereafter we shall not be encumber 



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least. 

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ed to soe our correspondents mani- 
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our receipts. We should, however, 
be pleased to credit a few hundred 
more daring the next month. Those 
who do not order soon must not ex- 
pect to obtain the back numbers. 



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books. Brother James A. Sell has 
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welfare of mankind and the glory of 
but we want the heart-sayings when j God. 

the Good Spirit inspires the mind.— , We shall make no rash promises, ^ occurred ; W e had rather send 

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our brethren who have talents, and granted us, to make the present vol- ^ thaQ fco gtop u one weo k ear r ier . 

whose words have never been heard ume t^e most interesting of the four. ! -—•— 

through our periodical. Of course, j We are sorry however that we shall ' V"' W ' w H ^™ l J. Bo *S,*", 

•r .1 o • - - „~t~ ti.„«. . •• j i Plain Morocco Binding. We have 

if the .spirit nevtr says unto them, no tbeenabled to enlarge our paper,as ... , a r ^ • 

uw -.l m ii n r i -„ „~. A<.™ l , ,, n , i ii received from brother James Quin- 
" Write, they will feel no condem- . we 8 hall find ourselves continually 



nation, but when so good an oppor- 
tunity affords for exhorting to duty, 
and instructing in righteousness, we 
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bility that an author may write an 
essay, and think it good and inter 

esting, and yet be ef small import- , 

b1 rp , J . , . ...... ! contained 53 Tuesdays, which made 

ance. I here is alio a possibility ; ii i 

" i *Ka vmf mnr« than usual v Ion' 



ter, Publisher, a copy of the Breth- 
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, ... , ,- . ^ i rens New Hymn Book, Plain Moroc- 

our columns this week, our list ex- j J 

. L , , , #. ] co binding. It is very substantial, 

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Editorial Observations, ble. Those who desire something 

Some of our patrons aie writing that will give serviceman now be ac- 

for missing numbers, stating that ' commodated. The price has been 

they had received no paper since put at 1$, post paid. 



the 17th of December. Now we 

would have all to observe that No. 

j 50, the last number of volume three 

was dated Dec. 17. The year 1867 



We have received the January 
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esting and useful reading matter. — 
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that we may misjudge the merits of J , . 

. Jj ? . ° , and as we reckon 50 numbers a 

a contribution, but we can only go • , „ 

. . . , IT u vear or volume, and as our nrst 

by our judgment. We would en- * . , f ., 

courage those who aro aware of their P u J v J Sister Christiana Rover wishes us 

own weakness in the matter of ex- \ came on the ,th , da f 0t "f / ear ' i to continue sending hor'the Compan- 

prcssing their sentiments, but would nearl ? thrce weeks e J*P" d betw . een i ** **» she can pay, and also wish- 

.aytothem, make few word,, and the tw0 volume8 ' " h \ ch **™f & \Z U9 ? «f " d her br ^her Peter S 
9 \ . ' L L . . - lone time to our readers, but was Myers address, as she is afflicted 

never labor to get up an article for » , „,; f i, anrn «^i„~ i;l- „o„„„.. k„* <\.;i„ 

, ,. a •/ r u u scarcely long enough for us to make 

publication. An item of church 1 ' 6 b , , 

1 the necessary preparations and al- 
terations. 



njws is always wclcomly received, 

no matter how poorly written or 

composed ; but persons who under- 

K take to write lengthy essays and ex- 



with something like cancer, but fails 
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knows her address ? 

Brother Myers' address is, P. S. 
Myers, McVeytown, Mifflin Co., Pa, 
Our pecuniary department still j to whom all afflicted with Cancer \l 
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?\ UNtol moneys received, for subscription 
r | to the Companion, since our last. 

Where no amount accompanies the name, 
$J 1.51 is Implied. 

Emily R Stiffler, Hollidaysburg, Pa Ann 
E Riling, Dwigbt, 111 John Yon, er, Aitoo- 
nn. /'.i <;<-o /.'ruhaker, Israel Prubuker, 
Josiah Boon, Krvin, !nd Joseph A Bright, 
Burlington l»d t*k« Gregory, Sbanghin 
Ind Hiel Hamilton. Poplar Grove, Ind 
Dnnl Longanecker, Catharine I onganecker, 
//nnter.'town. /'a 

bucinda Rank, P/aneock, .Vd Jos«ph 
Hittcnhousc. Samuel Garver, John Fisher, 
ll'tn Shoemaker, Chatham Centre, Ohio 
Saml Rittenlioiwe, Saml //art. Suavan Ohio 
D G I/y»rs, //omerville, Ohio Cath Hood 
Lichfield, Ohio L 5 Snyder Jfissouri Val- 
ley, Iowa 

Wm C Siiner, John S Kratr, Saninel T 
Souder, //atfield, /"a // II Cranthamel, 
J II Cranthamel, J S Parley, Pine Pexlng- 
ton, Pa Levi Andes, Lincoln /'a G Weath- 
erman, AYyersville,.Vd -tfrs Anna Parine- 
baker, Pewistown, Pa Catharine Petre, 
60cts, Frizzleburg, .Vd Jacob P Perew, 
York Springs, Pa ifartin Neher, Padoga 
Ind J S Newcomer, Columbia. Pa S Stern 
East Waterford, Pa D Zook, Pattonsville, 
Pa, C B Reiff, Lusselville, Tenn 

J«cob F Oiler, Danl Geis-r, B E Price, 
Mrs Rebecca Oiler, Josiah Fahrney, A 8 Ad- 
ams , Mary E Snowberger, 8 I Oiler J 8 Ad- 
ams, Waynesboro, Pa Ann Follr, Cham- 
bersburg, Pa. Albert Sullenbarger, F M 
Corn, Wm S Noe, John Estes, Morristown, 
Tenn. S L Kghleman, H Snyder, Lamar- 
tine. Pa. 

Henry Cline, Kossuth, Pa. Geo Wood, 
Shippeniville, /'a. 

Mark Minser, Big Run, Pa. Michael Wine 
Coots Store, Va. D Hollar, Cherry Grove. 
Va. Saml Plougher, Green Mount, Va 

Isaac Long, Saml Petry, Saml Cline, 
Cross Keys, Va. Jacob Beahm, Mt More- 
dian, Va. J H Goodman, Woburn, 111. $1.00 
Henry E Denlinger, Jacob Bushong, Enter- 
prise Pa. 

Saml B Sbirky, Bowmans Mills, Va. John 
A White, Jacob Cline, Danl Flory, Jonathan 
Wampler, John W Crist, Timr.errille, Va. 
Saml II Myers, New Market, Va. S»muel 
Driver. Swoops Depot, Va. M Good, New 
Market, Vu. Martha Cline, Coots Store, Va 
M Hady, Jacob i/usser, Stony Creek, Pa. 

H li Brumbaugh, Geo Brumbaugh, John 
Brumbaugh, Benjamin Brumbaugh, F Sho- 
waltci , D B Brumbaugh, Isaac Showalter, J 
8 Becbtal, Miss Annie 8 Bechtal, McCon- 
nelstown, Pa. 

G B Brumbaugh, A W Brumbaugh. 8 P 
Brumbaugh, Eld Isaac Bi umbaugh, Robert 
Mason, James Creek, Pa. Jacob Stone, P 
P Brumbaugh, Danl Brumbaugh, Coffee Run 
Pa. A B Brumbaugh, Huntingdon, Pa. 
J/rs JVary V/elser, Hielard, Ohio. A O 
Dir hi, Victor, Iowa. 

J 8 Snyder, it Snyder, J E Snyder, John 
Snyder, James McJ/illen, V/irmu Conuell, 
Henry Baker, Brooklin, Iowa 

Julm Renchler, Vanlue, Ohio A B Sny- 
der, Geo Dilling, J R Roe, John Rartthart, 
Urbana, Ohio I 8 Black, 1/ichael Kren\ , 
Newville, Pa. 

Enoch Poffman, Abraham Couuorer, llo 
besson //yde, Nancy Wise, Saud lir.iok, N J 
Israel Poulsou, Riugoes N J. Klleu Boff- 



man, Raven Rock, N J. Rhody Wagoner, 
Barbers Station, N J. Samuel Bak .r, 8ha- 
lers ifilli, Ohio. Wm C Rench, Jfuncie, 
Ind. T5cts. Samuel M iner, Portland, Ind. 
Anna Petry, Bear Creek, Ind. Kid D Fish- 
er,, .Wbnticello, Ind. Hiram Hoff, West Un- 
ion, Ohio. 

Joseph M Eikenberry, Delphi, Ind. Ja- 
cob .Vetzger, Eld David Wise, Camden, Ind. 
H F Bowser, 8 G Smith, Smicksburg, Pa. 

James Wyatt, Jacob Bowman, John Wer- 
king, Moses Schrauck, Henry Dilliog, Fred- 
erick Dilling, David Lantz, Edward Raffls, 
Joseph Replogle, Zachariah Albaugh, Saml 
Replogle, sen, Abraham Bowman. Jonathan 
Hoover, Jacob Clapper, Samuel Bine, David 
Bowman, Hagerstown, Ind. 

Daniel Wampler, Dublin, Ind. Jacob 
Metzger, Jacksonburg, Ind. John Dear- 
dorff, Dalton, Ind. Salomon Bowman, Danl 
Hnrdman, Cambridge City, Ind. Lewis 
Kinsey, Millville, Ind. Wm Raff«e, Willow 
Springs, Kan. Henry Emmert, Peter Fritz, 
Nachusa, 111. Isaae Sites, Dixon, III 
Cornelius George, Ashton, 111. 

Solomon Deardorff, Ralph Wingert, John 
Wolf, John D Lehman, Emanuel Sayler, Ja- 
cob Riddlesberger, Daniel Miller, Wm H 
Shaner, Samuel Riddlesberger, Daniel S 
Miller, David Lichtey, Chillian Buck, Eph- 
raiin Lehman, David Price, Levi Hostetler, 
Jacob Deardorff, Jacob Buck, Daniel N. 
Wiugert, Franklin Grove, 111. 

J N Crosswbite, Macomb, 111., (and for E 
Heyser, SOcts.) Joseph Nicholcon, JVarsr.al 
town, Iowa. Jacob Cocanower, John .Pett- 
ier, Wakarnsa, Ind. George JVover, Osceo- 
la, Ind. 

John G Glock, John Bash ore, Andiew 
Spanogle, David Bowman, Jacob // Lutz, 
Benjamin Garber, Enoch Lutz, Robert Wake 
field, Adam Crouse, Isaac Rorer, Shi.-leys- 
burg, Pa. 

Picuael Youtzy, Catharine Bare, ZTenry 
Ripple, Jft Union, Pa. Reuben Jfyers, Geo 
Eby, sen, agt, Aughwick .Wills , Pa. Saml 
A i/oore, Jonathan //oover, George //oover 
George Prumbaugh, Jacob Oaks, Jacob L 
//oover, Saxton, Pa. 

Joseph Boon. Penjaming Rav, Poubrook, 
Va. G W Purkharl, Nolo, Pa, 7.V .Vary 
Kate Kinmert, JohuS Rowland, //igcrstown 
.Vd. Samuel J/uinuia, Audrrw .Viller, Sharps 
burg, Aid. David Wolf, Jones X Roads, Vd 
Catharine Reichard, A'lizabelh Puzzard, 
Elizabeth Taylor, Daniel Wolf, Jacob Reich- 
ard, V Reichard, Fairplay, .Vd. Sa ul Den- 
linger, Enterprise, Pa. David Brantner, 
rfarriorsmark, Pa. Jacob Puck, ElDorado 
Pa 

.Vary A Royer, Jonathan Leffler, JVeyers- 
town, /'a. Jacob Fogleaonger, Daniel Eck- 
ernian, Jfiddle Spring, Pa. 

John Newcomer, John J/<t! linger, /Ven- 
ry Cockley, H'endel Foglesonger, Jacob // 
Foglesonger, David .V Koglesongrr, John R 
Fogleiaager, (agt ), Sbippensburg, /v 11m 

ry Klter, .Sarah Kiln, Chainbartbarg J'j. 
.iling, Lees X Ko»d», /'a Jo m 
J Plough, .Sioystowu, /'a, $1 . 

Charles Din all, (iroeu Kcker, ./oil J /Veard 
J/ary Kzer, W u /j'aker, I'mourillr, MA 
.S.uul Nubbauuj, Luther Devilhiis, Jeute 
K.pu|i, .Saml ll\ le, //«rl)»r» Vaoolis, Lmga- 
l/d Racbael Jtcubl, H'oodville. Vd 
George It'ollr, Ml Ai), MJ /tUj Roup, 
Liuganore, J/J. 



David Yiengst, Mary /ane Saaler, ^ohn 
Keeney, Samuel Keeney, Poiling Springs, 
Pa. Levi //owe, Mechanicsburg, Pa. Geo 
Priadle, Sliirmanstown, Pa. John Mohler, 
Shepherdstoarn, Pa. 

J M Kauffmau. Lancaster, Pa. J M Hos- 
tetter, Maggie Miller, Somerset, Pa. John 
D Beer, Katie Scbrock, Beafords Store, Pa. 
Lewis Weglev, Levansville, Pa. Jeremiah 
M Miller, Donegal, Pa. Samuel Wilcox, 
Elderton, Pa. Susan Kimm.'ll, New Derry, 
Pa. Isaac Bartow, Jeter Sbellenberger, 
Christian Shellenberger, Abr'm Brandt $1, 
Daniel P Long, Millerstown, Pa David 
Buchanan, Liverpool, Pa. A L Bowman, 
Griers Point, Pa, John Snider. J 3 Bohn, 
New London, Md. Levi Ecker, Liberty, Md. 

J V Heckler, Richland, D R Ecke-r, Wal- 
nut Bottom, Miss C 8 Bechtel. New Enter- 
prise, Aserintu Hooper, L,ewislown, S Z 
Sharp, JTillersville, Pa. 

Michael Bolinger, Lanark, 111. Benedict 
Gnagy, Levi Licbty, Daniel Sutler, Renbeu 
Shank, Ashton, 111. Klias Shidler, Samuel 
Hart, Daniel Shidler, J L Funderburg, Levi 
Sprinkle, Geo. Paul, John Kinsey. Heury 
Hoover, J S Hoover, Andrew Klepser,Mejen- 
ica, Ind. Sol F Long, Haldane, 111. Lizzie 
Flora, Mrs Mary Graybill, Sterling, 111. W. 
Arnold, Somerset, Ohio. D Miller, Samuel 
Witter, Samuel Keltner, John Huston. J C. 
Cripe, Jacob Miller, Jacob Huston, Phebe 
G ifiller, Sarah Longly, South Bend, Ind. 
Z M Johnson, Buchanon. JTich. Robert 
Wysong Ml ford, Ind. D A Wms, Bur- 
netts Creek, Ind. J R Der linger. Dayton, 
Ohio. Sam Bauch, Liberty, Ohio. Levi 
Gockley, Jolitt, 111. 

Adam Brown, Hampron ; Elias Hollinger, 
JVu 1 berry ; Benjamine Smith, Dillsburg ; 
Ab Burkholder, J H Raffensperger, Clear 
Spring; H A Price, A H Cassel, Hatleys- 
ville, Pa. 

J Kurtz, ifadisonburg, Ohio. Wra A Vir- 
ray, Ab Summy, S Heart, Aft l'lea*s.in', Pa. 
Christian Blough $1, Stoystown, Pa. Wm 
P Bart olow, Oak Orchard, Md. P S My- 
er<, Samuel .Vyers jr, Samue. Myera sr, H 
Swigart, Christian Swi^art, John Kolhrook, 
Geo //ana wall, T S //anawali J Rupert, A 
Rupert, Jos R //anawall. S W Bjllmger, 
McVr.y towa ; Wm Pecbt Newto.j ^/ami.ion ; 
Kli Kook, Allenville ; P ifurphy, JfcTCJT- 
town, /'a. 

John Plautz, J D Pfauti. Joseph Sherfy, 
John H'berly, ifiss l.ydia Boiserman t,e;- 
tysburg ; Is^ac V Buoher, Ifuhael Bare 
Arendtsville ; /Vttr Bobhtx, Bendersvitle, 
/'a. Leah JVar'in, Emmetsburg, JVd. J L 
Kiltinger, Fairfield ; Geo Clark, Elderton; 
Peter Kimmell, Q B Kimmell, Tobias Kim- 
mell, Jacob Kelso, Francis Raricb, Wm 
Miller, Shelocta, Geo Zimmerman. Kldertoa , 
Su»au Shoemaker, Cochrausiuills , G I' L 
Roberts, Sylvester //ildebraiid. Jonathan 
S> iery, David lieain, t'onemaujjh , l'narl<M 
Miatik, DOBtMll .S'liank, ludlaoa , Gessng* 
Wiuan({7.S, Turk Springs, Pa 

K Brniuliau^h, New Paltitnor< 
Killer ■ 

Christian Kikeoberry, K V>m, K t'liugen- 
peel, Ja. oil li l.aiidu' /lurlin^tou, lu 1. J 
trull, Delphi, lud. Abnrr 

J K U*\ tiler. MlTiUfj Ki.ukl.ii K,.r - 
nr> , Josiah Kllumrll, Josr r 

.Vluil, Stun/ ''teak; Kiuauael J U 
Jacob Plough, J J Plough, D P m » • I 




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■ Her. Saniur. I lUyniau. Joel 

r\, /A nrv Cober, .U>hn Landia, Paul 

'.or /readily, //erlin ; Jonathan 

Ki"mm.ii!. MtfJ SpWhVr, I'liriatiau '' 

)/o-»- Walker Btu} VuMer. Ab J .1/iller 

.nvn I Iixrr, .Somerset ; 

/,,.., |, W,.-t End. /'* 

• Xeedyvillr, M<\ . J*:\rte 
//"*rl Irion /'a .*/arf Garber I'nion 
/y r i,lj;r. Mk. Ja~ob .Thainberirer. //eckleys. 
•nd J V Ke*ny, .Vnml Y Keeny. 
.^brwwstitjrg: Samuel Walterin er. Xte^ard- 
inwn . /'a. J Y Keeny. Wm. Young. 
L'oion .Veeling /rouse md Ja-ol. Wh«, 
Fotcatrflfe. Vi». .Varlin F Gnrber, Dnnie] 
-•- Ab C.arber, M«orea Store. Va. 
• 'l-.rber. K<>rpit»ille. V*. Lydia Den- 
linger, Gordonville. /'a. Aaron Dielil De- 
fiance, Ohio J D Muaachua i. G /' //op- 
JtiM, C // Ungery //enry Sell, //enry A 
MMra. Geo Lonlz. Elias < ripe, Camden, 
lnd. Catharine Miller. Cairo, Ob io. Kmma 
J /iutterbaugb, D vid B M irtin, Jacob Al- 
bright, N'oiris, Iowa. Darling //Ale, Jon- 
athan Swihart. ZJourbon, lnd. D Shively, 
K. Heekman. Inwood, lnd. John /'rise 
Wanesbiiro. P%. 

John Flank, Christian Baker, Peter Givler, 
C'haa Ringwalt, Wm C Lchmcr, David Neia- 
ley, Crrus Brindle, agt, Allen. Pa. 

R Vi'oltard, Dowoaville, Md. E A Reml-y, 
Williaraapurt, Md. W Boxers, Lcwisville, 
Md. J Stretch, J Goold, \V Clark, J Barn- 
hart, Dowagiac, Mich. L Clark, Pipestone, 
Md. J RiggK", Volinia, Mich. Peter Nepp, 
Rogersville, Ohio. M Lawver, Shancsville, 
Pa, $1.00. W Rarascv, P Deshong, D Stone, 
D Wearer. 8 H Miller, H Kilhefncr, Red 
Haw, Ohio. J Rudy, Berlin, Ohio. J M 
Sadler, Nankin. O. S Seiber, Thompsontown 
Pa. A Rothrock, Willow Springs, K»naas. 
Jos Sherfy, Freedom. Tenn. D Bollou, Mill 
Wood, Tenn. J N Stullabarger, Dounels- 
villc, Ohio. J Blough, Davidsville, Pa. H 
WUsioger, Miuta, Pa. 

J Mv:rs. J H ess. D Stoner. Dr Mannakee, 
S A Angel, E R Buckey. Cnion Bridge, Md. 
M Blarcton, MeKinsirvs -Wills, Md. A J 
Gciraan, We«t Minster, Jfd. 1) Stoner, DR 
Stitcly. John>,vil!e, Md. 8 Lata, Shirleya- 
i.urg.'l'a. J K Rorcr, t; Goib, 1) Hosteller, 
«.O0, Rlchlaiid, Pa. H K Long, Millerstown 
Pa., tl-00. E Brubaker, Lebanon, Pa. D 
Kingerv, Mt Carroll, 111. 

J W Girton, D Bowei, 8 Badger, P Wetzel, 
C Royer, Lena, 111. J Wales, A Lutz, Win- 
slow, 111. M Fowler, Frecport, 111. D Wcrk- 
heiser, Howardsvillc, 111. J Eby, J Gesner, 
Warren, III. E X Mvers, I Myers. J Myers, 
B K' pner, G Detrick, M Shafer, J Rhodes, H 
HeinlT, Nora, 111. 

J Rirtlev, Cadiz. Wis. C Fleming, Cuion 
Iowa. E P Pressel, Millville, lnd. 8 Beaty, 
IlUnoie Uty, 111. M T Htdlar, S Rowland, J 
:; ll.ilsingcr, Mt J/orris, 111. J blifer, 
W B Smith, M M SBiVr, Haldaue, 111. L B 
.. Shanon, 111. 
A M Zug, Clarence, NY. G F Royer, D 
Sr.ivci' 'ioro, Pa. D D "Wine Bow- 

John T Lewis, Elmira, N 
Y. K S Miller Hagcrstown, Md. J D Gans, 
Masontown Pa. D Brower, E Miller, J G 
Miller, Lima, Ohio. 

H Vaniaeter, J Detrick, C Shuler, A Det- 
rick. 8 Shaver, J C Detrick, J Yoder, B Det- 
J Garbcr, G C Hubcr, Bellefontain, O. 
Wm Frame, D U lllmes, Ladoga, Iud. J 
. lnd. Mr- Bishop, <ier- 
iwn, Pa. J Hollinger, O A Hutchison. 
M Mv;-. Naperrille, 111, A F Linn, B;n.ivia 
111. J (}(x-huour, J <;ood, H Gochnour, Con- 






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<i ll.-irriion-ttHUdehrand, Jobuatowo 
Pu. AUaufTmau, Ir.di.-ma. Pa S fii'.t. AT>- 
bottetown, P«. W \ (liove, Man»fl'-1 .1. O. 
S-iEartptfft, Kiir.kHin-.in. Md. A Cost, B mv. r 
( r.'<-k. Md. P K.iln n y, BoonstH>ro, Md. 
(i tiayler, Woodalioro. Nfd. 

J Bli.-k. u.-;mV. PotVtl. Iud. D Frautz, J 
Honrkka, 3 pby, Cerro GorcTo, 111. J L Win- 
ter, Cencropoha K.n. .1 C Sletzkcr, Canton, 
Kan. P Bruliik.T. (?cntrop61i», Kan. E Me 
Bride. Hade D.-ll. 111. K P Peffly, A Miller, 
.) J ( .irt, line Con rati. New P.uU. lnd. Ja- 
cob P Liebty. Btoybtown. Pa. Mm K G Sto- 
ver, (Ireencastlt, Pa. Jacob IVice, Waynes- 
i.i.ro. Pa., *1.7. r >. l5aic TrOMb-, (.' K Burk- 
lioliler. York 8prin«B, Pa. B Mill.-r. A J 
Correll Greenville, T.-nu. Nannie Geiher, 
D Ronner, 8 P*» wromer, Smithtiurg, Md. 
G M Rupp, Shii:. a V>aatqwD, Pa. J Beck East 
Berlin, Pa. J C Johnson. Union to vrn. Pa- 
ll Garber, New Lebinon, Ohio. GV 8iler, 
Cafliue, Ohio. L Holtzmuller, West Man- 
cheater, Ohio. J B Sell. I Wilt, DuncaDaville 
Pa. J W Resler, N ■ wry. Pa. Win Lichty, 
Eldorado, Pa. A Stoner, J Strawaburg, War- 
reusliurt:, Mo. L Thomaft, Asbton, III. R E 
Ross, R E Reed, Easlon. W Va. 8 A Nuiner, 
Marmaton, Kan. C Harder, Quincy, Iowa. 
H Ridenour, C Botts, E Ridenour, College Cor- 
ner, Ohio. 

Geo. Messimore, Pierceton, lnd. Heniy 
Arnold, Liberty Mills lnd. Johu Foltz, Levi 
Fox, Geo. Ross, Geo Hard man, E Urabaugb, 
Clinton Murray, Pierceton, lnd. Isaac Ar- 
nol 1, Miliue, 111. Jos. Longanecher, David 
Fuss. Lniontown, Md. P H Bearer, L O 
Hummer, Sain'l Longanecker, Montandon, 
Pa. John Stamy, Lees X Roads, Pa. Daol 
Keller, Joseph Widder, Diekeusoo, Pa. Eli 
Fourtee, Martha Carr, Brownsville, Md. John 
Dell : Williamsburg, Pa. John Royer, Mun- 
cie,iud. Wm Johnson, N. Liberty, lnd. S. 
Markley, David Bowers, Hartville Ohio. Da- 
vid M Witmer, C Hess, 1 Shoemaker, E Dick- 
ey, R Foss, W Borkholder, G Widler, Wm. 
Flickinger, A Maohaman, J Kepuer, R Ar- 
nold, Ashland, Ohio. J Sbick, Jcromeville. 
Ohio. J L Myers. Gcuneasec, III. H J 
KuiLz, J Cilery, Covington, Ohio, 75cts. J. 
Maler, Dora, lnd. 

Mary Casael. Wakefield, Md. Saml HolT- 
man, New Windsor, Md, Isaac Young, Car- 
rolton. Ohio. Jacob Short, Quiucy, Pa. 7nc. 
David Bock, Grecnea^^e, p a . Isaac Miller, 
Granite Hili, Pa. Samuel PTLqogh, NcwviUe, 
Pa. fsaac Brumbaugh, Cassville, Pa. John 
II Miller. Milmiue, 111. 

Joseph Wcavtr, Christian Weaver, Jacob 
Wearer, Geo Eby, Florrain Zimmer, Brira- 
flcld,Iud. M CcClougban, Peter Auderson, 
Reuben Rcsler, John Spang'.e, Wolf Lake, 
lnd. 

Levi Stump, C Eby, Christian Werntz, Val- 
entine Hohn, Waw.lka, lnd. M.iry Flory, 
Kendalville, lnd. Eliz. 8quirs, S II Weaver 
Brimtleld, lnd. Jamos Hockcnberry, Nathan 
iel Lewis, Jobn I Caylor, Daniel Achenback, 
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of Volume 3. Xo one who carufuuj 
them will ask an apology for re-producing 
tliein.— Kdi roi:. j . 

Oh ! be not the first to discover 
A blot on the 1 1 ■ 1 1 1 1 : ■ of a tvi >Bd, 

A ilaw in the faith oi i brother 

Whose heart may prove true to the end. 

We none of as know one another, 

And of', into error we fall ; 
Then let us speak well of each brother, 

Or speak not about him at «U. 

A «niile or a sigh may awaken 

8usp.-M.-ion moot false and undue; 
And thai our belief may be sh I 
In hearts that are honest and true. 

How often (he light smile of uladness, 
Is worn by the friends that we meet, 

To cover a soul full of sad nees, 
Too proud to acknowledge defeat. 

How often the sight of dejection 
Is heaved from the hypocrite's baeast, 

To parody truth and affection 
Or lul 1 a suspicion to lest. 

How often the friends we hold dearest 
Their noblest emotions conceal, 

And bosoms, the purest, slncerest, 
Have secrets they canuot revcaj. 

Leave base minds to harbor suspicion, 

And small ones to trace out defects- 
Let oiv-6 be a noble ambition, 
For base ib the mind that suspects. 

We none of us know one another, 

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Fat '!u Companion. 
"Tliere Ii< -mainet I. therefore ■ 
»f*j t„ n M - p«opie oi God." 

H lb. 1 : 'J. 

By rest we understand a ■ 
fen from labor, a pause for the pur- 
pose of recruitujg strength lost bv 
la*»or, and also for the purpose dl 
nemng and invigoratiug the per- 
Hon to qstulify bin lor labor that i- 
m advance of him., prom this view 
it in plain that a person cannot re- 
a, v re8t u is weary, weary 

as the efteot of labor, actually 
formed. This , .. „..,. . ' ni|i . 
Uod labored first for ••-,>. daj 
on the seventh he rested." It j 
enjoined upon man six da a shalt 
thou labor, a'ad real on the «evi 
lae rule u absolute. A man 



and many do, dra^ out a miserable 

lazy life, but it is impossible to rest 
in the proper meaning of the term, 
without previous labor. Now to g i 
back to our text we learn, 'there re- 
inaineth a rest to the people of God' 
not to the people of the world, tho' 
the people "of the world may labor 
diligently for the things of the 
world, and can properly rest from 
their labors during the night of 
sleep ; but the rest under considera- 
tion is one pointed out to the people 
of God ; a rest from labor of a high- 
er order than the labor for the meat 
that perisheth ; a rest from the la- ' 
bor of working out their own salva- 
tion with fear and trembling. Phil. 
2»12. This rest they will obtain 
when the labor is done, when the 
night of death comes, when th »y 
fall asleep in Jesu*. Hence St. 
John while banished on the Isle of 
l'atmos, where the future was un- 
veiled to him, heard a voice say to 
him, "write, blessed are the 
which die in the Lord from hence I 
forth ; yea says the Spirit that they 
may rest from their labors, and their 
- do follow them." Here we 
learn the following facts: 1-t, the 
are in a Btato ol blessedness 
from the time that th< r fall 

asleep in Jesus, as Paul has it. 2 l. 
inference is very Btrong that 
they who do i 
do not rest in 
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■y that uur Lord 
rich man and Lazarii 

iu relation 

1 an 1 th 
■ 1 ' Luke 16: 25. Th 
dran h 



the time i. 



far as relates to the body. It seems 
very clear to my mind that the 
ies of the righteous and the bodies 
of the wicked fare all the same dur- 
ing the time they lay in the grave. 
both alike become foo 1 for worms : 
but the very fact that the different 
- of enjoyment are attributed to 
them proves that they all have a 
conscious existence from the time 
that they die : not in the body but 
out of the body; in the Spirit.' com- 
monly called soul. The people of 
dod rest from their labor in the 
Lord., while the people of the world 
are in a state of torment because 
they did n A labor to enter into that 
rest. They labored for the meat 
only which perisheth, and their la- 
bor perished with it, an 1 ,,t- 
ly they have n , Lib,,,- to rest from. 
Lut the question may be asked are 
they all in the state of«*istence that 
will be final? are the righteous in 
the Paradise of God in their final 
enjoyment '.' and are the wicked iu 
their final place of punishment ': 
both these questions we answer no. 
If such were the c , | WO nl 1 
bave dispensed with two of the f 
damental principle-; of revelation the 
irrecti in and the Ju . — 
" ;! ' mish a 

will ' 

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oned until court sets, bat we would 
remind you that hell with all its hor- 

ia not the place of final punish- 
. iu Rev. 20 : 14, you will 
End that il< ath ami lUll will be cast 
into tit/ like of lire which is ti. 
ond death, Here, my friend is the 
fiual doom of the wicked and tiiis 
will not Like place until after the 
judgmen 

Another querist may ask, when 
ti,' a ifre the righteous if they are 
boi with God in glory ? We will 
answer you that they are afar off 
from where the wicked are, in a 
place of ■" • ', but not in a place of 
entire enjoyment, yet in rest. But 
there is a possibility of ' becoming 
tired of resting. It is so in a literal 

; when a man, weary and tir- 
ed of a days work, retires to rest, 
he will, if in good health, sleep un- 
til toward the approach of day, and 
as he awakes from the nights sleep, 
he feels refreshed and ready to get 
up and go to work again. Should 
he be compelled to lie still, it would 
become a weariness to him, and he 
would enquire how long must 1 lie 
here? Now dear reader turn to 
Rev. 6: 9. Here St. John tells us 
he saw under the Altar the sonih of 
them that were slain for the word of 
God, and for the testimony which 
they held. This no doubt was a 
scene that will soon take place, for 
they had rested a long while and 
were becoming weary, and cried 
put, how long, Lord, Holy and 
True, dost thou not Judge and 
avenge our blood on them that 
d'.vcll on the earth ? And white 
robes were given unto every one o\^ 
thera," (additional comforts) and it 
was said unto them that they should 
Rent yet a little season. This im- 
plies very clearly that after the lit- 

ason of rest that they should 
yet content themselves with, would 
end, the rest that remained for them 
and they would be fully rested and 
properly & gloriously invigorated & 
ready to enter upon the great labor 
ID advance of their rest; the labor of 
participation in judging tie world the 
labor of entering that eternal king- 

which the saints of the Most 

shall J the labor of 

ifying God for ev- 



er and ever, a labor from which 
they will never become weary ; they 
never can become a nrowful any 
more, hence the source of weeping 
will he stopped. There will be no 
night there, because there will be 
trinesd rbere, and cousequent- 
ly will need no more rc.sr. Hris, 
then, is the sum of the whole mat- 
ter ; we are all n presented as work- 
ers together with the Lord. 

Brethren, in conclusion a word to 
US. We must labor to obtain that 
rest; then we will be called blessed, 
and will, through the rest that fol- 
lows our labors, be ready to enter 
that eternal day, and consequently 
qualified for a perpetual advance 
ment in glory to (Jo J, when God 
will be all in all. 

"Let us therefore fear lest a 
promise being left us of entering in- 
to his rest, any of us should seem to 
come short of it." 

P. J. BROWN. 

Congress, Ohio. 

< m 

For the Companion. 
.I.j renins. 

In No. 48, Vol. 3. of the Com- 
panion brother Sharp answers a 
querist on the above subject, and it 
may not be out of place here to ex- 
amine the subject a little further 
and let the inquirer see both sides. 
There seems to bo a mode of rea- 
soning extant in the world, which is 
very hard to refute, and for this 
reason many give way to it, think- 
ing it must be correct, while with 
the same manner of reasoning we 
could prove almost anything. 

The churches of this present day 
are just so many mirrors of fashion, 
& brethren we are fast rushing into 
the fatal circle of this absorbing ru 
in. With this fact staring us in the 
face, should we not look well to our 
footsteps? Every reflecting mind 
knows that at places of public resort 
is where this spirit is fostered and 
hatched. Brother S. will say the 
same is done at public preaching, 
but docs he forget the charge, to 
declare the whole counsel of God ; 
if that is done by the heialds of the 
cross, it will condemn and not en- 
courage evil; that is thf place- to 
baffle the works of Satan ; and be- 



I cause we are pained sometimes to 
soe disorder and contusion at our 
meetings of worship, will that justi- 
fy us to have other places of resort 
where there is often much evil per- 
petrated. 

Brother S. has referred to Ven- 
dues ami hotels. Will one evil jus- 
rify another ? Do you take one 
wrong to prove another wrong ri^ht? 
There are times when brethren can 
not avoid going to hotels ; can the 
same be said of Lyceums ? Again; 
a brother that makes a practice of 
lounging at hotels, when he can 
consistently avoid it, is censurable, 
to say the least. Vendues are quite 
different in their nature ; but if they 
can be proven wrong, they must be 
avoided ; for having found anything 
to be an evil it must be avoided, 
even to the plucking out of an eye 
that offeudeth. 

Brother S. says, "is debating 
wrong?" We honestly conclude it 
is, or else Paul would have had no 
occasion to admonish his brethren 
t ) all speak the same thing. And 
speaking of a certain class he says 
they are proud — doting about ques- 
tions and strifes of words, whereof 
CQmcth envy, strife railings, evil 
surmising. And again, "Charging 
them before the Lord that they 
strive not about words to no profit, 
but to the subverting of the hear- 
ers " Tho Savior labored earnest- 
ly and prayed fervently for a union 
"that they may be one." And 
when the disciples got to disputing 
among themselves who should be 
greatest, how kindly he reproved 
them. So we learn from him that 
he will not favor it. 

Again, brother S. says, "when 
two persons converse about any sub- 
ject, and express different views, 
there is a debate. We admit the 
fact ; but because we are thus far 
astray, does that say we shall go 
still further, and meet for the pur- 
pose of disagreeing ; and then sepa- 
rate, no nearer of one mind than we 
were when we came together, and 
not unfrequently prejudiced against 
the truth of the subject. Brother 
S. says, in Lyceums there is a mod- 
erator who keeps the speakers on 
the question, and to be courteous to 



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V^ one another. The Savior says, and if we "aid the enraged nations \ ics, and is the last and conclusive ^ 
^*i watch and pray. I do not under- of the earth or bid them God-speed, j state. This state must continue ev- 
& stand him to say that we shall get we are partakers of their evil deeds." er after, 
some one else to watch us, and cause A few days ago the world-reforming 
us to bo courteous to one another. | temperance men in a certain place 

got up a ^reat moral drama to be 



ways ! 



And 1 think if we have not enough 

of the spirit of meekness to cheek exhibited on the public stage; it 

the excited spirit, we arc in the held forth every inducement imag 

gall of bitterness and the bond of inable for the patronage of chris- 

iniquity, und have neither part nor tians, and in fact such as would not 
lot in the matter. 



Bow beautiful are ' • 

Truly, "his ways are not 
our ways." They are progr* 
and .harmonious works. Tar a . 
his works, and through his means 
brought about by his Sob, we are 



enabled to emerge out of sin, degra- 
dation, pollution, and corruption, 
ieng a helping hand were looked I and to arrive upon the sunny banks 
There is yet another point upon upon as enemies to the temperance of deliverance, enter the portals of 
which we wish to see the other side; cause, but before the performances heaven's paradise, bask beneath 



that is ho »v those who have been wait- were over sorao of those who sol 
ing upon Lyceums far excel others emnly pledged upon the altar of 



the smiles of benign Providence, 
and realize the happiness which eve 
of similar talent, in general kiiowl- their lodge, that they would "neith- \ hath net seen, ear hath not heard, 
edge ; and the inference is fair and er touch, taste, or handle" liquoi neither ever entered into the heart 
plain that they are better prepared and win are an example to others, of man. U, .vho would not wish bo 
to tell what tney know, end preach became so badly intoxicated that become God's servants, by entering 

they were unable to perform their into his sanctuary as true' followers 
part on the stage. Now the ques- of Christ, in oriet to secure the in- 
tion will arise, who loves th-' tem- 
perance cause the most, those who 
encouraged that place with their 



the gospel. The logic reminds rue 
of a young man not long ago whom 
I was trying to convince that flovel 
reading was an injury to a younw 
man that was starting out in life, 
trying to prepare himself for some 



presence? or those who took no 



thing useful. It was striking on part it and acted as becometh those 



tender chords, and i i its defense he 
said they prepare one to enter soci- 



heritance, incorruptible and undefi!- 
ed? S.B. FURRY. 

New Entt rprin , Pa. 

The*Rock. 

I was bathing, and venturing be- 
yond my depth, found mysel! 
ing. I thought 1 must drown; but 



professing godliness "f 

Let us then keej) the transient 
?,/ V : a ".' 1 n' vft an idea how to talk, things of the world about us as a ( suddenly my feet touched a gres 

rock in the bed of the stream, and 1 
was saved. 
an absurdity ; yet the reasoning is us, that we can Without any dim 



How illustrative is this of Chris- 



ministry of the word, he took on every hattlmen: we may sav like strong in their current and deen in 



our captain, 



"it is written. 
JAMES A. SELL. 
Tyrone, Pa. 



For tht Companion. 
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as fair in one case as it is in the culty cast them aside and dextrous- tiau experience, 
other. When Christ called men to ly sway the sword of the spirit, that The streams of solicitnde are 
the ministry of the word, he took 
the unlearned and ignorant, and I 
have yet to learn that he sent them 
to lyeeurns, or gave them novels to 
read, to prepare them to "say what 
they knew with clearness and force." 
No, they learnt of Jesus. Their 
opponents took council that they 
lad been with Jesus. But this 
much is learned Lyceums, the learn- 
ers love- to debate, and will do so 
sometimes because they can, and 
often cause confusion and disorder. 
"He that is able to receive it let 
him receive it." 

So dear inquirer whoever you be, 



their low. God's children are strug- 
gling in them. They have groat 
fears lest they go down, and th" wa- 
ters overwhelm them. Soirows mul- 
tiply, and thick darkness gathers. 
I but there rises beneath them th> 
There are three states of human \erlatHng Rock,Je*u* Christ', and 

spirits entirety distinct from each they stand on a xure foundation and 

other. The first is in union with an are safe. 

animal body, termed physical life ; Fellow-Christian, r/,,c A' ■'.- will 

and may be called the incarnate follow you wherever von go audit 

state, which " 

terminal 



.„..,,„ j WW hmui-ki \<ni ^.i, ;mu It 

ich commences in birth and will buoy you up amid the floo 

in death. The second that the i shall not overtou 

is that in which human spirits are yon. You will touch it when you 

. separated from their animal bodies, puss through tin- last river and ro 

wben you come to make use of the and may be called the intermediate up the other bank with joy in your 

affairs ot this world, think well be- state, which commences at death heart and light in your face 
tore you act, for there are many and terminates with the 



things gotten up in the world that 
hold forth great inducements for us 
to participate in ; and they 



But th. bare no rook to 

tbeir I h>wa aim,:,.; 

is that tn which human spirits are the u. . irecon. 



resurrec- 
tion of immortal bodies. The third 



united with ineorruptibU 



bodies ; turned by i ire, rerwheln 

tr .uble, and .tie without (';, 



Jw jj,aiuc«{jaLu in ; and tliev 

are in reality the places that the and may be called the final , 

life-blood of Christianity is fast oos- which commences with tl 

ing out, and the end thereofis death, of human spirits and immortal bud- I through death and eternity 



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7-i.r the Companion. 
Insnor to «lm>rj tn Xo. 17. Vol. B. 
B BUOTHSB 11— As I have 

. n :i n answer to brother Fish- 
l.ui i.s query, 1 ho] e my temerity 
may be pardoned for attempting one 
myself. As there may lie some 
who have Dot Been the query, I 
Imc give it as it comes in the ITth 
\ . of the ' ' mpaniom \ Brother 
F. wishes t.> know what the Savior 
meant in John L0 : 9, by going out 
uiii/ in . ami via IN ''•-''• 

1 think it is well here to remem- 
ber the v< ry frequei I use which our 
Savior made of similes, rarables, 

s, etc. lli^ use tit' the term 

I ■," "lamb," "fold," is purely 
metiphorical, and can nat be other- 
wise understood. 1 conceive that 

lied his disciples sheep from 
their resemblance to that animal. — 
hi what reepeotfi are they like 
sheep ': Briefly, 1 answer, in their 
uncomplaining patience under suffer- 
ing ; their disposition to follow a 
leader ; their gregarious habits, and 
above all, perhaps, their inoffensive 
aid non-combative character. A 
mi merits reflection at once shows us 
that both the figure and the thing 
Bed by it, have enemies. The 
idea of a fo'd» naturally suggests 
itself as a thing of necessity for their 
protection and comfort. If the 
v of the one goes in the form 
of a howling wolf, the enemy of 
the other goes as a roaiing lion. — 
The bid is a place of refuge for 
botB. hut whilst the fold is thus 
designed, and fully answers its end, 

-t not be associated in tie 
mind with the idea of a prison. — 
The moment a sense of imprison- 
ment enters the mind, that moment, 
restlessness, ami anxiety lay hold of 
the feeling-. It is necessary, there- 
fore, both foi health and comfort, . 
that liberty be given both to go in 
and out. It seems almost useless 
here to state that the church or vis- 
ible kingdom of Christ is evidently 
the thing signified by the figure of 
a fold. I cannot see what else any 
one oould think of. There is to be 
fold, as there is but one 
Shepherd. 

.\..\s the question arises, are 
Christians always in this fold or, 



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visible kingdom? I think not. — 
They may go in and out. It is no 
priwn. They are always m> mbert 
of it, but not always in it. When 
are they in .' I answer, whenever 
they are engaged in acts and exer- 
oises which purely belong to the 
fold. Our blessed Savior says: — 
"My kingdom is not of this world." 
Its services are not therefore of this 
world. The i a of devotion 

to God in humble worship, love, ho- 
. charity, mercy, and forgive- 
are no more of this world than j 
is the kingdom itself. All such ex- 1 

. belong pre-eminently to the 
kingdom of grace. A Divine at- 1 
mosphere surrounds them, and the 
places where they are performed ' 
may he called "holy ground." 

But those act and exercises do ! 
not procure food and raiment. — 
They do not build houses and make 
roads. Neither do they fill gov- 
ernment offices with good men. Our 
bodies which are flesh and blood 
cannot be fed with the manna of 
Divine grace. When a man enters 
the kingdom, does he take along 
with him his farm, bis government 
bonds, bis railroad stock, his cattle, 
horses, and sheep ? If so, then all 
these things belong to the kingdom, 
and it at once becomes to be of the 
"earth, earthy," and the heritage of 
"flesh and blood." 

But these things are all outside 
the kingdom, and by a logical ne- 
cessity, the owner of them must 
come out in older to make them sub- 
servient to his use. Dut it '.s to be 
feared that some, instead of going 
but and in again, stay out all the 
time with these thing-;, hut wheth- 
er we go in or out we may find pas- 
ture. There is much, even in the 
sinful world to instruct, humble, and 
keep us near to Jesus. When f he 
wolf howls the loudest the sheep 
most feel the need of the Shepherd's 
protection. Like Noah's weary 
dove, they seek the ark. It is an 
old adage, " when we are with 
wolves we most howl with them ;" 
hut it is not true. A sAeep n ver 
howls. Wolves in sheep's clothing 
may, but sheep never. 

And now, my dear brother, 
though for the present it is ne< 



ry for us to go out and m, yet, a 
very, very little while, and if faith- 
ful we shall g) in, never again to 
go out. We will be so well sup- 
plied with all that heart can desire 
that we shall never more v.ish to go 
out. So may it be. 
Yours affectionately, 

BEN. FUNK. 



Follow the Right.— No matter 
who you are. what your lot, or 
where you live ; you cannot afford 
to do that which is wrong. The on- 
ly way to obtain happiness for your- 
self is to do the right thing ; you 
may not always hit the mark ; but 
you should nevertheless, always aim 
for it, and with every trial your 
skill will increase. Whether you 
are to be praised or blamed for it 
by others ; whether it will seeming- 
ly make you richer or poorer, or 
whether no other person than your- 
self knows of your action ; still al- 
ways, and in all cases, do the right 
thing. Your first lessons in this 
will sometimes seem hard ones, will 
grow easier, until finally, doing the 
right thing will become a habit, and 
to do wrong will seem an impossibil- 
ity. 



Family Courtesy. — Family inti- 
macies should never make brothers 
and sisters forget to be polite and 
sympathizing to each other. Those 
who contract thoughtless and rude 
habits towards the members of their 
own family, will be rude and thought- 
less to the whole world, hut let 
the family intercourse be true, ten- 
der, and affectionate, and the man- 
ners of all uniformly gentle and con- 
siderate, and the members of the 
family thus trained will carry into 
the world and society the habits of 
their childhood. They will require 
in their associates similar qualities ; 
they will not be satisfied without 
mutual esteem, and the cultivation 
of the best affections, and they will 
be sustained by that faith in good- 
ness which belong to a mind exer- 
cised in pure and high thoughts. 
• • — — - 

Watching for riches consumeth 
the flesh, and the care thereof driv- 
eth away sleep. 



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LOCAL MATTERS. 



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Tyrone City, Pa., Jan. 21, 1863. 

COBREBPON I) ENC I 

Corr " "'- s ' solicited from 

nil parts of the Brotherhood. Writer'! name 
and address required on testy eofnsnunieation, 
oi guort ntei of good faith. Rejected eomtnuni- 
cations or manuscript used, n<>t returned. All 
tommunUations for publication should be writ- 
ten upon urn side of the sheet onty. 

Our Southern rorrespondence. 

Jackson Co., ALABAMA, | 
Dec. 27, '67. f 

Brother Hohivger ; As Missiona- 
ries from the Southern District of 
Indiana, brother Lewi? Kinsey and 
I left home on the 14th of the pres- 
ent month. We arrived at Harri- 
son Co., Ind., on the- 17th, held 9 
meetings there and received four 
persons by baptism, and commemo- 
rated the funeral of brother Nathan 
and sister Catharine Zimmerman, 
who were the only members that ev- 
er lived in this part of the State. — 
They were received by brother Phi 
lip Boyle and brother Johnson of 
Md., in 1858. These brethren with 
their companions and the two they 
received, held a communion, which 
made a lasting impression upon the 
people. (Abel being dead yet spea- 
keth. Heb. 11 : 4.) In the same 
year brother Nead and brother Flo- 
ra preached there. Since that the 
people there had no opp irtunity to 
bear the brethren until in this month. 
There is no organized church within 
100 miles of this place. The people 
wanted us to stay longer, and in all 
probability if we would have contin- 
ued our efforts a few days longer, 
we would have received several 
more members ; hut our mission was 
to go to the Southern states. We 
would say, brethren there is a large 
field open in Southern Indiana, and 
the people say, come over and help 
us. 

Dec. 24th we left Indiana and 

ed through Kentucky without 

stopping, only to take in and lei out 

ttger , and water and led the 
horae which roared like a lion, "yea 
like young lions." lsa. 5. 

I lei ■ 25ch and 26th passed thro' 

Tennessee. The country we travel 
id through bears the visible marks 



of the late war, and the evils of sla- 
very. On the night of the 26th tve 
preached in Stephenson, Alabama. 
Two thirds of the congregation were 
colored folks. 

Many of our brethren and friends 
requested us to publish our travels 
and success in the Companion, and 
some caid they would not have ta- 
ken it had they not expected to hear 
from us through the Companion, 

Some say it is enough if we read 
the Bible, but if I was to hunt Bible 
readers I would look for them among 
the readers of the Companion and 
the 'Gospel Visitor.' Some of our 
friends had fears that we would be 
molested in the South, but as far as 
we have come the people are cour- 
teous and civil and seem to have a 
desire for the Northern people- to 
come here and preach the gospel, 
and encourage Northern enter- 
pri.*e. 

We hope we have the prayers of 
the brethren. 

GFX). W. STUDEBAKER. 



1 for several days, and had fine con- 

* gregations, affr the first day, and 

by the blessing of God we baptized 

one sister that time. Since that 

time we visited that place three 

times, and thanks be to Cod for his 

. . . 

all-powerful work in the salvation of 

souls, six souls were added to -the 
church by baptism, and one by re- 
cantation, and the canse is flourish- 
ing at this time. 

HENRY GARST. 
Blountv;lle, Tenn. 



Bbotlxsvillb, Tbnh., ) 

Jan. Oth, '08 f 
Brother Hohinytr ; Please pub- 
lish in the Companion my third re- 
port o f Bibles January 5th, 1808. 
Received of S. Z. Sharp, of Pa., 
100 Bibles for distribution, and one 
Testament. 

Yours in Christ, 

M. M. BASHOB. 

Brother HoUinger: — I will give 
you a few items of news from the 
Church in Scott Co., Ya. Brother 
Swadley and I visited that part of 
God's moial vineyard, the first time 
after the war, in Nov., 1 S t '. r» , and I 
can assure you we found everything 
cold and indifferent there. The 
brethren used to preach there before 
the war, and the last time I was 
there in 'Gl, there weie about 12 
or 15 members in that vicinity, of 
whom we found four ; the rest were 
all earned away by the war. We 
went there to labor in the \ ini 
of the I. old. We published a u.t et 
ing and at our lir-t appointment wo 

had two or three hearers, if I mis- 
take not, besides our travel'ns con- 

paniou. By the help of God we 
continued our meetings twice I dav 



Brother llohingtr ; I desire 
through the Companion to bring to 
the notice of the brethren our part 
of the country. We emigrated 
from Adams Co., Iowa, last Summer 
and located here on Shoal Creek, 
about 15 miles West of Cassville ; 
the place is known as Mortons Mill. 
We are much pleased with the coun- 
try and climate. We have every 
reason to believe it will be one of 
the richest parts of the great West. 
The soil is productive. The climate 
mild ; and other facilities which tend 
to make the country very desirable. 
There are are seven members living 
here, and no preacher. We would 
therefore extend an invitation to 
ministering brethren who desire to 
in the Southwest ; and who 
are desirous to settle in a neighbor- 
hood rich with subjects who yearn 
to hear the true Gospel. We also 
invite brethren to make this one of 
their stopping places while on their 
missionary travels, and introduce 
our manner of worship to the peo- 
I le in this country. 

For furthei information, Address, 
OSCAB FEES, 

Gad/lj/, Barry Co., M . 

The District Meeting for the 
State of Kansas, will be held near 

Emporia, Lyon Co., oomniencing on 

Easter Sunday, April 12th By 
order of the Brethren. 

Joan Stodsi iki a. 



The Proceedings of the Green 
Mount Council Meeting, (held on 

the 27th of November, 1 S| 'T >. can 
be had tree of ] J Sending 

In cents to Samuel II 
Beni. Bowman. Address 
Rockingham Co., Ya 



by sending , , 
ledriek. 01 1 

n, l>a\ ton, M 



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Contribution* KeceKed by E. 
1I<>j»«t. lor the Southern Missii.ii. 

\ - iter in Philadelphia, $10.00 

A brother, in Philadelphia! &-00 

Hv Mini. Anonymous, . «-00 

Anonvinous. ('ovliipton, O. 5.00, 

II. R. Holslnger, 10.00 

•• A Bisters Mile, 3-00 

II. J. A., Mont. Co.. Pa. 5.00 

I. K. •• 1-00 

Anonymous, by J. F., 5.00 

« L. H. M.. West Va., 3.00 

RoVk Rlrei Church, 111., B9.00 

I. I . Ohio, 3.00 ! 
Coventry. Qreen Tree, and Lanrence- 

vllle, & by the hand oi 1 Price, 809-40 
Qreen Tree, Public collection, and 

private; cODtrlbntlona in vicinity, 98.00 
Philadelphia (lunch col, and 

Private contributions, 09.00 

Oennantowo, " 21.00 

Anonymous, Covington. Ohio 5.00 
Proceeds of a collection in a Phiiada. 

8 i ibatb School, I ■ '"■ 

J.Rowland, Lanark, I1L 50.00 

II. K . Columbiana, Ohio, 50.00 
Anonymous, Fatrvlew, Pa., 3.00 
H. II.". Ohio., 5.00 
C. Lone Ml. Carroll, 111., 10.00 
I). K. Pi ice. Polo, III., 25.50 
Various Contributions through H. R. 

Holslnger, so.oo 

Anonymous, Covington, Ohio, 5.00 

O. W. Myers, Lewistown, Pa., 5.00 

Anonymous, Mansfield, Ohio, 5.00 
\ aiious contributions through J. 

Bpauogle, Phildda., 10.42 

t. P.., New Philadelphia, Ohio, lo.oo 

$7o'J.34 

In aldition to the above amounts 
received in cash, I have had sent to 
nie, lor the use of schools, and for 
distribution : 

One box ot books, papers, &c, from Green 
Tree, Philadelphia, aud vicinity, sent by Isaac 
Pi ice. 

One box books, papers, &c , from Green 
Tree, and surrounding country, seut by Jos- 
eph Kitzwater. 

One package of books and papers, donated 
and sent by J- Asheiil'clter. 

One hundred tc-elatncnu, and twelve hun- 
dred copies of the "Young Reaper," for S. 
Schools, donated by American Baptist Publi- 
cation society, Pliilada. 

One box of cast oft' clothiug: from Mans- 
!',■! !, Ohio. 

Several lots from various sources, forward- 
ed by brother Jacob Spanogle, PhiUd. 

Eight hundred copies of "The Freedmen," 
published and donated by 

There was also 6ent, one box of Sabbath 
School and other books, seut from Phiiada., 
as a donation from the Phiiada. Crown St. 
Sabbath School, (a raluable present from 
loved oues there) It was wrongly sent and 
unfortunately went astray. 

The above is a full report of what 
I have received as contributions, 
(cither in money or other articles) 
since 1 have engaged in the work 
among the Freedmen. 

1 have tried to use it as directed 
by the donors, in the purchase of ar- 
ticles fof the needy, in paying my 
travelling expenses, and in paying 



School Teachers, and supporting I 
myself while teaching. I think it 
would be best to publish this report l 
entire, as some have written, direct- ! 
ing me to acknowledge the receipts I 
of contributions through the Com- 
panion ;" not knowing their names I 
I am unable to address letters to 
such. 

llereatter I will report monthly j 
through the Companioned you think 
best to do so. 

I am blessed with excellent bodi- 
ly health, and feel much encouraged 
in the work. I receive many letters 
expressive of true christian regard, 
and personal well wishes, for all of 
which 1 feel truly thankful to God 
the giver of all, and to dearly be- 
loved ones who have at heart the 
wel'are of souls and the temporal 
comfort of needy ones. I pray God 
for his sustaining grace, and may 
those who by prayers, by words, 
of cheer, and by liberally minister- 
ing to the wants of the unfortunate, 
be abundantly blest, and I trust 
that none may regret having labor- 
ed as assistants in so worthy a cause. 
And may he who is selected as a 
medium between the Philanthro- 
pists at home and the benighted 
poor here, not betray the confi- 
dence reposed in hitn by brethren 
and friends. 

Our school is still in successful 
operation. We expect to hold a 
public examination, and distribute 
books, papers, tracts, &c, among 
the children and adults ; after that 
we may have a short vacation. 

How about brother Sharp and his 
contemplated enterprise ? I have 
been waiting anxiously to hear from 
him in Tennessee. Has he started 
a settlement there, and what success 
has he met with. 

E. HEYSER. 

Madison, Ga. 



Brother llohinger : — Please pub- 
lish a few lines for me, to induce a 
minister to come to our part of the 
country. Our main speakers live 
about forty -five miles from here ; we 
would like to have one with us, to 
organize a church, and have meet- 
ing more frequently. We have a 
gooi country. A rail road is now 



in progress, which, when completed, 
will add much to the improvement 
of the country. 

DAVID ROTHROCK. 
Hazle Bell, 111. 

Brother J. F. llildebrand, of 
Pleasant Hill, Cass Co., Mo., in his 
letter for specimen numbers, says : 
I wish that some ministering broth- 
er would come and settle here. — 
The climate is healthy, and the 
country rich and productive. Good 
water. Improved land sells at 10 
dollars per acre, and timber land at 

twenty. 

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Queries. 

Why is it that sisters are permit- 
ted to speak in the churches, when 
Paul tells us in plain language, in 
1st Cor., 14 : 34, "Let your women 
keep silence in the churches, for it 
is not permitted unto them to speak, 
but they are commanded to be un- 
der obedience, as also saith the 
law." I would like some bi other to 
inform me through the Companion, 
why sisteis are *sked questions in 
the churches, which they answer ; 
some speak without being asked. I 
would like to know where the au- 
thority is derived fiom. 

Yours enquiringly, 

C. P. L. R GBERTS. 

Lewis Lerew, writes Irom Padpill- 
ion, Nebraska : " Send on the Com 
panion, for it is a welcome visitor in 
our family. We live here all alone, 
no other members of the household 
of faith near us. O how much more 
pleasant it would be, if some of our 
brethren were here with us, and es- 
pecially ministering brethren — 
There is a large field lying vacant 
here where the Gospel has never 
been preached by the brethren. I 
think much good might be done, if 
a speaker and a few more members 
would move here, as there is none 
here but myself and wife. O that 
the Lord would arouse our brethren 
to spread the gospel, so that it might 
be preached in every land, and to 
every creature. 

If any one desires a home in the 
West, they will find a good country 
here, and good market. We live 
about ten miles South of Omaha 
City, near Pappillion Station. 



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I .111. .rial Observation* 

We have to record this week the 
death of one of our first nn i con- 
stant patrons, and wannest friend*, 

brother William Chamber.-', of Sul- 
phur Springs, Crawford Co., Ohio. 
We do not remember ever having 
formed his acquaintance personally, 
but his name was familiar in this 



Free Copies fob ihe Poor. 

We have many requests for free 
copies to the poor members and oth- 
ers, through their friends, and some- 
times by themselves. We have 
never refused, and we shall not, un- 
less compelled by actual (not appar- 
ent) necessity ; but we have thought 
that it might not be out of place 



office, as agent and correspondent, for others to assist in bearing the 
Hope his soul is happy in the reali- expenses of distributing these gra- 
zation of the faith in which be died, tuitous copies. We do not say that 

it is a duty, but we mean that it 
would be no violation of duty to do 
so. We would propose that the 



We learn from a communication 
in the January No. of the Gosj'tl 
Visitor, that Elder Henry Kurtz, church where such members reside, 
and his nephew, Frederick W. Koh- hold a collection for the purpose re- 
ler, expected to embark at New 



York, on Saturday, 7th of Decem- 
ber last, for a voyage to Germany. 
The object of the voyage is a visit 
to an aged and afflicted sister and 
mother. They expect to return 
about the close of February next. — 
Hope tho Lord will grant them a 
pleasant and interesting journey, 
and a safe return. 



each member con- 
ponnies, the poor 



Our correspondents will please 
have patience until we get through 
the present throng of business, and 
we shall give attention to their 
notes. Many of our subscribers 
took advantage of the opportunity 
afforded them when renewing their 
subscriptions, of saying a word or 
two in regard to their spiritual con- 
dition, prospects, wants, fee., which 
will form items of some interest , af- 
ter passing through the "sifter." 



ferred to. By 

trilmting a few 

could be supplied, and no one would 

feel it ; while to us 50 or a hundred 

copies are sensibly felt. 



MARRIED. 

At Atlanta, Ga., on the 5th of Sept. 
1807, by Wni. Brantley, Elder Emanuel 
Heyser, formerly of Green Tree, Mout. 
Co., Pa., to Miss Mattie L. Dyer, of 
Madison, Ga. 



We can furnish several full sets 
of Volume 3, of the extra quality of 
paper. Price $2.00, pott paid. We 

have had a number of inquiries for 

the first volumes, and persons l.av- 
' ^ ing them, and who would part will. 
■ )) tliem, will pleas 

fir 



.'use correspond with 



DIED. 

We admit no poetry under any circumstan- 
ces in connection With obituary notices. We 
wish to use all alike, and we cvuUt not 
verses with all. 

Iii the Clover Creek congregrfdon, 
Dec. 2lst, 1887, REUBEN, nn of broth- 
er George and sister Eliza BEACH; 
aged 1 month and :i days. Funeral ser- 
vice by the brethren ; Elder Furry, from 
the Yellow Creek branch being present, 
too an active part. 

Also, in the same place, Dec. 22, 18G7, 
sister BARBARA, wife of friend Freder- 
ick L. NICODE.Ml'S ; aged 2;i years, lo 
months, and 12 days. Disease, Con- 
sumption. She lingered a long time and 
consequently Buffered much: Funeral 
servicer by J. W. and G. Y7. Brumbaugh 
from Rev. 14 : 13, to a large and very at- 
tentive congregation. 

Also, in the same branch. Dee, 8Sth 
sister CATHARINE HOOVER, 
willow of .John NN Hoover, (whose death 
we noticed some 12 weeks «^o) : sged 
40 years and 96 days. Her disease « . 
Bronchial Consumption, so called by 
ber physician. She was confined to tier 
bad for s loo| lima, and her raftering* 

-rent, DUl lbs put her trust and 

confidence In him who can remove the 



sting of death. I visited heT frequently, f/ 
and she never complained, having folly I9 

resigned be: will to the will of God: Fu- 
neral services by the brethren, aided k 
by the River Brethren, from Horn. 8:1: 
J AC. L WIN EL AND. 

In Somerset, Wabash Co., Ind , on the 
19th of Nov., (1867), brother DANIEL 
PHIPPB, aged about 2~> years. Our 
young brother was in the army upwards 
of three years, where he contracted this 
disease, (Consumption). A few weeks 
before his death he made a request to be 
received into the Church, which was 
done : after which he rejoiced in being 
in fellowship with the Brethren, and we 
trust he has gone to enjoy that rest that 
remains to the people of God. 

Funeral services by brethren John 
Whiteneck, and William Minnick. 

Also, in the same cranch, at Jalapa, 
Grant Co., Ind., on the 1st dav of Jan:, 
sister ELIZABETH FUANTZ"; aged IS 
years, and 4 days. She was the wile of 
Michael Frantz, (whom we formerly call- 
ed brother,) and daughter of Elder Dan- 
iel Barnliart of Virginia. She passed 
through many trials and was a victim of 
disease for years. She bore all with 
christian fortitude, and died in hope of a 
glorious resurrection. Funeral sen ices 
by brethren John Crumrine and William 
Miuuick, from Rev. 14 : 18. 

H. D. Law she. 
'•Visitor" please copy. 

In Bachelor Run branch, Carroll Co., 
Ind., Dec. 10. 1*67. brother JACOB FLO- 
RA. He bore bis affliction with patience. 
Funeral services by the brethren, from 1 
Thes. 4 : lo to end of chapter. 

Jacob Landis. 

In the Owl Creek branch, Ohio, Dec. 
17, 1877, Elder DANIEL HETERICE ; 
Bged 88 yean, 5 months, and \~> day-. 

He has been a faithful number about ,">0 
and in the ministrj about 40. and 
an Elder some B yean, If health per- 
mitted his place at meeting was seldom 

vacant. Peace to his ashes. Funeral 
Bervices from [saiah 40 y the 

writer and othi 11 D 1K\ \ 



111 the Wa!' 
16th, 1867, sister 

BA1 till. Wile of 

baugh, loMiurh of 



brani li, Iowa, 
ELIZA 111: Ml « 

brother Paul 

Cambria 1 1 . 



aged 40 yean, 1 month, and 7 day*. 
L) rorui 1'' \ er. She leaves a 

disconsolate husband and 6 children, the 
youngest of whom was 4 wcck 
gUVI strong evidence 01 her laith in Je-iis 
and his testimony by calling on 1 

den of the Church iiic day baton her de- 
parture, and was annotated with oil in 
the name ol the Lord She li\ ed 
emplary lite, bore her s Auctions with 
christian fortitude and resignation, and 
could with propriety use the words of 
Paul in the first Chapter Of his Lpi-lle to 

tin Phlllippians from the 21-t to the 24ih 
verse Occasion Improved bj the breth- 
ren, from 2 Bamuel 1 1 \\ 

Sami 11 M Mil : 1 a 

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(>n the *>i 1 • 1887, sister 

MA.R1 \NN EKQLEB . i «»d 60 years, 

3 I " i!i-. : ml 12 ■ Ji - II r reniait s 

wot c interred In the Pipe Creek bum] 
ground, <ni the morning of the 10th. Fu- 
neeal services bj the brethren: The suf- 
ferings ol our sister were Indeed beyond 
des< option, snd will long be retnem 
with ssd hearts by those around ber, 
during her Illness. For 88 eays she look 
t'Ut 3 spoon fulls of milk to sustain her 
poor emaciated body. Her sufferings 
Were great but she bore them with thai 
tion thai only a Christian can. In 
her i.i»t moments she called her friends 
id her bedside, bidding them adieu, sai 
lug she had a nope in Christ. Her only 
thought seemed to be for her mother, 
bad centered all her hope in tlc- 
clining years upon her, the last of four 
daughters. She left her mother ami one 
brother to mourn her loss. 

linwood Shade. 

Near Bast Waterford, .luniaia Co., Pa., 

Nov 88th, BULALIA SARAH, daughter 

of D. B. and E. II. Bpanogle ; aged 4 

-1 months, unci 18 days. Disease, 

i t Fever. Sahaii Si im. 

In the Hush Creek branch, Hocking 
Co, Ohio, D.c. 83rd, 1887. SARAH 
IU'NSAKEU ; aged 89 years, 11 months, 
and is days. She leaves S hushaud and 
two little sous to mourn their loss. Her 
Condition was one of those delayed ones 
until too late. John Hcnsakek. 

In Whim county branch, Ind., October 
98th, 1867. of Consumption, broth.ir FKTEK 
N.FISHFK; eged 30 years, 3 months, and 
28 days. He bore his affliction with Christ- 
ian fortitude, and died in the hope of beiug 
received into the fold ot the redeemed once. 
He leaves a Wife, 4 children, and a great 
many friends to mourn their lose. His re- 
mains were followed to their last resting 
plate by many friends, relatives, and a large 
concourse of people. Funeral services by 
brother Joseph Leedy, from Psalm 17 : 15, 
latter clause. A. B. Kisuiii;. 

"Visitor"' please copy 

In Crawford to., Ohio, Xov.27iii.i8C7 
brother JACOB BTCCKMAN ; seed 07 y< era 
ue months. Funeral services by Hen- 
ry Keller and the writer. 

In the fame branch, Dec. 10th, 1807, bro. 
WHAMBEK8 i aged 41 years. 10 months, and 
IS days. He was a worthy speaker, and the 
Church deeply Rels I lie loss. He leaves a 
wife (a sister In the church) and live chileren 
to mourn their loss. Funeral services by the 
w liter, from Phillipiau* 1 ! 'J3, 21. 

John Bni ldiaiit. 



Bnhor. lOB Btar, Mo. \\ C Webster, Nile*, 
Mich. K Louganrckcr, Ne* Lisbon, O, K 
Li onard, .1 liaiun. Bbanoo, III. 

I Bhy, Sew Ocrmantown, Pa. L [sit, 
Ltmeric Square, Pa. •' RoBlnger, II Sheerer 

H'hitu Rouse, Pa. M Kecltiian. Dlllabnrg, 

Pa. I) Crousi Jo'.neoni Depot, Tenn, J 
Goodyear, Pbila. WPNyce, B basse] Har- 
leyeville, Pa. M. Miller, Mechanicsbnig, Pa 
F T I. Hani, Hagerstown, Md. P E 
Newton Hamilton, Pa. J A Rash, Mcy"ey- 
town, I'.t. J T Rowland, Delphi, Ind. 'J 
Calvert, A AnglemSyre, Huntington, led. M 
8 Pt rry, 11 Rains, L Wilcox, I) T \\i 
j II Haulm, (i Wolf 50. BtocktOD, Cul. 

Daniel M Bakeri Waynesboro, I'a. Sarah 
j Diebl, Chambersbnrjt, Pa. Annie K Bfoler, 
! Qnlncy, Pa. E B Prick, B Clemmer, Win N 
Clemmer, Joseph A Price, John Keiil'. Jesse 
Clemmer, I) w Clemmer, Nomstuwnj 
K Hopkins, New Philadelphia, Iowa. Harry 
LeweUea, Ames. Iowa. John LtHweUen, Ne- 
braska ( "it v - Nqb. E Konigmacher, Ephrata, 
Pa. 5 G Arnold, Freedom, Tenn. H (i Ko- 
Ber, Bigter, Pa. B Bobbits, ArnedsvUle, Pa. 
I) Blocher. Gettysburg, Pa. SOler.Cressant, 
Hill, Mo. B Coble, I) Fleck, James Creel,-, Pa. 
J Shick, E Hower, S M Shiek, D Hadly, Buck- 
h.nt, 111. M Keim, Osnaburs, Ohio. H 
Newcomer, Funkstown, Md. J Wimer, Lan- 
caster, la. J Fritz. Richlbnd, la. 8 Stees, 
Mlfflinbnrg, Pa, J Shick, Laurrelton, Pa. J 
S Thomas l.'J2, Phila. W P Lentz 75, Somer- 
set, O. I) Rnpisl, .North Liberty, Ind. D C 
Vroman, Willow Creek, III. S C Stump, 
Zanesvllle, Ind. B Karn, Hill Orove, O. D 
Brumbaugh. Centre, Ohio. D BaUbaugh, 
Chili, Ind. D Widders, Mechanicsburg, Pa. 
K A Ellis, Quydhad, Pa. 

II H Pice, Schuylkill, Pa. C Deardorff. 
Shady Grove, P i. M Hockman, T Baker, I 
Goehnour, S Shaver, G H Shaver, E B Shaver, 
Wm BpiRtrle, Maurertown, Va. K Smucher, 
Woodstock, Va. J Plauirer, Seven Fountains 
Va. A Snyder, Monde, Ind. H Crowl, 
Lecsburg, Ind. J S Lewis, J McHugh, C 
Hass, Ceo Whetstone, J H Wirt, New Boston 
Minn. N Lawsliee, Rochester, Miun. J 
Beegly, J Pysel, Accidect, Md. L II Miller, 
Mdrgantown, Va. P Lehman, Johnstown 
Pa. J Koons, Pattonsville, Pa. J Brindle, 
G reason, Pa. E Hagy, Clover Creek, Pa. D 
Lidy, Woodberry, Pa. 



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John S : 14-19. 
As when th<' Hebrew prophet raised 

The brazen serpen) h 
The wounded looked) and straight were cured, 
The people censed to die. 

So from the Savior on the cros.«, 

A healing virtue flows ; 
■\Ylio looks to him with lively faith 

Is saved from endlesa woes. 

For God gave up his Son to death, 

8o generous was ins love, 
TL.it all the faithful might eujoy 

Eternal life above. 

Not to condemn the 6ons of men 
The Bon of God appeared ; 

No weapons in hi^ band arc seen, 
Nor voice of terror heard. 

lie came to raise our fallen state, 

And our Ion hopes restore ; 
Faith leads us to tlie mercy seat, 

And bids us (ear uo more. 

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On all the rebel race, 
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tor the Companion. 

A Crumb of I he Rrcad ol Lilc lor 
u.SulSeriug Sister. 

No. XIII. 

"Looking unto Jesus." lleh. 12 : 5. 

A sight of Jesus reveals the great- 
ness and heinousnese of sin, and the 
fullness and sweetness of pardon. — 
A full unfolding of our demerit, 
apart from a believing sight of the 
Great ."-in Bearer, will plunge the 
Bool iuto tho profoundest despair. — 
The mark of blood upon the con- 
science is the imprint of hell, and 
the invocation of Divine wrath, un- 
<■ can find refuge in blood t! at 
has atoning effioaoj in it. Fearful 

indeed are the ravages of sin. Be- 
fore we know of its existence we 
feel its retributive pangs. The babe 
in the cradle is ro iked under its 
shadow, although it be swadd 
the imputed righteousness of him 
who beoame an infant f r in 
After the oruoifii : 
unto ub of God "wisd 

boui ae -. 11 tifioation,' 

tion we have still the drea Iful I 
Bin to encounter in andaroun 1 a 



wrestle against principalities, a' 
powers, against the rulers of the 
darkness of this world, against spir- 
itual wickedness in high places." It 
is to those who have put on "the 
whole armor of God," and hare "set 
their faces like a Hint'' against all 
sin, that Paul gives the exhortation, 
"Looking unto Jesus." 

In your comment on the last 
crumb, you remark that your most 
excrutiatirig sufferings are the occa- 
sions of your most rapturous fellow- 
ship with the Beloved of your soul, 
and that your glimps :s of Jesus at 
such times render the smelting 
son one of triumph and blessed in- 
ward repo?e. What reader of the 
Companion ) who has ever realized 
the ineffable joy ef spiritual wedlock 
with the One altogether lovely, but 
will thank God for the grace be 
ed upon you. It is the magnetic 
power of the Cross, "looking unto 
Jesus," that opens this tide of bliss 
into your heart of hearts. It is the 
inmost of God flowing into vour in- 
most. It is a gaze of the heaven- 
implanted vision upon that won 
face that concentrates in its expres- 
sion all that i i'ul in a 
derful God. Fi iber of 
suffei ii . open wi 

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hell, and fill the trusting soul with 

and joy, and hope inconceiva- 
ble, inexpressible. It matters not 
how empty you may feel, or how 
empty you may ha, how fierce and 
subtle yonr foe, how great your suf- 
ferings, or how overwhelming your 
sense of unworthiness, you can 
flood every untoward circumstance 
with "joy unspeakable and full of 
glory," by "looking unto Jesus." 

Were we not permitted to look 
unto Jesus, we would be miserable 
indeed. But if our look to Him 
were not answered by a look 
him, our misery would be com 
There is something mysterious in a 
The face is the dial-plate of 
the soul, and the eyes mirror the 

mts of I ir life. This 

law holds good everywhere. No 
one conceives of the devil as having 
the same face as when he wa 
luminous morning -Mr in the firma- 

of glory. 1 ! 
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■■ of l"N c, would have 
been Forever covered from the 
of moitals, had not Jesus rent the 
vail when Bis body was lacerated 

on the Cross, and His soul went 
out at bis wounds. That d 
gr< an jpentd the way into the very 
heart of Jehovah. The Father's 
heart could not pillow one redeem- 
ul, without the piercing and 
breaking of the heart of the Son. — 
Every timo we look unto Jesus, we 
look through the clefts of his smitten 
heart into the fathomless mysteries 
and exhaustive resources of Infinite 
Jesus is the brightness of 
his Father's glory, and the express 
Image of His person, llcb. 1: 3. — 
He is love incarnate, toiling, weep- 
ing, Buffering, dying, living, inter- 
ceding, "full of grace and truth." — 
II is the Only-Begotten, the Well- 
Beloved, and has satisfied the Di- 
vine justice, and revealed the Divine 
tenderness and compassion. ''It 
pleased the Father that in him 
should all fullness dwell," so that 
when we look unto the Crucified, 
we may "behold the light of the 
knowledge of the glorv of Cod in 
the face of Jesus Christ." 2 Cor. 
4:6. 

Oh what a Jesus we have on the 
Throne of Grace ! How great the 
humiliation and agony before he 
could be what he is. How astound 
ing the mercy that for aliens, reb 
els, enemies, the Loid of life and 
glory bared His bosom to the sword 
of incensed Holiness, and tasted the 
death of the criminal! Who can stand 
before this marvellous, unequaled 
spectacle of the majesty of Heaven 
hanging on the Cross in quivering 
agony, and admit the melting truth, 
all this teas for me, and remain un- 
moved ? Sin harrowing his soul, 
hell brandishing all its infernal ter- 
rors in his face, Justice pouring out 
into His bosom its unmitigated fury, 
— these are the elements of tha f 
tempest which so terribly swept the 
very centre of his human being, and 
prepared the way for that smile on 
his benign face which it is now peace 
and i'>y to behold. Looking unto 
aright is everything, for what 
■ in him is the product of so 



mighty a struggle, so stupendous a 
sacrifice, bo glorious a victory. 
Hois "the man Christ Jesus," 

and can "bo touched with the feel- 
F our infirmities." He is "the 
bty God," and can be-piesent 
with every saint tlnoughout His 
whole church at the same time. — 
Ruined, helpless, crushed, and afflic- 
ted as we are, "such an High Piicst 
became us, who is holy, harmless, 
undefiled, separate from sinners, 
and made higher than thehca\ 
Heb. 7: 26. A look to the Cross, 
would but remind us of the hopeless 
doom of the impenitent, were it not 
stained with the blood of Emmanu- 
el. Looking unto Jesus is to look 
away from self and sin unto Him 
who made an end of sin by the sac- 
rifice ot Himself. It is flooding all 
our darkness and dispelling all our 
sadness with the light and joy that 
came from the gloom and agony of 
His Gethsemaue and Calvary. — 
Your sick-room would be full of dis- 
mal spectres and your sick-bed full 
of thorns, were it not for the blessed 
privilege of looking unto Hira who, 
in his last hours of untold suffering, 
met and discomfited the banded 
rowers of darkness, and breathed 
His soul into Paradise Regained un- 
der a crown of thorns. His look is 
life, for his face is radiant with life 
from the dead. His look is peace, 
for it comes from the face of a rec- 
onciled God. His look inspires with 
confidence, for it shines from the 
face of Him who vanquished our 
mightiest foe and all his legions. — 
This is the High Priest we need 
within the vail to perfume our lowly 
offerings with His incense. This is 
the Advocate we want to plead for 
us at the bar of Eternity. This is 
the Elder Brother we need at c very- 
step of our journey, to whisper into 
our souls the assurance that he has 
passed this way himself, and will dc 
liver us from every danger, and up- 
held us in every trial. This is just 
the dear, precious Savior with whom 
we must clasp hands "when neither 
sun nor stars in many days appear." 
Acts 27 : 20. This same Jesus, who 
was once spit upon, scourged, deii 
ded, and treated as a common felon, 
is the only hcing unto whom we 



must look, and whom we must con 
sider, "lent we be wearied and faint (V f 
in our minds." These crumbs you j* 
say are dear to you, and the pray- 
ers and sympathy of God's people 
are precious, but "looking unto Je- 
sus," the Bridegroom of your soul, 
and reading in His smile the inspir- 
ing token of an Eternity of Love, is 
dearer, sweeter, and more precious 
than all. 

C. II. BALSBAUGH. 
I 'n-'ton Deposit, Pa. 



For the Companion. 
Supported Ministry. 

Brother Thomas : — Some otyour 
remarks in Companion, No. 50, Vol. 
3, we think arc not a fair exposi- 
tion of the Christian Ministry. — 
For instance you give the Savior 
as an exponent in sending his dis- 
ciples forth to preach without mon- 
ey, &c., — but you failed to say that 
he endowed them with power to per- 
form miracles, and by this means 
not only established his religion, 
but made it self-sustaining ; for ex- 
ample, when they were called upon 
to pay tax the hook was thrown in- 
to the sea, and the fish was forth 
coming at once with the money in 
its mouth to meet their demands ; 
and so on with all their pressing 
wants and needs, they had the pow- 
er within themselves to supply them; 
so to have scrip or money in their 
purse was not necessary. The Sav- 
ior told them this — hence it would 
have been truly robbery for them to 
take wages for preaching, as the 
Apostle says in 2 Cor. 11 : 8. For 
them to have taken money for 
preaching when they could do with- 
out it, would be both robbery and 
making merchandise of the Gospel, 
for the Lord had made them inde- 
pendent of money and its uses. But 
we find miracles ceased with the 
apostles, and consequently we have 
to use other means which God has 
given us to spread his word. The 
rich of this world are entrusted w ith 
these very means, money, &.c. God 
has only gi\ en this to them as tem- 
porary stewards and if not put forth 
for the Lord's service, it of course 
goes to his opposite, the Devil ; and 
then will come the woes pronounced 



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against the rich in his blessed word. 
Suppose the Church (Christ's 
body) would send a poor brother to 
the far West or South to pr 
saying to him, it is not necessary 
to take money or scrip in your purse 
for God win provide. &c.,—] 
venture his way lay over Railroads 
and Steam boat routes. When he 
gets to the depot or Steam boat lan- 
ding how far do you think the broth- 
er will get, without the means to 
buy a ticket or to pay his way ? Is 
God going to perform a miracle or 
send a special messenger "from on 
high " to help him through ? No, 
sir. Why 1 because the" Church 
has failed to supply the brother with 
the means already provided by his 
liberal hand and intended by him 
for this very occasion and purpose. 
I am hungry and come to you for 
bread and you say, Be ye fed and 
satisfied, when at the same time you 
fail to give me the means to satisfy 
my hunger. What then does it all 
amount to ? "Say and do not." 

The Gospel must be preached to 
all nations ? How then can this be 
done 1 By staying at home ? or by 
going from home ? And brethren 
how are we to get along without 
the scrip or money in the purse ? — 
If any brother know3 of a better 
plan for the spread of the Gospel 
than this, it is his duty to make it 
known, for I for one am in dark- 
ness on the subject. Please don't 
understand me to contend for a reg- 
ular salaried or paid ministry, but 
we do contend for sustained minis- 
try, and we believe there is right- 
eousness or wisdom enough in the 
church, that should any brother at- 
tempt to make merchandise of the 
Gospel, the church would soon give 
him a check in the right direction, 
and thus keep house properly and 
have the gospel spread and sustain- 
ed. ASA WARD. 
SykesviUe, Md. 

I 'or !>,■ ( <it/i/inuiori. 
GoIdCU CieiUM. — No. 8. 

_ There are three great disp 

tions. The Mosaical, the Christian, 

and the Millennial. The Mosaical, 

or past dispensation extended thro 

~Y) a period of about -1000 years. Tbii 

; period may ^be divided into four 



epochs: The Antediluvian, thd Pa- 
triarchal, the Monarchial, and the 
Prophetical ; yet they are blended 
into one great dispensation, which 
commences from the creation of man 
and terminates in tire birth of 
Christ. 

The Christian, or present di 
sation may extend through a period 
of 2000 years, or one-half of the 
past dispensation ; which commenc- 
ed from the birth, or nativity of 
Christ, and will terminate in the 
first resurrection, or the great in- 
gathering of the saints. 

The Millennial, or future dispen- 
sation, will extend throng!) a peri- 
| od jf 10U0 years, or one half of 
| present dispensation; which will 
commence from the personal appear- 
i ance of Christ and terminate in the 
j final destruction of the incarnate 
j man. If we contemplate upon the 
j means and designs of Jehovah, we 
are forced to ejaculate, what wis- 
dom, what power, what sacrifices, 
what love! No wonder He re- 
quires homage and adoration from 
man. '-What is man that tbou art 
mindful of him !" O, to think of 
the grace of God, that whosoever 
confesscth the Son, him will he con- 
fess before his Father in heaven '. — 
If ye do whatsoever Jesus com 
mands you in the present dispensa 
tion, ye shall have right to the tree 
of life, and reign with him a thous- 
and years, and be forever with the 
Lord. Who can resist Buch promis- 
es! Remember, dear reader, if 
you are not in peace with God, and 
a member in the Church, that the 
close of the present dispensation 
will rob you of your golden privile- 
ges you now so abundantly enjoy. 
S. B. FURRY. 
Neiv Enterprise ) Pa. 




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Gone, gone, said a little urchin 
as he stood on the bridge, beneath 

whioh rolled a turbid -n 
-cv, the glittering coin, that had 
just droprx d from bis hand, -trike 
the dark waters below. '"It WSJ ■ 
keep Bake grandfather gave, it me," 
said the little fellow in deep r 

"J loved him BO, and QOl his little 

gift ia gone — what shall 1 do '" 



haired and dying scorner 
mercies of God. ••','./ Q 

.'.'.'" fell from the parched 
lips of the curser of God and relig- 
ion and all that was high, holj and 
sublime. Yes, gone, ' :i op- 

portunitting to the soeptre of the 
Prince of peace and washin 
sin-stained robes in the 
Lamb— gone the last ho] 
and joy, of heaven and immortality, 
of peaoe in the light of God I i 

.- r "'ie, a mirit took its 

flight down, down, down, lower, 
1 »wer, lower and still more low, till 
the dark, tie: .v and • 

ing region rnal despair threw 

■ tals, and th 
spirit entered the abj 

E ' 'inn thought ! ■ ■ 
over, ' ' I that might 

have midst the an.'elie : 

of heaven, and ■ Ided more joy and 
lustre in the crown of rejoicing and 
the diadem 

ling the l'ai 

deemer. — Christian J' 






"Gone" said a blooming maiden ' ' 
as she beheld the form of a friend 
lading in the distance, "and I, per- 
haps, shall see him no more — driven 
away by my unkindness — what shall 
I do '.'" And n him i 

again, for his hopes and aspirations 
were destroyed by her unkindness, 
and he now sleeps beneath the tall 
pine3 of the far of Rocky Mountains 
having fallen at the hands of the red 
men of the forest. 

" G-one, Gone" in whispered ac- 
cents fell from the lips of the pale, 
care-worn, yet loving and devoted 
mother, as she bent in silence over 
the lovely form, fro, • had 

just flown the angelic spirit of her 
darling boy. Ah! tis true; and 
his eyes we closed, never again to 
be opened ti'l the loud shrill , 
of the Archangel's trump shall rouse 
the sleeping nations of the dead. — 
Solemn thought ! Gone, gone forev- 
er from the lights and shade- 
joys and sorrows, the bliss and cares 
of earthly life. 

But with a thousand fold of dark- 
ness and gloom enveloping these 
solemn words, did they fall on the 
ear, as they came in all their burn- 
ing agony from the lips of the i 



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F!gr tin Companion, 
Reflection* Oil boniuninj; (In- .war. 

In reflecting over the ]>ast, we 
cannot but see ami feel that the 
been fraught with events 
and incidents momentous and inter- 
esting, and so diversified in their 
nature and character, that it is 
Bcarcely possible to give each its 
due share of thought. 

Many lives — useful and precious, 
left this Btage of action, and 
their bouIs called to the spirit-land. 
1 ,ives that Lave been useful in pro- 
moting the j rospt > ity and loj , 
of others — and lives that have been 
precious in the fond affections of 
seme dear, confiding heart. "While 
the Ik reaved arc left, mourning tho 
dej arture of loved ones, they should 
look up, press forward toward the 
mark, and strive to meet ultimately 
the object of their attachment, in 
that hotter country "beyond the 
river." 

To some, the year just departed 
has been one of signal success and 
erity ; and while the blessings 
of contentment and happiness rest 
calmly upon their brow, they should 
Low in humble gratitude to the 
Gieat Dispenser of light and life, 
and not forget those of their fellow 
mortals who have been less fortu- 
nate. And indeed the latter class 
is mucb more numerous than the 
former. How many, alas! hotv 
viry many have tasted the bitters of 
affliction, sat in its shadow, and 
tread wearily its dark path-way. — 
"While many have perished in the 
eep " of affliction, we are 
yet remaining as monuments of the 
Divine clemency. 

In taking a retrospective view of 
our lives, we are convinced more 
r. 1 ii.lv than ever of the long-forbear- 
ing mercy of our God. "We have 
followed our Savior, but perhaps 
like Mary of old, at too great o dis- 
tance. We have not lived up to 
our great and glorious gospel privi- 
We should endeavor to keep 
near ( ur Bavior, and he will ''draw 
unto us." 

In contemplating the future, all 

is dark and obscure before us. We 

may learn, however, from the ex- 

nce of the past, that no cartli- 



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'.iscsoiens and enjoyments will 
fully meet our hopes and wishes ; — 
they never have produced satisfac- 
tion, — were never designed to, and 
indeed are incapable of producing 
it. "We may expect that trials of 
one kind or another will certainly 
be our lot. "Man is born to trou- 
ble, as the sparks flp upward." But 
we also know that God will be the 
same he always has been — will al- 
ways lend an car to the prayers of 
his people, will never leave us, nor 
forsake us, — and as our days, so 
shall our strength be. We know 
that he will guide us with his coun- 
sel, and eventually, through the 
plenitude of his mercy, receive us 
home to glorv. 

J. LEVI KITTING EI?. 

Fair f eld, Pa. 

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For the Companion. 
Parental: Tradition vs Skepti- 
cism. 

It is truly appalling to vie ,v the 
infidelity, manifestly eaused by pa- 
rental tradition. I allude, not to 
avowedly skeptical traditions, but, 
to that of those professing to be 
followers of Christ ; and, even claim- 
ing to know him, by an experimen- 
tal knowledge of sins forgiven, and 
making loud profession of joy in the 
holy spirit, while, (as yet) they 
have never been obedient to the 
very first command with promise, 
namely, being baptized for the re- 
mission of sins. Now, I am aware 
that some may accuse me of believ- 
ing water baptism to be a saving or- 
dinance ; in one sense it is. It cer- 
tainly is the only true way to be in- 
itiated into the Church of God, or, 
into Christ. Yet alas ! we find ma- 
ny that arc vainly boasting, a knowl- 
edge of their sins being forgiven, 
simply from their feelings, and if 
they be kind and good parents, it is 
very hard indeed lor their confiding 
children ever to see how false is 
their faith. The writer had a long 
and hard struggle to get rid of un- 
belief, instilled by parental tradi- 
tion, although sprinkled in infancy 
under the name of baptism, and af- 
terward brought up in the faith, so 
strong that I looked upon other 
churches as being all mistaken ; yet 




on coming to years of maturity, and 
allowing myself to question the 
soundness of my faith, by compar- 
ing it with the gospel ot Christ I 
was soon able to see that it was in 
many points far from agreeing with 
the gospel ; and it was gradually 
caused to give away, and make 
room for the true faith of obedience 
to the plain requirements of the 
Gospel. I often think, in view of 
the ruinous influence of false faith, 
that it is worse by far, than avowed 
infidelity ; it has always been Sa- 
tan's most effectual plan, to mix 
good with the evil ; present himself 
as an angel of light, tLat he may 
deceive many. Again — it some- 
times looks liice those approximat- 
ing nearest to gospel obedience, and 
j ct rejecting a part of the ordinances 
arc the most of all, calculated to 
I lead astray. In conclusion I would 
say to all, be careful, oh ! be care- 
ful that you arc not led by parental 
traditions, not coinciding with the 
Gospel. 

J. N. CROSSWHITE. 
Macotnh, 111. 



lor the Companion. 
The Sabbath. 

To the labt ring man there is no 
day like the Christian Sabbath. To 
him it is a day of rest, the day of 
days and the Pearl of days. The 
toils, cares, and vexations of the 
week are laid aside, and his mind is 
drawn by the sweet, subtle influence 
from earth towards heaven his na- 
tive place. 

A writer says there are three 
things that have escaped the conse- 
quences of the fall, — the song of 
birds, the beauty of flowers and the 
smile of infancy, — we may add a 
fourth, the "Sabbath," for it is still 
a representative of the peace and 
purity of Eden, and a type of the 
rest that remaiueth to the people of 
God. 

The child of God appreciates this 
boon, as perhaps no other can. To 
him it is the great light springing 
up in the darkness of our land, the 
city set on a hill, and the "golden 
clasp that binds the volume of the 
week." He can and does look up- 
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^ bath and sanctuary privileges, for 
one links in ivith the other in the 
grind chain that hinds soul and 
spirit, life and love, heaven and 
earth. 

France arrogantly thought to a- 
holish the Divine law with impunity; 
but the alarming increase of crime 
and outlawry, soon convinced her 
and the world that man cannot ex- 
ist without a check to the full sway 
of passion. Left to himself he is a 
destructive being, and must have 
something to break in upon and stop 
him in his mad career. So the day 
was restored, and Notre Lame's 
chiming bells now call the worship- 
ers at the dawn of each new born 
Sabbath day. 

"llcmember the Sabbath day to 
keep it holy," was given to Moses, 
the man of God, on the cloud cap- 
ped, thunder-rocked mount, and Je- 
sus who came many centuries later, 
came not to destroy but to fulfil the 
law. As christians we do not ob- 
serve exactness, or indeed the same 
day, for the risen Jesus is greater 
than the types and shadows of the 
old dispensation. 

"Softly lades the twilight ray 
Of the holy Sabbath day, 

Gently as life's Betting sun, 

When the Christian's course is run." 

L. II. MILLER. 

Valley Farm, W. Va. 

For the Companion* 
S.mn I liinu to ihiuk ot. 

How ought all the brethren, and 

sisters too, apply the teachings of 
the Savior, where ho says : "Take 
heed that ye do not your alms bc- 
foie men," <ic. "Lut when thou 
doest alms let not thy left hand 
know what thy right hand doeth." 

The above I think would be well 
to have an insertion in the Oompan 
ion as a subject for serious reflec- 
tion, a3 it is among the all things 
taught for the salvation of the soul. 

I renew my subscription to the 
Companion) with a heartfelt desire 
that its reading may bo of the Bioat 
substantial sustenanot. gathered 

from the fountain-head, that the 
many readers thereof may see the 
pleasantUMS Of Observing all the or- 
dinances of the Lord blaineh- 

JACOB P. LEBEW. 

York iSj>rin<js,l'a. 



YOUTH'S DEPARTMENT' 



The Boy's KeMolve. 

I would like to have ruddy cheeks, 
and bright eyes, and strong limbs. 
But they say that strong drink 
dims the eye, and whitens the cheek, 
and enfeebles the frame ; therefore 
I will not drink at all. 

I would like to have a clear mind, 
so that I may think on great things, 
and serve God, and do good to oth- 
ers, and prepare to die. But they 
say that strong drink clouds the 
mind, and often destroys it ; there- 
fore I will not drink at all. 

I would like to have a peaceful 
heart and a quiet conscience, so that 
I may be happy while I am here. 
But they say that strong drink fdls 
many a heart with misery, and im- 
plants in many a conscience a 
sting ; therefore I will not drink at 
: all. 

I would like to have a happy 
home and a happy fireside, where I 
could rejoice with loving brothers 
ond sisters and parents. But they 
say that strong drink makes ten 
thousand homes wretched and mis- 
erable ; therefore I will not drink 
at all. 

1 would like to go to heaven 
when I die, that 1 may dwell with 
Jesus in glory forever. But they 
say that strong drink keeps men 
from entering into heaven, and 
easts them down to hell ; therefore 
I will not drink at all. — English 
paper. 

PuNniug 4wej . 

Children, did you ever reflect that 
your lives resemble a stream of 
water ? STou start, apparently, 
from a little spring — some of you 
away up among the mountains — 
first forming a little rill, then a 

brook, which after awhile reaches 

the river, and is constantly carried 
onward by the force of the current 
until lost si^bt of in the boundless 
oeeoli. Thus we are all pacing 
away ; and U BOOD as we begin 
live our eon ward th( 

for every breath we draw, ami 
iy day We li\c, bring us nearer 
death. Our lives ai . and 

pass away as a vapor ..Such are the 



laws by which we are governed in ' 
regard to our lives ; and so fixed 
and unchangeable are they that we v 
can only prepare ourselves for a 
better life beyond this, but cannot 
re it the stream that carries us 
steadily and unresistingly to that 
bourne from whence no traveler re- 
turns . 



A poor, lame boy was walking 
along one of the muddy streets of 
the city, trying to find a suitable 
placebo cross. Tho heavy rains had 
fallen, and the street wa-s unusually 
deep with mud and water. While 
waiting to cross, another lad saw 
him, and ciied out, "Stop '. st ip ! 
I'll carry you over." In a moment 
he gently took the little cripple in 
his arms, and carried him over to 
the opposite side of the street. In 
doing it he got quite wet ami mud- 
dy ; but he did not mind that, for 
he felt amply repaid by the inward 
reward which his heart gave him. — 
The little lame boy smiled grateful- 
ly, and thanked him kindly, but the 
pleasure of doing a kind act paid 
him better. Doin^ good £o others 
brings its own reward, which the 
selfish of the word can not appre- 
ciate.- — Sd. 



Time is the only gift in winch 
Cod has stinted us ; for he never 
entrusts us with a see ml m 
till he has taken a. say the Brst, and 

never leases us eel tain of a third. — 

Tin: NlGBT PeaYBK. — A father 
came home from hi.s business at ear- 
ly evening, and took his little girl 
upon his knee. After a few d. \e- 

Likc caresses, she crept to his bosom 

and fell asleep. He eariied her 
himself to her chamber, and said, 
"Nellie would not lik< I i bed 

without saving her pra\ tM> '." Half 

opening her large blue eyea, 6he 

.ily articulated : 

don u to I 
Uonl " 

then adding in ■ sweat murmur, — 
"lie knows the rest," she sank an 

her pillow, in Ins watchful care w : ^ 

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LOCAL MATTERS. 

Tyrone City, Pa., Jan. 21, 1868. 



OOB R H - PO n i) i: n B. 

nf church nms tolietled frotn 

all }Htrtf tf tin Br oti Ur h o9&. Wrilrr's mum 

and addreee required' on every oommwi 

us limn ul faith. Rejected communi- 

cation* or tiiiiiiimciijii wwd) nut ri turned. All 
cttmiuunications for publication should bt writ- 
ten upon out lidt OftiU illttl only. 

Dear Brotlo-r Henry ; I have 
now arrived in the far West. I feel 
to write u few lines for the Compan- 
ion. I have left all ray relatives in 
the East, and never expect to see 
them any more in this world. But, 
oh ! what a happy thought, we may 
all meet at home in our "Fathers 
house," if we prove faithful. Yes, 
we may meet in our Father's "man- 
sions " in heaven, where we will 
never he separated, where no fare- 
well tear shall be shed. There was 
a request by my dear sisters at Oak- 
land, Pa., to write to them. I take 
this method of doing so, that all 
may hear from me at onec ; and that 
others, my relatives and christian 
friends, and all acquaintances may 
hear from me. 

I do not think that I will ever go 
back to live in the East any more. 
This is a beautiful country. We 
have beautiful weather, and good 
meetings. W r e have eveiy thing 
here that heart could wish for. And 
the best of all is, the kind brethren 
and sisters we have met with here. 
I can never repay them for their 
kindness ; but I hope the Lord will 
reward them. Thanks to God that 
he has filled the hearts of his peo- 
ple to be kind and to love one an- 
other. Oh ! that the Lord would 
give me a truly thankful heart, that 
1 may live truly thankful for all 
blessings. I often feel sorry that 
we need so much assistance from 
our dear brethren. My husband is 
now gone West to Harrison Co., 
Iowa, on a preaching tour. Yet 
they all seem to do their part with 
pleasure. I fear I can never be 
thankful enough for what they do for 
us. 

A few lines to my dear brethren 
and sisters at Tenraile, Washington 
Co., Pa. How often we met togeth- 



er to worship God, to sing praises 
to his most holy name. That time 
is past, never to return again. Dear 
brethren and s'sters, live prayerful, 
and do not forget me in your pray- 
ers. Oh ! that we may all meet God 
in peace. "I want to be where Je- 
sus is," and I would like to meet 
my dear friends there. The delight- 
ful thought of meeting Jesus, who is 
always pl?ading for poor dying sin- 
ners. The prospect is enlivening. 
Ig wakens in me the warmest feel- 
ings of gratitude. "Praise God oh, 
my soul ! and all that is within me 
praise his holy name ; for his name 
only is excellent." Now dear friends 
farewell; "Be perfect, be of good 
comfort, be of one mind, live in 
peace ; and the God of love and 
2)eace shall be with you." Amen. 

Your sister, 

NANCY WISE. 

Brooklyn, Iowa. 



Brother Hohinger ; W r e the Brn. 
in Green Co., Mo., would like to be 
heard through the Companion. — 
There are but few of us here, (eight 
in number) and we met together in 
obedience to the command "not for- 
sake the assembling of yourselves 
together," we there and then deter- 
mined to meet regularly for the 
worship of God ; and as we have no 
speaker, I was chosen as a corres- 
pondent in behalf of the church. — 
For the first then I will invite trav- 
eling brethren to visit us, and give 
us meetings. To those desiring to 
emigrate I would say, that we have 
a good country. Prairie and tim- 
ber land, good land to raise wheat, 
corn, oats, and in fact everything 
that is grown in Penna., Ohio, Ind., 
or Illinois, including cotton, and 
fruits of all kinds. The winters are 
mild and short. Summers are plea- 
sant, not any warmer than in the 
States above mentioned. 

There is an idea held by some in 
the North that it is not safe for 
Northern men to come here. I as- 
sure you it is not correct, you are 
not only safe but welcome. Socie- 
ty here is good, perhaps as good as 
anywhere. But there is a great 
deal of spiritual wickedness ; that is, 
sectarians who deal out the poison 




of the golden cup to the deceived 
multitude. I think this could be all 
remedied by preaching the gospel 
in its purity. 

Land in this county sells from 
15 to 30 dollars per acre. In Polk 
county, North of this, improved land 
sells from 10 to 15 dollars per acre. 
The climate is healthy, and water 
good. Many good springs. Any 
one desiring to come here can come 
via St. Louis and Rolla, on this 
road they will have 108 miles of 
staging, and via Redalia there will 
b : 120 miles of staging. 

For further information address, 
HENRY CLAY, 

Springfield, Mo. 



Brother Henry ; I spent one 
week prospecting in Harrison Co., 
Iowa. There are a few members in 
Harrison Co., and I think there is a 
prospect of good being done there. 
After my return from Harrison I 
was taken to Dresden in the South 
East part of this county, held three 
meetings. Very good order, good 
attention, &c. Indeed, I think we 
had good meetings. There is, in 
my opinion, a fair prospect for do- 
ing good in this Western country. 
My chief object in moving West was 
to do good. May God enable me 
to accomplish my object. I know 
that "Paul may plant and Apollos 
water, but God giveth the increase." 
I find many of our brethren out here 
are subscribers to the Companion. 
May God bless your labors. We 
have a good country here. Also in 
Harrison Co., Iowa, is a good coun- 
try. Thousands of acres of land 
unimproved. Offering great in- 
ducements to emigrants. Homeless 
persons may there find a home. I 
have been very closely engaged 
since I came to this county. I hope 
I may soon have leisure to write 
more for your columns. 

Yours as ever, 

JOHN WISE. 

Brooklyn, Iowa. 



Brother Henry ; Ever feeling 
anxious to peruse the Church news 
when I get the Companion, and I 
thinking that others of you reeders i, ■ 
are inclined the same way induces ^N 



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V\ me to offer a few items in i- .'aid to ! ren are the instigators 
C a the Nettle Creek, brand., Wavne \ revision of the New 
t J Co., Ind. I am happy to say that saying " The Dunkers 



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as far as 1 know love and union pre 
vail amongst the members- During 
the past summer we had some twenty 
accessions to the Church by bap- 
tism. We feel that we have been 
specially fortunate since the 3rd day 
of the present month in being visit- 
ed by brethren Hiel Hamilton, 
Saumuel Murray, and George Sala, 
from Indiana, and George It. Ba- 
ker from Iowa, who held a series of 
meetings here continuing some four 
days. All these meetings were 
largely attended, and the Word was 
preached with power, and the doc- 
trine of the Brethren, as tanght by 
the Savior, defended with boldness 
and ability. And while the mem- 
bers feel that they were richly fed 
and their inner man strengthened, 
it also seems that much seed fell on 
good ground, as since the close of 
the meetings fourteen have been 
baptized, and two during the meet- 
ings ; and we think more will come 
soon. May the Lord reward our 
brethren for their labors of love 
amongst us, and may Zion prosper 
everywhere, is the prayer of your 
unworthy brother. 

DAVID BOWMAN. 



of the late 
Testament : 
have gotten 
up a new Testament to suit their 
own Cieed," and that we have ad- 
opted it as a Text Book. Knowing 
that this is not the case in our part 
of the Brotherhood at least, we de- 
sire that you would procure a list of 
the names and profession of all who 
were engaged in that work and 
give them through the Companion^ 
and you will oblige your brother. 
WILLIAM HOW. 

Leivistoivn, Pa. 



Salomon} branch Sunday School. 
Iluuliugtou Co., I ml 

This school was reported in the 
Companion, No. 43, Vol. 3. The 
school has been carried on by the 
brethren about 6 months, and is in a 
prosperous condition. It is con- 
ducted altogether by the brethren, 
the superintendents, and all the 
teachers are members of the Church. 
I feel rejoiced to say that since the 
organization of our Sabbath-school 
there have been about 50 members 
added to the church 
the church has been 
in seeing so many of our neighbors 
and neighbors' children made wil- 
ling to come out from the world and 



our children and our neighbors and 
neighbors' children to assemble 
themselves in a Sunday-school ca- 
pacity, and read the word of God, 
in preference to having them in- 
dulge in the sinful practices of the 
world. 

In our school are four mail class- 
es, taught by brethren Moses Cal- 
vin, Levi Hoover, Daniel Shideler, 
and Henry Paul. 

Three female classes, taught by 
sisters Rebecca Calvin, Sarah 
Sprinkle, and Lovina Shideler. 

For the quarter ending Dec. 1st, 
there were 3192 verses read by the 
male classes, and 4109 verse9 by 
the female classes. 

Andrew Clepser is 1st Superin- 
tendent, and Levi Sprinkle 2nd Su- 
perintendent. 

ABRAHAM 1IEINEY, Sec'y. 

Huntington, lad. 



ArShort.IIitilory ol the^Brethreu. 

In the year 1719 a few families 
of the Brethren landed at Philadel- 
phia, and planted a Church at Ger- 
mantown. Pa. ^ Soon others arrived 
by baptism, and (among whom was A lexander Mack) 
made to rejoice an( l settled in different counties of 
our neighbors this State. In the year 1722 a gen- 



foliow their blessed Master. I feel 
Brother Henry ; I must let you convinced that our Sabbath-school, 
know a little of our seeries of meet- by the help of the Lord, had a great 
tngs in Dry Valley meeting-house, deal to do in their conviction. See- 
ing these happy results of our school 



of the Lcwistown branch, commen- 
cing on the evening of the 28th, 
and continued until the evening of 
the 31st. We had 7 meetings, and 
a faithful interest manifested through- 
out. The ministering brethren 
were M. Miller, of Cumberland Co ; 
A. llashoar of Juniata Co., J. It. 
llanawalt & P. Myers of Spring 
Run. May the Lord bless the la- 
bors of our dear brethren to the 
building up of each member of our 
Church in the most holy faith, once 
delivered to the saints, and to the 
converting of souls. May our dear 

brethren who labored with us share 
with as in that blessing and receive 
souls for their hire. 

Now brother Henry, inasmuch M 
there are sonio people who are un- 
der thcimpression that tho Breth- 



rnakes me feel like exerting all of 
my little influence to promote the 
prosperity of Sunday-rchools. 1 
would to God that all the brethren 
everywhere could see and feel the 
interest that is felt here. We are 
taught by the Bible to do good 
whenever opportunity presents itself. 
iSow brethren, if we can do good be- 
having Sabbath-schools, then it is 
our duty to have them, in order that 
we may discharge our duty in the 
Bight of God. We should be rorj 
oarefu] not to neglect our duty 
when we can by its discharge be 
instrumental io bringing many of 
our fellow men and women out from 
darkness into that true and marvel- 
ous light. I do hope, brethren, 
that we feel it OUT duty to induce 



eral visit was made to all the differ- 
ent churches by Elder Peter Baker, 
and two other brethren whose names 
are unknown. The churches did 
not increase until the year 172S, 
when the following persons were in- 
itiated by baptism, in the Wisko- 
hickung, near Germantown, viz.: — 
Martin Frner and wife. Henry Lan- 
dis and wife. Fred. Long and wife, 

and Miley, who were the 

first members baptised in America, 
Elder P. Laker officiating. The 
same evening (25th of December), 
they held b Lovefeast, (being 
the first held in this country) at the 
house of John Coinorry. After this 
we are informed, there was ■ great 
outpouring of the spirit, and many 
were added to the Church at differ- 
ent places. 

In the year 17 7 El l( I I 
Adam Martin, of the Antietain 
branch, Franklin I I I . recom- 

mended the L8th chapt. of Matthew 
to be read to applicants desiring 
baptism* Previous to t. 



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j^ 14th chapter of 
v I such occasions. 



Luke was read on 
About the year 
or IT: 1 .'.* the first Annual Meet- 
ing Waa hold, it is supposed, in Lan- 
oaster Co., Pa. From that time on 
till the present ; the brethren have 
mot in Annual Conference, about 
Whitsuntide of each year. 

JACOB SNOWBERGER. 
Waynesboro, Pa. 

m » 

"The Blue-Coats, and how they 
Lived, Fought and Died for the 
Union ; with Scenes and Incidents 
in the Great Rebellion." is the title 
of a handsome volume, just issued 
by Jones Brothers & Co., Phila- 
delphia, Pa. It is just such a vol- 
ume as will find numerous purchas- 
ers, and just such a one as persons 
seeking to act as book agents would 
add to their list. 

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Editorial Observations. 

Letters come to us occasionally 
from the poor soliciting help from 
the church. For the information 
and satisfaction of such we will say, 
that it is not according to the order 
of the Brethren to appeal for help 
to the church at large. But the in- 
dividual needing assistance, should 
first appeal to the branch of the 
church in which he lives ; if the 
church cannot supply the want then 
it should be made known to the 
neighboring branches, and so on 
until the want is supplied. And we 
have no doubt if those who are in 
want would pursue this course, they 
would fare better in getting help, 
and it would be more satisfactory to 
the church in general. 

Some that would gladly "lend to 
the Lord " in such cases, fear to 
give, thinking they might be impos- 
ed upon by some who are not in 
want. We do not make these re- 
marks to discourage the poor from 
asking help of the church, but rath- 
er to encourage them, that their 
wants may all be amply supplied, 
by applying in the right manner. 

Several contributions have been 



received, the subjects of whicn are 
now out of date, and must the refore 
lay over until time revolves. We 
have before us a christian hymn, 
which has some merit, both for sen- 
timent and language, but our ideas 
of propriety pronounce it out of sea- 
son. Then we have not less than 
half a dozen articles on Christmas, 
and New Year, all arriving too late 
for insertion at the proper time. — 
Those who wish t» write on such 
subjects should anticipate the occa- 
sion and write in advance. Then 
their words and the time will be in 
harmony. 



To our Correspondents. 

Samuel Lupoid ; where is Philip Platy's 
paper to be changed from. 

Jacob H Lcedy ; where is your paper to be 
changed from. 



Liistof moneys received, for subscription 
to the Companion, since our last. 

Where no amount accompanies the name, 
1.50 is implied. 

A Ward, Sykesville, 'Md. D. Clem 1.00, 
VValkertou, Iud. H Hershbcrger, D Knicley, 
A Snowberger, Bloody Run, Pa. Z Bow- 
man, Akron, Ind. M Rohrer, Mt. Carroll- 
Ill, II P Stricklcr, D Shelter, Eldora, Iowa. 
J B Shirk, Detanta, la. H E Slifer, Grandy 
Centre, la. J Stricklcr, Marshaltown,'Ia. J 
Streipenhour, Annville, Pa. Miss A Diehl, 
Gettysburg, Pa. W A Moore, Seven 'Stars, 
Pa. L Raffensperger. York Sulpher Springs, 
Pa. J Click, Bridgewater, Va. P Snowber- 
ger, .New Enterprise, Pa. M Bcchtel, Wood- 
berry, Pa. E Baker, Chambersburg, Pa. D 
Myers, Peru, Iud. 8 A Swab, Lanarh, 111. 
A Hoehstetler', Meyers Mills, Pa. G Pfoutz, 
S Pfontz, S Saylor, D Baylor. W Sanbel, 
Johnsville, Md. N Cauffman, Middlcburg, 
Iud. G W Ilelwig, Alianee, O. J Kessler, 
I I Kessler, Win Kench, J Noffsingcr, Pleas- 
ant Mound, 111. D Oaks, Dayton, Ohio. .1 
Berkly, Johnstown, Pa. J. Kline, J M 
Cline, Mt. Sidne.tr, Va. S Garber, sr., J Coff- 
man, E Garber, J Philips, J'M Humbert, I 
Flory, L E Myers, New Hope, Va. D Diekc- 
BOD, VYallicc, N. E. S Heckler, Skippack, Pa. 
P C Musser 5.00, Jane Lew, W Va. 

M Glotfelty, Liberty ville, IowaT D'Houser, 
Stockton, CaL 8 Wise 50, Mints, Pa. A J 
Daugberty, T Hopkins, J G Kline, A Crist, 
S Cline, B D Wmnpler, D Fravel, Bowmans 
Mills, Va. J A Showalter, Cherry Grove, Va. 
J':G Ba6hor J Hoover D Rarach, F Kinney, 
Webster, Ohio. 



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Improved Lands for Sale. 

The undersigned has about Seven Hundred 
Acres of Improved Land that he desires to 
sell on reasonable terms. Improvements : 
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cultivation; Frame House 10x32 feet; 40 
acres of timber ]4 mile off. 

210 acres, 160 in cultivation ; two small 
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180 acres, 80 acres in cultivation ; two story 
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'fd for ih? Companion. 
Imnieraioii. 

In the writings of the Gospel, 
An ordinance you'll tind — 
And in the third of Matthew, 
Th.it ordinance enjoined : 
Enjoin'd and all believers, 
Cone witness now the Son, 
Who came and was baptized, 
By his fore. runner John. 

Not at the river Jordon, 
But in the flowing stream, 
Stood John the Baptist Preaelier, 
When hebaptiz'd the Lamb ; 
And Jesus Christ the Savior, 
Out of the water came, 

*p show that we must follow, 
nd pattern after him. 

N. iw John he was a Baptist, 
When he baptised the Lamb ; 
Then Jesus was baptised, 
And thu6 the Baptist* came, 
II you would follow Jesus, 
As christians ought to do, 
You'd cine and be imwrscd, 
And be a baptist too. 

Some say that John the Baptist 
Was nothing but a Jew ; 
But the word of God assures us 
lb- was a preacher too — 
When preaching to the people, 
The gospel truth Itopraas'd, 
And tlieo and there enforced, 
The Savior's righteousness. 

Those infants brought to Jesus, 
Were brought to him to bless ; 
And all that Jesus blessed 
They shall enjoy a rest. 
Then come ye tender parents, 
And bring your babes >dong — 
Noi for to be baptized— 
For Jesus baptised none. 

There's many that will tell you 
These sentiments are new ;" 

But go arid read the Scriptures, 
And you will hud them true : 
That there were none baptized 
But those that did believe — 
A ml that the Lord of (Jlory 
Will no one else receive. 

You've read the third ol Matthew, 
Go nad it through again : 
You'll Bed there'.-, none baptized 

But did repentance bring. 

If you believe in JeSU 

Then be Immersed like him ; 
As long as you neglect it 
It is to you a sin. 

Toll ordlnj of Jesus 

Doth Maud no linn and strong, 

Tb. i oi overturn it 

Though they've endeavored loug i 
For Jesus and bia kingdom 
Will stand fortvet m 
When ih' anti-Christian powers 
Will Minlt I'ottvei n.ore. 

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jWedo not wish to give the preference to any 



one of the many (perhaps one dozen) who 
have scut in the above lines. The sentiments 
expressed are very true, but'we did not par- 
ticularly admire the style, and hence we h tre 
deferred their publication. As so many ap- 
pear to desire their Insertion in the Compan- 
ion we cheerfully yield our taste — -Ei>.] 



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tor Use ComjituioH. 
The Bible. 

The Bible when viewed in all of 
its diversified features, manifestly 
displays to the mind a book of such 
a complete, systematic order of 
knowledge as to convince, without 
a doubt, it is not the production of 
unispired men. The presence of 
Divine Authorship in all its sacred 
pag?s is irresistible — positively un- 
deniable. Such a combination of 
characteristics opposed to flesh nev- 
er had its oiigin in the mind of fal 
len humanity. Such opposition to 
world inspiring minds never emanat- 
ed from the skull of degenerate 
man. From the Alpha to the Ome- 
ga it has the bright and flaming 
signature of Divinity stamped in let- 
ters of living fire, that will ever 
stand even amid burning worlds. 

The heaven born design of that 
blessed Book is to benefit manaind. 
It brings into the compass of our fi- 
nite miiids our fall, our sins, our 
misery and our complete ruin— as 
well as the means of securing hope 
happiness and eternal life. By its 
inilii. -nee we behold error in all its 
phases, as well as bring (he esi 
of Divine favor 1 1 enlighten our be- 
nighted souls. Apart from ti 
ble we may seek wisdom, may Btlive 
for knowledge, or may dive deep 
ilbr literature. I Jut in it i< thi wis 
dom, the knowledge, and the li 
ture of the living <i >d. It, I 
ent < t its teachings we may im 

we m:t\ find and drink tin- C 

happii ess. I'.ut in it we find the 
oiily fountain of living water ; the 
only lasting enp of joy, the 

nectar Of truth planted bv I>:\iiie 

bands, where we may sip the quint* 
if everlasting happinet 



In the Bible is written the world's 
destiny — the destiny of kingdoms, 
powers and leagues of darkness. — 
The blood red heel of Popery, crim- 
son with the blood of thousands of 
martyrs; its d^tiny is written in 
the Bible. The final doom of Anti- 
christ is inscribed therein. 

The Bible as a book of history 
cannot be excelled. If you want to 
read of ancient history go to the 
Bible, of wars famines and pestilen- 
ces go to the Bible. If you de- 
light in reading of military heroes, 
go to the Bible, or fancy love sto- 
ries they are found there. It is the 
only bool that tells of Christ, of his 
birth, life, sufferings, death, resur- 
rection and glorious triumph over 
death hell and the grave. G jd did 
have need to give man a Bible. — 
'Tis not a book only for the rich, 
but it is also the poor man's Bible : 
\va< made to supply the wants of all 
under all circumstances. Is man a 
traveler it is his map, a mariner, 
'tis his star or compass — a pilgrim 
bis staff, a, warrior 'tis his armor, a 
soldier it is his banner, a subject of 
a King, his law, an erring mortal, 
here bis pardon, a student o[' Heav- 
en here hi< chart. It is the Chris- 
tian's book, if tempted tells how to 
overcome, if snfferio oat the 

healing balm, it* weary and he- 
laden telN where to find rest, if 
mouynei . if dy. 

ing gives peace, if dead gives We. 

\ • wishing ; L>i\ ine \ 

dom ! Wonderful display of Cod's 

love ! Who will not study it ?— i 
Who will not obey it '. fhat d 
or that woman does D 

- • their minds are feasting con- 
tinually on 
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the reader drinke in the history of 
the hero ..r heroine in trouble — dig- 
appointed love, or dying. And 
what is it that seems so fascinating? 
Simply a production that probably 
emanated from a mind and heart as 
wicked as ever stamped the pagc^ of 
crime. The pleasures or profit to he do 
ri\cd from reading such books, (their 
number is legion) is aa fleeting as 
the goldenduat of the buttcrfly,,and 
tin' prison to the mind as the venom 
of demons— allurements to lead the 
eoul to destruction. The lives of 
as great heroes or heroines as the 
world ever knew are to be found iu 
the J'.ible, read them they are true 
ami may be read with profit. 

Human tongue can never portray 
the beauties that the fields of Bible 
truths impart. Tho?e pagej are 
decked with flowers of everlasting 
tints, giving vent 'o oders as lasting 
as eternity. The christian knows 
the Bible true; to such it is the most 
reliable testimony of things past- 
present, and things to come. It 
speaks peace to the soul that trusts 
in its Divine teachings. It teaches 
how to pray, how to live and how to 
die. It is a mirror to the Christ- 
alive soul in which is faintly reflect- 
ed a view of Heaven, the infinite 
realms of bliss and regions of ever- 
lasting glory. In it is seen the su- 
preme magnificence of the great 
I AM outshining all the glittering 
beauties of this world ; immensely 
more resplendant than was the glory 
of Solomon or all the richc3 of past 
ages. 

"The fool" may profess to doubt 
the truth of the Uiblo but the tune 
hastens and surely will come when 
all both great and small shall know 
that God Omnipotent reigneth, 
ami the Bible was and is the true 
word of Jehovah. When the last 
Sound of God's trumpet shall verbe- 
ratc and reverberate in tones of ter- 
ible thunder throughout the entire 
dome of Heaven calling all to the 
gr< at day of God's judgement, and 
amid the ap] ailing conflagration 

Of burning worlds and dissolving el 
iments the Ghristiess trembling and 

(juaking soul will know the Bible 

true too true to escape the searching 

!' God, t>", tm.. t now gain 



salvation, too true to now shun the 
vengencc of the Lord, and too true 
to be delivered from the burning 
abode of condemed. Today believe 
the Bible, today let conception 
take place in thy heart by the in- 
dwelling of the eternal seed. To- 
day be born of God. To-day begin 
to live as a new creature in Christ — 
live by that word which is more 
firm than the earth, will stand when 
the heavens shall have passed away 
it is as durable and immovable as 
the very foundations to the pillars 
of the Throne of Jehovah. 

J. S. FLORY. 

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For the Companion. 
Golden Gems.— No. 'A. 

The revelation of Jesus Christ 
may be considered fourfold. The 
first revelation of him is called scrip- 
tural. This began very early 
cvnn in paradise. The suu of righ- 
teousness began to dawn there, and 
from thence shone more and more 
unto the perfect day. He was an- 
nounced the seed of the woman to 
bruise the serpent's head — the seed 
Abraham, in whom all the families 
of the earth were to be blessed — the 
Shiloah of Judea, to whom the gath- 
ering of the people should be— and 
the Son of David, and his Lord. — 
Moses and the prohets wrote con- 
cerning him, and he was held forth 
by them not only in words, but in 
types. In Moses he was seen as a 
l'rophet, iu Aaron as a • Priest, in 
Joshua as a conmieror, and in Sol- 
aoion as a Prince, of Peace. Every 
sacrifice expressed him as an offer- 
ing of sin, the manna from heaven, 
and the water from the rock, as the 
head and the water of life ; the tab- 
ernacle and temple, as the residence j 
of divinity, in whom dwelt all the ! 
fullness of the God head bodily. — ) 
The second revelation of him is in- 1 
carnate. "God was manifest in the ! 
flesh." "We know that he was 
manifested to take away our sins, , 
and in him was no sin." Here he I 
was no only declared, but perceiv- 
ed. He appeared not in vision, 
but in person. Not in thundering, 
as in the giving of the Law to Mo- 
ses, but familiarly, "clothed in a 
body like our own." By a contin- 



uance of three and thirty years, he 
"dwelt among ua — full of grace a«d 
truth.'' The'third revelation of him 
is spiritual. He is not seen in this 
revelation by the eye of sense, but 
by the eye of faith, according to> # 
his word : "lie that seeth the Son, 
and belicveth on him hath everlast- 
ing life." Wc are to behold him^ta 
such a light as to draw onr admira- ■ 
tion, to excite our love, to gain onr 
confidence, and to secure our obedi- 
ence in all things whatsoever he 
commands us, and he will be with 
us, "al .vays, even unto the end of 
the world." 

The fourth and last revelation of 
him is final and glorious. Though 
he is despised and rejected by many 
now, but then the whole earth shall 
be filled with his glory. Tnat great 
and notable day will then approach, 
called by way of distinction, "that 
day of Christ" — "the revelation of 
Jesus Christ." He will then appear 
the second time, without sin unto 
salvation. He will come in his 
glory and all the holy angles with 
him. He will gather his elect from 
the four winds of the earth ! call 
the saints from the graves, and those 
yet living, he will change in the 
twinkling of an eye. His grandeur 
will then be acknowledged, — his 
love, power, patience, and truth will 
be more fully developed. Saints 
and angles will unite with a loud 
voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that 
was slain, to receive power, and 
riches, and wisdom and strength, 
and honor, and glory, and blessing. 
Look forward, my fellow pilgrirr.9 
through the vista of a few more 
years, and you may, perchance, be- 
hold with the mind's eye that glori- 
ous event. Do you not wish to 
reign with the King of kings, and 
Lord of Lords in his kingdom l 
We know you do. Then keep your 
thoughts fixed upon this golden 
time, and fear to do evil. You will 
then be so happy as to hear the wel- 
come plaudit, — "Well done, good 
and faithful servant, enter thou into 
the joys of thy Lord." 

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What < tin si i i hi h a <»liil«l <»i I-...I 

Beloved Brethren and Sisters in 
the Lord ; The above is a question 
that has been impressed upon my 
mind for some time. While looking 
around me and beholding so many 
professions in these latter days and 
all claim to be the children of God. 
it leads me to ask the ques- 
tion. Does singing and praying 
and attending church conscitute a 
child of God 1 Wonld answer, no : 
for we can do all this and yet not 
be the children of God, for we are 
convinced of this when we look 
around us and see and hear so much 
profession. We here them singing 
and praising God form night unto 
night in this season of the year, 
when there are gieat revivals in 
some of our churches, and people 
are coming out by scores at the 
mourners benches and arise upon 
there feet and say they are burn of 
God, for the spirit bears them wit- 
ness that they are the children of 
God, and at the same time they are 
not willing to obey the word of God. 
Speak to them about obeying the 
commands of our blessed Savior 
and they will tell you that they are 
not essential to salvation ! Speak 
to them about the nonresistant 
spirit as taught in the word of God 
and they will tell you that selfdefense 
is the first law oF Nature, and if 
we do not defend ourselves or those 
of our household we arc no chris- 
tians, speak to them about coming 
out from the world and not to be 
conformed to the world but to be 
transformed by the renewing of our 
minds and they will toll you that 
there is nothing in the wearing of 
apparal ; all that is needed is to 
feel the forgiveness of your sins and 
then you can go on as before, ou^ 
wardly ; You can enjoy life us 
well as others that do not make a 
profession of religion : you can at 
tend concerts and festivals. Thev ' 
even open there churches to bold 
Oyster suppers, &c, and all under 
a cloak or Religion. I ask is this ' 
the spirit that constitute a child of 
God. According to the word of 
God we would answer no! for if we 
are the children of God we will hon 



or his word and try to do those 
things that arc pleasing in his sight, 
and we will not say that those things 
that God has commanded are not 
assential to salvation, for what God 
has commanded is Yea and Amen ; 



For the Companion. 
LovCSt I Ik. II U14- 7 

"Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou 
me "r"— John 21: 16. 

Many things arise which throw a 



for heaven and earth shall [.ass doubt u P on our love 5 our Lord may 
away, but his word shall not pass I weI1 *h**efore put the question, 
awav for it shall stand to judge us ' "lovest thou me P We cannot lore 
at the great day of accounts when Jesus •«•** »e know him. We do 
every mans work shall be tried of ! not kn " w Jc ""' us except we before in 
what sort it is. And if we are built ' h,m - We do not believe hi Jesus 
upon the rock Christ Jesus the gates -except we surrender ourselves and 
of hell shall not prevail against us. a11 wo have to ,um - J««t in propor- 

beloved brothers and sisters, let tlon to ouMaith in Christ will be our 
us examine our selves whether we J. ove to Chiist: "Unto you there- 
are the children of God. We can tore whlcU helieve, he is precious." 
belong to church; we can have D ? - vou love to read of Chri,t, to 
obeyed some of the commands such tl , ll " k of Christ, to commune with 
as baptism, the Lord's supper, the Chris*, and do you desire the will of 
Communion, and the washing of ^ od . be B0 < cheerfully to suffer for 
the feet, outwardly, and yet not Christ! Does Jesus appear to you 
have the work of grace in our heart : tae cbiefest among ten thousand, 
perfect. Tbe apostle tells us though aiul . the one altogether lovely ? If 

1 speak with the tongues of men and Christ could only be obtained by 
of angles an 1 have not charity I am P ar chase, what wouldst thou give 
become as sounding brass, or a lank- tur nim "' ^ ne °" 11 ' * on '. v be ac- 
ling cvmbal. And though I have M uiret l by labor, what wouldst thou 

do for him ? If he could only be 
procured by suffering, what wjiildst 
thou suffer for him? Do vou lore 
him! Then you desire to please 
him, you fear to offend him ; then 
you are willing to denv yourself 



the gift of prophecy and under- 
stand all mysteries and all knowl- 
edge, and though I have all faith so 
that I could remove mountains and 
have not charity I am nothing. 
And though 1 bestow all my goods 



to feed the poor, and though I give tor UI "V aml . vuu will seek his inter 

my body to be burned and have ests before your own. Love is of • 

not cliaiitv it prufiteth me nothing." ten better proved by what we do 

1 Oor.:18, 1, : •!;.). How is it be- tll:l " b >' what wo ■*!> M even 

loved, with us, have we the love of by whifc we ftei After the first flash 

God shed abroad in our hearts? is °J excitement is over, love settles 

it our meat and drink to do the will (,ow " im ° a babit, and instead of in- 

of our Father which is in heaven. »»niing us with violent emotions, in- 

Our blessed Savior could say that 'Pi*** as with gratitude and leads 

he came to do the will of his "father lls t0 ^'It-denying obedienoe. 

which is in heaven, and his will he "He that hath my commandments 

loved to do. Can we also say the :i "d keepetfa them, he it is that lov- 

eth me " We must judge by what 

a man does rather than 'by what I 



same that we delight in the 
\ re we 



service 
: daily 



of our God ? Are we trvin 
to bring all in subjection to his will" 
O that the Lord would grant us 
gi -ace to take up our cross daily 
and follow our blessed Ba\ 

that we may indeed and in truth be 
and joint h,drs with Christ iii 
hi- K. 

ny 
our Lord. 

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man says whether he loves Chr 

not. Some doubt their love to bin 

wlien no one else .•.in ; and 

sure thev love him thert 

stand in d iubt of them. •• 
i- the love of God, that we keep his 
Kingdom, is the prayer of j • mmandinenta ; and hU ,nl- 

iworthy brother in Christ Jefttfl ments .ire not "1st John 

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The Obodioute of Christ 

To minds qualified to appreciate, and 
dfepoeed bo consider moral beauty, 

the character of our Lord presents 
delightful subject for contemplation. 
Ami in the clenu nts which constitute 
Lis lovely character, there is no one 
which commends iteelf more for- 
cibly to our minds for admiration 
and imitation, than his obedience. 
That this trait in his holy character 
dcscr.es more attention from us 
than to a'lmire it, is evident from 
the apostle's Language where he says 
"Let the same mind he in vou which 
was also in Christ Jesus." 

Fiist his obedience was complete. 
He humbled himself, and became 
obedient unto death, even the death 
of the cross. "As life is perhaps 
the highest sacriiice that can be 
made : so the sacrificing of his 
life as an active obedience, would 
seem to imply obedience in every- 
thing else. When the time came 
which required him to be obedient 
unto death, he was not uneontious 
of the sufferings through which he 
was to pass, and well knowing what 
dreadful sufierings he was to endure 
in Gethsemane and on Calvary, his 
m n-itive nature shrunk at the pros- 
pect, and be prayed saying, "O my 
Father, if it be possible, let this cup 
pass from me ; nevertheless not as I 
will, but as thou wilt." He prayed 
three times, the last time saying "0 
my Father, if this cup may not pass 
away except I drink it, thy will be 
done." Although he well knew 
that his sufferings would be extrern- 
ly great in meeting death in the 
most terrible form, death with its 
most excruciating torments, and in 
its greatest ignominy, nevertheless 
he showed the most entire submis- 
sion to the will of his heavenly 
Father. "My meat,'' said he "is to 
do the will of him that sent me, and 
to finish his work." 

ondly, his obedience was uni- 
versal, extending to every precept 
in the holy law of his Father, lie 
obeyed the law in its ceremonial, 
' and remedial character, lie 
was circumcised and observed other 
rites under the ceremonial law. It 
is said of hiin at an early age that 



he was subject unto his parents, thus 
showing that in childood he com- 
menced the observance of the re- 
quirements of the moral law. He 
was baptized under the remedial 
law of the gospel, and said on that 
interesting occasion, to his fore- 
runner, John, who hesitated to ad- 
minister the ordinance to him." 
Suffer it to be so now, for thus it 
becometh us to fulfil all righteous- 
ness." And from such an obedient 
disposition as the Son of God show- 
ed, the Father could not withhold 
his approbation. "And lo a voice 
from heaven, saying this is my be- 
loved Son, in whom 1 am well pleas- 
ed." 

"If ye keep my commandments," 
said Jesus, "ye shall abide in my 
love even as I have kept my Fathers 
commandments and abide in his 
love." Here to him is his Fathers 
love contributed to his keeping com- 
mandments. And while his obedi- 
ence was so complete and universal 
the result thereof could not fail to 
be most benefitial. We may there- 
fore notice, 

Thirdly, the effects of his obedi- 
ence. And, 1st, as it regarded him- 
self. Paul says that Christ "made 
himself of no reputation and took 
upon him the form of a servant and 
was made in the likeness of men ; 
and being found in the fashion as a 
man, he humbled himself, and be- 
come obedient unto death, even the 
death of the cross. Wherefore God 
also hath highly exalted him, and 
given him a name which is above 
every name ; That at the name of 
Jesus every knee should bow, of 
things in heaven, and things in earth 
and things under the earth; and 
that every tongue should confess 
ih'dt Jesus Chrst is Lord to, the 
glory of God tbe Father." Christ 
had in his teachings laid down tbe 
law, that he that humblcth himself 
shall be exalted, in proportion to 
the degree in which he had humbled 
himself Therefore as he had in 
obedience to his Father's will hum 
bled himself and become the servant 
of servants, a glorious state of exal- 
tation awaited him after his humili- 
ation and sufferings and a cloudy 
chariot boro him to heaven, into 



which ho triumphantly entered, 
when it was 6aid, "Lift up your 
heads ye gates ; and be ye lifted 
up ye everlasting doors ; and the 
King of glory shall come in." But 
the happy result of bis obedience, 
to those who cultivate the same 
spirit of obedience are no less bene- 
ficial then they were to himself." 
And being made perfect," says 
Paul, "he became the author of eter- 
nal salvation for all those who cul- 
tivate a similar spirit of obedience. 
Then as submission to God and obe- 
dience to his holy law, were promi- 
nant characteristics of the mind of 
Christ, and as we are exorted to 
have the mind in us that was in him 
his own example of perfect obedi- 
ence should be our model." 

' If then we love the Savior's name, 
Let his divine example move.'' 

J. J. LICHTY. 

For the Companion. 
To the firethreu ami Sisters: 

Grace be unto you, and peace 
from God our Father and the Lord 
Jesus Christ. Our prayer is for 
your welfare and the welfare of the 
Zion of God. As our motive should 
ever be to labor for that which may 
produce the greatest amount of good 
and to remove the censure that may 
and is quite frequently cast upon 
our dear brethren in their labors 
for the general welfare of Zion, and 
to this end I will relieve my mind 
of a few thoughts. 

We feel that under the present 
system of conducting our Annual 
Meetings the privileges of the chur- 
ches are curtailed. Many of the 
churches do not feel themselves 
privileged to represent themselves 
at all, and those that do, do not 
feel that they have an interest 
and business ther. Nowe unless all 
the churches have a part, it will be 
like sending our tioubles to some 
foreign country with some one au- 
thorized to appoint 12 or fifteen per- 
sons to adjust the difficulties. And 
as none wish to "lord it over God's 
heritage," there will be none found 
to take that responsibility. Then 
let the churches petition the district 
councils to pass the resolution that 
each District elect out of the num- 
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then each church by urged to send 
one representative and that form 
the senate into whose hands alone 
the business be entrusted. This 
will give all to feel that the interest 
and privilege is equally distributed, 
and those unpleasant feelings re- 
moved, whether prejudicial or justly 
I cannot tell. And more particu- 
larly would it be necessary under 
the present arrangement of the Dis- 
trict Conference, as matters of a mi- 
nor nature are made final, and those 
that go to the A. M. concern the 
entire brotherhood ; so that all should 
have a voice through their represen- 
tative. Let each church act upon 
this in the fear of the Lord and pre- 
sent their decision to the District. 

And further, let ine correct an 
error that many fell into at our last 
Annual Meetiug. Last Spring Bro. 
Christian Custer went to considera- 
ble trouble and expense to accom- 
modate tue brethren with free re- 
turn tickets, and thereby saved to 
the brotherhood hundreds of dollars. 
But many took their pass more a3 an 
obligation he owed than as a favor 
which should have been compensat- 
ed. Brother Custer and daughter 
robbed themselves of the pleasure of 
the meeting to fill out each pass 
while the receivers were making 
money in the operation. It was 
not the intention to make money by 
them but he should at least have 
been paid for his time and their pas- 
sages free. Others that were weal- 
thy and could have given them free 
had more courage to ask a fee. — 
Perhaps many were not aware that 
brother Custer's income is the labor 
of his hands. I hope that our dear 
brethren and sisters will be more 
thoughtful hereafter, and do be oth- 
ers as we would wish others to do 
to us. I have written this without 
the permission of brother Custer, 
but hope he will not be ofi'eiide I fc.r 
having errors corrected. 

PETER B. MYERS. 

— - — - — ■*■■*■ 

I or tht ( 'am], union. 

Old Iliiudrt-d. 

Js then a heart in tho land that 
does not thrill with delight on heal- 
ing that divine melody, Old llun 
,-dred ? It charmed our senses and 



lulled us to sleep in infancy, for a 
mother's voice ran in loving trills 
through every chord. In youth we 
sang it until the hills caught and ech- 
oed the tender refrain, and when 
we come to die, its soft cadences 
will fall on our ears, like music from 
the upper sphere, and charm away 
(.ur fears, and lull our paiu. 

Hearts long since buried were 
comforted by i*s soul-stirring inspi- 
ration, and were led from hight to 
bight, until they seemed to mount on 
wings of faith to bow with the blood- 
washed throng around the Great 
White throne. It seems an emanation 
from Deity himself, and like "Elder 
Br-wster" I expect to hear it when 
in the "Sun Bright Chime." 

It is indeed Old Hundred, for 
centuries have passed since it left the 
composers pen, hut to every new- 
born soul it renews as youth, and 
generation after generation, love 
and sing the same hymn of praise. 

We sing it over the cradle of sleep- 
ing ehildhood,we sing it over the cof- 
fins of those we love best, and we 
sob out our grief over the grave in 
its sad melting strains. 

Young men and maidms, old men 
and Aomen sing and weep as though 
a band of white- robed songsters 
were chanting the songs of triumph 
and deliverance, for the waiting 
hearts are lifted, and ''heaven comes 
down our souls to greet" Like the 
peal of a groat organ, grand Old 
Hundred, thunders and rolls until 
iu echos die away in the blue dome 
above. Methinks the angels may 
sometimes still there songs and fold 
their wings to catch and treasure aa 
incense this hymn of hyins, this song 
of songs, for 

■'Such faun* hate i>ower to quiet, 
This rettleu palee ot 

And cane liUi: i lit- benediction 
Thui fulluwB nil' i prayer." 

L.H.MILLER. 

I'allii/ Farm, W . \'a. 
Nothing I.ohI. 

from the earliest ages of the 
until the present, it is BUBOSed that 
not a .-ingle atom of matter h.ts in 
reality been lest, but onlv continued 
to enter and re enter into new foims 

and combinations. What a feirfcnge 

thought, that these living, fleshly 




forms of ours, may be composed 
the same material that once enwrapt 
spirits that are now inhabitants of a 
brighter and better world. N .t 
alone is this true of the meteiial, 
but also of the iinmeterial. Our acts 
are but the results of what some one 
else has done, and ours in turn shall 
affect those around us. If it be but 
a pleasent smile or pitying word, 
that will be as a ray of sunlight to 
some burdened, drooping spirit, 
withhold it not, for there are chains 
of'gold binding other hearts to 
our own along which shall run tho 
electric ferver of a holy love. "A 
word fitly spoken is like apples of 
gold in pictures of silver ! That 
poor, lowly orphan, whose numbed 
fingers you warmed, and whose 
hungry mouth you filled, went on 
her way refreshed and gladdened 
by the expression of youi sympathy 
— thinkest thou that this shall be 
lost ? Whosoever shall give but a 
cup of cold watter to one of these 
little ones, shall, in no wise, lose 
his reward !" These precious words 
of love and kindness that cost noth- 
ing, and pass apparently into forge t- 
fulness, are not lu*t, for the re 
ing Angle, with pen of adamant, 
wiiteth them in the Book of Remem- 
brance, and sealeth it unto the great 
day ! 

"The life I live in the Beth," 

says the ap.istle. Look at him busv 
at his tent making. What ! an 
tie making tents J Whit sav fOU, 
brethren, to the Archbishop of CeB- 
terbury stitching a.vay for Ins Ly- 
ing! It is too low for a State bi-h- 
op. certainly, but not too low for 
Pau'. 1 do not think the apostle 
was ever more apostolic than when 
he picked up sticks. When Paul 
and his companions were ship-wreck 
ed at Melitu, the apostle was o( 
more service than all the Tan An; 
hean BjBod with there silk aprons, 
i'ov h.' set to work like other j ■ 
to gather fuel tor the tire ; he 
ted to warm himself as other men, 
and therefore he took his sha: 
the toil. Spurfi 



Uccei\e instruction 10 1 
and refuse it not. 



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LOCAL MATTERS. 

Tyrone City, Pa., Feb. 4, 1868. 



CPU BEBPO N D I. N C 1 

tpondence of church ncir* tutlieUed from 
all ]Mirt* of On Jlruttii rhuml. Writer's mum 

ami mdd re** m/itirrti on utery communication, 
a* gum il faith. Rejected communi- 

cation* or munmcript vted t not returned* All 
communication* for publication thould bi writ- 
ten upon one title oftlo tkeet only. 

Pilll.Al'A., 1 ( A., ) 

Jan. 23, '68. \ 

Br<ih>r liiUinyr ; It has been 
several months since you have 10 
ccived any tidings through us in rc- 
gard to "the Brethren's " Sabbath 
school, in Philadelphia. Although 
our silence has been somewhat pro- 
tra;ted, we are glad to say the in- 
terest heretofore manifested in this 
holv enterprise is still brightly burn- 
in.' in the Crown St. Sunday School, 
and cheering prospects like beacon 
lights seem to illuminate our future 
pathway. 

We point the little ones to Christ 
and hope through our prayers and 
the instructions received from time 
to time, they may all humbly bow 
at the feet of Jesus, and contend 
for tho faith once deliveied unto the 
saints." We . v i 1 1 not attempt to ar- 
gue the merits or demerits of Sab- 
bath Schools, for we know it to be 
a good cau^e, and not the use but 
the alu/sf will invoke the frowns and 
displeasure of Jehovah. We know 
it is a holy cause for this reason : — 
we teach them the Gospel of our 
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and 
nothing more. 

And we have experienced thv 
blessed influences of the Holy 
Spirit in our unworthy hearts whilst 
thus employed. Yes many are the 
happv hours we have spent whilst 
the children sang their sweet songs 
of /.ion. And methinks those glad 
and peaceful hours will no doubt 
give us many glorious reflections in 
1 l-aven. 

I was somewhat surprised to read 
an article in the Companion some 
time ago, produced by brother l'ibuu 
in opposition to this good work. — 
Not bnng able to bring any por- 
ti on "t Qod'l holy word to bear 
ist it, ho simply informs us he 



was "superintendent of a Sabbath 
School five or six years, but finally 
discovered Satan was at tho head of 
it." But we think our brother must 
certainly have caused a "slip of the 
pen," as the assertion he makes 
would very seriously reflect upon 
himself, he being the superintendent 
or in other words the chief agent of 
one of those institutions winch he 
seems to think are all alike in their 
motives or designs. But let us try 
and overcome our prejudices. Let 
as do all in our power to advance 
the Church of Christ. Let us put 
into active service, all the strength 
God gives us, and push forward with 
more zeal the Gospel car of Liberty. 
Let the brethren organize and es- 
tablish these schools, founded upon 
the solid truths of the Gospel ; and 
if conducted in the fear of God un- 
told blessings will crown their ef- 
forts. Gather tke tender lambs 
within the fold of Christ. 

Many bitter tears we shed over 
the departure of our beloved little 
one, so recently torn away from our 
fireside by the unfriendly hand of 
death. The one we confessed dear- 
er to us than our own lives, more 
precious than all the world can give 
us. How sad, oh ! how sad when 
we happen to glance at the tiny 
shoes and no little feet to fill them, 
when we see those fond toys and 
no little hands to care for them. — 
But our sorrow is turned to joy in 
the glad hope and blest assurance if 
faithful will meet her, together with 
all the beloved children we are now 
pointing to Jesus, in that happy land 
far away, where they will sing to 
us their "welcome home." 

"The Angela will stand on the heavenly 
strand, 
And sing their welcome home to thee." 

J. S. THOMAS. 

Brother Henry ; The Companion 
has once more come to hand, and 
now lies open before me. How anx- 
iously do I wait for it and eagerly 
pursue every line. Its contents al- 
ways bring gladness and sunshine 
to my very soul. I would not be 
without its precious pages. To 
glance over the sheet and see in- 
scribed so many names that we have 
met in days gone by, brings many 




pleasant reminiscences — and tells us 
though robbed of their presence — 
by bills and valleys we have one 
pleasure left us, that is correspond- 
ing with the tongue of the absent. 
Their cheering words and sound 
doctrine fall as drops from the hon- 
ey comb upon our hungry souls. — 
How thankful we should be to our 
great Creator who has given us 
such blessed privileges. Teach us, 
oh God, to be thankful for all things. 
We pray that he may touch and ten- 
der our hearts with the finger of his 
love, that we may come humbly to 
the cross of Christ, and sue for par- 
don and mercy. That his blood may 
trickle down upon our bruised and 
mangled hearts ; bruised and man- 
gled by sin and iniquity. That we 
may at all times be able to say : get 
thee behind me satan, is the prayer 
of your unworthy sister. 

We wish brother Holsinger all the 
prosperity desired, in sending this 
little periodical far and wide, from 
Maine to Talahasse, and from the 
Atlantic to the Pacific. He has 
certainly a great responsibility 
resting upon him, but let us breth- 
ren and sisters, as a band of chil- 
dren unite in encouraging him in 
the good work and how much more 
bravely it will go on. We can do 
it ; then let us all unite in making 
the eflbrt to lighten the burden of 
our dear brother. 

May God add his blessing. 

A SISTtSR. 

Linwood. W. M. R. It. 

Brother Henry ; I wish you a 
happy New Year. I pray the Lord 
to bless your past labors in fpread- 
ing the glad tidings of a free salva- 
tion through the press. May the 
Lord enable you still to . progress 
in the good cause. 

In the past year I have traveled 
3400 miles, only once o ut of the 
State. I made one visit to Ohio, 
where I attended several Lovefeasts 
and enjoyed myself very much, and 
hope the Lord will keep our dear 
brethren and sisters for their kind- 
ness to us. I preached 120 ser- 
mons in this year, and had the plea- I 
sure of seeing many added to the 
church. 



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I desire to get information from 
brethren of my name in Northren 
Pennsylvania. I was" h rn in Hun- 
tingdon Co., in the yc:ir 1806. My 
parents emigrated to Oliio about 
1812 ; uncle David Murray moved 
to Northern Penna. soon after, and 
my father died about the same time 
so we heard nothing more of them 
since. My father's name wasJohn. 
I should be pleased to hear from 
some one who knows of our relatives 
in that vicinity. 

SAMUEL MURRAY 

Antioch, Ind. 

Spingfield Mo. January 26, '68- 

Brother Henry ; To day we had 
ourfir^t Meeting in this part of Gods 
moral vineyard. There was a good- 
ly number present, and the brethren 
did the best they could in telling the 
people what we believe and practice 
as well as why we do so. The peo- 
ple appeared to be some what inter- 
ested and from all appearence were 
well pleased ; but what effect it will 
have is unknown as yet ; we hope by 
the help of God that some may be 
brought out of darkness into God's 
marvelous light. We have another 
meeting apponted for the last Loid's 
day in Febuary, 6 miles south of 
Springfield, which is in my neighbor- 
hood. Brethren pray for us that 
God may bless us. Yonrs in love. 
HENRY CLAY. 
Springfield, Mo. 

!■■»! 1 1 — 

Brother Hohinyer; — Brother K in- 
sey and I returned from the South- 
ern States on the 7th of January. 
We did not stay as long as we had 
expected, for several reasons. We 
found that winter was not a proper 
time to be there under existing cir- 
cumstances. 

I was at home a few days and then 
w.nt to Wells Co., Ind. when- 1 
preached 1 8 times in succession. Had 
good attention. The prospects are 
good for building up a I 'hureh there. 

If no hindering proTidonce 1 will 
oommenos i m eet i ng in that ptaoe, 
in Blair'i meeting-house on the 24th 

of April next and continue over Sun- 
day; and at Lynn Grove over the 
first Sunday in May. 

GRO. \\ . BXI DBBAKEB 
Muneie, Ind. 



,..ii. ■< • «i Diatrii i Meeting*. 
In as much as the Dmtrict Meet- 
ting lor the Middle District of Ind. 
was not appointed last year, for 
18G8, ire take this method of in- 
forming all concerned, that the 
next Meeting will be held, (the 
Lord willing,) on the 20th day of 
March, with the brethren in the 
Squirrel Creek brauch, nine miles 
north of Wabash, the place where 
those coming by Railroad will stop. 
ELD. SAML. MURRAY. 



Queries. 

Will brother P. R. Wrightsman 
please give us the answer through 
the Companion to his Bible riddle 
in No. 48 Vol. 3rd 

A. SISTER. 



In 5th chapter of Ephesians, last 
verse, we read : And the wife see 
that she reverence her husband." — 
In minutes of Annual Conference of 
'67 we read that the term '■Rever- 
end ' belongs justly only to the Su- 
preme Being. The undersigned 
wishes to know if the action of A. 
M. does not conflict with the 'word,' 
on this point, and thinks if a wife is 
to reverence her husband, the church 
also is in duty bound to reverence 
her ministers.* 

J. LEVI KITTINGER. 

Fairfield, Pa. 

*Would it not be better to say the minis- 
ters ought to reverence the Church I Ed.) 



Why do the brethren at the com- 
munion break the bread to the Ma- 
kers, and the brethren break it to 
one another, why not let the sisters 
break to one another. Will some 
brother please explain. 

JOHN MURRAY. 

Mrirxhalltuwn, loiV't. 



Will some brother please give an 
explanation through the Oompanitn 
Matt. 18: 44. 

Isaac l LLERY, 

V urinont, Ind. 



Will tOOM one explain through 
the medium of the ( ' '//(/'.l/IKH wlttl 

thi Baptism of Repentance means 

Bpokeu of by Paul, Act.- 19 : 1 and 



practised bv Apollos; or only known 'j 
bv him, Acts 18 :25. 

JACOB N. GRAYBILL. 



Editorial Observation*. 

The brethren at Mc A levers i 
Huntingdon Co., Pa., intend hold- 
ing a series of meetings, commenc- 
ing on the evening of the loth, and 
continuing till the 19th. They in- 
vite the brethren of the neighboring 
branches to come to their assistance 
upon the occasion. 



We have again run out of several 
styles of the New Hymn Books, but 
expect another supply shortly when 
the orders received, and all others 
will be filled. 



MARRIED. 

At the house of the bride's mother, in 
Wabash Co., Ind., t>y brother . 
Met&ger, brother Josti'u W. Hma oi 
Cliulon Co., Ind., to sisSES IUn.nau 
Ckite. 

John >. Mi i/< i . 

In Clinton Co.. Ind., Dec. 1st, - «7. I>y 
brother Stephen Metzger, brother John 
F. Metzolh, to sister Anna Chive. 

Jacob B. Mktzolk. 

Jan. 16th, brother Jacob CoPPOCKto 

bister Sl-\\ STl'DKBAKeK, both ul the 

Upper Miami branch, Miami Co., Ohio. 

II. II AU.NOI.l. 



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llll II. 

Iii tin Warrior- M.nk branch. Hun- 
tingdon Oo . I'.i , Jan M, brother JOHN 
Bl • K nilis, and 

lit da\ * H<- ».i- a faithful member, and 

in for 80 \ i nr- Hi- i n n. i . 
largely attended oj bi> Wend* and 
bora, who wen addressed from 1st Cor 
IS M, &c, by l.Mer Gntybill My 
Editob. 

In tin- Kokomo branch, !!• 
Ind , Bspi 1Kb, tir, ol Typhoid rm u 
mania, maiai.a wife <>i Head i 
HAM1I. 1 1 1\ . ; month*, 

ami IS day a r*u»er»l aerrioaa al tin 
Brrtbrm'i M in tin 11 

branch, by] r. and Joaaph 

iy, from Bl John B 

Aiao, in il.i aauti branch, Sept. 29th, 
18(17, "i Billioui Fever, UtoUm i JOH N ll 

111 .NM\(.: (V 

Funeral aen dllon fT^ 

and otbwa, from K> \ 1 1 * 

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|N In the evening, n* the year 1R67 was ' man, Jones X Roads, Md., .50 cents. — 
r\ losing, our dear sister LAV IN lA.il.-uiph- S Slatte, Shiremanstown, Pa., 75 cents, 
i- r ol brother Frederick and sister Henri- II McCartney, Conemauph, Pa. E Blos- 
etta ISETT ; aped 24 years, 1 month, 1 ser, Bronson, Mich. D A Lichty, Ash- 
an.l 'J'.» days. !>■-.:• I V phoid Fever.— ton, III. $1 .00. B McKntyre, Peru Mills, 
She bore her afflictions and suffering :i Pa. .1 llolsinger, Waynesboro, Pa. JN 
■m .1 :: «1 iv-. with christian patience Crabill, Mountvillc, Pa. L Hittle, Pat- 
and perfect resignation to Hip will Of the terson, Pa. P I Petrie, Shady Grove, 
own words, (in a letter 



Lord, Her own words, (in a letter to 
meat the Beginning of her sickness) were: 
"<;<mI in llis all wise Providence hasseen 
lit to afflict me. May I submit to His 
will. It' health do not return, I hope I 
may be prepared to enter into that rest 
which remaineth for the people of God; 

of which rest WO haVe lull faith and as- 
surance she lias entered. We visited her 
the day before he* death ; (but thpn too 
weak to converse with) ; she was sensi- 
ble and made several efforts to say some- 
thing i<> me ; but could not be undprstood. 
She then raised her eyes, as though she 
said, "Yonder is my home." And as if 
looking for the "Angel Band, to bear her 
away on their snowy wings, to her im- 
mortal home." which her sweet voice 
so freqentlv sung, She livpd a consislcnt 
sister in the Green Tree Church, Mont. 
Co., Pa., about 8 years. Her short life 
was one of usefulness; ever willing to 
lend a helping hand, or speak a kind 
word to those around, which made her 
dear to all who knew her. May her de- 
parture be an auxiliary of bringing her 
dear brothers to the cross of Christ, (for 
which we often heard her voice supplica- 
ting the Throne of Mercy in their behalf) 
her kind sisters continue faithful, and her 
loving parents struggle on a few short 
yean at most, when you will meet your 
"dear one," where tears will be wiped 
away and parting will be no more. Fu- 
neral services by brethren J. H. Umstad, 
and .1, Z. Gotwals. These words at the 
"Sorrow not, even as others 
which have no hope." 1 Thess. 4: 13, 
and at Church John 5 : 28, 29. 

S. M. Slinoluff. 

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List ol moiirj s received, for subscription 
to the Companion, since our last. 

WSiero no amount accompanies the name, 
1.60 is implied. 

II S Jack, West Salem, Ohio, 75. B B 
Bashorc, Versailes Ohio. C Wenger, 
South Bend, lnd. GK Hoke, Elkhart, 
Ind. A K Berky, Wakarusa, lud. E 
Parneman, Delphi, Ind. M S Wenger, 
C llildebrand, J Miller, South Bend, lnd. 
P Hendricks, Brant, Ohio. EB Zug, 
K Q Zng, S R Zng, I Zng, G S Becker. J 
B Mast i son, M Q Nibble, Mastersonville 
I) Ocrlach, Mt Joy, Pa. H Rentier 
Hi Carrol), 111. George Mummert, Mar- 
tin Becker, White Pigeon, Mich. A Lce- 
\ntioch, Ind. J Lcedy, Dora, Ind. 
t \| array, Antioeh, Ind. 

I Miller, A T Jones, Rolling Prairie, 
Ind. J Forry, Lapotte, Ind. B Trim- 
mer, Hanover, Pa. E Snader, Sams 
Creek. Md. I TJ Schriner. McKinstriei 

Mills. Md. I) Kimmel, I) Flory, Auburn, 

. ill. D A Bnowden, Bellnap, Pa J rto- 

' ] rv, New Hope, 7s P Shaler, D Huvil, 
C ) 1'. RutII, Cason 78, W. Va. 

J (1 Beam, Jenner X Roads, Pa., $1.00. 

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llumina, Sharpsburg, Md. L Coff- 



Pa. G Wilson, McElhattan, " Pa. D 
Yount, L Btoner, J Garber, New Hope, 
Va. J J Lichty, E Lehman, Franklin 
Grove, 111. 1 llunsberger, Phila. Pa. J 
L Kuns, Cerro Gordo, 111. S Shafer, Eb- 
ensburg, Pa. W Ashenbrcnner, G Barn- 
hart, Vinton, Iowa. S Long, Unity, la. 
W J II Bauman, Vinton, Iowa. A Miller 
Windsor, Cal. J D Neher, North Man- 
chester, Ind J Beaghly Accident, Md D 
Dei8her, Jefferson Furnace Pa. L" French 
Very Cruze, Ind. S Showalter, Amster- 
dam, Va D RiddlespeTger, Dixon, 111 
S A Honberger, Fontenelle, Neb. R Coy 
Syracuse, Ind. $2.00. H Clay, William 
Hubble, Springfield, Mo. 

Improved Lands for Sale. 

The undersigned has about Seven Hundred 
Acres of Improve.l Land that he desires to 
sell on reasonable terms. Improvements : 
200 acres of pood Prairy land, 80 acres in 
cultivation ; Frame House 16 x 32 feet ; 40 
acres of timber % mile off. 

210 acres, 160 in cultivation ; two small 
Frame Houses, with two young orchards ; 
stock water all the year. 40 acres of timber 
our mile off. This farm can be divided very 
suitably if desired. 

180acr«s, 80 acres in cultivation ; two story 
frame house, stabling, and all other out 
buildings . pood well of never failing water ; 
80 acres of timber about one mile off. All of 
this land lies from six to seven miles off the 
railroad, or Kuobnoster in the same vicinity, 
and on the road lcadinp from Knobnoster to 
Lexington. All or either will be sold at 22 
dollars per acre, if sold before the first of 
March next. 

Also 160 acres of pood land, 15 acres of 
which is timbered ; stock water all the year ; 
laying 2% miles from Warrensnurg, the 
county seat. Price 16 dollars per acre. 

All of this land lies in the heart of a settle- 
ment of the Brethren, and in a pood and 
healthy part of the country, and I am desi- 
rous of selling to brethren who would come 
and settle on the land. For further particu- 
lars address J. L. LESH, Knobnoster, John- 
son Co., Mo. 4. 
m m 

The Gospel Visitor. 

This well known and popular periodical 
among the Brethren is again offered to 
the public. It is devoted to the defence 
and promotion of the Christian doctrine, 
practice, and life of the apostlic Church, and 
the church of the Brethren. 

It is published about the first of each 
month ; each number contains thiny-two 
double-column pages, in a neatly printed 
cover. 

The eighteenth volume begins with Janu- 
ary, 1868. 

Terms . $1,25 per year in advai ce. Nine 
copies for $10,00. 

Subscriptions may commence with any 
number, but had better commence with the 
volume. Specimen numbers sent free. 

Address, QUINTER &. KURTZ, 

tf. Covington, Miami co., Ohio. 



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THE 

Christian Family Companion, 

Is published every Tuesday, at $1.50 a year, 
by Henn R. Holsinper, who is a member of 
the " Church of the Brethren," sometimes 
known t y the name of "German Baptists," & 
vulgarly or maliciously called " Dunkardt." 

The desisjiv of the work is to advocate truth, 
expose error, and encourage the true Christian 
on his wav to Zion. 

It assuL-je.8 that the New Testament is the 
Will of God, and that no one can have the 
promise of salvation without observing all itt 
requirenietU* ; that among these are Faith, Re- 
pentance, .Prayer, Baptism by triue immer- 
sion, Feel Washing, the Lord's Supper, ttie 
Holy Communion, Charity, Non-confonniiv to 
the world, and a full resignation to the whole 
will of God as he has revealed it through his 
Son Jesus Christ. 

So mucL of the affairs of this world as will 
be thoupht necessary to the proper observance 
of the sign » of the times, or such as may tend 
to the moisl, mental, or physical benefit of 
the Christian, will be published, thus remov- 
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For furtht* particulars send for a specimen 
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Addreti H R. HOLSINGER, 

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Elder Martin Neher, of Ladoga, Ind., 
desires us to say that he will sell bis lanu in 
Ind. It contains about one hundred acres; 
soil rich ; ^ood running water for stock ; sit- 
uated in a good country. For further partic- 
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•Whoroever lovetb Die keepeth my commandments." — Jescb. 



VOLUME! IV. 



TTRONE GIT?, PA., TUESDAY, FEB. 11th, 1868. 



At $1.50 Per Annum 

Number 6, 



for the Companion. 
The Better Home. 

Th' i <• is a bomo beyond the vale, 

By Faith I clearly sec ; 
There harmony iloih never fail, 

Yet all are ever free. 

There nay poor wandering son! shall rest- 

By Hbp» I feel it mine ; 
There 1 shall he forever bleat, 

Among the blest to shine. 

There all, who will, may liml a home, 
By Love to Him who died 

" the losl and they who roam, 
O'er earth without a snide. 

There all who sorrow here below, 

With J'nj shall find all joy ; 

lor Borrow we shall not know, 
I'o aangbt :an (here annoy. 

There, all who hate shall never come, 
For Peace iioth reign supreme ; 

.rood, the pure, all love that holm, 
For Love: is all there theme. 

\). H. MBNTZER. 

l'n. 



fur tit.: Companion* 
A Letter to u Pedo baptist Friend. 
You claim to "have found Him of 
whom Moses in the law and the 
prophets did write, Jesus o!'Xaza- 
reth the son of Joseph." In liitii is 
centred the whole mind and will of 
God, and whoever has found Him in 
truth, must also be found in the life 
which lie lived, and the ordinances 
b he instituted. To s?perate 
th ■ Living Word and tin; written 
Word, is like separat sing soul i n i 

Without the dead obji 
letter you would never have known 
•my tinug savingly of the Spirit.- - 
If YOU can atted to your tem 
calling with your spirit, and make 
no requisition on your body, then 
you may ulso be a christian without 
the written word. Or if this i i sta- 
ting the can: too strongly, we will 
adapt the illustration more precisely: 

if you can engage in your daily va- 
cation and | :j j„irt of ' i r>ttl 

body at home, then you m 

servo Cod acceptably and' l< 

part of his word unheoded. Our 

choice lies between the word and 
ie world, and not bet\l rent 

J portions ofthe word itself. I 
given us no chaff with th,- 



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which it is our buisiness to winnow, 
in order to obtain what is essential 
to eternal life. Your farming-mill, 
which turns some of the ordinances 
and many ofthe precepts of the Gos- 
pel among the non-essentials, was 
not patented in the '•Jerusalem 
which is alone." It would perhaps 
be giving it undue honor toi say, it 
i* ••>/ the earth, earthly." I think 
,ve characterize it properly when we 
apply to it the words of Christ, "ye 
are from beneath." ''The Word 
was God's" and the "Word on the 
Throne will second the "Word in the 
. "If I had not come, and 
n unto them, they had not had 
sin: but now they have no 
their rin." John 15: -11. "Your 
sin mnainetl," because Christ has 
n thus, and you do oth, r 
What God has enjoined as a sym- 
bolical representation of renewal* by 
the Holy Spirit, you not only neglect; 
but discard, speaking of it contempt- 
y, fighting against it vehement- 
ly, boldly challenging the astablish 
ment ofthe view that bapl 
Divine Institution. Whether VOU 
are conscious or not of insincerity in 
your attempts to vindicate i 
ling, 1 will not un i 
but it docs look su.-|'icious 
avoid those 
whi -h c) 
jj lint out the mode, and 

■.bio meaning out of 
which no more i rink- 

ling than to quarrj ing lu 

. of admitting the BCriptural im- 
port of the word 
"burial," you advance allegations 
and illustrations that might a 

■I in an argument in 
lying whisk ; in 
of wa into 

urch. ! 

two are twenty. ] 



menta used for the vindication of 

sprinkling, may be wielded with 
equel cogency in favor of using any 
other liquid than that we know was 
used in the apostolic church. No 
reason can be given why it is 
wrong to change the element, if it 
be allowable to change the rite. — 
Christ has as emphatically enjoined 
the mode as He has designated the 
nt and if your pastor would 
sprinkle your children with their 
mother's milk, he would not be a 
whit more contrary to scripture in 
the element used than in his mode 
of applying it. You would doubt- 
less object to such a procedure, but 
in so doing you would only condemn 
yourself//* that which you all 

Why is the Harbinger of the 
Messiah called John the Ba; 
Why not call him the sprinkler I He 
was sent from God. John 1:6. — 
He was sent to baptize with water. 
33. His minion was sustained by 
the most wonderful Divine m . 
tations. His ministy ushered in the 
dispensation of grace. This is em- 
phatically announced by the Evan- 
gelist Mark. 1 :1 •■ lining of 
Christ tin s 

'." What John did, there- 
. >ivine author- 
dawn o\' that e 
my un ler li\ e. I ■ 

sent ! lohn 

1 :'i. Both 1'!. 
thing. Matt. 8 : 1,2. -1 : 
17. JeSUS, and the father, and the 
Holy Spirit visible, audible, 

timony to 
the validity and ] • rpetuitj 

. 16, IT. Matk 
l: 10, ll. !. 22. 

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ile neither poured nor sprinkled, 
bat baptized. Your pastors never 
find ii ii ocssary to go to the stream 
to sprinkle*. Some who pour do in- 
deed descend into the water, but 
they cannot help admitting that 
their mannei of observing the rite 
itati 8 no such ttep. John 
baptized, and must needs be where 
was "much wattr." and cannot ad- 
minister the ordinance without be- 
ing in the stream. John3: 23. 
Mark. 1 : 5. Only such were the 
subjects of the ordinance as confes- 
si d tin r< tins." Is there any room 
here for infant sprinkling ? in the 
mouth of two or three witnesses 
every word shall be established. — 
Matt*. 18:10. We have called to 
the stand two on whom we can rely. 
They know whereof they affirm. 
There is no middle ground to occu- 
py here. The statements are direct 
plain unambiguous. Infant sprink- 
ling is an unjustifiable innovation, a 
bold presunnious invasion of the 
prerogatives of God, or Matthew 
and Mark are false witnesses. — 
Their character will bear the strict- 
est scrutiny, and if you adhere to 
sprinkling in spite of such strong, 
incontestable evidence, you wilfully, 
obstinately ignore the authenticity 
of the Bible, and prefer the false and 
fatal deductions of corrupt minds'" to 
the plain declarations of Heaven. 
No matter how elaborately your 
writers elucidate, how eloquently 
your preachers declaim, or how pos- 
itively your parents or sponsors af- 
firm that you were baptized in your 
infancy, the whole thing is a miser- 
able delusion, or the gospel itself is 
heresy. When the Devil tempted 
Christ, he somehow found access to 
the Bible and quoted a passage as 
pertinently as ever did the most 
expert pedobaptist, hut the Son of 
God repelled him with his properly- 
applied "tf is written.'" All the 
professions, miquotationfi miscons- 
tructions, misapplications, faUe pre 
Daises, illogical reasonings, mi.-hap- 
pen deductions, and wild speculation 
that have ever been heaped togeth- 
er in Support of infant sprinkling, 
arc nothing but a huge o inglomer ite 
lalsehood by the Bide of the simple 
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baptized, went up straightway out of 
the water." Matt.*: 16. No dan- 
ger that He commanded, or that the 
apostles practised, any other baptism 
than the one He had received. And 
as there is but "one baptism," (Eph. 
4 : ").) a descent into the water, a 
baptism in it, an ascent from it, are 
essential to its proper observance. 
John explains his own conception 
of his mission in its relation to 
Christ and hi3 church in these 
words : "that he should be manifest 
to Israel, therefore am I come, bap- 
tizing with water." John 1 : 31.— 
The introduction of Christ to public 
notice, or his "manifestation to Is- 
rael," is here stated to be the object 
of John's mission as to its connection 
with the world's Redeemer. That 
his manifestation was restricted to 
Israel, does not invalidate John's 
testimony of the evangelical charac- 
ter of his baptism, as Christ says of 
his own mission, that "He was not 
sent but unto the lost sheep of Iho 
House of Israel." Matth. 15: 24. 
If the mission of Jesus is for all time, 
and for every tribe, tongue, and na- 
tion, then his baptism runs parallel 
as to time and territory. In Acts 
13 : 24, and 19 : 4, wo find the same 
truth stated as follows : John 
"preached the baptism of repentance 
to all the people of Israel." "John 
verily baptized with the baptism of 
repentance, saying unto the people 
that they should believe on him 
which should come after him, that 
is, on Christ Jesus." When the 
Baptist speaks of him who was to 
succeed him in his ministry, he says, 
A there standeth one among you." — 
John 1 : 20. All these passages 
show that John's office and baptism 
were a part of ** the ministration of 
the Spirit," and that the ministry of 
Christ was a development of, not a 
substitution for, that of John. The 
'■man sent from God " preached to 
"all the people of Israel " the one 
"baptism of repentance." Do your 
ministers ever preach such a bap- 
tism ? You sprinkle only such as 
have no need of repentance, and 
can therefore have no use for an or- 
dinance which is invalid and mean- 
ingless unless it be connected in the 
subject with a sense of demerit, with 




repentance, and confession of sin. — 
But if you still doubt the perpetuity 
of John's baptism, it may well be 
dispelled by the consideration of the 
fact that Christ Himself was baptiz- 
ed by the very man with whose 
ministry you say we have nothing 
to do. Have we anything to do 
with Christ ? Then we have to do 
also with the ministry under which 
Christ was consecrated for His work, 
lie did not start on his evangelical 
mission by submitting to an anti- 
evangelical ceremony. If John's 
baptism is no part of the dispensa- 
tion of Grace, then Christ's inaugu- 
ral rite has no more significance 
for us than the bloody ceremonies 
of paganism ; and if the baptism of 
Christ is in no way related to us, we 
have no more to do with His minis- 
try than with that of Mohammed. — 
You may as well sever the tender 
sprout from the root, and yet reap 
a harvest, as to disrupt what Christ 
has joined, and reasonably expect 
the reward of obedience. If you 
arc under obligation to accept Christs 
work, you aro bound to honor all 
all that his mission includes, and 
this comprises baptism as really as 
repentance. Christ had no repent- 
ance to undergo, and no sins to con- 
fess, aud yet ho was baptized, and 
that in the stream. If he gave his 
personal sanction to John's baptism, 
& owned it as of sufficient authority, 
dignity, and significance to serve as 
a lit initiation into his work of re- 
demption for the race, what becomes 
of infant sprinkling ? Nothing can 
exonerate you from obligation in 
this matter of baptism, but Divine 
testimony which would be nothing 
less than filling all holy beings with 
dismay with the dreadful evidence 
that God can be as inconsistent as 
man. 

The baptism of Jesus concerns 
nobody, or it concerns every body. 
He needed it not in the sense that 
others need it, but "being found in 
fashion as a man," He needed it in 
form just as we need it. "Thus it 
"beconieth us to fulfil all righteous- 
ness." It becometh us " — Christ, 
and John, and you, and every one. 
On t .eGod-man it was not imposed by 
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of our nature, which rendered it 
necessary that ho <nve such an ex- 
emplilieation of holiness, and such 
a symbolical expression of it, as 
would be agreeable to the mind of 
God and the requirements of an 
apostate race. Baptism cannot be 
set aside without contemning the 
Divine authority, and practically 
treating the amalgamation of God 
with humanity as a trivial thing. — 
Much is said at present of impeach- 
ing the president of the United 
States, and although the demeanor 
of our chief magistrate is so palpably 
censurable, it is allowed on all hands 
that his impeachment would be a 
perilous measure. Put you dare to 
impeach the wisdom and goodness of 
Jehovah, the Sovereign of the uni- 
verse, lie has commanded all his 
followers to be baptize I, Matth. 23 : 
19, Mark 16: 16, and has Himself* 
submitted to the rite he has enjoin- 
ed on others. But despite the au- 
thority and example of Jesus, you 
contend that sprinkling is not only 
preferable, but you even array your- 
self so positively against the Lord 
as to affirm that no other mode is 
grounded in the truth of the Gos- 
pel. We have shown in the course 
of our remarks, that repentance, 
faith, confession of sin, and reliance 
on the merits of the Messiah, were 
concomitants of John's baptism. — 
We have seen, moreover, that Christ 
submitted to tlm rite in the same 
form it was administered to others, 
thus indicating the absolute requisi- 
tion of these preliminaries to the va- 
lidity of the ordinance. In the face 
of all this, will you still maintain 
that the sacramental water must be 
applied when no repentance is need- 
ed, when no faith can be exercised, 
and no confession of sin c;in be 
made ? One cannot help being 
"troubled in spirit," and "being in 
an agony," at the ruthless assaults 
that are made on the word ot'ii . I. 
by such as "follow cunningly -d. vis- 
ed fables," and substitute human 
devices for Divine institutions. The 
impeachment of* the president is 
mere child's play, oompared with 
the dethronement of Jesus which 
those are guilty of who "reject the 
counsel of Cod," Luke 7 : 80, and 



I follow instead "the traditions of 
men." 

There can be but one mode that 
has Divine authority. If Christ were 
offered to you in any other embodi- 
ment that the one set forth in the 
Gorpel, would you feel at liberty to 
accept the offer? were salvation 
proposed to you as a Divine incarna 
tion in the form of "birds and fourfoot- 
cd beasts and creeping things," (liom. 
1:23.) would you not recoil with ab- 
horrence fioui the proposal? The 
one form of incarnate Deity is our 
life. It is this that the Holy Ghost 
employs in our regeneration. Our 
new birth is a deep, radical, total 
work as to character, and baptism is 
its symbold. If you can empty the 
ocean with a spoon then you can al- 
so represent regeneratin by sprink- 
ling. If you substitute sprinkling for 
immersion, you may also go ha 
step and deny your need of a total 
renovation by the Holy Spirit, and 
then another step and reject the re- 
ality of the incarnation and the su- 
pernatural death on the Cross. — 
These things go together. It can 
no more be shown that more than 
"one baptism" i3 accptable to God, 
than that the death of Peter or John 
instead of Christ would have bee a an 
atonement for our sins. And sprink- 
ling is no more baptisnithan your blood 
is the same as Christ's in relation to 
our recovery from the ruins of the 
fall. We are buried in baptism. 
Horn 6:4. When your babe was 
sonnkled you called it baptism. 
Soon after it died and was deposited 
in the tomb. If the sexton had 
sprinkled a few grains of earth on the 
coffin, and then went his way, saving 
the child is buried, would you have 
been satisfied? Would you not with 
your own hands have given it decent 
interment rather than leave it thus 
exposed? Put if we are buried by 
baptism, and a few drops will answer 
the purpose, why nut also call it 

a burial when a handful of earth is 

sprinkled over a corpse? yottl dia- 

satisfaction is the one case, 

that your view of baptism i- QOt only 
destitute of scriptural support, but 

repugnant to the instinota of human 
nature. 

"Think <>n these things," Phil. 4: 

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8, for they are " true, honest, just, 
lovely, and of good report." When 
God says "repent," down upon your 
knees. When He saya "believe," 
lay "hold on eternal life." When He 
utters Hi.? mandate, "be baptized," 
confer not with flesh and blood, but 
imitate the example of Jesus bv des- 
cending into the stream, and being 
"buried by baptism into death," and 
you will have "the answer of a good 
conscience," and the approbation of 
Heaven. Mark 1: It. 10, 11. Rom 6: 
4. 1 Pet. 3: 21. 

C.H.BALSBAUGH. 



Tour ImpoMible Thlaga. 

First, to escape trouble bv run- 
ning away from duty. Jonah once 
made the experiment, but soon found 
him self where all his imitatjrs will 
in the end find themselves. There- 
fore, manfully meet and overcome 
the difficulties and '.rials to which 
the post assigned you by Cod's 
providence exposes you. 

Second, to become a Christian of 
strength and maturity without under 
going severe trials. 'What fire is to 
gold, tint is affliction bo the believ- 
er. It burns up the dross, and 
makes the gold shine forth with un- 
all* yed lustre. 

Third, to form an independent 
character except when thrown upon 
individual resources. The oak in 
the middle of the forest, if surroun- 
ded on every side by trees that 
shelter and shade it, runs up tall 
•kly ; put away from its pro- 
tectors, and the fir 
come it. But 

inginthe open field, where it is 
tinually beat upon bv the tei 
becomes its own protector. So the 
man who is compelled to reh 
his own re-. ..ire is forms an m l.-pen- 
denoe of character to which he c odd 
have attained. 

Fourth, to be ing man 

when you look to your | r iu- 

fiuene, instead of bringing influ- 
ence to your i- >-\ . pre- 
limb up hill with difficulty, 
than to loll lOWn with inglorious 

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Fur the Companion. 

Golden Hflili Tftt 1. 

hold, now is the accepted tin"' ; behold 
BOD is the (l:iy of »alTBttou." 2 Cur. Bi -. 

This '-now" maybe considered 
in a threefold period of time as the 
only privilege to salvation. The 
first "now" takes in the whole peri- 
od of the gospel dispensation, or 
the duration of the mediatorial reign 
of Christ. He is now exalted to 
be ■ Prince and a Savior, to give 
re] entanoe and remission ot Bins. — 
He introduced our services to his 
Father, and while we are reconciled 
to God by his death, we are saved 
bv his lifc.^Forhe is now living alife 
of office as well as of glory. Tl 

has already continued upwards 
of eighteen hundred years, and may 
continue longer yet than some of us 
imagine. It is delightful to think 
that we have the same privilege 
granted to us, as those Mho have 
lived in the primitive ages of Chris- 
tianity. Upon condition of serving 
him faithfully during his mediatorial 

. he is the same today, yestcr- 
and forever." The second 
"now " takes in the period of our 
lives. As a direct personal applica- 
tion, our season is far less lengthen- 
ed, and very uncertain as to its end. 
At death the decrees of hca/cn 
have gone forth, that "time shall be 

ngcr." The redemption of the 
Foul is precious, and after our pres- 
ent state ceaseth forever. If there 
be hope to persons then, it has not 
pleased the Almighty to directly re- 
veal it, and is among the reserves 
of Divine goodness. The third 
"now " takes in every period pecul- 
iarly favorable to religion, or the 

(ion of his holy influences. — 
Youth is such a period. Their 
hearts are not yet hardened, their 

iences are not yet seared as 
with a hot iron, their memori* 
yet retentive and in full vigor, their 
affections arc vet tender and warm, 
and their strength is yet linn and 
active. In youth, life is fresh, na- 
ture is inviting — hence, the wise 
say, ''Remember now thy Creator 
in th( thy J OUth : while the 

evil days come not, nor the 
draw nigh, when thou shalt say. 1 



have no pleasure in them." Aillic- 
tion is also such a period. It mat 
tors not from whence our troubles 
arise ; they are designed for our 
profit. It is written, "in their af- 
flictions they will seek me early." 
In hearing and reading the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ, is another such a 
penod. The conscience will be 
awakened and strongly impressed 
under such circumstances. Felix 
trembled thus, and many after him. 
Did you not often spurn the spirit 
of conviction and try to ease your 
conscience again? Beware! how 
you trifle with the Spirit of God ! — 
Remember, God says, "My Spirit 
/rill not always ylrice with man'''' 
"If the righteous scarcely be saved, 
where shall the ungodly and sin- 
ner appear." "Behold now is 
the accepted time ; behold, now is 
the day of salvation " 

S. B. FUHRY. 
New Enterprise, Pa. 



Fur the Companion. 

In No. 3. Vol. 4 of the Com- 
panion is an article with the above 
heading, by Brother J. Sell, inten- 
ded to discuss the opposite side of 
this question presented by us some 
time ago. As his article contained 
several important errors and mis- 
r< i resentations, we let 1 that lye owe 
it to the cause of truth to reply. — 
Yet we believe his errors were en- 
tirely unintentional — in fact, we 
think he was oven actuated by a lau- 
dable motive and when he has prop- 
erly investigated the subject, Mill 
agree with us. 

In the first place he says "There 
is a mode of reasoning extant in the 
world hard to refute" and "With 
the same manner of reasoning we 
could prove almost anything." In 
this we think he is mistaken, and 
hold that it is not the mode of rea- 
soning, but !'< best arguments that 
trill convince m?n ; that truth 
i grapple with error Mill always 
prove victorious if placed on equal 
tonus. If truth Mere not stronger 
than error, the doctrine of Christ 
Were long since dead. l>ut thanks 
to God that truth was b"ought from 
heaven by his Son who defended 



and established it in debating with 
the Scribes and Pharisees on which 
account it comes to us enshrined in 
a double halo of glory. For as the 
diamond sparkles more brightly by 
being rubbed, and gold becomes 
purer by passing through the fire, 
so truth becomes the clearer by be- 
ing investigated and discussed. 

Secondly, he represents lyceums 
as being resorts intended to foster 
pride. This is mis-representing 
them, and more easily said than 
proved. lie does not even venture 
a single proof in favor of Ids asser- 
tion. Before he can prove that they 
foster pride he must show that the 
would be less proud if they 
did not exist. He must prove that 
the fop who always lacked brains 
and made it up in selfconccit, owes 
his misfortune to the lyceum. lie 
must prove that the farmers and 
mechanics who attend in their shirt 
sleeves and coarse boots do so out 
of p;ide. 

In the third place he confounds 
he lyceum with the church and, 
seems to find fault because it does 
not do her work. On the same 
principle lie might fault the miller 
for not doing the work of the 
carpenter. The Jyceum is not 
a church but a school intending 
to do its own M'ork leaving the \ 
church to do hers, but expects equal 
charity from her. It has the char- 
acteristics of the school and is gov- i 
erncd by the same principles. — ! 
Every recitation in spelling or Arith- 
metic in wdrich the pupils at first en- 
tertain different views as to the or- 
thography of a word or the result of 
a problem is but an exercise of a 
lyceum — the teacher acting as mod- 
erator ; and to condemn the lyceum 
is to condemn every school in the 
land. , 

Fourthly, we are represented as 
placing lyceums in the same catego- 
ry with hotels, vendues & similar pla- 
ces of resort. Be it far from us 
that we should ever put the former 
where the mind is trained to seek- 
after truth — on a 
latter where only 
gratified and often 



sions are indulged 
not to draw a 



level with 
the senses 
the worst 
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comparison between 



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S the places, but to rebuke the prac- 
? tiee which some persons have of 
loudly condemning those who attend 
lyceums — who thus -train at gnats 
and swallow camels. Oh how much 
those could learn from Christ's par- 
ale of the beam in the eye, 



improves only in that which he prac- 
tices and in that he does improve 
under proper circumstances. We 
contend that reading makes a read- 
er and speaking makes a skcaker in 
proportion as the material is good. 
I am not to b<> understood that 



Filthly he quotes our question, learning to speak is all that is d 
"Is debating wrong'.'" and adds sary to make a good preacher for 



that requires a converted soul and a 
knowledge of the scriptures besides. 

that 
which is spoken represents the ball 
and powder ; it matters not how 
good these may be if the gun is de- 
fective, it will miss its mark so it 
matters not how much a man may 
know about the scriptures, if he can 

it 



"We honestly conclude it I 
How is the brother going to justify 

himself in doing the very thing The speaker i- only the gun, 
which he declared to all the read- 
ers of the Companion to be wrongl 
Yet at the very same time he is de- 
bating the subject of lyceums with 
his Brother S. Besides he brings a 
serious charge aga iust Paul, see 

Acts 9, -'.'; 17: IT; against Stephen not present it properly to oth 
Acts 7 : 9 and many others. ]>ro. will edify none but himself. 
James seems to think lyceums only Volumes might yet be 
aim to make its members disagree, but I forbear and say as we 
whereas their object is the very ap- lyceums. "I move that the 
posite, namely, to examine the dif- sioii close-," unless Brother 
ferent opinions and reconcile them, has changed his mind and 
This fact rather suggests the idea 
that Brother James has not exten- 
sively investigated either the aim or 
practice of lyceums 

Sixthly, he seems to deny our as- 



written 
do at 
di-e iis- 
James 
thinks 
discussion is right after all and con- 
tinues the debate. 

I will only add, Brother J 
I have long since learned to discuss 
such questions at 



sertion that practising to speak im- my spirit being in i( milled 
proves one in speaking and has cho- and allow me to assure you my 
sen as his witness a young novel personal regard for you and in-, th- 
reader. The brother must not think erly love has not suffered in the 
hard of us when we don't have much least and I remain as ever, 



confidence in his witness, since nov- 
els tell what is not true and those 
who read them much ma\ fall in the 
sams habit. "Practice makes per- 
fect" is an old adage and will apply 
here, and al-o learning to speak at 
lyceums. lint his greatest error 
lies in this that his hypothesis is 



Your brother in Christ. 

SHARP. 
Milleraville, /' , 

Auswer to Querj in Xo. :t. 

Tin: Ainiourn women ua\ I 

SI'l'.AK. 

It appeaas IV., m reading the Bcrip- 
mi iiind, hence his conclusion must ture and history that it was the CUB 
be wrong. lie represents the novel torn in the days of the apostles for the 
>r as saying that reading novels hearers to question their teacher-; 

prepares one to speak, and eoiise- which is evident IV >m the reading 

quently to preach the gospel. This ofl. Cor. 14: 85, first pan . So 

is a specie ic we have not there is a time when it would be a 

yet learned, and a branch of meta- Bhame for women to be speaking in 

physical reasoning we have not yet the churches,(i.e : married women.) 

studied, namely: that practising one but Paul did not extonl tint to the 



thing w ill. make one proficient in 

another. When he contends that 
raiding makes a speaker it is the 
same as to say that learning to peg 

shoes makes a good typesetter, or 
learning to farm mak e ■ a g I car- 
penter. While we hold that a man men have, so that sh I u ua 



unmarried. 

Christ is the head of man, and 
man wants to proclaim what he 
burin ; and it is hi- duty : and 
men have as g >od righl to gii 

i the hope within them" as 




urp authority over the man," in 
church govenment. Head, Joel 2 : 
28. Acts. 2: 16,18,and =ee upon 
whom the spirit was to be poured 
oat in the latter .lays, and what 
they were to do ; remmbering that 
:ic will be punished. In 
Acts. 21 : 8, P, we have an account 
of four daughters that proh Baled. 

Directions were given to the Cor- 
nthin church how men an I it 
should be adorned when praying or 
prophesying. I would her 
querist; whether we would act with 
wisdom in demanding woman t 
er their heads when pray in . 
prophesying and then prohibit 
from pro] 

Paul 1 Cor. 14 : 15, and Paul 
to Romans calls certain woman, la- 
borers or workers in the G< 
and in the Philippians laborers in 
the gospel, and their names are in 
the Bo >k of Life. Woman pu 
ed the first news after ( hrist's res- 
ion. In short Miriam Pro] he- 
sied and sang pra'u 
Debora prophesi 

. (i;e j :••■; ■ - 

Wm. SA 
Nankin, 






RUraeotona Gilts. 

The following is from a 
pondent to the M-ri.'> 
few i writer who 

had D me in.] . 

ject. lii=- remarks are BO 
pointed and practical I 
them for the benefit 
readers who ma; 
the same subject :-*- 

It cei tainlj i- the d i rivi- 

of the church to be much i. 
Christ than it n iw i . 
more .-pi 
possesses. Tl 

hie aj and there must 

great reform before t:. 

.in arm) with 
But 1 would 
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1. It would be unsafe for a mod. 
em apostle, who dare not preach un- 
til the world gives a bond to secure 
his maintenance, to attempt to "feed 
a multitude of live thousand on five 
small loaves." 

2. It would be positively risky, to 
say the least, for one who dares not 
attempt to preach wittiout a manus- 
cript before him to "raise the dead." 

3. Tho D. D. who had to spend 
seven years in close study and one 
in foreign travel before he could 
preachChrift crucified would became 
superannuated before h. 1 became 
proficient in miraculous attainments ; 
therefore he had not be<nii. 

O 

4. It would be extremely unwise 
in any one to attempt to play the 
prophet until well acquainted with 
the first principles of Christian duty 
so clearly defined in the book which 
will thoroughly furnish to all good 
work-;. 

5. The gift of tongues is still re- 
tained by too many, — a tongue for 
praising God in meeting and another 
for speaking very contrary thing out 
of meeting ; this, however, is not mi- 
raculous. 

0. Il some modern disciples should 
attempt to cast out the kind of devils 
which can be cast out only by pray- 
er and lasting they would fail, un- 
Lesfl 'ircumlccution, prolixity, pray- 
ing for everything in heaven above 
and the earth beneath, would stand 
in lieu of faith. 

T. If miraculous powers were now 
in the church, too many, like Simon, 
the sorcerer, would be disposed to 
employ them in making money rath- 
er than in saving souls. 

8. It might be unsafe for that dis- 
caplcs to to attempt to open the eyes 
of the blind, who cannot keep his 
own eyes open in the honse of God. 

9. It would be perfectly save f.r 
disciples now-a-days to " cast out" 
evil thoughts and desires from their 
own hearts, evil publications from 
their libraries, and, from the house 
of God such as make it a play-house 
or gambling saloon. 

10. If it should be thought expedient 
to establish an insitution for impart- 
ing to young men miraculous gilts, 
it seems to me that we should wait 
until times are easier, for we can 



hardly establish a prayer meeting in 
a back neighborhood without call 
ing on the denomination for "funds" 



to sustain it, 
is rathci low. 



and our treasury 



LOCAL 


MATTERS. 


Tyrone City, 


Pa., Feb. 11, 1868. 


CORRESPONDENCE. 



Correspondence of church neict solicited from 
all parts of ttie Brotherhood. Writer's name 
and address required on every communication, 
as guarantee of good faith. Rejected communi- 
cations or tnanuscript used, not returned. All 
communications for publication should be writ- 
ten upon one side of the sheet only. 

Brother Henri/ : Please give no- 
tice through the Companion of the 
following: 

On the 22nd of November a man 
woman and child, being heavily lad- 
ened with carpet bags, budgets, and 
divers bundles, apparently nigh over- 
done with fatigue, and rather in 
much need of water wherewith to 
1 wash and be clean, called upon me 
for quarters, and information of a 
man (so he said) living in this (Fay- 
ette Co., Pa.,) a Deacon brother, 
named Samuel Rails, who (as he 
stated) left the Shenandoah Valley 
Shenandoah Co., Va., during the 
| war. He also being a brother-in 
i low to this strolling family. Now 
] the truth of the matter is simply 
! this : They are, as we are able to 
show, obtaining money under false 
' pretences. He letters his name 
Samuel N. Elsrodk ; his wife's 
Eliza J. Elsrode. He purposes to 
; pass "himself as a minister in our 
| fraternity, and she a member too. 
Says that prior to the war he was a 
Methodist minister ; even now among 
Methodists he shows his credentials 
j as a Methodist family, and even 
anything the people are where he 
lodges. He has a soldier coat cut 
in form of the Brethrens', but it ap- 
pears brassy indeed. She wears 
J with us a very plain muslin cap, — 
but spoils it all with hoop skirts ! — 
He is well versed in the Scriptures, 
enough so at least to deceive. He 
holds a letter from the brethren in 
Lagrange Co., Ind., signed by Eld. 

I Ober, and others, though 

none from Shenandoah Co., Va., 



where he w«s baptized, as he said. 
But see Companion, Vol. 2, No. 33, 
Aug. 21, where his name is Dr. 
Samuel Elsworth, now Samuel N. 
Elsrode. Ho speaks ordinary dutch 
language tolerably well, is about 5 
feet 10 inches in height, slender 
body ; shifts his hair to suit compa- 
ny ; of light, dusky color, small feat- 
ured, a greenish brown eye ; yellow- 
ish beard. He says the government 
furnishes him with back pay, has 
spent $2300 for medical treatment. 
Says he was poisened by eating 
bread mixed with arsenic, (white), 
and takes three times a day about 
the size of a small walnut of what he 
calls yatah, a deadly poison, but I 
pronounce it crude opium, and in all 
respects it puts him under a narcotic 
influence. 

In all the eclectic practice there 
is no such named poison a3 "yatah," 
nor any similar term in their volu- 
minous dispensatory. Ho surely is 
an "opium eater " in the largest 
sense, and even with "the back pay" 
from Government after being hospit- 
ably entertained for over 2 days he 
be^ed for 20, 10, 5, or only one 

IT 1 J * 

dollar, or anything that 1 could give 
him oi a portable nature. The phy- 
sician here can testify that he en- 
quired for opium and for nothing 
else, and what he bought he never 
paid for. This "yatah " man should 
be cautiously watched throughout 
the whole brotherhood, and in no 
case should he be charitably succor- 
ed under name as a brother and 
preacher in our brotherhood. 

By order of the Church, 

JOS. I. COVER. 

New Genevi, Pa. 






Bridgewater, Va., ) 
Jan. 28th, 1868. ) 
Brother Henry ; As much has 
b Jen said in reference to the Mis- 
sionary Cause, pro and con, I will 
give you a little description of our 
mission in Va., in spreading the 
Gospel, for which we claim to have 
the example of the Apostles, Jo 
preach as we go, and not go and 
not preach. By preach as we go^ 
I mean not to pass a large space of 
country where a brother's voice was 



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) N, never heard, to some distant la . 1, 
while at the same time much nearer 
the bre'hren much good could be 
done, and the same time have the 
influence of the church, which I con- 
sider a great auxiliary in establish- 
ing the order of the brethren. Be- 
fore the war we commenced with a 
fine prospect of doing good in ma- 
ny places where the Brethren never 
have been heard, but during the 
war very little was done. But since 
its close we commenced again, in 
adjoining counties west of us. Dis- 
tance from us from 30 to one hun- 
dred miles and upward. As the re- 
sult of our labors for the year just 
passed, 54 were received by bap- 
tism, while at home in the immedi 
ate church we received 23, making 
in all 77 persons, and many are the 
calls that we were unable to fill, and 
some of the Brethren were gone 
nearly all their time. Now I ask, 
is not this the case in many places 
near the Brethren Why not com- 
mence right ther<*. I see no use of 
going .hundreds of miles to do a 
thing that I can do nearer at home, 
with much less expense. I do not 
wish to be understood that breth- 
ren from a distance should not come 
to us or travel among the churches. 
We want them to come, and we 
think it is very edifying to the mem- 
bers. And while there are many 
zealous and sacrificing brethren, we 
nead many more. ! pray the 
Lord that he may send many more, 
for the harvest is great and the la- 
borers are fev . 

DANIEL THOMAS. 
Beaver Creek, Vu. 



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68. f 



Sand Brook, N 
Jan. 24th, 1808 
Brother llohinyer ; Thinking 
that the brethern might be benefited 
by hearing from us through the col- 
umns of your paper I, send this short 
epistle to inform them, that we have 
had an extra meeting at the Hem- 
lock Church, Hunterdon County, 
New Jersy. The ministering brethren 
pi esent were Eld. 1. l'oulson. J. 1 1 op 
pock, and myself. The Lord blessed 
us with a great outpouring of the 
Holy Spirit, and eighteen precious 
souls camo forward and united them- 



selves with the church. We bless the 
Lord for his goodness toward us by 
pouring out his Holy Spirit in our 
midst. may the Lord bless his 
cause every where to the converting 
ot many souls, and that, whilst it is 
called to-day, before the night of death 
shall come. 

I remain yonr brother and fellow 
laborer in the Lord. 

Eld. R. R. HYDE. 



Brother Henri/ ; In Companion, 
No. 1, present Volume, I see a mis- 
take in regard to the price of a home- 
stead, which I wish to correct. A 
homestead costs $15.00. The con- 
trast is too great between $1500 
and $15. 00 to let it pass without 
correction. 

S. A. HONBERGER. 

Fontenelle, Neb. 

« * » •» 

Change of Address. 

Brother Henry ; You will please 
change my address from Saxton, 
Pa., to Fontenelle, Washington Co., 
Neb. 

We left Saxton on the 27th of 
Jan., and arrived in Fremont, Neb., i 
where we were met by brother S. A. 
Honberger, and conveyed to his res- 1 
idence 5^ miles North of Fonten- , 
elle. So far as we have seen we j 
are well pleased with the country, ' 
and expect to locate here. We feel 
thankful to God for his protection j 
extended over us on our journey. — | 
This leaves us in usual good health. 

Yours in love, 

D. O. BRUMBAUGH. 

Fontenelle, Xeb., Feb. 3, '68. 

illlKMII CCIMIlls. 

Brother Henry ; Please publish 
through the Contpaniun, that our 
District Council Meeting for this 
part of the Valley of Virginia has 
been appointed on the 17th and 18th 
days of April next, at Green Mt. 
Meeting-house, Rockingham Countv 



I •liloriitl <H>scr\ utious. 

On pages 406 and 407, vol. 3,bro. 
P. 11. Beaver says : "Two deacons 
were elected, the one was Wm. R. 
Moore, a worthy brother, and the 
other we cannot even name, much 
j less praise." Now some of our cor- 
\ respondents complain that we admit 
such partiality : praising one 
brother and disparaging another 
whom the church has esteemed wor- 
thy of equal honors. They think 
we should not allow any brother 
thus to slander another. But the 
truth of the matter is, brother Bea- 
ver bears the nameless deacon no 
ill will ; in fact we will venture that 
he loves him fully as well as any 
other man living. Brother Beaver 
is modest, and withal, judging from 
his letters, naturally very strongly 
inclined to facetiousness ; conse- 
quently even in his religious inter- 
course an occasional outbreak of 
good humor will escape. The dea- 
con whom he could not name or 
praise was himself. We inferred 
this, and we think almost any one 
shou'd have so understood it. It i. 
very uncharitable to put the worst 
construction on a man's lan^ua^e 
Always put the best on it, and you 
will be less liable to misunderstand 
him. 



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Ya. We invite all who can, to be 
with us on that oeeation. 
Yours in christian love. 

.1 ICOB MILLER. 



TO OUr ' oMTs|liiliilrll|s 

\V. <i ii'Min. Tour papsn were sent 
regnlarh iloca too tent your dsim. 
John l). WUlli. V • » 1 1 1 lubMriptloa forVoL 
kid. 
J.H. LandU. Wlure it> Kuiuiiucl CMn gWjW l'l 

paper wot now. 



Wanted. 

We want about 200 new subscri- 
bers to begin with the present rol 
uiue, to be furnished with back num. 
bers, and to pay cash in advance. — 
We have about that amount of 
numbers and should be please 1 to 
dispOM uf them. 

We want our ItBt years lubsorip- 

lettied, it" possible. There are 

■ Jim due us, which would some 

I very coii\ oiiient at the pre-eiit. Of 

oourse we de not expect so enforce 

payment; we only wish to kii >w 



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ire iiiav expect, and what is I" the Blanehard Congregation, Paul- 

, . , r * , ding Co., Ohio Jan 7th, broth, r JOHN 

hopeless, [fyouoannol paj su, bo; TITLER, a worthy miniutering brother ; 

if yoa will not let oa know, that we *&& about 46 yean i>; Coneumr> 

.. . , , hon. Fun. r.il Bervices from 1 Cor. 15: 

may ascertain our financial stand- 32 88. 

but. 



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ll'i admit no poetry tmdtrany eirewnttan- 

HV 
coxlu not Intert 

nil. 

[n Bngar Creek branch, Allen Co., ()., 
Aug llih lMiT, Maboabbt, infant 1 
ler of brother Anthony and sister 1 
MILLER: this child seemed in 
health in the evening, ;uul in the morn- 
ing was fonnd a corpse ; aged about 7 
Funeral text Thess. 1 : 18, 1 1. 

in the same branch. Nov- 28th, 
'67, WILLIAM son of brother John and 
sister Susan FIFER: aged 4 years 7 
months and 21 day.-. Disease Intlaina- 
tioh of Bowels. Funeral text Acts 17: 
81. 

Also, in the same branch, Dec 20th, 
lLLEN, inlant boh of brother John 
B and Bister Christiana MILLER : aged 
1 year, :! months and 24 days. Disease 
Typhoid Pneumonia. At the same time 
the mother and one of the children were 
sick With the same disease : and soon al- 
ter another, and another, until six of the 
family were lying at the same time, and 
some of tlic rest were under treatment 
but not down At this lime. (Jan. 2Snh), 
living are all prospering, and bid- 
diiic lair lor recovery. Funeral services 

from Rom. 8 : 38- 

In Green Mt branch, Rockingham Co., 
Ya . on the Wlh of January, sister ELIZ- 
ABETH MYERS: aged 83 months 
and 25 days She trasa member of the 
church upwards ol 60 years Funeral 
services by S Garber aud others, lrom 
ft v. M : IS 

Also, in the same branch, on the 24th 
of Jan brother J A( OB M MILLER : 
81 years, some months & days. Funeral 
services by B. Qarber and others from 
2nd Bangs 20th chapter, part of first verse. 
"Set thine bouse in order for thou shall 
die and not !i'- 

Jacob Miller. 

In Middlefork branch. Clinton Co., Ind. 
■Ian. 1st was found dead in bed GEORGE 
-<m of brother Franklin and sister — IDLE; 
r months, and ;) days — 
Funeral services by the writer and others 
from lleb 1 : 18. 

Also, in the same Branch, Jan. 20th, 
r \\ ILL! AM MI( HALL, formerly 
of Virginia, aged 70 years, 5 months, and 
7 daj : he loaves a wife with 9 living 
children, 43 grand-children, and 2 great- 
grand-children to mourn their loss which 
We I mil gain Funeral 

services by brothci pe and Ja- 

1. 2 I ; 18. 

Daniel Neher. 



Al-o. in Saga* Creek branch Jan 10th, 

-i-ter MAKV DRIVER daughter of 

brother Jacob and Bister Polly Driver; 

88 years, 4 mohths, and 28 flays.— 

3e, malignant Cancer in the breast. 

Funeral services from Fee. 11 : i:i. 

D. Brower. 

Near Ankeneytown Knox Co., Ohio, 
■ian. 84, ELIZABETH llldv. , 

'•» months and -js days. Religious 

exercises, at her request, were continued 
nniil a few minutes before her spirit fled. 
She died in the triumph of faith. Fu- 
neral services by Eld. Caleb ][. Price. 

No Name. 

At Sabbath Fest Blair Co., Jan. 26th. 
GEORGE 8TINER son of brother Ben- 
jamin Stincr ; aged 10 years 8 months, 
and 14 days. Funeral services by the 
writer from John 10 : 18. 1 !. 

Sam'l M. Cox. 

In Somerset Oo.. Fa.. Jan. 8th, Bister 
CATHARINE HENRY, (age not giv- 
en). She leaves ,t husband and (i chil- 
dren to mourn their loss which we hope 
is her great gain. Funeral services by 
Abraham Uochstetler and the writer. 

Jonah Berkley. 



I>istof moneys received, for subscription 
to the Companion, since our last. 

\\ tiers no amount accompanies the name, 
is implied. 

P. llm-n. Rossville, Ohio. SGrablll, Lado- 
ga, [nd. O Snowberger, Qulncy, Pa., 75 cte. 
H It Peuffner., Bittsdale, Pa., 75 cents. J L 
Miller, J Berkley, AH Walker, Gephartsburg 
Pa. E Wellbaum, Brooklin, Ohio. H Trim- 
mer, Mt Pleasant Pa. A Eochstetler Summit 
Mills Pa, T II Betebenner Polo 111. E Toms 
Ml Morris, 111. M,':v Kins.-]. MeVeytOwn Pa 
D Bntterbangh, Lanark, ill. J Long X Bohu- 
ner, Pioneer, Ohio. C glialler New Guilford 
Pa. D Sheller Marion Pa. I) Willi.-. Ash- 
land Ohio. J <; Snyder, Philada Pa. I L 
Bshleman, Covingtou Ohio. 



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VOLUME IV. 



TYRONE CITY, PA., TUESDAY, FEB. 18th, 1868. 



Number 7> 



For the Companion. 
Devotion. 

Far above this world'.-- commotion, 

Where the holy angels dwell ; 
I Would fl\ my heart's devotion, 

And my song with rapture swell : 
Where, with golden harps : forever, 

On the sea of Hyaline, 
Saints and angele dwell together, 

Hymning praises all divine. 

There would I collect a treasure, 

That will never fade away, 
But will yield abundant pleasure, 

To enjoy in endless day. 
All our trials and afflictions, 

Which we here with patience bear, 
Change to joyful benedictions 

To increase our treasures there. 

0, had I Job-like patience, 

Tint 1 might all ills endure, 
And. like him, o'ercome temptations 

My salvation to procure. 
Then I'd mount and sing victorious, 

Over all this earthly frame 
Till I reach that heaven glorious, 

Ever to enjoy the same. 

"JAS. Y. HECKLEK. 
Harleytville^ Pa. 



lor Ute Companion. 
Remember the Poor. 

"For ye have the poor always with you." 
St. Matthew. 

There is a vast amount of misery 
and wretchedness in this old worn- 
out world in which it is our sad lot 
to live, and it appears to have been 
the case in all ages past, from 
the remotest periods of antiquity, to 
the present. While a small minori- 
ty of the inhabitants of earth live in 
case and affluence, and have always 
at their command the good gifts of 
God, a large, very large majority 
are constantly struggling to secure 
the simplest, coarsest necessaries of 
life. A large and still increasing 
proportion of »ur fellow- -creatures, 

our brethren by flesh and blood, 

being of the bouse and It 

Adam, aro born to no inheritance 

but want and misery 1 . Their bo lie , 

wasted with care and trouble, arc 

pitiful prison houses for a .-fill more 
wretched soul, for misery ami crime 
often go hand in band like twin -i- 
tcrs. It ccrtainU I and j n ■ 1 



ancholy theme for contemplation. — 
We shudder and shrink from the 
mournful picture and often impious- 
ly arraign the wisdom and goodness 
of God for the apparent partiality 
exercised in the distribution of His 
precious gifts. 

For example wc have the Rdh- 
childs of England, the Astors and 
Stewarts of America, with their 
countless thousands of gold, while 
Ireland, Poland, Spain, Germany, 
Russia, India, China, Siberia, Afri 
ca, the Americas, with the Islands 
of the seas, &c. ; with their oppress- 
ed, down-trodden, wretched, misera- 
ble, degraded, squalid, ignorant mil- 
lions ; yet in all this God is eminent- 
ly just, but we, in our human nature, 
cannot see it. 

Time will surely vindicate the 
justice of the government of our 
Supreme Ruler. 

It seems to be the disposition of 
our corrupted, fallen nature to op- 
press, in some shape or other the 
poor and helpless. It has been so 
in all ages. This oppression i3 of- 
ten iriflietel by conscientious per- 
sons when they are not aware of it. 
They exact the highest rates for tint 
which they sell, ami pay the lowest 
prices for the services of the labor- 
ers. In th's we are supported by 
custom, but custom is not to control 
the m-tioiis of the christian. It is 
opposed to Christ, and therefore, we 

should be opposed to it. 

That '"Inch is liberal to the rich 
is oppressive and illiberal to the 
poor, hence we should wisely dis- 
criminate be! ■vcen them. 

Hut, as it was the object of the 
Lor 1 Jets to coi . ct all the evils 
that afllict the human state, He de- 

. special attention t'> this class 

of evils. He initiated I 
movement of redemption by exhibit- 
ing his sympathy lor the p en-, it 
of bis incarnation 

life t ion on ige tbciu, and be net 
er in precept or exam; >t the 



friendless. He wa3 born in a man- 
ger, of a virgin too poor to offer the 
accustomed sacrifice save that offer- 
ing provided for the poorest, and 
through his whole life he had not 
where to lay his head ; and a; He 
whom we profess to follow has made 
our duty so plain by both precept 
and example, it is to be expected 
that the virtue of benevolence and 
charity, and kindness to the forsa- 
ken and friendless, and substantial 
sympathy for the needy, will be pre- 
eminently exhibited in our charac- 
ter. It is expected that a people 
like us, who wash one anothers' feet, 
who salute each other with the holy 
kiss, practice and advocate non-con- 
formity to the world, and in every 
thing try to obey the commands of 
the Savior, will take especial care 
that all cases of cl arity within their 
reach will meet with prompt and 
willing attention. We should earn- 
estly exert ourselves to escape the 
condemnation of those that pay tithes 
of Mint, Rue. Anise, and Cummin, 
and neglect the weightier matters 
of the law. 

It will avail us nothing whatever 
to observe with such scrupulous ex 
actnesg, the ordinances of the church, 
if ire neglect to minister under eve- 
ry circumstance to the wants of our 
ivorod fellows. Even were we 
to give our bodies to lie burned it 
I profit us nothing if we had 
not charity in every sense of the 
word. We thus would lose a mar- 
tyr's crown for the sake of a few 
paltry dollars. We would evince 
the disposition to serve Gk>d in all 
things where it did not cost tod 
much. How can we reconcile the 
conflicting chart. m un-di.ir- 

itable obrisManl I think it i- a 
burloannfl christian 

- de\ otee. Slid vet 

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ll'< .. try under any Hreumttan- 

We 
could nut insert 

• nil. 

In Sugar Creek branch, Allen • '■ 

: tth lMiT. MaBOABBT, ililanl ■ 

ler of brother Anthony and stater I 
MILLER: this child seemed in good 
health in the evening, and in the morn- 
ing was found a corpse ; aged about 7 
weeks. Funeral text This-. 1 : 18, 14. 

■ in the same branch, Nov 28th, 
'67, WILLIAM son of brother John and 

Suaan PIPER : aged 4 years 7 
months and 27 days I 1 ase Intlnina- 
tioh of Bowels. Funeral text Acts 17: 

81. 

• 
Also, in the same branch, Dec 90th, 
LLEN. infant sou of brother John 
: sister Christiana MILLER 

. :; months, and 24 days. Disease 
Typhoid Pneumonia. At the same time 
the mother and one of Che children were 
>ick wiili the same disease : and soon al- 
ter another, and another, until six of the 
family were lying at the same time, and 
some of ill ire under treatment 

but not down -\t this lime. (Jan. 29th), 
living are all prospering, and bid- 
Eair for recovery. Funeral services 
from Rom. 8 : 

In Green Mt branch, Rockingham Co., 

Va . on the lot h of January, Bister ELIZ- 
ABETH '•: V ERS: ag . rs, 8 months 
and 25 days She was a member of the 

church upwards of 60 years Funeral 
service.- by ei Garber and others, lroin 
Rev; ii: 18 

Also, in the same branch on the 24th 
of Jan brother .1 IILLER ; aged 

:il years, some months & days. Funeral 
services by 8. Garber and others, from 
'.'ml Kings 20th chapter, part of first verse. 
"Set thine house in order for thou shall 
ind no: live." 

Jacob Miller. 
Middlefork branch. Clinton Co , ind. 
Jan. 1st was found dead in bed GEORGE 
-on of brother Franklin and Bister — IDLE; 
aged in \ en-. 7 months, and i) <: 
Funeral services by the writer and others 

troi ib l : 18. 

■ in the same Branch, Jan. 20th, 
brother WILLIAM MICHAEL, formerly 
of Virginia, aged 70 years, •"> mOntb 

: he leaves a w Ife with !i living 
children, 4'.' grand-children, ami 2 great- 
grand-children to mourn their loss which 
we hop,. ,, Funeral 

pe and Ja- 

rom M .nil. 2 ' 

Daniel Neher. 






::iv expect, and what is I" the Blanchard Congregation, Paul- 

, r * , din- Co. Ohio Jan 7th. brother JOHN 

hopeless. If yea oennot pay say so: TlTLER,a worthy ministering brother; 

if vott will not let as know, that wc *£** about IS years Disease Consump- 

. , , ti"i>- Funeral services from 1 Cor. 15: 

may ascertain our financial stand- gg j.;. 

A No. in Sugar Creek branch Jan lath, 

Bister MARY DRIVES daughfc i ol 

brother Ja< ob and -ister Polly Driver ■ 

3 years, 4 mohihs. and 28 days.— 

e, malignant Cancer in the breast. 

Funeral services from Rev. 11 : 18, 

D. Brower. 

Near Ankeneytown Enoz Co., Ohio, 

Jan. 21. ELIZABETB LEEDT, aired 7(1 

years, '.> months and Religions 

exercises, at her request, were continued 

until a few minutes before her spirit lied. 
She died in the triumph of faith. Fu- 
neral services by Eld. Caleb II. Price. 

No Name. 

At Sabbath Rest. Blair Co., Jan. 26th, 
GEORGE STINER Bon of brother Ben- 
jamin Stinerj aged.IO years s months. 

and 14 daj 'al "services by the 

writer from John 10 : 13, 14. 

Bam'l M. Cox. 

In Somerset Co.. Pa.. Jan. sth. sister 
CATHARINE HENRY, (age no 
en). She leaves a husband and (i chil- 
dren to mourn their loss, which wc hope 
Lsher dn. Funeral services by 

Abraham lloehstetler and the writer. 

Jonah Berkley. 



Listof moneys received, for subscription 
to the Companion, since our last. 

Where no iiiiiount accompanies the name, 
i .60 is implied. 

E Horn, Rossville, Ohio. S Grabill, Lado- 
ga, Ind. O Snowberger, Qolncy, l'a., 75 cts. 
II II lYnmei'. Hillsdale, l'a., 75 cents. JL 
Miller, J Berkley, A H Walker. (L-phai-tsburg 
Pa. K Wclibaum, Brooklin, Ohio. 11 Trini- 
mer, Ml Pleasant Pa. A lloehstetler Summit 
Mills l'a. T H Betebenner Polo 111. E Toms 
Mt Mon-is. in. Mary K'msel, McVeytown Pa 
D Butterbaugh, Lanark, ill. J Long N Bohu- 
ner, Pioneer, Ohio. C Sheller New Guilford 
Pa. I) Sheller Marion l'a. D Willis, Ash- 
land Ohio. J C Snyder, Philada Pa. 1 l. 
Eshleman, Covington Ohio. 



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VOLUMe IV. 



TYRONE CITY, PA., TUESDAY, FEB. 18th, 1868. 



Number 7. 



For the Cumpunion. 
Devotion. 

Far above this worlds commotion, 
Where the holy angels dwell; 

I u Diild fix my hearth) devotion, 
Ami my song with rapture swell : 

Where, with golden harps, forever, 
On the sea of II valine, 

Saints and angels dwell together, 
Hymning praises all divine. 

There would I collect a treasure, 

That will never fade away, 
But will yield abundant pleasure, 

To enjoy in endless day. 
All our trials and afflictions, 

Which we here with patience bear, 
Change to joyful benedictions, 

To increase our treasures there. 

O, had I Job-like patience. 

That I might all ills endure, 
And. like him, o'ercome temptations. 

My salvation to procure. 
Then I'd mount and sing victorious, 

Over all this earthly frame 
Till I reach that heaven glorious, 

Ever to enjoy the same. 

JAS. Y. HECKLER. 
Hurley tville, Pa. 



For tlu Companion. 
Remember the Poor. 

"For ye have tbe poor always with you." 
St. Matthew. 

There is a vast amount of misery 
and wretchedness in this old worn- 
out world in which it is our sad lot 
to live, and it appears to have been 
the case in all ayes past, from 
the remotest periods of antiquity, to 
the present. While a small minori- 
ty of the inhabitants of earth live in 
ease and alllucnce, and have al* i f* 
at their command tbe g tod gifts of 
God, a large, very large majority 
are constantly struggling to secure 
the simplest, coarsest necessaries of 
Life. A large and still increasing 
proportion of «ur fellow-creatures, 
our brethren by flesh and ; 

being of the house and III 

Adam, aro born to do inheritance 

but want and mi-. [r bo lie , 

1 with em- and trouble, at'.- 

pitiful prison houses for a -till more 
wretched soul, for misery and 
often go band in band like twin lis- 
ters. It certainh I and mel 



ancholy theme for contemplation. — 
Wc shudder and shrink from the 
mournful picture and often impious- 
ly arraign the wisdom and goodness 
of God for the apparent partiality 
exercised in the distribution of His 
precious gifts. 

For example wc have the Itdh- 
childs of England, the Astors and 
Stewarts of America, with their 
countless thousands of gold, while 
Ireland, Poland, Spain, Germany, 
Russia, India, China, Siberia, Afri 
ca, the Americas, with the Islands 
of the seas, &c. ; with their oppress- 
ed, down-trodden, wretched, misera- 
ble, degraded, squalid, ignorant mil- 
lioos ; yet in all this God is eminent- 
ly just, but we, in our human nature, 
cannot see it. 

Time will surely vindicate the 
justice of rhe government of our 
Supreme Ruler. 

It seems to be the disposition of 
our corrupted, fallen nature to op- 
press, in some shape or other the 
poor and helpless. It has been so 
in all ages. This oppression is of- 
ten inflicted by conscientious per- 
sons when they are not aware of it. 
They exact the highest rates for that 
which they sell, an 1 pay the lowest 
prices for the services of the labor- 
In th b ire are supported by 
custom, but custom is not to control 
the actions of the christian. It is 
opposed to Christ, and 
should be opposed to it. 

That "'hich is liberal to tbe rich 
is oppressive and illiberal t> the 
poor, hence we should wisely dis- 
criminate between them. 

But, as it was the object of the 
Lor 1 Jesus t all the 

that iffliot the human state, He de- 
. special attention to this class 
of e\ ils. I!,- initiated th • 
oent of redemption b 

for the p »or. It 
the Bret aoi of his incarnation 
life t . encourage them, and be ne* 
er in precept or example forgot the 



friendless. He was born in a man- 
ger, of a virgin too poor to offer the 
accustomed sacrifice save that offer- 
ing provided for the poorest, and 
through his whole life he had not' 
where to lay his head ; and a? lie 
whom we profess to follow has made 
our duty so plain by both precept 
and example, it is to be expected 
that tlie virtue of benevolence and 
charity, and kindness to the forsa- 
ken and friendless, and substantial 
sympathy for the needy, will be pre- 
eminently exhibited in our charac- 
ter. It i3 expected that a people 
like us, who wash one anothers'feet, 
who salute each other with the holy 
kiss, practice and advocate non-con- 
formity to the world, and in every 
thing try to obey the commands of 
the Savior, will take especial care 
that all cases of cl arity within their 
reach will meet with prompt and 
willing attention. We should earn- 
estly exert ourselves to escape the 
condemnation of those that pay tithes 
of Mint, Rue. Anise, and Cummin, 
and neglect the weightier matters 
of the law. 

It will avail us nothing whatever 
to observe with' such scrupulous ex 
actmss. the ordinances of the church, 
if we neglect to minister under eve- 
ry eiivutnstaiRV to the wants of our 
less favored fellows. Kven were we 
to give our bodies to be burned it 
fit us nothing if we had 
ii"t charity in every sense f the 
word. We thus would lose I mar- 
tyr's crown for the sake of a lew 
paltry dollars. We would evince 
lh< disposition to serve Ood in all 

where it did net seed 
much. How can we reconcile the 
conflicting oha 

Itable christian f I think it »- a 
buriesflus on the christian reli 

i \ OR 

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miserable cheat. It is , b*ff, it i~ 
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essence of the pure in heart. How 
many of our fellow-worshippers will 
lo6e tho way to Heaven by neglect- 
ing their duty to the poor ? Bnt 
the rich often apologise for their in- 
attention to this duty by accusing 
the poor of improvidence and indo 
liiicc. and claim that the abundance 
tin \ possess in food and clothing, 
houses and land, is the result of their 
own industry and economy. They 
arc very ready, like Nebuchadnez- 
zar of old, to survey their posses- 
sions and exclaim with him "is not 
this the work of my hands." 

Ah, brethren ! remember Nebu- 
chadnezzar's curse. Let all ascribe 
their success in lite to the benign 
favor of God, for we are in his 
hands as clay in the hands of the 
potter, and let us never fail to ap- 
propriate his blessings as he directs 
us. We must not consider that we 
possess anything in our own right. 
We are merely to act as agents for 

I the great landlord,for he,as such,has 
left us full and explicit instructions 
how to dispose of these things. We 
however, are to exercise gr«at wis- 
dom in executing the duties of our 
agency. The benevolent fund be- 
longs alone to the afflicted, the maim- 
ed, the blind, widows and orphans, 
who have not the power to supply 
themselves with provisions necessa- 
ry for their comfort and existence. 
The imptovident and indolent have 
no claim upon it, for, were we to 
contribute to their w*nts we would 
reverse and nulify the great law 
that "from the sweat of our face 
arc we to eat bread." I ask what 
right, either moral, legal, or relig- 
ious, has he who passes his time in 
sl"t/it'iihiess to the fund that belongs 
delusively to the helpless? None. 
Again, how often we sit down to 
meat with our boards covered with 
the rich fruits of earth, and after a 
few hurried, thoughtless, meaning- 
less words uttered in thanksgiving, 
we eat until we are filled, and never 
bestow a thought on the empty ta- 
bles of our poor, widowed, orphan- 
ed neighbors around us. We are 
always clad in harmony with the 
changing seasons, and our luxurious 
'\', baoV are weighed down with their 
1~\ burden of furni-hings, whilo the 



poor sit shivering around their cheer- 
leps fire, the cold, freezing blasts of 
winter drive recklessly uncheck- 
ed through their rickety huts, and 
they walk to and fro clad in the 
scanty habiliments of poverty, pray- 
ing Heaven for the genial smiles 
of the Summer's sun, and the fruits 
of the Summer season. Oh ! how 
dreadful the curses and reproaches 
of the poor. Who can stand before 
the judgment seat and hear their 
bitter accusations ? Many a wretch- 
ed soul will be weighed and borne 
to the nethermost depths of the bot- 
tomless pit, by the tears and sighs 
and groans of the helpless and friend- 
less, while the truly charitable and 
benevolent will sit in the seats of 
honor and happiness in the Fathers 
house. Oh ! Remember the poor. 
D. C. MOOMAW. 

Clover Dale, Va. 

♦♦ 

For tfte Companion. 
Death l - not an uncommon event, 

But to the living it is full of mys- 
tery. Our brother, Daniel Shively, 
aged 89 years, 11 months, and 18 
days, left us on the 21st hist., in 
hope of a blessed immortality beyond 
the grave. He was so kind, so lov- 
ed — so virtuous. But regardless of 
every circumstance, and every con- 
sideration which would lead us to 
retain, him here, death has taken 
him away. Every night some pil- 
low is wet with tears, and everv day 
some heart throbs and bleeds. "It 
is appointed unto men once to die," 
and that appointment has spread 
dismay and terror through every 
lane and avenue of life. The pale 
horse, with death for its rider, has 
broken loose from its confinement, 
and is now trampling with iron hoof 
over the loveliness of the domestic 
circle. No place, no man, no con- 
dition is exempt from its intrusive 
awfulness. It is useless to fly from 
the destroyer. He will find you a- 
inid the storms and tempests of our 
own land — he will follow you to 
other climes, and cut you down in 
the midst of friends or foes. The 
awfulness, terror, and triumph of 
death arises, first, from *Jie alurw- 
ing inieertidnti/ of the future ttttte. 
Death has been styled "a leap in 
the dark." Had some adventurous 



traveler entered into the grave — ex- 
plored its unknown recesses, a new 
aspect would be given to the whole 
subject. But as the pilgrim enters 
the grave, the door of the sepulchre 
closes behind him and he never re- 
turns. 

Philosophy with her sages, her 
pondrous volumes and long array of 
name9. History with her full pa- 
ges and romantic realities, never 
have cast out one gleam of light up- 
on the grave. Death seems to- act 
without law, governed by no princi- 
ple unless that principle be to cre- 
ate as much confusion as possible. — 
It goes not only to the dens of infa- 
my, haunts of woe and abodes of 
crime and wretchedness. Death, 
with its present forms of terror and 
dismay, would not have been God's 
minister to lead his children home 
to heaven. But sin introduced death 
into the world — unlocked the gates 
of th* 1 bottomless pit and turned in- 
to the worW this enemy of God 
which is the last which he will de- 
stroy. Now to just such an extent 
as we are connected with sin, is 
death to be dreaded. All his life- 
time the sinner ic "subject to bond- 
age." Woe, woe unto that man who 
dies without a preparation. "But 
when we contemplate the victory 
over death and the grave, the 
awfulness of death may be removed. 
But what is it that bears up the 
christian, in every age and every 
clime. What magic power is it that 
can thus triumph over the infirmities 
of our nature, and break down death 
even at the mouth of the sepulchre 
I answer a preparation to meeet 
death. This consists, first in a vital 
union to Christ. Out of Christ 
there is no reconciliation. The 
Father stands robed in the violated 
law ; inapproachable in his holy ab- 
horence of sin. Out of Christ He is 
a consuming fire. If the sinner 
dies while he stands in this relation 
to God he has nothing to sustain 
him in death, every attribute of God 
is arrayed against him. Many 
christians, who in reality have a 
part in religion and appear truly to 
be the children of God, are like the 
impenitent, "all their life time are 
subject to bondage." Their natu- 



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ral dispositions, their habits of think- 
ing, their peculiar temperaments 
connected with the world without, 
as the heart within keeps them bow- 
ed down like a bulrush." They 
take the hand of Jesus and go forth, 
yet doubting his ability to save or 
lead them, and when the Jordon, 
rolling furiously, breaks upon their 
ears and they remember that this 
is death, they take their hand from 
Jesus and cling to earth. The best 
remedy for this is a clear hope. An 
evidence clear, a hope strong, a 
prospect bright. It is impossible 
for a christian to view the approach 
of death with calmness, if he contin- 
ues buried up in the perplexities of 
the world. Christ, Faith, and Holi- 
ness, are the mystic words which 
dissolve the shades of death. Christ 
the effect, procuring cause ; faith 
the instrument, holiness the result. 
If Christ be not formed within the 
hope of glory. If faith does not 
point backward to the cross and for- 
ward to the crown, if obedience does 
not "to will and to do," within us 
death still has dominion over us. — 
But in case we are "born of water 
and of the spirit," having a full as- 
surance of hope, a holy life. Pos- 
sess these and death is vanquished 
and the christian is victor. The 
consolation which I would offer to 
the afflicted relatives, (above refer- 
red to) is the blessed assurance thai 
"our brother shall rise again." — 
There is to be a resurrection.-- 
"Though he be dead yet shall he 
live." As the sun goes out in dark- 
ness, and the last star fades away 
from the heavens, an angel from the 
throne of God will gather the scat- 
tered dust, and reanimate it with 
new life and beauty. The body 
may die but the spirit will live on. 
JNO. NICHOLSON. 
Moultrie Station, Ohio. 
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for Ikt Comptniott. 
Remark* on n ui I be \v IS : 41. 

IN KKl'l.Y TO UKOT11KK I'U.KKY. 

I will give you my understanding 
of the above scripture. 

In the abovo text, the Bftrioi 
compares his kingdom to a treasure 
hidden in a field which a man found, 
and after concealing it again, ho 



went and sold all he had and bought 
the field. This world is the field, 
and the religion of Jesus, is the troa- 
ure and the true seeker of Christ is 
the man who found the treasure. 

If we are so fortunate as to find 
this treasure, we should be willing 
to make every sacrifice to obtain 
and retain this pearl of great price. 
Notwithstanding the man found the 
treasure he could not claim it as his 
until he went and saw upon what 
terras the field could be bought, and 
then purchased it and secured the 
treasure. It would have been rob- 
bing for him to have taken the treas- 
ure without first consulting the land 
lord, for it was found upon the land 
of another. So with religion we 
may find it, but we cannot lay legal 
claim to it (though many do) until 
we go and consult Jesus and (search 
the scriptures) see upon what terms 
it is to be procured and then carry 
out those terms as laid down in his 
word. 

Tens of thousands of our day pro- 
fess to have found the treasure and 
are not willing to consult the land 
lord but say we have found the 
treasure and it is ours, and take it 
by force. Deluded Souls ; the 
Lord of this treasure must be con- 
sulted and obeyed, or we never can 
get a lawful claim, and of course 
will do us no good. But the man 
in the text was honest and determin- 
ed if it should cost him the whole 
world, he would buy the field (obey 
the laws of Jesus) aud thus secure 
this great treasure (the great cou- 
solatiou arising from a consciousness 
of having obeyed his laws) but not 
without first concealing his treasur- 
es. The mau was doubtless afraid 
if he did not conceal the treasure 
that while he was negotiating for a 
purchase, some one would come and 
take it away. 

We are to be very careful of this 
treasure (religion) and see that DO 
man take our crown, aud after we 
Omplied with all the Ktipula- 
tious of our Lord, wo then will be 
as a city set on a hill, not to be liid, 
and as a candle on the table, &c. — 
There is do doubt in BIT mind that 
the religion of Jesus is as much 
0OOOM1o3 Of hidden from the world, 



as the treasure was in the field, and 
it is our duty to dig and toil by 
searching the Scriptures, and after 
coming to a knowledge of the truth, 
to obey the same and not dictate to 
God and Bay ftiis command is not 
essential, and that one is of no ac- 
count, &c. Oh let us be very care- 
ful that we are jiot ^found robbing 
God, that we are not found taicin^ 
this treasure without consulting the 
Lord of the land. 

If we will takethis treasure out 
of the field without consulting God, 
it will do us no good in the Jul'- 
ment. For "I will say unto them, 
depart from me ye cursed, I never 
knew you," fcc. 'iBlessed are they 
who do the commandments, for they 
shall have a right to the tree of 
life." 

Obeying the corannndment3 of 
our # Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is 
the lawful purchase of the field, anl 
consequently the treasure (religion, 
Joy and peace in the Holy Ghost), 
will be ours, also, if faithful. There- 
fore, "the kingdom of heavea is like 
to a treasure hiddeu in the field, 
which a man found and concealed ; 
and for joy thereof he goes and eells 
all that he has and buys that field." 
Matth. 13 : 14. 

ASA WARD. 

Sykeaville, MJ. 



"Beautiful River."— Sabbath 
day is the beautiful river in the 
of Time. The other days'are^troub- 
led streams, whose angry waters 
are disturbed by the countless crafts 
that float upon thorn ; but the pure 
r'wer, Sabbath rlo,vs on the Btgipti 
Rest, chanting the sublime music o€ 
the silent, throbbing spheres and 
timed by the pulsations of the Ever- 
lasting Life. Beautiful river Sab- 
bath, glide on ! Bear forth on thy 
boon the poor, tired spirit to the re<t 
which it seeks, and the weary, 
watching soul to endless rest. 



Do Not hastily conclude that 
your undertaking is acceptable to 
God beOMM he allowed von t<> pj 
ceed without interuption for a time. 
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JIlnlHtry— F.«lucHted. 

I am as a general thing, opposed 
to public controversies:, as they too 
oiti.ii engender strife and ill will ; 
but aa brother J. L. Forney, in No. 
■ Vol* 8, lias replied to my pre- 
vious article under the above head- 
ing in a christian spirit I feel dis- 
posed, in a sj irk oflove to the broth- 
er, to make a few remarks upon the 
subject as it seems there were some 
wrong inferences drawn. Were not 
this the case I should have remained 
silent. 

I certainly did draw the idea — 
and yet think I had reasons to do 
so — frcm the brothers first article, 
tLat men would "expect," and who 
"intended " to preach the gospel, 
should be educated to that end be- 
fore they were propperly called to 
the woik. As it appears he meant 
no such thing, I humbly with to be 
excused for the error. 

On the other hand I did not say 
our "highly educated ministers " did 
not keep in their proper sphere. — 
Neither did I wish to convey the 
idea that a high state of mental cul- 
ture in our ministers would have a 
detracting influence, if pro] ei ly 
made use of. 

In speaking of the "restless spirit 
of rrogiession," I by no means in- 
tended to make it alone applicable 
to so narrow a compass as the mis- 
sionary cause, but wished the infer- 
ence to be drawn from that phrase 
to all and everything that is incom- 
patible with the "old land marks." 
By the teim "land marks" I mean 
the lines as drawn in the Divine Or 
acles of God ; which says, "thus far 
thou sbalt go but no lurther." And 
the term will apply to the rules of 
the "old brethren," so far as they 
are in harmony with the word of 
Cod. 

The brother thinks that not "con- 
servatism," that will hold fast to 
"old land marks" under existing 
circumstances. Applying, as I pre- 
sume he does, the term to the regu- 
lations of the church, it will be a 
question ofargument. But to apply 
it to th'' apoftolio order we for one 
arc not willing to say, "let go " un- 
Aer any circum$tcmce$. \\c know 



this is an age of improvement in 
arts and sciences, and we may, in 
many respects, adopt them, but in 
the science of religion who has the 
authority to change any of the 
characteristics that belong to that 
God-ordained system. It is perfect. 
And if there are any principles be- 
longing to that religious rule of Di- 
vine origin that we, as the represen- 
tatives of the Lord's holy church, 
have not made use of for the furth- 
erance of the adopting principles of 
the gospel to a world lying in sin, 
it is time those princiiles were 
brought into use, that the renovat 
ing influence of the whole Gospel 
may be brought to bear as a mighty 
engine of God's power unto salva- 
.tion 

In all our efforts for the pro- 
motion of true religion let us 
be careful lest we hinder the 
Gospel." Philosophy and science 
unless it be of the Bible, may 
lead us astray when used as a key 
to unlock the meaning of God's 
word. Idealism and Latitudinari- 
anum should be avoided, as they 
are too much used these days as a 
means of tiying to solve the prob- 
lem of the Gospel. 

I may be considered too orthodox 
in my opinions, but my earnest de- 
sire is that the Church may be "es- 
poused to one husband, and present- 
ed as a chaste virgin to Christ." I 
have the same fears Paul had of the 
Corinthian church when he says, — 
"But I fear, lest by any means, as 
the serpent beguiled Eve through 
his subt'lty, so your minds should 
be corrupted from the simplicity 
that is in Christ." 

J. S. FLORY. 



Selected for the Companion. 
Startliug Facts. 

1. You are liable to be summon- 
moned at any moment into the pres- 
ence of your Maker. This day may 
be your last on earth. "Boast not 
thyself of to-morrow ; for thou know- 
est not what a day may bring forth." 
Pro v. 27 : 1. 

2. The moment death visits you, 
your condition becomes fixed and 
unalterable. Your state shall then 
be that of inconceivable bliss, or of 



unuterable anguish and misery — 
that of eternal glory or everlasting 
punishment. 

3. The present state of your heart 
shows which would be your condi- 
tion forever, were you this moment, 
whilst you read this paper, ushered 
into the presence of God. Does 
the love of God or of self fill it ? 
Does the love of the world or of 
Christ actuate you ? Have you 
found redemption through his blood 1 
Are your " sins forgiven for his 
name's sake?" Are you "a new 
creature in Christ Jesus ?" Have 
"old things passed away," and are 
"all things become new ?" 

4. You are now either saved or un- 
saved — i believer or an unbeliever in 
J esus. You are either justified or con- 
demned, guilty or forgiven, in the 
sight of God. You are either alive 
in Christ, or "dead in trespasses and 
sins," with the wrath of God abiding 
upon you. Which is it ? There is 
no neutral state. Honestly ask 
yourself, "which is my state V Do 
not put the epiestion from you, con- 
sider it ; ponder it ; and may the 
Lord awaken you to a sense of its 
importance. 

5. If you are not in Chribt — if 
you have not • been translated out 
of the State of darkness, in which 
you are by nature, into the kingdom 
of God's dear Son- -if you are not 
really converted, and now a child 
of God through grace, listen to what 
the Scripture says of your condi- 
tion : 

"The carnal mind (the mind un- 
changed by the Spirit of God) is en- 
mity against God." Rom. 8 : 7. — 
"Cursed is ever}' one that continu- 
eth not in all things which are writ- 
ten in the book of the law to do 
them." Gal. 3 : 10. "God will by 
no means clear the guilty." Ex. 34: 
7. "Except ye be converted, ye 
shall not enter into the kingdom of 
heaven." Matth. 18 : 3. 

Reader, these are startling facts ; 
and they are facts which will remain 
unalterably true, whether you be- 
lieve them oi not. But if what you 
have now read has convinced you of 
your lost condition before God, then ^ 
we entreat you as you value your 
eternal happiness, receive also the 



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great and precious truth that "God 
is love"— that he desires not the 
death of the sinner, and therefore 
sent his Son into the world to give 
his life "a ransom for many." The 
Lord Jesus Christ came to redeem 
us. He suffered death that we 
might be delivered from eternal 
dea\h. He put away sin by the 
sacrifice of himself. Oh ! then, 
trust in him, and he will save you. 
He will pardon you freely, for "all 
that believe in him are justified 
from all things." Acts 13 : 39. 

Header, if you have learned the 
startling fact that you are lost by 
sin, may you also know for yourself 
the joyful truth that there is salva- 
tion in Christ. 

D. E. PRICE. 

Mt. Morris, 111. 

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J* or tht Companion. 

>lu ho iu<- danism. 

Latest accounts show us the 
number of Mahominedan's to be 
about one hundred and sixty millions; 
of the Greek faith, seventy-five mil- 
lions ; of the Roman Catholic faith, 
one hundred and seventy millions. 
By these accounts the reader will 
observe that there are two Mahom- 
medans to one Protestant. Mahom- 
medans, like christians, believe their 
religion to be of divine authority. 
The Koran is a mixture of Jewish 
and christian religion, remarkably 
well spiced with fiction and human 
traditions. The Mahommedan wri- 
ters were represented to be good 
scholars ; though Paul, the christ- 
ian writer, was not inferior to them 
in scholarship; yet James, Peter 
and John, would likely have been | 
refused a place among them as to 
the necessary attainments in litera- 
ture. By accompanying the more 
peculiar featuies of the Koran, with 
those of the New Testament, we are 
struck with the great and singular 
difference which murks every page. 
The one is dignified, pure and heav- 
enly, while the other is in many re- 
spects childish, immoral and degra- 
ding. It may be interesting to give 
the principal prayei in the Koran. 
The phrase, u /'* tns name •>/ th* tno$t 
merciful (iW," is prefixed to all 
the chapters, except one. In the 



first chapter is the prayer, and reads 

thus : " Praise be to God, the Lord 

of all creatures ; the most merciful, 

the king of the day of judgment. 

Thee do we worship, and of thee do 

we beg assistance. Direct us in the 

right way, in the way of those to 

whom thou hast been gracious ; not 

of those against whom thou art in- 

I censed, nor of those who go astray." 

! This prayer is considered as the 

cpuintessence of the whole Koran, 

J and is repeated in both public and 

private worship. Now read the 

Lord's prayer, and mark the great 

difference. We have no objection 

to this prayer, yet in sublimity, it is 

much inferior to the Lord's praver. 

S. B. FURRY. 

New Enterprise, Pa. 

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Christian Reproof. 

This is a duty which is enjoyned 
upon us in the Bible, but which is 
very much neglected. Many are 
' disposed to report what they hear to 
the disadvantages of others. Some 
cherish improper feelings against, 
and hold themselves aloof from, 
wrongdoers. Others, when they 
get sufficiantly angry, will scold 
and use hard words to those who 
have done wrong. But there are 
very few who are disposed to seek 
suitable opportunities for conversa- 
tion with those they think have done 
or are doing wrong, for the purpose 
of kindly and affectionately pointin" 
out to them what they think to be 
wrong, and of persuading them to 
a differant eourse. 

The duty is a difficult one, and 
needs great care in proforraing it, 
yet it is a necessary one. There 
are few cases in which public reproof 
is wise and proper, but generally, it 
should be administered in private ; 
and we should avoid unfavorable, 
and choose favorable, seasons for 
attending to it. When a person is 
angry or is complaining of what he 
thinks wrong on the part of others, 
he is not in the most favorable mood 
for receiving words of Christiou ie- 
I'ln,,!' himself. 

We must bo sure to manifest the 
right spirit in connection with his 
duty. Wo must be bumble, remem- 
bering that ire aro fallible, and that 



it is probable that others see faults r \ 
in us. We must be kind, avoiding 
every thing like mere fault-finding , 
and showing that our object is the 
good of those to whom we speak. — 
And we should be influenced in this 
matter bp a desire to obey God, who 
says, "Thou shalt in any wise rebuke 
thy neighbor, and not suffer sin up- 
on him." 

Attention to this duty will produce 
beneficial results in restraining from 
sin, in preventing backsliding, in 
leading back into the right path 
those who havj wandered from it, 
and in encouraging sinners to turn 
to the Savior. 

And efforts of this character 
should be kindly received by those 
who are the subjects of them. We 
should not conclude that those who 
reprove us are our enemies, but 
should remember that "Faithful are 
the wounds of a friend ; but the kis- 
ses of an enemy are deceitful ;" and 
that therefore we should take kind- 
ly the words of Christian reproof, 
and seek to profit thereby. If the 
things alleged against us 'are untrue 
We should still be glad to know what 
is supposed to be wrong in us, and 
to have the opporunity of removing 
a false impression. 



The Devil is with the 
like the Conductor on the cars, 
soon as a pasenger gets aboard, he 
calls upon him to examine his ticket. 
— So the devil, as soon as a pas.-cn- 
ger gets aboard the ship of Zion he 
wants to know about the pasport. — 
"Is this thy son, and was he born 
blind." 

"When thou doest thine alms, let 
not thy left hand know what thv 
right doeth otherwise thou hast no 
reward." Is it then in accordance 
with the teachings of the gospel, 
when donations are made to have it 
published? Is this the order of the 
old brethren : The Apostll 

JOHN A. WITTER. 

Wi \i.rn is giren to Christiana, 
not to he expended in costly raiment, 
»xtraragan1 equipage ind laxunoi* 
living, but to be employed rreelj m 

the service of the Master. ••Freely ,'■ 
yo have received, frcoU gi?«. M 



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LOCAL MATTERS. 

Tyrone City, Pa., Feb. 18, 1868. 



CORRESPONDENCE. 

Correipondenct of thurth newt iolicited from 
all part* of Uk Jlrul/i,rhoo<l. Writer'* name 
and addrea required on every eomtHunieation, 
«j guarantee of yoo<l failh. Hejeeted comtnuni- 
eoCiMU Wf manuicript used, not returned. All 
communieatiotu for publication thould be writ- 
ten up<m otie side of the theet only. 

Hamilton, Mo. Feb. 7th 1868. 

BrolJwr llolsinyer ; We are in 
this State some over 8 month and 
have as yet not written much through 
the Companion in relation to this 
part of God's moral vineyard, and 
as we are aware that many of our 
dear brothers and friends like to 
read church news and hear of their 
brother and friends welfare both 
temporally and spiritually, we con- 
cluded to pen some of our thoughts 
as they have pressed upon the mind 
since we are here. 

Truly the Earth is the Lord's and 
the fullness thereof. We may wor- 
ship God in the East oi in the West 
in the North or in the South, and 
have sweet communion and fellow- 
ship with God and the people of 
God. We have enjoyed the society 
of the brethren since here and are 
also happy to say in a great mea- 
sure the society of neighbors and 
friends who are not connected with 
us in the church. Society is, 
gencally speaking, good, much bet- 
ter than we anticipated before we 
came here. 

We have attended a good many 
meetings since here and find very 
good order and attention and fre- 
quently considerably interest mani- 
fested when the word is preached. 
We have meetings regularly in the 
congregation called Smiths Fork 
Branch, and from what I learn the 
other Districts though the State 
have regular preaching. There are 
some 7 or 8 organized branches 
in the State besides some scattered 
sheep of the fold which should have 
shepherds ; and I have found since 
here that many who are out of the 
fold are seeking for pasture and 
are hungering and thirsting for the 
Bread and \\ ater of life. Brother 
I). 1). Sell and your unworthy cor- 



respondent atended three meetings 
North of this place, some 15 miles 
in Davis Co. a week ago. Had 
very good order and attention, and 
large congregations ; and many gave 
their hearty amen to the truth of 
the everlasting gospel of peace. — 
I find a large field open here for 
the Heralds of the'erosa and the cry 
or call is still : come over into Maci- 
donia and help us. — ! may the 
borders of Zions Kingdom be en- 
largedj and extended, and ^much 
good be done in the time of grace 
in'the name of Jesus. — Some of the 
Districts are too large through this 
State and the membership rather 
scattered. Some new Districts 
should beTormed and some divided. 
We need more watchman to stand 
upon the walls of Zion : action in 
the church to keep things in order, 
zeal and energy for the promotion 
of peace,?love, and union, aud more 
of that self sacrificing spirit, to en- 
able us as weak ministers of the 
word to go wherever the call is 
come. — May we all pray for Zion 
still, through North or South, East 
or West, and finally meet in the 
realms of Blis3. 

Yours in the bonds of Gospel love. 
GEORGE WITMER. 

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Brother Hohinger : — I notice in 
the 47th No., Vol. 3, a request upon 
the part of brother F. for?an expla- 
nation m of Jobn 10 : 9. 1 will pro- 
ceed to give my views on the pas- 
sage referred to. 

In order to understand parables 
it is necessary, 1st, for U3 to under- 
stand that they are such ; and 2nd, 
what they are designed to illustrate. 

The meaning of the word "para- 
ble" is a comparixon. Parables are 
often drawn off scenes, oi characters, 
which are entirely fictitious or imag- 
inary — but which are designed and 
beatifully adapted to illustrate some 
grand!} and important idea. The 
Savior, while here on earth, made 
use of various beautiful and instruc- 
tive parables, in order to illustrate 
the principles of his kingdom, or 
church, and in fact it is said that 
without a parable spake he not unto 
the multitude. Hence we find him 
employing figurative forms of speech 



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on almost all occasions when speak 
ing to the people. Thus when he j 
would instruct the mind of the fari 
mer, with regard to the principles of 
his kingdom, he uses the thing* most 
familiar to their minds as the par- 
able of the sower and the seed ; all 
the farming class would readily un- 
derstand this. But as all were not 
farmers some would not so readily 
comprehend. Hence he addresses 
the fisherman, that "the kingdom of 
Heaven is like unto a net cast into 
the sea. Therefore the farmer and 
the fisherman would readily under- 
stand. But there are yet other 
classes ; hence he would instruct the 
women who were familiar with the 
art of baking, that "the kingdom of 
Heaven is like leaven which a wo- 
man took, &e. 

But there are still others who are 
not acquainted with any of the avo- 
cations, but are engaged in different 
callings, as Merchandising, an 1 
hence he says that "the kingdom of 
Heaven is like unto a merchantman, 
seeking goodly pearls, &c. And to 
the day laborer he compares it to a 
vineyard, when the good man went 
out very eirly to hire laborers. 

And to the shepherds, he compares 
it to a sheep-fold. Hence he says : 
"I am the door into the sheepfold ; 
by me if a man enter he shall be 
saved, and shall go in and out, and 
find pasture. 

Now it does seem to me with the 
foregoing before the mind, that no 
person can fail to see what the Sav- 
ior meant when he spoke of "going 
in and out." But lest there be 
some who are dull of comprehend- 
ing, * we will make some further ex- 
planation. 

The Savior, in the parable refer- 
red to, was endeavoring to bring to 
the comprehension of his audience, 
the watchful care and providential 
protection of himself to us as the 
sheep of his pasture, that "tho eyes 
of the Lord were at all times over 
the righteous, and his ears were 
open to their prayers. That he was 

*We would suggest l »at brother Cross- 
white be understood as saying "lest there 
should be some of the readers of the Compan- 
ion who are not thepherdt, and consequently 
may not understand the parable so easily," 
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not like an earthly or mortal shop- 
herd, who hecamc weary and fa- 
tigued with watchinir over his natural 
sheep, and was coin] died to take 
refreshment in sleep, and conse- 
quently lose sight for the time being 
of his sheep, and in order to guard 
them from harm, while he was thus 
in a state of unconsciousness, and 
therefore incapable of taking care 
of them in person, and hence the 
necessity of constructing a "fold " 
in which he put them for their secu- 
rity while he was thus taking repose. 
But when he had taken the necessa- 
ry refreshment and repose, he again 
leads them out to graze upon the 
pasture. Hence we see them "go 
in the fold " and find protection, or 
pasture, and we see them "go out 
of the fold " and find protection or 
pasture. Therefore we conclude 
that the phrase in and out would 
have been as properly translated, if 
it had been rendered to and fro. 
JESSE CROSSWHLTE. 



take. Only those who are etill 

holding him as a brother. 

JACOB WINE, 

JOHN WINE, 

JACOB MILLER, 

DANIEL THOMAS, 

SOLOMON GARBER. 

(Vhitor please copy.) 
♦♦ 

Editorial Obser* uiiou*. 
I.ohi Letter*. 

We have not had so much com- 
plaint of the irregular appearance, 
nonappearance, and delays of our 
paper since we publish it, as in this 
year, and yet in a very few instan- 
ces has the fault been found to have 
been with us. Wishing to be char- 
itable we at first took all the blame 



Imposition. Y/ 

As will be seen by the notice of f- 
the brethren of Virginia we have 
been imposed upon in publishing the 
notice refered to. We had no ac- 
quaintance with the brothren sign- 
ing the advertisement, but thought 
it was all right. We have before 
published similar notices from oth- 
ers. The notice of the expulsion of 
W. C. Thurmon was not properly, 
endorsed, and we laid it over sever- 
al weeks before we published it 
fearing there might be something 
wrong. 

In these matters we see still more 



Brother Hohinger ; We had a 
series of meetings with us in the 
Ashland Church, attended by breth- 
ren from a distance, which resulted 
in the addition of eight souls to the 
fold of Christ ! and many were made 
to feel the need of a Savior. The 
meetings commenced on New Year's 



upon ourselves, but since the com the necessity of completing our pro- 
plainte begin to come in quite thick J ect introduced at the Annual Meet- 
we are looking up the matter ; es- 
pecially since they involve us pecu- 
niarily in no trifling considerations. 
We make every possible precau- 
tion against errors in our office. — 
We keep what we term our "Letter 



mg in Franklin County Pa. two 
years ago, of collecting a list of all 
the ministering brethren in the dif- 
ferent branches throughout the broth- 
erhood. We have commenced the 
work, and have reports from many 



Register," in which we enter every of the churches, but still a great 
letter as it is opened and read, as number have not been heard from. 

Now we would ask what is in the 



in the following example, which is 

an extract from our register for the way to have this project pushed for- 
day of writing. We commenced I waid to a rapid completion. Let the 
day." May the Lord enable them ■ with No. 1 on the 10th of December \ matter be introducd at church meet- 
to prove faithful with us till death ; \ last, and the figures indicate the ings and some one be appointed and 
then we can wear the crown above, number of letters received since properly authorized to communicate 



Nankin, Ohio. 



W. SADLER. 



Notice. 

proceeinga of 



, 643. 

Green MS. 



The proceeings of the 
Mount Council Meeting, held on the I 
27th of Nov. 1867, and published 644 
and offered to the brethren, is the 645 
production of Wm C. Thi.'hman, 
and is not a true statement of the « 
proceedings of said council but a 
perversion of the truth, and done 
for the purpose of injuring the 
church, railing aganist the church, 
and calls on the brothren whose 
names he (Thunnan) signed to his 
report for reference without their 
consent, and sends it abroard to 



that time : 

640. 8. R. Wells, New York ; Receipt. 

641. C. A. Ebersole, Upper Sandusky, Ohio. 
About medicines sent. 

Anonymous letter. 

Emanuel J. Long. Liberty Mills, Va., 
wants paper ; will send money 
upon its arrival. 

J. L. Beaver, Vieksburg, $1.50, sub. 
for M. Springer 

J. T. Heckler, HarlcysYllle, Pa., Con- 
tribution. 

Jacob Friedly, Quincy, Pa., name not 
on money Hot . 

Every letter is thus noted down, 
and its buisiness matters immediate 



ly attended to before another is 
opened. In addition to this precau- 
tion every list of several names and 
every important letter is filed away 
for reference. In this way we can- 



make the impression that all the 

names of the brethren signed to it not fail giving some account of every 

will indorse it, which is a groat mis- letter that comes jnto our hands. 



the required information. We 
should even bo pleased to have every 
Elder and Minister's autograph (his 
name in his own handwriting) This 
would be double guarantee against 
imposition, as it will be seen in the 
case alluded to it was an easy mat- 
ter for Thurman to affix other 
brethren's names to his report. 

We have purchased and adopted 
a small blank book for the purpose 
of registering the uaroes, which is 
in every way adapted to its intent. 
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ly as posible, (in English or in tu r 
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in the book in their proper order. — 
We have devoted a page to e«ch 
congregation, allowing room for cor- 
rection, deaths, &c, and for histo- 
rical remarks in connection with the 
church, &c, 

When this is completed we shall 
insist upon having all Reports of 
Imisiness meetings. Anouncements, 
&c, sent by order of the Church and 
endorsed by the proper persons. 
Until then we shall use all possible 
precaution, but like heretofore will 
be subject to be occasionally "hum- 
bugged." 

In addition to the above wo will yet 
say to one and all, and once for all 
that hereafter no notice whatever 
will be taken of anonymous letter, — 
letters without names. Persons are 
in the habit of writing to us and 
signing themselves " a Brother" "a 
Sister," &c, A few of these we 
have published, and have so far to 
the best of our knowledge at least — 
have escaped imposition, but we will 
risk no more. What you are a- 
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We admit no poetry under any circumstan- 
ces in connection with obituary notices. We 
wish to use all alike, and we could not insert 
verses'with all. 

In Tama County, Iowa, Nov. 5th, 1867, 
EMANUEL MERICLE, aged 56 years and 11 
months. His sicknes was Typhoid fever. He 
had been a consistent member of the church 
for 20 years. The widow, a dear sister, is 
oereft of a kind husband, 8 children and 
12 grand children, of an affectionate father. 
The funeral occasion was improved by broth- 
er Larken Hall. 

John Nubray. 

Oct. 21st, 1867, in the West Branch church 
Ogle Co., 111., SUSANNA BURGET, wife of 
brother Samuel Burger, aged 69 years, 9 
months, and 5 days. She was a member of 
the church for better than 45 years. It can 
truly be said of her that she was a mother in 
Israel. Her ardent zeal and love that she 
manifested to her Divine Master, and the wise 
counsel she gave to those around her, gained 
for her a reputation not only in the church, 
but also out of it, that is rarely excelled. Her 
remains were taken to their last resting place 
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Number 8 



Selected for the. Companion 
The Uonprl lu\ It ft I ion. 

Come sinner to the Gospel feast ; 

O, come without delay ; 
For there i§ room In Jesuj' breast, 

For all who will <,bey. 

There'* room in Go I's eternal lots 

To saro thy precious »oul ; 
Room in the Spirit'* £ra.*e above 

To heal ami make thee whole. 

There'* room withia the church redeemed 

With blood of Christ d vine j 
Room In the white-robed throng convened 

For that dear soul of thine. 

There's room around thy Father's board, 
For thee and thousands mors : 

Oh, come aud wclcoin". to the Lord ; 
Yea, come this very hour. 

D. B. MENTZER. 

Quittcy, Pa. 



The German Baptists or Tank- 
ers. 

A small Christian church was or- 
ganized in tho year 1708, at Scwar- 
zenau, in Germany. Its first con- 
stiuents were Alexander Mack and 
h'13 wife, John Kipiti and his wife, 
George Grevy, Andreas Bioney, 
Lucas Fetter, and Joanna Neth- 
igeira. They had been educated as 
Presbyterians, except Kipic, who 
was a Lutheran, and being neighbor^ 
they consorted together to read the 
Bible, and to edify one another in 
the way they had been brought up, 
for as yet they did not know that 
there were any Baptists in the world. 
However, believer's baptism and a 
congregational church soon gained 
upon them, insomuch that they had 
determined to obey the Gospel in 
these matters. They desired Alex- 
ander Mack to baptize them ; but he 
deeming himself in reality unbap- 
tized, refused. Upon which they 
cast lots to find who should be ad- 
ministrator. On whom the lot fell 
has beon carefully concealed. — 
They were baptized in tho river Ed- 
er, near Schwarzenau, aud then 
formod themselves into a church, 
choosing Alexander Mack to be theil 
minister. Thay increased fast, and 
began to extend their branches to 
Merienborn and Epstein, having 



John Naass and Christian Levy t) 
be their ministei s in the new chuch- 
es. But they were quickly driven 
from these places by persecution, and 
some of them went to Holland, and 
others to Creyfelt. Soon after the' 
mother church at Schwarzenau vol 
untarily removed to Scrustervin. in 
Friezcland, and from thence emigra- 
ted to America; and iu 1729 those, 
of Creyfelt and Holland followed 
their example. Thus all this class 
of churches sprang from the little 
church at Schwarzenau, which be 
gan in a place where no Baptists had 
ever been before known ; nor, so far 
as we can ascertain, have there 
been any since. 

One word may here be said in re- 
ference to their name. Like many 
other bodies of Christians, they 
have received their loading name 
from their enemies; Tutihers, or, as 
pronounced in England. Dunkera, is 
a term which signifies Itippers, the 
■s-ord really comes from Tuakcn, to 
put a morsel in sauce ; derisively 
this is calling them sops. Another 
name which also in derision has 
been given them, is that of Tumbler t, 
from the manner in which they per- 
forin baptism, which is by putting 
the person, while kneeling, hesd un- 
der water, somewhat resembling the 
motion of the body while in the act 
of tumbling. For themselves they 
have assumed the name of Bret hren, 
grounding it on the text, "One is 
your Master, even Christ, and all 
ye are brethren. Matt. 23. 8. 

The first twenty families of this 
community landed in Philadelphia, 
in 1719, and soon dispersod them- 
selves, some to Gerruantown, some 
to Skinpaek, others to Oley, and 
.(there still to Qohostoga and else 
where. As this dispersion preven 
ted the regular meetings for public 
worship, thi-v soon exhibited a verv 
declining state, and personal 1'elig 
ion had, in many instances, almost 
disappeared. Hut iu tbo year 1722, 



Messrs. Baker, Gomery, and Gantzs, 
with the Trauzs, visited their seat 
tered brethren, and their lab >rs 
were followed hy a great revival of 
religion, insomuch that societies 
were formed wherever a number of 
families were within reach of each 
other. But they soon again became 
cold, an! at the end of three rears, 
they had relapsed into their former 
condition. In 1729, about thirty- 
nine persecuted families arrived 
from Germany, by whoso means 
they were again quickened, and 
their numbers everywhere increas- 
ed. These thirty-nine families came 
from the same church at Schwarz- 
enau, of which the first party ha 1 
been members. 

It is a matter of regret that the 
German Baptist brethren altogeth- 
er neglect any records of t'leir pro- 
ceedings, and are opposed even • to 
publishing their numbers, least it 
should seem to savor of pri le ; on 
this account it is very difficult to 
give the information which might be 
desired. We know, however, that 
in Pennsylvania they have n >t less 
than fi>rty organized congregations, 
numbering in the aggregate about 
three thousand communicants. — 
Nine of these communities are we*t 
of the Alleghany mountains, and the 
remainder are in the Middle an! 
Eastern sections. They exten I to 
Germ an town and Philadelphia. — 
In Ohio, they had, several years 
since, forty-six regularly organized 
congregations, many of them verv 
large. They are more numerous 
in this State than in any other, 'and 
it is said by one of their own minis- 
ters that piety U mor • prosperous 

I them in Ohio than elsewhere. 

Virginia and Indiana have eaeh 
about twenty ohuTOhes. Illinois, 

Kentucky, Tennessee, Iowa, . v > 

Carolina. New Jenej, and 
Y'>rk OOntsin also a few churches. 
Maryland, next to I'ennsv Ivamn. 
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of religionists than any other Atlan- 
tic State. 

The Into Rev. Morgan Edwards, 
of Philadelphia to whom wo have 
already been indebted for informa- 

*l, once said, "God will always 
uavc a visiblo peoplo on earth, and 
these are his people at present 
above any other in the world !" On 
account of their meekness and hat 
red of war and slavery, together 
with a renunciation of all sorts of 
Tiolence, they have been called 
•'The harmless Tunkers." 

The late Rev. Elhanan Winchster 
from England, in his "Dialogues in 
Itetorations" published in 1787, 
gave them this character — "They 
are industrious, sober, temperate, 
kind charitable people ; envying not 
the great, nor dispising the mean. 
They read much, they sing and 
pray much ; they are constant atten- 
dants upon the worship of God ; 
their dwelling-houses are all houses 
of prayer ; they walk in the com- 
mandments and ordinacea of the 
Lord blameless, both in publio and 
private. They bring up their chil- 
dren in the nurture and admonition 
of the Lord. The law of kindness 
is in their mouths ; nor sourness or 
moroseness disgracees their relig- 
ion ; and whatsoever they believe 
their Saviour commands the prac- 
tise, without inquiring or regarding 
what others do." 

It was probably on account of 
this testaminy being borne in their 
favor by Mr. Winchester, that they 
were charged by many with being 
Univeraalists, a statement which 
they deny, and often testify against 
the opinions of that body. It is 
certain, however, that Winchester's 
writings were well received by 
many of them, and that in 1790 a 
party of Univcrsalists, led by one 
John Ham, a man of groat talents 
and popular address, seperated from 
the Tunkers, since which there has 
been no connection between them. 
We believe that the class of Tunkers 
who seceded, are now to be found in 
Kentucky, the southern part of Illi- 
. nois, Missouri, and Iowa. 
£«. In reference to their theological 
A tenets, they have never, we believe, 
A£\ published in this country any con- 



fession of their faith and practice; 
and though they have but little in- 
tercourse with the Mennonites, thev 
mutually agree in appealing to the 
Confessions of Faith published in 
Holland more than two centuries 
ago "The Tunkers, however, ob- 
ject to a few of their articles. — 
"They believe," says the Rev. 
Philip Boyle, New Windsor, Mary- 
land, one of their bishops, "That 
God is no respecter of persons, but 
in every nation he that feareth him 
and worketh righteousness, is ac 
cepted with him ; and that God so 
loved the world that he gave his on- 
ly begotten Son, that whosoever 
believeth on him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life : and that 
God sent his Son into the world, to 
seek and to save that which was 
lost, believing that he is able to 
save to the uttermost all that come 
unto God through a crucified Re- 
deemer, who tasted death for every 
man, and was manifested to destroy 
the works of the devil. And al- 
though it has been testified, that 
they hold general redemption as a 
doctrine, still it is not preached 
among them in general, as an artic- 
le of faith. It has probably been 
held forth by those who felt th m- 
selvcs, as it were, lost in the love of 
God ; and, perhaps, on this account, 
they have been charged with hold- 
ing the sentiments of the TTniversal- 
ists, which they all deny. They 
conceive it their duty to declare the 
whole counsel of God, and therefore 
they feel themselves bound to pro- 
claim his threatenings and his judg- 
ment against the wicked and ungod- 
ly ; yet in accordance with their 
general principles, which are love 
and good-uill, they are more fre- 
quently led to speak of the love and 
goodness of God towards the chil- 
dren of men." 

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Selected for the Companion. 
A Clean Heart. 

Man is conceded to be the noblest 
work of his Maker within the range 
ot mortal vision. Man wag acknowl- 
edged to be such by the Creator 
himself. God crowned him with 
glory and honor to such an extent 
that he not only introduced man in- 



to the world shining forth in all the 
loveliness of the Divine image, but 
permitted him in first stepping upon 
the threshold of existence to find 
the whole visible universe fitted up 
and prepared for him, ministering 
to his temporal, and to a great de- 
gree a'so to his spiritual wants. — 
Being placed high in the scale of 
being, both morally and physically, 
it is a plain indication that he has 
not been destined merely to spend a 
few fleeting years upon the footstool 
of the great I AM. His proper 
home is to be sought somewhere 
within the precincts of the more im- 
mediate presence — chamber of the 
Infinite Jehovah. But having dis- 
possessed himself of that holy and 
heavenly image which be bore on 
his first entiance into the world, 
man's pilgrimage upon earth has its 
appointed bounds. These he can- 
not pass. As a creature endowed 
with a never dying soul however he 
shall after the expiration of this his 
probationary state live on in an end- 
less eternity beyond the shore of 
time and sense, a future that will 
either be a blessed or a miserable 
state of existence for him according 
as he shall have improved his proba- 
tionary seasons or neglect his soul's 
salvation. 

Man's future destiny will, accord- 
ing to the teaching of the scripture, 
not depend upon his external cir- 
cumstances but altogether upon his 
spiritual state and condition. He 
that wishes to dwell with the im- 
maculate Jehovah, in regions of 
eternal life and blessedness must 
have the image of the invisible God 
enstamped upon his soul. Man's 
chief endeavor ihould be to become 
divested of the sad indication of his 
fallen nature and to attain to that 
state of holiness and happiness in 
which he was created by being as- 
similated again to the Divine image 
of the Great Original. He must be 
re-created in .righteousness and ho- 
liness. To this end it is indispensa- 
bly necessary for him to attain to a 
knowledge of his true condition, be. 
made deeply sensible of his own ina- 
bility to extricate himself from that 
abyss of sin and misery into which 
he has plunged and of only hecom- 



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ing able to climb the ladder of mor- on smoothly with certain characters; 
al excellency by the assisting grace but if you never suffer your temper 
of Christ Jesus tho Lord, and cast- to be riled — your tongue to be un- 
ing away all dependence upon any hung — or your dander to start up, 
sufficiency of his own he must pour we think you may weather all diffi- 
out his bouI in prayer to God, this culties and remain in peace with 

everybody, to the close of life. At 
least, you can have the satisfaction 
of knowing that you have done your 
duty, which to reflect upou is no 
mean comfort 



being his ferveut petition "create 
in iuo a clean heart, God." 

FRANK. FORNEY. 
Stony Creek, Pa. 

m» 

({uan els 

Don't quarrel with a neighbor, 
even though he denies you your ju8t 
rights. It is better to suffer in 



StUttedfor the Coirtpaitkm. 
An extract from a L.eet ore 

Delivered to the Students of East- 
peaoo, than to get angry ar.d main- h (l,n College by Mahal ah Fay, a 
tain your ground. There is noth- J worthy Quaker of Richmond, Ind. 



ing so much to be deprecated as a 
quarrel. The toothache is nothing 
to it. We can only compare it to a 
writ at your heels — and even this 



**I would by no means represent 
intelectua! culture as the highest 
good. We have a better part, a no- 
bler endowment than tho faculties of 



would not como, nineteen times in j the intellect — a higher destiny than 



twenty, had there not previously 
been hard words, and harder 
thoughts. There can be nothing 
equal to a quarrel. Every preacher 
ought to preach once a year from 
the text. " Live peaceably with all 
men." Look at that neighborhood, 
family or church, that is cursed with 
a quarrel, and what does it present ? 
A cage of things unclean. Hatred, 
envy, bickjrings, hard words and 
base insinuations move on the face 
of all that was lovely — destroying 
peace, joy and every virtue. And 
alas ! how difficult it is to ond a quar- 
rel, when it gets into the church or 
family. We should rather attempt , 
to dam the WAters of tho Penobscot j 
in April. Every one feels right 
with himself — no mat'er what he has 
said or done that was wrong, and 
every one looks on his neighbor as 
an enemy and a scoundrel. We tell 
you to keep out of quarrels. Don't 
permit them to enter a church. It 
has a lon^ tail, and before you can 



to be well educated. To be virtu- 
ous is better than to be intelligent, 
and to be good is tho highest wis- 
dom. Science does not unfold the 
faith by which the christian walks 
the troubled seas of life ; learning 
gives not that hope which over the 
wreck of earthly joys sustains the 
sinking heart ; knowledge cannot 
save the soul from sin, nor redeem 
it from the consequences of trans- 
gression: but for tho hope of salva- 
tion, for the gift of eternal life, the 
loarned and the ignorant must alike 
come to Jesus. Not on the mighty 
intellect, not on the tutored mind, 
but on the meek, the merciful, the 
pure in heart, did the Savior pro- 
nounce the blessing. The way to 
holiness, to hope and to heaven is 
lighted from above, not from the 
human understanding. Jesus is him- 
self the way, tho truth and the light. 
The glad tidings of His love and 
mercy are to all — to those sunk in 



ignorance as well as to the learned, 
find its end, the church may be torn ! His offer of pardon, of nalvatiou, of 
in splinters, and scattered to tho restoration to unity 
four winds. j rial Father, is fieeli 

Rather avoid a quarrel — mn from . children ol a fallen race, repentane*] 
itas from a pesti'ence — give up a few | and faith in Christ being the onl? 



restoration to unity with the Eter- 
nal Father, is freely made to all the 



dollars — an inch or two of land — or 
any thing reasonable rather than 
have a dispute that will doscend to 
your children, and Cnd no end till 
tho third or fourth generation. We 
know it is sometimes difficult to move 



condition of acceptance with Him. 

Put the goodness of our lleavenlr 
Father has so framed our mental 
constitution, that there is no antag 
onism betwo.m the intellect and tho 
heart; but each is developed best 



when both are developed conjointly 
Moses, the Law-giver and Paul the { 
Apostle, are examples where the * 
highest intellectual training has 
been dedicated to the service of 
God — examples sufficient to show 
us that learning is not incompatible 
with humility and holiness, and that 
he who hm reached its highest at- 
tainments may yet do justly, love 
mercy, and walk humbly with his 
God. 

D. C. MOOMAW. 
Clutter Dale, Va. 



Selections. 

"Remove not the ancient land- 
marks which thy fathers have set. 

Seest thou a man diligent in his 
business ? he shall stand before 
kings ; ho shall not stand before 
mean men." 

Thus saith the Lord. Stand ye 
in the ways and 6ee, and ask for 
the old paths ; where is the good 
way, and walk therein, and ye shall 
find rest for your souls." 

For "O God, thou art terrible out 
of thy holy places: the God of Isra- 
el is he that giveth strength and 
power unto his people. Blessed bo 
God." 

M. J. C. ECKER. 

Walnut Bottom. Pa. 



It is very indiscreet and trouble- 
some ambition which cares so much 
about fame ; about what the world 
says of us ; to be always looking in 
the faces of others for approval ; to 
be always anxious about the effect 
of *hat we do or say ; to be always 
shouting to hear the echo of our own 
voices. 



We should not measure 
Sundays, without looking 
they do all the week after. 



meu by 
to what 



He that will not permit his wealth 
to do any good to others whilo he it 
alive, prtvMd it from doing any 
good to himself after he is dead; 
and by •gotitoi, which is suicidal, 
uts himself off from the 
truest pleasure here, hut from the 
! 1,,-hest hadpinem hereafter. 

Pe guarded in due nitre, att*D 
tive and slow to speak. 



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CORRESPONDENCE. 



Corretpondenee of church newt solicited from 
all partt of the Brotherhood. WrUetft name 
and addrett required on every communication, 
at guarantee of g tod faith. Rejected communi- 
cation! or manuscript uted, not returned. All 
communicationt for publication should be writ- 
ten upon one tide of the theet only. 

Brother Hohinger; I will Bay 
the Companion is a very interesting 
periodical to me ; I am always anx- 
ious to peruse the news from differ- 
ent parts of the brotherhood. And 
while I was perusing this weeks 
Companion, No. 4, I noticed a mis- 
sive written by Sister Wise of Brook- 
lin, Iowa to her brethren and sis- 
ters that she parted with recently in 
the East; I can sympathize with her 
very much : For it has not been a 
great while since I parted with 
loved ones in East Tenn. I could 
not refrain from shedding tears while 
reading her farewell words, for I 
was 60 reminded of ray departure in 
Tenn. and I know how hard it is to 
part with dear brethren and disters. 
It was in the fall ©f 1865, that we 
left there and moved to this far 
Western Country. It was heart-ren- 
ding for me to part with ray dear 
old home and kind friends, to leave 
old associates, and the companions 
and kindred of my youth. To quit 
the scenes of childhood in exchange 
for a strange land and strange peo- 
ple was certainly a great trial and 
requires no little courage and forti- 
tude. But after ariving here we 
found a good Country and some 
brethren and sisters, but no organ- 
ized church and no preaching by 
the Brethren ; and that was dis- 
couraging to me after being m-cd to 
hearing the brethren preach almost 
every Sabbath ; but thanks be to 
God, things have been changed 
Bince then. In the fall of 1>66 our 
church was organized hero (the 
Whitcsviile branch) by our dear 
brother W. Gish of Kansas, and as 
there were no speakers here, two 

_ brethren were elected to the minis- 
try ; and ever since then we have 

L .ad regular meeting every fourth 
Sabbath. Since wo organized sev- 



eral ministers have been here to 
pr< ach some for us. Brother Gish 
has paid us two visits since, once 
last spring, and then at our Love- 
feast ; which was held the fourth 
Saturday and Sabbath in last Sep- 
tember * (1807) the first tl at 
was ever held in Andrew Co. Our 
esteemed brother D. B. Stur^is was 
aL>o with us during our refreshing 
season. We have had 10 accessions 
to the church by baptism since or- 
ganized, and six by letter. We in- 
vite ministering brethren to move 
here to our parts ; we have a good, 
Country, good Markets and almost 
every thing any one Avould wish for. 
Dear brothers and sisters let your 
prayer? ascend in behalf of our lit- 
tle chuich here c & especially for our 
dear young ministers, who are labor- 
in' very hard: and O mav the bles- 
sings of God rest upon them that 
they may be enabled to go forth in 
the power and demonstration of the 
spirit to bear the good news of sal- 
vation to a dying world, is the pray- 
er of your humble but well wishing 
sister. 

LOUISA J. BASHOR. 
Whitesville, Mo. 




Brother Editor : — The news of 
the brethren East, South, and West, 
calls forth our energies in the ex- 
treme North ; consequently brother 
A. B. Wallick, myself and our wives 
started out lately to visit again our 
scattered members in Alleghan, 
i Barrv, Iona, and Eaton Counties, 
| to see how they were doing, to en- 
| courage and strengthen them, as 
! well as to invite others into the fold 
of the great Shepherd. 

And though we cannot count the 
effects of our labor by members, yet 
; we ha.e it to say that our presence 
; gave joy and comfort to many with 
whom we met, and oui efforts to 
' preach the Gospel in its native sim- 
, p'.icity may not have been in vain, 
' for a goodly number desired with 
strong desire our return soon when 
i they would be ready to come under 
the banner'.of King Emmanuel. Could 
we but have stayed longer much 
! might have been accomplished. One 
meeting, and that on very short no- 
tice, was all we could have in most 



places, as we had a good half-days 
drive from one place to another ; 
but where we did have appointments 
made a day or two previous, the 
houses were crowded with eager 
and attentive hearers, and the ques 
tion was "when will you come 
again," but our stay was prescribed 
and a cpeedy return could not be 
promised. We reached our homes 
with a satisfaction that cannot be 
bartered away for a mess of potage. 

We were out eighteen days, had 
seventeen meetings, and traveled 
well nigh three hundred miles in a 
sleigh, over a handsome undulating 
or rolling country, comparatively 
new, mostly sugar maple soil, with 
plenty of running streams. 

Now from what we saw and learn- 
ed, the following reflections and con- 
clusions were drawn, viz. : 

That the Gospel of Jesus Christ 
was first preached to the poor, and 
by means of the poor it is yet car- 
ried to many places as in this case 
in Michigan, nearly all of our breth- 
ren that we found here could get no 
spot of ground whereupon the sole 
of their foot could rest in the older 
States, here they get a home, or at 
least could pitch their tent for 
awhile, their upright conduct, their 
habit of industry, their appearance, 
as well as conversation caused in- 
quiry, a desire of their neighbors to 
know more of their faith and doc- 
trine makes them eager to hear and 
j learn, therefore the Macedonian 
call "Come over and help us." 

Now if therefore as in the days 
of the apostles all things were com- 
mon, those that preach the Gospel 
would not be bound with the iron 
chain of necessity, at home : or if 
persecution raged in those States 
where our brethren dwell in the 
abundance of all that heart desires, 
Michigan as well as other places 
might be„visited by many a despised 
Nazarine, and the deserc might 
soon blossom as the rose. Yet my 
conclusion is that it requires power 
and christian oloquenco to remove 
i the loag nursed prejudice against — 
J not so much the truth — as against 
| the peddlars of the Gospel, for the 
i majority "of the people here are 
: Eastern people who like Saul of / 



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Tarsus have been brought up in the 
strictest sect of their religion, and 
if any of them in riper years were 
struck down with the Gammer of 
the word of God they were tapped 
on the shoulder and told, "Pray on, 
pray on brother until thou feel thy 
sins forgiven," instead of "Why 
tarriest thou brother Saul, 



whose names I 
of the Gob- 



ples to the persons 
have sent. 

Yours in the bonds 
pel, 

FRED. P. LOEIIR. 
Bloomimjdah, Mich., Feb. 11, '68. 




our missionaries are excusable or 
not. If they are,we would then pro- 
pose the old adage, charity begins 
at home, that is to have home mis- 
sionaries, say choose two or more 
brethren at our District 



arise 



Meetings 
and send them to every church in 
the district, to set things in ordor 

members 



things 
i and preach the gospel to 



to throw 



Brother Llohinger ; As my sub 
scription has nearly expired, I has 

andTeba^tTzedTnTwaah'away thy . ten to renew > that l mav g°. 1 a11 th . e | their children "and ^heir" neighbors 
" Having found in after times j numbers, though my subscription is i amJ f r ie n d 8 , if such an arrangement 
that religion did not stand the i not out until in March, so this will j wou i d be made and p ub iig ue d in aJ _ 

reach you in due tune to continue ' 
sending to me your periodical. I 
have endeavored to get more sub- 
scribers than myself, but have met 
with but little success ; out members 

all like to read the Companion, and Brother IIMinger ; feel 
all say they would subscribe if they u hat r cou]( j not raiw a club ^ 
were able. Hear what the writer „ car f or the C*mpanion^ but I hope 
has to say in regard to being able ; I before long we will have more mem- 



sins 

that that religio 
test they were induced 
away all, and perhaps embrace uni- 
versalism. Such are chiefly the 
strongholds of Satan to be overcome 
before men can be made to enlist in 
the armies of Christ. But nothing 
to daunt you, brother ; come over 
and help us, and if you have not 
money to travel nor time to spare 
from your family, I will tell brother 
John — James — and all the rest of 
our father's family, give your broth- 
er a little money to bear his expen- 
ses, and another one may take him 
in his carriage to bring him on his 
way, and if none can or will accom- 
pany him, let the sister go with her 
husband, for she can preach loud 
without saying a word in public, 
and the rest at home see to it that 
your servants family don't suffer. 
This I conceive is the way that you 
m«-y all be ministers of the Gospel; 
don't be frightened that you do 
something unheard of; remember 



vance, we feel assured that good 
might be done in the cauae of our 
master. 

DANIEL NEIIER. 



well do 1 know we have brethren in 
our arm of the church who are not 
wealthy, their means are very limi- 
ted ; such we excuse and pity. Again 
we have brethren who we think could 
take the Companion if they only 
valued it as richly as I do. I think 
when a brother can send to New 
York or Philadelphia for a political 
paper at about $2.50 or $3.00 a 
year, they could take the religious 
Companion at about half tho value 
of one of the above montioned pa- 
pers. I will conclude by saying 
that I am a reader of no paper at 



present but the Companion, and so 
many ministered of their sub- lon g a3 ifc and l a g re e as well as we 
stance to the wants of their Master have ,Iun "g tu ° l*M year, I expect 
and his disciples, and even one car- tlJ continue taking it, the Lord whom 
ried the purse.— Work— work all, ; J love and 8 « rVtt W*»g my helper 
for the night cometh soon when no aud preserver, 
man can work. 



If any come to Battle Creek they 
can find brother Levi Shultz in Char- 
lotte, or friend Christian Krebs 6 
miles South of Charlotte ; or if you 
go from Battle Creek to Hastings, 
go to brother Frederick Klipfer, by 



ABK'M. CRUMPACKER. 
Blackslurg, V'a. 



Brother Ho' 'tinyer ; Some of tho 

readers of the Companion do not 

feel exactly satisfied with the very 

brief account brother Studabaker 
Brown's sawmill, N. E. of town, he ' gives of their missionary tour to the 
will accompany you to tho brethren ' Southern States. He Bays we did Dot 
in Iona, who aro now organized, | stay as long as we had expected for 
and are called the Thornapplo creek several reasons, we found that win- 
Church ; thoy have one speaker and ter was not a proper time to be 
two visiting brethren. I ther0 unJer 0xl8tm K circumstances. | into the hearts uf the poor 



bers here. Pray for as, and the 
advancement of Cbriit'# Kingdom 
on earth. 

I enclose $1 50 for the Companion. 
I would feel forsaken if I could not 
have it to read. 

I wish you would give me the 
names and addressee of the members 
in Nebraska. 

S. A. HONBERGEH. 

FontinelU Nebraika. 

The following are all we can call 
to mind at the present, whom we 
suppose are members. — Ei>. 

David Dickeson, Wallace, Dodg» 
Co.; John Leweller, Nebragki City; 
Lewis Lerew, PappiUion, Sarpy Co. 

/>> ther Ilcnry ; I will gire you 
a small Bketch of news from this 
Branch of the church, vis : theCedar 
i Creek branch Iud. \\ is in a pros- 
| periug condition and is under the 
[ care of brothers Jacob and Jereini- 
! ah Gump and James Barton. They 
\ labor with seal and energy, and I 
trust in the spirit of our divine mas- 
ter. They have a large field to la- 
bor in, and my feable prayer to 
Qod if that they may be able to 
hoist the flood gates of eternal tiuth 
from time te time so that the light 
of the everlasting gospel may *hino 

deluded 



and 



,,, We think those circumstance* 

I should like to see the CbmfMM, n . iV ,„ 11H ,„ 1 , lll t „ , i;iVl . 

ion spread over tho whole laud, ! explained in order that the reader* 
therefore I request you to send sain- ' might be enabled to judge whether 



been given or 



masses of Adauuj 

they ma 

and seek 

M the gospel 



race ; and th:it 



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y be led |Q see their error f. . 
c the Lord, and MTY4 him N " 
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great success in spreading the gos- 
pel of divine truth, I remain yours 
in truth. 

JOHN TUCKER. 



Would some of the brethren please | death the Son of God, and there- <A 
give an explanation of the 9th chap- j fore he is called upon, in memory of i ' 
ter of 1st Corinthians, from the 3rd j the maletreatraent inflicted 



to the 14th verse. 



Brother George Kepner writes 
from West Windsor, Mich : 

I have bought a home here and want 
the Companion to read, as it is the ! 
only preaching we have. We would 
like for brethren, and especially I 
ministers to give us a call, while on 
their travels ; and what would be j 
still better come and locate here. \ 
We have a good country ; and good i 
farms can be had reasonable. 

Society is good. The people are 
kind hearted, and would gladly go 
to h^ar the gospel preached. 

Brother Philip Boyle, New Wind- 
sor, Md., says : — 

My health is now pretty good,) 
and still improving, bless the Lord. 
On the 4th inst. wo baj tized a young i 
woman of 18 years. We now have i 
another applicant for church fellow- j 
ship ; besides several more who arc ! 
counting the cost, with a desire of 
laving a good foundation : — there J 
seems to have been an awakening 
among us lately. May the good 
Lor 1 grant unto us a refreshing 
season from his presence. 

I remain yours as ever. 

> m m 

Brother Peter Heifer, of Plym- 
outh, Ohio, writes: — 

I had one of my legs broken at 
the ankle, by a horse tramping on 
it, and I do not think it was set 
straight. It seems t» be crooked 
and is veiy weak. I can do no 
work of any account, still I can read 
the church news, which is very en- 
couraging ; send on the Companion 
for the enclosed $1.50. 

Queries. 

"Jesus, made High Priest forever 
after the order of Melchisedcc, Heb. 
6 : 20, and that not without an oath. 
Psalm 110: 4. 

By what order was ho, Melchisa- 
dec made High Priest, and who was 
he, Will some of our dear brethren 
tell us if they can. I believe he 
was a real man, perhaps a represen- 
tative or type of Jesus Christ. 

J. S. BUUKHART. 



E. S. MILLER. 



>ry 
upon 






Christ, now to break the bread of 
communion. Moreover, we have 
not a precedent in the New Testa- 
Will some brother please give an merit, of the godly women breaking 
explanation of James 2 : 10, where bread, in Communion. Be it said in 
he says : Whosoever shall keep the honor to her sex, that she was last 
whole law and yet offend in one leaving the cross, and first at the 
point is guilty of all. And also of sepulchre — 'first with sweet spices, 



Matth. 8 



11,12. 

PHILIP CRAVNER. 



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Answer to Itrolhe Johu Mnrav'i 
Query. 

In the Companion of Feb. 4th 48 is "Ada 

brother John Muray, of Iowa, asked \ 

to know ; "Why do the brethren j 

at the Communion bi eak the bread I 

fo the sisters ; and the 



to anoint him. 

P. R. WRIGHTSMAN. 

Cincinnati, Ohio. 

P. S. The answer, to my Bible 
riddle, in Companion of Vol. 3 No. 



P. R. W. 



break it to one another, why not let 
the sisters break to one another ?" 
The reason we believe is a good 
cne, which is rAt« : Woman's hand 
was never raised to drive those rug- 
ged spikes through our Savior's 
blessed hands ; neither did she ap- 



Editorial Ob«rrratloa«. 

On Saturday evening last wife 
brethren j and self set out for a sleigh ride. — 



We got as far as Yellow Springs, 
where night and cold invited us to 
put up. We were cleverly enter- 
tained by the landlord, Mr. Woods, 
and next morning in good time ar- 
rived at Smith's School House, a 



Clover 



pear as a witness against him in the few mile8 above Williamsbuig, where 

mock trial before Pilate. But on ■ ,. . . , „ r 

.. . „ -c . ., , meeting was appointed. We were 

the contrary manifesting the cnarac- , ° r 

teristic of her sex, symyathy. Even the fir8t lhere - We always like to 

the princess, whose husband con- le at place of meeting in good time. 

demed Jesus, and delivered him up There was at last a pretty good 

to be crcified, requested him to have congiegation, but a nnmber weie 

;;nothing to do with rtaOuet men/' ; „ Ute „ We tHed to h from 

"And there were also women (at his r 

crucifixion) looking on afar off; Swords: ''See that none render 

among whom were Mary Magdalene, evil for evil to any one ;" 1 Thess. 

and Mary the mother of James the 5:3, and was followed by brother 

less, and Joses and Salome, who al- George W. Brumbaugh. 

so, when he was in Galilee followed I mi „„„„ „ n „ n „,„A „„ 
..' . ,. .. . I lnenco we passed up 

him, and manv other women which „ , ... r e . 

came up with him into Jerusalem." , Cr « ek > visiting among friends ; re- 
Mark, 15:40, 41. We do not mained over Sunday night at J. D. 
read of armed women standing Brumbaugh's, on Monday night at 
around thesepulcher, to prevent any , g, \y. Brumbaugh's, where we were 
occurrence. Read Mark 16 : 1 13. ; once at horae< and had nQt enfc 8Q 

r*Jow when Jesus was risen early, , , . „ r 

the first day of the week, he appear- much and P lea3aQt t,me for some 
ed firtt to Mary Magdalene." And , y ears - 

she went and told them that had Tuesday afternoon we started for 
been whth him, as they mourned and Dunnings Creek, Bedford Co., where 
wept." Thus we see dear reader, we wighed to viait f at her in-law, Pe 
that the women had nothing to do ; tef ghoop's, in whose house I had 
with breaking his natural body, and ; , r . ' , _ t .. 

consequently? they need not break not been for twelve y ear8 ' But the 
the symbols of his broken body.— sun coming out quite freely, taking 
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venture too far from home, and ac- 
cordingly changed onr programme, 
and, after visiting friends Michael 
Diveleys', near Sarah furnace, we 
turned homeward, 6topring over 
Tuesday night, Wednesday and 
uight at father's. While there visi- 
ted sister Catharine DcLosior who 
is quite ill with Erysipelas. Her 
sufferings betimes are very severe. 
Father's are reasonably well. 

Thursday morning Btarted again, 
and stopped several hours with 
brother Graybill Myers, whom we 
found well, brother G. being engv 
ged in putting up his Cure Oil. In 
the evening we arrived home, find- 
ing our eldest daughter afflicted 
with a severe cold. She had been 
quite sick during the day, but is 
slowly mending. 

Again we are at our Table and 
ready for the duties of our calling, 
cheered up mentally, but without 
much physical benefit from our 
trip. 



Elsewhere in today's paper will 
be found an extract from the history 
of the Brethren as it is found in 
" Belcher's Religious Denomina- 
tions." We are willing that it 
shall pass upon the record as being 
a correct history of the Church, by 
erasing the words that "piety is 
more prosperous among them in 
Ohio than elsewhere," and that we 
"mutually agree in appealing to the 
confessions of Faith, published in 
Holland more than two centuries 
ago," and the statement that "New 
York contains also a few Church- 
es." The balanco would be ma- 
terially correct. The conclusion 
may appear in our next. 



YOUTH'S DEPARTMENT, 

< liarade. 

ni^lifit of gifts anil uuan.-iu to divine 

1 v i « 1 1 earth, hut tnnu lu h'.avcn aupreme l 

With God I dwell, in all hi. work. 1 .hiua, 

lit' lilt' lull flilllllillll, I lilt' ilowiljg •ll.'.H). 

Faitli «hall i titlru, and hopo at length (hall 

ceme, 
beaming »hall fall, and prophecy glye way, 
Hut of my empire (thall he no decrease, 
No end 1 know, and Buffering no decay. 



I'ltty injr, Prayer-M>eting. 

My little ones often hold prayer- 
meetings among themseleves. Think- 
ing that, perhaps they did so from 
a desire to imitate older perjons, 
without having a proper understand- 
ing of the nature of such exercises, 



"This morning I gave you some 
rules about good behavior, punctu- 
ality, and keeping your things in 
order ; now I want to tell you some- 
thing about good manners." 

And the kind old man told us 
that we must always say yes, sir, 




or "good evening," when we met 
any one. He said that politeness is 



and not being willing that they and no, sir, to grown people, thank 
should contract the habits of forma- ' you when we should receive some- 
lists, I one day asked two of them j thing, and please when we ask for 
what they thought of when they anything. Particularly did he in- 
prayed. "I think of Jesus, papa, sist on our saying "good morning," 
promptly replied the younger of the 
two. "Do you know that Jesus 

hears and answers you ?" I asked, next to kindness, and that it is re- 
Both their eyes and tongues quick- quired of us in the fifth command 
ly answered, "Yea." "Don't you ment. 

sometimes play prayer-meetings | This was more than twenty years 
without thinking that Jeasus hears ; ago, but has never been forgotten, 
you ?" I shall not soon forget the I often think of it now when I pass 
look of one of them as she earnestly ! school-boys or school-girls. I doubt 
replied: " Why no pa that would \ whether their teachers are so care- 
be wicked!" ful to teach them politeness ; for ve- 

«-• ry many do not speak to you at all 

A Wise Skkch. One very little ] wben J™ P&ss them, 
girl, belonging to an infant Bchool, Of course good Mr. Barr told us 
has a sister younger than herself how to treat old people ; never mock 
who often makes remarks above her or laugh at them, but rather help 
years. The child had noticed it, ^em if they need help ; speak po- 
and said to her mother : "Mother, ' liteI 7 to them ; always treat them as 
what makes Bister say such wise we would wish others to treat our 
things ?" And then without wait- 
ing for a reply, she continued : "0, 
I know. Teacher tells us to ask 
Jesus to give us wise and under- 
standing hearts, and Nettie has 
asked him, and that is the reason 
she makes such wise speeches." 



parents.- -Ex. 



<.od Saw Me. 

One bright summer's day, as lit- 
tle Anna went into the garden to 
look at the flowers, her mother told 
I her she must not pluck one, as some 
i of them were rare. After a little 
while she came running into her 
mother, and asked her if she saw 
her. Her mo:her said : 

"No, my dear ; why do you 
ask ?" 

"0, mother, God saw me. There 



Be Wise ih Time. — A young 
prince, whose mind had learned in 
gome degree to value religious truth, 
asked his tutor to give him suitable 
instruction, that he might be pre- 
pared for death. 

"Plenty of time for that when you *m such a pretty flower, and I wan- 
are older," was the reply. ted it so much, and I was going to 

"No,"said the prince,"I have been piek it; and I thought God was 
to the grave-yard and measured the looking at me out ofthe beautiful 
graves, and there are many thorter blue sky, and I did not touch it." 



thau I am. 

(iood nauarn. 

"Put your books away, scholars. 
It is not yet time to dismiss, but I 
have something to tell you." 

So uunl good Mr. Purr to us on 
the evening ol the first day of sum- 
mer school at Cedar Grove. 



"Did you not fear to disobev your 
mother ?' 



Did 

mother 

Yes, ma; but I was going to bring 
it to you, and 1 thought you * 
not be angry with me ; but when 
God looked at me I did not daro 
touch it." 

My little children, always remem- 
ber as lit tie Anna did, that God is 



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ng at you wherever you are. — 
His eye is upon you, waking or 
pleeping. It is ever watching you. 
You cannot get away from it. Your 
rarenw cannot always see you. — 
Anna's mother did not see her, but 
God did. though she was only four 
years old. She had been taught to 
fear him, and thus was kept fro« 
diiobedience.— *S'. S. Herald. 



-I'll do an I Please." 

So Dick Selfwill always said when 
told to do or not do anything. So 
Dick Selfwell always did — as he 
pleased. lie did not honor father 
and mother. He was his own mas- 
ter, he said, and a very poor one 
he was. 

"I'll do as I please !" Poor 
Dick ! What he pleased to do was 
generally bad, and led to bad ends. 
By doing as he pleased he got into 
bad company, then into bad habits, 
and finally into a bad place — the 
county jail — and afterward into a 
drunkard's grave ! 

"I'll do as I please" is a very 
poor, yea, a Tory bad motto. Never 
follow the principle. Always try 
to do as God pleases, as father and 
mother please, and you will be hap- 
py in this world, and infinitely hap- 
pier in the next. 

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God has promised to lift up the 
meek, not to worldly greatness, but 
to favor with himself. 



To oar Correspondents. 

8. I.eidt — Give as your address and your 
paper will be stopped. 

F. P. Lobijr, Bloomlngdale, Mich. ; we can- 
not find anything on our books of haying re- 
ceived a letter from A. B. Wallick, with 
$3.00. 

K. L. Todib, Madlsonburg, O. , Quite 
likely the mistake was made by us, but all 
right bow, ths paper Is now sent to Wooster. 

All orders for Ilyran Books will \>e filled as 
soon as we get tLe books. We are daily 
waiting their arriTal. 

F.koch Ear, Duncannon, 111. Tour letter 
containing 118.50 has not been received at 
this office. Such amounts should not be risk- 
ed without registering. 



DIED. 



We admit no poetry under any eircumitan- 
cet in connection with obituary notice*. We 
with to use all alike, and tee eould not intert 
verse* with all. 

In Montgomery Co., Ohio, Feb. 2nd, at the 
n-Milfnce of his son-in-law, (Daniel Kneisly) 
friend HENRY nOUSER, aged 80 years, and 
20 days. Disease dropsy. Funeral service 

by Virgel and Thomas Clark, from 

the 116th Psalm, 15th verse. Friend Houser 
was confined to his room for about six months 
and to his armchair for abont three months. 
He has suffered very mueh through his sick- 
ness. I visited him frequently In his afflic- 
tions, and never witnessed any person bear 
his afflictions more patiently than be. did. 
Henry Houser was born Jan. 13th, 1788, In 
Shenandoah Co., Va. ; and was married at an 
early age to Miss Magdalena Neff, and they 
soou afterward emigrated to Montgomery Co. 
Ohio, and settled about three miles North of 
Dayton. About the year 1803 he was one of 
the first settlers in the County, in the vicini- 
ty of Dayton. After living about 12 years on 
the farm which he had opened on the banks 
of the big Miami river, he removed to Miami 
county and permanently settled down on a 
farm in the vicinity of Piqua, where he lived 
49 years ; during his residence in Miami Co., 
his wife died and was buried in the Piqua 
cemetery. About four years ago friend Hou- 
ser returned to this county (Montgomery), 
and made his home with his son-in-law, and 
resided there until bis death. His remains 
were Interred in the Piqua cemetery on the 
5th. Friend Houser was always greatly es- 
teemed by his acquaintances, and although 
he was ever a prominent man in his neigh- 
borhood, he never aspired to public position 
and refused to hold office. Pie being widely 
known and greatly respected, a large con- 
course of citizens of this county, and from 
tho vicinity of Piqua attended his funeral. 
H. H. Abhold. 

In the Beaver Dam branch, Frederick Co., 
Md., Januarv 37th, of Dropsy, sister SUSAN- 
NAH SMITH ; aged 79 years, S months, and 
4 days. She was confined to her room for 11 
months, and sat in her arm chair night and 
day. 8he bore her afflictions with christian 
fortitude. Her suffering was great until her 
deliverer came and she fell asleep in her chair. 
Funeral services by brother Jesse Roop, and 
David Stiteley, from Matth. 16 : 25, 26. 

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In Perry branch, Juniata Co., Pa., Dec. 
1st, 1867, brother DAVID HOSTETLER j 
aged 48 years, 6 months, and 2 days. He was 
a worthy deacon ; and was loved oy all who 
knew him. We deeply sympathize with his 
bereaved family, and mourn his vacant seat 
in the Sanctuary ; but we feel that all Is well. 
Mart Rokrr. 



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Christian Family Companion, 

Is published every Tuesday, at $1.50 a year, 
by Henn R. Holsinger, who is a member of 
the " Church of the Brethren," sometimes 
known by the name of "German Baptists," ,<j 
vulgarly or maliciously called " Dunkard*." 

The design of the work is to advocate truth, 
expose er-nr, and encourage the true Christian 
on his wi v to Zion. 

It assumes that th« New Testament Is the 
Will of God, and that no one can have the 
promise of salvation without Observing all its 
requirement* ; that among these are Faith, Re- 
pentance, Prayer, Baptism by trine immer- 
sion, Feet Washing, the Lord's Supper, the 
Holy Communion, Charity, Non-conformity to 
the world, and a full resignation to the whole 
will of God as he has revealed it through his 
Son Jesus Christ. 

So inucl of the affairs of this world as will 
be thought necessary to the proper observance 
of the sign % of the times, or such as may tend 
to the moial, mental, or physical benefit of 
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ing all occasion for coming into contact with 
the so callei' Literary or Political journals. 

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BY H. B. HOLSTNGER. 



VOLUMfi IV. 



TraOtfE OiT?. PA., TJS301, MiR03 3, 1358. 



Number ,9 



d fot i Ik Companion 
How (o Live 

He Hvoth long win) liv.-th well ! 

All other life i short Mid rain ; 
Hi: livclh longest wIid can li'll 

Of living most for heavenly gain. 

II'- livih loiijc who llveth * 

All <:!«c is being flnng awaj ; 
He livrtli 1« i ii ^ .-^ r n bo can tell 

01 trae things trul; done each day. 

Waste not 'by bcinn ; back to him 

Who freely gave it. freelv give ; 
that being bnt a dream ; 

"I'is bnt to be, ami not to live. 
Be wha*. thou seemest ! live thy creed ! 

Hold up to earth the torch divine; 
Be what thou |>i'ive-t to he made? 

Lei the groat Master's steps he thine. 
Sow truth, if thou the truth wonld'st reap, 

Who sows the false shall reap in vain ; 
Erect ami so-md thy conscience keep ; 

a holk>« words and deeds refrain. 
Sow love, and taste it- fruitage pure ; 

Sow peace, and reap its harrcsl bright; 
8ow sunheam> on the rock and moots 
And tiud a harv eel-home of li^hl . 

S. F. JiKliM. 
])• rry. Pa. 

The German Hapt i tts> or Tiiuk- 

crs. 

Continued. 
Thougit in general the- German 
Baptists maintain the same princi- 
ples as did their lathers, they them- 
selves confess that there is not the 
same degree of vital piety among 
them which there was at the close 
of the eighteenth century. This is 
owing, as they think, to the fact 
that many of thein have become 
wealthy, ami that they have, to a 
considerable extent intermarried 
with other denominations. 

The peculiarities of their mode of 
baptism have been already referred 
to: it may here be added, that in 
imitation pf the Greek church, they 
practice trine immersion, with lav- 
ing on of hands, while the person 
is in the water ; which may bo e&S 
ily done, as the part) kneels down 
to be baptized, and' oontinuee in 
that posture nil prayer baa been 
oilered and hands have been laid 
k k on. They lav their candidates for- 
^ j ward in the water, in tead of back- 
' ward, as tin- Baptists generally do. 
, They have published leyeral works 



in defence of baptism, which pre- 
sent the general arguments of *he 

Baptists, with, however, but little 
proof of learning. 

The teachers and deacons of the 
German Baptists, are all chosen by 
vote, and their bishops are selected 
from among their teachers, after 
the v have been fully tried and found 
faithful. Thsy are oidaiued by 
prayer and the laying on of hands, 
which is a very solemn and affect- 
ing ceremony. It is said by Dr. 
Benedict, that the title of Bishop 
did not originally exist among them 
but was, as it has been with some 
other communions, an aftei thought, 
though in very early times. They 
have op thing however; of the eccles 
iastical uachiency of the denomina- 
tion called Episcopalians. It is the 
duty of the bishops to travel from 
one congregation to another, n it 
only to preach, but to set in order 
the things that ma) - be wanting: to 
be present at their love-feasts and 
communions, and when teachers 
and deacons are elected, or chosen, 
or when a bishop is to be ordained, 
or when any member who holds an 
office in the church is to be excom- 
municated. As some of the con- 
gregations have no bishops, ir is al- 
so the duty of the bishop in the 
ion to assist in 
keeping an oversight of such congre- 
gations. 

An Elder among the Brethren, is 
neral, the first and eldest cho- 
sen teacher in the congregation 
where there is no Bishop; it is the 
duty of I. ns offi ier t > keep a 

stant oversight of the church by 

whom he has been chosen 

te i'-Iim'. Farther, it is coun 

with it to appoint nice in^s. 

to baptizi i in ex 

cation, to solemnize marriages, to 
■nally in order to ren- 
d< i assistance t i the bishop, and in 
certain cases I i perforin all the du- 
ll that hi 'h Office. 



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The duty of the teachers is to ex- 
hort and preach at any time of their 
regular stated meetings ; and by the 
request of a bishop or elder to per- 
form the. rites of marriage and bap- 
tism. 

It is the duty of the visiting breth- 
ren, or more properly deacon» i to 
keep a constant oversight of the 
poor widows and their children; to 
aiFord them such assistance as may 
from time to time be necessary ; 
and to assist in making at least an 
annual visit among all the families 
or members in their respective con- 
gregations, and there to exhort or 
comfort each other, as well as to re 
concile all differences that may 
from time to time occur in the com- 
munity. It is also part of their of- 
fice to read the Scriptures, to pray, 
and even exhort, if it be needful, at 
theii regular meetings of worship. 

In reference to church govern- 
ment, they act in general accor- 
dance with the regular Ba] 
with inde 'd a few exceptions. — 
Such as not requiring from their 
ministers a liberal education, nor af- 
fording them a pecuniary support, 
excepting occasionally, in the way 
of presents. Every brother is al- 
lowed to >taiid up in their meetings 
and speak by way of exposition and 
exh irtation ; and when by these 

. they find a man eminent for 

know ledge, and possessing apt 
to teach, they elect him as their 

minister, and ordain him with fa-t- 
in-, prayer, a id laying on of hands. 
They also require then deacons, and 
aged woman whom they appoint as 

I I Use theii 

ins, Their 
tanee with the Bible is admit 
as well as their general 
and piety. In it 

Uy go t« 
very frequently oi.e -peak- in the 

English, to the same ■ itioo. 

discharge all the duties of the 



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ministry to all who request them, 
without fee or reward. Some of 
their ministers, though many of 
them are very poor, leave their 
fainilies'for many weeks in succes- 
sion, and travel at their own ex- 
pense, to preacu the Gospe 1 to those 
who need it. 

livery year, about Whitsuntide, 
the Brethren hold an annual meet- 
ing which is attended by the bish- 
ops and teachcre, as well as the other 
members who may*be sent from their 
congregation as representatives. — 
At these meetings, the Rev. Mr. 
Boyle tells us, there is, in general, 
a commitee of- five of the oldest 
bishops chosen from those who are 
present, who retire to some conve- 
nient place to receive and hear 
Buch cases as may be referre'd to 
them by the teachers and represeta 
tives from the various congrega- 
tions, which are afterwards discus- 
sed and decided upon ; and their 
decisions, with their reasons, are- 
published, both in the German and 
English languages, and circulated 
throughout the United States. As 
soon as convenient after their recep- 
tion, these are read to the congre- 
gations, and thus they preserve a 
unity of opiuion and sentiment 
throughout the whole body. 

The Brethren have some peculi- 
arities in their manners, which may 
not form a part of their religion, 
but which they mutually agree to 
practise. They use great plainness 
of speech and dress,like the Friends 
or Quakers ; and will neither take 
an oath nor engage in war or fight- 
ing ; they will not go to law, and 
seldom take interest for the money 
they lend to their poorer brethren. 
The bishops, teachers, and deacons 
are required, or at least expected, 
to wear their beards, as it is consid- 
ered by them that these emblems 
remind them of the primitive fathers 
and of the vow of the Nazarites, as 
being especially devoted to God. 
They live to a very great extent on 
vegetable food, anoint the sick with 
oil in the name of the Lord, and 
celebrate the Lord's Supper with 
its] ancient attendants, love-feasts, 
washing the feet, and the kiss of 
charity. On the whole they mani- 



fest great simplicity of character, 
and are highly estimable members 
of society. 

For the reasons already assigned, 
we have been unable to obtain full 
statistics of their present condition; 
but in the "Bnptitt Almanac for 
i 85 I, "they are estimated to have 
150 churches ; 200 miristers, and 
8,000 members. The census re- 
turns of 1850 state that they have 
52 church edifices, capable of ac- 
commodating 35,075 worshippers, 
and of the value of $46,025. If 
these items of information arc cor- 
rect, nearly one hundred of their 
churches must worship in school 
rooms, in borrowed church build- 
ings, or in private houses. This 
was formerly the case among them 
almost universally. 

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for (he Companion. 

The Hidden Treasure. 

Note. — Alter having read bro. 
Wards explanation of this beautiful 
Parable, and seeing that wc differ in 
the location of the treasure, I thonjiht 
I would also give my views, kindly 
submitting them to your frie ndly i ea- 
ders. 

"Again the kingdom of heaven is 
like unto a treasure hid in afield, &c. 
Math. 13-44 By the word treasure 1 
we understand hoarded wealth, or 
accumulated riches naturally; but 
spiritually, happiness, joy, peace of 
mind. Treasures in a field, in the 
days of our Savour were deposits of 
valuables &c.in the ground, and cav- 
erns, by the wealthy for their perfect 
security. In consequence of the 
great insecurity of property in those 
days, it seems to have been a custom 
to conceal, in the ground, gold and 
jewels, and the owners being destroy 
ed, or driven away or forgetting the 
place of deposit, these hidden treas- 
ures remained till search or chance 
brought them to lijdit. The mass of 
people having knowledge of these 
circumstances, we may well immagine 
that there was a large number em- 
ployed in seeking out these treasures. 
We believe that it was to this class, 
especially, that Christ directed this 
beautiful Parable; but now, like all 
the others, admits of a universal ap- 
plication. In the beginning man was 
created to great wealth and happi- 



ness; but for the sake of being dis- 
obedient he became poor and miser- 
able. Our heavenly Father after 
leaving his rebellious children to their 
evil Paginations, devoid of this 
great treasure, beholds them in their 
lost and forsaken condition — divine 
compassion pities, and urges their 
redemption. His dear, and only Son 
demands the conditions of their sal- 
vation. By paying the price — The 
shedding of blood — a sacrifice. The 
son with divine condescension says 
I'll do it Father, the ransom shall be 
paid, and I will be the victim. The 
noble lamb was accepted, the price 
was paid, and the Father graciously 
grants the 'treasure' to the son, and 
the son distributes it conditionally, to 
bis hungry and famishing children. 
Having the treasure now in the hands 
of the son, and ready for distribution, 
we next inquire for location,& mode 
of distribution. We are told that 
the treasure was hid in a field, signi- 
fying that there was other fields 'a 
very plausible inference, we think." 
At the coming of Christ we find 
that there were many fields. There 
was the field of the jews. The field 
of the Pharisees the field of the Sad- 
ducees, and others, all claiming with 
unswerving zeal, that they had the 
priceless gem, but none of these was 
*,he field or Christ would have made 
his deposit in one of them. Hence 
the necessity of him forming a new 
field, or society in which he could 
safely entrust his riches, or great 
wealth. Accoidingly we find that his 
first care was to fully establish, and 
organize this new kingdom, by selec- 
ting a competent set of men. To do 
this, he makes them heirs 4 but to be 
lawful heirs there mnst be a lawful 
adoption, and since man, by trans- 
gression lost his heirship, and be- 
came strangers and aliens to the com- 
monwealth of Israel, there must be 
of necessity a new birth, or regener- 
ation, in order to have proper mate- 
rial for this new society, or field- 
This desirable end was brought a- 
bout, partly, through the instrumen- 
tality of the Baptist, out of whose 
subjects Christ undoubtedly, made 
choice of his witnesses, and after hav- 
ing properly organized, and transmit- 
cd to them, his last will and testa- 



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^ raent, the everlasting chart or key to 
man's redemption ; he now tells tbem 
— I go to the Father, but let not your 
hearts be troubled, I will not leave 
you comfortless. After having sealed 
this New Testament with my own 
blood that it may be confirmed "for 
where a testament is, there must also 
oi' ncscessity be the death of the 
testator" I will invoke the Father, 
and he will give you another comfor- 
ter the Holy Ghost, and he will teach 
you all things, and bring to your 
remembrance whatsoever I have 
said unto you. The fulfillment of this 
glorious promise was abundantly 
realized at the day of Pentecost 
where the administrators were all 
with one accord in one place. We 
have now located the treasure — the 
Holy Ghost, the pear of great price, 
in the church, the field, and the true 
ministers of the Gospel are the prop- 
er persons to distribute, by adminis- 
tration, the unsearchable riches, to 
a dying world, and we believe that 
the faithful harbingers of the 1 cross 
are now, and ever have been pointing 
the sinne'r to the church — the field in 
which this great treasure may be 
found. But how shall the earnest in- 
quirer find the right field. He has 
heard of the treasure, but has not yet 
found it, and again there are so 
many fields, even hundreds each hav- 
ing their respective ministers, all 
contending that they have the great 
treasure; yet we are told therein but 
one true birth — one true church and 
but one field. Hence we would ad- 
vise : flee to the chart — the blessed 
chart! treasure up its undying truths 
and they will point to the Zion held 
ol God in which will be found the 
inexhaustable treasures of our Fath- 
er's kingdom. Now when we have 
found the treasure %nd the field we 
must proceed lawfully to obtain it. 
We must like the man in the parable 
Bell all we have — in this sense dispose 
of, ie forsake all former sinful pleas- 
ures: nobly take up the cross and go 
to the heaven authorized edminitti 
tors and submit to the whole teaching 
of tho divine chart, by being born 
again, thus becoming heirs of God 
and joint heirs of Christ. Ho ! Says 
~y) the prophet come and buy, without 
a£\ money, and without price. Who 



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will not seek, yea diligently seek — ■ 
after so great riches, when they can 
be had eo freely — Except ye be born 
again yo cannot enter the kingdom 
of heaven. H. B. BRUMBAUGH. 
McOonnellstown, Pa. 

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tor (lie Companion. 
••Mlmi Khali I do unto Tin-.- ?" 

"O Eplirsim, what shall I do unto tbee?" 
Hosea 6 I 4. 

God speaks as one in perplexity, ] 
as if he were at a loss what to do. 
He condescends to consult man as 
to his own case. He had wrought 
great deliverances for them, he had 
conferred the greatest favors upon 
them, he had 3ought to win them to 
himself, but all in vain, andinw 
he asks, " What shall Tdof* Sin- 
ner ! God has given you his word, 
his ordinances, his day. He has 
presented to you his son, aud offer- 
ed you his spirit. He has warned 
you solemnly, he has exhorted you 
earnestly, he has invited you loving- 
ly. ILj has set life and death, 
heaven and hell before you, and ha9 
advised you to choose the former 
aud escape the latter. He has spo- 
ken to you by his providences, he 
has alarmed your conscience, and 
he ha3 supplied you with the mo3t 
powerful motives to turn unto him 
and live. And yet yiu remain as 
you were, — far from God, averse to 
God, refusing to submit to God. — 
Now then, hear him ask you, — 
"What shall I do unto f/^m ?"— 
Shall I break your proud spirit by 
a succession of terrible visita- 
tions ? shall I force you to 
Heaven against your will ! 
6hall I do violence to your judg- 
ment, vour affections, or your will ? 
or shall I give you up, and hence- 
forth leave you entirely to yourself? 
God speaks to you in kindness, in 
love, in earne;t love : what would 
you have him do ? Must he punish 
yju J Will you lay him under the 
necessity — is the just God, is the 
insulted moral Governor to punish 
If so, hear him clear him- 
self: "As 1 live, saith tin- 1. >r 1 

God, I have no pleasure in tht death 

of the wicked ; turn re, turn ve from 
your evil ways, for why will ve 
die ?" If yon perish BOW, your de- 
struction will bo entirely of your- 



self. You will be the author of 
your own damnation. "What could 
have been done more to my vine- 
yard, that I have not done in it?" 
— Isaiah 5:4. 

G. W. BURKHART. 
Nolo, Pa. 



Fur the Companion. 
A Thought ou Ninglug. 

What mortal tongue is it that can 
ascribe or attribute to the great do- 
nor of good gifts and talents his 
dues for that ''treasure gift," sing- 
ing. It instantly harmonizes the 
diversified minds of convened hun- 
dreds. It lulls the most discompos- 
ed inmate of the family most readi- 
ly when in a humor to act entirely 
reverse to singing. When true wor- 
shipper unite in vocal melody, by 
singing u with the spirit and with 
the understanding also," it is like 
sweet incense arising from the altar 
and penetrates into the angelic 
climes, and mingles with the loud 
incessant hallelujahs of the redeem- 
ed in heaven. Yet, oh how prone 
we are to abuse the preciou3 talent 
by unthoughtful and vain singing. 
How little do we appreciate the 
richness and virtue of good sin'iu /. 
No one else, perhaps, can appreci- 
ate it as can that one who once en- 
joyed good singing society and is 
now deprived of it. No doubt many 
more brethren and sisters as well as 
we Gnd themselves' thus deprived, 
who perhaps like we have emigrated 
to where the brethren are but few 
in number, and where good singing 
11 y has hitherto been almost a stranger. 
But our motto should be : 

Come pnfltlw rtagtBf erery day, 

Aud every hour <iu^ ; 
I- ive idle, bouijs and loys Away, 

Hag praise* to our Kiug. 



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0. C. HOOT. 



Take no pleasure in the fawr of 
an idiot, nor in the frenii of I luna- 
tic, nor in the frenzy of a drunkard; 
make them the object! ot'y.Hir pity, 
ii >t .•(' tour passtime ; when jroa be- 
hold them, reflect how much vou 
are beholded to him that infon - , 
you not to be like them; th< ,!> 

no difference between you and tln-i. i{ 
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4>u the death til a I'lilliir. 
Be non bai ' roased the chilling stream, 

dwella with t'lni-t above | 
Where all is tranquil and lerene, 

Ju that blest world ul' love. 

Vain were nil their Kind endeavors 

. -inii hi.- health again ; 
l-'rii i: lane, Done could help him, 

Wl.v were ul\ their labors vain ? 

11. i. it prepared) and longed to go 
To liin eternal h" 

tin world of fin and woe, 
He Mt wak not his home. 

I»i .ir father here wo meet no more, 
i be time will he trot ihorti 

Till we shall meet on Zion'i shore, 
Where we shall DO more ]>art. 

Farewell* dear rather, then art | 

I more to ns w ill thou return ; 
On heaven's bright and new'rj plain, 

We hope to meet with thee again. 

Jlv hope, my heart is now on high : 

There nil my Joys and treasures lie: 

\\ here m raphe bow and bend the knee, 

O, that's the land, the land for me. 

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The Kniperor Titus. 
From rising to the setting 6UU 
Titus had once done good to none, 
And when night came was heard to say 
In eadness, "7 have lost a oay \" 
Alas ! that those of Christian name 
Not once, l>ul 6ft, might say the same ; 
Mourn days and years all spent in rain, 
Which worlds could not buy back again ! 



For the Companion. 
The Christian Ministry. 

Brother Asa Ward ; You take 
exceptions to some of my remarks 
on the above named subject, and 
say you think they are not a fair ex- 
position of it. You state what you 
seem to regard as a specimen of my 
unfairness, the fact that I give the 
Savior's command to his disciples to 
go forth to pi each without money 
or pay, as authority for a gratuitous 
ministry ; but fail to say he endow- 
ed them with power to (tetfozm mir- 
acles, and thus made their ministry 
self sustaining. 

D.ar brother, examine the suh- 

gaiu impartially and you will 
find there is DO unfairness in the ar- 
gument to which you object ; for if 

isciplee bad the power to ob- 
tain tiic necessaries of life bv miia- 
cle there is not a tingle instance on 

,1 in which they exorcised it ; 
but there is ample Bcriptural eviden- 
ce that thej \- ' <><> aucta pow- 
er. CI lit em I Math. 10: 8 > 
the iniridt'B he empowered them to 

mi, thus, "Heal the sick. 
■ :-<• the dead, 
■ devils." That the 



ity was restricted to these partic- 
ulars is evident from the fact that 
the Savior mentioned and the dis- 
ciples performed no others. He did 
not ?ay, "When ye are hungry com- 
mand the stones to become bread, 
and when thirsty smite the rocks 
that the water may gush out, but 
his injunction was, "when ye enter 
into any city or house, and they 
receive you, eat und drink such 
things as they set before you." 

The Ajostle Paul vs as the great- 
est niisionary the church has ever 
had, and was endowed with power 
to work miracles ; but that he and 
his colaborers did not supply their 
bodily wants by that means is shown 
by that apostle's own testimony. — 
He writes (1 Cor. 4 : 11, 12,) as fol- 
lowers : "Even unto this hour we 
both hunger and thirst, and are na- 
ked, and are buffeted, and have no 
certain dwelling place, and labor 
working with our own hands. How 
does this testimony of St. Paul agree 
with your assersion that "the apos- 
tles had power within themselves to 
supply all their pressing wants, and 
therefore had no need of scrip or 
money in their purses ?" 

Y T on assert truly, "the gospel 
must be preached to all nations" 
and a.sk, how are we to get along in 
doing this without money in the 
purse? "If any brother knows of 
any better plan for the spread of 
the gospel than this it is his duty to 
make it known, for I for one am in the 
dark on the subject Brother Ward, 
if you are still in the dark as to 
how the gospel may be spread by 
the gratuitous system of the ministry 
you may certainly be enlightened 
by studying the "plan" as laid 
down l>y the Great Head of the 
Church] and practised by his apos- 

It has ever been the purpose of 
the Brotherhood to learn primitive 
'•faith and practice " from the new 
Testament, and to follow it. In 
this they arc but obeying the ex- 
hortation of the apostle of the Gen- 
tiles, "Be ye followers of me as I 
also am of Christ." Accordingly, 
if we carefully study the apostolic 
"plan" of evangelizing, and corn- 
author-' jarc that practised by the Brethren 




with it, we will find them identical, 
or similar in all the essential and 
important points. The apostles did 
not confer with flesh and blood, but 
went to preach by virtue of the au- 
thority of the Savior's commission, 
where a sense of duty impelled, or 
the Spirit called them. They did not 
wait for the church to give them art 
outfit, and put money into their pur- 
ses ; but went forth as laborers in 
the vineyard of the Lord, depend- 
ing upon their own resources, and 
humbly praying for his blessing and 
reward. Our ministering brethren 
have hitherto endeavored to follow 
their example in these particulars. 
There is another point in which 
there is a similarity between the 
practice of the Apostolic church 
and that of the Brotherhood, and 
this seems to be a consequence of 
the identity of their "plans," for 
the spread of the Gospel. The apos- 
tles commenced at Jerusalem and 
the Brethren at Germantown as a 
centre, and advanced in different 
directions, each successive church 
they established becoming the nucle- 
us tor others, in both cases. 

The efficiency of any plan may be 
inferred from its success. The apos- 
tolic church advanced in less than 
one hundred years over more than 
2500 miles in establishing churches. 
The Brethren have within 150 years 
extended their operations over 2500 
miles, from New Jersey on the East 
to California and Oregon on the 
West ; and over 800 miles from 
Michigan on the North, to North 
Carolina and Tennessee on the 
South. The Church in both these 
cases put but little money in the 
purses of hei ministers. 

Suppose the brethren shculd raise 
a large Missionary fund, and then 
isue a call for ministers to go forth 
to preach, giving them to understand 
they would be supported, would this 
be in accordance with the teaching 
of Christ, and the practice of the 
Apostles '( Certainly not. We would 
by that means most likely heap to 
ourselves teachers having itching 
palms, if not "itching ears ;'' and 
work a radical change in our minis- 
try, from the gratuitous to the paid 
system. 



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If any of our ministering breth- j immersed in the name of Jesus 
a feef it their duty to become not only made confession of sii 



ren teel it meir uuty 

Missionaries, if they will manifest had them remitted. 

their sincerity by going at once 



and such an arena for the achievement 

sin but of life's ultimate aim, that not only 

perpetually holds a mirror before 

In short then ; We understand the us reflecting our broken, hapless 



zealously to the work, as did broth- immersion of repentance spoken of condition, but ever tends to endear 

er Heyser without waiting for the by- Paul, Acts, 1',': 4 and practised the immutable above us by the total 

church to put money in their purses, by Apollos, Acts 18: 25 to mean the absence of anything steadfast and 

no doubt the Lord will, through the same thing— That is Apollos was reliable around us. The discovery 

instrumentality of his people, cause practising the immersion of John that everything here is hollow, 

t lii-iii to be "sustained," as long as which was a confession of sin with- treacherous, uncertain, and uusufH- 

they remain faithful. out the forgivness of it. Paul saw cient, is an excellent antidote to the 

The great mass of the brethren this and called tlicir attention to it earthly, time-serving inclinations of 

are not parsimonious and it is un- and told them tins kind of immersion the natural heart, and God has so 

charitable to make such a charge had seen its day and that it must related us to the objective world 

against them. They are indeed, now give* plaGe to the immersion of that we cannot possibly find in the 

thank God, jealous for the truth, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, time-element what was. in it before 
and for loyalty to their faith ; but ASA. WARD. 

Sykesvillc, Md. 



will certainly sustain any scriptural 
effort for the spread )f the Gospel 
SILAS THOMAS. 
Pldlad., Pa. 



sin sundered the bond that united 
us with the Divine character. The 
Divine Btimj cannot be severed 
from time and its interests, for this 
is essential to the over-ruling of 
time's mutabilities in order to estab- 
lish the relation and character lost 
by sin. 

The mutabilty of condition and 
fluctuation of feeling which you be- 
wail, is to souie extent the case with 



for tfie Cotnpanton. 
Letter to uu "Elect Lady.* 9 

Not only "as our day so shaH 

Reply to Hrollier Graybill. | our strength be," but our discipline 

While the Apostle Paul was visit- as our necessities. The saints pla- 

ing the churches of Galatia and ced in precisely the same circum- 

Phrygia, he met with Apollos, a stances, might not be affected in the 

learned Jew at Ephesus, from Alex- same way. One chafes under a re- 

andria in Egypt, who was well vers- striction"or burden of a certain kind all believers, although perhaps rare- 
ad and learned in the old Scriptures which another bears without a cor- Win the same form, an 1 attended 
and taught them to the best of his roding sense of restraint. The con- with such agonizing throes of disap- 
knowledge. "Knowing only the stituents of the soul are variously pointinent, doubt, and misgiving. — 
baptism of John" which taught the compounded, giving prominence to Not unfrequently it happens that 
nature and necessity of repentance different characteristics, thus ren- the most bitter complaints proceed 
toward God a faith in the coming dering necessary peculiarities in the from those who should be most 
;ah. We learn that Apollos dealings of Providence with individ- thankful for conditions that beget 
was a disciple of John and of course cuals. We are in just such a world the deepest and most painful seii-e 
practiced bis immersion up to the as is best adapted to the Divine pur- of the emptiness of all earthly en- 
time in ipiestion .vhen Paul set him pose respecting us. Being that "we joyment. Those in whom the social 
and his followers right. John's have here no continuing City," and and seiiMi.il predominate, can ] er- 
iininersion was no more than a sign must seekone in the invisible sphere, haps have no greater mercy Bhown 
that tin- person baptized had repen- we must needs have everything a- them than to be defeated in every 
ted of .-in and believed Uiat Jesus round us as shilling as the sand in project that aims at tbe establish- 

the desert, to prevent us falling be- ment of a condition wherein they 

low the possibility of salvation. - ma\ find rett. Sin severs US from 

The baseless, fluctuating elements God, and the disruption Bends 08 

in which we have our experience, upon an endless Bearch for haj p»- 

are so cmtrary to the undy nig in ttess, which will either end in the 
Christians, of whom it seems he had our nature, that they drive us, by 
but little knowledge. lint the sheer necessity, to .something really 
baptism of Jesus is not only a 6ign having ''foundations," or to what we 

of repentance, but a sign 01 the for- regard as stable and satiafyii sparable. It the 

giveness of the sins repented of. Had Ged left Eden untouched ii 



would soon come, consequently 
John's immersion could not remit 
sin, bul a sign only of the confession 

of sin — This is what Apollos was 
preaching when he came across the 



Origin of our being, or in the con- 
dition where unmitigated misery and 
the pertaintj of it- eternity are in- 

of !i Ii . 



"Then said Paul, John indeed bloom and beauty after the fall, and immortality, we oould find in the 



immersed with the immersion of re- given man his probation amid the 

pentanoe ; saying unto the people glories and delights of the prii 

that they shoiil,| believe on ! reatioii, we might Salt the QU< 

Jy who should OOmS after him." Af- with the u. uniig 

A tor tln-y toiind that John's iinmer- lion, '"who thru oaQ be .-a.fd 

D Bion was done away the} wen- then We want, and God has given 



nt and | ; li-liable i : 
•.ban enough to meet our deep* 
int> and till our utmo 

\\ •■ want DO further proof of 

• uii's immortality than tin 

. shifting. 



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everywhere manifest, to gain satis- 
faction 10 the unattained. Having 
the Godlike in character, but 
retained the Godlike in being, we 
ncr I stern, painful discipline to 
break up our idolatrous clinging to 
sen and sensuous, and wed us 
to objects and inure us to pursuits 
that harmonize both with the eterni- 
ty of our being and the holiness of 
the Absolutely Eternal. No one 
was ever truly happy without first 
suffering the agony that attends the 
wreck of earthly hopes. No one 
ever came into the "Light of Life," 
Imt through the midnight gloom of 
death — ■ the death that precedes 
death, and entombs all of earth as a 
chief no >d. Our feet will not find 
the "Rock of Ages" unless we swim 
through a sea of tumult and torture 
as bottomless as the pit of the damn- 
ed. And whether or not we find 
this rock, to sea we must go, and 
buffet its angry waves ; and the vast 
majority, including the young and 
athletic and the hoary headed and 
decrepit, after being wrecked a hun- 
dred times, will sooner cling to a 
floating fragment with the determi- 
nation to abide on the treacherous 
main, than accept the hand that is 
ever held within their reach, and is 
alone able to "set their feet upon a 
Rock, and establish their going." 

The beginning of the new life 
comes out of "great tribulation," 
and our fondness for the world and 
its enjoyments seems for a time 
eradicated. But generally we find 
that, somehow, "our beloved with- 
draws himself," and we find more 
ielish in things that had utterly 
lost their taste, so that storm and 
tempest are necessary to keep alive 
the sense of insecurity, and prevent 
us from falling asleep under the fas- 
cinating lullaby of the tempter. — 
The song of victory on the Shore of 
the Red Sea, is soon followed by 
parching thirst and atheistic mur- 
murs at the waters of Marah. — 
When every fibre of the soul thrills 
with joyful emotion, and the lips 
are jubilant with the song of deliv- 
erance, we may perhaps esteem our- 
selves as wholly enveloped not only 
'\ in the Divine goodness but the Pi- 
■^s vine character, not thinking that 






the next event will bring out self in 
its most revolting features, and at 
the same time serve to strengthen 
our hold on the Infinitely Wise, 
Powerful, and Holy. If we build 
our nest high on the mountain of 
prosperity, or even on the sunny 
table-land of love, feathering it with 
God's richest bounties, revelling 
more in the Divine goodness than in 
him from whom all good proceeds, 
bow well is it that instability is writ- 
ten on all subluna#y things, and 
what a mercy that what was honey 
in the mouth becomes wormwood 
afterward, and that we are sent 
treading anew the billows until we 
find ourselves at the place of begin- 
ning. As soon as the soul's Bride- 
groom finds occasion to reprove us 
with, "nevertheless I have some- 
what against thee," we may expect 
some kind of discipline that will 
bring us to "the place of a skull,'' 
and through bitter self-upbraiding, 
anguished repentances and painful 
breakings of heart, reinstate us in 
our "first love." A calm, unruffled 
sea, a smiling, fostering providence, 
when our hearts are entwining their 
tendrils around perishable good, and 
eagerly sending their fibres into a 
sin-cursed soil, would be a calamity 
indeed. "Ephraim is joined to his 
idols : let him alone," is a judicial 
declaration, and indicates the Di- 
vine determination to let the rebel- 
lious soul drift from surge to surge 
in the m itable, without finding foot- 
ing, or seeking anchor in the realm 
of the enduring. Hos. 4 : 17. "How 
shall I give thee up," (Hos. 11 : 8) 
is Ion 
over 

among the people," He will place 
us on the gridle of his corrective 
providence till we are as a "cake 
not turned," (Hos. 7: 8,) and draw 
over us Ephraims curse only after 
we have stiffened into sullen, persis- 
tent, incurable obstinacy. The 
sooner we allow the mutations of 
our experience to break up all inor- 
dinate attachments to inferior ob- 
jects, the better. Our determina- 
tion to settle on the lees of earthly 
prosperity, and extract durable sat- 
isfaction out of the glittering bub- 
ble of the finite, occasions our un- 



, the plaint of the Holy One 
the incorrigible. If we "mix 



told heartaches, and so often sends 
us to wander in the vale of disap- 
pointment. Vicissitude has most 
blessed uses, and the blighting of 
our earthly prospects is the guar- 
dian of our eternal interests. 

It may be there are saints wh) 
"never have an unbelieving doubt," 
but I never had the fortune to in jet 
such. The holiest of the brother- 
hood, "teachers in Israel" ani 
valiant for the truth, have their 
seasons of depression, whin they 
scarcely know what they are, or 
where they are. Within the saraj 
houi blenl the]; loftiest conto-mpli- 
tions of God, and the foulest stir- 
rings of inbred evil ; the mist rav- 
ishing views from Pisgah's summit 
of the "Excellent Glory," and the 
most harrowing doubts of our pos- 
session of the life of the Infinitely 
Holy. Only so that all these pain- 
ful mutations awaken a deeper 
sense of the necessity of the iornu- 
table, and shake us loose more com- 
pletely from the evanescent and 
unstable. The music of life will be 
dirge like in large measure, until, 
through many half-tones andfailuies 
we pitch on the key of the everlasting 
Song, and by degrees bring all our 
dissonance into harranny with it, 
The mutabilities of life are discipli- 
nary forces which shape & establish 
holy characters. The why of every 
melting process and painful eveut 
cannot be repressed, and whatever 
the answer be a nearer assimilation 
of God should be the result. If we 
discover that want of forethought, 
or the iinpul-ie of untractable passion 
has heared the billows that toss us, 
we should grow proportionately dis- 
trustful of ourselves, and seek seeuri 
ty against the recurrence of our 
troubles, by a more unreasonable 
and whole-hearted committal to him 
who orders all things to work togeth- 
er for our good. A disjointed crea- 
ture like man, must have a disjoint- 
ed world in which to learn the lesson 
of his nothingness, or have a holy 
character forced upon him, which 
would leave as great an incongruity 
between him and tho Heaven he is 
to occupy, as to hear tho services of 
the sanctuary accompauied with the 
dance and fiddle. Had the All-wise 



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given stability to any condition or 
relation of the present life, the cross 
of Christ would not only be a stum- 
bling-block, but his death would be 
utterly without effect. Who would 
seek the immutable and changeless 
in God, if solid footing could be 
found in the visible and sensible ? 
Rocking and ] lunging on the billow- 
y element are needed to create 
nausea and make us heartily long 
for such a revelation to the unchang- 
eably good as will give us the con- 
sciousness of safety in the midst of 
our perils and disgusts. If we are 
given blessings, or placed in happy 
temporal relations, let us not grasp 
them too eagerly or, hold them too 
firmly, but keep the heart so under 
the sway of the All Ruler, as to be 
ready at a moments warning, for the 
rescission of the Giver. Then will 
the mutations and disappointments 
of life serve us with a most glorious 
ministry, and the rolling billows of 
our chequered experience bear us 
onward and upward, till we reach a 
"city which hath foundations." 

C. H. BALSBAUGH. 
Union Deposit, Pa. 



A Pertinent Reply. 

A lady asked another, who was 
then only an acquaintance, to ac- 
company her in a walk. As they 
went along the question was sudden- 
ly put, "Do you think it wrong to 
go into large and gay parties ?" 

The reply was to the effect that 
one might labor long to get the 
snow and ice away from a frost- 
bound house, but if thoroughly heat- 
ed within it would fall off of itself 
without effort. So there would al- 
ways be difficulty in answering such 
questions as, "Must I not do this ?" 
or, "May I do that ?" But the love 
of Christ, filling, expanding, warm- 
in ' the heart, would soon decide 
them by the "expulsive power ot a 
new affection." 

It was a bow drawn at a venture; 
for neither the Blind oC the individual 
nor hor circumstances, wen- baown 
to the speaker. No answer was re- 
turned, and conversation flowed in 
other channels. But weeks after, 
when that neighborhood had been 
left for a distant home; a letter fol- 



lowed the lady whose opinion had Meanwhile it may be confidently 

been asked, full of grateful thanks asserted that the brethren have had 
for "a word in season ;" a word , no part in bringing about the new 

which had revealed the writer's rerision, no more than they had in 

need, and had led her to seek and Martin Luther's or King Jame's 

find such an experience of the love Version, though they have used 

of Jesus as had taken away all de- both. Wo use the Revised Version 

sire for the empty pleasures and because we know it is plainer, and 



gayeties of the world. 

A Bo) Comforter. 

A poor woman lost her husband, 
and she took on piteously, afraid 
lest her little family might be pinch- 
ed with want. "Is not our heaven- 
ly Father living, mother !" asked 
her little son. Indeed he is. She 
forgot, but he remembered ; an x her 
little boy's words comforted her. 
♦♦ 

We cannot mend our mistakes 
until we fully discover them to be 
such. 



believe it to be more correct. 



CORRESPONDENCE. 



LOCAL MATTERS^ 
Tyrone City, Pa. March 3, 1868. 

The KuKiti New Testament. 

We have been requesed several 
times to give the particulars in re- 
gard to the New Translation of the 
New Testament by the American 
Bible Union. Inasmuch as the 
word baptizo has been translated im- 
merse, the revision is denounced as a 
Baptist work, gotten up by Baptists. 
And as the Brethren make use of 
this Version, some have even avow- 
ed that it is published by us for our 
own use. The latter is certainly a 
very gross error ; while we believe 
the former assertion also to be a 
mistake. However we are not pre 
pared at present to give all the de- 
sired information. We have in our 
library a History of the American 
Bible Union which covers over 2000 
pages, giving its organization, Con 
stitution, othVcrs, l>ireetois, M. n 
ben, &c., yet the names and relig- 
ious pennaaion of the Tranalaton 

We have Dot been able to timi . We 

have written to Dr. Axmitage, the 

I're.si.ient ot the Union who it is 

boned will gi\e .-atisl'aetioii. 



Corrttpondence of ehurch newt solicited from 
all part* of the Brot/urhood. Writer' t name 
and addrrn required on every communication, 
at guarantee of good faith. Rejected communi- 
cation* or manuscript utrd, not rrturned. All 
communication* for publication should be vritj 
ten upon one side of the sheet only. 

Kale at Home. 

Ed. Companion ; Dear Brother : 
Having just found among the pile of 
papers I found accumulated at home 
since I departed for Europe, yonr 
notice in No. 3 of your current vol- 
ume of that fact, I take the liberty 
of informing you, and through you 
the readers of the Companion t that 
we, Frederick W. Kohler (my neph- 
' ew) and myself, have returned home 
in safety through the mercy of God, 
crossing the Atlantic the last time in 
the space of nine days and twelve 
hours, and finding all well at home. 
The prayers of God-feari ig friends 
both here and in Europe in our be- 
half must have prevailed much with 
him, who is so willing to hear our 
prayers, and who protecting us from 
all harm during two voyages across 
the boisterous sea, even during the 
winter Mtiaon, permitted us to ac- 
complish them in little over twenty 
■la_\s, and to spend a few weeks 
among our fiieiids in "Fatherland." 
The Lord bless all who remembered 
us, and rive us grace that we may 
all meet in the heavenly fatherland. 

Perhaps I will End time and ability 
to oommonicate 

about this trip hereafter 
Meanwhile, Adieu, 

HENRI kl KTZ. 
CUttMOtOMO, OJs*O t /'</'. 'J7. 
Our > i,n to GrtM « ..ii ii I j I'M.. 

Ob Batntdaj . the tir>t o\ Pen. 
last, Brnthet u A. Murrj and l 
•ut for Green Co., Si 

with brother Samuel (.iallenlii. 
night. Wen* to meeting on Sunday 
at the Favette meeting <bOUM kl 



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ter meeting we crossed the You^h 

mv river i>n the JO€ I 
witlt brother David Snider 



On 



To the brethren composing the 
first District of Virginia, greeting. 



Monday morning we started to Jef- 1 1 will inform von through this raedi- 

nni that We, the members of this 
church, beinir in council assembled, 
have unanimously agreed to hold 
the I >i -t ri t Meeting for the present 
year, and have appointed the 17th 
and 18th days of April for holding 
said meeting. No preventi /e prov- 
idence interfering ,ve hope and ex- 
pect a liberal turnout of the breth- 
ren of the District, and hereby ex- 
tend a cordial invitation to all other 
brethren who may find it convenient 
to be with us. 
For the Church, 

B. F. MOOMAW. 
Botetourt Co., Va., Feb. 22, '68. 



1 [enderson s 

appointment 
Wednesday 



ii. Green Co. Arirad there 
the s:\in ■ evening. Stayed all night 
with si«ter Croflrord and left an ap- 
pointment for our return. On Tues- 
day morning resumed our journey 
and arrived at Mother 

that evening : left an 

for our return. On 
morning resumed our journey and 
arrived at brother James Murrys 
about noon ; had a meeting that 
night and the next night at the 
school house near Christian Soughts. 
On Friday night at Harts run, in 
Adam Wise's neighborhood. On 
Saturday and Sunday night at Mud- 
lick. On Sunday at ten o'clock 
brother William preached a funeral 
at a school-house near Moors store. 
On Monday night had meeting at 
brother A. Stahls. On Tuesday 
we visited a few families. On 
Wednesday morning we started for 
home and attended the appointments 
that we had left for our return. — 
We had good meetings, and good 
attention. The brethren were in 
good health and in good spirita. — 
We reached brother William Murrys 
home the night of the 14th and 
found all well. The next day I 
got home abo it noon and found all 
well. Thanks to God for his care 
over them. Our thanks due to the 
brethren for their kindness manifest- 
ted to us while with them. 

ABRAHAM SFMMY. 
Mt. Pleasant P. 



the Lafayette 
Feb the 4th 



Information Wanted. 

Information is desired of Jacob Bailey 
and family, formerly of Jamesville, Md.", 
they having left there some eight or ten 
years ago, and not been heard of for six 
The hist hearing wis from some 
part of Iowa. 

C. CRONISE. 
Monrovia. Md., Feb. 24, '68. 



To Our Correspondents 

Sarah A. Holsinger, Sulphur Springs 
Ind. Fifty cents due on Vol 3. 

Samuel A Millfr, Bridgewater Va. 
Your papers were sent regularly with the 
rest of the packs; e ; however we sendyoa 
the back numbers again. What is the 
name of the pamphlet yen sent for? 

Ii i inda Rahck, Warlordsburg, Pa 
Your subscription for vol. 3 is paid. 

It. lieckinan, In wood, Ind. 30cts. due 
on Vol. 3. 



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Notice. 

The District Council Meeting, for 
the Eastern District of Ohio, will be 
held, the Lord willing, on the 19th 
of May, (next) with the brethren at ! 
the Maple Grove meeting house, 4 
mil«s North East of Ashland. All; 
brethren intending to be present 
should come the day previous and 
inform us by letter by the first of 
May ; those coming by rail road will 
stop at Ashland. Address Moses 
Weaver, Ashland, Ohio, for further 
information. 

Wm. SADLER. 

Nankin, Ohio. 



DIED 

We admit no poetry under any circumstan- 
ce!' in connection with obituary notices. We 
with to use all alike, and we could not insert 
verses with all. 

Feb. 21st, '68, of Typhoid Fever, in 
the James Creek Church, Huntingdon 
Co., Pa. sister RACIIAKL BRUM- 
BAUGH, wife of brother Philip Brum- 
baugh, and daughter of brother George 
Bmith, of Blair <o., Pa , aged 24 years. 3 
months, and lOdays The deceased was 
highly respected and esteemed by all who 
knew her, and our loss which is her 

great gain, will be deeply felt; and her 

place in the church, which she faithfully 
ftiled, is now vacant, to the sorrow of 
her sorely bereaved husband and many 
kind friends. She leaves behind also a 
son about 1} years old. Her funeral was 
largely attended by many sorrowing 
friends, and the services performed by 
the writer and others, from Isaah :! : 10. 
Geo. Brumbaugh. 



Fell asleep in Jems in 
Branch Allen Co. Ohio, 
sister Bi bab Wabd, widow of Brother 
James Ward deceased //, departed this 
life November )he lmh )■■ .. , s )„. r 

thud husband. She was the daughter of 
friend and sister Catharine Chambers 

" l - s '"' ived into the 

church in the Welsh Run Branch, Frank- 
lin I O.. Pa., about the year 1884 
disease was considered to be the Inflam- 

I Bhenmatism, and she 
find to the house aboul nine years and to 

I about seven years. The princi- 
pal part ot this time she Was not able to 
help herself, or to turn in herbi 
by the help of her kind friends and this 
« as done by mean . of a windless attach- 
ed to the sheet on which she lav, and this 
had to be done part of the time, i 
few hours day and night with the mosl 
excruciating pain. She bore all with 
christian fortitude and died in the hope 
of a glorious resurcctiou. Funeral by 
Brethren D. Brower and A Baker from 
Rev. 14 : 13. 



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For the Companion. 
Adoration. 

Prat6e be to him who reigns on high, 
And rtile» the earth on whicl. we live ; 

O may he all our wants supply, 
And all our daily sine forgive. 

Thanks be to him who died for me, 
That I might live with him above ; 

O may I his disciple be, 

And daily with him walk In love. 

Glory to him who still sustains 
The poor and humble of his flock ; 

O come, ye lost, for ne proclaims 
That he will ope to them that knock. 

Praise, thanks, and glory to our Lord, 
Who now invites us from hU throne; 

O may we all with one accord 
Consent and say, "Thy will be done." 
D. B. MENTZER. 

Qvinry, P«. 



For the Companion, 
Idle Words. 



LETTER TO SISTER L. G. 



An a response to your suggestion, 
dear sister in Christ, I have been 
prompted to indite a few thoughts 
that arise in the mind while holding 
before the mirror of Divine truth 
the subject of Idle Words ; upon 
which you say, "much might be 
written, as the scriptures abound in 
evidences touching the subject." — 
And you are disposed to think much 
good might result from a proper in- 
vestigation of this matter as too ma- 
ny of us are addicted more or less to 
this soul-polluting fault. Yes, truly, 
BUcb might be s;ti<l and written rel- 
ative thereto. Your unworthy wri- 
ter feels a timidnoss in approaching 
the subject, knowing the proverb, 
"Physician heal thyself" will too 
well apply to myself. Nevertheless 
as your good motives have induced 
me to 'write,' I do so now, nourishing 
the hope that we as well as my rea- 
ders may derive some benefit there- 
from. 

You say your heart is often pain 
ed to hear brethren and list) 
gage in vain and idle conversation ; 
and confess you too often find your. 
self guilty of the same, which 
the bitter pangs of reraorso to pos- 



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sess the soul. When our better 
judgment is exercised such feelings 
will arise, foi it is evident idle words, 
vain jestings, and immoderate levity 
do not belong to the Christian. — 
These things being foreign to the 
Christian graces we have evidences, 
conclusive, that we have not yet 
completely emerged from darkness 
and passed to light ; or from death 
to life — have not yet entirely "cru- 
cified the old man with his deeds." 
God's word teaches us we will 
have to give an account for every 
idle word in the day of judgement. 
And we are to be judged according 
to the deeds done in the body, and 
rewarded accordingly. And "out 
of the abundance of the heart the 
mouth speaketh." A good man out 
of the good treasure of the heart 
bringeth forth good things, and an 
evil man evil things." "A good 
tree bringeth forth good fruit." — 
"By thy words thou shalt be justifi- 
ed and by thy words thou shalt be 
condemned." Those tostimouie-i 
should make us tremble upon an ex- 
amination of our daily conversation. 
If idle words are evil, which they 
undoubtedly are, and emanate from 
the heart, it is a clear demonstra- 
tion our hearts are yet to some ex- 
tent evil. Solemn reflection for the 
soul that is striving to break th 
ters of sin and be free through 
Christ Jesus. Sister pilgrim if we 
are sensible of the fact that we have 
not yet been severed from every 
shred of Satan's net work, let us not 
despair. Though we are troubled 
with besetting nu never 10 hard CO 
overcome, remember that win re 
there is a will there is a way. The 
good work commenced in us through 
the instrumentality of God'a . 

will be perfected, a we "watch and 

He that burst the Bra 

1 Paul and Sill 

bunt asunder the ihacklei that hold 

us Unpiiaoned too tar from God, and 

cause us (0 weep and mourn 



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our sins. When those last 
fetters fall from off our individual 
members, like the freed bird we will 
be disposed to sing with enraptured 
strains the song of freedom as we 
soar nearer and nearer the great lu- 
minary of the eternal world. 

James says "if any man offend 
not in word the same is a perfect 
man, and able also to bridle the 
whole body." Chap. 3 : 2. There- 
fore when we have attained to that 
state of sanctification that we offend 
not against God in word and are 
able to have a proper restraint over 
the whole body we may hare good 
assurance we have "put off the old 
man which is corrupt according to 
the deceitful lusts, and been renew- 
ed in the spirit of our minds, put on 
the new man, which after God is 
created in the righteousness and ho- 
liness." See Eph. 4. If we would 
be perfect men and women, we must 
strive to overcome those things that 
sap the vitality from our divine life. 
Paul says. "Bbuu \uiu babbliuga fui 
they will increase unto more ungod- 
liness." In like manner idle word9 
conduce to lead us to become more 
and. more indifferent CO the prompt- 
ings oft:. Spirit. Thi- 
is like a leeehv monster, clinging to 
the iireat arterv of our religious 
system : and as our life blood is thus 

extracted we fall into a ital 

por or lukewarmness -a deplorable 
condition indeed. 

Another glance at the mirror of 
truth and we find, "let uver- 

sation be a> becoineth the I 

Christ." Phil. 1 : 87. "Out ooa- 

•ion is in heaven." 
"Be thou an example of the believ- 
ers in word, in conversation," &c. 
Tim. 4:1 : him show out of 

meekness and s isdom.* 1 .i ant 

18. "Be ft holv in all manner of 

Ion " l Pel l: 15 "What 

manner of penoni ought in 

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8: 11. A9 testimony after tes- 
timony looms up to view we are made 
cclaim in bitterness of soul, 
"Lord save me or I perish ;" or in 
deep anguish of spirit turn as if to 
hide our iniquitous face, o'er cast 
with shame from him who sees our 
hearts. In utter confusion cry 
enough ! enough ! ! to convince us 
our feet yet linger in the miry bogs 
of sin. guilt stained souls ye cry 
enough, and yet "the half has not 
been told." Have we not reason to 
flee at once to him wh) said, "I will 
help thee and never forsake thee." 
Let our constant prayers be season- 
ed with that deep toned holy senti- 
ment that caused the Psalmist to ex- 
claim, "let my mouth be filled with 
thy praise and with thy honor all 
the day." Pa. 71 : 8. 

In fallowing up the effects produc- 
ed by an exhibition of lightminded- 
ness in the Christian professor we 
readily discover that not only our 
own souls are endangered thereby, 
but we are sure to exert an influence 
over many around us to a greater 
or less degree. 

Christians are represented as the 
"light of the world." Idle words 
are as shadows that bedim our light, 
that "the darkness comprohendoth 
it not." let us think of the many 
around us groping their way thro' 
darkness on to death, to whom we 
should be a shining light of such at- 
trading brilliancy that its influence 
could not well be resisted, either by 
friend or foe, who would come for- 
ward and glorify God's name with 
gladness of heart. Too often the 
gifted preacher himself causes the 
solemn impressions he has made on 
the heart of the sinner to disappear 
as the morning dew before the ris- 
ing sun, by his careless jests ; who 
like the husbandman that plants the 
good tree and then plucks it up with 
his own hands ere it has taken firm 
root. In like manner we arc liable 
to reflect deepening shadows over 
the casket of sacred jewels we pro- 
fess to possess, that to those around 
they appear not as attracti/e as the 
bing idol? of earth to which 
they fondly cling. 

Many doubtless have gone to the 
chambers of everlasting death, that 



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might have been saved through the 
influence of their believing bosom 
companions had the admonitions of 
Peter to wives who have husbands 
that obey not the word, been more 
strictly observed. Those sacred 
truths apply alike to husbands that 
have unbelieving wives. See 1 Pet. 
3rd chapt. Great the number, we 
fear, that have gone to the regions 
of despair in consequence of having 
been reared to years of maturity in 
homes that were hot-beds of conten- 
tion and ungodly conversation. — 
Many thus gone may have had par- 
ents that were professors of Christi- 
anity ! Sad warning to parents 
who have not yet learned to control 
the temper or bridle the tongue. — 
Alas ! fearful the number lured to 
destruction through the influence of 
careless professors. The spirit of 
infidelity is fostered in the minds of 
many in consequence of the light- 
minded and vain jesting disposition 
of those that profess to have the 
spirit of Christ. Where do we find 
Christ, our blessed pattern, ever ut- 
tered an idle word ? 

Oh let us think candidly of those 
things and fully awake to a sense of 
our solemn obligations. Awful the 
thought that at the bar of God's 
judgment we should see quaking 
souls com« up who were once our 
associate companions ; perchance a 
bosom friend that was most dear, a 
child of our nursing, a brother, a 
sister, father, or mother, and see 
them turned away into darkness, 
who we might have turned from their 
evil ways had we been more guarded 
in our conduct and conversation in 
this life. Under such circumstan- 
ces could we expect to hear the wel- 
come plaudit "well done thou good 
and faithful servant." We turn 
from tfiis doleful picture to a bright- 
er. If we, as salt of the earth re- 
tain a proper degree of savor, by a 
chaste walk and godly conversation 
through life, our influence will be 
such as to entice many to flock to 
the fountain of redeeming grace, 
and with them we'll qaaff the waters 
of life freely ; and after death as on 
angel wings our souls will wend their 
way to glory, there to strike glad 
hands with those who were instru- 



mental in causing us to flee the 
wrath to come. Often at the open- 
ing of the everlasting gates to admit 
redeemed souls we will be made to 
rejoice to see those dear ones com- 
ing home, who through our influence 
were made billing to taste the sweet 
nectar of God's love. Ah ! there 
will be happiness ; there will be joys 
that will never end. If we, dear 
sister earnestly desire to be partici- 
pants of those blessed things in that 
celestial sphere, wc must burnish 
our weapons of warfare, free them 
of the corroding rusts of careless- 
ness, that we may at all times and 
under all circumstances see in the 
transparent brilliancy of the sword 
of the spirit the motto of the Son of 
God, "what 1 say unto you I say 
tmto all, watch" 

J. S. FLORY. 
West Va. 



For the Companiotit 
Adultery. 

Query No. 32, on Minutes of last 
Annual" Meeting, and left for decis- 
ion as the first business of the ap- 
proaching Annual Council, was 
sent up by some District Council, 
with its own decision attached, is in 
these words : 
"Do the words of the Savior. "Ex- 
cept for fornication" as the stand 
connected with his other language, 
in Matthew 9: 19, annul the mar- 
riage covenant or contract, or do 
they only suspend it, until fruits 
worthy of repentance are manifested 
on the part of the transgressor — to 
the satisfaction of the church. — Con- 
sidered by this meeting that the 
words in question do annul the mar- 
riage contract. Referred" 

That the words, "except it be for 
fornication" do, of their own force 
annul the marriage contract or a- 
greement,cannot be maintained, but 
that those words do authorize a di- 
vorcement er an annulment of the 
marriage contract or agreement, in 
some cases, cannot be denied with 
the least show of reason. See 1 
Cor. 6 : 16. In such cases the inno- 
cent party may evidently claim the 
benefit of the Savior's words,and has 
a clear right to claim of the church 
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ccd from the offending party, which 
permission when ratified by the civil 
law constitutes a complete annul- 
ment of the marriage covenant or 
contract. But, where under cir- 
cumstances of more than ordinary 
temptations a party to such contract 
may be overtaken in a violation or 
transgression and the offending 
party render due and satisfactory 
atonement the parties may be recon- 
ciled, whether bringing or not bring- 
ing tbe case into the chuich, accor- 
ding to the public 01 non-public cir- 
cumstances of the case, under the 
rule of Matthew 18: &c. This then 
constitutes a case in which the words 
of the Savior "except it be for for- 
nication" do clearly not annul the 
marriage covenant. 

Where the offending party is vi- 
cious and persistent in such a course 
of debauchery it is manifestly the 
duty of the innocent party to ab- j 
stain from marital intercourse, but 
where the innocent party has hope 
of reclaiming the offending one the 
case is not quite so clear ; but if the 
church should hold that this would 
be a proper case for the suspension 
of the marriage contract let the 
church so ordain. This suspension 
idea is a sort of a muddle to our 
mind, because a broken contract is ; 
iu itself not binding, you suspend a 
verdict a sentence a penalty or sus- 
pend execution only whore the law 
or contract is binding, either by law 
or else by mutual consent. 

So then, we conclude that the an- ; 
swer to this query should perhaps 
run nearly as follows : The words 
of the Savior "except it be for for- 
nication" and "Saving for the cause 
of fornication" do under some cir- ' 
cumstances, authorize the annulment 
of the marriage covenantor contract. 
Our Saviour has himself provided 
the exception — what therefore God 
hath put assunder let not man join 
together, and also — "what God 
hath joined together let not man put 
asunder." The query as it stands 
on (be minutes cannot bo fairly an- 
swered, either affirmatively or nega- 
< . tively. So thinks your humble broth- 

J er and subscriber. Ever iu the inter- 

y est of the truth. Yours. 

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P. II. BEAVER. 



tor the Companion. 

Prayer. 

Mou ou^ht always to pray and not to 
| faint. Luke 18:1. 

Prayer, as defined by Lexicogra- 
phers is the act of asking with ear- 
' nestness or zeal ; entreaty ; suppli- 
cation ; request; petition; and ac- 
cording to the above text it is en- 
joined upon men as a christian duty; 
and if rightly considered, while it is 
a duty it is also a high privilege. — 
When we consider the relation we 
sustain towards our God, it will give 
us an insight to the subject. He i3 
our Creator ; "in him we live, move, 
and have our being." All the mem- 
bers of our physical organization, 
perform their different functions by 
his wisdom in their creation. For 
all our attainments in life we are in- 
debted to him ; if he would withdraw 
his smiling face for a few seasons, 
it would be a dark and doleful val- 
ley through which the stream of 
time would pass. We are depend- 
ent on him for every breath we 
breathe. If we sustained the same 
relation towards an earthly mon- 
arch we would be very careful not 
to offend him, and would offer to 
him earnest entreaty for a continu- 
ance of his favor. Why then will 
we forget to render the same to the 
Supreme Ruler, who holds all things 
in his hand. And when we consid- 
er our many wants, both of a spirit- 
ual and temporal natuie, and have 
the assurance that we shall ask what 
we will in the name of his son, be- 
lieving, and we shall have it, and 
that giving does not impoverish him, 
then we can plainly see that our 
duty is connected with our interest. 
Let ua then view the subject on a 
wider range ; in seasons of affliction 
when we feel the need of a protect- 
ing, and upholding hand the duty 
and privilege is "let him pray." — 
In seasons of sorrow, pain or grief, 
here we may find a soothing balm. 
When our spiritual strength begins 
to fail this is the way to regain it. 
It is a means of grace, if properly 
and regularly waited upon, will 
keep oui hearts wanned up in the 
service of OUT God. Th« point that 
1 am wording for is to eitablis!. 
system that II to have our |J 



seasons of prayer, and never neglect 
it though we may not always real- 
ize the same spiritual pleasure in 
our devotions. We may not feel for 
praying at our stated seasons and 
the enemy will try if possible to in- 
duce us to neglect it ; then we are 
on the way to carelessness. But if 
we do our part God will do his. If 
we reverence ais name, in bowing 
before him he will prepare our hearts 
for the emergencies of life. It is 
always dangerous, to reason with 
the tempter ; he will try to make us 
disbelieve in formalities if he can, 
but will say nothing about entirely 
neglecting the duty. 

The A.postle in the following words 
instructs us how to perform this 
duty : "In every thing by prayer 
and supplication with thanksgiving 
let your requests be made known 
unto God." We are to give thanks 
in everything ; and surely we have 
abundant reason to do so. An I 
when we thus come before the Lord 
we need not despair if our language 
is lame, and too broken to even con- 
vey our heart-felt thoughts, for we 
are coming to a high Priest who 
can be touched with the feelings of 
our infirmities and who stoops to 
hear the sighs of his coufi ling chil- 
dren. When we are over shadowed 
with sorrow, here we may find reliet. 
When the body i3 enjoying health, 
and the mind buovant, free an 1 
cheerful, than give thanks, or as the 
Apostle would say "sing psalms." 
If this was practiced by christians, 
in place of foolish talking (whioh is 
generally done when we feel well ) 
there would not be so much back- 
sliding, and coldness, mauil'e.-ted in 
the service of God. Let as then 
avail ourselves of the privilege, and 
enjoy the blessing : and n >t iu-g!<- 
it entirely because it is abused by 
some. 

JAMES \. BBLL. 

Tyronr, Pa. 

A sinful act is often- 
but to justify a din is doubly and 
many fold more heinous. 



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For the Companion. 
The Macedonian Cry. 

In taking up the Companion and 
(j(>/./ Visitor i we often see pieces 
headed, "News from the Churches," 
which are mostly soul-cheering and 
encouraging descriptions of different 
branches of the Church of the Breth- 
ren, in various parts of the union. — 
I love to read those news, especial- 
ly when they contain an account of 
some recent outpouring of the Holy 
Spirit, whereby a goodly number of 
precious souls were made to rejoice 
in God their Savior ; and of the 
healthy and prosperous state of those 
branches generally. I have for 
some time been thinking about wri- 
ting under the same caption ; but 
mine, alas ! will be something quite 
different from those referred to 
above. The prosperity and spiritu- 
al advancement of our branch, or 
branches, is at a low ebb at this 
time ; we have been destitute of a 
speaker for the last two years. — 
Brother J. Wise was our Pastor for 
20 years or more, but as is general- 
ly known to the Biotherhood,he re- 
moved from here (Washington Co., 
Pa.,) to Armstrong Co., Pa., and is 
now in Iowa. 'Tis true we have 
not been altogether without preach- 
ing hj llio bictlircn during that 

time, but 'tis too much like angel's 
visits to satisfy the longing desires 
of the soul. We have written, with- 
in the last two years, to different 
ministering brethren to come to us, 
if possible, and preach if it were but 
two or three sermons, remain per- 
manently among us ; or hold a meet- 
ing of a week or two. Some have 
promptly responded to our call (to 
remain a short time) ; thanks to 
their kindness ; the Lord no doubt 
will reward them for their labor of 
love. Some have disregarded our 
appeal, neither coming to us, nor 
answering us by letter, and some, 
who live the nearest to us, promised 
to visit us frequently, but have fail- 
ed to do so, the former were breth- 
ren Davy, Wise, Myers, and Brown. 
The last meeting we had was in last 
October, by brother P. J. Bro*n, 
of Wayne Co., Ohio. We have not 
the least idea at this time when we 
will have preaching again. We are 



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composed of two branches, Ten Mile 
and Pigeon Creek, have two good 
meeting houses ; number about 100 
members, or did number about that 
some time ago, but I tear that un- 
less some other measures are devised 
& put into execution for our spiritual 
benefit, it will not be long until not 
more than half that number can be 
counted. We are living in a thriv- 
ing, prosperous, and populous part 
of the country, consequently sur- 
rounded on all sides by fashionable 
and popular churche3 of various de- 
nominations ; hence the necessity of 
us having a faithful and discerning 
watchman on the walls of Zion, to 
sound the trumpet of alarm if an en- 
emy approach. The young are eas- 
ily captivated by show and parade. 
Numbers also entice them, and the 
freedom given by almost all denom- 
inations to their members, to wear 
what they please, go where they 
please, and do pretty nearly as they 
please in everything, is very "tak- 
ing " with the' young mind ; and 
when they go to their meetings, and 
it is impossible to keep them away, 
especially when we have no preach- 
ing of our own to ask them to attend. 
They see the members apparently 
very zealous, and the preachers pro- 
claiming from the pulpit : "Lo here is 
Christ." It is almost hoping against 
hope to expect the childien of the 
brethren (and there are a goodly 
number in this community,) to be- 
come the meek and humble followers 
of the Savior, as we believe and 
practice. I have had many serious 
thoughts on the subject. Should 
some of us be laid low by disease ; 
and we are all liable to disease, and 
death at any time, and would wish, 
(as is natural) to be visited by a 
ministering brother, to converse and 
pray with and for us, and perhaps 
want to be anointed ; there is no one 
within reach to be had, at least im- 
mediately ; or if, as is sometimes 
the case, some of the brethren's 
children that are not members, be 
laid on a sick bed, which may prove 
their death bed, and they with anx- 
iety depicted on their countenances 
beg of us to send for a ministering 
brother to baptize them, if it be pos- 
sible to have it done, the cade is ur- 



disease may prove fatal 
, or delirium may set in, 



gent, the 
very seon, 

alas! we would have to say, "my 
son, my daughter, there is no preach- 
er of our persuasion near to send for." 
Solemn thought ! No preacher in 
Washington Co., Pa. ; not even one 
in the first degree, at present, when 
to my knowledge there are in some 
branches from four to six speakers. 
There is one in Wayne Co., Ohio, 
that has about eight, and one in 
Somerset Co., Pa., that has five or 
six, and in many other places there 
is an overplus of speakers. We can 
hardly take up a Companion but we 
see Macedonian calls from some 
part of the country. Now do those 
brethren feel that they are doing 
their duty to God and man by re- 
maining (so many of them) togeth- 
er, having little or nothing to do, 
while so many of their brethren and 
sisters are in a state of spiritual 
starvation ? Can they 3ay with a 
clear conscience, "my meat and my 
drink is to do the will of my Father 
in Heaven ?" I trow not, or more of 
them would say, "here am I, send 
me." Wonder whether the skirts 
of the church at large will be free 
from the blood of souls, if she con- 
tinues to turn a deaf ear to so many 
cries, without exerting more vigor- 
ous means to supply the demands ? 
Wonder whether every individual 
preacher's skirts will be clear of the 
blood of all men, when they come to 
stand before the tribunal bar of the 
great I AM, when the secrets of 
men's hearts shall be revealed, and 
every motive and desire laid bare to 
the astonished gaze of congregated 
worlds. These are grave questions, 
but not any graver, I think, than 
the occasion requires. Is there not 
some one in love with the cause of 
the Savior, and the salvation of souls 
to such an extent that he may be in- 
duced to come over and help us ? 

"Well may thy servants mourn, my God, 

The Church's desolation ; 
The 8taie of Zion calls aloud 

For grief and lamentation. 
Once she was all alive to thee, 

And numbers were converted ; 
But now a sad reverse we see — 

Her glorv is departed." 

L. L. TOMBOUGH. 



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For the Companion. 
Work iiiitl Devotiou. 



TO BROTHER GEORGE BASEHORE. 



This is my first letter to you, and 
it may be the last also, but if the 
Spirit of Truth direct my pen, it 
will not be written in vain. It is 
with writing as with preaching, if 
the head does all and the heart noth- 
ing, save furnish unholy fire, our 
words are like ''sounding brass, or 
a tinkling cymbal." You are a 
plain man, with plain habits, and ac- 
quirements, and you want a plain 
letter, on a plain subject. This I 
will try to give, and if you do not 
understand every word, you will 
doubtless find some Philip to give 
you the necessary explanation. I 
wish to make my letter short and 
yet full of meaning. I would like 
to say very little, and yet enough 
to make you think a great deal. 

If you open your Bible at the 6th 
chapter of Isaiah, you will find, in 
the first four verses, that the Proph- 
et was favored with a wondrous vis- 
ion of"the glory of God. I do not 
intend to unfold the primary sense 
of these passages, but only touch 
upon two points in their secondary 
or accommodated signification. The 
new life in the soul of the christian 
is one and the same thing with the 
life of God. Man, in Lis unregen- 
erate state, is like a house that has 
been long in ruins. The doors are 
bolted and the shutters fastened, 
filth and darkness are found in eve- 
ry room, and venomous reptiles crawl 
and hiss everywhere. The Spirit 
of Grace knocks at the door, peers 
in at the rents, or sends a fire-brand 
down the chimney, and the poor sin- 
ner trembles under the anticipation 
of coming judgment. By and by 
the door is unbarred, the "floor is 
thoroughly purged," the windows 
opened, the True Light admitted, 
and the house is made ready for the 
inhabitation of the Triune Jehovah. 
Then God passes between the pieces 
of the sacrifice in the mystic form of 
"a smoking furnace and a burning 
lamp," Gen. 15 : 17 ; and man rati- 
fies the covenant by passing between 
the pieces also, Jer. ii-4 : 18, and 



sustains that relation to God in which 
our text personally concerns' him. 

The Seraphim had each six wings, 
only two of which were used in fly- 
ing, and four to cover the fact and 
feet. In another place only four 
wings are mentioned in all, but the 
radical idea is the same. There are 
two great divisions or elements in 
religion: one active, the other pas- 
sive and contemplative. We must 
work in the Lord's Vineyard, and 
wo must also have a closet for secret 
communion with God. We must be 
"full of good fruits," abound in 
"good works," so that others see 
them and glorify our Father in Hea- 
ven. Matth. 5: 16. James 3: 17. — 
We must also enter into the secret 
chamber for sweet fellowship and 
solemn wrestling, and for refuge 
from the sweeping tornado of indig- 
nation. Is. 26 : 20. We have two 
wings to fly on God's errands, and 
four to cover us from head to foot 
when we stand before the awful 
mercy-seat worshipping. Whatever 
the Seraphim are in the vision, as 
personal beings they are mode's of 
the Christian Lifo. Christ has 
taught us to pray, "Thy will be done 
in earth, as it is in heaven." The 
six wings are not all given to fly 
with, neither are they all given to 
cover with. The vision represents 
again as many for covering as for 
active service. God has ordained 
good works for the test of our loyal- 
ty and the development of charac- 
ter, and has given us wings for ev- 
ery duty and emergency. Eph. 2 : 
10 ; but he enjoins a habit as wor- 
shipful as to be equal to incessant 
prayer. 1 Thess. 5: 17. Some per- 
sons are ever on the wing, whether 
"doing their own business," or act- 
ing the "busy-body in other men's 
matters," but very seldom "shut the 
door, and pray to their Father, 
which is in secret." It seems their 
four wings are not yet grown.- — 
I They have two wings to flit about 
and make a great stir, but when 
they are to enter the Holy of Ho- 
lies and stand before the Ark, they 
haw no covering. Hands and feet 
have they with which to work, but 
their censers wuut both fire and in 
cense. There are others, again, 



who cannot fly, but only flutter, and , 
very awkwardly too, but have wings \ 
for covering. They "speak with 
the tongues of men and of angels," 
and the same wings with which they 
cover in the Sanctuary, carry them 
to the ball-room, ballot-box, pic-nic, 
and secular fair. They are mighty 
at shouting and praying, one day 
"dancing 'before the Lord with all 
their might," 2 Sam. 6 : 14, and the 
next mingling with crafty lawyers, 
arraigning some church member be- 
fore the tribunal of Caesar. It is to 
be feared that thos« who are ever 
busy out of the closet, and so igno- 
rant of the "alone yet not alone" 
behind the vail, stole their two wings 
from some dead saint's coffin ; and 
those who are all devotion and ex- 
citement, and yet live as they list, 
borrowed their four wings from the 
fallen angels. We have two sides 
to our nature, one toward the life 
that now is, and the other toward 
God. On one side we need but two 
wings, and on the other four, and 
none of them stolen, borrowed, or 
self-grown, but Spirit-grown. We 
must work much, but we must pray 
more.- We cannot be on the wing 
constantly, but we are to be covered 
all the time and all over. We can- 
not work incessantly, nor long with- 
out weariness, but we can "wail on 
the Lord and renew our stiength," 
whether out on the battle-field, or in 
the closet buckling on our armor. — > 
Let us be covered always, and uot 
forget to fly, and never employ our 
two wings before first using" our 
four. May God help us, so that we 
may at last fly into the bosom of 
Jesus, where service will be worship 
and joy without end. 

C. H. BALSBAUCJH. 
Union Deposit, J\i. 

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J-i.>r the Companion. 
Ashamed ol ou«'i uaiui . 
When one starts in lite his name 
is a mere convenience ; it servos to 
distinguish In-tween one man and 
another ; but in process of time bv 
the law of association we cluster 
around a man's name. All the cir- 
cumstances of his history are recall- 
ed the moment that it is sounded in 
our ears. We do not think of the 
name itself but of a life personality 



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and character ; in fact the name is 
a portrait planted in letters. 

I will now give my reason for 
commencing this article. It is not 
uncommon for us to receive some 
well written and instructive epistles 
in our periodicals that are signed 
E. C. M. (ot in some other letters). 
It seems to me that the same inter- 
est cannot be felt in an anonymous 
epistle. No person should be 
ashamed of his name, or ask for 
anything without being willing to 
take the responsibility of the re- 
quest. The habit of standing up 
frankly to one's own actions, opin- 
ions, or feelings, and taking the 
proper personal responsibility be- 
longing to everything concerning 
his own personality is manly and 
wholesome. If there are reasons 
that make it improper for us to give 
our name, then we should not write 
at all. I will not say that there are 
never cases in which anonymous 
letters are permissible but they are 
rare and extreme cases. In general 
it is a safe rule of conduct not to do 
anything to which one is unwilling 
to put his narre. "A good name is 
better than great riches;" therefore 
never write anonymous epistles for 
the publisher. LEWIS KINSEY. 

MiUriUe, ItuL 



YOUTH'S DEPARTMENT. 



Drowning the Squirrel. 

When I was about six years old, 
one morning going to school, a 
ground squirrel ran into its hole in 
the road before me, as they like to 
di^ holes in some open place, where 
they can put out their head and see 
if any danger is near. I thought 
now I will have some fine fun. As 
there was a stream of water at hand, 
I determined to pour water into the 
hole till it should be full, and force 
the little animal up so that I might 
kill it. I got a trough Irom beside 
a sugar maple, used for catching the 
sweet sap, and was soon pouring 
water on the poor squirrel. I could 
hear it stuggle to get up, and said, 
"Ah, my fellow, I will soon have 
you out now." 

Just then I heard a voice behind 
me, "Well my boy, what have you 
got in there ?" I turned and saw 



one of my neighbors, a good old 
man, with long white locks, that had 
seen sixty winters. 

"Why !" said I, "I have a ground 
squirrel in hear, and am going to 
drown him out." 

Said he, "Jonathan, when I was 
a little boy, more than fifty years 
ago, I was engaged one day just as 
you are, drowning a ground squirrel! 
and an old man like me came along 
and said to me, 4 You are a little boy 
now, if you were down in a narrow 
hole like that, and I should come 
along and pour water down on you 
to drown you, would you not think 
I was cruel? God made that little 
squirrel, and life is as sweet to him 
as it is to you, and why will you 
torture to death a little innocent 
creature that God has made ? I 
have never forgotten that, and nev- 
er shall. I never have killed a 
harmless creature for fun since. — 
Now, my boy, I want you to remem- 
ber this while you live, and when 
tempted to kill any poor little inno- 
cent an'mal or bird, think of this ; 
and mind, God don't allow us to 
kill his pretty little creatures for 
fun." 

More than forty years have since 
passed, and I never forgot what the 
good man said, nor have I ever kil- 
led the least creature for fun since. 
Now you see it is ninety years since 
this advice was first given, and it has 
not lost its influence yet. How 
many little creatures it has saved 
from being tortured to death I can- 
not tell, but I have no doubt a great 
number, and I believe my whole 
life has been influenced by it. 

Now, I want all the dear little 
boys, when they read this, to keep 
it in mind ; and when they see pret- 
ty birds or harmless animals playing 
or hunting their food, not to hurt 
them. Your Heavenly Father made 
them, and he never intended them 
to be killed for fun. I don't think, 
when the blessed Jesus was a little 
boy, he would have killed such inno- 
cent creatures for fun, and every 
little boy should try to be as much 
like Jesus as he can. The Bible 
says, "Blessed are the merciful, for 
they shall obtain mercy." — Lessons 
of kindness to Animals. 



LOCAL MATTERS 



Tyrone City, Pa. March 10, L868. 

CORRESPONDENCE. 



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Correspondence of church news solicited from 
all parti of the Brotherhood. Writer't name 
and address required on every communication, 
as guarantee of good faith. Rejected communi- 
cations or manuscript used, not returned. All 
communications for publication should It writ; 
ten upon one side ofttie sheet otily. 

Madison Georgia. \ 
Feb. 26th 1868. f 

Brother Holsinyer ; One year 
has passed since I commenced to 
labor here, and it may be that 
some who are interested in the con- 
dition of the Freedpeople would like 
to have a review of the past year's 
work, and a look into the prospects 
of the future. Through former com- 
munications, most of your readers 
are doubtless acquainted with the 
past. 

It is with greatfull feelings to the 
good Lord that I am permitted to 
hope my coming here was not entir- 
ely in vain. A year ago I came 
among the poor black people, when 
they had no house for worship or 
school ; now they own a large and 
comfortable house, used for BchooL 
and religious purposes. A large 
number who a year ago did not 
know the letters of the alphabet, are 
now able to read. They have a 
flourishing sabbath-school, well sup- 
plied with books and religious pa- 
pers. Large numbers have received 
food garments and other necessary 
articles : and I trust some improve- 
ment has also been made in the mor- 
al condition of the people. 

I have many times during the 
year reflected seriously upon the 
moet advantageous manner of work- 
ing for the benfit of these people. 
Careful observation and constant 
association with them, has, I think 
aided me in deciding what course to 
pursue. 

I would cover with a veil of char- 
ity, many of their faults, and the 
errors to which they have given way, 
for certainly they deserve pity rath 
er than censure. But in their en- 
tire ignorance of christian duty I have 
labored to instruct them in Chrivt, 
rather than to urge them to put on 



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Christ without a full understanding 
of the requirments of the scriptures. 

At the end of the year I found 
myself unable to continue the Mad- 
ison school. The number of pupils 
required three teachers. Govern- 
ment did nothing to aid us. The 
Frccduien could do but little and 
what I was receiving from Northern 
friends would not support me after 
paying assistant teachers. Believ- 
ing it to be my duty to continue the 
work, and wishing to make the mis- 
sion self supporting, I decided aftc 
prayerful consideration ; to move 
three miles from Madison, secure 
the control of a plantation, and com- 
mence laying a permanent foun 
dation for future operations. I leas- 
ed 400 acres for a term of ten years 
with the privilege of purchasing if 
I desire to do so. I am now making 
arrengements to cultivate a part of 
it, being assisted by a young man 
from Pensylvania. A part of the 
balance is being cultivated by three 
families of Freedmen. By introdu- 
cing Northern implements and im- 
proved modes of cultivation, I hope 
to benefit the people and encourage 
them to get homes. I think I am 
not prejudiced when I affirm that 
Georgians arc very far behind Pen- 
sylvanians in all that pertains to 
good farming. 

Let us look at facts : I had some 
cultivator shovels made in Penn. 
and made the Harrows myself here. 
With one of them a man can do as 
much work in a given time as five 
plowmen do here and do it better too. 
I have two Penn. Plows. With two 
horses in one a man can turn as 
much as with three such as are used 
here ; and do it much better. With 
the other we turn the ground that 
has been overgrown with bushes, 
briars, &c. ; such as could not be 
cultivated with Georgian implements 
and it is the best land we have. In 
this way, 1 think we may aid them 
very much, while earning a liveli- 
hood. 

In the mean time we are doing 
what wc can under the circuin-tan 
cos in the way of teaching and preach 
ing. I havo fitted up a room in our 
house for a school-room, furnished 
it with Cards and Books. Hero wo 



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invite all to come for instruction. — 
My wife teaches in the day time; at 
night I assist when needed. I tell 
them oar charges are half a dollar 
per month, but dont stay away if 
you have no money. Come to 
school and send your children. Pay 
us when you get the money ; and if 
unable to do so I will not trouble 
you about it. 

Thus far in Febuary we have re- 
ceived one dollar in cash, half dozen 
eggs, and had an old split bottom 
chair reseated. They really are 
too poor to pay for tuition now. 
Many have nothing but corn to eat, 
and some are obliged to send their 
children to school barefoot and bare 
headed ; so we are working along in | 
the midst of poverty. But if life 
and health be spared to myself and 
companion we expect to continue 
our Sugar Creek school, and when 
a few months more have passed, I 
have reason to hope that our labor 
will bring its reward, and supply us 
with the necessaries of life. And 
if it be God's will I hope also after 
a while to see the fruits of spiritual 
labor. 

Again I am permitted to return 
sincere and heartfelt thanks to the 
many written kind words of cheer, 
and to those who have contributed 
to the support of the needy, and to ' 
the educating of the ignorant. May 
they realize the truth of that scrip- 
ture which declares that it is more 
blessed to give than to receive, and 
may they hear the Savior say ; "In- 
asmuch as ye did it to the least of 
these ye did it unto me." 

In the bonds of Christ I remain a 
weak brother. 

E. HEYSER. 



Brother Henry : — I am glad to 
see that brother Wrightsman has 
manifested the courage to open a 
way for the brethren to render sat- 
isfaction to the many inquiring minds 
oonoeroing the query of breaking 
breafl, fte. I have been asked the 
MMtion time and again. A werk 

ago la.-t Setordnj 0. Long of 111., 
in oopwMtj with two other mini 
sto( ped with us over Sunday. — 
While bore this noon OMM »p. 0. 

LoiiL' remarked that he was satisfied 



that he had been asked the same 
question fifty times, and generally 
by loving sisters. Brethren it 
would certainly be right to give sat- 
isfaction. Brother VY. says the 
reason is a good one. How does 
he know that is the reason the breth- 
ren practice as they do ? That may 
be a reason, but not the only rea- 
son. It seems the union, commun- 
ion, and fellowship with God had 
been lost by partaking of the life- 
destroying food ; and God has de- 
signed that there should be a life- 
restoring food, and for this reason, 
those emblems have been instituted 
in his church. Now in as much as 
disobedience brought sin and death 
and obedience takes away sin and 
restores life, is it not reasonable 
then that this labor should be rever- 
sed ? Gen. 3 : 6. "When the wo- 
man saw the tree was good for food, 
and pleasant to the eyes, and a 
tree to be desired to make one wise 
she took of the fruit and did eat, 
and gave to her husband and he 
did eat" 

It seems reasonable by her giving 
the life- destroying food cuts off her 
right ol giving the life-re storing 
food ; but she is to receive it of the 
man. John 6 : 63. Jesus said 
"except ye eat the flesh of the Son 
of man, and drink his blood ye have 
no life in you." Does he mean his 
real flesh and blood ? If not, tkooe 
emblems are the lifegiving food. — 
Brethren keep this in motion till 
satisfaction is given, which I hope 
will be done in love. 

JOHN MURRAY, 

M irnhalltown, 1 

Brother 11. nry\ 1 returne.l from 
Blackhawk co. Iowa yesterday at 
1. ftO. P. M. 1 beaten to teU 

what a pleasant visit we hail. 1 left 
homo in company with brother.!. S. 
Border OB the 17th in-t. t.> \i-it the 
bretliern in lilitckhawk Go. V< 
rived at the residence of broti.' 
K. ileeghlev on the evening of the 
ISth. Our ftrtl appointment was 
on the evening of the lt'th at l»i 

i.i.s,- sehool borne. Here 1 met a 

IftfM Bomber of old acquaint . 

;hley &, Caine, Millers, Cobaugh*, 
1 1. ui,' .\ ore, N OMume, Llufts, 



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II irm'v«, Murrys, Goughanlinirs, 
Lichtys, &c. &c. We had very hap- 
pv meetings. On Friday two were 
added to the faithful by Baptism. 
< htSunday we went to Waterloo. Met 
in the Heckcnanman Hall, the place 
where the brethren generally meet 
in Wateiloo. Closed our appoint- 
ments in town on Monday evening. 
On Tuesday we held our last meet- 
ing in the scoolhouse above named. 
Four young persons were baptised, 
making six additions while we were 
there, two from the diciples, and four 
from the world. There are now over 
250 menbors, (I am inforned,) in 
Blackhawk Co. Iowa. Arid there is 
a very good prospect for more to 
join the church there. I was told 
that three more made applications to 
be baptised on Sunday the first day 
of March. 

I have not yet located perma- 
nently. I expect to stop this sum- 
mer in Blackhawk Co, and look out 
a satisfactory location. There is a 
large quantity of unbroken Prairie 
in Blackhawk Co. as nice a farming 
county as I ever saw. Land near 
Waterloo, the county town, is high; 
but 10 to 12 or 15 miles Southwest 
it is cheap, from 5 to 10 Dollars 
per acre. I can not yet invite my 
friends Eas f - to come and live near 
mo, bu f , I hope I can by next fall. 
I enjoy this winter very much. We 
have some cold weather, but it is dry 
and nice. More anon. 

JOHN. WISE. 

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Brother Heyser's Report ot Con- 
tribution Received. 

Rosevuie (Ind anonymous) $1.00 

Green Tree Ch. Pa J. Fitzwater 41.50 

Fair Play Maryland (S. L.) 5.00 

Larcnceville Pa I. Price 20.00 

Coventry Ch Pa. J. Harley 61.30 

Washington Co. 8. W. T. 10 00 

Franklin Grove 111. J. C. L. 10 00 

Covington Ohio H. K. 8.65 

Chester Co. Pa. D. K. 5.00 
A Bro in Blair Co. Pa. J. Spanogle 5.00 

Chester Co. I. Price 2.00 



$ 16945 
I notice in last report a few slight mis- 
takes in the Initials of contributors. For 
instance I. J. Covington Ohio fIiouUI 
have l>ecn J. Q.;and H. R. O should have 
been H. K. 

E. HEYSER. 

Madison, Gkoroia. 

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Broth > r //nlnin;jer ; I get so much 
information by the brethren and sis- 

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tcrs asking and answering questions 
through the Companion. 1 had al- 
ways thought the sisters were con- 
sidered too inferior to break the 
bread and hand the cup to each oth- 
er, until I saw brother Wrightman's 
explanation. 

Just now I want an explanation 
of 1 Cor. 12 : 9, 10, and 28, 29, 30. 
HANNAH KNAUFF. 

Covington, Ohio. 

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To our < or<-s|>oii<luiits. 

Henry Hcrtzler McVeytown your money 
came, all right. The Books will be sent as 
soou as we get them. 

David Heckman Elkhart Ind. ; your letter 
containing the $10.25 came duly to hand and 
will be attended to as soon as the Books 
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MARRIED 

On Thursday, February 27th, at the house 
of the bride's father, by Daniel D. Bell, oroth- 
er John Sturj>is, M. D., of Goshen, Ind., to 
Miss Sarah Catharine Shoemaker, of Clinton 
Co., Mo. 



DIED. 

We admit no poetry under any circumstan- 
ces in connection with obituary notices. We 
wish to use all alike, and we could not insert 
verses with all. 

Errata.— In obituary notice of George 
Shriner, in No. 6, instead of John 10 : 13, 14, 
read Mark 10 : 13, 14. 

In the Franksburg branch, Blair Co., Pa., 
Feb 27, ALEXANDER BURKHART, son of 
Elder J. 8. Bnrkhart ; aged 31 years, 10 loos., 
and 11 days. Disease, Consumption. He 
bore his affliction with christian lortitude 
and patience, and died, as we have reason to 
believe, in Jesus. Funeral discourse by El- 
der Graybill Myers, from Rev. 14 : 12, 13. 
Visitor Please copy. 

In Berlin branch, Somerset Co , Pa., Jan. 
2, sister MARY GOOD, wife of brother Ja- 
cob Good ; aged 80 years, 6 months, and 14 
days. She died very suddenly ; (or rather 
fell asleep in Jesus} the was a member of the 
Church upwards of 53 years, lived a consist- 
ent christian life, and was a shining lijrltl to 
the world, and had many friends in and out 
of the Church. She left a husband, 3 chil- 
dren, and a great many graud children and 
friends to mourn their loss. Funeral dis- 
course by Elder C. G. Lint and others, from 
2 Tiro. 4 : 7, 8. 

In the same branch, Jan 19th, sister ELI2- 
abeth KNEPPER wife of brother John Knep- 
pcr, deceased ; aged 60 yrs., 5 mos., and 36 
days. Disease, Cramp Colic, from which she 
suffered severely. She was a member of (he 
Church for about 25 years ; left 8 children 
and many friends to mourn their loss. Fu- 
neral scrviees by brethren C. G. Lintjmd E. 
Cobcr, from 2 Kings 1—7. 

LEWIS J. KNEPP. 
Visitor please copy. 

In Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co., 111. Feb. 24th 
Sister EVE BUCK, at the advanced age of 75 
years 11 month and 19 days. The deceased 
was formerly of Franklin Co. Pa., 

She had a severe stroke of the Palsy, and 
after lingering 9 days we believe fell asleep In 



Jesus. Her funeral was well attended. Ser- (/ 
vices by Brothe M. Sisler, and H. L. Soule K 1 
from Heb. 9 : 27 28. ( 

JOIIN J. EMMEBT. ^® 

In the Wc6t Branch congregation, Ogle 
Co., 111., Jan i3, sister CATHARINE 
DAINELS, daughter of brother Win., and 
sister Magdalene SPERAW, formerly of Lan- 
caster Co., Pa.; aged 29 years, ll'months, 
and 7 days. She was called from the Mace 
of action almost instantly. She had been 
confined ten days, and was apparently doing 
well a few minutes before she died. The 
child di'td in a few days after. The occasion 
was improved by brethren Henry Martin and 
John Forney, from 1 Peter 1 : 24, 25. 

SAMUEL CLICK. 



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THE 

Christian Family Companion, 

Is published every Tuesday, at $1.50 a year, 
by Henn R. Holsinger, who is a member of 
the " Clinrch of the Brethren," sometimes 
known t y the name of '-German Baptists," & 
vulgarly or maliciously called " Dunkards." 

The^desigr* of the work is to advocate truth, 
expose error, and encourage the true Christian 
on his way to Zion. 

It assumes that the New Testament is the 
Will of God, and that no one cau have the 
promise of salvation without observing all its 
requirements ; that among these are Faith, Re- 
pentance, Prayer, Baptism by trine immer- 
sion, Feet Washing, the Lord's Supper, the 
Holy Communion, Charity, Non-conformity to 
the world, and a full resignation to the whole 
will of Go<l as he has revealed it through his 
Son Jesus Christ. 

So much of the affairs of this world as will 
be thought necessary to the proper observance 
of the signi of the times, or such as may tend 
to the mot si, mental, or physical benetit of 
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For thf Companion. 
The Fate ot Mmi. 
I look abroad upon the earth, 

And view its fruits and How era, 
And see the glorious works of man, 
The products of his powers. 

But ah ! those flowers must fade and die ; 

Those fruits must pass away, 
And, also, man's proud works in time 

Must moulder In decay. 

Then surely if earth's brightest gems, 

Thus quickly fade and die, 
Man thould prepare to be removed, 
To live beyond the sky. 

J. S. GITT. 
Adam* Co., Pa. 



For the Companion. 
Am Ks«»j on Slavery. 

By the word slave, we understand: 
One mancipated to a master — not a 
freeman, a dependant. One who 
has lost the power of resitance. — 
There is no condition in life so in- 
expressible intolerable as that of 
slavery. A man not a man being 
destitute of the highest, and most 
elevating boon that was ever confer 
ed upon man. Of course, the condi- 
tion is somewhat modified by the 
leniency of the master, but never- 
theless a slav^ still. Ah says one, 
thank God thn iilightmng narse has 
been removed from American soil. 
No more shall be heard the rattling 
chains and the distressing cries of 
the oppressed, in the land of the 
free. Ah yes, land of the free, 
with its millions of slaves. A free 
country don't always make a free 
people. Men may become slaves to 
their own passions. But says anoth- 
er, surely, the christian is free be 
cause it is said : "If the Son make 
us free then we are free indeed." — 
Yea verily ! so were the Israelites, 
but in their freedom they lusted af- 
ter bondage. Hence we bear the 
lamentable cry. "By the rivers of 
Babylon, there we sat down; yea 
we wept when we remembered Zion.' 
They remembered their sweet songs 
of Zion but could not bo compelled 
to sing them, because they had coal- 
ed to be freemen. So it ii with 
thousands. We mean not the nomi- 



nal christian, but those who profess 
to be a seperate people — a royal 
priesthood, pure and unspotted from 
the world — made free by the pr e- 
cious blood of the Lamb, but made 
subjects of bondage by the passions 
of carnality, through the dictation of 
the old man. Truly sorry are we 
to believe it, and more so to prove 
it. But we have the convictions 
and they appear to be too well ba- 
sed. But for the evidence. 

The medium through which the 
mind performs its functions have 
been divided into forty three dis- 
tinct organs, or faculties, over which 
man may exercise almost absolute 
power, or he may not if so disposed. 
Had it not been for the sad conse- 
quences of sin these faculties would 
always have dictated right, and man 
would have been essentially a temper- 
ate being in all things. But since 
this is not the case men are subject 
to become servants, and finally 
slaves to them. For our present 
purpose we will only name one out 
of the many. One, we think that is 
most dsin^erous and likely to assume 
a predominating power, we m 

Alimkntive.vkss, 
or in more words, Appetite, Relish, 
Greed. Mow this faculty is right 
in its normal condition, and man is 
to judge whether or when, it is to be 
gratified or not, or more properly, 
man is to determine which is to rule. 
If man rules over his passions we 
call him temperate, but u the pas- 
sions rule over the man we call him 
intemperate. 

Man has the body given him as a 
sacred trust and when he violate* its 
laws, and destroyes its power, be 
violates the temple of <i"d; and 
Paul says, him will God dettroy, 

Hut what is it that this faculty i 
es, thai bs I active tendi 

v > newer, intoxicating Honors and 
Tobacoo. Both halms have the 
universal tendency of growls 
This is we think the thief reason 



why they are dangerous. We have 
been taught this by sad exp erience 
and observation. Yes sad and dis- 
tressing indeed to see those who 
were once intellectually active and 
bright, sink down to almost helpless 
torpidity and imbecility, when they 
ought to be shining lights in the 
church. We truly pity the victim 
but hate the agent that destroyed 
them. In this essay we wish to 
direct our remarks, especially, to 
the official members of the church — 
the ministers and bishops. Those 
who stand or ought to stand, as en- 
samples for the flock. If the head 
of the church is healthy the proba- 
bility is, that the body will get 
right, but with a diseased head there 
is an utter imposibility of a sound 
body. Hence we are prompted to 
urge the necessity of these who 
stand in the sacred and responsible 
position of bishops, especially, to be 
tempeiate, but we will let Paul 
speak. "A bishop must be blame- 
less, as the steward of God not 
xelfirill,,!, not soon angry, not giv- 
en to wine and filthv lucre ; but a 
lover ot hospitality," a tover or goou 
men, sober, just, holy, temperate." 
Titus l : 9. But 1 1 illustrate our 
ideas, aul not be personal, we will 
give several imaginary cases. 
Some years azo th< i ytouns 

brother who through intemperate 
eating, or otherwise, became dyspep- 
tic; to alleviate this, he t i >1 
chewing a very small quantity of to- 
bacco, strictly as a medicine. He 
old by so doing he would culti- 
vate a taste for it and it would he 
come a habit. Not with him, he 
rSJ determined that it should not 
grow, hut while he was making his 
determinations the monster was fas- 
tening his coils. Years have tolled 

I that brother is now s confirm- 
ed tobaeco ehewer. Bui you ask: 

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pane man would use medicine while 
in health. Our Savior says the 
physician is not for the well, but for 
the sick. Hut it became a craving 
pa^ion, and to gratify that, he still 
uses it. From this basis, we logic- 
ally deny its medical qualities. Dis- 
ease is the result of violating the 
laws of nature, and on account of 
the abnormal condition of the sys- 
tem and lack of vital force, it is not, 
at all times capable of its own res- 
toration, hence it needs assistance. 
No intelligent physician pretends to 
cure diseases, but simply to assist, 
therefore when he finds a patient in 
want of help he applies auch remedies 
as he thinks will assist nature in its 
own restoration, and then submits the 
case, and it completes its own work, 
but when rendered assistance caus- 
es the subject to bocome more in- 
firm, and calls for more help we 
justly condemn that assistance. In 
almost every case where tobacco 
has been used as a medicine, it be- 
came an ungovernable passion, and 
the victim a slave — and wo cannot 
gratify our passions and at the 
6ame time deny ourselves. 

Case 2nd, The habit of emot- 
ing was contracted while young for 
the toothache perhaps. At the age 
of thirty a man of active mental 

capacities smoked three times a day. 
ii there io ouv,ii a thing <ts temper- 
ance in smoking this should surely 
be the outside limit, but it was grad- 
ually increased to five times. After 
some years plus several times more, 
he was called to the ministry ; but 
the bright intellect was already stu- 
pified. A mental protraction, a 
lack of self confidence, and a conse- 
quent denial of the heavenly call, a 
more frequent, resort to the pipe to 
lull a condemning conscience to 
sleep — which effect it undoubtedly 
has : (See definition narcotic.) We 
now behold the visible token of age 
but still the habit is growing and 
the tyrant drawing tighter his chain. 
In all sincerity we ask. Is this 
temperance. If so we ask, how far 
can a brother go in drinking, and in 
pride ! We answer just as far as 
their passions for drinking and for 
dress will dictate. We are differ- 
ently constituted and all have our 



peouliar passions, all equally dear 
and tempting. If one has a right to 
be gratified, so has another, so have 
all. We argue on the sweeping 
assertion that all men have equal 
rights. 

We will suppose the 3rd case to 
be a bishop, and also commenced 
the habits while young and soon be- 
came enslaved to its power. At the 
age of forty he commencd to decline 
in mental activity, and now we be- 
hold him a distressing picture of a 
tobacco victim. Oh what a pity, 
that man for the sake of indulgence, 
will thus dedtroy his future useful- 
ness and christian influence. De- 
prive such a one of his pipe and he 
is mentally and spiritually dead. — 
How peevish and how excitable he 
becomes. The holy principle of re- 
ligion is lost, his influence destroy- 
ed, and his counsel spurned. 

In conclusion we humbly implore, 
for the sake of the sacred position 
and the holy example and influence 
in the church, may we not hope 
that our bishops will we willing to 
deny themselves enough to become 
temperate. If a bishop has a right 
to be intemperate in smoking, 
another has in pride, and another in 
drinking and so on. This k the 
very root of many of our church 
troubles. It is hardly expected 
that counsel will be taken from an in- 
ebriate, neither will it be taken 
from one who has a fault equally as 
great as his own. We do not be- 
lieve that one wrong will justify 
another, neither will two wrongs 
make one right, but we do believe, 
that the heads of the church would 
make some effort to deny themselves 
of there own gratifications that those 
whom they counsel would be more 
likely to yield. Church troubles 
are brewing and if the heads stand 
stiff and unyielding in their own 
gratifications there will be a loss of 
souls, and oh how great the loss. — 
This is the reason why I thus write. 
I fear, I greatly fear. The chris- 
tian's meat and drink is to do his 
Master's will. There is a loud call 
for reformation and we should all 
take part in it. Let there be a gen- 
eral purifying process commenced 
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vation. Tben will the church be 
prepared to act, and God will sanc- 
tion. What I have written was 
prompted for the good and future 
welfare of the church, and do sincer- 
ely hope that no offence will be taken 
as there was none intended. It is 

food neither to eat flesh nor to 
rink wine or anything whereby 
tby brother stumbleth, |or is made 
*eak. Paul. 

H. B. BRUMBAUGH. 
McConnelhtown % Pa. 

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for the Companion. 
Anger. 

"Be not hasty in thy tptrit to be angry : 
for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. — 
Eccl. 7 : 9. 

Anger is a violent emotion of the 
mind, arising from an injury either 
real or amaginary, which openly 
vents itself against the offending 
party. A gust of anger is often pro- 
ductive of the most dreadful conse- 
quences, and those who give way to 
this evil spirit, rapidly destroy their 
constitution, by impairing the nerves, 
weakening the energies of the brain, 
and producing apoplexy, or sudden 
death. So wonderfully are we 
made, that all the internal feelings 
have a strorg influence upon the 
body. The truth of this observation 
is evident from the effects produced 
upon those who give way to this bru- 
tal rage, degenerating from every 
noble sentiment to an indulgence in 
that which so often produces the most 
demoralizing effects. The passion- 
ate man when under its influence 
becomes, incapable of distinguishing 
right from wrong. As an idiot or a 
madman, he is carried away by the 
impulse of that moment, a cabrice 
of the imagination as violent as a 
gust of wind,and determines his con- 
duct, and hurries to the perpetration 
of action, which in his calmer mo- 
ments strike him with remorse. 
Behold a man under the influence of 
passion; he wears the most visible 
mark of its uncontrollable power; 
the nerves are put into the most vi- 
olent agitation, and the whole frame 
is continually shattered by its repeat- 
ed attacks, and not unfrequently it 
destroys the vital powers. It has 
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quence of a peculiar frame of the 
body, but this is simple argument, as 
it is in the power of every one to 
control his passion if he is but watch- 
ful. Therefore brethren, be not 
hasty in thy spirit to be angry, for 
anger resteth in the bosom of fools." 
There are some persons (sowte of the 
brethren not excepted,) who profess 
to be followers of the meek and low- 
ly Jesus, whe feel at liberty at any 
time to fall into a paroxysm of anger, 
and to abuse their neighbor, scold, 
•cuff, and kick their servants and 
children, until the surplus amount 
of steam has been permitted toes- 
cape. Is this the spirit of Christl 
Nay. Then verily they are none of 
his. Such conduct grieves the spir- 
it of God, and if continued in, will 
destroy peace of mind, weaken the 
intellect, and make the body, which 
should be the temple for the indwell- 
ing of the holy spirit, a foul cage, 
fit only for the habitation of every 
unclean bird. Did not he who said, 

"Thou shaltnot kill," say, Be not 
given to anger." Why then are we 
privileged to do the one and not the 
other? Be not deceived brethren, 
God is not mocked; "he that soweth 
to the flesh, shall of the flesh reap 
corruption; " "a stone is heavy and 
the sand is weighty ,but a fool's wrath 
is heavier than them both; " Prov- 
2 7^3: "Wrath is crucl,and anger is 
outrageouv," but who is able to 
stand before envy? Prov- 27: 4: 
therefore, let us be kind, gentle and 
forbearing to all, and in all our do- 
mestic concerns, let our kind words 
gladden the hearts of all that are dear 
to U3 by the ties of earth and heaven. 
Thus »inistering to the happiness of 
others, we will secure our own. But 
being fretful and passionate, we make 
ourselves, and all we associate with, 
unhappy. 

Go not forth hastily to strive, lest 
thou know not what to do in the end 
thereof, when thy neighbor hath put 
thee to shame. Prov. 25: 8. Rea- 
der, if you are gentle, and affable 
in deportment to all, surely you are 
blessed ; but if you are not so at all 
times, try the experiment, and *.ho 
Lord will bless you with the richest 
cup of blessing. It may. cost you 
days, even years of toil, to over- 



come this soul-destroying enemy ; 
but God will bring you off conquer- 
or, and more than conqueror thro' 
him that loved us. But if you strive 
not to gain the victory, for these 
things God will bring you into judg- 
ment, and then where he is you can 
never come. We should have a 
care every day, that nothing may 
put us into a passion ; do not do 
anything with an over-eagerness of 
mind. And always be on our 
guard against accidents. This can 
only be done by prayer alone, al- 
ways committing ourselves and our 
affairs to f he Lord, believing that he 
will govern all things wisely, and 
will do always that which is best 
for us. 

G. W. BURKIIART. 
Nolo, Pa. 



For t/u Companion. 
Feet Watdilug. 

Many professors of Religion deny 
feet-washing. Why so ? Simply be- 
cause they do not possess the love 
of Christ. Dear reader, there is no 
plainer commandment given in the 
word of God. Christ taught his 
apostles to observe all things what- 
soever he has commanded them. 

Why say : "It wa3 only a Jewish 
custom," when Christ said to Peter : 
"What I do thou knowest not now, 
but thou shalt know hereafter," &c. 
It would not have been necessary to 
command them to do so ir it was uu- 
ly a custom. But it was more than 
a custom ; it was a commandment 
given to the meek and lowly follow- 
ers of our Savior. "If a man love 
me he will keep my word. He that 
loveth me not keepeth not my say- 
ings." These are words spoken by 
him in whose name alone salvation 
is promised. Had Christ comman- 
ded us to take a straw and throw it 
over our heads, and we would not 
do it, we would be disobedient, and 
hence would not observe his savings. 
As lung as anti-christians teach 
ag:un t "feet cashing," we will ar- 
gue it uji in the ItfOUgOtt terms. - 
"Heaven and earth shall pass away, 
hut my words shall not pass away." 
If Christ is for us who can be against 
us. What we teach can be found 
recorded in the 13th chanter of St. 



John, and no one can blot it out.- 
"If ye know these things happy are 
ye if ye do them." 

LEWIS B. FISHBORN. 
Derry Church, Pa. 

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The polite Boy. 

Soon after I had settled in the 
ministry I was appointed a member 
of the school committee of my place. 
In my frequent visits to one of these 
schools, I took notice of a boy 
whose clothing was very coarse, 
and showed many patches, but was 
clean and neat througout. His hab- 
its were reamarkably quiet and or- 
derly, and his manners very correct. 
His disposition was evidently gener- 
ous and kind, and his temper mild 
and cheerful, as he mingled with his 
school mates at play, or joined their 
company on the road. 

When I last saw him in New En- 
gland, he was on his way to school. 
Hi3 appearance still bespoke the 
condition of his poor and widowed 
mother ; and his hat wa3 but a poor 
protection against either sun or 
rain. But, as I passed him, he lif- 
ted it up with an easy but respectful 
action, a pleasant smile, and a cheer- 
ful "good morning," which uncons- 
ciously to himself showed the noble 
boy a prefect model of genuine 
good manneis. His bow, his smile, 
and his words, all came straight 
from his true, kind heart. 

[ When I last saw him, thirty years 
haii passed, and i was on a Visit n> 

J the West, The boy had become a 
distinguished lawyer and statesman. 
But his bow, and his smile, and 
his kind greeting, were just the 
same as those of the barefoot boy 
with the poor hat. 

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Anoer. — If anger rises suddenly 
and violently v first restraiu it with 
consideration; and theu let it end in 
a hearty prayer tor him that did the 
real or seeming injury. The former 
of the two stops its growth, an 1 the 
latter quite kills it, and iu.ik.-s auu-n.ls 
for its monstrous and involuntary 
birth. 



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with a contrite and humble heart, and 
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"I have never willingly slandered 
■ cr, and if any has fallen I 
hare kept it a secret as much as 
possible," said the celebrated Ber- 
naid, when about to die. Oh, how 
much hatred and strife would be 
prevented ; how many offences which 
disturb our peace, would be forever 
unknown, if we at the close of our 
life would bear a similar testimony. 

There arc many ways to slander. 
One is by listening to the calumny 
of others without expressing our dis- 
approbation. There are not oaly 
slanderous throats but slanderous 
ears also. There are persons who 
ought to be hung by the ears as well 
as the throat, says a wise man ; and 
not only wicked inventions which en- 
gender and brood lies, but wicked 
assents which hatch and foster them. 
"If we would cease to speak evil of 
others, we must first cease to think 
evil of them." If we hare no good 
to say of any one, let us make it a 
rule to say nothing, and thus imi- 
tate the example of a lady who was 
never known to speak ill of any one. 
A minister visited her on one occa- 
sion and began to abuse Satan at 
round rates, when the woman inter- 
rupted him, saying, "Sir, if we were 
as diliyent as the devil is, it would 
be better for us." So she would 
not speak evil of this enemy of G*A 
and man, hut commend him for 
his diligence, &c. It is recorded of 
Peter the great that, when one was 
speaking ill of another in his pres- 
ence, that he listened attentively at 
first, but soon interrupted him with 
the question — "Hold sir, go no fur- 
ther ; is there no fair side to the 
man's character? Come, tell me 
what good qualities you can thjnk of. 
From this he gets his name, — Peter 
The Great. "Tis well worthy of our 
imitation. Let us as professors of 
Christ go and do likewise. 

"How slow we should be to hear, 
and how much slower should we be 
to believe the evil that is whispered 
abroad concerning others." It 
should be our invariable rule, never 
to let our minds be decided by the 
representation of one party until we 
have heard the other ; for "He that 



is first in his own cause seemeth 
just, but his neighbor cometh and 
searcbeth him." "The cure of an 
evil tongue must be done at the 
heart ; because the weights and 
wheels are there, and the clock 
strikes according to their motion." 
"A guileful heart makes a guileful 
tongue and lips, for it is the work- 
shop where is the forge of deceit 
and slander, and the tongue is only 
the outer shop wheie they are ven- 
ded. Such ware as is made within will 
come out, and none other." A 
wound of the tongue is worse than 
a wounnd of the sword, for the lat- 
ter effects the body only, but the 
fo mer the soul. 

Few, who hearing a tale of slan- 
der, but what love to listen to it. — 
No man sees the wallet on his own 
back, says an ancient proverb, allu- 
ding to the traveler with two packs 
on his back, one hanging before, 
stuffed with the faults of his neigh- 
bor, and the other hanging behind, 
filled with his own. 

Of all the disturbers of the peace 
of neighborhoods and villages, what 
agent half so successful as a tale- j 
bearing, slanderous tongue ? Its 
influences are pestiferous, and like 
a ciraco, blasts everything over I 
which it sweeps." Some are so full 
of other people'6 business that, like t 
the sea of Pontus they are perpetu- 1 
ally emptying themselves by their 
mouth, making every one they can 
fasten on to be their propontus. 

Dear brethren and sisters, then 
let it not be once named amongst 
us, that we are liars and mischief- 
makers and busy bodies, and back- 
biters, for we are professors of our 
blessed Jesus who gave us a good 
example in all things, and says, "If 
any any among us seem to be relig- 
ious, and bridles not his or her 
tongue, that our religion is vain ; 
also that a liar and mischief maker 
is worse than a thief and robber ; 
for says he, we may lock from a 
thief, but cannot from a liar and 
mischief maker. 

'Tis mischief makers that remove 

Far from our hearts the warmth of love, 

Ainl lriiil us all to disapprove 

What gives another pleasure. 
They seem to take one's part — but when 
They've hcurd our cares, unkindly then, 



They soon retail them all again, 
Mixed with poisonous measure. 

And then they've such a cunning way 
Of telling their ill meant tales, they say 
"Don't mention what I say, I pray, 

I would not tell another ;" 
Straight to yonr neighbor's house they go 
Narrating every thing they know, 
And break the peace of high and low, 

Wife, husband, friend and brother. 

O ! that the mischief making crew 
Were all reduced to one or two, 
And they were painted red or blue, 

Thai every one might know them j 
Then would our vilages forget 
To rage and quarrel, fnme and fret, 
And fall into an angry pet, 

With things so much below them. 

For 'tis a sad degraded part 
To make another bosom smart, 
And plan', a dagger in the heart 

We ought to love and cherish ; 
Then let us evermore be found 
In quietness with all around, 
While friendship, joy, and peace abound 

And angry feelings never." 

ASA WARD. 

Sykesville, Md. 



For the Companion. 
Why Scribes and Pharisees re- 
jected Christ. 

Was it because they did not want 
a Messiah ? We cannot think so, 
for the promise of a Messiah was 
given to mother Eve, and repeated 
to others. This they knew, for they 
had Moses and the Prophets, and 
all these had spoken of Christ. But 
they had a reason, and a good one 
they thought. What was it ? It 
was this, they expected a prince, a 
worldly King, one that woul3 re- 
build the kingdom of David, and as 
Christ did not meet their expecta- 
tion they rejected him. They ex- 
pected a King like David, who 
would fight against the Roman Em- 
pire ,and re establish the kingdom of 
Israel. But when he made his ap- 
pearance their hopes were frustra- 
ted, for said they, "is not this the 
son of Joseph a carpenter?" We 
might conclude by saying, that he 
was poor in regard to worldly tre as- 
ures, and for this reason they reject- 
ed him, but thank God he will come 
as a King when all who want to be 
subjects in his kingdom can be so. 
But dear reader is there not a possi- 
bility for us to reject this same 
Christ? we must answer in the affirm- 
ative, it is. and in various ways, we 
may reject his Counsels by not be- 
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who are not blessed with worldly 
treasures, in the same way as the 
Scribes and Pharisees rejected him 
by saying, they are good people, 
they try to walk in the footsteps of 
the Lord, but they are only sons of 
carpenters, and therefore it would 
not do to put them on an equal foot- 
ing with those who are wealthy. 

Dear reader, this we often see, if 
not in so many words then we can 
see it by works, and sometimes of 
those who profess to be followers of 
the Lord. We have heard that 
christian professors have said, when 
Church Officers were to be elected, 
I vote for that brother because (not 
because he is able to tend to the 
spiritual wants of the Church, but 
because) he is able to tend to the 
worldly wants. But what shall they 
say who are thus despised or rejec- 
ted ? shall they be discouraged ? — 
We must say, no brethren and sis- 
ters, let us persevere in our calling ; 
let us hold fast to that which is good 
and say with the man of old, I and 
my house will serve the Lord. 

Another question : Is there no 
danger by thus rejecting the Lord ? 
There is danger enough in it, for us 
to lose our eternal happiness ; for 
the Savior tells us, "he that boliev- 
eth not shall be damned." 

And again: "Then shall he an- 
swer them saying, verily I say unto 
you, inasmuch as ye did it not to 
one of the least of these, ye did it 
not me. And these shall go away 
into f verlastiug punishment : but the 
righteous into life forever." 

M. IIADY. 

Stony Creek, Pa. 
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"The Sun fttood Still." 

Joshua 10 : 12, 13. 
Many have looked at the above 
Scripture iu a mystical way ; and 
found themselves at a loss how to 
reconcile the event with astronomy, 
which teaches that the earth re- 
volves. The conclusion th;it many 
arrive at, is that the sun or earth 
stands still. But to thinking mi in Is 
it is different ; for both have mo- 
tions. The reader's mind is heroin 
oalled to but one motion of each. — 
The earth makes a daily revolution 



in 24 hours, while the sun completes 
a revolution in 2-1 \ days, or some 
would have it 25 days, 9 hours, and 
56 minutes. Hence the laws of re- 
lation and attraction are such that 
God in wisdom has given ; that all 
plannets attract each other more 
or less. The sun being the centre 
and greatest ; in comparison with a 
master wheel of machinery, when 
the wheel stops all stops. So when 
the sun stopped the moon stopped, 
and undoubtedly the earth too, or 
Joshua would have passed out of 
sight. We are informed that the 
sun stood still during the space of a 
whole day. So Joshua was a better 
Philosopher or astronomer than 
many have supposed him to be ; 
consequently his prayer was true, 
being based upon true principles, 
and God answered. Some may 
doubt the motion of the sun. Read 
and you will find out, and if any 
can give more light let them do so. 
Wm. SADLER. 
Nankin, Ohio. 

m m 

For the Companion. 
A Frngment lor thoite whotte ejeg 
have keeu auoiuted with 
eye-MuIve. 

"All things are yours : whether Paul, or 
Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or 
death, or things present, or things to come ; 
all are yours ; and ye are Christ's." 1 Cor. 3 : 
21 22 23. 

What a heritage is this, and how 
few that want it all ! Who would in- 
clude death in his inventory, when 
enumerating the items he would in- 
herit? All things are ours, and to 
Christ we are indebted for ;ill. Hav- 
ing Christ, the curse is turned into 
a blessing, though in Itself it is a 
curse still. We are just as little en- 
titled to our daily food and raiment, 
as we are to the atonement of the 
Son of God. The draught of cold 
water ia as truly a gift of Grace, as 
Grace itself is unmerited. Were it 
not for the Divine Purpose in Christ, 
we would not only be without suste- 
nance, but without life even. We 
are constantly in dinger of forget- 
ting God iu our temporal bounties. 
Wli.it we secure by strenuous toil, 
or what falls into our lap from the 
hand of nature, we are apt to appro- 
priate without recognition of the l>i 
vino Goodness. The night brings 



us rest and invigoration of body and 
mind, and our waking thoughts may 
all be turned to the accumulation of 
time's treasures, or the perversion 
of Heaven's blessings. The first 
surrey of our soul in the morning, 
may be over the fields of the unsat- 
isfying and transitory. We quench 
our thirst with nature's exhilarating 
baverag.5, unmindful, it may be, that 
Grace holds the cup to our lips. — 
Or we ma/ clad our bodies in rai- 
ment our own hands have fashioned 
forgetful that the material, and the 
mental ingenuity & physical capabili- 
ty to work it into suitable form, are 
all the fruit of Divine Mercy. It is 
conceded that Eternal Life comes 
through Christ, and must be sustain- 
ed by him ; but too often do we ig- 
nore the solemn truth that our nat- 
ural life and the means of its sub- 
sistance, came from the same Source. 
Christ is God's & we are Christ's & 
all things are ours by virtue of His 
Headship over all, and our Son- 
ship in him. 

Every thing is a revelation of 
Christ, for it is expressly stated that 
"all thin y a were made by him" and 
that by Him all things consist. — 
John 1 : 3. Col. 1 : 17. By these out- 
ward thiugs God ever holds a mirror 
of love before our souls, so as to pre- 
vent us from dropping Him out of 
memory : and yet with this profes- 
sion of love-tokens scattered arouud 
us the majority see not God therein 
and the elect seem only half awake. 
The many "like not to retain God in 
their knowledge," and the few see 
but glimptM Of his Infinite Beauty 
and Lore through a glass darkly. 
Kverv thing is fraught with a mes- 
sage from God, and we have not 
rigtitly used our blessings, until they 
become revelations of the wondrous 
coudesceniion aud beneficence of our 
Father in Heaven. This lesson 
rightly learned, BaOMOn'a riddh ■ 

; oUttdod in the exemplification 
of the lhvine art of happiness : out 
Of the eater cometh forth meat, and 
out of the strong coineth forth - 

Christ in our consciousness, 
behind, above, and in every thing, 
will bring honey out of gall, MM 
tin^e the darkest cloud with the 
light of the Inetlible. "ShW 



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thy Glory," waa the prayer of Mo- 
664 on the Mount, and he waa per- 
mitted to see the "back parts" of 
Jehovah. Ex. 33:18—23. No 
mortal shall see the/ace of God and 
Live. His "back parts" we see in all 
that we gaze upon and in Jesus we 
have very God in our nature. The 
light of the knowledge of the glory 
of God beams in the face of Jesus 
Christ. 2 Cor. 4 : 6. Being His to 
whom thing3 belong, all things are 
ours. 

God in us, looking out upon his 
own creation, opens up to our souls 
wondrous symbols of Divine Power, 
Wisdom, and Love, which the soul 
dead in tresspasses and sins, cannot 
discern. A child of God looks upon 
the natural wcrld with other eyes 
than when he was under the domin- 
ion of evil. The material universe 
is a stupendous gallery, hung with 
the productions of Divine skill, for 
the contemplation of man and an- 
gles. A. vital union with Christ is 
the key that unlocks the door into 
this arcanum of wonders. The 
skoptical scientist; digs and explores 
where the christian may not, but the 
follower of Jesus sees more on the 
surface than the materialist in the 
bowels of the earth. In Christ we 
will, according to our measure, be 
admitted into the mystery of His life 
in Uraee .Providence, an 1 nature. — 
He that has the Uncreated as his 
life and peace and joy, has germi- 
nally, all that the loftiest and eldest 
denizen in glory enjoys. The new- 
born babe in Christ, and the first 
redeemed soul that reached the 
courts of bliss have one nature, the 
only differenc being in degree, and 
the influences under which develop- 
ment accrues. Christ possessed 
gives a new meaning to every thing 
from the towering cedar to the hys- 
sop on the wall, from the cloud-cap- 
ped mountain to the particle of dust 
in our eye, from the terific behem- 
oth to the tiny moth that quivers in 
the sunbeam. The soul clothed up- 
on with the Divine nature, becomes 
"full of eyes before and behind." 
Look where he will he beholds types 
inumerable of the sublimest truths. 
Every stone will preach a Peter- 
sermon, and testify to the stability 




of a righted soul. The rocks will 
bear testimony to the strength and 
immutability of Emmanuol,the "Rock 
of our salvation." He will in very 
deed be in league with the stones of 
the field. Job. 5: 23. The vege 
able kingdom exhibits the beauty- 
and fragrance of the "Rose of Sha- 
ron." The Lion, Lamb, the Ox, the 
Eagle, raise our conceptions of the 
All-Perfect One. The beams of 
the sun aid the Spirit-illumed soul in 
its struggles into the full light and 
warmth of the Sun of Righteousness. 
The astral lamps in heaven's ceru- 
lean dome, proclaim the effulgence 
of the "Blight and Morning Star." 
The bread we oat the water we 
drink, the air we breathe, every 
object of nature, and every imple- 
ment of labor, are a cloud of witnes- 
ses, declaring with one mouth, in 
faint but inspiring symbolism, the 
unspeakable glories of the saint's 
Everlasting Home- To the Christ- 
tian bread is more than bread, rai- 
ment more than raiment. The earth- 
ly vesture is embroidered with celes- 
tial figures, and the very plate on 
his table is covered with the hiero- 
glyphs of Heaven. Ye are Christ's 
all things are yours. 

If we would grow rapidly, com- 
pactly, and harmoniously, under the 
symbolic teaching of God, we must 

be much in aecrcfc fellowship with 

Jesus. Such an unbroken correspon- 
dence should be kept up with the 
Author of the Volume of Nature, 
:hat we may truthfully say there 
lives no person with whom we are so 
familiar as with Christ the Lord. — 
Therj will revelation and science mu- 
tually interpret each other. Spher- 
ed as we are in a world under the 
jarrings and dislocations of sin, 
right relation to God will give en- 
hanced value even to what, under a 
system of unmitigated retribution, 
would be only the adumbration of 
eternal woe. Death and all his 
painful, ghastly preliminaries, be- 
comes ours through death's Abol- 
isher. The darkness of sorrow be- 
comes the shadow of the Beloved, 
and chastisement the gracious inter- 
vention of Infinite Wisdom and 
Love. Disappointment will then be 
a woll-lettered fingerboard pointing 



us to the bosom that never deceives, 
and the arms whose every pressure 
is love. The fading flower and fall- 
ing leaf will be a voice from the 
Throne, reminding us of our mortal- 
ity. Bereavment will only endear 
to us the life and service that leads 
to the sphere where perpetuity of 
bliss is Uiss." To the Christ-loving 
soul the Mercyseat is the sweetest, 
most hallowed spot in all the universe 
ofG)d. Not only daily, but if 
possible many times a day, should 
we go to the Brazen Altar, take 
fire and blood, and a Censer full of 
insense, and enter boldly within 
the vail, and commune with Him 
that sitteth between the Cherubim*. 
We are members of the Hoy al Priest- 
hood, and frequent offerings are es- 
sential to our comfort and safety. — - 
Coming out of the Holy of Holies, 
eveiy step will remind us that we 
are walking on God's foot-tool. — 
We will be careful not to set an un- 
hallowed foot on any spot bearing 
the imprint of Deity. Levity will 
be an abomination. It is the can- 
ker of the True Life. Ceusorious- 
ness will be regarded a3 semi-devi- 
lish, and covetousnesB as the brand 
of the Reed Dragon on the brow. 
"All filthiness of the flesh and spirit" 
will be as a smutch from tho Hell- 
sooted hands of Abaddon. The 
more we hang on the lips of Jesus 
in his word, and drink in his smiles 
in the closet, the more guarded will 
we be against any impropriety of 
deportment in any and all the rela- 
tions of life. Behind the vail is the 
secred that changes us world ward, 
& the world usward. It robs the per- 
ishable of its fascination, & brings out 
the impress of Hs higher meaning. — 
"The earth is the Lord's and the 
fullness thereof," and the more we 
absorb of the Divine nature, and 
the deeper we get into the Divine 
fellowship, the more truly and cons- 
! Giously we get the possession of the 
! Divine estate. In Christ all the 
fullness of the Godhead dwells, and 



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we are His and He is ours. 



things are ours." 
ly to Jesus, or not 
fragment of our life can 



'All 



We belong whol- 
at all. Not a 
we break 
off and devote to any purpose not 
coincident with the one grand aim 



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of the Gospel. As Christ 0ai>e Him- 
self for us, may every moment of 
our life and every pulse of our heart 
be given to Him. 

C. II. BALSBAUGH. 
/ a Ion Deposit Pa. 



LOCAL 


MATTERS. 


Tyrone City, 


Pa. March 17, 1868. 


CORRESPONDENCE. 



Corretjiondtnce of church neic$ solicited fiom 
all parti of the Brotherhood. Writer's name 
and addresi required on every communication, 
at guarantee of good faith. Rejected communi- 
cation! or manuscript used, not returned. All 
commtmications for publication should be rcrit 
ten upon one tide of the theet only. 

Brother Henry ; It may not be a- 
miss if I should presume to give a 
little hint to our brotherhood at 
large who feel an interest in the An- 
nual Meeting and its effect" on the 
brotherhood. Accordingly I would 
state that the brethren in the North- 
ern District of lnd. met in council 
some time last fall, and then and 
there apportioned to each individual 
branch its share of the probable ex- 
pense for the A. M., and appointed 
New Years day for another meeting 
to make further arrangements and 
agreements for the conducting of 
the meeting. And among other 
things transacted at that meeting it 
was unanimously agreed to give but 
two meals perday ; not for the pur- 
pose of saving of food, but more for 
the purpose of saving of time, and 
not to divert the mind from the no- 
ble and important object in view. — 
There is to be no eating nor feeding 
at the place whatever, bo that quiet 
and case may be attained as a holy 
convocation, where the spirit may 
have its free course. May God 
grant it. The eating will be but 
half u mile from the place of meet- 
ing, and the lodgings at short dis- 
tance from the place. 

But what 1 would more particu- 
larly notice, is : that a proportion 
was mado near the close of the meet- 
ing without any decisive action for 
want of time, which proposition will 
likely be carried out, and if so, 
brethren should kuow in time. The 
proposition is to have lovefeasta or 
communion meetings through the 



week before Pentecost in all the 
churches composing this Northern 
Indiana District, and that all the 
foreign brethren might be requested 
to be at Goshen, say on Wednes- 
day before A. M., and from thenco 
they might be conveyed to all the 
different places of meeting. This, 
however, would not prevent breth- 
ren to come sooner to different lo- 
calities, even if they came to us 
here in Michigan. 

The above is not written by or- 
der of the Church, but by the coun- 
sel of brethren. The proper au- 
thorities will, in time, give informa- 
tion as usual. 

That this next coming Annual 
Meeting be a means of bringing us 
all in close union with one another 
and communion with our Reverend 
Head, Jesus Christ, is the fervent 
prayer and desire of your unworthy 
brother. FRED. P. LOEHR. 

Bloominydale, Mich. 



Mower, Abraham Bowman, Adam 
Hollinger, John Raffensbarger, J. 
Newcomer, John and David Fogle- 
songcr and Cvrus Brindle. 

'JOHN BRINDLE. 
Greaton Pa. 



Queries. 

If one of the River Brethren wish 
to come into the Church, must he 
be baptised again. Will some broth- 
er answer this in the Companion. 
E. MILLER. 

McAlevey* Fort, Pa. 



Erratum. 

In the "Letter to an Elect Lady," 
No. 9, page 70, third column, 13th 
line from the bottom, read unreserv- 
ed for "unreaionable." 



Brother Ihnry : I will try to 
give you some news from our branch 
of the church. We unanimously 
concluded at a Council Meeting on 
the 25th of January, to hold a series 
of meetings, commencing on the 
evening of the 8th of February in 
the meeting house where the Disti ict 

Meeting was held in 186G. Wo 

had preaching every evening until 
the 8th of this month. The first 
week of our meeting we had preach- 
ing in the day time except on Mon- 
day. On the Huh we immersed six; 
on the 23rd sixteen ; on the first of 
this month eight, and on the 8th 
four more. So in the space of one 
month there were thirty four added 
to the church by immersion There 
are a good many of them in their 
youthful days; starting out to seise 
the Lord in the spring-time of life. — 
Wi think thut there are others that 
have almost been persuaded to be 
christians. 

We had good attendance at all 
our meetings. The ministering 
brethren that were with us, and la- 
bofed faithfully, wen ;M >ses Miller 
Daniel Eckermnn, Daniel boanoec 

k.-i . Samuel I. . iiieeker, l'eter 
Hollowbush, Abraham Golle\. 



Notice. 

The District Council Meeting for 
the southern District of lnd. will be 
held if no hindering providence on 
the 2l8t and 22nd of May with the 
brethren at the Mississinawa Meeting 
house, Deleware Co. 10 iniL's north 
of Muncie. 

The brethren coming on the 
Belfountian R. It. will inform us 
and we will furnish them with con- 
veyance to the place of meeting. — 
We hope some of the laboring breth- 
ren will continue with us over Sun- 
day. Address. 

GEORGE W. BTUDBBAKER, 
Muncie lnd. 



Idiioriul ObtferiKllous. 

Some of our correspondents 
throughout the Western States are 
in the habit of "puffing up " their 
particular neighborhoods, setting 
forth their advantage* at full length. 
Whilo we do not think it a' all out 
of place to refer briefly to the 
lar interests of a community, we 
would prefer having less of that kind 
of matter mixed with our Church 
News. We have lately reoeived a 
communication designed for public*- 
firing tofwen to inquiries in 

I > an advertisement n* ' ' 

lately appeal ed is J 

This is asking a little too much i V 






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m , i „ n A-„A<, rt f «•!!. tcr ' MART, wife of brother Abner FIDLER. 

There are humlreda ot our Her dlgeaa(1 wns ofa Hngerlng nalllrC) wnich 

readers who feel no interest in such | "he bore with patience. Peace be to her ash- 
. : cs. Funoral occasion improved by the wri- 

matters, and it is unfair to require | ter, from Rev. u : 12, 13. A. H. leedy. 
tliem to pore over such descriptions 
in order to get our Church News. 

When you wish to call attention 
to your neighborhood, or your farms 
with a view of inducing others to lo- 
cate there or buy you out, just re 
member that we insert such matter 
at 25 cents per "line for each inser- 
tion. You will then be likely to 
use brevity. 



MARRIED 

At the residence of the bride's father, Feb. 
16th, by Elder J. Wise, John A. Lincoln to 
Euza feNTDKR, daughter of Elder J. 8. Sny- 
der, both of Poweshiek Co., la. 

On the 33rd of Feb., by the 6ame, at the 
residence of the bride's father, John Q. Han- 
na to Mart Hoover, Daughter of brother 
Martin Hoover, both of Blackhawk Co., la. 



DIED. 

We admit no poetry under any circumstan- 
ce* in connection with obituary noticet. We 
with to me all alike, and we could not insert 
verses with all. 

In Bachelor Run branch, Carroll Co., Ind., 
Feb. 29lh, brotherSAMUELOVERHOLSER; 
aged 65 years, 8 months, and 25 days. Dis- 
ease, Lung Fever. He leaves a wife and 
many children, grand children, and friends 

to mourn thnir lncfi, wht/.li ven Vinpp 1R hlfl 

eternal gain. Funeral improved by Jacob 
Flora and others, from St. John 5 : 28, 29. 
J. B. LANDIS. 
Visitor please copy. 

In the Root River congregation, Fillmore 
counntv, Minn., on the 11th of Jan., Elder 
JOHN OGG. aged 69 years, 3 months, and 
22 days. He suffered more than human 
tongue can tell for the space of four weeks. — 
We hope he has gone where all the happy 
saints are to be happy with him. He was 
consigned to his last resting place on the !3, 
by a large concourse of people. He leaves a 
widow and six children, all members of the 
Church. 

JOSEPH OGG. 

In the Hatfield branch of the Indian Creek 
congregation, Montgomery county, Pa., Jan. 
23d, sister ELIZABETH PRICE, wife ol Jo- 
nas Price, (preacher) aged 43 -cars, 3 months 
and 5 days. Her disease was canc«r, with 
whi:h she was grievously afflicted for several 
years, but great as her sufferings were she 
put her trust and confidence in him who can 
remove the sting of death, and thus she died, 
a MlgtufUoil to the will of the Lord. — 
Funeral services by Eldcr»8amuel Uarlcy and 
Jacob Reiner, from Heb. 4 : 9, and Luke 21 : 

ABRAHAM CASSEL. 
In the Owl Cro.-k I'lnirch, of Consumption, 
on the 2»ili of Feb., our much esteemed sis- 




A. H. 
Was found dead, on the morning of the 
29th of January, one mile West of Victor Sta- 
;ion, on the C. R. I. and P. R. R., Poweshiek 
Co., Iowa., Mend JOHN 8HIMER ; aged 85 
years. Funeral services by the writer, from 
Num. 23 : 10. 

Near Brooklyn, Iowa, Feb. 11th, MARY E. 
NEWKIRK, of Consumption. Funeral at- 
tended by Wm. Balentine, Presbyterian, and 
the writer. 

In Brooklyn, Iowa, little daughter of friend 
PIUL1P8 ; aged about 4 months. Fu- 
neral by the writer, from 1 Pet. 1 : 24, 25. 

JOHN WISE. 

In the Waterloo congregation, Blackhawk 
county, Iowa, San. 4th, brother DANIEL J. 
WELLER, aged 44 years, 7 months, and 39 
days. Funeral services were performed by 
brethren Eld. J. 8. Houger, and J. Murray, 
from Rom. 14 : 8, 9, to a large concourse of 
people who sympathised with the bereaved 
family, and by their presence showed their 
respect to the deceased brother. 



Listof moneys received, for subscription 

to the Companion, since our last. 

Catharine Martin, Bremen, Ind., 

Joseph D. Mart, " 

Daniel D. Mart, " 

Saml. D. Mart, " 

Daniel D. Sell, Plattsburg, Mo. 

Jesse L. Beal, Waterloo, Iowa, 

Evan Nearhoof, Warriors Mark, Pa„ 

Polly Nearhoof, " 

Eliza Jane Nearhoof, " 

Samuel Caraher, Olivia, Pa. 

A. R. Switzer, N. Manchester, Ind., 

Christian Shively, 



1.50 
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1 50 
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1.50 
1.50 
1.50 
Samuel Pannebaker, Honey Grove, Pa. 1.25 

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D. F. Good, Waynesboro, Pa 
Henry B. Eller, Cloverdale, Va., 

John Hortaler, MyorQtown, Pa., 

Mark Minser, Deckers Poi it, Pa., 
Joseph huntdr, Benford's Store, Pa. 
B. S. Witter, Liberty, W. Va., 
Wm. B. Hines, Walnut Bottom, Pa. 
John Ulrich, Huntington, Ind.. 
Jos. J. Hoover, Barryville, O. 
John Ikenbeiry, Warren, Ind. 
Sol. Lewis, Warren, Ind., 
Aaron Hoover, Minneapolis, Minn, 
H. Bender. Boliver, Ohio, 
Geo. Helman, " 

It appears the following were neglected at 
the proper time. 

Benjanvne Shideler, Huntington, Ind 
David Heasten. " 



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Jacob G. Heasten, " 1.50 

Henry Paul, " 1.60 

Michael Kitch, " 1.50 

Geo Klicb. " 1 50 

Aaron Shidler, " 1.50 

Daniel Winebrennjr, " 1.50 

\nthony Miller, " 1.50 

Jonathan Hardman, " 1.50 

Fannv Shidler, " 1.50 

Eli Hurkit, " 1.50 

Snmuel Ulrich " 1.50 

Daniel Smith, " 1.50 

Alex Hoover, " 1.60 

Jonathan Eckman, " 1.50 

Wm. W. Smith, Mejenica., Ind ., 1 .50 



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VOLUME IV. TYSONE CITY, PA., TOESDAY, MAROH 24, L868. 



Number 12 



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l>iiH yts ;i m»h^ k •-• shall see 

j. I :rii L r '>nc. 
•it ili • ehjsc of a bri-jht summer- 
• whon the buu shuJs his- last Itigi mm 
ray ; 
IL'orne- and r^oicp that I tint* p.isscl away 
When i am rone, 1 aia gone. 

io«e thai may Miiom o're my bed 
Whim I am gOU«, uii'li 1 am gone ; 

ulv dead 
\Vh'*i: 1 am ^one I am zone. 

I ii u Lord that I'm Iri.ed l>on> all 

■ye the Lord that my Mi«syeinay share 
gti and believe J am theiv, 
Wbcu J am goue, lam (rone. 

IIKU B. SELL. 

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<i recti iig— and something more. 

To the brethren scattered here 
and there, isolated personally from 

reat body of their fellow ineun- 

. hut united in the •S}>irit, "eleet 
according to the foreknowledge of 
God the Father, through sanctifica- 
tion of the .Spirit, unto obedience 
•and sprinkling, of the Mood of Jesus 

t: Grace unto Vuu, and peace 

•uuitiplied.'" Whether North or 

- : ititli, Last or West, all who grase 

the pastures of Love with but little 

visible fellowship, may the love of 

rule in Your hearts, and your 
lonely walk he "quite on the verge 
of Heaven/ 1 Often doea your un- 
worthy fellow-pilgrim think of you. 

■ ii ii.-- ' 1 y d sire the pr Being, a Trinity of Pel 

with you off toe Shepherd and Bisb- rthers. are sum.-, 1 know, 

i.pofsools and the iniuiiiry of Hialhandi seldom treat thus,- of the 
lloly Angels. The love that 1 of the family, w 



the present life. It has not only 
Vitali:y, but it has Essential Life. 
It feels the truthfulness of the strange 
language of inspiration: "it is more 
/ ft* gvoe than to receic. ' 
This seems paradoxical, but (rod 
being Love, and having given Him- 
self, unreserved sacrfices of self be- 
comes the very law of the new life. 
Much is done ostentatiously in the 
name of Teligion, but nothing is far- 
ther from the soul that is truly in- 
sphered into the divine lift- and pur 
pose. Hard indeed were your lot, 
and most miserable were it not for 
the tenderness and sympathy origin- 
ating in the bosom of God, and gen- 
erated in the hearts of his children. 
The God of Jacob sets his ladder by 
your pdlow, follows, guides, and en- 
compasses your footsteps wherever 
vou <ro. Your homes in the far 

* w 

and south-west may be true 
Bethels, the very gate of Heaven. 
Some of you seldom get to the as- 
semblies of the saints, rarely hear 
the songs of Zion in the threat con- 
gregation, or the heralds of the 
Cross rehearse the ever-new, ever- 
rapturous truth of redemption by 
the blood of Jesus, butyou can keep 
the Altar flaming at home, eit the 
shewbread by your own hearth, and 
daily gather your omer full of man- 
na. Love is social and craves com- 
panionship, and the heart blee 

ttion from those who feed on 
the same lile, breathe the same 

Divine atmosphere, and find their 

peace and bliss on the m:ijc h 
Cod was happy in Himself from Ktcr- 
having in Himself, while One 



shetl abroad in the heart hv the Ho- 
M not forgetful. It is a 
thousand ibid mon 

ing, clinging, and solicitious than 
that which hinds in in- i ti •> 

congenial hearts in tl >n of 



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lips have not for a long time 

and received the "hoi 
knee* have not been bast in the 
sanctuary tor many da;, s. Main 
hearts are lull of tears tor you, main 
souls fall broken with intense em- 



pathy, and many prayers rise like a 
cloud of incense to the Throne of 
Grace for you. Think not that you 
are forgotten. Many indeed seek 
their aim, and, Dcmas like "love 
this present world," but the hearts 
on whose altars the fire of Eternal 
Love is still brightly burning, are 
not few. God has still a remnant 
according to the election of Grace, 
and by these you are dearly loved, 
warmly cherished,and fervently pray 
ed for. You are a sheep in the 
midst of wolve8,and many times hath 
Satan desired to have You, but 
Your Elder Brother on the Throne 
has prayed for you that your faith 
fail not. Gins and snares are set for 
you by the emissaries of Beelze- 
bub, and nothing but the mighty 
power of God can keep you from 
tailing. The ground of Diabolus 
grow many tempting flowers, and oft" 
er many a shady spot, and by 
these he would lure the Christian 
Pilgrim from the narrow way. Dan- 
gers many and perilous beset you 
every where, but "the Lord knoweth 
how to deliver the godly out of temp, 
tation." Better vex your righ- 
soul from da\ to day with the unlaw- 
ful deeds '"and "filthy conversation 
of the wicked," than to touch "even 
the garment spotted by the flesh."' 
keep your ire. Be wise a- 

Berpenta, harm.- ss as 1 ■< as. I i 
en tli: IS. fake 

up mi you Willingly the sufferin • 
Christ, and let His i train 

you to earnept sclf-eon-ecraii* 
the exieii-i'iii of his kingdom, 

i do, at 
home an 1 abroad — calmly, sublime- 
awfully in e.trne so 
.e cross as It thoroughly n 
: your n 
1 the tremend n 
1 the truth eonunit 
• Let it not he said by \ our u< 
, when Strang reii 
u the word in ' 
iie Sj int and of ; 



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BT," wt Refer knew thmt *u>-h a peo- 

Let it rather be that what 

the brethwrn present in th> ir ier 

mon$ t has already been clearly and 
fon ibly revealed in your Uv4*. 
Short- the unchristian community 
that with yon religion is an all-sub- 
ordinating reality, ."ind that your 
! are burdened by the sad eon- 
teniplatien of their sinful condition 
and fearful doom. You did not move 
west or south simply to make money 
and get a tiring; but much more to 
make others live — live forever. The 
meat that pcrisheth you might have 
had here — any where — but on the 
arms of providence you were carried 
to your present situations to dispense 
the Bread of Life to famishing souls. 
If any of you left your homes and 
friends forgetful of this first and 
momentous consideration, you may 
well sink upon your knees and fer- 
vently implore a sublimer view of 
life, and of loftier inspiration. Speak 
and act in your families and among 
your neighboTS as those who are 
commissioned of Heaven. Dare to 
be as peculiar as Christ, and to in- 
cur the charge of egotism or infatua- 
tion, exhibiting unwearied patience 
in persecution, undisturbed security 
under false accusations, and a Divine 
compassion in derision and mockery. 
The kingdom Christ founded on 
earth, you must labor to advance, 
and the fire he kindled, to keep burn- 
ing. It is a kingdom of Grace,a fire 
of Love. Plant and water diligently, 
but forget not the source of the in- 
crease. Live such a life of devotion 
to Jesus, and the souls he died to 
save, that the Son of God may be 
"evidently set forth, crucified among 
you." Let your voice echo the affec- 
tion of the God-man, and wield no 
sceptre but the all-pervading, all-sub- 
duing sceptre of Love. "Avenge 
not yourselves" not even in look, 
and much less in word or act. Think 
it honor enough to suffer with Christ. 
When wickedness is most rampant 
when you are a by - word and 
a hissing, sing your song in the 
night, irradiate your path with the 
light and beauty of holiness, and be 
r> ulv to seal your love to the Sa- 
, vior with your blood. "Let this 
/£, mind be in you, which was also in 



Christ Jesus." "lie pleased not 
Himself" "Made Himself of no 
reputation." "Humbled Himself." 
Suffered the extreme penalty ol the 
Divine law. redeemed ub from the 
curse, rent the vail that shutout the 
Divine Presence, and thus not only 
made atonement, bat became an ex- 
ample of love pitying, love toiling, 
love suffering, love bleeding, groan- 
ing, agonizing, dying. 

I do in very d»ed believe that if 
wc are truly infolded in the love life 
of Emmanuel, we will limit our sym- 
pathy and exertions only as Christ 
did II is — by the capabilities of our 
nature and the extent of our means. 
Blessed is the state here and the 
recompense hereafter of those ser- 
vants who find their most blissful 
nearness to the All-Good in giving 
themselves and their substance to 
Him who deemed no sacrifice too 
great for their redemption. Love 
never wants opportunities. Christ 
knew where to find the objects of 
his commiseration, and his followers 
have not only dove 9 eyes, but ea- 
gle s eyes. They have insight to 
see where and ivhat, and also the 
mild aspect that wins and charms. 
Such a life is beautiful to contem- 
plate, and most blessed and glori- 
ous to live. "Redeem the time," 
my dear brethren, "see that ye walk 
circumspectly," commending Christ 
to "a crooked and perverse nation, 
among whom ye shine, as lights in 
the world." Through good and 
evil report, plume yourself for the 
painless services, and the sublime 
glories and ravishing surprises of 
Paradise Regained. 

C. H. BALSBAUGH. 

Union Deposit, Pa. 

♦♦ 

For the Companion. 
Knpporled 9 inistry. 

REPLY TO BROTHER E. UMBAUQH, OF 
PIERCETON, INT). 

My Dear Brother : — I feel sorry 
that we should differ upon such an 
important subject. Nevertheless I 
am happy to believe from your last 
which appeared in the Companion, 
No. 40. Vol. 3, page 359, that th? 
difference consists more in expres- 
sion than in sentiment. 

I wish to define my position more 
plainly than I have heretofore done. 



I wish to be understood that by a 
"Supported Ministry " I mean that 
it is right for the members of the 
church to supply money or other 
means to subsist the families of min- 
istering brethren who travel and 
preach, and to pay their travelling 
expenses ; so that both the preach- 
ers and their families may be com- 
fortably provided for when the min- 
isters income is not sufficient for the 
subsistence of himself and family. — 
But you call this only "supporting a 
part of the Ministry." I think oth- 
erwise. The apostle tells us "to 
support the weak." Reason: The 
strong need no support. They are 
self-supporting. But you may say 
"wc all believe that." If every 
brother in your circle of knowledge 
believes so, and acts accordingly, 
then I confess you have a more hap- 
py acquaintance than I have. I 
know a number of brethren who 
think it a sin to give a dollar or the 
fourth part of it, to a- preacher, no 
matter how poor he may be. And 
from your style or manner of ex- 
pression, in your first article, pub- 
lished in the Companion, I under- 
stood that to be your sentiment. — 
But in your last you speak more 
plainly, and I understand you dif- 
ferently. I do not write merely for 
criticism, (though you say "it is 
right to criticise each other,") but 
to conect error. I am as liable to 
err as any other, and where I am in 
error I want to be set right. 

I will now give you one case from 
the many that have occurred. There 
was once a brother travelling and 
preaching for 3ome two weeks. He 
was a very able speaker ; had a fam- 
ily to maintain, but was in limited 
circumstances. Some of the breth- 
ren felt that something ought to be 
done for him. They spoke to one 
brother who could have contributed 
considerably without any disadvan- 
tage to himself or family pecuniari- 
ly. Bu* he would not give a penny 
saying: "I worked for all I have 

got ;" "let brothei work as 

1 did and he will have enough, and 
won't need to preach for money." 
Adding that "its not the order of 
the Church to pay for preaching." 
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ing. Only give to a poor preach- ] 
er. I wish to correct the above er 
ror, and show that it is the order 
of the church and the Bible to give 
for the support of poor ministers. — 
Refer to the Brethren's Encyclope- ' 
dia, and to 1 Cor. 9: 9, 11, 14.— 
Also Acts 20 : 33, 34, 35. I have 
showed you all things, how that so 
laboring ye ought to support the 
weak, and to remember the words ' 
of the Lord Jesus, how he said 'It is 
more blessed to give than to receive. 
I do not write this that it should be 
so done unto me. For I plead not 
for myself, but for my brethren. — ' 
And Jesus said, "The poor have ye 
always with you, and whensoever ye 
will ye can minister unto them." — 
Remember then the words of the 
Lord Jesus, my brethren ; and see 
that you do as he has "ordained." 

I fear brother Emmanuel that you 
may encourage such members as I 
described above, in their eroneous 
conclusions, by writing as you at 
first did. But I am happy to learn 
from your last, that you do not op- 
pose contributing to the wants of 
poor ministers. I hope you will re- 
lieve this in the samo kind spirit 
in which it is written. 

Now for a bit of friendly criti- 
cism. First the "Missionary" must 
be "Ministers," and you support 
them. Then you have "suppoited" 
ministers at least, very nearly a 
supported ministry. Unless you ex- 
clude those you "support" from the 
ministry. But again ; is there not 
as much danger of an "angel ton- 
gue J" man offering himself for a 
"misionary" post, and "preaching 
what he does not bcliere," for $700 
per. annum, as tor a place in some 
congregation ? "Happy is he that 
condemneth not himself, in that thing 
which he alloweth." Rom. 14 : 22. 
Brother E. I have no fears of the 
brethren being imposed upon in 
such matters, where there is porper 
prudence exercised. Again ; you 
quote my language. "You say that 
you do not p'ead for men whose in- 
come is greater than their expen- 
ses. Then you ask ? "Do you ex- 
clude them from the ministry ?" I 
answer no. Not from the ministry, 
only from support. Can y )u sup- 



port a man who needs no support ? 
you can give to such, but cannot 
support them. Therefore as far as 
the ministry needs support, it is the 
duty of the church to support it. — 
And then you have a supported min- 
istry, such as I plead for. And if 
I understand you correctly, you 
believe as I do. Then let us speak 
the same thing. And not " reason 
contradictory." 

Yours for the truth, 

JOHN WISE. 

Brooklin, Iowa. 



for the Companion. 
Lyceums. 

Objections are sometimes found to 
things when the error lies in the mis- 
application of what is to be used. — 
This is the same in spiritual and 
temporal affairs. We will examine 
the word as denned by Webster. — 
"Lyceum, in Greece, a place where 
Aristotle taught ; a place appropria- 
ted to instruction, by lectures and 
disquisitions ; a literary association." 
A question presents itself: what is 
disquisition ? "a formal or systemat- 
ic inquiry into any subject by argu- 
ments or discussions of the facts or 
circumstances that may elucidate the 
truth." 

If there is any harm in seeking 
for the truth, and speaking the truth, 
I see it not. Literary means, "re- 
lating to learning and letters." — 
Then by preconceived opinions and 
notions we may shut the door of ed- 
ucation to our children. I would 
say, be careful what you say ; en- 
courage your children to speak the 
truth, and whatever they commit to 
memory let it be sound, substantial 
material, and carry a christian de- 
portment through all they say or do, 
and their minds will be elevated and 
not degraded. 

In conclusion I say to old and 
young, "watch," and keep the good 
of souls iu view. Paul was M emi- 
nent scholar. 

W. SADLER. 

Xankin, Ohio. 



stories. There was one young man 
in the group who was the favjrite P 
storyteller. He thought of a story 
he would like to tell, but his con- 
science smote him a little, and he 
said, "Perhaps not." It was a witty 
story, it was a mirthful story, but 
it w^s not altogether a good story. 
Another story was told, and then 
another. At last the inspiration, 
good or bad: came upon, him and 
he said, "I must tell my story." — 
And so he told the story, as only 
he in that little circle could tell a 
story. He was rewarded: they laugh- 
ed, they cheered, they were satisfied 
with his story. The circle broke 
up and its members were widely 
scattered. One of these voun>' men 
went feouth ; another w< n/. West ; 
two crossed the Atlantic ocean ; and 
years afterwards, that young man 
happened to hear his own storv re 
peated to him, from an entirely un- 
expected quarter. Appalled, his 
conscience smote him, his heart 
sank within him, and he said within 
himself, "Oh what would I give if I 
could recall that story !'' That sto- 
ry was a story to arouse human pas- 
sion ; that story was a story to wea- 
ken virtue. It was not written up- 
on the crown of the Lord Je3ue to 
give him victory; but it was written 
upon his cross to give him defeat. 
It was not a story to fling open the 
door of the human heart mil let in 
the Holy Spirit, but bo bolt an 1 bar 
the door against it, and let in only 
unholy and adverse spirit. It was 
not a story which the Father would 
smile upon, boOMM his e&ildren 
were blessed, but a st >rv angels 
uii^ht weeu over, because man was 
cursed. But it was too late; what 
III written was written, and he 
could say, as Pilate said, all th,' an- 
gels iu heaven, Mid all the mortal-, if 
earth could n it erase that st..rv, "1 
have written; and what 1 have writ 
ten 1 have written." 



Uu»rd Your Word*. 
Years a^o, a group of joa&fl men 
were gathere 1 kogetkor, ktUin 

young men tell, and delight to tell. 



RlLftUON.— UpOB the in, inn; »f 
Religion, man may, indeed, still have 
sorrows, but they are brief. The 
nights linger iu valleys, but M the 
in 'iint:un-i thev are .-horteiied , and 
evei a small red streak poiutM iVOjrdi 
the ri.-iug day. 



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For the Companion. 
Family Rending. 

Tp those who arc training up a 
family "iu the nruture & admonition 
of the Lord" Family Heading is al- 
most of infinite importance. To see 
that the young and rising posterity 
arc well supplied with such reading 
matter as is appropriate to their 
wants, and that will store their young 
and elastic minds with themes appro- 
priate for thought and conversation, 
that will awaken within them a desire 
to know something of a higher and 
a purer nature, to receive those viv- 
id and glowing impressions which 
will be left upon the mind iu the 
study of the revealed will of God, 
which is higher, purer, nobler, than 
the literature of the nineteenth cen- 
tury which in a great measure is com- 
posed of the light frivolities of the 
world so attractive to the mind and 
yet so destructive too. 

A great part of the spicy literature 
at present is composed of fictitious 
writing, floating forth from the press 
on a stagnant river which is threaten- 
ing to immerse this fair land with a 
deluge of destruction and which is 
so agreable to the carnal mind which 
is at enmity with the law of God, is 
not subject to it, neither indeed can 
be. That which is highly esteemed 
among men is an abomination in the 
sight of God — it is intended to sell 
the mind under the carnal nature of 
sin into the bondage of satan, to bo 
fettered to the merciless car of his 
captivity. It is not only the world- 
ling but it is the christian professor 
who should be aware lest he be taken 
in the whirlpool and carried on with 
its resistless current to "make s-liip- 
wreck of the faith which was once 
delivered to the saints." 

If we could collect in one vastvol- 
umcthe experience of the ruined of all 
ages and professions we would have 
a volume so dark in contents that 
the heart would grow sick; the imag- 
ination would tremble, reel and fall 
abort of conceding the magnitude 
of the ruin: it would be a history 
in ire dark, more deplorable, more 
■ ve 1, that would be the lame 
number of pages composed of the 
darkest account of shipwreck of the 



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/- the Same period, or the foulest deeds 



of Pirates of the dark ages of the 
world. Such works as Novels of 
llulwcr should find no room in the 
library of a christian family, for it 
is pleasing to the mind and takes 
the place of the sound christian lit- 
erature of the church of of God, and 
and depend upon it christian pa- 
rents if your children are permit- 
ted to have as their reading matter 
the light fictions of the day their 
taste for something better well be 
destroyed; their minds will be pois- 
oned, their love for the word of God 
be very much lessened if not entirely 
destroyed or banished from the 
heart, for there is no room both for 
emissaries of darkness and the chaste 
virgin of virtue, clothed in the robes 
of innocence who dreads to touch 
her vestment of love and purity 
agaiust the foul habitations of the 
wicked one. 

In our own short experience we 
have seen a ) r oung lady of noble 
birth, of bright talents, who might be 
a shining ornament in the church of 
the living God if she would only leave 
off the debasing habit of no velreading, 
which at best is only intended to drive 
orTourmeditatious fromGod& hisword 

Wedded to her favorite habit there 
she sat till the midnight hours por- 
ing over her cunningly contrived 
falsehoods and then after spending 
.her precious moments would retire 
to her room with a mind disturbed, 
raised to the highest pitch of pass- 
ionate excitement, very unfit for the 
performance of the last noble duty 
incumbent upon us before closing 
our eyes in sleep; the committing of 
ourselves into the hands of God for 
the keeping of our souls and bodies 
through the silent watches of the 
night,— then to retire to spend the 
remainder of the night in dreaming 
over that which so lately interested 
her so much, instead of enjoying 
the sweet and invigorating refresh- 
ment of sleep, which so much revives 
th? drooping mind and makes it glow 
a fresh. 

Happy for her if she had spent 
her time reading the book of God 
and meditating upon it, which would 
have left a mind calm and peaceful; 
a conscience void of offense toward 
God. But then they hid themselves 




behind the professor of Christianity 
who they say read3 the same kini' 
of trash, and certainly there can be 
no harm in it ; but be" careful, look 
Well to what you are doing ; consider 
before you lead another astray.— 
We are inclined to believe that there 
is harm in it, great, inestimablj 
harm. That which has any tenden- 
cy to destroy the taste for som 
thing better is certainly wrong, 
there not harm in everything which 
draws the mind from God '.' Does 
not God require the supreme affec- 
tions of the heart of »au ? Then if 
this kind of reading fills the mind 
with images bordering on idolatry, 
there is certainly wrong in following 
up such a practice ? Beside this, 
look at the dread malediction of 
of heaven against those who love 
and make a lie. "For without are 
dogs,andsorccrs, and whoremongers 
and murders, idolaters, and whoso- 
ever loveth and maketh a lie." If 
then it is so wrong to make a lie 
(and I believe all novels are lies) 
then it must be wrong to read them 
and store the mind which was made 
for nobler purposes with then.. 

We appeal to those *ho would 
have their children free from this 
growing evil, and have them grow 
up free from the contaminations of 
the world, to follow the Lord in his 
own appointed ways, be ware of 
such reading as bears in it the fri- 
volities .of the world ; be careful 
that your children are furnished 
with reading matter that will mould 
their minds in the image of God. — 
If they are taught to cultivate from 
childhood up a taste for good read- 
ing they will always love it. Cut 
remember that there is a current of 
foul papers and books teeming in 
our country and they will read if they 
are permitted, and the .consequence 
may be fearful to contemplate. 

But we hear the xry how will we 
induce our children to read good 
book* and papers ? Give it to them 
expend a few dollars for good books 
or papers (I would suggest the 
(Ivmpanion and visitor -as 
good) hold out to them the benefits 
that they may draw from it ; show J- 
thein by example that you have faith ol 
in what you do or say by reading ^j\ 

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them yourself. Ami you may 
young reader, if this comes to your 
notice, be you my christian brother 

or sister, or not, be careful what 
you read. Turn fri m novel reading ! 
or it may result in the ruin of your 
minds and the destruction of your 
souls. 

J. P. HETRIC. 
J, Pa. 

The 4 lirislia.i Miniistry. 

Bub. Si£a8 Thomas: — 

We have tried in the fear of the 
Lord to examine our subject. While 
■we were edified by your kind epis*- 
tie, we are still in the dark on some 
points according to your modus op- 
erandi, or manner of reasoniii" 

True, as you observe, there is 
no account upon record that we 
know of, where the apostles did per- 
form miracles to obtain food ; but is 
this 6aylng (as you observed) that 
it was not done ? That the apos- 
tles had not the power ? We have 
im facts upo'n record that they did, 
neither have we anything to' show 
that they did not. So your remark 
"Thej did not perform mu-aelcs," 
remains to be proven. 

Matth. 10:8 docs not prove it. — 
Jesus said to Lis disciples, "Ileal 
the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise 
the dead, cast out devils ; freely ye 
have received, freely give." There 
is nothing in this verse to show that 
he told them not to command .-tones 
to be made bread, or not to tni'ito 
the rock, kc, hut he gave them to 
understand notwithstanding he had 
given them such power that they 
were not to abuse it, but make use 
of it only when go$4 could be ac- 
complished. ll c . theiefore sa 
''When ye enter jpto any house ar 
city, and they receive yo'u, eat such 
things us are get heioro you." As 
if he had s . . i . 1 ; Don't be ow r fas ; 
tidious, or m oujT wants are 

supplied ioi the uo.i iuii, and I'.r 
you to perform a miracle i 
something hotter, pel 'adventure 
would he a gi o q ,,i' your now. 

cr, eoii-e.piently eat such ihn. 
are set bet'oic you, and a.-k m. ijuoa 

tor conscience sake. You say; 
)J'lt is evident that the apostles w iv 



restricted to these particulars (Matt. 
10 : s ) from the fact that the Sav- 
ior mi g discipji 

1 no others." There are but 

few recorded miracles the disciples 

ever performed. Because they are 

saying we, are 

y Were l 
performed r Surely not, for if it be 
trio- that it would take a world to 
hold all the books -ivingau account 
of what Jesus diil ; it would take 
another world to hold the books 
giving an account of what the djsci- 
ples did. 

Jcpus said to his discij Ies, "I have 



to our keeping and say.-, to whom | 

b is gi, en much will be require 
So then we Bee your comparison is ' 
a failure and is far behind the apos- 
tles activity, and goes to show plain- 
ly we are, comparatively speakiu :, 
idlers in the Lord's vinuyaa'l. -The 
pfficiency of any plan may trulv bfl 
imferred from its suqci 

Paul was certainly the 
Missionary the church ever 
is good authority and criterion.— 

1 Cor. 9: 14: • 
luuh the Lord i . the/ 

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-et you an example that a- 1 have wjth your gratuitous S 
done so ye should do," And wh , to think bVcau 



wl 
a glorious example ! Thousan j 
men fed from a few leaves and fish- 
es. 

"Would they have carried his in- 
struction out if they had failed in 
this parth ular to obey his order, 
"'As I have done so ye should do." 
We see nothing improbable, but very 
probable that the apostles pi i 
ed the samo kind of miracles their 
Master did. 

You admit there was a little mon- 
ey in the purse while our d. 
was entcn ling the o-JOO miles. If 



- s have 

I money in a missionary fund 
that • f likely will 

taint 

Moi ; iid t^ be the r 

all evil. B fose oth( 

we m 

saying wl p U t ; t t 

iul use and the 

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a little accompli, bed $o much 
oh how much ware, might have he- n al and m I 
accomplished in time, I 

we given according a-' the | 
prospered n . I 
limited to 33 

States might have had th< G . 

preached to then, 
it. Cod has gi-, en unto q 
ten talents, but it i.- exti 
doubtful if we have improved live 
them. According to your a 
the Apostles did more for tl 
church's extension in a bun.!, 
year.-, than we have done in a hun- 
dred and iii'ty _) ear-. To our .-hame 
he this -aid -for they W( re feu in 
number and we aie many, We have 
man;, 

: road tfj !, which thu 

ties had not. What we 1 
think a small thing in way of | 
they woo 
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ruption in this direction and thus ' 
".sustain every scriptural effort to 
spread the Gospel." 

ASA WARD. 
Sykeitville, Md. 

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For the Companion. 
In behalf ol the needy. 

Bro Hulxinyer; I wish to say a few 
words more to the brethren and sis- 
ters through the companion. The 
subject is the case of our faithful 
brother of whom we wrote some time 
ago. I will first give you the prop- 
osition of bro J. Kessler of 111. for 
the relief of said brother, viz. : "Let 
as many as feel so to do contribute, 
say 5 or 10 dollars, or more, to be 
sent to same one who is generally 
known to the brotherhood, who be.ng 
first appointed thereto and when 
enough is pai I in, give notice thereof 
in Compa7iion,a.ud said brother *ho 
receives the money for the needy 
minister to be authorized to pay over 
moneys and take note and security 
as proposed and also retain in his 
possession the note and when due 
collect and pay back to the contribu- 
tors their several gums with its in 
terest. Or another and a better way 
would be, to let us cast in our mites 
cheerfully and ask it not again. This 
would be my plan to promulgate the 
gosp;l by money appropriations. I 
am of opinion that we will not, at 
the end of one yeai miss our 5 or 10 
dollars thus appropriated. And I 
further believe that the above will 
better fulfil James 2: 15,1b', than 
any other. May the Lord help us to 
watch as well as pray. 

Dear brethren and sisters I can 
say with bro K. that I do iwt believe 
we would miss any thing that we 
might bestow upon this worthy broth- 
er as a freewill offering, for I do as- 
sure you he is not idle or slow to use 
his utmost endeavors to support his 
family, which is composed of a wife 
(a sister) and six little children, all 
girls save one. The sister is a wcak- 
ljr woman and the brother not able 
bodied. This family was just mak- 
ing a start in the world when the 
late war began in our midst, at that 
time our orother was pleasantly 
situated here 2 miles from Fayette- 
villc. with good House, barn and 
oth*r necessary buildings which were 



all commited to the flames, not a ves- 
tage of building left save a few panels 
of fence on his whole farm, which 
caused our brother to make almost 
an entire sacrifice of his land, and 
who can live when all their resources 
are taken away. But notwithstand- 
ing all this our brother is always at 
his post, not only in the week, but 
when the time comes on to be at the 
House of the Lord, our brother is 
there ready to warn sinners of the er- 
rors of their way. Then dear brethren 
don't be afraid that your gifts will be 
lost if you confer them upon this faith- j 
ful brother. Or if any brother ha« 
the money to advance according to 
the proposition of bro K. or the one 
proposed by myself in the first no of 
companion present volume, or if any 
brother will forward the money and 
buy the place that our brother now 
lives on and leave him on it, the im- ! 
provement which he will put upon 
it, will anundantly pay the brother 
who advances the money, and thus 
he will give our brother some chance 
to relieve himself. The land he lives 
on is good land, lays well and can 
be bought cheap. The true condi- 
tion of our brother is this, he must 
receive some assistance or abanbon 
the wi rk of the Lord only on the 
Sabbath,he can not travel from home 
at all. And will we suffer such a 
worthy standard bearer to be si- 
lenced by such impediments when 
the mean? can be easily raised and 
no one miss it, for we have many 
faithfull brethren aud sisters who 
have all their time to devote to the 
accumulation of earthly goods, and 
they would freely assist if they are 
made sensible of the fact that any 
one really ne;ded their assistance. 
To such I would say that the case 
under consideration is one that does 
call for the sympathies of those who 
have to give. This call is made that 
he may be enabled to go forth and 
preach the word to the perishing 
thousands around and within his 
reach. On every side within a cir- 
cuit of 50 miles or more the call is, 
"come and preach for us," and many 
thus begging have to be denied. 
There is truly a great field open 
here for the Lord's servants. There 
are no other ministering brethren 



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here, but myself, and the brother (a 
alluded to and under his present cir- j^P 
cumstances he cannot go. During ^ ' 
last year our brother traveled out- 
side of the bounds of his immediate 
neighborhood a distance of one thous- 
and miles on horse bade, over moun- 
tain and dale & surging streams, to 
preach the word to perishing souls, 
and devoted over fifty days of his 
time, apart from the Sabbath, to the 
good cause of the master, and atten- 
ded preaching every Sabbath in the 
year save one. Now will not the heart 
of every brother and sister whom the 
Lord has prospered and who has a 
love for souls immediately respond 
to the call with open hand and thus 
be an auxiliary to the spread of the 
gospel. 

Tae brothers nam? is J. S. Flory 
grand son of our old and mieh es- 
teemed Eld. John Flo-y, of Rock- 
ingham Co., Va. who did so much, 
years ago, to the building up of 
Zion by his labors and travels 
through different states. 

Brother Flory has appointed the 
writer of this as his agent to whom 
any thing can be sent and I will 
Receipt for the same under his own 
hand if desired, which I would pre- 
fer. Therefore any one wishing to 
confer a favor upon our brother ac- 
cording to either of the propositions 
obove can do so by sending to An- 
drew Hutchison, Fayetteville W. 
! Va. Those who are not willing to 
risk that way can contribute through 
i the District Meetings. 

A. HUTCHISON. 

Fayetteville, W. Va. 



For the Companion. 
To the Tonng. 
My dear young friends ; permit 
one of your number to say a few 
! words to you. Pause for a few mo- 
ments, in your dizzy rounl of frolic- 
! in» and amusement, and take a few 
sober thoughts, for although you 
may enjoy your gayety for a while, 
yet the time will come when you 
[ mast think soberly, and unless you 
think in time, deeply lament your 
present thoughtlessness. 

Why are so many of the youth 

of our land so careless about their 

' great interests ? I fear they are 



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drunken with the pleasures of this 
world. When a man is in a state 
^ of intoxication his sense is darken- 
ed ; so I fear it is the ca*e with 
some of them. They grow ujt ; the 
pleasures of this world offer them- 
selves ; they seize hold ; they go to 
a frolic and there the music is so 
charming, the young genMemen and 
ladies are so lovely, and tl. j feel so 
merry while dancing. And now 
when they get home where is the 
mind? On the next dance. Clothes 
that will gratify the pride of the 
wearer must be prepared. They go 
again through the same round of 
frolicing each one striving to be 
the admired one of the company, 
esteeming himself better than others. 

But now God earnestly calls 
them. He calls them by His word, 
but they will not read, or if they do 
read will not heed it. He calls 
them by the writings of good men, 
but rather than read them they will 
read novels and foolishness. He 
calls them by his ministers, but their 
words fall on dull ears. Why is it 
that nothing will move them ? They 
must be drunken ! The pleasures of 
this world have so deluded their 
minds that they do not consider 
what their duty is, nor where they 
stand 

Young friends, is this the case 



with you? Have you considered 
that you are dependent upon God 
for your food, drink, clothing, and 
your very existence, and that there- 
fore you should devote your whole 
lives to his service ; that your fu- 
ture destiny is altogether in his 
hands ; or are you so drunken with 
the pleasures of this world that you 
neither know nor care what will be- 
come of you 'i I hope it is not yet 
too late for you to think soberly and 
act wisely. Make up your minds 
what you will do, before it iH entire- 
ly too late. Strive to live so that 
at the end of time you can say, "O! 
Father, we thank thee that thou 
didst bring us to this happy place, 
free from every pain and sorrow ;" 
that you will not have to say "01 
had we but realizeed ; what an awlu! 
place this is, how carefully would we 
havo lived ; we were warned, but we 



would not hear, and now we are 
here without any help." 

Ever your friend. 

I YIOJS WALLICK. 

Iireedtsvilh', Mich. 

LOCAL MATTERS . 

Tyrone City, Pa. March 24, 1868. 

( (iliRESPONDENC e7~ 

Correspondence of church news solicited from 
all parts of the Brotherhood. Writer's name 
and address required on every communication, 
as guarantee of good faith. Rejected conimuni- 
rations or manuscript used, not returned. All 
communications for publication should be urrit 
ten upon one side of the sheet only 

Brother Aaron Hoover, writes 
from Minneapolis, Minn; We would 
be glad to see brethren coming out 
here, we have a good and healthy 
country. I came here for my health, 
and enjoyed good health ever since 
1 hare been here. Myself and con- 
panion are the only members in this 
part of Minn, except one family 
about twenty four miles from here. 

We have been here better than 
six years, and have the first sermon 
to hear preached by the brethren. If 
any of the brethren travel through 
here, we extend an invitation to 
them to visit us; we will gladly wel- 
come them. I live in Richfield Town- 
ship, seven miles south of Minneap- 
olis. 

I will gladly give all desired in- 
formation. 

Report of S. Z. Sharp. 

Money received for Bibles during 

February, 1868. 

From Green Tree, Pa. fS.OO 

" A. H. Cassel, Pa. 1.00 

" Anonymous, " 1.00 

" W. Pannebaker, Lewis- 
town, Pa. 10.00 
" Rudolph Kunkle, 2.00 



Total $17.00 

Remitted the above to the Amer- 
ican Biblo Society to-day. 
March loth, 1868. 

t II II Oil II. .Ill •• III*. 

Brother Henry', Please notice 
through Mm Cuinjninion, that the 
brethren of the Wadams Grove 
branch, Stephenson *'o., 111., have 
concluded to hold a Communion 



Meeting (the Lord willing) on the 
6th and 7th of June, at Rock Grove 
to which there is a general invita- 
tion, especially to the ministering 
brethren. We would say to those 
of Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri, to 
call with us on their return from 
Annual Meeting. 

Take the North Western R. R., 
from Chicago to Clinton junction. — 
Then the Racine and Mississippi R. 
R. to Rock city, where conveyances 
will be found to place of meeting, 5 
miles ; or the Chicago and Galena 
Union R. R. to Freeport, thence to 
Rock City. 

In behalf of the church, 

ENOCH EBY. 
Duncannon, 111. 



The following has been mislaid, and 
should have appeared sooner. — Ed. 

l.asi«r Md. District meeting tor 
IMS. 

The Brethren in the several 
branches, which constitute the Eas- 
ternDistrctof ourBrotherhood in Md. 
will please remember, that our Dis- 
trict meeting for 1868. will be held 
(Lord willing.) at Monococy meet- 
ing house, in Frederick Co. on the 
first Tuesdag after Easter; it being 
the 14th day of April next. 

Pinup Boyle. Cl'k, pro tern. 

New Windsor, Md. 

N. B. The Brn. in the ripe Creek 
branch, intend to hold their next 
Council on Saturday the 4th day of 
April, i>r<}>aral>ry to the Di/trict 
meeting. P. B. 

To the brethreu ol Yirgluta. 

Whereas it has been sug^ 
that we ask for the privilage of hold- 
ing the Yearly Meeting in our Stale 
in the year of our Lord L869, and 
the several Districts should decide 
upon it at their next meeting, 
whether they would be willing to 
hold said meeting, all the OOngltftt- 
t i • >ii- Mustlllg to bear the i 
1 therefore propose that the subject 
be laid before each congregation, 
N that their representatives mav be 
able to act accordingly upon it at 
thcDistrict Meetings. 

B. I'. sfOOMAW. 



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in our mecting-nottsd on the 1 -Uli 

1 UH dart oFJurie next: :m<l 

we invito rtlMnvthren :u\\ si 

land especially laboring brethren to 

be with ih on that oc*«wfon. 

J OS KIM I ZOOK. 



Editorial Observations. 

Brother John Zug of ShoaiYers- 
towm, Lebanon Co., Pa., wishes 
to bear testimony to the article on the 
Christian Ministry, by brother Silas 
Thomas, published] in no 9 present 
volume, and thinks it the best that 
has yet appeared upon that subject. 



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We have besides those named in 
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Moving time lias come, and our 
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In the Newton brand] Miami Co. Ohio, 
September let 1897, sister LYIMA DEETER ; 
Hid 25 days, Sue was 
l when quite youif£. She was benev- 
olent (listiihuiiiiL'to the poor -i-vrn gathering 
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U .IITil. 

daughter of Elder Abraham Miller. d 

kind and affectionate bus 
mother, two cliiMn n and! many friends to 
mourn llu-ir loss 
gain. Age 38 vcm--,:; montl 
Occasion improved hy the brethren, from r« 

■«*3-TT (A30i 

D. BllOWKK . 

i at con*. 

In Lower Canowogo, Pa., December 20th 

■ I M. daughter ol brother Isaac and 

TRIMER ; aged 3 years 1 mou'.h. and 

22 days. 

In the same district, Fehnnry I 
(lauirht-r of brother -John and sister May 
aged about 31 years. 

In same district Febuary the 1th I 
JOSEPH PRUSSJEL, by falling on the i 
fracturing his leg. Aged 85 year's 2 month 

and 21 days. 

In Upper Conowo-'o District; J.inunrv 18t£ s 
our neighbor PHILIP HESS. Aged 66 j-ears 
10 months and days. 

In tl) rv 2nd onr ol d 

and nmch beloved brother ABB All A M JA- 
COBS. Aged ffl years Hi nioiUh and 2$ days. 
The old brother s seat was seldom vacant in 
church, white he was able to attend. 

Adam Hoi.mncier. 

In "Montgomery Co.. Ohio Mnreli Mih 
WILLIAM ALBERT, son of friend Andrew 
and Sarah L>tXOiJ,aged 5 year.";, 3 month and 
13 days. Funeral discourse by brother Hett- 
ry Kubsam and John Fiantz, at the Spring 
Grove nieetiug-honso in the upper Miami 
branch, from Psalm 115 : 11. 

H. II. Arnold. 

In the Red Bank branch, Armstrong Co.. 
I.. March 6th, of Inflammation of the Brain, 
S. AB1GAL s.NOWDKN ; daughter of friend 
John, and sister Eliza Suowden ; aged 
S months, and 'J days. Funeral service on 
ll.e 7th, \>\ the writer, from John 11 : 25, 'Y>, 
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of the deceased in their bereavement, Int. 
they "sorrow uot as those who have no 
hope.'.' I. P. II ETHIC. 

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TYRONE CITY, PA., TUESDAY, MAROH 31, 1868. 



Number 13. 



For th< Companion. 
Beye Heady. 

Be ready : — tarry not 

Vain pleasures to enjoy ; 
Fur greater pleasures can be bought 

Without one earthly toy. 
The tender cord of life 

Will soon be reut in twain ; 
So now, anew begin the strife, 

The Better Flome to gain. 

Be ready : — none are free 

From artful Tempter's snare ; 

But often to your closet flee, 
And there engage in prayer. 

The contest with that Koe, 

Will not forever last ; 
Then onward press, and seek to know 

On whom your care .0 cast. 
Be ready :— \ e who wait 

For Zlon's Lord and King, 
Tho' now you pahs through trials great, 

He will dcliv'ranc« bring. 

And when theJTrump shall sound— 

The sainted; dead arise ; 
O may we all. with Christ be found, 
And each receive the prize. 

D. B. MENTZER. 
Quincy Pa. 



For thi Ctmpanion. 
I "M ii m Npealt. 

Paul says, "if thou hast faith 
have it to thyself;" hence I do not 
like much to be differing publicly, 
with my brethren ; but I would wish 
if it please them, to bear with me a 
little while I would draw their aten- 
tion to brother Wrightsnian's ans- 
wer to a query in No. 8 of Qompan- 
on. In No. 10 which I have just 
looked over, I see sister Knauff ex- 
presses herself as being much en- 
lightned on the subject "since she 
"saw brother Wrightsman's explana 
tion." Brother Murray is "glad to 
see that brother W. has manifested 
the courage to open a way for the 
brethren to give satisfaction to the 
ni&'iy enquiring minds concerning 
the query of breaking bread, &c , 
He thinks it might be "a" reason 
but not the "</«/_</" reason. Now 
with all due regard to brother 
Wrightsman, the reason he assigns, 
is according to my understanding, 
not even i loason. Hut I would not 
J have my brethren infer from this, 
) and what 1 may yet say, that I am 
^) finding fault with tho practice of 



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the church as regards this subject ; 
there was a time however wben my 
mind was not so clear. 

The reason that brother W. as- 
signs for the sisters not breaking 
the bread to each other its the breth- 
ren do, is not new to me. I have 
long since heard the same reason 
advanced, but I must say I could 
never view it in that light. It has 
aways been a weak and unfounded 
opinion in my judgment. To prove 
that the Jewish females sympathised 
with Christ, or had no hands in Lis 
crucifixion, either directly or indi- 
rectly would be somewhat difficult, 
I should' think it is no hard matter 
to suppose, but to know requires 
more evidence. Brother W. refers 
us to Pilate's wife. Yes that ia all 
true ; ihe warned her husband to 
have "nothing to do with that just 
man ;" but how this single instance 
would prove the harmless character 
of the female class generally, is not 
easily made to appear. She had 
"suffered many things that day in a 
dream because of Him." Mind, it 
was the dream that gave her so 
much uneasiness, and caused her 
to send to her husband the mes- 
sage she did. It is true there ma a 
have been many innocent females 
among the jews, but may I not with 
equal propriety conclude there may 
have been many innocent males ? 

1 Mother W. says: "neither did she 
appear as a witness against Him in 
the mock trial before Pilate." This 
may all be just so, but 1 would be 
slow to undertake to prove it. This 
much however I do know that there 
were women not far off, and they 
seemed somewhat concerned about 
trials, too ; for you remember thut 
while Peter was wanning himself 
( not far off) the High Priest's maid 

said to him :" and thou ftlfO wa-t 
with Jesus," signifying that he also, 
might be a deceiver. 1 fail t 

the innooenoe of the woman. A 

little after this "a maid flan him 



again, and began tn say to them 
that stood by, this is one of them." 
Neither can I see that the maid is 
excusable. This took place after they 
had brought false witness against 
Christ, and while they were 60 cru- 
elly abusing Him, and it seems those 
maids would have had no objections 
to have Peter share the same fate. 

The women as a matter of course 
did not direct! ■ in the cru- 

cifixion of Christ. They did not 
drive the nails, n >r did they gai 1 • 
the spear, but ncathercan 1 see that 
this is a proof of their innocence, 
for I have not learne 1 that it was 
customary for the women of Judea 
to engage in a work of thi- kind to 
execute criminals, &c. N"> this was 
not the work of women. Neither do 
I know that it was the Jewish prac- 
tice of stationing women as guards 
at sepulchres, or at such like places. 
In all this then there is no positive 
proof of weman's innocency in tho 
breaking of Christ's bod>, or the 
shedding of his blood. It must be 
remmebered that an atonement must 
be made, and that it be made for 
the female part of the human family 
was equally necessary. His blood 
must flow for all, or there can be on 
universal redemption. 

Those women we read of and to 
whom brother W. refers, who were 
"looking on afar off," were sisters. 
They were Christ's followers, for 
many of them, when He was in (Jal- 
lilce "followed Him ;"others ••■ 
up with Hint unto Jerusalem." — 
These, U a matter understood. 
pathised with our bleeding Savior 

as did also the brethren ; for they 
as well U thoM women, \ur/ inno- 
cent of 11 h crucifixion. 

It matt be admitted by all, that 

the blindness whi h befel t 

nation, and under win .re to 

this day gi them 

OUnt of their and 

oracifixion of the 8 in of God, 

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or 

did not 
in this case ; but n~>, 
male Bud female arc alike smitten 
with blin and that for no 

ut the rejection and 
putting to death of their only Mes- 
siah. 

Thus I conclude that because the 
•women did not with their hai 
Biet in crucifying Christ, is no evi- 
dence whatever that the sisters 
should not break the bread to each 
other I have yet to learn that the 
tion can be sustained. And 
were it not for the fears that I cn- 
ined that the idea mi ght become 
st ; ll more privilent, I might have 
remained silent still. But duty, 
h:is urged me to write what you see; 
and hence I would ask brother W. 
and all the brethren, to bear with me 
should I have written different to 
their views. 

I would that myself, and all were 
like the <;■ Christian — aboun- 

ding in self denial ; for when this 
{precious ornamen* .predominates, her 
daughters, humility and simplicity, 
are abundant. 

lb-other Murray also advanced a 
reason, but I will leave it as it is. — 
Should have no objections now to 
give my reason, for I think the 
chureirhas better grounds than have 
vet been produced, but my article is 
already too long and I must con- 
clude. From your unworthy one. 
SAMUEL KINSEY. 

Dayton, Ohio. 

»♦ ' 

For Vu Companion. 
Aaron's <'alJ. 

The amazement of some people at 
the children of Israel, can not be 
told ; and indeed it docs seem mar- 
velous to think about ; how, that, 
after they had been brought out of 
vpt by a high hand with many 
„us and wonders, through the Led 

rcb, 
where they had so lately seen the 
Lord descending in awful 

lid iirc, ;• and 

oai ; 
■ h that the mountain si' 
and all the pe >ple were afraid, then, 
when Moses delayed in coming down 
from the m unit, thoy could go and 
make a calf, a god fore them. 



won- 
le.— 



This rcallv docs seem to be a 
der that astonishes many pcopl 
But there is another wonder, per- 
haps as great, and it is this: if they 
wanted a god to go before them, 
why did they make an ugly calf? 
Why did they not make some 
intjhe shape of human form ? Or 
something having form excelling 
human, instead of giving it the shape 
of a fourfooted beast 1 These t. 
at first sight, do really seem won- 
derful, but at second sight applied 
to ourselves, they will not appear 
.piitc so strange. "Why did they 
make a calf? The martyr Stephen 
tells us plainly, Acts 7 : 39, that in 
their hearts, they turned back again 
into Egypt : "saying unto Aaron 
make us god? to go before us."&c. 
"And they made a calf in those days 
and offered sacrifice unto the idol." 
Now in this that "in their hearts 
they turned back again into Egypt," 
they also turned back again to the 
•gods of the Egyptians, whom they 
served in bondage, having been 
brought up from their childhood as 
slaves or servants of the Egyptians 
serving b< th them and their gods. 
Now it is not so much wonder after 
all that they made a calf, because 
they had been brought up to wor- 
ship idols of that kind ; since some 
people even in our day will hold on 
to the notions they were brought up 
in, especially in religious matters. 
Did the Egyptians worship calves ? 
Yes, we read in the histories of an- 
ti4uity,(in Josephus, if my memory 
serves me rightly.) that they did 
worslup calves, oxen, and such 
animals. 

Now after all, they did not act 
so very strangely when we consider 
how many peop'lo in our days, in a 
spiritual sense, come up out of 
Egypt by a high hand, apparently 
trials and conflicts, and 
for awhile they seem to cat bread 
from heaven, but nltcwards in their 
hearts turnback again into E 
where they had been kept in 

ves serving sin, forgetting 
their hard Egyptian master, and in 
their heal I worship the gods 

of K-vpt. and' yet at the same time 
hold 'their place in the camp of Isra- 
el. After considering the matter 



and applying the lesson to ourselves 
we need not wonder i o much at the 
Israelites doing a? thev did. 

J AS. Y. HECKLER. 
Ilarleysv.llc, Pa. 



A lew vor>1s to my brethren 
and iM 

The changing scenes of time have 
made it necessary for me to make a 
change in mv avocation: and before 
I retire I feel like saying a few words 
to those whom I have been helping 
to serve for better than a year. 
During my short stay, while reading 
the many letters that came from all 
parts of "the brotherhood, obsening 
their different tones, and expressions, 
and the things by which I have be 
surrounded, I have learned many- 
important lessons, which I hope will 
stand the blighting temptations that 
I may meet with in after life, and 
never be effaced from my heart, but 
cause it to grow more tender and 
sympathetic. I now realize more 
than ever before what the Savior 
meant when he said "deny thy-self." 
The gospel-ship is the life-boat in 
which we embark when we fear the 
ship of sin will engulf us if we do not 
forsake it; how then can wc expect 
to take all our former passions, cus- 
toms, lust*, fashions, and all we had 
in the ship of sin, with us into this 
narrow boat? True wisdom says 
leave then, "escape for thy lite," 
"look not behind thee." I have learn- 
ed that to give edge to what we preach 
wedare not swerve one iota from it,but 
stand to it calmly, and firmly through 
temptations, persecutions, and what 
is worst of all influence which comes 
in a friend! v manner, thus refined 
by the subtlety of the enemy to work 
destruction to the soul. 

My early training was in the coun- 
try where I saw comparatively little 
of the wickedness, and abominations 
ofwhichtheworldisrifc. I have now 
spent a vear on the great high way 
Of the nation, where the people ot 
ovorv grade are passing to and fro; 
and I 'must confess that with God 8 
truth impressed upon the -mind tbe 
aight is not a pleasant one. bociety 
has become so corrupt that it points 
the mind vividly back to the d*y« 
of Lot when the filthy conversation 



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of the wicked vexed hi* righteous 
soul. Drunkeness is the order of 



the sanction of God." 3 
. 
the day, and turn from it to whit is common, and !1 -'!y harm- 

; the sober class, aud our ear i their q iking 

are grated with sounds of profan- similarity pf th 
ity and blasphemy. A.nd daily , and "my Lord i his coming, and 

hourly the worshipers of the god- began to smite his fellow 

of fashion may boseen stalking and to eat and drink with the drunk- 
abroad, bowing to the yoke of hor en." reliction of which the and cheerfully den 

bondage ; truly the inhabitants i r speaks Is simply eating and sake all and go forth iil in a 



our guard. \ much to con- 

watch his 

iLi deny 

to bring c 
abundantly ble 






irth have been made drunk 
with the wine of her fornication. 

ly wonder why 1 say so 
much in regard Kb th i wickedness of 
the world. My answer is ; just 
SO long as christians think they can 



drinking with the drunken & not be 
ing drunken himself, & the • 



cold and frowning world, to | 
the merits of his dear son. And I 
pience will be that the lord of that themselves will feel more b< 
servant shall come in a day when he and comfort — though they 
looketh not for him, -v in an hour that easts — than Kings even feel up in 
he is n >t aware of, & shall cut him a- their thro' 



indulge in the amusements ofthe sunder & appoint him his portion with Then let us seek to kn i 



world, an 1 keep, tl res un-p it- 

ted from it, so long 1 will feel it my 
duty to 8oun 1 an alarm against it. 
The kingdom pf Christ, and the king- 
dom of the world stand to each- 
other as the blast does to the West, 
when we set our face to the one our 
back is to the other. 



the hypocrites; there shall be weeping but "Christ anl 

/nashing of teeth. Many good Feed the Hock . I of 

meaning people arc drawn into this life; it will serve a> 

"eating and drinking" by a show of link to bin I us bo ; 
benevolence, or charity; this i thai cann 

what I mean by influence. And king of terror 

the festivals and fails, arc nothing when time with us shall be no 
but a refiucd state of gambling, For the sati- ml* 

My puritanical notions have often without its lothesome name; and and those who lire t; k 

experienced a cold shiver whilst be- leads to drunkenness, aud many my whereabouts,' I will 

holding this commingling of the other evils. brethren at McAlla 

church and world, and it is all in while meditating upon this ing of my I in; 

brought about to keep tha favor and subject my mind would unveil the to come "over 

friendship ofthe influential of the future to sec the misery and degra- they were being left in al. • . 

latter, and they now. rej seing dation that will follow this custom ditiou. la.. 

that their works arc tolerated anl of wine-making in families, to drink enter upon that ti 

even practiced in the churches ; and with our visitors and children. Per- the first of April, 1 fer 

in the eye* Of popularity the whole haps may a bitter tear will be horn the brethren will Q 

earth is being filled with the glory of a mother's broken heart, because on their m 

of God: and with this syren' song her idolized a drunk- that; 

are lulled to sleep. 1 : when laid the and 1 am young and iced 

"If the chri I fouh 1 iti in, and b 

to the un m- bail i iii. sisters with a | 

not worship the L >rd with u* ; m rid 

will' dd you all the good we" can, but I m. Think Jdy 

wo will no tr own y 0*1 \ jtiaa; what j oumayi 

your soul will be imperiled by it, _. Ion Co., J 

Nv '' ! 'be. If y.u c iur JAMES A. SELL, 

unre aily of men .. >utd to fill a iru i 7' ■ ... , /' 



!ps, have nmr 1 t! 1 m my of 

<; . r 

k, hiding themsclvs in 



will in 
drunkar l's re war 1. !: 
v iur time in ;. ii iting I 



an 1 cives pf j 



jhiiroh of id h 
with ■ talc nog ully 

compa - : ' with : 

th re mlt is tha itisn his 

ceased, an 1 the children of 0,1 
• helped i irld i i i : 

1 bition, its 

jj wars; an 1 t'.ie world 
thatallitsgre.it enterprises have 




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I \ ruing Prayer. 

Hark, a whi.j.er gently stealing 
On the breath of evening's air, 
Bee tlii-iii reverently kneeling 

In the attitude of prayer. 

vTfaed the dew comes to th« flower, 
When tho Wplljr Whlapen sweet, 

(iu then to Tour quiet bower ; 
Go, and thore your Savior meet. 

When ihe buay day Is closing, 

When the things of earth grow dim, 
Then the heart on God reposing, 
''eratea Its all to him. 

O, there's something in this hour, 

Calling forth the inmost soul ; 
It is a myaterious power. 
That the mind cannot control. 

There is iomething o'er it stealing, 
'Tis an influence lrom above, 

Bathing every thought and feeling, 
Iu a tide of holy love. 



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For the Comj)anion. 
Ou .1 mix's 2: 10. 

Brother Cravener "will observe 
that the law spoken of in the text 
has reference to the old Testament 
dispensation — according to which, 
no man was justified before God. 

Had it been possible for this Levit- 
ical law to save man, it would not 
have been necessary for Jesus to 
have died. 

Our Lord coming into the world 
not only established a new law by 
which we are saved, but he redeem- 
ed us from under the curse of this 
old law — refered to in the text, by 
fulfilling it in all things by his per- 
fect obedience even unto death. — 
The New Law only holds us respons- 
ible for what we do ; that is, if we 
offend one law only, we only arc 
held responsible for one, and not 
for those which we have not offen- 
ded. But the Mosaic law was: If 
any one failed to keep the whole 
law, he was guilty of all. That is 
as if it had said: If you keep 90 laws 
out of a hundred and to perfection 
and drm't do the 100th, it is as if 
you had done nothing — you would 
get no credit for anything you had 
done. 

This was seemingly a very un- 
just law. It was this r that caused 
the dear Son of God to leave his 
heavenly bliss and come into our 
sin cursed world, and took upon 
himself our nature, (sin excepted) 
had a suffering life, that we migh 1 ', 
lead a peaceable and quiet life in all 
godliness ; wore B crown of thorns, 
that we might wear a crown of glo- 



ry, died an ignonimous death upon 
the cross that we might die a trium- 
phant death — rose train the third 
day from the dead, for our justifica- 
tion and after making some prelim- 
inary preparation* to have his new 
law executed, he ascended into 
heaven, and is there now, (blessed 
be his name) making intercessions 
for us with his Father and prepa 
ring a mansion for all the faithful 
eternally in the heavens ; for "Where 
1 am, there shall ye be also," say- 
eth the Lord. 

So then we understand that, the 
old constitution, has been abolished 
and the new one established and 
ratifiel by our Lord Jesus Christ, 
in presence of heaven and earth, 
angles and men, and is now and for- 
ever the supicme law of time and 
! eternity — "Heaven and earth are 
: to pass away, but the word of the 
Lord endureth forever." Oh how 
thankful we ought to be to our 
! Heavenly Father, for giving us 
1 such a perfect Savior, who is touch- 
ed even with the feelings of our in- 
firmities, and will help us in every 
emergency if we will solicit his 
aid. Hence we have a perfect Sa- 
1 vior, and there is no need of us cal- 
ling upon Peter, Paul, or any other 
departed saint to interceed with 
! God for us, because Jesus is the on- 
ly Mediator and Intercessor be- 
tween God and man. 

ASA WARD. 

Sykesville, Md. 

MISCELLANEOUS" 

The Nobleman's Jewels. 

A rich nobleman was once show- 
ing a friend a great collection of pre- 
cious stones, whose value was almost 
beyond counting. There were dia- 
monds, and pearls, and rubies, and 
gems from almost every country on 
the globe, which had been gathered 
by their possessor by the greatest 
labor and expense. "And yet," he 
remarked, "they yield me no in- 
come." 

His friend replied that he had two 
stones, which cost him but ten florins 
each, yet they yielded him an in- 
come of iwo hundred florins a year. 

In much surprise, the nobleman 
desired to see tho wonderful stones; 




when the man led him down to his 
mill, and pointed to the two toiling 
gray mill-stones. They were labor 
iously crushing the grain into snowy 
flour, for the use of hundreds, who 
depend on this work for their daily 
bread. Those two dull, homely 
stones did more good in the world, 
and yielded a larger income, than 
all the nobleman's jewels. 

So it is with idle treasure every- 
where. It is doing nobody any good. 
While poor aouls are dying of thirst, 
the money is hoarded and hid away, 
which might take the water of life to 
them. It is right to be prudent and 
saving of our money, when it is for 
a good fixed purpose ; but to hoard it 
up for its own sake is more than 
folly — it is sin; and even when we 
save it for a good purpose, a part is 
the Lord's. It is not all ours. We 
cannot spend it all upon ourselves, 
and yet have God's favor. 

Learn early to value money at its 
true worth, and to spend even pen- 
nies as God's stewards. He will cer- 
tainly call us to give an account of 
the way in wich we have spent even 
the smallest sums. 



Christ's Preaching 

How did Christ preach the Gos- 
pel? He forbade family quarrels. 
He warned his hearers against the 
evil practices of the scribes and 
Pharisees. He bade no one dare to 
come up to the temple to worship un- 
til he had paid his just debts. He 
not only enjoined upon them not to 
commit adultery, but told them what 
the first step in adultery was, that 
they might shun it. He talked to 
them about their families, and thier 
lawsuits, and their habit of borrow- 
ing. He told them how they should 
accost people in the streets, when 



they should 



away, and how 



they should give it; how they should 
keep fast-day. He told them just 
how religion bore upon theirbusiness 
and their associations. Ho bade 
them not to backbite or slander. 
He warned them against preach- 
ers, who came preaching false doc- 
trine. Common things he discoursed 
in common language, enlivening his 
discourse with pungent questioning, 
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and garnishing it \> ith vivid and 
beautiful pictures, drawn from sum- 
mer fields and humble homes. 
Through it all sang the tender tune 
of love — piety for the suffering, 
strength for tho weak, trust and com- 
fort for the poor. No wonder the 
people were astonished at his doc- 
trines, and when he came down from 
the mountain great multitudes fol- 
lowed him. 



LOCAL MATTERS 



Hope and Courage. 

True hope is based on energy of 
character. A strong mind always 
hopes, and has always cause to hope, 
because it knows the mutabillity of 
human affairs, and how slight *. cir- 
cumstance may change the whole 
course of events. Such a spirit, 
too, rests upon itself; it is not con- 
fined to particular objects ; and if at 
last all should be lost, it has saved 
itself its own integrity and worth.— 
Hope awakens courage, while de- 
spondency is the last of all evils : it 
is the abandonment of all good — 
the giving up of the battle of life 
with dead nothingness. He who j 
can implant courage in the human 
soul is the best physician. To seek ! 
to govern men by their fears and I 
their wants is an unworthy purpose; ' 
the desire to rule by means of cow , 
ardice. Love inspires courage and 
hope, and this is doubly the giver 
and preserver of life. Whatsoever 
teaches boldness to combat the mani- 
fold evils and assaults of life, ena- 
bles us to win the crown of victory. 
Special care, therefore, ought to be 
taken in education to teach what 
true couragens— as well in social and 
domestic as in public affairs — and 
by what means it may be be3t ins 
tained. 



DlPBKDBCT. — The race of man- 
kind would perish, did they cea->- to 
aid each other. From the time the 
mother binds the child's head, till 
the moment that some kind asMstant 
wipea tin- death clamp from the biow 

of the dying, we cannot exist with- 
out mutual help. All, therefore, 
that need aid, have a right t 
it of their follow mortals. No ono 
who has the power of granting it 
can refuse it without guilt. 



Tyr«ne City, P«-, *f«rcb 31, I *>«>. 

W« * »n( ik>< beNt. 
It is required of us fc^at our pa- 
per appears promptly and regularly, 
and that it fails not in a aingl* in- 
stance to reach the fire«ido of erery 
patron, and that when there it be 
found in a fair, legible, clean and 
complete conditi >n, and without 
faults or errors. When it is remem- 
bered that paper tear? and soils: 
ink blurs, machines get out of or 
der, printers blunder, and that edi- 
tors are fallible ; postmasters, mes- 
sengers, and clerks, becomo careless 
and indifferent, several thousand of 
whom handle our papers, railroad 
cars run off the track and arc de- 
stroyed, we say when these facts 
are taken into consideration it will 
be readily granted that ours is a 
task not easily completed. For our 
"type setters " some apology should 
be offered, as out of the fifty thous- 
and types they handle twice a week 
and a mistake in either case would 
cause an error, some one is most 
likely to go astray. In folding sev- 
eral thousand it is possible that a 
"bad copy" may be overlooked and 
thus sent to some one. The mail- 
ing clerk in addressing thousands 
of papers from hundreds of pages 
of manuscript list book, may fail in 
a "single instance." For all the 
above misadventures and their con- 
sequent results tho editor of a pub- 
lic journal is held responsible. Yet, 
however weighty these obligations 
may appear they do not constitute 
our highest responsibilities, or en 
gross our chief concern. Results 
more terrible than these hang upon 
our actions and intluenee. lionet 
we occasionally break violently forth 
from our prison house of punctilio, 
and proclaim our independence and 
our real mission. The burning 
Stromboli is not idle though he does 
uot send forth a weekly or even a 
yearly eruption. 

A long winter is about bidding us 

adieu, and we bopa we have 
now already QSMod t.> be held bv 
his ioj hand. When we look upon 
Natuio we Wfl her alive, and her 
millions of creatures are thronging 



the earth and air, all astir in tilling 
the design of their creation. Why 
should not we derive n*w energy 
from reviving uatuie, and entor 
with renewed zeal upon our as.-i m- 
ed labors ? We would feel to do 80 
and with that view have taken up 
our pen. 

In making op matter for our 
weekly issues we do Botfeo much de- 
pend upon our own productions as 
upon the communications furnish 
ed us by our brethren and sisters. 
Hence we have solicited, and do 
still tolioit their contributions. We 
have even requested to send us se- 
lected items when any are found 

that are thought to be very wood. 

The latter we would still continue, 
but would wish to be allowed te em- 
phasize very and to qualify "items" 
by the word brief. Some have cop- 
ied almost entire books. We wish 
only to have selections which are 
brief, pointed, strong, and of special 
interest. These when copied plain- 
ly, with the punctuation points care 
fully transferred, are verv thank- 
fully received, while long prosy, 
badly written, imperfectly copied 
selections are a vexatious annoy- 
ance. It would not take us as long to 
look over our entire file of «xchai[ge« 
and make a much better selection, 
as it would require to lead one sheet 
of such uianu>cript, let alone to 
correct and revise it. \\\ do not sav 
those words in a oompbining mood", 
bv no means. Those who° some- 
times thus annoy us are our beet 
friends, and warm ad\ | the 

cause of Christ, ami they think no 
doubt they are doin 5 ufl 
Uenee our remarks mil be received 

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'we 

wish DOW to bring ab.-ut some re- 
form. \\ 1 tl i' k *■■ should 
up our paper with original articles, 
fresh from the minds ••!' those who 
are earnest m the work of reforma- 
tion end for the a 1* 
ment of the religion which we desire 

l" leach. Some of OUT brethren and 
-lMers have labored faithfully with 

us, but there are many others who 
ha\e nev. r been beard through our 

columns but who we !. . . ,,, u , 

believe have the Welfare and 



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]'i-i-i t_\ ■ of Uil- Church at heart. — 
While we believe t hut these are 
.ding up their prayers in our be- 
half whioh is an invaluable Sid-fot. 
"the earnest prayer of -a righteous 
man ai ails muck" — we would neve* 
the less feel muoh encouraged by an 
lional word of cheer from all 
our ooleagues. 

Wo wish to set ourself renewedlyto 
the work. For sometime past we 
been engaged in other branch- 
es of our business, and had in con- 
nection with our office a job Print- 
ing establishment which executed 
work to the amount of nearly one 
hundred dollars per month during 
the first two months of the present 
year with prospects of a yearly in- 
crease of patronage. With this we 
have now disposed, and hence have 
nothing upon us but the conducting 
of the Companion, More may 
therefore be expected from us. — 
But we alone cannot make the pa- 
per. It is its correspondancc that 
gives it tone and variety. 

Let us than, as "laborers together 
with God," so labor in God's hus- ! 
bandry, that the harvest may be an 
abundant one to his honor and glo- 
ry. 

• iik Ksrox i) i: n i 

. lence of church news Solicited jYotn 
all part* of the Brotherhood, ll 
and address required on 

at guarantee of good faith. Rejected c 

or manuscript used, >it>t returned' All 
communications for publication should be writ M 
ten upon one side of the sheet only 

Union Deposit, Pa. i 
March 17, 1868. j 
Brother Jonas Price ; When we 
were with you, laboring in the 
word, many of the members reques- 
ted us to write to them after we 
reach home. We concluded to 
write to you through the Companion 
so constructing our epistle a6 to be 
adapted to you all. Unto us who 
are less than the least of all 
.-aims, is this grace given, that we 
should preach the unsearchable 
riches of Christ." We need not re- 
mind you that "our speach and our 
preaching, .vas not with ehtioii 
words of men's wisdom ;" and if it 
Mined a single grain of power. 
it was "in demonstration of the 



spirit;" Being that your "faith 
not .-tand in the wisdom of 
man, but in the power of God," 
we were the more bold to open our 
mouth in your mi 1st, although we 
were with you in weakness and fear, 
and in much trembling." We have 
reason to believe we had no atheni- 
ans in our little meetings, whose 
fancy was itching and whose heart 
callous, and this confidence leads us 
to hope that our poor efforts were 
not in vain. Those who repair to 
the house of the Lord in foul weath- 
er, and at great inconvenience, will 
be blessed in their deed, even if the 
water of life is held out to them in 
vessels so frail and worthless as your 
humble servants. The hungry soul 
is grateful for the crumbs it finds 
under the tabic, and tho Lord will 
never send such away empty. If 
we feel that we are nothing but so 
much fuel for the flames of Hell, 
and have no more claim to the least 
mercy of God than we have to his 
Throne and Seeptre, we will regard 
is as a great blessing to have a 
single drop of honey-dew fall into 
our thirsty souls. The contrite will 
never go famishing from the feast 
spread and blessed by the Lord's 
Anointed, and the conciously maim- 
ed and helpless will ge leaping and 
rejoicing from "the Beautiful Gate 
of the Temple." The five loaves 
and two small fishes ever kept multi- 
plying in Holy hands, and when 
the vast multitude had been satis- 
fied, the fragments exceeded the or- 
iginal supply. That same "Jesus 
who blessed the bread that perish-! 
eth, is Himself the Bread of Life, 
and unlocks to hungry souls Heav- 
en's Garner more readily and fully, 
than He provided nourishment for 
that oriental crowd. Christ did not 
give directly to the multitude, but 
to His disciples, who distributed to 
the waiting, weary assembly. His 
word is deposited in the hands of 
His ambassadors, ami they are to 
break the Bread of Heaven, and to 
deal it to such as feel that no earth- 
ly good will satisfy the cravings of 
the immortal spirit -. Oh. how easy 
to preach to such world-weary, 
Christ seeking souls ! Poor and im- 
perfect as we are, and limited as is 




our knowledge, we are neither as- 
hamed nor afraid to set a table for 
those who can find in all this Avorld 
nothing to meet their wants but "the 
good word of (rod.' The place where 
we sat together was a *■ there 

was mueh grast'. It was green 
and fresh with the presence of Christ. 
Had the house been crowded, and 
we had the power to speak like Paul 
at Lystra, and Christ been absent, 
our words had been. like "sounding 
brass, or a tinkling cymbal." Your 
ears would have been tickled, and 
your hearts remain ■ I as dry as a 
potsherd on the hearth. But God 
sen*- us to you with purity of speech, 
a thorn in the flesh," and with noth- 
ing in which to glory save our in- 
firmities, so that if you get any 
you owe it all to Christ. We arc 
glad exceeding glad, that the weak- 
ness and foolishness of God is strong- 
er and wiser than man, and that he 
has chosen the foolish and weak 
things of this world to confound the 
wise, and the things that are migh- 
ty ; and base things of the world and 
things that are despised, hath God 
chosen, yea,- and things which are 
not, to bring to nought things that 
are ; that no flesh should <jl>ryin 
His i>rcHcnce. Truly, this is not the 
manner of men. Wo r a ore- 

over, that our temptation, which was 
in our flesh, ye despised not nor re- 
jected ; but received us as angels of 
God, even as Christ Jesus'." God 
knows how much we love you for all 
this. We are not worthy to urn 
the shoe-latchet of the leist of the 
saints, but Christ in you recognizDd 
Christ in us, so that wiAvcre an 
you to the praise of God's glory'.— 
"We bear you record, that if it h'a'q 
been possible, ye would have pluck- 
ed out your own eyes, and have giv- 
en them to us." Vfe .-ay Hot 

- to puff you up, but we 's 
the truth in Christ, we lie not, our 
concscience also bearing us wi 
in the Holy Ghost." May the good 
Lord reward you abundantly for 
the love you have manifested to u-, 
and may you in Heaven reap a har- 
vest of eternal j>y from the seed 
sown in this valley of tears. 

i nigh we are now at home 
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often return to the scones where we 

bher in heavenly pla< 
Christ.'' Our heaita of! 
back after the sweet Bociety we en- 

i, like a vine reaching for sup- 
port after trellis has been removed. 
In spirit we often tit with you at 
your tables, kneel with you around 
your family altars, couver e with 
you on the great themes of Eternal 
Life, and Eternal Death, and Salva- 
tion through the Blood of the Lamb. 
Why is it so, dear b The 

answer is plain: we love each other. 
Whence this strong, all-dominating 
affection'.' Jesi himself for us, 

has filled us with His Spirit, thrilled 
us with His love, and made us like- 
minded with Him. Neither cold 
weather nor hot can ke p us apart. 
The loveofChrist constraineth a to 
all most wondrous sacrifices. Such 
a dame has beeakindled in our he krts, 
we pre ever ready to die for the 
brethren, if need be. It was this 
that took us to Montgomery County, 
it was this that made our visit so 

nit and profitable, it is this, 
dear brother -Jonas, tl, , often 

brought you to Dauphin, it is this 
that has made your ministrations 
among us instrumental in hading 
many souls to .Jesus, it i- this that 
will wave like a banner over us all 
our journey through, and conduct 

ifely through the Bwellin 

i a, and establish vet in 

the unspeakable joy and glory of 
the pr and fellowship of the 

Almighty God. 

Be > unto the end 

servants of (Jii'Ht. hear the 
patiently, asffud Pisgah'B summit 
often, -end 

daily, and let there not he wanting 
grapes from Iv hoi, and the other 

from the ever-gr 
L'aradi 

In the the warmth of christian 
love, and in a >n of fie hap- 

iain, iV c, 
. JACOB KIEFF1 
DAVID ETT1 
pi in 

ItevpouMc to •»!•<►. ii«r Dnul \<li<r. 
Dear Brother ; Yon • ndorse the 

if the 

'j Lhmpanion, see current rolumo, 

_. No. 8, page 61, who do not feel ex« 



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actly satisfied with the very brief | vice of the A.M.'; but this, to my 
it brother Studebaker haa giv- judgment is the greatest thing that 

is wrong anion- yoor branch 

o! the church is one of the old 

the State, will you, dear brother, 
by the consent of your church have 
thi question before the \>. M . 



en of (heir tour to the VY< 
States, and thinks they ought to 
give a more full explanation for cer- 
tain reasons. 

I will admit that when I first heard 
of their returning home sooner than 
tpeoted, that 1 felt anxious to 
know more particularly their rea- 
sons for so doing ; bit knowing them 
to be prudent and consistent breth- 
ren. 1 thought, unless brethren .J. 
Shively and D. Bowman, who are 
appointed with me to superintend 
the Southern mwaion, would call on 
them, or ropiest me to do so, for a 
further explanation, I would let the 
matter rest, believing that they will 
do so, to a full satisfaction in due 
time. But there is another thing 
that is a w <n der to me, why it is 
that brethren are so ready to drop 
this important undertaking, an I do 
SO little for such a noble enterprise. 
When we look South and see a race 
of people thei e nurhberii 
3,000,000 souls : their forefathers 
were torn from their native land and 
Bold into worse than Egyptian bond- 
by the people of these United 
, until the 3rd or 4th genera- 
tion, and on that account we, as a 
religious body have not been per- 
mitted until of late to go there and 
preach our sentiments in full, an 1 

consequently the brethren ha\ 
multiplied there as they otherwise 
would have done. Where LB that 
God fearing man or woman that 

Claims to he filled with the spirit of 

true philanthropy that does not feel 
that we have a duty there to per- 
form i» we want to please our I>i 

vine \! i-ter. If you had 

that we would at our m kI Distrii t 

make a strong effort to af 

f< ot a • in our District upon 

that question that about equally di- 
vides it, in one important t 

that i>. qne half at th 
h ive the Supper on the t aide \\ hen 
• t, claiming they ha\ ■ 

the word t.k iu tain them, while the 
mi the old order for their 
practice : although this maki 

for we are .! 

each other, agreeable with t 1 



if we can all come to the require- 
ment of the apostle Paul, see 1 
1 : In, certainly it Would he what we 
all desire and should strive for. — 
Then we would send it to the Annu- 
al Meeting, and it -cms to me that 
it would meet with a hearty appro- 
val. 

Dear Brother, I have no doubt 
hut if your proposition was carried 
out in the fear of the hud, it wbuld 
result in doing much good, hut un- 
less your strong and wealthy hranch 
with several others, including our 
own, does more iu imitating the 
worthy example of the Nettle (.'reek- 
branch, there will not he much dan- 
ger ofourcharitv >:ettin_' too far 
irom home. Believe me, my dear 
brother, that there is nothing but 
love and a strong desire for the 
glory of God, and the prosperity of 
/.ion, that has prompted in 
what I have. 

fours in the bonds of tfospiel love 
and affection. 

HIEL HAMILTON. 

P v lar Or . lad. 

Brother .J. Wis< rice my last 

report, there have been fiv« aided 
to the church by baptism, May the 

l-^rd prosper our labors. l'ra\ for 
us! 

He 

ah' 242 VI 

I Mack Hawk I a. 

AiinoiirieomriilN. 

•e i- I the 

dm--. .i u . Mil |] e p 

Irict of I'.e. that accordi vr- 

ticles 11th, and U re 

and, .oir next 
Will he held 

with the brethren in the i. 

■ranch, I'm. I n the l< 

miles 

it the bretbn • 
on Saturday the 9th, .. 



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•<• n caching over Sunday at differ- 
ent places ; and council begins on 
Monday the 11th. Those coming 
by rail road will stop at the Lewis- 
burg station, on the Northern Cen 
tral R. R. Afternoon train from 
llarrisburgdue there about 5 o'clock 
and as it is about 14 miles to the 
place of meeting, the brethren will 
try to meet all with conveyance. — 
Therefore those coming will please 
let us know by letter about the first 
uf May. Address, Isaac Myers, 
Mifllinburg, Union Co., Pa. 
By order of the church. 

ISAAC MYERS. 



Brother Henery ; Please announce 
through the Companion that we in- 
tend to hold a Communion Meeting, 
God willing, at the Goodville meet- 
ing house, Juniatta Co , Pa. on the 
7th and 8th of May next, commen- 
ing at 1 o'clock, P. M. We extend 
a general invitation to the brother- 
hood, and especially to the minister- 
ing brethren. This will be on the 
road to the District Meeting. All 
persons coming from the East will 
stop at Thompsontown, those coming 
from the West, on the cars will stop 
off at Patterson. 

By order of the church. 

EPHRAIM MYERS. 



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The District Council Meeting, for 
the Western District of Maryland, 
will be held the Lord willing, on 
Tuesday the 28th day of April, with 
the brethren at Beavercreek meet 
ing-house, six miles East of Ilagers- 
town, Washington Co. The meet- 
ing will be continued if necessary. 
We hope the brethren will turn out 
liberally, and the District be fully 
represented at the meeting. For 
further information address 

J. W. WOLF. 

Chetvtville, Washington Co. Md. 

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Queries. 

Will some one please give an ex- 
planation of 1 Cor 5 : 7. Does not 
this put an end to the passover that 
Christ eat with his disciples? 

CATHARINE A. FOREMAN. 



nrothrr Moomaw'* New Book. 

A Treatise on Trine Immersion, 
the Lord's Supper and the New 



Birth, with a Dialogue on the doc- 
tiine of Non Resistance. 

We have given the above work a 
pretty fair examination, and can rec- 
ommend it to our readers as wor- 
thy of their perusal. Its teachings 
are sound and practical. 

Brother S. Z. Sharp, who has 
read it says of this work : "A large 
proportion of the work indicates se- 
rious reflection and profound thought 
while the article on the new birth, 
may be read with great profit by 
every christian." 

It contains 282 pages, and will 
be sent postpaid for G8 cents. Ap- 
ply to B. F. Moomaw, Bjnsacks, 
Roanoak Co., Va. 

Brother Moomaw's advertisement 
of the work will appear in our 
next. 



To our Correspondent*. 

Isaac Bartow, Millerstown, Pa. All right ; 
the papers will be sent. 

Hannah Knauff, Covington, Ohio. Yon 
sent us the money before for Joseph Joncb ; 
it was an oversight of ours in transfcring the 
names from the old book. His subscription 
is now paid for two years. Beg pardon for 
the neglect. 

H. H. Arnold, Dayton, O. We haveaccee6 
to Fleetwood's History of the Apostles. 

.lacob C. Eshelmau, Michaelstown, Iowa. 
Where is your paper to be changed from. 

Joseph Myer6, East Berlin, Pa. ; We do 
not know whether the old kind of German 
and English Hymn Books are to be had. — 
You can escertain by writing to brother Hen- 
ry Kurtz, Columbiana, Ohio. 



MARRIED 

February 27th, in the city of Baltimore, by 
Eld Saml Longanecker, Theodore E:kcr to 
Alice Woods, both of Baltimore. 



DIED. 

We admit no poetry under any circumstane 
ces in connection with obituary notices. We 
wish to use all alike, and we cotdd not insert 
verses with all. 

Note. — In the obituary notice of brother 
ALEXANDER BURKHART, in No. 10, the 
word brother was .omitted. He had been a 
member\)l the church for several years pre- 
vious to]bis death. 

In the Johnstown branch, Pa., Feb. 11th. 
brother JACOB HEIPLE ; aged 75 years, 3 
months, and 13 days. Disease Rheumatism, 
and Neuralgia, from which he -suffered for 
two years. He was a widower for twenty 
years. He leaves seven children to mourn 
bis departure. Funeral services from John 
5 : 24, 25, by Abraham 8tutsman. 

JOSI AH 1 1 Kl I'l.K. 

In the Middle River branch mar Mt. 8id- 
DOV, Augusta Co., Va. Febuary 29tb Sister 
NANCY QARBER wife of brother Jacob Gar- 
bcrjaud daughter of Eld. Samuel Arnold, 
formerly of Hampshire co., West Virginia. 



She lived t the age of gj v ,. arS) 10 raonlh 
andl8da\8. On the second day of March 
her remains were followed by many relatives 
and a large concourse of people to the placeof 
interment, where the funeral occasion was 
improved by brother Dauiel Brower, and 
others from 2nd Timuth- *: 10, 18 She 
leaves a bereaved husband and lire children 
to mourn their loss which we believe is her 
She bore her aflictions with 
christian fortitude, and resignation. She 
lived to sec twenty-six grand-children and 
two great -rand children ; and em of all that 
number but one of her K rand children have 
been taken irotii time to" eternity. 

Bhe was kind and affectionate mother and 
neighbor and was beloved by all who knew 
her. 

JOHN CLINK. 

Visitor please copy 

In the Duucansville branch Blair Co . Pa 
March 15th Sister CATHARINE DELOZLER 
aged o'J years 1 months and 17 days. Leav- 
ing a sorrowing husband nine, tons and two 
daughters, and a number of grand-children 
and relatives to mourn their loss. 

The occasion was improved from Jamas 
3 : 10, li, by the writer. 

Da.NIKX Si. HOLSI^GEK. 



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to the Companion, since our last. 

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Isaac Henrieks, Cero Gordo, HI 1.50 

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Is publisbed every Tuesday, at 1 1.50 a year, 
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vulgarly or maliciously called " Dunkards." 

The desigrv of the work is to advocate truth, 
expose error, and encourage the true Christian 
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It assumes that the New Testament is the 
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Number 14 



For the Companion. 
Morning Hymn. 

Our God In his mercy has given us rest 

And guarded us safe while asleep ; 

Thai nothing could harm us and nothlog 

molest, 
TUJ another bright morning we greet. 

O, let us now thank him for his bountoou%' love 

80 wond'rously shown us once more, 

And praise him in gladness as onward we 

move, 
More devoted than ever before- 

May our walk and behavior to all plainly show 
We're engrafted in God's holy Son, 
That faith in our Savior with fervency glow, 
'Till his will in us fully b« done. 

And then, 0, what joy will await us at last, 
When his Son be revealed from heaven, 
And sorrow and anjruieli forever be past, 
As the kingdom to us will be given. 

The City of that kingdom is all shicing gold, 
It gatrs are of emerald bright. 
The glory of Jehovah to hip saints will unfold 
Great rivers of purest delight. 

ISAAC KULP. 



For the Companion. 
A Crumb of the Bread of Lite tor 
a suffering Kioter. 

No. XIV. 

"Iu all things it behooved him to be made 
like unto his brethren ; that he might be a 
merciful and faithful HTgh Priest!" Eeb. 3 : 
17. 

"Such an High Priest became us." Ileh. 
7: 26. 

"Touched with the feelings of our infirmi- 
ties in all points tempted like as we are." 

Heb. 4 : ;5. 

The truth of the Divine Incarna- 
tion is a crumb of eternal freshness, 
nourishing the soul in the Upper 
Sanctuary no less than in the wil- 
derness. Every fact jn Redemption 
centres here — "God wanifest m the 
flesh." No life to honor the law 
practically, no death to satisfy the 
law penalty, no resurrection to de- 
spoil the "last enemy," no ascen- 
sion and enthronement for our advo- 
cacy, no effusion of the Holy Ghost, 
in short, no preparation of II 
for us by Christ, and uo preparation 
of us for Heaven by the Spirit, but 
for this — "made like unto his breth- 
ren." "The Won! was mad- tl.-li," 
the Everlasting God stooped t u 
nature, and took it into nyttorioui 
and indissoluble anion with Him- 
self. Wonder of wonders, which 
will notecase to be a wouderas lonu 



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as the Throne of the Eternal en- 
dures. The "Ancient of days " be- 
eoining an infant of days, swaddled 
in helplessness, coming up out of a 
Manger, from a workshop, wading 
through his own blood, and through 
the accumulated woes of Hell, to 
get backtohis Throne, & now wield- 
ing the sceptre of Universal Empire 
with the very hand that was so cru- 
elly riveted to the Cross ! Oh "the 
breadth, and length, and depth and 
height!" And this "that he might 
be a merciful High Priest," that he 
might be "made perfect through 
suffering," tasting every drop of 
gall that sin had poured into our 
cup, exhausting all the agoaies that 
sin had "treasured against the day 
of wrath." Oh what a moment of 
thrilling suspense and amazement 
must that have been to the denizens 
in glory, when the Son of God va 
cated his Throne to begin his Divine- 
human career, as a throbbing, ru- 
dimental point in the womb of an 
obscure Virgin ! The eye uncon- 
sciously brims with tear3 iu the con- 
templation of this "great mystery 
of godliness." It is so infinitely 
above our conception and our de- 
sert, and yet so precisely adapted 
to our deep, ever pressing wants, 
that the soul kindles into holy rap- 
ture, and exclaim-;, "Thank* 06 an- 
< 'd for his unspeakable Gift." 
"It behooved Him." Jesus 
Christ was not the incarnation of a 
Divine attribute, as that would have 
been but the mere semblance of what 
wa> promised and needed, and 
would have been M unavailing to 
the achievement of the Divine pur- 

M if Abraham, Job, or Daniel 
hi I Attempted our redemption. The 
loftiest Archangel is no more thin a 

(!»#, andean no DON fullil the 

law for another by substitutional 

obedience, or atone for on*) trans 

'ii in himself or others, than 

the tiniest insert in the realm of 

r. "It beho 'V' 1 lhm.'' The 



Babe of Bethlehem, the lonely 
Wrestler in the wilderness, the 
weary traveler at Jacob's well, th* 
prostrate Pleader in Gethsemane, 
the thorn-crownei Sufferer on the 
Cross, was Jkhovah. the '■•Mighty 
God, the Everlasting Father." — 
Wonder, Heavens, and be aston- 
ished, earth ' Taking up into sub- 
sistence with Hia own, our nature in 
its fallen condition, without detract- 
ing from the glory of his God-head, 
is a fact so incomprehensible that 
Paul might well exclaim, "without 
controversy, great is the mystery ;" 
and a truth so full of comfort to the 
poor sinner, and trembling, afflicted 
saint, that we may well lay our 
mouths in the dust and adore. Had 
he not been "God over all," He 
would not have been "mighty to 
save," and had he not identified 
himself with our sinless infirmities 
and weaknesses, He would not have 
been a "merciful and faithful High 
Priest." He is indeed "the Alpha 
and Omega, the Beginning and the 
Ending." Ho is the Altar on which 
the Oblation wad offered, the Sacri- 
fice that was consumed thereon, tad 
the High Priest by whom i'. 
presented, and the Ineffable • 
acter who gave value and (ffieMT 
to all. lie "knew no sin," even as 
a man, and is therefore an All-suffi- 
cient Savior for tho?e who IN 
in tree] md BUM." He is the 

sacrificial "Lamb without | 
and His blond, therefore, bal ; 
to cleanse from deepest, fonlei 
tal pollution. When guilt pr e — w 
the soul to the doit, wi'c.in lav h »ld 
of the very heart of Jesus by appro- 
priating the gracious d 
"His own self bare our sins in Hi* 
OWn bo Ij 00 : . - Wh«m wo 

"fall into divers temptations," we 
can refer to that OMMrt marwllous 
pa^e in the Savi >r's history, "then 

- lo 1 up >/' th< Spirit into [ 

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the worried sh( 
■ . to the bunted, assaulted, 
terrified lamb of the '-He 

putteth forth bis own sbeep, He 
.//< Se/ort them." No path bo rough 
and flinty but is hallowed by the 

i mis of tha < rood Shepherd. - 
When sorrow rolls its suffocating 
floods o'tor u«, and grief cats the 
heart like a canker, how comforting 
the thought thai He who is "our 
oor hoj e, <>ur all, 
wa.- "a man of sorrows and acquain- 
ted With grief." "Made like unto 
his brethren, that lie might be* all 

the varied states and cireum- 

<-s of ;he church in all ages 
could possibly require; ^Surely he 
hath borne our griefs, and carried 
oaraorrbwB." Is. 53:4. In the 
groaning and writhing of the sick 

b'er, we have "this same Jesus" 
to bend over us and breathe the 
Consolations of his eternal love and 
sympathy into our hearts. "Him- 
self bare our sicknesses." MaHh. 8'. 
17. "As one whom bis mother 
oomforteth, so will 1 comfort you." 
Is. 06: 13 Disease is the fruit of 
sin, and id bearing sin Christ inclu- 
ded all the consequences of sin. ( »n 
a sicklied Christ never was, but He 
was on the Cross atoning for the 
evil to which every sickbed owes 
its existence. When he agonized 
and bled on Calvary, He had %ow 
conch of Buffering, and your tear- 
stained pillow in view, no less than 
the salvation of tke race. His 
Omniscience comprehended the past 
and the i'lture, realizing the dread- 
ful turpitude of sin, and its woful 
consequences, so that no penitent 
need despair of pardon, nor saint of 
sympathy and sm:co-. "'The Lord 
will strengthen you upon the bed of 
He will make all thy 

ii thy sickness." I's. 41 : 3. — 
Surely that bod must be soft and 
dawny that id made by the Lord ! — 
Secure is that head which gently re- 
poses on a pillow Hiioothed hv the 
"Such an High 

t became us." Had Jesus not 
Buffered, be had not known how to 
Bufferings < ' bis peb- 
pie. I Icing "in all pom: ten 
like as we :ir.-." He • touch- 

ed with the feeling of our infirmi- 



ties. ' He went to school and was 
t, before He offered himself as 
;i tutor to others. He went to the 
battle field and was "made perfect 
through suffering," before he became 
the "Captain of our salvation " in 
the sense of completed redemption. 
What he has done for us in his per- 
son on earth, he is doing for us in 
Heaven as Intercessor with the 
Father and Director of the Spirit, 
will be the woi.der, the study, and 
the song of Saint and Angel thro' 
Eternity ! "A merciful and faith- 
ful High Priest." Your lonely sick- 
room no more escapes Ids notice 
amid the immensity of his works, 
than did the world when it needed 
his incarnation. His concern for 
us did not ftegin when he assumed 
our nature. He declared his pur- 
pose amid the ruins of Eden, when 
but two human souls existed. The 
faith of our primeval ancestors in 
that which was to be, made available 
the retrospective efficacy of the great 
Oblation on Golgotha. His inter- 
est in his people is the same now. 
You are just as tenderly cared for, 
as though the Bridegroom of the 
Church were personally, constantly 
seated at your side. His high priest- 
ly character is coeval with his high 
priestly function. Having loved us 
with such intensity as to die, how 
much more will he save us by his 
life. John 13 : 1. Horn. 5 : 10. Be 
not disheartened, he will love to the 
end. He is faithful. If his chariot 
is long in coming, content yourself 
with looking through the lattice. 
C. II. BALSBA UGH. 
1 H ion Deposit, Pa. 

Ministerial PrivUnse*. 

Brother E. S. Miller, querist in 
No. 8 current Volume of the Com- 
panion (P.O. address not given) 
an explanation on that por- 
tion of the Apostle Paul's letter to 
the Corinthians first epistle, 9 : 3 14. 

It is sufficiently evident from the 
manner in which the Apostle Paul 
appeals to his brethren in the be- 
gining of this chapter that there 
persons at Corinth who ques- 
tioned his apostleship. Upon this 
point he at once enters upon his 
own defense. The forensic words, 



"mine answer to them" puts the 
Apostle in tbe position of cne ar- 
raigned before a legal tribunal, and 
questioned so as to be obliged to 
answer as upon oath. Having 
cited his accusers to the conversion 
of the Corinthians from heathenism to 
Christianity as the strongest aud most 
incontestible proof that he hadpreaeh- 
ei with the divine unction and au- 
thority ; and because he and Bar- 
nabas did this without asking or 
accepting any temporal support 
from them, he was forced even to 
answer upon that point. So cir- 
cumspectly was the Apo3tle obliged 
to walk as to avoid every and any 
occasion that might be found against 
him ; and for this reason no doubt 
he gave the Corinthians his apos- 
tolic labor gratis ; and even this 
which was the highest proof of his 
disinterested benevolence was pro- 
duced against him. Prophets and 
all divinely commisioned men have 
a right to tfieir secular support ; 
you take nothing ; — is this not from 
a conviction that you have no apos- 
tolic right ? Hence the Apostle is 
drawn out on the subject of minis- 
terial support and pastorial privil- 
ages 

1st "Have we not power to eat 
and to drink?" Is an affirmative in- 
terrogatory implying that Paul an I 
Barnabas, like all other prophets, 
pastors and apostles of their day, 
had the Heaven-confered privilage 
to share the products arising from 
the labor and industry of their 
pastorage, meat and drink — tbe ne- 
cessaries not the superfluities of life 
— is what the primative messengers 
of Christ required ; not wishing to 
make a fortune, nor accumulate 
wealth — a living was all they desir- 
ed, and that is what our preachers 
who wholly give themselves up to 
the ministry have a right to expect 
and authority to claim. If this were 
not so what meaning should wc at- 
tach to the answer given by our 
Lord to the apostle Peter, Mark 10: 
28, 29, 30. Tho ministering breth* 
ren who make those sacrifices re- 
fered to in the scripture above have 
the promise of and is entitled to a 
hundred fold tho shelter of houses, 
the society and friendship of breth- , 




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ject to his G-alatian brethren : "L t 
him that is taozht 



int.. f< ■ with 

nd those having trine- 



► y \ Cure 01 cnriswd.il lauiuis mm ui'iur mm uiiii 10 uiugui iii/iuumnivaw; v\j 

& crs, the tender endearment of chris- ! him (hat teaches in all good things.' rmfttf r 

tian families, children, and the unre- j The apostle in the text referred to ing on of han 
strieted and cinmoo sharer with ; by our querist clearly sets forth the also add 
them in the fruits of the land, to- \ just claims he had upon the Corinth 
gether with the persecution that : ians as their pastor, for temporal 
mav befall the fraternity ; and in i support, and we think, from his 
the" world to come eternal* life. | manner of reasoning on the exersise 

2nd "The power to lead about, a i of this prerogative and its general 
sister, a wife, as well as other apos- propriety, had he been received 
ties," signifies the right to marry, j among them under more favorable 
to be the husband of one living wife j circumstances he would have used 
and to bring her in company with his authority in the matter referred 
him to the congregation as his law- ! to. But he and Barnabas did not 

avail themselvs of their privileges, 
but worked with their own hands, 
bearing their own charges, lest any 
of them might think that they 



ful companion. This privilege the 

apostle claimed, though he prefer- 

'red a state of celibacy, knowing his 

apostolic mission would subject him 



to such an itinerant life as to render j preached the gospel merely to pro 



the enjoyment of domestic happiness 
an impractibility. 

3rd '-I only and Barnabas have 
we not power to forbear working." 
This expression conveys the idea 
that some of the other apostles used 
this power, and that the impression 
was left on the minds of some at 
Corinth that Pan! and Barnabas were 
not divinely commissioned, and for 
this reason they did not exersise the 
authority to "forbear working." — 
Hence thy chief of apostles now 
sallies forth, in all the energies of 



cure a livelihood, and so be preju- 
diced against them, and thus pre- 
vent their success in the salvation 
of their rouIs. When Paul wrote to 
his brethren at Thesaalonisa first 
epistle 2: G he said "he might have 
been burdensome, (or rathei used 
authority) as the apostles of Christ,' 
8nd in his second letter to tin 

10 he reminds them again why 
be wrought night and day when 
among them, making his trade self- 
supporting so as not to be charge- 
able to any of you," not because we 



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bis high honor of soul, to put his ; have "not power," — the power to 
caviliers to silence producing such forbear working;" "but to make 
logic that the most perverse of them ourselves an ensample unto you to 
cannot gainsay. From the 6th follow 08." There Were some per- 
verse to the end of the 1-kh verse-, , ; . mq mg these Thessilonians that 
he bring up tpiite an array of scrip | walked disorderly, and would not 
tura! and gospel proof to show that , work at all, being busvo >die- 
the christian minister should not be i',,r this roason it became neci 
expected to pursae his earthly oal- that the a] bould not exi 

ling to acquire means to 'enable the authority he might bav 
him to travel and preach foi the <• 1 ; but make his industri 
Salvation of his brethren and their : t > well as bis BCa thing w irda of re- 
ehildren; "for who goelh a warfare , proof effectual in their reforn 
at his own charges," and "v.. j. MILLER. 

planteth a vineyard and satoth i Hagerttoum, Ml. 

of the frunte theirof:" quoting Deut, 

»Th0U Shalt OOl I S*S»«iwl»l BiVCV llr.-lhr.u. 

OS when be threshoth tli In re] Ij I 'her 

avowing that Go I fo ' i msnni 

written is. Bven so hath the J hren, I 

ordaii tuej which pt< a sb th u church, 1 won) I 

Go pel should live oi the gosjw I, 

"for the laborer is worthy Ot his lb it pur, trine- 

blue." Luke li;: 7, and Tim. 

Here the apostle again on this sab *ad prayer, ihoald b< 



At A. M. of 

. was ahnost unan 

1 'with the | 

persons were dissatisfied with 

their former bapt.sms, they l 
be baptised again. 

At A. M. of 1843, it was u 
that great caution shoal 1 
cised in this matter of recei 
members from oilier 1 ;ions. 

regards - 
might say i live 
at the place where the 
1 hold iVe.menc cpnv< 
them, and lad that we age 

large pi 
tion of them, so that the questi 
ten arises, "why are « 

As a class they sewn I 
very active, jealous c i 
have uth in exj 

iigi .n. And until 
were said to have been wi 
nious in '. 
but now they are divide 1 iutj three 

I 
doctrine I 

of ad- 
vancement in christian life a - 
for bapti- 1 have ! 

being immersed. While those with 

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liberal am mg u- 
strcn . 
this b 

see ii 

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Kvt tfu Componioti. 

Review oi Brother A»a Ward* 

article. 

In reply to brother Grabill. In the 
first place I notice an oversight in 
vour article where you say that 
Paul met Apollos at Ephesus and 
set him ( and followers right. By 
reading the 26th verse of the 18th 
chapter of Acts, you •will discover 
that Aquilla and Priacilla expounded 
unto him the way of God more per- 
fectly, and not Paul, for Appolos 
had gone to Corjnth previous to 
Paul's returning from Jerusalem (to 
Ephe6us) see 19th chapter 1st verse. 
Aud what Aquilla and Priscilla ex- 
plained to Apollos we do not learn 
from the scriptures, whether it had 
any reference 1 to baptism, commu- 
nion, resurrection or something else; 
it is all guess work to decide what 
the subject was about, unless you 
have some other reference than the 
18th t and 19th chapters of Acts. 
■ I will now notice these 12 disci- 
ples that you suppose were converts 
of Apollos. That they were not disci- 
ples of John is evident from the fact 
that Paul did not acknowledge them 
John's disciples, but says : he met 
certain disciples. The epithet cer- 
tain is added to imply something 
peculiar or different from John's 
disciple. They were a certain kind 
of disciples, but none of John's true 
disciples. It should read that he 
(Paul) met John's disciples instead 
of certain disciples, and what makes 
it still more evident that they were 
not John's disciples is that Paul 
doos not instruct them in reference 
to Christ's Baptism, but merely in- 
formes them what constituted John's 
baptism ; and as soon as they heard 
what constituted' John's baptism, 
they were than ready to receive it. 
Thus we see the very passage that 
you think makes John's and Christ's 
baptism diforent is the very passage 
that makes them identical. Had 
Paul told these twelve disciples some- 
thing different from what was inplied 
in John's baptism, then there would 
be some'reason to think that John's 
baptism 'differed from Christ's bap- 
tism ; but inasmuch asHhcsc twelve 
required nothing more than a full 
knowledge of John's baptism for 



their baptism and the gift of the 
Holy Ghost, it is evident that John.-* 
baptism and Christs are- identical, 
for this was more than twenty years 
after the ministry of John had ceas- 
ed. It must be evident to every 
thinking mind that these twelve dis- 
ciples were not John's true disciples 
or baptized by him — for they were 
ignorant of«the very essence of what 
John preached. They knew nothing 
of a Holy Ghost, neither had faith 
in Christ — and so they could not 
have been baptised by John. It 
should also be observed that Ephasus 
is about nine hundred miles from the 
district where John baptised — and 
thus it is not likely they were bap- 
tised by John. 

You also say that John's baptism 
could not remit sin. Here you 
make a terrible oversight. You must 
either admit that John's baptism re- 
mitted sins or that John was practi- 
sing an imposition, or that Luke and 
Mark have been writing falshoods, 
for Mark and Luke both say that 
John preached the baptism of re- 
pentance for the remission of sins, 
and you say it cannot remit sins. — 
Than John was trying to do he could 
not do. Do you see where your 
doctrine would lead to ? 

Thus we see that Christ's baptism 
is nothing different from what is 
implied in John's baptism and that 
the passages that you think afford 
some evidence that the baptism 
were different afford a self evident 
proof that they are both identical. 
Tours for the truth. 

LEWIS 0. HUMMER. 

Montandon, Pa. 




For the Companion. 
May the Si»ter» Preach. 

Broter Saddler; If woman has 
the same right to preach the gospel 
as man has (as you have observed) 
what does Paul mean when he says: 
"I suffer not a woman to teach, but 
let her learn in silence with all sub- 
jection. Let your women keep si- 
lence in the churches ; foi it is not 
permitted unto them to speak ; for 
it i» a shame for a woman to speak 
in the church." See 1 Timothy 2 : 
11, 12, and 1 Cor. 14: 34, 35. Can 
anything be plainer ? 



I fail to see in 1 Cor. 14 : 15, 
that prophesying and preaching 
mean the same thing. You certain 
ly have confounded the two terms. 
Prophesying and preaching are not 
synonymous words. Prophesying i3 
to tell future events while under the 
divine influence or direction, while 
the other is but the declairing or 
spreading of the gospel of Christ. 

If yon contend that prophesying 
and preaching are the same, then 
you must admit also that every 
preacher of the gospel is a prophet 
or prophetes, which we all know is 
not so ; consequently your referen- 
ces to Joel 2 : 28 and Acts 21 : 8, * 
prove nothing towards women 
preachingthe gospel,but prophesying 
or fortelling future events only.* 

True that women were the first to 
announce Christ's resurection. The 
Lord told, the women to go and tell 
his disciples that he had arisen and 
gave instructions where they might 
find him ! but did he tell the women 
to go into all the world and make 
this known ? (as he told hiu disci- 
ples afterward) No ! they were to 
tell his disciples only, and there 
their mission ended. 

Tis true also that Paul calls cer- 
tain women laborers and workers 
with him in the gospel," &c. The 
Apostle here refers to some women 
who took an active and prominent 
part in the church by providing for 
the necessities of the saints. Good 
works, Paul calls them in another 
place. I call to miud now many 
dear sisters in the church who deem 
it their chief delight to administer 
to our wants when we call to see 
them, by trying to make us feel com- 
fortable and at home and who are 
ever on the look out to relieve the 
poor and needy, and who have an 
encouraging smile for one and a 
kind word for another. Can we not 
with due propriety call these sisters 
workers and laborers in the gospel. 
There are many ways in which we 
can be laborers and helpers in the 
gospel and not be preachers either. 
To be rich in good works is the 
most effectual way to preach the 
gospel, for "actions speak louder 
than word3." 

ASA WARD. 



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MISCELLANEOUS. after waiting and waiting, with no 



Thing* that laat. 

Let ii3 now look at some of those 
things that "will never wear out." 

I have often heard a poor blind 
girl sweetly sing, "Kind words will 
never die." Ah! we believe that 
these are among the things that 
"will never wear out." And we 
are told in God's own book to be 
"kind to one another, tender-heart- 
ed, fogiving one another." 

The word of the Lord will never 
wear out. Though the grass shall 
wither, and the flowers fade away, 
the word of the Lord endureth for- 
ever. (1 Peter 1: 24, 25.) 

The life of the righteous will nev- 
er wear ouc. They will live in the 
world to come as long as God shall 
live; but the death of the wicked 
will last forever. 

The joys of the kingdom of heav 
en will never wear out. The pleas- 
ures of this world soon die ; but the 
enjoy meuts of that world will never 
have an end. l 

The crown of glory will never 
wear out. The crown of the win- 
ner in the Olympic games soon fa- 
ded ; the crowns of kings all wear 
out ; but the crown of glory will 
never fade away. (1 Peter 5 ; 4.) 

The "new song" will never wear 
out. We hear sometimes that some 
of our tunes are worn threadbare; 
but that will never be said of the 
new song. 

Which will you choose — the last- 
ing, or that which wastes away ; the 
things of time, or the things of. eter- 
nity ? Will you choose wealth, hon- 
or, fame, or the joys of heaven, 
eternal life, the crown of glory, and 
the "new song" ? May God enable 
us to make a wise choice ! and, 
with Joshua, may we choose to serve 
the Loid! — Christian Treasury. 

alOOC >« I DOt Hour 

"I have got to die alone," said an 
earnest Christian, in the prayer 
ineetiri the other evenin". lie was 
speaking of personal accountability 
to God, with an allusion to his own 
experience. "1 thought," said he, 
"if my companions would only go 
with me, 1 would seek Christ. But 



peace to my soul, the thought struck 
me — I must die alone ; I must ap- 
pear before God alone. It makes 
no difference, whether or not my 
companions become Christians, I 
alone must account to God for my 
sins, I alone must seek forgiveness." 
The remaik was true. JesQs is 
the only intersessor — each individual 
must stand or fall by himself. The 
sinner may have Christian parents, 
friends who labor earnestly for the 
I salvation of his soul, he may be sur- 
j rounded by good influences — they 
' cannot save him, he must die alone. 
| He may have wealth, influence, 
j position, honor, everything to make 
\ life happy and desirable, but all 
these cannot save him ; he must die 
alone. The portal of the grave is 
narrow — he can carry nothiug out. 
Alone his disembodied spirit must 
appear before God to be judged. 

We must die alone — the Christian 
1 as well as the sinner. No strength 
of love and early sympathy can de- 
j tain us — no kindred or friend, how- 
ever dear,can accompany us through 
! the dark valley. This bright world 
must be all left behind — alone we 
! must tread the verge of eternity. 

{ Yet to the Christian there is 

i another and a brighter view ! How 

blessed and comforting the thought! 

, "Alone yet not alone." Christ is 

, with him in his dying hour — Jesus 

awl his holy angles bear him to the 

mansions prepared for those who 

love him. If Christ be with us we 

are never alone. 




Pleasant Memories. 

When our friends die we always 
call up the good traits of their char 
acter. Sometimes when I see little 
boys or girls behave very naughty I 
wonder what their parents will hare 
to remember them by if they should 
be taken away. And I am sure it 
gives very d"ep pain to the fond par- 
ents to i eriumber any naught v tiling 
their little one did, e\en if th>\ i i 
n it «.pcak of it. Put little Henry's 
mothor had this beautiful thing to say 
about her darling after he was gone: 
"He never disobeyed his parent* IK 
would suffer anything from the had 



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boys at school ratther thaa do that 
which would displease them." 

Little reader, oonld wonr parent* 

say that about yon? What tort of 

memories are you laying np for yonr 

parents to think of in coming year*? 

Suppose now you try to add some 

pleasant memories for every day — 

fthingr that will make you happy to 

I look back upon as long as you lire; 

j kindness to your parenta that will 

comfort you if they should be taken 

1 away, and which they will be glad 

; to remember if you should die. 

And, above all, remember that 

| these loving words and kindly deeds 

arc well-pU-asing in the sight of God. 

A Word to IJ©> h. 

Truth is one of the rarest gems. 
Many a youth has been loat to so- 
ciety by allowing it to tarn is*, sad 
foolishly throwing it away. 

If this gem still shines in your bo- 
som, suffer nothing to displace o» 
dim its lustre. 

Profanity is a mark of low breed- 
ing. Show us the man who com- 
mands respect : an oath never trem- 
bles on his tongue. Read the cata- 
logue of crime. Inquire the charac- 
ter of those who depart from virtue. 
Without a single exception, you will 
find them to be profane. Think of 
this, and do not let a vile word dis- 
grace you. 

Honesty, frankness, generosity, 
virtue — blessed traits ! Be these 
yours, my boys, and we shall not 
fear. You will claim the respect 
and love of all. You are watched 
by your elders. Men who are look- 
ing for clerks and apprentices have 
their eyes on you. If you are pro- 
fane, vulgar, theatre going, they 
will not choose you. Ifyou are up- 
right, steady and industrious, before 
long you will find good places, kind 
n t and the prospect of a use- 
ful lile before you. 

Be Civil. 

"My youn^ friend," said a gentle- 
man on horseback, one day, to a 
lad who was standing near a well, 
"will you do me the favor to draw 
a bucket of water for my horse, as I 
find it rather difficult to ^rt i>ff?" 

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m manv boys would do, the boy 
drew the water and gave it to the 
horse. His manner was bo pleasant 
an.i cheerful, that the 6tranger de- 
lighted with his spirit, asked hi* 
name and residence, and then, after 
thanking him rode on. 

The good natured lad thought no 
more of his act of civility, until,souoe 
months later, he received a letter 
from the gentleman offering him a 
clerkship in his store. The offer 
was accepted. The lad prospered, 
and finally became chief magistrate 
of a large city. 

Thus you see that little act of civ- 
ility to a stranger was the first round 
in the ladder by which that boy 
climbed to honor and wealth. Now 
I do not say that it always leads to 
such honor, but I say that it always 
raises its possessor ii the opinions 
of others and in his own«clf-respect. 
Be civil, therefore, my boys and 
girls. Civility is an ornament all 
should possess. 

Weak Bretlireu. 

There are some brethren so physically 
weak that they cannot rais^ their 
hand as high up as their pockets, and 
some not quite so weak but that they 
could do that, who are not able to 
lift it out again. 2 There are some 
brethren so weak from the labors of 
business, that they have not strength 
to walk to church on the Sabbath, 
and some not quite so weak who can 
get there only once that day. 3 — 
There are some so weak after the 
toils of the day, that they are not 
able to walk to prayer meeting; and 
then, again, others who can get 
there, are too weak to speak or 
pray. 4 There are some brethren 
bo weak as to be unable to rise 
early enough to have family worship 
before business hours; then there 
are others, who do rise early but 
are too weak to reach down the old 
family Bible. 5. There are some 
brethren so weak in talents that they 
are not able to teach a class in Sab 
bath School, but who are not quite 
so weak when a political meeting is 
on hand . 

r J Think little of vourself and you 
A will not be injure J when others think 
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LOCAL MATTERS. 

Tjroic City, P«-, April 7, 1S68. 



CORRESPONDENCE. 

<'<>ri-s».],K><!ence of church nevt tolieitc.d from 
all partt of the Brotherhood. Writer'* name 
and address required on ivery communication, 
at guarantee of good faith. Rejected eomenuni- 
eationt or manuscript ut'd, not returned. All 
communication! for publication should be v>rit i 
ten upon one tide of (he theet only 

To H< iijiimni Bowmau. 

Ilujlon, U 

The printed document bearing 
title : "Epistle of Thurman to 
Bishop Miller" is at hand, and as 
you wish me to write you if I receiv- 
ed the other production, the so call- 
ed "proceedings of the Green Mount 
Council meeting," and I will by the 
permission of brother Holsinger, 
reply through the medium of our 
welcome little whitewinged messen- 
ger, "the Companion" and answer 
in *he affirmative. I can't fully un- 
derstand the motive in circulating 
the above among the brethren. I 
have recently read a letter written 
by Brother "Bishop Miller," in 
which he clearly and emphatically 
states that "Thurman was not expel- 
led for his views on feetwashing" 
and still further, that "the Green 
Mount Church where be was expel- 
led viewed that ordinance in the 
same light as he (Thurman) is 
advocating." What Thurman's ob- 
ject is in having this printed matter 
circulated among us is best known 
to himself. But to be plain on the 
subject, I consider the above pro- 
ductions, egotistic, selfrighteous, 
and altogether a one sided affair, 
calculated to demoralize our church- 
es, and slander th<* good brethren 
who presided at 6aid council meet- 
ing. 

Let us notice briefly one or two 



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things we find written in the 
ceedings." "They (the brethren 
at Green Mount) holding their 
Church tradition more sacred than 
the word of God." We have more 
confidence in the brethren in Virgin 
ia than to give heed to an assertion 
of that kind, for we truly believe 
the word of God has the preemi- 
nence in their hearts far above tra- 
dition. And agtin: "They could 
bring no more accusation than the 



Jews brought against our Savior." 
Now this is rather too strong an 
assertion for mortal man to make. 
Jesus was pure, holy and righteous, 
undefiled and separate from sinners. 
"His lips spake no guile " 

In the last production just receiv- 
ed which is addressed to "Bishop 
Miller," we read: "And in Phila- 
delphia I cannot say that you have 
more than two who fear your Annu- 
al Council more than God, * * 
* * and from a letter now lying 
before'me, I learn all the rest have 
decided for Christ, for they say, if 
you put brother Thurman out we 
must be out tov>." Now we think 
"brother Thurman" must be wrong- 
ly informed, for there has been no 
late decision here, and the Philadel- 
phia church (with some three or 
four individual exceptions) never 
comidered^brother Thurman their 
criterion to go by. They "decided 
for Christ" long before we kne,v 
the brother. We "decided for 
Christ when God wrought tfie mish- 
ty work of repentance in our hearts. 
We decided for Christ when we 
were buried beneath the wave in 
baptism and rose to newness cf life. 
True there are some few who say 
they are with Thurman, "in the 
church or out of it," but th»y aro 
few indeed. And as for any of the 
brethren fearing the Annual Council 
more than God, or the church as a 
body ignoring it,is a gross error. — 
Thank God we love the Annual 
Council, and the good brethren that 
meet, and will always stand by "the 
order of the Brethren," for we are 
assured notwithstanding all other 
accusations to the contrary THE 
WORD OF GOD IS THE MAN 
OF THEIR COUNSEL. 

With kind regards. 

Yours in christian affection. 

J. S. THOMAS 

Philadelphia. 

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Brother Henry ; As much has 
been said about the missionary casisc- 
and the many Masadonian calls. I 
wish also to say a few things by way 
of caution to the brethren. 1 have 
been looking at the movement of 
things for some years, and I am 
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into new cour try's and in places 
where the gospel is not much known 
fori have always claimed that the 
only successful way for to spread 
the gospel was to spread ourselves, 
locate, and live out the gospel. — 
And there are many such little colo- 
nies of brethren throughout the far 
West, and from those is where the 
Massadonian calls come. Now I 
think brethren chosen to the minis- 
try in changing their location should 
look a r ter those places ; b'U instead 
of so doing they often move where 
there are no such calls, and indeed 
B( euiingly no call at all. When 
brethren contend so strongly for 
the spreading of the gospel and do 
as above stated are they not acting 
inconsistently ? I have known or- 
dained Elders move in where there 
was already one, two or three, and 
and perhaps four or five other min- 
isters. If that is the best way to 
spread the gospel I have not yet 
lsarned it. Where th< re are bo 
many piled up together, it even pre- 
vents young brethren of improving 
their talents as otherwise they might 
do. Neither is it the most edifying 
to the hearers as often many unne- 
cessary apologies and excuses are 
made. My advise is spread, outaud 
intake a sacrifice of the pleasure of 
(faring things made ready to our 
hand, that we may enter into other 
men's labors ; and let our motto be: 
where can I do the most good for 
the salvation of souls; not where 
can I make the most money and get 
rich. 

C. LONG. 
Mt Carroll, 111. 

Brother ETohinger ; I admire the 
spirit that actuates the brethren to 
go and preach the Gospel to the 
down trodd«D race, and hope they 
may have God speed in their no- 
ble undertakings and finally be of 
tho bappi number that will 
their master 'Well done 

good and faithfll servant enter thou 
m!" the joy of thy Lot 1 • M Hut 
while they aro doing their duty 
abroad, are there not some among 
us who are neglecting theirs at home. 
(As 1 may b? one of the weak 
.number 1 will not judge too raddy 



nor condemn too readily.) Are we 
as a church justified in not having or 
at least making an effort to have 
churches in our surrounding cities 
•'where eatan'e seat is." I think by 



and also remember that she should 
break her will for her sifter. 

Now in feet washing the sifters 
wash one another* feet, because 
the Savior says : "ye ought Ho wash 



I 



the help of God we might accomplish one another's feet;" therefore I 
some good if we were to try. I think the sisters should have a right 
know not why it is but all other de- to break the bread for one another, 
nominations seem to have the power because the apostle says, "the bread 

which we break," not the bread that 
I break. Therefore I think if a 
brother has a right to break the 
bread for the sisters, we might say 
a brother has also a right to wa«h 
the sister's feet. 
Yours in love, 

ABRA'M BOWERS. 



For instance 
we have any 



the 
and 



to build churches. 
here at Lancaster 
number of churches from the Ro 
man Catholic cathedral to the Jew- 
ish synagogue ; but none of the 
brethren. And I am sorry to say 
this is not an exception, but seems 
to be the rule in cities. We have 

about a dozen members hore. Now »*■ — 

that may seem a small number but ' Br « tJ "r &>l**9* i 0n page 
I think if Paul would plant, Apolos 79 ' current ^ u lun >e, I see an an 
water, God in his loving kindness 8wer b J Mother Murray to 
would give the increase, both spirit- <l uei 7 of breaking bread, He, 
aly and numerically, and would, if a vei 7 excellent one I think it is.- 
w« made an effort to build a church, There 18 h » w e™r »n assertion in 

the last paragraph of his article 
; that I am unable to reconcile with 
i the tenor of Holy writ, to wit : 
; Jesus said "except ye eat of the 
I flesh of the Son of man and drink 
, his blood ye hare no life in you. — 
Does He mean his real flesh and 
| blood? If not, those emblems are 
thelifegiving food." If this is really 

near a year, and I have read many I S(K l have been lal > ori "K UIia > r '» 
interesting letters; but Wrights- I ut,ful error - 1 hare been tau-ht 
man's .piestion about theater* hav- ! O n(l • to,J > th;U lhe . v *<* re 



May 
to do 



bless our undertaking, 
bless us and enable us 
duty. 

A SISTER. 



God 
our 



Martinbiurcj, Pi., ) 
March 18, '68. [ 
Dear Friend Henry ; I have 
been receiving the (Companion for 



ing no right to break bread I think 
is not Gospel. The apo?tle, 1st Cor. j 
10 : 1G, says : "The bread which ' 
we break, is it not the Communion ' 
of the Body of Christ." Now if! 
the brother that breaks the bread ! 
for the sisters will say : "the bread 
which we" he will say something . 
that is not consistent with his action 
because the word "we" means more 
than one, and if he will say the 
bread which / break, it is not con- 
-i-l>-iit with the words of the apostle 
So 1 think if the sifters ought to 
break their stubborn wills one for | 

another, thev QUght tO have a right 

to break the bread one for toother. 
•• \ oty as ye do it do it in remem- 
hr.uee of me." Then would a not 

be gospel for a Bister to h I 

of the emblem of the broken 

body in her hands and break it for 



emblematical of hia body and oi' his 
blood, and the eating of hw hodb 
and the drinking his blood simply 
meant to partake or tJ i"h is 

synonamous with eating) of that 
"Heavenly seed, that l>mne, spirit- 
ual Celestial Suustaiice," and which 
is so overwhelmingly satisfying to 
to the sou! of the humble be 
iu Jesus. 1 hope, with our dear 
brother that th« "brethren will » -. 

this in motion ti 

given." 

X !-~: 

Auuouarrniruls. 




HIM KK. 



To lh«- Itrrlhn ii 

Our Annual M. - 
will be held .-vt the house of brother 
Berkej, five n 
•II, three miles West ofMille 



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hart Coanty, Ind. Wo htve mtde 
»rrangomeiits, that during the meet 
ing, Hiy traim will stop within sixty 
rods of the meeting. We have 
mado &|>pication for h\!f fare be- 
tween Chicago and Toledo, on the 
Michigan Southrtn, and Northren 
Indiana, Railroad, but have not jet 
obtained the grant. We will not 
make a plication to any other roads 
for half fare, hoping that the breth 
ren living near railroads over which 
they will pass to the meeting, will 
attend to that matter,as we have too 
much other business to admit of our 
doing it for them. 

We will say to those who come 
from either East, or We?t, sea that 
you get on a train, at Toledo or 
Chicago that will take you over the 
Airline Road. 

Our District Meeting will be held 
at the Brethren's Meetinghouse in 
Portage Di trict, Saint Joseph Co. 
on the first day of May. After that 
District Metting we will give some 
further information through the Com- 
panion and Vititor, but all who de- 
sire further information can obtain 
it, by writing, to Jacob Berkey, or 
D. B Sturgi s, Goshen Indiana. 
( Visitor please copy.) 



Western Pa. District Meeting. 

Brother Henry ; Please notice 
through the Companion, that the dis- 
trict Meeting for the Western Dis- 
trict of Pennsylvania will be held, 
God willing, on the 4th of May next, 
in the Conemaugh branch, 8 miles 
north East of Conemaugh Station on 
the P. R. R. 

By order of the church 

DAVID HILDEBRAND. 



bjf the neglect of the clerk it wan not put into 
the addressing machine. Hereafter there 
will be no failure In his case. If the iutervcniag 
Nos. are wanted, let us know, and thjljome 
are missing. 

l.nwi bi. Hilary, Benton Co., Iowa. Do 
not now remember having received a commu- 
nication from the person you name. What 
was its subject or natnrc, Ac. Our box is 
<luite full, and we do not remember one-tenth 
the names. 

A. Cocanower, Pulaski, Ohio ; Both Hit 
names of Jes»e Long and Nathan Bohnner 
arc on the Uat at Pulaakl : Please Inquire at 
the post office and get nil the hack numbers. 
) They will now he sent to Pioneer. The fault 
evidently was with u>. 

L. It. Kob, Franklin, Iowa; We have no 
account of having received a letter with $1.50 
for Hymn Books from you, sluce February 
last. We fear it has been lost. 

died . 

In the Benton county branch, of the Wa- 
terloo congregation, Iowa, March 24th. MA- 
KY A. daughter ol brother Win. J. and sister 
Amelia BAUMAN ; aged 3 yrs, 5 m's 10 days 
Disease not known. Oh may the Lord bless 
the parents as those who mourn not without 
hope. May they receive much comfort and 
joy of soul, knowing that Jesus ha6 prepared 
a mansion in Heaveu for their darling little 
child. And may their loss orighten their 
j hopes and prospects for Heaven and Eternal 
happiness. 

Funeral services by the writer and the 
brethren present, from 1st Pet. 1 : 24. 

LEMUEL HILARY. 
Visitor please copy. 

In the Clover Creek branch, Blair Co., Pa., 
March 30th, SOPHIA, daughter of friend Da- 
vid and sister Sophia WINELAND ; atrcd 8 
years. 5 months, and 7 days. Disease, Brain 
Fever, so pronounced by the attending phy- 
sician. Funeral services by the brethren from 
1 Peter 1, last .four verses. 



3M. \n essay on the necessity, character, 
and ' v, 1 ncei of the new birth, <%c. 

4th V Dialogue on the peace doctrines, 
with » i idress lo the reader, all written by 
mysi If. 

This (vo.-k, which Is approved by all that 
have rca.i it. is now offered to you on tho 
following frrns : 

For each single copy $0.90 

When sent by mail, additional for 

postage. .08 

For larger numbers per dozen, 6.00 

purchas' rs paying Express charges 

on delivery. 
Additional for box, i&c, per dozen, .30 

Some brother in each congregation Is here- 
by solicited to take subscriptions, and for- 
ward to me, and the books will be promptly 
sent. It would be best In all eases for the 
money to accompany the order to save trouble 
and insure attention. 

B. F. MOOMAW, 
Bonsacks, Roanoak Co., Va. 



To our (nrrrsponrtenlH. 

Email* Brumbaugh, New Baltimore, <).; 
Tour letter was received on the lSlh of De- 
cember laht, and your paper has been Bent to 
New Boston, Stark Co., Ohio, as it was so 
entered on the book by the clerk. Whether 
It was be or you that made the mistake we 
cannot low ascertain. Hope the paper will 
hereafter come right. You shoul 1 not nave 
wa'.ted so long. 

J aeon Bovan, Mechanlcsburg, Pa. ; There 
are no brethren living in Jackson county, 
Iowa, that we are aware of. 

Marriage Notice, Virden, 111. ; Mnrriage 
■otlces must be given by some responsible 
person, bnt you fail to ?lve us your name, 
aud tbe asine of the p. i-.ou performing tbe 
marriage. Try 

David Rowmav. HaawM'eWM, InJj. ! T'.i ■■ 
naiae of Edwa ' 



liiNtol money* received, for subscription 

to the Companion, since our last. 

E. J. Long Liberty Mill Va. 

Samuel Hornier Mt. Pleasant Pa. 

A. 8. Beightcl -Williamsburg Pa. 

S. 8. Back. Warrors Mark Pa. 

Eld. Jacob Beck " 

BenJ. Bowman Dayton Va. 

D. B. Sturgis Goshen Ind. 

Wm. TrosJc, Sharidon, Montana Ter 

Jos. Bowniao, Harrisonburg Va. 

John L. Fry, 217 New St, Phila. 

Andrew Nearhoof, Olivia Pa. 

Solomon Waltz Hagerstown, Ind 

Eliz. Wyatt Wild Cat, Ind. 

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To the Brethren and^the^Public. 

I have just had published a new book con- 
taining 2S3 pages, neatly printed on good 
paper, well bound in embossed muslin cases, 
treating on the following subjects I 

A discussion on the introduction of Christ's 
kingdom and Trine Immersion, between a 
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with an able vindication of the.doelrlnea of 

i i . . 

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THE 

Christian Family Companion, 

Is published every Tuesday, at $1.50 a year, 
by llenn K. Holsinger, who is a member of 
the " Clinrch of the Brethren," sometimes 
known t v the name of "German Baptists," & 
vulgarly or maliciously called " Duuk-ardt." 

The desigrv of the work is to advocate truth, 
expose er-or, and encourage the true Christian 
on his way to Zion. 

It assumes that the New Testament is the 
Will of God, and that no one can have the 
promise of salvation without observing all itt 
requirement* ; that among these are Faith, Re- 
pentance, Prayer, Baptism by trine immer- 
sion, Feet Washing, the Lord's Supper, the 
Holy Communion, Charity, Non-conformity to 
th« world, and a full resignation to the whole 
will of Go<l as he has revealed it through his 
Son Jesus Christ. 

So mucL of the affairs of this world as will 
be thought necessary to the proper observance 
of the signi of the times, or such as may tend 
to the moial, mental, or physical benefit of 
the Christian, will be published, thus remov- 
ing all occasion for coining into contact with 
the so callei 1 Literary or Political journals. 

Subscript. jns may begin at any time. 

For furtht- particulars send for a specimen 
numbct, encoding a stamp. 

Addreti H R. HOLSINGER, 

Ttronb Pa. 



For Sale.— 8. B. Replogle ot Manins- 
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few swarms of comman bees at $5. each ; or 
with Italian queens at from $2, to $5 extra. 

. .iljn has honev for sale. 



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'Whosoever loveth me keepeth my commandments." — Jkbcs. At $1.50 Per Annum 



VOLUME IV. 



TYRONE CITY, PA., TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 1863. 



Number 15, 



for Our I'ntnpamon. 

Cliri>fl in Hie Garden. 

While nature ma« sinking in sibiioe to rest, 
And the last beams of daylight were dim in 

the West, 
I strayed in the twilight, unconseious, away, 
In deep meditation, where'er my path lay. 

While passing a garden there fell on my ear 
A voice of deep anguish from one that was 

there ; 
The loues of his agony melted my heart, 
While earnestly pleading the lost sinner's 

part. 

In offering to heaven his strong, matchless 

prayer, 
lie spake of the torments the sinner must 

bear ; 
His lite, as a, ransom, he offered to give, 
That sinners, redeemed, in .glory might live. 

1 listened a moment, and then went to sec, 
What man of compassion the stranger might 

be: 
I saw hyn bowed, kneeling upon the cold 

ground, 
The loveliest being that ever was found. 

His mantle was wet with the dews of the 

night i 
His hair by pale moonlight was glist'ning 

and bright ; 
Jli- <y ■- bright as diamonds, to heaven were 

raise I ; 
While angels, in wonder, stood 'round him 

amazed. 

So deep were his 60rrow6, so fervent his 

prayers, 
Thai don n o'er his bosom rolled sweat, blood 

and ' 

in behold him, I asked him his name, 
He answered — "Tta Jesus: from heaven I 

came." 

"I am thy Redeemer — for thee 1 mnst die ; 
The cup La moat painful, but cannot paas bf i 
Thy sine like a mountain] are laid upon me, 
And all tbi» deep anguish I suffer for thee." 

I heard with attention the tale of his woe, 
While tears, like a fountain of waters did 
How ; 

tnte of his sorrow, to hear him repeat, 
All -cled my heart, and I fell at his feet. 

I trembled with horror, and loudly did cry, — 
'•Lord, save, or I pariah ' O save, OJ I die !" 
He smiled when he taw me, and said to uie — 

••l.iv." I 

Thy tiirn, which are ruaiiy, I frc ly (brgtVb." 
How sweet was that language! it made me 

bOW p'earaUl ! how Oil 

I ran I: 

I sboutedj i.ny iu t.ud |" 

1 'in now on raj |oui >■ 
d lull ui , 
love ' 

I think <il the garden, the lid I he 

I ■ - i 

And that loving stranger who ba • 

I' us. 



The day of bright glory is rolling around, 
When Gabriel, descending, the trumpet i- hall 

sonud ; 
My soul then iu raptures of glory will rise, 
To gaze on that stranger with unclouded eyes. 
HANNAH E. BEER. 

JiurnX Valb'tj, Pa. 



For tlie Ctmjxmion. 
Forgiveness. 

"TJten said Jesus, Father, for- 
give them ;for they know not what 
'th.-H Jo." Luke, 23 : 34. 

Of the divine attributes, that one 
which in the eyes of humanity seems 
to shed an especial luster around 
the person of deity is mercy. It is 
the promise of mercy that has 
brought so many wandering sinners 
to his feet, and called forth a depth 
of love, unfathomable and passing 
all human attachment. This promise 
constitutes a distinguishing mark 
between our holy religion and other 
creeds. It invites the moral leper 
all loathsome with the scales of sin, 
to come and rest upon the bosom of 
Jesus, and be cleansed by the celes- 
tial contact. It calls back the wan- 
dering and lost ones to their happy 
sheepfold, and brings them blessed 
once more to their compassionate 
shepherd. In a word, this gracious 
attribute, and the promises based 
upon it, open the doors of Heaven 
to the vile, the blasphemous, the 
wicked of every grade and stamp, 
and beseech them to enter. Their 
is none >o deeply and grossly stain 
ed with pollution that he will not be 
accepted; nay, the worse the dye, 
the mure glory doth it cast about 
the crown of viod to wash it awa\ 
with the waters of forgiveness. In- 
cludes them not in wrath: nor doCfl 

!ie mete to then acoording to the 

ire of their deCCrta. But he 
oly and well-be 
>'>\i i . en foi too ; b< 

on him and live." llis foi 

■ limit his mcivv i> inev 

tible. Though w< ■ . ont i 

rdon. 
Hut forgiveness is not to be praotio 



ed by God alone ; it is enjoined up- 
on man by divine precept as well as 
by divine example. The old law 
of Moses, it is true, said, "an eye 
for an eye and a tooth for a tooth," 
but the new dispensation introduced 
a milder code, and a greater than 
Moses said. "Love your enemies, 
:hem that curse you." Matth- 
es 5: 44. So prone are we all to 
stray from the path of rectitude and 
dutv, that we find ourselves often 

aj ' 

called upon to forgive the faults of 
those who, in an unguarded moment 
do us an injury ; and unless we do 
this, hatred and revenge will reign 
triumphant in every heart, and sin 
hold unbounded sway, "lie ye 
therefore merciful, as your Father 
also is merciful." Luke : 30. — 
But if we forgive those who trespass 
again t us, we sh.tll, by so doing, 
obey the injunction of Christ, and 
contribute to the enjoyment ol'th 
who offend us, and advance our own 
happiness. But oh ! 'tis blessed to 

forgive ! to "do unto others 
would they should do unto US ;" 
thus filling tile hearts of men with 
joy and not grief. Collet t all the 
excellencies of the ancient and m 
era moralists, and point to a sen- 
tence equal to the simple prayer of 
our Savior, " 1 

Reviled and insulted — Buffering the 
indignities — crowned with 
thorns, and led awaj ao an- 

nihilating curse breaks from his Hi 
sweet and placid as the aspiring 
■ mother for her nursling, ascends the 
prayer of mercy for bis enemi 
"/'./'//< r i >h, it v 

worth? bis 

Friei 
ban l! be wl 

bitterest em u weD 

cherish angi r J Br >ther I 

precept i- in i re ; you I . 

lor r 'i\ e. i: I 

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ii in each other. To err is I 
human. Illness will sometimes make 
you petulant, and disappointment 
rullle the soomthest temper. Plant 
not, but eradicate the thorn in your 
er's path. The man of a rei 
vengeful Bpirit lives in a perpetual 
Storm : he is his own tormentor, 
and his guilt of course becomes his 
punishment. Banish all revengeful 
thoughts. A spirit of revenue is the 
very spirit of the devil ;and nothing 
makes a man more like him, and aoth- 
ingcan be more opposite to a christian 
temper than a revengeful spirit. Let a 
man of a revengeful spirit, lay his 
hand upon his breast, and say, "Re- 
venge, I cast thee from me ; Father 
forgivt rm as 1 forgive others," and 
nature assumes a delightful garni- 
ture. Then, indeed, are the meads 
verdant, and the flowers fragrant — 
then is the music of the grove de- 
lightful — and the smiles of virtue 
lovely to his soul. "For if ye for- 
give men their trespasses ; your 
heavenly Father will also forgive 
you: but if ye forgive not men their 
* trespasser, neither will your Father 
forgive your trespasses." Matthew 
6 : 11, 15. 

G.W. BURKIIART. 
Nuh, Pa. 



For the Companion. 
Obedience. 

''Now I praise you brethren that 
ye remember me in all things and 
keep the ordinances as I delivered 
them to you." 1 Cor. 11: 2. 

An ordinance is a rule established 
by authority, apcrminent rule of ac- 
tion. And in a scriptural sense fre- 
quently is a law or statute of 
sovereign power. We are glad to 
know th t the ordinances above re- 
fered to are of divine origin and are 
established by divine authority, and 
arc as unchangeable as the laws of 
the Medes and Persians, (Dan. 6 : 
8,) for Paul received them of the 
Lord and delivered them unto the 
Corinthians to be practised until 
Christ will appear the second time 
without sin unto salvation- Let ic 
be remombered that we have one 
lawgiver that is able to save and to 
•v. And he has piomiscd the 
.crown of life only to those who arc 



faithful unto death. Rev. 2: 10. 
We should alwavs have sufficient 
respect for God to prompt us to act 
in accordance to lis revealed will 
as we have it recorded in the Bible, 
without making inquiry why God 
has commanded us to do thus and so. 
But alas how often do we hear even 
those who name the name of Christ 
say, I would freely yield obedience 
to all the ordinances of God if I felt 
it my duty to do so, but I believe 
we can be saved without observing 
those external commands if only the 
heart is right. Oh vain man who 
taught thee to put thy feelings in 
opposition to God's word. Remem- 
ber Lots wife lost her natural life, 
and for what we know her eternal 
happiness, by giving vent to her 
feelings which prompted her to dis- 
obey a divine injunction. Gen. 19: 
17. Moses failed to enter the promis- 
ised land for the same reason. — 
Num. 27 : 12, 1L Saul was reject- 
ed: and fifty thousand and seventy 
of the men of Bcthshemesh were 
smitten for the same reasons. 1 — 
Sam 15: 23,6: 19. And the Sa- 
vior would remind us of the awful 
consequences of hearkening unto our 
feelings more than unto God, in the 
words : "Remember Lot's wife." — 
By omitting a part of God's com- 
mands simply because we believe we 
can be saved without a full submis- 
sion to the whole counsel of God we 
dishonor him, and manifest a selfish 
disposition proving clearly that we 
are unwilling to obey God any far- 
ther than our individual interest or 
benefit is concerned, and would not 
obey any part of that word which 
makes us "wise unto salvation," if 
we had an assurance that God would 
save us without. 

Dear reader we should love God 
"because he first loved ug, and obey 
him because we love him. Then he 
will have respect unto our offerings, 
aa he had unto Abel's and a glori- 
ous reward will follow. 

There are another class that seem 
to think that feet washing and all 
other commands are essential & ought 
to be observed, "but it is not the 
rules of our church to do so." To 
such we would say, that the little 
"our church" is unscriptural. We 



have never found it in the Bible. 
But we read of "the church of the 
living God," of which Christ is the 
door as well as the head, and if we 
would have a lawful entrance there- 
in we must, in obedience to God's 
word, cease to do evil and learn to 
do well. Exercise faith, and repent 
and be converted, and be baptized 
into ChrisC, thus through or by bap- 
tism we enter in through or by 
Christ the door. Having had a 
lawful entrance we must become a 
submissive, humble, and law-abiding 
people. Obedience is essential in 
order to enter the church lawfully, 
and from the time of our entrance 
until we are removed from labor to 
reward. 

Aa we" recognize but one church 
we recognize but one lawgiver who 
has prescribed all necessary laws 
for the government of his church. 
The question should not be as to 
what are our church iules, nor what 
does our Discipline contain or 
teach ; but the question should be, 
what has God commanded, and the 
answer should be, whatsoever the 
Lord has commanded that will we 
do, and whithersoever he has sent 
us thither will we go. It appears 
from the language of our text that 
the essentiality of keeping the ordi- 
nances is to keep them as they have 
been delivered unto us by Christ 
and the apostles, and in honor to 
God. 

I now beg leave to ask the follow- 
ing questions: Does the present or- 
der of the brethren in the adminis- 
tration of the Lord's supper corres- 
pond with the above rule. Would 
it not be more strictly in conformi- 
ty with the example of Christ 
(Matth. 26 : 26, Mark 14 : 22.— 
Luke 22: 19,) for the brethren that 
serve on communion occasions to 
break the bread to the brethren as 
well as to the sisters ? Did not 
Paul imitate Christ's example ? Acts 
20: 11, 1 Cor. 11: 23. Would 
not this practice at once and forev- 
er put an end to the question that 
is so often propounded and has puz- 
zled the ablest divines ? The ques- 
tion appears in the Companion of v 
Feb. 4th. Brother P. R. Wrights- J 
man has riven a satisfactory reason <^ 



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why the sisters do not break bread. 
But his reason would also exclude 
the lay brethren from participating 
in this solemn work. Reason: — 
"Moreover we have not a precedent 
in the New Testament, of the Godly 
women breaking bread in Commun- 
ion." The above testimony, or 
reason, is applicable to the lay 
brethren as well as to the 3i3ters. So 
they stand on equal footing relative 
to breaking the communion bread ; 
and if one has a right to break bread 
the other has also. But according 
to our humble judgment this right 
should be restricted to the servants 
of the church, thus enabling us to 
say, we have kept the ordinances as 
they have been delivered unto us 
by the head of the church of the 
living God, the pillar and ground of 
the truth. 

J. LEEDY. 
Ankntytown, Ohio. 

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For tlie Companion. 
J oh us Ituptiniu the sump as 

< briilS Iti.pi i*ui. 

Will brother Asa Ward, or any 
one of the same manner of thinking, 
please explain Luke 1 : 77, and 3- 
3, in connection with Mark 1:4. 

My own opinion, until better con- 
vinced is, that the baptism of John 
and Christ and his apostles, is all 
the same, with this one exception 
only, that we have not the form of 
words in John's baptism as we have 
in the command of Christ. Matth. 
28: 19; and that the twelve disciples 
in Acts 19, were neither John's dis- 
ciples nor Apollo's, for this reason: 
If John's, they could Dot have B ii 1 
that they have notso much as "heard 
whether there be any Holy Grh 
for John taught this. Matth. 3:11; 
Mark 1 : 8. And if Apollo's, why 
did he (Apollo) not teach them 
what John taught him, ifh. 
.1 >hn'l Disciple, as brother Ward 
saith. He was at least a man 
"mighty in .scripture, instructed in 
the way of the Lord, &e. 

"Knowing oidy the baptism of 

John." This I understand, kndw- 
■in;/ ik) other baptim, and not that 
he (Apollos) did not know anything 

of the Holy Ghost, though the waj 
of God was expounded to him inure 
perfectly, in which state I would al- 



so place myself. But it is not said 
that he was taught any other bap- 
tism. Neither did Paul teach those 



ought to be your?, my dear brother. 
. lew it. This may serve as a 
second imperfect ans.v<-r to my 



Disciples any other baptism, or that neighbor and frbnd, an 1 brother of 

the River Brethren, Jacob N. Gray- 
bill, if the brethren think it worthy 
of publication. And I wish it might 
call out a still more perfect answer. 
JNO. S. NEWCOMER. 
Columbia, Pa. 



they must receive the remission, or 
Holy Ghost, previous to baptism, 
although they had not heard of any 
Holy Ghost. He only wanted them 
taught right so they could believe 
right, and do right, and then he 
knew that the Lord would always 
do his part. So he merely tells 
them what John did teach, Acts 19: 
4. "And when they heard this they 
were baptised in the name of the 
Lord," (according to his command, 
Matth. 28: 19,) and when Paul 
had laid his hands upon them the 
Holy Ghost fell upon them, &c. 

Now we see that the Holy Ghost 
was received here in hearing, be- 
lieving, and obeying the word of 
truth, of which John was the first 
gospel preacher. Mark 1 : 1. And 
Chri it himself gives him the testi- 
mony. Matth. 21: 32. "John 
came in the way of righteousness," 
&c. And Peter in the house of 
Cornelius begins his sermon from 
the same source ; Acts 10: 37, 38, 
and 44. Here we see the Holy 
Ghost fell upon them, after having 
repented, in hearing the words of 
Peter ; undoubtedly not without 
faith in his preaching. "If thou 
believest with all thy heart thou 
mavest." Acts 8 : 37. See also Acts 
16: 14, 15, and 32,33, 34. A- . i 
on the day of Pentecost when Peter 
preached the word, they were Con- 
victed, convinced, believed, repent- 
ed, and were baptised for the re- 
in of sins, and received the 
Holy Ghost, all in a very short 
time. "0 foolish Oallatians, who 
hath bewitched you that ye should 
not obey the truth. This only would 
I learn of you, reoeived ye the 
spirit of the works of the law, or by 
the hearing of Faith." Gal. 3:1,2. 



AGoldou Thought. 

Nature will be reported. All 
things are egaged in writing their 
own history. The plant and the peb- 
ble go attended bj» their own shad- 
ows. The rock leaves its scratches 
on the mountain side ; the river its 
bed in the soil ; the animal leaves its 
bones in the stratum : the fern and 
the leaf, their modest epitaph in the 
coal ; the falling drop makes it3 sep- 
ulcher in the sand or stone ; not a 
footstep in the snow or along the 
ground but prints, in characters 
more or less lasting a map of its 
march ; every act of man inscribes 
itself on the memories of his felloes 
and on his own face. The air is full 
of sound, the sky of tokens ; the 
ground is all memoranda, signatures, 
and every object is covered over 
with hints which speak to the intelli- 
gent. 



Sp. -ah lor < hriat. 

Ah ! the man that has haJ Christ 
in his soul, and wants to tell D 
has ft soul that is a sepulchre, aud 
he is dead. It" there be one tiling 
in this world that is worth U 
it is not that honor, that w 
that any good fortune iu similar 
things has come to you; but 
Chri-t has been made kuo^ 

It is the noblest of ail events, 
most preoious of all disclosure : and 
if there is ft man that has walked in 
sorrow an . - his 

■ 
pret the Scriptures 

his 
sins after the revised I ownl house in the I * 

means ju,t so much, J indue M uol huk 1 I 

that we truly repent, believe in th< | . the 

Lord Jesus with all oui hearts, and dead ough wj 

arc i remiss] >n of siim. slul , a. 

is John's doctrine, Christ's, 
Peter's, and Paul's, and mine, and 



Jjiin -n of repentance for 

the remissions of sins, ^or unt<.> re 

of 
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For the Companion. 
Ine Providence. 



The goodness of providence is one 
of those self-evident propositions no 
sooner proposed than admited; but, 
generally, few are sufficiently aware 
of tho superintending operations of 
the Almighty hand, which continual- 
ly provides for his universal family, 
the dependent creatures of his will, 
"lie opencth his hand, and they are 
satisfied — he withdraweth himself, 
and they perish! " Among the in- 
numerable multitudes of living crea- 
tures, all of whom are the undoubted 
objects of divine regard, there can 
be none more dependent on the boun- 
tiful provider than man. Of eight 
hundred millions of human beings 
with which this earth is peopled, each 
of whom "is of more value than many 
sparrows," not one can peiish with- 
out the notice or permission of the 
Uniuersal Parent. "His eye sees 
every where, in all places, and watch- 
es continually over all the families 
of the earth." The habitable re- 
gions of the world are peopled —there 
is no place where their voice is not 
heard. The tawny African, pant- 
ing beneath the rays of the vertical 
sun, or reclining upon the verdant 
banks of his native river, is nourished 
and protected by the same bounteous 
hand. The cold regions of the north 
are not disregarded. The shivering 
inhabitant of the frigid zone is as 
conscious of Providential care, and 
trusts to the same kind Provider! He 
mounts with buoyant heart his swift- 
ly gliding sled, drawn by the nimble 
footed deer, and over trackless wastes 
of endless snow, hurries with im- 
petuosity through unheard of jour- 
neys, confident of safety and protec- 
tion! — The mild and temperate re- 
gions, characterized for health, com- 
fort and convenience, swarm with 
population. The inhabtants feel 
confident assurance that "seed time 
and harvest, summer and winter, 
day and night, shall not cease." The 
merchant trusts his fortune, and the 
mariner his life, to the narrow con- 
fines of his little vessel, to traverse 
the wide tempestuous ocean, secure 
in the protection of the Almighty 
hand! The farmer ploughs in hope, 
and sows his seed in due season, with 



moral certainty of a blessing on his 
labors. And thus all are blessed — 
all are comparatively happy, and all 
are amply provided for. Surely 
that Divine Providence which so 
providently cares lor all, is wor- 
thy of our love and gratitude ; 
yet how seldem does man appear 
sensible of his favors! God is not a 
glowing tyrant — he claims, but ex- 
torts not our acknowledgmets. Love 
is the law which he administers to 
his creation, and the test of man's 
obedience in the humble imitation of it. 
The frozen Iced by perpetual snow; 
he hastens to his home, to mingle 
with his kindred, and to fulfil his ah 
lotted station in the bosom of his 
family. The inhabitant of the south 
is equally conscious, — is equally in- 
spired with the heavenly compella- 
tions. Pagans in character, but 
Christians in feeling, the same un- 
erring law operates in all, and 
through all, and God the eternal 
fountain of all good, is the subject of 
their adoration and their song! 

JOS. S. GITT. 
New Oxford, Pa, 

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For the Companion. 

Give Ileed to the Truth. 

Careless hearers receive no benefit 
from the word of truth though it be 
preached ever so faithfully by the ser- 
vants of God. To be savingly bene- 
fited by the preaching of the gospel 
it is not enough that persons admit 
its truth : that there feelings are ex- 
cited, that they are greatly distress- 
ed on account of sin, or that they 
have a hope of salvation and aro 
exceedingly joyful. They must 
' trust in Christ as the ir teacher, and 
| follow in the way that he has mark- 
ed out in his law to man. lie is a 
guide that is safe to follow. We 
must trust in him for our salvation 
And whatever it cost, men must per- 
severe in obeying Christ to the end, 
' and not follow after what this or that 
man may say, but take the worl of 
God for the man of their counsel 
and obey the commandments that 
are therein supreme. Devotion to 
this world, whatever may be a man's 
feelings an.1 conduct in other respects 
will prevent all saving efficacy of 
the true gospel, and as long as it is 



continued will exclude from the ^ 
soul the love of God. "Love not 
the world with the things that are in 
the world,"&c 1 John 2: 15. 

The way to have more light and 
grace is to make a diligent improve- 
ment of what is now granted to us 
through the truth, for satan is al- 
ways busy and will disseminate 
error. And such is the state of the 
human heart that they will without 
cultivation take root, spring up, and 
bring forth evil fruit. Men and wo- 
men are therefore bound to take 
heed to the truths they hear as 
well as how they hear, for the devil 
goeth about not only as a roaring 
lion but also an angel of light, seek- 
ing in various ways to destroy the 
souls of men. But the man and wo- 
man >vho rightly estimates the value 
of the soul will make its salvation 
there chief concern, and give up 
whatever prevents his or her obtain- 
ing it. It is of no avail to any one 
to be a member of Christ's visible 
church unless they have also the 
character of a christian. We find, St. 
Matth. 13 : 48, these words; "which 
when it was full they drew to shore 
and sat down and gathered the good 
in vessels, but cast the bad away." 
Ministers of the gospel should 
always be learning, not merely of 
men but of God, for by them the ap 
pointment of Chsist, the good seed 
of the gospel is to be sown among 
all nations,so that the visible church 
shall be coextensive with the world. 
JAS. J. BOWMAN. 

Almans X Roads, Pa. 



For the Companion. 
Philosophy ol Education. 

While life and health are granted 
to mau — kind and we are blessed 
with the bountiful provisions of Prov- 
idence, we seldem, if ever, allow the 

I beautiful thoughts and important 

; ideas connected with the true object 
of Education to enter our minds. 

| Instead of this, perhaps, we are, when 
alone, suffering our minds to wander 
and meditate upon some desirable 

' object or scheme of speculation, 
which, in the end may prove to be of ^ f 
minor importance. This however, [ 
is nothing more or less than one of 

; the many undeniable evidences 



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the imperfections of man and the 
weakness of his powers of reasoning. 
The idea that we must become 
connected with some body in direct 
opposition with the most perfect law 
appears to enter the mind of many 
of the successors of the family who 
were placed in Eden's beautiful gar- 
den. Indeed, the reasoning facul- 
ties of men are so weak that in many 
instances the idea is entertained that 
they must necessarily become thus 
initated in order that they may in- 
sure to themselves and others a man- 
perfect friendship. In this they ap- 
pear to be forgetful of the fact* that 
that perfect being who governs the 
Universe has made ample provisions 
for all who inhabit the earth. There 
is a Perfect Law of Liberty which 
if properly appreciated and complied 
with will bring the most perfect union 
imaginable, and while it makes am- 
ple provisions for bringing into one 
harmonious circle ail those who are 



speculation. We think there are no if the good Master has a 



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students of philosophy, who possess us to d >, and we tarrv too long at 
the least amount of the faculty of Jerusalem ! Is it not highly prob- v 

able, that, after the disciples were 
scattered abroad oa account of the 
persecution which arose about Ste- 
phen, such calls and invitations were 
sent to the Apostles and mini 
as we now a days see in almost "very 



reasoning, but will at once conclude 
that the true object of Education is 
not to inspire the mind with the things 
beneficial in this life alone, but also 
to aid him in securing pleasures that 
will never fade. 



Beyond the aightof Time beyond the reign of number of the Companion and Vis 



Death 

There surely Is a better clime where life is not 
:: breath," 
May we .-ill labor to Beoarethe crown-that 
plorioue prize, that is tendered those who ue- 
quire a true practical education. 

E. UMBAUGII. 
Rose Hill Iud. 



f[ov the ' 
The Spreading of ilie Gospel, 

"I am come to send fire on the itarth j and 

what will I if it be already kindled." Luke 
la : 49. 



mode for spreading the gospel. Un 
to our first parents it wussaid : " 
willing to pledge themselves to unite fruitful, and multiply, and replenish 



Fiom the foregoing words we ob 
tain some knowledge of the divine fed* himself called to the work, take 



itorl In this way a spark of that 
fire was carried into distant Ethio- 
pia, kc. 

M iw to drop the metaphor or fig- 
ure, it is self-evident that emigration 
is n <t the only mode for spreading 
*pel. So far as it goes it 
: illy does the work well ; but it 
moves too much in oik n on- 

ly : that is westwari. On the other 
haul, to create ami supply a treas- 
ury, and then let every "one that 



with each other in order that they 
may assist each other whenever ne- 
cessity seems to require. All or- 
ganizations that are not governed by 
this law are in direct opposition to 
the end for which all should labor. 
Indeed it is necessary that we im- 
prove our minds by acquiring a bet- 
ter knowledge of tho science of Rea- 
soning, in order that we may be 
enabled to detect the errors of a de- 
generate world. Whatever ideas 
may have been presented and opened to that element. 
up in the mind, there is really but 
one object for which education was 
originally designed. This is, to ac- 
quire a correct knowledge of the 



the earth, and subdue it." Gen. 1 
28. Taking these two passages in 
connection, we learn first: that na- 
ture, (or the natural growth) must 
be subdued, before the fruits can 
grew that are designed to sustain 
man, either physically or spiritually, port, and a great deal 



And second ; as fire is an indisperis- 
ible element in subduing the earth, 
or the natural growth thereof, we 



what he pleases, and select his own 
field of labor, which seem, to be the 
idea Borne have of the missionary 

cause, or supports 1 ministry, would 
be ipiite in the other extreme. The 
time has been when the territory 

settled by our brethren could be 
visited and attended to by our min- 
istering brethren without much sup- 
more migh+ 



be done now than there is, if the 
wealthier would travel to the extent 
that .vould reduce them t > a level 



"Perfect Law of Liberty." What 
more perfect design could our Crea- 
tor have devised than this? What 
could create more happin isj, and 
what bring in »re la-ting wealth than 
suob acqu*itiou2 This law provides 
that friendship be sg strong that its 

adherents wool 1 be willing to die 
for each other if necessity vould re- 
quiie. 0, think of that love! Whence 

could 'ranger love than this pro- 
ceed: will it emanate from the imper- 
fect organisations of men? We think 
that the argument that can bi 
duced in favor of the affirms ive of 
( this question consists of mere human 



learn why the Savior compares the with-the poorer class ; but as this 

influences of His nhgion, or gospel would seem unreasonable, the ntt 

to that element. Then, at Jerusa- 
lem this fire was kindled; see Acts, 
-: 8, designed to be spread into \tll 

the world?' not only after the death 

Of Stephen, but immediately after 
that eventful day. The restriction, 
tarry at Jerusalem, was only till the 
day of 1'entecost ; but if our chro- 
nolgy is true, we find the Apostles 
tarrying there several years longer. 
I do not wish to impeach them with 

idleness: perhaps the same objec- 
tions that are brought up 

against the mil . U iav 

l!ld i't 

appears that lire wis not || 
much, until a storm of p. i 

arose, parrying sparks hers 
there, which afterward ana A 

mi o ;t flame by more gentle br< 
Brethren I this n tj beoooae o ir lot, 



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ural conclusion is, that the i 

should be supporte 1 when duty 
requires them to expend time or 
money beyond their own abilitiea. 1 

do not think that we would create a 
greater oonfusion by opening the 

| door for every brother to preach 
who may feel himself called, than 
we would, by opening the door for 
any pivac. er to turn out missionary 
and support him fir on a common 
fund My candid opinion is ti. 
tern m now laid down, by 

ied. 1 : 

lice, or aversion to the i 
"Missionary ." ai l aa it i~ 

scriptural term, 1 as one, 

let us drop it, Mud t.ikc one thai 

scriptural: "MoetengCfl oi' the 



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\ _ ' r. 8: 28, and 

r J by referring to verse It) same chap. 
' we learn how, at least, one of those 
is was set apart for the of- 
fice, lie was a brother "whose 
praise was in the gospel throughout 
all tiie churches:" hut "was cliosen 
of the churches" &c. This seetns to 
leave room for inference that there 
existed an order, or grade in those 
ds>TS which we are lacking; but 
Betting forth pretty clearly the qual- 
ificatioDS requisite, and the way and 
manner of filling the office. 

J have said, my hope is in the 
districting system, "i'is true, at 
Antioch it seems the individual 
church separated and sent forth Bar- 
nabas and Saul : but not till the 
Holy Ghost told them to do so. — 
Thus there seems to be exceptions 
to all general rules, which in indi- 
vid.i tl instances may be attended 
with good results, but make thorn a 
genera! rule unl they result in no 
good. For instance, one brother 
ma)' go forth and devote his whole 
time to the ministry, and because 
he is worthv, although not 'chosen 
by the churches," for that special 
purpose, yet is he supported by 
them. Another, equally talented, 
but not as watchful, may undertake 
it, but not being able to resist temp 
tatious, will be induced to open the 
door wider and wider, until finally, 
every restraint to worldliness- will 
be removed ; hence I argue the ne- 
cessity and propriety of having 
them "chosen of the churches," and 
not by one individual church. And 
hc-eiu I wil' give my reason : I 
need not tell my brethren and sis- 
ters that while we are in this world 
we are beset with weakness, and un- 
less we attain to a great degree of 
self-denial, there will be more or 
less of self-interest manifested in our 
doings, church matters not excep- 
ted. Now where such a disposi- 
tion exists, and an individual church 
would take in hand to set apart, say 
one of two brethren, equally talen- 
ted, but in other respects differing 
in dispositions, the one amiable, 
t . courteous, winning and gentle : the 
, j other sedate, and reserved, and per 
yj haps a Utile headstrong (which raa- 
/£, ny of us appear to be) would not 



the church keep its favorite at home 
and send the one not so popu- 
lar, when at the same time the mem- 
bers knew the other would do the 
most good : but let them be "chosen 
of the churches," or their represen- 
tatives at the District meeting, and 
self-incerest will have but very little 
to do in the matter, and the respon- 
sibility will be taken from the indi- 
vidual, and laid on the mass of 
churches. On the other hand should 
the A. M. undertake to choose them, 
in man) instances their acquaint- 
ance might be too limited. 

D. M. HOLSINGER. 
Newru, Pa. 



Work for the V <niii-.il Meeting. 

As the District Council Meetings 
are about commencing, it may not 
be amiss to say a few words con- 
cerning their work and that of the 
Annual Meeting. 

It will be remembered that the 
District Meetings were created for 
the purpose of reducing the labor 
of the Annual Meeting. 'We there- 
fore regard it the duty of the Dis- 
trict Meeting to dispose of every 
query not cf vital importance, and 
to let no query go to the Annual 
Meeting which it is possible for thera 
to decide, and give general satisfac- 
tion. If any party is specially ag- 
grieved, let them appeal to the stand- 
ing Committee ; at any rate, keep 
local matters out of the Annual 
Meeting as the members of that 
body are tired of those simple que- 
ries which some well-meaning but 
weak borther or sister may have 
proposed. I have not yet forgotten 
the feeling of satisfaction visible on 
the countenances of the brethren at 
the Annual Meeting when one of 
the delegates from the State of Indi- 
ana reported, "No queries from our 
District." What better proof could 
be given of the good management 
of the churches in that District. — 
How many districts can say this at 
the coming Annual Meeting ? 

Another method of reducing the 
work at the Annual Meeting is for 
each individual church council as 
well as the District Counrd to con- 
sult the Brethren's Encyclopedia 
and see if their query is not already 



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decided, before they send it further. Ci 
The District Meeting, however, } ' 
might serve the church where the 
Annual Meeting is to be held, by 
sending them, at an early date, the 
names of the delegates representing 
their Districts, so that each district 
could be represented in the Stand- 
ing Committee. I think something 
of that kind was proposed at the 
last Annual Meeting. I hope the 
church where the Annual Meeting 
is to be hold will not forget this 
matter. 

Now, if all the districts could do 
like one in Indiana last year what 
business would there be left for the 
Annual Meeting ? Why all the bu- 
siness it ought to have ; namely: — 
"How can we spread the gospel 
more rapidly"? The entire ener- 
gy of the whole church should be 
bent upon this one topic. Answer 
those Macedonian calls, go where 
the Brethren have never been heard, 
preach to those who sit in darkness 
and in the shadow of death. Im- 
press the members of each church or 
several neighboring churches to 
send forth one minister, for what 
time and in what manner they choose; 
say no more about pay or support, 
leave that in the hands of each indi- 
vidual church. I have confidence in 
the Brethren that they will do their 
part, only let the work be once be- 
gun. 

S. Z. SHARP. 

MillersviUe. Pa. 



Singing* 

Singing is a great institution. It 
oils the whee's of care, and supplies 
the place of sunshine. A man who 
sings has a good heart. Such a man 
not only works more willingly, but 
he works more constantly. A sing- 
ing cobbler will earn as much mon- 
ey again as a cordwainer who gives 
way to low spirits and indigestion. 
Avaricious men never sing. The 
man who attacks singing throws a 
stone at the head of hilarity, and 
would, if he could, rob June of its 
roses, and August of its meadow 
larks. Such a man should be look- 
ed to. 



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CORBI8PONDENCE. 

Corretpondence of church newt tolicited from 
all parts of the Brotherhood, Writer's name 
and address required on ivery communication, 
at guarantee of good faith. Jtejected communi- 
cations or manuscript used, n»t returned. All 
communications fur publication should bt writ 
ten upon one side of the sheet only. 

Brother Hohinger ; On the 22nd 
of this month I fell in conversation 
with a United Brethren class leader 
on the subject of the foreknowledge 
of Cod. I contended that God knew 
when he placed Adam and Eve in 
the garden of Eden that they would 
cat of the foi hidden fruit, and that 
they would trangress the law. The 
class leader sail that everything 
was in the present tense with God, 
and nothing in the future tense, and 
that God could not look into the 
future a thousand years. I contend 
that God can look into the future, 
for he thieatened the world with a 
deluge of water, and forewarned No- 
ah of the consequence, and told No- 
ah to huild an ark, and how to build 
it. And God certainly knew how 
long it would take Noah to complete 
it. It was in the future and not in 
the present tense when God told 
Noah to prepare for the flood. 

And God has promised the res- 
titution of all things for we read in 
Acts of the Apostles 3: 21, 22, thus: 
"Whom the Heaven must receive un- 
til the times of restitution of all 
things, which God hath spoken by 
ths mouth of all his holy prophets, 
since the world began." And as 
tin- restitution of all tilings has not 
taken place yet, it is in the future, 
it and is not for us to know when it 
will take place: but Cod kna 
The 22nd verge reads thus : "For 
Mo M truly said unto the father*, a 
prophet shall the Lord your God 
an unto you of your brethren 
like unto me; him shall ye bear in 

all tilings whatsoever be shall saj 
until you, Christ was like unto M<> 
see in being appointed of God to 
make known bis will, and being a 
divinely commissioned leader of his 
people. The 28rd and li l tli verses 



of the chapter go to show that God 
is an all wise God. 

JOHN TUCKER. 

Perry , Ind. 

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Brother William Troatle of Shar- 
idon, Nebraska Territory Says: 

I enclose 75 cents for the Compan- 
ion, please send it till the time is up, 
and if I am living I will renew it. 
It is the only means I have of hear- 
ing from the brethren. I have not 
heard a sermon, or seen a brother 
for 4 years. There is no preaching 
here but in the principal mining 
Camps. The most I have talked to 
on the subject of religion are unbe- 
lievers, universaiists, or Spiritualists. 
There seems to be very few that will 
admit the reality of the New Testa- 
ment; so you see I have but little 
encouragement, and as your paper 
gives me so much encouragement I 
wish to continue it. I do not live 
here as a choice but rather through 
necessity or misfortune. There is | 
much room here for the spreading of 
the Gospel. 

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Brother ll^nry ; As the time is 
fast rolling on when, the Lord wil- 
ling there will be another Annual 
Meeting, and as at our last Annual 
Meetimg the subject of holding 
church elections was brought up and 
then deferred the subject is now 
open for discussion through our pe- 
riodicals. Would some one give us 
a more scriptural plan for holding 
such Elections, and one in which 
more of a u.iion might be expected 
throughout the wlioic church. 

D. D. SH1VELY. 

H'xxville, Ind 
♦• 

Brother J. L. Frantz of Bellefon- 
tain, Ohio, has removed to l)c<Jraff, 
Ohio. 

Announcements. 

Dlstrlc* ■••ttaff. 

\V( take the privilegi dling 

the attention of the Church' 

braced in the Northern [Uineis Duv 

tii't to the time for holding the l'i- 

Meeting. It is appointed to 

oommence on Monday the l"th of 

be be held with the 

brethre i in the clock River Church, 



Lee Co. We hope there may be a '{ 
full representation of all the branch- 
es embraced in the Di.-trict, as there v 
will be important business on hand. 
A.M.DLWRDORFF. 



Qse rU a 

Brother Henry; I would like if 
some brother would give scriptural 
reason why the brethren allow a 
sister to preach, without having 
been duly called according to the 
order of the brethren ; when they 
will not allow a brother to preach, 
who has not been duly called. If 
there is no scripture to permit sis- 
ters to preach, why does the 
Annual Council not restrict such 



cases 



DANIEL HOLLINGR 



Information nauted. 

Of John Son, who emigrated from 
Bedford Co. Pa. in company with 
some of Conrad Martin's family to 
the Wabash Valley, some 30 years 
ago. Any one giving information 
of him, whether living or dead, to 
the undersigned, will do an act of 
humility, and kindness to a bereav- 
ed, aged and sorrow stricken widow. 
D. M. HOLSLNGER. 
AWry, Pa. 

To our Correspondent*. 

Robert 15. Bkapo, Flukes. Ya. ; Your pa- 
per has "ieen sou' regularly from this office. 
We c-Himot till .vhy it does not pome to hand 
if wr haTe the address correctly, Whkfa is 
Robert B. Board] Flukes. Boitetoari < 

Wm. Snyder, Deer Creek. Iml. ; Your let- 
ter dat 'h, eonuh.iiig l'oslal order 
OB Huti'ilU-'don PostOSoft] having hreu ad- 
. to Huntington, Ind., unit fmui UMBOS 
forwarded to HOBtlogdoBi Pa., and from 
tin nee forwarded to us at Tyrone, i! 
reach us before this week. Tyrone it 
tul Order Office, and those bOytag orders 
should havethen nude payable at ihir 

Abraham Myera, Mi. Pleaaaat, IV; The 

faull was was « Uli the elerk in not li aiisferriii" 
your name into the new hook. Shall we Send 
you tin- Deck No*. T 

1 1 "i 1 1, Hope is the BW< I 
friend that ever kept a distn 

friend coin) any ; it beguiles the te 

dionsnees of t i the mis 

of our pilgrimage. It tells the 
such - tooeeding 

^what oemfbrts there are m 
i ; what peaoe, what 
triumphs, what marris 
hallelujahs there are in that country 

whither she ii trareling thai - 

merrily aw ay 1 ith h-r ] {" 

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The Koy"s First UIunh. 

Wine- for the darling, wlue— twill <1<> bkn 
rood ; , . ,, 

"Tiiis is l.ls birth-day, 00 then to the brim," 
■laa ! ibej taint his pun: young blood; 
Bport for the gueatt, bu( ahj bow sad for him. 
I" niliiiikimr fire, weak mother, cruel friends 
Who drank, the fair boy's health with milling 

mien , 

Know that the tempter o'er the goblet bends, 
And every bubble harbors Impt unseen. 

Behold the fruits ! they ripen all too soon, 
The youth drinks deeply ! not alone ot wine, 
lie hannta each night— sine palace— the i 

rtth rem all in him that's divine. 
Full gro«n in vice, and versed beyond his 

In all, that good men pray, their sons may 

shun, 
Still day by day. his brain and heart he scars 

giill | , net ion, mad to be undone 

The downward source. 

'Tis true, the bov is father to the man, 
Bankrupt in health, in hope, in fame, in 

pun 
Mark how the drunkard, type of all hiaclaea, 
Achieves the purchase of his fiery curse ; 
His watch! Chat's naught, his very life's in 

pawn 
To a dread usurer ! who such nuisance takes 
For every draught from his vile fouutain 

drawn, 
That soid and sense must pay the claim he 

makes 

The melancholy end. 

Last scene of all! alone, alone! with death 
The lost inebriate struggles with his doom, 
In awful torture, yields his tainted breath 
And sinks, sin blighted, in a pauper's grave. 
But for one vice, of every vice the seed 
Of every hope and euergy the bane 
llis had been home, wealth, comfort, friends 

at need, 
Now lies he there— self ruined and self slain. 



Also, in the same church, March 5th, our 
beloved old brother. FREDERICK MOHER, 
aged T. r ) yeat I -' days, lie 

leave! a kind companion and 'J children, and 
til grand-children, fifty yet living, and :i 
great grand-children. Funeral occasion im- 
fby K.H. Abiam Fraulz, Jos. N. Kauf- 
man and the writer, to a large concourse of 
people, from 2 Tim. 4 : 0, 7. $. 

•J. L. Fiumz. 



Lifttol moneys received, for subscription 
to the Companion, since our last. 



David Beaty, Coffee Hun, Pa. 
Su&anB. W p rtz, Johnstown Pa 
J Hildebrand, N. Liberty, Ind 
E B EUwa Simpa'n StafoW Va 

you have now paid to No. 10 
Vol. 5, as you will notice by 
the figures on the wrapper. 
Danl Leedy, Lebanon, Oregon 
Clerisa Blount, Albany, " 
Alfred Baltimore " " 

David StoneT Waynesboro Pa 
Friend of the poor, for Benj. 
Winters, Mt. Vinco, Va. 
We will send it the whole 
year, and as cheerfully 
enter it on the book as 
any other. 
Win Snyder, Deer Creek, Ind 
Charles Uhl, Logansport, Ind 
J J Puterbaugh, " 
Jas M (JrLteo, Pages Mill, Va 
T B Cavan, Panola, 111, 
J C Bishop, Indian Valley, Va 



DIED. 

In Linn Co., Oregon, Feb. 23rd, our belov- 
ed brother JOHN" II. BITTER ; aged 54 years 
6 months, and 13 days. He leaves a widow 
and 9 children to mourn their loss. After 
are of continued 6ickness, with 15 
months of total blindness, he departed from 
this vale of tears in hope of wearing the white 
robe with the sanctilied in Christ above. His 
last conversation while he was in his right 
mind, was concerning his situation ; he said 
he felt to give himself into the hands of 
his Creator, and be entirely resigned to llis 
will. He also selected a hymn to be sung 
the last time his coffin was opened, commenc- 
ing thus : — ''Dear friends, farewell, 1 go to 
dwell," &C. He was a member of the 
Church for near 31 years ; was an atlcction- 
ate husband and a L'eiieious lather. Funeral 
service t.v brother Danl Leedy, from 2 Tiui. 4 : 
7, 8. Ai.riu:i> Baltimohb. 

' r please copy. 
In Donaldacreek Church. Clark Co.. Ohio, 
March 25th, of Congestion of the brain, JA- 
COB, son of brother Adam and sister Anna 
CRIST) aged 10 months. Funeral occasion 
improved from Matth. 14: 13, 14,15, by 
brethren John and Aaron Frantz, aud Geo. 
i urdcrburg. 

n. IT. Aknoi.d. 
In the Logan branch, Logan Co., Ohio, 
Jan. 7, LOVIZA, infant daughter of brother 
1 ! tnnah III'liKK. aged 

,. I iv. Funeral discourse 

am Franlz. and Jos. N. Kaufman 

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Is published every Tuesday, at $1.50 a year, 
by llcnn K. Hblflingerj who is a member of 
the "Ciiurch of the Brethren," sometimes 
known Lv the name Of "German Baptists," <fc 
vulgarly or maliciously called " Dvniard*." 

The design of the work « to advocate truth; 
i r-nr, and encourage the true Christian 
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It assuries that tb.e New Testament is the 
Will of God, and that no one can have the 
promise o'' salvation without observing all Us 
,,„, f.s ,• that among these are Faith, Re- 
pentance, Prayer, Baptism by trine immer- 
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Holy Communion, Charity, Non-conformity to 
the world. Mid a full resignation to the whole 
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Son Jesus Christ. 

So mud of the affairs of this world as will 
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BY H. U. HOLSINQKR. 



VOLUME IV. 



TYRONE GIT?, PA., TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 1868. 



Number 16. 



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Who«oe ver lovetb me keepetb my commandmenta." — J tact. At 81.60 Per AODUm 



Selected for the Comjxinion. 
II. r.- in hi) Heart. 

Her? Is my heart ! my Go I, I (five it thee ; 

] hoard the call, and say, 
"Not to the worM, my child, but unto mo." 

I heard, Mint will sue/. 
IT-*rv Is love's offering to my King, 
Which, a i;lad sacrifice. I liriiijc — 
Here U my heart ! 

Here is rr.v heart! — surely the gift, tho' poor, 

My Go I will not deapfoe, 
Vainlv and lou^ I touutlt to m*ke It pure, 

To inert lh\ Itvirching -Vrs i 
Corrupted Sr»t 1: , A laill'a fall 
The atnii (i ■< of -in pollute it all, — 
My guilty heart ' 

Here I* my heart ! — mv heart so hard before, 
Now by !(>•• grace mad* inert ; 

Tot linii-.it ant wearied, it can only pour 
li* anirnirh at i hy feci ; 

Ii prroaiM hcaualb lh" weight of ein, 

It aigh« salvation* Joyi to win, — 
My mourning hoot ! 

Here i« my heart '—it treii.l.les todmw near 

Tli • glory ol thy throne ; 
Glvelltlltf thillillg robe iny servant wear, 

Of rijht.o i»ne,-s thine own ; 
lit pride aud lolly cliaae away, 
An J all iu vanity, 1 pray— 
My h&ui'ilod heart. 

Here is my heart !— teach it, O Lord, to cling 

III gl.i'lnet-s UfllO thee ; 
And in tlie day of sorrows still to sin,;, 

** Welcome my God 'a decide" 
B iieving, all ita journey through. 
That thou art wi»e. and Junt, and true, — 
My wailiug heart ' 

fc. WILLIAMS. 

For the Qompanum. 
ILeiieriohf H. M. Haaebare. 
Dear friend in the /JV*A, and be- 
loved iii the Lard, 

Grace be with you, mercy and 
peace, from God die Father, and the 
Lord Je»us Christ. Although wide- 
ly separated in the body, I am per- 
suaded wo are one in tin- Elder 
Brother and Glorious Redeemer.-— 
Many a time, I doubt not, we have 
been drawing water out of the Well 
of Salvation at the aame time 
When y,,u bent] your knees at the 
mercy heat in 'fenuoeeee, and 1 in 

I Pennsylvania, we arc nearer togeth- 
er than if we were locked in cu-h 
other 1 * embrace without that higher 
relationship which imparts to relig- 
ious intercourse its peerless worth. 

J \J We are near of km, have on.- an- 

E\°estry, one name, which baa Ion - 



since awakened in rae a desire to 
communicate with you. But while 
natural aiTectijn is strong, and has 
much to *ic with the inditement of 
this h tter, it is not to be compared 
with the love of Christ which glows 
in my soul, which reaches not only 
to Tennessee, but to the ends of the 
earth, as far as the Divine image, 
however defaced, may be found. I 
do not write myself, being too un- 
skillful in the u-e of the pen. While 
the Spirit of Christ stirs up my heart, 
seating it on fir^ with heavenlj love, 
I communicate my feelings and wiaii- 
es to a brother, who transmits them 
to paper. 

My Grandfather's nnme was 
John Geoige Ba*ehore. He was 
an ambassador of Christ many years 
in this county, and died in a good 
old age. He wax very reserved, 
and, like Moses, of slow tongue, but, 
like that eminent servant of God, 
he was meek, exerting a mighty in- 
fluence hy his lite, drawing souls si- 
lently to Jesus by the holiness of 
his walk who were not affected by 
his preaching, lit was a bright 
and shining light, his death was like j 
the setting of a cloudless sun, and ! 
his memory is blessed. In 1 i^ ex- 
emplar) life and the heavenly odor 
uf ins saintlineas, he bequeathed to , 
us a legacy of greater worth than ' 
millions of money, or high w irldly ' 
rank, or the broad acres of half a 
kingdom. He had a brother iu Yir ' 
gima i tme was Benj imin — ' 

At what a^e he moved there 1 am 
not able to say : \\>n can perhaps 
tell me, as you are of his lineage 
his grandson I suppoee. 11- 

minister of the Gospel, and, 
if tradition h reliable, miuhti in 
word, greatly beloved, and ezten 
sively useful, tie died, n 1 mistake 
not, in Lebanon Connty, this state 

whither he had gOtM either 00 a via 

it or "ii business We have en 
tirely loatthe line of his posterity, 
but feel aaaured thai al leaat tome 



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of those whose names appear in the 
Companion ami Visitor, belong to 
his progeny. Wa« he your Grand- 
father ? Are there others in your 
state, or any place in the South and 
West, that spring trotn his loins? 
How many sons and daughters has 
he living, and are they all born 
again ? How many of his family 
have died, and did they all fall 
asleep in Jesus? His he manv 
Grandchildren, and do the-v all 
belong to the body of Christ ? Di i 
any die outside the provisions of 
grace? Has he any grown great 
grand children, and have any been 
gathered "under the shadow of thi 
Almighty?" How many of hie 
terity are in the ministry, an I 
number it the deaconship? A/e 
you a herald of the Cross 
now Ion' since rou were stationed 
on the watch-tower of Zion ? Dj 
any of your children belong to tie 
household of faith? Are the sainti 
numerous in your place, and are 
you of one mind on all principle 
points! Dj all your ministers 
preach & sin renouncing repent. nice, 
a Christ-clasping faith, and baptism 
for tha remission of sin, o: 
hold to the docti ine of rei 
dependent oi baptism? Do 
baptize your winter-con . cold 

weathei , 01 I UJ r;!e un- 

til the accession oi the wai 
bo you admit members of other de> 
nominationa without n 
is, if their ba;.i>ui • 
form a 3 tl. . the lm 

Have j ou protracted - du- 

ring the winter, and how do pro- 
ceed on such occasions ? Do 
•i times, ii iniatar th< 
• r< : itihir appointment*, or d>i 

sou follow • a that : 

adinga oi 

Sdethooisoa ! :.k> my di ar 

brother, that 1 pro] oat ^ > 

qneetiona i it ia for Chriat'a «a» 

luea are involved in 
tlieir aolntion. God'a household 



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.y as much as pos- 
it may 
. e ilic spirit, or caus< 
tu ..; pmosg tho members. God is 
our Fattier, Christ our Lifo and 
Kcad. tlio Snirit our Teacher, tho 
Wojd our Directory, and we arc all 
'iron. If wo aihore to the 
trord, depend on the spirit, open our 
whole being to the fulness of Lhr.st, 
and love each other with a pure 
heart fervently, we will surely 
line thing," and "be 
perfectly joined together in the same 
mind and in tho same iud"ement." 
N thing is so necessary to inter- 
nal prosperity, and potent world- 
ward, as one heart, one purpose, one 
order throughout the entire Rrother- 
hoodj at all points coincident with 
the word <>f (rod. "There are direr- 
ifte, but the same Spirit." 
The wo;d must be differently admin- 
istered. but in subjection to the 
• Lord." Apostles, prophets, 
i'-, workers of miracles, gifts 
of healing, speaking wit'i tongues, 
interpretations, helps, governments 

these were, in the Apostolic 

age, the various methods thlough 
which Divine Grace was adminis- 
tered, but all was done by the same 
Spirit, in the name of the same Lord, 
a:.d it, was the same God that work- 
ed all in all. In all this diversity 
there was strictest unity. There 
was but one church, one communion, 
each member working according to 
the station assigned and ability eon- 
P r i by God. It is so now. The 
miraculous has passed away, hut 
th it which consitutes ( histianity 
ndent of time and circum- 
stance, remains. The gifts of the 
church are still diversified, though 
they arc not in kind the same as in 
the opening of the present era. The 
Spirit controls them as when 
...d wonders" were done bv 
■ hands. There are still 
rences of administrati 
m, FeetwasMng, Lord's Sup-' 
imtmion, i reaching, Ser- ] 
tabled, Anointing the sick, 1 
Ministrations'' of the same 
all different in form, but up- 
^1 n' ' ' by the same authorit . , > rnman- 
y ded by the "same Lord." rYe have 
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Deacons, i hebe.--., Priscillas, Vqujlas, 
iWarys, Rrbanes, Tryphena*, and 

Tryphosaa that give tli selves to 

the work of the Lord, aiding with 
heart and hand and means the great 
object of the ministry — the ingather- 
ing of souls. See 'Rom. 16. "The 
manifestations of the Spirit is given 
to every man to profit withall," and 
there is no danger the Divine mani 
testation, in the control of any gift 
He bestows, will be out of the order 
prescribed in the gospel. The "di- 
versity if operations" will not ori •[■ 

J • re 

nate different sects, or amalgamate 
all denominations into one congdom- 
eration ot contradictions, but will 
only unite the children of God the 
more closely in a felt sense of depen- 
dence upon each other. The Son of 
the Highest has declared, as a basis 
for our confidence in Lis ability to 
achieve the stupendous work of Re- 
demption, and His Omniscience to 
oversee each individual soul, "I 
and my Father are one," and prayed 
that His followers might be as truly 
blended in life and purpose as the 
Godhead; and yet inform the Father 
and Son can never more be one 
*ince the incarnation, inasmuch as 
the Father is pure Deity, and the 
Son is Divine-human. Notwithstand- 
ing this Christ could pray in behalf 
of His church, '''■that they all mty 
be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, 
and I in Thee, that they aho may 
be one in Us." Such is our oneness 
in Christ. It is mysterious, deep, 
leal, Divine. It admits of " .iversities 
of operations," and "differences of 
administrations," but it does not 
admit of deranyerlfent, of the Divin: 
order, mutilation of the Divine insti- 
tutions, and different administration 
of the same tinny. We are one. 
We cannot explain it, but, blessed 
be God, we can feel it. When once 
the love of Christ is shed abroad in 
our hearts by the Holy Ghost, so 
that we know the deep filial tender- 
ness implied in that wondorous cry, 
"Abba Father," we cling to the 
Brethren as the "elect of Cod," our 
"• omp inions in tribulation," and 
our joint heirs in glory. Uur one- 
ness lias the sweetness of Heaven in 
it. It reduces centuries tj a mo- 
ment and annihilates space. You 



taste it* preciousness and celestial 
ll ivor m Tennessee, and we in ■ emi- 
sylv.inia. This letter is its fir.'t. 

1 have never been in the S utth to 
hold fellowship with you in the flesh, 
but my heart has often hcen in 
Heaven for all the "Israel of God," 
and especially {or those who are of 
the same ancestry with myself. I 
have neither time nor means to \isit 
you in person, but on the wings of 
thought I have been in your com- 
pany often. How far it is to your 
place I cannot tell, but I know 
that it would require time and 
money. How far it is to the Throne 
of Grace, I cannot tell, but I have 
otdy to go to ray closet, shut the 
door, bend my knees, and I am 
there, without money and without 
price. Co j Id I go to Tennesee as 
speedily, and in the same way, as I 
commune with you in the Spirit, I 
would request my amanuensis to lay 
aside his pen, and you would this 
minute here me knocking at vour 
door. Oh, what a blessed privilege 
is the Communion of saints ! Next 
tj fellowship with God, it is the 
sweetest enjoyment this side Heav- 
en ! "By tnis we know that we 
have passed from death unto life, 
because we love the brethren." — 
What a precious evidence of our in- 
terest in the great salvation ! When 
our faith undergoes an eclipse, and 
and our &ky grows dark as it some- 
siines does, and the sensible pres- 
ence of God seems withdrawn, how 
thankful we ought to be for this one 
remaining evidence of adoption — 
love to the brethren as brethren. — 
You are a member of the visible 
church, and I believe you are there, 
not as an alien and foreigner, but 
as one washed in the blood of atone- 
ment, born of water, and of the 
Spirit, justified, sanctified, "sealed 
unto the day of redemption." To 
the praise of Sovereign Grace I may 
say, in my great unworthiness, that 
1 have been traslated out of gross 
darkness into the kingdom of God's 
dear Sjn. Once I was blind, now 
1 see. Once I was uncireu.ncised 
in heart mid ears, impenitent, un- 
reconciled ; now the peace of Christ 
rules in my heart. In my consci- 
ence once burned an incipient uell ; 



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now th^re ia no condemnation, be- 1 and long-buffering of God ! Oh the 

oau;e I walk after tlie S,drir." and folly and ingratitu le of man! Oil 

;im daily tasting "the powers of the the privilege* of grace, and the 

world to come." This happy change , blessedness of Heaven ! Oh the 

was effected in the early prt of hainousnesa of sin, and the depths 

the year I8»i2, and I was soon bur- 1 and hopelessness of Hell ! Oh the 

ied into the d^ath of Christ, and am j wonders of Divine Live, and the 

to this day "rejoicing in hope of terrors of Divin? Wrath '. "If the i 

the glory of God." Whether we are ! righteous scarcely be saved, where of theL>rl.VEx. 12: 25.)° I 

second cousins, or whether our re- i shall the ungo l!y aui toe sinner ap- I also a sacrifice, an I, with >ut d 

lation?hip is nearer or more distant, pear?" A solemn declaration, tru- I was typical ol "Christ oar iuss- 

I know not ; but we are united in ly, and one that may well put the : over." When a typa r -a: i 

bond-- that are durable as Eternity, '-aiius on their guard, an 1 fill the ! antitype, it on.'- t > an en i 

sweet as Deifie love, an<l en wicked with consternation. God consequently , if it 

twined as closely as the Infinite j has graciously called us into the Christ ate tha lej it \rj 



Egypt." 



(Ex. 12: 1.) In its 
nal institution, it was given to the 
Israelites as a condition of safetv, 
when the Lord should smite all 
firstborn in th. ."' Egypt." — 

(Ex.12: 11,13,21,23,) Alt . 
observance, it was to b 
ative of the same deliverin r 




jovs only on the other side of death, tho affections an 1 lusts," and keep 
We will perhaps never s«e each oth- ' ourselves unspotted from the world, 
or in this life ; hut in Hoavjn tliere , He will surely brine; us int) the de- 
is neither North nor S >uth, Eistmr sired Heaven. Courage, my broth 
West, and in ou" glorified natures er, courage, all ye that love the 
our bulies will be more under the 1 Lord, mm/ a mile of our v 
co itrol oi t\\i gpir it than in this I lies behinl us. an I the way is 
life, so that distance in space will shortening. Ymmiy never come 
not separate the saints as now. — North, n >r I g> South, the elect of 
Tnere is hut one Father's Hiuse, in li »1 will never all silute each other 
which all the redeemed will congre in this world, but I trust wo are 
gate. There is but one Lam!), ii lily going upward, Zim-ward. 
around which they will all cluster. [The Chariot will soon bs at the door 
Tnere is but oae Tree of Life, on|to©sc>rt us to glory, and then 

whose fruit they will all subsist. »ut we will talk abmt that 

There is but one Crystal Iliver, out when we meet in the New Jerusa- 
of which they will drink. Tueie we lem. 



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A'ill be to j f titer } in company witii 
the lljly Trinity, with angles in 
numerable, with Patriarchs Proph- 
ets, Apostles, an 1 Stints of all ages. 
There we will sing the one E vet'last- 
ioc: S «ng. an 1 behold an i enj >_. a 



GE311GE E.BASEHORE. 
Per. 
C. !I. R. 



i'MwiTtu (faery on 1 C'.»r. 5: 7. lu 
C.>iii]»!ttili>.i \o. 13. P*g« 101. 



/' 

was itype of "C iari 

ova*," wi i "ia st-r .i--l for i-.*' 

B it C irist a'e a m - il 
disciples on the eventful 
which ha w nbetr iv ) 1 
must continue un:il i: 
antitype, "the mu 
the Lino." Tkh m 

■: IS n ' • 

ever circumit i 

ry. The 

text, asserts, thai j 
from ara »ng as ever 
we aha 1 servo th i L 
and truth. 

JO 5. W J\ 
Rural V utrjn 



in i 



fullness of glory an I plisi, which T 13 sc ■•ip'o e re "erre 1 t i r.'ih: 

n> eye hath wen here, m ear beard "Pur^a out tharefora the >i | leaven 

th it ye m i>- be a ne v lum >, a- 
are unle iveu ; I. F >r even ( 
our piss iver is saer.ti •• 1 fir us." 
The querist asks : "Djss not ibis 
put an end to the passover Christ 



nor heart c mceived. 

Uur relationship is large, wilely 



M 



inv nave Ion; 



native 



since 
dust. 



Kurly im ireisloni. 

•'Just a 
tree's incl'mi 
How 

the ts'.ig. In - 

how, '. 

e I, and n »w th 
I rnity. \ 
been • 

late ; it has 



sea tered 

returned t> their 

Many are at this moment reaoiniz 

th ! bllSfl ol a tear town harvest, an I 

ami some, doubtless, are [n outer 

darkness, where ooaseteai unrest the passu ver with his 
gnaws the aoUl. 9 mie are living she d »es n >t tell us when, n 

n or what kin lo I ; ■ ■ 



at • with his disciples '.'" < ) lr , iei It is 

assumes the position I in chill '. 



for Heaven Whilo on earth, and 
others eagerly pressing downward 
in the I'm oarp >te 1 road th it termi- 
nate ii • 1 1 1 lenoh ihle il tin • ' 

Mv heart i, it mi breaks when I Hunk 



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Tnis m ikes il m ire difB >ult 1 La 

war, ii it I wi 1 answer 



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of these things, u.i the goodness first instituted "m the land of ous if he gets in the ha 1 






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For tht Companion. 
Equality ol MHuklud. 
Men o! every rank, kindred or 
tribe, are acknowledged to be the 
off> i ring of the Great l'arent of the 
universe. They were all created 
by the same Almighty leing, and ! 
to him they are indebted for the 
j erfectien of their animal frames, 
end fcr those lowers and endow- 1 
Dents which render them superior 
to the clods of the valley, and to the 
betttR of the forest. They deiived 
tin ir origin, as regards their bodies 
frcn ifae Feme ihuical iritcipals, 
and frcm the ffme earthly t arent, 
cf the dost of the ground. The body 
of the first man w&s made, and 
frtmAdem the primogenitor of the 
hi nan race, ha\e descended all the 
perflations oi men whieh now ex- 
i- 1, 1 1 will linaiter exist until the 
rod of time. 11 is id equally true 
ol the j lime 2nd hie tubjett, of the 
n n aieh seated on his thro) e array- 
ed in pi rgei us robes, and the beg- 
gar seated on a dunghill covered 
with lags. All derived their origin 
from the dust and all return to dus*. 
a^ain. 'Ibis considerate n, on which 
it is untie e ess ary to dwell shows the 
rt ax nableness of union and affec- 
tion ; mong m*n. On the same 
grounds we conclude that brothers 
and sisters belonging to the c ame 
famih , ought to manifest a friendly 
aflrction for each other. 

Men of ;ill nations and ranks are 
equal in resyec to the mechanical 
f< rmation of their bodies, and the 
mental faculties which they are en- 
dowed with, or nearly so. It mat- 
teis not whether their bodies are 
covered with the skins of beasts, or 
arrayed in purple and fine linen, in 
their construction and proportion 
thev equally bear the impression of 
infinite wisdom and Omnipotence. 
The heart impels the blood through 
a thousand veins and arteries with 
as gieat a degree of rapidity and 
purity in 'he corporeal frame of a 
poor African slave, who is daily 
smarting under the lash of the unfeel- 
ing planter, as in the body of the 
l£mperor of China or the Pope of 
Rome, who sways his scepter over 
lubjectl with tyranical power. 
>L Every man however low tus sta- 



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tion in the present world, is endow- 
ed with a si,iiitual principle which 
he received by the inspiration of the 
Almighty, which is superior to all 
the modification of matter, and by 
which he is allied to beings of a su- 
perior order. For instance, facul- 
ties of consciousness, memory, judge 
ment, reasoning; the power of rec- 
ollecting the J nst, and of ar ticipa- 
ting the future. These principles J 
are common to every ef ecies of the 
human race. Their difference in 
the development are only the pecu- 
liar situations in which we are 
placed. Therefore we should not look 
down upon those who are not so fa- 
vorably circumstanced as we are. 
It makes my heart bleed to hear men 
of intelligence seme times advance 
ideas, chat they were better than 
some ej ecies of the human family ; 
they perhaps have never read that 
portion of scripture recorded in Acts 
17:26, which reads as follows: 
"and hath made of one blood all 
nations of men, for to dwell on all 
the face of the earth, and hath de- 
termined the time before appointed 
and the bound? of their habitations.' 
And aUo Acts 10: 34. "Then Pe- 
ter opened his mouth and said, of a 
truth I perceive that God is no re- 
specter of persons." This seems to 
6how to us that mankind are on 
an equality, and esspecially so in 
' respect to moral depravity which we 
are all infected with — from what- 
ever cause it may be conceived to 
have originated. The fact is cer- 
tain that a moral desire has spread 
through all the branches of the hu- 
man family, in whatever station, or 
in whatever regions of the globe 
they may be placed. This .nay be 
fully demonstrated from this fact, 
that pride, envy, ambition, persecu- 
tion, falsehood, passion, infest all 
ranks, and conditions of men ; the 
higher ranks as well as the lower, 
only the higher have it varnished 
over with a fairer exterior, and 
thereby may deceive the unwary, 
yet have no valid reason on this 
ground for despising their fellow 
creatures or With holding from them 
the exercises of love and affection. 
For the word says "there is none 
righteous, no not one, for all have 



sinned and come short of the Glory 
of God." 



Now I w.iuld say love ought to 
exercise its beneficent energies in 
endeavoring to counteract the 
stream of human corruption and in 
disseminating those divine principles 
which are calculated to raise man- 
kind to che moral dignity of their 
natuie. 

Vankind possess substantially the 
same pleasures and enjoyment-', and 
are equally exposed to the same soi- 
rows and afflictions, disuppei hitments 
anxiety, disease, and death ; all 
ranks condition, and color, come to 
the same termination of their mor- 
tal existence. "Dust thou art, and 
to dust thou shall return," is a de- 
cree which has gone forth against 
eve»*y inhabitant of our globe, of 
whatever kindred, rank or nation. 
Their bodies shall become food for 
worms ; hut we are iufoimed of a 
living principle incased within that 
body ^hile it has power to move 
and act ; but when it ceases, that 
living part leaves to enjoy the 
realms of joy, or the regions of de- 
1 spiir. ^Ve are also informed that 
time and oppoitunity is given to 
make the wise selection lor our 
future destination. Dear reader 
who ever you may be, if jou ever 
have entertained the idea that you 
were an especial favorite of God's, 
I remember the language of iloly 
i writ : "Let him that thinketh he 
standeth, take heed lest he fall. — 
j "But methi.iks by an examination 
! of God's law and sound reasoning 
you will soon abandon your frivo- 
I lous ideas. If you should be placed 
I in more favorable circumstances 
than some of your brethren of the 
great family of God try to make 
good use of the advantage you have. 
GEORGE WORST. 
Keiv Pittsburg Ohio. 



Assure yourself that employment 
is one of the best remedies for the 
disappointments of life. Let even 
| your calamity have the liberal effect 
; of occupying* l on in some active 
i virtue, so shall you in a manner re- 
member others till you forget your 
self.— Pratt. 



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MISCELLANEOUS. 



Little Ckossks.— Christ comes to 
OB morning by morning to present to 
us t«.r the day that in opening unto 
us diverse little crosses, thwartings 
of our own will, interferences with 
our plans, dit-a j pointments of our lit 
tie pleasures. Do we kiss them and 
take them up, and follow in Lis rear, 
like Simon the Cyremean ? Or do we 
toss them from us scornfully, because 
they are so little, and wait for some 
great affliction to approve our pi- 
fence and our resignation to his 
will? Ah, how we might accommo- 
date to tl e tn all matins of religion 
generally those words of the Lord, 
"Take heed that ye despise not one 
of those little ones !" Despise not 
the little sins; they have ruined many 
a soul. Despise not little duties ; 
they have been to many a saved man 
an excellent discipline of humility. 
Defptse not little temitations, light- 
ly met, they have nerved the charac 
ter (dun for some fiery trial. And 
<\i--\ i-e not little crosses ; for when 
taken up and lovingly accepted at 
the Lord's hand, they have made 
men meet for a great crown, even 
the crown of righteousness and life, 
which the Lord has promised ; to 
them that love him. 

m m ; 

Whatever you do, do it willimjly. 

A bo that is whipped to school 
never learns his lessons well. A 
man that is driven to work bares lit- 
tle how pooily it is done. lie that 
pulls off his coat cheerily, strips up 
his sleeves in earnest, and Bings 
while he wonts, is the man for me. 
It is hard to keep the helm up a- 
gainst so many cross winds as we 
meet with on the troubled sea 
of life. 1 therefore cast all my con 
cerns on the Lord. In the midst of 
painful events, I say within mv.-elf, 
is f hit an aft'aii in which God will not 
choose me \ or is it an atfair in which 
lie will choose otherwise than well '.' 
Can infinite wisdom bo mistaken? 
Can perfect goodness intend me evd ? 
Have I left my eternal interests w -ith 
God, and can I not trust Him with 
those of tune f I find that while 
faith is steady, nothng can disquiet 
me ; ami when faith totters, nothing 
, can establish me. If I stay myieil 



on God, and leave Ilim bo work in 
His own way and time, I Bid at rest, 

. and can sit down and sleep in a prom 
ise, even when a thousand troubles 
rise up against me ; therefore my 
way is not to plan beforehand, but 
to £0 OH with God day by day. 
Sufficient unto the day is the evil 
thereof." 

I find so much to docontinualy in 
my calling ami in my heart, that I 
have no time to puzzle myself with 
peradventures and futurities. Faith 
lie3 at anchor in the midst of the 
waves, and believes the accomplish- 
ment of the pronitei through all o- 
verturning confusions. Upon this 
God do I live, who is our God for 
ever, and will be our guide even un- 
to death. Methinks I lie becalmed 
in his bosom. ''Faithful is he that 
hath promised, who also will do it." 
Keep close to God, and then a li r tie 
of the creature will go a gi eat wav. 
Maintain secret communion with 
God, and you need fear nothing. 

< m 

A latb writer earnestly insists 

upon feeding the pool before you try 
to make them better. D is difficult, 
he says, for a famished man to be- 
lieve that there is a Father in heav- 
I en until he feels that he has brothers 
on earth; is it surprising then that 
religious truth should find more in 
difference than welcome among the 
hungry and half nourished? Every 
one knows how unauiiahle even the 
best-fed are liable to become if kept 
too long waiting for their meals 
how inaccessible they are at BUch 
times to appeals which after dinner 
meet most gracious response. 



A well built Christian is harmo- 
nious in all his parts. He is not a 
jumble of opposites and inconsisten- 

eie to-day devout and to-morrow 

frivolous, to-day liberal an I to mor- 
row stingv, todav fluent in i-ravr 
t. -morrow fluent it falsehoods. llu 

does not keep the fourth command- 
ment on Sunday and break the eighth 

commandment by cunning frau I on 

Monday. llii philanthropy does 

not outrun his conscientiousness, nor 

do his spi ritual fervors outrun his 
inward laitL and -ell d«ni.d-. 
. professed Christian - unfinuh- 



ed >is the Cathedral at Colonge, 
where vast towers have ris >n no high- 
er than mere stumps, and where ugly 
wooden cranes conceal and exquisite 
gothic tracery. Do not expect M 
rech absolute Christian perfection; 
but that is no reason why you should 
settle down content, with* a willful 
and wretched imperfection. 

• • 

Prejudice, how unfounded soever 
it may be, is a powerful agent in 
continuing the habits of a people, 
even when life and death depend up- 
on a change. A singular instance 
of this is offered in a recent official 
report of the English commissary 
officers of Ireland. It is a popular 
belief, not only in Europe and in 
Ireland, but also among intelligent 
men in England, that all Americans 
are 'black,' and 'iveon Indian Corn. 
Hence, when last year the govern- 
ment made strenuous efforts to in- 
tioduce that nutritious food, it was 
rejected, from the belief that it made 
people black who fed on it. It was 
only by the example of the Catholic 
fathers, that notion was in some de- 
gree removed. 

Time is the only gift in which God 
has stinted us; for he never intrusts 
us with a second moment till he has 
taken away the rirst,and never leaves 
us certain of a third— Fenelon. 

An Old M.«.\'s Anvrcg.- -Never 

attempt to strike the guilty, when 
by a misdirected or too hasty blow, 

the innocent, the gallant and the 
good may sutler. Never attempt to 
expos,. | vi'lain if your efforts in so 

doing are likely to injure the uiisiis 

peering duj.es of his artifices. Never 
wager more than you carry in 
pocket. Never -hake baids with * 

man if you are not glad to Bee him. 
Never forget, when yon meet, to re- 
cognize your friends, and be 
more careful to offer your saluta- 
tions t I thoM wh I are poor. Never 
run extravagantly ,,, t o v 1 «- K t . for it is 

the by path which I mora] de- 
struction. Never betray the eontf. 
denCS of any one, espc f a 

woman. 



St 



Kemember thy Creator iu the sUyi i ** 
of th v rooth. ' -s 

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Childhood. — Childhood is like 
th< mirror, catching and reflecting 
images til around it . Remember 
iliat an impiou* or profane thought, 
uttered by a parent's lip*, may oper 
ate upon a young heart like a care- 
leM -pray of water thrown upon pol- 
ished steel. Plaining it with rust,-- 
which no after scouring can efface. 

Conceit. — Conceit is tho most con- 
teinptilde, and one of the most odious 
qualities in the world . It is vanity 
driven from all other shifts, and 
force! to appeal to itself for admira- 
tion. Conceit may be deemed a rest- 
less, overweening, pretty, obtrusive 
delight in our qualifications, without 
any reference to their real value, or 
to the approbations of others, merely 
because they are ours, and for no oth 
er reason whatever. It is the ex- 
treme of selfishness and folly. 

When a man — no matter how 
slight the perception is; no matt-r 
bow small the feeling U-iriusss him- 
self to say, "Lord, I do love thee, 
and I am determined to obey thee," 
if he instantly begins to do what he 
promises, and goes right off into a 
course o( Christian conduct, he has 
a ligiit to say, U I have begun to be 
a Cluistian." 



A Word to Motjieks. — Each mo- 
ther is a historian. She writes not 
the history of empires or of nations 
on paper, but she writes her own his- 
tory on the imperishable mind of her 
child. That tablet and that history 
will rem tin indelible when time be 
no more. That history each mother 
shall meet again, and read with eter- 



LOCAL MATTERS 



Tyrone Citjr, P«-, April 21, 1868. 

CORRESPOND E"$ C e7~ 

CorrenpomUnce of church tvw tolicited from 
all part* of t/ie Rrothr.rhood. Writer't name 
and addrett required on entry commun' cation, 
at guarantee of good faith, Rejected eommunU 
cationt or manutcript uted, not returned. All 



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Faith, if it be true, living and 
justifying, cannot be separated from 
a good life; it works miracles, makes 
a drunkard become sober, a lascivi- 
ous peraqn become chaste, a covetous 
man become liberal, '*it overcomes 
the world — it works righteousness." 
and mikes us diligently fei do, and 
cheerfully to suffer, whatsoever God 
hath placed in our way to Heaven. 



Miserv assails riches as lijihtninj; 

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does tlie highest towers; or as a tree , 
that U heavy laden with fruit breaks ; 
its own boughs, so do riches destroy 
the virtue of their possessor. 

Run not after blessings; only walk 
in the commandments of God, and 
blessing shall run after you, pursue : 
and overtake you. 

Independence and self respect arc 
.aseutial to happiness, and these 
y, are nrver to be attained together 
i-< without work. 



nai py or unutterable tirief in the <romm " ni < - <"» t »»* for publication *h>uid be writ 

„ „ c .. v. m, t"* upon one tidt of th4 thect onlu 

coming ages of eternity. The J 

thought should weigh on the mind Brother E lit or; I with, tbWu 'h 

of every mother, and render her the Companion to inform the bretV 

deeply circumspeo', and prayerful, ren and friends of our whereabmt* 

and faithful, in her solemn work of We are settled down on our new 

training up her children tor heaven home about 180 miles west of the 

and immortality. Mississippi, in Polk Co. abxxt 1J 

. miles Noith east of Demoisne (. itv. 

The Girls.— Can we not— since, the caplt >lof I owa. All well please I 
while the power of the world i» wi'.h w j tll tlie Country. Tnis is a beanti- 
men, the influence lies with women- f u ] Country, rich soil, good society. 
can we not bring up our girls more \ s ye t there are but few mimbew 
usefully, less showily, less dependent \ n t hU neighborhood, I have preach- 
on luxury and wealth? Can we not e .l seve-al times in toe nei 5 liborh« -d 
teacn tuem from bahyhood that to an i ti ,e people seem anxioui to here 
labor is a higher thing than merely t he doctrine. I would sav t > those 
to enjoy; that even enjoyment its of our brethren seeking a" hmie in 
sell is never so sweet as when it is the We.*t: coin; au 1 seethis country 
earned.' Can we not put it into their an ,l j u .l_, e f or yoar ^U\ Tie coun- 
minds, whatever be their station, t rv U being settled rapidly, but 
principles ot truth, simplicity of taste, 8t jn there is rj0 n . TJoimproved 
hopefulness, hatred of waste, and land can be ha 1 at from 10 to 15 
these being firmly rooted, trust to doll irs per acre ; improved fr >m 23 
their blossoming up in whatever des- t o 75 an acre according to improve- 
tiny the young maiden may be call- me i,ts, and location ; farther from 
e " • \ the city and railroads land can be 
. . bought cheaper. I would sav to 

Affliction serves to quicken our those wishing to write to me direct 

pace in the way to our rest. 'Twere to Mitchellville, Folk Co., Iowa, 

well if more love would prevail Yours truly, 

among us, and that we were rather g VMUEL G VR1ER. 

drawn to heaven than driven. But — .— 

seeing our hearts are so bad that Brother ffjlrittger; Idesire to brhr» 
mercy will not do it, it is better to to the n >tice ot'thf, brn. our ro-n >V»l. 
be put on with the sharpest scourge, We left Fayette Co., Pa. on the 17- : i 
than to loiter, like the foolish vir- of March ; emigrated to Su nm'r C>. 
gins, till the door is shut. Ohio. We landed on the 18th, 
and were kindly rec jiv j I bv broth* 

Hath any wronged thoe ? Be er Lichtenwalter anl fa nil v, on 



bravely revenged, slight it, and the whose farm we now live, w'lieh is 



work's begun ; forgive it, and 'tis 
finished. He is below himself that 
is not above an ir.jury. 



Guilt is that wnich quells the 



three miles from Clinton Stati >n, on 
the Ziynesville and Cleveland rail- 
road. We have entered upon a new 
field of labor, where I expect, the 
Lord bein^ my helper, to 'abor for 






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a n j t 

courage of the bold, ties tue tongue a time in his vinevard, for the pros- 
of the eloqueut,and makes greatness perity of Zion and establishment of 
itself sneak and lurk and behave it- his kingdom, and the spreading of 
eelf poorly. I truth, anl fondly hope that the 



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|N Lord may bless our weak endeavor* 
P and tiiat many precious souls may 
b< brought into the fold of Christ. 

To thitj end we would sohc.t -<n inter- 
est in the prayers of our beloved 
brethren and sisters. 

WILLIAM A. MURRAY 



To Printers. —"he press on I one mile South of Johnstown. We 
which the Companion is being prin- j desire the brethren to be with ns 
ted is oifered lor sale. Will be sold [on Saturday. Those coming by the 
very cheap. 1 ubli.^hers who have i'. ft. R. will stop either at Johns- 
a circulation of 600 to 1500 might town or Conernaugh, where we ex- 




Brother Jacob P. Momnaw, o 
Sidney, Tremont Co. Iowa, says: 
'T came heie last Fall, and have 
found the country fine and healthy, 
and think brethren moving west 
'would do well by settling here. We 
know of no members nearer than 
75 miles. The people are plain and 
sociable. 1 have been telling them 
about the faith of the 1 rethren and 
they seem to have a great desire to 
hear them preach, and some are 
hunge-ing alter righteousness. — 
\\ c would rejoice to have other 
members settle here, and we think 
many could make a living here 
much ca-ier than in the old S r .ate-, 
besides LeinjJ in-trumental in enlarg- 

aie 



make this answer their purpose for 
several years and then receive for it 
f n arly what we ask. Can be run by 
hand or steam. R " 
Want a better one. 



Reason for selling: 



in _r 



v hrist's kinj'dom. \\ e 



made to rejoice to see through the 
Coi/i]>ani<>n that souls are still flock- 
ing to Je-us, and that branches of 
Church are rapidly springing up in 
all parts of the country. I pray 
God that the time may speedily 
com<* when the Brotherhood will be 
Spread abroad through all the earth 
that when we wander to and fro we 
will be {greeted by she Brethren on 
every Hide. May the brethren and 
bisters pray for the spreading of the 
ind 



Announcement*. 

LOVEFF.*8T8. 

Three mile" South of Unionville, Appanoose 
Co.. Iowh, Jun^ 13th <fc Ulh. 

YVariams Grove branch, Stephenson Co., 
111.. June 6th & 7-h. 

Ai the Goodwill meeting-house, Juniata Co. 
Pa., May 7th A Sth. 

DISTRICT MEETINGS. 

Southern Di-triet of Indiana, May 21st A 
22 1 id, in Delaware Co., 10 inik-s North of 
Munrie. 

Ea.-tern District of Ohio, May 19, four miles 
North-east lit Ashland. 

Eastern Biatrial of Maryland, April 28th, 
six miles east of Hageratown. 

Middle I>i-n U of IVhiiMhnii. May 10th, 
in the Buff-ilo Valley branch. Union Co. 

Western District Of PetniMhania. May 4th, 
3 mil b North-east of (.'oneiiiuuuli elaliou. 

Northern District of Indiana, May let, Por- 
ta^i- branch) St. Joseph Co. 

Northern Illinois District, May 10th, Bock 
River branch, Lee Co. 

THE ANNUAL MEETING. 
Five miles East of Goshen, Elkhart Co., 
Indiana. June 2nd. 

Brother Hohimjer : We expect 
to have a Lovefeast here, about 
seven miles South east of (.'eroGcr- 
do in our district, Oakaw, on the 
17th and 18th of June next, and 
wish to invite through the Ormpav- 
ion, all ministeruig brethren travel- 

Breth 



pect to coi duct them to place of 
meeting. If any coming to either 
Station, and no person present to 
conduct them, they can impure for 
brother David Crotford'a store at 
Johnstown, and at Cineinaugh for 
brother Charles 1'. Robert'o Those 
coming to Johnstown by private 
conveyance, and are not acquainted 
will be conducted by soin.5 o.ie. 
By order of the Cliuroh. 

LE.VTSCUBAU III. 
STEPHEN H1L EBANJ. 



An Apology. 

T < err is hioiuin but to forgive is 
ditine. On due reflection after read- 
ing my Article on Slavery, in No. 
11, I have thought it proper, and 
prudent, to make some apology for 
the pointed and uncharitable man- 
ner in which 1 have assailed the 
officials or bishops of our church. 
1 feel that I should have had more 
sympathy and respect lor age and 
position, and therefore, volant airly 
tender my acknowledgement : hop- 
ing that the cases which 1 have pre- 
sented will be accepted as only im 
aginary, and consequently no per- 
sonal application be made of them. 
What 1 did, wa* through pure mo- 
tive for the good of our dear mem- 
bers and the promotion of pure and 
undeliled religion : and it" it teniu- 



Gospel, and may the ministering < in; ,'\Vest, to stop with 

brethren remember the words of our J ren wis | UIl ,, t0 „ to{( w j in us w ;n g et I nat es in evil, it will be to thoM only 

off at CeroGoido, 1 iatt County III., I who make evii of it. Ever since 



Savior: "Jo and preach the gospel 
to every cieature." Would be tru- 
ly glad to have them come among 
us for a season, that some might bi 
added unto us. We will gladly con- 
vey them from Nebraska City at 
any time." Address as above. 

J .111. .1 i.i I Olii«<-rt ul ion*. 

We can sti 



where there will be conveyance on enlisted under the bio id stained 



the morning of the 17th to hring ' banner of our lv i : i g E nimuuel— 1 
them over. 

ROBERT EDGE O IB 



In connection with the notice of 
the \\ estern l'a. District Meeting 

, .upply lack numbers] please •nnounoe that we have ap- 

fiom the beginning of the present pointed meetiegd at various places 
Volume to new subscribers. An ad- ; on Saturday evening, Sunday, and 
ditioii of several hundred names to , Sunday evening, nam ly at Cone- 
our list would be very thankfully ac- ; maugb Station, at the MeNeelj 



cepti 



d. Those who do not wish meeting hointe, - mil** East of 



the back numbers will please lay i ('.ninnaugh Station, at the Beiishoof 

k so when they subscribe. Also & few . Meeting boose ■> uiilee North of 

' Bets of Vulume 8rd on hand which Johnstown, at HoTtuVs ur Big mce:- 

^ will be sent post paid for $"2,U0. I ing house, and at the School hou.^e 



■*$?&* 



have cast my lot and hiQuenco 
aja.iu-t this tie moralizing babit and 
evei .shall : but will endeavor, bj t a 
grace of Cod, to be more consider- 
ate, corneous, and reapaotful. 

11. J:. BRUMBAUGH. 
MfcCanntllstow*, J'u. 

< liamr ill til.ln lir. 

l>r. Jacob lleea'li!e\ [rum Sr'\.- 
port, Aiej|hany t "., M I. to Suiumer- 
lie.d, Somerset < Q , l'a 

lirvthir lleiiTj ; l'lcase aay 

through tiu Vvmynhion that 1 ie- 
eeived of brother S. '/.. Sharp, ol 



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Childhood. — Childhood is like 
tlu mirror, catching and reflecting 
images all around it. Remember 
ihat an impious or profane thought, 
Ottered by a parent's lip-*, may opcr 
ate upon a young heart like a care- 
leM -pray ot" water thrown upon pol- 
ished steel. Plaining it with ru>t,-- 
which no after scouring can efface. 



CoNCKIT. — Conceit is th') most con- 
temptible, and one of the most odious 
qualities in the world . It is vanity 
driven from all other shift-', and 
forced to appeal to itself for admira- 
tion. Conceit may be deemed a rest- 
less, overweening, pretty, obtrusive 
delight in our qualifications, without 
any reference to their real value, or 
to the approbations of others, merely 
became they are ours, and for no oth 
er reason whatever. It is the ex- 
treme of selfishness an 1 folly. 

When a man — no matter how 
slight the perception is; no matt'-r 
how small the feeling is- iriujM him- 
self to say, "Lord, I do love thee, 
and I am determined to obey thee," 
if he instantly begins to do wh at he 
promises, and goes right off into a 
course of Christian conduct, he has 
a ligiit to say, ''I have begun to be 
a Cluistian." 



Faith, if it be true, living and 
justifying, cannot be separated from 
a good life; it works miracles, makes 
a drunkard become sober, a lascivi- 
ous person become chaste, a covetous 
man become liberal, u it overcomes 
the world — it works righteousness." 
and m ikes us diligently t> do, and 
cheerfully to suffer, whatsoever God 
hath placed in our way to Heaven. 



CHRISTIAN FAMILY COMPANION. 



A Word to Mothers. — Each mo- 
ther is a historian. She writes not 
the history of empires or of nations 
on paper, but she writes her own his- 
tory on the imperishable mind of her 
child. That tablet and that history 
will remain indelible when time be 
no more. That history each mother 
sh-tll meet a^ain, and read with eter- 



LOCAL MATT ER S 



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Tyrone City, P»., April 21, 1868. 

CORRESPOND E"NC E~ 

Corrctpondence of church newt tolicited from 
all part* of the Brotherhood. Writer't name 
and aildrett required on citery communication, 
at guarantee of good faith. Rejected cofflfltimi- 
cationt or manutcript uted, not returned. All 

nal joy or unutterable urief in the comm ' tnieat *<"*t for publication th wid be writ 

J J - ° . .... ten upon one tide of tht thee t only 

coming ages ot eternity. The 

thought should weigh on the mind Brother Elitor ; I wish through 

of every mother, and render her the Companion to inform (be broth- 

deeply circumspect, and prayerful, ren and friends of our wuereab >uti. 

and faithful, in her solemn work of We are settled down on our new 

training up her children for heaven home about 180 miles west of the 
and immortality. i Mississippi, in Polk Co. abmt U 

miles Noith east of Demoisne C itv. 

The Girls.— Can we not— since, t ho capitdof Iowa. All well pleased 
while the power of the world U wi'h w i tu the Country. Tnis is a beauti- 
raen, the muueuce lies with women- f u ] Country, rich soil, good society. 
can we not bring up our girls more .\s yet there are but few mimboM 
usefully, less showily, less dependent [ n this neighborhood, I have preach- 
on luxury and wealth? Can we not e d seve-al' times in tie neighborho >d 
teach tuem from babyhood that to au d t .ie people seem anxious to here 
labor is a higher thing than merely the doctrine. I would sav t> those 
toenj>y; that even enjoyment its of our brethren seeking a' Iniiu in 
self is never so sweet as when it is the We-t: com; a<i 1 seethis country 
earned? Can we not put it into their an d j u d_, e for yourself. Toe coun- 
minds, whatever be their station, t rv is being settled rapidly, but 
principles oftruth, simplicity of taste, st dl there is roo.n. Uoimproved 
hopefulness, hatred of waste, and land can be ha 1 at from 10 to 15 
these being firmly rooted, trust to dollars per acre ; improved fr >m 25 
their blossoming up in whatever des- to 75 an acre according to improve- 
tiny the young maiden may be call- me nts, and location ; farther from 
eQl • | the city and railroads land can be 

bought cheaper. I would sav to 

Affliction genres to quicken our those wishing to write to me direct 

pace in the way to our rest. 'Twere to Mitchellville, l J olk Co., Iowa, 
well if more love would prevail Yours truly. 



among us, and that we were rather 
drawn to heaven than driven. But 
seeing our hearts are so bad that 
mercy will not do it, it is better to 



SIMUELG VR^ER. 



Misery assails riches as lightning 
does the highest towers; or as a tree 
that is heavy ladeu with fruit breaks 
its own boughs, so do riches destroy 
the virtue of their possessor. 

Run not after blessings; only walk 
in the commandments of God, and 
blessing shall run after you, pursue 
and overtake you. 

Independence and self respect arc 
essential to happiness, and these 
are never to be attained together 



1 k 

/s< without work 



Brother HtUinjer; ['desire to brnrg 
to the notice oftht brn. our ren >Val. 
be put on with the sharpest scourge, We left Fayetti Co., Pa. on the 1 7ch 
than to loiter, like the foolish vir- of March ; emigrated to Su n n : r- C j. 
gins, till the door is shut. Ohio. We landed on the 18th, 

- — — and were kin lly rjc mv ; I bv br>th- 

IIatii any wronged thoe ? Be er Lichtenwalter an I fa nil v, on 
bravely revenged, slight it, and the whose farm we now live, w noli is 
I work's begun ; forgive it, and 'tis three miles from Clinton Stati >n, on 
finished. He is below himself that the Ziynesville and Cleveland rail- 
is not above an ir.jury. road. We have entered upon a new 

field of labor, where [ expect, the 

Guilt is that wnich quells the Lord being my helper, to labor for 

courage of the bold, ties tne tongue a time in his vineyard, for the pros- 

of the elouueut.and makes greatness perity of Zion ami establishment of 

itself sneak and lurk and behave it- his kingdom, and the spreading 

' eelf poorly. I truth, and fondly hope that 



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Lord may bless our weak endeavors 
an i that many precious souN may 
be brought into the fold of Christ. 
To Chid end we would aoLc.t an inter- 
est in the prayers of our beloved 
brethren and listers. 

WILLIAM A. MURRAY 

Brother Jacob P. Moornaw, o 
Sidney, Tremont Co. Iowa, says: 
'T came lieie last Fall, and have 
found the country fine and healthy, 
anil think brethren moving west 
would do well by settling here. We 
know of no members nearer than 
75 miles. The people are plain and 
sociable. 1 have been telling them 
about the faith of the 1 rethren and 
they seem to have a great desire to 
hear them preach, and some are 
hunge-iug alter righteousness. — 
\\ c would rejoice to have other 
numbers settle herp, and we think 
many could make a living here 
much ca-ier than in the old States 
besides being iu-trumental in enlarg- 
ing tliii-st's kingdom. \\ e aie 
made to rejoice to see through the 
Cuinpauiun that souls are stil! flock- 
ing to Jesus, and that branches of 
Church are rapidly springing up in 
all parts of the country. I pray 
God that the time may speedily 
conn' when the Brotherhood will be 
spread abroad through all the earth 
that when we wander to and fro we 
will be greeted by <he Brethren on 
every side. May the brethren and 
sisters pray for the spreading of the 
Gospel, and may the ministering 
brethren remember the words of our \ 



To Printers. — The press on 
which the Companion is being prin- 
ted is offered lor sale. Will be sold 
very cheap. 1 ublUhers who have 
a circulation of tiOO to 1500 might 
make this answer their purpose for 
several years and then receive for it 
f n arly what we ask. Can be run by 



hand or stcarn. Reason for selling: 
Want a better one. 



Announcement*. 

LOVETEA8T8. 

Three miles South of Uninnville, Appanoose 
Co.. Iowa, Jun.- 13th <fe Uth. 

Wml.nnh GroVe branch, Sn-piienaon Co., 
111.. Junfl 0th A 7-h. 

Ai the Goodwill meeticu-house, Juniata Co. 
Pa., Ma) 7tli A Sth. 

DISTRICT MEETINGS. 

Sonthern Di-triel of Indiana, May 21st it 
22nd, in Delaware Co., 10 miles North of 
Muneic. 

Eastern I)i«'riet of Oliio, May 19, four mik-s 
North-east m£ Ashland. 

Eastern District of Maryland, April 38lh, 
six miles eant of Hatterstown. 

Middle Distric. of PennsvlvacU, May 10th, 
in the Buff.ilo Valley branch, Uuiou Co. 

Western District of Pennsylvania. May 4th, 
3 niil-t. North-east of Conemaojf b rtatiou. 

Northern District of Indiana, May 1st, Por- 
tac'- hunch, 8t. Joseph Co. 

Northern Illinois District, May 10th, Bock 
River branch, Lee Co. 

THE ANNUAL MEETING. 
Five miles East of Goshen, Elkhart Co., 
Indiana. June 2nd. 

Brother Ilohimjer : We expect 
to have a Lovefeast here, about 
seven miles South east of CeroGcr* 
do in our Idstrict, O.tkaw, on the 
17th and 18th of June next, and 
wish to invite through the \\mpatt- 
ion, all ministering brethren travel- 
ing West, to stop with us. Breth 



(L. 



reti wishing to stop with us will get 
Savio*: " 'o and preach the gospel offat <' ero u ido t 1 iatt County 111., 
to every cieature. \\ ould be tru- ' 
ly glad to have them come 
us for a season, that some might bi 
added unto us. We will gladly con- 
vey them trout ^Nebraska City at 
any time." Address as above. 

I .In.. i 1. 1 1 Obienallous. 

We can still supply back numbers 
flom the beginning <>t' the present 
volume to new huI.sci ibers. An ad- 
dition of several hundred names to 
our li-t would be very thankfully ac- 
cepted. Those who do not wish 

the back numbers will please say 
so when they subscribe. Vlso a few 

sets of Volume old on hand which 
will be sent post paid for $2,00. 



where there will be conveyance Ml 
among ; t j mormn ^ y f tuC I7 t h "to bring 

them over. 

ROHKKT EDGE 



In connection with the notice of 
the \\ e.stern l'a. District Meeting 
plea-e ■nnOUnCC that we have ap- 
pointed meetings at rarious places 
on Saturday evening, Sunday, and 

Sunday evening, nam ly at Coiie- 
inaugh Station, at the McNeelj 
nieeting beUdO, - miles East of 
('.piiciiiaugh Station, at the Inn-hoof 
Meeting In. ii>e V, n.ili.s North of 

Johnstown, at Uornia's or Btgaaeet< 

ing house, and at the School hou.se 



one mile South of Johnstown. We 
desire the brethren to be with us 
on Saturday. Those coming by the 
I'. R. R. will stop either at Johns, 
town or Conemaugh, where we ex- 
pect to coi duct them to place of 
meeting. If any coming to either 
Station, and no person present to 
conduct them, they can impure for 
brother David Crotford's store at 
Johnstown, and at C meinaugh for 
brother Charles 1'. Robert's Those 
coming to Johnstown by private 
convex ance, and are not accpiaiuted 
will be conducted by soino o.ie. 
By order of the Church. 

LU \ISCUBAU ;n. 
STEL'liEX illL EBAND. 



Aa Apology. 



^.^T^r* 



T» err is human but to forgive is 
dicine. Undue reflection after read- 
ing my Article on Slavery, in Np. 
11, I have thought it proper, and 
prudent, to make some apology for 
the pointed and uncharitable man- 
ner in which 1 have assailed the 
officials or bishops of our church. 
I feel that I should have had more 
sympathy and rc-pect for age and 
position, and therefore, voluntairly 
tender my acknowledgement : hop- 
ing that the cases whicli 1 have pre- 
sented wiil be accepted as only itn 
aginary, and consequently no per- 
sonal application be made of them. 
What 1 did, was through pure mo- 
tive for the good of our dear mem 
bers and the promotion "I pure and 
undented relhnon: and if it tertai- 
nates in evil, it will be to those Ottlj 
who make evil of it. Ever since i 
enlisted under the bio id Bl 
banner of our lv i ; t g Euuiinuel — 1 
have cast my lot and Influence 
a 'a.u.-t this demoralizing habit and 
e^er shall : but will endeavor, ' ii t a 

grace of Uod, to be more COUSldt r 
ate, corrte.ms, and re-pectiul. 

11. U. BKl MBAUGU. 

Ue( 'onncUstvtOA, J\i. 

« limine el t.l.lr. •*«-•. 

IV. Jacob tieoaghle\ from SeWi 

port, Aleghanj v. i) . pj * to Summer 

tied, Somerset * a . Pa 

; i<r ll< • . Please nay .X 

through toe Cvmy union that 1 n- r 
caiveil of brother S. '/. Sharp, of ^\ 

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Pa., tlie Tennessee Brethren's Bible 

A -era, In Uiblcs for distribution. 
M. M. BA3IIOR. 

Broylesvillc, Tenn. March 2b 'OS. 

Rail Road Privilege*. 

The Penna. Rail Road Co. will 
issue Free Return Tickets to all the 
members of the trerman Baptist 
Church who pax, full fare on their 
way tn attend the Yearly Meeting* 
to be held at (xoshen, Elkhart Co., 
Ind., comment in g May 31sf. 

Purchase the regular tickets of 
the Railroad Company, on the trip 
West, and the return ticket* will be 
furnished free at the Yearly Meet- 
ing, ihe return tickets will be yo>d 
until June \hth. 

Efforts are being made to extend 
this arrangement over the roads be- 
tween Pittsburgh and (roxhen, and 
if successful, due notice will be giv- 
en in this paper. C. CUSTER. 

PhiladCa. 



To our Correspondents. 

J. Z. GoTTwai.s. Shanonville, Pa. ; Ton 
■re mistaken ; your subscription does not ex- 
pire until No. 37 . present volume. You have 
now paid until No. 37, Vol.5, according to 
our books. 

L. M. Koa, Franklin, Iowa; Your letter, 
dated Feb. 10, with one dollar and a half en- 
closed, came to hand this week, haying been 
niissent, we cannot tell where : i» was marked 
Mtormti and was all right. The books have 
been 6ent. 

Jacob P. Moomaw, Sidney, Iowa ; Your 
subscription is not marked paid on the books. 
It appears to have been ordered to be sent to 
you by D. C. Moomaw. Kather coincident 
that your letter should go astray, the paper 
be ordered to you by at other, and then your 
letter return to you, Is it not? Addressing it 
to Tuor City would of course not bring it to 
Tyrone. 

Joseph Weaver, Brimfield. Ind. ; The paper 
has been sent to sister Mary Bartlct, L'-wis, 
Cass Co., Iowa, since Inst January regularly; 
and 1.0 doubt all the numbers are lying in the 
offlc<- at that place. We have changed her 
audress to Council Blurt. 



DIHD 

We admit no poetry under any circumstane 
eel in connection vith obituary notices. We 
irith to use all alike, and tee conld not insert 
veriei with all. 

In the Clover Creek Congregation, Pa. 
March 9th MARIAH, daaictoter of friend 
John and sisicr MARKER; Riwd 14 

yinrs. 7 moiiLhA anci 25 days. Funeral services 
bv the brethien from Hebrews 9 : 27. Also in 
the same place, April »tb AMANDA MAK- 
KKK, sister to above Mariah. Same disrate, 
pmiioiiuct-d by some t'hi-iciana Spottc / f»- 
vcr. l|t-r age »ik 22 year*, ri month-, mid il 
days. Services by the brethren from Kev. 3 : 
30. 

Also In the tame Congregation. April Sib, 
our aged Sister ELIZABETH CHAMBERS i 



aifi-d S4 years, 3 month, and 20 days. Funer- 
al service* by the brethren. Romans 8 : 18. 
Jacob l. Winbi.ami. 

In the. Lee Co. Branch, 111. Feb. 5th, AN- 
NIE SUSAN, .f.m... titer of brother Levi ami 
Sister Aunc LICHTY": aired 3 vears, ami b 
months. Also MARY BELLE, infant daugh- 
ter of the same, on the 7th Fc'j. aged 10 
months. Roth died of Measles and Lung 
Fever. Funeral occasions improved by broth- 
er E. Ei.v and D. Dierdortt. 

Thus in two short stormy days was a hap- 
py family bereft of two dear pet lambs. The 
Lord has given and the Lord h IS taken away; 
blessed be the name, of the Lord. 

D. A. LtcnTT. 

In the Nettle Creek hranch Henry Couiitv, 
End., WILLIAM BENTON, infant son of 
brother Jonathan and sister Susan HOOVER; 
aged 1 yar, 7 months, and 21 days. Disease 
inflammation of the Lungs. Funeral sen ices 
by the brethren, Daniel Bowman, and William 
Liuley, from Mathew 19 : 14, 15. 

Abraham Bowman. 

In the West Branch Ogle Co. 111.. April 3rd 
of Spotted Fever, ICADOR A LONG, daugh- 
ter of brother A. F. and sister M. Long ; aged 
9 years, 7 mouths, and 20 days. Funeral ser- 
vices by Elder M. Emm-it ; from I Peter 1 i 
24, to an interesting congregation of sympa- 
thising friends of deceased. But they sorrow 
not as those who have no hope. 

JOHN DIEHL. 

Iu Donels Creek church . of Diptheria Jan- 
uary 30, EFF1E, daughter of brother Johu N. 
Shellaberger, aged 4 years, 6 mouths and 7 
days. Funeral services by brethren Frantz 
and Fuuderburger, from 2 Cor. 4 ■ 17. 

Eva H. Phbttman. 

Ir. Poplar Ridge congrega'ion, Defiance 
county, Ohio, brother JOSHUA CAYLOR, 
aged 50 years, 1 month and 2C days. Brother 
Caylor was a visiting brother for a nnmber 
of years, and was always ready to do his duty 
as far as laid in his power. He bore his 
affliction with christian fortitude and patient- 
ly waited the hour of death though lie was 
anxious for it to eome to release him from 
suffering. He was a kind and devoted hus- 
band, a loving father, and a friend to all 
that knew him. He left a sorrowful wife and 
six children most all growu, to mourn their 
hiss. Funeral services performed by brothers 
Aaron B'-rkeybil.-, Henry Florv, and the wri- 
ter, from 2 f imothi 6 : 7, 8. 

Jacon LicnMaw. 

In the Clover Creek congregation. Blair Co. 
Pa., April ith, brother JOHN CAMERER, 
sr. ; aged about 69 years. Disease, Iufiauia- 
tion, from a sore occasioned by a corn on the 
small toe on the right foot. Funeral services 
by the brethren, irom John 5 : 24, 25. 

J. L. WlNKLSNT). 

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The Christian Pilgrim's .Solilo- 
quy. 

nv -^miE If. THOMAS. 

Wc are trailing for the Savior, 
\\V are watching for the dawn 
Of that bright celestial morning 
When the Son of (iod. shall come 
To Redeem his chosen people, 
From insolvency and Bin ! 
Shout for joy, ye care-worn christians, 
You eternal life shall win. 
In this life there's tribulation, 
Christ bath said, "it needs be so." 
In that house of "'many mansions," 
Never enters pain or woe. 
N'o more trials, no more troubles, 
Heaven is a perfect rest, 
An asylum for the weary, 
An elysium for the blest. 
We arc watching', wc are waiting, 
For the Savior's welcome voice, 
"Come up higher," weary waud'rers, 
Hopes resurgam sounds — rejoice. 
'■Thou wert laithful o'er a few things, 
Kuler o'er many thou shall be." 
Shout ye saints, ecstatic pleasure, 
Christ — through all eternity. 
We are watching, we are waitiDg, 
For our transfer to that shore, 
Where the spirits of our loved ones 
Wait to waft us welcome o'er. 
There the little ones we're mourning, 
Hoveringncar the Savior's side, 
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Whet we too have crossed the tide. 
Happy thought, yes grand preemption, 
We shall join the whlte-robi d throng ; 
Praising God for oin- redemption] 
Purchased by bit only Son. 
Waiting pilgrims, — Oh ! be patient, 
Prayerful watchers,— faithful be ; 
By and by, through Jeans' merit, 
You shall reign triumphantly. 
Phllada. 



For i!n: Companion, 
Obedience 

What an exalted being was man 
before his fall ; that body of his, 
how beautiful, how elegant its con- 
struction. In every respect it was 
suited to be the mansion of the no- 
ble inhabitant by whom it was de- 
signed to be Occupied. The soul as 

iioatcd from God, pare, and 
lofty took ion of its tenement. 

Every part of the body b 
livened r,nd Illuminated, The soul 

m ifle to co . with 

the huih , and consequently it filled 
every part of it. The body was 
trio servant, the bou] the master. 
The former was the outer man, the 

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latter the inner man. What a per- 
fect state of felicity did man then 
enjoy, lie had a sweet and unin- 
terrupted communion with the Fath 
er of lights the source of happiness. 
The beautiful garden in which he 
was placed, was filled with every 
thing that was delightful and pleas- 
ing. Every object spoke to him of 
the goodness of God, every plant 
and flower possessed a peculiar 
charm and sent a thrill of delight 
thro' his spottless soul. The fruits of 
that garden how delicious, how in- 
vigorating. The inferior animals, 
how ready were they to render ob- 
dience to him ; and how kind was 
he to them, how fondly did he caress 
them. Nothing was wanting to 
complete his bliss. But he trans- 
gresses ! What a change now ; by 
this act he snaps asunder that tie 
which unites him to God. Poor 
Adam i what darkness, what horror 
that instant took possession of him. 
I le had indeed a bitter knowledge 

1, '.'or oh ! the foods of dark- 
ness opened upon him and over- 
whelmed his guilty soul. Mo longer 
is Paradise an Eden to him. Every 
thing he beholds increases his mis- 
ery, everything rebukes him. lie 
is a wretched being, surrounded by 
pleasure • which he is now incapable 
of enjoying. The animal kingdom 
now is changed, they no longer look 
to him as their friend ; some fear 
him, others, defy him. But the 
most agonizing part of his punish- 
ment is yet to come. How he 
dreads to confront that Being whom 
he has so grossly insulted, now he 
hears his fool it h what | 

of fear pierce hi loul ! He flei 

to hide amongst the rich 
a "• of thai garden ! but : 
reaches hi- 1 ret V.dam n 

art khou?" Me 

thinks lie wool I ral A the 

earth open her mouth 
hit... than to meet the niei 

Of his injured Jud 



meet his Maker, and give an account 
of himself. Poor trembling Adam ; 
here him say, I was afraid, because 
I was naked ; and I hid myself." 
"Who told thee that thou wasc na- 
ked V' was the reply ; more excus- 
es are offered ; the crime is charged 
by one upon the other, until if 
upon the serpent, who was the au- 
thor. Each now must receive his 
sentence ; first it is pronounced upon 
the serpent. The guily pair hear 
what is said to him, they listen at- 
tentively. "I will put enmity be- 
tween thee and the woman, and be- 
tween thy seed and her seed : it 
shall bruise thy head, and thou 
shalt bruise his heel." They must 
now hear their own sentence, but 
they have derived so much comfort 
from the promise contained in the 
words addressed to the serpent, 
that there sorrow is greatly mitiga- 
ted. Their doom is terrible, yet 
they can now look forward to a time 
when they shall bo delivered from 
the effect of their fall, from the 
power of that serj 

Put ah! many years of sin, of 
whretc . an I woe muse inter- 

vene. The Prince of darkness will 
long sway his A ■lam's 

race ere this Deliverer comes. — 
What .en oppressive tyrant has he 
been, what a galling yoke of 
age has he imposed upon the human 
family. What cruilties have been 
practised at his insl 

At lenghth God selects a nation, 
from among those over whom i j 
ance, and s 1 laid 

their dark pall. He c! man 

whom he mh e his 

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law was preparatory to the ushering 
in of that dispensation of grace, 
which should deliver man from the 
thraldom of sin. It was like the 
great and strong wind which rent 
the mountains, and brake in pieces 
the rocks, before the Lord : but the 
Lord was not in the wind : and af- 
ter the wind an earthquake : but the 
Lord was not in the earthquake." 
L Kings 10: 11. The minds of 
mankind had to be prepared by a 
gradual process for the reception of 
so great a I leing. There must a 
people be made ready to recicve 
him." The law was the schoolmas- 
ter to bring mankind unto Christ, 
that they might be justified by faith 
for before faith came, the} were 
kept under the law, shut up unto 
the faith which should afterwards be 
revealed." 

"When the fulness of the time was 
come, God sent forth his Son, 
made of a woman, made under the 
law to redeem them that were under 
the law, that we might receive the 
adoption of sons." The law made 
nothing perfect ; but the bringing in 
of a better hope did; by the which 
we draw nigh unto God." '-By the 
deeds of the law there shall no flesh 
be justified ; for by the law is the 
knowledge of sin." Says the Apos- 
tle : "I had not known sin but by the 
law." It was then the object of the 
law to convince mankind of his nat- 
ural corruption, and to show him 
his need of a Savior, says Paul : 
"I was alive without the law once ; 
but when the commandment came, 
sin revived, and I died." In our 
infantile state we are in a covenant 
relation with (Sod, having been 
brought into that relation through 
the atonement of Christ. Hut when 
the commandment comes, "sin re- 
vives," our inability to obey the re- 
quirements of God is at once made 
manifest. We yield our members, 
servants to sin, and become actual 
transgressors. It is said, "there is 
nunc that docth good, no, not one. 
there is none that seekcth after < led. 
This shows the impossibility of doing 
right by nature, for were it possi- 
ble, surely some would do so ; but 
t:n' apostle tells ns ///, /v is 
While we remain infants, we are at 






peace with God. In that state we 
are not und<r the law: but when 
we arrive ot years of accountability, 
we come under obligations to the 
law. Says Paul "what things so- 
ever the law saith, it saith to them 
who are under the law ;7that every 
mouth may be stopped, and all the 
world may become guilty before 
(iod ." How reasonable is God; 
while we are incapable of acting, 
he ownes us as his, without any act 
on our part. 

We have seen then that with 
giving of the law comences 
transgression. What shall Jwe 



is the law sin ? God 



the 
our 
say 
for- 
the 
and 



then? 

bid." "The law is holy ; and 
commandment holy, and just, 
good. "Was then that which is good 
made death unto us ? God forbid. 
But sin that it might appear sin 
working death in us by that which 
is good ; that sin by the command- 
ment might become exceeding sin- 
ful for the law is spiritual ; but we 
are carnal sold under sin." "But 
what the law could not do in that it 
was weak through the flesh, God 
sending his own son in the likeness 
of sinful flesh,and for sin, condemned 
sin in the flesh." The law cannot 
reach our case, it points out to us 
our duty ; its requirements are 
"love the Lord thy God with all thy 
heart, soul, mind and strength, and 
thy neighbor as thyself." This in 
our carnal state we cannot do, and 
as it offers to us no assistance, we 
must disobey, therefore the curse 
which is connected with this disobe- 
dience, stands against us. It is 
written: "Cursed is every one that 
continueth not in all things which 
are written in the book of the law to 
do them." What an awful situation 
we are in by nature. The law so 
far from helping us only plunges us 
deeper into the gulf of dispair.— 
With what an inspiring dread do we 
hear its dreadful denunciations, 
and oh ! what horror fills our souls 
when its thunder tones burst upon 
our conscience. We tremble, we 
quake ; exceeding dreadful to our 
guilty souls is this sublime display 
of divine justice. But now comes 
to us the still xmall voire, and vw 
our Emmanuel is in this voice. 



How sweet is that voice, how tender 
nothing forbiding, nothing to fill us 
with gloom. Jesus, our dear dear 
Jesus laid aside his robes of splen- 
dor, he took upon him the form of a 
servant ; he took upon him our na- 
tures, yea was made in the likeness 
of sinful fiesh. So completley did 
the blessed Jesus role himself with 
our natures that so far from striking 
terror to the human heart, he in- 
spired that heart with confidence. 
His lovely invitation is: "come unto 
me all ye that labor, and are heavy 
laden : and I will give you rest. — 
"God out of Christ is a consuming 
fire ;" but God in Christ is our life 
our all. While he wore the likeness 
of our sinful flesh, he obeyed the 
law of God,thus magnifying that law 
and made it honorable. "And he 
redeemed us from its curse by be- 
coming a curse for us ; for it is writ- 
ten, "cursed is every one that hang- 
eth on a tree." Therefore "Christ 
is the end of the law for righteous- 
ness to every one that believeth." 
"Wherefore we are become dead to 
the law by the body of Christ. "He 
in his body suffered the punishment 
that was due to the transgressions 
of that law. The law then becomc- 
ing dead to us through the body of 
Christ ; "we may be married to 
another, even to him who is raised 
from the dead, that we should bring 
forth fruit unto God." That fruit 
which is the production of that in- 
corruptable seed which liveth and 
abidethfor ever, is love, joy, peace, 
loHgsuffering, gentleness, faith meek- 
ness, temperance, against such there 
is no law." If we accept of Christ 
we are no longer under the law but 
under gracc ; "For the law of the 
spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath 
made us free from the law of sin and 

death." 

Completley in Christ did the spir- 
it gain the ascendency over the flesh. 
Our dear Redeemer contemplated 
that awful season of suffering, when 
his soul should be made an offering 
for sin, with feelings of deep dis- 
tress. Said he upon one occasion, 
"I have a baptism to be baptised 
with : and how am I straitened till it 
be accomplished." Again we hear 
bim saying, as he approaches that, 



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terrible crisis : "Now is ray soul 
troubled ; and what shall I say, 
Father save me from this hour : but 
for this cause came I unto this hoar.' 
Although he had a full realization 
of the sufferings which he must en- 
dure, when he reached that period 
of the powers of darkness ; yet he 
moved steadily onward finally the 
time arrived, and we see the Son 
of God, the Lord of life in Oethsem- 
ane. The night previous to his aw- 
ful sufferings, he spends in agoni- 
zing prayer to (!od. He offered up 
prayers and supinations, with strong 
crying and tears unto him that was 
able to save him from death, and 
was heard in that he feared." 
language is that of the deepest 
noss, "0 my Father, if it be 
sible, let this cup pass from 
nevertheless, not as I will, but as 
thou wilt ; "and again, "0 my Fath- 
er, if this cup may not pass from 
me except I drink it, thy will be 
done." His distress became great- 
er and greater. An angle comes 
from heaven to strengthen him, to 
set before him the joys thac would 
follow his sufferings. Again he 
prays, the struggle waxing fiercer 
and fiercer ; that struggle, between 
flesh, and spirit. How that . bosom 
heaves with agony. And being in 
an agony he prayed more earnestly; 
and his sweat was as it were great j 
drops of blood falling down to the | 
ground." But this was the last strug- 
gle ; the battle was now fought, the . 
victory won. He rose from prayer | 
calm, and serene. The spirit had 
completely triumphed. Ho was now 
prepared and strengthened to en- 
counter, that fierce array of evils 
that was ready to burst upon him. 
With what tranquility does he leave 
that garden and go forth to meet his , 
foc3. The combined powers of 
earth and hell, rent their rage upon 
him, but with a mag^sty divine does 
he endure it all without one com- 
plaint. Bat oh what an inexpri 
able agony must have filled his soul 
when that bitter cry escaped his Lips: 
My (iod, my God why hast th«u 
forsaken me ! For a while did our 
sins come between uur Savior ami 
his Father, separating hiin from that 
glorious presonce. Oh ! how awful 



must have been his distress, when 
he tasted death for us, the death of 
the soul, that death which separates 
the soul from God, and which was oc- 
casionedby Adam's fall. But the e- 
clipse passed away and the reconcil- 
ed face ofGod again shone upon Jesus 
MATTIE A. LEAR. 
(To be continued') 

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For the Companion. 
The Beautiful Feet. 
How tieautiful upon the mountains are tl.e 
feet of him thai bringeth good tidings, that 
publleheth peace ! that bringath good tidings 
of good, that pnblishetb salvation ; thai 
saith unto Zion Thy <iod reigneth!" 1 i, 

52 : 7. 

The feet are preeminently the 
instruments of going. In the human 
figure or in figures of animals, there 
may be much beauty in the forms 
and more in the graceful movement 
of the limbs, but doubtless the 
prophet's exclamation has the highly 
poetic thought of the beauty winch 
vivid imagination adds to whatever 
is associated with happy experience 
particularly with the reception of 
joyful intelligence. Even as we say 
there is music in the sound of the 
lootsteps of one whose coming is for 
any reason a joy, in like manner if 
he be seen coming at a distance, 
springing and leaping over the 
ground his motion, his steps, his 
swiftly stepping feet would be the 
most beautiful of visible objects. — 
This natural notion of a messenger 
bringing joyful tidings and thereby 
clothed in superlative beauty to the 
eyes of those made happy by "his 
coming is easily transferred to 
those whose privileges it is to hear 
and proclaim Cod's me 
love and peace to mankind. The 
christian church accepts the poetic 
sentiment, and evermore, sings it in 
one of her sweetest and most raptur- 
ous songs : 

"How beautioua are thai 

Who stands on '/.\ou'- hill ! 

Who brings salvation on 

And words oi | iL" 

What an idea to the i r< :iout 
of the gospel itself does it giv< 
.»ee that such interest atl 
the in 1 who brings it 

simple bearer of its j >YTuJ tidi 
must effecting to the a< . 

the innumerable ll 
lustrations an I | ro 



their experience gives, making it an 
unspeakable privilege to be a bear- 
er of such heavenly tidings, even al- 
though it do involve a weight of 
responsibility to which no human 
{>owers unaided by divine upholding 
would be at all adequate. It is an 
unspeakable privilege to have one's 
very footsteps associated in the 
thoughts of many whom Jesus saves 
with the words of that gospel where- 
with he saves them. God grant 
that none upon whom he confers 
the privilege may fail t3 remember 
that "we have this treasure in ear- 
then vessels, that the excellency of 
the power may be of God, and not 
of us. 2Cor.*4:7. 

FRANKLIN FORNEY. 
Stony Creek, Pa. 



God' E. — Galileo, the 

most profound philospher of his age, 
When interrogated by the Inquisi- 
tion as to his belief of a Supreme be- 
ing, replied, pointing to a straw on 
the floor of his dungeon that from 
the structure of that object alone he 
would infer .with certainty the exis- 
tence of an intelligent Creator. 

m m 

E v n true Christian is anight trav- 
eler; his life his walk, Christ his way 
and heaven his home : his walk pain- 
ful, his way perfect, his home pleas- 
ing. 1 will not loiter. ! -t I come 
short; I will not wander, lest 1 come 
wide of home : but be content to trav 
el hard and be sure 1 walk right 
shall my safe way find i's end at 
home, and my painful walk make my 
home welcome. 



Men nfl • lightly from the 

Br t imprudence, and sutler terribly 
from its vepcti Folly re] 

become-; sin, and sin is always pun- 
ished. There . 
the government of Cod. 



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The toll Itirlli. 

The reason why 1 make an effort 
t i v. rite an essay on the above nam- 
ed subject, is because 1 have never yet 
heard an\ body explain .John 1 : 13 
to m;. lion. Believing their 

can at least be no barm in explain- 
ing the matter according to ray 
views, but rather hoping good may 
result from the same, 1 will proceed*. 
The 1^ and LS verses are concctcd : 
the former, 1 have frequently heard 
explained very satisfactory, but not 
the latter. The two verses read 
thus : "But as many as received 
him, to them gave he power to be- 
come the sons of God, even to them 
that believe on hh name. Which 
m re horn, not of blood, nor of the 
will of the flesh, nor of the will of 
man, but of God." Omitting to de- 
tain ourselves with the grammatical 
construction of these two verses, we 
at once proceed to consider the four 
different kinds of birth. For as a 
general thing our teachers say but 
little about the first three, explain 
ing only the last, because it is con- 
nected to the preceding verse. — 
Now I hold that the time in which 
these things were written is appli- 
cable to the present time. There 
were then also different sects as 
there are new, though not so many 
as now. By being born of blood, 
we understand to be born of the 
fathers, not by conception as when 
a child is brought into the world as 
some .vould perhaps understand, but 
simpily by assenting to tho doctrine 
of the fathers, sometimes by persua- 
sion on their side, the sons and 
It filters believing as the parents 
believe without "searching the 
scriptures as to whether these things 
were so." By these means they 
are then brought into the church 
without any apparent change ; they 
merely embrace the /•>,•„, of religion 
their fathers had. They may have 
had a call from the Lord or only 
from the parents as the case may be; 
at least they do Dot "search the 
Beripl rod are not born accor- 

ding to the word, therefore they are 
God. In our day there 
are many people born in this way: 
r other sects, 



many, yea too 
brethren ; they 






but there arc also 
many among the 

come into the sheepfold, but not 
through the door, because Christ is 
the door; they go with the sheep but 
are not sheep. In short this is what I 
understand by being born of blood. 
The next class are those born by the 
will of the flesh. We understand this 
birth tobe caused by the selfwill of the 
person born. The subjects of this birth 
have had a call from the Lord ; they 
become uneasy about the salvation 
of their souls, and think they ought 
to have some religion ; they feel 
somewhat weary and "heavy laden,' 
but at the same time, they are not 
willing to deny the friendship of the 
world which is enmity against God: 
they are not willing that this man, 
Jesus shall rule over them, and will 
not hear his voice when he says 
"take my yoke upon you, and learn 
of me," but on the contrary, they 
seek access to some sect, where they 
can take along whatever they choose. 
In this manner, establish their own 
righteouness on nonessentials, they 
are born by the will of their own 
flesh, and in their hearts remain 
enemies to the cross of Christ. 
Subjects of this class are seldom 
found among the brethren. 

But we now come to the third 
class which we believe to be by far 
the most numerous, and they are 
those born by the will of man. A3 
a general thing by the will of the 
preachers who exercise great power 
over their hearers. We do not 
wish to be personal, or we could 
mention certain sects whose minis- 
ters have great power over awa- 
kened souls and bring them out on 
the mourners bench and so forth. — 
But some of the ministering brethren 
also exersise great influence on their 
hearers, and we think they should. 
Not wishing to be partial, we wish 
all true ministers, who preach the 
word in its purity and who do not 
make merchandise of the same, 
would exercise so much power on 
their hearcas as to awaken the sin- 
ner out of sleep and turn him to 
God. 1 bit here a great misstep is 
often taken. The awakened sinner 
instead of turnning to God, too often 
turns to the man, and in his heart 



would do sacrifice to him ; as the 
men of Lystra would have done to 
i the apostles, had they not been hin- 
dred by Barnabas and Paul. But 
too often in our day there is no one 
to hinder, but rather to encourage, 
I and in this way the sinner will have 
such a high regard for the man that 
he becomes converted to him. The 
I sinner, instead of searching the 
sciiptures, readily believes what the 
preacher says, and coming under 
his power is converted to him, and 
born according to bis will. What 
now ? Why now they become his 
servants, as says the apostle "know 
ye noi, that to whom ye yield your- 
selves servants to obey, his servants 
ye are, to whom ye obey." I have 
learned by observation that the 
above scripture in connection to 
being born by the will of man is 
i true to the letter. 

We now come to those born of 
God, who in their hearts can say : 
Abba, Father! Because the spirit 
beareth witness with their spirit that 
they are the children of God. When 
they were first called ot God, they 
searched the scriptures and put no 
confidence in the flesh, or in falli- 
ble man. In searching the scrip- 
tures, they soon found themselves 
condemned, and the fears of com- 
ing judgment made them seek a 
place of refuge. How often, op- 
pressed with guilt, would they have 
fled for fear, but whence should 
they fly ? whence could they fly ? 
They find there is no other way 
given under heaven whereby they 
can be saved, than by meekly turn- 
ing to him Whom they had despised 
and illtreated. They have now no 
other way than to beg and entreat 
him to forgive their past ill-behavior 
promising him their fidelity for the 
future, and obedience to his will. — 
15ut very often like Joseph in Egypt, 
he waits awhile till the sinner is 
humbled enough, before he answers 
or makes himself known unto him. 
0, the conflicts that some souls have 
in getting loose from the powers of 
darkness ! Yea, they labor and tra- 
vail under the burden of their sins, 
and the renunciation which some 
souls must endure, during the time 
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tion, until they can feel that their 
sins are forgiven. No one need 
expect to have his sins forgiven, un- 
less he becomes obedient and sub- 
missive to the conditions and re- 
quirements of the gospel. It will 
not be long to the penitent sinner 
who has been drawn by the Father 
tj the Son, and is willing to obey 
the word, before he finds that lie 
must go out to Jordon to meet him 
there. In this way he will be born ac- 
cording to the word & will be brought 
into the church through the door 
which is Christ. Now when he 
needs counsel, he will go to Jesus, 
because he has learned of him, for 
he is the Mighty Counselor, the 
Prince of peace. This is the differ- 
ence between those born by the will 
of man and those born of Cod. The 
latter know in whom they trust, 
and from whom they have learned 
and have faith toward Hod: where- 
as the former have confidence in 
the flesh, and take counsel from 
men. In conclusion I will yet say, 
1 have written as briefly as I could, 
and am willing to be corrected if 1 
have erred in any one point. 

JAS. Y. HECKLER, 
ffarleytvitte, Pa. 



Fur the Companion. 
Christ'* ami Jooliu'f* It apt ism. 

Brother J. S. Newcomer: — 
It not being a doctrinal point, or 
matter of faith with us, to know 
whether Christ's immersion and 
•John's were alike or n it, 1 don't 
think much further debate would be 
edifying. What we do is to be done 
with an eye to the glory of 1 1 
and our mutual benefit. We must 
not argue for argument's sake, but 
try to build each other up. But to 
our subject. 

I think Apollos was a follower of 
John, because it is said : "He only 
knew the immersion of John," bonce 

W« conclude that hu was a follower 

of John, and was practising his im- 
mersion when In- was fully instruc- 
ted by Aquila. "Knowing only the 
baptism of John," ofooorse ho oould 

preach nothing else 'Could not 

preach what he did not know. 
1 think it also plain that those 
^sceitain disciples, ot 12 men, were 



followers of John, because they tell 
I'aul that they were baptized accor- 
ding to John's baptism. Having 
their own words for it, we had as 
well believe them as to hunt further 
proof. When we are baptized in 
the name of Jesus, we are then said 
to be followers of Jesus. So they 
were baptized according to John's 
immersion, and of course it follows 
that they were followers of John. 

If John's and Christ's immersion 
were identical or alike in form, pow- 
er, &c, it would not have been 
necessary for Aquila to correct, or 
expound more fully unto Apollos; 
neither would it have been nee 
ry for these twelve men to be im- 
mersed a second time, and that in 
the name of Jesus. If there was 
not a material difference, it would 
have b*en folly and waste of time to 
be immersed again. Frequently we 
have persons who have been baptiz- 
ed by a single immersion to make 
application for membership as they 
are, but we say not ao, for you have 
not been baptized separately and 
distinctly into the three great names 
of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — 
hence your baptism is not legal and 
must be baptize! again, as afore- 
said. 

So with John's baptism, he could 
not baptize in the three great names 
for the Holy Spirit had not come 
yet, neither had the great Testator 

died yet. If John's baptism remit- 
ted sins, it followed then the pen 
having his sins remitted would be 
saved : if this be true, then it full 
also, that it would not have been 

necessary for Jesus to ha\c died, 
for John's baptism would sare them. 

Hut there was no remission of sin 
without first shedding the blood of 
the dear Bon of God. In him and 

only him have we a perfect Savior. 

These twelve men found it ao. 
True, John was a great man i 
he that is least i i the kingdom of 

D Lfl gN Uer than he " ) but as 

ipa the moon in 
might and p »wer, 

an 1 his ha] ti-m outstrip John and 
bit immersion. John told the i 

no where that his baptism w I 

the i emission of tin, but only 1 1 pre 
pare or have them iii a read- 



iness to receive this blessing, for ^ 
the Master was close at hand" and 
that they should believe in Jesus, 
who would baptize them with water 
and with the Holy Spirit, which 
would be a legal baptism and none 
other. 1'ou charge i'aul withHIigh 
Misdemeanor" when you say : "He 
did not instruct these twelve men 
any other baptism " ( but John's, as 
I understand you"). 

It is an imperative command of 
< 'hrist to teach first and then im- 
merse, but some say Paul neglec- 
ted to do so, and yet wc find he 
took them into the church. Accord- 
rig tj your argument after these 
12 men heard John's immersion ex- 
plained they were immersed a sec- 
ond time according to his mode. 

They being baptised in the name 
of Jesus proves they were instruct- 
ed and that there was a differance 
between the tffo immersions and 
that difference was greatly in favor 
of our Lord's. So 1 understand it. 
Your reference to Luke 1 : 77. 
3, and Mark 1: 4 all agree that John 
came preaching the immersion of 
repentance unto the remission of 
sins, and not for the remission of 
sins. You will see the difference 
between the words unto and fn 
when I say, I go unto the object, 
and I go for the object. In the 
ase I mearly go where the 
things is, and in the other case 1 go 
to take possession ef it. So John 
was merely preparing the people 
to take possession of Christ's bap- 
tism after he had come and thus 
have their bus remitted. 

May the good Lord enlighten our 
min Is and enlarge our views that 
we may see more perfectly into bis 
great "Law of Liberty" is mv 



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hopeful, and it' a mm use be made 
of .-ncli contributions much good 
may be done. Nor is it the least 
encouraging in the true state of 
things, that the contributions refer- 
red to unite in giving homage to the 
Bible, as the divine source of trutli 
and only "rule of faith and prac- 
tice." We 'will come direct' y upon 
the great doctrine of the cross of 
Christ. Hence the lukewarm Chris- 
tianity that ]re\ ails among many 
nominal liseipies of Jesus; tra< 
lioeeB, among any people, is not CO 
be formed and mentained otherwise 
than by a humble and through 
ling of scripture — this being 
the only way to a just appreciation 
of the doctrines of Christ and sacri- 
fice of the Redeemer. Contribution 
of religion consolation are useful in 
their own place and at their own 
time ; but contributions which pur- 
posely confine the attention to Christ 
as the "wisdom of Cod, and the 
power of Cod unto salvation," 
the only elementary ones, in 
study of which we are taught 
ti ained by the spirit of God, 
we all "come unto a perfect 



are 
the 
and 
until 
man, 
unto the measure of the statue of the 
fullness of ( bristt" There may be 
a religion which is effeminate, and 
which allowcs itself to evaporate in 
the dreamy regions of mere scnti- 
mcntalism , but true genuine relig- 
ion, which shall be sturdy, atheletic, 
and enterprising, there must be 
along an earnest, and an enlighten- 
ed carrulum of study at and in the 
cross of Christ, for it is "by the 
foolishness of preaching" Christ and 
him crucified that man must be saved. 
1'rogress, it is said, is the order of 
the day : the ambers of ancient 
usages and principles are being lift- 
ed on every side, and everything is 
hastening forward with a velocity 
which must soon carry the world far 
out of sight of the ancient land- 
marks. Aplicd to mundane art or 
science, there is tiuth in this: but 
to the philosophy of the cross it has 
DO jug t reference. Christ's doctrine 
is eternal and immovable. Improve- 
ments there may be in the princi- 
i nnic biblical criticism, and 
in the most approved methods of han- 
dling the gospel : but upon the great 



first principles themselves, by the 
faith of which men are saved, im- 
provement is imposible, the idea is 
profane. Arc we to expect some 
philosopher to be born who shall be 
a wiser expounder of truth than was 
Christ himself .'' And we expect the 
rise and endowment of a college of 
men who shall teach the way of sal- 
vation more effectually than did the 
college of the apostles ? We think 
not — the temple of truth is built al- 
ready- -nothing can be added to, 
and nothing can be taken from its 
stately proportion. If men allow 
their appetite for what is new to 
carry them away, they must aban- 
don principles for chimeias,substance 
for shadows, the light of day for the 
glare of meteors. The materials of 
an adorned truth, are not retired to 
give place to the grimaces and win- 
nings of a sensual devotion, or to 
gratify carnal desires for the species 
of speculative discussion. Truth is 
not served up in the dress of sceptic- 
al harlotryor of acdemic rationalism. 
Here, the wisdom of God, itis hoped 
is in no degree hid bohind the 
wisdom of men. Human learning is 
all very well in its own place, and 
its progress must enrich and im- 
prove the world ; but though it goes 
on to put to the blush even the 
learnings of angels, it can never 
equal the teachings of the fishermen 
of Galilee. And so it shall appear 
in the end. Everthing that exalts 
itself here shall be brought low, and 
all triumphs of mere mind, having 
served their little day shall dissolve 
with the clement of nature. But 
every eye shall yet see, that from 
amid the ruins of all systems, 
the conflagrations of worlds, 
solitary survivors that shall rise to 
meet the Lord in the air shall be the 
cross on which the Lord Himself 
died, and the people who lived and 
died glorying only in the cross of 
our Lord .Jesus Christ. Let us un 
der these impressions proceed to the 
study of that wonderful and soul- 
saving system of truth, which has 
for its object the incarnate Son of 
God ; for its subject the doctrine of 
his prcat atonement for sins ; and 
for its aim the bringing back of a 
lost world to God. And mav God 



and 
the 



grant that while we muse, the fire of 
divine love may burn, and that the 
beauties of holiness maybe imparted, 
together with "the peace of God 
that passeth all understanding." 
A. J. CORRELL. 
Greenville, Tcnn. 



LOCAL 


MATTERS. 


TyroEie City, 


Pa., April 28, 1868. 


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Oorre»pondenet of church nan solicited from 
all parts of the Brotherhood. Writer't name 
and address required on every communication, 
as guarantee of good faith, /(ejected communi- 
cations or manuscript used, not returned. .All 
comm unicalions for publication should be writ 
ten upon one side of the sheet only 



Brut Iter Hohinyer ; For the sat- 
isfaction of our friends we will relate 
through the Oimpeaiion the painful 
suffering and death of our dear little 
daughter who came to her death by 
being severely burned in a garden 
fire, in the afternoon of the first day 
of April. She had at this time all 
cotton clothes on, and before any 
assistance could reach her she was 
so badly burned that but very slight 
hopes could be entertained of her 
recovery. Most of the time her suf- 
ferings were intense. Sometimes 
she slept insensible. On Sabbath, 
at noon, she awoke sensible ; altho' 
very weak in body her voice still 
grew stronger and her mind bright 
and sensible. On Tuesday she told 
us all about the fire, and delighted 
to hear and talk of death, the angels 
and heaven. She said she would 
get a golden dress, and that we will 
all get together again with the an- 
gels, if we be good and don t say 
bad words. She was very patient 
and agreeable in all her pain. In 
the morning of the 9th, which was 
Thursday, after some pleasant talk 
about going home, she said : "Moth- 
er, I want to fix myself," attempt- 
ing to raise her head. We assisted 
her, when she haned forward, bra- 
ced herself for the fatal struggle, 
and leaped into the arms of her love 
leaving her body a lifeless form. — 
"Glory be to God who giveth us 
the victory." 

'Am: \m \ Mary Roiu:r. 

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A Crltieisui. 

Brother Henry \ In Companion 

No. ( J, Vol. 4, 1st page, 8rd column 
is found the following • "Every 
brothci is allowed to .stand up in 
their meetings and speak, via. expo- 
sition and exhortation, and when by 
these means they find a man eminent 
for knowledge, and pos.-essing apt- 
ness to teach, they elect him as theii 
minister." 

We are aware the above is not 
your production, but as you took 
exceptions to some of the statements 
made in the preceding part of the 
history, found in No. 8, we infer 
that you endorse all the balance. 

Do the brethren use such schemes 
(as may be inferred from the above) 
and are they aided alone by such 
auxiliaries in the election of their 
ministers ? We think not, else we 
have not yet learned their customs. 

If the above is not in reality a 
misrepresentation of the history of 
our Brethren, it is misunderstood by 
many brethren, and it is with much 
reluctance that 1 criticise the mat- 
ter, but we are told not to quench 
the spirit, and 1 am actuated from 
a sense of duty alone to do so. 

I). H. BRUMBAUGH; 

Centre, Ohio. 

Thank you brother !». II. It. for 
your timely criticism. Your infer- 
ence that our taking exceptions to 
part of that article is evidence that 
we endorse the rest, was correctly 
drawn. It was however not a true 
conclusion, as the point referred to 
had been overlooked by us. And 
you might have continued your ^nu- 
tation to embrace also: "and ordain 
him with fasting, prayer, and laving 
on of hands. They also require their 
us, and aged women whom 

they appoint as dea< ■/>,. 

u le their gift \ on tin 

Our remarks in No. ' s were intended 

only for the part published in that 
f number, having intended to notice 
R the balance as it would be publish. 
>r% 0< ^' which was not done. 






Hrothcr Jacob L. Wineland, Clo- 
reek, Blair Co. Pa.says : 5'We 

have indeed fallen into serious times. 
You may judge so by the numl 
obituaries you are receiving 
me, but you do not get near all. - 
We hear almost daily of deaths in 
our vicinity. It is now generally 
believed that .Spotted Fever is in 
our midst, and Death mounted up- 
on the pale horse is sweeping over 
our neighborhood. Wo hear of this 
or that one being sick and the next 
news we Lcet is that they are dead. 
Some have died in from fourteen to 
twenty-four hours after taking .-ick. 



Revised New Testaiueut. 

In reply to our letter of inquiry 
in regard to the authority and relia- 
bility of the Revised Version of the 
New Testament by tbe American 
Bible Union, we have received the 
following : 

"The Revised Testament is the 
joint product of various hands. 

At first the whole Testament \sas 
divided up between different schol- 
ars and sets of scholars. As each 
part was finished, it was put into the 
hands of other parties. Thus in 
Preliminary Revisions, as they were 
called, six years were spent, with 
the employment of nearly forty 
scholars, belonging respectively to 
the Church of England, Old School 
Presbyteiians, Methodists, Baj 

rican Episcopalians, German 
Reformed, Disciples, Seventh Day 
Baptists, and Reformed Presbyte- 
rians. 

Towards the close of their work, 
four of the best scholars, (two Bap- 
tists and two Pmdo-baptists) were 
chosen to go over the whole ground 
and prepare the work for the | 

The choice <d' this final committee 
■ ade to depend entire! 
qualifications. Nothing in t' 
tnre of tin- bui iness prei anted ad 
from boii] Hut the 

eminent oholarship of I >rs. ' 'onant 
ami Baokett, o ird to 

choo s them. 

The work stands ex ilu h 
ii • intrin i.- merits. \\ o do nut wish 
uthority to bi u | >v\''y\ from 



•her class or description 
gument. 

In relation to the L'aedo-haptist 
scholars employed, please read our 
Quarterly for November, 1867 s 
which I send you a copy,) i 
death of Dr. Lillu-, and the testimo- 
ny to his scholarship. 

Affectionately, 

Wm. II. Wv. Koit, Lor. . 



Rail Itoiitl Trivileses. 

In connection with what we pub- 
lished last week, brother Custer in- 
forms us that arrangements have 
been made with the Pittsburg, Co- 
lumbia i Cincinnati R. H. by which 
our brethren passing over that road 
wdl be retui ned ft ee. This will form 
a cotinued line from 1 hiladelphia to 
Columbus, and is the cheapest and 
most direct half fare route for our 
brethren from Pennsylvania and N. 
til Maryland. No time fixed 
for starting; pay fare same as if go- 
ing on business, and at the meeting 
a ticket will be furnished to return 
you free. Tickets can be obtained 
from any point through to Columbus. 

Queries. 

V\ ill some one give an explanation 
ot Acts 20: 7, 11 ; L> : 42, I 
The question is whether the broakin" 
of bread referred to in the above 
scripture was in commemoration of 
the death and suffering of our I 
or whether it was only a c 
feast of love o.a occasions of separa- 
tions J 

JOSE1 II ffEHER. 



Announcements. 

LOV1 

Throe milea South of UoIobtIUi ! 
i .'.. [own, June 13th a i an. 

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THE ANNUAL MFKT1NG. 
Five inlli-s East of Goshen, F.lkhnrt Co., 
Indiana, dune 2nd. 

■astern Maryland District Bfeet- 
Iag> 

This meeting convened at the Mo- 
DOOaoj Meeting-house, Frederick 
Co., on the 14th inst. The follow- 
ing were the delegates : 
haul Savior, I 

I). R. StVely, ( 



Beaverdam, 



A II. Scnsonney, , p . q^ 
Solomon Stoner t 



J. D. Trestle, 
Jeremiah Brown, 
Geo Lcatherman, 
Dan] Wolf, 
John Wevbright, ) 



Bush < reek, 

Middletown 
Valley 

I Monocacy, 
Joshua Pottercr, t ■" 

The delegates then withdrew for 
consultation, and organization. On 
their return they reported the meet 
ing organized, by the appointment 
of Elder Isaac Pfoutz, of Beaver- 
dam, Moderator, and I). P. Savior, 
of Monocacy, < lerk. 

The rules adopted for the govern- 
ment of the meeting of 18t>7, after 
some discussion, were adopted for 
the government of this meeting. 

Seven question? were then pre- 
sented and considered in the fear of 
the Lord : Tho sixth of which was : 
Has this District Meeting any que- 
ries to send to Annual Meeting ? 

Answered in the negative. 

The following resolutions were 
then adopted : 

Resolved unanimously, that Elder 
Isaac Pfoutz, and D. P. Sayler be 
delegates to represent the Eastern 
Die trie t of Maryland in next Annu- 
al Meeting. 

Resolved, that (Lord willing) the 
next meeting of the District will be 
held with our dear brethren of the 
Middletown Valley church, Freder- 
ick County, on Tuesday after Eas- 
ter. 

After ringing and prayer the 

Dg adjourned, apparently well 

pleased with the harmonious proceed- 



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ings, nothing having occurred to Bookri, &c, for sale at this Office, 



mar the feelings of any one. Bles 
sed be the Lord. Amen. 

1). I". BAYLBR, Cl'k. 

To our Correspondents. 

J. 1). Tuiisri.n; All right, wc have done as 
you requested. Your subscription is marked 
paid. Perhaps it was not acknowledged. 

Leonard EmrjSert; Fee there was "(orac- 
tiling wrong in llio f.iuiily,"' and it was our 
fault. We could explain satisfactory, but no 
matter, you will pardon US, and the like will 
not again occur. 

Joseph 1). Neber, Rossville, Ind. ; We have 
none of the Revised New Testaments with 
References. Think they are not published. 



d 1 1: d . 



Tic admit no poetry under any circumstan- 
ces in connection with obituary notices. We 
wish to vse all alike, and we could not insert 
verses with all. 

At Ilonev Grove, Juniata Co., Pa., April 
Oth, LILIa" KEZIA, daughter of brother 
Abrara and Mary ROKEK ; aired 5 years, 6 
months, and 1 week. 

In St. Clair Co., Mo.. Feb. 2I!rd, Bister ES- 
THER WAGONER, wife of brother David D. 
Wagoner, and daughter of Eli and Barbara 
Wolfe, formerly of Clinton Co., Ind., but 
now in eternity. Disease Dropsy. She lived 
to the aire of 29 years, 2 mouths, and 4 days. 
On the 24th of February her remains were 
followed to the graveyard and buried by the 
side of her sou, who died some six months 
before. She leaves a kind husband and ,wo 
children to mourn their loss, which wc hope 
is her great gain. 

A. NEIIER. 

In the bounds of the C lover Creek Congre- 
gation. Blair Co., Pa., April 14th, friend 
JOHN VVI8LER ; aged SI years, U months, 
and ~i days. Disease, Spotted Fever, so pro- 
nounced by most of the physicians of our 
neighborhood. He was sick only about three 
days. Funeral services by Jacob Snyder, 
Menonite preacher, and brother John W. 
Brumbaugh. 

J. L. WINELAND. 



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tor the Compnniom. 
Come in Jmhi. 
Come to Jesus, stay do longer, 
la the hateful wan of sin , 
Yield your Ueart, while he Invites you, 
And the heavenly race begin. 

Come to Jesus, cries a herald. 
Sent from glory you to call ; 
In a still small voice he whispers, 
Turn to Jesus e're you fall. 

Come to Jesus, the brid* doth call, 
Come and make your solemn vow ; 
O. accept the precious promise, 
And In true submission bow. 

Come to Jesus, he will save you — 
Save you from Bin's fearful doom ; 
Many now are (fathered safely, 
Yet there is sufficient room. 

Come to Jesus, He will bless you, 
If you love and follow him ; 
Be obedient, true and humble, 
Aud your light will ne'er grow dim. 

Come to Jesus, he will help you, 
When your foes may press you sore ; 
And if here you with him suffer, 
Tou shall walk the shining shore.. 

I). B. MENTZEK. 
Quiney, Pa. 



For the Companion, 

Obedience. 

(^Concluded) 

"For in that he died, he died unto 
sin once; but in that he liveth he liv- 
eth unto God." We are told the sting 
of death is sin ; and the strength of 
sin is the law." As we have seen 
Christ fulfilled the law, for he came 
not to destroy the law or the proph- 
ets, but to fulfil, and we are assur- 
ed that not one jot nor tittle should 
pass from the law till all was fulfill- 
ed. The law would not relax its 
hold upon man, until its require- 
ments were carried out to the very 
letter ; this our Savior did, and then 
by suffering its penalty, which was 
the terrible sting of death, he has 
completely freed us from the law of 
•in and death. 

"All mankind, immediately upon 
Christ's satisfaction were redeemed 
and delivered from the legal necessi- 
ty of perishing which they were un- 
der. Dot by remitting Bin or punish- 
ment directly to them, but by giv ; n^ 
up God's light of punishing into the 
i hands of the Redeemer. This hap- 



py change is made for them in their 
relation, upon the said remitting of 
• iod's right and advantage of jus 
tice against them, and they are giv- 
en up to the Redeemer *& their 
owner and ruler, to be dealt with 
upon terms of mercy which have a 
tendency to their recovery." — Bax- 
ter. 

Christ then, being now our legis- 
lator, and ruler, we are under every 
obligation to obey him. We are in- 
formed by divine authority, that He 
stands in that relation to us. It is 
written. "God hath highly exalted 
him, and given him a name which is 
above every name ; that at the 
name of Jesus every knee shall bow 
ami tongue shall confess that Jesus 
Christ is Lord to the glory of God 
the Father." From the above we 
are instructed to pay our homage to 
Christ as our rightful sovereign ; 
and we are also told that this will 
be to the glory of God the Father. 
Now do we wish to honor < rod, and 
to be honored by him, then let us 
bow submissively to the scepter of 
king Emmanuel, for eays Jesus, "if 
any man serve me, him will my 
Father honor." 

First we shall notice the necessi- 
ty of obedience, secondly the effect 
which we must make, in order to 
render this submission, and thirdly 
the benefits of obedience. 

First the necessity ; if the law, 
but a shadow of good things to come 
must bo so minutely obeyed, "and 
every transgression and disobed ence 
received its just recompense of re 

ward which at the first began 

to be spoken by the Lord, aud was 
confirmed unto us by them that heard 
him ;" After man had had a mf- 
fieient trial ; and had proved hiru- 
Belf wholly incapable of doing the 
will of <i >d, w<- hear cur Savior 
saying "lo, 1 come (in the volume 
of the of book it is written of me) 
to do thy will, * > i.od." "He tak- 
eth away the first," says the A pot 



tie, that is the first will, which he 
fulfilled, "that he might establish 
the second." "By the which will," 
that is by the second will, "we are 
sanctified through the offeriug of the 
body of Jesus Christ once (be all." 
If the breaking of the first law 
was connected with such terrible 
punishment?, as to cause our Savior 
to exclaim while suffering its penal- 
ties, in our stead: "My God, my 
<-od, why hast thou forstken me." 
Such as to cause his very soul to 
writhe in extremest agony, what, oh 
what ! will be the awful doom of 
those who neglect this great salva- 
tion. In the sacrifice of Christ, we 
see the mercy, and the justice of 
God. His mercy toward poor u'.- 
len man, and his severity toward 
gin. Truly he cannot look upon sin 
with the least degree of allowance. 
Though Christ was holy, harmless, 
undefiled, and separated from sin- 
ners ;" yet it pleased the Lord to 
bruise him, yea to put him to grief, 
when he made his soul an offering 
for sin. "For being found in fash- 
ion as a man, he humbled himself, 
and became obedient unto death, 
even the death of the cross." Fierce- 
ly as did the flames of justice pr»»y 
upon our Redeemer ; they will prey 
as much more fiercely upon the con- 
demned sinner as fire will rage with 
greater violence upon a drv tree, 
than it would upon agrci-u. Should 
we not then uke warniug fr.un 
things, for God is ever a God that 
hatetti tin, aud in justice is he 
bound to punish lb Christ 

our dear Jledeeiner stood be: » 
us and justice; the blow has fallen 
upon I, iin. Now if we . 
bun M our right .. wo are 

from the penalties i law 

for, i iod can I | t l u . 

jiiHtilif r of huu which belioeth in 

H I sWl n rw SB 1 Urtmr to show 
the effort that we must make, if we 
would obey Christ. Ufa not m uni 



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son with our fallen natures to obey 
the J rort'j.t.-i of the gospel. For 
"the carnal mind is enmity a^aizist 
God ; for it is not suhjeet to the law 
of God, neither indeed can be." 
If is not because the service of (iod 
l- :i hard service, for Christ's yoke 
is easy, and burden is light ; and 
the -aerifice which he demands is 
only a reasonable service. Hut it 
'8 because we are morally diseased 
that we have such an antipathy to- 
ward the principles of right. "The 
stomach, when healthy demands 
nothing but what is nutritious, and 
wholesome. The appetite then is a 
good critcrian, and we can supj.lv 
rata with impunity. But how 
different is the case when that or- 
gan becomes diseased. It then con- 
tinually craves something which it 
must not have, and which if it did 
have would be injurious. Under 
such circumstances we must bring it 
uml'r the control of the will, and 
supply it with such things as our 
judgment may deem proper. By 
a judicious treatment of this k ; nd, 
we may restore it to health, while 
an opposite course would soon des- 
troy, both it and the whole system. 
We are in adiseased state, the'whole 
head is sick the whole heart is faint 
from the sole of the foot even unto 
the head, there is no soundness : 
but wound, and bruises and putre- 
fying sores. Under these circum- 
stances then we must not gratify 
our natural desires, for they will 
only aggravate our malady. The 
provisions of the gospel are design- 
ed to counteract this evil ; when its 
remedial eflects are once realized 
then do we experience the bitterness 
of sin, and oh how sickening is this 
realization. Wc sometimes feel as 
though wc cannot swallow more of 
that medicine which produces such 
bitter results. Rut our physician 
holds the cup to us saying; "if yon 
will be a partaker of my joys you 
must drink of the cup that I have 
drank of, and be baptized with the 
baptism that I have been baptized 
with. So sweet is his smile, so en- 
couraging his wur.ls, that we take 
the cup and drink it* contents, and 
though to the mouth it is sweet as 



honey, yet it maketh the belly bit- 
ter. 

By disobedience we opened our 
hearts to sin, which immediately fol- 
lowed with all its direful consequen- 
ces. Now by obedience we must 
open our hearts to the spirit of (iod 
who is the great purifier. Purifica- 
tion is as much the consequence of 
obedience as moral depravity is the 
result of sin. Obedience is our work 
purifying is God's work. Accor- 
ding to I'eter, we are purified by 
obe_\ ing the truth, through the spi- 
rit. "We must work ou* our sal- 
' vation with fear and trembling ; for 
' it is <Jod which worketh in us both 
1 to will, and to do of his good pleas- 
, ure," we must do the outer work, 
and (iod will perform the inner 
work. The purifying process will 
| keep pace with our obedience. Thus 
, beautifully has (iod ordained that 
| we co-operate with him in the great 
work of our redemption. Our work 
j would be nothing alone, but when 
j it thus unites us to God, it is all 
I powerful. Says Christ : "I am the 
j way the truth and the life ; no man 
i eometh unto the Father but by me.' 
The road over which we must return 
] lie's through a dark and gloomy 
' maze. We also arc ignorant of 
many of the dangers, how necessary 
then that we have one to conduct 
1 us through, who is acquainted with 
! all these dangers, and who is able 
j to overcome them. Such a guide 
will Jesus be, if we place ourselves 
| under his protection, and this pro- 
tection we secure by obeying his 
! requirements. In this way we take 
his yoko upon us, and unite our- 
I selves to him who has conquered 
every evil that besets the road. — 
j Although we are weak, he is strong, 
and if «e are thus connected to him 
we mtttt, we will conqnor. We 
' now come to the third part of our 
subject, namely the benefits of obe- 
1 dience. 

Pawl, in speaking of some who 
had departed out of the way, says : 
"And not holding the head, from 
which all the body by joints and 
bands having nourishment minister- 
ed, and knit together, increaseth 
with the increase of God." What a 
: beautiful figure is here drawn from 



the natural body. By joints this 
body is knit together, or its different 
parts united, so as to form one body, 
having many members. This body 
thus connected as a whole, receives 
nourishment from the head which is 
the seat of the nervous fluid. This 
wonderful fluid enlivens the whole 
system. But for this no part of the 
body could peiform its function; m 
muscle could act were it not acted 
upon by this revivifying agent. — ■ 
The nerves possess the attributes of 
sensation, thought, and motion. — ■ 
They cannot act however independ 
ent of the brain. If the nerve lead- 
ing to any part be cut, or so injured 
as to stop the flow of the nervous 
fluid, that part will lose the power 
of motion ; or if the nerve leading 
to any sensitive part ba severed, 
that part will immediately lose its 
sensibility. Every sensation and 
motion, of whatever nature, required 
the interrention of the brain. 

All the above is applicable in a 
spiritual sense. The apostle tells us 
Christ i* our head, Eph. 4 : 15, while 
the church or assemblage constitutes 
his body. By joints we are told 
this body is knit together, that is its 
different parts are linked together, 
and the whole connected to the 
Head, from whom the whole body is 
fitly joined together, and compacted. 
It is the joints or ths ouUard ordi- 
nances which unites the different 
members of this body, and connects 
the whole to the Head, for the apo&- 
tic tells us, we were all baptized into 
one body. The me.nbers then, hav- 
ing been properly united, are now 
placed in a proper situation to re- 
ceive nourishment, by ox through 
the bands from the head. Our faith 
and obedi«nce has united us to 
Christ ; and now we receive nour- 
ishment from him, from him now 
flows the vitalizing principle which 
enables us to live in an element far 
above the world, in a state of con- 
stant spiritual enjoyment. John 
says : "To the woman who repre- 
sents the irufc church of Christ, 
were given two wings of a great ea- 
gle, that she might fleo into the wil- 
derness, into her place, where she 
is nourished, from the face of the 
serpent." The two wings we think, 



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represent faith an 1 hope. "Faith 
is the substance of things hoped for, 
the evidence of things not seen." — 
"11 >pe wo have as an anchor of the 
soul both sure and steadfast, and 
which entereth into that within the 
veil." The apostle says we may 
have a strong consolation, who have 
fled for refuge to lav hold upon this 
anchor. It is by obedience to the 
commands of Christ that we are per- 
mitted to lay hold of this cable, the 

the 



anchor of which reaches within 
veil. The ipostle also tells us that 
within the veil upon which our an- 
chor fastens is Jesus our forerunner. 
The wings were given to the woman 
that she might flee into the wilder- 
ness, into some sequestered nook, 
which is shielded from the raging 
tempest. From thence she may 
cast her anchor, which will enter 
within the veil. How safely is her 
bark moored within this haven of re- 
pose. While hope secures our ves- 
sel within this blessed harbor, faith 
gives us in substance that which we 
hope for. Ry this means we have an 
antepast of the joys that are in re- 
serve lor us. Hope gives us Christ 
within the veil, and draws our 
hearts and our affections there. — 
Faith gives us Christ within the 
heart and keeps the sacred flame of 
love burning there. How blessed is 
the state of the true christian, truly, 
if our minds are stayed on God, 
they will hi kept in perfect peace. — 
But the inflow of love which we re- 
ceive from God depends much upon 
ourselves. If we draw nigh to him 
he will draw nigh to us. Uy faith 
and obedieuce we may draw nigh to 
him, and the more we exercise in 
this way, the fuller will be our sup- 
ply of grace which will flow from 
him to us. 1'aul advised his son 
Timothy, to exercise hiinself unto 
godliness ; "For*,** says he, "bodily 
exercise profiteth little ; but godli- 
neai is profitable unto all things, 
having promise of the life that now 
is, and of that wln.-li is t't come." — 
It is well known that bodily exerotM 
is essential to a healthy develop- 
ment of the muscles «f the body. — 
Hut godliness being so much more 
the apostle requested 
to exercise himsc 1 !' unto 



that. In another place we find him 
telling the Corinthians to desire 
spiritual gifts. If we wish then to 
be in posse s sion of a spiritual frame 
of mind, we must exercise or work 
for it. God is no respecter of per 
sons, but he rewards every one ac 
cording to their diligence. 'The ae- 
crets of the Lord are with them that 
fear him." 

MATTIE A. LEER. 
Near Hudson, III. 




wj profitable, 
^Timothy 



&oe the Companion. 
When Wonieu should »peuk. 

"Let your woineu keep silent in the church- 
es : for it is not permitted unto ilum to »peak, 
but they are commanded to be uuder obedi- 
cofe, as sailh the law." 1 Cor. 14 : 34. 

Fjom what 1'aul says in this 
Scripture it is evident that he has 
reference to some particular occa- 
sion when women were to remain si- 
lent in the church, and this being so 
it reinaius tor us to determine when 
sueu occasions take place ; to my 
mind the subject seems quite plain, 
but I know that many do differ with 
me on this subject, but I hope you 
will bear with me, and examine the 
scripture and compare with my views 
as I may present them, before con- 
demning me. 

My mind is that the "apostle" 
has reference to such times when 
the church meets tc transact busi- 
ness i.i the church, and under such I 
circumstances he would deprive the 
women from speaking ami voting; 
since it is evident from Gen. 3 : 10, 
that God prescribes dutv and obli- 
gation to both man and woman. — 
God said to the woman: "And thy 
desire shall be to thy husband and 
he shall rule over thee." And this 
is a duty and obligation that has 
never been repealed, and therefore 
remains in full force to day. And 
from what we learn in 1 1th chapter 
of 1st Cor., praying and prophesy- 
ing is a duty ami privilege oomtn in 
to men and women, an 1 hence tins 
cannot be what 1'j.ui hi n to 

wh' ii he -ays : "Let . 

keep ulenee in the churches." — 

"And the women ahtO which came 
with him fr<.m (ialilce, followed af 
ter, an-J beheld 'he ■ ami 

his b laid." I. nk. 



how 






Lake 24: 1 II 



we -. e 



that women were the first to declare 
tne resurrection of the Savior. In 
AeteS: 17, Peter quoted from the 
1'rophet what should be in the last 
days, and says : that which ho then 
saw and heard was a fulfilment of 
what the prophet Joel foretold. And 
here women are included as well as 
men; In Acts 18: 2G, woman is 
equally engaged with man in ex- 
j pounding the "way of the Lord more 
i perfectly." Again Paul admonish- 
es his brethren to help those women 
I which labored with him in the Gos- 
pel. Phil. 4: 3. Again, read 1st 
Cor. 11: 3 — 17. In this scripture 
it seems evident th it praying an I 
prophesying, preaching or teaching, 
is as much a duty and privilege of 
the woman as the man : at least I 
do not see how we could ask ra >re 
of one than the other, or how we 
could restrict one more than the 
other in consequence of sex, but 
the manueis of the appearance in 
the congregation while praying or 
prophesying of each sex is verv 
plainly set fjrth by the apostle. — 
Then in order to reconcile. t':i<;s» 
texts to the following ones I con- 
clude that when the apostle would 
have the women keep siient, is when 
the churches meet together tj tram 
sact business la the church, wh.-re 
the church will have to rule an I 
pass ju Igmont, and therefore he 
would not allow a worn in t) usurp 
authority over the man, since God 
said to anther Bra, "thy d.-sire 
shall be unto thy hunarvl, and 
he chjll rule over th- • " B 6 -n. 
3: 10; 1 Tim. 1: 12; 1 Pater 3 : 
1—8. 

There is great danger of giving 
pla?e to sin by not *. tkinj; h • 
to the word of inspiration. If it is 
so that the w i h m nr.' allowed t> 
pray and prephfl I we d ire 

not attempt to silence them, and if 
the man is t > nil 

then :. t relinquish tin. n^hl 

and duty • » the woman and be I 

lu.ther can the Woman u-e 
g other a 

• 1 l'.tul 8«v* : I 
Miff.-r not a ■ — n t > usii: ■: 
in. 
Wm. Uol.SlNtJKK. 
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Fvr tKi Companion. 
M<-l< hixt-tlt U. 

Answer to lrotuer j. 8. burk- 
jurt,s query, in no. 8 vol. 4. 

••By what order was Malchiai-dck made 
high inert? aud who was be ?" 

Melchizedek appears on the sacred 
I ajrc n>3 a subject of history of tyj>- 
xcal jrijhtcy , and of doctrinal dis- 
(juititiin. In the first of these 
characters he is exhibited (ien. 14 : 
18£W, M, in the second, Ps. 110: j 
4; in the third, Hebrew 5:0, 10, | 
11,6: 20, and 7, throughout. Da- 1 
vid says in Psalm 110: 4, speaking 
of the Messiah, "Thou art a priest 
forever after the order of Melchiz- 
dek." Paul in his letter to the He- 
brews, labored, minutely, to show 
the "similtude" between the priest- 
hoods of Melchisedec and Jesus 
Christ : proving, conclusively, that 
neither were priests after the order 
of the Aaronic priesthood. ADd in 
oriler to accomplish his purpose, he 
necessarily, introduces the priest- 
hoods of Melchisedec, Aaron, and 
Jesus. And according to the evi- 
dence of scriptural history these 
three priesthoods were divinely con- 
stituted ; and the only divinely con- 
stituted priesthood that ever existed 
ar.ong men. Melchizedek 1 s priest- 
hood being the only, full and clear 
type of the priesthood of Jesus 
Christ. And as no priesthood exist- 
ed previous to the days of Melchizc- 
dek, it followes that he was a priest 
of God's own special appointment. 
There was no visible type, or order 
after which he was made high priest. 
Had Melchizedek & predecessor, or 
even a successor in his priesthood 
and the name, transmitted to poster- 
ity, it would imply that Christ 
wis made high priest after the order 
of another, as w<;ll as after the order 
of Melchizedek ; for one priest fol- 
lowing after the order of another, 
in the same priesthood, both the 
same rights and functions ; and 
these functions the same efficacy. 
" W ho was Melchizedek?" 
From a cursory view of Paul's 
language to the Hebrews, we are 
impressed with the idea that Mel- 
ij chizedck was a mysterious being: 
and this idea imbedded in the mind, 
*\ leads to various conjectures in re- 



gard to his origination, temporary 
existence, and final departure. — 
For whether human or divine, his 
presence is no longer manifest in 
the world. 

Upon the supposition tint Paul's 
language is wrapped in obscurity: 
some will have Melchizedek to be an 
immortal character, — an angel, the 
Holy Ghost, or, even, the Son of 
God. But to prove that Paul refer- 
ed to Melchizedek as an immortal 
being ; would be to prove that his 
language has two distinct mean- 
ings. 

Taking the historical account of 
Melchizedek, we have the Bame evi- 
dence to believe that he was a man 
as that Abraham and king of Sodom 
were men. It is true that angels 
appeared unto men, communicated 
6ome important advice, or brought 
"glad tidings of great joy," from 
heaven : but in every instance we 
are distinctly informed tha* they 
; were "angels," and their continu- 
! ance was of short duration. 

Again, we have the best of testi- 
mony that "every high priest taken 
J from among men, is ordained for 
men in things pertaining to God." 
From this language we infer that 
Melchizedek was no other than a 
; man. Pesides Paul, plainly, calls 
him a man. And we should think it 
presumptuousness in Paul to have 
' his brethren "consider" the great- 
j ness of Melchizedek over Abraham, 
if he was not a man. Angels are 
'< superior to man : and it would be 
! nothing to the point at is<?ue, to say 
| that an angel was greater than 
I Abraham. Therefore we have no 
i reason to believe Melchizedek to 
have been a superior being: and 
i especially the Son of God. "Thou 
1 art a priest forever after the order 
; of Melchizidek" Psalm 110: 4. We 
cannot suppose that God swore that 
his Son should be a preast like his 
Son : or that Christ's priesthood 
should be very like itself. The idea 
1 of identity and similarity are con. 
founded. 

But what shall we do with the ex- 
traordinary terms in which the apos- 
1 tie speaks of him ? "Without father, 
without mother, without descent, 
I 1 



having neither Uginirg of days nor 
end of life." 

Viewing these phrases indepen- 
ent of connecting circumstances, we 
are led to believe, that the apostle 
has reference to his human gtnealo- 
gy ; consequently the idea of his 
immortality would have to be given 
up. But Paul, certainly, has no 
reference to human genealogy from 
the fact that it would not treat the 
type and antitype on the same prin- 
ciple of illustration. Jesus the an- 
type had a genealogy ; Matthew 
gives us his genealogy in one line 
of ancestry. Luke in another. He 
assumed flesh and blood and dwelt 
among men. His birth as well as 
his death is particularly described, 
therefore Melchizedek, as a type, 
was lorn into the world of earthly 
parents, dwelt among men, and de- 
parted this Hie. Thus being a full 
type of Jesus Christ. 

The object of Paul was to remind 
the Hebrew brethren that Malchiz- 
edek was without Levitical genealo- 
gy; and consequently no Levitical 
priest. The very same genealogy 
he denies to Jesus, verses 13, 14 — 
and with it Levitical priesthood, 8: 
4. And this was one point of "simi- 
litude" between them, that both 
were priests, and neither of them an 
Aaronic priest. In verse 6 we have 
it in plain language : "he whose gen- 
ealogy is not reckoned from among 
them : viz. the sons of Levi who re- 
ceive the office of priesthood. Turn 
over all the genealogical registers 
of Levi, and you will not find Mel- 
chizedek's name, he is "without gen- 
ealogy ;" nor his father's name, he 
is "without father." nor his moth- 
er's name, he is "without mother:" 
and both the columns containing the 
register of deaths, are empty ; "hav- 
ing neither begining of days nor 
end of life ;" neither his birth nor 
his death are recorded in those reg- 
isters. 

J. H. WARSTLER. 
New Paris, Ind. 



Christ Needed. — A man may go 
to Heaven without health, without 
riches, without honors, without 
friends; but ho can ne.er get there 
* ithout Christ. — 



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For the Companion. 

Humility. 

Humility is one of the many no- 
ble characteristics that constitute a 
cliild of grace, a perfect man unto 
the measure of the stature jf the ful- 
ness of Christ. Except first becoin 
ing humble in spirit and meek in 
disposition ; it is impossible to be 
truly obedient in the observance of 
our Lord's commands. If we would 
be truly humble we must pay strict 
regard to the language of our great 
Judge, lest we may suppose our- 
selves to be passing for tolerably 
modest in comparison to this broth- 
er or that sister, while alas, those 
who are meanwhile shaping- their 
lives by a better criterion, may see 
that indeed we now allow in our- 
selves and in those who are under 
our care and control, things which 
formerly we had pronounced in oth- 
ers very unbecoming and unfit. — 
Yea, if we would prove by the above 
rule whether we aie sufficiently 
modest, then it is not possible that 
we should soon be so overtaken and 
led on by pride that the valley of 
humility and its sojourners become 
to us to be extremely odious 

Pride however, which is the oppo- 
site to humility, manifests itself in 
many ways and forms. "These six 
thiugs doth the Lord hate: yea sev- 
en are an abomination unto him ;" 
Prov. 6 : lb", of which things the 
first is : u a proud look." "Thou 
wilt save the afnicted people, but 
wilt bring down high looks." l's. 
28 : 27. "i'ride goeth before de- 
struction, and an haughty spirit be- 
fore a fall." "Better it u to be of 
an humble spirit with the lowly than 
to divide the spoil with the p/oud." 
Prov. 10: 18, 19. "Cod resistcth 
the proud, but giveth grace to the 
humble." Jas. 4 : ii. 

A personal appearance will not 
answer to decide by in every case. 
Neither is this "proud look" to be 
seen in a carnal examination, but 
by him only "wkotfl looktth into the 
perfect law of liberty," ("bu» in 
singleness of heart fearing God," 
Col. 8: 22,) and therein portrays 
to himself hi* o*n heart with all it^ 
real contents, a id thus seo how 
meek or how haujity it must 'look' 



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in the sight of him to whom a proud 
heart is such an abomination. 

In love to the true follower of the 
lowly Savior, and to the truth as it 
is in Christ, we will try and exam- 
ine a lew of the points in which hu- 
mility should perhaps be more care- i can bear heavy crosses with cheer- 



required of us. Our will is given 4_ 
up ; we have no will of our own ; it 
is swallowed up in the will of God; ^ ' 
we do not do this and that because 
we enjoy doing it, but because we 
can glorify God by so doing, and 



fully observed by the true follower 
of the meek Lamb of God, than (we 
fear) it is. 

First. Let our personal appear- 
ance, the carriages in which we ride, 
the fixtures about our horse3, the 
furniture in our houses, &.c, com 
port with the good profession we 
make. 

2nd. Let the style of our lan- 
guage used in our literature, exhor- 
tations and prayers, be no more af- 
ter the high Bounding manner of the 

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day, than that of the apostle's in 
their epistolaries. 

3rd. Let the bindings of our 
books be eo plain that the contents 
thereof may attract the carnal mind 
more easily than the biuding there- 
of the carual eye. 

4th. Let not our association be 
limited to any paiticular class of so- 
ciety and despise another. Which 
thing if they abide not in the heart, 
we have not yet fully abandoned 
pride, or "put off the old man with 
his deeds, but do yet mind high 
things not having condescended to 
men of low estate. 

Lord forever at thy side 

Lei my place aud portion bo ; 

Btrip me or the rotie of pride, 
Clothe me with humility. 

I L C. ROOT. 

Kingston, Mo. 



.'•'or the Companion. 
The Fruit ol the Spirit. 

The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, 
peace long suffering,gentleness,good 
ness, faith, ineekne-s, temperance, 
against such there is uo law ;" Gal. 
5: 22, 

Love for God. When we love 
persons we take pleasure in doing 
things to please them; and so when 
we luvc Qod we delight to do his 
will. We do not obey him with, 

ana reluctanca, as if lie m re 

a hard matter. An I we are not ail 
the time wishing we were n it obliij 
ed to do such disagreable t hinge, 
aud grumbling baca i ue so much is 



fulness for Jesus sake. Jesus is our 
all in all. We live for him and our 
every act is actuated by a d«joire to 
do his will. 

"The fear of the Lord is ths be- 
gining of wisdom ." Bat "perfect 
love casteth out all fear " We do 
not fear him ; we rest in his arms 
with the trust and confidence that 
an infant rests in the arms of a 
mother. Why should we fear him ? 
ile guards us a? the apple of his 
eye. Why should we not love him. 
His love is as strong as death, and 
as enduring as the rock of ages ; 
more gentle than the love of a 
mother for her sick child, and as 
unfathomable as the depths of the 
ocean ; he watches over us with 
more than a fathers care. When 
we are sad he comforts us, and 
when we are weak he strengthens 

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us ; when wc are hungry he feeds 
us, and when we are weary he gives 
us rest. O, yes, beloved hear the 
voice of our beloved Lord and Mas- 
ter say : "come unto me all ye that 
labor and are heavy laden, and I 
will give you rest." "For God so 
loved the world that he gave hi? on- 
ly begotten Son that through him 
we might have rest." For his love 
is as broad as the firmament above 
us, it reaches to all the ends of the 
world. 

CHRISTIAN WKUNTZ. 
Wawakii, I mi. 



I don't like to become u "Uuu 
kurtl." 

Undoubtedly tin* is very often 

the case with young persons, when 

they are convinced that they are 

not doing right, when they feel that 

God is calling them, when they are 

checked, as if something whispered 

to them, \ the world, 

you ha\e no will 

think within theinswlvea, an! i 

times express it, that i >e\ kn..w 

they, an- ii >i doing right, . n ., 

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Y\ the church, ami live a christian life? 
£ | bat they don't believe in any church, 

' ' unless it would he the Dvitikards, 
( a9 they would call thnn ) and they 
do not like to j »in them, because 
thev are too humble, too strict, &e.; 
an [that if they were to join them, 
they would have tt live too lowly 
and hmnhlc, and that they would be 
miserable, and would be mocked at 
for doing so, and would have no 
pleasure in the world at all. But 
II this the case ? O ! no, not at all. 
Dear young readers, you that are 
out of the Ark of safety yet, let me 
tell vou that I once thought that it 
would be coming a little too low, to 
become a follower of the meek and 
lowly Savior ; but why was it that I 
thought so ? It was because my 
mind was not right. I did not see 
then as I now see. I find that there 
is more joy, more happiness, and 
more real comfort realized by a 
christian in one day, more by far, 
than it would be to indulge in the 
pleasures of the world for a whole 
year. And as for the fear of being 
mocked at, we need not fear that. 
O ! no, Christ himself was mocked, 
and evwn spit upon, and he bore it 
patiently, therefore let us try to 
follow him, and obey hin:. I know 
there is not a person, when he comes 
to his death-bed, but what would 
wish to be saved. Then why not 
enlist under the banner of King 
Emmanuel, and serve him until 
death, and you shall be saved ; 
when you hear him knocking at the 
door (of your heart) why not open 
to aim and let him in ? When you 
feel that your heart is softened, and 
when you become conscious of your 
duty, then do not put it off, do not 
think because you are young yet 
you will wait awhile, because, 

'Tin easier work, If we begin, 
To nerve the Lord beliuie* : 
While tinner* who grow old Id sin, 
Are hardened by their crimes. 

Therefore do not put it off, for the 
longer you put off serving the Lord, 
the longer you will want to put it 
off. And we don't know how soon 
the Lord may call us from this 
world. We may lise in the morn- 
ing and feel well, and think there is 
no danger of dying, and before the 
Bun sets we may be a corpse. And 



the Diary of our deceased brother 
(as copied by his father for us.) We 






then, O ! then is the time we will re- 
gret that we did not hearken unto 

the Lord, wh«?n in mercy he called i 

., . T J Al . .. have taken the liberty of condens 

us. for mv part I can say that if . . ... 

1 was out of the Ark of safety I , m ° lt s0 as to strip it of everything 
could not rest contented one day, i that would be uninteresting, to tlu 



no not one hour. And yet some 
are so unconcerned about their eter- 
nal welfare, and would rather run 
the risk of losing their souls than to 
s-iffor a little uhame or inconven- 
j ience. I am not ashamed of any 
thing that the Savior commands, 
; for the scripture saith, whosoever 
belie veth on him shall not be asham- 
j ed. Rom. 10 : 11. And although I 
; am young I am not ashamed to be 
called a Dunkard, if any choose to 
| call me that, thinking to shame me, 
; or mock at me. ! no, I would 
; rather rejoice in it. It docs not 
matter what they call us. What 
did the Jews call the blessed Sav- 
ior? Did they not call him even a 
I Devil ? Let us think just for a mo- 
ment, how shamefully they treated 
him, and then we will not think it 
hard to be mocked at a little. And 
it is very little indeed that we have 
, to bear, compared with what he 
bore, and he was the Lord of heav- 
en, and we are nothing but poor 
mortals. ! come out on the Lord's 
side, and forsake the sinful pleas- 
ures of the world ; take his yoke up- 
I on you, and learn of him, for he is 
meek and lowly in heart ; and you 
shall find rest unto your souls. For 
i his yoke is easy, and his burden is 
I light. Matth. 11: 29, 30. Yes, 
dear young friends, if your hearts 
are right, and you are willing to 
I take his yoke upon you, you will 
j indeed find his yoke easy, and his 
burden light. And with these few 
and feeble lines, I will give it over 
j for your own serious consideration, 
hoping and trusting that you will 
study deeply and seriously, whether 
you would not better make your 
peace with God before it is eternal- 
ly too late. 

A. L. BURKHART. 
ElDorado, Pa. 

In collection with the above (which 

has been in our box for over a year, 

' waiting its turn with the rest,) we 

give also the following extracts from 



generality of our readers. It is 
headed "Diary, pjn:iled whilj I 
lay upon my bed of affliction. Fri- 
day, Aug. 23rd 18*37. 

I was surprised with the agrjeab'e 
news that my sister Elizabeth had 
arrived from the West. Tuis news 
(though so welcom ') shocked my 
nerves and caused mj to foal q iit3 
unwell for a while. 

Saturday, Sun lay and Monday, 
notices of visits by different psrs >ns. 

Tuesday 17. Feel very ill an! 
lonesome today, as sister Elizabetii 
has gone away, and father also wis 
away part of the time. Something 
presses my mind which I will penn 
here : I took ill on February 22ud 
1867, and was con5ned to my bed 
where I have remained ever since, 
excopt being out on the chair a few 
times. Tcis is August 27th. I 
have givsn up all hopes of getting 
well. I try to resign myself to the 
will of my Master, whom I expect to 
see before long. My mind is weaned 
from the things of this world, an 1 I 
am trying, in the best way I ca'i for 
to prepare for to lay off my earthly 
tabernacle and fly to the unknown 
world ; where I expect to behold iny 
blessed Redeemer and live forever 
near him. 

ALEX. L. BURKlIUtr. 

The remaiuing part of the diary 
is simply a notice of the day, and is 
mado up of such expression* as : 
"Quite ill," vomitting spoil, worse 
and worse, a little better, &e., &c. 
He also carefuly noted down the vis- 
its of his brethren and sisters, and 
friends ; and seems to have enjoyed 
them very much. We believe he is 
now realizing the hope he expressed 
in tue above. 



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T43 



LOCAL MATTERS. | Meeting ia drawing nigh, and we of ville. We would feel much more at 

Northern Indiana look for a large home if some ministers would settle 

representation, by the brethren at here, as there are 18 members and 

said meeting, and we shall hail you no preacher or deacon. Wo hope 

dear brethren and sisters with joy we have the prayers. of our brethren 



man. 



Tyrol -e t'il>, P»m M*»F 5, 

CO HUES PON DJB NIK. 

Correspondence of church news solicited from 
all parts of the lirotherhood. Writer's name 
and address re'/uired on erery communication, 
at guarantee of good faith. tUftettd coiiUBUmi 
cationi or manuscript used, not returned. All 
communication* fur publication should be writ 
ten upon one side of the sheet only 

The Annual < oiiloreaee — Judi- 
cial. 

A few words in addition to what 
brother Meyers has written, con- 
cerning the Annual Conference and 
the manner in which it should be 
conducted in order to make it more 
beneficial and satisfactory to the 
rhurch in common. As far as we 
have understood him we consider it 
a very wise plan. Notwithstanding 
there is something very mysterious 
connected with it, as it regards the 
Standing Committee, and the Sen- 
ate. It would seetr. that there are 
two houses, a superior and an infe- 
rior. And in speaking after the 
manner of men it would be a house 
of Loids and a house of commons. 
And again, is it intended to enact 
laws or not? Or is it intended to 
execute the laws that have been en- 
acted by the great head of the 
church. Or is it to be a judicial 
court to decide if the laws of the 
church are strictly observed accord- 
ing to the word of (Jo 1. It is true 
whenever church and state became 
united, and the church had the offi- 
cers of the state to control, then 
they held their conferences, and the 
Senate was formed by a body of 
Elders, and they enacted laws ; but 
if it is necessary to have a geueral 
conference, brother Mayers has a 
correct view of the matter, and his 
proposal is just and right, and it is 
the only way a general conference 
can be held, and if held otherwise 
it cannot be general. But we do 
not have any thoughts that the pow- 
er that h invested into the hands of 
the Sonate is either legislative or 
executive, but only judicial. 

SAM*L. A. LKEDY. 



in our behalf. 

E IMANUELLON r. 
Liberty Mill. Va. 



and gladness, (the Lord willing) 
from the East and West and from 
the North and South, for in Union 
we stand, in divinsiun we fall ! 

While the inclement state of weath Brother Henry; We had very 
er caused me to stay in the house g00( j meetings at the Spring Grove 
today ; and having on my mil d for meeting house last evening and to- 
some time the desire for a full union „ av at \q o'clock, brother Spitler of 
among the churches, in general in p age Co. Va. spoke to a very large 



the fraternity, concerning the Lord's 
Supper being on the table or not, 
while in the exercise of feetwashing 
at our Communions &c, It being 
manifest that some what difference 
still exists araon,' the churches, one 
branch of the church having all on 



and attentive congregation to day 
from Matth. 24: 44, "Therefore he 
ye also ready for in such an hour as 
you think not, the Son of man Com- 
eth." There was also one person 
received into the church by baptism 
today. In this month there were 



received again, which had been dis- 
owned for about 30 years. Yours 
in love. 

II. H. ARNOLD. 



A ii no ii n re mm to. 

l.OVKFEASTS. 
Three miles Sooth of CnionriUa, Appanoose 



Co., 



ft 



To the Hrelhrru. 

Dear brethren and sisters in the 
Lord ; the time to hold our Annual 



the table that composes the supper, two reC eired by baptism, five by 
before they commence to wash fret, letter, and one disowned member 
while another branch will have noth- 
ing of the supper on the table till 
after feetwashing. 

We thertore propose to bring the 
following plan before the District 
Meeting of North Indiana, and wish 
it to go before the Annual Meeting. 
In time of holding Comin'inion, let 
all things that are to compose the 
Lord's Supper, be prepared and 
ready, near at hand in vessels, and 
all smaller vessels and necessary 
things for table use te be placed on 
the tahle, before tho washing of feet 
is commenced, then when feet ar<* 
washed, and all that desire to com 
mune, have taken their seats, let the 
servants, serve out the things, to 
bo eaten, in rememberanco of the 
"Great marriage supper of the 
Lamb." Give it a thought. 

Yours in Gospel love. 

ceo. long. 

M"ny,,,jumong, Ind. 



We get the 



Co.. Iowa, June 1 St h <fc 14th. 

Wadams Groxe brauch, Stephenson 
III.. June filhet 7ih. 

At the Goodwill meeting-house, Juniata Co. 
Pa., May 7th * Slh. 

DISTRICT MEETINGS. 

Southern Di«lriet of Indiana. Mar list A 
SStid, in Delaware Co., 10 miles North of 
Muncie. 

Eastern Distriet of Ohio, Mar 19, four miles 
Norih-ea-l cf Asbl.nid. 

Middi.- Di'trtct of Penoavlranla ! 
iu the linffalo Valley branch, I'nioii Co. 

Northern Illinois District, Mar 10th, Roek 
River branch. Lai 

THE ANNUAL MF.F.TINU. 

Five miles East if Goshen, Elkhait Co., 
Indiana. June 'Jud. 

Brother FTenry : 1 lea«e announce 
that we intend to have a Lovefeatt, 
the Lord willing in White Counly 
branch, OD the 22od of May, »l 

brother • Pilling 1 Mi 



Brother HoUinyer; 
mp mm i on, and are much cheered 

by iu* contents, as we do not get to j coming by Railroad will either Mpp 
preaching, except when we get hack ;it Delphi, Carroll Co., which • 
to our parents in Rockingham Coun- mile* from place of meeting/)* oqwm 
ty. Our brethren hu. omt to Monticello, White, Co , which is 

twice to proach for ui and we hope 1) miles. There will hi 
thev will cine si...ii again. II th se on 21 tt and 22nd, from both plaOW. 
going from Alexandria t<> Richmond \ general invitation \g given to all 
will let u> know WW will meet them ' an I Mpeciallj I ring brethren. 

at Orange Court lUuse, or GordoJta-j T! ig to Annual Meeting at 



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I s ! Goshen, Ind. will pleaae to stop with 

1*1' us. Ad<lre-i J . 
A' ELD. DAVID FISHER. 

Monticllo, White Co., Ind. 



llease announce that we intend 
♦o hold a Communion meeting, the 
Lord wil'ing,in the Ridge meeting 
house 4 miles north of Shippensburg, 
Cumberland Co. Pa. on the 27th 
and 28th of May, commencing at 
10 o'clock, P. M. We extend a gen- 
eral invitation to the Brotherhood 
and especially to the ministering 
brethren. 

By order of the church. 

DANIEL ElKERMAN 

Shippenaburg,Pa. 

There will be a lovefeast on Fri- 
day the 22nd day of May, in the 
West Branch church, Ogle Co., III.; 
meeting to commence at 10 o'clock, 
and to continue over Sunday. Our 
neighboring churches are invited, 
and especially the ministering breth- 
ren. Those of our brethren from 
the West and South-west, going to 
Annual Mooting will stop at Hal- 
dane Station. 

By order of the church, 

JOHN DIEIIL. 



Queries. 

Have Te scriptural authority for 
the belief that there will be a perse- 
cutiou of the saints, immediately 
preceding the second advent of 
our Lord : and is it generally ex- 
pected bv the brethren ? 

" SAML. P. MOOMAW. 



If "#hen ye pray say Our Father 
which art in heaven," &c, is a com- 
mand, which can not be denied, then 
is it not of great importance that 
the whole " Lord's prayer " should 
be said verbatim, as it is left upon 
record without adding thereto or 
diminishing therefrom? See Rev 
22: 18,19. 

C. C. ROOT. 

Kinijgton, Mo. 



Will some brother give an expla- 
nation of Job 19 : 26,27: "And 
though, after my Rkin, worms des- 
troy this body, yet in my flesh shall 

see God, whom I shall see for my- 






self, and mine eyes shall behold, and 
not aiiother ; though my veins be 
comsumed within me." 

The apostle Paul, 1 Cor. 15 : 50 
says, that "flesh and blood cannot 
inherit the kingdom of God," &c. 
11. 11 . ARNOLD. 

Railroad privilege*. 

I have made arrangements with 
EH Waldrow, Ass't Superinten- 
dent, Lafayette, for half fare on the 
Louisville, New Albany and Chica- 
go R lilroad for those going to An- 
nual Council at Goshen lad. Time 
good for last week in May and first 
week in June. Excursion Tickets 
will be for sale at all offices on this 
line. Persons getting tickets will 
retain them so as to return free. 
ELD. DAVID FISHER. 

Moticello, Ivd. 

Brother Henry ; Please publish 
that brother Abraham Karns of Mi- 
ami Co., Ohio, has made arrange 
ment with the Superintendent of the 
Dayton and Michigan Railroad for 
half fare from Dayton to Toledo, by 
way of Tipacanoe, Troy, Piqua and 
Lima, for the brethren going to the 
Annual Meeting. This road is about 
40 miles nearer from Dayton to 
Toledo than any other route. 

H. H. ARNOLD. 



DIED 

Wt admit no poetry under any circumttan- 
eet in connection with obituary noticci. We 
with to ute all alike, and toe could not intert 
verso with all. 

NOTICE. — An error occurred in obituary 
notice of sister Nancy Garber, in No. 13. — 
The text was 3 Tim. 4- 6-8, instead of 16-18. 

March 1st, in the James Creek church, 
Huntingdon Co., Pa., sister RACHAEL 
BRUMBAUGH; aged 37 years, 11 month?, 
and 22 days. The deceased was a sister of 
our bereaved brother Philip Brumbaugh. — 
Thus in the space of about, one week two 
were taken from the same house, making 
double the affliction of our brother and the 
remaining family. Fuueral service by Elder 
John Brumbaugh and the writer, from the 
wojds, "we have no continuing city here." 
(The above was mislaid). 

GEO. BRUMBAUGH. 

In Canaan Tp., Wayne Co., Ohio, April 
21st, sister MARY, wife of friend David 
LYTTLE ; aged 18 years, 6 months, and 1 
day. Her disease was Quick Consumption, 
which reduced our yonng sister from a healthy 
robust bride, to a cold corpse in lets than 
tire months. She died in the hope of meet- 
ing a 6aDdifled Redeemer, which bopecajs- 
ed her to rejoice in her dying moments. — 
Funeral services by Elder John Shoemaker, 
from John 5 l 24. 

E. L. YODER. 



In Rockingham Co., V«., Apill 19th, sister 
JANE TURNER ; aged 32 years, 10 month*, 
and 22 days. 8h<- leaves an afflicted husband 
and three 'nTtren to mourn their loss. She 
was sick foi v.-rnl years and confined to her 
bed for 20 » ks. She selected the hymni 
beginning : ■ Uas my God that thou shouldst 
be," Ac, an i -'Brethren, farewell, I do yoa 
tell," Ac; to be Fung at her funeral. She 
was an aftVetior.ate wife and kind mother.— 
Funeral services bv C. Wine and 8. Wampler 
from Rev. 14: 13. 

VitiU'V please copy. 

THOMAS LAMPKIN8. 

Tn Upper Cnnowago Church, Pa , March 
15th, sister MAGDALENE BROWN, consort 
of brother Abraham Brown ; aged 71 years, 7 
mouths, and 21 days. Her maiden name wu 
Jacobs. 

In the same chnrrh, March 6th, siller MAR- 
GARET CRISWELL, oorn 1773 ; aged 94 
years, 10 months, aud 31 days. She was a 
worthy sister and a kind mother, and was 
great great-grandmother. 

In same Church, April 1st, CYNTHA h. 
ARNOLD ; aged 1 year, and 19 days. 

In Lower Conawago chnrcn, March 23rd, 
our much beloved brother, PETER PEN TZ, 
of Consumption of twenty years duration, the 
last hve years very weak but able to attend to 
easy or light labor, but a lover of the truth, 
and while be was able to attend meeting hie 
seat was seldom vacant. H« expressed a de- 
sire to take leave of his friend*. The last 
words he uttered were "dying will be tny 
gain." His age was 65 years, 11 months, and 
15 days. 

ADAM HOLLINGER. 

In Macon Co., 111., March 12th, of con- 
sumption, brother DAVID CRIPE; aged 51 
years, 11 months, and 16 days. Funeral ser- 
vices by brother Joseph He ii ricks and John 
Metzger, f.om Rev. 14 : 12, 13. 

J. N. CRIPE. 



I<i«tol moneys received, ror subscription 
to the Companion, since our last. 

Malina Fisher, Monticcllo, Ind., $1.50 

Lydia Fisher, " 1.50 

John B. Gebhart, Collamer, led-, .50 

Solomon Strayer, Johnstown, Pa., 1.50 

Danl. Trump," Mili-ose, 111., 1.50 

Moses Kraine, Elkhart, Ind., .75 

Eliza Fultz, " .75 

E. L. Yoder, Madisonburg, Ohio, 1.00 

David Bccbtel, Williamsburg, Pa., 1.50 

Joseph Snowberger, " 1.50 

Susan Ullery. Kirkville, Iowa, 1.50 

Michael Herman, Brooklin, Iowa, 1.50 

John Kendall, Mansfield, Ohio, 1.50 

Israel Wl.isler, " 1.50 

Win. Copland, " .75 

Sam I. Martin, " .75 

Noah B. Blough, 8t. Oairsville, Pa., 1.50 

J. S. TIIOH4S ««: <!o., 
WHOLESALE GROCERS, 

Spice and ^ea Dealers, No 136. North 3rd St., 
above Arch, Philadelphia. 
N. B. Country produce taken in exchange 
for goods, or sold on commission. 
16-alt-tf 



For Sale.— 8. B. Replogle ol Martin 
burg, Pa , will In the coming spring sell 
few swarms of common bees at $5 
wifh Italian queens at from $2 
H« also has honey for sale 



t $5. each. ; or P 
}, to $5 extra. >\ 



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BY H. R. HOLSINQER. " Whosoever loveth me keepeth my commc.ndmsnts." — Jesdb. At 81.60 Per Annum 



VOLUMCIV. 



TYRONE CITY. PA., TUE3PAY, MAY 12. 1368. 



Number 19, 



Hi) brother h;i<t Fitllen. 

Thy brother bai fallen ' 

Oh, £o to him now 
Wilh love in iliy tioroin, 

Ami smiles on I by b 
Speak words of Urn- kindness, 

Ami bid him at 
From error to virtue, 

And press to the ^ki is. 

Thy brother has fallen ' 
Assist Mm to stand ; 

Tnrow around him thy mantle. ; 

nd liim thy hand ; 
Be gentle, be tender, 

1'. i -uasive and kind ; 
An. I to lii.- beat i '■- centre 

A way thou wilt tind. 

Though »unk aud degraded 

By error and vie*., 
T4' ea^ly ah", ctions 

Are col 1 •'<■ t' 1 '' Ice. 
Companion and kindness, 

Ouee Kit in tin- heart, 
Will mill to contrition 

By the warmth they impart. 

Thy brother has fallen ! 
On ' batten to 1 

Thy help thai U m ded, 

And bid him to liv. . 
Wait not lor the morrow, 

To-day is the time, 
Before h- i- hardened 

In error and crime. 

Ask not for the reason 
That brought him so low : 

Tint be d is 

Sufficient to know. 

When virtu. • has triumphed, 
Joy lii-am.* in hit 

With tears be will bless thee, 
With hands to the sky. 

To a lost brother, 

Wbat honor so great? 
Yet thousands neglected 

An Li tt to their faos 

Wli'-n a word -a look 1 ven, 

Woi.M \'n 1 11 restore, 
And kiip tin- lost brother • 
From wandering more. 

l'nf Hit 1 'ompauiou. 
Sixth Lottor to II. K. 

The fact that my letters brought 
the awful themes pi liq and perdi- 
tion, aud of salvation by Christ, 
homo to youi iii'li vi.lual m-11', 1- one 

principal rcaton why thorn 

a more ti ietly pei tonal considera 
tion. 1 intent iu, 1 addi 

all my appeals and ivmarl. 

I mentioned , .111 l>y name, and la 

bocet] to pend the arrow.-, of the Al 

you. j'dt that t/'iu were the p 
concerned in tho momentous destiny 



I endeavoicd to portray, and there- 
fore you fled from the wrath to come, 
laid hold on eternal life, hastened 
to the Ark, where I trust you will 
remain till death'-* shadowy portal 
opens to admit you to personal fel- 
lowship with "the general assembly. 
and church of the first-born, which 
are written in Heaven." 

When "the time wa3 come that he 
should be received up, He ste; 
ly set His face to go to Jerusalem." 
Luke 9 : 51. Christ went forward 
resolutely to the Holy City, knowing 
that every step would bring Him 
nearer the crucifixion. His pros- 
pective sufferings did not damn His 
ardor, n >r cause His steps to falter. 
He had a "baptism to be baptized 
with," and was "straitened until it 
was accomplished," but in the f . 
Hell's fury and the world's hate and 
scorn, He flagged not in the | 
cution of His great work, until sin 
had drained lli- heart's blood, and 
crushed out the last spark of life. — 
Christ's death is unique, and unap- 
proachable by created beings in the 
way of repetition, hut oh, what an 
example has He 1< ft us of 
ness to God, and undeviating cons 
taucv in alherence to the truth, al- 
though we be "made as the filth of 
t'e world, and as the off scouring of 
all things." 1 Cor. 4 : l". Christ 
never went oue step out of the wav 
to avoid the mockery of the World. 
Opposition, calumny, and derision, 
He never courted : neither had tin y 
power to incline Iliin a hair'.- 
Ith from the great put p 
ifariia'i tttrre life 

:ll of tin- retribu) lings 

■ 
b t'.ie Him. II.- ■ 

lespi tdown 

at tin- right h m ! of the Thr in 

G id." '11 'row 18: •_'. \ 
joined n of the 

lition that eii .ri>t. 

■•Let this mind be l'hil. 

- : 5. " ■ will. 



1." This was the mind of 
Christ the execution of the Di- 
vine purpose in relation to the hu- 
man race. This included a life of 
perfect obedience, to procure for us 
a perfect righteousness, and present 
us with a perfect example. True 
religion is in undivided service to 

after the model of His I 
Begotten in the flesh. No one ever 

1 to Heaven in an ether 
timentalisin. Nor does the wav lie 
through the cloister. Mona-- 
is not Christianity. Iq order to 
present the soul as a chaste virgin 
to Christ, it i.-: not necessai 
to remote de-erts an 1 caves, i iirn ire 
one's sedf in corroding, witheru. 
petual isolation. Tnis disruption 
from our fellows to maintain our 
spiritual cha-tity, is dirt ;>un- 

terwork the petition of Christ to his 
Father: "I pray not that Thou 
shouldst take them out of the world, 
hut that Thou shonldst keep them 
from the evil." John 17 : 15. The 
vforld is full of perishing Bonis, an 1 
the Church has work fur all its mem- 
bers. E\ :i i. u 
its ray, that has been ignite 1 bv 
"the True Light," must be 
into the sui rounding darkness ofun- 
god] in 

•ed under a bushel n . 
tinguishing its light, and 
the church and the world of its* hen- 
elit. l\' we are to be ho ..- 

i le from the acti\e dutv, 
Providence graciously ■ 
our hand- the necessity of boi 
mg trouble as t, , 

A more fat il unj isturo 

. ■ 

even the ffl 

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Blld not isolation from those lie 
came to tare. "If anj man have 
be Spirit of Christ, he is none 
of His." We r.re fearfuly oormpt, 
and if that which is horn of the flush 
come in contact with its kind, the 
consequences arc often woful ; but 
if we go as Christ went, we can heai 
our Heaven kindled light into dark- 
ness without becoming darknee 

If we maintain a perpetual 
(hath struggle with the sin that 
dwelleth in as, keeping Satan's head 
under our feet, even if we suffer the 
ever thobhing pain of a hruised heel 
the Mighty Conqueror of our Arch- 
foe will give us a certain victory 
over pelf, with all its corruj.t propen- 
sities its lie achieved in Ilia own 
1 erson in circumstances calculated 
to try the frailty of human nature 
to the utmost. "Your life is hid 
with Christ in God." Col. 3: 3, 
This is the secret of every believer's 
history. Such an one will not fall, 
neither will he shrink from duty be- 
cause it leads to the dark places of 
sin, or into an atmosphere loade 1 
and contaminated with the fumes of 
the pit. To go when and where du- 
ty calls not, is to "tempt the Lord 
our God,*' and it will not Lc likely 
that "the angles will bear us up in 
their hands,' if we "dash our foot 
against a stone." Where all the el- 
ements of eternal action are by the 
sj irit of Christ brought into harmony 
with God's primeval law, v e bear 
with us light which darkness cannot 
dim, and a purity which sin cannot 
befoul. This transformation into the 
Divine nature is progressive, and will 
re'iuirc a deadly' conflict with in- 

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tcmal evil as long as we abide in the 
flesh, and if we lay aside none of 
the equipments of the christian war- 
fare, our salvation is as certain as 
the veracity of Jehovah is ununpeach- 
I urity make.- life safe not 
only, but arduous both with refer- 
to ourselves and others. The 
lifting tip of the toul in the Diviue 
, will so cripple and 
subjugate our carnality and self de- 
votion that we have the disposition 
to go and do wherever and whatever 
Lord will, and power to do it in 
a life and character in deadly oppo- 
Ai both motive and 



object with those who are allegiant 
to the world's trinity. 1 John 2 : 
16. The more we labor for eleva- 
tion above all passion and unregula- 
ted impulse, the higher we rise in 
our attainments of the Godlike, the 
more will the soul burn with ardor 
in the divine Bervice, and the more 
abundant will we be in labors of 
love for the rescue of our fellow-be 
ings from the dominion and power 
of sin Our high contemplations of 
jmrity, and our earnest, persistent 
s niggles after it, terminate not 



whollv on ourselves. 



but have 
to the 



legree, 
life must exert 



refer- 
influ- 



ence, in some di 

ence such y lite must exert upon 
others. Whoever has grace given 
him to endure an unveiled vision of 
his own lusts, foul imaginations, and 
endless internal disorders, and not 
be petrified into hopeless despair, 
will also be able and 1 eady, for the 
divine glory, to grapple with the 
most revolting and threatening forms 
of evil in the outside world. 

The christian life is no sinecure. 
Work, work, work — this is the man- 
date that sounds in our ears at eve 
ry step, every moment. "Work 
out your own salvation." "Work 
while it is day." "Go work in my 
vineyard." . It is an easy thing to 
be lost, but to be saved is most diffi- 
cult and arduous. The natural cur- 
rent will take us to Tophet without 
one effort contrary to our inbred 
propensities. Sin requires a broad 
way, a down grade, and to be let 
alono, and it finds its way to hell 
as inevitably as the waters run to 
the sea. Holiness is of foreign 
birth, enters through a strait gate, 
pursues its pilgrimage ou a narrow 
way, scarcely reaches the goal, and 
at the cost of a most intenso and 
bitter struggle. Personal, unre- 
mitting service is the certaii result 
f true consecration. "0 Lord, 
truly I am Thy servant ; I am Thy 
servant ;" "Thou hast loosed my 
bonds." Ps. 116 : 16. Religion is 
perfect liberty, and complete ser- 
vice. The penal fetters of sin bind 
svery soul under condemnation. — 
We are, while in the bondage of 
corruption, without hope and without 
God, taken captive by satan at his 



will, the wretched vassals of pin, the 
doomed culprits of Divine Justice. 
But when our "bonds are loosed," 
our shackles removed, and we arc 
translated into the "glorious liberty 
of the children of God," we can 
sing with the Psalmist, in the bles- 
sed consciousness of freedom, "O 
Lord, truly I ana Thy servant." — 
Perfect liberty in good is the prerog- 
ative of Jehovah, and, in their meas- 
ure, of angels and saints. "Where 
the spirit of the Lord is, there is lib- 
erty," not Antinomian liberty, which 
forgets that the liberty to gratify 
lust and passion is the serfdom of 
the Devil and his followers ; but the 
sweet spontaneity of the renawed 
soul in all the glorious attributes 
which we are invested with through 
the operation of the Holy Ghost. — 
The liberty of the believer is*«the li- 
berty of service. To be "entangled 
with the yoke of bondage" is to re- 
turn to sin "like the dog to his vom- 
it," or to serve in a legal spirit, not 
apprehending the fullness of Christ's 
work Godward. And to make life 
a scene of unremitting toil in the ser- 
vice of Jesus, never dropping out 
of view our personal salvation as the 
result, and the merits of the Redeem- 
er as the ground of it, is to "stand 
fast in the liberty wherewith Christ 
has made us free." Our Lord and 
Master has given a stern aspect to 
one side of the christian life, making 
it not a whit less laborious than un- 
der "the ministration of death." — 
But having changed the relation of 
works to salvation, Christianity has 
one side pure grace, diminishing not 
one iota of personal service, but 
leaving us in the end "unprofitable 
servants," and totally dependant on 
the merits of Another for salvation. 
We "are saved by grace, through 
faith." "Not of works." If we 
devote all our time, all our energies 
of body and soul to the service of 
God, our final salvation will not, on 
this account, be any less of grace, 
through faith, although without such 
service our salvation would have 
been impossible. The intemperate, 
lawless liberty of Luther is the very 
floodgate of licentiousness. The 
Epist'es of James he denominates 
u an ej'istle of itraw." \\ hy V Be- 



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cause it conflicts with his views of embodiment of what you are, and 
justification by faith alone. Faith What you are, must bo "Christ in 
as a sentiment is not the faith of you the hope of {'lory." 



God's elect. "Faith that worketh 
by love," is faith unto salvation. — 
Faith in the meritorious service of 
another, that runs not into personal 
service as an instrumental condition 
of salvation, is no better than the 
faith of devils.. Faith destitute of 
good works, can no moro issue in 
justification, than the "good works, 
which God hath before ordained," 
can serve as a ground of reconcilia- 
tion. We can no more ignore the 
works of faith than we can suppress 
tlie tears of penitence. Faith has a 
double front. As a foundation of 
all its hopes, it faces towards the 
works of Christ ; as a surety of per- 
sonal calling and election, it faces 
towards our own works. As to the 
/acts of the Gospel, the devils are 
perfectly orthodox. When these 
facts are not taken up as a personal 
concern, and wrought out by per- 
sonal service is such form as the 
Gospel requires, we sink to hell even 
while oui hearts are glowing with 
false hope, and our lips, are tuned 
to the man taught pean of victory. 
"Not every one that saith unto me, 
Lord, Lord, shall enter into the 
kingdom of Heaven ; but he that 
doeth the will of my Father, which 
is in Heaven." The heart is de- 
ceitful above all things, and self-de- 
ception in religion is as easy as the 
carnal mind is unwilling to be sub- 
ject to the law of God. The fervor 
of one's feeling is no evidence of 
reconciliation with Cod. "He that 
believeth and is baptized shall be 
saved ;" but this, instead of absolv- 
ing him from further service, only 
fairly commits him to a life of un- 
swerving devotion, & incessaut effort 
for the glory of God. You have 
been saved. You are no longer ob- 
noxious to the Divine wrath. The 
condition* which institute a saving 
nhuion to the perfect work and 
righteousness of Jesus have been 
complied with. Self denials mint 
now he endured daily. Selfcruei- 
fixiou must never be evaded to ] 
the flesh. A perpetual warfare 
must ho waged. Vou are enlisted 
fur life. \\ hat you do must he the 



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Union, Deposit Pa. 



Fur the Co,np.t . 

Sprinkling and Pouring. 

The practice of prinkling and 
pouring belongs to the corrupt ehfia- 
tendom. Wo do believe that manv 
who advocate and practice the dif- 
ferent erroneous modes of baptism 
are sincere in what they are about 
and act in accordance with the beet 
of their knowledge. We aie some- 
times told that if we observe the or- 
dinance in such a manner that will 
harmonize with the knowledge we 
have of the subject there will be 
nothing more required. This may 
be true when we have not the power 
to inform ourselves in regard to the 
matter; but those persons are few 
in our own nation win have not 
the history of Christ in their families 
from which they can learn the man- 
ner in which the blessed Redeem .'t- 
was baptized. Let them follow Him. 
It is impossible for the words 
sprinkling or pouring to mean bap- 
tism because it would change the 
meaning of Christ's commission. — 
"Go ye therefore and teach all na-« 
tions spinkling them in the name of 
the Father ic. Now any intelligent, 
person can easily perceive that it 
would have been impossible for the 
apostles to have sprinkled them. — 
They might have sprinkled the wa- 
ter upon them. But Christ did not 
say baptizing 1100a them, hence the 
word "baptize" cannot mean to 



by the glory of the Father, even so 
we also should walk in newness of 
life." This howewr is no proof at 
all an I the only way in which it 
can ba made to appear as a proof 
text in favor of a backward action 
in the baptism is to prevertitsrn 
ing, and then it cannot be done suc- 
cessfully. The al.jjj.tes of the 
backward arfijn try to make us be- 
lieve tint the text just quoted repre- 
sents the "burial of Christ" as a 
figure or a likeness of baptism ; bat 
this is not thj case It simply 
shows that we should come forth 
from baptism as newly generate I 
beings and walk in newness of life, 
and has no reference whatever, to 
the manner of being buric-d. Tha 
verse following the ono quoted plain- 
ly shows that the death oi' Christ 
(not his burial) is a likeness of bap- 
tism. "For if we have been plan- 
ted together in thj likeness of his 
death, we shall be also in th<- likeness 
of his resurrection." We shall be, 
or exist in the likeness of His resur- 
rection. As He waj raised from 
the dead, to die no more the faithful 
shall never die a seem I or spiritual 
death, providing they continue faith- 
ful until the en I of their pilgrimage. 
We have said tint Christ's dtath 
is a likeness of bapti'un. Let us no- 
tice then ho* He died. Ho bowed 
His heal and give up the Ghost." 
John 191 30. \\'as there any back- 
ward action there? Who that is able 
to understand what be reals, djes 
not plainly sec that the action in bap- 
tism should be forward ': It may be 
plainly - be- 

cause the Bibl . ..a 

that C iriat's buri.il 



sprinkle or pour 

If then the word baptize does not likeness of baj 
not mean to spinkle or pour we can !' 

arrive at no other conclusion than -»♦ 

that it means to immerse. It is ne- 
cessary, however, that wo examine 
the subject carefully in order that 
we may learn iu what manner the 
immersion should be perform 

There are manv *hi say that it 

xhould be performed /■/• kw 1 

For proof of this they refer us to 

Bom. ti : l, which reads a, follows: 

■•The..- ore we are b ut< l with him 

by baptism into death : that like Ml 



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For tht C'tiij atiiim. 
i:UiM'lt(ioii I Ik- inline til soiiil 
C'ouNolulioii. 

The sacred writers, the Heathen 
J hi1o8opliers, and all who liavc either 
lit or written with solidity, 
Lave , that man is " born to 

trouble," and that "Few and evil 
are hie days ;" Yet it is at the same 
time trvie, that the kind hand of 
Providence hath scattered flowers as 
well as thorns in the pathway of 
life : and the great skill required on 
■jiir j' art is to select those that are 

j erennial and lasting those that 

are pleasing and salutary from those 
that shine with transient lustre, 
and end in dissatisfaction and gloom 

or that conceal poisonous tpuali- 

tiea under a fascinating foliage. 
But among the many benefits of a 
good clasical and comprehensive Ed- 
ucation, the one that most recom- 
mends it, is — that it enables those 
who have truly and effectually re- 
ceived it, to derive the purest — the 
sweetest, the most elfegant, >!c at the 
same time least injurious pleasures 
from themselves. For the man of taste 
and learning creates as it were a 
"little world" of ids own, in which 
he exercises his faculties and feels 
his most exalted satisfaction aiising 
from things, the existence of which, 
is scarcely known to the uneducated 
who are bent on animal enjoyments, 
or on the mere acquisition of money. 

Permit me to say that a parent in 
the middle rank of life, who is able 
to place his son but little above ab- 
ject dependence would contribute 
more to his real happiness by giving 
him a taste for those liberal studies 
which would tend to exalt his nature 
than by making him the most suc- 
ful merchant, or trader without 
an education, lie would but afford 
him the opportunity of shining in 
the mean magnificence of wealth, 
unaccompanied with tast, elegance, 
or liberality. For to possess thous 
ands with the narrow spirit of a 
mere shopkeeper, can add but little 
to respectability. But to (.088688 a 
just taste for a Virgil or a Milton 
and for 'the host of other line writers 
who have been so long, and justly 
admired, and to be capable of feel- 
ing tin ir beauties, with but the cutn- 
moiicst cymt'eru and conveniences of 



life, will confer an elegance and dig- 
nity of mind, and a pleasure finer I 
and more desirable than the wealth 
of a craesus or the banquets of an ep- ' 
icure. 

For where indeed should v,e find 
objects capable of attaching the j 
mind in eveiy stage of life, in every 
condition, time and place, but iu the 
pursuits of literature. These stud- 1 
dies, says Cicero, (in a passage 
which can never be too often repeat- ! 
ed) "afford nourishment to our youth i 
delight our age, adorn prosperity, j 
and supply a refuge in the deepest \ 
adversity. They are a constant J 
source of pleasure, when at home, | 
and no impediment while abroad. — I 
They attend us in the night seasons, ! 
and accompany us in our travels and 
retirements, and are as it were a 
sanctum in which the turmoils of life 
cannot approach us, to molest our ' 
peace. Let us therefore strive with ' 
redoubled diligence to obtain this 



great 
have 



desideratum, and we shall 
what the wise man Soloman 
says in reference to the heart of a 
good man, — "a continual feaxt." 
AERAM 11. CASSEL. 
llarleysville, Pa. 



MISCELLANEOUS. 

Christian Effort. 

Cod is not to be served by child's 
play, or sham work with no toil in it. 
I delieve with all my heart in the 
Spirit of God ; but I do not believe 
in human idleness. Celestial power 
j uses human effort. The Spirit of 
God usually works where we work i 
most. With regard to our own sal- 
vation, the meritorious part of that is ' 
finished for us ; but still it is written, 
"Work out your own salvation, with 
fear and trembling, " and the rea- 
son given is, " For it is Cod which 
worketh in you both to will and to ' 
do of his own good pleasure. " We 
\v< rk because God works: to loiter 
God work*, is wicked rea- 
soning. Do not tell me that because 
God will fulfil his own promises, 
therefore his people may go to sleep; 
for it never was his purpose to lull 
<>ple to slumber: but his great 
i is the education of an intelli- 
gent hostof co-wonurs with himself. 
The Lord has made us and ordained 



us that we in our measure may 
work together with him. It is his of- 
fice to bless our efforts : but it is at 
once our privilege and our duty, 
each one of us to yield ourselves as 
the instrument of the di vine purpose. 
Let but men be prepared to bless 
their own labor, for is it not written, 
Paul planteth and Apollos watereth? 
And what happen* '{ (iod giveth the 
increase where there is a planting 
Paul and a watering Apollos. Ear- 
nest efforts and believing depend- 
ence upon God are sure to be attend- 
ed with a blessing. 

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Human I. He. 

Life's journey.at the longest is 
but short. Though our stay on 
earth be prolonged for fourscore 
years or even a century, what is 
that compared to eternity ? It is 
the grain of sand upon the sea-shore, 
it is the drop of water falling into tho 
ocean ; it is a moment in the year of 
time. So man's lifetime, yea, and- 
time itself, is so small as to be unno- 
ticed when placed in comparison 
with eternity. But no ! time is not 
man's lifetime ; it is only his proba- 
tionage. He is to live through all 
eternity, or — dread thought- -to be 
dying through all eternity, and yet 
live ! For a season he sleeps be- 
neath the sod : sleeps to awake when 
God sh'all call — or awake to partake 
of eternal joys, or suffer endless 
torments. Blest are they who go to 
sleep in the arms of Jesus; who 
cease to labor and res^ the rest of 
the righteous. 



"The death of an old man's wife,' 
says Lamertine, " is like cutting 
down an ancient oak, that has long 
shaded the family mansion. Hence- 
forth the glare of the world, with its 
cares and vicissitudes falls upon the 
old widower's 'heart, and there is 
nothing to break there, or shield him 
from the full weight of misfortune. 
It is as if his right hand was wither 
ed as if one wing of his ea^le was 
broken and every movement that 
he made brouglit him to the ground. 
His eyes are dim and glassy, and 
whence film of death falls over him, 
he misses those accustomed tones 
which might have soothed his pas- 
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A Word on Family Prayer 

Perhaps some of you may say — 

" I am ho ignorant, that it is no use 
trying to have prayer in our fam- 
ily." You make a mUtake there- 
It is not grand words that Cod 
wants, hut honest hearts. God of- 
terfl you his. Holy Spirit, to help 
you to pray. Jes " D'ye, 

then, being evil, know how to give 
good gifts unto your children, how 
much more shall your Heavenly 
Father give the Holy Spirit to them 
that ask him ? " Ask liod for the 
help of his Holy Spirit, and you will 
Una that i 
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Brother Hmry: — On Sunday, 

March 1.0th, 1 left my home for Ne- 
braska, stopping as follows : at 
friend John and si-ter Faulkender's, 
• better all the lee CoV, III., on the evening of the 

1st pf April; day following f nmd, 
mv was- to brother H. II. l filling's 
A Failhlul Charge. ot Qgle Co., same state. Then 

A celebrated and faithful preach- visited pome of my relatives and a 
er, in a charge which he delivered llU mbcr of brethren in the Lord. — 
to a young minister at his ordin a- Tri«d to preach a few times ; meet- 
tion, thus addressed him : "Let me f n g 8 we ]] attended, good order. — 
remind you, sir, that when you come • p\7und g 00( J health to be pretty 
into this place, and address this peo prevalent. Fiom this branch Elder 
pi©, you are not to bring your little ' flershey removed to Kansas ; doubt- 
ielf With you. I repeat this again l e . S s his first' object' was to establish 
sir that it may more deeply impress a c hurch and work for the advance- 
your memory; I say, that you are Iueut f Christ's kingdom ; this is a 
never to bring your little ■*< If whh ■ move j n th' e right direction. Go 
you. No, sir, when you stand in ' w here there is no organized church, 
this sacred place, it is your duty to ' During my stay there formed ac- 
holdupyour great Wa*te> to your | rftiaihtance with brothers Fahmey, 
people, in his character, in hie pre ! .\iilKr, and Speallers, brother Wm. 
cepts, in his promises, in his glory. ' funk having gone to Iowa to \i it 
This picture you are to hold up to ; 



cording to tin- 
infer he has reference te providing 
more than spiritual gift-, 
says !. lire to m i 

livelihood, and at the same ti 
bor with the ability that frod may 
grant me in the spiritual rnatl 
Trie it is but little I can do : but 

in !'e • 1- 

ing the great ocean ; I by the grace 

1 am try ing to assist the i 



that will never dry. I think I have 



the view of your hearers, while you 
are to stand behind it, and not let so 
much as your little finger be seen."' 

lt< : .joi«-iiiu in €ioil. 

I will enjoy all things in tlod,and 
Cod in all things ; nothing in itself; 
so shall my joys neither change nor 
perish. For however the" things 
themselves may alter or fade, yet 
he, in whom they are mine, is even 
like himself, constant and everlast- 
ing. Surely we are wie for any- 
thing but our souls ; and not so wise 
foi the body as foolish foj them. 

Q Lord, thy pavwaut '■> sure ; *nd 
who known how pn lent '! Take the 
noul that though hn I b ith 

bought ; and let me rather gil 

life for thy posrur, than leke I 
fers of the world for nothing, 

y % l;ir - i ; are the pu a in heart for 
they shall see ' I 



-ecu a little rough time since I came 
to Nebraska : not knowing where I 
would locate, I concluded to explore 
the State a little, and see if I could 
find a home, "temporal." I went 
horse-back from the city somj 50 or 
CO miles West, could see no one — 
see no house — see nothing. Night 
came on, here I was, alone, raining 
and very dark. I am here, thought 
I, and "where there is a will there 
is a way ;" I took the' saddle from 
my horse which answered me for a 
house for the night, tied the rein 
around my leg, went about prayer, 
then tried to look at the fair side of 
the night. Y'ou may well suppose 
this was not the most plea-ant j 
in the world. On the evei in_ r of 
the 23rd I found n, the house 

of brothers 1). (). Brumbaugh and 
S. A. Honbarger, wh-re I now 

mtly situated. On 
day, at 3 o'clock, P. M. we he 1 our 



a, sick sister ; did not see him. 

Left here on the morning of the 7th 

for Knox and Fulton counties.— 

Heir I found my way to brother I*. 

Oakes, thence to Eld. David Zook's, I where there was mee 

who was sick ; was not present at I same time. We had near 



any of our meetings. Brother Sam- present us 

uel Sennis was present at one of bur 

meetings, for reasons, perhaps b 

known to himself From this Fil 

ton County branch Bid. brother J a 

cob N3gley removed to Kan 

Think it would be well for brethren 

to Btop in tins branch a- they travel 

Last and West ; BUiCe brother 

ley has gone there would be 



first meeting in the District ; 
house at Fontenelli I 

from the Medio list meeting . 

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Brethren, am 1 the only minister 

, in the State 1 are there uoue oth 

i willing to come ': The iuaii_ 

I cannot be iilleJ b . at 

home, an 1 w o 

bhould sacrifice .n littii 

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Clover Crkek, .\ 
April 7th, 1808 

Brother Henry : — I notice in No. 
14, an artic'e written by friend 
Abraham Bowers, intended as an 
answer to brother Wiightsman's 
article on the subject of breaking 
bread to the eis f ers at our Commun- 
ion Meetings. He builds his argu- 
ment on what Taul says : "the bread 
•which we break," and argues that 
the word we means more than one. 
I agree with him in that point, but, 
would ask him whether, while* the 
bread is broken by the brother to 
the sisters, are not the brethren at 
the same time engaged in breaking 
bread to one another ? Even if the 
brethren were already done, or had 
not yet commenced, I v?ould still 
consider it consistent with lan^ua^e 
and also with the Gospel, because 
the brethren will be, or have been 
at the same time — engaged in break 
ing bread to one another. Even If 
there were but two brethren present 
and no one engaged in breaking 
bread but the one that officiates, I 
woul I consider it to be consistent to 
say, the bread which we break ; for 
the brother who is present will in re- 
turn break it to the officiating broth- 
er, so there are at least two engag- 
ed in breaking bread. 

It never has been proven to me 
with any degree of satistaction that 
God in any age of the world com- 
missioned a woman to preach or 
teach. I do not now recollect of 
reading m my Bible of women be- 
ing teachers in Israel. I read of 
women prophesying, but a prophet 
is not a teacher. It is argued some- 
times that by a woman the first ser- 
mon was preached after the resur- 
rection. True, the Savior cotnman- - 
ded Mary Magdalene to go and tell 
his disciples that "I ascend to ray 
Father," &c. The angels also told 
the woman to go and tell the disci- 
ples that Christ had risen from the 
dead, but here their commission en 
ded. \ v hen ChrUt commissioned 
the discip'.es he said, "go into all 
the world, preach the Gospel to ev- 
ery ci'-ature," &•• . 

Ag <in ; the apostle Paul in his 
letter to the church at Corinth, says: 
'Let your women keep silence in 



the churches, for it is not permitted 
unto them to speak ; but they are 
commanded to be under obedience, 
as also saith the law." Hence wo 
would think it in accordance with 
the teachings of Paul for the breth- 
ren to break the bread to the sisters, 
seeing that the sisters are command- 
ed to be under obedience, and to 
keep silence in the churches. 

We do not see that the expression 
ye ought to wash one anothcrs feet, 
has even the remotest relation to 
the case under consideration. 

I hope this matter will be kept in 
view until all are satisfied. 

J. L. WfNELAND. 



Brother IIAninyer : — If not out 
of place I wish to bear a word of 
testimony to the short, though 
weighty article of brother C. Long, 
on pages 110 and 111, current vol- 
ume of the Companion. I believe 
the "Word," past experience, and 
the order of the Brethren, indicate 
that his views are correct. 

Where brethren have gone on 
Missionary tours for a short season, 
where there were no brethren, but 
were dependent on the contribu- 
tions of the church, they have gen- 
erally accomplished but little. — 
Look at the instance of brother 
Kinsey and company, (see Visitor, 
page 124, present Vol.) Had they 
spent the same time and one tenth 
of the money among the little bands 
of brethren in Harrison, Monona, 
and Calhoun counties, Iowa, where 
those brethren are left, in a manner 
without a shepherd, we have reason 
to believe their labors would have 
been crowned with much richer re- 
wards. 



supply their taraporal wants, and do 
their duty as servants of the church 
and ministers of the Gospel. 

In many places, where there are 
a few brethren settled, whore they 
are deprived of meeting, &c, they 
offer temporal assistance to minis- 
tering brethren to come and locate 
among them. When we were simi- 
larly situated we did so too, but a 
worthy and industrious ordained 
brother — who had himself helped to 
build up an arm of the church on 
the frontier — told us it was not the 
best plan ; that brethren who would 
be influenced by such inducements 
were not the kind we needed on the 
frontier. We must not sit idly and 
wait for the brethren to come to us ; 
but as soon as expedient, make use 
of the means within our reach. I 
now believe he was ri^ht. 

We organized six years ago with 
eight members. We now number 
neai fifty members (including the 
Botany arm«whichgrew out of this). 
This we say not boastingly, buc for 
the encouragement of others simi- 
larly situated. 

We have a wide field and many 
more calls to come and preach than 
we can possibly fill, so we pray, 
"The Lord of the harvest that he 
would send forth laborers into the 
harvest." We have a very good 
country, w ; th superior natural ad- 
vantages ; so, brethren who can 
be spared East, when you look for 
a field to be of more use in the Mas- 
ter's cause, remember the brethren 
of western Iowa. 

Yourj in the bonds of Christian 
Love, 

J. D. HAUGHTELIN. 

Panora, Iowa. 






Again ; when brethren, and ee 
pecially ministering brethren, leave Brother Holsinyer: — We arrived 
the East to locate in the West, they ! on the 9th at the house of brother 
should seek a field where they can ' S. A. Honberger, 5£ miles North of 
be of the most use to the church, ! Font^nelle ; found the members all 
and consequently to our Master. — well, four in number, were rejoiced 
In doing this they should select a to see us and anxious to seo the 
part of the country that has natural j church of God prosper. We are 
advantages that they may invite pretty well pleased with the country, 
others to "come to this goodly and have made arrangements to set- 
land." In such a place the church tie here, 
will naturally grow, and brethren, | Homesteads are nearly all taken, 



who, like Paul, arc willing to "labor 
working with their own hands," can 



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^ Heavenly Parent for his pr -taction 
on our journey to the far \N e-<t. 

May we so live that when time ' 
shall be no longer that we may be | 
gathered from the East and from the 
West, from the North and South and 
sit down w'th Abraham, Isaac, and 
.laeob, in the kingdom of Heaven : 
and ascribe praise to the Father, 
Son, and Holy Ghost, who led us in- 
to all truth. 

DANIEL ARTZ. 
Fontenelle, Nebraska. 

Announcements. 



LOVEFEA8T8. 

Throe mileB Sooth of Unionville, Appanooie 
Co.. Iowa, June 13th A 14th. 

Wailams Grove brauch, Stephenson Co., 
111., June 6th A Tih. 

We* Branch, Ogle Co., 111., May 23nd, 10 
o'clock. 

Ridire niectiiiE-bonBe, Cumberland Co., Pa-, 

Ma\ 87th .V. -'Mil. 

White C<>. branch, Ind., May 22nd. 
DISTRICT MEETINGS. 

Southern District of Indiana, May 21st & 
23ud, in Delaware Co., 10 miles North of 
Muneic. 

batern Dif.rict of Ohio, May 19, four miles 
North-cam cf Aeh!and. 

TIIK ANNl'AI. MEETING. 

Five in ih'fi East of'Gosheu, Elkhart Co., 
Indiana. June 2nd. 

Brother Henry; We expect, God 
willing, to have a Communion meet- 
ing in Sugar Creek branch, Allen 
Coi, Ohio, Z\ miles North of Lima, 
the crossing of the Pittsburg, Fort 
Wayne, & Chicago, and Dayton & 
Michigan R. K., on the 20th of May, 
commencing at 10 o'clock, A. M. — 
We extend a general invitation to 
the brethren, especially to the min- 
isters. Brethren this will be on the 
road from the South and East to the 
District Meeting at brother New- 
comers, near Bryan, Williams Co., 
Ohio. We have petitioned for half 
fare on the D. & M. K. K-, for the 
benefit of those going to Annual 
Meeting. If we get the grant we 
wiil give notice. 

DAN'L. BKOWKR. 



brethren. Those coming from the 
East can take the hack from Terre 
Haute to Casy. We live six miles 
South west of Casy. 

DAVID ROTIIROCK. 



Full sets of volume three may be (^ 
had (of the extra edition of paper) 
for S'2 postpaid. 



Brother llohinyer : Please an- 
nounce that on the 0th and 7th days 
of June next, (God willing) the 
brethren expect to hold a Commu 
ion Meeting, near Hudson McLean- 
Co., 111., at the house of brother 
Moses Snavelly. A general invita- 
tion is given to all the members who 
wi.-h to be with us, and an especial 
invitation to the ministering breth- 
ren. By order of the ( hurch. 

THOMAS D. LYON. 

Hudson 111. 



Brethren, please announce that 
we intend holding a lovefeast, the 
Lord willing, in the Union District. 
Marshall ( ounty, Ind. at brother 
John Hoover's, the 21st of June, to 
which we extend a heartv invitation 
to all our dear brethren and awtem, 
especially *ninistering brethren. — 
Those coming by railroad will stop 
off at Fly mouth. They w ill be met 
the brethren to take them to the 
place of meeting if they will inform 
us of their comingh. 

JOHN KINISELY. 



We have been invited to attend 
meetings at different places while on 
our way to and from the Annual 
Meeting. We roust decline making 
any promises. We expect to arrive 
at Goshen on Saturday evening, or 
at night, by leaving home on Fri- 
day morning. And after the meet- 
ing we shall hasten home with all 
possible speed. It would give us 
much pleasure to be with our br th- 
ren, at their meetings but duties 
seem to order otherwise. 



Brother Holrinoer : — Wa intend 
if tbe Lord is willing, to have a 
Communion Meeting in Orooked 
Creek ( hurch, Cumberland Co., HI. 
on the 18th & 14th of June next. — 
We extend a hearty invitation to all 
'\ those who would wish ko bi With ua 
/sS at that time, especially laboring 



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tirrn in order to enable us to a' 
the District meeting and prepare for 
Genera) Council. 



To our Correspondent*. 

E. L. TODKB Ma4a»oa»wj| Ohio; Tho 
Blaaing Mot, ban beta siut. 

Franki in I > I .1. Fa , 

fcfooej !...muuhIuIuuJ. AllM-;tit. Thank 

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ataaflau a| rolhiiod at 

thuar ratr>. \\ \ xreVrr, to luak < 

luenu abi 
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mnnn it mora literal tiw, 
Kallroa.1 Privileges. 

Our brethren and iMten trexeling jr ) 
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R. R'., will pay full far* 1 from wft 
r itpition they tako the roxK bo 
, irk, Ohio ; and 'hen get tic!. 

Ohi >. lijosa traveling 
o the I'ittabucgh, Ft. Way, 
. and the Atlantic & 
. will pay full fai-e to 
Mansfield, Ohio, and there g«« tick- 
et^ for Toted*. At Tolod. all araH 
tak«- the Air 1/in.- kV R, IttJO 
get tickets through to Gpshj 
hut if von <■„/</»-/ then get 

•- at M"\r."i.v.Li.i:, where you 
will have to change cars at ai.v 
rate and take the Cleveland ft To- 
!{. It. to Toledo. At the meet- 
i llt r you will get a certificate of at- 
tendance signed by brother 11. P. 
. or in his absence by the clerk 
of tlie meeting, and that will return 
the holder free over the portion of 
the Sandusky R. R. traveled over 
g. 
If the brethren will pay strict at- 
tention to these instructions there 
will be no trouble. This is consid- 
er thlv the shortest and the only di- 
rect route for the eastern brethren. 

ther D. 1\ Bayleir says, "pay i 
full fare to Columbus," but Colum- 
bus is too far West, for they must 
necessarily return again in order to 
get a direct road, and still go to 
Toledo. I have made arrangements 
with the Sandusky road for half 

fare. 

WIUTMORE ARNOLD. 

Somemet, Ohio. 



Brethren from Pennsylvania go 
ing to our Yearly Meeting via Pitts- 
burgh will buy tickets at Pittsburgh 
for Cleveland anti in Cleveland in 
nyire for Toledo and buy a ticket to 
go to German Baptist Conference, 
i wil pay full fare to Toledo and 
returned t i Cleveland free, and 
at T„l< the Air Line Rail 

i; oehen, Lad. We expec: 

:uir of half fare on the 
Air 1-ine K. R if it is to be had, 
itn l itteburgb to Cleve- 
lruel. Wo have nothing certain yet, 
but we hope to get the same favor. 
We will let the I kopw thro' 

n in time if wc get 

aiiv iavoc 
I .KilLN P. EBERSOLjB. 



\irang"mi'nts have been made with 
the littlfl Miami 11. R. <'o. to take 
persons £oi«g to the Annual Meet- 
ing in Elka'rt County, Indiana, from 
Kielmvmd to Dayton, for full fare 
.. and returning free. Tickets 
can he obtained at the Little Miami 
Ticket Office in Richmond. 




bituary notMi. Wt 
Usl all alike, and wt could nut insert 
- wilh all. 

April 8»th, in the Sugar Creek branch, Al- 
len Co., 01 MARGARET, wjfe of 

•j'rother Emmamirl MTLUER ; aged 40 years. 
8 months, and dsjl. Her disease, waa O- 
varian Dropsy, witli'wl.ich she suffered much 
Cor the last Few montnd, hut great as 

wae she put her trust and wmfidance 
in liim who can remote the sting of death.— 
;>he died in calm resignation to the will of the 
Lorn! She lea-ves on affectionate hriroand 
and four children to mourn their lo 
member* ol ■ Thus the 

church has lost a faithful member, her HTIB- 
band a faithful consoling trife, aud.her chil- 
dren an affectionate mother. Funeral eervi- 
, the brethren to a large concourse of 
people, from Job 14 : 9. 

D. Bkowek. 

Brother Abraham Miller was horn in Wash- 
ington Co., Md., June 19th, 1786; died April 
•j(i,ti. j t 10 month- 

days. He moved from Washington Co., Md.. 
lo Carroll Co., 111., in 1854, and shortly afifr 
coming Wi ,,,bLT of tnc 

Church, and honored his protection by walk- 
ing in all the ordinances aud commandments 
Of the Lord blameless. As a husband, father, 
and friend. : '»m if cver 

louud ; no unkind word escaped his lips, none 
knew him hut to love him. but. he is gone, 
and has left an aged widow, a number ol 
Chil Iren and grand-children, and a large 
number of relatives and friends lo mourn his 
death. He was followed to the grave by a 
large concourse of people, relaliv 
friends, and we laid him in his narrow house 
in hope of a future life at the resurrection, 
and that the trump may soon sound which 
shall awake the Bleeping millions of God » 
faithful oms. Funeral Uiscouise by Elder 
i in Long. 

P. B. ST0Utr«u. 
tor please copy. 
In the Berlin branch, Somerset Co., T' I., of 
Uropsv. April 19th. brother -JOHS LANDJB; 
| months, and 25 days. His 
remains «r< i ' " in - fo "" 

a large concourse 

lion manifest ih.. < '°ved 

and respeefcd. OccfiHWi improved by the 
writer and 0. Sehrock, 3:10,11. 

C. G. Ljnt. 



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Number 20. 



"One by one." 

On<" li* one our friends are crossing 

Death's cold, wavi-less tide ; 
On* oy one are swiftly passing 

To the other side. 

One by one our hopes are fading, 

Like a mocking dream ; 
And their shadows only linger, 

With a transient gleam. 

One by one our cl.olsest treasures, 

Vanish from our night ; 
But we know in heaven they're gathered, 

Safe from moth or blight. 

One by one we'll quickly follow, 

To the mansion bl'st ; 
Where from sorrow, pain, and anguish, 

We shall be at rest. 

There the fadeless crowr. Is waiting, 

And the victor's bay ; 
No more pantinus, no more darkness, 

One eternal day. 

Then away with douMs and sadness, 

Let nnr voices rise ; 
And in songs of jflad rejoicing, 

Echo to the «kies. 

H. E. W. 



For the ('■itnjianion. 
Take therefore no I tionght tor the 
Morrow. Mtatth. 6: 34. 

Tllia \a ( 'Jjriot'o oommanrlm»f*4 4» 

his followers, but there is some mod- 
ification to be made upon his words. 
We cannot suppose that he meant 
them to be literally understood — 
that he gave countenance to an idle, 
sauntering life, or taught, like the 
fatalist, that as all things are de- 
creed, it is useless lor us to work, 
and that we ought to leave the ne- 
cessary supplies for the morrow to 
the laws of nature, just as we trust 
to the ruing of the sun, over which 
we have no control. Neither can 
we suppose that there is any ptohi- 
bition in this precept against what 
is called a provident spirit ; a spirit 
that is, which takes the proper meas- 
ure of future obligations, and lavs 
by in store against these. Compe- 
tence i- in general the lot of the m 
duatrioUA- a superfluity is rare. — 
With tho former, the ptmassor ^ ah< 
to do certain thing! ; we have to 
make provision for our present 
wants of ourselves and families, we 
have to contribute to the poor of 
the chureh. and having done our du- 




ty in these respects, we have to put 
aside so much for future exigencies, 
whether of a secular or sacred na- 
ture. It befools the duty of trus- 
ting in Providence to say that every 
penny must be used up, and nothing 
laid by for any future purpose what- 
ever. There is danger in hoarding; 
hoarding makes misers, and misers 
cheat themselves and others out of 
their doe ! this, however, is the 
abuse of a good principle ! herein 
lies its proper use. If we have de- 
pendents, and know that demands 
will be made on us perhaps after we 
are dead, we ought, if we can, to 
make some provision for such con 
tingencies. We all know that life 
is short, that property is fickle, and 
that family wants may increase ; 
hence it becomes a ducy, if God 
permits, to see to it that we are so 
far prepared for the evil day. This 
applies to religious claims in the fu- 

•tuo, aa well as to sauuu. 

must have an eye to both. There 
are vicissitudes in the chureh as well 
as in the world. There are times 
when help to the church of God is 
much needed, critical seasons when, 
by extra efforts, much suffering may 
be relieved, and much good done. — 
By a conservative policy, these exi- 
gencies can be met and relieved 
out of tho moderate savings of those 
who fear God, and to whom God 
has given the superfluity for this 
purpose. What amazing advantage 
must have accrued to the best ob- 
jects, had all professors of Christ 
practised economy with such views ' 
When we act in this way. we are in 
reality trusting in providence. It i- 
that providence that enables ua to 
lav by, and if we should leave he 
hind us widows and orphans, we arc 

virtually raiting them upon 

When we thus, with wise frugality, 
• ur erjrrnpeteiifc of thu worlds 

Is, it may still bo rejoined. 
Ought we not, in all the*.' things, to 

trust so implicitly in (plod, is literal- 



ly to "take no thought for the mor- 
row ?" Are not present demands 
always so pressing as to require 
from us all we have to Bpare ? we 
think not. It appears to be rather 
a mean abuse of the precept to use 
up all we have to gratify the claims 
of the passing hour, saying, 'let God 
provide for the future ; let other be- 
nevolent persons » subscribe out of 
their abundance ;' this sounds well, 
but it is unsound. There is noth- 
ing to hinder us from exercising 
self-deaial here. Let us keep with- 
in the bounds of moderation, and 
preserve somewhat of our means, 
upon the principle that we are per- 
sonally bound to provide for our 
household. We thus become a sub- 
scriber to the support of our own 
widows and children, who haze the 
first claim. Christ's religion is em- 
inently reasonable and nothing seems 
to be more reasonable than this ar- 

agaTnst this view, that we are com- 
manded to leave our widows and 
fatherless children upon God ; but 
this scripture has certainly a refer- 
ence, in th? first instance, to the 
poor, and is scarcely applicable. — 
Admitting, however, that it is bind- 
ing, on all in easy circumstances ; it 
is consonant with the spirit of tho 
comandment, when we leave our 
families what God has enabled us to 
save ; this is really leaning upon 
God! It ought not to be forgotten 
by us that we are thus to commit 
those near and dear to us to our 
Father in Heaven for far more itu- 
portant blessings than temporal sup- 
pert, namely, for spiritual 
mil life. The plain imj ort of Christ's 
precei •. i- ju>t thi-< : thai we a] 
in laboring for the 'meat thai 
ishelh,' to be so absorbed in citr 
Im-iiK ss as to fol 
taut thing-", nor I 
and - U to distrust th. 

»r worship, nor to make our happi- 
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ly prosperity. The maxim of Christ 
goes against worldly-mindedness. — 
We break this maxim in spirit and 
in letter if we are distrustful of the 
futuie, even while all is dark. — 
Now, there is a proneness in human 
nature thus to sin; and a more sure 
counteractive than Christ's plain ad- 
monition, cannot be conceived. — 
The apostle caught the spirit of his 
Master when he thus exhorted the 
Philippians : be careful for nothing; 
or. as it may be read, be anxious 
for nothing ; but in everything, by 
prayer aiid supplication, with thanks- 
giving ; let vour request be made 
known unto God ; which means that 
we ought to give our minds pleas- 
antly to present duties, and leave 
consequences to God; and thus, 
while we attend to God's work, God 
will provide our necessities. And 
if we receive grace thus to live we 
will not likely to be ever anticipat- 
ing the future care ; for a finite mind 
cannot be occupied at the same 
time with what is, and is to come. — 
Besides, in keeping this as in keep 
ing every commandment of God, we 
are securing a blessing and a great 
reward in fearing God ; we aie made 

"the hand of the diligent maketh 
rich." There is an impressive en- 
forcement of this principle in these 
words,"now is the accepted time; be- 
hold, now is the day of salvation:" 
but if we at all times live up to our 
christian privileges, we are sure to 
get both bread and grace for pres- 
ent needs. We are so fulfilling the 
law that wo secure for all our future 
the promise of God ; for our temp- 
tations sufficient grace ; for our tri- 
als abounding consolation, for our 
death bod peace ; and for our eterni- 
ty, life th it shall never end. Let 
us leave then the future in God's 
hands, and take the present, and 
commend the past to Ids forgiving 
love. The same argument holds 
good when we new God as the God 
of grace, as we ought not to be idle 
in temporal things, so we ought not 
to be triflerjj in spiritual. As we 
ought not to be sinfully anxious in 
so we ought not to be the 
- of inward tears in the other : 
when we do what in us lies to 



maintain at home and abroad the 
gospel cause. While thus engaged, 
we are not to take thought for the 
morrow ; we are not to fear for the 
cause of Christ will survive us ; it 
shall survive all. We must have 
strong faith that all will end well. — 
Neither must we fear for our own 
religious comfort and well-being ; as 
our days, so shall our strength be ! 
We should remember that grace al- 
ways comes with the extremity that 
needs it ; and as we often find that 
our means increase with our rela- 
tive obligations so we also often dis- 
cover that trials bring with them 
the promised help. It would be re- 
diculous for us with plenty for all 
present demands, to be fretting our- 
selves with anxiety, because we have 
not as much as would meet others of 
twenty fold greater amount, which 
have not and never may have any 
existence. Let us be assured, then, 
that the duties, tribulations, and 
temptations of future life shall all 
be accompanied with a supply of 
heavenly aid, sufficient to do all, 
and bear all the will of God. Thus 
re fulfil the law of Christ, and take 

no thought for the morrow ? Let 
«*.-> now specity some condition* or 

life in which these sentiments and 
feelings should be cultivated. There 
are of constant occurrence in the 
sinful world, events, and combina- 
tions of events, in which oui spirits 
are sorely beset, and if we were not 
on our guard, we would be sure to 
go wrong — to sink under despon- 
ency, or become too presumptuous 
to practice deceit or to pant for re- 
venge — to become vain, the best of 
us are not exempt from these ; hence 
our painful and oft repeated incon- 
sistencies while undergoing the buf- 
fetings and trials of life. 
To be continued. 






For the Companion. 
The Origin or the Church. 

The brethren are sometimes ask- 
ed when, and where, their church 
started. We answer, at Jerusalem; 
built on the foundation of the Apos- 
tles and prophets, John the baptist 
the first preacher, Jesus < hrist the 
first Bishop, himself being the chief 
corner stone. We believe that 



Christ had a church on the earth 
since the days of the Apostles, and 
that the gates of hell, cannot prevail 
against it. The church was hid 
from the face of the serpent who 
poured a flood of water out of his 
mouth, to drown the woman and her 
child ; but, she received wings and 
flew into the wilderness, into her 
place where she is nourished for a 
time, and times, and half a time, 
from the face of the serpent, who 
rules in tbe anti Christian church. 
Read Rev. 12:14,15. The earth 
helped the woman, the reformers as- 
sisted her, she was hid in the wilder- 
ness. Like the sun eclipsed but not 
all over the world, the Church al- 
ways shines some place on the globe. 
We cannot trace it through everv 
age by the persecution of the Saints; 
but by the persecution of doctrine 
till the church was hid from the 
the face of persecuting anti Christ. 
It may be that God intended that 
His church should be hid for a sea- 
son that his people should not look 
to fallible man ; but to Christ as He 
has directed us in the Gospel. 

Now if we take the Gospel for our 
guide, we must begin with the doc- 

niiie of tTvliu the Kaptlot, who was 

the first preacher of the Gospel ; as 
it is written; the beginning of the gos- 
pel of Jesus Christ the Son of God. 
Again : the Law and the Prophets 
were until John ; since that time the 
kingdom of God is preached, and 
all men press into it. John the Bap- 
tist preached the baptism of repen- 
tance for the 1 emission of sins ; say- 
ing to the people I baptize you with 
water, but he that cometh after me 
shall baptize you with the Holy 
(ihost. They were baptized with 
water and the spirit ; remitted of 
their sins ; received the gift of the 
Holy Ghost, and were admitted into 
the kingdom. 

John baptized in JorJon and in 
Enon ; because there was much wa- 
ter there. Baptism signifies imer- 
sion, therefore He baptized in the 
river or water ; so did Philip bap- 
tized the Eunuch. But were do 
men find scripture, or an example to 
take a bowel, and go into a house 
and sprinkle the forheads of babes, 
or adults? If men would take noth- 



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ing but the gospel to prove the place, 
mode, subject, and necessity of bap- 
tism, then it would take but a short 
time to dilate the Gospel baptism. 
But when men who dilate the Gos- 



the Holy (ihost. The promises of 
the Lord set forth in the gospel, are 
not nay, nay, but yea and amen. — 
"Now tliere is no c >ndemnation to 
them that are in Christ, who walk 



pel, are allowed to bring up Jewish J not after the flesh but after the spir- 
washings, and baptism, no wonder it." The fruits of the spirits arc, 
the discourse is lengthy. But pin love, joy, peace, bug suffering, gen- 
them down to the < iospel, ask them tleness, gooduos*, mjekness, tern- 
how Johu baptized (hint. perauce ; against siuh there is no 

If any one will say the Gospel is j law. Christ taught his disciples on 
not a true guide, remember that is ; the Mou it, but did not say any 
the doctrine of the mother of bar- j thing about baptism for they had re- 
lots; but the (iospel is an infallible i pented and had been baptiz:i but 
rule ; it is the power of God unto he now teaches them how to observe 
salvation to every one that believ- 1 all the things that belong to the 
eth. christian religion. In conclusion 

John preached the baptism of re- | He says, he that heareth these sav- 
pentance for the remission of sins ; I ings of mine and doeth them I will 
Peter said repent aud be baptized liken him to a wise man that built 



in the name of lesus < 'hrist, for the 
remission of sins, an I ye shall re- 
ceive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 

Ananias said to Paul, arise and 
be baptized and wash away thy sins. 
Peter says "the like figure where- 
unto even baptism doth now save us. 
lie calls it the answer of a good con- 
science, which is essential to salva- 
tion. Jesus says : he that believeth 
and is baptized shall be saved."-- 
We have example* of receiving the 
Holy Ghost after baptism. Jesus, 
John's disciples, and the Apostles, 
r3ceived it after baptism. The 
twelve men Paul baptized, & those 
whom Philip baptized received the 
Holy Spirit after John and Peter 
laid their hands on them. The three 
thousand at the day of Pentecost re- 
ceived the Holy Ghost after baptism 
which was for the remission of sins 
and the reception of the Holy (ihoet. 
The spirit was present after baptism; 
it caught Philip, aud the Eunuch 
went on his way rejoicing. Bap- 
tism is of importance, because it is a 
command. 2nd : it is in the name 
of the Triune (iod ; it is a covenant. 
Baptized into Christ is to put on 
Christ ; the sign ot regeneration. — 
Now all those that have crossed the 
line of nee notability, and have eaia 
to h' a-, rid hearts to underst.iu 1, 



his house on a rock. In this ser- 
mon Christ calls his disciples the 
salt of the earth, an 1 the light of 
the world. 

He spake of, and to his disciples 
that had been John's, who baptized 
them with water ; and Christ bap- 
tized them with the Holy Ghost. — 
They were then born of water and 
the Spirit. 

In the night in which He was be- 

things or ordinances. 

1st. Feetwashing. 

2nd. The Lord's Supper. 

3rd. The Communion. 

And said happy are ye if ye know 
these things and do taera. 

After His resurrection, He com- 
manded his apostles to teach all na- 
tions, boptizing then: in the name of 
the Father, of the Sjn, and of the 
Holy Ghost, teaching them to ob- 
serve all things whatsoever I have 
commanded you ; and lo I am with 
you even to the end of the world." 
DANIEL LONGEN\:< KKR. 
IIunteratotCH, Pa. 



"II* who NCUdfl I In- Storm St. « ri 
Ihe V«*»iit*l." 

-Hid in old ship <:iptaiu to me 
when describing a fearful storm at 



sea ; when ho told of the awful gale, 
taught that they are HMeri and re- the vivid lightning, the billows BOM 

J pent of all their sins, believe in J*> tain high, the ship tolled fcbont like 
sus, receive baptism according to a plaything for the rude wind* and 
the Gospel, have the promise of the uo'< to buffet, then hit voioe be 
remission of sins; an 1 the gift of j came softened, lin eye-, 

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amid tears as he added, "But, mad- 
am, He who sendt the ttorm tteert 
the vtstel, and at last we were 
brought safe into port." 

"This is a very comforting thought 
captain," said I. "I wish we could 
all remember it when storms are 
raging, and ther°i seems little hope 
of peace and safety." 

"Yes, ma'am, it is a great com- 
fort, and if wo only believe and 
trust, all will be right. When the 
storm of adversity sweeps over us, 
and the sunshine, seems shut out for- 
ever by clouds of sorrow, when we 
cry aloud in our anguish, "All thv 
waves and billows have ijoue over 
me, let this ray of light into the 
sinking heart, anl all will be right 
in his good time. The clou Is will 
disperse, the sunshine glisten ov.t 
the waters, and mighty win Is an I 
waves it his voice will cease their 
raging, and "there will be a great 
calm, that "peace of God which pas- 
seth all understaing." 

© 

The Great aim* of Religion. 

Were a man (says Dc Barrow) de- 
signed only, like a fly, to buzz about 
here for a time, sucking in the air 
and licking in the dew, then soon to 
vanish ha*>L- ojn.r. ;«*« «-.»i--o -- 
to be transformed into worms, how 
sorry and despicable a thing were he ! 
And such, without religion, we should 
be. But it supplieth us with businee* 
of the most worthy nature and lofty 
importance: it setteth us upou doing 
things great and n ible as can bo : 
it engageth us to free our minds of 
all vain conceit-.' and to clemnM our 
heart fiom all corrupt atTeetious. 
cure our brutish appetites, to urn-* 
our wild passions, to correct our per- 
verse inclinations, to confirm the 
dispositions of our sculs and the ac- 
tions of our lives to the eternal ! 
of righteousness and godliness. It 
putteth us upon the imitation of' I 
an 1 aiming ut tt auceof his 

perfecti :Viriid- 

»hip, and maintaining a correspvii 
deiuv wi'h the l.iji at; 1 bolv :>!' \ r , 

ra- 
ti oi and society with the id 
purest ipiriu . ag 
for an immortal t uto ; up m the ac 
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For th4 Companion. 
Nonronforntitj to the World. 

J - -us Christ declares that his dis- 
ciples are not of the world; John 
17: "10; that is, they do not imitate 
the world in its sinful fashions and 
manners. There are many things 
in which the unconverted do not dis- 
cover improprieties, and even many 
of the professed disciples of Christ 
contend that it is not necessary to 
be so particular about these things. 
That is as much as to say : a person 
may be a ( hristian, and also a fol- 
lower of the fashions of the world. 
Now all who think so, let them bo 
professors or not, I contend they 
have a proud heart and have never 
been born again ; because we can 
not intermingle religion and pride. 
I weuld advise such professors of 
religion to call to mind and serious- 
ly reflect upon what Christ declares 
in Luke 16 : 15, "and He said unto 
them ; Ye are they which justify 
yourselves before men ; but God 
knoweth your hearts : for tbat which 
is highly esteemed among men is an 
abomination in the sight of God." 
By those fashions of the world 
which the children of God are not to 

observe I allude to the unnecessary 
adorning oi tne Doay, wmeu is uuire 

merely to create lust. This is a sin 
which many of the children of God 
are guilty of, and it would be well 
for all to bear in mind that every 
thing that has an evil tendency, let 
it be ever so simple, has a tendency 
to exalt or keep alive that fallen 
nature in man. The children of 
God have a right to use the world 
but not to abuse it. The Apostle in 
writing to the 1 Corinthians 7: 29 31, 
uses the following language: "1 ut 
this 1 say, brethren, the time is 
short. It remaineth, that both they 
that have wives, be as though they 
had none ; and they that weep as 
though they wept not ; and they 
that rejoice, as though they rejoic- 
ed not, and they that buy, as though 
they possessed not ; and they that 
use this world, as not abusing it. — 
For the fashions of this world pass- 
eth away." Now the world can be 
abused in many ways ; for an exam- 
ple : if we spend our money for that 
which h) of no real advantage to soul 



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or body it is abusing the world. — 
And how many hundreds and thous- 
ands of dollars arc spent for fineries 
to decorate the body which, instead 
of humbling people only make them 
prouder. The children of <!od 
ought to observe plainness of dress 
and not conform with the world in 
its giddy and foolish fashions ; be- 
cause we are commanded by divine 

i authority to be a separate people : 
k further : we have sufficient author- 
ity to believe that persons who un- 

! dertake to supplicate a throne of 

, mercy, having their bodies decora- 
tod with things that are intended to 

I attract the attention of those by 

I wbcm they arc surrounded, are not 
in the proper spirit to approach God 

! in the humble attitude of prayer ; 

' and consequently will not be heard. 

I Therefore it becomes us to present 
our bodies as well as our souls a 
living sacrifice unto God ; so the 
apostle in writing to the Romans 12: 
1, 2, says : "I beseech you there- 
for, brethren, by the mercies of Cod 
that ye present your bodies a living 
sacrifice, wholly and acceptable un- 
to God, which is your reasonable 
service, and be ye not conformed to 
this WorM • Knf K» y« trqnsfoiroed 
by the renewing of your mind that 
ye may prove what is that- good, 
and acceptable and perfect will of 
God." 

EPHRAIM MILLER. 
McAleveys Fort^ Pa. 

mil 

A Review of Brother Asa Ward's 
Criticisms in No. 14. 

Prother Ward: The question that 
stands at the head of your article, 
("May the sisters preach ?") would 
necessarily call for deep thought, 
and careful investigation, in tell- 
ing what sphere women should fill in 
i the church. The first meaning of 
the word church, "is the society 
founded by our Lord Jesus Christ." 
3rd, a particularly number of chris- 
tians &c." So I infer from this 
that christians form the church col- 
lected or scattered ; then according 
to 1 Cor. 14 : 85, the hearers in the 
day and age which Paul wrote ques- 
tioned their teachers and he taught 
that "women should keep silence," 
on that subject, and not try to ele- 



vate herself above man : but "to be 
in subjection." This conclusion is 
easily arrived at, when we look to 
God the head of Christ, and Christ 
of man, and man of woman, (iod 
taught Christ and Christ the human 
family, and gave commandments and 
man has no right to change. So all 
that woman through man learns of 
Christ according to God's word, she 
dare not gainsay. All the members 
of Christ's body are "lively stones," 
not inert. I gave the authority wo- 
man has to speak; you call it preach- 
ing ; and say that they should not 
in the beginning of your article, but 
in conclusion you admit that they 
should, and that in "a most effectual 
way ;" which places the sisters in 
the highest sphere. If you will 
read 1 Cor. 14 : 1, 3, 4, 5, instead 
of 14 : 15, (printers error) you will 
see what you failed, to see. If you 
will examine Webster's Lexicon 
(high school) you will find that 
prophesying means to preach. 

Now in order to learn that preach- 
ers or part ef them fill in part the 
office of prophets I refer to Jude 14: 
15. Futurity was predicted by that 
preacher ; again a preacher in ad- 
dressing the church, " prophesies in 
part." 1 tor. 13:9. Lastly Luke 
1 : 76, 79. Now dear brother if you 
do not act in part i» the sphere that 
this prophet did you and I would 
fail in doing duty. To claim that 
my reference to Joel 2: 28 and 
Acts 21: 8, 9, only proves the 
privilege of "prophesying or for- 
telling future events," is quite an 
admission ! The office of a prophet is 
to teach publicly and privately. — 
All that hold the office of preachers 
are not prophets, neither are they 
preachers, unless they venture a lit- 
tle farther than exhortation, and ex- 
cuses. 

Preaching is telling whero to find 
Christ, and Christ has told all where 
to find him. So he told his disci- 
ples where to find him after he arose; 
but they were in trouble, and we 
find two sisters going to tell them to 
"go into Galilee." So ho has told 
the sinners where to find him ; some 
get troubled and God's prophets or 

freachers point them to (iod's word, 
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mission of a prophet and preacher, 
differ iu some respects. Now brother 
& brethren compare the Query with 
lay answer, "may the sisters preach, 
and thin review with "the word," 
and you will find two brothers about 
of the same opinion and that closes 



argument. 



W. SADLER. 



YOUTH'S DEPARTMENT 

A Iti|;Iit Marl. 

A good commencement is every- 
thing to a young man. Many young 
men begin life with the most brill- 
iant prospects of eminence ana" 
wealth before them. They are sur- 
rounded by friends and have no 
lack of the necessary capital to ena- 
ble them to prosecute a paying busi- 
ness; they have talents far superior 
to their predecessors who have grown 
wealthy and retired, in fact all that 
is required for success, seems to be 
in their possession. Yet they fail 
after a few years, and the fond hopes 
of their friends are buried in sorrow, 
just because th"y did not start light. 
The serious industrious and di erect 
boys, no matter how humble their 
circumstances, generally mako useful 
and honorable men. They are rare 
ly beguiled in after life from the 
path of uprightness. The good hab- 
its they have formed in addition 
to their own intrinsic power will be 
sure to draw around them a thous- 
and kindly in tlucnccs, ;dl .strength 
ening the bonds of virtue. Put what 
can be expected from an idle, intern 
perate, disorderly young man '! In 
some lucid moment of after life, he 
may resolve upon reformation, but 
hifl habits, like so many ropes of hemp, 
fatten him to the ways in which ho 
has long been walking. It teems 
impossible lor him now to be any 
thing different from what he has 
been. 

Yuungmen improve to-day! I luck 

up the evil root before it ^tows into 

a tree of iaiqaity ! Cheek the di* 

■pet! the vital- ! 

Meet the enemy ut your door and 

sutler bin. ael to ei, ter into the house! 

Start out wron^ with had habits, 

and your friends may well tremble 

for your future. With a right .-tart, 

protected by good habits and Cod's 



blessing, you will be safe every- 
where. 

Reader, how have you started ? 
Think earnesty on this subject. If 
you are beginning your career by 
indulgence in sin and the prac- 
tice of vices which will ruin your 
manhood, what will be your reward? 
The condemnation of your fellow 
men and an eternity of unhappy- 
ness ! 

If you strive to live so as to win 
the approval of Cod, and for the ' 
benefit of those around you, what 
awaits you ? 

The joys of heaven and life ever- 
lasting ! 



LOCAL MATTERS 



Tyrone City, Pa-, May 19, I*«H. 



COURESPOKDilM E. 



Corretpotulence of church news toliciled /nun 
all part/ of the Jliother/iLiod. Writer't name 
and addrtu required on every communication, 
as guaranUe of goud'fhilK. liejected eotnmtmi- 
catioat or mauutcrij/t used, not returned. All 
tornmur.icaiions forpublii ation thvuld o« icrit 
ten upon one »iu'r of t/u l/U4t only 

Fur the V Huiian.m. 
Western District Merlin;;. 

The brethren of the Western Dis- 
trict of Pennsylvania met in Coun- 
cil ou the 4th of May according to 
previous arrangement, ut the Llornei 
Meeting-hou&o in the Conemaugh j 
branch of the Church. The breth- 
ren of the branch in which the ( oun- 
cil Convened had matter,- so arrang- 
ed as to get all the preacmug out ol 
the ministering brethren po.-.-rde, 
which was entirely right according 
to our way of looking at the matter, 
for why should the watchman be it- 
lent when so many soul- of such in- 
estimable value are ai iud 
the Lord calls loudly lor his servants 
to be at their post, and blow the 
trumpet loud that the soldiers of the 
afOM may prepare ti:« for 
the battle ol the Cord ol .ml 
not only ao, are not all other deuom- 
maiioiia petting loi u. tie 
ellort to udvaucc tin; And 
why .-h.'uld not tho brethren with 
the word of dod in its origiual pun 

ty try to advance th I .[ the 

Redeemer'.- kingdom I and dojil 

error with trutii, or it not able be 

came of the perversion that || afloat 



at the present day to overrule ;he 
spirit of error, at least to give all 
within our reach an opportunity to 
hear the truth as it is iu Jesus our 
Lord. We think that there were 
,-ome who were made to feel that 
Cod calls all men everywhere to re- 
pent and believe the Oospel of his 
Son. 

On Monday morning the brethren 
collected at the place of council an 1 
proceeded to organi/.e by reflecting 
the Moderator and < lerk, of the pre- 
vious ycar,& brother Lewis Cobaug b 
Assistant Clerk, brother J. W. Peer 
Cor. Sec. and Tobias Kimmel Treas- 
urer. After the organisation the 
meeting then pr >eeded to cxamim* 
the various questions that were 
brought before it :or dJoineipn, which 
was done in the fear of the Lord 
we think, and very glad to sav are 
we, that as far as we could see, all 
was Batiefaotorily decided without 
am. bard feeling* being caused by 
any, which makes as think v.. 
vorably of the brotherhood ; for how 
beautiful it is to see br< threii who 
; who in sentiment all speak 
the same thing and dwell together 
in harmony, and in love, a si^ht like 
this gives us a fore raete of the apper, 

tho better world of purity, and low, 
where God is all, and iu all. 

Still we have one thing t> regret 
that there still seems to be a lack of 
interest in the church in relereiie. to 
Council Meetings ; if in the multi- 
tude of Counselors there i- - : 
whj uol have it in the i hurch of 
the Brethren where we profi 

teach the way- oi Go I, and truth. 
We are Mire to state m our no- 
tice of the meeting that onlv two 
thiidaoftbc eight- teen obaroa 

ustrict were repnsented by 
delegates at the Council. \\ e think 
that we can speak for all our breth- 
ren in regard to the treatment which 
we met with, during our short vi-it 
among the brethren., in Cauiori i 

Ulld lo'.lie we would aaee been to 
well were it uot that 
"dutj make- iu ui.der.-taud that ve 
mu.-i take the paitnig hand," tor 
certainly Vfl delight to linger with 
those wii. aie .-o \erv kind t > us 
and who treat u- with love and e.- 
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mon cau-e of our Lord and Mas- 
ter. 

Upon the whole we trust tint 
there was some good done in our 
coming together in the Opacity 
in which we met, and may the Lord 
smile upon the labors of his meek 
followers is the desire, the prayer of 
your brother in Christ. 

J. P. HETRIC 



Dear lirotlnr HoUinyer ; I have 
been, sone days past, while follow- 
ing the plow, thinking much on the 
passage in the word of truth, where 
God says, — "In vain do ye worship 
me, teaching for doctrine the com- 
mandments of men." I have been 
led to rejoice, that we, as a people, 
are so cr-reful, to do and teach 
nothing m re, nnd nothing less, than 
the positively enjoined requirements 
of the Gospel ; neither adding to, 
nor yet taking from the plain com- 
mands giveu to us by our Lord and 
Master. On the other hand, I have 
felt, in coi.templating the situation 
of those that profess godliness, and 
obey not the Gospel, that, most tru- 
ly, their sit^-ttion is dreadful in the 
extreme ; tiiey most truly mock the 
Son of God '. they are, in thus do- 
ing and te.-ifhing, daring the Most 
High. Our Savioi said, that, he 
dare not sp"ak anything but what 
the Savior commanded him, and 
yet, despite his example of obedi- 
ence in all things, we find that the 
mass of those claiming to teach the 
Gospel at present, are teaching that 
some of the ordinances are not es- 
sential to salvation ; if such are not 
blasphemous servants of satan, do- 
ing his bidding, then God's word is 
only a farce. I have often felt, in 
view of the deplorable state of pro- 
fessed christian churches, that, it it 
wore God's will that one of his hum 
ble subjects should die, for to bring 
them to obedience, I could freely 
offer my life to bring them out of 
their gross darkness. It is evident, 
from the way they reject the re 
quirements of the Gospel, that, (like 
the Jews of old,) if the Savior comes 
again without forcing people to 
know him, he cannot go about teach- 
ing with authority, (as before) with- 
out being bran led by his professed 



followers, as one possessed of the | Brethren coming up the Mississip- </i 
devil; people of the present age pi River will land at Winana thence ■ 
have, (many of them) been so long on the Winona and St Peter R. R, 
taught that the commands of men, to Lewiston. 

as set forth in the different confes- 

sions of faith, are the same in sub- 
stance with the Gospel, that they in 
general receive it as such, and nev- 
er take the pains to compare it with 
the word of God, to see if the two 
codes will agree ; thus they go on 
from generation to generation like 
the beasts of the field, (for knowl- 
edge) as to the truths of Christ. In 
conclusion, I would siy, may God 
in mercy soon banish such false 
! isms. 

J. N. CROSSWAIT. 

Macomb, III. 

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Announcements. 

LOVEFEAST8. 

Three miles 8outhof Unlonville, Appanoose 
Co.. Iowa, June 13th <fe 14th. 

Wadatns Grove branch, Stephenson Co., 
111., June 6th & 7th. 

West Branch, Ogle Co., 111., May 22nd, 10 
o'clock. 

Rul^e meeting-house, Cumberland Co., Pa., 
May 27th & 88th. 

White Co. branch, Ind., May 22nd. 
DISTRICT MEETING8. 

Southern District of Indiana, May 2ist & of Communion, and from there to 

22ud, in Delaware Co., 10 miles North of place of Annual Meeting. There 

" UDC1C *the annual meeting. j will also be a Communion Meeting 

Five miles Eo»t of Goshen, Elkhart Co., on Saturday, the 30th of May, in 

Indiana. June 2nd. the Solomon Cr.eek Congregation, 

commencing at 10, o'clock. Breth- 
ren coming by R. R. will be met at 
Goshen, Elkhart Co., Indiana, on 

ing at 10 o'clock; t the Hoiewell Friday conveyed to place of Meet- 

ing and trom thence to Annual Meet- 
ing. The above meetings are South 



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The Eastern District of Pennsyl- 
vania will be held, God willing, with 
the brethren in the Green Tree 
church, Mont. Co., on Thursday, 
May 2 1st. Brethren coming by R. 
R. will come on the Philadelphia 
and Reading It. R., to Phcenixville, 
which is but a few miles from Green 
Tree meeting-house. It is desired 
that the delegates should assemble 
the evening previous to organize, and 
prepare for business the next day. 

C. BoMiiERQER, Cor. Sec. 



Brother Henry ; Please publish- 
the following : the Ljrd willing, the 
brethren in Union Center Congre 
gation will hold a Lovefeast on Tues- 
day the 28th of May. Brethren 
going to the Annual Meeting, are 
invited to be with us. Those com- 
ing by R. R. will be met ac Goshen 
on Wednesday ; conveyed to place 



Brother Henry ; 1 lease announce 
that we intend holding a Love Feast 
June the 10th and 11th, commenc- 



Meeting House. Snake Spring Val- 
ley, 4 miles west of Hopewell Sta- 
tion Bedford Co. Pa. An invitation 
is given to all and especially to the 
ministeiug brethren. 

JACOB STEEL. 
Hopewell 



of Goshen, Elkhart Co., Ind. 
By request. 

JOHN ARNOLD. 
Millford, Ind. 



Brother llolsinger ; Please an- 



Brother Henry; Please announce nounce that we intend holding a 
that the brethren in Winona Co. Love-feast in the Spring Field Dis 
Minuessota, intend, God willing, to tnct > aDout 18 mil e9 East of the 



hold a Communiou meeting at the 
Union School House two miles 
South East of Lewiston Station, on 
the Winona and St. Peter R. R. the 
6th and 7th of June next. We give 
a general invitation to the brethren 
and sisters, and espeeialy to minis- 
tering brethren. 

By order of the church. 

C F Wort. 



Annual Meeting; on the 30th & 31st 
of May. We invite all ministering 
brethren traveling to Annual Meet- 
ing to stop with us. Brethren 
wishing to stop will get off at Wa- 
waka, Noble Co., Ind.; where there 
will be conveyances to the place of 
meeting. 

JOSEPH WEAVER. 
Wateaka, Ind. 



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Middle Penna. DlHtrlrt Meeting. 

This meeting convened on Mon- 
day 11th inst., at the meeting-house 
in Buffalo Valley congregation, Un- 
ion County. The meeting was call- 
ed to order at about 10 A. M. Af- 
ter the opening exercises the names 
of the churches embraced in the 
District were read and repponded to 
as follows : 

< Jacob P 

\ .Jos. F. 

J A. L. F 

I Jas. K. Lane. 

S David Foust, 

\ David Kiusey. 

John L. Beaver, 

Geo. W. Myers. 

John W. Brumbaugh, 

Geo. Brumbaugh. 

Not Represented. 
{ I). M. HoUinger. 

Not R'-presented. 

Geo. Brumbaugh. 
. Wm. How, 
\ Geo. S. Myers. 



Prim, 
Rohrer. 
A. L. Funk. 



Antletam 
Augliwick, 
Back Creek, 
Buffalo, 

Clover Creek, 

Codoras, 
Duncansville, 
Falling Springe), 
James Creek, 

Lewlstown, 

T .... r, ( Andrew Miller, 

Little Canairago, j panl. Burlier. _ 

Lobi Creek, 



L. Conawajfo, 

L. Cumberland, 

Marsh Creek, 
Perry 

Ridge, 

Su'k Spring Val. 

Sprint; Run, 

Up. Canawago, 

Up. Cumberl'd, 

Wiirriors Mark, 
Yellow Creek, 



l h.njamin Wademan, 
\ Solomon Sicber. 
( Em. Gousrhenour, 
( Johipu Myers. 
I C/f is Brindlc, 
[ Moses Miller. 
| Joseph Sherfey. 
I Not Represented. 
' J. R. FotrlfBonger, 

Danl. Eckerman. 

Not Represented. 

P. 8. Myers, 

Abraham Myers. 

Jacub t. Lerew, 

Adam Brown. 

Da.nl Killer, 

John Bundle. 

Gray bill Myers. 

Leouard Kurrv. 



After agreeing that ordained el- 
ders present may be voted for as of- 
ficers of the meeting, but may not 
participate in the voting, an elec- 
tion «■*. held, resulting in the selec- 
tion of Gravbill Myers for Modera- 
tor, and Danl M. HoLsioger for 
Clerk, and George Brumbaugh As- 
sistant Clerk. 

The names of the different branch 
es represented in the District were 
then cal'ed in alphabetical order, 
and the delegate* handed in what- 
ever was entrusted to their care. 

The Antietain branch presented 
an appeal for assistance in paying 
X the remaining debt of the Annual 
/^Meeting of 1866. 



Pledges were given by the dele- 
gates and others preeent from the 
different branches to an amount 
sufficient to liquidate the debt. 

We hop* the churches will feel it 
their duty at once to redeem their 
pledges. All money should be sent 
to Joseph F. Ttohrer, Smith burg, 
Washington Co., Md. It should be 
sent by draft, Postal orders, or in 
Registered letters. 

In reply to a query in regard to 
the covering of the head by the .sis- 
ters it was agreed that any exercis- : 
es requiring the brethren to uncover 
the headwruld require the viators to 
cover their heads. 

We think the above is the most 
rational conclusion upon the case 
that has come under our notice for 
years. "A rule should work both 
ways." If sisters should have their 
heads covered always because they 
should "pray always," then breth 
ren should have their heads always 
uncovered because they should pray 
always. And if brethren should 
uncover their heads whenever they 
seat themselves at table, enter tie 
house of God, go to admonish a ' 
fellow member, read the word of , 
God, sing hymns, or when they are 
about to go ab jut prayer, either pri- I 
vate or public, then the sisters should j 
cover their heads when they are 
engaging in the same exercises. — I 
How unbecoming it would be for a 
brother to sit down to table with his 
hat on. A hint to the MM. and a 
word to the faithful is sufficient. 

Joseph F. Rohror ami Danl. M. 
Uolsinger were chosen delegates to 
Annual Meeting. 

It was reso'ved that the Falling 
Springs congregation i| recognised 
as being equally involved with tin- 
Antietain brunch, relative lo the ex- 
0( the Annual Meeting of 
I 



An Application was recieved from 
the James Creek branch, Hunting- 
don Co., for the next District meet- 
ing. The request was granted sub- 
ject to arrangement by correspon- 
dence with the Secretary, according 
to circumstances. 

The idoa is that the James Creek 
brethren have the grant, but that, 
in case some other branches should 
desire it, they have the privilege to 
waive their claim. 



Oar Vlult to I uiou (ohdIj. 

On Saturday morning, 9th inst., 
we took the train for pkee of Dis- 
trict meeting. Fell in company 
with father and Elder Gravbill My- 
ers. At about 5, P. M. we landed 
at Lewisburg Station (Moh'tandon) 
on the Pittsburg k Erie R. R. — 
Here we were met by brother Sam- 
uel Longonecker, and with other 
brethren were conducted to his 
house. Here we found all believ- 
ers, brother Samuel and his whole 
house having entered the service of 
the Lord. He is certainly uader 
many obligations to the good Lord 
for giving him such a pleasant at d 
interesting family, and we have no 
doubt their united gratitude often 
ascends to the Giver of all good. 

We had meetings in the vicinity 
on Saturday evening, and on Bun- 
day, fore and afternoon, with re- 
spectable attendance, and very good 
attention. Bid's Grabill, Myers Adam 
Rrown, and Jacob I'. Lerew, minis- 
tered in the word, with an effort 
by ourself. 

On Sunday we vi-ited and made 
the acquaintan -e of brother 1 
(). Hummer ami familv. W e I 
the sister and one of the chil lren in 
rather delicate health. Had a «ea- 
■M of Worship with lluin, and h qo 

*.he Lord »>ll MHwrr t lie jr. 
sent up in theh behalf. 

On MondftJ limming we were eon 
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) tircthron, and as preparations were 
made at the meeting house for our 
accommodation, wo did not visit any 
of their families. On Tuesday after- 
noon we were again returned to 
Lewisburg stopping at the house of 
a sister Raver, where we met an 
old sister Roycr near 90 years of 
age, where we enjoyed their hospi 
lality, and then crossed the river to 
Montandon, formerly Camcronia, in 
order to be near the station to em- 
bark early next morning. We put 
up at the house of a visiting brother 
who was called to that office last 
Autumn, and in stating the fact to 
us was too modest to give his name. 
He has written upon several sub- 
jects, in the Companion over the 
signature of P. II. Beaver, but at 
home they call him brother Peter. 
We found him quite agreeable in 
conversation, but believe his pen is 
mightier than his tongue. It is un- 
necessary to say that we were well 
cared for. 

Next morning we were ready to 
leave at 5 o'ebek, when the pro- 
gramme was changed and we were 
obliged to lay over until 9. We 
then all gathered at brother Long- 
anecker'a where the time was spent 
as Christians ought tp spend it. 

In due time the train arrived, and 
we landed safely horce at 7 P.M. 

We have to say for Union county 
that Buffalo Valley is as fine a coun- 
try as we have met in the Common- 
wealth, and for the members whose 
acquaintance we made, that they 
are all kind, and earnest in their 
work. 

The meeting was one of the best 
ever held in the D'utrict, and will 
long be remembered by those who 
were present. 



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■i •( it again. The other matter you re- 
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DIED. 

We adMM no poetry under any circumstan- 
ce* in connection with obituary notict$. We 
with to u*e all alike, and vie could not insert 
versa with all. 

In Jacksonville (Walnut Bottom) April 28. 
titer ■» lew hours illness occasioned by con- 
gestion of the stomach and brain 8AMUEI, 
|D. G. only child ol D. K. ECKER ; aged 1 1 
I year*, 2 months, and 2S days. The subject 
I of tab humble notice has ever been au ob- 
ject of special care and attention, and on this 
account had become unspeakably dear to us 
all. Being partially paralized he was never 
able to walk alone, and consequently required 
more than au infant's care and solicitude. — 
Durir.gthe forenoon of the day on which he 
died he wa6 lively and playful as usual, amus- 
ing himself in his own chosen way. 

About noon he. seemed to grow dull and 
listless, refusing food at table where he was 
placed for the last ».ime in his accustomed 
seat. He complained of feeling sick, and im- 
mediatly a choking sensation followed, which 
was very soon succeeded by severe spasms, 
that coutiuued, although every remedy that 
medical skill and affection could devise was 
resorted to, without the lea6t abatement of the 
fearful Struggle until a short time before he 
expired. As the convulsion gradually ceased 
the bloom faded from his cheeks, and the 
blood receded from his lips, bearing instead 
the unmistakable pallor of death. And al- 
most as soon as we became concious of the 
fact, the weary spirit escaped form the frail 
tenement of clay and the little sufferor was at 
rest. The shock beinir both sudden and un- 
expected we wore wholly unprepared to meet 
the event with composure and resignation.— 
We know that the. Lord whom we try to serve 
is too wise, to err, and too good to be uukind. 
Therefore to Him we look for consolation. — 
We have buried 8ammie, Davie, from our 
sight, but our hopes arc not sepulchred with 
the smouldering dead. He is quietly sleep- 
ing by the side of his 'youthful mother who 
closed her eyes in death very soon after he 
entered this world of sorrow and pain. 

We believe there is a common centre some- 
where in the future where friends shall meet 
again who are divided now. We hope so to 
live here, that immortality, and eternal life 
shall be our* hereafter. 

M. J. C. Eckbr. 

In Mt Carroll, Carroll Co., 111., FeMmry 
34th, sister EVE BUCK, at the advanced tee 
of 75 years, 11 months and 19 days. The de- 
ceased was formerly of Franklin Co., Pa. 
ishc had a severe stroke of the Palsy, and af- 
ter lingering 9 days we believe fell asleep in 
Jesus. Her funeral was welljattended ; serri- 
ces by brother M. Sisler, and H. L. 8oule, 
from Heo. 9 : 27, 28. 

John J. Emmkrt. 



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TYSONE CITY, PA., TUESDAY, MAY 26. 1868. 



Number 21. 



Speak no 111. 

Kay, speak no ill, a kindly word 

Can never learc a sting behind ; 
And, oh, to breathe each tale we're heard, 

Is far beneath a noble mind. 
Full oft a better seed is sown, 

Bychoosine; thus a kinder plaa ; 
For If but little good we know, 

Let's speak of all, the good we can. 

Give me the heart that fain would hide, 

Would Cain another's faults efface i 
Flow can it pleasure human pride 

To prove humanity but base I 
No, let it reach a hlsber mode, 

A noliler estimate of man; 
Be earnest in the search of j.'ood, 

And speak of all, the best we can. 

Then speak no ill, but lenient be 

Toother's failings as your own ; 
If you're the 3rst a fault to sec, 

Be not the first to make it known. 
For life is but a passing day, 

No lips may tell how brief the 6pan j 
Be earnest in the search of good, 

And speak of all, the best we can. 



Take therefore no thought for the 
Morrow. Matth. 6: 34. 

Continued. 
Prosperity is perilous to piety. — 
When we have nothing but a good 
i:ame and <% gooU will to work iiuu- 
estly for our bread, when we are 
fighting our way with difficulty thro' 
the world, when the tide is against 
us, and tongues vilify us, and when 
all the future looks big with evil, it 
is not then that we are most in dan- 
ger. It is when we have crossed 
the bar, and are riding safely moor- 
ed in the harboj of plenty ; when »e 
have mastered difficulties, and have 
secured honor and influenco, and 
when we see no dark spot on the 
horizon to remind us of our depend- 
ence on <!od to regulate desire — it 
it then that we have need to prac 
tice circumspection. Why ? be- 
cause we must he more than man if 
we can pass through such a season 
uninjured, l-et our sagacity and 
H< If control be what it may. Hut 
the principal danger is, that wo are 
apt to forget (rod, and ascribe our 
. success to ours. 'Ives, or to son,, 
|J those lucky hit; which arc as tides 
'[A in the affairs of men. Worldly Burn 
'A make no secret of this ; they glory 



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danger. But a pious man is of a 
different opinion. We arc persua- 
ded that without divine grace we 



are sure to become carnally c» w fi. . J«earer to -God, the more we enjoy 



dent, and to bring upon ourselves" 
the cares due to heartless ingrati- 
tude. We ought to set about seri- 
ous jealousy of ourselves, and fill 
our hearts with lowly thought, while 
God fills our cup with plenty. We 
know that weak humanity is not to 
be trusted in any of the extremes of 
life, and hence we pray with Agur, 
"Give us neither poverty nor rich- 
es." We know that success is apt 
to engender pride and presumption. 
One of the best men once confessed, 
"in my prosperity I said, I shall 
never be moved ;" hence our low es- 
tate at the first, oui demerits still, 
and the vanity inseperable from 
man, even at our best estate, are 
often placed before our minds. We 

know also that prosperity is apt to 
induce cue teeims mai *»e »u»ii Ci-joo 

life in the midst of our present rich- 
es and remembering the man of Uz ; 
wo take care not to say with him 
we shall die in our nest ? to pre- 
serve ourselves from such sin, we 
must determine to bid our affections 
sit loose to the world, and to exer- 
cise as much trust in God as ever, 
and to cherish the feeling of depend- 
ence as strongly as when we were 
poor and unknown, when the pres- 
sing claims of to-day were such as 
almost to exclude from our thoughts 
the very idea of a to morrow. A 
nit ck and lowly spirit is inseperable 
from piety. \\ e can no more sepa- 
i ate these than we can divorce ju*- 
tice from oipiity, or charity from 
love : ;tn 1 we will ever find a pious 
rich man poor in sj.irit. If then in 
our happj days, we would iu^ur-- 
OUl continuance, ''i'"l »t the same 
time, our growth in grace, we most 
keep down natural propensities, and 
\ain fancies, and put out self impor- 
tance ; consider ourselves more in 



need than ever of submitting our- 
selves to all the means and ordinan- 
ces of grace, secret and public. — 
But le this our firm purpose to live 



of his providential bounty. As an 
additional motive, never forget that 
the tenure by which we hold any 
present good is very frail — the first 
puff of adversity may snap it in 
twain. We are but sorry observers 
if we have not in our eyes some in- 
stance thereof, wherein one * as, but 
a short time ago, lolling in ea3y af- 
fluence, and is now in the dust of 
poverty. What wisdom is in these 
words, "boast not thyself of to-mor- 
row, for thou knowest uot what a 
day may bring forth ?" Who can 
tell what is to befall us, what morti- 
fications await our pride, what 
scenes of distress are to rend our 
hearts, what avalanches of this life's 
calamities are to fall upon and crush 
us? Let us be humble: "before 



goeth before a fall." If we are 
prosperous aud wish to continue so, 
let us not love the world, "nor the 
things that aro in the world ;" let 
us not be conformed to this world ; 
and resolve thus with the apostle 
Paul, "God forbid that we should 
glory, save in the cross of our Lord 
Jesus Christ, by whom the world is 
crucilie 1 unto us, aud we unto the 
world." The b3st of us are often 
the most straitened. Our piety does 
not always succeed in taking our af- 
fections from this world, hone, m 
must suffer ; we are oftener in straits 
and difficulties than in ease and 
plenty. As in the Utter \\. - 
apt to booomc Mlf-oonfidanl and for. 

. the former, if not de- 
cidedly pious, we are make 
ourselves the victims of some faUe 
move in 01 ight oui 
: i ik into d< ipon Leo 

i:ne — 
still let us trust in God; even wban 
all is dreary and forbidding, hope in , 



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( iod who is tho health of otir counte- 
nance, and our God ; for though no 
(.nature can be a substitute for 
(Jod, yet God can be a substitute 
for every creature. Let us medi- 
tate on those truths. We deserve 
it all, we need it all, we will be the 
better for it all, and out of it all 
God will deliver us. If we are able 
to "take no thought for the mor- 
r."\," and to cast all our cares upon 
Christ, it is evident that the great- 
est weight of the present caie must 
be removed, that is fear for the fu- 
ture. Only let us try to keep tho't 
within the current and we will find 
that, though our case bo as dire as 
catastrophe can make it, we will at 
least be relieved of the anxiety that 
grieves the spirit. Light is sweet : 
darkness is not agreeable. We en- 
joy the day and we sleep during the 
night. How unreasonable would it 
be not to enjoy the day, because the 
night with its darkness draws nigh ! 
True, it is of the dark days we now 
speak ; but then there is seldom, in 
our livesa day dark so as to exclude 
every glimering ray from our eyes or 
path. Let us use that light and the 
way out of straits shall be discerned 

and, dingy though every day be, 

y • ... *-^ «.t^» it a uarKcr 

wight. Duty and interest calls up- 
on us to use such lights as we have, 
to walk as the children of light and 
to believe that sufficient unto the 
day is the evil thereof. Le* us keep 
at a distance from our minds the 
coining night ; it is ever this coming 
night that chafes the temper, and 
sinks the spirit ! But what have we 
to do with the coming night ? Let 
the trials and duties of the present 
day engross us, and when this night 
comes, we shall find that it has at 
least a moon amid its firmament, or 
y me twinkling star to cheer with its 
radiance. And even though our 
wottrt fear? come true, what then? 
Time is short at the longest, and it 
will soon be all over. Our trials 
are rummer storms, severe while 
th«y last, but quickly off; yea, the 
tempestuously they rage they 
all the sooner dull our frnil bark 
»cro l 'an&an'a hap 

py phorc, where ali the days of our 
mourning shall be ended. 



We attach too much importance 
to our adversities and afflictions, 
when we allow them the weight 
and authority of real evils, and so 
expose our spiritual joys to their 
bitter blasts, as to endanger their 
being blown completely out. Trials 
are blessings in disguise. They are 
sent to hasten us home, otherwise 
we should linger in this world's 
plain, and perish in the fires of 
Sodom. The present duty has of- 
ten a direct bearing upon the future 
one ; hence the necessity, after all 
of sometimes "taking thought for 
the morrow." It is often difficult 
to know what present duty is, in 
which case we are like Raselas, 
afraid to go forward, lest we go 
wrong ? Then is the time to call 
upon the Lord for light, and the 
Lord will give us the needed direc- 
tion, for it is written, "in all thy 
ways acknowledge him, and he will 
direct our steps." Happy indeed 
are we who know at such times what 
to do. We mu t go and tell Jesus 
all about it, and leave him to deter- 
mine the matter. Of course we use 
our own reason to ponder all the 
circumstances, and to discover the 

SteD We should take r but ftnrnptirnps 

alter all this nasDeen done, the dif- 
ficulty remains. This is a predica- 
ment with the most of us. A good 
rule to walk by is of great import- 
ance. It is this : cherish confidence 
in the wisdom and goodness of God, 
and leave the case in his hands, af- 
ter earnest prayer that the path of 
duty may be soon opened up. Men 
never think of doing this, hence 
their ridiculous and often humilia- 
ting positions. 

To be continued. 



For tht Companion. 
SrM I (-in in in ill Ion. 

"Keep thy heart with all diligence 
for out of it are the issues of life." 
I'rov. 4 : 2, 8,. "Comrune with 
your own heart." I'salm 4 : 4. — 
Again :" Search me, O God, and 
know my heart ; try me and know 
my thoughts." "Examine me, 
Lord and piovc me ; try my reins 
and my he irt." "Let us search and 
our ways." "Recollect > our- 
es, nation not desired." — 



try ( 
selv< 



' The Hebretc verb tiijifies to f/lean, 
where the word is used in the Old 
Testament. Exod. 5: 7, Num. 
15, 32 ;" All this is necessary to 
that self-acquaintance which is the 
only proper basis of solid peace. — 
Were mankind but more generally 
convinced of the importance and 
necessity of his selfknowledge, and 
possessed with a due esteem for it ; 
did they but know the true way to 
attain it ; and under a proper sense 
of its excellence and the fatal effects 
of self-ignorance ; did they but make 
it their business and study every 
day to cultivate it, how soon should 
we find a happy alteration in the 
manners and tempers of men I "But 
the evil is, men will not think ; will 
not employ their thoughts, in good 
earnest, about the things which most 
of all deserve and demand them. — 
By which unaccountable indolence, 
and aversion to self-reflection, they 
are led blindfold and insensibly, into 
the most dangerous path of infidelity 
and wickedness, as the Jews^ were 
heretofore ; of whose amazing ingrat- 
itude and apostacy God himself as- 
signs this single cause ; "My people 
do not consider." 

It \a <»owt»I*k Jpur friends whr» 

ever you may be, that self-knowl- 
edge is that acquaintance with our 
selves which shows us what we are 
and do : and ought to be, in order to 
our be^ng comfortably, and usefully, 
and happily hereafter. The means 
of it i« self-examination, the end of it 
is 8elfgoverment,and self-enjoyment. 
It principally consists in the knowl- 
edge of our souls, which is attained 
by particular attention to their vari- 
ous powers, capacities, passions, in- 
clinations, operations, states happi- 
ness and temper. For a man's soul 
is properly himself. Math. 16 : 26. 
The body is but the house, the soul 
is the tenant that inhabits it ; the 
body is the instrument, the soul di- 
rects it. A man cannot be said to 
know himself, until he is well ac 
quainted with his proper talents ; 
knows for what ends ho received 
them. When he has attained that 
knowledge, he is then qualified to 
knowledge without the 




increase in 
mixture of error 
Then it is not only 



desirable to 



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know ourselves, but it is also desir- 
able to know our great "Benefac- 
tor." "Son give ear to thy heart," 
for out of it are the issues of life. — 
How does the Philosopher entertain 
and feast himself with daily discov- 
eries of new wonders amongst the 
works of God, beholds the print of 
the hands of his Creator on them all! 
What superior glorias are seen by 
the inquiring Christian among